Rocking start to the World Cup cup

first_imgThe rich and varied culture of the Indian sub-continent, mixed with a mesmerising fireworks and laser show, was exhibited in all its glory at the World Cup opening ceremony here on Thursday evening.World Cup opens with a spectacular showAnd world renowned musicians Bryan Adams, Sonu Nigam, Runa Laila, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy regaled the packed Bangabandhu National Stadium as Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina declared the 10th edition of the tournament open.The ceremony, which lasted about two-and-a-half hours, comprised songs sung by local artistes, with captains of all 14 competing teams making their grand entry into the arena in illuminated rickshaws in alphabetical order of the countries’ names.If the rickshaws were innovatively decorated, it were the numbers sung in four different languages – English, Hindi, Bengali, and Sinhalese – that drew maximum cheers from the crowd. While De ghumake, the official World Cup song sung by Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy of India, drew loud applause, legendary Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila’s all-time hit Dama dam mast kalandar was not far behind.There was a dash of colour as mostly Bangladeshi dances were performed by children and youngsters on the vast white circular carpet laid out in the field on which Bangladesh played their first ever Test match in 2000, against India.It was not mandatory for all 14 competing teams to be present at the ceremony, but the five teams – India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, England, and Ireland – that will play their matches in Bangladesh in the next few days were present in full strength.advertisementThe programme began with local songs before Sheikh Hasina arrived and soon Bangladesh’s national anthem was sung. After an audio-video clip, highlighting some of the memorable moments from previous World Cup tournaments, played on the giant screens, young local singers Mila, Kona, Elita, Balam, Hridoy Khan, Arnob, Ibrar and Topu took over.Then all the captains, accompanied by a young boy or a girl sitting with them in the rickshaws – the most popular and the cheapest mode of transport in Bangladesh – made their entry. As one of the co-hosts, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan came in last, but he expectedly received the biggest cheer.Speeches by Bangladesh Cricket Board president Mostafa Kamal and sports minister Ahad Ali Sarkar, International Cricket Council (ICC) president Sharad Pawar, and Sheikh Hasina followed.Pawar termed Thursday as a historic day. “Today is a historic day when the people of Bangladesh join India and Sri Lanka together to host the ICC cricket World Cup, and make this tournament the most memorable yet,” he said.”Tonight we welcome the captains of the world’s top 14 teams to the opening ceremony of the 10th ICC cricket World Cup. One of these captains before us tonight will stand in the magnificent Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2 and receive the World Cup trophy. On behalf of the ICC, I wish you all the best of luck.”Sheikh Hasina wholeheartedly welcomed all the guests. “It is my great pleasure to be present at this colourful opening ceremony of the ICC cricket World Cup 2011… We feel greatly privileged to co-host the cricket extravaganza in our beautiful country.I welcome the ICC officials, guests and spectators in this majestic ceremony,” she said.”I would like to extend my thanks to the ICC for selecting Bangladesh to host the opening ceremony and eight matches. My thanks go to the organisers and patrons for their immense labour to hold the ICC cricket World Cup successfully.I congratulate my cricket-loving countrymen for their great enthusiasm and cooperation to make this event a grand success,” she said. “Good luck to the players and I hope that fraternity among the nations will further be strengthened through this World Cup.”The prime minister declared the World Cup open by placing her hand on a palm-scanner after her speech.This was followed by an aerial and audio-visual cricket act on a nearby building, and cultural programmes. Expectedly, the Bangladesh cultural programme got more time than co-hosts India and Sri Lanka. Another innovative bit was when a person aimed a bow towards the sky and released the arrow, it turned into sparkling fireworks.last_img read more

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Finland into 1st Major Finals as Sweden Seal Euro 2020 Place

first_imgFinland qualified for the first major tournament in their history with a 3-0 win over Liechtenstein while Sweden sealed their place at the Euro 2020 finals following a victory in Romania.Norwich City forward Teemu Pukki scored twice in Helsinki and Jasse Tuominen also netted to bring the home crowd pouring onto the pitch at the final whistle as Finland wrapped up second place behind Group J winners Italy on Friday. Roberto Mancini’s Italy registered a record 10th straight win as they eased past Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 in Zenica.Francesco Acerbi, Lorenzo Insigne and Andrea Belotti scored for Italy, who have bounced back impressively after failing to qualify for last year’s World Cup year for the first time since 1958.”Mancini has done a great job, he has given us clear ideas in a short period of time. We are proud of the record of ten consecutive wins but our objectives and our dreams are honestly others,” said Belotti.Bosnia are guaranteed a place in the play-offs after finishing top of their UEFA Nations League group last year.Sweden qualified for a sixth straight European Championships after a 2-0 success in Bucharest that eliminated Romania from contention.Marcus Berg and Robin Quaison scored first-half goals for Sweden who secured second place behind Group F winners Spain, leaving Romania hoping for a play-off berth.Berg headed in an inviting cross from Emil Forsberg as Sweden surged ahead on 18 minutes and then turned provider as he cushioned the ball off for Quaison to double the lead.RAMOS HONOURED BY SPAIN FANSSeven different players were on target for already-qualified Spain in a 7-0 thrashing of lowly Malta in Cadiz.Alvaro Morata opened the scoring on 23 minutes before former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla bagged his first international goal in four years.Pau Torres, substitutes Pablo Sarabia and Dani Olmo, Gerard Moreno and Jesus Navas completed the rout as Spain made sure of top spot.Spanish fans honoured Sergio Ramos with a huge mosaic of the defender who last month broke the record previously held by Iker Casillas for most national team appearances.”I’m very happy. What better way for me to toast this tribute than with a victory of such authority and playing such good football?” said Ramos, who earned his 169th cap Friday.”The joy is two-fold on both a personal and group level.”Alexander Sorloth struck twice for Norway in a 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands. Tore Reginiussen and Iver Fossum got the other goals in Oslo for the hosts who will head into the playoffs.Denmark require a draw from their final game against the Republic of Ireland after a 6-0 demolition of Gibraltar.Christian Eriksen and Robert Skov both hit a brace in Copenhagen with Martin Braithwaite and Christian Gytkjaer also on the scoresheet.Switzerland occupy second place in Group D behind Denmark after a nervy 1-0 win over Georgia courtesy of late header from debutant Cedric Itten.”I’m still in a bit of shock,” said Itten.”To score on my debut here in St Gallen is a dream come true. It’s still going to take a while to sink in. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bosnia and HerzegovinadenmarkEuro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifying First Published: November 16, 2019, 10:31 AM ISTlast_img read more

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first_imgSome of the key subjects of discussion were Guidance onSome of the key subjects of discussion were Guidance on fire and safety in facades, Execution of facades and the New National Building Code and the all-important discussion on Return on Investment with façade engineering.The endeavor was to unite the ever-expanding brigade of experts in the field of façades and building envelopes, to bring to fore the novice ideas and improvise the old and thereby enabling an adept and empowered façade industry. The conference doubled up as a unique platform for networking and enhancing business relationships.Another high point of the conference was when Prabhat Rahandale, Chief Fire Officer, Mumbai Fire Brigade, who kindly took out time from his extremely busy schedule to make a presentation, highlighted some of the key pain areas of the contemporary Indian buildings where they lack the basics of fire safety. He in a very candid talk took the audience through an enlightening journey on how the buildings can be made safe and all it takes is nothing more than a few small but significant steps that we all need to take on individual levels. He also spoke about the challenges faced by the Mumbai Fire Brigade in addressing the fires and classified the different types of fires with case studies of some recently occurred fire accidents.The conference was complemented by a unique display where some of the most fascinating facade products were showcased. Schueco displayed their Panoramic Facade System – Schueco FWS 35 PD while Glass Wall Systems showcased their exceptional facade building services.advertisementModiguard was present with their high-performance Sunguard range of glass and complementing that was the high strength and high performance interlayer systems by Kuraray. The Display included high precision hardware from the houses of Cotswold, Kinlong, Lavaal and a full range of point fixed hardware system from Lilli Systems from Italy.(MORE) PRNewswire DLlast_img read more

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Player Ratings: Melb Victory v Sydney FC

first_imgA-League Player ratings: Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC – Deng own-goal gifts Sky Blues victory Cronan Yu and Kieran Francis Last updated 2 years ago 04:15 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory A-League Melbourne Victory v Sydney Melbourne Victory Sydney The Victory dominated early proceedings but failed to register a shot on goal as the Sky Blues began their title defence with a vital win An unfortunate own-goal from Thomas Deng proved to be the difference as reigning A-League champions Sydney FC narrowly defeated Melbourne Victory 1-0 at Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.The hosts had hoped of avenging their Grand Final loss to the Sky Blues exactly five months ago and Kevin Muscat’s men piled on the pressure in the early stages of the match.However, the Victory were made to pay for their deficiencies in the final third as Graham Arnold’s men took the lead after Deng turned the ball into his own net off a sumptuous Luke Wilkshire cross moments after the restart. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Here’s how both sets of players fared in the season’s first Big Blue.MELBOURNE VICTORYLawrence Thomas – 5: Could have got a stronger hand to the goal but also made a superb save to deny Wilkshire’s stinging drive in the second half.Jason Geria – 5.5: Put in a decent performance down the right hand side but lacked quality when he got into attacking areas.James Donachie – 6: Looked a bit shaky at times but wasn’t at fault for any catastrophic moments. Passed the ball into midfield well.Rhys Williams – 6.5: Marshalled the back four solidly and also strode into midfield with the ball on several occasions. Had a chance to equalise late but the shot was blocked.Thomas Deng – 4: Looked uncomfortable in an unfamiliar left-back position. Was exposed for pace on a few occasions. The own goal was unlucky.Leigh Broxham – 5.5: Was solid without being remarkable. The midfield battle with O’Neill and Brilliante was relatively even.Carl Valeri – 3.5: Has father time caught up with the Victory skipper? Looked slow and gave away plenty of fouls. Not his best performance.Jai Ingham – 3: Constantly found himself in good attacking positions but delivered woefully into the penalty area.Leroy George – 7: Impressive performance on debut. Got on the ball plenty of times and moved well. Will be interesting to see his role when Troisi returns.Muscat: We won’t see the best of George for a few weeks but I was pleased with him tonight #MVCvSYD— Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) October 7, 2017Mitch Austin – 3.5: Was in the same boat as Ingham. Also had a good chance to open the scoring but took too long to shoot and was closed down by Buijs.Besart Berisha – 4.5: Didn’t really get much service but also didn’t manage to inject himself into the game. Had one golden chance in the six-yard box but made poor connection and it was blocked.SUBSTITUTESJosh Hope – 5: Came on for George after 65 minutes. Looks to be a tidy player and one for the future.Christian Theoharous – 5.5: Played the last eight minutes aterr replacing Austin and was Victory’s most threatening player during that period. Delivery into the box needs significant work.- Kieran FrancisSYDNEY FCAndrew Redmayne – 7.5: Ostensibly nervous to begin with but commanded his box well as the match progressed particularly from set pieces. Dealt with everything Victory threw at him.Paulo Retre – 3: Found himself in dangerous positions going forward only for his first touch to let him down on several occasions. His crosses often failed to find the mark and was just as woeful in defence. Jordy Buijs – 6: Handled the pressure well from the beginning thwarting a quick break from Mitch Austin   early on before blocking a Berisha shot from close range in the second half.  Alex Wilkinson – 7: Started the season the way he finished the last, organised the back four well, struck up a great partnership with Buijs and barely put a foot wrong throughout.Luke Wilkshire – 5: Forced to start on the left-flank with Zullo out injured but chipped, looked lively in attack but was kept busy by Geria and Ingham throughout. Delivered a sumptuous cross as Deng turned the ball into his own net. Was denied by Thomas moments later. Joshua Brillante – 6: Busy in midfield and was particularly effective in defence has he was forced to deputise for an adventurous Retre. Played with more attacking intent in in the second half. FT | A tidy away performance as we leave Etihad with 3 points & a clean sheet in a composed performance! #SydneyIsSkyBlue #BigBlue pic.twitter.com/4pvCEw8HIC— Sydney FC (@SydneyFC) October 7, 2017Brandon O’Neill – 5.5: Looked rusty in the opening 45 minutes, misplacing a number of passes in transition. Much improved after the break as he neutralised Leroy George.Adrian Mierzejewski – 7:  Was promising on debut. Might’ve been deployed on right-flank but was all over the park as asserted himself into the match. Had a good opportunity to open the scoring in 26th minute but hesitated. Was substituted for David Carney in the 75th minute.Alex Brosque – 5: Lively to begin with but his influence diminished as the match wore on. Was withdrawn in the 67th minute.Milos Ninkovic – 8: The Johnny Warren Medalist once again showcased his trickery, vision and superb technique as he led Sydney FC’s resurgence from the front. Was a constant threat to Victory’s defence and was by far the Sky Blues’ best man on the field.Bobo – 5: Endured a frustrating first half and was dispossessed on numerous occasions. Should’ve doubled the team’s lead but headed Mierzejewski’s chip well over from six yards out. Replaced with two minutes to go.SUBSTITUTES:  Matt Simon – 4:  Came on for Alex Brosque in the 67th minute. First impression was disappointing as he tried to link up with Bobo on the break only for the move to fall through. Was generally rusty and ineffective.David Carney – 4:  Replaced Mierzejewski with 15 minutes to go. Only real contribution was a sloppy pass to Bobo moments after coming on.Sebastian Ryall – N/A: Came for Bobo with two minutes remaining as Sydney FC looked to close out the match.- Cronan Yulast_img read more

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Playbook for a Better 2025

first_img “We believe this plan is different from other reports that have come before,” said Jevon MacDonald, coalition member. “It is not a traditional economic development plan. It is not designed to be static. This is another important step in an ongoing process to change our future and the future of our children.” “I am grateful for the hard work of the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition to develop a plan with a wide spectrum of recommendations to help move our province forward,” said Ray Ivany. “I believe that the people of Nova Scotia will also choose ‘Now’ and together we will pursue, with urgency and courage, a path towards a more vibrant, prosperous and unified Nova Scotia.” The plan calls for unprecedented leadership from, and collaboration among industry, business, institutions, communities, First Nations, labour, post-secondary schools, and all levels of government in order to effectively tackle the problems the province faces and realize sustainable change. “There are no silver-bullet solutions and there is a lot of work ahead for Nova Scotians, but with focus in these strategic areas we can reset our trajectory and realize our potential,” added Kent MacDonald, special advisor to the coalition. The Ivany Report projected extended economic and demographic decline. The Collaborative Action Plan: A Playbook for Nova Scotians, outlines the action Nova Scotians can take to achieve the Ivany goals over the next 10 years. The full plan is available at http://wechoosenow.ca . Nova Scotians have the opportunities, assets and talent to achieve a better future, provided we work together like never before. That message was delivered by the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition today, Nov. 6, as interested groups gathered to discuss the 60 measurable actions recommended in response to the Ivany Report. “The Collaborative Action Plan is a playbook for all Nova Scotians,” said coalition member Henry Demone. “It is designed to help us seize our best short-term opportunities for economic growth in ocean industries, ICT, and exports, while making long-term investments in youth, career development and immigration to create sustainable change and demographic growth over time.” The plan outlines seven action areas that hold the greatest promise for change, plus a comprehensive accountability framework. Progress will be measured and reported by an independent organization or all-party committee of the legislature, with regular updates online. The action areas are: Early Years: Starting Strong Our Future is Young Universities and NSCC as Innovation Hubs Immigration and Welcoming Communities Our ICT Momentum Going Global Nova Scotia’s Ocean Advantage Ensuring Accountability and Sustaining Momentumlast_img read more

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French soccer fans in Montreal prepare for les Bleus World Cup match

first_imgMONTREAL – As she drank an apple-carrot smoothie on a patio in Montreal’s Plateau neighbourhood, French tourist Josiane Vignolles said there is no doubt where she will be Friday morning for the World Cup quarter-final between France and Uruguay.“I didn’t think France would make it this far — honestly, said Vignolles, 60, whose son recently moved to Montreal, just like the tens of thousands of other young French people who have come to the city — and especially the Plateau — in the past several years.Vignolles will be among the throngs buzzing around L’Barouf bar, which has turned into a quasi-pilgrimage site for matches of “les Bleus.”The establishment on St-Denis Street is usually closed in the morning, but owner Mehdi Bekri said doors will be open as early as 9 a.m. for the 10 o’clock kickoff.“It’s going to be packed in here,” said Bekri, 40. His bar will be so full that fans will line up outside to watch the game, forcing part of the street to be blocked to cars, he added.“I am a fan of it all, said Bekri. “If France or Belgium don’t make it, I want Uruguay to win (the cup).”France beat Australia and Peru and tied with Denmark in the group stage before defeating Argentina 4-3 in the round of 16 to reach the last eight. The champion of Friday’s game will play the winner of the afternoon match between Brazil and Belgium.Although nobody was spotted Thursday wearing a French team jersey on the sweltering streets of the Plateau — temperatures reached 43 C with the humidex — French accents were everywhere.The 2016 census indicates the Montreal area is home to roughly 57,000 people born in France — slightly more than half of all the French-born people in Canada.During the last French election in 2017, lines outside polling stations in the city stretched far down city blocks.Not far from L’Barouf, 29-year-old Damien Kenson was holding a pastry box containing a strawberry crumble at a cafe on Rachel Street.Kenson, originally from an area just outside Paris, said he’ll watch the match near the city’s Little Italy neighbourhood, which is located a few kilometres north of the Plateau and also home to many French people.Little Italy has been noticeably quieter this tournament than in years past, considering the Italian national team didn’t make the World Cup after failing to beat Sweden in a two-game playoff.The district’s Italians hung a giant banner hanging off two lampposts on either side of St-Laurent Street, reading “Go Everyone Except Sweden. The World Cup in Little Italy, without Italy.”And while the Plateau is quickly turning into what locals satirically call “New France,” not everyone will be watching Friday’s match.Jean-Michel Cauvin, 47, ordered a coffee shortly after Kenson and said it was “highly probable” he wouldn’t be paying any attention.Cauvin, from the south of France, has been in Montreal for about 20 years.“You know what I don’t miss about France?,” he said. “The soccer craziness. The car horns down the streets. I don’t miss that at all.”Cauvin is a fan of more “individual sports” such as skiing or squash.“I don’t like hockey either,” he said.last_img read more

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Few incentives in spendingheavy BC budget global downturn worries business

VICTORIA — Business leaders say they’re concerned the British Columbia government’s budget pays too little attention to the potential impacts of a slowing global economy and a shifting housing market.B.C. Business Council president Greg D’Avignon says finance Minister Carole James is banking on robust economic growth to fund long-term social and environment programs amounting to $2 billion over the next three years.He says the council, which represents many of the largest employers in the province, credits the government for the initiatives that support families and environment programs, but the government is taking business for granted in a darkening economy. Real estate developer Jason Turcotte says the government depends on tax revenue from home sales to help fund its programs, but the budget hinders new property developments which create that wealth.James says B.C. is forecast to lead Canada in economic growth for the next two years and her budget has set aside more than $2.6 billion in contingency and allowance funds in the event of a downturn.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson says the budget does nothing to stimulate the economy. The Canadian Press read more

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Top UN envoy voices hope for additional troops in volatile eastern DR

The top United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed hope that the Security Council will shortly approve a request for 3,000 additional troops to buttress blue helmets already on the ground in the country’s east, the scene of fierce recent conflict.Currently, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MONUC, has nearly 6,000 troops in North Kivu province, which has been wracked by fighting between Government forces and rebel militias.The Council’s authorization for extra forces will “enable us to reinforce our presence, particularly in North Kivu, which is really needed given the pressures on us from many direction,” Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told reporters in New York via video link from the DRC.Mr. Doss, who heads MONUC, said the mission is trying to simultaneously trying to “stabilize the situation in these areas where the conflict is taking place as well as provide support for humanitarian interventions.”Relief supplies are being delivered by truck to Rutshuru, north of the provincial capital Goma, and the UN is continuing with efforts to move people uprooted by conflict away from the front lines of the fighting, he said.On the political front, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, now serving as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, has met with Presidents Joseph Kabila of the DRC and José Eduardo dos Santos of Angola.On Sunday, Mr. Obasanjo held talks with renegade general Laurent Nkunda, who heads the militia known as the Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP).Following their talks, the CNDP today announced that it will review the ceasefire and “pull back from certain areas,” which will become a zone of separation, Mr. Doss said.Patrolled by MONUC, this zone – running from east to west and situated some 100 kilometres due north of Goma – will serve as a “means of de-escalating the conflict and creating space between the armed groups and the national armed forces,” known as FARDC.The mission is also trying to arrange talks between FARDC and CNDP to “build on this dynamic that’s been created by Mr. Obasanjo over the last three or four days to try to stabilize the situation, improve the humanitarian access and then of course pave the way for the political and diplomatic processes to go forward,” Mr. Doss said, emphasizing that “these problems are not going to be solved by force.”Over the weekend, the Congolese and Rwandan governments met to discuss key issues, such as the notorious ex-Rwandan Armed Forces (ex-FAR)/Interahamwe, and Mr. Doss said that the two countries are “very much in favour and support the role of Mr. Obasanjo.”In a related development, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it is increasing its food distributions in the war-ravaged east of the DRC in a bid to reach almost 100,000 people uprooted by fighting.The agency seeks to reach the displaced around Goma and in rebel-held areas further north.Today, WFP began distributing 20-day rations for over 56,000 people in three camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near Goma, with plans to deliver supplies to another three sites in the area planned shortly.Earlier this month, the agency delivered rations to the same half-dozen camps earlier this month.Also today, the delivery of much-needed food aid will begin for 25,000 displaced in Kitchanga and 11,000 in Kilolirwe, both of which are camps situated in the rebel-held Masisi region, north-west of Goma.With the security situation still shaky, food distributions are dependent on MONUC escorts.In a press release, WFP expressed its great concern for the many thousands of people it cannot reach due to the hostilities, with reports coming in of new clashes in Rwindi and Kanyabayonga, more than 100 kilometres north of Goma.But even in areas it can access, the agency stressed the difficulties humanitarian convoys face given the rainy season’s heavy downpours and poor road conditions.To boost its storage capacity in Goma, WFP has set up five temporary warehouses. It has also dispatched two staff members to establish a logistics hub in Beni, in the north of the province, with plans to move food there from Kampala, the capital of Uganda, within the next three days.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the resumption of clashes between the CNDP and FARDC on 16 November in Rwindi has resulted in new population displacements, and some 25,000 IDPs have fled to the area around a MONUC base in Bambo, 80 kilometres north of Goma.Insecurity has closed most of the schools in Rutshuru, with 150,000 children – including those who forced to flee their homes – not attending classes, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today. A measles vaccination campaign is in progress, but is being impeded by the fighting, the agency added. 18 November 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is increasing its food distributions in the war-ravaged east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a bid to reach almost 100,000 people uprooted by the conflict. read more

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Senior UN health official welcomes Asian efforts to fight SARS

“Meetings of this level and magnitude to form a common strategy against a specific disease, show how serious countries are to become free of SARS,” David Heymann, Executive Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Communicable Diseases Cluster told Asian leaders gathered in Bangkok, Thailand.The meeting included the heads of government of ASEAN – Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam, plus China, including Hong Kong. As of yesterday, there had been 5,050 probably cases of SARS, 321 of them fatal, in 26 countries, the vast majority in East Asia.Mr. Heymann told the leaders that that there were two simple strategies that could contain and eventually stop SARS – detecting all cases and protecting those at risk of infection from these cases. He said countries needed to detect and treat SARS cases early while taking effective measures to protect the rest of the population.He added that this was reflected in the procedures endorsed at the meeting, where countries agreed to standardize screening of all travellers, isolate and treat identified SARS cases, and, importantly, share accurate and timely information. read more

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Brides escape across Italy in Big Love

The age-old story of love versus power is the focus of the upcoming Brock production Big Love.Photo: Karyn McCallumThe play tells the story of 50 brides (all sisters) who flee arranged marriages to 50 grooms (their cousins) who pursue them across Italy. A contemporary look at Aeschylus’s Greek tragedy The Suppliant Women, the play will be performed by the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts on Feb. 11 to 13.In Big Love, three of the runaway brides seek asylum in an Italian family’s villa. Their hosts are unable to negotiate the moral predicament and allow the forced marriages, so the brides make a pact to kill their husbands on their wedding night.“I am drawn to the play because it has the scale of a Greek tragedy, but it is dressed in the global culture of today,” said Gyllian Raby, director and associate professor in Dramatic Arts. “(Playwright Charles) Mee invites a wild post-modern performativity, but his story is so deeply sourced in western culture that it is very accessible.”Karyn McCallum designed the set. The choreography is from Gemini-nominated director Allen Kaeja.Performers are from the Dramatic Arts undergraduate performance concentration. They include Rebecca Durance-Hine, Jacqueline Costa, Sadie Isaak, Rob MacMenamin, Corey Mehlenbacher, Trevor Ketcheson, Jen Bender, Chris Boyle, Michael Pearson, Eric Frank, Dylan Mawson and Kasey Dunn.Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.Performances:Thursday, Feb. 11 – 7:30 p.m.Friday, Feb. 12 – 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 13 – 7:30 p.m.To order tickets:Centre for the Arts box office905-688-5550 x3257boxoffice@brocku.ca read more

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This day in history Barack makes history Guy Fawkes legend is born

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Nov 2015 – This day in history in 2008, Barack Obama defeated John McCain getting 338 electoral votes to McCain’s 161 to become the President of the United States of America. Barack Hussein Obama, then aged 47 is the first black man to achieve this feat. Also on this day in history, the nefarious legend of Guy Fawkes against the British was recorded in 1605; that’s 410 years ago. Related Items:barack obama, guy fawkes Recommended for you Zika virus getting stern reaction from country leaders Full Day for Obama in Jamaica ahead of Historic Summit in Panama Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

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State audit faults Evergreen schools

first_imgAudit findingA state audit has found fault in the way Evergreen Public Schools calculated and reported compliance with the national school lunch and school breakfast programs.“The district did not have adequate internal controls over its federal child nutrition verification process, resulting in inaccurate reporting of verification results,” according to the audit report released Monday.The audit period was Sept. 1, 2011, through Aug. 31, 2012.The district received $1,116,250 for the School Breakfast Program and $4,290,586 for the National School Lunch Program in the 2011-2012 school year. The programs fund free and reduced-price meals for children from low-income families. To be eligible for these programs, families must meet income guidelines.The audit found the district incorrectly determined eligibility for about 29 percent of the applications. These errors were due to excluding overtime pay from parents’ total earnings and miscalculating monthly household income using paycheck stubs provided by families.Due to these errors, the district received $9,585 in excess federal funds and caused inaccurate verification results to be reported to the state.Each year districts must choose a sample of applications and verify that the income reported by families is correct. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction provides school districts with instructions on how to verify program eligibility. If the verification process is not completed properly, the district risks serving free and reduced-price meals to ineligible families and misreporting verification results to the state.last_img read more

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State loses bid for easements near Chicken

first_imgIn court, the state of Alaska lost its bid for easements along historic trails across Native Allotments near Chicken, in Interior Alaska. The Department of Law is now turning to the larger issue of getting easements along historic trails crossing private and federal land.Download AudioMon. March 14, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Interior, Tanana Chiefs Conference and Native allotment owners Agnes and Anne Purdy. Richard Monkman represents the regional nonprofit Tanana Chiefs Conference on the side of the Purdy’s.“In simple terms this was a land grab,” Monkman said. “The state was trying to get something for nothing at the expense of a Native family that had been in possession of this land for a long long time. The courts put an end to that.”Monkman said the facts fly in the face of the state’s argument that the trails are needed for public use:“They asserted in court that they had a right of way to go from Chicken to Eagle across the Purdy’s land and they needed the land for that purpose,” said Monkman. “But there’s a state highway, just a few miles to the east that takes people back and forth quite adequately. There’s no reason for them to take this land.”Department of Law assistant attorney general Cori Mills says the state hasn’t decided whether to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.“We’re still evaluating all our options on this case,” Mills said.Mills says the state has a larger issue to contend with:“The underlying case has to do with the state seeking to quiet title to public trails in the 40-mile region,” said Mills. “And these trails go across both private and public land as well as the land of some two in particular Alaska Native allotments.”Mills said the private land-owners in the area are okay with giving the state title to rights-or-way across their lands. She said the state is already in court over getting title for historic trails across federal lands.“The important parts of the case and the crux of the case are really about these public trails as they go along federal land,” Mills said. “So the important issues are still really at the district court level. So we’re going to start…that case was stayed until this appeal occurred. So that’s going to keep going forward.”The state has up to 60 days to decide whether to appeal the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling.last_img read more

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Facebook Communications Head Elliot Schrage Is Leaving

first_imgFacebook’s longtime VP of communications and public policy Elliot Schrage is leaving the company. Schrage, who had been in the job for over a decade, said Thursday that it was “time to start a new chapter.”“I’ve had the incredible opportunity to help build an extraordinary global team of dedicated professionals in policy and communications,” Schrage said in a statement posted to his Facebook profile Thursday. “Working with some of the most talented and creative engineers, product managers, visionaries and business leaders that good fortune (and inspiring leadership) has brought together has changed my life.”“You’ve made an extraordinary contribution to Facebook — dealing with some of our toughest challenges and helping enable some of our biggest opportunities,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a response to Schrage’s post. “You’ve been committed to our mission throughout and have always seen the potential that comes when people can connect to others and build community.” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg added that Schrage had been “instrumental in building our policy and communications teams as well as pushing many of our key initiatives – including the recent publication of our community standards, data about our effectiveness enforcing those standards and the creation of an independent election commission.”Schrage joined Facebook coming from Google in 2008. More recently, he led Facebook’s response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which was widely panned as inadequate. The social network was criticized for delaying its initial response to the scandal.There is no word yet on who is going to replace Schrage. On an interim basis, the comms team will be jointly led by Rachel Whetstone and Caryn Marooney, according to Recode, which was first to report on Schrage’s departure Thursday. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be Beyoncés Assistant

first_imgStay on target Being Beyoncé’s assistant for the day: DONT GET FIRED THREAD pic.twitter.com/26ix05Hkhp— Green Chyna (@CORNYASSBITCH) June 23, 2019“It’s your first day on the job and Beyoncé is getting ready for a red carpet. What are you getting her for breakfast? Yogurt, granola, and strawberries or a five-star breakfast?” Green Chyna asks.As mouth-watering as those bacon strips and hashbrowns look…This is by far the easiest question of the lot. So answer healthy or just go home.Following the most important meal of Bey’s day, you’ll have to navigate the murky waters of FaceTiming with family, dealing with the paparazzi, locating lost items, and correctly lighting one of music’s top-selling artists.It won’t be easy. And it won’t always be fun. But it will be vital—to the world and your future.(I mean, imagine having to explain to your family, friends, and potential employers that Beyoncé fired you as her PA because you chose the wrong song to play in the car.)Like the classic CYOA stories of yore, it’s easy enough to simply rewind the narrative and try again (and again, and again).And you don’t even need to be a Beyoncé fan (unlike the creator, who claims the superstar “spat on my hand” in 2016) to enjoy the interactive experience. Though an intimate knowledge of Ms. Knowles may help inform some of your decisions. My own assistant just got fired on the very first question https://t.co/VrTrv8Y26k— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 23, 2019Your chances with Queen Bey may be spoiled. But Green Chyna is working on a new simulation thread: “Getting away with murder: DON’T GET CAUGHT.”“This one will be coming soon,” a Sunday tweet said. “If any of you guys know more than the average person about homicide please message me so I can make sure all the answers are as accurate as possible.”Who says Twitter isn’t trustworthy?More on Geek.com:Watch: Beyoncé and Donald Glover Sing Duet in New ‘The Lion King’ TV SpotBeyoncé’s Production Company Sued Over Website AccessibilityAmazon Alexa Now Lets You Choose Your Own Adventure Think you have what it takes to be Beyoncé’s assistant?Test your skills with this hard-as-hail viral Twitter game.User Green Chyna (@CORNYASSBITCH) started the threat on Saturday, inviting people to play along and “Don’t get fired.”The choose-your-own-adventure-esque adventure is a roller coaster of emotions—from pride to embarrassment to elation. Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature last_img read more

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Aussie cyclist needs skin graft after iPhone explodes

first_imgWhen you think about cycling injuries, cuts, scrapes, bruises — maybe even the odd sprain or fracture might come to mind. A severe burn requiring grafts probably isn’t on the list.That’s exactly what happened to 36-year old Australian Gareth Clear when he was out biking recently. Clear was enjoying a ride on the extensive network of paths at Manly Dam. It’s a gorgeous place to go for a ride — here’s a short clip so you can see for yourself:Clear’s recent ride wasn’t quite as enjoyable, however. It was cut short when the iPhone 6 he’d been using for the past six months suddenly started to burn right in his pocket.This particular incident doesn’t appear to have been caused by a shoddy third-party charger or cable, at least not directly. Clear’s comments about the incident seem to indicate that he fell on top of it, and presumably onto something hard that managed to penetrate the iPhone’s aluminum back cover and puncture the internal battery.“The phone did hit the ground, it didn’t spontaneously combust,” Clear said. Once the battery was damaged, the reaction quickly set his phone ablaze. It burned through his shorts and two layers of skin. Doctors at the Royal North Shore Hospital patched him back up, but Clear will spend the next week recovering at home. He’ll be tethered to an antibiotic drip to help ensure the burn doesn’t become infected.Apple has contacted Clear and said they’re going to investigate the incident. There could have been other contributing factors besides the damage sustained — and if there were faulty components inside Apple definitely wants to know about them.last_img read more

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24th Phuket Bike Week 2018 to be held this April

first_imgSAWASDEE: eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) You can read full article here: https://www.tatnews.org/24th-phuket-bike-week-2018-to-be-held-this-april/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…  The annual Phuket Bike Week 2018 is celebrating its 24th anniversary this year and is again scheduled in two parts at two locations in Phuket, starting with four days of activities at Patong Beach from 11 to 14 April and continue for another two days at Boat Lagoon in Phuket Town from 20-21 April.During the four-day event at Patong Beach, spectators can enjoy a host of exciting and fun-filled activities including a motorcycle festival, riding convoy around Patong, custom bike contest, daily live music with different bands, Miss Phuket Bike Week 2018 contest, and music festival and beach party.The motorcyclelast_img read more

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Christmas festival at the Childrens Museum draws 10000

first_imgFireworks, a Christmas musical and a rock band enthralled Costa Rican families Wednesday night, as thousands of spectators filled more than two blocks around the Children’s Museum on the northern edge of downtown San José.The Chidren’s Museum celebrated its 13th annual lighting of the “Castle of Dreams.”Families crammed in front of the castle-like façade of the museum, many parents hoisting smaller children on their shoulders. Streets vendors meandered through the crowd with Santa hats, lighted bracelets and balloons.A rock band opened the festivities and gave way to a musical that focused on the true meaning of Christmas. Actors sang and danced on a stage in front of the museum’s entrance, using wires to pull some up and down the roof. A projector bathed the museum’s wall with changing images for the play’s scenes.In the story, Mugrón, an insect-like villain, stole the presents and cake of the Children’s Museum’s mascots Museito and Museita. As the two lamented their ruined Christmas party with their friends, Costa Rican singer-songwriter Martín Valverde, playing himself, arrived with a lesson on Christmas spirit. Valverde said they must not hold on to hatred of Mugrón.“If you want God to forgive you, first you must be able to forgive,” Valverde said.At the play’s conclusion, Valverde persuaded the villain to give up his Grinch-esque plans to prevent lighting the castle, and the first fireworks launched behind him to joyous cheers from the crowd.“Today we finish a work of more than six months of preparation,” museum director Fabiola Rodríguez said in a statement. “And we feel truly happy and emotional about the power to give this activity to thousands of families.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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The Week Ahead Gauging Existing Home Sales

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News The National Association of Realtors (NAR) will publish the data on the sale of existing homes for February, on Wednesday, March 21, at 10 a.m. EST. The monthly data measures sales and prices of existing single-family homes for the nation, and also gives regional breakdowns. These figures include condos and co-ops, in addition to single-family homes. Existing home sales in January were down 3.2 percent and experienced their largest decline on an annual basis in over three years, according to NAR. The median existing-home price for all housing types in January was $240,500, up 5.8 percent from January 2017 ($227,300) with January’s price increase marking the seventy-first straight month of year-over-year gains.Total housing inventory at the end of January rose 4.1 percent to 1.52 million existing homes available for sale, but was still 9.5 percent lower than a year ago (1.68 million) and fell year-over-year for 32 consecutive months. Unsold inventory was at a 3.4-month supply at the current sales pace.Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead:FOMC Meeting, Tuesday, 9 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Apps, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTFed Chair Press Conference, Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. ESTFHFA House Price Index, Thursday, 9 a.m. ESTFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4:30 p.m. ESTNew Home Sales Report, Friday, 10 a.m. EST Share The Week Ahead: Gauging Existing Home Salescenter_img Existing-homes Federal Reserve Home Sales HOUSING Housing Inventory mortgage NAR New Homes 2018-03-18 Radhika Ojha March 18, 2018 511 Views last_img read more

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With the notable increase in volume exported this

first_img“With the notable increase in volume exported this year, it was to be expected that we would see returns of this level, or even lower,” said Alfredo García who headed up the Fedefruta study.”However, the worrying aspect from our latest analysis is that the smaller-sized cherries could cause economic loses for the producer.”The analysis found that cherries of sizes 22-24mm and 24-26mm returned US$1.08 and US$2.28 per kilo, respectively, while the average annual cost to produce them rose to US$2.93.In addition, average returns for a kilo of medium sizes (26-28mm) was US$3.70, generating less than one dollar per kilo of profits to the grower for those sizes, said the Fedefruta analysis.Fedefruta will on Tuesday (August 21) host a regional industry meeting in Rancagua, during which it will also hold an export workshop to help growers maximize returns. August 20 , 2018 Argentine cherry industry set for bright future … Canada: BC cherry exports could still be significa … center_img You might also be interested in Returns to Chilean cherry growers for small-sized fruit during the recent record season were “far from” sufficient to cover production costs, according to an industry body.The Chilean Federation of Fruit Producers (Fedefruta) also said that average industry returns had also fallen across the industry for the second consecutive year during the 2017-18 season, during which exports nearly doubled to a little over 180,000 metric tons (MT).The association’s annual Liquidation Analysis found that the average net per-kilo return for all sizes was US$4.16, which is US$1 lower than the previous season and US$1.5 lower than the 2015-16 campaign.last_img read more

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