India’s Rohan Bopanna and Chinese Zi Yan lost in the Australian Open mixed doubles first round in Melbourne on Sunday while compatriots Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi advanced with their respective partners.Leander Paes and Cara Black beat Alisa Kleybanova and Max Mirnyi 7-6 (2), 4-6, 12-10.Bopanna and China’s Zi Yan lost to third seeds Maria Kirilenko of Russia and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia 6-7(6), 1-6. Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, on the other hand, registered contrasting wins to progress.Bhupathi and Australian Anastasia Rodionova defeated German Andrea Petkovic and Mariusz Fyrstenberg of Poland 6-2, 6-2. They will now face Sara Errani of Italy and David Marrero of Spain.Paes and Cara Black of Zimbabwe, however, came through a tough match against Alisa Kleybanova of Russia and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 7-6 (2), 4-6, 12-10. They will now take on Chinese Taipei’s Chan Yung-Jan and Australian Paul Hanley in the second round.Sunkara bows outIndia’s Rishika Sunkara became a first round casualty in the Junior Girls’ Singles category of the Australian Open, going down in straight-sets to Japanese Emi Mutaguchi.The 17-year-old lost 5-7, 4-6 to Mutaguchi in an one hour and 38 minutes hard-fought battle.Mutaguchi had a better first and second serve winning percentage than Sunkara.-With agency input
Argentina legend Diego Maradona has claimed that present captain Lionel Messi does not have the character to be a leader.Maradona was caught on microphone talking about the FC Barcelona icon with Brazil legend Pele at an event here on Thursday.”He’s a really good person, but he has no personality,” Maradona was quoted as saying by goal.com. (Copa America: Assassin Messi could be unstoppable, says Panama coach)”He lacks (the) character to be a leader.”Pele responded saying, “Ah, I get it, he’s not like we were back in the days. In the 70s we (Brazil) had really good players like Rivellino, Gerson, Tostao.””Not like Argentina now, which depends only on Messi. He (Maradona) is saying that Messi is a good player, there’s no doubt about it, but he has no personality.”Messi’s commitment to the game has been questioned time and again by Argentina fans as the talismanic forward has struggled to replicate his club form in national colours.The 28-year-old has twice lost in the final of the Copa America and once if the World Cup final. He has only the 2008 Olympic gold medal as a significant international honour.He missed Argentina’s opening game of the Copa America, a 2-1 win over title holders Chile, due to a back injury.
Police scrambled to close down a network around the Manchester suicide bomber with arrests in Britain and Tripoli on Wednesday, as details about the investigation were leaked to US media, infuriating authorities who fear a second attack is imminent.British-born Salman Abedi, 22, who was known to security services, killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children on Monday.Authorities believe he had help in building the bomb, which photographs published by the New York Times showed was sophisticated and powerful, and that his accomplices could be ready to strike again.Manchester police arrested five men and one woman on Wednesday, bringing the total held for questioning to seven, and searched multiple addresses in northern and central England.Explosives were found at one site, the Independent reported, citing security service sources.A source said British investigators were hunting for anyone who may have helped build the suicide bomb.”I think it’s very clear that this is a network that we are investigating,” police chief Ian Hopkins said outside Manchester police headquarters.”And as I’ve said, it continues at a pace. There’s extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak.”Abedi, who was born in Manchester in 1994 to Libyan parents, blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande attended by thousands of children and teenagers.Police in Tripoli on Wednesday arrested Abedi’s younger brother and his father, who said he did not expect the attack.advertisement”I spoke to [Salman Abedi] about five days ago … there was nothing wrong, everything was normal,” Ramadan Abedi told Reuters, moments before he was arrested.A spokesman for the local counter-terrorism force said his brother Hashem Abedi was arrested on suspicion of links with Islamic State and was suspected of planning to carry out an attack in the Libyan capital.The first arrest made in Britain on Tuesday was reported by British and US media to be Abedi’s older brother.Earlier, interior minister Amber Rudd said the bomber had recently returned from Libya. Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said he had links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria as well.US LEAKSAuthorities in Britain have become increasingly angered by US leaks from the investigation, including the bomber’s name on Tuesday and the photos of blood-stained fragments from the bomb on Wednesday.British police chiefs said the breaches of trust between security service partners were undermining their efforts.Rudd had earlier scolded US officials for leaking details.”The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources, and I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again,” she said.But, hours after the warning, the New York Times published the detailed photographs.A government source told the Guardian newspaper, “Protests have been lodged at every relevant level between the British authorities and our US counterparts.”British Prime Minster Theresa May will meet US President Donald Trump at a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, but officials said she would cut short the second leg of her trip to the G7 summit in Italy.The Manchester bombing has raised concern across Europe. Cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St. Petersburg, Berlin and London have suffered militant attacks in the last two years.SOLDIERS ON THE STREETSThe 22 victims in Manchester included an eight-year-old girl, several teenage girls, a 28-year-old man and a Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters.Britain’s official terror threat level was raised to “critical”, the highest level, late on Tuesday, meaning an attack was expected imminently.But with just over two weeks to go until a national election, May’s Conservatives and political parties said they would resume campaigning in the coming days.The Manchester bombing was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London’s transport network.Rudd said up to 3,800 soldiers could be deployed on Britain’s streets, taking on guard duties to free up police to focus on patrols and investigation. An initial deployment of 984 had been ordered, first in London and then elsewhere.Soldiers were seen at the Houses of Parliament, May’s Downing Street residence and at the London police headquarters at New Scotland Yard.The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, a draw for tourists, was cancelled because it requires support from police officers, which authorities decided was not a good use of resources given the threat level.advertisementA source close to the bombing investigation told Reuters that the focus was on whether Abedi had received help in putting together the bomb and on where it had been done.The bomb used in the attack appeared to contain carefully packed shrapnel and have a powerful, high velocity charge, according to leaked photographs from the investigation published by the New York Times.The BBC reported that security services thought the bomb was too sophisticated for Abedi to have built by himself.Police arrested three people in South Manchester, one woman in North Manchester, a man in the nearby town of Wigan, and another man in the central English town of Nuneaton.CANCELLED TOURAriana Grande’s representative said on Wednesday she was suspending her tour to assess the situation and to “pay our proper respects to those lost”. The US singer had been scheduled to perform two shows at London’s O2 arena this week.Chelsea soccer club said it had cancelled a victory parade that had been set to take place on Sunday to celebrate its Premier League title.Several high-profile sporting events are coming up in Britain, including the soccer FA Cup final at London’s Wembley Stadium and the English rugby club competition final at Twickenham on Saturday and the UEFA Champions League final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on June 3.Britain also has a national election scheduled for June 8. All campaigning was suspended after the attack, although major parties said they would resume some activities on Thursday and national-level campaigning on Friday.The government said a minute’s silence would be held at all official buildings at 1000 GMT on Thursday.Greater Manchester Police said they were now confident they knew the identity of all the people who lost their lives and had made contact with all the families. They said they would formally name the victims after forensic post-mortems, which would take four or five days.The bombing also left 64 people wounded, of whom 20 were receiving critical care for highly traumatic injuries to major organs and to limbs, a health official said.France, which has repeatedly been hit by devastating militant attacks since 2015, extended emergency powers.ALSO READ | PM Modi condemns Manchester attack, no word yet on Jharkhand lynchings back home ALSO READ | Manchester blast: This is how Sikhs are helping the injured after the terror attack ALSO WATCH | Witness Recounts Moment of Manchester Concert Suicide Bombing
London, Jun 22 (PTI) International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson will deliver the 2018 Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lords on August 6. Former South African international Richardson, who has been the Chief Executive of the ICC since 2012, will become the second former Proteas player to give the lecture, after Barry Richards imparted the address in 2002. The MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture, in memory of Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge, has become a notable feature in the cricketing calendar, provoking debate and discussion on the major issues facing the game today. This years lecture will take place in the week of the Test match between India and England at Lords. The inaugural address was delivered in 2001 by Richie Benaud and since then, a number of eminent figures from the world of cricket, including Clive Lloyd, Kumar Sangakkara, Sir Ian Botham and last years lecturer Brian Lara, gave the speech. Following the speech, a question and answer session with Richardson and a selected panel, hosted by Mark Nicholas, will discuss topics arising from the lecture along with other noteworthy cricketing issues. An Honorary Life Member of MCC, Richardson played 42 Test matches for South Africa following their return from international exile, scoring 1,359 runs and effecting over 150 dismissals. He made nine fifties and one century against New Zealand in Cape Town. He also played 122 One-Day Internationals for his country, accounting for another 165 batsmen from behind the stumps. After retiring from the game in 1998, he remained involved in cricket as a business agent to several players and a commentator with SuperSport in South Africa, before being appointed as ICCs first General Manager – Cricket in 2002.advertisement A decade later, he became the world governing bodys fourth Chief Executive, succeeding Haroon Lorgat. MCC President Lord MacLaurin said: I am delighted that David has accepted the invitation to deliver this years MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture. Since its inception in 2001, the event has become one of the key dates in the calendar at Lords and to have David, who holds such a central role in the game, making the address this year is entirely appropriate as we consider recent cricket events and look ahead to next years World Cup. We are fortunate to have had some of the games central figures delivering the lecture over the past 17 years and are thrilled that David will be joining the list. We look forward to hearing what I am sure will be a thought-provoking and erudite address. Richardson added: It is an honour to be asked to deliver the Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture and I would like to thank MCC for the opportunity. To follow in the footsteps of my fellow South Africans Barry Richards and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as other greats of the game like Sunil Gavaskar and Imran Khan is both a privilege and a responsibility. The invitation is a timely one given the current debate about the spirit of the game and, I hope I can do the memory of Colin Cowdrey proud in provoking the conversation around how we protect that spirit that is so unique to our sport long into the future. PTI SSC SSC ATKATK
Goal A-League 20: No.5 – Alex Wilkinson (Sydney FC) No.6 – James Troisi (Melb Victory) No.7 – Bruno Fornaroli (Melb City) No.8 – Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC) No.9 – Eugene Galekovic (Melb City) No.10 – Andy Keogh (Perth Glory) No.11 – Alex Brosque (Sydney FC) No.12 – Bobo (Sydney FC) No.13 – Kosta Barbarouses (Melb Victory) No.14 – Isaias Sanchez (Adelaide United) No.15 – Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar) No.16 – Michael Jakobsen (Melb City) No.17 – Brendon Santalab (WSW) No.18 – Michael Zullo (Sydney FC) No.19 – Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC) No.20 – Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar) No.3 in Goal’s Top 20 A-League players will be named on Wednesday. A-League Goal’s Top 20 A-League players: No.4 – Mark Milligan Kieran Francis @kieran_francis Last updated 2 years ago 06:28 4/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) A-League Melbourne Victory Goal counts down the top 20 players currently playing in the A-League, as voted by its Australian journalists 4. MARK MILLIGAN | Melbourne Victory Age: 32Nationality: AustralianPosition: Central midfielder/defenderA-League apps: 73 (Melbourne Victory), 42 (Sydney FC), 11 (Newcastle Jets)A-League goals: 14 (Melbourne Victory), 1 (Newcastle Jets)Other clubs: Shanghai Shenhua (China), JEF United (Japan), Baniyas (UAE)Achievements: A-League championship (Sydney 2005-06, Victory 2014-15), A-League premiership (Victory 2014-15), AFC Asian Cup (2015)WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOWWhen Mark Milligan joined Melbourne Victory, the club’s fans were uneasy because of the significant time he spent playing for arch-rivals Sydney FC.But a measure of Milligan’s impact at the club is the fact he is now considered to have blue-and-white blood coursing through his veins.The 32-year-old captained Victory to the A-League double during the 2014-15 season and was awarded the Joe Marston Medal as the best player in the grand final win against the Sky Blues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. He has the ability to play a variety of roles across midfield and defence, but centre of the pitch is clearly his best position, where he can impose himself on a contest and drive his team forward.The only regret for Milligan is that he was unable to secure a move to Championship side Bolton in the off-season because the Socceroos’ world ranking prevented him from qualifying for a UK work permit.2017-18 PROSPECTS Milligan has only signed a one-year marquee contract, which it makes it likely he will look to head overseas as the conclusion of this season.He will figure in central midfield for Victory alongside Carl Valeri, but the signing of fellow central midfielder Matias Sanchez means he could be deployed at centre back or right back if Kevin Muscat wishes.In Mile Jedinak’s absence, Milligan will play a crucial role for the Socceroos on the Road to Russia as national team captain.
The National Investment Policy, poised as the pivotal blueprint through which the Government will attract and facilitate investments, is expected to be tabled in Parliament as a Green Paper this fiscal year. Story Highlights This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who said the policy framework, approved by Cabinet in 2017, will guide the development, administration and monitoring of the investment community, to ensure cohesion among all related initiatives, programmes, incentive regimes and stakeholder contributions. Mr. Shaw was addressing the opening ceremony for the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) 2018 on Tuesday (June 12), hosted at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites hotel in Montego Bay, St. James. The National Investment Policy, poised as the pivotal blueprint through which the Government will attract and facilitate investments, is expected to be tabled in Parliament as a Green Paper this fiscal year.A series of national consultations will also be conducted to further bolster the policy.This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who said the policy framework, approved by Cabinet in 2017, will guide the development, administration and monitoring of the investment community, to ensure cohesion among all related initiatives, programmes, incentive regimes and stakeholder contributions.Mr. Shaw was addressing the opening ceremony for the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) 2018 on Tuesday (June 12), hosted at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites hotel in Montego Bay, St. James.He said the National Outsourcing Strategy (NOS) also forms part of the move towards aligning Jamaica’s offerings, in an attractively packaged and well-supported framework, with the needs of the overseas investor market.The NOS is a five-year strategy, being rolled out between 2015 and 2020, aimed at developing and advancing the outsourcing industry in Jamaica.The Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Regulations were passed in Parliament in October 2017 in support of this initiative.Mr. Shaw said a coordinated and multi-agency campaign has also been implemented to attract and train workers for the outsourcing sector.“Work will continue with key partners in advancing the industry’s development,” he added.The third staging of the JIF is a three-day undertaking being put on by Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO). It is being hosted from June 12 to 14 under the theme ‘Connect for Business’.Some 200 international investors are participating in the forum, which seeks to promote six priority sectors for investment. These are Outsourcing, Manufacturing, Agri-Business, Tourism, Logistics and Energy.
Islamabad: Pakistan has told India that it will not open its airspace for commercial flights until New Delhi removes its fighter jets from forward IAF airbases, Pakistan’s Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat has informed a parliamentary committee. Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Aviation Secretary Nusrat, who is also the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), on Thursday informed the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation that his department has intimated Indian officials that Pakistani airspace would remain unavailable for use by India until the country withdraws its fighter jets from forward positions, Dawn News reported. “The Indian government approached asking us to open the airspace. We conveyed our concerns that first India must withdraw its fighter planes placed forward,” Nusrat told the committee. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty This is probably the first time a senior Pakistani official has publicly stated Islamabad’s precondition for reopening its airspace after the Balakot air strikes. He further apprised the committee that Indian officials have contacted Pakistan requesting it to lift the airspace restrictions. “However, Indian officials have been told that Indian airbases are still laden with fighter jets and Pakistan will not allow resumption of flight operations from India until their removal,” said Nusrat. Last month, the CAA had extended the airspace ban till July 12. It had earlier extended the airspace restriction until June 30. After the restrictions, all the passenger flights are being diverted to alternative routes by India, The Express Tribune reported. The CAA official also contested India’s claim that Delhi had opened its airspace for Pakistan, the report said. “Pakistani flights from Thailand have not been restored since the closure of the Indian airspace. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights for Malaysia also remain suspended,” the CAA DG informed the committee. Last month, Pakistan gave special permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP flight to use its airspace for his official trip to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. However Prime Minister Modi’s VVIP aircraft avoided flying over Pakistan. Earlier, Pakistan had allowed India’s former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to fly directly though Pakistani airspace to participate in the meeting of SCO foreign ministers in Bishkek on May 21. India aviation industry has suffered huge losses due to the airspace ban by Pakistan. On Thursday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told Parliament that due to the closure of Pakistan airspace, Air India had to spend an extra Rs 430 crore on longer routes.
WINNIPEG — The federal government has approved the proposed $453-million Manitoba-Minnesota power transmission project.The 213-kilometre, 500-kilovolt line will stretch from a point northwest of Winnipeg and cross the Canada-United States border near the small Manitoba community of Piney.Natural Resources Canada says the project is subject to 64 Manitoba licence conditions and another 28 from the National Energy Board to ensure construction safety, environmental protection and ongoing engagement with Indigenous groups.The federal department also says the government has ordered the board to amend five project conditions in order to respond to concerns raised by Indigenous groups during the consultation process.As well, a terrestrial and cultural studies initiative will be created to support Indigenous-led studies on issues related to the project.Federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says in a statement that the line will achieve the goals of enhancing the competitiveness of Canada’s electricity market and creating good jobs.“Canadians understand that a clean, modern, and resilient electricity network helps fight climate change and transition to a lower carbon economy,” he said.The Canadian Press
Kathleen Martens APTN NewsA Saskatchewan couple is fighting a policy change they say will “damage” their Indigenous foster son, Matthew Brandon.Shannon and Chris Gardiner posted a letter to “Matty Nation” on Facebook seeking supporters’ help in reversing the decision of Ranch Ehrlo Society.The Ranch is where Matty attends a day program for people with special needs in Regina. It also employs Sami Melles and Nick Davis who provide private respite care for Matty on weekends.The Gardiners say the weekend arrangement has been working “beautifully” for about five years but the Ranch is now forcing the men to give up the extra respite work.“What’s going to happen come Fridays when he’s supposed to go with the guys and he can’t do that anymore?” Shannon Gardiner said Monday.Gardiner says Melles and Davis don’t want to choose or give up either job. She says they know the change will have a detrimental effect on Matty, who has bonded with them and requires strict routine to function well.“They know how Matty is,” she said. “One slight change can completely set off an avalanche.”Respite workers Sami Melles (left) and Nick Davis. (right) surround Matthew Brandon (centre).However, Ranch CEO Andrea Brittin says the policy is about correcting a conflict-of-interest.“What we’re really trying to make sure of is that the people who work for us have a healthy work-life balance,” she said in a telephone interview.Brittin says an existing policy was recently “refreshed and renewed” and is now being implemented. She says it has been approved by a labour lawyer.“When staff work for our agency – some of them full-time – and provide services to other agencies, this has potential to impact the level and the quality of service staff can provide.”Brittin promised to email a copy of the policy to APTN last week but didn’t. A voicemail was left for her Monday asking her to try again.Meanwhile, Tim Korol, who runs the board that oversees Matty’s care, says Brittin won’t explain why the policy is being enforced now.Or acknowledge the harm it will do to such a vulnerable person.“We are all community,” he wrote in a letter shared with APTN.“People and non-profits just don’t operate in silos from one another. What one member of the community does can unnecessarily cause damage to someone else.”Matty, 26, is non-verbal and suffers from brain trauma, autism, cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome. He functions at the level of a toddler and has lived with the Gardiners since 1997 – even after aging out of provincial foster care.The Gardiners say they share details of his life on Facebook to educate the public and reduce the stigma around people with physical and mental disabilities.“This is tremendously upsetting to us. We have a three-prong approach – home, day and weekend,” said Shannon Gardiner.It’s not the first time the Gardiners have fought a policy they say wasn’t in Matty’s best interest.Their battle to keep him out of a government group home in favour of family-based care was featured by APTN Investigates in 2015.This fight is also on that page – For the Love of Matthew – under photos of the respite care workers and Matty.Shannon Gardiner says reaction has been swift: “People are outraged…they can’t understand why program should have any say on what they do on their own time,” she said.“Why would they do that? He’s one of their clients, too.”Brittin acknowledged the change would impact some but said the decision wasn’t taken easily or hastily.“It is something we believe is important because we believe it protects all of the young people and adults in our care, as well as our staff,” she said.“What our policy basically says is that if you’re working for Ranch Ehrlo Society that you can’t work for other like organizations.”Korol says the board tried to resolve the issue privately with the Ranch before going public last weekend.“At no time has Sami’s or Nick’s care during the last six years ever caused any conflict, scheduling issue or challenge for Ranch Ehrlo,” Korol said on Facebook. “In fact, one could argue that Sami and Nick’s off-time work has developed a relationship with Matthew that is beneficial for Ranch Erhlo’s day program.“We have asked repeatedly that Ranch Ehrlo explain how their organization could possibly be harmed. No one from the Ranch has given us any example whatsoever.”Messages left for some Ranch board members were not returned before this story was published.Shannon Gardiner says it shouldn’t be this hard to get a helping organization to do the right thing by Matty.“It makes me want to protect him and fight this harder and harder and harder,” she said.“It shouldn’t be that way though, because his care is already tremendously difficult.”
Badrinath: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday paid obeisance and performed puja at Badrinath temple on the second day of his two-day visit to Uttarakhand. He reached Badrinath after spending around 20 hours in the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath. Modi offered prayers at innermost sanctum in Badrinath, another temple in Uttarakhand’s ‘char dham’ religious circuit, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Casablanca- A pornographic video of a young girl from Mohammedia, a city between Casablanca and Rabat, has recently been widely shared on Moroccan social networks, subsequently stirring a scandal in the city. The pornographic video, featuring a young female student from Mohammedia, was recently uploaded to YouTube. The video was allegedly shared on Facebook, causing an outrage in Mohammedia. According to news portal MohammediaPress, the young student in the video was suspended from her school as soon as the administration heard of it. Her friends and classmates who saw the video said they were “shocked” to see their friend in that type of videos. They also expressed their disapproval of the school’s decision to suspend her, and stated that the girl must have been a “victim” or was “manipulated under the effect of drugs.” The person who shot and uploaded the video is still unidentified. According to the young girl’s friends, the person behind the video is a Moroccan living in the United States. Meanwhile, the video has become the talk of almost all residents of Mohammedia, according to MohammediaPoress. According to the same source, some associations in the city are expected to intervene in the young girl’s case. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Rabat – The terrorists who attacked the headquarters of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo are supposedly affiliated with Al Qaeda.According to eyewitnesses, the terrorists told bystanders in the street to inform the media that they were members of Al Qaeda in Yemen before carrying out their attack on Charlie Hebdo.An eyewitness identified as Cédric Le Béchec was quoted as saying that the shooters arrived in a black car, stopping in the middle of the street while carrying a rocket-propelled grenade. He also said that before launching their attack on the headquarters of the French satirical newspaper, the attackers approached a man in the street telling him to “tell the media that this is Al Qaeda in the Yemen.”Corinne “Coco” Rey, one of the newspaper’s cartoonists who survived the ordeal, said that the assailants spoke perfect French.
This is the largest amount ever spent by the agency in a single year in the Central Asian nation, WFP stated in a news release. The funds were spent on activities such as buying food and leasing transport, which were required to respond to the needs of those affected by the crisis in April and the impact it had on markets and livelihoods.“Supporting local markets as much as possible is a cornerstone of WFP engagement in a country and a fundamental component of our humanitarian response policy,” said Rasmus Egendal, WFP Representative and Country Director. “This type of ‘investment’ helps to stabilise markets and create employment.”The violent uprising in April that ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev as well as the ethnic clashes that erupted in southern Kyrgyzstan in June uprooted thousands of people and left them in need of humanitarian assistance. Throughout the year, WFP distributed 20,000 metric tons of food, of which 8,500 was bought through Kyrgyz companies. The agency, which began its operation in Kyrgyzstan in 2008, hopes to extend its support to local companies and food producers in the coming year as it continues to reach out to people who are chronically food insecure. 29 December 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) spent nearly $6 million this year in Kyrgyzstan, where it is assisting 240,000 conflict-affected people in the south and 380,000 other vulnerable people in six out of seven of the country’s provinces.
Terje Roed-Larsen, until last month the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, will visit Damascus on Saturday when he will convey a message from Mr. Annan to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Beirut on Tuesday on a similar mission to Lebanese President Emile Lahoud.Mr. Roed-Larsen’s official title is Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, adopted in September ahead of elections in Lebanon, and which supported polling free from outside influence and called for the withdrawal of all remaining foreign forces, the disbanding of all militias and the extension of Government control over the entire country.In an initial report in October Mr. Annan said that aside from a UN peacekeeping force, the only significant foreign forces in Lebanon were Syrian. He said Syria indicated it had some 14,000 troops still inside Lebanon stationed near the border, and that it had redeployed about 3,000 other forces.He reported that the Governments of both Lebanon and Syria said the timing of further withdrawals would be determined by the security situation in Lebanon and the region and they could not provide a schedule for such action.
With the current mandate of the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) due to end soon, “we find ourselves at a critical juncture,” Mr. Annan said in a message to a meeting on Timor-Leste and its development partners. “As Timor-Leste transitions from a peacekeeping into a peacebuilding phase, I hope you will assist capacity-building efforts with a view to ensuring viable and stable administrative structures,” he said.”I trust your deliberations…will contribute further to building better lives for the people of Timor-Leste,” Mr. Annan told the conference. “The challenges before us are daunting, but with your help, I am confident that they can be overcome.”Recalling that the global community, together with the dedication of the Timorese people and their leadership, had once before helped the world’s newest nation to embark firmly on the path of development, he said that since the first development partners conference on Timor-Leste in December 1999, donors have actively supported the country’s efforts to reconstruct a shattered society, build the institutions of state from scratch, and lay the groundwork for sustainable development.”I am proud that the United Nations has contributed to creating conditions for peace and stability in Timor-Leste, without which its development efforts could not have proceeded successfully,” Mr. Annan said, echoing the words of his speech to the opening session of the donors’ meeting four years ago, in which he said “helping the Timorese people has been one of most formidable responsibilities ever given to the United Nations.”Today, he thanked all the development partners, including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), for their steadfast support since 1999. “The UN would not have been able to carry out its mission in Timor-Leste without that support. And I call on the international community again to play its part,” he said.
DETROIT — What if I told you that in today’s stats-obsessed league — where everything, including the arc of a shooter’s jump shot and the length of a player’s stride, can be spliced and measured — perhaps the most efficient scorer in modern NBA history couldn’t get off the bench most nights?That’s the reality for 7-foot-3 Pistons center Boban Marjanovic, who scores with unprecedented efficiency when he is on the court.1Since the 1973-74 season, which predates the ABA-NBA merger. Among players who’ve averaged 30 points per 100 possessions and played in at least 100 regular-season games, no player has been able to match Marjanovic in points per shot attempt, and those who have come closest are either already in the Hall of Fame or likely will be one day. He also currently leads the NBA2Among those who’ve played 10 games or more so far this season. by a wide margin in points per touch, according to data from Second Spectrum. The most efficient players in modern NBA historyLeaders in career points per shot attempt, 1974-2018 Shaquille O’Neal1993-20111.47 Charles Barkley1985-20001.52 James Harden2010-20181.51 Marjanovic, the undrafted 29-year-old Serb, has accomplished this in relative anonymity. While he might be a favorite among basketball die-hards and members of the Reddit community devoted to him, Boban will not be at the NBA All-Star game next month, and no throngs of teenagers are lining up to buy his jersey at the NBA store. And he’s only played in 13 games so far this season, a clear sign that his scoring touch doesn’t mask his other shortcomings, which are on display each time he steps on the court. Because he lacks foot speed on defense and is largely tethered to the paint on that end, opponents — particularly those with sharpshooting stretch bigs — can exploit him with the high pick-and-roll.Both sides of the double-edged sword were on display during the Pistons’ loss in Miami Wednesday night, a game in which Marjanovic got his fifth career start while one-time All-Star Andre Drummond sat out with a rib injury. Marjanovic displayed his usual soft touch around the basket, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting and nine rebounds in just 22 minutes. That production is in line with his career 1.62 points per shot attempt.Still, even with that sort of offensive firepower, the Heat — who drilled 17 threes, tied for the most Detroit’s allowed all season — were able to chase Boban off the floor whenever they downsized by playing Kelly Olynyk at center. In fact, Olynyk reeled off eight consecutive points to put Miami on an 8-0 run within two minutes of that shift; the run prompted Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy to call time and subsequently limit Marjanovic’s minutes to whenever Olynyk wasn’t playing at the 5.Watch here as Miami finds a way to exploit Marjanovic’s presence, or lack thereof, on these three plays. On the first, Miami’s Tyler Johnson comes off a screen, but Marjanovic doesn’t hedge far enough, which forces Pistons guard Reggie Bullock to defend both Johnson and Olynyk on the same play (though he’s too late to do anything about Olynyk’s open shot). During the second play, Marjanovic contains Johnson after a switch, but Olynyk capitalizes on the miss by grabbing the board over the Detroit wings, who are left to fend for themselves in the paint. On the most glaring of the three plays, Olynyk gets a wide-open look in transition after Marjanovic fails to pick him up as a trailer.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/bobanstruggles.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That sequence explains how Marjanovic has become one of the bigger chess pieces in basketball the past few seasons — one who can trigger an immediate substitution from one side or the other based on his sheer size and skill set. But his situation as a historically efficient scorer who still doesn’t see consistent playing time also speaks to how the abundance of perimeter shooting in today’s NBA has made life nearly impossible for rim-protecting 7-footers who lack the mobility to come out and defend past the free-throw line.“It’s tough, because you’re dealing with a lot of guys who can really stretch the floor, and you’ve got to be able to defend out to 25 feet,” Van Gundy said of Marjanovic, who just broke the 100-minute mark for the season Wednesday and has yet to play 1,000 career minutes in three seasons. “He’s worked hard at [improving his lateral footwork], so I’m confident in him being able to play against a lot of people. But when you get really far away from the basket, it’s a little tough on him.”A few numbers highlight how much Marjanovic struggles with perimeter-oriented bigs. So far this season, he is defending 14 midrange and 3-point tries per 100 shot attempts, the most in the NBA among the 365 players who’ve contested at least 30 such shots so far, according to Second Spectrum. Exacerbating the issue even more: Players are shooting about 15 effective field-goal percentage points better than expected against him from that range, according to Second Spectrum data, the worst gap of any center in the league to this point.None of this is to suggest that Marjanovic, who signed with the Spurs as a free agent back in 2015, has no skill on defense. Coming into this season, he held opposing players to far less than their usual averages when shooting within six feet of the rim, likely the result of his disruptive 7-foot-8 wingspan and 9-foot-7 standing reach that make him one of the largest players in NBA history. And if he had played enough minutes to qualify for the leaderboard, Marjanovic’s career total rebound percentage (21.9 percent) would put him right behind former Piston Dennis Rodman, who holds the best rate of all time (23.4 percent).But above all else, Marjanovic is a scorer. He’s very good at establishing position near the basket.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/boban.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.And once he catches the ball, either off an entry pass or after a teammate has lofted it to where only he can catch it, he has an array of moves that make him even more difficult to guard.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/boban2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Van Gundy said that part of the challenge in playing Marjanovic is timing, adding that he believes Boban matches up fairly well with a number of traditional centers around the league. But if the opposing club starts a traditional big man, then replaces him with a floor-spacer off the bench, that makes it difficult for Van Gundy to find a scenario where he can sub Marjanovic into the action. Doing so would require pulling Drummond, Detroit’s best player, or likely compromising the Pistons’ perimeter defense against a stretch big, as was the case Wednesday with Olynyk.Marjanovic has long known that developing quicker feet on defense is the key to seeing more minutes. “You can’t make someone tall like me, and you can’t make someone quick like [Pistons guard] Ish Smith,3Who, according to Second Spectrum data, is currently the NBA’s fastest player on average.” said Marjanovich, a gym rat who referenced the time he spent working with future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan in an effort to improve defensively. “But you can make small improvements that help, and you can use your mind to study, so you know what play is coming sometimes.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/bobanslow.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who coached Boban when the center first came into the league and eventually talked him into taking the Pistons’ far richer contract offer in restricted free agency, acknowledged that someone like Marjanovic probably could have had a lot more success in an earlier era of basketball — when slow-footed big men like Rik Smits, Kevin Duckworth and Bill Cartwright were averaging big minutes each night and seldom drifting from the paint. But Popovich said he respects all the work his former pupil has put in, despite the fact that there’s only so much he can do to fix his weaknesses.“You am what you am,” Popovich told me. “It’s our job to figure out who these guys are. People talk about players changing. Some some guys add skill, but they don’t change their DNA and their physical abilities and gifts that they have. Some have more than others. And you deal with that.” Boban Marjanovic2016-20181.62 PlayerYearsPoints per shot attempt Adrian Dantley1977-19911.53 For players with a mininmum of 30 points per 100 possessions in 100 regular-season games.Source: Basketball-Reference
But how do you spot a machine that has been tampered with?Fraudsters manufacture skimming devices to match individual machines, McKinney said, and this can make them difficult to spot.While they are often of good quality, fitting them isn’t an exact science. A sticky residue can sometimes be seen around the edges of the device as it must be glued on.They work by ‘skimming’ the card for information, stored on the black magnetic strip on the back, when it is inserted into the machine.Below are two examples of these devices: However, the IPSO describes the information stored on the magnetic strip is of “limited use” without PIN details, and so these devices are often complimented with a camera fitted above the ATM’s keypad, like this one:Read: Elderly people warned about ATM scam gang earlier this year >More: AIB loses money on ATM withdrawals > THE NUMBER OF incidents of ATM fraud rose in 2013 with ‘card trapping’ becoming significantly more common, rising from 9 the year previous, to 113 so far this year.Of these, only 72 were successful.These crimes were spread almost nationwide, occurring in 23 counties, and centred on Dublin and Cork.The figures, supplied by the Irish Payment Services Organisation (IPSO), show that following a crackdown on card skimming in 2012, the number of incidents rose again this year.While the number of these incidents reported fell from 194 to 13 in 2012, they quadrupled to 75 (70 successful) this year.Cash trapping remained a problem, although remained at similar levels to 2012.“Banks in Ireland and in Europe have tried out many different solutions to prevent these types of attack” Member Services Executive with the IPSO Erica McKinney explained.They can be temporarily successful but the criminal will eventually adjust their method to find a way around the solution.
Copwatch : manœuvre de contournement déjouée par la justiceLe site Copwatch publiait des informations personnelles sur les policiers. Bloqué une fois par la justice et les FAI, il était revenu en ligne grâce à des sites miroirs. Ceux-ci viennent également d’être saisis.En octobre, le ministre de l’intérieur Claude Guéant avait porté plainte au motif que le portail portait atteinte à l’honneur et à la sécurité des fonctionnaires de police. Le Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris avait alors statué la fermeture du site. Celle-ci avait été obtenue avec la coopération des FAI.Le site publiait des photos et des captures d’écrans des comptes Facebook des gardiens de la paix, révélant leur vie privée et les mettant à visage découvert. Il affirme vouloir “surveiller la police”, et commente leurs données personnelles.Mais le site était ensuite revenu en ligne par des voies détournées, via des sites miroirs.Rebelotte, même processus, même résultat, il vient d’être désactivé à nouveau.Selon France Inter, un nouveau procès en référé s’ouvrira le mardi 7 février suite à une plainte du ministère de la justice. Cette fois, le blocage DNS de plusieurs noms de domaines devrait être étudié par la justice. Ce type de mesure n’est toutefois pas très efficace, car facilement contournable.Le 1 février 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
L’exercice physique agit aussi sur l’ADNDes chercheurs suédois ont découvert que l’exercice physique induisait des modifications chimiques et structurelles au sein de l’ADN sans pour autant modifier le code génétique. Si les vertus de l’exercice physique pour la santé ne sont désormais plus à démontrer, il semblerait qu’on ne sache pas tout sur l’impact qu’a une telle pratique sur notre organisme. Celle-ci ne ferait pas que mettre à l’épreuve nos muscles ou nos organes mais induirait aussi des changements à l’échelle moléculaire. C’est du moins ce que viennent d’observer des chercheurs de l’Institut Karolinska en Suède en conduisant des tests sur des muscles plats en laboratoire.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Le muscle s’adapte à ce que vous faites. Si vous ne l’utilisez pas vous le perdez et inversement. Nous avons identifié un mécanisme impliqué dans ce phénomène”, explique ainsi Juleen Zierath, chercheur qui a participé aux travaux publiés dans la revue Cell Metabolism. Le mécanisme évoqué interviendrait en fait au niveau de l’ADN des muscles où se produiraient des modifications chimiques et structurelles. Mais ces changements, qualifiés “d’épigénétiques”, ne se feraient pas au niveau des gènes eux-mêmes, ils toucheraient des agents impliqués dans leurs expressions. Comme l’explique Sciences et avenir, ils participeraient alors aux mécanismes qui permettent à l’organisme de s’adapter à l’effort. Néanmoins, l’exercice physique ne serait pas le seul à provoquer de telles modifications. Les chercheurs ont en effet observé que la caféine avait également le même effet. Pour autant, ils sont loin de conseiller de remplacer l’exercice physique par un petit café. Ils estiment plutôt que des médicaments à base de caféine pourraient être administrés aux personnes qui ne peuvent pas pratiquer de sport.Juleen Zierath relève ainsi : “L’exercice c’est de la médecine. Il semble que le moyen de modifier nos génomes pour une meilleure santé peut être juste de faire un jogging de temps en temps”. Le 8 mars 2012 à 14:49 • Maxime Lambert