Virat Kohli has been mocked by an Australian journalist after India captain’s on-field behaviour in the Perth Test came under sharp criticism. Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar slammed Kohli following his verbal spat with his Australian counterpart Tim Paine. However, Australian great Allan Border and West Indies legend Viv Richards have found nothing wrong with Kohli’s on-field behaviour.An Australian journalist has now mocked Virat Kohli in a Twitter post in which he has used a video. In the video, a batsman after being Mankaded vents out his anger by slamming his bat on the ground.In the caption, the Aussie journalist has written, “Here’s Virat showing everyone how to behave when things don’t go your way on the field.”Here’s Virat showing everyone how to behave when things don’t go your way on the field pic.twitter.com/w596J02n2VDennis Tareen (@DennisCricket_) 20 December 2018Kohli, who is currently the best batsman in the world, has been branded as a villain by the Australian media.Tensions flared up during the second Test in Perth when Kohli and Paine were involved in a verbal spat. Kohli and Paine had a bit of chat in the middle as both teams fought it out in the first session on Day 4 of the second Test in Perth on Monday.Kohli was visibly frustrated with the fifth-wicket partnership between Paine and Usman Khawaja and was in Paine’s ears throughout the first two hours of play.At one point in time during the 71st over, Paine took a single to come towards the non-striker’s end when Kohli came charging towards the Aussie skipper but stopped just in time.advertisementUmpire Chris Gaffney was not impressed with how the two were behaving in the middle and was heard saying something on the lines of “That’s enough, that’s enough. Come on, play the game. You guys are the captains,” on the stump microphone.It all started on Day 3 when Kohli was heard saying, “If he messes it up, it’s 2-0”. This was picked up by the microphone after he and his teammates made a loud caught-behind appeal for Paine in the final over of the day.The two were even seen and heard sledging each other on Sunday when Paine was batting in the final session.Paine too did not hold himself back and replied “You’ve got to bat first, big head”.”Virat Kohli is such a champion player that we kind of accept everything he does on the pitch. Had Virat Kohli not been the champion player he is, some of his antics on the field would have created quite a stir,” Manjrekar said at the lunch break show on SonyLIV. “You have to behave responsibly at times though. There are others ways to score runs. What I mean is brand Virat Kohli helps him get away with his on-field behaviour,” he added.Former Australia captain Michael Clarke too agreed with Manjrekar, saying, “I mean yes you can feel he’s doing a lot but that’s just part of him. You see the same aggression while he’s batting and I mean we all want him to keep scoring so you can’t just ask him to cut that aggression.”Gavaskar said the Indian team are no saints and he believed they were the ones who began the sledging war in Australia and now they had to be prepared to cop it. Ironically, Kohli had promised his men won’t start any verbal wars and would react only if the Australians played dirty.”Tim Paine is not in the Indian dressing room.. So how does he know Vijay does not like Kohli?,” Gavaskar told India Today.”These are the kind of things which are called gamesmanship. We have not been saints either. Way back in 2014, when Australia were down with the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, we started it. They were too shocked in the first Test and we started it,” he added.Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra, meanwhile, has taken a dig at the Australian cricket team and the Aussie media for making a villain out of Virat Kohli.”The Australian media is rallying behind their cricket team and, in fact, making India and Virat Kohli as the villains of world cricket. I am very, very surprised. It’s the classic case of pot calling the kettle black. Perhaps, it’s time for them to look inwards and just ask themselves the question, regards to how they have behaved in the past,” Chopra told India Today.
For all those crazy Aston Martin fans, there is a piece of fascinating news and that too with a James Bond twist. The upcoming movie in the popular franchise, tentatively titled Bond 25, will feature not one, not two but three cars from the stable of the iconic luxury British sports carmaker.The news has been confirmed by Aston Martin, with the three vehicles being Valhalla, V8 and DB5. While V8 and DB5 have earlier featured in James Bond films, mid-engined hypercar Valhalla will be seen in a 007 movie for the first time.Aston Martin Valhalla will come with high-output turbocharged V6 petrol engine and battery-electric hybrid system, according to the company. Only 500 Coupe examples of the all-carbon fibre hypercar will be made.Valhalla shares its fundamental styling and aerodynamic philosophy with Aston Martin Valkyrie. It gets a pronounced front keel and large rear diffuser. It will feature the next-generation aircraft morphing technology.Identified by its codename AM-RB 003 earlier, it was only last week that the mid-engined hypercar was named Valhalla. The name takes inspiration from the ancient Norse mythology and takes forward the company’s seven-decade-old ‘V’ car naming strategy.The new James Bond film, which is slated to release on April 8, 2020, will see Daniel Craig return as the world’s most famous spy. Craig will reprise the iconic role for the fifth and final time. He has earlier played Bond in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue receives over 33,000 bookings, 1,000 units of the compact SUV delivered on June 21ALSO READ | Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta: Can the upcoming compact SUV beat the segment leader?ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Dzire is safer than ever, petrol variant now complies with BS6 emission normsadvertisement
Elaine, a long time and valued employee of the organisation, succumbed to her battle with cancer on Tuesday, 5 October 2010. During her time with the NSWTA she was one of the early “glass ceiling breakers” for female sports administrators through her role as the NSWTA Tournament Manager. A tough job that she handled with aplomb, dedication, professionalism and when needed, humour. Her personal nature and approach saw her make many friends in her time not just with the NSWTA but indeed throughout the sport in general and we know many will be touched by this sad news.On behalf of the Board, Staff and the wider Touch Football community we pass on our condolences and loving thoughts to Bob, Cameron and Stephanie, Evan and Kristy and Elaine’s granddaughter’s Amelia, Claudia and Isla at this sad time. Elaine’s Funeral will be held on Monday, 11 October at 1.30pm, South Chapel Eastern Suburbs Crematorium. Followed by a celebration of life at Bardwell Park RSL.
Faustino Anjorin to make Chelsea debut in Carabao Cupby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFaustino Anjorin is set to make his Chelsea debut in the Carabao Cup against Grimsby.The Daily Mail says the 17-year-old is to be included in the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash.The attacking midfielder is viewed as one of the brightest prospects in Chelsea’s burgeoning academy and has impressed Lampard and his assistant Jody Morris since their arrival back at Stamford Bridge earlier this summer.Anjorin is now poised to be the next Blues youngster to be given the chance to impress by the club’s new management team, who have shown they are not afraid to rely on academy players.The teenager has enjoyed a blistering start to the season, scoring five goals in his first seven games – including a brace in the EFL Trophy win over Swindon last month. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State’s loss to Purdue on Saturday night has shaken up the College Football Playoff picture, as the Buckeyes have fallen out of everyone’s top four, and one team in particular appears to have benefited the most.That team: Oklahoma.The one-loss Sooners were on the outside looking in when it comes to the College Football Playoff, with Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame all having much better paths, but that has now changed.ESPN believes Oklahoma is the team that has benefited the most from an Ohio State loss. It’s now possible to envision a one-loss Sooners team making it into the College Football Playoff over a Big Ten champion.From ESPN.com:When Purdue upended No. 2 Ohio State 49-20 on Saturday night, it opened the door for another great debate on Selection Day, as the Big Ten is now guaranteed to have a conference champion with at least one loss — and so are the Big 12 and Pac-12. Instead of the luxury of separation that comes with being undefeated, Ohio State or Michigan needs to finish as a one-loss Big Ten champ — and even that might not be enough for the Buckeyes if Oklahoma can run the table and wow the selection committee in the Big 12 title game.There’s still a long way to go, though. If Ohio State can win out and put together some impressive wins over Michigan State, Michigan and the Big Ten West Division champion, a College Football Playoff berth is still probable.You can view ESPN’s full writeup here.
“The ideal thing is for our national events to be shared more outside of Kingston, where they have been concentrated historically. We want to have greater involvement in national events in different regional areas,” he said. Interim Executive Director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Orville Hill, says the agency is looking at ways to stage more national festival events outside of Kingston. He noted, for example, that a segment of the finals of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition could be held in western Jamaica. Story Highlights Interim Executive Director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Orville Hill, says the agency is looking at ways to stage more national festival events outside of Kingston.He noted, for example, that a segment of the finals of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition could be held in western Jamaica.“The ideal thing is for our national events to be shared more outside of Kingston, where they have been concentrated historically. We want to have greater involvement in national events in different regional areas,” he said.He was speaking to JIS News at the Miss Kingston and St. Andrew Festival Queen coronation held recently at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, where Leneka Rhoden took the crown.She will join other queens, who were selected during individual parish competitions, in competing for the national title at a grand coronation show in Kingston. The contestants will be judged on areas such as cultural awareness, community involvement, walk and poise, talent, general knowledge and eloquence/delivery.Meanwhile, Mr. Hill is encouraging young women to participate in the Festival Queen Competition, noting that it helps to develop their talents and “prepare them for the world”.“It gives them great exposure and a wide range of experiences,” he said, noting that a number of participants have gone on to have successful careers in various fields.“Ideally, you may want to be the queen, but I am certain the experience is one that they would have learnt a lot from and would have gained significant experience and knowledge,” he added.Parish competitions continue on Saturday, June 23 at Glenmuir High School, 10 Glenmuir Road, May Pen, Clarendon, and at the Sean Lavery Faith Hall, Lewis Street, Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland, beginning at 8:00 p.m.The final two events will be held on Sunday, June 24 at Bishop Gibson High School, Mandeville, at 7:00 p.m. and at the Falmouth cruise ship pier, Trelawny, beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Nova Scotians wanting to use clean, green heating systems can now receive a larger rebate from the province. Conserve Nova Scotia has expanded its solar heating rebate program to include solar air. The percentage and maximum rebate amount for the solar water heating program has also increased. These changes were effective Jan. 1. “We’re expanding the solar rebate program to provide even more incentive for Nova Scotians to use solar heating,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “Solar heating is a clean and abundant energy source that could significantly reduce CO2 emissions. For every 100 installations, we could see reductions of up to 250 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. Every bit counts in our effort to have one of the cleanest and greenest environments in the world by 2020.” Solar air heating systems use solar energy to heat air for a residence or facility. The simple technology uses panels placed on a south-facing wall or roof. When sunlight hits the panels, it warms the air, which is then used for space heating. Provincial rebates are available for 15 per cent of the cost to install solar air heating systems for residential, institutional, industrial or commercial use. The maximum provincial rebate is $20,000. Federal solar air rebates of 25 per cent (up to $80,000) are also available for commercial, industrial or institutional use. The federal rebate is not available for residential use. To be eligible, solar air heating systems must be installed after Jan. 1, included in Natural Resources Canada’s list of approved systems and be installed in a home or facility in Nova Scotia. Solar water heating systems use solar panels that transfer heat from the sun to water. The provincial solar water heating rebate has increased to 15 per cent from 10 and the maximum rebate amount has risen to $20,000 from $5,000. A federal solar water heating rebate of $500 for residential domestic water heating systems and 25 per cent for commercial, industrial and institutional (up to $80,000) is also available. To be eligible, solar water heating systems must be designed for year-round use. Systems must be installed after Jan. 1, included in Natural Resources Canada’s list of approved systems, and be installed in a home or facility in Nova Scotia. Projects that exceed the provincial rebate maximum of $20,000 may be considered, but the applicant must submit a detailed project description for pre-approval. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has a goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels. For more information about solar heating rebates, call Conserve Nova Scotia’s ENERinfo line toll free at 1-800-670-4636 or visit www.conservens.ca .
New Delhi: The armies of India and Myanmar carried out a three-week-long coordinated operation from May 16 in their respective border areas, targeting several militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam, defence sources said on Sunday.The first phase of “Operation Sunrise” was conducted three months ago along the Indo-Myanmar border, during which a number of camps of north-east-based militant groups were busted. Myanmar is one of the strategic neighbours of India and shares a 1,640-km border with a number of north-eastern states, including the militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur. India has been pushing for a deeper coordination between the armies of the two countries while guarding the border. Sources said during “Operation Sunrise 2”, the armies coordinated with each other to bust camps of militant outfits, including the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), the NSCN (Khaplang), the United Liberation Front of Assam (I) and the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB). They said at least six dozen militants belonging to these groups were nabbed and several of their camps destroyed during the operation. The sources said the two sides might launch the third phase of the operation, depending on intelligence inputs and the ground situation. Besides the Indian Army, troops from the Assam Rifles were also part of the operation. In June 2015, the Indian Army had carried out an operation against NSCN(K) militants in areas near the Indo-Myanmar border, days after militants killed 18 armymen in Manipur. In the first phase of “Operation Sunrise”, the Indian Army targeted members of the Arakan Army, an insurgent group in Myanmar, who were opposed to the Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project. The Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project is viewed as India’s gateway to Southeast Asia.
Even in best of environments, election time in India could turn into a high-decibel, emotional, sentimental, and volatile TV soap opera; with flowing free-for-all semantics; super pot-boiler Bollywood melodrama like (Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala acted) “Ganga Jamuna” of 1961-1962; or an over-sized duet/duel “world wrestling championship” and limited over “masala cricket” of 21st century, wherein impossibility could be an instant possibility, and “possible” could do unexpected and unthinkable vanishing tricks. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyHence, one would like to steer clear of all political highway, and prefer to traverse the known/familiar route; through the time-tested ethos and ethics of the armed forces of India. All the more owing to Indian military being one of the few apolitical professional institutions in the east of Suez, especially across South Asian terrain where tin pot dictators, more often than not, did ascend the throne (in the past) of their respective nations through coups and killing unarmed civilian politicians, thereby repeatedly proving the old saying: “Today big shot. Tomorrow shot”. Like Liaquat Ali, Zulfi Bhutto, Zia ul Haq and Benazir in Pakistan. And, top VVIPs in some other South Asian nations. All, directly or indirectly, connected with military. Also Read – The future is here!In retrospect, therefore, Indians are lucky to owe gratitude to the foreign British (mis)ruling class that, despite committing numerous misdeeds, also created and nurtured an apolitical, professional military which stands as shining example in the midst of several coup-tainted South Asian armed forces. Now, first things first. Two fundamentals, amongst various other factors, make forces fight to die or remain disciplined even in the face of fire. First, the famous quote of Napoleon: “An army marches on its stomach” thereby making it clear that proper and timely food is the sine qua non for every soldier; whether on, or off the front. Secondly, the forces grow and flourish on preserving and following their tradition on every occasion, which bonds both serving and the retired, as “one extended family”. Thus, the tradition of every branch of the military follows “collective revelry” where a commanding officer or the commandant’s guests have always been part of a well-established tradition irrespective of whether it’s peace or wartime or on sea or high land, desert or marshy and swampy terrain. We need not go far. January 15, October 08, and December 04 are celebrated for being special in the life of the Army, Air Force, and the Navy, where every rank is part and parcel of “dine, dance, gulp, and celebrate”. Where top VVIPs come and grace the occasion, mix and mingle with soldiers, civilians, foreign diplomats and the media. Transports are deployed for retired chiefs; their boarding and lodging are taken care of. “Outsider civilians”, too, make merry. All constituting part of the hospitality of the armed forces and it’s the privilege of the General, Air Chief Marshal, and the Admiral to give his stamp of approval to the guest list. It’s ethos, ethics and tradition all the way. When 64 officers from the National Defence College went for “naval tour” and were part of the high sea “live exercise”, western officers were not allowed on-board Soviet Kashin (Indian Rajput) class destroyer in accordance with defence “protocol” of the 1980s. Instead, they were aboard two of the Indian made Leander class frigates. Nevertheless, all officers of the National Defence College were “guests”, yet, all “on official duty”. All on board had food, fun, frolic. That was, and still is, the established procedure of the tradition followed by the military in which civilians and the uniformed men work in tandem and harmony. Thus, when a Prime Minister goes to a front-line fighting ship, or a President goes for a “sortie” in Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter from/in Indian Air Force base Lohegaon, Pune; both, the Prime Minister and the President of India are on “official voyage” and “official flight tour” and under no stretch of imagination can be termed anything to the contrary. When a Defence Minister goes to 20,000′ (high altitude) Saltoro ridge of Siachen glacier (for two days) with Christmas cake, to be shared with generals and soldiers, no Indian, in his/her senses should term it as “pleasure” or “personal enjoyment trip”. The armed force’s officers and men are simply doing their duty; respecting, honouring and saluting the Prime Minister, President and Defence Minister of India. Similarly, when Nathu la (13,600′) ridge in Sikkim, or Bomdi la or Se la (in Kameng, Arunachal) is visited by Defence Minister or the defence ministry officials and gala party follows and “bara khana” (feast of gormandiser’s delight) organised, it cannot be termed as wasteful expenditure and hence ordered to be stopped. Apart from official duty and responsibility, there is another important aspect of the life of armed forces personnel. The annual “day at sea” for the family members and friends of men in uniform is very much a part of the naval tradition. Those uninitiated, and not familiar with armed forces, may ask “why”? “What do the family and friends have to do with ‘annual day at sea’ at the expense of taxpayers’ money”? This sort of puerile mindset doesn’t have any rational (or even irrational) answer simply because of ignorance. Sailors’ life is one of the toughest and gruelling in the military world. Sailing for long, between two to four months and beyond, on the high sea, cannot be explained unless one has had the taste of it in real (not reel) life. The separation from/of the family members too is doubly anxiety-ridden. Anything can happen in the sea. Hence “annual family day at sea” constitutes an important event in the traditional following of sailor’s profession. One, therefore, is concerned the way non-issues of armed forces have become “live issues” at the time of the election in India. This could inflict irreparable damage on the apolitical and professional institutions which do not see the colour or ideology of politics or polity but remain on 24/7 alert “action station”. Armed forces run on ethos, ethics and tradition. Those are sacrosanct and inviolable. Before concluding, let me state that four months ago, I wrote a piece because the present Chief of Air Staff was humiliated (in unparliamentary language) by a public figure for his (Air Chief’s) professional utterances in a media briefing. I am compelled to recall the concluding lines of that article: “Mahabharata was a bitter fight-to-finish civil war between first cousins for kingdom. Such ‘situations’ have been placed to make a point. That, instead of abusing or accusing a service chief, Indians would do better to fight their political battle with rival politicians and keep the professional military out of ‘battle royale’ on the eve of elections in India. Please prepare to fight war, not civil war. Why give upper hand to foreign adversary?” (The authoer is an alumnus of National Defence College and author of China in India. The views expressed are strictly personal)
26 May 2010This year’s football World Cup, which kicks off in South Africa in two weeks, presents the country and the rest of the continent with an opportunity to harness the power of the international event to project Africa’s potential for peace and development, a United Nations envoy said today. “The World Cup in South Africa is a unique occasion to transform the African people’s pride and enthusiasm into a positive dynamic of solidarity, tolerance, and development,” said Wilfried Lemke, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace.The event “underlines African renaissance,” Mr. Lemke told a news conference in New York. “Mega-sports events create legacies such as infrastructure and tourism. This World Cup when successful will also contribute to the confidence and pride of many persons and States in Africa,” he added. “This is extremely important for the African future.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the opening ceremony of the first soccer World Cup on the African content in Johannesburg on 11 June at the personal invitation of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma.“The fact that the World Cup is being hosted by South Africa is a tribute to the prowess and potential of the entire continent,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, said. “Africa is a top priority for the Secretary-General as we seek to ramp up progress towards achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015,” he added.The MDGs are eight international development goals that all UN Member States have agreed to make efforts to achieve by 2015. They include reducing extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics such as HIV/AIDS, and developing a global partnership for development.Several UN funds, programmes, and specialized agencies are using the World Cup for outreach and collaboration with South Africa, and Africa at large, to address and promote issues ranging from economic development and children’s rights to peacebuilding.Last October, the General Assembly adopted a resolution urging the international community to harness the World Cup for the development of the whole African continent.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been supporting the South African Government in its efforts to prevent and reduce the possible abuse, exploitation and trafficking that some children might be subjected to during the World Cup, said Liza Barrie, UNICEF’s Chief of Civil Society Partnerships.Stéphane Dujarric, Director of Communications for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said that as a truly global event, the World Cup is a unique opportunity to raise awareness and advocate for the pursuit of the MDGs, not only in South Africa, but also to audiences around the world. “In the effort to achieve the MDGs, there are no spectators. Everyone is needed on the pitch to score the goals,” he said. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is working with the South African Government and the local World Cup organizing committee to ensure that the event is held under conditions that will cause minimum ecological consequences for future generations.“UNEP has long been collaborating with host cities and organizers of mega-sports events. Event greening has steadily gained momentum in the past decade. The 2010 World Cup is no exception,” said Munyaradzi Chenje, UNEP’s head of policy coordination and inter-agency affairs.
As members of the United Nations Security Council continued private talks on the way forward in ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, the 15-nation body concluded its open debate among non-members today.Speaking on behalf of the European Union (EU) and 13 other countries, Ambassador Adamantios Th. Vassilakis of Greece, which currently holds the EU Presidency, urged that more time be given to UN weapons inspectors, although he warned that the process could not go on indefinitely.The EU’s objective remained the full and effective disarmament of Iraq and it wanted to achieve that disarmament peacefully, Ambassador Vassilakis said. That was what the people of Europe wanted, as well. War was not inevitable. Force should be used only as a last resort.Ambassador Vassilakis reiterated the EU’s full support for the ongoing work of the inspectors. They must be given the time and resources that the Council believed they needed, he said. But inspections were not an endless process and could not continue indefinitely in the absence of full Iraqi cooperation.For his part, Ambassador Isaac C. Lamba of Malawi, speaking on behalf of the African Group, said that the peaceful disarmament of Iraq, in line with resolution 1441, was possible with a little measure of extended patience and perseverance spent on the search for peace through the United Nations.He said in the present situation, the heavy consequences of war in Iraq would be felt very acutely, even in Africa. The overspill of the war would conceivably create a regional conflagration as the conflict transcended the borders of Iraq. The economic consequences of the war would also impact negatively on poverty reduction and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Africa would witness almost total collapse of its nascent industrial base and economic development for lack of capacity to accommodate the pressures resulting from war.The African position, Ambassador Lamba said, did not endorse war at the present stage. The inspections required more time than the unrealized deadline of 17 March as suggested in the draft resolution on which the Council would vote. The inspections could not continue ad infinitum but a realistic timeframe would enhance the credibility of the Council’s intentions. Any war against Iraq would have to be sanctioned by a resolution from the Council.The United States, United Kingdom and Spain have introduced a draft resolution that presents Iraq with a 17 March deadline to cooperate fully with disarmament demands, which France says it will veto. France, Germany, the Russian Federation and other Council members have voiced opposition to action at this time and seek continued and enhanced weapons inspections.Throughout the second day of debate, several of the 25 countries that took the floor spoke in favour of continued inspections while others said it was clear that Iraq had not cooperated fully, but nearly all appealed for Security Council unity. The session was held at the request of the Non-Aligned Movement in order to give the wider UN membership an opportunity to express their views to the Council.
In a statement read out by this month’s President, Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, the Council says it condemns the attacks “in the strongest terms” and sends its condolences to the victims and their families.”Members of the Security Council urge all States to fully cooperate in the efforts to find and bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these attacks,” the statement reads, adding that the Council reaffirms its support for resolution 1511, passed in October, which provides a framework for UN and international participation in the political and economic rebuilding of Iraq and the maintenance of security.”The statement referred to specific incidents on 12, 29 and 30 November against Colombian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish personnel.The Council also held consultations today on the work of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspections Commission for Iraq (UNMOVIC), which presented its latest report last week.According to that report, UN weapons inspectors withdrawn from Iraq before the war in March have continued analyzing samples and evaluating missiles to determine whether the regime led by Saddam Hussein held any banned weapons.The UNMOVIC report also said the commission has not been given the results of investigations by the United States-led Iraq Survey Group. UNMOVIC inspectors have not returned to work in Iraq since the war.UNMOVIC’s acting Executive Chairman Demetrius Perricos briefed the Council today on the contents of the report.
A Lendu militia called the Nationalist Front for Integration (FNI), including 30 children, attacked people from the Hema ethnic group and 10,000 people from Ché and other villages were seeking protection, Mamadou Bah, a spokesman for the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), said at the weekly briefing for journalists.The MONUC multidisciplinary investigating team learned that armed civilians were in the militia, as were about 30 children aged 12 to 15, he said yesterday.Humanitarian organizations were distributing life-saving emergency assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs), UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the DRC Ross Mountain said.The swift response was made possible by the joint rapid response fund, managed by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), he added.Mr. Mountain expressed concern over the plight of the people of Ituri. “Over 40,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the area since the beginning of the year and are now surviving in increasingly difficult circumstances.”Driving the Lendu-Hema conflicts are disputes over the region’s productive farmlands and forests, the Kilo Moto gold mine, one of the largest in the world, and other goldfields, potential oil reserves in the Lake Albert basin and rich fish stocks, MONUC said in a report last August.Departing Belgian colonists, who had leased land from Lendu traditional chiefs in Ituri, left it during political upheavals in 1973 in the care of its Hema managers. The managers began illegally and secretly to register the land in their own names, especially when a Hema, Zbo Kalogi, became Minister of Agriculture, the report said.Meanwhile, stressing how difficult a job the DRC’s Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) faced in organizing elections later this year, Mr. Bah said, “MONUC has appealed to other transitional institutions to support and encourage the CEI rather than simply criticizing it and downplaying its image.”He also urged the National Transitional Government to “restore discipline within the DRC’s armed forces.”By 8 February, 2,913 ex-combatants had joined the national Disarmament and Community Reintegration process and 24,509 weapons and munitions were collected, adding 254 people and 9,658 weapons to last week’s figures, MONUC said.
While there have been several noteworthy successes in the field of disarmament, there are still important areas where greater progress is needed, the President of the General Assembly told the United Nations committee tackling disarmament and international security issues today. John Ashe cited recent achievements such as the adoption in April of the Arms Trade Treaty, the convening last month of the first ever high-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament and the awarding last week of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). “These many successes are laudable and noteworthy, and we justly celebrate over them,” he said in his remarks to a high-level meeting of the Assembly’s First Committee. “However, we must acknowledge that we continue to struggle in many areas.” The revitalization process of the disarmament machinery is making only “limited progress,” and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty has still not entered into force, he noted. He went on to say that, in many regions of the world – including his own, the Caribbean – the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons is both “a clear and present danger” and considered a significant threat to national and global peace and security. “Not only do small arms facilitate a vast spectrum of human rights violations but they also exacerbate poverty, place heavy burdens on social and health care services which are already under severe stress, steal the innocence of our youth, inhibit access to social services and divert already limited resources away from efforts to improve human development and in so far as they are heavily connected to the trade in illegal drugs, they also represent a serious threat to national security and well being.“Given the gravity of this issue and mindful of its impact on both human and economic development, I urge you to continue looking at how to make progress in this area,” he told the Committee. “With this in mind, let me recall a truism: resources for economic and social development, not weapons. Access to social goods and services is predicated on the existence of peace and security.”He added that peace and security form the overarching context for the pursuit of sustainable development goals. “Without such an umbrella, our other pursuits are in vain. The pursuit of the instruments of war and violence do not create peace and most certainly do not engender development.”
On 6 May, Kenya’s Ministry of Interior said that the Government had disbanded its Department of Refugee Affairs and was working on a mechanism for the closure of the country’s refugee camps – a move that could affect as many as 600,000 people, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a press release. “For almost a quarter of a century Kenya has played a vital role in East Africa and the Horn of Africa in providing asylum to people forced to flee persecution and war. The safety of hundreds of thousands of Somalis, South Sudanese and others has hinged on Kenya’s generosity and its willingness to be a leading beacon in the region for international protection. Tragically, the situations in Somalia and South Sudan that cause people to flee are still unresolved today,” the agency added. UNHCR said it has been, and will continue to be, in touch with the Kenyan Government to “fully understand the implications of its statement.” “We recognize that Kenya has played an extraordinary role over many years as one of the world’s frontline major refugee-hosting nations, and that inevitably this has had many consequences for the country and its population,” the agency said. UNHCR said that, for these reasons, it has been a prominent advocate for “robust international support” for Kenya, including support for host communities and a “careful listening to their concerns.” “In today’s global context of some 60 million people forcibly displaced, it is more important than ever that international asylum obligations prevail and are properly supported,” UNHCR said. “In light of this, and because of the potentially devastating consequences for hundreds of thousands of people that premature ending of refugee hosting would have, UNHCR is calling on the Government of Kenya to reconsider its decision and to avoid taking any action that might be at odds with its international obligations towards people needing sanctuary from danger and persecution,” the agency added.
Alex Rodriguez just sold his Hollywood Hills mansion at a loss — take a look inside the $4.4 million ‘experimental’ home he bought from Meryl Streep Democratic Party donor Ed Buck is charged with running a drug den after 2 men died of meth overdoses in his house THE DRONE WAR taking place over the skies of Afghanistan, carrying out remotely-piloted attacks on terrorist targets, will soon take an unexpected turn — underwater.The new ‘drone ship’ is called the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vehicle (ACTUV), and once completed, it will be an autonomous, submarine spying platform.With 43 countries fielding submarines, it’s getting tougher for the Navy to track the estimated 600 of them. That may change with the ACTUV program, led by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Raytheon Corp. working to develop it.Unlike a flying drone which requires a pilot to monitor and strike targets, the ACTUV doesn’t require an operator.“This is a brave new world we’re embarking on,” Ed Hoak, programme manager for Raytheon told Business Insider. “How do you take something that has been operator intensive and take that operator out of the loop?”That operator would be a Navy sonar technician, a sailor usually wearing headphones and monitoring a computer screen. Sonar techs were immortalised in the character of Jonesy in the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, who called out enemy submarines as they approached.“We’re taking Jonesy out of the loop and going completely autonomous,” said Hoak.Trawling along on the ocean surface, the drone ship will receive instructions to go to a certain waypoint and loiter.At a total program cost of $61 million, the ACTUV will be outfitted with an active and passive sonar system that has search, detection, and passive threat filtering capabilities. The advanced system allows the craft to send active “pings” for potential threats — which would reveal its position, or stay passive and listen while maintaining stealth.An artist rendering of the ACTUV tracking a sumbarine. DARPA“When there’s some sort of intelligence or something of interest, it will autonomously move, all by itself, obeying all the rules of the road for the ocean,” Hauk told Business Insider. Basically, the ship will follow norms of ocean tavel and be advanced enough not to crash into other surface ships.Then, once it picks up the “suspicious contact,” it will monitor and report back. “It will trail and actively track that submarine for up to 3 months,” Hauk said.The push for an autonomous drone in the ocean is a step toward a leaner Navy, that’s meant to complement the existing fleet.“If you can put a reasonably low-cost sensing vehicle and put it in harms way for a fraction of the cost [of a typical Navy ship], that’s a good tradeoff,” Hauk told Business Insider. “Thats the type of technology we have going on here.”The Navy caught a Russian submarine off the eastern seaboard in Oct. 2012, certainly bolstering arguments in favor of anti-submarine technology. Sam Kephart, a drone critic who worked in the high-end security business for 17 years, is not so sure.There are a number of factors that he believes need to be addressed — such as how a ship can autonomously comply with many different maritime laws, how they steer safely away from other sea traffic, and perhaps most important: how does it distinguish between friend and foe?“Overall, I think the seaborne-drone program has merit, however, we have an American public that’s not being told the truth about the nature and scope of the military risk relative to global submarine proliferation,” Kephart told Business Insider.For now at least, the drones will only be used for surveillance with no plans for having them armed, although Hoak believes eventually they could have a variety of other uses, like mine detection. ”We are certainly interested in exploring other payloads on this vehicle,” he said.The deadline for the sonar system delivery from Raytheon is due in a year and a half, with full program demonstration expected in the “next couple of years,” according to Hauk.SAIC also put together this demonstration video to show some of its potential capabilities: Instagram is warning users of popular social media management tools like Buffer and Hootsuite that their accounts have been ‘compromised’ (FB) Cristiano Ronaldo says the best goal he ever scored still wasn’t as good as sex with his girlfriend via ScienceApplications/Youtube- Paul Szoldra
Dinosaures : l’un des plus importants gisements de France découvert en CharenteFrance – Une première campagne de fouilles vient de s’achever dans les carrières Audoin, à Angeac-Charente. Elle a permis de mettre au jour l’un des plus riches gisements à dinosaures du pays.Cette recherche a été menée par des scientifiques du CNRS et du muséum national d’histoire naturelle à la fin de l’été. Des fouilles qui ont pour l’instant permis de découvrir plus de 400 ossements particulièrement bien conservés. À lire aussiPourrions-nous redonner vie aux dinosaures comme dans Jurassic Park ?Des fossiles datant du Crétacé inférieur, il y a 130 millions d’années, ont ainsi été mis au jour, le plus impressionnant étant un fémur qui dépasse 2,20 mètres de long et qui appartiendrait au plus grand sauropode connu en Europe, indique le CNRS dans un communiqué. La taille de cet os suggère que l’animal mesurait environ 35 mètres de long et pesait une quarantaine de tonnes. Les paléontologues ont également découvert la présence de petits dinosaures herbivores, et des restes d’animaux aquatiques comme des tortues et des crocodiles. Ils disposent par ailleurs de bois fossilisés, de feuilles et de graines, grâce auxquels ils pourront reconstituer la flore parmi laquelle vivaient ces animaux. Les chercheurs vont désormais étudier et analyser ces découvertes, et ce dans le cadre d’un projet de mise en valeur du site. Le public sera invité à assister à toutes les phases des recherches, qui prendront plusieurs années et permettront d’en savoir plus sur la période du Crétacé inférieur, une époque peu documentée dans cette partie de l’Europe.Le 3 octobre 2010 à 15:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des chercheurs vont étudier les odeurs des muséesA Glasgow en Ecosse, des scientifiques ont décidé de percer les secrets de l’odeur des musées en développant des techniques pour prélever des échantillons d’air.C’est un projet original qu’ont mis au point les scientifiques de l’Université de Strathclyde à Glasgow en Ecosse. Aujourd’hui, ceux-ci tentent de créer des machines portables pour recueillir des échantillons de l’air qui environne les oeuvres d’art des musées. Très sérieuse, la technique leur permettrait, selon eux, d’en savoir plus sur les sculptures, tapisseries et livres.À lire aussiLa Création d’Adam, la célèbre fresque de Michel Ange cacherait un incroyable secretL’analyse de l’air donnerait alors des informations sur la composition et la condition des objets. Grâce à cette technologie, les musées et collectionneurs seraient ainsi capables d’évaluer les oeuvres sans même avoir à les toucher. “Nous savons tous que lorsque nous marchons dans une bibliothèque, il y a une odeur nette de moisi mais nous voulons savoir qu’est ce qui crée cette odeur et ce qu’elle peut nous dire à propos des objets qui sont conservés”, a expliqué au Guardian le Dr Lorraine Gibson, chimiste qui participe au projet de 3 ans baptisé “Heritage smell project”.Le 3 avril 2011 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’autorisation de vente du Cruiser 350 annulée par le Conseil d’Etat Lundi, le Conseil d’Etat a annoncé qu’il annulait l’utilisation de mise sur le marché du pesticide Cruiser 350. Validé pour 2010 par le ministère de l’Agriculture, ce produit est accusé par les apiculteurs de tuer les abeilles. Les apiculteurs vont enfin pouvoir demander des comptes. Lundi, le Conseil d’Etat a annulé l’annulation de l’autorisation de mise sur le marché (AMM) du pesticide Cruiser 350 de la société Syngenta Agro. Validée par le ministère de l’Agriculture, cette AMM rendait possible la vente du pesticide jusqu’en décembre 2010 pour un usage en traitement des semences de maïs contre les insectes comme les taupias, pucerons et cicadelles. Mais l’Union nationale de l’Apiculture française avait déposé en février 2010 une requête accusant le Cruiser 350, successeur du Cruiser, du Gaucho et du Regent tous également interdits, de tuer les abeilles. Requête que le Conseil d’Etat semble donc avoir bien entendue.À lire aussiQuand 30 frelons japonais s’en prennent à un essaim de 30.000 abeilles (Vidéo)Il a ainsi estimé que la pratique, répétée par le ministre depuis 2008, consistant à accorder une autorisation d’une durée d’un an assortie de prescriptions destinées à s’assurer par des mesures de suivi de l’innocuité du produit, révélait l’absence de contrôle approprié. Ceci suggérait également que le ministère aurait insuffisamment évalué l’innocuité à long terme du produit avant sa mise sur le marché. Selon la décision, cette méthode ne repose pas sur les quotients de danger d’exposition et n’établit pas concrètement l’absence d’effet inacceptable à court et long terme sur les larves, le comportement des abeilles, la survie et le développement de la colonie, rapporte l’AFP. L’autorisation pour une durée d’un an a donc été jugée illégale car ne répondant à aucune des hypothèses permettant de déroger à la règle de l’AMM de 10 ans instaurée par le code rural. Grâce à cette décision juridique, les apiculteurs ont désormais la possibilité de réclamer des indemnisations s’ils estiment avoir subi des dommages pendant les années de vente autorisées. Le 3 octobre 2011 à 19:21 • Maxime Lambert
@buddboetticher @BrentOnInternet Finally! @realbdw pic.twitter.com/fRj4QH8oRi— Chris J. Allan (@chrisjallan) November 30, 2016Williams is just the icing on the cake when it comes to The LEGO Batman Movie’s casting. Will Arnett, who expertly voiced the Caped Crusader in The LEGO Movie, is returning, along with Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as the Joker, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, and Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon. After the grim mess that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we’ll be happy to see a cornier, more humorous take on the character.Expect to see The LEGO Batman Movie in theaters on Feb. 10, 2017. He does https://t.co/sf1x4NtRzS— Chris McKay (@buddboetticher) November 30, 2016This may seem a bit random for people who don’t remember the Tim Burton Batman films. Williams, probably best known for playing Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars movies, was cast as district attorney Harvey Dent pre-mental break. However, when the franchise switched directors–shamefully going from Burton to Joel Schumacher–he was replaced with Tommy Lee Jones. Jones got to act full villain, but sadly, we missed out on a Williams version.But now, according to the director, Williams will finally get his chance to be Two-Face. It’s unclear how large his part will be, or if he’ll be able to go all-out with the role, but the casting is still a great Easter Egg for Batman fans.Bravo, The LEGO Batman Movie creators. Stay on target If you need any more proof that The LEGO Batman Movie is the Batman movie we deserve, and the one we need right now, check out this new bit of casting news.Like most entertainment news nowadays, it was brought to us via a Twitter conversation. Chris McKay, the director of The LEGO Batman Movie, answered a question from a fan about if Billy Dee Williams would be playing Two-Face in the upcoming animated film.The answer? Yes. Daleks Invade ‘Lego Batman Movie’What to Look Forward to in Entertainment in 2017