TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lyon ace Depay: The challenge Mourinho made me…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Lyon ace Memphis Depay has revealed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho offered the carrot of buying him back when he was sold two years ago.Depay failed to settle in at Manchester United during his two years at the Old Trafford club, but has his career back on track at OL.Talking to The Times, Depay said: “When I left, I said to Mourinho ‘you will see me at the top’. “He said ‘OK, I hope that and I hope we will buy you back one day.’ I never had a bad relationship with him.” On his relationship with Louis van Gaal, who brought him to Manchester United, the Dutchman said: “We didn’t fall out, it was just a miss-connection with each other.”As a team we didn’t play great football and some things I don’t understand – if you have talented young players, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and the others, they need freedom.”
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Mathura: At least five persons were killed while four other suffered critical injuries after a speeding car rammed into a stationary motorcycle and a van in Sureer area of Mathura at Yamuna Expressway on early Monday morning. Police officials said that the speeding hatch-back car was travelling towards Agra from Noida.According to police, the incident occurred near 84 mile stone at Yamuna Expressway in Mathura district. Among the deceased were Dharmendra Kumar (40) of Panchkula district in Haryana, Surendra Kumar (32) of Pratapgarh, Bhikam Singh (50) of Karawal Nagar area in Delhi, Mahesh Master (60) also from Karawal Nagar in Delhi and Surendra Sharma (52) from Shahdra area in Delhi. Police officials said that Pawan Kumar (48), Shruti (18) and Rajendra Kumar, Suresh Kumar, all natives of Dayalpur in Delhi were injured in the incident. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarAnoop Saroj, Station House officer of Sureer Police Station told Millennium Post that three persons died on the spot and two succumbed to injuries while getting treatment at the hospital. “Both the motorcycle and the van were parked at the left side of the expressway when they were hit by the over-speeding Hyundai i20 car which was being driven by Vishal (25), resident of Bakauli, Delhi. Passerby immediately conveyed the information while the highway patrolling police along with team from Sureer police station rushed the victims to a nearby hospital where three were declared brought dead while two succumbed later. The bodies were sent for the post mortem while we have detained the driver of speeding car and will lodge ab FIR after a complaint is received from victim’s side” said Saroj. The officer further said that the speed of the vehicle was such that the driver lost his control over the vehicle. “Looking at the condition of mangled vehicles which were involved in the accident, we can make out at what speed the car was being driven at that time. We will investigate the case and will take appropriate actions” added Saroj.
APTN National NewsMore than 1,000 people are without homes as flooding continues to ravage the Siksika Nation in southern Alberta.It’s a community that has experienced flooding before, but nothing comes close to the devastation they are now dealing with.APTN’s Keith Laboucan was there and has this story.
Pouce Coupe Rural and Tomslake AreaThursday, January 17th7 pmTomslake CCA HallFor more information CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is holding two public information sessions regarding Flood Risk Assessments.The public information sessions will include a presentation, maps, discussion and a survey.Chetwynd Rural and Moberly Lake AreaWednesday, January 16th7 pmChetwynd Rec CentreTamarack Room
Rabat – Marrakech witnessed an increase in the number of British, Arab and American visitors. According to a statement of the Regional Center of Tourism in Marrakesh, the Red City has witnessed a rise in the number of visitors from the U.K., Arab countries and the U.S. while the number of visitors from Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland and France has decreased.The number British tourists visiting Marrakech has increased 23 percent to reach 501,421. Visitors from other Arab countries has reached 89,361 representing an increase of 21 percent over last year. The Americans that have visited Marrakesh have increased with a rate of 2 percent compared to last year (55,402 visitors). On the other hand, the highest decline in the tourist markets is that of Italy at 40 percent drop, followed by Germany at 38 percent, Belgium at 18 percent, then Holland and France down14 percent over last year.There was a decrease in classified hotel night stays in January, February and June with a rate of one percent, two percent and 20 percent, respectively, according to the Moroccan news source Medias24.The decline in hotel stays has negatively affected the result of the first half of 2016 which saw a three percent decline; despite the increase of two percent in March.The average overfill rate in Marrakech hotels has reached 44 percent at an average of 3 nights. The month of April comes first at a rate of 60 percent, followed by May and March at 52 percent and 48 percent respectively.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disney raised the curtain on a hotly anticipated video steaming service that’s aiming to topple industry pioneer Netflix, once a valuable ally of the Magic Kingdom.The service, called Disney Plus, has been in the works for more than year, but Thursday marked the first time that the longtime entertainment powerhouse has laid out plans for its attack on Netflix and a formidable cast of competitors, including Amazon, HBO Go and Showtime Anytime.Disney Plus will roll out in the U.S. on November 12 at a price of $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year. That’s well below the $13 monthly fee Netflix charges for its most popular streaming plan, signaling Disney’s determination to woo subscribers as it vies to become a major player in a field that has turned “binge watching” into a common ritual.Like Netflix, Disney Plus will be free of ads. Subscribers will be able to download all of the shows and movies on Disney’s service to watch offline.Netflix will still have a far deeper video programming lineup after spending tens of billions of dollars during the past six years on original shows such as “House of Cards,” ″Stranger Things” and “The Crown.”But Disney Plus will be able to draw upon a library of revered films dating back several decades while it also forges into original programming. Its animated classics, including “Aladdin” and “The Jungle Book” will be available on the service when it launches.New shows already on tap include “The Mandalorian,” the first live action “Star Wars” series, created by Jon Favreau; a prequel to the “Star Wars” film “Rogue One,” starring Diego Luna; a series about the Marvel character Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston; a rebooted “High School Musical” series; and a new documentary series focused on Disney.Disney is approaching the streaming industry from a “position of strength, confidence and unbridled optimism,” CEO Bob Iger said Thursday. Iger has led the company since 2005 and expects to step down when his contract ends in 2021.The service’s entire lineup will cover five categories: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.Although Disney has an enviable track record of producing shows and films that attract huge audiences, its attempt to build its own Netflix is risky. To make the leap, Disney ended a lucrative licensing relationship with Netflix, which had become the video streaming home for its latest films after their theatrical release, as well as many of its TV series and classic movies.But now movies that came out in 2019, and going forward, will be streamed only on Disney Plus. That includes “Captain Marvel,” which came out earlier this year; “Avengers: Endgame,” which debuts in late April; and the upcoming “Toy Story 4,” live-action movies “The Lion King” and “Aladdin;” and “Star Wars Episode IX.”In many ways, it’s hard to compare Netflix with Disney because of the widely different types of shows each offers, said eMarketer analyst Paul Verna.“The interesting thing is both companies have ended up in the same place, but they’ve come to it from vastly different backgrounds,” he said.Disney will also contend with a new streaming service from Apple, which is expected to be released in the fall. Apple has not yet said how much its service will cost or when exactly it will launch.Last month, Disney completed its biggest deal yet with its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business. The first 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” will now stream exclusively on Disney Plus.The Fox takeover helps Disney tighten its control over TV shows and movies from start to finish — from creating the programs to distributing them though television channels, movie theaters, streaming services and other avenues. Disney will also get valuable data on customers and their entertainment-viewing habits, which it can then use to sell advertising.The Fox deal also gave Disney a controlling stake in Hulu. Iger has said Hulu will continue to offer general entertainment programming while Disney Plus will be focused on family fare.Along with its strong brand, Disney has the advantage of having a clear strategy for each of its streaming services, Verna said, including Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus. Disney executives hinted the company would “likely” bundle the three at a discounted price, but declined to give more details.Terminating its deal with Netflix will cost Disney about $150 million in licensing revenue alone during its current fiscal year ending in September.Disney is betting its new service will quickly offset that. By dangling a mix of familiar franchises and beloved animated classics, along with original programming, it figures the new service will be irresistible to families, even if they already subscribe to other services. It expects Disney Plus to be profitable during its 2024 fiscal year.The plunge into video streaming is likely to confront Disney with new challenges. One of the biggest dilemmas will center on how long Disney waits after a new film’s theatrical release to make it available on its new streaming service.Disney said movies would become available on its streaming service only after the traditional theatrical release period and home movie debut, which includes DVDs and purchasing streaming videos. That puts its schedule behind that of some competitors. Netflix films such as the award-winning “Roma” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” have either become available for streaming on the same day or just a few days after their short runs in theaters.With nearly 140 million worldwide subscribers, Netflix already has proven its mettle while warding off one competitive threat after another in the 12 years since it pivoted from DVD-by-mail rentals to video streaming.Now, Netflix is locking horns with a company that has been steadily expanding upon its Disney franchise during a shopping spree that has seen it snap up other major studios.___Anderson reported from New York. AP technology writer Rachel Lerman contributed to this story from San Francisco.
Mr. Ban’s announcement followed a meeting he held with UNDP Associate Administrator Ad Melkert on the agency’s multimillion-dollar operations in DPRK.“The Secretary-General will call for an urgent, system wide and external inquiry into all activities done around the globe by the UN funds and programmes,” his spokesperson, Michele Montas, announced in a statement on Mr. Ban’s behalf.Mr. Melkert revealed UNDP’s intention to order an independent audit during a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York.He urged journalists to see the issue in its historical context, pointing out that 20 years ago, “a large number of countries operated on a different model from today” for example using non-convertible currency and staff selected by governments. UN agencies “had to work within that context,” he said, asserting that “doing so helped many of these countries to open up.”While over the course of those approximately two decades many countries altered their systems, “the essential way North Korea operates has not changed during that time,” he said, and therefore the terms of reference governing the work of not just UNDP but also the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) remained the same.He noted that “North Korea went through a series of horrific humanitarian crises during the 1990s,” and UNDP and other agencies responded with significant humanitarian programmes. After the crisis period subsided, the focus of UNDP’s activities shifted back to achieving longer-term development goals, he said.The operations of the agency evolved in recent years, and the October, 2006 Security Council resolution placing sanctions on the DPRK Government sparked a “further tightening” of the way UNDP operates in the country.Mr. Melkert acknowledged that the agency’s own internal auditors had raised “many concerns” about the DPRK programmes with management, and that “tough issues” remain to be addressed. In response, he said the agency would end all payments in hard currency to the Government, national partners, local staff and local vendors as of 1 March. Subcontracting of national staff via Government recruitment will also be discontinued. Monitoring and audit systems will be put in place “addressing the issue of national execution.”Looking ahead to next week’s meeting of the UNDP Executive Board, Mr. Melkert said the agency would also propose “a full, independent external audit in order to make sure that we really understand what it means to work in a country like North Korea.”An external, independent audit is “a good point to get to the knowledge that we need for the future,” he added.Asked about a United States letter saying that UNDP failed to bring violations to the attention of the agency’s Executive Board, Mr. Melkert said all UNDP audits were submitted to the UN Board of Auditors, which in turn was responsible for bringing critical issues to the attention of Member States. “It is our task as management to follow-up on internal auditors’ recommendations,” he said.To a question on why UNDP, which has recently stated its commitment to transparency, does not make its all of its audits available to Member States – as does the UN Secretariat – Mr. Melkert said the issue was under discussion. “Basically we believe that internal audits should be available to members of the board and UN Member States,” he said. “That will take some time but we will discuss it and we will come back on that.”In response to a reporter noting that the summary public document released did not mention the DPRK, Mr. Melkert said “as you know, Kemal Dervis (the UNDP Administrator) and me are not that long in this organization but it is our definite view that we can only work on our condition in all countries, and no country should have any exceptional position whatsoever.”Asked about the level of funding involved, Mr. Melkert said “We’re not talking about hundreds of millions of dollars,” adding, “Over a period of ten years, it is of course tens of millions.”Responding to questions as to whether UNDP could be assured that currency it paid was not converted into the country’s weapons programme, he said, “that question cannot be answered because of the general way in which you operate in any country that you are doing business with.”At the same time, he stressed that “from the audits, there has been no indication whatsoever that would say anything in relation to your question.” 19 January 2007The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today said that it would stop paying hard currency for its operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) amid press reports on the agency’s activities there and announced plans to seek an independent, external audit, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an urgent, system wide investigation of UN activities in the field.
26 December 2007The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia has called for the release of two female staff members of the international aid organization Medecins Sans Frontières who have been abducted in the strife-torn Horn of Africa nation. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia has called for the release of two female staff members of the international aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières who have been abducted in the strife-torn Horn of Africa nation. Expressing his shock at the incident which occurred in Bosasso, Puntland, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said kidnapping humanitarian workers “did not serve the cause of peace or Somalia’s traditional culture of hospitality,” in a statement issued today. He appealed for those involved to free the two women unconditionally. Somalia, which has lacked a functioning government since 1991, has been wracked by violence in recent months which has displaced around 1 million people and has caused some 3 million to flee the country as refugees. Earlier this month, Mr. Ould-Abdallah told the Security Council that “the situation in Somalia is dangerous and becoming more so each day.” He urged the international community to draw up a road map towards lasting peace and stability in Somalia, warning that continuing with “business as usual” would have dire consequences for the country and the region.
The high-level Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group held its first meeting today at UN Headquarters under the chairmanship of Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and head of the inter-agency mechanism known as UN-Energy.The Group will help the UN prepare for Copenhagen, especially regarding the role that energy plays in climate change, and monitor implementation of what is decided at the conference, Mr. Yumkella told a news conference in New York. Countries will meet in December to ‘seal the deal’ on a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions targets. The first phase of the 1997 Protocol expires at the end of 2012.He said that he had seen reports that energy efficiency alone could reduce global polluting emissions 30 to 40 per cent, “but it is not happening.”The Group will consider ways to comprehensively address climate change and boost energy efficiency and clean production, with a focus on developing countries. Mr. Yumkella said it is important to focus on developing countries because they not only required help in tackling climate change, but also needed access to energy options. Many parts of the developing world still burned charcoal, wood and other biomass, which led to ecological damage and is a primary cause of pulmonary diseases. Among those invited to participate in the group are top executives from companies such as Tata (India), Suntech Holdings (China), Edison International (United States), the New Energy and Technology Development Organization (Japan), and ESKOM Holdings (South Africa), as well as political figures, including former Costa Rican President Jose Figueres, and UN officials. 17 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched a new group consisting of business leaders and experts who will advise him on energy and climate change challenges, particularly in identifying key issues in the run-up to the major United Nations conference to be held in Copenhagen in December.
27 September 2011United Nations agencies and their aid partners today appealed for $18.3 million to help tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing into western Ethiopia to escape violence in Sudan’s Blue Nile state. The joint appeal by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and their partner agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is intended to help up to 35,000 refugees.Both Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states, which lie next to Sudan’s border with South Sudan, have been the scene of deadly fighting in recent weeks. UN officials have called on all parties to cease hostilities and to ensure access so that humanitarian workers can reach those who need help.An estimated 25,000 refugees have arrived in Ethiopia since 3 September, when the influx started, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.“With hostilities still ongoing in Sudan’s Blue Nile state, we expect the numbers to continue rising,” he said, adding that new aerial bombings were reported as recently as yesterday.Refugees told UNHCR staff they had fled fighting around Damazine, the capital of Blue Nile state, and had walked for up to a week to reach safety, Mr. Edwards stated.The agency said that refugees have mainly been entering Ethiopia via the Kurmuk border point, with some 1,500 crossing reported last Friday alone. In recent weeks people have been moving back and forth across the border, but now more of those coming across are families carrying household belongings and bringing livestock with them.“Most of the refugees are staying in local communities around Kurmuk,” said Mr. Edwards. “Many are sleeping in the open, presenting increased risk of illness and disease.“An additional concern is the safety of refugees in villages near Kurmuk, because of the area’s proximity to locations in Sudan where bombing is ongoing,” he added.UNHCR and the Ethiopian Government are seeking to relocate refugees to the camp at Sherkole camp, some 50 kilometres to the south-east, where basic services and better protection can be provided.More than 3,000 people have been moved so far and the pace of relocations is expected to increase as more refugee community leaders come forward to request relocation.
President Maithripala Sirisena said the media should not mock or ridicule a noble concept like reconciliation as that would give a wrong interpretation about a positive concept to the younger generation. The President described his talks with the visiting United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and said that he explained the steps taken to strengthen democracy through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and the establishment of Constitutional Council and Commissions. He also briefed about the reconciliation process, return of land in the North to original owners, resettlement, rehabilitation and development. He said that while vast extents of land have been returned to the original owners, the state land is to be given to those who are landless and living in welfare centers or with friends and relatives.Answering a question he said that there are extremist Tamil elements attempting to prevent any solution to the land issue.“When the government allotted land to the people, these elements force them not to accept those lands as these extremist elements want the problems to continue as that would suit their ulterior motives,” he said. “There is media freedom today and it is up to you to crticise anybody. However, the media should not ridicule noble concepts like reconciliation by stating that reconciliation is an international conspiracy to divide the country. Such misinterpretations will give a wrong twist to the real meaning of reconciliation and mislead the younger generation,” he said while addressing Media Heads and Newspaper Editors at the President’s House in Colombo today. ” Ban Ki-moon expressed his appreciation over the progress made by the government and assured fullest cooperation and assistance to the government for carrying out these tasks. UN Secretary General’s smiling face, when he expressed his appreciation, is a glowing reflection of the United Nation’s goodwill towards Sri Lanka,” the President said.The President added that the Government’s intention is to return the remaining privately-owned lands in the North to rightful owners within the next three months. When asked about different positions of the Tamil National Alliance TNA) and the Chief Minister C V Wigneswaram, the President said that Government wanted to bring all these elements with different postures in the North and South to an acceptable middle point and when the current policies continued with success it would happen automatically. Referring to the 65th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), he said that all the party members are invited to attend the rally in Kurunegala on Sunday. (Colombo Gazette)
Investigations revealed that the two businessmen were abducted by men dressed in clothes similar to that of the Police.They were kept in a house, killed and the bodies were later burnt.The Officer in Charge of the Southern Crimes Investigations Unit and a Sub Inspector were arrested and 15 policemen were ordered to be transferred over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) The Criminal Investigations Department (CID), which is investigating the incident had unearthed the details.Human hair and bones believed to be that of the two businessmen had been found from the Walasmulla, Madagamgoda forest yesterday. Investigations have revealed that the two businessmen in Rathgama had been killed and the bodies were later burnt. A protest was staged in Rathgama today over the murder of two businessmen allegedly by the Police.Residents of the area and relatives of the two businessmen blocked the Galle Road and protested. The two businessmen, Manjula Asela and Rasheen Chinthaka, had been reported missing since January 23 this year.
“I believe that faced with a clear red line, Iran will back down,” he said of the nuclear programme that Iran says is for the peaceful energy production but which Israel, along with the United States and many other countries, believes is aimed at producing a nuclear bomb.“This will give more time for sanctions and diplomacy to convince Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme altogether,” he said. “Israel is in discussions with the United States over this issue, and I am confident that we can chart a path forward together.”Linking his timetable to the vulnerability of potential Iranian targets and voicing his fear that Iran would use a nuclear bomb to eliminate his nation, the Israeli leader divided bomb production into three stages – low, medium and high enriched uranium. Iran, Prime Minister Netanyahu said in his remarks to the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, has already completed the first stage and is now well into the second stage.“By next spring, at most by next summer at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage,” he added. “The red line should be drawn right here. Before Iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb.“Before Iran gets to a point where it’s a few months away or a few weeks away from amassing enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon. Each day, that point is getting closer. That’s why I speak today with such a sense of urgency. And that’s why everyone should have a sense of urgency.”Prime Minister Netanyahu’s timetable is predicated on the possibility of Iran concealing the final stage of bomb production, consisting of making the fuse, assembling the bomb and preparing the warhead, which he said could be done possibly within a few months and concealed in a small workshop in Iran, a country half the size of Europe.“The relevant question is not when Iran will get the bomb. The relevant question is at what stage can we no longer stop Iran from getting the bomb,” he said. “The red line must be drawn on Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme because these enrichment facilities are the only nuclear installations that we can definitely see and credibly target.”Such installations require thousands of centrifuges spinning in tandem in very big industrial plants, which are visible and still vulnerable, he noted.Stressing that the “the hour is getting late, very late,” and that the only way to prevent Iran from making a bomb is to prevent it from amassing enough enriched uranium to make one, the Israeli Prime Minister voiced the fear he felt that Iran would use such a weapon to try to eliminate Israel.He quoted former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani as saying: “The use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything, however it would only harm the Islamic world. It is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality.”Prime Minister Netanyahu noted that a Middle East scholar, Bernard Lewis, has said that for the Ayatollahs of Iran, mutually assured destruction – the strategy that kept the United States and Soviet Union from using nuclear weapons against each other during the Cold War – is an inducement, and not a deterrent.Iran’s apocalyptic leaders believe that a medieval holy man will reappear in the wake of a devastating Holy War, thereby ensuring that their brand of radical Islam will rule the earth, he quoted Mr. Lewis as saying, adding that that this approach is guiding Iran’s policies and actions.Iran’s rulers repeatedly deny the Holocaust and call for Israel’s destruction almost on a daily basis, as they did again this week from UN Headquarters, the Prime Minister said, referring to statements made by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he addressed the General Assembly.He also cited Iranian statements that Israel has no roots in the Middle East, stressing that the Jewish people have resided in the Holy Land for over 3,000 years, continuing to do so even at times when Jews were mostly scattered around the world.“Red lines don’t lead to war; red lines prevent war,” the Israeli leader declared, saying that history – with its terrible death toll from the Holocaust and World War II – would have been much different had a red line been set against Germany’s Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.Turning to the Palestinian question, the Israeli Prime Minister called for negotiations to reach a mutual compromise, noting that the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, had addressed the Assembly less than an hour before he did, to accuse Israel of rejecting the internationally endorsed two-state solution and announce that he was seeking non-Member State status.“I say to him and I say to you: We won’t solve our conflict with libellous speeches at the UN,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said. “That’s not the way to solve it. We won’t solve our conflict with unilateral declarations of statehood. We have to sit together, negotiate together, and reach a mutual compromise, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the one and only Jewish State.”Israel’s Prime Minister is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October.Prime Minister Netanyahu also met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday. The UN chief expressed his deep concern over the stalemate in the Middle East peace process and encouraged Israel to take more steps to bolster the Palestinian Authority and ease the restrictions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Gaza.The two men exchanged views on the regional situation, including the implications of the Syrian crisis, and they also discussed the Iranian nuclear issue, with Mr. Ban reiterating his view that the responsibility lies with the Government of Iran to answer questions related to it and address concerns expressed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
A NEW REPORT has found “almost universal” participation in sport by Irish children and stressed the need for changes to keep them involved as they grow older.Almost 90% of children are involved in weekly organised exercise by the age of 10 according to Keeping them in the Game. The report, published this afternoon by the Irish Sports Council and the ESRI, highlights a significant drop-off during the second-level years and in later life as exams, work and other life commitments take up their time.“The public examination system has a strong negative impact on participation in sport: students are far less likely to participate during exam years and this has a lasting effect on participation later. Nevertheless, those who do play sport get, on average, better Leaving Certificate results.“As people progress through adulthood, whether they participate in regular sporting activity is less related to attitudes and beliefs about the benefits of sport than to other transitions that occur in their lives.”People involved in cycling and swimming are more likely to carry on those activities into later life, the report shows, while of the major sports in Ireland the GAA has a particularly high drop-out rate among teenagers and young adults.“All of [the] reasons for dropping out apply more to Gaelic games than to soccer, suggesting that the former are less easy to continue with when young adults encounter change in other areas of their lives.The strong local loyalty that GAA clubs build up, while in many ways beneficial, may make it harder to continue playing the sport following such a change.Among the recommendations are greater investment in cycling and swimming, the need to improve links between schools and sports clubs, and spending limited public funding to improve participation rates rather than facilities.“Action is needed to reduce the negative impact of exams, adding weight to the argument for Physical Education (PE) to be an examinable subject.”The report is based on data from the Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study (CSPPA), conducted in 2009; the 2007 School Leavers’ Survey (SLS); and the Irish Sports Monitor (ISM), carried out between 2007 and 2009. Read the Keeping them in the Game report in full here >Rob Heffernan’s 50km gold voted the greatest Irish sporting achievement of 2013
RTÉ has received almost 850 complaints to date about the appearance of Panti and the apology to the Iona Institute. Proposed legislation that would allow same-sex couples to adopt was published by the government.The Saturday Night Show is to hold a debate about homophobia this Saturday.Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe gave evidence for three hours to the PAC today.Judges say they want to change how judges are appointed, to maintain the impartiality of the judiciary.Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to speak about the Ballymurphy Massacre with British Prime Minister David Cameron.The Health Minister has called for a report into the deaths of babies at a Portlaoise hospital.Louise O’Keeffe has asked the Taoiseach to act on an apology he made to her this morning, NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…Garth Brooks with fans Marie Mckeown, right, and Eilish Costantino both from Forkhill, Co Armagh. Pic: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandIRELAND PARTING SHOTPic: DailyEdge.ieWe all do embarrassing things. Really embarrassing things. Here are some of our commenters’ most cringeworthy moments. Share in the shame. WORLDDzhokhar Tsarnaev. Pic: AP Photo/The Lowell Sun & Robin Young#BOSTON Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Boston bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.#MANCHESTER A football coach was jailed for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl on his team.#ITALY The thieves who stole a vial of Pope John Paul II’s blood might have thrown it away.#LONDON A man was reunited with the person who talked him down from jumping from a bridge, thanks to a viral campaign.INNOVATIONFacebook is to launch its new curated visual news reader in just a matter of days. [TechCrunch]Fancy the idea of a solar-powered Macbook? There’s a patent for that. Garth Brooks tickets went on sale… and hundreds of thousands of people bought them around the country. So many that a third date was added.Gardaí seized 15,000 pairs of fake UGG boots in Cork.A missing Celbridge man, Terry Lawlor, could be in London, say gardaí.Laya Healthcare is to increase its prices by 20 per cent by 1 March.
The number of people in Greece who have died after contracting flu this winter rose to 110 on Monday.The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) said that another 46 people are receiving hospital treatment.The virulent H1N1 strain and a poor rate of vaccinations have been blamed for the increase in the number of deaths from the virus compared to last year.Scource: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
La pleine Lune agirait aussi sur les volcans Selon une étude italienne réalisée sur le volcan Stromboli, la pleine Lune pourrait avoir une influence sur les éruptions volcaniques.Si l’on prête à la pleine Lune certains effets notamment sur les marées, le disque pourrait aussi agir sur l’activité les volcans. C’est du moins ce que suggère une étude italienne menée sur le Stromboli situé au nord-est de l’Italie. Repris en ligne sur le site internet Geopersdienst.nl, ces travaux tendraient à prouver que les volcans sont plus actifs lors de la pleine Lune. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, Gianluca Sottili et Danilo Palladino ont en fait étudié les éruptions qui se sont produites dans le cratère du Stromboli entre juin 2010 et octobre 2011.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Or, selon les résultats dévoilés, celles-ci se sont révélées sensiblement plus élevées lors de la pleine Lune ou d’une nouvelle Lune que le reste du temps. A côté de cela, les marées n’ont pas du tout le même effet. Certains mois, c’est même à ces moments-là que l’activité volcanique est la plus basse. Néanmoins, ces résultats ne sont pas fondamentalement nouveaux puisque de précédentes études menées sur d’autres volcans avaient déjà mis en évidence ce phénomène. Mais le mécanisme précis n’a pas été plus compris cette fois-ci. Aujourd’hui, les scientifiques pensent que la clef de ce mystère se trouve dans l’apport de magma depuis la chambre magmatique qui se trouve à une relativement petite distance de la surface. En effet, l’attraction lunaire contribue tous les 15 jours à comprimer la roche située autour du réseau de couloirs contenant le magma puis à la dilater à nouveau. L’apport de magma suivant la même régularité, cela pourrait expliquer la fréquence des éruptions. Un phénomène qui reste cependant à confirmer. Le 28 mars 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
It’s officially fall in the Northwest. Rain factors into the forecast today through at least Sunday throughout most of Clark County, according to the National Weather Service.Showers are likely before 10 a.m. today in Vancouver and will be followed by a steady 5 mph wind. There’s a 10 percent chance of rain as we move into the evening. Enjoy today: It is expected to be the warmest day of the week at 52 degrees.
Amaravati: State government appointed P. Basant Kumar, IAS, as Joint Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati on Monday. He has been serving as Metropolitan Commissioner, Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development, Authority (VMRDA) at present. K.S. Sreenivasa Raju, IAS, who is the present JEO of TTD is directed to report to General Administration Department, immediately for further posting. Also Read – Medical representatives stage dharna in Eluru Advertise With Us Sreenivasa Raju has been continuing on the same post for more than 8 years. Even though the governments changed, the Sreenivasa Raju managed to continue on the same post. But now, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the officials to transfer him. Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam issued transfer orders on Monday.
Karimnagar: As per the orders issued by the Supreme Court, the managements of all schools must take necessary safety measures in the school for providing safety to the students studying in their schools, ordered Police Commissioner VB Kamalasan Reddy.He held a meeting with the managements of schools at Police Commissionerate in Karimnagar on Tuesday. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking at the meeting, the Police Commissioner said unexpected accidents may occur which may result in loss of lives and damage to the school image, if there are no safety measures in the schools. The managements of the schools must follow the orders issued by the Supreme Court for the safety of students. They must install high quality CCTV cameras which can record both inside and outside the school and every inch of the school premises, he suggested. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Before closing the classrooms and school building, the school staff must check every nook and corner of the classrooms and school building and then they must lock the building, he added. Kamalasan Reddy advised the school managements to keep a look on students and staff members, who are coming early and leaving the schools in late hours and do not give any scope for any incident to take place in the school premises. The schools in Karimnagar should become an example for other districts. By July 31, all schools must install CCTV cameras and must follow the orders issued by the Supreme Court without fail, the he CP ordered. Advertise With Us Action will be taken against such schools, which do not follow the orders, he warned and expressed anger on the management of Sarvodaya School, which did not install CCTV cameras and ordered the One Town Inspector to issue notice to the school management immediately. Additional DCP (Law & Order) S Srinivas, SBI Mahesh Goud, Inspectors T Srinivas Rao, Deva Reddy, Vijay Kumar, Damodar Reddy, Reserve Inspectors Mallesham and Johny Miya were present along with others.