French Open champion Stan Wawrinka has become the fourth player to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.The world number five joins top ranked Novak Djokovic, fellow Swiss Roger Federer and British hope Andy Murray in the elite eight-man field for the November 15-22 tournament.Also read: Federer, Wawrinka set up all-Swiss semifinal at US Open “I can’t wait to return to The O2. I reached the semi-finals the last two years and love playing there. The competition will be very tough as usual but I hope to go further this year,” Wawrinka said after setting up a U.S. Open semi-final with Federer.The 30-year-old has won three titles this year, including a second grand slam trophy with victory over Djokovic in the Roland Garros final.The chasing pack for the remaining four singles spots in the season ender include Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych, 14-times grand slam winner Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer.
AdvertisementDwight Howard, the Washington Wizard center appeared on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out which is hosted by Nick Cannon and experienced a roasting of a lifetime. He was picked on regarding his constant team changes and dressing room issues and though he took it on a light note, Shaquille O’Neal magnified it.Shaq posted the video on Instagram with the caption: “Dam lol” and it went viral.Howard noticed the post and commented on it, which proved to be a bad decision in hindsight. He wrote that he’d be happy to have a ‘roast battle’ with Shaq sometime, and the O’Neal responded with a savage answer. Shaq wrote: “I only battle champions Lil man, you ain’t in my division, you in Charles Barkley division. Focus on getting that ring brother.” He proceeded to roast both Howard and fellow ‘Inside the NBA’ analyst Charles Barkley.Shaq is going hard on Dwight Howard on Instagram 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/qprfZHAupm— RotoQL (@rotoqlapp) September 24, 2018O’Neal won four championships in his career, which included a dominant three-peat with the Lakers. Barkley however, despite all his greatness, could not clinch that coveted ring in his playing time. Due to this reason, Shaq has insulted Barkley in jest many times on TV.Howard started his career in Orlando where he arguably had the best days of his career. But he also has not won a ring, and Shaq exploited that point to great effect. Now in Washington, Howard will hope to resurrect his career.Advertisement
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee believes that adapting to conditions in Sri Lanka will hold the key for the Kiwis in the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in the Island Nation. New Zealand will play a three-day warm-up game against the Sri Lanka Board President XI from August 8 before taking on Sri Lanka in the first Test from August 14 in Colombo.Speaking to IANS, Southee said: “We have some guys who were on the last tour to Sri Lanka and we had some success here. So, it’s nice to have that experience. But we know that the conditions have changed and we need to adapt to that as quickly as we can.”The two teams have not played Tests in Sri Lanka since 2012, when New Zealand won the second Test (also at the P. Sara Oval) to draw the series following a heavy defeat in Galle.”It’s going to be a tough series in this part of the world. The sub-continent is always a tough place to come, purely because the conditions are quite different from that we are used to. Here (in Sri Lanka), the conditions are different from that of UAE. You get the damp heat and a lot more sweat than UAE. So, we are just acclimatizing to it,” said Southee pointing at the difference in conditions between Sri Lanka and UAE, where the Black Caps last played in the subcontinent and defeated Pakistan in the Test series.New Zealand are coming fresh from their heart-wrenching World Cup debacle where they lost to England in one of the most epic ODI encounters in the final at Lord’s on July 14. They lost to hosts on count of boundary after both the regulation overs and the subsequent Super Over ended in a tie.advertisementSouthee feels that the group is still trying to coming to terms with the loss, however, they are proud of the way they fared in the showpiece event.”There are a few guys here who were part of the World Cup. Our focus was there at the ODI format for quite some time and we now have to shift it to Test cricket. There are still conversations about what happened in England and also about what we were able to achieve as a group in those eight weeks,” said Southee.”There’s a lot of frustration and other emotions that come to mind. But when we dig deep, we are very proud of the way we represented New Zealand,” he added.The two-match series, which will be broadcast on Sony ESPN, will see the two teams beginning their campaign in the ICC World Test Championship.Southee believes the WTC will add further excitement to Test cricket as it will bring more context to bilateral series.”World Test Championship is something new and exciting. There are many guys who enjoy playing Test cricket. And so, with the added edge of WTC, Test cricket becomes all more exciting,” said Southee.”It will be nice to go back to Lord’s in a couple of years and play the finals.”Also Read | Big positive to get back in the saddle and play Test cricket: Trent BoultAlso Read | Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori’s jersey number 11 retiredAlso See
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football landed a major graduate transfer commitment on Saturday night when former Cal wide receiver Kanawai Noa announced he’ll be finishing his career with the Cornhuskers.Noa, a native of Honolulu, was a standout for Cal the last two years. He hauled in 96 passes for 1,267 yards and six touchdowns in three-plus seasons for the Bears.Noa earned a redshirt in 2016 when he was limited to three games by injuries. His best output came in 2017, when he grabbed 56 passes for 788 yards and four touchdowns.Injuries cost Noa nearly two months of the 2018 season, but he returned to make a pair of catches for 43 yards in a loss to TCU in the Cheez-It Bowl. Nebraska finished 4-8 in its first year under head coach Scott Frost. However, the program has high expectations for 2019.The Huskers will open up their 2019 season at home against South Alabama on August 31.Kickoff time is TBD.
Varun Singh New DelhiApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 11:22 IST Expectations are that Speed Twin will be priced somewhere around Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom).HIGHLIGHTSTriumph Speed Twin gets a new tubular steel frame with aluminium cradle and a twin-sided aluminium swingarm.The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin will come with three riding modes — Sport, Road and Rain.A low seat height of 807 mm will provide the rider better riding position on Triumph Speed Twin.Triumph Motorcycles India will launch the Speed Twin on April 24. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin gets its name from the legendary 1938 Speed Twin, which had a parallel twin engine. Expectations are that Speed Twin will be priced somewhere around Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom).The new 2019 Speed Twin is powered by an updated version of the Bonneville 1200 cc engine. The motor makes 79 bhp and 105 Nm of torque in Triumph Bonneville T120, while it will produce 96 bhp and 112 Nm of torque in Triumph Speed Twin. This engine does duty on Triumph Thruxton R as well and delivers 96 bhp and 112 Nm of torque. New 2019 Triumph Speed Twin will get a 14.5-litre fuel tank.Triumph Speed Twin gets a new tubular steel frame with aluminium cradle and a twin-sided aluminium swingarm. The suspension duties are performed by 41 mm front forks with cartridge damping and 120 mm travel at the front. There are twin shocks at the rear with adjustable preload and up to 120 mm travel. One gets twin Brembo 4-piston axial calipers with twin 305 mm floating discs on the front and Nissin 2-piston floating caliper and single 220 mm disc on the rear. The motorcycle will come with dual-channel ABS and switchable traction control.Triumph Speed Twin will come with three riding modes — Sport, Road and Rain. There will be an LCD multi-functional instrument pack with an analogue speedometer, analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication and service indicator, among others.A low seat height of 807 mm will provide the rider better riding position on Triumph Speed Twin. It will get features like aluminium front and rear mudguards, throttle body covers, side panel finishers and heel guards. Speed Twin will come with a 14.5-litre fuel tank.advertisementALSO READ | 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto facelift with more safety features launched, price starts at Rs 2.93 lakhALSO READ | Honda Amaze VX CVT launched in India, price starts at Rs 8.57 lakhALSO READ | Renault Summer Camp begins: Free car top wash, exclusive offers on spare parts, accessoriesGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Triumph bikeFollow 2019 Triumph launchFollow New Triumph bikeFollow Triumph bike launchFollow Speed Twin New 2019 Triumph Speed Twin to launch in India on April 24, expected to be priced around Rs 10 lakhThe new 2019 Speed Twin is powered by an updated version of the Bonneville 1200 cc engine. The motor makes 79 bhp and 105 Nm of torque in Triumph Bonneville T120, while it will produce 96 bhp and 112 Nm of torque in Triumph Speed Twin.advertisement Next
Earlier this month, I heard a compelling story of a Nova Scotia family with an autistic child. Like many parents of autistic children, Nancy and her husband began seeing signs early on that something wasn’t right with their daughter. At first, they though it might be developmental delays in speech. But because all children develop differently, they tried not to worry. By the time their daughter turned 2, Nancy and her husband knew something was wrong. She had become very regimented, stuck in routines, and needed a lot of explanation about simple things. Their physician, assessed and diagnosed her as having autism. But support was there when they needed it. In April, their daughter was enrolled in the provincial the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) program for young children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Offered through district health authorities, EIBI helps develop children’s communication, play and other functional skills. The program is for preschool children and involves the entire family to ensure the best results. Through programs like EIBI, more Nova Scotian children living with autism have access to the support and services they need. As Minister of Health and Wellness, I am committed to continue d investments in treating autism. With October being Autism Awareness Month, it’s a fitting time to examine the progress we’ve made. In 2011, the province announced the Autism Spectrum Disorder Action Plan, which included $4 million in new investments over two years to fully fund the intervention program. Earlier this summer, government released its one-year progress report on the plan, and affirmed its investment of $2 million this year for the EIBI program. This ensures all eligible children with autism can receive EIBI treatment by 2013, a marked improvement over previous programs. For example, the program put in place five years ago only helped half of the children who needed it. Since releasing our action plan, we’ve made other improvements, including hiring a provincial autism consultant with the Department of Education, making $1.3 million in new funding available through the Department of Community Services for Independent Living Support and Alternative Family Support programs, and delivering online training about autism spectrum disorder for law enforcement officials through the Department of Justice. I am happy to say that just five months after beginning the EIBI program, Nancy has seen an improvement in her daughter’s development. The girl went from using gestures to communicate, to speaking complete sentences like, “Mommy, I’d like to have a snack.” Nancy said she can’t imagine where her daughter would be developmentally without EIBI. Because of programs like this, Nancy’s daughter will have the skills she needs to take her through school and beyond. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Action Plan progress report is available at www.ednet.ns.ca . -30-
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its second quarter results today, Nov. 1, with an income from operations of $66.8 million on $169 million in sales. Sales for the period July 1 to Sept. 29, were $1.4 million greater than last year while net income rose by $0.2 million. In all, the volume of alcohol sold in the province has declined by more than 3.5 per cent since 2010. Spirits, beer and ready to drink products have been leading this trend, with wine emerging as the only growth segment, thanks in part to the success of Nova Scotia wines. Nova Scotia wines were up 7.8 per cent, building on the 19.6 per cent growth experienced over the same quarter last year. Nova Scotia ciders sales increased 176 per cent over last year and 244 per cent over Q1 as the summer drink experienced a surge in popularity. Nova Scotian craft beer sales were also up, by 14 per cent over last year. A detailed news release can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.myNSLC.com . -30-
VANCOUVER — Dayton Wilson’s drug-taking routine ended when he overdosed on heroin laced with fentanyl, but being able to walk and talk normally are also part of his past as he struggles with brain damage from a drug linked to thousands of deaths.Wilson, 24, used illicit drugs for the last time in August 2016 on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, according to his mother, but he doesn’t remember anything about the day he was taken to hospital.It was the first of two facilities where he would spend three months learning to take a few steps and utter some words.The latest figures available from the Public Health Agency of Canada say over 9,000 people fatally overdosed across the country between January 2016 and June 2018. British Columbia’s coroners service recorded nearly a third of those deaths.But there are no comprehensive statistics for people who have survived the brain-damaging effects of opioids. Doctors say that information is imperative to understand the magnitude of the “forgotten” victims of the opioid crisis and to provide them with care and resources so they can become as functional as possible.More than two years after speech, physical and occupational therapy, Wilson speaks haltingly and is difficult to understand. He paused before responding to a question about what he might recall after he was transported to St. Paul’s Hospital in an ambulance.“I don’t remember this, but I wasn’t breathing for about five minutes,” he said of the length of time his brain is believed to have been deprived of oxygen.While talking can be frustrating, what he laments most is not being able to rap, one of his passions.“Balance is kind of hard for me now,” he said, adding he sometimes falls backwards and has hit his head.Wilson said he started experimenting with drugs at age 15 before becoming addicted to heroin two years later. The brain damage he experienced at age 21 has helped him understand the power and life-changing effects of his addiction.“I really like the person it’s made me,” he said of his ordeal. “I just don’t like what it’s done to me.”His mother, Valerie Wilson, said she and her ex-husband had refused to let their son live with them as he continued overdosing at their homes even after treatment as they worried about the effects of his addiction on their other children.The impact of the final overdose was tough on the family.“He was trying to eat and it was like watching a severe Parkinson’s patient,” Wilson said of seeing her son in hospital. “He was shaking and couldn’t keep food on his fork.”Wilson said there’s little awareness about the consequences of brain injury on those who have survived the opioid crisis.“One thing I hear a lot is, ‘At least you still have him.’ A lot of the times, I’m like, ‘Well, actually, no, I don’t. I have a version of him.’ “She said her son was an ironworker who would walk along steel beams high in the air, and now he doesn’t want to go to the edge of a rock on the oceanfront because he might fall.Wilson’s family has tried to find community programs and support groups for him but the only services available are for people dealing with unrelated issues, including stroke affecting older adults, his mother said.“He wants to be a contributing member of society,” she said, adding her son recently got a part-time job as a cleaner at a Kamloops hotel, where he now lives with his father.“Going to work is important to his self-esteem and now that he has this job, where he’s essentially cleaning toilets, he loves it.”Norma McDonald’s daughter Tracey McDonald, now 44, was addicted to prescription opioids for decades after a diagnosis of endometriosis when she was 14. She suffered brain damage following her first and only overdose in July 2017.“The endometriosis was so painful she would literally drop to the floor,” McDonald said of her daughter, who started “doctor shopping” for methadone, OxyContin and Percocet, eventually going through addiction treatment at the advice of her family physician.She relapsed and overdosed, suffering brain damage that has affected her speech and left her dependent on a wheelchair, her mother said.“When people hear it was caused from a fentanyl overdose then she’s pretty much a write-off and that’s unfortunate,” McDonald said of her daughter, who lives with her parents.Dr. Adam Peets, a physician in the intensive care unit at St. Paul’s Hospital, where Wilson was initially treated, said brain cells can be affected in as little as 30 seconds after someone overdoses and the level of damage can vary from mild to severe.An estimated 25 to 33 per cent of patients are admitted to ICU because of complications from increasingly stronger drugs such as fentanyl and carfentanil but there is currently no way to adequately collect that information, Peets said.Electronic health records include a patient’s diagnosis at admission, he said.But some of those people may be diagnosed with shock or something vague in an emergency room and a brain injury would be determined later through later lab tests, which he said are recorded on a separate system.“It’s embarrassing, quite frankly,” Peets said of the lack of data on overdose-induced brain injuries, which he would like to see tracked nationally. “It’s something that the whole health-care system needs to do a better job on.”Without data, it’s impossible to gauge the resources being used in hospitals or how resources in the community could best be utilized, Peets said.“How can we adjust the way we do business without having the best data to help drive those decisions, like staffing or going to the government and saying, ‘Look how many patients are overdosing and having chronic brain injury. We need to do more primary prevention and secondary prevention or fund post-discharge rehab.’ “St. Paul’s will be among hospitals in the Vancouver area to roll out a new electronic health records management system in 2019 to better collect data but it won’t be streamlined across the province, where multiple systems are being used, he said.Dr. Patricia Daly, chief medical health officer of Vancouver Coastal Health, called the lack of data on overdose-induced brain injuries “tragic” because neither patients nor their families get the support they need.“We focus on deaths but we forget that there’s another group of people who have been negatively impacted, some of them severely.”Nicholas Gnidziejko, manager of clinical administrative databases operations for the Canadian Institute for Health Information, said national statistics on brain damage related to the overdose crisis would require developing a set of standards to collect the data in a consistent and comprehensive way but there is no such system in any province.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Camille Bains, The Canadian Press
Rabat- British football star, David Beckham, and his wife Victoria arrived in Marrakech on their private jet on Saturday.The former Real Madrid and Manchester United player is expected to celebrate his birthday today in the same resort where he celebrated his wedding with his wife in 2008.A number of word stars are expected to attend Beckham’s birthday party, such as American actor Tom Cruise, former Manchester United player Gary Neville, as well as Desperate Housewives start Eva Longoria. Beckham’s decision to celebrate his 40th birthday was not coincidence. Morocco seems to be a country that is close to his heart.“He’ll only turn 40 once so he wants to do it in style. Morocco is a place close to his heart” a source close to the Beckham family was quoted by the Sun as saying.Beckham took advantage of his presence in Marrakech to finally open an account on Instagram.“Good morning and hello,” Beckham wrote in the caption of the first picture h shared with his fans on the social media site.“It’s great to finally be on Instagram, been a long time coming but I can’t wait to start sharing all my special moments with you.“Thank you for all your birthday messages so far. Looking forward to a great day with friends and family.”
Rabat – In a phone conversation with Mauritania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale commented on this week’s UN-led Western Sahara discussion being held in Geneva.In his conversation, Hale said that the US supported efforts made by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler. According to Mauritania’s state-owned news agency AMI, Hale said that his country also backs any “initiative that aims to end the Western Sahara conflict,” hoping that an end will soon be reached. Read Also: Western Sahara: Guterres Urges All Parties to Engage in UN Discussion Without PreconditionsWeeks before the kick off of the roundtable and the adoption of Resolution 2240, Hale and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.Moroccan analysts speculated that Guterres might have been trying to convince the US to vote for a one-year extension for MINURSO. The Security Council, however, voted for a six-month extension for the mandate of MINURSO on October 31.The two-day roundtable discussion, which began yesterday and continues today, is held behind closed doors. Morocco’s delegation is led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.None of the members of the delegations have commented on the roundtable yet. The delegation includes three Sahrawis: President of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid; President of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region Ynja Khattat; and Fatima Adli, a member of the Smara municipal council.The presence of Sahrawis in the delegation angered pro-Polisario news outlets, including “Futuro Sahara.” The news outlet called the Sahrawis representing Morocco in the Geneva talks “traitors.”The three Sahrawis represents a significant message from Morocco as it strengthens the legitimate representation of Sahrawis.Moroccan analysts predict that the negotiations are unlikely to lead to future negotiations as long as Algeria does not admit playing a role in the conflict.
The first stop for Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes is Ethiopia, where he plans to visit the Ogaden region, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York. Humanitarian conditions in that region have worsened in the past several months due to fighting between the Ethiopian National Defence Forces and the Ogaden National Liberation Front. The situation has resulted in the doubling of food prices, inadequate access to clean drinking water and shortages of medical supplies, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, will then travel to Sudan. Following a stop in Khartoum, he is scheduled to go to Nyala and El-Fasher in the strife-torn Darfur region, where he will meet people who have been affected by the conflict there. In the past four years more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others displaced from their homes because of the violence in Darfur, while an estimated 4 million now depend on humanitarian aid for survival.Mr. Holmes will then wrap up his visit in Kenya with meetings with aid agencies and diplomats working on Somalia, which has been wracked by violence in recent months resulting in the displacement of 1 million people. 26 November 2007The top United Nations humanitarian official begins a nine-day mission to Africa today that will take him to Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya to meet with aid agencies and officials coping with emergencies affecting millions of people on the continent.
“Malnutrition is not due only to a lack of food, but it is also linked to disease, lack of clean water, lack of information,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos noted yesterday, when the UN and others celebrated World Food Day. “Over the years, we have become very good at responding to immediate needs,” she added. “We now need to become good at building bridges between emergency relief and development.” Yesterday, Ms. Amos traveled to the town of Toumour, some 1,500 kilometres east of the capital Niamey, in the Diffa region, where saw first-hand malnourished children receiving aid at specialized feeding and health centres. Global aid has helped to stem the crisis, with some 5 million people having received food aid, while some 220,000 children under the age of five have been treated for severe malnutrition and 800 specialized centres have been set up. However, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned, many households will still cope with the lingering effects of this year’s food shortage next year. Beyond meeting immediate needs, it said, the challenge is to find lasting solutions to recurrent food crises and the impact of climate change. Niger has faced periodic food crises in the past three decades, with the last occurring in 2005, when more than 3 million people were threatened by severe hunger. Ms. Amos’ visit, her first to Africa since taking up her position last month, is intended to draw the world’s attention to the Sahel, a West African sub-Saharan region that is home to the poorest countries on Earth, with over 10 million people experiencing hunger this year alone. In addition to visiting Toumour, while in Niger, Ms. Amos has met senior Government officials and representatives of UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donors in Niamey. In her discussions, she urged the creation of early warning mechanisms and stressed the need to build partnership with local communities, especially with women. She also sounded a warning on Niger’s population growth. While the country’s population currently stands at 15 million, it is predicted that it will reach 50 million by 2050. Such a surge is “unsustainable” given its current and projected food production capacity, she said, calling for better planning of family size. “Our common challenge is finding durable cross-cutting solutions that ensure that children survive their fifth birthday, grow into adults, and lead productive lives,” Ms. Amos said. 17 October 2010The top United Nations humanitarian official has called for solutions to tackle the root causes of cyclical food crises in Africa’s Sahel region, as she wrapped up a three-day visit to Niger, where half the population is in need of assistance.
MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. says Delta Air Lines Inc. will buy 20 CRJ900 regional jets with a list price totalling about US$961 million.The actual price paid by Delta for the 70-seat planes hasn’t been announced.They will fly under the Delta Connection brand.Bombardier Commercial Aircraft says the Atlanta-based airline will take delivery of the planes in late 2018.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Barnes & Noble is turning to an age-old partnership to help it revive its business: literature and alcohol.The New York bookseller says it is opening four “concept” stores in the next year that will feature restaurants with an expanded menu including beer and wine.The first concept store will open in Eastchester, New York, in October, followed by locations in Edina, Minnesota; Folsom, California, and Loudon, Virginia.The company said Thursday that it had named its chief operating officer, Jaime Carey, to head a newly created restaurant division.Barnes & Noble on Wednesday reported lower total sales and lower sales in established locations in its most recent quarter. The chain, which owns 640 bookstores nationwide, now offers pastries, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee and Wi-Fi in its cafes. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 8:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Barnes & Noble to unveil new stores selling beer and wine
“Côte d’Ivoire is on the right track […] it would be prudent, therefore, to draw down our collective involvement through the peacekeeping mission in the country,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council this afternoon, particularly welcoming the Government’s ongoing reforms to the expansion of the political space and strengthening of unity and national cohesion.Meanwhile, he added, discussions are underway for the holding of a constitutional referendum planned by the end of the year, the adoption of a new Constitution that will better reflect developments the socio-political context of Côte d’Ivoire over the past decade.Despite a largely stable security situation, Mr. Ladsous noted, however, that there are “weaknesses” including intra-community conflicts in some regions of the country, as well as military threats in the southeast.”The country is subjected to areas of tension in the region Boukani in the northeast, as evidenced during violent clashes in the night of Wednesday to Thursday, 24 March, between pastoralists and farmers in Bouna” he recalled, adding that the clash left at least 30 dead and displaced more than 2,000 people, mainly women, children and elderly.Since the terrorist attacks of 13 March in Grand Bassam, claimed by al-Mourabitoun group affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Government has taken proactive measures to identify and bring to justice those responsible attacks further noted Mr. Ladsous, hailing the subsequent efforts throughout the subregion towards cooperation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.In view of these and other efforts, he said, it “would be appropriate, in my opinion, to conclude the phase of our collective commitment through the peacekeeping mission in the country.”While welcoming the Security Council’s willingness “in the near future” to determine that the situation in Côte d’Ivoire is no longer a threat to regional peace and security, Mr. Ladsous urged the body to define the future role of the UN in the country to support the consolidation of peace, stability and democracy.
OSU guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) takes a shot in front of Virginia Cavaliers forward Lauren Moses (21)at the Schottenstein Center on Dec. 21. Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY SportsWhen a team is one of the top-ranked units in the country, every opponent is expected to bring its A-game in attempt to knock that team down. That is what Northwestern brought to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Thursday evening against No. 5 Ohio State.Northwestern (13-4, 2-3) came out of the gate hot and never looked back. The Wildcats displayed their fast paced offense and forced OSU (12-4, 4-1) to turn the ball over and take poor-quality shots.Although the Buckeyes provided a couple of scares in the fourth quarter, they were unable to capture a lead, falling to the Wildcats 86-82.Northwestern could do no wrong in the first half, starting out the game with a 10-3 run giving coach Kevin McGuff of OSU no choice but to take an immediate timeout to regroup.Knowing that OSU has the ability to score quickly and close a gap in a matter of seconds, Northwestern applied even more pressure following the timeout.Throughout the first half the Buckeyes were unable to convert offensively, and had troubles finding answers on defense.Finishing the first 20 minutes with only 30 points, OSU did not have its typical scoring distribution. Junior forward Shayla Cooper came off the bench and scored a team-high 12 points, battling in the paint with the Wildcat forwards.Sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell attributed two fouls early in the first quarter, limiting her playing time and opportunity to provide a spark for her team. Knocking down a couple of three-balls, Mitchell finished the first half with eight points, shooting 2-of-5 from the field.Wildcats junior forward Nia Coffey led Northwestern, bullying her way to the basket practically each time she touched the ball in the paint and dropping 17 points in the first half.When Coffey didn’t have an opportunity to score, the Wildcats swung it around to find senior guard Maggie Lyon on the perimeter. The lefty sharpshooter Lyon went into the locker room with 14 points, shooting 4-of-5 from behind the arc.After the break, the Buckeyes came out with fire under their belts determined to get out of the deep hole that they put themselves in.OSU went on a small run at the end of the third quarter, cutting the lead down to 12 and giving the Buckeyes the confidence they needed heading into the final quarter of play.In the fourth, fans experienced a plethora of momentum shifts, with OSU making the first move early on. An old-fashioned three-point play by Cooper and a corner 3-pointer from senior guard Ameryst Alston brought the Scarlet and Gray within six with 7:49 remaining on the game clock.Right when the Buckeyes thought that they might be stepping into the driver’s seat, Northwestern scored a quick two buckets inside to regain its double-digit lead. Still with 6:14 left, OSU was not going to surrender the game that easily.Down the stretch, the Wildcats lost one of their leading scorers, Coffey, to injury. With the offense previously revolving around Coffey, Northwestern had to figure out a different gameplan to come out on top. Coffey finished the game with 23 points.Mitchell, known for her clutch play, did not lose focus and went into scoring mode, hitting a pair from downtown and converting a three-point play from the charity stripe, bringing the Buckeyes within five with 22.9 seconds to play.McGuff was able to set up a play for Mitchell to get a clean shot off from the right wing, but it hit off the rim, leaving OSU short when the final buzzer sounded.Mitchell led all scorers bringing in 28 points, while Lyon led the Wildcats with 24.Despite the impressive offensive performances from Lyon and Coffey, the Wildcats were fueled by the aggressiveness of junior guard Ashley Deary who was a pest on the defensive end, stealing the rock three times. Deary only scored six points, but dished out a total of 11 assists, creating scoring opportunities for her teammates.Returning home, OSU will look to get back to the winner’s circle as it is scheduled to host Purdue in a Sunday matinee. The ball is set to be tossed up for tip at 2 p.m.
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning her women’s singles quarterfinals match against Italy’s Camila Giorgi, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Tuesday July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams came up with a comeback to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon, then walked off Centre Court with her right index finger aloft.Yes, no matter what the rankings or seedings say, she still looks as if she’s capable of playing like someone who’s No. 1.Williams moved closer to her eighth title at the All England Club and 24th Grand Slam trophy overall — but first since missing more than a year while having a baby — by beating 52nd-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals Tuesday.“This is only my fourth tournament back, so I don’t feel pressure. I don’t feel I have to win this; I don’t feel I have to lose this,” Williams said. “I’m just here just to be here and to prove that I’m back. And I feel like I’m back. I still have a long way to go to be where I was.”Williams was seeded 25th by the All England Club, a nod to all of her past success at the grass-court major, including titles the last two times she entered it, in 2015 and 2016. She missed Wimbledon a year ago because she was pregnant, and she went about 16 months between Grand Slam tournaments, so her ranking is just outside the top 180.That is going to change now.Next up for the 36-year-old American is a match against No. 13 seed Julia Goerges of Germany, a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 winner against No. 20 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.This is all brand new for Goerges, who had never even been to a Grand Slam quarterfinal before this week. Plus, at Wimbledon in particular, she lost in the first round each of the past five years.Williams is 3-0 against Goerges, winning in straight sets each time.“Every match starts from zero,” Goerges said. “Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I’m looking forward to it.”After their most recent meeting, in the French Open’s third round last month, Williams pulled out of that tournament, citing a chest muscle injury that made it too painful to serve.After going a couple of weeks without hitting a serve, Williams has regained her ability with that stroke nicely at Wimbledon.She hit one at 122 mph against Giorgi, delivered six of her seven aces in the final set, and won 44 of the last 54 points she served.It was the first time she’d needed to erase a real deficit this fortnight: Williams hadn’t dropped a set until facing Giorgi, who was in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.“After the first set, I was like, ‘All right, let’s go three sets.’ And that’s kind of what I thought. … ‘I’ll just keep fighting,’” Williams said.The other semifinal Thursday will be No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany vs. No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.Kerber is a former No. 1 who owns two Grand Slam titles and was the runner-up to Williams at the All England Club two years ago. Ostapenko won last year’s French Open.Kerber needed seven match points to close out No. 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-3, 7-5 at Centre Court, while Ostapenko defeated 2014 Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-5, 6-4 on a windy No. 1 Court.Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina’s 31 unforced errors, including seven double-faults, but took a while to end things. Kerber served for the victory at 5-4 in the second set, but got broken. When she served for it a second time, she needed to navigate a 16-point game that included five deuces and all of those match points, until forcing a forehand error on the last.Ostapenko played her usual aggressive style, compiling a 33-6 edge in winners.In the last men’s quarterfinal, which was suspended because of darkness after the third set Monday night, 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro defeated Gilles Simon of France 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5).Del Potro held four match points while serving for the victory at 5-4 in the fourth set, but had to wait until the last tiebreaker to advance in 4 hours, 24 minutes, making it the longest men’s singles match of the tournament.On Wednesday, del Potro faces Rafael Nadal.
Ben Stokes today faced claims he was “really very drunk” and “over-exaggerated” any homophobic abuse against two camp revellers in a bid to justify launching a barrage of punches in a street fight.Yesterday Stokes told jurors he fought with two men after they lunged at two gay clubbers with a bottles. The 27-year-old said he was protecting himself and those around him by fighting with Ryan Hale, an Afghanistan veteran, and Ryan Ali, a fire brigade worker.Stokes is accused along with Ali of affray following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25 last year. Hale was cleared yesterday at Bristol Crown Court. In addition to “two or three pints” and five or six vodka and lemonades on the night before the fight, Stokes said for the first time that he may have drunk “jagerbombs” inside the Mbargo club in Bristol’s Clifton Triangle. “It was a fun night,” he told the court.Prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis suggested to Stokes that the reason he was having problems remembering exactly what happened that night was because he was “actually really very drunk”. Stokes replied: “No.” Ryan Hale (front) and Ryan Ali (back) leave Bristol Crown CourtCredit:Peter Nicholls/Reuters In attempting to bargain his way back into Mbargo, jurors heard how he told the heavily-tattooed doorman: “Come on, mate. I’ve got s— tattoos as well.”Mr Corsellis suggested to Stokes that he had been angry, shouted and pointed at Mr Cunningham, to which Stokes replied: “I don’t think you can tell if I’m angry. I might just be looking at the night sky.”The prosecutor asked him: “Who were you speaking to when you were looking at the night sky?” Stokes replied: “God?”The all-rounder accepted he suffered “significant memory blackout” surrounding the night in question. He denied Mr Corsellis’ suggestion that the cricketer’s eyes were “glazed” and his speech was slurred in the body-worn camera footage. Despite telling police he was defending his “gay friends”, Stokes told jurors: “They weren’t my friends. That’s what I chose to call them at the time.”Anna Midgley, defending Ali, then told Stokes: “Mr Ali was backing away and offering you no punches.” Stokes did not recognise Ms Midgley’s description of the fight, but said: “It’s clear in my statements that I admit to throwing multiple punches.” Ben Stokes outside Mbargo “looking up at the night sky” Stokes denied claims that he had been abusive towards “flamboyant” Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor, saying instead that his conversation with them was in regard to his poor dress sense after they had earlier mocked his £695 shoes.To illustrate Stokes’s taste, Gordon Cole QC, defending, showed the jury a pair of white Buscemi high-top shoes, with gold padlocks on the back, which Stokes claimed Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor were laughing at.Stokes, who denies flicking a cigarette butt at Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor, said their conversation revolved entirely around “my attire on that night”. As Mr Cole held up the Buscemi leather shoes, Stokes said: “I had never heard of the brand, I just quite liked them… I get told by quite a lot of my teammates that I dress the worst.” 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. “I used my right arm around his neck and my left arm to grab his left hand so I could pull him against me to try to restrain him.”Ali told the jury he is still under the care of a maxillofacial surgeon.”I still get double vision when I look around,” Ali told the court. “I get floaters and my eye goes blurry quite a lot so I have to blink to re-focus.” Addressing the cricketer’s tattoos, Mr Corsellis asked: “First of all Mr Stokes, you don’t have s— tattoos. You have spent a significant amount of money in the past on your tattoos. Three Lions on the back of your shoulder. The sleeves of tattoos to both left and right arms. They are not s—.”Stokes replied: “This one on my right arm, I really like it. The one on my back I tend to agree with the grief I get that it’s a bit s—.”Facing cross-examination in the witness box at his affray trial, the England all-rounder was accused of “misrepresenting” his friendship with the two men he claims were being insulted before he knocked out Ali and Hale. When asked if he had become “enraged” at any point, Stokes replied it was a “difficult question”. The 6ft 2in sportsman added: “I didn’t know if they were carrying more weapons… At all times I felt under threat from these two.”Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham, and Mr Ali, of Bristol, each deny affray. Ali said there had been “banter” between him and Mr Hale and the gay men, Mr O’Connor and Mr Barry – and they had no issue with the pair’s sexuality.”I remember at some stage walking down that street, someone saying ‘We are going home with them tonight’,” Ali said.”Then someone else said ‘No you’re not’ or words to that effect but they got quite irate when they said it.”I recall we were in a group of four, having a laugh and having some banter and the next thing I remember is having a tall blonde man charging towards me.”Ali claimed he walked backwards, saying “I don’t want no trouble”.He added: “I have a memory of calming down Mr Stokes. I recall trying to calm him down. I thought I did because he turned away from me. He then turned his attention away from me and turns to Ryan Hale who is unconscious on the floor.”I saw that as an opportunity to try to restrain Mr Stokes from attacking my friend, who couldn’t defend himself. As Mr Stokes’s back was turned away from me, I saw that as an opportunity to get behind him. Show more Stokes admitted his injuries were “not anything compared to what Ali sustained”, but denied claims he was “looking threatening and aggressive” and told jurors his actions were in self-defence. Yesterday Stokes told jurors he fought with two men after they lunged at two gay clubbers with a bottles.”Everything I did… was in defence of myself,” insisted Stokes, who claims Hale and Ali were shouting “homophobic abuse” at clubbers Kai Barry and William O’Connor.But Ali, called to give evidence after Stokes, said the cricketer came at him for no reason, telling jurors: “He was very angry and he was looking for someone to pick on.”The fire brigade worker said he would have been drinking Jack Daniel’s and Coke and during the course of the night he would have drank six or seven before leaving Mbargo. Ben Stokes holds an umbrella over himself and his wife Clare as they arrive for day four of the trial Credit:Hannah McKay/Reuters Stokes agreed with Mr Cole that Mr O’Connor and Mr Barry were “openly camp”, but he denied claims that any of his actions were homophobic.”No, absolutely not,” Stokes said.”The only comments between myself and the gay couple was what we had chosen to wear that night.”Stokes, on the fourth day of his trial for affray at Bristol Crown Court, told how he felt “under threat” at all times when he punched Mr Hale and Ali. Stokes insisted he had stepped in to protect Mr Barry and Mr O’Connor after hearing Mr Hale and Ali – who had a glass bottle – shout homophobic abuse at them. told the pair: be taking the they are gay.”Stokes said the pair: “You shouldn’t he p—because they are gay.””I was told by Mr Ali along the lines of ‘Shut the f— up or I’ll bottle you’.”The cricketer said the street fight began when Ali allegedly held the neck of the upturned bottle in his hand and began “waving it around”.”As soon as I saw Mr Ali swing the bottle and physically hit them that’s when I took the decision to get involved. I was trying to stop Mr Ali doing damage to anybody,” Stokes said. Stokes also denied abusing doorman Andrew Cunningham, with whom he claimed to have shared a joke about tattoos. He told jurors that his memory of the evening was “incomplete” because of the head injury he suffered when he was knocked out by Stokes.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram boat transporting Iraqi Kurds to Europe sunk off the island of Samos on Wednesday night, resulting in the death of 24 people, with 11 others missing. A representative of Athens-based International Organisation for Migration, Kelly Namia confirmed the vessel was carrying 65 people at the time of its sinking, exceeding its maximum capacity by 35 passengers.All those on board are said to have been Iraqi Kurds, while the smugglers are believed to have been Afghans, one whom drowned and is get to be located.The search for survivors continued on Thursday, the effort led by the Greek Coast Guard with the use of boats and a helicopter.That wasn’t the only tragedy this week regarding refugees however.Another boat carrying refugees also sank in the region, off the island of Kos resulting in the death of seven people, including two young children.While On Thursday, 290 migrants were rescued and six bodies recovered by the Italian Navy, following the discovery of a rubber boat sinking after setting off for Italy from Libya.The incidents are a strong reminder that the movement of refugees continues through Europe despite less than ideal weather conditions. Meanwhile the European Union continues to be critical of Greece’s handling and approach to the migration crisis, with threats to expel the country from the Schengen passport-free travel zone.
La naissance d’une planète géante observée autour de l’étoile HD 142527Pour la toute première fois, des astronomes ont assisté à l’alimentation en gaz d’une jeune géante gazeuse en formation. Cette découverte vient confirmer la théorie sur la naissance de ces planètes.Grâce aux radiotélescopes d’ALMA, situés dans le désert d’Atacama au Chili, les astronomes de l’Observatoire européen austral (ESO) ont pu étudier une jeune étoile : HD 142527. Cette étoile est entourée d’un gigantesque disque de gaz et de poussière cosmique. Mais en y regardant de plus près, les astronomes ont constaté qu’en réalité ce disque est divisé en deux parties avec un immense espace vide entre. Alors que le disque interne part de l’étoile et s’étend jusqu’à une distance équivalente à l’orbite de Saturne autour de notre Soleil, le disque externe, lui, débute environ 14 fois plus loin. C’est au cours de ces observations que les astronomes ont, pour la toute première fois, assisté à la formation de la géante gazeuse. Située à 450 années-lumière de la Terre, HD 142527 est en effet alimentée par d’énormes écoulements de gaz. Cette découverte confirme la théorie sur la formation de ces planètes géantes. En effet, les géantes gazeuses grossissent en absorbant le gaz du disque externe par des écoulements qui forment des ponts traversant l’espace vide du disque. “Les astronomes avaient prédit l’existence de ces écoulements, mais c’est la première fois que nous avons pu les observer” directement, explique Simon Casassus dans un communiqué de l’ESO.Une planète géante qui reste mystérieuse Simon Casassus et son équipe ont pu analyser le gaz et la poussière cosmique situés autour de l’étoile et ils y ont découvert deux écoulements de gaz denses se déversant du disque externe vers le disque interne. “Nous pensons qu’il y a une planète géante cachée là et qu’elle est la cause de ces deux écoulements. Les planètes grossissent en absorbant le gaz du disque externe, mais elles mangent vraiment comme des sagouins : le reste du gaz déborde et alimente le disque interne autour de l’étoile”, note Sebastian Pérez, qui a collaboré à l’étude. Il est en revanche très difficile d’observer directement les planètes en formation car celles-ci se trouvent profondément enfouies dans ces écoulements de gaz presque totalement opaques. Mais les astronomes comptent bien en apprendre plus sur elles notamment en étudiant les écoulements de gaz. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembrePar ailleurs, le télescope ALMA est encore en construction et n’a donc pas atteint ses capacités maximales, souligne l’ESO. Quand il sera achevé, sa vision sera plus aigüe et permettra de nouvelles observations de ces phénomènes, offrant ainsi la possibilité aux scientifiques de déterminer les propriétés des planètes et notamment leur masse. (crédits photo :ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/M. Kornmesser (ESO)/Nick Risinger) Le 3 janvier 2013 à 11:25 • Maxime Lambert