Indian riders barred from Asian Games

first_imgThe Indian equestrian team has not made it to Guangzhou for the Asian Games and nobody in the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) is willing to comment as to who is responsible for this mess.As Mail Today has been reporting since last month, the EFI never followed proper quarantine protocol, as a result of which two horses were removed. The first belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Pattu and the second to Sunil Kumar.The EFI’s version was that Pattu’s horse was sick and Sunil’s horse tested positive for dope. After that, it was all chaos as the whole selection process came under scrutiny. However, with the EFI sticking to their claim that they had a transparent selection process and all the remaining horses were safe in quarantine, they managed to get the clearance from the Indian Olympic Association and the sports ministry for the Asian Games.On Friday, it came to light that the dressage and three-day eventing teams were still stuck in India. On Wednesday, the horses were taken to the Bangalore airport from the quarantine stable. However, the Chinese authorities informed the EFI that as it was “too late” for the dressage horses to enter Guangzhou, they leave the horses behind. Apparently, the message was that only eventing horses would be allowed to fly to Guangzhou. Given the heartburn and jealousy among the riders, an unofficial decision was taken not to send any team to the Asian Games.While the EFI can now blame the Chinese authorities for this mess, the truth is the Chinese veterinary doctors who had come to India were never going to clear the horses that easily. As Mail Today had written time and again, the quarantine and blood testing procedures on the horses were under the Chinese scanner. Apparently, the Chinese vets were not willing to go by results of blood tests ostensibly conducted at a lab in Hissar. The latest one hears is that the riders in India have been told not to talk to the media.advertisementIt is now up to the sports ministry to investigate how this mess happened. As the EFI had made statements that “all is well” why were horses not allowed to fly out of Bangalore on three occasions within a week? People in the equestrian fraternity in India say that the EFI is solely responsible for the situation. In the past, riders and horses would reach the host city almost a fortnight in advance.It is learnt that Kapilesh Bhate, a show jumping rider, will be the sole Indian representative in Guangzhou. Sources say he will be allowed to compete as his horse was in quarantine in Germany. One should not be surprised if EFI secretary SS Ahlawat makes it to Guangzhou as the manager, even if only one rider ends up representing India at the Asian Games! For the record, in the last edition of the Asian Games, India won a team bronze in the threeday event.last_img read more

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McCann, A-Rod HR, Yanks Win

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Facing a pitcher who has always had their number, the New York Yankees struck for a sudden rally.Brian McCann and Alex Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers off All-Star Chris Archer that sent the Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Sunday.“Archer’s one of the best pitchers in the game,” McCann said. “He’s right up at the top and when you can scratch and claw and come back and get a win like that, it was huge.”Ivan Nova pitched six solid innings to help the Yankees take two of three in the series. New York, which leads the American League wild-card chase, remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East.The Blue Jays beat Baltimore 10-4.On a picture-perfect afternoon in the Bronx, Archer was doing what he’s always done — dominate the Yankees. The 26-year-old righty, who had never lost to New York, kept hitters off balance with a slider that opposing manager Joe Girardi suggested might be the best in the game.That was, until the sixth inning. After the first 18 Yankees batters were held to one hit, New York finally broke through and erased a 3-0 deficit.Archer (12-11) got two outs sandwiched around Jacoby Ellsbury’s single, but then began having trouble with his control. Following a walk to Carlos Beltran, McCann drove a 3-1 pitch deep into the right-center bleachers to tie the score at 3 — his career-high 25th home run.“We were sleepwalking there about five innings and Archer basically dominated us,” Rodriguez said. “Mac has been huge all year.”Archer, who had allowed only one home run in eight previous starts against New York, saw his very next pitch to Rodriguez also wind up in the seats, giving the Yankees 4-3 lead.“I didn’t execute in the biggest moment of the game,” said Archer, who entered 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA against the Yankees. “Am I disappointed? Of course. We need to win every single game.”New York added a run in the seventh when Didi Gregorius scored on a throwing error by second baseman Logan Forsythe.Asdrubal Cabrera closed the gap to 5-4 with an eighth-inning homer just inside the right-field foul pole off Dellin Betances. New York made it 6-4 in the bottom half when September call-up Rico Noel scored his first career run on Gregorius’ single.Nova (6-7) had trouble commanding his breaking ball early in the game but settled down nicely. He yielded three runs and six hits to stop a three-start losing streak.Andrew Miller stranded two runners in the ninth for his 31st save in 32 attempts.Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer off Nova in the second on a hanging curve. Forsythe added an RBI single in the third.ANOTHER MILESTONERodriguez’s single in the eighth was his 3,053rd hit, tying Rod Carew for 23rd place on the career list. “Rod was very good to me early in my career when he was a hitting coach with the Angels and I was a young lad with the Mariners,” Rodriguez said. “So I really have a lot of respect and appreciation for Mr. Carew.”TRAINER’S ROOMRays: OF Steven Souza Jr. (broken left hand) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Saturday night, going 2 for 4 with a run as the DH. Souza is scheduled to play in the Bulls’ final two games of the season as well. … 3B Evan Longoria, who left Saturday’s game with a bruised right forearm after being hit by a pitch, was in the starting lineup.Yankees: CC Sabathia is tentatively scheduled to start Wednesday night against Baltimore. Sabathia, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 24, will wear a brace on his right knee going forward. The 35-year-old lefty threw a bullpen on Sunday and said that he felt fine afterward. “The plan is on Wednesday but I want to make sure he gets through everything,” Girardi said. “He felt good yesterday and we’ll make sure he feels good after his bullpen.”UP NEXTRays: Tampa Bay heads to Detroit, sending LHP Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.11 ERA) to the mound against his former club in the series opener Monday. He faces journeyman Randy Wolf (0-3, 6.11). The 39-year-old Wolf, acquired from Toronto on Aug. 20, makes his fourth start for the Tigers after spending most of the season at Triple-A.Yankees: New York welcomes the Orioles to town for a three-game set, opening with RHP Michael Pineda (10-8, 4.07) on Monday. Pineda is coming off of a strong outing in Boston, where he earned the win after three straight defeats. Baltimore counters with lefty Wei-Yin Chen (8-7, 3.36), who leads the staff in ERA and has won four of his last five decisions.SCOTT ORGERA, Associated Presslast_img read more

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Farnell: online reference tool provides detailed information on connectors

first_img Continue Reading Previous TÜV SÜD: UK’s first dedicated IoT cellular test service for Industry 4.0 supportNext dSPACE expands its range of solutions for automated and autonomous driving applications Farnell has launched the industry’s first Connector e-Guide: a comprehensive online reference tool showcasing connectors from more than 30 of the industry’s most trusted brands. The new Connector e-Guide allows engineers to easily review and select relevant interconnect products from Farnell’s extensive connector catalogue by sight or by part number. The e-Guide uses large visuals to clearly display and categorise connectors in a single online hub, making it an invaluable tool for engineers who may need to find and replace an application’s damaged connector without knowing the part number to identify it. In addition, the e-Guide’s intuitive interface displays associated products and accessories, such as cable and wire, crimp tools and other installation aids. This key feature saves time by reducing the need to research supporting products so engineers can easily select the most suitable connectivity solution for their designs.All products featured on the Connector e-Guide are backed by Farnell’s unique product support features, including full reel packaging availability, local 24/5 technical support, easy and secure online ordering and same-day shipping.Farnell’s connector e-Guide can be found at: https://uk.farnell.com/connector-eguideShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Teachers should help students develop life skills, says Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

first_imgInteracting with the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for reorienting the education system to make students think rationally and independently.”An education which balances the head, heart, body, and spirit alone can be called a truly holistic education. The child should not only be able to acquire and absorb knowledge but should also be able to apply the knowledge in real life situation,” said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.At the event, M Venkaiah Naidu recalled that India had a great tradition of ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’ in which teachers and students used to live together and engage in a constant dialogue.”Such great tradition should be reflected in our modern education system. These discussions were recorded and have been handed down to us from the ancient past in the form of Upanishads,” Venkaiah Naidu added.Need for change in education patternThe education system must allow students enjoy schooling and make them lifelong learners. The true learning takes place through “observation”, “reading”, “discussion”, “reflection”, “analysing” and “synthesizing, said Venkaiah NaiduMoreover, the reoriented curriculum must focus on aspects that make a child curious, creative, caring, communicative, confident and capableThe school teachers should not just guide students in academics alone but also help them to develop life skills that are essential to successfully navigate in the increasingly complex world of today.Promote family system to protect youngstersThe best medicine to protect youngsters from slipping into depression, he also urged parents to interact with children regularly and understand their issues, Vice President said.advertisement”Students must spend 50 per cent of their schooling hours outside classrooms. Participation in sports would instill the qualities of confidence, equanimity, team spirit and tolerance in students, apart from inculcating the attitude of sharing and caring,” he said in a recent ANI report.(With inputs from ANI)Read: Free education for girls in govt colleges of Rajasthan from JulyRead: No teacher or principal can be asked to perform non-educational duties outside RTE Actlast_img read more

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Impressive Chelsea smash six past Qarabag

first_imgChelsea 6 Qarabag 0: Zappacosta and Bakayoko on target in winning European return Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 04:37 13/9/2017 DavideZappacosta - cropped Getty Images After a year away, Chelsea returned to the Champions League with a comfortable victory over Qarabag as two new signings found the net. Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko hit their first Chelsea goals as the Blues returned to the Champions League with a rampant 6-0 group-stage win over Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.After a year away from European competition, the three points never looked in doubt for the Premier League champions after Pedro kicked off their Group C campaign with a fifth-minute goal.A bizarre strike from full debutant Zappacosta followed before the interval, Cesar Azpilicueta added a third and there was still time for substitute Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi to get in on the act. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 Gurban Gurbanov’s visitors – becoming the first side from Azerbaijan to play in the main draw of Europe’s premier club competition – never threatened to spring a surprise and Thibaut Courtois will enjoy few easier outings this season.This is a fourth straight win for Antonio Conte’s men in all competitions but three points here were the bare minimum.Full-time: Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag!The Blues return to the Champions League in style! pic.twitter.com/mVEJSTkbKo— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 12, 2017They are now back in league action at home to rivals Arsenal on Sunday before tougher tests in this group against Atletico Madrid and Roma.Ibrahim Sehic saved with some ease from Marcos Alonso’s curler in Chelsea’s first attack, but his parry behind prompted a spell of pressure from which Qarabag never recovered.The first corner was scrambled away but a second set-piece went short for Willian to pick out Pedro, completely free on the edge of the box and able to sweep a finish high past Sehic.A smart low stop denied Willian after executing a clever one-two with Batshuayi, who could only stab the rebound wide from a tight angle.Zappacosta’s moment then came on the half-hour mark as he followed an impressive charge past Wilde-Donald Guerrier on the right flank with a fizzing cross-cum-shot that flew over the helpless Sehic.What a goal that was from @DZappacosta! #CHEQAR pic.twitter.com/HWXK8H96Sq— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 12, 2017The wing-back could have added another before half-time but pulled his left-footed effort wide, before Pedro Henrique belatedly drew a first comfortable stop from Courtois.Although Chelsea’s momentum initially slowed after the break, the third goal soon arrived as Cesc Fabregas centred for Azpilicueta to direct a fine header past Sehic.Willian dipped inside from the left to lash against the crossbar, but the fourth belonged to Bakayoko – introduced in N’Golo Kante’s place – as he profited from a goalmouth scramble and then a hefty deflection to beat Sehic.Batshuayi followed suit and blasted a low finish past the goalkeeper before forcing a Maksim Medvedev own goal from Zappacosta’s cross to cap the scoring on a comfortable return to European action. KEY OPTA STATS- This was Chelsea’s joint-biggest win in the Champions League (6-0 vs Maribor in October 2014).- Chelsea have lost just one of their last 39 home games in the Champions League group stages (W30 D8), and have scored in their last such 25 games at Stamford Bridge.- Davide Zappacosta became the 100th Italian player to score a Champions League goal (excluding own goals).- Thibaut Courtois’ assist for Zappacosta’s strike was the first by a keeper in the Champions League since Fraser Forster set up Tony Watt for Celtic against Barcelona in November 2012.- Since joining the club in 2014, Cesc Fabregas has recorded 46 assists in all competitions – at least 21 more than any other Chelsea player in that time (Eden Hazard, 25).- This was the 18th time a club has faced an English side in their first ever Champions League match – only one side has ever won (Mallorca vs Arsenal in 2001). read morelast_img read more

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Notable Achievements in Agriculture – GG

first_imgStory Highlights He pointed out that following a 13.5 per cent growth in agriculture in 2016, the sector was negatively impacted by a spate of bad weather in 2017 – drought early in the year, floods in May/June and continuous rainfall into December. As such, the sector is projected to see a decline of four per cent. He said these successes include continued self-sufficiency in eggs, poultry, pork and tubers; 88 per cent self-sufficiency in table Irish potato; and growth in non-traditional exports such as yam, ackee and sweet potato. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the agriculture sector has recorded notable achievements despite inclement weather last year. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the agriculture sector has recorded notable achievements despite inclement weather last year.He said these successes include continued self-sufficiency in eggs, poultry, pork and tubers; 88 per cent self-sufficiency in table Irish potato; and growth in non-traditional exports such as yam, ackee and sweet potato.The Governor-General was delivering the 2018/19 Throne Speech at Gordon House on Thursday (February 15) to mark the opening of Parliament.He pointed out that following a 13.5 per cent growth in agriculture in 2016, the sector was negatively impacted by a spate of bad weather in 2017 – drought early in the year, floods in May/June and continuous rainfall into December. As such, the sector is projected to see a decline of four per cent.In the meantime, the Governor-General said the Government will be embarking on an aggressive legislative agenda this year to support its strategic priorities to ensure food security, sustainable use of agricultural land and fisheries resources, and facilitate an enabling local business environment.Legislation to be passed and enacted include the Fisheries Bill, which will repeal and replace the existing Act, for the better management of the fishing industry; and the Animals (Disease and Importation) (Change of Name and Amendment) Bill to facilitate importation, storage and distribution of animals and animal by-products with regard to disease and safety.Other pieces of legislation include the Insolvency (Amended) Act, to provide for the regulation of insolvent financial institutions; the Patents and Designs Bill and Trade Marks (Amendment) Bill which will ensure protection of local brands and strengthening of the local business environment by facilitating ingenuity as well as compliance with international treaties, including the MadridProtocol and Patent Cooperation Treaty; and the Scrap Metal Act to transform the scrap metal regulation to an Act for better enforcement, including the restriction of “brass” for export.The Throne Speech was delivered under the theme ‘Continuing on the Path to Prosperity’.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, between Exit 27 in Sutherland’s River and Exit 29 in Barney’s River Station, is closed overnight because of a collision. Traffic is being detoured along the Trunk 4 highway. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 -30- TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL–Traffic Advisory, Pictou Countylast_img

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Ontario offers support to Cat Lake but theres no word on what

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe Cat Lake First Nation in northern Ontario says the province of Ontario has offered help with its mould issues – but not details outlining what kind of support is coming.The community is dealing with dozens of homes containing mould.Chief Matthew Keewaykapo says he has been in touch with Ontario’s Indigenous Services Minister Greg Rickford.“He was going to work on something but didn’t say what it was,” Keewaykapo told APTN News.Keewaykapo said he told Rickford that the community could use another 10 to 14 units to avoid an evacuation but no commitment yet.“The province hasn’t offered any kind of assistance as of yet and haven’t done anything,” he said.Cat Lake is located 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.In an agreement worth $10 million reached with the federal government, it will be getting some news houses for families in mould infested homes.But the province has yet to say what it will do to help.On Monday, NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa called on the province to assist with the housing crisis.“Last week this government claimed that it funded an infectious disease specialist to conduct a full medical assessment of the community and that additional nurses had been deployed to the community,” Mamakwa said in the legislature.“I spoke with the chief, medical specialists were sent but by the Federal government and there are no additional nurses.”In February, Cat Lake declared a state of emergency because of the mould.“When a social emergency is declared the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs plays a coordinating role in efficiently responding to these emergencies,” said Finance Minister Victor Fedeli. “Speaker we do know that while the provision of housing on reserves remains the responsibility of the federal government we have reached out to the community to offer Ontario’s full support.”The community is waiting to hear what form that support will come in.More than 100 houses in Cat Lake were inspected late last year and in early January.Mould in homes is believed to be the cause of severe health problems for many people in the community.In February, NDP MP Charlie Angus went to cat late and immediately called for a full medical assessment of the community.Indigenous services said it’s waiting for reports from epidemiology and respiratory specialists who were there last month.Mamakwa said the province and Ottawa need to work together to make sure the community has access to medical specialists.“Will this government stop playing games with the lives and health of children and families of Cat Lake and send up the emergency health team up to the community it so desperately needs now?” he asked.The community is set to received materials to build 15 new homes, repair 21 existing homes and 10 portable housing units are to be installed while the winter road is still open.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img read more

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US steel aluminum tariffs will cause collateral damage Canadian producers

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s metal producers are urging the government to push back against an American plan to slap steep tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, saying they are being unfairly targeted in a sweeping strategy aimed at protecting U.S. companies from state-sponsored Chinese producers.President Donald Trump announced Thursday he intends to impose duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, with no mention of excluding Canada, which is the main supplier of both metals to the U.S.The tariffs will be felt most heavily by workers and consumers in the United States as the “collateral damage” spreads throughout the American economy in the form of higher prices and stunted growth, said Jean Simard, head of the Aluminium Association of Canada.“We’re not part of the problem,” Simard said. “The problem is China and the U.S. knows it.”Canada exports to the U.S. 90 per cent of the 3.2-million tonnes of aluminum it produces annually, which represents two thirds of America’s total aluminum imports.The proposed import duties would boost primary aluminum smelting jobs by an estimated 1,900, while at the same time destroying 23,000 to 90,000 jobs downstream, according to a report released Friday by Harbor, an aluminum industry consulting firm.The tariffs will have repercussions north of the border regardless of whether the U.S. grants Canada an exemption, said Joseph Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association.Diverted steel previously destined for the U.S. could swamp Canada’s domestic market and will also drive down prices in other countries, making it more difficult for Canadian producers to sell elsewhere, Galimberti said.“There is a significant volume of steel that will be displaced into the global market, which is already widely understood to be over capacity.”Numbers released by the steel producers association indicate the steel trade between Canada and the U.S. is balanced, with $6 billion of the product that moved in both directions across the border in 2017. Canada receives half of all American steel exports, while the U.S. receives 90 per cent of Canadian steel exports, the association said.The epicentre of Canada’s steel industry is Hamilton, Ont., and the surrounding region, where at least half of the country’s steel exports originate, said chamber of commerce president Keanin Loomis.“Steel to us is everything. It’s our identity. It’s our legacy,” Loomis said, adding he and other chamber members were “gobsmacked” by Trump’s announcement.The president is expected to get around free-trade obligations between the two countries using a U.S. law that allows him to introduce the tariffs for reasons of national security.Loomis pointed to the last time the U.S. imposed tariffs on Canadian steel imports, which occurred under former president George W. Bush. They were quickly reversed after the negative downstream effects on the American economy became apparent, he said.“This has been tried before. It failed. It would be foolish to try … this again.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the trade measures “absolutely unacceptable.”“It just makes no sense to highlight that Canadian steel or aluminium could be a security threat to the United States,” he said.While there is scant detail on what the tariffs would look like, the North American automobile industry stands to be seriously affected.“The auto sector really doesn’t have a border,” said Flavio Volpe, head of the Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association. “It’s like a plate of spaghetti. It’s not always that easy to pull one strand out.”It takes time to ramp up steel production, meaning that in the short term American consumers bear the costs of paying the tariffs, Volpe said. He added that boosting steel capacity is also capital intensive, the cost of which would also fall on American consumers.Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, said he didn’t want to speculate about the tariffs in the absence of more details, but he encouraged Canadian officials to push for exemptions.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

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Prince Harry Meghan present 1st glimpse of their baby boy

first_imgLondon: Britain’s Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle on Wednesday presented the first glimpse of their baby boy, the seventh in line to the British throne born on Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex described their new-born, who is referred to as Baby Sussex until his name is announced, as a dream and parenthood as magic as they attended a photocall at St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle. A visibly beaming Harry, 34, carried the infant out for the cameras before a brief interaction. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportHe has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm. He’s been the dream, said 37-year-old Meghan. Describing her first days as a mother, she added: It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy. Harry said: “It’s great. Parenting is amazing. “It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.” The royal joked that his son has “already got a little bit of facial hair” as he spoke of his excitement at becoming a dad. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsBaby Sussex, the eighth great grandchild to Queen Elizabeth II, is believed to be the first mixed-race child born to a senior member of the British Royal Family in centuries. Coming in ahead of him in the line of succession as it stands are his grandfather the Prince of Wales, his uncle the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, his three young cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and his father Harry. The infant, however, will not be made a prince unless his great-grandmother steps in, who is set to meet the new baby later on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Spaniard declares his Islam in a Mosque in Agadir

Agadir – A Spaniard converted to Islam this week in a mosque in Ait Melloul, a town about 10 kilometers away from Agadir.In a video posted on YouTube on July 1, the Spaniard pronounced the Shahada, the Arabic word for the Muslim profession of faith that make one a Muslim, in the presence of hundreds of worshippers.With the help of an interpreter, the Spaniard repeated after the imam of the mosque the Islamic faith’s first pillar in Arabic. Immediately after the convert pronounced the Shahada twice, stating that “there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Messenger,” hundreds of exultant Muslims proclaimed Allahu Akbar (God is a great) to celebrate the significant step in the convert’s life.Last week, hundreds of worshippers in the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech witnessed the conversion of a German woman and an Ivorian man, after Tarawih prayers – the extra prayers performed during Ramadan after the last prayer of the day.Every year during the holy month of Ramadan, a number of foreigners from around the world convert to Islam in Morocco.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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King Mohammed VI Favorably Responds to Badr Hari to Play His

Rabat – King Mohammed VI responded favorably to the World’s Kickboxing Champion Badr Hari and allowed him to fight his last match in Morocco before his announced retirement, according to Albotola sports website.Hari’s request was made in a statement during a live interview with Moroccan sports radio station Radio Mars on Thursday, where he said “I have never asked the King [Mohammed VI of Morocco] for anything. But now I hope he will intervene in order to make my dream come true.”Hari will participate along with several other international football stars including Diego Maradona in a gala match today in Lâayoune, on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of Morocco’s Green March. The 30-year-old’s unexpected retirement announcement was motivated by his desire to take care of his beloved daughter and“spend more time with her,” he said.Morocco’s ‘Golden Boy’ is one of the most successful fighters that kickboxing has ever known. In twenty years of training and fighting, he has twice won the World Heavyweight Championship.Along his impressive career, the Moroccan champion has fought more than 100 professional fights in locations such as Japan, China, Russia, Europe, and the United Arab Emirates. read more

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Speakers in Security Council denounce Israeli attacks in Syria

Video of Council meeting Listen to UN Radio report Meeting in response to the latest developments in the Middle East, speakers in the Security Council today denounced Israel’s attacks on Syrian territory, which were widely viewed as a grave escalation of violence in an already volatile region.A number of participants also deplored yesterday’s suicide bombing in Haifa but cautioned that it could not excuse the subsequent attack on Syria, which they said constituted a violation of international law. Syria was lauded for not responding militarily, while it was generally agreed that all concerned must pursue a just and comprehensive peace as outlined by the diplomatic Quartet comprising the UN, United States, Russian Federation and European Union.The meeting, which heard from over two dozen participants, was convened at the request of Syria’s Ambassador to the UN, Fayssal Mekdad, who today asked the Council to discuss the violations of Syrian and Lebanese airspace committed by the Israeli air force, and the missile attack it carried out against the village of Ain Al Sahib, a civilian site situated inside Syrian territory.Ambassador Mekdad sent letters to the Secretary-General and the Council President from Syria’s Foreign Minister, Farouk Al-Sharaa, who offered details on the incidents, which he called “a flagrant violation of the principles of international law” marking “a new and dangerous escalation.”Addressing the Council this afternoon, Ambassador Mekdad expanded on this theme, calling Israel’s aggression a violation of the UN Charter, international law and the 1974 Disengagement Agreement between the two countries. He said Israel’s terrorist act of aggression this morning was part of a strategic policy aimed at escalating tension in the Middle East just when the international community was pursuing efforts towards peace in the region. Echoing a warning put forward in the Foreign Minister’s letter, he said Syria was “not incapable of establishing a balance of resistance and deterrence that would force Israel to revise its calculations.” He also voiced hope that the Council would adopt a resolution responding to the current situation. Israel’s representative, Dan Gillerman, referred to the attack yesterday in Haifa as the latest of more than 40 terrorist atrocities committed by Islamic Jihad in the past few years. He charged Syria with encouraging, harbouring, training, funding and supporting a variety of notorious terrorist organizations, including Islamic Jihad. Syria, he said, had itself directed acts of terrorism, with coordination and briefings by phone and Internet, and by summoning activists to Damascus for briefings. He also said that Iran supported terrorist organizations.Syria used its State-run media and official institutions to glorify and encourage suicide bombings against civilians, he said. The Syrian delegate, he added, spoke a great deal about resistance but did not explain precisely how the murder of children in a restaurant was an act of resistance. read more

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Violence against women in Afghanistan remains dramatic – UN expert

“Violence against women remains dramatic in Afghanistan in its intensity and pervasiveness, in public and private spheres of life,” the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Yakin Ertürk, told a news briefing in Kabul, the Afghan capital, at the end of a 10-day visit.The three and a half years since the fall of the Taliban regime, which repressed women’s rights, have seen considerable change in the legal and institutional framework, but “action has to be taken now to protect women, to save lives,” she added, outlining a list of measures that appear feasible in the short term.These include launching media campaigns to inform the public that forced and child marriages violate fundamental precepts of Islam, and clearly establishing the ‘marriage’ of a girl-child as a crime subject to prosecution and punishment.Police and prosecutor’s offices must not return girls and women who escape domestic violence to their families unless their safety can really be ensured, safe havens for women at risk must be created and strengthened and donor support for Afghanistan should be linked to human rights and the protection of women, she added.“The present time constitutes a unique window of opportunity that should not be missed,” she declared.Most people she spoke to pointed to forced and child marriages as the primary source of violence against women, Ms. Ertürk said. “In addition to being in themselves serious forms of violence, forced and child marriages in combination with polygamy considerably increase the likelihood that women will be subjected to violence within the family, including sexual violence by significantly older males,” she added.She cited “one very dramatic example which affected me tremendously” of an eight-year-old girl, now under protection, who was sold by her mother at age six for marriage although neither Civil Law nor Islamic Sharia can accept that a six-year-old girl is marriageable.“This girl and others like her that I have talked to, who were not lucky enough to end up in a protective area, are abused physically as well as sexually. Not only by the designated husband, but until the designated husband grows up, other males in the family may abuse her,” she said. “I was just told at a Government meeting a while ago that girls are married off to families who in turn use them to sell their blood, or use them as prostitutes,” she added.“In only an exceedingly small fraction of cases will any sanction be imposed on the perpetrators of domestic violence,” she noted, adding that many women have no alternative but to endure such violence since unaccompanied women have no place in the public space and are automatically suspected of being engaged in sexual offences.“Once a girl or women has spent a night away from family control, this might constitute a dead end in her life. The stigma attached thereto often makes her return impossible, as she is either refused or accepted only to face punishment, often death.”She referred to the case of a woman called Ameena who was stoned or beaten to death because of a “fatwa by the local authorities for her murder.”“The violence has to come to an end. There is no reason under the sun that can legitimize any of these acts, if the Government is going to gain legitimacy and credibility it has to find ways of dealing with these issues,” she said.She also cited cases of self-immolation in the town of Herat. “These girls are burning themselves to death because they have no other option in life to escape violence,” she declared. “They are committing suicide in order to escape a life full of violence, not only from their husbands or fathers, but sometimes even by mothers-in-law, surprisingly. So being women does not free one from exercising violence unfortunately.” read more

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UNbacked summit on food security blue economy urges coordinated action

“Urgent coordinated action is needed to restore the health of the world’s oceans and secure the long-term well-being and food security of a growing global population,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said about the key message of the four-day summit, which is co-organized by the World Bank and Member States, including the Dutch host Government. “Healthy oceans have a central role to play in solving one of the biggest problems of the 21st century – how to feed 9 billion people by 2050,” said Árni M. Mathiesen, FAO Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture.On average, 17 per cent of global animal protein intake comes from fisheries and aquaculture, and demand for fish protein is expected to double in the next 20 years, FAO reported, yet some 28 per cent of global stocks are already overfished. More than 500 delegates are expected to attend the event, including ministers and senior representatives from the fishing industry, coastal communities, science and civil society.They will discuss underlying causes that have led to the overfishing, increased marine pollution and loss of critical habitat, as well as potential solutions. The participants will also look at balancing the demands for growth with conservation of marine areas, and ensuring that private sector growth does not come at the expense of protecting the livelihoods of local communities. “Solutions exist that balance the ecological and economic demands on the ocean,” said Juergen Voegele, Director of Agriculture and Environmental Services at the World Bank. “We have the opportunity to align all our efforts and bring solutions to scale locally. With public-private partnerships and shared approaches we can restore ocean health and provide food and jobs for communities worldwide,” he added.The summit will also focus on blue growth which emphasizes conservation and sustainable management of aquatic resources and equitable benefits to the coastal communities that rely on them.The term “blue economy” stems from the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and refers to food, jobs and opportunities for development provided by ocean and coastal assets. read more

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UN Standing Police Capacity 10 years of rapid assistance to peace operations

‹ › Haiti, Chad, Central African Republic, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan have been the major beneficiaries of the SPC, which has, in addition to integrating human rights into law enforcement and enhancing protection of civilians, worked in these countries to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence, promote the role of women in peace and security and build effective, efficient police institutions.With 37 experts ready to rapidly deploy to police components of UN peacekeeping operations, special political missions, UN funds and programmes and other partners, SPC stands ready to assist. SPC Chief Maria Appelblom, one of the most senior police women in the Organization, told UN News about some of the tasks performed by the UN’s rapid response unit – from helping to start up missions to assisting with elections.“The Standing Police Capacity was with the team to start up the mission in Mali in 2013,” she said from Brindisi, Italy, where the unit is based. “And then one year later we started in Central African Republic. We were responsible in MINUSCA [UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic] for the planning of the visit of the Pope, but we were also working with UNDP and UN country teams.” “We have been involved in Sierra Leone,” she continued. “We have assisted in establishing community policing and this is now a concept that is going to be replicated in several districts in Sierra Leone. Right now, we are assisting in preparation for their elections next year, with all of the security arrangements around that. Jane Grausgruber from the Standing Police Capacity planning the day and UN policing activities in Cyprus, during a deployment to UNFICYP in April 2016. UN/ UNFICYP “The Standing Police Capacity [SPC] is a vital tool of UN peacekeeping across the entire spectrum from conflict prevention to peace sustainment,” said Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, calling current SPC staff members “to continue to invest in peace by deploying and developing the capacity of national police services each time you deploy.”Established in 2007, the SPC filled a critical need in global peace operations by providing them with readily available police expertise. When deployed, the unit has made a positive contribution to missions’ police-related work and tasks, delivering a versatile range of products and services.“The SPC was established to provide the United Nations with a small corps of senior police officers and managers prepared to undertake urgent mission assessments and to organize the start-up of police components of peace operations” said Walter Wolf, the first SPC Chief.SPC has established police components in five peacekeeping operations, assisted 15 ongoing operations and supported five operations during reconfiguration, closures or transition. A police officer with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) oversees training of police units of the African-led International Support Mission in that country, known as MISCA. The UN mission took over MISCA’s responsibilities in September 2014. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina Miriam Mafessanti, Legal Adviser of the SPC, discusses police training during a deployment in the Central African Republic in 2014. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina read more

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Lindo Wing at St Marys Hospital officially on Royal Baby Watch as

first_imgIt’s official – Royal Baby Watch has begun, with parking restrictions in place outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London in preparation for the Duchess of Cambridge to have her third child – now named Prince Louis Arthur Charles.Crowd barriers are set up on the street outside to accommodate the television crews, journalists and photographers who will be present as she goes into labour. The baby is due to be born in mid-to-late April, and The Duchess has recently been seen in Norfolk, shopping in Waitrose.She had her first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at the Lindo Wing, and although there were rumours she may have a home birth this time, it is now clear she will be delivering the third child in the same place as its siblings.By choosing the exclusive hospital wing, she is following in the footsteps of the late Princess Diana, who had both her children, Princes Harry and William, there. Crowd barriers are erected opposite the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital A parking suspension is seen near to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hositalCredit:REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Eager fans, who often gather near the hospital before a Royal Baby is born, will have to wait until the birth to find out the gender of the child; the Duke and Duchess have asked for it to remain a surprise. David Levenson/Getty ImagesDavid Levenson/Getty Images REUTERS/Peter Nicholls  New born Prince William with Diana Princess of Wales and Prince Charles at the Lindo WingCredit:David Levenson/Getty Images The Duchess will be looked after by a team of leading medical professionals during her stay, which will be lead by Alan Farthing, the Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist, and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon-gynaecologist to the royal household. Both of them helped to deliver Prince George and Princess Charlotte.In the Lindo Wing, The Duchess will again be given a bespoke experience akin to a five-star hotel with en suite rooms available “providing a modern, homely environment in which to start your new or expanded family life”, the unit’s website states. All meals are freshly prepared in a dedicated kitchen and there is even an afternoon tea service, for parents to celebrate their new arrival, the website suggests. Deluxe rooms and suites are also available.The latest price list, from July last year to March, states that a standard room package, including a one-night stay, costs from £5,900, while a deluxe package is £6,275 – with an extra night priced at more than £1,000 for both options.The price of a suite of two rooms, with one used as a living room, is available on application but five years ago it cost £6,265 for a one-night stay. Crowd barriers are erected opposite the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s HospitalCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images With standard and deluxe care packages rising by around £1,000 since the birth of their first child, William and Kate could spend close to £7,500 for a suite.Each room has a satellite TV with major international channels, radio, bedside phone, fridge, free wi-fi and a choice of daily newspapers. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Macedonia takes a big step towards the Main Round

Match between the two defeated teams from the opening day, ended in a least expected fashion, as they will both carry one point. Marquee players of both teams, Filip Jicha and Kiril Lazarov did well enough to split the points after a thriller in Herning, with Lazarov more likely to be content with the outcome – 24:24.STATISTICSIt was the 33-year old Barcelona right back that opened the score in two minutes into the game. Mirkulovski’s goal from the fast-break marked the tipping point for Czech Republic who were loosing 6-3 at the moment. In less than 5 minutes Jichaovertuned, after the penalty from Lazarov deflected right into the keepers hands, making it 6-7 for the Czechs. Safe hands from Stochl again, keeping three sitters from Manaskov, Lazarov and Pecakovski, thus providing a chance for Czech team to further their one-goal lead. After Jicha hit the post from the 7-meter line, Dimovski leveled the score at 10-10, with less than two minutes to play. With seconds separating them from the break, Stochl was composed again to save a shot form Mirkulovski, assisting Jicha with a pinpoint pass to score from the counter. 10-11 for Czech republic as the teams went to half-time.The second saw a quick fight-back from Lazarov turning the score to Macedonia’s favor. Lazarov displayed his amazing shooting repertoire 42 minutes in, scoring two in succession, before Manaskov setting the score at 17-14. The score was back on level terms by the 52nd minute of the game as the match went into a dramatic finish 20:20. Lazarov saw yet another of his penalties saved by Stochl at 23-23, with less than 3 minutes to go.Pecakovski’s effort to bring his team a one-goallead, was matched by Horak with a breakthrough from bottom right. Last minutes saw both Alušovski and Haber taking time-outs late in the game, with the last shot from Jicha parried by Ristovski leaving the final score at 24-24.Lazarov heroically finished the with 12 goals to his name, while Horak led the scoring for Czechs with 8, followed by Jicha with 6.  Macedonia will leave the match a happier rival, as they now find themselves on the brink of the Main Round, before their match with Austria, while the Czech team will have to pull out a miracle, facing Denmark in the last match of the Preliminary Group stage.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVIC Denmarkeuro 2014handballJichalazarovmacedonia – czech republic ← Previous Story No winner between Hungary and Iceland! Next Story → Spain prevented upset against brave Norway read more

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Continuum and Shapeways design the worlds first 3D printed bikini

first_imgContinuum, a fashion and design company that prides itself on its integration of technology with high design, has partnered with 3D printing company Shapeways to create something new and never-before-seen: the first 3D printed bikini. No, it wasn’t printed directly onto the model, but it is a whole top and bottom, complete with straps, that fits remarkably well on the model seen wearing it.The N12 Bikini is made to be ready-to-wear, and is printed in Nylon 12, a solid plastic that can be printed as thin as 0.7mm. When a 3D printer is used to layer the fabric, it creates flexible springs and coils that can bend and stretch. This way, the 3D printer isn’t just carving out a basic material or creating a solid object like the 3D printing used to create the Portal 2 Atlas Robot or the tiny Atari 810 drive, but instead it’s using the printer to create an entirely new object.Shapeways and Continuum say that designing and producing the bikini was a way of testing the limitations of 3D printing technology. They wanted to start with a bikini because only a little material would be needed as opposed to a large sweater or a pair of pants, and it would work well with Continuum’s fashion portfolio. In the end, the bikini came out in one piece with no assembly required, ready to wear. Eventually, the team refined the design, and printed out a more customizable model with straps for the bikini top and a bikini bottom that’s actually in two pieces so it can be sold with straps to match the woman who plans to wear it.The goal, according to Continuum, was to not just prove that creating a bikini using a 3D printer was possible, but to then refine the technology and design enough that they could be mass produced for customers of all shapes and sizes. They did it, and the 3D printed bikini is available to order now, if you want one. The bottoms range from $200 to $350 depending on style, and the tops run from $200 to $300 depending on size.Read more at Continuuminumlast_img read more

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3D printing was used in Wii U controller design

first_imgIt’s just another example of how 3D printing is becoming an increasing presence in high-profile industries everywhere. Newly revealed insights into the design process of Nintendo’s impending Wii U console show that the company relied on 3D printing technology to help mold and test various designs for the touchscreen GamePad controller.The insights were revealed on Nintendo’s website through a series called Iwata Asks, in which Nintendo president Satoru Iwata sits down with key players from the company and discusses the latest innovations and delves into behind-the-scenes secrets.The latest installment of Iwata Asks includes an exchange between Iawata and engineer Masato Ibuki. In it, Ibuki talks about going through numerous iterations of what is now the Wii U GamePad. He mentions that in the past, a lot of controller concepts were fine-tuned by hand. With the Wii U, the company was able to create a design on a computer, print out a model, and then make tweaks as necessary before moving forward with all the electronic components of the controller.The GamePad is unlike any previous game console controller. Some refer to it as a tablet, while others absolutely refuse to use that name. In other words, it is something that has never been seen before. It is evident, though, that the widespread use of 3D printing made it easier to come up with concept after concept until it was exactly what Nintendo wanted.This is just another example of how this emerging technology is currently advancing or about to advance virtually every industry. The full interview with Ibuki can be found in the “via” link below.via Nintendolast_img read more

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