Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES To put in perspective how fast his rise has been, at this time last year, Chung was ranked outside the top 100 and barely made the cut-off for the main draw at the Australian Open.He was also the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Marin Cilic at the Australian Open in 2010, and he was aiming to be the youngest major finalist since Juan Martin del Potro won the title at the 2009 U.S. Open.“I think (I have) a lot of confidence,” he said. “I played lots of good players in last two weeks. I can play, like, more comfortable on the court with the great players like Roger. I think I can play better next time.”Federer also believes Chung’s future is bright, though he’s hesitant to make predictions given what he experienced when he rose through the ranks, being labeled a future No. 1 and multiple Grand Slam winner at a young age.“In a way it’s funny and cool, but it’s not so cool in hindsight,” he said. “Afterward, anything you achieve is normal. I find it disappointing. Getting to No. 1, winning Grand Slams, winning Masters 1000s, it ain’t normal. It’s extraordinary.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers South Korea’s Hyeon Chung receives treatment from a trainer during his semifinal against Switzerland’s Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Hyeon Chung may have limped out of this year’s Australian Open, but his upbeat mood made clear he firmly believes he’ll be a contender at another major very soon.Chung had a devastating end to his unexpected run at Melbourne Park, forced to retire from his semifinal against Roger Federer on Friday night with blisters on his feet that were so painful, he said afterward he could no longer walk.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City But the 19-time major winner is highly impressed by Chung’s remarkable speed and court coverage, saying he reminds him of his rival, Djokovic. However, he noted that Chung’s game, which features clay-court style sliding on hardcourts, could take a toll.“The question is with that kind of a game, you just got to take care of your body, also the schedule,” Federer said.He also believes Chung showed his great mental strength in the way he dealt with his injury in their match.“Today I’m sure he was having a lot of pain with his feet,” he said. “And you couldn’t tell almost. I like that about the idea of hiding any problems from the opponent. That was very impressive, to be honest.”Chung’s ranking is set to rise into the top 30 next week, just a couple spots below another of his idols, Kei Nishikori of Japan, a former U.S. Open finalist. If Chung continues on this path, he could soon be Asia’s top-ranked player, another milestone in his young career.“I enjoyed two weeks so far, on court and off court,” he said. “I’m just really happy.” Wozniacki, Halep both hoping 3rd time is lucky in final Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding But the 21-year-old Chung is already looking at the big picture and just how impressive his achievement in Melbourne has been. He upset No. 4-seed Alexander Zverev and six-time champion Novak Djokovic en route to becoming the first Korean tennis player, male or female, to reach the semifinals of a major.Now, less than a month into the new year, he’s going to have to re-evaluate his goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think I already make few goals, because in Korea, like, I make highest ranking in Korea, highest result in Grand Slam,” he said. “I made two goals.“Next goal is I want to finish the season without injury. I have to (have) a good recovery.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
He might have equalled Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of Test hundreds but senior Indian batsman Rahul Dravid does not want to be compared to his legendary compatriot.Dravid cracked his 34th Test century in the ongoing second Test against England which brought him on par with Sunil Gavaskar’s three-figure numbers during his distinguished career.”I wouldn’t like to compare myself with Mr Gavaskar who is a legend of the game. I grew up as a kid trying to be either Mr Gavaskar or Vishwanath in my backyard. To now equal something he has done is fantastic,” said the 38-year-old.Dravid opened the innings due to injury to Gautam Gambhir and it was the third time from 20 innings when he has managed to score a century. Opening the innings, he conceded, is still not quite what he likes doing in Tests.”As a middle order batsman, all my routines have been set. The 10-minute changeover period when I have to change and comeback, I find myself rushed. I remember at Lord’s, I had to keep wickets, run up and down and felt really rushed,” Dravid said.”I was determined to ensure I did not get that feeling. I went in bit taking more time. At number three, there is some breathing space even if it is a little bit,” he said.Talking about the evenly poised match, Dravid rued that India had let slipped the chance to take control for the second day in succession. .”We had them 124 for eight yesterday and today we were 267 for four and we collapsed. In a tight game, on a tough wicket in a low-scoring game, these things are important. It’s 50-50, even-stevens now,” said Dravid after India could finish with only 67 runs in front after promising much more on the second day.advertisement”We would like to chase as few a runs as possible. We got to bowl in right areas and restrict them as low as possible. Irrespective of what the number is, we should look to win this Test,” he said.Dravid said he had to face some critical moments during his 117-run knock when his right wrist was hit while he was on 30 by a short delivery.”That hurt the right wrist, it spasmed for 5-6 overs. It was bit of a tricky period and for sometime I did not have much feeling in my right hand.”Once we got through to lunch, it eased out. It is still paining but not much. Towards the end, I was cramping up as it was a hot day and I was on field for a long time,” he revealed.The right-handed batsman was out in an uncharacteristic manner when he threw his bat at a wide delivery from Tim Bresnan and was caught at third man.”If Harbhajan was there, I would have played normally. I saw these guys (Broad and Swann) come in and (aggression) worked for them.” .”Unfortunately, the first time I tried, it went straight to hands. I wanted to be positive and get 20-25 runs quickly. In a low-scoring game, these runs are important,” Dravid said.Asked about his temperament and focus, he said, “When in form, your judgment improves, confidence is there. I did play and miss a lot but I wanted to make it count, to have the fortitude and discipline to make it count.”I try not to think, play one ball at a time. I try to play each and every ball with utmost concentration. I want to be fully present to play one ball at a time. I have been always calm at the crease,” he said.Dravid admitted that he did not have the full range of strokes that a Sachin Tendulkar or a Virender Sehwag can play and so he had to be more focussed to score runs.”I recognised over a long period of time that I didn’t have as many shots as say a Sehwag or a Tendulkar, and that I needed to concentrate that much,” he said.Dravid gave an insight on how playing Test cricket can be a draining experience.”Everyone keeps saying the physical part but a Test is a big ask mentally, emotionally. You learn to balance emotions over a period of time. To do so, it’s important how you spend your time after 7 pm, how to take your mind away from cricket.-With PTI inputs
SHARE Shuttler PV Sindhu loses three spots in the latest Badminton World Federation list. File Photo – The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL Shuttler PV Sindhu loses three spots in the latest Badminton World Federation list. File Photo – The Hindu April 13, 2017 The shuttler suffered a shock first-round exit from the Malaysia Open Super Series in Kuching last week to go down the ladder. COMMENT × COMMENTS sport Published on Just a week after achieving her career-best rank of world number two, Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu today lost three spots to be placed fifth in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) list.The 21-year-old shuttler from Hyderabad suffered a shock first-round exit from the Malaysia Open Super Series in Kuching last week to go down the ladder. Sindhu is competing at Singapore Open this week.Saina, who also lost in the first round of the Malaysia Open, however, remained unchanged at the ninth position.The women’s singles ranking table is headed by Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan.In the men’s singles, Ajay Jayaram is the highest-ranked Indian at the 14th position.None of the other Indian male shuttlers figure in the top-20.
COMMENT cricket December 05, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL NEW DELHI 05/12/2017: Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal felt uncomfortable being helped by with his teammates against India caught by Lakshan Sandakan on the fourth day of 3rd Test match at Firoz Shah Kotla ground, in New Delhi on Tuesday Photo: Sandeep Saxena RELATED COMMENTS null Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal vomitted on the field before walking off as Delhi’s notorious smog, which may rob the Indian capital of future winter tests, continued to plague the third and final match on Tuesday.India’s second innings was into its sixth over when Lakmal was seen bending over and throwing up. The Sri Lankan physio rushed in and eventually walked off with the player.Lakmal, who returned to bowl the 11th over, and pace colleague Lahiru Gamage had also walked off on Sunday with discomforts.The Indian cricket board (BCCI) said it would factor in Delhi’s pollution before scheduling a match in the city at this time of the year.“This point about scheduling matches in Delhi in this particular period can be considered in view of the situation encountered in the last two-three days,” acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary told reporters late on Monday.“This pollution issue has been spoken about for years … It can’t be seen affecting just one walk of life. The agencies which need to be dealing with it, I’m sure are dealing with it.”Delhi’s government last month ordered schools to shut temporarily after pollution readings in some places peaked at 500, the most severe level on the government’s air quality index that measures poisonous particles.The pollution prompted the board to cancel two Ranji Trophy matches in Delhi last year.“As you are aware, the BCCI is sensitive about this fog and smog over the years when they scheduled domestic games out of Delhi…” Choudhary said.Several Sri Lankan players had their facemasks on even on Tuesday.Their coach Nic Pothas has called Delhi’s air pollution a “unique” and “well-documented” problem but Choudhary said Sri Lanka Cricket did not raise the issue when the tour was being finalised.“If they had any (objection), they didn’t express it to me,” the BCCI official said. SHARE air pollution Delhi Delhi may lose winter tests as smog continues to plague the capital ICC likely to incorporate pollution in its playing conditions Published on NEW DELHI 05/12/2017: Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal felt uncomfortable being helped by with his teammates against India caught by Lakshan Sandakan on the fourth day of 3rd Test match at Firoz Shah Kotla ground, in New Delhi on Tuesday Photo: Sandeep Saxena Dhawan, Pujara knocks take India to 192/4 at tea ×
New Delhi, July 14 (PTI) State-owned construction firm NBCC today said it will implement re-development of three housing colonies located at Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar and Netaji Nagar in the national capital.To ease the problem of shortage of government accomodation in the national capital, the government had earlier this month decided to rebuild seven housing colonies to double the existing housing units from 12,970 units to 25,667 at a total cost of Rs 32,835 crores.In a filing to the BSE, NBCC (India) Ltd informed that “the Union Cabinet in its meeting held on July 5, approved the Redevelopment of seven old GPRA (General Pool Residential Accommodation) colonies viz, Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Thyagraj Nagar, Sriniwaspuri and Mohammadpur at Delhi.””NBCC will be the implementing- agency for three GPRA Colonies at Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar and Netaji Nagar,” it added.NBCC, under the administrative control of Ministry of Urban Development, is present in three main segments — Project Management Consultancy (PMC), Real Estate Development and EPC Contracting. PTI MJH MR
Romelu Lukaku Lukaku escapes suspension for Bong clash Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 22:03 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League Reports claimed the Belgium international could be set to miss upcoming matches with Arsenal and Manchester City after kicking the Brighton defender Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will not face a ban following his clash with Brighton and Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong on Saturday.Video footage showed Lukaku appearing to kick out at Bong following a tussle between the pair at the 66th-minute corner from which Ashley Young scored United’s deflected winner in the 1-0 victory.Lukaku 13/5 to score 1st vs. Watford 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 But Goal and Omnisport understand Lukaku will face no further action from the Football Association in relation to the incident after it was reviewed by three former match officials.Each member of the panel would have had to agree the 24-year-old’s actions were worthy of a sending off for further action to be taken and this was not the case.If the Belgium international had been landed with a violent conduct charge, he would have been in line for a three-match ban to rule him out of the matches against Watford on Tuesday, Arsenal and Manchester City.As it is, Lukaku is free to make his 200th Premier League appearance at Vicarage Road.Lukaku has 12 goals for United in all competitions since joining from Everton for £75million in July but failed to find the net for the ninth time in 10 matches against Brighton.
Its name doesn’t exactly lend itself to elegies or poetry, but everyone at the Synthetic Track and Field Facility in Leonora, Guyana, on March 23 remembers the beautiful scene.Built to contain 3,000 spectators, the crowd swelled in the venue sometimes simply called National Track and Field Centre.The Golden Jaguars could lock up their first-ever place at the Gold Cup with a victory over Belize on the final day of qualification. A penalty put them on top of the Central American side early, but the visitors hit back in the 25th minute. Emery Welshman had the hosts back in front ahead of the halftime break. But the minutes in the second half felt like they were taking forever to pass. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Finally, the whistle blew. The Guyana players came together in a dogpile. Soon they were joined on the field by fans celebrating their national team’s first-ever berth to the Concacaf championship.”It was an amazing moment for everybody involved – staff, players, the fans, the country. It was a surreal moment,” Guyana coach Michael Johnson told Goal this month. “When the whistle blew, the stadium usually holds maximum 2,000-3,000. There were 5,000 in the stadium, and still more coming in on the final whistle.”What was so emotional was at the end, everybody ran onto the pitch and in front of you there were grown men, women, children crying because this is a moment they’d waited for all their lives – to see their men’s team qualify for a major tournament, obviously with all the trappings that brings.”Geographically in South America but long a member of Concacaf and its sub-confederation in the Caribbean, fans in Guyana have seen their teams achieve some success before. There were decent results in the Caribbean Cups of 1991 and 2007. But federation trouble saw the team suspended from World Cup qualification in 2002, and further issues meant the Golden Jaguars were totally inactive from late 2012 until October 2014.Guyana needed a reboot. It got started with former Leeds United youth coach Ian Greenwood’s appointment as technical director in fall 2016. The restart coincided with Concacaf’s efforts to give teams like Guyana more rhythm with competitions like the Concacaf Nations League. Ahead of qualification for that tournament kicking off, Guyana looked for a coach. Former Grenada international Jason Roberts put Johnson’s name in the mix, and the former Jamaica international emerged as the top candidate. He took over in June 2018.Now, Guyana players like midfielder Neil Danns, an England-born player who started representing the country of his grandparents in 2015, are crossing the Atlantic more often and seeing the same staff each time they travel for matches.”I think it’s that regularity, just really getting to know each other and implementing stuff in team that has helped us to prosper,” Danns told Goal. “I’ve personally had five years. We’ve had a lot of people come in and out. I think it’s just nice to have someone come in and give us regularity.”While things are on an upward trajectory for Guyana, the debutants may be in for a rude welcome to the top tournament. The first match of group play is against the United States, the current Gold Cup holder. Johnson says he’s ready for a challenge against the U.S., even after the Americans’ friendly defeats leading into the competition. Yet, he noted, the obligation that comes with being a regional power and the atmosphere surrounding Gregg Berhalter’s team may work in his side’s favor.”We’re under no illusion. It’s a fantastic team we’re going up against,” the coach said. “But the pressure is on them. We have no pressure whatsoever. “Everybody says we’re fortunate to be here, I’ve heard people say they’ll be looking to score a goal and might win a game. So, all the pressure is on the States. That’s what makes it such a beautiful game is the unpredictability of it, is that on any given day we can beat them. If they have an off day, then there’s an opportunity for us to really capture it and do something special.”Even if the U.S. is on its game Tuesday night, and even it’s a quick three games and a flight home, players like Danns, long-time captain Sam Cox and domestic-based regular Daniel Wilson, already have set down a foundation for the nation to build on.”It means so much,” said Danns, who at 36 is set to discuss his future with League One side Bury after the tournament. “From where the structure of everything was when I first came to where it is now is just night and day. It’s completely different.”To be a part of that is something you can always take with you. Hopefully, this is just the first stepping stone on the road to improving Guyana’s future and inspiring the next generation. You can always look back, and you would like to think that you played a good part in it.”If Guyana, The Land of Many Waters, pulls an upset in Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, it would have to spark celebrations similar to those that took place in March when the Gold Cup place was secured. Who knows, it might even call for an even higher honor. Sam Cox Field at Synthetic Track and Field Facility has a nice ring to it.
New Delhi: Adani Power on Friday said its arm Raigarh Energy Generation Ltd (REGL) will supply a total of 295 megawatts (MW) to Tamil Nadu and Telangana over the next three years under a pilot scheme. REGL would supply 185 MW to Tamil Nadu and 110 MW to Telangana from its 600-MW power plant in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, under the power ministry’s Pilot Scheme-II. The scheme is to facilitate the procurement of power for three years from coal-based power plants that are already commissioned and do not have power purchase agreements (PPAs). Since a PPA is a prerequisite for getting coal linkage, these plants are under stress. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary REGL (formerly known as Korba West Power Company Ltd) has been issued a letter of award by PFC Consulting Ltd (nodal agency under the scheme) for supply of total 295 MW power (i. e. 185 MW to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd and 110 MW to Telangana State Power Coordination Committee) from its 600-MW power plant situated at Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, for a period of three years under Pilot Scheme-II through NHPC Ltd,” according to a BSE filing by Adani Power.
Facebook Shaping songs and scores for screen-based stories requires more than talent. It demands collaboration, versatility and a keen sensitivity to subtle shifts in tone – in other words, a “fresh” vision that generates an “unconventional impact” on storytelling onscreen.We are excited to announce this year’s talented music creators in the Slaight Music Residency, who possess these skills in spades. On Monday, July 17, they will join residents in both the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program and the CBC Actors Conservatory. For the first time all of these three programs’ start dates align, which will enhance collaboration and further build our creative community.Since 2012, the Slaight Music Residency has inspired and launched 28 exceptional Canadian musical talents into our onscreen industry. Alumni of the Slaight Music Residency have achieved critical recognition and achievement awards, scoring more than 40 features, 18 TV series/docs and movies of the week. As Kathryn Emslie, Chief Programs Officer, CFC, noted at the recent Slaight Music Residency Showcase, this program’s alumni are “winning awards, traveling around the world, being seen as valued collaborators and professionals, and creating meaningful, exciting and commercial work.” Twitter Jonathan Kawchuk is an award-winning composer from Alberta. He has scored the feature films, Memento Mori (National Film Board of Canada), for which he was nominated for a 2017 Alberta Film and Television Award in the category of Best Original Musical Score (Non-fiction Over 30 Minutes), and Clara (Serendipity Point Films), as well as the Norwegian documentary web series, Fra Ungdommen, and a video feature for Vogue Italia. Kawchuk has experience writing internationally for multiple short films, theatre projects and sound installations. As a technician, he worked on albums for Nico Muhly and Ben Frost, and as an assistant sound tech for the Philip Glass Ensemble on Music in 12 Parts, in London. Kawchuk also is signed to Paper Bag Records as a recording artist. For his debut album, he lived and recorded in natural environments across Europe, North America and Asia. Kawchuk studied at multiple institutions and completed his Bachelor of Music, Honours, First Class, at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. In addition to his formal education, he has held a recording internship in Iceland, learned gamelan in Indonesia, and studied wildlife field recording in England under Chris Watson (Frozen Planet, Nova). Advertisement Lora Bidner is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and film composer. She won 1st Prize, Best Original Score in the 2016 SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers and Young Audio Visual Composers, for her original score written for the animated short, Missing. Bidner’s original song, “3,000 Volts,” was also nominated for Best Story Song in the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards, held in November 2016. Bidner is signed to New York-based publisher, Memory Lane Music Group. Her critically acclaimed nine-track 2015 album, To The North, touches on themes of human pathos, self-discovery and folklore. Hosting two sold-out album release parties in Ottawa and Toronto, To the North received radio play on CBC Radio One and attention from media outlets such as Exclaim!, Huffington Post, Ottawa Showbox and Apt 613. As a performing artist, Bidner has shared the stage with Juno-awarded/nominated artists, including SoCalled, Craig Cardiff, Justin Nozuka, Lynn Miles, Jim Bryson, Jill Barber, Danny Michel, Hannah Georgas and Dar Williams. Bidner completed her Bachelor of Music at Carleton University and a Masters in Music Technology and Digital Media at the University of Toronto. Advertisement Virginia Kilbertus is a composer for film, television and video games. She has worked with numerous prominent orchestras and ensembles in North America and Europe, including the Budapest Art Orchestra and Hilary Skewes studio orchestra at the renowned Air Studios in London, England. Kilbertus has scored multiple short films and video games by emerging filmmakers and game designers, and mentored with Canadian screen composer Rob Carli. Kilbertus has continued to work with Carli and Jim McGrath. Her credits include work on Darken, directed by Audrey Cummings, and Tulips, Love, Honour and a Bike, by Mike van Diem, as well as original scores for the shorts, Without Arms, Irse, Una Ultima Noche, and the Easy Trigger indie video game, Westernland: Dust to Dust. Kilbertus holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from McGill University, where she graduated with a citation for Outstanding Achievement in Composition and was awarded the prestigious Helmut Blume Memorial Scholarship. She also holds a Master of Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games from Berklee College of Music. Sarah Slean is a Juno- and Gemini-nominated songwriter and recording artist with a multifaceted career spanning more than two decades. Signed to Atlantic Records at 19 years old, she has since released 11 albums in more than 10 countries worldwide, toured North America, Europe and Scandinavia, and shared the stage with artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Bryan Ferry, Alanis Morrissette, Feist, Daniel Lanois and Andrew Bird. Slean is an accomplished composer, penning scores for all of her own albums, as well as other pop artists (e.g., Hayden, Trent Severn, Song for Africa), classical ensembles and dance companies. She has performed her songs and scores with renowned string quartets with orchestras in Canada and internationally (including on the TEDGlobal stage in Edinburgh). Her 2011 album, Land & Sea, featuring her scores for a 21-piece orchestra, was dubbed “a masterpiece” by The Montreal Gazette and an “awe-inspiring panorama of the mature poet and musician” by The Toronto Star. Classically trained since she was five years old, Slean routinely collaborates with cutting-edge contemporary classical ensembles like The Art of Time, and has been invited to sing world premieres by Canada’s award-winning composers, Christos Hatzis and Glenn Buhr. A voracious reader and lover of the arts, she has published two volumes of poetry, starred in short films and a Gemini Award-nominated movie musical, and held numerous exhibitions of her paintings. Her latest album,Metaphysics, was released in 2017.. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Certainly, this incoming group is already well on their way. 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Quetta – At least 52 people have been killed and over 100 injured by a massive blast at a shrine in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday evening, according to local officials.The blast occurred at the shrine of Sufi saint Shah Noorani located in the remote Lasbela district of southwestern Balochistan province, which is visited annually by thousands from across Pakistan.Sohail Rehman, Deputy Commissioner of the Khuzdar district, confirmed the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. President Mamnoon Hussain, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have condemned the terrorist attack.Hakeem Laasi, an official from Edhi Foundation, a humanitarian relief agency engaged in the rescue operation, said many injured succumbed to their wounds as they could not be shifted to the hospital in time due to the remoteness of the site.Several people were killed and injured due to a stampede caused by the blast, he said, adding that scores of injured were transported to the hospital in private vehicles by visitors who survived the attack.
In his latest report on Darfur to the Security Council, which was released today and covers the past three months through January, Mr. Ban in particular condemns the recent aerial bombings by the Government and the arrest and physical abuse of international humanitarian staff by local police last month.“I am distressed by the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation on the ground. All parties must cease violent attacks on civilians. I particularly deplore the aerial bombings by Sudanese Government forces, which have expanded to new areas since 16 January, resulting in more civilian casualties and suffering,” he writes.“I appeal, in the strongest possible terms, to the Government of the Sudan and the other parties to desist from further hostilities, which destabilize the entire region and render peace an increasingly distant prospect. All parties must submit to dialogue and negotiation, and commit themselves to a non-military solution to the devastating conflict in Darfur.”Mr. Ban says the increasing violence since November last year has also stretched the capacity of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), and he appeals for more international assistance to the Mission and also for the UN support packages to this operation. Highlighting his attendance at last month’s African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Mr. Ban also writes of his frank discussions with Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir, noting their views “clearly differed on the gravity of the security situation” in Darfur, but adding that the President had reiterated his support for a hybrid UN-African Union force.“I look forward to receiving from the Government of the Sudan a confirmation of their readiness to implement both the heavy package of United Nations support to AMIS and the hybrid African Union-United Nations operation. In the meantime, the United Nations is proceeding with the preparatory work to implement these plans.”Mr. Ban said last week he had sent a letter to President Bashir on 24 January stressing the importance of more support for AMIS, as well as the need for the rapid deployment of the hybrid force.Today’s release of the Secretary-General’s latest report on Darfur, comes as the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reports continuing violence throughout the region, and also as the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country said much still needs to be done to follow-up on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended 21 years of separate civil conflict between north and south Sudan.In north Darfur, UNMIS reports that military authorities denied access for a UN agency and other aid organizations to an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp on Tuesday, while in a separate incident elsewhere, local police say Arab nomads abducted four women who were out collecting firewood.In south Darfur, fighting is still continuing between Targem and Rezegat Maharia tribes in the Kass area, while in west Darfur on Tuesday three armed men attempted to hijack two vehicles belonging to a UN agency in Dorti IDP camp.On the separate issue concerning the CPA that was signed in January 2005 ending the conflict between north and south Sudan, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNMIS Head of Mission Tayé-Brook Zerihoun told reporters today that while some progress had been achieved, pressing legislation still needs to be passed, especially in the area of security reform. 28 February 2007Painting his grimmest picture yet of the humanitarian and security situation in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated the urgent need for a ceasefire, calling for “dialogue and negotiation” from all sides, while the United Nations mission in the country today reported more abductions, hijackings and tribal fighting throughout the region.
The Global Programme for Combatting Wildlife and Forest Crime will be implemented over the next four years and is an important step towards building Government capacity to prevent and combat such crime on a regional, national and local basis. It will also raise awareness to contribute to the reduction of demand for wild fauna and flora. “The emergence of this Global Programme shows just how much this critical issue has come to the fore in recent years,” commented UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, who emphasized that the initiative highlights a serious and growing problem and one which UNODC is in a unique position to help fight. The adoption of the Global Programme follows the 23rd Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice which concluded last week in Vienna. During its meeting, the Commission called for more work to be done on tackling environmental crime, and introduced a draft resolution aimed at strengthening targeted crime prevention and criminal justice responses to combat illicit trafficking in forest products.The development of the Global Programme comes amid increasing recognition that responding to the threat posed to wildlife and forests is no longer purely a conservation issue. With a growing understanding that organized crime is a key factor driving the unprecedented growth of this cruel and illicit trade, the need to tackle it from this angle is ever more urgent.In this regard, and drawing on UNODC’s ability to assist with law enforcement and criminal justice concerns, the Global Programme will support a number of areas such as building legislation to address this crime, strengthening investigative, prosecutorial and judicial capacities, and combating related issues of money-laundering and corruption. It will also support Member States in their efforts to introduce livelihoods to affected communities. “By working in a coordinated, global manner that allows us to complement existing initiatives by our partners, I am confident that we can help contribute to real change at both the supply and demand side” said Mr. Fedotov. UNODC says that wildlife and forest crime present a particularly devastating form of organized crime. The number of tigers in the world, for example, has plummeted from about 100,000 a century ago to approximately 3,000 today, and they continue to fall with an average 110 tigers killed every year. Further, the rhino population is under threat with three of the five living rhino species listed as “critically endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) “Red List.” In South Africa, home to 90 per cent of Africa’s rhino population, 1,004 rhinos were killed in 2013 – a devastating climb from 2003 when 22 rhinos were killed. Meanwhile across Africa it is estimated that over 20,000 elephants are poached annually for their ivory. There are also strong links to other forms of crime. Says UNODC. Fraud, money laundering and corruption are all frequently associated with this crime, and the existing modus operandi and routes used for the trafficking of drugs, people and firearms are employed by traffickers of fauna and flora.It is also a major funding source: in East Asia and the Pacific alone – a region particularly vulnerable to timber trafficking – criminal groups make around $23 billion annually from wildlife and forest crimes. This constitutes a large part of the $90 billion a year that is generated from transnational organized crime in the region collectively, according to UNODC.
Linn told KRTV that the bison “parade” occurred on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and BIA officials blocked the road so the animals could safely cross to the other side. According to Linn, a mamma bison had to go back and coax her baby bison to walk across Highway 2 and the brief encounter was an adorable sight.Facebook community members also thought the “bison crossing” video was a surprising sight.“Years ago I saw the same thing… Only they ran alongside me against the fence and I knew… They were going to cross so I slowed down and sure enough… Across the road they ran,” one person wrote. “Pretty cool to see.”Another said, “Heck- I had one of those several years ago. In Great Falls. 10th ave and about 32nd street. It was somewhat surprising.”More on Geek.com:Park Officials Call Out Tourist for Petting Bison at YellowstoneWatch: Charging Bison Tosses 9-Year-Old Girl Into Air at YellowstoneWatch: Man Survives Terrifying Bison Attack at Utah State Park Stay on target Park Officials Call Out Tourist for Petting Bison at YellowstoneWatch: Charging Bison Tosses 9-Year-Old Girl Into Air at Yellowstone Drivers on Highway 2 in Montana were stuck in a temporary traffic jam when a group of bison strolled across the busy road on Thursday.Debra Linn, who was traveling from Glacier National Park to Great Falls, Montana, came across the massive “bison crossing” and captured it on video, KRTV reported.“We’ve got a Montana traffic jam dead ahead,” Linn joked in the footage, which was shared with the TV station.
Notre Dame running back Tony Jones, Jr. was forced to exit yesterday’s 52-17 win over Miami of Ohio after a vicious helmet-to-helmet shot exploded a portion of his helmet like a car bumper in a rear end collision, shooting gold shrapnel into the air like confetti.Jones wouldn’t return to the game, hopefully he fully recovers soon. This is about as scary of a hit as you’ll see.
Stallone surprises fans with visit to iconic ‘Rocky’ statue PHILADELPHIA – Hey, it’s Rocky. and Rocky?Sylvester Stallone had passersby doing double takes and chanting “Rocky! Rocky!” on Friday as he made a surprise visit to the statue of his iconic Rocky Balboa character in Philadelphia.The 71-year-old Stallone has played the underdog boxing champ in seven “Rocky” films since 1976 and is currently in the City of Brotherly Love making the sequel to the 2015 hit “Creed.”Stallone took a break from shooting to join Mayor Jim Kenney at the statue, next to the Philadelphia Art Museum steps he famously climbed in the first “Rocky” film.They rededicated a plaque that had been lost for 12 years and Kenney presented him with a personalized jersey from the Super Bowl champion Eagles.Stallone commissioned the statue for “Rocky III” in 1980. Sylvester Stallone, left, appears with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for a “Creed II” photo op, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Philadelphia. The film, part of the “Rocky” film franchise, will be released later this year. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 6, 2018 1:51 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Cyprus Popular Bank, widely known as Laiki, said that it sold on Thursday half of its stake in Bank of Cyprus to undisclosed buyers at a price of €3.05 per share generating €65m in revenue to be distributed to depositors and creditors of the failed lender.“The Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd. has successfully completed the sale of 21,467,720 existing ordinary shares of Bank of Cyprus Holdings PLC, representing approximately 4.8 per cent of the company’s share capital,” Laiki said in an emailed statement.The share of Bank of Cyprus closed on Wednesday at €3.24 which is 0.5 per cent higher compared to the day before. As part of the terms of Cyprus’s bailout agreement, Bank of Cyprus absorbed the operations of Laiki which in return received an 18 per cent stake. The latter was diluted in Bank of Cyprus’s 2014 capital increase to 9.6 per cent.Cleovoulos Alexandrou, Laiki’s special administrator, mandated the London branch of Germany’s Deutsche Bank and HSBC Bank as global coordinators for the sale, Laiki said. The administrator was the approval of the Resolution Authority, comprised by the board of directors of the Central Bank of Cyprus.“Following the transaction, Cyprus Popular Bank retains a shareholding of approximately 4.8 per cent of the share capital of the company,” Laiki said. “In relation to its remaining shareholding, Cyprus Popular Bank has undertaken that, without the prior written consent of the global coordinators and subject to certain customary exceptions, they will not dispose of any further existing ordinary shares of Bank of Cyprus Holdings for a period of 180 days following completion of the sale”.According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the special administrator of Laiki has received interest from investors to dispose the bank’s operations in Malta, after the rejection of an offer submitted by Lombard Bank last month.“There are other investors who fulfil qualitative and quantitative criteria,” the source said and added that Laiki is already preparing necessary documents for the sale of Greece’s IBG.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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