FIFA World Cup 2014: Colombia beats Ivory Coast 2-1

first_imgColombia scored twice in six minutes in a lively second half to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 at the World Cup on Thursday and move to the brink of the knockout stage.Colombia’s James Rodriguez (10) celebrates with teammate Colombia’s Juan Cuadrado after scoring his side’s first goal during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brazil on June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)James Rodriguez’s powerful header from a corner in the 64th minute was quickly followed by a low finish by substitute Juan Quintero, securing the South Americans’ second straight win in Group C in front of a partisan pro-Colombian crowd.Gervinho reduced the deficit in the 73rd minute with a superb run and shot inside the near post, but the Ivory Coast could not find an equalizer despite a strong finish.A point against Japan in its third game will definitely seal qualification for Colombia but it could be secured before that, depending on the result of Japan-Greece later Thursday.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton investigated over motorcycle selfie

first_imgPolice say they are investigating whether Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton broke New Zealand law by filming himself with a mobile phone while riding a motorcycle.Hamilton, who is visiting New Zealand before travelling to the Australian F1 Grand Prix, posted two videos on social media, both taken from close range, apparently showing him riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle on an Auckland motorway.It has been illegal in New Zealand to use a mobile phone while driving a vehicle since 2009.A police spokesman was quoted by the New Zealand Herald as saying authorities would “take a strong stance on any activity which places undue risk on the lives on any person on the road.”last_img

BCCI changes fund distribution policy to curb discrepancy

first_imgIn its attempt to prevent a repeat of the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) alleged fraud, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to switch to electronic methods to distribute funds to all state associations.Goa Police had recently arrested three top-ranking GCA officials, including its president Chetan Desai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mullafor allegedly encashing a Rs 3.13 crore cheque from the BCCI in 2006-07 and depositing it in a fake bank account in the name of the state cricket association.In the wake of such incidents, the BCCI has now decided to tighten the screws while distributing funds to the state associations.”All transfers will only be electronic. No cheques will be given,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke told ESPNCricinfo.”In future all payments from BCCI to state associations will be made to a designated account. That account will have to be confirmed by the current secretary and treasurer of the association. It would have to be counter verified by the bank where the account has been opened.”And the statutory auditor of the state association will have to issue a certificate saying it is the actual operative account of the state association,” he added.Besides occupying the top posts in the GCA, Desai and Phadke are also part of BCCI sub-committees. Desai is chairman of the board’s marketing committee while Phadke is on the information technology and data management panel.last_img read more

Steve Smith hits unbeaten 91 as Australia XI beat New Zealand XI

first_imgSteve Smith and Glenn Maxwell starred with the bat as Australia beat a depleted New Zealand XI by five wickets via the DLS method at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Friday.Former Australian captain Smith (91 not out off 108) and Maxwell (70 from 48) joined hands for a key partnership of 104 (91 balls) in Australia’s pursuit of 287.There was a big moment of worry for the hosts when Smith appeared to have hurt his still-recovering elbow while running a single.In the bowling department, Pat Cummins returned to the side captained by Alex Carey in the absence of a rested Aaron Finch. Cummins snared 4/32 from eight overs as Mitchell Starc (1/35) impressed for the second time in three days.The Aussies will play another three UK-based warm-up matches leading up to their June 1 World Cup opener.Steve Smith hanging around signing many an autograph at AB Field pic.twitter.com/Bs8pWA3rmCcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) May 10, 2019The Kiwis put up 286/9 thanks to Will Young, who scored his second straight century against the Aussies, and George Worker (59).World Cup-bound Jimmy Neesham stuck a cameo of 39 from 27 before a late collapse of 23/5 restricted the total.Another cause of concern for Australia is David Warner’s unhappy return to the opening slot with the dashing southpaw managing just 2 runs in this game before being caught behind from the bowling of Matt Henry.Usman Khawaja (23), Shaun Marsh (32) and Marcus Stoinis (15) also did not contribute much as the Aussies were tottering at 137/4 before Smith and Maxwell steadied the ship and took them over the line.advertisementAlso Read | Shakib Al Hasan wants to bat at number three for BangladeshAlso Read | Shai Hope has been our most consistent player: West Indies skipper Jason Holderlast_img read more

India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on Thursday

first_imgIndia will aim to continue with their unbeaten streak in the ongoing World Cup when they face a low-on-confidence West Indies team at Old Trafford on Thursday.After coming out with commanding performances in their first three World Cup games, the Men in Blue had to toil hard against Afghanistan to earn their fourth victory of the ongoing tournament in their last game.Riding on Mohammad Shami’s hat-trick, India successfully defended a below par total at a sluggish Rose Bowl wicket in Southampton last Saturday.Against Windies, Shami is likely to retain his place in the playing XI as India are unlikely to risk playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was sidelined due to a hamstring injury.The top-order has performed in all the four completed matches and has been the strength of the Indian team. However, the middle order looked a bit scratchy against Afghanistan and Virat Kohli would want M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar to get into the groove and perform against the attacking bowling line-up of the Windies.With nine points from five games, India are comfortably positioned in the top four and require two wins out of the remaining four games to book their place in the semi-finals.#TeamIndia openers having a go at in the nets ahead of the game against West Indies.#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Z19Nvt1Ux7BCCI (@BCCI) June 26, 2019Now on to a West Indies which needs a victory to have any chance of reaching the semifinals after a dramatic, five-wicket loss to 2015 runner-up New Zealand. Carlos Brathwaite’s remarkable century and dismissal – caught on the boundary – trying to hit a six for victory has boosted confidence within a West Indies team that promised so much but has only one victory so far.advertisementBut with the mathematical permutations still giving them an outside chance for a semi-final berth, West Indies will aim to pull off a complete performance against an in-form Indian side.MANCHESTER WEATHER UPDATESNot the ideal conditions for training today pic.twitter.com/la1uheffS8BCCI (@BCCI) June 25, 2019Wet weather has had a bigger impact on this tournament than any of previous World Cup, with India having to share points with New Zealand because their June 13 game was washed out at Trent Bridge – one of three games abandoned without a ball bowled.India’s win over archrival Pakistan in Manchester was also interrupted by rain, one of three results that have involved the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern run-rate calculators coming out. The forecast is for some heat for Thursday’s India-West Indies game, in the air – and on the field. India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on Thursday (Screengrab from AccuWeather) India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on Thursday (Screengrab from AccuWeather)Squads:India: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep YadavWest Indies: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas PooranAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain PredictionAlso Read | We Bleed Blue: Bharat Arun on controversy surrounding India’s World Cup 2019 orange jerseyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Match against India, an opportunity to showcase our skills, says Jason Holderlast_img read more

Dez Bryant, Tyler Patmon Got in Fist Fight at Dallas Cowboys Camp

first_imgThere was some Cowboy on Cowboy crime at Dallas Cowboys training camp over the weekend as Dez Bryant and Tyler Patmon went at each other pretty hard in an altercation. Here are a couple of looks at the festivities (including one from the Cowboys Twitter account?!)Dez and Patmon get into it on the far side. They’re still jawing pic.twitter.com/YKcx1i8NmS— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 3, 2015Dez Bryant – Tyler Patmon Fight Full Video & Reaction MUST WATCH: http://t.co/egrkA9lI0R pic.twitter.com/oTWsb5zk1X— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) August 3, 2015Dez threw ANOTHER punch on the sideline after it was over on the field.“It’s just two great competitors going at it. We were chirping a little bit back and forth, but at the end of the day, that’s what you want,” Bryant told the Dallas Morning News. “I got a little bit overheated. At the end of the day, that’s something that you really need for a team to try to win ballgames.”We both Oklahoma State guys, so I kind of know where he comes from. … You don’t want somebody weak on your team. That’s why Patmon is here. Patmon was undrafted. He is fighting his way and he’s fighting for respect. You can go to war with a guy like that any day of the week.”Jerry weighed in (of course).Jerry Jones said he doesn’t know if he could’ve scripted the Dez-Patmon fight any better. “That’s good stuff. That’s training camp.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 3, 2015And finally Patmon ended the fun.“Cornerbacks and receivers, there is always history in between that. It’s bound to happen and it’s part of being a family,” Patmon said. “We got at it. We squashed it. It’s over.”Yay!What Brothers do after they Fight @DezBryant @Lion_hearted_26 @dallascowboys @nflnetwork @ESPNNFL @espn pic.twitter.com/ESMvPnO1Br— ?️‍?Drew Rizzuti ?️‍? (@Rizzuti09) August 3, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, Jan. 15———POLICE SAY HIJAB-CUTTING DIDN’T HAPPEN: A Toronto police investigation has concluded that an incident reported by an 11-year-old girl who claimed her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school did not happen. The alleged incident, which was reported on Friday, made international headlines and drew public condemnation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario’s premier and Toronto’s mayor. On Monday, police said their investigation concluded with no charges laid and no consequences for the girl.———HAWAII NUKE-ALERT FIASCO UNLIKELY HERE: The possibility of an incoming nuclear warhead from a country such as North Korea is hardly uppermost in the minds of Canadian emergency management authorities. The weekend fiasco in Hawaii, where residents and tourists spent 40 agonizing minutes expecting an incoming strike based on an erroneous alert, has highlighted a preparedness gap in Canada, where references to a nuclear attack are conspicuous by their absence. Nor does Canada yet have the kind of system that helped quickly spread the faulty alert — attributed to someone pushing the wrong button during a test.———RUSSIA JOINS CHINA IN SLAMMING VANCOUVER NORTH KOREA MEETING: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending the decision not to invite China and Russia to a meeting on North Korea that will be held in Vancouver on Tuesday. But he does concede that the two countries will be integral to resolving the stand-off over North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program. Trudeau made the remarks in an interview Monday with The Canadian Press after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov piled onto criticism of the meeting, which China slammed last week as potentially harmful to the prospects for peace.———TRUDEAU ABORTION COMMENTS RAISE IRE OF U.S. RIGHT: Justin Trudeau’s comments on abortion are raising the ire of the U.S. right wing. The prime minister’s suggestion that anti-abortion groups were out of line with Canadian society triggered criticism in the country next door — where abortion remains a subject of mainstream political debate and is a central issue in the struggle for control of the U.S. Supreme Court. One former Trump White House staffer tweeted: “This man is reprehensible.”———CRANBERRIES SINGER DOLORES O’RIORDAN DEAD AT 46: Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries who split her time between Ireland and a remote town in Ontario, has died at 46. Publicist Lindsey Holmes says O’Riordan died suddenly Monday in London, where she was recording. The cause of death wasn’t immediately available. O’Riordan frequently talked about how she enjoyed visiting Ontario. Whether it was riding a Sea-Doo or a snowmobile she was known for exploring the great outdoors.———QUEBEC POLICE BEEF UP COLD CASE SQUAD: Quebec provincial police are significantly increasing the number of officers assigned to its cold case squad. The force intends to add up to 25 more employees to the five-person unit in the coming months, with a focus on unsolved cases involving women and children. Lt. Martine Asselin explained that regular investigators often have to respond to breaking crimes or urgent cases, meaning unresolved killings head to the back burner.———LAC-MEGANTIC JURORS ON DAY 5 OF DELIBERATIONS: Jurors in the Lac-Megantic criminal negligence trial have asked the judge their first questions since being sequestered last Thursday. During their fifth day of deliberations Monday, the jurors requested a dictionary and clarifications on various judicial matters. Jurors are deciding the fate of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre. The three are charged with criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people after an oil-laden runaway train on July 6, 2013 derailed and exploded in the small town.———KEVIN GLENN FIRST PLAYER TO DO FULL CIRCUIT OF CFL: Kevin Glenn’s trek through the CFL is now complete. The veteran quarterback signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday, making him the first player in CFL history to be picked up by every team in the league during his career. Glenn envisioned achieving the milestone by signing a one-day contract with Edmonton, then retiring. But the 38-year-old Detroit native will provide depth behind incumbent Mike Reilly, the CFL’s outstanding player last season.———RATE HIKE MAY FURTHER SLOW HOME SALES: Economists say Canada’s real estate market will hit a slow patch in 2018 if a rumoured interest rate hike forces buyers to delay their home purchases. They’re bracing themselves for fewer home sales and a drop in demand ahead of the Bank of Canada’s Wednesday announcement, which many predict will involve the interest rate being boosted after the economy’s strong performance last year. Some say the country has done so well that the rate may be bumped up a few more times over 2018.———MAN CHARGED WITH PERSONAL DATA TRAFFICKING: An Ontario man who allegedly peddled information from an online database containing 1.5 billion usernames and passwords faces several criminal charges. The RCMP accuse Jordan Evan Bloom of Thornhill, Ont., of selling stolen personal identities through the website Leakedsource.com, which had a total of some three billion pieces of data. Bloom is alleged to have earned about $247,000 by selling data.———last_img read more

Hurricane Dorian headed to the Maritimes and eastern Quebec

first_imgHALIFAX — The Canadian Hurricane Centre says hurricane Dorian is expected to spin into Atlantic Canada this weekend as either a Category 1 hurricane or a strong tropical storm, churning out sustained winds up to 130 kilometres per hour.“It’s probably going to be a big deal,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Ian Hubbard.“It’s going to be a very significant wind event. We’re a few days away from it, so we still have to work on the details.”Hubbard, who works at the hurricane centre in Halifax, said the storm is forecast to track along the U.S. eastern seaboard to North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras on Friday and move near Nova Scotia on Saturday, then on to Newfoundland on Sunday.A Category 1 hurricane produces sustained wind speeds at 119 kilometres per hour or above, reaching Category 2 at 154 kilometres per hour.According to the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Category 1 hurricanes can break large tree limbs, pull off shingles and vinyl siding and topple trees with shallow roots. That means widespread power outages are a key concern for emergency planners.Heavy rainfall is expected, especially north and west of Dorian’s track, which means the biggest downpours will likely be along the southern Maritimes on Saturday and parts of Newfoundland on Sunday.“We want to make sure people are paying attention to our forecasts and basing their decisions on that,” said Hubbard. “There is still a lot of uncertainty in (Dorian’s) track. We can’t pin down exactly where it’s going to go at this point.”However, Hubbard said it would be a mistake for people in the region to focus on Dorian’s precise track, given the fact that the storm appears to be expanding.“The impacts of this storm will reach well beyond the eye or the storm centre,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of wind over a lot of areas, regardless of whether you are close to that centre or if you’re a couple hundred kilometres away.”Environment Canada says most parts of Atlantic Canada will experience tropical storm force winds, which exceed 63 kilometres per hour.However, Dorian’s course and strength could change significantly in the days ahead, especially if it makes landfall in the United States.The latest computer models indicate Dorian could head out to sea as it moves toward Nova Scotia, or it could shift northward into southern New Brunswick and the eastern edges of Quebec and southern Labrador.As of Wednesday, the hurricane centre started issuing bulletins every six hours.As Dorian left behind a trail of destruction in the Bahamas, rescue crews fanned out Wednesday to find survivors amid a landscape of splintered homes and submerged streets.The official death toll on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama stood at seven but was certain to rise as emergency workers had yet to reach some areas.Though Dorian remained off the Florida shoreline, largely sparing the state, its 165 km/h winds were expected to take a heavier toll on Georgia and the Carolinas on Thursday.An estimated three million people in the four states were warned to clear out. Highways leading inland were turned into one-way evacuation routes.As for tropical storm Gabrielle, which developed in the middle of the Atlantic late Tuesday, it poses no immediate threat to Canadian territory, Hubbard said.— With files from The Associated PressMichael MacDonald, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC Hydro to restore power in Old Fort Monday evening

first_imgSince that time, B.C. Hydro crews have been working around the clock to install 45 new power poles and 3,300 metres of power lines.B.C. Hydro has also applied to the BC Utilities Commission to provide bill credits to customers who were evacuated due to the landslide. If the Commission approves the application, credits will be automatically applied to customers’ accounts for the electricity consumed during the period they were out of their homes. UPDATE – The lights are back on in the Old Fort.  Power was restored shortly after 7 p.m. Monday.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro will restore power to the Old Fort Monday night.B.C. Hydro expects power will be restored to residents in the Old Fort Monday evening after being out since October 6.  Late last week the Peace River Regional District issued permits for Hydro to enter the area and begin restoration work.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhis image now worse than in 2014 Rupani

first_imgMumbai: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani feels Rahul Gandhi’s image is now worse than what it was in 2014, and says he pities the Congress president when he sees him getting trolled on social media over his “immature” behaviour. In an interview to PTI, Rupani also says that after the ‘Modi wave’ in 2014, the country will for the first time this year witness the “Modi tsunami”. “I feel pity for Rahul Gandhi seeing him being trolled excessively on social media over his immature behaviour. His image is of a non-serious politician…with his winks in Parliament, antics like hugging Modiji. All this shows his immaturity. His image is now worse than it was in 2014,” he says. Rupani was in the city to campaign for BJP’s Mumbai-North East candidate Manoj Kotak, to seek support of the city’s Gujarat community for the party candidate. “In 2014, there was a Modi wave, this time around, the country will witness a Modi tsunami because in the last polls, the sentiment was that Modiji should be made the prime minister and now, after he became the PM, people believe he is the right choice,” he says. Modi has ensured that every sector sees growth, unlike the previous governments, he claims. Rupani says the country has witnessed a “trustworthy and transparent” governance after several years. “After Pulwama (terror attack), he (Modi) is known as a decisive prime minister heading a strong and stable government. People will vote only in the name of Modi,” he says. Asked if Priyanka Gandhi’s formal entry into politics will hurt the BJP, specially in Uttar Pradesh which sends the maximum number of MPs to Parliament, Rupani says the Congress may think she is the party’s ‘trump card’, but “she is limited to UP and not seen anywhere outside”. “The Congress has asked her to campaign for it to save its own existence there. (SP leader) Akhilesh (Yadav), (BSP supremo) Mayawati did not even accept the Congress. The party is nowhere in the picture in UP. They will barely be able to win one-two seats,” the chief minister claims. To another query, he says the Congress created an “anti-majority” and “anti-Hindu” feeling among the majority population by coining terms like “Hindu terror” and its refusal to abolish Article 370 of the Constitution, which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “Due to all this, the absolute negativity towards the Congress in the minds of people is evident. The majority Hindu population is upset with the Congress and will not vote for it,” he says. Asked if fielding Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur for the Lok Sabha polls was the BJP’s mistake, he says, “The Congress has tried to malign the image of Hindus with terms like ‘Hindu terror’. Sadhviji was fielded as an answer.” On Thakur’s comments against slain Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Rupani said she should not have said it. Thakur, who is contesting the Lok Sabha poll from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, recently claimed that Karkare died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had “cursed” him for “torturing” her. To another query, Rupani says the surgical strikes and the recent air strike on terror camps in Pakistan were a victory of the armed forces, dubbing the actions as a reply to the neighbouring country over its “misadventures”. “Modiji gave the Army a free hand at the right time, while the Congress talks about taking back the armed forces. While the current government believes in zero tolerance (towards terrorism), the Congress believes in appeasement. People are seeing this difference and appreciating Modi,” he says. Asked how the BJP will fare in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Rupani says the environment is much better than in 2014 and that the party will win the polls with a majority. “It is difficult to predict the exact figures, but the BJP and NDA will fare better than last time,” he says. On the opposition’s criticism over the BJP not giving tickets to veteran leaders L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, Rupani says his party believes in “graceful retirement” after 75 years of age. “Advaniji is 92 years old now and even in his blog, he has only expressed his apprehensions for the country. He is a large-hearted man who has strengthened and made the party what it is today. He cannot be unhappy for not getting a ticket,” he says. Advani in his blog earlier this month said the essence of Indian democracy is respect for diversity and freedom of expression. “Right from its inception, the BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our ‘enemies’, but only as our adversaries,” he wrote in the blog.last_img read more

UN increases food deliveries in Somalia amid piracy

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began a distribution of food to 122,500 Somalis affected by violence while warning that piracy is hampering its operations. “We are expanding our distributions to the displaced – many of whom are women and children – with this round of distributions, which means WFP should be reaching 80 per cent of the 150,000 we plan to feed,” said Peter Goossens, the agency’s Somalia Country Director in Nairobi. “But just when we are reaching more people, incidents of piracy against ships off Somalia are again on the rise and are threatening to cut the fastest and most efficient way – by sea – to move large amounts of food assistance to the needy in Somalia during this crisis,” he said. Mr. Goossens charged that the pirates “are very cruelly playing with the lives of the most vulnerable women and children who had to leave their homes because of fighting” and appealed to the Somali authorities to act “before they cause more misery both to the crews of hijacked ships and to the people who rely on WFP food for their survival.” The recent distribution follows aid deliveries in late April and early May to 114,000 displaced people and returnees. The United Nations estimates that between 300,000 and 400,000 people fled Mogadishu since 1 February. Somalia has recently experienced its worst fighting in 16 years between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by Ethiopian forces, and anti-TFG factions. 18 May 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began a distribution of food to 122,500 Somalis affected by violence while warning that piracy is hampering its operations. read more

Southern Afghanistan remains heartland of opium production – UN

25 June 2007Afghanistan continues to monopolize the global industry in illegal opium and is increasingly capable on its own territory of processing the poppy into heroin and morphine, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned today. The more sophisticated drug production means there is also greater risk now that Afghans will become heroin or opium addicts, UNODC representative in Afghanistan Christina Gynna Oguz told reporters at a briefing in the capital, Kabul. A day before the release of UNODC’s annual report on the narcotics situation around the world, Ms. Oguz detailed some of the findings about Afghanistan, which last year produced about 6,000 tons of opium poppy – or 92 per cent of the world total. She said opium cultivation is concentrated in the south of the country, with just one province – Helmand – accounting for 42 per cent of all the illicit production in the world. Many of the provinces with the highest levels of production also have the worst security problems. “There are close links between criminal networks that deal in drugs and the insurgents,” Ms. Oguz said. “Together they provide both the money and the environment for instability in this country.” Most of Afghanistan’s opium is trafficked out of the country and then processed into heroin and morphine, but Ms. Oguz said that more and more of that production is taking place within the country. “This indicates a sophistication that we did not have before and also that there is large illegal import of chemicals that are needed for the manufacturing of morphine and heroin.” She added that the increased heroin production inside Afghanistan means there is a rising risk of heroin abuse. At least 50,000 people are already addicted, and the numbers are rising in part because of returning refugees who used heroin elsewhere, mainly in Iran. The problem is not confined to heroin, Ms. Oguz stressed. About 150,000 people, mostly in rural areas, are addicted to opium, using it as a pain reliever or medicine because of the country’s poor health-care system. But Ms. Oguz added that the country is gaining some ground in the fight against illegal drugs. Cultivation has decreased in the central and northern provinces, where the security situation is also more stable. “This represents a window of opportunity for the Government in particular, but also the international community, to do something about the drug problem. It is possible to have success in areas where security is better and where there is good governance.” read more

Boys 8 and 6 drive pickup truck to Tim Hortons

An 8-year-old boy and his 6-year-old brother have been returned to their parents after going on a Tim Hortons run in a pickup truck. The Ontario Provincial Police say the boys took the truck from their home in Jarvis, Ont. and drove to get some breakfast.The 8-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle in the drive-thru area, hopped the curb and drove into a field where they became stuck. An employee went to check on the occupants and found the boys sitting in the vehicle. Police say the children were not hurt and there was no damage to the pickup truck. They were turned over to their parent by police at the scene. No charges will be laid.

Rating agency Standard Poors says the UK remains AAA economy should recover

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Standard & Poor’s says the United Kingdom will keep its top “AAA” credit grade.The rating agency late Friday affirmed its “AAA” long-term rating for the country, the same day as the Olympics got under way in London.The U.K. economy slipped into a recession earlier this year, putting pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron and his government’s efforts to cut spending and balance budgets. S&P said it expects the economy to recover in the second half of this year and that the government will keep budgets tight.Last week, the International Monetary Fund said Cameron’s government may have to ease up on budget cutting if the economy continues to struggle.S&P said it expects the Bank of England to keep interest rates low to help the economy. by News Staff Posted Jul 27, 2012 6:57 pm MDT Rating agency Standard & Poor’s says the UK remains ‘AAA;’ economy should recover in 2012 read more

UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict wraps up official visit to

According to a news release, Mrs. Bangura was on a four-day visit to Guinea where she met with senior Government officials, UN agencies and civil society groups. The Special Representative’s office is providing technical and logistical support to a Panel of Judges investigating the incidents of 28 September 2009, where at the national stadium almost 156 people were killed and 109 women were raped and subjected to other forms of sexual crimes during an opposition demonstration. According to the release, 16 people have been indicted so far in connection with the case, including former Head of State- Moussa Dadis Camara and several high ranking military officers. Speaking earlier this year regarding the indictments Mrs. Bangura said, “I commend the national authorities for exercising ownership, leadership and responsibility over this process which seeks to bring justice to victims of crimes committed during the horrific events which took place Conakry in broad daylight.” read more

There has never been a more urgent time to safeguard childrens right

In fragile contexts, lacking safe water and sanitation further restricts the right to health; shutting down hospitals, increasing exposure to preventable diseases, and exacerbates existing conflicts.Data published by UNICEF in March revealed that scarce clean water supply could be as deadly as bullets, where children under the age of 15 are nearly three times more likely to die from diseases linked to poor sanitation conditions than from violence.Fragility and armed conflict have increased worldwide over the last decade, the report notes, displacing millions of people globally and straining host communities that must deliver basic services, including water and sanitation to growing populations.Water is at risk of becoming a “threat multiplier” for war-torn countries from Africa’s Sahel region, to the Middle East., with climate change impacts compounding the effects of a growing water crisis and indirectly accelerating hunger and health crises for entire populations.Peacebuilding through ‘WASH’Turning to implementable solutions under way in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Nigeria, Somalia, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Yemen and beyond, the report aims to replicate and scale up these efforts into a framework for ensuring resilient water and sanitation services for children globally.  In South Sudan, a result of improved sanitation education has aided households in addressing malnutrition and reducing incidents of gender-based violence, while a joint effort by Tripoli and Lebanon to close water service gaps paved the way for social cohesion between the previously divided groups.In tandem with the Water Under Fire Campaign launched on 22 March, the report seeks to ensure the rights to water and sanitation for all, while moving toward sustainable development and peace.Nearing 30 years since the adoption the UN child rights treaty, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Ms. Naylor stressed, “there has never been a more urgent time to safeguard the right to water and sanitation for every child.” In the first volume of a new report, Water under Fire, the agency outlines how water, sanitation and hygiene services can be planned, financed and executed to safeguard healthy livelihoods for children in fragile and conflict-affected areas.From Cox’s Bazar to Ukraine to Yemen and similar places of extreme vulnerability, as seen, “the situation is dire for children,” UNICEF Associate Director for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Kelly Ann Naylor said, acknowledging that conflict-related crises are increasing in frequency, are more prolonged, and maiming the lives of more people.“Humanitarian assistance alone will not resolve these issues, but through cross-sector partnerships we can build sustainable and resilient water, sanitation and hygiene services that can create a more stable and peaceful future for children and their families.”Deadly as bulletsIn conflicts, unsafe water can be just as deadly as bullets. Children living in conflict are three times more likely to die from water related diseases than violence. 💧#ChildrenUnderAttack#WorldWaterWeek pic.twitter.com/w5e9ormaQu— UNICEF (@UNICEF) August 26, 2019 read more

Rio Tinto streamlines aluminium product group

first_imgRio Tinto is streamlining its aluminium product group following a strategic review. Thirteen assets will be divested at an appropriate point in the future, and some of these will be managed separately in the meantime. The move will allow Rio Tinto Alcan to concentrate on its strategy to grow the value of its high quality, tier one assets and improve the product group’s financial performance. Rio Tinto’s interests in six Australian and New Zealand assets will transfer into a new business unit, to be called Pacific Aluminium, and be managed and reported separately from the Rio Tinto Alcan product group prior to divestment. These are:Australia: Gove bauxite mine and alumina refinery, Boyne Smelters and the associated Gladstone Power Station, the Tomago smelter and the Bell Bay smelterNew Zealand: New Zealand Aluminium Smelters.A second group of seven non-core assets will continue to be managed by Rio Tinto Alcan while it further investigates divestment options. These assets include:France and Germany:Three Specialty Alumina plants and the Gardanne refineryUSA: Sebree smelter UK: Lynemouth smelter and associated power station, for which potential options include closure.Rio Tinto chief executive Tom Albanese said “The assets identified for divestment are sound businesses that are well-managed with productive workforces. But they are no longer aligned with our strategy and we believe they have a bright future under new ownership. The strength of our balance sheet means that we can choose the most opportune method and timing to divest these assets, which may not occur until the economic climate improves. In the meantime, we will continue to run these operations safely and efficiently.“This move is a further significant step towards achieving our performance targets in the Aluminium product group. We have already made good progress, with plans in place to generate sustainable performance improvement, and we are investing at a number of our core assets.”Rio Tinto Alcan chief executive Jacynthe Cote said “We are already well on our way to building a truly outstanding aluminium business. Streamlining the product group allows Rio Tinto Alcan to concentrate its efforts even more on driving performance improvements and investing in growth to increase shareholder value.”Rio Tinto has begun consultations with affected stakeholders and will engage with the relevant governments and regulators. The relevant Rio Tinto business units will engage with their workforces during the process.The CEO of Pacific Aluminium will be Sandeep Biswas. He will report to Rio Tinto Business Support & Operations Group Executive Bret Clayton.last_img read more

Catchup Wednesday 3 midweek longreads

first_img“My Lady, he’s not fine but he’s not going to be fine,” Pistorius’s defense lawyer, Barry Roux, told Judge Thokozile Masipa, as his client became sick. “He’s having some difficulty. He’s very emotional but it’s not going to change.” Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday> 2. James Bond and WWIBenjamin Welton looks at how the first World War profoundly changed literature, leading to the emergence of the classic British spy novel, an enduring genre.(The Atlantic, approx 8 minutes reading time, 1789 words)During the first two decades of the 20th century, a feeling of dread was pervasive in British culture: The British army’s initially shoddy performance during the Second Boer War (which lasted from 1899 to 1902) invited a whole host of theories as to why the British fighting man had so much difficulty in subduing South African irregular troops. 3. Love and controlShakira recently revealed that her boyfriend has banned her from appearing in music videos with male co-stars. Lisa McInerney looks at what sort of message this sends out.(TheJournal.ie, approx 4 minutes reading time, 991 words)The possessive partner is one of those tropes that’s used for romantic effect in bodice-rippers and problematic codswallop written by Stephenie Meyer and E.L. James, but it’s not an archetype to aspire to in reality. Search for “possessive partner” on Google and you don’t get directions for BDSM play and Interflora numbers; you get article after article on how to deal with a domineering loved one. IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. Oscar Pistorius on trialAmy Davidson looks at how Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial has gone so far – the tears, the vomiting, the gun stories, the drama, the tragic details of Reeva Steenkamp’s untimely death.(New Yorker, approx 6 minutes reading time, 1238 words)last_img read more

LUFCQue Choisir veut supprimer le monopole des pharmacies

first_imgL’UFC-Que Choisir veut supprimer le monopole des pharmaciesL’association de consommateurs UFC-Que Choisir a décidé de s’attaquer au monopole des pharmacies. Elle propose ainsi que les médicaments sans ordonnance soient aussi vendus dans les parapharmacies et grandes surfaces, sous le contrôle tout de même d’un pharmacien diplômé.Faut-il continuer à vendre les médicaments sans ordonnance uniquement en pharmacie ? C’est la question qu’a décidé de soulever l’association de consommateurs UFC-Que Choisir suite à une enquête qu’elle a récemment menée auprès de 648 pharmacies. Une étude qui a selon elle, confirmée “les maux déjà diagnostiqués” lors d’une précédente enquête en 2009 : “un conseil grippé, une opacité des prix et une inquiétante fièvre tarifaire”. Autant de constatations qui lui font aujourd’hui proposer une véritable “réforme de l’automédication”. En effet, l’automédication, c’est à dire l’ensemble des médicaments vendus sans ordonnance, représente, selon l’UFC-Que Choisir, “un tiers des dépenses de médicaments des consommateurs”. Or, les pharmacies sont aujourd’hui libre de fixer les prix de ces médicaments. L’enquête a ainsi montré un écart de 1 à 4 (de 1,30 euro à 4,95) sur le prix de l’aspirine UPSA Vitaminée (médicament non remboursable, dont le prix est libre) achetée dans 547 officines. “On n’a jamais vu de tels écarts dans d’autres secteurs de la consommation”, a commenté Alain Bazot, président de l’UFC. Ce genre de constatation alimente d’ailleurs depuis plusieurs années les revendications de la grande distribution, notamment de Leclerc qui souhaite vendre des médicaments moins cher.Un manque de conseilMais ce n’est pas la seule “faille” que l’UFC-Que Choisir dénonce. “Cette enquête met en lumière une défaillance majeure de la part des pharmaciens sur leur obligation de conseil”, a estimé Alain Bazot, président de l’UFC. Au cours de l’enquête, l’association a en effet constaté que les pharmaciens ne prodiguaient pas toujours les conseils nécessaires. Par exemple, dans une situation d’achat en automédication de deux médicaments incompatibles (Aspirine UPSA Vitamine C et Rhinureflex, médicament contenant de l’ibuprofène), “seul un pharmacien sur deux” a indiqué spontanément l’interaction entre les deux médicaments. “Cette défaillance ramène les pharmaciens à des commerçants comme les autres”, a commenté M. Bazot.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Des constatations auxquelles Isabelle Adenot, la président du Conseil national de l’Ordre des Pharmaciens a réagi en expliquant : “on ne peut pas laisser dire que tous les pharmaciens font mal leur travail”, mais cette conclusion “alerte” la profession. “On ne peut que déplorer les chiffres qui sont donnés par cette enquête”, a-t-elle également ajouté s’interrogeant cependant sur la méthodologie employée. “Nous travaillons, à l’Ordre, à améliorer les choses. Il faut sans arrêt amener les confrères vers plus de qualité, plus de sécurité”, a t-elle encore assuré. Dans ce but, la profession sera bientôt soumise à une obligation annuelle de “développement professionnel continu” contrôlé par l’Ordre.Des contre-indications à inscrire sur les boîtes Pour l’UFC-Que Choisir, l’enjeu d’une telle réforme serait donc double, à la fois financière et sanitaire. L’association a ainsi évalué que la libéralisation de la distribution des médicaments vendus sans ordonnance engendrerait une économie de 11,4% à 16,3% pour les consommateurs. Néanmoins, cette réforme exigerait tout de même le maintien de certaines garanties. Il faut “garantir les mêmes modalités de contrôle qu’une pharmacie d’officine”, insiste l’UFC qui suggère aussi de renforcer l’information des consommateurs sur des médicaments qui ne font pas l’objet d’un conseil préalable du médecin.Sur ce point, elle demande donc que les principales contre-indications et interactions à éviter figurent dans un encadré, directement sur la boîte de ces médicaments. Elle propose aussi l’interdiction de toute publicité grand public, en dehors des lieux de vente, pour les médicaments accessibles sans ordonnance. Si certaines de ces revendications ont été reconnues par le Conseil national de l’Ordre des Pharmaciens, sa présidente a sans surprise déclaré qu’ils étaient “franchement opposés au fait de mettre les médicaments dans d’autres circuits”. Le 28 mars 2012 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more