Rain brings cheer to farmers

first_imgWidespread overnight rain and a drop in temperature in the country’s key wheat producing States of Punjab and Haryana are expected to boost wheat crop output this Rabi season, officials and experts said on Tuesday.Rain and thundershowers lashed most places over Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh during the past 24 hours. Heavy rain in the northern parts of Punjab brought cheer to farmers, especially wheat growers who needed another round of irrigation this month.According to the India Meteorological Department, the current active wet spell over the two States is likely to continue for another 12-18 hours, and reduce thereafter in spread and intensity.Better yield“Widespread rain at this time will prove to be beneficial for the wheat crop. The rain will help in improving photosynthesis resulting in better growth of the crop, which will result in improved yield,” agriculture expert and former Punjab State Farmers’ Commission adviser P.S. Rangi told The Hindu.“The minimum temperature has also come down and it is likely to remain low during the next few days, which is again good for the wheat crop as it thrives in cold conditions,” he added.According to the Union Agriculture Ministry data, wheat crop has been sown on nearly 35 lakh hectare in Punjab during the ongoing Rabi season. In Haryana, wheat acreage was nearly 25 lakh hectare till December 21. “Rain has come at the right time. This will not only help in reducing pressure on groundwater but would also help in retaining soil moisture,” said IMD Chandigarh Director Surinder Pal.Mr. Pal said the current spell of rainfall will decrease from tomorrow in intensity and distribution in both the States. “The weather will be dry after Janurary 26, leading to a fall in minimum temperature by 4 to 5 degrees Celsius,” he added.Rain will also help in containing the fungal disease yellow rust, Punjab Agriculture Department Director Jasbir Singh Bains said. “The weather conditions were congenial for the attack of yellow rust. But now with rain, it will be controlled to a large extent,” Mr. Bains said. Yellow rust is a fungal disease which turns crop’s leaves yellowish and stops photosynthesis activity. Mr. Bains, however, advised wheat growers not to let rainwater stagnate in the fields as it could be harmful to the crop. Wheat, the main Rabi (winter) crop, is sown between late October till December and harvested from April onwards.In the current spell, Pathankot received the highest rainfall of 94 mm. Amritsar (13.1 mm), Ludhiana (53.6 mm), Patiala (14.8 mm), Adampur (57 mm) and Halwara (44 mm) in Punjab and Chandigarh (10.6 mm), Ambala (7.7 mm), Hisar (30 mm), Karnal (16.8), Narnaul (12 mm), Rohtak (3.2 mm), Bhiwani (1.4 mm) and Sirsa (5 mm) in Haryana received rainfall, an IMD official said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Bader wins light heavyweight title in Bellator’s NYC debut

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ryan Bader. APNEW YORK — Ryan Bader defeated Phil Davis by split decision in his Bellator debut to win the promotion’s light heavyweight championship on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.Bader (23-5) defeated Davis in an MMA bout for the second time in his career and his win capped the undercard in Bellator’s New York debut. Bader won a lackluster bout filled with more boos than blows. Referee Dan Miragliotta stepped between the fighters in the fourth round and warned them about inactivity — one of the few times the crowd cheered in a TV bout designed in part to get fans hooked on ordering Bellator’s second pay-per-view card.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bader had edged out a split decision victory over Davis when the former Division I All-American wrestlers fought for the first time on a UFC card in January 2015. The loss was Davis’ last in UFC and he had won four straight Bellator fights headed into the rematch.The first fight was widely panned as boring and this one may have topped it for dormancy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBellator made its Madison Square Garden debut seven months after UFC christened the arena in the MMA genre with a record $17.7 million gate. Bellator was going to fall well shy of that massive box office bank, but for the No. 2 MMA promotion in the United States, just snagging a spot at MSG was a needed credibility boost.Bellator will wait to find out if the pay-per-view buys (at $49.95 a clip) hit 200,000, the total the company aimed for to count as a major success. Bellator broadcast on pay-per-view for only the second time in promotional history, signaling another step in its growth as a rival for the industry-leading UFC. Bellator staged its only previous pay-per-view event in May 2014, shortly before CEO Scott Coker took over the promotion. Bellator, founded only in 2008, has failed to build that mainstream star that UFC has in the mold of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor. Bellator has eschewed the PPV model and built its fan base on the strength of live TV cards on Spike (broadcast home of Saturday’s undercard) and by signing past-their-primetime MMA players to main event their biggest cards. Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie and Rampage Jackson all took their turn in main event bouts more spectacle than sport that delivered record ratings for Bellator.Bellator did sign more than just a few 40-something fighters for its New York debut. Aaron Pico, 20, was set to make his pro debut against Zach Freeman. Pico advanced to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in wrestling last year and was a junior golden gloves champion in 2009. Bellator jumped to sign him in 2014 and has perhaps the top prospect in the MMA game.Heather Hardy, a boxer signed under promoter Lou Dibella, won her professional MMA debut with a bloody TKO over Alice Yauger. Hardy, of Brooklyn, New York, had the crowd going wild when she dropped Yauger with a vicious right. Hardy suffered a deep cut over her left eye following an accidental head-butt. Even the New York crowd gasped when blood gushed down Hardy’s face. Hardy wiped it off, then wiped out Yauger while the crowd roared.“I think I just fell in love. I’m hooked,” she said. “I can’t feel it, but I have stitches in my face.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pacquiao vows to leave Australia as world champion 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Bellator loaded the card with some of the biggest names in MMA to make a splash in New York.Wanderlei Silva takes on Chael Sonnen in the main event grudge match; a fight first scheduled for a UFC pay-per-view in 2014. The 40-year-old Silva, who made his name fighting for Pride in Japan, was set for his Bellator debut following a six-year run in UFC. Sonnen, also 40, was choked out by Tito Ortiz in his Bellator debut in January. Ortiz was on hand at the Garden.Fedor Emelianenko fights Matt Mitrione in a heavyweight bout. Emelianenko (also 40, continuing the trend) may be the greatest fighter to never sign with UFC. The Russian won his last five fights, but the days when he ruled in Japan as one of MMA’s most dynamic fighters and top heavyweights are well behind him.In a sign Bellator craves star power over super bouts, neither of the two main events were for a championship.Coker wore a headset as he sat cage side and watched a bank of monitors, former NFL great Herschel Walker in the first row behind him. Coker might have listened to the revamped broadcast lineup. Bellator signed Mike Goldberg, unceremoniously dumped last year by UFC after 20 years as the voice of the company, and veteran combat sports announcer Mauro Ranallo to bolster the broadcast booth.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Roger Federer reaches Indian Wells final after Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal

first_imgRafael Nadal, of Spain, speaks during a press conference at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Nadal withdrew from his semifinal match against Roger Federer, of Switzerland, due to a knee injury. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Dominic Thiem outlasted Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the BNP Paribas Open final after Roger Federer advanced when Rafael Nadal withdrew because of a knee injury.A somber Nadal announced his withdrawal a couple hours before he was scheduled to take the court at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Zion Williamson, No. 5 Duke beat No. 12 FSU for ACC title Thiem reached the semifinals via walkover after Gael Monfils withdrew from their quarterfinal with a strained left Achilles.Against Raonic, Thiem earned the only break of the third set in the fifth game. He led 5-3 and served it out, winning on his second match point with a backhand volley.“The only break point I had to save was in the last game, and that was what I wanted to do, to play my service games well and not let him have too many chances,” Thiem said.Thiem and Federer have split their four previous meetings, with only one going three sets. Federer won the last time they played at the ATP Finals in London in November.“It’s always something special to play him,” he said.Thiem has never won a Masters 1000 title, losing in two previous finals.Knee problems have dogged Nadal for years, and they cut short his 2018 season after the U.S. Open in September. He was forced to quit two sets into his semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro.Nadal choked up discussing his withdrawal last fall, and he appeared near tears on Saturday.He admitted that he sometimes is sad because he feels at a disadvantage against his opponents due to his continued knee issues that force him to limit his practice and playing time.Then he gathered himself, saying, “It’s not the moment to complain much. With all this stuff, I still where I am today.” LATEST STORIES View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The year began promisingly enough. Nadal didn’t drop a set in reaching his fifth Australian Open final, where he lost to Djokovic. He’s ranked No. 2 in the world and has a match record of 11-2.“Still tough because I felt more or less OK during this beginning of the season in terms of my knee,” he said. “Now it starts the process that I have to decide what direction we have to take to recover well and to recover as soon as possible.”Even with all of his injuries, Nadal indicated he has no intention of giving up playing on hard courts, the surface for two of the four Grand Slam events.“My goal is to play on all the surfaces,” he said.With time to fill before the women’s and men’s doubles finals, Djokovic and Pete Sampras teamed for a one-set doubles match against John McEnroe and tournament director Tommy Haas. Comedian Jon Lovitz served as chair umpire.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “I warm up today in the morning, and I felt that my knee was not enough good to compete at the level that I need to compete,” he said.Federer was warming up on another court at the same time as Nadal and figured the match was on. However, Nadal soon texted him it wasn’t going to happen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s a big letdown,” said Federer, who came on court in khaki shorts and a gray cardigan to address fans. “I know the anticipation is there from the crowd and also us players. I’m excited to be in the finals but not this way.”The 32-year-old Spaniard’s right knee flared up in the second set of his 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) victory over Karen Khachanov on Friday in the quarterfinals. He twice called for a trainer, who applied tape just below Nadal’s knee. It was obvious that Nadal’s movement was hampered. MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Nadal said he won’t play again until the Monte-Carlo Masters on clay in mid-April.“I don’t have doubts today that I will be ready for Monte Carlo,” he said.It would have been the 39th career meeting between Nadal and Federer, who seeks a record sixth title at Indian Wells and the 101st in his career on Sunday.“I know every one we have now could be our last,” Federer said. “It’s a special rivalry, maybe the most special with Rafa and Novak (Djokovic).”Sunday’s women’s final features 18-year-old Canadian wild-card Bianca Andreescu against two-time major champion Angelique Kerber.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: July 25, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALMumbai:Building collapse site at khadipar in Bhiwandi(B+A)Patna:Protest for permanent jobs(A)Patna:RJD protest in Patna(B)Navi Mumbai/Thane/Karad:Maratha Karnti Morchaprotest(B+A)Bhiwandi:Bhiwandi building collapse(A+B)Bengaluru:Truck operators’ strike in Bengaluru(B+A)New Delhi:MI – Fallout behind the scenes(B)New Delhi:Parliament’s Monsoon session/TV Grab(A+B)Kolkata:6th day of transporters’ nationwide strike(A)New Delhi:AAP press conference(B)Kolkata:Muslims protest against mob lynching(B+A)Patna:Nitish Kumar at Assembly session(A+B)Dehradun:Anugrah Narayan Singh addresses press(B)Kolkata:Alipore Zoological Garden(B)INERNATIONALLondon : Britain’s P M stands with Thai Ambassador(B)Athens : Brian Kemp,poses with a supporter(B+A)Cheyenne :Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo(A+B)Washington :Donald Trump waves as he walks on theSouth Lawn(B)Los Angeles :Gene Evin Atkins appears in court(A)Attapeu :people are evacuated through the floodwatersfrom a collapsed dam(A+B)Jinotega :A woman cries next to coffin of Leyling Chavarria(B)Kearny:Released from the Hudson County Correctional Facility(B)Karachi : Imran Khan addresses an election rally(B)Onboard JS Murasame/Off Boso Peninsula :multinational exercise with their counterparts from U.S. and Australia(B+A)Jakarta :Indonesian special forces take part in anti-terrorism exercises(B)Phnom Penh : Cambodia’s general electionsadvertisement(B)Islamabad/Rawalpindi/Lahore:Elections in Islamabad,Pakistan(A+B)Seoul :14th Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue(B)Tuebingen:”Almost Alive” exhibition in Germany(B)Munich :Zoo in Munich(B)Kampala:PM Modi addressing the India – UgandaBusiness Forum(B)Quetta:Suicide bomber struck outside a crowded pollingstation(A+B)SPORTSBagneres-de-Luchon :Tour de France cycling race(B)Jakarta : preparations for the 2018 Asian Gamesin Jakarta(B)PTI PHOTO GCS OSOSlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma plays charade with India teammates on a bus ride

first_imgIndian Team managed to defeat Afghanistan by 11 runs on June 22 and maintain their winning streak in World Cup 2019.India’s bowlers brought in their A game and stopped Afghanistan from pulling off one of the greatest World Cup upsets, after an average performance by their batsmen.India became the third team to win 50-plus matches in Cricket World Cup after Australia (67) and New Zealand (53).India now have 9 points (4 wins, 1 no result) from 5 matches and they next face West Indies on June 27 in Manchester.It has been a collective effort from Team India with senior players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli stepping up to the occasion.Rohit Sharma has amassed two centuries and a half century and is India’s leading run scorer in World Cup 2019.While traveling from Southampton to Manchester, Rohit Sharma took to Instagram to share a short video clip in which the Indian team can be seen playing dumb charades.Rohit captioned the video, “5 hour drive – A little Netflix, little charades and a lot of light conversation. PS – Excellent guess there Dk”.Fielding coach R Sridhar is visible with dramatic facial expressions, as Rohit Sharma tries to explain with different gestures.Rohit starts by picking up a water bottle as if he is lifting the World Cup and gestures towards MS Dhoni, which prompts Karthik to say that Dhoni won the World Cup in 2011.advertisementDinesh Karthik guesses the charade to perfection as Rohit calls it an excellent guess.Also Read | Had India lost to Afghanistan, there would have been plenty of rumours: Shoaib AkhtarAlso See:last_img read more

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Previewing the Oklahoma State-Missouri State game

first_imgIf 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! USATSI_8065748_154512258_lowresGame: Missouri State (1-0) vs. Oklahoma State (0-1)Locale: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OKTV: Fox Sports Oklahoma 2:30 CSTWhat to knowAs OKC Dave mentioned earlier this week, the most memorable visit from Missouri State to Stillwater came back in 1996. Back then, they were known as Southwest Missouri State and OSU was known as “terrible at football.”It was a dark time when nonconference games like this were only available over the radio and radios took up entire rooms. I think that’s right. My memory is a little fuzzy.Anyway, if I’m not mistaken that was the first overtime game played in college football, as the new overtime rules were instituted that season and that was Week 1.So to recap, less than 20 years ago it took overtime for this program to beat a 1-AA team who failed to make the playoffs. Later that season, Texas hung 71 on the Cowboys and officially turned them into the ashes Alonzo Mayes and RW McQuarters would then rise out of.Fast forward to 2014 and the Big 12 is 0-1 against the Missouri Valley after one week.Thanks, Iowa State!Last week, the Bears started strong with a thrashing of Northwestern State by an entire seven points. (Not a misprint). After such a shellacking, you can imagine how confident Missouri State must be. “Not just anyone can complete 11 passes in a single game against the Demons” you might hear someone associated with their team exclaim.This week, the Demons continue their Bear tour of playing all Bears all the time by taking on Baylor. So, we’ll be able to use the always accurate method of comparing like-opponents to determine how teams compare.I’m assuming we’ll discover the OSU-Baylor game coming later this season will be an estimated 95-90.I haven’t looked into it, but I’m assuming Missouri State’s coach is named Berenstain. Only so I can make the following obvious joke:This Saturday, enjoy Berenstain’s Bears latest adventure as they learn a valuable lesson about controlling the line of scrimmage.Thanks for indulging me.Bears To KnowNot Coach Berenstain? OK let’s see.Kierra Harris, senior quarterback. He’ll be making his 15th start, he has a fantastic photo in his bio and, most importantly, his name makes him sound like a failed PG on a Travis Ford team.“That Kierra Harris had a lot of promise but never panned out. Real shame he transferred after his sophomore year.” See? Fits perfectly.Julian Burton, senior wide receiver. He’s got another impressive bio photo, but more importantly Burton put up 140 yards receiving on only four receptions in week 1.That sounds impressive until you realize that they threw the ball another 18 times. This guy can only get open 22 percent of the time? Stats don’t lie.Caleb Schaffitzel, senior safety. He was the only All-Missouri Valley selection on defense last season for the Bears and his last name sounds like a side dish at a German restaurant.Next time, try substituting Schaffitzel for the German potato salad and thank me later.Why Missouri State Might WinRemember last week when we talked about how upsets sometimes happen. That remains true, but miracles are a little more rare. Missouri State pulling this off would be on par with Boone heading down to the field and parting the turf so he could cross to the other side.The Bears do have some bits and pieces. For the past few seasons, they’ve gotten the unparalleled experience of playing against North Dakota State, who wins titles annually. Last season, they didn’t even lose by that much.Even better, Missouri State is on pace for what surely would be an NCAA record. They’re averaging an incredible 20 points per 4th quarter. So, stay tuned, Cowboys fans. No lead is safe!Why Oklahoma State Might WinBecause Tyreek Hill looks like a superstar against the No. 1 team in the nation, which means he’s likely to look superhuman against the FCS.USATSI_8058015_154512258_lowresBecause OSU’s defensive line is frightening. For maybe the first time ever, I’m not concerned that a mobile QB like Harris might escape the pocket repeatedly to convert 3rd and laughably ridiculous.There are plenty of reasons why Oklahoma State might win and why they should win. If they don’t win, there’s a reasonable chance that this blog might burn down by Sunday.It’ll be sad, but surely Kyle has blog insurance in case of tragic upset.Perhaps the best reason that OSU is likely to win, and win big, on Saturday is because Daxx is destined to play eventually. His legend has steadily grown the longer he’s sat on the sidelines and it’s time for him to take the field up a few scores and infuriatingly hand off again and again while Gundy laughs at all of us.Personally, I can’t wait to see it.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

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Tottenham calm over Toby Alderweireld contract, says Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgShare on Twitter Tottenham Hotspur Share via Email Read more The release clause has made some fans edgy but Pochettino fails to see why. The manager made the point that Lionel Messi only signed his Barcelona contract at the end of November to replace a deal that was set to expire in the summer of 2018.“This is a message for our fans and for everyone: Toby still has two-and-a-half years of contract,” Pochettino said. “Messi was six months left on his contract. Messi! If something happens [on Alderweireld], the club is going to communicate. But I don’t understand all these things when the players are all under contract.”It was put to Pochettino the release clause meant Tottenham were sure of keeping Alderweireld for only another 18 months. “It’s two and a half years,” Pochettino replied. “Daniel Levy said to me: ‘Don’t worry, gaffer. It’s two and a half years.’“Players like Érik Lamela still haven’t signed [new contracts]. Or another player signs with two years left. It’s different contexts, different reasons. It’s not only to say the club needs to do this and this. Calm. Calm, our fans. Because Daniel is very good. He has managed the club for 17 or 18 years. Look at how Tottenham was 18 years ago and how it is today. I think full credit to Daniel. Let him work. It is important the fans trust in Daniel.”Alderweireld has been out since 1 November with a hamstring injury. He is expected to return in late January or early February. Share on Messenger Mauricio Pochettino Share on Facebook Share on WhatsAppcenter_img January transfer window: club-by-club guide for the Premier League Share on LinkedIn Topics Mauricio Pochettino has sought to reassure the Tottenham Hotspur support over the future of Toby Alderweireld, urging them to stay calm and put their trust in the chairman, Daniel Levy.Alderweireld’s contract contains a one-year extension option, which is scheduled to activate in the summer of 2019 and would see him contracted until 2020. But it also features a £25m release clause. In the summer of 2019, the central defender would be permitted to leave if a rival club were to pay £25m and complete the transfer at least 14 days before the closure of the window.The 28-year-old earns a basic wage of £50,000 a week at Tottenham and he wants a substantial rise in what could well be his last major contract. Pochettino said in December 2016 that negotiations over a new deal had started but there has yet to be a breakthrough. news Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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4-Star DE Alec Bryant Announces LSU Commitment

first_imgA wide-action shot of the crowd at an LSU game.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Pearland (Tex.) Shadow Creek four-star defensive end Alec Bryant is off the board. The major 2020 recruit has committed to LSU.Bryant chose the Tigers after reportedly visiting Baton Rouge today. LSU extended an offer back in November.Bryant is the No. 9 weak-side defensive end in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s also the No. 21 rated player in Texas in the 2020 cycle.He chose the Tigers over Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and others.“I have decided to commit to Louisiana State University #GEAUXTIGERS,” Bryant tweeted.COMMITTED…..#GeauxTigers ? pic.twitter.com/H5mYhQwoqQ— ? ₉₂©️ (@ABXCII) February 19, 2019With Bryant in the fold, LSU now has 11 commitments for 2020. The Tigers boast the nation’s top class as of now, as they currently hold commitments from nine four-stars and one five-star (cornerback Elias Ricks).You can view the entire 2020 class team rankings here.last_img read more

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USC 4-Star WR Devon Williams Enters Transfer Portal

first_imgA general view of USC's football stadium.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: A general view of the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual between the USC Trojans and the Penn State Nittany Lions at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)USC sophomore wide receiver Devon Williams has reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to SEC Network’s Cole Cubelic.A four-star, top-50 recruit in the class of 2018, Williams has one reception for 11 yards in the Trojans’ first two games. He appeared in all 12 games as a freshman last fall, seeing time on offense and special teams.Williams caught four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown and added a touchdown on a blocked punt return in 2018.University of Southern California WR Devon Williams has entered the NCAA transfer portal.Was the No. 40 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class.— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) September 11, 2019 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Now that Williams is in the portal, he can have contact with other programs. Out of high school, he also considered Oregon and UCLA, among others.While the Williams loss is a blow, USC is still off to a good start this fall. With wins over Fresno State and Stanford, the Trojans are 2-0 and in the top 25.They will travel to BYU on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A80 spotted on Geekbench with key specs ahead of launch

first_imgSamsung Galaxy A80 spotted on Geekbench with key specs ahead of launchAs for the cameras, the Samsung Galaxy A80 is tipped to come with a slider which will house three rotating cameras which can also be used to click selfies.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 09:53 IST HIGHLIGHTSSamsung is expected to launch some A series smartphones at an event in Bangkok today.Galaxy A80 will be powered by SM 6150 which is said to be the successor to the Snapdragon 675.Galaxy A80 is tipped to come with a slider which will house three rotating cameras.Samsung is expected to launch some new A series smartphones at an event in Bangkok today. Rumours and leaks suggest that the company may most likely launch the long-time rumoured Galaxy A90 with sliding flip pop-up camera setup. One of the few phones that Samsung is also expected to launch at today’s A Galaxy Event is the Galaxy A80. This is what the rumours suggest. However, some rumours say that Galaxy A90 may actually be the Galaxy A80, which is also possible considering both the Galaxy A series phones are said to sport flip camera setup.Notably, Samsung is yet to officially reveal the details of these new A series phones. With just a few hours to go for the (possible) launch, the Galaxy A80 has been spotted on Geekbench benchmarking site. The benchmark listing reveals some key specs of the Galaxy A80.The Geekbench listing suggests that the Galaxy A80 will come with model number Galaxy SM-A805F. It also reveals that the Galaxy A80 will be powered by SM 6150 which is said to be the successor to the Snapdragon 675 processor. The listing noted that the Galaxy A80 will come with an 8GB RAM variant. It may be possible that the 8GB RAM is one of the few models. This means there could be some other models too. Samsung is yet to officially reveal details about the Galaxy A80.The benchmarking listing also reveals the display and camera details of the Galaxy A80. It suggests that the Samsung phone will come packed with a 6.7-inch Full-HD+ OLED display with no notch. So, considering there will no notch on the phone Samsung can opt for pop-up style camera similar to the Vivo V15 series and Oppo F11 Pro. Also, now that the phone will not have any notch we expect the side bezels to be much slimmer when compared to past A series phones.advertisementAs for the cameras, the Galaxy A80 is tipped to come with a slider which will house three rotating cameras which can also be used to click selfies. In addition to key specs, the Geekbench listing also reveals the single core and multi-core score. In single-core the Samsung Galaxy A80 manages to score 2,488 points while in multi-core the phone scores 6,732 points.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 tipped to launch next month, may come to India at the same timeALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A90 expected to launch today at A Galaxy Event: What we know so far and how to watchALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro 6GB RAM, 128GB storage model goes on sale in India for first timeGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow SamsungFollow androidlast_img read more

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Korean Lines Covering Less Trades

first_imgzoom The number of trade lanes served by the Korean deep sea lines has decreased as well as their deployed capacity following Hanjin’s demise and Hyundai’s reduction in regions served, MDS Transmodal consultancy said in its latest review of non-alliance liners.As explained, the non alliance shipping lines are characterised by having fleets of smaller size vessels, operating in secondary trade lanes and secondary ports.The shipping lines in question are Hyundai, SM Line, ZIM, PIL and Wan Hai, and they are present on the traditional East/West routes to varying degrees, in addition to other trade lanes.The consultancy’s data from the second quarter of 2017, shows that, when compared to the corresponding quarter a year earlier,  Korean lines have dropped their European and Mediterranean routes which constituted 16 percent of the previous capacity share by trade line. As a result, they expanded their presence in the Far East-North America trade to 39 percent from 24 percent, bolstered their presence in the Far East to 27 percent from 17 percent and Gulf and ISC-Far East to 32 percent from 21 percent.While not a vessel provider to 2M, Hyundai takes up slots on its network and in return Maersk and MSC gain access to not only their transpacific network but also, for some, their Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCs). 38% of Hyundai’s fleet (10,000teu+) has been chartered out to the 2M Alliance members who now operate these vessels. The remaining ULCs are now redeployed to the Far East- Mid East trades having operated on the Asia-Europe network last year. As a vessel operator Hyundai has pulled out of the Europe & Mediterranean trades whilst increasing its capacity on the Far East-Gulf & ISC and Intra-Asia lanes, the latter strengthened by the increasing cooperation of Korean shipping lines and the formation of the HMM+K2 and Mini Alliance.Hanjin’s demise has led to its transpacific west coast operations coming into the hands of the newly formed SM Line which intends to enter east coast operations in 2018. The new carrier, which has also begun intra-Asia operations, has quickly acquired 17 containerships within just a few months; a number of these being former Hanjin tonnage. Whilst SM Line’s vessel acquisition policy has been rapid, the number of trade lanes it participates in is more cautious when compared to the extensive network seen by its predecessor Hanjin, MDS Transmodal added.Speaking of the remaining three non-alliance carriers, since withdrawing from the highly competitive Asia- Europe trades, Israeli shipping line ZIM has become a global niche player. With vessels no larger than 10,000teu it has remained on trade lanes where it can compete and where size does not always matter.Image Courtesy: ZIMIn some instances, Zim calls into secondary or peripheral ports, such as Tarragona rather than Barcelona, Da Chan Bay as opposed to the bigger terminals such as Chiwan and Shekou. Panamax vessels remain the workhorse of its fleet, operating over 50 of the type at a time when the beleaguered sector has experienced a large number being sold for scrap over the past twelve months.With the expansion of the Panama Canal and the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, Zim is in the process of introducing vessels of 8,200-10,000teu on its Far East – US East Coast, ‘ZCP’ service. Zim also has slot agreements on the Med-USEC trade lane with Hapag-Lloyd and THE Alliance whilst also takin space on the Hyundai’s transpacific PS2 loop.Similarly, PIL could be bracketed as a niche line, deploying most of it tonnage to the Far East – Africa and Red Sea markets. It offers direct deep sea links from China/North Asia to East African ports in a market where bigger lines (and bigger ships) tranship at one of the Indian Ocean hubs. For the time being East African ports are not capable of serving large containerships so that PIL with its modest fleet largely of Panamax vessels can compete even with the likes of Maersk.  Whilst these niche services are often run independently, PIL recently began cooperating as a vessel provider on the Transpacific West Coast alongside COSCO and Wan Hai.Furthermore, PIL has additional access to the Transpacific with slots on Ocean Alliance services and with no fewer than 16 x 11,800teu vessels on order it also has plans of entering the Transpacific East Coast trade lane, the review further reads.Wan Hai deploys over 50% of its deployed capacity to the intra-Asia markets reflected by its strong dependency on small feeder vessels, which it often operates on its own. Conversely, its deepsea operations are often characterised by being one of multiple operators (usually fellow East Asian lines) in a vessel sharing agreement. The majority of deep sea deployment is on the Far East-Indian Sub-Continent trade lane where there is a high dependency on Panamax vessels with some ISC ports restricted by drafts and hinterland connections, MDS Transmodal further noted.last_img read more

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Les directeurs artistiques des mentors pour les jeunes artistes

first_imgLes Jeux de 2011 accueillent les artistes néo-écossais Chris O’Neill et Ken Schwartz en tant que directeurs artistiques du Programme national des artistes. Mme O’Neill et M. Schwartz sont les présidents-directeurs généraux du Ross Creek Centre for the Arts et du Two Planks and a Passion Theatre. En partageant le rôle de directeur artistique, ils apportent des décennies d’éducation culturelle et théâtrale primée aux jeunes artistes qui participent au programme. Mme O’Neill, gagnante du 2010 Valley Arts Award dit que M. Schartz et elle se disent ravis de constater le rôle que prennent les jeunes artistes canadiens dans les Jeux du Canada. « En tant qu’artistes et collègues nous sommes heureux de pouvoir faire partie du développement de ces jeunes. » affirme Mme O’Neill. « Ils ont été choisis au moyen d’un processus de sélection méticuleux ce qui signifie qu’ils représentent ce qu’il y a de mieux en terme artistique de leur province et territoire respectifs.» Le Programme national des artistes rassemblera 39 artistes montants afin de participer à un stage interdisciplinaire d’une période de deux semaines qui se terminera par un grand Gala. Chaque province et territoire sélectionnera trois artistes qui feront partie de leurs équipes pour les Jeux du Canada de 2011. Le Programme national des artistes offre une occasion unique de pratiquer leur art préféré, dans le cadre d’un programme de mentorat offert par des artistes canadiens reconnus, en collaboration avec d’autres jeunes artistes du Canada. « Leurs talents seront mis à l’épreuve tout comme celui des athlètes des Jeux dans la poursuite de l’excellence de leur art, des disciplines traditionnelles d’art visuels à celles non traditionnelles, de la danse, du théâtre, de la musique et des arts littéraires. » dit M. Schartz. Avant leur départ pour le Ross Creek Centre for the Arts pour plusieurs jours, les jeunes artistes participeront à la cérémonie d’ouverture et à un certain nombre de compétitions des Jeux. Les artistes retourneront à Halifax pour diriger des ateliers d’arts pour les jeunes et continueront le travail en vue du Gala. Les Jeux d’hiver du Canada de 2011 seront le plus important événement multisports jamais tenu à Halifax et les premiers Jeux d’hiver du Canada pour la ville. Du 11 au 27 février , plus de 2 700 athlètes seront sur place pour prendre part à des compétitions dans plus de 20 sports attirant ainsi des milliers de visiteurs, de dignitaires, d’officiels et de membres des médias. Organisés tous les deux ans, alternant entre l’été et l’hiver, les Jeux du Canada sont un événement capital pour le développement des jeunes athlètes du pays en les préparant à devenir les champions de demain, que ce soit au plan national, international ou olympique.last_img read more

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first_imgDAVID WARNERThe 32-year-old left-handed batsman, back in the Australian side after serving a year-long ban in connection with a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year, is the top run-getter so far in the World Cup. With two centuries and three half-centuries, he leads the batting chart with 500 runs – becoming the third Australian to achieve this feat of 500. What’s more prominent is the fact that Warner has not been playing his usual attacking game but is rather assessing the conditions to build long innings. Former Australian opener, Michael Slater, said that Warner has become more of a thinking cricketer. Once settled, he goes on to make big daddy hundreds and this new version of Warner is Australia’s key to retain cricket’s ultimate prize. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherSHAKIB AL HASANThere was no doubt about Shakib’s abilities as an international all-rounder but in this World Cup, he has established himself as one of the greatest to play the sport and probably the greatest cricketer from Bangladesh. So far, he has scored 476 runs, 24 runs behind David Warner with one less match. He also has 10 wickets to his credit. Shakib is only the second player in World Cup history to take five wickets and hit a 50 in the same match – the first was accomplished by India’s Yuvraj Singh against Ireland in 2011. Shakib Al Hasan’s fine form has been one of the major contributors to Bangladesh’s impressive performance in this World Cup. The top-ranked all-rounder has become the first player to score 400 runs and pick up 10 wickets in a single edition of the quadrennial cricket tournament. He, along with Mushfiqur Rahim, are the prime factors mathematically driving Bangladesh’s semi-final hopes – something that looked improbable even a week ago. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenLASITH MALINGA Slinga Malinga became the second Sri Lankan after Muralitharan to pick 50-plus wickets in World Cup history after picking up a 4-fer against England. Defending a paltry total of 232, Malinga gave Sri Lanka a perfect start by removing Jonny Bairstow and James Vince early. Later, the slinger paceman took out the well-set Joe Root and then with the scalp of Jos Buttler. Malinga’s heroics ensured that Sri Lankan hopes of a semi-final berth remained alive – until a rejuvenated South Africa produced a clinical performance to knock them out of the title race. Neither Amla nor de Plessis could get on top of him in his second spell, each delivery honing in at them, giving neither player room to free their arms. Malinga missed his length with maybe one attempted yorker but otherwise, his accuracy was relentless. A master was taming a master. Though the scalps would not justify how he bowled, the Lankans failed as a unit. JOFRA ARCHER Jofra Archer was left out of the West Indies squad for the 2014 Under-19 World Cup despite having already shone for the age-group. He wanted to play for West Indies but later, on being excluded, it just became a matter of playing international cricket. Last November, the England Cricket Board reduced the residency rule from seven years to three and Archer suddenly came into contention for the World Cup. Archer was not included in England’s preliminary squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Former England cricketer, Andrew Flintoff, said that he would drop “anyone” from the squad to include Archer. Once the favourite, England is now in a state of bother with two must-win games against India and New Zealand, before advancing to the semis. The inconsistency of English batters who have been performing in patches has led to this bitter state. Jofra Archer on the other hand, is a shining star by his own accord. With effortless pace, Archer has skittled his opposition consistently and so far, is the second-highest wicket taker of the tournament with 16 wickets. His pace and line make him lethal both with the new ball as well as in the death overs.KAGISO RABADAWith just one win from six games, the Proteas have been knocked out of the tournament without putting up much of a fight. Their only victory came against minnows, Afghanistan. According to Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada is the best South African fast bowler ever. Around 180 Test wickets at the age of 24 stands as a testimony. Rabada was expected to perform, given his form in the recently concluded Indian premier League. But, he has been one of South Africa’s biggest World Cup disappointments. He has taken just six wickets at an average of 50.83. The problem for him could be that he is over-bowled. Had he skipped IPL, he could have had a greater impact on South Africa’s fate in the multi-team event. Against Sri Lanka, Rabada was back at the top of his game, but, by then, South Africa was just looking to bow down on a high.CHRIS GAYLEEarlier, there was a lot of discussion on Chris Gayle’s prolific run going into the marque tournament. On the contrary, the self-anointed Universe Boss has been looking to score desperately but five outings have accumulated just 113 runs. The swashbuckling left-hander from Jamaica has held the key to how West Indies performs in major tournaments for two reasons. First, his experience is inevitable and second, a brisk start from Gayle would put down the shoulders of any opposition. But nothing as such has happened for him since their opening game with Pakistan when he smashed a half-century off 33 balls. West Indies’s fate too has been identical to that of Gayle’s – started on a high and since then, it has all been a downward slope. The Caribbean team is on the seventh position with a solitary win in their opening game and have now officially been knocked out of the tournament after a 125-run defeat to India. The big-man is on the verge of becoming the highest run-scorer for West Indies in limited-overs cricket – only a few runs short of the great Brian Lara. A ‘Gayle Storm’ in the last two games cannot be ruled out.last_img read more

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Celebrities Gear Up For Chopped Tournament Of Stars

first_imgWith a $50,000 grand prize for charity on the line, celebrities from different walks of life compete in the ultimate Chopped Tournament of Stars, premiering Sunday, March 9th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.The five-part competition series, hosted by Ted Allen, includes four celebrities going head-to-head each week in themed episodes over three rounds: appetizer, entrée and dessert – each featuring mystery ingredients within the Chopped basket. Featuring sports stars, comedians, actors, and for the first time, veterans from Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the celebrities are judged by a rotating roster of Chopped regulars, including Maneet Chauhan, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos and Geoffrey Zakarian, to determine which celebrity will advance each week to face off in the finale on Sunday, April 6th at 9pm ET/PT, with a chance to win the grand prize for the charity of their choice.“This tournament brings together the most diverse, talented group of celebrities we have ever had compete in the Chopped Kitchen, ” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. “With $50,000 on the line for their charity, these celebs fill the kitchen with action, drama and comedy as they do everything they can to be the victor.”Additionally, if you ever looked in your fridge, hoping for inspiration to strike, never again let the question “What’s for dinner?” stump you. On April 8th be the first to learn tips and secrets for combining pantry staples into exciting meals in The Chopped Cookbook: Use What You’ve Got to Cook Something Great, from Clarkson Potter. By showing how to spin your favorite ingredients into 188 fun, doable, and delicious recipes, the culinary masterminds at Food Network set you up for mealtime victory every night.Episodes include: Premiering Sunday, March 9th at 9pm ET/PT
“Sports Stars!”
Four famous athletes bring their fierceness and passion to the Chopped Kitchen for a five-part $50,000 celebrity tournament! With the charities they are playing for in their minds, the competitors open the first basket to find a scary ingredient – alligator. Then in the entrée round, the celebs must cook with some strange eggs and some tiny limes. The final two sports stars that make it to the dessert round put their athleticism and enthusiasm into making a great final dish that includes crystallized ginger and wafer cookies.
Competitors: Brandi Chastain, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Greg Louganis, Charles Oakley
Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Geoffrey Zakarian Premiering Sunday, March 23rd at 9pm ET/PT
Bringing the funny to the Chopped Kitchen, four comedians compete for a chance to move on to the $50,000 finale. Playing for their favorite charities, the stars open up the first basket and get a pork delicacy and a gummy candy. Then in the entrée round, the three comedians left must make jalapeño poppers palatable with beer can chicken. With vanilla cupcakes in the final basket, transforming the ingredient becomes key for the two finalists.
Competitors: Tommy Davidson, Sinbad, Gillian Vigman, Robert Wuhl
Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Chris Santos, Geoffrey Zakarian Premiering Sunday, April 6th at 9pm ET/PT
The four amazing finalists open the first basket and get a drive-thru snack and a cold dessert. $50,000 is destined to go to one of the last three celebrities’ favorite charities, but which stars will have good luck with the duck in the entrée basket? The final round of the celebrity tournament is bound to be intense as the competitors must have enough culinary stamina left to make something tasty, beautiful and creative from churros and champagne.
Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Geoffrey ZakarianChopped is produced by Notional Entertainment.Source:Multivu.com Premiering Sunday, March 30th at 9pm ET/PT
With only one spot left in the $50,000 charity tournament, four actors bravely take on the role of chef. In the first round, one competitor tries desperately to figure out the right cooking technique for a tricky ingredient. A pretty citrus fruit and a spiny lobster are two of the mystery ingredients that the competitors must demystify in the entrée round. In the final round, the two remaining stars make a mess in the kitchen with some very creative desserts with mascarpone and strawberries.
Competitors: Lucas Grabeel, Michael Imperioli, Peter Scolari, Tasha Smith
Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli Premiering Sunday, March 16th at 9pm ET/PT
”Rachael vs. Guy!”
These four competitors are all cooking-competition veterans, alums of Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, but they have never stepped foot in the Chopped Kitchen! How will they do with beef tongue and microwaveable chocolate cake in the appetizer basket? Then the stars have a pizza party in the entrée round after they discover leftover slices in the basket. With hopes of making it to the $50,000 finale, two competitors must make desserts using chocolate bars and banana chips.
Competitors: Penn Jillette, Coolio, Lou Diamond Phillips, Carnie Wilson
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Taylor and Fort St John Councils working to deal with recent mill

first_img“We are going to look at this in a similar fashion as any other type of emergency.  By creating an emergency operations centre, so to speak and bringing in the resources needed to accommodate and manage the impacts of the emergency,” says Ackerman.  The City and District of Taylor have already reached out to the Forestry Practices Alliance of Canada, the Health Authority, the School District, the Northern Development Initiative trust for their internship program and the Community Development Institute of UNBC, all groups that have walked other communities through similar economic downturns.The Mayor expresses that she wants other industries that are operating in the area to recognize and acknowledge, “local hire and local contractors,” with the hopes that laid-off employees get opportunities to transition into one of the other industries.“We need to ensure our forestry workers completely understand that their Councils are not letting this go and we are not going to let them down,” said the Mayor “Our request to the Ministry this afternoon (June 14th) will really be a transfer of support. We are going to be looking for, in the same way, other communities have done for funding for emergencies.”“We are going to look at funding for adapting to whatever is going to happen, here to ensure we have the mental health support,” said Mayor Ackerman, “make sure we can soften whatever has happened and hopefully say goodbye to one industry and move to another one with a smooth transition.”Mayor Ackerman shares a quote her father always taught her, “You will never live long enough to learn everything yourself.” The Mayor hopes that with both Councils working together, they can share the workload.“There is going to be a lot of conversations about this over the next little while,” she said as they continue to look at supports such as mental health. “We are not letting this go and not letting them down,” said Mayor Ackerman. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John and Taylor Councils coming together to address recent mill closures.Mayor Lori Ackerman says Fort St. John Council is working with the District of Taylor Council. Both Councils are aware that the closure at the Peace Valley OSB Mill and the temporary curtailment at the Canfor facility in Taylor will affect residents in both communities.Mayor Ackerman shared that a steering group is being created from both communities, to create a unified strategy. As the Mayor said, “We’ve seen shutdowns in other communities. In Fort St John, we have already considered this risk, we have seen it over the decades.”last_img read more

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Insecurity and drought leave millions of Somalis in dire need of aid

Some 2.6 million people – representing 35 per cent of the population – are believed to be in need of food aid in the country, which has not had a functioning government since 1991. That number is expected to rise to 3.5 million by December.WFP says that insecurity, drought and successive poor harvests are only worsening the suffering of millions, and pushing thousands more into poverty. Price rises in basic commodities and the weakness of the Somali shilling have only added to the misery.“Somalia is at a dire crossroads,” Peter Goossens, WFP’s Country Director for Somalia told a news conference today in London. “If sufficient food and other humanitarian assistance cannot be scaled up in the coming months, parts of the country could well be in the grips of disaster similar to the 1992-1993 famine, when hundreds of thousands of people perished.”Mr. Goossens warned that deteriorating security was hindering land and sea deliveries of food. Some 90 per cent of the food aid distributed to Somalis arrives by sea.WFP has appealed to countries to provide naval escorts to protect WFP food ships against piracy. France, Denmark and the Netherlands had done so over the last eight months but the agency has received no commitments for further escorts beyond June.The humanitarian aid operation is also being hindered by a spate of killings or kidnappings of staff from UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).WFP has to double the amount of people it feeds from more than one million per month, to 2.4 million by December. CARE International and the International Committee of the Red Cross are to assist the remaining 1.1 million. 18 July 2008Attacks on aid workers and threats to ships delivering food aid to Somalia, coupled with the effects of drought and poor harvest, have left millions in the strife-torn nation in need of urgent aid, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today. read more

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UN trust fund backs projects in fight against piracy off Somali coast

B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and chair of the Board of the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, unveiled $2.1 million of projects after a meeting of the fund at UN Headquarters in New York.The five projects being backed by the fund, which was set up in January by the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, are focused largely on efforts to prosecute piracy suspects.Four projects will help strengthen institutions in the Seychelles and the autonomous Somali regions of Puntland and Somaliland in such areas as mentoring prosecutors and police, building and renovating prisons, reviewing domestic laws in piracy and increasing the capacity of local courts. A fifth project aims to help local media disseminate anti-piracy messages within Somalia.The Seychelles, as well as Kenya, has become a regional centre for the prosecution of pirates, who menace the coast of Somalia and disrupt international shipping routes near the Horn of Africa.Mr. Pascoe stressed today that the piracy off the Somali coast has become a problem not just for the immediate region, but for the wider world as well.“Prosecuting suspected pirates is an important piece of the international strategy to combat the problem,” he said, adding that the fund needs fresh donations so that it can back other projects in the future.Already it has established an emergency funding facility that offsets the costs involved in prosecuting piracy suspects, such as travel expenses for witnesses, court equipment and the transport of suspects.The fund has 10 voting members – Djibouti, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Kenya, the Marshall Islands, Norway, Somalia and the United States. It also has three non-voting UN members – the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Country Team for Somalia. 23 April 2010A United Nations trust fund set up as part of the international fight against maritime piracy today announced plans to support a series of five projects that are aimed at assisting Somalia and its neighbours to tackle the scourge. read more

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Recycling effort benefits students

Discarded batteries and ink cartridges are finding a new life as a way to raise funds.Brock Student Ambassadors (BSA) runs a very successful fundraising program through the Brock chapter of Think Recycle. The recycling program ensures that batteries and ink cartridges used on campus and surrounding areas are being disposed of properly.BSA is a student group directly affiliated with the Brock University Alumni Association and Brock Alumni Relations. The BSA engages with alumni, represents student leaders at alumni functions, and volunteers in various initiatives on campus.All funds from Think Recycle support students. The funds from batteries are put towards a scholarship for an environmental student. Ink cartridge recycling funds go to other grants and scholarships for Brock students.In January, the BSA received recognition and an opportunity to share its success story with Think Recycle. The BSA earned $1,186.25, one of top contributors in 2011-12, part of a national initiative.The success of Think Recycle is a result of the connections that the students of the BSA have made on campus. Grants and scholarships are a wonderful incentive for students to become involved with green initiatives like Think Recycle. read more

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Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

SAN FRANCISCO — Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies. It’s the latest pushback from the tech giant’s workforce.A group of employees posted a petition publicly urging the company not to bid on a cloud computing contract for CBP. Google has not commented.More than 700 Google employees had signed the petition by Tuesday afternoon. Citing a “system of abuse” and “malign neglect” by the agencies, the petition demands Google not provide any technical services to CBP, ICE or the Office of Refugee Resettlement until the agencies “stop engaging in human rights abuses.”Google employees have led a growing trend in which some tech workers take public stands against their employers’ policies.By Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

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Unprecedented 65 million people displaced by war and persecution in 2015 –

Global Trends – Forced Displacements in 2015 Trends in a glance – 2015 in review The colourful vouchers can be exchanged by Burundian refugees for food of their choice, in camp Lucenda, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), at food fairs organized by WFP with local merchants. Yellow is for corn flour, red is for beans, blue is for salt. Photo: WFP/Leonora Baumann Global Trends – Forced Displacements in 2015 Hundreds of Burundian refugees aboard the MV Liemba en route to Nyaragusu refugee camp Global Trends – Forced Displacements in 2015 Trends in a glance – 2015 in review The Global Trends 2015 compiled by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) notes that 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of 2015, an increase of more than 5 million from 59.5 million a year earlier.The tally comprises 21.3 million refugees, 3.2 million asylum seekers, and 40.8 million people internally displaced within their own countries.Measured against the world’s population of 7.4 billion people, one in every 113 people globally is now either a refugee, an asylum-seeker or internally displaced – putting them at a level of risk for which UNHCR knows no precedent.On average, 24 people were forced to flee each minute in 2015, four times more than a decade earlier, when six people fled every 60 seconds.Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia produce half the world’s refugees, at 4.9 million, 2.7 million and 1.1 million, respectively.Colombia had the largest numbers of internally displaced people (IDPs), at 6.9 million, followed by Syria’s 6.6 million and Iraq’s 4.4 million.While the spotlight last year was on Europe’s challenge to manage more than one million refugees and migrants who arrived via the Mediterranean, the report shows that the vast majority of the world’s refugees were in developing countries in the global south.In all, 86 per cent of the refugees under UNHCR’s mandate in 2015 were in low- and middle-income countries close to situations of conflict. Yet, there is cause for hope. Citing host communities, individuals, and families opening their homes, he said “these ordinary people see refugees not as beggars, competitors for jobs, or terrorists – but as people like you or me whose lives have been disrupted by war.”“UNHCR sees 2016 as a watershed moment for the refugee cause,” he stressed. As wars spiral out of control, this must be a year to take collective responsibility and action to end the conflicts which force people to flee and also a year to help the millions of people whose lives have been destroyed by violence.“World leaders can no longer watch passively as so many lives are needlessly lost,” he said, also noting that the upcoming General Assembly meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants will put all to the test.For its part, UNHCR launched last week the #WithRefugees initiative to generate momentum towards that meeting, he added.Numbers do not capture hardship of displaced Mogens Lykketoft, UN General Assembly President, said the numbers do little justice to the pain and trauma that this crisis is causing for individual women, men and children across our world.“They fail to capture the hardship of those who flee and the fear of those who wait anxiously behind. They fail to capture the hopelessness of those held in detention centres or the final thoughts of those lost at sea without even a whisper,” he said.The numbers do little justice to the pain and trauma that this crisis is causing for individual women, men and children across our worldHe highlighted several points, including that the international community must intensify its efforts to find political solutions to conflicts, as they are the main drivers of humanitarian need. The UN and other institutions and agencies must be provided with sufficient and predictable resources needed to fulfil their mandates and respond to the incredible levels of need.In 2014, children constituted 51 per cent of the refugee population, with half of these missing out on primary education, he said. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind has placed a new obligation on all to reach those in situations of conflict, disasters, vulnerability and risk.Citing that almost nine out of every 10 refugees, 86 per cent, are in regions and countries considered economically less developed, he urged the international community to enhance its solidarity with refugee hosting countries.Given the scale of the crisis, current levels of third-country resettlement need to be reviewed, he pointed out. In 2014, only 15 per cent of the global resettlement needs were met. At least fifty thousand persons, including thousands of children died in the past two decades while seeking to cross international borders. Governments must create safe, orderly and regular pathways for refugees to move to other countries.Violations of international humanitarian and human rights law are of grave concern. All must speak out in the face of serious violations of international law. Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems not only to be on the rise, but also to be becoming more socially and politically acceptable. This needs to change, he said. ‹ › Worldwide, Turkey was the largest host country, with 2.5 million refugees. In terms of the refugee-to-population ratio, Lebanon has the highest proportion, with nearly one refugee for every five citizens.Distressingly, children made up an astonishing 51 per cent of the world’s refugees in 2015, with many separated from their parents or travelling alone, UNHCR said.“Our responses to refugees must be grounded in our shared values of responsibility sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights and in international refugee law, including the principle of non-refoulement,” UN Secretary-General said in his message on the Day.“World Refugee Day is a moment for taking stock of the devastating impact of war and persecution on the lives of those forced to flee, and honouring their courage and resilience,” he said, noting that it is also a moment for paying tribute to the communities and States that receive and host them, often in remote border regions affected by poverty, instability and underdevelopment, and beyond the gaze of international attention.Last year, more than one million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe across the Mediterranean, in unseaworthy dinghies and flimsy boats. “Thousands did not make it – tragic testimony to our collective failure to properly address their plight,” Mr. Ban said.With anti-refugee rhetoric so loud, it is sometimes difficult to hear the voices of welcome. But these do exist, all around the worldHe stressed that meanwhile, divisive political rhetoric on asylum and migration issues, rising xenophobia, and restrictions on access to asylum have become increasingly visible in certain regions, and the spirit of shared responsibility has been replaced by a hate-filled narrative of intolerance.“With anti-refugee rhetoric so loud, it is sometimes difficult to hear the voices of welcome. But these do exist, all around the world,” he said, acknowledging an extraordinary outpouring of compassion and solidarity shown by host communities.The UN chief drew attention to the General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on addressing large population movements on 19 September, which he said will offer an historic opportunity to agree a global compact, with a commitment towards collective action and greater shared responsibility for refugees at its core.This year, hopeful signs are hard to findUN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said that each year, UNHCR seeks to find a glimmer of hope in the global statistics, but “this year the hopeful signs are hard to find.”He warned that instead of burden sharing, nations are closing their borders and that instead of political will, there is political paralysis. And humanitarian organizations like his are left to deal with the consequences, while at the same time struggling to save lives on limited budgets. read more

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