No. 1 Simona Halep back in action at Sydney International

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. She will start the season without a coach after Australian Darren Cahill said in November he wanted to spend more time with his family. Cahill, who has spent the past four years with Halep, is taking a 12-month break.The 27-year-old Halep said she will not consider a new coach for at least the next few months.″(He) was a very big part of my career and I want to thank him for that,” she said. “Together we won the Grand Slam that we always wished for. It’s going to be tough, I’m sure. … but he decided this and I fully understood because family comes first always.”With a bye in the first round in Sydney, Halep will meet either Jelena Ostapenko or Ashleigh Barty in the second round before a possible quarterfinal against Karolina Pliskova.ADVERTISEMENT Soccer star Wayne Rooney charged with public intoxication FILE – In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, Simona Halep, of Romania, serves to Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. No. 1-ranked Halep returns to competitive tennis this week at the Sydney International unsure if her back injury has fully healed.(AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)SYDNEY — No. 1-ranked Simona Halep returns to competitive tennis this week at the Sydney International unsure if her back injury has fully healed.It will be the first time Halep has played since the French Open champion ended her season in October due to a herniated disc in her back.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue And while the injury didn’t require surgery, Halep, who has previously battled similar injuries during her junior years, has spent much of the past three months off the court.“It was very scary because it was below the back, so it’s always dangerous. But I had treatment at home,” Halep said while sailing around Sydney Harbour on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I rested for about six weeks and I did nothing, just exercises for the back. I didn’t have pain while I was practicing this period, off-season. So now I feel confident and it’s OK. But I need to see during the official match.”Halep got off to a strong start last year, reaching the Australian Open final (losing to Caroline Wozniacki) and claiming her first Grand Slam title in Paris (beating Sloane Stephens) before losing her final four matches of the season, including a first-round defeat at the U.S. Open. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READlast_img read more

Rene Catalan all out to seize his time

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ “I doubled on training and I worked on my wrestling and striking. I just worked hard,” Catalan said. “It’s just a matter of discipline, determination, and dedication, alongside our passion with what we do.”“I won’t waste this opportunity because I know things like this don’t come often.”The 40-year-old Catalan, who is on a six-fight tear, had mixed emotions in fighting a fellow Filipino, but he also knew that fighting for the world title is too big of an opportunity to pass up.“I declined at first, but I know how big of an opportunity this is. I’ve worked hard for this,” Catalan said.ADVERTISEMENT The resurgent Filipino is now a headliner as he challenges compatriot Joshua Pacio for the ONE strawweight world title in ONE: Masters of Fate on Friday before a hometown crowd at Mall of Asia Arena.“When I lost three straight, I accepted it,” Catalan said. “I was a newbie in MMA. But every time I competed in a sport, my goal was to become a world champion. I felt like losing early was normal because I was just starting.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“On fight cards, it was totally normal to open in the prelims because I was just starting. But I told myself that eventually I will be in the main event.”Catalan is determined to make the most of his opportunity to be in the main event just like the way he rose from the ashes to come just a step away from the pedestal. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?center_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Spurs’ Son in tears after Everton’s Gomes injury; Foxes 3rd Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rene Catalan was never discouraged when he began his MMA career with a string of losses.Catalan kept going and that perseverance turned his fortunes around, leading to a world title fight.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

DU sixth cut-off released at du.ac.in for 6500 unfilled seats

first_imgIn order to fill up the left over seats in many programmes, Delhi University has announced the sixth cut-off for the commencing academic session today, August 20.(Read: DU still left with many seats for academic session 2016) All the candidates can check the same on the official website, du.ac.in .Sixth cut-off details: As per the Indian Express report,  seats at ARSD, South Campus, for BCom (Hons) course is available at 94 per cent while BA English (Hons) is available at Daulat Ram College at 93.5 per centMeanwhile, admissions at most colleges have been closed for the general category candidatesBut, an admission under OBC category has 2,500 seats still availableNow, BA English (Hons) is available at 90 per cent for OBC category.Earlier, when the fifth cut-off was announced on Tuesday, July 19, seats in popular courses were available in several prominent colleges.As compared to the fourth list, the cut-off marks declined in the range of 0.25 to 5.0 percentage points in the final list with admission opportunities in BSc (Hons) Maths existing for general students at Ramjas, Hansraj, Hindu and Kirorimal colleges in the cut-off range 94.5-96 per cent.(Read: The DU cut-off conundrum: Students give views on high cut-offs, brand value and course vs college) Admissions process details:Admission process for the sixth cut off list will be conducted till August 22Also, the university will declare the seventh cut-off lists on August 24 and the admissions will be conducted till August 26The eight cut-off list will come on August 29 and admissions under this cut-off will be completed on August 30Meanwhile, the students who are already registered need to apply again for vacant seats, following which, a merit list will be brought out by the collegeWhile speaking about releasing more cut-off list, one of the senior officials said, “We are restarting the cut-off system for admissions. Many students have withdrawn admissions due to which there are vacant seats in different in many colleges. There will be three cut-offs.”advertisementMoreover, this year despite cut-offs going low, not many students turned up to take admission in left over courses.Read: Value based education is the priority of the state government, says AP HRD ministerRead: College asks IGNOU to leave campus Click here for more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Guardiola doubts Sancho return to City

first_imgPep Guardiola does not envisage Jadon Sancho returning to Manchester City, but conceded a move back to his old club could not be ruled out.The exciting winger made his England debut during the international break after making a flying start to the season for Borussia Dortmund.Sancho has provided six assists and one goal for the Bundesliga leaders despite only one of his seven league appearances coming as part of the starting line-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The teenager has received praise in some quarters for opting to take the risk of continuing his development outside of England after deciding his chances of breaking into the first-team at City would be limited.Guardiola was asked ahead of City’s Premier League clash against Burnley if Sancho would ever return to the Etihad Stadium and, while not fully discounting such a scenario, he pointed to the fact Sancho did not appear content at the club.”I don’t know, in football you never say no, but I don’t know. I think when he decided to move on from here it is because he doesn’t want to be here,” he said.”When he doesn’t want to be here, I think he’s not looking forward to coming back here. That is what I think right now.”Maybe in the future – new club, new managers – but I don’t know.”Sancho is one of a cluster of young English players to have tried their hand in the Bundesliga over the past couple of seasons and reports suggest his fledgling success could lead to a future wave of youngsters heading to Germany.City youngster Phil Foden is among those to have been tipped to follow Sancho’s path, but Guardiola believes such trends in football are common.”English teams look at Spanish players and Spanish teams look at Italian players. You cannot control them at that age,” he added.”We know what we have done with Jadon. We did absolutely everything, he decided to move to Germany. All the best. He is doing really well at the start of his career, hopefully he can achieve what he is looking for and it is a good sign for England. I’m glad he’s playing well.”Raheem Sterling, EnglandOne of the reasons Sancho may have felt his first-team path was blocked is due to the domestic form of new England team-mate Raheem Sterling.Sterling scored twice in England’s surprise 3-2 Nations League win in Spain, strikes that ended a three-year wait to add to his international tally.It was welcome relief for Sterling, who faced criticism in some quarters over his performances at the World Cup, but Guardiola – while acknowledging a “stronger mentality” – thinks little has changed because of his brace.”Because he scored in one game two goals? The criticism when he played in England is for one or two years. [There is] no change because he scored two goals,” Guardiola said.”His character and personality does not depend on scoring two goals. The most important thing – he knows – at 23 years old, he can still be better.”His mentality is stronger than before from my point of view. He plays so good, so well in terms of movement – he creates room for Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Harry Kane et cetera.”last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale fire Real Madrid into Club World Cup final

first_imgGareth Bale scored with his first touch after coming off the bench to strike the Real Madrid winner as the European champions survived a scare to beat local side Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday and reach the Club World Cup final.Al Jazira’s Brazilian forward Romarinho gave the Abu Dhabi team a shock lead in the 40th minute of an action-packed game after heavy favourites Real twice hit the woodwork and had two goals ruled out, one after a long consultation between the referee and his video assistant.Madrid will try to win its third world title in four seasons when its faces South American champion Gremio of Brazil on Saturday.The match had two goals disallowed by video review, one for each team. There was confusion when Madrid’s first-half goal was ruled out by a decision that took a few minutes before the Video Assistant Referee became involved.Madrid struggled early and allowed the local league winners to open the scoring with a goal by Brazilian forward Romarinho just before halftime.But Cristiano Ronaldo equalized early in the second half and Bale netted the winner less than a minute after replacing Karim Benzema.The Wales forward, coming off a series of injuries, scored with a low left-foot touch from the center of the area after a pass by forward Lucas Vazquez, who had also come off the bench.”It was great to be able to score, but the most important thing was the victory,” said Bale, adding that he’s still not at 100 percent. “It’s been a long wait, I’ve had to be patient.”advertisementHe has played only 11 matches with Madrid this season because of lingering muscle problems.”Bale is all about scoring goals,” Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez said. “He is a fantastic player. He scored a goal that means a lot to us. It’s a shame that he has been injured, because he is very important for the team.”European clubs have made it to the Club World Cup final every time since the competition’s new format started in 2005, winning nine out of the last 10 titles.Madrid, which fielded its top players, was in control from the start but made a series of mistakes in front of goal and couldn’t capitalize on its numerous chances. Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khaseif made several difficult saves before being substituted with an apparent injury early in the second half.Madrid appeared to have opened the scoring with a header by midfielder Casemiro in the 30th minute. Brazilian referee Sandro Meira Ricci initially disallowed the goal, then said it counted and carried the ball back toward the center circle for the restart, only to eventually rule it out again after requesting a video review. He signaled that his final decision, made nearly three minutes after the goal, was based on Benzema being offside.”The issue of video review is not something that is up to me to decide, but I think football is better off without it,” Bale said.Madrid had already seen a goal by Benzema disallowed about 10 minutes earlier, after the referee signaled a foul by Ronaldo on a defender.The hosts took advantage of Madrid’s early struggles and opened the scoring in a counterattack just before halftime. Madrid defenders were unable to clear a ball near midfield, and allowed Romarinho to enter the area and send a low shot into the far corner.The UAE team had the chance to take a shock 2-0 lead early in the second half after another mistake by Madrid’s defense, which allowed two Al Jazira players to break into the area with only goalkeeper Keylor Navas to beat. Mbark Boussoufa scored, but a video review later showed that he was just offside when he received the pass from his teammate.Madrid began to rally a few minutes later, with Ronaldo controlling a pass from Luka Modric inside the area before sending a low shot into the far corner for his sixth goal in the Club World Cup, surpassing Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who each have five.Benzema had twice hit the post as Madrid pressed forward after conceding before halftime.(Courtesy: AP)last_img read more

Worcester’s Cornell du Preez unable to talk after throat injury

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Read more Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… The Worcester director of rugby, Alan Solomons, said Du Preez is “making good progress” but there is no time frame set on his return for the club he joined from Edinburgh in the summer. Du Preez added on his Instagram page that he cannot speak for the duration of his stay in hospital.He wrote: “On the 1st of September I fractured my cricoid [Adam’s apple]. I also damaged my voice box so I won’t be able to speak at all for the next 4 or so weeks. I will be in hospital until then. We really want to thank @worcswarriors, friends and family from all over the world for the unbelievable support that have been received. It’s been overwhelming.”It is unclear whether Du Preez, who has six Scotland caps, will require further surgery but Solomons added: “Cornell is making good progress and is receiving the best treatment in hospital. Everyone at the club sends him their best wishes and we will continue to support him at this difficult time. We wish him a speedy recovery.”Last season, the Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis also suffered a serious throat injury and was sidelined for almost six months. He was unable to talk for a week and regularly saw a speech therapist during his rehabilitation. He said: “To get back to playing you have to overcome quite a few negative thoughts, and injuries can happen to any part of your body. This has changed my perception of life because there was a stage when I didn’t know if I was going to survive.” Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Rugby union Worcester Cornell du Preez, the Worcester and Scotland back-row, has revealed he is unable to talk and must remain in hospital for the next four weeks as a result of the serious throat injury he sustained on the opening weekend of the Premiership season. Du Preez has undergone multiple operations after he was taken to hospital in Birmingham following the injury suffered in Worcester’s defeat by Wasps on 1 September.The 27-year-old had been on the pitch for barely five minutes when the injury occurred as the result of a collision with the Wasps captain, Joe Launchbury.While it was initially suspected he had suffered a broken larynx, Worcester said on Thursday that the South African-born Du Preez had sustained a fractured cricoid (the cartilage just below the Adam’s apple) as well as a damaged voice box. news CVC’s Premiership bid may have been rejected but it could signal change Support The Guardian Premiership Topics Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

The 2018 Honda Accord Ditches the V6 and Coupe, Keeps The Manual

first_img The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Honda, along with much of the automotive industry, is experiencing surging crossover/SUV sales as consumer appetites for versatile, high-riding models shows no sign of weakening.Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for traditional sedans. This trend put Honda in a bit of a bind when it came to redesigning its Accord – one of the company’s best-selling vehicles. Without an attractive mix of style, technology, and efficiency, the 2018 Accord would be in trouble.To keep its midsize sedan relevant, Honda decided to double down on the Accord variants with the most appeal. Until this year, Honda was the only manufacturer to offer a two-door version of a mainstream, midsize sedan. However, with so few of its Accord sales coming from coupe variants, Honda has decided to ditch the two-door for 2018. Exiting stage right with the coupe will also be V6-powered Accords. While these two bits of news are a bummer, the rest of the story is far more promising. The new Accord will be available with a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The base version will be a 1.5-liter unit making 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The up-rated mill will be a 2.0-liter engine making 252hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. It’s worth noting that while the top-spec motor is down 26hp to the outgoing V6, it is up 21 lb-ft of torque, in addition to being lighter.Even better are the transmission options. Whichever engine you choice, a six-speed manual gearbox will be available. At a time when manual sales are dwindling, it’s incredible that Honda offers a manual with both of its powertrains. If you’d prefer not to shift for yourself, a CVT will be offered in the base car and a new 10-speed automatic will fit with the larger powertrain.In terms of aesthetics, the new Accord shared design elements with the new Civic, meaning a long sloping roof line, lower and wider stance, longer headlights, and C-shaped taillights. It’s tough to say whether the new Accord is an improvement over the current model, but we’ll hold our final judgment until we see it in person.The 2018 Accord also features a more spacious cabin with higher quality materials. A brand new infotainment system debuts in the Accord with a more user-friendly interface on an eight-inch touchscreen.Built in Marysville, Ohio, the 2018 Honda Accord will go on sale before year’s end. The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The 2018 Honda Accord Ditches the V6 and Coupe, Keeps The Manual Closelast_img read more

DNB Sheds Shipping Losses in Q2

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipping bank DNB cut its individual impairment by around 65 percent in the second quarter this year when compared to the same period from 2016.DNB attributed the decrease to successful restructuring of portfolios within shipping and oil and offshore-related segments.A reduction in collective impairment was also reported by the bank, reflecting “somewhat more stable economic conditions in these industries.”During the second quarter, DNB delivered profits of NOK 5.23 billion (USD 631 million), an increase of NOK 669 million from the second quarter of 2016, driven by strong net interest income and lower impairment losses on loans and guarantees.For the first half of 2017, DNB recorded profits of NOK 9.78 billion, down NOK 10 million from the first half of 2016. Return on equity was 9.7 per cent, compared with 10.5 per cent in the year-earlier period, the bank’s info shows.Net non-performing and doubtful loans and guarantees increased by NOK 2.9 billion (USD 350 million) from end-June 2016, totalling NOK 23.6 billion at end-June 2017. This represented 1.35 per cent of the loan portfolio, up from 1.19 per cent at end-June 2016. The increase mainly stemmed from the oil and shipping-related portfolio.“There are no signs of negative spill-over effects from the situation in the oil-related industries in the other credit portfolios, and nonperforming and doubtful loans and guarantees were roughly at the same level as at end-March 2017,” the bank added.last_img read more

Saskatchewan buys homeless men two one way tickets out of province

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe province of Saskatchewan is taking a new tack to reduce homelessness.It has nothing to do with cutting poverty rates, or increasing job training.And everything to do with shipping people to other provinces.Now two Indigenous men from northern Sasktachewan find themselves in a big city and caught in a political firestorm.APTN’s Jaydon Flett reports.jflett@aptn.calast_img

Eldorado Gold seeking 11B from Greece as compensation for permit delays

first_imgVANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. is seeking $1.1 billion from the Greek government for damages it says it suffered due to permit delays related to its Skouries project.The company says the application is a non-judicial request for payment and does not initiate legal proceedings.Eldorado chief executive George Burns called it a “good-faith attempt” to resolve the matter with the Greek government.The company suspended work at the Skouries project last year amid an ongoing dispute with the Greek government.The Vancouver-based company said at the time that Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment had not issued the required permits for the project.The company has said it would re-assess its investment in the Skouries project once it receives the required permits.Companies in this story: (TSX:ELD)last_img read more

UN mine action programme clears 27000 landmines in Cyprus

20 January 2011United Nations de-miners have removed over 27,000 landmines from the buffer zone in Cyprus over the past six years, the UN envoy to the country said today, while announcing that the mine action programme will come to an end next month due to lack of access to remaining minefields. “Now having reached a critical stage, we are at the point where the current UN de-mining operations in Cyprus will come to an end,” said Lisa Buttenheim, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cyprus.“Lacking access to the remaining minefields in the buffer zone and in the absence of an agreement with the two sides to extend the de-mining operations to areas outside the buffer zone, UN de-miners will shut down their field operations next month,” Ms. Buttenheim said at an event in Nicosia to mark six years of successful mine action in the Mediterranean island.A total of 74 minefields or 9.7 square kilometres of land have been cleared throughout the buffer zone. The cleared area can now be farmed or put to other productive use.Since late 2004, teams of de-miners working with the UN Mine Action Centre in Cyprus (UNMACC) have been working to rid the 180 kilometre-long buffer zone of landmines laid during the outbreak of inter-communal violence in 1964.The bulk of the work was carried out by de-miners from Mozambique and Zimbabwe, along with G4S Ordnance Management, a private company.Since the start of its work, UN de-miners in Cyprus have suffered several casualties, including the death over a year ago of Felisberto Novele, a Mozambican team leader who was killed in an explosion in a now-cleared minefield some 10 kilometres from Nicosia.According to UNMACC estimates, some 15,000 landmines may still remain in Cyprus and two million square metres of land could still be contaminated by mines and unexploded ordnance.“Today may mark the end of a significant chapter in the UN’s de-mining operation in Cyprus, but our genuine hope is that today’s event will instil an even stronger commitment on the part of both communities to rid the island completely of its lethal heritage and open a new door in reaching that goal,” said Ms. Buttenheim, who is also the head of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, which is known as UNFICYP. read more

Ban discusses reconciliation and regional issues with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister

16 February 2012The reconciliation process in Kyrgyzstan, regional cooperation on combating drug trafficking and peace efforts in Afghanistan were the focus of discussions between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev when they met today in Vienna. The reconciliation process in Kyrgyzstan, regional cooperation on combating drug trafficking and peace efforts in Afghanistan were the focus of discussions between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev when they met today in Vienna.Mr. Ban said Kyrgyzstan’s peaceful transfer of power was an important step towards consolidating democracy in the country and an example to other countries in the region.He also met separately with Lamberto Zannier, the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), with discussions focusing on ways to further boost cooperation between the United Nations and OSCE, including on preventive diplomacy and mediation.The situation in Western Balkans, Afghanistan and Central Asia, as well as the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, also came up during the discussions between Mr. Ban and Mr. Zannier. read more

New accord paves way for Angolan refugees to return from South Africa

Signing the agreement in Pretoria, South Africa, on Sunday were South Africa’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Angola’s Minister of Social Assistance and Reintegration, Joao Baptista Kussumua and UNHCR’s Special Envoy for the Repatriation of Angolan Refugees, Kallu C. Kalumiya.”This agreement means that the final building block for the voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees is now firmly in place,” said UNHCR’s Kalumiya. “It brings to an end a very important legal phase in the operation and creates the foundation for the final stage, which will see thousands more Angolans returning to build a new future in their homeland.”Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Namibia, the Republic of Congo and Zambia signed similar agreements earlier this year. The accords set up Tripartite Commissions to oversee the registration of Angolan exiles in their host countries, the coordination of reception conditions in Angola and the effective organization of reintegration projects in the areas of return.Angola’s 27-year-long civil conflict started as a proxy war during the Cold War. The United States and apartheid South Africa backed the UNITA (Union for the Total Independence of Angola) rebel movement, while Cuba and the then Soviet Union supported the governing MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola). More than 400,000 Angolans fled into neighbouring countries in what became one of Africa’s most protracted and intractable conflicts.”South Africa has a responsibility in the reconstruction of Angola,” Mr. Dlamini-Zuma said at the ceremony. “It was home to many South Africans during the anti-apartheid struggle, and the old regime was part of the destruction of Angola. We will do whatever we need to do to help.”According to UNHCR, there are 13,279 Angolan asylum seekers in South Africa, mainly in Cape Town. Although they are the best-educated refugee group in South Africa, many of them have been working in unskilled jobs. read more

English barristers trained to be less pompous in bid to win over

first_imgEnglish barristers are being trained to come across as less pompous in social situations in a bid to win over wealthy international clients.Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court, has held training sessions teaching members how to “work a room” and to listen in conversation rather than impressing others with their intelligence.The tuition is intended to help the historic profession appear “up-to-date, modern and vibrant” to clients who can take their business anywhere in the world.The initiative is part of a wider embrace of corporate thinking which encourages barristers, who are mainly self-employed, to describe themselves as “legal entrepreneurs”.The move would likely prompt Rumpole to reach irritably for the Chateau Thames Embankment.Nevertheless, in a session this week, participants were taught to view themselves in the same bracket as Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg, the inventor of Facebook.“How to” trainers from the business world also talked about “winning business” and how to “increase market share”. Adrienne Page QC, a Middle Temple bencher who helped organise the training, said barristers were traditionally thought to be “aloof and pompous” at drinks parties and networking events, which are now increasingly crucial for securing work.“The advice emphasised the value of listening, creating relationships by asking people questions about themselves and their work; finding common ground,” she told The Sunday Telegraph.“What is it that makes a client come back to a barrister time and again – is it just that they win the cases?“Not necessarily.“It’s also about the barrister’s ability to relate to the client, to have that friendly conversation outside court.”London is a popular venue for international legal disputes, with 70 per cent of cases in 2016 in the Commercial and Admiralty Courts – where complex business and maritime cases are heard – involving at least one party based outside England and Wales.The English courts are also favoured by the rich and famous seeking to get divorced.It is a competitive international market, however, and some at the bar fear Brexit may damage their earnings.“We argue that barristers need to move away from describing themselves as self-employed, to instead labelling themselves “legal entrepreneurs” and behaving as an entrepreneur would”, said an advertisement for the Middle Temple session.Moderated by the barrister turned comedian Clive Anderson, the coaching was led international corporate trainer Gavin Presman and Chrissie Lightrood, an “entrepreneur, legal futurist”.Barristers were taught “why awkward silences can help you to win business”, as well as “how body language and tone of voice can aid, but also hiner you”.Ms Page said: “Big corporate solicitors have the resources to provide training and development in soft skills.“For the Bar, Middle Temple’s Survive and Thrive series fulfils that role for barristers, many of them in small sets of chambers.”She added: “The Bar is definitely changing. There was a time when we weren’t allowed to have business cards and weren’t allowed to entertain solicitors.”Beyond professional development, the Inns of Court, which also comprise Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn and Gray’s Inn, are most commonly associated with formal dining.Student barristers have traditionally been required to complete 12 qualifying dinners before being called to the Bar.Last October, however, the Bar Standards Board raised the prospect of scrapping the sessions because they might put off students from less well-off backgrounds from entering the profession. The Bar is definitely changing. There was a time when we weren’t allowed to have business cardscenter_img 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.last_img read more

Doors opening for Mighty Bowl in downtown Vancouver

first_imgFor five years, The Mighty Bowl has been a hero of the local food scene, doling out rice-and-bean bowls from a food truck and, later, a downtown walk-up window. But you might say it always had a kryptonite — seating.Well, not anymore. On Tuesday, The Mighty Bowl got mightier when it officially opened a 3,000-square-foot restaurant at 108 W. Eighth St. in Vancouver. Crowds there found an expanded menu and seats at tables, bar stools and even on bleachers.The new location is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and seats 44. Owner Steve Valenta said there are plans to add dinner and weekend hours by winter, contingent on the hiring of 10 more staff.The day before the opening, Valenta seemed relieved during an interview. It took nine months to retrofit the space, formerly a Chinese food restaurant, with construction taking place in addition to normal business hours.“Sixteen-hour days get old,” he said, laughing.Customers seemed happy for the hard work. A line formed out the door around the lunch hour.Three more bowls, four salads and a smoothie and juice bar mark new additions to The Mighty Bowl’s menu. Breakfast offerings include items like avocado toast and acai bowls. That’s a lot of new compared with its previous menu of one, the eponymous mighty bowl.last_img read more

Kompany thanks Toure for the wonderful years

first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany has thanked the departing “legend” Yaya Toure for his service to the clubThe Ivorian midfielder will be leaving the Etihad Stadium in the summer after eight years in Manchester.Since joining from Barcelona in 2010, Toure has since scored 82 goals in his 316 appearances and famously netted the winning goals against Stoke City and Sunderland in the FA and League Cup finals respectively.The 35-year-old was absent from City’s 1-0 win against Southampton in their final league game of the season after captaining the side in their 3-1 against Brighton last week.Kompany, who himself has been at City since 2008, praised Toure for his contributions over the years.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…I’d like to thank Yaya for the wonderful years he has given us. Power, pace, technique, vision, you name it, this guy is the most complete midfielder I have ever seen. Always present in the big moments, he is forever a legend of ours. #ManCity #Legend #CENTURIONS #SharkTeam pic.twitter.com/zHxBcbRI3C— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 14, 2018In his eight years at City, Toure won three Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup.last_img read more

Unai Emery hails brilliant Petr Cech

first_imgUnai Emery hailed Petr Cech for his brilliant saves that helped Arsenal record their first clean sheet of the season.Cech, 39, has come under intense scrutiny at times this season but his shot-stopping ability has been top notch.The former Chelsea goalkeeper is currently keeping summer singing Bernd Leno out of Arsenal’s starting XI and Emery suggested that is not about to change anytime soon.“I’m a little surprised because there have been a lot of questions over Cech,” Emery said, adding that Leno would do well to learn from Cech’s experience.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“In pre-season and also in the first matches with us, he’s played with good performances. Bernd Leno will also improve with us and learn about this competition here.“For him, he’s also doing very well and benefiting from working every day with a goalkeeper like Cech. He’s learning from him, giving him experience and he’s watching him in games like today.“Leno is a younger goalkeeper and he is coming here with a big future, but now, it’s a very competitive position. Petr Cech is very important for us.”“Petr has big experience and a big quality. He’s started the season very well and we think he’s giving us the performance we want. Today he showed us that he’s very good and continuing to work hard with this spirit every day.”last_img read more

Perpetual Guardian to pilot fourday working week

first_imgNew Zealand-based statutory trust organisation Perpetual Guardian is to pilot a four-day working week for its 200 employees.The six-week trial, which will begin in March 2018, will enable employees to nominate and receive a day off each week to reduce their number of working days from five to four. Under the pilot scheme, their existing working hours and salaries will remain the same.The trial is designed to initiate an employee-led discussion around increasing or maintaining team and individual productivity, as well as recognising employees’ desires for more flexible working arrangements.Perpetual Guardian is to introduce the trial after the results of its last employee engagement survey, conducted in November 2017, showed that 72% of employees believe their work arrangements are flexible and 66% feel they can give equal priority to work and their family or personal life and still be considered for promotion. The survey also found that 80% of employees are reasonably happy with the flexibility of their leave.Andrew Barnes (pictured), founder of Perpetual Guardian, said: “As far as I am aware, no other [organisation] in New Zealand has adopted this approach. We have seen cases where employees work longer hours for fewer days of the week or they earn 75% of their full-time salary. That is not what we are doing here. We are motivating and empowering our staff by offering them a weekday off on us.“If we see increased productivity that is sustainable over time, then we may be able to change how, where and when we work. This is an opportunity for us to see what we can do differently.“Ultimately, we want to be the employer of choice in the fiduciary services sector. Given the changes happening within our industry, we want to be on the front foot by giving our employees every opportunity to be successful. The nature of our client-facing business, coupled with our fiduciary responsibilities, means we want and need our employees to give their very best on a day-to-day basis.“By conducting this trial, I hope to find ways we can work smarter as a business, but also give our employees the opportunity to be their very best outside of the workplace as well.”last_img read more

Woman steals package from Southwest MiamiDade home

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras were rolling as a woman stole a package from a home in Southwest Miami-Dade.Video shows the woman grabbing the package from a home located near Southwest 41st Terrace and 94th Avenue, early Sunday morning.If you have any information on this package theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Jon Stewart Plays Drums To Benefit Suicide Prevention

first_img Jon Stewart Drums For Suicide Prevention jon-stewart-plays-drums-benefit-suicide-prevention Former GRAMMY host records with New Jersey-based band No Wine For Kittens to benefit charityRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2017 – 10:37 am GRAMMY winner Jon Stewart may have left the airwaves after retiring from “The Daily Show” in 2015, but he’s found a new way to entertain himself — drumming.The former GRAMMY host told TMZ last year he had taken up drumming as a hobby from New Jersey-based drum teacher Andy Bova, who happens to be a former member of the band No Wine For Kittens.The band entered indie music blog Speak Into My Good Eye’s fourth annual 24-hour songwriting challenge this year benefiting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and they enlisted Stewart as their drummer. Their song is titled “Catastrophes,” with Rick Barry on vocals/guitar, Emily Bornemann on vocals, Andy Bova on keys, and Justin Bornemann on guitar.The full songwriting challenge album will be released Nov. 17. Those who pre-order the album via Speak Into My Good Eye’s website can get one track now. All proceeds benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, with a dedication in honor of the late Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.3 Ways You Can Support Someone With A Mental Health IssueRead more Email News Jon Stewart Plays Drums To Benefit Suicide Prevention Facebook Twitter last_img read more