Rising violence in Iraq could overwhelm health services UN agency warns

“WHO will continue to support Iraq and help the countries in the region strengthen their existing health services to meet people’s needs,” said Dr. Hussein Gezairy, who heads the agency’s Eastern Mediterranean Region. The government estimates that almost 70 per cent of critically injured patients with violence-related wounds die while in the Emergency and Intensive Care Units due to a shortage of competent staff and a lack of drugs and equipment, WHO said in a news release published in conjunction with a conference in Geneva being organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to address the needs of the nearly 4 million uprooted Iraqis. In Iraq, 80 per cent of people lack effective sanitation, 70 per cent lack access to regular clean water, and only 60 per cent have access to the public food distribution system, according to WHO, which has 77 country officers in Iraq, backed by the agency’s international technical teams. Diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections, worsened by increased levels of malnutrition, account for about two thirds of deaths among children under five, while the chronic child malnutrition rate is estimated at 21 per cent, according to the findings of a survey conducted last year by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). At the Geneva conference today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged the UN’s continued efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Iraqis, while stressing that a long-term solution is necessary. “Only a secure, politically stable and economically prosperous Iraq can reverse the tide of displacement. And only through assistance from the international community in this difficult period can Iraq fulfil its enormous human and economic potential,” he said via video message. 17 April 2007Escalating violence and widespread insecurity, combined with a worsening shortage of health workers, is putting severe pressure on the health of the Iraqi population, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, voicing concern that services within and outside the country will not be able to cope with the millions of people who have been forced to leave their homes. read more

Hambantota Port reports increase in vessels docking

The varied services offered by the highly experienced port staff include a warm layup for drillship ‘Aban Abraham’ in port for a period of 6 months, a hot layup for Oil Tanker ‘Champion Express’, a ship to ship transfer operation for mv. ‘Orchid’, loading and unloading operations for RORO vessels ‘GlovisSiris’ and ‘Glovis Champion’ as well as a familiarization & operational requirement for Sri Lankan naval vessel ‘Saurala.’ Traffic to the Hambantota International Port increased significantly during the last year, with 300 vessels calling with different service requirements.Whilst their volume of RORO vessels handled had increased by 136%, the multi services provided by the port has pushedits activities, which were previously centered around RORO and passenger ship operations, to bulk, break-bulk, ship supply services, repairs and layups. Apart from the regular car transshipment vessels, there is a vessel requiring Ship to Ship transfer (STS) operations and a ship belonging to the Sri Lanka navy amongst the six vessels currently berthed in the Harbour. The Hambantota International Port (HIP) saw an increase in vessels docking at the port on the first week of the new year, the Port said.One of the region’s top multipurpose ports, HIP is currently handling a number of different activities, from ship to ship transfers (STS) to ship repairs and warm layups. The port’s marketing and commercial teams have had a busy 2018, working on a worldwide campaign to position the Hambantota Port with the focus of attracting the necessary components to make it a truly multi-purpose harbour.Today, their efforts have borne fruit with so many different ships with varied service requirements calling at the port, the Port said.HIPG expects to see a manifold increase in vessel traffic in the new year, which would greatly increase the turnover of the port and in turn provide economic benefits to the Hambantota region. read more

Top UN East Timorese officials discuss plans for transition to independence

The four-hour session with Mr. Gusmão and Chief Minister Mari Alkatiri, which was held at the invitation of UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello, focused on the final weeks of UN administration before East Timor celebrates its independence on 20 May. Key upcoming events include a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on 26 April, which will be attended by the two East Timorese leaders and a conference of major foreign donors to be held in Dili from 14 to 15 May.The three officials also talked about the setting up of the Office of the President as well as preparations for the official Independence Celebrations, including the participation of ex-FALANTIL freedom fighters.“On all issues there was consensus and complete agreement,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said after the meeting.Meanwhile, the Legislative Assembly today set up a special committee to consider high-priority legislation targeted for passage before East Timor gains independence.The multi-partisan committee is expected to consider first a bill that would create an independent Public Broadcasting Service to succeed UN-run public radio and television after 20 May.The broadcasting bill was among several pieces of legislation approved by East Timor’s Council of Ministers and forwarded to the Assembly yesterday by Mr. Vieira de Mello.Mr. Gusmão is scheduled to visit the Assembly tomorrow morning and meet with Assembly Speaker Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres. read more

Companies participating in UN Global Compact double to more than 1000

The number of companies worldwide participating in the United Nations Global Compact, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s initiative to advance good corporate citizenship and responsible globalization, doubled to more than 1,000 over the past year, according to its latest annual report released today.Working with international labour and civil society the companies seek to advance principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards and concern for the environment.”The idea of a Global Compact, first articulated in a speech by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in January 1999, is today very much alive”, Georg Kell, Executive Head of the Global Compact, said at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York launching the report.”From its inception, the Global Compact has operated on the premise that finding solutions to make markets more sustainable and inclusive can only be achieved if societal actors learn how to work effectively together,” he added.The report notes that apart from the increase in participating companies, the Compact was launched in 14 more countries, bringing the total to 53. At the same time, global labour increased its involvement, and by year-end more than 20 civil society organizations were engaged at the global level, with many more at the local.It also states that a number of major policy dialogues were convened – involving hundreds of participants from business, labour and civil society on topics including Business and Sustainable Development, HIV/AIDS, Supply Chain Management, and Partnerships.An initiative to grow sustainable business in the world’s least developed countries was launched and tangible action was taken in Ethiopia, with activities planned for Madagascar, Angola, Bangladesh and Cambodia, it adds.”While these are promising developments, the Global Compact remains an ambitious experiment in the possibilities of multi-stakeholder cooperation,” Mr. Kell said. “The Global Compact must strive to ensure that its principles are translated into practices and actions that ultimately make a difference in the lives of the poor.” read more

Opinion Experienced not oneanddone players best way to win in college basketball

Kansas freshman guard Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket during a game against Oklahoma State Jan. 18 at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won, 80-78.Courtesy of MCTA popular trend in men’s college basketball today is star freshmen, and along with them comes the hope their potential can bring a team to an elite playing level.Ever since NBA commissioner David Stern enforced “Article X” in 2005, stating that any player entering the NBA draft must be, “At least 19 years of age during the calendar year in which the Draft is held, and with respect to a player who is not an international player, at least one NBA Season has elapsed since the player’s graduation from high school,” the way of the game has changed.With many “one and dones” becoming stars in the NBA, such as Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Chris Bosh, Anthony Davis and Derrick Rose, many schools have started to look at freshmen as the key to winning, leaving behind the long-standing idea that experience is the most important key to winning a title.However, especially recently, the top high school recruits have not brought success to their college team of choice. In fact, dating back to the year the rule became enforced, not one Rivals No. 1 overall high school recruit has won a national championship for his college team. The closest a player has come to reaching this status was former Ohio State center Greg Oden, who led the Buckeyes to the championship against Florida in 2007, only to lose to a team that returned all five starters from the year before.Kentucky coach John Calipari has become the unofficial poster boy for recruiting “one and done” players. Since 2009, Calipari and Kentucky have recruited nine Rivals top-five high school prospects for their respective year, more than any other school. This method worked like a charm in 2011, as the team won a national title with three top-five recruits, but the following year, the Wildcats failed to reach the NCAA tournament with the No. 2 overall recruit.While Kentucky has been taking this new idea head on, OSU and its coach, Thad Matta, have refrained from taking such an approach. The Buckeyes’ current starting five consists of two seniors and three juniors and at one point the team was ranked as high as No. 3 in the country.However, things have taken a turn as of late and the Buckeyes have lost four games in a row and could soon drop out of the top 25, leading many to question Matta and his decision to not target the top incoming freshmen year in and year out and instead to build off of experience.OSU’s situation might deter others from this approach, but three of the AP’s top five teams (Michigan State, Villanova and Wichita State) all have programs built around experienced upperclassmen.Another telling stat is that of the previous seven top overall incoming freshmen, just two, Kentucky’s John Wall and Kansas’ Josh Selby, have made it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament. Duke’s Austin Rivers, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad and OSU’s BJ Mullens lost in the first round of the tournament, while Kansas State’s Michael Beasley led Kansas State to the round of 32 teams.This year has been no different. In fact, the top freshmen have been in the spotlight even more so than previous years. Top recruit Andrew Wiggins, guard for Kansas, has led the Jayhawks to a 14-4 overall record. Though he has shown glimpses of his elite potential, the most hyped high school basketball recruit since LeBron James has not been a crucial part of Kansas’ success. In fact, it could be argued that Wiggins’ classmate, center Joel Embiid, has played better, and Rivals had him listed at 25.I’m not trying to say recruiting “one and dones” is a bad method to win in college basketball, because obviously, teams accrue wins using the method. However, I believe experience is still the best way to win it all. Freshmen are a great way to instantly add life to a team like OSU, who seem to lack energy on the court, but if the ultimate goal is to win a championship, which it should be for every team, experience is the way to go.Matta and the Buckeyes do have a highly-touted recruiting class for next year with two Rivals top 25 recruits in guard D’Angelo Russell and forward Keita Bates-Diop, but the Buckeyes are also expected to return a majority of its current players. The new energy brought by next year’s freshmen combined with the experience of the returning players should easily spell success for OSU next year, or at least the idea behind it should. read more

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State rolls through Purdue 357

Ohio State’s Bo Jordan wrestles Kaleb Young in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (12-0, 7-0 Big Ten) beat up on Purdue (6-6, 0-5 Big Ten), defeating the Boilermakers 35-7 Sunday afternoon at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio.Ohio State’s Bo and Micah Jordan competed in their high school gym for the first time since they graduated. No. 5 Micah beat redshirt sophomore Cole Wysocki 21-9 at 157 pounds, and No. 3 Bo won 9-4 against No. 10 redshirt sophomore Dylan Lydy of Purdue at 174 pounds.Two other matchups between ranked wrestlers occurred, with Ohio State No. 11 junior Joey McKenna edging out No. 18 sophomore Nate Limmex 6-0 at 141 pounds. Ohio State No. 4 senior Nathan Tomasello beat No. 15 senior Luke Welche 18-5 at 125.Ohio State redshirt junior Cody Burcher upset No. 19 Jacob Morrissey with a pin just 34 seconds into the match. Burcher was wrestling in replace of No. 13 junior Te’Shan Campbell, who has struggled recently and lost his fourth consecutive match against Michigan State Friday.No. 2 junior Myles Martin won 20-4 with a technical fall against Purdue junior Jonathan Morales, securing the victory in the 184-pound division. No. 1 sophomore Kollin Moore won 18-3 against Purdue sophomore Christian Brunner.Ohio State No. 6 sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes competed against redshirt sophomore Austin Nash at 149 pounds, and came away with a 24-6 win. Redshirt junior Ben Thornton beat Ohio State freshman Brakan Mead 10-2 at 133 pounds. Mead wrestled in place of No. 2 sophomore Luke Pletcher.Ohio State redshirt freshman Kevin Snyder lost to No. 15 freshman Shawn Streck 5-2 at heavyweight. Snyder was wrestling in replacement of his brother Kyle Snyder, who won the Yarygin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Sunday morning. Ohio State’s next meet starts at 8 p.m. Saturday in University Park, Pennsylvania, against No. 2 Penn State. The matchup will be streamed on Big Ten Network. read more

Viral video of furious cyclist taking revenge on catcalling van driver was

first_imgThe cyclist rips off the wing mirror Credit:Facebook / Viral Thread  Another wrote: “Absolutely disgusting cretins and whilst I can not support the heat of the moment mirror damage I can understand why.”Jungle Creations says its production team “create and curate the best content on the internet to entertain and engage our audience”.Its production team also produces “original viral video concepts”, guaranteeing “clients a minimum of 1 million views on each of these films”.Jungle Creations has been contacted for comment.  It was posted on the Viral Thread Facebook page, which is run by viral video media company Jungle Creations.The post asks viewers: “Who is in the wrong here? Cyclist girl gets revenge on catcalling van drivers.”Jungle Creations co-founder Paul Bieboer said his company did not produce the video, telling the newspaper: “It’s a source we’ve never used before.”The clip shows the cyclist hitting out at the van driver, who responds: “Woah, woah don’t be like that!”She responds: “Go away!”“Woah! That’s not very lady-like is it, ay? Oi, what charm school did you go to ay?” the van driver responds. He adds: “You wanna tell your mum and dad to get their f—–g money back.“Shut up you old dog … You on your period?”After the cyclist takes revenge, the man who filmed the footage tells them: “That’s exactly what you deserve, you scum!” catcalling video  The footage, filmed in Tottenham Court Road, central London, was captured on a moped rider’s helmet cam and racked up over 10 million views on Facebook in less than 24 hours.However, eyewitness Scott Deane told The Sun it was staged, he said: “They practiced the scene two of three times with the motorbike riding behind them.“You could see there was already damage to the wing mirror, it was loose … I couldn’t believed it when I saw the video online.”center_img A viral video of a female cyclist ‘taking revenge’ on a catcalling van driver was staged, an eyewitness has claimed.It shows a van driver verbally abusing the woman before she later gets revenge by ripping the motorist’s wing mirror off. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The video has attracted thousands of comments on Facebook.Nicole Skinner wrote: “There shouldn’t even be a question of who is in the wrong here. Anyone with a right mind can see that woman was harassed and had every right to get angry and defend herself.”last_img read more

Overseasbased Guyanese robbed at gunpoint by family members

The Police are on the hunt for three East Coast Demerara residents, who carried out a brazen robbery on an overseas-based Guyanese, mere hours after arriving in the country on Tuesday evening.Two of the wanted men are nephews of the victim, while the third in a known bandit in the area. The robbery was committed on Ganesh Looknauth of Lancaster Housing Scheme at Unity, East Coast Demerara.According to a Guyana Times report, as the man drove his motor vehicle into the garage, he was confronted by the three men; one of whom was armed with a handgun. They reportedly held him at gunpoint and relieved him of the suitcases he was carrying. The trio then demanded cash and jewellery among other valuables. The man was relieved of a large quantity of cash he had in his possession.This publication understands the money was proceeds from a property he sold recently. Looknauth was also relieved of close to US$3500, a wedding band, a quantity of clothing and several pairs of footwear. The clothing and footwear were reportedly emptied from the suitcases.After committing the robbery, the men made good their escape after which the victim raised an alarm. The neighbours ran to the scene and after realising that the man was robbed, they immediately contacted the Police.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArmed bandits rob Chinese-run supermarket at Industry – fled scene on CG motorcyclesNovember 11, 2016In “Crime”Manager, US-based Guyanese robbed of $7.4MFebruary 16, 2018In “Crime”Suspects in robbery of overseas-based Guyanese in custodyMarch 9, 2017In “Crime” read more

Caricom SG issues condolences on passing of Sir Derek Walcott

The following statement was issued by CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, on the passing of renowned Caribbean poet and playwright, Saint Lucian born Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott: On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I wish to express profound sympathy on the passing of internationally acclaimed Caribbean poet and playwright, Saint Lucian born Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, OCC.Sir Derek WalcottSir Derek, a prolific and accomplished writer who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, has left a void in the tapestry of Caribbean literature and theatre, after more than seven decades of producing inspiring literary works in essays, poetry and plays. The boy prodigy, who published his first poetry collection at age 14, evolved into a global literary legend.Sir Derek was among the first recipients of the community’s highest award, the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC) in 1992.  He was also highly decorated with national and international honours, most notably Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1972; and Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Lucia (KCSL) in 2016.To the Caribbean Community, Walcott was a true cultural icon, a gift from Saint Lucia to the region and the world. He embraced the entire Caribbean as his own. His lyrical poetry and penetrative plays resounded with the rhythm and spirit of the Caribbean civilization.A quintessential Caribbean writer, Walcott is perhaps most celebrated for his epic poem, Omeros (1990), which received widespread global acclaim from publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times Book Review, which chose Omeros as one of the “Best Books of 1990.” His play, Dream on Monkey Mountain (1970), was produced on NBC-TV and performed off-Broadway in 1970 and 1971, respectively, and also won the prestigious Obie Award for “Best Foreign Play” in 1971. He also left an enduring legacy in theatre by founding the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in 1959 and the Boston Playwright’s Theatre in 1981.In addition to the Nobel Prize, Walcott also won many literary awards over the course of his sterling career, including a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award (1981); the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry (1988); the WH Smith Literary Award for Omeros (1990); the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement (2004); the T.S Eliot Prize (2011) for his book of poetry White Egrets; and the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry Recognition Award in 2015, among several others.The Caribbean Community wishes to express sincere condolences to the family of Sir Derek Walcott, the government and people of Saint Lucia, and the artistic community of the Caribbean on the tremendous loss of a gifted and inspiring Caribbean writer. We salute this distinguished son of our region, whose presence in our midst will be greatly missed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSir Derek Walcott is deadMarch 17, 2017In “Regional”Late Nobel Laureate Walcott to be honoured at Caribbean Writers CongressMarch 28, 2017In “latest news”High praise for Derek Walcott at funeral serviceMarch 27, 2017In “latest news” read more

Hunger strikes and pepper spray 2013 in protests

first_img(Image: @StevieCMJ)Garda station closuresThis year, 100 garda stations were closed as the force adjusted to budget cuts. Of the 100 stations that were earmarked for closure, 98 of them were only open on a part-time basis and 88 of them were served by only one garda. In county Dublin, 1,500 people gathered at Stepaside Garda Station in February to protest its imminent closure. (Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)FlagsWhat began with a late-night vote at a local council meeting in Belfast about the number of days the Union flag would fly over the city hall, spiralled into months of protests and riots. Dozens of people, including police officers, were injured and more than 200 people were arrested. (Image: Niall Carson/PA)Nationalising bank debtIn February, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions coordinated ‘Not Our Debt’ marches in six counties to protest against the nationalisation of bank debts.  There was a large turnout with numbers for Dublin reaching 25,000. (Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)A few days later the demonstration against increased prescription charges and changes to income limits on medical cards for over 70s drew thousands of people to Dublin. (Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)Nursing graduate schemeThe HSE’s plan to hire one hundred graduate nurses and pay them 80 per cent of the usual salary caused an uproar among nursing staff at the start of this year. Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association and the Psychiatric Nurses Association protested outside HSE headquarters and urged graduates to boycott the new scheme. (Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)After the bill was passed in the Dáil, the pro-choice protest became more of a celebration: (Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)Property TaxMore than 5,000 people protested against the Local Property Tax in April, while EU finance ministers attended a meeting in Dublin Castle. IT’S BEEN ANOTHER year of contentious issues with some like the abortion debate, the Budget and austerity measures dominating the agenda. For some campaigns, thousands of people took to the streets to protest, hoping their voices would be heard.Here are some of the most notable protests of 2013:AbortionThe debate around the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill dominated the first part of this year with both pro-choice and pro-life groups taking to the streets.Pro-choice campaigners in Dublin in January this year (Image: Niall Carson/PA).Thousands of people took part in the pro-life ‘Vigil for Life’ in Dublin in June this year. (Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)(Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)Another pro-life rally in Dublin in July (Image: Sasko Lazarov).And a counter demonstration by pro-choice campaigners on the same day (Image: Niall Carson/PA).Thousands of pro-choice campaigners marched in September for a global day of action. (Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)The pro-life campaigners even protested outside the minister’s house during the second round of public hearings on the proposed legislation:And both sides had a good turnout at the Dáil on the day of the vote on the new legislation: (Image: Julien Behal/PA)FarmersThe Irish Farmers’ Association staged a protest outside Dublin Castle in March against proposed EU reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy. (Image: Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)/Facebook)Meath man Tony Rochford also went on a hunger strike for more than 20 days in protest against the tax: (Images: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)Student grant cutsDemanding that third-level  maintenance grants be protected, thousands of students joined marches and rallies in October in Dublin, Cork and Sligo.(Video: IT Sligo Students’ Union/YouTube)Budget cutsThe Budget was announced in October this year with a number of controversial measures sparking protests by pensioners, young people and mothers.On the day, there were scuffles between gardaí and protesters and a few people were even pepper sprayed: (Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)And again in May. This time they brought their tractors: (Image: PA)No one was pepper sprayed this time.Did you take part in any of these protests? Tell us all about it in the comments below.Read: Thousands join pensioners’ protest against Budget cuts>last_img read more

Update on Sasha Banks returning, Kurt Angle on Monday, Natalya talks about Beth Phoenix

first_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook WhatsApp According to Mike Johnson of PWI, Sasha Banks is said to be returning to next week’s WWE live events. Sasha has been out of action with an undisclosed injury.Kurt Angle returningKurt Angle will be returning to RAW next week in Philadelphia, PA. In the storyline, Kurt was “sent on vacation” by Stephanie McMahon a few weeks back. Kurt Angle won Baron Corbin’s World Cup qualification Global Battle Royal last Monday on RAW as The Conquistador.Natalya’s latest columnNatalya Neidhart’s latest Calgary Sun column is online. “Natalya Neidhart: A lifelong connection with best friend Beth Phoenix”. She talks about her best friend, their respective matches, Evolution PPV and more. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNatalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women SuperstarsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:06/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%0:00Remaining Time -1:06 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Superstar Natalya Comments On Jim Neidhart’s Death Wrestleview.com Staff Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded Now Playing Up Next Natalya Neidhart Now Playing Up Next Google+ Natalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women Superstars Now Playing Up Next U.S.-European Relations Saw Dramatic Changes, MEP Schaake Says Twitter Videos Articles Pinterest U.S.-European Relations Saw Dramatic Changes, MEP Schaake Says Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Xavi Hernandez believes Messi can play until 40

first_imgFor the Spanish footballer, his former Barcelona teammate is capable of continue playing up to 40 years of ageSpanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez played with La Liga giants Barcelona from 1998 to 2015.And he was lucky enough to play alongside Argentinean star Lionel Messi.The former Blaugrana teammate believes Messi is capable of playing up to 40 years of age.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Sometimes I think that he can play until he is 38, 39 or 40. He needs very little to be able to do that,” he told Catalunya Radio as quoted by Spanish newspaper Marca.“What do you lose as you get older? Your pace? Well, he won’t lose his mental speed. Messi is incomparable.”“I think that he would be able to play wherever he wants on the park,” he added.“He already drifts into the center of the field and is effective there, as he is at defending too because he is very strong mentally.”last_img read more

Callejon was that Napoli is strong

first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club will face Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow, and the Partenopei need a winThe UEFA Champions League is back. And tomorrow night, Italian Lega Serie A club Napoli will face French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.For Partenopei footballer Jose Callejon his team is strong and he knows a win would be a big step to the next round.“I think we’ve been strong every year,” Callejon told Football Italia.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I couldn’t tell you if it’s the strongest team, there have been a lot of strong players in the last few years.”“We’ve been playing together for a long time, we know each other more and more and over the years we’ve become more mature,” he added.“We’ve played important games and over the years we’ve all become stronger.”“We’re aware of being more mature, then the Coach is giving us more confidence. We can do great things and we hope to do well tomorrow,” he concluded.last_img read more

Evergreen student comes to grips with surviving sudden cardiac arrest

first_imgFort Vancouver High School is hosting a heart screening for young adults that consists of a survey asking about possible signs or symptoms and family history of heart conditions, a physical exam, blood pressure measurement and an electrocardiogram. In some cases, a limited echocardiogram is conducted.Students also will learn the importance of bystanders performing CPR and using AEDs in an emergency.n When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 22.n Where: 5700 E. 18th St.Online ResourcesNick of Time FoundationQuinn Driscoll FoundationSpencer’s Heart Strong FoundationParent Heart WatchClark County looks to train 30,000 people in CPR over the next two years through large group trainings.Currently, the county’s survival rate for cardiac arrest that occurs outside of a hospital is 17 percent, said Dr. Lynn Wittwer, medical program director for Clark County EMS. It’s above the U.S. average of 9.5 percent, but Wittwer looks to bring up the number of survivors.When someone calls 911 to report a cardiac arrest, the dispatcher asks the caller if he or she knows CPR. If they don’t, the dispatcher walks them through the steps. In an emergency, however, time is critical and people may be under too much stress to quickly learn CPR over the phone.In the few minutes before emergency responders can get to a collapsed patient, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation can make the difference between life and death.“The average person doesn’t know CPR and it’s our job to improve that,” Wittwer said.The effort kicks off May 17 at Evergreen High School — the poster child for cardiac arrest response — where the senior class will learn compression-only CPR. Next year, the county aims to teach every student at Evergreen.last_img read more

Overtown youth summit works to build motivate young men

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Former NBA player Etan Thomas joined community leaders in hosting the sixth annual Save Our Sons Youth Summit.The summit reaches out to young men through a series of workshops and activities.The summit is also meant to stop violence and motivate boys to strive for success. “It’s a movement. It’s not just about today, but it’s about men interacting with younger men and giving that guidance and support that they need in dealing with real issues that affect out community on a daily basis,” said Brother Lyle of Respect for Life Educational Services.This year’s summit focused on cooking and tips on how to treat women.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Kansas Lawmakers Press Fight against Plans to Close Guantánamo Prison

first_imgKansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R) wrote Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday requesting a copy of the Pentagon’s survey of Fort Leavenworth as a potential site to house Guantánamo Bay detainees, as well as its detailed plan to shutter the military prison and relocate detainees to the U.S. mainland.In addition to the disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth, DOD teams have surveyed the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, S.C., and a federal supermax facility in Florence, Colo., as possible candidates to house the detainees.“The folks of Leavenworth County would be most impacted should the detention center at Guantanamo Bay close and the remaining terrorists be transferred to Fort Leavenworth,” Jenkins wrote. “Decisions that could endanger American lives and have a very detrimental impact on the local community and military installation require openness, not secrecy,” she stated.Carter sent a plan for closing the detention facility to President Obama earlier this month. The administration’s effort to close the prison has accelerated with the transfer of 16 detainees in recent weeks. The prison in Cuba now holds only 91 detainees.Separately, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts (R) has pledged to maintain a hold on Eric Fanning, Obama’s nominee for secretary of the Army, until the president leaves office and is no longer in a position to close the military prison at Guantánamo, reported the Hill.“The hold will stay until we can get past this year,” Roberts told the Topeka Capital-Journal.Fanning’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee was held Thursday.“I want to stress that it’s nothing personal,” Roberts told the paper. “It’s just the way it is.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Billy Porter wins Met Gala fashion fest as hes carried in a

first_img …The ever-vivacious @theebillyporter makes the grandest, campiest of entrances. #MetGala  #MetCamp  #BillyPorter pic.twitter.com/Hm0OLqs37q— The Met (@metmuseum) May 6, 2019 lady gaga: I will without a doubt have the most extra #MetGala entrancebilly porter: hold my beer pic.twitter.com/HfhdDNYH3H— PopBuzz (@popbuzz) May 6, 2019 Hold on. Billy Porter just ended it all. Everyone else go home. Immediately. https://t.co/K26NvLFeSS— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) May 6, 2019 Billy Porter said: My feet? Touching the ground? Can’t be me!!!!!! #MetGala pic.twitter.com/m7frap1DtP— VERONDRÉ (@verxndre) May 6, 2019 The look immediately lent itself to some good memes. “Me entering class even knowing I’m late,” one person wrote.  Me entering class even knowing I’m late #MetGala pic.twitter.com/zmaYBpdfKs— Alicia🌚♎️ (@itsalicliment) May 6, 2019 2 Vogue described Porter’s outfit, made by The Blonds, as, “a bejeweled catsuit outfitted with 10-foot wings, a 24-karat gold headpiece, as well as custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and fine jewels by Andreoli and Oscar Heyman.” So just your everyday casual Monday wear. it’s like 2 pixels but OH MAN #MetGala pic.twitter.com/zw3It8JskR— carmen (@ibumilas) May 6, 2019 Why do people keep walking the carpet after Billy Porter? It’s done, boo ✨ #MetGala pic.twitter.com/UQNRX98DTp— Ms Millenial (@AListMillenial) May 6, 2019 Tags Billy Porter has been a blessing every day of his life and I am so grateful.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) May 6, 2019 when you see billy porter pic.twitter.com/Oa5W3aEvAg— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) May 6, 2019 Share your voice The theme of this year’s Met Gala, aka the annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, is Camp: Notes on Fashion. Porter told Variety his interpretation of the theme. “Camp means irreverence,” he said. “Camp means as hugely over-the-top and grand and what some may feel is ridiculous and silly, and embracing all of those creative impulses inside us that very often are squelched.”  Porter, star of the FX show Pose, made headlines at the 2019 Academy Awards for wearing a tuxedo dress.  Actor and singer Billy Porter stole the show at Monday’s Met Gala in New York when he entered draped in gold and carried on a black velvet couch by six shirtless litter-bearers, also wearing gold. It was a memorable moment. Comments Random Twitterlast_img read more

There really isnt anything held back — A whaling festival in Nuiqsut

first_imgNuiqsut residents enjoy the blanket toss, one of the whaling festival’s most well-known events. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Whaling captain Herbert Ipalook Sr. is sitting in the driver’s seat of a white pickup truck. It’s parked at the center of a sandy baseball field in Nuiqsut, a village of about 400 on the North Slope, not far from where the Colville River meets the Arctic Ocean.Listen nowIt’s the day of the summer solstice, and all around Ipalook’s truck, a celebration is beginning. Today is nalukataq, a feast hosted by a successful whaling crew. And nalukataq is special.“Special, because it was created thousands of years ago, and passed down to the younger generation, to the next generation,” Ipalook said.Ipalook upholds this tradition. In fall, Nuiqsut’s whaling crews travel roughly 80 miles by boat to the village’s camp at Cross Island, north of Prudhoe Bay. From there, last year, Nuiqsut’s crews harvested four bowhead whales. The Ipalook crew took one of them.“It’s about the whale. The whale gives up to you, to the people that worked really hard,” Ipalook said. “Some people might get left out, some people will gain, but everybody gains something to eat.”The crew distributes the whale based on the number of people per household. Some is eaten on the spot. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Next to Ipalook’s truck, folding tables are weighed down with big, steaming pots and colorfully frosted cakes. The baseball field’s bleachers are filling with family members and neighbors, kids and elders, bundled up in puffy coats, furs and blankets and waiting patiently with paper plates and cups. People wish each other “happy nalukataq!”The crew starts serving: homemade goose and caribou soup, bread, crackers and hot drinks.Later, the focal point — the whale — arrives in large plastic tubs. It’s prepared several ways, like mikigaq, fermented meat, urraq, cooked meat and muktuk, frozen skin and blubber, carved into hand-sized chunks. The crew carefully distributes the whale based on the number of people per household, and everyone’s coolers start to fill up. Some is eaten on the spot, and the rest is stored for take-home, in plastic containers or ziploc bags.Vera Ipalook, the whaling captain’s wife, is at the center of the action. She plays an important role, working long hours with the crew to prepare the whale for nalukataq.In between making sure everything is going smoothly, Vera sneaks in a few hugs. Her family is here from near and far — almost all her kids and grandkids, she says. But it’s not just about the relatives. She wants everyone there to feel welcome.Vera Ipalook, the whaling captain’s wife, helps her crew with serving. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)“I make sure that my crew have big smiles on their faces, to keep people happy,” Vera Ipalook said.There are many moments of joy. Like the candy — there’s so much candy. Every half-hour or so, Hershey’s chocolates, Laffy Taffy, Sour Patch Kids and the like are tossed over the bleachers, and all the kids pounce.There’s even more candy during the event nalukataq is known for: the blanket toss. A circular sealskin blanket is suspended about ten feet above the ground. Men and women grab hold of the edges and start pulling in unison, and one brave soul holding a bag of candy jumps on top.Getting the timing down isn’t as easy as it looks. But when it’s done right, the person on the blanket is catapulted upwards, and candy goes flying. It makes your average trampoline look tame.Once everyone has their turn on the blanket, the day ends at Nuiqsut’s city hall, where the village gathers for drumming, singing and dancing. The sealskin from the blanket toss becomes a dance floor at the center of the room.A line of men in folding chairs leads the singing, keeping time with shallow hand drums. James Taalak is among them.Nalukataq ends with drumming, singing and dancing at Nuiqsut’s city hall. Taalak is at center, in green (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)“I have been drumming all my life. Since infancy. Since probably before I could walk,” Taalak said with a laugh.Taalak says nalukataq songs have been passed down for generations, heard not just in Nuiqsut, but across the Arctic, in Canada, even parts of Russia.Some of the music has even more universal themes:“Some songs will urge people in the crowd to come out and dance,” Taalak said. “You know, get them motivated.”And most everyone does — elders and children, Nuiqsut residents and visitors from far away, all take their turn on the sealskin blanket.“It’s an open celebration for anyone that’s present,” Taalak said. “There really isn’t anything held back, as far as community — not just community service, but that feeling of being welcome.”The dancing continues into the early hours of the morning. On the wall behind the drummers, there’s a line of framed photographs of elders who have passed on: Nuiqsut’s past leaders, whaling captains and whaling captain’s wives, looking on as today’s generation carries forward the nalukataq tradition.last_img read more

Rescuers dig for survivors of Mexico quake

first_imgRescuers search for survivors amid the rubble from a building flattened by the 7.1-magnitude quake the day before, in Mexico City. Photo: AFPRescuers dug Wednesday for survivors of a 7.1- magnitude earthquake that killed at least 230 people in Mexico, as the nation watched anxiously for signs of life at a collapsed school in the capital.Firefighters, police, soldiers and volunteers worked frantically to remove rubble in scenes repeated across a swath of central states in Mexico’s second killer earthquake this month.The most agonizing search was at a school in the south of Mexico City where 21 children—aged between seven and 13 — and five adults were crushed to death. Many children were still missing.By Wednesday afternoon, 24 hours after the quake struck, rescuers working under the gaze of anguished parents had managed to locate several signs of life under the rubble using a thermal scanner.“They are alive! Alive!” shouted Civil Protection volunteer Enrique Garcia, 37. “Someone hit a wall several times in one place, and in another there was a response to light signals with a lamp,” he said.“We have been at this since yesterday, but we cannot reach them, because they are trapped between two slabs…”So far, 11 children and at least one teacher have been rescued from the rubble of the Enrique Rebsamen elementary and middle school.“No one can possibly imagine the pain I’m in right now,” said one mother, Adriana Fargo, who was standing outside what remained of the school waiting for news of her seven-year-old daughter.In the Condesa neighborhood, Karen Guzman sat on a stool in the street with her back to one of the collapsed buildings. She said she could not bear the tension of the search for around 30 people thought to be under the rubble, among them her brother.Beside her were two street poles tagged with lists of rescued people, but they do not include the name of her brother Juan Antonio, a 43-year-old accountant who worked on the top floor of the four-story building.“My mom is looking for him in hospitals because we don’t trust those lists. Sometimes I think nobody knows anything,” she said.Rescue workers reported that families were getting WhatsApp messages pleading for help from desperate relatives trapped under debris.President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the hard-hit city of Jojutla in the state of Morelos and appealed for people to help in reconstruction efforts.“It is important for people to be part of this group effort,” said the president, who also declared three days of national mourning.Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told Televisa TV that 39 buildings in the capital had collapsed. Searches were under way in all but five where rescuers had determined that nobody remained trapped, he said.At least 53 people have been found alive in two of the collapsed buildings.Nowhere to goMany residents were preparing to spend a second night in parks and plazas, in tents or makeshift shelters, unable or unwilling to return to their homes as authorities inspected some 600 buildings whose walls swayed and cracked when the quake struck.Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray thanked the international community for offers of help in an unusual special intervention at the UN General Assembly.US President Donald Trump called Pena Nieto and offered assistance and search-and-rescue teams which are now being deployed, the White House said.Chile and El Salvador pledged aid, while Israel said it was sending a team of 70 soldiers including engineers and search and rescue specialists which would arrive Friday.The quake hit on the anniversary of a huge quake in 1985 that killed more than 10,000 people, the disaster-prone country’s deadliest ever.Tuesday’s struck just two hours after Mexico held a national earthquake drill, as it does every September 19 to remember the 1985 disaster.A system of quake sensors was set up in 1993 along the Pacific coast, where tremors are more common. People in Mexico City were not warned by it on Tuesday because the epicenter was only 120 kilometers (75 miles) outside the capital and thus outside the main area of sensor coverage, said Carlos Valdes of National Center for Disaster Prevention.Adding to the national sense of vulnerability, the earthquake struck just 12 days after another quake that killed nearly 100 people in southern Mexico.Experts said the two quakes did not appear to be related, as their epicenters were far apart.Mexico sits atop five tectonic plates, making it particularly vulnerable to earthquakes.Luis Felipe Puente, the national disaster response agency chief, said that of the dead, 100 were in Mexico City, 69 in Morelos, 43 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico state, four in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.In Puebla, a picturesque colonial city near the quake’s epicenter, several churches were damaged and one collapsed, killing 11 people, officials said.Power had been restored to 85 percent of the Mexican capital, although the state electricity company maintained cuts to areas where rescue work was taking place, for fear of accidental electrocution or fires.In the states of Puebla and Morelos, rescue work is also continuing in homes and destroyed buildings.Mexico’s professional and other football leagues suspended all games scheduled for the weekend.last_img read more

4km of Dhaka metro rail now visible

first_imgA scene of under-constructed Dhaka Metro at the Mirpur area of the city. Photo: Prothom AloFour out of a total 20.1 km of Dhaka metro rail line is now visible, as the government plans to inaugurate the country’s first-ever metro on the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence in December 2021.Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL), an autonomous body under the transport and bridges ministry, is executing the project.The authorities said the metro rail trains will have the capacity to transport 22,000 passengers per hour, meaning 500,000 passengers day, from Uttara, a northern suburb of the capital, to Motijheel.According to the DMTCL’s progress report, nearly 24 per cent of the project’s work has been completed since April this year.It also said 93 per cent of metro rail’s main deck between Agargaon and Uttara has been completed.The rail link of the metro is 20.1 km and will have 16 stations.The authorities said there will be sound proofing walls along the tracts.Transport expert Shamsul Haque said the metro rail is a complex project. There is no way it can be completed it in hurry.Traffic has been disrupted due to the project work, he added. The management of the project should be improved.Cost of the metro railTo bring a realistic solution to Dhaka city’s traffic congestion, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the Dhaka Metro mega project.The project is divided into eight construction packages which will cost Tk 219.85 billion. Of them, Japan’s aid agency JICA will provide 165 billion.Metro rail stationsThe metro rail will have 16 stations – at Uttara North, Central Uttara, Uttara South, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Shewrapara, Agargaon, Bijoy Sharani, Farmgate, Karwan Bazar, Shahbag, Dhaka University, the secretariat, and Motijheel.The metro will take 35 minutes to reach Motijheel from Uttara. The station will be high as a three-storey building and will be accessed by escalators and lifts.Ticket counter and other facilities will be available at the second floor.The authorities said 12 trains will run on the routes.last_img read more