Letran coach warns Lyceum: ‘We will destroy whoever gets in our way’

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Winners of four straight, the Knights are transforming into a force to reckon with in their own right.Their legitimacy as title contenders can be argued at this point with still a lot of games to be played but one thing’s certain, the Knights are unfazed and unrattled with what lies ahead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Humanda ang Lyceum sa amin kasi lahat ng babangga sa amin, gigibain namin. That’s my players’ mindset right now,” warned Letran head coach Jeff Napa, his bold declaration coming on the heels of a gritty win over a game San Sebastian side in overtime.(Lyceum better be ready for us because we we’re going to destroy whoever comes in our way.) Letran has propelled to the third spot at 5-3 behind Lyceum (7-0) and defending champion San Beda (6-1) after opening the season losing three of its first four games.Napa embraced the fact that his team will be the underdog against the menacing Pirates, likening the impending clash to a biblical story.“It’s going to be David and Goliath,” Napa described. “We’re going to go all out.”And we all know how that narrative ends.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Nextcenter_img Letran head coach Jeff Napa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUndefeated and fearsome, Lyceum is looking every bit of a championship contender nearing the halfway mark of the NCAA season.The Pirates have been making statements with a victory on top of another. But Friday’s showdown with the Letran Knights, who are in the middle of a resurgence, promises to be their stiffest challenge yet.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View commentslast_img read more

Hardik Pandya can do for India what Ben Stokes does for England: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli feels that all-rounder Hardik Pandya has all the skill sets required to emulate world’s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes.”I have a lot of faith in him (Hardik) as far as any format is concerned. If he grows in confidence you see someone like Ben Stokes, what he does for England, brings in great balance as an all-rounder. I see no reason why Hardik Pandya can’t become that for India,” Kohli said at the post- match press conference.Kohli singled out Pandya for special mention, praising his second innings bowling apart from his debut half-century.”In the first innings, he didn’t get opportunity to bowl much but I think in the second innings, he bowled really nicely on a wicket that wasn’t offering much and he kept it in the right areas,” said Kohli.The skipper was impressed as to how Pandya used the shirt ball and also the speed at which he bowled.”He used the bouncer well. He bowls around 135, so he is a great asset and I have mentioned this before as well,” he said.His whirlwind 50 in the first innings was the difference between a total of 550 and 600.”We would have been 540-550 in the first innings. He got those 50 runs quickly and that saves you time as well. That gives you another 15 overs to bowl at the opposition. And his fielding is also tremendous,” Kohli added.last_img read more

Cyprus Soccer Ref’s Car Bombed

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus — The football association in Cyprus postponed all first division matches this weekend after a bombing damaged the car of a top referee in the country.An explosive device was placed on the hood of referee Leontios Trattos’ car in a parking lot outside his apartment in a Nicosia suburb, police said. No one was injured in the pre-dawn blast, but his car and another vehicle were damaged.The bombing comes ahead of a friendly between the United States and Ukraine March 5 that was moved from Kharkiv because of violence in Ukraine. It wasn’t immediately clear why Trattos may have been targeted, but the Cypriot league is tightly contested this season and passions are running high among supporters.Football in Cyprus is dogged by hooliganism, and referees, including Trattos, are often the target of abuse by overzealous fans. Unruly fans allegedly attacked Trattos after a local friendly last summer.Trattos is the President of Cyprus’ Referees’ Association and he has overseen World Cup qualifiers, and Champions League and Europa League matches.Instantly recognizable with his shaved head, the 41-year-old Trattos is considered to be among Cyprus’ best referees and is often called upon to handle some of the toughest domestic league matches.The Cyprus Referees’ Association said in a statement that previous appeals for authorities to protect their members from “cowardly masked bandits” have gone unheeded.Both the football association and the country’s top sports body condemned the bombing as a “terrorist attack.” The players’ association said it stands in full solidarity with Trattos and all other referees.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

England vs India: Ben Stokes joins elite list, Sam Curran creates history

first_imgBen Stokes joined an elite list of English cricketers as he took the wicket of Dinesh Karthik on Thursday on the second day of the first Test between England and India at Edgbaston.Karthik, who was clean bowled, was Stokes’s 100th Test wicket and with his dismissal the all-rounder became only the fifth English player to score over 2500 runs and take 100 wickets in Test cricket.The other four cricketers to achieve the same feat before Stokes are Tony Greig, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff and Stuart Broad.Stokes is also the third fastest in world cricket to reach the landmark. The all-rounder achieved the feat in his 43rd Test.India vs England 1st Test, Day 2: Live UpdatesBangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan took 37 Tests to score 2500 runs and take 100 wickets in Test cricket, while South Africa’s Trevor Goddard and England’s Grieg reached there in 40 matches.The recent success should help Stokes overcame the disappointment of last year after his involvement in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub kept him away from cricket for a long time.In September last year, Stokes was arrested and subsequently suspended by ECB following the incident in Bristol.The cricketer was charged of affray and that forced him to sit out of the Ashes in Australia. He only returned to the England side in March this year on the tour of New Zealand after he pleaded not guilty in a British court. The case is still ongoing.He made his return to international cricket at home with the two-match Test series against Pakistan in May.advertisementMeanwhile, youngster Sam Curran also entered the record books as he bamboozled Indian batsmen with his left-arm pace bowling.Curran, who took the wickets of openers Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and number three batsman KL Rahul, became the youngest English fast bowler to take four wickets in a Test innings in England, at the age of 20 years and 60 days.last_img read more

Nene: Neymar ‘stressed’ after Cavani spat

first_imgNeymar Neymar ‘stressed’ after Cavani spat – Nene says patience required at PSG Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 00:08 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Edinson Cavani PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Neymar PSG Ligue 1 A former star at Parc des Princes admits to helping persuade his fellow Brazilian to make a move to France and is convinced he made the right call Neymar was “stressed” by his penalty argument with Edinson Cavani at Paris Saint-Germain but will see his patience rewarded, says Nene.The Brazilian forward took the decision to leave Barcelona for the French capital over the summer in a record-breaking €222 million deal.Big things were expected of him in Ligue 1, and Neymar has impressed while netting 15 times in 18 appearances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He was, however, involved in a public falling-out with team-mates Cavani in September, an incident countryman Nene admits was unfortunate as the 25-year-old sought to settle in new surroundings.The former PSG forward told RMC Sport: “Neymar has never told me that he is disappointed by the treatment he receives in France – he has never said anything like that to me.”For sure, he perhaps expected a few things to be easier than they are in reality but this is football — we cannot predict everything.”Everybody in his entourage knew that he was going to need to adapt. After all, it is a new challenge.”At the start, patience is required. Of course, there have been a few moments that have been less than enjoyable.”Neymar PSG Troyes Ligue 1 29112017Pressed on whether the Cavani incident had impacted on Neymar, Nene added: “Yes, perhaps he was a little stressed because of that.”Nene, who was on the books at PSG between 2010 and 2013, helped to convince Neymar that a move to France was best for him and he remains convinced that the right decision was taken.He added: “I gave him my opinion.”I explained to him about the city, the club and the infrastructure.”I told him that he would have nothing to regret in leaving Barcelona.“With Barca, he had won everything, so I said: ‘Imagine you go to Paris for a new challenge, with the same structures that you have in Barcelona and maybe better. On top of that, you will have a great team, it is a beautiful city, you will have everything that you want and you will be their great player – the star of the team. If you win a Champions League with PSG, it will be worth 100 times more than if you do it again with Barca’.”last_img read more

Saina Nehwal second highest earner in women’s singles badminton in first quarter

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 13:48 IST Saina Nehwal is placed fourth in the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina has seen saw USD 36,825 added to her career earnings in 2019 so farReigning All England Champion Chen Yufei (USD 86,325) of China holds the top positionKento Momota tops the men’s singles list after adding USD 94,550 to his career earningsLondon Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has the second highest earnings in women’s singles in the first quarter of the new badminton season.The 28-year-old from Hyderabad, a winner of the Indonesia Masters, semifinalist at Malaysia Masters and quarterfinalist at All England Championship, saw USD 36,825 added to her career earnings.Reigning All England Champion Chen Yufei (USD 86,325) of China holds the top position in the highest earnings list in women’s singles, while Chinese Taipei’s world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying is in third place with an earning of USD 36,100.Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu, who crashed out in the opening round of the USD 1,000,000 All England Championship, will hope to improve her standing with a title win at the ongoing USD 350,000 India Open and grab a prize money of USD 24,500.In men’s singles, Kento Momota, who cliched the German Open and the All England while finished runner-up at the Indonesia Masters, tops the list after adding USD 94,550 to his career earnings.The next highest singles earner is Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen with USD 44,150.Saina is placed fourth the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings, while Axelsen leads the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings, just ahead of Momota.The top eight players and pairs at the end of the season will qualify for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in December.Top five earners:Women’s Singles: 1.Chen Yufei US$86,325, 2.Saina Nehwal US$36,825, 3.Tai Tzu Ying US$36,100, 4.Ratchanok Intanon US$35,050, 5.Carolina Marin US$26,600.Men’s Singles: 1.Kento Momota US$94,550, 2.Viktor Axelsen US$44,150, 3.Shi Yuqi US$28,575, 4.Son Wan Ho US$27,250, 5.Anders Antonsen US$27,250.advertisementMen’s Doubles: 1.Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan US$44,850 (each), 2.Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo US$28,150, 3.Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik US$20,775, 4.Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto US$14,850, 5.Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda US$12,387.Women’s Doubles: 1.Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan US$39,356, 2.Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara US$23,450, 3.Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota US$21,875, 4.Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi US$19,625, 5.Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu US$12,768.Mixed Doubles: 1.Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong US$50,825, 2.Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino US$34,318, 3.Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai US$13,825, 4.Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying US$12,450, 5.Tontowi Ahmad US$10,712.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Saina NehalFollow Chen YufeiFollow PV Sindhu Next Saina Nehwal second highest earner in women’s singles badminton in first quarterSaina Nehwal, a winner of the Indonesia Masters, semifinalist at Malaysia Masters and quarterfinalist at All England Championship, saw USD 36,825 added to her career earnings.advertisementlast_img read more

New era of oil supply certainty force changes in Canadian producers strategies

first_imgCALGARY – A shift in global oil markets sentiment is under way, replacing decades of scarcity fears with confidence in surpluses, capping oil prices and forcing changes in the way the industry works, observers say.“We’re moving from a mindset where oil was considered a scarce resource to one now where it’s more of a plentiful resource,” said Steve Reynish, executive vice-president of strategy and corporate development at Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU), speaking at a conference in Calgary last week.“What we’re seeing is a huge reorganization worldwide and it’s all about how can we compete in a more plentiful world and that really takes us to competitiveness, cost-cutting, capital discipline.”Reynish said Canada has fallen behind the U.S. in pipeline and major resource project construction and needs to rework regulatory, political and environmental priorities. As an example, he reiterated a call by Suncor CEO Steve Williams last year to update Alberta conservation rules to allow oilsands producers to leave the most costly and carbon-intensive portions of a resource untapped.The world’s current oil oversupply has been largely driven by U.S. shale oil and gas plays, Reynish said. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Canada’s largest energy customer has boosted domestic oil production from less than four million barrels per day in 2008 to 9.2 million bpd now, while gas output has risen from 67 million cubic feet per day to 89 million cf/d.The production surplus that put oil prices in a funk starting in mid-2014 has pushed potential investors to the sidelines, experts say.Energy analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital said the recent stability in benchmark U.S. West Texas Intermediate prices has encouraged some investors to put oil and gas stocks back in their portfolios again but the market is “skittish” and could easily be derailed by volatility in oil prices. Most funds remain below market weighting in oil and gas securities, he said.“Between US$50 and $53 WTI (per barrel) is perfect,” he said in an interview.“If we can sit there for the rest of the year, fundamentals are showing better, buying will likely continue, and the weightings will come up. What we don’t want to see is volatility.”WTI was trading at above US $51 on Friday.Oilsands production is expected to rise early next year as Suncor’s Fort Hills mine adds 194,000 bpd and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) brings on its 80,000-bpd Horizon mine expansion.Lupick said there’s plenty of demand in the world for that heavy oil but a lack of pipeline space means higher-priced railway cars will have to be employed to bring new barrels to market in the short term.Adam Waterous, who left Scotiabank to start investment firm Waterous Energy Fund early this year, said he remains convinced that this is the perfect time to invest in oil and gas after four decades of “lousy” six to eight per cent returns from the sector.He said the “age of scarcity” began with the Arab oil embargo on the U.S. in 1973 and has ever since prompted poorly-considered energy projects in Canada based on overly optimistic commodity price forecasts.“Optimism is the enemy of the investor,” he said. “I’m a buyer right now. I love negative headlines.”The Waterous fund was created with the goal to invest $200 million- to $400-million in oil and gas companies — it bought two-thirds of the shares in Northern Blizzard Resources (since renamed Cona Resources Ltd.) earlier this year for about $244 million.Suncor will be one of the first major Canadian oil and gas companies to report its third-quarter financial results on Oct. 25.Analysts say few surprises are expected as companies continue to sacrifice growth in favour of conservative budgets that keep spending to less than cash flow (the difference between revenue and expenses).Companies with refinery assets such as Suncor, Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO), Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) and Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) are expected to do well as refinery profit margins rose when competing Gulf Coast refineries were closed due to flooding caused by hurricane Harvey.However, a US six-cent gain in the average value of the Canadian dollar in the third quarter compared with the second is expected to hurt producers’ realized oil and gas prices, dampening third-quarter profits.Follow HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Feds announce Canada to join US Mexico bid for 2026 FIFA World

first_imgThe federal government has officially thrown its support behind the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup.Canada, Mexico and the U-S are up against Morocco to host the men’s soccer showcase.The government has promised up to five million dollars in immediate help should the unified bid win.We thank the Government of Canada for their support of the United Bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States. https://t.co/f7Ow06ds6V— President’s Office (@CanadaSoccerPO) March 13, 2018last_img

BJP Cong get into poll mode Cong wants top leaders to contest

first_imgShimla: In the state, where there power equations swings between two national parties – BJP and the Congress, the battle for upcoming Lok Sabha polls is getting quite interesting this time.The BJP, which had won all the four seats in 2014 , wants to retain all sitting MPs, including party veteran Shanta Kumar, 84, for the contest but the Congress is looking at new choices to field its top seniors. At a meeting of the Congress’s election committee, held on Wednesday at Chandigarh, the party has shortlisted names for all the four Parliamentary constituencies even proposing to former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh either to contest himself from Mandi Lok Sabha constituency or make sure that his son Vikramaditya Singh, a sitting MLA elected first-time from Shimla (rural) contests the seat. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The BJP’s core committee in its two days meeting has also shortlisted the names for Shimla, Kangra, Mandi and Hamirpur Parliamentary constituencies. Initially, there was much suspense on party senior Shanta Kumar, who had won Kangra Parliamentary seat in 2014 but it looks Shanta Kumar is well settled to re-enter the poll fray. Admits Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur “as far as the decision on tickets is concerned, there is already consensus in the party not to change candidates. On Shanta Kumar’s candidature, the party’s national leadership will take a final call. But, we are clear on retaining the candidates.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency, where three-time sitting MP Anurag Thakur, who was also BJP’s Chief whip, will be party’s candidate while two other incumbent MPs — Ram Swaroop Sharma (Mandi) and Virender Kashyap (Shimla) will be back in the contest. Beside Mandi, Parliamentary seats of Hamirpur, Shimla and Kangra have become quite high stake constituencies for the Congress, which the party has not won for several years. The name of Congress legislature Party (CLP) leader Mukesh Agnihotri was being prominently mentioned as ‘winning” candidate or one who can really give Anurag Thakur a tough fight. Given a chance Agnihotri – a Virbhadra Singh loyalist,w ill not risk his political career. Kangra Parliamentary seat is also a hot spot for the Congress. Former Minister G S Bali is Congress heavyweight in the area also keen to contest the Lok Sabha. Another former minister Sudhir Sharma could be considered for the contest. In Shimla, former MP Col (Rtd) Dhani Ram Shandil is also party’s choice to take on incumbent MP Virender Kashayp. But, being a sitting MLA, he may not also look forward to contesting. Vinod Sultanpuri son of former MP Late K D Sultanpuri is another contender for the ticket. In totality, the Congress is undoubtedly looking forward to put-up a good show in the poll. The party has a bigger struggle to make some of the leaders agree to contest the poll rather than building-up a campaign against the BJP.last_img read more

BJP intensifies poll campaign in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: With less than 15 days to go to for the May 12 Lok Sabha elections in the national capital, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday intensified their poll campaign here. Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, who is pitted against Congress’ J.P. Agarwal and the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Pankaj Gupta from the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat, held meetings with the residents of the Kishanganj railway colony. He then kicked off his ‘padyatra’ from Kishanganj Mandal to Motibagh, Padam Nagar and Sadar Bazar. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victims Meanwhile, Union Minister Vijay Goel took out a cycle rally on Sunday morning with suspended AAP MLA Kapil Mishra in the capital city. On the other hand, North East Delhi BJP candidate Manoj Tiwari, who is pitted against former Delhi Chief Minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit and the AAP’s Dilip Pandey, kicked off his roadshow from the Burari area in his constituency. On Saturday, he held a 15-km long roadshow from Loni road to Shahdra which saw the participation of hundred of BJP workers and supporters. Also Read – Kejriwal seeks Transport Dept’s views on odd-even exemption The BJP’s West Delhi candidate Pravesh Singh Verma also interacted with the residents of Punjabi Bagh at the Veer Sawarkar park in the area. Ramesh Bidhuri, who is re-contesting from South Delhi and is pitted against Congress’ Vijender Singh and AAP’s Raghav Chadha, met members of the resident welfare association in Saket, after which began his ‘rath yatra’ from the Bijwasan area in his constituency. Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, who is contesting for the BJP from the East Delhi seat, kick-off his roadshow from Seemapuri roundabout to Babu Ram school in Shahdra. In the 2014 polls, the BJP won all the seven Lok Sabha seats from Delh.last_img read more

Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated

DETROIT — Ford says it has launched an investigation into whether a flawed mathematical model caused it to overstate gas mileage and understate pollution from a wide range of vehicles.The company says a group of employees reported possible problems with the model in September. It has hired an outside firm to test the 2019 Ford Ranger. If problems are found, then Ford will start looking at models going back to 2017.Ford says it has no evidence yet that mileage or pollution numbers are wrong, but the investigation has just started. The company says it’s too early to tell how many and which models might be involved.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California regulators have been informed about the situation, according to the automaker.The Associated Press

Côte dIvoire Jordanian UN blue helmets donate medicines to educational institute

18 July 2007Peacekeepers from the Jordanian battalion serving with the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) have contributed medicines to an educational institute in Cocody as part of their broader humanitarian efforts to help the divided country. Peacekeepers from the Jordanian battalion serving with the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) have contributed medicines to an educational institute in Cocody as part of their broader humanitarian efforts to help the divided country. “Our soldiers, messengers of peace, offer all that they are able with the sole goal of helping Côte d’Ivoire achieve stability and tranquility,” said Colonel Ali Bairat, who commands the battalion. He said the gift, aimed at helping to fight malaria and provide aid, comes as part of humanitarian activities carried out by the mission in order to help alleviate the suffering of the local population. Emile Bih, director of the Institut Pédagogique National de l’Enseignement Technique et Professionnel which received the donation, thanked the Jordanian battalion and ONUCI at a ceremony on Monday, saying that the medicine would help the health of the students so that the could better develop. UNOCI is working to assist the parties in Côte d’Ivoire – which has been divided between the rebel-held north and Government-controlled south since 2002 – to implement the Ouagadougou peace agreement signed earlier this year. read more

Afghan lawyers group major stride for young democracy says UN agency

6 August 2008The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has welcomed the newly-established Afghan Independent Bar Association, which it called an important step in promoting justice and due process in the fledgling democracy. Christina Gynna Oguz, UNODC Representative in Afghanistan, congratulated the authorities, in particular the Ministry of Justice, and the Afghan people for taking a major stride towards “promoting meaningful access to legal representation and justice for all persons regardless of their ethnic, economic or social condition.” Ms. Oguz also urged the representatives of the newly-established body “to increase public understanding of and respect for the law, the legal process, and the role of the legal profession and to preserve the independence of the legal profession and the judiciary, which is fundamental to a democratic society.”The Afghan Independent Bar Association has the distinction of being one of the only bar associations in the world with mandatory pro bono requirements for criminal cases and a quota for women on the leadership and all committees.UNODC, in cooperation with the International Bar Association (IBA) and with the financial support of the Government of Italy, assisted the Afghan Ministry of Justice in organizing and hosting the group’s first General Assembly meeting in late July.The gathering brought together registered lawyers and advocates from all over the country and was tasked with adopting the by-laws and electing the President as well as other representatives of the Association.UNODC has also developed a database that will contain relevant information about registered lawyers in Afghanistan, and plans to conduct a training course on its use for the Association’s administrative staff. read more

UN food agency launches web site on agricultural practices and resources

The web sites, called Ask FAO and Best Practices, are attached to FAO’s main site and will be constantly updated by its agricultural experts, the agency said.Ask FAO includes an area where anyone can ask for advice on individual problems, as well as answers to a range of frequently asked questions, such as “How does the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme function?” and “How many hectares of forest are destroyed each year due to disturbances such as fire, insects, diseases and climate change?”The Best Practices site will contain continually-updated information on food production techniques that have proven effective in various parts of the world, such as the Conservation Agriculture approaches used by FAO projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Uzbekistan and DPR Korea to counter erosion by maintaining an organic cover over the underlying soil. read more

Nearly one in five suicide bombers used by Boko Haram is now

According to an update issued late last week by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), security remains volatile in many of the region’s conflict-affected areas, complicating aid access to those in need. Some three million people are already food insecure. Many more are expected to face hunger as the lean season progresses. Already in certain areas, the lean season has begun earlier than usual, while in others thousands of families are in need of immediate assistance. Given the onset of the lean season and rainy season, nutrition outcomes are expected to worsen and food prices will increase as roads become impassable. OCHA estimates that some 486,000 children in Borno and 242,000 children in Yobe in north-eastern Nigeria are suffering from Global Acute Malnutrition. Moreover, some 73,000 children under two years of age in these communities need to urgently receive ready-to-use supplementary specialized nutritious foods. Food supplements for 27,000 pregnant and lactating mothers are also recommended. Without interventions an estimated 67,000 children aged six- to 59 months with severe acute malnutrition are likely to die in Borno and Yobe states in 2016. This translates to 184 deaths every day, warns the report.OCHA went on to report that 44 children were involved in suicide bombings in 2015, up from four the previous year. More than 75 per cent of them are girls, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Between January 2014 and February 2016, Cameroon recorded the highest number of suicide attacks involving children at 21, followed by Nigeria with 17 and Chad with two. Over the past two years, nearly one in five suicide bombers was a child, OCHA adds. In Niger, Boko Haram attacks have increased since January, said OCHA. Intensified military offensives from the regional multinational force and troops from the Lake Chad Basin countries have forced the gunmen to retreat to the border areas between Niger and Nigeria where they attack villages that have little or no military presence.Finally, OCHA noted that only 10 per cent of the $535 million required to assist the affected populations across the region has been received. read more

UN warns of more heatwave deaths as climate change pushes up temperatures

The warning came days after the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that global temperatures for the first six months of this year reached new highs, setting 2016 on track to be the hottest-ever on record, and the temperature hit 54 degrees Celsius in Kuwait last week.“Millions of people around the world should be receiving heat-related warnings and advisories if we are to avoid a repeat of the thousands of deaths which occurred last year from heatwaves notably in Asia and Europe,” said Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.From 2005 to 2014, an average of 25 major heatwaves were recorded each year resulting in an annual average death toll of 7,232. In 2015, the hottest year on record, there were 3,275 reported deaths from heatwaves in France, 2,248 in India, and 1,229 in Pakistan. “Climate change is amplifying the impact of many extreme weather events including heatwaves,” he added, stressing the need for disaster risk management to focus more on extreme heat to reduce mortality from this particular natural hazard.He called for greater effort to ensure that the poor and vulnerable including refugees, children, older persons and persons living with disabilities are reached with early warnings, and that they have access to water and adequate shelter and protection from the heat and the sun.The theme of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October is reducing mortality. read more

Prisoner of War suit from Gulf War to go on display for

A never seen before Prisoner of War suit from the Gulf War is to go on display at the RAF museum as  part of a major renovation to mark a century in of the force’s time in service.The suit “which embodies the spirit of the RAF” was donated to the museum by Squadron Leader Robbie Stewart, a navigator who was shot down with his pilot by a surface-to-air missile during a low-level night attack whilst flying in Iraq.They were captured by Iraqi forces and badly beaten during their interrogation and six week imprisonment.Maggie Appleton, CEO of the museum, said: “The suit is a very powerful and moving statement to make of RAF friendship and humanity that really does embody the spirit of the Royal Airforce. “When we show it to people It is that pause, it’s a really moving object. It has quite a presence in there I think. You can see the story but you can hear the story as well from him and his colleagues.”Set to open on Saturday, the museum also features three new exhibitions, with one titled The RAF in an Age of Uncertainty, reflecting the rapid economic and political change from 1980 to present day. Two of the enormous four propellers of the Short Sunderland, a flying boat, dwarf Year Two children from Colindale Primary School as they watch from a viewing gallery “The RAF in an Age of Uncertaintiy” celebrates the 100 years of the RAF’s existanceCredit:David Rose The museum has undergone a £26 million refurbishment, creating an interactive experience of the RAF’s century-long story with a transformed layout, three new exhibitions, an exclusive ‘Gnat’ flight simulator and a model of the primed F-35 Lightning jet. Two of the enormous four propellers of the Short Sunderland, a flying boat, dwarf Year Two children from Colindale Primary School as they watch from a viewing galleryCredit:David Rose "The RAF in an Age of Uncertaintiy" celebrates the 100 years of the RAF's existance A famous Sea King helicopters, flown by Prince William at RAF Valley, is also a new addition to the museum. Sir Peter Luff, the Chair of the Fund, said: “As a pioneer and leader of international aviation, and in its Centenary year, the Royal Air Force deserves a world-class museum.“Now, thanks to National Lottery players, visitors can explore the powerful, inspiring and often surprising stories of the world’s oldest independent air force in a dynamic new setting.”Sir Roger Carr, chairman BAE Systems, said: “The histories of the Royal Air Force and BAE Systems have been inextricably linked since the foundation of the Royal Flying Corps.“Since 2014 we are proud to have been a Founding Partner for the regeneration of the RAF Museum.  The Museum plays an important role inspiring the next generation of airmen, airwomen and engineers.” Another focuses on the future of the RAF, with the US Air Force Predator drone on display alongside a debate table encouraging visitors to discuss the future of air and space security and how the RAF is adapting.Ms Appleton added: “The RAF is absolutely diverse in welcoming airmen and airwomen totally and utterly, and all different backgrounds and trades are all recognised. “That’s why we don’t have an exhibition about women in the RAF because women are part of that broader RAF story, they are actually integrated into every RAF storyline. It’s a diverse and integrated story.”A 1930s doll of airwoman Amy Johnson is on display, showing how pioneering she was at the time, among other artefacts including sand from the Stalag Luft III, the site of the Great Escape.The new museum also illuminates the story of Noor Kahn, who despite being from a family of suffering Muslim pacifists, flew to Nazi-occupied Paris to begin a career in covert RAF operations.  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. read more

Champion sailor could be reunited with £10000 Rolex lost overboard 20 years

He subsequently attempted to take the auction house to court as his watch was also claimed by the seller, known as Mr Guidi and under international law was returned to him.But the 71-year-old celebrated sailor was declared the rightful owner of the watch under UK law last week in a court order from Truro County Court.However  the watch had never been with auctioneers in the UK and the order from Truro County Court does not reference the status of the watch under Swiss and Italian law.Christie’s Geneva said it was therefore obliged to return the watch to the seller who claims ownership under Italian law.“The watch is of no value to me, it’s not about the money, it’s effectively my Olympic gold medal, Mr Gardini gave it to me after our crew won the San Francisco World Championships in 1988,” Mr McColl told The Sunday Telegraph.In a letter addressed to Mr McColl dated January 2017, Rolex confirmed that the watch was listed on the manufacturer’s stolen database in 1999 and a month later, they confirmed it was registered by Falmouth Police as stolen around the same time. In April this year, a Christie’s representative contacted Mr McColl to discuss the return of his watch, asking him to collect the watch himself, or declare whether he needs it to be shipped.A spokesperson for Christie’s said: “Christie’s has made every effort to seek a resolution to this situation on behalf of the two parties. We have now ensured the parties are in touch direct in order the ownership question can be resolved between them. “The court has dismissed any claims against Christie’s. The court has not addressed the question of ownership as a matter of Italian law, which is where the watch was latterly purchased. “Under no circumstance would Christie’s knowingly offer any object where there are valid concerns over the ownership.” The Rolex which Mr McColl will be reunited with A Champion British sailor was offered the chance to be reunited with his prized Rolex worth £10,000 that he lost 20 years ago overboard, after it emerged for sale in Switzerland.Christie’s auction house in Geneva offered the engraved watch to its owner Philip McColl, years after they phoned him and asked if he would “negotiate” to get his long-lost Rolex back. It claimed he refused to engage in negotiations.The yacht engineer was given the precious engraved Rolex Submariner in 1998 by his now deceased former employer and friend, Italian businessman Raul Gardini, who had an estimated £2.2 billion fortune at the time.But he lost his beloved watch – estimated to be worth around £10,000 – while on his passenger boat off the British coast in 1998, believing it went overboard.But Mr McColl became suspicious the watch may have been stolen and reported it to Devon and Cornwall police. In 2016, the sailor said the auction house contacted him on behalf of a seller to ask if he owned the watch engraved with his name and to see if he wanted to buy it back.Mr McColl said that the auction house would have known it was his and had been stolen, due to the Rolex being listed on an Interpol list.   However Christies said that the item was not listed on Interpol list at the time of checking. The Rolex which Mr McColl will be reunited with 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. read more

No new coal mines for China

first_imgAccording to the Xinhua News Agency, China will continue to improving its energy consumption structure and efficiency in 2016, a senior energy official said this week.China will lift the share from non-fossil fuels in the total energy consumption to 13.2% next year, compared with about 12% in 2015, and reduce that of coal from 64.4% this year to below 62.6% in 2016, said Nur Bekri, head of the National Energy Administration.The government aims to add over 20 million kW of installed wind power and more than 15 million kW of installed photovoltaic power in the next five years. A group of nuclear power projects in China’s coastal regions will be given the go ahead over the next five years, according to Bekri.China will establish a warning mechanism to control coal-fired power plants construction and production. In principle, no new coal mines will be allowed to be developed in the next three years, he said.last_img read more