a month agoWatford captain Deeney urging supporters to get behind them

first_imgWatford captain Deeney urging supporters to get behind themby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford captain Troy Deeney is urging supporters to get behind the players.Deeney says the players remained confident that they could still have a good season, but said fans needed to be a bit more patient after the change of head coach from Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.”We can’t panic yet. If we start panicking what does that transmit?” said the skipper.”Obviously there’s quality there [in the team], but the main quality that’s needed now is hard work and resilience and not to fold because as you saw tonight at half time, some fans were a bit iffy and it’s six games in. There has to be a sense of realism.”We’re not spending £50 million on centre halves, we’re not paying people 200 grand a week. We’re still Watford, we’re still learning, we’re still building, but when we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together and that’s where I think we’re getting a little bit lost in the connection between fans and players.”Don’t get me wrong, lose 8-0, you deserve to get battered, we all do. We take that on the chin, but at the same time when we win, be with us.”We’re growing and ultimately changing manager, you’ve got to find your best team and best formation and we’ve got a lot of attacking talent now, so how you mould that and get everyone playing and clicking at the same time. It’s difficult.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Lane Kiffin’s FAU Screwed By Bad Call vs. Oklahoma

first_imgHead coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen.BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Lane Kiffin’s FAU team is fighting an uphill battle on the road against Oklahoma today. The Owls are sizable underdogs against the Sooners in Norman, Okla.FAU’s first drive of the game was a promising one, but it was eventually stalled by a bad call by the referees.An Owls’ wide receiver was called for a penalty on a block that sprung a big catch-and-run.The penalty was incorrectly called, though.Check it out:Trash call that killed FAU’s drive. He blocked the defender from the front, not the side. pic.twitter.com/zmmgmJ2cFg— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) September 1, 2018That’s tough.FAU and Oklahoma are playing on FOX.last_img read more

Restored Seville Heritage Site Reopens

first_imgThe Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann has reopened after extensive restoration works by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), just in time for the start of the winter tourist season. A popular heritage attraction for students and visitors, the site had been closed since April 2011 to facilitate rehabilitation of the great house and install a multimedia interactive attraction. Executive Director of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Laleta Davis-Mattis, described the new exhibition as “first class” and is “the only one of its kind in the Caribbean.” The JNHT head explained that restoration of the site was of such importance that the Board of Trustees decided to utilize all available funds for the project. She expressed thanks to the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Spanish Jamaican Foundation, which also provided funding, and Curator of the exhibition, Dr. Jonathan Greenland, who is also the Director of the Museums of History & Ethnography at the Institute of Jamaica. Tour operators and stakeholders were given a tour of the renovated site earlier this month. The 18th century plantation house has been beautifully restored, with roof, floor and bathrooms overhauled.  A new state of the art exhibition has been installed,  which exhibition features carved stone pieces from the 1500s uncovered in archaeological excavations of an artisan’s workshop on the property in 2002, as well as several other new pieces.  In addition, historical reconstructions of Sevilla la Nueva (the Spanish village), both in paintings by renowned British reconstruction artist Peter Dunn, and computer generated imagery (CGI), offer the visitor a glimpse into the rich history of the site. The artifacts on the site, from the Spanish sugar mill to the water wheel and replicas of the Taíno and African houses, trace the history of Jamaica from its earliest beginnings to the end of the British era. As with the previous exhibition, there is a room with artifacts dedicated to each culture (Taino, Spanish, African, English). Mrs. Davis-Mattis informed that the park is now open seven days per week with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday. She is encouraging persons to book their tours ahead of time. She said that the target audience is Jamaicans and visitors, as the agency seeks to educate persons about the nation’s heritage. The Seville Heritage Park, located along the north coast approximately four kilometres from St. Ann’s Bay, is regarded as one of Jamaica’s most significant cultural heritage sites. It includes the archaeological remains of the indigenous Taino village of Maima, the 16th century Spanish settlement of Sevilla la Nueva, and the post-1655 British sugar plantation known as New Seville. The encounter, co-existence, and intermingling  of Taino, Europeans and Africans at the site typifies the current Jamaican demography and gives credence to the National Motto, Out of Many, One People. The JNHT head informed that the heritage park along with the Underwater City of Port Royal and the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, have been placed on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) tentative list for nomination as a World Heritage Site. According to UNESCO, to be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria, which are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention.last_img read more

Aloha and Piuraa Horizon Lines

first_imgzoom The US ocean cargo carrier Horizon Lines has completed the previously announced sales of its Alaska operations to Matson Inc. for USD 469 million, and its Hawaii trade lane assets to The Pasha Group for USD 141.5 million.   Matson acquired the stock of Horizon for USD 0.72 per fully diluted common share, or USD 69 million, and repaid Horizon’s outstanding debt which amounted to USD 400 million. Matson financed the transaction with cash on hand and available borrowings under its revolving credit facility.Matson will continue Horizon’s long operating history in Alaska with a three vessel deployment of diesel powered Jones Act qualified container ships that provide two weekly sailings from Tacoma to Anchorage and Kodiak, and a weekly sailing to Dutch Harbor. In addition, Matson will be operating port terminals in Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor and acquiring several reserve steam powered Jones Act container ships that may be used for dry-dock relief.“We are pleased to have completed this strategic acquisition that substantially grows our ocean transportation business into the attractive Alaska market,” said Matt Cox, President and Chief Executive Officer of Matson.“The Alaska market is a natural geographic extension of our platform as a leader serving our customers in the Pacific. We are excited by the long-term prospects of the Alaska trade lane and expect this transaction to deliver shareholder value through earnings and cash flow accretion.”Pasha Hawaii will assume operations for all of Horizon’s Hawaii business, including its four US-flag container ships serving the Hawaii trade lane. The Pasha Group has also acquired Horizon subsidiaries Hawaii Stevedores, Inc.; the California-based operations of Sea-Logix, LLC, which provides trucking services; and Sunrise Operations, a subsidiary that includes Horizon’s Hawaii trade-lane vessels and employees.Horizon’s Hawaii business will operate alongside Pasha Hawaii’s existing operations, which include Pasha’s two Jones Act-qualified vessels, the M/V Jean Anne and the new M/V Marjorie C¸ which entered service on May 7, 2015.”Since Pasha entered the Hawaii liner-shipping business ten years ago, we have strived to deliver quality shipping options for our commercial and military customers. In 2015, we strengthen that commitment with the deployment of our new tonnage in the Marjorie C and the acquisition of Horizon’s Hawaii service capabilities,’‘ said Pasha.”Our mission is to provide a smooth and seamless transition for Horizon’s customers and employees, and continue to enhance all our customers’ shipping experience through service and choice.”last_img read more

WilsonRaybould tells Vancouver constituents shes sticking with Liberals for 2019 vote

first_imgOTTAWA — Jody Wilson-Raybould is telling her Vancouver constituents she intends to run for re-election this fall as a Liberal.The former justice minister and attorney general quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet last month and has testified that he and his staff inappropriately pressured her to help engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal trial on corruption charges.In an open letter posted to her website today, she says important questions haven’t been answered about the affair and Canadian politics still has a “culture of conflict, empty partisanship and cynical games.”She references the SNC-Lavalin scandal, saying, “I found myself in a situation I never expected to be in. I was just doing my job, and I did not expect it to become a national focus. But you were paying attention – and with good reason – because this matter is serious, and some questions remain unanswered.”Loading…The letter also says she has support from people across the country who want to change that, which is why she is staying in politics and in the Liberal party.Trudeau has said he needs more time to think about whether he will move to expel Wilson-Raybould from caucus, or bar her from running for the party.Wilson-Raybould was first elected in Vancouver-Granville in 2015 and has already been nominated to carry the Liberal banner in October’s election.last_img read more

Valcourt attacks Confederacy of Nations calls chiefs rogue and threats to national

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt moved aggressively to undermine the Confederacy of Nations Thursday, labeling the chiefs behind the organization as rogues who are “threatening” national security.The Confederacy of Nations, a governing body within the Assembly of First Nations, met for the first time in 10 years this week in Ottawa. The Confederacy passed a motion rejecting Bill C-33, the First Nation Control of First Nations Education Act, and set out a plan to request a meeting with Valcourt on education.Valcourt launched the attack in the House of Commons after facing questions from NDP MP Jean Crowder over whether he was ready to meet with the Confederacy of Nations.“The members of the House will agree that we should, as members, condemn in the strongest terms the threat of those rogue chiefs who are threatening the security of Canadians, their families and tax-payers,” said Valcourt, during question period.Earlier this week, the Confederacy warned of shutting down the Canadian economy if Ottawa continued to impose legislation on First Nations. It also circulated a draft declaration seeking to negotiate an education accord with Ottawa.The draft declaration was sent back to the communities for additional discussion, said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. The draft will be shared with community members before it’s brought back to a special AFN chiefs assembly in Ottawa on May 27 for amendments and adoption, said Madahbee.Valcourt, however, seized on the draft document in an attempt to undermine the Confederacy, which is accountable to the AFN chiefs, but has oversight powers over the AFN executive and the national chief“I will meet with these people when they unequivocally withdraw their threat to the security of Canadian families, taxpayers and citizens,” said Valcourt. “I don’t believe these chiefs represent the majority of the chiefs and councils throughout Canada and who care about reconciliation and who care about their children and their education.”Valcourt said he hoped that the “good working and good willing chiefs” would speak up against the Confederacy.Crowder, who is the NDP’s Aboriginal affairs critic, said Valcourt, “like other Conservatives is too willing to smear anyone who opposes” his agenda.APTN National News asked the minister’s office to clarify his statement regarding the “rogue chiefs” but there was no response to the request.The Confederacy meeting was triggered by Ontario chiefs who represent one of the largest populations of Indigenous peoples in the country. First Nation leaders from Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories also attended the Confederacy meeting which met in a church basement on Wednesday.Ontario regional Chief Stan Beardy said the meeting, which he requested before Shawn Atleo resigned as national chief, needed to happen because First Nation people faced a crisis over education after the introduction of Bill C-33.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said Valcourt was spreading misinformation.“I think the minister is purposely playing into the hands of that segment of the population that can be easily mislead that we are about blockades, that we are about threats,” said Nepinak. “We are not about that at all, we came here to talk about education.”Beardy said no decision had been made on the draft declaration and he would follow the will of the chiefs.“I take my direction for the chiefs until such a time as they come back with explicit direction,” said Beardy.Sources tell APTN National News chiefs in the room debated the need for direct action and economic shut downs. There was also discussions around strategies to avoid injunctions and arrests. But many chiefs spoke of the need for restrain.Dene Nation Chief Bill Erasmus, who is the regional chief for the Northwest Territories, spoke passionately about the need to keep things peaceful, according to sources. Erasmus told the gathered chiefs the treaties were about peace and friendship, according to sources.Sources said Sakimay First Nation Chief Lynn Acoose also spoke for peace, describing the hanging of Union Jack flags during a particular ceremony and how the elders did that to pray for their treaty partner, the settlers who were their neighbours.In an interview with APTN National News, Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon, whose community was at the centre of the Oka crisis, said an economic shut-down may not work at the moment.“My concern is public opinion, public opinion to our cause is kind of shaky at best…I don’t think the regular Joe Canadian will sympathize much with us if we employ that type of tactic,” said Simon. “I would advise them (the chiefs) with extreme caution when they start talking like that.”The main focus of the meeting, however, was on education and the need to come up with options to present to Ottawa with Bill C-33 now flatly rejected.A committee of the Confederacy plans to continue working in the run-up to the May 27 meeting to craft options for a “counter-proposal” on education to present to Valcourt.Valcourt said in a May 15 letter to Nova Scotia regional Chief Morley Googoo that the education bill would remain on hold until the AFN clarified its position.Chiefs from the East and West coasts will also be discussing whether to engage officially with the Confederacy in the run up to meeting at the end of the month.Chiefs from Nova Scotia and British Columbia, along with their technical staff, showed up Thursday for a planned AFN chiefs committee on education meeting. That meeting, however, was cancelled by the confederacy.Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny, whose Mi’kmaq community is in Nova Scotia, told the chiefs he could not add his name to the list of delegates because he did not mandate from his chiefs, according to a source. Denny said he needed to take the issue back to his region to discuss it before a final decision.AFN B.C. Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould said the regional delegation couldn’t stay for the meeting because they were not mandated to be there.“I am not against the idea of the Confederacy, I just think that the Confederacy has to be duly convened. It has to be respectful of all voices and make sure all voices are heard and that process didn’t take place,” said Wilson-Raybould, in an interview. “None of my leadership are here. If we come to May 27 and all of our leadership agrees and supports reinvigorating the Confederacy of Nations as ascribed by our charter then I am 100 per cent supportive of that.” jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Catalan leaders plan legal challenge to Spains takeover

first_imgMADRID – Catalonia’s political leaders plan to bring a legal challenge to prevent the Spanish government from removing them from office and taking over running the region to stop its push for independence, a regional spokesman said Tuesday.Appeals will be lodged in Spain’s constitutional and Supreme courts against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s decision to sack Catalonia’s government and curtail the regional parliament’s powers, regional government spokesman Jordi Turull said.If the regional government is not successful in Spanish courts, it will pursue the case in international courts, Turull said.Spain’s Senate is expected to approve Rajoy’s plans on Friday, triggering previously untapped constitutional powers to act against Catalan leaders accused of violating the law by holding a secession referendum and preparing to declare independence.“We are going to respond in a very solid way,” Turull said at the end of the regional government’s weekly cabinet meeting. “We will exhaust all internal ways in order to turn to the international justice if needed.”Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has a last chance this week to defend his case before Senate members, and some speculate he may do so Thursday or Friday — when he could cross paths with Rajoy.But Puigdemont could pull a surprise by instead attending a meeting at the regional parliament in Barcelona Thursday, where he could declare independence.There’s also speculation that Puigdemont may alternatively call an early regional election and avoid central government intervention.Calling such an election would indicate that Catalonia was willing to return to the fold and act under Spanish laws, rather than flout them by declaring independence.Justice Minister Rafael Catala said Tuesday that Puigdemont must state he is willing to abide by Spanish laws and also clarify if he declared independence in an ambiguous speech he gave Oct. 10. The speech followed a banned referendum that the Catalan leader said gave him a mandate to secede.More details about the effect the political crisis is having on Catalonia emerged Tuesday when Caixabank, Spain’s third-largest bank, reported it suffered a “moderate” but temporary run on deposits due to the crisis over the region’s independence bid.The bank transferred its headquarters from Catalonia to the Valencia region on Oct. 6.Presenting the company’s earnings for the first time in the city of Valencia, CEO Gonzalo Gortazar declined to give details on the value of the withdrawn deposits, but said the losses had “been reversed” and the bank continued to grow.Gortazar said the headquarters relocation was definitive. Local media reports quoted him as saying the bank does not currently plan to move any jobs out of Catalonia.A second bank, Sabadell, and more than a thousand other companies have moved their official bases out of Catalonia to ensure they could continue operating under European Union laws if Catalonia breaks away from Spain.____Parra contributed from Barcelona, Spain. Associated Press writer Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Portugal contributed to this report.last_img read more

16 FIRs registered so far against AAP BJP Congress Delhi CEO

first_imgNEW DELHI: Three political parties — the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party — have been booked for defacement of public property in various areas of the national capital, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh said on Monday. “Total 16 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered under Defacement of Public Property Act which is also a violation of model code of conduct. Nine FIRs were lodged against the AAP, six against the BJP and one against the Congress,” Singh said, adding that the matters are related to the West, North and New Delhi districts.”The Delhi Election Commission in its special drive, between March 10 and 24, booked total 28,113 people under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Delhi Police Act. A total of 169 illegal guns and 2,198 cartridges have been seized and 51 FIRs were registered for violation of Model Code of Conduct,” Singh said. “Our 210 flying squad and ground teams are removing posters, banners and other outdoor advertisement material in entire Delhi. Around 2 lakh banners, posters and hoardings were removed,” Delhi’s CEO said. Praveer Ranjan, State Nodel Officer of Election said: “Delhi Police on Sunday booked around 50-60 persons for violating the Model Code of Conduct for displaying the signage boards of a political party in Connaught Place area outside a Metro station.” Speaking about a group of people who were displaying a board written ‘Chowkidaar’ on it at IGI-airport, Singh said that he will look into the matter and will take action as per the law. Singh also requested people to get themselves enrolled in the voters’ list as the last date for applying for Voter ID cards whether offline or online — April 12 — is approaching. He also appealed to youth to reschedule their outstation trips according to the election schedule. “Currently we have over 2 lakh people under the age group of 18-19 in Delhi. People who have planned any outstation trip are requested to cancel or reschedule it after or before polling date — May 12,” CEO of Delhi said. “Currently we have 1,40,25,415 voters registered in Delhi,” he added. He said 425 FIRs have been registered so far under the Excise Act and 424 persons have been registered for violation of the Excise Act. Over 1.68 lakh quarters of illicit liquor has also been seized, he added.last_img read more

Plan to evade trouble in pollbound districts after Fani barrels into Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the state Ariz Aftab on Friday held a video conference with the senior election officers in all the poll-bound districts issuing guidelines on how to put in place adequate alternative arrangements if the cyclone ‘Fani’ affects the poll preparation.During his meeting, the CEO also took a stock of the overall arrangements that have been made to handle the crisis. One of the main objectives of the initiative is to ensure that the Election Commission does not face any problem to conduct the polls in the fifth phase. On May 6, elections will be held in Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampore, Hooghly and Arambagh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the weather office prediction, a severe cyclone ‘Fani’ will hit the state on late night of May 3 or early morning of May 4. The district election officers will have roughly 24 hours in hand to overcome any emergency situation. The election officials have already spoken to their counterparts in the Election Commission of India in Delhi. The CEO office has instructed the district administrative officials to deploy the disaster management personnel in various places under their districts so that prompt action can be taken in case of any untoward incident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySanjay Basu, additional CEO, on Friday said that they wanted to know from the district election officers if everything was in place as per plan. The district officials have been asked to inspect the Distribution Cum Receiving Centers (DCRC) from time to time. DCRC are generally accommodated in a temporary makeshift structure outside school buildings. The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are distributed from the DCRCs. The Election Commission is chalking out an alternative arrangement if the cyclone damages the DCRCs. “We are preparing a second plan so that the DCRCs can be put up inside the school or any other buildings. We have instructed the district election officials to make indoor arrangements if the DCRCs are damaged in the cyclone,” Basu said. He also mentioned that there will be adequate arrangements of vehicles to ferry the polling personnel to the polling stations on Sunday. Measures are being taken so that the poll personnel do not face any difficulties in reaching the polling stations. There will be alternative arrangement of small vehicles to take the poll persons to various places. During a press conference Basu said that the commission has so far received 2352 complaints out of which 113 are in the process of disposal. The Commission has seized 60.50 crore cash and nearly 15 lakh litre of liquor.last_img read more

Morocco to Host International Female Writers Conference for First Time

Rabat- Morocco will host the 13th International Female Writers Conference in seven cities across the country.Typically held on the American continents or in Spain, the conference will be hosted in Morocco for the first time in the northern cities and towns of Tetouan; M’diq on the Mediterranean; Chefchaouen, 50 kilometers inland from the Mediterranean; and Larache on the Atlantic coast from October 25 to 28. The conference will move to Tangier, Fez, and Rabat on October 29. The conference, to be presided over by the Moroccan poet Fatima Zahra Bennis, will honor Moroccan female writers and aim to popularize Moroccan literature internationally, according to the media outlet H24 Info. Arab and African writers will also be celebrated to allow for an exchange of ideas and cultures. Around 120 renowned female writers, among which are 30 Moroccans from different schools of thought, are to meet to promote literature. The conference’s theme is: “With words, the woman builds a peaceful world.” The event will also be a posthumous tribute to the deceased sociologist and writer, Fatima Mernissi, a pioneer of Moroccan literature.The conference is organized by Abdelmalek Essaadi University in cooperation with the Panama embassy in Morocco, the Northern Writers Society, the M’diq Association of Cultural Action, and the Tetouan Cervantes Institute.Read Also: Fatima Mernissi, Greatest Female Sociologist Ever in Contemporary Morocco Read Also: Tribute to Fatima Mernissi, an Exceptional Woman in a Troubled Era read more

Police question 28 Lankans deported from UK

Most of those who were being deported had sought asylum in England on the claim that they faced abuse in Sri Lanka. A group of around 60 Sri Lankans were initially schedule to be deported from Britain but some of them had their deportation orders stayed by a British court. Officials at the airport said that there were a few Sinhalese nationals among the deportees who arrived this morning. The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today recorded statements from 28 failed Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were deported from Britain.According to our reporter at the airport the 28 Sri Lankans arrived onboard a chartered flight from Britain and were accompanied by security officers from the UK Border Agency. read more

UNs top refugee official urges Afghan sides to halt fire so aid

A UNHCR spokesman said today that High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers was holding high-level meetings in Afghanistan — a country ravaged by drought and long-running war — to appeal to both sides to at least temporarily refrain from further hostilities so aid agencies could step up their efforts inside Afghanistan, where the suffering was “enormous.”Speaking to reporters in Geneva, spokesman Ron Redmond said Mr. Lubbers’ three-leg trip, which has taken him to Iran and Afghanistan and will include a stop in Pakistan, aims to facilitate relief efforts. “His message to both sides in the Afghan conflict is that the international community cannot be expected to continue delivering aid to Afghanistan – and take care of the growing numbers of displaced and refugees – year after year while the parties go on fighting with no regard for innocent victims,” Mr. Redmond said.The High Commissioner, who arrived in Herat yesterday from Mashad, Iran, was expected to meet today with senior Taliban officials in Kandahar and Kabul. In the Herat area, he toured the Jangan village returnee settlement and the sprawling Maslaqh camp, where some 100,000 displaced people have sought aid.Later this week, Mr. Lubbers will fly to Faisabad for meetings with the President and Defence Minister of Afghanistan, according to Mr. Redmond. After that, the High Commissioner will travel to Pakistan, where he will meet senior officials and tour refugee encampments.Afghanistan has been embroiled in conflict for the last 20 years and, despite the return of more than 4.6 million refugees, there are still some 3.6 million Afghans outside their homeland. UNHCR estimates that more than 500,000 people are displaced due to the civil war and drought inside the country. Since 1979, the agency has spent more than $1.1 billion assisting Afghan refugees. read more

2 killed at troubled camp housing Sudanese in eastern Chad UN

Aid workers near the refugee camp at Farchana told UNHCR staff they saw the bodies of a man and a woman being taken from the camp. Four Chadian armoured vehicles were also observed nearby.Chad had previously ordered all relief workers except those with its own government agency to withdraw temporarily from the camps at Farchana and Breidjing after violent scenes there in the past 10 days. Some workers said they feared they would be killed if they had not fled what were described as “unruly crowds.”UNHCR voiced its deep regret at the deaths. The agency urged the Chadian Government and the refugees to resolve any differences peacefully and said it was working to get local tribal elders to intercede in the dispute.”The tragic death of these two refugees is yet another sign of the precarious situation facing the some 200,000 Sudanese refugees in Chad,” said Deputy High Commissioner Wendy Chamberlin. “Protection and assistance for the refugees is UNHCR’s number on global priority.”Chad, UNHCR and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have set up nine camps, including those at Farchana and Breidjing, to house as many as possible of the estimated 180,000 people who have escaped from civil conflict and militia attacks in Sudan’s Darfur region.Many of the camps are now overcrowded. More than 11,000 people live at Farchana and at least 37,000 are staying at Breidjing. But the precise reasons for the recent outbreak of violence remain unclear.On 13 July, refugees at Farchana attacked aid workers with rocks and other projectiles, while refugees used knives last Friday to strike at aid workers distributing food at Breidjing. Tuesday rocks were thrown at Chadian officials as they left a meeting with refugee leaders.Relief workers speculated that some refugee leaders feared that Chad and humanitarian agencies did not want to help them return home to Darfur, but instead keep them stationed in the camps.UNHCR official Craig Sanders warned that conditions in the camps – where Chad has ultimate responsibility for security – have deteriorated since relief workers were asked to leave.”For every minute, for every day that this situation goes on, we could be looking at a serious public health problem,” he said.Meanwhile, UN officials will take part in negotiations tomorrow in Geneva with the leaders of two rebel groups from Darfur about how to revive peace talks being mediated by the African Union (AU).Mohamed Sahnoun, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on Africa, will head the UN team at the talks, set up to try to resume negotiations that foundered over the weekend.In a separate development, eight observers from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have been granted visas to travel to Darfur to monitor whether they are any violations of civil liberties.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also reported that diarrhoeal and malnutrition rates have surged in Darfur and Chad as the rainy season sweeps across the region. read more

UN Security Council condemns Taliban offensive as a blow against sustainable peace

Recognizing citizens’ “strong desire for sustainable peace in Afghanistan”, the Council underscored that “calls for more fighting will not advance the goal of making a sustainable peace”.According to news reports, the announcement, which came as the UN lifted travel bans on the Taliban’s senior leaders to facilitate United States-led peace talks, signals that although negotiations are gaining momentum, fighting is likely to intensify around the country.“Seize the opportunity to begin an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations that result in a political settlement”, the Security Council urged all parties to the conflict. Number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, 2009-2018., by UNAMA reportThe Council members reiterated “the importance of an inclusive Afghan-led and-owned peace process for the long-term prosperity and stability” of the country and expressed their “full support for the Afghan Government’s efforts to that end”.“The members of the Security Council reiterated that, as mandated by the Security Council, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General stand ready to provide their good offices to support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, if requested by and in close consultation with the Afghan Government”, they concluded.The cost of violenceIn February, UNAMA released devastating figures showing the direct impact of the conflict on civilians, with 3,804 deaths recorded last year, the highest number since the UN started keeping records ten years ago. In addition, 7,189 people were injured in 2018, five per cent more than in 2017.“But even these figures do not capture the full human cost of the war,” the UN Special Representative in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, informed the Council last month – noting that over half the population of the country lives under the poverty line and that 13.5 million people “survive on less than one meal a day,” which was compounded by last year’s severe drought.At the same time, Afghanistan’s presidential election, originally due to take place this coming weekend, has been pushed back twice, from April to July, and most recently to September. read more

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Mississippi State Earned Every Bit Of That Upset Over UConn

Wow.I mean, wow.Mississippi State’s victory over UConn was a great game, and a great upset. Mississippi State will go down in history as the team that ended the longest win streak in basketball (and possibly college team sports) history, and they did it in style.First off, let’s be clear that this is not the most improbable upset of all time. The FiveThirtyEight March Madness predictions gave Mississippi State a 13 percent chance of winning, which — if accurate — wouldn’t even make the dais in the celebration of greatest upsets in history. It wasn’t even the Bulldogs’ biggest upset this week, as our model gave them only an 11 percent chance of beating Baylor, who they beat 94-85 in the Elite Eight. Yes, some people (like this idiot) thought 13 percent was crazy high given UConn’s history, not to mention the 98-38 beatdown the Huskies gave the same Bulldogs team in last year’s Sweet 16.But if I went into this game thinking the model was too optimistic for Mississippi State, by halftime it started looking like that 13 percent might have been low. Not only was UConn not dominating, they were getting outplayed.For me, this is what made this upset even more amazing. Sometimes the better team’s shot goes cold or the underdog’s heats up at the right time, and there isn’t much to do about it except try to do better next game. That was not this game.Shooting and shooting opportunitiesTo my eye, the UConn offense looked frustrated all night, yet they were easily still the better shooting team. UConn shot 42 percent on 2-point shots and 47 percent on 3-point shots, while Mississippi State shot 42 percent and 27 percent, respectively. All together, the Huskies scored 1.12 points per shot (counting 2-point shooting fouls) compared to 0.90 points per shot for the Bulldogs.That should be a recipe for a nice comfortable win. But the Huskies had only 57 shooting possessions (46 shots from the floor, plus 11 shooting fouls), while the Bulldogs had 73 (67 plus 6).How did Mississippi State get 16 more shooting opportunities? Like so:According to the play-by-play of the game on ESPN, the Bulldogs had 16 rebounds on offense to the Huskies’ six, creating ten more scoring opportunities.1You may notice the ESPN box score gives Mississippi State only 14 offensive rebounds. The reason for the discrepancy between the box score and the play-by-play data is unclear to me without knowing more about the nuances of NCAA scoring methodology, but those two extra scoring opportunities happened.The Bulldogs had 13 turnovers to the Huskies’ 17, which created four more opportunities for Mississippi State.2Note the box score records 14 Bulldogs turnovers, but one of those is referring to the flagrant-1 foul that gave Connecticut two shots and the ball, which did not lead to a change of possession.The Bulldogs had the last offensive possession in all five periods, and started with the ball in the second and third quarters, netting them two extra “fencepost” possessions.To recap: Mississippi State netted ten extra shot opportunities from rebounding, four from steals/ball protection, and two from clock management.UConn’s offensive failureThose possession stats are the “what” of “what happened” – the Bulldogs made up a sizeable shooting gap by edging the Huskies in the other aspects of the game. But why did it happen?The story of this game was the UConn offense continuously trying — and failing — to penetrate Mississippi State’s interior defense. This was reflected in a few ways:The Huskies made just 42 percent of their 2-point shots, compared to 58 percent in the regular season.Despite all those misses, they got only six of 29 possible offensive boards, for 21 percent. Compare that to 36 percent in the regular season.The Huskies turned the ball over 17 times (eight stolen). With just four steals themselves, they forced 13 fewer turnovers than they committed. In the regular season, they forced 1.7 fewer turnovers from steals than the total number of turnovers they committed per game, on average. Much of the deficit Friday night resulted from interior passes that the Bulldogs got their hands on.The irony is that UConn was shooting better than average from beyond the arc, making 47 percent of its threes, compared to their regular-season average of 40 percent. Despite being frustrated all night trying to get to the basket, they just kept trying and trying. As I saw it, it looked like the Huskies responded to their struggles by trying to get back to “fundamental” rim-attacking basketball, when they probably should have gone less fundamental and bombed away from the perimeter.Oh, and Connecticut also missed a couple of free throws that probably could have sealed the deal. This could have been nerves, but who knows. If the teams were who we thought they were, the game shouldn’t have been close enough for that to matter.After Mississippi State beat Baylor, a team we though had a real chance of beating UConn, my main thought was that Baylor probably wasn’t as good as I thought they were. But I should have been giving Mississippi State more credit. Against UConn, they earned it all, with full backpay.Correction (April 3, 4:06 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the sources of some of Mississippi State’s extra scoring opportunities. The article incorrectly said that six of those opportunities came from their three fewer turnovers, when three fewer turnovers would only account for three extra opportunities. Using the play-by-play data to account for the remaining discrepancy, we determined that Mississippi State netted four opportunities from turnovers instead of six, and 10 opportunities from rebounding instead of eight. read more

YouTube channel teaches sorting algorithms through folk dance

first_imgThe next time you’re having trouble in computer science classes grasping the nature of shell sorts and bubble sorts, head over to the AlgoRythmics YouTube channel. There, a group of folk dancers are using Hungarian and Gypsy folk dance to teach people exactly how those sorting operations work, complete with graphic overlays and numbers on their chest and back to show you how the sort functions.If you’re not familiar with sorting algorithms or their applications in computer programming, this won’t do much for you aside from be entertaining. Still, it also shows there’s a modern, practical use for folk dancing that doesn’t necessarily involve history or cultural heritage. Better yet, maybe it’s a good way to get a dose of culture with your computer science.AdChoices广告Right now the AlgoRythmics’ channel only features four videos at the moment. The first is a Hungarian folk dance called “Székely,” used to illustrate a Shell sort. The second is a traditional Gypsy folk dance used to showcase a select sort, the third is another Hungarian dance called the “Csángó,” used to illustrate Bubble sorts, and the fourth is a Romanian folk dance used to illustrate an insert sort.The crew hasn’t stopped there though, they plan to upload a Transylvanian-Saxon folk dance that displays merge sorts, and another Hungarian folk dance (called the “Küküllőmenti legényes”) to illustrate quick sorts in just a few days. Their Facebook fan page is up to over 900 people. Their most popular video, the bubble sort, has well over 200,000 views at YouTube.The whole affair is part of Sapientia University’s Intercultural Computer Science Education program. If you understand the sorting algorithms that are on display, you’ll really appreciate them. If you don’t understand them but need to learn, you’ll like them a lot. If you have no idea what’s going on, at least you’ll enjoy the dancing.If you liked this, don’t miss our previous coverage of sorting algorithms with sound effects, it was pretty amazing.Read More at the AlgoRythmics YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, via Cynical-Clast_img read more

University of Maryland creates a battery made of wood

first_imgA group of scientists working at the University of Maryland have managed to create an environmentally friendly rechargeable battery that counts wood as a major component.The battery consists of wood fibers, tin, and sodium, to create a sodium-ion battery. As well as using materials that are abundant, the battery is classed as environmentally benign unlike lithium-ion batteries. This should also mean they are very cheap to produce.Sodium-ion batteries aren’t as efficient as the lithium-ion alternatives we use in most of our gadgets today, but that doesn’t stop this new battery being useful. It won’t end up inside your laptop or smartphone, but it can be used for storing power on a much larger scale. For example, it could be linked up to a solar panel array for energy storage or become part of the main energy grid we all rely on.The research team found that wood fibers are very good at storing liquid electrolytes as they can swell and contract many times over. The side effect of this process is wrinkles appearing in the wood due to the stresses involved, but they don’t stop the battery working. In fact, this new battery has been tested and can already handle over 400 charging cycles with a capacity of 339 mAh/g. That is surely only going to increase as they perfect the design.We shouldn’t expect to see wood-based sodium-ion batteries any time soon as this is just a working prototype at Maryland. However, it does bode well for the future of low cost and environmentally friendly rechargeable battery tech. And such developments are especially important when you consider we are slowly shifting towards green power generation that requires high energy storage solutions.last_img read more

Screen Time Contributing to Obesity in the Very Young Says Child Doctor

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 15, 2017 – Nassau – Next time you are tempted to give your child extra time in front of a screen, don’t.  “TVs, tablets, and smart phones are no substitute for parenting, they are only tools,” says Lashan McKenzie, M.D. “A tablet never raised a child.”Dr. McKenzie is a pediatrician who spent seven years in the public health system before joining The Wellness Clinic on Collins Avenue, a team of wellness medical and lifestyle professionals headed by Arlington Lightbourne, M.D.“It was the time I spent in clinics throughout Nassau that opened my eyes to the problem of  pediatric obesity, and the major issues confronting us because of an increasingly inactive and underactive population,” said Dr. McKenzie, DM, who took up her post in the private sector last month.Her passion about getting even the youngest child engaged, outside and off electronics is matched only by the reality she has seen and treated when physical activity is superseded by sedentary.“I watched an 8-month-old get on Youtube,” she said.   “The parents thought their child was a genius.   He pressed the button, Mom put on the ‘kiddie’ show he was watching before, he repeated the action.   It was rote memory and yes, it was cute, but it was not healthy learning or development.   All it was doing was conditioning his brain to achieve the reward of praise by pushing a button,” says Dr. McKenzie, who fears what the future holds for a generation of electronically addicted children.“I know that parents mean well and they are proud when their son or daughter shows ability on electronics that many people far older than they would struggle with, but I just want to make those caring parents aware that there is a price that comes with too much screen time,” said Dr. McKenzie.One of her greatest worries is that connected with the misuse and overuse of electronics is casual, almost absent-minded eating.“Kids graze all day,” she notes.  Her recommendation – try to have at least one structured family meal a day without any screen time.   “Parents have the responsibility of being media mentors for their children.   It takes some level of commitment, but parents are the best teachers.   Make reading fun from infancy, encourage children to imagine, play board games, solve puzzles, listen to music, play an instrument, join a team, and do activities outside.”At The Wellness Clinic located south of Doctors Hospital, Dr. McKenzie said she has the support of a full team dedicated to healthy lifestyle.  Among the team are nutritionist and lifestyle coach Justice Brown, a strong support staff, a healthy cleaning service using all nature-based products and at the helm, Dr. Lightbourne who also turned to wellness after years of witnessing and treating the results of poor lifestyle choices ending in too many crises cases in the emergency room.“Wellness is not a place, it is a journey,” said Dr. Lightbourne, “and we are delighted that Dr. McKenzie who is eminently qualified to serve in the capacity of pediatric wellness specialist is joining the journey, especially as it relates to childhood obesity.   The goal is to try to save the next generation of Bahamians.   We know that goal is ambitious, but we also believe it is necessary.   Wellness is not a luxury.   We are talking about survival.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more