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Who is Real Madrid interim boss Solari?

first_imgSantiago Solari has been thrust straight into the deep end at Real Madrid.The 42-year-old, who spent five years at the club as a player, has been promoted from the Madrid B team to take the reigns of the senior side following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui on Monday.Solari takes over at a time of immense upheaval at the club, with Real having been thumped 5-1 by Barcelona on Sunday, and also struggling for form without the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo. 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! But who is the former Real midfielder, and how long will he remain in charge?Who is Santiago Solari?Solari was born in Argentina in 1976, and began his career with Richard Stockton College in the United States.A return to Argentina saw him take in spells at Newell’s Old Boys and Renato Cesarini, but his professional career did not begin until 1996, at River Plate.Three years later, a move to Atletico Madrid followed, before his dream move to Real.A total of 208 appearances followed, with Solari playing 90 minutes as the club beat Bayer Leverkusen in the 2001-02 Champions League final.Spells at Inter, San Lorenzo, Atlante and Penarol followed, with Solari earning a total of 11 caps for Argentina; he eventually returned to Real in 2013, taking charge of the youth team.Before the 2016-17 season, he was given the reigns to the Real Madrid Castilla – the Blanco’s B team that plays in the third tier of Spanish football – and will now take charge of the senior side as they look to hire a permanent replacement for Lopetegui.How long will Solari be in charge of Real Madrid?Real have a total of two weeks to appoint a new permanent coach, whomever that may be.The Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) rules state that Real Madrid have a fortnight to permanently hire a new coach, or face disciplinary proceedings.Article 160 in RFEF’s General Regulations document reads:1. If a coaching vacancy occurs after the competition (La Liga) has started, the club will be obliged to find a new coach who is licensed for the category within a maximum time frame of two weeks.It is worth noting that Solari possesses such a licence.2. Failure to carry out the duties referred to in the previous paragraph will lead to the carrying out of corresponding disciplinary measures by the federation.Thus, provided he is not appointed permanent manager, Solari’s reign is set to last a maximum of four games, starting with Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash against Melilla.They then face surprise package Real Valladolid in La Liga before travelling to Czech Republic to take on Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.Their final fixture before November’s international break is back in La Liga against Celta Vigo, by which time Solari’s immediate future should be a lot clearer.Who will be Real Madrid’s next permanent manager?Antonio Conte, Real MadridReal Madrid are currently in negotiations with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, but his potential appointment is a complicated one.The Italian is understood to be interested in taking the reigns at Santiago Bernabeu, but protracted negotiations between Madrid and Conte’s former side, Chelsea, have the Blancos scrambling ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match against Melilla. Though Conte is keen to take charge of Madrid, the Italian’s compensation package with Chelsea still must be thrashed out after the Blues fired the Italian following the 2017-18 season. In order to sign with Madrid, Goal understands Chelsea want Conte to forego a €10 million (£9m/$11m) payment, which is complicating the negotiations between all three parties.Conte has won Serie A three times, as well as the Premier League, but it remains to be seen if the Italian will eventually be appointed in Madrid.If not Conte, then Solari could be placed in permanent charge until the end of the season, though that is far from the ideal scenario.Other external candidates include Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, whom the Madrid hierarchy have long been a fan of, though his signing of a new five-year contract in north London during pre-season complicates matters somewhat.Arsene Wenger remains out of work having left Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 campaign while Joachim Low – who Madrid reportedly spoke to following Zinedine Zidane’s resignation in May – is struggling with Germany and may be glad of the change of scenery.Roberto Martinez has also been linked following his successful World Cup showing in charge of Belgium while there are even suggestions Jose Mourinho could return to the hotseat as he continues to struggle for consistency at Manchester United.last_img read more

Goel asks PCI to submit report in 10 days in para swimmer case

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) Asserting that funds were released by the government on time for para-athletes, Sports Minister Vijay Goel today sought a report from the Paralympic Committee of India on how para-swimmer Kanchanmala Pande was left to fend for herself without money in Berlin. Visually challenged Pande, who took part in the Berlin Para Swimming Championships with five others, was forced to borrow money in Berlin from a friend and was reportedly fined for travelling without a ticket on public transport after she was not given enough money by the PCI. The incident has triggered reactions from the likes of Abhinav Bindra and Mahesh Bhupathi, who called the incident “unacceptable” and “shameful”. Terming the incident as unfortunate, Goel today asked PCI to submit a report within ten days. “The Ministry through SAI released Rs. 3.21 Lakhs as 75 percent of dues as advance payment to Para Olympic Committee of India (PCI) in time and arranged tickets etc,” the ministry said in a release. “This amount was transferred in the account of PCI on 22nd June, 2017. Since the amount was transferred to the account of PCI, the players should not have been put to any hardship,” he said. “The Minister found this (incident) as very unfortunate and has ordered that a report from the PCI be sought in the matter within ten days.” Goel, who immediately sought report into the incident from his officers in the ministry, said he also spoke to the PCI CEO. The minister said he has been informed that for some reasons the money was not transferred by PCI to the team members. The Indian Para-Swimming team was in Germany from July 3 to 9. The PCI, however, washed its hands off the incident, saying the sanctioned amount could not be distributed due to the non-availability of court-appointed committee chairman. The PCI vice-president Gursharan Singh said that the national Paralympics body could not be blamed for the incident. He said the fund sanctioned by the government could not be withdrawn as the PCI needed the approval of Justice (Retd) Kailash Gambhir, who was appointed by Delhi High Court as Chairman of the Committee. Under the order of the High Court, which appointed the committee, the PCI needs the approval of the committee to withdraw money till a pending case is decided. “We feel sad that this kind of incident had happened, it should not happen again. We regret that this incident had happened. We will seek a report from the team manager and find out how this had happened,” Gursharan told PTI today. “The sanctioned amount from SAI came five days before the departure of the athletes but we could not withdraw the money as it needs the approval of the Chairman of Committee appointed by the Delhi High Court. He (Justice Retd. Kailash Gambhir) was not available to clear the funds. “So, we told the athletes not to take part in Berlin or go on their own and get reimbursed later. The team went on theirown and I am hearing about this incident. We have asked for a report about what happened in Berlin from team leader Kamaljit Singh,” said Gursharan from London, where an Indian team is taking part in the World Para Athletics Championships. Gursharan said that Kamaljit, a Haryana government coach, had recently led some para athletes to a championships in Australia on their own funds, which was reimbursed later. “Taking part in an event on their own and getting compensated later is not happening for the first time. Kamaljit had taken some para athletes in Australia earlier this year. They went there on their own funds and were compensated later.” Gursharan said henceforth this practice of para-athletes taking part on their own fund (to be compensated later) will not be encouraged. “We will not encourage this kind of participation in future. We work for the well being of our para-athletes. We do not wish this kind of incidents to happen in future.” Abhinav Bindra, the countrys lone individual Olympic gold medallist, took to the social media to express his anger on this incident. “This is UNACCEPTABLE. People must be held accountable,” Bindra wrote on his Twitter handle. He even tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Vijay Goel. Indian Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi and another player Somdev Devvarman also reacted to the incident. “Against all Odds has been every sportspersons story in India at some level but this is an all time low,” tweeted multiple Grand Slam winner and Indias non-playing Davis Cup captain. “Horrible stuff to read… Changes need to be made in the way we perceive sport and the way we run it… The current system is a shame… ,” Devvarman wrote. PTI PDS KHS KHSadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Tata TIGOR portfolio expands with new AMT variants

first_imgTata Motors has added to its range of models equipped with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) by expanding its sedan portfolio. TATA Motors announced the addition of two AMT variants to the Tigor Styleback sedan range. Available in XZA and XTA variants, with the Revotron 1.2L petrol engine – the XTA variant is priced at INR. 5.75 Lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi and the. The TIGOR AMT will further strengthen the company’s addressable market range. The new TIGOR AMT brings global and contemporary design with advanced technological features targeted at young and dynamic customers and comes with the first-in-class Sports Mode, which gives one a spirited and peppy driving experience.According to Mr. Vivek Srivatsa – Head – Marketing, PVBU, Tata Motors – “As per our turnaround strategy, we are working with a renewed focus and energy to improve our market share and bring products that align with customers’ aspirational and practical requirements. Keeping with the trend of this growing segment, we introduced the AMT variants of the hatchback TIAGO. Now, with the TIGOR AMT, we continue to reach out to our customers with stylish and feature loaded products that offer best-in-class technology and design engineering.” The TIGOR AMT is equipped with four gear positions – Automatic, Neutral, Reverse and Manual for smooth and regular acceleration to offer a comfortable and stress-free driving experience. In addition, it boasts of a first-in-class Sports mode, for a spirited and peppy driving experience. The Manual mode helps shift gears at a flick of a gear stick for an engaging experience. advertisementFor ease of manoeuvrability in heavy traffic conditions and during parking, the TIGOR AMT comes with an in-built ‘creep’ feature, which enables the car to crawl as soon as the pressure is eased off the brake pedal, without pressing the accelerator. This function also prevents the car from rolling back when it starts from an inclined position.last_img read more

India vs Australia: We failed to absorb pressure in Sydney, says Rohit Sharma

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Brief Scores – Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs. Virat Kohli said MS Dhoni ‘s dismissal was the turning point in India’s 34-run loss to Australia in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Chasing 289, India managed only 254 for 9. (Full Scorecard)Rohit Sharma said the time to learn was now over and India’s batsmen needed to start executing their plans after a 34-run defeat to Australia in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rohit, whose stylish 133 went in vain after an ordinary performance by his colleagues, had every reason to feel aggrieved.Chasing 289, India managed only 254 for 9 off their 50 overs. Rohit scored 133 of those runs for India off only 129 balls. MS Dhoni was the next highest scorer for India with 51 off 96 balls. In fact, Dhoni’s inability to accelerate put additional pressure on Rohit and the batsmen coming in against a top-quality Australian attack.Rohit now has 22 ODI hundreds and 7 of those have come against Australia. In 2018, Rohit had scored 1030 runs from 19 ODIs and led India to victory in the Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup. As the vice-captain, Rohit watched in horror as his partners failed to either stay long enough or up the ante in what is their last leg of preparations for the World Cup.The Indian team has often taken solace from the fact that each game is a learning curve. But on Saturday, Rohit was blunt and said it was time to perform now.”The wicket was still playing good and we knew we could put some of their bowlers under pressure. But unfortunately, we kept losing wickets at the wrong time.. the first three wickets (for 4 runs) and then when we were going strong and building a partnership, unfortunately MS got out.advertisement”Obviously, we knew it was going to be a hard task when we lost three wickets and we had to build partnerships.. We were way behind the asking run rate while we were recovering from the early damage but again, these things happen.”These are the games that will teach you a lot as batsmen. You will be put under pressure and there will be times when you have to combat this kind of games where you lose wickets and what you do after that.”So I think it was a good learning but again, I think we have said that enough about learning now.. it’s time to go out there and execute. Take the pressure, absorb the pressure and take it forward. International cricket is all about absorbing pressure and today was the perfect example when there was pressure and we were not able to absorb pressure,” Rohit Sharma said at the post-match press conference.On Thursday, Rohit had said India have more or less finalised their core for the World Cup in England but said nobody was assured of a berth.After the Sydney defeat, questions are bound to be asked of certain players. It was a great chance for the likes of Rayudu and Karthik to stand up and deliver. Besides, somebody might have to take a look at MS Dhoni’s role – another slow innings from a once great finisher left India with too much to do at the end.Rohit Sharma had a word of encouragement for Ravindra Jadeja, who played as the specialist all-rounder in Hardik Pandya’s absence. Jadeja failed to provide India with the kind of cameo that is expected of him as he fell for 8.”We believe in Jadeja to play those cameos whenever required. To go out and play shots immediately is not easy for any batsman.”Australian bowlers surprisingly got a lot of reverse swing.. It (the poor batting display) is not a concern but it’s an eye-opener,” Rohit said.Also Read | Not pleased with the way we played in Sydney, says Virat KohliAlso Read | MS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for IndiaAlso Read | Suspended Hardik, Rahul shouldn’t enjoy the perks of travelling with Team India: Gavaskarlast_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Max Wastler

first_imgTalk about a man who wears many hats (cowboy hats that is), Max Wastler is come to life. He preaches the gospel of Made in America while keeping his bourbon close at hand. Today Mr. Wastler pauses for just a moment to tell us a bit more about himself and his personal style. I am from Saint Louis, Missouri. I graduated from DePauw University in 2003 with a degree in Creative Writing and from 2004 to 2006, I spent two intense years studying acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. After that I worked in and around clothes for a good while. I’ve done everything from testing swimwear to making and selling custom clothing for the top men’s clothing stores in the Midwest. I also write. Currently, I’m the Cultural Bloodhound for Basil Hayden’s bourbon whiskey, I’m the co-host of a program called Made Right Here, I’m the co-owner of an online shop called Buckshot Sonny’s, and I’m on the creative team for a new publication called The Collective Quarterly.Jeans: I wear the Bartons from Imogene + Willie all winter and in the summer months, an early version of Baldwin’s Reeds that were made with incredibly lightweight denim.Shirts: Custom Gitman Bros.Pants: Dana Lee.Suits: A custom navy Oxxford Clothes suit from the 1220 line.Shoes: Alden shoes and boots. A vintage pair of Tony Lama cowboy boots. Lately, I’ve been enjoying a pair of New Balance my mother gave me for Christmas, the 496 – the same pair Willie Nelson wears I travel with a pair of super-packable New Balance Minimus Trail shoes. Accessories: Lately, I’ve been wearing a cowboy hat fairly regularly. Something about the work I’ve been doing for the bourbon company makes it feel just right. I wear a shantung Stetson Open Road, a pecan-colored beaver pelt from Texas Hatters, an official MLB Cardinals New Era cap, and anything from King Ropes. One of my best friends gave me an Omega Seamaster De Ville which never leaves my wrist, and I have worn this silver band since high school. It’s imbued with a lot of personal significance, and again, never leaves my left middle finger.Outerwear: My favorite jacket is Patagonia’s Down Sweater. I have a jacket and a vest from their first season, which is slightly shinier than the current model. I also wear this unlined cruiser which I found in a dollar bin of a factory outlet store. And if I get questions about anything, it’s this trademark of mine, a vintage cowichan from a non-existent mail order company. I dated a clothing designer for a long time, and she had a great eye for finding the pieces that have come to define my style. That sweater was one of them.Your favorite App: Stitcher. I just checked, and since downloading it in 2011, I’ve listened to 1,200 hours of podcasts, my favorites being Slate’s Culture Gabfest, ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, and KCRW’s The Business. I refer to them in conversation on a daily basis.Favorite piece of technology: Now that I’ve put some skin in the game: the printing press.Next tech purchase: I need some new Pilot V5 pens. Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Editors’ Recommendations Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat last_img read more

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Administrative blunder costs India chance to compete in World Squash Championship

first_imgNew Delhi: An administrative blunder by the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) has denied the national men’s team a chance to compete in the World Championship in Washington from December 15-21. It is learnt that SRFI officials were not able to get the necessary clearances in time from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the biennial event. “The SRFI was not able to get a meeting with SAI and that is why the approval did not come and SRFI didn’t register the team. It is really sad that players have to bear the brunt of this,” a source told PTI. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe national federation though claimed that it tried its best to get approval from the SAI. “The last date for submitting India’s entry was July 16 and the SRFI had written to the SAI little over a month earlier, on June 14 for approval. The Federation had in fact submitted its Annual Calendar for Competitions and Training to the SAI as early as January 2019 wherein participation in the World championship was a point mentioned. “However no ACTC meeting was called for in the subsequent months from February to April when such delay do not normally take place. The meeting actually took place only on July 30 by which time the Championship last date had elapsed,” an SRFI statement said.last_img read more

Rapper Classified releases song to empower those who feel powerless

first_imgHALIFAX – Canadian rapper Classified has released a new song in support of people who feel powerless, with a focus on women and children who have suffered abuse.The Nova Scotia musician — whose real name is Luke Boyd — says the song, titled “Powerless,” is drawn from the experiences of multiple people who have reached out to him.He says the inspiration for the song first came from a letter he received from a young girl in Newfoundland and Labrador.Boyd says she called him her hero after he blasted a judge on Facebook for handing a man from St. John’s, N.L., a five-year sentence for sexually assaulting the girl when she was 11 years old.The rapper says the song acknowledges the difficulty of coming forward after abuse.His song also highlights the struggles and injustices that Indigenous people in Canada face, including the ongoing discussion about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.(Global News)last_img read more

Herve Renard on CAN 2019 MoroccoIvory Coast Game is Special

Rabat – The head coach of Morocco’s national football team, Herve Renard, has high expectations ahead of the Atlas Lions’ match against the Ivory Coast, due to take place on June 28.The coach, who has twice clinched the CAN title, flew to Egypt determined to lead his Moroccan team to triumph in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN).Renard, who won the title in 2015 with Ivory Coast, wants to make history again by winning the title with Morocco; the 12th team he has managed since the start of his coaching career in 1999. Renard also won the title with Zambia in 2012.Quoted by AFP, Renard said that the upcoming game, against the team he used to coach, is “special” for him.Read also: Morocco’s Head Coach Renard on Opening CAN Match: ‘First Game is Always Tough’Morocco’s national football team already has three points in its pocket after a win against Namibia on Sunday, June 23.After the Namibia-Morocco football game, Renard took to social media to thank Moroccan football fans for their support.Posting a photo of a Moroccan child attending the game, Renard wrote: “Thanks to the Moroccan public for its support during this important victory against Namibia.”It remains to be seen whether the Atlas Lions will satisfy their fans during the match against Ivory Coast, which will qualify them for the Round 16 of the competition. read more

New Lebanese government should be formed as soon as possible – UN

“There are many concerns of importance to ordinary Lebanese people that need to be addressed, irrespective of their confession or their politics. These include social issues, economic issues but also security concerns,” Michael Williams told reporters in Beirut following a meeting with the Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri.UN officials, including Mr. Williams and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have been calling on Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate, Najib Miqati, and other leaders to quickly form a new government.The former government, led by Saad Hariri, collapsed in January after 11 Hizbollah and allied ministers resigned, reportedly over its refusal to cease cooperation with the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon that is investigating the 2005 assassination of Mr. Hariri’s father, Rafiq, and 22 others.In a recent report relating to Lebanon, Mr. Ban warned that the absence of a functioning government for several months “has created a power and security vacuum of which extremist and armed groups could take advantage, in an already fragile and polarized situation.” Mr. Williams and Mr. Berri also discussed the recent developments in the Arab world and the changes that have been taking place, as protesters across North Africa and the Middle East take to the streets demanding greater rights and freedoms.They also discussed maritime issues, reiterating the UN’s position that Lebanon is fully entitled to take the necessary measures to explore and exploit such resources within its territorial waters.“This is one more reason, a very important reason, why a new government should be formed as soon as possible,” said Mr. Williams. Meanwhile, Terje Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Security Council resolution 1559, which deals with Lebanon, briefed Council members in a closed-door session on Mr. Ban’s latest report on the issue.In a related development, the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal, Daniel Bellemare, filed an amended indictment today, replacing the indictment of 11 March 2011, to include substantive new elements that had been unavailable until recently. “The Prosecutor does not intend to make further amendments to the indictment, unless ordered to do so by the Pre-Trial Judge. Other indictments could, however, be filed in the future if warranted by the evidence,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York. The tribunal was set up following a probe by the International Independent Investigation Commission after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the massive car bombing that killed Mr. Hariri and the others was seriously flawed. 6 May 2011The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon today reiterated the need for the formation without delay of a functioning government, noting the many issues that remain to be addressed by the authorities. read more

Ontario leadership debate reactions

It may have been one of the liveliest Ontario election debates in decades. It also led to the release of a hashtag-worthy phrase trending today.“Sorry, not sorry …. sorry but I’m not sorry.”It’s a new slogan Kathleen Wynne is pumping out following her debate introduction. Leaving us wondering if she’s been listening to a whole lot of Demi Lovato on her morning runs.However, Wynne says, “I’m really really proud of the work we’ve been doing.”The morning after debate night Andrea Horwath spent some time in a coffee shop reflecting on her performance.“The debate for me, anyways, was to show people the importance choice they have ahead.”Some people in Hamilton and Burlington think she nailed it but some voters leaning PC weren’t overly impressed with Doug Ford. Saying that Ford was rambling a bit and caught in his words, or caught off guard by the format of the debate.At a round table discussion today there was no fumbling but still no costed platform from the PC leader.The leaders laid it on the line, but were the voters listening or have they already made up their minds?For those who watched, some felt left without a clear choice just 10 days before voters head to the polls.CHCH asked viewers on social media who you thought won the debate Sunday night: 54% of voters say Andrea Horwath, 30% in favour of Doug Ford and 16% for Kathleen Wynne. read more

New permanent judge appointed to UN war crimes tribunal for Rwanda

In a letter to the Security Council, the Secretary General announced the appointment of Judge Khalida Rashid Khan to the ICTR. Judge Rashid Khan replaces Judge Mansoor Ahmed, also of Pakistan, who resigned from the court on 22 May for personal reasons. Judge Rashid Khan’s appointment is effective from 7 July and will end on 24 May 2007.Judge Rashid Khan, 53, started her career as a civil judge in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1974. In 1978, she was promoted as senior civil judge in Peshawar. From 1981 to 1982 she worked as special judge in the anti-corruption in Peshawar and Hazara Division. In 1994, she was promoted to Judge at the High Court of Peshawar, becoming the first Pakistani woman ever appointed to that position. She was also the first woman in Pakistan to be appointed as District and Sessions Judge. read more

Annan names former Norwegian Prime Minister as new Horn of Africa envoy

Responding to recurrent drought and food insecurity devastating the Horn of Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed Kjell Magne Bondevik, the former Prime Minister of Norway, as his new Special Humanitarian Envoy for the region.“I have asked former Prime Minister Bondevik to become my envoy for the Horn and East African region, where we are facing very serious violence today, and the UN and its agencies will have the responsibility of feeding millions of people who will need the help of the international community, who will need to work with governments to raise the money and the resources to be able to assist them,” Mr. Annan told reporters.Former Prime Minister Bondevik voiced his determination to make a difference. “I know that this is a very difficult mission; at least 11 million people are threatened with starvation, so we need really to coordinate the efforts – UN agencies, the non-governmental organizations, the donors’ efforts – and I will do my best,” he said.Mr. Bondevik succeeds Martti Ahtisaari, the former President of Finland, who is now the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Future Status Process for Kosovo.More than 40 per cent of the population are currently undernourished in the Horn, one of the most food-insecure regions in the world. Severe drought is compounding an already dire humanitarian situation in countries beset by years of high rates of malnutrition and morbidity, chronic food insecurity and the effects of conflict.Mr. Bondevik will work with the UN system, the Governments of the affected countries, the donor community, non-governmental organization partners and other civil society groups. He will help the affected Governments strengthen comprehensive country food security programmes, with a focus on tackling the root causes of chronic food insecurity.At the same time, the 58-year old envoy will work to build stronger regional cooperation on food security issues between the main intergovernmental organizations, and act as an advocate for long-term funding and technical expertise from donors in support of national efforts to reduce vulnerability.Mr. Bondevik served as Prime Minister of Norway from 1997 to 2000 and from 2001 to 2005. After leaving office, he founded the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights, where he serves as President. read more

Thomas Markle claims Duchess of Sussex has cut him off as he

Mr Markle, who lives in Mexico, made headlines around the globe last month when he gave an explosive interview to Good Morning Britain. He claimed that Prince Harry had once told him to “give Donald Trump a chance”, and also alleged the sixth-in-line to the throne had seemed “open” to the idea of Brexit. He believes he has been cut off from the Royal Family because of staged paparazzi photos which emerged in the weeks before the Royal Wedding, and for the statements he made to the press afterwards. 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. Thomas Markle, the father of the Duchess of Sussex, has claimed he has not spoken to his daughter for more than ten weeks, and that the number he used to contact her on has been “cut off.”He told The Mail on Sunday: “I’m really hurt that she’s cut me off completely. I used to have a phone number and text number for her personal aides at the Palace, but after I said a few critical words about the Royal Family changing Meghan, they cut me off. “Those numbers were disconnected, they no longer work. I have no way of contacting my daughter.”The 73-year-old said he worries he has been frozen out of the family, and thinks he will not get to meet any children Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––He said: “What’s sad is that some time in the next year Meghan and Harry will have a baby and I’ll be a grandfather, and if we’re not speaking I won’t see my grandchild.” Mr Markle used the interview as an opportunity to apologise for his  about his own actions before the wedding, saying:  “I accept full responsibility. I can say I’m sorry for those things for the rest of my life, but I’m paying for those things for the rest of my life.”But as long as they’re happy and have a great life and have some beautiful children and do good things in the world, I’m can’t ask for more.” read more

The cost of renting a house in Dublin has fallen for the

first_img Dec 1st 2016, 6:06 AM 14 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell Image: Eamonn Farrell Short URL Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 6:06 AM By Garreth MacNameecenter_img Rents have risen rapidly over the past number of years and there has been a clear and consistent link between rising rents and new cases of homelessness. The figures released by the RTB today which show Dublin rents are up 7.1% in the past year, are consistent with recent figures from the CSO and which show record rent increases.Director of the RTB, Rosalind Carroll, added: “While the rate of growth in private sector rents appears to be moderating, it is prudent not to read too much into the results for any single quarter.   The market is still volatile and therefore it is difficult to identify patterns.”Read: Government offers €30,000 to woman forced to travel abroad for abortion >Read: Eric Bristow apologises for football sex abuse comments > 7,963 Views THE PRICE OF renting a house in the capital has fallen for the first time since 2013 but average prices in the private market continue to rise.The rate of growth in the private rental sector in Dublin slowed to 0.6% with the average price rising nationwide by over 2%.The data from the the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) found that average Dublin prices rose by 0.6%. However, the cost of renting a house dropped by 0.6%, with apartment prices jumping 1.6%. These figures led to an overall marginal increase in rent in the capital.The RTB data is based on 30,260 new tenancies which commenced in the third quarter of this year.The average national rental prices were 8.6% higher than in the same period last year, up from €897 to €973.Nationally, rents for houses were 7.4% higher annually in the third quarter of this year up from €900 to €967, while apartment rents were up 9.9% compared to the same quarter of 2015 up from €925 to €1,017.Dublin pricesThe average rental price of a house in Dublin went up 7.1% in the same period, now standing at €1,375 monthly, up from €1,285.The Peter McVerry Trust called on Minister Simon Coveney to urgently bring forward legislation to introduce rent regulation.Pat Doyle, CEO at Peter McVerry Trust said: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The cost of renting a house in Dublin has fallen for the first time in three years The average nationwide cost of renting a property now stands at €973 per month. Share34 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Boue rouge toxique la digue construite pour empêcher un nouvel accident bientôt

first_imgBoue rouge toxique : la digue construite pour empêcher un nouvel accident bientôt achevéeHongrie – Les habitants du village de Kolontar, déjà sinistré la semaine dernière par le déversement d’un million de mètres cubes de boue rouge toxique, ont été évacués samedi. Des fissures détectées sur un réservoir laissent en effet craindre aux autorités une nouvelle catastrophe. Une semaine après le passage de la dévastatrice vague de boue toxique, les autorités hongroises s’activent pour éviter une nouvelle catastrophe. Une digue est actuellement en cours d’érection autour de Kolontar, un village de 800 habitants touché de plein fouet par la “marée rouge”. Aujourd’hui, le porte-parole du Premier ministre hongrois, cité par, déclarait : “Nous espérons que la digue sera terminée d’ici mardi”. À lire aussiCes inondations et crues qui ont marqué l’Histoire de la FranceCette construction haute de 4 mètres doit au final mesurer 1.500 mètres de long pour 30 mètres de large. 1.050 mètres seraient déjà achevés mais le temps presse, les fuites et fissures détectées laissant présager le pire. Kolontar déjà évacuée, Devecser et ses 5.400 habitants prêts à l’être grâce à cinq trains, 130 véhicules de transport et 300 militaires, les pouvoirs publics mettent aujourd’hui tout en œuvre pour éviter une nouvelle tragédie. Celle de la semaine dernière a à ce jour causé la mort de huit personnes et blessé plus ou moins grièvement 124 autres.Retour sur la catastrophe en images : 11 octobre 2010 à 16:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vieillissement une horloge biologique permettrait de calculer lâge du corps

first_imgVieillissement : une horloge biologique permettrait de calculer l’âge du corpsLe vieillissement est inéluctable. Pourtant, les mécanismes de ce processus restent très flous. Une nouvelle étude américaine a découvert qu’une horloge biologique était intégrée au génome humain. Elle pourrait ainsi indiquer pourquoi le corps vieillit et comment ralentir le procédé. Et si le vieillissement possédait, lui aussi, sa propre horloge interne ? Jusqu’à présent, les horloges biologiques ont été liées à la salive, aux hormones ou bien aux télomères, régions non codantes d’ADN situées à l’extrémité d’un chromosome. Mais des chercheurs de l’Université de UCLA en ont découvert une nouvelle : une horloge interne qui permettrait de mesurer précisément l’âge des organes humains, des tissus et des cellules. Plus étonnant encore, grâce à cette horloge, les chercheurs ont découvert que certaines parties de l’anatomie vieillissaient plus rapidement que le reste du corps. C’est par exemple le cas des tissus situés au niveau de la poitrine des femmes. “Pour ralentir le vieillissement, nous avions besoin d’un moyen objectif pour le mesurer. Localiser les biomarqueurs responsables, sortes de gardiens du temps, s’est avéré être un challenge de quatre ans”, explique Steve Horvath, professeur en génétique humaine à l’école de médecine de UCLA. “Notre objectif, en mettant au point cette horloge, est d’aider les scientifiques à améliorer leur compréhension sur les procédés qui accélèrent ou ralentissent le vieillissement”, ajoute-il, repris par Science Daily.Créer une horlogePour élaborer cette fameuse horloge, Steve Horvath et ses collègues ont choisi de se focaliser sur la méthylation, un procédé qui se produit naturellement dans l’ADN mais qui peut l’altérer s’il est trop important. L’équipe a ainsi passé au crible 121 lots de données, collectées par des chercheurs ayant étudié le phénomène sur des tissus de patients cancéreux et sains. Ces lots comportaient des informations sur 8.000 échantillons de 51 types de tissus et cellules, issus de différentes parties du corps.Grâce à cela, Steve Horvath et ses collègues ont pu élaborer un tableau retraçant l’impact de l’âge sur la méthylation depuis l’utérus de la mère jusqu’à 101 ans. Ceci en se concentrant sur 353 marqueurs biologiques qui changent en fonction de l’âge et sont présents dans tout le corps. L’équipe a ensuite comparé l’âge biologique et l’âge chronologique des tissus pour vérifier l’efficacité de son horloge. “C’est très excitant de pouvoir développer une horloge qui mesure le temps sur l’anatomie humaine, de façon très précise. Mon approche permet de comparer les oranges et les pommes, ou dans ce cas, différentes parties du corps : le cerveau, le cœur, les poumons, le foie, les reins et le cartilage”, s’enthousiasme-t-il. Un vieillissement pas toujours égalSelon lui, dans la plupart des cas, l’âge biologique des tissus correspondait à leur âge chronologique. Toutefois, pour certains, la différence entre les deux était significative. Par exemple, les tissus de la poitrine des femmes vieillissent plus rapidement que le reste du corps.”Les tissus de poitrine sains sont deux à trois ans plus âgés que le reste du corps d’une femme. Pour une femme atteinte d’un cancer du sein, les tissus sains situés près de la tumeur sont environ plus vieux de 12 ans par rapport au reste du corps”, précise le professeur Horvath. Cela pourrait ainsi expliquer pourquoi le cancer du sein est le plus commun chez les femmes. En effet, l’horloge estime que les tissus cancéreux ont en moyenne 36 ans de plus que les tissus sains, cela indiquerait pourquoi l’âge est un facteur de risque majeur pour de nombreux cancers, chez la femme comme chez l’homme.Remettre les pendules à zéroPour poursuivre son étude, Steve Horvath s’est intéressé aux cellules-souches pluripotentes, des cellules adultes qui ont été reprogrammées en un état de cellule-souche embryonnaire, leur permettant de se transformer en n’importe quelle cellule du corps. “Concrètement, les cellules-souches sont des nouveaux-nés. Plus important, le procédé qui transforme les cellules d’une personne en cellules-souches pluripotentes remet l’horloge de ces dernières à zéro”, affirme-t-il. En principe, cela prouve que les scientifiques peuvent ‘rembobiner’ l’horloge biologique du corps et la faire repartir de zéro. “La grande question c’est de savoir si l’horloge biologique du corps contrôle ou non le procédé qui entraîne le vieillissement. Si oui, l’horloge deviendrait alors un biomarqueur majeur pour l’élaboration de nouvelles approches thérapeutiques, permettant de stopper le vieillissement”, explique-t-il. Une horloge qui change de cadence À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le scientifique a également découvert que la cadence de l’horloge accélère ou ralentit en fonction de l’âge d’une personne. “Le ‘tic-tac’ de l’horloge n’est pas constant. Il est beaucoup plus rapide lors de la naissance ou quand les enfants grandissent jusqu’à l’adolescence. Elle ralentit ensuite à un rythme régulier dès que l’on a atteint l’âge de 20 ans”, ajoute le professeur. Il s’est ainsi aperçu que les cellules d’enfants nés avec le syndrome de Hutchinson-Gilford, qui provoque un vieillissement prématuré, semblent normales et reflètent leur véritable âge chronologique. À présent, Steve Horvath devrait tenter de déterminer si l’arrêt de cette horloge biologique pourrait également stopper le processus de vieillissement ou augmenter les risques de cancer. Le 24 octobre 2013 à 12:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

CTran fares to increase Monday

first_imgC-Tran fares will increase for the seventh consecutive year on Monday.The cost of a single adult C-Zone fare, covering trips within Clark County, will jump from $1.70 to $1.75. C-Van, the agency’s reservation-based service for disabled riders, will also cost $1.75 per ride. A monthly C-Zone pass will cost $61, up from $60.Single-ride fares for C-Tran’s Express service to Portland will increase from $3.60 to $3.75. A monthly Express pass will cost $122.A single All-Zone fare, covering regular trips to Portland, will remain unchanged at $2.50. Discounted fares for youths and seniors will also stay the same.The C-Tran board of directors approved the fare increases in May to take effect Sept. 1.last_img read more

Union Budget 2018 AI and robotics need more funds and policy framework

first_img How artificial intelligence is transforming the stock market Close The business impact of Artifical Intelligence (AI) and robotics is rising by the day, and these frontier techs are fast reshaping industries and providing better and faster services. Industries depend on AI to mine data accumulated for years, helping unravel disruptive technological breakthroughs. IB Times caught up with home-grown robotics and AI luminaries to find out how Budget 2018 can help boost this sector.Several recent reports said India and Japan will work together to introduce AI and robotics in the defence sector. This would equip India’s armed forces with a host of robots that can work as a part of any team much like the soldiers.Besides services, industry and defence sectors, even road construction companies have started using robots. The roads ministry expects that the introduction of robots will help it to cut down on labour costs and prevent the loss of human lives.As the demand for AI and robotics is increasing across key sectors, it’s necessary that the government has a plan for the AI and Robotics industry in the upcoming budget.AI and robotics industry experts in India shared with IBTimes India their expectations from the Union Budget 2018, which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present on February 1. Expectations from GreyOrange: GreyOrange is a leading warehouse automation provider. They have products like warehouse automation robots and intelligent warehouse control system. Samay Kohli, the Group Chief Executive Officer, expects the following from the budget:The government could focus on formulating a comprehensive policy to support the growth of AI R&D (Research and Development) and development in India, so that it should be able to reap the benefits of AI business at a later stage as it did in the case of IT industryIn order to promote further “Make in India” policy, government could create special manufacturing parks for new technology manufacturing companies and surrounding ecosystem. Companies established under these areas could be eligible for criteria based “tax and capital” incentive.We look for Tax incentives to encourage expenditure on R&D along with easy access to working capital funding from banks at competitive rates for companies fulfilling Make in India initiative.Extension of sun set clause for section 35(2AB) to encourage investment in R&D which will help in reduction in foreign outflow on technical know-how, and also in generating forex through supply of Indian products, resulting in reduction in imported goods and increase in employment.With the government’s focus on Make in India, and considering GreyOrange manufactures in India and exports Robotics products worldwide, government could lower the import duties on raw materials (Eg. Battery, Chargers, Gearbox etc.)Since the development of technologies is a key factor in the growth and promotion of companies like GreyOrange, it is very important that a few of the very critical key components should be developed and manufactured in India. One of such critical components is “chip” development and manufacturing as it is an essential component for most technology products nowadays especially for AI products. The government should use all its possible resources to set up chip manufacturing facilities in India as it will create an essential manufacturing eco-system and will reduce substantial dependencies on other countries, specifically China, for import of such a critical component.In order to promote home-grown AI and technologies companies, the government could try to give some leverage on the eligibility criteria for including/selecting such companies in government projects.Expectations from is an AI start-up headquartered in Bangalore. Sachin Jaiswal, the CEO, expects the following from the government:In India specifically, we believe that the government should put efforts in 2018 towards building AI-related training and awareness programmes for end-consumers and potential employees alike.Conversation platform, as an interface, resonates really well with the Indian smartphone and internet users who spend most of their time on messaging apps like Whatsapp, irrespective of the geographies and demographies they fall under. Eradicating the interface acting as a frictional element, it can definitely help push more people towards transacting online, and hence help achieve true digitisation in the country, thus having an overall positive impact on the economy. Similarly, building great AI-based platforms needs great talent. AI being one of the less explored areas in our country, there is a dearth of talent. Better infrastructure and training programmes related to AI technologies being included in mainstream courses to facilitate skill building will be a great initiative from the government. Better investment in AI and effective human-machine collaboration can help businesses boost revenues by huge margins, new reports say.Creative CommonsExpectations from CloudSEK: CloudSEK is an AI-based threat intelligence company. Rahul Sasi, the Chief Technical Officer of the company, shares his expectations:There is a popular belief among the AI communities that, those who control artificial intelligence will be the global power. Countries like US, UK and China have already started allocating funds for AI/Robotics research.Hence it is very important that our government allocates necessary funds for AI/Robotics research. Companies like Google have already decided to establish their AI research facility in China. So, it’s high time for the government to act and bring these opportunities to India as well. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/3:06Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Chemists offer more evidence of RNA as the origin of life

first_img Citation: Chemists offer more evidence of RNA as the origin of life (2016, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—A team of chemists at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich has shown how the purines adenine and guanine can be synthesized easily and in reasonable yields, offering more evidence that RNA could have served as the origin of life on Earth. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes the process they took in looking for evidence that RNA could have been the first self-replicating molecule that eventually led to all life on our planet and what they found. Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. For several years many scientists have supported the idea that life got its start on our planet due to a series of events that led to the creation of RNA molecules—it seems like a strong candidate because it is able to both store information and act as a catalyst. To bolster the theory, scientists have been trying to show under what conditions RNA might have come about based on the conditions that existed on early Earth. In the early going, researchers found it relatively easy to show how two of the four main building blocks in RNA, uracil and cytosine, could have come about, but showing how the other two, adenine and guanine, might have come about has been problematic. In this new effort the research team describes a scenario under with both might have come about given conditions at the time that life is believed to have got its start.The team started by extending prior research that had shown that a molecule called formamidopyrimidine can react under certain conditions to form purines—they discovered that adding acid to an amine (which the team showed could have come about very easily from plentiful carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen) allowed for a reaction that led to the formation of a purine and that it would easily bond with formic acid, which recent research has shown is plentiful on comets—that means it could have met with existing purines if a comet crashed into the planet at the right place. Once that happened, the resultant reactions would have led to forging bonds with sugars which would have resulted in the creation of large amounts of purines, including adenine and guanine—thus all of the necessary ingredients would have been in place for the creation of RNA molecules, setting the stage for the development of living organisms. This is a computer graphic of an RNA molecule. Credit: Richard Feldmann/Wikipediacenter_img © 2016 Missing links brewed in primordial puddles? Explore further More information: S. Becker et al. A high-yielding, strictly regioselective prebiotic purine nucleoside formation pathway, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2808AbstractThe origin of life is believed to have started with prebiotic molecules reacting along unidentified pathways to produce key molecules such as nucleosides. To date, a single prebiotic pathway to purine nucleosides had been proposed. It is considered to be inefficient due to missing regioselectivity and low yields. We report that the condensation of formamidopyrimidines (FaPys) with sugars provides the natural N-9 nucleosides with extreme regioselectivity and in good yields (60%). The FaPys are available from formic acid and aminopyrimidines, which are in turn available from prebiotic molecules that were also detected during the Rosetta comet mission. This nucleoside formation pathway can be fused to sugar-forming reactions to produce pentosides, providing a plausible scenario of how purine nucleosides may have formed under prebiotic conditions.last_img read more