Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad reached Patna on Thursday after he was granted a three-day parole to attend his elder son Tej Pratap’s wedding on May 12.Tej Pratap Yadav, his brother Tejashwi Yadav, sister Misa Bharti and a large number of RJD leaders and supporters were present at the Patna airport to welcome him.Mr. Prasad, lodged in Ranchi jail, had applied for a five-day parole and was expected to reach Patna on Wednesday. However, the authorities granted him parole for three days on the condition that he would not speak to the media. “We granted him three-day parole after considering the need,” said Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Prison) Harsh Mangla.The security personnel at the airport had a tough time escorting Mr. Prasad to his vehicle due to the supporters who had gathered in large numbers. He reached 10, Circular Road, the official residence of Rabri Devi, in a caravan of vehicles.Ceremonies have begun in Patna for the wedding. “We are expecting more than 20,000 guests,” said state RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve.
MANILA, Philippines—Jacob Liao’s brace sparked Ateneo’s 4-1 rout of previously undefeated Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 81 men’s football tournament Thursday at FEU-Diliman.Kim Minsu found the back of the net for the Tamaraws in the 11th minute but that was the only time the Blue Eagles found themselves behind.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Liao headed in Iñigo Herrera’s corner to equalize in the 28th minute then Rupert Baña gave Ateneo the 2-1 lead when he whizzed his sixth goal of the season 10 minutes later.It was in the 73rd minute that Liao got his double before Jarvey Gayoso gave Ateneo its fourth goal in the 77th minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Tamaraws are still atop the table with 15 points but they are now just two points clear of the second-running Blue Eagles.Earlier, John Abraham’s late winner lifted University of the Philippines 2-1 over Adamson University while National University and University of the East settled for a 0-0 draw. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ LATEST STORIES Fr. Martin Summer cup returns with 32 teams Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Jesus Cadayong was the first to get on the score sheet when he put Adamson up 1-0 in the 49th minute.It took the Fighting Maroons 32 minutes to get level when Dane Saavedra found King Miyagi for the equalizing header.UP now has 10 points to level NU at the fifth spot in the table while Falcons are tied with the Red Warriors in the seventh spot with eight points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT
Barcelona are all set to host Sevilla at Camp Nou on Sunday as both teams look to push towards the top of the La Liga table. Barça have had a roller-coaster start to their 2019-20 LaLiga Santander campaign, impressively winning all three of their home games so far but struggling on the road before last weekend’s much needed 2-0 victory at Getafe.Positives for Barça have been promising starts by summer signings Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, as well as the startling impact by 16-year-old youth team product Ansu Fati. However, they have been frustrated by been injury issues to captain and talisman Lionel Messi, that has seen him get reduced to just 91 minutes of La Liga action so far this season. Sevilla have had a similarly up and down beginning to their campaign. Julen Lopetegui’s new-look side were top of the table after taking 10 points from their first four games only to stumble to defeats against Madrid and Eibar, before returning to form with a bang in Sunday’s thrilling 3-2 win at home to Real Sociedad.This fixture has promised goals in recent years – Sevilla lost 4-2 at the Camp Nou last October, with Barça’s ex-Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic scoring against his old club. The Catalans also won the reverse fixture at the Sanchez-Pizjuan, with Messi bagging a hat-trick after Navas had opened the scoring early. The teams also met in the 2018/19 Copa del Rey, with Sevilla winning the first leg 2-0 at home, but Barca roaring back to progress thanks to a 6-1 victory in the return.What Sevilla will be up against as they face Barcelona is the history – Sevilla have not won at the Camp Nou in La Liga since 2003.La Liga 2019 Barcelona predicted line-up vs Sevilla: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Todibo, Roberto; Arthur, Frenkie de Jong, Arturo Vidal; Messi, Suarez, Dembele.La Liga 2019 Sevilla predicted line-up vs Barcelona: Vaclik; Reguilon, Carrico, Carlos, Navas; Torres, Fernando, Banega; Nolito, Luuk de Jong, Ocampos.Where to watch La Liga Barcelona vs Sevilla live in India?Barcelona vs Sevilla will commence at 12:30AM IST on Monday, October 7. The La Liga 2019 Barcelona vs Sevilla match will be played at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. The La Liga Barcelona vs Sevilla match live telecast will be on Facebook.How and where to watch online La Liga 2019 Barcelona vs Sevilla live streaming?Barcelona vs Sevilla live stream will be available on Facebook app and facebook.com website in India. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. barcelonafootballla ligala liga 2019-20 First Published: October 6, 2019, 6:05 PM IST
Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza have more in common than being tennis champs. From hits and misses, winning highs and heartbreak losses, and everything that goes into making a tennis player an international star, Bhupathi and Mirza engage in a conversation on all of this plus perseverance, injuries, Bollywood dreams,Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza have more in common than being tennischamps. From hits and misses, winning highs and heartbreak losses, andeverything that goes into making a tennis player an international star,Bhupathi and Mirza engage in a conversation on all of this plusperseverance, injuries, Bollywood dreams and more.Mahesh Bhupathi Let me start off when we first met. I think you were 14?Sania: Mirza: Yes.Mahesh: Was it Junior Wimbledon?Sania: Yeah, it was Junior Wimbledon and I think I’ve told you what I thought of you at that time. Nobody would have thought that Mahesh and I would become as close as we are because he is extremely introverted, and he doesn’t say more than ‘hmm’ which is why this conversation is the most difficult to do right now. He seemed so difficult to approach, especially for a 14-year-old. And I thought he was the most arrogant person I’d ever seen in my life. Sixteen or 17 years later, he’s one of those closest to me, so I understand the ‘hmms’ and the ‘haans’ better.Mahesh: You have had an amazing story. You’ve made India proud at many levels and I still remember watching you play the Junior Wimbledon doubles final. I think you were 16 and your partner was 15.Sania: Yes, she was actually 13 and she was Alisa Kleybanova. I was going on 16. This was 2003. Didn’t you guys win it that year?Mahesh: I’d just stayed back to watch you guys play! The whole tennis circuit in India was abuzz with this girl from Hyderabad who could hit a forehand at 150 miles an hour. That was the first time I saw you play under pressure and the rest is history.advertisementSania: Girls’ doubles is something so different. You are trying to do whatever you can. We learnt a lot about doubles from watching you and Leander [Paes] play.Mahesh: Give us a glimpse into the building of Sania Mirza. I don’t think people get to understand how hard it is to do what we do. The sacrifices, the pain, the hours put in by our parents, our siblings really is something.Sania: As tennis players people think it is so individual; it is just about the player. When we are performing for those two hours on the court, it’s probably the easiest part, the real hard work goes in when you have to wake up at six in the morning, go to school, do your homework, go for practice, eat lunch in the car, then go for training again. By 8 pm, you are dead. You have no time for anything else. I’ve heard stories of you and your dad, how you guys used to work hard, whether it was in Muscat or when you came back. I think all our families deserve credit for what they’ve gone through. They have not had a normal life because of us too.Mahesh: There were probably three defining moments in your career-the Australian Open when you got a wild card and made the third round to play Serena Williams. Then when you beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in Dubai-that year you had that amazing run in the summer in the US as well, and probably us reaching our first Grand Slam final? I don’t remember who we lost to.Sania: Remember I was injured? I got really badly hurt. We lost to Nenad Zimonjic and the Chinese girl (Sun Tiantian).Mahesh: Oh, that was a bad loss. Tell us about your injuries. I know it’s been very hard. I’ve had two surgeries myself. It’s been hard to constantly come back from injury and try and get to play at the highest level again. That’s a whole new ball game. And you’ve done it three times.Sania: Three times from surgery, yes. I’ve been very unlucky with my body but I’ve also put my body through a lot. I played singles, doubles and mixed and I started pretty young and I played for a long time. So I think coming back from injury-and I don’t know how many athletes will agree with me-was a lot tougher mentally than physically. I mean I was able to recover and put in those hours but mentally to actually trust that body part again, trust yourself, trust your body, trust that you were going to get as good as you were before you got hurt, was the most difficult for me, to come back and believe in myself again. And it’s been a tough ride with injuries but I had to make that call of going from singles to doubles a few years ago because of injuries. Today, I can tell you it was the right call to make.advertisementMahesh: Maybe someday someone can make a film on your life. That’s realistic. It’s been an amazing story.Sania: Yeah. There are a few people I am talking to, nothing concrete right now. I am quite a private person just like you and it’s difficult for us to come out. I did come out with that autobiography. But it is difficult for me to put every single thing out about my life. It is not a comfortable situation for me. But it would be nice, it would be amazing to tell my story; at least the struggles we’ve been through and maybe inspire some more girls to pick up some more tennis racquets.Mahesh: Or a sport in general. Why only tennis?Sania: Yes, any sport. I mean, I’m sure you see the change from when you started. I guess in those days it used to be Nirupama (Sanjeev). You do see the change in the number of girls who play sport today, just in general.Mahesh: They do dream.Sania: Yeah. And I think it’s important for us, for all of us, to keep saying it again and again-I try and do it as much as I can-that it’s not about the fame or the money or success, it’s just about going out there and doing what you love doing and if that means that as a girl you want to become a tennis player or a boxer or a badminton player, you should be allowed to do that. Or you should do it. I can speak for women and girls. But I’m sure you see a change from your generation to even now. I mean, 20-25 years later, there are a lot more girls, right, who are good at many things. Other than cooking, that is. Which I don’t know how to do.Mahesh: Thank God for that. Otherwise, we’d have come back fairly empty-handed from the Olympics.Sania: I don’t know how many people know but Mahesh is obsessed with Bollywood from when it was not as cool.Mahesh: We used to live in the Middle East. My parents and I. So the only entertainment was Bollywood.Sania: No, I mean I love Bollywood too. But he loves it so much, he married Bollywood. He loves all the songs. Everything. If you play antakshari with him, nobody stands a chance.Mahesh: That’s probably true.Sania: What made you start the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). That’s a serious question.Mahesh: I have obviously been into doing tennis events for a long time. We did the WTA in Hyderabad and in Kolkata and ATP in Mumbai. So, I think when I went to watch my first IPL match in Delhi, five years ago, I was just amazed with the whole atmosphere. Not really the quality of the cricket but the way the fans were into it and the format, it was quick. You know, the cheerleaders, the music. I just thought what if we did something like this for tennis. Obviously very challenging, because tennis is such an individual sport, so creating a team, an atmosphere and an event was tough. At that time I was on tour, so I had a captive audience of players in the locker room and I spoke to a couple of the top guys, who are all football fans. Every tennis player, at least in the men’s locker room, follows a football team. So they said it sounds unbelievable. If it happens, they’d be happy to play. Obviously, when you start something, it’s very important to get the names to support it, and once we were able to do that, we were able to get it off the ground.advertisementSania: As a player, because we play such an individual sport, it is amazing to play, because I think, deep inside we all want to play for a team, at any level, at any sport. And this is giving us that opportunity to be part of a team to know people. I’ve been on tour for many years and so have you. But I felt like we got to know other players in a very different light. Here in IPTL, you are all together fighting; it is an incredible concept and I was curious to know how you came up with it and it’s been an honour to be a part of it, I have to tell you.Mahesh: I’ve been asked this question for 20 years, by the way. But I don’t have a crystal ball. Fifteen years ago when I was asked ‘who next’, I said, Sania Mirza.Sania: So you are basically saying that you were right.Mahesh: Yeah. Most of the time I am. After which, Rohan (Bopanna) came along. See, unfortunately, we don’t have a system in our country when it comes to tennis. I think all of us individually are trying our best . You have your academy, Rohan has his and Leander has his. I have mine. And we are trying to do it ad hoc. I think once the system is in place, it will be a lot easier. We are heading in the right direction, but not as fast as we should.Sania: But do you think we can do something more besides having academies? We’d all love to, right? Nobody would want to see tennis go back to what it was 20 years ago. We just want it to move forward. So, what else can be done?Mahesh: We can do a lot more if one of us, or even a bunch of us, can find just a couple of corporates to support an advanced academy. We all know what it takes, what we’ve been through to make it to where we have. People complain that we have no infrastructure in India, which I refuse to believe because for tennis you need a gym, a track and a tennis court. And we have that in every city in India.Mahesh: Absolutely. Bringing in the expertise is not that hard. It’s just costly, so if we get a couple of corporates behind us and have a programme, I think we will definitely continue to churn out players day in and day out.Sania: Yeah, and I think we are all hoping for that. And Mahesh is almost retired, not yet but almost.Mahesh: I can say today officially retired.Sania: Officially? No, don’t say it. Well, I’m not going to play forever, nobody is going to play forever and it would be a pity to not have people playing at this level before we are done, so we hope for the best.Mahesh: Yeah, I think the grand slams are the four biggest events covered in India and obviously from an Indian perspective, we always want to see someone in the main draw, four or five of us in the main draw, so we need to figure that out.Sania: Yeah.
Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga on Thursday said India wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni should play for another one or two years to enable him to pass on his experience to young players.Considered as India’s best finisher, Dhoni has been facing severe criticism for his baffling batting approach against England in the World Cup match on June 30. Malinga, however, feels nobody can beat the India wicket-keeper batsman.”I think MS (Dhoni) should play for another one or two years. He is the best finisher in the last 10 years. I don’t think anyone can beat him in future. He has to give his experience and situation handling to all the young players. They (India) have good experience in past captain MS Dhoni. I think that’s why they are a successful team. I think they are good enough to beat any team in this competition,” Malinga told ANI.India secured its World Cup semi-finals berth after beating Bangladesh on earlier this week. When asked what does he think about Virat Kohli’s captaincy, Malinga said the India skipper does not have to do much as India have got good players.”I think Virat has a good luxury. They (India) have good players, they showed their character in the IPL tournament. They know exactly their ownership in the team, every single player then Virat doesn’t have to do much,” Malinga said.When quipped about India pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami’s performance in the World Cup, Sri Lanka fast bowler said both Bumrah and Shami are accurate bowlers and know how to handle the pressure. Malinga also credited spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav to India’s success in the ongoing tournament.advertisement”They (Bumrah and Shami) are the most accurate bowlers. Shami is the guy who took five wickets and three wickets. Every time he gets the ball he knows how accurate it is for him. Jasprit is an experienced death overs bowler. He knows how to handle pressure situation,” Malinga said.”I think that combination is very good for them. And I think they have two genuine good spinners. That’s why they are a well successful team. Jasprit is doing good in this world cup and I am still waiting for his five wickets in the World Cup. I fell if he gets five wickets in the semi-finals they will definitely qualify for the final,” he added.Reflecting on his team Sri Lanka, Malinga said his team is in a good position but could not qualify for the semi-finals as their first two matches were washed out.”Unfortunately we didn’t play two matches (against Pakistan and Bangladesh) because of rain wash. Then we won three matches. Then we have opportunity day after. We are also in a good position but unfortunately, we are not qualified for the World Cup semi-finals. Still, if we play in the last two matches we never know what’s going on. But we can’t control that,” he said.Malinga further lauded Avishka Fernando and his skipper Dimuth Karunaratne. He also added that these players have to carry the team in future.”Avishka (Fernando) played really well and other young players had a good experience of the World Cup. I feel after the world cup they have to carry the momentum. Dimuth (Karunaratne) is good. He showed his opening ability in ODI cricket. They have to carry Sri Lankan cricket in future,” Malinga added.When asked about his future plans, Malinga said he will have a word with Sri Lanka cricket board and accordingly decide.”I want to go to Sri Lanka and meet the Sri Lanka cricket board and ask what they are expecting from me next month or next year. Then according to that, I want to get my decision as soon as possible,” he said.India will take on Sri Lanka on July 6 at Headingley in Leeds.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Fans amused as Sarfaraz Ahmed says Pakistan will try to post 500 vs BangladeshAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni using different bat logos as goodwill gestureAlso See
Josh MacDonald of Dartmouth is the first North American writer to participate in the éQuinoxe Germany Screenwriters Workshop. Through the initiative of Film Nova Scotia, Mr. MacDonald and his project Over Under Through was involved in a unique experience with nine other selected writers from around the world from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. Film Nova Scotia recently became a sponsor of éQuinoxe, which opened the program to writers in the province. An international jury selected 10 talented screenwriters to participate in the workshop, which is held in different European countries in the spring and in Germany each fall. Mr. MacDonald and the other screenwriters were able to receive one-on-one sessions with 10 advisors from around the world. The internationally known and experienced writers, directors and producers share their knowledge and experiences with the most promising talent the European and international film scene has to offer. On the last day of the workshop, the participants took part in an extensive discussion about their script with three advisors and the screenwriter. Mr. MacDonald, who is also an actor, had two films show at the Atlantic Film Festival this year: Faith, Fraud and Minimum Wage, and The Corridor. He has had several short films shown at past festivals and also hosted the festival’s Scripts Out Loud event. éQuinoxe Germany is an ambassador and supporter of European filmmakers on an international level. Through the independent and effective support of script development, 50 per cent of the scripts from the éQuinoxe Germany workshop become films. More information about éQuinoxe Germany can be found at www.equinoxegermany.org. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown agency reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industry. The provincial film industry is the fourth largest in Canada, regularly exceeding $100 million in economic activity annually.
Dog owners are estimated to be four times more likely than their peers to meet recommended physical activity guidelines, according to a study that highlights the role that dogs may have in helping to keep humans healthy. It is recommended that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week. Dog ownership is expected to encourage physical activity, but it has been unclear whether this effect occurs in all members of a dog-owning household, or whether dog walking replaces other forms of exercise. Dr Carri Westgarth from University of Liverpool in the UK assessed the self-reported physical activity of 385 households. Dog owners walk more frequently and for longer periods than non-dog owners, according to the study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Moreover, dog walking in this population is undertaken in addition to, and not instead of, other physical activities. The effects of dog ownership on physical activity levels in the UK reported in the present study are greater than those reported in previous studies of North American and Australian populations. The study suggests that these discrepancies may be due to social and climatic differences.
Rabat- It was a sobering night in Casablanca, one of those moments when a game of football can bring together people of different walks of life, making social class irrelevant as the crowd shouts like one to elicit a winning display from their boys. Since 2003, the year it claimed its last African cup and when the name Raja was associated with class and mastery in African football, continental victory has eluded the green boys of Casablanca. Despite being good at times and maintaining a steady reputation as one of the top two Moroccan football teams, Raja has been dealt continuous blows, ranging from internal crises to poor output in continental tournaments that mattered.But Sunday was different. It had to be. Receiving DR Congo’s Vita Club, Coach Garrido’s boys knew that having the match in Casablanca was an opportunity to deny the slightest upper hand to a Congolese team known for being deadly on home ground. Rajaoui’s boys’ mission on Sunday, their coach later revealed to the press as he indulged in his team’s victory, was to claim the three points needed to have some breathable atmosphere before Sunday’s return leg in Kinshasa.In football, as in life, there are moments when victory is not just about putting in the required performance to claim the points you need to get ahead, or win, in the tournament or competition. There are defining moments when winning is all that matters, regardless of the rewards that that might bring. Or perhaps the reward is implicit in the very act of winning. It might be for pride. Or the fear of disappointing those who have faith in you, and stood by you even in the most ominous of occasions. Or the urge to rewrite history, or be part of it. Or the urgency to do what is necessary to end a chewing crisis. It is difficult to pin down which of these points really counted in Raja’s riotous victory against their Congolese counterparts. Let’s just say it was a combination of all those factors, each playing a sizable part in the ultimate composition of the story.But there was, too, something else at play on Sunday: the disarming determination of Raja’s fans. In the most incipient moments of the game, when victory seemed impossible, distant, it was the football-crazy 50,000 green and red onlookers that crafted the narrative of hope the players lacked–and needed.Soufiane Rahimi, the 22-year-old whose brace proved crucial in opening the floodgates that ultimately sunk the traditionally compact Vita defense, spoke of family and pride and identity. For the young forward, games like Sunday’s go beyond the realm of football. In matches like that, he opined, you think of your family and everyone else who made it possible for you to be where you are. You don’t play just because it is your own passion or your profession. Deep down, you play for the joy and happiness of the thousands who left their activities to come motivate you. And when you do win, he explained, his face still beaming with the afterglow of an exceptional night, the feeling is a mixture of emotion and affiliation.Read Also: Morocco, Rwanda Bid to Organize 2025 UCI Road World Championships“I am over the moon…. We stayed focused and I’m really happy to have been part of all this, to have helped my teammates land the victory.”But the young Moroccan was aware that the second leg might—will surely—bring a tougher challenge against an opponent used to home victory. His thrill for playing a key role in his team’s dominant display should not be reason for complacency, he elaborated. When Raja travels to DR Congo this weekend to take on Vita on Sunday, the goal will be to pressure their opponents as relentlessly as possible. Like on Sunday.Rahimi’s caution was well placed, considering that the game on Sunday was a deadlock until minute 46. For 45 minutes during the first half, the Congolese were defensively impeccable, foiling Raja’s endless attempts to find a crack in their tactical disposition. At which point, as the Congolese gave no impression of surrendering to Raja’s ferocious attacking vitality, the public, the twelfth man, chimed in. Riotous, shouting chants that brought vigor and accuracy and courage and rigor to a game that seemed to be marching toward a lifeless draw, the crowd rekindled the players’ spirit. Raja’s boys, cheered up by a demanding public of nearly 50,000 football-mad, picked up accuracy and organization in the second half. From then on, as Raja now played to meet the demands of a fan base that has stood by them through trials and errors, loyal to the point of unreasonable fanaticism—the pleonasm is warranted in this case—things started to go from bad to worse for the Congolese. Down 1-0 at the 47th minute, 2-0 at the 61th minute, Vita players felt visibly powerless before the strength that a supportive crowd can prove. The third goal was merely a matter of time now. Vita looked besieged, beleaguered, and recognizably desperate. Few teams can resist the disarming energy of a fan base as besotted as Raja’s.And when that third goal came, at the 66th minute, time seemed to have stopped at the Mohammed V stadium. Nothing else existed. Nothing else could be heard. Nothing else mattered, except for the phenomenal return to continental glory. The stadium, covered in green and red, erupted in excited chants as an enamored rajaoui public celebrated the kind of victory that had eluded them for 15 years. Mohamed Oulhaj, the former Raja captain who is now in his tenth season with the Casablanca-based team, said that Raja’s Sunday’s victory should resonate with all Moroccans. Raja, Oulhaj explained, played for the pride of Moroccan football. After all the fuss that accompanied Morocco’s victory at the 2018 CHAN and Wydad’s triumph at the 2017-2018 African Champions League, it is hard to argue against Oulhaj’s point.
WASHINGTON — Alexa and Siri can tell jokes mined from a humour database, but they just don’t get them.Linguists and computer scientists say that’s something to consider on April Fools’ Day: Humor is what makes humans special. When experts try to teach machines what’s funny, the results are at times laughable but not quite in the way intended.Humour is all about context, life experiences and timing — stuff that is not easy for computers.But computer scientist and stand-up comic Allison Bishop says the good news is that it gives comedians job security.Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press
14 October 2008The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) has held talks with top officials in Jordan on the latest developments in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, especially the ongoing efforts to negotiate a two-State solution. Robert Serry returned today to Jerusalem after the talks in Jordan, where he met with King Abdullah II, Prime Minister Nader Al-Dhahabi and Foreign Minister Salaheddin Al-Bashir, according to a statement released by UNSCO.During the talks, Mr. Serry voiced Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s appreciation of Jordan’s support for efforts to negotiate a two-State solution and build the institutions of a Palestinian State, the statement noted.“Mr. Serry stressed the importance of further action on the ground to enable Palestinian institutional and economic development and to freeze all settlement activity, including in East Jerusalem.”The Special Coordinator welcomed Jordan’s backing of current efforts in Cairo aimed at reunifying Gaza and the West Bank within the framework of the legitimate Palestinian Authority.He also voiced the UN’s continued support for the Arab Peace Initiative and a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace based on Security Council resolutions and international law.
Callixte Mbarushimana, a Rwandan rebel leader accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was surrendered and transferred today to the International Criminal Court (ICC), a move welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Mbarushimana is the Executive Secretary of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), the most recent incarnation of Rwandan rebel groups established by Rwandan Hutus responsible for the 1994 genocide of Tutsis and Hutu moderates in Rwanda.Arrested in France last October, the rebel leader is alleged to be criminally responsible for 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes in the eastern Congolese provinces of North and South Kivu, including murder, torture, rape, attacks against civilians, destruction of property, inhuman treatment and persecution. His arrest was the result of almost two years of investigations by France, Germany, DRC, Rwanda and the ICC, into the activities of the FDLR. “It’s a crucial day,” ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told a news conference in New York, noting the impact of this latest development on DRC, and particularly on the eastern provinces of North and South Kivu, where the FDLR were involved in “horrific crimes.”Mr. Ban welcomed today’s surrender of Mr. Mbarushimana to the ICC in The Hague by French judicial authorities, as well as the steps taken by the German judiciary to prosecute and try the President and Vice-President of the FDLR, who are also accused of having committed serious international crimes. “This cooperative burden-sharing in prosecuting individuals for serious international crimes will greatly advance the fight against impunity,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“Legal action against FDLR leaders also reinforces efforts to demobilize and repatriate FDLR fighters, which would significantly contribute to stabilizing the eastern DRC,” the statement added.Mr. Mbarushimana’s case is the fourth on atrocities in the DRC before the ICC, the world’s first permanent court set up to try people accused of the most serious international offences, such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.“We hope this will send a clear signal to the FDLR members that they have to stop,” said Mr. Moreno-Ocampo, adding that the case against Mr. Mbarushimana is not the last against the rebel group. “We are planning to present new cases against other leaders of the FDLR in the Kivus.”Also welcoming today’s transfer was Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, who has repeatedly stressed the need to bring the perpetrators of rape in eastern DRC to justice. “This is a very important signal to all perpetrators in the DRC and beyond, that crimes of sexual violence are not tolerated and that the international community is fully committed to bringing alleged offenders to justice,” she said in a statement.“We now need to use all the resources at our disposal to apprehend every individual and commander allegedly involved in orchestrating the mass rapes which occurred in Walikale, Fizi and elsewhere in eastern DRC,” she added. 25 January 2011Callixte Mbarushimana, a Rwandan rebel leader accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was surrendered and transferred today to the International Criminal Court (ICC), a move welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
“Mr. Annan commended the Congolese parties for the spirit of cooperation and compromise they showed in the interest of peace and stability in their country,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said, referring to the agreement reached yesterday in Pretoria, South Africa, on outstanding concerns, as well as military and security issues.”He encourages the parties to cooperate fully with the efforts of Facilitator, Sir Ketumile Masire, to convene the formal session of the inter-Congolese dialogue as soon as possible in order to ratify the agreement and establish the transitional institutions, including the Government of national unity, without further delay,” the spokesman said.The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation to the Government of South Africa for the critical role it played in cooperation with his Special Envoy, Mustapha Niasse, to help the parties reach agreement on the transitional arrangements. Mr Annan also “commended the efforts of his Special Envoy and his team for helping steer the negotiations to a successful conclusion,” the spokesman said.The United Nations, particularly the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), stands ready to continue to work closely with the Congolese parties in implementing the all-inclusive power-sharing agreement signed last December, Mr. Eckhard added.At the same time, the spokesman said the Secretary-General is “deeply concerned” by the heavy fighting over the control of Bunia which took place recently and the threat it poses to the civilian populations, who have already paid an unacceptably high price in the many years of the conflict. “It is extremely disquieting that the fighting could result in a new round of inter-ethnic violence and massacres,” Mr. Eckhard said.The Secretary-General strongly urged all the parties to cease hostilities immediately and stop any acts of violence against civilians and humanitarian personnel, the spokesman said. “The belligerents should be reminded that the pursuit of the military option and human rights violations on any level are unacceptable.”
“The video that has just emerged from Syria, apparently showing a rebel leader cutting out and biting the heart of a dead soldier, depicts a truly atrocious act,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in comments from Geneva, noting that it is not yet possible to fully authenticate the clip. “Mutilating or desecrating corpses during a conflict is a war crime,” Ms. Pillay stressed. “I urge the armed opposition groups in Syria to do everything in their power to halt such gross crimes.” The High Commissioner urged an investigation of the incident, along with other alleged very serious violations by opposition fighters, including acts of torture and a succession of apparent summary executions and extra-judicial killings. “I have repeatedly called for the case of Syria to be referred by the Security Council to the International Criminal Court, so that legal proceedings can begin against people believed to be responsible for serious international crimes, including war crimes and crimes against humanity, irrespective of whether they are on the side of the Government or are in opposition to it.”Since 2011, fighting between the Government and opposition forces seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad has killed more than 70,000 people, and left 6.8 million in need.
Just two minutes into the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifiers semifinal game in 2010, a free-kick from distance was flicked behind the U.S. back line, and a Mexican player running forward slotted it into the net. The U.S. looked stunned. Mexico scored again in the 27th minute and would go on to defeat the U.S. 2-1 — the only time it has managed to do so in the two teams’ 31 matchups — nearly eliminating one of the world’s best teams from the 2011 Women’s World Cup. (The U.S. was forced to play a two-games series against Italy to qualify for the World Cup, where it eventually finished second to Japan on penalty kicks.)On Friday night, the two teams will meet again in the CONCACAF Qualifiers semifinal, this time on U.S. soil. Despite handedly beating Mexico in two friendlies last month, 8-0 and 4-0, that 2010 semifinal game serves as a reminder for the U.S.: World Cup hopes can fade in a flash — even for a powerhouse team — with one bad game.We’ve updated our projections, and the U.S. now has a 95 percent chance of beating Mexico and advancing to the finals. That number makes it seem like Friday’s matchup will be lopsided, and it may be. But if Mexico sits in and defends as anticipated, the Americans may find it difficult to score and could be forced into overtime or penalty-kicks.Mexico, however, has not looked as strong at this year’s CONCACAF Qualifiers compared to 2010’s, losing to Costa Rica in group play 1-0. It has only a 4 percent chance of winning the tournament, but a 74 percent chance of placing third — enough to qualify for next summer’s World Cup.Below are the updated expected-win probabilities for the remaining CONCACAF tournament teams:The other semifinal matchup Friday night, between Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago, is evenly matched. Costa Rica is a slight favorite, with a 57 percent chance of beating Trinidad and facing the Americans in the final. The two teams have drawn two out of their five matchups. Costa Rica has beaten Trinidad twice, and Trinidad has beaten Costa Rica once. The last time they met, however, in December 2012, Trinidad crushed Costa Rica 4-0 (how seriously the teams took this game is unclear though, as it wasn’t recorded as an official qualifying or friendly match).The winners of the two semifinal games will play in the championship Sunday, with their World Cup berths already secured. The more interesting match may be the third-place game (also Sunday), when the winner will secure the last reserved CONCACAF spot at the World Cup. The fourth-place team, however, is not automatically eliminated and will play Ecuador in a two-game series for another World Cup berth.
We are appalled to see Ireland being turned into a Third World Islamic slum even more rapidly than Great Britain, and we urge the peoples of the island of Ireland to bury the old sectarian divisions, to recognise the existence, culture and value of both native traditions, and to work together to reverse the tidal wave of immigration that, unchecked, will make them all foreigners in their own land. CAMBRIDGESHIRE POLICE HAVE launched an investigation into alleged comments made by the British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin concerning a gay couple the centre of a landmark legal case.The MEP is alleged to have tweeted the address of Brampton couple Michael Black and John Morgan and called for a demonstration outside their home.Black and Morgan had gained media attention for bringing a legal case against a B&B owner who had refused to allow them to stay in a double room together in 2010.The couple sought damages against Susanne Wilkinson, owner of the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Berkshire, after she refused to allow them to rent the double room they had booked – and left a deposit for – because of her religious beliefs. It was claimed that Wilkinson had treated the men “less favourably than she would treat unmarried heterosexual couples in the same circumstances”.A court awarded the couple £1,800 each for “injury to feelings” but accepted that Wilkinson has also stopped unmarried heterosexual couples sharing a bed in her establishment.Alleged tweets Police are now investigating alleged tweets posted on Nick Griffin’s account (@nickgriffinmep) concerning the case.One of the alleged tweets reportedly stated:So Messrs Black & Morgan, at [the couple’s home address]. A British Justice team will come up to Huntington & give you a… …bit of drama by way of reminding you that an English couple’s home is their castle. Say No to heterophobia!Another tweet allegedly read:We’ll hold demo… for rights of all home owners, gays included, to rent or not rent rooms to whomsoever they wish.Following this, Griffin’s account was briefly suspended before being reinstated without the tweets in question.A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said they had received “a number of calls” in relation to the tweets and would look into the allegations, according to the BBC. Police officers will also be visiting Black and Morgan as part of their inquiries.‘Fenian bastards’Meanwhile, a statement from Griffin’s Constituency Office has been issued to explain his use of the phrase “fenian bastards” on Twitter.Griffin said he meant no offence to Catholics in general or the Catholic religion in using the controversial term, and insisted that the BNP was “most definitely not anti-Catholic or anti-Irish”.The statement read: “We are the only party speaking up in defence of traditional Christian values and recognise that the Catholic Church has been more faithful to those values than the Church of England.”It continued:While we are staunch advocates of the Union and the right of Ulster’s loyalists to maintain their unity with the rest of the United Kingdom and to celebrate their vibrant culture and their Protestant Faith, we are most definitely not anti-Irish. Working class Irish communities in England have been among the biggest victims of mass Third world immigration designed to lower wages and remake our society on specifically anti-Christian lines. Unlike the anti-Irish hypocrites of Sinn Fein, our position is both principled and logical. Keep Ireland Irish. Keep Britain British. Eirinn go Brach and No Surrender!Read: MEP Nick Griffin says he will not apologise for ‘Fenian’ comment on Twitter>
@DermotLeary With Bus Eireann Staff on the Picket line in Athlone. Centre of Ireland holding Strong. pic.twitter.com/JHaM48Gumt— DermotoLeary NBRU GS (@DermotLeary) April 4, 2017 Image: RollingNews.ie Unions agree to talks with Bus Éireann management – but pickets stay put During the last round of talks both sides accused each other of not being ‘flexible’ enough. 83 Comments Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 4:33 PM Apr 4th 2017, 4:33 PM http://jrnl.ie/3323883 Source: DermotoLeary NBRU GS/Twitter General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said: By Gráinne Ní Aodha 11,784 Views NBRU members and other staff across Bus Éireann are extremely frustrated with the apparent lack of urgency around the requirement to resolve this debilitating transport dispute.He added that the union’s members had decided to remain on picket lines during the Workplace Relations Commission talks process.Siptu organiser Willie Noone said that this was because some members had “been dismissed from their jobs in recent days”. Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share33 Tweet Email1 To expect our members to return to work without resolving this situation or reversing the cuts that the company has already imposed on other workers is not reasonable or acceptable.Bus Éireann is facing insolvency, losing approximately €50,000 a day. In order to save the company, management is proposing cuts to drivers’ pay, an end to some bus routes, cuts to overtime pay and some job losses.Unions strongly oppose most of these measures.The strikes began when management implemented these measures without the agreement of the unions. Management say they were under time pressure to get their accounts in order and that unions weren’t open to compromise.Minister Shane Ross and other government members have repeatedly said they’re not getting involved as they don’t have the funds to solve the problem.Read: Fears of more disruption as NBRU may be sued over ‘wildcat’ strikeRead: Wildcat strike was planned through Whatsapp but union claims it’s still in control UNIONS REPRESENTING WORKERS at Bus Éireann have agreed to attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission, but say that pickets will remain in place.Both sides had previously engaged in talks, but they fell through with unions and management accusing each other of not being flexible enough to reach a deal.Union Siptu say that members remain resolute to their position and will not accept unilateral changes to their terms and conditions of employment.The NBRU say they remain opposed to the closure of routes, and are looking for a review of the salaries of management in Bus Éireann.They’re also calling for Minister for Transport to get involved in the dispute and find a resolution. The State partly funds the bus service, which is vital in rural Ireland – providing city services in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick. Short URL
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At least seven Greek Australians will have the pleasure of putting AO, AM or OAM after their names, having been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year. Following on from the Australia Day awards, the awards aim to highlight excellence in humanitarian work or community work, and excellence in industry. This Monday, former Federal Liberal Party parliamentarian, Petro Georgiou was awarded with the Officer of the Order of Australia award (AO), an award only 28 people received. Mr Georgiou was honoured for ‘distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, to multiculturalism and human rights advocacy, and to the community’. He was extremely influential in changing the Liberal Party stance on refugees and asylum seekers, making the Howard government soften mandatory detention cases and ensure those held long term get their cases reviewed regularly. Now a Member of the Order of Australia, John Nicolakis AM has been honoured for his tireless work for the Northern Territory’s Greek community. He spent more than 17 years as the president of the NT Greek Orthodox Community and is involved in organising the annual Greek Glendi Festival, which was held over the weekend. Also awarded in the same category was Constantine Dionysios Vertzayias, who was selected thanks to his service to the NSW Greek community and his support of the Greek language. Three Greeks were awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia, including the only Greek Australian woman. Mrs Angeliki Kay Alexiou OAM, who sadly passed away before she could receive the award, was nominated for her ‘service to women’s health and to the community’. She helped establish the Adelaide Women’s Community Health Centre (Hindmarsh) and the Rape Crisis Centre in the 1970s. A famous face in the Greek Australian literary world, Kyriakos (Kitia) Amanatidis OAM was nominated for his ‘service to the Greek Australian community, as an author and educator and through a range of cultural organisations’. A Neos Kosmos regular, Mr Amanatidis says he has no idea who nominated him, but is thankful nonetheless. “It is pleasant I suppose at a personal level, but more broadly, I think it’s important that in that list there should be names [of] Greek origin,” he told Neos Kosmos. “We are a vibrant community, very active in various aspects of life and therefore if some of the members are recognised it is a reflection on the whole.” When asking him what part of his career he’s most proud of, Mr Amanatidis mentioned his work for the periodical, Antipodes. Started in 1974, it is still being published today and gives Greek Australians the opportunity to publish their literature. The awards also gave thanks to exceptional military service and emergency service. Queensland paramedic, Nicholas Constantine Lentakis, received an Ambulance Service Medal for his outstanding contribution to the workplace reform process at both state and regional level, including an extensive education program. 582 Australians received Queens Birthday honours this year which were all nominated by people of the community. Governor General Quentin Bryce says the Australian Honours System was a chance to promote philanthropy and good will. “They elevate the concept of giving to others,” she said. “They heighten our respect for one another, and they encourage Australians to think about the responsibilities of citizenship in our democracy.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Proving last year’s predictions wrong, international tourists were not deterred by president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s polarising internal and external politics with arrivals breaking all records between January and March 2018.In spite of the leader of the pro-Kurdish party being imprisoned alongside another 13 of the party’s elected deputies, more than 80 mayors of Turkish cities and hundreds of journalists journalists also jailed, not to mention regular waves of political asylum seekers streaming into Europe, arrivals of foreign visitors have actually grown by 34.9 per cent reaching 5.13 million.Turkey has received 1.3 million more tourists compared to the same period in 2017, according to data from the local Tourism and Culture Ministry. Taking into consideration the fact that Turkey separates the arrivals of foreign tourists from those of Turkish nationals living abroad who visit Turkey regularly the increase translates into a whopping 50.5 per cent.Meanwhile, Greek tourists visiting Turkey has also seen a good 16.2 per cent increase, regardless of the tensions between the neighbouring countries.It is worth noting that 76.1 per cent of Turkey’s income (excluding GSM roaming and marina service expenditures) was obtained from foreign visitors and only a 23.9 per cent was obtained from Turkish citizens living abroad.Turkey’s top five source markets in the first quarter came from China, Russia, Britain, Germany and Italy.At the same time, tourism income in Turkey increased by 31.3 per cent and reached to US$4.5 billion, during the first quarter of 2018 alone, Tornos News reports.
Liban : une plaque tournante de la contrebande d’animaux Depuis des années déjà, la contrebande d’animaux sévit au Liban. Véritable plaque tournante, le pays rencontre de plus en plus de difficultés à gérer cette invasion animale et le trafic qui se cache derrière ce phénomène.Le Liban n’a pas signé la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces menacées d’extinction (Cites) et cette carence juridique facilite l’importation d’animaux sauvages, notamment par la frontière syrienne. L’instabilité régnant à l’heure actuelle dans ce pays voisin contribue ainsi à une recrudescence des problèmes liés aux animaux issus de la contrebande. De plus, le Liban ne dispose d’aucune loi sur le droit des animaux qui sanctionneraient explicitement les trafics et la maltraitance.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?“Ces dernières années, au moins vingt lions ont été importés illégalement de Syrie. Sur ce nombre, huit sont morts en captivité au bout de quelques semaines”, explique la présidente d’Animals Lebanon, Lana El-Jalil. Des lions, des chimpanzés, des tigres, des hyènes, des serpents et des crocodiles : ce sont des milliers, voire des dizaines de milliers d’animaux qui entrent ainsi illégalement dans le pays du fait de contrebandiers qui profitent de cette législation laxiste. Ces animaux sont la plupart du temps vendus, transféré, maltraités voire abandonnés lorsque personne n’en veut. Depuis quelques années, le Liban est ainsi devenu une véritable plaque tournante, selon des associations de protection de la nature. Pour protéger les animaux et tenter d’enrayer le phénomène, une campagne a récemment été lancée dans le pays. “La situation est alarmante”, estime Sevine Zahrane, de l’ONG Beyrouth pour le traitement éthique des animaux (BETA). “Les animaleries vendent absolument tout ce que les clients peuvent demander, que cela soit des (singes) vervets, d’autres primates, des crocodiles ou même des espèces de perroquets en voie de disparition”, explique Mme Zahrane citée par Good-planet.info. Des groupes comme Beta et Animaux Liban viennent régulièrement au secours de chiens, chats mais aussi de hyènes, babouins ou lionceaux gardés par des propriétaires peu scrupuleux en vue de les domestiquer.Dans un des appartements de la capitale par exemple, un lionceau continue de grandir et son propriétaire – dont on dit qu’il se promenait en ville jusque récemment avec le lion en laisse – refuse de l’envoyer dans un refuge. Animaux Liban a soumis un projet de loi en novembre dernier au Parlement, avec le soutien du ministère de l’Agriculture, pour améliorer l’encadrement du transport et de la possession d’animaux, obligeant notamment les zoos à obtenir des permis. Le 30 janvier 2012 à 12:06 • Maxime Lambert