Fears Rise H-1B Spouses May Lose Right to Work in US

first_imgThe Trump Administration has sought 60 days to respond to a court case that challenges the decision of the previous Obama Administration to authorise spouses of H-1B holders to work in the US. Related Itemslast_img

Kylian Mbappe scores 14th of Ligue 1 in PSG’s 3-0 win at Amiens

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The win moved PSG 13 points clear of second-place Lille , having played two games less.Edinson Cavani put PSG ahead from the penalty spot after 57 minutes and, after Mbappe struck in the 70th, center half Marquinhos completed the scoring in the 79th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt was a return to winning ways after the humiliating home defeat to struggler Guingamp in the League Cup on Wednesday.Amiens almost caught PSG with a perfect sucker-punch seconds before halftime, when a PSG free kick was cleared and Colombian Stiven Mendoza sprinted down the field before crossing into the penalty area. The ball fell to midfielder Eddy Gnahore, whose shot was kicked away by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. View comments MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting It was a reprieve for PSG, which was missing Brazil star Neymar. He was rested by coach Thomas Tuchel after taking a minor knock to his knee against Guingamp.“There was a clash of knees and he felt some pain in the knee. He wasn’t free in his movements,” Tuchel said after the Amiens game. “It was too risky (to play him). It’s more important he’s not injured so he can be with us in Doha.”Qatar-owned PSG is flying to Doha on Sunday for a four-day training camp.Amiens looked in control until midfielder Alexis Blin slid to block a shot from Angel Di Maria with his arm. In the absence of Neymar, Cavani took the penalty and converted it confidently for his 11th league goal.Midway through the second half, Amiens went down to 10 men when left back Khaled Adenon was sent off for a second yellow card after pulling back Mbappe.ADVERTISEMENT Moments later, Mbappe swept in a fine cross from Cavani following a counterattack quickly launched by midfielder Julian Draxler, who dribbled his way into the area to set up Marquinhos.OTHER MATCHESTunisia forward Wahbi Khazri’s deflected free kick helped Saint-Etienne win at Guingamp 1-0 to move up to fourth place.It was Khazri’s career-best 10th league goal.Former France and Arsenal great Patrick Vieira’s Nice side is up to sixth after beating Bordeaux 1-0 at home.Allan Saint-Maximin’s penalty after 16 minutes was enough for victory.SUNDAY’S GAMESIn the pick of Sunday’s games, midfielder Cesc Fabrergas could make his debut for 19th-place Monaco at Marseille.Elsewhere, Montpellier is at relegation battler Dijon. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PSG’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the French League One soccer match between Amiens and Paris-Saint-Germain at the Stade de la Licorne stadium in Amiens, France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Kylian Mbappe struck his French league-leading 14th goal as Paris Saint-Germain won at Amiens 3-0 on Saturday.The 20-year-old Mbappe has 14 goals in only 13 games, compared to 13 in 27 matches last season for PSG. France’s World Cup star is well on course to eclipse his best tally of 15 in 2017, when he was a rising star of world soccer and won the title with Monaco.ADVERTISEMENT Katie Ledecky wins 4 events at Swim Series meet Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

Long Scores Quickest Premier League Goal at 7.69 Seconds (Vid)

first_imgWATFORD, England — Shane Long has scored the fastest-ever goal in a Premier League game, netting after less than eight seconds for Southampton against Watford.Long intercepted Craig Cathcart’s clearance and ran onto the loose ball before dinking a shot over goalkeeper Ben Foster after 7.69 seconds on Tuesday.Based on the Premier League’s timing, the goal was quicker than the 9.9 seconds it took Tottenham’s Ledley King to score against Bradford in 2000.Shane Long just scored the fastest goal EVER in the Premier League — 7 seconds ?(via @NBCSportsSoccer) pic.twitter.com/8H6x2BHdFc— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 23, 2019TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nations League round-up: Northern Ireland face drop after Dzeko double

first_imgNorthern Ireland were shown the value of clinical finishing as the Bosnia-Herzegovina captain, Edin Dzeko, condemned them to a third successive Nations League defeat in a match during which they hit the post three times. Switzerland, who thumped Iceland 6-0 in September, have six points from three games, level with the group leaders Belgium who have a game in hand. Iceland have lost all three games and will finish bottom of the section. Northern Ireland Pinterest Share via Email Facebook news Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp They were made to pay moments later. Dzeko found himself in acres of space to collect Pjanic’s cross and place his finish into the far corner of the goal. When Whyte struck the post again in the last minute, it summed up their evening.In Reykjavik Switzerland kept their Nations League semi-final hopes alive and sent Iceland down into the second tier with a 2-1 win in their League A Group Two match. Haris Seferovic and Michael Lang scored the Swiss goals in the second half while the debutant goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo made three key saves for the visitors. Share on Pinterest Switzerland Read more Pinterest Nations League Twitter Northern Ireland were grateful to go in at half-time only 1-0 down. Whyte replaced the subdued Norwood just before the hour but what could have been the perfect instant impact was instead a shocking miss.The Oxford man rose to meet Stuart Dallas’s cross at the far post and, although his effort was saved by Sehic, the ball fell for him to apply what looked an easy finish. Instead he fired on to a post from point-blank range. With Xherdan Shaqiri (right) on the ground, Michael Lang sidefoots what proves to be the winner for Switzerland against Iceland. Photograph: Hanna Andresdottir/EPA Facebook Read more Share on Facebook Read more Northern Ireland’s Corry Evans reacts after a missed chance in Sarajevo. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Wales to go on the offensive in Dublin without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey Bosnia-Herzegovina Iceland Dzeko scored in each half on the ground where he began his professional career but Northern Ireland will rue a shocking miss from Gavin Whyte and an early George Saville effort that came back off the frame of the goal.The 2-0 defeat leaves Northern Ireland on the brink of relegation to League C, with their fate now out of their hands. “You are punished for a mistake,” their manager, Michael O’Neill, told Sky Sports. A young player makes the wrong decision in the wrong area of the pitch and that’s why Dzeko is the player that he is, he punishes you. We had great chances to go level and we don’t take them. In the end we are punished again when we are pushing forward.The Bosnia coach, Robert Prosinecki, admitted his team had to ride their luck at times. “We expected a very hard match,” he said. “We were facing Northern Ireland, who are a brilliant team and they have shown this quality this evening. They can play with anyone at any level. They had a lot of opportunities and we have seen the post being hit several times.” Raheem Sterling’s double inspires England to stunning victory in Spain Things might have been different here if just one of Northern Ireland’s early chances had fallen to a strike. Instead Saville got all three. There was only one minute on the clock when Steven Davis played him in on the left but Saville’s rising shot went narrowly over. The pair linked up again in the 14th minute, with Davis crossing from the right, but Saville could not make proper contact. The best chance came after 20 minutes when Jamal Lewis picked out Saville from the left and his first-time shot beat Ibrahim Sehic only to come back off a post.Between times Dzeko had hit a half-volley just over after controlling Miralem Pjanic’s raking ball with his shoulder and it was the Roma striker who opened the scoring in the 27th minute. Lewis slipped inside the area to hand possession to Edin Visca and he played in Dzeko to apply a calm finish that left Bailey Peacock-Farrell with no chance. Topics Share on LinkedIn League C Group Two saw Estonia and Hungary play out a six-goal thriller in Tallinn. The home side led three times through Slim Luts, a Mate Patkai own goal and a 79th minute Henri Anier strike, but Dominik Nagy and two goals from the striker Adam Szalai pulled their visitors level.The result did neither side much good because Finland maintained their flawless start in the same group with an impressive 2-0 win over Greece. Pyry Soiri and Dundee’s Glen Kamara were on target, leaving the Finns all but certain to earn promotion.Belarus dropped points in League D Group 2 with a goalless home draw over Moldova. It allowed Luxembourg, 3-0 winners over San Marino thanks to goals by David Turpel, Daniel Sinani and Vincent Thill, to leapfrog them into top spot. If Luxembourg beat the Belarusians at home next month, they will both win the group and enter a play-off to reach Euro 2020. Twitter Luis Enrique sees Spain’s optimism washed away in the Seville rain Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Country’s No. 2 RB Recruit Announces His Commitment

first_imgA general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: A general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)The No. 2 running back recruit in the country has announced his college decision. It’s a big one.Seven McGee, the No. 2 RB in the 2021 class, took to Twitter to announce his commitment.The four-star running back recruit has pledged to Oregon.“Done deal,” he tweeted.Done deal….? pic.twitter.com/JV95i7vqFO— 7 (@McgeeSeven) November 27, 2018McGee is ranked the No. 51 overall recruit in the 2021 class by 247Sports.The New York native also had serious interest in Nebraska and USC, among other programs.last_img read more

After 80 Years, Bahrain is Finally Opening Up Pearl Diving Trips to Tourists

first_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Get to the Choppa! For $15,000, You Can Play Navy SEAL For a Day in Hawaii Editors’ Recommendations Like every intrepid traveler, scuba divers are always in search of the next great bucket-list-worthy adventure. Whether swimming with apex predators, diving the deepest wrecks, or exploring underwater caves, there’s no shortage of niche marine-based adventures around the world. Now, the tiny island nation of Bahrain is opening up its waters to one more: pearl diving.The waters off the coast of Bahrain are among the most stunning in the Arabian Gulf. Unknown to many, this is the best place to find the world’s purest, natural pearls. Among those in the know, it’s been the undisputed pearl capital of the world for more than two millennia. For the first time in 80 years, the country will join a handful of destinations around the globe by inviting tourists to dive its waters in search of pearls.Traditional pearl diving is an arduous, dirty, and dangerous job. Professional, commercial divers typically spent weeks or months at sea. The task required divers to be lowered on weighted ropes with only a nose clip for safety. They would remain underwater for more than a minute at a time, essentially freediving while desperately scouring the ocean floor. Modern pearl diving is, thankfully, much safer and easier. Tourists need only know a handful of basic steps to start diving for their own pearls, and even non-SCUBA certified snorkelers can take part as well.The move is part of an overall initiative to boost tourism to the Arabian Gulf. It will also be a way to raise money to protect the Gulf waters and bolster a more sustainable pearl diving industry. Consequently, the tours will be strictly regulated and are only available from operators at specific ports.Licensed tickets must be purchased in advance from Bahrain’s official government website. Travelers then complete a workshop on what to expect and how to properly — and safely — dive for pearls. Divers must work with one of the few licensed tour operators and depart from the port of Ras Rayyah. Visitors are allowed to collect up to 60 oysters, which are professionally appraised before being packaged for their return home. Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskeylast_img read more

La Province fournira de meilleurs services aux jeunes enfants et aux familles

first_img Grâce au programme Thrive!, la Province investit dans les installations récréatives et élargit le soutien provincial destiné à l’utilisation communautaire des écoles par des groupes de loisirs et de sport et d’autres groupes bénévoles. Les réserves Annapolis Valley/Glooscap, Eskasoni, Millbrook, Membertou et Paqtnkek embaucheront du personnel à temps plein pour élaborer et mettre en œuvre des plans d’activité physique. Dès cet automne, le cours de Mathématiques 10 s’étendra sur toute l’année afin d’offrir plus de temps pour l’apprentissage. Le programme La réussite en lecture aide plus de jeunes élèves néo-écossais à apprendre à lire. Plus de 3 800 enfants ont obtenu de l’aide l’année dernière. Le programme sera maintenant offert aux élèves de 3e année et encore plus d’enfants pourront ainsi en profiter. Les familles de la Nouvelle-Écosse recevront un soutien mieux coordonné et plus accessible durant les premières années de la vie de leurs enfants. La Province a annoncé dans le discours du Trône prononcé aujourd’hui, 26 mars, le renouvellement de ses efforts à l’égard des enfants et de la jeunesse, et plus particulièrement la création du ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. « Nos enfants méritent de commencer leur vie de la meilleure manière possible pour les aider à réaliser leur plein potentiel, de souligner le premier ministre Darrell Dexter. Nous avons demandé aux Néo-Écossais comment améliorer notre approche à l’égard de la petite enfance et nous répondons aux suggestions avec un plan qui permettra aux familles de recevoir plus facilement l’aide et les services dont elles ont besoin. » Le ministère réunira du personnel à plein temps de l’Éducation, des Services communautaires et de la Santé et du Mieux-être qui administre plus de 200 programmes et services tels que les garderies et l’intervention précoce. La nouvelle Direction de la petite enfance améliorera la manière dont la Province soutient les enfants et les familles durant les premières années de la vie. Au cours de la présente session de l’assemblée législative, la ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Ramona Jennex, présentera des mesures immédiates et des objectifs pluriannuels pour aider les Néo-Écossais à tirer le meilleur parti des années de la petite enfance. Le plan repose sur les conseils et les idées reçus lors de consultations tenues dans la province, de même que sur les recommandations du Conseil consultatif sur la petite enfance. Il fait fond sur le succès remporté par ÉcolePlus, un programme qui offre des services sociaux, des services de santé, du mentorat et des ateliers sur l’art d’être parent à l’intention des élèves et des familles; le programme est maintenant offert dans 98 écoles. Anne McGuire, coprésidente du Conseil consultatif sur la petite enfance, s’est dite heureuse du renouvellement des efforts à l’égard du développement de la petite enfance au sein du nouveau ministère. « L’annonce de ce nouveau ministère est une excellente nouvelle, de dire Mme McGuire, présidente et directrice générale du IWK Health Centre. L’intégration de programmes en un seul ministère permettra de mieux mettre l’accent sur la prestation de soutiens de qualité à l’intention des familles et des enfants durant les premières années de la vie, période qui est si importante. » Le lieutenant-gouverneur J. J. Grant a annoncé aujourd’hui plusieurs autres programmes gouvernementaux qui mettent les enfants au premier plan.last_img read more

3 in 4 Indians use more than 1 device simultaneously

first_imgThree in four adult consumers in India constantly use more than one device simultaneously and spend almost 90 per cent of their workday interacting with devices, said a study on May 31. Interestingly, switching screens is common in India with 50 per cent of consumers starting an activity on mobile and then switching to a computer, said the study titled “2019 Mobile Marketing Research – India Market”. Switching is most common among male millennials, the research showed. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveWhen faced with the proposition of having their smartphone taken away for two weeks, 39 per cent said it would be a major hassle. This reaction was more pronounced among millennial consumers, said the study which showed that Indian consumers have developed an increased affinity for smartphones when it comes to all online activities as compared with computers. Video calling (88 per cent), checking social media (85 per cent) and texting (89 per cent) are among the key activities which Indian consumers prefer to use their mobile devices for as compared to computers. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painSmartphones have also emerged as the most preferred medium for all shopping activities with 89 per cent of consumers currently being able to do all the retail activities they want on mobile, showed the findings based on a survey of 1,000 adult consumers in India. A vast majority of consumers (83 per cent) have a strong preference for using mobile apps over mobile browsers while interacting with a company. The study revealed that more than half of adults surveyed regularly use voice commands. “The rapid proliferation of advanced technologies and their increased usage on mobile devices, points to potential new areas for marketers to engage with consumers,” said researchers. “Considering the fast consumer adoption of voice tech, we expect to start seeing more brands experimenting with immersive ways of customer engagement over the next few years,” researchers further added.last_img read more

Irish Prime Minister says nodeal Brexit could lead to united Ireland

first_imgLondon: A no-deal Brexit could lead to a united Ireland as more people in Northern Ireland would “come to question the union” with Britain, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said. His comments came after new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the current Brexit deal was unacceptable and set preparations for leaving the EU without an agreement as a “top priority” for his right-wing government. Tension around the withdrawal deal centres on the so-called Irish backstop — a mechanism designed to preserve the bloc’s single market and prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. Varadkar warned a no-deal Brexit could see more people in the North question the union with England, Scotland and Wales. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”People who you might describe as moderate nationalists or moderate Catholics who were more or less happy with the status quo will look more towards a united Ireland,” Varadkar said Friday at a summer school in county Donegal, the Irish Independent newspaper and other media reported. “And increasingly you see liberal Protestants, liberal unionists starting to ask the questions as to where they feel more at home. “Is it in a nationalist Britain that’s talking about potentially bringing back the death penalty and things like that? Or is it part of a common European home and part of Ireland?” said Vardakar, whose heavily trade-dependent nation stands to lose most from a messy EU-UK split. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsVardakar said there could be no Brexit deal without the Irish backstop, which Johnson is committed to abolishing. Johnson has staked his reputation on bringing Britain out of the EU by the current deadline of October 31, meaning that if new negotiations are refused the UK would crash out without a deal in place. “I think one of the things ironically that could really undermine the union is a hard Brexit, both for Northern Ireland and for Scotland. That’s a problem they’re going to have to face,” Varadkar said, according to the Independent. Separately, Ireland’s foreign minister said on Friday that Johnson had deliberately set Britain on a “collision course” with the EU over Brexit negotiations. “He seems to have made a deliberate decision to set Britain on a collision course with the European Union and with Ireland in relation to the Brexit negotiations,” Simon Coveney was quoted by Irish state broadcaster RTE as saying. European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker told Johnson on Thursday that EU officials have no mandate to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement, and chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said eliminating the Irish backstop was “unacceptable”.last_img read more

Hydro One releases names of four employees killed in eastern Ontario helicopter

first_imgBest friends, soulmates, fiancees and boyfriends: that’s how friends and family are remembering some of the four Ontario utility workers who were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Ontario on Thursday.The men, identified by Hydro One on Saturday as 39-year-old James Baragar, 27-year-old Kyle Shorrock, and Jeff Howes and Darcy Jansen, both 26, were working on a transmission tower in Tweed, Ont., and crashed when the chopper was approaching to land.Jansen’s mother, Brenda Jansen, said her son — a line technician from Long Sault, Ont. — was an outdoorsy person and an avid guitar player.“Anyone that knew him just loved him, he was a really lovable kid,” said Brenda, adding that he had just bought a house last year and moved in with his girlfriend.“We’re going to miss him, he’s going to be really missed. He touched a lot of hearts,” she added.She said the small community in Long Sault came together to support the family over the weekend.Friends of Howes, who was from Bath, Ont., and was a line technician with Hydro One since August 2013, took to Facebook to remember him as someone “who always had a smile on his face” with a contagious laugh to match.Howes’ family released a statement saying he loved “music, fishing, and thrilling adventures.”“His fiancé Brooke, his family, and many friends were always his first priority,” the statement said.“Jeff was just beginning a very promising personal and professional life when he was tragically taken. He will be missed for his kind heart, contagious laughter, and endless energy.”Shorrock, of Inverary, Ont., was also a line technician and was engaged to be married according to his Facebook page.“Yesterday I lost my best friend, my everything, my soul mate, the person who made my world go round,” wrote Brittany Robertson, who said on Facebook that she was Shorrock’s fiancee.Hydro One said Baragar, the pilot, had been with the company since 2009 and was from the Orillia, Ont., area.The company held candlelight vigils at its offices across the province Friday morning and said most ground crews would be standing down from their jobs until Monday. Workers will still respond to any reports of power outages, it said.“It is a time of emotion and shock for all of us at the company,” said the company’s CEO, Mayo Schmidt.The Transportation Safety Board said Friday that it had obtained initial statements from the crash, but still must examine maintenance records, pilot training and several other factors.The helicopter did not have a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder, but the TSB said it recovered a GPS, which will help in the investigation.The agency said investigators would be looking at a wide range of factors to determine a possible cause of the crash, including pilot records, aircraft maintenance records and aircraft history.The single-engine AS350 is a utility helicopter often used for corporate purposes and by police.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect spelling of James Baragarlast_img read more

Nunavut mine changes controversial shipping plan

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN National NewWith last week’s Supreme Court of Canada hearing about Clyde River, Nunavut, the Arctic and development have been in the spotlight.Now the only mine in the area has changed a controversial shipping plan, to the joy of residents.kdriscoll@aptn.caFollow @kentdriscolllast_img

Turmeric compounds may help combat cancer

first_imgCompounds found in turmeric – a condiment commonly used in Indian cuisine – can help prevent prevent and treat stomach cancer, scientists claim. Researchers identified possible therapeutic effects of curcumin – the yellow powder derived from the roots of the turmeric plant. “We undertook a vast review of the scientific literature on all nutrients and bioactive compounds with the potential to prevent or treat stomach cancer and found that curcumin is one of them,” Danielle Queiroz Calcagno, a professor at UFPA. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAccording to Calcagno, compounds such as cholecalciferol (a form of vitamin D), resveratrol (a polyphenol) and quercetin can prevent or combat stomach cancer because they are natural regulators of histone activity. Histones are proteins in cell nuclei that organise the DNA double helix into structural units called nucleosomes, according to a study published in the journal Epigenomics. Each nucleosome is made of DNA coiled like a spool around eight histone proteins (a histone octamer) to compact the DNA so that it fits in the cell, where it is packaged into chromatin. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardResearchers studied histone acetylation patterns in stomach cell samples from healthy individuals and patients diagnosed with stomach cancer. They found that the cells from stomach cancer patients displayed alterations in the pattern of expression of histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs). These alterations are epigenetic and affect the structure and integrity of the genome in many tumors, including stomach cancer. Recent research has also shown that nutrients and bioactive compounds can regulate the activity of HATs and HDACs, the scientists at UNIFESP and UFPA set out to identify any that might influence histone acetylation and hence help prevent stomach cancer or even treat the disease. In addition to curcumin, other compounds found to play a key role in modulating histone activity were cholecalciferol, resveratrol, quercetin, garcinol and sodium butyrate (produced by gut bacteria via fermentation of dietary fiber).last_img read more

DR Congo UN mission stresses its goal is to help restore state

17 October 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains committed to helping the Government and its armed forces restore state authority, the mission’s military chief said today after reports from the troubled North Kivu province that locals and soldiers have been hostile to the blue helmets. Gen. Babacar Gaye, the force commander of the mission (known as MONUC), told a press conference in Kinshasa that he had learned that locals in Masisi territory had thrown stones at UN peacekeepers after they evacuated members of the armed forces (FARDC) during recent clashes.“This equates to incomprehension of the nature of our action by the local population,” he said. “I also received a report yesterday that FARDC soldiers arriving into Goma had a less than friendly attitude towards our troops.”Both North Kivu and South Kivu provinces, which sit at the far eastern edge of the vast DRC, have been the scene of deadly clashes in recent months between Government forces, dissident soldiers led by renegade Gen. Laurent Nkunda and other armed groups.MONUC estimates there are as many as 700,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Kivu alone as a result of fighting this year, which has taken place as the rest of the country tries to consolidate after landmark presidential and parliamentary elections last year and the earlier formal end to the long-running civil war.Gen. Gaye stressed that the mandate of MONUC was very clear – to help the Government restore its authority across the entire country – and that its priority was to ensure the security of the local population.“We give advice and assistance to the FARDC. MONUC supports the FARDC in North Kivu with air reconnaissance, and air transport for munitions, troops and the evacuation of wounded. The towns of Goma and Sake are also protected by MONUC.”The General added that the mission also escorts humanitarian convoys in North Kivu and has deployed mobile operating bases to make it easier to reach people living in the displaced camps.MONUC spokesperson Kemal Saiki also told journalists that the mission categorically denied recent reports in the Congolese press that the peacekeepers were in any way supporting the factional forces loyal to Gen. Nkunda.The situation in North Kivu remains extremely tense, two days after Nkunda troops surrounded a school in the Rutshuru area and tried to enlist children there into their force.About 150 schoolchildren were given refuge by MONUC blue helmets after fleeing the recruitment attempts by the Nkunda forces.Meanwhile, in the nearby Ituri province, UN disarmament workers have reported that about 1,800 former combatants have joined the cantonment sites, where they have to give up their weapons and reintegrate into civil society.But an unknown number of fighters, including those belonging to the FNI armed group, continue to oppose the disarmament drive. read more

Lack of funding for Guatemalan food crisis appeal sparks concern at UN

Guatemala has been hit by a prolonged drought, one of the worst in the country in three decades, resulting in severe food shortages that have exacerbated the country’s chronic malnutrition problem, Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told reporters in Geneva.An estimated 43 per cent of Guatemalan children below the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition, one of the worst rates in the world.But so far only $2.9 million has been received in the appeal, according to OCHA.The rise in acute malnutrition, including clinical cases of kwashiorkor and marasmus, has hit the so-called ‘dry corridor’ in the east and centre of Guatemala particularly hard.Kwashiorkor is a malnutrition-related illness, which results from a protein deficiency in a person’s diet. Symptoms include a swollen abdomen in children, diarrhoea, skin peeling and reddish hair pigmentation. Marasmus is also the result of malnutrition and causes children to look emaciated with extensive tissue and muscle loss.Funds sought in the appeal are intended to complement national relief efforts and provide support for food, health, nutrition, agriculture and early recovery projects, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene projects for six months for people living in departments in the east of the country, including the ‘dry corridor’ – Jutiapa, Santa Rosa, Zacapa, Chiquimula, El Progreso and Baja Verapaz – and the neighbouring Izabal and Quiché departments.The effects of the drought have been made worse by rising food prices, a decrease in remittances because of the global financial crisis, cost increases for agricultural items, such as fertilizer and pesticides, and a decrease in job opportunities. 9 April 2010More than a month after the United Nations and its aid partners appealed for $34 million to respond to the food crisis in Guatemala, less than 10 per cent of that amount has been received, prompting UN officials to express concern today over the plight of the estimated 680,000 people in need. read more

UN Human Rights commissioner sees need for more emphasis on implementation

“On the implementation side the commission has performed extremely poorly, leading to a perception of using double standards and being very politically driven…I believe that this perception can only be properly addressed by a fundamental change in attitude that can only be triggered by a profound institutional change,” the High Commissioner said.Speaking to reporters during a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, Ms. Arbour also said that she has held discussions during her stay in New York with various stakeholders concerning the launching of a human rights council, hopefully at the time of the September summit.”All the great human rights instruments that we have originated are the work of this commission. In recent years though I think the importance has shifted from this normative mission to a mission of implementing the norms that we have that are very well understood, virtually universally accepted, but extremely poorly implemented,” Ms. Arbour said.Separately Ms. Arbour said she was encouraged by the attention that that events in Zimbabwe had received since the release of a report by the Secretary-General’s special envoy and she believed that this would galvanize international interest on many fronts including with regard to the plight of some 700,000 people who have been forcibly evicted from their homes in that country.Last week UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka, following a two-week visit to Zimbabwe, issued a report which called on the Government to stop the demolition of homes and markets, pay reparations to those who lost housing and livelihoods and punish those who, “with indifference to human suffering,” carried out the evictions.”I hope it will also bring home to the government the necessity to desist from this extremely misguided operation,” Ms. Arbour also said. read more

Navy rescued Manchester bomber Salman Abedi from wartorn Libya three years before

It was one of four terrorist attacks to strike Britain last year, and the review said MI5 had on two separate occasions received intelligence on Abedi “whose significance was not fully appreciated at the time”. Salman Abedi, right, was rescued from Libya on board HMS Enterprise, left  HMS Enterprise in Libya in 2014. The ship was diverted to rescue British nationals stranded in the war-torn country  Abedi, then aged 19, was rescued from the Libyan coast by HMS Enterprise, according to the report, before being taken to Malta for his flight home.His younger brother Hashem, who is in jail in Tripoli facing trial over the attack, was also rescued by HMS Enterprise. It’s understood they were part of a group of 100 British citizens rescued. Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was rescued by the Navy from the fighting in Libya before flying back to Britain, three years ahead of his deadly attack, it has emerged.The rescue of Abedi – who was known to the security services at the time of his trip to the war-torn country – enabled him to catch a flight home to the UK in August 2014, according to reports.Nearly three years later he went on to carry out the deadliest terror attack for more than a decade when he set off a bomb at the Manchester Arena in May 2017, killing 22 people.By the time of the bombing, security services were no longer monitoring him.The revelation, reported in the Daily Mail, is likely to infuriate the families who lost loved ones in the attack, and raises further fears over possible intelligence mistakes. “He was a British citizen so it was our job to safeguard him. Salman was one of many people in that mix and we absolutely had to evacuate him.”He was not a threat at the time and it was in a very different context,” one source told the Mail. However, Mr Anderson’s report into the Manchester Arena attack found he had been first investigated in January 2014 – seven months before the rescue, when he was seen acting suspiciously with a “subject of interest” by police. A victim of Abedi's attack in Manchester Salman Abedi, right, was rescued from Libya on board HMS Enterprise, left  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. Back in 2014, the country was in the grip of civil war. HMS Enterprise, a survey ship, was diverted from routine operations in the Mediterranean to head to Tripoli to pick up Britons after the ambassador closed down operations in the country.Clashes and fighting around the capital were killing dozens of people every night, at a time when the Foreign Office was advising against all travel to Libya. Airlines had begun cancelling flights, while Michael Aron, the then British ambassador to Libya, was overseeing some of the evacuations.The brothers were on holiday there at the time, and the Royal Navy was tasked with picking them up, along with other British nationals, on a list provided to sailors.A review of his deadly attack by David Anderson QC found the bombing could have been averted “had the cards fallen differently.” It emerged MI5 had planned to discuss the threat posed by him just nine days after he launched his attack, after he was highlighted for discussion. A Whitehall source told the Mail: “For this man to have committed such an atrocity on UK soil after we rescued him from Libya was an act of utter betrayal.” The paper also quoted sources in London and family friends in Libya saying Salman Abedi was on HMS Enterprise.The brothers regularly to Libya from their home in Manchester, as their parents, Ramadan and Samia, were both living in Libya. A victim of Abedi’s attack in ManchesterCredit:Joel Goodman/London News Pictures Ltd It’s understood Abedi’s father Ramadan had travelled back to Libya in time for the 2011 revolution, allegedly fighting against the Gaddafi regime with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. It is not certain whether the two brothers were with their father at the time of the revolution or instead in neighbouring Tunisia.Senior security sources stressed told the paper they did not believe Abedi had been radicalised at the time of the Royal Navy rescue. Salman, who was on a gap year from Manchester College at the time, went on to study business management at Salford University, before dropping out. He later became brainwashed after watching bomb-making videos on Google-owned YouTube and terror material on other internet sites, they believe. At the time of the rescue in 2014, the MoD released a statement from HMS Enterprise’s commanding officer, Cdr Mark Varta, saying: “This is a period of uncertainty for UK citizens based in Libya but we have been proud to play our part in enabling their move to safety.”The then defence secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, also said: “I thank the crew of HMS Enterprise for their support and professionalism in carrying out this important task.”The 90-metre-long survey ship, normally based in Plymouth, had been eight weeks into an 18-month mission carrying out surveys in the area.A Government spokesman said: “During the deteriorating security situation in Libya in 2014, Border Force officials were deployed to assist with the evacuation of British nationals and their dependents.” Show more He then came to the attention of the authorities again in October 2015 because of his supposed contact with an Islamic State figure in Libya, but his file was closed once more.A family friend was reportedly adamant that Abedi was there for innocent purposes, telling the paper: ‘Salman and Hashem were not involved in fighting at all and they had spent a lot of time with their mother in Tunisia.”The rescue operation saw UK citizens taken in small boats from the port of Tripoli to HMS Enterprise. HMS Enterprise in Libya in 2014. The ship was diverted to rescue British nationals stranded in the war-torn country Credit:MATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP read more

Opinion For years the doctors told me I was overweight but it

first_img Mar 27th 2019, 7:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM 24 Comments 97,531 Views Andrea Quigley At the end of my consultation, I asked her whether that might be the cause of my big heavy legs too? She examined them and diagnosed primary lymphoedema in both legs.I wasn’t overweight I had a disease that affects the lymphatic system, I was amazed. I felt like crying, but at least I finally knew what was wrong.Lymphoedema involves painful swelling of the limbs, mainly the arms and legs and occurs when the lymphatic system isn’t working properly.Lack of treatment can lead to increased swelling and pain, irreversible damage to the body’s drainage system, recurrent infections, the inability to work and a dramatically reduced quality of life.There are two types: primary lymphoedema is a genetic condition while secondary lymphoedema develops because of damage to the drainage system caused by radiotherapy, advanced cancer, deep vein thrombosis, cellulitis, paralysis or obesity.Many cases occur following breast cancer treatment.I have now been having some treatment since September 2018 on my left arm and both my legs. The fluid has reduced a bit. Compression stockings and a sleeve are helping to keep it under control.Unfortunately, this year I also found out that I have secondary lymphoedema in my other arm – now meaning that all four limbs are affected.I have been told that I will need ongoing sessions on each of my affected limbs for the rest of my life. This is hard to take in and deal with. Opinion: For years the doctors told me I was overweight but it turned out I had lymphoedema I was on a diet from age 14 and got the diagnosis at 31. I was amazed and felt like crying as I finally knew what was wrong, writes Andrea Quigley. Short URLcenter_img Getting dressed in the mornings is tough. It takes around 30 minutes to get the compression garments on. I am sick a lot, have swelling, extreme fatigue and get very cold.I support the work of Lymphoedema Ireland which advocates for better services for patients like me. We need local services to be made available for lymphoedema patients.Lymphodema Ireland has estimated that 15,000 hospital bed nights and €13m in savings could be achieved through developing dedicated localised services for lymphoedema.Raising greater understand and awareness of this condition is so important – how many other young people are currently being told by doctors they are overweight when in fact they may have lymphoedema?Through early detection, extreme swelling can be controlled and reduced, infection prevented and movement improved.The first-ever national model of care for lymphoedema was agreed by the HSE last month – and so we are awaiting the detail of how and when it will be rolled out.I know that making treatments available locally will avoid problems escalating and unnecessary hospital admissions. Living with lymphoedema has a massive impact on my life and every single decision has to be made around it. However, my challenges would not have been as severe if I had been diagnosed earlier.My wish is that future patients can find out if they have the condition earlier than me – and that we can treat it effectively through services and expertise available locally.The early warning signs of lymphoedema are:Transient swelling of a limb or other region of the bodyInfectionAching, heaviness, stiffness in the affected body partLimitation of movementTightness or temperature changes to areas of the bodyClothing, jewellery or shoes may feel tighterSwelling may be aggravated by heat, overuse, sustained positions or prolonged inactivity. Andrea Quigley is a lymphoedema patient and advocate for improved patient services.Lymphoedema Ireland is a voluntary patient group that provides information, a telephone helpline, an online discussion forum. Their annual open day is in Dublin this Saturday, 30 March.  By Andrea Quigley https://jrnl.ie/4561532 DOCTORS REPEATEDLY TOLD that  I was very overweight and needed to make lifestyle changes.I had been put on numerous different diets since I was 14 years old and I did lots of exercise – I was walking, swimming and going to the gym.I had been to GP’s, hospital appointments, for a stress test and to a dietician.But I was still unexplainedly, getting ‘bigger’. I just kept gaining weight and no-one would believe me that something beyond diet and exercise wasn’t right.I became breathless easily and I had heavy-dead legs. A simple knock to my legs would send pain shooting through me and they would bruise very easily.  Thankfully last year when attending a physio, she asked me to make two fists. She measured my arms which confirmed that my left arm was inches bigger than my dominant, right arm. After further investigation, she said I had secondary lymphoedema in my left arm and would need massage therapy to relieve pain, pressure and fluid from the arm. Share358 Tweet Email4 last_img read more

Google met les bouchées doubles sur Chrome

first_imgGoogle met les bouchées doubles sur ChromeÉtats-Unis  – Google a choisi de diviser par deux la période entre deux mises à jour de son navigateur Chrome. Désormais, une nouvelle version sortira toutes les six semaines.Chrome est un élément important pour Google puisqu’il sera le navigateur de son système d’exploitation Chrome OS. Afin de le rendre optimal, Chrome sera mis à jour toutes les six semaines. Ce laps de temps permettra au navigateur d’être en permanence en contact avec les nouvelles fonctions. De plus, ce délai diminuera la pression sur les développeurs qui devaient attendre la prochaine version, trois mois plus tard, lorsqu’ils affichaient un léger retard sur leurs travaux. Aujourd’hui, Chrome détient un peu plus de 7% des parts du marché des navigateurs Internet, encore loin derrière Internet Explorer et Firefox.Le 23 juillet 2010 à 11:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Allegri on Champions League hangover

first_imgMax Allegri admits the Champions League hangover was on show in Juventus narrow 1-0 win over Bologna.Juve salvaged a win courtesy of Dybala who came off the bench to scrape a 1-0 win at the Stadio Dall’Ara.The Old lady’s survived a late scare when Nicola Sansone’s shot was tipped on to the upright in stoppages. And Allegri expressed fitness concerns after the game.“It was only natural there would be a hangover after such an important game as the Champions League.“We allowed Bologna very little until the final save that Mattia Perin made to turn it on to the upright,” the Coach told Football Italia.“This is a crucial result, as it means we’ll go into the head-to-head with Napoli at least 13 points clear at the top of the table.“We’re hoping to get some players back, although Douglas Costa is probably the only one who could recover. We’re glad that Napoli are coming up because that is an important test for us just before Atletico.”Report: No deadline day move for Dybala George Patchias – September 2, 2019 There will be no last-minute transfer of Paulo Dybala from Juventus this summer.According to Sky Sports and its associates in Italy, the player is…There were some tactical adjustments with Joao Cancelo in the trident attack and Federico Bernardeschi in midfield.“It’s one game from the start and another when coming on for the last 20 minutes. I asked Cancelo to give us more width and he has more room there to push forward and make the most of his characteristics.”Paulo Dybala delivers … with his second goal in two Serie A games. 👌👏#UCL pic.twitter.com/gmcUr1YnRA— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 24, 2019Allegri was asked if some of these changes could be used for the second leg against Atletico Madrid on March 12.“I’ll see if I get some divine inspiration. We could’ve done better in attacking between the lines, but the side we face in Turin will be very different. I think they’ll be even more defensive and clammed up, so we have to be more precise in our passing.”last_img read more