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Ronaldo rested for Real’s trip to Espanyol

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo rested as Real Madrid name squad for Espanyol clash Goal 17:43 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Espanyol v Real Madrid Espanyol Primera División The Portuguese star has not been named in the Blancos’ 19-man squad for their trip to the RCDE Stadium in La Liga on Tuesday Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested for Real Madrid’s trip to Espanyol in La Liga on Tuesday.Ronaldo, 33, scored twice as the Blancos downed Alaves 4-0 in the Spanish top flight on Saturday.However, the Portuguese star has been handed a rest ahead of the Espanyol match with Real’s crunch Champions League last 16 second-leg clash with PSG just around the corner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Real – who currently sit third in La Liga – face Getafe on Saturday shortly before they travel to France to face Ligue 1 leaders PSG on March 6.Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema both netted in Real’s win over Alaves and the duo have been named in the squad which will lock horns with Espanyol.Captain Sergio Ramos, Isco and Marco Asensio have also been included in Zinedine Zidane’s roster.Espanyol, meanwhile, are currently 15th in La Liga and have failed to win any of their last seven games in all competitions, drawing their last four matches.Real Madrid full squad: Navas, Casilla, Luca, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Theo, Achraf, Casemiro, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Kovacic, Ceballos, Benzema, Bale, Vazquez, Mayoral.last_img read more

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4 days agoHolland coach Ronald Koeman has big club clause

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Holland coach Ronald Koeman has big club clauseby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHolland coach Ronald Koeman has a clause in his contract that would release him to take over at Barcelona.The sporting director of the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB), Nico-Jan Hoogma, revealed in an interview with Fox Sports that Koeman has a clause in his contract that would enable teams to hire him after the conclusion of the 2020 European Championship, assuming they pay a fee.”Agreements were reached in this regard [for Koeman to leave], but [teams] would have to pay to do so,” Hoogma explained, without stating how much it would cost to terminate Koeman’s contract.However, Hoogma did state that he hopes that Koeman will see out his contract in charge of the Oranje, which includes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”The success of the Dutch national team can help him, but I hope we finish this process and work together until the World Cup in Qatar,” he noted.”I hope we can work together for a long time because I think it’s going very well.” last_img read more

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Napoli postpone Hamsik’s move to China

first_imgNapoli have announced that they have postponed Marek Hamsik’s transfer to the Chinese Super League due to concerns about the payment of the transfer fee.The 31-year-old had been expected to complete a move to Dalian Yifang for a fee in the region of €15 million (£13m/$17m) this week.AdChoices广告However, Napoli have called a halt to the deal, blaming a problem with the agreed “payment methods”, although they do not specify with which club in China they have been negotiating. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Napoli have decided to suspend the sale of Marek Hamsik to the Chinese club because the methods of payment of the agreed amount do not line up with the agreements previously reached,” the club said in a statement.There is no indication as to whether the deal has collapsed entirely or if Hamsik’s move may still go ahead. The Chinese transfer window is open until February 28.Napoli head coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed last week that Hamsik had asked to leave Napoli after 12 years at the club.The Slovakia international midfielder has made 520 appearances for Napoli to date, managing one goal in 19 appearances this season.If he was to eventually complete his move to Dalian Yifang, he’d join the likes of Nicolas Gaitan and Yannick Carrasco, who have also left European football for the Chinese club in recent years.Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis said of the club’s record goalscorer: “I have told Hamsik that this is his home. Even if he wants to come back, we’ll be happy to welcome him back.”It’s a beautiful story. He has always done his duty. He is impeccable.”Napoli face Fiorentina in Serie A on Saturday and it remains to be seen whether Hamsik will be involved.last_img read more

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Realme CEO compares Realme 3 Pro with Redmi Note 7 Pro, claims it is faster

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 12:07 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme is going crazy teasing its upcoming smartphone aka Realme 3 Pro.Realme 3 Pro is tipped to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor.Realme 3 Pro is expected to sport a punchhole-punch display instead of a waterdrop notch.Realme is going crazy teasing its upcoming smartphone aka Realme 3 Pro. Ever since the smartphone was announced at the launch of the Realme 3 the company has been claiming that the Pro version of the phone will go against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro. Past rumours and leaks suggest that the Realme 3 Pro will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor which — on paper — is much more powerful when compared to the Snapdragon 675 which powers the Redmi Note 7 Pro. In a new teaser, the Realme CEO claims that the Realme 3 Pro is all about speed and is way faster than the Redmi Note 7 Pro.On Wednesday, Realme CEO Madhav Seth posted a picture on Twitter keeping aside both Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro. In the photo, Seth is seen comparing the upcoming Realme 3 Pro with the Redmi Note 7 Pro and says that the Realme phone is capable of handling games like Fortnite much better when compared to the Xiaomi phone.In the tweet, Seth mentions, “How about playing #Fortnite on #realme3Pro? I believe #realme3Pro will be the 1st in its segment that can directly support it. Tried to play this game on some latest “Pro” devices but none of them could manage. When it comes to speed, chipset matters.”Realme is working very hard to take on the likes of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro with the upcoming Realme 3 Pro. Past leaks have revealed some of the key specs about the Realme 3 Pro. It is rumoured that the Realme 3 Pro will come with Snapdragon 710 processor. Some other rumours suggest that the upcoming Realme phone will come with Oppo’s VOOC flash charging tech and sport a punchhole-punch display instead of a waterdrop notch.advertisementConsidering with the Realme 3 Pro the company wants to take on the likes of Redmi Note 7 Pro it is expected that Realme 3 Pro will pack triple camera set up on the back panel. Chances are high that the Realme phone may sport a 48MP main back camera similar to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. As for the pricing, Realme will be very aggressive with the pricing of the Realme 3 Pro, chances are that the price of the Realme phone will be pretty close to Redmi Note 7 Pro. In India, the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes for starting price of Rs 13,999 which goes up to Rs 16,999 for the 6GB RAM model.ALSO READ | Apple may start making iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone X in India from JulyALSO READ | Amazon launches Echo Link and Echo Link Amp in India starting at Rs 19,999ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A20e launched: Key specs, price, availability and India launchGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RealmeFollow RedmiFollow XiaomiFollow android Realme CEO compares Realme 3 Pro with Redmi Note 7 Pro, claims it is fasterEver since the Realme 3 Pro was announced at the launch of the Realme 3 the company has been claiming that the Pro version of the phone will go against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro in India.advertisementlast_img read more

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Govt wants antitrust review of Big Four accountants Source

first_imgNEW DELHI/MUMBAI: The Indian government wants the country’s antitrust body to assess whether the so-called “Big Four” auditing firms and their affiliates are hurting competition in any manner, a senior government official told reporters. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) needs to conduct a survey or an investigation to assess whether the Big Four that include PwC, EY, Deloitte and KPMG are abusing their dominant position in the Indian audit market, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIndia’s Ministry of Corporate Affairs, which holds that view, is yet to send any formal request to the CCI to probe the matter, said the official. “If you look at the top 500 companies in India, they are totally dominant and the Big Four seem to be sharing the work … whatever be the reason there seems to be entry barriers,” the official told reporters. “The CCI should look into the dominance of these four global auditors and whether they are thwarting competition.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe CCI and the four auditors did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Big Four do auditing work for almost 60 per cent of the top 500 companies that trade on India’s National Stock Exchange (NSE), according to corporate data tracker NSE Infobase. The deliberations around an antitrust review come at a time when the Big Four are facing increased scrutiny in India. Last year, all the local units of PwC were barred from auditing any listed companies for two years in India after a probe into a decade-old accounting fraud. An EY firm was also barred last month from conducting certain statutory audit assignments until April 2020. In the latest case, Deloitte Haskins & Sells and a KPMG affiliate are fighting a legal battle with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs which wants to ban them for five years on allegations they violated several auditing standards at Indian financial firm IFIN, a unit of troubled lender IL&FS. Both Deloitte and the KPMG affiliate deny any wrongdoing. The government has also alleged Deloitte offered services to IFIN in breach of company law that prohibit auditors from rendering certain other services. The official said India is considering whether to cap the revenue an accounting firm can earn by offering non-audit services to a firm it is auditing, and if there should be prohibition on an auditor’s parent firm offering tax advisory solutions. “We are studying the aspect of independence of auditors and various conflict of interest issues,” said the official. Currently, auditors are not allowed to earn more non-audit fees from companies they audit than their audit fees. An Indian government panel, however, has proposed limiting the non-audit fees to 50 per cent of the audit fees. A source at one of the Big Four said the non-audit services it provides to its audit clients are significantly below the current and proposed regulatory limits. Britain’s competition watchdog in April proposed some of the biggest reforms to auditing globally, recommending new laws to force the Big Four to separate their audit and consulting arms.last_img read more

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Cannabis activists say they still have work to do after legalization

first_imgCannabis activists say that while they’ve succeeded in helping to push for marijuana legalization across the country, their work is far from over.The federal government has committed to making recreational cannabis legal by July 1, 2018, but has tasked provincial governments with establishing their own business and regulatory models that will make the new legislation a reality.Activists say they need only look at the early versions of provincial plans to find targets for future campaigns.They say provinces such as Ontario, which plans to levy fines of up to $1 million on businesses that illegally sell recreational weed, are wrong to try and monopolize marijuana sales and should allow storefront dispensaries to operate.Others say they plan to crusade for medical marijuana users, who they feel are being left behind as legalization moves ahead.Still more say their efforts will involve pushing for relaxed consumption rules, such as marijuana licenses for restaurants and other public spaces.While nearly all see the proposed legislative frameworks as flawed, they do believe legalization will allow a previously marginalized group a more prominent place in the conversation around cannabis use.Lisa Campbell of the Ontario Cannabis Consumer Retail Alliance said marijuana activists were once shunned for the cause they championed and were even actively excluded from governmental consultation processes.Once recreational cannabis is legal, however, she said she and others will push to work directly with government to shape more effective policies on everything from dispensaries to the availability of edible products.“I think we’re seeing a lot of potential for engaging policy-makers so that whatever the next government is in Ontario, they have some sound, evidence-based policy to move forward.”Campbell said she and others have already teamed up with official lobbyist organizations to ensure they have a seat at the table the next time policy matters come up for discussion.For Abi Roach, owner of a cannabis lounge in Toronto, the fight will centre on an effort to create safe public spaces for cannabis consumption.Ontario’s current proposals ban the use of recreational marijuana in public spaces or workplaces, shutting the door on the possibility of licensing establishments to offer cannabis on the premises.Roach takes exception to the approach, fearing it will put cannabis users at risk. Lounges and other such businesses can educate customers on safe cannabis use and steer them toward safer consumption alternatives such as using vapourizers, she said.Opportunities to educate customers are plentiful, she said, since lounges typically don’t sell cannabis and focus instead on helping customers enjoy the product in comfort and safety.She said she and like-minded advocates will be pushing the harm-reduction aspects of their cause once cannabis is legalized. For now, though, she said she sees her day job running the Hotbox Cafe as the best form of advocacy she can perform.“The biggest activism that I do is opening the door to my shop every morning and serving my first customer,” she said.Medical marijuana use will be the focus for Toronto-based advocate Tania Cyalume, who feels emerging legislation has overlooked their needs.She said storefront dispensaries staffed by knowledgeable employees are essential for medical patients, adding a government-controlled cannabis retailer, like the ones proposed for Ontario and New Brunswick, won’t be able to address the clientele’s more complex needs.Cyalume said she plans to push for looser regulations on dispensaries, which the Ontario government has “officially put on notice,” but said she also hopes to speak up for cannabis users who can’t often advocate for themselves.“It’s really hard for sick people, for example with anxiety or agorophobia, they’re not going to come and advocate for their own use,” she said. “I feel they’re misrepresented in terms of advocacy.”Activism efforts may be confined to the grass-roots level in the early days of legalization, but Vancouver-based advocate Dana Larsen said he foresees more public efforts in the years ahead as people adjust to the new regulations and stake out new battlegrounds.“By 2019, I expect that there will be several cases in the court trying to change the cannabis laws,” he said.Court proceedings will only be one piece of the puzzle, he said, adding those bent on change can also lobby governments, stage civil disruptions or run for public office themselves.last_img read more

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Federal minister feuds with NB premier after dramatic project cuts

first_imgFREDERICTON — The federal intergovernmental affairs minister has launched an attack on the Tory premier of his home province, after dramatic project cuts that left millions of federal dollars on the table.Dominic LeBlanc says the cuts announced Tuesday by the New Brunswick government were “unilateral and belligerent.”He says Premier Blaine Higgs had lots of opportunity to discuss the cuts with him, but instead he learned of them through the media.In the provincial legislature Wednesday, Higgs said he doesn’t need 50-cent dollars for projects he doesn’t need.The Tory government is cutting $265 million from planned spending, including postponing the twinning of sections of Route 11, which runs through LeBlanc’s federal riding.Political scientist Donald Wright of the University of New Brunswick says Higgs’ minority government may have only a two-year mandate, and is making tough decisions early in an effort to balance the books.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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13 Killed in alShabab Attack on UN Compound in Somalia

Rabat – At least 13 people were killed in an attack this morning by al-Shabab at the African Union (AU) base near the airport in Mogadishu.Two vehicles carrying explosives detonated near an entrance to the AU base and at a checkpoint close to the base staffed by Somali forces.Al-Shabab’s spokesman told al-Jazeera that the terrorist organization had carried out the attack to kill “occupying” foreign forces. In a press release  from AMISOM this afternoon, AU Special Representative for Somalia Francisco Caetano Madeira praised the quick response of Somali and AMISOM forces that “prevented the vehicles from proceeding further and thereby thwarted the attack.”The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), established in 2007, aims to stabilize the country and combat al-Shabab. Authorized by the United Nations, the mission employs soldiers from across the African Union.United Nations efforts to bring peace to Somalia have been largely unsuccessful  since the 1990s. AMISOM has faced considerable obstacles and incurred large numbers of casualties while attempting to stabilize the country.This attack follows two other deadly attacks by al-Shabab in Somalia this summer alone.AMISOM condemned the bombing on Twitter this morning as a “senseless attack that aims to disrupt and cripple the lives of ordinary Somalis. These attacks must be stopped.” read more

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Morocco Takes 4th Place at 2017 AfroBasket Tournament

Rabat – Morocco’s basketball team has had a strong showing at the 2017 Afrobasket tournament, finishing in fourth place after a tough third-place match against Senegal on Saturday.The team’s match with Senegal came after a 60-52 defeat to Tunisia on Friday’s semi-final game at the tournament, which took place Sept. 8 to 16 in Tunisia’s capital, Tunis.The team’s coach, Said Bouzidi, said that Morocco’s performance during the 2017 competition was a marked improvement since last year, when the team finished in 13th place. According to Bouzidi, this progress is “the fruit of the hard work undertaken by the team, which honored the national basketball at the level of the African continent,” reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The coach continued that Morocco’s performance at Afrobasket 2017 was “very positive,” adding that “the national team can improve a lot during the next competitions.”Tunisia’s basketball squad managed to wrap up a victory over Nigeria’s senior male basketball team, D’Tigers, in the final game played on Saturday. read more

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Israel and Palestinians to boost postal services with help from UN agency

It was announced yesterday at the UPU’s 24th Universal Postal Congress in Geneva that the Israeli and Palestinian postal authorities had been discussing solutions aimed at improving the operations and quality of the Palestinian Authority’s postal services “with the aim of strengthening international postal cooperation.”Both parties pledged to start facilitating direct exchanges between the Palestinian Authority and UPU members as of now, in a joint declaration read out by UPU Director General Edouard Dayan.Welcoming the spirit of dialogue and cooperation shown by both parties, Mr. Dayan described the declaration as “an important development” in the UPU’s efforts to improve the quality of the Palestinian postal service and to help it become “better integrated into the world postal community.”“The technical and operational solutions that are envisaged will enable the Palestinian postal services to launch direct mail exchanges, and will establish the rights and duties associated with terminal dues and the UPU Quality of Service Fund,” he stated.Terminal dues are the compensation countries receive for handling international mail arriving from other countries.Mr. Dayan called on the international postal community to lend its support to the Palestinian Authority’s postal services. The UPU, based in the Swiss city of Berne, is the primary forum for cooperation among the world’s postal services. Among other things, it sets the rules for international mail exchanges among its members and makes recommendations to stimulate mail volume growth and to improve the quality of service for customers. 7 August 2008Israeli and Palestinian postal authorities have agreed to start direct mail exchanges between the Palestinian Authority and the 191 member countries of the United Nations Universal Postal Union (UPU), with mail transiting through Jordan. read more

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UN nuclear agency helps unlock secrets buried with Egyptian mummies

6 July 2009The United Nations nuclear agency is using its expertise to help archaeologists unearth millennia-old secrets, from the supposed murder of King Tutankhamun to the mysterious death of Great Pharaoh Ramesses II, from Egyptian mummies. Paleoradiology is a type of science using nuclear technologies – including x-rays and neutron activation analysis – to study artifacts, skeletons, mummies and fossils.Rethy Chhem, Director of the Division of Human Health at the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is an expert in that field and said that science allows radiologists to uncover details about mummies, such as their sex, age of death and illnesses.X-rays found that Pharaoh Ramesses II did not, contrary to popular belief, have arthritis of the spine, which Mr. Chhem said is in line with his depiction as a great warrior.The IAEA is helping countries apply nuclear technologies to archaeological study and cultural preservation.The technologies can also be applied to monitoring pesticides in milk and finding answers to a series of sudden deaths of males in north-eastern Thailand, the IAEA said in a press release. read more

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UN womens rights experts want foreign judges in Lankan probe

It is particularly concerned that such militarization constitutes a barrier to the resettlement of internally displaced women, durable solutions for their housing, and their ability regain their livelihoods.The Committee also notes that a Cabinet Sub-Committee was appointed in 2016 to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. However, it notes that the Committee appointed by the Minister of Justice in 2009 to consider and propose reforms to Muslim Personal law and the Quazi courts has not issued any recommendations.The Committee reiterates its previous concerns and, given that the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act imposes exclusive and compulsory jurisdiction over Muslim marriages, the Committee expresses its particular concern that it does not specify a minimum age of marriage and girls under 12 years of age are permitted to marry; restricts the legal and judicial officer positions of Quazis, Board of Quazi members, Marriage Registrars and adjudicators to male Muslims only; and that the law on statutory rape is not applicable to girls under 16 years of age who are legally married under Muslim law, who engage in sexual intercourse with their husband while not legally separated. (Colombo Gazette)Full report: The UN Committee has also called on Sri Lanka to expedite the review and amendment of the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses Act, to incorporate better safeguards for the independence and effectiveness of the judiciary and witness protection programmes, in line with international standards. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has called on Sri Lanka to ensure international participation in the accountability mechanisms as a necessary guarantee for the independence and impartiality of the process.In a report on Sri Lanka issued today, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has also called on Sri Lanka to ensure international judges, prosecutors, investigators and lawyers participate in the accountability mechanisms in line with Human Rights Council resolution 30/1. It also is concerned about the ongoing militarization of large areas of private land in the conflict-affected areas of the country, the usurpation of civilian administration responsibilities by the military, and the resulting large scale displacements of women and men in the State party, where 32 camps for internally displaced persons continue to exist. read more

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Annan ends visit to Moscow as Russian officials pledge support for UN

During separate meetings with officials from both houses of Parliament — the Duma and the Federation Council — Mr. Annan discussed a wide rage of international issues, including the Balkans, the Middle East, globalization and terrorism. In a surprise move that departed from the scheduled programme, the Chairman of the Federation Council awarded Mr. Annan the Peter the Great Prize at a ceremony attended by many of the 100 members of the Council. Thanking the Chairman on behalf of the UN and all of its staff members, the Secretary-General said, “I think that through me, he was honouring them.”The Secretary-General also held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on areas of mutual concern, including Georgia, Nagorny Karabakh, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq and the Balkans.Speaking to reporters at a press conference following the meeting, the Foreign Minister said his country “highly appreciates the personal contribution of Secretary-General Annan to the strengthening of the role of the United Nations.” “Russia will support the candidacy of Kofi Annan for a second term as Secretary-General,” Mr. Ivanov said.According to a UN spokesman, the Secretary-General’s talks with the Russian Foreign Minister also touched on a proposal by the United States to build a new antiballistic missile system. Commenting on that issue yesterday in response to questions from the press, Mr. Annan said, “We must be sure that the new antiballistic missile system does not lead to another arms race.” He added: “The US Government has indicated that strategic discussions are required — long and deep strategic discussions — on this issue. I believe that dialogue has begun and the US administration has sent envoys around the world to explain their position.”The Secretary-General heads next to Amsterdam for a brief stopover before going to Geneva, where on Thursday he will address the annual meeting of the World Health Assembly. read more

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UN agency rushes vaccines to avert possible spread of meningitis in Burkina

“At last, we have the tools to contain small outbreaks like this one before they cripple an entire region,” the coordinator of the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) Global Alert and Response unit, Michael J. Ryan, said following a new outbreak in recent weeks. “Every part of the public health network pulled together to build this system,” Dr. Ryan added. “Humanitarian organizations, industry, international agencies, lab trainers and private contributors have all worked together, and through their combined efforts an enormous tragedy in Africa may have been averted.” Meningitis, an inflammation of the coverings of the brain and/or spinal cord, sweeps across sub-Saharan Africa every year, sometimes triggering outbreaks involving 100,000 people or more. But mass response plans had been successful in limiting outbreaks until two years ago when the W135 strain emerged in Burkina Faso, infecting 13,000 people, 1,500 of them fatally, before the outbreak burned itself out. WHO at once started organizing partnerships to build a “mass intervention delivery system” to combat W135, and laboratory workers and field epidemiologists were trained and supplied with materials to rapidly detect and track the strain. At the same time, pharmaceutical partner GlaxoSmithKline developed a new vaccine that was tested and approved in record time. Following negotiations with WHO, the company priced the vaccine affordably, at one Euro a dose. After an urgent WHO appeal in September, funds came in from the governments of Ireland, Italy, Monaco and the United Kingdom, and from Médecins Sans Frontières, the Norwegian Red Cross, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and private individuals to purchase an emergency stockpile, which is now ready for the new outbreak. The first doses will be used in Burkina Faso in the next few days. But WHO said funds were still needed for injection materials and supplies and to finance other aspects of future vaccine campaigns. read more

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UN food agency welcomes Greeces contribution to relief aid for GuineaBissau

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed Greece’s donation of $471,000 to the agency’s relief operation helping hundreds of thousands of victims of a much-overlooked conflict in the West African State of Guinea-Bissau. “This donation gives a bright start to the new year for thousands of poor people in this country,” said Jose Pita-Gros, WFP Country Director in Guinea-Bissau. “A donation in cash means food can be purchased quickly and arrive sooner.” One of the 10 poorest countries in the world, Guinea-Bissau was devastated by a bitter civil war in the late 1990s in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes. Many people there continue to rely almost entirely on foreign aid to survive. The Greek donation is the first to WFP’s new $12.1 million relief operation in Guinea-Bissau, which aims to provide over 15,000 metric tons of food to some 382,000 people, including young children at risk of malnutrition, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, as well as school children and poor families unable to meet their daily food requirements. Greece is becoming an increasingly important donor to WFP, significantly stepping up its contributions in the last year. In 2005 alone, Greek contributions to WFP operations around the world amounted to $3.6 million, the agency said. “We hope that this humanitarian gesture will pave the way for others to dig into their pockets in support of Guinea-Bissau,” said Mr. Pita-Gros. read more

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Violinist United wouldnt let her board with instrument

by Jim Suhr, The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2017 1:03 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Violinist: United wouldn’t let her board with instrument This undated publicity photo provided by her attorney, Philip A. MacNaughton, shows professional violinist Yennifer Correia in Venezuela. United Airlines says it wants to contact Correia, who says she was barred by a United supervisor from boarding a plane with her violin on Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Houston, leading to a scuffle that caused her to miss her flight and she thinks may have injured her hand. Correia and her attorney say the scuffle happened as the Memphis musician was preparing to fly to Missouri for a symphony rehearsal. (Yennifer Correia/Philip A. MacNaughton via AP) KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A classical musician has accused a United Airlines supervisor of barring her from boarding a plane with her centuries-old violin, sparking a scuffle that caused her to miss her flight and left her worried her hands — and by extension, her livelihood — may have been harmed.Yennifer Correia’s attorney said Tuesday a lawsuit against United is likely on the 33-year-old Memphis woman’s behalf after the Sunday confrontation in Houston as she was preparing to fly to Missouri for a symphony rehearsal.Correia had a discount fare that, according to rules posted on United’s website, doesn’t let passengers stow luggage in the overhead bin, although an exception is allowed for “small” musical instruments. It was not clear Tuesday why Correia was told to check the violin — made in Italy and believed to date to the late 1700s, her attorney said — instead of being allowed to carry it on board.Chicago-based United has refunded Correia’s airfare, discussed the matter with its Houston employees and has “reached out to Ms. Correia to gain a better understanding of what occurred and to offer assistance,” spokesman Charles Hobart said.“We’re disappointed anytime a customer has an experience that does not live up to his or her expectation,” he said.Correia, who was making the trek Tuesday to Missouri on another airline, will have her hands examined next week by a Houston surgeon, attorney Philip MacNaughton told The Associated Press.While the Venezuelan-born Correia’s hands show no immediate bruising or redness, “we’re all holding our breath,” MacNaughton said. “We think the odds of injury are low, but the stakes are career-killing.”“You don’t grab a surgeon’s hands, a pitcher’s hands or a professional violinist’s hands,” he added, calling Sunday’s dispute “a physical attack” on Correia. “She knows she has to stand up to United and say you can’t treat professional musicians this way. I don’t understand why airlines, especially United, can’t simply deal with an issue and not turn it into a confrontation.”Musicians long have complained that airlines frequently require that instruments they rely on for their livelihoods be checked and be entrusted to baggage handlers, with the result that they often are damaged or lost.“These instruments cost, at her level, tens of thousands of dollars,” MacNaughton said. “You’re making a living with an instrument that costs twice as much as your car — probably the most expensive thing you own. Airlines can’t safely transport it.”United’s grappling with the issue even went lyrical. After Canadian musician Dave Carroll had a guitar smashed during a flight in 2009, he wrote a song and book about it, calling both “United Breaks Guitars.” Carroll’s online video of his song was so popular — and so damaging to United — that it has become a business case study of how social media can harm a company’s image.More recently, Florida State University graduate student asked for public help in January in replacing a cello she claimed was smashed on a United flight. In June of last year, violinist Yura Lee reported being kicked off a United flight for attempting to stow her instrument below seats.United’s customer service took another hit in April, when 69-year-old David Dao was injured by Chicago airport security officers who were called to remove him from an overbooked United Express plane — a confrontation captured on cellphone video that went viral. United later apologized and reached an undisclosed settlement with him.___Associated Press writer David Koenig contributed to this report from Dallas. read more

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Pirates pitcher Chris Archer undergoes hernia surgery

PITTSBURGH — Pirates pitcher Chris Archer has undergone surgery to repair a hernia but should be ready in time for spring training.The team says Archer had surgery Tuesday after complaining of symptoms during a recent workout. Archer is expected to take six weeks off to recuperate before resuming his off-season program.Pittsburgh acquired Archer from Tampa Bay in a July trade that sent outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow to the Rays.Archer went 3-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 10 starts for the Pirates, including a 2-1 mark with a 2.70 ERA in September.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press

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Football Clash of titan defenses battle for playoff lives in Big Ten

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhen No. 4 Wisconsin (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten) and No. 8 Ohio State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) meet Saturday in the Big Ten championship game, two of the nation’s top defenses will do battle with College Football Playoff implications on the line. The Buckeyes are not guaranteed one of the four spots should they win in Indianapolis, but the Badgers’ current placement in the top four would seem to indicate a win cements their place. Ohio State offense vs. Wisconsin defenseThe Ohio State offense ranks as one of the best in the nation, averaging the fifth-most points per game (43.8) and fourth-most total yards per game (529.8). That offense will be facing off against one of the top defenses in the country, one that has allowed the second-fewest points per game (12) and the fewest yards per game (236.9).The most intriguing matchup between the two teams will come on the ground. This goes on both sides. The Wisconsin running defense versus Ohio State’s rushing attack and vice versa. The Badgers have allowed the fewest rushing yards per game (80.5) and second-fewest per carry (2.65), while the Buckeyes have the 13th-most rushing yards per game (250.3) and eighth-most yards per carry (5.9) in the nation. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s health will be a key factor in this game. The redshirt senior had to leave in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan with a knee injury, and while he is expected to play, his knee could limit his mobility and potential to run the read-option. But the Buckeyes have a pair of explosive running backs in Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins, who are both hitting their stride at this point in the season and should be able to shoulder the burden of the running game.The Badgers’ defensive line is one of the best Ohio State will face this season. But the Buckeyes faced an even more talented defensive line in Michigan last week and their backfield duo combined for 158 yards on 27 carries (5.9 yards per carry) and scored two touchdowns. Weber and Dobbins have the ability to propel Ohio State’s offense, and they might be tasked to do so, for the Wisconsin passing defense has shut down opponents.The Badgers have allowed just 156.4 passing yards per game (second-fewest in the nation) and 5.5 yards per attempt (lowest in the nation). Only four times this season have they allowed more than 200 passing yards in a game and they have allowed a passing touchdown in only five games.The leaders for that defense have been a pair of first-team All-Big Ten defensive backs, cornerback Nick Nelson and safety D’Cota Dixon. Nelson is tied for second in the nation with 20 passes defended, while Dixon has three passes defended, an interception, a forced fumble, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Linebacker T.J. Edwards is another defense weapon for the Badgers. The first-team All-Big Ten linebacker leads the team with four interceptions and has returned one for a touchdown, while also defending six passes. Edwards also has been crucial in stopping plays behind the line, leading the team with 11 tackles for a loss and two sacks. Just like last week when the Buckeyes faced off against one of the top-five defenses in the nation, much of this game comes down to the battle of a top offense versus a top defense. The Buckeyes have shown the potential to put up plenty of points against top defenses — Penn State and Michigan State both came into their games against the Buckeyes with impressive statistics defensively. They also have the potential to struggle like they did for most of their game against Michigan.Ohio State defense vs. Wisconsin offenseThis matchup comes down to really just one question: can the Buckeyes’ rushing defense stop Jonathan Taylor? Though Wisconsin’s offense has overall been solid, ranking 42nd in total offense and 26th in scoring, it has seen nearly all of its success come on the ground. More specifically, it has almost exclusively come from Taylor.Taylor has racked up 1,806 rushing yards in his true freshman season, third-most among all running backs behind San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny and Stanford’s Bryce Love. The only two freshmen who have rushed for more yards in a season are Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson in 2004 (1,925 yards) and Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne in 1996 (1,863 yards).Taylor has been relied on heavily by the Badgers’ offense this season, and he has done everything asked of him. Taylor’s rushing yards account for 35 percent of Wisconsin’s total offense. He has just one game in which he has averaged fewer than five yards per carry and has scored in nine of his 12 games. Part of the reason Taylor has had so much success has come down to the play of Wisconsin’s offensive line. The Badgers have only allowed 4.92 tackles for loss per game and just 1.42 sacks per game, both 26th-fewest in the nation. That offensive line will be matched up against one of the best defensive lines in the nation in Ohio State. Led by a pair of first-team All-Big Ten defensive ends in Tyquan Lewis and Nick Bosa, Ohio State has held opponents down to just 3.13 rushing yards per carry, the ninth-lowest in the nation. It also has averaged 7.92 tackles for loss per game, 10th-most in the country. Part of why Taylor has been relied up on so heavily is because of the mediocrity of Wisconsin’s passing attack. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook has been serviceable for the Badgers, but he has not been great. He has 21 touchdown passes, but 13 interceptions and just three games without throwing a pick. His accuracy is generally inconsistent, considering he has had five weeks with a completion percentage under 60 percent and three weeks with it higher than 70 percent.Hornibrook is not the weapon in the passing game Ohio State should fear. That would be tight end Troy Fumagalli. The Buckeyes have been torched week in and week out by opposing tight ends, and Fumagalli is one of the best they will face all season. He is second on the team with 471 receiving yards and leads the team with 38 receptions. He has brought down four touchdown passes. The 6-foot-6, 248-pound senior could be a major challenge for the Buckeyes to bring down, and should be expected to continue as Hornibrook’s favorite target.Ohio State’s defense has been effective at times, but the kryptonite of the team at others. It is often victimized in the passing game, but it is generally consistent against rushing offenses. Wisconsin would appear to play well into the hands of the Ohio State defense, but it’s tough to tell how the Buckeyes will hold up against even a mediocre passing offense, when it was picked apart by Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley and allowed Michigan quarterback John O’Korn to pass for 195 yards. Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 24-20Colin Hass-Hill: Wisconsin wins 31-30James King: Ohio State wins 48-20 read more

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Ian Brady dies Police pleaded with Moors Murderer to reveal secrets as

first_imgIan Brady, the Moors Murderer who has died aged 79, refused to reveal where he buried Keith Bennett as police tried to prise the secret from him as he lay dying.The bed-ridden killer, who tortured and killed five children with his lover Myra Hindley, died at a secure mental health hospital on Monday night after spending more than five decades behind bars.It emerged on Tuesday that officers had attempted to secure deathbed information from terminally-ill Brady, who had never revealed where he and Myra Hindley buried 12-year-old Keith. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley Ian Brady and Myra Hindley on the moors where they buried their child victims “Despite her personal appeals directly to Brady and via my office, Brady had persistently ignored the wishes of a grieving mother.”Bed-ridden Brady was being held at a high-secure hospital in Merseyside after torturing and killing five children with Hindley. In 2013, Brady asked to be moved to a Scottish prison so he could not be force fed, as he could be in hospital, and where he could be allowed to die if he wishes.His request was rejected after Ashworth medical experts said he had chronic mental illness and needed continued care in hospital.In February, he was refused permission to launch a High Court fight to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal where the decision would be reviewed. Terry Kilbride, the brother of victim John, said he will still have to deal with the “nightmare” Brady has left behind.He told the Sun: “It’s a lot to take in. It’s been years and years of anguish and pain for us and the families of the victims.”But nothing will change. He’s dead but we will have to still live with the nightmare that he left behind. He’s ruined our lives all these years and he’ll still ruin it even though he’s gone. I feel numb.” Shortly before she passed away in a hospice aged 78, it emerged that Brady allegedly wrote a letter to her with strict instructions that it should not be opened until after his death. At the time of Mrs Johnson’s death, family solicitor John Ainley said: “She was convinced Brady knew where her son was buried and told me she wanted the search to continue to find Keith. The crimes of Brady and Hindley – who died in prison in 2002 – shocked the nation as details of how the pair snatched children off the street, abused and tortured them to death were recalled during their trial.Brady escaped the hangman’s noose as the death penalty was abolished just months earlier and was handed three life sentences. KEITH BENNETT BODY SEARCH SADDLEWORTH MOOR His death, hours after he was urged to “do the right thing” and reveal where the last of his child victims is buried, means he takes some of his secrets about the horrors to his grave.Brady was jailed for the killings of John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, 17, in 1966.He went on to admit the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett. Mr Kilbride added that there were no other words to describe Brady apart from “a murderous psychopath”. Police search for Keith Bennett on Saddleworth Moor as part of a renewed operation that began in 2003Credit:GREATER MANCHESTER POLICEcenter_img Glasgow-born Brady had been held at Ashworth High Secure Hospital since 1985 and died at 6.03pm on Monday.A spokesman said the serial killer, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady before his death, had been on oxygen.Brady was not found dead in his room in the Merseyside unit, the spokesman said, but he was unable to confirm if anyone was with him when he died, adding: “Quite possibly. I don’t know.” police using specially trained sniffer dogs on Saddleworth Moor, near Oldham, to search for Keith Bennett, Police use sniffer dogs on Saddleworth Moor to search for Keith Bennett in November 1986Credit:PA It was, I suppose, quite a moving sort of situation…. he was obviously well aware that his death was imminentRobin Makin, Ian Brady’s solicitor-advocate “The police spoke to me in the course of the evening, and they were trying to have access to his papers,” Mr Ainley told Good Morning Britain.”That’s difficult without consent from his solicitors and a court order. [The police] were trying, I think, to implore Brady at this very late stage to pass on any information or documents to them so they could carry out a meaningful search of the moors.” He said: “He did go to the Moors a long time ago and I suspect that if there had been information for him that he could have provided, he would have provided it then.”He added: “I would very much hope that the remains can be found, but unfortunately I haven’t got any information that’s going to assist.”Mr Makin said he had seen Brady about two hours before his death.He said: “It was, I suppose, quite a moving sort of situation. I got a call that he wanted to see me, he was obviously well aware that his death was imminent.”He said they discussed Brady’s legal wishes and arrangements for his funeral. 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. But he is said to have refused to disclose the location of the grave in his final hours, dealing Keith’s family a final insult.According to John Ainley, the Bennett family lawyer, detectives were “imploring” Brady to pass on information on his deathbed. It came as it emerged that the secret of where Keith, the final Moors Murder victim, is buried might be contained in a letter Brady reportedly wrote with instructions for it to be opened after he died.Keith’s mother, Winnie Johnson, died in 2012 without being able to lay her son to rest, having fought tirelessly to find him and give him a Christian burial. Brady’s legal advocate at the time, Jackie Powell, claimed the letter existed during a television documentary.She claimed the sealed document was addressed to Keith’s mother and was to be opened in the event of Brady’s death, adding that it might contain “the means to her possibly being able to rest”.However, it is understood that the letter has never been found.Speaking on Radio 4 on Tuesday morning, Brady’s solicitor-advocate Robin Makin said he would be “very surprised” if Brady had had any useful information about where Keith’s body was buried.The Liverpool-based solicitor said the whereabouts of the remains did not come up in conversation – and that he had never asked him about missing Keith. ​last_img read more

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