Proud Giants Sticking With Coughlin

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tom Coughlin is going to get another chance to make the New York Giants a champion again.Giants co-owner John Mara told the 67-year-old Coughlin that he wants him to return for an 11th season with the team that he led to Super Bowl titles in 2008 and 2012 despite a disappointing 7-9 record.It marked the fourth time in five years that the Giants have missed the postseason, but this might have been one of Coughlin’s better coaching jobs. He held together an injury-plagued team that lost its first six games and won seven of the final 10, closing the season with a 20-6 victory over Washington.“Do we have unfinished business? Yes!” Coughlin said. “We have a lot of unfinished business. We’d like to get to the winner’s circle again. That’s what this thing is all about. Do you think I’m disappointed? Yes, I’m disappointed.”There are some issues that have to be finalized later this week when Mara and Coughlin sit down with co-owner Steve Tisch and General Manager Jerry Reese. Coughlin, whose contract will expire next season, may get an extension so he does not enter next season as a lame-duck coach.There is also going to be an evaluation of the season and a frank discussion about the coaching staff. The offense and special teams struggled, so those coordinators — Kevin Gilbride and Tom Quinn — will be on the hot seat, as will quarterback coach Sean Ryan in the wake of Eli Manning’s dismal season that featured a career-high 27 interceptions.“I have great confidence in this group of men that we’ve had here as a coaching staff,” Coughlin said, “and I believe in them very strongly.”However, expect changes. Mara and Reese were both very disappointed with the season that Mara said was as disappointing as any in his memory. He had told reporters before the season that this might have been one of the most talented rosters the Giants have had.“Nobody is happy being 7-9,” Mara said. “Our fans deserve better. With that, we’ll do everything.”Injuries hurt the Giants. Twelve players finished on injured reserve, not counting defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who missed the final five games with a shoulder injury, and Victor Cruz, who was out the last two with a knee injury. Center David Baas, guard Chris Snee, halfback David Wilson, safety Stevie Brown and cornerback Corey Webster — all starters when training camp opened — were lost to injuries.The injuries to the offensive line affected the running game and allowed defenses to put Manning under pressure all season. He finally succumbed to it in the final game, spraining his left ankle and missing the second half.Fixing the offensive line is a must. First-round draft pick Justin Pugh had a solid first season at right tackle. Left tackle Will Beatty is a concern because he broke a leg Sunday.Reese believes he will be ready for next season. Guard-center Kevin Boothe, who started all 16 games, is a free agent. Snee and David Diehl may retire, and backup Jim Cordle is a restricted free agent coming off knee surgery.Jerrel Jernigan emerged in Cruz’s absence and Rueben Randle showed flashes in his second season. Hakeem Nicks is a free agent who had a bad season.Tight end Brandon Myers was inconsistent, so the Giants may void his contract to save salary cap room.Wilson suffered a neck injury in the first half of the season and his status for next season is uncertain. Doctors are hopeful the injury isn’t career-ending.Even with a sub-par Pierre-Paul, the defense was the strength of the Giants. It finished eighth overall, making major improvements with the run defense with the addition of Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson and rookie Johnathan Hankins in the middle.The Giants have 23 unrestricted free agents, with the most significant being defensive end Justin Tuck, middle linebacker Jon Beason, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and placekicker Josh Brown.Finally healthy, Tuck had his best season in years with 11 sacks. Beason solidified the defense after being acquired in a trade with Carolina.“I really don’t think that we are that far off,” Tuck said of the Giants’ future.The Giants need another cornerback to play opposite Prince Amukamara, while the safety situation is solid with Antrel Rolle, who had a career high six interceptions, and Will Hill back.Reese said the blame for the past season can be shared. He didn’t provide the right personnel. The draft wasn’t good enough. The team and the quarterback didn’t play well enough, and they had no chance after losing their first six.“We want to be a team that goes in every year and has a chance to win the tournament,” Reese said. “The last couple of years we haven’t been able to do that and that bothers me.“Our standards are high around here.”(Tom Canavan, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Debutant Mayank Agarwal highlights strong India show on Day 1

first_imgTest match cricket on Boxing Day lived up to the expectations as India dominated the first day’s play against Australia in the third Test in Melbourne on Wednesday.India captain Virat Kohli won a crucial toss and opted to bat first on a flat and slow surface at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and reached 215 for 2 at stumps, thanks to superb knocks from Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.Pujara was 68 not out, with India captain Virat Kohli batting on 47 at stumps on the first day.But it was debutant Agarwal who stole the show with an outstanding innings of 76 runs after he opened the innings with Hanuma Vihari.The new Indian opening pair added 40 runs for the first wicket before Pat Cummins bounced out Vihari for 8 after the first hour’s play.Agarwal then added 83 runs for the second wicket with Pujara as the duo batted with positive intent.But just when it seemed like Agarwal would go on to score a memorable century on debut, the right-hander departed against the run of play as Cummins struck right at the stroke of tea.Agarwal’s 76 off 161 balls became the highest score by an Indian batsman on debut in Australia.The 27-year-old looked at ease against the fast bowlers and off-spinner Nathan Lyon alike throughout the first session and continued in the same vein after the lunch break.Agarwal became the 27th Indian batsman to score a fifty on Test debut. He is also only the second Indian opener to make his debut on Australian soil. Amir Elahi, the 40th player to represent the country, had made his debut at the Sydney Cricket Ground way back in 1947-48.advertisementThe Bangalore-born cricketer also became the second Indian to score a half-century on debut in Australia after Dattu Phadkar (51 vs Australia at SCG in 1947).Agarwal’s departure saw Pujara team up with Kohli in the final session in which they scored 92 runs to see the team through safely through to stumps.Starc bowled with serious pace late in the day after Tim Paine took the second new ball in the 83rd over and even produced a couple of chances but was unable to break the 92-run partnership for the third wicket. This is currently the highest stand for the visitors in this series.Kohli even got a reprieve in the 87th over when he was dropped for 47 by Paine off Starc’s bowling. The dropped catch just summed up Australia’s day in the field.Cummins, who was the most impressive bowler on show on the first day, finished with 2 wickets for 40 runs while the rest of the bowlers, including Lyon who bowled 21 overs, went wicketless.The four-Test series is evenly poised at 1-1 after Australia’s victory in the second contest in Perth. India won the opener in Adelaide.Brief scores: India (215/2) at stumps against Australia in Melbourne. Cheteshwar Pujara (68*), Virat Kohli (47*), Mayank Agarwal (76), Pat Cummins (2/40).last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A2 Core may be cheaper than Galaxy J2 Core, price and specs leaked

first_imgSamsung Galaxy A2 Core may be cheaper than Galaxy J2 Core, price and specs leakedSamsung could soon announce the entry-level Galaxy A2 Core Android Go phone and a new report claims to have the key specifications of the device along with its price. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 11:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy A2 Core could cost Rs 5,300 in India.The Galaxy A2 Core is expected to come with a 5-inch display and glossy plastic rear panel.The Galaxy A2 Core may ship with Android Pie (Go edition).Samsung is bound to launch the Galaxy A2 Core any day now considering the speed at which the company has been announcing new smartphones. The Galaxy A2 Core is hardly a mystery as a few leaks last month revealed key specifications of the Android Go device. A few days ago, another report revealed what looks like official specs of the Galaxy A2 Core along with its pricing.The latest leak comes via 91mobiles, which managed to get hold of the official specs sheet and the price of the Galaxy A2 Core. As per the screenshot, the Galaxy A2 Core will cost Rs 5,300 when it launches, which makes it cheaper than the Rs 6,000 launch price of the Galaxy J2 Core. The leaked price of the Galaxy A2 Core should put the device in a competitive position to take on the Redmi Go and Nokia 1 in India.Unsurprisingly, the specs are in line with past reports that includes a 5-inch qHD (540×960) display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a glossy plastic rear panel. As per the spec sheet, the Galaxy A2 Core will sport a 5-inch qHD (540×960) display with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a glossy plastic rear panel. It will be powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The handset should support storage expandability via a microSD card.Notably, the Galaxy A2 Core will ship with Android Pie (Go edition) rather than Android Oreo (Go edition) as previously rumoured. This means you can expect some software optimisation improvements so that the device smoothly runs Go-based apps like Google Go, Maps Go, YouTube Go and Gmail Go, among others. Samsung will likely offer its own set of Samsung apps optimised for the Android Go device.advertisementSamsung’s entry level smartphone offers a 5MP f/1.9 rear camera and a 5MP f/2.2 front-facing camera. The phone houses a 2,600mAh battery and measures 141.5×70.9×9.1mm. Samsung will launch the Galaxy A2 Core in Red, Dark Grey and Blue colours as per the spec sheet. There is no word yet on when Samsung will announce the Galaxy A2 Core in India, but we expect it to happen soon.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 India launch expected soon as page goes live on official websiteGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Galaxy A2 CoreFollow SamsungFollow Android Golast_img read more

St. Elizabeth’s Contribution to Food Chain Highlighted

first_imgStory Highlights “With 29,320 farmers, St. Elizabeth has the largest number of registered farmers in any parish. In 2017, the parish contributed approximately 102,657 tonnes of domestic food crops to the national domestic output. This also saw St. Elizabeth farmers coming away with a huge windfall,” the Minister noted. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says the magnitude of St. Elizabeth’s contribution to the national food chain makes the parish a critical player in Jamaica’s economic development.Speaking at the recent St. Elizabeth Homecoming Agrifest, held at Independence Park, Black River, Mr. Hutchinson said he is also mindful that 2017 was a banner year for agriculture throughout the parish, with farmers earning approximately $10 billion from their produce.“With 29,320 farmers, St. Elizabeth has the largest number of registered farmers in any parish. In 2017, the parish contributed approximately 102,657 tonnes of domestic food crops to the national domestic output. This also saw St. Elizabeth farmers coming away with a huge windfall,” the Minister noted.He said that St. Elizabeth, dubbed the “Breadbasket” parish, continues to be the largest producer of vegetables; condiments; fruits, particularly pineapples; watermelons and cantaloupes.“St. Elizabeth, in addition to having a substantial irish potato production, also accounts for more than 80 per cent of the overall production of peanuts in the country,” the Minister noted.“Livestock production is also a significant contributor to the parish’s economy, with poultry, cattle, pigs, goats, apiculture, sheep and rabbits being reared,” he added.Mr. Hutchinson said that despite the presence of the Beet Armyworm, the parish also continues to be involved in escallion and onion production.“The Ministry’s programmes have assisted in militating against major outbreaks. The threats are ever present and outbreaks are closely monitored by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and other stakeholders,” he added.The Minister pointed out that, so far, more than 350 escallion and onion farmers have been assisted with training, chemicals, fertilizers, mist blower and land preparation.“I want to also congratulate all the farmers throughout the length and breadth of Jamaica for the wonderful job they have been doing,” he said.“It is not the Government alone, but it is the farmers who have been delivering big time. Once agriculture grows, the country will grow. If agriculture fails, the country fails,” the Minister argued.Mr. Hutchinson encouraged farmers to take advantage of the opportunities being offered by their local organisations, noting that agencies like RADA are there to facilitate them. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says the magnitude of St. Elizabeth’s contribution to the national food chain makes the parish a critical player in Jamaica’s economic development. Speaking at the recent St. Elizabeth Homecoming Agrifest, held at Independence Park, Black River, Mr. Hutchinson said he is also mindful that 2017 was a banner year for agriculture throughout the parish, with farmers earning approximately $10 billion from their produce.last_img read more

PPA Marks 6% Increase in Monthly Iron Ore Exports

first_imgzoom Australia’s Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) recorded 36.6 million tonnes (Mt) of iron ore exports in March, an increase of 2.1Mt or 6% from the same month in 2014, suggesting that China’s demand for iron ore is not subsiding despite a weak market.PPA delivered a total monthly throughput of 50.1 million tonnes (Mt) for the month of March.The port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of 37.1Mt, an increase of 1.9Mt or 5% from the same month in 2014, and the third largest volume ever.The Port of Dampier delivered a total monthly throughput of 13.1Mt, a slight decrease of 1.5Mt or 11% from the previous year.Imports totalled 64,000 tonnes, an increase of 20,000 tonnes or 45% from the same month in 2014.last_img read more

Sovcomflot Secures Loan for Arctic Shuttle Tanker

first_imgzoom Russian shipping company Sovcomflot and the country’s bank Sberbank have agreed a new USD 106 million loan to finance the construction of a shuttle tanker.The vessel in question is a high ice class Arctic shuttle tanker (Arc7) being built for the Novy Port project, under a long-term agreement with Gazprom Neft.“This financing agreement will enhance the group’s long-term liquidity position, and will enable us to meet the capital requirements of our current shipbuilding programme,” Nikolay Kolesnikov, Executive Vice President and CFO of PAO Sovcomflot, said.The new financing deal, which is the third major transaction of its kind between the parties, has a term of up to 14 years.The first joint project between the companies was in 2015, to finance the construction of three Arctic shuttle tankers to transport crude oil from the Novy Port field.“We are positive about the prospects for lending to the shipbuilding industry and look forward to the continuation and further development of the relationship between our companies,” Igor Bulantsev, Senior Vice President of Sberbank, Head of Sberbank CIB, said.last_img read more

Four men found in shipping container in Montreal released from detention

first_imgMONTREAL – Four men found in a shipping container at the Port of Montreal were granted release from detention on Friday as they await their refugee claim hearings.Canada Border Service Agency agents in Montreal found the four men from Georgia as they searched a container in the port on July 20.A security guard doing rounds at about 7 a.m. heard the men calling for help and saw a small white flag waving from a hole in the container, according to documents presented at the hearing.The men, aged between 30 and 40, were suffering from dehydration and authorities said they’d been in the container for some time.There is a publication ban on their identities and their reasons for coming to Canada.Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada member Francois Milo said the men have valid passports and no criminal records at a detention review hearing.He said they have been found eligible to make refugee claims and don’t seem to pose an undue flight risk.A lawyer for the men says they now all appear to be in good health.“They seemed to be doing very well physically, there were no health problems following that adventure,” Vincent Desbiens said after the hearing.Through an interpreter, the men agreed to provide an address, show up for hearings when summoned, and notify authorities if they leave Canada.The men will now await their hearings to learn if their asylum claims are accepted — a process that could take up to a year, according to Milo.last_img read more

HOMECOMING SEASON 2 STEPHAN JAMES AND HONG CHAU TO RETURN KYLE PATRICK

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement They join Janelle Monae, who was previously announced to star in the drama’s second season. Monae succeeds Julia Roberts, who starred in the first season that was directed by “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail. Monae will play “a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is.” READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement ‘HOMECOMING’: KYLE PATRICK ALVAREZ TO DIRECT SEASON 2, STEPHAN JAMES & HONG CHAU TO RETURNKyle Patrick Alvarez (The Stanford Prison Experiment) is set to direct and executive produce the second season of Amazon’s psychological thriller drama series Homecoming, from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. Additionally, Stephan James, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Walter Cruz last season, will return to reprise the role, along with Hong Chau, who plays Audrey Temple. James and Chau will star alongside Janelle Monáe, who is joining the series this season, succeeding Julie Roberts who toplined Season 1 in a one-year deal.Alvarez will direct all episodes, taking over from Esmail, who helmed all episodes in Season 1. Homecoming is heading into a second season that will deviate from the popular Gimlet Media’s podcast which Season 1 was based on and will introduce new characters. READ MORE‘HOMECOMING’ SEASON 2: STEPHAN JAMES AND HONG CHAU TO RETURN, KYLE PATRICK ALVAREZ TO DIRECTAmazon has found its replacement for Sam Esmail for the second season of “Homecoming,” tapping “Stanford Prison Experiment” director Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Additionally, Stephan James and Hong Chau will reprise their roles from the first season.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX falls 333 points as commodities swoon

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market moved further into negative territory for the year Monday, tumbling about 2% as commodity prices sold off in the wake of data showing much weaker than expected economic growth in China.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,004.88 -332.71 -2.70%S&P 500 — 1,552.36 -36.49 -2.30%Dow — 14,599.20 -265.86 -1.79%Nasdaq — 3,216.49 -78.46 -2.38%The S&P/TSX composite index plunged 332.71 points to 12,004.88 in its biggest one-day tumble since last June and the lowest close since mid-November.In addition to the pressure on oil and industrial metals, gold prices deepened a sell-off that started last week, falling to its lowest levels in over two years. The June contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed down $140.30 at US$1,361.10 an ounce, its lowest close since Feb. 11, 2011 and came on top of a $63 drop on Friday.“I think you’re getting some panic selling right now,” said Frank Fantozzi, CEO of Planned Financial Services, a wealth management firm in New York.“People who have been holding on to gold expecting a rebound are now thinking, ’I better get out.”’The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar fell off more than a cent, down 1.12 cents to 97.52 cents US.China’s economy grew by 7.7% over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 7.9%. That fell short of many private sector forecasts that growth in the world’s second-largest economy would accelerate slightly to eight%.“We’ve been getting the 7.5 figure from Chinese policy-makers (and) I think the markets kind of prevailing notion was that if they’re saying 7.5, it will likely be eight%,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“So the fact that we’re kind of splitting the difference here is a little disappointing to the market, no question.”Signs of slowing growth also punished U.S. indexes as the Dow industrials lost 265.86 points to 14,599.2, the Nasdaq declined 78.46 points to 3,216.49 while the S&P 500 index was down 36.49 points to 1,552.36.China has been a main pillar of support in helping the global economy recover from the recession caused by the 2008 financial collapse. Demand from China has helped lift commodity prices and in turn energy and mining stocks on the resource heavy TSX.The TSX gold sector was down about nine%, further punishing a sector that was already down almost 30% year to date.Several reasons have been cited for the drop in gold prices.The main reason seems to revolve around speculation that Cyprus may sell a chunk of its reserves to finance its part of its financial rescue. Though that may not materialize, it has been enough to prompt some investors to think that Spain, Italy and other weak European countries might also use a gold-selling strategy.Last week, Goldman Sachs lowered its average gold-price forecast for 2013 to US$1,545 an ounce, a level it took out last Friday.“We’ve had the Italian election thrown at the market, we’ve had the Cyprus bailout, disappointing economic data and none of it has broken the back of the equity markets, so the fear trade has come off,” added Fehr.“Likewise, inflation continues to be benign. And in a self-fulfilling prophecy, declining commodity prices will only reduce inflation. All of that is basically saying, precious metals is not the place to be.”Some U.S. Federal Reserve officials have also been calling for an early end to the central bank’s bond-buying program. If that happens, it would likely cause U.S. interest rates to rise, resulting in an appreciation of the U.S. dollar. That gives traders another reason to sell gold, since they see the metal as an alternative to holding dollars.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) continued to slide on the TSX. It fell $2.64 or 11.51% to C$20.30 — its lowest level in at least a decade — on heavy volume of 11 million shares. The slide added to a loss of 15.45% last week, which means that Barrick is no longer the world’s largest gold miner by market cap, having been overtaken by Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Goldcorp faded $1.69 to $28.38.In addition to falling gold at the end of last week, Barrick shares have been hit by a Chilean court decision to suspend its Pascua-Lama mine after indigenous communities complained that the project is threatening their water supply and polluting glaciers.Elsewhere on the TSX, the Chinese data helped push the May copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down eight cents to US$3.27 a pound, sending the base metals sector 9.7% lower. Sector heavyweight Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) dropped $1.99 to C$26.15 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) lost $2.41 to $15.58.China has been the world’s biggest consumer of copper, which is viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many applications.The energy sector fell four% with the crude contract on the Nymex down $2.58 to US$88.71 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back $1.43 to $29.85 while Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) lost $1.39 to $29.04.The industrials sector was also a source of major weakness, down 2.14% with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) down $4.18 to $121.43.Financials were also lower with CIBC (TSX:CM) off $1.14 to $77.02.The fall on the TSX adds to what is already a lacklustre year on the Toronto market. As of Monday’s close, the TSX was down% year to date.The Dow industrials and S&P 500 have been smashing one record after another, and even with Monday’s selloff, the Dow is still up 11.4% year to date while the S&P is ahead 8.8%. However, there has been much speculation that the New York markets were ripe for a retracement after rising so far so fast.The TSX Venture Exchange closed below the 1,000-point threshold, falling 64.36 points or 6.29%, to 958.26.Here’s the news investors were watching today: ‘Panic selling!’ Gold gets hammered and oil plummets‘It’s official: Canadian home prices are boring (and that’s a good thing)’More wealthy Canadians come clean after tax-haven lists emergeSuncor sells gas fields to Centrica, Qatar company for $1-billionON DECK TUESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSManitoba budget CANADA8:30 a.m.Manufacturing sales & orders (Feb): Economists expect 0.6% rise International securities transactions (Feb) UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Consumer price index (March): Economists expect no rise from the month before, 1.6% rise year over year Housing starts, building permits (March): Economists expect 1.4% rise in starts and 0.4% rise in permits 9:15 a.m.Industrial production and capacity utilization (March): Economists expect 0.2% rise in production and 78.4% utilization CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESGoldman Sachs Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$3.86 a share Yahoo Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 24¢ Blackrock Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$3.57 Intel Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 41¢ Johnson & Johnson Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.40 The Coca-Cola Company Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 45¢ read more

Cash jewelry and six guns stolen in Fergus breakins

The Ontario Provincial Police are investigating after several items, including six guns, were stolen in two separate break and enters on Tuesday in Fergus, Ont.Police say the suspect or suspects broke into a home on Eramosa-Garafraxa Townline by prying open the patio door. Six long guns, ammunition, cash, a laptop, a 50” TV and jewelry were stolen from the home. Investigators are looking to identify a black SUV that was seen in the area prior to the robbery.OPP are also investigating another break and enter on the same day at a home on Third Line. The thief gained access to the home by forcing the rear door open. The victim told police personal documents were stolen as well as jewelry, a computer, a camera, and a 32″ TV. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers. read more

UN Human Rights Council discusses situations in DR Congo Libya Ukraine and

In her presentation of the human rights situation in Libya, Ms. Gilmore was joined by Martin Kobler, the head of the UN support Mission in the country, known as UNSMIL, who expressed support for the High Commissioner’s proposal to the Council to establish an independent expert, under the special procedures, to report on human rights and accountability in Libya. Ms. Gilmore said situation in Libya is distressing with little hope of resolution in immediate sight. Perpetrators – not without foundation – believe there are no consequences for their actions. Victims believe for good reason that there are few prospects for justice. All Libyans suffer in this current impunity scenario. She noted that investigation report described how all parties were committing widespread violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and abuses of human rights, with impunity. Six months on, the situation has not improved. “Warring factions continue to show little regard for civilians –failing to take steps needed to avoid or minimise civilian casualties and protect civilian objects from damage, she said, adding that in residential areas across Libya, heavy weaponry has been deployed without ensuring sufficient precautions and this is true of all parties. BurundiThe Council also heard an oral presentation of the final report of the UN Independent Investigation in Burundi (UNIIB), was published Tuesday 20 September and describes “abundant evidence of gross human rights violations,” possibly amounting to crimes against humanity, by the Government of Burundi and people associated with it. Given their findings which “suggest widespread and systemic patterns of violations,” the country’s history of inter-ethnic violence and impunity, and the danger of a spiral of mass violence, the experts urged the Government of Burundi, the African Union, the UN Human Rights Council, the Security Council and other international actors to take a series of robust actions to preserve the achievements made in the Arusha Accord and in the 2005 Constitution, which led to the longest period of peace Burundi has known since its independence. These include the immediate setting up of an international Commission of Inquiry, the involvement of other independent international judicial processes, reconsideration of Burundi’s membership of the Human Rights Council and possible invocation of Chapter VII of the UN Charter if the violations continue and the Government continues to fail to comply with a 29 July 2016 Security Council resolution authorizing the deployment of a UN police force. Burundi was thrown into crisis more than a year ago when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term that he went on to win. To date, it has been reported that hundreds of people have been killed, more than 240,000 have fled the nation, and thousands more have been arrested and possibly subjected to human rights violations. Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler. UN Photo/Manuel Elías During the dialogues, member countries of the Geneva–based Human Rights Council discuss the human rights situation with delegations from a particular country on the Council’s agenda, as well as other Council members, officials of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and Special Rapporteurs and Independent Experts. The dialogue includes a presentation or a briefing by OHCHR officials followed by discussions. Democratic Republic of the CongoOn the human rights situation in DRC, Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights noted with concern that on 19 and 20 September, at least 53 people, including 49 civilians, had been killed in clashes in capital Kinshasa and said that it was particularly worrying that manifestly excessive and lethal force had been deployed by security forces against crowds. She noted with further concern that the reports of journalists and photographers being rounded up prior to those incidents were deeply disturbing, and stressed that a large-scale crisis could be looming. As such, she urged all actors to pursue a resolution to the situation. Ms. Gilmore also called on the Council to augment its scrutiny of the human rights situation in the country and to join the call for investigations into alleged human rights violations there. UkrainePresenting an oral update to the Council, Ms. Gilmore noted that during the reporting period, the conflict in Ukraine continued to impact densely populated civilian areas and that certain parties continued to deny access to external observers and that serious concerns of torture and gender-based violence were also reported. Urging the Government of Ukraine to intensify efforts to hold the perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses accountable, the Deputy High Commissioner also called on the Government to protect the independence of the judiciary as well as the work of journalists and media. Ms. Gilmore also noted that the escalation in hostilities and the increase in civilian casualties between 16 May and 15 August underlined the need to withdraw military personnel and fighters from the contact line and to ensure that schools, hospitals and medical centres are protect, as well as to comply with a full ceasefire, in line with the Minsk Agreements. The report was initially released on 15 September. In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine transcended what was initially seen as an internal Ukrainian political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full-scale conflict in the east. Nevertheless, despite a September 2014 ceasefire agreed in Minsk, the situation has since deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability. Libya read more

Swordsmanship choirs and other fundraising planned for Japan

ESL Services donated $5,000 to Brock’s fundraising campaign for Japanese earthquake relief last week. From left to right are Saki Hoshino, Yukiho Takatsu, Glenwood Irons (director of International Market Development), John Kaethler (director of International Services and Programs Abroad), Daisuke Hotta and Hirokazu Nakai.Fundraising continues at Brock to raise money for earthquake relief in Japan.The following are upcoming events:On Wednesday, March 30 from 12:15 to 12:45, there will be a kendo (Japanese swordsmanship) demonstration in the Bob Davis Gymnasium. Come out, bring your lunch and make a donation while you enjoy the demonstration. (poster)Enlightenment Guaranteed, a German/Japanese movie, will be shown at 7 p.m. on March 31 in the International Student Lounge of the International Centre. The film is a comedy about two German brothers discovering Japanese people and society.Brian Power, an associate professor of Music, will present two choirs in the Guernsey Market . The Brock Women’s Choir will perform on Wednesday, April 6 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. The Brock Men’s Choir will perform on Thursday, April 7 from 2 to 2:30 p.m.Meanwhile, ESL Services has donated $5,000 to Brock’s fundraising effort. The money goes to the Canadian Red Cross for the relief work it is doing Japan.The island nation was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11. More than 11,000 are confirmed dead.Donations will be accepted at the International Services and Programs Abroad office at GLN-B 210 in the International Centre. You can also call 905-688-5550 x3163 or email isa@brocku.ca. Cheques are preferred and can be earmarked “Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami” and sent through inter-office mail.To donate online, visit redcross.ca and cite the donation as part of the Brock/Japan Red Cross fundraising group.Related stories:• Students raise money for Japan | The Brock News• Fundraising continues for Japanese quake victims | The Brock News read more

Cousins Vikings pass by Packers 2417

MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins bounced back from his worst game for Minnesota with 342 passing yards and three touchdowns without a turnover, and the Vikings overcame some early gaffes to outlast the depleted Green Bay Packers for a 24-17 victory on Sunday night.Completing 29 of his 38 attempts, Cousins found Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen for scores. Sheldon Richardson had two sacks to lead the defence’s game-long stifling of Aaron Rodgers, and the Vikings (6-4-1) pushed the Packers (4-6-1) further back in the NFC wild card race.Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Davante Adams and Aaron Jones scored on a short run for a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter, but the Packers fell to 0-6 on the road and 1-5-1 against the Vikings in their last seven meetings.___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDave Campbell, The Associated Press read more

Mens basketball Musa Jallow commits to Ohio State will play in 201718

Ohio State men’s basketball 2017-18 roster receives immediate help in the form of Musa Jallow.The four-star shooting guard committed to coach Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes Friday night and will reclassify to the 2017 class making him immediately eligible.The prospect was originally a member of the 2018 recruiting class, but Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch tweeted that he had reclassified to the 2017 class just before his announcement. The Bloomington, Indiana, native received offers from Virginia, Vanderbilt and Indiana, as well as an offer from Butler while Holtmann was the coach. The initial offer from Ohio State came in May during former Ohio State coach Thad Matta’s tenure.The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Jallow is the eighth-ranked prospect in the state of Indiana and 120th overall, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The scouting site also pegs the Bloomington North product as the 31st-best shooting guard. Jallow is the second recruit to announce his intention to play for Holtmann at Ohio State, following 2017 forward Kyle Young who flipped from Butler to Ohio State a week after the Holtmann was hired. The Buckeyes had lost all three previous commitments to the 2018 class — each were considered four-star prospects by 247Sports composite rankings. Small forward Darius Bazley decommitted prior to Matta’s exit on April 6, and small forward Justin Ahrens and shooting guard Dane Goodwin both re-opened their recruitments on June 6 and June 21, respectively, after it was announced Matta would be leaving.Bazley verbally committed to Syracuse on Monday while Goodwin gave his word to Notre Dame on Wednesday. read more

RK Vardar easy win over Tatran Presov

Macedonian best team in this moment, RK Vardar have proven good form against Slovak champions HC Tatran Presov 32:26 (18:12). Arpad Sterbik (15 saves) and Timur Dibirov (10) led their team to the new victory in regional SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League…STATISTICS 10.Vojvodina8026187 : 2312 6.Metalurg5302136 : 1329 5.PPD Zagreb6303165 : 1559 1.MKB-MVM Veszprem7700224 : 16121 4.Tatran Prešov7403213 : 19512 8.Borac m:tel7115184 : 2234 3.Meshkov Brest5401151 : 13212 7.Radnički7115191 : 2174 2.Vardar8701242 : 20421 9.Nexe6105139 : 1823 ← Previous Story Wisla Plock looking for new playmaker – Szollosi is close… Next Story → THW Kiel wins derby at SAP ARENA! read more

Multiculturalism issues feature in state election

first_imgInterpreter services, racism and community languages were the hot issues, as Victoria’s ethnic community groups met key Victorian politicians on Thursday night. Multiculturalism gives Victoria our competitive edge. Just over three weeks before the state election, the Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs, James Merlino, Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, Nick Kotsiras, and the Greens spokesperson for multiculturalism, Colleen Hartland, spoke about their parties’ approaches. President of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) Sam Afra, said he was pleased to see a bipartisan approach to multiculturalism in the state. But, while they agreed with Merlino that “multiculturalism gives Victoria our competitive edge,” the three parties are divided on the best way to put multicultural policy into action. Merlino spoke about the government’s record, listing $10 million in spending on cultural precincts, $5.6 million for the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) and legislative changes including the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act as major achievements. “We are proud of these achievements, but there’s more to do,” he told the crowd, citing interpreter services as a policy area needing attention. Both Merlino and Kotsiras foreshadowed more announcements about multicultural policy, in particular community languages, in the lead-up to the November 27 state election. Kotsiras reiterated the importance of diversity in Victoria, and said that under a Coalition state government, the VMC would be made more independent from the government, and its funding levels and remain the same, “in fact it will be increased”. He said the VMC would work more directly with community groups. “You’re the experts, not bureaucrats, not ministers,” he said. Hartland said Victoria had a long way to go on multiculturalism, particularly with racism, youth engagement and translating services. She told the crowd she’d attended a translating workshop recently, “and I have to say I was a little horrified”. Work conditions for Victoria’s 1500 interpreters came under attack, with one audience member telling the speakers they receive “$19 for one hour’s work then they go home again”. “It’s becoming more of an issue as communities get older and revert to their original language,” Merlino said. “Think about the Italians, the Greeks, the Chinese,” he said, foreshadowing a new ALP strategy for translating, with a greater focus on technology. Hartland said the Greens were in favour of abolishing TAFE fees for translating courses to deal with the shortage of workers. Tensions rose when Jason Kambovski, from the self-declared Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee, demanded the speakers recognise him as “Macedonian”, rather than “Slav-Macedonian”. “It’s racist, it’s discriminatory and it’s not how our community wants to be named,” he said. All the speakers said foreign affairs were a federal matter. “We’re not going to refer to nations, in a way that’s contrary to the way that federally and internationally, countries and communities are referred to,” Merlino said. Ms Hartland said she intended to speak to the Greek community about “what is clearly a sticking point”, although she acknowledged it is a federal matter. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

SIDA un nouvel antirétroviral autorisé en Europe

first_imgSIDA : un nouvel antirétroviral autorisé en EuropeLe laboratoire allemand Boehringer Ingelheim a indiqué hier avoir obtenu une autorisation de mise sur le marché européen pour son antirétroviral Viramune. Ce nouveau produit nécessite une seule prise quotidienne, au lieu de deux jusqu’à présent.Jusqu’à présent, les personnes séropositives traitées par Viramune (molécule névirapine) devaient prendre deux cachets par jour, outre les multiples autres antirétroviraux qui leur étaient prescrits. Ainsi, la molécule restait assez peu usitée en France, où on lui préfèrait généralement les inhibiteurs de protéase.Mais aujourd’hui, le laboratoire allemand Boehringer Ingelheim, qui produit le Viramune, sort une nouvelle version de son médicament, rapporte TV5monde. Maintenant, une seule prise serait suffisante, ce qui, selon le laboratoire, “apporte des bénéfices thérapeutiques significatifs”, car les malades peuvent ainsi suivre plus facilement leur traitement.Dans son communiqué, dans lequel le laboratoire indique avoir reçu l’autorisation de mise sur le marché européen, il précise que les autorités sanitaires américaines (FDA) avaient déjà donné leur feu vert à cette nouvelle formulation. “En déposant une nouvelle formulation, Boehringer Ingelheim garde son monopole” sur la molécule car le laboratoire peut prolonger son brevet “et continuer de fixer ses prix”, a expliqué à l’AFP Julie Langlois, pharmacienne spécialisée dans les traitements du VIH et travaillant pour l’association Sidaction.Un meilleur respect du traitement À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterCependant, “il s’agit d’un vrai progrès pour les patients. Cela améliore l’observance du traitement, c’est à dire que les gens oublieront moins de le prendre”, sans que les effets indésirables n’augmentent alors que la dose à chaque prise est deux fois plus élevée, a-t-elle ajouté.  Toutefois, la névirapine est aussi prescrite à “des millions de patients sous forme générique dans les pays du sud”, notamment pour éviter la transmission mère-enfant. Or, ces patients pourront difficilement se payer la nouvelle formule en une prise par jour, ajoute la pharmacienne.Le 22 septembre 2011 à 11:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

EFSEC grants oil terminal extension as council chair announces resignation

first_imgState officials have again pushed back the decision deadline for the Vancouver Energy rail-to-marine oil terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver. During its regular meeting in Olympia on Tuesday, the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council granted Vancouver Energy’s request to extend the application deadline until Nov. 30. It is the seventh extension granted in the evaluation process.The additional extension came just before the evaluation council’s chair, Bill Lynch, added a new twist in the project’s storyline by announcing his intention to resign in the fall. Lynch was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee at the beginning of Vancouver Energy’s application hearing process. It’s unclear what, if any, impact his decision may have on the project’s evaluation, but it has raised eyebrows for people watching the process closely. Tara Lee, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, said it was made aware of his intent to step down but hasn’t yet received his resignation letter.last_img read more

All lanes on I95 southbound reopen after crash cleared at NW 79

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – All southbound lanes of Interstate 95 at Northwest 79th Street are once again open after a rollover crash.All those were closed due to a rollover car accident, Friday, just before noon.At around 12:45 p.m., all lanes were reopened.One person was transported to the hospital. Their condition is currently unknown. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Will Murkowski block Kavanaugh nomination Heres how she says shell decide

first_imgA pro-Roe v. Wade protest broke out in front of the Supreme Court just after the president announced his nominee. Photo: Liz Ruskin.On Monday night, just after President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, an abortion-rights crowd gathered outside the court to protest.Listen now“We object!” they shouted.Liberals across the country have pinned their hopes on Sens. Susan Collins of Maine or Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski to derail the confirmation.Collins and Murkowski typically vote for abortion rights and are among the Republicans who most frequently vote against their party. But Murkowski is keeping her cards close to her vest on Kavanaugh.Murkowski said she’s disappointed at all the interest groups and partisans who prejudged the nominee.“I’m a little annoyed that some of my colleagues, even before the president had laid down Judge Kavanaugh’s name, had already determined they were going to vote against whomever,” Murkowski told Alaska reporters in her office Tuesday morning.Murkowski isn’t making any such early pronouncements, pro or con.“I’ve been asked already this morning by several different reporters, ‘What do you think? What do you think?’” Murkowski said. “I am certainly going to defer on that until I’ve had an opportunity to review.”Murkowski said she’s going to base her decision on Kavanaugh’s record, the rating the American Bar Association gives him and the views of Alaskans.“I hope that Alaskans will weigh in,” Murkowski said, “but I also hope that they will give it thoughtful consideration, too, and not just a knee-jerk, ‘You should support him because he’s Trump’s pick,’ or ‘You should not support him because he’s Trump’s pick.’”Murkowski said she’ll also rely on what she learns in a face-to-face interview with Kavanaugh, which may be weeks away.For many Americans, this vote is all about the future of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion across the country. But it’s generally accepted in Washington that you can’t ask a judicial nominee how he’ll vote on a challenge to Roe, because a judge is supposed to consider the facts of each case, not pre-judge a case based on hypotheticals.Murkowski said she abides by the rule.“If he’s a good judge he’ll say, ‘I cannot pre-determine an outcome. That’s not my job,’” Murkowski said.Murkowski called her evaluation standards “rigorous and exacting.”Murkowski was far more effusive when Trump announced his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the high court. In a statement right after Gorsuch was announced, Murkowski said she was pleased with the selection and commended Trump on a strong nominee.Murkowski said she was able to say more then because she had more advance notice on Gorsuch.“The indicators were there very early that Gorsuch was going to be the nominee, and so I think there was just a little more opportunity to just kind of process,” Murkowski said.Here’s another difference: Gorsuch replaced Justice Antonin Scalia, who anchored the conservative wing of the court, but Kavanaugh would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote on the bench. Murkowski said she valued Kennedy’s moderating voice and said she’d be “fine” with a nominee in that mold.“And so the question is whether Kavanaugh replaces him as that justice who is perhaps more in the middle,” Murkowski said. “I don’t know that he is. But that is something that I’m going to be looking at.”Actually, Kavanaugh is considered by most court watchers to be much further to the right than Kennedy. Among the other things Murkowski said she wants to know about Kavanaugh is whether he looks to precedent for clarity and what he considers settled law.Sen. Dan Sullivan said Judge Kavanaugh is known for applying the Constitution “as written,” upholding the right to bear arms and having a “healthy skepticism” of the powers of executive branch agencies — all plusses, in Sullivan’s book. And Sullivan said he knows Kavanaugh, from when they both worked in the Bush Administration. Sullivan didn’t exactly say how he’d vote, but he very rarely votes against the Republican leadership and he’s given no indication he would vote no on Kavanaugh.last_img read more