Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi Shortlisted for FIFA The Best Award

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Rome: Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk is on the shortlist to add FIFA’s best player award to his UEFA Men’s Player of the Year honour.The Dutch international denied Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the European title last week and the same trio are in the running for the FIFA accolade to be announced in Milan on September 23. Van Dijk starred in Liverpool’s triumphant Champions League campaign.England full-back Lucy Bronze won UEFA’s women’s award and is on FIFA’s shortlist with the United States’ World Cup-winning duo Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is up against Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham for best men’s coach.Phil Neville, who led England’s women to a World Cup semi-final, is up for the women’s coach award with the USA’s Jill Ellis and Sarina Wiegman who guided European champions the Netherlands to the World Cup final.FIFA THE BEST SHORTLISTSMen’s player:Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/Netherlands)Women’s player:Lucy Bronze (Lyon/England), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/USA), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC/USA)#TheBest Women’s Player Finalists@LucyBronze@alexmorgan13@mPinoe— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) September 2, 2019Men’s coach: Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) Women’s coach: Jill Ellis (USA), Phil Neville (England), Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands) Women’s goalkeeper: Christiane Endler (Paris St-Germain/Chile), Hedvig Lindahl (Wolfsburg/Sweden), Sari van Veenendaal (Atletico Madrid/Netherlands)#TheBest Women’s Goalkeeper Finalists @hedvig_lindahl @TIANEendler @SarivVeenendaal— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) September 2, 2019 Men’s goalkeeper:Alisson (Liverpool/Brazil), Ederson (Manchester City/Brazil), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona/Germany)Puskas award (for best goal):Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Real Betis), Juan Quintero (River Plate v Racing Club), Daniel Zsori (Debrecen v Ferencvaros)#Puskas Award FinalistsLionel Messi@juanferquinte10Daniel Zsori— (@FIFAcom) September 2, 2019center_img Alisson Beckercristiano ronaldoFIFA the best awardfootball First Published: September 2, 2019, 6:47 PM ISTlast_img read more

Every captain would lose a left leg to reach World Cup 2019 final: Eoin Morgan

first_imgEngland are being labelled as the pre-tournament favourites ahead of the World Cup 2019 but captain Eoin Morgan believes every team has a chance in the showpiece event as everyone will bring their A-game to the table.All ten teams will play each other in a new-look round-robin stage, with the top four qualifying for the semi-finals – a change in format that makes this year’s edition more competitive than ever.England will be kicking off the proceedings with the first game of the tournament against South Africa on May 30. Talking about the chances of his team, Morgan said no particular team has the edge in the World Cup as everyone is equally balanced and hungry to lift the trophy on July 14.”I don’t think anyone is head and shoulders above anyone else. These are the ten best teams in the world, it will be extraordinarily competitive and some quality cricket will be played so we are really looking forward to it.”Every captain sitting here would lose their left leg to play in a World Cup final at the home of cricket. It’s something every one of us would have dreamed of as a kid. We are as best prepared as we can be. We just want to play that first game now,” Eoin Morgan said at the captains’ media day in London.@Eoin16: It would be extremely cool if we could reach the final. Every captain would lose a left leg to do it. I grew up dreaming of playing Test cricket or scoring the winning runs in a World Cup.advertisementICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) May 23, 2019South Africa captain Faf du Plessis meanwhile, pointed out that the team which produces the best bowling performance will win the tournament.”We are all really excited to try out this new tournament, to play every once I think is great.”The way we use our resources will be vital, but every team has X-factor bowlers that will have a big say in the successes of the side.”I think the bowlers will win it, the teams still in it towards the end of the tournament will be the teams that have done really well with the ball,” Faf du Plessis said.Ten incredible captains, but just one glittering trophy.Take a peek behind the scenes at our #CWC19 media event! World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 23, 2019Australian captain Aaron Finch picked England as the favourites but said his team is also feeling very confident ever since they welcomed back Steve Smith and David Warner in the side.”England have been in great form and along with India are probably the stand out performers. So England in home conditions are definitely the favourites.@AaronFinch5: England have been in great form and along with India are probably the stand out performers. So England in home conditions are definitely the favourites.ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) May 23, 2019″Since Warner and Smith have come back into the set-up they have been fantastic and contributed so much. The morale has been unbelievable.”Once it gets underway, particularly against England, and further on for the Ashes, the crowd will play a part but that is expected everywhere in the world,” Finch said.Also Read | England seem to be obsessed with getting to 500 before anyone else: Virat KohliAlso Read | Jofra Archer probably going to be England’s X-factor at World Cup 2019: Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Alisson: Liverpool must win every game to be champions

first_imgLiverpool have to “win everything” if they are to finish the season atop the Premier League table, says goalkeeper Alisson.Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders were held to a 1-1 draw away to West Ham on Monday, Michail Antonio’s goal cancelling out Sadio Mane’s opener, which should have been disallowed for offside.Klopp was annoyed by refereeing decisions after that call went the Reds’ way and the Liverpool manager has been asked by the Football Association to explain his comments to the media. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Alisson told Liverpool to rediscover their focus after missing the chance to restore their lead from chasing Premier League champions Manchester City back to five points.”We have to be prepared to fight everything,” Alisson said. “All the adverse circumstances that come our way.”I believe our team is on the right track. Now we do not have much room for hesitation. If we want to be champions, we have to win everything from now on.”Liverpool did not look their usual selves at London Stadium, although injuries meant they were without a host of players including captain Jordan Henderson.”I believe we had glimpses into the game. Some moments of insecurity,” the Brazil goalkeeper added.”We started ahead. [But] from the moment we started to miss some passes – some silly passes that we are not used to missing – I think the team lost a little confidence in the match. I think the opposing team also gained confidence.”Successive 1-1 draws for Liverpool have opened the door for Manchester City, who will go top of the table for the first time since December 15 if they win at Everton on Wednesday.And midfielder Fabinho called for the Reds to bounce back in their next Premier League game at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.”We have confidence,” Alisson’s compatriot said. “We enjoyed a brilliant December, which was almost perfect, but now we have had this dip.”It is difficult to explain why this has happened. I believe that now teams who play against us sit very deep. We need to do things a little differently and maybe we aren’t doing this – we are unable to find the spaces.”Often, we want to go through the middle and it is difficult against physically strong and defensive teams. We need to find solutions and in these past few games we haven’t.”We want to play better every day and unfortunately it is not happening. We know our quality and we know that we can give more. If we do it, with our quality, we will continue at the top.”But I’m talking and talking is always a little easier, so we have to try to put it into practice. Personally, I am not worried. But we know that in the next game we have to give much more.”Beating Bournemouth is important to continue with a three-point gap at the top of the table. Now we only look at the next game and that is against Bournemouth. Then there will be a run of difficult games, but we will get some players back from injury and the manager will have more options to choose for those games.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Bangladeshi jailed 42 years for ISISinspired attack on Australian host

first_imgMelbourne: A Bangladeshi student who enrolled in an Australian university with the aim of killing someone in the name of the Islamic State group was jailed for 42 years Wednesday for stabbing her local host as he slept. Momena Shoma, 26, admitted to engaging in a terrorist act when she stabbed Roger Singaravelu in the neck with a kitchen knife just eight days after arriving in Australia. Shoma, who wore a black niqab showing only her eyes at the sentencing hearing in Victoria state’s supreme court, shouted “Allahu akbar” as she attacked Singaravelu, who survived and was also present at the hearing, the court heard. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”Your deeds and words, and the intentions accompanying them, are chilling,” said judge Lesley Taylor in handing down the sentence of 42 years, with a non-parole period of 31 years and six months. She faced a maximum sentence of life in prison. Taylor said her actions “sent ripples of horror throughout the Australian community”. “But they do not make you a martyr. They do not make you a beacon of Islam… They make you an undistinguished criminal,” she said. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaProsecutors said Shoma became radicalised in 2013 while living in Dhaka and became enamoured of the Islamic State and its calls for Muslims to engage in violent jihad against non-Muslims. After failed attempts to study in Turkey — with the aim of crossing into ISIS-controlled parts of Syria — prosecutors said Shoma received a scholarship to study at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and arrived in the city on February 1, 2018. She moved in with an Australian family under a homestay program for foreign students and immediately began planning an attack on them, the court heard. She purchased night vision goggles on February 3 and on February 6 rehearsed an attack by repeatedly stabbing the mattress of her host couple when they were not home.last_img read more

NB police officers face hearing in shooting death of businessman

first_imgBATHURST, N.B. – Two Bathurst, N.B., police officers who were cleared of criminal charges in the 2015 shooting death of a businessman will face a hearing for alleged code of conduct breaches.A judge threw out manslaughter and other charges last year against constables Patrick Bulger and Mathieu Boudreau in the death of Michel Vienneau, a Tracadie, N.B., store owner.But Bathurst police Chief Ernie Boudreau said Wednesday a Police Act investigator has completed a probe, and there is “sufficient evidence that code of conduct breaches may have been committed by the officers.”The 51-year-old Vienneau was shot in his vehicle outside the Bathurst train station on Jan. 12, 2015.The city has said the officers were investigating whether Vienneau and common-law partner Annick Basque were in possession of illegal drugs after returning from a trip to Montreal.In a statement of defence filed in a lawsuit filed by Basque, the city says the officers clearly identified themselves to Vienneau and had tried to stop his vehicle before it accelerated, pinning an officer against a snowbank. It says one officer fired at the car as it moved toward his colleague.The Mounties have said an investigation revealed that Vienneau was not involved in criminal activity.The officers had been charged with manslaughter with a weapon, assault with a weapon and unlawfully pointing a firearm, but Judge Anne Dugas-Horsman ruled in February 2017 after a preliminary hearing that the prosecution failed to produce enough evidence to warrant a trial.In a release Wednesday, the Bathurst force said a settlement conference was held June 20 to allow the officers to respond to the allegations. But “agreement regarding disciplinary and corrective measures could not be reached” and the matter will go to a hearing before arbitrator Joel Michaud.“The objective of police discipline and the New Brunswick Police Act is the protection of public trust, trust that is fundamental in establishing stability, integrity in effective delivery of police services,” Boudreau said in a statement.“The members of our police force will continue as they have since the tragic events of January 2015 to police with pride and achieve its organizational objective of delivering effective and efficient police services to this community.”Basque’s lawsuit alleges Vienneau’s death was due to police negligence. None of the lawsuit’s allegations or statement of defence have been proven in court.Vienneau’s mother, Sylvie Vienneau, has questioned why police didn’t arrest her son after he got off the train, rather than wait until he got in his car. And she asked who had told them he would be carrying drugs.“Our son is not in the drug world,” she said in an October 2015 statement.The province’s attorney general’s office says it has ordered chief coroner Gregory Forestell to hold an inquest into the death.last_img read more

ORegan urged to make Grassy Narrows visit more than a precampaign photo

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan is being urged to ensure a long-awaited visit to an Ontario First Nation is substantive and not a pre-election photo opportunity.O’Regan is set to visit Grassy Narrows First Nation today — a community poisoned by mercury after industrial waste was dumped English-Wabigoon river system, causing symptoms in residents including impaired peripheral vision, hearing, speech, and thinking.Help for the community seemed to be on the way when the federal government promised a specialized treatment facility on the reserve in November 2017 and a feasibility study was produced last fall outlining costs and design ideas.But Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle has said there has been little action on the project since then.The federal government has issued a media advisory ahead of O’Regan’s visit indicating it plans to sign a memorandum of agreement with the community — a document that is not legally binding.Ahead of the trip, the secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, the honorary chairperson of the Council of Canadians and the president of Ontario arm of the Canadian Union of Public Employees also issued an open letter saying the onus is on the Trudeau government to demonstrate that O’Regan’s visit is about more than repairing the Liberal brand.last_img read more

Annie Lennox Performs In Italy For Womens Circle Event

first_imgAnnie Lennox performed live at The Ice Palace in Milan during the Women’s Circle 2012 fundraising event on November 22.The funds raised will be used to strengthen the commitment of Oxfam Italy in the fight against poverty and the promotion of women’s rights.In 2008, together with Oxfam, Annie set up “The Circle” – a group of influential women who have come together to use their profiles, ideas, skills and resources to connect with women living in poverty around the world. These like-minded women are bringing a fresh approach to the challenges women face both now and in the future, with funds raised from Circle events supporting Oxfam projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.The Circle is making a real difference to women’s lives, empowering women to earn a living and giving girls the chance of an education, fighting HIV and AIDS, adapting to climate change and protecting women’s rights.Source:AnnieLennox.comlast_img read more

India finish with 16 gold medals at Asian Airgun Cships

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian shooters continued their dominance claiming five gold medals on the final day of the Asian Airgun Championships to sign off with a total of 25 medals in Taoyuan, Taipei. India finished with 16 gold, five silver and four bronze. On the last day of the competition, Yash Vardhan and Shreya Agrawal bagged three gold medals each. Yash finished on top in 10m Air Rifle men’s junior event. He then clinched the yellow metal in Team competition with his partners — Keval Prajpati and Aishwary Tomar. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Yash scored 249.5, while Keval and Aishwary shot 247.3 and 226.1 for silver and bronze respectively. Earlier Vardhan and Shreya combined to win the Mixed Team Rifle junior event. Shreya won the gold in the 10m Air Rifle women’s junior event. She also won the Team gold along with Mehuli Ghosh and Kavi Chakkaravarthy. Shreya’s gold winning 24-shots ended on an impressive 252.5, while Mehuli settled for individual bronze with an effort of 228.3. Kavi was fourth. Indian shooting’s next assignment is scheduled at Al Ain, UAE where the ISSF Shotgun World Cup stage two commences on April 5.last_img read more

Ontario urged to expand booze sales online and let airports serve 24

TORONTO — Ontario’s chamber of commerce says the province should expand online alcohol sales, cut taxes for some wine producers and bolster efforts to curb social harms as it liberalizes booze laws.The chamber makes the recommendations in a report today about the future of beer, wine, cider, and spirits sales — called Refreshing the Sale of Beverage Alcohol in Ontario.The report says the province has a “patchwork” of policies and regulations it should modernize as it expands alcohol sales to new retail stores.The chamber says beverage alcohol producers should be permitted to sell their products on e-commerce marketplaces using third parties to process payments, which is currently not permitted.It also says taxes should be cut on Ontario wines and taxes for craft cider producers should be aligned with those who make craft beer.The report comes on the same day as a study published that suggests alcohol-related health problems are posing a growing burden on Ontario emergency rooms.The chamber report also recommends bolstering public education campaigns about the long-term health risks associated with alcohol consumption.Premier Doug Ford promised during last year’s election campaign to make beer and wine available in corner stores, grocery stores and big box stores.Chamber president Rocco Rossi says Ontarians want to see those “substantive reforms” to complex alcohol laws and that can benefit the province if its done right.“The province can unleash the potential of the beverage alcohol sector, support regional economic development, meet the needs of today’s consumer, and generate greater tax revenue to fund the public services on which Ontarians rely,” he said in a statement.The report recommends a further expansion of alcohol sales that would see Ontario spirits and craft beer producers allowed to sell their products at farmers markets.The chamber says airports should be provided with liquor law exemptions that allow them to sell alcohol 24 hours a day in “post-security areas for both international and domestic passengers.”The province has considered booze liberalization a number of times since the 1960s and that has resulted in a disjointed system of rules and regulations, the chamber says.“A comprehensive approach to reform is needed to avoid further reinforcing inequities driven by regulatory burden and a patchwork of policy decisions to date,” the report says.Along with promising to expand beer and wine sales, the Progressive Conservative government has loosened rules around alcohol consumption in the province in their spring budget.Ontario will now allow bars, restaurants, and golf courses to start serving alcohol at 9 a.m., seven days a week, and is promising consultations on a further increase in hours of services in the future.The government will also let municipalities establish rules about where booze can be consumed in public, such as in some parks. Regulations are also changing to allow tailgating parties near sports events across the province. read more

Tourists swim for their lives for 14 hours after boat sinks

first_imgA FISHING TRIP off the north coast of St. Lucia turned into a life or death situation when the boat sank.Dan Suski, a 30-year-old business owner and information technology expert from San Francisco, and his sister, Kate Suski, a 39-year-old architect from Seattle were on board enjoying their holidays, when water started rushing into the cabin and flooded the engine room.The captain threw life jackets to the Suskis and ordered them to jump ship. Less than five minutes later, the boat sank.The group were at least 13 kilometres from shore, battling high waves more than twice their size.“The captain was telling us to stay together, and that help was on its way and that we needed to wait,” Kate Suski said.The group waited for about an hour, but no one came.“I was saying, ‘Let’s swim, let’s swim. If they’re coming, they will find us. We can’t just stay here,’” she recalled.As they began to swim, the Suskis lost sight of the captain and first mate amid the swells. Soon after, they also lost sight of land amid the rain.A plane and a helicopter appeared in the distance and hovered over the area, but no one spotted the siblings.“Eaten by a shark”Several hours went by, and the sun began to set.“There’s this very real understanding that the situation is dire,” Kate Suski said. “You come face-to-face with understanding your own mortality … We both processed the possible ways we might die. Would we drown? Be eaten by a shark?”They swam for almost 14 hours, talking as they pushed and shivered their way through the ocean.When they finally came within 30 feet of land, they realized they couldn’t get out of the water because of the sharp cliffs. They kept swimming until they noticed a spit of sand nearby. When they got to land, they collapsed, barely able to walk. It was past midnight, and they didn’t notice any homes in the area.As the sun came up, they began to hike through thick brush. Some three hours later, they spotted a young farm worker. He fed them crackers, gave them water and waited until police arrived.The Suskis were hospitalized and received IV fluids, with doctors concerned they couldn’t draw blood from Kate Suski’s arm because she was so dehydrated. They also learned that the captain and mate were rescued after spending nearly 23 hours in the water, noting that their relatives called and took care of them after the ordeal.St. Lucia’s tourism minister called it a miracle, and the island’s maritime affairs unit is investigating exactly what caused the boat to sink. Marine Police Sgt. Finley Leonce said they have already interviewed the captain, and that police did not suspect foul play or any criminal activity in the sinking of the ship.Read: 25-foot fishing vessel towed to safety in waters off Kinsale> More: Report: Fatigue biggest factor in Tit Bonhomme tragedy>last_img read more

Lunchtime Fix 8 things you need to know

first_img Leadership a choice now between Alex & Joan. Will discuss with family & supporters before making a decision on standing for Deputy Leader.— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (@AodhanORiordain) May 27, 2014 WHAT’S THE STORY?1. Its Day Four in the Big Brother house in the European election count centres.Sitting MEPs Jim Higgins and Phil Prendergast have definitely lost their seats, while Luke Ming Flanagan, Brian Crowley and Liadh Ní Riada are all Brussels-bound. We should find out who’ll be joining them later today. Source: SleeplessNights7365/YouTube2. As the counts peter out, the politics heads are now focusing on who will be the next leader of the Labour party. Early favourites are Alex White and current deputy Joan Burton. Party members are already considering the matter… Source: Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD/Twittercenter_img So, none of this then?3. A massive study of drug use has found that Ireland has the third-highest incidence of drug-induced deaths in Europe.4. Some good news on the jobs front today with two announcements from IDA Ireland. SAP and Ericsson will, between them, create 380 jobs for Dublin, Galway and Athlone. Source: simon.anderson5. Following an intensive social media campaign in Bali and Australia, the Irish family of a man who was reportedly injured, confused and wandering around the island of Bali have been contacted.6. Speaking of social media, this newly-elected TUV councillor has got quite the welcome to politics after posts she wrote on Facebook three years ago emerged. Jolene Bunting failed to give a full apology for the sentiments, instead explaining that she should have used the word ‘republicans’ and not ‘Catholics’. Source: LAD7. Senator Lorraine Higgins has described how she was subjected to a death threat during the course of her European election campaign. Listen to her describe the abuse on Today with Seán O’Rourke. Source: TodaySOR/SoundCloud8. Police in Newtownards have issued an appeal after three ducks were stolen from a nursing home in Comber. Jemima, Pete and Agnus were taken some time between Friday evening and Saturday morning.Catch up on the rest of today’s stories>last_img read more

President Barrow Concludes China Visit

first_imgState House, Banjul, 27 December 2017 – President Adama Barrow has concluded a six day state visit to the Peoples Republic of China which further strengthen bilateral relations between The Gambia and China.  The two countries have signed bilateral cooperation to support The Gambia in the areas of investment and trade, communication infrastructure, road and bridges in the Upper River Region of the The Gambia, concessional loan, and human resource development through knowledge transfer and training. President Barrow and his host, President Xi Jinping presided over the signing ceremony by the foreign Ministers of the two countries, as well as the Chinese commerce minister and the Gambian Ambassador to China, H.E. Faye Ceesay respectively, was held at the Great Peoples’ Hall in Beijing.President Barrow (L), President Xi JinpingThe China 2017 state visit detailed specific practical outcomes to support The Gambia in its human resource in Agriculture, education and tourism.  In the area of infrastructural development, Chinese government committed to invest over 75 million dollars for the construction of the Basse-Koina road, bridges at Fatoto-Passamance and Basse-Wuli crossings in the Upper River Region of The Gambia. The agreement also included the development of the national internet broadband, as well as promotes The Gambia as destination for Chinese tourists and investors.The outcomes also included strengthening ties with exemption of visa for diplomatic and service passport holders and to enhance cooperation at both international and regional levels.  It was also agreed to increase and promote people to people exchange programmes with civil society and NGOs in various sectors.During the visit the Gambian President and his delegation met and interacted with the Prime Minister of China, H.E Li Keqiang, Chairman of the China National People’s Congress, H.E Zhang Dejiang, other government officials in Beijing.  He was honoured with a state banquet hosted by President Xi Jinping.    President Barrow also visited the Forbidden City and laid a wreath in memory of the fallen heroes Tiananmen Square in Beijing.At the Provincial level, President Barrow met with the governors and officials from Xiamen in the Fujian province and Guangzhou in Guangdong province.  The Gambian leader saw first-hand how China was able to practice its opening up policy that allowed Chinese citizens to engage in the development of their country using new technology.   The visit exposed him to the use of technology to advance urban planning and development, increased efficient use of maritime ports, modernized agriculture and industrial development.  The Presidential delegations also visited the Tourism Institute, the agricultural technology promotion center and the Meisee lingerie company in Guangdong Province.At Xiamen municipality, the Gambian leader was shown how the province was developed into a modern urban settlement, blending it with the old settlement and an ecologically friendly environment, making it a tourist attraction.  Xiamen also has one of the biggest ports in China, the Xiamen Port – Fujian Pilot Free Trade Zone, using technology to contribute efficiently to China’s economic growth.President Barrow expressed optimism that The Gambia could learn from China by opening up to investment, create jobs for rapid economic and infrastructural development.  He was confident that with the right investment, knowledgeable and skilled people, the Gambia could be transformed at a more rapid pace.  President added that The Gambia’s land, river and youthful populations has given it advantage for rapid growth.The Gambian President noted that China was able to realise unprecedented development in the last forty years with the right policies and commitment of the people.  President Barrow said his administration supports the One-China Policy to promote togetherness, which he emphasized was the reason The Gambia was able to achieve the desired change from dictatorial regime to democratic governance. The China Peoples’ Congress is pursuing the Chinese policy to Africa through the Forum of China- Africa Cooperation – FOCAC, and it is scheduled to have its 2018 Summit in Beijing.  The partnership between the Gambia and China is being strengthened within the framework of the recommendations of the Johannesburg FOCAC Summit in 2016.China has instilled values of discipline, professionalism, respect for authority and rule of law in their interactions and engagements in providing services.  These values coupled with commitment of civil servants and civil society members have contributed to the rapid development of modern China.President Barrow was accompanied by Foreign Minister, Honourable Ousainou Darbo, Tourism Minister, Honourable Hamat Bah, Finance Minister Amadou Sanneh, Works Minister, Honourable Bai Lamin Jobe, Energy Minister, Fafa Sanyang, Secretary General, Honourable Dawda Fadera, Permanent Secretary Njogou Saer Bah, Presidential Adviser, Alhajie Musa Drammeh and other government officials.The Presidential delegation was received at Beijing airport by the Vice Minister… and the Chinese Ambassador to Gambia, H.E Zhang Jiming.Press Release by Office of the Presidentlast_img read more

North Caicos man jailed for incest violates own daughter

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, January 16, 2017 – The Prosecutor’s Office and Police have secured a conviction for a 53 year old man who has confessed to the most sickening of crimes; incest and buggery of his own 8-year old daughter.John Lightbourne of North Caicos this morning confessed to sexually assaulting his primary school aged child in July 2016.   The 53 year old, who is a fisherman and carpenter, lives in North, the child is a resident of Provo and while he could have gotten life for the crime, he was sentenced to a mere eight years and is now jailed at Her Majesty’s prison in Grand Turk.The two charges – incest and buggery – will run concurrently.  The sentencing was handed down by Robert Schuster, Supreme Court judge.#MagneticNewsMedia#JohnLightbourne Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Recommended for you Related Items:#JohnLightbourne, #MagneticNewsMedia Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

ASA Leaders Review Progress Goals for Biotech Issues at USBCA Plenary

first_imgASA President Wade Cowan, Chairman Ray Gaesser, ASA First Vice President Richard Wilkins, Past President Steve Wellman, CEO Steve Censky and Washington staff attended the Plenary of the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance in Washington where progress toward reaching the USBCA’s goals on domestic and international biotech issues was reviewed. The Domestic Working Group reported on its efforts to establish standards for limited, stewarded launches of biotech events approved in the U.S. but not yet approved in key foreign markets, how value chain participants can work together to prevent unintended releases of these events into commercial channels and how responsibility for any trade disruptions should be shared. The International Working Group pointed to the success of its efforts to raise the importance of obtaining foreign biotech approvals as a trade policy issue, reflected in President Obama’s discussions with Chinese President Xi in November and China’s decision to approve three biotech events in December. Efforts by both Working Groups will continue in 2015, with the goal of reaching agreement on how stewarded launches should be handled, how to proceed in convincing China to adopt a transparent and long-term process for biotech approvals, and how to advance efforts to develop commercially feasible U.S. and global policies allowing a Low Level Presence of biotech traits that haven’t received the necessary clearance from importing countries.last_img read more

Petfree upbringing raises mental illness risk

first_imgChildren raised without pets in an urban setting are more vulnerable to mental illness than those raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, says a new study. Kids raised in rural settings may grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness, according to the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).The study adds to mounting evidence supporting the “hygiene hypothesis,” which posits that overly sterile environments can lead to health problems. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe research also suggests that raising kids around pets might be good for mental health.”It has already been very well documented that exposure to pets and rural environments during development is beneficial in terms of reducing risk of asthma and allergies later in life,” said study co-author, Christopher Lowry, Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the US. “This study moves the conversation forward by showing for the first time in humans that these same exposures are likely to be important for mental health,” Lowry added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, led by Professor Stefan Reber of the University of Ulm in Germany, the scientists recruited a small group of healthy German men between ages 20 and 40. Half had grown up on a farm with farm animals. Half had grown up in a large city without pets.On test day, all were asked to give a speech in front of a group of stone-faced observers and then asked to solve a difficult math problem while being timed.Blood and saliva were taken five minutes before and five, 15, 60, 90 and 120 minutes after the test. “People who grew up in an urban environment had a much-exaggerated induction of the inflammatory immune response to the stressor, and it persisted throughout the two-hour period,” Lowry said.Previous studies have shown that those with an exaggerated inflammatory response are more likely to develop depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later in life.Research has also shown that our immunoregulatory response to stress develops in early life and is shaped largely by our microbial environment.More than 50 per cent of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, meaning humans are exposed to far fewer micro-organisms than they evolved with, the authors noted.”If you are not exposed to these types of organisms, then your immune system doesn’t develop a balance between inflammatory and anti-inflammatory forces, and you can develop a chronic, low-grade inflammation and exaggerated immune reactivity that makes you vulnerable to allergy, autoimmune disease and, we propose, psychiatric disorders,” Lowry said.last_img read more

Bengal Chamber collaborates with IAICC to promote SMEs

first_imgKolkata: A MoU was signed between the Bengal Chamber and the Indian American International Chamber of Commerce (IAICC) to provide business advisory services to small and medium enterprises of India and USA.The collaboration aims to facilitate B2B links between American businesses and their Indian counterparts of East and north-east. Subhodip Ghosh, director general, the Bengal Chamber, Ambarish Dasgupta, founder and senior partner, Intueri Consulting LLP, A Mukherjee, senior vice-president, The Bengal Chamber, Patricia Hoffman, Consul General of The United States of America in Kolkata, K V Kumar, chairman and CEO of IAICC and other delegates were present during the MoU signing. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”The Bengal Chamber has always been at the forefront to provide platforms for business links irrespective of geographical boundaries and Kumar has served in Trump campaign’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Advisory Council. Being an authority on government relations, alliance building, crisis management and his long association with the World Bank, his visit would be integral for forging business developments between America and India. We have signed an MoU with IAICC to create a joint council to offer services to stake holders in form of B2B links and advisory services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Whenever, a delegation would come from the US, Kolkata would be a stopover,” said Subhodip Ghosh, director general, The Bengal Chamber. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateKV Kumar said: “The IAICC is seeking to open offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Dubai, Hong Kong and 30 chapters in the US itself. We are looking forward to creative and innovative ways of doing business. There are about 600,000 Indian-American businesses in the US. West Bengal being strategically placed is ideal to act as a gateway to accessing markets in the ASEAN countries. At present, we are working in four states in India where each state has made a Chamber of Commerce a platform to create business links. We are putting up an innovative challenge — a new platform for doing business, which is part virtual and part real, where businesses are initiated through virtual media between traders, buyers, sellers establishing B2B links that later involves personal meet ups and visits to check products or services. We are going to invite Amit Mitra, West Bengal state minister of Finance and IT, and Electronics, Industry, Commerce, Enterprise and E-governance and MSME to USA on August 30 to attend a business forum where the innovative ideas would be introduced.” The IAICC works with entrepreneurs, professionals, businesses and governments to develop entrepreneurship and commerce through mentor-protégé programmes, training, seminars and networking opportunities.last_img read more

3 Essential Things to Teach Employees About Tech Security

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Take a moment to survey your office and the people sitting behind computers. Or, if you have a remote workforce, picture your employees in their home offices or on the road, all within arm’s reach of a laptop or mobile device. These individuals, whether you realize it or not, play a vital role in protecting your company from a security breach.You can install all of the latest and greatest security innovations, but if your employees aren’t properly using these technologies and adhering to safe computing practices, you may be more at risk than you think. Many small businesses don’t have an onsite IT staff, so it takes time to get employees to understand and then take proper action to maintain data security. But your business and its valuable data are worth it.To ensure that your team is ready to defend your business to the best of its ability, begin by ensuring that your employees do the following:1. Use email responsibly. Hackers and scammers have become very sophisticated in targeting individuals via their email accounts. Malicious intruders often try to persuade email recipients to take actions that can expose business and personal information without employees even knowing they’ve done anything wrong.Related: 5 Easy-to-Use Tools to Make Business Email More SecureTo protect your valuable business information, advise employees to:• Exercise judgment before opening email attachments. If they are suspicious of an email or email attachment, they should not open it. • Be especially wary of any attachment with a “.exe” filename extension, which may begin executing a program as soon as the attachment is opened.• Manually scan attachments with antivirus software before opening or downloading to your computer.• Be sure the option to automatically download attachments is disabled. Some email programs offer automatic download as a convenience, but it can lead to trouble if a harmful attachment comes through.• Use complex email passwords to make it difficult for hackers to access email accounts. Passwords should include upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation marks or other symbols.The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team has a number of other helpful tips on how email users can protect their systems by using caution with email attachments.2. Be cautious about wireless internet connections. Wireless internet connections are a remote worker’s best friend. Yet, public wireless hotspots can be notorious access points for cybercriminals because they are open networks that do not encrypt data, emails, passwords or any other information transmitted across them. If employees have the choice between a secure wireless connection, which will require a password, and a public hotspot, they always should choose the secure connection.Related: 3 Scary Online Security Mistakes to AvoidBecause employees may sometimes need to use a public hotspot, they should know how to make sure their firewall is on, how to disable file and printer sharing, and how to make folders private. These tasks can be managed through every computer’s System Preferences or Control Panel, where security, internet and user settings can be reviewed and adjusted. Advice on how to manage these tasks can be found in your computer’s help and support index.You also can safeguard data by protecting it on a corporate network or in the cloud. There are numerous cloud storage options for small businesses. Available through Microsoft’s Office 365 offering, SharePoint Online allows users to create online sites to securely store, manage and share files with colleagues and customers. It’s priced at $8 per user per month with an Office 365 subscription, or $4 per user per month for the standalone service. Another cloud storage solution is CloudBerry Labs’ Cloud Drive offering, which allows businesses to store and backup to their cloud vendor of choice simply and seamlessly, starting at $29.99.3. Use smartphones conscientiously. Smartphone use adds an entirely new layer of complexity to managing your data security. These days, employees commonly conduct work-related tasks from their personal mobile devices, opening new gateways for security breaches.Develop a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy that provides parameters on how and when employees can use their personal mobile devices for work purposes. The policy should include specific guidelines for smartphone security, such as a password policy, a list of supported devices and others that are not allowed to connect to the network, and protocol for installing applications, which can become easy entryways for malware.Smartphones also can be easily misplaced or stolen, so take steps to prevent a data breach if this occurs. You can require employees to use mobile tracking services offered by carriers, such as AT&T’s Mobile Locate or Verizon’s My Mobile Recovery, to find the location of lost devices, remotely lock them or erase data. For more assistance in developing a BYOD policy that’s right for your business, consider getting guidance from a local IT provider or expert.Related: 3 Tips for Beefing Up Password Security Register Now » December 27, 2012last_img read more

3 Tips for Growth From the Details Tech Tastemakers Summit

first_img Enroll Now for Free When you bring together influential figures in technology, fashion and entertainment, as the Details Tech & Tastemakers Summit did on Wednesday in New York City, you tend to get colorful results.You may get Nick Wooster, the former menswear fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman, wearing flowery Prada pants. You may get Michael Preysman, the founder of online retailer Everlane, explaining how to create stories people want to share. One thing you’re sure to get is some good advice for starting and growing a business. Here are three tips for charting a path to success from founders at the event:Set clear milestones.By now, most founders know how important it is to start lean. Even so, some of them make the mistake of trying to grow too quickly, investing in hiring or other expansion efforts before nailing down their business model, said Pete Cashmore, founder of tech news website Mashable.Just as important is recognizing when it is time to grow. If you starve your company of talent or other essentials past a certain point, someone else can copy your business model and take over your market.One way to know when you’ve hit that inflection point is to set clear growth milestones. “That’s a very healthy way to run a business,” Cashmore said. “There’s a lot of math you can do in advance. It’s a risk, but you can really lower that by figuring out what’s our ROI per person, at what stages and inflection points can we scale up pieces of our business.”Related: In New Venture, Bonobos Co-Founder Reimagines the Way Men ShopHire people for their passion, not their experience.While experienced employees can be great assets, they can also ruin your company culture. Marc Kushner, founder of Architizer, a social network for architects, said that in the early days of his company he needed to hire experts in sales and internet publishing. But he made a mistake.”I hired people with tons of experience but who lacked a specific passion about what the site was after,” Kushner told the audience. “And what I ended up with was a culture that I hated.”Over the past two years, he has set about retooling the company. Less experienced employees who are more motivated and excited about the Architizer mission have proven to be crucial. So, rather than hiring subject-matter experts, Kushner said, he now taps young architects to fill key positions, because they have the necessary passion for the industry.Cashmore agreed. “You can’t tell people what to do, really,” he said. “Ultimately you can only enable them to do what they want to do.”Work hard, then work harder.As hard as the early days of a startup can be, you may find yourself looking back wistfully on them once your company gets bigger. Growth brings a whole new set of challenges and responsibilities. Don’t expect to ease off the throttle.”Get ready to work really hard, and harder, and more and more,” Olivier van Themsche, founder of The Cools, a social marketplace, told aspiring digital entrepreneurs. “It’s rewarding, but you have to be ready for this.”It was a message echoed by other speakers when giving advice to would-be founders and professional bloggers: Success does not come quickly or by accident. “Sacrifice everything,” street-style photography phenom Tommy Ton said. “Sacrifice your personal life. Be prepared not to eat, to be tired.”An old lesson, and one it seems every entrepreneur has to learn for himself.Related: Why Steve Case Is Betting Millions on Lolly Wolly Doodle 4 min read September 4, 2013 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Create or add subtitles to video files with Media Subtitler

first_imgCreate or add subtitles to video files with Media Subtitler by Martin Brinkmann on May 30, 2017 in Software – 6 commentsDivxLand Media Subtitler is a program for Windows that you may use to create, edit, fix or add subtitles to video files.Media that you purchase these days or watch online on streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Video often come with multiple audio streams and subtitle support.Subtitles can be quite useful, for instance when watching a foreign language film. While you may understand the language, you may find the assistance that subtitle offer useful as you can read if you don’t understand a word or phrase. Subtitles are also useful for the hearing impaired.Subtitle creation is a lengthy process. Media Subtitler was created to improve that process on Windows.Tip: if you just want to download subtitles, check out SRT Downloader or this guide on adding subtitle downloads to VLC.Media SubtitlerMedia Subtitler is a free program for Windows that relies on Windows Media Player for compatibility purposes.You have multiple options when it comes to subtitles. First thing you may want to do is load a video or audio file. The program supports all video formats that Windows Media Player supports, and you may load a video stream as well if the video is available as a stream only.The program supports audio files, and you may extract audio streams from avi or mpg video files to mp3, mp3 or wav format as well using the application.You may then load an existing subtitle, for instance to fix it or continue adding dialog to it, or start a new subtitle from scratch for the loaded video file. Subtitles may be loaded from plain text files, one of the 30 support subtitle formats, or the clipboardThe program lists the text of the subtitle and controls on the left, and the video player on the right. This allows you to play the video while you add content to the subtitle at the same time.Media Subtitler supports several captioning mode. The default mode applies the captioning when you press the apply button, but there are also manual and preview modes available that you may use instead.While you can use the mouse for all operations, one of the strength of Media Subtitler is its support for keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts are supported to start and end the captioning, play and pause the video, orreturn to the previous or next subtitle position.This allows you to work efficiently while the video is playing, as you can keep your hands on the keyboard all the time.You may save subtitles to one of the supported subtitle formats, and make some modifications to the format if it supports that. Some subtitle formats allow you to set font, color and background styles for instance.The application supports several nice to have features on top of all that. It may set and correct the caption timing automatically to avoid overlaps, supports previews of subtitles without saving, and comes with spell checking support for multiple languages.VerdictMedia Subtitler is a powerful program to create, edit and add subtitles. It supports 35 different subtitle formats at the time of writing (which includes loading and saving), and a variety of nice to have features that make live easier, especially if you create a subtitle from scratch. Since it supports this many formats, you may use it to convert a subtitle format to another using it.Now Read: List of the best Windows subtitle programsSummary12345 Author Rating5 based on 1 votes Software Name Media SubtitlerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

RuPaul breaks silence about his trans comments but does not apologize

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- After swift and heavy backlash for his comments made about trans drag queens, RuPaul has responded on Twitter.The host of RuPaul’s Drag Race told The Guardian that contestants who had undergone gender confirming surgery would not be allowed on his VH1 reality show. Peppermint finally speaks out on RuPaul’s controversial trans commentsPopular costume designer accused of intentionally misgendering trans activistWas trans queen Peppermint told to dress ‘as a man’ on Drag Race?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Everyone has the right to be upset but we are all each other’s teachers and if we get angry at everyone for what they think they will never open their mind for us to teach. Let’s all be kind. No matter how old or famous you are we all still have a lot to learn— #teamgetoutofmystation (@sharunhhh) March 6, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) How many times are we going to give someone a free pass because they pretend to be sorry? Her statement was clear, and one that won’t change. Obviously she’s always felt this way. I’ll be satisfied when she proves me wrong.— Hunter (@outboundhunter) March 6, 2018center_img And all these fuck ass White Gays and Twinks agreeing with Ru are part of the misogyny that runs rampant in the LGBTQ community. It’s okay for someone to fuck up RUPAUL FUCKED UPDon’t defend his opinion, call. It. Out.— Hunter Losh (@HuntarLNG) March 6, 2018What Ru saidDrag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it, because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture,’ he said.‘So for men to do it, it’s really punk rock, because it’s a real rejection of masculinity.’When asked specifically about trans women being drag queens, he brought up season 9 runner-up Peppermint.‘Peppermint didn’t get breast implants until after she left our show; she was identifying as a woman, but she hadn’t really transitioned,’ he said.And on whether he would accept a contestant who had, Ru said: ‘Probably not. You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body.‘It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing. We’ve had some girls who’ve had some injections in the face and maybe a little bit in the butt here and there, but they haven’t transitioned.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Drag Race contestants and many high profile people condemned his comments.It’s your show @RuPaul. You can have whatever rules you want. That’s that on that. But these words particularly seem to alienate trans people from drag, many of whom do it because they’re scared to present as women daily. Drag gives them and all of us strength, don’t weaponize it— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) March 5, 2018Only hours after the story was released and the backlash started, RuPaul issued a response on Twitter.Each morning I pray to set aside everything I THINK I know, so I may have an open mind and a new experience. I understand and regret the hurt I have caused. The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers.— RuPaul (@RuPaul) March 5, 2018‘Each morning I pray to set aside everything I THINK I know, so I may have an open mind and a new experience. I understand and regret the hurt I have caused,’ he wrote.‘The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers.’He then said in a seperate tweet that he and the show’s producers don’t cast the show based on gender identity.‘In the 10 years we’ve been casting Drag Race, the only thing we’ve ever screened for is charisma uniqueness nerve and talent. And that will never change,’ he wrote.In the 10 years we’ve been casting Drag Race, the only thing we’ve ever screened for is charisma uniqueness nerve and talent. And that will never change.— RuPaul (@RuPaul) March 5, 2018The ‘apology’Fan reactions to RuPaul’s statement were mixed. Many accepted his that he admitted his mistake, but many thought his comments were unforgivable. Should we forgive RuPaul for being an ignorant, transphobic man?— Florence Welch (@HausofFrancis) March 6, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more