Olympiacos 0 Juventus 2: Bianconeri book last-16 berth Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 05:39 12/6/17 Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images Juventus overcame the absence of key players to secure second spot in Champions League Group D with victory over Olympiacos. Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi found the net as an understrength Juventus clinched a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-0 win away at Olympiacos.Despite being without injured stalwarts Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini, Massimiliano Allegri’s side coped comfortably in Piraeus to reach the knockout stages for a fourth successive season.While they needed two second-half goals to win the reverse fixture in Turin, Cuadrado’s close-range finish in the 15th minute set them on course to complete the double over their Greek opponents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wojciech Szczesny, standing in for Buffon, who was ruled out with a calf complaint, was required to make two smart saves to preserve a clean sheet, though El Fardou Ben Nabouhane hit the crossbar as full-time approached.But late substitute Bernardeschi capped a solid display by curling home a fine finish in the 89th minute, ensuring it was Sporting who dropped into the Europa League.While Juventus finish behind Barcelona in Group D, the Serie A champions – beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid in last season’s final – will be one of the second seeds to avoid in the draw for the next round.FULL-TIME: Olympiacos 0-2 JuventusJob well done boys!!! #OLYJuve #ForzaJuve #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/5SvLYkfDQG— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 5, 2017Any concerns in the visiting squad about missing out on qualification were eased when the busy Cuadrado popped up in the right place to break the deadlock.The Colombia international was left with the simple task of tapping home Alex Sandro’s low cross from the left to score his fourth goal of the season but his first in Europe.Silvio Proto had already turned aside a curling effort from Paulo Dybala before conceding, while an unconventional slide tackle from the Olympiacos goalkeeper prevented Cuadrado doubling both his and Juventus’ tally midway through the first half.At the other end, Szczesny enjoyed a comfortable ride in the visiting goal until Uros Djurdjevic forced him into a smart reactionary stop four minutes before the break.The Poland international – who had fumbled his only other save during a tepid opening half – stretched out a leg to impressively keep out the striker’s close-range header at the back post.Olympiacos coach Takis Lemonis sent on Marko Marin for the start of the second half in the hope of inspiring his side to an unlikely comeback.The change so nearly had the desired effect when the substitute broke clear of an attempted offside trap to get a clear sight of goal, only for the alert Szczesny to race from his line and smother his attempted chip.The hosts felt they were also denied a clear penalty soon after when Bjorn Engels collided with Blaise Matuidi at a corner, though the contact appeared accidental as the Juventus player only had eyes for the ball.When Ben Nabouhane sent a header against the woodwork in the 82nd minute, Olympiacos must have realised their luck was out.Juventus rubbed salt in the home side’s wounds too, adding a second before the final whistle as Bernardeschi – who had replaced Cuadrado in the 84th minute – found the far corner of the net with his left foot after cutting in from the right wing.90′ – GOALLLLLLLL!!!!!! @fbernardeschi makes it 0-2!!!!!!#OLYJuve pic.twitter.com/H5B54mQQXL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 5, 2017Key Opta facts:- Juventus have kept a clean sheet for four consecutive games (all competitions) for the first time since April.- There were 44 minutes between Juve’s last shot in the first half (37th minute) and their first in the second (81st minute).- Andrea Barzagli made his 250th appearance with Juve in all competitions. read more
Josh Kroenke has issued an open letter to Arsenal fans just 24 hours after 16 influential supporters’ groups, websites and bloggers launched the #wecaredoyou campaign.On Monday morning Arsenal fans came together in an unprecedented showing of unity, calling on owner Stan Kroenke and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) to prove they have the ambition to get Arsenal back competing alongside Europe’s best.A joint statement was issued demanding Kroenke and the club start reversing the decline that has been seen in recent seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It read: “As Arsenal fans we have watched with frustration as the team’s football performances have declined over the past decade. When Stan Kroenke began buying Arsenal shares the club had just competed in a first Champions League final. Twelve years on, Arsenal are about to play in the Europa League for the third year running.“Off the pitch, fans have never felt more marginalised, less listened to or valued. This was sadly illustrated when Stan Kroenke forcibly bought out the last remaining supporter-shareholders without even a word of appreciation for their custodianship role in the club.“It feels as though Arsenal is at a crossroads. Things need to change.“What all of us as signatories to this statement want to see is meaningful action by Stan Kroenke to reinvigorate our football club.“This requires work to strengthen the club’s board and football executive and to once again make Arsenal a place where fans have a real sense of belonging. Change needs to start with better leadership.”And now Josh Kroenke, Arsenal director and the son of owner Stan, has responded with an open letter addressing some of the points made in the campaign’s statement.The 39-year-old, who was in attendance on Monday night as Arsenal kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 3-0 win against Colorado Rapids in Denver, said: “I’d like to start by clarifying that my family owns Arsenal together, and when it comes to the Club, my father and I are in constant dialogue. “So when you hear from him you are hearing from me, and the other way round. So I pen this on behalf of myself, my father, my family and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. “We know we have some of the most passionate fans in any sport, anywhere in the world. It’s part of what makes us such a special and unique Club.“And while we understand, appreciate, and agree with concerns about our Club failing to achieve our goal of qualifying for the 2019-20 Champions League, we respectfully disagree about our Club being at a crossroads and that things need to change because so much change has recently occurred.”The letter continues with Kroenke saying Arsenal now needs some stability following a 12-month period which saw huge amounts of change at the club, following the departure of Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis.Kroenke highlighted the appointment of Edu as technical director, an appointment he describes as the ‘final piece of a very important jigsaw’ in the club’s football operational structure.“He [Edu] is first and foremost an Arsenal man who understands the ethos of our Club and, as an Invincible, he understands the mentality required from top to bottom across the entire Club for us to return to the level at which we all expect to be competing,” said Kroenke. “He joins Freddie, Per and Steve Bould, all winners with Arsenal DNA, who love our Club.”A major part of the #wecaredoyou campaign that was launched on Monday centres around the perceived lack of ambition from KSE to get Arsenal back challenging for major titles.The Gunners are preparing for a third successive campaign of Europa League football having missed out once again on a top-four finish in the Premier League last season.And currently the north London club have made just one summer signing, with Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli the only new addition to Unai Emery’s squad.Monday’s statement said: “In his takeover document Stan Kroenke said: ‘KSE’s ambitions for the club are to see it competing consistently to win the Premier League and the Champions League’.“We see little evidence of how this is to be achieved. Instead our club feels like an investment vehicle, personified by the owner’s statement that he didn’t buy Arsenal to win trophies.“It is sad that an institution like Arsenal FC has such passive ownership. All of us want to see a clear sense of purpose and direction. KSE should start by being more open and accountable and explain how they intend to achieve the goal of winning the game’s major trophies.”Kroenke, however, insists KSE are ambitious and their aim is very much to win titles.“We want to be clear we are in sports for one reason and one reason only…to win,” he said. “There is simply no better feeling in sport than winning at the highest level.“We know there is a lot of hard work ahead and understand that supporters want success now. We will continue to push forward trying to balance the short and long term vision without abandoning the core principles of the Club that have sustained us for the past 133 years.“We are not naive in our thinking that our ambitions can be achieved overnight, and are putting processes in place to ensure we are stacked not only with talent, but talent with the proper mentality to help us achieve our highest goals in the future.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
It takes real vision to stay ahead of the competition. Amherst-based electronics company C-Vison is looking to take the lead with a technology expansion project expected to create up to 50 new jobs over the next five years. A $1.5-million loan from the province, together with a $500,000 loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), will help C-Vision introduce state-of-the-art equipment and processes to help attract new business. Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt and MP Bill Casey, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, made the funding announcement today, May 24. Mr. Hurlburt said it is the kind of investment government encourages as part of the province’s economic growth strategy, Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity. “C-Vision is very much a community success story,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “By adopting new technology, going after new markets and producing environmentally friendly products, it is creating new jobs for Nova Scotians and enhancing its export potential; all three increase Nova Scotia’s economic prosperity.” ACOA approved a $500,000 loan earlier this year and with the province’s funding, C-Vision is expected to complete the expansion by 2008. “Canada’s government is working in partnership to get things done for Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Casey. “This investment of $500,000 will promote innovation, open new technology markets, and contribute to the growth of the aerospace and defence, and medical sectors in this region.” Based in Amherst, C-Vision is a locally owned and operated company offering electronics manufacturing and design services. The company is building on the success of its lead-free products and expanding to target new market opportunities in aerospace, defence, homeland security and the medical industry. The company also plans to upgrade its standards development above the current ISO 9001 level. “To succeed in an increasing competitive global market, C-Vision realizes that it must continually upgrade its capabilities and forge ahead into more technically challenging markets,” said Mr. Cartmill. “The financial assistance received from Nova Scotia Economic Development and ACOA, combined with business development support from Nova Scotia Business Inc., will provide the foundation for us to do just that.” The company’s $4.3-million technology expansion project is a substantial investment in testing and assembly equipment. Economic Development is providing a $1.5-million loan through the Industrial Expansion Fund. Half will be repayable, with interest, and half will be forgivable, based on the company reaching job-creation targets. C-Vision employs 100 people. C-Vision has had rapid growth since operations began in 2002, growing from one to 100 employees over four years. Early adoption of lead-free technology helped increase its competitiveness in local and international markets. The expansion will help the company become more globally competitive and attract new business.
A new park in Bridgewater is one of nine recreation projects in the South Shore region receiving grants to support fun and physical activity for Nova Scotians. The region’s grants totalling $207,180 were announced today, June 29, through the Recreation Facility Development Program. “Outdoor spaces like parks, trails and playgrounds are among the many recreation facilities we’re supporting to help Nova Scotians live healthy lifestyles,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We’re investing nearly $1.7 million for 65 new and upgraded facilities around the province so that Nova Scotians have a variety of opportunities to be active every day.” The Town of Bridgewater will use $18,000 to start developing Generation Active Park which will include walking trails where dogs and their owners can enjoy being active outdoors. “Funding for the first phase of this project allows for site drainage and other work to start developing amenities such as the leash-free dog park, trails and other components of the park,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Walker. “With these features, Generations Active Park will become a centerpiece for recreation for residents and visitors to our community.” The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields for sport and recreation. The grants support Thrive!, government’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan aims to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Learn more at http://thrive.novascotia.ca .
EDMONTON – Cross-border trade and the looming renegotiation of NAFTA top the agenda of the upcoming summer gathering of Canada’s premiers, says host Rachel Notley.Notley says the premiers will hear from Canada’s ambassador to the United States at the meeting of what is known as the Council of the Federation.“We will be focusing mostly on economic matters beginning with a visit from Ambassador David MacNaughton talking about the work that he’s doing in the United States (and) all of us talking about the work that we’ve being doing in terms of building the relationships in the U.S.,” said Notley in an interview.Negotiations are set to begin next month on a re-working of the tripartite 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration formally gave notice in May it wants to renegotiate the deal, labelling it obsolete and unfair to American workers.Trade between Canada and the U.S. is pegged at $600 billion. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other premiers have been working with state governors to build cross-border support for the deal.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said it’s critical premiers have their voices heard, noting the bulk of his province’s billion-dollar rubber exports and lucrative seafood products go to U.S. markets.“We’re not afraid to have NAFTA looked at and negotiated but I think it’s important that it doesn’t drag on,” said McNeil. “We need to make sure investment confidence is still high.”Premier Wade MacLauchlan of Prince Edward Island said: “We have been the beneficiaries of a growing export economy and intend for that to continue to be the case. We are absolutely for the maintenance of NAFTA and the importance of that trading relationship.”New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said he will talk NAFTA, but also for opportunities beyond the continent.“There are opportunities with the comprehensive economic trade agreement between Canada and the European Union and certainly opportunities to see some of the growth in the Asian markets,” said Gallant.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister wants to address domestic issues as well, including the growing number of refugee claimants crossing into Manitoba from the United States.“I am going to reiterate our call for increased federal partnership and federal resources to improve the processing of asylum claims, for example, (and) to call on the federal government to work with affected provinces and territories to develop a long-term strategy,” said Pallister.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office said her priority is trade with the U.S., but she will also discuss infrastructure spending and pharmacare.Dwight Ball, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, said he will solicit ideas on job creation, infrastructure investment, skills training and health-care innovations.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is expected to speak to his counterparts about his recently released constitutional initiative.The document outlining Couillard’s thinking about Quebec’s place within Canada is entitled “Quebecers: Our Way of Being Canadians.”He has said the goal of his government’s proposal is to “start a dialogue” he hopes will eventually lead to the reopening of constitutional negotiations and to Quebec finally signing the 1982 Constitution.B.C. premier-designate John Horgan will not be attending. He is being sworn in on Tuesday. The province is sending government staffers.Other issues on the agenda include plans to regulate the legalization of recreational cannabis use on July 1, 2018.The provinces will be responsible for implementing regulations on cannabis use, including where and how it is sold, whether the legal age should be higher than 18, keeping roads and workplaces safe, and keeping marijuana out of the hands of children.Notley said provinces will also discuss the fallout from the Supreme Court’s year-old decision in the landmark Jordan case, which delivers hard deadlines to bring criminal cases to trial. More than 200 cases have already been tossed out due to unreasonable delays.The Council of the Federation will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday.On Monday, the premiers are to convene with Indigenous leaders, but that meeting is up in the air.Three of the five First Nations groups announced on Friday they will boycott the meeting, because they believe they should be part of the full Council of the Federation.The Assembly of First Nations, the Metis National Council and the Inuit Tapirit Kanatami have said they will instead hold a news conference in Toronto on Monday.
OTTAWA – A Supreme Court of Canada decision has moved a British Columbia First Nation a big step closer to receiving financial compensation for the loss of its traditional lands in the 19th century.In a split decision released Friday, the high court restored a tribunal ruling in favour of the Williams Lake Indian Band, which had argued the pre-Confederation colony of British Columbia failed to protect its territory from encroaching settlers.The band also said Canada neglected to adequately remedy the wrong following B.C.’s entry into Confederation in 1871.Instead of reclaiming the band’s ancestral village lands, Canada set aside different, nearby territory for the First Nation.A majority of the Supreme Court justices said the federal specific-claims tribunal “reasonably found” that both pre-Confederation British Columbia and Canada had failed to live up to their obligations to the band.“A just resolution of these types of claims is essential to the process of reconciliation,” Chief Justice Richard Wagner wrote on behalf of the majority.Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie said the members were “elated” with the high court’s ruling.“For over 150 years our chiefs and elders have been saying that we were unlawfully pushed off our village lands,” Louie said in a statement. “This decision from our country’s highest court clearly says our dispossession from these lands was wrong.”The band is one of 17 communities of the Shuswap Nation, which traditionally lived around Williams Lake, harvesting game, fish and berries.The lands would become the south-central B.C. municipality of Williams Lake, 540 kilometres north of Vancouver, with a population of about 10,500.Seven years ago, the band made a claim concerning just over 800 hectares, including the present city’s downtown.In 2014, the specific-claims tribunal — which can award financial compensation — upheld the band’s arguments concerning the original lands, finding that both the colony and Canada had breached their duties.The Federal Court of Appeal overturned the tribunal’s decision two years ago, concluding that Canada’s post-Confederation actions were sufficient.The Supreme Court decision affirming the tribunal ruling clears the way for establishing compensation.The Williams Lake band is looking forward to sitting down with federal representatives as soon as possible to figure out how to make amends, Louie said.The band acknowledges the support from First Nations organizations across Canada as well as the hard work of its legal team, she added.“We are also really appreciative of the support we’ve received from the City of Williams Lake in our efforts to get a resolution of this claim,” Louie said.“People may wonder what reconciliation is about; well, it’s about this. It’s standing side by side to ensure wrongs are rectified.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
VANCOUVER – A former wide receiver with the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions has been charged with second-degree murder more than nine years after a woman’s death.The body of 33-year-old Kimberly Hallgarth was found in a Burnaby home with what police said were suspicious injuries in May 2009.The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced the charge today against Joshua Boden, who was expected to appear in court.Insp. Dave Chauhan, the acting officer in charge of the homicide team, says work done by the original investigators and a review by its cold-case team led to the approval of charges by the Crown.A statement from Hallgarth’s family says she was a bubbly and caring person who deeply loved being a mother to her daughter and they’ve waited for information on her death for nearly 10 years.Boden played for the Lions in 2007.
New Delhi: Accusing the Congress of insulting institutions, including Parliament, judiciary, media and the armed forces, when it was in power, Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged people to think wisely before casting their vote in the Lok Sabha elections beginning April 11.His government has changed things as it puts institutions above everything else, the prime minister said in a blog post. “As you go to vote – remember the past and how one family’s desire for power cost the nation so greatly. If they could do it then, they can surely do it now,” Modi wrote. “Think wisely: From the press to parliament. From soldiers to free speech. From the constitution to the courts. Institutional insult is the Congress way.” “Everyone is wrong, only the Congress is correct,” he said, taking a dig at the principal opposition party. India has seen that whenever dynastic politics has been powerful, institutions have taken a severe beating, he said. Referring to parliamentary proceedings, he said, “The nation knows the numerical dynamics of both houses. It is clear that when a non-dynasty party [has a] higher number, its tendency to work more is visible … which were the forces disrupting the House and why.” Discussing the freedom of expression, the prime minister alleged that dynastic parties have never been comfortable with a free and vibrant press. “No wonder, the very first constitutional amendment brought in by the Congress government sought to curtail free speech. Speaking truth to power, which is the hallmark of a free press was seen as vulgar and indecent,” Modi wrote. He pointed out that the UPA years saw the bringing of a law that could land you in prison for posting anything offensive . “A tweet against the son of a powerful UPA minister could land innocent citizens in jail … the nation watched with horror when a few youngsters were arrested for expressing their true feelings at a programme in Karnataka, where the Congress is sharing power,” he said. Modi said he wants to tell the Congress that “no amount of intimidation” will change the ground realities.
Casablanca- Japanese integrated trading and investment business conglomerate Marubeni obtained the Casablanca Finance City (CFC) status for their new Casablanca office, according to La Tribune Afrique.The group opened this office in order to strengthen their development in Africa. Indeed, they are present in many African countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Algeria, Nigeria, Libya, Ghana, Mozambique and South Africa. “Our Casablanca office will play an important role in developing new business opportunities in Africa, particularly in infrastructure, industrial projects and distribution business”, said Mr. Fumiya Kokubu, President & CEO of Marubeni in a press release published by the group after the award of the CFC status. At this occasion, the CEO of CFC Authority, Mr Said Ibrahimi, commented: “We are glad to welcome Marubeni, a leading Japanese trading and investment company, into the CFC ecosystem, where it will be joining other major multinational corporations. This is a significant step which I hope will be followed by other Japanese companies choosing CFC as base for their African expansion.”By being granted the CFC status, Marubeni is given access to an attractive package of advantages. These advantages include tax incentives, foreign exchange control facilities and other benefits for doing business facilitation.Casablanca Finance City seeks to attract and encourage international institutions and investors to invest and operate in North, West and Central Africa and to choose Casablanca as a gateway to access this region. It is managed by Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA), which was established by the Moroccan authorities in 2010 as a public-private partnership under the leadership of King Mohammed VI.Marubeni Corporation is an international trading and investment company headquartered in Tokyo, whose operations include the import and export of a wide range of products including food, textiles, pulp and paper, chemicals, energy, metals and minerals, transportation machinery and so on.The Company’s activities also cover power projects and infrastructure, plant and industrial machinery, finance, logistics and information industry, real estate development and construction.
Rabat – A delegation of five journalists arrived in Israel on Monday, February 5 at the invitation of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Moroccan delegation, along with four other journalists from Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, commemorated the Holocaust amid the presence of senior Israeli officials.According the official pages of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs on social media, the visit aims to give the delegation “a closer look at Israel, its policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and coexistence among the various micro-components through meetings with leaders from various political circles in government departments and the Knesset.” Read Also: US Holocaust Memorial Museum to Honor Late King Mohammed VThe official spokesman in Arabic for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hassan Kabia received the delegation, which started its visit at the World Holocaust Remembrance Center “Yad Vashem” where senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs talked about current issues.The delegation is also set to visit the holy sites of the three Abrahamic religions, as well as mixed Arab-Jewish cities like Acre, Al-Nasera, and Haifa.While Morocco does not have official ties with Israel, Moroccans seem to be a primary target for such invitations, especially over the last couple of years.In November 2016, seven Moroccan journalists visited Israel at what was described as an attempt to “polish Israel’s image in the Arab media.”Read Also: Moroccan Delegation Visits IsraelThese visit are often accompanied with outrage from the Moroccan public who accuse a number of Moroccans of being at the forefront of polishing the image of Israel in Morocco.According to Ynet, the online outlet for the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot, one of the journalists declared, “I was extremely afraid of coming. We are under pressure from the Arab media, religious people and propaganda about the Palestinian issue.”Read Also: Seven Moroccan Journalists Visit Israel to ‘Improve’ its Image in Arab World
Volunteers from across the Niagara region come together every couple of weeks to make mats for the homeless out of milk bags. It takes about 5 hours and 135 milk bags to make one mat.The mats roll up like a sleeping bag and they are light and easy to carry. The community drops off their outer milk bags at the new Apostolic Church Niagara in Thorold.The group encourages the public to drop off their milk bags and they say they are always looking for new volunteers no experience necessary. All the mats are distributed in southern Ontario.
Mr. de Mistura met yesterday in Istanbul with members of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SOC), and today with armed opposition groups to inform them about the meeting earlier this month in Vienna of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), including the close linkage between a ceasefire and a parallel political transition. The ISSG includes the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries.Mr. de Mistura elaborated on his ongoing efforts to prepare for intra-Syrian talks under UN auspices, with a view to a Syrian-led process aimed at establishing credible, inclusive and non-sectarian governance and drafting a new constitution.“This initiative, now called the intra-Syrian talks, is building upon the Working Groups proposed by the Secretary-General and myself to the Security Council,” he said.He welcomed Saudi Arabia’s initiative to convene a delegation of the Syrian opposition, and recalled the ISSG’s agreement to work to implement a nationwide ceasefire to come into effect as soon as the political process has begun.Last week he briefed an informal session of the UN General Assembly in New York on the outcome of the Vienna meeting, indicating the possibility of a ceasefire through continued discussions and with active inclusion of all parties involved in the conflict.“This is an opportunity for the Syrian opposition to come and be as inclusive as possible and as prepared as possible,” he told reporters at that time.
“[For] each additional year of education, [there is] a 10 per cent reduction in fertility,” said UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a news release, announcing the paper.According to Early and unintended pregnancy: Recommendations for the education sector, in addition to the detrimental effects on health, social, economic and education of adolescent girls, early and unintended pregnancy also put the young mother’s and the child’s lives at risk.“Pregnancy and childbirth complications are the second cause of death among 15- to 19-year-olds, with approximately 70,000 adolescents affected annually,” added UNESCO.With the new technical paper, the UN agency aims to bridge the lack of operational guidance for the education sector on how to address early and unintended pregnancy, with recommendations including promotion of re-entry policies, comprehensive sexuality education for pregnancy prevention, access to school health services and safe school environments for girls.In particular, it points to a review undertaken of 58 programmes in India which found that girls with secondary schooling were 70 per cent less likely to marry as children than illiterate girls.It was commissioned to help Governments and education actors understand the effects of early and unintended pregnancy and the actions necessary to prevent it while also ensuring that all girls, including those who are pregnant and parenting, can realize their right to education in a safe and supportive school environment.Pregnancy has to be integrated into the wider subject of life skills or sexuality education, not as a short, stand-alone topic“Great strides are being made in improving access and retention for girls in the school system [but] policy implementation regarding early and unintended pregnancy must be emphasized to ensure the continuation of girls’ education in a safe and supportive environment,” underscored UNESCO. In addition to the direct benefit for girls and their families, addressing this pressing problem also contributes to achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including Goal 1 on eliminating poverty, Goal 3 on promoting healthier lives, Goal 5 on achieving gender equality and Goal 16 on building peaceful and inclusive societies. “Pregnancy has to be integrated into the wider subject of life skills or sexuality education, not as a short, stand-alone topic,” said Joanna Herat, a UNESCO official associated with its project on combatting early and unintended pregnancy. “By integrating it into life skills or sexuality education, it also means that it is taught to both boys and girls – recognizing that both male and female learners have a role to play in making decisions about healthy sexual relationships, now and in the future.” The brief has been produced by UNESCO in collaboration with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Ford foundation and Step Up, Strengthening evidence for programming on unintended pregnancy, is based on detailed review of evidence. Its launch coincides with the 2017 London Family Planning Summit.
The field for the inaugural College Football Playoff (CFP) was finally set Sunday, but — in true college football style — it wasn’t without controversy. The 12-person CFP selection committee chose Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State, arguably snubbing Big 12 co-champions Baylor and (especially) TCU.The last four teams standing are exceptional. The Ducks, Crimson Tide and Buckeyes rank Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). And although the Seminoles have been unconvincing throughout the season, it would have been difficult to justify leaving the undefeated, defending national champion out of the playoff — No. 10 FPI ranking be damned. So, the committee may well have made the best decision it could have, according to its mandate to select the nation’s four best teams.But by ranking TCU third (ahead of both Florida State and Ohio State) the week before the conference championships, the committee also set itself up to violate the precedent of how college football rankings have always worked. That’s why, even after previous No. 5 Ohio State rolled over No. 13 Wisconsin 59-0, the FiveThirtyEight College Football Playoff model — which is based on a historical analysis of Coaches Poll voters’ tendencies — saw little chance that TCU would drop from third place to fifth or lower in the committee’s final rankings.Using the traditional media polls as a guide, that was a reasonable assumption. Since the advent of the Bowl Coalition in 1992, only four times (in 214 opportunities) did the third-ranked team in the AP poll drop below fourth place the week after it won a game over an FBS opponent. All four of those teams (Florida State in Week 1 of the 2002 season, Ohio State in Week 3 of 2003, Tennessee in Week 1 of 2005 and Ohio State in Week 2 of 2008) posted victory margins that underwhelmed their pregame FPI expectations. By contrast, TCU beat its pregame expectations by 19 points in thrashing Iowa State. (And it bears repeating that none of those cases took place any later than the third week of a season, when you would expect voters to still be sorting out the order of teams.)And yet TCU did drop in the committee’s rankings — from third place to sixth, below Florida State, Ohio State and even Baylor (whom the committee had controversially slotted beneath TCU in every previous edition of its rankings, seemingly ignoring the Bears’ head-to-head victory over the Horned Frogs on Oct. 11). It was a stunning fall that, for better or worse, seemed to contradict the way college football teams traditionally move in the rankings.TCU’s exclusion also broke with tradition from another standpoint. Using poll data since 1992, I ran a logistic regression attempting to predict whether a team would finish the regular season in the AP’s top four based on various “résumé” statistics provided by ESPN’s Stats and Info Group. The factors that emerged as significant were a team’s winning percentage (modified slightly by Laplace’s Rule of Succession), its average points-per-game margin, its strength of schedule (according to the average FBS team’s expected winning percentage against its schedule using FPI), and whether it won its conference or not.This year, those criteria would have yielded the following probabilities of making the top four (assuming the committee would follow the pollsters’ traditional logic):(Note: Baylor and TCU were co-champions of the Big 12; for the purposes of the regression, they were each treated the same as a team that was sole champion of its conference.)It’s not outside the realm of plausibility that historical voters would exclude TCU and include Ohio State on the basis of their résumés alone (this method shows there was a 16 percent chance that would happen). In fact, the real AP poll dropped TCU from fourth to sixth, with two teams (Baylor and Ohio State) hurdling the Horned Frogs.It is, however, another way to underscore that the playoff committee may be rethinking the way college football teams have been ranked at the end of the season. As FiveThirtyEight’s editor in chief, Nate Silver, wrote in his final assessment of the committee’s selection, the sport’s old algorithm rarely entailed a top-to-bottom reassessment of the field this late in the year (voters usually just made slight adjustments to teams’ rankings after losses or big wins; otherwise the current rankings were basically enslaved to the previous rankings). The committee’s final rankings, on the other hand, suggest it sorted the teams from scratch after the conference championships, with no allegiance to its previous choices.That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But, like the existence of a playoff in the first place, it’s a new thing.
He told ITV News: “I do have a memory of her spraying it on her wrists and rubbing them together. Describing the moment he dialled 999, Mr Rowley said: “It was horrible waiting for the ambulance because it was a brand new build. It seemed like forever I was waiting for the ambulance to turn up. I felt helpless. He is now attempting to continue with his recovery, re-building the muscles in his legs.Mr Rowley remembers his treatment as “fascinating”. He said: “Two people were doing different things at different times. One person was measuring my brain activity. One person was measuring my responses to electric shocks. It was a tingling kind of thing.”The interview comes as police announced the cordon at Ms Sturgess’s home at John Baker House, Salisbury, would be lifted after investigators found no contamination risk at the building.Mr Rowley and Ms Sturgess were victims of the second nerve agent incident in four months following the case of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. He was then hit with the hammerblow that he had lost his partner, but he was still in such a bad state that he didn’t even know who Dawn Sturgess was. Dawn Sturgess “I was still ill at the time,” he said. “I couldn’t piece together…It took time to piece together I’d sent Dawn to hospital prior to me being ill. It took time to process. I was so ill I didn’t even know who Dawn was at that point.” He described Ms Sturgess as a “lovely lady” and a “wonderful woman”, and said they had planned to move in together in Amesbury within two weeks. Mr Rowley also said he still feels to blame for what happened to her but criticised the “irresponsible people” who left the poison for anybody to pick up.”It was just so unfortunate. I’m very angry at the whole incident,” he added. “I don’t have great medical knowledge. I was talking to the person on the phone trying to do the best I could. It was all I could do.”Asked what he thought it was initially, he told ITV News: “I thought it might have been something to do with…she had complained of a headache and she asked for paracetamol and I thought maybe she had taken her own medication that she had at the time. I thought at the time maybe it was a reaction to the medication she had taken.”This was the initial thoughts of the paramedics too – that it had been drug related – but it soon transpired to be a far more grave set of circumstances. Ms Sturgess was taken to hospital and Mr Rowley returned to the flat in Amesbury to pick up some belongings, but fell ill himself. He cannot remember collapsing, but when he came round, officers quizzed him about the bottle. The poison victim said he had not put two and two together, telling detectives he could “pretty much guarantee it contained perfume” and that it was “nothing to worry about”. “I was in complete shock when they told me it was Novichok,” he added. “It was all too much to take on board. Too much. I was told too much all at once. It was too much to take on board.” Novichok victim Charlie Rowley has said the deadly nerve agent took just 15 minutes to fatally poison his partner after she sprayed the “oily” substance on to her wrists believing it was perfume.Mr Rowley, 45, believes he may have had the bottle in his home for a couple of days before giving it to 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess as a present, but he can’t recall where he picked it up from. He told ITV News the glass bottle and plastic dispenser were in a cardboard box encased in plastic, and that Ms Sturgess had recognised the brand.The bottle had to be fitted to a plastic dispenser, and Mr Rowley tipped some onto his hands, which is how he believes he came into contact with the lethal nerve agent. He immediately washed it off, but his girlfriend rubbed her wrists together having sprayed the mist onto herself and within a quarter of an hour began complaining of a headache. She died on July 8 after the pair fell ill on June 30 having been exposed to Novichok contained in the bottle, which was later found in Mr Rowley’s home in Amesbury, Wiltshire. “I guess that’s how she applied it and became ill. I guess how I got in contact with it is when I put the spray part to the bottle. I ended tipping some on my hands, but I washed it off under the tap.”It had an oily substance and I smelled it and it didn’t smell of perfume. It felt oily. I washed it off and I didn’t think anything of it. It all happened so quick.”Within 15 minutes Dawn said she had a headache. She asked me if I had any headache tablets. In that time she said she felt peculiar and needed to lie down in the bath. I went into the bathroom and found her in the bath, fully clothed, in a very ill state.”Mr Rowley, who admitted he had a tendency to pluck items out of skips if he believed them to be of value, said he could not remember where he found the perfume box but believed it “looked expensive”.”I have had a tendency for picking things up. You find things of value, yes, some treasures here or there. Unfortunately it turned out to be a bad find,” he told the broadcaster. They were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury in March.Police are believed to have identified the Russian suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on former spy Mr Skripal and his daughter. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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A pharmaceutical company has been charged following a lengthy investigation into the deaths of three babies in hospital.Representatives from ITH Pharma, which is based in North West London, will appear in court in December charged with supplying a contaminated feeding drip.The charges follow a four year investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Homicide and Major Crime Command after the death of a baby at at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in June 2014.The deaths of a further two infants, one at Guy’s and another at the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge, were also subsequently investigated by detectives.The investigation centred around allegations that the infants fell seriously ill and developed blood poisoning after being fed with nutrients manufactured by ITH Pharma.In all 20 children required treatment after contracting septicaemia while being treated at six hospitals across the UK.The infants, who were being looked after in premature baby units, were being given fluid as nutrition because they were unable to feed themselves.Public Health England (PHE) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) launched an initial investigation but the case was later taken over by Scotland Yard. “However, we are disappointed by the decision to charge the company and will vigorously defend this case. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.” The investigation was launched following the death of a baby at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital in 2014Credit:PA The parents of nine day old Yousef Al-Kharboush, who died in June 2014, said they would never recover from what happened. He and his twin brother Abdulilah were born by emergency Caesarean section at the hospital at 32 weeks gestation in May 2014.While in intensive care they were both fed intravenously, and while Abdulilah was not affected, Yousef contracted lethal blood poisoning allegedly from the Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) feed.Their lawyer Arti Shah, from Fieldfisher, said: “It has been incredibly hard for Yousef’s parents to have to wait so long for a charging decision while the company has simply been allowed to continue to trade.”Yousef’s family has suffered the worst grief imaginable.”ITH Pharma was founded by Adam Bloom and Karen Hamling, who are both trained pharmacists.A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “ITH Pharma Ltd, based at Premier Park, NW10, has been charged with seven counts of supplying a medicinal product which was not of the nature or quality specified in the prescription on 27 May, 2014.”It has also been charged with failing to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that patients were not infected by contaminants, in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, between 1 August 2009 and 1 June 2014.A spokesman for ITH Pharma said: “As founders of ITH we have every sympathy for all the families affected, regardless of the cause. 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.
Stephen Waterson and Adrian Hoare had denied their role on Alfie Lamb’s deathCredit:PA Jurors were shown CCTV of Alfie running to keep up with his mother moments before he was put in the car for the journey back to Croydon, south London. The adopted son of a former Tory minister has admitted crushing a three-year-old boy to death with his car seat.Stephen Waterson, 26, squashed Alfie Lamb in the footwell of his Audi convertible while his mother Adrian Hoare looked on.Afterwards, Waterson, who is the adopted son of former Tory minister, Nigel Waterson, orchestrated a cover-up to avoid being implicated in the death.Following an Old Bailey trial earlier this year, Hoare, 24, from Gravesend in Kent, was found guilty of child cruelty and jailed for two years and nine months.But the jury failed to reach a verdict on whether Waterson was guilty of manslaughter and he was ordered to face a retrial.However on the eve of the trial Waterson changed his plea and admitted Alfie’s manslaughter by gross negligence.Both Waterson and Hoare had admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice by lying to police. Waterson was also convicted of intimidating a witness and Hoare of assaulting another witness.The tragedy occurred in February last year when the defendants had gone shopping for cushions in Sutton, accompanied by Alfie, and two friends, Emilie Williams, 19 and Marcus Lamb, 22. It was alleged nightclub worker Waterson became annoyed at Alfie’s crying and twice moved his front passenger seat into him as he sat at his mother’s feet.Jurors heard the maximum space in the foot well was 30cm, and, at the touch of a button, that could be reduced to just 9.5cm.Waterson, who is 5ft 7in tall, initially pushed his front seat back to give himself more leg room, according to Ms Williams, who is the sister of his ex-girlfriend.Alfie screamed for his “mummy” but Hoare just slapped him and told him to “shut up”, said unqualified driver Mr Lamb, who was Alfie’s cousin.By the time they arrived at Waterson’s home in Croydon, south London, the boy had collapsed and stopped breathing.As medics desperately tried to revive him, Waterson fled the scene and Hoare spun a web of lies, claiming she had been in a taxi.Alfie, nicknamed “Little Tarzan” by the defendants, died from crush asphyxia three days later.Meanwhile, Waterson gave officers a false name and false statement and sold the Audi. 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCOI established to look into land rights issuesMarch 11, 2017In “latest news”Govt putting the ‘cart before the horse’ – Nandlall says on plan to set up law schoolJanuary 30, 2018In “latest news”Amerindians reject Govt’s ploy to set up land CoIMarch 29, 2017In “Local News” Rudy JamesDistinguished Law profession Rudolph James passed away on Monday in the United States, where he had travelled to seek medical treatment after falling ill last year.He was 85 at the time of his death.Professor James, who taught law in Guyana and Africa, also headed the University of Guyana’s (UG’s) Department of Law from 1999 to 2004.Most recently, he served on an advisory committee for the establishment of a local law school and as a Commissioner on the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) established to examine and make recommendations to resolve issues and uncertainties surrounding the individual, joint or communal ownership of lands.Professor James also co-authored a book with fellow Professor Harold Lutchman titled, “Law and the Political Environment in Guyana”.President David Granger joined the list of persons who were saddened by Professor James’ death.
Upon the approval of the construction license for the spent nuclear fuel repository at Olkiluoto, Finland is now the most advanced country in the world in spent nuclear fuel repository planning and implementation, according to Saanio & Riekkola (S&R). “Finland’s parliamentary decision confirms the commitment to a world leading nuclear waste management program. It also says something about the values of this Nordic state which other nuclear powered countries will now keenly observe”, says Fionán O’Carroll, Project Manager for International Operations at S&R.ONKALO, the underground rock characterisation facility situated at Olkiluoto, Finland, will be a part of the first spent nuclear fuel repository worldwide. The application for the Olkiluoto construction license was submitted on December 28, 2012 by Posiva, the organisation responsible for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel in Finland. If the project continues to progress according to schedule, the disposal operations at Olkiluoto will begin in early 2020s and the final closure of the facility will be in the 2120s. The total estimated cost of the project is €3.3 billion euros.Spent nuclear fuel will remain radioactive and harmful for over 100,000 years and so a primary task of the project was to conduct extensive planning and safety analysis. This way the safety of humans and the environment could be ensured for thousands of generations to come. S&R became involved in the early stages of the project in the 1980s providing expertise on site selection, rock engineering, layout-design and cost estimates for the project and in the 2000s providing the expertise in long-term safety and production of the safety case for the construction license application. After several decades of design planning and long-term safety analysis, S&R is proud to see the deep geological repository project advance to the next level.According to the Finnish legislation and regulations, the responsibility for waste management and decommissioning of nuclear power plants is with the waste generators themselves. In 1988, a fund was established for collecting nuclear waste management costs under the Nuclear Energy Act. Waste generators pay into this fund annually according to the fund target. There is no set fee per kWh like in other countries, rather, the fund is being recalculated systematically every year based on the liability of waste producers.In Finland, spent nuclear fuel is currently being stored in spent fuel pools. In the future as the project progresses the spent nuclear fuel will be disposed in the deep geological repository. The spent nuclear fuel will be encapsulated and deposited deep in the bedrock of Olkiluoto and the repository will be backfilled.Finland’s nuclear waste management program is now the most advanced in the world. The safe disposal of spent nuclear fuel is highly important since nuclear power will be central to future global energy needs. “Nuclear new build countries and those still developing nuclear regulations stand to benefit hugely from following the Finnish example. Creating a national nuclear waste management program is a long term commitment”, O’Carroll adds.S&R is the world leading specialist in the most demanding nuclear waste management projects. It works on both low and intermediate level waste and spent nuclear fuel projects globally and has actively assisted Finland’s nuclear waste management program since 1979.
Whenever we hear about a new smartphone, the word “exclusive” springs to mind. That appears to be a thing of the past. The new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will not be exclusive to Verizon only, says that Sony Ericcson CTO. Unlike Apple, he stated that the phone will go to other carriers in time. However, he didn’t mention any dates.The Sony Ericsson brand is known in Europe better, where all phones are GSM-based. Since Verizon uses the different standard, it also requires more work for the company. However, because of the upcoming European release, Sony should have a GSM model for America soon enough. The CTO also shared that unlike other phone manufactures, Sony has plans to keep the Android OS updated. Sounds like Sony Ericsson is serious about making a splash in the US smartphone market.Via TG Daily