Bindra feels broadcast deal good for shooting sport

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 24 (PTI) Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra today felt National Rifle Association of Indias historic tie-up with a leading sports channel to broadcast live the 8th Asian Air Gun Championships will ensure the sport enters the bedrooms. The continental tournament will be held at the Dr Karni Singh Range from September 27-30, while the opening ceremony is planned for tomorrow. The federation has inked a deal with Star Sports to cover the event, the first time that any international shooting event outside the World Cups and World Championship, will be shown live on television. Asked about the broadcast deal, Bindra, a gold medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said, “Its good for the sport, its very important for long-term development of sport, television is the only way through which it can enter every household.” NRAI chief Raninder Singh lauded the efforts of its executives. “We can reach out to corporates through media only. We luckily achieved what we set out to achieve. We have a tender through which we have tied up with Star Sports. This is path-breaking. “It was an initiative by NRAI executive to bring in electronic media. There has been huge investment in terms of money and time. This was very necessary in view of corporate sponsorship in future,” Raninder told reporters. The Asian Air Gun Championship is the first international shooting competition in India after a gap of almost five years. The last time when fans were able to see their shooting stars in top-level action was during the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. PTI AH CM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Juventus make approach for PSV youngster Piroe

first_imgJuventus have made an approach to sign highly-rated PSV youngster Joel Piroe, Goal understands.The 19-year-old forward has previously been courted by the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund while Premier League sides Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea have also previously shown an interest.Piroe, who impressed for PSV’s Under-19 side last season under manager Mark van Bommel, has scored eight goals in 13 appearances for the Netherlands Under-19 side Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Serie A champions Juve have already contacted PSV about Piroe’s availability and are expected to lodge a bid in the region of €2 million for a player who has been watched regularly by Europe’s elite.He would likely start his Bianconeri career within their Under-23 squad, but should he impress then a potential to fast-track him into the first team is not being ruled out.Piroe moved to PSV from Feyenoord in 2014, having scored 45 goals in 26 games for the Rotterdam outfit, and was snapped up by Feyenoord previously from NEC Nijmegen.last_img read more

Liverpool stars would’ve been happy for Coutinho to leave

first_imgLiverpool Wijnaldum: Liverpool stars would’ve been happy for Coutinho to get dream Barca move Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 14:51 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Coutinho Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Primera División The Brazilian forward pushed hard for a transfer over the summer, but and his team-mates would have been content to see him depart Liverpool’s players were torn over the Philippe Coutinho summer transfer saga, Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted.The Brazilian forward made no secret of his desire to head to Barcelona once interest was shown, with the 25-year-old going as far as handing in a transfer request.Sturridge 7/2 FGS with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. He was, however, to be blocked from leaving Anfield, with Liverpool snubbing several big-money offers.“On one side we would have been happy for him if he could have gone as he really wanted to make the move, but on the other side as team-mates you want him to stay because you know with Phil because we’ll be better, the Netherlands international told the Liverpool Echo.“There were two thoughts in your head. You can see it from both sides. Someone was going to be disappointed at the end of the transfer window and it was Phil.”Wijnaldum concedes it was a tricky time for everyone involved, with the Reds wanting the best for a top talent but also eager to ensure that he was not allowed to slip the net.“It was difficult,” he said. “Phil is a really good person and we understood why he wanted to make the move.“He’s someone who has always given everything for Liverpool. He has done a great job fighting for Liverpool.”Georginio Wijnaldum Phillpe Coutinho difficultHaving been forced to stay put, Coutinho has set about putting his Barca disappointment to the back of his mind.He was eased back into the Reds fold by Jurgen Klopp and has slowly recaptured his confidence and form.Two goals have been netted in his last two outings, against Leicester and Spartak Moscow, with Wijnaldum quick to highlight the value of his match-winning qualities.He added: “He’s an important player who can win games for us and make the team better.“It was normal that the club tried so hard to keep him.“You never know what will happen in the future. But Phil is a good person and no matter how long he’s here, I know he will always give everything for Liverpool. We’re so happy that he stayed.”While Barca could rekindle their interest in January, for now, the focus for Liverpool and Coutinho is a Premier League clash with Newcastle on Sunday, which sees them reunited with former boss Rafa Benitez. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Liam Broady: ‘I’ve got to put opinions out there. It’s frustrating more people don’t speak out’

first_imgIn the past 12 months Britain’s Liam Broady has risen more than 200 places in the world rankings, a run of form that earned him a wildcard into the main draw at Wimbledon next week. For a man who has played only two grand slam events before, each at Wimbledon, it is a huge opportunity to earn ranking points and money, the kind of cash that will help him plan for the rest of the year.Ranked 175, just below his career-high 158, Broady has been spending most of his time at Challenger Tour level, with the odd step up into top-level events. Last September, he qualified for the ATP event in St Petersburg and reached the quarter-finals. This March he qualified for the Masters 1000 event in Miami and won a round. Almost a third of his career prize money of $426,130 has been earned in the past 18 months and a win or two at Wimbledon would move him closer to his goal of breaking through at the top level. Share on Pinterest Read more At 24 years old, the left-handed Broady, a gutsy competitor and good athlete, still has time to make it. But there are many players in his position, hoping for their big break. What makes Broady different is his voice. From gun control and Donald Trump, to Gaza, British politics and equal pay for women in sport, he is not afraid to make his opinion heard on social media, especially Twitter, where he has more than 18,000 followers. Though he often discusses more light-hearted issues, such as Love Island, he has a social conscience and is happy to make it known.“I’d never put out anything that would offend anyone,” Broady says. “But I feel like some things kind of have to be said. When people put things out that are either morally wrong or offend people, I think people do need to then actually stand up and speak. I think it’s always important for people to defend other people and what’s right, in a sense. My family have always believed everyone’s equal and I’ve always been raised like that, from a very early age. My sister [the WTA player Naomi Broady] is very outspoken as well, so I probably got a bit of it from her, too.” Show Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Liam Broady with his sister Naomi in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon last year. ‘My sister is very outspoken, so I probably got a bit from her.’ Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images I see what my sister’s going through, I see what the other female tennis players go through and​ a lot of them probably work harder than I do. Why would they not get their fair share? But he is not going to be deterred from speaking out. “I feel like I’ve got to put the opinions out there because at the end of the day if I can change a few people’s minds, or open a few people’s minds, then it obviously helps the situation. You can’t just sit there with your own opinions and let everyone else just carry on with what they’re [saying]. I know I can’t say I’m right or everyone else is wrong but I feel like slowly but surely, the world’s kind of coming round to a more equal point of view. Whatever can help speed that up is better.”On the idea of a joint men’s and women’s players’ union – raised tentatively at the Australian Open this year – Broady feels it is a no-brainer. “Male and female players together have a lot more power than separate – over tournaments, over schedule, everything really. It seems pretty obvious to me.” Facebook Quick guide Broady’s socially aware tweets “I see what my sister’s going through, I see what the other female tennis players go through and to be honest a lot of them work probably harder than I do. It’s not just about the three sets on court – and I don’t even know if it’s true that they generate more money in the sport or not, because they’ve made as many sacrifices and put in as much work and possibly had to put up with more things in their lives than a lot of male players have, so why would they not get their fair share?”Broady has been abused on Twitter, especially when he has lost a match and is roundly abused by gamblers who lost money. “To read stuff like that … basically [saying] horrible things about you and your family, it’s not nice. I can only imagine it’s worse for people who are of an ethnic minority or women.” Share on Twitter John McEnroe treads carefully as gender pay row returns at Wimbledon Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Was this helpful? Share on Facebook Liam Broady hopes Wimbledon win will get him off friends’ floors Share via Emailcenter_img Wimbledon Twitter Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Read more Wimbledon 2018 Reuse this content It is just a shame he is not ranked higher. If he were in the top 10, say, competing at the back end of grand slams, his voice would carry even more weight. “Believe me, I’m more aware of that than anyone,” Broady says with a laugh. “And I find it a little bit frustrating that there aren’t more people who speak out on it. Obviously Andy [Murray, who has spoken out about equality on many occasions] is great. I kind of understand, these guys have worked so hard to get where they are. They just want to focus on themselves … and make the best of what they’ve got. But I feel sometimes you’ve got to do something that’s bigger than yourself, bigger than sport and look out for the little guys. It’s the right thing to do. Hopefully there’ll be more and more players who are willing to do that.”Broady believes that hard work will be rewarded. With a bit of luck, that reward could come at Wimbledon next week. Support The Guardian Tennis Thank you for your feedback. Hide 22 FebruaryWatching ‘kids’ on CNN changing US gun policies. Can’t help but think of posts I’ve read that say society, spoilt brats and entitled mentality are the problem, not guns… These ‘kids’ are doing more with their humanity for the USA than the people blaming them ever did. Respect.25 JanuaryIf Federer gets through and Cilic won quicker should he get paid more!? (This was in answer to someone complaining about a quick women’s match at the Australian Open)25 JanuarySo I’ve come up with a slogan all by myself for the WTA+ATP players union… Kinda explains why a joint union would be better than separate. (This was posted with a photo of Hillary Clinton in front of a podium saying ‘Stronger Together’)12 JanuaryIt’s such a shame that Margaret Court is destroying her legacy with this clearly illogical diatribe that she has so obviously been taught by close minded roll models throughout her life. Thoroughly brainwashed to believe such hateful words …… Comparing the LGBT community in tennis to Hitler and communism is the most offensive and unfounded comment I have ever heard in my life and it just sounds like she’s parroting learnt opinions. She is much too intelligent to come to those conclusions on her own. Real shame. interviews Since you’re here… In an age when many sports stars are afraid to say anything controversial for fear of upsetting their sponsors or damaging their reputation, Broady is a breath of fresh air. At the Australian Open this year, Broady openly criticised Margaret Court for derogatory comments she made about the LGBT community. Billie Jean King, who called for Court’s name to be removed from the third arena at Melbourne Park, would have been proud.Take equal pay in tennis, and the argument that men deserve more money because they play best of five sets at the slams, compared to best of three sets for the women. Broady says this misses the point.“I know [some of] the guys say: ‘The men’s [game] generates more money in the sport, so they should get paid more … I understand that [argument] but at the same time … I feel like women tennis players are putting in as much work as the male tennis players are [and] to say they’re not is kind of stupid. Topicslast_img read more

India Open 2019: Shubhankar Dey’s surprise package

first_img Rohit Paniker New DelhiMarch 28, 2019UPDATED: March 28, 2019 11:36 IST India Open 2019: Shubhankar Dey came from behind to upset the fourth seed of the tournament. (BAI Photo)For every point Shubankar Dey won, the crowd roared with him. For every pump fist, he was welcomed with the slogans of ‘Chakk de Phatte’ rang louder. Dey’s epic 14-21, 22-20, 21-11 win on Wednesday, against World No. 9 Tommy Sugiarto is no lesser than a fairytale.The 25-year-old is not in the scheme of the national team, doesn’t have a physio neither does he have a personal coach. He wins his matches solely on high intensity and his never-ending energy.The course of his style of play stretched to such an extent, that Dey broke four of his racquets during the match. He later had to borrow two from fellow countrymate Ajay Jayaram.”I like to engage with the crowd. That’s my style, that’s how I play. I think it’s important for me to be at the highest level of my energy. I broke four of my racquets due to this. I had to borrow two from Ajay. It happens to me always. I only carry six racquets during a tournament. There have been instances where I actually ran to buy more racquets because I broke all,” he said.”It becomes tough sometimes to keep up this energy. I don’t have a personal physio. At times, physios travelling with the Indian team help me out but otherwise, it gets difficult. I go through a lot of cuts and bruises. I usually depend on pain-killers to get through,” added Dey, who had coach Pullela Gopichand pulling the strings from his corner.advertisementGet 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 Shubhankar DeyFollow India Open 2019 India Open 2019: Shubhankar Dey’s surprise packageIndia Open 2019: Shubhankar Dey pulled off a remarkable comeback to beat world No.9 Tommy Sugiarto in the first round of his home BWF event on Wednesday.advertisementlast_img read more

RMT Shelves CalMac and Argyll Ferries Strikes

first_imgzoom The UK transport union RMT has suspended Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) and Argyll Ferries strike action set for Friday, July 10, after the Scottish Government delayed the tendering process for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract until July 31.In the letter to the union members, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash says that the tendering process has been delayed to allow further negotiation on the key issues of jobs, staffing, conditions and pensions.”Following further discussions this afternoon, and the Scottish Government agreeing to delay the publication of the Draft Invitation to Tender until 31st July 2015, RMT has agreed to suspend the current industrial action planned for Friday 10th July affecting CHFS and Argyll ferries services,” Cash said in the letter sent to union members yesterday.”This suspension is to allow detailed discussions with all parties regarding the modest demands made by RMT around no compulsory redundancies, staffing levels, protection of terms & conditions and pensions. A timetable has been agreed for these discussions which must be concluded by 24th July 2015. All members are instructed to work normally on Friday, 10th July, 2015.”RMT is trying to negotiate no compulsory redundancies and no changes to staffing levels unless previously agreed with unions.RMT is also asking for all changes to workers’ conditions of service to be first discussed with, and agreed upon by unions, as well as a guarantee that all members will remain in the current pension scheme and that no changes will be made to the scheme without agreement being reached with unions.last_img read more

Qatar Wraps Up QatargasRasGas Merger

first_imgzoom Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has fortified its position having completed the merger of Qatargas and RasGas, the world’s two biggest LNG producers.The merger was announced in December 2016 and the new entity started operations on January 1st this year.The integration is estimated to save the country around QAR 2 billion (USD 550 million) in operating cost annually, as highlighted by Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum during a press conference held in the presence of ExxonMobil, Total, ConocoPhillips, and Shell representatives – the main international shareholders in both companies. “Our aim was to integrate the two companies’ resources and capabilities to create a truly unique global energy operator in terms of size, service and reliability,” Al-Kaabi said.“Qatargas will be the single entity exporting Qatari LNG to the world, under a ONE shared vision, ONE management system, and ONE work culture. It also gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of the current Qatargas CEO Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani as the CEO for the new Qatargas.”The integrated company will operate under the Qatargas brand.Qatar has been very busy with the ramping up of its new shipping services following the diplomatic fallout with its neighbours in June 2017.To remind, the sanctions imposed in June against Qatar saw air, sea, and land border connections with the country blocked by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt.All Qatari-flagged ships or vessels destined for or arriving from Qatar were banned by its Arab neighbors.The impact of sanctions on the country’s LNG sector was muted as the majority of its cargo is not sold to its hostile neighbors but Asian countries such as India, China, South Korea and Japan.last_img read more

Gas Supplier Selected for New LNG Facility in Gothenburg

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Gothenburg Swedegas, which is currently constructing a permanent LNG facility at the Port of Gothenburg, has entered into an agreement with gas supplier Barents NaturGass for the facility.This means that in just a few months, vessels will be able for the first time to bunker LNG at the permanent facility at the port.“Gothenburg based shipping companies have been amongst the first to adopt LNG in Sweden. Several vessels have already been built and launched which are ready to run on LNG. We are keen to start our LNG supply services and meet the customer’s needs,” Gudrun Rollefsen, CEO of Barents NaturGass, commented.LNG supplier Skangas is already operating at the Port of Gothenburg, supplying ships with LNG using a ship-to-ship-system.“We can see that the demand for LNG will increase at the Port of Gothenburg, and it is vital that the number of alternatives continues to grow. With the Swedegas facility, the port will have more LNG choices than previously on a competitive market with several gas suppliers, whilst at the same time there will be a larger range of bunkering methods,” Jill Söderwall, Head of Commercial Operations at the Energy Port, commented.With the opening of the Swedegas facility in August, LNG customers at the Port of Gothenburg will have three bunkering alternatives: ship-to-ship, directly from a road truck, and pipe-to-jetty. All three methods can be employed whilst the vessels are loading or unloading, according to the port.The facility is being built at the quayside at the Energy Port at the Port of Gothenburg, where vessels can bunker LNG while loading or unloading. The LNG will be brought to the facility using trailers or containers, which will unload at a discharge station. The LNG will then be distributed via a vacuum-insulated cryogenic pipeline to the quays in the Skarvik area at the Energy Port.In autumn 2016, the first LNG bunkering took place at the port, and since then the number of LNG-powered ships has gradually increased. In 2017, 111 LNG ships called the Port of Gothenburg. From January through April of 2018, LNG was bunkered 44 times.last_img read more

Five stories in the news today May 24

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, May 24———TRUDEAU HEADS TO EUROPE FOR NATO, G7 SUMMITSPrime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves today for Brussels for the NATO leaders’ summit, the first such meeting since Donald Trump became U.S. President. Trudeau will then jet to Italy, for this year’s G7 gathering and to meet with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and the Pope. Officials and experts expect the fight against terrorism to be a major topic at both summits.———CENTRAL BANK TO MAKE ITS LATEST RATE DECISIONThe Bank of Canada is expected to stick with its benchmark interest rate today even though the economy is off to a stronger-than-expected start in 2017. Analysts widely predict governor Stephen Poloz will keep the rate locked at its very low level of 0.5 per cent as uncertainty continues to swirl around the U.S. policy agenda on trade and taxation.———COURT SET TO OK RCMP CLASS-ACTION DEALThe settlement in a class-action lawsuit over sexually harassed Mounties is expected to get the green light later today. The approval will pave the way for millions of dollars to start flowing to the women involved. One key part of the agreement is that the victims can make a claim for compensation without the RCMP knowing who they are. The class-action received certification in January.———B.C. ELECTION OUTCOME MURKY, TWO WEEKS LATERThe final count in B.C.’s inconclusive election will be known today, but a possible judicial recount means the actual outcome might not be known for weeks. The latest count in the hotly-contested Courtenay-Comox riding showed a 101-vote lead for New Democrat Ronna-Rae Leonard over Liberal Jim Benninger. At stake is a one-seat Liberal majority if Benninger wins. But if Leonard wins, there could be a Liberal or NDP minority government with the support of the Green party in the 87-seat legislature.———CANADIAN BAND PLAYS IN MANCHESTER AFTER ATTACKCanadian indie rock band Broken Social Scene has played the first show of their European tour in Manchester — a day after a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the British city killed 22 people. The Toronto band headlined at Albert Hall, a little more than two kilometres south of the Manchester Arena. Broken Social Scene shared a message on social media before the show saying: “Tonight, we play for the hearts of Manchester.”———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard continues his economic mission to Israel.— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and UN officials will make an announcement in New York about peacekeeping.— BMO Financial Group will release its second-quarter results.— Statistics Canada will release farm income data for 2016.— The Pearson Peace Medal will be presented to Lloyd Axworthy in Ottawa by Gov. Gen. David Johnston.last_img read more

The Elders Call For Swift Action In The Central African Republic

first_imgThe Elders yesterday called on the international community, notably the UN Security Council, to take all possible measures to restore peace and security urgently to the Central African Republic (CAR), where inter-communal violence has worsened and credible allegations of widespread human rights abuses have been reported.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “I urge the Security Council to act swiftly and decisively and authorise the resources urgently needed to begin stabilising the CAR. The interim President, Catherine Samba-Panza, is a courageous leader who needs all the support she can get at this difficult moment for her country.”Over the past two months, more than a thousand deaths have been reported in the capital, Bangui, alone in clashes between Muslim ex-Séléka fighters and Christian anti-Balaka militia forces. Nearly a million people have been displaced in the capital, while more than half of the 4.5 million inhabitants of the CAR are reported to be in need of humanitarian assistance.“I pray that the people of the CAR will come to their senses soon and stop the bloodshed,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “The reports of sexual violence, recruitment of child soldiers and other grave abuses, including the beheading of children, are absolutely ghastly. The African Union, the UN and the European Union all have a part to play in restoring peace, getting help to those in need, and preparing for fresh elections.”The Elders are independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. The group was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007.The Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan (Chair), Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Harlem Brundtland (Deputy Chair), Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo.Desmond Tutu is an honorary Elder.last_img read more

At General Assembly Kuwait and Bahrain demand creation of Palestinian State

22 September 2011The leaders of Kuwait and Bahrain today at the General Assembly called for an end to Israeli occupation of Arab territories and the creation of a Palestinian State, a move they said would resolve conflict in the Middle East. “Six decades have passed, and the United Nations still stands incapable of finding a solution to the Palestinian Question and putting an end to the Israeli occupation of Arab territories,” said Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait, in his speech to the Assembly’s general debate in New York.“What really evokes concern is that the international community stands as a spectator of all those Israeli practices and policies, without opposing or deterring them, despite their clear contravention and violation of the most simple rules of international law and the resolution of international legitimacy,” he said.The Kuwaiti leader urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to withdrawal from Palestinian and other Arab territories so that Palestinians can achieve their right to self-determination and establish a State with Jerusalem as its capital.“We wish to renew our full commitment and support to the bid of the Palestinian Authority and its endeavours to obtain membership of the United Nations as an independent and full Member State.”King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa of BahrainThe King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, for his part told the Assembly that the creation of a Palestinian State would “end an era of bitter Arab-Israeli conflict, subject to Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories.”The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, in his address to the general debate yesterday, hailed calls for political reform in the Middle East and North Africa, saying the regions “abounded in great expectations.”Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of the State of QatarHe said that Qatar has always had a clear policy on the rules governing Arab, regional and international relations, which he said was based on reconciliation and harmony among peoples and nations.“On the other hand, we, as well as others, have been unable to turn a deaf ear or blind eye to the calls of the wounded seeking help from near and far, against an entrenched oppression,” he said.The Sheikh also had a tête-à-tête with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, during which they exchanged views on a number of regional issues, including Libya, Iraq, the Middle East and Darfur peace processes.Mr. Ban paid tribute to the role played by Qatar in supporting the UN’s work, stressing the country’s role in the Darfur peace process and its efforts to settle other regional issues. read more

Security Council calls for greater Iraqi efforts to resolve postinvasion issues with

15 December 2011Security Council members today called on Iraq to intensify its efforts to clarify the whereabouts of Kuwait’s national archives, which disappeared during Iraq’s 1990 invasion of the country. In a press statement issued this afternoon the 15-member body voiced concern that “no substantial progress” has been made towards clarifying the fate of the archives and that previous calls for greater efforts had yielded limited results.But it welcomed the Iraqi Government’s approval of an inter-ministerial committee to lead and coordinate efforts regarding the archive.In the statement the Council also stressed the need for Iraq to build on existing steps to fully meet its commitments to implement all obligations to Kuwait in the wake of the invasion, particularly in finding Kuwaiti or third-country nationals.The statement followed a briefing from Ambassador Gennady Tarasov, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High-Level Coordinator for the issue of missing Kuwait and third-country nationals and property, on Mr. Ban’s latest report on the issue.Council members also supported Mr. Ban’s recommendation to extend the financing of the activities of Mr. Tarasov for another six months. read more

Security Council backs global certification scheme for rough diamonds

In a unanimous resolution, the Council said it supported the ongoing process to refine and implement the regime, which was adopted at the Interlaken Conference, and called the plan “a valuable contribution against trafficking in conflict diamonds.” The 15-nation body said it looked forward to the scheme’s implementation and strongly encouraged the participants to further resolve outstanding issues.The plan, known as the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, is a negotiating procedure to establish minimum acceptable international standards for national certification schemes covering the import and export of rough diamonds.Today’s resolution welcomed the voluntary system of industry self-regulation, as described in the Interlaken Declaration. The text also stressed that the widest possible participation in the Kimberley Process was essential and should be encouraged and facilitated, and urged all Member States to actively participate in the Scheme. read more

Kentucky sees largest gas price hike in the nation

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As gas prices rose in many areas across the country last week, Kentucky led the nation with the largest week-over-week rise in average gas price, jumping 20 cents, according to AAA.  However, at $2.53, the current average in Kentucky for unleaded is still well below the $2.77 motorists were paying in Kentucky last year at this time. Despite the recent jump, Kentucky still has about the 17th cheapest average gas price in the nation, according to AAA.Lexington’s average gas price jumped 25 cents, rising from $2.28 a week ago to $2.53 today.- Advertisement – Last week was the first time since early June that the national gas price average jumped more than a nickel in just a few days. On the week, it’s over a dime more expensive at $2.67, with half of states seeing prices increase by 10 cents or more. However, even with the significant increase, the national average is still cheaper compared to last month (-7 cents) and last year (-18 cents), according to AAA.Spurred by the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities the weekend prior, crude oil (West Texas Intermediate – WTI) increased as much as $10 a barrel at its highest point early last week, to nearly $64 a barrel. Gasoline stations reacted just as swiftly as the crude market, raising local retail prices by as much as a quarter, which pushed the national average up six cents overnight last Tuesday. However, by the end of last week, crude was down to $58 a barrel and gas prices started to stabilize as reports surfaced that Saudi facilities should be fully operational by end of September, according to AAA.“At $2.67, the national average is more than a dime higher than last week. The good news is we are seeing downward movement with crude oil prices and stabilization at gas pumps. But, Americans can expect some fluctuation through the end of the month,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and government affairs manager, AAA Blue Grass. “Should Saudi’s crude production be back to full capacity soon, the price spikes are likely to be temporary.”Related Article: Fuller video casts new light on Covington CatholicIn its latest report, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) measured U.S. demand at 8.9 million barrels a day, which is a substantial 900,000 barrel a day drop from the previous week and a low reading not seen since February. The decrease in demand amid the spike in crude oil prices could help to keep gas price fluctuations more moderate through the end of the month.The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets are: Mississippi ($2.32), Louisiana ($2.32), Arkansas ($2.34), Alabama ($2.34), South Carolina ($2.36), Oklahoma ($2.37), Virginia ($2.38), Texas ($2.39), Tennessee ($2.40) and Missouri ($2.40).The nation’s top 10 largest weekly increases are: Kentucky (+20 cents), Michigan (+17 cents), Georgia (+16 cents), Minnesota (+16 cents), Iowa (+15 cents), Maryland (+14 cents), Delaware (+14 cents), New Mexico (+14 cents), Mississippi (+13 cents) and South Carolina (+13 cents).Pump prices in the Great Lakes and Central states saw the highest volatility of any region following the drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Motorists in some states are paying nearly 20 cents more to fill-up as compared to last Monday. Kentucky (+20 cents), Michigan (+17 cents), Minnesota (+16 cents) and Iowa (+15 cents) saw the largest weekly increase in the region and land among the top 10 states in the country with the biggest jumps in pump prices. Most states in the region are paying more than they were a month ago, with the exception of South Dakota (-2 cents), Michigan (-1 cent) and Wisconsin (no change).State averages range between $2.82 – $2.40, with three states touting an average at $2.70 or above: Illinois ($2.82), Michigan ($2.73) and Ohio ($2.71).Gasoline stocks drew by 539 million barrels for the week ending Sept. 13, EIA’s latest report. That drops total stocks down by 52.5 million barrels, which is among the highest decreases seen in the region since April. Down 4% to 96%, regional refinery production could slow in coming weeks as refineries plan for fall maintenance. A drop in stocks amid more expensive crude oil prices would likely mean an increase in pump prices for motorists in Kentucky and the rest of the central region.At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, WTI decreased by 4 cents to settle at $58.09. Oil prices increased sharply last week, following news of attacks on two crude oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on September 14. On Monday, September 16, the first full day of trading after the attack, WTI crude oil prices experienced the largest single day price increase since August 21, 2008, and June 29, 2012, respectively, according to EIA.On Tuesday, Saudi Aramco reported that it was producing 2 million barrels a day and that its entire output capacity will be fully restored by the end of September. Additionally, Saudi Aramco stated that crude oil exports to customers would continue by drawing on existing inventories and offering additional crude oil production from other fields. Tanker loading estimates from third-party data sources indicate that loadings at two Saudi Arabian export facilities were restored to the pre-attack levels – based on analysis by EIA. These efforts have helped crude prices to stabilize, and they are expected to continue stabilizing this week.In related news last week, EIA reported that total domestic crude inventories increased by 1.1 million barrels last week. They currently sit at 417.1 million barrels, which is 23 million barrels higher than where they were last year at this time. read more

The Secret Garden National Trust may open stately homes swimming pond to

first_img“I’m sure that, because of her visits to gardens in Tokyo and because of her husband’s death, her passion and energy between 1912 and the mid 1920s went into the garden. The lido was built in the 1890s for the wealthy Beale family and their seven children to enjoy a dip in the heart of their 12 acre garden.But it was long forgotten after being hidden beneath decades of growth.Now the National Trust plans to restore the pool to its former glory and allow members of the public to enjoy its reinvigorating properties. The retored swimming pondCredit: Roger J Bloxham Standen House as it once was The swimming pond “We can see that Margaret tried to grow the roses every year and, just as it has happened to us, the deer came in and ate all her rose buds off just as she was getting close in 1926. Margaret Beale 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. The gardens are being restored The retored swimming pond Helen bequeathed the gardens and house to the National Trust in 1972. The National Trust hopes to open its first public swimming pool after gardeners restoring a spectacular Victorian property stumbled across a long forgotten lido.Groundsmen working at Standen House in West Sussex  – the former home of celebrated horticulturist Margaret Beale – discovered the neglected pond when they nearly fell into it while clearing undergrowth. Credit:Andrew Butler  After their mother died in 1936, Margaret’s spinster daughters Maggie and Helen dumped rubbish in the garden and allowed overgrowth to swallow it up concentrating instead on the family farm. The Beale grandchildren swim in the pond James Masters, Head Gardener center_img James Masters, Head Gardener Credit:Andrew Butler  Head gardener, James Masters explained how the pool was discovered quite by mistake when volunteers were clearing away some of the “vigorous modern planting” that obscured much of the grounds.He said: “It would be absolutely wonderful to restore the pool. We were hoping to get it ready for this year but couldn’t get the right water quality for it to be signed off, so we are now looking at next year.”After Margaret Beale’s husband died in 1914, and after her children had flown the nest, the swimming pool was barely used. “If we can have the roses as a cut flower in the posh rooms in the house, just as she wanted, it would be a special moment for me and everyone who works here.”Mr Masters added: “The pool would be back to how she designed it and the whole Rosery would be back to exactly how she envisaged it, so I’m sure she would be very pleased.” They would compete for the right to swim in the deep end by testing how long they could remain dunked underwater, and would dare one another to jump in rather than descend the steps. The Beale grandchildren swim in the pond The swimming pond in the RoseryCredit:ANDREW BUTLER Instead she spent the next 14 years trying in vain to grow the China Pink Rose in his memory, even travelling to Japan to collect samples.Fungal disease, frost, and finally, the deer that broke into the plot and ate the buds, meant the she eventually gave up trying.The National Trust has said as well as restoring the long lost pond, it will also introduce the China Pink to its Rosery in tribute to her efforts. A rose breeder in Essex has already begun growing the high maintenance plants for Standen.Mr Masters said the plan was to introduce 50 of the rose plants, which will potentially bloom into more than 2,000 flowers.He said: “We have done a huge amount of work on the restoration of the garden but this would be the one thing that, from looking at the diary, she tried so hard to achieve.  Margaret Beale She then approached the arts and crafts architect, Philip Webb, to build her dream garden and spent the next 20 years perfecting the grounds.As the Royal Horticultural Society’s first female fellow, she travelled the world looking for rare species to introduce to her beloved garden.Letters and diary entries by Mrs Beale, housed at Standen, reveal how the children spent happy summer in the pool. The gardens are being restored The swimming pond in the Rosery It would be the first time a man-made pool had been opened to the public at one of its properties.The plans are part of a £500,000 restoration project taking place at Standen House, which has taken five years and has involved 100 volunteers.James Beale, a successful lawyer and his wife, Margaret, bought Standen House and the surrounding land in 1870. Standen House as it once waslast_img read more

Apple vers la commercialisation dun autre iPhone et de deux nouveaux iPad

first_imgApple : vers la commercialisation d’un autre iPhone et de deux nouveaux iPad?États-Unis – Les rumeurs enflent concernant Apple. La firme à la pomme serait sur le point de proposer deux nouveaux iPad et un iPhone avec une antenne parfaitement fonctionnelle. De son côté, AppleTV verrait le jour à la fin de l’année.Ça bouge du côté de Cupertino. “L’Antennagate” à peine digéré, la firme à la pomme préparerait un nouvel iPhone avec Pegatron comme fabricant. Verizon et China Telecom seraient déjà positionnés pour vendre le produit, qui bénéficiera normalement d’un meilleur système d’antenne. Par ailleurs, le succès de l’iPad a donné des idées à l’entreprise américaine. Deux nouvelles tablettes internet seraient à l’étude. Un iPad de même dimension mais doté d’un processeur Cortex A9 et de 512 Mo de Ram verrrait le jour début 2011, tandis qu’un autre bénéficiant d’un écran 7 pouces serait aussi en cours d’élaboration. Enfin, l’AppleTV serait commercialisée à la fin de l’année, adoptant une interface similaire à celle de l’iPhone.Le 10 août 2010 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Insurance Company Headed to Liquidation

first_img IMF reports back to TCI on findings after ten days in country Surplus but no savior in PNP Administration for BAFSL IMF report gives warning and suggestion to refund insurance company clients Related Items:British Atlantic Financial Services, liquidation, methodist church Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2014 – One on one meetings will start next week for islanders who had invested in savings and other plans with British Atlantic Financial Services. The company, which had been purchased a few years ago by the Methodist Church, is sadly headed to liquidation. Reports are that about $100,000 in insurance plans will be lost if this liquidation, which does seem imminent, goes through. One family telling Magnetic Media they have been putting money into their plan for over 20 years. This is at least the fourth financial institution to go under in the Turks and Caicos in six years. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Hleb I will punch Fabregas when we meet tonight

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb jokingly said he would “punch” Cesc Fabregas ahead of BATE Borisov’s Europa League clash with ChelseaThe midfield duo played alongside each other at Arsenal between 2005 and 2008 before Hleb left for Barcelona.While Fabregas himself did eventually rejoin Barcelona from Arsenal three years later, he never did play with Hleb at the Camp Nou after the Belarusian went out on three loan spells before finally leaving in 2012.Hleb, who is now in his fourth stint with BATE, is eyeing up tonight’s game at Stamford Bridge with a keen interest as he prepares to face his old friend.“It will be nice to see Cesc again,” Hleb told the Daily Telegraph. “We’ve been messaging each other. When I see him, I will … [makes a mock punching gesture] no, I’m joking.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.When asked who is the better player out of the two of them, Hleb remained coy and replied: “Ask Cesc, he knows!”The 37-year-old reflected fondly of his time at Arsenal and is feeling optimistic about their chances of Premier League glory this season.Under new manager Unai Emery, Arsenal have won their last 10 games in succession.“Of course,” said Hleb, when asked if they can win.“They start not good, but now like a rocket they go up.”last_img read more