Lionel Messi breaks his duck against Chelsea to earn draw for Barcelona

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Nonetheless, Conte refused to blame Christensen, who was chosen ahead of the experienced Gary Cahill. “No, absolutely no, no, no,” he insisted. “Christensen’s performance was great, incredible. He is only 21 years old, it’s great that he’s able to play this game with his maturity and personality. He was one of the best players tonight. A top, top game and I’m very pleased for his performance.”Even so, it was still a frustrating night for Conte and his players bearing in mind the 13-minute spell when they had the lead and seemed to have the measure of their opponents.Eden Hazard had frequently unsettled the visiting defence. Thibaut Courtois was scarcely troubled in Chelsea’s goal and the home side could also reflect on two moments in the first half when Willian tried his luck from 20 yards out and – agonisingly, almost implausibly – both shots came back off the woodwork.The first was just before the half-hour mark when the ball thudded off Marc-André ter Stegen’s left-hand post. Ten minutes later, Willian tried again from the same distance, 20 yards out, and this time his shot ricocheted off the other upright.Stamford Bridge howled with anguish but these were encouraging moments for Chelsea and when Willian tried for a third time, in the 62nd minute, he had seen a small gap inside the right-hand post and picked it out beautifully.More than anything, the frustration for Chelsea was exacerbated by the sense that the team currently seven points clear at the top of La Liga might be running out of ideas. Barça had played every kind of pass bar the killer variety.They did not manage a shot on target in the first half and it was unusual, in particular, to see Luis Suárez looking as subdued as he did in the opening 45 minutes. These are the occasions – the big nights, under the floodlights, with the Champions League anthem blaring – when Suárez usually loves to compete with Messi for the leading role. Not here, though.Instead, the narrative came back – as it often does – to the little guy wearing Barca’s No 10 shirt. Messi did not invent the art of dribbling but he has certainly taken it to its highest level.One early slalom left Antonio Rüdiger in such a fix it was difficult not to feel a pang of sympathy for the defender. Messi then proceeded to remind everyone that too much time had been wasted in the build-up to this match analysing his lack of goals in these fixtures.His movement, his distribution, the deftness of touch – as much as Chelsea’s fans must have wished the ball could avoid him, they will surely realise these are moments to treasure. And Messi, true to form, had not yet finished with Rüdiger.Equally, Messi’s influence had waned after the interval and Chelsea were looking relatively comfortable as the game reached the final quarter of an hour. They had defended stoutly, with N’Golo Kanté having one of his better performances in front of the back four.Chelsea did not start with an orthodox centre-forward but the speed and movement of Hazard, Willian and Pedro always made them dangerous on the counterattack. Willian’s goal was a peach and, frankly, it felt ludicrous that Conte is widely assumed to be on his way out in the summer. Stamford Bridge, once again, felt like a happy place.Yet this was a big night for Christensen, only 21, and there were some tell-tale signs, perhaps, in the first half when he misdirected what should have been a routine pass and sent the ball out for a corner.His next mistake was far more serious and, though Messi will inevitably dominate the headlines, the goal would never have been possible had it not been for Iniesta’s brilliant anticipation. Messi was waiting, unmarked, and was never going to let Chelsea off the hook. Share on Facebook The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Read more Share on Pinterest Chelsea Barcelona Share on WhatsApp Share via Email In the end, it turned out to be a harsh reminder for Chelsea about the realities of the Champions League and, unfortunately for Andreas Christensen, a personal ordeal for the player who has been trusted by Antonio Conte to assume a position in the heart of the team’s defence.Christensen has filled the role with distinction for the most part this season but his wayward pass in the 75th minute was a calamitous mistake that could have serious ramifications for his team’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals. Chelsea had been leading, courtesy of Willian’s goal, and showing all their better qualities.Yet no side can defend this generously and expect to get away with it. Not, at least, when the opposition has Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi among its front line.Messi’s goal was his first against Chelsea in nine attempts and in that moment the advantage swung towards Barça ahead of the return leg. Chelsea had looked vulnerable as soon as Christensen committed the defender’s sin of playing the ball across the front of his own penalty area. If the pass was intended for Cesc Fàbregas, it was not entirely clear.The ball went from one side of the pitch to the other and, in his desperation to cut it out, César Azpilicueta put his team in even more danger by lunging in and failing to make contact. Iniesta was free. Messi, as always, was backing him up. And it is tempting to think Chelsea might live to regret that combination of errors in the second leg at the Camp Nou on 14 March. Champions League Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: Champions League – as it happened Read more Topics Reuse this content match reportslast_img read more

HHI Receives First Cyber SecurityReady Notation from ABS

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Classification society ABS and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) collaborated to develop cyber security requirements for the ABS Cyber Security-Ready (CS-Ready) Notation for marine assets.The classification society issued HHI the first-of-its-kind CS-Ready Notation to a large-scale commercial vessel, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), delivered in November.“Achieving this CS-Ready Notation makes HHI a frontrunner in ship cyber security technology and means HHI is well prepared for future certifications, which are becoming increasingly strict,” said Joo Won-ho, Director of the HHI Corporate Research Center.“These cyber security requirements will be integrated into HHI’s newly constructed ships, including LNG carriers, and will give HHI products the competitive edge, leading to increased market leadership.”The FCI Cyber Risk model quantifies cyber risk, measuring critical systems such as navigation and propulsion, digital networks connecting functions, and people or devices accessing connections.HHI implemented the requirements on the vessel at its yard in Korea. ABS cyber security specialists examined the cyber-readiness of the critical control systems onboard including vessel management systems, navigation and communication systems.last_img read more

Centres response sought on plea for linking property to Aadhaar

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought a response from the Centre and Delhi government on a plea seeking directions to the government to link movable and immovable property documents of citizens with their Aadhaar number to curb corruption, black money generation and benami transaction. A bench, headed by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and including Justice C. Harishankar, issued a notice to the Delhi government and the Centre, seeking their response on the petition filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! After seeking response, the court posted the matter for hearing on October 15. Upadhyay contended that linking property with Aadhaar will lead to an “increment of two per cent in annual growth”. “Executive action should be taken to warn the corrupt that betrayal of the public trust will no longer be tolerated and to reaffirm the rule of law and transparency,” the petition said. It further stated that the main advantage of the strategy would be that the tax authorities will get the details of “legal owners” immediately and once the Aadhaar linkage takes place, tax authorities can approach them. “It will clean our electoral process, which is dominated by black money and benami transaction and thrives on a cycle of large black investments, the capture of power through foul means and use of political strength to amass private wealth, all with disdain of the citizen,” the petition stated.last_img read more

Meeting on Syria with US positive Turkey

first_imgIstanbul: Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said Wednesday that talks with the US aimed at averting the need for a Turkish military intervention into northern Syria had been “positive”, according to state news agency Anadolu. “We witnessed with satisfaction that our partners grew closer to our position. The meetings were positive and quite constructive,” Akar was quoted as saying as the talks in Ankara entered a third day. Turkey has repeatedly warned that it is preparing an offensive into Syria against the Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as a terrorist offshoot of the PKK which has fought a bloody insurgency inside Turkey for the past 35 years. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe US has supported the YPG as the main fighting force against the Islamic State group, and its defence officials have been meeting their Turkish counterparts in Ankara since Monday in a bid to prevent an intervention. “We would prefer to act together with our American ally. If that isn’t possible we have said multiple times that we will do what is necessary,” Akar told Anadolu. All sides agree that a “safe zone” needs to be created in northern Syria to keep the YPG away from Turkey’s borders. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut Turkey, the US and the YPG differ on how large the neutral zone should be, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned in recent days that patience is running out. “Turkey has the right to eliminate all threats against its national security,” he said in a televised speech on Tuesday. “God willing, we will carry the process started with (previous offensives into Syria) to the next stage very soon.” US Defence Secretary Mark Esper countered that any unilateral action by Turkey would be “unacceptable”. Turkey and the US are NATO allies but have grown increasingly estranged over a number of issues, including American support for the Kurds and Turkey’s decision to buy a Russian S-400 missile defence system. Turkish media outlets have often shown images in recent weeks of military convoys heading for the border area, carrying equipment and fighting units.Turkey has twice carried out unilateral offensives into northern Syria against the Islamic State group and YPG, in 2016 and 2018 respectively.last_img read more

Quakes shake NB village again Sounded like the hot water tank exploded

first_imgMCADAM, N.B. – Two years after a mysterious “swarm” of earthquakes rattled homes and nerves in a New Brunswick village, they’ve started up again.Earthquakes Canada has recorded 22 earthquakes in New Brunswick over the last 30 days, with most of those near McAdam, on the western edge of the province, near the border with the United States.Mayor Ken Stannix said the quakes startle people, often producing a bang that’s louder than a gunshot.“I know when I first heard it, it sounded like the hot water tank may have exploded in the basement. Then we realized it was these earthquakes,” Stannix said.“It will wake you up in the middle of the night, but we’ve become accustomed to them. You wake up and say ‘That must have been an earthquake,’ and then you’ll hear a couple softer bangs and then the event is over.”Stephen Halchuk, a seismologist at Natural Resources Canada, said all of the recent earthquakes have been minor — less than three on the Richter scale.“Starting on March 27 we had a magnitude 2.6 close to McAdam and then a number of very tiny events,” Halchuk said.“Most of the earthquakes in New Brunswick are of a magnitude three or smaller. We do on occasion get larger ones with magnitude fives over the last century or so. This low level of activity with the small magnitude two and smaller events is really not out of the ordinary,” he said.Earthquakes in New Brunswick tend to occur in the northeast and southwest corners of the province, he said.He said while there have been earthquakes in various parts of the province in the past month, there’s no indication of an increasing trend over the long term.Halchuk said there have been other swarms of activity in recent years in eastern North America, particularly in neighbouring Maine and Connecticut.In early 2016, more than 100 earthquakes shook the McAdam area, but a reason was never found.Halchuk said there is no well defined fault in the area, so it remains a mystery why the area is getting clusters or swarms of earthquakes.Stannix said concerned residents flooded the village office with calls in 2016 to report shaking homes and broken windows, but this time people are taking the earthquakes in stride.“This time around people have not been so nervous, I suppose for two reasons — the number, although there have been quite a few in the last 30 days, it wasn’t like the 90-odd quakes that we had in 2016, and the severity hasn’t been there either,” he said.last_img read more

Stars Sign On To Save National Wildlife Crime Unit

first_imgAn open letter signed by wildlife experts has been sent to DEFRA and the Home Office urging Ministers to renew funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit.Dr Jane Goodall, Joanna Lumley, Kate Humble, Ben Fogle, Steve Backshall, Simon King, Mark Carwardine, Simon Reeve, Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek and Deborah Meaden have co-signed a letter with World Animal Protection requesting answers as to whether the NWCU will fall victim to government cuts.The National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) is a world-leading police unit dedicated to supporting wildlife crime investigations and is fundamental to providing and analysing national wildlife crime intelligence across the UK. Without them, a huge number of wildlife crime cases would not be successfully investigated or prosecuted.But, with imminent funding cuts approaching, the future of the unit is under threat and in only four months their work could face complete collapse.Ministers refuse to rule out the Unit being scrapped due to budget cuts. The NWCU’s future looks in grave danger as their funding comes to an end in March 2016.Despite World Animal Protection, the Head of the NWCU and MPs asking Defra for clarification on the funding of this vital unit, Defra will not provide reassurance that the future of the NWCU is secure.Funding to tackle the illegal wildlife trade has already been allotted at £10 million over 2015/16 and 2017/18. So it would be sensible to assume the department is aware of where this money is to be used. With the Government seemingly prioritising their fight against wildlife crime, the lack of financial commitment to the UK’s own national unit is causing deep confusion and concern to all those involved in protecting wildlife from crime, particularly when it only requires a fraction of their budget – £278,000.In 2014, the NWCU were granted two years’ funding; but previous to that they had to fight to stay open every single year. This endless cycle of uncertainty has been a huge drain on their resources.Head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit, Martin Sims, said: “We are the only police unit in the UK that’s solely dedicated to dealing with wildlife crime.“Our focus is on assisting police forces in responding to a wide range of wildlife crimes including hare coursing, poaching and the trade in protected species as covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.“As well as our successes in helping to bring to justice the people who commit these crimes, we’ve also identified through our intelligence and analytical work that the UK is not just a transit route in the trade of endangered species but a trading hub. It is fair to say that if funding to the National Wildlife Crime Unit is cut, then the unit itself may no longer viably operate or continue to support police forces in the way that it currently does.”Head of UK Campaigns at World Animal Protection, Alyx Elliott, said: “We are grateful to the support shown by these eminent wildlife experts in fighting for the security of this vital police unit. Wildlife crime is abundant across the UK and internationally with animals being harmed, persecuted and taken from the wild. Animals are hunted, smuggled, butchered for their body parts or kept alive in order to be sold on. The NWCU is absolutely critical in the fight against wildlife criminals. Without them, wild animals will be at a much greater risk of suffering cruelty.”last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement CBC, Netflix and Northwood Entertainment today announced the casting of beloved characters Diana Barry, Rachel Lynde and Gilbert Blythe in the upcoming eight x one-hour drama series ANNE. Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless classic novel Anne of Green Gables, ANNE continues production in Ontario, Canada until February 2017 and will premiere later  in the year on CBC in Canada and globally – everywhere outside of Canada – on Netflix.Talented young Canadian Dalila Bela (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Once Upon a Time), who recently reprised her role as ‘Agent Olive’ in Odd Squad: The Movie following a successful series run in addition to landing a co-starring role in The Adventure Club, has been cast as the loveable Diana Barry, Anne’s loyal friend and kindred spirit. Acclaimed Canadian theatre veteran Corrine Koslo (The Shaw Festival’s Come Back Little Sheba, Sweeney Todd and feature film Best in Show) steps into the role of Rachel Lynde, Avonlea’s resident gossip. Montreal native Aymeric Jett Montaz (Bellevue, Just for Laughs Gags!) also joins the cast as Jerry Baynard, a hired farmhand mentioned in passing in the novel who now features prominently in the new series. Currently receiving rave reviews in Mike Mills’ upcoming feature 20th Century Women opposite Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann (Sense8) will portray handsome and confident Gilbert Blythe, a fellow classmate and Anne’s academic rival.The new cast join previously announced cast members Amybeth McNulty (Morgan, Agatha Raisin, The Sparticle Mystery) as the iconic Anne Shirley and award-winning actors Geraldine James OBE (Sherlock Holmes, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and R.H. Thomson (Chloe, The Englishman’s Boy) as Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. About NetflixNetflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 86 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.About Northwood EntertainmentNorthwood Entertainment is an independent film and television production company formed with a mission to create a thriving home for filmmakers with singular voices to reach broad audiences. The company’s slate mixes film and television from both established and emerging talent. ANNE is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for love and acceptance and her place in the world. The series centers on a young orphaned girl in the late 1890s who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an aging sister and brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the entire small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination. Charting new territory, Anne and the rest of the characters will experience adventures reflecting timeless and topical issues including themes of identity, feminism, bullying and prejudice.ANNE is executive produced by Moira Walley-Beckett (three-time Emmy® and Golden Globe award winner, Breaking Bad, Flesh & Bone) and Miranda de Pencier (Beginners, Thanks for Sharing), under her Northwood Entertainment banner. Walley-Beckett is penning the entire first season of the series and serves as showrunner.STAY CONNECTED AND FOLLOW US FOR NEWS AND UPDATES AND EXCLUSIVES FROM THE SET OF ‘ANNE’SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @annetheseriesInstagram: annetheseriesFacebook: CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Family left cold after Winnipeg police end dump search for murdered woman

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police have ended their search for the remains of a murdered woman.Officers searched the city dump hoping they would find evidence of Tanya Nepinak’s body.But as APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot reports, the police came up empty and the family says the search was a farce.last_img

Taking a closer look at Attawapiskat An APTN special report

first_imgAPTN National NewsA four-part series looking into equality for Aboriginal peoples began Wednesday night.Almost everyone has an opinion on what that is.We started in Attawapiskat.The Cree community on the west coast of James Bay has been in the news a lot over the past couple of years.For the most part it’s because of poverty, such as poor housing and lack of jobs.But with a diamond mine just 90 kilometres away how is it that poverty exists?APTN National News reporter Jorge Barrera has this report.last_img read more

Googles Pixel 3a 3a XL launch date revealed

first_imgSan Francisco: The much-anticipated mid-rangers from Google — the Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones could launch on May 7, said the company’s own store page. A teaser poster on Google Store stated: “On May 7, something big is coming to the Pixel universe” that also happens to coincide with the first day of the Google I/O conference. The teaser also added: “Help is on the way” and “the power is in your hands”. Meanwhile, prices of Google’s upcoming mid-range Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones have been leaked; they are likely to cost CAD 649 (approximately Rs 33,767) and CAD 799 (about Rs 41,571), respectively. The prices of Pixel 3a, (codenamed Sargo) and Pixel 3a XL (codenamed Bonito) were tipped on social news aggregation and discussion website Reddit late on Monday.last_img read more

Japanese princess sacrifices Royal status for the Love of Her Life

By Chaimae BoulifaRabat – Like old myths or classic romance movies, in which princesses and women in the aristocracy make major sacrifices in the name of love, the real-life Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito, is giving up her royal family title to marry a “commoner.”The unexpected decision has been making the rounds on social media after the princess held a press conference Sept. 3 to officially confirm her engagement to Kei Komuro, who works as a paralegal at Tokyo law firm, according to the Japanese news outlet Japan Times. As under the Japanese law, women must leave the imperial family after marrying a commoner, the 25-year-old princess will relinquish her royal status, having received the 83-year-old Emperor Akihito’s approval.“I was aware since my childhood that I’ll leave a royal status once I marry,” Princess Mako told reporters at the press conference. “While I worked to help the emperor and fulfil duties as a royal family member as much as I can, I’ve been cherishing my own life.”The couple met while studying at Tokyo’s International Christian University in 2012, where the princess was first attracted to her fiancé Komuro’s bright smiles that “seemed like the sun,” she said at the news conference in Tokyo’s Akasaka district.“It would be nice to have a warm and comfortable household with Mr. Komuro, so that we can make a family full of smiles,” she added.In a romantic response, Komuro stated that Princess Mako “has been quietly watching over me like the moon.”While the couple’s wedding ceremony is planned for next year, when the emperor is expected to abdicate his responsibility to his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito.The Princess Mako’s father is the second in line for Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne, followed by his 10-year-old son, Hisahito of Akishin, the only family member left in the line of royal succession.Princess Mako is not the only female member of the imperial family who has decided to leave the Imperial House for marriage.In 2014, Princess Noriko, the second daughter of the Emperor Akihito’s cousin, married 41-year-old Kunimaro Senge, while in 2005, Princess Nori, Princess Mako’s aunt, married the 40-year-old urban planner Yoshiki Kuroda, leading to revived concerns for the future of the monarchy and debate about the current laws regarding royal succession. read more

Alaska lodge owners charged nearly 8M for oil spill cleanup

KODIAK, Alaska — The owners and former operator of an Alaska hunting lodge have been ordered to pay nearly $8 million for an oil spill cleanup.The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Thursday that the U.S. Justice Department ordered the repayment by owners Bruce and Yvonne Cooper and former operator and tenant Mark Krall.The bill is for costs related to a February 2018 spill on Shuyak Island in Port William.The U.S. Coast Guard says the cleanup cost about $9 million.Authorities say the spill occurred when strong winds caused a building collapse, releasing about 3,000 gallons (11,356 litres) of fuel oil into the water.Responders deployed 3,280 feet (1,000 metres) of inflatable boom and 550 feet (168 metres) of fast-water boom around a dock and adjacent beach, collecting 1,878 bags of waste.___Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.comThe Associated Press read more

Inquest begins into Steve Mesic shooting

(Updated)A coroner’s inquest started in Hamilton Monday looking into the police shooting death of Steve Mesic.Steve Mesic Sr. said that there were some notable discrepancies in the story that the public is being told. Most notably, the fact that St. Joseph’s Hospital has records of Steve Mesic being spotted inside the ward after 10am, when we do know that he had likely already been shot and killed by police at his home near Upper Wellington and the Lincoln Alexander ParkwayShortly after 8:30am, Steve Mesic took a walk from St. Joseph’s on June 7th, 2013. He had been granted a pass from the psych ward. He was next spotted at the Jolley Cut where he stepped out in front of a bus. He was knocked down by the bus but the bus was broken and he was unhurt. He got up and fled the scene. He was next spotted walking on the Lincoln Alexander Parkway. The police were soon called and they confronted Mesic at his own back yard at Upper Wellington and the Linc. Which is where he was shot and killed.The inquest was given two very different descriptions of Steve. First to testify was his fiance Sharon Dorr. She described Steve as having battled anxiety for years and going through a downward spiral last May which came to a head in June when Steve took 10 sleep aids and drank two bottles of wine. He collapsed. Sharon heard him and called 911. He was then taken to St. Joe’s. It was there they learned that he had thought’s of suicide. And we learned today that he had three previous suicide attempts when he was 18-years old, 21-years old and 40-years old — which was news to many people in the courtroom, including his fiance Sharon.We also heard from Dr. Patricia Rosebush, the psychiatrist who saw Steve when he was at the ward. She said that he seemed extremely healthy. Although he had admitted to thoughts of suicide, he expressed that he had no intentions of hurting himself, which is where the day pass came from. That was the proceedings in the first day. It will resume with Dr. Rosebush’s completed testimony and possibly both of the officers that responded to the scene and fired their arms will be called to the stand. read more

The Latest Facebook uses humans to transcribe user audio

NEW YORK — The Latest on Facebook privacy (all times local):12:40 p.m.Facebook says it paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service.The practice raises privacy concerns, as users aren’t typically aware that humans are reviewing audio. Tech companies say the practice helps improve their services. Facebook says audio snippets were masked so as not to reveal anyone’s identity. The company says it has stopped the practice a week ago. The development was reported earlier by Bloomberg.Amazon and Google have also used people to listen to audio from their digital assistant services rather than only using artificial intelligence. Google says it suspended doing this worldwide. Amazon says users can decline, or opt out. Published reports say Apple also has done this, but has stopped.Irish data-protection regulators say they’re seeking more details from Facebook.The Associated Press read more

General Assembly to open this years highlevel debate on 12 September

In another action today, the Assembly decided that when East Timor gains independence later this month it will be formally removed from the UN’s list of Non-Self-Governing Territories. The Assembly also appointed representatives from Cuba, China, the Russian Federation, the United States and the United Republic of Tanzania as members of the Joint Inspection Unit, a UN oversight body, for five-year terms beginning next January.

Strife drives more Sudanese in Darfur from their homes UN reports

A number of roads in the Jabal Marra area were declared “go” areas for UN agencies on 22 December, UNMIS said, adding that since early last year UN agencies had access only to Gilgo, Golo, Turrah and Rokerro by air, limiting the amount of support the UN agencies could give to the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the region. UNMIS said intertribal fighting place in the Zalenjei area of West Darfur has resulted in approximately 3,800 new arrivals to two Zalenjei camps, with another 5,000 to 6,000 displaced reportedly stranded northwest of the conflict area. Humanitarian workers and representatives of the African Union (AU) have been unable to go to the Zalenjei area because of continuing insecurity, the mission said. Meanwhile, more than 18 months of fighting between the Rezeigat Arab nomads and the Birgid people have led to the displacement of an estimated 36,000 Birgids to Edaein and to the Kalma Camp in Nyala, South Darfur, UNMIS said. Aiming to help ease the suffering, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners plan to build new schools and train teachers in Kalma. In another development, UNMIS reported that local authorities in South Darfur told the mission that the international community is neglecting the humanitarian needs of Arab nomadic communities, branding them as ‘Janjaweed.’ Janjaweed means “men riding horses” but has come to be associated with the marauding bandits who attacked civilians in Darfur. Based on interviews, UNICEF issued a report in September saying the Janjaweed Arab militia’s sexual and other assaults on the people of Darfur had resulted not only in physical injuries, but a range of psychological traumas, including suicidal impulses and nightmares. read more

Violence in Afghanistan is at its most severe since the fall of

Mr. Annan’s grim assessment comes in his latest situation report to the Security Council, which also covers the work of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) over the past six months since 7 March. “While previous reporting periods have been marked by progressive and significant deteriorations in the security situation, the recent upsurge of violence represents a watershed. At no time since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001 has the threat to Afghanistan’s transition been so severe.”“A third of the country is racked by violent insurgency. The situation in the south, south-east and east is unlikely to improve in the near future and the prospect of further deterioration cannot be excluded.”In light of the situation, Mr. Annan welcomes the expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to the south of the country, adding that elements of a strategy to tackle the insurgency are emerging from discussions led by the Government and members of the international community.He said that most of the fighting involves Afghans operating inside the country’s borders. However, the leaders of the insurgency rely “heavily on cross-border fighters, many of whom are Afghans drawn from nearby refugee camps and radical seminaries in Pakistan.”Mr. Annan identifies “five distinct leadership centres” of the insurgency, including the Taliban northern and southern commands, and he says these should be dealt with through “robust military and law enforcement measures,” while dialogue must be increased among all sides to try and separate the “bulk of combatants from the leaders of the insurgency.”The narcotics industry – which fuels the insurgency – and corruption must also be dealt with as “matters of priority” by the Government, Mr. Annan points out, while also expressing concern for the human rights situation.“The Taliban and other anti-Government forces continue to demonstrate an inexcusable disregard for the value of human life… Afghan security forces and their international partners must also be wary of invoking the security situation as a justification to suppress human rights.”Concluding his 18-page report, Mr. Annan urges the international community – as well as local communities – to work hand-in-hand with the Government towards the long-term security and development vision outlined in the multi-billion dollar five-year Afghanistan Compact that was adopted in January.“Afghan and international members of the [Compact’s] Board will need to work more closely in a spirit of partnership and effectiveness to ensure that the ambitious agenda is achieved to the greatest benefit of the Afghan people.” read more

Canadian Natural says Horizon oilsands expansion under budget so far

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted May 3, 2013 1:19 pm MDT Canadian Natural says Horizon oilsands expansion under budget so far CALGARY – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) says an expansion to its Horizon oilsands mine is currently tracking 10 per cent under budget as contractors and service providers compete for work in the Fort McMurray, Alta. region.“The availability of construction contractors and related services has been better than expected,” president Steve Laut told analysts on a conference call Friday to discuss the company’s first-quarter earnings.“As a result, we continue to see bidders sharpen their pencils.”Work is about 20 per cent complete on the plan to bring Horizon’s production from its current 110,000 barrel-per-day capacity to 250,000 barrels per day. Eventually, Canadian Natural aims to churn 500,000 barrels per day out of the mine.Instead of handling the expansion as one big megaproject — an approach that has caused delays and cost overruns for many in the oilpatch — Canadian Natural is tackling it as a series of smaller projects that have the flexibility to be started and stopped easily, depending on market conditions.Imperial Oil Ltd.’s Kearl oilsands mine, which recently started producing bitumen, came in at $12.9 billion, up from a previous estimate of $10.9 billion. The project was initially expected to cost $7.9 billion.In the first three months of 2013, production of synthetic crude oil from Horizon— a premium product that has been upgraded from tar-like oilsands bitumen — averaged 109,000 barrels per day, a 31 per cent increase from a year earlier.For all of 2013, Horizon production is expected to range from 100,000 barrels to 108,000 barrels per day, including a 24-day planned maintenance outage currently underway.Another one of Canadian Natural’s oilsands projects, the steam-driven Kirby South development, is expected to start up sooner than expected.It had originally planned for first steam at the 40,000-barrel-per-day project in November, but now it’s looking like that will take place in the third quarter.The company also said the Kirby project remains on budget.On Thursday, Canadian Natural reported net earnings from operations were $401 million, or 37 cents per share, missing the average analyst estimate of 42 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters. Last year, it brought in $300 million, or 27 cents per share.Revenues were $3.8 billion, up from $3.5 billion in the same 2012 quarter.Net earnings, which include one-time accounting items, were cut in half to $213 million, or 19 cents per share, from $427 million, or 39 cents per share, a year earlier.Average company-wide production in the first three months of the year was 680,884 barrels per day, up three per cent from the previous year.Canadian Natural also said it has found a partner to help it drill exploratory wells in the rough waters off the South African coast. The company won’t provide further details about who the partner is until it receives regulatory approval.Earlier this year, it said it was on the lookout for a deal to unlock value from its vast shale holdings in northeastern B.C.It’s a departure for the company, which has resisted the sorts of joint-venture deals that have been all the rage among its oilpatch peers in recent years.Canadian Natural is the largest player in the Montney formation, which stretches through parts of northeastern B.C. and northwestern Alberta.It said it was looking to “monetize” about a quarter of the more than 400,000 hectares it controls in the Montney. The land being offered is in the Graham Kobes area of B.C., an area rich in valuable natural gas liquids and outside of what Canadian Natural considers to be its core position.Canadian Natural shares rose 2.6 per cent to $30.23 in afternoon trading Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

EHF put Faroe Islands as host in Danish Skjern

Faroe Islands The European Handball Federation made decision to leave Faroe Islands without home court in the upcoming qualifications for the Men’s EHF EURO 2020, as small country doesn’t meet requirements in hall capacity (min. 2000 seats) and some other.Faroe Island will meet Denmark, as the host on Danish soil, in Skjern. Match will be played in Round 2 on October 27 or 28.Faroe’s coach Sonni Larsen said for Danish media: ← Previous Story Daniel Dujshebaev about family “No.1”: Talant is better than me and Alex Next Story → Pixum Super Cup 2018 – SG Flensburg Handewitt or Rhein Neckar Lowen? “It’s insane that we can not play at home”.Ukraine and Montenegro are together in Group with Denmark and Faroe Island read more