first_imgOne militant and a civilian were killed in a late-night shootout on Thursday in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, the police said on Friday.A police spokesman said an operation was launched at Herpora-Kanelwan-Karvel, Anantnag, on a specific input about the presence of three militants on Thursday night. “Militants fired on the search party, resulting in an exchange of fire. Around midnight, taking advantage of the darkness, two militants fired and managed to escape,” said the spokesman.The police said one civilian was killed in the firing. Later, family members identified the victim as Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Bhat, a resident of Arwini. According to the police, Bhat was riding a motorcycle “when he got killed in the crossfire”.“One militant of Hizbul Mujahideen, Yawar Nissar Shergujri alias Algazi, was also killed in the encounter,” said the spokesman. Shergujri, sources said, had joined militancy last month.Arms seizedRifleman Rohit Kumar sustained injuries in the operation. One self-loading rifle, two magazines, 40 rounds of ammunition and one Chinese hand grenade were recovered from the slain militant, the police said.Clashes erupted in Anantnag after locals, who attended the militant’s funeral, threw stones at the security forces.last_img read more

first_imgParamilitary commandos stand in a group for a security briefing at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium ahead of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Sunday, September 26, 2010.Pakistan on Monday joined the list of countries complaining about the Commonwealth Games facilities, saying a lot still needs to be done to ensure that their athletes are comfortable at the Athletes’ Village.Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik, who visited the Village to take stock of the arrangements being made for his country’s athletes, also met the Organising Committee officials in New Delhi.”There is lot need to be done. Our concern is that when our athletes come they should be comfortable. I can’t pinpoint (the problem),” he told reporters after inspecting the facilities in the Games’ Village.Malik, however, hoped that India would go full throttle to ensure a successful Games.”It is a very big event that Indian government is holding and I’m confident that they would do all (to ensure successful conduct of Games),” he said.”Our players have not come yet. They will be arriving by tomorrow. We have got a very large contingent,” he said.Many countries, including Australia, England, Malaysia, South Africa and Botswana have complained about the facilities at the Athletes’ Village terming it “filthy and unlivable”.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Indian pacer Ashish Nehra, who recently retired from international cricket, may soon make a comeback as behind-the-scene man for one of the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams.According to sources, discussions are on board for the Delhi pacer’s new role as mentor for either Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils or Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming IPL season.While there has been no official confirmation regarding Nehra’s association with any of the teams but chances of him mentoring the Virat Kohli-led RCB are probably higher.The speedster had already returned to cricket as commentator earlier in India’s Kolkata Test against Sri Lanka.The 38-year-old retired from all forms of cricket at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the T20 match against New Zealand.The left-arm fast bowler made his international debut way back in 1999 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.The Indian star bid adieu from the game with a tally of 235 wickets from 164 matches across all the formats in international cricket.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Chris Paul made it clear: His problem with referee Lauren Holtkamp was with her call. He left it to others to say it wasn’t about her gender.His criticism of the rookie official drew a rebuke from the referees union followed by strong backing from the female Executive Director of the NBA Players Association.“Any suggestion that Chris Paul would ever conduct himself in a disrespectful manner towards women is utterly ridiculous, outrageous and patently false,” Michele Roberts said in a statement, noting Paul’s role in making her the first woman to head a North American major sports union last summer.The Los Angeles Clippers guard criticized Holtkamp on Feb. 5 after a 105-94 loss at Cleveland, saying she might not be ready for the big leagues after six seasons in the NBA Development League.Paul was asked about it three times Feb. 6 before the Clippers played in Toronto. “Like I said, last night was about a bad call,” Paul said. “That’s it.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers agreed, though he would have preferred that Paul had worded his comments differently.“I didn’t like it, I didn’t like that part of it, but I don’t think he meant it in the way I think it’s being said. I just think he was upset at the technical,” Rivers said.“I don’t think the technical was warranted either, to be honest. But that’s not a gender issue, that’s just an issue that you disagreed with the tech.”Paul was called for a technical foul by Holtkamp in the third quarter. The Clippers were attempting to inbound quickly when Holtkamp stepped in. Paul questioned her and was slapped with the technical.“The tech I got was ridiculous,” Paul said. “That’s terrible. There’s no way that can be a technical. We try to get the ball out fast every time down the court. When we did that, she said, ‘Uh-uh.’ I said, ‘Why uh-uh?’ and she gave me a technical. That’s ridiculous. If that’s the case, this might not be for her.”Lee Seham, General Counsel of the National Basketball Referees Association, said in a statement his group reviewed Holtkamp’s calls and “deems them fully justified.”“Furthermore,” he added, “the NBRA deplores the personal and unprofessional comments made by Chris Paul. She belongs.”Questioning a referee’s readiness is a common complaint the league hears about rookie officials. Paul likely will be fined for public criticism of an official but has the full support of the NBPA.“Without hesitation, the Players Association stands firmly behind Chris, whose competitiveness may only be exceeded by the strength of his values and his convictions,” Roberts added.Paul also was supported by Becky Hammon, the former WNBA star who was hired by the San Antonio Spurs last year as the first full-time female assistant coach of an NBA team.“Chris Paul is a competitor & he had an opinion, I don’t think it had anything to do with the refs gender,” Hammon wrote on Twitter.The 34-year-old Holtkamp worked the D-League’s championship series the last two years. A former player at Division II Drury University, she also officiated nine NBA regular-season games before her promotion to the full-time staff.Violet Palmer is the league’s other female referee, having worked about 900 regular-season games during a career that’s in its 18th season. ___By Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer. AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland and freelance writer Ian Harrison in Toronto contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgGermany coach Joachim Loew is not planning to call up world champions Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller any longer, saying the team needs to look to the future.The Bayern Munich trio was part of the 2014 World Cup-winning team but the Germans crashed out of the 2018 World Cup in the group stage, their earliest exit in 80 years.All three have also struggled for form this season.”I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years we shared,” Loew said in a statement issued by the German FA.”Now it is time to set the course for the future. We want to give the team a new look,” Loew said.”I am convinced that this is the right step. The youngsters coming through will have the room they need to grow. Now it’s up to them to take on responsibility.”Loew, who can call on young talent including Julian Brandt, Kai Havertz, Leroy Sane, Niklas Suele and Serge Gnabry, said he had travelled to Munich to inform the three Bayern players.”2019 is a new beginning for the Germany national team,” he said. “It was important for me to personally explain my decision to the players and the FC Bayern management.”The German coach has been in charge since 2006 and his contract runs to 2022.SAME GENERATIONWith close to 250 internationals between them, Hummels (70 caps), Mueller (100) and Boateng (74) were part of the same generation.Hummels and Boateng, both 30, played together in the 2009 Under-21 European championship triumph as Germany started to reap the rewards of a major and sustained investment in youth players that had started seven years earlier.advertisementThey all graduated to the senior team and took part in the 2010 World Cup where Germany’s youngest tournament team in 76 years reached the semi-finals with an exciting run that included wins over England and Argentina.Mueller, 29, has scored 10 goals at World Cups, winning the golden boot in 2010. He was the second-top scorer four years later with another five goals.The trio’s international cycle was complete when Germany were crowned world champions in 2014, having also clinched an extraordinary 7-1 victory against hosts Brazil in the last four.”I am personally convinced that I can still play at the highest level and will continue to do so,” Boateng wrote on Twitter.”I was always extremely proud to wear the national team top ands I will never forget the summer of 2014. But I would have obviously wished for a different departure.”Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff told Bild newspaper: “Thomas, Mats and Jerome have achieved a lot for German football,””They will continue to do so for their club. I continue to feel very connected to them and am thankful for the time we spent together in the national team.”Germany play their first international of 2019 on March 20 against Serbia in Wolfsburg.Also Watch:last_img read more

first_imgPremier League ‘Van Dijk could have prevented Liverpool’s Spurs thrashing’ Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 14:41 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Virgil Van Dijk Southampton GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images Premier League Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Southampton The Reds were thumped 4-1 at Wembley on Sunday, with Thierry Henry and Graeme Souness believing the Dutchman could have helped Virgil van Dijk may have prevented Liverpool’s calamitous 4-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, according to Graeme Souness and Thierry Henry.The Reds were utterly humbled at Wembley, as Harry Kane scored twice and Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min also got on the scoresheet to move Spurs level on points with second-placed Manchester United.Liverpool 11/8 for top four finish Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dejan Lovren endured a horror show of a performance, and was substituted after half an hour, having been at fault for Spurs’ opening two goals – both of which came within the first 12 minutes.Analysing the game on Sky Sports afterwards, both Henry and Souness claimed that the signing of Van Dijk from Southampton could have prevented such a disastrous display, with the former Arsenal legend even comparing him with two of the best Gunners defenders of the Premier League era.Liverpool Tottenham“I played with two like that [Van Dijk] in this country: Tony Adams and Sol Campbell,” Henry said. “They were guys who were commanding. They demand so much of others that they were alert, they were going to defend those balls for you.”In an ideal world, is it going to change everything? No. But he will definitely make it better and have an impact on that defence.”Liverpool pursued Van Dijk throughout the summer, and were even forced to apologise to Southampton for their relentless chase, though the Dutchman’s signature eventually eluded them, and Souness believes they should have had some sort of backup plan.Do Liverpool actually work on defending in training?! #TOTLIV— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) October 22, 2017″You’re only as strong as your weakest link and today Lovren was their weakest link,” he said. “And after 10 minutes, they’re 2-0 down to one of the best teams in this country this season.”I think [Van Dijk] would improve anybody. So you don’t get him. What do you do? Do you keep your powder dry or go out and buy the second or third or fourth choice? He’s decided not to do that, he’s known that problem is there.”But he’s decided to keep his powder dry and not get the second or third choice and it’s proving to bite him in the backside right now. One man doesn’t solve all your problems. But if he’s in there today, they’re not 2-0 down after 10 minutes.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgzoom United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) named its first LNG-ready ultra-large container vessel at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), Mokpo South Korea today.With a loading capacity of 18,800 TEU, the DNV GL classed vessel M.V. ‘Barzan’ will be the largest in UASC’s fleet to date and will set new standards for fuel and energy efficiency, due to optimized vessel design and an array of propulsion and equipment efficiency technologies, the shipping company said.Preliminary calculations indicate an EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) value that is close to 50% below the 2025 limit set by IMO.UASC said it was working to establish a range of additional metrics and targets through which the efficiency of UASC’s vessels can be managed to drive further reduction in carbon emissions across all UASC vessels.The M.V. ‘Barzan’ has a CO2 output per TEU that is more than 60% below the 13,500 TEU vessels delivered just three years ago.“We understand that providing environmentally friendly transport solutions and recognizing environmental initiatives around the globe are no longer a choice; they are a necessity for both our organization and our customers”, said Jørn Hinge, President and Chief Executive Officer of UASC.“M.V. ‘Barzan’ and the 18,800 TEU fleet will complement the 15,000 TEU fleet, being gradually delivered since November 2014 and operating on the Asia-Europe trades as part of the Ocean 3 services. There, Barzan will deliver the industry’s lowest per-container levels of CO2 output.”“I am certain this vessel will further promote UASC’s and its alliance partner’s business competitiveness, and our own reputation as Builders, thereby paving the way for a closer relationship between UASC and Hyundai Heavy Industries Group,”  said G. J. Ha, President and CEO of Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.UASC’s eleven newbuild 15,000 TEU and six 18,800 TEU vessels are scheduled to be fully delivered by 2016. This year, UASC will receive a total of 10 new vessels.Technologies and solutions deployed on the M.V. ‘Barzan’ and all 18,800 TEU vessels include shore-to-ship power supply solution for zero emissions at berth and energy efficient integrated system to monitor and optimize propulsion systems, machinery operations and navigation decision-making among others, UASC added.last_img read more

first_imgSitar player Purbayan Chatterjee, known for his fusion work with Western and Indian classical music, feels that the art form is very much like food and the Indian classical music is not as rigid as it is thought to be. For Purbayan, 43, whose sitar playing is rooted in the Senia Maihar gharana’s blend of dhrupad and khayal, Indian classical music is ever-evolving. “Indian classical music can be compared to a Rubik’s cube made of a gelatinous matrix. There is a complex structure which sits in the midst of infinite elasticity. Hindustani classical music itself is a beautiful amalgam of ancient dhrupad and Persian elements,” said Chatterjee in an interview, recently. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA disciple of his father Parthapratim Chatterjee, the musician has performed as part of the groups Shastriya Syndicate and Stringstruck. He also calls himself “truly privileged and humbled” because the instrument of sitar – that has been in the hands of legendary artistes like Pt Ravishankar, Pt Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Vilayat Khan – has chosen him. “The sitar is my voice. It is an extension of my limbs.” Asked about the World Music Day that fell on June 21, the young musician said that he’d love to have it pronounced “World-Music Day” since the music of the entire world has only three elements – melody, rhythm and harmony. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”The more we respect and recognise that, the more the boundaries will disappear,” he explained. As far as his future projects are concerned, Purbayan said: “I am currently working on expanding my classical repertoire to include lesser-heard ragas in instrumental music like Lalita-Gauri. I am also recording and shooting in 4K compositions of great masters like Ustad Ali Akbar Khansahib and Pt Nikhil Banerjee. “Also being put up on my YouTube channel are some collaborations with whiz-kids of today, like Rhythm Shaw, Shikharnaad Qureshi, Jazim Sharma, Sumedha karmahe, Pratibha Singh Baghel, Rickraj and also with Gayathri – my wife who’s a very versatile artist”. The Kolkata-based instrumentalist, who is also a vocalist and has performed in duet with music director Shankar Mahadevan, was set to perform in a Concert here on June 21, alongside musical artistes Rakesh Chaurasia, Fazal Qureshi and Gino Banks. Answering a question about his taste in fusion music, Purbayan likened music to food. “As a citizen of a rapidly shrinking global village, one constantly craves new flavours and aromas.” “What you put in your mouth has to taste good that’s all. What you put in your ears has to sound good – it’s that simple,” he signed off.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court ordered on Tuesday that the list of those excluded from the final Assam NRC be published only online on August 31. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman said that like Aadhaar data, an appropriate regime be enacted for securing the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) data. The apex court also said that the ongoing Assam NRC exercise, which is being monitored by the apex court, cannot be ordered to be reopened on the basis of certain legal challenges raised before it. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details It had earlier said that the final Assam NRC would be published on or by August 31. It had also brushed aside criticism and statements made in the Assam Assembly and outside relating to the exercise carried out for NRC and had asked the Centre to adhere to the deadline of August 31. The court had said that it was not bothered about what was being said about the NRC and was only looking at the entire exercise of NRC being completed within the deadline of August 31. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On July 23, the top court had extended the deadline for publication of the final NRC in Assam by a month to August 31 while rejecting the pleas seeking permission for 20 per cent sample re-verification. The Centre and the Assam government had sought permission for sample re-verification to find out wrongful inclusions, especially in districts bordering Bangladesh, and exclusions of persons in the NRC which was to be published by July 31. The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on the intervening night of December 31, 2017 and January 1, 2018 in accordance with the top court’s direction. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated then. Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC which was first prepared in 1951.last_img read more

UNMIS commended the two parties to the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) – the Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – ending the long-running north-south civil war for ensuring that the census can take place.Starting today, census enumerators are fanning out across the vast nation over the next two weeks to conduct interviews and record answers about the number, geographical distribution, social and economic characteristics on the population.The holding of the census is one of the key elements in implementing the CPA and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement last week calling the event a milestone in the peace process, which is supposed to culminate in elections next year.The January 2005 accord formally ended a conflict that claimed about two million lives and displaced some 4.5 million others. 22 April 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has welcomed today’s start of the African country’s historic nationwide census, which aims to count all Sudanese people and households in preparation for elections scheduled for next year. read more

Around 2,000 homes were also burned when gunmen attacked the village of Duk Padiet in Jonglei state on the morning of 20 September. “The Secretary-General urges the Government of Southern Sudan to further strengthen their efforts to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of these crimes,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement issued last night.“In the meantime, the Secretary-General commends the efforts of the Government to restore order, deter retaliatory attacks, and to pursue dialogue and reconciliation among all concerned parties,” the statement added.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is working to determine the full extent of the attack.There has been a rise in attacks across the region since the start of this year. Just last month tribal militiamen attacked residents of the village of Wernyol, killing numerous civilians. 23 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the weekend attack in southern Sudan in which more than 100 people were reportedly killed, the latest in a string of ethnically-based incidents in the region. read more

Bandaranayake, 54 awaits removal from the position early January after parliament holds a vote on the recommendations of the parliamentary select committee submitted last week.The report was released after Ms Bandaranayake and her lawyers walked out of the proceedings calling it unfair.Following concerns raised internationally, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Tuesday, said he would appoint an independent panel to seek its views on the select committee report prior to acting on them. Lawyers across Sri Lanka went on strike on Wednesday protesting the impeachment motion against the island nation’s first woman Chief Justice, bringing the judiciary to halt.The protesters were seen clashing with pro-government protesters who called for the resignation of Ms Bandaranayake staging counter demonstrations in support of the impeachment Mr Rajapaksha said the BASL committee had resolved to condemn the procedure adopted and the findings of the parliamentary select committee on the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. The parliamentary panel last week announced that Ms Bandaranayake has been found guilty of three of the 14 charges slapped against her by the government.The protesting lawyers said that some of the court’s functioning was crippled in many provincial areas throughout today and is likely to remain so tomorrow. “We have come out today to protest in the branch association across the country on the single theme, ‘let’s protect the independence of the judiciary’”, Wijayadasa Rajapaksha, the head Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) said. However, the lawyers rejected the President’s offer. “The President’s statement that he would appoint an independent panel to review the report is an admission by the President that it was an unlawful process and that the report is flawed. Therefore the said Report must be withdrawn immediately. Any future inquiry must take place only after a fair procedure and tribunal are lawfully introduced. Until then the agitation of the Bar will continue”, a lawyer’s union statement said. (The Hindu) read more

As recreational marijuana legalization looms, some industry insiders are predicting a hot niche in the market for less potent products.At the centre of the shift is an expected influx of new consumers more interested in dabbling than getting blitzed, creating demand for pot products with lower doses of psychoactive ingredients.A report by Deloitte forecasts that legalization on Oct. 17 will bring a consumer into the market who is more risk averse, older and less likely to consume the drug as regularly as existing recreational users.“Today’s consumer is what we describe as a risk taker. They’re young, typically with a high school or college education. In their quest to live life to the fullest, they’re more likely to put their health or safety at risk, even going so far as to skirt or break the law,” it says.Newer recreational customers will typically be 35 to 54 years old, and three-quarters of them will have some experience with recreational pot but only 41 per cent will have used it in the last five years, it says.“This consumer is more of a conservative experimenter — typically middle-aged, with a university or graduate school education. They don’t tend to put their personal interests before family needs or other responsibilities,” the report says.It says almost half of current consumers say they would move to the legal market if there were more choices in terms of product potency.Producers are paying attention.Andrew Pollock, vice-president of marketing for The Green Organic Dutchman said many consumers are asking for products with higher concentrations of non-psychoactive cannabidiol, also know as CBD, rather than tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the main mind-altering ingredient in the plant.“CBD is becoming kind of an ‘it’ word in cannabis. We see a real trend there,” Pollock said.CBD and THC are some of the most common compounds found in marijuana.Plants with high CBD give more clear-headed relief to symptoms of anxiety, pain and inflammation. THC gives users a “high,” an appetite and relieves symptoms like pain and nausea, Pollock said.“What we’re finding is more and more consumers are just looking for something to help them relax, to take away the stress, maybe to help them sleep. What most consumers are looking for in this day and age is calm,” he said.The Green Organic Dutchman is building 130,000 square metres of cultivation facilities in Ontario, Quebec and Jamaica.Ali Wasuk, store manager of WestCanna dispensary in Vancouver, says CBD products are already popular among the company’s medical clients, especially older users without recreational experience who are wary “getting high.”“That crowd was the main one who kind of wanted to dabble, get their feet wet with the lower dose stuff,” he said. “Generally the medical side of it is mainly lower dose THC.”South of the border, less potent products have already entered a market once dominated by black market pot that packed a punch.“Products are now being scored and packaged and marked in low doses,” said Tom Adams, managing director of BDS Analytics in Colorado.Part of that comes as a result of what industry members refer to as the “Maureen Dowd Effect,” he said. The New York Times columnist wrote a piece detailing her experience sampling a cannabis-infused chocolate from one of Colorado’s newly legal pot shops in 2014 that left her “curled in a hallucinatory state” for eight hours in her Denver hotel room.Since then, the industry has made a concerted effort to cater lower-dose products to new users and emphasize responsible consumption, especially with edibles.“The industry has very much harped on the theme of, ‘Start low, go slow,’ ” Adams said.There are also regular users in the market who want to take some edge off without getting high.“(They say) two milligrams or three milligrams just has a mild relaxing effect and doesn’t interfere with you going about your day,” Adams said.The shift is occurring mostly at the processing level where the plants are used to create concentrates, oils, edibles and other products, he said.Some companies are banking on recreational consumers having less fluency in dosages or chemical components and who are instead looking for an “experience.”Adine Carter, chief marketing officer for High Park, based in a Nanaimo, B.C., said the company is highlighting its recreational products’ effects instead of its medicinal components.In other words, you can buy “Sun” under its Irisa brand if you want energy or “Earth” for balance and focus.“It’s a very different approach to product development than the medical products that are geared toward having the patient understand exactly what the potency is for their condition,” Carter said.“We believe that telling them what the products are designed to do will resonate better with them as consumers.” read more

The last convoy from the Kountaya and Télikoro camps on Friday was organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and local authorities in Kissidougou and Gueckedou districts and brought back 119 Liberian families (297 persons), a spokesperson told reporters in Geneva today. “The 61st convoy ended the UNHCR repatriation operation for Liberian refugees in Guinea’s Kissidougou region, launched on 10 May 2005. Since the beginning of organised voluntary repatriation to Liberia in November 2004, over 38,000 Liberian refugees have been repatriated with UNHCR assistance,” said Ron Redmond. “The closing of the UNHCR office in Kissidougou at the end of this month will be a landmark in achieving UNHCR’s objectives in Guinea and will end an 18-year presence helping Liberian refugees in the area.” Yesterday, UNHCR started the relocation of the remaining 3,000 Liberian refugees in Kissidougou’s Kountaya camp. These refugees either cannot or would not return to their homeland. Those originating from Lofa and Nimba counties in Liberia are being moved to Kouankan and Lainé camps respectively. The relocation should be completed by 15 September, Mr. Redmond said. More than 33,000 Liberian refugees remain in Guinea. Almost all of them are still in the refugee camps located along the Guinean border with Liberia. In all, there are still 142,720 Liberian refugees in the region, outside their homeland, primarily in Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Ghana. read more

Ohio State sophomore Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball through a group of Michigan players during a soccer game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Nov. 4, 2015. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State Men’s Soccer team will begin its season this Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. as they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The first regular season game comes as part of the 11th-annual Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic.  The No. 18 Buckeyes will conclude the weekend-long tournament at home against No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. “The guys are excited to get started,” said coach John Bluem. “These preseasons are long and difficult. The guys just want to have a chance to play games that are meaningful and to play here in our stadium where we were very successful last year. We are all looking forward to the opportunity.”The Buckeyes are coming off a Big Ten championship season in which the team finished with a 13-7-3 record (5-2-1 in conference), making it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament where they lost to future national champion Stanford. Seven starters and 12 letter winners will be returning from last year’s team, including four of their top scorers – Yaw Amankwa, Danny Jensen, Abdi Mohamed, and Christian Soldat. On offense, the four combined for 16 goals and 16 assists in the 2015 season. “We got a lot of new players. We are going to have six new starters or something like that,” senior defender Austin Bergstrom said. “UC Santa Barbara and Virginia Tech are two good teams so it is going to be a good test right off the bat. Hopefully we come out with two wins.”Virginia Tech is coming off a 2015 campaign in which they finished 5-9-3 (0-5-3 in the ACC). They went 2-0 this year in preseason exhibition play, recording wins over East Tennessee State and James Madison. The Hokies are lead by captains Alessandro Mion, Andre Thomas, and Ben Lundgaard. Mion, a redshirt senior defender, was part of a Hokie defense that produced seven shutouts and allowed only 22 goals in the 2014 season. Last season, Mion was fourth on the team in points, assists and shots. He appeared in 11 games, starting 10 of them. Thomas, a redshirt senior midfielder, will be in his third year as captain. He started all but one game last season playing 1,515 minutes for the Hokies. Lundgaard, the junior goalkeeper, made 60 saves in 16 starts a year ago which was good enough for a .732 save percentage and 1.373 goals against average. Through the course of the season he faced 178 shots and tallied three shutouts. “Traditionally [the ACC] is one of the best conferences for soccer in the country so I am expecting some really talented attackers,” senior defender Tyler Kidwell said. “It is going to be a tough game, but I think we had a good day of training today so I think we will be ready to go.”On Sunday, OSU takes on No. 13 UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. in the finale of the four-team classic.Coming off a season in which the Gauchos finished with a 14-6-2 record, UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg is aiming to repeat as victors of the Big West North Division. UCSB is led by senior striker Nick DePuy. The Big West Offensive Player of the Year led the NCAA in 2015 with 15 goals in the regular season, eight of which came as game winners. The Gauchos are undefeated all time in matches when DePuy has scored (16-0-4). While players and coaches alike are excited for the season to begin, they know the road ahead will not be an easy one. “People aren’t going to just walk in here and lie over and die because we are the Ohio State Buckeyes,” Bluem said. “ We are going to have to earn everything we get.” read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, next week plans to offer an amendment on the floor to the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill raising the statutory cap on defense spending by at least $17 billion.McCain’s approach attacks head-on the two-year bipartisan budget agreement reached last year to lift the caps on both defense and non-defense spending, reported CQ Roll Call. It almost certainly will cause a split along partisan lines as well as between defense hawks and fiscal conservatives.“I don’t know whether or not this amendment will succeed, but the Senate must have this debate and the Senate must choose a side,” he said Thursday at the Brookings Institution. McCain later added that he may seek $18 billion, rather than $17 billion.The extra funds would pay for weapons modernization and also halt planned cuts in Army end strength.McCain’s plan for increasing Pentagon funding to restore shortfalls in military readiness and capacity contrasts with the approach House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) adopted in  crafting his chamber’s version of the annual defense policy bill. That measure, which the House approved Wednesday, calls for allocating $18 billion in overseas contingency operations account (OCO) funds for base budget items not requested by the administration.Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the White House have criticized that approach for shortchanging overseas operations. Under the House legislation, the OCO account would run out at the end of April, forcing the next administration to request supplemental spending. The White House has threatened to veto the House bill over the budget maneuver.“My friends in the House and I share the same goal of restoring these arbitrary cuts to military capability and capacity,” McCain said. “The House has adopted one approach. The Senate has adopted a different path to reach the same objective,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgThe state department of transportation released its first draft of a plan to reroute the Sterling Highway around Cooper Landing.Download AudioOfficially, we’re looking at a draft supplemental environmental impact statement and draft selection for the Sterling Highway between mileposts 45 and 60. The long-sought-after Cooper Landing Bypass.“We have four different build alternatives that just take a look at the area and offer different options of how to improve the highway,” says DOT spokesperson Shannon McCarthy.The cheapest of all those options is of course to do nothing. But this particular stretch of highway has some problems. It’s slow and winding, there are a bunch of hidden driveways to dodge, it’s really busy in the summer and not the comfiest bit of driving for RV’s and semi’s, plus, it doesn’t meet certain federal standards for rural highways anymore.The four alternatives range in cost from $250 to more than $300 million. One path would take travelers south of Cooper Landing over 3.5 miles of new road, including new bridges over the Kenai river and an additional one over Cooper Creek. Two plans would send the road further north and across Juneau Creek, while a fourth would also carve a path to the north, but avoid Juneau Creek falls and the Resurrection Pass Trail.“We really do need the public to review this, to weigh in, give us their comments and then we can take that information forward and make a final determination with the federal highway administration,” McCarthy says.The public comment period is open through May 26th, but in some ways, it’s been open a lot longer than that. The first draft plan for a Cooper Landing Bypass was drawn up in 1982. That was shelved and brought up again in 1994.  And since 2000, this current plan has been slowly put together. The project time line shows a decision on a bypass being made some time next year, with construction beginning as soon as 2018.last_img read more

first_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now July 8, 2013 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifercenter_img 2 min read Facebook is adding a dose of Google to its repertoire.The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media giant says its personalized search function “Graph Search” will become available to all Facebook users in the U.S. who have the English version in the next few weeks, according to a statement released today. Your search box will be automatically updated, Facebook says.A beta version of Graph Search was released in January. The internal search function mines photos and comments to find recommendations on what to eat, where to shop or what to buy based on what your friends like.Facebook users individually determine the content that can be searched with their privacy settings. If you set a photo as viewable only to you, then it will not come up in a search. If you set a photo as viewable to your friends, then it will come up in searches that your friends conduct. Meanwhile, if you allow a photo to be viewable by everybody, then it will come up in all searches.Reviews on the Facebook Graph Search have so far been mixed. Some social media experts say it holds promise for business owners because it will allow them to advertise next to search results. Others say the initial versions have a clunky user experience.Facebook says over the past few months it has taken the feedback it received from tens of millions of people and made the search tool faster, improved the ability of the function to understand queries and made the interface easier to see and use. “This is just the beginning,” says Facebook in its announcement.Related: Facebook’s Graph Search Holds Promise for Social Marketinglast_img read more

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