Paris St.-Germain Beats Olympiakos 2-1, Qualifies for Second Place in Knockout

first_imgPARIS — A 10-man Paris Saint-Germain showed its resilience by scoring a last-minute winner to beat Olympiakos 2-1 on Nov. 27 to secure a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.With PSG a man down for most of the second half after midfielder Marco Verratti’s sending off, Olympiakos looked to have done enough to seal a valuable draw when center half Kostas Manolas equalized from close range in the 80th minute following a corner.But Cavani ran onto substitute Adrien Rabiot’s pass and finished with a powerful shot that gave goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez no chance.“It was a little bit difficult but we managed to reach our objective,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “The players showed solidarity and that’s an important quality to have. All great teams have this, and it helps you go get through tough moments.”The temperamental Italian midfielder Verratti’s sending off in the 46th handed the visitors a way back into a contest that looked easy when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the seventh minute on his 100th appearance in the competition.Ibrahimovic swept in a cross from Gregory van der Wiel in the 7th minute to get his eighth goal of the competition and set a new single-season club record. Manolas tapped in after ‘keeper Salvatore Sirigu saved an Alejandro Dominguez attempt.“I have the impression that when we equalized, PSG really wanted the game to finish and were waiting for the whistle,” Olympiakos coach Michel said. “We have one game left against Anderlecht and if you look at the five games I think we deserve to qualify.”PSG drew 1-1 with Anderlecht in its previous game and again looked vulnerable to counterattacks — even before Verratti’s red card.“I think we respected PSG too much,” Michel said. “We saw that we could get into their penalty area very quickly and we just needed to show more audacity.”Verratti had only himself to blame after the first yellow was needless — a blatant handball to stop an Olympiakos attack from midfield — and the second was careless as he tugged back David Fuster’s shirt.“Marco deserved the first yellow. It’s stupid but sometimes you don’t really think about things because you’re doing it to break up a move, to help the team,” Blanc said. “He put us in difficulty, but I don’t hold it against him.”PSG started the game at its usual frenetic pace.Fullback Gregory van der Wiel was given far too much space down the right and delivered a perfect cross for Ibrahimovic, who thumped the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box to break George Weah’s single-season club record of seven.“I’m lucky enough to have two great players who can score goals,” Blanc said. “Great scorers like that always show up for big games.”But Blanc warned his players before the match about casual defending and Olympiakos went close to equalizing two minutes later, when Joel Campbell tried his luck with a low shot that forced a smart save from Sirigu.Van der Wiel was getting behind the Olympiakos defense with ease and almost found Ibrahimovic again moments later, but the shaky defense hacked the ball clear.“We were much better than them in the first half but then we made things difficult for ourselves,” midfielder Thiago Motta said. “We also won with our hearts, it’s important to show such character.”Kostas Mitroglou — the hero of Greece’s World Cup playoff win against Romania — prompted another good Sirigu save in the 34th. Campbell then headed over from a free kick as the visitors enjoyed a decent spell of pressure.Despite being a player down, PSG pushed forward and earned a free kick about 35 yards from goal. Ibrahimovic hit a fierce, swerving shot and Jiminez flung himself to the right to make an excellent save.“It’s the second time (this season) we’ve won with 10 against 11,” Blanc said. “It can serve us well in the latter stages of the competition.”Moments after Ibrahimovic was substituted, Olympiakos forced a corner. Manolas’s header bounced off Rodriguez’s leg and toward goal, drawing a fine reflex save from Sirigu — but he was helpless to stop Manolas getting to the rebound.Olympiakos’ only other defeat of the season was a 4-1 loss to PSG and the Greeks head into the final Group C game level on points with Benfica after the Portuguese side won 3-2 at last-place Anderlecht.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Asiad: Strong medal chance for India in men’s golf

first_imgJakarta, Aug 22 (PTI) Represented by a young and motivated squad, India stand in with a strong medal chance in the men’s golf competition of the Asian Games, which begins here tomorrow. Rayhan Thomas is the best ranked Indian in the men’s golf team but Aadil Bedi and Hari Mohan Singh, son former India hockey star, MP Singh, have shown excellent form in recent weeks. The fourth Indian, Kshitij Naveed Kaul, has spent a lot of time in Jakarta getting used to the Pondok Indah Golf Course here. It looks extremely forgiving for the golfers with wide fairways and very little rough, meaning the scores should be low. The weather has been perfect and the early starters will have a definite advantage. India boats of a young team with most of them in their teens. The men’s team is represented by 18-year-old Thomas, Kaul (17), Bedi (17) and Singh (24), while the women’s team has Sifat Sagoo (17), Ridhima Dilawari (20) and Diksha Dagar (17). India won a bunch of medals when the sport made its debut at the ninth Asian Games in New Delhi in 1982 with gold and silver in individuals and gold in team event. The next medal came from Shiv Kapur in 2002 at Busan, when he won the individual gold. In both 2006 (Anirban Lahiri, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Chiragh Kumar and Joseph Chakola) and 2010 (Rashid Khan, Rahul Bajaj, Abhijit Chadha and Abhinav Lohan), the Indians won a team silver. At the 2014 Games, India narrowly missed a medal. Though Thomas, at No. 19, is the third highest world ranked player in the field, Bedi and Singh have shown fine form while playing alongside professionals. The duo finished tied 22nd at the recent Take Solutions Masters in Bangalore. Bedi was also tied 14th at the LP Cup, an ADT event, also in Bangalore.advertisement The men have a great chance to grab a medal, but the young women’s team will find the going tough against the likes of South Korea, Thailand and China. The Indian women have never won a medal at the Asian Games. PTI Cor SSCSSClast_img read more

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Klopp urges calm over England results

first_imgEngland Klopp urges calm over England results Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 08:40 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) England - Cropped Getty Images England England v Brazil Jürgen Klopp Germany Friendlies England v Germany Brazil The Liverpool boss says the press will make too much of matches against Germany and Brazil, regardless of results Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged calm around England regardless of the nation’s friendly results against Germany and Brazil.Three Lions 9/4 to draw with GermanyGareth Southgate’s men qualified for the 2018 World Cup comfortably, but questions instantly arose over what they were capable of in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player England will be tested in friendlies against two of the world’s best in Germany and Brazil at Wembley on Friday and Tuesday respectively.But Klopp said there was no reason to get carried away by the results, whether Southgate’s men were successful or not.”If you want to play a friendly you should choose another team than Germany. And Brazil is the second one, that’s really funny,” the German told The Guardian.”All the journalists need to cool down and don’t expect too much. It’s not that they cannot win, of course, but you make it too big if they win, too big if they lose.”When qualification was over, people said now the problems start because the tournament is coming up. So England has a bunch of fantastic young players, that’s how it is.”I’m not sure how Germany will line up but it’s a very good game for sure but I would not say it should be a sign for the future.”last_img read more

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Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal break Gautam Gambhir-Virender Sehwag opening record vs South Africa

first_img view more view less scorecard Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal break Gautam Gambhir-Virender Sehwag opening record vs South AfricaVisakhapatnam Test: Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma have broken a 22-year-old record for the highest opening stand in India-South Africa Tests when they went past AC Hudson and Gary Kirsten’s tally of 236 on Thursday. commentary Akshay Ramesh VisakhapatnamOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 12:58 IST Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal have set the record for the highest opening stand in India-South Africa Tests ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRohit and Mayank now have the highest opening stand in India-South Africa TestsRohit and Mayank broke a 15-year-old Indian record set by Virender Sehwag and Gautam GambhirRohit and Mayank becomes 3rd Indian pair to post 300-plus opening standRohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal have set a new record in their maiden Test as opening partners. The duo has broken a 15-year-old record for the highest opening stand for India in Test matches against South Africa held by Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma went past 218 — the tally achieved by Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in Kanpur in 2004-05 season — in the morning session of Day 2 of the ongoing 1st Test in Visakhapatnam.Notably, Rohit and Mayank have also set a new record for the highest opening stand in India vs South Africa Tests previously held by AC Hudson and Gary Kirsten in 1996. The India duo broke the 22-year-old record when the opening stand went past 236 runs on Thursday.3rd Indian opening pair to post 300-plus opening standRohit and Mayank carried on and took their opening stand past the 300-run mark. They have become only the third Indian opening pair after Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy and Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag to post 300-plus stand for the 1st wicket in Tests. This was also only the 14th instance in Test cricket that an oipening pair has posted more than 300 runs.Rohit Sharma completed his fourth Test hundred and his first as opener on Wednesday, punishing the South Africa bowlers with an array of eye-catching strokes. India made the gamble to promote Rohit to the top of the batting order after consistent failures from the likes of KL Rahul, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan in Tests over the last 24 months.advertisementIn fact, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal became India’s 9th different opening pair since July 2017. India, it seems, have finally found success, considering the dominant fashion in which Mayank and Rohit have gone about their business in the ongoing Test against South Africa.Mayank and Rohit contiued dominating the bowlers as India began Day 2 on overnight score of 202 for 0. Mayank completed his maiden Test hundred inside the first hour of Day 2 as the Indian openers showed no signs of slowing down.It is also the 10th instance of both the Indian openers scoring hundreds in the same innings of a Test match. The last Indian pair to do so was Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan in 2018 against Afghanistan in Bengaluru.Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma were made to look ugly by South Africa pacers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander who were on top of their marks on an overcast Wednesday morning. However, both the openers took their time to settle into their innings and resisted the urge of throwing their bats at everything that came their way.There was no stopping the two batsmen once they settled into their innings. The duo was severe against South Africa spinners with both Rohit and Mayank hitting them at will.Also Read | Was very clear in my mind what I wanted to do: Rohit Sharma after Vizag Test hundredAlso Read | Great to see Rohit Sharma use his experience well, says VVS LaxmanAlso See:For 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. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Mayank AgarwalFollow Gary KirstenFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Virender SehwagFollow Gautam Gambhir graphs advertisement Next No data available!last_img read more

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Maruti Suzuki S-Presso spotted again, launch on September 30

first_imgMaruti Suzuki S-Presso spotted again, launch on September 30Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will rival Renault Kwid. Since the mini-SUV will be BS6 and crash-test compliant, we are expecting it to be priced between Rs 3.50 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs 5.50 lakh (ex-showroom).advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 15:33 IST Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will be launched in India on September 30.HIGHLIGHTSThe upcoming S-Presso will be available in Std, LXi, VXi and VXi+ variants.Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is based on the Heartect platform.The length of S-Presso will be 3,665 mm.Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is set to be introduced in India on September 30. The largest carmaker of the country has already released a design sketch of the mini-SUV. While the rear-portion of S-Presso was earlier revealed in a spy-photograph, the vehicle has been spotted again in a completely undisguised avatar.The images posted by Power Stroke reveal the front and side profile of Maruti Suzuki S-Presso. The front fascia of the mini-SUV looks sporty with freshly designed headlamps and bumper. The grille might remind you of the one found in Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The particular unit in these images sports halogen headlamps, steel wheels without covers and manually-adjustable black-coloured ORVMs. The grille of Maruti Suzuki S-Presso might remind you of the one found in Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. (Image courtesy – Power Stroke)Based on Maruti Suzuki India’s Heartect platform, the upcoming S-Presso will be 3,665 mm in length. Its width and height will be 1,520 mm and 1,564 mm, respectively. The wheelbase will measure 2,380 mm. Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will have a 2,380 mm wheelbase. (Image Source – Power Stroke)Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will come with a BS6-compliant 1.0-litre petrol engine that will churn out 68 hp. Expectations are that the motor will make 90 Nm of torque. Apart from the standard five-speed manual gearbox, there will be an AGS (Auto Gear Shift) as well.The upcoming S-Presso will be available in four variants — Std, LXi, VXi and VXi+. It will have features like body-coloured bumpers, body-coloured ORVMs, keyless entry with central locking, digital speedometer, 17.78 cm Smartplay Studio touchscreen infotainment system and steering-mounted controls.advertisementThere will be standard safety features like ABS with EBD, driver side airbag, reverse parking sensor, speed alert system and driver and co-driver seat belt reminder will be available across all the variants. The passenger-side airbag will be optional.Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will rival Renault Kwid. Since the mini-SUV will be BS6 and crash-test compliant, we are expecting it to be priced between Rs 3.50 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs 5.50 lakh (ex-showroom).ALSO READ | Isuzu D-Max V-Cross, D-Max S-Cab, D-Max regular cab, mu-X: Check out all the offersALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 W6 AMT launched, price starts at Rs 9.99 lakhALSO READ | Kia Seltos, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza among 5 largest selling SUVs, MPVs in August 2019Get 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. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Maruti Suzuki S-Presso Nextlast_img read more

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Wilmington, N.C. in the Spotlight: Beer, Ghosts, Movies and More

first_imgYou may start doing some double takes when you visit Wilmington, N.C. Bits and pieces of this town, its buildings and its riverfront have appeared on the big screen repeatedly and you may find yourself having a sense of deja vu. This town, known as Hollywood East, has starred in hundreds of flicks such as Iron Man 3, We’re the Millers, Weekend at Bernie’s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cape Fear and TV series like Revolution, Under the Dome, Eastbound & Down, Dawson’s Creek, Matlock and One Tree Hill.Hollywood Location Walk It’s a bit cheesy, but the Hollywood Location Walk, offers a fun way to see the town on foot while having a guide point out where significant scenes were shot. You’ll hear things off the grid about some of the stars, the shoots, and movies that have found a home there. A bonus is that you’ll get your bearings very quickly and see bars, restaurants and shops along the way that you’ll want to explore on your own later.Feel the Shivers Wilmington’s paranormal side features in a couple of other popular guided tours. The Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington winds down dark, spooky alleyways with tales of the weird and unexplained. Cameras are encouraged. Who knows what type of apparition might appear on your pictures. Plus, you might get a dime from the so-called Dime Ghost. And there’s a Haunted Pub Crawl where you can down a pint inside some of Wilmington’s pubs that have a sordid past.Front Street Brewery Speaking of beer, we recommend scheduling time to eat and drink at Front Street Brewery. Beer is brewed on site here—you won’t find it any fresher. If your interest in beer goes past just enjoying the taste, you can take part in a daily session from 3 to 5 p.m. to learn how Front Street brews its creations. Plus, free tours and tastings are scheduled at 3 p.m., 3:45 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. daily.When it’s time to eat, you’ll discover a clever menu with some interesting and surprising choices. Things like a mug of bacon, beer nuggets, fried pickles, beer-braised bratwurst, country fried steak and a wide mix of burgers, soups, salads, entrees and more.Step Back in Time Anchored across the Cape Fear River from downtown Wilmington, you’ll spot the Battleship USS North Carolina. Tours are offered daily and you’ll get a glimpse of what life was like aboard this ship during its service in the Pacific Theatre in World War II.Comfortable Lodging Located at the corner of 2nd and Dock Streets, we like the privacy and the convenience of The Wilmingtonian Hotel. Suites and rooms are available in a compound of three houses: Dram Tree, Maritime and Cinema. You won’t find a big breakfast here, but you can pick up fresh fruit, juices, water and other treats all day in the main lobby. The place has a laid back atmosphere and you can even take your dog with you. Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More Pompadours and More: The Best Mid-Length Hairstyles for Men The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home last_img read more

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New federal food guide may be out of reach for most Canadiansreport

first_imgThe fruit-and-vegetable-heavy fare touted in the new federal food guide may be too expensive — or perhaps just not enticing enough — to easily form the basis of most Canadians’ diets, a new report suggests.Researchers at Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph found over 52 per cent of consumers surveyed said they face barriers in adopting the guide’s recommendations.More than 26 per cent of people cited affordability, with others blaming taste preferences, lack of free time, dietary and cultural restrictions and a lack of availability in their area.The survey generally found a lack of reliance on Canada’s Food Guide for advice, though 74 per cent of respondents were aware of its 2019 upgrade.The guide ranked as the sixth most popular source of nutrition information among respondents, following friends and family, social media, magazines and cookbooks.“I would say that many Canadians are struggling with the concept of how the food guide, the plate they see on the pamphlet, connects with their own reality and frankly, Canadian agriculture,” said Sylvain Charlebois, a food researcher at Dalhousie and lead author on the report. “It’s great to celebrate this ideal but if it’s out of reach, if many Canadians feel it’s out of reach, how good is it?”Using a series of test plates, researchers found that switching from the 2007 food guide to the 2019 upgrade would save an average Canadian family of four 6.8 per cent on annual food costs.But that number is not predicted to stay stable.The report cautioned that Canadians’ rapidly changing diets, fluctuating food costs and availability of produce could make the new recommendations less affordable over the next few years. The number of vegans, vegetarians and “flexitarians” — people consciously eating less meat — is on the rise in Canada, now totalling at around 6.5 million people, a group roughly the same size as the population of the Greater Toronto Area.The report detailed how fruit and vegetable prices are increasing faster than the price of meats.If the trend continues as more people cut meat from their diets and turn to plant-based proteins, demand for and price of fruits and vegetables could increase further. That could price people out of the food guide’s suggested diet.While a lot can change in the world economy over two years, Charlebois said the projections spell trouble for future food security in Canada, where most produce is imported and prices fluctuate.“Over time, we do believe that there’s going to be an increasing number of Canadian households that will become food insecure, if they are to follow the new food guide,” Charlebois said.Health Canada said the department welcomes the researchers’ study and is currently reviewing it.It said Canadians had complained they had trouble following the recommended servings and sizes in the previous guide, and that the cost of food was considered in the revision.“This is why the new Food Guide is less prescriptive — talking about proportions rather than portions — and its recommendations can be adapted to different dietary preferences,” it said in a statement.It also noted the guide is just one of many components of approaching healthy eating.“The findings of the study could potentially help inform our efforts to promote broad awareness and use of the Food Guide among Canadians,” it said.Charlebois said the science-based guide should be reviewed more frequently, drawing from the expertise of economists, sociologists and historians to better reflect the realities people face when building their diets.Working with the agriculture sector is also important, Charlebois said, in order to assess whether Canada’s production capacity lines up with what the food guide recommends people eat.Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Countdown To A Cure amfAR Wants You To Sing Thats What Friends

first_imgIn honor of the 40 million lives lost and the countless lives impacted by HIV/AIDS, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is reigniting the fight to end the epidemic with a rally cry.amfAR is asking the world to contribute to the cure by singing and uploading brief covers of the song “That’s What Friends Are For” on social media using the hashtag: #SingForAIDS.This December marks 30 years since the epidemic began and 30 years since the song topped Billboard’s charts at #1. Originally performed by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight, the song exemplifies the importance of friendships and support from loved ones when going through personal moments and milestones. amfAR could not have achieved the milestones in this battle without its friends.amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS is a research initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020. Launched in February 2014, the Countdown is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program through strategic investments of $100 million over the next five years.Until December 1st, amfAR’s celebrities and supporters will be participating in the #SingForAIDS social campaign. Find out more on the Countdown to a Cure website.last_img read more

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New system for funding Canadian content would rely on tax credits

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Canada desperately needs an update to its cultural policies but, like many Liberal initiatives, the review announced last spring by Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly feels pretty mushy. To date, the consultations about nurturing Canadian-content creation seem mainly to have produced pieties about the digital age but few concrete suggestions.Enter Richard Stursberg, former CBC executive and Telefilm chief executive officer. Commissioned by Rogers Communications Inc. to consider the issues, Stursberg has come up with his own bold plan to remake the funding system for Canadian content. Presenting his report “Cultural Policy for the Digital Age” at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society Wednesday, Stursberg unveiled three pillars of agnosticism.Sounds like an ancient Greek philosophy – or perhaps a style of architecture – but what it refers to is a system that funds Canadian creation regardless of its platform, its producer or its content. His plan would fold Telefilm Canada (which invests in film) and the Canadian Media Fund (which supports TV and some digital) into a single new agency that would rely solely on tax credits to encourage the production of any Canadian content. If a Canadian online service wanted to produce a series, it wouldn’t need a broadcasting partner to trigger funding; if a newspaper wanted tax credits for the Canadian articles it published, it would be eligible. Foreign services could participate, too – if they were paying taxes in Canada. (Hello, Netflix!) The plan sounds great on paper and includes some welcome ideas, but it is also a provocative scheme that raises questions about how it will operate and whether it will succeed – not to mention whether there’s any consensus on the philosophy behind it. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Top US trade official voices concern over Peru logging

first_imgLIMA, Peru — The top U.S. trade official is expressing concern that Peru may not be living up to its promises to combat illegal logging under a free trade agreement.In a letter sent in December, U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer wrote that he considered “unacceptable” a recent decision in Peru to put an independent agency that monitors the logging trade under the Ministry of Environment.The letter to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal came after House Democrats sent a letter requesting the U.S. trade representative take action.Lighthizer wrote that the U.S. position had been “forcefully communicated” to Peru and that he would request consultations if the decision was not reversed.Environmental activists consider Peru’s decision to make the forest inspection service a subordinate agency a blow in efforts to strengthen enforcement.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The Latest: French businesses get ready for ‘no-deal’ Brexit

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):3:30 p.m.France’s government has held a meeting with about 60 representatives of French businesses to detail a readiness plan as the risk of a no-deal Brexit is increasing.The plan aims at allowing businesses to identify the consequences and anticipate the costs in the event Britain leaves the European Union without a deal on March 29.Agnes Pannier-Runacher, deputy minister for economy and finance, said “we are aware that this is a very special situation for companies and especially the smallest ones … the countdown has begun, time is short, they must be ready.”France’s parliament adopted a law last week allowing emergency measures including things like extra customs officers after Brexit, and a temporary rule allowing Britons employed in France to keep their jobs.___9:30 a.m.Things are already tough for Victoria Mickleburgh, whose 3-year-old daughter Grace, has Type 1 diabetes and needs insulin every day to stay alive.Mickleburgh, 38, gave up her job as a management consultant to care for her daughter, who must be monitored constantly to make sure her blood sugar levels are steady.So for this family, the question of whether insulin and the equipment needed to deliver it will be available if Britain leaves the European Union without a Brexit agreement is more than just a political debate. Unlike produce or machinery, a delay in the supply of drugs from continental Europe could have dire consequences.“It’s a life or death situation,” she says.___8:50 a.m.Queen Elizabeth II has urged people to seek “common ground,” in remarks being seen as a veiled reference to the toxic debate surrounding Britain’s departure from the European Union.Though her remarks were similar to her Christmas Day address, the timing of her decision to revisit them Thursday is important.British lawmakers last week threw out the divorce deal Prime Minister Theresa May had struck with the EU, and attempts to find a replacement have been gridlocked.In her speech marking the 100th anniversary of the Sandringham Women’s Institute, the monarch urged people to respect other points of view and suggested “coming together to seek out the common ground and never losing sight of the bigger picture.”The queen remains publicly neutral and does not express her views.The Associated Press read more

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Zimbabwes electoral process must be peaceful and transparent – Ban Kimoon

“The Secretary-General is closely following the evolving situation in Zimbabwe, and has remained in contact with leaders in the region,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.“He reiterates his strong belief that future stages of the electoral process must be conducted in a peaceful, credible and transparent manner in the presence of international observers.”Last week, the top UN political official said the world body stands ready to support regional diplomatic efforts to end Zimbabwe’s political crisis, which began after the March presidential elections in which the incumbent Robert Mugabe was challenged by Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said that he was greatly concerned over violence in Zimbabwe, particularly from the Government’s side, though he added that there had been reports of clashes from both sides.Also last week, a group of UN independent human rights experts spoke out against the violence, noting that intimidation, violence and torture were being used to take retribution against MDC supporters.In a statement, the six rapporteurs said that there is reliable evidence that security forces, paramilitary groups and gangs have attacked the homes of MDC supporters, and of workers with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, in areas where the MDC received more votes than the ruling ZANU-PF party. They reported that at least 351 people have been hospitalized, nearly 300 homes have been destroyed through politically motivated arson, 15 women have been abducted, and several people have been murdered.As a result of the violence, which has been taking place mainly in rural areas, townships and farms, hundreds of families and individuals, mainly women and children, have been displaced internally or are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, the statement reported. 7 May 2008Voicing concern over reports of politically-motivated violence and intimidation against the backdrop of Zimbabwe’s ongoing stalemate, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the next phases of the Southern African nation’s elections to be free and fair. read more

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Greater access to education key to combating child labour – UN

“Despite global progress in many areas, it is unacceptable that so many children must still work for their survival and that of their families,” Juan Somavia, Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), said today on the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour.The ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) says that of some 218 million child labourers around the world, millions are either denied educational opportunities that would give them a better future or must balance work with education. “For too many children, particularly children of poor families across the world, the right to education remains an abstract concept, far from the reality of daily life,” Mr. Somavia stated. He noted that more than 70 million primary school-aged children are not enrolled in school. Many of these and other out-of-school children start working at an early age, often well below the minimum age of employment. And when a family has to make a choice between sending either a boy or girl to school, it is often the girl who loses out.“Our challenge is to offer hope to the child labourers of the world by making their right a reality, ensuring that they have quality education and training which can lead them towards a future of decent work,” he said. “This is essential to break the cycle of child labour and poverty. And it is a sound investment for individuals and society.” To tackle child labour, ILO is urging governments to provide education for all children at least to the minimum age of employment, as well as education policies that reach out to child labourers and other excluded groups.In addition, the agency is calling for properly resourced quality education and skills training, and education for all children and decent work for adults. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also sees education as the best weapon in the global fight against child labour and says recent data has provided hope. The number of children out of school has dropped from 115 million in 2002 to 93 million in 2006.The agency says part of this success has come from new initiatives to bring down the cost of schooling, making it more accessible to more children, including the School Fee Abolition Initiative (SFAI) launched by UNICEF and the World Bank in 2005 to support countries in implementing school fee abolition policies. The annual World Day is being marked in some 60 countries with events ranging from awareness-raising campaigns and artistic performances to competitions and photo exhibitions on child labour. 12 June 2008The United Nations is urging improved access to education as the right response to address the plight of the estimated 165 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 worldwide who are involved in child labour. read more

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Ban accepts Shavendras appointment

The General Assembly instructed the Secretary-General to establish the senior advisory group, stipulating that its membership should comprise five representatives nominated by the troop-contributing countries, five representatives nominated by the financial contributors, and one representative named by each of the five regional groups. UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon has accepted the appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva to the UN Senior Advisory Group (SAG) on Peacekeeping Operations.A UN spokesperson has told Innercity press by email that the appointment will be accepted as he was nominated by member states of the UN. The General Assembly specified that five eminent persons of relevant experience should be independently appointed by the Secretary-General himself. The Secretary-General’s responsibility under GA resolution 65/289 related only to the nomination of the five eminent persons that he was asked to selected himself and the 15 other members of the SAG were selected by the TCCs, FCCs and Regional Groups, as prescribed by the General Assembly, the UN spokesperson said.Silva’s appointment drew criticism from some groups as he faces charges of being involved in alleged war crimes during the final stages of the war against the LTTE. read more

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Logitech to Give Eyes to Video Device Management

Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. Tags:News & ViewsLogitechLogitech Syncvideo device managementAPIsVideo Collaboration & A/VAI & AutomationEndpointsMonitoring & ManagementNews & ViewsProduct News Articles You Might Like As the number of video meetings rise within an enterprise, collaboration increases — but so too does the management challenge, leaving IT to grapple with how to administer a proliferation of endpoints at locations near and far. Device maker Logitech is now applying its open solutions mindset to this blossoming problem, via a cloud-based video conferencing device management platform introduced today, Simon Dudley, sales enablement and analyst relations manager with the company, shared in a No Jitter briefing. With the new device management platform, called Logitech Sync, Logitech will provide monitoring, management, and insights across far-flung video endpoints, Dudley said. “It’s our first stake in the ground,” he added. Sectioning off video collaboration as its own little fiefdom won’t work for IT in the long term as it has up till now in many organizations, Dudley contended. If video collaboration is going to achieve ubiquity — as many industry watchers, including Logitech, believe it’s trending to do — then it “needs to be part of the total story that IT departments understand and use… so USB, open standards, Windows-based, cloud solutions,” he said. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. Log in or register to post comments Via Sync APIs, Logitech is facilitating the ability to monitor, manage, and gather insight on Logitech devices from vendor-agnostic cross-platform management solutions, said David Zhai, a product manager at Logitech. Initial vendors integrating the Sync APIs are: Barco, as part of its AV monitoring and control platform; Domotz, with its remote monitoring and management platform; Nectar, with its UC management platform; and Utelogy, with its AV management platform, he said. Logitech Sync’s monitoring and management capabilities are available through a private beta today, Dudley said. The insights piece will follow at an unspecified time next year. But as video conferencing becomes an everyman’s product rather than a rarified system for senior executives, the weakest link is management — or management at scale, to be specific, Dudley said. “The traditional video conferencing management suites were designed around hundreds of devices attached, and the challenge now is to equip tens of thousands of devices in single instances — which was unthinkable when the systems were $50,000 each.” Logitech Sync LogitechSync.PNG Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. With Logitech Sync, IT initially will be able to check room and device status and change product firmware and settings at scale in just a few clicks from a browser interface — the monitoring and management pieces mentioned above. Ultimately, Sync will pull data from Internet of Things-connected devices so IT can glean real-time insights on room usage and technology adoption — the insights portion. Initial Logitech devices supported are the Rally and Meetup cameras for conference rooms and huddle spaces, respectively. Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. read more

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Company a noshow in BC provincial court on English Bay fuel spill

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 5:50 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Company a no-show in B.C. provincial court on English Bay fuel spill charges VANCOUVER – A company accused of operating a ship that leaked bunker fuel in Vancouver’s English Bay in April 2015 failed to appear in British Columbia Provincial Court to face charges linked to the spill.The MV Marathassa and Alassia NewShips Management Inc., a firm based in Greece, were due in court Wednesday on 10 charges, including discharge of a pollutant, but only a lawyer for the ship appeared.The spill of at least 2,700 litres of bunker fuel in English Bay and the ensuing miscommunications among Canadian authorities and delays in cleanup raised questions about Canada’s preparedness for oil spills.A lawyer for Alassia previously filed an application for judicial review in Federal Court, alleging Canadian authorities failed to properly serve it with summonses, but its case hit a bump on Tuesday when a judge said the company should instead seek relief in B.C. Supreme Court.The company has said one summons was delivered to a captain who has no fixed employment with Alassia and who is currently the master of a vessel owned by a different company. However, Crown counsel Jessica Lawn said Wednesday the vessel is operated by Alassia.Peter Swanson, a lawyer for Alassia, has said the company also does not own the MV Marathassa, but Lawn said outside the courtroom that ownership of the vessel may be determined by the court.Swanson said in an email he was not in a position to comment on why Alassia did not appear.The next court date in the case is scheduled for June 1.In all, six charges have been laid under Canadian shipping legislation, two relate to alleged Fisheries Act violations and single charges are linked to alleged violations of federal environmental laws and the Migratory Bird Act. read more

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On Nelson Mandela Day UN celebrates South African leaders service to humanity

“The best tribute we can pay this great man is not words or in ceremonies, but actions that improve our world,” Secretary-General António Guterres told a meeting of the General Assembly on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day. Observed annually on 18 July, the Day is meant to inspire people all over the world to make a positive difference in their communities by volunteering at least 67 minutes of their time in recognition of Mr. Mandela’s 67 years of public service.“Each of us can make a difference in promoting peace, human rights, sustainable development, and lives of dignity for all,” Mr. Guterres said. The UN chief said that he had met Mr. Mandela, also known as “Madiba”, and was struck by his wisdom, compassion, and humility.Known as prisoner 46664 for 18 years on Robben Island, Mr. Mandela did not succumb to bitterness or personal animosity, but rose above it all to lead his country, Mr. Guterres said. “One of the most important lessons we can learn from Nelson Mandela is that to make progress, we must look forward, however difficult that may be,” he said. Also addressing the General Assembly, the UN body’s current president, Peter Thomson, noted that Mr. Mandela’s fight for a world that is just and fair “remains as relevant today as it was during his lifetime.”With conflicts raging, human rights and democratic values eroded, widening inequality and over-exploitation of the environment, “today’s world is one in desperate need of President Mandela’s values of empathy, kindness, and respect for our common humanity.”His values, Mr. Thomson continued, urge the international community to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which envisions the world that Mr. Mandela wanted.Delivering his keynote address, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover called Mr. Mandela a “beacon of humanity triumphing over inhumanity through the force of his love for all people.” Mr. Glover invited everyone to look to his legacy not as admirers, but rather in the spirit of “ubuntu” or humanity towards others, which Mr. Mandela embodied. “Mandela led us on a path of justice, democracy and equity… in the process he showed the world that non-violence resistance, when combined with sustained activism, is the key to transforming a potential dead-end into a new beginning,” he said. As part of the commemoration, the UN is today partnering with the New York City Mayor’s office on projects, including a clean-up of a public section of New York City. read more

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Brock prof pens book on respectful research

There are plenty of books on qualitative methodologies and methods, but Brock professor Susan Tilley’s book stands out from the rest.Tilley, a professor in the Faculty of Education who recently published Doing Respectful Research: Power, Privilege, and Passion, acknowledges the overlay of ideas and theories amongst research-based books. However, her take on the issue looks more at “the complexities of the research process rather than offering a comprehensive study of a particular qualitative tradition,” she says.The book explores research ethics, institutional requirements for conducting research with human participants and other ethical issues that arise in research. It also includes a chapter that examines the intricacies of transcription in relation to qualitative research.“I tried very hard to include the work of scholars in the Canadian content both in the body of the text and in the annotated bibliographies that end each chapter,” says Tilley.The professor’s interest in qualitative methodologies and how to conduct respectful research stemmed directly from her doctoral work in 1998, when she was conducting a critical ethnography with women attending a prison school while incarcerated in a provincial-federal prison.“It was apparent in that context the kinds of issues that arise working with vulnerable populations, captive populations,” she says. “I became very interested in research ethics and questioning research processes from a critical feminist perspective.”“Although a few decades have passed since I conducted my doctoral research, that experience was central in the writing of this book and the life I have shaped as an academic since then,” she says.Based on her experiences of teaching research courses and advising student researchers, she saw a need for a text that could support researchers with interests in doing critical qualitative research. Tilley set out to write her own book exploring the implications of power, privilege and passion for the research act.The book invites the reader into the conversation surrounding what needs to be thought about when approaching critical qualitative research including choosing the research topic, which Tilley argues is of paramount importance.“I tell my students to make sure their topic is important to them and they feel it can make a contribution. They may be at this for a long time and need to maintain a level of dedication and passion to be able to do strong work and work that is actually going to make a difference,” she says.For student researchers and faculty, Tilley includes thoughtful discussion of the complexities of the student-advisor relationship and how it can take shape over the life of the student’s research project. read more

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Microsoft is dreaming up new touch covers for Surface tablets

first_imgWhen the original Surface and Surface Pro arrived, Microsoft offered the click-in Touch Cover and Type Cover. The second generation yielded not just improved versions of the original keyboards, but two more choices. And there’s a good chance Microsoft won’t stop there.In addition to making the original Covers thinner and lighter — and adding illumination — Microsoft offered up the endurance-enhancing Power Cover and the Surface Music Kit for those with an affinity for producing and remixing audio tracks.Microsoft’s Creative Director for Surface, Ralf Groene, recently spent some time with students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. The goal: to inspire young designers to come up with even more “blades” that could enhance the productivity powers of the Surface.Not everyone needs to bang out Word documents in order to be productive, after all. Some need a tool like the Music Kit. Others would benefit from a click-in toolbox for creating and retouching digital images. Customizable point-of-sale keyboards? Sure, why not?There are all kinds of possibilities… though perhaps the one I’d like to see most is a customizable E Ink keyboard. While it’s exciting that Microsoft is thinking about other attachments, an input device that Surface owners could tailor to suit their specific needs would be amazing.Think of something along the lines of an Optimus Maximus or Popularis, except it wouldn’t cost over $1,000 or suck your battery dry. As an added bonus, it could even be wired up to apps like Kindle and turn off the Surface’s touchscreen and let you read from the E Ink display instead.Of course, there’s no guarantee that Microsoft is actually going to make a Surface accessory like that, but at least we know that they’re brainstorming. And if they’re trying to get others involved in the creative process, perhaps companies like Logitech, Adobe, and AutoDesk will offer up their own custom Surface accessories in the future.last_img read more

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Channel Seven apologises for Macedonia blunder

first_imgIt took more than three weeks, but Kerry Stokes AC, Seven Network Chairman, finally responded to the furore caused by the Channel’s coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony, during which presenters Andrew Gaze and Bruce McAvaney referred to FYROM as being the home of Alexander the Great and King Phillip. Greece can proudly claim Alexander the Great as one of their own. We apologise. It was not our network’s intention to disappoint our viewers. I do hope you will accept our sincere apologies for the miscommunication. – Kerry Stokes, Seven Network ChairmanIn a letter addressed to the Greek Embassy in Australia, the head of the network notes: “Greece can proudly claim Alexander the Great as one of their own. We apologise. It was not our network’s intention to disappoint our viewers. I do hope you will accept our sincere apologies for the miscommunication”.The response comes almost a month after the incident took place, during which period most major Greek Australian organisations issued statements condemning the comments made during the national delegations’ parade, describing King Philip II of Macedonia as FYROM’s first Olympian champion. Most notably, the Greek Community of Melbourne and the Pan-Macedonian Association sent letters to the network, followed by a joint statement. “To simply say in a throw-away line that FYROM’s first gold medal at the games was won by King Philip of Macedon (Alexander the Great’s Father) is wrong on so many levels and offensive to every Hellene and philhellene who know their history and understands the importance of identity and cultural lineage”, read the letter sent to Kerry Stokes by GCM President, Bill Papastergiadis, echoing the sentiment of the Greek Australians, flooding the network with letters and calls of outrage.Andrew Gaze had immediately responded to these expressions of outrage on Twitter, saying that “If it is incorrect or wasn’t communicated correctly, I sincerely apologise,” sharing a photo of the script. Kerry Stokes’ apology fails to explain how the claim found its way to the presenters’ script. More importantly, there’s still no explanation as to how the same statements came to be voiced, simultaneously, by the presenters of the event for NBC, in the United States. The American network has yet to respond to the letters addressed by the leaders of the Greek American community, not least among them Members of Congress Gus Bilirakis and Carolyn Maloney, who on 18 August wrote to Stephen Burke, CEO of NBC Universal, urging the network to issue an on-air correction during the closing ceremony. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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