Advertisement AdvertisementThe IBF ordered a purse bid Monday for the Sergiy Derevyanchenko-Daniel Jacobs fight for its vacant middleweight title. The two fighters will be scrapping it out for the vacant International Boxing Federation middleweight title that was recently stripped from Gennady Golovkin for failing to commit to a title defense against IBF mandatory Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) by the IBF mandated August 3 date.The IBF ordered a bout between Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs), who’s ranked No. 1 by the IBF, and the third-rated Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) on June 11. Also, both fighters have same managers and trainer, both are trained by Andre Rosier.Jacobs and Derevyanchenko will both get 50 percent of the bid. This is a fight that will interest a lot of boxing fans, as well as HBO, who has Jacobs under contract for a multi-fight deal.The best possible situation will see the winner of the Jacobs vs. Derevyanchenko fight face the winner of the Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Golovkin contest. That’s what Hearn is counting on.
England may be down but certainly not out. In fact, their out-of-favour spinner Monty Panesar thinks that Alastair Cook’s team can bounce back in the ongoing series against India and even “win by a 2-1 margin.”In an exclusive chat from Sydney, where he’s undergoing rehab after a shoulder surgery, Panesar told Aaj Tak that England have a history of coming from behind to win the series, especially against India. (England set to pick Buttler in place of Duckett in Mohali)”I think England can win the series 2-1. They just need to win the key moments in a match which they haven’t done in Rajkot and Vizag. Everyone knows that it isn’t easy to beat India in India. However, they’ve failed to accelerate just when it was required the most. There is no point in being defensive against India, they need to attack right from the first ball,” said Panesar.The left-arm spinner believes that captain Cook hasn’t faltered in his strategy but hasn’t been able to win sessions which is the key to winning Tests.”Game moves on in a similar pattern on the first two days of a Test in India. We all know that. It is after that the team which accelerates has the maximum chance of winning. Maybe Cook is missing the third spinner. I am ready to join them, if not in the eleven then even to bowl in the nets. I so badly want to be in Mohali,” the 34-year-old, who’s father moved to London from Ludhiana in 1970s, said in all seriousness. (Also read: Cricket chose me, it’s the only game I played: Kohli)advertisement’BEST MEMORIES’Panesar, who last played for England in the Ashes Test in Melbourne in 2013, is in Australia till March next year. Along with Graeme Swann, he was key to England winning the series in India in 2012 after losing the first Test. Then India Test skipper MS Dhoni had gone on record terming Panesar as the difference between both the teams as the lanky Sardar went on to take 17 wickets from three Tests.”It is one of the best memories of my career, playing a big role in beating India in India. I remember the wicket in Mumbai was a rank turner and one in Kolkata was quite flat. Rahul Dravid had said at that point that my performance was one of the best he’s ever seen by a visiting spinner in the first innings of a Test in India. That was really inspiring. It isn’t easy to beat Indians at spin but I managed to do that against a quality batting line up.” (Gambhir dropped for Mohali Test)He also believes that England spinners can test Virat Kohli by bowling a certain line even though the Indian skipper is enjoying form of his life.”Virat seems to be quite sound, technically. His head is in a great position while batting. However, if he is forced to play across the line by bowling a certain off-stump line, there is a chance that he will commit a mistake at some point of time.”Panesar is also full of praise for Ravichandran Ashwin who has been almost unplayable for batsmen of most of the visiting teams in India.”Good thing about him (Ashwin) is his temperament. He is not stressed out even when he’s struggling to get wickets. He has many variations and knows well how to exploit conditions, especially while bowling at home. He’s a street smart cricketer who bats well too. That’s the reason why Ashwin is key to India’s success.”
In a thriller that went down to the wire, Olympiacos Piraeus grabbed its third straight win by downing FC Barcelona Lassa 67-69 at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday. Despite playing without star guard Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiacos improved to 12-5 to rank second in the standings, while Barcelona dropped to 7-10. Georgios Printezis led the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Matt Lojeski added 11, but it was Vangelis Mantzaris who became Olympiacos’s hero with the game-winning free throws with 7.4 seconds left. Petteri Koponen led Barcelona with 16 points, Tyrese Rice added 16 and Ante Tomic had 12 for the hosts. Olympiacos limited Barcelona to 18-of-47 two-point shooting (38.3%) and only committed 9 turnovers in two of the keys to this exciting game.Justin Doellman, Rice and Juan Carlos Navarro each struck from beyond the arc in the opening three minutes to give Barcelona an early 9-7 lead. Rice kept pushing Barcelona with a floater and Tomic added a layup for a 13-7 score. Nikola Milutinov took over with a put-back layup and got help from Printezis and Erick Green to keep Olympiacos within 15-13. Victor Claver hit free throws and Koponen added a triple, but Green answered with an acrobatic shot from downtown at the first-quarter buzzer to make it 20-17. Green hit another three-pointer early in the second, but consecutive layups by Sasha Vezenkov and Koponen kept Barcelona ahead, 24-22. Dominic Waters sank a mid-range jumper and a corner triple by Lojeski gave Olympiacos the lead, 26-27. Tomic hit back-to-back jump hooks – one with each hand – and Koponen hit a three-pointer in transition to put Barcelona ahead 33-29 at halftime.Kostas Papanikolaou nailed a triple soon after the break and Lojeski added a jumper to put Olympiacos on top, 33-34. Printezis scored three times around the basket and Papanikolaou buried another three-pointer for a 39-44 Olympiacos edge. Rice hit a floater and fed Joey Dorsey for an alley-oop slam, but Printezis and Papanikolaou kept the guests ahead. Koponen stepped up for Barcelona and a buzzer-beating slam by Dorsey brought the hosts within 54-56 after 30 minutes. Dorsey and Alex Renfroe fueled a 6-0 run that put Barcelona up 60-56 early in the fourth quarter. Tomic scored down low and a layup by Rice caused Olympiacos to call timeout at 64-58 with more than four minutes left. Vangelis Mantzaris nailed a triple, Printezis added free throws and a dunk by Milutinov gave Olympiacos a 64-65 lead in the next-to-last minute. Lojeski buried a fade-away jumper that Koponen matched with a three-pointer that tied it at 67-67 with 26.7 seconds left. Mantzaris drew a foul with 7.4 seconds to go and calmly made both attempts for a 67-69 score. Rice missed an off-balance driving shot at the buzzer. Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shares
Twitter Reuse this content RECOMMENDED LISTENINGMax got everyone out of bed early again to record the pod, so the least you can do is listen.FIVER LETTERS“These beauties are still on sale for an eye-watering £55, I’m predicting they’ll be down to £5 by the end of the week” – Tony Crawford.“Having printed his letter twice last week, it’s third time lucky for Johnny Connelly and his quest for prizeless letter o’ the day on Monday then. Admittedly it is an amusing viewpoint” – Johnny Mac.“Letter for publication: Uefa are to be commended for their noble mitigation of fan attendance at Big Vase final. Who’d have thought that the lion’s share of the 2,800 mile journey would be due to the pitch being roughly 2,400 miles away from the stand? A rare win for the armchair pundits on this occasion, provided you managed to avoid the vertigo brought on by the funny camera angles” – Joe Lowry.Send your letters to email@example.com. And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Joe Lowry.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSThe Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh is in hospital after unexpectedly falling ill.European Leagues chief suit Lars-Christer Olsson reckons Uefa should take a gigantic jug of cold water and pour it all over greedy clubs’ plans to reshape Big Cup. “This closed shop is a proposal for the richest clubs to get even wealthier. This is an attempt to form a super league, absolutely,” he roared.West Ham have increased their bid for Barcelona dreamboat André Gomes to £20m in the hope that he will choose them over Everton or whoever else went weak at the knees watching him last season.Wydad Casablanca want Caf to investigate the controversial end to the African Big Cup final which was awarded to Espérance after Wydad players refused to play on when VAR was not consulted over a decision to disallow a possible equaliser. “We are calling for a fair investigation to save the image of football in Africa which was terribly tarnished,” fumed Wydad chief suit Saïd Naciri. The Fiver Drab and dreadful: Richard Williams on why domestic duels in European finals just don’t work.Banned former Uefa president Michel Platini claims there was a plot to stop him taking the top job at Fifa. Proper Journalism’s David Conn has more.And Barry Glendenning on Gareth Bale and his gilded cage, and how the Welshman compares to Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!BYE GEORGE And Philippe Hes, the striker who scored no goals all season for Dutch non-league side AFC Amsterdam, has responded to videos from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ruud Gullit and other footballing luminaries who poked fun at him after being egged on by AFC players. “I think the films are very funny, but they are also d!cks,” he parped.STILL WANT MORE?Our latest preview on the Women’s World Cup features Japan. Yoshinori Ebashi on their exciting (but haphazard) tactics and Hikaru Naomoto, the midfielder with a phobia of stink bugs.Suzanne Wrack, meanwhile, has the lowdown on Scotland, who could spring a surprise in France.And Suzanne has also written this fine piece on the tournament as a whole, and why it is harder than ever to pick a winner for the most anticipated World Cup in history, as well as an article on England and why a win a decade ago could play a big part in 2019. Basically, she’s been quite busy.Oh, and do tell us your hopes, dreams, fears and thoughts for the tournament in France, via this handy online form. The best responses will be published later this week.It’s the Adam and Erics 2019! Their comprehensive roundup of the Ligue 1 season sees much praise for José Fonte and some stern words for Nacer Chadli. Listen Pinterest Brilliant Liverpool are kings of Europe once again – Football Weekly Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitter Pinterest Topics Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Composite? Composite. Composite: Getty Images features Share via Email Football Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Facebook While POTUS whiled away the minutes between touching down in Airforce One and stepping on to the tarmac firing off angry, abusive tweets about the Mayor of London and CNN, Klopp appeared to make better use of his time when Big Cup VI was winging its way from Madrid to Merseyside. Over-served and well refreshed, the Liverpool manager will probably forgive The Fiver for suggesting he may have been completely paralytic by the time the victory parade got under way and sat giggling to himself, swigging from a bottle of lager, singing Salt-N-Pepa songs and coming perilously close to becoming the first manager in football history to meet a grisly end by falling off the top deck of his own team’s open-top victory parade bus. “I cannot really describe it because I cried a little bit as well because it’s so overwhelming what the people are doing,” said a tired and very emotional Klopp. “When you have a direct eye contact and you see how much it means to them that’s touching to be honest. It’s brilliant.”Meanwhile in the Spurs camp, things were more melancholy although their likeable manager was as gracious in defeat as the aforementioned American president is ungracious in … well, everything. “It is so painful but at the same time we have to be calm and be proud,” he said. “I want to congratulate Liverpool too. They did a fantastic season. You want to experience this again and repeat it. It is the best game in the world after the World Cup.” The biggest, maybe, but while Liverpool fans won’t care, the decidedly dreary spectacle that unfolded on the pitch on Madrid on Saturday certainly couldn’t be accused of being anywhere near the best.QUOTE OF THE DAY“I’m sorry but he was over the hill” – Louis van Gaal gets his chat on with Big Website about Wayne Rooney, Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, José Mourinho and … well, let’s just say he’s getting quite a lot off his chest here. Facebook KLOPP (NEARLY) RUNNETH OVERMore than half a million people are estimated to have lined the streets of Liverpool (population: 552,000) on Sunday to welcome home Jürgen Klopp and his team of Big Cup winners after their win over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on Saturday night. To put that in context, a comparatively paltry 250,000 protestors are expected to converge on the streets of London (population: eight million) to ridicule, mock and barrack the obnoxious, lying, narcissist Donald Trump on his official visit to the UK. While the Fiver’s not so good at sums, even we can tell this proves a hell of a lot more UK citizens chose to turn up to show their appreciation for Klopp and his players than can be bothered to demonstrate their contempt for the current president of the USA. And when you consider just how deeply unpopular that particular whinging, narcissistic man-baby is, you’ve got to say Liverpool’s win has been very well received indeed. 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Will try to be more expressive with the ball vs Australia: Vijay ShankarSpeaking to indiatoday.in, India all-rounder Vijay Shankar said he is looking forward to making use of chances with the ball in the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia at home.advertisement Akshay Ramesh New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 23:21 IST Vijay Shankar bowled a total of 16 overs, conceding at 4.87 in four ODIs he played in Australia and New Zealand (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar was named in the ODI and T20I squads for the series vs Australia, starting Feb. 24Shankar showcased his prowess with the bat Down Under but got limited opportunities with the ballShankar has put himself in contention for a World Cup berth with some impressive performances in Australia and New ZealandIndia all-rounder Vijay Shankar said he has been restricting himself mentally when it comes to trying out too much with the ball but that he will try and be more expressive if he gets an opportunity to roll h1is arm over in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia, starting February 24.Vijay Shankar was handed an India recall in Hardik Pandya’s absence during India’s tour of Australia earlier this year. Coming back into the team after a forgettable performance in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh last year, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder grabbed the opportunity with both hands and has put himself in contention for a World Cup berth.Having batted higher-up the order in the T20Is against New Zealand, Shankar showcased he is more than handy with the bat. The 28-year-old grabbed eyeballs when he hit a well-paced 45 in India’s 35-run win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI of a five-match series in Wellington after a second successive top-order failure. In the three T20Is, Shankar smashed 84 runs at an impressive strike rate of 155.55.On the other hand, Shankar got very little opportunity to bowl in the ODI series and wasn’t needed at all in the three-match T20I series. Shankar bowled a total of 16 overs, conceding at 4.87 in four ODIs he played in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year. Despite not picking a wicket, Shankar was impressive with the tight lines he bowled.Stressing he wants to get back to thinking wickets whenever he gets the ball in hand, Shankar insisted he has been working hard on all aspects of his game in order to be ready whenever an opportunity comes his way.advertisement”Last time, when I was playing in the Nidahas Trophy, my mindset was to pick wickets. In the recent times, I was much more restrictive mentally. I was just thinking about putting the balls in the good areas. Maybe, in the Australia series, I will look to express myself a lot more if I get to bowl,” Vijay Shankar told indiatoday.in.”I think a lot about my own game. I will try and observe a lot about others. While doing so, I felt I was restricting myself a little.”I was happy with my pace but I can bowl much quicker than what I bowled there [New Zealand]. As I told you, I was much more restrictive. For instance, I was using the short-ball, which I believe is my strength, very well in the Nidahas Trophy. But recently, I didn’t use the short-ball. I didn’t try any variation. I just thought I should hit the right spots. That was my mindset.”Sucess is best when it’s shared ! #TeamIndia #Champions pic.twitter.com/tHIzkEet9KVijay Shankar (@vijayshankar260) February 4, 2019Shankar, on Friday, was named in both the ODI and the T20I squads led by Virat Kohli for the two T20Is and the five ODIs against Australia. The upcoming series will be key as the all-rounder is being considered as one of the World Cup-bound all-rounders for Team India.Speaking at the press conference after the squad announcement, selection committee chairman MSK Prasad said Shankar, with his performances Down Under, has changed the team dynamics in a beat in the lead up to the biggest cricketing event of the year.It’s honour to represent #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/a433IZVC2ZVijay Shankar (@vijayshankar260) January 18, 2019″Shankar’s performance in the recent series really changed a bit of dynamics and he brings a double impact to the side that’s why have we have included him. We’ll see how he performs in the next few matches,” Prasad said.With India announcing a full-strength squad, it will be interesting to see how the team management finds a balance between giving the reserve players opportunities and allowing the big guns to get game time in what will be their final international assignment before the World Cup.Also Read | Vijay Shankar making a strong case for 2019 World Cup berth: L BalajiAlso Read | Great experience to share dressing room with Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to sayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Twelve corporate companies have registered for the ‘Jamaica Moves: Get Moving Corporate Challenge 2019 Circuit III’ to date.Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, told JIS News in an interview that the Government is seeking to build on the success of the Corporate Challenge, which was launched in 2017, as part of its ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign.“Last year was very successful, as we had 19 companies participating. For the 2019 Circuit, we already have 12 companies registered and it is always really inspiring to see the companies out in their numbers at the different races,” the Health Minister said.Dr. Tufton encouraged more corporate entities to get employees involved in the challenge.“The Ministry of Health, under its ‘Jamaica Moves’ banner, has been promoting and working with stakeholders to promote corporate engagement in a health and wellness agenda,” he added.The 2019 Corporate Challenge comprises five races to be held from May to July. The race circuit schedule is Food For the Poor 5K on May 19; Tru-Juice Cross-Country 5K, June 2; Everyone’s A Winner/The Best Dressed Chicken 5K and 10K, June 16; School’s Out 5K on June 29, and the Welcome to Kingston 5K, July 14.Registered companies for the 2019 circuit include Rainforest Seafoods, Restaurants of Jamaica Limited, Advanced Integrated Systems Limited, FLOW, Wisynco, National Health Fund (NHF), Jamaica Broilers Group Limited, Sagicor Group, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Derrimon Trading Company Limited, Main Event Entertainment Group Limited and itelBPO Smart Solutions Jamaica.In the corporate challenge, companies earn points through staff participation in a number of races in the circuit. Companies with the most points at the end of the circuit will be declared the ‘Jamaica Moves: Get Moving Corporate Challenge’ champions.Other awards include the Jamaica Moves Company Spirit Award and the Jamaica Moves Male and Female champions.Victoria Mutual Building Society won the inaugural ‘Jamaica Moves Corporate Challenge’ in 2017 and Rainforest Seafood is the defending champion.‘Jamaica Moves’ is the Ministry of Health’s coordinated national response to the increased incidents of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).The Government is seeking to reduce NCDs by 25 per cent by the year 2025 through public education and engagement.
MONTREAL — A group of young Quebecers is going to court claiming their fundamental rights have been violated as a result of federal government inaction on climate change.The group Environnement Jeunesse announced today it is seeking authorization of a class action lawsuit against Ottawa on behalf of all Quebecers aged 35 and under.The people behind the action say their generation will suffer the worst effects of climate change, depriving them of their right to a healthy environment.A lawyer for the group says the Canadian government’s behaviour infringes on rights protected by the provincial and federal charters of rights.They will seek $100 per person and ask that instead of individual cheques, the total go towards funding measures to slow down climate change.The filing in Quebec Superior Court is the first step in proceedings that could take several years.The Canadian Press
The children’s television channel Cartoon Network, through its social responsibility program ‘Cartoon Movement’, today joined ‘Vamos Jogar’, an initiative of social mobilization and political commitment promoted by UNICEF and the City of Rio de Janeiro to foster the right to safe and inclusive sports, recreation and play for all children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean.Thus, Cartoon Network Latin America becomes the first media partner of this initiative.As part of its collaboration with ‘Vamos Jogar’, Cartoon Network produced a public service announcement (PSA) to promote the right to play in Latin America, starring the football player Neymar Jr., which will be broadcast across the whole region during the coming months. The new PSA (a 3D animation in 30 and 60-second formats) shows children from around the world and from diverse backgrounds and abilities converging on a sports field with the joyful cry “Let’s play!” It concludes with a message underscoring the right of all kids to enjoy safe and inclusive sports and recreation.The TV network and the football player Neymar Jr. donated the broadcast rights of this announcement to UNICEF, so that all TV channels wishing to broadcast and promote the right to sport and play may do so freely.‘Vamos Jogar’ will also appear in the new version of the online game ‘Copa Toon 2014’, in order to encourage its young players to join the initiative and claim their rights to play and participate in sports within their families, communities and municipalities.“We are delighted to join our long-standing partner UNICEF to promote the ‘Vamos Jogar’ initiative. It fits perfectly with our pro-social program, The Cartoon Movement”, said Barry Koch, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cartoon Network Latin America. “With all the excitement around the World Cup, our new PSA featuring soccer star Neymar Jr. is a fun reminder that all kids have the right to safe and inclusive sports.”The UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Bernt Aasen, recalled that 198 million children and adolescents live in the region, and they all have a right that is not always fulfilled: the right to participate in sports, recreation and play, recognized in Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. “We hope that this collaboration with Cartoon Network will be the first of many partnerships to foster this right and that more media channels, companies, athletes, organizations, municipalities and citizens in the region will join ‘Vamos Jogar’”, he concluded.Cartoon Network Latin America has been collaborating with UNICEF for many years through the free broadcasting of public service announcements, and since 2010 in joint communication and mobilization campaigns to promote the well-being and rights of children, such as the ‘Green Campaign’ initiative in 2011 to promote environmental care.
It’s not an episode of Nurse Jackie, but it could be a health emergency. Emmy Award–winning actor Edie Falco is joining PETA in calling on Florida Interim Surgeon General Celeste Philip to take an important step to prevent the spread of the Zika virus: Shut down the massive monkey-breeding facilities in Hendry County.“Your office recently declared Zika as a public health emergency in Florida, recommending residents drain standing water and wear insect repellent as a way to curb the virus’s spread,” wrote Edie in a letter to Philip. “As you know, monkeys, like humans, are a natural host for the Zika virus.“That is why I was shocked to learn from my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that Hendry County, Florida has quietly become host to several primate dealers that import, warehouse, and sell monkeys for experimentation. At these facilities, thousands of monkeys are kept in crowded open-air cages surrounded by ditches and swamps.“An eyewitness investigation by PETA at the notorious Primate Products Inc. not only documented workers violently handling terrified monkeys, but also showed improper drainage and standing water. Zika cases in humans have already been identified in several neighboring counties, and it’s just a matter of time until the virus hits the jackpot — thousands of stressed, caged monkeys who cannot escape hungry mosquitoes.“I have found Florida to be rich in wildlife and natural beauty. It is a shame to know that these feeling, intelligent monkeys are being warehoused and abused there, and worse yet, these monkey prisons are the perfect breeding ground for the Zika virus to hide out and multiply undetected.“Dr. Philip, I hope that the Florida Surgeon General’s office finds that confining stressed monkeys in crowded, decrepit conditions in the midst of a Zika outbreak poses a threat to human health. Please protect the public and the animals by working to close these monkey warehouses down for good.”Monkeys, like humans, are natural hosts for the Zika virus—and may not show any symptoms when infected. Thousands of monkeys are now housed by several primate dealers in Hendry County, including Primate Products, Inc. (PPI). Video shot inside PPI by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on,” reveals improper drainage and standing water — conditions ripe for mosquito breeding.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Huskies are currently promoting their Early Bird Season Ticket pricing before September 1st, 2019.With 19 regular-season home games this year versus the 17 last year there is a lot of entertainment to be had.2019-20 Season Passes Rates; Infant (0-4) – Early Bird FREE / After FREE Child (5-18) – Early Bird $75 / After $85 Adult (19-54) – Early Bird $150 / After $170 Senior (55+) – Early Bird $75 / After $85 Family (4+) – Early Bird $425 / After $480Tickets are available at the upcoming training camp (Aug 30 – Sept 1) or email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents, please take note. Teenagers who experience cyber bullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep and depression, warns a study. In one of the few studies to explore the connection between cyber victimisation and sleep quality, a research team examined the relationship between online bullying and depression among over 800 adolescents. “Cyber victimisation on the Internet and social media is a unique form of peer victimisation and an emerging mental health concern among teenagers who are digital natives,” said the reearchers. Also Read – The Puja carnivalAt severe levels, depression may lead to disrupted school performance, harmed relationships or even suicide. According to the US Office of Adolescent Health, nearly one third of teenagers have experienced symptoms of depression, which, in addition to changes in sleep pattern, include persistent irritability, anger and social withdrawal. The study was scheduled to be presented at “SLEEP 2019” conference in Texas from June 8-12.
“Effectively we are now running on empty,” UNRWA Deputy Commissioner General Filippo Grandi told the agency’s annual pledging conference at UN Headquarters in New York. “As everyone can understand, driving a complex machine such as ours on little or no fuel dramatically raises the odds, sooner or later of a breakdown.”On present projections, UNRWA is facing a deficit next year in excess of $150 million to its overall budget, with it General Fund requirement for 2009 standing at $545 million.“The social, humanitarian and potentially political repercussions in this already volatile region do not need to be spelt out,” Mr. Grandi said. “These new financial pressures come at a precarious time. Refugee needs are growing and becoming increasingly complex.“Unless we get significant new or increased pledges in the next six months, there will be serious consequences for the refugees.” Meanwhile UNRWA managed to get 13 trucks into the Gaza Strip today with medicine and cooking oil, but the Agency said this was still not enough for the area, whose 1.5 million inhabitants have been subjected to a series of Israeli closures in recent months.Last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced regret that Israel had not heeded his call to urgently permit the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Gaza’s civilian population. At the same time he reiterated his condemnation of rocket and other attacks by Palestinian militants in Gaza against Israeli civilian targets, which Israel has cited as a reason for the closures. 10 December 2008Cash reserves of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees have plummeted from $60 million in 2006 to just $1 million, enough for less than one day’s average expenditure, a senior official said today, warning of “the very real prospect” of having to make cuts in basic education and health services.
The United Nations Human Rights Council is holding an urgent debate in Geneva today, taking up the issue of yesterday’s Israeli raid on a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid and heading for Gaza.Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang expressed shock “that humanitarian aid would be met with such violence, and we unequivocally condemn what appears to be a disproportionate use of force.”She again appealed for an end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip, causing the suffering of 1.5 million Palestinians, which she characterized as “an affront to human dignity.”Ms. Kang expressed hope that “the Israeli Government will take the necessary decisive actions to demonstrate to the international community a clear commitment to abide by international law.”Yesterday, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay emphasized that “nothing can justify the appalling outcome” of the military operation, which killed at least 10 people and injured dozens of others.She joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council and others in calling for a probe into the operation, underscoring the need for accountability.Ms. Pillay called on the Israeli Government to heed the “almost unanimous international view that the continued blockade of Gaza is both inhumane and illegal.”The blockade, she pointed out, “lies at the heart of so many of the problems plaguing the Israel-Palestine situation, as does the impression that the Israeli Government treats international law with perpetual disdain.”Without the blockade, the High Commissioner noted, “there would be no need for flotillas like this.”At today’s Human Rights Council debate, which heard from dozens of speakers, Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar of Israel expressed regret over the loss of life in yesterday’s incident, stressing the need for support of moderate parties to build on the momentum generated by the recent start of proximity talks between Israelis and Palestinians.He pointed the finger at a Turkish group called Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH) for what he said was a pre-meditated act against Israeli forces. The flotilla, he said, was not on a humanitarian mission but was rather seeking to provoke and incite, and convoy passengers had used knives and clubs, shooting two Israeli soldiers.For his part, Imad Zuhairi, representing Palestine, called for legal action to be taken over the operation, saying that Israel’s actions would not help to strengthen the ongoing peace process.Mr. Zuhairi called for a fact-finding commission to look into the raid and underscored the need for Israel to free all those who have been detained and allow the relief supplies on the convoys to reach Gaza.Also speaking out against yesterday’s events was General Assembly President Ali Treki, who said in a statement issued in New York that he is “deeply shocked over this inhuman and totally unacceptable aggression and use of force against humanitarian personnel from around the world, and which is a flagrant violation of all principles and rules of international law.”Dr. Treki urged an “end to impunity,” underlining the importance of an immediate and independent probe into yesterday’s events. He also repeated the call by UN officials and others to lift the blockade.For its part, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) today again appealed for unimpeded access of life-saving medical supplies into Gaza.Hundreds of items of equipment – including CT scanners, x-ray machines and laboratory supplies – have been waiting to enter the area for up to a year, said Tony Laurance, who heads the agency’s Gaza office.“It is impossible to maintain a safe and effective health-care system under the conditions of siege that have been in place now since June 2007,” he said. “It is not enough to simply ensure supplies like drugs and consumables. Medical equipment and spare parts must be available and be properly maintained.”Mr. Laurance also said the blockade prevents the sending of medical equipment, such as defibrillators, out of Gaza for routine safety inspections. “Such disruptions and the fragmented supply chain brings and an unpredictability in scheduling live-saving procedures at a time and place when they are need to save lives,” he stressed. 1 June 2010The United Nations Human Rights Council is holding an urgent debate in Geneva today, taking up the issue of yesterday’s Israeli raid on a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid and heading for Gaza.
The wife of the Southern Provincial Council member was seen holding a weapon in her hand at the time of the assault. (Colombo Gazette) Southern Provincial Council member M K Kasun and his wife were today ordered to be remanded till March 13 by the Kaduwela Magistrate over an assault.The Southern Provincial Council member and his wife assaulted a private bus driver in Koswatte yesterday.
When the New York Knicks were a force in the mid 1990s, with Pat Riley as coach and Patrick Ewing leading the way, there was dissension within the locker room. Anthony Mason wanted more shots. Greg Anthony wanted more playing time. Charles Oakley wanted more money. And that was just the half of it.John Starks wanted the ball at the end of the game. Ewing wanted Charles Smith to play stronger. Smith wanted plays called for him. Derek Harper wanted to fight, or at least was willing to at any moment. They were a collection of egos with separate agendas. And yet they won.The difference between the Knicks of the mid-’90s and the Knicks of today who are losing, bickering and apparently clueless on how to extract themselves from the malaise? The coach.Riley was a street fighter as a kid growing up in upstate New York, not the polished model always runway ready. By the time he got to the Knicks, he had less interest in stylish clothes (although he still put it together), and more excitement about the challenge of meshing the collection of misfits into a unit that came together once the ball was thrown up.And he did it because he had their respect. He had won with the Lakers of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which gave him immediate cache in the locker room. But Riley, truth be told, was the toughest of all the Knicks. He instilled a fighter’s mentality into his team, starting in his first practice, when he allowed Xavier McDaniel and Anthony Mason to fight it out, MMA style, while teammates stood around in a circle and watched.Message delivered. The Knicks were going to be tough. Fighters. That mentality got them to the Eastern Conference finals and one game from the NBA championship in 1994.Derek Fisher, another smart, tough guy, has to impose his personality, playing style and will onto his team. It’s tougher for a first-year coach to do so, especially when some of the players make more money and believe they are beyond reproach. But enough about Carmelo Anthony.Seriously, though, Fisher faces perhaps the biggest challenge of any coach in the NBA. He’s breaking into the ranks in New York, where the scrutiny is more intense than anywhere else. He’s doing it with a few players who have been borderline malcontents elsewhere and he’s doing it with his star player at the center of the tumult.Ewing almost always was above the fray during his Knicks glory years. He became more assertive as a leader as he aged, and when he spoke, the team took heed. He had respect.Does not seem as if Anthony is looked at in a similar fashion. Losing magnifies any blemishes within a team, so it’s prudent to not take what’s going on now as Armegeddon (one of Riley’s refrains). But the word that Anthony and teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. got into an argument on the court that carried into the locker room is emblematic of a team that is losing and does not know how to handle it.Not that they should be gracious losers; show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a perennial loser. But Fisher, a five-time champion who made significant shots in those title runs, has to shelve the “Triangle offense,” shake up the lineup, sit down the non-producers, challenge each individual and hypnotize them, if necessary. The Knicks have lost nine straight games, most in ugly fashion. They are 4-20, the worst start in franchise history. Their talent, especially in the Eastern Conference, should reap more. Much more. And in sports, it always comes back to the coach, fair or not.“Maybe (we should) have another meeting if it is somebody in here that’s putting the stuff out there,” Anthony about the turmoil. “We need to figure that out and diffuse that because we don’t need that right now, especially when we’re losing basketball games.”Adding to the mess is that Anthony suffered a knee injury and reports surfaced that he might require knee surgery. That means it could get even worse for Fisher and his team before it gets better. A lot of any turnaround will fall on Fisher. And to think: If Steve Kerr had accepted Phil Jackson’s offer, he’d be suffering through this madness. Surely, somewhere in the recesses of his mind, Fisher wishes Kerr had.
Lord ManceLord Mance, 73, is one half of Britain’s most powerful judicial couple. His wife Dame Mary Arden is a senior judge in the Court of Appeal. Lord Mance, who went to Charterhouse and Oxford, appears an enthusiastic supporter of the European Court of Justice. In 2013, after the referendum was announced, he spoke of his optimism that “future developments will meet the concerns of all but the most extreme Eurosceptics”. Lord Kerr of TonaghmoreThe former Lord Chief Justice in Northern Ireland, Lord Kerr, 68, took the unusual step last month of insisting the Supreme Court judges are not influenced by their own views on the EU. “We are not involved in reaching decisions based on anything other than the legal principles as they are presented to us,” he told the BBC. Baroness Hale of Richmond, one of the Supreme Court justices who is due to hear the Brexit appeal next month, who has spoken of the “difficult and delicate issues” raised by the case. Credit:PA/PA Baron Mance, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the Supreme Court and a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case.Credit:PA/PA Lady Hale of RichmondEducated at a grammar school in Richmond, north Yorkshire, and at Cambridge, Lady Hale, 71, is the Supreme Court’s deputy president and the most senior female judge in British legal history. She was criticised after suggesting in a recent speech that Theresa May could be forced to unpick every piece of EU legislation before Brexit is triggered, delaying leaving the union. Lord Wilson of Culworth who sits at the Supreme Court.Credit:PA/PA Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case.Credit:PA/PA Lord Wilson of CulworthLord Wilson, 71, has a background as a family law expert who admitted his own shock at being appointed to the highest court in the land in 2011. He was educated at Bryanston and Oxford and owns a string of racehorses. He once suggested the “end of the nuclear family” because of the prevalence of divorce “was no bad thing”. Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Lord Neuberger of AbbotsburyLord Neuberger, 68, is the Supreme Court’s president and most senior judge. Educated at Westminster and Oxford University, he has praised the influence of the EU on British laws. He is married to Lady Neuberger, who has posted a series of anti-Brexit tweets. A few days after the referendum, she suggested it was “unlikely” a prime minister could trigger Article 50 without a vote in parliament. Lord ReedOne of two Scottish justices, Lord Reed, 60, has sparked controversy in the past by sparing an armed robber jail, suggesting he buy his victim flowers to say sorry. Lord Reed, educated at private school in Edinburgh and at Oxford, has sat as an ad hoc judge on the European Court of Human Rights. Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Lord HodgeThe second of the Scottish judges, Lord Hodge, 63, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2013. He went to boarding school in Scotland and then Cambridge. Last year, he railed against positive discrimination and quotas for female judges, saying he didn’t believe that’s what women wanted. Lord Sumption, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Lord SumptionJonathan Sumption, 67, educated at Eton and Oxford, was one of the highest paid barristers – and also reckoned to be the cleverest – when he leapt straight from the Bar to the Supreme Court in 2012 without having previously served as a full-time judge. He is said to be the most prominently Eurosceptic member of the court based on a 2013 speech in which he said the European Court of Human Rights “undermines the democratic process”. Lord Hughes of Ombersley, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Lord Hodge a Justice of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case. Credit:PA/PA Lord Carnwath of Notting HillLord Carnwath, 71, was Attorney General to the Prince of Wales for six years during his marriage difficulties with Princess Diana before being made a judge. Educated at Eton and Cambridge, viola-playing Lord Carnwath founded the EU Forum of Judges for the Environment to promote European and international environmental laws. The Hon Lord Reed who sits at the Supreme Court.Credit:PA/PA These are the Justices of the Supreme Court of the UK who will be sitting on the Article 50 case: Lord Hughes of OmbersleyThe 68-year-old is one of only two judges not to have gone to Oxbridge, having studied law at Durham University. He enjoys rowing and lists bellringing as a hobby. Considered a traditionalist, he sentenced the notorious hate preacher Abu Hamza to seven years in jail following an Old bailey trial in 2006. Lord Clarke of Stone-Cum-EbonyThe former Master of the Rolls, Lord Clarke, 73, was a specialist maritime lawyer who conducted the inquiry into the sinking of The Marchioness on the Thames in which 51 people died. Educated at Oakham and Cambridge, he has homes in Kent and in London and is married with three children. 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BIRDS MAY HAVE played a role in how music evolved around the world – and a famous classical composer might have taken more than a little inspiration from them.Patrick Sweeney from Carrick on Shannon Community School wanted to find out more about the origins of music for his BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition entry.He discovered along the way that the songs sung by migrating birds could connect both music from Ireland and parts of Africa.But what he also found out was that birdsong has a very interesting connection to classical music:(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Read: How clean are Irish apples? This student put it to the test>
2012 is coming to an end, and even though we still haven’t received word regarding new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, and nothing drastically changed in the realm of PC gaming hardware, a few gaming-related events still took the year by storm. From start to finish, 2012 ended up being a pretty awesome year for gamers.Here is Geek.com’s list of the biggest developments in gaming in 2012. Some catapulted the industry forward while others showed how difficult it is for the industry to change. Regardless of their effect, each was very big news.Double Fine KickstarterBefore Kickstarter, indie developers had a much harder time raising funds. When Tim Schafer’s (of adventure gaming fame) Double Fine studio took to Kickstarter for an upcoming adventure game, it became (at the time) the first real video game success to hit the crowdfunding engine. It essentially started the trend of video games getting successfully crowdfunded — and at a high monetary value — paving the way for video game projects that ended up smashing its funding record.New consoles2012 saw the release of three new consoles: The PlayStation Vita$364.71 at Amazon, the Nintendo 3DSBest Price at Amazon, and the Wii U. Unfortunately, the Wii U was hit with a host of issues at launch, and the 3DS and PS Vita are not only struggling in the face of the rise of the phone and tablet gaming industry, but are dealing with a lackluster and relatively sparse software library. However, consoles tend to face adversity upon launch anyway, and the sooner they release, the sooner they’ll be able to prosper. Thanks largely to Nintendo, 2012 marked the beginning of the eighth console generation.Museum of Modern Art officially adds video games to collectionIn a move that most likely irritated Roger Ebert, MoMa added fourteen video games to its collection, officially recognizing video games as art. As for the picks, MoMa really seemed to know what it was doing, adding games as obscure as Dwarf Fortress, ones as hardcore as EVE Online, and old and new classics like Pac-Man and Portal. MoMa also announced it wasn’t stopping there, looking to acquire other classics, like Tim Schafer’s Grim Fandango and Markus Persson’s Minecraft. Thanks to MoMa, this is the year we could finally call games art and have a prominent art organization agree.Next page: Steam for Linux, Bioware’s struggles, and more… 1 2 3
Costa Concordia : le pompage du carburant devrait débuter aujourd’huiAprès le naufrage du Costa Concordia, le commissaire du gouvernement chargé de la catastrophe a donné son feu vert pour le démarrage du pompage du carburant. L’opération commencera ce mardi et durera environ 28 jours.Alors que le bilan des victimes du naufrage ne cesse de s’alourdir et que les équipes continuent de chercher les disparus, c’est sur une autre menace que vont aujourd’hui se concentrer les opérations. La semaine dernière, le ministre de l’Environnement italien, Corrado Clini, a exprimé sa grande inquiétude après le naufrage du Costa Concordia près de l’île italienne du Giglio. Motif : les cuves du navire remplies de carburant qui pourraient se déverser et provoquer une marée noire dans cette exceptionnelle zone naturelle toscane. Pour éviter un tel désastre, Franco Gabrielli, commissaire du gouvernement chargé de la catastrophe, a annoncé lundi avoir donné son feu vert pour le démarrage du pompage des quelque 2.380 tonnes de carburant contenues dans le bateau.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette opération n’empêchera toutefois pas la poursuite des recherches des personnes portées disparues, a souligné le commissaire. En effet, les autorités italiennes se sont assurées que le navire est “stable”, qu'”il n’y a pas de risque qu’il glisse vers les hauts fonds”, ce qui “permet d’agir sur les deux fronts”. D’après M. Gabrielli, il n’y a donc “plus aucun obstacle au démarrage des activités de pompage”, une opération indispensable avant une éventuelle remise à flots ou un dépeçage du navire.D’après les estimations, le pompage devrait débuter aujourd’hui et sera réalisée par la société néerlandaise Smit Salvage qui se tenait prête et n’attendait plus que le feu vert des autorités. M. Gabrielli a expliqué que le comité technico-scientifique n’a rendu sa décision que ce lundi pour prendre en compte toutes les variables notamment l’activité de recherche des disparus, la stabilité du navire et la compatibilité avec le pompage. L’opération devrait ainsi durer “28 jours sans interruption”, d’après l’amiral Ilarione Dell’Anna, l’un des responsables chargés de l’intervention cité par Liberation.fr.Outre le carburant, les secours sont également en train de commencer à prélever les déchets trouvés dans l’eau afin non seulement d’éviter une pollution de la côte mais surtout afin de faciliter les recherches de disparus. Franco Gabrielli a souligné que celles-ci étaient aujourd’hui “menées dans des zones de plus en plus complexes, au milieu de substances en décomposition, de pans d’ameublement”.Le 24 janvier 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert