With its energy-efficient design and rofessionally-managedWith its energy-efficient design and rofessionally-managed services, Logix City Center is all set to create new benchmarks in shopping and entertainment experiences and become the most popular neighborhood destination in Delhi NCR. At the launch, Mr. Shakti Nath, Chairman and Managing Director, Logix Group, said, “Logix Group is proud to announce the launch of Logix City Center along with the unveiling of PVR Superplex. Spread over 6 acres, City Center has been designed to become Indias premier shopping and entertainment hub and a destination in itself, housing the best of national and international retail brands, F&B outlets and movie experience, making Noida the newest entertainment capital of the country.”About Logix GroupLogix Group founded in Noida, India in 1997 has been the pioneer in setting up IT parks and IT SEZs for IT/ITES industry in NCR and has established more than 25 such facilities. Logix Group has a long list of satisfied national and international clients. The Group has delivered more than 4 million sq. ft. of IT facilities by providing premium office facilities for software development centers, back offices, operations and call centers. Logix is dedicated to providing a complete infrastructure solution by fulfilling its commitment towards the environment by creating green buildings for its clients, helping them operate at their optimum efficiency by focusing on their core competence.The Group has diversified into the residential sector with the following projects Blossom County, Blossom Greens and Blossom Zest, a world-class Sports City in sector 150 and an integrated township in Yamuna Expressway. Meticulously designed, these projects will house about 15,000 units offering a wide range of living avenues to the home buyers from studio to 2,3,4 BHK apartments, penthouses and plotted developments.advertisementLogix has some of the best FDI investors namely APOLLO, TAIB and ICICI Prudential. The group has a JV with ITC for a luxury hotel in Noida. Logix has set a new benchmark in commercial projects with one of the largest integrated destinations for retail cum entertainment, hospitality and corporate offices Logix City Center at Sector 32 Noida. Logix is committed to maintain and expand its tradition of excellence through quality, through its indomitable will and resolve to invent and create new avenues for those who believe in changing challenges into opportunity.For more information, visit: http://www.logixgroup.in Images links of the opening ceremony via facebook:https://www.facebook.com/LogixCityCenter/photos Media Contact: Anindita Deka firstname.lastname@example.org +91-9643875994 Sr. Account Manager, Goodword Media ServicesSource: Logix Group BMR
Two cyclists meanwhile came to the attention of drug Two cyclists meanwhile came to the attention of drug testers after it was discovered they had not been seen at their stated “whereabouts location” for more than a year. When they were cited for missed tests, they both retired. In another incident, the entire Russian under-18 team at the Ice Hockey World Championships were withdrawn en bloc and replaced by the under-17 team, reportedly due to use of the banned drug meldonium. Meldonium, the drug which led to the recent tennis ban for Russian star Maria Sharapova, was involved in 49 of 52 doping cases logged between February 15 and May 29. Meanwhile at a Russian national wrestling championship, there had been reports of a “laboratory” equipped with its own “centrifuge and other analytical equipment”, WADA said. The WADA report, which was compiled with the help of UK Anti-Doping, whose testers went into Russia, provides further ammunition for critics who have called for the IAAF to issue an Olympic ban when it meets this week. The IAAF suspended Russia from competition in November after an earlier WADA report which detailed a systematic doping program and corruption by sports officials. IAAF President Sebastian Coe has said the ban will only be lifted if there is clear evidence of a “verifiable change both in anti-doping practice and culture.” In its bid to overturn the ban, Russia has announced a raft of reforms including the introduction of compulsory anti-doping classes in schools to reform attitudes toward the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Russias anti-doping agency RUSADA will develop a special curriculum, based on WADA guidelines, for the 3,000 sports schools where the countrys elite athletes train. AFP KHS KHSadvertisement
Karim Benzema scored his sixth goal in four games as Real Madrid beat Alaves 3-0 on Sunday for a fourth successive La Liga victory which took the European champions to within eight points of leaders Barcelona.The French striker knocked a cross from Spanish left back Sergio Reguilon into the net from close range on the half hour mark, breaking the deadlock against an organised Alaves side who beat Real 1-0 earlier in the season at Mendizorrotza.Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr. sealed victory in the 80th minute, with substitute Mariano Diaz further stretching the home side’s lead in added time.Santiago Solari’s side have burst into form in the last three weeks, beating Real Betis, Sevilla and Espanyol in the league and thrashing Girona 7-2 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.With second-placed Atletico Madrid losing at Real Betis earlier on Sunday and champions and league leaders Barca stumbling to a 2-2 home draw with Valencia, Real knew a win would see them gain ground on their rivals.FT: @realmadrid 3-0 @Alaves@Benzema 30′, @vini11Oficial 80′, @marianodiaz7 90’+1’#Emirates | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/QvPCQahNC4Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) February 3, 2019Real coach Solari has cut a frustrated figure during the team’s stop-start season but he was in bullish mood after the game.”Today everyone could see how hungry we were to gain points on our rivals and we have done that. We’re going to fight for everything until the end of the season,” the Argentine told reporters.advertisement”Madrid never give up and we are always hungry. We always go out to win every game, without doing the maths.”The victory took Real to 42 points, cutting the gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid to two points ahead of next Saturday’s city derby, and moving within eight points of Barca, who they visit on Wednesday in a Copa del Rey semi-final first leg.Real never looked like letting their lead slip after Benzema struck, but they did not see off Alaves until the in-form Vinicius tapped in a cross from substitute Marco Asensio to score his first La Liga goal.@thibautcourtois: “We need to enjoy this moment because we’re entering a tough run of matches. #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/PfyPJp21pXReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) February 3, 2019VINICIUS OUT-PERFORMS BALEAlong with Benzema, Vinicius has spearheaded Real’s revival and it was the 18-year-old who had provided the through ball to 22-year-old Reguilon which led to Real taking the lead through Benzema.The teenager provided more spark than Gareth Bale, who was substituted midway through the second half following a first start since returning from a muscle injury.”He has been out for a while and little by little he’s picking up the pace. It was difficult for him because Alaves defend very well and there was little space,” Solari said of the Wales forward.Spain international Alvaro Odriozola had a goal ruled out for offside but he teed up substitute Mariano Diaz, who completed the scoring with a diving header.”We have been much better in 2019, we are in our best form of the season and we’re going to keep working like this to ensure we stay on this path until the end of the campaign,” Vinicius said.Also Read | Lionel Messi inspires Barcelona to salvaging draw against ValenciaAlso Read | Japan leave behind clean dressing room, thank you note despite Asian Cup heartbreakAlso Read | Barcelona to meet Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semi-finals in February
Iowa State University Extension and Seaboard Triumph Foods will host a “Pig Pals” workshop at the Woodbury County Fairgrounds tonight (Tuesday) in Moville from 5-8 pm.4-H volunteer leader Lonnie Ploeger will present the program for youth as an educational, hands-on learning experience that includes a showmanship clinic and culminates in the youth being able to show swine at the Woodbury County Fair.The Pig Pals program allows area youth to have a 4-H livestock experience that they otherwise would not have been able to.
Here it is, the long-awaited Mike Gundy Bingo card. Carson Cunningham and Kyle Porter came up with most of the phrases with some assists from PFB contributors (most notably Kyle Cox) and a few folks on Twitter (thank you!)Hope you enjoy playing along during Mike Gundy pressers for the rest of the year.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after the Clemson Tigers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-0 to win the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Update: Here is video of the arrest, from TMZ.Earlier: TMZ has landed video of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s citation for OVI, and according to the gossip site, it doesn’t reflect well on him. They have not released the video yet, but according to their first write-up, Barrett tells officers that he is the Buckeyes quarterback, and seems to ask for special treatment.JT Barrett Arrest Video — ‘I’M THE QB OF OHIO STATE’ … ‘There’s Nothing You Can Do?’ https://t.co/KrsK4nchdw— TMZ (@TMZ) November 12, 2015TMZ Sports obtained the dash cam footage from the October 31 incident — in which you can clearly see Barrett’s SUV pull out of a line for an upcoming DUI checkpoint … catching the attention of an officer who pulled him over. … That’s when Barrett plays the “don’t you know who I am?” card … saying, “I’m the quarterback of Ohio State … officer, there’s nothing you can do?” The officer responds, “My intention is to not take you to jail. That’s about the best I can do for you.” Once Barrett sits in the back seat of the cruiser, he begins to scream obscenities to himself … “F**K!!! F**K!!!”Perhaps this should be a surprise, but it is not a great look for Barrett, who is expected to start Saturday against Illinois after a one game suspension following his arrest. Barrett’s case was settled Tuesday, resulting in a suspension of his license and a $400 fine.
zoom Greece-based owner DryShips Inc. is looking to spin off of its gas carrier business, Gas Ships Limited, and has filed a F-1 registration statement with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.In the spin-off, DryShips will distribute to holders of its common stock 49% of the issued and outstanding shares of Gas Ships Limited’s common stock. Following the move, Gas Ships Limited will be a publicly-traded company, and DryShips will retain a 51% ownership interest in the company.“The filing of the Form F-1 Registration Statement is an important step in the process of establishing Gas Ships Limited as a new, stand-alone company with its own strategic focus, independence and priorities. We believe that this business is well-positioned for success as a separate company,” George Economou, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.The spin-off is subject to certain conditions, including the effectiveness of Gas Ships Limited’s Form F-1 registration statement and final approval and declaration of the distribution by DryShips’ Board of Directors.
New Delhi: Stating that the US has taken a “unilateral position” in rolling back export incentives from India, the government Wednesday asserted that it would not allow trade negotiations to overtake issues of national interest. Responding to supplementaries during the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said “we believe” that the US decision of withdrawing GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) benefits “is not exactly as per the norms of WTO and GATT which have been mutually agreed and which are multilateral trade agreements”. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe World Trade Organisation (WTO) is a 164-member multi-lateral body which frames rules for global trade. India and the US are mmebers of this organisation. Under the WTO, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) aims at promoting trade by reducing or eliminating trade barriers like customs duties. “At the outset, I would like to state that US has taken a unilateral position. We believe that it is not exactly as per the norms of WTO and GATT which have been mutually agreed and which are multilateral trade agreements,” he said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIndia exported goods worth over USD 6 billion under GSP in 2018. The US’ decision came into effect from June 5. It has alleged discrimination in Indian policies against American companies. The US firms have flagged concerns over capping prices of medical devices and not getting market access to its dairy products. On their concerns on medical devices, India has stated it is willing to find a reasonable solution but that has to balance with the country’s non-negotiable public health concerns and requirements. Similarly on the dairy sector, the country has informed the US authorities about use of animal derived feed in America, which hurts domestic religious and cultural sentiments. Goyal said: “One thing is very clear. This government will never ever compromise on national security and national sovereignty and at no point of time will trade negotiations be allowed to overtake what is in the national interests and the interests of the people of India”. He also said that this particular step by the US happened during the midst of the elections and America took the decision on May 31 to withdraw GSP concessions from June 5. The issue saw a brief war of words between the minister and Congress member Manish Tewari . Tewari accused the government of failing to take sufficient measures on the issue though the US had been planning to roll back these incentives as early as 2016. “I heard the rather long filibustering answer which the commerce minister gave. I would just like to tell him that this GSP situation did not manifest itself while the Model Code of Conduct was in place. This is something which has been festering ever since President Trump took office in 2016,” Tewari said. He asked why the government was not able to handle the issue properly and “why did things come to such a pass that these GSPs had to be invoked”. He also sought to know whether the government would raise the issue with the visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “I would like to ask the Prime Minister whether he would tell the US Secretary of State, when he meets him, that this bullying and arm twisting by the US will not be tolerated by India,” he asked. On this, Goyal said if the Congress member is calling the reply as “filibustering, I think it is an insult to the member of his own party who raised the question in the first place whom I am trying to address with a very detailed answer”. He added that he has no information that the US was considering the withdrawal since 2016. The minister added that if the US was was considering to withdraw this from 2016, “I think it is only a recognition of the growing strength of India as an economy, because the GSP was originally intended, as I explained to the member earlier, for the Least Developed Countries and for the Under Developed Countries”. “… if at all the US has started looking at India from Indias position of strength as a country which is developing rapidly, particularly in the last five years, I think it is a matter of pride for all the people of India,” he added.
New Delhi: Liberty Steel Monday said it has acquired seven steel making units and five service centres from L N Mittal’s ArcelorMittal in Europe for 740 million euros (around Rs 5,782 crore), according to a company statement. Indian-origin metals tycoon Sanjeev Gupta-owned company has acquired the major integrated steel works at Ostrava in the Czech Republic and Galati in Romania as well as rolling mills at Skopje (North Macedonia), Piombino (Italy), Dudelange (Luxembourg) and two plants near Liege in Belgium, it said. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ These seven sites employ over 14,000 people. The five service centres which market the products are based in France and Italy. These operations, with a combined rolling capacity of over ten million tonne per annum supply steel to multiple sectors across Europe’s industrial heartlands, including construction and infrastructure products, automotive, aerospace, energy, industrial equipment, consumer products and yellow goods. “Liberty Steel today (Monday) completed acquisition of seven major steelworks and five service centres across seven European countries from ArcelorMittal. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping “The 740 million euros deal makes Liberty Steel one of the top ten producers globally, excluding China, with a total rolling capacity in excess of 18 million tonne covering a wide range of finished products,” the company, which is part of London-based GFG Alliance, said. It said this is the largest single transaction undertaken by GFG and brings the Alliance’s worldwide workforce to nearly 30,000 across 30 counties. Liberty Steel said it aims to boost sales from these sites by around 50 per cent over the next three years. With Monday’s announcement Liberty Steel will now work with local management, trade unions, customers and suppliers and complete a comprehensive analysis of the businesses to explore investment opportunities. In the medium term, Liberty will explore opportunities to produce higher-quality steels with a more flexible production profile. “These businesses will form a key part of our global steel strategy, of building a sustainable steel business, with a fully integrated value chain, from raw materials to high-value finished products that are distributed in high quality markets,” Sanjeev Gupta, GFG executive chairman, said. Earlier this month, Liberty Steel acquired Johnstown Wire Technologies (JWT), North America’s largest producer of value-added carbon and alloy wire. The company, however, did not provide the financial details of the transaction. GFG Alliance is a global group of energy, mining, metals, engineering and financial services businesses.
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice says one of the deceased in Friday’s fatal crash involving the Humboldt Broncos bus was misidentified.The ministry says the body of Parker Tobin was mistaken for that of Xavier Labelle.It says Labelle is injured but alive, and Tobin is among the 15 people who died.The Office of the Chief Coroner has apologized for the misidentification.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, brings to Los Angeles a unique dinner party.The Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala will showcase award-winning chefs at its first local fundraising gala, having created an exciting legacy on New York’s Wall Street for the past eight years. One hundred top chefs, cooking tableside, will create their signature four-course meals exclusively for their guests at this unique inaugural event on October 8th at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. No two tables will feature the same menus.Co-Chairs of the LA Chef Gala debut are WME Head of Television Rick Rosen, WME Partner Ari Greenburg and FX Networks President & COO Chuck Saftler. The Honorary Co-Chair is Brian Kelly, Autism Speaks Chairman of the Board. The evening, hosted by late night comedian Conan O’Brien, will also honor Autism Speaks Co-Founders Suzanne & Bob Wright, commemorating 10 years of progress. Since its inception in New York, the Autism Speaks Chef Gala has raised nearly $8 million dollars for the research, awareness and advocacy initiatives of Autism Speaks.In a statement, Co-Chairs Rosen, Greenburg and Saftler said, “Autism touches all of us personally. We are thrilled to be able to co-chair an event that honors the work of Suzanne and Bob Wright. The accomplishments of Autism Speaks over the last 10 years have been life changing: from global awareness, to advocacy, from scientific discoveries to the local impact in our LA community. We have so much more to accomplish for all people living with autism, and we are excited to help raise awareness and funds to do so at our inaugural LA Celebrity Chef Gala. It will be an unforgettable night!”More than 50 ovens, 1,000 pounds of meat, fish and vegetables, and hundreds of recipes are the ingredients for the Los Angeles debut of this culinary event for Autism Speaks. Participating chefs include Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots), Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two), Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station), Brian Malarkey (Herringbone), Govind Armstrong (Post & Beam), Jet Tila (Food Network) Joachim Splichal (Patina), Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Michael Voltaggio (Ink), Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza), Neal Fraser (Redbird) and many others. They have earned James Beard awards, Best New Chef titles and rave reviews from diners in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver and points in between. For a full list of participating chefs, go to www.autismspeaks.org/lachefgala.com.The evening will kick off with Wolfgang Puck Catering serving hors d’oeuvres inspired by his iconic restaurants such as Spago, CUT, Chinois and WP24, along with wines from Frank Family Vineyards and cocktails. Following cocktails, guests will be escorted to their private tables where they will witness their master chef create four exclusive courses of signature dishes tableside. Guests will also enjoy a special musical performance to be announced shortly.Toyota, a presenting sponsor of Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala, will debut the new Mirai, their first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle which combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity onboard, while emitting nothing but water vapor. The Mirai will be delivered to consumers in California in October 2015. For more information, please visit www.toyota.com/mirai.The program will also offer a “Fund-A-Mission” auction where guests will have the opportunity to support special Autism Speaks initiatives including summer camp for kids with autism, the genome research program known as MSSNG and iPads for individuals who struggle to communicate.Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala is generously sponsored by: Executive Chef Sponsor – Toyota and ION Media Networks/ Brandon Burgess; Chef de Cuisine Sponsor – Discovery Communications, Cox Enterprises, Inc; Pastry Chef Sponsor – Univision Communications Inc., Pepper Gate, Google; In-Kind Sponsors – Frank Family Vineyards, Caffe Luxxe, Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water, Kiehl’s, Korin, Anolon Gourmet Cookware, Wüsthof 200, Matfer Bourgeat Inc., Reserve; Exclusive Airline Sponsor – Delta Air Lines; Exclusive Appliance Sponsor – Jenn-Air. Exclusive Media Partner – Variety.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Prince George RCMP continue to investigate the disappearance of Robert Poulin.On December 28, 2018, at approximately 9 p.m., the Prince George RCMP and the Prince George Fire Rescue Service responded to a report of a residential fire at 4416 Greenwood Street. While responding to this fire, Police located a 2004 Black Ford F150 pickup truck. This truck was determined to be related to the residence. The owner of the residence and the truck, Robert (Bob) Poulin, has not yet been located and Police consider his disappearance suspicious.The Police are interested in speaking with anyone who may have information about Poulin’s truck on the days leading up to December 28, 2018. They are seeking the public’s assistance in locating any witnesses or vehicle dash camera footage that was obtained on the following dates: December 27, 2018 from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. between Chetwynd, B.C. and Fort St. John, B.C. During this time the police know that the truck had a white canopy on the back as shown in the photo below.December 28, 2018 from 12:00 a.m. (midnight) to 9:00 p.m. between Fort St. John, B.C. and Prince George, B.C. During this time the vehicle no longer had the canopy attached as shown below.If you have any information, please contact Cpl. Meghan Driscoll of the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).Photo of missing man Robert Poulin. Source RCMPVideo Surveillance of Poulin’s truck. Source RCMPPoulin’s Truck. Source RCMP
By Thomas DupaquierRabat – US imposes electronics ban on flights from several Middle Eastern and African countries, including Morocco.On Monday, US authorities have required airlines from several Middle Eastern and African countries to prevent passengers from carrying any electronic device larger than cellphone. This measure forbids passengers from having any laptop, Ipad, Kindle, game console or camera larger than a mobile phone in the airplane cabin. All electronic devices will have to be stored in a checked luggage. Medical devices essential to a passenger’s health are excluded from the ban.Overall, it will affect nonstop flights to the US from at least nine airline companies (Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates et Etihad Airways) flying out of ten international airports: Amman, Cairo, Istanbul, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait City, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Casablanca beginning Tuesday, March 21.However, no American carriers are impacted by the ban which is set to continue for seven months.Officials said the ban was driven by a “security concern” due to the fear of a possible attack on commercial aviation. It ensures enhanced security measures at select airports regarding passengers boarding non-stop flights to and from the US. The US government declined to give any specific detail on the nature of the security threat. It appears to be linked is partly based on intelligence that Al-Qaida is close to being able to hide explosives in electronic devices in order to target commercial aircraft.The news first emerged from a now deleted tweet by Royal Jordanian: “Following instructions from the concerned US departments, we kindly inform our dearest passengers departing to and arriving from the United States that carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited.”American authorities indicated they had warned in advance the airports and companies affected and given them 96 hours to comply. American officials have cautioned that if the measures are not enforced, the affected airlines could lose their right to fly into the United States.This new measure is in sync with Donald Trump’s recent efforts to tighten border control as part of the new immigration policy of the United States since his arrival in office. It comes after Trump’s travel ban restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries was blocked by a federal court in Hawaii last week, judging it to be discriminatory towards Muslims and unconstitutional.
The Canadian Press INNISFIL, Ont. — The Ontario town of Innisfil will soon begin accepting cryptocurrencies as payment for its property taxes, starting with Bitcoin.The town of 36,000 people is north of Toronto and south of Barrie, Ont.Its council voted late Tuesday in favour of the one-year cryptocurrency pilot project, in partnership with a Toronto company.Starting in April, Innisfil residents will be able to pay taxes with Bitcoin through a digital wallet operated by Coinberry Pay, which will convert the crypto currency to Canadian funds and transfer the payment to the town.Mayor Lynn Dollin says Innisfil is signalling to the world that it’s an innovative community that’s ready for the future.Innisfil also provides a tax-subsidized Uber ride-hailing service as an alternative to conventional public transit.Other forms of cryptocurrency may follow, such as Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ripple.The town’s experiment is being launched amid controversy about the risks of using cryptocurrency which, unlike conventional currency, isn’t backed by any government or central bank.Investigators have yet to determine what happened to about $190 million worth of cryptocurrency that has been missing or inaccessible since December, when a co-founder of QuadrigaCX trading platform died without revealing his password..On Tuesday, the Ontario Securities Commission said it’s part of Operation Cryptosweep — which includes more than 40 regulators in the United States and Canada.According to the North American Securities Administrators Association, Operation Cryptosweep has resulted in 35 pending or completed enforcement actions since the beginning of March.
21 September 2010With just five years remaining until the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today sounded the alarm that the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) continued to be mired in poverty. With just five years remaining until the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today sounded the alarm that the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) continued to be mired in poverty.Although school enrolment has improved and strides have been made in reducing child mortality and expanding access to clean water in the LDCs, they remain the group facing the most severe challenging in realizing the eight MDGs, Mr. Ban underlined today.Scores of world leaders are gathering in New York for a three-day General Assembly gathering, which started yesterday, to assess progress made so far in reaching the Goals.“The LDCs represent the poorest and most vulnerable segment of humanity,” the Secretary-General said at a side event this morning focusing on the MDGs in these countries.“They remain at the epicentre of the developmental emergency,” he added.Countries are classified as LDCs if they meet three criteria: a low income; human capital status based on education, nutrition, health and literacy indicators; and economic vulnerability.Currently, more than half of the 800 million in the 49 LDCs live below the poverty line, while only six of them have poverty rates under 30 per cent.The LDCs are also made less competitive by their inadequate transport infrastructure and uneven power supplies. “It is increasingly clear that economic infrastructure and productive capacity-building hold the key to generating decent jobs, especially for the large youth populations of these countries,” Mr. Ban underlined.He noted that the LDCs have made efforts to improve economic management and political governance, stressing that the international community must continue to provide support.“This is a moral commitment, first and foremost – a test of global solidarity,” the Secretary-General said.Also speaking at today’s event was Assembly President Joseph Deiss, who pointed to three crises – economic, food and energy – that have severely impacted the LDCs.“We have to focus on the specific needs and constraints of the Least Developed Countries if we want to alleviate suffering and raise their population out of poverty,” he emphasized.Although progress made in achieving the MDGs is measured globally, the targets must be realized in every country, Mr. Deiss said.At the start of the high-level MDG meeting yesterday, the Secretary-General urged world leaders to provide the necessary investment, aid and political will to end extreme poverty.“There is no global project more worthwhile,” he said. “Let us send a strong message of hope. Let us keep the promise.”Mr. Ban called on wealthy countries not to pull back from their previous commitments on official development assistance to poorer nations, which he described as “a lifeline of billions, for billions.”
Udayanga Weeratunga, was detained in Dubai while on transit to the United States.An INTERPOL warrant had been issued against Weeratunga over his alleged involvement in the controversial MiG aircraft deal. (Colombo Gazette) A seven member team is to fly to Dubai to bring down Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga.The Police said that the seven member team is scheduled to fly to Dubai tomorrow.
More than 1,500 people attended a town hall hosted at Brock University by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The public event inside Ian Beddis Gymnasium was part of a cross-country tour of town halls, but was the only stop in Ontario.“Brock University is pleased to have hosted the Prime Minister’s town hall and to welcome the entire community to such an important event,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “Brock supports community engagement and development, as well as establishing a forum for dialogue, and tonight’s event was exactly that. It was an opportunity to talk about those important issues for Canadians.”A livestream of the event can be found on the Brock University Facebook page.
HOUSTON — With the defence forcing a season-high four turnovers, the Houston Texans extended their winning streak to nine games with a win over the Browns.But as good as the unit has been, the Texans believe they can get much better down the stretch with the first test coming on Sunday against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.“We can tackle better,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “I think we can communicate better. I think there’s a lot of things that we can improve on in all three phases, but I think they’re playing hard. They’re playing with really good effort.”That effort was highlighted on Sunday when rookie safety Justin Reid chased down Antonio Callaway after a long catch and forced a fumble just before he crossed the goal line to prevent a touchdown.It was just the latest big play for the third-round pick, who helped Houston to a 23-21 victory over Washington on Nov. 18 by returning an interception 101 yards for a touchdown.“He’s really improved every week,” O’Brien said. “He really works hard to improve. He’s a very smart guy, works very hard in practice, instinctive player, good speed, good size. He’s come a long way. He really understands the importance of practice and he tries to get better every day.”Reid’s emergence illustrates the fact that Houston’s defence has succeeded this year because it has received important contributions from several players. While the return of three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and the solid play of 2014 top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney has led the unit, the Texans have also seen plenty of other players step up to make big plays as they’ve piled up win after win.On Sunday, Andre Hal had one of three interceptions of Baker Mayfield. It was the first interception of the year for Hal, who missed the first six games of the season recovering from cancer after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in May.Zach Cunningham made another big play for the defence when the second-year player grabbed his first career interception and returned it for a touchdown against the Browns.“You’re always looking to try to figure out, as you get ready for the next team, what does this individual player need to improve on,” O’Brien said. “What does this unit need to improve on? What does the team need to improve on? What do I need to improve on? I think that’s been a big theme for us and our players are doing a good job of taking that to heart.”The Texans are also careful not to get too caught up in the streak. They know that if they don’t focus on their next opponent that things could go wrong quickly.“I don’t even think about it anymore,” 13-year veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph said of the winning streak. “It’s almost boring to talk about because … it doesn’t really mean anything. We have to go out and play the next game whether we’re on a win streak or we lost the week before. So, it’s all good for everything other than the people in this locker room because if we buy into it too much that’s when we get smacked in the face.”Houston is allowing the third-fewest points in the NFL (19.6), ranks 10th in yards allowed (341.5) and its rush defence ranks fifth by allowing just 91.3 yards rushing a game.This week the group will face a team that is averaging more than 27 points and 377 yards a game. Indianapolis scored 34 points in an overtime loss to Houston in Week 4 where Luck threw for a season-high 464 yards with four touchdowns.“He can make every throw,” defensive back Kareem Jackson said. “He can definitely buy time for guys to get open so … with him you know a play is never over. So we’ve definitely got to be (solid) in coverage and play to the whistle.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLKristie Rieken, The Associated Press
Then-freshman outfielder Tim Wetzel (31) takes an at bat during a game against Illinois May 26, 2011, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 5-4.Lantern file photoA feeling of rejuvenation came over the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as the pitching staff of the Ohio State baseball team took the turf to begin practice.After earning the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament last year, only to miss out on the NCAA Tournament, the team is looking to take care of some unfinished business.Redshirt-junior pitcher and first baseman Josh Dezse, a third-team Louisville Slugger preseason All-American selection, said the team is aiming to get back in the spotlight this year.“We didn’t have a bunch of little goals,” Dezse said. “Our main goal is to go out and represent Ohio State in the National Tournament this year.”The program has enjoyed a resurgence under Greg Beals, who was named head coach in June 2010. The Buckeyes’ record has increased each year under his leadership and, even after coming so close to winning the Big Ten last year, Beals said he expects they should be an improved club this season.“Our goals, right now, are just to keep getting better. This is a younger team, but a talented team,” Beals said. “Our mentality is to win today.”The youth he is referring to can be largely found in the pitching staff. The team lost all three members of its starting rotation from last season. Losing that many innings from the rotation could be worrisome to most teams, but pitching coach Mike Stafford didn’t seem bothered by it.“We have a whole mess looking like they’re ready for some competition,” Stafford said.Freshmen pitchers Zach Farmer, Travis Lakins, Tanner Tully and Adam Niemeyer were specifically mentioned by Stafford as some of the young guns who are ready to bring some heat.Junior catcher Aaron Gretz said he doesn’t think the players’ inexperience will be a problem at all.“I think we’re going to have as good or an even better pitching staff than last year,” Gretz said. “Talent-wise I think they’re right there to being one of the top in the nation.”While the rotation will start out with some new faces, the bullpen brings some star power late into games, specifically in junior pitcher and closer Trace Dempsey. Dempsey, who joins Dezse on the third team All-American list, finished last season with a Big Ten-best 17 saves. As long as the starters keep opposing offenses at bay and Dempsey continues to show an ability to come in and slam the door at the end of the game, opponents could have a very difficult time scoring runs this season.The offense looks to put a lot of runs on the scoreboard at Bill Davis Stadium. Sophomore infielders Jacob Bosiokovic and Troy Kuhn, and junior outfielder Pat Porter, return after finishing in the top five in batting average last season. They also receive a boost from Dezse, who missed all of last season with a stress reaction in his back.With the team set to begin play in just over three weeks, it is time to stop talking about goals and start chasing them.“There’s no magical potion that you sprinkle on. It’s just good old blood, sweat and tears,” Beals said. “We have an expectation level … Ohio State has an expectation level of excellence. Combine the two of those and I think it broods for success.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin play in Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 14 against Connecticut as part of the Snowbird Classic.