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Mets Beat Brewers 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK— One night after an especially ugly loss at Citi Field, it was two of New York’s top young talents who steadied the defending NL champions.Steven Matz pitched seven smooth innings to win his sixth consecutive start, Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer and the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Friday.“It is nice to get that one after a rough series,” Conforto said. “It feels like now we’re headed in the right direction.”After skipping a turn in the rotation last weekend and receiving an injection for his sore elbow, Matz (6-1) picked up right where he left off in his previous outing May 9 at Dodger Stadium. The rookie left-hander limited the Brewers to three hits while improving to 10-1 over 13 regular-season starts in the majors.Pain-free and sharp as a tack, Matz struck out eight and walked none as the Mets won for only the second time in eight games. His healthy outing provided a sigh of relief and a timely boost after scuffling teammate Matt Harvey was hit hard and booed loudly Thursday night in the low point of his career, a 9-1 loss to the rival Nationals.“We needed it bad. We were really short in the ‘pen,” manager Terry Collins said. “Tremendous outing. Matter of fact, we’re thinking about giving Harv a shot tomorrow, just for the hell of it. Seems to be working.”The only real hiccup for Matz came when Chris Carter connected for his 13th home run, a two-run shot to center field on a 2-2 pitch in the first. After that, Matz retired 15 straight batters before Hernan Perez singled with two outs in the sixth.“I’m a rhythm pitcher, so I got into the rhythm,” said Matz, who worked quickly and threw 88 pitches in a crisp game that took 2 hours, 31 minutes. “We just kind of got into that groove, but I didn’t really change anything. It’s just one pitch.”Perez was promptly caught stealing by catcher Rene Rivera, a call that was overturned upon replay review. Milwaukee never managed another baserunner — in fact, the Brewers did not strand anyone all night.“We did a good job of hitting with guys on base,” manager Craig Counsell joked. “You have to give yourself opportunities.”Addison Reed tossed a perfect eighth and Jeurys Familia closed flawlessly for his 14th save in as many chances.With the Mets trailing 2-1, Asdrubal Cabrera singled to start the sixth and Conforto went opposite field to left against Wily Peralta (2-5) for his seventh home run. The ball cleared the shortened fence at Citi Field, near the 358-foot sign.“Having that approach and going the other way is something that I’m really working on right now and something that will help me in the future,” Conforto said. “I think it’s a good sign for me to be able to go the other way with power.”Peralta, a 17-game winner in 2014, gave Milwaukee an encouraging outing after struggling early this year. He yielded six hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two.“Better rhythm today. I think I was commanding better, too,” Peralta said. “Between starts, I’ve been working on not thinking much, just grabbing the ball and executing.”Rivera drove in New York’s first run with a groundout in the second after Neil Walker drew a leadoff walk and went to third on Lucas Duda’s single.RING DAYBrewers outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and reliever Carlos Torres, role players who helped the Mets reach the World Series last season, received their 2015 NL championship rings from Collins and assistant GM John Ricco outside the Milwaukee clubhouse. Ricco brought over gift bags, and Collins thanked both players for their contributions. “We miss you, and congratulations on your success,” he told Nieuwenhuis.IMPRESSIVE STUFFMatz has a 1.35 ERA and 42 strikeouts over 40 innings in his last six starts. … Kazuhisa Ishii is the only other lefty since 1900 to win 10 of his first 13 major league starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Ishii was 10-2 after 13 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002. … Matz is the lone pitcher in Mets history to win 10 of his first 11 career decisions.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: LF Ryan Braun missed his third straight game with a stiff back. … Milwaukee placed RF Domingo Santana on the 15-day DL with a sore right shoulder and recalled speedy Keon Broxton from Triple-A Colorado Springs.Mets: 3B David Wright (spinal stenosis) received a scheduled day off, but could play both afternoon games this weekend, Collins said. Eric Campbell started at third and made a diving play in the ninth. … Familia’s left knee was wrapped in ice after he knocked down a comebacker for the final out. He said he was fine.UP NEXTWeather permitting, Milwaukee RHP Zach Davies (1-3, 5.58 ERA) starts the middle game of the series Saturday afternoon against RHP Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.50).MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Borussia Dortmund players ‘hardly slept’ after bomb attack on bus

first_imgBorussia Dortmund players had to, though, less than 24 hours after a bomb attack on their team bus. And they will have to do so again on Saturday, when Eintracht Frankfurt visits in the Bundesliga. (Also read: Champions League: Kylian Mbappe brace gives Monaco 3-2 win in Dortmund)Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin made it clear that his thoughts were far from the field in the rescheduled Champions League quarterfinal match against Monaco on Wednesday – a game Dortmund lost 3-2 after an uncharacteristically hesitant start.”Until I was on the pitch in the second half, I didn’t think about football, to be honest. Because last night I didn’t realize what happened, and when I was at home and my wife and my son were waiting in front of the door, there I felt how lucky we were,” the visibly shaken Sahin told former Norway international Jan Aage Fjortoft, now a journalist. (Also read: German police probe possible Islamist links to Borussia Dortmund bus attack)”I know football is very important. We love football. We suffer with football. We love football. I know we earn a lot of money, we have a privileged life, but we are human beings. There’s so much more than football in this world. Last night we felt it.”Dortmund defender Marc Bartra was hit by shrapnel as three explosions hit the bus. The Spaniard was taken to the hospital and had surgery on a broken bone in his wrist. (Also read: Champions League: Borussia Dortmund and Monaco prepare for quarter-final goalfest)advertisementA spokeswoman for federal prosecutors, Frauke Koehler, said metal from one of the bombs lodged in a headrest. It could easily have been a lot worse.”I can’t forget the faces,” Sahin said of his teammates, who ducked for cover when the explosions hit. “I will never forget these faces in my life for sure. Oh yeah, when I saw Marc there and I saw Schmelle (Marcel Schmelzer), I sat next to Schmelle and I will never forget Schmelle’s face. It was unbelievable.” (Also read: Champions League: Borussia Dortmund bus hit by explosion, one player injured)Schmelzer also highlighted the impact of the attack on his side.”We have to function like puppets,” the Dortmund captain said. “You read the whole time of an attack on our bus. But you shouldn’t forget there were 30 people sitting in it, so it’s an attack on us as people. It makes us incredibly sad but also incredibly fortunate to be standing here today, especially when you hear the details that are coming out (from the investigation). We’re just incredibly lucky no one else besides Marc was seriously injured.”Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel was stinging in his criticism of UEFA for going ahead with the Champions League game so soon after the attack.”We had the feeling that we were being treated as if a beer can had hit our bus,” said Tuchel, who claimed he wasn’t asked about whether to proceed with the game.But Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said Tuesday that a congested calendar meant there was little option for postponing the game further. UEFA spokesman Pedro Pinto told The Associated Press the governing body was in touch with all parties.Tuchel may have been trying to protect his players but it’s clear that the attack had an effect on his side.”Most players hardly slept, myself included,” Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl said. “I tried to come to terms with it with my family, tried to wind down and switch off. In the end in the game we made the best we could of it.”Amid increased security and while the investigations continue, Dortmund will have to make the best of it again Saturday as it seeks to improve upon its fourth place to secure automatic Champions League qualification. Fourth only brings a playoff.Apart from Bartra, who would have been suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards anyway, Dortmund is struggling with injuries – there was one spot free on the bench against Monaco because of a lack of available players.Dortmund is unbeaten in a club-record 34 league games at home. It has scored in its last 19 games, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang second behind Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the scoring chart. Lewandowski has 26 goals in 28 games. Aubameyang, who played two games less, has 25.Frankfurt, which was previously third, has lost its last four games away and it hasn’t won any of its last nine.last_img read more

Report: Stoke City 2 Huddersfield 0

first_imgStoke City 2 Huddersfield Town 0: Lambert makes winning start as Potters inch out of bottom three Omnisport Last updated 1 year ago 00:52 1/21/18 Paul Lambert - cropped Getty Images Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf combined to give Paul Lambert three points in his first match in charge of Stoke City. Paul Lambert enjoyed the perfect start to life at Stoke City as a pair of second half goals secured a vital 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the bet365 Stadium.Managing in the top-flight for the first time in almost three years, Lambert had Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf to thank for at least momentarily lifting the Potters out of the bottom three.Allen brought the match to life after a forgettable first half by putting the hosts on course for a first win in five league matches with a cool 53rd minute opener. 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 And Lambert, whose last Premier League stint ended in dismissal at Aston Villa, was truly able to celebrate when Diouf doubled the lead at the end of a clinical counter-attack.The striker started in place of reported Chelsea target Peter Crouch and repaid his new boss’ faith by sealing the end of a four-match losing run in all competitions.Huddersfield never threatened either side of the quickfire strikes as their winless run stretched to six league games, leaving them one point ahead of the rejuvenated Potters. It’s good to be back… #STKHUD @stokecity pic.twitter.com/QX6RySK1LP— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2018Backed by a boisterous atmosphere, Stoke were full of energy early as Lambert urged his side to get on the front foot.Mame Biram Diouf replaced Crouch at the point of attack and had an attempt blocked well by Christopher Schindler in the 18th minute, with Charlie Adam blasting a half-volley wide on the follow-up.The match began to stagnate after a free-flowing first 20 minutes with a string of stray passes and lack of quality in attack.However, just as the first half appeared set to finish without a shot on target, Shaqiri was put through for a golden chance to break the deadlock.The Switzerland international raced onto Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s dinked pass over the top, but his attempted chip from just inside the area was smothered by the onrushing Jonas Lossl.To Lambert’s delight, Allen went one better within eight minutes of the restart.Choupo-Moting escaped down the left and his cut-back ran across the face of goal to Allen, who side-footed in off the right post despite Scott Malone appearing to be in a position to clear.YESSSSSSSS!!!!!! GET IN!!!!!! (1-0) #SCFC pic.twitter.com/J9F6MWPjii— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 20, 2018The Terriers had Lossl to thank for initially preventing a bigger margin as the German denied Shaqiri and Diouf in quick succession.Shaqiri failed to make the most of a promising breakaway once more as he cut inside and fired straight at the busy German goalkeeper, but the 26-year-old’s class eventually shone through for Stoke’s second.Choupo-Moting was gifted possession by Aaron Mooy’s loose pass and his ball into Shaqiri’s feet was delightfully flicked on to Diouf, who buried his finish to extend the hosts’ margin with just over 20 minutes remaining.Stoke had a chance to further extend their winning margin only for Choupo-Moting blazed over, but the Terriers’ blunt attack meant Lambert’s men were never in danger of missing out on a much-needed three points. Key Opta stats:- Diouf’s goal was his 22nd in the Premier League for Stoke – making him their joint-third highest goalscorer in the competition (Jonathan Walters 43, Peter Crouch 43, Marko Arnautovic 22).- Lambert earned his first win as a Premier League manager in 11 games, since his Aston Villa side beat Leicester City 2-1 in December 2014.- The Potters kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League since October (1-0 at Watford), having conceded 30 goals in their 13 previous games. read morelast_img read more

a month agoMan City keeper Zack Steffen open to extending Fortuna Dusseldorf stay

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City keeper Zack Steffen open to extending Fortuna Dusseldorf stayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen has opened the door to extending his stay with Fortuna Dusseldorf.Fortuna are in talks with City about extending the USA keeper’s loan into a second season.The Germans have also spoken with Steffen’s agent about a new arrangement.Asked about the prospect, Steffen told BILD: “I do not know what happens in a year. “I am concentrating on the next games, which are very important for us. But it does not have to be the worst idea…” last_img read more

Mamata wishes farmers of Bengal on 3rd anniversary of landmark Singur verdict

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has sent her best wishes to all the farmers in the country, on the 3rd anniversary of the historic Supreme Court judgment which had declared that the land acquisition in Singur was illegal.Banerjee tweeted in this regard on Saturday: “On August 31, 2016, the SC in a historic judgment had declared that the land acquisition in Singur was illegal. On the 3rd anniversary of the historic judgment my best wishes to all Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujathe farmers in the country. Agriculture and industry are two petals of a flower and can coexist happily.” The Singur movement, which had been launched by the Chief Minister against the forcible acquisition of farmland by the Left Front government in 2006, was the beginning of the end of LF rule in Bengal. To express her solidarity with the farmers who did not want to give the land, Banerjee had observed a fast that lasted for 26 days. She broke her fast on December 29 after being persuaded by the then President APJ Abdul Kalam, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Atal Behari Vajpayee, who wrote letters on December 28, requesting her to give up the fast. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn May 18, 2006, in a press conference held jointly by the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Ratan Tata, the latter announced that a small project would come up at Singur on 700 acres of land and the ancillary units would come up on another 300 acres of land. On July 17, the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) began to acquire land in Singur, which local farmers resisted. Banerjee lent her support to the farmers and the agitation took the shape of a movement. Intellectuals like Amlan Dutta and Santosh Bhattacharya, among others, gave their support to Banerjee and opposed the erstwhile state government’s proposal to set up an automobile factory on farmland. The agitation continued for over a year and finally the Tatas withdrew themselves from the project on October 3, 2008. Returning the land to the unwilling farmers became the slogan of Trinamool Congress before the 2011 Assembly election and Banerjee was subsequently sworn in as the Chief Minister on May 20, 2011. On July 14, 2011, the Bengal Assembly passed the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Bill 2011, which received the Governor’s nod on July 20. Banerjee went to Singur and returned the land to the unwilling farmers at a function. Agricultural experts were brought to the place, who examined the condition of the soil. A martyrs’ column has come up in Singur and the movement has been included in the history syllabus of school students.last_img read more

Special Central Police Observer to reach city today

first_imgKolkata: The state’s Special Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey will be reaching the city on Sunday. He will remain in the state till the conclusion of the Lok Sabha elections and will be looking after the deployment of security forces.The Election Commission has decided to deploy 10 companies of the Central Forces for the first two phases of elections. Polls will be held in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar in the first phase on April 11 while the second phase will see elections in Darjeeling, Raiganj and Jalpaiguri on April 18. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”He (Vivek Dubey) will reach Kolkata at around 4.25 pm on Sunday and will remain in the state till completion of the elections. He will have his chamber at the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office,” said Sanjay Basu, additional CEO, Bengal. The 10 companies of the Central Forces that are deployed in North and South 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, North Dinajpur, East Midnapore, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata since March 16 would be used for the first two phases of elections on April 11 and 18 respectively in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar and Darjeeling, Raigunj and Jalpaiguri. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to sources in the Commission, one company each would be deployed in Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar. Presently, the Central Forces that are deployed in Kolkata, Birbhum and South 24-Parganas would be sent to these three districts of North Bengal for the first two phases. Along with this, one company of the Central Forces would be deployed in Barrackpore and Diamond Harbour each. One company that is presently deployed in North 24-Parganas would be sent to Barrackpore and among the two companies that are deployed in South 24-Parganas, one would be sent to North Bengal and the remaining one to Diamond Harbour. For the first phase of polls, seven nominations have been filed in Alipurduar (ST) seat and 11 in Cooch Behar. In the second phase, 12 nominations have been filed in Jalpaiguri (SC), 16 in Darjeeling and 14 in Raigunj.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia Calls for Urgent GCC, Arab League Meetings after Drone…

Rabat – King Salman of Saudi Arabia has invited leaders of Arab countries and Gulf states for two urgent meetings to discuss “aggressions and their consequences” across the region. The meetings are expected to take place on May 30.The call received a nod from several countries, including Bahrain, Djibouti, and UAE.The statement comes after Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of ordering the attacks against the two Saudi oil pumping stations at Yanbu, on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. Read Also: Saudi Arabian Oil Pumping Stations Hit by Explosive Laden DronesThe stations were hit by drones laden with explosives on May 14.“The terrorist acts, ordered by the regime in Tehran, and carried out by the Houthis, are tightening the noose around the ongoing political efforts,” said King Salman’s son Prince Khalid bin Salman.“The attack by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias against the two Aramco pumping stations proves that these militias are merely a tool that Iran’s regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda in the region, and not to protect the people of Yemen as the Houthis falsely claim,” he tweeted.Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack, but Saudi Arabia insists that Iran has ordered the attacks.“We are not agents for anyone,” head of the Houthis’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi told Reuters.He added: “We make decisions independently and do not take orders for drones or anything else.”In response, Saudi Arabia launched a call for emergency meetings to discuss the development in the region.Saudi Arabia said that it is avoiding a war with Iran, but it would respond to any actions if necessary.“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not want a war in the region nor does it seek that,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir has said.“[Saudi Arabia] will do what it can to prevent this war and at the same time it reaffirms that in the event the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond with all force and determination, and it will defend itself and its interests.” read more

UN chief underlines need to support Somali reconciliation efforts

31 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to assist Somalia’s transitional Government in its effort to initiate reconciliation with other political and armed groups that renounce the use of violence in favour of the formation of local civil administrations. Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) also needs help to intensify and conclude consultations on the drafting of a new constitution, Mr. Ban said in an address to the High-Level meeting on Somalia convened by the United Nations and the African Union (AU) in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on the sidelines of the pan-African body’s annual summit.“The consultations should provide an inclusive platform for dialogue among Somalis, including those still outside the political process,” said the Secretary-General.He said Somalia’s political agenda, as defined in the transition road map, requires a security strategy to enable the TFG to develop its own sustainable security forces, deliver basic social services and operate in an expanded and secure environment, including in Mogadishu, the capital.While commending Uganda and Burundi for contributing troops to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Mr. Ban said it is necessary to “rapidly generate and deploy” the new troops recently authorized by the Security Council, and give the force the technical, logistical and financial support it needs to do its work. On piracy, he noted that his Special Adviser on Legal Issues related to Piracy in Somalia, Jack Lang, has proposed a comprehensive approach to the challenge of maritime piracy off the country’s coast, which is based on three pillars – deterrence, rule of law and security, and development.He also noted that the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) has initiated the deployment of a light presence in Mogadishu, Puntland and Somaliland. “This will enhance our engagement with Somali interlocutors as we assist them with implementation of the road map. We continue to work to create the appropriate conditions for the deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping operation,” Mr. Ban said.He voiced concern over the worsening humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa country, saying the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs). Drought is prevalent, and there are disturbing reports of human rights violations in areas held by insurgents. Security for humanitarian personnel and the availability of funds for relief work are inadequate, the Secretary-General added.“These challenges require an integrated, comprehensive response that encompasses many partners and many parts of the UN system. We must all do our utmost to bring an end to the violence and instability that has engulfed Somalia for so long,” Mr Ban said.At a separate meeting, the Secretary-General and the President of Somalia, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, discussed the cooperation between the UN and the TFG, as well as the challenges that lie ahead, including the completion of the transition period.Mr. Ahmed presented to the Secretary-General his Government’s vision for the management of the priority tasks for the remaining transition period.They also discussed the need for the TFG to accelerate the outreach and reconciliation efforts, intensify the constitution-making efforts, and work on a security strategy that would allow a better and secured delivery of basic social services to the population. The precarious humanitarian situation in the country also came up during the discussions.In a related development, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, will make a three-day visit to Kenya and Somalia beginning tomorrow to assess the drought conditions in the two countries.Ms. Amos will meet senior Kenyan Government officials to express appreciation for the country’s support for humanitarian action in the region, including the hosting tens of thousands of refugees over the past two decades.She will also consult with humanitarian and development partners from various UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives of the donor community on best strategies to promote early intervention and mitigation for recurring drought in the Horn of Africa.She will then travel to Somalia to visit IDP settlements in the country and hold meetings with local authorities, UN officials and their NGO partners, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Ms. Amos heads.OCHA noted in an update issued today that drought, and not insecurity, is now the main reason for new displacement in Somalia. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nearly 20,000 people were reported to have been displaced due to drought during the last two months – many of them moving to urban areas in search of assistance. Another 10,900 were displaced due to insecurity in Mogadishu. read more

JVP accuses Indian fishermen of looting Lankas resources

Indian fishermen are “plundering “Sri Lanka’s natural fishing resources and violating its sovereignty by poaching into the country’s waters, the Marxist JVP has alleged.JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the continuous poaching by Indian fishermen was a violation of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, the Press Trust of India reported. He claimed poaching by Indian fishermen have now gone up to the extent that only three days of fishing was available to Sri Lankans, while Indians indulge in illegal fishing rest of the week. Not only Sri Lankan fishermen are being denied their livelihoods, Indian fishermen were plundering a natural resource belonging to Sri Lanka, Dissanayake said.Dissanayake’s comments came as trade unions and professionals have stepped up their opposition to the proposed Indo-Lanka Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA). There were street demonstrations last week against the proposed pact, which the government says will replace the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.The Government says the pact is yet to be formalised and it will only be done after proper consultations. (Colombo Gazette) “When we speak of sovereignty we only speak about the land. Our seas are being violated and our fishing resources are being plundered day in and day out by Indian fishermen,” Dissanayake said during an address to a fisheries conference in the southern Dondra village. read more

Sudan Security Council explores transition from African Union to UN mission in

In a statement on behalf of the Council, its President for February, Ambassador John Bolton of the United States, noted that the AU has expressed its support for the changeover.The options, worked out jointly with the African Union (AU) in consultation with the Security Council and the parties to Sudan’s peace talks in Abuja, Nigeria, should make maximum use of the existing resources of the AU force, known as AMIS, and the UN Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS), currently deployed to monitor a peace agreement between rebels and the Government in the southern part of the country, the statement said.“The Security Council emphasizes the importance of maintaining strong support for AMIS until any eventual transition is completed,” Mr. Bolton said.The range of options should be based on a readiness to review and adjust the current structure of UNMIS and an assessment of the essential tasks to be carried out in southern Sudan and Darfur to maximize resources when the AU is ready for the transition, the President said.Stressing the importance of successfully concluding the Abuja peace talks, the Council called on all parties to the Darfur conflict to negotiate in good faith in order to reach a peace accord as soon as possible and to end violence and atrocities now prevailing in the region. It also demanded that the parties cooperate fully with AMIS and fulfil all their obligations under existing agreements.Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Mr. Bolton said the Council statement authorized the UN Secretariat to invite indications of interest from possible mission contributors.In response to questions, he said: “A lot of this involves close consultations with the AU and as their decision-making process evolves, ours will evolve as well.” read more

UN health agency issues updated guidelines to prevent inflight transmission of TB

Seeking to prevent the possible airborne transmission of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases from passenger to passenger on board aircraft, the United Nations health agency today issued updated guidelines to further minimize the risk, stipulating the postponement of long-distance travel by people with infectious TB.Those with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) must postpone any air travel, according to the Tuberculosis and Air Travel guidelines compiled by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).To date, no case of active TB has been identified due to exposure on a commercial aircraft, where the quality of air is high and under normal conditions cleaner than in most buildings. But prolonged journeys of more than eight hours in a confined cabin may involve an increased risk of transmission, similar to other circumstances where people are together in confined spaces.The guidelines also advise that aircraft ventilation systems should continue to operate when the aircraft is delayed on the ground and the doors closed. If not in operation, ground delays should be kept to less than 30 minutes.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and its partners, including WHO, are actively looking at ways to improve the accuracy and availability of passenger information.As an interim measure, a locator card has been developed. If there is a suspected case of a communicable disease of international importance on board, designated passengers would be asked to fill it out. The card records the name, seat number and emergency contact information. read more

UN health agency warns El Niño may increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes

A recent report published by the agency on the health consequences of El Niño forecasts a rise in vector-borne diseases, including diseases spread by mosquitoes – which also include dengue and chikungunya – in Central and South America, particularly in Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina. Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known effects of El Niño – a warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. “We could expect more mosquitoes capable of spreading the Zika virus because of expanding and favourable breeding sites due to the weather effects of El Niño,” Raman Velayudhan, coordinator of vector ecology and management in WHO’s Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases, said earlier this week in a press release. Zika is a virus spread to humans by Aedes mosquitoes – the same mosquitoes that spread dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. The Aedes mosquito breeds in standing water. The symptoms known to be caused by Zika infection tend to be mild, and it is estimated that three out of four infected do not show symptoms. WHO noted that steps are being taken to prevent and reduce the health effects of El Niño, in particular by reducing the mosquito populations that spread Zika virus. “Households can also help reduce mosquito populations,” said Mr. Velayudhan. “Containers that can hold even small amounts of clear water such as drums, buckets, flower pots, roof gutters or used tyres should be emptied, cleaned or covered so that mosquitoes cannot use them to breed, including during severe drought.” WHO and its partners are working together to provide support to ministries of health to strengthen actions that help control mosquito populations, boost vector surveillance, monitor the impact of actions to control the mosquito populations; build country and WHO response efforts to address El Niño-related disasters; and share information across the region for planning a rapid response and recovery. The current El Niño from 2015 to 2016 is expected to be the worst in recent years and comparable with the El Niño in 1997-1998, which had major health consequences worldwide. For example, in Ecuador, the 1997-1998 El Niño event affected 60 per cent of the population and outbreaks of malaria – also spread by mosquitoes – increased by 440 per cent. While adverse weather effects of El Niño are expected to wind down by mid-2016, the health impacts may last throughout 2016 and beyond, WHO said. Meanwhile WHO, today, released guidance for health workers to assess microcephaly and identify and manage Guillain-Barré syndrome and other issues in relation to Zika virus and the current health emergency. read more

UN health agency denounces attacks on health facilities in Syria

“The pattern of attacks indicates that health care is being deliberately targeted in the Syrian conflict – this is a major violation of international law and a tragic disregard of our common humanity,” WHO said in a statement today. “These attacks have seriously reduced the availability of health services in northern Syria and resulted in a major disruption of referrals of critically injured and ill patients,” the agency added. The attacks took place between 13-15 November and, according to reports, killed at least two people and injured 19 others, including six medical staff. Of the facilities attacked, three hospitals – including a frontline trauma centre and a secondline trauma centre – were located in western rural Aleppo and two were located in Idleb – one of which was a key referral hospital for comprehensive emergency obstetric care.On a monthly basis, these hospitals were providing more than 20,000 consultations, and performing more than 600 deliveries and 1,700 major surgeries. In addition, a mobile clinic in Idleb’s Jishr-Ash-Shugur area, providing essential basic healthcare to more than 3,500 patients was also attacked. According to WHO, such attacks in the war-ravaged country have increased in both frequency and scale. Thus far in 2016, the agency and its partners have documented 126 such attacks across Syria. “The attack of five hospitals and a mobile clinic in less than 48 hours is an outrage that puts many more lives in danger in Syria and deprives the most vulnerable – including children and pregnant women – of their right to health services, just at the time when they need them most,” it noted. read more

American hardcore huntress sparks outrage after posing with her kills in Scotland

A professional American “huntress” has prompted a furious reaction from animal lovers around Britain by posing with a dead goat, a ram and a stag during a trip to the Highlands and Islands. Michael Russell, Scotland’s Brexit Minister and the local MSP, took… The 33-year-old, who hosts a TV show called Larysa Unleashed, also posed with a “monstrous stag”. But it was the image of the billy goat that prompted an outcry after an SNP minister called for an immediate end to the shooting of the feral animals. 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. Larysa Switlyk and her companion posted photographs with their Scottish trophies, including a goat she said was killed with a “200 yard shot” during a “fun hunt” on the Hebridean island of Islay. read more

Police break up cocaine freeforall 76th birthday party

first_imgA 76-YEAR-OLD German who decided to celebrate her birthday with a free-for-all cocaine bash in her Berlin bar has been arrested and was being held today, German police said.Officers arrested the birthday lady late last night, a spokesman said, after being tipped off that the illegal drug was being passed around in her establishment.Inside, they found many of the customers under the influence of cocaine, which they believed was supplied by the owner, who was not named.The woman was previously arrested late last month after police found 35 grammes of cocaine in her bar and her apartment. She had been bailed just last Saturday in that matter.This time her bar was ordered closed, police said.- © AFP, 2014Read: McDonald’s worker allegedly hid heroin in Happy MealsRead: Police raid of Justin Bieber’s house finds cocaine ‘in plain view’last_img read more

World most expensive U19 player wants to win more trophies

first_imgThe former Flamengo attacker Vinicius who has become world’s most expensive U-19 player as Real Madrid grabbed him with a stunning €46m wants to ‘win more Champions Leagues’ with the capital giants.Speaking during his first interview as Blancos player, Vinicius said as quoted in Football Espana.“Speaking of trophies, if I won half of what Marcelo has, that’d be great. I play cheerful and daring football, the style played in Brazil, with a lot of dribbling but while respecting the other team and with the objective of scoring lots of goals and always helping my team.“Training is always very good. It’s similar to how it is in Brazil, but here the ball moves faster. I’m learning how to train here little by little and I’m becoming increasingly familiar with my teammates.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I’ll be very happy playing for this wonderful team. I’m expecting a wonderful year, in which Madridistas celebrate many trophies with the team and me.“I always want to win more trophies and, above all, win more Champions Leagues with Real Madrid.“I’m very happy, very happy to wear the shirt of the best team in the world, and I want to tell you that we’re going to be very happy and win many trophies in this shirt.“I send a big hug to everyone. Hala Madrid!”last_img read more

2 injured after tractortrailer crash on Turnpike in Kendall

first_imgTwo people have been injured after a tractor-trailer overturned on the northbound Turnpike in the Kendall area of Southwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, one person was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert.Officials said there was a second patient on the scene who was not transported.The crash has caused minor delays in the area, so it is recommended that motorists seek alternative routes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF GameStop Awards 250000 In Grants To Increase Employment Readiness For

first_img(NOTE: GameStop has a Wilmington location at 246 Main Street.)NEW YORK, NY — To help tackle the high unemployment or underemployment rate the vast majority of adults with autism face, GameStop and Autism Speaks are awarding up to $250,000 in funding for scholarships and programs as part of the NXT GEN Coders Program powered by GameStop. As part of the inaugural grant program, which is funded by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, 14 organizations from coast to coast each will receive grants of up to $25,000.The NXT GEN Coders Program powered by GameStop launched in 2018, and provides financial funding to organizations, schools and universities that teach digital literacy and coding to people with autism, to help prepare them for the competitive job market. With a special focus on teens and college-age students, the NXT GEN Coders Program is also open to children and adults on the autism spectrum, from preschool age through retirement.In its first year, the NXT GEN Coders Program received 38 proposals from 16 states. Applicants included community-based coding academies, not-for-profit service providers and large universities. All qualified proposals were evaluated by professionals within the coding industry and adults with autism who work in computing and gaming.Grant recipients will use the funds for tuition assistance, program enhancements or staffing to better support participants who have autism. Recipients were selected based on their proven capability to serve the diverse needs of people with autism, sustainability of the program, its potential for replication and its ability to be scaled to fit growing need.Grant Recipients:Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield – Stoneham, Mass.Coding Autism – Westlake Village, Calif.Families Helping Families NOLA – New Orleans, La.Friends of Green Chimneys – Brewster, N.Y.Islands of Brilliance – Milwaukee, Minn.MacDonald Training Center – Tampa, Fla.National Foundation for Autism Research – San Diego, Calif.nonPareil Institute – Plano, TexasTech Kids Unlimited – New York City, N.Y.Tech Talent South – Charlotte, N.C.The Specialists Guild – San Francisco, Calif.We Connect the Dots – Westbury, N.Y.Woodhaven Learning Center – Columbia, Mo.Yukodit – Montclair, N.J.“We are grateful to GameStop for its commitment to the autism community,” said Thomas Frazier, Ph.D., Autism Speaks chief science officer. “NXT GEN Coders grants will expand access to programs teaching skills that are in high demand, positioning more people with autism for careers and helping them achieve greater independence.”“At GameStop we believe the key to building inclusive, responsible communities starts with supporting the career goals of not just our associates but also those of our guests,” said Angela Venuk, vice president of IT at GameStop. “It is our hope that by establishing the NXT Gen Coders Program the coding and digital opportunities become innumerable for individuals on the autism spectrum.”About Autism Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children.About Autism SpeaksAutism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.About GameStopGameStop, the world’s largest video game retailer, offers the best selection of new and pre-owned video gaming consoles, accessories and video game titles, in both physical and digital formats. GameStop also offers fans a wide variety of pop vinyl toys, collectibles, board games and more. Through GameStop’s unique buy-sell-trade program, gamers can trade in video game consoles, games, and accessories, as well as consumer electronics for cash or in-store credit. The retailer operates thousands of locations around the world under the GameStop, EB Games and Micromania retail brands. Fans can find their local GameStop store using the company’s online store locator tool.(NOTE: The above press release is from GameStop.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGameStop To Hold Fundraising Campaign For Autism Speaks This May, Increase Employment Opportunities For People With AutismIn “Business”GameStop Partners With Autism Speaks for Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”GameStop Collects $1.2 Million in Donations During Autism Awareness MonthIn “Business”last_img read more

Road accidents kill 3 youths

first_imgRoad AccidentThree people were killed in two road accidents in Dhaka and Gazipur on early Tuesday, reports UNB. In Dhaka, a young man was killed after a vehicle hit his bicycle in Wari early Tuesday.The deceased was identified as Tatalu Chandra, 23, of Jatrabari’s Dhalpur area.Asaduzzaman, a sub-inspector of Wari police station, said the vehicle crashed into Tatalu’s bicycle in front of Salauddin Specialized Hospital around 12:00am.Being rescued by locals, he was first taken to the nearby hospital where he received primary treatment. As his condition deteriorated, Tatalu was shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injury around 1:30am. The body was kept at the hospital morgue, added Asaduzzaman.In Gazipur, two workers were killed as a covered van crashed into a three- wheeler at Baroipara on Chandra-Nabinagar highway in Kaliakoir.The deceased were identified as Nazrul, 38 and Zarjid, 35, workers of a local factory.Mujibur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Konabari higway police station, said the accident took place in front of Nandan Park around 7:30am, leaving the duo dead on the spot.On information, police went to the spot, recovered the bodies and sent those to Shaheed Taj Uddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital for autopsy.last_img read more

Rappel for Kidney Health

first_imgThe National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will hold its sixth annual Rappel for Kidney Health signature event, 1 to 4 p.m., June 5 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 6, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Rappel for Kidney Health invites people of all ages – including those with connections to kidney disease, transplant donors and recipients, adventure seekers, media personalities and local celebrities – to go “over the edge” of the 15-story hotel, from the roof to street level. To register for Rappel for Kidney Health, support a participant or learn about corporate sponsorship, visit www.kidneymd.org or call 410.494.8545.last_img read more