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first_imgSeoul: You can sell North Korean food in South Korea. But you’ll get into trouble if you decorate your restaurant with something deemed praising North Korea. Authorities say the owner of a Seoul restaurant under construction removed signs with the portrait of North Korean leaders and the image of a North Korean flag from the restaurant’s exterior wall on Monday. The restaurant had been criticized over the weekend after local media published those signs. Police say they are looking at a possibility that the owner violated South Korea’s security law that punish an act of praising North Korea with up to seven years in prison. Police quoted the owner as saying such a North Korea-themed exterior decoration would draw more attention and help him make more profits.last_img read more


first_imgOTTAWA – Newly released statistics on opioid-related deaths in Canada through the first three months of the year suggest such fatalities are on the rise compared to each of the last two years.The latest national report tracking deaths linked to the painkilling drugs, released on Tuesday, shows there were 1,036 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada from January through March 2018.The figure marks an increase of five per cent from the same period in 2017, and a 44 per cent jump from the first three months of 2016.At the end of 2017, there were a total of 3,996 opioid related deaths, compared to 3,005 in 2016 — meaning just over 8,000 deaths have been linked to opioids since the start of 2016, leading Canada’s chief public health officer to warn that the opioid “crisis is not abating.”“We continue to see an unprecedented number of opioid-related overdoses in Canada,” Dr. Theresa Tam said in a joint statement with Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer and Tam’s co-chair of a special advisory committee on the deadly scourge.“The loss of life is tremendous and this national public health crisis continues to devastate the health and lives of many Canadians, their families and their communities.”The majority of the deaths through the first quarter of 2018 were in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta. Tam and Strang say the data suggest increases in opioid-related deaths in other parts of the country as well.Fentanyl or fentanyl analogues were involved in nearly three-quarters of deaths earlier this year — an increase again from 2017 and 2016 — and victims were most often men. About 94 per cent of all deaths were considered accidental, or unintentional, overdoses, with the largest concentration in the 30- to 39-year-old age group.Provinces and territories have asked the federal Liberals for more help to combat the rising numbers, and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Tuesday the government was willing to do and spend more if that’s what is needed.“There is no silver-bullet solution when it comes to the opioid crisis,” she said.“We have to continue to work together if we want to turn the tide on this crisis and I am committed to making sure that we do all that we can. If there’s more investments that need to be made, we will continue to look at that.”The Public Health Agency of Canada says that overdose deaths have historically involved long-term drug users, but that current statistics reveal a shift toward the drug-related deaths of people who take opioids for the first time, or those living in chronic pain.Tam and Strang are calling for a deeper look at the issues that lead to opioid and problematic substance use “in order to address the opioid crisis.”“We will continue to examine all available evidence to better understand the evolving trends of this crisis and to adjust our response efforts.”last_img read more


By Mohammed Amine RhazRabat – Moroccan football player Achraf Bencharki arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday, February 6th to join his new team, Al Hilal, in Saudi Arabia. Al Hilal Football Club posted a photo on Twitter of Bencharki accompanied by Fahd Al Madeed, the football club’s general coordinator. ??? -??? ????- ??????? ??????? “???? ?? ????” ??? ??????? ???????? ???????? ???? #?????? ????? ???? ?????? ??? ??? ?? ???????? ?????? ????? ?????? ??? ????? ??????? ??????? “??? ??????”. pic.twitter.com/SVxjamf7pJ— ???? ?????? ??????? (@Alhilal_FC) February 6, 2018The club also posted several photos of Saudi fans’ joyous reactions to Bencharki’s arrival. ? ??? ?? ???? ??????? “???? ?? ????” ??? ??????? ???????? ???????? ???? #?????? ????? ???? ?????. pic.twitter.com/gxjBPVKPTy— ???? ?????? ??????? (@Alhilal_FC) February 6, 2018Addressing his Moroccan roots and fanbase, Bencharki posted a photo on his Instagram account expressing his love for Fez’s Maghreb Association Sportive and Casablanca’s Wydad.Bencharki wrote “If there is one thing I will cherish throughout my life, then it is the love, affection, and embrace of Wydad, its officials and its audience, whom I considered the best audience in Africa. Thanks to them, we achieved the League [and] your memory will remain immortally tattooed in my mind as long as I live…”The player added “I promise I will be an ambassador and a representative of Wydad forever and always, and I will look forward to your best and support.” He also addressed Maghreb Association Sportive of Fez saying, “I will not forget my origins and the beginning, my mother team, MAS, and its coaches. I also will not forget the audience and the events of the MAS club. And all those who have contributed near and far to help Bencharki reach to what he is today.”Bencharki also thanked the Moroccan press and paid homage to Wydad’s president, Saeed Al-Nasseri: “I thank President Said Naciri, who spared no effort in helping me and embracing me and was like a father to me more than a president.”He concluded his letter, “Wish me well, I am from you and with you I will be, and without you I will be nothing.” Wydad of Casablanca sold its striker Achraf Bencherki to Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia for USD 9 million.Bencherki’s transfer to the Saudi club made headlines in the past month and created a heated debate between those who support his move and those who advised him to turn down the Saudi offer.The talented footballer played a key role in helping his former team, Wydad of Casablanca, win the continental title by scoring five goals in the tournament. read more


Sadri Selca becomes the third witness in the trial of Ramush Haradinaj to be charged with contempt of court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said in a media statement issued from its headquarters in The Hague yesterday.Prosecutors have complained throughout the trial of Mr. Haradinaj, who faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, that a climate of intimidation has led to many witnesses refusing to testify. They expect to wrap up their case-in-chief within the next few days.Mr. Selca was indicted for contempt of court for having failed to appear, without just cause, before the Tribunal on 21 June this year. Another witness, Shefqet Kabashi, was charged after refusing to testify while taking the oath before his testimony on 5 June. Last week, another witness, Avni Krasniqi, was arrested, charged for failing to comply with a binding order to appear before the ICTY, and detained. Mr. Krasniqi did not enter a plea at his initial appearance before the Tribunal on Monday.Mr. Haradinaj, 39, was a well-known figure with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the conflict with Serb forces in 1998-99 and later served as the leader of a minority political party and briefly as the province’s prime minister.The indictment against him accuses Mr. Haradinaj of participating in a joint criminal enterprise with two others, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj, between March and September 1998 aimed at consolidating KLA control in the Dukagjin area by attacking, persecuting and forcibly removing Serb civilians and violently suppressing “any real or perceived form of collaboration with the Serbs by Albanian or Roma civilians.”While they may not have physically committed every crime for which they are charged, the indictment states, they are still considered criminally responsible for planning, instigating, ordering or aiding and abetting their commission.The charges against Mr. Haradinaj include murder, rape, torture, abduction, cruel treatment, harassment and the deportation or forcible transfer of civilians. 14 November 2007A witness who failed to appear before the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia during the trial of the former prime minister of Kosovo has been arrested on contempt of court charges. read more


23 January 2009There is growing anger in Gaza over the recent Israeli military operation that inflicted death, damage and destruction in the territory, a senior United Nations official warned today, stressing that ensuring accountability and restoring the local economy are the main ways to make certain the conflict does not create more extremists. “People are increasingly angry about what has happened here. That is perfectly understandable. But we want to channel the emotions now into something constructive and positive,” John Ging, Director of Operations in Gaza for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told a news conference in New York via video-link from the ground.The 22-day offensive, which Israel launched on 27 December with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks, claimed over 1,300 lives and wounded more than 5,450, in addition to causing widespread damage and destruction.Mr. Ging cautioned that those bent on extremism have been “emboldened” by what has happened because it has generated a high degree of grief, frustration and despair. He stressed the need to restore the people’s confidence that there will be accountability and that they can rely on the rule of law being applied equally, fairly and objectively. “That is a big, big challenge,” he said, noting that there is a lot of cynicism on the ground as to whether that will be achieved. “If we don’t then we are defeated by the extremists. It’s as simple as that.” The other priority is to restore people to a dignified existence, and the key there is the crossing points. He said he understood there are political, operational and security challenges to opening up the crossings, “but it is time to put the people’s interests before all other and find solutions.”“Ordinary people here have carried the burden for far too long. They’ve paid a phenomenal price,” he said, noting the suffering endured by Gaza’s 1.5 million residents as a result of Israel’s closure of crossing points into the Strip.“We have to actually prioritize their needs, stand with them and realize that change means opening up the crossing points, and from that will flow all other elements that we hope to achieve in terms of positive impact, and not just on the daily lives of the people here but also on the perspective in terms of security, stability and the peace process,” he stressed.“We need now to focus on getting the crossing open, that will then facilitate and enable not only the humanitarian effort but the restoration of a dignified existence for the people here.”The issue of crossings also came up during a meeting last night between Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes and Israeli officials, with Mr. Holmes underscoring the need for regular and unimpeded movement of humanitarian aid workers and relief supplies into Gaza.Mr. Holmes had a chance to see for himself the impact of Israel’s offensive during a visit to Gaza yesterday, accompanied by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry.They met with many of the victims of the violence, as well as medical teams and representatives of UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, all of whom were at the forefront of the humanitarian response. The UN humanitarian chief said the level of human suffering and destruction he witnessed was “heartbreaking,” adding that it is “shocking that civilians suffered so disproportionately in this military operation.” Meanwhile, all schools run by UNRWA in Gaza are scheduled to open tomorrow – one week later than the current school semester was supposed to have started. The schools will focus on the children’s psycho-social needs in the first weeks of operation, before resuming the teaching of core subjects. In addition, the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reports that a mine action assessment team involving the UN Mine Action Service arrived in Gaza today to look at the scope and scale of the unexploded ordnance problem.UNSCO stressed that the number of trucks allowed into the Gaza Strip needs to be increased. In particular, it is crucial that the Sufa crossing be opened for basic construction materials to allow for the repair of public infrastructure and private homes. In addition, chronically ill patients who were receiving care outside of the Gaza Strip prior to the conflict urgently need to resume their treatment. UNSCO also notes that cash has still not entered the Gaza Strip – except for the staff of a few international organizations. Cash is urgently needed to reactivate the private sector and prevent increasing dependence on aid, UNSCO underscored.For its part, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has adopted a resolution requesting that WHO’s Director-General send a specialized health mission to Gaza, with the aim of identifying urgent health and humanitarian needs and assessing the destruction of medical facilities. read more


5 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his concern at the heavy toll the ongoing floods have taken on lives and property across much of north-eastern Australia. According to media reports, more than 200,000 people in an area larger than France and Germany combined have been affected since flood waters began rising in the state of Queensland in December.The floods have reportedly claimed at least nine lives and caused damage worth billions of dollars. They have also destroyed vital food crops and forced much of the state’s mining industry to a halt.“The Secretary-General is concerned by the danger to life and the destruction of property following the ongoing floods,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “He extends his condolences to the families of those who have been affected and stresses the readiness of the United Nations to assist in any way necessary,” the statement added. read more


The police said that 16 people including two women and four soldiers were admitted to hospital following the accident.A soldier who was the driver of the tractor succumbed to his injuries in hospital. A private bus heading towards Jaffna from Vavuniya had crashed into the rear end of an army tractor which was heading in the same direction. The tractor had then crashed into on oncoming bus while the private bus overturned, the police media unit said today. A soldier was killed and 15 people were injured following an accident in Killinochchi last night, the police media unit said.The police said that the accident had taken place along the A9 road near Elephant Pass in Killinochchi. The driver of the private bus was arrested. (Colombo Gazette)


This is the latest arrest made of Navy officers over abductions during and after the war.Navy officers are already being investigated over the abduction of 11 youth and other incidents linked to the war. (Colombo Gazette) A Navy Lieutenant Commander who was arrested over an abduction committed in 2009 and remanded till today, was ordered to be further remanded till November 7th.Navy Lieutenant Commander Sampath Dayananda was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the abduction of two people in 2009.


VAUGHAN, Ont. — The Alberta government’s cannabis wholesaler and online retailer is returning all products from CannTrust Holdings Inc. after Health Canada suspended the company’s licences to produce and sell pot.A spokeswoman for the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission says it intends to return its remaining supply of on-hold CannTrust products to the Vaughan, Ont.-based company, but would not confirm the amount, citing contract confidentiality. In July, the AGLC placed a hold on its inventory of CannTrust products as a precautionary measure as the federal regulator conducted its investigation into allegations of unlicensed growing at the cannabis company’s Pelham, Ont. greenhouse.Yesterday, CannTrust disclosed that it received a notice from Health Canada indicating its authority to produce cannabis, other than cultivating or harvesting existing lots or batches, and to sell pot had been suspended.Health Canada said that in addition to delivering the notices to CannTrust, inspectors were “seizing and detaining all cannabis products” at the company’s sites in Vaughan, Ont. and Pelham, Ont.The AGLC’s return follows a similar move by the Ontario government’s cannabis wholesaler and retailer, which said in August it was returning products valued at roughly $2.9 million to CannTrust because they were “non-conforming” under the terms of its master agreement with the company. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 18, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRST)The Canadian Press read more


WASHINGTON – American consumers increased their borrowing in July, though the category that includes credit cards grew at the slowest pace since February.The Federal Reserve said Thursday that consumer borrowing rose by $17.7 billion in July, up from a $14.5 billion increase in June.Revolving credit, which covers credit cards, rose by $2.8 billion, down from $9.2 billion in June and least since February’s $2.2 billion. The category that includes auto and student loans increased by $14.9 billion, up sharply from June’s $5.4 billion gain.Consumer spending accounts for about 70 per cent of U.S. economic activity and was one of the few sources of strength in the first quarter, growing at a 4.4 per cent annual pace while the overall economy expanded just 1.1 per cent.Consumers have been encouraged by a solid labour market. Employers have added 204,000 jobs a month over the past year —though they added just 151,000 in August — and the unemployment rate is a healthy 4.9 per cent. by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Sep 8, 2016 1:38 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Wednesday, June 10, 2015, photo shows a chip credit card in Philadelphia. American consumers increased their borrowing in July 2016, though the category that includes credit cards grew at the slowest pace since February, according to data released Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, by the Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Consumer borrowing grows by $17.7 billion in July read more


A UK-designed, Formula 1-inspired energy recovery system for buses has taken first prize in the prestigious SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation 2014.Torotrak Group’s Flybrid KERS for buses and commercial vehicles uses a fully mechanical system to store energy from a vehicle’s motion, which can be transferred back to the drive system to power the vehicle. It beat off stiff competition from the Dearman Engine Company and Jaguar Land Rover, both of which received Highly Commended status.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive and a member of the Award judging panel, said, “The UK is one of the world’s leaders in automotive engineering and R&D, a fact epitomised by Torotrak’s Flybrid KERS.“Not only a genuinely innovative concept, it is also in an advanced stage of development with huge potential to influence the wider automotive sector.“It was fantastic to see such a superb calibre of entrants in this year’s Award. SMMT will continue to help the UK build on its position as a global leader for automotive innovation.”Sponsored by GKN and supported by The Times, the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation demonstrates the wealth of design and engineering talent in the UK automotive sector by rewarding the most groundbreaking concepts each year. The Award started in 2010, and Torotrak Group follows in the footsteps of Gordon Murray Design, Jaguar Land Rover, Optare and Ford in winning the accolade.The Award was presented to Jon Hilton, Torotrak’s Product Development and Sales Director, by Nigel Stein, GKN Chief Executive, at the 2014 SMMT Annual Dinner on 25 November.Jeremy Deering, Chief Executive Officer, Torotrak, said, “Our system will be around one quarter the cost of a conventional battery electric hybrid as well as substantially smaller and around a quarter the weight.“Third party validated test results have been achieved with a thoroughly modern, lightweight, high efficiency vehicle from Wrightbus, indicating ongoing opportunities to provide the sector with a low-cost route to reduced emissions and substantially lower operating costs.”“Winning such a prestigious award shows that there is real faith in the commercial potential of our purely-mechanical hybridisation system for heavy vehicle applications, and that by making hybridisation more accessible and affordable, we can make a real impact on fleet emissions and running costs,” continued Deering.Nigel Stein, GKN Chief Executive, said, “Congratulations to Torotrak.  Any automotive innovation that can improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions deserves particular focus, and it is great to see British companies driving this forward.”To win the Award, Torotrak had to get through a judging session at the hands of some of the most influential experts in the UK automotive sector. The panel featured: Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT; Dave Salt, Chief Engineer, GKN Driveline; Robert Lea, Industrial Editor, The Times and Jim Higginbotham, Managing Director, Large Corporate and Special Asset Finance, Lombard.To watch a video featuring the final three, and to find out more about the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation, click here.SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation 2014 shortlisted entries:WINNER: Torotrak Group – Flybrid KERS for bus applications  Formula 1-inspired fully mechanical energy recovery system to improve efficiency in buses.HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dearman Engine Company – The Dearman EngineLiquid air technology for efficient transport and cooling systems.HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jaguar Land Rover – Ingenium EngineNew family of compact, lightweight, low-emissions diesel and petrol engines.Automotive Insulations – XliteAn advanced range of sound-deadening materials for electric and lightweight vehicles.Carrier Transicold – NaturaLINEUse of CO2 in a transport refrigeration system, adapted from sea containers, and being pioneered in a trial with Sainsbury’s.Vocis Ltd – OGecoHybrid automated manual transmission using an electric motor to deliver extra power, smoothness and efficiency.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


FiveThirtyEight’s editor-in-chief, Nate Silver, discussed our NCAA men’s basketball tournament predictions Tuesday with “Good Morning America’s” Josh Elliott.If you missed it, here’s the clip:


first_imgThis was made into a new offence in December 2015, and this is the first time guidelines have been produced for it. Abuse taking place in a domestic setting is also treated more seriously than other types of abuse under the new rules, as it is more likely to escalate over time and lead to death or long-term trauma. As part of the Prisons and Courts Bill the Ministry of Justice is also planning to ban the cross-examining of victims by their ex-partners in court. A legal aid lawyer will be appointed instead.Mrs Justice McGowan, a member of the Sentencing Council, said: “These offences can be particularly sensitive and distressing, leading to very significant harm to victims.”The new guidelines we are proposing will help ensure sentences reflect the seriousness of these offences and take into account the increases in sentence levels for stalking and harassment introduced by Parliament.”The new rules will be subject to a three-month consultation and if accepted will be implemented later this year.  Victims of 'revenge porn', Hazel Higgleton and Hannah Thompson campaigned for a change in the law The most serious offences will be those which the court judges have been calculated to induce “maximum distress”, such as sending images to a victim’s family who are very religious, or to a younger sibling.Offenders will also face tougher punishment if they set up social media accounts pretending to be the victim or spread a large number of pictures to a wide audience. Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said he welcomed the plans and said: “Revenge porn is an awful abuse of trust which can leave victims feeling humiliated and degraded.”By making it a specific offence, we sent a clear message that this crime will not be tolerated.”Other offences covered by the new guidelines include domestic abuse and “intimidatory crimes” such as harassment, stalking, controlling and coercive behaviour and threats to kill. They reflect tougher penalties for stalking and harassment introduced earlier this year. The maximum jail sentence was doubled from five to ten years by the Government following pressure from MPs. For racially-aggravated harassment the maximum sentence was raised from seven to 14 years.The most serious penalties will be reserved for offenders who target their victims at times which are more likely to cause distress, such as on the day of a funeral.The definition of domestic abuse has been widened to reflect types of abuse other than violence, such as coercive and controlling behaviour. This includes limiting the victim’s access to money, preventing them from having friendships or hobbies or determining when they are allowed to eat, sleep and go to the toilet.  Offenders who send “revenge porn” images to victims’ family members could face up to two years in jail under new sentencing plans. The guidelines are the first to give advice to courts under new laws covering the sharing of “private sexual images”, which has only been an offence since April 2015. More than 200 prosecutions have since been brought.Victims of revenge porn have explicit images or video, often taken consensually during a relationship with the offender, spread around the internet after the relationship breaks down. They are often posted on dedicated sites along with abusive messages about the victim and sometimes the contact details of them or their family. Previously offenders had to be prosecuted under copyright or harassment laws and victims often found it difficult to have images taken down. The new law was introduced after a campaign by victims and women’s charities.center_img Victims of ‘revenge porn’, Hazel Higgleton and Hannah Thompson, campaigned for a change in the lawCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is claimed that his conduct breached police standards for professional behaviour by his failure to act fairly and impartially towards a colleague, and further behaved in a manner likely to “bring discredit on the police service”.DS Mottau reportedly made various comments to his colleague of a “racist, inappropriate and disrespectful nature by reference to the monkey” between August 15 and September 15 last year.The officer will face a panel chaired by Nicola Talbot Hadley.A spokesman for the force said: “The facts of misconduct are that on, or about August 15, he placed or caused to be placed a black toy monkey on the desk of a black female member of staff, saying words to the effect of ‘when the black monkey sings it is your turn to make the tea’. Credit:Alamy Thames Valley police car center_img “He refused to allow her to move the black monkey, and made various comments to her of a racist, inappropriate and disrespectful nature by reference to the black monkey.”These included on more than one occasion, saying to her that as she had the black monkey it was her time to make the tea and/or indicating that he wanted her to make him a drink and on a further occasion asking her if she would like to embrace the black monkey.” A counter-terrorism officer forced a black colleague’s to keep a toy monkey on her desk and taunted her with racist comments, an employment tribunal has heard.Detective Sergeant Andrew Mottau, a member of the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU), is said to have told her “when the black monkey sings it is your turn to make the tea”.He faces a four-day misconduct hearing, starting on Monday at the Thames Valley Police force’s headquarters in Kidlington, Oxon.If the allegations are proved to be true, he faces being sacked by the force and losing his job with the terrorism team.He is alleged to have asked his unidentified colleague to embrace the black monkey and refused to let her move it off her desk.last_img read more


first_imgThe Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) in Peru has reported that the estimated mining investment portfolio – as at December 31, 2008 – is comprised of 31 major projects, including exploration projects and expansion projects, which combined amount to a value of $24.693 billion. The main expansion projects which have been confirmed, in spite of the global financial crisis, are Southern Copper’s Cuajone, Toquepala and Ilo copper expansions, Marcona, belonging to Shougang Corp, expanding in iron ore and an expansion of the Cajamarquilla zinc refinery, belonging to Votoratim Metais of Rio de Janeiro.The major investment projects confirmed are Chinalco’s Toromocho and Southern Copper’s Tia María copper projects, and the golden La Zanja belonging to Cía. de Minas Buenaventura.last_img read more


PRESS RELEASE OF ICELANDIC HANDBALL FEDERATIONThe Icelandic Handball Federation (HSI) have been asking  for data from the European Handball Federation (EHF) and the International Handball Federation (IHF) regarding the decision to award an open place to Germany in World Championship in Qatar 2015.In a letter from EHF it is stated that no information had been sent to them regarding this decicison and they refer HSI‘s request to IHF.A letter from IHF from yesterday, Tuesday 15th July, contains explanations given why Oceania was deprived of qualification. They refer to former communication between IHF and Oceania and HSI is not in any situation to assess the legitimacay of that decision but have doubts that retroactive decision passes law after the qualification competion has started.Regarding the decision to award the open place to Germany, it is asserted on behalf of IHF that a decision on changing article 2.8 that deals with how to allocate an opening, was taken by IHF Council on May 30th 2014 and that was done so that the change would take place before it was known which nations would qualify through play-offs.We have it confirmed by members of IHF Council that no meeting was held on May 30th 2014. On the other hand it seems as e-mails had been sent to members where it is requested that they  give permission to change regulation.It is therefore clear that the decision was not taken on May 30th 2014 as is asserted, but it was done on July 8th 2014.It is in accordance with the fact that this change of regulation was not discussed at an EHF board meeting in June and that EHF gave out a statement on June 16th 2014 that Iceland would be the first nation to take place in World Championship in Quatar 2015 if some nation would withdraw.HSI considers that changes that are made in rules and regulations regarding participation and competions rules will not take effect until the start of next competion. It is much more relevant in  the case of  burdensome decisions. That is based on general law definitions that apply equally to IHF regulations as other rules and regulations.When the decision on July 8th was taken the qualification had started and the play-offs had been played and it was clear which nations qualified and what nation would have the right to take the open place if some nation would withdraw.HSI have required to IHF that Iceland will be given the place that is open immediately and also demanded that the president of EHF which is also a member in the IHF Council will act on our behalf.We have demanded answears before the end of July 17th.With kind regards,Icelandic handball federationGuðmundur B Ólafsson, presidentEinar Þorvarðarson, secretary general germangermany handballIceland handballQatar 2015 ← Previous Story “HERCULES” GOES HOME: Milutin Dragicevic is back to RK Metaloplastika Šabac! Next Story → Who will be the first star of Men’s U2O EURO 2014? read more


← Previous Story Germany is Men’s U20 European Champion! Next Story → Gislason’s advice for Vranjes: “Double-function, no thanks! Romania has won the Women´s Youth (U18) World Championship. In a one-sided final in Ohrid (Macedonia) they beat the team from Germany with 32:21. Due to an impressive performance in defense the Romanian played it more successful during the initial stages of this final. A 4:1 lead after seven minutes forced the German coach to take an early time time-out, to bring his team back on course. First of all without the presumed effect. Romania had the greater efficiency in attack and built up their lead to a 7:1 (13.). The match seemed to be pre-decided only after a quarter hour. In the following minutes the furious attacks of the Romanian girls went on and they extended their lead up to 11:3 after 20 minutes. The Germans did not find any means to be successful against the Romanian defense up to that moment. During the last ten minutes of the first half the German girls tried to bridge the gap, but they were only partly successful. A residue of eight goals at break (7:15) did not leave much hope for the Germans.Coming back to court for the second half the German team started a last attempt to come up again. But today they were not able to endanger a Romanian team, who played it tough and as unleashed and with less mistakes than their inferior competitor. They built up their lead to 22:12 when the match was already decided (42.). During the last quarterly hour the Romanians played it with passion and a lot of spectacular actions to the end. After the final whistle they were celebrating their unexpected title for minutes and minutesPHOTO & TEXT: IHF read more


first_imgIf you’re one of the folks who ran out to pick up a brand new white iPhone 4 from Apple this week, you might want to hold off on picking up a case for it just yet. The white iPhone is a little bigger than the black version, and by “little,” we really mean only about 0.2mm. Now that’s not a huge difference when it comes to how well it fits in your hand, or how well it actually makes calls or surfs the web, but where it’s a huge difference is when it comes to cases, peripherals, and other full-body devices designed to connect to the iPhone 4. Case manufacturers will have to redesign their cases to fit the slightly bigger device (unless we’re talking about bumpers and flexible cases, that is,) and peripheral manufacturers with stands, keyboard attachments, and other devices that clip onto the entire body of the iPhone will have to account for the ever-so-slight size difference. In the end, it won’t be long before you’ll head into your local electronics store and see iPhone cases along a wall marked with “AT&T – Black,” “AT&T – White,” “Verizon – Black” and “Verizon – White” on the packaging so you know which one to buy. [via MacRumors]last_img read more


first_imgIf you don’t recognize the name Saul Bass, you will certainly know of his work. Bass was one of the most celebrated and in-demand graphic designers and filmmakers of his time, and Google has seen fit to mark what would have been his 93rd birthday with an animated Google Doodle.Bass was best known for his work on film title sequences, movie posters, and logos. Stand out pieces of work include the title sequences for The Man with the Golden Arm, the Hitchcock movies North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Psycho, and Scorsese’s movies Goodfellas, Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence, and Casino. Stanley Kubrick also tapped his talent for The Shining poster design, and his last ever poster design was for Schindler’s List, but it was never used.Away from movies, Bass also managed to create some of the most memorable company logos in America. He designed the Bell Telephone logo in 1969, United Airlines logo in 1974, the AT&T globe in 1983, as well as logos for Dixie, US Postage, Warner Communications, Quaker Oats, and many more. According to Wikipedia, the average lifespan of a Bass logo design was an impressive 34 years.The animated Google Doodle uses several of Bass’ styles along with the Google name to good effect. His work was certainly easily recognizable and clearly has stood the test of time. There’s no evidence it’s a style that is set to disappear, either. Several recent movies and TV shows have emulated his title sequences, with popular examples being Catch Me If You Can, X-Men: First Class, and of course Mad Men.last_img read more


first_imgPremier Barry O’Farrell today announced the NSW Government would provide $4 million funding for the Community Languages Schools Program this financial year. “By studying a language other than English, students can access opportunities for continued learning and future employment. The Community Language Schools Program helps us build on the rich cultural diversity of NSW,” Mr O’Farrell said. The announcement of $4million funding is a key part of the government’s commitment to the recognition and the importance of learning language for young people to maintain and develop their background or heritage languages. Minister for Communities Victor Dominello said there are currently over 30,000 students studying 58 background or heritage languages through the program. “My government believes in the value of students being able to learn the language of their heritage, and maintaining links with their communities here and abroad. “The importance of children to be bilingual is increasing due to a globalised world. It equips children with the extra tools needed to help with entering the diverse workforce, this is what Community Language Schools have to offer. “We want to capitalise on the skills of students from the full range of backgrounds – strong language provision in our schools and community language schools play a vital role in this.” Schools under the NSW Community Languages Schools Program are community-based, non-profit-making schools, established by communities whose background or heritage language is not English. These schools support students to maintain and develop the language of their community. These schools have been established by more than 250 community organisations and are funded each year by the NSW Government. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more