Infiltrator killed wanted militant commander Najar: police

first_imgSecurity agencies said that the militant killed on Tuesday morning in Baramulla’s Uri is the wanted militant commander, Qayoom Najar, who rebelled against the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Hurriyat in 2015.Sources said the police had approached the family of Najar to identify the body. The Army on Tuesday said it killed an infiltrator in Uri in the morning and recovered the body and arms later.Meanwhile, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav in a tweet confirmed the killing of Najar in the Uri gunfight. “Longest surviving terrorist of Kashmir Qayoom Nazar killed today at LoC (Line of Control) Lassipora Uri,” tweeted Mr. Madhav.Najar, who headed the splinter group of ‘Lashkar-i-Islami’, was expelled by the Hizbul Mujahideen in 2015 after a series of attacks on Hurriyat supporters and leaders in Sopore. Najar tried to stage a centrestage by attacking mobile towers in north Kashmir. Later, Najar was believed to have crossed the LoC and exfiltrated to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.Meanwhile, the army foiled an attack of the Border Action Team (BAT) on Tuesday afternoon.Defence sources said 7 to 8 armed intruders were spotted around 1 p.m. in Kupwara’s Keran Sector. “They came near the posts. The group was supported by nearby Pakistani posts with mortar and small arms fire,” said deence sources.The Army said it repelled the attack. “It was effectively thwarted. The armed intruders retreated. There was no own casualty,” he said. The operation continues in the area.last_img read more

Five of trader’s family end life in U.P.

first_imgIn a tragic incident, four members of a local trader’s family, facing demands for repayment of loans from money lenders, were found dead on Sunday morning, while a fifth one died in the hospital during treatment. Police said trader Ramesh Gupta’s body was found near the railway tracks at Surajkund overbridge, while those of his wife Sarita (45), daughter Payal (15) and son Ayush (10) were found at his home in Sahebganj under the Rajghat police station area of the district. The trader’s elder daughter Rachna (20) too was found unconscious in the house and was rushed to BRD Medical College here, where she died during treatment a few hours later, police said. Dying statementSenior Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Gupta said: “Before dying, Rachna Gupta said all of the family members had consumed poison. There was a lot of pressure on the family members, due to huge loans taken.” “The food which the family consumed last night contained poison. Ramesh Gupta went towards the railway track to kill himself,” the police officer quoted Rachna as saying before her death. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem, he said, adding that the matter was being probed. Local residents said Gupta had taken huge loans and had been facing demands from money lenders to clear his dues. He was also facing losses in business.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, meanwhile, expressed “deep sorrow” over the incident.last_img read more

Serena beats sister Venus, advances to US Open semis

first_imgSerena Williams defeated sister Venus in three sets to move within two victories of completing the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988.The younger Williams won 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the US Open quarterfinals Tuesday night in front of a celebrity-filled crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was her 11th three-set victory at a major this year.An ace. A hug. Game, set and match #Serena — 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. #usopen #SWeep15 US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2015Serena improved to 9-5 against her sister in Grand Slam matches.Also read: Cilic, Vinci through to US Open semis Serena was nearly perfect in the first set but tightened up in the second. She pulled it back together in the third, breaking Venus’ serve right away. Showing the importance of the moment, Serena started celebrating winners with big fist pumps and loud yells of “Come on!” unlike most matches against her sister.The 35-year-old Venus kept up her sharp play of the last two rounds, but Serena – as she so often is against everyone – was simply better.She next faces 26th-seeded Roberta Vinci, who reached her first Grand Slam semifinal and has never defeated Williams.last_img read more

Chris Woakes hopes England selectors find room for him and Ben Stokes

first_imgAll-rounder Chris Woakes is confident that Englandselectors will be able to squeeze both Ben Stokes and himself into thestarting lineup for the four-match test series against Pakistan starting next month.Woakes was called up to the side last month afterfellow all-rounder Stokes injured his knee during the first test victory over Sri Lanka in Leeds.The 27-year-old went on to score 105runs in three innings and picked up eight wickets as England romped to a 2-0 series victory over the Sri Lankans following a comfortable win inDurham and a rain-affected draw at Lord’s.”I’d be stupid tothink that, if Ben (Stokes) is fit, I’m going to play (over him), but Imight have given them (the selectors) a headache. I might be able to fit into the team even if he is involved again,” Woakes told British media.STUART BROAD EYES A COMEBACKMeanwhile, test team mate Stuart Broad has set his sights on representing Englandat the 2019 50-overs World Cup after the seamer was omitted from thesquad for the Sri Lanka one-day series announced earlier this week.”A big aim of mine is to be in that World Cup squad in 2019. The two major tournaments coming up are that and the Champions Trophy and I’ve got to plot a way back in really,” said Broad, who is England’s third-highestwicket-taker in one-day cricket.”I’m still only 29… A lot ofpeople have played at World Cups at 32 and that’s certainly not an oldage for a cricketer, so I’ve got huge goals to be a part of that andhave to pick some stuff to get involved in.”advertisementThe 2019 World Cup is being hosted by England and Wales.last_img read more

Knicks Beat Bucks 107-101, 2OTs

first_imgMILWAUKEE  – As conditioning tests go, this might have been a little bit more than Tyson Chandler was expecting in his first game back.A double-overtime victory made the extra effort worthwhile.Chandler played 36-plus minutes in his return from injury, J.R. Smith hit a go-ahead jumper in the second overtime and the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 107-101 on Dec. 18. Chandler cramped up at the end of the game, earning him an apology of sorts from Knicks coach Mike Woodson.“It’s a sign of not being out on the floor and running,” Woodson said. “I apologized to him — but hell, I needed him.”Chandler didn’t mind at all. “I was willing to do whatever it took to get a win,” Chandler said. “I told coach, don’t put me on a minute restriction. Whatever you feel like you need or whenever you need me out there, just keep me out there.”Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and Beno Udrih added a season-high 21 for the Knicks. Smith had 19 points. Anthony had the biggest workload of all, playing 55-plus minutes.“We were right there and it kept going back-and-forth so we needed everybody to step up,” Woodson said. “I just didn’t have time to rest him. That’s how it’s probably going to have to be for right now.”Chandler, who had been out since Nov. 5 with a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula, had nine points and nine rebounds.“Tyson came back strong,” Anthony said. “Just his presence out there. His awareness out there on the court, how to be aggressive, knowing when to be aggressive, when not to — his comeback was big for us.”Brandon Knight scored a career-high 36 for the Bucks, who have lost four straight. John Henson had 20 points and 14 rebounds while Khris Middleton added 20 points.Bucks coach Larry Drew praised Knight’s scoring ability, but noted that he only had three assists — and the Bucks only had 13 as a team.“We’re going to have to be better, and he’s going to have to be better, at distributing the basketball,” Drew said.  Simply getting through a double-overtime game was a challenge for Drew, who had only eight healthy players.“It’s challenging,” Drew said. “I know a couple of our guys were gasping for air over there. But it certainly is an opportunity to see what they’re made of.”New York took a 99-98 lead on a jumper by Smith with 3:07 left in the second overtime. Anthony then hit a pair of free throws for a three-point lead with 1:32 left.Knight missed a three-point attempt, giving the ball back to the Knicks, and Anthony hit a 3-pointer with 50.1 seconds left to put the game away.Points were hard to come by late in the fourth quarter and in both overtimes, but both teams had chances. The Bucks had a shot at the win with 19.2 seconds remaining in regulation but Henson and Middleton both missed, sending the game into overtime.Drew made no secret of his annoyance with Henson deciding to take a long jumper, saying, “That was not the shot. I’ll just leave it at that.”With the Knicks holding a two-point lead with 33.3 seconds left in the first overtime, Anthony missed a shot, Chandler grabbed the rebound and Andrea Bargnani missed, giving the ball back to the Bucks.Henson then tipped in a wild Knight miss, tying the game with 0.3 of a second left and sending it into double overtime.Bargnani’s miss was a head-scratcher for Woodson. “I don’t know if he thought we were down,” Woodson said. “This is a game of inches and obviously he had something else going through his mind at the time.”Chandler’s return was a boost for a Knicks team that continues to struggle with injuries. Guard Pablo Prigioni was out with a toe fracture, and the Knicks were without Amar’e Stoudemire.Rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo made his first career start for Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo got in early foul trouble, but recovered to score 10 points and grab seven rebounds.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Molex adds 8- and 20-circuit mid-power MultiCat power connector versions

first_img Continue Reading Previous AI chip’s analog-processing approach slashes powerNext IAR releases dates and locations for IAR DevCon 2019 developers conference Molex introduces 8- and 20-circuit mid-power versions to the MultiCat Power Connector System with Precision-Machined Contacts. This system provides superior durability and can be mated quickly and ensures proper connection via connector position assurance, making it effective in multiple industry categories. With this connector system, customers will be able to use a reliable connector in a smaller space while minimizing costs.This new connector system offers a lightweight and compact wire-to-wire or wire-to-board configuration; a UL1977 finger-test-certified receptacle; an operating temperature from -40 to +150˚C; a two-piece hermaphroditic back shell; a visual connector position assurance feature allowing you to see the connector is properly engaged and two keying options. The mid-power version also offers low contact resistance and solid mass contact.The MultiCat High-Power and Mid-Power Connector Systems provide connector position assurance and a positive lock that are activated by hand, making it easy to mate and unmate. This decreases assembly and maintenance time compared to competing products in the market.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more


first_imgThe trial of a Le Mars, Iowa man accused of the June, 2016 stabbing death of his sister has been delayed again.Thomas Bibler is charged with first degree murder, willful injury and going armed with intent in the stabbing death of 27 year old Shannon Bogh at her Le Mars home.Judge Jeffrey Neary ruled Monday to continue Bibler’s trial until May 16th.The delay was granted so Bibler’s defense can designate expert witnesses and provide the expert’s reports to the state.The Plymouth County Attorney was also granted five subpoena requests to gather more evidence in the case.A pre-trial hearing in the case is scheduled for May 5th.Bibler remains held in the Plymouth County Jail.last_img read more

Notes and quotes on Mike Gundy’s spring press conference

first_imgScreen Shot 2015-03-10 at 9.42.18 AMMike Gundy takes questions at his spring ball presser. (via YouTube)Mike Gundy and new assistant coaches addressed the media on Monday as spring football got underway in Stillwater. We covered the assistants here. Now, let’s take a look at what the head ball coach had to say.His portion of the press conference starts at 42:40 and my notes are below.• “We’re very excited about Spring Ball and the new coaches. Lots of new guys. Gavin just handed me a roster so I can remember who they are.” So Gundy. Back at it.• Spoke about Daxx right off: “Know he’s going to transfer, just don’t know where. I just want to thank him for his great effort for Oklahoma State football.”• On Mason and what is he looking for in the spring? “Continued leadership. He’s got a lot to learn. Physically he’s at about 235-240 (lbs). His temperament, his attitude is really good.”• What’s the key for him in Spring Ball? “Understanding our offense and being able to delegate the ball to people who make plays.”• “Brandon Weeden and Zac Robinson did a great job of saying, ‘OK, we’re going to run the football.’ Want to see that from him.”• Gundy said these words: “Mason is our starter”!!• Addressing the OL: “In all positions other than OL, I’m real comfortable with our football team. We have a bunch of guys coming back.”• “Middle part of last season…we just weren’t very good. There’s a frustration level that builds for everybody. And it starts with me.”• “At this time next year we should be back to where we were a few years ago.” Wait, what?! Is that good…or posturing?• What about JW? “As you guys know, he’s awesome. He’ll get the percentage of the backup reps. But, we’ll have a package for him to do the things Mason’s not built for.” At 6’4”, 240, what exactly is Mason “not built for”?• Is a medical redshirt possible? “You never know until their eligibility is completed. That’ll keep you guys from asking that from now on. That’d be a good question for the NCAA compliance. Put your question in now, you might find out in June…of 2016.”• General QB situation: “We have Kolar and Todd Mays, who will get some of the 3rd team reps on offense. He’ll be doing some different things on offense…He’ll start out at RB and at times he’ll play QB.”•  “Rennie Childs has the opportunity to establish himself. He has to make that choice. He has a choice to step up and make those plays. We have to trust him to carry the ball 20 times a game. He has the opportunity to say, ‘I’m the guy who gets it done.’”• What about Carson and Carr? “The times we’ve been really good we’ve had multiple backs make plays for us. We need a guy who can carry it 2o times and a couple others who can carry it 10 and 10.”• On TEs: “With Seaton, we’re going to limit his reps. He’s a guy who’s been here. The young guys are getting a lot of work. But, Jarwin is really doing well. He’ll play as an attached TE, FB and as an unattached WR.”Not sure what all that means, but it sounds cool.• On overall team speed: “Team speed could increase (from last year). Hate to keep bragging on (Coach Rob) Glass, but…I want to see them play fast. This is a very physically developed, fast team.”• In regard to the selection process for the new staff members, Coach had much to say, but I’ll summarize by saying he gave big-time props to Holder’s role in all of it. “I couldn’t have done it without Coach Holder.”• As far as offering the jobs: “First of all, all of us in this profession are overpaid. Our staff on hand has done a great job.”• The number of applicants?…“A lot! That’s why I changed my cell number.”• On bringing in Bill Clay and Darrell Wyatt (again): “Both Bill and Darrell are football junkies. That’s what we look for.”• Any other position switches we need to know about? “Not that I know of. The depth chart as we have it, this roster, is pretty AKKRIT”! Football is on the horizon…• Coach closed out with this, somewhat random, very Gundy-esque beauty…he was asked about the opener being played on a Thursday: “We’re still communicating with their camp. They’re saying, ‘maybe’.Coach and I have talked about it, then, quite honestly, we got off on hiring coaches and then he went to some convention. I went to Vegas and since then we hadn’t…I lost so much money I hadn’t got back on track yet.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

2015 NTL Referee Nominations

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified referees to be considered to attend the 2015 National Touch League (NTL) and Elite Eight Series from Wednesday, 11 March until Saturday, 14 March 2015.  The event will be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The Open and Senior tournaments will run concurrently over the four days creating an exciting atmosphere with the best players and officials from across the country in all age divisions, with the potential of international teams. The NTL event has proven to be a highlight for the Touch Football community, providing a great opportunity for professional development through experiencing the highest level of Touch Football in the country. The event is also an opportunity for referees selected in the TWC 2015 squad to ensure they are in peak condition leading into the event in late April. For more information, please click on the attached document. Related Files2015_ntl_-_referee_nomination_information-pdfRelated LinksNTL Refs Nominationslast_img read more

Ohio State Has Epic Field Rush After Beating Michigan

first_imgOhio State's fans rushed the field after the Michigan win.Twitter/@CauldronICYMIOhio State beat Michigan is the best football game we’ve seen this year. After Curtis Samuel won the game in double overtime, the Ohio State field rush was absolutely incredible.After struggling for much of the game, Ohio State was opportunistic on defense, made some huge plays down the stretch on offense, and pulled out an incredible double overtime win. While normally you don’t see fans of the No. 2 team in the country storm the field after a win, considering the opponent, and the context, and the incredible finish, it is hard to blame Buckeye fans for what transpired after Curtis Samuel sealed the deal.The scene on the field at The Shoe was absolutely incredible.Buckeye fans storm field. Ohio State beats Michigan on Double OT— Bill Rosinski (@RosinskiBill) November 26, 2016Game over. OSU wins in 2OT, 30-27— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) November 26, 2016With Ohio State’s win, it has a shot to win the Big Ten title, although it will need some help. If Michigan State holds on to upset Penn State, the Buckeyes head to Indianapolis to face Wisconsin. If Penn State wins, the Nittany Lions win the East division, making things very interesting. Even in that case, there is a real argument to be made that the Buckeyes should pick up the first ever College Football playoff bid for an at large team.last_img read more

What are image rights & how did they affect Dybala’s Spurs move?

first_imgIt has been reported over the last few days that Paulo Dybala’s transfer to Tottenham hit choppy waters and ultimately collapsed because the issue of his image rights could not be resolved.Whether that was the case or not, it had the effect of shining the spotlight on what image rights in UK football actually are and why they can complicate multi-million pound transfers.Here, sports lawyer Daniel Geey explains exactly what image rights are and how Dybala’s case might have been affected. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? What are the image rights? Who owns Dybala’s image rights? Why is Dybala’s image rights case so complicated? The necessity for club image rights deals Image rights restrictions Future considerationsWhat are image rights?Clubs have traditionally paid their players solely for playing football. This relationship has evolved. As commercial drivers push football into the entertainment and brand space, clubs are looking for a variety of ways to ‘monetise’ and grow their revenue base. As such, clubs are entering into a variety of commercial partnerships whereby brands want to be associated with clubs and their high-profile players. Some Premier League clubs have in excess of 60 commercial partners, all seeking the right to use images of high-profile players in their advertising.A player’s image can include their player’s name, nicknames, likeness, image, photograph, signature, autograph, initials, statements, endorsement, physical details, voice and other personal characteristics. The idea is that the above descriptions include everything that may form part of that player’s image for the player and/or his club to then market accordingly. A club and/or brand will be paying a player to endorse and promote a number of specific commercial deals.Who owns Dybala’s image rights?It has been reported in the Dybala case above that a third-party marketing company, ‘Star Image’, had paid the Argentine to acquire his image rights. If this is the case, then any agreement in return for such sums would have required the player to undertake a certain amount of commercial activity with a range of brands so that the company could recoup and hopefully make a profit on the initial outlay to Dybala. From promotional publicity undertaken by the player over the last few years, it appears he has done endorsement work for brands including Samsung, Gatorade, Monster, OTRO, FIFA and Adidas. Why is Dybala’s image rights case so complicated?Potential image rights complications arise when a club wish to use a player’s image rights for particular purposes. At the most basic level it may be that they want to use his image for club purposes, such as images of him in club kit, in the club shop, across their commercial and social channels and in conjunction with particular existing club sponsors and partners. Under, for example, the standard Premier League employment contract that each player enters into with his club, certain provisions allow for a club to use a number of their players to promote their sponsors. It is, however, quite limited in scope (for example, the contract typically states “the Club’s use of the Player’s Image must not be greater than the average for all first team players”).However, if Dybala does not have control of such image rights (because he sold them to a third-party company), the club would need to come to a commercial agreement with the marketing company to use such rights. It may have been that the marketing company valued those rights much higher than the club.The necessity for club image rights dealsIf a club do not have a separate image rights agreement in place with their star players it would be difficult to use, say, Harry Kane’s image with the majority of the club’s commercial partners because that is not generally permitted under a player’s standard employment contract (as explained above). And, more importantly, the club’s commercial partners would probably want to use Harry Kane’s image more than perhaps one of the first-team squad players who would be less recognisable in other markets. So the reality is if Spurs want to use the player’s image across a range of sponsorship opportunities, then it becomes pretty important for the club to contract separately with the player through an image rights deal to have control of those rights to endorse particular products and services. The reported complication in the Dybala situation is that usually the player owns his image through a company and the club contracts with the player’s company. That does not appear to have been the case with the Dybala transfer.Paulo DybalaImage rights restrictionsWhen negotiating a club image rights agreement with the company that owns such rights, most elite Premier League clubs will try to limit a player’s personal image rights options (i.e. Spurs may ensure that their players cannot endorse another insurance company or car manufacturer, even in a personal capacity, as Spurs are sponsored by AIA and Audi). Limiting the company that owns Dybala’s image rights from sourcing deals means that they are further restricted from finding lucrative brand deals that they would otherwise enter into. The marketing company owning Dybala’s rights may have wanted additional compensation from Spurs for the lost brand and commercial opportunities if the club were to restrict particular future deals.In addition, it may be that current deals already signed may put the player in potential conflict with existing club partner agreements. In May 2016, it was reported that one of the matters holding up the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager of Manchester United was a conflict over his image rights. It was reported that Mourinho’s individual commercial deals, entered into before he joined Manchester United, may have been with competitors of the club’s own sponsors. Negotiations apparently centred around his deals with Jaguar and the watch company Hublot – and presumably United’s arrangements with their own sponsors, Chevrolet and Bulova. These types of commercial conflicts are becoming more frequent: players and managers have their own individual commercial deals, but clubs don’t want to devalue their own sponsors/partner brands. As Manchester United have more than 60 commercial partnerships/sponsorship deals in place, the potential for conflict is huge. The marketing company owning Dybala’s rights may have additionally asked the club for more money if certain agreements needed to be terminated or amended. Future considerationsIn summary, the marketing company Dybala sold his image rights to may have been asking for large amounts in relation to the club using the player’s image for club activity, for lost commercial revenue if the company was restricted by the club in future deals they could sign and for potential deals they may have to amend or cancel because they conflict with existing club partnerships. This reported Dybala example is very much the outlier as most players own the company that exploits those image rights. Nonetheless, as image rights structures become more complicated, commercial solutions for off-field commercial matters will be important to consider when dealing with multi-million pound cross border transfers. Daniel is a sports lawyer at Sheridans. He has written Done Deal: An Insider’s Guide to Football Contracts, Multi-Million Pound Transfers and Premier League Big Business.He writes football industry blogs on his website, tweets to his heart’s content and posts a selection of football stats and pictures on Instagram. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Its New “Bottom 10” Rankings After Week 6

first_imgAn overhead view of Boone Pickens Stadium.STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 7 : A general view of the stadium during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs November 7, 2015 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Horned Frogs 49-29. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Every week, ESPN updates its “Bottom 10” rankings. After Week 6, the list is still filled with Power 5 programs.We have a newcomer to the misery as well: Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are coming off a 48-42 loss to Iowa State, which occurred two weeks after they got whupped by Texas Tech 41-17.Some of the other Power 5 teams on this list (Rutgers, UCLA, Oregon State) have been on for a while and are likely to spend the entire season in the “Bottom 10.”That is not a place you want to be.Here is the full ESPN “Bottom 10” after Week 6:UTEPSan Jose StateUConnRiceOklahoma StateTexas StateRutgersOregon StateNebraskaUCLAListen, this list updates weekly, so a couple of wins usually gets you off it. There’s time for some of these teams to turn it around.However, like we said, some seem like total lost causes at this point.last_img read more

Employment rate is a better indicator The Fraser Institute

first_imgAn economic think tank says it’s time to update how employment is measured in Canada. The Fraser Institute believes the unemployment rate doesn’t truly reflect how the economy is producing jobs. It states that too many people are leaving the workforce due to retirement, or to go back to school, and such changes are throwing off the jobless numbers.The think tank suggests the employment rate is a better way to evaluate how the economy is producing jobs as it measures the over all percentage of people working, not just those actively participating in the workforce.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Proud of Morocco-Saudi Arabia Bonds

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has addressed a congratulatory message to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his country’s 88th National Day.The King expressed his “profound pride” in the bonds of sincere fraternity and mutual esteem “which bind us personally and unite our two royal families.”The King also expressed pride in the level of relations existing between the two countries, based on fruitful cooperation and active solidarity. The monarch also expressed his determination to work to reinforce bilateral relations to reach “higher levels” between the two countries.In August, the monarch invited Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to visit Morocco. The invitation was conveyed through the Moroccan Hajj delegation in Mecca.King Salman also sent his greetings and esteem to the King and the Moroccan people, emphasizing the ties of “fraternity linking the two royal families and the solidity of historical relations between the two peoples.”Saudi-Moroccan relations strained?Some citizens and analysts speculated that there was tension between the two countries after Saudi Arabia’s decision to vote for United 2026 in the 2026 World Cup host vote in June instead of Morocco.Saudi Arabia angered Moroccan football fans further when it campaigned against Morocco’s bid in favor of the North American dossier before the vote.Morocco’s neutrality in the Gulf crisis between the Saudi coalition and Qatar incensed the general sports authority chairman of Saudi Arabia, Turki Al-Sheikh.Al Sheikh took to his Twitter to blame Morocco for losing Saudi Arabia’s favor because of its neutrality.Al Sheikh tweeted, “Some people went astray. If you want our support, you should seek it in Riyadh. What you are doing is wasting your time. Now ask the pseudo-state to help you,” referring to Qatar.Also increasing speculation of tension was King Salman’s decision to summer in Neom in Saudi Arabia, instead of Morocco.Known for spending his summer holidays in Morocco, the Saudi King summered in Neom to inaugurate a project to create more job opportunities in the technology sector and tourism.Morocco also decided not to participate in a meeting of communication ministers from countries in the Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen on June 23 in Saudi Arabia.Morocco’s Minister of Communication Mohamed Laaraj said that the country decided not to attend the meeting due to a “busy agenda.”The decision came a day after Saudi Arabia voted for United 2026. read more

Unemployed African youth to benefit from UNbacked finance programme

13 December 2010Economic DevelopmentSome 200,000 low-income youth in sub-Saharan Africa will benefit from a United Nations-backed initiative announced today to increase access for them to financial services in a region where youth unemployment rates are two to three times that of adults. YouthStart, co-sponsored by UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the MasterCard Foundation, which has made a four-year, $12 million contribution, is a competition-based programme that will identify and support up to 12 financial institutions to pilot and roll out sustainable financial services tailored to youth.“We are excited about the potential for YouthStart to accelerate the establishment of youth financial services in sub-Saharan Africa,” UNCDF Executive Secretary David Morrison said. “Our strong expertise in ensuring that more households and small businesses gain access to credit, savings, insurance and other financial services that expand opportunities, combined with the Foundation’s network and resources, presents another boost for reducing poverty and accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he added, referring to UN targets to slash a host of social ills by 2015.UNCDF will encourage collaboration among financial institutions and providers of non-financial services to spur innovation and influence policy decisions, enabling youth to participate in inclusive financial sectors.Today, more than a quarter of the population of sub-Saharan Africa are between the ages of 12 to 24, making this group of youngsters the largest ever to be entering adulthood. Half of them remain illiterate, and young women in particular face a more challenging transition to the workplace and independent adulthood since they are more likely to fail to complete primary education and face increasing insecurity and discrimination in the labour market. Early findings suggest that financial services aimed at youth can best promote asset-building and sustainable livelihoods when complemented with entrepreneurship and financial literacy training. However, less than 5 per cent of youth in the region have access to financial services. Few financial institutions have experience serving youth or working with youth support organizations to design and deliver youth-centric programmes.Through the provision of technical assistance, market research and advice on how to partner with youth support organizations, YouthStart will help microfinance providers develop effective channels to deliver demand-driven services to youth.“The MasterCard Foundation is committed to helping youth start out right,” said its President and CEO, Reeta Roy. “Through YouthStart, The MasterCard Foundation is opening up pathways for 200,000 sub-Saharan African youth, half of whom will be girls and young women, to gain access to financial services.”UNCDF, the UN capital investment agency for the world’s 49 least developed countries, creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment capital. It focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis.It provides seed capital – grants and loans – and technical support to help microfinance institutions reach more poor households and small businesses, and local governments finance the capital investments – water systems, feeder roads, schools, irrigation schemes – that will improve poor peoples’ lives. read more

LGs L03C is the worlds first true camera phone or is it

first_imgFor years, cell phone manufacturers have been trying to cram as many different gadgets into their handsets as possible. It all started with the cell phone camera but these days, you can crack open any smartphone and find half a dozen gadgets inside: from gyroscopes and accelerometers to FM radios and 3G modems. Heck, cell phones these days are actually fairly advanced computers. As the cell phone continues to swallow all other gadgets up, it’s rather amusing to see the convergence process go the other way… well, at least for one gadget. LG have just announced the L-03C, which may look like a point-and-shoot digicam… but actually has a phone inside.AdChoices广告The L-03C will be sold exclusively in Japan by DoCoMo in January. Inside, you’ll find a 12.1MP sensor supporting a maximum ISO of 3200, as well as a Pentax 3.6-5.5 lens with three degrees of optical zoom. It can also shoot video in 720p, and comes with WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G and GPS. It’s a weird gadget. Is it a phone that looks like a camera, or a camera that happens to contain the phone? I think the best way to describe the L-03C, though, is that it’s probably the first camera phone that even remotely matches the quality and performance of even the cheapest point-and-shoot compact… and the only way they could manage that was by just making a point-and-shoot compact and cramming a phone inside. I wonder if Nikon will get in on the action next? Read more at Akihabaralast_img read more

Mourinho unsure about new January signings

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho had admitted that he has no idea if the club will provide funds for him to spend in the January transfer window.After having been under intense scrutiny for United’s poor to the season, Mourinho would have loved to bring in reinforcement in January to strengthen the squad.But the Portuguese boss who has had a strenuous relationship with Chairman Ed Woodward has revealed that he not sure if he will have money to spend.“I don’t know. I don’t know if we are going to have new players – I would like to – but I don’t know if it is possible or not,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It depends on the club. I don’t know and, honestly, I’m focused on my job of playing Liverpool and next week playing Cardiff.“I’m not frustrated because my work is to demand from players that they give everything they have and what I demand – I only demand things that I can give myself.“So what I ask the players to do – that’s what I do. You have to work hard, you have to work on your limits. It’s my job.”last_img read more

Setien Real Madrid didnt deserve to beat Real Betis

first_imgReal Betis manager Quique Setien believes his side “undeservedly” lost 2-1 at home to Real Madrid on SundayLos Verdiblancos held 74% of the ball possession compared to Real’s 26% and saw their efforts in the first-half rewarded when Sergio Canales cancelled out Luka Modric’s early opener after VAR intervention prevented it being ruled offside.Despite Betis keeping up the pressure on the European champions, they were unable to find a second with former player Dani Ceballos coming on to score the match-winner for Real with a free-kick.Nevertheless, Setien was satisfied with the performance of his Betis team even if he feels the result was unfair.“We did well in the game,” said Setien, according to Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We started brightly, although we made some major mistakes which left to situations which caused the goals.“In the second half, we controlled things and were dominant aside from a few specific moments.“We lacked a little bit of precision in the final third to maybe get something more, but we deserved a draw.“We did a lot of things well, but then we lost the match undeservedly.”Betis will next take a trip to the Anoeta Stadium on Thursday for the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie against Real Sociedad.last_img read more

House District 21 candidates blur some party lines but not others

first_imgTwo candidates are running for Democrat-turned-Republican Lindsey Holmes former seat in West Anchorage’s House District 21. And like their predecessor, some of their views blur typical party lines. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Matt Claman is a Democrat. And like many Democrats, he supports same-sex marriage.“Well, I have been a long supporter of equal rights, and some people say that I actually took a lot of heat when I was acting mayor for supporting equal rights in our community,” he said during Alaska Public Media’s Running.His opponent, Republican Anand Dubey, also supports marriage equality, despite it being against his party’s platform.Matt Claman (D) is a candidate for House District 21. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)“Let me just put it this way, I’m against discrimination in all forms,” he said in a phone interview when asked to clarify his positions.Dubey also strays from his party line on the issue of abortion–sometimes. Dubey has made many different statements about abortion. In response to two different conservative group surveys, he and his campaign identify him as pro-life. After making confusing statements on the issue during Running, he was quick to agree with Claman’s position.“I will continue to support a woman’s privacy, and health care privacy, and want to do everything I can to keep politicians out of the private relationship between a woman and her doctors,” Claman said on the program.“And so would I,” jumped in Dubey.When asked to clarify his position, Dubey said he opposes all types of non-natural death because he was raised with Hindu values. However, he said he does not think the state should be regulating abortion.The two opponents also agree on the importance of involving their constituents in the legislative process and making decisions based on their opinions.The differences between the two men start to show when discussing budget matters. One major issue is funding the public schools. Claman promises to try to inflation-proof the Base Student Allocation, a position supported by groups like Great Alaska Schools. Claman said the legislature needs to take a local approach by supporting local school boards.“The school boards around the state are some of the organizations that we elect that are best able to know the best needs of that district,” he said.But Dubey said focusing on the BSA oversimplifies the issue. He said he wants to revamp the way school budgets are made.Anand Dubey (R) is a candidate for House District 21. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)“I don’t need anybody’s help, I just need time. I need to be given data and if I get elected, I’ll sit down single-handedly and then show you how to do it. Much like any chartered account and or any business expert would do. And we’ll go through it and we’ll figure out, ‘ok, where do we need money?’” he said.Dubey argued that all of the state’s budgets can be reduced by eliminating redundant services. He said the state’s medical costs would be lower if there was more competition in the marketplace.“So the bottom line is this: as a legislator I don’t believe in creating additional laws to circumvent a problem. I believe in maybe deregulating it to see if more competition in the market could solve the problem. So that would be my idea.”Claman said health care costs are rising around the nation, not just in Alaska. He said solving the problem locally requires more efficient systems and for the state to accept federal Medicaid money.Neither candidate has served in the state’s legislature before. Claman works as an attorney and is a former Anchorage assembly member. Dubey runs his own IT company and has degrees in engineering and business.last_img read more