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CM Parrikar to return to Goa on June 15

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first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently undergoing medical treatment in the U.S., is expected to return to Goa on June 15, senior BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral said on Tuesday. “Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is returning to Goa on June 15,” Mr. Cabral told the media on the sidelines of a State Tourism Ministry press conference in Panaji. Upendra Joshi, an official on special duty at the Chief Minister’s office also confirmed to The Hindu the news of Mr. Parrikar’s return after more than three months.However, a senior party official said he was still unsure. “As a party we do not know the exact date of arrival. He is likely to come to Goa in June, but the tickets as far as we know haven’t been booked yet,” the official said, requesting anonymity.An office memo, issued by the Home Ministry mentioning Mr. Parrikar’s presence at the State-organised Revolution Day event on June 18, went viral on social media. The memo states that he is expected to arrive at 8:50 a.m. for the event at the Martyr’s Memorial in Panaji. “Arrival of honourable Chief Minister. He will be received by Chief Secretary and Director General of Police,” the memorandum states, further listing the Chief Minister’s speech at 9:25 a.m.A BJP functionary, when contacted on Monday in this regard, had ruled out Mr. Parrikar’s return by June 18. “We are not aware of his return to Goa. As far as we know, there are some tests which are expected to be conducted later this month, after which his return dates will be confirmed. But as far as the party is concerned, as of now, he will not be in Goa to attend the June 18 function,” the official said requesting anonymity.last_img read more

CWG 2014: Indian shooter Prakash Nanjappa wins silver in 10m air pistol

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first_imgStar marksman Prakash Nanjappa secured a silver medal to extend India’s tally of medals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Saturday.The Indian shooter scored 198.2 points finishing at the second point behind Australia’s Daniel Repacholli who clinched the top spot with a score of 199.5 points.Nanjappa shot a series of 97, 96, 95, 99, 97, 96 to top the qualification round with 580 points.However, Om Prakash missed out by a point after shooting series of 93, 97, 92, 95, 95, 96 to total 568.England’s Stewart Nangle (578) came second while Daniel Repacholi (574) of Australia took the third spot in the qualification round.last_img

Australia beat West Indies to claim tri-nation series

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first_imgA match-winning three-wicket bowling stint by Mitchell Marsh lifted Australia to a convincing victory by 58 runs against West Indies in the final of the triangular one-day international (ODI) series in Barbados on Sunday.Australia, who batted first after winning the toss, seemed destined to post a middling target until wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, batting at number seven, rattled off an unbeaten 57 off 52 balls.He finished his stint at the crease in style with a towering six over mid wicket off the final ball as the visitors scored 270 for nine from their allotted 50 overs.The Windies made a breezy start in reply as openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher put on a quick 49, with Charles scoring the lion’s share of the runs at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.But the floodgates opened after Fletcher (9) was caught at slip off paceman Josh Hazlewood, as medium-pacer Marsh collected three quick wickets to turn the match decisively and inexorably in Australia’s direction.Marsh dismissed Darren Bravo (6) and Marlon Samuels (6) cheaply, before trapping Charles (45) plum leg-before-wicket to leave the Windies staggering at 72 for four.Marsh finished with 3-32 off 10 miserly overs, while Hazlewood (5-50) mopped up the tail as the home team were all out for 212 after 48.4 overs.AUSSIES CONSOLIDATE NO. 1 RANKING”I haven’t really taken a wicket all series, so it was nice to get a few tonight,” all-rounder Marsh, who also made 32 with the bat, said in an on-field interview.The result cements Australia’s number one ODI ranking, while eighth-ranked West Indies might take some consolation from reaching the final ahead of South Africa, the other team in the 10-match series.advertisement”We scrapped incredibly well today,” said Australian captain Steve Smith.”We were in a bit of trouble at one point and I thought Matthew Wade and the tail did an incredible job to get to 270.”MAN OF THE SERIES – HAZLEWOODHazlewood, meanwhile, was named man of the series for his 11-wicket haul, and he said there was no secret to his success.”I keep it pretty simple. Run in and hit a length and get a little bit of movement each way. I don’t try to complicate it too much.”Next up for West Indies is a four-test home series against India starting on July 21, while Australia start a three-test series in Sri Lanka on July 26.Said victorious skipper Smith: “I don’t think we’ve played our best cricket throughout this tournament. We’ve still got a lot of work to do to get where we want to get.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli presented with ICC Test Championship mace, calls it ‘special’

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first_imgAfter a brilliant performance and display of skills, the ICC Test Championship mace was presented to India captain Virat Kohli at the Holkar Stadium, Indore at the end of the final match on Tuesday by former captain Sunil Gavaskar.India destroyed New Zealand by 3-0, with the help of man of the match and series Ravichandran Ashwin with his seven-wicket haul on the final day. Kohli called the victory a ‘proper Test series win.’ON TOP OF THE WORLD, AGAIN #Champions @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/71kgN2JONS BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2016Kohli said that he was a kid when he watched India get the mace last time. (ICC to present Test mace to India after Indore Test)”I’ve got a few Man of the Match awards, so have the boys. This is much more special. The last time India got the mace, I was watching on Tv. The key right now is maintaining our game. We’re working really hard on the areas needing improvement and we’ve been able to correct the wrongs quickly and we’d like to continue that and give the people what they want to see,” said Kohli, after India were officially declared world No.1 in Test cricket.’PROPER SERIES WIN’Praising his team, he further added, “Couldn’t have asked for anything better. The bowlers have responded beautifully every time we’ve been in pressure. Someone has always put up their hand. And that’s the difference, this team is up, we get wickets in bunches, we have that attitude and we do get the results.” (Pakistan capable to take back No. 1 Test spot from India: Inzaman-ul-Haq)advertisementDressing room abuzz with celebrations after becoming the No.1 Test side #TeamIndia @Paytm Test cricket pic.twitter.com/xWpAB43R5K BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2016Praising his bowlers and the men with the bat, a proud Kohli said, “If you see Pujara hitting a fast bowler back over his head, it is the best example of expressing yourself. This is a proper team series win. It wasn’t just one individual. You can leave Ash aside, he is not to be mentioned in the XI. Jadeja with the bat in the first game, Saha in the second, Rohit with those crucial knocks. We keen his numbers, we discuss his Man of the Series awards after every series. No. 6. No. 7… Credit to him I wish him well.”India lost the ICC top spot to Pakistan in August despite their biggest Test series victory on the Caribbean soil.last_img read more

Roberto Carlos sentenced to jail for unpaid child support

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first_imgA Rio de Janeiro judge has sentenced former Real Madrid and Brazil international full-back Roberto Carlos to jail for failing to pay child support.The 44-year-old owes his ex-partner Barbara Thurler 61,000 reais (around 20,000 U.S. Dollars), according to documents lodged with the Itaperuna family court in Rio de Janeiro state.Carlos, a father of nine, has two children with Thurler.https://t.co/wPWSOuRUN0- Roberto Carlos (@Oficial_RC3) August 5, 2017https://t.co/MUBfkao92z- Roberto Carlos (@Oficial_RC3) August 7, 2017https://t.co/kkeq5ajmIl- Roberto Carlos (@Oficial_RC3) August 6, 2017Judge Mayane de Castro said the family rejected a proposal by the 44-year-old to pay the sum in installments.The retired World Cup winner’s lawyer, Fernando Pittner, said the matter would be resolved without Carlos going to jail.Carlos, who was capped 125 times for Brazil’s national team, currently lives in Spain and works as an ambassador for Real Madrid.last_img read more

COUNCIL APPROVES PHASE TWO OF BRIDGEPORT WEST ROAD WORK

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first_imgThe second phase of road improvements in the Bridgeport West development near the new Seaboard Triumph pork plant was approved Monday afternoon by the city council.The council voted 5-0 to award a nearly 2.2 million dollar contract to Steve Harris Construction of Homer, Nebraska.The work includes improvements at multiple intersections including widening South Patton Street at Bridgeport Drive and Murray and placing traffic signals at the Murray intersection.There’s also plans for a traffic signal at Harbor Drive and Singing Hills Boulevard and adding a lane to the southbound I-29 exit ramp at Singing Hills.A realignment of Boulevard of Champions at Patton is also planned.The work is expected to begin August 14th and be completed by the end of the year.last_img

City accused of lack of respect in Mahrez chase

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first_imgTransfers Man City accused of showing a lack of respect in Mahrez chase Chris Burton 17:50 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Watford Getty Transfers Manchester City Leicester City Premier League Riyad Mahrez The Algerian winger emerged as a for Pep Guardiola late in the winter window, leaving Leicester disappointed at how bigger clubs do their business Manchester City have been accused by Leicester manager Claude Puel of showing a lack of respect in their pursuit of Riyad Mahrez.Goal revealed late in the January transfer window that the Algeria international had emerged as a target for Pep Guardiola.The Premier League leaders were looking to push a £60 million deal through before the deadline, but were met by stubborn resistance from the Foxes – despite Mahrez asking for a move. 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 City eventually shelved their interest, while Leicester saw a star turn go AWOL as he skipped training, and Puel believes the whole unfortunate situation reflects badly on how big-spending teams go about their business.He told reporters on a protracted saga: “We don’t have a lot of players with the game quality as Riyad.“For some other teams, it’s not a difficulty to replace their players.“We’re not a squad like some great teams at the top of the table. We needed to manage better and we need also perhaps some others’ respect.“We had some solicitation from another club.“To make solicitation just one or two days before the end of the transfer window, I don’t know if it’s normal.“I cannot suffer this situation because other teams make this thing against us.“It was important to stay united within the club, the fans, the players, among themselves. We succeeded to keep a good united within the team.”Mahrez eventually returned to training with Leicester and rubbished any suggestion that he had gone on strike.He was clearly left frustrated at seeing another move blocked, but was brought back into the Foxes fold for a meeting with City at the Etihad Stadium.An appearances was made off the bench in that contest, with it now up to the 26-year-old to clear his head and focus on finishing the 2017-18 campaign as positively as possible.last_img read more

School Helps Women Run for Elected Office

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first_imgThe Nova Scotia Campaign School for Women will teach women how to enter a political race and plan a campaign. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women is holding the school from Friday, Oct. 16, to Sunday, Oct. 18, at Mount Saint Vincent University, a longtime partner in training women leaders. The non-partisan school provides skills and knowledge to run a political campaign, including training in public-speaking, media relations, fund-raising, budgeting, planning and team building. Among the experts and volunteers who will serve as mentors and critics will be women in elected office, such as Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Community Services Minister, Seniors Minister, and Minister responsible for the Disabled Persons Commission, and the Status of Women. “We can celebrate the historic number of women holding seats in the legislature, but it’s not enough,” Ms. Peterson-Rafuse said. “We want more women in all their diversity to participate in public roles.” In the 2009 provincial election, 12 of 52 seats (23 per cent went to women. In the 2008 federal election, women won 69 of 308 seats (22 per cent). At the municipal level, women hold 21 per cent of council positions. “We get calls from other provinces and territories that are considering setting up similar political programs,” said Jean d’Entremont, advisory council chair. “Many of the calls are from women in elected office. They understand first hand how important it is to encourage and nominate women as candidates.” Enrolment is first-come first-served for the free school. School organizers encourage women from all backgrounds and regions of the province to enroll. Brochures and application forms are available at www.women.gov.ns.ca or call 1-800-565-8662.last_img read more

US approves sales to support Paks F16 fighter jets for 24×7 enduse

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first_imgWashington: Days after the meeting between President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Pentagon notified the Congress on Friday of its decision to approve military sales worth USD 125 million that would result in 24×7 end-use monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan. US officials asserted that the freeze in security assistance to Pakistan on Trump’s direction since January 2018 was still in place and the latest decision would help it in 24×7 end-use monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets in that country as this would require the assignment of 60 contractor representatives there to assist in the oversight of the F-16 programme. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “There has been no change to the security assistance suspension announced by the president in January 2018. As the president reiterated this week, we could consider the restoration of certain security assistance programmes consistent with the broader tenor of our relationship,” a state department spokesperson told PTI. He referred to the notification sent in this regard by the Pentagon to the Congress on Friday. “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by protecting American technology through the continued presence of US personnel that provide 24×7 end-use monitoring,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for Technical Security Team (TST) in continued support of the F-16 program for an estimated cost of USD 125 million,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement. The Pentagon delivered the required certification notifying the Congress of this possible sale on Friday. According to the statement, Pakistan had requested a continuation of technical support services — US government and contractor technical and logistics support services — and other related elements of logistics support to assist in the oversight of operations in support of the Pakistan Peace Drive advanced F-16 programme. Pakistan has used the F-16 fighter jets against India, the latest being in the aftermath of the Balakot airstrike inside Pakistan by India. In its notification, the Pentagon asserted that the proposed sale of this support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. “Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of 60 contractor representatives to Pakistan to assist in the oversight of operations as part of the Peace Drive F-16 program,” the statement said. According to F-16.Net, the aircraft order by Pakistan was designated as “Peace Drive I”, continuing with a long tradition of naming the F-16 international sales programmes with the word “Peace”. The programme raised the total number of F-16s ordered by Pakistan to 54. The Pakistan Air Force received its first F-16, in the block 15 F-16A/B configuration, in 1982. The country has been operating the Lockheed Martin aircraft since 1963, when it received C-130B airlifters. The “Peace Drive I” order was for 12 F-16Cs and six F-16Ds, all powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engine.last_img read more

Rock of Ages Star To Perform At Staten Island Charity Event

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first_imgThe Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund, a Staten Island-based non-profit, announced today that Tony Award Nominee and Broadway’s Rock of Ages Star, Constantine Maroulis, will headline the Foundation’s signature event, Bikers For Bini, on August 24th at the Staten Island Mall.In addition to the celebrity performance the event will also feature rides and games for the kids, a charity motorcycle run, monster trucks rides, food, classic car show, and live music on two stages. The event will run from 11AM-6PM.“We are excited to have Constantine Maroulis perform at Staten Island’s largest charity event,” said Massimo DiDonna, President of The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund. “Last year the event drew more than 5,000 people, and this year we anticipate an even bigger turnout as we’ve added more rides, attractions, and talent such as Mr. Maroulis.”The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund is a 501c not-for-profit organization founded in honor of Carl V. Bini, a fireman tragically taken on 9/11. It is uniquely positioned to help the Staten Island community in times of need. Most recently, the organization funded The Carl V. Bini Memorial Basketball League for the second year in a row after Nike pulled out, and was named Staten Islander of the week by New York 1 News for its $35,000 renovation of the cafeteria in P.S. 37. The money used was a portion of the funds raised at last year’s Bikers for Bini event.“I’m excited to bring my Rock of Ages inspired classic rock show to Staten Island with the help of a full band and dancers from Rock N’ Roll Debauchery of NYC. I grew up in Brooklyn and have family in Staten Island. I also lost my first cousin in 9/11, he was working on the 104th floor of the South Tower, so this is a cause that definitely hits home for me,” said Constantine Maroulis. “I can’t wait to perform at this great event to help the Bini Foundation and the people of Staten Island.”Tickets to the event are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12-18. Children 12 and under are free. The Staten Island Mall is located at 2155 Richmond Avenue and gates will open at 11am and close at 6pm. Tickets are available for purchase online here, at the door the day of the event, or at any Victory State Bank location on Staten Island. You may also enter to win free event tickets by texting the word “BINI” to the number 313131 from your mobile device. Winners will be notified via text daily. For questions or more information please dial (718) 412-1851 or click here.Source:PR Weblast_img read more

Cedric The Entertainer Hosts 18th Annual Emmys Golf Classic Benefiting Television Academy

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first_imgThe Television Academy Foundation raised a record breaking $330,000 at the star-studded 18th Annual Emmys Golf Classic on October 30.Cedric the Entertainer hosts 18th Annual Emmys Golf ClassicFunds raised at the event, co-sponsored by STAPLES Center Premium Seating, will support the Foundation’s renowned educational programs.Television stars, entertainment industry executives, Television Academy leadership and corporate partners competed in the day-long golf tournament at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles.Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer (The Comedy Get Down, The Last OG), the star-studded event included competitors from some of television’s top shows: Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Peter Mackenzie (black-ish), Benito Martinez (How to Get Away with Murder), Richard Kind (The Goldbergs), Bailey Chase (Twin Peaks), Robbie Amell (The X-Files), Adam Rodriguez (Criminal Minds), Carlos Bernard (24:Legacy), Joel Gretsch (Vampire Diaries), Jeff Nordling (Big Little Lies), Daniel Henney (Criminal Minds), Rocky Carroll (NCIS), C.S. Lee (Silicon Valley), Pat Finn (The Middle), Dave Annable (Yellowstone), Peter Weller (The Last Ship), Matt Craven (Sharp Objects), Ron Pearlman (Final Space), Gregory Harrison (Chesapeake Shores), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Paula Trickey (Running Away), Adam Baldwin (The Last Ship), and Philip Boyd (The Haves and the Have Nots) plus pro golfer Andia Winslow.The tournament kicked off with “on the green” carpet arrivals, followed by a putting contest, full round of golf, and an afternoon cocktail reception. The day concluded with an awards dinner where honors were presented, including: • Grand Prize Low Net Winner: Foundation Auction team led by celebrity Paula Trickey. • 2nd Place Low Net: Team Staples #1 with celebrity Adam Baldwin • 3rd Place Low Net: Team Staples #3 with celebrity Robbie Amell • 1st Place Gross: Johnny Carson Foundation team with celebrity Matt CravenEstablished in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs, such as The Interviews: An Oral History of Television, College Television Awards and Internship Program, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, visit TelevisionAcademy.com/Foundation.last_img read more

BC Government reducing prescription costs as part of Fair PharmaCare investment

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first_img“No one should have to make the difficult decision between their family’s health and putting food on the table. We know that for many working households, needed prescriptions were going unfilled too often because Fair PharmaCare deductibles were too high. The changes we have made will provide thousands of families with the relief they need.”Previously, a household earning a net annual income between $15,000 and $30,000 would have to pay between $300 and $600 in deductibles before Fair PharmaCare would start to provide coverage assistance.Ministry of Health data has shown a link between low-income levels, deductibles and decreased drug spending, indicating that families will forgo filling prescriptions because of the cost, opting for other essentials, such as housing and groceries.Families earning under $45,000 in net annual income are also benefiting from this investment. Deductibles and co-payments have been lowered for households earning between $30,000 and $45,000 net, annually. Fair PharmaCare co-payments have also been eliminated for seniors born before 1940 earning a household net annual income up to $14,000, and for the lowest income households, those earning up to $13,750.Previously, anyone registered with Fair PharmaCare, even people with the lowest incomes, would have to pay out-of-pocket before receiving 100 percent coverage.The Government says by eliminating the family maximum for the lowest-earning families and reducing it for those earning less than a net annual income of $45,000 – families will save more on prescriptions throughout the year. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Government is helping families get the prescription drugs they need as part of the Fair PharmaCare investment.The Government is investing $105 million in reducing or eliminating deductibles and co-payments for lower-income households.Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, says that no family should have to make the decision between buying food or family health. For more information on Fair Pharmacare, you can visit the Pharmacare website.last_img read more

UK considers direct regulation of social media companies

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LONDON — The U.K. has proposed directly regulating social media companies for the first time, with senior executives potentially facing fines if they fail to block damaging content such as terrorist propaganda or images of child abuse.The regulations proposed Monday would create a statutory “duty of care” for social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to protect young people who use their sites. The rules would be overseen by an independent regulator funded by a levy on internet companies.Media Secretary Jeremy Wright says: “Voluntary actions from industry to tackle online harms have not been applied consistently or gone far enough.”The proposed regulations were released for public comment on Monday.The Associated Press

Kosovo UN envoy sees much progress since March 2004 riots

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“We know that there are still those who believe that violence will force the way ahead,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Søren Jessen-Petersen said at a change of command ceremony for KFOR, the force mustered from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) which maintains security in Kosovo.“We also know that there are those who believe that provoking violence may stop the way ahead. They are both, of course, wrong. The overwhelming majority of the citizens of Kosovo are peace-loving people who want to see Kosovo develop into a democratic, multi-ethnic and tolerant society,” he added.“Our responsibility in KFOR and UNMIK (UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo) is to support all the communities of Kosovo in developing that society, and to prevent the enemies of democracy and dialogue from turning back the clock” he said of the province, where Albanians outnumber other communities, mainly Serbs, by about 9 to 1. The UN has run Kosovo since NATO drove out Yugoslav troops amid grave human rights abuses in fighting between Albanians and Serbs in 1999. In March 2004 UNMIK faced the worst violence since it took over when 22 people were killed and 500 injured in ethnic fighting.Two Serbs were shot dead and two injured last Saturday, but today Mr. Jessen-Petersen referred to the incident as a “political jolt.” “You and I both arrived under difficult circumstances,” he told outgoing KFOR commander, General Yves de Kermabon. “Both our organizations – United Nations, NATO/KFOR – were reeling from the shock of the March 2004 riots. Both organizations had suffered setbacks to their internal morale and their external prestige.“How things change. The KFOR I see now is confident in itself and has restored confidence in Kosovo. Its presence has allowed UNMIK, working with the PISG (the provisional Albanian-majority local government), to take a grip on the political situation and to move it forward,” he added. “The security situation is significantly improved since last year in spite of all the political jolts that have hit Kosovo this year – most recently only a few days ago.” All sides need to show clear progress on the so-called Standards to move on to final status talks. These are eight goals in such areas as building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and establishing an impartial legal system. read more

Ahead of Doha gathering concrete progress made at Bangkok climate talks –

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A week of informal climate talks in Bangkok has allowed Member States to make concrete progress on key issues, providing a positive momentum for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in November in Doha, Qatar, a UN senior official said today. “The investment in Bangkok has paid off. Government negotiators have pushed forward key issues further than many had expected and raised the prospects for a next successful step in Doha,” said the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres. “There are still some tough political decisions ahead, but we now have a positive momentum and a greater sense of convergence that will stimulate higher-level political discussions ahead of Doha and set a faster pace of work once this year’s conference begins,” she added. During the previous UNFCCC conference, in Durban, South Africa, 194 parties to the UNFCCC agreed on a package of decisions – known as the Durban Platform – which include the launch of a protocol or legal instrument that would apply to all members, a second commitment period for the existing Kyoto Protocol, which legally binds developed countries to emission reduction targets, and the launch of the Green Climate Fund, which was created to help developing nations protect themselves from climate impacts and build their own sustainable futures. Nations also set specific objectives for the meeting in Doha, which will take place from 26 November to 7 December. These objectives include triggering a new phase of climate action and filling in the gaps in the international policy response to climate change. According to UNFCCC, the Bangkok climate talks began to address these objectives, and produced a document outlining what needs to be done to resolve differences of opinion among countries. The talks also made progress in various areas, including plans for a mechanism to boost international cooperation on climate action, financing for the initiative to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and identifying points where negotiating groups might need additional decisions in Doha in order to close successfully. During the Bangkok talks, countries also discussed the necessary steps to negotiate a global climate change agreement that could be adopted in 2015 and enter into force in 2020, as well as ways to raise global ambitions to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster. There are now 195 Parties to the Convention on Climate Change, which sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. The treaty also recognizes that the climate system is a shared resource whose stability can be affected by industrial and other emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. read more

Ebola outbreak still a global emergency despite significant drop in cases –

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During the fifth meeting of the WHO’s International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee yesterday, the body determined that Ebola continued to constitute a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’ and recommended the extension of all previous temporary recommendations.Deliberating on whether or not Ebola constituted a public health emergency, the Committee reviewed developments since its last meeting on 20 January, it noted further improvements in prevention and control activities across West Africa, including in contact tracing. Observing declines in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the virus appeared to have reduced its spread.“These three IHR States Parties provided updates and assessment of the Ebola outbreak, in terms of the epidemiological situation and the status and performance of exit screening and contact tracing,” said a statement by the Emergency Committee.While recognizing the progress achieved by all three countries, the Committee emphasized that there is no place for complacency, and reinforced the importance of community engagement in the UN-backed goal of “getting to zero.”The rapid interruption of transmission remained the primary goal of the Committee, which expressed continued concern over recent health care worker infections and reaffirmed the importance of rigorously applying appropriate prevention and control measures. A recent case of possible infection after sexual contact with an Ebola survivor months after recovery became the focus of a discussion on sexual transmission with the Committee welcoming ongoing research in this area and urging its acceleration.The statement also voiced concern over additional health measures – such as quarantining returning travellers, refusing entry, cancelling flights and closing borders – as significantly interfering with international travel and negatively impacting both response and recovery efforts.Although reports that some countries have recently rescinded these measures and certain regional airlines resumed flights to affected countries, about 40 nations still implement the additional procedures and a number of carriers have yet to resume flights to these States.Concluding that Ebola continued to be a Public Health Emergency, the Committee recommended that previous temporary recommendations be extended and provided additional advice to the WHO Director-General in accordance with the IHR.The statement strongly reiterated the need for continued exit screenings in the three affected countries, which must be maintained for at least 42 days after the last case had twice tested negative for Ebola. It recommended these nations “to maintain exit screening until human-to-human transmission has stopped in the entire subregion” and “urged affected countries to provide WHO, on a monthly basis, with the number of people screened at international airports and the results of such screening.”The Committee also reemphasized active surveillance, particularly in border areas – in addition to vigilance for new cases, tracing of known contacts and cross-border cooperation to share information and assets – and highlighted that social and cultural links, which cross national boundaries, must be taken into account when planning and implementing such activities. read more

In Damascus UN special envoy meets senior Syrian officials on political solution

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A statement issued by his spokesperson in Geneva explained that while in the Syrian capital, Mr. de Mistura discussed with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem and Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad the preliminary findings of the mist recent round of UN-facilitated Geneva consultations and the preparations for the UN Security Council’s debate on the situation in Syria, next Wednesday, 29 July, in New York. “The meeting was focused on how to maintain a momentum on the search for a political solution to the long-lasting Syrian conflict,” said that statement, which added that Mr. de Mistura, having concluded his regional tour, is now planning to return to New York to brief the Secretary-General and, based on this, to prepare for a discussion at the Security Council on the Syrian conflict. At the end of June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement marking the third anniversary of the so-called Geneva Communiqué, which was adopted in 2012 after the first international meeting on finding a political solution to the crisis, was since endorsed by the Security Council, and which formed the basis of the most recent consultations being facilitated by Mr. de Mistura.In that statement, Mr. Ban said the international community should be ashamed that three years since the adoption of the Communiqué, Syria’s “cataclysmic conflict” continues unabated, with more than 200,000 people killed and millions more displaced.“The suffering of the Syrian people continues to plumb new depths,” he said, stressing that country is “on the brink of falling apart…putting at risk what is already one of the most unstable regions in the world.”The Geneva Communiqué lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among others, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition. read more

Buffaloes have a final chance to become bowl eligible

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BERKELEY, Calif. — Colorado interim coach Kurt Roper fully understands the challenge in his team’s Pac-12 finale against California.A win over the Golden Bears on Saturday would make the Buffaloes bowl eligible and would be a significant step forward one week after coach Mike MacIntyre was fired. A loss would extend the team’s long losing streak in a season of disappointment and frustration.“I really look at a football season a lot like a heavyweight boxing match,” Roper said. “You have 12 rounds, and here comes round 12. It doesn’t matter what happened in the previous rounds.”Colorado (5-6, 2-6 Pac-12) has had all sorts of problems since winning its first five games and earning a spot in the Top 25. Injuries, particularly on defence, have been a key factor, but it was the team’s inability to gain that sixth win that ultimately decided MacIntyre’s fate.It was a similar pattern in 2017 when Colorado had three shots to become bowl eligible and came up empty.Roper, who had been the quarterbacks coach before MacIntyre was fired, thinks the Buffaloes will respond to the change.“We’ve got to find a way to get these guys to play hard, which I think they will,” Roper said.California, whose game against Bay Area rival Stanford was postponed last week because of unhealthy air from the deadly wildfires, is also trying to bounce back. The Bears can lock up their first winning season since 2015 and improve their own bowl hopes with a win.Running back Patrick Laird said Cal is taking nothing for granted against Colorado.“When a coach gets fired they can respond in a myriad of ways,” Laird said. “This is something that could galvanize their team so we’re not going to take them lightly.”The Bears (6-4, 3-4) haven’t played since Nov. 10 when they rallied to stun USC 15-14. They took advantage the unexpected off week to get an early jump on planning for Colorado.Cal will play Stanford in the delayed Big Game on Dec. 1.“Everybody was disappointed because you want to play but we also understand what’s best for everybody,” Bears coach Justin Wilcox said. “Postponing the game was the right thing to do.”A few things to watch when California hosts Colorado at Memorial Stadium.CLOSING IN ON ANOTHER 1,000: With several of their wide receivers nursing nagging injuries for the past few months, the Bears have increasingly relied Laird. Laird got off to a slow start this season but has picked up the pace as of late and needs 229 yards to become the third California running back to have multiple 1,000-yard seasons. Marshawn Lynch and Russell White did it previously.THIRD-DOWN BLUES: Part of Colorado’s problems this season has been its lack of success on third down. The Buffaloes have converted only 26 of 92 opportunities during their six-game slide but have had issues all season, particularly when facing 3rd-and-5 or longer. That could be a pivotal point against Cal, which has been stellar on defence most of the year. Opponents have converted 49 of 149 third downs (32.8 per cent) against the Bears.THE D HOLDS UP: Cal’s defence is among the Pac-12’s best in numerous categories this season and has been a big key to the team’s success. The Bears have allowed 19 points or fewer in their previous four games. During that span they’ve also held teams to 100 yards rushing or less, their longest such streak since 2004.__More AP college football:https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball andhttps://twitter.com/AP_Top25Michael Wagaman, The Associated Press read more

Over 300000 toddlers have never been read a nursery rhyme by their

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Over 300,000 toddlers have never been read a nursery rhyme by their parents, a Government survey suggests.Eight per cent of children aged under five in England have never learnt songs, poems or nursery rhymes, according to a Department for Education (DfE) poll of 2,685 mothers and fathers.  Meanwhile, 12 per cent of youngsters in the same age group have never learnt numbers or how to count and 14 per cent – 574,928 children – have never learnt the alphabet or how to recognise words.Ministers will launch a public information campaign later this year urging parents to “Chat, Play, Read” with their children before they start school.The Education Secretary has said that children being sent to school unable to speak in sentences is a “persistent scandal” and that parents failing to teach their children how to talk is the “last taboo” in education.  More than a quarter of four-and-five-year-olds lack the early communication and literacy skills expected by the end of reception year.The ‘expected level’ includes a child having the words and understanding to talk about events that have happened or are going to happen in the future.A separate study shows that children with poor vocabulary at age five are more than twice as likely to be unemployed at age 34 as children with good vocabulary.The head of Ofsted has previously warned that more and more children are starting school without being able to communicate properly or even use the toilet. Amanda Spielman described how some “lucky” children are given bedtime stories or taught the alphabet by their families, while others are not so fortunate.She has previously urged nursery staff to spend time teaching pre-school children new language skills – whether through songs, nursery rhymes or “time-honoured classics” such as Hans Christian Andersen or Dr Seuss.Earlier this year, the DfE announced that Clarks employees will be trained to speak to children as part of a drive to improve early language skills. Staff at the shoe shop will be taught to strike up conversation with toddlers while they try on shoes, so they can practise talking and responding to questions.Training will take place over the summer so that Clarks staff are able to talk to children who are bought to the shop by their parents to buy school shoes ahead of the new academic year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more