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Messi plus 10 others! How Leo’s Argentina will line up at Copa AmericaMessi plus 10 others! How Leo’s Argentina will line up at Copa America

first_imgTo paraphrase Diego Maradona’s praise of Javier Mascherano prior to the 2010 World Cup, Argentina at the Copa America truly are Lionel Messi and 10 others. The Barcelona wizard was coaxed back into the international setup during the build-up to the tournament in Brazil, and will once again attempt to break his drought with the Albiceleste. Messi and Argentina’s long road to possible glory begins with a clash against Colombia on Saturday, a test which will give a good indication of their overall chances of taking the Copa.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Outside Leo, however, there are plenty of question marks surrounding this team. Coach Lionel Scaloni – since taking over from Jorge Sampaoli – has taken big strides in renewing a tired-looking team, dispensing in the process with many of the names that fell in the last 16 at the World Cup. Indeed, just nine players have survived the cull, with less than half boasting more than 10 caps for their country. Scaloni has rotated heavily in his friendly matches so far, meaning that Argentina go into the Copa with no clear idea of what their default starting line-up may be. There are plenty of options to choose from though, especially in the final third where the rookie coach could still spring a few surprises. Argentina PSDefensively, and due more to Argentina’s own limitations than any tried and tested formula, Scaloni appears to have a more or less fixed idea in mind. Having seen his experiment with three at the back fail miserably against Venezuela, a four-man defence is almost certain to be his first choice. Behind them Franco Armani is likely to start the Copa in goal, with Esteban Andrada’s blooper for Boca Juniors in their Copa Superliga final defeat to Tigre perhaps tipping the balance definitively in favour of the River Plate man. Racing Club’s Renzo Saravia is the obvious option at right-back and indeed the only man to play that role naturally in the squad following Gabriel Mercado’s omission. German Pezzella and Nicolas Otamendi are favourites to start in the middle, while Nicolas Tagliafico will retain his spot on the left boosted by a fantastic Champions League campaign with Ajax. River’s Milton Casco deputises for Tagliafico, while Juan Foyth and Ramiro Funes Mori will serve as understudies for the first-choice central pairing. It is in midfield where certain dilemmas may arise. Scaloni has picked a squad rather short on choices to anchor the engine room, which leaves Leandro Paredes and Tigres’ Guido Rodriguez almost certain to act as a double pivot when the tournament kicks off. Argentina PSThe decision over which players line up outside that duo depends substantially on whether Argentina opt for more creativity or mobility, as well as the formation Scaloni chooses. Giovani Lo Celso enjoyed a fine season with Real Betis but has looked shackled in previous outings as part of a midfield trio for the Albiceleste, which could lead to Roberto Pereyra getting the nod in a 4-3-3 set-up. If, on the other hand, Scaloni tries a 4-2-3-1 formation, Lo Celso would be a natural selection in the middle, with Messi and Angel Di Maria flanking the former PSG man. Lo Celso did his chances no harm with a fine performance during Friday’s 5-1 thrashing of Nicaragua, linking with Messi well throughout and providing a creative touch that has been sorely missing for the national team in recent years.Argentina PSFurther up the field Sergio Aguero and Lautaro Martinez are the prime candidates to lead the attacking line, Aguero’s superior experience naturally giving him the edge at this point despite featuring in just a single match since the World Cup. Like Lo Celso, Martinez was the big winner against Nicaragua with two goals in the second half after coming off the bench and, whether it is from the start or as a substitute, will almost certainly play a significant role at this Copa.Messi is likely to continue in his favoured position on the right while Di Maria takes the left side of attack. There is likely to be little room for Paulo Dybala after failing to impress for either club or country over the last 12 months, although Scaloni could yet spring a surprise by including Martinez or River’s Matias Suarez – both of whom linked well with Messi against Venezuela – alongside Aguero and giving Messi a free role in the final third.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit’s Georgia College Football Playoff Take Is Getting Ripped By Other AnalystsKirk Herbstreit’s Georgia College Football Playoff Take Is Getting Ripped By Other Analysts

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talks about Alabama's strengths.Kirk Herbstreit has really gone out on a limb with his College Football Playoff rankings after the SEC Championship. Not only does he see Georgia football making the field… he thinks the Dawgs could move up.Of course, this would get UGA out of an immediate rematch with Alabama, which is a pragmatic move. But for Herbstreit, it sounds like he actually believes that it is a deserved move.The lead ESPN college football analyst has Georgia at No. 3, Notre Dame at No. 4, and Oklahoma and his alma mater on the outside looking in.Well, @KirkHerbstreit thinks #UGA moves up to No. 3 in the #CFBPlayoff rankings after today. pic.twitter.com/xqQGzJZ7fN— Trent Smallwood (@SmallwoodTrent) December 2, 2018When asked about the controversial call at the end of that clip, Herbstreit said “I don’t get caught up in champions, I get caught up in ‘best.’”Of course, the committee is also tasked with finding the four “best ” teams, but going with two-loss Georgia over a pair of one-loss strong conference champions would be a real limb to go out on.Unsurprisingly, Kirk Herbstreit is catching heat for his Georgia football College Football Playoff stance.Among his critics appear to be two of his fellow former college star quarterbacks in the media, Danny Kanell and Matt Leinart.Neither directly addressed Herbstreit, but he’s clearly the head of the pro-Georgia contingent outside of those in the SEC.“Hey, Let’s lose a game but move up in the rankings.” Says NO ONE!!!! Come on man.— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) December 2, 2018So dumb that people are pushing for Georgia after a loss.Maybe the more important takeaway is that Bama is beatable.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) December 2, 2018They’re not alone:Kirk Herbstreit says Georgia should move UP after a loss?Nah, man.If you want two SEC teams in the #CFBPlayoff, expand it to 8 teams. Simple.— Mitch B. (@MitchBrownTV3) December 2, 2018Kirk Herbstreit really said Georgia should move up to 3 after losing to Alabama. Respect him a lot, but that’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard. Rewarded for losing. Come on!— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) December 2, 2018Herbstreit saying Georgia should stay top 4 even with a close loss today is wild. They’re in the playoff, the playoff starts today for them— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) December 1, 2018Herbstreit just said Georgia moves UP to #3….my god the world is insane. Why play the games.— CG (@CG2pointO) December 2, 2018Herbstreit just said that Georgia should be number 3 and Notre Dame should fall to 4. What a joke!— Jason Swimmer (@Jswimmer84) December 2, 2018Lot of folks saying Georgia will not drop, hell I just heard Kirk Herbstreit say Georgia should move up to 3rd and move Notre Dame to 4th. Complete total utter joke— Spencer (@skellmarietta) December 2, 2018Two-loss Georgia, non-conference champion Georgia would be setting all kinds of precedents, but the College Football Playoff era is very young, which we can all lose sight of sometimes.This also may be the best argument yet for Playoff expansion. The top six teams all have pretty good cases this year.last_img read more

People should get a life: Gavaskar blasts critics for questioning Bumrah’s bowling actionPeople should get a life: Gavaskar blasts critics for questioning Bumrah’s bowling action

first_imgPeople should get a life: Gavaskar blasts critics for questioning Bumrah’s bowling actionIndia vs West Indies 2nd Test: When Ian Bishop in the commentary box revealed that some people have questioned the legality of Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action, Sunil Gavaskar expressed his disbelief.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk KingstonSeptember 1, 2019UPDATED: September 1, 2019 18:59 IST Jasprit Bumrah picked up a hat-trick on Day 2 of second Test between India and West Indies. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah became 3rd Indian cricketer to get a hat-trick in Test cricketDuring 2nd Test, Ian Bishop revealed some people called Bumrah’s bowling action illegalSunil Gavaskar slammed critics for such comments and said Bumrah’s action is perfectly fineJasprit Bumrah tore through the West Indies batting as he picked up a hat-trick and six of the seven wickets that left that the hosts reeling at 87 for 7 on Day 2 of the second and final Test at Kingston, Jamaica.After Bumrah picked up the hat-trick, former West Indies cricketer turned commentator Ian Bishop revealed that some critics had questioned the legality of Bumrah’s bowling action. Responding to that, former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar, who was also in the commentary box with Bishop, said people with such views, should ‘get a life.’Fast bowler Bumrah created history on Sunday as he became only the third Indian cricketer to get a hat-trick in Test cricket.”I cannot believe some people questioning the legality of Jasprit Bumrah’s action,” Ian Bishop said during the commentary.”His action is unique but is well within the rules of the game. In fact, it’s one of the cleanest ones. Some people really need to look in the mirror” Bishop added.Expressing his disbelief, Gavaskar asked Bishop to name the critics, however the West Indian refrained from disclosing any identities of ‘some people’.”Can you name them? Who are these people questioning Bumrah’s action?” Asked Gavaskar.”Let’s look at it closely A few steps and then he gathers momentum and finally releases the ball with a straight arm. Now tell me at what point his arm is bent? It’s perfectly fine. People should really get a life,” Gavaskar said.Bumrah got the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase off successive deliveries to achieve the feat.advertisementBumrah started the damage by getting Bravo caught-behind to KL Rahul at second slip for 4. He then trapped Shamarh Brooks plumb in front for a golden duck with an inswinging delivery. Roston Chase got a similar ball next up and was wrapped on the pads but the umpire gave it not out at first.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Independence Ball in Atlanta August 12Independence Ball in Atlanta August 12

first_imgStory Highlights The event, which will celebrate Jamaica’s 55th year of Independence and the AJA’s 40 th year of service to the Caribbean community in Metro Atlanta, is considered the premier event that will bring together Jamaican nationals and friends of Jamaica under the theme ‘Forty Years Abroad, Fifty-Five Years A Yaad’. Jamaica’s Consul General to Miami, Franz Hall; Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Atlanta, Jewel Scott; and Dr. Neville Ying, representing ‘Jamaica Diaspora 55’ are among those to attend the function. Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, will deliver the keynote address at the Atlanta Jamaica Association (AJA) Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards ceremony on Saturday, August 12, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Atlanta. Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, will deliver the keynote address at the Atlanta Jamaica Association (AJA) Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards ceremony on Saturday, August 12, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Atlanta.The event, which will celebrate Jamaica’s 55th year of Independence and the AJA’s 40 th year of service to the Caribbean community in Metro Atlanta, is considered the premier event that will bring together Jamaican nationals and friends of Jamaica under the theme ‘Forty Years Abroad, Fifty-Five Years A Yaad’.The event has been endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport as one of the Jamaica 55 events abroad.In celebration of its 40 years of service, the AJA will present 13 scholarships to college-bound students in Metro Atlanta and Jamaica.According to the association’s President, Mr. Alan Stewart, the AJA, to date, has awarded scholarships valued at US$100,000. This is the association’s way of giving back to help educate young Jamaicans in the USA as well as back home in Jamaica.Jamaica’s Consul General to Miami, Franz Hall; Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Atlanta, Jewel Scott; and Dr. Neville Ying, representing ‘Jamaica Diaspora 55’ are among those to attend the function.Meanwhile, Ambassador Marks will pay a three-day visit to Northern California from August 25 to 27.While there, she will pay a courtesy call on the Mayors of San Francisco, Oakland and San José as well as on US Congresswoman, Barbara Lee.On Saturday, August 26 she will meet with potential investors from the area and deliver the keynote address at the Jamaican American Association of Northern California (JAANC) Independence Gala at the HS Lordships restaurant in Berkeley, California.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI to honor French Imam Rabbi and BishopKing Mohammed VI to honor French Imam Rabbi and Bishop

Rabat- King Mohammed VI has entrusted his older sister, Princess Lalla Meryem, to honor an imam, a rabbi, and a bishop, all Moroccan natives, at the Institute of the Arab World in Paris.Princess Lalla Meryem will preside over the ceremony at the Institute of the Arab World (IMA) in Paris on Sunday, with Royal Wissams.Some of the ceremony’s attendees will be French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Moroccan Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Tawfiq, King Mohammed VI’s Ambassador-at-Large Serge Berdugo, Moroccan Ambassador to France Chakib Benmoussa, and President of the Institute of the Arab World Jack Lang. According to the website Atlas Info, the three recipients are Khalil Merroun, the leader of the Grand Mosque of Evry, Michel Serfaty, the rabbi of Ris Orangis, and Michel Dubost, Bishop of Evry Monseigneur.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Remaining nonselfgoverning territories must have full freedom of choice Ban saysRemaining nonselfgoverning territories must have full freedom of choice Ban says

“Our common challenge remains the full implementation of the Declaration,” he told the three-day Seminar in Noumea, New Caledonia, referring to the General Assembly’ landmark Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, which this year marks its 50th anniversary.“I urge all involved to undertake fresh and creative efforts toward this end. In particular, I encourage the administering Powers to work with the [UN’s] Special Committee [on decolonization] and the people in the Territories under their administration towards a genuine and action-oriented dialogue,” he said in a message delivered by Laura Vaccari of the UN Department of Political Affairs.“It is essential for the people concerned to understand the options regarding their political status and to be able to exercise their right to freely choose their future.”The seminar is only the second such event to be held in a Non-Self-Governing-Territory, highlighting the importance the Committee ascribes to hearing directly from their representatives about the issues they face.Committee Chairman Donatus St. Aimee from St. Lucia noted that New Caledonia is going through a challenging and complex process of determining its political future in close cooperation with the administering Power, France.“The Special Committee regards the hosting of the Seminar as a significant manifestation of the improved cooperation between the administering Power and the Committee in advancing the decolonization process in general and in the Pacific region in particular,” he said.The fact that 16 Territories remain 50 years after the Declaration, and after two Decades for the Eradication of Colonialism, suggests the need for “creative thinking” to move forward, he added. The forum, formally called the Pacific Regional Seminar on Implementation of the Second Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism, marks the completion of the Second Decade.“At this seminar we are going to assess the socio-economic and political developments in the Territories with a view to working out, in cooperation with the administering Powers and representatives of the Territories, a realistic, action-oriented programme of work on a case-by-case basis for the way forward in advancing the decolonization process,” he declared.French High Commissioner Yves Dassonville said the support provided by France for the seminar highlighted its commitment to the UN in the area of decolonization. He voiced the hope that the visit would help the Committee to measure the socio-economic progress in New Caledonia, and the willingness of the community to build a common destiny based on shared values. Today’s meetings focussed on resolving the remaining challenges for Non-Self-Governing-Territories in the Pacific, which include American Samoa, Guam, New Caledonia, Pitcairn and Tokelau. 18 May 2010The world’s 16 remaining territories that still do not govern themselves must have complete freedom in deciding their future status, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a forum on decolonization today. read more

Closure of Chechen refugee camps could endanger safe haven principle UNClosure of Chechen refugee camps could endanger safe haven principle UN

In a meeting yesterday in Geneva with Ingushetia’s President, Murat Zyazikov, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers voiced his concern over a recent announcement by Russian officials that the three remaining tented camps will be closed prior to presidential elections in the Russian Federation in March.Mr. Lubbers was reassured by Mr. Zyazikov, who said he was personally committed to respecting the principle of voluntary return, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski told a news briefing in Geneva today. Nearly 66,800 people fleeing the fighting in neighbouring Chechnya are registered for assistance in Ingushetia, with most of them in temporary settlements or private accommodation, but 7,069 people are still registered in three tented camps. Mr. Lubbers reiterated his wish to promote a positive engagement of the international humanitarian community through a two-pronged approach in which safe haven would be guaranteed in Ingushetia for those not wishing to return, while those returning of their own free choice would receive increased support from humanitarian agencies operating at a higher level in Chechnya. Representatives of the Chechnya administration have been soliciting applications for compensation for destroyed housing and lost property in Chechnya. Planned at approximately $10,000 per family, such compensation – if actually paid – would constitute a major incentive for return, but the authorities acknowledge that a number of refugees will choose to remain in Ingushetia or elsewhere. While the refugees continue to cite insecurity in Chechnya as their primary reservation to return, lack of shelter there is also a major constraint, Mr. Janowski said. read more

Middle East UN officials urge end to disproportionate attacks release of seizedMiddle East UN officials urge end to disproportionate attacks release of seized

“We fear a downward spiral to a totally uncontrollable situation,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told reporters in Geneva, where he attended an international meeting on the social, economic, humanitarian needs of civilians in Gaza, describing that area as “a social crisis is becoming a humanitarian crisis.”“The situation has never been worse in this past decade than it has been in the past few days,” he added of Gaza, where Israeli forces have carried out tank and air raids since Palestinians kidnapped an Israeli soldier, and Lebanon, where Israel launched widespread air, sea and land operations after Hezbollah crossed the line between the two countries, killing thee soldiers and seizing two more.Mr. Egeland noted that the meeting had been called to prevent a collapse of all services to the Palestinians in Gaza and reminded participants of the UN’s revised appeal launched last month for $385 million for humanitarian needs in the occupied territories, of which only 31 per cent had materialized so far.Israel’s disproportionate response led to the evolving Gaza crisis, he said. He called for an end to rocket attacks, which have rained down on Israel from Gaza and Lebanon, and for all those kidnapped to be released. After Palestinians from Gaza kidnapped a soldier, Israel seized dozens of Palestinians, mainly from the Hamas militant movement. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour underscored Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s condemnation of all actions that target civilians, or which unduly endanger them due to their disproportionate or indiscriminate character, spokesman Jose-Luis Diaz told a news briefing in Geneva. She noted that while Israel has legitimate security concerns, international humanitarian law requires that parties to a conflict refrain from attacks directed against civilian objects. They have an obligation to exercise precaution and respect the proportionality principle in all military operations so as to prevent unnecessary civilian suffering. The prohibition on targeting civilians is also being violated by Hizbollah, Mr. Diaz said. Ms. Arbour called on those detaining the Israeli soldiers to secure their immediate and safe release, adding that this would be instrumental in bringing the current crisis to a halt. A UN-backed international women’s commission seeking Palestinian-Israeli Peace held an emergency meeting in Athens yesterday and called on the so-called diplomatic Quartet to intervene to end the fighting. “Civilians, mainly women and children, are paying the price daily for this vicious cycle of retaliation and counter-retaliation. This is a time of great danger. Political collapse will lead to total loss of control, anarchy and chaos. If no action is taken today, tomorrow will be too late,” the International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace (IWC) said in a statement. “We call upon the Quartet to dispatch high-level special envoys, including women, to mediate a truce and the exchange of prisoners, and to lead the parties back to political negotiations that address the root issues of the conflict. This is the last chance for sanity. This is the last chance for a two-State solution.” The Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – are sponsoring the Road Map plan for a two-State solution, with both Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace The IWC, an international body of Palestinian, Israeli, and other women, was set up in 2005 under the auspices of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in accordance with a Security Council resolution. read more

Yemens political transition on track but facing serious challenges – UN envoyYemens political transition on track but facing serious challenges – UN envoy

Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition, under the leadership of President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, who came to power in an election in February. This followed the agreement signed by warring factions in November 2011 on a transitional settlement in the wake of widespread protests similar to those seen across the Middle East and North Africa and the resignation of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. “The transition is on track, but there have been challenges – serious challenges in various areas, including in the political and the security fields,” Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Yemen, told reporters at UN Headquarters.Mr. Benomar, who recently returned from his 14th mission to Yemen, told the Security Council in a closed-door briefing that, for the State to be able to function, it will need to reassert its authority in various parts of the country, especially where armed groups are in control.Last week a terrorist attack in the capital, Sana’a, resulted in numerous deaths and injuries, including among the security detail of Yemen’s defence minister.Mr. Benomar had strongly condemned the attack, which was the sixth attempt on the minister’s life, in a statement issued over the weekend. “This atrocious terrorist attack, which killed a number of innocent Yemenis, civilian and military alike, cannot be justified in any way, and every effort must be made to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” he had stated.He told the Council today that with that terrorist attacks and with the recent attack on the United States Embassy in Sana’a, the re-structuring of the armed forces will need to proceed and the Council will need to support the President in pushing forward this process. Council members voiced their support for the steps taken by Yemen’s President in reforming and restructuring the security sector, while sharing the concerns by Mr. Benomar about ongoing attempts to undermine the transition process.They also agreed that “comprehensive and inclusive national dialogue should begin without delay in order to lay the foundations for a stable and unified Yemen,” Ambassador Peter Wittig of Germany, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, told reporters.Initial preparations have begun for the national dialogue conference, whose outcome will feed into the constitution-making process that is to conclude in late 2013, enabling general elections to take place in February 2014. Mr. Benomar described the national dialogue as a “historic opportunity” for all Yemenis to come together to address important issues and reported that the preparatory committee for the national dialogue has made progress. “I told the Council that the atmosphere in this committee was very constructive and the national dialogue is really what will make or break this transition, and it is important that we support this process.”A high-level meeting of the Friends of Yemen is scheduled to take place in New York on 27 September on the margins of the general debate of the General Assembly with the aim of reaffirming the international community’s strong support for the transition process. read more

New UN guidelines seek to make genetic diversity part of climate changeNew UN guidelines seek to make genetic diversity part of climate change

“Genetic resources for food and agriculture will have to contribute greatly to our efforts to cope with climate change,” said Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General for Natural Resources, adding that: “We need to act now to reduce the risk that the scale and speed of climate change will surpass our ability to … use these resources in the field.”Encompassing the diversity of plants, animals and other life forms, genetic resources play a critical role in achieving food security and nutrition objectives as well as addressing climate change, which themselves are confronting.Crops, for example, with certain staples providing 60 per cent of all human dietary energy, may by 25 per cent lower in 2050 than today.Aiming to assist countries in conserving genetic resources as a pivotal reservoir, the guidelines also advise on agriculture adaptation and building resilience into food production systems, said Ms. Semedo.With no commonly adopted approach available on integrating agricultural biodiversity into strategic planning for climate change adaptation, the guidelines further fill this gap by helping countries develop their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) in genetic resources dimensions.Such efforts, among others, include maintaining on-site farms diversity and building regional and global gene banks.“We need to secure and mobilize genetic resources now to have options for the future … and we need to plan,” said Irene Hoffmann, Secretary of FAO’s Intergovernmental Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, who supervised the guidelines’ development.International cooperation and exchange, she stressed, is of great importance as all countries are inter-dependent on genetic diversity.However, funding is required to support countries in this process, Ms. Hoffmann stressed.Genetic resources for food and agriculture contain a variety of plants, animals, forests, aquatic resources, micro-organisms and invertebrates that play a role in food and agricultural production. read more

Fluor awarded FEED contract for Danakalis Colluli potash projectFluor awarded FEED contract for Danakalis Colluli potash project

first_imgFluor Corporation has been awarded a front-end engineering, design and optimisation (FEED) contract by Danakali Ltd in Eritrea, East Africa for the Colluli Potash Project following a competitive tendering process initiated and completed in 2016. Fluor will book the undisclosed contract value in the first quarter of 2017.“Fluor will provide a highly qualified design and optimisation team with world-class process infrastructure credentials for this important fertiliser project,” said Rick Koumouris, President of Fluor’s Mining & Metals business. “In addition to working with Danakali to maximise project capital efficiency during the study and execution phases of this project, Fluor will bring top-notch project financing expertise and assistance to help Danakali advance this project to the next phase.”“We are delighted to be working with Fluor as we progress the Colluli project,” said Paul Donaldson, Managing Director of Danakali. “The combination of Fluor’s values, people, reputation, optimisation approach, mining and metals expertise, experience in Africa, and potash-specific experience will benefit the project significantly as it progresses towards construction.”Colluli is one of the most advanced greenfield sulfate of potash developments in the world and demonstrates outstanding economics including industry leading capital intensity, bottom quartile operating costs, close proximity to the coast and key markets, and unrivaled product diversification potential. Sulphate of potash is a high quality potash fertiliser used for farming crop development and yield maximisation around the globe.The Colluli deposit is located in the Danakil region of Eritrea, East Africa. Colluli is approximately 177 km southeast of the capital, Asmara, and 180 kilometers from the port of Massawa (230 km by road), which is Eritrea’s key import-export entry.Approval of the social and environmental impact assessment for the project was given by the Ministry of Land, Water and Environment in December 2016. The award of the Mining Agreement and Mining License for the project is well progressed. Danakali is an ASX-listed company and 50% owner of the Colluli Potash Project in Eritrea, East Africa. The company is currently developing the Colluli Project in partnership with the Eritrean National Mining Company (ENAMCO).last_img read more

Paige pulled from WWE tour due to injury another injury in WWEPaige pulled from WWE tour due to injury another injury in WWE

first_img Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Twitter Google+ Paige pulled from WWE tour due to injuryAccording to a report by PWInsider.com, Paige has been pulled from WWE’s upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand due to an undisclosed injury. Her mother, wrestler Saraya Knight, took to Twitter on Wednesday to dispel any rumors indicating otherwise.To all dirt sheets that are slandering my daughter you might have to get facts right before posting. Melt down my arse!! She is injured!!!!— Saraya Knight (@SarayaKnight) August 3, 2016Another injury in WWEJimmy Uso is also out with an undisclosed injury according to a report by PWInsider.com.Freddie Prinze Jr. on working with McMahonActor Freddie Prinze Jr. recently spoke with Sam Roberts of SiriusXM satellite radio about his time working with WWE and his interactions with Vince McMahon. 5 COMMENTS Freddy Prinze Jr is wrong about Roman Reigns. Roman isn’t a good enough worker to get by like Bret Hart did. He doesn’t have the charisma of Hulk of HBK. He doesn’t have the mic skills of Dwayne. For the life of me, I don’t know why WWE is investing so much in to this guy.WWE’s guy is Seth Rollins. He’s hands down, their best talker, worker and most charismatic. They really need to do a talent share with Lucha Underground, I’d love to see a Fenix vs Rollins match. Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Richard Hammond Roman Reigns is in Remission Stephan B. Vince Mcmahon Triple H Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles August 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm WhatsApp WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury August 4, 2016 at 4:28 am Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Richard Hammond Will the injury plague never end?! Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR August 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm Sam Edwards Now Playing Up Next When wrestling was wrestling, it was everything to me. Fenix suffers leg injury at independent show, AEW All Out Ladder Match may be in jeopardy Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Thomas Costello August 4, 2016 at 4:39 pm Who would have thought Freddy Prinze Jr. could do an almost dead on impression of Vince Mcmahon. August 4, 2016 at 7:12 pm Facebook Again? Diddn’t she just come back from a concussion? Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back Videos Articles Pinterest Comments are closed.last_img read more

Water events set for Vancouver LakeWater events set for Vancouver Lake

first_imgVancouver – The second annual Watercraft on the Water event is scheduled for this weekend and will feature a full day of dragon boating, rowing, stand-up paddle boarding and floating.Row for the Cure and Susan G. Komen of Oregon and SW Washington joined forces to host the event with activities beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Vancouver Lake.The event is open to all ages and experience levels. Bring your own equipment or reserve equipment in advance. To register, and for more details, go to the Watercraft on the Water website, www.komenoregon.org/events/watercraftonthewater/2017/default.aspx.In addition to the races, a kids zone, pink parade and stand-up paddle board yoga demonstrations will be available.last_img

Sam Butler AtLarge Member • New Hope AlaSam Butler AtLarge Member • New Hope Ala

first_imgSam Butler, At-Large Member • New Hope, Ala.[button color=”green” url=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/pic-butler-120712.jpg” title=”Download Hi Res Image” target=”blank”]Right-click here to download Hi-Res image file (JPG)[/button][button color=”blue” url=”mailto:jsbutler@earthlink.net” title=”Email Sam Butler”]Email Sam Butler[/button]Sam Butler, a soybean farmer from New Hope, Ala., is an At-Large Member of the Governing Committee.last_img

If Sonia Rahul guilty in 2G they should have been in jailIf Sonia Rahul guilty in 2G they should have been in jail

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP came back to power as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a “very big salesman” while the Congress failed to market its product in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Monday. Speaking in the Lok Sabha on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address, Chowdhury launched a scathing attack on the government and Prime Minister Modi, with the Chair ordering expunging of some of his comments, considered unparliamentary. Also Read – Stop sale of ‘deadly’ stuff on Amazon, US lawmakers to Bezos Advertise With Us “Our Prime Minister is a very big salesman. We (Congress) have been unable to sell our product, that is why we lost (Lok Sabha elections),” he said. Taking a swipe at Union minister Pratap Sarangi, who had initiated the discussion, he said Sarangi crossed limits in his praise of Modi, inviting sharp reactions from the treasury benches as they referred to “India is Indira, Indira is India” remarks made by Congress leaders when Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us Chowdhury said his party does not to criticise the President. “We want to lambast government for its failure on various issues,” he said. Targeting the Modi government, Chowdhury said the country is reeling under drought, but the government is not worried. He said BJP MPs did not take steps to alleviate miseries of the people as they think Modi will do everything. Advertise With Us “They think that praising Modi is sufficient, he will help them sail through (Modi baba par lagayenge),”he said. Chowdhury also reminded NDA members that several infrastructure projects were initiated by successive Congress governments. He said several major public sector undertakings (PSUs) were also set up under the Congress rule. Chowdhury alleged the BJP government renamed several schemes initiated by the Congress government to benefit the poor. Hitting back at the BJP for alleging a scam in the sale of 2G spectrum, he said if there was a wrongdoing why were UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi not in jail. “Why are they still in Parliament”, he quipped. He also dubbed the ruling dispensation as a “compliment- addicted government.” “Did you manage to catch anybody in 2G and coal allocation scams? Did you manage to send Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi behind the bars? You came to power by calling them thieves. Then, how are they sitting in the parliament,” asked Chowdhury, newly-elected Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha. The 2G scam dates back to 2007-2008 when the Congress party was in power. It relates to the grant of 2G spectrum licence allocations, which caused, according to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the public exchequer. On the other hand, coal allocation scam relates to the allocation of coal blocks to private companies by the Central government between 1993 and 2010.last_img read more

IndiGo to run flights to Doha this yearIndiGo to run flights to Doha this year

first_imgIndiGo, India’s most profitable airline, is reportedly planning to start operating flights on the New Delhi-Doha route this year, which could take the number of international destinations covered by the airline to six.However, the exact date of launch is yet to be finalised by the airline even though it has already obtained slots at the Doha airport.The service will not be started by the airline any time soon, as its share in the domestic aviation market expands fast, a senior executive of IndiGo told Business Standard, confirming plans to run flights to Doha.The addition of Doha to IndiGo’s international destinations is interesting, given the underutilisation of traffic rights to Qatar by domestic airlines. Air India Express and Jet Airways are the only two carriers currently operating flights to Doha.”Delivery of Airbus A320neo has been delayed and IndiGo may be waiting for a revised delivery schedule before taking a decision regarding the Doha flight. Doha is well connected from cities in South India, and so a Delhi-Doha flight makes sense,” said an aviation analyst.On the other hand, Qatar Airways is running to 13 destinations in India and is seeking to operate more. In May, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker had evinced interest in acquiring 49% stake in IndiGo, but had not confirmed any talks. He had then said: “IndiGo’s owners had no immediate plans to sell”.InterGlobe Aviation, the owner of IndiGo, posted a net profit of Rs 1,295.58 crore for the financial year ending March 2015, up 173% compared to Rs 474.44 crore in the previous year. In 2012-13, it registered a profit of Rs 987.3 crore.last_img read more

Advocates Legislative Committees Tax Reform Discussions Should Include Texas Medicaid ExpansionAdvocates Legislative Committees Tax Reform Discussions Should Include Texas Medicaid Expansion

first_img Share 00:00 /01:13 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief has been meeting in different parts of Texas. The goal is to study the property tax process and come up with ways to reduce taxes on property owners.But Tiffany Hogue with the advocacy group Texas Organizing Project said committee members are not considering a potential Medicaid expansion for political reasons.“It doesn’t look to me as though we’re really looking at the big picture,” she said. “And if we want to have a policy discussion, we should really be looking at, what’s everything on the table, what are resources available to us across the board.”Hogue and others argue a large amount of property taxes currently go to health care services for uninsured patients. In Harris County, that’s through the taxpayer-funded Harris Health System.Hogue said if federal Medicaid dollars could be used to pay for the uninsured, that would free up money for tax reductions.Texas is one of 19 states that are refusing to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents as part of the Affordable Care Act.Florian MartinTiffany Hogue with the Texas Organizing Project argues the Texas Senate’s committee on tax reform should consider Medicaid expansion. Also pictured is State Sen. Rodney Ellis (far right).State Sen. Paul Bettencourt chairs the tax reform committee. In an email to News 88.7, his chief of staff, Robert Flanagan, said a discussion about Medicaid expansion belongs in the Health and Human Services Committee and referred to that committee’s chair and co-chair, Charles Schwertner and Lois Kolkhart respectively, for comment.Neither was available before deadline Monday. Xlast_img read more

Five great games like Temple RunFive great games like Temple Run

first_imgGaming on smartphones has grown explosively over the past few years. These pocket sized-computers are capable of delivering intense graphics, more than enough to keep you busy when waiting in line at the supermarket. The kind of game that best suits time-killing scenarios are the ones that offer simple gameplay that can be turned off and then put away quickly.One of the best examples for this king of pick-up-and-play gaming is Temple Run. You navigate through a maze by rapidly swiping your finger across the screen. Each time you play the game is fun and exciting, and allows you to put the phone away without hesitation if you need to. As great a Temple Run is, there are other games like it that are worth playing.We’ve put together five games like Temple Run that will keep you busy and entertained.Temple Run: BraveThis one is fairly obvious, so we’ll get it out of the way first. Disney and Imangi made a custom version of Temple Run to celebrate the release of the movie Brave. Instead of playing the tomb raider who is running around being chased by monkeys, you play Merida being chased by the massive bear from the movie Brave. Instead of just replacing the graphics and keeping everything the same, however, Imangi made a whole new game with entirely different mechanics.One of the big points of the Merida character in Brave is her love of archery, and this is demonstrated in the game with sprints where you must shoot targets as well as navigate the maze. It’s not a requirement that you hit the targets, but there are huge multiplier benefits for being able to hit all of the targets in a single run. I found the added challenge in Temple Run: Brave along with the overall theming from the movie to really give the game a whole new feel.It’s free for iOS and Android, so there’s no reason not to pick it up.Mirror’s EdgeAs impressive as it would be to have a mobile device offer the mind-blowing and intense experience that Mirror’s Edge offered on the PS3, that’s not what I am about to tell you. The iOS exclusive Mirror’s Edge features the same main character and the same concept of crazy acrobatics feats and skillful non-violent takedowns, but in an intuitive 2D sidescroller. Much of the game is sment is constant motion, just like the original game, and your swipe on your screen to cause slides, jumps, and fantastic disarm and knock out maneuvers.Mirror’s Edge is broken out into small levels that make it easy for you to put the phone or tablet away when you need to, but the continuous story of the game makes sure you keep coming back to it.You can get the game for the iPhone or the iPad for $9.99, making it a little pricey but still a great add-on for any existing fans of the original game.Falling FredIt’s a little easier to hide the fact that you are playing a game when you are swiping back and forth on a screen, but sometimes it is just plain entertaining to use the accelerometer in your phone to control something. Falling Fred is a physics game where you guide your character through a series of gruesome obstacles in a shaft that leads straight by tilting your phone. The longer Fred or one of his friends are alive, the faster the game gets. Eventually your character dies, and you can record the manner in which you met your end and share it online with your friends.Falling Fred, like Running Fred before it, are hardly what I would call child safe. there’s a fair bit of badly animated blood and gore that is just enough for a little shock value added into what is already a really engaging game. Each fall is pretty short, making it the perfect time killer.Falling Fred is free for both iOS and Android, and each version offers unique content that is not available on the other platform.Read on for more great games like Temple Run… 1 2last_img read more

Amit Mishra arrested in assault case freed on bailAmit Mishra arrested in assault case freed on bail

first_imgTeam India cricketer Amit Mishra was on Tuesday arrested here in connection with a complaint filed by a woman for allegedly physically assaulting and abusing her in a hotel room here last month, and later released on bail. Mishra was arrested after nearly three hours of questioning at Ashoknagar police station and released on bail later, DCP (Central) Sandeep Patil said. Complying with a summons issued by the Bengaluru police last week after he was booked for the charges based on the complaint by the woman, Mishra, who was given seven days time, appeared before them.last_img