Indian Captain Sunil Chhetri Equals Lionel Messi’s Tally Of 64 International Goals

first_imgIndia’s football captain Sunil Chhetri Sunday joined Argentine star Lionel Messi as the second highest international goal scorer among active players with his 64th strike for the country.Read it at The National Related Itemslast_img

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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to miss 4 to 6 weeks with sprained left ankle

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) is carried off the court by Michael Beasley, left, and Lance Stephenson after Ball sustained an injury during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)LOS ANGELES — Already without injured star LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers will be missing guard Lonzo Ball for the next four to six weeks after an MRI on Sunday showed a sprained left ankle.Ball was injured in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 138-134 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night. He remained on the court for a couple of minutes talking with trainers before he was helped to his feet where he hopped on his right foot for a few steps before being carried off the court and to the locker room by teammates Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Seeing similarities between Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather, Jerwin Ancajas confident Manny Pacquiao will beat ‘Money’ in case of rematch SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes An MRI revealed a Grade 3 sprain, the team tweeted Sunday.James has missed the Lakers’ last 13 games with a strained left groin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLos Angeles hosts Golden State on Monday night. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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French Open: I am playing my best tennis, says Rohan Bopanna

first_imgRohan Bopanna says he is playing the “best tennis” of his career after he achieved a personal goal of winning a Grand Slam title.The Indian asserted that he has matured as a player, who knows how to negotiate pressure situations.”There is a huge difference what I used to be as a player. I have played close played close matches over the years. I was not so nervous today as compared to 2010 (US Open final). Over the years it has helped me to adapt (quickly) to surfaces. Last two years I have been enjoying a lot playing on clay,” Bopanna said.”I have started to control the points better. I am playing my best tennis. I have matured over the years. I know how to handle those situations better. I have lost close matches, the Wimbledon semis, played the Masters series consistently. There were no nerves and that was a big difference,” he said.Bopanna won his first ever Major title with Gabriela Dabrowski, who became the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam trophy.The last time the Coorgy came to close to a Major title was in 2010 when he played the US Open final but had lost to Bryan brothers with Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi.Bopanna and his partner today saved two match points in the Match tie-breaker.It took Bopanna 14 years to realise his dream of winning a Grand Slam trophy after turning a Pro and he said it will take some time to realise what he has done.advertisement”I had fantastic past two weeks. It’s still sinking in.Maybe when I will be in flight tomorrow, it will sink in.”Asked if this win erases all regrets over getting close to Grand Slam title twice but not winning and also not winning an Olympic medal in Rio, where he and Sania Mirza were a set away from the bronze.”There was never ever any regret. Past is past, it can’t be changed. The only way to look is look forward and present,” he said.Bopanna said he made adjustments to his game and altered his style to get success on clay, the most demanding surface of all.”I have been working hard, doing the right things. On clay, I changed the way I play. I was serving and staying back and not just doing serve and volley. Practising with Pablo Cuevas also helped me get better,” the 37-year-old said.Recalling the crunch moments of the match when they were down by two match points, he said, “I kept telling my partner that we have to keep it in play and she came up with unbelievable return off Robert.”It’s a big bog moment for us, more than special. It was a personal goal for me to win a Grand Slam. It’s proud moment more than relief.last_img read more

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Junior shooters add silver, bronze to India’s tally at ISSF WC

first_img(Eds: updating with fresh results, adding background) Changwon (South Korea), Sep 11 (PTI) The Indian junior men’s skeet team clinched a silver, while Gurnihal Singh Garcha picked up the individual bronze in the same event at the ISSF World Championships here Tuesday. The trio of Gurnihal (119), Anantjeet Singh Naruka (117) and Ayush Rudraraju (119) combined for a score of 355 for a second-place finish in the finals. The three had topped day one of the team qualifying Monday. The 19-year-old Gurnihal also made the six-strong individual final, where he shot a score of 46 to claim the individual bronze, the biggest achievement of his international career so far. Italian Elia Sdruccioli notched up the gold with a score of 55, while American Nic Moschetti won the silver with 54. India are placed fourth in the overall medals’ tally with seven gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals for a total of 20 at the premier International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) showpiece, which is also the first qualifying event for the 2020 Olympic Games. The gold medal in the team event was won by Czech Republic with a score 356, while the bronze went to the Italian team, which shot a score of 354, In the junior women’s 50m rifle 3 position competition, the Indian team signed off 14th with a score of 3383. Bhakti Khamkar (1132), Shirin Godara (1130) and Ayushi Podder (1121) made up the team and neither of them managed to qualify for the individual finals. There was no end to the seniors’ disappointment with the women’s skeet team ending ninth with a score of 319.advertisement Rashmi Rathore (108), Maheshwari Chauhan (106) and Ganemat Sekhon (105) could not qualify for the individual finals. India have secured two Olympic quotas, making it the country’s best performance ever at the World Championship. Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela secured quota places for the Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth respectively in the women’s 10m air rifle event. Though the two shooters have secured quotas, as per the stated policy, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will take the final call on selection, based on the aggregate scores of shooters (in international tournaments and selection trials) leading up to the Olympic Games. PTI PM PMlast_img read more

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Alex Iwobi inspires remarkable Nigeria win

first_imgGallery Iwobi inspires Nigeria to remarkable comeback win over Argentina Last updated 1 year ago 04:07 11/15/17 Comments(4) 1/28 Iwobi inspires Nigeria to remarkable comeback win over Argentina Alex Iwobi and Masherano. Getty Ola Aina. Getty Full screen 1 of 28 Share Close The 21-year-old continues to generate plenty of buzz, with his latest outing helping the Super Eagles to recover from two goals down FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gallery Opinionlast_img read more

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City’s second-half salvo sinks Huddersfield

first_imgManchester City went past 100 goals for the season and closed back to within four points of Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town.Danilo’s deflected long-range effort brought up that landmark, achieved across all competitions, after 18 minutes but Pep Guardiola’s side were some way from their fluent best during the first half.Raheem Sterling headed home the crucial second early in the 54th minute before fellow winger Leroy Sane got in on the act, puncturing a buoyant Huddersfield crowd that came to celebrate David Wagner’s tenure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Caretaker boss Mark Hudson stepped in after Wagner’s departure this week and oversaw a battling display, albeit from a team 10 points from safety at the foot of the table.Sergio Aguero prodded wide in the third minute after exchanging passes with Sterling, whose strong penalty claims fell on deaf ears when he was brought down by Terence Kongolo.City were unlucky on that occasion, but their opening goal came with a slice of fortune as Danilo’s speculative drive spun off Christopher Schindler and beyond the helpless Jonas Lossl.Ilkay Gundogan went close to doubling the visitors’ lead as the end of a scrappy opening 45 minutes approached.The Germany midfielder was involved in the move that put the game beyond Huddersfield as Sane stayed just onside to collect Kevin De Bruyne’s pass for Sterling to head home.8 – Since the start of last season, Leroy Sané has both scored and assisted in eight @premierleague games for Manchester City, at least three more times than any other player at the club (Sterling and Agüero 5). Spectrum. #HUDMCI pic.twitter.com/xdYnBcAwpQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 20, 2019Sane went from provider to scorer two minutes later as he darted on to Aguero’s clever knock down and dispatched a bouncing ball past Lossl.City substitute Bernardo Silva was denied by Lossl before lively Huddersfield replacement Steve Mounie blazed his side’s best chance wide in the final action of the contest.What does it mean? City have appetite for the chaseSince back-to-back defeats against Leicester City and Crystal Palace handed Liverpool the title initiative last month, Guardiola’s men have won six consecutive games in all competitions, scoring 22 unanswered goals in their past four. That untimely wobble is receding from view and, with the likes of Aguero, De Bruyne and David Silva all working back towards full match sharpness, there should be more to come.Sterling relishes a hostile battleAndre Marriner’s decision not to award Manchester City’s right winger a penalty early on truly beggared belief. Sterling had already been bizarrely singled out for boos by a section of the home faithful, but he seems to revel in making a mockery of such nonsense nowadays. Having scored a late winner at the John Smith’s Stadium last season, the England star again produced the game-breaking contribution.Lowe fails to keep the high lineIt seems harsh to single out any of Huddersfield’s tireless defensive unit after their efforts ended without reward. However, it must have been galling for the collective to see Chris Lowe’s concentration waver and play Sane fractionally onside for Sterling’s goal. It was a yard of space the Town left-back could scarcely afford to give to his countryman.Key Opta facts- Sane has had a hand in 20 goals in his past 17 Premier League starts, with eight of his own alongside 12 assists.- Huddersfield have won none of the 34 Premier League games in which they’ve conceded the first goal (D3 L31), losing all 14 at home when conceding first.- Sterling’s two most recent Premier League goals have been headers – only one of his first 57 in the competition came via his head.- Since the start of last season, Huddersfield have failed to score in 32 Premier League matches – nine more than any other side.- Sane and Sterling have combined for six Premier League goals this season – the only duo to combine for more often are Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser (seven goals).6 – Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling have combined for six Premier League goals this season – the only duo to combine for more are Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser (seven goals). Repetition. #HUDMCI pic.twitter.com/0GcE4DSP2R— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 20, 2019What’s next?City head to Burton Albion in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, just the nine goals to the good. Huddersfield scored only have 13 in the Premier League all season and must look to add to that meagre tally when they host Everton in nine days. read morelast_img read more

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Photo: Look Who’s On Penn State’s Campus This Weekend

first_img Franklin did seem rather impressed with Fleming at the camp, so perhaps he’ll stay in touch with the five-star wideout until he officially signs with the Buckeyes.Check it out:Five-star WR Julian Fleming in back at Penn State today for 7-on-7 competition.James Franklin is a very interested member of the crowd.https://t.co/RtxJepLkum pic.twitter.com/NhdFT8W4Yt— Lions247 (@Lions247) June 15, 2019 While Penn State would love to have Fleming flip his decision in the near future, there is no indication that it’ll happen.Fleming, the top wide receiver in his class, has 31 scholarship offers thus far. Unfortunately for Penn State, he did say that he was looking to end his recruitment process when he committed to Ohio State.The Nittany Lions have the No. 23 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports. As for their biggest rival, the Buckeyes have the top recruiting class in the Big Ten. Penn State players locking arms.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 08: Penn State Nittany Lions players celebrate after the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium on October 8, 2016 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeated Maryland 38-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Penn State is hosting a few on-campus events this weekend, which includes a seven-on-seven competition for high school recruits.James Franklin and the coaching staff will most likely scout each player, but they’ll probably keep a closer eye on one in particular.It turns out that five-star recruit Julian Fleming is at Penn State to partake in this weekend’s football camp. The Pennsylvania native recently announced his commitment to Ohio State.Practicing at the Nittany Lions’ facility doesn’t mean Fleming will change his decision. However, it might keep fans on edge in Columbus.last_img read more

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How Londoner Harvi Sahota, Landed in Alabama and Opened a Successful Design Firm

first_img Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. How to Netflix and Chill: Mastering the Invite, Finding the Best Shows, and More Today we speak with designer and photographer Harvi Sahota on his career and personal style. I’m originally from London, and I currently live in Alabama. Sounds odd, but there’s a back story.I first traveled to Alabama in 1999. My wife is originally from Montgomery, so as a visitor I began documenting its visual landscape.I was fascinated at the history and the decay. Coming from the UK, I knew of Montgomery as a place of historical significance. But its spatial development over the 50 years since the Civil Rights Movement was unbelievable: the abandoned social and cultural history, the Suburban Sprawl & strip malls, the lack of planning and care.As a designer and photographer, this fascination formed the basis of my work at the Royal College of Art in London, and has ever since.And as strange as it sounds, within that inertia we saw an opportunity to affect change – to use design and effort to make a difference. I co-founded Matter, a multidisciplinary design firm based on a simple idea: to Build Community Through Design. Design encompasses every aspect of daily life, and when it’s thoughtful and engaging, design improves quality of life.Matter is a vertically-integrated firm: we design dwellings and environments, we construct buildings, and we communicate why design is important.Over a decade later, I believe we’ve made a positive impact, not just in Alabama but throughout the region.One of our best known projects is Hampstead, a community designed upon the foundation of New Urbanism which includes a mixture of uses, connectivity, walkability, sustainability, and activity. My focus is on creating and implementing architectural designs for homes and incremental, lean commercial buildings. The US has gravitated over the past decade to demand walkable, mixed-use communities and Hampstead has been at the forefront of this cultural shift in the South. It’s a great change to be a part of. My wife and I have two young sons (ages 6 and 4) and currently spend our time between Alabama, New York and sometimes London.My style is a reflection of the work I do – I go from construction site to client meeting to after work drinks on a given day. Jeans, white trainers, and a black t-shirt work well in almost any setting. The South tends to lean a bit more conservative, which makes it easy to stand out. Plus the British accent helps. Here are some more details:Jeans: Simon Miller USA denim is almost indestructible. The Kaine fit is perfect for a slim look.Shirts: Thom Browne Slim Fit long sleeve shirts are classic with a bit of humor.Pants: On the off chance I’m not wearing jeans, I go for Theory trousers. The Slim style has clean lines and understated patterns and colors.Suits: I don’t often delve into the suits. But when the need arises, the Agnes B. suit is my go-to. The Grey Nils and Nelson combination is reliable.Shoes: Always, always white trainers. Common Projects Original Achilles Low are sturdy and last forever.Accessories: Filson Duffel Large in Otter Green. A grab all-around bag for work or weekends. Filson even repaired it for me years ago when our Westie ate through the leather strap.Outerwear: Billy Reid Standard Pea Coat. Mine is navy – I love the leather contrast detailing. For rainy weather, you can’t go wrong with Norse Projects – this Hugo Light jacket is a must.Cologne: Tom Ford’s Oud Wood.Favorite App: Instagram is where I spend a good amount of down time. It’s a good way to get quick inspiration and stay in touch with artists and friends throughout the world.Techonology: Peloton Bike. I got it last Christmas and am addicted. Makes exercising so simple. And I can’t live without my Leica MP-240.Next Style Purchase: Rag & Bone Standard Issue Short Sleeve Tee is a classic – great weight and length. Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable last_img read more

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After Amul Mother Dairy hikes milk prices by up to Rs 2

first_imgNEW DELHI: Mother Dairy on Friday hiked milk prices by up to Rs 2 per litre effective from Saturday as it is paying more to farmers for procurement of milk due to the rising cost of fodder. The leading milk supplier in the national capital region has increased the prices for the first time in more than two years. It also came days after Amul hiked milk prices by Rs 2 per litre. Mother Dairy has increased the prices of only poly pack milk. “The 1-litre pack has been increased by Re 1 only and the 500 ml pack by Rs 2 a litre, effectively impacting the consumer by Re 1 per pack,” it said in a statement. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe company, which supplies over 30 lakh litres of milk per day in Delhi-NCR, had increased the price last in March 2017. “The milk procurement prices have been continuously on the rise for the last 3-4 months due to increase in feed and fodder cost by 15-20 per cent and labour cost etc. However, while paying higher prices to producers by 7-8 per cent compared to the last year, the consumer prices were kept intact,” it said. Mother Dairy would continue to support the dairy farmers with remunerative prices, which is also the main reason for the price hike. According to the new rate, full cream milk would cost Rs 53 per litre from Rs 52 now, while half a litre would have an MRP of Rs 27 from Rs 26 earlier. Full cream (Premium) milk would be sold at Rs 55 per litre and half a litre at Rs 28. The rate of toned milk has been increased to Rs 42 from Rs 41 per litre. Half litre pouch would cost Rs 22 from Rs 21 earlier.last_img read more

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International Film Submissions Now Open – Vaughan International Film Festival

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement This year’s festival will run from May 14 – 17, 2018. Submissions for the early bird deadline is December 31, 2017. High school student submissions are also open. Please see website for further information; https://www.vaughanfilmfestival.comAbout VFF: The Vaughan Film Festival is an exciting four-day festival showcasing Canadian and international multigenre short film. As a not-for-profit organization, the Festival is committed to promoting and furthering arts education. It also supports the arts community by granting various scholarships and bursaries to young filmmakers, art students and educational institutions in the city of Vaughan Facebook Vaughan, Ontario – It’s that time of year again! International film submissions are now open! Now in its 6th edition, the Vaughan International Film Festival’s exciting 4-day event proudly showcases both local and international talent. Filmmakers from around the world can submit their short film and get a chance to take home a Golden Reel Award!Last year’s winners include Lieven Vanhove from Belgium who took home three awardsincluding Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Director for Nimmer! Canada’s own Alexandre Gourgeon won Best Documentary for his film I Am The Wolf. Italian Director Luigi Pane won the Audience Award for his film Black Comedy.Student submissions are also open! Ontario high school students can have their short films on the big screen and the winning school will receive $2000.00 towards the department that assisted them in creating the film. Twitterlast_img read more

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Canada seeking extradition of Akwesasne man from US

first_img(Watch APTN’s 2012 interview with Seth Lazore)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCanadian authorities want to extradite an Akwesasne man from the U.S. who recently completed a 41-month sentence there for human smuggling, according to court documents.Canadian federal justice officials submitted a request for the extradition of Seth Lazore through the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa on Oct. 15. The extradition request was made at the behest of Quebec which wants Lazore sentenced following his three year-old conviction on three counts of armed robbery and one count of assault, according to documents filed with the U.S. Federal Court in the Northern New York District.The extradition request from Canada is primarily based on a Quebec bench warrant issued for Lazore after he failed to show up for his June 6, 2013, sentencing hearing following his guilty pleas on the four charges.Lazore is fighting the extradition request and his hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10 in Albany, NY.He remains in custody after failing to obtain bail.Akwesasne, a Mohawk community which sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal straddles the Ontario, Quebec and New York State borders, has been used by human smuggling networks to move people across both sides of the international boundary.Lazore was sitting in U.S. custody by the time the date of his Quebec sentencing hearing rolled by, according to U.S. federal court records. He had been detained for his involvement in a July 2012 smuggling operation to bring three Canadians of Indian origin from Canada into the U.S., court records show.Lazore eventually pleaded guilty to smuggling the men into the U.S. and was sentenced to 41 months in prison. That sentence has now been completed. He was living with his wife and three children on the U.S. side of Akwesasne when he was again detained pending the conclusion of his extradition hearing, according to court records.Quebec wants Lazore, who has U.S. and Canadian citizenship, so he can be sentenced following his guilty pleas in relation to a Feb. 1, 2009, incident that left three men beaten on a winter ice road crossing the St. Lawrence River.Lazore “ambushed” a car driven by Christopher Fritz and carrying two male passengers at about 6 a.m., according to court records. Fritz was driving on the ice road when he was blocked by red pick-up truck driven by Lazore. Lazore jumped out of his truck with a handgun and began yelling at Fritz to get out of the car, according to records. Fritz tried to make a run for it, but then heard bullets hit the rear of his car.  Another bullet shattered the driver’s side window.By this time a second, grey pickup truck had blocked the vehicle. Fritz and his two passengers then got out of the car and they were beaten by Lazore and a second man. Lazore searched their pockets and took money, bank cards and cell phones, according to court records.Lazore was arrested the same day and made his first court appearance on Feb. 2, 2009. He pleaded guilty to the four charges on Feb. 15, 2012.Seth Lazore during 2012 interview with APTN.Lazore is also wanted in Ontario on a province-wide arrest warrant for his involvement in a human smuggling operation to bring a Nigerian family into Canada, according to RCMP Const. Jean Juneau with the Cornwall Regional Task Force. The task force is based out of Cornwall, Ont., and also includes Canada Borders Services Agency and the OPP.The RCMP charged Lazore and several other individuals in relation to the smuggling of the Nigerian nationals on Sept. 6, 2012. Lazore was initially detained on the charges. He was released after his long-term girlfriend’s mother put up a $1,500 surety and a $5,000 bond and put under house arrest.APTN interviewed Lazore about his charges in a location on Cornwall Island.Lazore was then detained the following month by U.S. authorities on the July 2012 human smuggling indictment and remained in custody.He struck a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney for the Northern New York District pleading guilty to one count of human smuggling.He was sentenced on Nov. 25, 2013. He spent six months in a halfway house.During his Nov. 12 bail hearing on the extradition request, Lazore’s federal public defender submitted arguments for his release based on the support he currently has in the community and the needs of his family which has suffered from his incarceration.“His family need him now more than ever. His absence for that period of time has made it very difficult for them to get by with even necessities,” said the submission filed with the court.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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China UN team on potential presence of SARS virus in animals issues

While it is still unknown whether SARS will return, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are continuing to work closely with Beijing to contain any future outbreaks.”The fight against SARS is not over. Finding its origin will most likely take years,” said WHO’s Pierre Formenty, a zoonotic disease specialist and joint leader of the mission. “Right now, the need for information is of such urgency that even limited information will be helpful in taking the right control measures.”The experts visited Guangdong Province – where the disease first occurred late last year – from 13 to 19 August to conduct field visits to markets and farms, research centres, and human health facilities. The team returned to Beijing where it issued the recommendations to senior government officials yesterday.The team also recommended more serological monitoring of the coronavirus in both animals and humans, as well as continued in-depth human studies of SARS index cases. read more

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Dairy price surge pushes world food costs for March slightly higher UN

A sharp surge in the price of dairy products pushed the overall costs of food one percentage point higher in March, the United Nations reported today, while world wheat production remained on track to reach its second highest level ever, barring adverse weather. Releasing its latest monthly Food Price Index (FPI), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the dairy component of the index, which carries a 17 per cent weight in the overall calculations, jumped by 22 points to 225, one of the largest recorded changes, due to hot, dry weather in Oceania that has cut into the production of milk and its various by-products.The dairy prices used in FPI are based on the exports of New Zealand, the world’s largest dairy exporter, accounting for about one third of global trade. Export prices for dairy products have also risen for other important exporters, such as the European Union and the United States, but not to the same degree. “The exceptional increase is in part a reflection of market uncertainty as buyers seek alternative sources of supply,” FPI reported. “In addition, dairy output in Europe has yet to come fully online after a particularly cold winter, which has delayed pasture growth to feed dairy animals.” On cereals, FAO’s latest Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, reported an overall positive outlook with wheat crops already well advanced and plantings for rice and coarse grains expected to increase in the coming months owing to attractive prices. “World cereal production in 2013 could recover strongly barring unfavourable weather in major producing regions,” it said, maintaining its March outlook that global wheat production this year is expected to increase by 4 per cent to 690 million tonnes, the second highest ever after the 700 million tonnes produced in 2011. The FAO slightly revised the 2012 crop production estimate upward by nearly 3 million tonnes, which now stands 2 per cent lower than the record set in 2011. read more

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Syria UN special envoy arrives in Damascus for talks with Government officials

“Mr. de Mistura looks forward to meeting with senior Syrian officials with the aim of giving them the opportunity to express their own views on the Geneva Consultations, which started in early May and will continue into July,” UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told the daily briefing at Headquarters in New York.In this regard, he continued, Mr. de Mistura reiterated his intention of submitting a report to the Secretary-General regarding the operationalization of the Geneva Communiqué in all its aspects. “During his visit, Mr. de Mistura intends to raise with the Syrian Government the issue of protection of civilians, underlining once again the unacceptable use of barrel bombs and the incontestable duty of any government, in all circumstances, to protect its civilians, under international humanitarian law,” explained Mr. Dujarric. He said that the Special Envoy also plans to discuss the current humanitarian situation in Syria and ways to increase access to besieged and conflict-affected communities. In his discussions, Mr. de Mistura plans to convey once again to Syrian officials his deep conviction that no solution to the Syrian conflict can be imposed by force and that an inclusive and Syrian-led and owned political settlement is urgently needed.During Syria’s tragic five-year arc of conflict, 220,000 people have been killed, more than one million have been injured, 7.6 million have been displaced and four million people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, according to UN estimates. In recent weeks, well over 100,000 people have been displaced in a new wave of fighting in Idlib while some 14 million people are now displaced due to the interlinked crises in Syria and Iraq. read more

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Celje PL wins 26 of 26 in Slovenian Championship before PlayOff

← Previous Story PSG Handball save Championship hopes in Montpellier Next Story → All Star Team of the Women’s EHF Champions League announced RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoSlovenia handball Slovenia will get the new champions in the next two weeks. The biggest chances have the old from Celje. RK Celje Pivovarna Laško had 100% score in the regular part of the season, winning the all 26 matches ahead of RK Gorenje and RK Maribor. Celje beat Maribor 37:31 at the end of regular part of the season.RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak 3 savesB, Skok 10/1 saves; Blagotinšek 3, Ivič 1/1, Žuran 4, Janc 8, Razgor 1, Suholežnik, Marguč, Cvetko, Poteko, Miklavčič  1, Sliškovič, Zarabec 8/3, Kodrin 1, Žvižej 8/2; trener Branko TamšeRK Maribor: Kastelic 2 saves, Čudič 3 saves, Taletovič 4/1 oDB; Cingesar 3, Žmavc, Kaleb 1, Jamnik 1, Poklar 2, Sok 4/2, Fidel 3, Žabič 2, Špende 2, Verdinek 3, Brajovič 1, Miškovič 2, Mlakar 7, trener: Boris DeničIn the Play-Off series (on two wins), Celje will meet Trimo Trebnje, while more interesting will be clashes between RK Gorenje and RK Maribor.Series start on Saturday.STANDINGS:1. Celje Pivovarna Laško 26 – 522. Gorenje Velenje 26 – 483. Maribor Branik 26 – 414. Trimo Trebnje 26 – 355. Riko Ribnica 26 – 336. Urbanscape Loka 26 – 267. Jeruzalem Ormož 26 – 258. Slovenj Gradec 2011 26 – 229. Krka 26 – 2010. Slovan 26 – 1911. Istrabenz Plini Izola 26 – 1812. Sevnica 26 – 13—————————————————–13. Sviš Ivančna Gorica 26 – 1014. Krško 26 – 2 read more

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The fivestar chef feeding the homeless on Christmas day

first_imgTHIS CHRISTMAS DAY, as he has for the past seven years, Trevor Kearns will cook two Christmas dinners.The five-star chef will sit down this afternoon for dinner with his family, but not before he has cooked and served up a Christmas meal to residents at Sophia Housing on Cork Street, Dublin.Kearns, who also works as a private chef, is at the helm of the kitchen at Sophia Housing, which provides housing and supports to homeless people.CommunityThere’s a lovely feeling at Sophia Housing; a warm, inclusive atmosphere that welcomes all those who are there because of hardships in life.Sophia’s CEO, Declan Dunne, told TheJournal.ie that what struck him about having Trevor on board was the boost in quality it gave the café, and how this impacted on the residents. “It’s consistent with the approach of Sophia,” he said.What I’ve learnt is the approach of Sophia is people have dignity and should be treated with dignity. How do you do that? You give them the best of everything. And then people feel differently about themselves.Kearns’ day will begin at 9am, when he arrives at the gated housing community, where people are given the supports to help them live independently.He and his staff spent yesterday preparing for the Christmas dinner spread. Up until 10.30am this morning, when the first residents arrive for steaming cups of tea and coffee, they’ll have the turkey on for roasting and be putting the finishing touches to dessert.On hand will be two Community Education (CE) workers to work with him in the cosy kitchen on the three-course meal.The coffee shop in Sophia is the antithesis of a gloomy institution. It’s welcoming, friendly, and popular with the residents. Working there is a joy for Kearns, who has brought home-baked cakes and breads to the shelves.Changing the kitchenWhen he first joined, Kearns saw that the kitchen used packets and processed food. Under his watch, the kitchen now only serves real food prepared on the premises – there are no stock cubes or packets of junk here.“I don’t feel there’s a need for it,” he said. “Vulnerable people should have the opportunity as much as other people.”The change has paid off: in the first few years, only a handful of people would turn up for the Christmas dinner. These days, he expects up to 20 of the community’s single residents.Two of the staff at the Sophia café.Families are encouraged to have their dinner together in their homes, but they often meet up afterwards in the common areas.Though he frequently cooks for well-off business people at private dinners, it’s his work at Sophia that gets Kearns up in the morning. “It’s very rewarding,” he said. “It’s as rewarding if not more rewarding to be able to do this. I get a great buzz out of it.”He describes the centre as being “like an oasis off Cork St” with “just a lovely atmosphere around the place”. He has seen it change over the years, with its expansion making it “a lovely place to work”.Working on Christmas dayThis Christmas day, Kearns will be one of a number of Sophia staff at work. Another is the facilities manager Jim McKee. He’ll be at the front desk, looking after any visitors and making sure everything is running smoothly.As he showed TheJournal.ie around in mid-December, the staff who usually work at reception chatted about the upcoming holiday, making sure he knew which one was the “comfy chair”. Behind them were the residents’ postboxes, many holding envelopes whose bright red colour hinted that they contained Christmas cards.“I’m quite happy to give a bit back,” said McKee. Sophia is home to single people, older people, and families, and it’s clear they all see themselves as part of a close community.This Christmas Day, thanks to Sophia Housing staff like Kearns and McKee, they will be able to enjoy a safe, warm, welcome Christmas, at home.Read: My Christmas Day: ‘It’s hard for my heart not to break a little bit’>last_img read more

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Two elderly couples terrorised by masked burglary gang

first_imgTWO ELDERLY COUPLES were left badly shaken after their homes were burgled by a gang of masked men.Police in Down are investigating a link between the two incidents which happened within 35 minutes of each other on Monday night and which had a number of similarities.In the first case in Castlewellan, five masked men entered the house at around 7.40pm and threatened the 76-year-old woman and 75-year-old man who lived there. One of the trespassers was armed with a screwdriver.Two of the gang stayed with the occupants while the others searched the house, but the five left empty-handed.Just over half an hour later, five masked men, one of whom was armed with a screwdriver,  entered a house at Loughside Drive around 13 kilometres away and confronted the family living there.The elderly couple – an 80-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man – along with man in his 40s believed to have been their son were kept in a downstairs bedroom by one of the gang while the others searched the property.A second man in his 40s who had been in an upstairs bedroom was brought downstairs and held with the rest of the family when he was discovered by intruders.The gang made off with an undisclosed sum of cash after searching the house.All five intruders had their faces hidden with scarves and wore baseball caps. One of them spoke with an English accent.The PSNI have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.last_img read more

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US homes hangup on landlines in favor of wireless

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released early estimates from the January-June 2010 National Health Interview Survey. While the survey collects information on health status, health-related behaviors and heal care utilization, it also collects information about household telephones and whether or not anyone in the home has a wireless phone. The trend that has developed over the last few years is that people are ditching their landline phones in favor of wireless service only.Statistics collected from the first six months of this year show that more than one in four households (26.6%) did not have a landline phone, but did have at least one wireless phone in the home. That number shows growth of 2.1% when compared to the last six months of 2009. The survey also found that one in six U.S. homes (15.9%)  received all or almost all of their calls on wireless phones even if they had a landline in the home.When you dig into the survey’s numbers even more you discover that this survey marks the first time that the number of adults in wireless-only homes have exceeded those in landline households when looking at any range. More than half of adults (51.3%), ages 25-29 years, live in wireless-only households. Another interesting statistic, and one with the highest prevalence rate for population subgroups examined, showed that two in three adults (69.4%) living only with an unrelated adult roomate, had just a wireless phone in the household. Considering the pain it is to split up a landline bill, let alone take messages for a roomate, I think many of us can understand why.The trend of U.S. homes going wireless-only will no doubt continue in the years to come and helps demonstrate why many telecommunication companies fought hard to add wireless service to their menu of products so that they might retain customers ditching traditional landlines.Read more at the CDClast_img read more

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No more stashed cash for Greeks

first_imgThe tide has turned for one of the most persisting narratives of the Greek crisis. For most of the past eight years, it was largely assumed that Greek people have been stashing their savings in their homes, for fear of Grexit at first and then as a result of the capital controls and it turns out that part of it may be true.This is at least implied by a continuous increase in bank deposits. According to Bank of Greece data, for the 10th straight month, term deposits rose in April, and increased by over three billion euros in the 10-month period. At the same time, there was an increase in deposits in current accounts, albeit to a lesser degree, as they rose by 1.78bn euros.This increase is believed to be due to the influx of new capital; the greatest part of last year’s increase had come to the banks from the liquidation of investments in mutual funds abroad, which were made in the sixth-month period prior to the imposition of capital controls, in June, 2015 and have been brought back to Greece by December 2017.As for the recent new deposits, they are believed to mostly come from cash placed in bank safety deposit boxes or stashed elsewhere. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Salmon Forum Highlights Habitat Protection

first_imgCook Inletkeeper recently recognized the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the passage of the 50-foot setback rule. Berkhahn: “I don’t know how we can actually stop these big projects, and we can’t. But we are moving forward in the right direction.” Another question put before the panel was in regards to the KPB’s 50-foot setback on property near the river bank. Each noted the importance bank habitat provides to a healthy stream. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Over 50 people attended a salmon conservation forum last Thursday, at the Soldotna Public Library, hosted by Cook Inletkeeper. The forum, held a four-person panel: Marcus Mueller, land manager at the Kenai Peninsula Borough; Sue Mauger, science director at Cook Inletkeeper; Patti Berkhahn, who worked for Alaska Department of Fish and Game; and Branden Bornemann, executive director at the Kenai Watershed Forum. The panel answered questions about science, policy, and citizenship and how they intersect in the realm of salmon conservation. When asked about the upcoming Stand for Salmon ballot initiative that will be on the November ballot, each member of the panel said it would “be a great thing.”last_img read more

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