Luis happy to be ‘butcher’ in Messi battle

first_imgLionel Messi How do you stop Lionel Messi? Filipe Luis happy to fill ‘butcher’ role at Atletico Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 23:15 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi Filipe Luis Barcelona Atletico Madrid Getty Lionel Messi Primera División Atlético Madrid v Barcelona Atlético Madrid Barcelona The Brazilian defender has learned down the years that stopping the mercurial Barcelona forward is easier said than done Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis concedes that he needs to adopt a “butcher role” when attempting to contain Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.The Brazilian full-back has faced the mercurial Argentine on several occasions for club and country down the years.Atletico Madrid 23/10 to keep Barca clean sheet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. He has learned the hard way that containing the prolific forward is easier said than done, with the 30-year-old boasting match-altering ability which few can match.With that in mind, and ahead of another meeting with Messi in La Liga on Saturday, Luis admits that he either needs assistance or strong-arm tactics in order to even the playing field.Luis told El Mundo: “I’m always in the ‘butcher’ role.”But the only way to stop Messi one-on-one is to foul him. Otherwise, if I’m alone, I’ll only get the ball one in 20 times. I have to use other weapons.“I know the best way to stop him. I know he does not like playing with his back to goal, you must be right on top of him when he gets the ball. If he feels comfortable, you’re dead.”I feel I do pretty well against him when we play, although he always scores against us. And even with me being the bad guy when we meet, he never reproaches me, always shakes my hand after the game.”Filipe Luis Lionel Messi butcher roleMessi has netted 27 times in 34 meetings with Atletico down the years.Luis is among those to have struggled against the South American, with there a red card at Camp Nou in 2016 on his personal roll of shame.He is by no means the only one to have come unstuck, though, with Messi a talismanic five-time Ballon d’Or winner who is capable of making the best in the business look ordinary.”Messi is so good that he can win La Liga even with a mediocre team, which is not the case,” added Luis.”Barca remain up top every year because of him. Because Barca have this way of easily creating internal debates, it seems they like it. But Messi is so good, so good that he holds up what is around him.”Unfortunately for Luis and Atletico, Messi and Barca have been firing on all cylinders again this season.Ernesto Valverde’s side have won nine successive games in all competitions, with their Argentine superstar netting 14 times in 11 appearances.last_img read more

Fraser unsure what future holds amid Arsenal talk

first_imgRyan Fraser claims to not “know what is happening” when it comes to his future, with the Bournemouth wideman continuing to be linked with a move to Arsenal.The 25-year-old is approaching the final year of his contract with the Cherries.No extension has been agreed as yet, meaning that all concerned have a big decision to make this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Bournemouth may need to cash in while they can still ask for a sizeable fee, while Fraser must mull over where he wants to play his football in 2019-20.The Scotland international insists no definitive call has been made as yet, telling BBC Sport while away on Euro 2020 qualification duty: “The lads have been asking.”I don’t know myself so there’s no point thinking about it, wherever I’ll be, I’ll be. I don’t know what is happening. I’m not just saying that.”Fraser recorded eight goals and 15 assists across the 2018-19 campaign to register on the radar of Arsenal and other Premier League clubs.The Gunners have been urged to make a move, while the player himself has welcomed talk of interest from north London, but any transfer talk remains purely speculative for now.Fraser added: “Wherever I’ll be, if it’s Bournemouth or if it’s at somebody else, then all you can do is try your best and enjoy football.”If you think about anything else, I’ll probably have a bad game.”As things stand, Fraser is trying to keep his focus locked on international commitments.He helped Scotland to an important 2-1 win over Cyprus on Saturday, in what was his first outing since Bournemouth’s season came to a close on May 12, and is now preparing for a meeting with Belgium on Tuesday.”On Monday when we trained, I was a shambles, I was so bad,” said Fraser.”The lads were probably thinking, ‘I don’t think this is Ryan Fraser’.”I’m glad I played well against Cyprus. If I didn’t have that four weeks, I could’ve scored a couple. I would have probably scored my chances that I had. On Tuesday, I’ll be better.”last_img read more

Prithvi Shaw gets pep talk from Sachin Tendulkar ahead of possible return from injury

first_imgPrithvi Shaw gets pep talk from Sachin Tendulkar ahead of possible return from injuryPrithvi Shaw, according to a media report, was spoken to by his seniors in the Indian dressing room during the team’s tour to Australia last year. The 19-year-old was ruled out of the four-Test series after he picked up an injury during India’s only warm-up game in Sydney. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 12:46 IST Prithvi Shaw is likely to return from the ankle injury at the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, starting February 21 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrithvi Shaw did not play a part in India’s 2-1 Test series win vs Australia due to an injuryPrithvi Shaw scored a hundred on Test debut vs the West Indies at home last yearPrithvi Shaw is likely to return to competitive cricket at the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, starting February 21Prithvi Shaw is being touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket. The U-19 World Cup-winning India captain has been making headlines ever since he hogged the limelight as a boyhood wonder in the celebrated Mumbai cricketing circle.Shaw shone in domestic cricket, cracking hundreds in Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy debuts. The teenager then earned an India call-up during the team’s tour of England last year but finally got an opportunity to make his Test debut against the West Indies at home last year.It wasn’t surprising to see Shaw playing fearless cricket against the West Indies, scoring a century on debut at Rajkot and a half-century in his second Test at Hyderabad. At 18, Shaw was gearing up for what was seen as one of the toughest overseas assignments for an Indian cricketer – the tour to Australia.However, Shaw was ruled out of the four-Test series after he suffered an ankle injury during India’s only-warm up match in Sydney. While he was expected to be fit in time for the second Test in Perth, the intensity of the young opener’s injury snatched away an opportunity to play his first Test on Australian soil as a teenager.Shaw was sent home from Australia after the second Test and is recovering to get fit in time for the upcoming 12th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), starting March 23.Shaw meets Tendulkar at the latter’s residenceAhead of the impending return, Shaw had a counseling session Sachin Tendulkar at the batting legend’s Bandra residence in a bid to regain focus while recovering from the injury, according to The Mumbai Mirror.advertisementRecently, Sachin Tendulkar had also insisted that India’s brightest young talents, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill should just enjoy their cricket and focus on the game.”I’ve spoken about Prithvi earlier as well, having watched him bat in the nets as a little boy, all of 8-9 years of age, he had something special even back then. I knew instantly that he would play for India,” Tendulkar had said.Meanwhile, it turns out that the ankle injury wasn’t the only setback that Shaw had suffered in Australia. The young India opener was spoken to by some of the seniors in Team India over handling the fame that comes with success in international cricket, according to news daily.Aapna time aayega…Injury se fit hoke…Mein aur run banayega…Aapna time aayega…#Gullycrickettointernationalcricket #ps100 Shaw (@PrithviShaw) January 30, 2019Speculations were rife, according to the report, that Shaw had picked up certain habits that are considered detrimental and bad. Shaw, it seems, didn’t do enough to help himself recover from the injury to make a return in Australia.While there is no confirmation around Prithvi Shaw’s availability for the IPL, the youngster had told India TV last month that he is hopeful of getting fit in time ahead of the cash-rich league. Shaw shone with his fearless approach in his maiden IPL season (2018) for Delhi Daredevils, scoring 245 runs at an impressive strike rate of 153.12.”I will be fit before the Indian Premier League and I am trying hard to reach full fitness. I am working on my ankle as well as on my upper body,” Shaw had said while adding that he had received full support from his teammates after the injury in Australia.Shaw also took to social media and insisted he is working hard to return to action sooner than later. Taking inspiration from ‘Apna Time Aayega’ rap from the upcoming film Gully Boy, Shaw had written a few lines on Twitter.Also Read | Rishabh Pant is still a work in progress: Deep DasguptaAlso Read | I will be fit before the Indian Premier League, says Prithvi ShawAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Prithvi ShawFollow India national cricket teamFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow India tour of Australia 2018-19last_img read more

Moore Stephens: Shippers Facing High Environmental …

first_imgzoom  Finding enough money to remain compliant with environmental regulation is going to be a challenge for shipowners and operators over the next few years, according to international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.Moore Stephens shipping partner Michael Simms says, “The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, for example, has not yet entered into force, although some countries, including the United States, have already implemented BWM regulations independently of the IMO. But it is known that BWM systems can cost between $500,000 and $5m per vessel, depending on the system as well as on the size and design of the ship. That cost may increase as a result of demand requirements and shipyard capacity. There are also operational costs to consider of between $10,000 and $50,000 per annum per vessel. “Meanwhile, the regulation of emissions from shipping continues apace. Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) are currently in force in the North Sea/Baltic Region and in North America, and new IMO regulations mean that, by 1 January 2015, all vessels operating within these areas will be required to meet an 0.1 percent SOx emissions limit. In addition, there are more complex calculations for 2016, when IMO NOx limits based on the vessel’s age and engine’s rated speed enter into force.”Simms acknowledges that the true cost of regulatory compliance is still unclear. He says, “Think of a number. Any number will do, so long as it is very big. Then double it. The answer is likely to be as accurate as any supposedly informed estimates currently circulating in the shipping sector about the likely size of the industry’s bill for achieving compliance with incipient environmentally-inspired regulations governing the operation of ships. “Individual owners and operators may plot their own path through the regulations. For some, configuring new ships for easy installation of BWM systems when the convention enters force may be a viable option. Scrubbers, meanwhile, may be the most cost-effective solution for some when addressing the SOx/NOx dilemma. “One thing is certain, however. Shipping is going to have to find a great deal of money over the next few years simply to stay within the rules. From an accounting perspective, the challenge will be how businesses should account for the expenditure and any associated costs to determine which items should be capitalised or expensed. In practice, whist additional operational costs should be expensed, certain expenditure should be recorded as an asset. But, of course, it is only an asset if you are able to recover it. “Moore Stephens, April 28, 2014; Image: iStocklast_img read more

Contract Awarded for Maintenance Work in Colchester and Pictou Counties

first_imgNova Scotia drivers, flyers, and taxpayers will benefit from smoother pavement as a result of a maintenance contract awarded by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded a $284,415 contract to Road Savers Maritimes Limited for concrete patching, crack filling, and crack sealing on various roads in Colchester and Pictou counties as well as on the runways at the Debert Airport and on the toll plaza at Cobequid Pass. In total the tender amounts to 60 kilometres of improved pavement. The Cobequid Pass portion of the contract will be paid for by the Highway 104 Western Alignment Corporation. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is responsible for the work at the Debert Airport. “Timely maintenance on these roads and facilities will prevent larger construction costs later on,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This contract will make these surfaces smoother and extend their useful life.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Couple alleges racial profiling after excessive honking arrest by Montreal police

first_imgMONTREAL — A Montreal couple who were pepper sprayed in their car by police after being stopped for excessive honking during Grand Prix festivities last June say they were victims of racial profiling.Daniel Louis and Gertrude Dubois, who are black, told a news conference today they will file a human rights complaint over what they call an unjustified arrest.Louis was speaking for the first time about the June 9 incident, which was captured in a short video that was widely shared on social media.He says what started out as an amicable chat with the police officer about honking his horn quickly escalated, and without warning he was doused with pepper spray.Dubois, sitting next to him in his car, was also hit by the spray.The Canadian Grand Prix attracts large crowds to the city centre, with plenty of drivers revving their engines and honking their horns, but Louis says he believes he was targeted because of his race.The Montreal man says that in addition to two noise violation tickets, he was charged criminally with obstruction and resisting arrest. He says the Crown agreed to withdraw the criminal charges after he paid an $888 fine for his honking.Louis has already filed a police ethics complaint. Montreal police declined comment because Quebec provincial police are investigating the incident.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

First Nations cities support BCs plan to require permits for pipelines

first_img“Our people know our areas. They know the tides. They know the weather patterns,” she said.City of Vancouver lawyer Susan Horne told court that the municipality supports B.C.’s proposal because it would ensure local and First Nations governments are properly resourced to respond to spills and are fully compensated for damages.“Local governments, like the City of Vancouver, are on the front lines of emergency response for their communities,” she said.The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, purchased by the federal government for $4.5 billion, would triple the capacity of the existing line from the Edmonton area to Burnaby and increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold. “The day the spill happened, our people were out there. They were out in their boats, they were there trying to help with any of the recovery,” Slett said in an interview.“What we noticed is there isn’t room for Indigenous people and Indigenous governance within the spill response regime.”The Heiltsuk and other First Nations, the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby and the environmental group Ecojustice argued on Tuesday that the Appeal Court should uphold B.C.’s proposed permitting regime. B.C. says the goal of the system is not to block oil and gas projects but to protect against disasters.The governments of Canada, Alberta and Saskatchewan have not yet had an opportunity to deliver arguments, but they say Ottawa _ not provinces _ has jurisdiction over inter-provincial projects such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Canada says in court documents that the proposed amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act must be struck down because they give the province a “veto” over such projects.Slett said she believes that if B.C.’s proposed system had been in place when the Nathan E. Stewart sank, the recovery would be further along now. She also hopes the province’s regime, if approved, will incorporate Indigenous knowledge of their territories. VANCOUVER, B.C. – First Nations and cities that have seen costly and damaging oil spills are supporting British Columbia’s efforts to require permits for companies transporting hazardous substances through the province.The B.C. Court of Appeal is hearing a reference case that asks whether the province can create such a system, which would require companies to file disaster response plans and pay for any damages.Heiltsuk Nation Chief Marilyn Slett said a spill in her community revealed gaps in federal response. The tug Nathan E. Stewart leaked 110,000 litres of diesel fuel near Bella Bella in late 2016.center_img Horne said Vancouver borders Burrard Inlet and a diluted bitumen spill would create a toxic plume that would risk the health of anyone in close proximity and delay response until the threat had subsided.A relatively small diesel spill in English Bay in 2015 required a response from 12 city departments and cost Vancouver more than $569,000, she said, and ship owners have not repaid the city yet.Michelle Bradley, representing the City of Burnaby, said diluted bitumen can sink and become submerged in shorelines. It’s also flammable and the city’s fire chief has raised concerns about the possibility of a blaze at the Trans Mountain tank farm, she said.Burnaby has already been affected by a spill from Trans Mountain in 2007 when a contractor struck the line and caused 224,000 litres of heavy oil to spew into a residential area, she said. The company relied extensively on Burnaby first responders, she added.The city does not currently have the capacity to respond to a disaster from the expanded Trans Mountain project, but B.C.’s proposed system would help ensure it was ready, Bradley said.“The environmental damage caused by releases of hazardous substances will be local, not national,” Bradley said. “The governments closest to those communities should be empowered to enact legislation to protect those communities from harm, and to exceed national norms for environmental protection.”Joseph Arvay, a lawyer for B.C., told court earlier Tuesday the proposed amendments would not allow the province to refuse to issue a permit without cause. Permits would only be withheld or revoked if the operator failed to follow conditions imposed upon it, he said.If the operator finds the conditions too onerous, it can appeal to the independent Environmental Appeal Board, or in the case of Trans Mountain, the National Energy Board, Arvay added.The energy board has set up a process where Trans Mountain Corp. can argue that a condition is too burdensome and violates the special status of inter-provincial projects, he said.“The NEB effectively gets the last word … but it’s going to be condition by condition.”last_img read more

Only Modi can protect the countrys borders Amit Shah

first_imgKaliabor (Assam): BJP president Amit Shah Thursday said only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can protect the borders of the country, not the Congress party and its chief Rahul Gandhi. He also criticised the Congress for asking proof of the casualty in the air strike at Balakot in Pakistan and claimed that India under Modi has become the third country in the world after the US and Israel to take revenge of its soldiers’ blood. “Should we not take revenge of our soldiers’ blood? The Congress cannot protect the country’s border. Only Narendra Modi and BJP can do that,” Shah told an election rally here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details India under the leadership of Modi took revenge of the blood of the soldiers after the Uri and Pulwama attacks by Pakistan-based terror elements, the BJP president said. “In 10 years of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh government, our soldiers’ heads were chopped off. But there was no reply from India side,” he alleged while campaigning for BJPs ally AGP’s Monimadhab Mahanta who is contesting from Kaliabor Lok Sabha seat. Shah also slammed the erstwhile Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government in the state for allegedly settling illegal immigrants inside the Kaziranga National Park. “It was Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma’s BJP government which dared to evict all the immigrants from Kaziranga. Make Narendra Modi the PM again and I assure you that we will detect and deport every single illegal immigrant out of Assam,” he added.last_img read more

Gaza UN agency reports significant damage in Beit Hanoun after Israeli withdrawal

The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said Israeli forces were still present in other parts of Gaza.Since last Friday, a joint humanitarian convoy of UNRWA and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been in Beit Hanoun delivering food, water, milk, blankets and mattresses to the hospital there. Additional convoys entered over the weekend and yesterday.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it had provided 5,000 loaves of bread and 300 tins of canned meat for 300 displaced persons in a hospital in Gaza.In a report yesterday before the Israeli withdrawal, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said the Beit Hanoun fighting had killed some 50 Palestinians, half of them civilians and 8 of them children. “We have seen an extraordinary number of children being killed just in the last five days,” UNICEF Representative in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Dan Rohrmann said. “There are tanks everywhere, shelling, house demolitions and there is fighting in the streets. People are getting quite desperate. The children are terrified by everything going on, including seeing family members being taken away.” Since the beginning of this year, over 100 children have died in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, more than twice the total killed in 2005. read more

Super Bowl online See the game learn some new taunts

by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2017 8:58 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Super Bowl online: See the game, learn some new taunts NEW YORK, N.Y. – You can watch the Super Bowl online for free, but there are a few catches. For starters, you’re out of luck on phones unless you’re a Verizon customer. And if you’re interested in the ads, you may have a surprise in store.Here’s your online guide to the matchup in Houston between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.___WATCHING THE GAMEIt’s true: Some people will be watching the Super Bowl for the actual game on an actual TV.You can join them even if you don’t have a cable subscription or a good signal with an antenna. Just fire up the Fox Sports Go app on many streaming TV devices, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox. Fox is suspending its usual requirement that you log on with a cable or satellite account, meaning it’s free.If you can’t get to a TV, try the Fox Sports Go app on a tablet or on a laptop or desktop. Verizon has exclusive rights on phones. If you’re a Verizon customer, you can watch through the NFL Mobile app. Otherwise, find another device.___WATCHING THE ADSThe Super Bowl is the rare event where viewers do pay attention to ads . A 30-second spot goes for about $5 million.Fox’s online stream will get you most of the same ads shown on television. This includes local ads, thanks to a technology Fox is employing to customize the stream to your local station.The catch is that a handful of stations aren’t participating, so you may see a static screen denoting a commercial break. There may also be a few cases in which a national or local advertiser has bought the spot for television only; a substitute ad may appear online in its place.You can also watch many of the ads on the web. Fox is planning to showcase ads at You can also check and YouTube’s AdBlitz . Hulu has shown Super Bowl ads in the past, but it isn’t planning to this year. You don’t have to wait until Sunday, as many of the ads are already available online.___GIZMOS GALOREFox is partnering with Intel to offer replays from the perspective of players on the field. Fox isn’t mounting cameras on individual players. Rather, it’s using 38 cameras surrounding the field. Powerful computers then create videos to depict how a play would have looked to the player. Although these are 360-degree videos, don’t expect a lot of viewer control. They will be more like replays shown as part of the regular broadcast, available a few minutes after the play.If you have a virtual-reality headset such as Google Cardboard or Samsung’s Gear VR, you can get highlights and top plays through the Fox Sports VR app. Without a headset, you can also view 360-degree video with a phone, but it won’t be as immersive. You’ll need to sign in with a cable or satellite account to watch in VR.___VIDEO EXTRASFox has video specials throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter, as well as Fox websites and apps. On Sunday, Fox is offering a backstage look before the game; the online-only NFL Field Pass stream is expected to include player arrivals, on-field warmups and various stadium activities.It’s not clear whether Fox’s pre-game and postgame television coverage will be available through Fox apps and websites. Even if it is available, it’s possible a cable or satellite account will be needed. Fox didn’t respond to inquiries for clarification.If that’s something you need to have online, you may want to invest in an online television package such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue or DirecTV Now. A subscription will cost at least $25 a month (though weeklong free trials are available). But check to make sure those services offer Fox stations in your city; that’s only true in a handful of locations across the country. A subscription to PlayStation Vue or DirecTV Now will also get you Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, an homage to the big game played with puppies.___DIGITAL SMARTSVirtual assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa have been tweaked to understand Super Bowl questions. Ask either for player and team stats, or the latest Super Bowl odds (you’re on your own for actual bets).And if someone at your party is cheering for, um, the wrong team, Alexa can help with taunts. Just ask, “Alexa, give me a Patriots burn” or “Alexa, give me a Falcons burn.” read more

UN reparations panel pays out another 1 billion for Iraqs invasion of

The latest round of payments brings the total amount of compensation disbursed by the Commission to $44.5 billion for more than 1.5 million successful claims of individuals, corporations, Governments and international organizations, leaving some $7.8 billion remaining to be paid to the only outstanding claim. The claim by the Kuwaiti Government was submitted on behalf of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and awarded $14.7 billion in 2000 for oil production and sales losses as a result of damages to Kuwait’s oil field assets. It represents the largest award by the Commission. The Geneva-based UNCC’s Governing Council has identified six categories of claims: four are for individuals’ claims, one for corporations and one for governments and international organizations, which also includes claims for environmental damage. Successful claims are paid monies drawn from the UN Compensation Fund, which is financed by a percentage of the proceeds generated by the export sales of Iraqi petroleum and related products. The Commission was established in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council. It has received nearly three million claims, including from nearly 100 governments for themselves, their nationals or their corporations. read more

SAMOA Urging sustainable action UN officials link small islands to global issues

“By addressing the issues facing SIDS we are developing the tools we need to promote sustainable development across the entire world,” Mr. Ban said at the opening session of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in the Samoan capital, Apia.The conference is being held in the Pacific to demonstrate first-hand the challenges and opportunities facing countries in the “small island developing states” group. These include high costs for energy and transportation, susceptibility to natural disasters, and vulnerability to external shocks. The island nations are also prime destinations for tourism, naturally endowed with ‘green energy’ resources like sun and wind, and driving so-called ‘blue growth’ economy linked to marine and maritime sectors.“We must assess progress and identify new challenges as well as opportunities,” he told more than 3,000 representatives of government and civil society, and business leaders.The overall goal, particularly since the four-day conference’s final document has already been hammered out, is to form genuine and durable partnerships among the various participants, with the aim of strengthening island initiatives that can help address global issues. “Lasting progress can ultimately only be achieved within a propitious international environment that supports national efforts,” John Ashe, President of the General Assembly said in his opening remarks.At the time of the opening, at least 287 partnerships were already registered on the official website.“When one looks at partnerships in terms of the numbers, I would say this conference is a huge success,” Mr. Ashe said in an interview after the opening session. “Based on what we’ve seen so far, there is considerable interest in partnerships with SIDS.”A common theme throughout the pre-conference events and today’s opening is climate change, and efforts to stem its impacts. In his opening address, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi urged organizers to take concrete steps to stem rising sea levels. He noted that critical problems do not recognise borders and hold no respect for sovereignty.“The big problems of our small islands will sooner rather than later impact every country irrespective of level of development of prosperity,” said the Prime Minister.Turning to participants of the conference, he urged them to act: “There are always great opportunities to deliver moralistic statements and declarations of intent. But grandstanding won’t achieve our cause.” This week’s conference comes ahead of Mr. Ban’s Climate Summit which will be held on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York. The summit is meant to catalyze action and build momentum for a climate agreement to be discussed next year in Paris.“SIDS will have an important role to play,” Mr. Ban said. “You can tell the largest emitters what action you expect from them. And you can show how you are working to build resilience and create the green economies of the future.” “You can set an example for the world,” he added, noting that this year is also the International Year of Small Island Developing States. In addition to the plenary session, six so-called ‘partnership dialogues’ have been organized on the themes of sustainable economic development; climate change and disaster risk management; social development in SIDS, health and non-communicable diseases, youth and women; sustainable energy; oceans, seas and biodiversity; water and sanitation, food security and waste management.The topics are related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which the international community is working to reach by next year’s deadline, as well as the sustainable development goals that will follow post-2015.According to the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, small islands had made less progress on the MDGs than other countries, with some even regressing. One in four Pacific islanders live below the poverty line, according to a UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) ‘State of Human Development in the Pacific’ released Saturday.Promotion of adequate health services and basic education, as well as prioritizing social protections in national budgets are some of its recommendations. read more

Clippers Pull Out Game 7 Advance To Face The

Zach Randolph and L.A.’s Kenyon Martin did battle.After failing twice to eliminate the Memphis Grizzlies, the Los Angeles Clippers made good on the third and most difficult try on the road Sunday in front of a frenzied crowd.With their bench providing a decisive spark, the Clippers earned a second-round spot against the San Antonio Spurs with a hard-fought 82-72 Game 7 win.L.A.’s reserves outscored Memphis’ 41-11. More significant was the fourth-quarter production. Veteran forward Kenyon Martin had 11 points, seven in the last 12 minutes, when the game was decided. The Clipper bench provided every field goal in the last period except a Chris Paul hoop.”Our bench was our MVP,” Clippers guard Randy Foye said. ”They realized what they had to do. We had a lot of guys hurt, so we just continued to grind.””Unfortunately, no one on the bench stepped up and helped us,” Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said.Now, the Clippers have their third postseason series win in 41 years and their second since relocating to Los Angeles. They last beat Denver in 2006. The Clippers also avoided becoming the ninth NBA team to blow a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series in moving on to play the top-seeded Spurs starting Tuesday night in San Antonio. read more

Game changing blasthole drilling packages

first_imgLast week we touched briefly on the new Pantera drill rigs. Described to me by Gary Hughes, Sandvik Mining’s President, as “game changers”, they are well worth closer examination. The new Pantera percussive drill platform –available for both DTH (down-the-hole) and TH (top hammer) applications – delivers increased drilling capacity, lower fuel consumption and improved safety. And they come with equally impressive new drilling tool packages.Featuring a distinctive new-look, stylish design, the new Panteras have been developed to take advantage of industry trends towards fully autonomous operation – with options allowing owners to take advantage of automation technology as their needs and mining operations change. The two new models are the Pantera DI6400 (DTH) and Pantera DP2000 (TH).Designed for wall control, pit development and production drilling in open pits, all Pantera variants share the same platform, control system and automation infrastructure, further reducing the cost of training, maintenance and ownership in surface drilling applications. The new platform combines an innovative approach to surface drilling with proven and intelligent SICA (Sandvik Integrated Control Architecture) control system technology.Pantera DI6400 is designed for 115-203 mm diameter blastholes up to 45 m in depth, while Pantera DP2000 can drill 152-178 mm diameter holes 36 m deep.The Pantera DTH configuration will offer the industry’s highest operating pressures for faster, more efficient drilling. Another industry first is the introduction of 7.5 m drill pipes, in diameters from 89-140 mm, for boom-based operation. “Compared with other DTH solutions, Pantera DI6400 with 25-ft drill pipes delivers higher productivity and lower operating costs, through higher penetration rates, reduced time spent in tool changes, better stability, faster maintenance, and an optimized powerpack,” says Jan-Olaf Petzold, Vice President for Product Line Surface DTH/TH drills.At the same time as the two new Panteras, Sandvik Mining announced the world’s largest hydraulic top hammer rock drill, the RD2045C, delivering increased drilling capacity, more efficient rock breaking, improved blast fragmentation and higher reliability.Designed for the DP2000 TH rig, RD2045C combines the efficiency of top hammer drilling with lower operating costs in 152-178 mm diameter surface drilling, explains Jukka Naapuri, Product Manager for Top Hammer Production Drills at Sandvik Mining. “RD2045C, which is in the 45 kW power class, features percussion dynamics optimized for our brand-new ST94-127 tube rods when drilling 152-178 mm diameter blastholes,” he said. “This rock drill incorporates two rotation motors delivering a total 4,800 Nm of rotation torque, ensuring smooth rotation and optimal energy transfer.”Naapuri also noted that “for the first time in the market, RD2045C introduces a closed-loop shank lubrication system for surface drills. This environmentally friendly closed-loop lubrication technology is an example of how Sandvik successfully integrates EHS in product design.”Then there is new RH 460 series of DTH hammers. The new series is designed to reduce costs in drilling and have the ability to perform its required functions under stated conditions for a specified period of time. Sandvik says “the new design promises to prolong hammer life and increase drilling penetration rates.“Through enhanced air cycle the RH460 will reduce fuel costs. Power level will increase productivity through better lubrication capabilities, improvements in resistance against galling and developments in the piston bearing design. Put quite simply, piston and hammer life will be dramatically increased.”The new RH460 family will begin with the launch of the 4”, 5” and 6” hammers. All versions are designed to utilise bits with generic shank types.last_img read more

Sunburn index is high today as long as you get sun

first_imgSource: Met Éireann via met.ieWELL, HELLO IRELAND, you’re looking clear this morning.It’s a bank holiday weekend and if you’re lucky enough to be getting out for some or all of it, you’re in for some nice weather today and tomorrow. (Above is the rainfall radar at the moment. That’s right, there is none.)There is however, some cloud cover around Cork, Dublin and Donegal right now – that’s expected to break a little in the afternoon when the sunburn index will be high whenever the sun peeps out. Connacht might get some scattered showers in late afternoon – sorry Connacht.Tomorrow morning will be dry in most parts but clouds will build from the west in the afternoon, says Met Éireann, which will bring some drizzle to the west coast and in the evening in east Leinster. Inland Munster should have a nice sunny day of it, with temperatures getting up to 20 degrees Celsius in most areas at some point.Watch out for Sunday when the weather becomes less settled. It might start off dry but there will be showers and drizzle, Later in the day, it will be drier on the west coast.On Monday morning it looks like we’ll all get some rain and it will be less warm than Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

Blackberry Z10 photo shows iPhone 4S size comparrison

first_imgRIM loyalists have been teased for months on end with the promise that BB10 and new hardware was on its way to rescue the Blackberry platform from that cold dark place it has been for the last few years. Now a leaked photo of the upcoming Blackberry Z10 shows Verizon Wireless branding as well as a comparison with the iPhone 4S.In a few weeks, RIM will hop on stage and show the world what it has been up to for the last two years. This should include a new version of the Blackberry OS that brings the platform up to a competitive level alongside new hardware and, as the image confirms, availability on multiple carriers.The upcoming flagship BB10 phone looks like it will be launching on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless with LTE support on both networks. Of the two, it looks like Verizon was the only company interested in plastering their branding on the front of the phone. Not to worry though, as RIM made sure the Blackberry logo was not only larger but considerably more noticeable.While making sure that there are plenty on interesting features to lure in consumers — like the impressive new keyboard and Blackberry Hub UI — RIM wasted no time in their initial release making it clear who they are targeting. FIPS 140-2 certification makes it possible for government agencies to purchase these phones in bulk and hand them out to employees as the work phone. While most places have at least started to consider the “bring your own device” setup for employees, government agencies still require this certification. Whether or not that is enough for RIM to maintain those relationships is another matter altogether, especially with the work the US government has been putting into a secure Android platform.On January 30th the wait will be over, and Blackberry enthusiasts will have something to celebrate. Having the Z10 show up on both Verizon Wireless and AT&T is a big deal for RIM when it comes to market penetration in the US. With that, the only thing Windows Phone 8 will have to compete with BB10 will be pricing.via Crackberrylast_img read more

Riding for nono

first_imgLast year, cancer survivor Daniel Galileos and his sister Stephanie cycled in the event Ride to Conquer Cancer and are going to do it all again this weekend, but this time they’ve bought family members and friends along for the ride.Daniel’s ‘nono’ (godfather) Con Gantzos died of cancer this year at the age of 44, so as to honour his memory, the siblings, alongside family members are going to embark on the race to raise awareness and much needed funds for cancer research.“My ‘nono’ was very courageous, loving, kind and showed great strength during his battle with cancer,” Daniel tells Neos Kosmos.“It is important that we ride for him to honour his memory, as he left behind his wife Jenny and two children Arki and Alessia and we want them to know how important he is to us all.”The night of his ‘nono’s’ funeral, Daniel and his sister told the family of their intentions to take part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer and that they would in honour of Gantzos. All of the sudden, his ‘nono’s’ brother, brother-in-law and koumbari all decided there and then to do the same. The team have called themselves Con’s Pedallers, and with Daniel as team captain include: Stephanie Galileos; Peter Galileos Phil Galileos; Ian Rapassanis; Greg Thomaides; Terry Balderanos; Evan Gantzos; Con Galileos; George Ploumidis; Ellyse Malioris; and Nikki O’Donnell.23-year-old Daniel says that as a cancer survivor, this ride is even more important to him to “give back to those that helped [him] and to continue the fight to find a cure for cancer”.To date, the siblings and team have raised a grand total of $40,000 and are still fundraising. “As we are a team of 12 and have each achieved our target of raising $2500 each. I have now qualified for a gold level ambassador which is a hugh honour as there are only two other riders who have qualified.”For more information on Ride to Conquer cancer and to donate visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les derniers tigres dAsie menacés par une maladie transmise par les chiens

first_imgLes derniers tigres d’Asie menacés par une maladie transmise par les chiensUne ONG internationale de vétérinaires prépare actuellement un projet de collaboration avec les autorités indonésiennes pour évaluer la prévalence de la maladie de Carré chez les tigres sauvages, qui pourraient provenir de chiens domestiques.La maladie de Carré, d’origine virale et décrite pour la première fois au début du XXe siècle, est connue pour affecter diverses familles de carnivores, et notamment les chiens domestiques, susceptibles de propager le virus aux espèces sauvages. Comme si le braconnage et la destruction de l’habitat ne suffisaient pas, c’est aujourd’hui le tigre de Sumatra qui est menacé par la maladie. C’est ce dont alerte l’association Wildlife Vets International qui a décidé de se pencher sérieusement sur son cas en aidant les vétérinaires indonésiens à affronter la situation. “Il y a environ 30 ou 40 ans, c’était (…) un virus canin et seuls les chiens étaient touchés. Mais dans les années qui ont suivi, le virus a évolué et changé son [éventail de cibles], pouvant infecter jusqu’à des mammifères marins et des grands félins. Dans le milieu des années 1990, dans le Serengeti, en Afrique, environ 30 % des lions sont morts par ce virus, qui provenait des chiens des villages environnants”, explique John Lewis, directeur de Wildlife Vets International.”Depuis 2000, dans l’Extrême-Orient russe, il y a eu quelques félins signalés comme se comportant bizarrement et venant dans les villages, ne semblant pas montrer trop de crainte envers les gens. Au cours des dernières années, les tissus [cérébraux] d’au moins deux de ces félins ont confirmé la présence du virus”, continue le vétérinaire cité par la BBC. Il précise également qu’un projet de recherche était d’ailleurs en cours pour déterminer la source virale chez ces tigres de l’Amour (ou tigres de Sibérie).Un comportement anormal détecté chez certains tigres À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme le soulignent les spécialistes, il arrive que des tigres dévorent des chiens – le principal réservoir du redoutable virus – qu’ils capturent près des villages, entrant alors au contact de la maladie. Or, il semble que ce soit le cas des tigres de Sumatra, une sous-espèce dont il reste moins de 700 spécimens dans la nature, et dont certains individus montrent depuis peu un comportement anormal, sans doute dû au virus, lequel peut affecter leur système neurologique (mais aussi respiratoire).”Pour moi, cela suggère que la maladie de Carré commence déjà à avoir un impact sur les tigres de Sumatra. Mais avant de dire ‘oui, c’est certainement le résultat de ce virus’, nous avons besoin des tests de diagnostic du tissu cérébral. (…) Les grandes menaces qui pèsent sur les tigres sont la perte et la dégradation de l’habitat et le braconnage, mais je pense que la troisième grande menace, ce sont maintenant probablement les maladies, en particulier celle de Carré”, conclut John Lewis.Le 11 juin 2013 à 20:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Injured bird found on road recovering at Fort Lauderdale center

first_imgDespite his injuries, Schneider is optimistic, and she expects the bird will make a full recovery. “He’ll come out to the outside habitat where we will condition him for flight, and make sure the feathers have good waterproofing so that he doesn’t get drenched when he’s released into the wild,” she said.The outdoor habitat already has several other birds that are being taken care of by the Wildlife Care Center.Roman said he is just happy that he was at the right place, at the right time, and he just wanted to do something good. “I want people be more friendly and care for this wide world,” he said. “We have to take care of animals.”Doctors are appreciative for Roman’s efforts. “If you see a bird that’s supposed to be by the ocean on the road, certainly something happened to it, so it’s a wonderful thing this person did, bringing it to us,” Schneider said.Wildlife officials said the bird has no broken bones, and they do not expect problems when they eventually release him back into the wild.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – An injured bird is on its way to recovering after an alert driver stopped to rescue him.Thanks to the good Samaritan, Roman Gotsulyak, that bird is now in a safe place to heal from his injuries in Fort Lauderdale.Gotsulyak said he was driving in Haulover Beach, Tuesday, when he noticed the bird in the middle of the road. “After Bal Harbour, in Haulover Park, just right on the street,” he said.That’s when he got out of his car, stopped traffic and grabbed the bird off the street and put it in his car. “I took the bird carefully. The bird start to bite me, but I just safely put him inside my car,” Gotsulyak said.When the bird refused to eat or drink, Roman drove to the Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale, where Dr. Renata Schneider and her team of veterinarians took over. “We took a screening X-ray to make sure there were no hooks inside the body,” Schneider said.Officials then conducted a series of blood tests to make sure the bird didn’t have any parasites.“The bird is a little thin, and has a chip on the tip of its beak, so we know there was some kind of trauma,” Schneider said. last_img read more

Walker Announces Budget Vetoes Warns Of Layoffs

first_imgAlaska is heading toward a government shutdown — that’s the message Gov. Bill Walker relayed to state workers, in a letter warning them of budget vetoes and layoff notices. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports on the continuing gridlock over the state’s finances.Download Audio:In a press conference, Walker described the situation as “unprecedented.”“It’s not where we want to be in any shape or form,” Walker told reporters. “It’s not where we thought we would be.”Walker announced that he was signing the operating budget that the Legislature sent him, but making large vetoes to it in the process. He said parts of government could shut down as early as July, and that up to 15,000 state workers could receive layoff notices in June. He said much of government would be affected.“DMV. License renewals. Registration renewals,” Walker listed. “It just goes on. You know, worker’s comp. It’s a long list of impacts.”Walker’s signed budget pays for the court system and prisons, for the Pioneer homes, and for debt service to maintain the state’s credit rating. But many agencies would see major cuts, education would lose funding, the state’s Medicaid program would only make payouts for six months.Walker said the cuts were necessary because the Legislature authorized $5 billion in state spending when only $2 billion are readily available. While Alaska has a $10 billion rainy day account, a three-quarter vote is needed to access the funds, and lawmakers have not reached a deal to tap it.“We have the money,” said Walker. “We just can’t get sufficient votes or the budget to match so they can access the funds that are there. Here we are with a triple-A bond rating, and we’re talking this scenario of a potential shutdown.”The Republican majorities and Democratic minorities are in a stalemate over education funding and the expansion of Medicaid, and no compromise has been reached on those issues three weeks into a special session. Walker said the amount in dispute comes out to about $100 million, just a fraction of the state’s multi-billion deficit.“While we are focused on arguing over three percent, we’re not even looking at resolution for the 97 percent of the problem,” said Walker.Sen. Pete Kelly, who co-chairs of the Senate’s finance committee, said in a phone interview that his caucus does not want to add money to the state’s operating budget, and does not want to incorporate the Democrats’ changes. The Fairbanks Republicans said the minority is responsible for the current gridlock.“[The budget]’s only not fully funded because the House Democrats wouldn’t vote to get into that savings account,” said Kelly in a phone interview.While Kelly did not provide specifics on negotiations, he did express optimism that a solution could be reached to avoid a partial government shutdown.“I don’t think they’ll have to have the layoff notices, because I think this can get fixed fairly quickly,” said Kelly.Meanwhile, Rep. Les Gara, an Anchorage Democrat, faults Senate Republicans.“The moment you have people like the Senate President saying he refuses to negotiate, and everything has to be his way, and it has to be a fully Republican budget, it’s really hard to put together a bipartisan deal,” said Gara in a phone interview.When asked who was responsible for the impasse, Gov. Bill Walker did not name any group but simply said it was the Legislature’s problem to fix.Lawmakers plan to hold a floor session in Anchorage on Thursday, and will continue budget negotiations there. The special session is scheduled to end on May 27.last_img read more