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Roma Beats Shakhtar 1-0 to Reach CL Quarterfinals

first_imgROME (AP) — Roma overcame a poor first-half performance to beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 on Tuesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate score.Edin Dzeko scored the only goal of the match early in the second half as Roma became the second Italian side to progress to the final eight after Juventus beat Tottenham last week.Shakhtar led 2-1 from the first leg and would have advanced with a draw, but its hopes of an equalizer diminished 11 minutes from time when defender Ivan Ordets was sent off for hauling down Dzeko.It is the first time in 11 years that two Italian teams are in the quarterfinals, with the draw taking place Friday.“Going through and being among the strongest teams has to be a source of great pride,” Dzeko said. “I don’t have a preferred opponent: they are all strong teams, but we will play to win against anyone. We are among the eight strongest teams in Europe, it means we are strong too.”In the night’s other match, Sevilla knocked out Manchester United with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford to go through with the same score on aggregate. Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice after coming on in the second half, with Romelu Lukaku pulling a goal back for United.Roma hadn’t conceded in its three Champions League matches at the Stadio Olimpico this season but nearly netted an own goal when Alessandro Florenzi tried to head clear a free kick but sent the ball flashing across the face of goal.Shakhtar dominated possession early and Taison almost scored but his effort flew narrowly over the crossbar.But Roma broke the deadlock seven minutes after the break as Dzeko latched on to Kevin Strootman’s ball over the top and slotted it into the bottom right corner.That gave Roma confidence and it almost doubled its lead 10 minutes later but Dzeko fired narrowly wide.“What I liked best is that we played like men and that’s the most important thing if we want to aspire to certain goals and dreams,” said Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco, in his first ever Champions League campaign.“I want to continue to dream with this team … the only adversary I want to avoid is fear. We should never have that, we should be consicious of our means. The team is growing a lot.”A small scuffle between players broke out 10 minutes before full time after Facundo Ferreyra pushed a ballboy over the advertising boards when trying to retrieve the ball from him. Ferreyra was shown a yellow card.Dzeko was given a standing ovation when he was substituted in the final minute.“The standing ovation has to be for the whole team, not just for me. Everyone gave their all and we are deservedly in the quarterfinals,” Dzeko said. “I didn’t want to leave (in January) precisely because of matches like these, you play all season for matches like these.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ST: secure, efficient SoC for affordable mobile payment terminals

first_img Continue Reading Previous congatec: new SMARC module with NXP i.MX 8M Mini processorNext Yamaichi showcases CEI-112G interoperability live demo at ECOC 2019 Card payment terminals are about to become even more affordable and ubiquitous with a new single-chip controller developed by STMicroelectronics and mobile payment solutions disruptor YouTransactor. Combining YouTransactor’s market knowledge and intellectual property of security and point-of-sale payment terminals and applications, with ST’s chip-design skills and intellectual property including cyber-protection and sophisticated display-graphics control, the new chip is the first PCI secure SoC for mobile payment terminals to be based on a general-purpose microcontroller for robust performance and low power at a cost-effective price.The new System-on-Chip, the YTSECPCI, is commercialized by YouTransactor with the support of ST and is available to customers on flexible delivery terms from YouTransactor, subject to Non-Disclosure Agreement. Launched last month, the YTSECPCI has already been embedded and deployed in 50,000 payment terminals, with over 1 million units ordered for 2019-2020, reflecting the strong demand of the retail industry for low-cost secure payment devices.As a fully integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) with a PCI (Payment Card Industry) kernel, the new device embeds all the physical security mechanisms required by PCI PTS (Pin Transaction Security) to ensure the safety of transactions and user data. These include mesh monitoring, switch monitoring, support for secure application loading and secure boot, advanced cryptographic libraries, active software and hardware tamper detection with data-erase, card-data and pin-code protection, key management, and real-time clock integrity protection.Contact and contactless payment modes are all supported, and the chip comes pre-certified to PCI specifications to ease final approval of customers’ products. In addition to mobile point-of-sale (POS) terminals, the SoC can also be integrated in devices such as vending machines, IoT, cash registers, smartphones or retail hardware.The chip leverages the advanced features and ultra-low-power technologies of ST’s STM32L4 microcontrollers. Highlights of the MCU include 100DMIPS/273CoreMark processing performance, multiple power-management modes to help minimize overall energy consumption, large on-chip data and program memory, and ST’s unique Chrom-ART Accelerator to handle sophisticated user-interface graphics.In addition, engineering teams benefit from the extensive STM32 development ecosystem, including initialization tools, free essential middleware and software, and graphical development tools available through the ST Partner program.To further aid development and accelerate time to market for innovative payment devices, ST and YouTransactor have also created a dedicated evaluation board and reference design containing the YTSECPCI. For further information and to discuss terms for availability, please contact YouTransactor or your local ST sales office.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

India vs England: Arjun Tendulkar spotted selling radio sets at Lord’s

first_imgArjun Tendulkar has been enjoying his time in London. He has been seen bowling to Virat Kohli in the nets and having meals with England women’s cricket star Danielle Wyatt at a restaurant.Tendulkar junior has always been in good company as he continues to learn the trick of the trades. He recently made his India U-19 debut against Sri Lanka, where he took just 12 balls to grab his maiden wicket. Following the end of the series that India won, he returned to England for his holidays and has been practicing with Team India.But on Saturday, he was spotted doing something different outside the iconic Lord’s stadium. Arjun was seen selling digital radios outside the ground on Day 3 of the second Test between India and England. Harbhajan Singh posted a photo of Arjun selling the electronic device outside the ground.The digital radio is an electronic device that broadcasts live commentary and brings the listeners and others using it closer to the game. The small earpieces have limited signal strength and the range is limited to the stadium or playing area and is used in different sports like rugby to horse racing as well.Also read – Arjun Tendulkar seen helping Lord’s ground-staff as rain hampers India TestLook who selling radios @HomeOfCricket today.. sold 50 rush guys only few left junior @sachin_rt #Goodboy pic.twitter.com/8TD2Rv6G1VHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 11, 2018Also read – Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli at nets ahead of Lord’s TestBefore selling radios, he was also one of the volunteers helping the groundstaff on Friday, during Day 2 of the Test match. Arjun’s father Sachin was in the stands on the first day, along with Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh and director Kabir Khan, watching his son helping out the groundsmen.advertisementArjun has also been training at Lord’s with the Marylebone Cricket Club. “Not only has he been training with @MCCYC4L recently & but he has also been lending a helping hand to our Groundstaff!,” Lord’s Cricket Ground’s Twitter account posted on Friday.last_img read more

No team travels well nowadays, why pick on India, questions Shastri

first_imgBrisbane, Nov 18 (PTI) India are yet to shed their “poor travellers” tag but head coach Ravi Shastri feels that it’s unfair to pick on one particular side when most of the nations have fared poorly on away tours. India have lost two away Test series in 2018, against South Africa (1-2) and England (1-4). This was after both tours were seen as best chance for Virat Kohli’s men to set the poor overseas record straight. Asked how important it is for India to win the series in Australia, Shastri said:”You have got to learn from your mistakes. When you go overseas and when you look at teams that travel around now, there aren’t too many sides (that travel well). “Australia did for some time in the 90’s and during the turn of century. South Africa did it for a while and other than these two,in the last five-six years, you tell me which team has travelled well. Why pick on India?” questioned Shastri. Questioned whether he or skipper Kohli has spoken to the team as to why they lost in South Africa and England, Shastri said that it was all about “seizing big moments”. “We have spoken about seizing the big moments. If you look at the Test matches, the scoreline really doesn’t tell you the real story. There were some real tight Test matches and we lost some big moments badly, which cost us the series at the end of it. “It could have been an hour in a session over four days whether it was SA or England. Either as a batsman or a bowler and see what happens after that,” the coach said in his team’s defence.advertisementShastri refused to believe that Australian team has lost its aura after what all happened during the past few months. “I don’t think so. I think once you have a sporting culture in you, you will always have that. I have always believed that no team is weak at home. We might have three or four players not playing when a team comes to India God forbid but if anyone thinks it’s a weak team, you will be surprised. “Similarly, we are taking no prisoners and we want to go out and put our best foot forward, focussing on our game rather than focussing outside,” he sounded cautious. He is confident that his pacers will enjoy bowling on Australian pitches. “I think they (pacers) should enjoy bowling on these pitches if it’s like the pitches we have seen in the past. It’s important to stay fit as a unit.” Shastri broadly dropped a hint that injured Hardik Pandya’s absence robs them a chance to play an extra bowler. Even former Australian batsman Mike Hussey recently spoke about how Pandya’s absence can hurt India. “One player we will miss is Hardik Pandya, who has had an injury. He gave us that balance as a bowler as well as batsman, which allowed us to play that extra bowler. Even now we have got to think twice. Hopefully, he will get fit soon and if fast bowlers do well, we might not miss him then,” the former all-rounder said. Asked if this is the best chance for India’s fast bowlers, Shastri said it will depend on if they can maintain “sustained intensity” for a long period of time. “It doesn’t matter what line-up they play as long as they are consistent. In the past, we have had one or two bowlers doing well in spells, but bowling as a unit for three, four or five hours with sustained intensity, if that comes into play, no matter which batting line-up you are playing against, you will be tested,” he added. PTI KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

a month agoNewcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come good

first_imgNewcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come goodby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come good after their 0-0 draw with Brighton.They did have some presentable chances but neither Joelinton or Miguel Almiron could convert when it mattered.Bruce said: “I think it’s always been a concern, but if you look at the chances we’ve had, they’re big chances at this level.”They’re arguably better than what Brighton had.”Even though they’ve had 70 per cent of possession, we’ve probably had the best chances out there, which is a disappointment that we haven’t taken one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Oregon Fan Gets Huge Ohio State Tattoo To Make Good On Bet

first_imgOregon's fans celebrate during the Pac-12 title game against Arizona.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 05: Oregon Ducks fans celebrate an impending victory against the Arizona Wildcats during the PAC-12 Championships at Levi’s Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)For some Oregon fans, last week’s loss in the College Football Playoff National Championship hurt a bit more than it did for others. One Ducks supporter, who made a bet on the game with his buddy, had to endure physical pain as a result of the Buckeyes’ victory.The fan in question, who made it clear that he still supports Oregon, was forced to get a huge Ohio State tattoo on his thigh. His friend posted a photo of the new ink, and he himself posted a sad face emoji.LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. HERE IS THE TATTOO. A man of his word @Debellonia88 pic.twitter.com/HWUah8BL5D— H (@Hlee3D) January 21, 2015— Sun Duck (@Debellonia88) January 21, 2015If the two schools ever meet in the playoff again, you can guarantee this guy will be looking to double down on his wager.[Deadspin]last_img read more

IAAF World Championships: Sreeshankar fails to qualify for final in long jump

first_img Next IAAF World Championships: Sreeshankar fails to qualify for final in long jumpIn his first attempt, Sreeshankar Murali leaped 7.52m, bettered a bit in the second by leaping 7.62m and then in the third attempt – X (No mark). Murli Sreeshankar finished 22nd out of 27 jumpers.advertisement India Today Web Desk DohaSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 27, 2019 21:05 IST Murli Sreeshankar finished 22nd out of 27 jumpers. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSreeshankar failed to touch the qualifying mark of 8.15mSreeshankar finished with a best leap of 7.62mSreeshankar finished 22nd out of 27 jumpersSreeshankar Murali failed to qualify for the finals in men’s long jump as he finished with a best leap of 7.62m, while the qualification mark was set at 8.15 in IAAF World Championships at Doha.In his first attempt, Sreeshankar leaped 7.52m, bettered a bit in the second by leaping 7.62m and then in the third attempt – X (No mark). Murli Sreeshankar finished 22nd out of 27 jumpers.The automatic qualification mark for the finals was set at 8.15m though jumpers below this mark could also advance if enough athletes do not cross the cut-off distance to make the 12 finalists.The 20-year-old Kerala athlete has gone beyond 8.15m just once in his career — an 8.20m last year in the National Open — though officials described it as a freak jump. He has a best of 8.00m this year and that has placed him second last in terms of the season’s best among the 27 jumpers who will start the qualification round.Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba booked a place in the final with a leap of 8.40m. Miguel obliterated the men’s long jump qualifying field in his opening jump, the rest wasn’t the greatest competition. Nobody else crossed the automatic mark of 8.15. Jeff Henderson of the United States was the second-highest qualifier with 8:12. Defending champ Luvo Manyonga just about qualified with the final with 7.91.Coming from a sporting family (his mom and dad are both athletes), Sreeshankar took to the track and field naturally. From doing both jumps and sprints to start off with, he took up long jump because it worked best for him. From there on, it has been a steady rise to be the best in the country.advertisementFor 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 Murli SreeshankarFollow IAAF World Championshipslast_img read more

JANAAC Highlights Importance of Accreditation

first_img JANAAC, in partnership with the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), will launch the Block Makers Association at the HEART Trust/NTA in Mandeville, on Tuesday, June 6. This will be followed by JANAAC Assessors conclave at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Wednesday, June 7, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Story Highlights The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) will join the rest of the world in observing World Accreditation Day on Friday, June 9.The day will be celebrated under the theme ‘Accreditation – Delivering Confidence in Construction and the Built Environment’.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, today (June 2), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at JANAAC, Sharonmae Shirley, said the week of celebration will begin on Saturday, June 3 with a church service at the Andrews Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Kingston, beginning at 8:00 a.m.She said the week’s observance seeks to heighten awareness of the role accreditation plays in ensuring safety of buildings, quality of the materials and the engineering skill set in Jamaica.On Sunday, June 4, a supplement will be published in the Observer newspaper highlighting various achievements of the agency.On Tuesday, June 6, JANAAC and the National Accreditation Focal Point (NAFP JA) will bring focus to WAD 2017 at the islandwide Block Makers Awareness Session being planned through the collaboration of Bureau of Standards Jamaica, the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), The HEART Trust/NTA, the Block Makers Association  of Jamaica (BMAJ) and Carib Cement Company.This technical forum will focus on the importance of JANAAC in ensuring that the building standards are met and kept, based on international requirements, to ensure that the integrity of the construction sector and its challenges, as they relate to the quality of construction materials, the design and the issues associated with the built environment, are addressed.The week culminates on Friday, June 9, with the CEO Breakfast at the Terra Nova Hotel, where a number of the key players in the construction industry will meet.Mrs. Shirley pointed out that the JANAAC week of celebrations will bring together several participants from the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association, University of Technology, Jamaica Institution of Engineers, Environmental Health Unit and other groups in the sector.  “We are looking forward to an exciting week of activities, and we are looking forward to the change that will result from the events and the focus that we are putting on the construction sector and the built environment,” the CEO said.She pointed out that this year’s theme is timely, as “globally all countries are paying attention to this (accreditation in the built environment), and particularly in Jamaica, based on our geography, it is just as important for us to do so”.“We recognise that JANAAC can provide the layer of confidence that the sector needs to ensure that the users and consumers, our regulatory authority, have the confidence in the end product that is generated from our construction industry,” the CEO said. “We recognise that JANAAC can provide the layer of confidence that the sector needs to ensure that the users and consumers, our regulatory authority, have the confidence in the end product that is generated from our construction industry,” the CEO said. The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) will join the rest of the world in observing World Accreditation Day on Friday, June 9.last_img read more

Two rescued eight bodies recovered

first_imgKarachi: After over 48 hours, authorities on Tuesday rescued two coal miner and recovered the bodies of eight others who were trapped in a coal mine following an underground fire in Pakistan’s resource-rich Balochistan province. At least 11 miners were trapped on Sunday more than a kilometre underground after the fire started in the coal mine following an electrical short circuit. Rescue efforts were hampered by the fire spreading poisonous gas inside the mine near Balochistan’s capital Quetta. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingOnly two miners could be rescued on Tuesday in the search operation, which has now concluded, Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority Imran Khan Zarkoon was quoted as saying by the Dawn News. The two have been admitted to Civil Hospital Quetta in critical condition. Another miner was rescued on Monday, he said. The Minister of Mines and Minerals Development of Balochistan Shafqat Fayyaz, said that the authorities were trying their level best to rescue the miners. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangBalochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alyani has directed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority to deploy its technical team and ensure the safe recovery of the workers, provincial government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said. The presence of poisonous gas inside the mine prevented easy access to the mine. Poor working conditions inside coal mines in Balochistan claim the lives of miners on an almost daily basis in Harnai, Sowrange, Dukki, Mach and other parts of the province, but often go unreported, the report said. Coal mining is considered much more hazardous than hard rock mining due to flat-lying rock strata, generally incompetent rock, leakage or explosion of poisonous gases and coal dust, collapsing of mine stopes or general mechanical errors from improper use and malfunctioning of mining equipment, it added. According to the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation (PCMLF), between 100 and 200 labourers die on an average in coal mine accidents every year in the country.last_img read more

DTC bus killed army man in 2016 UP family now gets Rs

first_imgNew Delhi: In a landmark judgement, a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal in Delhi has awarded a whopping Rs 1.17 crore compensation to the family of an army man, who was killed three years ago when a DTC bus ran over him at a zebra crossing in Rafi Marg.The Delhi Transport Corporation bus had jumped the red light at the crossing, went on to the wrong lane and ran over Ram Kumar Yadav, a rifleman and resident of Uttar Pradesh. The pedestrian signal was green when the soldier was crossing the road. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Presiding Officer of MACT, MK Nagpal awarded the compensation to Yadav’s mother, wife and two children. Yadav was with the Indian Army, posted at the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence in Sena Bhawan, here in the Capital city. The tribunal ruled that Yadav was killed due to the rash driving and negligence of the DTC bus driver. “It stands proved that the above accident resulting into death of deceased (Yadav) was caused due to rash and negligent act of R 1 (driver of DTC bus) in driving the above offending vehicle. This issue is accordingly decided in favour of the petitioners and against the respondents,” the tribunal ruled. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe incident took place on a December afternoon at around 3:20 pm at a red light on Rafi Marg, in front of Udhyog Bhawan bus stand. The green Delhi government bus killed Yadav, who was just 34 years old at the time as the bus driver skipped the signal and tried to make the risky manoeuvre. However, a cop from the Delhi Police saw the offending bus at the time and was an eyewitness to prove the petitioner’s case before the MACT. Assistant Sub Inspector Narender Pal Singh of the Delhi Traffic Police stated on record that the bus driver was not just trying to catch the signal, but was in fact, had overtaken other vehicles before hitting Yadav, indicating his negligent behaviour.last_img read more

FAA investigating after pilot injured by green laser light

first_imgDELTONA, Fla. — Federal Aviation Administration officials say a pilot flying from Canada to Orlando International Airport had his eyes burned by a green laser light.Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that the WestJet Airlines aircraft was about 25 miles (40 kilometres) from the airport when the laser light hit the pilot. The flight landed safely a short time later, and the pilot was placed on medical leave, which is routine in such cases.The FAA notified the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, which sent a deputy to a central Florida address pinpointed as a possible location the light came from. The sheriff’s office says no one there had any knowledge of the incident and said they don’t have a laser pointer.The flight originated in Newfoundland, Canada. The FAA is investigating.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Saumitra Khan under EC lens for not vacating govt guest house

first_imgKolkata: Saumitra Khan, a former Trinamool Congress leader who is now contesting the Lok Sabha election from Bishnupur (SC) constituency after he joined the saffron brigade in January, has been under the scanner of the Election Commission for not vacating a government guest house. As per the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), nobody can occupy a government guest house following the notification of elections particularly when he/she is contesting the elections. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) may seek a report from the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan in this regard. The district TMC leaders have recently registered a complaint with the Returning Officer of Durgapur saying that Khan has allegedly been staying in a government-owned guest house and had held a press conference there. In their complaint, the TMC leaders pointed out that Khan has been staying at the guest house in Durgapur flouting the ECI norms. They alleged that a candidate who is contesting the election cannot stay at a government guest house following the notification. After the matter came to light, the Commission has taken cognizance. The election officials will examine the report submitted by the DEO. In another development, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer has sent a report to the ECI regarding the controversial statements made by Sayantan Basu who is contesting the election from Basirhat with a BJP ticket. The CEO office had earlier served a show-cause notice to Basu and sought a video of his derogatory speech. The CEO office is awaiting instructions from the ECI.last_img read more

Barcelona More Than 160000 Protesters Calling For More Refugees in Spain

Casablanca – Over 160,000 protestors marched the streets of Barcelona on Sunday, February 19 demanding that the Spanish government allows more refugees from war-torn countries into Spain.Since it vowed to let in 17,337 refugees in 2015, Spain’s conservative-led government has accepted no more than 1,100 so far.The current Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, a left-wing representative and a former anti-eviction activist called upon Spanish people to come to the streets in huge numbers. The protestors marched through the city center along the Mediterranean coast holding large banners that read, “Enough Excuses! Take Them In Now!” and “No More Death, Open The Borders!”Ruben Wagensberg, one of the organizers of the march said, “There is ample consensus in Catalonia for demanding that the government’s commitments are upheld.”Other organizers refuted the police account that 160,000 people participated in the march and stated that almost double that number took part in the protest.Ada Colau, who made efforts to raise the number of refugees accepted by the government, explained, “It is very important that in a Europe of uncertainty, where xenophobia is on the rise, for Barcelona to be a capital of hope.”At a time when Germany has let in over one million refugees and vowed to take almost 700,000 this year, Spain’s conservative-led government has accepted 1,100 out of the promised 17,337 from camps in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan.The Mayor of Barcelona denounced this government stance last year at a Vatican conference about the refugee crisis in Europe. read more

Security Council condemns in strongest terms terror attack on Iraqi parliament

13 April 2007The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the “strongest terms” the deadly terrorist attack on Iraq’s Parliament, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and urging all States to cooperate with Iraqi authorities. The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the “strongest terms” the deadly terrorist attack on Iraq’s Parliament, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and urging all States to cooperate with Iraqi authorities. Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom, which holds this month’s Council Presidency, read out a statement reaffirming the 15-member body’s view that all terrorism is unjustifiable and constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace. “The Security Council underlines the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urges all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Iraqi authorities in this regard,” he said. “[It] further reaffirms the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts,” he added. States “must ensure that any measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.” Thursday’s attack has also been roundly condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as by his Special Representative to Iraq, Ashraf Qazi. Mr. Ban said it had “targeted Iraq’s elected officials and attempted to undermine one of the country’s sovereign institutions.” read more

WNBA players to appear in NBA 2K20

NEW YORK — The WNBA is expanding its reach in video games as its players will appear in NBA 2K20.It’s not the first time that gamers will be able to use female basketball players. WNBA players appeared in NBA Live 18 in 2017.Many of the top WNBA players, including Candace Parker, A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart were scanned into NBA 2K20 earlier this summer.All game modes featuring the WNBA will be available to play next month when NBA 2K20 is released on Sept. 6. Players can play a full season with their favourite WNBA team, according to the league.“For years, fans have requested the ability to play as some of their favourite WNBA stars,” said Jeff Thomas, SVP of Development, Visual Concepts. “We’ve been working with the WNBA and their top players to recreate a hyper-realistic version of their league with pinpoint accuracy. We’re excited to roll out this new feature in NBA 2K20 because we know how important the WNBA is to the world of basketball.”The 2K series has partnered with the NBA to operate the NBA 2K League, which recently ended its second season. Warriors Gaming, operated by the Golden State Warriors, drafted the first and only women’s player, Chiquita Evans, into the league in March.“We are excited to have WNBA players as part of this top selling video game, helping to bring more exposure to these elite players, expanding our fan base and providing an immersive gaming experience featuring women role model athletes, ” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said.Doug Feinberg, The Associated Press read more

Annan calls for overhaul in security structure to better protect UN personnel

“The Organization cannot succumb to a ‘bunker mentality’ and shrink from the work the world’s people expect it to do. A degree of risk cannot be avoided; the challenge is to mitigate it,” he says in a report to the General Assembly on a strengthened and unified security management system for the United Nations.To meet that challenge, the Secretary-General calls for combining three separate entities currently responsible for staff safety – the Office of the Security Coordinator, the UN Security and Safety Services and the security component of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations – into a new Directorate of Security to be headed by an Under-Secretary-General reporting directly to him.The new Directorate will be set up to assess threats and risk, and provide common security policies and standards throughout the UN system. Day-to-day decision-making on security matters, meanwhile, will remain with local offices.The Secretary-General also calls for a significant increase in the number of security personnel, particularly in the field.”Security is a precondition to programme delivery in many parts of the world. Indeed, in some cases a failure to improve security would leave the Organization facing equally unpalatable alternatives: suspending United Nations activities or continuing them amid unacceptable levels of risk,” he says.Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette is scheduled to present the report Wednesday to the UN’s main budgetary committee. read more

Burundi UN officials urge vigilance transparency as elections near

“This cannot be overemphasized: the Government should continue to do everything in its power to preserve peace and stability and to consolidate democracy,” Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) told the Council.“It [the Government] should avoid any posture that could lead to a reversal of the gains achieved so far. I have all confidence they will,” he added.Along those lines, Ambassador Paul Seger of Switzerland, Chair of the Burundi configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), noted the “paramount importance” of elections next year.“I am confident that Burundi will continue on its path towards peace consolidation and will cross the point of no return, leaving behind its conflictual past once and for all,” he said.“But until then, sustained vigilance is required, including by this Council, and I will try to continue to play my part in this endeavour as well,” he added.In his address, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga noted that from a monthly average of 10 between this January and July, the number of incidents associated with the youth of the ruling party documented by BNUB fell to 7 in August and 3 in September.Regular calls by the President of the ruling party warning perpetrators of individual consequences seem to have been heeded, he said. These incidents include the banning or disruption of public meetings, or threats against and/or physical assaults on members of opposition parties.However, he emphasized, no significant progress has been made in the fight against impunity, including the cases of extrajudicial killings that BNUB has documented since 2011.Moreover, justice reform has been slow, especially regarding the “key issues” of the independence of the judiciary, said Mr. Onanga-Anyanga. However, he noted that the process to select the Commissioners for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been initiated. In addition, he said that progress towards BNUB’s end of activities have proceeded as per the Joint Transition Plan, which was presented to the Council in May. The office’s activities will end on 12 December with the lowering of the UN flag from its headquarters, the envoy said.Calling on the Council and Member States to ensure that sufficient resources are allocated for the new stand-alone office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which was approved by the Government in August, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga said that Burundi will continue to need strong support from all of its partners. For his part, Mr. Seger noted in his briefing that tensions still persist in the country, internally between the ruling party and the opposition parties, as well as externally, between the Government and its main international partners.Emphasizing the importance of inclusivity, he said that responsibility falls primarily with the Government.“I therefore call on it to approach the elections with the confidence of a country that [is going] through this kind of democratic exercise for the third time since emerging from its bloody past, but with the vigilance of a country that is aware of the ongoing fragility of its peace consolidation process and the responsibility that comes with it,” he stressed.On the other hand, he urged the opposition parties to participate in the electoral process, and to not repeated mistakes committed in 2010.“Their stated goal must be to become a part of the country’s political governance in order to consolidate democratic process and work jointly with others towards Burundi’s prosperous future,” he said.In that vein, the focus should be on a medium- and long-term vision, rather than on short-term political considerations, he said.“Burundi is given a historical chance to show the international community that it has overcome its hurtful past and that it is embarking on a more prosperous future based on strong democratic institutions and focused on improving the living standards for its population, not least for the youth,” he said. “We as international community have the responsibility to help Burundi achieve this vision.” Burundi was the first country, along with Sierra Leone, to be put on the agenda of the PBC when it was set up in 2006, to ensure that countries once ravaged by war do not relapse into bloodshed.BNUB was set up, also in 2006, following a ceasefire between the Government and the last remaining rebel force to support peace consolidation, democratic governance, disarmament and reform of the security sector. In April, the Security Council agreed that BNUB would wrap up at the end of this year, and transition to a UN country team (UNCT). read more

Mosques must appoint Britishborn imams with good English report concludes

first_imgThe commission found that most Muslims live in urban areas, and – particularly among British Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities – children generally attend schools where most other children are of the same ethnic group. He said that Muslims face “considerable challenges” from within their own communities that prevent them from participating in public life.“The Commission has also heard, forcefully expressed to it, the fear of many Muslims that, even in seeking to participate in public life or to work on a cross-community basis, they become subject to a much greater degree of adverse scrutiny, or to allegations about their motivation, than would be considered normal or acceptable for their non-Muslim counterparts,” Mr Grieve wrote. “This is a matter for which there is overwhelming evidence.”The report found that the “increasing absence” of Muslims from British civil society is a “growing problem” in the UK.It said that while in some areas Muslims are not participating in public life to their full potential, in other areas they are just as engaged, if not more,than their white British counterparts.The lack of integration was most pronounced in areas of high deprivation, the report found, but added that there was a “wealth of positive community work” by British Muslims at a local level. Mosques must appoint British-born imams who speak fluent English because Islamic communities need “better leadership”, a major report has concluded.An inquiry, chaired by the former Attorney General Dominic Grieve MP, found that Muslims need “fit for purpose” leaders who can understand “modern British life”.The report, which was commissioned by the community organising charity Citizens UK, set out to examine the participation of the Islamic community in public life.It noted that many imams are born and educated overseas, but said: “It is of great importance that British-born imams, who have a good understanding of British culture and who fluently speak English, are encouraged and appointed in preference to overseas alternatives.” Eid prayers in London Dominic Grieve, who chaired the inquiry But the report notes that integration is a “two-way street” and other groups must find ways to engage with different communities.There is no definitive figure for how many mosques there are in the UK, the report found, although it said the best estimate is in the region of 1,500. Of these, around 200 are purpose-built, the rest being either converted houses or other non-residential conversions.The commission was co-chaired by Jenny Watson, who has previously chaired the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Electoral Commission. Other commissioners included Sophie Gilliat-Ray, a professor of Religious Studies at Cardiff University, and the founding Director of the Islam-UK Centre.Other members of the panel included Bishop Dr Eric Brown, the businessman and philanthropist Sir Trevor Chinn and the diversity director at Lloyds Banking Group Fiona Cannon.Ifath Nawaz, a consultant solicitor who founded the Association of Muslim Lawyers UK was another commissioner, as was Professor Mohamed El-Gomati, who promotes the contribution of Muslims in science, technology and civilisation.  “Polls demonstrate significant scepticism across British society about the integration, and even the shared allegiance, of their British Muslim fellow citizens,” said Mr Grieve, who is a Conservative MP for Beaconsfield.center_img Writing in the foreward to the report, Mr Grieve said that his commission sought to highlight the false and “potentially dangerous” assumptions that are made about the views of British Muslims. Dominic Grieve chaired the inquiryCredit:Eddie Mulholland for the Telegraph  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Imams were told they must take a “stronger stance” against persecution of others, including  against anti-Semitism, Christian persecution and other branches of Islam.The report, titled Missing Muslims: Unlocking British Muslim potential for the benefit of all, also recommended that universities should provide courses so that imams can be accredited with religious and education qualifications.“The Commission has heard a great deal about the need for better leadership within the UK’s Muslim communities,” it said. “The management committees of the UK’s mosques need to better understand, and respond to, modern British life”. Prayers to mark Eid in London. The report noted that most Muslims live in urban areasCredit:Rob Stothard /Gettylast_img read more

Unidentified motorcyclist killed in early morning accident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMotorcyclist killed in ECD accident identified as Bare Root teenNovember 11, 2018In “Crime”Linden accident leads to gruesome death of motorcyclistJune 5, 2017In “Crime”Driver allegedly speeding dies after slamming into parked lorryJuly 25, 2018In “Crime” The scene of the accident [Guyana Police Force photo]An unidentified motorcyclist was struck and killed in the wee hours of Friday on the Mon Repos, Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), when he collided with a motor lorry.The accident reportedly occurred at about 01:15h as the motorcyclist was attempting to turn unto the public road.Police say at about 01:15h, motor lorry GRR 6081 was proceeding east along the northern carriageway of the road while the motorcycle – CG 3711 – which was speeding north along the access road, suddenly turned east and collided with the lorry’s right side.As a result of the impact, the cyclist fell onto the road surface and his head came into contact with the vehicle’s rear right wheel.He was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver of the lorry, a Beterverwagting resident, passed a breathalyzer test. He is presently  in Police custody assisting with the investigation.Below is a graphic image of the victim for identification purposes. Viewer discretion is advised.  read more

Joblessness on the up

first_imgA day after reports by the IMF suggesting the need for new measures and by Parliament’s budget office on the unsustainability of the debt, more bad news on the course of Greek economy emerged on Thursday, as unemployment continued to grow, exports shrank and industrial output continued its decline.Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) data showed that seasonally adjusted unemployment climbed to 27.6 percent in July, up from 27.5 percent in June, while in the 15-to-24 age group the jobless rate came to 55.1 percent. The rise, meanwhile, came at the height of the tourism season which had been particularly good for Greece this year.August witnessed a 7.2 percent decline in industrial output compared to the same month in 2012, when the index had shown a 2.1 yearly increase from 2011. ELSTAT data also revealed a 5.7 percent decrease in exports in August compared with a year earlier, amounting to 2.08 billion euros, down from 2.21 billion in August 2012. Imports also fell by 5.1 percent year-on-year to 3.91 billion euros.There is some good news, however, as the budget continued to produce a primary surplus in September, according to figures for the first nine months of the year presented by Alternate Finance Minister Christos Staikouras on Thursday. These showed a surplus of 1.1 billion euros plus the 1.5 billion euros in Greek bond profits that eurozone central banks have returned to Athens. The shortfall in revenues has also decreased to 432 million euros in end-September from 728 million in August and 1.1 billion euros in July.Maintaining the primary surplus at satisfactory levels for a third consecutive month constitutes the main reason why Greece’s creditors have agreed to include the forecast for a 344-million-euro primary surplus for the whole of 2013 in the draft budget for 2014.Of course the final shape of next year’s budget will be determined by negotiations between creditors and the Finance Ministry starting on October 18, a senior ministry official said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more