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Cristiano Ronaldo Hopes He and Lionel Messi Have Dinner Together Some Day

first_img Champions League drawcristiano ronaldolionel messiUCL First Published: August 30, 2019, 8:41 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Cristiano Ronaldo was all praise of the rivalry he and Lionel Messi have shared at the top of the footballing world and said he shared a ‘good relationship’ with the Argentinian.Ronaldo and Messi were in the running for the UEFA Best Men’s Player of the Year award but Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk took the award after a scintillating last season, where he led his club to the UEFA Champions League title. Ronaldo and Messi sat next to each other at the event and there were quite a few moments where the two were seen sharing pleasantries. During the award function, the presenter asked Ronaldo about his rivalry with Messi and the Portugal forward said it wasn’t easy to do what the two have done for so long.”We shared the stage for 15 years, me and him,” Ronaldo said at the Champions League draw. “I don’t know that it’s ever happened in football, the same two guys, the same stage, all the time. It’s not easy.”We have a good relationship. We’ve not had dinner together yet, but I hope [we will] in the future,” he added.Ronaldo: “We’ve not had dinner together yet, but I hope in the future!” @Cristiano & Messi at the #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/KOFY8680tU— #UCLdraw (@ChampionsLeague) August 29, 2019Ronaldo, who played for Real Madrid in Spain for nine years before joining Juventus in the summer last season, was involved in a constant battle with FC Barcelona’s Messi and said that the two continuously pushed each other.”Of course I miss playing in Spain – we’ve had that battle the last 15 years, which is good. It pushed me and I pushed him as well.”It’s good to be part of the history of football. I’m there and of course he’s there as well.”Ronaldo was asked about the rumours of his retirement plans but he quashed them saying, his haters are still going to see him.”He’s (Messi) two years younger than me, but I think I look good for my age,” Ronaldo said. “I hope to be here next year and then in two years and three years. So the people that don’t like me, they’re going to see me here.”Messi matched Ronaldo’s praise of their rivalry and called their long-running battle a “beautiful” one.”With Cristiano, it was a beautiful rivalry,” he said.”It’s nice to score goals. The goal is always to try to do things to win, before scoring. But if you can win and score, then [it’s] better.” last_img read more

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GST Relief for FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup 2020

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Panaji: The 37th Goods and Services Council on Friday proposed that the upcoming FIFA under-17 Women’s World Cup be exempted from service tax, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday.”To exempt services related to FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup 2020, similar to existing exemption given to FIFA under-17 World Cup 2017,” she said, quoting the recommendation made by the Council, following a meeting held near here. The Women’s under-17 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be held in Odisha in November next year.The Council also recommended allowing “registered authors” an option to pay Goods and Services Tax on royalty charged from publishers under forward charge and observe regular GST compliance. 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World CupFIFAGSTNirmala Sitharaman First Published: September 20, 2019, 11:48 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian female gymnast to reach Olympics

first_imgPerfect 10. It’s a score in gymnastics that inspires awe and reverence. The number is forever associated with the legendary Nadia Comneci, who achieved it at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. She was then a 14-yearold girl from Romania. She is now a legend.On Sunday, India’s Dipa Karmakar became the first female gymnast from the country to qualify for the Olympics. And none other than Nadia herself attests to the talent of the Tripura girl. In fact, the Romanian was so impressed by Dipa’s execution of the risky and rare Produnova vault- a skill practised by only a few woman gymnasts – during the World Championships in Glasgow last year that she took a special liking to her.At Glasgow, Nadia walked up to the demure Indian and patted her on the back. At the world meet too, Dipa etched India’s name on the world gymnastics map by becoming the first from the country to qualify for the final. But she failed to make the cut for Rio there, finishing fifth. Nadia, whose country has failed to qualify for the women’s team event at the Rio Olympics, was present at the meet and assured a dejected Dipa that her chance would come.Dipa’s father Dulal Karmakar recalled how his daughter was over the moon after being lauded by Nadia. “Dipa was so happy that a legend like Nadia appreciated her skills. It was a big moment for my daughter. If someone of such stature in the sport comes and speaks to a youngster, it gives a big lift. Dipa was motivated,” Dulal told Mail today.advertisementHard work pays offOn Monday, Dipa’s family woke up to the news of the 22-year-old making the cut for the Rio Olympics in artistic gymnastics. There was more to come in the evening as she clinched gold in the vaults finals.On Sunday, she garnered a total score of 52.698 points at the Olympics qualifying event in Rio and ended a wait of 52 years for India to compete in gymnastics at the mega event. Six Indian men competed at the 1964 Tokyo Games but there was no qualification system at the time.”Dipa was crushed after she failed to qualify for the Olympics at the world event but she is a fighter and was determined to make the grade. Once she made it to the test event, Dipa put in immense hard work for two months and it paid off,” said Dulal, who is a Sports Authority of India weightlifting coach.”We spoke to Dipa after her performance in the group and she was very happy. She was hopeful that she would be able to qualify but till the results were declared, everyone in the family was tense,” Dulal, whose phone had not stopped buzzing, said.Role modelHailing from Abhoynagar town on the outskirts of Agartala, Dipa took to the sport as a six-year-old at a nearby SAI centre before coach Bisweswar Nandi took her under his wings. There has been no looking back since.”Her physique was cut out for gymnastics. The SAI and state government have taken good care of her. She was promoted to Sports Officer after her performance at the Worlds,” Dulal said.She has made history at every step. A bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a third-place finish at the Asian Championships to go along with being the first Indian finalist at the Worlds and now making the cut for the Rio Olympics and gold at a global meet, Dipa’s resolve is an inspiration for Indian gymnastics.Her feat is inspiring girls in her hometown to take up the sport. “When she comes home, she is always sought by young girls for a lesson,” revealed Dulal.Her father is living his dream through Dipa. “I told her ‘I could never don national colours. Will you do it for me?’ She said, ‘Yes, I will realise your dreams’ and she has kept her promise.”Such has been her determination that even injury could not stop her from competing at the Asian Games in Incheon where she felt she had a chance of winning a medal.Ashish Kumar, the first Indian to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, says Nandi, has played a key role in her career. “He is always there for Dipa, encouraging her to put those extra hours in training and Dipa never shies away from hard work,” Ashish told Mail today.Credit also goes to the SAI for funding the gymnasts for national camps and exposure trips abroad when there is no federation in place due to infighting.advertisement Also read: Dipa will inspire young Indians with her achievement:Tendulkar22-year-old girl becomes first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Rio Olympics: Unknown facts about gymnast Dipa Karmakarlast_img read more

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Best infrastructure will be created for promoting TT: AP CM

first_imgVisakhapatnam, Oct 20 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said his government will create best infrastructure in Kommadi area here to promote table tennis in a big way. Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the six-day South Zone National ranking TT tournament here, Chandrababu said a TT academy will be established in Kommadi locality in the city. Andhra Pradesh Sports Minister K Achanna Naidu said the state sports policy will be announced by this month end. He said big play grounds in Cuddapah, Eluru, Rajahmundry and Tirupathi will be converted into multi purpose sports stadiums on PPP mode. MLC and and District Table Tennis Association President MVS Sarma said 16 tables have been laid for conducting the matches . This was the third national zonal ranking tournament of the TTFI during this year. North Zone, Central Zone and West Zone events were held at Chandigarh, Indore,and Rajkot respectively. PTI COR ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Deshpande bags six, Mumbai gain big first innings lead

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 3 (PTI) Young pacer Tushar Deshpande recorded his career-best figures of 6 for 70 to help Mumbai earn a sizeable first innings lead against Railways on the third day of their Ranji Trophy group A encounter here on Saturday. Deshpande’s second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket saw Mumbai dismiss Railways for 307 in their first innings thereby taking a 104-run lead. At stumps, Mumbai were 57 for 2, consolidating their overall lead to 161 going into the final day of the opening round clash. However credit should be given to Railways lower-order batsmen, who were instrumental in taking the team past 300-run mark and eating into Mumbai’s time to register an outright win. It will be interesting if Mumbai captain Dhawal Kulkarni opts for a sporting declaration in his bid to get full points from the match. Starting the day at 115 for six, Arindam Ghosh (71, 197 balls) and Harsh Tyagi (39, 142 balls) added 58 runs in 28.4 overs for the seventh wicket. However Ghosh was trapped leg-before by left-arm spinner Karsh Kothari (1/42 in 15 overs), leaving Railways reeling at 173 for 7. However Avinash Yadav (48) and Tyagi added another 65 runs for the eighth wicket before both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession by Deshpande, who completed his five-wicket haul after the second new ball was taken. At 241 for 9, Madhur Khatri (29) and Anureet Singh (38) added 66 runs for the final wicket to take Railways past the 300-run mark before Deshpande wrapped up the innings with his sixth wicket. Having ensured at least three points by virtue of first innings lead, Mumbai didn’t force pace in their second innings reaching 57 in 25 overs. Left-handed opener Akhil Herwadkar (24 batting, 71 balls) took his time and now has Siddhesh Lad (13 batting) for company.advertisement Brief Scores Mumbai 411 and 57/2 (Akhil Herwadkar 24 batting). Railways 307 (Arindam Ghosh 71, Avinash Yadav 48, Tushar Deshpande 6/70) Maharashtra 343. Vidarbha 120 and (f/o) 287/3 (Faiz Fazal 116 batting, Wasim Jaffer 63). Baroda 290 and 161/7 (Pinal Shah 71, Rush Kalaria 4/29). Gujarat 1st Innings 302 (Rujul Bhatt 76, Manprit Juneja 47, Samit Gohel 63). Saurashtra 475. Chhattisgarh 315/8 (Harpreet Singh 60, Jaydev Unadkat 7/66). PTI KHSKHSlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli 2nd in Forbes India Celebrity 100 list, MS Dhoni 5th

first_imgVirat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar feature in the top 10 of Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. Kohli, with Rs 228.09 crore in earnings in 2018 is second in the list while MS Dhoni (Rs 101.77 crore) is fifth.Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013, is ninth in the list with earnings of Rs 80 crore in 2018.Kohli is the biggest brand in cricket. The India captain is expected to break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s record in ODIs. Kohli is second in the list of most century makers in one-day internationals – he has 38 hundreds already. Sachin Tendulkar finished with 51 ODI hundreds.Kohli enjoyed a phenomenal 2017. Last year, he scored 2818 international runs across formats – 1059 runs in 10 Tests, 1460 runs in 26 ODIs and 299 runs in 10 T20 Internationals.While India have failed to win away Test series in South Africa and England, Kohli has continued to bully bowlers across the world in 2018. In South Africa, Kohli scored 871 runs from 11 matches (3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is).Later in the year, Kohli top scored in the five-Test series in England even as India went down 4-1.Meanwhile Dhoni, who has struggled on the field in 2018, continues to be a favourite with brands. The former India captain did not hit a single half-century in 20 ODIs in 2018, managing a paltry 275 runs at an average of 25.Tendulkar, not surprisingly, still commands a strong brand value. India’s most celebrated cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, had played the last of his 200 Tests five years ago.He is the only man to score 100 international hundreds and is the leading scorer in Tests and one-day internationals.advertisementHere is the top 10 of the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list:1. Salman Khan (Rs 253.25 crore)2. Virat Kohli (Rs 228.09 crore)3. Akshay Kumar (Rs 185 crore)4. Deepika Padukone (Rs 112.8 crore)5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Rs 101.77 crore)6. Aamir Khan (Rs 97.5 crore)7. Amitabh Bachchan (Rs 96.17 crore)8. Ranveer Singh (Rs 84.67 crore)9. Sachin Tendulkar (Rs 80 crore)10. Ajay Devgn (Rs 74.5 crore)Also Read | A bit of banter not harmful but we won’t cross the line: Virat KohliAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatlast_img read more

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Arsenal complete move for PSG teen Adli

first_imgTransfers Arsenal close to completing move for PSG teen Adli Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:30 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Yacine Adli Paris Saint-Germain PSG Getty Images Transfers Arsenal PSG Premier League The Gunners are set to sign one of French football’s biggest prospects after Unai Emery persuaded the teenager to join Arsenal are close to signing 17-year-old midfielder Yacine Adli for a compensation fee of £223,000, Goal can confirm.The starlet has rejected a contract offer to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after being persuaded by new Gunners head coach Unai Emery who gave Adli his debut when he was head coach at the French giants.Adli, as first reported in France, will sign a three-year contract with Arsenal, with the option to sign for two more. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now An attacking midfielder who has played for his country at Under-16, U17 and U18 level with France, Adli has scored 13 goals in 23 appearances at national team level.Confirmation of Adli’s arrival is expected to follow in the coming days along with an update on Emery’s coaching staff and the imminent signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.Emery handed him his Ligue 1 debut with PSG last season, with the youth academy graduate playing seven minutes of the final match of the season against Caen, an encounter that finished scoreless.Speaking to Goal, Adli admitted that the Spaniard and his staff made a great difference to his level.“I think I’ve become more mature, largely thanks to my integration into the adult game with the reserves, certain training sessions with the professionals. I’ve also improved technically and tactically thanks to David Hernandez, who I’ve watched a lot of videos with, which has really helped me,” he said in March.“But I think there are still some aspects I can improve. I’m aiming higher, so I’m full of things that can make me better.”Despite a lack of first-team experience, he has been a regular in the PSG squad that competed in the UEFA Youth League, turning out alongside the likes of USA international Timothy Weah for the young Parisians this season. The Ligue 1 champions, meanwhile, have struggled to retain much of the best talent coming through their youth system in recent times, with their prospects frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities on offer at Parc des Princes. As such, the likes of Claudio Gomes and Dan-Axel Zagadou have left for the likes of Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in recent times.last_img read more

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Spelling difference in caste certificate Minister orders changing it to Jatava

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government found that a difference in the English spelling of the Dalit social group ‘Jatava’ has created various difficulties for the people belonging to this community in Delhi. In the central government’s list, it spells as “Jatava” whereas in the caste certificate issued by Delhi government’s Revenue Department it spells as “Jatav”. This difference wreaked havoc in the life of these people as they were denied to get various benefits. SC/ST Welfare Department Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam wrote to the Revenue Department to change the spelling.”The matter relating to difference between the manner in which the caste name Jatav is mentioned in the Central List and the caste certificate issued by the Revenue Department of the Delhi government was taken up and discussed with some of the senior officers of the Revenue Departmentment in the meetings held in the past,” Gautam wrote. He further wrote in the Central List name of caste in English has been spelt ‘Jatav’ whereas while issuing caste certificate Revenue Department of Delhi government spells it as ‘Jatav’. “However, the caste name in Hindi in the Central List and caste certificate issued by Delhi government is same,” he wrote. Gautam added that this difference in the caste name in English created difficulties for the candidates belonging to that caste in getting the benefit of the reservation smoothly. “With a view to resolve the problem, I would advise the Revenue Department to henceforth start writing Jatav as Jatava in English in the issue of the certificates to the concerned applicants,” the minister wrote. Out of Delhi’s 70 constituencies, 12 are reserved for scheduled caste candidates because of their dominant Dalit population. Jatava, Valmiki and other Dalit sub-castes account for 20 percent of Delhi’s 12 million voters. Jatava is a social group that in India are considered to be a part of the Chamar caste, who are classified as a Scheduled Caste under modern India’s system of positive discrimination. According to the 2011 Census of India, the Jatava community of Uttar Pradesh comprised 54 percent of that state’s total 22,496,047 SC population. In Rajasthan, the Jatavas form 24 percent of the SC population.last_img read more

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Is this for real Oilers fans help sing US anthem after microphone

first_imgEDMONTON – Canadian country singer Brett Kissel, decked out in an Oilers jersey and carrying a guitar, stepped onto the ice at Rogers Place on Sunday night to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” before Edmonton’s NHL playoff game against the Anaheim Ducks.But as he began to sing it, no one could hear him.“I’m thinking to myself, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me! Is this for real?’ And that’s when the nerves set in,” Kissel recounted Monday.After two tries, he threw his hands in the air to conduct the crowd, who obliged by bellowing out, “Oh, say can you see . . ““There was this split second of worry, but the reality is there was no Plan B,” Kissel told The Canadian Press. “So it was either going to work or it wasn’t.”And did it ever work.On Monday, international response grew and Kissel, who hails from Flat Lake, Alta., gave interviews to CNN and TMZ. Even Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli issued a statement congratulating Edmonton fans.“To hear the audience passionately sing both the Canadian and the United States anthems was inspiring and powerful,” they wrote. “Well done Edmonton!”Kissel’s quick thinking and the enthusiastic response from Oilers fans drew approval from hockey players, too.“Brett knew the mic was gone. As an American, for a Canadian to sing the national anthem was pretty special to me,” Oilers forward Patrick Maroon said. “Certainly got me going. That was pretty cool.”After the “Star-Spangled Banner,” Oilers anthem singer Robert Clark gestured with his microphone for the crowd to continue the a capella performance with O Canada.“I didn’t realize, to be quite honest, that it was a mic problem,” Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said.“I thought it was a ‘Hey, let’s get everybody involved’ and as it turns out, a glitch can produce a great moment. The people of Edmonton showed their respect to our neighbours down south.”TV viewers were able to hear Kissel and many were confused by what had transpired, wondering why he’d stopped singing.Kissel credits Ron MacLean and the Hockey Night in Canada panel for explaining what had gone wrong.Kissel, who’s staying with relatives in the Edmonton area while he and his wife await the arrival of a baby, said he didn’t realize how cool the event was until he’d returned to his seat to watch the game. His brother, who was monitoring social media, noticed the story was taking off.“I don’t know if there are many teams in the 30 teams in the National Hockey League that would be able to do what Edmonton and the Oilers did last night. My cowboy hat goes off to them,” Kissel said.It’s not the first time the country singer has faced challenges while singing an anthem. His first was for an Oilers game at the team’s old home, Rexall Place, where the echo threw him off so much that he sang very, very slowly.A later performance before a WWE wrestling event in Ottawa got off to a rocky start when, as he stepped to the microphone and took a deep breath, a large man in the front shouted, “You suck!”The glow the anthems produced was short-lived at Rogers Place. The Ducks scored 25 seconds after the opening faceoff and went on to win 6-3.Edmonton leads the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal 2-1. Game 4 is at Rogers Place on Wednesday.Kissel is scheduled to sing at the game, but said his wife is overdue, so there’s a possibility he may not make it.“We’ve got plans for a lengthy sound check and rehearsal on Wednesday for Game 4.”— With files from Donna Spencerlast_img read more

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Over Six Tons of Cannabis Seized in Southern Morocco

Rabat  –  Six suspects were arrested by Agadir’s judiciary police following the interception of a truck, which was carrying 6.6 tons of cannabis (marijuana).Investigations led to the arrest of six people, including the truck driver, the vehicle owner and the main suspect, said national police (DGSN) in a statement.Investigations are still ongoing to determine possible links between this ring and other criminal organizations and to arrest those involved in the traffic.With MAP

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Sri Lankans arrested in India

The group had decided to purchase a boat from fishermen in Puducherry and board a ship sailing to Australia this week. Seventeen persons who had moved to India after 1990 gathered at Jothiraja’s house. Locals who developed suspicion informed the police. The Indian police foiled an attempt made by a group of Sri Lankan nationals to migrate to Australia by sea.The police said the group, a majority of whom gave a slip to authorities manning the Sri Lankan Refugee Open Camp area at Subramaniyapuram, Tirunelveli, assembled at the house of Jothiraja of Oothukadu near Wallajahbad, who also came to India from Sri Lanka in 1983 as a refugee and later secured Indian citizenship, The Hindu newspaper reported. The 11 men in the group and Jothiraja were remanded to judicial custody. The women and children will be sent back to their camps. read more

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Barton Jail inmate dead

Ontario’s correctional services ministry confirms that an inmate at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre died after using drugs inside the jail.Other inmates suggest Marty Tykoliz, 38, overdosed on a powdered methadone.The death is now a Coroner’s investigation, with Hamilton Police investigating how the drugs were brought into the Barton Street Jail. Guards have complained in the past that drug smuggling into the facility is a problem.

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Robots made famous on YouTube could be headed to circus

BOSTON — Animal-like robots that started out as a military-funded research project might be shipped off to the circus instead of the battlefield.Cirque du Soleil says it’s in talks with robot maker Boston Dynamics about using the four-legged Spot robot in its live shows.The agile robots walk, gallop and jump. They have become famous on YouTube but haven’t been applied commercially since the company was founded in 1992.That’s changing this fall. The Waltham, Massachusetts, robotics firm revealed in a YouTube post this week that Spot is now in mass production and shipping to select customers for such uses as monitoring construction sites or inspecting energy facilities.Cirque du Soleil says it’s still in the “ideation” stage and evaluating Spot’s potential in live entertainment.The Associated Press read more

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FEATURE The UN General Assemblys Third Committee – social humanitarian and cultural

The Assembly makes a big splash every year in late September when world leaders come to UN Headquarters in New York City to present their views about pressing world issues over a number of days, in what is known as the General Debate.However, the issues and themes under discussion by the General Assembly lend themselves to more effective discussion in smaller settings covering different topics. So, once the Debate is over, the General Assembly’s six Main Committees select their officers and get down to dealing with the items on the Assembly’s agenda – in 2012, the Assembly had nearly 170 items on it, most of which were carried over from previous years.All Member States take part in each of the Committees’ discussions and the agenda is divided up thematically. The issues are debated, corresponding resolutions are voted on and then forwarded to all UN Member States – in the so-called General Assembly Plenary – for a final decision.Here, in the third of a series providing a snapshot of the Main Committees, the UN News Centre takes a look at the Third Committee.*****Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States holding a Declaration of Human Rights poster in English. (November 1949). UN PhotoIt was 9 December 1948. Eleanor Roosevelt was speaking to the General Assembly: “We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind, that is the approval by the General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recommended by the Third Committee.” The next day that document – often referred to as a Magna Carta for people across the world – entered the annals of history as one of the instruments that would bring the most sweeping change to post-war societies. Adopted some three years after the United Nations itself was created and World War II ended, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is one of the founding documents of the world body. Without constituting a binding treaty per se, this instrument today has the force of law and continues to serve as a living legal document, 64 years later.  Back then, Mrs. Roosevelt thanked the members of the Third Committee for their work. Today, the Third Committee’s efforts continue on of the most fundamental of all UN objectives – the protection and promotion of human rights. Ambassador Henry L. Mac-Donald of Suriname, Chair of the General Assembly’s Third Committee, addresses the Committee’s 48th meeting. (November 2012) UN Photo/Paulo FilgueirasThis subject matter ensures that the Committee – which covers humanitarian, social and cultural affairs – inspires some of the General Assembly’s liveliest debates every year during the months of October and November. Reviewing the entire spectrum of human rights-related subjects lies at the heart of its mandate; as Member States pronounce their very different views on a wide range of topics.With a particularly tight schedule of meetings in 2012, the Third Committee had no less than 73 topics for debate. Of this slate, more than half were related to human rights, making this Committee’s agenda possibly the busiest of the six Main Committees. Presided over by Ambassador Henry L. Mac-Donald of Suriname, this year’s session was no exception.“In the course of the last few years, the Third Committee’s deliberations have become less contentious,” said one senior UN press officer assigned to cover the body’s deliberations. UN General Assembly adopts four resolutions recommended by the Third Committee.(November 1965) UN Photo/TC“Progress has been made, for example, on issues like the situation of human rights in Myanmar, which has been on the agenda for several years, but which drew several comments from Member States welcoming the advances that have been made this year with democratization,” he added. This turn of events was confirmed when the President of the United States, Barack Obama, visited that country on 19 November, a fact that many could hardly have imagined a few years ago.The very next week, the Third Committee, in an unprecedented move, endorsed the steps taken by Myanmar, opening the way for a possible removal of the agenda item from its consideration in upcoming sessions.Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, and one of many UN independent experts to brief the Committee. (October 2012) UN Photo/JC McIlwaine“Instead of having to defend their record on human rights, Myanmar suddenly finds itself in a position to begin attracting foreign direct investment,” remarked the press officer. A key part of the Committee’s activities involves receiving reports from the world body’s Special Rapporteurs, sometimes also known as Independent Experts.The mandate of these individuals or committees derives from the so-called ‘Special Procedures’ created by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to look into the human rights situations in particular countries or with regard to specific human rights violations. These human rights mechanisms include specific committees that monitor the implementation of individual conventions by States parties, as well as extra-conventional mechanisms, or the ‘Special Procedures’ such as independent experts who report in their personal capacity or as members of working groups.In 2012, some 38 Special Rapporteurs presented their reports to the Third Committee, on subjects ranging from the situation of indigenous peoples and torture, to extra-judiciary, summary and arbitrary executions to the independence of the judiciary.The President of the Human Rights Council, Laura Dupuy Laserre, also raised the issue of the financial shortfall facing the Council, given that the work of the Special Rapporteurs, the creation of independent inquiries and requests for technical assistance to build capacity in countries, show no signs of abating.Laura Dupuy Lasserre, President of the Human Rights Council, presents the Council’s report to the General Assembly. (November 2012) UN Photo/Rick BajornasBesides Myanmar, the human rights record of three other countries – Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and, more recently, Syria – were topics of discussion at the Third Committee’s deliberation.In addition, with respect to the situation of the people in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Committee also came up with a draft urging the Assembly to give recognition to an independent Palestinian State. Subsequently, the Assembly granted recognition to Palestine as an Observer non-Member State in the General Assembly.Among some of the other strong actions taken by the Committee was a historic vote calling for an end to female genital mutilation, urging for practitioners to be punished, and for victims to be protected.Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon himself welcomed a Third Committee vote in favour of the call for a moratorium on the death penalty.“Some 150 countries have either abolished the death penalty or no longer practice it.  The vote in the Third Committee should encourage Member States who still practice the death penalty or retain it in law to follow suit,” the UN chief said. read more

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Mens Soccer Ohio States season comes to an end with 31 loss

Ohio State junior defender Osman Fofanah dribbles past Rutgers defenders during the second half of the Ohio State-Rutgers game on Sep. 30. Ohio State lost 3-2. Credit: Cody Mefferd | For the LanternThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-15-2, 0-8-1 Big Ten) saw one of the toughest seasons in program history come to an end on Saturday afternoon at the hands of Northwestern (6-8-5, 1-5-3 Big Ten) in the No. 8-No. 9 seed matchup in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes went ahead early in the 17th minute on a goal from redshirt junior forward Jake Scheper, his second goal of the season.Scheper took a pass from junior defender Osman Fofanah and volleyed a lob shot past Northwestern’s sophomore goalkeeper Miha Miskovic. It was all Northwestern from there on out. The Wildcats found three goals from their midfield to seal the victory. Junior midfielder Sean Lynch, senior midfielder Camden Buescher and junior midfielder Matt Moderwell tallied the goals for Northwestern.Buescher and Moderwell are the two leading scorers for the Wildcats, and they provided the punch that is expected from them, as they iced the game with goals in the 78th minute and 88th minute respectively. Ohio State took the early lead not only on the scoreboard, but on the stat sheet. The Buckeyes outshot Northwestern 7-4 in the opening 45 minutes. Five minutes after the Scheper goal, Northwestern found the equalizer when Lynch scored his first goal of the season to tie it at 1-1. Despite the match being tied at the half, the opening 45 minutes seemed to put the Buckeyes in a good position to win just their second match of the season, allowing them to live and fight another day. Saturday’s match turned out to be a tale of two halves. Northwestern found its footing and pulled away from the Buckeyes, outscoring Ohio State 2-0 in the second half and outshooting the Buckeyes 7-5. Miskovic and Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried both made three saves on the afternoon. Northwestern will advance to play No. 1 seed Indiana in the Big Ten quarterfinals. read more

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Poll Should there be a vacant property tax

first_img 134 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3278331 Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Poll: Should there be a vacant property tax? Recent figures show that there are close to 200,000 homes lying empty in Ireland. By Cormac Fitzgerald Poll Results: 25,500 Views IRELAND IS IN the midst of a housing and homelessness crisis.Compounding the issue is the number of properties that lie vacant across the country.Recent figures show that there are close to 200,000 homes lying empty in Ireland, which amounts to 27 for every one person in emergency accommodation.The Peter McVerry Trust has suggested that a tax on properties that have been vacant for over one year – based off the value of the local property tax in the area – could result in an additional 892 units being built each year.The charity is arguing strongly for a tax to be introduced on vacant homes.So, what do you think: Should there be a vacant property tax? Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 8:51 AM Don’t know (619)center_img Share51 Tweet Email Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Yes (8863) YesNoDon’t knowVote Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL No (5180) Mar 9th 2017, 8:51 AM last_img read more

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Suède les côtes polluées par un cargo accidenté

first_imgSuède : les côtes polluées par un cargo accidentéLes côtes suédoises sont actuellement victimes de pollution au carburant à cause d’un cargo islandais qui s’est récemment échoué en Norvège. Le cargo est actuellement en route vers le Danemark pour être réparé.Le 17 février dernier, le cargo Godafoss s’échouait dans un parc naturel marin en Norvège. Accidenté, le bateau perd aujourd’hui du carburant, et pollue les côtes suédoises alors qu’il est actuellement en chemin pour le Danemark afin d’être réparé. Les garde-côtes, cités par Goodplanet.info, ont fait savoir : “Le Godafoss, qui s’était échoué près de Hvaler non loin de la frontière suédo-norvégienne, a quitté la zone par ses propres moyens hier soir (lundi 28 février, ndlr). Au cours de la journée, du pétrole a fui du navire tandis qu’il naviguait le long de la côte ouest de la Suède, et il fuit toujours”.Lorsque le bateau a embarqué au début de son voyage, il transportait pas moins de 800 tonnes de mazout. Une bonne partie du carburant s’est déjà écoulée dans le parc naturel norvégien, mais l’embarcation comptait encore à son bord lundi soir 90 mètres cubes de mazout. De son côté, et alors que ses équipes sont actuellement en train de nettoyer les nappes de pétrole, le responsable des garde-côtes suédois s’insurge, expliquant ne pas comprendre pourquoi le bateau a été autorisé à reprendre la mer, et cela même si c’est pour être réparé au Danemark.Le 2 mars 2011 à 19:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Government Scientists Barred From Attending Climate Wildfire Conference

first_img Yes, children, it’s time to talk climate again. This time, because a couple of scientists were prevented from telling others just how bad things are getting.William Jolly, a US Forest Service ecologist, had been scheduled to give a presentation at the International Fire Congress, a professional conference to discuss fire prevention and research hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE). The EPA, led by Trump appointee, Scott Pruitt, didn’t allow Jolly to attend. Likely because his presentation was about how climate change affects wildfire severity around the globe.Karin Riley, another ecologist, was also supposed to attend the conference. She was at the same lab, working for the Human Dimensions Science Program, also studying the relationships between climate change and wildfire. But Riley’s case is even more bizarre as she is also the vice president of the AFE board of directors.While it’s troubling that this happened at all, strongly indicating continued antipathy between Trump’s team and the overall scientific community, this has also now become a pattern. Just last week the EPA blocked three scientists from speaking at a conference on climate change.It cannot be said for certain that Pruitt and pals blocked Jolly and Riley, as these permissions are usually the choice of local or regional bosses, as opposed to appointees in Washington, but the latter does have the final say.“Our frontline supervisors and managers weigh a variety of factors including cost, frequency of employee travel, conference location, the number of other employees attending, among other factors in making our business decisions about conference attendance,” Forest Service spokesman Mike Illenberg told Scientific American. “Based on their recommendations and resource availability, Forest Service Leadership gives final approval.”Regardless, there’s a strong case to be made that because this is taxpayer funded science that involves the safety of the planet, it’s something that the public not only has a right to know, but is entitled to.“It’s kind of weird that they would make it hard for a government scientist to take part in this because managing wildfire is a huge challenge logistically and financially on a vast array of federal lands,” University of California and moderator for the conference, Anthony Westerling told Scientific American. “These scientists, by participating in these kinds of society meetings, share their thoughts and hear other people’s thoughts, which is important because their work is supposed to form how these lands are managed and how we prepare for and adapt under climate change.”Given the fact that wildfires have seen a dramatic uptick in the past few years, and that the US is currently in its worst ever fire season — with millions of acres scorched already — these sorts of presentations are important not just for understanding, but also to save countless lives. Fires like the ones the US and other countries aren’t just devastating, they’re a symptom of a larger problem that needs to be addressed right the hell now.According to the Forest Service, of the 110 scientists who asked to attend, 12 were approved. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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