Tata Tiago AMT coming to India next year; will rival Celerio AMT, Grand i10 AT, Kwid AMT

first_imgAccording to reports, Tata Motors will soon launch the Tiago with AMT gearbox, in order to reduce the sales of Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT, Hyundai Grand i10 AT and Renault Kwid AMT in India. Tata Tiago forayed into the small car segment with a bang, as it gave a tough competition to Renault Kwid in terms of sales.ALSO READ:Tata Tiago receives 50,000 bookings since launchWith this, Tata Motors will look to create its own niche in the ever-growing entry level segment. Tata Motors launched the Tiago hatchback on April 6 at Rs 3.20 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi). Moreover, Tata Motors had received around 50,000 bookings for their Tiago hatchback in India in the month of October, with a waiting period of almost 4 months for select variants.ALSO READ:Tata Motors unveils petrol version of Tiago in NepalTata Motors reportedly has sold close to 6008 units of the Tiago in November, in comparison to 11,059 units sold of the Grand i10 and 9543 units of the Celerio. With the Tiago AMT, Tata Motors will look to reduce this huge gap with the Celerio and the Grand i10. Currently, Tata Motors is offering AMT in its compact sedan Zest only.ALSO READ:Comparison: Tata Tiago vs Hyundai i10 vs Maruti Suzuki CelerioThe online medium has been abuzz for the past few days with few media publications reportedly spotting the Tiago AMT testing on the streets of Pune.ALSO READ:Tata Tiago to come with powerful sport versionCurrently, Tata Tiago is available with a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine and a 1.05-litre Revotorq diesel engine options.advertisementlast_img read more

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Porto vs Roma: Soares returns for Porto

first_imgRoma hold the upper hand in their Champions League last-16 clash with Porto but have to travel to Estadio do Dragao for the second leg on Wednesday.A couple of goals from Nicolo Zaniolo in the final 20 minutes of the opening encounter at the Stadio Olimpico seemed to have given the Italians a strong advantage, but Adrian Lopez’s reply gave the Portuguese a valuable away goal and leaves the tie open at 2-1.Both sides lost huge weekend matches – Porto to Benfica and Roma to Lazio – so the pressure is on each to respond. 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! Game Porto vs Roma Date Wednesday, March 6 Time 8:00pm GMT / 3pm ET Stream ( US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Galavision fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched on BT Sport 3. It can be streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Porto squad Goalkeepers Casillas, Vana, Meireles Defenders Militao, Monteiro, Pele, Telles, Maxi Pereira, Leite, Moraes  Midfielders Bruno Costa, Danilo Pereira, Torres, Herrera, Rotunno, Brahimi, Corona Forwards Pereira, Fortes, Lopez, Andrade, Tiquinho Possible Porto starting XI: Casillas, Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Telles, Otavio, Danilo, Herrera, Corona, Marega, Soares Position Roma squad Goalkeepers Olsen, Mirante, Fuzato Defenders Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov, Santon, Juan, Marcano Midfielders Florenzi, Cristante, De Rossi, Pellegrini, Zaniolo, Coric, N’Zonzi Forwards Dzeko, El Shaarawy, Kluivert Roma are without Cengiz Under and Javier Pastore, whose calf issues have flared up once more.Possible Roma starting XI: Olsen; Kasrdrop, Manolas, Jesus, Marcano, Kolarov; N’Zonzi, De Rossi; Zaniolo, Perotti; DzekoBetting & Match Odds Porto are 10/11 favourites to win the second leg at Bet365 . Roma can be backed at 16/5, while a draw is 14/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Roma Porto Champions LeagueIt will be advantage Roma when they kick off their Champions League last-16 encounter against Porto in Portugal. The Italians hold a slim 2-1 advantage following the first leg, but like their hosts come into the game off the back of a damaging weekend result.While Porto lost the lead in their domestic top flight thanks to a 2-1 reverse against Benfica, the Romans lost face in their derby against Lazio as they were humiliated 3-0, losing valuable ground on the top four in the process.Both clubs will be keen to put their domestic troubles behind them but neither coach appears poised to carry a gung-ho attitude into this encounter.“We must try to win but without haste,” Porto boss Sergio Conceicao told the media. “We must be ready to face a Roma side who will defend their lead strongly, that’s clear. During the match, it may be that we’ll switch to a different strategy.“We’re prepared for a difficult game. We know that regardless of the way Italian teams think, Roma concede lots of goals.”Roma counterpart Eusebio Di Francesco also suggested this could prove a tight and tactical match.“Conceicao is right to say it’s a long game,” he said. “here is only one goal difference and his team should be patient. As far as we are concerned, we need to protect the one-goal advantage and go on the counter, which is fundamental. Defending stoutly will be the key and everyone else will follow.”Di Francesco finds himself under pressure but wants the focus taken off his own situation and onto that of the players.“I am not playing tomorrow, it’s not my game and it is in everyone’s interests that Roma win,” he explained.After reaching the semi-finals last season, Roma are hungry for more.last_img read more

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USA 94 – 25 years on: football’s evolution captivates the world

first_imgSign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on LinkedIn Facebook Reuse this content Twitter features Pinterest Hristo Stoitchkov scores for Bulgaria from the penalty spot in the semi-final against Italy. Photograph: Beate Mueller/Bongarts/Getty Images They slugged it out until penalties. On this supersized stage Brazil kept their nerves while Italy wilted. That paragon of defensive excellence Franco Baresi missed, followed by European Cup final goalscorer Daniele Massaro. But it was the sight of Baggio lifting the ball over the bar that broke Italian hearts most. For he had been so heroic and had created the impression to make people believe he would win his country the World Cup – not quite on his own but mostly by virtue of his own will and wonders. To this day, everywhere where football is played, where a kid playing grassroots ends up bawling that he or she has missed the defining penalty in a shootout, adults try to console by reeling off the story of how the greatest player of his time did that at a World Cup final.After Diana Ross’s showbiz missed penalty opened the tournament, the human drama of Baggio’s brought it to an emotional close. Over and out. Still, after these years, and for more to come, the memories endure. Read more As giant European clubs full of multinational squads owned by foreign investors head off for pre-season tours to meet their global fanbase, roots can be traced back to the summer of 94. There were some memorable football moments that have lasted the test of time, from the Republic of Ireland beating Italy in front of a massive, raucous crowd at Giants Stadium to Saeed al-Owairan’s virtuoso run for Saudi Arabia against Belgium, from Diego Maradona’s crazed goal celebration and subsequent expulsion from the World Cup to the tragedy of Andrés Escobar, the Colombian defender murdered back in Medellín shortly after scoring an own goal.And so, come 17 July, the watching world switched and zoomed in on Brazil v Italy. A heavyweight final. Perhaps the difference could be distilled by the fact Brazil expected of Brazil whereas Italy expected of Baggio. Pinterest World Cup Bulgaria were a team full of cult heroes, one of whom was bald and brilliant; another looked like a werewolf, and then there was the maverick Hristo Stoichkov. But it was Baggio who stole the day. He played through the pain of a damaged hamstring and scored both Italy’s goals with typical balance, imagination and precision. “Incredible!” yelled John Motson. “Just look at this!” More of Baggio later.The second semi-final was at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and pitched one of the surprises of the tournament, an excellent Sweden team, against the mastery of Brazil led by a strike force of Romário and Bebeto (he of the rocking baby celebration), who pulled their team to the final.Meanwhile, a germ of an idea that had formed in the mind of a couple of film directors from Germany and Argentina was coming to fruition. They wanted to portray this concept that people in diverse circumstances all around the world could be captivated by one moment through the medium of live television. They organised for 40 film crews to film fans in different countries watching the final. The Final Kick proved to be a brilliant documentary that was both of and ahead of its time. It flits not just between gatherings in an Italian bar or a Brazilian square but a harem in Cameroon where the chief is being fanned as he watches, a factory in Iran where the workers all clock off to watch a small screen, a monastery in the Czech Republic where an old telly is wheeled out of a cupboard for the monks to observe. Colombia’s Andrés Escobar scores an own goal at USA 94. He was murdered in Medellín not long after. Photograph: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images Twitter Share on Messenger Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest A quarter of a century ago on Saturday millions of people all over the planet stopped what they might normally be doing to watch the World Cup semi-finals. Both games were played on the same day. First up Italy v Bulgaria at the Giants Stadium, New Jersey. Roberto Baggio was one of those players blessed with a style and personality that always felt singular. He arrived at USA 94 as the reigning World Player of the Year, was at the peak of his powers, and had elevated himself from an underwhelming group stage to inspire his nation through the knockouts with goal after important goal. What the film captures so well is the tentacles of the appeal of the World Cup, and USA 94 was a significant milestone because it was in many ways the first modern tournament. It was the first time Fifa sought to take the prize of hosting outside the traditional football environments of Europe and Latin America. In 1994 there was no professional league in America. Since then, the World Cup has moved on other emerging markets, to Asia, Africa and now heads to the Middle East. It was a major turning point in terms of football’s mad dash towards globalisation, attracting mass interest and evolving as a cultural phenomenon.Another example of the change in how events are consumed was witnessed during the tournament as the chase for OJ Simpson’s white bronco showed the power of a live-televised international rolling news story.The 1994 World Cup was supposed to be a game changer for growing the game in the USA. A year previously MLS was founded as part of the bid to host the tournament. It was not actually up and running, though, until 1996. Did America fall in love with football enough during USA 94 to kick start a revolution? It was more of a slow burn. But today MLS is increasingly popular. On Second Thoughts: USA 94 Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share via Email Topicslast_img read more

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Report: Sochaux 1 PSG 4

first_imgSochaux 1 Paris Saint-Germain 4: Di Maria hits treble in easy Coupe de France win Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:01 2/7/18 Angel Di Maria AFP Coupe de France holders Paris Saint-Germain recorded a 21st straight win in the tournament with a routine 4-1 defeat of Sochaux. Angel Di Maria scored his first hat-trick for Paris Saint-Germain as the Coupe de France holders cruised into the quarter-finals with a 4-1 win at Sochaux on Tuesday.Neymar was rested by Unai Emery after his birthday celebrations at the weekend but PSG did not miss the Brazilian as they remained on track to win the tournament for the fourth year in a row.Di Maria starred in Neymar’s absence, opening the scoring in the first minute by nodding in Kylian Mbappe’s cross, and the Argentina international added two more in the second half. 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 Sochaux had drawn level thanks to a fine finish from Florian Martin, but the gulf between the sides was evident and, after Edinson Cavani put the Ligue 1 leaders back in front, PSG could have made the scoreline even more convincing.Di Maria struck a brace in a demolition of Rennes earlier in the tournament and Ligue 2 side Sochaux struggled to cope with him and Mbappe, PSG winning their 21st successive Coupe de France match at a canter, despite Kevin Trapp’s red card meaning Dani Alves had to go in goal.Emery had withdrawn January signing Lassana Diarra, Cavani and Marco Verratti for the closing stages, with PSG having one eye on next week’s Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid as they continue their quest for a quartet of major titles.2010 – Angel Di Maria has scored his first hat-trick in all comps with @PSG_English / the first since February 2010 with Benfica against Leixoes. Genius. pic.twitter.com/qJgGmvpwvR— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 6, 2018PSG took just 54 seconds to score the opening goal, Di Maria on target with a back-post header.Florian Tardieu lost possession in his own half with PSG immediately springing into attack and Mbappe picked out the Argentine for a simple close-range finish.Tardieu and Florin Berenguer came close to levelling and Sochaux’s strong response to falling behind earned a deserved equaliser in the 13th minute as Martin thumped home after Verratti wasted two opportunities to clear.Di Maria should have restored PSG’s lead but somehow failed to get any contact on Mbappe’s low ball two yards out, but Cavani would soon get the holders back on track.@ECavaniOfficial #FCSMPSG pic.twitter.com/Irbf1nTKdr— PSG English (@PSG_English) February 6, 2018PSG’s record goalscorer tapped in at the back post from Layvin Kurzawa’s left-wing cross after Di Maria had split the Sochaux defence and Thiago Silva headed against the crossbar after 40 minutes as the chances continued to come.And PSG effectively wrapped up their victory in the 58th minute, Verratti playing a neat one-two with Julian Draxler to carve Sochaux apart, Di Maria finishing well across Lawrence Ati for his second of the night.Within four minutes Di Maria had claimed a match ball for the first time since 2010, capitalising on Ati pushing Cavani’s powerful shot into the danger zone by flicking the loose ball home.Di Maria could have had a fourth but kneed another Mbappe cross wide after 76 minutes, while substitute Javier Pastore failed to convert an impudent chipped centre from his compatriot to make the scoreline even more emphatic.The man of the match, Angel Di Maria, celebrates his hat-trick with his PSG teammates #FCSMPSG pic.twitter.com/XagCLKhzUV— PSG English (@PSG_English) February 6, 2018Trapp was perhaps harshly dismissed for catching Thomas Robinet after racing out of his box, meaning Alves had to take the gloves for the final few seconds, but PSG’s place in the quarter-finals was never in doubt. read morelast_img read more

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14 days agoArsenal striker Aubameyang named Premier League player of the month

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal striker Aubameyang named Premier League player of the monthby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been named Premier League player of the month for September.The Gunners star, 30, scored five times in his four top-flight appearances in September, including a double in the 2-2 draw at Watford and a north-London derby strike against Tottenham.His most recent strike came in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United , a goal which was awarded via VAR and eventually took his tally for the Premier League campaign to seven goals.The Gabon international beat Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Tottenham’s Son Heung-min and and City’s Riyad Mahrez to the award. last_img read more

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Uljanik Selects Its Restructuring Partner

first_imgzoom Danko Koncar-led Kermas Energija will be the strategic partner of Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik in the restructuring of the financially-troubled yard.The decision was made following a consultation with unions, according to Uljanik, which received two more letters of intent from interested investors, including compatriot DIV Group and Asian Bond Ventures from Hong Kong.Now that the company has picked its strategic partner it can move forward with the drafting and implementation of its restructuring program.Once the restructuring program is approved, Kermas Energija will be able to take a stake in Uljanik’s ownership structure.The restructuring program is expected to result in workforce cuts, but at this point, there have been no estimates on the potential number of layoffs.President of Uljanik Gianni Rossanda said earlier that over EUR 450 million (USD 551.5 million) is needed for the shipbuilder’s financial restructuring. Rossanda explained that this amount would be directed toward covering of outstanding debts as well as diversification costs.As part of its restructuring, the shipbuilder plans to reduce its current output and switch focus on the construction of highly-sophisticated vessels such as hopper dredgers and luxury cruise ships which have an added value.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Electronic Waste Consultation Extended

first_imgNova Scotians will have an additional month to provide theirviews on proposed regulations to ban computers, televisions andother electronic products from landfills. The Department of Environment and Labour is extending its publicconsultation on the draft regulations until April 11. Theextension is at the request of stakeholders who want more time tosubmit comments. “Addressing electronic waste is part of our solid wastemanagement strategy for Nova Scotia,” said Environment and LabourMinister Kerry Morash. “We’re happy to give Nova Scotians anothermonth to comment on our proposal to make industry responsible forkeeping this waste out of our landfills.” The public consultation began on Feb. 9. The draft regulationsban numerous electronic products from landfills. They alsooutline requirements for brand owners to develop electronicproducts stewardship programs. More information and the draft regulations are available on thedepartment’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla in the What’s Newsection.last_img read more

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Thai PM flies to ‘clean dirty’ northern air

first_imgChiang Mai (Thailand): The air hanging over Thailand’s far north has become so polluted, the prime minister went Tuesday to see in person what is being called a severe health crisis. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrived by helicopter at an army base in Chiang Mai, a popular tourist destination where seasonal haze has been unusually bad and prolonged this year. The thick gray smoky air has largely hidden the forested mountains that surround the city, and many schools have closed. Pollution levels have soared into the hazardous zone and remained there for many weeks, putting the city at the top of the list of the world’s most polluted cities on many days, although readings often fluctuate by time of day. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMuch of the current pollution has been caused by the burning of forest undergrowth by villagers to make it easier to gather mushrooms and other products for sale. The burning often occurs at night, lighting the sky but making it hard to catch the perpetrators. The city is especially vulnerable because the mountains that surround it trap the pollution. The problem has been worse this year because of a drier-than-usual dry season. In several weeks, farmers are expected to start burning corn fields to clear them for planting, prolonging the pollution. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPrayuth handed out fire fighting supplies such as hoes and told local military personnel and fire fighters that he travelled to Chiang Mai to show his support. He met with representatives from eight northern provinces at an ad-hoc regional pollution monitoring centre and said the fires must be controlled within seven days. “We need to work on a long-term solution with understanding from the public,” he said. “We need time to change the way we grow crops and farm. Tens of millions of people could be affected. It could create confusion and chaos. We will work on the immediate problems and plan for long-term solutions.” There has been widespread criticism of the government’s response so far, with about 40,000 people signing a Change.org petition calling for the governor’s replacement. The local government has been hesitant to declare a state of emergency, in part because of the possible impact on tourism. Levels of tiny airborne particulates known as PM2.5 in Chiang Mai and surrounding areas exceed 300 mcg. on many days, six times the Thai safety limit, and have peaked at about 700. PM2.5 particulates are small enough to be sucked deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream, and can cause respiratory problems and over time may raise risks of cardiovascular disease and cancers.last_img read more

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Laboratory goes up in flames at Belgachhia

first_imgKolkata: A fire broke out at Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) located at Belgachhia on Wednesday afternoon. Two fire tenders controlled the flames within half-an-hour. No one was hurt in the incident.According to the police, on Wednesday around 3:20 pm, staff members of the Forensic Science Laboratory saw smoke from a room on the top floor of the building that housed the laboratory. Immediately, the building was evacuated. Eventually Ultadanga police station and fire brigade were informed. Within few minutes two fire tenders were pressed into action. But as no flames could be seen, primarily fire fighters failed to understand the source of the fire. After spraying water for a few minutes, fire fighters understood that fire broke out at a room on the top floor. Later, water sprayed on the particular room and the fire was controlled by 3:50 pm. Cooling process went on for almost 20 minutes more. It is suspected that the fire might had occurred due to short circuit in the electrical line.last_img read more

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Air Canada asks Supreme Court to reject maintenance ruling in Quebec lawsuit

MONTREAL — Air Canada has asked the Supreme Court to intervene to overturn a court ruling that requires the carrier to keep maintenance operations in the country.The Montreal-based airline said Tuesday it is seeking leave to appeal a Quebec Court of Appeal decision in November. That ruling upheld a lower court’s 2013 decision that backed a lawsuit filed by the Quebec government.The province argued that Air Canada breached its legal obligations under the federal Air Canada Public Participation Act that privatized the airline in 1988 to keep heavy maintenance operations in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.Air Canada has argued that it respected the law by continuing to conduct aircraft maintenance at its three Canadian facilities in Montreal, Winnipeg and Mississauga, Ont., even though heavy maintenance was transferred outside the country.WestJet Airlines Ltd faces challenging 2016 thanks to high exposure to weak AlbertaWhat changes to Air Canada’s frequent flyer program mean for youIt also told the court that the Quebec and Manitoba governments — Manitoba intervened to support Quebec’s lawsuit — have no jurisdiction because aviation is a federal matter.Quebec launched its lawsuit after Aveos Fleet Performance, which obtained creditor protection, closed in 2012 in a move that laid off 2,600 employees, including about 1,700 in Montreal.The union that represented Aveos workers said the country’s highest court may grant the airline’s request because it involves an important federal law that affects several provinces.“But it’s still disappointing to see Air Canada fight this battle against the former Aveos workers and against the federal law,” David Chartrand, Quebec co-ordinator of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said in a news release.By stretching out the legal battle, the carrier is doing everything in its power to save itself from its responsibilities, he added. read more

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The Latest Critics say telecom deal bad for consumers

WASHINGTON — The Latest on approval of T-Mobile’s Sprint takeover (all times local):1:10 p.m.Some industry watchers say T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint is a bad deal for consumers.The Justice Department approved the deal on Friday, clearing a major hurdle for a deal set to transform the telecom industry. To win approval, T-Mobile and Sprint agreed to sell some prepaid businesses and airwave rights for wireless service to satellite-TV company Dish.But Center for Democracy and Technology staff fellow Avery Gardiner says the deal will reduce competition and could hike prices for consumers.Free Press Research Director S. Derek Turner says the Justice Department is trying to “split the baby” by requiring a sale of some units to Dish, but nothing in that will mean lower prices for consumers.On the other hand, Jessica Melugin of the Competitive Enterprise Institute think-tank says that since the government is stepping aside consumers will get the “wireless innovation that they deserve.”___11:30 a.m.U.S. regulators are approving T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts.Friday’s approval by the Justice Department and five state attorneys general comes after Sprint and T-Mobile agreed to conditions that would set up satellite-TV provider Dish as a fourth wireless company, so the number of major U.S. providers remains at four.Dish is buying prepaid cellphone brands such as Boost and Virgin Mobile and some spectrum, or airwaves for wireless service, from the two companies. It will also be able to rent T-Mobile’s network for seven years while it builds its own.Democratic attorneys general from 13 states have sued to stop the takeover, citing consumer harm. They may not be satisfied with the settlement and choose to press ahead.The Associated Press read more

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Nearly all Iraqis seek greater UN role in political transition Security Council

“Almost without exception, Iraqi interlocutors want the UN to assume greater responsibilities and a greater visibility in Iraq,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi told the 15-member body.“The new transitional institutions in Iraq will need continued and active support from the United Nations, the region and the international community at large,” he said, presenting Mr. Annan’s latest report on the country in an open briefing.“We will be assessing the scope for increased humanitarian and development initiatives, consistent as always with the security of UN staff,” he added, voicing the hope that the arrival of new guard units for UN personnel will encourage other countries to support the expansion of UN activities “by practical as well as moral support.”As he has nearly every day since the 30 January elections, from which Sunni Arabs largely absented themselves, Mr. Qazi stressed the imperative for all sectors to take part in the transition, especially the task of writing a new constitution that falls to the newly elected National Assembly in which Sunni Arabs now have little representation.But he noted that all major parties, including those who stayed away from the voting booths, have already engaged in intensive talks on the transition. “I hope that Iraqis will build upon this positive momentum as they move on. It is important that no community should feel alienated from the political process,” he declared.Echoing that theme, the Council President for April, Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, said members looked forward to continued progress in Iraq’s political transition, and urged the Transitional National Assembly to proceed “without delay” on the constitutional process.Council members “stress the need for this process to be as inclusive, participatory and transparent as possible,” he said in a press statement after the briefing. “They encourage the Transitional National Assembly to reach out broadly to all segments of Iraqi society, with a view of promoting genuine political dialogue and national reconciliation and ensuring that all Iraqis have a voice in the drafting of the constitution.”Shiite Arabs, who voted enthusiastically, represent about 60 per cent of the population, while mainly Sunni Kurds, who also turned out en masse, and Sunni Arabs, the dominant political force in the regime of ousted Saddam Hussein, represent about 20 per cent each.“Members of the international community can critically support Iraq’s transition process by stepping up their reconstruction and development assistance both through the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq and bilaterally,” Mr. Qazi said, reiterating UN readiness to help in writing the constitution, if requested, and to coordinate international aid.“The road ahead presents both great opportunities and serious challenges,” he added, stressing the need to eschew sectarian agendas or imposing majoritarian views.On security, he noted that despite an apparent reduction in the number of violent incidents, the tactics and lethality of the insurgency continued to evolve and a credible political process offered the best prospect for improvement.“The better and the faster Iraqi security forces can be trained, the sooner they will be able to assume their responsibilities and take charge of the country’s security,” he said.In his report, released last month, Mr. Annan also stressed the vital need for all sectors to be brought into the next stages of the transition, including the writing of a new constitution. read more

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African UnionUN mission in Darfur welcomes unilateral sixmonth truce by two armed

“Each other party to the conflict has made gestures to indicate willingness to engage in peace; now is the time for Mr. El Nur to make such a gesture,” said Martin Uhomoibhi, the Joint Special Representative for Darfur and the Head of the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in a news release issued by the Mission. Also in the news release, the Mission welcomed an earlier announcement by President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan of a unilateral cessation of hostilities till the end of this year. The announcements by Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minnawi and the Justice and Equality Movement-Gibril entered into effect on 31 October. While noting existing challenges, UNAMID expressed hoped that gestures, such as the cessation of hostilities, would encourage all parties to the conflict to commit to a negotiated solution, including through the signing of the cessation of hostilities document presented to the parties by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and in line with the Roadmap Agreement. Further in the statement, Mr. Uhomoibhi underscored that the mission would continue to work to protect civilians in Darfur and creating a conducive environment for sustainable peace in the region.UNAMID was established by the UN Security Council in July 2007 and it took over from the African Union Mission in Sudan in December that year. The mission’s mandate was extended until 30 June 2017 by the Council through its resolution 2296. read more

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Experts urge support for most marginalized persons with disabilities as UN forum

Referring to her own day-to-day life, she defines the city in which she is based – Geneva, Switzerland – as fully accessible. Public transportation provides her with access to any place she wants to go, enabling her to benefit from all services that are available in her community. “I did not have that kind of access when I was little growing up in Costa Rica,” she says, recalling her childhood. Ms. Degener also noted the progress made in recent years. “We can see that many countries have changed their laws, especially in respect to guardianship laws, mental health laws and voting laws.” As a result, she added, “persons with disabilities have achieved more access to the election process and have achieved more freedom.” Both women acknowledged that while progress has been made in a number of areas, several challenges still remain. Support for women and girls with disabilitiesOne of the areas that requiring greater attention is creating the conditions that would enable women to work, given that the employment rate for women with disabilities is much lower than that for men. In this regard, Ms. Devandas called on all parties to step up efforts in this area, saying that “urgent action is needed.” “There is very little attention [paid] to the dramatic situation that women with disabilities as well as girls with disabilities face in their daily lives. Not only in regards to employment, in regards to violence and in regards to education. You can add and add, because multiple layers of discrimination apply to women with disabilities.” We cannot forget that to talk about inclusion, we need to be inclusive ourselves “To change that, we need to increase the awareness and put more effort into recognizing the support that women with disabilities need to exercise their rights,” she stated. She went on to say: “When we are talking about the rights of persons with disabilities, we are not talking a man in a wheelchair. We are talking about a very diverse group of people. And we need very diverse solutions. We cannot forget that to talk about inclusion, we need to be inclusive ourselves.” Theresia Degener, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. UN Photo/ Kim Haughton The Convention and the Sustainable Development GoalsIn 2015, States adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Ms. Degener noted that there is much in common between the Convention and the 17 Goals. “Most of the rights enshrined in the Convention are also found in the Sustainable Development Goals. Whereas the Millennium Development Goals did not include disabled people, the SDGs do that now. Disability is mainstreamed. “So, by trying to implement the SDGs, States Parties try to implement the purpose of the CRPD.” She continued: “Also, we need to remember that a fifth of very poor populations in the world, those who live on less than a dollar a day, are made up of disabled people and their families. So when States Parties work towards eradication of poverty of disabled people they also implement the Convention by ensuring that disabled people can live a life which that has an adequate standard of living.” “This conference needs to achieve a clear understanding on how to reach the most vulnerable among disabled persons, those who are affected by humanitarian crises and natural disasters and military conflicts,” says Theresia Degener, Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “Most often [the most vulnerable among disabled persons] are disabled women and disabled girls. And if we do not tackle multiple discrimination, we don’t reach these most vulnerable groups of persons with disabilities,” she added in an interview with UN News ahead of the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Conference of States Parties is held each year to exchange experience and ideas for implementation of the Convention, which was adopted in December 2006 with the aim of promoting full equality and participation of persons with disabilities in society. There are currently 173 countries that have joined the Convention, making it one of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments. Over one billion people in the world live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities continue to be subject to stereotypes, prejudices, harmful practices and stigma. “It is important to acknowledge that since the adoption of the Convention, 11 years ago, a lot of things are changing around the world,” Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, told UN News. “We are seeing more accessibility, so it is easier for persons that use wheelchairs to move around. It is easier to have access to services, and that is fantastic.” Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, is in New York to attend the tenth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. UN Photo/ Alban Mendes de Leon VIDEO: Enhancing support to persons with disabilities, especially the most vulnerable among them, is the focus of the UN conference taking place in New York. Credit: UN News Inclusive social protectionWith the start of the second decade of the Convention, Ms. Devandas cited two areas where advancement would be particularly beneficial. “The first one is if social protection policies are fully inclusive of persons with disabilities. The second one is to guarantee that support networks will be available for persons with disabilities. We live in a world that is designed to support able-bodied people, but persons with disabilities as part of diversity also need support, and their support is different “This means that persons with disabilities will be covered by universal health coverage, that we will have access to pensions, will have access to a specific benefit to support income, but also to recognize that we have additional costs for participation. “At the same time, there should be this acknowledgement that support needs to be provided,” stressed Ms. Devandas. “In our societies everyone is supported. We do not notice anymore. We live in a world that is designed to support able-bodied people, but persons with disabilities as part of diversity also need support, and their support is different. “We need to make sure that personal assistant devices and technology is provided to persons with disabilities so that we can fully participate on an equal basis with others. I think that if we have those things, it will make a dramatic difference in the lives of persons living with disabilities.” read more

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Falcons Dunta Robinson Cleared To Practice

The Atlanta Falcons might have avoided one calamity with the news that Dunta Robinson has been cleared by the NFL’s concussion protocol program and allowed to practice on Friday.Robinson was injured in the regular-season-ending loss to the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, a game the hard-hitting cornerback — and other starters — did not need to play because the Falcons already secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.Losing him for their first playoff game next week against either Washington, Seattle or Minnesota would have been catastrophic. Pass-rush specialist John Abraham also was injured in the game. But he should be all right from the ankle injury by next Sunday.Robinson led with his head when he attempted to bring down Bucs running back Doug Martin and suffered the concussion.“It was very good to get Dunta back,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said to the media on Friday. “Dunta has been cleared to start practicing again. It’s good to have him back. It was a great turnaround from Sunday to Friday.”According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons had advised Robinson to stop leading with his helmet. IN 2010, he suffered a concussion trying to tackle in a similar fashion.“We address it all the time, not just with Dunta, but there is a certain strike zone that you try to hit when you’re tackling,” Smith said. “You really want to keep the head out of it.”For a while after Robinson’s injury, the Falcons would not admit he had suffered a concussion. They called it a “head injury.” A reporter asked Smith about Robinson on Monday and the coach responded that the player was “in the concussion protocol,” ending any speculation.Robinson will continue to be monitored as the Falcons go about getting ready to get out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in four years. read more

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Eriez launches new AKC Grate magnetic separator for mineral processing

first_imgEriez Magnetics Europe has announced the introduction of a new magnetic separator into their ProGrade range. The ProGrade Auto Kwik Clean (AKC) Grate captures problematic ferrous metals, with the added advantage of automated cleaning. According to the company, this preserves product purity whilst eliminating downtime of machinery and saving costs. The Eriez AKC Grate utilises Mega (10,500 gauss) Rare Earth magnetic strength and automatically discharges any collected iron due to pneumatic and electronic components. The self cleaning property allows the grate to be used in inaccessible areas where magnetic grates previously would not be considered. The product can be implemented across a wide range of bulk handling and process industries inclduing mineral processing such as silica sand operations.The AKC Grate is particularly useful when continuous operation is required and the product flow cannot be stopped to allow cleaning or maintenance. With its perpetual process, the new grate “ensures maximum protection for valuable machinery.” The Eriez statement adds: “The AKC Grate is priced competitively with a high quality finish. Importantly for many customers, they are available immediately from stock.” The system contains two banks of magnetic tubes, with the top bank containing seven tubes and the bottom bank containing six. The magnetic component of the AKC Grate is 356 mm wide by 305 mm long and its typical capacity is nominally 50 t/h based on sand with a bulk density of 1.6 t/m3. Eriez also offers a range of Xtreme Rare Earth Grate Magnets which can be applied in all processing industries. The ProGrade Square, Round and housed Permanent Magnetic Grates are designed to remove ferrous contamination in hoppers, chutes, floor openings and other areas where free flowing materials are present.last_img read more

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YouTube Editor adds video stabilization

first_imgAn annoying characteristic of video caught with some handheld video cameras is blurring associated with motion. Some cameras offer image stabilization technology to improve this blurring while you are recording, but what do you do with video already recorded which is suffering from a lack of this technology and a shaky hand? YouTube is offering a solution through a new feature for its free YouTube Editor called “Stabilize video”.YouTube first launched its cloud-based video editor back in June of last year. To utilize the tool you must first make sure the video you want to edit is uploaded. Upon entering the tool all of the videos you have uploaded to YouTube will be displayed. Just select the video you want to edit and drag it down to the editor’s timeline. Upon floating your cursor over your video you will see three icons. The first allows you to trim the video, the second allows you to rotate it, while the third adds special effects. These special effects include changing brightness/contrast, making the video black and white, in addition to the new stabilize video feature.AdChoices广告When it comes to using the new stabilization feature, you have to make a trade off. As you increase the amount of stabilization you also increase how much of the video will be cropped.YouTube receives its improvements thanks to seven engineers who have primary responsibilities in areas outside of YouTube, but who spend 20% of their personal project time, given to them by Google, to add enhancements such as image stabilization. Incredibly, the stabilization enhancement was created in just three weeks and will be the focus of a research paper presented at an upcoming computer vision conference.Read more at The New York Timeslast_img read more

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Tree alight kindles spirit

first_imgDogs, the primary beneficiaries of the pet-humanization trend, get to go a lot of places these days — restaurants, workplaces, yoga. So perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone began offering a bus tour for pups.What claims to be the world’s first such tour launched recently in London. Three times a day, it’s ferrying pooches and their people around the city, offering one hour of commentary on spots that have “a historical connection to canines” and opportunities to disembark (get it?) at popular dog-walking areas.Passengers both human and canine can learn about the city’s lone dog cemetery, the corgis of Buckingham Palace, and the dog-related laws that have been passed in the House of Parliament. If they so desire, they can stroll the green of Kensington Palace, where Prince William and Princess Kate reside with their two children and their black cocker spaniel, Lupo. If they’re feeling parched or peckish, they can get off the bus and follow their tour-provided map of dog-friendly eateries and pubs.More than 60 dogs and their owners took part in the free tour the first day, according to More Th>n, the company that’s hosting it. Alas, it ended quickly, because this tour is more of a publicity stunt than a service. More Th>n, an insurance company that offers pet coverage, dreamed it up to mark the launch of its new product, Doggyssentials, which delivers poo bags, dog treats, flea treatments and a toy or shampoo to members’ doorsteps each month.last_img read more

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Urban Beach Weekend concludes with calm Memorial Day

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Thousands continued to celebrate at the beach during Memorial Day weekend and Urban Beach Week, Monday.The holiday weekend also coincides with Urban Beach Week, where clubs, bars and restaurants host parties and rap concerts along South Beach.Tens of thousands of visitors attend the events every year, which led to an increase in police presence. “I think it’s going to be a bad one,” said Brent Mason, who’s visiting from Australia. “For sure, I think the police are gonna have a hard time.”Law enforcement officials took extra steps to keep everyone safe this year, including assigning extra uniformed and undercover officers. “Our officers are out here not only in uniform patrol, but we have undercover officers,” said Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez. “We don’t want anyone to break the law — things like narcotics, things like drinking in public — anything like that.”The turnout is expected to be larger this year, officials said. Police cracked down on Miami Beach, making 153 citywide arrests since Thursday. This number more than doubles the 66 arrests made through all of last year’s urban beach weekend.According to officials, there were 200 arrests made during last year’s Memorial Day weekend in Miami.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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A Recession is a Terrible Thing to Waste

first_imgLay-offs. Cost-cutting. Product closures. The headlines are full of the casualties of the current economic climate, and not just for the publishing industry. With print continuing to slide and softness creeping into digital and events, it’s bleak out there.But not for everyone. If you just wait for the storm to pass now, you’ll be behind the curve in the better times ahead. FOLIO: polled 20 publishing executives from a variety of markets and company sizes not just on where they can save but where they are investing and what opportunities they see for growth. Todd Matherne CEO | Renaissance PublishingToyin Awesu publisher and editor-in-chief | AvenueReport.comCameron Brown president | King Fish MediaDeborah Esayian co-president | Emmis InteractiveEfrem “Skip” Zimbalist CEO | Active Interest MediaJustin Smith president | The AtlanticSteven Kotok general manager | The WeekLen Burnett co-founder, co-CEO | UptownRisa Crandall VP | Scholastic Parents MediaJanet Libert editor and publisher | Executive Travel SkyGuideMike Domke founder and president | Milo MediaJim Prevor CEO | Phoenix Media NetworkKent Brownridge general manager | OK!Samir Arora CEO | Glam MediaJohn Sateja EVP | Consumer’s UnionJim Vick staff director/publisher | IEEE SpectrumPete May president | Greener World MediaBarb Newton president | Sunset PublishingPaul Mackler | CEO | HMP Communications HoldingsHarry Sachinis | president | McGraw-Hill Business Informationlast_img read more

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