BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — A year later, Argentina is again facing the prospect of an early elimination.After struggling in the group stage of the World Cup in Russia, Argentina also got off to a bad start at the Copa America in Brazil.And another setback on Wednesday against Paraguay will leave the team in danger of enduring its worst fiasco in nearly four decades. The last time Argentina failed to advance past the group stage in the South American competition was in 1983.Trying to end a title drought of 26 years, Argentina opened its Copa America campaign with a demoralizing 2-0 loss to Colombia, falling to last place in Group B after Paraguay and Qatar earned a point each from their 2-2 draw.At last year’s World Cup, Argentina needed a win over Nigeria in the final group match to avoid elimination. The team got it, but they then lost to France in the last 16.Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni was part of the staff of then-coach Jorge Sampaoli, who was fired after the loss to the eventual champions. Scaloni, a former player, now faces the urgency of a good result against Paraguay at the Mineirao Stadium.With a squad with less than half of the players who were in Russia, Argentina has shown little progress since the World Cup. The loss to Colombia revealed many of the mistakes the team endured in Russia, including the lack of efficiency in attack despite the leadership of Lionel Messi.Colombia’s James Rodriguez, 2nd right, and Argentina’s Lionel Messi, 2nd left, at the end of the Copa America Group B soccer match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, June 15, 2019. Colombia won 2-0.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Messi was far from his best against Colombia but remained optimistic.“This group is ready for this challenge and we will try to succeed,” said the 31-year-old Messi, the team’s oldest player at this year’s Copa America. “This group is strong and united. We can make it.”Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria are the only survivors from the group that lost the finals of the World Cup in 2014 and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016. Aguero and Di Maria also struggled against Colombia, being heavily criticized back home.Aguero had only one significant attempt on goal early in the game, while Di Maria was never a real threat against the Colombian defense. Udinese captain Rodrigo De Paul is now touted as a possible replacement for Di Maria after entering the match against Colombia and adding a spark to the Argentina attack.Aguero had not been in Scaloni’s plans before the Copa America but his good season with Manchester City made it nearly impossible to leave the striker out of the squad. Scaloni previously had favored strikers with a greater presence in the area, such as Lautaro Martinez.In defense, a lackluster performance by Renzo Saravia could lead to him being replaced by Milton Casco.Paraguay has never beaten Argentina in 24 Copa America matches, but it has always proven a tough opponent thanks to its solid defensive system. Paraguay didn’t concede in its last two matches against its neighbor.To make it even harder for Argentina, the Paraguayan defense is likely to be boosted by the return of Palmeiras defender Gustavo Gomez, who was suspended for the first match against Qatar.By: Déborah Rey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
India’s MC Mary Kom won a historic sixth gold medal in world championships on Saturday morning, beating Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in a unanimous 5-0 verdict in the 48 kg category summit clash.Kom now has an incredible six gold and one silver in the showpiece, the last yellow metal coming in 2010 in Bridgetown.The results read 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favour of Mary Kom who had beaten the opponent in a tournament in Poland this year.Speaking to reporters after her victory, Mary Kom said: “I would like to dedicate this win to my country.” Soon after her victory, wishes started pouring inA proud moment for Indian sports.Congratulations to Mary Kom for winning a Gold in the Women’s World Boxing Championships. The diligence with which she’s pursued sports and excelled at the world stage is extremely inspiring. Her win is truly special. @MangteCNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 24, 2018Even Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter and uploaded a picture of the gloves gifted to him by Mary Kom and expressed how proud he is.T 3005 – MARY KOM .. what a huge honour you bring to the Country .. 6 times Gold medalist World Championship !! CONGRATULATIONS !I ever value your BOXING GLOVES that you gifted me ! they are MY gold medals !!?????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/alTP5ZOFVWAmitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 24, 2018Priyanka Chopra, who played Mary Kom in reel life, has always been inspired by the sportswoman and seemed elated at her victoryWow! Only you could do it!! What an achievement… the first female boxer to win the #WorldChampionship for an unprecedented 6th time! Congratulations @MangteC… It’s a proud moment for the nation & you are and always will be my inspiration.. Here’s to #MagnificentMary ????advertisementPRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) November 24, 2018Soon after winning the title, Kom was adjudged the best pugilist of the 10th World Women’s Boxing Championships here.The AIBA panel which chose the Indian as the best among the competitors was a richly deserved honour to the 35-year-old Manipuri, whose endurance, perseverance and the never-say-die attitude is unparalleled in the history.Speaking during the official press conference, Mary Kom recalled her participation in the New Delhi event held in 2006. “At that time, boxers from fewer countries had participated. It was not even included in the Olympics. Though we won eight medals, four gold included but competition is much tough nowadays and considering the fact, our results here (one gold, a silver and two bronze medals) were great,” said Mary.”As far as organization, this one was better than what it was in 2006.” Asked to compare the win here with earlier gold medals, the Manipuri said it was difficult to remember.”But this one was very special. I was under pressure and had to change my weight category also. I won my last Worlds gold in 2010 and then the change of weight for the Olympics happened. The pressure was something I always felt but don’t know how to put this gold alongside the earlier five,” she reasoned.About Mary KomMangte Chungneijang (MC) Mary Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion from India and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.Nicknamed ‘Magnificent Mary,’ she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kilograms) category and winning the bronze medal.She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category.She became the first Indian woman boxer to get the gold medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.Also read: Celebrating Mary Kom, the boxer who brushed away discouraging words and became an inspirationInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior: Why Osasuna goal brought me to tearsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior has explained his tears after scoring in victory over Osasuna.Vinicius says he cried as being injured it had been a “little difficult” for him to rediscover the form of last season.He said, “I cried because after my injury it was a bit complicated. It was taking a long time to play as before. I was not so happy. “Today I was calmer and nothing better than before a derby. After so many games, I had never been so many without scoring. “I am delighted to have scored again.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Ashes sponsors Specsavers to offer Jack Leach ‘free glasses for life’ after Ben Stokes tweetNathan Lyon missed an easy run-out chance to dismiss England number 10 batsman Jack Leach and Stokes survived loud lbw shouts, with Australia unable to review, before, fittingly, Stokes hit the winning boundary to spark euphoria at Headingley.advertisement Next Asian News International LeedsAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 09:23 IST Ben Stokes and Jack Leach react after hitting the winning runs. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSpecsavers have announced that spinner Jack Leach will be getting free spectacles for lifeLeach was seen wiping his glasses at the crease and then playing the balls bowled to himStokes played one of the finest knocks in Test cricket as he guided England to an improbable one-wicket winPeople are still recovering from England’s miraculous win against Australia in the third Test of the ongoing Ashes and the official sponsors of the series, Specsavers have announced that spinner Jack Leach will be getting free spectacles for life.Specsavers confirmed in a tweet that Leach will be getting free glasses after all-rounder Ben Stokes’ tweet asking the sponsor to give the spinner free specs.”We can confirm we will offer Jack Leach free glasses for life,” Specsavers tweeted in reply to Stokes’ tweet saying: Jack Leach……..@Specsavers do your self a favour and give him free glasses for life @jackleach1991″.We can confirm we will offer Jack Leach free glasses for life https://t.co/7rfPBK77GSSpecsavers (@Specsavers) August 25, 2019Stokes played one of the finest knocks in Test cricket as he guided England to an improbable one-wicket win against Australia on the fourth day of the third Test at Headingley.England vs Australia Ashes 2019 3rd Test Day 4: Highlights | ReportChasing 359 for the win, England were left 286/9, still, 73 runs away from the target.It was then Stokes decided to play in an aggressive manner and he took on the Aussie bowlers, smashing them all around the park.He found support in the number eleven batsman Jack Leach and the duo stitched together an unbeaten partnership of 76 runs, in which Leach only contributed 1 run from 17 balls.Leach was seen wiping his glasses at the crease and then playing the balls bowled to him.As soon as the match got over, Specsavers had also tweeted asking about the official manager of Leach.advertisement”Does anybody know Jack Leach’s agent? Asking for a friend… #Ashes,” Specsavers had tweeted.Earlier this year, Leach had scored 92 runs against Ireland in a one-off Test after coming in as a nightwatchman.The ongoing Ashes is currently tied at 1-1 with still two Test matches left to play.England and Australia will next lock horns in the fourth Test beginning from September 4 at Old Trafford.Also Read | Ben Stokes is a freak: Joe Root after England stun Australia in 3rd Test at HeadingleyAlso See: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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow AshesFollow Jack Leach
view more view less Umar Akmal equals dubious record of most ducks in T20I cricketUmar Akmal has failed to open his account in the first and the second T20Is between Pakistan and Sri Lanka and registered unpleasant records in the shortest format of the game. graphs India Today Web Desk LahoreOctober 7, 2019UPDATED: October 7, 2019 23:31 IST Umar Akmal has made an unpleasant return to Pakistan XI after 3 years. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAkmal’s abysmal batting display earned him his 10th ducks in T20I – joint-most by any playerAkmal (6) has set another dubious record of most first-ball ducks in T20IsPakistan have been bowled out in the consecutive matches of the same T20I series for the first timeUmar Akmal registered an unwanted record after getting dismissed for consecutive golden ducks on his Twenty20 International (T20I) return for Pakistan in Lahore. Umar Akmal failed to open his account in the first and the second T20Is between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Akmal’s abysmal batting display earned him his 10th ducks in T20I – joint-most by any player (with Tillakaratne Dilshan).Both Akmal and Dilshan now share the record of bagging the most number of ducks in the T20I mix. Akmal had overtaken Shahid Afridi’s record of most ducks in T20Is for Pakistan in the first match. Umar Akmal, who had earlier played his last game against West Indies at Abu Dhabi on September 27, 2016, has made an unpleasant comeback as he was dismissed off very first ball in both T20Is. However, Akmal (6) has set another dubious record of most first-ball ducks in T20Is.Sri Lanka posted a total of 182/6 in their 20 overs, courtesy a sublime 77 off 48 balls from Bhanuka Rajapaksa. In reply, Pakistan could only muster 147 in 19 overs as they fell to a 35-run defeat in the 2nd T20I of the 3-match series in Lahore.Having already won the 1st match of the series on Saturday, Sri Lanka have now secured an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series rendering the last game on Wednesday a dead rubber. Pakistan have been bowled out in the consecutive matches of the same T20I series for the first time in the history of the game. This is Pakistan’s third successive T20I series loss. They had won 11 bilateral series on the trot prior to these defeats.advertisementAlso Read | Bhanuka Rajapaksa 77 helps Sri Lanka secure first-ever series win vs PakistanAlso See: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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Pakistan vs Sri LankaFollow Umar Akmal Next advertisement commentary scorecard No data available!
WASHINGTON — Marijuana has been legal in Canada for a month already but immigration lawyers and cannabis executives say when it comes to getting into the United States, the worst may be yet to come.As Canadians get used to the fact that cannabis is no longer against the law in their country, some experts fear they will forget the perils that past and present marijuana use still poses for those seeking to cross the Canada-U.S. border.Henry Chang, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer, says he’s bracing for a spike in cases of people who end up being banned outright from entering the U.S. for owning up to using pot.Customs and Border Protection officials have made it clear that anyone who admits to using marijuana prior to Oct. 17, the day it became legal in Canada, could be banned from entering the country.And Chang says U.S. law can still keep out anyone deemed to be a drug abuser or addict, or who is diagnosed with a mental disorder with a history of related harmful behaviour — including alcoholism or marijuana use.Investors and employees in the cannabis industry, too, are on shaky ground — one U.S. executive says the risk of being banned for life from crossing the border has become a major preoccupation for his Canadian colleagues.“The bigger issue is people thinking the slate has been wiped clean,” Chang said in an interview.“I think we’re going to start seeing more people getting banned, not because of them smoking marijuana after Oct. 17, but just because they think they have nothing to hide and they blurt out that they smoked marijuana when they were 18. That’s going to happen, because people just don’t understand that it’s still barred.”U.S. border authorities initially warned that any Canadian who gave off a whiff of pot involvement — from using the drug to working or investing in the industry —risked being banned or denied entry. They later softened that stance, saying industry workers would generally be deemed admissible so long as they were travelling for reasons unrelated to their work.Some Canadians travelling to MJBizCon, a major cannabis industry conference last week in Las Vegas, faced additional scrutiny at various border screening points.U.S. border staff at the airport in Toronto steered several attendees through a secondary screening process, said Global Public Affairs’ senior vice president Rod Elliot, who advises various clients in the cannabis industry.Elliot said he was one of roughly 25 people who were selected for additional screening — several of whom missed their flights, including him. He travelled to Las Vegas the next morning without incident.“There has been challenges for people going across the border,” he said. “It’s pretty clear that the border officials are targeting people attending this conference.”Len Saunders, a Canadian immigration lawyer based in Blaine, Wash., told a similar story about a group of would-be attendees and investors who were travelling through the airport in Vancouver. One of them, however, was part of a tour of a Vegas-based production facility in which he’d recently become an investor, arranged by his financial adviser.That investor was unaware of the risks he faced crossing the border, and must now contend with having been banned from entering the U.S., Saunders said.In the U.S., many in the industry — still hamstrung by the fact marijuana remains a controlled substance at the federal level, making it all but impossible to effectively obtain financing and other essential services — are hanging their hopes on bipartisan legislation aimed at ensuring states are protected from U.S. government interference.The bill, unveiled earlier this year by Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Democrat counterpart Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, is beginning to get traction in the wake of a strong Democratic showing in the midterms, said Derek Peterson, chief executive of California-based pot producer Terra Tech Corp.“That, I think, will be the answer to legalization, and we will start to see some attention paid to that” in the new year, Peterson said.“I think (Republicans) now understand that most of the constituents in the U.S. want to have some sort of federal regulation, a tax-and-regulate program, rather than just kind of leaving it with the black market, for all practical purposes.”In the meantime, Chang has some common-sense advice for anyone who might have reason to be anxious entering the U.S.“Don’t dress like a hippie, don’t smell like marijuana, because then the questions get asked,” he said. “If you are asked the question, your only option is to refuse to answer, say it’s irrelevant, you refuse to answer — you’ll get into trouble, they’ll detain you, you’ll get sent back to Canada, but at least you don’t have anything on the record saying you engaged in controlled-substance use.”— With files from Armina Ligaya in Toronto— Follow James McCarten on Twitter @CdnPressStyleJames McCarten, The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press HOUSTON, B.C. — Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation are alleging the company trying to build a natural gas pipeline through its territory “wilfully, illegally, and violently destroyed” cultural and private property this weekend.In a statement issued Monday, members of the nation say the area in question is not included in Coastal GasLink’s plans and the company has not provided copies of any work permits for the area.It is the same area along a logging road leading to the company’s planned work site where RCMP enforced an injunction on Jan. 7, arresting 14 people and removing a barrier on the road.Coastal GasLink says in a statement that all work it’s doing is “approved and permitted and in full compliance” with its environmental assessment certificate and the company has met all required pre-construction conditions.It says the property in question was a tent structure on the road, plus two other tents in a pullout area that were deemed unsafe or unstable by crews.It says the areas are active work zones and any obstructions impeding crews from safely accessing them is in contravention to the court order.
NEW YORK — Hembert Figueroa just wanted a taco.So he was surprised to learn the dollar bills in his pocket were no good at Dos Toros Taqueria in Manhattan, one of a small but growing number of establishments across the U.S. where customers can only pay by card or smartphone.Cash-free stores are generating a backlash among some activists and liberal-leaning policymakers who say the practice discriminates against people like Figueroa, who either lack bank accounts or rely on cash for many transactions.Figueroa, an ironworker, had to stand to the side, holding his taco, until a sympathetic cashier helped him find another customer willing to pay for his meal with a card in exchange for cash.“I had money and I couldn’t pay,” he said.The issue got some high-profile attention this week when retail giant Amazon bowed to pressure from activists and agreed to accept cash at more than 30 cashless stores, including its Amazon Go convenience stores, which have no cashiers, and its book shops. Amazon declined to say when the change would happen.There is no federal law that requires stores to accept cash, so lawmakers are working on the issue at the state and city level.Earlier this year, Philadelphia became the first city to ban cashless stores, despite efforts by Amazon to dissuade it. New Jersey passed a statewide ban soon after, and a similar ban is working its way through the New York City Council. Before this year there was only one jurisdiction that required businesses to accept cash: Massachusetts, which passed a law nearly 40 years ago.“The potential societal cost of a cashless economy I think outweighs the potential benefits for businesses,” said Ritchie Torres, a New York City councilman for the South Bronx who introduced the bill.Policymakers argue that while cashless stores and restaurants aren’t widespread now, the practice could expand to more services, including some that cater to lower-income customers.Walmart-owned Sam’s Club opened its first cashier-less store in Dallas last year, using technology that allows customers to scan and pay for items with their smartphones. Kroger has installed similar technology in about 400 stores nationwide.Stadiums in Tampa Bay, Florida, and Atlanta have started to go cashless, or nearly cashless, and the Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn Nets play, is now effectively cashless as well.Advocates for cashless bans worry technology is moving too fast for the 6.5% of American households — 8.4 million — that do not have a bank account, according to figures from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.Figueroa is among the much larger group considered “underbanked,” meaning they have a primary bank account but regularly rely on alternative financial services like check cashers. More than 24 million U.S. households are underbanked, according to the FDIC.The issue disproportionately affects African-American and Hispanic communities. About 17% of African-American and 14% of Hispanic households have no bank accounts, compared to just 3% per cent of white households, according to the FDIC.Figueroa, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, only opened a credit union account two years ago. It took another year to build up enough funds to use his debit card regularly.He still occasionally relies on a check casher if he needs money quickly, and much of his income comes in cash from his weekend job as a busboy. He has no credit card and no apps on his phone and has only shopped online three times.Business owners who go cashless say they are following the lead of the majority of customers who are abandoning cash payments. Retailers are under pressure to cater to customers with heightened expectations for fast and seamless service, driven by companies like Amazon, Uber and Grubhub.Leo Kremer, co-owner of Dos Toros, the taqueria where Figueroa tried to use cash, said the volume of cash transactions at his stores fell from about 50% a decade ago to 15% last year. That made the cost and logistics of handling cash especially onerous. Before going cashless, Dos Toros locations were robbed twice.Still, Kremer said the company would adjust if legally required to accept cash.“There are no bad guys on this issue. Everyone is trying to do the right thing and make sure there are no unintended consequences,” he said.Critics say banning cash-free stores is an over-reaction.There are no overall estimates of how many stores in the U.S. have gone cashless, but it remains a rarity. In New York City, the trend appears to be gaining traction mostly with “fast casual” dining establishments like Dos Toros. Far more common are stores that require a minimum purchase for non-cash payments.“To call this a trend is a bit of an exaggeration. There are a handful of retailers trying this in certain situations here and there, but it’s not something the average customer would expect to see at every store at the mall any time soon,” said J. Craig Shearman, a spokesman for the National Retail Federation in Washington.Even among the wider U.S. population, cash is still used in roughly 30 per cent of all transactions, according to a 2018 Federal Reserve study. The study found that most consumers prefer cash for transactions under $10.Indeed, Shake Shack abandoned plans to open cashier-less locations after its first such store in Manhattan triggered a customer backlash. The burger chain is instead keeping cashiers while installing order-taking kiosks at more stores.In testimony to a New York City Council committee, Kremer argued that businesses that “consistently serve the unbanked and underbanked population aren’t going to go cashless. It wouldn’t make sense for them.”But financial experts who work with low-income people caution against making assumptions about the shopping preferences or buying power of those who rely on cash.“I’m uncomfortable with the idea that certain people don’t shop here so it’s fine to exclude them,” said Justine Zinkin, CEO of Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, a financial counsellingnon-profit affiliated with the credit union where Figueroa banks.Like many New Yorkers, Figueroa regularly spends $10 to $15 a day on lunch. He says he would return to Dos Toros with his debit card now that he knows about the cashless policy.“It was a good taco,” he said.Around him, commerce is quickly moving online and cash-free. Card-only Uber is eviscerating the yellow cabs he hails once or twice a month. He does most of his shopping at corner shops and drugstores, and has never availed himself of the home-delivery services that chains like Walgreens and CVS are introducing to keep Amazon at bay.Even services like Citi Bike, the bicycle-sharing company, require a debit or credit card. The service, which is affordable and even offers a $5 monthly program for low-income New York City residents, directs those with no debit or credit card to open an account at a credit union.Beyond targeting cashless stores, Zinkin said the greater urgency in the digital era is finding ways to better include low-income people in the banking system, such as compelling banks to offer no-fee starter accounts and encouraging banks to open branches in underserved areas. In the Bronx, where Figueroa lives, the borough has the lowest concentration of bank branches per household of anywhere in the nation , according to a 2015 report by the New York City Comptroller’s office, while check cashers are common. Nearly one-fifth of households in the Bronx have no bank accounts, and one-third are underbanked, according to 2013 figures cited in an Urban Institute study.“We hope the spotlight shifts from punishing small businesses to the financial services market,” Zinkin said. “We don’t want to be scared of technology, and hoping that technology goes away.”___AP Retail Writer Joe Pisani contributed to this report from New York.Alexandra Olson And Ken Sweet, The Associated Press
PARIS — Fiat Chrysler is proposing a merger with French carmaker Renault aimed at saving billions of dollars for both companies.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said in a statement Monday that the merged company would be 50 per cent owned by FCA shareholders and 50 per cent by Renault shareholders.Renault’s board is meeting outside Paris on Monday morning about the possible merger.The companies have been in discussions for weeks, as major world carmakers seek ways to save money amid the huge costs of pivoting the industry to electric and autonomous cars.Renault is already in an alliance with Japan’s Nissan and Mitsubishi, but the partnership has been troubled since the November arrest of joint chief Carlos Ghosn.The French government, which owns 15 per cent of Renault, is cautious about the new merger idea.The Associated Press
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued a call to protect Haitian artefacts in the wake of the massive earthquake in a bid to prevent pillaging from the rubble of the Caribbean nation’s numerous landmarks, including the Presidential Palace.“This heritage is an invaluable source of identity and pride for the people [of Haiti] and will be essential to the success of their national reconstruction,” the agency’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, stressed.She has asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilize the UN – including the world body’s peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSTAH – to do its utmost to secure sites containing Haiti’s artefacts, especially its art collections in the Cathedral in the capital, Port-au-Prince, as well as in museums and galleries.Ms. Bokova also requested that Mr. Ban consider recommending that the Security Council adopt a resolution to temporarily ban the trade and transfer of Haitian cultural property with the assistance of the global police organization Interpol and other organizations.Art and museum professionals worldwide must support such a ban, she underscored. “It is particularly important to verify the origin of cultural property that might be imported, exported and/or offered for sale, especially on the Internet.”The National History Park, a World Heritage site, is in Haiti’s north and is reportedly undamaged after the 7.0 magnitude quake, which struck the nation on 12 January. It contains the Palace of Sans Souci and the Citadel, which date from the beginning of the 19th century and serve as universal symbols of liberty, being the first monuments to be constructed by black slaves who had gained their freedom.However, the edifices in the town of Jacmel, a French colonial town in southern Haiti founded in the late 17th century, are said to have collapsed. Those edifices had been on UNESCO’s “tentative” list for inscription on the World Heritage List.The agency has already helped to salvage the rich historical archives of George Corvington, the renowned Haitian historian, and is also contributing to save whatever panels or significant fragments remain of the painted murals that adorned the Episcopal Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Port-au-Prince. 29 January 2010The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued a call to protect Haitian artefacts in the wake of the massive earthquake in a bid to prevent pillaging from the rubble of the Caribbean nation’s numerous landmarks, including the Presidential Palace.
The Army noted that it has a Zero Tolerance Policy on sexual abuses as evidenced in Premawathi Manamperi case in 1971, Krishanthi Kumaraswamy case and Rajini Vellaydunpillai case that took place during the period 1995-2005.“In all these instances, the Army fully cooperated with the civil court cases against the accused who were on trial, resulting in death penalty. In line with this principle, the Army always takes stern action on Army personnel against whom ex facie cases have been and discharged summarily from the Army despite acquittal/pending action in civil courts. It shall continue to pursue this policy,” the Army added.The army noted that at a time when the Government is genuinely committed to the Rule of Law and Reconciliation, baseless assertions of this nature would only jeopardize the reconciliation process. (Colombo Gazette) The Army has rejected claims made by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga that Tamil women face widespread sexual exploitation by the army.Kumaratunga, the chairman of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, said women who were widowed during the 37-year conflict were among the victims of abuse by officials who frequently demand sexual favours just to carry out routine paperwork. “There is a lot of sexual abuse still going on by officials, even Tamil officials and even at lower levels, the grama sevakas (village officials),” she had told Sri Lanka’s Foreign Correspondents’ Association. “Even to sign a document, they abuse the women and of course some people in the (armed) forces” continue to commit sexual abuse, she said. “In 2010, civil administration was firmly established in the North and the Army withdrew from all forms of civil administration. Since then, the Army has not been involved in administration concerning civilians, and the question of sexual exploitation and abuses during the said process does not hence arise,” the Army said.Regrettably, the author of this statement has made unsubstantiated and baseless assertions without specifying any incident of sexual exploitation or abuse, the Army added. The Army Headquarters in a statement today noted with dismay the statement alleged to have been made by the head of the ethnic reconciliation body on sexual exploitation and abuses of Tamil women by the Army in the post war scenario. The Army Headquarters said the allegations are baseless.
BROWSE baseball | Blue Jays | no-hitter Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect T.J. Zeuch has thrown a no-hitter for the triple-A Buffalo Bisons.Zeuch, a first-round pick by the Blue Jays in 2016 (21st overall), gave up one walk and one hit-by-pitch, striking out three as the Bisons, Toronto’s minor-league affiliate, shut out the Rochester Red Wings 3-0 on Monday.It’s just the 2nd no-hitter in the modern era history of the #Bisons! Bartolo Colon… after 22 years, you’ve finally got some company in the record books!!!Congrats @TJZeuch! pic.twitter.com/xtTAr8AFJ5— Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) August 20, 2019“I felt pretty good,” Zeuch told Spectrum News Rochester. “I didn’t think in the first couple of innings I was executing my pitches as well as I would have liked to. Obviously, sometimes baseball just goes in your favour.“But I thought as the game progressed, my pitch execution was a lot much better. Beau [Taylor] did an unbelievable job back there calling pitches especially for the first time he’s ever caught me.”The right-handed Zeuch is the club’s 17th-best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.Centre fielder Jonathan Davis made a highlight-reel grab with two outs in the ninth inning to keep the no-hitter alive. “I saw J.D. sprinting in and I knew he was going to get to it, he gets to everything out there,” said Zeuch.“He kind of looked up, I thought ‘oh man, that’s dropping,’ then the minute I saw his eyes kind of light up and he started sprinting in as fast as he could, I knew he was going to catch it.”Beau Taylor made his debut behind the plate for the Bisons after the catcher was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Aug. 16.
Draymond Green’s playmaking PASSES TO SHOOTEREFG%QSQQSI Games 1-44945.953.9-8.0 Game 5856.353.9+2.3 Crunch time in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals wasn’t subtle. The Oklahoma City Thunder lost the ability to run even basic basketball plays — they had six turnovers in the last five minutes, with four coming in a disastrous two-minute stretch — and Kevin Durant, who has played masterful defense all series, spent the final possessions looking like an overgrown Tim Thomas. Klay Thompson carried the Golden State Warriors with a record-setting 11-for-18 performance from three, and Stephen Curry registered enough of a pulse to get the Warriors over the final hump. But just as important to the Warriors’ Game 6 win as those runs of inept or brilliant play was Draymond Green’s return to form.The Warriors are solid favorites to win Game 7 tonight: -7 at the sports books, 70 percent to win by ESPN Stats & Info’s Basketball Power Index and 68 percent to win by our CARM-Elo forecast. Plenty of factors will go into tonight’s result, including the reemergence of Curry’s shot and handle and the sustained defense of both teams (the Warriors contested 56 of 58 field goal attempts by Durant and Russell Westbrook in Game 6 and forced each to shoot under 40 eFG%, according to player-tracking data). Curry also seemed to begin to solve Durant switching onto him in Game 6. But the Warriors need Green to play in Game 7 like the all-world playmaker of the regular season and Game 6.Green was lively on offense and forceful on defense in Game 6 in ways he wasn’t in Games 3 and 4, both won by the Thunder. He pressured the ball high and made crucial stops in the fourth quarter after the Warriors went to their “Lineup of Death” with about six and a half minutes remaining remaining. And throughout the game, he created shots for the Warriors at a rate and of a quality that was more like his regular season performance, when he was one of the best playmakers in the league.Using player-tracking data from the NBA, we can show Green’s ups and downs as a playmaker. Here’s the qSQ (shot quality expressed as the predicted effective field goal percentage of a shot, as determined by factors like defender location and where the shot came from) and qSI (how much better shooters did than the qSQ prediction) for Green’s passes to shooters in the regular season, and in the Western Conference finals so far. Game 61471.454.1+17.3 Green’s regular season numbers are outstanding — at +5.6, he ranked fourth in the NBA1Among players who passed to shooters at least 500 times. in qSI (meaning his teammates made shots he created for them more than player-tracking data expected), edging out both Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul (each at 5.2). High qSI numbers stem from having good teammates, but just as much, they come from providing value on shots that still escapes the scope of player-tracking data. Mike Conley, for instance, was No. 1 in the league (+6.7) before he went out to injury, and his Memphis Grizzlies are stocked with guys who couldn’t hit the ocean from an aircraft carrier.You can see in the numbers that Green’s passes weren’t very effective early in the series, but you could see this in the games just as easily, particularly in Games 3 and 4. Partly this was due to Durant playing suffocating defense, but Green wasn’t driving, rolling to the rim or putting pressure on the defense in any of the ways that he typically does. The shot difficulty numbers are broadly the same, but this is a place where the numbers don’t tell the whole story, with many of Green’s passes coming a little mistimed or just slightly out of rhythm. The result was a bunch of possessions that looked like this: Green came to life somewhat in Game 5, but in Game 6 he was outstanding. It’s tempting to look at that massive qSI number and assume that Thompson simply shot the Holy Ghost out of the ball, inflating Green’s numbers. That’s a little true — eight of the 14 shots Green created went to Thompson, who hit four, including three of his threes — but Green also created many of those with pressure and timing. In other words, this wasn’t simply the difference between shooters making and missing shots, but a fundamental change in the quality of the shots, even if player-tracking data doesn’t quite catch it.Consider the fast break in the video below, where Green drives into Durant’s chest before passing off to Andre Iguodala. On a similar play in Game 4 (in the above video), he passed off before putting his body on Durant, allowing KD to recover and break up the play. Source: NBA player tracking data Regular season1,06162.056.4+5.6 If Golden State gets more plays like these out of Green in Game 7, the Warriors will be that much closer to regaining their peak form, and likely on their way back to the NBA Finals.
THE NASDAQ STOCK market opening bell will be rung in Ireland for the first time at a technology conference in Dublin later this year.The bell ringing ceremony typically takes place in the stock market’s headquarters on New York’s Time Square and hosting the event outside the United States is a huge coup for the increasingly popular Dublin Web Summit.The event taking place in front of 7,000 people in the RDS Arena in October will also be broadcast live to millions of television viewers world wide.The three day festival, organised by digital entrepreneur, Paddy Cosgrave, will feature 300 speakers including some of the most influential leaders in the technology market.“We’re delighted to see NASDAQ recognising the Web Summit as the platform for tech companies in Europe. This is an extraordinary coup for us as the opening of the Market is watched by millions and rarely takes place outside of New York,” Cosgrave said.Speaking at the launch of the event, Minister for Enterprise, Richard Bruton, said: “The Government’s plan for jobs and growth includes a specific focus on technology and over 11,000 new jobs have been added in the sector since March 2011. The Web Summit is a great initiative that offers an amazing opportunity for Ireland to show the global technology community what we are doing in this area. He added: “I commend Paddy Cosgrave and all involved in putting it together every year, and we in Government are determined to take full advantage of all the opportunities in the technology sector for jobs and growth”.This year’s conference will feature talks from Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom, WordPress boss Matt Mullenweg and Hailo CEO Jay Bregman.Technology investor and space tourist Esther Dyson and Google ventures partner Kevin Rose will also speak at the event which has already sold 1,000 tickets.The Web Summit has grown at a phenomenal rate over the past few years and the company behind the international conference has taken on 30 staff over the past 12 months.General tickets will go on sale on 30 May at websummit.netRead: Dublin Web Summit: Credit and debit cards could become a thing of the past >Read: SmartThings beats major competition to take Web Summit startup award >
Despite being available for pre-order for less than two days the new Kindles have shot to the top of Amazon’s Best Selling Electronics list. The Kindle Fire, which was announced yesterday, is number one on the list right now, while number two is the $79 Kindle with Special Offers, which was also announced yesterday. Coming in third is the Kindle Touch (WiFi) with Special Offers, which, like the Fire, is a pre-order for a product that will be available in November.It’s worth noting that Amazon dominates its top selling Electronics list–Kindles now rank from one down to twelve. Number thirteen is the Garming Nuvi 1450LMT portable GPS device. Item twelve, the Kindle Keyboard 3G (aka the old Kindle 3G), has been in the top 100 for an incredible 421 days, as has number ten, the Kindle Keyboard (WiFi). The point being that Amazon heavily promotes its own products and, when combined with their aggressive pricing, they can ensure that the Kindles are best-selling devices.The Kindle Fire’s top placement is interesting for a number of reasons. First of all, it has beaten out the $79 Kindle. This Kindle price drop was a big deal for Amazon and each progression drop under $100 will mean major sale increases for the Kindle readers. So despite the fact that the Kindle reader is shipping today and that it’s quite affordable, the Kindle Fire still managed to overtake it.The $99 Kindle Touch (pre-order) came in third and the $149 Kindle Touch 3G (pre-order) landed at fourth. Both of these are “with Special Offers” products, reflecting the success of Amazon’s combination of a price drop and built-in advertising. So, despite the success of e-readers over the past year, there is still considerable price sensitivity with these items.Back to the Kindle Fire, sales must have been considerable for it to hit the top spot. A lower-than-expected price surely played a factor here (the rumors had largely pointed towards a $250 device) and the slick UI and other perks helped as well. The importance of the Silk browser and connection with Amazon’s cloud services might not have resonated with consumers, but it was clear that Amazon was doing something that was both different and significant.The Kindle Fire’s feasibility as an iPad competitor has yet to be seen, but it should be enough for most people and it certainly previewed well yesterday. Given the price, the features, and people’s comfort with Amazon’s products/brand it’s not a total surprise that so many pre-orders were made yesterday and today.
South Korea have appointed former Portugal national team coach Paulo Bento as their new coach. Bento has been appointed to become the South Korean men’s national team head coach.The Korea Football Association (KFA) made the announcement to the public at its headquarters in Seoul. Bento has signed a four-year deal with Korea that would see him take the national team to the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022.The 49-year-old has succeeded Shin Tae-yong who was in charge of the team at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia. Shin wasn’t offered a new deal after his contract ran out at the end of the World Cup with the KFA looking to take the team in another direction.“After reviewing his plans, we believe Bento is a coach who can develop South Korean football if we can support and wait for him for four years,” Kim Pan-gon, the head of the Korea Football Association’s Technical Committee, told a press conference in Seoul on Friday, according to ESPN.South Korean fans will sue after Ronaldo snub Manuel R. Medina – July 30, 2019 Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo did not play in the Bianconeri against K-League All-Stars last Friday and the supporters were angry.Kim admitted that Bento had not been on his original shortlist of three candidates which were reported to include former Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic and Quique Sanchez Flores who has coached extensively in Spain.“While we were in negotiations with the others, we heard that Bento had become available. We were excited with his results at Euro 2012 and while there were problems at the 2014 World Cup, he had already proven his leadership qualities.”Kim also dismissed worries about Bento’s time in China. “Even there, he improved and developed the team’s training. I have no worries at all about his ability.”
Pablo Zabaleta insists he is not considering retirement anytime soon, despite being out of contract at West Ham this summerThe 33-year-old defender continues to be an integral member of the West Ham squad after starting 12 of their 16 Premier League matches this season.But Zabaleta’s future at the London Stadium is in doubt with the Argentine out of contract with West Ham at the end of the season.The former Manchester City star recently confessed that a move to the Middle East would be an attractive option for him.However, for now at least, Zabaleta plans to remain focused on the present.“I don’t know,” replied Zabaleta on Sky Sports, when asked about a contract renewal at West Ham.“The main thing for me is to keep enjoying my football, I’m so happy to be part of the West Ham family.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I know I’m not getting any younger but I still feel alright, I’m playing in every single game and physically I feel good.“We will see at the end of the season what the best decision is for me, the club, for everyone, but at the moment I don’t want to think about this, I just want to enjoy playing games. The main thing is to have a good season with the team.”Although the two-time Premier League winner is adamant he will not be heading into retirement.He added: “No, I’ll be 34 in January and I love football so much. If I continue playing in every game it means I can go for a few more years.“When you are in your 30s you cannot think about long-term, that is the only thing, but I’m not thinking about retirement.“If I can go for another few years I do will 100 per cent because I’ve got so much love for football.”
Former Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham is certain that Manchester City didn’t disrespect Burton in their Carabao Cup semi-final winPep Guardiola’s side handed Burton a thrashing at the Etihad Stadium with Gabriel Jesus scoring a career-best four goals in a game.Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez all got their names on the scoresheet themselves to hand City a 9-0 aggregate lead.Despite being 4-0 up at half-time, Higginbotham praised City for keeping up the tempo as they added another five goals before the final whistle.“I’ve been on the wrong end of some severe scorelines and it’s horrible,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports.“But what’s worse is if you get a team that get to four or five and then stop. It’s unprofessional.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Burton knew what was about to happen to them. If City had got to three or four and then showboated, people would have complained about that.“You’re bringing confidence to players within that team as well. (Gabriel) Jesus comes into the team and scores four goals, (Kevin) De Bruyne’s just coming back from injury, (Phil) Foden comes on again.“I don’t see it as unprofessional. It would have been disrespectful for City to go about it any other way.“What it does now is it means Pep can rest all his players in the second leg. It’s fantastic from Manchester City and I love the way they’ve gone about it and their attitude.”The return leg between Burton and City will take place on January 23.
April 23, 2019 Updated: 4:41 PM San Diego City Council to consider regulations for dockless scooters and bicycles Posted: April 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council will vote Tuesday on a regulatory package for dockless electric scooters, bicycles and the companies that own them.The package would limit the speed of dockless scooters from 15 mph to 8 mph in high-traffic areas areas like Spanish landing and near Petco park, and as low as 3 mph along the Embarcadero and the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade.Scooter companies like Bird, Lime and Razor would be required to use geofencing technology on their scooters to limit speeds and parking abilities in designated areas around the city. Bird already uses geofencing to reduce scooter speeds in areas like the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path.Scooter riders would be banned from parking the devices near hospitals, schools, beach area boardwalks, the Petco Park perimeter and the north and south legs of the Embarcadero. The city also plans to designate scooter parking zones along city streets so as to decrease the number of scooters parked on sidewalks. In downtown, scooter riders and companies would only be able to park devices in groups of four, with at least 40 feet between groups.The city would also require that scooter companies obtain a six-month operational permit with a to-be-determined fee and pay $150 per scooter or bike each year to continue operating in San Diego. Companies could renew permits in January or June, at which time they could negotiate operating terms like fleet size, which they are not currently required to report to the city.The council’s Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved the package in February and requested that it return to the committee within six months of its implementation for further review and to ensure the city is keeping pace with the evolution of technologies like geofencing.The council is scheduled to discuss and vote on the package at its 2 p.m. session. The council will meet in the City Administration Building’s 12th floor Council Chambers, located at 202 C St. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter