Chelsea team news vs Huddersfield

first_imgChelsea are scheduled to kick off their Premier League season against Huddersfield Town on Saturday under new management, as they bid to improve upon last season’s disappointing fifth-placed finish.Maurizio Sarri has taken over from Antonio Conte, who left the club having won the Premier League and FA Cup, but also falling short in the league standings last season.Huddersfield were tipped to be relegated last season, but survived off the back of a draw at Stamford Bridge, which had the extra effect of being a huge factor in seeing Chelsea end up in the Europa League this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Chelsea injuries Thibaut Courtois has left Chelsea for Real Madrid in a £35 million ($45m) deal ahead of the new 2018-19 season. Tiemoue Bakayoko is expected to join AC Milan, with Mateo Kovacic coming into the midfield from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.Kepa Arrizabalaga has replaced Courtois in a £71 million ($91m) deal from Athletic Club, with Thursday’s transfer deadline having disrupted preparations for the opening game.Cesc Fabregas is a minor doubt, as he works through a small knee injury and he was last seen with bandages on his leg after the Community Shield.PSV loan star Marco van Ginkel is back at Chelsea, but he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and is unlikely to play any part this season. Chelsea don’t have any further injury concerns but Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Michy Batshuayi have only trained for a week under Sarri.Therefore, Sarri hinted that he may not start this group of players after they played less than 45 minutes from the bench in Chelsea’s final friendly against Lyon on Tuesday.Chelsea suspensions Chelsea have no suspensions to contend with carried over from last season.Chelsea potential starting line-up Chelsea will likely play in a 4-3-3 system as the new head coach implements his own brand of football that has been dubbed ‘Sarriball’ by some. The system involves defending with a high line and pressing opponents to win the ball high up the pitch.It also typically includes Sarri’s teams moving the ball quickly between the lines, often seeing players taking no more than one or two touches at times.Alvaro Morata looks likely to continue leading the line, despite having only scored three goals in the entirety of 2018, so far. This ranges in all competitions and includes his pre-season friendlies, where he failed to net even once.Pedro has been in good form this pre-season and looks to have earned himself a starting role, while Jorginho looks set to continue in midfield. Record signing Kepa will likely be in goal for the FA Cup winners and make his debut, but Sarri will also probably opt for the same back four that faced Man City.Sarri will likely assess whether Hazard and Kante can start, having only returned to training on Monday.Chelsea possible line-up vs HuddersfieldHuddersfield team news Huddersfield have only one absentee from their opening game, with Danny Williams being unfit to play due to his ankle injury.TV channel & kick-off time The game kicks off at 3pm BST (10am ET) on Saturday , but it won’t be televised in the United Kingdom.Best Opta match facts Huddersfield are without a win in their last eight league meetings with Chelsea, (D3 L5), with their last league victory over the Blues coming in March 1963, via a 2-1 away win in the old Division Two. At home, Huddersfield have lost each of their last four league clashes with Chelsea; they’ve never lost five in a row on home soil in the league against a single opponent. Three of the last five red cards shown in opening weekend fixtures in the Premier League have been shown to Chelsea players (Thibaut Courtois vs Swansea in 2015-16 and Gary Cahill & Cesc Fabregas vs Burnley last season). Willian was involved in all three of Chelsea’s goals as they won 3-1 in this fixture last season, scoring one and assisting the other two. No side has lost more Premier League games (10) or earned fewer Premier League points (13) in 2018 than Huddersfield. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

T20I Rankings: KL Rahul climbs to No.3, Virat Kohli slips to No.12

first_imgKL Rahul jumped nine spots to No.3 in the latest T20I world rankings for batsmen thanks to his exploits with the bat in the recently concluded series in England.Rahul scored his second T20I century during the first match of the series last week scoring 101 not out to guide India to an eight-wicket victory over England in Manchester.Rohit Sharma, who blasted his third hundred in T20Is, also reaped reward for his brilliant batting display as he jumped two places to No.11.However, India skipper Virat Kohli slipped four places to No.12 after scores of 0, 9, 20*, 47 and 43 in five matches against Ireland and England.Finch, the new captain of the Australian T20I side, had a remarkable run during the tournament in Zimbabwe, scoring 68*, 172 – a world record in the format, 16, 3 and 47.Finch rose three spots from No.4 to become the new No.1 batsman. He played no small role in Australia bouncing back from a spate of losses across formats in recent times, but it was still not enough for his team to win the tri-series title.That was in a major part due to Fakhar Zaman. Zaman, who Finch had called “a real thorn in our side” before the final, slammed a career-best 91 in just 46 balls in the final, his blitz helping Pakistan cross Australia’s 183/8 with four balls in hand.Zaman’s performance in the tournament was spectacular and his rise in the rankings equally so. His sequence in Zimbabwe read 61, 6, 47, 73 (his career-best score before the final) and 91. No wonder he moved up 44 spots on the table to reach No.2 with 842 points, also the best in his short international career so far.advertisementInterestingly, earlier in the tournament, Finch had also reached a career-high 900 points, and the new No.3 on the table, KL Rahul, did the same in the first match of three-T20I series in England, getting to 854 points.The injured Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell all moved down, occupying the three spots below Finch, Zaman and Rahul, while further down on the list, there were more such interesting changes.D’Arcy Short, Finch’s opening partner, had an up-and-down run in Zimbabwe, but scores of 46 and 76 – in the final – during the course of the tournament helped him jump 18 places to No.10. It’s a career-best number for him, his first time in the Top 10, with 690 points, also a career high.Among others ending the England v India series with career-best points were Jason Roy (up 19 spots to No.15 with 641 points) and Jos Buttler (up nine spots to No.17 with 614 points), but perhaps the most breath-taking rise has been that of Zimbabwe opener Solomon Mire.Mire started the tri-series with a big reputation but not much in terms of numbers in T20I cricket, but almost single-handedly kept Zimbabwe hoping for a spot in the final with two magnificent innings.He started slowly with 27 and 28 in the first two games but then slammed 94 – Zimbabwe’s best in the format – and 63 in the last two to rise an incredible 202 places in the rankings. He ended with a career-best 581 points and the 25th place on the table.last_img read more

Not maneating beasts Study suggests attacking polar bears young hungry

first_imgJim Wilder was a young researcher on the frozen Beaufort Sea when he had his first polar bear encounter.“We were camped out on the sea ice in front of a maternal den waiting for (mama bear) to come out with her cubs,” he recalls. “A polar bear came up and sniffed the tent, right where my head was, when I was sleeping in the middle of the night and went on its merry way.”Wilder, now a scientist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, is a co-author of a study analyzing all recorded cases of polar bear attacks on humans in the five countries where the animals live. He said his story shows why the popular idea of the great Arctic hunters as enthusiastic predators of humans is a myth.“They’re portrayed as these extremely dangerous man-eating beasts that are looking to attack people, which I think is fairly inaccurate.”Attacks aren’t that common, he said. Although he acknowledges his list is incomplete and doesn’t include data from Arctic aboriginals, Wilder’s team found only 73 recorded predatory attacks in the 144 years between 1870 and 2014, 20 of them fatal.The study, published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, also suggests fat ‘n’ happy polar bears don’t hunt humans.Nearly two-thirds of the attacks were by young adult bears who were starting to starve.Almost all the attacks were by males, usually young. Of the 11 that weren’t, most were females defending cubs.Polar bears, said Wilder, avoid risk. Unlike black or grizzly bears, which can eat plants if necessary, polar bears must hunt.“If they get injured, that impairs their ability to hunt,” he said. “There isn’t a lot of incentive for them to be aggressive — unless times are bad.“That seems to flip a switch. They seem to turn into a different beast.”Even yearling polar bears will hunt people if they’re desperate, Wilder said. And more than one-quarter of the attacks in the study occurred in towns.Both circumstances are almost unheard of in grizzlies or black bears, he said.The findings suggest that human-bear conflicts are going to get worse as climate change whittles away at the sea ice the bears use as their main hunting platform for the fat-rich seals that form the biggest part of their diet. The report found that nearly nine in 10 attacks occurred between July and December, when the sea ice was at its lowest.“If I lived in a coastal community, the things I would be worried about are loss of sea ice — more bears on shore, in poorer condition.”Geoff York, another co-author, said some Canadian Arctic communities have already noticed changes.“We had stories from northern residents where they said, ‘Growing up as kids, we used to go camping on the land in our wall tents. We don’t do that any more. We have a fixed cabin with hard walls.’”Many community residents — especially those along the shores of Hudson Bay, where sea ice retreat is extensive and bear health is declining — are asking to be trained as qualified bear spotters to help protect industrial or scientific camps.People need tools to live with hungrier bears that are going to be on shore longer, York said.Nunavut is issuing kits containing flares, bear bangers and bear spray to help keep hunters safe on the land. But those materials are considered hazardous goods and difficult to ship.“A lot of the northern communities just don’t have access to the less lethal deterrents,” York said.In the future, not all bear encounters will be as benign as the one Wilder recalls from that long-ago den stakeout.“I look back on that with a little nervousness,” he said. “I just thank my lucky stars that bear was probably in good or average body condition.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

CTVs Critically Acclaimed CARDINAL is 1 New Canadian Program of the 20162017

first_imgWith five days of PVR playback data now available, CTV confirmed today that the series debut of its Wednesday night event series CARDINAL is the most-watched debut of any Canadian series in the 2016/17 broadcast season with total viewers, A25-54, and A18-34. CARDINAL premiered as the most-watched program on Canadian television on the night of Jan. 25, and currently has an average audience of 1.3 million viewers with two days of data to still be reported.Building on its Wednesday night success, last Saturday night’s encore of the premiere episode is averaging over half a million viewers on CTV. More than 4 million unique viewers have now seen the debut episode of CARDINAL across all airings on CTV and Super Écran.CARDINAL premiered to critical acclaim and social media buzz, with the hashtag #Cardinal trending on Twitter in Canada.* Login/Register With: Social Media links What viewers on Twitter are saying:@Virtual_Writer: I’m impressed #Cardinal – visually stunning – perfect. Our Wallander. Canadian stories! Canadian TV!@EricaBlogs: Totally digging the feel of #Cardinal. Already wishing it was more than 6 episodes. @karinevanasse @WOCampbell @Cardinal@DwightVJackson: Hooked on this first episode. Very well done – great acting & script. Nice twists & turns already. Thanks!@Lauda_Lewes: Wow wow @Cardinal on @CTV_Television #mustwatch #GreatTV Human characters, real setting, surprise twist WATCH THIS SHOW! Advertisement Advertisement Following an all-new episode of CRIMINAL MINDS (tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), this week’s episode of CARDINAL (available as of last night on CraveTVTM First-Look, and airing tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO) is entitled “Delorme”. Cardinal (Billy Campbell, THE KILLING) and Delorme (Karine Vanasse, REVENGE) attend Todd Curry’s autopsy in Toronto. It’s a stressful balancing act for Delorme, trying to help Cardinal catch a murderer while feeling the pressure from her Special Investigations Sergeant Malcolm Musgrave (David Richmond-Peck, ORPHAN BLACK) to ramp up her investigation into her partner.New episodes of CARDINAL will continue to receive a Canadian First Look on CraveTV, available to viewers the day before their broadcast premieres, with the first episode streaming now.CARDINAL is adapted from the award-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries, a series of six, best-selling crime novels written by Ontario native and award-winning author Giles Blunt. The gripping murder mystery was shot in Winter 2016 in Sudbury, Ont., North Bay, Ont., Atikameksheng Anishnawbek in Northern Ontario, and Toronto.CARDINAL is produced by Sienna Films and eOne in association with CTV, and commissioned for French-language Canadian broadcast by Super Écran. CARDINAL is distributed worldwide by eOne. Executive Producers are Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja (COMBAT HOSPITAL) for Sienna Films. The series is also executive produced by Showrunner Aubrey Nealon, who adapted the series for television, and Director Daniel Grou, aka Podz. For Bell Media, Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production; and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. Actor Billy Campbell plays Det. John Cardinal in a scene from the detective drama Cardinal. In advance of tonight’s broadcast of CARDINAL, series lead Karine Vanasse (REVENGE) will be participating in a live Tweet Chat, at 9 p.m. ET. Starring in the series as the driven and intuitive Detective Lise Delorme, Vanasse will speak to her experience on the series and what Canadians can expect this season, answering viewer questions live across the country. Fans can follow along on Twitter: @karinevanasse, @fityourstyle, #Cardinal. Advertisement @CTV_Television @WOCampbell @karinevanasse @BrendanFletch1 @glen_gould @richmondpeck @karinevanasse @glengould LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook About CTV  CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at Twitterlast_img read more

Registration now open for the Mighty Peace Brewing 1K to a Beer

first_imgThis might just be the hardest run you’ve ever done.  Can you do 1K to a Beer Garden?Mighty Peace Brewing presents 1K to a Beer Garden Saturday, July 28, 2018.  You’ll do 1K, then have a beer with Mighty Peace Brewing, dinner from Aniela’s Kitchen and live music from two local bands.Plus all the proceeds from the event will go directly to the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society.  The society helps local families specifically those facing the high cost of travelling outside our community to receive the medical treatment they require. The Tortoise Prize – SlowestBest DressedSpirit Awardand the Worst Dressed OR be a VIP and you can skip the run and head right to the Beer Garden.The cost is $65 per person or be a VIP for $85.  Registration fees will increase if there is any space available the day of the event.  To register, visit www.energetictickets.caWhat’s included in your registration:You get your first beer on usDinner from Aniela’s KitchenPierogi and Polish SausageGreek SaladAnd Dessert Squarescenter_img A 1K to a Beer Garden T-shirtTwo live bands – Salt n’Water and another band to be namedFree Safe Rides home thanks to Energetic ServicesIt all takes place at Surerus Ball Diamonds on Saturday, July 28, 2018.  Registration is limited to the first 250 people.Event Times:Registration from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.Run at 5 p.m.Beer Garden from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.Dinner at 6 p.m.Bands 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.Plus on top of all this fun, we’ll be giving away prizes for the following:last_img read more

Western Sahara UNled talks end with parties pledging to step up negotiations

9 January 2008The latest round of United Nations-led discussions on Western Sahara wrapped up today, with Morocco and the Frente Polisario agreeing on the need to move into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations. The two-day talks, which took place in Manhasset, just outside of New York City, were also attended by the neighbouring countries, Algeria and Mauritania, which were present at the opening and closing sessions and consulted separately during the discussions. “During the two days of discussions, the Parties continued to express strong differences on the fundamental questions at stake,” Peter van Walsum, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, said in a communiqué issued at the end of the talks. “At the same time, the Parties reiterated their commitment to show political will and negotiate in good faith, as called for by the Security Council, and agreed on the need to move the process into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations.” This third round of talks, following two meetings last year, focused on implementing two Security Council resolutions from 2007, namely 1754 and 1783, Mr. van Walsum said. In both texts, the Council called on the parties to continue negotiations without preconditions and in good faith to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution. The Parties discussed, but did not reach agreement on, confidence-building measures, and they also conferred on thematic subjects including administration, competencies and organs. Morocco holds that its sovereignty over Western Sahara should be recognized, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum that includes independence as an option. They will reconvene from 11 to 13 March for a fourth round of talks to be held at Greentree Estate, the site of the previous three meetings. The Personal Envoy said that both Morocco and the Frente Polisario welcomed his intention to visit the region shortly for in-depth consultations. The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been in the Territory since September 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario. read more

Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe continues to decline – UN

7 May 2009The cholera outbreak that took hold of Zimbabwe from last August sustained its downward trend last month while aid agencies continued their efforts to combat the disease, according to the latest United Nations update. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported 65 cholera infections by the end of April with four deaths, compared to 26 cases and 13 deaths the previous month.The total number of people contracting cholera reached 97,400 and the death toll stood at 4,271 since August 2008.The Cholera Command and Control Centre continues to provide medical supplies to the districts and all provinces have received cholera kits and generators, while agencies partnering with the UN are supporting the control effort by providing case management expertise, distributing non-food items, borehole drilling and water trucking. Also in April, basic hygiene kits were distributed in 14 districts and additional non-food items (NFI) reached some 93,000 households, at least 465,000 people.Aid agencies working in water, sanitation and hygiene are also responding to cholera spikes as they occur, focusing efforts in Harare in April. The World Health Organization (WHO) donated computers and communication equipment to the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, with the aim of strengthening surveillance through better data management. read more

Heartbleed CRA social insurance numbers breach just the tip of the iceberg

OTTAWA — The fallout from the Heartbleed bug could go far beyond just 900 social insurance numbers compromised at the Canada Revenue agency.[np_storybar title=”Lessons from Heartbleed: 5 ways to protect your money” link=””%5DThe software security flaw exposed last week has frightened us all into taking a second look at our data online. Here’s how to be vigilant on a regular basis. [/np_storybar]Alberta computer security expert John Zabiuk suspects there’s a wave of problems coming.“Right now, we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “This is probably the largest flaw that’s hit the Internet in history.”Zabiuk is with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, where, as an ethical hacker, he teaches students to protect computer systems by approaching the problem from a hacker’s perspective.The revenue agency says it’s analyzing data to determine what else might have been siphoned out. Zabiuk says officials are likely to discover a much bigger cache of information has been compromised.“Realistically, with over two thirds of all servers compromised online with this vulnerability, we’re going to be seeing a lot more fallout from this,” he said.[np_storybar title=”What crooks can do with your social insurance number” link=””]With news that hackers stole SINs of 900 Canadians from the revenue agency’s computers, security experts are warning people to be vigilant of identity theft. Read on [/np_storybar]The revenue agency said it suffered “a malicious breach of taxpayer data that occurred over a six-hour period.”The problem is that the bug has been loose for two years, said Zabiuk. “So what we’re seeing with the 900 users that they say have been affected or compromised — that’s just in the last two weeks that they’ve been keeping track of what’s going on with this,” he said.“Prior to this, again it’s been out for over two years, so what’s gone on in that span of time?”He said the government did the right thing when it learned of the security problem.“I think the response is appropriate in taking down the servers that they knew were vulnerable,” he said. “It’s really the only way to protect the citizens and the people using those servers.”The Heartbleed bug is caused by a flaw in OpenSSL software, which is commonly used on the Internet to provide security and privacy. The bug is affecting many global IT systems in both private and public sector organizations and has the potential to expose private data.Zabiuk said the fix is simple. The problem is applying the patch to all of the hundreds or thousands of servers that may have been affected. CRA said it will notify everyone involved in the security breach by registered letter and will offer access to credit protection services.The Canadian government on the weekend restored service to all its publicly accessible websites as well the tax-filing systems E-file and Netfile.The revenue agency said because the outage with its website lasted five days, it will effectively extend the tax filing deadline by that length of time. Returns filed by May 5 will not incur interest or penalties.Andrew Treusch, commissioner of the agency, said he shares the concerns of those whose privacy has been violated.The Privacy Commissioner has been notified of the security breach and the Mounties are investigating. read more

United Conservative candidate urges Alberta buy Churchill port for oil sales

EDMONTON — A candidate to lead Alberta’s new United Conservative Party says one way to jump-start the province’s lagging oil industry may be to buy a piece of Manitoba.Jeff Callaway says the province should look at buying the port of Churchill on Hudson Bay and shipping oil there by pipeline.“This has so many benefits not just for Alberta, but for Western Canada and Canada broadly,” Callaway said at the legislature Tuesday.He says tankers in Churchill could carry oil abroad and fetch a better price for Alberta, which has been running multibillion-dollar deficits in recent years.“It’s a small, small investment to make for prosperity in Western Canada.”The province would have to buy the port from its private owners, fix the railway going to it and build a pipeline as well, he said.A road would also have to be built to the remote community, Callaway added.Spring floods washed out the rail line to Churchill and the owner of the port, Denver-based Omnitrax, has suspended operations at the grain terminal and is looking to sell.Omnitrax also owns the rail line and has stated it isn’t interested in putting up the $20 million to $60 million needed to repair the track.Callaway is also promising to end Alberta’s current tax on carbon for home and business owners if he becomes the United Conservative leader.The levy is used to fund green projects ranging from household devices to large-scale infrastructure such as rapid transit. read more

New Canadianbacked club web domains getting snapped up by 50 Cent Demi

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Guessing a website address used to be so simple. Stick a .com or .ca at the end of a company or organization’s name and most of the time, that would do it.But there’s a flood of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) hitting the web, which could eventually leave consumers struggling to remember which of more than 1,400 web suffixes to type in.The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is in the process of gradually rolling out all kinds of new web address types, including .best, .buzz, .cheap, .cool, .expert, .guru, .ninja, .sexy and .wtf.The most popular so far has been .club, which was launched by Canadian Colin Campbell, who previously founded the companies Internet Direct, Tucows and Hostopia.More than 90,000 .club URLs have been registered so far and a few were sold off for five-figure fees. was purchased for $20,000, went for $17,500, was bought for $13,750, and for $12,500, says Campbell, who also recruited rapper 50 Cent to use the web address for an official fan site.Teen-pop star Demi Levato has also purchased a .club address for her fan club.“Dot-club is short, memorable, and the interesting thing about .club is it adds meaning at the end of a domain,” says Campbell explaining why he spent big bucks to acquire the rights to .club domains.“We’re still going to have .com, we’re still going to have .ca, they’re never going to change, they’re going to be the dominant generic domain names in Canada…. It’s not trying to be an alternate to .ca or .com, it’s really trying to complement those names or offer an alternative with a different meaning.”A number of large companies have protected their brands by buying the .club for their corporate names, including Chanel, Gucci, Harvard University and Lego, Campbell says.Mary Kay went a step further by also acquiring and, although they’re still inactive.“What we’re seeing with some of the companies that are buying .clubs is that what they want to do is build a community around a particular industry and from there obviously leverage their brand within that community,” Campbell says.He believes web surfers will eventually adapt to having to use a number of different URL suffixes for sites they visit, but expects many of the upstarts won’t take off.“It’s likely we are going to see a large number of failures in the marketplace here, like you would in any industry.”Follow @michaeloliveira on Twitter by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 13, 2014 9:39 am MDT New Canadian-backed .club web domains getting snapped up by 50 Cent, Demi Lovato read more

In Paraguay UN chief says 2015 a pivotal year for international community

Delivering remarks to the National Congress of Paraguay earlier today, the Secretary-General reminded those gathered that the international community continues to face “big global challenges” in addressing inequality and insecurity, deepening democracy, enhancing the quality of education, and respecting and protecting the rights of all regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion or sexual orientation.“Now is our moment to take on these challenges. The year 2015 presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for people and our planet,” Mr. Ban declared. “We are the first generation that can end poverty. We are the last generation that can avoid the worst effects of climate change.”Mr. Ban’s remarks come as he continues his week-long trip to the South American country, including official visits in the capital of Asunción and to the critical Itaipu Hydroelectric dam which supplies up to three-quarters of Paraguay’s energy needs. This year marks the end of implementation of the landmark UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which world leaders agreed on 15 years ago in an effort to tackle poverty and climate change and to pave the way towards a more gender equal global society. The new targets, to be known as the sustainable development goals (SDGs), are defining the way forward on the world’s most pressing issues until the next critical deadline in 2030. Overall, there has been significant progress in meeting the MDG targets. Global poverty has been halved well ahead of the 2015 deadline; in developing countries, 90 per cent of children now enjoy primary education; the number of people lacking access to improved drinking water has halved; and the fight against malaria and tuberculosis has shown results.Nonetheless, numerous challenges persist. Globally, 73 million young people are looking for work and many more are trapped in exploitative jobs. In recent years, more than two and a half million more children in affluent countries fell into poverty, bringing the total above 76 million.In addition, Mr. Ban noted that despite efforts to reduce gender inequality, “gaps between law and practice” remained. The scheduled meeting on the SDGs coupled with the major climate conference to be held in Paris in December has made 2015 a “pivotal year” for the international community, the Secretary-General continued, particularly as Member States face down an ever-growing list of threats and crises, from the “continuing bloodshed in Syria, tumult in Ukraine, Ebola disease in Africa.”“Intolerance is growing. And violent extremism is rising. No country or organization can defeat terrorism and extremism on its own,” he added. “All countries – along with regional and international organizations as well as political, religious, academic and civil society leaders – should join hands together to forge a multi-faceted response that respects international human rights and humanitarian law.” read more

Womens WC 2011 Qual Germany with 2 in Hungary

← Previous Story Women’s WC 2011 Qual: Four teams are already in Brasil! Next Story → Marko Krivokapic stays in BM Valladolid The qualifying for the WC 2011 in Brazil has been easy for some teams, but in the match Germany-Hungary we’ve seen a real battle, and even more interesting should be the second leg, when we will find out which team will go to Brazil, and which one is out of the elite.In the first game, Germany won with 26:24 at home, after losing 11:12 at half time, but the winner is far from known. The return-game is played at the Gyor arena, which is considered a “hell” one. Heine Jensen, Germany’s coach, also conceded that the two goals mean nothing in handball, and that the team must go for the victory in Hungary, and not “defend” the 2 goals positive. Germany’s most efficient were Sabrina Richter and Nadja Nadgornaja, followed by Nadine Krause. Also notable was the comeback of Stephanie Mellbeck after two-years not playing for the national team.In yesterday’s games, France beat Slovenia at home with 28:19, and seems certain to play in Brazil, and the same goes for Iceland and Croatia, as they beat Ukraine with 37:18 and Serbia 36:25 respectively.Foto: EPA read more

Violence continues in Gaza with 30 air strikes killing five Palestinians

first_imgIsrael said Palestinian militants fired six rockets into Israel on Saturday, bringing to 44 the number of projectiles launched into the Jewish state since the end of a 72-hour truce on Friday.One civilian and a soldier were wounded on Friday, but no injuries or damage were reported on Saturday.Israel said it had carried out around 100 strikes in Gaza since Friday, 30 of them since midnight.Palestinian medics say 10 people have been killed and more than 40 wounded since the truce expired. Minutes later there were two strong explosions. ISRAELI WAR PLANES have carried out 30 air strikes over Gaza, killing five Palestinians, as militants fired six rockets into Israel, leaving international mediators scrambling to rescue ceasefire talks.Gaza emergency services said two men were killed in a strike on a motorcycle in Al-Maghazi camp and that the bodies of three others were pulled from the rubble of the Al-Qassam mosque in the Nuseirat camp in the middle of the enclave.The Palestinian interior ministry said Israeli jets destroyed three mosques, the one in Nuseirat, one in the Zeitoun area and one in Jabaliya in the north.At least two of the mosques were considered close to Hamas.Only the minaret was left standing at the huge Al-Qassam mosque, an AFP photographer said.“We heard a loud explosion and it was the beginning of the explosions and a warning to residents to evacuate the area to stay away,” said Jood Irhaem, who lives close to one of the mosques.center_img Palestinians carry religion books salvaged from a mosque after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn the occupied West bank, two Palestinian men died after being shot by Israeli troops during violent clashes at protests in Hebron and near the Jewish settlement of Psagot, medics said.The month-long conflict flared again after mediators tried but failed to extend a ceasefire that expired on Friday morning as Palestinian militants shattered the quiet with pre-dawn rocket attacks.Fighting between Israel and Hamas has now killed at least 1,900 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side, almost all soldiers, since July 8.The United Nations says at least 1,354 of the Palestinians killed since July 8 were civilians, including 447 children. A rocket is fired from Gaza City towards Israel. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesActing US Middle East peace envoy Frank Lowenstein, in Cairo for some days, “is still trying to help the parties get a permanent ceasefire,” a US embassy official said.Egyptian mediators met a Palestinian delegation again Friday evening and were waiting to hear back from the Israelis after Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath, ends at sundown Saturday.Israel warned it would not negotiate under fire, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military to retaliate “forcefully” and blamed the Islamist movement Hamas for breaching the ceasefire.- © AFP, 2014In pics: Talks in tatters as Gaza rocket fire and air strikes resume >last_img read more

Police raid apartment following report of gunshots discover teens playing CoD

first_imgVideo games haven’t just got more realistic in the graphics department–sound quality has also increased greatly over the last few generations of console and PC hardware. We’ve also seen the quality of speakers on TVs, laptops, and PC sound systems improve. That’s great news for games players, but it also seems to have caught police out in Sweden.On Saturday night police raided an apartment in Sweden following reports of guns being fired and a man screaming for help. However, when the police burst into the apartment they didn’t find an injured man or a gunman, they were instead faced with a group of startled teenagers playing one of the Call of Duty games.Ten police officers attended the scene of the alleged shooting after a passerby reported hearing the gun shots and screams for help. The shots were obviously the teens firing their in-game guns. The screams for help came from one of the player’s characters who has been badly injured.As you’d expect, the police left the apartment without making any arrests, but surely must have requested the teens keep the noise levels down. I’m sure a few of them may now be considering headphones for the next gaming session to avoid future raids.I’d also be interested to know how many of the ten police officers have gone out and bought a copy of CoD this week. On the other hand, based on sales of the game most of them probably already have it.via UPIlast_img read more

Lollybot is a robot made from a PS2 controller and lollipops of

first_imgOld Dual Shock controllers have been hacked to do plenty of things in the past, though usually the end goal is for them to still work as some sort of controller. Lollybot, winner of the AFRON $10 robot design challenge, takes the controller and makes it a simple yet fun robot.Lollybot gets its name from the pair of Chupa Chups that have been mounted in the center of what used to be the joysticks for a basic Dual Shock controller. Instead of using it like a controller, Thomas Tilley decided he really wanted to make an inexpensive robot out of it. The goal was to create a robot that would use the lollypop augmented joysticks as bump sensors, so when the joysticks moved the robot new to adjust course. When his original design for the robot failed, Tilley decided to keep the lollipops anyway and moved on to a more functional design.With a pair of wheels attached at the hand grips and simple stabilizer in the front, the Lollibot had all it needed to move around as long as it was still tethered via USB. With a pair of LEDs in the bottom of the controller to paint the floor, the light dependant resistor could be used to see lines as the robot drove around. This made it easier for the little robot to move around independently, and still be able to change course in the event of a bump or crash.Control of the Lollybot relies on a computer, but there’s both a Windows and HTML5 friendly version of the software that was made to drive this little robot around, should you decide to make one for yourself. Tilley has documented the entire construction process, and as long as you have most of the tools already this would be quite the inexpensive weekend robot project.last_img read more

Une éclipse plonge lAfrique lInde et la Chine dans lobscurité

first_imgUne éclipse plonge l’Afrique, l’Inde et la Chine dans l’obscuritéUne éclipse annuaire de Soleil a plongé une partie de l’Afrique, l’Inde et la Chine dans l’obscurité ce vendredi 15 janvier 2010.Il s’agit de la plus longue éclipse annulaire de soleil du troisième millénaire, puisque la prochaine est prévue pour le 23 décembre 3043, selon l’Institut de mécanique céleste à Paris et la Nasa.Janvier est le mois où la Terre et la Lune sont au plus près, ce qui rend cette éclipse particulièrement exceptionnelle. Du fait de ce rapprochement, le diamètre apparent de la Lune, c’est-à-dire la taille de la Lune vue de la Terre, n’est que légèrement inférieur à celui du Soleil. De ce fait, quand la Lune passe devant la Soleil, une éclipse dite annulaire se produit : le Soleil est caché presque totalement, seul un anneau lumineux reste visible.L’éclipse a commencé à 5h14 GMT en République centrafricaine ainsi qu’au Tchad. Elle s’est poursuivie en République démocratique du Congo, en Ouganda, au Kenya et en Somalie. À lire aussiCanicule : Comment se protéger efficacement contre la chaleur ?L’éclipse est ensuite passée par l’Inde, le Sri-Lanka, la Birmanie et enfin la Chine. Dans l’océan Indien, elle a été visible pendant onze minutes et huit secondes. D’autres parties du monde ont également pu apercevoir une éclipse partielle de soleil.La prochaine éclipse aura lieu la 11 juillet 2010, elle sera totale mais ne sera visible que de l’océan Pacifique Sud. Le 15 janvier 2010 à 10:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Google Assistant Will Now Alert You When It Predicts Flight Delays

first_img 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation The holiday season is here, which means many people will travel to see their families or take vacations. Airports can get hectic at this time, but Google Assistant is here to help: It will now notify you when it predicts flight delays.On Monday, Google announced in a blog post that the new alert feature will be available to users in the next few weeks. Google Assistant will show predicted flight delays on smartphones, and travelers can ask questions such as, “Hey Google, what’s the status of the American Airlines flight from Denver to Philadelphia?” Or “Hey Google, is my flight on time?” Google Assistant will also tell you why your flight is potentially delayed in the alert message.Photo Credit: GoogleThis isn’t the first time that Google has provided flight delay predictions. Earlier this year, Google would show travelers flight delay predictions after they searched for their flight statuses. Google says it uses a combination of historic flight status data and machine learning to form these predictions before airlines confirm delays. However, you can now directly ask Google Assistant about your flight, instead of searching for your flight on Google first.In addition to flight delay predictions, Google will also roll out other handy traveling features for Google Flights and Google Maps.Photo Credit: GoogleFor Google Flights, you can now see what’s specifically included in your ticket price. In your search, you can check if prices include a carry-on bag, which will save you time and money before your next trip. Plus, you can also filter ticket prices to include checked bag fees for U.S. domestic flights.If you’re traveling to a new destination for the holidays, Google Maps is making it easier to find things to do and places to eat. All you have to do is swipe up on the Explore tab to read up on restaurants, hotels, museums, and more.More on’s Censored Chinese Search Engine Probably Isn’t HappeningGoogle+ Will Shut Down Early After a Bug Impacts Over 50 Million PeopleGoogle Patents VR Shoes That Almost Feel Like Real Walking Stay on targetlast_img read more

Ore train derailment fire visible from Clark County

first_imgA train derailed along the Columbia River near the city of Scappoose, Ore., today, triggering a fire that sent a plume of smoke into the air that was visible across the river in Clark County.The fire was extinguished by 4:30 p.m., but mop-up could keep the highway between Portland and St. Helens, Ore., closed for hours.A Vancouver Fire Department unit has been called to staff the Jantzen Beach fire station as the Portland Fire Bureau’s Engine 17 has been one of the many units called to respond.The derailment and fire occurred about 12:55 p.m. near the intersection of St. Helens Road, also known as Highway 30, and Cornelius Pass Road.Apparently a rail car loaded with lumber derailed into tanker cars filled with ethanol, setting off a large, hot fire. The Portland Police Bureau reported that two tankers out of 13 total were on fire. Because of the potential for explosion caused by catastrophic failure of uninvolved tankers that are being directly impinged by fire, fire crews have withdrawn and are evacuating the area with a half mile perimeter until it is safe to return to the area.As of 2:32 p.m., unmanned “ground turrets” and “aerial streams” were being used to cooling adjacent uninvolved tankers to prevent an explosion. Additional resources were being assembled to prevent the spread of the fire and additional harm to property and the environment.last_img read more

UPDATE Pilot identified in airplane crash north of Camas

first_imgA couple from Port Ludlow escaped injury Friday afternoon when the aircraft they were in crash-landed southwest of Grove Field north of Camas.David Holt, 70, and his wife, Susan, 66, left Port Ludlow about 10 a.m. Friday headed to Bend aboard their refurbished 1954 Beachcraft Tango T34, a plane used in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, said Camas-Washougal Fire Capt. Brooks Cooper.Somewhere over Camas, however, their engine failed, Cooper said, and they contacted emergency personnel just before noon.The pilot safely landed the plane on its belly in a corn field at Northeast 252nd Avenue and Northeast 5th Street. “The pilot did an outstanding job,” Cooper said.David Holt said they were flying from Port Ludlow, a small community in Jefferson County near the Olympic National Forest, to Bend, Ore. when the engine began to fail. He attempted to land in Grove Field, but without adequate power, put the plane down in the nearby cornfield instead.He landed the plane on its belly and didn’t extend landing gear, fearing the wheels might catch in the corn furrows.The Federal Aviation Administration went to the crash site to investigate.last_img read more

Hialeah man accused of holding woman captive so she could repay debt

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Hialeah man has been accused of locking a woman inside his apartment and trying to force her to have sex as repayment for a debt.According to an arrest affidavit, the victim met with 67-year-old Luis Wu Chiong to have sex to repay money she owed him. When the pair first met, police said he told her to snort some cocaine. After she snorted the drug, the two went into the bedroom, where Chiong locked the door with a key.Investigators said Chiong told the victim to strip down, but when she saw the door was locked, she became scared and asked to leave.Chiong refused and instead threatened her with a gun, the victim later told detectives.The woman then called police, all the while pleading to be let go. Eventually, Chiong let the woman out of the room. However, she remained locked behind a gate at the front door.Police said Chiong refused to let the woman out, even with police outside the gate. She eventually was able to grab the keys from Chiong and gave them to police, who opened the door and arrested Chiong.Chiong now faces charges of armed kidnapping and aggravated assault. A judge gave him $35,000 bond and house arrest, ordering him to stay away from the victim and turn in his firearms. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more