A 43-year-old businessman has been arrested for allegedly raping the teenage friend of his daughter inside his flat in DLF Phase-V here in the early hours of Friday.According to the police, the victim, a resident of Gurugram, had gone to visit the businessman’s daughter, who had come to India for holidays, to her flat when the incident took place. The businessman’s daughter studies abroad and had invited the victim to her flat for a sleepover.The accused, Mangesh, allegedly took the girls to Cyber Hub for dinner and drinks late on Thursday night, the police said. The businessman allegedly walked into the room where the two girls were sleeping around 4 a.m. and called the victim out to talk. He then allegedly pulled her into his room and raped her. He also threatened her not to share the incident with anyone.“The victim confided in her mother about the incident during the day. A case was registered in this connection and the medical examination of the victim was done. The accused was later arrested,” said Gurugram Police spokesperson Subhash Boken. The case has been registered on charges of rape and criminal intimidation at Women’s Police Station.The victim had been visiting her friend’s house since school days. The two had studied together at a prominent private school in the city.
A day after the Union Home Ministry issued an advisory to the State to contain political violence, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that the Centre and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were trying to destabilise the Trinamool government in the State.The Trinamool has written a letter to the Home Minister, questioning the intention of the Centre.Ms. Banerjee accused the BJP of spending crores of rupees to spread fake news, and alleged that its party cadres were trying to incite violence in West Bengal.“This is their game plan to throttle my voice, because they know that Mamata Banerjee is the only person in the country to raise voice against them,” she said.The Chief Minister said West Bengal had a democratically elected government, and warned that a “wounded tiger was more dangerous”.‘Larger game plan’Ms. Banerjee gave no direct reply to the advisory but described it as part of larger game plan. “I will not speak on it because the Chief Secretary and party have already given their reply on it,” she said.The Trinamool leadership sent a strongly worded reply to the advisory. A letter signed by party general secretary Partha Chatterjee described the Home Ministry’s response as a “deep-rooted conspiracy” and an “evil ploy to grab power” in Opposition-ruled States.“Over the last two years, we have seen that the Central government has been continuously trying to disgrace the Bangla government and its people through various means. The latest is this advisory note sent by the Ministry of Home Affairs on the law and order situation in the State. The BJP and the Central Home Ministry are run by the same person. The party is dictating Home policy,” Mr. Chatterjee told a press conference late on Sunday night. He further asked whether an advisory note was sent when violence erupted in Uttar Pradesh or Gujarat.“A strong conspiracy is now on to destabilise the State government. We and the people of Bangla will counter this tooth and nail. We are aware of what is going on. We will counter this,” Mr. Chatterjee said.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that his state had turned development into a people’s movement to achieve all-round success and expressed confidence that India could emerge as a great power if it adopted the same mantra and set its goals after precisely assessing its strengths.Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the India Today Conclave 2011 in New Delhi on Friday, March 18, 2011.Drawing repeated applause from the audience at the 10th India Today Conclave for his sharp speech as a keynote speaker for the session ‘How India can develop into the next decade’, Modi said Gujarat was now focusing on the service sectors like tourism after achieving success in the industrial and agriculture sectors.Modi also gave an insight into how Gujarat had achieved success in various fields by following an approach that was both forward-looking and integrated.The biggest success of Gujarat, he observed, is that it had proved that success could be achieved by using the same instruments which have been found defective in the past, thus removing the atmosphere of negativity among the people and giving them hope. Modi said the way to India’s future is through education. “Skills get you jobs, but knowledge creates jobs,” Modi pointed out. With this in mind, Gujarat had created separate universities for subjects like petroleum, forensic sciences and for creating teachers. He said the last Vibrant Gujarat Global Investment Summit in Gandhinagar saw participation by representatives of 33 universities from across the world, who interacted with university representatives of Gujarat for starting courses in new disciplines.advertisementGujarat, Modi said, was focusing on the minutest human and social aspects in its developmental planning and revealed that it had also set up a new university for children’s development to shape their future in an age that is fast changing. He said Gujarat had triggered a public movement in 2005 for restoring its skewed sex ratio and after five years its sex ratio had improved to 924 from 820.Speaking on Gujarat’s climate change and energy initiatives, Modi said the state was set to emerge as the biggest hub for solar power generation following the robust measures taken by the state Government. The state has a 2,200-km long gas pipeline and there were many villages that are getting domestic gas through the pipeline.After his speech, Modi was not found wanting in repartee when questions were put to him by the audience. Modi, expectedly, found himself being asked about the battering his image has taken following the riots of 2002. Did he hold a meeting of top officials, as alleged, to orchestrate the events? Modi said that the Special Investigative Team had questioned him thoroughly on the riots and he had answered them as well as he could.”The matter is with the Supreme Court and it would be proper now that only the apex court commented on the issue,” he said.Pressed further on whether he could assure that Gujarat would not see a repeat of communal violence, Modi recalled a history of Gujarat being “communally sensitive since 1736”, where not a single month passed without curfew being imposed somewhere in the state. After 2002, he said, there have been no curfews, not a single incidence of communal violence, despite incidents like the attack on Akshardham temple and the Ahmedabad bomb blasts. “This should indicate our determination on ensuring that Gujarat believes in peace and harmony,” Modi said.The question of his image was the subject of some other questions too, though in a different light. Modi was queried whether his spin doctors had consciously tried to change the image, even in sartorial terms, in preparation for a bigger role away from the state, in fact in New Delhi as the prime minister.Modi said that though he had not spent even a minute on image correction, people drew their own inferences and it was up to them to answer the question in whatever way they wanted to. As for prime ministership, he said, “I deal in realities, not in dreams. I am concerned with the realities of my state.”Modi added that much was being made of the western attire he sported at times. “This is not an effort at rebranding myself,” he said. “I used to wear a trouser and shirt when I worked for the party in places like Himachal Pradesh, and I wear those clothes during the cold season in Gujarat.”Asked about how the measures he had so successfully adopted for Gujarat could be replicated in other states, Modi replied that each state had its own priorities and there could be no automatic adoption of Gujarat’s method to redress the ills in other states. But he said states could share their experiences and learn from the best practices that other states adopted to reach development to people.advertisementWhen the subject of corruption was broached, Modi retorted that corruption was in poor health in Gujarat and faced death. But he also added that if Gujarat, using the same institutional systems as in the rest of the country, had bucked corruption’s forward charge, the rest of the country could too.When asked about the need for electoral reforms in the light of the present electoral system breeding corruption, Modi said he didn’t believe clean governance couldn’t be delivered in the present system but there was as dire need for poll reforms. He said the biggest reform that had to be carried out was the holding of state and parliamentary elections simultaneously and at a stipulated time every time.Reminded of how the income tax department had raised questions about his meeting with western investors and how this could be construed as an example of a skewed federal system in India, Modi conceded that though the system has worked for over 60 years, there are encroachments on state turf by the Centre.”Things have changed from the time one political party controlled governance from Panchayat to Parliament and the thought on federalism in India has to factor in the changed circumstances where different powers reigned in states and the Centre,” he said.
Monty Mendigora, the president of the Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines, announced on Wednesday that the start of the regional championships would start with the Luzon leg on March 23-24 at Robinsons Mall in Novaliches.Skateboarding chief Monty Mendigoria (right) presents a limited edition skateboard to sports patron and Go For Gold Philippines head Jeremy Go. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“We will look for the best skaters in the regionals,” said Mendigora. “The top three participants from the regionals will get a chance to prove their worth in the national SEA Games qualifying championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Visayas leg would be held in Cebu on April 6-7 while the Mindanao leg is set in General Santos on May 25-26.The top three skaters from the three regional legs will then compete in the National SEA Games qualifier in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Aug. 24-25. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES PBA: Pogoy, TNT remain in sharp form, crush Alaska PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Gold medallist Margielyn Didal. AFP FILE PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines isn’t just looking at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which the country will host, it’s setting its sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines Inc., and Go for Gold have partnered up to find the best skateboarders that will represent the Philippines in the 2019 SEA Games and, if possible, in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The Visayas leg, though, is the highlight of the qualifiers with 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal expected to appear on the competition.“We feel that Margie and the skateboarding team will become our bright lights in the 2020 Olympics, and hopefully they can bring home our first Olympic gold medal,” said Go for Gold godfather Jeremy Go.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MOST READ
Srinagar, Sep 20 (PTI) In the continuing tug of war in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, anti-Farooq Abdullah faction today claimed to have secured BCCI approval to go ahead with the Ranji Trophy trials after the group led by the former chief minister was “temporarily restrained” by a court from interfering in the affairs of JKCA. “Yes our faction, which is called JKCA(A) has been recognized by the BCCI and the trial teams that our faction has sent have been recognized and selected,” JKCA(A) president and state Sports Minister Imran Reza Ansari told PTI. Ansari claimed the BCCI direction followed the ruling by a court in Baramulla district of north Kashmir restraining the Abdullah-led faction from interfering in the affairs of the state association. “The court gave a restraint order against the other faction and, based on that, the BCCI recognized our faction and asked us to conduct trials,” Ansari claimed. He said the directions from the BCCI were issued by its Secretary Anurag Thakur. The court of sub-judge Judicial Magistrate First Class Baramulla in an order temporarily restrained Abdullah faction from interfering in the affairs of the JKCA. “Contesting non-applicants (Abdullah faction) are temporarily restrained from causing any sort of interference with the smooth affairs of the JKCA till next date of hearing,” the order passed by Sub-Judge, Baramulla, read. The court fixed the next hearing for the first of the next month. On July 20 this year, high drama was witnessed in the JKCA when a rebel group elected Ansari as its president in an attempt to end Abdullah?s 35-year stint at the helm of the cricket body, but the move was stayed by a Jammu court. Ansari was claimed to have been elected unopposed by members during a working committee meeting of the JKCA which met at the Association headquarters here. Shortly after 42 of the 64-member JKCA declared Ansari as the new president unopposed, claiming that Abdullah did not contest, a petition was moved by the former Chief Minister?s faction in the court of sub-judge, Jammu, Amarjeet Singh Langey, who stayed the election result. The court, in its order, said that there was a “prima facie case requiring indulgence of this court in so far as staying the operation of notice for convening the meeting”. Abdullah, who was re-elected as JKCA president for a three-year term in May 2014, extending his tenure which began in 1980, dubbed Ansari?s election as “illegal and unconstitutional”, saying he still had nearly two years to go. However, the Ansari faction got a relief from the Baramulla court, which became the basis for todays BCCI order. PTI SSB SK SKadvertisement
sport null Rio Olympics closing ceremony: Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (left) and Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike are seen on stage. Photo: Reuters Published on 2/3 Rains failed to dampen the famous Rio carnival spirit as this Brazilian city bid an emotional farewell to the thousands of athletes of the world in a colourful closing ceremony to bring down curtains on the 31st Olympic Games here.International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach declared the Games closed to mark the official end of the 16-day sporting spectacle competed among more than 11,000 athletes from 205 countries in 42 disciplines.“I declare the Games of the 31st Olympiad closed. In accordance with tradition, I call upon the youth of the world to assemble in four years time in Tokyo, Japan to celebrate the Games of the 32nd Olympiad,” Bach said to the huge applause of the packed gathering at the iconic Maracana Stadium on Sunday night.See You in TokyoThis was after the Olympic flag was lowered and handed over to the representative of Tokyo 2020, the next host of the Games. Bach handed over the flag to female Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a dramatic entry in a high-tech show, a trademark of the far eastern country, during a short but impressive performance titled ‘See You in Tokyo’.The athletes braved harsh winter winds, accompanied by torrential showers, and enjoyed the festive atmosphere after intense competition in their respective events ended.Torrential showers continued unabated but it did not matter to the athletes who sported translucent raincoats with several of them singing, dancing and taking selfies during the nearly three-hour-long closing ceremony.The athletes entered the pitch with Greece coming first according to tradition.US, UK, China top medal tallyLed by Sakshi Malik, the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal whose bronze opened the medal count of two including a silver, the country’s contingent also braved the rains as she stood tall waving the tri-colour.The honour of bearing the Indian flag came to Sakshi as silver medalist shuttler P V Sindhu had left yesterday as about 50 Indians, including the men’s and women’s hockey teams, the wrestlers and boxer duo of Shiva Thapa and Manoj Kumar, participated in the athletes’ parade.India ended the Games at 67th position with one silver and a bronze. United States of America topped the medals tally with 121 medals (46 Gold, 37 Silver, 38 Bronze), followed by Great Britain (27 23 17) and China (26 18 26). Host country Brazil were at 13th position with 7 Gold, 6 Silver and 6 BronzeA day after a frenzied Brazil celebrated its maiden gold in men’s football with a win over Germany at the same iconic venue, the closing ceremony added colour and glitz and cheered the likes of Neymar and Usain Bolt when they were displayed on giant screen during a video of Rio 2016’s defining moments.Accompanied by fireworks, the countdown to the start of the 13-segment show honoured ‘father of aviation’ Santos Dumont, creator of first controllable aircraft with an engine as he announced the “party to begin”.Projections of watch gears were put on the field of play, signifying the countdown for the show.Welcoming the spectators to the Maracana, a projection from the point of view of a bird flying over the host city of Rio de Janeiro was shown as the city’s landmark points — Christ the Reedemer, Sugarloaf — were seen and it reached the climax with the formation of five Olympic rings.Music took over the field as icon of Rio’s samba Martinho da Silva, accompanied by his three daughters, dished out a soul—stirring performance of ‘Carinhoso’, one of the all—time Brazilian popular songs.Brazilian National Anthem was then sung by 27 children, representing country’s 26 states plus the Federal District, accompanied by a powerful percussion band, which was preceded by a tribute to some important songs and composers of Brazilian popular music.Message of fellowshipThe real heroes of the Summer Games, athletes from 207 delegations including the Refugee Olympic Team, entered the arena together sending out a message of communion and fellowship in the longest show of the closing ceremony spanning 47 minutes and 51 seconds.Electronic music superstar Kygo and singer-song writer Julia Michaels took to the main stage and enlivened the end of the Athletes’ Parade with the song ‘Carry Me’The next segment celebrated Brazilian artists, which was followed by a two—minute feature on the defining moments of Rio, followed by the Games last medal ceremony — the men’s marathon.11 minutes 45 minutes were dedicated to Tokyo 2020 as the Japanese expressed their gratitude and put up a display of grit, determination, courage and hope to make it a greater success in four years’ time.It was followed by the official protocol of speech giving before a carnival parade entertained the spectators. The spectacular fireworks display emanating from the Maracana lighted the Rio sky and Olympic flame was finally doused as it was time to bid goodbye and bring curtains down on the sporting spectacle.But it was not before Brazil’s signature samba carnival march that has become an anthem. Traditionally attired samba dance masters and flag bearers’ entered the pitch after six singers began singing ‘Cidade Maravilhosa.Symbol of hopeTo the sound of popular samba songs, Brazilian top model Izabel Goulart was joined by Renato Sorriso, a dustman and road sweeper who became famous for his good humour and smile while cleaning up after Carnival in 1997 in a unique gesture.Bach thanked the volunteers, athletes and the Refugee Olympic Team who participated in the Games for the first time.“You the athletes of the world have shown us all the power of sport to unite the world. Together, we can go further. Together, we can aim even higher. United in our diversity, we are stronger,” Bach said.“Thank you, dear refugee athletes. You have inspired us with your talent and human spirit. You are a symbol of hope to the millions of refugees in the world. We will continue to stay at your side after these Olympic Games.“We arrived in Brazil as guests. Today we depart as your friends. You will have a place in our hearts forever,” he added in an emotional speech.Bach was accompanied by Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the president of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee.“I’m the happiest man alive at the moment. Let’s celebrate together the Games of Rio. It will stay forever,” Nuzman said.The IOC also honoured the people who made this ‘miracle’ happen by awarding the Cariocas (native of Rio) the Olympic Cup, which was constituted by the the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin.“The IOC has invited six of you to accept this Cup here tonight,” Bach said. Rio Olympics: Performers take part in the closing ceremony. 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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach Jacques Kallis on Thursday said he believed their team is a “very well balanced unit” ahead of the 2016 season.The two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions have roped in New Zealand all-rounder Colin Munro and the West Indies Test and one-day international captain Jason Holder to boost their fire power. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)”We are a very well balanced unit. We have great options which makes selection tough. Few new faces, which will give us a few new ideas and options. It is going to be exciting, we are looking forward to it,” Kallis told reporters here.Kallis was brought in as Trevor Bayliss’ replacement, who joined England as their head coach. (Also read: Ponting backs Rohit to rediscover golden touch) Asked how he managed to land the job, the 40-year-old said, “I suppose it started last season when I was the batting consultant. Trevor Bayliss then got the English job, so there was an opening.” (Also read: Fitness not captaincy the major challenge for Zaheer, Daredevils)”Venky Mysore (KKR CEO) and the guys considered me. I thought it would be nice, I have been involved with what six years now! It is set up well now, it is a new challenge. It is something I enjoy doing, passing of knowledge.” (Clash of the captains: It’s MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli)Last year, KKR-who were the defending champions then, failed to qualify for the playoffs. They lost the last two matches of the group stage and crashed out of the tournament.advertisement”We were just one game away from making the playoffs. In this format you need a little luck on the way and perhaps we lost one or two bad games which we shouldn’t have. That’s the nature of the tournament. Hopefully we can keep on playing some good cricket. We have the squad to make it to the play offs this year. We just need to win games at the right time,” Kallis said.The team is led by Delhi lad Gautam Gambhir. The left hander has not had much cricket in the past few months but Kallis insists he is ready for the challenge.”We have had a lot of practices so far. Sometimes coming in fresh is good. You need to take a break away from the game, come again and start back fresh. He (Gambhir) is certainly very positive. Hope to have a good season with him leading from the front. He is hitting the ball well at the moment,” added the former South African all-rounder.
FIFA wants to double worldwide participation in women’s soccer to 60 million by 2026, the governing body announced in its inaugural ‘global strategy’ for the women’s game.As part of the goals which were revealed by Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s first female Secretary General, the global organisation has also set out plans to introduce a women’s equivalent to the men’s Club World Cup.The men’s competition, which has existed since 2000 and brings together the winners of each region’s continental tournament, was won by Real Madrid in 2017. One such suggestion put forward by the new strategy has been described as a ‘FIFA Women’s World League’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Other competition proposals presented include an increase in the number of youth development tournaments, as well as a women’s FIFA futsal event.The governing body has also set further targets in terms of participation, with a desire to double the number of member associations that have organised youth leagues for women in place by 2026.In addition, the strategy seeks to grow the influence of female executives, with every member association expected to have at least one woman on their respective executive committees by 2026, while FIFA itself is to ensure that at least one third of its own committee members are female.Samoura said: “We will work hand-in-hand with our 211 member associations around the world to increase grassroots participation, enhance the commercial value of the women’s game and strengthen the structures surrounding women’s football.“Most importantly it will make football more accessible to girls and women and encourage female empowerment, a subject of great importance, now more than ever before.”The announcement of the plans comes just days after the shortlist for women’s soccer’s first ever Ballon d’Or was revealed. England pair Lucy Bronze and Fran Kirby have both been nominated.
When the starting lineups were unveiled an hour before the Columbus Crew’s Eastern Conference semifinal opener against the New York Red Bulls, the initial thought was that Gregg Berhalter was limiting his losses in a thankless position.With just three days rest after a dramatic penalty shootout win against D.C.United, Berhalter left Federico Higuain and Pedro Santos on the bench to start out, hoping replacements Patrick Muillins and Luis Argudo could provide the energy and influence to make up for the absence of two of the team’s most dangerous attacking players. More importantly, Berhalter set out a lineup to neutralize the Red Bulls midfield, and hold things down until he could bring on Higuain to work some magic off the bench.The plan worked to perfection. The Red Bulls were unable to take advantage of Higuain’s absence in the first half, playing the Crew to a frustrating stalemate. Higuain entered the match at halftime and immediately rejuvenated the Crew attack, delivering the winning assist on Gyasi Zardes’ goal in the 1-0 victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Perfection from Pipa on the assist. Fantastic finish by @gyasinho. #CLBvRBNY // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/iDQLyeL0Ce— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 4, 2018″I spoke to Pipa [Higuain] at length and got a feeling [of] where he was at,” Berhalter said. “I think he actually recovered really well and was in a position to potentially start the game, but we felt we needed something else in the first half. We needed power. We needed to stretch them. We need to open them up. We needed to really get after them in the first half, and then thinking about will he be able to maintain that for 90 minutes.”We took a gamble, and we don’t normally do that,” Berhalter said. “This time, I think Patrick came in and gave us exactly what we were looking for, and then Pipa came in and gave us the match-winner with a nice assist.”The Crew deserve credit for their defensive performance, which frustrated the Red Bulls in much the same way it frustrated D.C. United on Thursday. The Red Bulls midfield offered little in the way of attacking contributions, in much the same way D.C. United’s normally-dangerous midfield struggled to generate chances. The tandem of Wil Trapp and Artur were once again front and center in cutting off passing lanes and maintaining positional discipline while Jonathan Mensah and Josh Williams did well to keep Bradley Wright-Phillips occupied for the most part.The Red Bulls did have their chances, but the three biggest plays that could have led to Red Bulls goals all went against them. The first, a free header by Tim Parker, went off the post. The second, an incredible long pass from Kaku, threatened to spring a wide-open Daniel Royer downfield only to have an alert Zack Steffen race 40 yards off his line to beat Royer to the ball and snuff out the threat.The third involved Steffen again, with the U.S. national team goalkeeper diving to his left to pull off a fingertip save of a goal-bound Wright-Phillips header in the final seconds. If Steffen doesn’t make that save then the Red Bulls would be returning to Red Bull Arena with a precious away goal and the confidence of knowing a win or 0-0 draw would send them through.Now, the Red Bulls head into the second leg trailing, and knowing they’re going up against arguably the league’s best goalkeeper, who also happens to be in top form.”The mark of a goalie who is worth his weight in gold is a goalie that can come up with a big save even though he doesn’t have a lot to do, and that was exactly what Zack did tonight,” Berhalter said. “To me, that was a different level that he showed he has.”ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? ⚡️#CrewSC | #ClaimGlory pic.twitter.com/4VIUZoJjV3— Columbus Crew SC #ClaimGlory (@ColumbusCrewSC) November 4, 2018Thanks to the heroics of Higuain and Steffen, the Red Bulls are once again facing the prospect of seeing another Supporters’ Shield-winning season end in disappointment. The remaining task isn’t an impossible one — a 2-0 win or any multi-goal win would do the trick, but given how well Steffen and the Crew defense are playing, a goal-fest is far from a sure bet in the second leg. Keeping the Crew from finding an away goal also won’t be easy with Higuain in such good form.The pressure is now squarely on the Red Bulls to not only erase the first-leg deficit, but to avoid subjecting their fans to another playoff nightmare. Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas insists that the team’s history of playoff letdowns isn’t going to affect his team.”We haven’t talked about pressure, expectations, and we won’t start that dialogue now,” Armas said. “We know we defend well, We did again tonight. We really limited their chances, their big chances, so in many ways we felt in control.”So the week is going to be about preparing physically, tactically, technically and just getting sharp,” Armas said. “Go home and we’ll get ready for the next game with a lot of excitement in front of our home fans. Again, we’ve been very, very good (at home).”It hurts a little that we don’t get the perfect result here, but certainly, 90 minutes to get the job done at home, we feel good about that.”The Crew also feel good heading into next week’s second leg, knowing that a win or draw sends them to the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years.”Our message to the group was, ‘We’re halfway through a 180-minute game, potentially more with extra time.’ We’re happy, but we’re not done,” Berhalter said. “That’s the important message. I guarantee you in New York, it’s going to be a difficult game, as it was tonight.”
France defender Samuel Umtiti feels that his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi does not enjoy the same type of support for Argentina like he does in his club colours.Speaking ahead of the round of 16 clash against Argentina, Umiti said that Messi’s situation with his national team is different than that of his club. He adds that there is immense pressure on Messi and he has delivered more often than not.”He is different with Argentina than with Barcelona,” said Umtiti.”He does not have the same players with him and their way of playing is different but he has saved them on several occasions, he added.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMessi enjoys support from Luis Suarez up front and has been a hit over the years with Iniesta, Xavi and others helping the mercurial forward reach the next level. But, in national colours, he has not received the same amount of support from stars like Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and others. Add to that, the pressure of being tagged the ‘best in the world’, it gets difficult for Messi to thrive all the time. And, the 24-year-old feels that the Argentines are a bit hard on him.”The Argentineans are tough on him, but he cannot do everything on his own,” said Umtiti. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi have led Barcelona’s attack with panache over the last couple of years (Reuters Photo)However, on Saturday, Umtiti will have to forget friendships and go head-to-head against his teammate. Umtiti will will cross the forward’s pass when Les Bleus take on Argentina in a mouth-watering second round tie.WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEadvertisementUmtiti, who is expected to start at the Kazan Arena after being rested in France’s last group game against Denmark, said: “I see him everyday. It is very hard to stop him. He’s got outstanding qualities.”We will try to stop him but he’s not the only one in this Argentina team, they have other strikers.”Lionel Messi’s first goal in World Cup 2018 was the tournament’s 100thUmtiti, who is paired with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane in defence, should have a key role against Messi if he is well fed by his team, which was not always the case in the group phase, which Argentina escaped with a last-gap 2-1 win against Nigeria.”(Umtiti) does not feel the pressure. He’s ice-cool, he’s zen,” said France midfielder Thomas Lemar.France will therefore hope that Umtiti’s presence will help them cope with Messi’s magic and move into the last 8 of the World Cup with ease.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus interested in Chelsea fullback Emerson Palmeiriby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are interested in Chelsea fullback Emerson Palmeiri.Calciomercato.com says Juve want to sign the former AS Roma defender as competition for Alex Sandro, who penned a new deal earlier this season.Emerson moved to Chelsea a year ago, but the transfer hasn’t gone as planned due to the form at left-back of Marcos Alonso.As such, the Brazilian is open to returning to Italy this month.And it’s suggested should Chelsea sell, they will move for Sassuolo fullback Rogerio, on-loan from Juve, as a direct replacement.
Virgil van Dijk needs to spend another “10 years” at Liverpool before he can be considered a “Premier League great”, according to John Barnes.The Netherlands international completed a record-breaking £75 million ($91m) transfer to Anfield from Southampton in January 2018 and has since emerged as one of Jurgen Klopp’s most important players.The 28-year-old helped the Reds reach a Champions League final in his first few months on Merseyside, which they lost 3-1 against Real Madrid in Kiev. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Liverpool bounced back with a vengeance in the 2018-19 campaign, engaging in a thrilling Premier League title race with Manchester City while also plotting another run to the European Cup final.Klopp’s men narrowly missed out on domestic glory but picked up the Champions League trophy after a 2-0 win over English rivals Tottenham in the Madrid showpiece on June 1.Van Dijk’s presence at the back was crucial as Liverpool progressed to a new level, but Barnes has urged the centre-back to try and reach the same heights over the next decade.“If he gets transferred to Real Madrid next year, he’s not been here long enough to be a Premier League great, ” the ex-Reds midfielder told bonuscodebets.co.uk.”Don’t look down the line and say in 10 years I want to be a considered a great, he has to go through the process of being here for that period of time.”Too many people say they want to be a legend, but you can only be that at the end of your career when looking back.”You can’t look forward and want to be a legend, you look back and think ‘I was a legend’. I’m sure he doesn’t, but I’m talking about what people are talking about.”Barnes also insists that Van Dijk must prove himself all over again in the upcoming season, with Liverpool likely to resume a fight for more silverware on domestic and European fronts.He added: “Van Dijk had a fantastic season but it means nothing now. If he has a terrible season now, what is he? I’m sure he will be fine but he just needs to carry on and be consistent.”He doesn’t need to improve on anything, just consistency as he’s not been around long enough to judge that consistency. “How he can improve is to do the same again – because he has then improved his consistency, that’s the key to everything. He brings stability, he is calm, which helps the crowd and now he has to continue to perform.”Joel Matip and Joe Gomez shared centre-back duties alongside Van Dijk for the majority of last season, while Dejan Lovren is also still an option for Klopp after failing to secure a summer transfer.Barnes feels Gomez is the best choice to partner Van Dijk long-term, despite confessing that the England defender “still has a lot to learn”.“I think long-term Joe Gomez will be van Dijk’s partner,” said Barnes. “I think that’s a good partnership but he does have a lot to learn.”If you look at the centre back partners, we’ve got (Joel) Matip, we’ve got (Dejan) Lovren and we’ve got him (Gomez) alongside Van Dijk. Anybody can do a good job and if not, whoever comes in for him can do a good job.”Liverpool will be participating in the Premier League curtain-raiser on Friday night, as they host newly-promoted Norwich at Anfield. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The Ministry of Health continues to formulate policies and programmes to reach the goal of a healthy and stable population.As part of my commitment to secure the health and wellbeing of the people of Jamaica, the Ministry of Health has crafted a Strategic Business Plan which takes into account our National Development Plan Vision 2030, this Administration’s Manifesto and international treaties and agreements such as the Millennium Development Goals in which we commit to ensuring access to affordable health care without compromising the quality of care.We have developed an Operational Plan for 2013-2014 in the context of this Strategic Plan. The Ministry has made progress in achieving the indicated health goals including improving services to the people and we have just started on a programme to upgrade the physical infrastructure of the public health sector.I have visited a number of the facilities and have seen firsthand the conditions and had the opportunity to assess the quality of services. I am very aware of the needs Mr. Speaker!While we continue to put as much resources as possible into the health sector, we are cognizant of the limitations we face given the environment of scarce resources, shrinking budgets in the public and private sectors and the IMF conditionalities.Health was front and centre in the discussions with the IMF team. As the country negotiated for an Extended Fund Facility, the social sector was critical to the sign-off by the multilateral partner. The Ministry has taken a proactive approach to implement the strategies under the agreement. I urge all of us in the health sector to band together and do our part to ensure that Jamaica satisfies the obligations – we are all in this thing together!Achievements of the Ministry of Health 2012-2013Mr. Speaker, during the past year, we have been hard at work with the support of my team and together we were able to bring a number of projects to completion. I have made a Ministry Paper available to this honourable House, which will be tabled today and which outlines our programme of work and accomplishments in detail but allow me to present a quick summary of some of our achievements.Child & Adolescent HospitalWe have now received the concept paper for the Child and Adolescent Hospital in Western Jamaica. We will be submitting this to the Development Bank of Jamaica to invite private participation after internal review.Infrastructure improvementsMr. Speaker infrastructure upgrade was done to the tune of more than $375 million on hospitals including St. Ann’s Bay Regional, Annotto Bay, Princess Margaret, Black River, Mandeville Regional, Bustamante, Bellevue, Cornwall Regional and Savanna-la-mar…READ MOREDownload the Contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate by Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson
Montreal: Canada will create a protected marine area in the country’s Arctic region, where climate change is taking effect three times faster than global average, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday. Glacial melting and maritime traffic are threatening multiple species off the coast of Baffin Island, in Canada’s northeastern Arctic archipelago. “Populations of belugas, narwhals, walruses, seals, polar bears and thousands of other species who depend on year-round sea ice to survive are now migrating, dwindling, or in some cases, disappearing,” Trudeau said during a visit to Iqaluit, in the eastern territory of Nunavut. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe prime minister, who is seeking reelection in three months, has made environmental protection and reconciliation with indigenous populations two main priorities. “For Inuit who have relied on hunting and harvesting to feed their families, climate change imperils their livelihoods and their way of life,” he said. According to Trudeau, the protected region would help the Canadian government surpass its goal to protect 10 per cent of marine and coastal regions by 2020. The liberal leader also pointed out his government had recently invested in modernizing the Coast Guard, launching two Arctic patrol vessels to increase protection for national interests in the region. “Our government is committed to enforcing Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic in partnership with the people who have lived here for (millennia),” Trudeau said. a
“Hope,” a song for which Nelson Mandela personally wrote and recorded lyrics has been released by international pop star Emin.Video: “HOPE” A Tribute featuring Nelson Mandela Performed by EMINAll proceeds from Emin’s sales of the song will benefit the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.Co-written by Russ Ballard and Chris Winter, the song has received 660,000 views on YouTube since its rush release the night of Mandela’s passing. “Hope” was originally intended to celebrate 2014 World Peace Day.In the song, the late leader of South Africa pens a verse talking of his hope for the world. “The generosity of the human spirit can overcome all adversity. Through compassion and caring, we can create hope,” reflects Mandela.Says Emin: “I recorded ‘Hope’ a while ago, and with the passing of Nelson Mandela, I feel it’s the right time to share it. In the memory of this great man, I count myself among the millions around the world who honor his legacy and look to the future with hope.”EMIN recently performed to a TV audience of over a billion viewers and his new CD AMOR will be released February 2014.Source:PR Newswire
APTN National NewsAs Canadians head to the polls Monday, there’s a push to make sure Indigenous voters are among them.The Assembly of First Nations has identified 51 ridings where the First Nations, Metis or Inuit vote can make a difference.The AFN highlighted on its website where the parties stand on Indigenous issues so people can cast their ballots accordingly.2015 Election commitments for First NationsAboriginal leaders, lawyers, activists and academics say Canadians in all 338 ridings across the country should do the same.Social media is peppered with complaints that key indigenous issues haven’t featured in mainstream media and debates.Inequalities in healthcare, education, the economy.The importance of social justice and treaty rights.“We assume different types of knowledge because we’ve lived it,” said Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. “And I think we have to be better communicators and better educators of non-Aboriginal people so they can understand why these situations have evolved. And then invite them into the solution.”“You can’t build a country without your indigenous peoples,” said Todd Russell, an Inuit leader in Labrador. “When we’re weak, this country is weak. And when we’re strong, this country is strong.”Here are the issues all Canadians should care about.Healthcare: “We need to call for equality being the floor not the ceiling.” Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child & Family Caring SocietyHealthcare is a basic right of all Canadians. Cindy Blackstock said it might come as a shock to the average person that Indigenous people do not have equal access to the same care.Cindy BlackstockIn a release this week, the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada wrote, “Quality health care is out of reach for many Aboriginal Canadians.”A complicated “patchwork” of policies, legislation and agreements…cultural barriers according to the Association, have created barriers to equitable access to health care and services.That’s reflected in sobering statistics when it comes to physical and mental health.Suicide rates are five to seven times higher for First Nations youth than for non-Aboriginal youth.Disproportionate rates of tuberculosis at 26.4 times the rate of Canadian-born non-Aboriginal people.Type 2 diabetes is now considered to have reached “epidemic” levels“Many people I talk to have taken on government supported stereotypes that First Nations’ children on reserve are getting more,” said Blackstock. “And that’s why they couldn’t understand why things weren’t getting any better.”Blackstock took the Canadian government before the Human Rights Tribunal over its discriminatory policies.“The federal government has been under-funding these services in the order of 30 per cent for 148 years,” said Blackstock. “And that’s why we see all these inequalities for kids an then it makes sense for the average Canadian.”A decision from the Tribunal is expected in the next few months.In the meantime, Blackstock hasn’t heard the party leaders address key indigenous issues in this election. “I think the silence of the leaders is actually an endorsement of the continued racial discrimination,” she said.Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day is urging Canadian voters to “reject the current conservative policy approaches that perpetuate institutional racism.”In the Chief of Ontario’s “Top 5 Priorities for First Nations,” the Indigenous healthcare crisis sits at number one.Isadore Day“It is simply unacceptable that Indian Status is an indicator of health, poverty, and education in Canada,” said Day. “First Nations have worse health and educational outcomes, worse housing, and less access to critical services than any other population in Canada. This is entirely due to federal funding practices, policies and discriminatory legislation – some of which has been on the books since 1876.”“These inequalities put a red hot poker stick into that Canadian identity,” said Blackstock.Aside from the steep social cost, equality is good for the economy.Blackstock points to research that shows a traumatic childhood, like living in poverty, in overcrowded houses, with mental health or addiction issues in the family, leads to costly healthcare problems for adults.“It’s all predicted by what happened to you as a little kid, so the better we can make childhood, the more money we’re going to save downstream,” said Blackstock. “And that’s why the World Health Organization says for every dollar we spend on a kid, the taxpayers save seven dollars down the line.”Economy:“All Canadians benefit, when we are more prosperous.” Todd Russell, President of NunatuKavutIn Labrador, the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut have been fighting for recognition of their Aboriginal identity and land claim for 25 years.Russell wants to make it an election issue. A land claim brings in federal dollars to a region struggling economically. And that’s good for everyone in Labrador.Todd Russell“We’re always judged by what we can do for those who have the least,” said Russell. And adds, as a country, Canadians shouldn’t accept poverty that defines so many Indigenous communities.Number two on Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day’s list of priorities: Continuing abject poverty that creates systemic issues in First Nations.“On Election Day, voters should ask themselves if they are prepared to support another generation of discrimination, another generation of youth stuck in poverty, or another decade of lost opportunities,” said Day.And the economies of First Nations matter.In Cape Breton, the Mi’kmaw community of Membertou is an economic success.With its hotel, business park and convention centre, it employs seven hundred people, many from off the reserve.Not far away, Eskasoni is the largest Mi’kmaw reserve with a population of 4,000.“General mainstream should care because we’re all part of the community,” said Tuma Young, an assistant professor at the Unama’ki College at Cape Breton University. “Eskasoni is such an economic force that impacts Sydney. People spend money off reserve. Cape Breton depends on what happens in Eskasoni.”On a larger scale, First Nations are key to the larger Canadian economy, says a lawyer specializing in Aboriginal Title and Treaty Rights.“The proposed pipelines that go west or south or east,” said Bruce McIvor, “those are indigenous issues. If non-indigenous people expect these to be resolved, to have major resource extraction projects move forward, we have to come to grips with indigenous issues across the country.”Bruce McIvorEnvironmental activist Clayton Thomas-Muller said the platforms of the main political parties “set Canada on a crash course with First Nations.”“If our economic model continues on oil,” said Thomas-Muller, “that’s at odds with constitutional protection of indigenous rights to hunt and trap within our territories. Nobody is addressing the jurisdictional gray area that exist between title, sovereignty and rights of First Nation’s and where that sits between goals of extractive industry.”Treaty Rights:“We’re not going anywhere, this is our land. We’re here to stay.” Clayton Thomas-Muller, Environmental activistThe 338 electoral ridings across the country overlay a patchwork of Treaties that make up modern Canada.“These are not historical, but instead are living documents,” said Bruce McIvor. “They need to be renewed. Respected. They need to be implemented and that takes work.”For the Canadian public, treaty rights might only come to fore when there’s conflict; images of protests, burning tires, clashes with police on the evening news.Clayton Thomas-Muller“But that’s the last resort for most First Nations,” he said. “That symbolizes how important these issues are and that they take these things seriously to step up in that way when confronted with force. Non-indigenous Canadians should take that as wake up call. One, these issues are fundamentally important to the country. And two, the government is not doing its job on these issues in a respectful, principled, honourable manner.”In Elsipogtog, the fight over fracking brought the Mi’kmaq together with their Acadian neighbors and environmental groups. A coalition based on the common goal to protect the water.That new expression of what it means to be Treaty partners pops up in similar scenes across the country, like the fight against Enbridge in British Colombia.“What really binds them is locality,” said McIvor. “Hydroelectricity is a good example. The benefits flow south, the negative effects are experienced by the people close to the development. And a lot of non-indigenous groups are more aware now that in order to have a better chance of being successful in opposing a particular development, they’re better off supporting an indigenous group that has constitutional rights they can rely on.”Thomas-Muller sees an awakening at a grassroots level that has yet to reach federal politics.“There is a spirit of change that I see I these streets, especially with young Indigenous people who are leading social change,” said Thomas-Muller. “Forestry, pipelines, mining. We see this incredible Indigenous resurgence and it’s a real tragedy that the candidates haven’t addressed it, especially in the wake of Idle No More.”He calls the lack of debate in this federal election on Treaty rights a “disservice to voters.”Education: “Kids are the best investment any society can make and we’re not investing in these children in fact we’re under investing.” Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child & Family Caring SocietyThe Liberals have promised $2.6 billion over four years for First Nations education. The NDP promise $4.8 billion over 8 years.Assistant Professor Tuma Young points out that money spread over 600-plus First Nations across Canada over several years, doesn’t add up to what’s needed.Infrastructure. New schools. Resources for teachers. Culturally relevant curriculum.“I don’t dismiss these promises, but generally speaking it’s the status quo or even less,” said Tuma Young. “We’ve been talking about education since the 1980s. I remember there was a protest train, students went to Ottawa to protest cuts to education then.”Tuma YoungWith an exploding young indigenous population, he said all of Canada benefits from an investment in education.“Mainstream schools are closing in rural areas,” said Young. “Schools in First Nation Communities are busting at the seams and universities are starting to eye the First Nation schools as a tuition base.”But the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students is well documented. From grades to high school graduation rates to who goes to university.“There needs to be someone in a leadership position that says, you know, we have got to step up to the plate, we’ve got to end this,” said Blackstock. “Maybe it means we’re going to go into a deficit for a couple of years. But these people have been in a deficit for 148 years and it’s the least we can do.”Thomas-Muller says Canadians themselves need to be educated on the Indigenous reality against “racist stereotypes.”“Canadian need to understand that there’s a well-funded campaign to label Indigenous people as anti-developemt, non-tax paying free loaders,” said Thomas-Muller.Instead, he points out the incredible potential of indigenous youth.“This is the fasted rising labour demographic in the country. This generation of young native people that are graduating is the most empowered, educated generation since colonization.”Advocates say an investment now will pay off in the long run.“I think our kids are worth the money,” said Blackstock. “And I think most Canadians would say that too.”Social Justice:“If we ensure our women are uplifted than everybody’s uplifted.” Beverley Jacobs, Former President, Native Women’s AssociationMissing and murdered Indigenous women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report have captured headlines this year. And earned promises from the NDP, Liberals and Green Party.A national inquiry into MMIW. Implementation of the TRC’s 94 recommendations.But many want the platitudes backed up with policies: a plan to move forward.Bev JacobsLast month, Mi’kmaw elder Albert Marshall went to see the Witness Blanket, a 12-metre long art installation that pieces together the tangible evidence of residential schools to tell the story of trauma and cultural loss.“What I’m really hoping is this wonderful piece of art will somehow resonate in the eyes of the policymakers, like the politicians, the government,” said Marshall. “To take another step forward and not just use words, but put resources together for us to be able to begin this journey. This journey of reconciliation.”Reconciliation requires partnership, says Beverley Jacobs, former President of the Native Women’s Association.“My elders always taught me is that we’re always the one educating them,” said Jacobs. “So that’s part of our responsibility but now it’s up to them also. They have to become educated about who we are and about that mutual understanding and relationship.”Jacobs, the lead researcher on the No More Stolen Sisters report over a decade ago, said Indigenous women have born “the brunt of colonial genocidal policies.” But she sees a growing awareness of issues around missing and murdered Indigenous women.“These issues have root causes, rooted in Canada’s fabric,” said Thomas-Muller. “Addressing these things are all part of Canada’s identity. It creates a serious moral dilemma, we can’t say no, that’s a serious block to reconciliation.”Jacobs hopes Canadian voters don’t put the Conservatives back in power.She met Harper during her time as head of NWAC, when he offered up an apology over residential schools. Jacobs calls him “the most racist person I’ve ever met,” and doubts true reconciliation can happen under his leadership.Social justice is a broad heading. And the issues are interwoven; education, poverty, racism, violence, over representation in prisons, high numbers of kids in care.“We assume different types of knowledge because we’ve lived it,” said Blackstock. “And I think we have to be better communicators and better educators of non-Aboriginal people so they can understand why these situation have evolved. And then invite them into the solution.”Blackstock would like to see every Member of Parliament elected on October 19th get a crash course on Indigenous issues so government can move forward with understanding.In the meantime, who makes the trip to Ottawa is up to the Canadian public.The hope is that Indigenous issues will matter when they cast their email@example.com
“The management, conservation and sustainable development of dry forests are central to combating desertification,” Mr. Ban said in a message marking World Day to Combat Desertification, which is celebrated on 17 June. He emphasized that degraded land can be made productive through sustainable practices. The UN General Assembly designated 2011 as the International Year of Forests to bring attention to the value of forests and the social, economic and environmental costs of their loss. The theme of this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification is “Forests keep drylands working.”In his message, Mr. Ban advocated for investment in drylands for the betterment of local communities.“Too often, investing in drylands has been seen as unproductive or risky, instead of a necessary avenue for improving the well-being of local communities and national economies,” he said.Through the upcoming events of the General Assembly’s high-level meeting on desertification, land degradation and drought in September and the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, the Secretary-General urged governments and their partners to “bring greater focus to the quest for solutions to this urgent challenge of sustainable development.”UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner noted the importance of forests for the livelihood of the residents of the world’s drylands. “The analysis indicates that investing an additional $40 billion a year in the forestry sector could halve deforestation rates by 2030, increase rates of tree planting by around 140 per cent by 2050 and catalyze the creation of millions of new jobs” stated Mr. Steiner.The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is recognizing this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification with an environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) in Spain through a ceremony to designate the soccer star Carlos Marchena as a Drylands Ambassador of the UNCCD.In recognition of the Day, Lesotho is celebrating a successful tree-planting effort and revival of previously degraded land in Leribe district. In Senegal, activities include a tree planting ceremony, while events are also being staged in Egypt, Argentina, the Republic of Korea, Iran and Benin.The Day, first observed in 1995, is designed to serve as a reminder that desertification is a problem that can be addressed through community participation and cooperation. 17 June 2011The estimated two billion people living in the world’s arid lands are among those most vulnerable to hunger and climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling for sustainable development to ensure those areas are productive enough to support their populations.
It took seven back-and-forth games, but the NBA’s most perplexing team will continue to confuse observers — and statistical models — for at least one more round.The Cleveland Cavaliers ensured that by beating the Indiana Pacers 105-101 in Sunday’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal finale, earning LeBron James a trip to the second round for the 13th time in his storied career. James was incredible in Game 7 on Sunday, with 45 points (on 64 percent shooting), 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The performance capped one of his greatest series ever; he led the Cavs in points, assists and rebounds over these seven games against Indiana.But the Cavs’ big questions are still unanswered. Can Cleveland keep advancing while asking so much of its best player? And is this team really still good enough to contend for a championship? This series provided few insights.When James finally got a little help in Game 7, it came in the unlikely form of center Tristan Thompson. Despite scoring only 3 points (in 24 minutes) during Games 1-6, Thompson produced a crucial double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) in Game 7. But on the whole, James’s teammates were still not efficient Sunday, shooting just 16-for-49 from the field to finish off a series in which they made only 38.8 percent of their shots — even as James himself shot an impressive 55.3 percent from the field.In fact, for all of James’s heroics, the argument could be made that the Cavs were the least-convincing winner of any playoff series in modern history. (Going back to 1984, when the NBA playoffs expanded to 16 teams.) Before Sunday, no team in that period had won a series while being outscored by more than 34 total points — a “record” that belonged to the 1990 Portland Trail Blazers, for their win over the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals. Despite winning Game 7 by four, the Cavs were outscored in the series by 40 points, the worst total point differential for a winning club in a series since 1984.1Yes, 34 points of that differential came in Game 6 alone, a massive Pacers blowout. But the Cavs were also outplayed for far longer stretches of the series than they dominated: They won just 11 of the series’ 28 total quarters.Now the Cavs will advance to face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, and once again the stats have major doubts about their ability to win. Their defense is historically weak by the standards of a champion. Our CARM-Elo model gives Cleveland a 29 percent chance of knocking off the Raptors and an 11 percent chance of making the Finals. The logic there is clear: If the Cavs struggled against the Pacers with home-court advantage, why should they be favored without it against a Toronto team that was 6.1 points per game better than the Pacers during the regular season?Then again, the Cavs are, well, the Cavs. They’ve eliminated Toronto in each of the past two postseasons, by a combined margin of 8 games to 2. They have the LeBron trump card to play in any crucial game. (After Sunday, James is the all-time NBA leader with 34.9 career points per game in Game 7s.) A James-led team has represented the East in the NBA Finals every single season since 2011. All signs point to that streak ending this year — except it hasn’t ended the past few times that all signs pointed to it ending.No matter what happens next, though, let’s appreciate the amazing show LeBron put on in Game 7 against Indiana. It was the kind of performance reserved for history’s greatest players, and the Cavs needed every bit of it to extend their season and keep on confounding the stats deeper into yet another spring.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
The US Senate has overwhelmingly approved Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne (R) as Secretary of the Interior. Kempthorne, a former US Senator and mayor of Boise, Idaho, officially took office on May 31 and, according to the National Mining Association (NMA), he “wasted no time expressing his appreciation for the mining community.” In the Washington Post of June 1 Secretary Kempthorne emphasized the benefits of mining. “When we ride on a bicycle, that’s brought to us by mining. When you ride in a car, that’s brought to you by mining,” he said. Kempthorne added that his wedding ring was “brought to me by mining.”The NMA stated “Secretary Kempthorne brings to the department an impressive commitment to public service and a deep appreciation for the mining community, and we look forward to working closely with him.” His experience as a western governor and US senator will be particularly valuable in helping the mining community use “responsible land management practices to develop America’s vast mineral resources and accomplish vital land conservation goals,” said the NMA.The NMA further reports that one of the issues Kempthorne has identified as a target for action is a revision of the Endangered Species Act. During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting held in May as part of his confirmation process, Kempthorne expressed dismay with the current structure for saving endangered species and said future efforts must be designed to ensure species recovery. He has also targeted the development of alternative energy sources and water conservation as priority action items.
Time is running… Four years passed after the tragical night in Veszprém. Marian Cozma, MKB Veszprém’s and Romania’s gigantic line player was stabbed in a bar and died. There’s no explanation for this tragedy. The whole handball society lost a fantastic player who could get into the bests. He was a special phenomenon, that’s why he’s missing so much.On Saturday MKB Veszprém’ll play against HCM Contanta in the Champions League. The domestic fans organized a commemoration, they asked all the spectators to light a candle by Cozma’s statue near Veszprém Aréna. It’s a great possibility to tribute to a unique man and handball player.Rest in peace Marian!TEXT and PHOTO: Virág Farkas Marian CozmaMKB Veszpremveszprem ← Previous Story 8th Youth “SportPlus Cup Medjugorje 2013” – Marin Sego official promoter Next Story → Masip had higher salary than the players