first_imgPlayers and coaches have been fined more than $2.2 million already this season for technicals, ejections and other reasons for sanctioning by the league office — not counting salaries lost to suspensions.And if there’s any good to be derived from behaving badly, it’s this: That $2.2 million (and more to come) goes to charities chosen by the NBA and the players’ union.CRUNCH TIMEForget his streak of eight straight appearances in the NBA Finals. LeBron James’ streak of 13 straight trips to the playoffs is in major peril.James and the Los Angeles Lakers (29-30) are currently 10th in the Western Conference. And the Lakers do not have the easiest stretch run in the NBA, either.When he signed with L.A., James knew getting the Lakers to the playoffs in Year 1 would be a test. But it’s proving to be a bigger mountain to climb than he imagined, partly because of injuries that the Lakers have been dealing with and partly because not all of his teammates have a real understanding yet of what it takes to get into the postseason.“I knew it was going to be very challenging, just because of the experience that the roster had at that point in time,” James said. “I knew it was going to be challenging from that sense, but I felt like we could still play better basketball.”They still have to face Milwaukee and Utah twice, plus have a five-game Eastern Conference road trip in mid-March and four back-to-backs left to navigate. Among the other top teams left on the Lakers’ schedule: Boston, Denver, Golden State, Oklahoma City, Portland and Toronto.Assuming it’ll take 44 wins — basically the average needed over the last five years — to secure the No. 8 seed in the West, that means the Lakers would have to finish 15-8 to get into the playoffs.MAGIC HAPPENING The Orlando Magic are on their hottest run in more than seven years.Orlando’s win in Toronto on Sunday was the eighth for Steve Clifford’s club in its last 10 games. That’s the first 8-2 stretch for the Magic since going 8-2 from Feb. 1-17, 2012.The coach of that Orlando team? Stan Van Gundy, who just happened to be assisted by … Steve Clifford.THE WEEK AHEADA game to watch each day this week:— Monday, Golden State at Charlotte: Stephen Curry goes back to his hometown, after All-Star weekend there was a Curry family celebration.— Tuesday, Oklahoma City at Denver: Paul George has played himself into the MVP race, and the Nuggets’ late-season schedule is brutally hard.— Wednesday, Milwaukee at Sacramento: A win over the team with the NBA’s best record would be a big help to the Kings’ postseason hopes.— Thursday, Miami at Houston: A brutal back-to-back for the Heat, who have Golden State at home on Wednesday and then go to the Rockets.— Friday, Charlotte at Brooklyn: Few might have guessed last summer that these clubs meeting on March 1 would have postseason implications. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war — Saturday, Orlando at Indiana: The Pacers, even without Victor Oladipo, keep plugging along, while the Magic have a real shot at a playoff spot.— Sunday, Toronto at Detroit: Dwane Casey’s new team plays host to Dwane Casey’s old team, and right now every result matters to both clubs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gilas Pilipinas to ‘do everything’ to have Jordan Clarkson for Fiba World Cup Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss (FILES) In this file photo taken on February 20, 2019, James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets argues with referee Michael Smith #38 after getting three fouls during the first quarter in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. – Houston Rockets guard James Harden was fined $25,000 by the NBA on February 23, 2019, for public criticism of officiating, the league announced. Harden made his comments to reporters after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the visiting Rockets 111-106 on Thursday at Staples Center. Referee Scott Foster aroused Harden’s anger, the versatile All-Star saying Foster has a “personal” issue with the Rockets and should not be permitted to officiate any more of their games. (Photo by Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)The NBA is not happy that tensions between teams and referees seem to be rising.Then again, ’tis the season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting That being said, Kerr also said the coach-ref dynamic is almost always weird.“I don’t know why anybody would want to be a ref,” Kerr said. “What a brutal job.”Harden also got fined $25,000 for saying that Foster should no longer work Houston’s games, after the Rockets were upset with a number of calls in their loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Foster is traditionally one of the league’s highest-rated refs, and it’s a really good bet that at some point in this postseason the Rockets will be playing a big game and Foster will be out there.Johnson and referee-turned-league-executive Monty McCutchen have made improving relations a top priority. They’re talking to every team again about finding common ground — just as they did around this time last year.“I think there’s progress,” Johnson said. “It’s still the same passionate game, a tough game and the stakes are up now.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Playoff-race pressure is real, and the NBA thinks — or hopes — that some tantrums in recent weeks can be attributed to that and not an eroding of the always-tenuous relationship between those who commit infractions and those who call them. Golden State coach Steve Kerr smashing clipboards and Houston star James Harden calling out longtime official Scott Foster are sights and sounds that the league doesn’t want, so the NBA is once again reaching out to teams to offer reminders about not going too far when ripping the refs.“This is the dark ages of the season,” said Michelle Johnson, the NBA’s senior vice president and head of referee operations. “Teams are shaping up where they stand and it matters more to some teams than others, and some coaches do tactical outbursts for the good of their teams. So even if we go to teams and they don’t have a lot of issues … we want to keep the dialogue open.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesKerr got fined $25,000 earlier this month for verbally abusing referee Ken Mauer, and the tirade was at the level where the Warriors’ coach obviously knew it would be costing him cash so he decided to get his money’s worth. He got ejected, the Warriors lost that night in Portland, but writing that check probably earned him some more points with players who always need to know that their coach has their back.Kerr actually likes Mauer, and believes he’s one of the best refs in the league. 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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios, of Greek-Malaysian descent, said his temper tantrums on court aren’t the real him.Kyrgios was left off his country’s Davis Cup team after a series of provocations, including firing a sexual insult aimed at fellow player Stan Wawrinka’s girlfriend.“I’m very different off the court than I am on it,” Kyrgios, who remains on course to face French Open champion Wawrinka in this weekend’s Tokyo final in what would be a fiery encounter told Agence France Presse.“On the court, obviously Im very intense and I show a lot of emotion. But off the court Im very laid back, I like to relax and chill out. I’m definitely not a scary person,” said the 20-year-old who was widely criticized for apparently taking a game at Wimbledon against Frenchman Richard Gasquet after a dispute with the chair umpire.”I feel as if Im a nice person. Definitely I feel Im maturing and learning to find that balance between having fun and playing well. When I do that is when I play my best tennis,” he said.Kyrgios was fined $10,000 for telling Wawrinka that the Swiss player’s girlfriend was sleeping with Australian teen tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis. A furious Wawrinka, who retired hurt from the match, tweeted: “What was said I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy. To stoop so low is not only unacceptable but also beyond belief.”On-court microphones picked up Kyrgios walking to the net and saying: “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend, sorry to tell you that, mate.”last_img read more

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first_imgUsain Bolt delivered on his top billing by winning the 200 metres at the London Diamond League on Friday night but the Jamaican was upstaged for once as American sprint hurdler Kendra Harrison broke one of the oldest world records in the book.Bolt, running his first 200 metres race for a year in his last outing on the track before the Olympics, struggled for his usual rhythm as he laboured to victory in 19.89 seconds.However, having pulled out of the Jamaican trials last month with a hamstring strain, he was delighted to get through Friday’s race uninjured and can now go away and fine-tune for his attempt at the triple-triple of 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay golds in Rio.Harrison, however, will be watching the Games on TV having finished sixth in the 100m hurdles at the U.S. trials after breaking the national record in May.She earned some consolation – as well as a $50,000 bonus – on Friday with a stunning world record.After delivering a silky smooth performance to win, the clock initially showed a modest 12.58 seconds.However, it was quickly corrected to 12.20, one hundredth of a second faster than the mark set by Bulgaria’s Yordanka Donkova in 1988 – four years before Harrison was born.Brianna Rollins (12.57), Kristi Castlin (12.59) and Ali Nia (12.63), all Rio-bound after finishing 1-2-3 in the U.S. trials, finished in the same order, behind Harrison on Friday.“I wanted to come out here with a vengeance to show that even though I won’t be going to the Olympics I had to give it all I had,” said Harrison, who collapsed to the track in tears when she saw the revised time.There was a more muted celebration for Bolt, who nevertheless delighted the crowd by winning then spending his usual remarkable amount of time signing autographs, posing for photos and giving endless media interviews.After a steady start he led halfway round the bend, but only just. As he hit the straight and the crowd expected the sort of surge that brought him three Olympic golds on the same track four years ago, it didn’t happen.Rocking noticeably, he had to work all the way to the line for a time considerably shy of American LaShawn Merritt’s season-leading 19.74. Panama’s Edward Alonso was second in 20.04 with Briton Adam Gemili third in 20.07.“I tried to hold my form. I’m not fully in shape and I don’t think I executed well – I need more work,” said Bolt, who turns 30 next month.“I don’t want to see it again. I wasn’t that impressed,” he added of his performance.“But I’m feeling good and happy I could run and finish the race without any injuries.”Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas will also head to Rio in confident mood after posting a world-leading 49.55 to win the women’s 400metres, setting up a mouth-watering one-lap showdown with Allyson Felix.There was plenty to cheer for the home fans in the Olympic Stadium now decked out in the claret and blue of its new tenants, West Ham United soccer club.Britain’s women’s 4x100m relay team opened proceedings by triumphing in a national record 41.82 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.Laura Muir also channelled the spirit of 2012’s “Super Saturday” when the crowd roared her home in a gutsy front-running victory in the women’s 1500m for a huge personal best and another British record of 3:57.49 – knocking Olympic champion Kelly Holmes off top spot.Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut won a disappointing 100 metres final in 10.02, having been the only man to dip under 10 seconds with a 9.96 in the heats.The action continues on Saturday, with the day’s highlight being the 5,000m, featuring home favourite Mo Farah.Source: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgLewis Hamilton stormed to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, claiming his fourth straight Formula One win and moving a step closer to a fifth world championship.Starting from pole, the Mercedes driver was never seriously challenged and crossed the finish line 12.919 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third, 14.295 seconds back.Hamilton has won six of the last seven races and now leads Sebastian Vettel by 67 points with four races left.Vettel started eighth and quickly moved up to fourth place, overtaking both Toro Rosso cars that started ahead of him.But the Ferrari driver attempted to pass Max Verstappen on the ninth lap and the two cars collided with the Ferrari spinning off into the runoff. The move dropped Vettel back to 18th place.He worked his way back up to sixth but couldn’t move higher than that.If Hamilton wins the next race in the United States he will be crowned world champion for the fifth time, with three races to spare in case Vettel finishes lower than second.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgPenn State's Bryant Harper.College football players, beware. Most of your head coaches are on Twitter – mainly to track what you’re tweeting out to your followers. Walk-on Bryant Harper found that out the hard way Monday afternoon.Harper, boasting a bit, told his followers that despite not studying for his Anatomy test, he received a B grade. Franklin responded, telling him that if he didn’t study, he must need more study hall hours. Harper claimed that it was a scheduling error that led to his issue.B on my first anatomy exam and I didn’t study I’ll take it— Bryant Harper (@HarperJR21) January 26, 2015@HarperJR21 you didn’t study huh, interesting, guess I need to up your study hall hours! We don’t settle for B’s!— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) January 26, 2015@coachjfranklin forget when the exam was coach minor difficulty in my scheduling!— Bryant Harper (@HarperJR21) January 26, 2015We have a feeling that Harper will get his schedule worked out now…last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Lemissoler Navigation Co. Ltd., the Cyprus-based owner and operator, has selected MAN Alpha Kappel propeller design for a new series of 8 × 58,500 DWT bulk carriers planned for delivery during 2015 and 2016.Sketch of the 58,500 DWT Bulk Carrier design for LemissolerThe 6.8-metre, slow-running, four-bladed Kappel fixed-pitch propellers will be tailored to the SDARI-designed bulk carriers and a drivetrain powered by a MAN B&W 5S60ME-C engine, economy-rated at 8,050 kW and 89 r/min.The new Lemissoler vessels will be characterised by a green operational profile that delivers an optimised fuel consumption and minimal emissions.Thomas Leander, Senior Manager of Propeller & Aft Ship, MAN Diesel & Turbo said: “The cooperation and optimisation process with the owners and SDARI (Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute) has been excellent, especially in terms of developing the fully optimised main-engine, propeller, shafting and aft-ship layout. Furthermore, this Kappel order gives MAN Alpha propellers a strong foothold within the medium- to large-sized bulker segment.”The eight vessels will be built by New Times Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of the New Century Shipbuilding Group, Jiangsu Province, China.The first four newbuilds will be classified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and the remaining ones by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).June 18, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya has moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the confiscation of his properties by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).Mallya escaped from India after defaulting on bank loans worth Rs 9,000 crore in India and is currently facing extradition proceedings in the United Kingdom. His appeal is likely to be taken up for hearing by the top court on Monday. According to sources, Mallya has challenged the ED’s jurisdiction to confiscate all his properties under the Fugitive Economic Offender (FEO) Act 2018, without identifying whether these properties were acquired from the ill-gotten money. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He argues that many of these properties were acquired in 1919, and have no connection with the bank loans in contention. The Bombay High Court had on July 11 declined to stay proceedings in a special court in connection with confiscation of Mallya’s properties. This special court had in January declared Mallya a fugitive economic offender, and then started proceedings to confiscate his property in cases related to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee led a protest rally on Thursday and warned the BJP not to play with fire in the name of NRC, also adding that she would never allow the exercise in the state.”Those trying to divide people in the name of NRC are playing with fire. If BJP touches even one person in Bengal in the name of NRC, we will teach them a lesson,” she cautioned while addressing a mammoth rally at Shyambazar on Thursday afternoon. Earlier, she took part in a walk from Sinthee More to protest against the publication of the final list of the citizens in Assam where the names of 19 lakh people including 12 lakh Hindus and one lakh Gorkhas have been dropped. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaParty leaders including Firhad Hakim, Saugata Roy, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Mala Roy, Shashi Panja, Tapas Roy and Aroop Biswas took part in the rally. Banerjee said through the NRC, BJP is trying to divide society. “They are letting loose one community against the other. They are going to the Rajbanshis and inciting them against the Bengali Hindus and again they are inciting the Hindus against the Muslims and are thus playing divisive politics.” She asked: “What happens if the Bengalis are driven out from Uttar Pradesh and the Biharis are driven out from Bengal; if a person talking in Bengali is driven out from Delhi and his counterpart talking in Hindi is driven out from Tamil Nadu. It is a dangerous situation and the whole country will be divided.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWithout naming Dilip Ghosh, the state BJP president who said 2 crore people from Bengal will be dropped from the NRC list, she maintained: “Try to delete the name of two people and see the consequence. However, we will never allow NRC in Bengal. We will not allow them to divide the people on religious and caste lines.” Making a scathing attack on the saffron party for its attempt to destabilize the communal harmony of Bengal, she stated: “Bengal has always played a leading role in spreading the message of communal peace and harmony. The message of religious harmony was propagated by Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore. The Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians have lived happily and peacefully for generations. But now, some hoodlums wearing saffron headbands are trying to destroy the tradition of Bengal. They are trying to break the backbone of this state but it will not be an easy task.” Banerjee said the BJP is “playing all sorts of games” to divert the attention from the economic slowdown the country is facing. She said movements will be launched against the merger of the nationalised banks. The headquarters of two banks, namely Allahabad Bank and United Bank of India has become a victim of the bank merger. “BJP is trying to privatize the Indian Railways and Air India and has stopped the salaries of the employees of BSNL. The people of India will not accept this,” she maintained. Banerjee said BJP is trying to “stifle the voice of those criticizing its policies. The media cannot write against the Centre. They are sending the agencies against those criticizing the BJP”. The TMC chief said BJP is sending a message across the country that “only their leaders are honest and all the other leaders of other political parties are dishonest,” she said and added: “Look at their party office in Delhi. It looks like a 5-star hotel.” Banerjee said only through political movements the wrongdoing of BJP can be highlighted. “I urge the youths to take part in such movements. Bengal has protested against oppression and tyranny of the British rule and will continue to do so against all the evil forces.”last_img read more

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Rabat – Economic activity in Casablanca-Settat and Rabat-Salé-Kénitra generated almost half of the national GDP in 2015, according to the High Commission for Planning, in a report on that year’s regional accounts published September 18. The HCP indicated that GDP disparities between regions have increased, from MAD 53.1 billion in 2014 to MAD 56.9 billion in 2015.While only two regions, Casablanca-Settat (32.2 percent) and Rabat-Salé-Kénitra (16 percent) created 48.2 percent of national GDP, it took five other regions to generate the remaining 40.4 percent. The Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region provided 10.1 percent, Fes-Meknes gave 9percent, Marrakech-Safi gave8.9 percent, Souss-Massa gave 6.5 percentand Béni Mellal-Khénifra gave 5.8 percent.The eastern regions of Drâa-Tafilalet and the three regions of the south contributed only 11.3 percent to national GDP.In 2015, agriculture and fisheries accounted for 12.6 percent of GDP, exceeding the national average in the majority of regions.The two sectors contributed 26.8 percent to the GDP of the Dakhla-Oued-Ed Dahab region, 19.9 percent ??to the GDP of the Fes-Meknes region, and 19.8 percent to the GDP of the Beni Mellal-Khénifra region, while Casablanca-Settat regions recorded the lowest share with 5.4 percent.Industry, mining, electricity and water supply, construction, and public works accounted for 26.1 percent of GDP at the national level in 2015, with four regions recording GDP above the national average: Casablanca- Settat with 36.2 percent, Béni Mellal-Khénifra with 33.7percent, Laâyoune-Saguia al Hamra with 32 percent, and Tangier-Tétouan-Al Hoceima with 31.2 percent.Market and non-market services contributed 49.7 percentto national wealth in 2015. Guelmim-Oued Noun- Dakhla-Oued-Ed Dahab and Rabat-Salé-Kénitra dominated economic GDP generated by service activities, with 64.6 percent and 62.8 percent respectively. read more

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23 May 2007The United Nations today announced that allegations of gold and weapons trafficking by a number of its peacekeepers based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) are under investigation, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to act quickly on the findings, urging Member States to follow suit. The United Nations today announced that allegations of gold and weapons trafficking by a number of its peacekeepers based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) are under investigation, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to act quickly on the findings, urging Member States to follow suit.A spokesperson for Mr. Ban said his top envoy to the country, William Lacy Swing, requested an immediate investigation by the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) after an internal inquiry by the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) brought these allegations to light. That investigation began in early 2006.“OIOS says that the investigation is well advanced and is expected to be completed in about three weeks,” spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York. “The Secretary-General looks forward to the early completion of the investigation,” she said, pledging that he will on the findings “expeditiously and transparently.”If wrongdoing is found to have occurred, Ms. Montas said, the Secretary-General will hold those responsible accountable and called on any concerned Member States to do the same.MONUC issued its own statement today stressing that it “has an absolute zero-tolerance policy on misconduct and will remain vigilant in preventing egregious and unacceptable behaviour.”The statement said the mission in the DRC “is determined to relentlessly pursue the disciplining of anyone whose conduct is substantiated as unbecoming a peacekeeper.”At the same time, MONUC reiterated its confidence in the vast majority of its blue helmets, and voiced gratitude to the service working for peace in the DRC. In Ituri, it noted, peacekeepers have disarmed and demobilized more than 15,000 militia members. read more

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The Rural Poverty Report 2011, released today by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), found an overall decline of extreme poverty – people living on less than $1.25 per day – in rural areas over the past decade, from 48 per cent to 34 per cent.It also highlighted remarkable progress in rural areas of East Asia, primarily China, where the number of extreme poor fell by about two-thirds over the past decade. Despite these gains, the report found that 70 per cent of the developing world’s 1.4 billion extremely poor people live in rural areas, the agency stated in a news release. Rural poverty is particularly acute in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly a third of the world’s extremely poor rural people, whose numbers swelled from 268 million to 306 million over the past decade. “While Sub-Saharan Africa’s rate of extreme poverty in rural areas declined from 65 to 62 per cent, it remains by far the highest of any region,” said IFAD. Likewise, rural poverty rates have dropped only slightly in the last decade in South Asia, which now has the largest number of poor rural people – about 500 million – of any region or sub-region. Four-fifths of all extremely poor people in South Asia live in rural areas.The report adds that increasingly volatile food prices, the uncertainties and effects of climate change, and a range of natural resource constraints will further complicate efforts to reduce rural poverty. At the same time, it emphasizes that changes in agricultural markets are giving rise to new and promising opportunities for the developing world’s smallholder farmers to significantly boost their productivity, which will be necessary to ensure enough food for an increasingly urbanized global population estimated to reach at least 9 billion by 2050.“The report makes clear that it is time to look at poor smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs in a completely new way – not as charity cases but as people whose innovation, dynamism and hard work will bring prosperity to their communities and greater food security to the world in the decades ahead,” said IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze.“We need to focus on creating an enabling environment for rural women and men to overcome the risks and challenges they face as they work to make their farms and other businesses successful,” he said. 6 December 2010Despite the fact that over 350 million rural people have escaped poverty over the past ten years, the bulk of the world’s poor are still found in rural areas, says a new United Nations report, which calls for greater investment in agriculture and efforts to boost livelihoods. read more

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It also led to a costly and brutal war that lasted until May 2009, tore up the fabric of society and undermined the national economy. “However, 32 years later, conditions in Sri Lanka have changed so that a political solution has become a viable prospect. The experience gathered in the work done by the National Peace Council for over two decades convinces us that our fellow citizens are now more willing to accept, and commit themselves to, a political solution that ensures justice and security to all. We should also not forget those who saved the Tamils from those who incited and carried out the pogrom of July 1983. There are many accounts of Tamils, including NPC members, attributing their escape from injury and death to their Sinhalese and Muslim neighbours. We are grateful to those who risked their own lives to allow Tamils to hide in their homes or take them to places of safety,” National Peace Council said. As Sri Lanka today commemorates ‘Black July’, political leaders have been urged seek genuine change in the country and to bravely and honestly address the key issues that Sri Lanka as a country needs to resolve.The National Peace Council noted that rampant violence that engulfed the Tamil people 23 July 1983 and days that followed discredited Sri Lanka internationally and signaled the brain-drain among the Tamils that would impact the future economic and political trajectory of the country. From the perspective of the National Peace Council there are several key issues impacting the future of the country that relate to relations between the ethnic and religious communities which require attention by the political parties in their election manifestos and in their campaign statements. These are, The National Peace Council  says some sensitive issues that have evaded resolution for decades need to be addressed in consultation with the people and by taking them into confidence and not by ignoring or by-passing them.It also noted that after the general election, the new government that is elected will need to face many problems and find solutions to them. The people need to be told of the problems that should be solved for the country to march forward. It said that people’s participation in national problem solving will ensure that the solutions agreed upon are implemented and will be sustained in the longer term. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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FILE – In this June 19, 2012 file photo, a sign at a JC Penney store is pictured in Oklahoma City. J.C. Penney is looking to potentially sell and partially leaseback its headquarters to help lower debt and create long-term savings. The department store operator said Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 that it has a surplus of square footage available in the Plano, Texas office building, with favorable market conditions making it a good time for such a real estate transaction. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2016 6:27 am MDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JC Penney looking at possible HQ sale and partial leaseback NEW YORK, N.Y. – J.C. Penney is considering selling and partially leasing back its headquarters to help lower debt and create long-term savings.The department store operator said Friday that it has a surplus of square footage available in the Plano, Texas office building, with favourable market conditions making it a good time for such a real estate transaction.J.C. Penney Co. has been in the three-story building since 1992.The company had a strong holiday season. A key sales metric rose 3.9 per cent as shoppers picked up home goods and other gifts. Earlier this month it started selling refrigerators, washing machines and other appliances at some of its stores for the first time in more than 30 years.J.C. Penney shares edged up 8 cents to $7.44 in morning trading Friday. Its shares are down more than 4 per cent over the past year. read more

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The efforts of the region’s States towards broader development, increased investment, improved infrastructure and job creation are being undermined by factors of insecurity “both traditional and new,” warned Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWAS). Terrorism and violent extremism, which aggravate humanitarian crises and erode the integrity of the region’s States, have exacerbated traditional threats in West Africa and the Sahel region, which includes Mali, Mauritania, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Nigeria and Niger and Chad. “These factors, combined with climate change, youth bulge and unemployment and unchecked urbanization constitute veritable push factors underpinning the surge in irregular migration and human trafficking,” he explained to the Council. In the Sahel, the envoy continued, instability in Mali continues to spread into north-eastern Burkina Faso and western Niger, as evidenced by the recent deadly attacks in the border areas between these three countries. In the Liptako-Gourma region, which links Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, the past month has been marked by an intensification of terrorist activities and violent extremism, including coordinated cross-border attacks on border crossings. The leaders of those three countries met in Niamey on 24 January, and announced the formation of a multinational security force. The announcement came in the context of ongoing discussions on the operationalization of the G5 Sahel Joint Force (FC-G5S), an initiative that also includes, in addition to Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, Chad and Mauritania. He called on the Security Council to further support the national and regional initiatives of the Sahel States against violent extremism and terrorism. Turning to the situation in the Lake Chad Basin, Mr. Chambas said that despite the remarkable efforts of the Multinational Joint Force against Boko Haram, recent attacks demonstrated that the terrorist group remains a “serious threat” to the region. The mode and sophistication of these attacks, he added, suggest that the terrorist group has benefited from reinforcements. The attacks, the UNOWAS chief stressed, have “devastating humanitarian consequences” in the Lake Chad Basin, where 5.2 million people, many of whom are displaced, are in a vulnerable situation.At the same time, the threats posed by extremists and terrorist groups should not obscure other traditional threats to security in the region, such as the rise of inter-communal tensions in several countries, including clashes between herders and farmers. Also of concern is the intensification of smuggling, cross-border crime and human trafficking in areas where State structures are scarce. “This insecurity,” he said, “also extends to the Gulf of Guinea, where piracy is increasing.”In view of these threats, he considered that the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel presents an effective multidimensional response to streamline efforts and reduce duplication between the various initiatives in the Sahel. In that context, Mr. Chambas said he is ready to continue working with the States of the region to strengthen justice, the rule of law, security reform and national reconciliation. read more

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Ohio State wrestler Ke-Shawn Hayes rolled into the 2016-2017 season fresh off a 29-1 unattached record in his redshirt campaign. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFollowing Ohio State’s Nov. 22 dual meet against Kent State last season, wrestler Ke-Shawn Hayes was back home in Kansas City, Missouri, training over Thanksgiving break when his breakout season was stopped dead in its tracks.“I went to hit a move on bottom, and [my knee] popped real loud,” Hayes said. “Then I couldn’t stand up.”The pop Hayes felt resulted in season-ending knee surgery with an injury that could possibly be traced back to a few months prior.“I think it first happened the end of my redshirt year,” Hayes said. “There was just kind of, like a pop but it wasn’t that bad. I was still wrestling and stuff.”Hayes, a former top-20 overall recruit, was rated as one of the nation’s 15 best wrestlers at the 141-pound weight class entering the 2016-2017 season.Hayes began the season with a 5-1 record, including two wins by technical fall and one by pin. His lone loss was to the second-ranked Kevin Jack. “I thought [Hayes] could have won the nationals,” Ohio State wrestling head coach Tom Ryan said.Learning his season was over soon after it began was a tough blow for Hayes.“It was heartbreaking. I’ve always felt because I came in at 141 after Logan [Stieber], I always kind of felt that pressure of taking over for one of the best college wrestlers in history,” Hayes said. “To not be able to wrestle my first season, I felt I was letting some people down.”Hayes rehabbed well enough to not only return this season, but open it with a 6-0 record, including a win in the 149-pound weight division at the Princeton Open.“He’s just diligent,” Ryan said. “That’s just the way he does things. He’s systematic, consistent, he cares about the sport. So I’m not surprised that he handled his rehab the way he did.”That’s not to say that the process of a full recovery was easy for Hayes.“It was frustrating,” Hayes said. “There was a lot of little details and little exercises that I didn’t want to really do. The frustrating part was that I wanted it to go faster, but it took a really long time. Wil [Turner], our trainer, made sure that he kept me at a good pace, a safe pace, so that I couldn’t re-injure it or anything. But I definitely tried to get him to let me go as fast as I could.”Now back to a 100 percent, Hayes said the injury has helped improve the mental aspects of his game, working this summer to become more aggressive on the attack.With rehab behind him, Hayes expects to make strides in his wrestling style while the Buckeyes contend for a national title.“Improve every time I step out on the mat, and put the best version of myself on the mat that I can,” Hayes said. read more

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first_imgEarlier this year, a blood red moon over New York was captured in these spectacular photos. Meanwhile, can you spot the planets in this stunning photo of the Milky Way?  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. A photographer captured an amazing photo of a rare ‘moonbow’ illuminating the night sky in North Yorkshire.Ben Gwynne (@159photography) took the photo on the Yorkshire Dales at the weekend and shared it on his Facebook page.“I have never seen this before! A moonbow. Taken between Keighley and Skipton at 7.40PM. Very odd and very cool!” he wrote.Night-time rainbows are created as a result of the light from the moon instead of sunlight reflected by raindrops.He was taking photos of the supermoon when he captured the moonbow. Mr Gwynne told the BBC: “We’d gone into the Dales to take pictures and stopped on the way back to photograph the moon over some trees.“I’d never seen one before and getting to photograph it was amazing.”Time and Date explains: “Moonbows or lunar rainbows are rare natural atmospheric phenomena that occur when the Moon’s light is reflected and refracted off water droplets in the air.“Moonbows are rarer than rainbows because a variety of weather and astronomical conditions have to be just right for them to be created.”last_img read more

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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. More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each yearCredit:Joseph Eid/AFP A new range of John Lewis towels made from recycled plastic bottles has been criticised by campaigners, who say they will still pollute the oceans.The retailer will next month become the first in the country to stock towels made from recycled plastic and recycled clothing.The Croft Collection range has been 18 months in development and will be made from 35 per cent polyester from recycled bottles, with each bath towel re-using approximately 11 one-litre bottles.The other component will be recycled cotton. John Lewis estimates that by avoiding the use of virgin cotton, five tonnes of fabric will be saved from landfill each year.It will also launch duvets made from 100 percent recycled polyester from plastic bottles. Roughly 120 plastic bottles will be used to create one 10.5 tog double duvetBut environmentalists have warned the range will only further contribute to plastic pollution. More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year “You’ll be washing something you know will produce plastic microfibres, and just think how often we wash our towels.”She claimed the use of recycled plastics was “greenwashing” which perpetuated the myth our current use of plastic was sustainable.  “The recycling of plastic isn’t a cycle, it’s a downward spiral,” she said.“It’ll all still end up in landfill or in our oceans.“This makes us think it’s fine to use plastic in this way because it’s going to have a second life, but recycling is never going to be the answer.   “The focus should be to use different materials, rather than perpetuating the myth you can recycle plastic endlessly.”Zoe Brady, Towel Buyer for John Lewis, said: “It took 18 months to develop these towels with our supplier. Initially it was hard to create the soft, luxurious feeling we wanted from recycled materials but we got there in the end.“The recycled polyester makes these towels quick drying and the cotton means they’re highly absorbent too.” The towels, which range from £5 for a face cloth to £24 for a bath sheet, will come in ivory white, ash grey, and marine green and are certified by the Global Recycled Standard. Sian Sutherland, founder of campaign group A Plastic Planet, told The Telegraph the innovation was “well-intended but misguided”.She said: “Every time you wash a synthetic garment, trillions of plastic microfibres wash into our water system.“We know about plastic bottle pollution and single use plastic pollution but the amount of nanoplastic which comes from synthetic fibres is an equally big problem which we’re just becoming aware of. Sian Sutherland said recycling plastic was “not the answer”Credit:Saul Loeb/ AFP  Plastic pollution, especially oceanic pollution, has come under renewed focus since last year’s Blue Planet II documentary, in which Sir David Attenborough called attention to the environmental devastation caused by the more than eight million tonnes of plastic entering the world’s oceans each year.John Lewis declined to comment about Plastic Planet’s claims. Sian Sutherland said recycling plastic was "not the answer" read more

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first_imgLighting specialist, HELLA has introduced HypaLUME to the mining industry – described as the first high output LED flood light designed specifically for heavy duty industries like mining. The company states: “The HypaLUME is suitable for both DC and AC applications. It has been designed to withstand the rigours of every demanding application by the HELLA Australia team. By drawing on the award winning success of our mining LED work lights, latest technologies and materials, HELLA has produced a LED flood light for heavy duty applications that will provide the most economical lighting solutions.”The HypaLUME has been designed to excel in multiple applications, where high output LED lighting is required, with one important potential market being large heavy structures within open pits requiring a lot of illumination, such as bucketwheel excavators, draglines and IPCC systems as well as workshops, wash bays, conveyor lines and blasthole rigs. It can also be used underground at crushing stations, in tunnels and other areas. The HypaLUME has 56 high power LEDs, which produce more than 20,000 lumens output, while being coupled with three specialised optical distributions, so all lighting applications are catered for. The LEDs also have a colour temperature of 5700 K to provide a near daylight environment – ensuring high colour-rendering to assist with critical work tasks. The LED driver electronics ensure light output remains stable over a wide range of voltage variations. The HypaLUME is also protected from reverse polarity and short circuit faults.The HypaLUME consumes only 240 W at 24 VDC, ensuring a luminous efficacy close to 100 lumens per watt. It provides the equivalent usable light level of a 400 W metal halide light fitting – for far less power consumption. The specially designed LED driver board, moulded fins for heat dissipation and LED alignment ensure advanced thermal management, drawing heat away from the LEDs to maintain the extended life guarantee offered by HELLA Mining’s five year LED warranty. The HypaLUME is also designed to operate over an extreme temperature range, ranging from -40°C to +50°C with no decrease in light output. A UV stable, high impact and  chemical resistant, Grilamid lens protects the LEDs from environmental damage. A variety of bracket options are  available including a 50 G mobile equipment bracket, a 15 G  fixed lighting bracket, pole and cable suspension mounts, all with a wide range of aiming options.last_img read more

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first_img 24 Comments Apr 2nd 2017, 11:00 AM Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 11:00 AM RUNNING MARATHONS COULD lead to short-term kidney damage, according to a new study from Yale University.The study was published this week by the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Although kidneys of the examined runners fully recovered within two days post-marathon, the study raises questions concerning potential long-term impacts of distance running.While previous studies have focused on the effects of strenuous work on kidney health, very little is known about the effects of marathon running.A team of researchers led by Professor of Medicine Chirag Parikh, MD studied a small group of participants in the 2015 Hartford Marathon. The team collected blood and urine samples before and after the 26.2-mile event. They analysed a variety of markers of kidney injury, including serum creatinine levels, kidney cells on microscopy, and proteins in urine.The researchers found that 82% of the runners that were studied showed Stage 1 Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) soon after the race. AKI is a condition in which the kidneys fail to filter waste from the blood.The researchers stated that potential causes of the marathon-related kidney damage could be the sustained rise in core body temperature, dehydration, or decreased blood flow to the kidneys that occur during a marathon.While the measured kidney injury resolved within two days post-marathon, the study still raises questions about the effects of repeated strenuous activity over time, especially in warm climates.“We need to investigate this further,” said Parikh. “Research has shown there are also changes in heart function associated with marathon running. Our study adds to the story — even the kidney responds to marathon-related stress.”Read: Tea could be good for your brainRead: It’s now possible to test sperm quality with a smartphone Marathon running could damage your kidneys In the short-term, anyway. Image: Steven Senne/AP Short URL 22,371 Views http://jrnl.ie/3315525 Share76 Tweet Email14 By Paul Hosford Image: Steven Senne/AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgDes images d’Océans, le film événement consacré aux splendeurs sous-marines de notre planèteHier mercredi 24 janvier, la France vivait l’évènement avec la sortie dans les salles d’Océans, un film documentaire spectaculaire présentant plus de 1h30 d’images exceptionnelles de la faune océanique.Des animaux de tous les océans y sont présentés, sous l’œil attentif des deux producteurs : Jacques Perrin et Jacques Cluzaud. D’ailleurs, ces deux compères n’ont pas lésiné sur les moyens : un budget de 49 millions d’euros, 75 expéditions dans le monde, un matériel de pointe (souvent fabriqué à la “Mac Gyver”, tant il est difficile de prendre des images impeccables dans les profondeurs des abysses) mais surtout, sept ans de travail ont été nécessaires.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Parmi les espèces filmées figurent des mammifères (la baleine à bosse, l’orque, l’ours blanc, l’otarie de Californie, la baleine bleue, le cachalot, le dauphin commun du Cap…), des reptiles (l’iguane marin, la tortue verte, la tortue Luth…), des oiseaux (le manchot empereur, le fou du Cap), des poissons (le grand requin blanc, le saumon rouge, la raie manta, le poisson perroquet à bosse, le requin baleine…), des invertébrés (la seiche géante, la seiche flamboyante, la méduse dorée, la pieuvre violacée, l’araignée de mer géante,…). Autant de créatures à découvrir, d’autant plus que d’après les premiers avis sur le film, les images sont d’une rare qualité.Pour découvrir des images : https://www.maxisciences.com/oc%e9ans/oceans-des-images-a-couper-le-souffle_art5528.htmlLe 28 janvier 2010 à 16:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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