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Nepal election preparations in good order – UN envoy

8 April 2008The preparations for Thursday’s Constituent Assembly polls in Nepal are in good order, despite some serious acts of violence and violations of human rights during the election campaign, according to the top United Nations official there. Ian Martin, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Nepal, told a news conference today that while there had been clashes and violations of the election Code of Conduct, which had resulted in fatalities, these should not be allowed to distort the whole picture.“It is important to emphasize that in many districts, many constituencies, peaceful campaigning has been going on throughout this election campaign,” Mr. Martin said. “That is a very considerable feat for an election more complicated than any Nepal has carried out before.” Mr. Martin went on to issue five appeals related to the conduct of the election and its aftermath. He called for armed groups who had claimed responsibility for violent acts to call off those efforts; for political parties to respect the election Code of Conduct; for both Government and Maoist army personnel to remain in their barracks or cantonments; for voters not to be influenced by threats or inducements; and for all Nepalis to be patient during the voting and counting.Questioned by journalists, Mr. Martin said that given Nepal’s electoral history, some re-polling was likely, but that he hoped incidents would not be exaggerated and there would be no over-reaction. In that context, he called on the media to be “as objective as it possibly can” in its reporting. He said that it was “crucial” that election day passed off in such a way that the people of Nepal saw the result as credible, and called for all parties to “respect the result, and also respect the framework within which the decisions are made.”Once elected, the Constituent Assembly will be tasked with drafting a new constitution for the country, which has emerged from a decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 13,000 lives until the Government and the Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. read more

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African Union mission positive about deployment of UN troops in Darfur

7 November 2008An African Union fact-finding mission to Darfur, aiming to mend the increasingly fraught relationship between Chad and Sudan, visited the hybrid United Nations-AU operation in the war-torn region today. The AU fact-finding team, led by former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya, follows accusations from both Khartoum and N’djamena that the other side has been supporting insurgencies in its country. Attacks by Chadian rebels on N’djamena in February preceded similar rebel assaults on Omdurman, near Khartoum, in May, leading to the escalation of tension between the two countries. The fact-finding team met with the UN-AU mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in the context of AU efforts to normalize the relations between the two States after Sudan’s announced it was cutting off ties with Chad, claiming that it has helped Darfurian rebels attack the Sudanese capital. The fighting in the western Sudanese region of Darfur has significantly affected eastern Chad, where Sudanese civilians escaping the Darfur conflict comprise the majority of the estimated 315,000 refugees in that area. “There is now an opportunity to move forward … It seems that there is a national consciousness that the Darfur issue has to be dealt with,” Mr. Buyoya said in an interview UNAMID radio. “UNMIS [UN Mission in Sudan] before and then UNAMID have done a lot to protect the Darfur people and to assist the peace process in Sudan,” he added. “The Government of Sudan, the African Union and the United Nations have reached a comprehensive agreement on the deployment of UNAMID.” UNAMID has been in place since January, but only about 10,000 military personnel have been deployed so far, well short of the roughly 26,000 troops, military observers and police officers expected when the operation reaches full deployment. read more

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New green initiative handles Brocks several tons of cardboard a week

Checking out the new cardboard baler are (in front) Russ Higham and Ken Wake from Custodial Services, (back row, left to right) Domenic Maniccia, director of Custodial Services; Tom Saint-Ivany, Associate Vice-President of Facilities Management; Steven Pillar, Vice-President Finance and President Jack Lightstone.Brock generates more than 358,000 kilograms of cardboard every year, and now there’s a more efficient way to get rid of it.Facilities Management has acquired a new baler that will allow the University to dispose of its cardboard in a way that’s greener and generates revenue. Custodians will put about 1,400 pounds of cardboard through the baler a day. The material will then be sold to an independent contractor for recycling.From the Campus Store to Sodexo, “a large volume of cardboard goes through the University,” said Tom Saint-Ivany, Associate Vice-President of Facilities Management. “This allows the University to manage its disposal of cardboard and generate revenue.”The baler arrived last month. Each bale weighs about 700 pounds. When the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex opens, Brock will produce about two bales a day, said Domenic Maniccia, director of Custodial Services. read more

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Ohio State mens soccer team preparing for NCAA tournament rematch at Akron

OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) dribbles the ball as Binghamton junior back Shervin Mohajeri (12) pursues during an August 30. match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 0-1. Photo Credit: Muyao Shen / Assist. Photo EditorIn the midst of a four-game losing streak, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-4-0) is preparing for a tough game against one of its in-state rivals.OSU is scheduled to take on No. 11 Akron (4-1-0) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field in Akron, Ohio.The Buckeyes will be walking into a stadium in front of a large crowd — the Zips drew 2,734 fans to their last home game — as they take on the task of bringing a victory back to Columbus.Last season, OSU was able to upset the Zips in a first-round NCAA tournament matchup that came down to 15 rounds of penalty kicks. The Buckeyes walked away with the 13-12 penalty kick victory after a 1-1 double overtime draw, leaving the Zips anxious for the 2015 season and a chance to get back at the Scarlet and Gray.“They’re going to want to come back at us because we knocked them out of the tournament last year,” sophomore forward Marcus McCrary said.After returning from a loss against Northwestern on Friday, sophomore defender Hunter Robertson said the Buckeyes have a lot of work to do before taking on the task of handling the Zips.“On Sunday, a lot of the kids who didn’t get to play trained really hard,” Robertson said.  “The practice (on Monday) was really intense, but because it’s a rival game, we’ll be ready for this one.”Despite OSU’s slow start to the 2015 season, the Buckeyes are looking to improve their record in a stadium full of fans seeking revenge.“The atmosphere is going to be awesome, (I’m) excited for that, but at the same time we’ve got to keep our concentration,” junior forward Danny Jensen said. “We know what they’re going to throw at us, we’ve played there before and it’s a little crazy, we’ve just have to keep our minds and play our game and hopefully we get the end result.”Honorary captainThe OSU men’s soccer team named 10-year-old Ivan Applin as an honorary captain for its game against Wisconsin on Oct. 18.Ivan had undergone a heart procedure at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ivan’s story made the news after he expressed his concern that he would wake up from surgery a fan of the Michigan Wolverines.The Buckeyes heard about Ivan’s story and created a video, inviting him to become an honorary captain. Two days later, Ivan and his family responded, expressing their excitement about the invite from the Scarlet and Gray. What’s next?Following Wednesday’s game, the Buckeyes are scheduled to host their Big Ten home opener against No. 13 Penn State on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. read more

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Tánaiste defends Bank of Ireland share sale to vulture capitalists

first_img(Image Credit: Screengrab/Oireachtas.ie)The Ceann Comhairle reminded members of the House at the end of the exchange of the conditions of qualified privilege, that it is “a long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the Houses or an official by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable”.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Read: Bank levy will cost Bank of Ireland €40 million a year >More: Five Irish banks included in ECB stress-test plans > TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said that he is satisfied that the sale of Bank of Ireland shares in 2011 was “above board and transparent”.He was responding to questions from Independent TD Seamus Healy during Leaders’ Questions, who asked how “a consortium of North American vulture capitalists” bought the shares at a discounted rate to what the government paid.The South Tipperary TD said that the government bought a 15 per cent stake in the bank for “around €4 billion”, while others received 37 per cent for €1.123 billion.(Image Credit: Screengrab/Oireachtas.ie)He also referenced a interview with Bloomberg TV earlier this year, in which investor Wilbur Ross said that Bank of Ireland was one of his best investments.‘Considerable welcome’“I think if you go back to the period of time involved,” the Tánaiste said, “there was very considerable welcome that the government was able to sell shares in Bank of Ireland.“I wish it was different. I wish we didn’t have the crisis in the banking system that we inherited”He added that the stabilisation of the bank was one of the foundations of the country’s economic recovery.The Tánaiste was also asked by Deputy Healy whether or not the taxpayer would be required to further recapitalise the bank if it fails ECB stress tests next year, and if he agreed that the only option available if they failed would be nationalisation.He said that the government now has to focus on growth, and “drive on, get the economic growth, get the jobs, and get the increased propriety tat will come from  that will come from a growing economy”.‘Stop that innuendo’Deputy Healy also made allegations relating to a former senior civil servant, during which he was interrupted by the Ceann Comhairle.Tánaiste responded that he would not comment on individual cases, and asked the Deputy to “stop that innuendo and side-of-the-mouth allegations”.“If you want to make an allegation, make the allegation,” he said, “and if you are sure of the allegation, make it outside of the House.”last_img read more

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Penney JJ Hanrahan has got the blowtorch on Keats

first_imgMANY A RUGBY debates grows stale very quickly, but others continue to be worthwhile for months and months.Ian Keatley v JJ Hanrahan for Munster’s number 10 shirt is one that just won’t go away, with peaks and troughs for both players at different times over the course of the season meaning it remains unresolved.The senior out-half was the latest to wear the hallowed jersey, but his performance against Ulster last weekend means his Heineken Cup spot is in doubt, particularly given that Hanrahan has been in creative, assured form over the last month or so.Head coach Rob Penney was, as ever, honest in admitting that Keatley hadn’t delivered last time out, but qualified those words with an explanation for the poor display.“The poor guy had an off day, a bad day. He’d be the first to admit that. It’s unlike Ian and there’s some reasons for that. He’s been unable to train as much as he would have done, and on the back of that, the performance wasn’t what he would like. But he’s got through that 80 minutes. He’s had some time to reflect on that and he’s been able to get more work in this week. He’s had no repercussions from the groin injury that’s been holding him back. So between the two lads, we’ve got total faith in those two boys.”There’s no definitive clue in that, so the Munster coach is prompted again. Penney and his fellow staff have a difficult decision to make surely?“As we have done all year. We’ve given them both good opportunity. Ian Keatley’s done a great job in the last 18 months, when ROG had been unavailable and when he’s had to step up this year. You’ve got to support the guys who are doing the job for you, and JJ’s done a great job as well.“He’s getting more experience all the time and he’s got the blowtorch on Keats. It’ll be interesting to see where the selection goes, but whichever way we go, we’ll get a positive back-up.”Penney was giving nothing away in regards to his thoughts on his 10s. ©INPHO/James Crombie.Away from having the fortune to call on two out-halves he trusts, Penney will also be depending on an area of growing strength for Munster; the maul. Ulster were dismantled in that sector at Ravenhill, and there is surely more of the same to come at Kingsholm against a Gloucester pack that has failed to impose itself too often this season.The Kiwi agrees that Munster may have an advantage with their driven line-outs.“It’s a great area of strength for us. Axel’s [Anthony Foley] got that maul, that aspect of the game, working really well. The boys have bought into what he’s trying to do there and we’re getting good outcomes from it.Every team has a vulnerability and Gloucester will have some; we’ve got some. Whether the maul makes up a big part of our strategy this week, we’ll wait and see. It’s a great credit to Axel and the lads with how it’s gone.”Munster insist that they will not be basing their approach on what they have seen of Gloucester in the Premiership, but it might also be dangerous to analyse the two sides’ earlier encounter in Pool 6 too deeply either.That day, in October, Nigel Davies put out a greatly weakened team, on paper at least. Gloucester proved to be competitive and spirited, but it remains likely that their challenge will be very different this weekend.Penney claims to be unsure of what to expect.“It’s hard to say. There’s a fair bit of water gone under the bridge since then. They’ve got a bit of a characteristic, which you could say is the Gloucester way, and I don’t think that’ll change. We’ve just got to be very wary of the threats that they pose – and they do pose a lot of threats – and be able to nullify what they bring.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >IRB re-confirms stance on European club competition by backing unionsDragons sign Welsh international duo Byrne and Brewlast_img read more

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This Weeks Best YouTube Videos The Brothers Mario Google Skydiving The Digital

first_imgParrot Sings Let the Bodies Hit the Floor This isn’t so much of a “what would the story of the nativity look like if it happened today” video as it’s a hilarious look at what it would have been like back then if tools like Google Maps, rental car Web sites, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media were available and easily at hand. For what it’s worth, I tried using Google Maps to plot directions from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and there sadly was no “Avoid Romans” option.  The Digital Story of the Nativity It’s been snowing a lot in Minnapolis in recent days. A lot. That’s not much news – the people out there are used to snow, and even this unprecedented snowfall is something a lot of communities out there aren’t having a problem with. One thing that hasn’t been able to deal with the snow though is the roof of the Metrodome, the home of the Minnesota Vikings. Earlier in the week, the roof collapsed under the weight of all the snow that had piled up on its inflatable roof. Concern over the state of the roof had been so great prior to the storm that Fox Sports set up cameras in the stadium to see if the roof collapsed, even when authorities assured them it wouldn’t. Well, it did – and Fox Sports got it all on camera from multiple angles. Oops. Metrodome Roof Collapse Video from the Inside I’m not explicitly saying that this parrot would make a better singer than the vocalist of Drowning Pool, but I’m just going to leave that idea out there. After all, this parrot’s got some pipes on it, and seems to do a pretty good rendition of the song. Someone sign that bird to a record label and get a contract going, I think she’s going to be huge.  What if the story of the nativity were told in terms of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and mobile technology? What if the roof of the Metrodome collapsed under the weight of feet of snow? What if someone decided that Super Mario Brothers would be much better Grand Theft Auto style? What if someone discovered a parrot that’s a better vocalist than the lead singer of Drowning Pool? This week, all of those things came true. Hit the jump to see the videos. center_img The folks over at The Game Station wondered what the Super Mario Brothers world would be like if it were a gritty, gangster-filled (and conveniently pedestrian empty) dark world of coins, guns, fast cars, and rival gangs. They put this video together, titled it “The Brothers Mario,” and the result has been such a smash hit that it’s already racked up close to 2 million views on YouTube. Never bring a hammer to a gunfight.  Google Demo Slam: Skydiving AdChoices广告 New Mario Bros. Movie Trailer A few people at Google Japan decided it would be pretty cool to go skydiving…without actually the whole getting into a plane and risking life and limb part. So they got a huge projection screen, some parachutes and tarps, a couple of high-powered fans, and decided to go skydiving the geeky way: projecting Google Earth on the ground while they “fell” from the ceiling in harnesses. As they fell, Google Earth would zoom in on their landing point. Perfect landing, every time. last_img read more

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Marée noire 180 tortues ont été sauvées

first_imgMarée noire : 180 tortues ont été sauvéesÉtats-Unis – L’Agence océanique et atmosphérique américaine (NOAA) a annoncé que 180 tortues victimes de la marée noire ont à ce jour pu être sauvées. 170 autres reptiles englués de pétrole sont encore en phase de récupération.Près de 500 tortues ont été retrouvées mortes depuis l’explosion et le naufrage de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon fin avril. Grâce à la mobilisation des secouristes, 180 tortues ont pu être sauvées, et presque autant sont en phase de récupération.À lire aussiLa tortue luth cache la bouche la plus effrayante au monde”Les spécialistes des tortues de mer de la NOAA sont des membres essentiels de la section dédiée à la vie sauvage du commandement des opérations de lutte contre la marée noire, qui a déployé cinq bateaux pour récupérer les tortues engluées dans le pétrole”, a souligné Jane Lubchenco, directrice de la NOAA.Des milliers d’autres tortues sont elles-aussi sur le point d’être sauvées. Quelque 700 nids de tortues de mers, contenant 70.000 œufs, sont en effet actuellement transportés du golfe du Mexique à la côte atlantique de la Floride.Mais pour les défenseurs de l’environnement, ces efforts ne sont pas suffisants. Le Centre pour la diversité biologique, un organisme à but non lucratif, a ainsi porté plainte lundi contre le ministre de l’Intérieur Ken Salazar. L’association lui reproche de ne pas suffisamment lutter contre l’impact de la marée noire sur les espèces menacées de tortues et de baleines.Le 1 août 2010 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Une voiture qui reconnait le postérieur de son conducteur avant de démarrer

first_imgUne voiture qui reconnait le postérieur de son conducteur avant de démarrerDes ingénieurs japonais ont développé un antivol plutôt original pour la voiture du futur. Celle-ci devra identifier le postérieur de son propriétaire avant de pouvoir démarrer…Il fallait y penser mais les ingénieurs de l’Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology de Tokyo n’ont pas hésité à développer l’idée. Ceux-ci ont mis au point un tout nouveau système antivol pour voiture qui, s’il parait très cocasse, est tout à fait sérieux et pourrait même équiper les véhicules du futur. Le principe ? Reconnaitre les fesses du conducteur grâce à un siège très particulier.À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?En effet, le fauteuil pour voiture conçu par les ingénieurs japonais contient 360 capteurs chargés de mesurer la pression du conducteur. Des mesures qui s’effectuent sur une échelle très précise allant de 0 à 256 et qui permettent de créer une image 3D du postérieur du conducteur. Au véhicule ensuite de vérifier si celui-ci correspond bien à celui de son propriétaire attitré. L’analyse se fait même à chaque fois que vous vous asseyez, note Gizmodo.fr.De quoi décourager les voleurs ! Car si le postérieur du conducteur n’est pas reconnu, impossible de démarrer la voiture. Pour l’heure, le système est capable de reconnaître 6 utilisateurs différents avec un taux de réussite de 98%. Encore faut-il faire attention à des petites variations d’image 3D du postérieur dues à une prise de poids ou la présence d’objets dans les poches arrières… Enfin, selon les ingénieurs japonais, le fauteuil pourrait être mis sur le marché dans les 2 à 3 ans.Le 1 janvier 2012 à 16:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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NASA releases stunning retrostyle space tourism posters

first_img <> As with anything NASA these posters were made with public money and are for all of us to enjoy. So if any of them interest you, click on them for high resolution images that you can print out into real posters. They really are some beautiful works of art, so that’s certainly not a bad idea. The hardest part will be choosing just one but you can download the entire set at the highest printing resolution (all 612 MB of it) right here, provided you have the wall space to look to the stars. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has just released these 14 stunning posters that showcase some of the finest travel destinations from our solar system, and beyond.They’re appropriately retro-styled, as the aesthetic is perhaps from the only era that saw visiting these worlds as an attainable goal. It feels like humanity has sadly turned away from looking to space towards their own little squabbles, and although there are still dreamers that will one day step foot on Mars and other planets it doesn’t seem a priority like it once did.Fortunately we have people like those working in NASA who are helping to spread the word on the wonders of the universe, strengthening their message even with little projects like these incredible posters. With this gallery JPL has focused on planets and moons that we either have missions in the works to visit or hopefully one day will travel to, even if you probably really, really don’t ever want to end up on Venus.last_img read more

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SPOILERS 130 NXT TV tapings from Full Sail University to air on

first_img Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jamie Collins Comes Back To Gillette Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Tom Keene Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Patriots Offense Shows Much Promise But Can Get Even Better Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economy Now Playing Up Next WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Facebook Now Playing Up Next Jakobi Meyers, Jarrett Stidham Shine As Patriots Crush Lions Now Playing Up Next Twitter The following was taped on Wednesday night at Full Sail University.1/30 NXT TV tapings:* Dark Match: Luke Menzies defeated Sean Maluta.* Jaxson Ryker defeated Mansoor.* Drew Gulak defeated Eric Bugenhagen.* Matt Riddle defeated Drew Gulak.* Eric Bugenhagen takes part in a segment playing air guitar.* Io Shirai, Kairi Sane and Bianca Belair defeated NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir.* Dominik Dijakovic defeated Shane Thorne.* The Street Profits defeated Humberto Carillo and Stacey Ervin Jr.* Aliyah defeated Taynara Conti. Baszler, Duke and Shafir attack Aliyah, Conti and Vanessa Borne.* Ricochet defeated Adam Cole.* Punishment Martinez defeated Riddick Moss.* Keith Lee defeated Kassius Ohno.* Aleister Black defeated Roderick Strong.* Mia Yim defeated Xia Li.* Velveteen Dream defeated Johnny Gargano to become the new NXT North American Champion…with some confusion. Per a live report, Dream hit his rolling DDT and got the pinfall. Dream posed with the title. When Dream went up the ramp, Gargano attacked him and tossed him back inside the ring. Dream went for the same elbow finish, but misses and Gargano applies the Gargano Escape. Dream taps and Gargano celebrates with the belt on stage. So it’s possible they filmed two endings to throw off spoiler reports.Source: PWInsiderRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:00/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 53.97%0:04Remaining Time -2:56 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 Patriots Make Trade As Tight End Situation Falls Into Rough Shape Videos Articles Pinterestlast_img read more

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Disappointed Zouma on City defeat

first_imgDespite their 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, Everton defender Kurt Zouma has urged his team to stick to their game plan.Manchester City opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through Gabriel Jesus as the hosts capitalized on a mistake by Yerry Mina.Jesus completed his brace 10 minutes into the second half, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back to reduce the deficit, but substitute Raheem Sterling completed the scoring and killed Everton’s hopes of any comeback.“We are very disappointed but we tried to play our football,” Zouma told the club’s website.“We knew they are strong pressing the ball and are strong on the counter-attack but when you try to push forward you have to take risks and we did.“Unfortunately it didn’t go for us but I think we created chances and we can be happy that we tried to play. It’s a defeat but we need to move on.“The goal gave us a bit more confidence but then we conceded the third goal too quickly. In football, you have to be prepared for everything.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We did our job, we tried to play the way we wanted to. We took our risks but unfortunately, we lost.“As I said, we need to move on to next week. We have another important game at home and we will try to win that.“We created chances against a strong team with strong players.“It’s not difficult to enjoy these type of games against a big team in a big stadium. We had chances, the first one from Richarlison in the first half.“Maybe we should have scored more but it’s done now. Everyone gave 100 percent. Now we’re going to recover and great ready for next week.“We had a game plan and tried to play our match. We will play with confidence. We are at home and will play for our fans. We need to keep the same spirit and move on.”last_img read more

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De Boer Messi will fall in love with De Jong

first_imgFormer Barcelona star Ronald de Boer predicts great things from Frenkie de Jong in the future and added that Lionel Messi will love having him aroundThe 21-year-old midfielder finally ended months of speculation over his future by agreeing to join Barcelona for next season on a five-year contract in a €75m deal along with bonuses of €11m.De Jong’s passing and ball-carrying skills have earned plenty of admirers with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola among them.And De Boer, who works as an Ajax A1 assistant manager, believes De Jong will prove to be a great coup for Barcelona and expects Messi will love playing in the same team as him.“De Jong has Ajax DNA which is nearly the same as Barcelona DNA, he is intelligent, he always has good ideas, he never plays without thinking. Messi will fall in love with De Jong,” said De Boer, according to Sport.The former Netherlands international made 37 appearances for Barcelona in his sole campaign at Camp Nou during the 1999/2000 season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.And De Boer is clearly delighted that De Jong chose to move to Barcelona over Paris Saint-Germain and is confident the youngster will bring something different to the Blaugrana.“For me, he is more a Barca player than a PSG player, he will fit them perfectly,” he added:“He’s a different player and is not afraid of dribbling and waiting for the opportune moment to give the ball.“He will have [Sergio] Busquets as a professor to learn from in the first year and after that Busi can hand the role over to De Jong. He can also play in the Xavi and Iniesta position but the No 6 position is his best role.”De Jong, who has managed four goals and one assist in 28 appearances this season, will now turn his focus back to Ajax’s KNVB Cup game against Heerenveen tonight at 20:45 (CET).last_img read more

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Increase in Soy Acres Being Driven by Demand Planting Flexibility and other

first_imgU.S. producers are projected to plant 76.7 million acres of soybeans in 2001, up 3 percent from last year, according to a recently-issued U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. If realized, this would be the largest planted area for soybeans on record. While some analysts have speculated that this increase is due to the level of the soybean loan rate in relation to other commodities, the American Soybean Association (ASA) believes such analysis is flawed and overlooks enormous changes in demand, planting flexibility, and other factors.“Domestic and world demand for soybeans during the last decade has been far greater than for any other commodity,” said ASA President Tony Anderson, a producer from Mt. Sterling, Ohio. “Global usage of soybeans grew by 56 percent, compared to 27 percent for corn, 15 percent for rice, 7.5 percent for cotton, and only 6.2 percent for wheat. Even in the United States, soybean usage in the last decade outpaced every other commodity. U.S. usage of soybeans grew by 36 percent, compared to 27 percent for rice, 26 percent for corn, 16 percent for cotton, and a decline of almost 5 percent for wheat.”ASA attributes soybean acreage growth to the following factors:Greater growth in world and U.S. demand for soybeans than for other commodities.Introduction in the 1996 Farm Bill of unrestricted planting flexibility and decoupled income support payments that allowed producers to shift to agronomically and economically preferable crop rotations. Prior to 1996, soybean acres were constrained by farm program provisions that required producers to plant their farms to “program crops” (wheat, feed grains, cotton, and rice) to receive income support from the federal government.Relatively high soybean prices between 1995 and 1997 that induced producers to plant more soybeans. The season average price received by farmers for the 1995 crop was $7.35 per bushel, declining to $6.45 per bushel in 1996 and $5.35 per bushel in 1997. Since 1997, prices for all major commodities have been depressed, so there has been no inducement for farmers to shift acreage to other crops.Development of new soybean varieties in maturity groups that are much better suited to northern and western climates. In recent years, new soybean varieties have made production possible in colder and drier states where few soybeans were grown 10 years ago. Last year, virtually all of the expansion in soybean plantings occurred in the northern and western states of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, and Kansas.Prevalence of scab and other diseases affecting wheat and other crops. In major wheat states such as North Dakota, moving out of wheat production has been the only way to avoid reoccurrence of scab. Soybeans and other oilseeds have been among crops producers have turned to as they have battled disease problems.Unusually high costs of natural gas and fertilizer that are constricting corn production in the Midwest. Additionally, the continuing disruption of foreign and domestic corn markets and rising corn stocks resulting from the StarLink® debacle may be contributing to this year’s projected decline in corn plantings and increase in soybean plantings. “A final factor useful in judging whether the loan rate for a commodity is out of alignment relative to other crops is its stocks-to-use ratio,” said Anderson. “Carryover stocks of soybeans this fall are expected to total about 12 percent of current domestic and export use. By comparison, corn stocks are projected at 20 percent of use, and wheat supplies will be 34 percent of use. Reducing the soybean loan rate would likely increase production of crops that are already in greater surplus.”In recent testimony before the House Agriculture Committee, ASA proposed setting the current national soybean loan rate of $5.26 per bushel as a floor in the next farm bill. ASA indicated it opposes any reduction of the soybean loan rate, because it provides a vital income safety net for producers. ASA strongly maintained that expansion of U.S. soybean acreage during the last five years has less to do with the loan rate compared to planting flexibility, growth in demand and usage for soybeans, and various agronomic production factors.“Lowering the soybean loan rate would severely hurt soybean producers and significantly reduce overall net farm income,” said Anderson. “Suggestions to lower the soybean loan rate are both ill-considered and ill-advised. A better course would be for Congress and the Administration to adopt policies to expand trade and domestic demand that will get prices for all commodities above current loan levels. ASA has identified a list of initiatives to bolster demand, ranging from food aid to commercial trade to use of biodiesel and other industrial uses for soybeans. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to implement this agenda.”last_img read more

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BBAHC testing all expectant mothers for opioid use

first_imgA few weeks ago, police were called to the Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham when a woman six months pregnant and a mother who had just given birth that day were caught smoking an oxycodone pill in the bathroom of the maternity room. The disturbing incident highlighted just how severe the use of opioids like heroin and oxycodone has become in Bristol Bay. Now the hospital has made the testing for opioids routine for all pregnancies.Download Audiolast_img

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Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Jan 15 2019

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsAlaska House tied in knots on session’s first dayAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe uncertainty over control of the Alaska House continued today, on the first day of the legislative session.In this shutdown, every day is a winding roadLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Sen. Lisa Murkowski says it’s slow-going, but she sees progress at the U.S. Capitol among lawmakers working to end the partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week.Polar bear encounter reported in Arctic Village, many miles south of normal rangeRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – FairbanksPolar bear researcher Eric Regehr says that in individual cases like this, it’s very difficult to attribute cause to why a bear wandered so far from its typical area.Alaska Railroad tank car derails; no spill detectedAssociated PressA railroad tank car carrying turbine engine fuel derailed south of Denali National Park, but Alaska Railroad officials have not detected a spill.Fairbanks city, borough take in $1M in pot taxes for 2018Associated PressThe city of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough will collect more than $1 million in taxes on marijuana for 2018.State Board of Game votes against requiring IDs on traps or snaresJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgThe state’s Board of Game Sunday voted down proposals to require ID tags or signs around traps and snares in Southeast Alaska. The board was split on one of the proposals that was intended to help with enforcement of trapping regulations and to address problems of pets getting caught in traps.Upper Lynn Canal leaders discuss implications of Juneau cruise industry lawsuitHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesIn December, a federal judge ruled that the City and Borough of Juneau’s cruise ship passenger fee could not be used to fund projects that did not directly support cruise ship vessels. Since then, communities in the Upper Lynn Canal have been trying to determine if the decision could affect funding for local infrastructure projects.Repurposed shelter houses Nome’s homeless 7 days a weekDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeJust before New Year’s, a new facility opened in Nome to serve those who have no other place to go. This shelter complements the existing seasonal operation in town called Nome Emergency Shelter Team, or NEST, and together, the two offer more comprehensive coverage than was ever available before in Nome.Ask a Climatologist: Fairbanks sees low-temp, but brief, cold snapCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageInterior Alaska had its first real cold snap of the winter last week with temperatures colder than 40 below zero in many places. That was enough to force indoor recess for Fairbanks elementary school students – and, for older students, posing in front of the University of Alaska Fairbanks time and temp sign.last_img read more

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Select shares gain despite Sensex losing over 150 points Eicher Motors Jet

first_imgIndian stock markets closed with losses on the last trading day for July as investors preferred to book profits. The fall was mainly led by bank stocks with Punjab National Bank (PNB) and ICICI Bank falling by more than 3 percent, which dragged the bank index (Bankex) 0.63 percent down. Select stocks such as Eicher Motors, Jet Airways, Interglobe Aviation and DCB Bank, however, gained sharply.The 30-scrip BSE Sensex shed 157 points, or 0.56 percent, to close at 28,051. The 50-scrip NSE Nifty 50 closed 28 points lower at 8,638. Top Sensex loser ICICI Bank ended 3.40 percent down at Rs. 262.85 ahead of results. The private sector bank declared its first quarter (Q1) results after market hours. Net profit of India’s largest private sector bank by assets fell 25 percent to Rs. 2,232 crore in the first quarter (Q1) as against Rs. 2,976 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. Net interest income at Rs. 5,158 crore in Q1 marked a growth of 0.82 percent over Rs. 5,116 crore in the June 2015 quarter, according to the bank’s regulatory filing with the BSE on Friday.Net non-performing assets (NPAs) almost doubled to 3.35 percent from 1.58 percent at the end of June 2015. Provisioning for bad loans during Q1 rose almost three-fold to Rs. 2,514.52 crore from Rs. 955.39 crore at the end of June 2015 quarter.PNB shares ended with 4.30 percent loss at Rs. 123.45 after the public sector bank reported 58 percent fall in Q1 net profit.Select stocks that rallied on the BSE included Eicher Motors (up 6.60 percent at Rs. 22,465.80), Jet Airways (up 5.34 percent at Rs. 619.25), Indigo- owner Interglobe Aviation (up 4.52 percent at Rs. 989.40) and DCB Bank (up 6.88 percent at Rs. 111). Dish TV spurted 9.58 percent to close at Rs. 102.90.Stocks that hit a new 52-week high on Friday included Eicher Motors, Shriram Transport, Kensai Nerolac and HPCL.Interglobe Aviation will be announcing its Q1 results on Monday.Royal Enfield maker Eicher Motors gained on upbeat Q1 net profit and sales numbers. India’s foreign exchange reserves declined $664 million to end at $362.69 billion in the week ended July 22, according to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data published on Friday. Foreign currency assets fell $640 million to $338.25 billion.last_img read more

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Obaidul Quader admitted to BSMMU

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader was admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) as he fell sick on Sunday morning, reports UNB.Obaidul Quader, also general secretary of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, complained of breathing problem after Fazr prayers, said senior public relation officer of roads and highways division of the ministry Abu Naser.He was taken to the BSMMU.Quader’s personal secretary Gautam Chandra said the minister was admitted to the CCU of the hospital around 8:30am.last_img read more

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New Study Reveals How Proposed Public Charge Rules Could Lower Insured Rates

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:01 Listen Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaEsmeralda Cedillo helps families sign up for Medicaid/CHIP and SNAP. She says she has already seen increased fear of enrolling among immigrants.A new study shows how a proposed public charge rule could set back recent gains in insuring children of immigrants. The proposed rule would make getting a visa harder for immigrants determined likely to use certain public benefits.center_img X The report by the Urban Institute reveals a 10 percent decrease in the uninsured rate among citizen children with non-citizen parents, from 2008 to 2016.The new rule proposed by the Trump administration could reverse those gains by expanding who is deemed a public charge, or likely to be one, says researcher Genevieve Kenney, vice president for health policy at the Urban Institute. “The concern is that parents of citizen children who are concerned about their own immigration status will fail to enroll their children or dis-enroll their children from public health insurance programs,” said Kenney. She said welfare reform in the 90’s also caused a significant drop in social services enrollment among immigrants. “Experience tells us that those kinds of policy changes have effects beyond that kind of narrow group that is targeted,” said Kenney. Since Trump took office, providers have already seen a dip in participation for nutritional and food assistance programs in Houston. And, according to some experts, an expansion of public charge would make it worse. The City of Houston Health Department has voiced opposition against the proposed Trump administration rules that would discourage immigrants from accessing public benefits, including health care. In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, Houston Health Department leadership urged immigration officials not to implement proposed rules. “If you put fear into people so that they won’t even take care with the assets that we have available, the situation’s just going to get much worse and there’s going to be a human price to be paid, and there’s going to be a worse financial price to be paid, too, so it’s a lose-lose proposition,” said Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse, who co-authored the letter.More than 30 percent of all publicly-insured children in Texas have a non-citizen parent, some 1.1 million kids.Along with the official letter, the City of Houston is also urging people to file comments on proposed rules with the federal government before the December 10 deadline. Comments can be made through the City of Houston here.  last_img read more

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Market Day

first_imgThe Cylburn Arborstum Association with partners, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, University of Maryland Extension Services, Master Gardeners, and LifeBridge Health are thrilled to host the 47th Cylburn Arboretum Market Day & Market Day Preview. Market day will be on May 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. See www.cylburnassociation.org  for more information. The Market Day preview is on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. the preview  It is a ticket event at a cost of $25.last_img read more

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