Michel Platini, the former head of European soccer association UEFA, was released in the early hours of Wednesday after having been questioned over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament to Qatar.Platini’s lawyer, William Bourdon, said his client was innocent of all charges and that he had been questioned on “technical grounds.””It was very long, given the number of questions, it was obviously always going to be long, since they asked me questions over Euro 2016, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, Paris Saint Germain, FIFA,” Platini told reporters on Wednesday as he left the police station where he had been detained.”I replied to all the questions calmly, whilst still not knowing why I was there,” he added.The French national financial prosecutor’s office, which specializes in investigating economic crimes and corruption, has been leading a probe into the awarding of the 2022 tournament to Qatar.It is looking into possible offenses including private corruption, conspiracy and influence peddling.The decision in December 2010 to award the World Cup to Qatar surprised many given the lack of potential local audiences for the games, the extremely hot summer weather, and the poor performance of the country’s national squad. It will be the first Arab state to host the competition.Platini is one of France’s most famous sportsmen and soccer stars. He led France to victory in the 1984 European Championship and played in two World Cup semi-finals.Also Read | Ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini arrested as part of 2022 World Cup investigationAlso See:advertisement
Oklahoma State hires Mike Yurcich as new offensive coordinatorOklahoma State hires Mike Yurcich as new offensive coordinator
You’re drunk, Gundy. Go home.After two straight hires of Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken, OSU has hired a guy named Mike Yurcich as its new offensive coordinator/QB coach.Gundy made the announcement on Twitter this morning (possibly from either his back porch or maybe the Bagel Cafe in Stillwater). Who knows…Proud to announce Mike Yurcich as the new Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach at #okstate #GoPokes— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) February 7, 2013Wait…WHO?This is going to be really funny when agundy announces the real OC.— thinks we go 8-4 guy (@Pokelahoma) February 7, 2013Agreed.Here’s what Google tells me about Mike Yurich:He graduated from California University (of Pennsylvania) and played QB there. He got his Master of Education from Saint Francis (Indiana) (he was a grad assistant briefly at Indiana) then moved on to Edinboro University (Pennsylvania) where he was the OC. He became the OC at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA in 2011.Now, as of today, he runs one of the best D1 offenses in the country.Here were his stats last year for Shippensburg — a D2 school.Yurcich’s offense at Shippensburg (is that a real sentence?) scored 46.8 points a game last year. Averaged 390 passing yards a game. Sick.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) February 7, 2013 This made me laugh, #okstate’s new offensive coordinator: http://t.co/OFLpvM7s— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) February 7, 2013 Mike Yurcich, Ok State’s new OC hire, led an offense that led Division II in total offense and ranked No. 2 in scoring, passing offense.— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) February 7, 2013Salty, and Gundy does love him some numbers. He also likes this.Re: Yurchich MT @ChrisPavone84: fast paced no huddle, very aggressive. A mixed bag of styles but the ball will be in the air alot.— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) February 7, 2013 @KellyHinesTW 37ish? Is he from the Dominican Republic?— Kevin DeShazo (@KevinDeShazo) February 7, 2013I can’t wait to see this guy rolling through the B1G as Indiana’s head coach in 2016.Lastly, here’s a video of his offense from last year (they look like a high school team!)And here’s video of him breaking down plays with Star Wars Lego figures! It was weird though, no warning, no press release — heck, Gundy could have announced it at his press conference yesterday. Yet he announces it via Twitter 12 hours after he says he doesn’t really understand Twitter.The lesson as always, I guess? Don’t try and predict what Mike Gundy is going to do.Three more hilarious tweets.@pistolsguy dude googling his last name he’s not the first to come up….I feel like Gundy trying to win some mad scientist award.— thinks we go 8-4 guy (@Pokelahoma) February 7, 2013 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Arsenal 0 Red Star Belgrade 0: Gunners reach Europa League knockouts despite dour draw Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 06:01 11/3/17 Getty Images Red Star Belgrade held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium, but a point was enough for Europa League progression for the Gunners. Arsenal qualified for the Europa League knockout stages despite failing to impress in a dour 0-0 draw against Red Star Belgrade at Emirates Stadium on Thursday.A point proved enough to send Arsene Wenger’s side through as BATE Borisov were beaten 5-2 away to Cologne, who remain bottom of Group H but still have a chance of advancing following their victory.There were 11 changes to the Gunners side that beat Swansea City 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, goalkeeper Matt Macey making his European debut in an inexperienced line-up. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Macey did his part to secure the point, tipping a header from Vujadin Savic against the crossbar as Red Star threatened to take a surprise lead into half-time.With impressive form in this competition not enough to earn Jack Wilshere an England call-up, his frustrations were deepened when Damien Le Tallec’s goal-line clearance denied him a first club goal since May 2015.Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud combined in spectacular fashion to settle the teams’ meeting a fortnight prior, but could not put their experience to use and find the breakthrough here, although Wenger’s side can secure top spot by winning at Cologne on November 23.We’ve qualified from Group H……but it’s not quite the result we were looking for tonight#AFCvRSB 0-0 (FT) pic.twitter.com/FAEe1pkNIP— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 2, 2017France international Giroud appeared to strain his hamstring after leaping to challenge Mitchell Donald in the air, but it did not stop him getting into a great position in the 10th minute.Ainsley Maitland-Niles surged towards the byline on the left side of the box before squaring for Giroud, whose first-time effort was blocked by Milan Borjan at the near post.Arsenal controlled possession but found further chances hard to come by until Giroud was slipped in by Joe Willock, who did well to dispossess Donald, but was unable to lift his shot over the onrushing Borjan.Wenger’s side could have gone into half-time behind, though, had Macey not tipped a header from Savic against the bar after the Red Star centre-back followed up Nemanja Radonjic’s blocked shot.What a save, Matt!Red Star break at speed and Macey is required to tip a looping header onto the crossbar#AFCvRSB 0-0 (36) pic.twitter.com/oN01FPkTeD— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 2, 2017Richmond Boakye contrived to waste another chance before the break, failing to hit the target after racing in behind Rob Holding on a swift counter-attack.Red Star sat back after the restart and Arsenal had two claims for a penalty go unawarded, the first after slight contact between Savic and Wilshere and the second when the defender inadvertently handled the ball.Arsenal continued to apply the pressure and a great combination between Maitland-Niles and Wilshere down the left ended with the latter seeing his goal-bound poke cleared in last-ditch fashion by Le Tallec.Wenger sent Eddie Nketiah on for Willock in the 68th minute, but their two-goal EFL Cup hero failed to have the same impact as he did against Norwich City.Boakye had an opportunity to snatch all three points with nine minutes remaining but he sliced wide of the near post, though the Serbian side celebrated keenly at the full-time whistle, having secured a point that moves them a point clear in second place. KEY OPTA STATS- The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 16 games in all competitions at the Emirates (W14 D2), however this was the first time since May that they failed to take all three points (2-2 v Manchester City). – This was the first 0-0 Arsenal have been involved in at the Emirates since October 2016, when they drew against Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough in the Premier League. – Arsene Wenger’s side failed to score in a European home game for the first time since February 2016 (0-2 loss v Barcelona in the Champions League). – Arsenal have not lost any of the nine home games they have played on a Thursday under Arsene Wenger (W8 D1), with the first of those being a 3-0 win v Nantes back in 1999 (UEFA Cup). – Red STar, meanwhile, are the first Serbian team to keep a clean sheet away from home against English opposition since FK Partizan in August 2003 (1-0 v Newcastle in Champions League qualifying). – Jack Wilshere made his first start at the Emirates in European competition since August 2014 (1-0 v Besiktas in Champions League qualifying). read more
An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker When Jackie Ardery and Mike Moyle, a retail merchandising executive and a tech-savvy internet security manager, discovered that they not only shared a love for each other, but also for cold brew, the married couple immediately embarked on a journey tasting the different varieties on the market, taking notes on each one. They even began giving coffee to each other as gifts. Soon, their fridge was filled with jars of cold brew. Next thing they knew, everywhere they went, they were giving tips on where to find cold brew.So they decided to turn their passion into a business that turned into Cold Brew Kitchen, a one-stop shop for all things cold brew — coffee, drinkware, and accessories. “We created this brand because when we started home cold brewing, we couldn’t find direction on what coffees to buy,” said Ardery. “Coffee is personal, of course, but over the years we found we kept coming back to similar roast profiles and origins that made great tasting cold brew every time.” Cold Brew Kitchen sources their beans, which are medium to dark-roasted blend, from South America. “One of the things that makes our offering unique is that it is the only full line of coffees that have only been tested for taste using the cold brew method,” said Ardery. “The offering is balanced, from the everyday Reserve Blend up to our Specialty Grade Limited Edition, sourced in small quantity by Thrive Farmers. All the varieties of Cold Brew Kitchen brand are coarse ground for cold brewing, which is unique in the market.” And what are Ardery and Moyle’s secrets to the perfect cup of cold brew? “There is no real secret to making a good batch of cold brew, except that you must start with great tasting water (filtered is best) and we recommend steeping for 12 hours,” said Ardery. “One thing people don’t readily know is that you can experience the health benefits of cold brew by steeping it, then heating it up on a stovetop or microwave if you prefer hot coffee. Another thing I love about cold brewing is that depending on your level of consumption, you’re making it for several days or more than a week. Our favorite thing is waking up and knowing we are headed right to the kitchen, no stopping to prepare anything.”For more information, visit coldbrewkitchen.com. Editors’ Recommendations The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens
Greek Shipping Firms to Pay USD 27 Mn for Ocean PollutionGreek Shipping Firms to Pay USD 27 Mn for Ocean Pollution
zoom Greek shipping companies Oceanic Illsabe Limited and Oceanfleet Shipping Limited were sentenced to pay a fine of USD 2.7 million after being convicted of obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), tampering with witnesses and conspiracy. Oceanic Illsabe Limited is the owner of the M/V Ocean Hope, a large cargo vessel that was responsible for dumping oily waste into the Pacific Ocean during 2015, while Oceanfleet Shipping Limited was the managing operator of the vessel.The vessel’s operator was sentenced to pay a USD 1.35 million fine and make a USD 450,000 community service payment to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary in recognition of the threat posed by illegal discharges of oily waste to the marine environment.Oceanic Illsabe Limited was sentenced to pay a USD 675,000 fine and make a USD 225,000 community service payment to the reef.Each company was placed on a five-year term of probation and barred from sending ships to United States ports until its financial penalty has been satisfied.The case stems from an inspection of the the cargo ship, conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard at the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina in July 2015, during which senior engineers for the companies tried to hide that the vessel had been dumping oily wastes into the ocean for months.The vessel’s two top engineers were previously convicted and sentenced to serve prison sentences in connection with these crimes.Cassius Samson, 52, the second engineer of the Ocean Hope, was sentenced a term of 12 months in prison followed by a year of supervised release, while Rustico Ignacio, 66, the chief engineer, was sentences to a term of nine months followed by a year of supervised release.
Ottawa ready to help as Inuit health officials grapple with spate ofOttawa ready to help as Inuit health officials grapple with spate of
MONTREAL – The federal government says it will respond to pleas for help from northern Quebec, where a spate of suicides in Inuit communities this year has created what officials are calling a crisis.“As a government, it’s truly a priority of ours that we put in place the support that people need,” Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Monday. She added that any loss of life by suicide “is just tragic.”Heath authorities in Nunavik, the Quebec region that is home to the province’s Inuit communities, have already sent extra mental-health resources to one hard hit village, Puvirnituq.“This is considered a crisis situation,” Fabien Pernet, assistant to the executive director of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, said in a recent interview.The head of the school board serving the region said last week that two students have died by suicide since the beginning of the school year in mid-August, and three other young adults have taken their lives in the past month.In an Oct. 12 letter, the head of the region’s council of school commissioners called for “urgent collective action” and noted that one of the suicide victims was just 11 years old.According to media reports, Puvirnituq on Hudson Bay has had at least 10 suicides since the beginning of 2018. A coroner’s investigation is ongoing.The deaths prompted a public lament from Mary Simon, a longtime Inuit advocate and former Canadian diplomat, who posted a widely shared message on Facebook about the recent suicide of her 22-year-old niece.“The reason I’m telling this story is to show we desperately need ongoing mental health support and services in every Inuit community,” Simon wrote. “We have a crisis on our hands, and if we can’t provide the medical and other mental health support in the communities, it is not going to get better. It will get worse.”Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said in a statement last Friday she is deeply concerned by the loss of young lives in Nunavik and has offered additional support. She said the government continues to work with communities to support Inuit-led approaches to suicide prevention.“Inuit want to be able to receive services that are culturally appropriate, in their own language,” Petitpas Taylor said Monday after speaking at the Canadian Mental Health Association conference in Montreal. “So we’re looking at ways to get more people trained — in nursing, in psychology or social work — that would be a step in the right direction.”Pernet said it remains a challenge to provide Inuit-to-Inuit mental health care — as well as health and social services on a broader level — because of such obstacles as labour agreements and professional licensing issues.He said that in 2010, suicide prevention was made a regional health priority. Recent measures have included resources and support through a Facebook page, new crisis-intervention plans and social programs aimed at improving communication among families.Statistics from the Quebec coroner’s office show little change in the number of deaths by suicide in the region between 2000 and 2013. But given the current crisis, there is reason to believe those figures will be higher this year.“There’s no actual improvement from 2000 to 2013, but there’s a lot that has been implemented from 2013 until today,” Pernet said. “If you compare where we were four years ago and where we are at now, we’ve developed a capacity that we didn’t have. Yet it’s not sufficient, and we see it with these suicide clusters happening in Puvirnituq again.”Louis Sorin, a Manitoba-based Indigenous mental-health advocate, said it is important to look at suicide as a symptom of a social disease and not just an individual medical condition.“We have to move beyond an individualized response to a collective and community response,” Sorin, a member of the national board of directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association, said. “We have to make space and validate the voices of those involved locally, because they really know something that’s actually very important.”An annual conference being held next week in Nunavik will focus on the rash of deaths.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson Unveils Special Bow Tie For Tony AwardsJesse Tyler Ferguson Unveils Special Bow Tie For Tony Awards
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband, Justin Mikita, have once again created an exclusive special edition bow tie by “Tie The Knot for The Tie Bar” for the 2014 Tony Awards.This year’s design feature a pattern of stars against a midnight background, representing the Tony Awards “Where the Stars Align” campaign.Tie The Knot was founded to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of marriage equality. All proceeds benefit United States organizations fighting on behalf of LGBT Civil Rights. This exclusive, limited edition Tony bow tie is available for purchase at www.TheTieBar.com for $25.“When designing the Tie The Knot collection with The Tie Bar, we tried to incorporate the essence of the night yet keep it completely refined for a black tie event,” says Ferguson.“Exactly,” Mikita continues, “a patterned black bow tie with small stars is a statement accessory that will complete the outfit and give it some personality that would otherwise go unnoticed.”The Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will be broadcast in a live three-‐hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 8, 2014. For more information on the Tony Awards, please visit www.TonyAwards.com.“The incorporation of our ‘Where the Stars Align’ campaign into the bow tie’s design creates a wonderfully stylish memento of this year’s Tony Awards that Broadway fans can wear for years to come while supporting a wonderful cause. We are honored to partner with Jesse and Justin again this year,” said Charlotte St Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing.TonyAwards.com, developed, produced, and hosted by IBM, is centerpiece of the Tony Awards digital platform that includes an interactive Second Screen (TonyAwards.com/secondscreen) to complement the CBS telecast on June 8; a Spotlight Series on potential nominees; Google+ hangouts; a live webcast of the Nominations Announcement; multimedia coverage before, during, and after the Tony ceremony; and much more.Tie The Knot was founded to combine humor, style, individuality, fashion, art, and equality. Founded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, the goal of Tie The Knot is clear: to advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States and to look damn good while doing it. For more information on the fight for equal marriage rights, Tie The Knot will keep an active blog with up-to-‐date news and developments throughout the country on their website.
Over 143000 psychotropic pills from Algeria seized since early 2014 MinisterOver 143000 psychotropic pills from Algeria seized since early 2014 Minister
Rabat – Over 143,000 psychotropic pills were seized since early 2014 by the security services, said, on Wednesday in Rabat, Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad, underlining that Algeria “remains the primary drug supplier.”The year 2013 was marked by the seizure of over 450,000 pills, which made the Moroccan authorities intensify their efforts to eradicate this plague coming from Algeria, the minister recalled at a joint press conference with communication minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi and minister delegate for the Interior Charki Drais, in response to statements by some Algerian officials on fight anti-drug.Underlining the fact that the Algerian authorities have officially recognized the development of the opium cultivation in Algeria, the minister urged this neighboring country to take the necessary measures to avoid that the drug reach Morocco as did psychotropic pills. He also called on the Algerian authorities to adopt a constructive approach to combat cross-border crimes, mainly drug trafficking, underlining that, in all cases, Morocco, as a responsible state, will remain confident and open in its approach.
A surprisingly strong reading on U.S. consumer confidence helped underpin a solid gain on the Toronto stock market Tuesday.The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 86.01 points to 12,782.38 as traders also reacted to an earnings report from Scotiabank that missed expectations.The U.S. Conference Board’s consumer confidence index in the United States blew past expectations, coming in at a five-year high of 76.2, against the 72.3 reading that economists expected. The April reading was 68.1.Scotiabank’s (TSX:BNS) adjusted earnings came in a $1.24 per share, two cents short of analyst estimates, but its overall net income rose to $1.6 billion from $1.46 billion a year earlier. The profit amounted to $1.23 per share, and compared with $1.15 per share a year earlier. Scotiabank shares were off early lows, down 40 cents to $59.21.“The results were a little bit disappointing but nothing material, nothing that’s out of the ordinary for normal course quarterly behaviour,” said Kash Pashootan, vice-president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company.He said the market is moving more towards a wait-and-see attitude regarding the banks, reflecting concerns about lower domestic loan growth as the Canadian real estate sector softens.“For example, you look at TD Bank results and you saw that in Canada, year over year for this year, loan growth in Canada grew by five per cent,” he said. “So it’s still growing but that momentum at which it’s growing has slowed, compared to the U.S. where it’s growing at 15 per cent.”The Canadian dollar was off 0.41 of a cent to 96.33 cents US as the greenback picked up strength following the release of the consumer confidence report and other data showing rising house prices.Traders also looked to the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate announcement, scheduled for Wednesday morning. The central bank is widely expected to keep its key rate unchanged for some time to come.U.S. indexes were sharply higher as the Dow Jones industrials jumped 187.24 points to 15,490.34, the Nasdaq composite index gained 46.37 points to 3,505.51 while the S&P 500 index was ahead 19.48 points to 1,669.08.CIBC World Markets senior economist Andrew Grantham said the U.S. consumer confidence index for May was supported by lower gasoline prices, soft inflation as well as rising home prices — which offset tax increases in January.“A firmer labour market may have also played a role, with almost 11 per cent saying jobs were plentiful (up from 9.7 per cent) and the labour differential improving,” Grantham said.Confidence also improved in Canada as the Ottawa-based Conference Board of Canada said its index rose 5.1 points to 80.7.The U.S. data will be scrutinized for how it might influence the Fed. There have been jitters on stock markets due to speculation that the U.S. central bank might scale back its aggressive bond-buying program, which is meant to stimulate the economy, due to a recent improvement in some economic indicators.Traders also took in further good news from the U.S. housing sector. The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for March rose by 1.12 per cent, higher than the 0.9 per cent pace that had been expected. The gain translates to a 10.87 per cent year over year gain — the first double-digit increase in over six years.On the TSX, the industrials sector led advancers, up 1.55 per cent with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) ahead $4.48 to $141.33.The financial sector was up 0.6 per cent as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gained 70 cents to $63.96.Oil and copper prices advanced after being buffeted last week after a survey by HSBC Corp. showed a decline in China’s manufacturing for May. An official report on factory production in the world’s second-largest economy will be released later in the week.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up $1.09 to US$95.24 a barrel and the energy sector was up one per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) advanced 41 cents to $31.53.The base metals sector gained 0.8 per cent with July copper three cents higher to US$3.32 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was up 26 cents to $8.60.The gold sector erased early losses to move up 0.7 per cent while bullion prices slipped with the June contract in New York down $5.50 to US$1,381.10 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) climbed seven cents to C$5.33.There was also acquisition activity as Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS) said it has signed a deal to buy Associated Hygienic Products, a maker of store brand infant diapers in the United States, from DSG International for $272 million. Domtar shares improved by $1.76 to $72.41.In other earnings news, high-end jewelry company Tiffany says its first-quarter net income rose three per cent to US$83.6 million, or 65 cents per share as sales improved across all regions. Ex-items, earnings were 70 cents per share, well above the 53 cents that analyst expected. Revenue for the New York company known for its blue boxes rose 10 per cent to $895.5 million, topping Wall Street’s $855.7 million estimate and its stock was up four per cent to US$79.29.European bourses racked up strong gains as London’s FTSE 100 index ran ahead 1.66 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 1.15 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was up 1.58 per cent.
Passengers stranded following railway lightning strikePassengers stranded following railway lightning strike
Railway property was damaged during the tense situation with angry commuters demanding that the railway operations be handed over to the military or be privatised in order to prevent similar strikes in future. (Colombo Gazette) The State Minister however denied the allegations. Commuters using the train after work were stranded as there were train delays as a result of the strike.A tense situation also arose at the Fort railway station when angry commuters confronted officials at the railway station. Passengers were stranded following a lightning railway strike launched today.A two hour strike was staged against State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva. Railway trade unions accused Dr. Harsha de Silva of threatening some railway workers.
Security Council discusses situation in DR of CongoSecurity Council discusses situation in DR of Congo
Presenting the Secretary-General’s eighth report on MONUC, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, said the proposed extension of the Mission was also designed to facilitate the recruitment of civilian staff of the necessary high quality by ensuring greater continuity.The function of many of the proposed civilian staff would be to gather as much information as possible on the situation in the DRC, Mr. Guéhenno said. At the same time, through its public information operations, MONUC would explain to the Congolese parties and people what it and the broader international community were doing in the country. The human rights, humanitarian and child protection personnel would also have a great deal to do in terms of helping to improve the quality of life of the Congolese people, he stressed.The plight of children in the DRC was also highlighted by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunnu, who briefed the Council on his recent trip to the DRC. Mr. Otunnu said that the massive use of children as soldiers in the DRC had become “a plague,” and proposed a complete stop to all participation in armed forces of young persons under 18; the establishment of a mechanism to monitor the application of the above commitment and the organization of a major public awareness campaign to sensitize the military, civil society and local communities.The Special Representative also proposed that joint visits by MONUC, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and military authorities be undertaken to military camps and barracks, and that the necessary structures be established for demobilization, rehabilitation, reception and reintegration of child soldiers. These recommendations, he said, had been accepted by all political and military leaders in the country.For his part, Leonard She Okitundu, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the DRC, said there had been delays to disengagement because of the continuing refusal of one party to the Lusaka process to act in compliance with the Kampala plans and the Harare sub-plan. He noted that if the relevant provisions of Council resolution 1341 (2001) were not heeded, the Council had the duty to respond vigorously.During the day-long debate, in which representatives of more than 20 States took part, speakers acknowledged the cautious optimism about developments in the country as expressed in the report of the Secretary-General. They noted, however, that the improvements seen were far from irreversible and that all efforts should be made by the parties to fully comply with the Lusaka Agreements.
UN agricultural agency seeks greater efficiency in West AfricaUN agricultural agency seeks greater efficiency in West Africa
The Office, which will be operational by the end of October, will host a multidisciplinary team of international FAO technical experts complemented by junior Ghanaian professionals in the fields of animal health/production, plant production/protection, fisheries, land and water, forestry, policy and investment.The agreement for opening the Sub-regional Office was signed by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf and Ghanaian Foreign Minister Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Mens basketball Ohio State goes for the season sweep at Michigan StateMens basketball Ohio State goes for the season sweep at Michigan State
OSU senior forward Marc Loving drives to the basket against Michigan State forward Miles Bridges on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 72-67. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOhio State is going to East Lansing, Michigan, with the upper hand as the Buckeyes already have a win under their belt against Michigan State, defeating the Spartans 72-67 on Jan. 15 in Columbus. However, with seeding in the Big Ten tournament and dwindling hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament on the line, the pressure is palpable approaching the final five games of the Big Ten regular season.OSU has won only two of seven road games in Big Ten play, and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said it’s tough for opposing teams to win at the Breslin Center.“There is a tough environment out there,” Tate said. “I haven’t won out there before, so just trying to go in there and get the ‘W’ there.”One of the players who might stand in OSU’s way of victory is Michigan State freshman forward Miles Bridges. OSU coach Thad Matta said Bridges’ 24-point, nine-rebound performance against the Buckeyes in January was as impressive of a performance from a freshman he’s seen this year.“He’s tremendous and we have to do a better job of trying to slow him down,” Matta said.Bridges shot 75 percent from the floor and hit 4-of-5 3-point shots, but was the only Spartan in double figures that day. Tate hinted that his plan for defending Bridges will have to change this time around.“I can’t let him get comfortable from the 3 because once he sees a couple go in, then he’s tough to guard,” Tate said. “Just trying to make him as uncomfortable as he can from the perimeter because he has a lot of aspects to his game. Once he gets going, he’s hard to stop.”OSU has had trouble defending the perimeter shot as of late. In the loss to the Terrapins, the Buckeyes allowed 29 attempts behind the 3-point line, with Maryland converting on 41.4 percent of those shots.Offensively, OSU’s scoring leader for the first game against the Spartans, sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle, is returning after having to leave the team due to a family emergency. Lyle shot 66.7 percent from the field and led the team with 22 points in the five-point win. Matta said Lyle and the rest of the OSU offense is going to have to face a very stout defensive team.“Michigan State, I think, is as good as anyone in the Big Ten defensively,” Matta said. “They are going to make you earn everything that you get in the game tomorrow night. They are going to have a tremendous push in transition. They are trying to score as quick as they can. If it’s not there, they are going to execute one, or sometimes two sets in a possession.”In the Spartans’ last game, a 77-66 win over Iowa, Michigan State held the Hawkeyes to shoot only 32.8 percent from the field, converting only four 3-pointers on 21 attempts. Size was a big factor in the win as well, with Bridges and redshirt sophomore forward Kenny Goins combining for 21 of the Spartans’ 46 rebounds.With only five games left before the Big Ten tournament, OSU has a limited amount of time to boost its resume to be in consideration for the NCAA Tournament. Tate said this team is feeling the pressure going into the end of the season.“There is no margin for error,” he said. “We just have to go in these last five or six games like there is no margin. We have to win these ones.”Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan.
Baseball Ohio State opens up season with 31 record down at SnowbirdBaseball Ohio State opens up season with 31 record down at Snowbird
Ohio State sophomore pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch in the top of the second inning against North Carolina Greensboro on April 22 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team opened its season by winning three of four games in Port Charlotte, Florida, as part of the Snowbird Classic. It won two games against UW-Milwaukee and split a two-game set with Canisius.Senior Noah McGowan was particularly effective, beginning his season 8-14 with a pair of home runs and 13 RBIs in the four games.Game 1: UW-MilwaukeeOhio State first baseman Noah McGowan smacked a 2-1 pitch into left-center field for a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 7-7 tie. That proved to be the game-winning hit with Ohio State up for an eventual 11-7 comeback win over the Panthers Friday.The Panthers leapt out to a 3-2 advantage off the back of a four-hit fourth inning, expanding that lead to 6-2 by the seventh inning.The Buckeyes responded with a four-run seventh frame, including a three-run double by senior left fielder Tyler Cowles.McGowan left his mark on the game at the dish, going 2-4 with six RBIs. Cowles went 3-5 with four RBIs. Ohio State junior Connor Curlis started and pitched five innings, surrendering three earned runs and striking out four batters. Senior reliever Seth Kinker picked up the win after working the seventh inning.Game 2: CanisiusThe Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) finished off a double-header with two wins after beating the Canisius Golden Griffins (0-1, 0-0 MAAC) 6-4 on Friday.Ohio State junior starting pitcher Ryan Feltner delivered five innings with four earned runs and six strikeouts to grab his first win of the season. Relievers Griffan Smith, Kyle Michalik, and Kinker combined for four shutout innings from there. Kinker earned his first save of the season.McGowan had another huge batting performance, going 2-5 with four RBIs that included a three-run home run. Game 3: CanisiusThe Buckeyes suffered their first loss Saturday in a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Golden Griffins.Ohio State opened the scoring in the first inning, when McGowan continued his hot start to the season with a two-run home run.Canisius gained the lead in the bottom of the third inning on RBI singles by Stephen Bennett and Joseph Preziuso. The effort was aided by a pair of errors from Pohl.The Golden Griffins extended their lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning after an error by McGowan extended the inning to allow for an RBI triple by Canisius shortstop Conner Morro.Ohio State redshirt senior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer pitched five innings after getting the start, surrendering five runs — only one of them earned. Game 4: UW-MilwaukeeOhio State finished off the four-game trip with another win over UW-Milwaukee, this time by a tally of 13-3.Redshirt senior Yianni Pavlopoulos got the start for the Buckeyes and picked up the win, allowing two earned runs in five innings of work.Junior second baseman Brady Cherry finished 2-3 with three RBIs, while first baseman Bo Coolen was 2-4 with a pair of RBIs for the Buckeyes.
DJ in Haslington accident dies girlfriend hospitalisedDJ in Haslington accident dies girlfriend hospitalised
Five days after colliding with a motor lorry along the Haslington Public Road, on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), a labourer attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Kristoff Spencer, 21, of Lot 99 Charles Street, Golden Grove, ECD took his last breath in the wee hours of Sunday morning. His girlfriend, Ebony Scott who was also involved in the accident remains hospitalised.The deceased: Kristoff SpencerBased on reports received, the now dead man who was also a deejay was riding his motorcycle heading to Georgetown when he collided with a motor lorry which was heading in the opposite direction. Scott was the pillion rider.Calwin Wilson, a close friend of Spencer, said the truck was reportedly attempting to make a right turn into a street at Haslington, when the collision occurred.Spencer sustained a concussion, broken legs and injuries to his spinal cord. Since then, both Spencer and Scott have been patients at the GPHC. Wilson explained that the young man started to deejay with Real Vibes after which he joined the Gold Rock Music System. He described Spencer as a young man full of potential, who socialised with the ‘crew’ when he was not at work. He was a lover of music and a very caring young man.Several close friends took to Facebook to express shock at the passing of the young man. Former Carib Soca Monarch, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson related that Spencer was indeed a young man who was eager to learn and was versed in the ‘deejay’ business.Edmondson expressed his deepest sympathies to the family and close friends of the deejay.However, the driver of the motor lorry was arrested and released after the 72-hour detention period had expired.In light of the death of the young man, the Police are expected to institute charges against the lorry driver.Spencer leaves to mourn his parents and four siblings. An autopsy is expected to be performed today. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related55-year-old man hospitalised following Lusignan accidentFebruary 2, 2018In “Crime”Buxton dance teacher killed after struck down by speeding carApril 29, 2016In “latest news”2 killed as minibus turns turtle on ECD HighwayMarch 3, 2019In “latest news”,Five days after colliding with a motor lorry along the Haslington Public Road, on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), a labourer attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Kristoff Spencer, 21, of Lot 99 Charles Street, Golden Grove, ECD took his last breath in the wee hours of Sunday morning. His girlfriend, Ebony Scott who was also involved in the accident remains hospitalised.The deceased: Kristoff SpencerBased on reports received, the now dead man who was also a deejay was riding his motorcycle heading to Georgetown when he collided with a motor lorry which was heading in the opposite direction. Scott was the pillion rider.Calwin Wilson, a close friend of Spencer, said the truck was reportedly attempting to make a right turn into a street at Haslington, when the collision occurred.Spencer sustained a concussion, broken legs and injuries to his spinal cord. Since then, both Spencer and Scott have been patients at the GPHC. Wilson explained that the young man started to deejay with Real Vibes after which he joined the Gold Rock Music System. He described Spencer as a young man full of potential, who socialised with the ‘crew’ when he was not at work. He was a lover of music and a very caring young man.Several close friends took to Facebook to express shock at the passing of the young man. Former Carib Soca Monarch, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson related that Spencer was indeed a young man who was eager to learn and was versed in the ‘deejay’ business.Edmondson expressed his deepest sympathies to the family and close friends of the deejay.However, the driver of the motor lorry was arrested and released after the 72-hour detention period had expired.In light of the death of the young man, the Police are expected to institute charges against the lorry driver.Spencer leaves to mourn his parents and four siblings. An autopsy is expected to be performed today. (Guyana Times)