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first_imgAdvertisementMarin Cilic, who turned 30 on Friday, makes history as he becomes the youngest Grand Slam champion still active in the men’s tennis circuit – the most unexpected, and improbable, phenomenon in the sport’s history. As of Sept. 28, no men’s tennis player under the age of 30 has won a major. This has never occurred before in the sport. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin Del Potro, and now Cilic are all over 30.According to data since 1930 from the ATP World Tour, male pros ages 30 and up own all the major singles titles won by currently active players. When one ponders upon this, it isn’t that difficult to visualize how unusual this fact is, both when thinking about individual players’ careers and also when thinking about the structural changes in the sport. Although advances in technology and healthcare have made it possible to play elite tennis for longer, those shifts alone cannot account for the severity of this over-30 situation. Men’s tennis never used to be this way. The winners have usually been young and dominant. From 1955 through 1966, men under age 30 won 48 consecutive major titles, the longest streak on record.The next longest streak of major titles won by 30-somethings happened back in 1969, when Rod Laver set it by himself, winning all four major titles at ages 30 and 31. Other than that, every season from 1925 through 2016 had at least two Slam winners under 30. Fast forward to recent times, the young still ruled after that, with Nadal, Djokovic and Murray winning most of the titles. But then a funny thing happened: Federer and his younger rivals, Nadal and Djokovic, kept thrashing opponents and winning majors, no matter their ages. All this could be very ominous for the men’s game, a sign the kids are hopeless.Accepting that these present masters of the sport are gifted geniuses seems convincing enough just because millennials lack multiple things that those hard hitters didn’t, viz being motivated by their rivals’ achievements, using others’ wins as inspiration to improve their tactics, technique and conditioning. But whatever happens, the chance of any generation matching them in the future is slim – and perhaps impossible.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMumbai, Sep 3 (PTI) Masterminded superbly by ace striker Sunil Chhetri, a dominant India scripted a sensational 4-1 win over higher-ranked Puerto Rico in an international football friendly at the Andheri Sports Complex stadium here tonight. India were down 0-1 in the seventh minute with Emmanuel Sanchez scoring off a spot-kick award, but the hosts went on to dominate the visitors, ranked 38 places above them, with some slick passing and quick attacking moves. India, who led 3-1 at the half-way stage, scored their goals through Narayan Das (18th minute), Chhetri (26th), Jeje Lalpekhlua (34th) and Jackichand Singh (58th). Chhetri, who had given away his captains armband to Norway-based towering custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu for this game, paved the way for two goals and also struck once to emerge as the star player for the home country. This was Indias fourth straight victory after the 1-2 loss to Turkmenistan in the World Cup qualifier in Kochi in March early this year. They had got past Laos 6-1 and 1-0 in the Asia Cup qualifiers in June and then drubbed Bhutan 3-0 last month in another international friendly. India have not beaten higher-ranked teams often in the past and had even lost 1-2 to Afghanistan in the SAFF Cup in Kochi in January. This victory, albeit against a none-too-strong-looking Puerto Rico side, which had arrived here only last evening and clearly looked tired after their long journey, thus must have pleased national coach Stephen Constantine who included several youngsters to prop up the team. India, in fact, started the match ?- the first in Mumbai after six decades — on the wrong foot by conceding a penalty in the seventh minute when Elliot Velez was brought down on the left of the area by Jackichand Singh. The spot-kick was put in by the tall medio Sanchez who beat Indian custodian and match skipper Gurpreet to bulge the bottom right corner of the goal. This early reversal galvanized the hosts, ranked 152 as compared to their rivals 114, into an attacking mode and they started attacking with gusto with the midfield prompting the two front-liners with down-the-middle passes. The hosts could have equalised in the 12th minute but for the rival goalkeeper rushing out and foiling Chhetri before he could take advantage of a fine through ball from Eugeneson Lyngdoh. The hosts then started dominating the proceedings and got rich rewards when they scored twice with the help of free kicks with Chhetri playing a stellar role in both these strikes. PTI SSR ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgSachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram, two of the greatest cricketers the world has ever seen, were involved in some memorable battles on the field. While Tendulkar retired as the only man with 100 international hundreds and 200 Test caps, Akram remains one of only two bowlers with over 500 ODI wickets.Tendulkar and Akram share great mutual respect for each other now but there was a point in the former’s career when he was mocked.A young Sachin Tendulkar, only 16, went on his first international tour to Pakistan in 1989. By then Akram had established himself as a major force in world cricket, having played for Pakistan since 1984.Pakistan had of course heard of Tendulkar, a teenager with immense talent ready to take on the world. The Mumbai boy was under pressure when he came across one of the most fierce pace attacks of all time but he held his own against the likes of Imran Khan, Akram and Waqar Younis.Salaam Cricket 2018: HIGHLIGHTSBut it wasn’t just the pace Tendulkar had to deal with. The Pakistanis are known for their ready wit and Sachin got to encounter some of that dry humour on his very first tour.Akram, speaking at Salaam Cricket 2018, revealed what he had said to Sachin Tendulkar as he walked out to bat.”We had read about Sachin…. that there’s a sensation coming.. a 16-year old. But when he came (out to bat), he looked 14 years old and I told him, “mummy se puchke aaya hai?” (Did you ask your mother before coming?)advertisementSalaam Cricket 2018: Gavaskar, Akram, Harbhajan leave audience in splitsThis left the audience in splits. There were many more such moments during a session where all 11 legends at Salaam Cricket – Akram, Sunil Gavaskar, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-haq, Abdul Qadir, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Azharuddin, R Ashwin, Habibul Bashar, Muttiah Muralitharan and Madan Lal regaled the audience with some funny stories in the final session of the day.Harbahajan Singh also recalled an incident involving Akram. The feisty Indian off-spinner had to say sorry to Akram after scoring a boundary off him.When Akram once cracked a deal with MuralitharanHere’s Harabhajan narrating the incident. “Wasim bhai was my hero and it was my third fourth Test match but playing against him was a huge thing, I was scared to bat against him. But somehow I touched my bat to his ball and it went for four. On his way back, he was like “teri…” and I was like… “Paaji, galti ho gai.”last_img read more


first_imgMahendra Singh overtook Rahul Dravid to become the second most capped player for India in international cricket as he played his 505th match for India in the Super Four of Asia Cup 2018 against Pakistan on Sunday.At the Dubai International Stadium, Dhoni marked his 505th game with some good work behind the stumps and as usual, helped India to get a big Decision Review System (DRS) call right.Before Dhoni, Rahul Dravid was the second most capped player for India with 504 caps in international cricket. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with a record 664 matches for India.Dhoni is the most experienced player in the 16-member squad at the Asia Cup 2018 and his wealth of experience comes handy every time there’s a need of change in bowling and fielding plans.Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan: Live Blog | Live Cricket Score | ScorecardIn the 505 matches for India, Dhoni has scored 16,268 runs, including 15 hundreds and 102 fifties. He has played 90 Test matches, 322 ODIs and 93 T20Is.On Sunday, India got their first wicket against Pakistan after they took a brilliant DRS review. Chahal has trapped Imam-ul-Haq leg before wicket but the umpire had not given it an out. Captain Rohit Sharma looked towards Dhoni asking if he should go for the review and Dhoni immediately gave a nod. Dhoni and Rohit’s decision turned out to be correct, India got the breakthrough and Dhoni’s brilliance with the system came to the fore once again.Also read – Asia Cup 2018: Happy to have got my 50th ODI wicket against Pakistan, says ChahaladvertisementDhoni also holds the record for playing the most number of international matches as captain (331). Dhoni is the only captain to win all three ICC tournament – ODI World Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy and he’s also the most successful ODI captain in Indian cricket history.Experts have backed Dhoni to continue till the 2019 ICC World Cup because most believe that his quality behind the stumps and his experience of captaincy is beyond replacement at the moment.last_img read more


first_imgMikel John Obi happy former Chelsea teammate Lampard in chargeby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMikel John Obi is happy seeing former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard in charge at Stamford Bridge.The Nigerian is currently at Turkish side Trabzonspor and in an interview with the club’s official magazine, he shared his thoughts on what was happening at Stamford Bridge.”I am very happy for Frank. When we were playing at Chelsea, we are expecting that John Terry and he would be very good managers, but we were expecting Terry to reach that level first. But Lampard made a big step,” said the 32-year-old.”His arrival at Chelsea means the club are caring for their legends. I joked with him after the Chelsea move, I want to be his assistant when I retire.”I hope he will be successful at Chelsea for many more years. I also want to see John Terry in similar jobs in the future because he was our leader on the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgnick saban getting criticized for end of half decision vs. georgiaATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)There have been many critics of the idea of expanding the College Football Playoff from its current four-team format. Among them is Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who reiterated his problems with expanding the tournament this week.Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Saban stressed that if the College Football Playoff expanded it would further reduce the importance of the non-championship bowl games.“I think the playoff … continues to expand to minimize the importance of those (bowl) games, maybe to the point where those game won’t even exist,” Saban said. “I’m not sure that is the best thing, overall, for college football.”Saban stated bluntly that he is not in favor of increasing the playoff field to eight teams.“Which I’m not sure is good for college football,” Saban said. “I’m not really for going eight teams in a playoff. It’s a hypothetical question, that I have enough issues and problems to solve without thinking about something that may or may not happen.”Saban has won two of the four College Football Playoff tournaments since it was introduced in 2014, beating Clemson in 2015 and Georgia last season.As a member of the playoff field in 2018, Alabama remains the only team to have participated in all five editions of the tournament.Saban has had no trouble winning national titles in different formats though. At LSU he led the Tigers to a national title in 2003 by simply winning the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma. He then won the BCS National Championship Game three times in his first six years with Alabama.last_img read more


first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 12:46 IST HIGHLIGHTSApple hosted an event at Steve Jobs theatre at Cupertino, California on Monday.Apple announced a refreshed version of its TV app, the Apple TV app, at the event.The Apple TV will be available on Amazon FireTV and Samsung smart TV.Apple on Monday, March 25 announced the revamped version of its TV app – the Apple TV app – at a special event at the Steve Jobs theatre in Cupertino, California. The newly launched Apple TV app allows users to watch new shows, movies, sports and news from their favourite channels across all Apple devices including the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac. But that’s not it as apart from bringing the service on to its own devices, Apple is also bringing the Apple TV app on to smart TVs and streaming devices such as the Amazon FireTV and the Samsung smart TV.Apart from the Samsung smart TVs, Apple is also bringing its Apple TV app to smart TVs by LG, Sony and Vizio and streaming device by Roku.In terms of availability, while the new Apple TV app will be available on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV in more than 100 countries via a free software update in May this year, the app will be available on Mac this fall, which is around September and October.Beyond its own device, Apple will start shipping the Apple TV app on the Samsung smart TVs from Spring this year and on Amazon Fire TV, Roku and smart TVs by LG, Sony and VIZIO in the future. Additionally, the Cupertino, California based company has also announced AirPlay 2 support for smart TVs by Samsung, LG, Sony and Vizio. This means that later this year, when the company releases the AirPlay 2 support, users with supported models of VIZIO, Samsung, LG and Sony smart TVs will be able to play videos and other content from their iPhone or iPad directly on their smart TVs.advertisementAs far as the Apple TV app is concerned, the app bundles content from channels such as HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin and new services like MTV Hits in one app and beginning May 2019, users will be able to subscribe to the Apple TV channels à la carte and watch them in the Apple TV app in both online and offline mode. They will also be able to purchase or rent movies and TV shows that are currently available in the iTunes Store via the Apple TV app.ALSO READ: | Apple Card credit card announced: What is it all about and how can you get it?ALSO READ: | Apple launches TV streaming service, Apple News+, Apple Card also announcedALSO READ: | Apple streaming service event today: What to expect and how to watch livestreamGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AppleFollow Apple TVFollow Apple TV app Apple TV app coming to Amazon Fire TV and Samsung smart TVsApart from the Amazon FireTV and Samsung smart TV, the Apple TV app will be available on smart TVs by LG, Sony and Vizio and streaming device by Roku.advertisementlast_img read more


first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 18, 2019 15:23 IST Disha PataniDisha Patani is making summers hotter with her sultry snaps. The actress treated her 21 million followers on Instagram to a jaw-droppingly gorgeous picture of herself rocking a bright fuchsia Calvin Klein monokini, and we can only exclaim HOT DAMN!In just four hours, Disha’s post on the photoblogging site has garnered over a million likes. The comments section was flooded with compliments from fans. “Bas karo, Dishu. Itni bhi cute or beautiful pics na dala karo… Kitni bar humko deewana banaogi tum?” one Instagram user commented.A self-confessed water baby, Disha loves to beat the heat with some ‘Vitamin Sea’, as she calls it. Just take a look at her Instagram posts, and you will know!On the work front, Disha will be seen next on the big screen in Ali Abbas Zafar’s period drama Bharat, in which she will be seen as a trapeze artist named Radha. She will be paired opposite Salman Khan in the 1960s portion of the film, which also features Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Tabu, Jackie Shroff and Nora Fatehi in pivotal roles.Disha was all praise for Salman and his down-to-earth nature. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, she said, “Salman Khan is such a sweet person. I never felt intimidated because he makes everyone comfortable and is extremely helpful and co-operative.””There’s so much to learn from him. At this stage also, he is so hard working and gives his 100 per cent to each take. I am fortunate to get this opportunity and be a part of such a big ensemble,” the actress added.advertisementBharat, which is an official remake of the Korean drama Ode To My Father, releases on June 5.ALSO READ: I like to take it slow motion mein, says Tiger Shroff on dating Disha PataniALSO READ: Disha Patani wishes fans on Diwali in sports bra and lehenga, gets trolledALSO WATCH: Disha Patani talks about her personal style preferencesGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Disha Patani Disha Patani cranks up the heat with her sultry snap in pink monokiniDisha Patani is setting the temperatures soaring with her jaw-droppingly hot picture in a bright pink swimsuit.advertisementlast_img read more


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