Martinez: Bayern will silence those ‘who talk sh*t’

first_imgJavi Martinez has promised that Bayern Munich will bounce back “stronger than ever” from their current tough run.Reigning champions Bayern trail Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund by four points after a 3-0 defeat at home to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday that extended their winless run to four games in all competitions under Niko Kovac.Spanish star Martinez is certain his side will turn their fortunes around, though, and warned their critics to “enjoy your moment” before Bayern respond. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We win together, we cry together, we succeed together, we fail together,” Martinez wrote on his Twitter page.”But I believe in this team and we will fight, as always, together. “And those who talk sh*t in difficult situations like this: enjoy your moment, because this team will rise up again stronger than ever!”Kovac, who left Eintracht Frankfurt to replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of last season, has acknowledged he must start picking up results quickly as speculation mounts regarding his future.He told reporters after seeing his side downed on home soil by Monchengladbach: “I know the way things work in football and the Bundesliga. I do think we put together great performances in seven games, and now we’re not doing that.”I know that I am at Bayern Munich and the time you get is different to other places. We already showed what we’re capable of and I am convinced we will show it again soon. I’ll do my part to make it happen.”last_img read more

Davis Cup: Leander Paes to partner Vishnu Vardhan, Saketh Myneni ruled out

first_imgAll eyes will be on veteran Leander Paes, who is the on the cusp of a historic world record in perhaps his last appearance in Davis Cup, as India clash with relatively weaker New Zealand in the Asia/Oceania Group I tie, here from tomorrow.The 18-time Grand Slam champion, who is all set to take part in his 55th Davis Cup tie, is tied with Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli on 42 doubles wins in doubles. A win on Saturday will make him the most successful doubles player ever in Davis Cup history.Paes, however, will have to team up with last-minute inclusion and his London Olympics doubles partner Vishnu Vardhan, after original choice Saketh Myneni failed to recover from a foot injury sustained during last month’s Chennai Open.”Myneni’s injury is not okay yet,” said Anand Amritraj, who is leading the side for one last time, at a press conference after the draw for the tie, which will be first in Pune after 43 years.Paes and national hard court champion Vardhan will clash with the Kiwi pair of Artem Sitak and Michael Venus on day two of the tie.Vardhan was given a call-up after three people spoke to India’s top doubles player Rohan Bopanna, team captain Anand Amritraj said at the media conference after the draw.”Three people spoke to him. I did not. I don’t know exactly what happened,” said Amritraj.Paes, asked on the subject, said he wanted to give a call to Bopanna yesterday but was stopped from doing so.advertisement”I was the first to suggest of making a call to Rohan but I was told not to make the call,” said Paes who partnered Bopanna at the Rio Games but crashed out in the first round.He, however, refused to divulge who prevented him from doing so.Yuki Bhambri, ranked 368, will open India’s campaign against New Zealand’s number one player Finn Tearney, ranked 414, while Ramkumar Ramanathan (206) will take on Jose Statham (417) in the second singles.On paper, due to higher rankings and the advantage of playing at home, India appear to hold a clear edge over the Kiwis against whom they have a 5-3 win-loss record, with all the defeats occurring in the 1970s.India have not lost to New Zealand since 1978 when the Kiwis, then spearheaded by Onny Parun, had beaten them 4-1 in New Delhi in the Eastern Zone semi final.But they can ill afford to take New Zealand lightly especially considering that the visitors had proved a tough nut to crack in their own backyard in Christchurch in July, 2015, in the Asia-Oceania Group I semi-final, which team captain Anand Amritraj conceded had happened.”Their doubles team is stronger but we cannot take their singles players light. When we met the last time we did that and we were down 1-2,” recalled Amritraj.India trailed New Zealand 1-2 when Somdev Devvarman dropped the opening singles against Michael Venus and the doubles combine of Myneni and Rohan Bopanna lost to Sitak and Marcus Daniell after Yuki Bhambri had won his first singles rubber against Statham.On the final day in reverse singles Bhambri and Devvarman rose to the occasion to win their rubbers against Venus and Daniell respectively to pull off a come-from-behind win.Paes did not take part in that tie and also missed India s earlier 5-0 clean sweep over New Zealand in Chandigarh in 2012.But his was the big presence in the previous three victories over New Zealand in 2004, 2003 and 2002 when he played in singles and doubles (with Mahesh Bhupathi).last_img read more

India Today poll: Virat Kohli voted India’s Sportsperson of 2016

first_imgTest captain Virat Kohli has emerged as India’s Sportsperson of the Year 2016 in a poll conducted by India Today. Kohli, with 44.18% votes, pipped badminton ace PV Sindhu (31.51%) for the top spot while star all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin came third with 13.83% of the votes.Even though Kohli won the poll this year, all the six sportspersons who were a part of this poll were winners in their own rights. Paralympian Deepa Malik, wrestler Sakshi Malik and Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia completed the list of athletes.Let’s take a look at what these six sports stars achieved in 2016.VIRAT KOHLI (44.18%)Virat Kohli surely made 2016 a year to remember. Seldom has anyone ever seen a batsman dominate world cricket like he has done. Kohli treated himself to 2,595 runs in 41 international innings this year to go along with 973 runs in the Indian Premier League. (Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin rule on field)On top of that, he lead the Indian Test team to series wins against West Indies, New Zealand and England and he single-handedly powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to the final of the IPL this season.PV SINDHU (31.51%)(Reuters Photo)Sindhu achieved what no other woman from India managed at the Rio Olympics this year. The shuttler from Hyderabad put on the performance of a lifetime and walked away with the silver medal from the Rio Games in August. (Women make India proud at Rio Olympics)She became the first ever Indian woman to reach the women’s singles badminton final at the Olympics. Sindhu went down fighting in the summit clash to the eventual gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 to finish runner-up.advertisementRAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN (13.83%)(Reuters Photo)Ashwin broke so many records this year that even he would have a tough time remembering them. For the second year running, Ashwin finished as the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 72 scalps along with 612 runs 12 matches.Ashwin’s metamorphosis from a defensive bowler to an attacker happened under Kohli and in this year in particular. The eight five-fors and three 10-wicket hauls in this year’s Test matches placed him at the cusp of being quickest bowler to 250 Test wickets. His performances helped him bag the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award and the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for the Cricketer of the Year in 2016.DEEPA MALIK (4.05%)Paralympian Deepa Malik bagged the Silver medal in the Women’s Shot Put F53 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games, clinching the medal with a personal best throw of 4.61 meters. Deepa also became the first Indian female medallist in the history of the Paralympic Games. (Deepa Malik elated after winning Silver at Rio Paralympics)Seven broken vertebrae and frequent MRI scans in the absence of titanium plates could not stop her from taking to throwing the javelin in 2006. Then it became the shot put, the event that has given her Paralympic glory in Rio.Having won sporting laurels at the international stage for close to a decade, the only medal missing from her repertoire was the Paralympic one. And at Rio, she has fulfilled her dream. Besides that she has also won medals in swimming at international competitions, holds the Asian record in javelin throw, and also has World Championships silver medals in shot put and discus in 2011.#1month ago and Deepa Malik made history by becoming India’s first ever female #Paralympics medallist! #Rio2016 https://t.co/GQYiZGy5LX World Para Athletics (@ParaAthletics) 11 October 2016SAKSHI MALIK (3.37%)Sakshi Malik ended India’s agonising wait for a medal at the Rio Olympics by clinching the Bronze in the 58kg category, pulling off a sensational 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the play-off bout.The 23-year-old from Rohtak became only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal as she earned the dramatic win after falling behind 0-5 in the do-or-die bout. Her victory brought cheers to the Indian contingent that had endured agonising 11 days without a medal.DEVENDRA JHAJHARIA (3.04%)India’s Devendra Jhajharia bettered his own world record to win Gold in the men’s javelin throw F46 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.Devendra won gold in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a record throw of 62.15 metres, becoming only the second gold medallist at the Paralympics for his country, and improved upon it with an attempt of 63.97 metres. The 36-year-old is currently ranked third in the world.The Rajasthan-born athlete, with an amputated left hand, took India’s tally in this year’s edition of the Paralympics to four medals – two Golds, one Silver and a Bronze.Devendra of @ParalympicIndia lets the javelin fly for a new F46 world record! The judges really didn’t expect that! https://t.co/3ImkI7VI92advertisement World Para Athletics (@ParaAthletics) 13 September 2016last_img read more

Sports Illustrated responds to NCAA’s findings on OSU

first_imgHow much money did James Castleman get for his interception on Saturday? (USATSI)How much money did James Castleman get for his interception on Saturday? (USATSI)On Tuesday OSU was mostly acquitted of the wrongdoing Sports Illustrated alleged in its five-part series from the fall of 2013.Sports Illustrated has responded to the NCAA’s findings with a typically self-aggrandizing statement.“Sports Illustrated firmly stands behind its comprehensive series on the Oklahoma State program. The investigation by the NCAA and an outside consultant hired by Oklahoma State was limited in scope but nonetheless revealed multiple NCAA violations including a ‘failure to monitor,’” said Sports Illustrated.“Nowhere does the report say our work is fundamentally unfounded and in fact it points to its own limitations in its ability to corroborate SI’s findings.”This is like saying the ebola terror sweeping the country is grounded in legitimacy because there have been three confirmed cases of the virus.You blindly shot a rocket at an ant hill and killed three ants. Congratulations.I thought Barry Petchesky’s take on the entire thing on Deadspin was fascinating. He didn’t really give OSU a pass but pointed back at SI for its ignorance from the beginning.“It must be noted that this (report) means nothing. Oklahoma State’s investigation and response can be summarized as We asked the people accused of doing bad things if they did the bad things, and they said they didn’t.”That’s true but the issue from the beginning was that it was just the words of a bunch of folks (mostly folks carrying axes and looking for a grind) against the words of a bunch of other folks.“But the truth of the claims was never the issue,” said Petchesky. “Readers reacted with the proper scorn to what was a shallow excavation of standard big-football muck, incredulously treated by Sports Illustrated as something new or important or surprising instead of as a pro-bono buttressing of the NCAA’s fortress of bullshit.“Think about that! Here were reasonably supported claims of cheating, sex, boosters, drugs—everything that usually gets the sport’s self-appointed mall cops hot and bothered—and this time, no one gave a damn. Maybe even more than the O’Bannon case, SI’s Oklahoma State fartbomb represented the moment when public opinion decided college football has far worse problems than its players.”So now OSU is the catalyst for the College Football Playoff and the turning point in exposing the NCAA for the clown show it really is.You’re welcome, everyone!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Mo Salah says Champions League win is far more important than goals record

first_imgMohamed Salah has spoken of his pride at becoming only the third player in Liverpool’s history to score 40 goals in a season but said individual records and accolades are meaningless compared with winning the Champions League.The Egypt international maintained his phenomenal strike-rate on Saturday when he scored his 30th Premier League goal of the campaign in the 3-0 home win against Bournemouth. Salah’s exquisite header beyond Asmir Begovic was also his 40th goal in all competitions – a figure previously achieved at Liverpool by only Roger Hunt (1961-62) and Ian Rush (1983-84 and 1986-87). No Liverpool player has reached the milestone faster than Salah, however, who has scored 40 goals in 45 games for Jürgen Klopp’s side. Share on WhatsApp Liverpool’s £36.9m summer signing from Roma is firmly on course to win the Golden Boot and player of the season awards but admits he would swap them all for victory in the Champions League.Salah, who faces his former club in the semi-finals, said: “It means a lot. I try to score every game to help the team and to get the points. That is the most important thing for us, that we play as a team, as 11 players, and so each goal for me is to help the team. It is a great feeling, of course it is a great feeling, but in the end I am just happy to score and help the team. If I had a choice between the Champions League and the Golden Boot, then of course it would be the Champions League, no doubt the Champions League. To win the Champions League is huge for everyone. I don’t care about the rest.”The Liverpool forward is five goals ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane in the race to be the Premier League’s leading scorer and, despite targeting the club’s sixth European Cup success, admits the individual honour is a motivation. “It is in my mind,” said Salah. “I cannot lie, it is in my mind. But you can see against Bournemouth that everyone in the team tries to pass the ball to me to help me. I am happy to have this feeling, you feel all the team want to support you and want to help you score goals. I am also sure that Tottenham’s players try to help Harry Kane and also Manchester City’s try to help Sergio Agüero. It’s like that but in the end we play as a team.” Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Mohamed Salah Salah tweeted: “Wooooooow really?” after Kane was awarded a goal against Stoke by the Premier League goals accreditation panel but declined to be drawn further into the controversy. “I don’t want to say anything about that!” he said with a laugh. “In the end they said it’s his goal so it’s finished for me. Now we still have four games and they have five or six games so I have to think about my games and we will see. I think the way we play gives us all more chances to score. You can see with Bobby Firmino, he has scored a lot of goals this season. It’s also a different season for him. The way we play helps us to be in front of the goal all the time.”Firmino struck his 25th goal of the season in all competitions to seal a comfortable defeat of Eddie Howe’s team. Bournemouth had fallen behind to an early Sadio Mané goal but settled into the game, with Nathan Aké defending well against Salah, before the Egyptian peeled away from his marker to convert a cross from the excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold. “It was very difficult,” Aké said. “In a split second he [Salah] is gone. If there is no pressure on the ball, then he can make incredible movements in behind you, so it’s really, really difficult.”Virgil van Dijk jokingly called Salah “lucky” as Liverpool’s leading marksman discussed his 40-goal milestone after the game. The 25-year-old admitted he is now targeting Rush’s all-time Liverpool record of 47 goals in a season.Salah added: “It is very close, just seven goals. But let’s see! I don’t know how many games there is to go but we have the Premier League and semi-finals of the Champions League to play. I will try my best to score again and help the team.” Topics Read more Liverpool Read morecenter_img Bournemouth Share via Email Share on Twitter Diogo Jota sets promoted Wolves on the way to win over Birmingham Mohamed Salah takes his tally to 30 in Liverpool win over Bournemouth Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Comedian Ben Scwhartz on His New Podcast, Learning about Wine, and Desert Island Vino

first_imgThe Wine DownWhat do you do if you like drinking wine, but know nothing about it? Well, if you’re in that boat right now you can do two things. First, check out the wine content here on The Manual (duh). Second — and the one to choose if you’re of the podcasting sort — is to listen to Ben Schwartz.You probably know Ben Schwartz as one of the stars of House of Lies and Parks and Recreation (and soon to be the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog), but did you know that he also loves wine? He loves it, but for a long time, he’d say he knew next to nothing about it. That’s why when wine producer E & J Gallo approached him about hosting a new podcast, The Wine Down, he was all for it.“At the beginning when I was drinking wine, it was whatever was the sweetest that I could get my hands on,” Schwartz says. “As I grew up, I began wanting some wine while I was eating or a little wine afterwards. It was always something I enjoyed, but knew nothing—truly nothing about.”The Wine Down, which was produced by The Wine Dialogues, an arm of Gallo, has changed that. When they first approached him, they asked what he would do with it. Not knowing a ton, but still really enjoying the act of drinking wine, he knew exactly what he wanted to do.He explains: “I’d get comedian friends and a wine expert and the three of us would chat. It’d be entertaining and people would learn stuff. We’d hope it’d take away the ‘snobbery’ of the wine world.”The goal, he says, was to make anyone feel like they can learn about, talk about, and enjoy wine. To do so, he and his friends traveled to Napa to talk with an assortment of winemakers to learn about everything from the basics of red, white, and bubbly wines to how to pair wines with foods.“We wanted to give an experience (going to Napa) that wasn’t necessarily readily available, especially in a podcast,” Schwartz says.And the biggest thing he learned during the first season of the podcast? With a laugh he admits that it might seem simple to a lot of people.“The thing that blew my mind was that it was such a scientific and a creative process. These winemakers are artists.”They are artists, he says, in the way that comedians are comedians. In order to get where they are, they need to cut their teeth and climb ladders. You don’t just start at the top. Instead, you do a variety of jobs in numerous places, learning the art and the craft of what you’re doing.On a practical side, Schwartz says that the best thing he learned was the most popular way to open a Champagne bottle.“It blew my mind. It’ll change the way I approach sparkling and save myself embarrassment from now on,” he says. “It was as if someone had invented fire in front of us.”On the drinking side of things, too, Schwartz says he’s learned a lot and his choices when he goes out to eat are now vastly different.“I used to just hop on a red, but now I find myself challenging myself to try something new. We had an incredible winemaker, too, who suggested getting your wine first then seeing what you want to eat.”The Wine DownAnother thing Schwartz recommends? Having fun with it.“If you just think about whether you like it or not and not try and dissect all of the other stuff, it takes away so much of the perceived pressure [of drinking wine with wine lovers].”He may be playing around with wine more when he’s out, but we had to know what wine Schwartz would take if he were stuck on a desert island. After a few moments of silence, he’d come to a decision.“Chardonnay … that was put in a nice toasty barrel.”We’re right there with him, though we’d hope that there were more than a few barrels of it hanging out on the island with us (We’d probably cheat, too, and bring some whisky, because, like Boy Scouts, we, too, like to be prepared).While you await what is to come next from The Wine Down, you can check out all seven episodes of the first season here. Get Naked with Independent Winemakers with NakedWines Delivery Kit An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About last_img read more

S Korea lawmaker grills official nominee for not giving birth

first_imgSeoul: A South Korean lawmaker provoked outrage Monday when he berated a female economics professor nominated as the country’s antitrust chief for not “fulfilling her duty to the nation” by having a child. Despite its economic advances, South Korean society remains highly patriarchal and is facing a demographic crisis with women increasingly reluctant to have babies for reasons ranging from the expense of child-rearing to career setbacks. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The government has spent billions of dollars since 2005 to try to boost the birth rate – one of the world’s lowest – by providing child subsidies and expanding daycare services, without success. Jeong Kab-yoon, a five-time lawmaker from the conservative opposition Liberty Korea Party, sparked an outcry when he scolded Joh Sung-wook, an unmarried academic who is in her mid-50s, for not having children. “I’m aware that you are still single and the biggest problem in South Korea is that (women) are not giving birth,” Jeong said at Joh’s confirmation hearing to head the Fair Trade Commission, according to Yonhap news agency. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “You have a great resume but please fulfil your duties to the nation,” Jeong added. Joh appeared taken aback but did not react to his remark. Social media users, though, were furious. “This is an outright sexual assault and a violation of women’s rights,” one wrote. Another asked: “Would a male nominee have faced this question?” The country’s total fertility rate – the number of children a woman is expected to have in her lifetime – dropped to 0.98 in 2018, far short of the 2.1 needed to maintain population stability.last_img read more

Giovanni Angeloro mens fall collection preview under the brand name DUOMO

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement At first, I thought of having the collection preview in New York in February but rather chose the Garment District of Montreal to honor the work of Montreal artisans and artists.The D.U.O.M.O. menswear collection will be showcased at a fashion show that will take place in August 2017 in Montreal during the Italian Week Festival. ”Last year, I was inspired by the amazing work and partnership of Montreal designer Amabile Cantisani and abstract artist Frank Caracciolo. I see the Italian Week fashion show as a celebration of the creative talent and workmanship of the Montreal Italian Fashion industry”, Angeloro concludes.The D.U.O.M.O. collection preview will take placeSaturday, March 4th, 20178852 boulevard Saint-LaurentFrom 10 am to 4 pmThis is a general public eventD.U.O.M.O. stands for distinto, unico, originale, moderno, organico.About Giovanni AngeloroGiovanni Angeloro is a visual artist of Italian descent born in Montreal.He has received various awards for his paintings and was honored for his contribution to promote Canadian art on the international scene.He is member of the International Association of Clothing Designers & Executives (IACDE), the Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF), the Surface Design Association (SDA) and the Fashion Industry Association (FIA). Visual Artist, Fashion Influencer and Executive Giovanni Angeloro announced today the upcoming preview of his fall menswear collection in Montreal under the brand name D.U.O.M.O.The fall collection consists of a limited edition of long sleeve t-shirts, jeans, blazers and jackets. Each piece presents prints of artworks by an emerging or established artist.Every single piece of clothing, is signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity”I am introducing the concept of ”art-à-porter”; you can either wear it or frame it”, says Angeloro. I wanted to propose masculine, yet imaginative and casual menswear for any occasion.The D.U.O.M.O. fall collection 2017 will feature the work of Montreal artist Gianni Giuliano.”Mr. Giuliano was elated to be part of this art-to-wear collection, and I was thrilled to bring forward the work and talent of such a remarkable artist”, adds Angeloro. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Camp remains focused following confrontation with Nazi

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsMembers of the Justice for Our Stolen Children group say an incident on the weekend created an unsafe situation for the camp set up in Regina.Members of the protest camp say a man arrived at Wascana on Saturday claiming he was there to protect his “German right’s.”Part of the incident was recorded and shows the man giving the Nazi salute and yelling “Heil Hitler.” Courtesy: Justice for Our Stolen Children CampThe man was also armed with a knife.Prescott Demas, who has been at the camp since it was set up more than 130 days ago, says the man was “angry” and “aggressive.”Regina Police were called and attended the scene.Chasity Delorme, a member of the camp, said things would’ve played out differently had that been an Indigenous man standing there holding a knife.“The outcome would be totally different.  People probably would have been arrested.  There was a weapon involved,” she said.Robyn Pitawanakwat says one of the six police officers who arrived indicated the man was “expressing his culture” and had a “right to protest.”APTN News tried to reach a spokesperson for the Regina Police Service but were unsuccessful.Pitawanakwat says what’s unfortunate about this incident is that it distracts from the issues we’re bringing forward.“What’s getting picked up is instead is this story about one Nazi,” she said. “So, we’re now not focusing on the issues of children in care, we’re not focusing on the issue of uninvestigated missing youth or uninvestigated deaths of youth.”As many as 30 people have been staying at the Our Stolen Children camp where 14 teepees have now been erected.The group met with the province of Saskatchewan on July 2 and were awaiting word from the province on Wednesday about a follow up meeting.dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

Report Digital First plans bid for USA Today owner Gannett

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, is preparing to bid for newspaper publisher Gannett Co.The newspaper, citing “people familiar with the matter,” reported Monday that MNG holds 7.5 per cent of Gannett’s stock and intends to push the company to sell itself.There was no immediate response to emailed inquiries to the two companies before office hours Monday U.S. time.MNG Enterprises is one of the country’s biggest newspaper chains.The report said Digital First plans to offer to buy Gannett for $12 per share, nearly a quarter above its closing share price Friday of $9.75. Gannett’s shares have rebounded after a rough spell in 2018.Digital First owns about 200 newspapers and other publications. It has a reputation for cost-cutting.The Associated Presslast_img read more

City of Vancouver votes to demand fossil fuel companies pay their fair

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver city council has voted in favour of a motion that demands global fossil fuel companies pay their share of costs arising from climate change.The motion, which passed 7-4, points to a B.C. government report that projects the City of Vancouver will have to spend $1 billion this century to mitigate rising sea levels.The motion says the city will send letters to 20 of the world’s largest oil, gas and coal companies with its demand. The city also says it will ask the B.C. and Canadian governments to enact laws to confirm the responsibility of fossil fuel companies to pay their share of costs.Vancouver says it is the 24th community in British Columbia to pass such a motion since 2017.The city says those municipal governments represent about one-third of all B.C. residents.last_img read more

States must do more to combat terrorism says Security Council

In a formal statement read by Council President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar, the 15-member body reaffirmed the importance of resolution 1373, a landmark text adopted in the wake of the September 11th 2001 attacks on the United States. That resolution set up a Counter-Terrorism Committee, and by today’s statement the Council welcomed its proactive efforts to promote and monitor how States are meeting their requirements to prevent and criminalize terrorist attacks.The Council noted the enhanced cooperation among three committees it set up to deal with specific aspects of terrorism, including Al-Qaida and the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction.The Council also reminded all States that they must ensure that any measures taken to combat terrorism should comply with all their obligations under international law, especially international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.“The Security Council reiterates its call on States to become parties to all relevant international conventions and protocols relating to terrorism, and to make full use of the sources of assistance and guidance, which are available,” Ambassador Al-Nasser said. read more

Ring of Fire concerns must be addressed before moving ahead with project

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the governing Liberals must address environmental and First Nations concerns before moving ahead with developing the Ring of Fire.She says there are a lot of “moving parts” in the massive mining project in northern Ontario and the government needs to “get it right.”Her comments come after one of the major players in developing the Ring of Fire urged the government to ensure the company has access to the chromite deposit.U.S.-based Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. has been unable to build an all-weather road to the site because it would cross land staked by a rival company.It says the project is in a “tenuous state” and if it can’t get access to the deposit, it will consider pulling out.Both the New Democrats and the Progressive Conservatives say the economic potential of the project is too important to lose.Tory critic Norm Miller says the Liberals should get all the parties together to work out a solution and expedite a transportation link.New Democrat Michael Mantha says the government is letting businesses lead the development and should be more involved in the discussions. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 22, 2013 2:34 pm MDT Ring of Fire concerns must be addressed before moving ahead with project: Wynne read more

At meeting heads of UN peace operations stress key role of cooperation

The meeting in Dakar, Senegal – the 24th of its kind – was aimed at providing an exchange of views on peace and security challenges on issues ranging from the situation in the Sahel to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. In addition to the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the Dakar-based UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Said Djinnit, who also chaired the meeting, it was attended by Bert Koenders of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Joseph Mutaboba of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), and the newly appointed Karin Landgren of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL). Amidst the discussion on the world body’s progress in promoting peace and stability across the region, according to a news release from UNOWA, the UN officials gave particular attention to Côte d’Ivoire, which has recently experienced cross-border issues with neighbouring Liberia. The border between the two countries has been volatile over the past few months following incidents in which heavily armed militiamen crossed the frontier and attacked Ivorian villages, as well as UN peacekeepers stationed in the area. In July, seven UN peacekeepers from Niger lost their lives in an attack by armed elements, while last month at least 18 people were killed in Ivorian border towns. With the trans-border situation arousing particular concern, the UN officials noted that UNOCI and UNMIL continued to work to strengthen their inter-mission cooperation along the shared border, while also fostering dialogue between the Governments of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to develop a shared border strategy. Turning to the situation in Mali, the Heads of Missions welcomed the recent progress made by Malian authorities in better articulating their demands regarding the security and humanitarian threats facing their country’s north, where Islamist militants and lingering food insecurity have created an unstable environment. Furthermore, they applauded the convening by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of a high-level meeting on the Sahel during the recent General Debate of the General Assembly. It contributed, they said, to raising awareness on the challenges affecting the region while prompting greater international concern over the Sahel’s pressing and longer term needs. Regarding Guinea-Bissau, the Heads of Missions commended recent advocacy and mediation efforts spearheaded by the UN and the African Union aimed at reviving dialogue between the country’s political players. They also encouraged further efforts to be pursued to ensure an inclusive transition process following the unconstitutional changes of power that occurred in the country. Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau, which has a history of coups, misrule and political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974, seized power on 12 April. The coup came ahead of a presidential run-off election that was slated for 22 April – and prompted calls from the international community for the return to civilian rule and the restoration of constitutional order. Addressing the electoral situation in Sierra-Leone, the UN officials highlighted the importance of the upcoming presidential, parliamentary, and local elections, scheduled for 17 November, in advancing the country’s progress towards full representative democracy. They expressed their full support for UNIPSIL in assisting national and local efforts at promoting dialogue and ensuring the free, fair and violence-free holding of the elections. read more

Official Angry Birds theme for Windows 7 now available

first_imgWay back in October of 2010, Microsoft slipped up and posted an Angry Birds icon on the Windows Phone 7 site. At that time, Rovio was still playing its cards close to its chest, and was hoping to keep its plans to port the uber-popular casual game to WP7 hush-hush until it was ready to make an official announcement.But that’s the past, and Rovio finally came through and landed Angry Birds in the Marketplace. Windows users can play the game on their desktops, too — using either a native app or the web version, designed as a Google Chrome Web app.AdChoices广告If merely playing Angry Birds isn’t enough for you and you’re looking for another way to show off your affinity for the game’s cutesy cast, Microsoft has a suggestion: install the official Angry Birds theme for Windows 7!The theme includes five wallpapers — one of the pigs hunkered down inside a structure, two full-screen birds, and two pigs (one slightly battered). It’s kinda of shame that Microsoft and Rovio didn’t cram in a few more images — the .themepack weighs in at under two megs, and I certainly wouldn’t have minded waiting a few more seconds for a larger package to download.The best part of the theme, however, isn’t the background images. No, it’s the sound scheme, chock full of .wav files that you’ll recognize as in-game sounds. It’s been a long, long time since I bothered using a sound scheme in Windows, but the Angry Birds theme is fun enough that I’ll be sticking with it for the time being.To install the Angry Birds theme on your Windows 7 computer, head on over to the Personalization Gallery and double-click the .themepack file when your download completes. Windows 7 will automatically activate it for you.last_img read more

Une méduse géante échoue sur une plage aux EtatsUnis

first_imgUne méduse géante échoue sur une plage aux Etats-UnisEn fin de semaine dernière, une méduse géante s’est échouée sur les rives de Purget Sound, dans l’Etat de Washington aux Etats-Unis. Il s’agit d’une méduse Lion’s mane, réputée pour atteindre des tailles mesurées allant jusqu’à deux mètres de largeur. La créature fait peur à voir. Vendredi 29 juillet, une méduse géante s’est échouée sur les rives de Purget Sound, dans l’État de Washington. Elle appartenait à un genre de méduse assez effrayant identifiée à juste titre sous le terme “crinière de lion”. D’ailleurs, pour l’enfant qui l’a découverte, elle évoquait plutôt un alien avec sa taille démesurée et ses couleurs rougeoyantes. À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merLors de la trouvaille du monstre marin, Sherman Pike et son fils ont simplement confié à CNN : “Nous étions juste étonné quand nous l’avons vu au premier abord”. Et il y avait de quoi, puisqu’il s’agit en vérité de la plus grande espèce de méduse connue à ce jour : une Cyanea capillata. Selon les spécialistes, elle peut mesurer jusqu’à deux mètres de largeur pour 15 centimètres de diamètre. Mais ce n’est pas tout, elle peut également posséder jusqu’à une centaine de tentacules pouvant mesurer 37 mètres. Et si elle n’est pas mortelle pour l’Homme, un contact avec ses appendices peut tout de même causer de graves brûlures. Mieux vaut donc éviter une rencontre avec ce genre de spécimen. Le 5 août 2011 à 18:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ibrahimović spoke about Beckhams recommendation

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović has joined LA Galaxy as a free agent and he revealed that David Beckham helped him a lot to reach this decision as he praised the American team a lot during his spell at PSG.The Swede and the Englishman played together at the French club and as Beckham used to play for LA between 2007 and 2012, he advised Ibrahimović to go there at some point in his career.The former Manchester United striker spoke about his decision to join the MLS club as he said, according to Sports Mole:Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I met David when I played at PSG and he talked a lot about Galaxy and the experience he had in America. He was all positive and said ‘you should go over and try it out’.”“He said everything is fantastic, in progress but to be part of it is amazing and something he was proud of. These words make it easier when you have to choose your next step.”“This was supposed to happen before but it didn’t, but it is happening now so it is the destiny.”last_img read more

Iran rejects new nuclear deal

first_imgFrench president Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference at Georges Washington University on 25 April 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPIran’s president Hassan Rouhani rejected any hopes of rewriting a nuclear deal with world powers Wednesday, while his French counterpart vowed to US lawmakers that everything would be done to stop Iran ever acquiring atomic weapons.In their different ways, Europe, Iran and Russia are all seeking to convince US president Donald Trump not to abandon the landmark 2015 deal that curbed Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.Trump has called the existing accord “insane” and “ridiculous”, in part because its restrictions start to expire in 2025.But addressing the US Congress at the end of his pomp-filled, three-day visit to Washington, French President Emmanuel Macron said: “Iran shall never possess any nuclear weapons. Not now. Not in five years. Not in 10 years. Never.”He has proposed an additional deal that extends Iran’s nuclear restrictions while also curbing its ballistic missile programme and support for militias in the Middle East.In Iran, Rouhani took a more aggressive tack, reiterating that the Islamic republic would not accept any changes to the deal.”We have an agreement called the JCPOA,” said Rouhani in a fiery speech, using its technical name.”It will either last or not. If the JCPOA stays, it stays in full.”From Europe, a host of voices have urged Trump to build on the deal, rather than tear it up.”There is one deal existing, it’s working, it needs to be preserved,” said EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.Moscow also reiterated its support, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov telling reporters: “We believe that no alternative exists so far” to the nuclear deal, and demanding that Iran be involved in any further discussions.The next to press the point will be German chancellor Angela Merkel when she visits Washington on Friday.”The biggest priority is maintaining the existing nuclear accord. It was negotiated by seven countries and the EU and can’t be renegotiated by one or other party,” said German foreign spokesman Rainer Breul.”President Macron… spoke of the need for supplementary agreements. The question is whether, and in what circumstances, Iran would be ready to enter into such a process,” he added.’A high-rise builder’ Rouhani’s speech was particularly fiery, ridiculing Trump as “a trader, a businessman, a high-rise builder, how can he judge about global issues?”You have no expertise in politics, nor in law, nor in international accords,” he said.Iran has the support of all other parties to the accord, who say it is working and Tehran has stuck to its commitments.Macron, who has built a warm rapport with Trump, has positioned himself as an emissary for European officials seeking a compromise that allows the mercurial US president to claim a public victory, while keeping the deal intact.But for now, even Macron had to admit he could not read whether Trump would simply walk away from the existing deal when the renewal deadline arrives on 12 May.True to his background in reality TV, Trump has kept everyone guessing.”This is a deal with decayed foundations,” he said. “We’re going to see what happens on the 12th.”Iran has warned it will ramp up enrichment if Trump scraps the accord, prompting a blunt warning from the US leader.”They’re not going to be restarting anything. If they restart it, they’re going to have big problems, bigger than they ever had before. And you can mark it down,” Trump said.The proposal that Macron put forward to his US counterpart involves preserving the existing agreement on the first of “four pillars” of a future deal.The others would address the period after 2025, when certain clauses concerning nuclear activities will sunset; Tehran’s highly controversial ballistic missile program; and its “destabilizing” role in the region.”For me it’s progress, it avoids falling into the complete unknown if the US decision is a hard exit,” said Macron, who confirmed that the proposal was a strategy coordinated with European partners and not a unilateral one.Some hawkish American officials argue that the Europeans, particularly Germany, oppose a tougher stance against Iran to safeguard their business interests there.That is sharply rejected by European officials, who are increasingly frustrated at spending time handling Trump’s complaints rather than focusing on the deepening crises of the Middle East.The disagreement threatens to plunge transatlantic relations to their lowest point since the Iraq war, despite the lavish welcome Trump put on for Macron’s state visit.And meanwhile, Western countries have found themselves increasingly side-lined from issues such as the Syrian war — underlined again on Wednesday when Iran, Russia and Turkey announced a new summit to discuss the conflict this Saturday in Moscow.last_img read more