first_imgBriton Mo Farah became only the second man to retain both Olympic track long distance titles on Saturday when he produced an utterly dominant performance to add the 5,000m gold to the 10,000 he collected a week ago. (FULL COVERAGE – RIO OLYMPICS)Farah followed Finland’s Lasse Viren, who won both titles in 1972 and 1976, and having also done the double twice at the world championships he has now earned his place among the all-time greats of his sport.Farah dealt with everything the field could throw at him on Saturday, and even took up the pace midway through the race to stamp his authority on the field.As ever, when it came to a last-lap showdown, nobody could live with his speed and he surged clear of Kenyan-born American Paul Chelimo and Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet.WASN’T EASY FOR FARAHThings were never going to be easy for Farah as Ethiopian trio Dejen Gebremeskel, Muktar Edris and Gebrhiwet all passed up the 10,000m to concentrate on the shorter distance, and all three boasted faster personal bests than Farah.After so many races where the rest of the field played into his hands by going steadily and opening the door for a last-lap burn-up, Farah was initially presented with a different challenge as Gebremeskel and Gebrhiwet set off at a hot pace from the start.However, by the halfway point they seemed to have given up on that approach and Farah moved to the front to push the pace and as it reached the final lap he was, as always, unbeatable.advertisement”I can’t believe it. My legs were a bit tired after the 10k I don’t now how I recovered,” he told reporters.”It shows I didn’t just fluke it in London, to do it again is incredible. I just want to see my kids and hang this medal around their necks.”I was surprised by the first lap, I thought it was going to be a slow race. They had a plan, they wanted to take the sting out of me but when I hit the front, I wasn’t letting anyone past me.”last_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi is the greatest player of all-time, according to his former Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto’o.Messi was named in the FIFPro World XI on Monday, but missed out on being in the top three for FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award.Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric claimed the main prize, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Regardless, Eto’o – who played alongside Messi at Barca from 2004-09 – said the Argentina star was the greatest of all-time.”Leo, for us, will always be the best player in the world ever,” he said.”The human beings have to choose and they chose those three players, who have done well this year too.”But for people like me and others, it doesn’t change the fact that Leo is the best player in the world ever.” Leo #Messi, in the FIFA FIFPro World XI for the 12th consecutive year! #ForçaBarça https://t.co/tNxmRvmsV3— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 24, 2018Messi has won nine La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns among numerous other trophies at Barca, while he is a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or.However, the superstar and his long-time rival Ronaldo drew fierce criticism for their decision to skip out on the awards event.last_img read more

first_imgWhen Roger Federer landed heavily on his knee on his beloved Wimbledon turf 12 months ago, few would have put money on the popular Swiss walking back through the All England Club gates as the favourite to win a 19th grand slam title.Yet that is the reality facing 84th-ranked Alexandr Dolgopolov when the Ukrainian faces one of Wimbledon’s all-time favourite sons in Tuesday’s first round match on Centre Court.Things could not have been more different last July.That painful tumble in Federer’s semi-final defeat by Milos Raonic sparked a chain of events that many feared would end the Swiss great’s storied career.Just days later, he put a full stop to his 2016 season, saying he needed time to receive “more extensive rehabilitation” on his stricken knee which had required surgery months earlier.But the man who is a month shy of his 36th birthday has been rejuvenated by the enforced six-month break.After capturing a record 18th grand slam trophy at the Australian Open in January, he is once again proving to be a formidable force — winning back-to-back titles at Indian Wells and Miami for the first time since 2006.While he shunned the entire claycourt season to give himself “the best chance for Wimbledon”, a ninth title at the Halle grasscourt tournament has put him in the zone for Wimbledon.”I don’t want to be at the mercy of my opponent. I want to take charge, play aggressive myself,” Federer, seeking his first title here since 2012, told reporters.advertisement”So for that I need to be fast on my feet and quick in my mind. I just need enough rest so I can play enough inspired tennis.”Considering Dolgopolov has not taken a set off Federer in three meetings, the chances are he will be cannon fodder for the Swiss as Federer begins the pursuit of a record eighth Wimbledon title and a record 85th match win at the grasscourt major.last_img read more

first_imgIndia’s only ATP World Tour event will now be known as Maharashtra Open with owners of the event IMG (Reliance) shifting the tournament to Pune by signing a five-year deal with the MSLTA.Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) confirmed that IMG (R) have cancelled the contract which was extended till 2019 early this year.TNTA CEO Hiten Joshi explained that the sponsorship for the tournament indeed became an issue leading up to the cancellation of the ATP 250 event in Chennai.TNTA informed IMG(R) after this year’s edition in January that Aircel will no longer be the title sponsors for the Chennai Open as they will be merging their telecom operations with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Company.IMG(R) is a joint venture between IMG, which owns the ATP sanction for the Chennai Open, and Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Group.”TNTA had told IMGR that they should find a title sponsor for Chennai Open in 2018 & TNTA would raise the balance funds with the help of the Tamil Nadu Government & other local sponsors and would live up to its obligations under the contract to conduct Chennai Open until 2019.”TNTA has just received an e-mail from IMGR cancelling the contract to conduct the ATP event in 2018 & 19. TNTA will consult its legal counsel and take appropriate action,” Joshi said in a release.However, TNTA said it has sent “best wishes for the conduct of the ATP event in Pune”.The season-opening Maharashtra Open will be a USD 550,000 event, which is USD 44,270 more than the Chennai Open.advertisementThe hot conditions in Chennai are similar to Melbourne and high altitude Pune will be slightly on colder side.Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) Secretary General Sunder Iyer though said it won’t be a big factor which players will consider while choosing the event.”Humidity will be less than Chennai in Pune in January but the surface of our courts will be similar to Australian Open. We will prepare it accordingly,” Iyer told PTI.Asked that Pune does not have a direct flight to and from Melbourne and top players may prefer direct flights, Iyer said it will also not be a big factor.”Mumbai is just two hours drive from here and there are many flights from Europe, Dubai to Pune. Those who want to come and play here, will come,” he said.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said,”We welcome the world class ATP tournament to our state. We are happy to host the Maharashtra Open and sure that we will take it to newer heights by bringing in an elite field every year.”IMG thanked Tamil Nadu government and TNTA for making the Chennai Open a “grand success.”We look forward to similar love from tennis fans in not just in Pune and Maharashtra but in every part of the country.We have created a tennis legacy and have also provided our young players the opportunity to not only play against the best but to also pick up crucial points in world ranking system,” an IMG Spokesperson said.Tournament director Prashant Sutar said, “We have the best tennis infrastructure in the country. We will strive our best to make the world s best players and our own, feel at home.last_img read more

first_imgBrief Score – New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Dhoni (39), Southee (3/17), Ferguson (2/22). Full ScorecardNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson expressed delight at his team’s “complete” performance in the first T20I of a three-match series against India at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Wednesday. The Black Caps handed India their biggest-ever defeat in terms of the margin of runs 80 and started the series on a high.Williamson said the big win has set the tone for New Zealand for the remainder of the series. However, he insisted that there’s no room for complacency and that the Black Caps can still work on a few things ahead of the 2nd T20I on Friday.After being sent into bat, New Zealand posted a mammoth total of 219 under the lights. Wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert, who replaced an injured Martin Guptill, took the India bowlers to the cleaners, hitting a 43-ball 84. Seifert stitched an 86 runs stand with Colin Munro and gave the hosts a strong start.Captain Williamson chipped in with a handy 34-ball 22 while Ross Taylor (23) and Scott Kuggeleijn (20) played cameos towards the end of their innings. After losing opener Rohit Sharma early, India kept losing regular wickets and were eventually bowled out for 139 with four balls to spare. MS Dhoni hit a 39-ball 31 but it wasn’t enough as he was running out of partners at a serious pace.”Fantastic performance all around. I think everybody in their roles did their jobs. One of the complete performances you search for. It’s sort of finished now, we move on in a day’s time and there’s another game,” Williamson said.advertisementINDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST T20I WELLINGTON: HIGHLIGHTSHe added: “There were some really good things in this game. The top order was outstanding. Seifert played a special knock. We were able to build partnerships.An exciting start to the T20I series! A record total at @WestpacStadium and 5 T20I wins in a row at the venue. Also complete the winning start to the Double-Headers with the @WHITE_FERNS #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/XzcCAlF1IVBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 6, 2019″The bowling performance was outstanding. We had runs on the board but bowling and fielding were of a high standard. Complete performance. Doesn’t happen always. It has set the tone for the rest of the series”Williamson also congratulated the New Zealand women’s team who beat their Indian counterparts in the first of the double header in Wellington on Wednesday. Both the Black Caps and the White Ferns have bounced back from their respective ODI series defeats to begin the T20I series with a bang.Despite a Smriti Mandhana half-century, India women lost the first T20I by 23 runs. Harmanpreet Kaur’s girls lost their last nine wickets for 35 runs in chase of 160.”It [the women’s T20I] was a great game that ebbed and flowed a little bit. Throughout the series, we have copied them a bit… the two teams have followed a similar trend. Hopefully, they can do that in the next game and we can follow them as well.”Also Read | We were outplayed in all departments: Rohit Sharma after India’s worst T20I defeatAlso Read | Rohit Sharma’s winning streak as T20I captain comes to an endAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgBarcelona ‘This president is a joke’ – Neymar slams Barcelona’s Bartomeu on Instagram Last updated 2 years ago 06:44 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(18) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Barcelona Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Primera División The PSG attacker didn’t hold back in his criticism of the Catalan club’s head man in a comment on social media. Neymar has slammed Josep María Bartomeu on Instagram, calling the Barcelona president a “joke” for comments made about the Brazil star and his father.The 25-year-old completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain last month after the French side paid his €222 million release clause, shattering the record for the most expensive signing in history.Neymar evens to win Ballon d’Or by 2020 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Bartomeu was clearly left dismayed by the antics of Neymar and his father and agent Neymar Santos Sr., who was a driving force behind the move to Paris. “We made the mistake of trusting Neymar and his father too much,” Bartomeu said. When an Instagram account posted Bartomeu’s quote, Neymar couldn’t help but respond in the comments section, saying: “This president is a joke”.Neymar Instagram commentBarcelona signed Ousmane Dembele to help replace the Brazilian, who is off to a fast start in his time at PSG. The forward has three goals and three assists in three league matches for the French giants so far – all of them wins.last_img read more

first_imgThe NSWTA State Conference aims to improve the delivery of Touch Football with a specific focus on our Affiliates and volunteers. Presentations are made throughout the weekend aimed to assist and enhance the ability of affiliates to provide a better product for our members. The Conference offers a tremendous opportunity to learn what other Touch Associations are doing as well the networking with members from across the State including Regional and State Officials.Delegates arriving on Friday, 25 July 2008 will be VIP Guests at the Vawdon Cup. On Saturday, 26 July 2008 a Blues Dinner will be held of which former Australian cricketer and commentator Kerry O’Keeffe. The Blues Dinner will recognise NSWTA best Affiliates, Regions, Administrators, Players, Juniors, Volunteers, Referees, Coaches and Selectors. The 2008 NSWTA Blues Awards winners and Hall of Fame inductees will also be recognised on the night.The nominees are:Affiliate of the YearSix regional winners and one State winner. SunsWagga TAKiama Juniors TA (Stingrays)Albion Park TA RebelsEast’s TAUNSW TABankstown Juniors TA MetsPenrith TALower Blue Mountains TABlacktown TA ScorpionsManly TARyde Eastwood TANorth’s TA HornetsPeninsula TAParkes TAWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TATamworth TAInverell Juniors TA Administrator of the Year John Ryan East’s TAJulie Andrews Wallsend TAElijah Van Der Kwast UNSW TALinda Bruce Glen Innes TA Region of the Year SunsHornetsMets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the Year Kellie Johnston Wallsend TAChris Dolahenty Wagga TAGary Brickell Wollongong TA Coach of the Year Andrew Hawkins Wallsend TAPeter Forrester Canterbury TAMick McDonald Wests TAAnnette Mounsey Wollongong TA Selector of the Year Craig May Taren Point TABob Monkley Yass TAMel McMah Easts TATim Kitchingham Penrith TANatilee Sargeant State PanelMale Player of the Year Joel Willoughby Canterbury TAGary Sonda Canterbury TAJason Stanton Wests TASteve Roberts Canterbury TA Female Player of the Year Kristy Judd Easts TAClare Winchester Canterbury TANola Campbell Wests TALouise Winchester Canterbury TA Junior Male Player of the Year Ben Moylan Penrith TAMichael Singh Wests TANick Good Penrith TA Junior Female Player of the Year Nicky Albury Wests TAAmy Regal Wollongong TAStephanie Halpin Tamworth TA For all information regarding the NSWTA State Conference and Blues Dinner please visit www.nswtouch.com.au to stay up to date with developments.last_img read more

first_imgzoom The criticality of offshore decommissioning and abandonment (D&A) in the Asia-Pacific region is manifesting itself with a record number of operators and regulators joining forces – just as the industry pivots towards imminent D&A activity.The ASCOPE decommissioning guidelines are a key landmark in the region’s move towards managing its offshore liabilities – setting out a common approach to the technicalities of decommissioning. On top of this, operators are working closely with the regulators to develop their local D&A methodologies, including assessment of cost, environmental factors and the complete project lifecycle.Now, in Kuala Lumpur, a collection of high-level regulators, operators and contractors are coming together from across the entire region to discuss exactly how to manage this complex array of factors in the most compliant and cost-effective way. Key stakeholders, with the power to control the project momentum, will all be represented at this DecomWorld workshop, including Petronas, PTTEP, Pertamina, Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil, Woodside, Total and many more.Sharing approaches, lessons learnt and best practice from more experienced oil and gas hubs, namely the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea, is also critical to the successful maturity of the Asia-Pacific. As such, global subject-matter experts, including Dr. Brian Twomey (Managing Director, Reverse Engineering) and Alan Stokes (Global Decommissioning Manager, WorleyParsons) will be taking active roles in delivering in depth training alongside renowned global contractors, including Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, Tetra, Weatherford and many more.Ground-breaking operator and regulator discussions at DecomWorld’s 5th Annual Offshore Decommissioning Training Workshop (30 Oct – 1 Nov, InterContinental Hotel, KL) will provide the framework to the training agenda, which includes a Regulatory and Legal panel session and a Cost-Estimation panel session – exploring two of the most topical, controversial and challenging D&A topics. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Decomworld, October 16, 2013 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: SAAM Chilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM unveiled its plans to invest some USD 85 million to reinforce its tug fleet and maintain port equipment and infrastructure.The company added that the investment could also cover inorganic growth opportunities that SAAM is constantly evaluating, according to Óscar Hasbún, SAAM’s chairman.The investment comes on the back of the company’s new operating model, launched last year with an aim to make the organization more flexible, modern and efficient. “These efforts will help us streamline operations and continue expanding to strengthen our leadership in the region,” Hasbún added.SAAM revealed the investment as part of its 2017 financial results. For the year 2017, SAAM reported net income of USD 60.4 million, up 11% from USD 54.5 million in 2016.This figure includes USD 26 million in extraordinary items, mainly from the sale of its minority interest in Tramarsa (Peru).Highlights during the year include increased activity at Terminal Terminals Guayaquil (TPG) and the incorporation of the main port on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica (Puerto Caldera), which helped offset reduced results from the Logistics Division and Chilean port terminals.“In 2017 we concluded a high investment cycle with over USD 500 million in capital expenditures over the last four years, giving us state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment to continue growing,” Hasbún said.Additionally, SAAM elected a new board which will hold office for the next three years. The board will now consist of Oscar Hasbún, Jean Paul Luksic, Francisco Pérez Mackenna, Francisco Gutiérrez and Diego Bacigalupo. Jorge Gutiérrez and Armando Valdivieso Montes were also elected as independent directors.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY — A judge is giving final instructions to jurors in the trial for a man accused of killing a Calgary woman and her young daughter in 2016.Edward Downey is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 34-year-old Sara Baillie and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Beth Hughes says jurors must not be influenced by public opinion and must ignore comments they heard from the courtroom gallery during the emotional three-week trial.The Crown’s theory is that Downey believed Baillie influenced her best friend to break up with him and to decline to work as an escort.The Crown argued Baillie’s daughter was a witness who needed silencing.  Downey testified he was in Baillie’s apartment the day she was found dead, but that he was there to buy cocaine from two other men, not hurt anyone.“You must consider the evidence and make your decision on a rational and fair consideration of all the evidence, and not on passion, or sympathy, or prejudice against the accused, the Crown or anyone else connected with the case,” Hughes told jurors Wednesday.Loved ones of the victims often wept as they heard graphic evidence during the trial and there were some emotional outbursts.“Any comments from the public gallery are inappropriate and must be ignored. Your duty as jurors is to assess the evidence impartially.”The trial heard Baillie was found dead in a laundry hamper in her daughter’s closet the evening of July 11, 2016, with duct tape wrapped around her face, neck and wrists. Taliyah was gone.The girl’s remains were found in some bushes east of the city three days later.The trial heard both died by asphyxiation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rabat – Morocco organized military funerals to honor first Lieutenant Yassine Bahti, who died following the crash of his F-16 warplane in Yemen. The ceremony was presided by Bouchaib Arroub, inspector general of the FAR and commander of the southern zone upon the instruction of King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR).According to a statement from the Royal Armed Forces carried by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the military funeral honors took place on Wednesday at the Sale Air Base. The funeral ceremonies were also marked by the presence of Abdelatif Loudiyi, Minister Delegate for national defense. “Yassine Bahti was martyred while fulfilling his military duty in the framework of Morocco’s participation in the Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen,” the statement said.In the presence of Bahti’s family and civilian and military figures, a funeral oration was delivered by an officer of his unit in the memory of the deceased.King Mohammed VI has also decided to take charge of the funeral and burial of the pilot at Shuhada cemetery in Casablanca, the statement added.The body of the Moroccan pilot arrived in Morocco on Tuesday following a successful mediation by Moroccan-British national Jamal Benomar, former United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Yemen. read more

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the federal government is keeping a careful watch on borrowing and lending tied to the country’s hot housing market.But Harper says Ottawa has no immediate plans to take action to cool it down, like it has in the past.Responding to a question in Mississauga, Ont., he said debt-servicing costs are falling and default rates remain extremely low.Harper made the remarks at a time when big banks and other lenders are cutting mortgage rates to kick off the spring real-estate season.Spring mortgage market kicks off with a new low rate from Bank of Montreal — but you can do betterThat $1 million Toronto home just got even pricierThey also come amid concerns Canadians have piled on too much debt and worries that housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver have become overheated.Harper says he’s not “unconcerned” about the housing-market situation, but he believes Canada’s financial institutions remain very strong. read more

Meeting in Geneva, the preparatory committee for the World Summit on the Information Society also decided today to reconvene from 10 to 14 November to continue negotiations on the draft Declaration of Principles and draft Plan of Action. Some of the issues that are still to be resolved include financing, Internet security and Internet governance.”The Summit will be successful if it achieves three goals: raising awareness among world leaders of the implications of the information society; getting their firm commitment to tackle the injustice of the digital divide; and developing new legal and policy frameworks appropriate to cyberspace,” said Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the lead UN agency organizing the Summit. “The importance of communications and access to networks is no longer just a technical matter, but a fundamental policy goal for every nation.”The Summit will be held in two phases, with the first running from 10 to 12 December in Geneva, and the second scheduled for 16 to 18 November 2005 in Tunisia. read more

“The circumstances that children are facing here are disgraceful and outrageous,” Ms. Veneman said during a visit to a shelter in Kitgum, northern Uganda, where for almost two decades the Government has been fighting the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which is estimated to have abducted 20,000 children during night time raids to use as combatants or sex slaves.Later, she was visiting a centre for so-called ‘night commuters,’ the estimated 30,000 to 40,000 children driven by fear of abduction to seek nightly refuge in towns, often on instructions of their parents. Many sleep rough on the streets, and UNICEF is committed to creating a safer environment for them.Among them is 11-year-old Vicky, who has been told by her family that she must sleep in town, but does not know why. Nine-year-old Andrew has been given a blanket and a sack to carry it in on his nightly journey into town; he returns home at six in the morning.During her visit to the Kitgum centre, Ms. Veneman met with 40 children who had been abducted. She sat down with four of them to hear their personal stories at length. “It was very moving,” she said.The former abductees were fortunate enough to escape from the LRA rebels, but most of these boys and girls are still haunted by their experiences as combatants or sex slaves. UNICEF is providing assistance through the centres, to help them return to their normal lives.The conflict has forced 1.4 million people to flee their homes. Around 80 per cent are children and women. Since 2002 alone, almost 12,000 children have been abducted.In April last year, these child soldiers topped a list of “Ten Stories the World Should Know More About” compiled by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). read more

No Excuse Cards (pdf) produced for the UN system.An issue to be addressed across the Organization Relating to the methodology of the response to sexual exploitation and abuse, Ms. Lute underlines the system-wide approach of the UN: “This is a problem that all of us have to address, system-wide. And we need to begin by thinking through: how can we become a global example of a standards-based organisation of best practice?” she notes. Related to this, she adds that the Secretary-General has revised the policy protecting whistle-blowers. VIDEO: Jane Holl Lute, Special Coordinator on improving the Organization’s response to Sexual exploitation and abuse, on improving United Nations response to sexual exploitation. Credit: UN NewsA new UN strategy “We have to do better and we have to do more”, stresses Ms. Lute, as she describes a new, four-fold UN strategy to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse.Four-fold UN strategy:Focusing on the rights and dignity of victimsEnding impunity for those guilty of crimes and abusesReaching broadly to external experts and those affectedRaising awareness and sharing best practices In an effort to put victims first, Secretary-General Guterres announced that he intends to appoint a victims’ rights advocate at  UN Headquarters, while calling on each of the four UN field missions that account for the highest numbers of incidents to appoint one on the ground as well. The four peacekeeping missions are located in the Central African Republic, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan.‘Protectors should not become predators’ – Atul Khare, Head of UN Field Support Atul Khare, head of the UN Department of Field Support – which deals with tackling sexual exploitation and abuse in UN peace operations – explains in a separate interview that measures are being taken in close cooperation with Member States to address this scourge in the field and provide essential assistance to victims. For example, immediate and urgent needs are covered by each  mission’s budget, while the Department is working closely with Member States to conduct DNA tests to establish paternity and ensure recognition of the rights of mother and child. Also, a trust fund to assist victims has been established in which  Member States voluntarily contribute to improve the medical and psychosocial assistance provided to victims in coordination with UN humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). VIDEO: Atul Khare pledges to eliminate the scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse, including acts committed by peacekeeping forces under the UN mandate. Credit: UN News Preventive measures include mandatory training, sensitization, risk management and enhanced screening of all incoming personnel – be it military, police or civilian – for prior misconduct while serving with the UN. Response measures include deployment of immediate response teams to gather and preserve evidence, rapid investigations, immediate disciplinary measures such as  repatriation of uniformed personnel when the perpetrator is known and suspension of payments, and pursuing criminal accountability with Member States, including imprisonment. Protectors cannot be predators. Protectors cannot be somebody who is exploiting the people Atul Khare, head of the UN Department of Field Support For Mr. Khare, the wrongdoings of some people should not tarnish the sacrifice of the more than 100,000 peacekeeping personnel, and their respective countries. “Protectors cannot be predators. Protectors cannot be somebody who is exploiting the people,” he says. While greater collaboration has been provided by Member States, collective work is also undertaken in the sensitization of communities living close to UN bases, including through messages broadcast by UN radio stations on the ground. More data on victims, allegations, investigations and accountability measures is also being provided through the recently redesigned Conduct and Discipline website. As a part of educational efforts, No Excuse Cards have been produced for UN system-wide use, which are to be carried by all UN personnel, including humanitarian and peacekeeping personnel, in the field. Almost a year later, on 6 January 2017, the current Secretary-General, António Guterres, asked Ms. Lute to lead a high-level task force to improve United Nations approach for preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse. “The Secretary-General – even before formally taking office – made it very clear that he intends to be associated personally and continuously with all efforts to rid this Organization of this scourge,” said Ms. Lute, in an interview with UN News a few days before the publication of the Secretary-General’s report, Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach. In the interview, Ms. Lute, echoes Secretary-General Guterres’ concern that “deep gender inequality is at the heart of what sexual exploitation and abuse is.” VIDEO: Jane Holl Lute, Special Coordinator, tells UN News about the Secretary-General’s new UN whistleblower protection policy. Credit: UN News “The Secretary-General intends to re-connect each of us to the values and principles of this Organization: [to understand] why we signed up to begin with; what it means to work under a blue helmet or the blue flag or in association with the United Nations perhaps under a UN mandate, in every dimension,” Ms. Lute concludes. It is a response that the Secretary-General wishes to consolidate with all stakeholders, including Member States, civil society, and international NGOs. Notably, he has called for a high-level meeting on the subject this fall, on the margins of the next General Assembly. read more

first_imgThe new ROC T35M combines the straightforward design concept of, mining equipment manufacturer, Atlas Copco’s former CM line with the well-tested features of the ROC family, in a new modular design developed for the next generation of Atlas Copco’s surface crawler drill rigs. This design is focused on productivity, cost-efficiency and hole quality.The ROC T35M is a fuel efficient drill rig equipped with a highly productive rock drill. The COP 1840 rock drill with 18 kW drilling power provides a high penetration rate. It gives more drilling power for less input energy, resulting in less fuel consumption. The hydraulic based control system, COP Logic, adjusts the feed speed, feed pressure and impact pressure in real time according to the rock condition. Continuous feeding by use of cylinder and rope, results in constant contact of the bit to the rock and leads to optimum transfer of the impact power.Katsuyuki Yamada, Product Manager at Atlas Copco SDE: “The ROC T35M offers high productivity, thanks to its use of the Atlas Copco COP 1840 rock drill, with hydraulic based COP Logic control system that optimises the drilling according to the need.”Bo-Göran Johansson, Vice President, Marketing, at Atlas Copco SDE adds: “Every contractor dreams of higher penetration rates, straighter holes and better accessory life. The ROC T35M drill rig employs a cylinder-driven aluminium feed system that fulfils this dream by providing optimal penetration rates and drill steel life. Its rod handling system, with a streamlined number of parts, ensures easy adjustment and maintenance. The well proven aluminium feed profile is sturdy and highly resistant to bending.”The ROC T35M is built of modules and parts common to the Atlas Copco surface crawler portfolio. This makes training easy and reduces the spare parts inventory of contractors. Maintenance is aided by all around access to service points and good hose management with bulk heads. The maintenance-friendly design together with ROC Care and COP Care service agreements mean fewer breakdowns, increased availability and reduced service costs.last_img read more

first_imgCLARE WILL WELCOME their All-Ireland heroes home at a public event in Ennis tomorrow night.The Banner lifted Liam MacCarthy for the first time in 16 years after a thrilling 5-16 to 3-16 win over Cork in this evening’s All-Ireland hurling final replay.Davy Fitzgerald’s senior squad will share a joint homecoming with the county’s U21s, who clinched a second successive All-Ireland title by beating Antrim a fortnight ago.The event at Tim Smythe Park (formerly known as The Fair Green) will begin at 6pm tomorrow evening with big screen entertainment and musical acts.“The sense of achievement that the Clare hurlers have instilled in the people of Clare, irrespective of whether they are hurling fans, cannot be understated,” the Mayor of Clare, Cllr Joe Arkins, said this evening.“The country has not seen hurling teams as exciting and gifted as these young sides in many a year.”For those who cannot be in attendance, the homecoming will be broadcast around the world on the Ennis App and on ennisapp.ie.All-Ireland final report: O’Donnell’s dream day fires Clare to victory10 of the best tweets on a sensational All-Ireland hurling finallast_img read more

first_imgAmazon has had an interesting year. The release of the Kindle FireBest Price at Amazon gave the whole tablet ecosystem reason to pause and see what was going on. Amazon didn’t make the most powerful tablet. Amazon didn’t have the most up to date OS or even the sexiest design out there. Amazon built an inexpensive vessel to enjoy the mountains of content that the company had been building up for the last few years. Today, Amazon has taken to the stage in order to announce the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD 7-inch and 8.9-inch.The updated 7-inch Kindle Fire is sporting a new processor, more ram, and a better battery inside of the same casing. The refreshed Kindle Fire will be $159 and will be shipping on September 14. This announcement really just felt like a formality, so that everyone was ready to handle what was clearly the main event.The Kindle Fire HD is a pair of tablets with identical hardware. Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch tablets have a 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS display with a wide polarizing filter. The touch screen has zero gap to the actual display, creating a 254ppi display with less glare when used in direct light. Like the Kindle Fire, the HD has a wide bezel surrounding the device, which now also hides an HD front facing camera. Behind the screen there’s an OMAP 4 4470 processor, although Amazon didn’t mention the clock speed of this processor.With all of the hardware needed to deliver an HD experience, Amazon is also offering HD content. To go alongside the HD movie and gaming experience, the Kindle Fire HD has Dolby Digital Plus dual stereo speakers. Jeff Bezos focused hard on their implementation of WiFi on the device as well. The Kindle Fire HD will have a pair of dual band antennae, allowing the device a MIMO connection to either 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless connections. As it stands right now, no other tablet on the market can offer this combination, and Bezos made sure everyone knows about it.One critical feature that Amazon is adding to the Kindle Fire HD is the ability to have multiple profiles setup on a single device. You can quickly slip back and forth between the different profiles and access the content that is stored on those accounts. Since the device has a front facing camera, it only made sense to include video chat support. Amazon is including Skype support with the Kindle Fire HD to give users access to a video chat service that is already being used by millions.Jeff Bezos hit hard in his presentation, making it clear that the Kindle Fire was about delivering a service instead of a gadget. At multiple points during the presentation the iPad and the Nexus 7 were inferior to the new Kindle Fire HD ,and made sure he explained very clearly why that was. The Nexus 7 took a tougher beating than the iPad, no doubt because it was a device pretty clearly designed to compete with the original Kindle Fire.At $199 for the 7-inch model (16GB) and $299 for the 8.9-inch model (16GB), Amazon has firmly placed themselves as a competitive force in the tablet industry. Having already assumed more that 20% of the tablet marketshare in the US with the original Kindle Fire, it will be interesting to see where things go with this new wave of devices.And if you want to go premium, the 8.9-inch model will be available with 32GB of storage and LTE for $499. The LTE plan will be just $50 a year, with 250MB of data a month. That’ll make for the same price tag as the entry-level iPad, but with more storage and LTE. Plus Amazon’s WWAN is considerably cheaper than Apple’s.last_img read more

first_imgOne lesser-known aspect of the Game Developers Conference is the Game Design Challenge. For the past decade, the design challenge has asked a select few of the industry’s luminaries to tackle a single problem, each year. Sometimes the challenge is communicate a love story, other times to explain humanity to an alien species that has never seen it. This time the challenge was particularly fitting, as 2013’s is purportedly the final Game Design Challenge ever. The challenge was to make Humanity’s Last Game.Just what that meant was up to the designers on display, an all-star cast made up of the winners from the last ten years of the challenge. Participants included Harvey Smith (Deus Ex: Invisible War, Dishonored), Jenovah Chen (Journey), and Will Wright (being Will Wright). It was Jason Rohrer, an eccentric indie game designer whose best-known work is probably the Esquire Magazine-hosted Between, who took home the final prize. As seems fitting for a game about the existential end of humanity, this is a game that both has never been played and, in all likelihood, will never be played.The idea was to make a game with rules that had not been designed or play-tested by humans, and bury it somewhere in the Nevada desert for thousands of years. Tooling the pieces of his board game from titanium (even aluminum or glass wouldn’t have held up) was just the beginning, since Rohrer had to figure out how to design a game without ever actually seeing that design. His solution was to use an algorithmic approach, letting a primitive AI run simulated matches and change the rules based some unknown set of conditions.Jason Rohrer, designer of BetweenThis means that Rohrer did basically design the game, indirectly, by designing the designer. Still, after his algorithms came to some predetermined threshold of completeness he printed out the rules on long-lived paper and encased them in Pyrex, and buried the whole thing somewhere in the Nevada desert — Rohrer claims even he doesn’t know precisely where. He then sent out close to a million GPS coordinates, only one of which is correct. If a single person set themselves to checking each of these locations, it should take them over 2 thousand years to find the thing. In reality, it’s unlikely that anyone will bother, and certainly not before the area gets paved over in our inevitable march toward Coruscant-like over development.This winning entry won Rohrer not only the largest Game Design Challenge prize by far, but also one of the coolest prizes possible: an acre of land on the Moon. I’m not sure how well this deed will hold up in a few hundred years when Rohrer Jr. Jr. Jr. tries to assert ownership to the Lunar Real Estate Corporation, but regardless, he’s sent one of GDC’s most beloved traditions off in truly impressive style.last_img read more

first_imgMauricio Pochettino admits his side’s performance was not up to standard despite beating rivals Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford.The Argentine boss doesn’t want his side to get carried away with a result like against Man United, saying they are going to ‘crash’ if they do so.“My mood wasn’t great, I was so disappointed [after Old Trafford],” he explained, as quoted by the Guardian.“We need to improve our performance. I wasn’t happy with the first half.“We need to talk about reality, not perception, and the reality was that in the first half we could concede one, two or three goals.“The team showed character and in the second half we dominated but if we want to fight for big things, it’s about trying to improve.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“After three games, Watford are over the moon and if we’re not ready and we believe that because we beat Manchester United 3-0, all is fantastic, we are going to crash.“It’s easy to talk about perception.“When you’ve beaten Manchester United 3-0 in Old Trafford, a historic victory, it’s easy to say our performance was fantastic and they were not so good.“But when you watch the game again, the line was very thin. In our last three games, we’ve conceded a lot of chances and Hugo Lloris made an unbelievable save to keep us alive at Old Trafford.“We need to show we are capable over 10 months, not after three games.”last_img read more