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Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Ronaldo is a Real player and will continue to be so as far as we are concerned,” Perez told Marca sports daily Tuesday. “No offer has been received for him.”According to media reports Ronaldo is unsettled at Madrid because he believes Real did not back him as fully as he had hoped in his dispute with the taxman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd he has also complained on multiple occasions in the past at his treatment at the hands of Real supporters, who have resorted to jeering and booing his performance on the pitch.In an earlier report Marca said Ronaldo has told his teammates he was leaving and “there is no turning back”. What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Perez said he could understood why the four-times world player of the year had been upset after he was accused last week of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies.Big challengeHe said that Ronaldo had clearly done nothing wrong and Perez was appalled that the “presumption of innocence is not respected” by the media who have branded the played a delinquent.Perez, a 70-year-old construction magnate, was elected unopposed Monday for a third term in charge of Europe’s most successful club.His first big challenge is keeping Ronaldo at the club he joined in 2009 from Manchester United for a record 94 million euros ($105.3 million).There has been speculation that Ronaldo is trying to put pressure on Real so that they will bear some of the burden of an eventual fine for tax evasion as Barcelona did for Lionel Messi.Manchester United have so far made no comment on reports they are interested in buying back the player for an estimated 200 million euros, on top of the release fee.Since extending his contract in November until 2021, Ronaldo is according to Forbes the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million (83m euro) in 2016-2017.Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are also reported to be interested but Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge denied the German champions would make an offer.“We are accustomed to intensive speculation on possible arrivals and departures during the transfer period,” wrote Rummenigge in the statement. “As a rule, we do not comment on these rumours. But now in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, we want to clarify once and for all that this rumour has no basis and must be referred to in the realm of fables.”Under Perez, Real Madrid have won three Champions League titles in four seasons. The club — which also won La Liga last season — lead the way in the elite European competition with 12 trophies.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo runs during a training session ahead of the Russia 2017 Confederation Cup football tournament in Kazan on June 16, 2017. AFPCristiano Ronaldo will be staying at Spanish giants Real Madrid and no offer has been received to tempt him away, club president Florentino Perez insisted Tuesday.Unhappy Ronaldo has been linked to Manchester United and other top clubs after reportedly threatening to leave Real and quit Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Portuguese sports daily A Bola had also claimed that Perez had already been informed of the 32-year-old’s decision.However, Perez said that he had not spoken to Ronaldo, who is on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russia, which ends on July 2.Even so, Perez said he was convinced Ronaldo would stay and affirmed that his Real contract was protected by a one billion euro release clause.“I have not spoken with him. We don’t want to disturb his concentration with the national team,” said Perez.“But something really bizarre would have to happen if he were to leave this club.”ADVERTISEMENT Ancajas to rely on speed, power vs Japanese foe WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Besides Ochoa’s feat, the Philippines has one silver courtesy of jiu-jitsu’s Marc Alexander Lim and a bronze from wrestler Alvin Lobreguito.This medal output already surpassed the production of Filipino athletes (1 gold and two bronzes) in the previous AIMAG in 2013 Incheon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH jiu-jitsu team. Apryl Jessica Eppinger (extreme left), Margarita Ochoa (third from left) and Annie Ramirez (fourth from left).ASHGABAT—Jiu-jitsu specialist Margarita Ochoa captured the first gold medal for the Philippines in 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.The 27-year-old Ochoa overwhelmed Le Thu Trang Du of Vietnam, 5-0, in the finals of the women’s Ne-waza -45kg category on Tuesday held at Martial Arts Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Letran snaps 3-game skid, holds off Arellano 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 View comments
Transfers Huge interest in Man Utd and Madrid target Milinkovic-Savic, says agent Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 13:46 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Real Madrid Lazio Serie A Clubs from Italy, England, Spain and France are interested in the Lazio midfielder, according to his agent Agent Mateja Kezman revealed there is “huge” interest in Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from “great” clubs in Italy, England, Spain and France.La Liga and Champions League titleholders Real Madrid and Premier League giants Manchester United have been linked with moves for midfielder Milinkovic-Savic, while Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested as well.Clubs have already been warned that bids in the region of €70 million will not be enough to tempt Lazio into selling the 22-year-old Serbia international, who scored twice in Sunday’s 3-0 victory at Sassuolo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Providing an update on his client, Kezman told Tuttomercatoweb: “There’s huge interest in him from great clubs in Italy, England, Spain and France.”I don’t want to talk about numbers, but I’m sure Sergei has it in him to be the best player in Europe in the next few years.”Still, we’ll talk about transfers at the end of the season. Lazio, for now, are playing great football and having an important season. We’re all focused on this.”Milinkovic-Savic has flourished this season, scoring nine Serie A goals and 11 across all competitions for Lazio.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is one of the fiercest in all of sports, so the Wolverines were none too happy to see several assistants join the Buckeyes this offseason. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh recently broke his silence on the issue as well.Speaking to the media this past week via TheOzone, Harbaugh revealed that he was surprised to see assistants Greg Mattison and Al Washington join Ryan Day’s staff in January. Mattison became co-defensive coordinator, while Washington joined his alma mater.“I wouldn’t say shocked, I was surprised, yeah,” Harbaugh said.Despite being surprised by his coaches’ decisions, he admitted that he couldn’t hold it against them – particularly Mattison, who he claims wanted to be a coordinator and saw a massive salary increase at the same time.“Coaching-wise he wanted to be a coordinator again. Darn near doubled his salary. I don’t hold that against him. We’re not going to be sending each other Christmas cards based on where he went. That’s how I feel and understand it.”“(Mattison is) still a good man. Still have a ton of respect for him, and we’ll be friends again someday when we’re done coaching.”Michigan has been doing a lot of losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes since Harbaugh took over, but will get a chance for revenge when they host The Game later this season.The Buckeyes will also be led by first-year head coach Ryan Day, rather than the recently-retired Urban Meyer.[TheOzone]
India Today Web Desk LadakhAugust 15, 2019UPDATED: August 15, 2019 12:01 IST MS Dhoni reached Ladakh on Wednesday (Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni was seen spending time with the jawans at Army hospital in Ladakh on August 14MS Dhoni is expected to visit the Indian Army’s Siachen base on Independence DayDhoni had joined his 106 Para TA unit on July 31 in Khummu, which is near SrinagarFormer India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is celebrating this year’s Independence Day in the best way possible as he visited Ladakh to spend some quality time with soldiers of the Indian Army.Dhoni, who holds an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army, reached Ladakh on Wednesday along with soldiers of the Parachute Regiment, which he is a part of.Dhoni was seen spending time with the jawans at an Army hospital in Ladakh with pictures and videos of the legendary cricketer doing the rounds on social media.#MSDhoni celebrating in independence day in army uniform @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/V0OhaUFfmCsimbu Rakesh (@STRRakesh1) August 15, 2019Dhoni is also expected to visit the Army’s Siachen base on August 15 and is likely to pay his tributes to the martyrs at the Siachen War Memorial as well.”Dhoni is a brand ambassador of the Indian Army. He has engaged in motivating members of his unit and has often been playing football and volleyball with the soldiers. He is also undertaking battle training exercises with the corps. He will remain in the valley till August 15,” said a senior army official.Lieutenant Colonel with spending quality time with soldiers at army hospital #MSDhoni #Dhoni #ParaMSD pic.twitter.com/0DYeHktHxwDhoni Raina Team (@dhoniraina_team) August 14, 2019Dhoni skipper India’s tour of the West Indies and is on a break for 2 months from cricket to fulfil his duties for the Territorial Army, which is a reservist force that draws on civilians who can do short stints to assist the military.advertisementDhoni is going to complete a 15-day stint with the Victor Force engaged in counter-insurgency operations against militants fighting Indian rule in the country’s only Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.Unseen Pictures of MS Dhoni from Kashmir #MSDhoni #Dhoni #ParaMSD pic.twitter.com/tLHa5zLTZRDhoni Raina Team (@dhoniraina_team) August 14, 2019He is taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and would be staying with troops, the army said in a statement, adding that its headquarters had approved a schedule which incorporated Dhoni’s requests.Dhoni has trained as a paratrooper and jumped from aircraft, an army official said, adding, this stint in Kashmir is part of his training.Also Read | WATCH: Lt Col MS Dhoni delivers a speech at an event in ChennaiAlso Read | WATCH: Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni plays volleyball with his Territorial Army battalionAlso Read | MS Dhoni fulfils promise, begins training with Parachute RegimentFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Lt Col MS DhoniFollow Independence Day Independence Day: Lt Col MS Dhoni visits Ladakh, spends time with jawans at Army hospitalFormer Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in Ladakh to celebrate Independence Day with Indian Army soldiers.advertisement
A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term The Bulletproof, Million-Dollar Ramsmobile SUV Has an Optional Hookah The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical As far as conversational icebreakers go, we bet that Argentine menswear designer Lucio Castro can hold his own anywhere. The son of a brilliant scientist and a Telenovela actress from Buenos Aires, Castro studied medicine and film before enrolling at Parsons School of Design to study fashion in 1999. There, Castro produced a thesis collection that earned him a nomination for Designer of the Year; he then went on to work for Marc Jacobs, DKNY Jeans and Armani Exchange, where he remained the director of menswear for six years. In 2011 Castro launched his eponymous label of menswear with a view to creating a more ethical-minded discipline. Where the line is cut and sewn in socially responsible factories in Argentina, Sri Lanka and Peru, trims are sourced from fair trade organizations in India, Nepal and Ecuador. Spend some actual time with the designer and you’ll too realize that what makes him one of the most-wanted designers is precisely his understated authenticity and effortless style. Here is what we learned about Castro from our recent exchange.You’re what some people might call a free spirit and a multi-hyphenate, but what’s the first adjective that comes to mind when people ask you to describe yourself, and why?I think that the first thing that comes to mind is that I’m an adventure seeker, not only in the Indiana Jones way, though there’s definitely some of that, but mainly in the way I usually seek to experience life in a way that seems to bypass the succession of everyday events. I think that this explains my constant curiosity, which of course exacerbates the multi-hyphenated spirit you were talking about. There’s also a suspension from reality that happens in any adventure, and I’m into that as well.What was it like growing up in Buenos Aires and how did it shape who you are today?It was great. I was raised in the heart of Buenos Aires, which is a big city, high up in an apartment building, so I was always surrounded by the city’s cultural life. My mom was a Telenovela actress obsessed with Hitchcock and my father is a nuclear physicist into Eastern philosophy—he’s the biggest reader I have ever met. I don’t have any memories of my father not holding a book in his hands, not even at the dinner table. And they communicated by playing chess all day long—chess was their middle ground. So I guess I’m the result of that. I’m an only child, so it always felt like three friends. We would go to see movies every Friday and Sunday nights. We would also travel together, etc. My friends were also very [influential] and they were all connected to the arts in one way or another.So after stints with medicine and film, you’re now taking an environmentally friendly approach to American sportswear. Tell us more about that, where the inspiration came from, what have been some of the challenges, and what you hope to achieve.I had been working in the fashion industry in New York for 12 years and I wanted to find my voice. Then I saw that there was a gap in the industry for ethical fashion companies that did not have an organic look, so I focused on the production process of making clothes and I researched a way to make them as clean and transparent as possible. As you know it’s an industry that involves so many people, from cotton fertilizers to truck drivers, and I was interested in creating a company that had the most control as possible of all these steps. I’m also interested in going way beyond the 100% organic cotton shirt; I’m interested in the process and the people involved. I really want to grow my company so that it allows me to have even more control over its process. I also really enjoy design challenges, really using design to question the way we experience life. I like this wholesome approach to design.And for those of us who aren’t familiar with your line, what are some of your signature pieces and details?Definitely fabric and color. I think that those are the two standouts of my collections. I usually pick fabrics that are not the obvious choice for a specific silhouette. And I love color, playing with color, eliminating color, making color look strange or beautiful. My leather pieces and my sweaters (knitwear) are also my key items. And I do well with my woven shirts, again I think because of the use of unexpected fabrics.You’ve just joined the CFDA Incubator after accomplishing so much on your own and at your previous companies. Can you explain then why you felt it was important for you to do it?I really like the sense of community that the CFDA Incubator offers. I love that I’m with someone that just graduated from school last year and another person that lived in India for three years working with local artisans. I already think that being in a studio so close to other thinking designers will only make each other’s work better. I’m a firm believer that many ideas floating around are better than one. And also, of course, I’m excited to be around the great resource and purpose that the CFDA represents.So what are some of the things you’ve learned there about running your own label?So many already. We have been working with mentors and MBA students, so definitely I got great help in business management, approach to cost and pricing, etc. I’m moving into the studio next week, so I’m excited to start working next to the other designers.What other projects are preoccupying your head these days? What’s really inspiring you?I want to shoot a 16mm short film involving my line in the fall and also a collaboration on a shoe line. And about inspiration, that happens daily—from a great essay on “The Adventure” by Georg Simmel I read last night (that influenced my answer to your first question) to the videos of the artist Feiko Beckers I’ve been watching all week, to someone’s picture on Instagram.You’ve mentioned before wanting to design upholstery as well as uniforms for airlines. What inspired that and what would that look like under your direction? Yes! Not only upholstery and uniforms! I want to art direct the whole airline and really think about what it means to air travel today and really address that experience. I think that airlines are one way or another still stuck in the “Pan Am” aesthetic. I want to move that forward.Speaking of traveling, you just got back from Asia. Did you have a favorite destination? Why was it your favorite and what travel tips do you have for traveling?I love Shanghai. It has such amazing contrasts of old and new, East and West. It’s also a very experiential city. It’s not a picture perfect city like Kyoto. You have to experience Shanghai to really know what it is about. And about traveling, I love planes. I love being unreachable and devote that time to catching up on reading and movies.And because you’re a film buff, what was the last film you really loved?I really liked “Eastern Boys,” “The King of Escape,” “Ilo Ilo.” And Nicolas Cage is amazing again, after Herzog’s “Bad Lieutenant,” in “Joe.”
La Nouvelle-Écosse reconnaîtra et appuiera sa relation de longue date avec les Forces canadiennes en nommant un ministre responsable des relations militaires. Le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald a annoncé, aujourd’hui 30 octobre, que Murray Scott sera le ministre nommé à ce nouveau poste. « Les forces militaires canadiennes ont une énorme importance historique, sociale et économique en Nouvelle-Écosse », souligne le premier ministre. « Ce nouveau poste sera notre lien direct au ministère de la Défense nationale, et au personnel militaire dans notre province. » Le ministre sera responsable du Forum provincial sur la défense, un comité interministériel d’employés du gouvernement provincial qui font la promotion des relations avec le ministère de la Défense nationale et les Forces canadiennes. Les objectifs du forum sont les suivants : bâtir la capacité de la Nouvelle-Écosse à aborder les enjeux et les possibilités militaires, maintenir une relation solide avec les Forces canadiennes et le ministère de la Défense nationale, et aider les Néo-Écossais à travailler en vue d’assurer une plus grande présence militaire dans la province. « Les hommes et les femmes de nos forces armées jouent un rôle important au sein de nos communautés, que ce soit par les combats actifs outre-mer ou par leur contribution pendant une situation d’urgence, par exemple l’ouragan Juan ou la période qui a suivi la tragédie de la Swiss Air », affirme M. Scott. « C’est un honneur pour moi d’occuper ce poste et d’avoir l’occasion d’appuyer nos soldats et leurs familles. » La Nouvelle-Écosse est la première province canadienne à nommer un ministre responsable des relations militaires et à organiser un Forum sur la défense formé de représentants du gouvernement provincial. « J’accueille favorablement toute initiative qui appuie nos marins, nos soldats et nos aviateurs qui travaillent si diligemment chaque jour pour assurer la sécurité du Canada et de sa population, ici comme ailleurs », déclare le général Rick Hillier, chef d’état-major de la Défense. La Nouvelle-Écosse compte environ 14 500 membres du personnel militaire, réservistes et employés civils. Les Forces canadiennes dépensent plus d’un milliard de dollars par année sur les salaires, les opérations et les installations en Nouvelle-Écosse.
The province is seeking public input to revise its provincial energy strategy and create a climate change action plan. Public workshops will take place in Sydney, Cheticamp and Port Hawkesbury on Nov. 26, 27 and 28. Dalhousie University oceanography professor Bob Fournier will facilitate the sessions. “The province has set a deadline of 2020 for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions 10 per cent below 1990,” said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. “We’re committed to achieving that goal while maintaining a strong and growing economy.” Mr. Fournier, who recently chaired an environmental assessment of the proposed Whites Point Quarry near Digby, said meeting those goals presents challenges for policy planners. “Our electricity, which is mostly coal-fired, generates about 42 per cent of our greenhouse gases,” said Mr. Fournier. “How do we reduce our use of coal without driving up electricity prices? How do we balance our need for wind power with our ability to provide adequate back-up power? What new technologies or initiatives should we be promoting to meet our green energy needs? “These are challenging questions and we want public input before we generate a policy that is to guide the province for years.” The Cape Breton workshops, which are among 12 similar sessions being held around the province, will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m The Sydney session will take place Monday, Nov. 26, at the Delta Hotel, 300 Esplanade, Sydney. The Cheticamp session will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Senior Citizens Hall, 15108 Cabot Trail. The Port Hawkesbury session will take place Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 606 Reeves St., Port Hawkesbury. The province has created two documents to help inform public discussion. The first, Consultation Paper: Nova Scotia’s Renewed Energy Strategy, deals with broad energy policy; the second, A Background Paper to Guide Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan, with climate change — especially action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The documents are online at www.gov.ns.ca/energy/energystrategy . The province will also accept written submissions on energy strategy and greenhouse-gas reduction until Dec. 19. Information gathered from the public-consultation sessions will be used to create the Energy Strategy and the Climate Action Plan, scheduled for release in the spring. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has established a target to have one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.
Nottingham: All-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who had to miss the last two World Cup games because of a side strain, could likely make a return to the Australian team for Thursday’s clash against Bangladesh. Stoinis bowled and batted during the training session at Trent Bridge and didn’t look in any sort of discomfort. While coach Justin Langer stressed there is no guarantee the all-rounder will return to Australia’s XI to face Bangladesh, he indicated Stoinis will remain part of their 15-man squad. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev “Not definitely, he’s a chance,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Langer as saying when asked about the likelihood of Stoinis’ imminent return. “It looked like he moved really well batting. We’ve been monitoring him. He’s an elite athlete, he’s an elite professional. He’s done everything possible to get himself fit. He wouldn’t give up the opportunity for anything, would he? “He’s determined so it doesn’t surprise me with where he’s at now. It’s a credit to him, it’s a credit to the medical staff that are getting him up. So hopefully he can have a real impact on the tournament,” Langer added. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships The absence of the 29-year-old forced the defending champions to tinker with the balance of the side for their game against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Although, they won both the games, their bowling depth was challenged and Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and skipper Aaron Finch had to chip in with some overs. With eight points from five games, Australia are currently placed at the second spot in the points table.
Rabat – Monday June 6 marks the first day of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, Iraq, Yemen, Qatar, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Jordan, according to the International Astronomical Center.According to the same source while Turkey relied on astronomical calculations to decide the first day of the holy month, other countries, especially in the Gulf relied on the traditional sighting of the moon with naked eyes.Mohammad Shawkat Odeh, Director of the International Astronomical Center, said earlier that Muslim countries would observe the crescent on Sunday evening. He said that the crescent would be visible after sunset, adding that it would be possible to sight the crescent by means of a telescope.He went to add that it would be possible to see the crescent with naked eye only in parts of America, and parts of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.Saudi Arabia announced earlier today that the holy of month of Ramadan would start on Monday.The announcement was made after Saudi Arabia’s moon sighting committee’s meeting on Sunday at 7 pm to witness the crescent for the month of Ramadan.Muslims in France will also start fasting on Monday. The new was confirmed by Anwar Kbibech, President of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), according to RTL.Meanwhile, Oman and Brunei announced that the crescent of the month could not be sighted, adding that Ramadan will begin on Tuesday.Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania and Egypt are expected to announce the first day of Ramadan within the next two hours.Fasting in Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam. During this month, Muslims must abstain from eating, drinking and having sexual relationships from sunrise to sunset.This is also the month of piety and devotion. Muslims are not only supposed to refrain from eating or drinking, but also to relinquish all kinds of selfish desires and wrong-doings.The rationale behind fasting is to allow believers to develop their power of self-control and self-restraint and make them feel the hunger and thirst that poor people around the world experience throughout the year.The feeling of hunger and thirst is meant to make believers feel thankful for all the blessings of life that they take for granted, and push them to become generous with those who are deprived of those blessings.
This would bring the estimated total of those having fled the conflict zone, where civilians have been trapped for months in perilous conditions, to over 100,000, according to Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The newly escaped groups were expected to reach the districts of Vavuniya and Jaffna, which are hosting most of the internally displaced people (IDPs) within 48 hours. A few thousand have already arrived in each district.“As civilians are transported into the sites, UNHCR is still ascertaining the total number of new IDPs in the two districts,” Mr. Redmond said in Geneva.“With more similar movements expected, UNHCR and shelter agencies are working with the government to identify more land, including in the district of Mannar, to alleviate overcrowding at the existing IDP sites,” he added.UNHCR, together with the government and partners, is providing emergency shelter support and non-food aid to the new arrivals while carrying out protection monitoring at the sites and stockpiling relief items in preparation for additional displacement, the agency says.As UN agencies geared up to receive the growing number of displaced, the Office for the Communications of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it had only received only 30 per cent, or $48 million, of the $155 million it had requested for their aid.Some $10 million of that had been financed by the UN itself through its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), OCHA said.Although food assistance is relatively well funded at 59 per cent, requirements were likely to increase, it added.In addition, other sectors were not well-financed at all: shelter stood at 18 per cent, water and sanitation at 16 per cent, and health at just 15 per cent.The World Food Programme (WFP) said it had enough food to feed 100,000 people for the next two weeks and more was being sent from Colombo, the capital of the island nation. 21 April 2009An estimated 40,000 more people have fled Sri Lanka’s north-eastern coastal pocket, where the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are engaged in fierce fighting, the United Nations refugee agency has reported.
The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known by its French acronym MONUSCO, has asked that the pair be held accountable and urged that prompt action be taken to ensure that all the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York today. Earlier this month, the non-governmental organization Médecins Sans Frontières reported that armed men raped over 30 women on New Year’s Day in an attack in the eastern town of Fizi. MONUSCO’s understanding is that ten soldiers from the DRC’s armed forces have been detained in Fizi, in South Kivu province, in connection with the incidents, Mr. Nesirky said, while two others, both majors, have fled from the area. The governor of South Kivu has informed MONUSCO that the soldiers will be tried in a court to be set up in Fizi and that he expects the proceedings to start next week. The commander of the troops at the time of incident has not been arrested.Rape has long been used as a weapon of war by all sides in the DRC, which has been riven by strife for decades. Last October, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström, told the Security Council that hundreds of women who were raped by rebels in eastern DRC in the summer faced the possibility of the same abuse from government troops.A UN human rights team confirmed that more than 300 civilians, including some boys and men, were raped between 30 July and 2 August in the Walikale region, in eastern DRC, by members of armed groups including the Maï Maï Cheka and the Rwandan rebel group known as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda.“Rapes will continue so long as consequences are negligible,” Ms. Wallström told the Council, calling for perpetrators to be excluded from any amnesty provisions or post-conflict advancement and warning of the long-term consequences of abuses on a nation’s ethos.Since 1999 and under other names, the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, with over 19,000 uniformed personnel on the ground, has overseen the vast country’s emergence from years of civil war and factional chaos, culminating most notably in 2006 with the first democratic elections in over four decades. However, fighting has continued in the east where the bulk of UN forces are deployed. 19 January 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has called for the removal of the commander and deputy commander of a national army unit whose troops were involved in alleged rapes in the eastern part of the country.
The Supreme Court had issued summons to the PSC members but the Speaker said that the court has no authority to issue notice to the legislator. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa says no outside body can dictate terms to him, parliament or any committee appointed by him.The Speaker said this in response to petitions filed in the Supreme Court (SC) against the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed by him to look into the motion to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.
More than 3,300 years after Alexander the Great ate a banana in India, liked it and introduced it to the wider world, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) voiced concern today at the shrinking number of wild bananas in their original home, with the consequent loss of gene sources needed to combat pests and disease in the fruit. It called for a systematic exploration of the wild bananas’ remaining forest habitats in India’s remotest regions and the jungles of Southeast Asia to catalogue surviving species as well as conservation efforts to offset loss of the species’ natural habitat and research on expanding the use of wild bananas in breeding programmes. India is the world’s biggest banana grower, with an annual production of 16.8 million tonnes, or over 20 percent of total world output of 72.6 million tonnes in 2005 of the world’s most exported fruit and fourth most important food commodity after rice, wheat and maize in terms of production value. But overexploitation and the loss of forests as a result of encroachment and logging, slash-and-burn cultivation and urbanization are causing a rapid loss of wild banana species that have existed in India for thousands of years. Among them are the ancestors of the Cavendish variety, the large, pulpy dessert banana which currently accounts for virtually all of world trade, amounting to nearly 20 million tonnes a year. “The Indian subcontinent has made an enormous contribution to the global genetic base of bananas,” FAO Agricultural Officer NeBambi Lutaladio said. “But due to ecosystem destruction, it is probable that many valuable gene sources have now been lost. That could cause serious problems because bananas, particularly commercial varieties, have a narrow genetic pool and are highly vulnerable to pests and diseases.” In the 1950s, the then dominant commercial banana, Gros Michel, was destroyed by Panama disease. Cavendish, which resisted the disease, was introduced then. But Mr. Lutaladio pointed out that small-scale farmers around the world grow a wide range of bananas that are not threatened by diseases currently threatening commercial bananas. It was Alexander’s delectable dessert in 327 B.C. during his invasion of India that led to the fruit’s widespread migration. From India it travelled to the Middle East, where it acquired its current name from the Arabic banan, or finger, and from there Arab traders took it to Africa, where the Portuguese transported it to the Caribbean and Latin America. India’s lost bananas include a variety which conferred genetic resistance to the dreaded black Sigatoka fungus disease that devastated plantations in the Amazon and elsewhere. Only one clone of the species, whose scientific name is Musa Acuminata spp Burmannicoides, remains at the Indian Botanic Gardens in Calcutta.
Toronto ice-cream shop iHalo Krunch is making headlines – and many Instagram posts – with its black, activated charcoal-infused coconut flavour that also comes in a black waffle cone. A sampling of various ice creams from iHalo Krunch are seen in this undated handout image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-iHalo Crunch, Charlene D’Aoust, *MANDATORY CREDIT* by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 3, 2017 10:56 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A darkness is seeping into the food and lifestyles worlds these days, affecting everything from ice cream to bottled drinks and face masks.Activated charcoal, a black detoxifying substance traditionally used medicinally to help treat a drug overdose or poisoning, is now being put into a multitude of consumer products that are creating a sensation on social media with their shocking colour.Toronto ice cream shop iHalo Krunch is making headlines — and many Instagram posts — with its black, activated charcoal-infused coconut flavour that also comes in a black waffle cone.“People love it, they love the colour,” says Charlene D’Aoust, owner at iHalo Krunch.“We put just enough that it actually adds the colour to the cone without having to add food colouring but that it’s still safe to consume.”Calgary-based Well Juicery has also jumped on the trend with its recently launched cold-pressed lemonade line that includes an activated-charcoal beverage.“It’s actually our No. 1 seller right now,” says company co-founder Zack Lister.“I couldn’t even believe when I looked at our most recent sales figures, just on a monthly basis, that the activated-charcoal drink was outselling our green juice.“I think a lot of that has to do with the marketing aspect as well, especially these days with all these Instagram influencers and people looking for cool content.”Activated charcoal is largely flavourless and often derived from coconut husks. It’s traditionally used in acute cases like poisoning because it can bind up toxins in the gut by a process called adsorption, says Josh Gitalis, a functional medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist in Toronto.“It uses an electrical charge and there are microscopic spaces in the activated charcoal where all the toxins go into, and then it helps your body eliminate it so you’re not absorbing it into the bloodstream,” he says.Gitalis says he always has activated charcoal on hand at home and when travelling in the event of food poisoning or consumption of contaminated water. He advises buying certified activated charcoal that has a Natural Product Number and only administering it after calling a poison control centre and getting guidance.Some health experts also caution not to take activated charcoal at the same time as prescription drugs, as it can interfere with their absorption.Activated charcoal has also been used in water filters and marketed as a tooth-whitening agent and as a topical treatment for things like bug bites and poison ivy rash.It’s becoming popular in part because of a growing interest in gut health, says Andrea Hardy, a registered dietitian in Calgary.Hardy says the tiny amount being put into mainstream food items like ice cream these days won’t hurt unless consumed in extremely large quantities. But it also likely won’t have any major beneficial effects either, she adds.“There are no studies that support that … there are toxins in your gut that you have to worry about unless you’ve taken something you shouldn’t in a dose you shouldn’t,” says Hardy.“If people are looking for it truly for gut health, I think there are far better things that are going to promote gut health than using activated charcoal.”D’Aoust says she doesn’t market her ice cream as healthy, noting it’s more of a novelty that particularly appeals to the millennial generation.“Some people come into the store and they say, ‘Oh, so it’s a healthy dessert’ and we say, ‘No, absolutely not. There are some detox properties to the charcoal but it doesn’t mean that it’s going to cut any of the sugar or anything else that’s in the cone or in the ice cream,’” says D’Aoust.“Ice cream is ice cream. But in some ways I do know that it does have detox properties. I say everything in moderation.” Activated charcoal the new black? The black substance has hit the mainstream
Opposition leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo during the press briefing held outside of his Church Street officeEchoing statements from City Hall’s outgoing Deputy Mayor; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is of the view that the Alliance for Change’s influence at the council has been subverted in favour of a ruling cabal.During the annual City Hall elections, yesterday, Patricia Chase-Green was for the third time, re-elected as Mayor of Georgetown, despite the protests and agitation by citizens against her leadership over the years.In addition, the Deputy Mayor position, held by an AFC representative since 2016, was allocated to another APNU representative- Akeem Peters.Today, during his press conference Jagdeo noted that the AFC was effectively booted out from the Deputy Mayor position.“In spite of all that we have heard about how atrocious King is and the current Mayor and almost the entire civil society and all decent minded citizens thinking that they are not good for the city, the PNC part of the coalition persisted in re-instating them. The AFC part in the coalition, and the PPP councillors there, they fought against this. But the AFC councillors there were fighting a losing battle. Why? Because the AFC National Leaders have already sold out all of the ordinary AFC Members,” he asserted.Jagdeo was also very critical of the silence from senior AFC leaders in the face of the party being side-lined at City hall.“They don’t care too much, in fact, they got booted out. The AFC, there from the Deputy Mayor position. So, why did this happen? And you didn’t hear a single word of protest from any senior AFC leader,” he observed.The election of a Deputy Mayor saw Councillor Sherod Duncan, being denied an opportunity to nominate incumbent Lionel Jaikarran to the post.It is understood that after the new Deputy Mayor, Akeem Peter, was nominated; Duncan’s attempts to nominate his colleague to continue in the role was thwarted by APNU councillors.Both Duncan and Jaikarran are known for their anti-corruption advocacy at City Hall; something that has brought them into conflict with Chase-Green and the APNU councillors.Most recently, their attempt to introduce a “vote of no-confidence” motion against Town Clerk, Royston King over a litany of offences were thwarted by Chase-Green and company Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedParking meter project: Nothing short of scrapping will suffice- JagdeoFebruary 10, 2017In “latest news”Jagdeo says APNU, AFC suffered “massive defeat” at 2018 LGENovember 13, 2018In “latest news”Jagdeo calls on GECOM to “snap out of paralysis and discharge constitutional mandate”April 11, 2016In “latest news”
Security forces at Paris’ Orly airport on Saturday shot dead a man who took a weapon from a soldier, the interior ministry said, adding that nobody was hurt in the incident.Witnesses said the airport was evacuated following the shooting at around 8:30am (0730GMT).”A man took a weapon from a soldier then hid in a shop in the airport before being shot dead by security forces,” an interior ministry spokesman told AFP.He said no one was wounded in the incident.Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux is due to visit the facility, which is in Paris’ southern outskirts, the spokesman added.”We had queued up to check in for the Tel Aviv flight when we heard three or four shots nearby,” witness Franck Lecam said.”The whole airport has been evacuated,” the 54-year-old said, confirming what an airport worker, speaking on condition of anonymity, had said earlier.”We are all outside the airport, about 200 metres from the entrance,” Lecam said.”There are policemen, emergency workers and soldiers everywhere in all directions. A security official told us that it happened near gates 37-38 where Turkish Airlines flights were scheduled.”
By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org“Enemies all around meOne mistake and they’ll down me…I said the enemies all around youOne mistake and they’ll down you”-Ghostface Killah (“Enemies All Around Me”)Fred Hampton, the revolutionary chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party would have been 70-years-old on Aug. 30 if he were still alive.Fred Hampton (Courtesy Photo)Hampton and Mark Clark, his colleague with the Panthers, were brutally murdered in Chicago by a cowardly mélange of a tactical unit operating under the auspices of the Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office, the Chicago Police Department and the FBI. Hampton’s bedroom was riddled with bullets as he slept next to his pregnant girlfriend and later he was shot twice in the head at point blank range.In 1970, the coroner ruled the deaths of Clark and Hampton “justifiable homicides,” although in 1982, survivors and relatives of Clark and Hampton were paid $1.85 million by the City of Chicago, Cook County and the federal government in a civil lawsuit.Many chroniclers of the Black American liberation movement argue Hampton and Clark, and so many others, were ultimately victims of the effort known as COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program), a series of covert, often illegal operations, conducted by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, to disrupt and decimate groups Hoover deemed a threat. COINTELPRO “officially” operated between 1956 and 1971. In 1969, it focused on the Black Panther Party and specifically, the charismatic Hampton, who worked to augment the ranks and influence of the BPP by crafting an alliance between his group and a Southside Chicago street gang with thousands of members, which would have doubled the size of the national Black Panther Party.Simultaneously, Hampton led efforts to unite Black, White and Hispanic community organizers, a prospect which scared the hell out of Hoover and his milieu and compelled them to destroy the Panthers.Baltimore’s Marshall “Eddie” Conway, another iconic figure of the Black Panther Party and Black liberation movement, was also a victim of COINTELPRO. In 1971, Conway was convicted in the murder of a Baltimore police officer in a dubious trial. Conway consistently maintained his innocence, yet he was jailed for decades until he was released on parole in 2014, after an appellate court ruled his jury was given improper instructions.Thank God we still have him with us. Conway today works for the Real News Network here in Baltimore.As we honor the legacy and the work of Hampton, Conway and other soldiers in the Black liberation movement, in 2018, members of Baltimore’s Black advocacy community should heed the lessons derived from their plight.The night Hampton was murdered he was drugged with a sleep agent by William O’Neal, a member of the BPP turned FBI informant.According to a report by the Chicago Reader posted in January 1990, O’Neal, who was in charge of Hampton’s security and held keys to Panthers’ headquarters and safe houses, provided the FBI the floor plan to Hampton’s apartment where he and Clark were ultimately murdered. After his cover was blown, O’Neal, fled to California under the alias of William Hart and entered the federal witness program.He secretly returned to Chicago in 1984, but eventually committed suicide on MLK Day 1990.The point is, the specter of COINTELPRO, if not the official government apparatus is very real in the minds of some within Baltimore’s Black advocacy community; the tactics of murder and mayhem wielded in the 1960’s and 1970’s have been eschewed by infinitely more subtle tools. In 2018, we have witnessed the emergence of shadowy online groups, who hurl anonymous accusations and attacks. Those who question their motives or their identities are tarred and feathered on social media, or worse.Ultimately, the result is the same, chaos and confusion sown within groups that are doing work in Baltimore that has prevented the city from being torn asunder at one of the most precarious times in Baltimore’s history. Individuals who have worked on behalf of disenfranchised communities have been ostracized an accused of protecting bullies and criminals, by digital hobgoblins.The message to the city’s Black advocacy and activist community is simple; stop flailing and focus, every Brother ain’t a Brother and every Sister ain’t a Sister.“Enemies all around meOne mistake and they’ll down me…I said the enemies all around youSean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)One mistake and they’ll down you”Sean Yoes is the Baltimore Editor of the AFRO and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during a news conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Sepp Blatter says he will resign from his position amid corruption scandal and is promising to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments Share “He must go immediately,” Lennart Johansson, the former FIFA vice president who lost the 1998 presidential election long dogged by claims of vote-buying by Blatter supporters, said Friday in Berlin. “People want us to be clean.”Blatter has continued working while he is a target of a U.S. federal case which promises to implicate more people after four soccer and marketing officials made guilty pleas and 14 were indicted last week.Transparency International, the anti-corruption advisory group invited by FIFA to help with Blatter’s first round of reforms amid a bribery scandal in 2011, said the veteran leader was not credible to lead changes.“Blatter cannot oversee the ‘new’ FIFA, he must go now,” Transparency International managing director Cobus de Swardt said in a statement Friday. “World football cannot be left in limbo.”Blatter’s preferred exit strategy does follow FIFA’s statutes — rules he helped craft in 40 years spent at soccer’s governing body.The 27-member executive committee he chairs must meet and call for a special election congress of FIFA’s 209 member federations. That ruling panel’s next scheduled meeting is Sept. 24-25 in Zurich, but can be called together sooner. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up Not good enough, according to one of Blatter’s new executive committee colleagues, Wolfgang Niersbach, in an interview with German TV station ZDF aired Friday.“Everything needs to go much faster,” said Niersbach, the president of the German soccer federation who was voted into the FIFA boardroom by European officials who want him to intervene more actively than most predecessors. “For me, it’s incredible the way it happened.”After the executive committee meets, an election would be held four months after the deadline set for would-be candidates to apply. It was a two-month campaign until new rules were written after Blatter’s 2011 win.Blatter, therefore, said in his surprise resignation speech Tuesday that the election should not be held before December, and maybe as late as March.That extends his reign by up to nine months. And it gives him time to draft promised new rules which — if passed at the special congress — could impose term limits that ensure whoever follows has nothing like his nearly two decades in power.“I have fought for these changes before and, as everyone knows, my efforts have been blocked,” Blatter said in his resignation speech, which was reprinted Friday as his column for FIFA’s weekly magazine. “This time, I will succeed.” Top Stories The secrecy Blatter has always enjoyed about his salary and bonuses could also end for his successor.Still, Blatter has only promised to propose the reforms with the support of Domenico Scala, who leads FIFA’s audit and compliance panel. They are not sure to get support of other confederation leaders to vote them through.There is also a question if Blatter can see out his final months when no one at FIFA knows where and how fast the U.S. investigation is heading. If he leaves sooner than planned, FIFA statutes call for senior vice president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon to step up as interim president.Hayatou, the president of the African soccer confederation, has faced his own allegations of corruption during his 27-year tenure.___AP Sports Writer Rob Harris in Berlin contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. GENEVA (AP) — In soccer’s version of the long goodbye, Sepp Blatter is staying put.Two days after announcing his decision to resign as FIFA president, Blatter sent a tweet with a picture of himself sitting at his desk, pen in hand. He wrote that he was already working on reforming the organization that has been plunged into crisis by a U.S. corruption investigation.The 79-year-old Blatter said Tuesday that he plans to remain in office and lead reforms for up to nine months, until a new election is held to find a successor. That hold on power is unacceptable for some soccer leaders and anti-corruption experts. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosis