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IPL 2016: I admire Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s humility, says Stephen Fleming

first_imgFormer New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming, who is also the coach of the new Indian Premier League franchise Rising Pune Supergiants, said he was looking forward to working with Mahendra Singh Dhoni again.Fleming had a successful six-year tenure with the suspended IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings in which he won the title twice and the Champions League T20 as many times.  “I love watching Dhoni play. He is a wonderful player. People talk a lot about his captaincy but his leadership by example is very strong. That has always been overshadowed with his retirement talks. You will know he is a wonderful player if you look at some of the games he has won for his country,” Fleming said in an exclusive interview to India Today. (IPL 2016 Full Coverage) A lot has been said about the combination of Dhoni and Fleming, who made CSK one of the most successful teams in the eight-year history of the league. The New Zealander heaped praise on Dhoni’s humility and said the way the Indian skipper conducted himself was a lesson to learn for other cricketers. (Also read: Ravichandran Ashwin wants Kevin Pietersen to fire for Rising Pune Supergiants) “Dhoni is pretty cool. I admire his humility, he has done some amazing things for his country. He has won World Cups, he has played some unbelievable innings and led the team extremely well. The way he conducts himself is a lesson for everybody,” Fleming said. (Also read: Confident Jasprit Bumrah is an asset to Mumbai Indians, says Shane Bond) advertisement’Pune will be competitive’Fleming said he was wary of the difficulties of starting from scratch with a new franchise and competing with well settled units in the league. Pune take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the season opener at the Wankhede Stadium tomorrow. (Also read: Indian Premier League 2016: No Chennai flavour this summer) “One of the biggest challenges is starting a new franchise, it will take a little bit of time to build bonds. We will rely on natural talent for the first couple of games. The side is very skillful, I have no doubt that we will be competitive,” he said.Pietersen excitedOut-of-favour England batsman, Kevin Pietersen, who will be plying his trade with Dhoni’s Supergiants, said he was always excited to play in front of the big crowds in India.”Indian public’s support for the Indian Premier League has been fantastic. Players want to perform in big stadiums in front of large number of people. You get the buzz and excitement when you come and play in front of fifty thousand people,” he said.Pietersen also credited IPL for helping players from different countries gel well with each other. He also said that the lucrative league has diminished the home advantage for India.”IPL gives you ability to mix with players from different countries. IPL gave the opportunity for players to come together and lose the fear of opposition. It helped foreign players get acquainted with Indian conditions as well. And this has made it difficult for India to beat foreign teams at home,” he said.The 35-year-old batsman, who is reaching the twilight of his career, said he had always enjoyed grooming young talents in the franchises he had played for across the globe.”After you’ve played a certain amount of cricket, when you career is coming to the twighlight, it is your responsibility to hand over as much information to the youngsters and watch them, enjoy them performing for the next ten years,” he said.Ishant ready for additional responsibilityPacer Ishant Sharma who will also be playing for Pune this year said he was not worried about being left out of the limited-overs teams and said he will take the responsibility of leading the team’s bowling attack this season.”I will take additional responsibility on my own. When you’re going in, you have to perform well for yourself and for your team as well. It doesn’t matter if I am going to play for India or for Pune Supergiants,” Ishant said.last_img read more

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GALLERY: 2019 UAAP Cheerdance Competition

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Beda, Letran clash one last time for NCAA Season 95 crown Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Rice industry paralysis Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View commentslast_img read more

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10 months ago​Cardiff boss Warnock: Man Utd have frightening front five

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Cardiff boss Warnock: Man Utd have frightening front fiveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City manager Neil Warnock has spoken about the prospect of facing Manchester United at the weekend.Since the last round of league games, United have fired Jose Mourinho, hired former Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will now be a different proposition.The two teams will face off against each other on Saturday.And Warnock knows United have many attacking players that can hurt his side.”The likes of Rashford will probably play up front, with Lingard, Mata, Martial,” he said in his press conference. “They’ve got pace and power coming from everywhere. “Pogba is Pogba, as good as anyone on his day. The front five is frightening really.” last_img read more

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Players From This Program Upset That Kelly Bryant Is Reportedly Visiting

first_imgKelly Bryant of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Once the Clemson Tigers made the decision to start Trevor Lawrence at quarterback, senior Kelly Bryant elected to transfer. Bryant has taken several visits over the past few months, but one program he is considering might not be the most welcoming place.This season is one that the Miami Hurricanes would like to forget, especially considering the inconsistent play at quarterback. In an effort to improve at that position, head coach Mark Richt is seeking options to upgrade his offense, which includes Bryant.However, the recent news of scheduling a visit with the graduate transfer is stirring trouble with some players on the roster.On Monday night, running back Lorenzo Lingard posted a cryptic tweet. He isn’t alone in that field, as Jarren Williams isn’t a fan of the recent news.From the Sun-Sentinel:“They say it’s business. I believe in my QBs … Anything possible with opportunity but loyalty is the code? … I forgot its business,” Lingard posted in a tweet that has since been deleted. He added a laughing emoji and the words “#Same opinion free.”Freshman quarterback Jarren Williams, one of the jewels of the Hurricanes’ 2018 recruiting class and the player many believe could be Miami’s quarterback of the future, chimed in, quote-tweeting Lingard’s post and writing “Real talk,” an indication he agreed with Lingard’s sentiment.Now, Richt will have to balance making an immediate upgrade with keeping his future core content.In the event that Bryant does choose the Hurricanes, it’ll be worth monitoring how the other quarterbacks react.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli fined for excessive appealing during India vs Afghanistan

first_img commentary India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 15:58 IST Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli has been fined for excessive appealing during India vs Afghanistan (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli was found in breach of Level 1 of ICC Code of ConductIt was the 2nd offence for Kohli since the introduction of revised Code in 2016Kohli admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match refereeIndia captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 percent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the ICC Cricket World Cup match against Afghanistan at Southampton on Saturday.Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Excessive appealing during an International Match”.Pakistan vs South Africa, World Cup 2019: Live Cricket ScoreKohli approached umpire Aleem Dar in an aggressive manner in the 29th over of Afghanistan’s chase of 225 after Jasprit Bumrah trapped Rahmat Shah in front. Dar was unmoved but Kohli pleaded with the umpire after India had lost their only review early in the innings.India vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: Report | HighlightsIt was a tight call as replays showed there was no bat involved and the ball would have gone on to clip the leg-stump. Nonetheless, the umpire’s call would have stayed.Kohli admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, and as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Kohli, for whom it was the second offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.Kohli now has two demerit points after having got one demerit point during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on 15 January 2018. When a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.advertisementOn-field umpires Aleem Dar and Richard Illingworth, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth official Michael Gough levelled the charges.Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.Also Read | Memes galore as Virat Kohli pleads with folded hands to umpire over DRS callAlso Read | Getting a World Cup hat-trick great feeling, says Mohammed ShamiAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India vs Afghanistan scorecard World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli fined for excessive appealing during India vs AfghanistanICC Cricket World Cup 2019: A demerit point has also been added to Virat Kohli’s disciplinary record after he was found in breach of Level 1 Code of Conduct during India vs Afghanistan on Saturday. No data available! view more view less advertisement graphs Nextlast_img read more

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This Puma Promo Code Offers 30% Off Shoes, Hoodies, and More

first_img Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Puma / FacebookThe new year is here and Puma is the place to go if you’re looking to get motivated in style. With discounts on new workout apparel, you’ll feel and look great. If you’ve been on the lookout for some great discounts online for Puma, you should take advantage of this three-day weekend sale. Don’t forget to look to a Puma outlet either since the athletic wear brand is offering an extra 30 percent off on sale items for men and women when you use the promo code: SALE30.The German brand is known for its casual and athletic footwear and now you can score big on discounted sneakers, hoodies, and more. See some of our favorite picks below.Thunder Desert Sneakers – $63The Thunder Desert Sneakers in black or white are discounted to $90, but you can get it for an extra 30 percent off, reducing the price tag to just $63. Features of the shoes include a number of materials in a layered design, with the suede and luxe leather making them perfect for pairing with a more formal look.Buy NowCarson 2 New Core Men’s Running Shoes – $28The modern update to the iconic Carson sneakers combines stylish design with new core materials. If you need affordable and quality training sneakers, these lightweight running shoes are perfect and, what’s better, they’re selling now for under $30.Buy NowHybrid 600 Down Jacket – $70A vibrant blue jacket is exactly what you need to survive for this long winter and it’s already discounted to $100, so you can snag it for yourself for just $70.Buy NowTech Sports Warm Full-Zip Hoodie – $28Don’t miss out on buying this flexible zip-up men’s hoodie to layer up and stay warm this season. With a 30 percent discount on top of the already cheap price tag of $40, the final price is a mere $28.Buy NowNo. 1 Logo Wrap T-Shirt – $11A brand T-shirt for as low as $11 is a steal. Seriously.Buy NowWe love a good bargain especially on brands that we love, but you better hurry if you want to take advantage of these discounts, because this deal will only last until January 21. And don’t worry about shipping, when you sign up for a Puma account via email, you receive free two-day shipping on your orders.Shop NowLooking for more great stuff? Check out Amazon Sport store for more sportswear and gear. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workoutlast_img read more

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Stable Outlook for The Swedish Club

first_img“The Club has a strong underwriting record with a five year (2009-2013) average combined ratio of 99.2%, in spite of the combined ratio being around 110% for 2011 and 2012. Investment earnings also have been subject to some volatility, due in part to the high proportion of equity investments,” A.M. Best said in a statement. zoom A.M. Best Ratings Services Ltd has awarded a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating of “a-“. to marine insurer the Swedish Club with a stable outlook.In line with the rating, the Club is expected to maintain an excellent risk-adjusted capitalisation throughout 2015.As a mutual association, the Club accepts some volatility in underwriting performance, it said, but, with five years of profitable operations out of the last six, free reserves have increased from USD 105.9 million at year-end 2008 to USD 164.8 million at year-end 2013.While recognising that large claims or substantial investment losses could have a significant impact on future operating performance, A.M. Best said it expected risk-adjusted capitalisation to remain supportive of the ratings. “The Club reported a good profit for 2013 of USD17.0 million before tax and transfer to safety reserve (2012: USD9.1 million), reflecting a strong technical result and solid investment earnings. In 2014, a good pre-tax profit is again expected.last_img read more

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Misbah steps down from PCB Cricket Committee

first_imgKarachi: Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has stepped down from the PCB Cricket Committee after joining the race for the position of national team’s head coach. After days of speculation that Misbah would be appointed head coach cum chief selector, the 44-year-old on Monday confirmed he was applying for the head coach job the deadline for which ended on Monday. “It has been interesting to see my name being mentioned as a future head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, but the fact is I only made the decision today,” Misbah said in a statement. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I am applying for the head coach’s role fully aware that the competition will be tough as I envisage there will be a few more very competent and highly qualified people applying for one of the most challenging jobs in the game.” According to insiders, the PCB has not received applications from any high profile foreign coaches as yet with the best-known name being former Australian batsman Dean Jones. Former captain Waqar Younis has applied for the post of bowling coach and said he had thought about submitting his resume for the head coach but with Misbah in the race he would prefer to work as bowling coach. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe change of mind for Misbah came after he met with the PCB Director International Cricket Zakir Khan following which the PCB announced he was stepping down as a member of the Cricket Committee which recommended not renewing the contracts of former head coach Mickey Arthur and his support staff after the World Cup. The PCB had advertised for the post of the head coach and support staff on August 9 and wants to announce the new team management by early September so that it can start work for the upcoming limited over series against Sri Lanka at home from September 25.last_img read more

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UN formally asks Canada to extend Mali mission to prevent medevac gap

first_imgOTTAWA — The United Nations is formally asking Canada to extend its mission in Mali in what appears to be a last-ditch effort to prevent a gap in providing life-saving medical evacuations for wounded peacekeepers.The Canadian peacekeeping contingent in Mali, comprising eight military helicopters and 250 service members, is scheduled to end its 12-month mission at the end of July.But the UN sent a letter to Ottawa late last month asking Canada to continue some operations until October, when a Romanian contingent that is taking over will formally begin its own operations.The letter is the most direct appeal the UN has made to Canada after months of quiet lobbying that Ottawa has resisted.The federal government argues that the UN can fill the gap between the departure of the Canadians contingent and arrival of the Romanians with civilian contractors, as it has done in the past.But the UN has said a short Canadian extension is more cost-efficient and would better support the mission because civilian helicopters aren’t able to operate in the same conditions as military counterparts.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Nuns funds and guns the firearms debate on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Some of Wall Street’s heaviest hitters are stepping into the national debate on guns as investment firms ask firearms makers what they are doing about gun violence.The firms speak softly, but because they own trillions of dollars’ worth of stock, their voices travel far. And they’re now joining forces with some unusual allies, including smaller and untraditional investors. In this context, the investment fund BlackRock, which owns big stakes in three different gun makers, might end up working alongside a group of nuns.Sister Judith Byron, the director and co-ordinator of the Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, says her group and BlackRock appear to have similar ideas when it comes to gun manufacturers and retailers. Following the killing of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, funds like BlackRock started asking gun manufacturers what they are doing to reduce the risks of gun violence, and asking retailers how much they make from selling guns.Byron says her group, a coalition of religious communities and health care systems, invested in firearms makers a decade ago and has been working on gun safety issues for years. In the last few months the coalition introduced resolutions pushing American Outdoor Brands, Sturm Ruger and retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods to give reports to investors about the steps they are taking to reduce gun violence.“We’re hoping we can engage these big investors and encourage them to vote for our resolutions,” she says.Some larger investors have similar views. The biggest public pension funds in the U.S., CalPERS, recently refused to sell its investments in companies that sell assault rifles. It says that by remaining an investor, it’s been able to get those companies to make positive changes.The nuns aren’t protesters, and they don’t carry props or signs to disrupt board meetings, although they sometimes work alongside groups that use those tactics. Byron says some of the shareholder meetings she’s attended have been downright pleasant, with investors and board members thanking her for asking questions.Support from investment firms was crucial to the coalition’s big success last year when, after decades of work, it backed a successful resolution that required oil giant Exxon Mobil to disclose the effects climate change is having on its business.Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, said companies are often reluctant to risk any sales in order to do the responsible thing. But it does sometimes happen, as when CVS stores stopped selling cigarettes in 2014. He said activists deserve most of the credit for getting the funds to speak out.“BlackRock didn’t wake up one morning and say, ‘We are going to take a different approach to investing, it’s the right thing to do,’” he said. “It’s a reaction to the activists.”The top priority of firms like BlackRock, State Street and mutual fund company Vanguard is to make as much money as possible for their clients. But because they own so much stock, they can wield a lot of influence: They can support new directors who want to change the direction of the company and back proposals that change the way it operates.BlackRock is a major shareholder in gun makers Sturm Ruger, American Outdoor Brands, and Vista Outdoor Brands. About a week after the shooting in Parkland, BlackRock said it wanted to speak with the three firearms makers about their responses to the tragedy. The fund said it is looking into creating new investment funds for investors that exclude firearms makers and retailers, and if many funds and investors followed suit, that would affect the price of those stocks.In a letter to BlackRock, American Outdoor Brands said it supports steps that will promote gun safety while protecting the rights of firearm owners. The company said it backs measures including improved background checks and improved support for people with mental illnesses, but said it’s opposed to “politically motivated action” that won’t improve public safety. Sturm Ruger did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In other words, there are limits to the funds’ power. They aren’t choosy investors and won’t dump the gun makers no matter what they say. That’s because their main investment strategy to invest in huge numbers of companies, including every stock listed on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.According to Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA’s director of research into funds and exchange-traded funds, that means BlackRock and Vanguard don’t have that much leverage compared to activist investors or hedge funds. Those investors can have more dramatic effects on individual companies because they can buy up the stock, run for seats on the board themselves, or threaten to sell the shares if they don’t like the company’s choices.“They can use their wallet and sell the shares or they can pressure the companies and threaten to sell the shares if actions aren’t taken,” said Rosenbluth. So far, he said those investors aren’t really getting involved in the debate.Still, there have been changes: Dick’s, Walmart, Kroger and L. L. Bean have all said they will no longer sell guns to shoppers under the age of 21. Rosenbluth said that has more to do with the ongoing national debate about gun safety and regulations than anything the investment firms have said, and he believes laws will ultimately have a larger effect.But Byron, who also wants new gun laws, says she is encouraged by the response from corporate America.“We see companies taking leadership roles in environmental and social issues, which is encouraging,” said Byron, adding that as shareholders, “they’re our companies. We own them.”last_img read more

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Sudan Senior UN rights official praises agreement to end use of child

The Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which fought in the nation’s long-running north-south civil war, signed the action plan to discharge the children on Friday in the southern capital, Juba.“This commitment is a milestone in the efforts to end association of children with the SPLA,” said the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, on the eve of her departure from Sudan after a nine-day visit. “I shall continue to appeal to the SPLA leadership to spare no effort to release and prevent re-association of these children with their armed elements,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy. She also stressed that her office will collaborate with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help find much needed resources and funds to support rehabilitation and reintegration efforts of former child soldiers in the whole of Sudan.While praising the Government of National Unity for its progress over the past two years in strengthening child protection, Ms. Coomaraswamy voiced concern over the “presence of children amongst non-State armed groups including the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) factions.” In addition, she stressed that incursions into villages and abductions in southern Sudan led by the notorious Ugandan rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) remain a threat to children in the region.“I spoke to girls and boys formerly abducted by the LRA in Juba who recounted that they lived in fear of death everyday,” she said. “Children’s experiences were horrendous, and the LRA remains one of the worst offenders in the world today.”The Special Representative urged the international community to harness all its force in a bid to protect civilians, especially children in the LRA affected regions. 22 November 2009A top United Nations human rights official today welcomed a deal agreed by a former rebel group in southern Sudan to end the use of child soldiers among its ranks, while warning of the threat posed to children by various armed militia operating in the region. read more

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UN envoy welcomes pharmaceutical companys release of malaria data

GlaxoSmithKline announced today its decision to freely disseminate information on more than 13,500 chemical compounds with malaria-fighting capabilities. Raymond Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria, praised the move calling it a “revolutionary nexus between the corporate and humanitarian worlds” that “will undoubtedly catalyze research and development and ensure a competitive marketplace.”According to UN data, malaria kills a child every 30 seconds.In a statement released today, Mr. Chambers said GlaxoSmithKline’s decision would accelerate intervention and “directly translate into more lives saved.”Of the nearly half a billion people infected with the malaria parasite each year, about 1 million die. Nearly 90 per cent of cases are in Africa.In April 2008, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set a timetable for comprehensive malaria control in Africa by the end of 2010.“With just one year remaining until the Secretary-General’s deadline to ensure universal access to malaria control interventions, I’m extremely grateful for GlaxoSmithKline’s commitment,” Mr. Chambers said. Combating malaria is also one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the world’s leaders in 2000, for which the countdown to 2015 – when they are supposed to be achieved – is ticking. 21 January 2010The envoy leading United Nations efforts against malaria today praised one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies for its plan to open up its database to scientists in hopes of promoting research to help combat the deadly disease. read more

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Python found lurking in Essex toilet may have been on the loose

first_img Laura Cowell The snake Credit: Laura Cowell Although royal pythons are in fact harmless, Mr Yardley was unwilling to cause panic amongst his neighbours by publicising the missing snake on social media.He had eventually resigned himself to losing Reggie, fearing that he could have been eaten by a fox or a cat, until he heard of the snake’s emergence in Mrs Cowell’s bathroom. He has apologised on social media to the Cowell family for the “total accident” and thanked Reggie’s rescuers for saving him from the sewers.For now, Reggie is staying at Scales and Fangs with Mr Yeldham, as a disheartened Mr Yardley had given away Reggie’s enclosure, believing he would never get his pet back.Reggie also was suffering from scale rot from bleach in the sewer system, and so Mr Yeldham said that he wants to keep the snake “until his skin problem is gone and I am sure that he is feeding alright.”Mr Yeldham has also donated a new enclosure to Mr Yardley for Reggie on his return. A snake that shocked a five-year-old boy after it was found lurking in a toilet seems to have been on the loose for more than two months.”Reggie”, the baby royal python, escaped from Tim Yardley when he moved house, and had been missing until it emerged in Laura Cowell’s bathroom when her son went to the toilet last Wednesday. The snakeCredit:Laura Cowell 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. “But when Mr Yardley came in he quickly proved it was his with photos on his phone – snake’s skin patterns are like fingerprints and Reggie has a very recognisable stripe on the back of his head.”The snake had been lost as the air vent of its enclosure had been dislodged during Mr Yardley’s move, he added.“During the night, the python must have found its way up the enclosure to the air vent and pulled it off, which opened a hole. From this it escaped and made its way to the toilet.” After the snake’s appearance gained attention in the news and on social media, Mr Yardley telephoned the pet shop Scales and Fangs, whose owner, Rob Yeldham, had retrieved the python from the toilet.Mr Yeldham said: “After seeing the social media activity we received a few phone calls from people claiming the snake was theirs.last_img read more

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Just one day of work a week is enough to give a

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. The study suggests that to get the mental well-being benefits of paid work, the most “effective dose” is only around one day a week – as anything more makes little difference.”We have effective dosage guides for everything from Vitamin C to hours of sleep in order to help us feel better, but this is the first time the question has been asked of paid work,” said study co-author Dr Brendan Burchell, a sociologist from Cambridge University who leads the Employment Dosage research project.”We know unemployment is often detrimental to people’s well-being, negatively affecting identity, status, time use, and sense of collective purpose.”We now have some idea of just how much paid work is needed to get the psychosocial benefits of employment – and it’s not that much at all.”Supporting the unemployed in a future with limited work is the subject of much policy discussion, such as universal basic income.However, researchers argue that employment should be retained across adult populations, but working weeks dramatically reduced for work to be redistributed.”In the next few decades we could see artificial intelligence, big data and robotics replace much of the paid work currently done by humans,” said Dr Daiga Kamerade, study first author from Salford University.”If there is not enough for everybody who wants to work full-time, we will have to rethink current norms.”This should include the redistribution of working hours, so everyone can get the mental health benefits of a job, even if that means we all work much shorter weeks.”Our findings are an important step in thinking what the minimum amount of paid work people might need in a future with little work to go round.”Researchers suggested creative policy options for moving into a future with limited work, including “five-day weekends”, working just two hours a day, or increasing annual holiday from weeks to months – even having two months off for every month at work.Dr Burchell added: “If the UK were to plough annual productivity gains into reduced working hours rather than pay rises, the normal working week could be four days within a decade.” Just one day of work per week is the most “effective dose” to give the mental health benefits of paid employment, research by Cambridge University suggests.A study indicated that the risk of mental health problems reduces by 30 per cent when people move from unemployment or stay-at-home parenting into paid work of eight hours or less per week.But researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Salford found no evidence that working any more than eight hours provided further boosts to well-being.Sociologists had set out to define a recommended “dosage” of work for optimal well-being and their findings are published in the journal Social Science And Medicine.They did this in the context of a rise in automation which may require shorter hours for all and a redistribution of work.The researchers used data from a panel survey to examine how changes in working hours were linked to mental health and life satisfaction in more than 70,000 UK residents between 2009 and 2018.They controlled for characteristics including age, children, longstanding illness and household income. read more

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Gambian people are using the Irish Credit Union system to get themselves

first_img Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 9:15 AM By Cliodhna Russell 29,943 Views Feb 12th 2017, 9:15 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3227339 Share460 Tweet Email4 Ran by GambiansAlan Moore, the foundation’s general manager, visited The Gambia for the first time 12 years ago.He told TheJournal.ie, “What struck me was how tiny the country was – it has about a third of the population of Ireland and is about the size of Munster.Even though they live in extreme poverty, the Gambians are very friendly and happy people. Also, when I visited any credit union, it was very clear to me that they owned the credit union and no-one else – like our Irish credit unions, which are owned by their members. THERE ARE MORE than 70 credit unions in The Gambia, a small West African country that is one of the poorest nations in the world.Over the past 25 years, the Irish League of Credit Unions’ International Development Foundation (ILCU Foundation) has supported the development of these branches.The Gambia, which is rated 175 out of 188 on the Human Development Index, now has around 70,000 Credit Union members and total savings of €16 million.Alpha Jallow is one of those who used the credit-union membership to access both loans and savings which allowed him to empower himself financially.The 27-year-old left school ten years ago and travelled to the US to find a job after having no success in securing one at home in The Gambia.However, after two unsuccessful attempts to secure an American Visa, Jallow was introduced to the credit union by his sister in 2010.He took a loan of GMD 2,500 (€51) from Kombo East Youth Development Association Cooperative Credit Union (KEYDA), to help to set up a hair salon business.The business grew and he repaid his sister and began to make regular savings in the credit union. In 2012 he took out a number of loans to expand the business.Alpha continued to save regularly and in 2016 he opened a second business, a fashion shop, all with the financial support from KEYDA Credit Union. Jallow said:I don’t travel to Europe or US now to look for employment, I am self-employed and am happy and proud of my businesses, thanks to my sister and credit union I am now empowered financially. He said that the credit-union membership supports up to 700,000 people and as the average Gambian household has up to 10 people in it – that’s close to 50% of the population.The Credit Unions run in Gambia the same way they do in Ireland, Moore said, “It is very much the Irish model there … what you would see in your own local credit union.Credit Unions are fully owned and operated by Gambians, and this has always been the case. We have provided training and some financial assistance, and continue to do so, but today at a more strategic level.“We also have an annual coaching programme where Irish credit union senior staff travel to The Gambia to volunteer their technical expertise.“Unfortunately, due to the circumstances in Gambia this year, this programme has been postponed until later in the year. It is important to remember that the relationship we have with any of the projects we support is a “hand-up” rather than a “hand-out”.”Looking to the future Moore described how over the past 20 years, the number of people who have access to savings and loans has skyrocketed, which has helped bring them out of poverty using same model we have been using for the past 50 years in Ireland.Looking ahead, Moore explained that the current emphasis is on rural areas, which are still underdeveloped.“Financial literacy programmes, group lending with a strong focus on the participation of women, and agricultural lending are key areas for continued development.“The foundation is also exploring how the use of new mobile technology can enable rural development by bringing financial services to remote areas which, up to now, have struggled due to lack of roads and physical infrastructure.”Read: Exiled Gambian leader ‘stole millions’ from country in his final weeks of power> Gambian people are using the Irish Credit Union system to get themselves out of poverty ‘I didn’t have to go to the US for a job, I’m now self-employed thanks to the Credit Union’.last_img read more

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Varoufakis advises Turnbull on debt

first_imgYanis Varoufakis, Greece’s much maligned/celebrated/misunderstood/visionary former finance minister (delete as appropriate), offered his thoughts on the priorities for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week, as the Coalition embarks on its leadership of Australia’s 45th parliament.Speaking to the ABC, the globe-trotting Varoufakis, who spent the 1990s teaching economics at the University of Sydney, said Mr Turnbull needed to “overcome the fixation with public debt [and] concentrate on the real issue: private debt that has gone beyond the pale”.The ex-SYRIZA minister said private debt was “maintaining a bubble and the deception and the illusion of ‘the lucky country’”.Mr Varoufakis urged Mr Turnbull to “concentrate on how to start making things again, instead of shuffling things around while private debt is exploding”.Turning his attention to Australia’s immigration policy, Varoufakis said that the new Coalition government had a duty to review and reform its asylum seekers policy.“Australia in the 1990s led the world into misanthropy regarding refugees. The ‘Australian solution’ has now been transplanted to my neck of the woods in Europe,” he said. “Maybe Australia could start a renaissance in this realm by altering its attitude to refugees. I’m hoping the tail will wag the dog once more, but this time in a beneficial manner.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Hadopi la CNIL dénonce un manquement en matière de sécurité

first_imgHadopi : la CNIL dénonce un manquement en matière de sécuritéTMG, le prestataire technique chargé de la collecte des adresses IP des internautes téléchargeant illégalement a reçu une mise en demeure de la part de la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL). Elle dénonce notamment l’insuffisance des mesures en matière de sécurité.Décidément, la CNIL et l’Hadopi ne cessent de se faire face. Cette fois, c’est TMG, le prestataire chargé de collecter les adresses IP des internautes procédant à du téléchargement illégal qui est la cible de la Commission, explique L’Expansion. La CNIL donne en effet trois mois à cette société, ainsi qu’aux ayants-droit, pour sécuriser leur système de surveillance des pirates. Elle leur a adressé une mise en demeure le 16 juin, à la suite d’un audit mené après qu’un blogueur a révélé en mai une faille de sécurité sur certains serveurs de TMG.À lire aussiThe Pirate Bay : le cofondateur incarcéré en SuèdeL’audit en question a en outre permis de constater des négligences quant à la durée de conservation de certaines données à caractère personnel. De leur côté, Hadopi comme les ayants-droits n’avaient jamais mené d’audit.Alors que les premiers téléchargeurs viennent tout juste d’être convoqués, Hadopi a par ailleurs demandé aux producteurs de musique à travers un communiqué de “se concentrer sur la partie qui leur incombe, à savoir le développement encore plus rapide d’offres légales complètes, financièrement raisonnables et répondant aux attentes des utilisateurs”, dénonçant ainsi leurs efforts sur la création de logiciels de filtrage plutôt que sur celle d’une offre légale susceptible de convaincre les consommateurs.Le 7 juillet 2011 à 19:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Deschamps admits they could do better

first_imgFrance international team’s coach Didier Deschamps admitted the squad could, in fact, do better after they won the controversial clash with Australia with a result of 2-1.The European team were the first team to make use of the video assistant referee technology and were awarded a penalty, which caused debates. Eventually, it was converted by Antoine Griezmann.“It was not easy, but winning the first match is very important,” Deschamps told SkySports.“It was complicated today with a team who gave us a hard time.”Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“It’s hard to explain everything. We missed a change of pace, a little juice.”“At the end of the match, we had a few more opportunities. It’s hard for everyone, apart from the first match of the Russians against Saudi Arabia (a 5-0 win),” Deschamps went on to add.“We did the job. But we can do better, do a lot better.”France will be facing Peru next Thursday in the next game of the group.last_img read more

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Watford legend tips Abdoulaye Doucoure to leave for PSG

first_imgTommy Smith expects Abdoulaye Doucoure to leave Watford for a big money move to Paris Saint-GermainThe French midfielder has thrived at Vicarage Road following his arrival in 2016 from Ligue 1 side Rennes, which has led to reports of interest from bigger clubs.Liverpool and Everton have both been linked with Doucoure recently, but Smith believes PSG are the favourites to make a £50m bid in this month’s transfer window.“He’ll be a huge loss if he does leave and ultimately he probably will do,” Smith told Love Sport Radio.“When you’re talking about clubs the size of PSG, Champions League football and titles, for any player that’s going to be attractive.“When you’re talking £50m for a player, for a club like Watford that’s enormous. I think if that is the kind of interest, it will only be a matter of time.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The former winger compared Doucoure to fellow French midfielder and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who now coaches OGC Nice in Ligue 1.“I’ve seen him play a number of times and he’s an exciting talent who can score goals as well,” added Smith.“He’s a Vieira-esque midfielder who gets up and down and gets in both boxes.“He’s quite physical and he’s good on the ball as well so I’m not surprised by the interest.”Doucoure didn’t feature in Watford’s 2-0 FA Cup win over National League side Woking on Sunday.last_img read more

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