Who is the MLS teen invited for trial by Man Utd?

first_imgTransfers Who is Alphonso Davies? The MLS teen sensation invited for a trial by Man Utd Gerald Narciso Last updated 1 year ago 01:42 12/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alphonso Davies Whitecaps Anne-Marie Sorvin Transfers Manchester United MLS Premier League A refugee from Africa, the 17-year-old has made a name for himself in the Canadian sports landscape and could now be on his way to the Premier League VANCOUVER — On the pitch, Canada international Alphonso Davies is a chaotic blur. Blink and you might miss him.A cannon in the open field, the 17-year-old striker possesses natural end-to-end speed while simultaneously maintaining meticulous ball control.Perhaps faster than his feet has been the Canadian soccer sensation’s sudden ascension into international glory, which has reportedly resulted in a trial with Manchester United.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Davies, a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS, broke out as the toast of the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer, scoring three goals in the first two games of Canada’s run to the quarterfinals – making him the youngest goal scorer in Gold Cup history.On social media in Canada, the legend of the then-16-year-old Alphonso Davies exploded.“At 16 i was living in my Nanny’s house in Newcastle using dial up internet to chat on MSN messenger. Well done ‪@AlphonsoDavies,” tweeted one of his teammates.“Alphonso Davies for Prime Minister” wrote another user on Twitter.At 16 i was living in my Nanny’s house in Newcastle using dial up internet to chat on MSN messenger. Well done @AlphonsoDavies 🇨🇦— David Edgar (@davidedgar141) July 8, 2017Not bad compliments for someone who had just became a Canadian citizen in June and who prior to the Gold Cup had logged only eight starts in 21 total MLS regular season games. He finished his second MLS season making nine starts in 27 appearances, while scoring twice in the CONCACAF Champions League.Canadian players and team personnel were anything but surprised about Davies’ coming out party during the Gold Cup.“I think everybody on the team was really happy for him to get those goals,” Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted told Goal/Sporting News Canada. “I kind of feel like everybody on this team knows what he’s capable of, so it wasn’t much of a surprise to any of us.”The youngest goal scorer in #CANMNT history A look at @AlphonsoDavies’ first goal for @CanadaSoccerEN. #GUFvCAN pic.twitter.com/ENja2mreqZ— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 8, 2017Whitecaps fans have seen flashes from Davies. They witnessed him steamroll through the ranks, taking the express lane from the team’s residency program to their FC2 squad to, finally, a prominent role on their main roster in the span of just two years, from the time he was only 15.But it has not only been his skill and upside that have won locals over.“First and foremost, he’s a nice young man,” Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi told Goal/Sporting News Canada. “And that’s not always something you can say about talented athletes. He obviously has a lot of ability, but equally important, he’s a humble kid.”Humility and maturity are not the most common traits with teenagers – nor are they really even expected. But if you understood where he came from, you can appreciate his perspective.He was born in a refugee camp in Ghana during a time of turmoil and civil war in his parents’ home country of Liberia. On top of the surrounding day-to-day danger, the camp consisted of dire conditions, where water and food were often scarce.When Davies was 5, his family fled Africa in a search for a better life in Canada, first in Windsor, ON, before eventually settling in Edmonton, AB. With his parents working to make ends meet, Davies was often tasked with taking care of his infant siblings.“That makes you grow up quick,” said Pa-Modou Ka, his former residency coach with the Whitecaps and mentor. “What he had to witness in the past, that’s something you take with you wherever you go.”In a country and city where hockey rules, Davies found solace and an identity on the soccer field. He spent countless hours as a kid at the Clareview Recreation Centre in Edmonton, honing his skills and emulating his hero, Leo Messi.“He’s got a good head on his shoulder, which I think is one of the things that makes him rare,” said Ousted. Davies may be wise beyond his years, but there is still plenty of evidence of his age. He owns a baby face, accented with innocent eyes and a kind, child-like smile. Like most teenagers, he wastes infinite hours playing video games — in his case, it’s FIFA 18.On days off, he can be seen riding the Vancouver Skytrain with his friends — all sporting identical backpacks — while commuting from his host family’s residence in Burnaby to downtown adventures. His teammates constantly laugh at his incessant Snapchatting and Instagram Stories posts.“He’s into the new trends like the fidget spinners, the circle glasses, the Russell Westbrook look,” teammate Tim Parker said with a chuckle last summer.Over the past year, international scouts and agents have started to linger around to watch Davies. Manchester United has been linked to Davies for months and Liverpool has reportedly shown interest. The media attention was already brewing, but his performance in the Gold Cup opened the flood gates.“Pressure doesn’t seem to faze him, especially at his age. He’s not bothered by the fame, he just wants to play,” Modou Ka said..@AlphonsoDavies, a young driver in training 🚦 🚘 #VWFC #studentdriver pic.twitter.com/oIoIy0U0zl— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) August 24, 2017The Whitecaps hope Davies keeps his focus on constant improvement.“He has ability, and now he just has to ensure that he continues to do the things he has been doing and not assume that he’s made it, because he hasn’t yet,” Lenarduzzi said. “There have been players who have shown a lot of promise and have faded.”One of the players Lenarduzzi may be referring to is another West African native, Freddy Adu, who in 2004 became the youngest player to ever sign a professional contract in team sports, at 14. Despite garnering mainstream attention and multiple endorsements early, Adu never lived up to the hype and spent his career bouncing around various leagues.The Whitecaps have done their best to shield Davies from the cutthroat world of professional sports. They limit his media accessibility and monitor his progress in high school, a promise the organization made to his mother, Victoria, back in Edmonton.Behind closed doors, there has been no shortages of coaches or teammates willing to pass on wisdom — whether that is how to create space between defenders, or how to conduct oneself like a professional on road trips.    “We can’t smother him, but you can stay on top of things,” said Lenarduzzi. “With the topic of agents, we can’t do a lot in that regard. We can’t tell him who he should or shouldn’t be going with. He has his advisor, who is a friend of the family, and his youth coach, who has worked closely with us.”But if Davies does get taken away from Vancouver, it’s not the end of the world for the Whitecaps, according to Lenarduzzi. Rather, when he does inevitably get signed by Manchester United or any other European club, Lenarduzzi will be reassured of one certainty:“Then we’ve done our job.”last_img read more

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Ministries to Complete Service Improvement Plans by April

first_img All Ministries are required to complete their customer service improvement plans by April 2018. She said that the procedures are being developed using a set of guidelines to address the service issues, and follows assessment of the status of customer service across the public sector, which was conducted by the PSTM in October 2014. Director General of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation (PSTM) Division, Office of the Cabinet, Veniece Pottinger-Scott, told JIS News that the Ministries of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Health have already submitted their improvement plans. All Ministries are required to complete their customer service improvement plans by April 2018.The plans, for which preparation is under way, are aimed at ensuring efficient and high-quality service delivery across Government.Director General of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation (PSTM) Division, Office of the Cabinet, Veniece Pottinger-Scott, told JIS News that the Ministries of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Health have already submitted their improvement plans.She said that the procedures are being developed using a set of guidelines to address the service issues, and follows assessment of the status of customer service across the public sector, which was conducted by the PSTM in October 2014.On completion of the plans, the Director General said that an announcement will be made with regard “to what the ministries have agreed on and that they are going to be doing”.Mrs. Pottinger-Scott told JIS News that each Ministry will have to provide yearly reports on the steps they have taken and the level of service improvements that they have attained.“So, it is a continuous assessment, thereafter, of the implementation of the improvement plan,” she noted. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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NCP releases manifesto; assures complete loan waiver to farmers

first_imgNew Delhi: The Nationalist Congress Party on Monday released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, promising complete loan waiver for small and middle income farmers and resumption of talks with Pakistan. Releasing the manifesto at the party office here, NCP general secretary and chief spokesperson D P Tripathi said the party’s endeavour will be to bring radicalised youth of Kashmir Valley into the mainstream and take stern action against those involved in ‘brainwashing’ them. The Sharad Pawar-led party is contesting on 20 seats in Maharashtra, one each in Laskhadweep, Bihar, Odisha, Meghalaya and Manipur. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”According to figures from various organisations working in rural areas, over 90,000 people have committed suicide in the hinterland, of which majority are farmers. We will provide a complete loan waiver to the small and medium income farmers,” Tripathi said. The party manifesto, which talked about carrying out structural reforms to drive sustainable agriculture, was also released in Mumbai. Tripathi said resumption of talks, especially on terrorism, with Pakistan was essential for betterment of ties between the two countries. According to the manifesto, the new government will work to prevent Russians from getting too close to China and Pakistan by frequent high-level exchanges, and continue to expand ties with the United States. In regard to the defence sector, the party has assured to modernise the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and ordnance factories along with setting up an ex-servicemen commission. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KTripathi said the real challenge lay in reviving the economy post demonetisation and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), adding priority will be given to achieve macro stability and create jobs. Asked how will the party implement its manifesto when it is contesting not more than 30 seats in the 545-member Lok Sabha, the NCP leader exuded confidence that the party will be a part of the next non-BJP government and influence policy-making.last_img read more

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PM Modi’s remarks on Rajiv Gandhi shows desperation: Chidambaram

first_imgChennai: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks on Rajiv Gandhi, saying it showed his “desperation” and “fear of defeat”.In a series of tweets, the former union finance minister wondered if any religion sanctioned speaking ill of the dead. A day after Modi took a jibe at former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at his party rally at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Chidambaram said, “The PM’s remarks on former PM Rajiv Gandhi show the extent of his desperation and fear of defeat.” Quoting a Latin saying ‘De mortuis nihil nisi bonum’ which meant “Of the dead, speaking nothing but the good,” Chidambaram asked: Has the PM heard of this ancient wisdom? “Does any religion allow anyone to speak ill of the dead?” he asked. Also, the former union minister asked if Modi knew that “a BJP government decided not to file an appeal to the SC against the HC judgement?” “…does Mr Modi read anything at all? Does he know that the charge against Mr Rajiv Gandhi was thrown out by the High Court, Delhi as “completely baseless?. “…Mr Modi has crossed all limits of propriety and decency by defaming a man (Rajiv Gandhi) who died in 1991.” Accusing the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi of attempting to tarnish his image over the Rafale issue, Modi had said, “Your father was termed ‘Mr Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrastachari number 1’ (corrupt number 1).” The prime minister claimed that the Congress chief had admitted in an interview that his only aim is to tarnish the image of Modi. “By hurling abuses, you cannot dissolve the 50-long year of Modi’s tapasya (struggle) in dust,” Modi had said at a Pratapgarh rally. “By tarnishing my image and by making me small, these people want to make an unstable and a weak government in the country,” he had said.last_img read more

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Morocco: judge crosses red light, lashes out at police officers

first_imgRabat- A law official is the first person to make sure that the law is not broken. However, the story of this law official who escaped a checkpoint and tried to run over a traffic policeman is definitely an exception to this rule.The incident took place on Friday in the capital city of Rabat when a law official crossed a red light and did not slow down despite the fact that a checkpoint was implemented in the area, reported Al Massae newspaper in its issue of Monday October 28.As soon as the infraction was committed, a call had been launched to other patrols to stop the fugitive official. Minutes later, the car was pulled over and the verification process began. To their amazement, police officers found out as they were verifying the official’s ID that he was no one else but a prominent judge in the city. “Either you step aside, or I will crush you,” the judge threatened the police officers.  The judge started to throw insults and threatens police officers in front of bystanders to put them in prison after they “dared” to pull him over, according to Al Massae. The enraged law official then tried to drive his car away missing by few centimeters a police officer that was going to be ran over.The same source said that high-ranking officials quickly intervened to close the case and to convince police officers to forget what happened after they insisted to will file a suit against the judge.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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UN Peacebuilding Fund provides new police equipment for Sierra Leone

At a handing-over ceremony yesterday at the headquarters of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the capital, Freetown, Sierra Leone Police (SLP) acquired modern equipment that includes riot gear for police units and divisions tasked with managing large crowds and public gatherings. The items purchased range from uniforms, boots and helmets to fire extinguishers, shields, multi-purpose riot guns and batons. The UN Peacebuilding Fund has paid for the project, one of seven its steering committee has approved in Sierra Leone, which is trying to recover from a brutal and long-running civil war in the 1990s. The Fund has allocated $35 million to various projects in the country. The new police equipment is designed to complement the continuous training which SLP members are already receiving from UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) Police Advisers. Victor Angelo, the Secretary-General’s Executive Representative in Sierra Leone, commended the efforts of the SLP during the recent national elections to maintain law and order, adding that “Sierra Leoneans have shown that they abide by the law and respect the authority of the police.” 24 August 2007Sierra Leone’s police force has taken possession of $1 million worth of new security equipment paid for by the United Nations to help local authorities in their efforts to reduce criminal behaviour and ensure public order in the impoverished West African nation. read more

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Wildlife officials at UNbacked meeting seek to protect rhinos against surge in

“The escalation of rhino poaching in recent weeks is threatening the success of conservation efforts undertaken by African and Asian countries over the last 20 years,” said Willem Wijnstekers, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), whose secretariat is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“Although rhinoceros populations are increasing in some areas, there is no room at all for complacency,” he added before the opening of the two-day meeting of the CITES Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force in Nairobi.CITES banned international trade in rhino horns in 1977. After suffering greatly from poaching in the 1980s and 1990s, some rhino populations started to recover in Africa and Asia following the implementation of conservation programmes.But armed conflict and political instability in parts of Africa as well as a resurgent demand in Asian markets have been undermining those efforts in some areas. At least 40 white rhinos have been reportedly poached in national parks and game reserves in South Africa this year. In Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the number of illegal killings has increased dramatically over the past few months. As for the northern white rhino found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the situation is critical. Countries and territories represented at the meeting include China, Hong Kong, Kenya, India, Mozambique, Nepal, South Africa, Thailand, the United States, Viet Nam, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Officials involved include customs and police officers, Interpol, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. CITES Enforcement Task Forces have previously been established to tackle wildlife crimes related to tigers, falcons and great apes. Outcomes of such meetings have included guidance on gathering and analyzing crime information and intelligence, specialized training, identification guides and awareness-raising materials. The networking opportunities also enable enforcement officers from around the world to collaborate more effectively. 18 November 2008Wildlife law enforcement officials are meeting in Kenya as part of a United Nations-backed effort to stop the escalation of rhinoceros poaching and break up criminal networks behind the increasing illegal trade in their horns, used in traditional medicines or as dagger handles. read more

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US consumer prices rise just 02 per cent in July as food

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer prices rose only slightly last month as gas costs increased more slowly. Overall, the figures showed that inflation remains mild.The Labor Department said Thursday that the consumer price index rose 0.2 per cent in July after a 0.5 per cent increase in June. Gas prices rose just 1 per cent after jumping 6.3 per cent in June. Excluding food and gas costs, which are volatile, “core” prices also rose 0.2 per cent in July.Over the past 12 months, consumer prices have risen 2 per cent. Core prices have increased 1.7 per cent in the past 12 months, still below the Federal Reserve’s 2 per cent inflation target.Slightly higher inflation could make it easier for the Fed to start pulling back on its low-interest-rate policies. Falling inflation would pressure the Fed to continue stimulating growth.The Fed announced after its July meeting that it planned to continue buying $85 billion a month in bonds to keep downward pressure on long-term interest rates. It also said it planned to maintain a key short-term rate near zero, where it’s remained since December 2008 — at least as long as unemployment stays above 6.5 per cent.But Chairman Ben Bernanke and several other Fed officials have said the central bank could start slowing its bond purchases later this year. Some economists think such a change could be announced at the Fed’s next meeting on Sept. 17-18.Most analysts expect the slowdown to be gradual. New bond purchases might not end until mid-2014 — and only then if the unemployment rate has dropped to around 7 per cent.More expensive fruits and vegetables pushed up the price of food in July, which ticked up just 0.1 per cent. Meat, chicken and fish also rose in price, while other food groups fell. Baked goods and cereals, milk and other dairy products, and fruit juices and other drinks all fell in price.Core prices were pushed up by a big jump in clothing costs, which rose 0.6 per cent, the third straight gain. Rents and new car prices also rose. Airline fares, meanwhile, fell 1.3 per cent last month.Economic growth is too slow and unemployment too high to spur much inflation. Hourly wages and incomes have barely grown since the recession ended four years ago. That makes it hard for retailers to raise prices.Unemployment dropped in July to 7.4 per cent from 7.6 per cent in June. The July figure was a 4 1/2-year low, but it was still well above the 5 per cent to 6 per cent range that economists associate with a healthy economy.The economy grew at a scant annual rate of 0.1 per cent in the October-December quarter and then at lacklustre annual rates of 1.1 per cent in the first three months of this year and 1.7 per cent in the April-June quarter.But many economists think growth will accelerate to a 2.5 per cent annual rate in the second half of this year as the effects of tax increases and government spending cuts begin to fade. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 15, 2013 9:00 am MDT US consumer prices rise just 0.2 per cent in July as food, energy costs increase at modest pace read more

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Gender equality must be enshrined in all post2015 development goals – UN

“We believe there should be a stand-alone goal or goals on equality and non-discrimination that addresses all kinds of discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sex,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said at the opening of the 57th Session of Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) being held in Geneva until 28 February.The UN is currently formulating a new post-2015 agenda to chart the course of global development for decades to come, expanding on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at a UN summit in 2000, which aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, cut maternal and infant mortality, combat disease and provide access to universal education and health care, all by the end of 2015.Ms. Pillay also called for the overall strengthening of treaty bodies to meet the triple challenge of a significant backlog, chronic under-resourcing and insufficient compliance with reporting obligations. “If no prompt action is taken to rectify these problems, the treaty body system is threatened with collapse,” she warned.But she also paid tribute to what CEDAW has managed to achieve over the past three decades. “The struggle has been long, and it seems to me that, rather than just mulling over our setbacks or assessing the challenges ahead, we too rarely pause to appreciate our accomplishments along the way,” she said.“The work of the Committee, in my view, is a cause for great pride. Over more than 30 years, this Committee has worked assiduously to elaborate in detail the contours, content and details of the full range of women’s rights.” read more

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Security Council hears Liberia briefing as country anticipates being declared Ebolafree

“After almost 14 months spent under the cloud of Ebola, this will be joyful news for the country,” said Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Liberia. “Liberians and their Government, with support from the UN and ineternational partners, have gotten firmly ahead of the epidemic. Now, all Liberians must remain vigilant.”She pointed out that the UN Mission for Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER) had closed its doors and transferred residual tasks to the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and to UN agencies but stressed that despite these positives, the outbreak had demonstrated the “underlying fragility” of Liberia.“It is remarkable that eight months later, it is Liberia, among the three affected countries, that appears poised to be declared Ebola-free,” she said, making reference to Guinea and Sierra Leone. “Now is the time to address factors which conrtributed to Ebola’s spread, in particular, weak social service delivery, lack of accountability and overly centralized Govertnment.”She outlined the vulnerability of Liberia’s extractives-based, enclave economy to sharp drops in commodity prices and efforts to strengthen the economy, as well as steps to push through a security transition and measures to combat corruption.Even as the post-Ebola recovery began, the Government was taking stepst to assume fully its security responsibilities by 30 June 2016, as mandated by the Security Council, with the Liberian National Security Council having endorsed the ‘Government of Liberia Plan for UNMIL Transition’ in line with Council resolution 2190 (2014).She referred to the Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan and the Security Transition Plan and commended the country for meeting its initial benchmarks under the Security Transition Plan. She looked forward to progress on weapons-marking and on training of the armed forces to deal with the explosive remnants of war and also discussed recent tension stemming from complaints police brutality.She also pointed to “long-standing societal divisions” that were as yet not healed after years of conflict and which threatened to deepen during the Ebola outbreak, noting the Secretary-General’s call for justice and addressing of past violations to secure a stable future, and stating that “national dialogue about social exclusion, and about the crimes of the past, remains muted at best.”She also noted how Liberia’s stability depended on the sub-region’s stability and she called for strong cooperation within the area, particularly in the context of presidential elections anticipated in both Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire in October. Liberia, too, had a presidential election on the horizon, with and “increasingly intense” political environment as the 2017 vote was already “hotly debated.” Also briefing the Council today, Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Liberia Configuration, Olof Skoog, said that he got a first-hand impression on the ground of the Ebola outbreak and highlighted several points, also pointing to an urgent need to improve the socio-economic situation including by increasing access to education and jobs. Building trust in State institutions is critical.This includes enhancing state presence and capacity to deliver basic services in the communities as part of the decentralisation process. It is also essential to deal with the outstanding grievances from the civil war, including the implementing the national reconciliation roadmap. And regional cooperation is important for regional peace and security and deserves greater attention.“The conditions were dire already before the crisis – with 64 per cent of the population living below the poverty line and only 34 per cent of children attending primary school,” he said, highlighting how the Ebola crisis increased the burden on households and destroyed the livelihoods of women and youth engaged in petty trade.“The priority of the PBC is to safeguard that peacebuilding gains can be sustained and strengthened. Close coordination with the Security Council will be important in the coming months to help ensure a responsible and seamless transition of UNMIL,” Mr. Skoog said. read more

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Climate crisis could see collapse of some economies without diversification warns UN

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s Commodities and Development Report 2019, maintains that diversification could be either “horizontal”, meaning venturing into new goods and sectors to reduce dependence on a narrow range of commodities – or vertical, which involves increasing a commodity’s value. But the report maintains that tackling climate change presents some opportunities to these countries, such as boosting production of alternatives to cattle meat and milk.Moreover, according to the report, the quest for climate mitigation and adaptation has spurred investments in technological innovations that could benefit these countries; for example, solar photovoltaic cells, which could bolster energy security and support commodity sectors in remote areas not connected to national power grids.Bringing Paris Agreement homeThe report echoes experts’ warnings that commitments made by countries to mitigate climate change under the Paris Agreement are not ambitious enough but must instead be quadrupled to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.For this, stronger political will and greater mobilization of financial and human resources are necessary.The report underlines that climate-related funding, which is currently only a fraction of actual requirements, needs to be substantially scaled up given the high cost of climate mitigation and adaptation.In addition, greening fiscal policies can help to ensure that taxes, subsidies and similar policy instruments assist in implementing action plans that would also work toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Climate actions need to be strengthened, including by building technical and regulatory capacities for institutions to implement more effective policies, and the report suggests reforming fossil fuel subsidies to further green fiscal policies.Finally, developed countries need to meet their commitment under the Paris Agreement to transfer environmentally friendly technologies to developing countries to help them effectively participate in global efforts to mitigate and adapt. UNCTD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi (2019) by UN News Kiswahili/ Patrick Newman“The climate crisis…will result in the collapse of some economies if decisive action is not taken now,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi stressed. “Now more than ever before, these countries need to assess their diversification potential and reduce their commodity dependence, which for decades has kept them exposed to volatile markets and climate change”.According to the report, a successful diversification strategy will mostly likely involve a combination of horizontal policies, such education and health investments, and targeted measures to promote promising sectors.Shifting practicesThe climate crisis puts commodity-dependent developing countries most at risk because their economies depend on sectors which are highly exposed to extreme weather events, according to the report. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are among the worst affected, as are crop and fisheries production, which historically exist in low-latitude regions – where most commodity-dependent developing countries are located. The report underscores that the high risk faced by these countries reinforces their need to adapt, diversify and modernize their economies. Something’s not right. 90% of fishermen work in small fleets, but 80% of #FisheriesSubsidies go to big fleets.Why, when 33% of the world’s fish resources are overfished & 60% are being fished to their biologically sustainable limit?We discuss at the first #UNTradeForum. pic.twitter.com/7eiJqFo9WN— UNCTAD (@UNCTAD) September 9, 2019 read more

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Man arrested after two bodies found in Cardiff centre

first_imgWorkers clean the scene Cardiff Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “South Wales Police is investigating the deaths of a man and woman, following the discovery of two bodies in Queen Street Cardiff.”Emergency Services attended the scene at approximately 05:50hrs on 28 September 2016.”A man has been arrested and is currently in police custody and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident at this time.”Further information will be released when available and appropriate. In addition, there may be some disruption in Queen Street due to police cordons and we ask for the patience of the public while investigations are ongoing.”Police ruled out that the two deaths were terror related. A spokesman for South Wales Police said: “We can say that at this stage. Further details will be provided shortly.”Cardiff Queen Street is a half-mile long street and visited by tens and thousands of shoppers every day.Stores including Topshop, Zara, River Island, Boots and Primark – situated within the cordon – remained closed.Disruption on the high streetOffice worker John Thomas, 27, said: “I was coming in to work and I found the street was sealed off. They said the road was going to closed all day.” Police and forensics officers at the scene in Queen Street Two shop workers were stabbed on a busy Cardiff shopping street this morning as a 20-year-old was arrested over the double killing.Zoe Morgan, a 21-year-old window dresser, and shop assistant Lee Simmons, 34,  – both Matalan employees – were attacked and killed as they left the store.A colleague said: “This is a terrible tragedy. They had only started seeing each other and made a lovely couple. We are all in bits and no-one could face opening the store today.”The couple had been together for just under four months after meeting while working at Matalan, colleagues said.Both met while working together and Mr Simmons dubbed Ms Morgan his ‘Tinkerbell’.Dozens of police officers flooded Cardiff’s main Queen Street – one of Britain’s busiest shopping streets – at around 6am after the bodies were found in pools of blood outside high street stores Boots and Matalan.The city centre street was cordoned off by uniformed officers – and dozens of businesses were forced to close and hundreds of officers workers were sent home.Workers heading to their jobs reported seeing “a pool of blood” outside a Boots store on the city centre.One man said: “One of the victims was found outside Boots in a pool of blood – the other was just over the other side of the road outside Matalan.”The police then arrived and sealed off the whole street and forensics officers set up a tent over the area.Police confirm murdersPolice say the man arrested is a 20-year-old from Newport, Gwent, and they are not looking for anyone else.A spokesman for South Wales Police said: “Police are attending an incident that was reported to us at around 5.50am.”center_img Workers clean the scene Cardiff  Sarah Ridings was due to attend work at Matalan but was sent home. “I don’t really know what’s going on,” she said.”I manage a team of women across Cardiff, but obviously most of our work is in Queen Street, which is closed. I’m trying to get in touch with head office and find out more and put a plan of action in place. it’s shocking.”A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We had a call at approximately 5.50 am to an incident in the Queen Street area of Cardiff.”We sent a paramedic in a rapid response car, three emergency ambulances and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.” Police and forensics officers at the scene in Queen StreetCredit:PAlast_img read more

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Blue Hansen in four photos

Mikkel Hansen will probably miss the semi-final match of the IHF Super Globe 2016 due blue card he got yesterday in 22nd minute of the match against Tunisian Esperance 38:31. It was hard to understand decision of the Spanish refferees, but the first star of the Men’s Olympic tournament in Rio had to finish his come-back in PSG t-shirt on the chairs behind bench.Here are the four photos which describe the best situation at Duhail hall in Doha…PSG Handball play semi-final against Vive Tauron Kielce.“Cologne is forgotten” – Voices before PSG – Kielce clash in Doha Mikkel Hansen ← Previous Story “Cologne is forgotten” – Voices before PSG – Kielce clash in Doha Next Story → PSG Handball at the IHF Super Globe 2016 final

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GTA V listed at UK retailer preorder logged release imminent

first_imgWhen Grand Theft Auto IV was released back in April 2008 it garnered a lot of attention. This was the first time GTA had appeared on a next-gen console and Rockstar certainly delivered in terms of the engine update and overall scope of the game.That was 3 years ago, and GTA fans are surely getting itchy trigger fingers waiting for the next game in the series to arrive. But that wait may be almost over as the first signs of GTA V heading to stores have appeared via UK game retailer Gamestation.The evidence that the game exists and is nearing release comes in the form of a listing on a release schedule at the retailer. Unfortunately no date is visible in the captured image, but it clearly shows the game along with its reference number. The game also appeared briefly on Gamestattion’s website, but was quickly taken down.NeoGAF noticed a few weeks ago that the Official Xbox Magazine had GTA V rumored as a summer release. That combined with this listing and website mistake suggests a launch is imminent and could happen within a couple of months. Need more proof? How abaout a pre-order receipt for the game on Xbox 360 carrying the same reference number:The only query I have is, if the game is launching so soon why hasn’t the marketing and promotion started? Rockstar is sure to have a big budget with which to market this game, and it wouldn’t wait until the last minute to do so. That suggests to me a launch isn’t going to happen until nearer the end of the year and this is just a retailer preparing early for what is going to be one of the biggest game launches of 2011.Read more at TheSixthAxis and Gamerzineslast_img read more

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Dublin man leading Concern team as they tackle major Ebola outbreak in

first_img 13,413 Views A DUBLIN MAN is leading a Concern Worldwide team as they work to contain a major Ebola outbreak that has so far infected 840 people and killed 537 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The number of Ebola deaths in the country has risen by 45% since the start of the year from 370 on 2 January to 537 on 17 February. At least 22 of the dead are health workers. As the lethal virus continues to spread in North Kivu in the north-east of the country, €100,000 in emergency response funding from Irish Aid, the government’s international aid programme, has helped Concern escalate hits response to the crisis. Concern has 180 staff in DRC, where the NGO has worked since 1994. Their Ebola response to this outbreak, which began last August, is being led by area coordinator Mark Johnson (33) from Goatstown, Dublin.  “Our current Irish Aid programme aims to prevent the outbreak from spreading southwards towards the big city of Goma and also across the border to Rwanda by supporting health centres and sensitising communities to the disease,” Johnson said. His team are using the Irish Aid funding to train over 350 health workers in how to control the outbreaks as it nears Goma, which has a population of over one million. They are also equipping local health centres with infection prevention and control kits that contain items like masks, gloves, disinfection equipment and non-touch thermometers. The team are distributing the kits in coordination with the DRC Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the overall response to the outbreak. In recent weeks, Concern also repaired 15 water points in Beni city, close to the outbreak’s epicentre, to ensure people have access to safe drinking water, which is essential for disease control.Concern’s Regional Director for Francophone Africa, Reka Sztopa said: “This is the second biggest Ebola outbreak in history and the biggest ever in DRC.“Insecurity and the lack of access to the worst affected areas are the main reasons why this outbreak has not come under control already. There are many different armed groups in eastern Congo so this makes it very hard to reach those affected,” Sztopa said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin Share5 Tweet Email3 We must remember that Ebola can quickly infect and kill entire families and decimate communities through simple forms of human contact with someone who is acutely ill with the disease.Notorious diseaseEbola is one of the world’s most notorious diseases, being both highly infectious and extremely lethal.It is caused by a virus that has a natural reservoir in the bat, which does not itself fall ill, but can pass the microbe on to humans who hunt it for “bushmeat”.The virus is handed on by contact with bodily fluids – touching a sick or dead person is a well-known source of infection.Following an incubation period of between two and 21 days, Ebola develops into a high fever, weakness, intense muscle and joint pain, headaches and a sore throat.That is often followed by vomiting and diarrhoea, skin eruptions, kidney and liver failure, and internal and external bleeding.The latest outbreak in DRC is the 10th such outbreak in the country since the disease was first detected there in 1976. Concern Worldwide has reached almost 62,000 people since the start of the outbreak last August. The WHO has also stepped up its warning of the potential risk of Ebola cases spreading to other parts of the DRC and into neighbouring countries due to people travelling between the affected areas, and insecurity in the region. The DRC, which is 27 times the size of Ireland with a population of over 85.2 million, is also currently experiencing other epidemics such as cholera and malaria. With reporting by © AFP 2019 Mark Johnson Image: Concern Image: Concern 15 Comments Mark Johnson Feb 24th 2019, 8:01 AM Dublin man leading Concern team as they tackle major Ebola outbreak in DR Congo The latest outbreak has so far infected 840 people and killed 537 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. https://jrnl.ie/4505721 Short URL Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 8:00 AMlast_img read more

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Sexton leads critics of outoftouch proposal for new 12team World Rugby tournament

first_imgSexton leads critics of ‘out-of-touch’ proposal for new 12-team World Rugby tournament There was no place for Fiji, Samoa or Tonga in the proposed tournament, with emerging TV markets Japan and USA preferred. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO By Sean Farrell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share136 Tweet Email2 50 Comments Subscribe https://the42.ie/4516923 Short URL To suggest that players can play five incredibly high-level test matches in consecutive weeks in November is out of touch and shows little understanding of the physical strain this brings”The proposal would see the Six Nations and Rugby Championship continue in their current guise – albeit with USA and Japan added to the southern hemisphere competition – while November and summer Tests would be enveloped into the new tournament.That summer window would see traditional Test series replaced by hectic travel schedules for northern hemisphere teams playing three different opponents in the southern hemisphere. Jacob Stockdale playing in Tokyo in 2017. Ireland could face regular long-haul flights to fulfill the proposed fixtures. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOAmong Pacific island nations, the worry is that their 12-year shut-out will lead to further player exodus. Not just from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, but perhaps even from rugby union itself.“There are 18-year-old young Samoans, Tongans and Fijians now who will now be looking at ‘who do I make myself eligible for,’” warns chief executive of Pacific Rugby Players, Aayden Clarke in an interview with Stuff.co.nz this morning,“Because if I play for my home country I will never play in the bright lights of Twickenham and possibly will never have the opportunity to play the All Blacks or Australia.”Clarke adds: “I’ve been in discussions with the three (Pacific nation) CEOs last night and we talked about the impact of this and one of them straight out said that ‘this will be death of Pacific Island Rugby’ and another discussion indicated that ‘we might as well start playing league’.”The new tournament reportedly has backing from a broadcaster, whose support could bring annual revenues of up to €8.5 million for each nation. Campese Maafu runs at Devin Toner during a 2017 Test. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHOWith international rugby likely to be pushed outside the current Test window by the plan, the players’ association also highlighted the uncertainty over the impact on Lions tours, the World Cup and the club game.“Players are definitely open to discussing a new global season,” says England captain Owen Farrell, “but what we develop has to work with the club game in order to reduce conflict, deal with player release issues and make sure their welfare is looked after. “The proposal presented to us at the moment doesn’t seem to have considered this properly and shows no signs of improving this already difficult situation.”New Zealand’s Kieran Read added:“We need to be very careful that we balance the commercial needs of the game, with the player welfare needs and ensure the quality and integrity of matches meets expectations.“Fans want to see meaningful games; they don’t want to see fatigued players playing a reduced quality of rugby as part of a money-driven, weakened competition that doesn’t work for the players or clubs.”Bernard Jackman joins Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey to discuss the backlash to World Rugby’s league proposal, captaincy styles, sports psychology and more in The42 Rugby Weekly. Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 8:27 AM Sexton at a meeting of the Players’ Council in November. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: IRELAND OUT-HALF Jonathan Sexton is among those citing major concerns over a proposed 12-team World Rugby tournament which could launch as early as next year.A report overnight from the New Zealand Herald detailed the 12-team tournament, which would be made up of Japan, USA and the current sides involved in the Six Nations and Rugby Championship.All teams would play each other once during a regular season. With no relegation in the reported proposal, the 12-year term would keep the Pacific rugby nations of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga out of the reckoning.“While players gave this idea a cautious welcome when we met at the end of last year,” says Sexton, who is president of the International Rugby Players’ Council.“It now seems like a commercial deal on the future of the game is being negotiated at a rapid pace with little consideration given to the important points we raised with World Rugby in November.“The issue of player load has never been so topical, however it needs to be properly understood.”Among Sexton’s chief concerns following a Tuesday night conference call between 40 players is the mooted culmination of the annual tournament, which would see semi-finals and finals take place after the three closing rounds of November fixtures. Feb 28th 2019, 8:27 AM Sexton at a meeting of the Players’ Council in November. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO 50,583 Views last_img read more

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DHEA après la jeunesse la fertilité

first_imgDHEA : après la jeunesse, la fertilité ?Israël – Une équipe de chercheur de l’Université de Tel-Aviv a étudié l’effet de la DHEA sur les femmes cherchant à tomber enceintes.La DHEA est connue par les consommatrices comme l’hormone de la jeunesse. Certains prétendent qu’elle ralentit le vieillissement de la peau. Néanmoins, son efficacité reste controversée. Suite à des rumeurs, le professeur Adrian Shulman et son équipe se sont penchés sur ses propriétés en matière de fertilité. Dans le cadre d’un programme de Fécondation in vitro, ils ont découvert que les femmes qui prenaient de la DHEA en plus du traitement habituel avaient 23% de chances de tomber enceinte alors que celles qui ne suivaient que le traitement habituel avaient seulement 4% de chances. De plus, les femmes du premier groupe vivaient une grossesse et un accouchement plus sereins. Ces résultats sont néanmoins à considérer avec prudence. En effet, l’expérience a été réalisée sur seulement 20 femmes. Il faudrait une étude de plus grande envergure pour mener à des résultats concluants. De plus, les chercheurs n’ont pas encore découvert quel était le mécanisme permettant à la DHEA d’augmenter la fertilité.  Le 7 juillet 2010 à 11:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Quand les océans disparaitrontils de la surface de la Terre

first_imgQuand les océans disparaitront-ils de la surface de la Terre ?Avec l’effet de la luminosité naturellement croissante du Soleil, les températures terrestres augmenteront dans les futures millions d’années entrainant l’évaporation complète des océans. Pour la première fois, des scientifiques ont imaginé un modèle climatique permettant de simuler ce phénomène.Comme la grande majorité des étoiles, le Soleil voit sa luminosité lentement augmenter au cours de son existence. Aussi, indépendamment du réchauffement climatique provoqué par les gaz à effet de serre (GES) d’origine humaine, la Terre doit se réchauffer au cours de la centaine de millions d’années à venir. Ce phénomène s’explique notamment par une augmentation de la quantité de vapeur d’eau relâchée dans l’atmosphère et au réchauffement terrestre dû à cette vapeur d’eau qui est elle-même un GES.Les scientifiques connaissent bien ce phénomène aujourd’hui. Ils s’attendent ainsi à un emballement du réchauffement climatique sur Terre, qui provoquera une ébullition des océans et la disparition d’eau liquide en surface. Dans le même temps, la Terre ne pourrait plus conserver une température moyenne de 15°C (ce qui expliquerait pourquoi Vénus, plus proche du Soleil, s’est autrefois transformée en fournaise). Bien que ce scénario soit inéluctable, on ne sait pas quand il se produira. Une disparition des océans repousséeDe précédents modèles d’astrophysique très simplifiés ne fonctionnaient que sur une seule dimension. La Terre était considérée comme uniforme et les saisons et les nuages n’étaient pas pris en compte, explique le CNRS. Ils prévoyaient ainsi que la Terre commencerait à perdre toute son eau d’ici seulement 150 millions d’années. Mais une équipe du Laboratoire de météorologie dynamique (CNRS / UPMC / ENS / École polytechnique) a cherché à aller plus loin.Pour cela, elle a imaginé le premier modèle climatique tridimensionnel permettant de simuler ce phénomène beaucoup plus précisément. Il tient compte de la circulation atmosphérique, des déplacements d’air chaud et de l’effet “parasol” des nuages (le fait qu’ils réfléchissent le rayonnement solaire) qui tend à s’atténuer au fil des millions d’années.Selon ce modèle beaucoup plus sophistiqué que les précédents, ce n’est que lorsque le flux solaire moyen atteindra 375 watts par mètre carré (contre 341W/m² aujourd’hui) pour une température de surface de près de 70°C, soit dans près d’un milliard d’années que les océans se mettront à bouillir et que l’effet de serre s’emballera. Cette prédiction plus précise repousse donc de plusieurs centaines de millions d’années les estimations précédentes. Un modèle précieux pour comprendre le climat des planètesÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les travaux publiés dans la revue Nature permettent de mieux comprendre le climat des exoplanètes. En effet, ces résultats aident à déterminer la valeur de la zone “habitable” autour du Soleil. C’est-à-dire, la zone dans laquelle la planète est considérée comme ni trop loin, ni trop près de son étoile pour que de l’eau puisse y subsister. Selon les chercheurs, une planète peut s’approcher à moins de 0,95 unité astronomique d’une étoile équivalente au Soleil avant de perdre toute son eau, soit 5% de moins que la distance Terre-Soleil. Les chercheurs prévoient maintenant d’appliquer ce modèle à des planètes extrasolaires afin de mieux déterminer quel environnement permettrait de maintenir de l’eau liquide.Le 12 décembre 2013 à 16:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Washington shooting suspect search ends after he apparently shoots self in Portland

first_imgPORTLAND — A search for a man sought in connection with a Washington state shooting ended outside Portland, Oregon, after authorities say he was found in a stranger’s home and apparently shot himself.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a SWAT team and crisis negotiation unit surrounded a home in Fairview after finding the unidentified man alone inside.Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Marc Shrake says police heard one gunshot as they were waiting outside the home and that the man then surrendered.The man was taken to a hospital for treatment. The sheriff’s office hasn’t released his condition.Shrake said he didn’t know the details of the shooting that took place in Washington because the U.S. Marshals Service, which was searching for the man, didn’t publicly disclose details of the case.last_img read more

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Valdano Dispassionate Bale has failed to fill Ronaldos void at Real

first_imgFormer Real Madrid manager Jorge Valdano believes Gareth Bale is not passionate enough and has failed to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.The Welsh winger returned from a calf injury on Sunday evening at the RCDE Stadium to score just three minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.Bale’s goal helped seal Real a 4-2 La Liga win over RCD Espanyol to allow them to climb up to third-place and the standings.However, the 29-year-old had been expected to stand up this season and fill Ronaldo’s boots at the Santiago Bernabeu after club’s record scorer left for Juventus in a €112m deal last July.Now Valdano has questioned both Bale’s mentality and injury record with the Argentine stating that teenager Vinicius Jnr has instead been the one that’s help fill Ronaldo’s void.“Bale has a tremendous class, but then he disappears, he shows less passion than other players,” Valdano told El Transistor de Onda Cero.“Bale is a player who fights against his body, he does not look like a passionate player,” he added.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He came to occupy the emptiness left by Cristiano and he has not, the one who has occupied that empty place is Vinicius.”Valdano also took the opportunity to praise the in-form Karim Benzema after he found the net twice against Espanyol.“Benzema is in a fantastic moment, he is a silky player, of an exquisite class and the confidence has made him dangerous,” added Valdano.“The whistles have turned into applause and right now he is the greatest value of the team with [Sergio] Ramos and [Luka] Modric.“Benzema is in the best moment of his career”.Los Blancos will next travel to the Estadi Montilivi in Catalonia for the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final against Girona, which they hold a 4-2 aggregate lead in.last_img read more

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