Eight MLAs, including five from the Congress, on Thursday joined the BJP ally at the Centre, National People’s Party (NPP), in poll-bound Meghalaya.All eight MLAs, who recently resigned from the Assembly, joined the NPP at a rally here.NPP spokesperson James K. Sangma said along with them, 10 members of the tribal autonomous district councils have also formally joined the party. The NPP is headed by Mr. James K. Sangma’s brother Conrad K. Sangma. Both are sons of former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma.The eight MLAs had resigned from the State Assembly on December 29 last year and announced that they would be joining the NPP.
No. 1 Simona Halep back in action at Sydney International PHOENIX, AZ – NOVEMBER 16: Mike James #55 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 16, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPMILAN — American basketball player Mike James says he was racially profiled by Milan police who pointed guns at him and two friends after being stopped on the street — a claim that police deny.James, an African-American who plays for Olimpia Milano, tweeted, “Me and my friends Just profiled by the police smh (shaking my head) it happens even in Europe.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The 28-year-old James previously played in the NBA briefly for the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James added, “Police stopped me and my two friends in the midst of 50 people walking. Got out they car with guns in hand talking about show me ID smh.”A spokesman for Milan’s Carabinieri paramilitary police told The Associated Press on Sunday that racial profiling had no role in the “routine check.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe spokesman, who asked not to be identified as per usual procedures, said that one of the three Carabinieri officers who stopped James was carrying a M12 submachine gun and the other two officers had pistols on their belts but that no weapons were pointed during the check.″(The M12) a weapon that we’ve been using for years and people here are used to seeing us with them,” the police spokesman said. “Evidently there was a misunderstanding involving this guy who perhaps isn’t used to these kinds of checks. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments LATEST STORIES 55,000 early birds flock at Manila North Cemetery PLAY LIST 01:1355,000 early birds flock at Manila North Cemetery02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor02:45Senate joint panel suggests IAS be separated from PNP02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “We asked him for his documents and once they were checked everyone dispersed,” the spokesman added. “For us it wasn’t even a check worth reporting. It was an absolutely calm situation without any problems.”The police spokesman said that the check occurred on a residential street outside Milan’s city center Saturday.Asked about James’ claim that he and his friends were singled out among 50 people, the police spokesman said that “50 people may have passed during the entire check,” adding that “that day those three officers must have stopped 50 people in all.”Random checks of pedestrians by police in Italy appear to be less frequent than occasional random checks of drivers of vehicles for anti-terrorism and other security controls.There was no immediate reply to a request sent by the AP to Olimpia Milano asking to speak to James.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
“It was the most honorable moment of my career,” said the Ceres Negros star. “Being part of the team and leading this golden generation of Azkals representing the country and leading them on the pitch was just an unbelievable moment.”His promotion to captain for the country’s debut was made even more remarkable by the fact that he was nowhere near the national team setup about a year ago as he fell out with former coach Thomas Dooley.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhen Scott Cooper was appointed interim coach last September, one of the first players he called up for his first training camp was Schrock, a German Bundesliga veteran, who, at 32, remains one of the country’s quickest and most skillful players.Schrock said wearing the armband brought back memories of the time when he first suited up for the team and Rob Gier was still leading the squad. The midfielder said Gier would never fail to remind them who they were playing for, especially when they were in the Middle East where a huge number of Filipino workers were based.“On my first game, Rob Gier was telling us to play for all those Filipino workers suffering and sacrificing for their families back home,” Schrock said.“I still get shaky knees remembering what he said. We are privileged to be a part of this and blessed with an average life that’s why we always give our best to our brothers and sisters in the 90 minutes that we are on the pitch.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Midfielder Stephan Schrock (left) battles South Korean counterpart Lee Jae-sung for the ball during the Philippines’1-0 defeat in the opener of theAsian Cup. —APABU DHABI—Filipino international Stephan Schrock has played against some of the finest players in the world when he was still playing in Germany, but leading the Azkals out for their historic AFC Asian Cup match against South Korea will go down as the biggest moment of his career.With captain Phil Younghusband starting on the bench as coach Sven-Goran Eriksson opted to play Javier Patiño up front, Schrock wore the captain’s armband at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai for their Group C opener which ended in a 1-0 defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Eriksson, Patiño have inside info on Chinese squad LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments
DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Egyptian weightlifters have been barred from the world championships which began in Thailand on Wednesday following a doping ban announced by the International Weightlifting Federation.The Egyptians have been hit with a two-year suspension, starting on September 12.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Naomi Osaka reaches quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The Egyptian federation “has 21 days to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)”, said the IWF in a statement sent to AFP.“The IWF will not make further comment until this period ends,” said the statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40If CAS upholds the ruling, Egypt could also be barred from competing at the Tokyo Olympics next year.The suspension follows a series of seven positive doping tests for young weightlifters in 2016. Under IWF rules, any federation with at least three positive controls over a one-year period faces a two-year suspension.Egypt has been a stronghold for weightlifting over the years, yielding 11 medals, including five gold, out of a total of 31 medals won in the country’s 22 Olympic participations.Egypt earned two bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, thanks to Mohamed Ihab Mahmoud (-77 kg) and Sara Ahmed in the women’s (-69 kg).Both are medal hopes next summer in Tokyo if the ban is lifted.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool attacker Shaqiri: Friends call me man who finished Mourinhoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed friends have labelled him as the man who got Jose Mourinho sacked. The Swiss scored two goals to help Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-1.Mourinho was subsequently fired as United on Tuesday and Shaqiri has received some messages from his friends about the impact of his goals.”I had a lot of messages from my friends when it happened,” Shaqiri said in an interview with The Guardian.”There were a lot of good messages about the United game at first and then, when the news came out about Mourinho, I had messages saying: ‘That’s your fault!’ But this is football sometimes.”I don’t think it was just because we won that game that United wanted to change their manager.”There were other reasons but it means the game goes down in history. It will always be in my history too.”
PICTOU COUNTY: Ferry Road Ferry Road, from the Three Brooks Road to Highway 106, about a half kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Clarence Road, from Fitch Road intersection west for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, milling, patching, and shouldering until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from the Pictou-Colchester county line, east for about 9.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Motorists are advised that there will be a speed zone reduction from 110 km/h to 80km/h when travelling through the two kilometre work zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 11 and Exit 12 Highway 101, from one kilometre east of Exit 11 (Greenwich) to Exit 12 (New Minas), will be reduced to one lane for patching, crack sealing and surfacing until Sunday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 from south of East Earltown, north for about 6.5 kilometres toward Denmark, will be reduced to one lane for repaving, brush cutting, guardrail repair and other upgrades from until Sunday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Bridge The northbound lane of MacLeod Bridge, on the Cabot Trail in Cape North, will be closed for repairs until further notice. A traffic control person will be on site until traffic signals are installed. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at the Lovett Road overpass, west of Exit 14, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and resurfacing until Tuesday, May 31. Traffic signals in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 CONTINUING WORK HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 5 Highway 101, eastbound lanes from Exit 5 east to the beginning of the Portland Cement Concrete Section near Ellershouse, and the westbound lane will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, July 31. Signs are in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 The Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 118, from about four kilometres south of the junction with Highway 102 to the junction of Highway 107, will have single-lane closures until Thursday, June 30. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Crowe’s Mills Bridge Crowe’s Mills Bridge on Mines Bass River road will be closed for replacement until Tuesday, May 31. Detour via East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shannon Bridge on Trunk 10 Shannon Bridge on Trunk 10 will be reduced to one lane for structure upgrades until Friday, June 10. Traffic lights will be in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 HANTS COUNTY: Rhines Road Closure Rhines Road, off Barr Settlement Road near East Gore, is closed to all but local traffic because of a washed out culvert. Repairs are expected to be complete by the end of May. Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from almost four kilometres west of Fox Island Road, east to the Canso town line, will have alternating lane closures for gravelling and repaving until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103, Lane Reduction Sections of Highway 103, for eight kilometres from Exit 19 at Trunk 8 to Five Rivers, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, June 30. Work is taking place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-541-5603 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Station Road Station Road will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, May 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Old Sackville Road A portion of Old Sackville Road will be closed to complete the new connection to Margeson Drive until Friday, June 10. Drivers can detour via the west end of Old Sackville Road to access Westwind Ridge. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including some weekend work. When completed, the east end of Old Sackville Road will no longer connect to Sackville Drive. Local Area Office: 902-835-2771 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Smith Road to Brown’s Mill Road, about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, Exit 12 through 13 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Thursday, June 30. Please expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, Exit 12 to 13, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Thursday, June 30. Drivers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 KINGS COUNTY: Hortonville Bridge Hortonville Bridge, about one kilometre east of Exit 10 on Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for bridge construction until Thursday, June 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 Traffic on the westbound lanes of Highway 125 near Sydney River will be reduced to one lane between Exit 4 and Exit 5A for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge Traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge during construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish. The temporary bridge will be in place until Tuesday, May 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 PICTOU COUNTY: Three Brooks Road Three Brooks Road, from Pictou town line to Highway 106, almost nine kilometres, is reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times to build a new overpass. Work will take place until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from north of Stewiacke for four kilometres to Exit 11. Work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. until Sunday, July 31. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 QUEENS COUNTY: Trunk 8, Lane Reduction Sections of Trunk 8, from the Department of Natural Resources rifle range for 6.7 kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, June 30. Work is taking place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-541-5603 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the old DAR crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late May or early June, while it is replaced. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 kilometres per hour and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 HANTS COUNTY: St. Croix River Bridge St. Croix River Bridge on Highway 14 in Sweets Corner will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Monday, June 7. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sackville Drive Traffic on Sackville Drive will be reduced to one lane between Wilson Lake Drive and Lucasville Road until Thursday, June 30, to complete the new Margeson Drive Interchange and Connector to Highway 101. Traffic control people will be on site. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Some weekend work will also be required. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702
Mumbai: Priyanka Chopra says shooting for The Sky is Pink was the most challenging and “loveliest” experience. The film is her first Hindi project, which she is also producing, after she headed for Hollywood in 2016. Priyanka took to Instagram recently where she posted a picture from the wrap party of the movie, directed by Shonali Bose. “And it’s a wrap. This movie is special to me on so many levels. Not just because @roykapurfilms and @rsvpmovies (Sid and Ronnie) partnered with me on my first Hindi production… but also took the chance on me to bring to life a character and a true story that needed to be told,” she captioned the photograph with the cast and crew. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’She gave a shout-out to co-stars Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Saraf. “@faroutakhtar you made an amazing co actor all over again with all the laughter and fun! (you were missed tonight) and my amazing @zairawasim_ and @rohitsaraf10 who I’ve made friends for life with!” Priyanka also thanked Shonali for her trust. “This was the hardest loveliest experience. Thank you @shonalibose_ for your incredibly unique vision. I’m so proud of your faith in me. Thank you so much to our crew who worked tirelessly for 10 months to make this special piece of cinema. I love you all. See you at the pictures!” she added. “The Sky is Pink” is a love story of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary’s parents. The movie is slated for an October 11 release.
RED DEER, Alta. – The sexual assault case against a former politician with Alberta’s Opposition United Conservatives has been put over to March 22.Don MacIntyre, who until recently represented the central Alberta seat of Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, did not appear in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday.He was instead represented by an agent acting on behalf of MacIntyre’s defence lawyer Ian McKay of Calgary.MacIntyre resigned suddenly on Feb. 2 after being charged with sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor.A publication ban was initially placed on his name, but was lifted last week following a challenge by several media outlets.MacIntyre, who is 62, is out on bail with several conditions that include having no contact with the complainant or anyone under 16 unless a guardian is present.He cannot work or volunteer in roles that involve contact with children under the age of 16 and is not to go within 100 metres of a playground, swimming pool, daycare or school ground.MacIntyre is also prohibited from possessing weapons while off the property where he is residing.MacIntyre was a first-term legislature member elected for the Wildrose party in 2015. The Wildrose merged last summer with the Progressive Conservatives to form the new United Conservative Party led by former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney.MacIntyre was the party’s critic for electricity and renewables.(RD News Now, The Canadian Press)
APTN National NewsThis weekend, cities across the country joined the Occupy Movement ….inspired by what’s happening on Wall Street in New York.Toronto wasn’t going to be left out of the Movement.There – people say the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.
Rabat – Spain “has not changed its position” on the Sahara issue. It is also reiterating its “full willingness” to continue its efforts to contribute to developing the strategic relations between Morocco and the European Union. The statements were made by the Spokesperson of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ana Rodriguez.In a statement to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on Monday, Ambassador Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner of the Kingdom of Spain in Morocco, highlighted the spokesperson’s statement about “the importance of Spanish-Moroccan relations.” The statement was issued following information published on the Madrid position on the Sahara issue. In this respect, the spokesperson stressed that Spain “advocates for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution within the framework of the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council,” the Spanish ambassador pointed out.Diez-Hochleitner said Monday afternoon that Ana Rodriguez “emphasized, on behalf of the Spanish Government, the determination of Spain to maintain and develop its privileged relationship with the Kingdom of Morocco.”He stressed “the full willingness of the Spanish Government to continue its efforts to contribute to developing the strategic relations between Morocco and the European Union.”“The Spanish government supports the ongoing technical talks between EU officials and Morocco to agree on the best way to implement the EU Court’s verdict of 21 December 2016,” the same source added.
8 March 2010United Nations agencies are ramping up efforts to assist around 2 million Chadians who will require food aid this year because of poor rainfall and lean harvests, the world body said today. Last November the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had reported that Chad was one of 31 countries worldwide that are facing critical food insecurity due to a number of factors including prolonged drought, ongoing high food prices and conflict. In its Crop Prospects and Food Situation report at the time, the agency stated that cereal production was set to decline in West Africa compared to previous years because below average rainfall forced farmers to re-plant crops in many parts of the region and led to livestock losses in several countries, among them Chad.As part of its assistance efforts, FAO, in coordination with the Government, has put in a place a project to distribute 615 tonnes of animal food. It is also planning another project to distribute seeds for 33,000 vulnerable households. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a scheme to provide 47,000 tons of food for 750,000 people affected by drought in the regions of Kanem, Bahr-el-Ghazal, Guera, Batha, Lac and Hadjer Lamis. According to WFP, these regions are among the most food insecure in the country due to cyclic exposure to weather hazards, a situation further exacerbated by last year’s poor agricultural production.A joint assessment carried out in December 2009 by FAO, WFP and the Government found estimated that 80,000 tons of cereals are required to cover the needs of the affected population across Chad. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has also been involved in alleviating the plight of the hungry in Chad by allocating $3,751,801 to the country so far this year, most of which is focused on the health and nutrition sectors.
On the markets at 9:55 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 100.54 points to 14,951.49.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 69.79 points to 21,738.61.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 9.05 points to 2,435.19.The Nasdaq composite index was down 25.74 points to 6,257.270.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.04 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 80.12 cents US.
Pre-deployment training has also begun in Nairobi, Kenya, for 40 UN senior staff officers and military observers, covering all aspects of living and working in Sudan, including cultural sensitization, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) announced today.The Security Council voted unanimously last month to send 10,000 troops and more than 700 civilian police to southern Sudan for an initial period of six months to support January’s peace accord ending more than two decades of conflict between the Government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).The peacekeepers of UNMIS, as part of a considerable mandate, will monitor and verify the ceasefire agreement, help set up a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme for ex-combatants, and promote national reconciliation and human rights.The war killed 2 million people, drove more than 4.6 million others from their homes and left the region in ruins, posing enormous challenges to UN agencies across the whole humanitarian spectrum as they draw up plans for relief and recovery, ranging from health care, food and refugee repatriation to census taking and mine clearance.A two-day donors’ conference earlier this month pledged $4.5 billion for 2005-2007, nearly $2 billion more than Secretary-General Kofi Annan identified as needed to resurrect the ravaged region over the next two and a half years. Mr. Annan has put the cost of the peacekeeping mission at more than $1 billion for the first year alone.The UN military deployment plan has been finalized and UNMIS and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations are working on the construction of sector sites. The approaching rainy season will affect the deployment of troops to outlying areas.Meanwhile in Sudan’s other, still raging conflict in Darfur, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, will go tomorrow to Addis Ababa in neighbouring Ethiopia for discussions on expanding African Union (AU) operations.The AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) at present numbers 2,260 out of a mandated total of 3,160, but UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland has said at least 10,000 are needed to stabilize the vast region, the size of France, where more than 2 million people have been uprooted by a conflict between rebels and the Government and armed militias.
During a visit to a refugee and migrant reception centre near Gevgelija in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, at the border with Greece, Mr. Bloom listened to stories of perilous journeys, concerns and hopes for the future from the children he met. “These children have travelled through one of the deadliest refugee and migrant routes in the world. I talked to children who endured terrifying journeys, often in extreme weather conditions and for many, walking in the only shoes and clothes they have,” he stated in a news release. “They are being shuttled from one authority to another, crossing numerous borders, uncertain of the risks ahead. If they arrive safely at their final destination, they still fear an uncertain future. We need to protect and support them,” he added. Many of the children have escaped violence in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Through UNICEF-supported services at the reception centre near Gevgelija, children now have access to a safe place to rest, play and obtain food and water, warm clothes, sanitation and the hygiene and protection services that they need. Among those Mr. Bloom met was 17-year-old Tarek from Syria who spoke about the terror of the boat trip from Turkey to Greece and the pain of leaving his entire family in Damascus. Like many unaccompanied minors on the move in Europe, he is traveling with a Syrian family he met during the journey after saving their 10-year-old daughter from drowning. While Tarek praised the humanity of the support staff at the child-friendly space, he also expressed to Mr. Bloom his deep despair of not knowing what the future holds for him. Rajae Msefer Berrada, UNICEF Deputy Representative in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, explained the importance of protecting the children as people flee the conflict and Europe faces one of its greatest crises in recent times. “We must provide services in countries where children are on the move, and in countries of origin and destination, for play, healthcare and protection. We must put children’s best interests at the heart of our action and ensure families are kept together throughout their journey. We cannot fail these children,” she said.UNICEF noted that while earlier scenes of chaos at the border have now greatly improved, a large number of people, including children and women, are not being registered – raising concerns that those in need may not have access to the necessary services. Nearly 100,000 people – one-third of whom are women and children – have been registered at the border at Gevgelija since June this year. As the crisis continues to grow, UNICEF estimates that as many as 320,000 women and children fleeing to Europe could be in need to assistance over the next six months.On Wednesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a high-level meeting in New York on migration and refugee movements, on the side lines of the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly.
In the final meet before the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Ohio State men’s and women’s track teams placed in the top two spots of 25 different events in the Buckeye Tune Up on Friday at French Field House, highlighted by Kendall Sheffield’s record-breaking sprint. Men’s recapSheffield, the Ohio State football team’s cornerback, broke the Ohio State’s 60-meter dash record and the French Field House record with a time of 6.663. The previous team record held by Jonathan Burrell and was 6.665. “It feels great to break the record,” Sheffield said. That time currently puts him at 24th in the nation. With his goal being one of 16 competitors at the national championships in March, Sheffield will have to trim off 0.03 of his time to earn a bid.Junior Coty Cobb reached the 5.41-meter mark on the pole vault for a personal record and stand as qualifier for nationals with one competition remaining. This was the goal for Cobb heading into this meet, and before he even landed on the pit, he was already celebrating what he had accomplished.“I was trying not to celebrate too hard and get ready for the next jump,” Cobb said.Cobb’s teammate senior Cole Gorski, whose personal best 5.47 meters is currently inside the top 16, had a disappointing day, but still finished second at 5.12 meters.The next jump was at 5.49 meters, or 18 feet, a mark that would’ve placed Cobb inside the top 10 in the nation. The closest he came to jumping that height was on his first attempt, when his body grazed the bar just enough to dislodge it.With one meet remaining before the national indoor championships, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s team has six athletes currently qualified, including top long jump qualifier Zach Bazile.Women’s recapIn throwing, junior Sade Olatoye finished second in weight throw at 22.61 meters. The distance would have broken her previous record she held at the French Field House had it not been already surpassed by Cincinnati’s senior Annette Echikunwoke, who recorded a 24.78-meter throw, the best in the nation so far this year.Olatoye did go on to win shot put with a throw of 16.78 meters.Freshman Anavia Battle continues to lead the Buckeyes’ sprinters, this time winning the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.43. Although she didn’t compete in the 200-meter dash, Ohio State didn’t have any trouble with the event for freshman Syaira Richardson finished first with a time of 24.69. Freshman Brooke Mangas got her first collegiate first place finish in high jump. She won with a jump 1.63 meters. In a rematch at pole vault from last week’s Music City Challenge meet, Cincinnati’s junior Brooke Catherine finished first at 4.11 meters ahead of senior Madison Roberts, who finished second at 4.01. Ohio State sophomore Megan Hoffman finished fourth (3.91).Ohio State heads off to the Big Ten Indoor Championships next weekend in Geneva, Ohio.
Ohio State junior infielder Emily Clark makes a tag on a Wright State runner on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternIndiana began Big Ten play with a bang, sweeping the No. 18 Ohio State softball team in all three games the two teams played this weekend, outscoring the Buckeyes 19-4 in the three games.Indiana (10-21, 3-0 Big Ten) took control of the series from the beginning, holding the Buckeyes (19-7, 0-3 Big Ten) to just two hits in the first game of the series.Indiana’s junior pitcher Tara Trainer, a player Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly described as “very competitive” and said would be one to watch for in this series, pitched all seven innings of the 6-0 shutout. The six unanswered runs for the Hoosiers came in pairs starting with two runs in the first inning, followed by two more in the second and another two in the fourth.The Buckeyes got on the board in the second game, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Hoosiers.Ohio State scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Junior catcher Emily Clark doubled and advanced to third on a throw while junior shortstop Lilli Piper made it to home. Clark later scored after senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin reached on a fielder’s choice.In the bottom of the fifth, however, Indiana put five runs on the board that inning alone. Freshman catcher Maddie Westmoreland’s home run contributed three of the five runs.Ohio State grabbed one run back after Clark scored in the top of the sixth, but the Hoosiers responded with four more runs in the bottom half to put the game out of reach. Ohio State was not able to get back in the game in the seventh, bringing Game Two to a close and giving the Hoosiers their second win of the weekend, ending the game at 9-3. The Buckeyes kicked off the third game with a home run by Piper in the top of the first.The Hoosiers tied the game in the bottom half of the first, however, with sophomore right fielder Gabbi Jenkins scoring on a wild pitch.The score remained at 1-1 until senior shortstop Rachel O’Malley stepped up with the bases loaded and hit a bases-clearing double to give Indiana the 4-1 lead. That base hit proved to be the game-winner for the Hoosiers.Ohio State will have its first home game at Buckeye Stadium at 6 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts Kentucky.
The ability to grow replacement organs to take the place of any that fail used to be the stuff of science fiction, but is now becoming a reality. Scientists have managed to grow a working rat kidney, which they transplanted into a living rat to prove it worked.The kidney was created by a team of scientists in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General hospital, and led by Harold Ott. To begin with they took an existing rat kidney and used detergent to strip it of cells. What was left is called the gristle, or collagen scaffolding on which to grow a new working kidney.Ott and his team used cells from newborn rat kidneys and blood vessels to build the new biological part. In total, it took 12 days for the organs to grow in a bioreactor and form a working kidney. The team then implanted the kidney into a rat where it was proven to work as it allowed the rat’s blood to be filtered as well as producing urine.Although this is just a rat’s kidney, it paves the way for future work and hopefully funding to allow the same process to be applied to human organs. Currently there’s a major shortage of kidney donors, and even if a donor is found the kidney may only last 15 years, and that’s if it isn’t rejected by the patient’s immune system.If new organs can be grown, they can be done so using a patient’s own cells, meaning no rejection and hopefully producing an organ that lasts many decades.
‘He made mistakes but never resorted to self-pity’: Tributes paid at Eamonn Casey’s removal The former bishop will be laid to rest tomorrow. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email2 18,296 Views Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 7:30 PM TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to the late Eamonn Casey at his removal in Galway this evening.The former Catholic Bishop of Galway and Kerry died on Monday. He had been ill for some time and was admitted to a nursing home in 2011.Casey was once one of the Church’s most prominent faces in Ireland, a well-known social advocate on a range of causes and an outspoken human rights advocate.He is best-known for the scandal that forced him resign as Bishop of Galway. In 1992 it emerged he had fathered a child with an American woman, Annie Murphy, in 1974.Speaking at the removal, Bishop Martin Drennan said Casey “made mistakes and paid a high price for them”.“As far as I could see he never resorted to self-pity. His love for the Church enabled him to accept retirement from active ministry bravely.When he moved to Carrigoran Nursing Home he faced two huge challenges. How would a man of his energy settle in a nursing home? He did. Secondly, there was the issue of giving up one thing that gave him many a thrill, driving his car. He let go of that too. That was wisdom at work.“As his memory deteriorated he tended to recall the positive in his life, especially his time in London. Gradually he found peace with his past.“A strong belief in the mercy of God allowed him to leave the past to this compassionate God. Prayer led him to peace and trust and to the confidence that the past was in safe hands and the future was also in safe hands. God had turned his wounds into wisdom.,” Drennan stated.Casey’s funeral mass will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas in Galway city at 2pm tomorrow.Read: President Higgins leads wealth of tributes to ‘pioneering’ bishop Eamonn CaseyRead: Controversial bishop Eamonn Casey has died aged 89 http://jrnl.ie/3289878 56 Comments Mar 15th 2017, 7:30 PM By Órla Ryan Short URL Eamonn Casey in 1992 Eamonn Casey in 1992
Radioactivité : l’UE baisse le seuil fixé pour les aliments importés du JaponL’Union européenne a décidé de revoir à la baisse le niveau de radioactivité autorisé dans les aliments provenant du Japon. L’UE s’aligne ainsi sur les seuils plus stricts imposés par le pays, a annoncé José Manuel Barroso, le président de la Commission européenne.”Nous avons un règlement qui a été mis au point après Tchernobyl en fonction des avis scientifiques de l’époque (…). De manière transitoire, au vu de l’actualité nous avons décidé d’appliquer les valeurs japonaises qui sont plus basses que les nôtres”, a déclaré José Manuel Barroso devant le Parlement européen, rapporte le site Sciences et Avenir. La limite européenne devrait donc passer pour les césium 134 et 137, de 1.250 becquerels par kilo (bq/kg) à 500 bq/kg. Quant à l’iode 131, son niveau limite sera fixé à 2.000 bq/kg, tandis que la concentration de strontium-90 sera limitée à 750 bq/kg.À lire aussiAu Japon, un homme vient de se “marier” à un hologrammeLe président de la Commission européenne souligne que cette décision n’est qu’une “précaution” supplémentaire, et se montre rassurant en affirmant que les toutes les analyses jusqu’alors réalisées sur des aliments importés du Japon ont révélé des “niveaux de radioactivité négligeables, en tout cas très en-deçà des valeurs limites européennes ou japonaises”.Les nouveaux seuils fixés ne le sont que temporairement, a en outre expliqué José Manuel Barroso. Ils pourront être modifiés en fonction des conclusions tirées après une consultation d’experts. “Nous allons interroger les experts au niveau européen, et, si nécessaire, nous fixerons des règles communes et uniformes à toutes les importations d’où qu’elles viennent” a-t-il indiqué.Le 6 avril 2011 à 15:16 • Emmanuel Perrin