Mercedes ML63 AMGMercedes-Benz India Limited (MBIL) is scripting its growth story in the country through Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). As much as a quarter of the company’s sales here are through SUVs, prompting the car manufacturer to bring its contemporary and entry-level GLA model. Mercedes has been known to be traditionally strong in the sedan segment with its C, E and S Class saloons. With the rising popularity of the SUV segment among buyers here, the company has been beefing up the portfolio of these vehicles. The total market for luxury SUVs (priced above Rs 25 lakh) is about 9,000 units a year and is shared by Audi, Mercedes, BMW and Land Rover.Eberhard Kern, MD and CEO of MBIL, said that the company expects action to continue in the SUV category as companies continue to add newer models. He was quoted as saying, “India is very similar to the US where there is a very high affinity for SUVs. Indians love SUVs as it gives them a good road presence, considering the traffic situation. Also the high-ground clearance helps them have a comfortable drive in poor road conditions.”The German luxury auto maker has already opened pre-bookings for the GLA at a tentative price of Rs 38 lakh, though the car is likely to be priced lower after launch on September 30. The GLA will help Mercedes compete strongly against close rivals Audi and BMW, which already have entry-level SUVs Q3 and X1, respectively.The company’s current range of SUVs starts from around Rs 55 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the ML Class, while the GL Class family is priced upwards of Rs 70 lakh. At a higher level, the top-of-the-line AMG variants are priced higher, with G63 AMG commanding a price of Rs 2.5 crore.advertisement
Dick Advocaat was appointed Netherlands coach on Tuesday with the tough task of leading the struggling team to next year’s World Cup in Russia.With the Dutch national team languishing in fourth place in Group A, the Royal Dutch Football Association appointed Advocaat as coach and Ruud Gullit as his assistant for the remainder of the qualifying campaign. If they manage to get the team to Russia, they will stay in charge for the tournament, federation technical director Hans van Breukelen said.Advocaat was not present at a news conference to announce his appointment; he will remain with his current club, Fenerbahce, until the end of the Turkish league season.The 69-year-old Advocaat, who was appointed for his third stint in charge of the national team, won praise in 2015 for saving Sunderland from relegation in the Premier League and will need a similar escape to avoid the Netherlands missing their second straight major tournament after last year’s European Championship in France.The Netherlands are six points behind Group A leader France. Only the group winner is guaranteed a place at the World Cup.The vastly experienced Advocaat has previously coached Russia, Belgium and Serbia, as well as club teams including PSV Eindhoven, Glasgow Rangers, Zenit St. Petersburg and Sunderland.Gullit, a former Chelsea coach, captained the Netherlands to their only major tournament success, the 1988 European Championship.Advocaat’s predecessor, Danny Blind, was fired in March after the Dutch lost to Bulgaria in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.Van Breuken said the hunt for a replacement focused on finding somebody “who can increase discipline in the (players’) group and bring back the joy to our play.”advertisementJoy has been in short supply for the three-time World Cup runner-up since the team’s form went into free fall after reaching the semifinals of the World Cup in Brazil.Van Breukelen conceded that the search for a new coach was tough, with some possible candidates unavailable or unwilling. Everton coach Ronald Koeman and former Ajax coach Frank de Boer were both identified as possible successors shortly after Blind was fired.In the end, Advocaat was chosen despite having sparked anger among players and federation officials when he walked away from his role as Blind’s assistant last year to join Fenerbahce.Van Breukelen conceded that he was “very unhappy” when Advocaat quit last year. But he said he put that feeling aside when he chose Advocaat.”Quality comes ahead of sentiment,” Van Breukelen.It remains to be seen what the Dutch team will make of its new coach. Van Breukelen said the players he had spoken to were surprised by the choice of Advocaat and Gullit, but “they are professionals and they will get over it.”Advocaat’s first match in charge will be the team’s next World Cup qualifier, against Luxembourg on June 9 in Rotterdam. Before that match, Fred Grim will serve as caretaker coach for friendlies against Morocco and Ivory Coast.
By Amanpreet Singh Pune, Jan 1 (PTI) Ace doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna says “it is a catch-22 situation” for him to decide whether to play US Open or the Asian Games in Jakarta later this year since the two events are clashing with each other.However the reigning French Open mixed doubles champion indicated that sacrificing a Grand Slam can be an option for him if he was assured of making the season-end finale.This year, Asian Games are scheduled to be held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2 while the US Open is slated for August 27 to September 9. Bopanna had opted out of the last two editions of the Asian Games ?- Gunagzhou and Incheon ? as well as he chose to defend crucial ranking points in 2014 and was in London for the season-finale in 2010 as an alternative.With both Bopanna and Leander Paes both missing the Asian Games in the last two editions, it did not make much of the difference to Indias medals tally as the country won a mens doubles gold in 2010 (Somdev Devvarman and Sanam Singh) and a silver in 2014 (Saketh Myneni and Sanam).India also won the mixed doubles gold with Sania Mirza and Myneni finishing on top of the podium.Asked what will be his preference, Bopanna replied: “Still a very long way to go. Sometimes it all depends on how rankings are placed, are we seeded or not. Its somewhere there with the US Open. I have to make that decision later on in the year.advertisement”At the end of the day, its not only the Grand Slams we are fighting for, we are also fighting for London Masters (season-end finale),” he said on the sidelines of the Tata Open Maharashtra where he will defend his title. “Ideally, if we are doing well in the beginning of the year and we have already qualified pretty much there, then I can take that decision that I can skip a Grand Slam. I have to do either, if its the same week,” Bopanna said. Asked how important it is for him to play in such multi- disciplinary events, representing the country, Bopanna said, “Its an individual sport. Winning a medal for country is very prestigious irrespective of the event. A Grand Slam is also as big for a tennis player. Its catch-22 situation. Its not a win-win situation. I have to sacrifice one of the two.” Bopanna chose to split with Pablo Cuevas and has paired up with Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin for the 2018 season. The 37-year old from Coorg said it was not a difficult decision to make.”Edouards focus only on doubles helped me make that decision. It always makes a difference. If you want to focus on Master series events and Grand Slams its better to play with a doubles specialist. Even scheduling wise.”Like Cuevas in February was playing a lot on clay in North America and it was easier for me to play in Rotterdam or Dubai. Even getting visa for North America takes 2 or 3 weeks,” he said. Bopanna said by winning the French Open Mixed doubles title with Gabriela Dabrowski, he has achieved a personal milestone but he has his sight set on bigger things. “The focus is to win consistently the Grand Slams and Masters series and win the London finale and not just be there as top-eight. Winning big tournaments is the focus,” he said. Bopanna also revealed that he wont play with Dabrowski at the Australian Open. “I will play with Timea Babos (from Hungary). The partnership is only for Australian Open and see how it goes. Gabriela also said we should look for new partner. There were some close points which we could not finish.” Bopanna is defending a lot of points in Pune being a champion from the last edition along with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. However, their first match is very tricky as they are up against seasoned Leander Paes and Purav Raja. Bopanna knows that they have a tough job at hand.”We have only a handful players playing at the highest level at the Grand Slams and Purav and Leander are one of them. Definitely, its going to be a tough first round for both the teams. Its going to be great match tomorrow night.” Talking about the phenomena that Indias doubles players are more successful than the singles, Bopanna said it can happen in singles too but for that to happen the country needs to host a lot of tournaments.India now have six players in top-100. Bopanna is ranked 10 in the world and is followed by Divij Sharan (42), Leander Paes (50), Purav Raja (63), Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (82) and Vishnu Vardhan (100). “If we have lot of Futures and Challengers in India, our singles players will also pick up. There are a lot of doubles players because later in their careers (after singles), they still love the sport and see if they can make a career out of it,” he said. Bopanna also insisted that even being in top-100 does not make life easy for doubles players. “You are making into the top-100 but you are not making it to all the tournaments. You have to be 30-35 (in rankings) to play a full calendar in doubles. Its a long way to go. Even to play ATP 250, its tough.advertisement”If we have tournaments in India, players will grow. We had two Challengers this year and we had two Indians becoming champions, thats the beauty of the thing,” he added. PTI AT KHS KHS
LONDON (AP) — Unai Emery is the biggest change to come to Arsenal in 22 years, but the club’s new head coach wants things to look very much the same when the Gunners are playing.The 46-year-old Spaniard became the Premier League club’s first managerial hire since 1996 when the club ended weeks of speculation by announcing that Emery was the replacement for Arsene Wenger.Following two seasons with French champion Paris Saint-Germain, Emery has been charged with arresting the club’s slide without altering its famed style of play, as Arsenal prepares to enter a second consecutive season without Champions League football.Emery’s departure from PSG came as a consequence of the failure to carry the club’s dominance on the domestic stage into the Champions League.Despite this, the Arsenal hierarchy is confident that Emery’s arrival can put an end to the discontent that has crept into the Emirates, both on and off the field.“We believe our players will respond to the new energy that Unai brings,” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis -of Greek origin and born in Johanesbourg- said. “I think they will have somebody under whom they can improve their individual games and our collective game. … I strongly believe that our fans, when they see the energy that Unai can bring with his qualities to the club, will embrace that.”The fluid, possession-dominant style of football that Arsenal became known for under Wenger is something both the club and Emery want to maintain.“The history here is a team who loves playing with the possession of the ball. I like this personality, I like (being) this protagonist with the ball,” he said. “When you don’t have possession of the ball, I want a squad that is very intensive with pressing.”A former midfielder with Real Sociedad, Emery coached Valencia from 2008-12 before taking charge of Sevilla in 2013, following a brief spell at Spartak Moscow.Emery’s reputation was elevated after guiding Sevilla to three straight Europa League titles, but he couldn’t make an impact in the continent’s more illustrious competition.PSG became the first team in the Champions League to be eliminated from the knockout stage after winning the first match 4-0, losing 6-1 at Barcelona in the return leg of the last 16 in 2017 and then failed to reach the quarterfinals again in Emery’s final season, beaten home and away by Real Madrid.Now he’s taken over a team that hasn’t been past the Champions League round of 16 since 2010, while trying to replace the longest-serving manager in European football.“It’s a big challenge for me,” Emery said. “But I worked with other big projects and I’m proud to be here and to work after Arsene Wenger. … I believe we can develop the players who are here and the objective is together to work hard. (The target) for all the competitions next season, (is) to be a candidate and challenge for the title – that is very important for the club after two years outside the Champions League. We want to be in the best team in the Premier League and also in the world.”Emery was chosen from a list of eight managers interviewed by Arsenal over the previous month, a process that began just two days after Wenger’s departure was revealed.It had appeared the club would gamble on former player Mikel Arteta, who is part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Premier League champion Manchester City. Instead, Arsenal opted for an established coach — and one who has constantly delivered trophies at Sevilla and PSG.—By SAM JOHNSTON , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
Kuldeep Yadav lavished praise on West Indies’ Shimron Hetmyer, who smashed a 64-ball 94 to help Windies put up a brave fight against India in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.Hetmyer, who struggled in the Test series, roared back to form in the first ODI in Guwahati, where he scored his third ODI century and on Wednesday, he only carried his form forward with a breezy knock in Windies’ chase of 322.His 143-run partnership with Shai Hope, who remained unbeaten on 123, helped the visitors tie the game at the YSR ACA-VDCA Stadium.India hoped to get the better of Hetmyer by unleashing Kuldeep but the 21-year-old smashed him for a couple of sixes to put the young chinaman under pressure. And, Kuldeep praised him for his aggressive brand of cricket.Also read – West Indies showed great heart, tie a fair result: Virat Kohli”Hetmyer is playing brilliantly, it was very difficult to bowl to him. I was trying to contain him, was really on to him and trying to get him out. He was not comfortable against me but a couple of sixes he hit changed the course,” Kuldeep said.Kohli’s decision to bat first on a field that has plenty of dew towards the evening was questioned. But Kohli’s unbeaten 157 powered the hosts to 321/6 from their 50 overs and it was supposed to be enough as the wicket was expected to slow down in the second innings. But, in the end it didn’t help the hosts much.Vizag ODI: Match Report | Highlights | As it happened | PhotosadvertisementThe dew made it extremely difficult for the bowlers and Kuldeep, who returned with figures of 3/67, explained how it was difficult to bowl under the lights.”It was very difficult to bowl in the dew, the square was quick and there the got ball wet. I was having difficulty gripping the ball. But you have to consider these situations, we need to practice a lot,” Kukdeep told reporters at the post-match press conference.The Indian pacers struggled yet again but the 23-year-old said that it was not easy to bowl in those conditions.Also Read – Virat Kohli hits 37th ODI hundred to celebrate entry into elite 10,000-run club”Considering the situation they were in at one point when they (West Indies) were cruising, we are happy as a a bowling unit. With the dew also there, I think we did a good job,” Kuldeep said.India lead the five-match series 1-0 and the third match will be played on Saturday Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Battle for The Den: why is the Millwall inquiry happening and whom does it serve? Read more Sportblog Share on Twitter The report also concludes that Lewisham’s Labour councillors acted correctly in awarding half a million pounds of public money to a developer‑backed charity that had the council’s own Labour mayor on its board (the mayor, Steve Bullock, has since resigned from that post).In a worrying twist for Millwall FC, the report would also seem to clear the way for a further compulsory purchase order of land currently occupied by the club and its community trust. Millwall’s CEO, Steve Kavanagh, has stated that the loss of its surrounding land under the New Bermondsey “regeneration” project could see the club being forced to leave its home of the last 107 years.The report is the latest twist in a hugely divisive regeneration scheme, the likely fallout from which will depend on the viewpoint of the parties involved.Lewisham council’s officers will be delighted to be cleared of wrongdoing, a process funded by half a million pounds of public money, and will feel vindication of their actions in relation to the scheme.To those outside the circled wagons of Lewisham’s executive, however, there is unlikely to be a feeling of closure. The Association of Millwall Supporters has fought the plan to seize the club’s land from the start.“This comes as absolute no surprise to anyone who has followed the progress of this report,” an AMS spokesman told the Guardian.“The terms of reference were set by Lewisham council, the report was paid for by Lewisham council and all evidence was given in private and without the power to demand anything more.“ Nothing is changed by the report as far as we are concerned. Even Lord Dyson accepts he has no say on the morality of this development. The fight to stop Millwall FC being gentrified out of its home by a hostile council will continue.”The Football Supporters’ Federation said: “Millwall FC have spent more than 100 years in Bermondsey, at the heart of the community, yet the local council’s pursuit of a CPO could result in the club being forced out of the area. These deep roots are being ignored, as are the voices of tens of thousands of fans, and the FSF backs Millwall supporters’ groups efforts to safeguard their club’s home.”The Dyson report followed a storm of negative publicity after various questions were raised around Lewisham’s plan to compulsorily purchase Millwall’s land, in the process evicting local residents from their homes and, potentially, the club itself.For the last seven years Lewisham has favoured a scheme advanced by an offshore-owned developer called Renewal. Renewal has never undertaken a housing scheme of this scale and was originally set up by the last Labour mayor of Lewisham, Dave Sullivan.Renewal is now fronted by another former Lewisham council officer, Mushtaq Malik, Sullivan’s former business partner. It is still not clear beyond private reassurances who the ultimate owners and beneficiaries of Renewal are, as these details are concealed behind the veil of British Virgin Islands secrecy. Under the scheme, public land will be seized and sold to this offshore entity to create a project with low levels of affordable housing.The concern for Millwall FC and its supporters will be that none of the above facts have changed. For all the rigour of his report into the council’s conduct, Dyson himself notes in his summary: “It is not for me to express a view about the morality or political wisdom or desirability of allowing Renewal to carry out the development. That would clearly be outside my terms of reference.”At the end of which, and for all Dyson’s lengthy, informed and well-remunerated opinions on these matters, certain vital questions remain unanswered. These include:1 Why has Lewisham council been so determined to push through a scheme by an otherwise unproven developer, rather than providing every opportunity to include its only professional football club in the transformation of its community?2 What are the identities of all the ultimate owners and beneficiaries of Renewal, a company that still stands to benefit from the seizure and sale of public land?3 Why is a Labour council so eager to deal with an offshore-registered developer, whose business is located beyond UK tax scrutiny in an offshore haven?4 Why was the involvement of two former high-ranking Lewisham council officers in this £2bn council-backed scheme never explained or made public or scrutinised by the council over all the years of its gestation – until it was finally picked up on by the media?5 How, at a time when housing provision, gentrification and the use of tax havens are such issues of public concern, could all of the above taken together prove an acceptable prospect for a Labour council?The Guardian has raised all of these questions throughout its coverage of this issue, and will continue to do so. As a matter of journalistic policy the Guardian did not meet Dyson in person, but offered a written response to the one question Dyson asked and sent in a statement that covered anything that might have been offered additionally in the flesh.Since the furore over the Millwall CPO first emerged, Lewisham’s two most senior executives, Steve Bullock and Barry Quirk, have announced their departures. Damien Egan has been selected as Labour candidate for an election in May, and is thereby in effect the mayor in waiting.In January Egan washed his hands of the current scheme, spoke glowingly about involving Millwall in its own community’s regeneration and wrote: “My personal preference is that we should completely revisit the planning application that was made by Renewal in 2011 and go back to the drawing board.”There will undoubtedly be pressure now from extremely powerful financial interests to restart the Renewal scheme.On the back of this will come a test of the new mayor’s ability to stick to these principles. Not to mention a wider fear that for Millwall the battle for the Den is far from over. Share via Email Share on Facebook Football politics comment Topics A report commissioned by Lewisham council has cleared Lewisham council of “any impropriety” in relation to the abandoned Millwall CPO scheme. The report, which was compiled by the retired judge Lord Dyson and defined and framed by Lewisham councillors earlier this year, clears Lewisham councillors of misconduct and concludes they acted with “propriety, due diligence and in accordance with the applicable codes of practice” in relation to the New Bermondsey scheme. Millwall Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Federal investigators are looking into the way the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and national governing bodies of Olympic sports handled sex-abuse allegations, people with knowledge of the investigations told the Associated Press on Friday.The investigations, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, come in the aftermath of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse cases that led to massive turnover at USA Gymnastics and the USOPC. The Journal, citing people familiar with the investigations, reported that the investigation were wide-ranging and involved grand jury subpoenas that were sent to the USOPC and the US Center for SafeSport – the organization formed in 2017 to handle sex-abuse cases in the Olympic world.The people who told the AP about the investigations spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss ongoing investigations.The Wall Street Journal reported that prosecutors have spoken with potential witnesses about alleged abuse and misconduct in Olympic sports organizations, including USA Gymnastics and USA Taekwondo.The Journal said USA Gymnastics’ lawyers have been responding to Justice Department subpoenas as recently as April, according to bankruptcy filings. The federation filed for bankruptcy last year.In response to the Journal story, US senators Jerry Moran and Richard Blumenthal sent out a joint statement saying the USOPC and its NGBs “turned a blind eye to criminal conduct and then (tried) to sweep it under the rug”.“Everyone who allowed abuse to continue must be held responsible for any and all violations of the law,” the senators said.They have proposed a bill that would strengthen congressional oversight of Olympic organizations.USA Gymnastics issued a statement that read: “USA Gymnastics is striving to become an athlete-centric organization that keeps athlete safety and well-being at the forefront of everything it does. USA Gymnastics has cooperated fully with any governmental investigation and will continue to do so in the future.”USA Taekwondo said: “While we are limited in what we can say while legal proceedings move forward, we want to state clearly that above all else, our top priority at USA Taekwondo is the safety of our athletes.”The USOPC said it could not confirm the investigations.“Every instance related to potential or actual abuse of athletes warrants thorough investigation,” spokesman Mark Jones said. “We have cooperated with all government inquiries and will continue to do so.”One of the people familiar with the investigations told the AP the Justice Department is looking into how the FBI handled reports about Nassar’s abuse that it received from Steve Penny, who was CEO of USA Gymnastics when he delivered the information. He later resigned under pressure.Nassar, the former national team doctor for USA Gymnastics, is now serving an effective life prison sentence for child porn possession and molesting young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Messenger US sports Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share via Email USA Olympic team Topics Olympic Games Reuse this content
zoom Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), excluding Iran, will earn about USD 700 billion in revenue from net oil exports in 2014, based on the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) short term crude oil market estimates.This means a 14% decrease from 2013 earnings and the lowest earnings for the group since 2010.EIA said that OPEC earnings declined in 2014 largely for two reasons: decreases in the amount of OPEC oil exports and lower oil prices, with the 2014 average for Brent crude oil projected to be 8% below the average 2013 price.For similar reasons, revenues for OPEC (excluding Iran) in 2015 are expected to fall further, to USD 446 billion, 46% below the 2013 level. Brent crude oil is projected to average USD 68 per barrel in 2015, down from USD 100 per barrel in 2014 and USD 109 per barrel in 2013.EIA explaind that Iran was excluded from the calculation due current sanctions that make it difficult to estimate their crude oil export revenues.“Prolonged periods of lower oil prices have the largest effect on OPEC countries that are more sensitive to losses in revenue, most notably Venezuela, Iraq, and Ecuador. Governments in these countries were already running fiscal deficits in 2013, and their sovereign wealth funds are smaller compared to other OPEC members. This implies that these countries may not be able to fill budget gaps for as long as other OPEC members,” EIA went on to say. “As a result, further revisions to future budget plans may be required in many OPEC member countries, particularly the countries cited above, because of lower oil prices and large uncertainty over future global economic growth and crude oil production levels. Geopolitical risk may also be elevated because of lower government spending,“the administration concluded.
A 38-year tradition of gratitude and holiday cheer will continue Thursday, Dec. 3, as a 14-meter Christmas tree from Nova Scotia takes centre stage at the annual Tree Lighting ceremony in Boston. The ceremony will take place on the Boston Common at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. in Boston) and will be televised to an estimated viewing audience of 300,000 on WCVB Boston Channel 5, an ABC affiliate channel available in Atlantic Canada on cable. The Christmas tree is a gift to the City of Boston in recognition of the help provided in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion on Dec. 6, 1917. “Relationships forged in times of crisis are strong and long-lasting,” said Deputy Premier Frank Corbett. “Nova Scotia and Boston share traditions of culture and heritage as well as strong business and trade ties. I look forward to seeing this relationship grow and prosper.” This year’s tree is a white spruce from Floyd and Elaine Shatford of Fox Point, Lunenburg Co. “This has been so exciting,” said Floyd Shatford of having his tree selected as the centrepiece. “To see other people enjoying our tree, just as we have for so many years — it’s breathtaking.” Nova Scotia Come to life is the title sponsor of the tree lighting ceremony and the exclusive sponsor of the WCVB broadcast that will provide exposure to the province through commercials and other on-air mentions. Highlights from the tree-cutting ceremony held in Nova Scotia can be viewed online at www.novascotialife.com/blog/boston-bound . Before the tree lighting, a delegation from Nova Scotia will host a reception for businesses, media, university alumni, Nova Scotia expats and tourist operators. After the reception, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Christine Pelly and Const. Nicholas Baker will lead a procession to the Common. While in Boston, representatives from Nova Scotia Come to life met with members of the Boston Sounding Board, one of four advisory groups that provide input on how Nova Scotia is perceived in the board’s market and give advice on how the province can best capitalize on opportunities within that market.
United Nations: A “state actor” was most likely behind the attacks on four oil tankers off the Emirati coast which and bore the hallmarks of a “sophisticated and coordinated operation”, an international investigation has informed the UN Security Council. Of the four commercial ships targeted in the May 12 attack, one was flying a UAE flag, two were tankers owned by Saudi Arabia, and the fourth was a Norwegian tanker. There were no casualties but Saudi Arabia has said two of its ships suffered “significant” damage. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The US has accused Iran of being behind the attacks on the oil tankers, which came amidst escalating tensions between Tehran and Washington. The US has sent warships and bombers to the region as part of its response. “While investigations are still ongoing, these facts are strong indications that the four attacks were part of a sophisticated and coordinated operation carried out by an actor with significant operational capacity, most likely a state actor,” said a statement from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Norway, which jointly probed the attack. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaIran, the country suspected by both the US and Saudi Arabia of being behind the attacks, was not named as responsible by the investigation. The UAE ambassador, Lana Nusseibeh, told reporters she did not accuse Iran of responsibility in an informal Security Council meeting about the investigation. Iran has denounced the attack and denied involvement in the incident. Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Abdallah al-Mouallimi, was clear that Riyadh believes “responsibility lies on the shoulders of Iran.” He said there was “enough evidence” to demonstrate Iranian responsibility, adding that “if we tolerate a symbolic attack like this … it opens the door for more.” US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said that Iran was “almost certainly” behind the attacks. The US is conducting its own investigation. The briefings provided to the Security Council and later to reporters were mostly technical, CNN reported. Diplomats said the assessment of the damage to the four vessels and chemical analysis of the debris recovered revealed “it was highly likely that limpet mines’ were deployed.”
Actor Julia Roberts spent time with prostitutes who were paid $35 each to talk to her before filming Pretty Woman. Barbara Marshall, a former nurse and the widow of the movie’s director, Garry Marshall, has opened up on how she was volunteering at a free clinic here in 1989 when she got a call from her spouse, reports New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column. She said: “Garry would never visit me at the clinic, because he was a hypochondriac and afraid of getting a disease. But he asked if Julia could come and talk to some of the patients. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I recruited two young women who came to the clinic regularly, and I paid them $35 each to meet with Julia. I went back to work, and about 20 minutes later, Julia yelled from the end of the hall, ‘Bye, Barbara. We’re going to take a drive. We’ll be back later.'” Marshall panicked and called her husband and told the director: “Your star just left with a group of girls, and I think they were heading to Hollywood Boulevard. I’m worried. What if she doesn’t come back?” But the group returned later and Barbara praised Julia as “one tough lady who can take care of herself on and off camera”. Her most successful films include Mystic Pizza (1988), Steel Magnolias (1989), Pretty Woman (1990), to name a few.
A Minnesota environmental group filed a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, seeking to force it to make public the concerns its specialists have expressed about a copper-nickel mine in the northeast of the state.Environmentalists worry PolyMet Mining’s planned $1 billion mine, which would occupy 19,000 acres in the St. Louis River basin, will create a permanent pollution source from the river into Lake Superior. More than 900 acres of wetlands would also be destroyed, the lawsuit from WaterLegacy alleges.WaterLegacy attorney Paula Maccabee has said documents she obtained through an open records request showed regional EPA staffers said last fall they had “substantial questions” about the project, before the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued final water and air permits for the mine in December. Maccabee said the EPA never filed formal comments about the project, even though they had expressed a desire to do so.Environmentalists say they have been unable to obtain the EPA’s finalized comments that weren’t submitted, despite a Freedom of Information Act request. The lawsuit pushed for the release of those documents.The EPA said in an emailed statement that it does not comment on pending litigation.Maccabee said the permits issued “would not limit toxic pollutants that would then be discharged into the headwaters of the Lake Superior basin.”The Maryland-based group Protecting Employees Who Protect Our Environment, also known as PEER, filed Tuesday’s lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., on behalf of WaterLegacy, which wants to use the EPA’s unpublished objections in its litigation challenging the permits for the project, known as the NorthMet mine.“EPA apparently wants to ensure there is no paper trail evidencing the very real concerns of career professional staff,” said Kevin Bell, an attorney for PEER.Environmentalists say that since President Donald Trump’s election, EPA officials have been forbidden from submitting written comments to state regulators about approving air and water permits. The EPA staffers now read their comments over the phone, according to notes taken during calls by employees at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.The EPA is concerned about excess mercury discharge and inadequate monitoring, among other things, according to the MPCA notes, the lawsuit states.Last month, the matter captured the attention of Minnesota U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, who issued a statement saying she found it “remarkable” that the EPA did not formally weigh in before the MPCA issued the water and air permits. McCollum, who chairs an appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the EPA, said last month she would ask the EPA to publicly release any PolyMet-related comments.Construction on the project could start as early as this spring. However, the water and air permits that were granted are being appealed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press
Mr. Zeid said in a press release that the trial, before the Extraordinary African Chambers, was of tremendous significance in a number of ways.“It was the victims’ remarkable and tireless quest for justice and accountability for the gross human rights violations committed during Habré’s eight-year rule which made it possible for this trial to take place, more than 25 years after he left office and found refuge in Senegal.” On 22 August 2012, Senegal and the African Union (AU) signed an agreement establishing the Extraordinary African Chambers in the Senegalese justice system to try alleged perpetrators of international crimes committed in Chad between 1982 and 1990 – including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture. The UN human rights chief praised the unprecedented agreement as “a historic example of regional leadership and willingness to fight against impunity for international crimes.” “This shows that leaders accused of serious crimes should not assume they can evade justice forever,” he underscored. “Nowadays, there is a good chance their crimes will eventually catch up with them.”The High Commissioner noted that his Office, which over the past few years has actively supported accountability efforts in Senegal and Chad, will also closely monitor the trial’s progress. Mr. Zeid also welcomed the ongoing outreach efforts deployed by the special court in Chad ad “fundamentally important” in establishing “a clear two-way communication between the special court in Senegal and the Chadian population,” to ensure that the conduct of the trial “breeds a real sense of ownership and justice within Chad itself.”
Ohio State picked up the eighth commitment of its 2019 recruiting class on Sunday when outside linebacker Cade Stover announced his intention to join the Buckeyes via Twitter. A four-star recruit from Lexington, Ohio, Stover is the No. 8 outside linebacker in the nation and the fourth-best recruit from the state of Ohio, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Stover is one of three defensive players in Ohio State’s 2019 class, joining defensive end Noah Potter and safety Bryson Shaw, who flipped his commitment from Wisconsin on Jan. 27. Stover is also one of three Ohio natives in the 2019 class with both Potter and three-star offensive tackle Ryan Jacoby hailing from Mentor, Ohio. Stover is the second player in his class to commit to the Buckeyes in as many days. Shaw committed Saturday. Ohio State has a chance to land its third commitment of the weekend when five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson chooses between Texas and Ohio State. The Buckeyes have landed five of their eight commitments in April.
← Previous Story Borut Mackovsek unhappy with minutes at Hannover-Burgdorf Next Story → Timur Dibirov to miss the European Championship 2014 in Denmark! all-starfrench lnhhand star gamehand star lnhhandbalJerome FernandezMikkel Hansen The first all-star game between the players playing in the French LNH is scheduled to be taking place in 32 days from now, and the line-ups of the domestic and the foreign team have been announced. The “home” players will be led by Jerome Fernandez, while the “foreigners” are having PSG’s Mikkel Hansen as captain.Team France : Le sept de départ : Genty (Cesson), Anic (Cesson), Abalo (PSG Handball), Nyokas (Chambéry), Fernandez (Toulouse), Guigou (Montpellier), Narcisse (PSG Handball), Gérard (Dunkerque), Bertrand Gille (Chambéry), Porte (Toulouse), Barachet (Saint-Raphaël), Accambray (Montpellier), Honrubia (PSG Handball), Saurina (Nîmes).Coach : Philippe GardentTeam Foreigners : Djukanovic (Saint-Raphaël), Tej (Montpellier), Gajic (Montpellier), Kopljar (PSG Handball), Hansen (PSG Handball), Rivera (Nantes), Basic (Chambéry), Stojinovic (Dijon BHB), Mokrani (Dunkerque), Touati (Dunkerque), Maqueda (Nantes), Podsiadlo (Sélestat), Ilic (Toulouse), Olsen (Saint-Raphaël).Coach: Patrick Cazal
We are grateful for help, but your safety is paramount – wear warm clothes, sturdy footwear, prepare for weather and take heed of briefing. AS THE RAIN fell, volunteers from various areas of the city took part in a co-ordinated search for missing Edinburgh three-year-old Mikaeel Kular.The young boy has not been seen since 9pm Wednesday night when he was put to bed. Fears are growing for his safety in Scotland.Police have issued a Child Rescue Alert, setting up a dedicated phoneline for tips on his whereabouts.The current focus of the co-ordinated searches remains in the Drylaw area of Edinburgh which includes Muirhouse, Pennywell and Silverknowes. Officers have asked volunteers to wear appropriate clothing as they work and to keep their own safety at the forefront.Before the night shift, they advised helpers on Twitter: Volunteers will be briefed, assigned officers to work with and areas. Please dress appropriately and prepare for the weather.Mikaeel is described as two foot tall, of slim build and Asian appearance. He is possibly wearing a thigh length beige jacket with grey fur lined hood, black gloves with multi-coloured fingers, dark navy blue jogging bottoms, a grey pyjama top featuring an embroidered turquoise dinosaur on the chest and brown Clark shoes with two Velcro straps.He has a faded scar on the bridge of his nose and a sore on the left hand side of his mouth.Three year old Mikaeel Kular wearing the jacket police believe he was wearing when he disappeared. (Pic: Police Scotland)Speaking at a press conference this morning, Superintendent Liz McAnish who is leading the investigation, said:”We are deeply concerned we have no positive sightings of Mikaeel. There’s lots of activity today, lots of police officers, helped by members of the public. I remain optimistic, I really do, but as time passes we become deeply concerned.”She added that there are currently no suspects in the case as there is no evidence of criminality.Mikaeel’s mother is being comforted by family and friends. His father has also spoken to police.McAnish also urged people to be vigilant and check out any area where they see “something different or out of place”.”Also to revisit their gardens, sheds and outhouses – even if they checked them yesterday.”Today, we are continuing with our search using specialist officers, police dogs and horses and the air support unit.”Update: Edinburgh police release new picture as search for 3-year-old goes on
While gamers are about to get a fix of FPS-action in the form of Killzone 3 and Bulletstorm, you can’t help but want to hurry along the release of id Software’s Rage.The game has looked stunning from day one, and only looked more so this week with a relaunch of the game’s website and a bunch of new screenshots to drool over. One of them even shows a crossbow giving us a hint as to the range of weapons you’ll be taking advantage of. Yes, getting a headshot with a crossbow would be very satisfying, especially in a slow-motion replay.Rage isn’t out until September 13 (PS3, PC, 360), but the website is sure to keep teasing us with new images and trailers until then. In the meantime you can always head on over to the App Store and pick up Rage HD for the iPhone, iPad and iPot touch .Read more at TheSixthAxis.com and the official Rage website
Internet Explorer probablement ciblé par des attaques virtuellesÉtats-Unis – Microsoft vient d’annoncer que des hackers pourraient profiter d’une faille dans Internet Explorer 6 et 7 pour prendre le contrôle d’ordinateurs à distance. La mise à jour vers la version 8 est vivement conseillée.Après les attaques dont ont été victimes Google et une vingtaine d’entreprises américaines fin 2009 via Internet Explorer 6, de nouvelles attaques pourraient ressurgir, exploitant une nouvelle faille dans IE6 notamment. Celle-ci pourrait permettre à des hackers de prendre le contrôle d’ordinateurs à distance : “Nous sommes au courant d’attaques ciblées tentant d’utiliser cette vulnérabilité”, a indiqué Microsoft. “Nous allons continuer à surveiller cette menace et mettrons à jour cet avertissement si la situation change.” Le géant américain conseille vivement d’actualiser son navigateur vers la version 8 : “Ses fonctionnalités de sécurité et de défense sont améliorées.”Le 10 mars 2010 à 11:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
Vancouver Public Schools announced administrative changes for the 2019-2020 school year, including principal swaps and administrative office changes.Jim Gray, principal at Skyview High School, will move to the district office as its executive director of teaching and learning for high schools. Gray will also oversee district safety and athletics.Andy Meyer, associate principal of Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies, will replace Gray. Kirstin Kunihisa, dean of students at Fort Vancouver, will replace Meyer.Fort Vancouver High School Principal Jody ViDelco will move to Jason Lee Middle School as principal. Current Jason Lee Principal Curt Scheidel will become principal at Fort Vancouver.Mick Hoffman, assistant superintendent for facilities and operations, is leaving the district to lead the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. AJ Panter, who oversees facilities, will be director of facilities and transportation, absorbing some of Hoffman’s responsibilities.Debra Hale, executive director of teaching and learning for elementary schools, will absorb oversight of early childhood programs. Chris Olsen, executive director of teaching and learning, will oversee middle schools and absorb oversight of curriculum, instruction and assessment.