Spain’s World Cup 2018 kit: All you need to know

first_imgWorld Cup Spain World Cup 2018 kit: New retro Adidas design, controversy and all you need to know Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Spain World Cup 2018 kit Adidas World Cup Spain WTF La Roja won the tournament for the first time just under a decade ago and they will be hoping their new kit can bring some luck Spain head to Russia in the summer of 2018 in search of their second World Cup title and they have released an all new kit for the occasion.Their kit manufacturers Adidas have delved into the past in search of inspiration for their latest line of national team kits and La Roja’s newest offering is a testimony to that.With the tournament around four months away, Goal takes a look at what Julen Lopetegui’s men will be wearing when they take to the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! 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Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp What does Spain’s World Cup 2018 kit look like?World Cup 2018 kit Spain homeIn a dramatic departure from their previous home kit, Spain’s new edition features a geometric pattern which runs vertically down the right side of the front of the jersey.The colours in the pattern are yellow, blue and red, which blends into the base red of the rest of the shirt.While the previous home jersey featured Adidas’ famous three stripes on either side of the torso, they have migrated to the shoulders of the new shirt.The collar, meanwhile, seems to have remained the same, but the Adidas logo has been shifted into the centre, perhaps to highlight the design pattern on the right.How much does the new Spain jersey cost?An authentic Spain home jersey will cost you £99.95 in the UK, while a replica version will be somewhat cheaper at £69.95. Both items can be bought online.In the US, a replica Spain home jersey will set buyers back $90, while an authentic one will cost $130, and they are both available to buy from Adidas’ online store.What is the inspiration?Luis Enrique Spain 1994 World CupAdidas have sought inspiration from iconic kits of the past in their most recent design efforts and in Spain’s case, they have produced a modern take on the kit worn at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.Both the Spanish home and away kits in that tournament featured a prominent design on the right side which was made up of rows of different coloured diamonds. The colours used in the ’94 home kit were yellow, red and navy blue, while the navy blue did not feature in the white away jersey.Unlike the modern interpretation, the classic jersey incoportated a polo-neck style collar, which was navy blue with slim streaks of red and yellow. However, like the modern version, the Adidas logo was placed in the centre of the chest.Why is the Spain World Cup 2018 controversial?Spain second republic flagInterestingly, the new Spain home kit for the World Cup has proved somewhat controversial to the point where both Adidas and the Spanish football authority (RFEF) have been compelled to make statements in order to quell anger.The combination of red, yellow and blue in the pattern on the right of the jersey has been seized upon by some as deliberately provocative due to the fact that they appear to resemble the colours of the Second Spanish Republic, which is still popularly used by separatist groups.Of course, the flag of the Second Spanish Republic is red, yellow and purple. So the confusion has arisen over whether the colour on the shirt is blue or purple.Adidas and the RFEF insist that the shirt design is “free of any political connotation” but that has not prevented people from having their say and some fans were particularly upset.Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that “politics is creeping into soccer once again” and a number of politicians waded into the controversy. Alberto Garzon, leader of the United Left (IU), said that he preferred the tricolour to simple red and yellow, while Pablo Iglesias of Podemos also expressed his approval. The political climate in Spain at present is particularly tense following the Catalonian government’s decision to press ahead with a contentious independence referendum last October and their subsequent attempts to establish independence from Spanish rule. That may explain the sensitivity.What about the Spain away kit?Sergio Ramos Spain 14112017The Spain away kit for the 2018 World Cup has not yet been released, but it is expected to be launched some time in the Spring of 2018.Spain wore an all-white away kit in the qualification stage, with three red Adidas stripes on the sides and red logos on the chest.It remains unclear whether the away jersey will be similarly inspired by the 1994 World Cup style.ergi Spain Mauro Tasotti Italy World Cup 1994It is possible that they will make a change from white and in the past they have gone with a variety of colours, including light blue, blue, dark blue, gold and even black.Either way, both Adidas and the RFEF will be hopeful that it attracts less controversy than its home variant.last_img read more

Ticks Established in Pictou County

first_imgTicks collected from areas in Pictou County have been identified as blacklegged ticks, the type capable of carrying and transmitting Lyme disease. The ticks were found as part of an ongoing surveillance program by the departments of Natural Resources and Health Promotion and Protection, in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory. “Blacklegged ticks exist across the province, but the risk of Lyme disease is quite low in most areas,” said Dr. Maureen Baikie, deputy chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia. “We have to recognize that ticks are here to stay, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy the outdoors this summer. It’s important that residents are aware and take precautions when working, playing or hiking in grassy or wooded areas.” Pictou County, specifically the areas around Melmerby Beach, Egerton, Kings Head and Pine Tree, is the fourth area in Nova Scotia where blacklegged ticks are known to be well established. Powell’s Point and Thorburn are also areas of concern and will be monitored closely. Other established areas in Nova Scotia include Lunenburg County (the areas surrounding Blue Rocks, Garden Lots, Heckmans Island and First Peninsula), Halifax County (Admirals Cove in Bedford) and Shelburne County (Gunning Cove). “We will continue to monitor the tick populations in Pictou County, and around the province, by actively surveying specific areas, to ensure the safety of Nova Scotians,” said Jeff Ogden field entomologist with the Department of Natural Resources. Pictou County Health Authority will lead a public awareness campaign to ensure residents and visitors are aware of the precautions they should take to prevent or reduce contact with blacklegged ticks and the infection they can cause. “Public health services will work closely with government, local officials, doctors and community partners to ensure Pictou residents and visitors receive current information about Lyme disease and protective measures they can take,” said Mark Scott, director of public health services for Pictou County Health Authority. The following precautions are recommended when spending time outdoors, especially in areas where ticks are known to be established: wear a light-coloured, long-sleeved shirt and pants so ticks are more visible, light-coloured socks and enclosed shoes while working or playing outside or hiking in the woods pull socks up over pant legs and tuck in shirts spray clothing with an insect repellant containing DEET check clothing and exposed skin for ticks after working or playing outside or in the woods. DEET should not be applied to pets. However, pets should be checked for ticks keep grass well cut on properties to minimize suitable habitat for ticks. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by blacklegged ticks. However, an infected tick can only transmit Lyme disease once it has attached itself to the skin for about 24 hours. Lyme disease causes a bull’s-eye rash and symptoms including fever, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches. More serious symptoms, such as facial palsy, heart problems or chronic joint problems, may also develop in people who are not treated. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics. There have been 50 cases of Lyme disease in the province since 2002, 39 of these were acquired in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia has had an active Lyme disease program since 2002 with experts from a number of disciplines. In addition to regular surveillance for blacklegged ticks, the province provides Nova Scotians with information about prevention and protection from tick bites and works to ensure health-care providers have the most up-to-date information each year. Images of the blacklegged tick, instructions on removing ticks and general information on Lyme disease is available on the website at .last_img read more

200th Anniversary of Province House Celebrated at Official Ceremony

first_imgLt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, together with Premier Stephen McNeil and House of Assembly Speaker Kevin Murphy, commemorated the 200th anniversary of Province House in Halifax today, Feb. 11, during an official ceremony in the legislative chamber. “As speaker and elected member of the House of Assembly, the 200th anniversary of Province House is especially impactful,” said Mr. Murphy. “This occasion is the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to Nova Scotia alike to feel more connected to this province – much of it which was built in this historic building.” On Feb. 11, 1819, Province House was officially opened by Lord Dalhousie. It is the oldest legislative building in Canada. “So much of the Nova Scotia we know today was shaped through the debates and legislation within these walls over the last 200 years,” said Premier McNeil. “Province House is a central piece of our heritage, where history will continue to be made for many years to come.” In addition to a Mi’kmaq smudging ceremony and official messages and addresses, there were performances by pianist Diana Torbert and cellist Shimon Walt, along with the specially commissioned Fanfare for Province House played by members of the Stadacona Band. Actors Jeremy Webb and Jamie Bradley also performed a vignette that brought the history of Province House to real life. For more information about upcoming public events to celebrate the anniversary, including how you can attend, visit .last_img read more

Legacy of Washington Posts printing presses featured in The Post alive in

first_imgTORONTO – Retired Hamilton Spectator operations boss Bill Repath watched the Oscar-nominated film “The Post” with keen interest, knowing more than a thing or two about the roaring newspaper printing presses featured in the film’s climactic sequence.Parts of the printing presses used by the Washington Post decades ago are now pumping out editions of the Spectator and several Ontario dailies, including the Waterloo Region Record, Peterborough Examiner, St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review, Welland Tribune and London Free Press.Repath says the Post got rid of its aging presses some 30 years after famously publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, as depicted in the Steven Spielberg film that’s up for the best picture Oscar on Sunday.Some pieces of those presses ended up being purchased in 2002 and 2004 for upgrades to two of the Spectator’s three presses, says Repath, adding that the massive machinery is awesome to behold in person.“It sounds like a plane taking off when you start them up,” says Repath, who now uses a hearing aid after 40 years in various roles that included machine operator, supervisor, manager, and ultimately, director of operations.“The Post” delves into the Washington Post’s decision to publish top-secret information about the Vietnam War. Meryl Streep plays publisher Katharine Graham while Tom Hanks portrays executive editor Ben Bradlee, both hard-nosed newshounds whose extraordinary efforts unfolded in an era when clacking typewriters, corded telephones and Rolodexes still cluttered office desks.The New York Post’s printing presses were used to film the pivotal scenes in “The Post,” and Streep said it was “thrilling” to see them at work.“It was like stepping back in time,” Streep says in the film’s production notes. “It gave me the chills.”Repath was less impressed with the authenticity of how the machines appear onscreen, however, suggesting not enough was done to turn back the clock.“Their towers and the conveyor system they have is quite modern compared to what they would have had back in ’71 when that story was broken at the Post,” he says.Properly maintained, newspaper presses can have unlimited lifespans, he says, and it’s not unusual for them to move from paper to paper. He notes that other parts for the upgrades in Hamilton came from the Miami Herald.Repath helped source and negotiate the purchase of the Post’s old printing press, acquiring the parts from a salvage company that overhauls used equipment for resale.The main reason an outlet might unload their press is if they changed the cutoff — or length — of the newspaper, Repath says, noting that can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in newsprint.Now retired two-and-a-half years, he has fond memories of being in the middle of the action while a web of newsprint wound its way through spinning cylinders.“If you’re in there and they’re running, it’s pretty amazing,” says Repath, who adds that over the years, Hamilton’s presses have also churned out pages for the National Post, the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, the Brantford Expositor and the Guelph Mercury.“You can see all the type going through the air and when it comes out the folder it’s a full paper. It’s pretty neat.”last_img read more

New Brunswick Tories prepare for power after Liberal government falls

first_imgFREDERICTON – Five weeks after New Brunswickers went to the polls, Tory Leader Blaine Higgs has become the premier-designate — and is promising to move quickly.“People of the province should feel comfortable that the system worked, it just took a little longer,” Higgs said after meeting with Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau late Friday, hours after Brian Gallant’s Liberals fell on a confidence vote.She asked if the Progressive Conservative leader had the confidence to form government, and Higgs said he told her that he did.Afterward, Higgs struck an optimistic tone as he spoke to reporters.“I guess the next step begins,” Higgs said.“I believe our province can be in first place in all categories. And I believe that opportunity is right before us today.”Gallant, whose government fell when the legislature voted against the throne speech, said he was unsure about his own political future, but he wished the Tories luck.“Their success will be New Brunswick’s success,” he said.Higgs said he wants the transition to occur as quickly as possible, with a cabinet by late next week and a throne speech before the end of the month.“The throne speech won’t be a shopping list. It will be a priority list and it will be focused on some big items we can agree on,” Higgs said.“We will set lofty goals and achieve them. We don’t need more taxes, we need results.”The Tories won 22 seats in the September election — one more than the Liberals — while the Greens and People’s Alliance each won three seats.Gallant sought to survive with a minority government by adding many of the opposition’s campaign promises to his party’s throne speech earlier this week, but his party’s fate was sealed Thursday when both the Tories and People’s Alliance said they’d vote to defeat it.Higgs said he believes his minority government can survive four years by producing results.Its success will depend on support from the opposition parties, and that has thrown the spotlight on language rights in Canada’s only official bilingual province.Higgs said Friday his priority would be to address a shortage of paramedics, where the failure to meet language requirements has left some ambulances unstaffed.He said francophones should not be concerned by his government’s approach.“They shouldn’t be worried at all. They should be grateful that we’re going to provide the health care they demand all across the province as an interim measure to meet the language requirements that we have,” he said.The People’s Alliance, which has agreed to prop up the Tories for at least 18 months, put bilingualism and service duality front and centre in their campaign.Gallant said Friday it was important parties don’t use the issue as a “political weapon.”He said it appeared the election results — which saw the Liberals dominate the largely francophone north and the Tories and People’s Alliance do better in the mostly anglophone south — suggested the province is divided along regional and linguistic lines.But he said people should not be taken in by those apparent divisions.“What binds us together is greater than what drives us apart … We’re all New Brunswickers.”Gallant said he wished he had done more to promote unity and bilingualism.“I will not pretend that we were a perfect government, but we were a good government.”People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin said his party has agreed to support the Tories to provide some stability to the legislature.However, he said his members will be free to vote their conscience on bills.“We are in nobody’s back pocket, but in a minority government you do have to work together and we’ve agreed to do that with Mr. Higgs,” Austin said.Austin said his first priority is to get the new Tory government to address the ambulance issue.Green Leader David Coon and his two members voted to support the Liberal throne speech, which included many of his party’s campaign promises.“Our message to the Conservatives is that it’s important that they include those things in their throne speech, and we’ll be working hard to make sure that happens,” Coon said.Gallant said he and his wife are reflecting on what’s next — whether he serve as opposition leader or take a different path.“I still have a burning desire to make a difference, there’s no question about that,” he told reporters.last_img read more

Just in fun Alberta bar owner doesnt regret stringing up Trudeau pinata

first_imgThe Canadian Press RED DEER, Alta. — The co-owner of a bar in central Alberta doesn’t regret hanging up a large pinata of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the Canada Day weekend.Rob Newell admits, however, that in retrospect securing it with a rope around Trudeau’s neck at Burgundy’s Bar and Stage in Red Deer could have been done differently.“The only downfall was for structural reasons we had to Zip-Tie the rope around his neck because someone would hit it once, it would have fallen,” Newell said Tuesday.The pinata idea was sound, he said, and customers in the bar got a kick out of it.“We were putting together the Canada Day party and I said it’d be funny to make a Justin Trudeau pinata. We filled it with money, candy and little notes of things he promised. It was all just in fun,” he said.“It’s no surprise that people in Alberta don’t like the guy, so I knew it would get some traction.”Newell said if Trudeau came into his bar, he’d be served just like any other customer.“I don’t hate the guy.”Finding a pinata of the prime minister wasn’t easy, so Newell made it himself, he said.“It turned out perfectly.”Newell said he isn’t surprised by the online backlash, but noted there have been more bitter protests against the Trudeau government.He pointed to a convoy of big rigs from Western Canada that drove to Ottawa in protest of a perceived lack of federal support for the oil and gas industry.“I saw kids carrying signs with Trudeau on fire and I thought that’s a little intense,” Newell said. “There’s a lot more going on than a pinata at a party.”Three years ago, when she was Alberta premier, a picture of Rachel Notley’s face was put up on a target at an oilmen’s golf tournament in Brooks, Alta. The event organizer said it was done because of frustration with the NDP government’s policies.The target was taken down and he apologized a few days later.— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Facebook finds sophisticated efforts to disrupt elections

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it has uncovered “sophisticated” efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms.The company said it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in “coordinated” political behavior and appeared to be fake.Facebook stopped short of saying the effort was aimed at influencing the U.S. midterm elections in November, although the timing of the suspicious activity would be consistent with such an attempt.According to a Facebook official, the company held briefings in the House and Senate this week. The official declined to be named because the briefings were private. Facebook disclosed its findings after The New York Times reported on them earlier Tuesday.The company said it doesn’t know who is behind the efforts, but said there may be connections to Russia. Facebook said it has found some connections between the accounts it removed and the accounts connected to Russia’s Internet Research Agency that it removed before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.The earliest page was created in March 2017. Facebook says more than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of the fake pages. The most followed Facebook Pages had names such as “Aztlan Warriors,” ″Black Elevation,” ″Mindful Being,” and “Resisters.”Facebook says the pages ran about 150 ads for $11,000 on Facebook and Instagram, paid for in U.S. and Canadian dollars. The first ad was created in April 2017; the last was created in June 2018.The company added that the perpetrators have been “more careful to cover their tracks” than in 2016, in part because of steps Facebook has taken to prevent abuse over the past year. For example, they used virtual private networks and internet phone services, and paid third parties to run ads on their behalf.__Associated Press Writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this story from Washington.last_img read more

Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeks clues to life’s origins

first_imgTokyo: A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. The explosive mission is the riskiest yet attempted by the Japanese space agency’s Hayabusa2 probe that aims to reveal more about the origins of life on Earth. Hayabusa2 successfully released the so-called “small carry-on impactor” – a cone-shaped device capped with a copper bottom – as scheduled, as the probe hovered just 500 metres (1,650 feet) above the asteroid Ryugu. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe impactor was programmed to explode 40 minutes later, propelling the copper bottom towards Ryugu, where it should gouge a crater into the surface of the asteroid that spins 300 million kilometres from Earth. Hayabusa2 moved smartly away from the area to avoid being damaged by debris from the explosion or colliding with Ryugu while also releasing a camera to capture images of the event. Images from a different camera at the bottom of the probe showed the impactor was released at the right position and the right angle. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsControl Mission could not immediately confirm the detonation but assumes “the impactor certainly reached the surface,” said Takashi Kubota, engineering researcher at the Japanese space agency (JAXA). Kubota said the probe’s use of explosives and its “acrobatic” evasive manoeuvres were “unprecedented” and he hoped the mission would give scientists a rare peek inside an asteroid. Although the detonation was too small to move Ryugu off-orbit, JAXA scientist Makoto Yoshikawa said the ability to operate a probe to this level of precision marked “an important achievement in planetary defence” if Earth were threatened by an asteroid. It will take two weeks for the probe itself to return to its “home position” near Ryugu after the detonation and impact. The crater could be as large as 10 metres in diameter if the surface is sandy, or three metres across if it is rocky, according to JAXA scientists. NASA’s Deep Impact project succeeded in creating an artificial crater on a comet in 2005, but only for observation purposes. The aim of blasting the crater on Ryugu is to throw up “fresh” material from under the asteroid’s surface that could shed light on the early stages of the solar system. The asteroid is thought to contain relatively large amounts of organic matter and water from some 4.6 billion years ago when the solar system was born. In February, Hayabusa2 touched down briefly on Ryugu and fired a bullet into the surface to puff up dust for collection, before blasting back to its holding position.last_img read more

Sri Lankan delegation and MCC discuss million dollar grant

“Our Ambassador in the US Prasad Kariyawasam and I met with top officials of the Millennium Challenge Corporation; Fatema Sumar and Caroline Nguyen along with Sri Lanka coordinator Nilan Fernando in DC. We discussed at length the issues we need to address to process the project at the earliest. I will take steps to expedite it,” Dr. Harsha de Silva said. A Sri Lankan delegation and officials of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) had talks on a million dollar MCC grant.Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development Dr. Harsha de Silva who led the Sri Lankan delegation at the talks in the US, said that preparations for the multi-hundred million dollar MCC grant are moving forward. He noted that the grant is to the Sri Lankan people by the American people and is the biggest grant ever by any country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

President defends Sri Lankas relationship with China

He said that any two countries which have a relationship based on the economy will not focus on anything else. The President said that Sri Lanka will act responsibly on this matter. President Maithripala Sirisena has defended Sri Lanka’s relationship with China.The President, who has just returned after a visit to India, has said that the relationship between both countries are purely based on the economy and trade. He said that if there is a rift between any country Sri Lanka will play a mediating role. (Colombo Gazette) There have been concerns raised both in India and in the US that China may attempt to use its relationship with Sri Lanka to establish a military base in Hambantota.The President also said that Sri Lanka’s foreign policy is to maintain a neutral relationship with every country. read more

Chinese army engineer contingent to be deployed in UN mission in DR

The engineers – who constitute the largest contribution by Beijing to current UN peacekeeping operations – will be sent to Kindu and Bukavu, according to the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC).As of last December, China had 123 people serving in seven missions, including 69 civilian police in Timor-Leste, formerly East Timor.

A political solution is the only solution UN says as rising violence

“The humanitarian community also demands that the parties facilitate safe, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to people in need as well as the voluntary movement of civilians to reach humanitarian assistance,” he stressed.He urged the international community to exercise its influence over the parties to bring about an early and peaceful solution that puts the Yemeni people at the centre – “something all Yemenis deserve.”Meanwhile, earlier today in Geneva, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, updated the press on the steadily mounting number of civilian casualties in Yemen over the past few weeks.“Despite the cessation of hostilities, between 11 April and 11 August 2016, we have documented 815 civilian casualties, including 272 deaths and 543 injured. Of these, in just the past week, since 5 August, 49 civilians were killed and another 77 injured,” she said.Some of the deadliest incidents took place on 5 July, 7 August and 9 August. “On 5 July, eight children were killed and seven injured due to a rocket that landed in the Al Zira’ah Neighbourhood in Marib City. The rocket was allegedly fired from an area controlled by the Popular Committees affiliated with Al Houthis,” Ms. Shamdasani explained. UN Human Rights Office Spokesperson Ravina Shandasani briefs the media about the sharply increasing number of civilian casualties in Yemen. Credit: UN News CentreShe went on to say that on 7 August, 16 civilians were killed, including seven children when airstrikes hit two civilian houses in Al Madid village in the Nihm district of Sana’a. Another 24 civilians, including 13 children, were injured and four other houses were partially destroyed.“The village,” she pointed out “is located some 30 kilometres away from an area of alleged armed confrontations.”On 9 August, the spokesperson stated: “An airstrike hit Al Khafifa food factory in the Al Nahdhah district of Sana’a, killing 10 civilians, including three women who worked in the factory. Another 13 factory workers were injured, with some having spent hours under the rubble before the rescuers managed to pull them out. The factory stands adjacent to a military camp.”On 5 August, a journalist was reportedly struck by two shells launched by the Popular Committees affiliated with Al Houthis.“The total number of civilian casualties between March 2015 and 11 August 2016 stands at 10,270, including 3,704 killed and 6,566 injured,” she concluded.At the same time, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, strongly condemned the increasing violations to the cessation of hostilities, calling the breaches “unacceptable and not conducive to the peace process.”He urged the parties to speed up their efforts to find a comprehensive, political solution to the conflict.“We remain fully committed to bringing peace to Yemen, but the process requires good faith and concessions from all sides,” said the Special Envoy. “The cessation of hostilities is ongoing, yet each violation negatively affects the Yemeni population,” he said calling on all parties “to show restraint and refrain from any action which undermines efforts to bringing about a peaceful, political solution to the conflict.” Houses destroyed by airstrikes in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, July 2015. Credit: OCHA/ Charlotte Cans “The people of Yemen continue to bear the brunt of the suffering as a result of the inability of the parties to find a political solution to a conflict that has been raging for more than a year and a half. The return to full-scale hostilities only drives humanitarian needs further,” said Jamie McGoldrick, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, in a statement, adding: “A political solution is the only solution to this crisis.”According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), local media has reported that ground fighting and air strikes have killed and maimed children and women, and destroyed homes and markets, particularly in the capital, Sana’a, and its governorates, Sa’ada, Taizz, and Al Hudaydah.Mr. McGoldrick pointed out that the depletion of foreign currency reserves in the Central Bank has made it difficult for importers to obtain lines of credit – “making it nearly impossible for Government entities to maintain basic social services.”By example, the Humanitarian Coordinator noted that 40,000 cancer patients throughout the country would no longer receive the medication they required because of banking restrictions that impeded their import.“Humanitarians have been called on, once again, to fill the gap in the provision of basic social services, increasing the need for greater resources from the international community,” he stressed.Mr. McGoldrick called on all parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law and take all necessary actions to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in their conduct of hostilities. read more

Father who blamed his son for murder he committed jailed for at

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lee Holt, who died in hospital from a single wound to the chest Mr Holt, with his partner, Kate Phelan, 34, and her 15-year-old son, Wesley Metcalfe, went to confront Thomas over an ongoing dispute between the two schoolboys.Witnesses said Ms Phelan banged on the front windows and Mr Holt kicked the front door as they shouted for the Moseleys to come out. A man who pressured his 14-year-old son to take the blame for a murder he committed has been jailed for at least 26 years.Tree surgeon Matthew Moseley, 50, shot Lee Holt, 32, dead before he handed the firearm to son Thomas and told him to tell police he was the one who pulled the trigger outside their home near Accrington, Lancashire, last October.Thomas made the fake confession and his father stayed silent as the teenager was arrested and led away in handcuffs last October.The teenager later changed his account of the incident in Oswaldtwistle and told police that his father was in fact the shooter but the defendant maintained his innocence.Last week, Moseley was found guilty of murder by a jury at Preston Crown Court following a three-week trial. On Tuesday, at the same court, he was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum term of 26 years. The judge added: “From that moment on, you falsely sought to blame your son for the shooting.”How any father could do that to their son is difficult enough to comprehend but what is truly incomprehensible is the cynical way in which you sought to manipulate and pressurise your son into accepting responsibility for the shooting and death of Lee Holt.”You allowed your son to be arrested and questioned on suspicion of murder when all along you knew you had shot Lee Holt.”Your continual denial of guilt resulted in him having to give evidence against his own father and members of Lee Holt’s family having to relive the terrible events of the night in question.” What is truly incomprehensible is the cynical way in which you sought to manipulate, and pressurise, your son into accepting responsibilityMr Justice Bryan Lee Holt died in hospital from a single wound to the chestCredit:Lancashire Constabulary  Matthew Moseley opened the front door after he had loaded a semi-automatic Beretta shotgun, and blasted Mr Holt once in the chest from up to 10ft (3m) away.Passing sentence, Mr Justice Bryan told the defendant: “There was no possible justification for your actions, nor was there any suggestion that you were acting in self-defence.”But matters did not stop there. Far from unloading the gun and providing first aid to your victim, you passed the shotgun to your 14-year-old son, Thomas – itself an irresponsible act in the context of an ongoing volatile situation.” read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Monday US clampdown on migrants, Meath man convicted for raping woman he met on dating app and Ireland second-worst performing EU country for tackling climate change, it’s the Evening Fix. Jun 18th 2018, 9:08 PM A Meath man has been convicted of raping a woman he met on a dating app.A passenger who was removed from a Ryanair flight to Ibiza claimed that reports of a disturbance on board are “fake news”.Ireland is the second-worst performing EU country for tackling climate change, according to a report published today by Climate Action Network Europe.Internet giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) will create 1,000 jobs across Dublin, it has announced.The trial of Independent TD Michael Lowry heard that a woman who was at his home when Revenue officers raided it feared she was going to be killed by burglars.Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has criticised Sinn Féin after the party backed out of tabling a motion of no confidence in him.Prostitution outreach service Ruhama said it supported 109 people affected by sex trafficking last year.Up to and including polling day on the 25 May, Dublin City Council received 279 complaints regarding posters for the Eighth Amendment referendum.A woman was airlifted to hospital today after she fell at Dalkey Quarry at around 9am this morning. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8,984 Views NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a roundup of today’s news.IRELAND A member of the public passing by graffiti in Dublin city centre today Source: Leah Farrell via Get our daily news round up: Share2 Tweet Email center_img Short URL Monday 18 Jun 2018, 9:08 PM By Cliodhna Russell No Comments INTERNATIONAL  Source: UPI/PA Images#US: The UN’s rights chief has condemned the “unconscionable” separation of migrant children from their parents at the US border.#UK: Three people died after being struck by a train in south London.#OSAKA: At least three people have been killed and dozens injured following a strong earthquake around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan.PARTING SHOTA campaign has been launched in a bid to save Dublin’s murals and street art.An eight-minute documentary called ‘Grey Area’ has been created in a bid to get people interested in creating more public art in the capital. Source: SUBSET/YouTubeIt was made by Subset, the group describe themselves as ‘a protest project to demonstrate the colour and life art could bring to Dublin streets’.last_img read more

CES 2012 Intel présente un ultrabook à pavé tactile transparent

first_imgCES 2012: Intel présente un ultrabook à pavé tactile transparentIntel a profité du CES 2012 pour dévoiler un concept d’ultrabook, à mi-chemin entre un ordinateur et une tablette, où le pavé tactile occupe toute la largeur de l’appareil.L’ultrabook développé par Intel, appelé Nikiski, étonne par son approche ergonomique originale. La marque a en effet remplacé la zone réservée au poignets par un pavé tactile transparent et prenant toute la largeur de l’appareil. Ce composant est “intelligent”, ainsi il détecte quand les mains sont posés dessus, se désactive partiellement pour éviter toute fausse manipulation, et se remet en marche pour autoriser des mouvements multi-points.À lire aussiIntel propose deux nouveaux produits sans fil innovantsAutre innovation, venant des choix d’interface de Windows 8, l’ordinateur peut se transformer en grande tablette tactile, utilisant l’interface Metro, présente au cœur de Windows Phone 7 dans les smartphones. L’appareil d’Intel veut apporter le meilleur des deux machines en matière de mobilité.Pour le moment, cet ordinateur extra-fin et très prometteur n’est qu’un concept, développé en interne par Intel. Mais il est possible de voir de véritables produits reprenant cette idée de double ergonomie, lors de l’arrivée du système d’exploitation de Microsoft. Ce dernier est toujours prévu dans le courant de l’année 2012, sans autre précision, rappelle PC INpact. Le 13 janvier 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Walmart to host free health screenings

first_imgWashington Walmart stores are hosting their second Walmart Wellness Day of the year on Saturday.The free health event offers blood glucose, blood pressure and body-mass index screenings, as well as low-cost immunizations. Some stores will also offer free vision screenings.The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at all Washington and Oregon stores.Since its first event, Walmart has provided more than 2 million free screenings to people across the country.last_img

Winterhawks win the West

first_imgPORTLAND — What a wonderful time to find that finishing touch.Urged along by close to 11,000 fans at the Rose Garden, the Portland Winterhawks scored four goals in the final 13 minutes on Thursday to finish off the Tri-City Americans and clinch their second consecutive Western Conference championship.The 4-1 win completed a 4-0 sweep of the Americans and puts the Winterhawks into the Western Hockey League finals. They will meet either Edmonton or Moose Jaw for the title in a series that will begin next week.Through two periods on Thursday, it seemed Portland might have to make another trip to Kennewick. Tri-City, which won the U.S. Division regular-season title, held a 1-0 lead and had goalie Ty Rimmer playing a strong game.“That third period was amazing,” said Marcel Noebels, who scored the go-ahead goal with just over 12 minutes remaining, and 56 seconds after teammate Cam Reid broke through with Portland’s first goal. “After the first goal, the crowd was so into it and had so much energy for us. I was feeling like my legs were just going by themselves.”Both offenses were in high gear all game. But goalies Rimmer of Tri-City and Mac Carruth of Portland were stealing the show.For the second night in a row, Tri-City’s Adam Hughesman scored the first goal by converting a rebound while the Americans were on the power play. The only goal of the first period came 17:40 into the game. Brendan Shinnimin took a shot from the left circle that bounced free in the crease, allowing Hughesman to score before Carruth could react.last_img read more

International Entertainment appoints internal directors to Macau poker operator

first_imgHong Kong-listed gaming investor International Entertainment Corp (IEC) has appointed two of its three executive directors to the board of Rational Live Events Macau Limited – the recently acquired former subsidiary of PokerStars owner The Stars Group.The news formed part of a detailed rundown by IEC of Rational Live Events Macau Limited for the benefit of investors after it purchased the company in August for US$3 million. 2019 WSOP main event the second biggest of all time RelatedPosts World Poker Tour to hold inaugural WPT Cambodia at NagaWorld in November World Poker Tour announces 2019 “Asia Swing” in Vietnam, Japan and Korea Load More In its comprehensive assessment released Thursday, IEC revealed that it has now appointed Min Zhang and Thomas Chan as directors of its new subsidiary, “who, respectively, possess more than 20 years of experience in the fields of commercial development, investment and business management and legal/corporate advisory.”Rational Live Events Macau Limited was previously described by PokerStars as one of its “data controllers”, responsible for the capture, storage and use of the personal information of players taking part in local events including those formerly held at the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room at City of Dreams.IEC described the company as “managing, operating and organizing live events/poker tournaments in Macau.”In its announcement this week, IEC said that it will retain Rational Live Events Macau Limited’s current management team to assist the new directors. IEC’s Chairman Stanley Choi is also well-known within the Asian poker scene as a high stakes cash game player and regular at the region’s larger tournament series.The acquisition of Rational Live Events Macau and appointment of new board members comes after IEC signed a collaboration agreement in May with The Stars Group to operate land-based live events and poker rooms under the branding of PokerStars in certain Asian countries. Those countries include Macau, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia. The PokerStars LIVE brand is currently only operating in Manila after the PokerStars LIVE poker room at City of Dreams in Macau shut down in April.Choi told Inside Asian Gaming in August that he was in negotiations with Studio City to host the Macau Poker Cup there later this year but has yet to respond to further inquiries about the progress of that deal.Nevertheless, IEC reaffirmed on Thursday its intentions to rejuvenate the PokerStars LIVE brand, telling investors in regards to the acquisition that, “Since the Target Company (Rational Live Events Macau Limited) has previously organized numbers of live events/poker tournaments in Macau, it would allow the company to leverage on the extensive experience possessed by the Target Company.“Furthermore, attracting poker players to join the tournaments is vital for maintaining the revenue of the Target Company. The Target Company has strived to maintain its goodwill and has maintained its established reputation among poker players through certain numbers of charity work. Hence, the company is able to save up time and resources as compare to setting up a new entity to organize the live events/poker tournaments.”IEC added, “Under the current development plan, the Target Company will engage in organizing poker related gambling activities in Macau and any related bookmarking transactions shall take place in Macau.”last_img read more

Chambers Hosting Governor Candidate Forum At Sports Center

first_imgDunleavy and Treadwell are currently the highest-profile contenders in a GOP field crowded with other candidates who have raised little or no money. The winner of the August 21 GOP primary will advance to the general election. Waiting will be Governor Bill Walker, an independent who is not participating in a primary, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich, who is running unopposed on the Democratic side. State of Alaska Republican Primary Gubernatorial Candidates:Mike Dunleavy – ConfirmedMead Treadwell – ConfirmedDarin Colbry – InvitedMerica Hlatcu – InvitedMichael Sheldon – Invited Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On August 8 the Kenai and Soldotna joint Chamber of Commerce luncheon will host the Alaska Governor candidates forum for the upcoming primary election. The luncheon will take place from noon-1pm, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. To RSVP, call Kenai Chamber at 283-1991 or Soldotna Chamber at 262-9814.last_img read more

Digital Magazines 2009

first_imgSix years ago, digital editions more often than not were the last redoubt of a print magazine in decline. Three years ago, they were an intriguing option for international circulation. Today and into the next decade, digital magazines represent opportunity. They’re a format that combines the best of a print magazine (curated material, lush layouts and great images, all organized into an easy-to-read start and finish), with the best of e-media (hyperlinks, search, archiving, measurability, video and audio). They’re a less-expensive platform for publishing. And they offer an avenue to the new imperatives of lead-generation and social media. It’s no wonder they’re growing at triple-digit rates. In the pages that follow, a comprehensive look at the state of the technology in the last year of the first decade of the new century. Digital Editions: The Fastest-Growing Format in MagazinesThe State of Digital Magazine Delivery, 2009.Digital magazines were hot last year, and are even hotter this year, as the market responds to new technologies combined with the potential for a lower-cost distribution platform. State of the ArtThe latest features and technologies being integrated into digital magazines.Recent developments bring a new level of capability to the format, including digital-rights management, IAB-standard ad sizes, innovative tracking capabilities, lead-generation, social media and of course, rich media. Advertisers: Hooked on DigitalMarketers are taking an increasingly favorable look at the format.The economy may be taking a toll on magazine advertising in general, but marketers see the value and possibility in contextual advertising based on end-user reading preferences. Does Digital Delivery Save Costs? That argument may be won as print costs increase.The average costs for delivering a print copy of a magazine are about $1 per unit. Delivering that same content digitally can easily result in a 75 percent cost saving—as low as 15 cents a unit, depending on the size of the issue and other variables. The Mobile Opportunity Comes into View Mobile is where media, not just digital editions, are heading.The market saturation of mobile devices is huge, with more than three billion units currently in use worldwide. But given the current capabilities of those devices, suppliers and publishers alike recognize that they’re not yet a good fit yet. But they will be.Selecting a ProviderThe most important criterion: Plan ahead.It starts with a clear understanding of current needs and long-term goals. But the technologies, user trends, and your needs, may be different in a year. Going All Digital: New Opportunity or Last Hurrah?What may have been true six years ago no longer is today.Publishers are rolling out new launches in the format, and experimenting with complementary spinoffs too, as print and digital converge.Supplier IndexA brief guide to the fast-changing roster of vendors.last_img read more