first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) Indian Para Badminton Team won an impressive 11 medals, including four gold, three silver and four bronze, at the recently-concluded BWF Para Badminton World championship held at Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. India enjoyed golden runs in Mens Singles SL 3 and SL 4, with victories for Pramod Bhagat and Tarun Tarun respectively. The latter retained the title he won in 2013, triumphing over Frances Lucas Mazur, 18-21 21-10 21-15, in the final. However, his team-mate Bhagat thwarted a similar quest by Pham Duc Trung of Vietnam to continue his reign as king of the SL 3 class. Bhagat dethroned the defending World champion, 16-21 21-3 21-16. Teaming up for the mens doubles SL 3-SL 4 final, Tarun and Bhagat fell 7-21 21-14 21-6 to their team-mates, Anand Kumar Boregowda and Manoj Sarkar. India also took gold in Mixed Doubles SL 3-SU 5, with Raj Kumar and Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar getting the better of another Indian duo, Rakesh Pandey and Manasi Girishchandra Joshi ? 21-10 21-19 in the final. The tournament, which commenced on September 8th and ended on September 13th, saw India make history as eight players made it to the Finals across different categories. The team finished 2/3 in the Medal Tellies among 444 elite players of 39 countries. The BWF Para-Badminton World Championships is held every two years (on odd numbered years), with the last edition of the Championships taking place in Dortmund, Germany in 2013. The Championships determine who are the World Champions in each of the Sport Classes/Events on the programme. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

first_img argentinabarcelonacolombiaColumbia First Published: September 3, 2019, 2:51 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Colombia’s Juan Fernando Quintero and 18-year-old Hungarian Daniel Zsori made to the list for FIFA Puskás Award, the international soccer federation announced on Monday.FIFA had released the names of the three finalists who were shortlisted from a list of 10 nominees after voting by fans on FIFA’s website. The 32-year-old Argentine star was nominated for his remarkable strike for Barcelona against Real Betis on March 17 that led to a hat-trick for the star.Sharing their excitement on Messi’s nomination, LaLiga took to twitter to share a clip of that goal. They wrote, “An angle only he could find… 😱📐 This Leo Messi GOLAZO has been nominated for the 2019 Puskas Award. 🔥”An angle only he could find… 😱📐This Leo Messi GOLAZO has been nominated for the 2019 Puskas Award. 🔥#LaLigaSantander— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) August 19, 2019 Another finalist for this year’s FIFA Puskas is Colombia’s Juan Fernando Quintero, who scored a free-kick from distance for River Plate against Racing Club in February.Este misil 🚀 de Juanfer #Quintero— Superliga Argentina (@superliga) August 13, 2019 The third nominee is Daniel Zsori’s goal in the Debrecen FC-Ferencvaros clash at the Hungarian first tier league in February.The three finalists selected by the users will be put up for a vote among FIFA Legends, who will decide the award winner, reads FIFA’s website. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at San Siro stadium in Milan on September 23. last_img read more

first_imgIndia had a mixed morning on day one of competitions in the Rio Olympics here as rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal entered the quarterfinals in men’s single sculls while shooters Ayonika Paul and Apurvi Chandela put up a flop show to crash out of the 10m air rifle final.The day’s proceedings started on a promising note when 25-year-old Pune-based armyman Bhokanal ended up third in the first heat of the day by finishing the 2000m race in 7 minutes, 21.67 seconds behind Angel Fournier Rodriguez of Cuba (7:06.89) and Mexico’s Juan Carlos Cabrera (7:08.27).Bhokanal, who had qualified for the Games with a silver medal finish in the Asia-Oceania qualifier, was in second place for the first 500 metres of the race but started to lag behind once the Mexican in lane 2 picked up the pace around the 700 metres mark.The well built Cuban and the Mexican then increased their lead from the rest but Bhokanal maintained his third position although he was more than 13 seconds behind the second placed Cabrera.Even as there was some rejoicing in the Indian camp over the army rower’s performance, there were setbacks from the shooting range, which provided the country with two medals in the 2012 London Games, with the elimination of the two women shooters.Chandela shot an overall 411.6 to finish 34th out 51 competitors while Paul finished further down in 47th place with a total score of 403 in the 10m air rifle event in which China’s Li Du set a new Olympic record of 420.7 to top the qualification stage.The expectations for a better show from the Indian duo of Chandela and Paul, who had won the gold and silver in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, were dashed as they were found wanting in a top-class field.23-year-old Chandela had secured an Olympic berth for her country by finishing third in the 10m Air Rifle in the 2015 ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea. Later in the year, Chandela had won silver in the World Cup Final held in Munich.Paul, who is also 23, had won an Olympic quota for India with a silver in the Asian Olympic Qualifying Competition in January. 0 COMMENT SHARE August 06, 2016 COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on sportlast_img read more

first_imgJamaican star Usain Bolt confirmed on Wednesday that he will compete in the 100 metres and 4x100m relay race at the IAAF World Championships here next month.The 100 meters and 200 meters world record holder Bolt said in a press conference that he will only run in the 100m and 4x100m relay in his last world championship appearance, before he hangs up his running shoes, Efe news agency quoted the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as saying on their social media account.”My aim is to win in London. I want to retire on a winning note,” Bolt said in a press conference prior to the Monaco Diamond League Meeting.”I feel good now. I had a major setback at the beginning of the year with the death of my good friend,” he added.Asked about his decision to retire this year, he said: “I decided it’s time to retire because I’ve accomplished all my goals.”last_img read more

first_imgPARIS — Resplendent in yellow and riding a canary yellow bike, Chris Froome won his second Tour de France in three years on July 26, with a leisurely pedal into Paris to wrap up a spectacular three-week slog of furious racing that culminated with a thrilling late fight-back by the British rider’s toughest rival, Colombian Nairo Quintana.Cheered on the Champs-Elysees under suitably rainy skies for Britain’s third win in the 112-year-old race, Froome took it easy on the last Stage 21, his work done having grimly resisted Quintana’s last-ditch assault on his hard-won Tour lead the previous day on the final Alpine ascent.Just as when Froome first won in 2013, Quintana was again runner-up, although the margin between them is much smaller this time.Third-placed Alejandro Valverde, Quintana’s Movistar teammate from Spain, made the podium for the first time, moving up from fourth last year.On rain-soaked roads that caused numerous spills in the women’s race on the Champs-Elysees before the men rode in, the tired riders didn’t bother racing for much of the largely flat 110-kilometer (68-mile) final stage from Sevres, in the French capital’s southwest.To minimize the risk of crashes, Tour organizers stopped the race clock early, on the first of 10 laps up and down the Champs-Elysees’ slick cobblestones.That locked in Froome’s Tour lead to guarantee his victory, generating a broad smile as he rode up the avenue lined with flag-waving spectators.He still had to ride the 10 laps to complete the full race distance, but could do so without nerves, knowing the title was his. He didn’t have to panic when a paper bag got stuck in his back wheel. He simply stopped and changed bikes.Froome and his teammates finished together linked in a line, their arms over each other’s shoulders, with the yellow jersey winner grinning in the middle.(JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIndia U-19 team faltered in the second Youth ODI in Colombo as Sri Lanka beat them by five wickets to level the five-match series 1-1 on Thursday. It was Sri Lanka skipper Nipun Danajaya’s 92 not out that helped Sri Lanka pick the win.India had defeated Sri Lanka U-19 in the first Youth ODI by five wickets at the back of a strong all-round show that saw both the bowlers and batsmen come good for the team.India U-19 are coming off a stupendous Youth Test performance where they whitewashed Sri Lanka 2-0, winning both the Youth Tests by a hefty margin.India won the toss and chose to beat but the decision fell flat when they were bowled out for just 193 runs in 47 overs at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.India opener Pawan Shah top-scored for with 49 off 64 balls, hitting six boundaries. Shah, earlier during the second day of the final Youth Test, had smashed 282, the second highest individual score in U-19 internationals, along with six consecutive boundaries in an over.Ayush Badoni contributed 36 off 50 balls, Sameer Choudhary made 32 while Ajay Dev Goud struck 24.Also read – India U-19 thrash Sri Lanka U-19 by six wickets in first Youth ODIIn reply, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start as they lost Paranavithana cheaply but Perera along with Pasindu Sooriyabandara (52 off 71 balls) batted well to see their team home .Sri Lanka Under-19 pulled off an emphatic 5-wicket win over the India Under-19 in the 2nd one-day match thanks to an unbeaten captains knock of 92 by Nipun Dananjaya. #SLU19vINDU19 #SLU19 Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 2, 2018Perera struck seven boundaries during his 112-ball knock, while Sooriyabandara found the fence five times and faced 71 balls as Sri Lanka chased the target with 26 balls to spare.BRIEF SCORES:India U-19s: 193 all out in 47 overs (Pawan Shah 49; PWS Dulshan 3/27).Sri Lanka U-19s: 195/5 in 45.4 overs (Nipun Danajaya 92*; Siddharth Desai 2/31)(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgSerena Williams defeated Julia Goerges at Wimbledon for the second year in a row.The seven-time champion overcame the 18th-seeded German 6-3, 6-4 on No. 1 Court. Williams beat Goerges in straight sets in the semifinals at the All England Club last year before losing to Angelique Kerber in the final.The 11th-seeded Williams will next play Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday in the fourth round.Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty also advanced, beating Harriet Dart 6-1, 6-1 on Centre Court. The Australian will next face another unseeded player on Monday, Alison Riske of the United States.Alison Riske of the United States earned a debut appearance in Wimbledon’s fourth round with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 13 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.Two-time champion Petra Kvitova also advanced inot the second week of Wimbledon for the first time since 2014.The sixth-seeded Kvitova beat Magda Linette of Poland 6-3, 6-2 to reach the fourth round. It’s the first time she’s made it that far at the All England Club since winning her second title five years ago. She lost in the first round in 2018 and in the second round the previous two years.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Kei Nishikori earns 400th career winAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic advances after dropping a set, Kevin Anderson crashes outAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgESPN College Football Playoff top 2015.ESPNWe’re now less than two months away from the start of the 2016 college football season. Get excited, people. In anticipation of the start of the upcoming season, let’s take a look at what ESPN’s preseason top 25 looks like. Can anyone but the defending national champions be No. 1? Nope. ESPN has the Crimson Tide at No. 1 heading into the season. Do they have it right?Here’s the full top 25.  Will Alabama get some more rings this season?Will Alabama get some more rings this season? 1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Michigan 4. Florida State 5. Oklahoma 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Ohio State 10. Tennessee 11. USC 12. Georgia 13. Ole Miss 14. Oklahoma State 15. Michigan State 16. Washington  17. Houston 18. North Carolina 19. Oregon 20. TCU 21. Texas A&M 22. UCLA 23. Iowa 24. Miami 25. Louisville[ESPN]last_img read more

first_img The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), an initiative of the Ministry of National Security, has been playing a major role in positively changing the lives of thousands of citizens in St. James and Westmoreland. Ms. Stephenson says well over 2,000 youth from the targeted communities have benefited from the interventions of the CSJP, which has resulted in a major increase in the number of young people who are gainfully occupied in school, skills training or in a steady job. Regional Case Management Coordinator with the CSJP, Adenike Stephenson, tells JIS News that under the CSJP, there have been many success stories of changed lives through interventions. The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), an initiative of the Ministry of National Security, has been playing a major role in positively changing the lives of thousands of citizens in St. James and Westmoreland.The Programme, which is currently in its third phase (CSJP-3), operates in 12 communities in St. James and two in Westmoreland.Regional Case Management Coordinator with the CSJP, Adenike Stephenson, tells JIS News that under the CSJP, there have been many success stories of changed lives through interventions.Ms. Stephenson says this has resulted in better parents, skills training, job placements and scholarships.“We have been working on the ground throughout the life of the CSJP, and we have been very successful in implementing programmes directed at at-risk youth. We intervene at various levels, which include ensuring that the target group is properly trained in life and other skills, and ensure that we place them in jobs after training; and in instances where we have students expressing a willingness to continue their education at the secondary and tertiary levels, we assist them through the provision of scholarships,” she tells JIS News.“Our programmes have been working, and we are very optimistic that the results are contributing to the development of those involved as well as the communities where they live,” she adds.The CSJP officers are now assigned to Mount Salem, Salt Spring, North Gully, Rose Heights, Green Pond, Flanker, Granville, Glendevon, Canterbury, Farm Heights and Anchovy in St. James, while in Westmoreland the communities in which interventions are being made are Russia and White Hall.Ms. Stephenson says well over 2,000 youth from the targeted communities have benefited from the interventions of the CSJP, which has resulted in a major increase in the number of young people who are gainfully occupied in school, skills training or in a steady job.“CSJP and its programme form a major plank of our at-risk youth intervention activities. We ensure that proper evaluation of everyone takes place to determine their status in terms of their level of education, training and social needs. We are involved in case management, with our team working with persons who have special needs,” she notes.“Youth from our communities in St. James and Westmoreland who would normally be dropouts or easy prey for recruitment into gangs are given counselling and encouraged to stay on the straight and narrow. We have had many and varied levels of successes. For instance, youngsters who, for many reasons, including financial, would not be able to complete their high school education are assisted by CSJP, and they would have gone on to graduate with enough subjects to matriculate into college or university,” Ms. Stephenson informs.“We have persons who would have undergone training, courtesy of assistance from CSJP, and [are] now operating their own businesses and turning around to employ residents of their communities,” she notes.Ms. Stephenson also points to the success of CSJP initiatives in encouraging young ladies to participate in parenting programmes, as well as skills training, and today they are productive citizens across all the communities in which the Programme operates.“The issue of teenage pregnancy is real, not only in St. James and Westmoreland, but across Jamaica, and through the intervention of CSJP, young women have been prevented from becoming early mothers. This forms part of our life skills and parenting programme,” she explains.Ms. Stephenson also notes that those who become pregnant are assisted, paving the way for them to be proud mothers, living exemplary lives and taking care of their children, and using the skill learnt to make a decent living.Meanwhile, with CSJP 3 coming to an end in 2018, plans are already being formulated to ensure that its programmes continue in a sustainable manner.“The objective is to ensure that these programmes continue even after 2018. Entities such as the Social Development Commission (SDC) and others are set to play a role in the continuation of the Programme. I am confident that the aims and objectives of CSJP will continue to be met, while being handled by State agencies,” she tells JIS News.The CSJP has received funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Canada.The Programme provides crime- and violence-prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia’s success in agricultural marketing will be on display when about 50 representatives from Canada and the United States arrive in Halifax this weekend for the North American Agricultural Marketing Officials(NAAMO)conference. The annual event, hosted by the province, runs from July 10-14 at the Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax. This year’s theme is NAAMO by the Sea – A Maritime Marketplace. The agenda deals with slow food and slow money movements, as well as cultural food, heritage food, and a pride of place celebration in marketing and branding as it relates to economic development. “We are privileged to host NAAMO in Nova Scotia this year, as it is an opportunity to showcase the work we are doing to enhance the value and competitiveness of agriculture and positively effect our communities and continue to grow the economy,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “With a number of marketing initiatives, including Select Nova Scotia and the Catch Seafood Festival, our programs and services support the goals of Nova Scotia farmers.” Special guests at this year’s event are Edward Avalos, under secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, United States Department of Agriculture and Carl Honoré, a leading promoter of the Slow Movement and author of In Praise of Slowness: How a World Wide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed. Mr. Honoré, who is delivering the keynote address, will also take part in a public session on Monday, July 12, at 1 p.m. His speech will explain the broader context of the Slow Movement. Registration for the public event is required at a cost of $20. To register, contact the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture office at 902-893-2293 or email info@nsfa-fane.calast_img read more

first_imgNawada (Bihar): Eight persons, seven of them children aged 15 years or below, were killed while as many were injured when lightning struck them in this central Bihar district Friday afternoon, an official said.According to Sub Divisional Officer, Sadar, Nawada, Anu Kumar, the children were residents of Dhanpur Musahari village falling under Kalichak police station area and had taken shelter under a tree while it was raining. The deceased have been identified as Ramesh Manjhi (26), Chhotu Manjhi, Ganesh Manjhi and Monu Manjhi (all 15 years old), Nitish Manjhi (12), Pravesh Kumar (10), Chhotu Manjhi (08) and Muni Lal Manjhi (05), Kumar said. Also, eight others were injured and seven of them were being treated at the Sadar hospital while the condition of another was stated to be critical and he has been admitted to Pavapuri in the adjoining Nalanda district, the official said. Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar issued a statement expressing grief over the tragedy and announcing an ex-gratia of Rs four lakh to the next of the kin of each deceased.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – The Crown has withdrawn a charge against a man who was accused of phoning the legislature office of Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips and making a death threat over the province’s carbon tax.Michael Enright, 54, of Camrose, Alta., was charged in April 2016 with one count of making a threat to cause death or bodily harm.Court records show the Crown withdrew the charge on Feb. 13.Enright said the charge was withdrawn after the Crown’s main witness and police failed to come to court. He said he had refused pre-trial offers to plead guilty and pay a fine.“Three times they came to me and wanted me to plead and kept lowering the amount,” he said Monday. “I said, ‘No way,’ because I didn’t do what they said I did.”Phillips is not named in the charge document.A member of her staff who took the call told police that a man, who didn’t identify himself, said “he was going to get his ammunition and gun and come here and shoot us all.”Katherine Thompson, an Alberta Justice spokeswoman, said the charge was withdrawn after the Crown reviewed the evidence.“The Crown prosecutor’s investigations into this particular case continued to evolve after the initial decision was made to lay charges against the accused, and they continued to evaluate the evidence in light of the prosecution standard of reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Thompson wrote in an email.“The Crown determined that this particular case did not meet that standard.”Enright, who said he lost his oil products sales job because of the charge and spent about $7,500 for legal services, contends he wasn’t treated fairly by the government.He said he has no criminal record, doesn’t own a weapon or have a firearms permit.In an interview with The Canadian Press last year, Enright said he called the minister’s office to sound off after he listened to radio host Danielle Smith, former Opposition Wildrose leader, talk about the economy and the coal industry.He said he became upset because people he knew were losing their jobs.“I didn’t mean to get upset and I did not threaten anybody at all. All I said was that if they (the NDP government) keep pushing people, people are going to get guns and they are going to revolt,” he said last year.“I was talking globally, not specifically. I would never, never, ever threaten anybody.”Enright said the months between when he was charged and when the case was withdrawn were tough on his family.The maximum penalty for uttering threats is five years in prison.“It was terrible. It put my wife and I under so much pressure, so much stress,” he said Monday.“To do that is morally wrong. But I denounce any kind of violence toward government. We have rallies. We have ways to protest, but when you phone them and they do that to you, I think they are in the wrong.”Enright said he has a new job and recently paid off his legal bills.He suggested the government should reimburse him and wondered if he should file a lawsuit.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a problem that has left Iqaluit city officials and its fire department stumped.How to put out a stubborn dump fire and stop the smoke that’s been often blowing into town plaguing residents for more than a month.It’s not the first time the Iqaluit’s dump has caught fire.Last time it happened, the fire department dumped water on it.But the fire and smoke has gotten so bad this time that solution is not going to work.They wondered should they water bomb it?Should they pump in air to make the fire burn more quickly and – ultimately – burn itself out?The problem is they’ve never tried any of this before and really don’t know for sure what will put this fire out.So they called in help.APTN’s Steve Mongeau has the story.last_img

first_imgGurugram: Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, the Congress candidate for Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency, on Thursday filed his application. Among the leaders who were present during his filing of nomination were Randeep Surjewala, Rao Dharampal and Sukhbir Singh Kataria. Before filing the nomination, the 61-year-old leader exhibited his show of strength when he first held a roadshow in Old Gurugram and then held a public meeting at Congress headquarters in Kaman Sarai.Urging the electorate to vote for him, Captain Yadav raised national as well as local issues. He highlighted how nationally demonetisation destroyed the nation’s economy and increased the rates of unemployment. On the local issues, the six-time MLA from Rewari asserted that how the BJP government was not able to bring the development to South Haryana region and stalled the progress of Gurugram. In the affidavit filed, Captain Yadav has stated that his source of income is mainly from his rental incomes however his spouse Shakuntla Yadav is getting income from the business investments. Named after his father Rao Abhay Singh an automobile showroom in Behror Rajasthan is registered under his wife’s name. He owns two Toyota Innova one is of 2015 model and the other 2017. Besides an automobile showroom in Rajasthan, Captain Ajay Singh and his family have also done investments in commercial establishments in Manesar and Daruhera. While Yadav’s total investments in commercial establishments amount to Rs 30.85 lakh his wife Shakuntala’s is nearly Rs 1.47 crore. Captain Yadav’s family also has substantial investments in residential building. Besides his house in Rewari, he has houses in DLF, Gurugram and Sector-31. While the net worth of his investments in residential building amount to nearly Rs 10.37 crore while his wife’s total value of assets is nearly Rs 7.22 crore. The importance of Captain Yadav can be gauged from the fact that he has won Rewari Vidhan Sabha seat six times for the Congress. He won the Rewari seat for the first time in 1989 after which he continued the successful trend with wins in 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2009. In South Haryana where he was instrumental in making Congress a formidable party, he has been rewarded with various ministerial births including finance, PWD, etc in the state government.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Facebook has chosen London as the centre for the global roll-out of WhatsApp pay, before the social media giant launches its digital payments service on the mobile messaging platform in India, according to a media report. WhatsApp, which has1.5 billion users globally, would hire nearly 100 people in London to focus on the digital payments service and additional operations staff would be hired in Dublin, the Financial Times reported. Facebook said it chose the UK, where WhatsApp is far more popular than the US, because it attracts a multicultural workforce from many of the countries where WhatsApp is widely used, such as India, the report said. Out of WhatsApp user base of 1.5 billion people, more than 200 million people are in India — the single largest market for the popular American messaging platform. “WhatsApp is a truly global service and these teams will help us provide WhatsApp payments and other great features for our users everywhere,” Matthew Idema, WhatsApp’s Chief Operating Officer, was quoted as saying. WhatsApp has nearly 400 employees globally. While its most popular markets are India, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico, it has not established a local office anywhere until late last year, when it hired an India head in time for the country’s elections. Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is actively working on to launch WhatsApp Pay in India. “We have a test that is running in India for WhatsApp now, we’re hoping to launch in several other countries at some point, but I don’t want to put a timeframe on that here, but it’s something that we’re actively working on,” he said during an earnings call with analysts. Almost one million people tested WhatsApp Pay in India to send money to each other in a simple and secure way. In April, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) came out with a circular regarding data localisation policy for payment system providers. Generally, data localisation refers to storing data within India. The company on May 3 told the Supreme Court that it would comply with the Reserve Bank of India’s data localisation norms before launching the full payments service in the country.last_img read more

Rabat – Spanish police are seeking fugitive Mohamed Soultana, who is allegedly traveling to Morocco, via Spain. Soultana, 42, is wanted in connections with an arrest warrant issued by the German police for being a suspect in murder by firearm in Germany. Pictures of his face are on display in “ports, airports, and border posts,” according to ABC news. Soultana is a bearded man with dark hair, standing at 1.98 meters, though he could be armed and “potentially” dangerous.According to the German media BILD, Soultana shot a 44-year-old German-Moroccan in the city of Offenbach when she was in her car, waiting for her 13-year-old son to come out of a martial arts lesson. He then fled the country on May 9 through Belgium. The alleged murderer would have been an “acquaintance of the victim,” reports the same source. read more

David Crane, a senior attorney with the United States Department of Defence, was named prosecutor, and Robin Vincent of the United Kingdom chosen to be registrar of the tribunal that will try war crimes committed during Sierra Leone’s bloody 10-year civil war.”The Secretary-General will now proceed with the appointment of judges for the Court, and as indicated in the Security Council resolution, the majority of these will be from Africa,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.On Tuesday, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Allieu Ibrahim Kanu, and the UN Legal Counsel, Hans Corell, exchanged the instruments that brought into force the agreement between the two parties that had been signed on 16 January.

“We will develop a roster of people who have received a great deal of training about what in fact are the containment procedures, what is influenza, what is the nature of the threat,” Acting Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) global influenza programme Keiji Fukuda told a news conference in Geneva.These experts will consist of epidemiologists, laboratory specialists, plus experts in logistics, ethics and communications.Dr. Fukuda was speaking after a three-day WHO meeting of dozens of experts and regional representatives aimed at building on a global strategy to help nations develop model plans on how to address any outbreak of pandemic flu through strengthening national surveillance, assessment and health response capacities.He said recent scientific studies and reports gave hope that under certain conditions the early transmission of a new pandemic could be halted, although it was also clear that such moves could fail.But there were good chances that efforts such as the revised rapid response and contain strategy could very well slow down the spread of a pandemic virus early on and increase the availability of vaccines, thus giving more time for national authorities to prepare.For containment to be practical, the WHO expects countries to move and act quickly and begin antiviral treatment for infected people and to identify people who have been in contact with them, Dr. Fukuda said. The WHO also recommended that countries stockpile antiviral drugs.In order to fill gaps where medicines were lacking, the pharmaceutical company Roche has donated 3 million doses of drugs which would be reserved for containment procedures. The company pledged an additional 2 million doses to WHO which will be received in September.It is evident that the world will witness new and emerging diseases in the foreseeable future, and examining the needs arising from addressing bird flu will help experts assess and detect new and emerging diseases, WHO said.At the moment the current H5N1 bird flu is rarely deadly to humans and globally only 175 people have fallen ill, 96 of them fatally, in the two-year-old outbreak, with almost all infections caused by very close contact with sick or dead birds.But the great concern is that the virus could change into a type that spreads easily from person to person, hence the need for containment. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic that broke out in 1918 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide by the time it had run its course two years later. read more

The price of oil rose two per cent Thursday on lower U.S. inventories and concerns that geopolitical tensions could disrupt global supplies.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for August delivery rose $1.99 to close at US$103.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the Nymex contract added $1.24 to close at $101.20.Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, rose 72 cents to close at US$107.89 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.A string of geopolitical events pushed prices higher by raising concern that oil supplies could be disrupted, even though no disruptions were imminent. The Obama administration announced new sanctions against Russian energy companies, including Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer, after the market closed on Wednesday. While analysts say it is unlikely to cause any dip in production or exports in the short term, it could prevent or delay future exploration and production.The crash of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane over Ukraine — which Ukrainian officials said was shot down — raised the risk of a sharper conflict between Ukraine and Russia that could lead to even tighter sanctions against Russia. And fighting in the Gaza strip intensified after a shaky ceasefire expired, yet another source of turmoil in the Middle East, the world’s most important oil-producing region.“Although oil balances will not be impacted, it gives the oil complex another reason to inject some geopolitical risk premium,” wrote energy analyst Jim Ritterbusch in a research note to investors.The jitters about potential disruptions came on the heels of a surprisingly large decline in supplies in the U.S. On Wednesday, the Energy Information Administration said U.S. crude oil inventories fell by 7.5 million barrels to 375 million barrels in the week of July 11. The fall was more than double what analysts had expected, and reversed what had been a three-week slide in prices.In other Nymex trading, wholesale gasoline closed unchanged at US$2.882 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose 0.1 cent to close at $2.859 a gallon and natural gas fell 16.5 cents to close at $3.954 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) Oil soars past US$103 a barrel on on geopolitical turmoil, lower U.S. stocks by The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2014 3:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more