Cillessen tired of critics after Nations League defeat

first_imgJasper Cillessen has hit back at the criticism which he has been subjected to following the Netherlands’ defeat to Portugal in the Nations League final.The Barcelona goalkeeper was questioned about his role in  Sunday’s loss in Porto as Goncalo Guedes scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory for the hosts.Cillessen did get a hand to the shot but was unable to keep it out, though he insists he was unsighted. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I saw the ball very late, because Denzel Dumfries and Daley Blind were standing there. And Guedes’ shot was pretty hard,” Cillessen told FOX Sports. That victory handed the inaugural Nations League title to Portugal but the Dutch will feel disappointed that they did not put up a better fight. A large part of the blame for the defeat has been put at the door of Cillessen, who believes that he has become a scapegoat for his national team.”In the Netherlands, we go very easy on that. I already received some messages: the Dutch media write a lot about it and I’m a little tired of that.“I saw the ball late and he hit it pretty hard. That’s the only thing I’ve seen right now. Anyway, we always criticise someone very easily in the Netherlands.”It was not only in the final that Cillessen attracted bad press. In the semi-final against England  he received negative reviews for his failure to stop Marcus Rashford’s penalty.Many Dutch fans took to social media to lament Cillessen’s penalty saving record, saying that the goalkeeper dived too early for the Englishman’s spot kick.”I will be careful what I say: I’m a little tired of that as well. It’s too easy to say that, especially if you check out Rashford’s last few penalties. “It’s too easy what everyone has said about it. I really don’t like it.”Serving as the second choice goalkeeper at Barcelona has also led to questions around his future at club level, too.Numerous goalkeepers around Europe have been linked with the Spanish champions, who are rumoured to be in the market for a new shot-stopper, but Cillessen will not be rushed into any decision.According to Marca , the Netherlands international is happy to bide his time and wait until returning from his holiday to make any decision on his future.”I still have not considered anything,” said Cillessen.”I want to go on holiday, then I’ll meet with my agent and we’ll talk.”last_img read more

R Ashwin asks Cheteshwar Pujara to play an ‘important game’ in TNCA League

first_imgR Ashwin asks Cheteshwar Pujara to play an ‘important game’ in TNCA LeagueIndia’s dependable No.3 landed and scored 162 for MRC against Crombest Club giving another example of his commitment towards the game irrespective of the level of competition.advertisement Press Trust of India ChennaiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 09:21 IST Cheteshwar Pujara plays only one format for India and last played for Saurashtra in Mushtaq Ali T20 (AP Photo)It took just a call from his national team colleague Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara was convinced that he needed to play an “important game” for his club MRC ‘A’ in Tamil Nadu CA’s first division league.India’s dependable No 3 landed and scored 162 for MRC against Crombest Club giving another example of his commitment towards the game irrespective of the level of competition.He plays only one format now and last played for Saurashtra in the Mushtaq Ali T20 where he scored a quickfire hundred.”Basically, I wanted to get some match practice in between and also you need to be in touch with the game. Ashwin told me it was an important game for the club, so I came over to play the match,” Pujara said in a matter-of-fact manner after turning up for MRC”Obviously, I have had a long season and am trying to monitor my workload as well. Overall, I think when you are playing good cricket, it is good to play some odd matches in between and take things forward from here,” he added.That he thinks about the game is well known but he left everyone surprised when he said that one of the reasons for playing TNCA league was to get some good game time against spin bowling on tricky tracks.”I have heard good things about the TNCA league from some of the Saurashtra teammates. It is good to play on such wickets as playing on such pitches helps me prepare better. If you are doing well in club cricket, you gain a lot of confidence. When it comes to playing spin, this experience will help,” he added.advertisementPujara is happy that 2018 and early part of 2019 has gone well for him.”See…the important thing is to be in touch with the game. Also, I have been batting well this season. It has been fantastic. I think especially the Australia series was really important and the way we played. Even personally I think it gave me lot of confidence… I have realised my game even better.”He is happy that he is more than made up for his bad patch in Test cricket with a very good 2018-19.”It was a matter of time and I have been scoring runs regularly. There was a phase where I didn’t score too many runs in Test cricket. 2018 and (first part of) 2019 has been good so far and I would just like to continue from where I have left.”I was playing some matches for Saurashtra. I played Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and scored some runs even there. So things are changing. I am scoring runs even in shorter formats now,” he told reporters here after scoring 162 at No.3 for MRC ‘A’ against Crombest RC in a TNCA First Division match here.The MRC ‘A’ team is led by India Test spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has played a few matches in the local league this season.Pujara once again stressed that he never felt any pressure of being compared to the legendary Rahul Dravid.”When I started my career, I always thought I should not be compared to Rahul bhai since he has scored more than 10,000 runs in Test and even ODI cricket. He (Dravid) has publicly said that let him be the first Cheteswhar Pujara rather than Rahul Dravid.The MRC ‘A’ coach M Venkataramana, a former India player, said having Pujara in the team was a good one as it provided him a great experience to handle a high-profile player.”It is a great experience to handle such a high profile player. To have Ashwin along with him, it will help budding cricketers in the side.He also said by interacting with the likes of Pujara and Ashwin, the young cricketers will learn a lot and would also get new ideas from the experienced stars.”Being around with international cricketers like Pujara and Ashwin will help the players in the team as they will offer new ideas. The youngsters can gain a lot by watch the big stars prepare for the game and imbibe new things,” he added.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow R AshwinFollow TNCA LeagueFollow MRC AFollow Crombest ClubFollow Team Indialast_img read more

Prepare for Your Next Disaster With Boltwell

first_img Everything You Need to Know About Van Life (and Some Cool Gear to Take Along for Ride) How to Identify, Treat, and Survive a Spider Bite How to Build an Apocalypse-Worthy Bug-Out Bag “Yo, what’s with all the camouflage?” asked Trae Nunnink when he was searching for survival kits online. Surviving a natural disaster or an attack can be the most harrowing experience someone has to go through, and imagine not being prepared. The trauma of surviving is difficult enough on its own, let alone without the necessary supplies, food and water you need to keep going. All Nunnink, the founder of Boltwell, saw was fear and panic-inducing websites, and, according to its website, “camouflage, more camouflage, and an overwhelming sense of panic.” So Nunnink, who worked as an advertising executive, decided to do something about it, so he started Boltwell. “It’s important to empower people with proper planning that leads to peace of mind. At Boltwell, we believe preparing for the unexpected doesn’t mean going off the deep end to get there.”Nunnink gathered experts on disaster-preparedness — professors, EMTs, general preparedness enthusiasts and a few seriously Type A personalities — and they worked for two years to figured out what products should go into Boltwell kits. Then Nunnink selected a package design that’s a departure from your typical survival kits. It has a little turtle with a handle.The foundation of Boltwell’s kits is the B*72, which has everything someone would need to survive for 72 hours, including a pocket lantern, pocket stove, a tube tent, water purification tablets, a medical kit, a radio and more. Boltwell also has a number of disaster-preparedness kits, like the B*66, its car kit that comes with a shovel, an LED flare and an emergency escape tool. The B*7, a pet kit, comes with a collar light, a collapsible bowl and a pet first aid kit. Next time you’re thinking of buying a survival kit, head to Boltwell. It could save your life. For more information, visit boltwell.com. Editors’ Recommendations The List of Must-Have Gear, Gadgets, and Services for Your Next Road Trip This 3-Pound Rapid Raft Is the World’s Lightest, Most Packable Raftlast_img read more

PlansMatter is like Airbnb for Architecture and Design Buffs

first_imgSome of the best vacations are not necessarily in stunning or exotic locals. You can  have a memorable experience by staying in a unique hotel or an incredible vacation rental. A treehouse on the outskirts of Chattanooga. An art deco hotel in Buffalo. A converted jail in Boston. Where you stay often has a huge impact on your overall impression of a destination.PlansMatter was created for the ultimate architourist — for the person who cares about good design both in the cities they visit and the place they rest their head at night. The term “architourism” may sound nerdy, but most every traveler has done it at least once in their life. If you’ve gone to New York City for the Empire State Building or Paris for the Eiffel Tower or Egypt for the pyramids, you’re an architourist.Like Airbnb, PlansMatter is a peer-to-peer booking site that connects you to hosts with boutique hotels or vacation rentals. Founders Connie Lindor and Scott Muellner built PlansMatter to bring together hosts and travelers who know the value of staying in architecturally extraordinary spaces and the increased enjoyment that can bring to a trip. With that in mind, the site sources some of the most stunning vacation spots in the world.In order to be listed on the site, homes or hotels must have the “wow factor” that makes your jaw drop when you first pull up and keeps your mouth hanging open as you walk inside. The buildings have to be architecturally significant, either in design or by the designer.You can relax in your own private hideaway built into the hill at Villa Vals in Vals, Switzerland (pictured above). This quirky home features endlessly intriguing architectural features like an underground tunnel to take you to from the entrance to the home itself and a wonderful blend of varying design styles.Or you can watch sheep roam the countryside of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park from your room at Tierra Patagonia Hotel + Spa (pictured above), where the building and landscape become one. Sitting on the edge of Lake Sarmiento and providing unobstructed views of Torres del Paine, this hotel is luxurious yet welcoming with it’s raw wood,  stone finishes, large windows that help brighten up the rooms.You can even search the site by architect, which is really exciting for design nerds — especially when you see there are Frank Lloyd Wright homes available. Each FLW space has been meticulously preserved and features Wright’s original custom furniture.You can trust that every home or hotel featured will meet expectations; the PlansMatter team visits each place to photograph, review, and experience it for themselves. Interested in booking one of these stunning retreats? Simply click the “Check Availability” tab and you’ll be taken to the host’s booking page to reserve your stay.Images courtesy of PlansMatter. Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Editors’ Recommendations Score an RV Rental for $1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Deals 7 Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Homes that You Can Rent for Your Next Vacation You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Citieslast_img read more

Premier Presents Coin to Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

first_imgNova Scotians should feel proud when they see the newest addition to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. Premier Darrell Dexter today, Oct. 30, presented a $500 gold Olympic coin to the sports institution at its induction ceremony in Halifax. “This coin represents the important role that Nova Scotia and its people played in this year’s Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver,” said Premier Dexter. “I presented the coin to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame because I wanted all Nova Scotians to be able to see it and share in the pride that the coin instills in our great province.” Each Canadian premier received one of the commemorative coins from British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell at the Council of the Federation meeting in Winnipeg this summer. The coins represent the significant contributions that the provinces made to the Vancouver Games, which took place Feb. 12-28. “This presentation is also my way of thanking the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame for recognizing and honouring our very best, and inspiring our next generation of sports heroes,” Premier Dexter said. Sports fans will be able to catch many such up-and-coming athletes in action at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Nova Scotia next February. The Games will be the biggest multi-sport event held in the province, with more than 2,700 athletes and thousands more spectators, coaches, volunteers and officials.last_img read more

Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1000 as BC wildfires rage on

first_imgSUMMERLAND, B.C. – Officials in British Columbia’s Okanagan region were hopeful that fire crews could aggressively tackle the flames on Saturday, as the weather forecast called for more cloud cover and less wind than in recent days.Spokeswoman Noelle Kekula with the region’s complex incident team said that while some wildfires in the Okanagan stayed the same size overnight, others grew slightly.“Over the last day we have seen that the (fires) have stayed within our containment lines,” Kekula said. “So they’re just growing a bit, but staying within our containment lines.”The number of properties under evacuation order or alert remains at nearly 1,000 as the fires continue to burn in the popular tourist area of the province’s southern Interior.Kekula said that about 200 firefighters and 18 helicopters were working to increase the containment of the fires and get water on the perimeter.“In the Okanagan complex, our priorities are life, property and infrastructure, and with any of those three, that’s where we’re focusing our attention on,” she said.Earlier this week a lightning storm hit the region, which spans from Salmon Arm in the north to Osoyoos in the south.Cameron Baughen, spokesman for the emergency operation centre in the southern part of the Okanagan region, said on Saturday evening that there were 30 properties under evacuation order.He also said about 200 properties were under an evacuation alert, which means that residents can go back to their homes, but they must leave immediately if told that the fire has gotten worse.In the central part of the region, 766 properties were on alert, but none were on evacuation order.Okanagan is the province’s main wine-making region and is a popular tourist area for travellers from B.C., Alberta and the U.S.Kekula said one fire that is taking up significant amount of resources to contain is called the Mount Eneas fire, which spans about 13.7 square kilometres.— By Alanna Rizza in Torontolast_img read more

CANADA COUNTRY OF HONOUR AT WORLD VR FORUM 2018

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Spotlight on Canada’s VR industryThe Canadian delegation to the World VR Forum, consisting of five internationally-renowned and award-winning VR studios, will join thousands of international industry professionals and decision-makers in the innovative immersive content production field. The Canadian creators who will form the delegation are, Emmanuel Albano of La boîte à insultes (iBox); Flavio Carde of Imagine360; Laura Mingail of Secret Location; Heather Phenix and Dirk Van Girkel of Jam3; and Jeff Ross of MasterpieceVR.Members of the Canadian delegation will participate in a panel on funding immersive content. Canada will also host a reception and a stand promoting Canadian VR and the innovation of Canadian creators in the field of immersive storytelling.After the great success of the second edition of Atelier Grand Nord realité virtuelle (AGN RV), which was held in Montreal in November 2017, SODEC will contribute to the activities planned as part of Canada’s Country of Honour by organizing the follow-up to AGN RV before the World VR Forum. This participation offers great opportunities for future development and collaboration for the seven Francophone projects represented at World VR Forum, and reinforces the influence of Montréal and Québec in this innovative field. The Québec participants at AGN RV are Patricia Bergeron (Leitmotiv), Émilie Bernard, Serge Bordeleau (Nadagam films), Cédric Corbeil (Nadagam films), Svet Doytchinov (Yantra Films), Ghassan Fayad (KNGFU), Élizabeth Laferrière, Julia Salles (Silex Créations), Colas Wohlfahrt (KNGFU) and Nicolas S. Roy (Dpt.) who will participate as an expert in the field and Audrey Pacart (Very Story) who will moderate a session.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca. Login/Register With: Toronto – Canada is the country of honour at World VR Forum, taking place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland from June 7 to 10. This annual summit brings together more than 4,000 experts, producers, artists, researchers, and private and public funders, participating in a conference, a competitive festival, and a market. Canada will be featured thanks to the support of the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Creative BC, On Screen Manitoba and Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC).“We’ve made a strategic decision to invest in an ever-growing number of VR projects as an important part of the funding we provide to Canadian digital media,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “The quality of Canadian VR is well-known around the world and we are proud to continue supporting Canadian creativity and innovation in immersive storytelling. Our support goes well beyond funding. It also includes promotion, access-to-market and generating business opportunities for Canadian creators, which is why we’re delighted to participate this year at the World VR Forum.”World VR Forum enables professionals in the VR field to present their projects and find new business partners, offers a variety of panel discussions, pitching sessions, presentations by international creators, and screenings of selected films. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Ban Kimoon unveils judicial selection panel for Hariri tribunal in Lebanon

Mr. Ban sent a letter to the Security Council President informing him of his intention to appoint Judge Mohamed Amin El Mahdi, Judge Erik Møse and Nicolas Michel to the selection panel, according to a statement released by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.Judge El Mahdi formerly served on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Judge Møse currently serves as a presiding judge with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Mr. Michel is the UN Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.Today’s statement stressed that Mr. Ban remained committed to setting up the Tribunal in a timely manner and that he continues to believe the court “will contribute to ending impunity in Lebanon for the crimes under its jurisdiction.”The Tribunal is being set up to deal with the assassination of Mr. Hariri, who was killed along with 22 others in a massive car bombing in downtown Beirut in February 2005.Once it is formally established, it will be up to the court to determine whether other political killings in Lebanon since October 2004 were connected to the assassination of Mr. Hariri and could therefore be dealt with by the Tribunal.The selection panel is tasked with recommending to Mr. Ban the names of the four Lebanese judges and seven international judges who should serve on the court, as well as its chief prosecutor.According to the Tribunal’s statute, the chambers will consist of one international pre-trial judge; three judges to serve in the trial chamber (one Lebanese and two international); five judges to serve in the appeals chamber (two Lebanese and three international); and two alternate judges (one Lebanese and one international). The judges of the trial chamber and those of the appeals chamber will then each elect a presiding judge to conduct the proceedings in their chamber, with the presiding judge of the appeals chamber serving as president of the Tribunal. 11 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the composition of a selection panel to recommend to him the names of judges and chief prosecutor to work on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is being set up to prosecute the suspected killers of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. read more

UN war crimes tribunal chief reports Serbia to Security Council

Judge Fausto Pocar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) informed Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad of the United States, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, that the Serbian Government had been unwilling to cooperate in the so-called ‘Milutinović and others’ case.The ICTY trial chamber tried on a number of occasions between March and June this year to contact General Aleksander Dimitrijević, former head of the Yugoslav Army’s Security Administration, to have him appear as a witness in the Milutinović case.Mr. Milutinović is on trial with five other former top Yugoslav political and military figures – Nikola Šainović, Nebojša Pavković, Dragoljub Ojdanić, Vladimir Lazarević and Sreten Lukić – over an alleged campaign of terror and violence directed against Kosovo Albanians and other non-Serbs living in Kosovo in 1999. All six men face charges of murder, deportation, forcible transfer and the persecution of thousands of Kosovo Albanians and other non-Serbs.As Gen. Dimitrijević’s address in Serbia was not available to the ICTY, both the trial chamber and Judge Pocar urged Rasim Ljajić, the head of Serbia’s National Council for Cooperation, on a number of occasions to ensure the delivery of both the letter inviting the General to testify and the subsequent subpoena.But the National Council for Cooperation’s response to requests from the tribunal for updates “were often delayed and incomplete,” according to a statement to the media issued today, and Gen. Dimitrijević failed to appear in court as well.“The Government of Serbia is challenging the authority of the International Tribunal and the Security Council,” Judge Pocar said, adding that Serbia is therefore “in breach of its international legal obligations.” 23 June 2008The President of the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has reported Serbia to the Security Council for failing to cooperate with the court. read more

TSX little changed amid mixed economic data deal making

Canadian stocks were little changed Monday amid mixed economic news from China and Europe and major deal making in the industrial and mining sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index edged up 1.14 points to 15,110.11.The Canadian dollar rose 0.12 of a cent to 93.13 cents US.U.S. indexes were tepid amid strong U.S. home sales and manufacturing figures. The Dow Jones industrials declined 26.45 points to 16,920.63 and the Nasdaq was down 2.84 points to 4,365.2.The S&P 500 index slipped 0.81 of a point to 1,962.06 as the Markit Economics flash manufacturing purchasing managers index for the U.S. edged higher in June, rising to 57.5 from 56.4 in May. The index is at its highest level since May 2010.Also, sales of U.S. existing homes jumped 4.9 per cent in May in the best monthly gain in nearly three years. Sales increased 4.9 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.89 million homes.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC) is acquiring U.K.-based Kentz Corp. Ltd., a global engineering firm that provides services to the oil and gas sector in a deal worth $2.1 billion. SNC shares rose $1.61 to $54.01.HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM) is buying Augusta Resource Corporation (TSX:AZC) in a friendly takeover deal worth $555 million. HudBay was down 29 cents to $10 while Augusta ran ahead 22 cents to $3.42.And in the U.S., software maker Oracle is buying Micros Systems Inc., which provides software and hardware to the hospitality and retail industries, for about US$5.3 billion.Meanwhile, data released Sunday showed the Chinese manufacturing sector moving into expansion territory. HSBC’s purchasing managers index hit a seven-month high at 50.8, the first time the index has moved above the 50 level since December.Other data showed that business activity in the eurozone slowed for a second straight month in June. Data firm Markit said its composite purchasing managers index for the euro zone fell to 52.8 from 53.5 in May. Activity in Germany’s private sector slowed slightly, but the main source of weakness for the eurozone was once again France.The gold sector built on last week’s strong five per cent runup. The group rose one per cent even as bullion prices backed off slightly after running ahead last week amid tensions between Ukraine and Russia and a growing insurgency in Iraq. August gold was down $2.10 to US$1,314.50 an ounce.The tech sector was also supportive, up 0.8 per cent with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) continuing to benefit from last week’s well-received quarterly earnings report, up 34 cents to $10.85.The base metals sector was ahead 0.35 per cent while the Chinese data helped push July copper up three cents to US$3.15 a pound.The energy sector was up 0.25 per cent while oil prices declined after rising steadily over the last two weeks as a Sunni uprising gained momentum in Iraq. The August contract was off 56 cents to US$106.27 a barrel.In other corporate developments, Allergan Inc. is urging its shareholders to reject a hostile takeover offer by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Valeant, which had tried to negotiate a deal to acquire Allergan, took its offer directly to the company’s shareholders last week. The company has offered US$72 in cash plus 0.83 of a Valeant share for each share of the Botox maker, valuing Allergan at more than US$50 billion. Valeant shares shed $1.61 to $130.29. read more

Last chance for Brock students to win iPad Mini tuition exemption Aug

Anna Lathrop (right), Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning, presents business administration student Feng Xu with an iPad Mini he won after filling out a spring/summer course survey.There’s one more chance for Brock University students to win an iPad Mini or tuition exemption for a half-credit course.Brock students who enrolled in 2014 spring/summer courses are entered into a draw to win either prize just by answering a few survey questions. The final draw is Friday, Aug. 29.Surveys were emailed to spring/summer students at the beginning of August. Feedback gained from the surveys is used to help improve the courses for next year and beyond.Fourth-year business administration student Feng Xu won an iPad Mini in the most recent draw, while Kelly Oattes, a second-year Sport Management student, won a $25 Campus Store gift card.Winners will be announced through Brock’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and be listed online. If you have any questions, please contact pmajumder@brocku.ca read more

UN volunteers join observation of electoral process in Bangladesh

Working as European Union observers, the volunteers, who hail from 11 different countries, will monitor the conduct of voter registration and pre-election campaigning, according to the Bonn-based UN Volunteers (UNV), a subsidiary body of the UN created in 1970 as an operational programme in development cooperation. Among other duties, the volunteers will observe the training of electoral officers, the processing of complaints and the fairness of news coverage by the State-owned television, radio and print media. In addition to selecting members of Parliament, the elections will also determine Bangladesh’s next prime minister, as former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vacated office on 15 July. According to UNV, some 75 million Bangladeshis – more than half the country’s population – are listed as eligible voters. The European Union, as part of its support to the electoral process at the request of the Dhaka Government, is funding the long-term observer mission under a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The UN Volunteers in Bangladesh come from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. read more

Brazil Temer wins corruption charges reprieve

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMichel Temer: Brazil president ‘won’t quit’ over bribe claimMay 19, 2017In “World”Brazil President Michel Temer faces more criminal chargesSeptember 15, 2017In “Regional”Brazil’s top prosecutor charges President Temer with corruptionJune 27, 2017In “latest news” The charges on Thursday were the first of several against the president made by the public prosecutor (Reuters image)(BBC) A congressional committee in Brazil has voted against recommending President Michel Temer be tried in the Supreme Court on corruption charges.The vote reduces the chances of the president appearing in the dock.But it is non-binding and still needs to be approved by the full parliament. The public prosecutor has said he will instigate new corruption charges.Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Photo: NDTV.com)Earlier ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he would seek re-election despite a corruption conviction.Mr Temer was charged last month, accused of plotting to receive bribes from the boss of a giant meatpacking firm. He has denied any wrongdoing.The final decision on whether he is tried by the Supreme Court lies with parliament, who is expected to vote on the matter within days.In order for Mr Temer to face prosecution two-thirds of the 513 deputies in the lower house need to approve the charges against him. The government is confident it has sufficient votes to block an eventual trial.The charges on Thursday were the first of several against the president made by Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot, who has said he will present more in the coming weeks.Meanwhile former President Lula gave his first public reaction after being convicted of corruption charges and sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.Vowing to appeal, he called the case politically motivated and said he plans to run for president in 2018.“If anyone thinks that with this move against me they have taken me out of the game, they are wrong, I am in the game,” he said.Despite the conviction, and four more upcoming trials, Mr Lula remains a popular figure. read more

Google starts removing search results under right to be forgotten ruling

first_imgGOOGLE SAID THAT it is “forgetting” things in Europe to comply with a legal ruling granting people the power to have certain information about them removed from searches.“This week, we’re starting to take action on the removal requests that we’ve received,” Google said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.“Each request has to be assessed individually and we’re working as quickly as possible to get through the queue.”The California-based internet search colossus continues to work with data protection authorities to refine processes and standards regarding what information about people merits removal and which deserves to remain in the best interests of the public.A Google spokesman said the world’s leading search engine received 12,000 requests from people seeking to be “forgotten” the day an online form went live in May.Google set up the form page to allow Europeans to request the removal of results about them from Internet searches.In May, the European Court of Justice ruled that individuals have the right to have links to information about them deleted from searches in certain circumstances, such as if the data is outdated or inaccurate.Google has said that each request would be examined individually to determine whether it met the ruling’s criteria. What EU users will see at the bottom of search results if links have been removed. Source: Google.comPrivacy versus censorshipThe ruling on the right to be forgotten comes amid growing concern in Europe about individuals’ ability to protect their personal data and manage their reputations online.“The court’s ruling requires Google to make difficult judgments about an individual’s right to be forgotten and the public’s right to know,” a Google spokesman said in a previous statement.Google created an advisory committee to help strike a balance between freedom of information and people’s rights when it comes to not being haunted by untruths or acts from the past on the Internet.The group includes former Google chief Eric Schmidt, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Oxford Internet Institute ethics professor Luciano Floridi, Leuven University law school director Peggy Valcke, former Spanish data protection agency director Jose Luis Pinar and UN envoy on freedom of expression Frank La Rue.Links will only be removed in Europe, where a message accompanying search results will indicate that they have been modified to comply with legal requirements there.Any links removed from searches in Europe would continue to appear in Google results displayed as they typically would in other geographic regions.The court ruling has raised concerns about online censorship and how Internet search works in various countries.Worries also arose that letting people edit their online histories could hamper investigative journalism.The case highlights growing concerns about so-called online reputation management, which has spawned an industry that helps eliminate or minimize damaging information online.- © AFP, 2014Read: Want a job at this pub? You have to apply on Snapchat >Read: Google’s new Android update is brighter and bolder than ever before >last_img read more

Dora dismisses Gruevski quip on doublename

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Published statements by the prime minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Nikola Gruevski, regarding Skopje’s insistence on a “double-name formula” to overcome the thorny “name issue” still plaguing bilateral relations between the two neighbours have been dismissed by the Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis last week.“This statement shows that Mr. Gruevski has not realised the message of the international community, which is clear and unified: for the sake of his country’s and his people’s Euro-Atlantic course, a mutually acceptable solution to this issue must be achieved; a composite name with a geographical qualifier, erga omnes,” the Greek foreign minister underlined in a press release.The FYROM prime minister was quoted by a local political magazine as stating that the “double-name” solution constitutes a “natural position” for his landlocked country. He also accused official Greece of insisting that the one-time Yugoslav republic alter its constitutional name to “Republic of Northern Macedonia” both for external and internal use.last_img read more

Greeks in the Far Orient book launch

first_imgOver 200 people were invited by the Mayor of Unley City Council to attend the book launch of Professor Anastasios Tamis’ book Greeks in the Far Orient on Friday 4 November in Adelaide. The event was held at Unley City Council Hall was attended by the Shadow Education Minister of SA David Pisoni. The main presentation of the book launch was given by the SA Multicultural Affairs Minister and Philhellene Julian Stefani.At the end of the book launch, Professor Tamis thanked everyone who was involved and supported him on this project. The book, which took five years to research, explores the plight of a group of 40,000 Greek and Cypriot immigrants who settled in Asia at the end of the 19th century. Greeks in the Far Orient will cost $48 if purchased at the various book launched to take place around Australia but is also available $70 in your local book store. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Expected matches at WrestleMania 33 Preview of John Cena at SXSW

first_img AA=Steiner Brothers knock off Brandon Tomblin Ronda Rousey Google+ Wayne Martin WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte March 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm Wayne Martin March 16, 2017 at 8:27 am Expected matches at WrestleMania 33As reported earlier, WWE has announced new matches for WrestleMania 33 in three weeks in Orlando, Florida live from Camping World Stadium.Expected to be added to the card includes Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles, Triple H vs. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin for the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a match teased last night on Smackdown Live.Also added to the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal last night was Curt Hawkins. Hawkins joins Big Show, Apollo Crews and Mojo Rawley as official names so far.Who will earn their #WrestleMania Moment in the #AndreTheGiant Memorial Battle Royal at @WrestleMania 33?! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/E6EriLe20N— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) March 15, 2017Preview of John Cena at SXSWSXSW has posted a preview of John Cena speaking at SXSW 2017 recently. Now Playing Up Next no doubt the remaining tag teams on both brands will be in the battle royal making up numbers after American Alpha v Usos is made Videos Articles Some Guy Twitter Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sunday 5 COMMENTS Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Seth Rollins Pinterest Videos Articlescenter_img March 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm no they didn’t, Usos won after a superkick/victory roll Facebook WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW March 15, 2017 at 10:32 pm Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Videos Articles John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR March 16, 2017 at 8:49 am What show did you watch? Usos won. They are setting up a title match at mania for sure. Hopefully with usos winning. AA is the most boring team on the roster Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Comments are closed. American Alpha just beat the Usos on Smackdown. Odds are they’ll be in the battle royal too and only the Raw tag titles will be defended. Jeff Tailast_img

Klopp defends Salahs current form

first_imgJurgen Klopp has defended the form of key player Mohamed Salah despite critics questioning the Egyptian’s recent displays.Salah’s form is in stark contrast to the standard he set last season with only nine goals in his 20 games so far compared to the 15 goals he notched in at this stage last term.However, Klopp has come out to defend the form of the winger even after taking him off in the Merseyside derby.“I don’t have to repeat that,” he told the Mirror. “How people judge it, you or whoever, I have no influence on. That’s how it is. It’s a free world and we can judge things, however.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s all good. I think he has scored seven so far in the league. Who has scored most? Aubameyang? And he scored twice in the last game. So nobody is 15 goals away from him.“The season is like it is, and we all have to start new. You can take nothing for granted and think things will be easy.“He could have scored more with the chances he’s had, but there is nothing else to say. Just try and get yourself ready for the next game, try to do your best and then after the season, you will get judged, not during the season.“You can do that, but for us that’s not really important.”last_img read more

Boy saved from drowning in Ridgefield

first_img A 9-month-old boy nearly drowned in Ridgefield on Sunday afternoon but was likely saved by the quick action of his father, according to Clark County Fire & Rescue.The boy, Hank Duncan, was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said.The child’s family was at one of the houseboats near the marina in Ridgefield when he fell into Lake River at about 3:40 p.m., Dawdy said. When his family pulled him out of the water, he was blue and not breathing.The boy’s father, Wes Duncan of Shelton, performed CPR on the child before paramedics arrived, Dawdy said. He was later assisted by his father’s girlfriend, who is a registered nurse. Paramedics then arrived and gave the boy oxygen until the ambulance got there, Duncan said.“This is a case where someone doing fast and effective CPR made a huge difference in the outcome,” Dawdy said.Hank Duncan had to stay overnight at the hospital, but was laughing and smiling, his father said.“I feel pretty blessed,” Wes Duncan said. He added that with the weather getting warmer, the incident is a good reminder that parents need to watch their kids more around water. Hank Duncan smiles Sunday night in the hospital after he was saved from drowning thanks to the quick action of his family.last_img read more

40 of 1824 year olds cite good worklife balance as career goal

first_imgFour in 10 (40%) respondents aged between 18 and 24 name a good work-life balance as their main career goal, according to research by Reed.Its survey of 2,000 British employees also found that 17% of respondents aged between 18 and 24 want access to a maternity and paternity offering that makes looking after children affordable.The research also found:34% of 18-24 year old respondents cite the attainment of a high salary as their career goal, and 40% cite enjoyment of their job as their main aim.26% of respondents aged 18-24 want a benefits package that works for them and their families.29% of respondents aged 18-24 are concerned that they will be unable to have both a career and build a family.Catherine Maskell, head of global marketing at Reed, said: “These findings show us that young workers are thinking ahead and want to ‘have it all’ in the form of a happy family life and rewarding career. This gives an opportunity for employers to help them achieve just that and create packages that entice the UK’s next generation, securing the best talent along the way.“If employers clearly communicate the benefits they offer, this will help them attract the best candidates from this forward-thinking generation. Young workers are looking for prospective employers who can show them clearly defined career paths and be upfront about potential earnings, and this transparent approach to recruitment can help create a very happy and fulfilled workforce.”last_img read more