Russia and Qatar to host World Cups

first_imgFIFA gave its ultimate recognition to emerging markets on Thursday when they awarded the 2018 and 2022 editions of the prestigious and lucrative World Cup football finals to Russia and Qatar.Russia won the right to put on the 2018 World Cup, the first time it will have been staged in Eastern Europe after 10 editions in the western half of the continent. Qatar will stage the 2022 finals, a first both for the Middle East and for an Arab country. It will also be the smallest nation ever to host the World Cup with a population of less than a million.FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who announced the winners after a vote of his executive committee in the Swiss financial capital, said: “We go to new lands.”Never has the World Cup been in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Arabic world have been waiting for a long time so I’m a happy president when we talk about the development of football.”This year’s World Cup was held in South Africa, the first time it had been held on the African continent. Football’s governing body’s executive committee voted for the two winning bids after a fierce lobbying campaign which saw world political leaders and top sports personalities gather in Zurich to press their case for one of the most prestigious and lucrative prizes in global sport.Russia defeated the challenge of three other European bidders, England and the joint bids of Netherlands/Belgium and Spain/Portugal.They were long-time among the front-runners but the non-appearance of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for campaigning before the vote in Zurich coupled with US diplomatic cables which emerged on Wikileaks describing Russia as a corrupt autocracy appeared to have damaged their bid in the past 24 hours, according to some observers in Zurich.advertisementQatar took the honours for 2022 over rivals Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States.They committed in their bid document to FIFA building nine new stadiums and renovating three existing grounds at a cost of around $3 billion.Russia deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said: “You have entrusted us with the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and I just can promise, we all can promise, you will never regret it. Let us make history together.”Qatar bid chief Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al- Thani told the FIFA executive: “Thank you for backing us and expanding the game. You will be proud of us and you will be proud of the Middle East.The voting process took place against a highly charged background after British media outlets made allegations of corruption against a number of FIFA’s executive committee members.The executive committee, reduced to 22 after two were suspended over the allegations, voted in secret.Iberian bid leader Miguel Angel Lopez said Russia had gained an absolute majority on the second round of voting for 2018, eliminating the two joint bids.The US delegation said there had been four rounds of voting for the 2022 event and that Qatar and themselves had been in the final showdown.last_img read more

ICC World Cup kicks off with grand opening ceremony in Dhaka

first_imgThe ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 kicked off on Thursday with a grand opening ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.Indian music composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who have composed the official song for the World Cup, and playback singer Sonu Nigam are slated to enthrall the audience with their performances. Singer Runa Laila of Dama Dam Mast Kalandar fame and pop singer Mila will add a local touch to the extravaganza.But the highlight of the show will be a performance by legendary Canadian singer Bryan Adams.The organisers have also promised a spectacular fireworks and laser show at the end of the programme.last_img


first_imgHowever, Mandakhnaran went down 0-6 to Russias Soslan However, Mandakhnaran went down 0-6 to Russias Soslan Lyudvikovich Ramonov, the gold-medallist at the 2014 World Championship in Tashkent, in the quarterfinals to end the Indian grapplers dream of signing off with a medal. The seven-member Indian wrestling team thus finished its campaign with just a solitary bronze won by Sakshi Malik in the womens 58kg category. The squad was originally eight-strong but Narsingh Yadav was ousted after being slapped with a doping ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sports. Yogeshwar, competing in his fourth and last Olympics, hardly looked aggressive against the Mongolian, a gold-medallist from the 2010 Asian Games besides being a two-time World Championships bronze-winner. The 33-year-old grappler from Haryana, had bagged a bronze in the 60kg category at the London Games and was expected to repeat the feat in the 65kg weight division. The early elimination of Yogeshwar, following the loss of the Mongol to his tough Russian rival Romonov later in the quarters, spelt finish to his medal hopes. Meanwhile, in the mens marathon – held on rain-drenched streets, T Gopi, Kheta Ram and Nitendra Singh finished 25th, 26th and 84th respectively. Gopi and Ram managed to better their personal best times. PTI TAP SSR PM SSRlast_img read more

‘Will go to national camp if Kolkata doesn’t provide all facilities’

first_imgStar heptathlete Swapna Barman has suggested that she might opt out of training in Kolkata in favour of Patiala if the facilities are not up to the standards. The Asian Games gold medallist has been an off-camper previously, but might consider training at the national camp starting from October 10.”For now I will be training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Kolkata. If they provide doctor, masseuse, physio and other things properly then I will stay. Otherwise, I won’t hesitate to go and train at the national camp,” the 21-year-old track & field athlete told Mail Today on Saturday.Interestingly, if the situation arises where she has to move to national camp, it will probably lead to her parting ways with her coach over the years, Subhash Sarkar. The coach has said it won’t be possible for him to move to Patiala due to other commitments.”If Swapna later decides to move to Patiala to train, then it won’t be possible for me to coach her anymore because I train other athletes here and I can’t leave them all,” Sarkar said. However, he hopes that if AFI could run a national camp in Kolkata then he can continue to train her.For now, Swapna and her coach’s focus remains on finding a foreign coach who could help her improve in the 200m sprint, which has been her weakness among all the seven events.”Swapna’s performance has improved in all the events except for the 200m. It has been stagnant for two years now. So we need to work on that. Because of her six toes, her ankle moves slightly away, which costs her time. We are in search of a foreign coach who could help in fixing that flaw in the technique,” said Swapna’s coach.advertisementSwapna also updated that her back and knee injuries, which haunted her before the Asiad, are stable now and she is taking time off from training to heal her body for the upcoming season.last_img read more

Fox releases statement after U.S. elimination

first_imgUnited States Fox Sports says its passion for 2018 World Cup unchanged despite USA elimination Ben Valentine Last updated 2 years ago 00:46 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Trinidad United States World Cup The company released a statement affirming their commitment to their coverage of the tournament despite the U.S. missing out Fox Sports has reaffirmed its commitment to coverage of the 2018 World Cup despite the elimination of the U.S. national team from qualification for the tournament.The broadcasting company reportedly spent between $400 million and $500 million dollars to win the English language TV rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups back in 2011. Previously, ESPN/ABC held the rights. At the time it likely seemed like a safe investment as the U.S. had qualified for every World Cup since 1990 and is considered to have a manageable path through CONCACAF. 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. Following a 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, however, the U.S. will miss out on the 2018 tournament in Russia, leaving questions as to how much intrigue there will be in the country without the local rooting interest.Despite the U.S. elimination, Fox Sports released a statement saying nothing has changed about its passion for the event, citing the big names who will take part from other countries.”Last night’s World Cup qualifying results do not change Fox Sports’ passion for the world’s biggest sporting event,” the statement reads. “While the U.S. was eliminated, the biggest stars in the world from Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo stamped their tickets to Russia on the same day, and will battle teams ranging from Mexico to England that have massive fan bases in America.”The World Cup is the greatest sporting event on earth that changes the world for one month every four years, and Fox Sports remains steadfast in our commitment of bringing the games to America for the first time in 2018 and will continue to support the U.S. Soccer Federation as they look ahead to the 2022 World Cup.”Games for the U.S. national team were highly rated during the 2014 World Cup, which ESPN broadcasted. The quarterfinal against Belgium drew 16.5 million viewers while the group stage contest against Ronaldo and Portugal attracted 18.2 million — more than the final between Germany and Argentina, which drew 17.8 million.In addition to Fox Sports’ rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, the company also owns the English-language rights to the 2026 tournament, which the U.S. is considered a favorite to co-host with Mexico and Canada.last_img read more

Mourinho bites back at Klopp jibe

first_imgManchester United ‘I expected him to be more attacking’ – Mourinho bites back at Klopp after Man Utd-Liverpool stalemate Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 22:12 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Manchester United 141017 Getty Manchester United José Mourinho Liverpool v Manchester United Liverpool Premier League The Red Devils boss insists that his side did play to win at Anfield, with the approach of their rivals contributing to an uninspiring goalless draw Jose Mourinho has hit back at Jurgen Klopp by suggesting that Liverpool were as responsible for a goalless draw at Anfield as his Manchester United team.Having seen two old adversaries cancel each other out on Merseyside, Klopp was quick to question the approach of the visitors.16/5 for Arsenal and Watford to draw 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 told Sky Sports on a United side that he believes offered little attacking intent: “For sure you could not play this way at Liverpool, but it’s OK for Manchester United.”Mourinho wasted no time in biting back at his coaching rival, with the Portuguese insisting that he played to win and that containing tactics from the hosts contributed to an uninspiring contest.He told Sky Sports: “We came for three.“In the second half, we felt it was difficult to do that with the match dynamics.“I was waiting for Jurgen to change for him to go more attacking, but he kept the three strongest players on in positions where they were having control. He kept the strong midfield and that midfield was stronger than mine.“You’ll say we were defensive and they were offensive. They were at home and didn’t move anything.“He did well and didn’t let the game break. [Emre] Can and [Georginio] Wijnaldum were very good from a defensive point of view.”David De Gea Manchester United 2017Chances were few and far between in a heavyweight encounter between two Premier League title hopefuls.David de Gea did repel one effort from Joel Matip during a keenly-fought first half, with the Spaniard once again highlighting his value to the United cause.Romelu Lukaku came as close as anybody to breaking the deadlock for the Red Devils, but the £75 million striker failed to beat Simon Mignolet when presented with a clear sight of goal.The game then fizzled out after the break, with neither side mustering a shot on target in the second 45.A draw was enough to send United to the Premier League summit, for a few hours at least, while stretching Klopp’s impressive record in meetings with fellow ‘big six’ sides.last_img read more

North Texas QB Shares Death Threat He Received After Bowl Game

first_imgAlec Morris shows the Twitter death threat he got.North Texas QB Alec Morris received a disturbing message after the Heart of Dallas Bowl.Former Alabama quarterback and current North Texas QB Alec Morris was subject to a disturbing message after his bowl game. Morris received a message on Facebook, but instead of receiving support after the bowl game, he received a death threat and a very concerning message.Jeez… you lose one bowl game— Alec Morris (@alecmorris_5) December 27, 2016Morris did more than his fair share to win the game. He completed 26-of-38 passing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball three times for 14 yards.On this day, the Army Black Knights were just a notch better en route to a 38-31 overtime win.We’re not sure if this guy had money on the game or he’s just a fan of the Mean Green, but this kind of personal attack is way out of line. Especially to wish something as terrible as cancer on another person.last_img read more

Malaika Arora in sexy tank top and tights makes heads turn at the gym. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Malaika Arora in top and mini shorts makes case for comfort dressing at gym. See pics 9 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani is comfortable yet sexy in spaghetti crop top and track pants at Mumbai airport 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Malaika Arora was recently spotted outside her gym in Mumbai.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: For her gym look, the actress chose to wear an orange tank top by Reebok.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: She wore an orange matching sports bra under the tank top.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: Malaika paired it with black and white yoga pants.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: The Chaiyya Chaiyya girl completed her look with a pair of white slip ons again by Reebok and a pair of black sunnies.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: She tied her hair up in a pony tail and was a natural beauty at the gym.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Tags: Malaika AroraGym lookSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Malaika was recently spotted outside her gym in Mumbai. For her gym look, the actress chose to wear an orange tank top by Reebok and yoga pants with Reebok slip ons.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5c866feb9f8fc1552314347_1475581_editCommentContent Publish date: Monday, March 11, 2019 – 19:45Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433:last_img read more

USA: PMA, ILWU Agree on New Contract

first_imgzoom The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports.The deal was reached with assistance from U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh, the PMA said.PMA added that the parties would not be releasing details of the agreement at this time.The agreement is subject to ratification by both parties.“After more than nine months of negotiations, we are pleased to have reached an agreement that is good for workers and for the industry,” said PMA President James McKenna and ILWU President Bob McEllrath in a joint statement. “We are also pleased that our ports can now resume full operations.”“We congratulate the ILWU and PMA for finally coming to agreement on a new labor contract. It is now time for the parties to quickly ratify the deal and immediately focus on clearing out the crisis-level congestion and backlog at the ports,” the National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said commenting on the tentative deal.“As we welcome today’s news, we must dedicate ourselves to finding a new way to ensure that this nightmare scenario is not repeated again. If we are to truly have modern international trade, supply chain and transportation systems, we must develop a better process for contract negotiations moving forward. We must commit whatever resources necessary to ensure that this will not happen again,” Shay added.The ongoing contract dispute has had a horrendous impact on the productivity of the US West Coast ports, which have recorded significant drops in their monthly cargo volumes.last_img read more

Students Take International Reading Challenge Title

first_imgThe students of Big Tancook Island Elementary School in Lunenburg County are world champion readers. The students read 632 books per child to beat out students from more than 80 schools in four countries in the the Adopt–A-Library WOW! Reading Challenge. The second-place finisher read 467 books per child. Education Minister Karen Casey presented the students with the world championship trophy at a ceremony today, June 16. Community Services Minister Judy Streatch also presented the students with the Canadian championship at the ceremony. The students also received a world champion banner and a cheque for $3,000 for books for their school. The WOW! Reading Challenge encourages a love of reading in school-age children. The challenge was created and delivered in partnership with Nova Scotia’s public libraries, the RCMP, communities, businesses and local police agencies. “Public libraries help support and encourage the love of reading, which is essential for developing literacy skills throughout life,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I congratulate all students for taking part in this competition and for continuing to develop their love of reading.” The 15,000 participants, including students from 51 Nova Scotia schools, read 1.1 million books between November and April during the challenge. Students at Lahinch National School in County Clare, Ireland, took second place in the competition and will receive a banner and $2,000. Students at Furghlan National School in County Clare, Ireland, came in third and will receive a banner and $1,000. The reading challenge was an initiative of the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program to promote literacy as a long-term crime prevention strategy. Studies show getting children and youth to read regularly improves their literacy skills and helps them develop self esteem and make better decisions. As a result, they will be less likely to engage in activities such as bullying and crime. The Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program was started by Pictou County RCMP Const. John Kennedy almost a decade ago.last_img read more

RCMP investigating alleged assault at minor hockey club in North Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER — RCMP say they are investigating an alleged assault at an elite athletics club that trains minor hockey players in North Vancouver.The Mounties say they received details of an alleged incident at the North Shore Winter Club on Jan. 27.They say they are taking statements from players of the minor hockey club, coaches, guardians and parents.The RCMP said no further details would be released because the investigation is ongoing.The club did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Alumni of the club include former National Hockey League players Paul Kariya, Brett Hull and Joe Sakic.The Canadian Presslast_img

Barry Gibb To Be Honored By Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy

first_imgNordoff Robbins is tremendously excited to announce that the phenomenal Barry Gibb is to receive the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards.
Barry says, “I am honoured to be given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. Having had music play such an important role in my own life for over 50 years I can truly appreciate the work Nordoff Robbins do, using music to transform other people’s lives.“I first got to know of Nordoff Robbins work in 1993, when the Bee Gees were awarded the Special Achievement Award at the Silver Clefs and it has been amazing to see how the charity has grown and developed and continues to support so many people with music therapy.”

Famed for being one third of the incredibly successful Bee Gees, Barry Gibb has had an exceptional career, selling over 220 million records since the Bee Gees were founded in 1958.Known for his instantly recognisable falsetto singing voice, particularly on the cult Saturday Night Fever soundtrack album, which went 15 times platinum and stayed on Billboard’s album charts for 120 weeks, it epitomized the disco phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic in the late 1970s.Gibb shares the record with Lennon and McCartney for six consecutive Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones as a writer and is in the book of Guinness World Records as the second most successful songwriter in history behind Paul McCartney. In the 1990s Barry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has achieved the astonishing feat of having No. 1 hits across each of the past five decades and his music continues to delight fans the world over.
Aside from his accomplishments as an artist Barry has also had great success as a record producer with the likes of Andy Gibb, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Kenny and Dolly and famously wrote and produced the track, ‘Grease’, for the hit movie, which featured vocals by Frankie Vali and sold over half a million copies. It is exactly 20 years since The Bee Gees won their well-deserved Special Achievement Award at the Silver Clefs in 1993.
David Munns, Nordoff Robbins Chairman, said,“I can think of no better artist to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award than Barry Gibb. With a career spanning over 50 years, he has released, written and produced some of the most influential music the world has ever heard. It is exactly 20 years since The Bee Gees won their well-deserved Special Achievement Award at the Silver Clefs in 1993, so what better way to pay tribute to Barry’s fantastic career than by honouring him in 2013 with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.”Nordoff Robbins uses music to reach children and adults whose lives are constrained by illness, disability, trauma or exclusion. This year’s Silver Clef Awards takes place on June 28 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Also being honored on the night are Coldplay and Alison Balsom. Find out more here.last_img read more

Truth and Reconciliation InFocus

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie‘Cultural genocide’ is what Canada is guilty of according to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC).That was one of the assertions describing Canada’s residential school system that brought a standing ovation from the crowd gathered in Ottawa for the TRC’s closing event, May 31 – June 3rd, 2015.Watch here to see how was the event received by residential school survivors.last_img

Hillary Clinton to Miss Clinton Foundation Meeting in Marrakech

Rabat – Hillary Clinton’s participation at the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and Africa scheduled to take place in Marrakech next month appears to be unlikely.The former US Secretary of State had been scheduled to appear at the high-profile conference organized by the Clinton Foundation, on May 5-7. However, she might not join her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, at the event after she announced officially her intention to run for president in 2016, in a two-minute video posted to YouTube on Sunday.The Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and Africa aims at connecting governments and nonprofit leaders to address problems affecting host areas. Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has been plagued by criticism from republican opponents. They complained that the former first lady’s involvement with her family’s foundation and acceptance of contributions from foreign governments may pose a conflict of interest.Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has criticized foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation as “thinly veiled bribes,” according to politics website Politico.He also called on Hillary Clinton to return any donations from countries with “spotty human rights records” and others that abuse the rights of women.Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) resumed accepting new foreign donations months after Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in February 2013.The preliminary list of expected attendees at the Marrakech meeting includes executives from OCP and Coca-Cola, as well as the presidents of Rwanda and Tanzania and senior officials from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and the League of Arab States. Former Israeli President Shimon Peres is also on the list.Photo Credit: Getty Images read more

Morocco Responds to Polisario Provocations in Guerguerat with More Development Projects

Rabat – In response to separatist provocations over recent months, Morocco is moving to strengthen its presence in Guerguerat, an area between Morocco and Mauritania which Polisario views as part of its self-styled state.According to Maghreb Intelligence, even if the move did not come with the traditionally triumphant announcements that have characterized the media offensives and counter offensives in the Western Sahara dispute, it was Rabat’s direct rejoinder to recent provocations from the separatist Polisario Front.Citing “sources close to the dossier,” the outlet explained Morocco’s move as a subtle riposte to Brahim Ghali’s recent call on Tindouf camps refugees to prepare for an “inevitable” armed confrontation with Morocco. “Despite Brahim Ghali’s gesticulations,” Maghreb Intelligence headlined, “Morocco continues to strengthen its presence in Guerguerat.”But, the piece goes on to establish, Rabat’s response is not merely a military-minded move.In addition to increasing its military personnel in the region, Rabat is planning social housing construction projects for the benefit of both the additional military contingent to be deployed and the local population in the area.The riposte is a two-armed move aimed at highlighting both Morocco’s readiness to counter any attacks from the Polisario Front, while also showcasing the colossal investments in improving living standards in the area.According to Maghreb Intelligence’s sources, the contracts for completing the two projects—building social housing for both the Moroccan military personnel and local populations—have been awarded to local companies. This will also result in creating jobs in the construction sector for the duration of the projects.In his call for war late last month, the Polisario leader argued that Morocco has had the upper hand in political settlement negotiations over the past years. “Morocco is unyielding because they know they have the support of great powers,” Ghali said.Meanwhile, increasingly appearing to have shifted the focus of its actions in the region from military presence to more social welfare-minded plans and proactive public diplomacy, Morocco has heavily invested in development projects in the region in recent years.This has resulted in an increasing wave of support for Morocco’s stance, with recent reports pointing to an almost overwhelming consensus over Morocco’s Autonomy Plan as the most “credible” and “serious” pathway to a lasting settlement. read more

UN expert praises rights progress in Liberia raises concern at crime levels

18 July 2008Five years after the peace agreement that ended its civil war, Liberia has made accelerated progress on several human rights issues, but there are still serious concerns about the rule of law, according to a United Nations expert who has just completed a two-week visit to the country. “The installations of a new democratically elected government which took office in January 2006 has witnessed the acceleration of progress on a number of human rights and development issues including economic and social rights,” Charlotte Abaka, the UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights, Technical Cooperation and Advisory Services in Liberia, said in a statement released today.Ms. Abaka cited the rehabilitation of schools, hospitals and courts as well as the launching of a poverty reduction strategy document, as signs of progress.Other positive developments were the near completion of the public hearings of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the launching of a judicial training centre.The rights expert also praised draft legislation that would pave the way for a Law Reform Commission and an Independent National Commission on Human Rights and welcomed a new UN and Government-backed programme to prevent gender-based violence as well as the opening of safe houses for its victims.However, Ms. Abaka stressed that rape and sexual violence continued to be the most frequently committed serious crimes in Liberia, saying that the very high rate of girls dropping out of school because of pregnancy was very worrisome. Twenty-four girls from Guthrie elementary and senior high schools had dropped out because of pregnancy in June this year, she noted.“Serious concerns remain with regard to the rule of law,” Ms. Abaka added. “The continued increase in armed robberies and rape cases is a security issue. Therefore there is an urgent need for far-reaching reforms in policing, judiciary and correction sectors.”Mr. Abaka called for action to ensure that protective and punitive measures were enforced to combat the ongoing scourge of sexual violence.“The challenges in relation to the promotion and protection of human rights which face the Government and Liberian society as a whole remain enormous,” Ms. Abaka concluded, adding that the “need for responsive and accountable policing, an effective judiciary which applies the rule of law and a strengthened corrections sector is yet to be adequately addressed.” read more

Guterres says UN stands in solidarity with disasterhit Sierra Leone

In a statement attributable to his Deputy Spokesperson, the Secretary-General said he was “saddened by the deaths and devastation” throughout Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, and the town of Regent. “The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Government of Sierra Leone for the loss of life and destruction caused by this natural disaster,” the statement said. Hundreds of people are believed to have died in the mudslide early this morning, many of whom were likely still sleeping.

Man killed in logging accident in Letcher County

When troopers arrived, they found 48-year-old Jimmy Branson, of Whitesburg, unresponsive. The Letcher County Coroner’s Office pronounced him dead at the scene.According to investigators, Branson was struck by a limb that fell when a tree was cut down near him. LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police say a logging accident has left a Letcher County dead.State Police say the call came in just before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday about a man injured at a logging site off of Highway 931 North near Whitesburg. – Advertisement –

Whats It Going To Take For You To Believe In The Raptors

From ABC News: Check out our latest NBA predictions. neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Much to the surprise of the casual basketball-watching world, we’re three games into the NBA Finals and the Warriors are … DOWN 2-1. (Who could have seen a competitive series like this coming? 🤔) But in all seriousness, this was also a game the Raptors absolutely needed to win if they wanted a chance to win the series, right? With not only Kevin Durant but also Klay Thompson scratched from the lineup, they were never going to get a better shot at a depleted version of the Warriors than this.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): Don’t forget Kevon Looney, Neil. But for sure, this was a must-win for Toronto.chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): Yeah, there was definitely a must-win feel to this game. To their credit, the Raptors were really solid from start to finish. Steph Curry ate them for lunch, with 47 points, but he also pretty much had to do that, since no one else on his team could create any offense. I was really impressed by Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Danny Green.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): It was a VERY high-leverage game for a Game 3 because it really cuts both ways: Toronto needed the win, but also, with the loss, Golden State is in quite a bit of trouble now.Having to win three out of four against a team that’s pretty thoroughly outplayed you so far is not terribly easy, even if you wave a wand and everyone is magically healthy.tchow: Well, the FiveThirtyEight model still gives the Warriors 33 percent chance of winning the title. And 30-something-percent-chance things happen quite often, or so I’ve been told.neil: Ooooh, Tony.sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): If Toronto can’t beat a lineup that includes Quinn Cook, Jonas Jerebko and Andrew Bogut, that’s a problem.neil: Right, the Warriors would be more panicked if they had rolled out Klay and KD and still lost. At least now they can still tell themselves that the “injured guys returning” trump card exists.natesilver: Handicappers still have the Warriors as ever-so-slight favorites, though pretty close to 50/50. So our model is still a little out of line with the consensus.tchow: Handicappers are really not appreciating what Toronto has done this series.sara.ziegler: No one believes in the Raptors!neil: (Still.)sara.ziegler: (Except us, obviously.)natesilver: Yeah, it’s a bit nuts. Like, this could easily be a 3-0 series. Toronto clearly played better in the two wins, and Game 2 could have gone differently if they’d hit more shots.chris.herring: I do think there’s something to be said for how much the matchups differ with GSW’s main guys healthy.neil: For sure.natesilver: To me, the Warriors with KD and Klay back (but without Looney, although he has a shot to return) feel like about a 50/50 proposition to win three out of four games (one of which would probably have to be a Game 7 on the road).chris.herring: With a healthy Durant, Kawhi Leonard presumably has far less energy for offense — regardless of whether Durant is rusty. Wednesday was Golden State’s worst-case scenario, basically.natesilver: Yeah, Golden State’s problem has really been on defense so far.chris.herring: Yes, 100 percent.I used to think the worst-case was, “What if Durant throws off their rhythm?” But it’s clear that just having him there, rhythm or not, would help them a great deal. Even more so with Klay being back, too.neil: The Warriors put Draymond Green on Kawhi, and it didn’t really work. Leonard scored 15 on Green with 5-of-8 shooting. But they needed Andre Iguodala on Pascal Siakam for a good chunk of the game (which worked well in Game 2). Klay being out really messed with their ability to match up defensively.chris.herring: Their defense was horrendous at times on Wednesday. DeMarcus Cousins was really problematic defensively and just looked a mess.natesilver: But, also, Toronto is goooooooooood, we certainly don’t know that KD is healthy, and even if GSW is slightly better at full strength, Toronto has a game in hand.And in some ways, our model is being generous to the Warriors. Like, it’s treating Cousins as fully effective, which he obviously isn’t.neil: Yes, the Warriors really needed Cousins to provide extra scoring punch. But he struggled a lot — he only scored 4 points on 1-for-7 shooting. Steph scored 47 points, but the rest of the team only scored 62 total. Only three Warriors scored in double figures. Even Curry can’t do it alone.sara.ziegler: ^^^ that point share is just amazingneil: Curry also led the Warriors in assists AND rebounds!natesilver: In my series preview, I talked about how Klay and KD aren’t super compatible with one another. But being without BOTH is really tough. The Warriors constructed a team around not really needing a lot of usage or shot creation because you have so much of it with those three guys. But it means some of the lineups you put out there when two of them are hurt are pretty terrible.chris.herring: I saw a pretty wild stat: A handful of guys1LeBron James three times, Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook, along with Curry. have scored 43 percent or more of their team’s points in a finals game the past 10 years. Every single one of those showings was in a losing effort.natesilver: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Warriors could really use like a … Michael Beasley type to score points off the bench.sara.ziegler: 😲chris.herring: I can’t believe you’re saying that, either! He would make the defensive issues worse! But I totally know what you mean, and there’s probably some merit to thatNick Young served that purpose once upon a time, though they used him as more of an off-ball sort of guy. The truth is, Klay’s absence hurts them there, too, because they always use him with the second unit.natesilver: I’m just saying that a guy who can rule the garbage-time minutes is worth something.chris.herring: Absolutely.natesilver: Especially if the Raptors were tending to sub out Kawhi at the same time the Warriors had some of their weaker lineups on the floor, which IIRC was mostly true on Wednesday.chris.herring: The truth is, there wasn’t enough shooting. And not enough shot creation, as Nate is saying. They Warriors made a grand total of two shots off the dribble that weren’t from Steph himself, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. That’s just not enough.neil: Toronto was better (+8) with Kawhi off the court than on (+6), which speaks to those sub patterns, Nate. I’d think that can’t be true if you’re going to beat Toronto.natesilver: I almost wonder if that was a mistake on Nick Nurse’s part — having Leonard out there during those non-Curry lineups. The Warriors’ lineups without Steph were so bad — basically a lottery/G League team — that maybe you want to maximize those opportunities.sara.ziegler: No Golden State player had a positive plus-minus on Wednesday, but the bench actually had higher numbers than any of the starters — even Curry.chris.herring: I was pretty surprised by just how bad Cousins looked. Especially after a really, really good Game 2 from him.neil: Yeah, after that double-double, I think people were ready to declare, “He’s back!”tchow: I think everyone was expecting a repeat of his Game 2 performance or something better.chris.herring: But he also wasn’t being relied on to play like a star for most of Game 2. Without Klay, the role became bigger. And he just didn’t look himself.natesilver: I’ll make the obligatory video game analogy, but with Cousins, it’s a bit like if you took the same shell of a player and tuned all his attributes down by 10 points. He looks sorta like himself, but just a much worse version of himself.chris.herring: A MUCH worse version. Sliders all the way down.A couple of really costly plays, including one where he fell down, appeared to want a foul call, and as he sat on the ground, Kawhi hit a backbreaking three in transition.natesilver: And again, I wonder if our model is not being too optimistic about how well, say, KD will play upon his return.He’s not even really practicing yet. You’d have to imagine that if it were the regular season, they’d take another week to figure it out before even considering giving him playing time in a game.neil: I wonder how much of the “Warriors are hopeful KD might return for Game 4” talk is situational. They wouldn’t be saying that if they were up 2-1.sara.ziegler: I’ll believe he’s healthy when I see him on the court.natesilver: Mayyyyybe it’s a good sign for KD’s return that the Warriors didn’t feel the need to rush Klay out there on Wednesday?Because 2-1 is a pretty devastating disadvantage if you don’t think you’re getting Durant back. With him, not quite as scary.neil: Did they need Klay dressed and on the bench just to literally meet the minimum requirement for warm bodies necessary for a game?sara.ziegler: LOLnatesilver: I wonder if there’s a part of the Raptors that almost wants all those guys to get healthy. Because if the Raptors win, the narrative about the series will probably be, “Oh yeah, that was the year everyone got hurt.”neil: Well, I definitely wanted to talk about that, Nate. Will this series carry questions of whether they really beat THE Warriors?tchow: I definitely think so. They don’t want any asterisk next to their win if they do win the whole thing.neil: It’s like the Ship of Theseus. How many All-Stars can the Warriors lose before they’re not really THE Warriors anymore?natesilver: At some point on Wednesday — I think the Vegas closing line had the Warriors by 4 or something? — people were just believing in the laundry, as Jerry Seinfeld might say.neil: tchow: Let’s say the Warriors never come back fully 100 percent at all during these finals and the Raptors win their first ring. I think it’ll be really unfair to diminish what Toronto has done to get that banner to say it’s only because the Warriors aren’t healthy. You play the team in front of you.natesilver: It was a lot like some of the LeBron James series where the Cavs were depleted (i.e. pretty much all of the Cavs’ finals except 2016) where it’s just like — even if the guy’s the best player in the world, there’s only so much he can do by himself.tchow: There was a similar narrative when Kawhi got hurt when the Spurs played the Warriors, and I wasn’t a fan of it then either.natesilver: Michael Jordan isn’t winning the finals if he had Shaun Livingston and injured-ass DeMarcus Cousins in your starting lineupchris.herring: Steve Kerr is talking right now here at practice. Klay will play tomorrow, barring a setback. He said Durant won’t, though.natesilver: 😬chris.herring: Said Durant won’t be scrimmaging today like he initially hoped, and that they’ll play it out over the next couple of days.natesilver: Gotta go update the model.tchow: Do you believe him, Chris?chris.herring: I do believe him.It still sounds like it’s fair to ask whether Durant will be able to make it back at all.sara.ziegler: ding ding dingnatesilver: Speaking of LeBron, it feels a little bit like with the Lakers this year how LeBron’s timetable kept slipping back.chris.herring: I honestly thought Klay would play in Game 3, so I definitely feel like he will for Game 4. But the Durant news is concerning, for sure.neil: Sounds like Klay honestly thought he would play too.chris.herring: Klay was going to make an argument to be out there regardless.sara.ziegler: Klay wanted to play SO BAD.neil: He probably would have played better than Shaun Livingston anyway.chris.herring: Kerr took a really good question from The Athletic’s Joe Vardon on Wednesday: If there’s any concern that he could make things worse, will he play tonight? And Kerr essentially said, that’s the whole issue. If he was still at a place where he could potentially injure himself worse, they didn’t want to risk it. Which makes sense, but they are running out of time — concerning the Durant injury, too.natesilver: I mean … if they throw Durant out there down 3-1 in the series, he has a chance to be a hero, I guess!tchow: Oh, man, can you imagine if they come back from 3-1 down to win it?neil: Imagine the memes.sara.ziegler: Cavs fans would be MAD.chris.herring: I think maybe Knick fans would be mad if Durant led them back from 3-1.Kerr is trying to clarify that there wasn’t a setback with Durant, by the way. For whatever it’s worth.natesilver: I mean, it sounds like there was a setback if he was supposed to scrimmage and then didn’t?neil: They’re going to be “optimistic” that he’s on a timetable to return by Game 8. Maybe Game 9.natesilver: Not that I want to put too much weight on this, but KD didn’t look particularly limber in those images of him in the tunnel and what not.neil: You’ve been spending a lot of time updating our injury spreadsheet, Nate. Were you breaking down that footage like the Zapruder tape?sara.ziegler: 🤣tchow: I feel like every NBA fan has become a body language doctor, especially after watching this series.chris.herring: May be double talk, I guess. Kerr basically said that he hoped KD might be able to scrimmage. But that was merely a hope, not an expectation that he would for sure. I think it’s fair to parse it, though.natesilver: It’s hard to know what to do with some of this, Neil! Since we literally do have to quantify injuries in our spreadsheet, there’s a fair amount of guesswork involved. And to some extent, sure, I’ll pay attention to fairly subtle signs.chris.herring: It is interesting that the Warriors may get Looney back at some point. But that and Klay, without Durant, will feel like getting a $10 refund when you’re still owed $20.natesilver: I guess “KD saves the Warriors” pretty much is the nightmare scenario for the Knicks, though. Although at this point, maybe even if that happens, KD would just be like, “I saved your asses and now you can go eff off anyway because I’m going to New York.”chris.herring: This whole series has been so weird. I really would like to see both teams at full strength. I’m convinced it would be a great series that way. Maybe it still will be.neil: Have there been any other finals in recent memory that was so ruled by injury reports? Maybe that Cavs-Warriors series with Love and Kyrie both out?sara.ziegler: Ban injuries, Chris!neil: Speaking of NBA2K, gotta toggle the injuries off for your franchise next time, Adam Silver.natesilver: Let’s remember that the Raptors’ two wins have come by 9 points and 14 points, respectively. Those are pretty solid margins. I know you can’t be quite this linear because of gameflow and all that, but our model figures that a healthy Warriors team is maybe 6-ish points per game better than the version they’ve been putting out there, so maybe Games 1 and 3 are still narrow wins for the Raptors.neil: And yet, didn’t it feel at times down the stretch of Game 3 that maybe — mayyyyyyybe — the Warriors would make a push?tchow: Yes! Everytime they cut it to 8 or 9, I was like, “here we go.”neil: That was the least safe-feeling 10-point lead ever.natesilver: They were on the verge of being on the verge, but never on the verge.I think the 14-point scoreline pretty accurately reflected how competitive the game was.tchow: Credit to Toronto for making shot after shot to not allow the comeback to really have momentum.natesilver: They did sink a lot of shots, yeah. Except in that stretch in the second quarter. But they don’t squander very many possessions on EITHER end, and that counts for a LOT.tchow: I can replay four or five possessions in my head right now of a Toronto shot that I was positive was not going to go in and would allow the Warriors to cut it to a two-possession game, but either Lowry with a ridiculous three or Danny Green with a shot-clock-beating three or Fred VanVleet with a rainbow, they all seemed to go in at the right time.chris.herring: It’s weird. I actually didn’t ever feel like the Warriors were RIGHT there. Partly because you knew they weren’t capable of the same sorts of runs we’ve grown accustomed to without the same sort of firepower on the court.Steph can’t do all that by himself.But yeah: The Raptors never let it get any closer than 7 down the stretch. They hit a big shot every time they needed one.sara.ziegler: Is it all about who you’re rooting for? Cuz I was sure the Warriors were coming back.neil: (Sara is pro-FiveThirtyEight model pre-series projection, and therefore staunchly pro-Raptors.)sara.ziegler: (Obviously.)natesilver: The Warriors’ third-quarter comebacks are also not something magical, though. It’s about having so much weaponry that they’re almost impossible to beat when they’re locked in and maybe the other team is worn down a bit.But you take away that weaponry, and you can’t have the shock-and-awe type comeback.chris.herring: Exactly.sara.ziegler: Nate, IT IS MAGIC.Stop using your fancy analytics talk.natesilver: It FEELS like magic in part because KD, Curry and Klay all have such nice shooting form and such uncanny ability to drain shots from anywhere on the floor. So it LOOKS like they aren’t even working for it.But you take two of those guys off the floor, and even with Curry scoring 47, it’s pretty hard to overcome a 10-ish-point deficit against a good opponent, even at home.chris.herring: Especially when you’re defending the way they were. The Raptors scored on five possessions in a row between the eight- and five-minute mark in the fourth quarter. That was essentially all she wrote at that point.neil: It is worth pointing out that they did have two recent All-Stars in that game in Curry and Draymond. (Plus another one in Cousins, which perhaps shouldn’t count.) How many other teams would love “only” that many stars?natesilver: The thing about Draymond is that he’s maybe one of the 10 best guys in the league to be in your lineup if you already have Curry/KD/Klay. But if you were starting a team from scratch, he might be, like, 40th? Because he doesn’t provide enough scoring punch.neil: Right, they are the wrong kind of All-Stars.But it kind of speaks to how insanely stacked the Warriors are at full strength that it feels like they are now, idk, the Atlanta Hawks or something.tchow: Orlando Magic.natesilver: FYI, the Warriors’ odds just fell from 33 percent to 29 percent (exactly what Trump’s were on ELECTION DAY!!!!) when I updated the model with Klay being healthy for Game 4 but KD’s timetable being a little pushed back.chris.herring: Nate is setting himself up for attacks from all sorts of people who don’t understand probability in case the Warriors win.tchow: That’s what I’m saying!natesilver: Oh, those will happen anyway, Chris.tchow: Déjà vu!chris.herring: 😂 read more