Marlins Spear Mets, 4-3

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MIAMI — A high pitch count ended Jonathon Niese’s night and propelled the Miami Marlins to another walkoff win.Niese shut down the Marlins through seven innings but, after his pitch count reached 108, the Mets went to their bullpen and it all fell apart.Casey McGehee hit a sharp grounder that caromed into right field off the back of reliever Gonzalez Germen’s foot, allowing the winning run to score, and the Miami Marlins rallied late from a three-run deficit May 5 to beat the New York Mets 4-3.Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a tying double in the eighth off Daisuke Matsuzaka, who failed to retire any of the five batters he faced.“When I was warming up in the bullpen, I was struggling with my command,” Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. “I tried to focus on the batter and getting outs. I really regret taking away Niese’s win and the team’s win.”Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI single and the Marlins scored another run on shortstop Omar Quintanilla’s fielding error in the eighth.“Anytime a game is lost it’s tough to watch,” Niese said. “But it’s just one game. I never want to leave a game but — 108 pitches — I figured our bullpen has been doing great.”Niese allowed five hits, struck out six and walked one. He has permitted one run or less in his last four starts.Christian Yelich led off the ninth with a single off Scott Rice (0-1). He advanced to second on Ed Lucas’ sacrifice. Germen intentionally walked Stanton before McGehee got his RBI single.Marlins closer Steve Cishek (2-1) pitched to a scoreless ninth for the win. Miami improved to 15-5 at home and is 6-1 on its current nine-game homestand.The Marlins have won two in a row in their final at-bat. “We’re a good ball team,” Saltalamacchia said. “We go out there every day and have a good approach.”Yelich and Ed Lucas led off the eighth with walks. Stanton followed with an RBI single and Quintanilla let McGehee get through his legs, allowing Lucas to score. Saltalamacchia doubled to right-center to make it 3-allKyle Farnsworth relieved Matsuzaka and, with the infield drawn in, retired Jeff Baker on a grounder to second. Farnsworth walked pinch-hitter Garret Jones and struck out Adeiny Hechavarria and retired Marcel Ozuna on a grounder to third.“Give Niese a lot of credit — he looked good out there,” Miami Manager Mike Redmond said. “We had a tough time early on, trying to figure him out. He shut us down but we were able to hang in there and mount a late rally.”Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson homered off Miami’s Nathan Eovaldi in the first inning for 2-0 lead. Murphy’s shot over the fence in right field was his first of the season and Granderson hit his third with a drive that bounced off the upper deck in right-center field.Bobby Abreu had a sacrifice fly to left, scoring David Wright in the fourth. Wright led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on Grandeson’s single.Eovaldi scattered five hits, walked one and struck out a career-high 10 in seven innings.“The Marlins have been hot, especially in this park and late,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “They can be really tough.”Eric Young Jr. returned to the lineup and went 1 for 4 after a freakish pregame injury on May 4. Young was struck on the right cheek off a batted ball from Lucas Duda that bounced off an indoor batting cage.Although he passed concussion tests, Young said he felt dizzy and Collins sat him out of the series finale against the Rockies.Marlins starter Jose Fernandez said his left thigh feels fine and he will make his next start after being struck by a one-hopper off the bat of Dee Gordon in the fifth inning of Miami’s 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday. Fernandez went 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA in April, earning his first NL Pitcher of the Month award.last_img read more

Alonso Breaks NL Rookie HR Record, Mets Crown Royals 11-5 (Video)

first_imgAlonso also had an RBI double and scored three times during his second consecutive three-hit game. Rosario had three hits and three RBIs in the leadoff spot, and Joe Panik added three hits as the top four batters in the Mets’ lineup combined to go 11 for 18 with nine RBIs and seven runs.“When we’re locked in and try to put good at-bats together and hit the ball hard and not try to do too much, I mean, we can be really dangerous,” Alonso said. “Today we showed that.”New York scored six times in the seventh to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 lead. J.D. Davis tied it with a pinch-hit RBI single and Rosario had the go-ahead single two batters later. Alonso, Conforto and Wilson Ramos added RBI base hits later in the inning.New York battered Royals reliever Kevin McCarthy (2-2), who was charged with four runs in one-third of an inning.Jeurys Familia (4-1) allowed one run in two innings.“Familia did a great job. Six big outs for us,” Callaway said. “Some in a tight game and then went back out. Tough spot to go back out — he probably sat for 20 minutes.”Conforto put the Mets up 3-0 in the first, sending the first pitch he saw from starter Glenn Sparkman 452 feet to right field for his 25th home run.Sparkman settled down after that to throw six solid innings. He set down 14 of his next 15 batters and pitched around a couple of one-out singles in the sixth.“Once I got my groove, I felt really good,” Sparkman said. “I really wanted to go as far as I possibly could in this game.”Mets starter Zack Wheeler didn’t allow a hit through the first three innings, but things snowballed over the next two. He gave up four runs — three earned — on five hits in five innings and committed a costly throwing error in the fifth.“A couple of bloopers dropped in and then I messed the play up at first that I should have made and it kind of took off from there and I couldn’t stop it,” Wheeler said.STATS AND STREAKSMets catcher Tomás Nido snapped an 0-for-24 skid with a double in the seventh. … Ramos singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, tied for the longest active run in the majors with Cincinnati’s Jose Iglesias. … Rosario moved from shortstop to left field in the seventh, his first major league appearance in the outfield. … Cheslor Cuthbert went 0 for 4 for the Royals, matching Chad Kreuter’s team record with his seventh straight 0-for-4 game. Cuthbert is hitless in 30 at-bats since Aug. 8. … Kansas City is 1-10 in series rubber games this season and 1-24 dating to May 30, 2018.TRAINER’S ROOMWith an off day on Monday, the Mets held Davis out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive day as he nurses a sore calf. Following his pinch-hit single, he went first to third on Nido’s double but then was removed from the game. Afterward, Davis said it was just a precaution and he expects to play Tuesday.UP NEXTMets: Return home Tuesday night to begin a nine-game homestand against playoff contenders. Steven Matz (7-7) starts the series opener against All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-5) and the Cleveland Indians. Callaway was Cleveland’s pitching coach under skipper Terry Francona before getting the job in New York.Royals: Head out of town for a seven-game trip beginning Monday night in Baltimore. Jorge Lopez (1-7) makes his 12th start of the season.By: Kollin Miller, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pete Alonso wasn’t even sure he was going to make the New York Mets’ opening day roster, so even he never could have imagined the incredible season he’s having.The burly first baseman hit his 40th home run to break the National League rookie record, capping a late outburst by the New York Mets in their 11-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.“This season’s been unbelievable,” Alonso said. “It’s been a dream come true so far and I just want to keep building off of it and keep trying to help this team win.”Michael Conforto hit a long homer in the first inning and drove in four runs. Amed Rosario put the Mets ahead 6-4 with a two-run single in the seventh, and Alonso went deep in the ninth.New York Mets’ Michael Conforto hits a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Glenn Sparkman during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Alonso quickly fell behind 0-2 in the count, but when Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes threw a high fastball, he didn’t miss.“I was just trying to hit the ball hard like I have been,” Alonso said. “Take good, quality swings at good pitches and, thankfully, he gave me a fastball up in the zone, which I like to swing at.”The result was a no-doubt shot over the bullpen in left field that snapped a tie with Cody Bellinger, who hit 39 home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017 on the way to winning Rookie of the Year honors.“It was a pretty grand one,” New York manager Mickey Callaway said. “It went a long way, it seemed like.”Next up for the 24-year-old Alonso is the Mets season record of 41 home runs set by Todd Hundley in 1996 and equaled by Carlos Beltran a decade later.“That’s even more mind-boggling,” Alonso said. “I’m just really grateful. Grateful and thankful and happy that I’ve had this opportunity.”New York, in the middle of a crowded NL wild-card race thanks to its second-half surge, completed a 3-3 road trip and improved to 24-10 since the All-Star break.last_img read more

Watch: Ronaldo scores first Serie A goal as Juventus beat Sassuolo

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo finally opened the scoring account for Juventus as the Italian club registered a 2-1 win over Sassuolo in Serie A.Both goals for Juventus were scored by Ronaldo while Douglas Costa received a red card for spitting at an opponent.The five-times world player of the year opened his account in the easiest possible fashion by tapping into an empty net from less than two metres in the 50th minute.The Portuguese added another in the 65th minute when he finished off a counter-attack by drilling a low-angled shot beyond Andrea Consigli and into the far corner with his left foot.FT – @Cristiano’s brace gives us all three points at the Stadium! #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #JuveSassuolo pic.twitter.com/EdfuoqwM5uJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 16, 2018After Ronaldo missed two good chances for a hat-trick, Khouma Babacar headed one back in the 90th minute but could not prevent Sassuolo from falling to their first defeat of the season.Costa became involved in a running feud with Sassuolo midfielder Federico Di Francesco.Ronaldo’s first goal for Juventus.. pic.twitter.com/2v6SyEF61eASG (@ahadfooty_II) September 16, 2018Ronaldo’s second goal pic.twitter.com/rEYxlXJo1oThat Mech Kid ! (@r3al__AJ) September 16, 2018The Brazilian escaped with a booking for elbowing and then head-butting his rival as they tangled before the Sassuolo goal but was then sent off after video cameras caught him spitting at the same player in another altercation.Juventus, chasing an eighth successive Serie A title, have 12 points, three ahead of Napoli. Earlier, AS Roma squandered a two-goal lead when they were held 2-2 at home by lowly Chievo.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Our First Drive in the New V8-Powered 2018 Aston Martin DB11

first_imgPrevious 1 of 21 Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Next center_img Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The powder blue sky above Catalonia, Spain, is nearly as permanent a fixture as the 12th century castles scattered throughout the region. Whichever speech pathologist envisioned downpour on Spanish flatlands had quite the imagination.This marks my third visit to the land of football, tapas, and — as I’d discover — goblet-sized gin and tonics. Like each sojourn before, the weather report threatens rainfall, yet all I see upon arrival is familiar, unmarred atmosphere. This is either a divine prank or Spain’s cloud formations have mastered Houdini’s disappearing act.Burgeoning curiosity would compel further investigation if not for the distracting and beautiful silhouette decorating the driveway at Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa. Leave it to the Aston Martin DB11 to derail all train of thought.Our second look at this striking GT comes a year after our first, and under similar conditions. Surrounded by vibrantly painted farmhouses, ambitious vines, and pristine roads, I’ve come to analyze and exercise $200,000 of automotive art.In the time since our last rendezvous with Aston’s DB9 replacement, the British luxury manufacturer has been busy. Entering stage two of a grand plan to overhaul and expand its lineup, Aston Martin is taking a second bite at the DB11-branded apple via an all-new powertrain. The 2018 model year grand tourer can now be had in V8 or V12 flavors, with two distinct performance personalities.Leveraging its collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin introduced a modified version of AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 503 horsepower and 513 pound-feet of torque. In addition to stripping 253 pounds off the DB11’s nose, Aston engineers stiffened the V8 model to sharpen responsiveness and optimize its new weight distribution.Identifying one DB11 version from the other takes careful examination. Exterior cues of the V8 include a black plastic grille (as opposed to the DB11 V12’s chrome slats), smoked headlights and taillights, and a lack of center vents on the clamshell hood. Inside, the V8 derivative features more modest trim panels and unique packaging.Maybe it’s the massage I just experienced at Mas Spa, but my knees feel like rubber as I pore over the DB11’s curves. Aston Martin is famous for producing some of the most striking vehicles in history, but something about the DB11 is beyond ravishing. A delicate mix of modern and dignified, the GT is a fitting countenance for the premium brand’s future.Steeped in the two-door’s leather-laden cabin, I take stock of the hand-built detail and material richness. Deep purple dash and seating surfaces contrast with peach-colored stitching, carbon fiber inlays, and brushed metal accents for a voluptuous presentation.Mere moments into a 250-mile journey through Catalonia’s Pyrenees, the V8 model’s dynamic differences are abundantly clear. From corner to corner, the lightened DB11 dances where the heavier version would labor, rotates where the V12 would roll, and lunges where the range-topper would ease.In many ways, the V8-powered model feels more like a purpose-built sports car than a traditional GT. Ride quality remains sublime, yet agility shines above all. That both cars share the same platform, much less the same nameplate, is astonishing.Our parade of elegant automobiles invades a small town nestled in the mountainside. Piling into Restaurant Anna, the smell of lamb shanks, boiled prawns, and roasted chicken greets us. A feast of traditional Spanish cuisine ensues. Later, with the symptoms of a debilitating food coma setting in, a blast of double espresso rouses me for another go in Aston’s charmer.Emerging from the dim restaurant, my eyes struggle to adjust in the unfiltered sunlight. At last, I can make out a troop of elegant shapes waiting patiently. “Well,” I muse. “Guess I can wait a little longer to see that rain.”last_img read more

Special team to keep tabs on passengers alighting from wrong side of

first_imgNew Delhi: The Northern Railways has formed a special team under RPF Inspector of Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station Kishan Kumar to keep an eye on passengers alighting from the wrong side of the train when they arrive or depart.The decision comes after an analysis of laptop and mobile lifting incidents showed that such offenders often deboard from the wrong side of the train to avoid being caught. This pattern was noticed after reviewing CCTV footage of these incidents. In fact, such teams are already being effective. Recently, a laptop thief was nabbed by RPF officials within four minutes of stealing the laptop, when Const. Satyendra Yadav saw the accused deboard from the wrong side of the train on the live CCTV stream. Further, it was found that the accused was a habitual laptop-lifter and solved a total of four laptop thefts in the process, recovering three stolen purses as well. SC Jain, DRM of the Delhi Division said that detection of crime with live monitoring is an example of the high-level of professionalism we are bringing to the table. It will immensely help is in containing such crimes in trains.last_img read more

Spain plans to spend 8 billion on military hardware upgrade

first_imgMADRID — Spain’s government has announced a plan to spend 7.3 billion euros ($8.2 billion) over the next 10 years on improving its military defence capabilities.Defence Minister Margarita Robles said Friday the money will be used to build five new navy frigates and, in a first phase, develop and build 348 new armoured personnel carriers. It will also enable the latest technological upgrades to be installed in its fleet of 69 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.Robles says the spending, which is an addition to the defence budget, will help create more than 7,000 jobs in areas of high unemployment.Spain’s six-month-old minority government is keen to build a track record of accomplishments before it faces an election, possibly as early as next year.The Associated Presslast_img read more

National Inquiry calls for transformative change to eradicate violence against Indigenous women

first_imgCommissioner Michèle Audette says it is incumbent on all Canadians to hold leaders to account when it comes to protecting Indigenous women and girls from further abuse.“To put an end to this tragedy, the rightful power and place of women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people must be reinstated, which requires dismantling the structures of colonialism within Canadian society. This is not just a job for governments and politicians. It is incumbent on all Canadians to hold our leaders to account.”The Report was conducted over a two-year cross-country tour and is comprised of the truths of more than 2,380 family members, survivors of violence, experts and Knowledge Keepers. GATINEAU, Q.C. – The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has presented its Final Report, entitled ‘Reclaiming Power and Place’, on Monday, to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.According to the Report, it reveals that deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.The two-volume report is calling for transformative legal and social changes to resolve the crisis that has devastated Indigenous communities across Canada.last_img read more

Huawei Signs Deal with Russia Escalating Tensions with the US

Rabat – In a standoff deemed a “tech Cold War,” Huawei secured a contract with Russia‘s MTS network operator this week in order to develop a 5G network over the coming year.Russian sovereign wealth fund says US allegations that Huawei poses a national security threat are unproven and unfair. The head of Russia ’s sovereign investment fund has now urged the US to back-up those claims.Speaking to CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Kirill Dmitriev, the chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), said the US had failed to provide evidence that Huawei actually brings a security risk. Dmitriev was asked if he had concerns about Chinese surveillance. “First of all, it has not been proven. We need to have some really clear evidence and I’m sure our people will look into this and, if it happens, it will not be the case,” Dmitriev said. “But, what we are concerned about is allegations like this are thrown in without any proof and used for unfair practices,” he added.The new agreement between Russia and Huawei could improve predictions saying that the Chinese company won’t do well on the market this year, as a result of missed business opportunities with the US.Huawei has already “downgraded its forecast for total smartphone shipments in the second half of 2019 by about 20% to 30% from the previous estimate,” according to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review that cited “a source familiar with Huawei smartphone orders.” The company has also “reduced or canceled orders to major suppliers for components that go into its smartphones and telecom equipment,” according to the report. Some of the supply chain reductions “included cuts to orders of as much as 30%.”This is one of the consequences from the U.S. blacklist on Huawei’s supply chain, which as Forbe’s Zak Doffman, who’s been closely following the issue says, “is hitting much harder and faster than anyone expected.” Despite Huawei maintaining its number two spot for global smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2019, it was expected to struggle for the remainder of the year before Russia signed.Google and HuaweiGoogle is reportedly urging the Trump administration to lift the ban that would prevent them from doing business with Huawei, also citing security concerns. Google has warned Washington of potential risks to U.S. national security should Huawei Androids not have Google apps installed on them.After the US government placed Huawei on the blacklist that restricted it from trading with US companies, Google accordingly restricted Huawei’s access to its Android operating system.Huawei would then be allowed to use an open-source version of Android, but that means its phones will not come pre-loaded with Google apps like Google Play Protect, which is a security feature. Google Play and other Google apps would also be missing from the Huawei devices.According to Google, allowing Huawei to run its own version of Android is a security issue, The Verge reports, citing Financial Times.Google Play Protect runs safety checks on apps, checks for malware-laden apps, removes harmful apps, and warns about high-risk apps. Without it, Google says, Huawei phones will be “more at risk of being hacked, not least by China.”However, to resolve this issue, Huawei might create its own operating system (OS). Last month, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s business consumer group, said a Huawei-made OS could be produced by spring 2020 at the latest. The OS would be compatible with smartphones, PCs, tablets, TVs, cars, and wearables, and also be compatible with Android apps. Huawei allegedly still prefers to use Android or Windows, though.Trump responded to Google’s concerns. “We are going to have absolutely an agreement on Huawei and everything else,” Trump said during a joint press conference in London on June 4. “We have an incredible intelligence relationship and we will be able to work out any differences. This is a truly great ally and partner and we will have no problem with that.”“There are genuine national security risks at play in Huawei’s battle with Washington. But there is also the backdrop of a world that is dividing technologically.” Doffman from Forbes.  “The real issue, though, is that a Chinese alternative to the world’s most popular smartphone OS risks disrupting the global smartphone ecosystem.”“Huawei is too important to China for China to let it fail,” Doffman says.The US’s accusations are contagiousThough Russia has called out the US for circulating unchecked allegations that Huawei jeopardizes national security, the UK’s Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board differs. The HCSEC issued a report which said that it “continued to identify concerning issues in Huawei’s approach to software development bringing significantly increased risk to U.K. operators.”However, Huawei seems to be negotiating negative remarks. “We are willing to sign no-spy agreements with countries,” Huawei Chairman Liang Hua told reporters in Shenzhen when asked if the company is open to having an agreement about surveillance with the U.S. The same agreement had been offered to both the UK and Germany.“Since the U.S. has not bought from us,” Huawei’s Chairman Liang told reporters, “is not buying from us, and might not buy from us in the future, I don’t know if there is such an opportunity to sign such an agreement.”Regardless, the Technical Director of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre criticized Huawei technology as “shoddy.” In the 2019 report, the U.K.’s Huawei evaluation center also claimed the company failed to make improvements since the time of last year’s report.Despite the US’s many allegations about Huawei, outgoing Prime Minister May eventually allowed Huawei into parts of its 5G network. The decision sparked backlash from the US.Teresa May is due to soon step down as PM, and it is possible that her replacement will overturn the Huawei decision. The European Union, on the other hand, advised member countries to “proceed with caution,” meaning countries should conduct their own risk assessments of the 5G equipment and then to decide what’s best. read more

Vermilion Energy to expand in Netherlands through Northern Petroleum deal

Vermilion Energy Inc. has agreed to pay $27.5-million to acquire Northern Petroleum Nederland BV from its U.K.-based parent.Calgary-based Vermilion says the deal with Northern Petroleum PLC, announced Tuesday, provides it with interests in nine concessions in the Netherlands, including four close to its existing concessions.The assets — six onshore licences in production or development and three onshore exploration properties — are expected to produce the equivalent of 600 barrels of oil per day, comprise of 99 per cent natural gas in 2013.The deal is subject to the recept of regulatory approvals. It’s expected to close before the end of October but will have an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013.Vermilion will operate allof the acquired assets except for offshore licence P12, where it will hold a 23.6 per cent interest. read more

Bill Morneau to speak on securing Canadas economic future in Alberta —

CALGARY — Finance Minister Bill Morneau is headed west next week with plans to give a speech to a Calgary business audience a day ahead of a deadline set by Kinder Morgan for its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, which announced the event set for May 30, says the speech will focus on securing Canada’s economic future.Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential construction on the Trans Mountain project in April, citing obstruction by B.C. that put the viability of the pipeline in question.The company has set a May 31 deadline for getting assurances it can proceed without delays on the controversial project.Morneau said last week the federal government is willing to cover cost overruns caused by political uncertainty on the pipeline project.However, the minister also said if Kinder Morgan were to walk away from the pipeline, there are other investors willing to step in. read more

Worried by relief situation in Burundi Security Council urges end to conflict

The call, made in a statement to the press by Council President Richard Ryan of Ireland, followed a meeting during which the UN Secretariat briefed the UN security body on the situation in Burundi.In their statement, Council members condemned the continuing violence in the country and said they were concerned by what they termed the “appalling” humanitarian situation there.They reiterated their call to the international community to increase humanitarian, development and economic assistance to support the people of Burundi and the transitional Government, and to alleviate the plight of the large number of internally displaced persons. “All parties are called upon to respect human rights and humanitarian law and to facilitate access for humanitarian assistance,” the members said.Noting the importance of the current phase in Burundi’s peace process, the Council called on all parties to “seize this opportunity and to work together in a spirit of compromise to resolve outstanding difficulties.” The Council members also reiterated their strong support for the installation of the transitional Government in Burundi on 1 November and called on the signatories of the Arusha Agreement to uphold their commitments so that the necessary legal and political environment will be established to facilitate the return of the exiled political leaders. In that context, they called on the Burundian parties to reach agreement on outstanding issues such as the establishment of a special unit to provide protection for returning political leaders, and encouraged States to support that endeavour.The statement also reiterated the Council’s earlier call on all concerned States to cease all forms of support to the rebel Forces nationales pour la libération (FNL) and the Forces pour la défense de la démocratie (FDD), and urged all Member States – in particular the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe and Tanzania – to encourage the armed groups to join the peace process.Members of the Security Council reiterated their strong support for the facilitation of former South African President Nelson Mandela, and for the Implementation Monitoring Committee. read more

New UNbacked convention against doping in sport adopted unanimously

The International Convention Against Doping in Sport, which promotes no-advance notice, out-of-competition and in-competition testing, was adopted unanimously by the General Conference of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is currently holding its 33rd session in Paris.“A global response to a global problem, such is the challenge put to the new Convention,” UNESCO said in a news release today, noting that the last Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 revealed a record number of doping cases.“It supplies governments with a legal framework for an international harmonization of efforts in the fight against a scourge that flouts the ethical and social values of sport while putting the health of athletes at risk,” UNESCO added of the treaty, which will go into effect once it has been ratified by 30 Member States, preferably before the next winter Olympic Games scheduled for January in Turin.Most existing standards, whether national, regional or international, emphasize repression and anti-drug testing, methods which experts say are limited in their effectiveness, while others, such as the International Olympic Charter against Doping in Sport, are not universally legally binding. The new Convention goes beyond testing and sanctions. It urges States Parties to “undertake, within their means, to support, devise or implement education and training programmes on anti-doping” in order to raise public awareness of the negative effects of doping on health and on the ethical values of sport, as well as to provide information on the rights and responsibilities of athletes and on testing procedures. Regarding testing and sanctions, the Convention stipulates that all the world’s athletes be subjected to the same rules and regularly tested, with uniform sanctions for any infraction. It commits the States Parties to adopt measures in line with the principles stated in the World Anti-Doping Code of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), adopted during the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Copenhagen in 2003. The Convention calls for a procedure that would quickly submit to all States Parties for their approval the list of prohibited substances and the exceptions, as drawn up and regularly updated by WADA.The Conference of Parties is the ruling body of the Convention responsible for its implementation. The WADA is invited as an advisory body to the Conference of Parties while UNESCO provides the Secretariat.The idea of a new legal instrument was launched during a ministerial round-table meeting at UNESCO in 2003, bringing together 360 participants from 103 countries. read more

It is time to act Ban declares at launch of video campaign

“I am here to declare with all of you: it is time to act,” Mr. Ban said, speaking alongside his Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.The launch of the video campaign was organized by the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the UN and comes ahead of a global summit to be held next week on the issue.The Secretary-General decried recent attacks against women and girls around the world. “I was especially appalled by the brutal rape and gruesome murder of two teenaged women in India who had ventured out because they did not have access to a toilet,” he said.“Violence against women is a peace and security issue. It is a human rights issue. It is a development issue,” he added.He highlighted a personal hero, Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist, who repairs the internal physical damage caused by rape. “Dr. Mukwege says sexual violence continues because of indifference, as if the crimes happen to someone else,” Mr. Ban recalled. “But really it happened to one of us. We all belong to the same family of human society,” he said, quoting Dr. Mukwege.In March, Mr. Ban launched the “He for She” campaign urging men to stand up for the rights of their mothers, sisters and daughters. The network includes top government officials, artists and business representatives.In the video launched today, Mr. Ban urged men in particular to join the fight for gender equality, saying it is the collective responsibility to shield women and girls from the violence that harms them and degrades all.“Together, we can ensure that conflicts are not fought on the bodies of innocent civilians,” he stated. read more

Quality of life affected by current struggles FITUG on Labour Day

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLabour Day rally: Calls for greater unity within the Trade Union movement trumpetedMay 2, 2017In “latest news”Carvil Duncan slams employers for not remitting workers dues, taxesFebruary 26, 2015In “Politics”Refusal by APNU/AFC Govt to reinstate Labour Ministry will not be forgotten- Trade UnionsJuly 24, 2018In “latest news” The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) on Tuesday extended fraternal greetings to all workers in celebration of Guyana’s 60th Labour Day, while asserting that “today’s conditions do not call for complacency but for greater activism.”File Photo: FITUG’s First Vice President, Komal ChandFITUG’s First Vice President, Komal Chand posited that today is a day to demonstrate our solidarity and unity as Guyanese, as Labour Day serves as a day that reminds us that our aspirations for a better and just society are still to be realised.To this end, he recounted the various struggles being faced by citizens currently, which he said, have adversely affected the quality of our lives, including the ‘crisis of unemployment and Value Added Tax (VAT) burdens.’“Indeed, several challenges have surfaced over the recent years. We have observed that the prices of several staple have risen; there are increased rates and taxes; there is a threat of higher electricity costs on account of higher oil prices, and now there are increased water rates hanging over our heads. We can neither disregard the all-pervasive VAT, as it now affects a wider range of products and even essential medical services… As workers, a vexing issue to us is unemployment,” the organization stated.The Labour Force Survey-just recently made public- revealed that less than half of our working-age population is employed.According to the report, youth unemployment is unacceptably high.“[It is alarming]that 53 per cent of our people are either impoverished or are vulnerable to impoverishment. These findings cannot be comforting to us recognizing the deteriorating conditions we now face,” Chand in a prepared statement posited.Moreover, according to FITUG, in the face of these burdens, it is painful to know that for the year 2018, our pensioners have been given an increase of their pensions amounting to a meager one dollar per day.The organization asserted that these persistent difficulties are an expression of “our slide downwards and is manifested in the rising criminality which has left many Guyanese living in fear.”As such, they used the opportunity to once again we call on the appropriate authorities to allay people’s fears and develop strategies to effectively contain “this malady” in our midst.Callous decision on SugarIn commenting on the current situation of our Sugar Industry, FITUG reminisced on the plight which has befallen thousands of estate workers who were made redundant and noted that they are facing one of, if not their most, depressing chapter of life in this country.“Over recent months, some 7,000 sugar workers have been sent home without any plan to address their welfare. Then to add pepper to the deep wound and contrary to our law, some workers received only half of their severance payments and some others at Wales none.”FITUG posited that for them, this decision- to have the estate workers made redundant- remains one of the most callous decisions ever made in living memory.“The promises of saving sugar heard boisterously by persons now in Government have proven to be hollow and empty.”Nevertheless, FITUG says that they recognize that despite the daunting challenges, most of the former estate workers have refused to give up hope and as such have demonstrated an indomitable will “to stand up and to call attention to their plight” as they seek to overcome and win out in this struggle.Oil curse or blessingVoicing their thoughts on the much anticipated success in the oil industry, FITUG says this can either prove to be a blessing or curse for our land.“ This could prove to be a blessing, or, possibly, a curse.  The experiences in several countries have shown this. However, we contend that oil should not displace our historical economic sectors but rather it should consolidate our economic foundation for the years and generations of Guyanese ahead.”However, they added that the various questions regarding the oil deal and what it means to our patrimony cannot be ignored and as such, the organization stands in support of the calls for the oil agreement between the Government of Guyana and the United States based oil giant, ExxonMobil to be re-negotiated.Labour Day has evolved from a rich, inspiring chapter of the international working-class and rooted in the struggle of 1886 when some 80,000 workers in Chicago, USA demanded an eight (8) hour working day.Based on those struggles workers representatives adopted a resolution at a meeting in 1887 for May 1st to be observed as International Workers’ Day.In Guyana, our celebrations began in 1930 under the leadership of Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow and his British Guiana Labour Union and on 1958 May 1st was approved as a National Holiday.According to FITUG, “today’s conditions do not call for complacency but for greater activism. The spirit of Chicago, 1886, as well as our own rich legacy should serve to inspire us today. Let us remember these insightful words to the world’s workers: ‘Workers, Unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains; you have a world to win’.” read more

Uganda imposes WhatsApp and Facebook tax to stop gossip

The revenue raised is also intended to help pay off of the country’s growing national debt (AFP image)(BBC)-Uganda’s parliament has passed a law to impose a controversial tax on people using social media platforms.It imposes a 200 shilling [$0.05, £0.04] daily levy on people using internet messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Twitter.President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encouraged gossip.The law should come into effect on 1 July but there remain doubts about how it will be implemented.President Museveni says there won’t be a tax on internet data as it is useful for education (AFP)The new Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill will also impose various other taxes, including a 1% levy on the total value of mobile money transactions – which civil society groups complain will affect poorer Ugandans who rarely use banking services.State Minister for Finance David Bahati told parliament that the tax increases were needed to help Uganda pay off its growing national debt.Experts and at least one major internet service provider have raised doubts about how a daily tax on social media will be implemented, the BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga reports from Uganda.The government is struggling to ensure all mobile phone SIM cards are properly registered.And of the 23.6 million mobile phone subscribers in the country, only 17 million use the internet, Reuters reports.It is therefore not clear how authorities will be able to identify Ugandans accessing social media sites.Mr Museveni pushed for the social media law back in March. He wrote a letter to Finance Minister Matia Kasaija insisting that the revenue collected by the social media tax would help the country “cope with consequences of olugambo [gossiping]”.But he argued there should be no tax on internet data as it was useful for “educational, research or reference purposes”.Critics at the time said the law would curtail freedom of expression.Mr Kasaija dismissed concerns that the new law could limit people’s use of the internet.“We’re looking for money to maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more social media, more often, more frequently,” he told Reuters in March.Social media have become an important political tool in Uganda for both the ruling party and the opposition, our correspondent says.Access to platforms was shut during presidential elections in 2016. President Museveni insisted at the time that it was done to “stop spreading lies”.Other East African countries are passing laws criticised by activists as affecting freedom of expression.Tanzania’s government won a court case on 29 May against opponents of new regulations requiring bloggers to pay a licence fee and disclose their financial backers.In Kenya, a new cybercrime law came into force on 30 May.Journalists and bloggers managed to win a court order blocking the Kenyan law’s ban on “false” information, which they argue is an attempt to muzzle independent media. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSri Lanka blocks Facebook, social media, amid riotsMarch 7, 2018In “latest news”Environmental Tax will encourage responsible behaviour – JordanJanuary 6, 2017In “Environment”House passes legislation to bring Budget 2017 measures into lawJanuary 5, 2017In “latest news” read more

Denmark fifth Germany clinch Olympic qualification spot

Denmark and Germany ended succesfully the 24th Men’s World Championship in Qatar. Both teams won their last matches for the fifth and seventh place. The Germans secured the spot in the Olympic qualifications for Rio 2016, while Slovenia will have to wait the results of the contintental championship next January.Germany vs Slovenia 30:27 (16:14)After two consecutive defeats against Qatar (quarter-final) and Croatia (placement round) Germany had the greater will to win and the stronger defence in this crucial encounter.After a weak 4:7 start, a time-out of Coach Dagur Sigurdsson was the wake-up call for the players. Thanks to an incredible performance of their top scorer Uwe Gensheimer (13 goals) and a triple strike of line player Patrick Wiencek the Germans turned the match around already before the break.Latest in minute 48, when the score was 28:22, the deal was sealed, while the Slovenians were too tired to win despite nine goals of Jure Natek.Slovenian right wing Dragan Gajic added three more goals to his tally to top the overall top scorer list with his 71 goals now. Second ranked Qatar right back Zarko Markovic will have to score at least 12 times in the final against France to overtake Gajic.Placement match 5/6Croatia vs Denmark 24:28 (11:15)One year ago the significance in this duel was much higher, but as in the 2014 European championship semi-final in Herning (DEN) the Danes were also victorious in Doha. Denmark only lost one match in Qatar, but unfortunately for them it was the quarter-final against Spain.Led by goalkeeper Niklas Landin and top scorer Mikkel Hansen (eight goals) the Danes remained in control over the entire 60 minutes. Croatia seemed too tired to endanger the 2011 and 2013 World Championship silver medallists.Denmark profited from a great start (7:4 and 14:8) to tame the Croats early. Nine minutes before the end, when the Croats had reduced the gap to 23:25, Landin’s crucial saves secured the win and the fifth rank.Sliskovic, Duvnjak and Stepancic scored four times each for the Croats.Final ranking 5 – 24 of the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship:5. Denmark6. Croatia7. Germany8. Slovenia9. FYRO Macedonia10. Sweden11. Iceland12. Argentina13. Austria14. Egypt15. Tunisia16. Brazil17. Czech Republic18. Belarus19. Russia20. Bosnia-Herzegovina21. Iran22. Saudi Arabia23. Chile24. Algeria ← Previous Story Nikola Karabatic scores 1000th goal for France Next Story → IHF “Experts” announce “Rookie team of WCh 2015” with a few mistakes read more

Bulgarian government resigns amid protests

first_imgBULGARIAN PRIME MINISTER Boyko Borisov announced his government’s resignation today following days of sometimes violent street protests in the European Union’s poorest member.The move paves the way for early elections, which had been due to be held in July.“We have dignity and honour. It is the people who put us in power and we give it back to them today,” Borisov told parliament, adding that he would not participate in an interim government.Bulgaria has been shaken over the past week by protests that initially were about soaring electricity prices but which have turned into nationwide demonstrations against the right-wing government in general.The clashes left dozens of people wounded and scores were arrested with demonstrators fighting running battles with riot police and vandalising government buildings in the capital Sofia.Borisov on Monday attempted to ease the crisis by sacking his unpopular finance minister and on Tuesday by announcing he would revoke the licence of a Czech utility firm.- © AFP 2013.last_img read more

De nouvelles espèces de musaraigne découvertes en Indonésie

first_imgDe nouvelles espèces de musaraigne découvertes en IndonésieQuatre espèces de musaraignes ont été découvertes récemment près du Mont Tompotika sur une île indonésienne. Mais les scientifiques attendent les résultats des analyses ADN pour savoir si ces mammifères insectivores appartiennent réellement à de nouvelles espèces. La liste des nouvelles espèces animales est peut-être à nouveau sur le point de s’allonger. Sur le mont Tompotika, une petite montagne située sur l’île indonésienne de Sulawesi, des chercheurs ont découvert plusieurs espèces de musaraignes. Parmi celle-ci se trouve, la musaraigne aux pattes blanches photographiée ci-contre et qui appartient au genre Crocidura.  Seul problème : les chercheurs ignorent encore s’il s’agit de nouvelles espèces ou si celles-ci appartiennent à des espèces déjà existantes. Des analyses ADN sont donc en cours afin de confirmer l’une des hypothèses. Pour capturer ces musaraignes, l’équipe a utilisé des pièges fabriqués à l’aide de seaux enterrés dans le sol. Les chercheurs ont ensuite conçu de longs obstacles à l’aide de bâches qui ont dirigé les animaux vers les sceaux ouverts, tombant ainsi dans le piège. Ils ont alors pu être étudiés en détail. Comme toutes les musaraignes, ces mammifères présentent de petits yeux et un sens de l’odorat très aiguisé qui leur permet de débusquer les petits invertébrés tels que les vers de terre, explique Jake Esselstyn, biologiste à l’Université de Hamilton au Canada et membre de l’équipe qui a fait la découverte, aujourd’hui rapportée par le National Geographic. Faisant partie des plus petits mammifères, les musaraignes “vivent rapidement et meurent jeunes”, selon Alliance for Tompotika Conservation. Le rythme cardiaque de certains spécimens peut en effet atteindre jusqu’à 1.200 pulsations par minute, d’où leur courte longévité. Par ailleurs, certaines espèces de musaraignes produisent du venin qui se mélange à leur salive et les aide à maitriser les proies. Néanmoins, ce n’est pas le cas des nouvelles musaraignes, ont indiqué les chercheurs. Des espèces inconnues ? À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuLes variétés de Tompokita présentent à l’évidence des différences par rapport aux C.elongata trouvées ailleurs sur l’île de Sulawesi, et notamment une couleur de fourrure et une longueur de queue distincte. C.elongata fait partie du peu d’espèces de musaraignes qui peut se déplacer du milieu terrestre jusque dans les arbres. Les petits mammifères utilisent alors leur longue queue et leurs pattes pour se balancer en altitude, explique Jake Esselstyn. Pour l’instant, l’observation des animaux restent néanmoins insuffisante pour classer les spécimens dans une nouvelle espèce.En vérité, la majeure partie de l’ile de Sulawesi est très isolée et peu étudiée. Ainsi, l’inventaire réalisé au mois d’avril a porté le nombre d’espèces connues existant sur Tompotika à seulement dix environ, incluant les possibles nouvelles musaraignes, mais aussi un serpent, trois grenouilles et trois geckos. “Les gens ne se rendent pas compte à quel point nous en savons peu sur le monde de la nature, même des informations basiques comme le nombre d’espèces présentes sur l’île de Sulawesi” précise le biologiste canadien, avant d’ajouter : “Ce genre de travail est important pour évaluer le nombre d’espèces vivant dans des endroits particuliers, connaitre leur histoire évolutive, et savoir comment nous pouvons préserver les populations naturelles.” Découvrez en images ces nouvelles musaraignes indonésiennes sur MaxisciencesLe 28 juillet 2011 à 15:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews MUTE 2018

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Mute good?It has issues, but it’s not bad.What’s it about?Set in a Blade Runner-esque future in Berlin, Germany, the film is essentially a cyber-noir detective thriller in which Alexander Skarsgard’s Leo attempts to solve the mystery of what happened to his girlfriend Naadirah after she suddenly vanishes. Just one problem, though: In addition to being mute owing to a childhood accident (hence the title), Leo was raised Amish and is thus alternately unable to use or unfamiliar with the inescapable panopticon of technology all around him that could both help or hinder his search. Meanwhile, what at first seems to be a “B-story” follows the workday of two shady mercenaries played by Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux.That sounds… complicated.Yes. If the film has a problem, it’s structural. Once the build starts for the third act it becomes apparent that what we’re watching has been designed as a two-track narrative with Skarsgard’s story and Rudd and Theroux’s on an inevitable collision course with each other, but it takes way too long for that to come into focus. The eventual realization that we’re supposed to be anticipating the moment these characters wind up in direct conflict takes forever to crystallize, and for too long it just feels like we’re watching a very compelling detective story being inexplicably interrupted at regular intervals by a series of disconnected cyberpunk character-vignettes.How are the actors?Very good. Rudd is probably the standout because he’s playing SO massively against type as a grimy, sleazy, ruthless asshole. But Skarsgard is extremely compelling and the gimmick of his technology-adverse background is an inspired way to make his bewilderment at the future world around him line up with that of the audience without leaning too hard on the idea of his impairment as a disability. German actress Seyneb Saleh also impresses as Naadirah – though, in keeping with noir tradition her presence doesn’t extend much beyond the first act.Who directed?Duncan Jones, late of Moon, The Source Code and Warcraft.Ooh! Moon was so good!Yes, it was.And Warcraft was SO bad…This is also true.Is this more like that, or like the first two.Definitely closer to the first two. It’s a “spiritual sequel” to Moon that Jones has apparently been trying to get made for 12 years, and as is so often the case with long-gestating passion-projects. It probably would’ve been better off coming out 12 years ago – or, at least, before someone had made an actual sequel to Blade Runner. That’s not to say that it would’ve been revolutionary a decade ago, but it would probably feel significantly less like an extended installment of Black Mirror and unfortunate motifs like the use of gender-ambiguity and pansexuality as “weird” indicators that “it’s the future!” would’ve felt less jarringly out of place.So do you recommend it or not?Moderately, with reservations. Jones may still be better at worldbuilding, mood, and character-interplay than he is at playing out a narrative. But those first three count for a lot. Very imperfect but pretty interesting all the same.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Vancouver High Trappers 1938 basketball state champs lifted a city

first_imgMark Mulder never met his father, who as a high school senior in 1938 starred on Vancouver High School’s state championship basketball team.It was a team that captured by storm a city still recovering from a Depression-filled era.Jack Mulder went missing and presumably died five days after his son’s birth on Nov. 19, 1944, when he was killed in action in Germany during World War II.Mark Mulder, of Grapevine, Texas, recently traveled through Vancouver on his way to a vacation home in Montana. He knows about his father’s final hours in battle, thanks to a soldier’s letter.Under the shelter of a waterproof poncho, “they shared a candy bar and cigarette. Heck of a last meal,” said Mark Mulder, an ex-Marine fighter pilot who flies professionally.He also knows about his father’s basketball past through family keepsakes and stories.In 1938, six years before his death, a broad-shouldered, dark-haired, 6-foot-4 Jack Mulder was an 18-year-old all-league and all-state center for the Vancouver Trappers.Their 42-24 state-title win over Everett brought the high school, the city, and Clark County their inaugural team state championship at the University of Washington Athletic Pavilion on March 19, 1938.Next month marks 80 years since nine boys and one coach lifted a city of approximately 18,000 during an era when at its worst, 1 in 3 were out of work. Soon after, the nation was on the brink of a second World War.last_img read more

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