Kashmiri pacer denied visa NOC by state association to play in England

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) denied a young cricketer the mandatory No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play professional cricket outside the country.The denial of the NOC may cost Ranji player Mehjoor Sofi the chance to play in the Premier Division One for Easton Tigers Bristol in the UK.J&K Cricket Association is led by the PDP sports minister Imran Raza Ansari.The Ranji player in question, Mehjoor Sofi says he is being discriminated against because he was associated with Farooq Abdullah controlled side last year, before the PDP minister took charge.”I wanted an NOC, they didn’t give me. They told me go get it from Nehru and Farooq Abdullah. What is my fault if they have politics going on,” said Mehjoor Sofi.  Denied NOC by JKCA to play in UK, Gen Sec asked me to get it from Farooq Abdullah led group.. what is my fault ????? Mehjoor Ali Sofi (@mehjoorali) May 3, 2016 Mehjoor is a fast bowler from the state of Jammu and Kashmir and has represented them in the Ranji Trophy. The denial of the NOC may cost this player the chance to play in the Premier Division One for Easton Tigers Bristol in the United Kingdom, starting May 8.”I want the NOC because the embassy will ask for it. Also once I come back they will tell me I have gone without their permission. I am caught in a difficult situation here,” Mehjoor added.According to Mehjoor, JKCA General Secretary Iqbal Shah categorically refused to give him the certificate.advertisementWhen asked about this, the JKCA official accepted that he told the player to get it from former JKCA chief Farooq Abdullah since the player was on their side.”He came to me and showed the invitation on phone but I didn’t give it to him as nowhere was it asked from me in the letter. The player didn’t play last year as he was on other side (Farooq Abdullah led faction which wasn’t recognised by the BCCI) so I did tell him to get it from Nehru or Farooq. I will give the NOC but he has to show me the letter where it is asked from me,” said Iqbal Shah.Soon after the PDP govt took charge, they announced the creation of a new body for the JK Cricket Association by holding an election. This was contested by the Farooq Abdullah led group of clubs in the court. The body led by the PDP minister Imran Raza Ansari however said that its association has been recognized by the BCCI unlike Abdullah’s.last_img read more

ART-SCIENTIST 2 LAST

first_imgThe artist who teaches concepts of statistics, artificialThe artist who teaches concepts of statistics, artificial intelligence, and data visualisation, in addition to neuroscience to biologists describes his art as an “emotional reality of modern urban chaotic selfish life.””At best a twisted mirror of reality or a simple mirror of a very twisted reality. I work to create better realities or seek better realities and my art reflects that too just as it reflects inner and outer struggles. Instead of being tied to a style, my work is a new synthesis of media and styles to capture my ongoing feelings,” he says.In the first part of the series, Fake Smiles Khurana attempts to capture the fake smiles sported by “almost everybody” in a materialistic and artificial life.In the second part, he explains ,”Path of life is rarely linear and we keep going round and round in circles till some of us momentarily break free”.The third part, Breaking Free are simpler celebrations of artwork that are put into a washing machine and reworked again to represent the uncaring attitude of the isolated modern man “who keeps dying everyday.”Apart from the physical exhibition the artist says the exhibiton is planned for over 100 plus digital works on same themes. The exhibition of Khurana works which are on permanent exhibit at McGovern Center, Beijing is scheduled to go on here till June 9. PTI CORR ANS TRS ANSlast_img read more

Rohde & Schwarz: conformance test coverage for certification of eMTC and NB-IoT devices

first_imgRohde & Schwarz offers unmatched test coverage for eMTC and NB-IoT devices – on test platforms recognized by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and PTCRB: TP98 for RF testing, TP96 for RRM testing and TP92 for protocol testing. Each of the test platforms has received GCF validation for the work item WI-254 for eMTC and the work items WI-257, WI-258 and WI-259 for NB-IoT. The PTCRB test cases have been validated in RFT 132 for eMTC and in RFT 147 for NB-IoT. For protocol conformance tests, numerous test cases from existing LTE Rel. 8 to Rel. 13 work items are also relevant for certification and are available for the TP92 test platform.Rohde & Schwarz also supports network operators’ test plans for both technologies. A particular highlight is the wide support for North American and Chinese operators. To cover the broad range of test requirements, Rohde & Schwarz offers the certification tests on various platform configurations – from compact and cost-efficient solutions for RF, RRM and protocol conformance tests with an R&S CMW500 to the standalone R&S TS-RRM and R&S TS8980FTA RF test systems that support out-of-band tests and GSM, WCDMA and LTE technologies.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous ADLINK: smart gateway selected for Michelin-SoftBank tire control systemNext Arrow: IC solution reduces IO-Link development time and costslast_img read more

PSG’s Neymar calls Manchester United VAR penalty decision ‘a disgrace’

first_img Pinterest Neymar has called the decision to give Manchester United a late penalty against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night “a disgrace” and said that the VAR officials in charge “knew nothing about football”.The 27-year-old, who missed the tie because of injury, was incensed after officials awarded United a spot-kick for a handball by Presnel Kimpembe deep into stoppage time, which Marcus Rashford then coolly converted to send the Premier League side through to the quarter-finals. Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Email PSG 1-3 Manchester United (3-3 agg): Champions League player ratings Share on Pinterest Paris Saint-Germain Share on Twitter Read more “I trust the coach … but it’s not because we lose a match that we have to act now. We must make decisions with a cool head but this is not the moment. We want to calm down.” Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Thiago Silva remonstrates with the referee after the penalty award. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images Neymar “This is a disgrace, they put four people who know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR,” the Brazilian wrote on Instagram. “It’s just not possible!!! How is a guy going to hold his hand behind his back. Go fuck yourselves.”PSG had won the first leg 2-0 but found themselves out of the competition on away goals after the tie finished 3-3. The exit, however devastating, will not lead to a kneejerk reaction to fire coach Thomas Tuchel, club president Nasser al-Khelaifi said after the game.“I’m very disappointed with the result and the game. I don’t understand how we lost,” he said. “We gave them everything to win. It was easy for them. I don’t understand.”PSG appointed Tuchel in May in the hope the uncompromising German would further their quest for European glory, and Al-Khelaifi said the club would not take any decisions over his future in the heat of the moment. news Share on LinkedIn Manchester United The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Topics The defender Thiago Silva asked the club’s fans for forgiveness. “It’s difficult to speak. It’s a shame,” he said. “We were on a good run and yet again it ends here. That’s football. Nothing worked today. I ask our fans to forgive us.” Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Vieira leaves MLS as a pioneer who transformed NYCFC

first_imgMLS Vieira leaves MLS a pioneer who transformed NYCFC and blazed a trail for foreign coaches Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 01:54 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Patrick Vieira NYCFC MLS 05132018 Shaun Clark MLS Nice The Frenchman’s two and a half seasons in MLS helped transform New York City FC, and helped mold him into a coach who is ready for a new challenge Patrick Vieira’s long-rumored departure from New York City FC finally became official on Monday, and as short as his two-and-a-half-year tenure in New York might have seemed, it was still long enough to have an impact on Major League Soccer that will last much longer.Vieira left NYCFC with the team regarded as one of the best in the league, known for playing some of the most attractive soccer in MLS. Perhaps it was fitting that his final match in charge saw NYCFC outplay league leaders Atlanta United in a match that would have given him the perfect send-off if not for the heroics of Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan.To fully appreciate Vieira’s time at NYCFC, it’s important to remember that the job was Vieira’s first one leading a professional team. Having impressed while in charge of Manchester City’s reserve team, Vieira had established himself as a hot-shot coaching prospect and it would have been very easy for him to stay in Europe until a managerial opportunity emerged. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Instead Vieira agreed to make the jump to MLS, taking over an NYCFC squad that was a complete mess after a disappointing first season in the league. It was very much a reclamation project and Vieira played a major part in transforming NYCFC from struggling club to powerhouse in one season. In the process, Vieira established himself as a sharp tactician, someone who could motivate players as well as put them in positions to succeed. He embraced the quirks of the MLS system, swinging draft-day trades, including the one that landed England Under-21 midfielder Jack Harrison. He showed an ability to manage superstars as well as fringe players, bringing them together to play some of the most attractive soccer in the league. NYCFC scored more goals during Vieira’s time in charge than any other team in MLS.”He has a humility to listen and learn and reflect after every game and the decisions that he made,” NYCFC director of football operations Claudio Reyna told Goal earlier in the season. “That’s why you could see him just getting better and better. With experience and time he’s only gotten better managing situations and the day to day of a football club.”Vieira’s commitment to a possession-oriented style also helped the league’s improving tactical maturation. His coaching battles with the Columbus Crew’s Gregg Berhalter, FC Dallas’ Oscar Pareja, Atlanta United’s Tata Martino and Jesse Marsch of the New York Red Bulls helped raise the bar for a league that has long carried the stigma of not boasting the highest level of coaching.The coaching level in MLS is improving, and Vieira did his part to help that with his work with NYCFC. Even though he is gone now, Vieira has helped NYCFC establish a style of play that new manager Domenec Torrent will be able to pick up and build on.Vieira has also blazed a trail that top foreign coaching prospects can look to follow. Before Vieira, the track record in MLS of foreign coaches with no previous experience in American soccer was filled with failures. Both he and Martino have helped show that foreign coaches can jump into MLS and succeed, though the latest crop of foreign coaches (Montreal’s Remi Garde, Colorado’s Anthony Hudson and San Jose’s Mikael Stahre) have also reminded us just how tough the transition can be.Another impact Vieira had in MLS was being one of the few black coaches in the league’s history, and the only one in the past six seasons. He became the first black coach in MLS since Robin Fraser was fired by Chivas USA after the 2012 season. Vieira gave African-American coaches and players someone to look up to, while giving the league’s owners something to think about when they consider future coaching hires in a league where coaching diversity has long been an issue.Vieira’s stint in MLS wasn’t perfect. He leaves without having secured a single piece of silverware, and his woeful record against NYCFC’s main rival — the New York Red Bulls — was a particularly painful scar on his resume. Vieira surely felt a desire to stay and right some of those wrongs, but he must have also felt an urge to accelerate his coaching development after having failed to be a serious candidate to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager. NYCFC announced the hiring of Torrent, Pep Guardiola’s long-time assistant coach, to take charge on Monday. Torrent will inherit an NYCFC team well equipped to make a championship run this season, and set up for success beyond 2018.That, coupled with the respect Vieira earned from his coaching peers in MLS, and the players who played for him in New York, says all there is to say about the Frenchman’s time in MLS.last_img read more

Wind Power Technology for Ships Tested at Sea

first_imgzoom Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution, a new wind propulsion technology for ships, has passed its sea trials with flying colors.The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution was installed on the 9,700 DWT Ro-Ro carrier MS Estraden, owned by Bore, a Finnish Ro-Ro shipping company. The ship operates in a continuous service between the Netherlands and the UK, sailing through the North Sea’s windy corridors at speeds of 16 knots.The sea trials, verified by NAPA and supported by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, confirmed fuel savings of 2.6% using a single small Rotor Sail on a route in the North Sea, said Norsepower Oy Ltd. With these fuel savings, the technology has a payback period of 4 years.“Based on the trials, Norsepower and Bore believe that a full system on Estraden with two rotors has the potential to deliver 5% efficiency savings on an ongoing basis. Norsepower forecasts savings of 20% for vessels with multiple, large rotors traveling in favourable wind routes,” the company said.The trials were measured and analysed with continuous monitoring systems from maritime data analysis, software and services provider, NAPA and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland collected data over a six-month period, during which both the Rotor Sail technology and automation system was operational 99% of the time.The results confirmed that Norsepower’s rotor is able to produce large amounts of thrust force, which enables considerable fuel savings.Reinforcing VTT’s findings, NAPA conducted a randomised trial that found clear and significant savings, despite largely calm weather conditions throughout the study. After establishing a baseline profile of the vessel in normal operation, the Rotor Sail was activated and de-activated at random intervals to verify that any measured effect was solely due to the sail, and that any benefit was measurable across the vessel’s operating profile. The average verified fuel savings during the trial in NAPA’s analysis was 2.6%.The trial was conducted using ClassNK-NAPA GREEN, the vessel performance monitoring and verification software developed by NAPA and ClassNK, the world’s leading class society.“As impartial data analysis and verification is vital for charterers and shipowners looking to retrofit efficiency technology onto vessels, we used both randomised trialing and advanced statistical modeling to ensure objective results. The Rotor Sail offered clear savings against this criteria and adds to a growing list of innovative eco-efficiency technologies that have proved themselves through robust data collection and advanced analytics,” said Esa Henttinen, Executive Vice President, NAPA.The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor – a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship.When the wind conditions are favourable, Norsepower Rotor Sails allow the main engines to be throttled back, saving fuel and reducing emissions while providing the power needed to maintain speed and voyage time. Rotor sails can be used with new vessels or can be retrofitted on existing ships without off-hire costs.“Modern wind systems are demonstrating measurable and meaningful fuel savings for ships. As wind propulsion, air bubble systems and other ground-breaking technologies are increasingly adopted and become mainstream, the industry will reap the rewards of lower fuel costs—more sustainable than those from short-term price decreases, and be able to stay ahead of external pressures,” says Jose Maria Figueres, Chairman, Carbon War Room.last_img read more

Tenders Called for Victoria County Paving

first_imgDrivers in the Bras d’Or Lakes area will soon be enjoying smooth sailing on water and land thanks to a road-paving tender announced by the province. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has called a tender to repave Big Baddeck Road in Victoria County from the intersection of the Old Margaree Road north for about five kilometres. “Baddeck can be a busy spot in the summertime and many drivers use this section as an alternative to the main highways in the area,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “It’s important that we keep our secondary routes upgraded as well as our main roads.” This project is part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure as outlined in the speech from the throne. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.last_img read more

Les gouvernements de la NouvelleÉcosse et du Canada investissent dans la communauté

first_imgLa communauté acadienne et francophone de la municipalité d’Argyle aura de nouvelles installations grâce à une aide financière des gouvernements du Canada et de la Nouvelle-Écosse. M. Pierre Lemieux, secrétaire parlementaire pour les Langues officielles, le sénateur Gerald J. Comeau, au nom de Peter MacKay, ministre de l’Agence de promotion économique du Canada atlantique (APECA) et Chris d’Entremont, ministre des Affaires acadiennes, ont annoncé aujourd’hui, 19 août, une aide financière pour le projet de construction d’une composante communautaire à l’École secondaire de Par-en-Bas à Tusket. Le gouvernement du Canada accordera 1 570 000 $ au projet. De cette somme, 800 000 $ proviendront de Patrimoine canadien et 777 000 $, de l’APECA. Pour sa part, le gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse accordera 765 000 $ au projet pour la construction d’une garderie, d’une salle de spectacle de 300 places, de bureaux et de salles de réunion pour la communauté. « Notre gouvernement a à cœur l’essor des communautés acadiennes et francophones de la Nouvelle-Écosse, a déclaré M. Lemieux. Je me réjouis de la collaboration qui se poursuit entre le gouvernement du Canada et celui de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ce partenariat témoigne de notre engagement à promouvoir la dualité linguistique. » Pour sa part, M. Comeau a déclaré que le gouvernement du Canada était prêt à travailler avec ses partenaires pour renforcer les infrastructures des collectivités. « Nous savons que pour avoir des communauté fortes et en santé, il faut avoir des installations modernes. Grâce à cet investissement, nous travaillons à l’amélioration de la qualité de vie des résidants du Sud-Ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse tout en contribuant au développement économique de la région. » L’aide financière de la province provient de l’Office des Affaires acadiennes, de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités et du ministère des Services communautaires qui a accordé un prêt. Le ministère de l’Éducation participe au projet en fournissant l’espace. « Les écoles sont au cœur de nos communautés, alors il est bon d’enrichir la communauté acadienne et francophone de la municipalité d’Argyle en annexant ce nouveau bâtiment à l’École secondaire de Par-en-Bas, a déclaré M. d’Entremont. « Pour les membres de la communauté, le fait d’avoir un endroit où se rassembler et où leurs enfants peuvent grandir dans un environnement acadien favorable est important pour que notre langue et notre culture gardent leur dynamisme. » L’aide financière du gouvernement du Canada est fournie dans le cadre du Programme d’appui aux langues officielles de Patrimoine canadien et du programme du Fonds des collectivités innovatrices de l’APECA.last_img read more

Lowering Costs for Southwest Municipalities Oped

first_imgRural municipalities right across the country are facing challenges in delivering services that families and businesses need. That is why I am committed to working closely with municipalities in our province, to help them meet these challenges in ways that make life better for families. The eight municipalities on the southwest shore faced a unique challenge related to loan guarantees they signed on behalf of the former South West Shore Development Authority. That is why the province took action that protects the municipalities against a costly legal battle and saves them from having to repay the interest, both of which would have cost taxpayers a lot more. Municipalities signed these loan guarantees directly with the bank, on behalf of SWSDA. They didn’t sign guarantees for other creditors. It’s only because of the loan guarantees that I intervened in this case. I’d like to thank the municipalities, the districts of Shelburne, Yarmouth, Argyle and Barrington, and the towns of Lockeport, Shelburne, Yarmouth and Clark’s Harbour, for making the repayments. Now is the time for all of us to focus on the most important issue, creating jobs and opportunities in southwestern Nova Scotia. We know the region is facing serious challenges. Many people and businesses in those communities are looking for ways to build economic activity. The province is too. Since June 2009, the province has created hundreds of jobs, in dozens of projects worth about $15 million, in the southwest region. And we are encouraging municipalities in the region to work together to form a new regional development authority. As Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, I am committed to working with all municipalities. We have a common goal, to keep our communities great places to live, work and raise a family. Through our Towns Task Force, a joint venture with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, we are tackling the most pressing issues head on. We will find creative solutions that will cut costs, improve services and help us keep our communities strong and vibrant. -30-last_img read more

Mail service halted in Ottawa as Commons looks to take up backtowork

first_imgOTTAWA — Striking Canada Post workers are shutting down the mail in Ottawa today as the House of Commons takes up legislation that would force them back to work.The capital, as well as smaller towns in Ontario and British Columbia, and Sherbrooke, Que., are all being targeted by rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have held rotating walkouts for a month, causing massive backlogs of unsorted mail and packages at postal depots.On Thursday, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu tabled a bill to end mail disruptions across the country but debate on it was held back to give a special mediator time to settle the dispute.Hajdu said the Liberal government brought forward the legislation after exhausting every option, adding it has a responsibility to all Canadians and businesses that drive the economy.Canada Post says it could take weeks — even stretching into 2019 — to clear the backlog that has built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In wake of Pacific tsunami UN official urges countries to build better

15 October 2009A United Nations official just returned from visiting tsunami-battered islands in the Pacific Ocean today urged officials in the region to make sure they reduce their exposure to future disasters when they rebuild vital infrastructure. Jordan Ryan, Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York that disaster preparedness also meant rebuilding in ways that reduce the potential impact of future catastrophes.At least 150 people were killed and more than 3,000 others left homeless in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga by the 30 September tsunami, which followed an undersea earthquake. Widespread damage was caused to hospitals, schools, roads, sea walls and power and water supplies.Mr. Ryan, who is also UNDP’s Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, noted that during his recent visit to the region he saw a newly built school that was unaffected by the tsunami while total devastation could be seen around it.He said the school may have been constructed in a way that it could better withstand the kind of damage caused by a tsunami, and he said the reconstruction of infrastructure should reflect this.Mr. Ryan also stressed that location is highly significant in rebuilding after any major disaster. If some structures in Samoa had been built even 50 or 100 metres uphill from their locations, dozens of people might not have died.He noted that in Samoa alone, preliminary assessments indicated that damage exceeded $150 million, and that substantial funding will be necessary to revitalize key economic sectors, such as tourism, agriculture and fisheries. read more

Mass starvation in Africa looms but political will can stop it Security

Some 38 million Africans are at risk from an unprecedented hunger crisis on the continent, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today, stressing that adequate political will and resources can stem the tide of famine.”Mass starvation in Africa is not inevitable,” James Morris, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said in an open briefing to the Council. But in order to make progress, he cautioned, “difficult political choices will have to be made, both by African States and by traditional donor countries.” In the short term, an infusion of funds is urgently needed, while long-term goals must include greater investment in agriculture and changes in international trade regimes.Mr. Morris described the upsurge in recent years of food emergencies, saying his agency has gone from largely sponsoring food-for-work and other development projects to being “the UN equivalent of an ambulance service for the starving.” Nearly 80 per cent of WFP’s work is now devoted to emergency response.Examining the causes for this “explosion in food emergencies,” Mr. Morris cited collapsing economic systems, political and ethnic violence, AIDS and weather conditions. All of these factors are combining to exacerbate Africa’s critical situation, while WFP has received pledges of only 56 per cent of the $511 million needed to help meet the continent’s needs.Looking to the broader picture, the WFP chief urged major changes, including a shift from reliance on the United States for food aid. “Last year, the US provided 62 per cent of all food aid worldwide,” he said. “This is simply not sustainable.”He added that the recent controversy over genetically modified (GM) food in southern Africa demonstrated the dangers of relying too heavily on a single donor. “Requirements by some of the southern African that GM maize from the US be milled have created a logistical nightmare and we have been left scrambling, trying to raise more cash contributions from other donors while confronting the complexities of milling the maize to ensure there is no break in the food pipeline.”At the same time, Mr. Morris urged the creation of a new global trade environment, stressing that developing countries “simply cannot compete with developed country subsidies that now amount to $1 billion a day and allow food to flow into poorer countries, making investments in agriculture unprofitable.””People are hungry because their governments have made the wrong political decisions,” he said. “In the end, hunger is a political creation and we must use political means to end it.” read more

Annan calls on world parliamentarians to help promote UN reform

“The time has long since arrived to look hard at the institutions of the United Nations – and, if necessary, to make radical reforms,” Mr. Annan told the 109th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva in a message delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office there. “A central challenge is to enhance their authority by making them both open to more voices and more effective in taking action.”He noted that some people feel uniquely endangered by terrorism and weapons of mass destruction while others see civil wars and other armed conflicts in which conventional weapons and small arms cause terrible destruction as the main threat. Yet others confront so-called “soft threats” such as extreme poverty, infectious disease, climate change and environmental degradation and are worried their concerns do not receive sufficient priority, that their voices are not adequately heard.”All these threats – new and old, ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ – are real and must be addressed. And they are, of course, inter-related,” he said, adding that the UN was not always as effective as it could be in meeting all these challenges.”This is hardly surprising, given that the principal organs of the United Nations have not altered in their fundamentals since 1945, while the world they are intended to manage has changed almost beyond recognition,” he declared.Stressing that the decisions for change rest with Member States, Mr. Annan pledged to do everything possible to help them make the UN a better instrument in the service of the peoples of the world. “I hope you will too. Indeed, I appeal for your help. If the reform agenda is to succeed, it will require states to promote their national interest by advancing the global interest,” he said.”You as parliamentarians can do much to mobilize public opinion and encourage governments to do just that. The IPU itself, recently granted observer status in the General Assembly, can also make vital contributions to deliberations on these issues in the United Nations,” he declared. read more

After strong quake hits southern China Ban says UN ready to assist

A statement issued by his spokesperson in New York states that Mr. Ban is saddened by the loss of life, and the damage to homes and infrastructure in southern China as a result of the earthquake that struck Wenping in Yunnan province today. According to news reports, the strong quake killed hundreds of people, toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, and left more than 1,500 people injured. “He offers his condolences to the Chinese Government and the families of those killed, and his deepest sympathies to those who were injured or otherwise affected in this disaster,” the statement adds. It goes on to say that the United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to efforts to respond to humanitarian needs created by the disaster and to mobilize any international support needed. read more

Only 9 NBA Players Got Concussions This Year

Paul George kept playing after colliding with Dwyane Wade late in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. But after the game, George said he briefly lost consciousness, a possible sign of a concussion.Here’s the collision (which came in the fourth quarter of Miami’s 87-83 win over Indiana): If George did suffer a concussion, it would be just the 10th such injury this season. That’s according to a database I’ve compiled tracking injuries in the NBA over the last six seasons based on team reports.NBA players experience very few concussions compared to players in other major sports. There’s been one concussion for every 149.5 NBA games played this season. By comparison, the NFL saw a concussion occur once every 1.4 games during the 2013 season. According to my database, there have been 89 total concussions in the NBA since the start of the 2008-09  season; the NFL recently reported 228 concussions were diagnosed during the 2013 season alone, down from 261 in the previous season.In fact, the NBA’s concussion rate is the lowest among the four major U.S. leagues. According to data collected in a 2013 study, a concussion occurs in the NHL once every 20 games. And while baseball, like basketball, isn’t considered a contact sport, MLB sent 23 players to the seven-day concussion disabled list last season, generating a concussion rate of one incident for every 105.7 games.Whether or not George suffered a concussion, the Pacers may have mismanaged his injury. The NBA concussion policy, implemented during the 2011-12 season, states:If a player is suspected of having a concussion, or exhibits the signs or symptoms of concussion, they will be removed from participation and undergo evaluation by the medical staff in a quiet, distraction-free environment conducive to conducting a neurological evaluation.If George was displaying any of the symptoms he mentioned during post-game interviews, then he should have been removed from the game. Expect the Pacers’ actions and George’s eligibility for Game 3 to be under close watch until Saturday, when the series shifts to Miami. read more

FIRST WIN THEN OVERTAKE Macedonian RK Eurofarm Rabotnik appoint Ilija Temelkovski

One of the most successful coaches in Macedonia, Ilija Temelkovski, overtook RK Eurofarm Rabotnik, the most ambitious team on national level after the big two RK Vardar and RK Metalurg Skopje. Temelkovski will replace Andon Boskovski, who resigned after first season defeat against RK Tinex Prolet in Skopje – 26:24.The most interesting thing is that Temelkovski led Tinex Prolet in that match. Two days after a surprising win of his team, he got a call from the management of defeated team.Temelkovski was head-coach of Macedonian national team at World Championship 2009 in Croatia, where Lazarov and Co. ended 11th at the end, which is the biggest success of this nation at IHF events.He also made fantastic result with Macedonian junior team – generation 1996 by winning 6th place at World Championship 2017 in Algeria last summer. ← Previous Story Goran Johannessen to join SG Flensburg Handewitt Next Story → FAIR-PLAY: Penalty throws to decide between St. Petersburg and FH Hafnarfjordur read more

Des concerts gratuits en échange de déchets électriques

first_imgDes concerts gratuits en échange de déchets électriques Une nouvelle campagne originale propose une série de concerts gratuits en échange d’un appareil électrique usagé. La première soirée de sensibilisation au recyclage a permis de récolter en tout 440 kilogrammes de déchets à Paris. Mardi, à l’Alhambra, à Paris, débutait le “Recycling Party Tour”. Cette manifestation qui a réuni 860 spectateurs a pour vocation de “sensibiliser de manière ludique les jeunes” au recyclage en proposant un concert gratuit en échange d’un appareil électrique usagé. C’est ainsi qu’ont été récoltés 440 kg d’appareils allant du téléphone à l’aspirateur en passant par le grille-pains ou la télévision, rapporte Sciences et Avenir.  À lire aussiDémuni face au rapport sur le climat ? Voici ce que vous pouvez faire dès maintenant pour l’environnementLe Tour se poursuivra jusqu’au 28 mai en se rendant à Grenoble, Lyon, Limoges, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nantes, Rennes, Lille et Amiens. Le concert parisien a été initié par ERP-France, un organisme habilité à enlever et à traiter les déchets d’équipements électrique et électronique (DEEE).  En 2010, 6,4 kg de DEEE par habitant avaient été collectés, indique l’organisme. L’objectif est d’atteindre les 10 kg par habitant en 2014. Grâce à la “Recycling Party” en moyenne un kilo de déchets électriques est collecté par spectateur.Le 6 mai 2011 à 19:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La pollution lumineuse une embûche de plus pour les tortues marines

first_imgLa pollution lumineuse, une embûche de plus pour les tortues marines Publiée dans la revue Biological Conservation, une étude internationale high-tech montre que les tortues de mer venant pondre sur les plages israéliennes sont désorientées par la lumière excessive émanant des installations humaines.Des études antérieures avaient déjà montré qu’à certains endroits, les bébés tortue de mer, sortant de l’œuf fraîchement éclos sur le rivage, pouvaient, lors de leur ‘sprint’ immédiat (et vital !) vers les vagues, être perturbés par la lumière artificielle urbaine, interférant avec l’ambiance lumineuse naturelle qui participe à leur mode d’orientation. Mais qu’en est-il pour les spécimens adultes ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour le savoir, une équipe internationale dirigée par la doctorante australienne Tessa Mazor a conjugué les données de deux domaines scientifiques différents. D’une part, celles recueillies (sous forme d’imagerie) par le satellite argentin Sac-C et par la Station spatiale internationale (ISS), qui ont permis aux chercheurs d’évaluer la pollution lumineuse sur certains littoraux méditerranéens en Israël.D’autre part, celles recueillies, sur les mêmes zones, par la Nature and Parks Authority d’Israël : recensement et taux de ponte des tortues caouannes (Caretta caretta) et des tortues vertes (Chelonia mydas) qui fréquentent ces lieux de nidification (normalement, les tortues marines reviennent pondre chaque année sur la plage où elles ont vu le jour, ou sur une plage très proche).Le rapprochement de ces éléments révèle ainsi que ces tortues cherchent à éviter de pondre sur les plages trop impactées par la pollution lumineuse, changeant s’il le faut de site de ponte. Car la lumière excessive non seulement désoriente les nouveaux-nés, mais risque d’attirer sur eux leurs prédateurs. Ces résultats permettront de définir des aires de protection en adéquation avec cette réalité biologique, conclut les auteurs.Le 14 juin 2013 à 20:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more