Virat Kohli loves confrontation, but it should not affect his team: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgThe Virat Kohli-Tim Paine exchanges during the Perth Test match may not have had any adverse affect on the seasoned Indian team. But they certainly got the Aussies going.Did Virat miss a trick in engaging Tim Paine’s Australia into verbals? It was the Indian captain who first poked his counterpart on the batting crease that it could be 2-0 if they messed it up.Paine responded by reminding Kohli who had to bat last. Given the match result, Kohli would admit his team could not walk the talk.Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar thinks Kohli will have to factor in many aspects before initiating a go at the Aussies in the future.”There are some people who play with a certain attitude that comes naturally to them. But when you come with a confrontationist attitude, you also have to see if it affects your teammates,” he told India Today.The Australian team has been under more scrutiny than ever before following their internal culture review report after the ball-tampering scandal.While exchanges may have come from either side, cameras showed that Kohli was in the thick of the action.Gavaskar compared Kohli’s on-field persona to Javed Miandad.”There are some players like Miandad who would want fielders to speak to him. If you are silent, he would lose his tempo. He would look for a confrontation. So we would all be silent when he was batting. If we spoke we would be inviting a hundred against us. So each one has his style,” he said.advertisement”But because Javed likes a confrontation does not mean, other members in your team also want it.”So while with Kohli, he would be motivated by getting verbal, it may not work with other players of the side. This is one thing he has to bear in mind, if what I am doing affects my team,” he observed.Gavaskar had earlier 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.”In a situation like this, we will always lose. Australia are used to playing like that, we are not. It’s not in our DNA to play cricket like that. You also have to take into account if everyone in the team can take it. Even over here, we have started it,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Sanjay Manjrekar slams Virat Kohli’s on-field behaviour after spat with PaineAlso Read | Mohammed Shami on Kohli-Paine spat: Can’t mind these things too muchAlso Read | You seriously cannot like Virat Kohli as a bloke: Tim Paine tells Murali Vijaylast_img read more

ICC’s League 2 schedule for 2023 WC qualifiers begin from August 14

first_imgA month after England were crowned world champions, the ICC on Monday launched Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2, a part of the new four-year qualification for the 2023 World Cup.The League 2 will witness seven teams — Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Scotland, UAE and the USA — contesting in 126 One Day Internationals (ODIs), to be played across 21 tri-series.Each of the seven teams will play 36 ODIs over a period of two-and-half-year from August 2019 to January 2022.The inaugural League 2 series will be played among Scotland, PNG and Oman at Mannofield Park, Scotland from August 14 to 21, which will include four ODIs for each team, worth two points per ODI that will contribute to the Men’s CWC League 2 table.After the completion of 21 tri-series, the top three teams will confirm their places in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.The bottom four teams will drop into the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off 2022, which is a repechage event to the Global Qualifier, and will be joined by the winner of Challenge League A and B.The top two teams from the Play-Off will keep their hopes alive of participating in the 2023 World Cup, by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2022.ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley is excited by the prospect of four years of competitive men’s 50-over cricket.”The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup provided us with great entertainment and competitive cricket, I am delighted to see the start of the qualification process to India 2023. The new structure has given meaningful context to bilateral cricket for the Men’s Cricket World Super League, but also more competitive opportunities to Associate Members,” he said.advertisementICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 Series one schedule: Wednesday August 14: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Thursday August 15: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Saturday August 17: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Sunday August 18: Scotland vs Oman at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Tuesday August 20: Scotland vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Wednesday August 21: Oman vs PNG at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh trolls Kevin Pietersen after Manchester United beat ChelseaAlso see:last_img read more

FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week

first_imgeSports FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week: Messi & Morata chosen for TOTW2 Ronan Murphy 23:42 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images eSports Lionel Messi Barcelona v Las Palmas Primera División This week’s selection includes two Chelsea players as well as standout performers from Juventus, Porto and Manchester City, who all receive upgrades The second Team of the Week for FIFA 18 has been announced, with Lionel Messi getting an upgrade following his four-goal performance against Eibar.Chelsea duo Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta are also included in the TOTW2 squad after helping Antonio Conte’s side to a 4-0 win at Stoke City. Manchester City’s David Silva also receives a boost in his ratings thanks to his contribution as Manchester City recorded yet another big victory.The Bundesliga has just one player in this week’s selection, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang representing Borussia Dortmund due to a hat-trick against Borussia Monchengladbach. Aubameyang is the second Dortmund player to receive an upgrade this week, following Max Philipp in week one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Team of the Week is available from 1800 BST on September 27 to 1800 BST on October 4. FIFA 18 receives its full worldwide release on Friday, September 29.FIFA Ultimate Team of the Week 2STARTING XIGK – Adán – Real Betis Balompié – 81>84CB – Azpilicueta – Chelsea – 85>86LB – Ghoulam – Napoli – 79>82CB – Hilton – Montpellier HSC – 78>82CM – Silva – Manchester City – 87>88CDM – Pjanić – Juventus – 85>86LM – Brahimi – FC Porto – 82>84CF – Messi – FC Barcelona – 93>94ST – Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund – 88>89ST – Morata – Chelsea – 84>86LW – El Shaarawy – Roma – 80>83BENCHGK – Samassa – ESTAC Troyes – 74>80RWB – Sundgren – AIK – 67>76LB – Grainger – Carlisle United – 63>73CDM – Konrad – Dynamo Dresden – 67>76LM – Wissa – AC Ajaccio – 64>74ST – Valencia – La Equidad – 67>76ST – Mullins – D.C. United – 65>75RESERVESLM – Asad – Atlanta United FC – 71>78ST – Bigalke – SpVgg Unterhaching – 69>77ST – Zaza – Valencia CF – 80>83ST – Vágner Love – Alanyaspor – 79>82ST – Locadia – PSV – 76>81last_img read more

Ranveer Singh and Meezaan recreate Padmaavat moment dancing to Malhari at a wedding. Watch video

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 4, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 11:20 IST Meezaan was an assistant director on Ranveer Singh’s Padmavat.Ranveer Singh and Meezaan relived the Padmaavat days recently at a wedding when they set the dance floor on fire dancing to the song Malhari from the film. In a viral video, Ranveer is seen dancing to his hit dance number from Padmaavat with Malaal actor Meezaan.In the video, while Ranveer and Meezaan are seen dancing like there’s no tomorrow, Abhishek Bachchan is also seen having a gala time. The video is from a wedding which was attended by many Bollywood celebrities.Ranveer Singh knows Meezaan since Padmaavat days. Meezaan worked as an assistant director for the film. Interestingly, the newcomer, while he was still an AD, stepped in for the Gully Boy actor for two scenes in Padmaavat.In a recent interview on Zoom TV, the actor revealed that he appeared in two scenes in Padmaavat when Ranveer Singh couldn’t shoot, due to some brand commitments. He said, “I was assisting Sanjay [Leela Bhansali] sir on Padmaavat. I was on the set when they were discussing how it was going to be difficult to shoot some scenes because Ranveer was unavailable due to a brand commitment. But Sanjay sir said ‘we’ll do it’, and to my surprise, he turned to me and said I should do it. The next day on the set, they asked me to memorise all Ranveer’s gestures and lines.”advertisementMeezaan added, “There are two scenes in Padmaavat where I stood in for Ranveer Singh.”Meezaan is making his Bollywood debut with director Mangesh Hadawale’s Malaal. The film is being produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Padmavat director’s niece, Sharmin Segal, is also making her big screen debut with the film. Malaal is set to release on July 5.ALSO READ | Malaal actor Meezaan stepped in for Ranveer Singh in Padmaavat. Details hereALSO READ | Meezaan on being called love child of Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh: It’s a big compliment ALSO READ | Meezaan wants to marry Navya Naveli Nanda. But there is a twistALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh on 83: It is one of the greatest sports stories recorded in historyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJyoti Kanyal Tags :Follow Ranveer SinghFollow Meezaan Ranveer Singh and Meezaan recreate Padmaavat moment dancing to Malhari at a wedding. Watch videoIn a viral video from a wedding, Ranveer Singh is seen dancing with Malaal actor Meezaan.advertisementlast_img read more

Trail Moms: Our 7 Favorite Gifts For Outdoor Mothers

first_img The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy We’ve all got an adventurous mother, wife, or sister in our lives. Instead of the typical soccer mom hauling kids to sports practices and piano lessons, she’s a trail mom getting little ones on skis and sleeping out in tents. You can’t get the typical card and flowers for these moms – they’re never home to enjoy them. No, if you’ve got a serious trail mom on your list this Mother’s Day, you’ve got to get her some gear that will last on wilderness adventures.Related: Don’t Forget Mom On Valentine’s | Mother Earth BrewingPladra Kap Red Flannel Dress ($129)Pladra got their start building American made plaid shirts with a twist. On the inside of every cuff and the yoke are wilderness prints of familiar north american backcountry scenes and iconic animals. The women’s dress version is no different, and this 100% organic cotton is perfect for spring and summer adventures. This will be mom’s new favorite piece for navigating mountain town life and exploring her favorite summer travel spots.Vasque Skywalk GTX ($200)The original Skywalk is an iconic 1980’s super boot. This updated version features a GORE liner, as well as an incredibly durable sole. We’ve had a women’s and men’s pair out for extended testing in Utah’s Wsatch and Oquirrh mountains this spring. After a short break in period, these boots are the most comfortable we’ve tested this year, and take some serious abuse from rocks, mud, and long days at altitude.Suunto Ambit3 Sport Sapphire ($549)For the mom who has every local Strava QOM, the Ambit3 Sport Sapphire is the natural answer to progressing beyond simple cell phone tracking. This version of the Ambit3 is designed for a woman’s wrist, and looks much more polished and elegant than previous offerings. With GPS tracking and both iOS and android apps, you can track your every run, hike, and swim all year long.Mountain Hardwear DrySpun Perfect Hoodie ($65)The Perfect Hoodie moniker is perfectly accurate for this new hoodie from Mountain Hardwear. The lightweight polyester/cotton blend is great on the trail and in the gym. Where we’ve really been beating on it though is on hot spring days bouldering and climbing. The fabric is very abrasion resistant, and a UPF 25 rating helps keep the sun at bay on long climbs. The best part is that Mountain Hardwear nailed the sizing – this is not a case of the typical “pink it and shrink it”, but a great product designed specifically for outdoors women.Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta ($135)Long days of trail running require a little more planning and gear than your typical pre-work 5k. The Ultra Vesta is Ultimate Direction’s women’s specific running vest, and it is fully featured to keep your trail mom running for long hours. It comes with two 500mL bottles up front, and can accommodate up to a 70oz bladder on the back. Additional pouches keep all her essentials organized for the long haul.Alite Mantis Chair ($120)The Mantis is the most comfortable camp chair on the market. We know that’s a big claim to make, but sit in one with a campfire cocktail for twenty minutes and you’ll never get out. This four legged chair sits low to the ground, which makes it easy to balance when you kick your legs out and rock back a little. Alite is sending one of their Meadow Mats ($59) with every purchase for a limited time, so you can essentially get mom two gifts (or keep one for yourself).All Good Herbal Healing Kit ($48)Trail days, climbing routes, ski lines. What do they all have in common? They beat up on your skin. This little kit from All Good has everything from lip balm and sunscreen to their healing “goop” and pain relief spray. Every product is all-natural and made from medicinal plants and essential oils. Once you try some, you’ll probably want to order another kit for yourself. 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United Stateslast_img read more

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Tony Danza Joins Voices Against Brain Cancer RunWalk

first_imgOn Sunday, November 19th, thousands of people gathered in Central Park, NY to support Voices Against Brain Cancer’s Annual “Join The Voices” Run/Walk to help raise further awareness for brain cancer and brain tumor research.Tony Danza and Meredith Vieira lend their own Voices Against Brain Cancer on Sunday, November 17th at the Join the Voices! Run/Walk in Central Park.Credit/Copyright: 5WPRAmong them were American television, screen and stage icon, Tony Danza, and beloved American journalist and television personality Meredith Vieira.Voices Against Brain Cancer was started in loving memory of Gary Lichtenstein who lost his valiant battle with brain cancer on October 1, 2003. Their mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease. Find out more here.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement “We are ecstatic to continue our great partnership with Global on this popular series,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, eOne’s President, Canada, Television. “Private Eyes has found a large and faithful audience around the globe, with Season 3 the current top-rated scripted series in Canada. We can’t wait to start filming and to share Season 4 with the fans.”Along with starring in the series, Cindy Sampson takes on the role of director for one episode this season. With Toronto remaining a focal point of the series, Season 4 will showcase a range of different worlds from a Gatsby garden party, to a high-profile celebrity golf tournament, and the glitz and glamour of a film festival, to a bizarre alien cult. Shade and Everett will be personally and professionally challenged as they think about the paths not taken, and what kind of life they want to lead.Returning cast for Season 4 include Jules Shade (Jordyn Negri), Don Shade (Barry Flatman), Zoe Chow (Samantha Wan), Officer Danica Powers (Ruth Goodwin), Nora Everett (Mimi Kuzyk),and Inspector Mathilda Carson (Linda Kash).Season 4 also welcomes new faces to the cast including Canadian singer and ET Canada Correspondent Keshia Chanté who will play Mia, Angie’s friend, and Supinder Wraich (The Beaverton) as Kate, Officer Danica Powers’ girlfriend. A new crop of guest stars will also make an appearance including acclaimed Canadian actors Erica Durance (Saving Hope), Aaron Ashmore (Killjoys), Katie Boland (Reign), HGTV Canada’s Scott McGillivray, and more.With production underway on the new season, viewers can catch Season 3 of Private Eyes Wednesdaynights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global until the finale on Wednesday, August 7. Currently averaging over 1 million viewers each week*, Private Eyes continues to capture audiences as the #1 drama this summer**.Fans can also stream Private Eyes live on and Global TV App by signing in with their TV service provider credentials or watch the next day on and the Global TV App (now available on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire, and Roku). Plus, viewers can catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 of the hit detective series also available on Global’s digital platforms.Private Eyes is produced by eOne in association with Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, and IPF’s Cogeco TV Production Program. The series is executive produced by Jocelyn Hamilton and Tecca Crosby for eOne, Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan for Piller/Segan, Jason Priestley, Alexandra Zarowny and James Thorpe. Piller, Zarowny and Thorpe are also showrunners.For Corus, Susan Alexander is Production Executive; Rachel Nelson is Director, Original Content, Drama, Kids and Factual; Lisa Godfrey is Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment..SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@GlobalTV Facebook: Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is also an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News,, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at Entertainment OneEntertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.Entertainment One’s robust network includes international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment and Renegade 83; live entertainment leaders Round Room Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. Facebook Toronto, Canada – Global announced today the start of production for Season 4 of Canada’s beloved PI series, Private Eyes. From Canadian broadcaster and production partner Corus Entertainment, with Entertainment One (eOne), the smash-hit detective series returns to the exciting, sexy, and unpredictable world of The Everett and Shade agency. Featuring 12 new episodes, Shade (Jason Priestley) and Everett (Cindy Sampson) have their hands full of new twisty, thrilling, and dangerous cases to solve.“We’re so pleased to begin Season 4 of Global’s standout hit,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “After three incredibly successful seasons, Private Eyescontinues to resonate with audiences, and we are proud to support such a successful Canadian original scripted series.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Picture of King Mohammed VI and Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan

Rabat – A new picture of King Mohammed VI of Morocco and his son, the crown prince Moulay El Hassan is going viral on social media among Moroccan users.The casual picture, believed to be taken in one of Turkey’s malls, shows the Moroccan monarch and the crown prince wearing casual clothes away from any royal protocol and surrounded by two Turkish women.

Ban announces independent review of UNbacked climate body

10 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the United Nations-backed panel tasked with preparing regular scientific reports on the impact of climate change today announced that the body, which is facing growing attacks from global warming sceptics, will undergo an independent and comprehensive review. In 2007, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its Fourth Assessment Report, which found the warming of the climate is outpacing natural variability, driven largely by human activity.But its credibility has come into question after revelations that the landmark publication contained some mistakes, including over the rate of Himalayan glacier melt.Although there were “a very small number of errors” in the 3,000-page Fourth Assessment Report, “I have seen no credible evidence that challenges the main conclusions” of the publication, Secretary-General Ki-moon underscored to reporters today.“Let me be clear: the threat posed by climate change is real,” he said. “Nothing that has been alleged or revealed in the media recently alters the fundamental scientific consensus on climate change. Nor does it diminish the unique importance of the IPCC’s work.”In fact, Mr. Ban said, the science underpinning climate change continues to be strong, with evidence collected since 2007 showing that it is picking up pace. “The need for action is all the more urgent.” To this end, he stressed the necessity of transparency, accuracy and objectivity, as well as the importance of curtailing the possibility of any errors in the future.IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri, at same press encounter, acknowledged criticism of the Fourth Assessment Report, but he said that the publication’s findings remain “robust” and that its “major conclusions of that report are really beyond any reasonable doubt.”The IPCC is currently preparing to start work on the Fifth Assessment Report, scheduled to be finalized in 2014.The InterAcademy Council (IAC), a scientific organization bringing together experts from around the world, has been tasked with reviewing the IPCC’s processes and procedures to strengthen the quality of its reports.The review will be led by IAC co-chairs Robbert Dijkgraaf, who heads the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, and Lu Yongxiang, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.“It will be conducted completely independently of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban emphasized today.Mr. Dijkgraaf said today that the IAC seeks to “assure nations that they will receive sound, scientific advice” so that “governments and citizens alike can make informed decisions.”Scientists will be selected to serve on a voluntary and unpaid basis to prepare a draft report on their findings, which will then undergo an intensive peer review by other scientists. “Only when the IAC board is satisfied” will the final report be issued, he said.Characterizing the task as “forward-looking,” Mr. Dijkgraaf said that there are “no preconceived conclusions.”The IAC, he said, has been asked to look into issues such as data quality assurance and control; procedures for correcting errors; and analyzing the IPCC’s communications strategies.The UN will fund the endeavour, and it seeks to submit its final report to Mr. Ban and the IPCC. It will also be transmitted to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which set up the IPCC in 1988. read more

Battle over student houses brewing in Hamilton

Hamilton city council is willing to spend thousands of dollars a day to oppose the opinion of its own planners in a legal battle over student housing. Residents in the Ainslie Wood neighbourhood in Hamilton’s west end oppose a plan to convert a former single family home on Winston Avenue, into a house for students, with as many as 15 rooms. Despite the approval of city planners, the Committee of Adjustment has decided to pay an outside consultant to support the neighbours in a board hearing. That could cost the city up to $5,000 a day. Council still has to ratify the decision on Friday. read more

Yemen war UN chief urges good faith as milestone talks get underway

Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, the senior UN official facilitating the talks, said that the resumption of the political process, after two-and-a-half years, is an “important milestone” and the presence of the two delegations shows that they are ready to work together.Yemen’s future ‘in the hands of those of us in this room'”Let us be in no doubt that Yemen’s future is in the hands of those of us in this room”, he told delegates adding that “the country’s institutions are at risk, the fragmentation of the country is an enormous concern and we must act now before we lose control of the future of Yemen.”Later, he added that being together in the room demonstrated “to each other, and most importantly to the people of Yemen that you are ready to come together in the name of a peaceful political solution to the conflict,” Mr. Griffiths declared, addressing a press conference alongside representatives and the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström.The UN Special Envoy also highlighted that the calls – made by leaders from both parties in recent weeks – for reduction of violence and “de-escalation” of military operations, have formed an important backdrop for bringing the two sides together.“Such a reduction of violence and restraint on the battlefield has a significant impact on the lives of Yemenis, but is also a signal to the people that we are here with serious intent to pursue a political solution,” he said. UNICEF/Clarke for UNOCHAA student stands in the ruins of one of his former classrooms, which was destroyed in June 2015, at the Aal Okab school in Saada, Yemen. Students now attend lessons in UNICEF tents nearby. ‘Do not waver’ in efforts for political solutionMr. Griffiths also told reporters that an advisory group comprising eight leading Yemeni women, as well as other Yemenis with experience in political issues, would be a key part of consultations moving forward, at his invitation.“Already they are telling me how to move forward and what to do and what not to do,” he said.Also at the talks will be the Ambassadors, accredited to Yemen, from a number of countries, as well as representatives from the international community.The coming days are a milestone, it is an important event, a significant event, do not waver, let none of us waver in spite of the challenges we may face – Special Envoy Griffiths Such wide support from the global community as well as the unity of the Security Council is an indicator of the “full” support for the peace process, added the UN Special Envoy, noting that the call is for an end to war as well as a resolution to the conflict, “a resolution to the issues that led to this war.”Concluding his statement, Mr. Griffiths stressed that all those present in Sweden, for the talks, have “all expressed” their commitment to a political solution.“The coming days are a milestone, it is an important event, a significant event, do not waver, let none of us waver in spite of the challenges we may face. Let us work with goodwill, good faith and with energy and conviction and we will deliver a message of peace to the people of Yemen,” he told those assembled. Source: UNOCHAKey figures from Yemen.Humanitarian urgencySince the conflict escalated in 2015 with the beginning of an air war backed by a Saudi-led coalition – thousands of civilians, including many hundreds of children, have been killed as a direct consequence. Many more have lost their lives to malnutrition and deadly diseases such as cholera.Across Yemen, more than 24 million people – over three-quarters of the population – are dependent on humanitarian assistance or protection, of whom over 8 million are severely food insecure and at risk of starvation.Humanitarian aid agencies, which have been providing life-saving assistance to millions across Yemen, have underscored the urgency of talks, warning that the situation on the ground has deteriorated “dramatically” in recent months.Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, returning from his latest mission to the war-torn country on 1 December described the situation as being on the “brink of a major catastrophe.” UN chief urges ‘flexibility’Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the consultations and urged the parties to make progress “by exercising flexibility and engaging in good faith and without pre-conditions”.  A negotiated political settlement through inclusive intra-Yemeni dialogue is the only way to end the conflict and address the ongoing crisis – Secretary-General Guterres“The Secretary-General appeals to the warring parties to continue the de-escalation in Hudaydah and explore other measures to mitigate the life threatening economic and humanitarian situation,” said a statement issued by his Spokesman a few hours after talks commenced.“He reminds the parties that a negotiated political settlement through inclusive intra-Yemeni dialogue is the only way to end the conflict and address the ongoing crisis.”Agreement on exchange of prisonersThe day also witnessed the parties signing an agreement on the exchange of prisoners, including some under house arrest, announced Mr. Griffiths, prospectively allowing thousands of families to be reunited. “The bar for success here, however, is higher,” continued the Special Envoy, noting the deteriorating situation in Yemen, including the country’s economy, health care, education and all aspects of life.The grinding war has left over three-quarters of the country’s people reliant on international assistance and protection, and millions “severely” food insecure, marked by rates of very high acute malnutrition and excess mortality.The resumption of the political talks, he continued, “offers an alternative to the narrative of conflict and it begins here.”The dialogue will also be a “critical opportunity” to move the peace process towards a comprehensive agreement based on what diplomats refer to as the “three references” – the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative to try and create and deliver a peace framework, outcomes of the national talks, and relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2216, stated Mr. Griffiths.“In the coming days,” he said, the two sides “will have the opportunity, to discuss and make serious progress, I hope, on a framework for negotiations that sets the parameters for the peace agreement and the resumption of the political transition,” he added.Efforts will also focus on Yemen’s deteriorating economy, violence in the key port city of Hudaydah – which is the crucial hub for food and aid imports on the Red Sea – and other parts of the country. Access and the resumption of flights in and out of Sana’a airport will also be discussed, as well as improving humanitarian access and making relief programmes more effective. read more

New automotive tech challenge helps shape future of mobility

SMMT’s first ever Future Mobility Challenge drives future automotive innovation and mobility solutions.New initiative helps industry discover new collaborations, investments and partnerships with tech start-ups.Nearly 50 companies pitch for opportunities including mentoring, ideas incubation and investment, piloting, routes to market and acquisition.SMMT launches new membership package tailored for innovative tech start-ups working within automotive.Nearly 50 exciting new players from the technology sector came together with five of the world’s leading motor industry brands today, in a major new cross-industry initiative to help shape the future of transport and mobility. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders‘ (SMMT) Future Mobility Challenge, held this year at Plexal Innovation Centre at Here East, is designed to drive cross-sector collaboration and could result in new partnerships, routes to market, investments and acquisitions between automotive companies and innovative technology start-ups and SMEs.The 49 ambitious start-ups and SMEs were shortlisted from 94 Challenge entries and invited to pitch innovative mobility solutions to some of the biggest names in the automotive sector – BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Bosch, Ford and Toyota. From data solutions to digital applications for shared mobility, fleets and new subscription models, and from new cyber security solutions to AI in future vehicles, some of the innovations pitched today could one day redefine the future of mobility and, indeed, the automotive sector.During the sessions, start-ups and SMEs pitched solutions to seven key innovation opportunities:Harnessing the potential of mobility data – creating customer value through, for example, seamless payments at fuel forecourts and chargepoints or integrated insurance services.Intelligent solutions for intelligent fleets – innovative solutions that go beyond existing telematics offerings, potentially helping operators to optimise fleets, reduce their environmental footprint or support drivers’ wellbeing.Urban mobility solutions for future cities – smart use of data to help tackle challenges such as congestion, parking and EV charging infrastructure constraints, or deliver integrated propositions to promote active mobility.Innovative shared and on-demand mobility models – solutions to identify and deliver new, flexible models of car ownership or sharing via a single platform to bring mobility to more people.Creating new and superior customer experiences in the age of hyper convenience – using augmented or virtual reality and remote services or blockchain solutions to deliver efficient business processes and premium and lifestyle customer propositions.New connected car services – unique solutions to unlock greater potential from connectivity such as location services, journey management or remote services including, for example, predictive maintenance.Future vehicle technologies – new solutions for everything from artificial intelligence and machine learning, to automated driving, glass and display technologies, audio, and battery management. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,SMMT’s first Future Mobility Challenge provides the perfect opportunity for automotive industry leaders and innovative technology SMEs to collaborate. From future vehicle technologies and innovative connected car services, to intelligent data tools and cyber security solutions, innovators from across the country are presenting technology advancements that could help shape the future the industry in the UK. The challenges facing the automotive sector are significant but exciting and it’s clear that innovation will be key. We want to encourage the brightest and the best to be part of that future, one that will define the future of mobility.Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said,We are on the cusp of an exciting and profound change in how people, goods and services move around the country. The UK can become a global leader in this coming transport revolution.That’s why the Future of Mobility is one of the Government’s four Industrial Strategy ‘Grand Challenges’. It seeks to change the way we think about transport in fundamental ways, to the economic, social and cultural benefit of the UK as a whole.During the event, SMMT launched a new membership option specifically designed for tech start-ups. The Associate Tech Start-up package is open to new companies offering a digital product or service, which do not currently operate in the automotive sphere.1 With access to a number of services including networking, profile raising, community access and business development, the new package will see SMMT support these new businesses, helping them grow when time and resources may be in short supply. Companies can find out more by emailing to editors:1. The Associate Tech Start-up package is open to companies who offer a digital product or serve and whose principal area of business is not within the automotive industry. Companies should have been operating for less than five years, employ fewer than 50 people and have an annual turnover of less than £1 million,.SMMT Future Mobility Partners include:• techUK• UK Israel Tech Hub• Tech London Advocates Automotive• Transport Systems Catapult• Digital Catapult• Grant Thornton• Cambridge Wireless• Plexal• Startupbootcamp/Rainmaking• AESIN• ITS UK• Level39Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State hires Mike Netti as special assistant to the

Ohio State continued to add to its men’s basketball coaching staff when former East Carolina assistant Mike Netti was hired by the Buckeyes as special assistant to the head coach Tuesday evening.Netti, who has spent the past four seasons coaching the Pirates, worked with first-year coach Chris Holtmann when the new Buckeyes head coach led the Gardner-Webb program from 2010 to 2013.The Syracuse graduate also coached with Holtmann when the duo worked as assistants at Gardner-Webb from 2003-08.The former East Carolina assistant isn’t the only coach who has ties to Holtmann on Ohio State’s staff. Holtmann brought all three assistant coaches who worked under him at Butler – Ryan Pedon, Terry Johnson and Mike Schrage – to Columbus in the same roles.Netti joins strength and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks and director of player personnel Scoonie Penn as recent additions to the Buckeyes’ support staff.Since Netti will not be one of Ohio State’s three assistant coaches, he will be unable to recruit off campus or coach during practices. read more

Joy as first breast cancer drug approved for widespread use in ten

first_imgHealth authorities have approved the first breast cancer drug for widespread use in the NHS in a decade.Women in England still suffering from the disease after two rounds of chemotherapy will be eligible for eribulin, which promises three months’ additional life compared to rival therapies as well as improved quality of life.The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) approved the drug after new evidence emerged regarding its effectiveness, having previously rejected it in 2012. It offers a crucial life-extending alternative for patients whose breast cancer has become resistant to other therapiesBaroness Delyth Morgan, Breast Cancer Now Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img The approval is on the basis that the manufacturer, Halaven, makes the medicine available at a discount price under the patient access scheme.Breast Cancer Now welcomed the decision, saying the drug would offer a “crucial” alternative for patients.It will be targeted at women with locally advanced and metastatic breast cancer.Around 4,500 women have their condition diagnosed at this stage, although there is also a significant number who have previously been treated but whose cancers have subsequently developed.Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: “This is immensely positive news.“Eribulin is the first breast cancer drug in a decade to be approved and this represents real progress for certain patients in England.“It offers a crucial life-extending alternative for patients whose breast cancer has become resistant to other therapies, and for those with triple negative disease, who desperately lack treatment options.”The drug has previously been available through the now largely defunct Cancer Drugs Fund.However, the Nice decision, which follows a more rigorous value-for-money assessment, means it will be used routinely in the English NHS.Professor Carole Longson, director of the centre for health technology evaluation at Nice, said: “When we first looked at eribulin in 2012 there wasn’t enough evidence of its clinical effectiveness compared with current standard treatments to be able to recommend it as a cost-effective use of NHS resources.“For this appraisal we’ve been able to consider updated results from the trial used in the original guidance that show women taking eribulin lived on average almost three months longer compared with women taking other treatments.”She said a separate trial showed the drug also enabled better quality of life for patients.last_img read more

The White Tower Melbourne finds a new home

first_imgA multi-faceted community project was gifted to the City of Melbourne on Sunday 27 November, 2016, during the festival for the 32nd anniversary celebrations of the Sister City relationship between Melbourne and Thessaloniki at Federation Square.The replica was created thanks to an initiative of Thessaloniki Association ‘The White Tower’, established in 1961 by a handful of migrants in Melbourne.‘The White Tower Melbourne’ is a replica of the White Tower, Thessaloniki’s most famous landmark, meticulously decorated by 8,000 white laurels, the symbol of highest status and an emblem of prosperity and fame. These flowers were crocheted by ladies in Melbourne’s local community as well as ladies in Athens and Thessaloniki.As of last week, Melbourne’s flower-covered White Tower stands proudly in the foyer of the Greek Centre in Lonsdale Street. This is the first leg of the replica’s tour of honour to the various venues around Melbourne. “It was always my intention that the tower be located, for short periods, at local venues, primarily ones which hosted workshops. It will go to various schools, community halls and will ultimately be housed in a museum or gallery. Originally it was created as a community project, but in the end it has become a major work of art,” Christina Despoteris, former manager and coordinator of the project, told Neos Kosmos.“I thank Bill Papasteriadis, Costas Markos and all at the Greek Community of Melbourne who have embraced the project and have understood from the outset the importance and the significance of such a major project. The tower will remain and stand proudly during the Greek Festival on 25 and 26 February for all the community to admire,” she added.Ms Despoteris has recently been appointed to the Sister Cities Australia (SCA) board as an executive member. SCA is the national organisation responsible for the promotion of the relationship of sister cities that will be responsible for the tower’s tour, its placement and ultimately, its permanent home. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

LG veut lancer la 3D mobile

first_imgLG veut lancer la 3D mobileLe fabricant coréen LG s’apprêterait à lancer un appareil mobile avec affichage en trois dimensions. D’après, ses utilisateurs n’auraient pas besoin de lunettes spéciales pour voir les images en relief. La 3D est décidément la vedette des technologies cette année. Après les télévisions nouvelle génération présentées au Consumer Electronic Show, la première console portable 3D dévoilée hier par Nintendo, ou encore les futures chaînes annoncées en trois dimensions… cette technologie qui fait rêver veut s’emparer de tous nos écrans. LG veut ainsi proposer des écrans 3D mobiles, prochainement. Le fabricant coréen a déjà annoncé qu’il ne faudrait pas attendre 3 ans pour voir ces nouveaux appareils débarquer dans les rayons des magasins hi tech. indique que LG a déjà présenté un prototype lors du CES de Las Vegas au début de l’année. Il s’agirait d’un écran 4,3 pouces en 3D, mais celui-ci n’était pas encore finalisé. Pour le moment, on ignore toutefois de quel appareil il s’agira au final. Une tablette ? Un smartphone ? Les technophiles vont devoir s’armer de patience pour avoir la réponse. Le 20 janvier 2011 à 11:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Moins de risques danévrisme pour les consommateurs de fruits

first_imgMoins de risques d’anévrisme pour les consommateurs de fruitsSelon une étude menée auprès de plus de 80.000 personnes par des chercheurs suédois, les consommateurs réguliers de fruits présentent moins de risque d’être victime d’un anévrisme de l’aorte abdominale et de sa rupture.Une étude publiée dans la revue Circulation par des chercheurs suédois démontre à quel point les fruits sont bénéfiques pour ceux qui en consomment régulièrement (plus de deux fruits de taille moyenne par jour). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La recherche, qui a été menée pendant 13 ans auprès de plus de 80.000 personnes âgées de 46 à 84 ans, montre que les fruits jouent un rôle sur la prévention de la survenue des anévrismes de l’aorte abdominale et leur rupture. Le risque serait en effet diminué de 25 % chez les grands consommateurs de fruits.De plus, les scientifiques ont relevé que plus la quantité de fruits consommée est importante, plus le risque de rupture d’anévrisme diminue. Ainsi, en mangeant trois fruits par jour, le risque chute de 44 %. Toutefois, les légumes ne semblent pas intervenir dans le cas précis de l’anévrisme.Pour les chercheurs suédois, ce sont les antioxydants que contiennent les fruits qui jouent ce rôle protecteur. Mais le Pr François Paillard, cardiologue, estime également que si “la piste des antioxydants est évidemment privilégiée, la consommation de fruits pourrait aussi avoir un impact favorable sur la cholestérolémie et la pression artérielle”, ce qui expliquerait cette diminution des risques d’anévrisme.Le 23 août 2013 à 18:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

40 Countries Agree Cars Must Have Automatic Braking Systems

first_img Forty countries led by Japan and the European Union — but not the U.S. or China — have agreed to require new cars and light commercial vehicles to be equipped with automated braking systems starting next year in an effort to reduce crashes, according to a United Nations agency.The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe said Tuesday that a draft agreement reached Feb. 1 is set to be formally adopted in June.The UN regulation require all vehicles sold to come equipped with Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) technology that “employ sensors to monitor the proximity of the vehicle or pedestrian in front and detect situations where the relative speed and distance between the two vehicles or between the vehicle and pedestrian suggest that a collision is imminent.” In such a situation, if the driver does not react to the system’s warning alerts, emergency braking will be automatically applied to avoid the collision or at least to mitigate its effects.The Associated Press reports that the measure will apply to vehicles at “low speeds”: 60 kilometers per hour (42 mph) or less, and only affects new cars sold in the markets of signatory countries — so vehicle owners won’t be required to retrofit their cars and trucks already on the roads today.The site of a Jan. 28, 2019 accident in Brussels, Belgium that injured a grandmother and her two grandchildren.(Photo Credit: Thierry Roge / AFP / Getty Images)A study by Euro NCAP and Australasian NCAP concluded that AEBS lead to a 38 percent reduction in real-world rear-end crashes at low speeds. According to estimates by the European Commission, AEBS could save more than 1,000 lives every year within the EU.AEBS are already available for some cars in some countries, but there were no standard technical requirements guaranteeing the effective performance of such systems so far, the Commission said.The agency is hoping the regulation will significantly improve road safety, especially in cities, where in the European Union alone, over 9,500 fatalities were recorded in 2016, accounting for 38 percent of all road deaths. Inside urban areas, 50 percent of the fatalities were drivers and 40 percent were pedestrians.Th regulation would mean that over 15 million new cars in the EU (sales figures for 2017) and over 4 million new cars in Japan (sales figures for 2018) would be equipped with the AEBS technology every year.China, the United States, and India were among the countries that have not signed on to the regulations, the AP said.More on Wants to Design Cars With Virtual Reality SketchesWatch: Tesla, EVs Were Struggling During the Polar Vortex, TooFord’s Sweaty ‘Robot Butt’ Tests Car Seat Durability Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Stay on targetlast_img read more

State gives Vancouver schools a clean audit

first_imgVancouver Public Schools received a flawless audit report for 2012-13, state auditors reported.The audit found the school district to be in compliance in all areas of financial reporting. It was the district’s eighth consecutive clean audit.All Washington school districts with 8,000 or more full-time-equivalent students are audited annually. The reports can be viewed online at