Olivier Giroud bemoans lack of playing time at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal’s Olivier Giroud has said he is unhappy with the lack of playing time he got last season, according to The Times, and with the Premier League club linked to a host of strikers across Europe the Frenchman may find himself even further down the pecking order.Giroud, who was largely used as a substitute last season, netting 12 goals but starting just 11 league games, said he planned to discuss his future with coach Arsene Wenger.”I’ll talk to the coach,” Giroud said. “I had limited playing time but, at some point, there are things I will not be satisfied with — another year with such low playing time. It will be necessary to think with my family and advisers.”I still have three years with Arsenal, so my future is for now with Arsenal. I feel good, I want to win the championship of England. Afterwards, I do not know what my near future will be.”Media reports previously linked Giroud, who signed a long-term contract extension at Arsenal in January, with French side Marseille.last_img read more

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Vij proposes no deduction from prize money of Hry int’l players

first_imgChandigarh, Jun 20 (PTI) Haryana Sports and YouthAffairs Minister Anil Vij has proposed changes in the sports policy to ensure no deduction is made from the prize money of state’s international medal winners. Vij today said he has forwarded his proposal to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and once he approves it, it would be taken up in the next Cabinet meeting. The minister made the disclosure while answering media persons’ posers over the proposed deduction from the prize money of sportsperson, employed by various government departments, including Indian Railways.He said the present government has been working for the betterment of sports, he said.”Even if we have to amend the policy 100 times for thebetterment of sports, we will certainly do it,” he added.Vij said the state government would celebrate the International Yoga Day like a festival for which allarrangements and preparations had been made.The celebrations would be carried out at the district,sub-division level and even at block level this time. Hundredsof social organizations and non-government organizations would take part in the celebrations, he added. PTI SUN RAXRAXlast_img read more

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Jaypee may lose Formula One land if it doesn’t clear Rs 108 cr due by Dec 31: YEIDA

first_imgNoida (UP), Nov 28 (PTI) Crisis-hit Jaypee group will have to clear dues of Rs 108 crore by the end of this year or otherwise it may lose the 1,000-acre land allotted for its Formula One Buddh International Circuit and Jaypee Sports City, Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) officials said. The board has decided to grant the Jaypee group, which was supposed to make the payment by September, a final one month’s time to clear their debts, or face coercive actions including cancellation of land allotment, a senior official said. “Jaypee group owes Rs 108 crore to the authority against 1,000 hectare of land allotted for constructing the Formula One circuit and the Jaypee Sports City. The authority had relieved the builder and made re-schedulement of the amount but the builder failed to pay instalments. We have given a final one month’s time to clear debts or we will initiate strict actions against them,” YEIDA chairman Prabhat Kumar told reporters. The Jaypee group’s two holding companies Jaiprakash Associates Ltd and Jaypee Infratech Ltd are facing insolvency proceedings. The authority has also decided not to hike toll tax prices on the 165-km long Yamuna Expressway, the officials said during YEIDA’s 64th Board meeting held Tuesday in Greater Noida. The authority has also given a nod for opening seven filling stations and 12 hotels along the expressway in Sector 18, 20 and 29. The villages in the area will get 377 hand pumps and also get 180 sanitation workers, up from 80 at present, YEIDA CEO Arunvir Singh said. On the upcoming Jewar International Airport, the chairman said basic formalities have been completed by the government and the remaining are near completion.advertisement Kumar said the bid document for the airport has been approved by Project Monitoring and Implementation Committee (PMIC) and would now be sent to the state cabinet. PTI KIS SOM CKlast_img read more

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Ox can impress against Arsenal

first_imgLiverpool Oxlade-Chamberlain ready to shine against Arsenal, says Klopp Russell Greaves 23:13 12/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AlexOxladeChamberlainCropped Getty Images Liverpool Arsenal Jürgen Klopp Premier League Arsenal v Liverpool The former Gunners winger moved to Anfield in the summer, and is primed to haunt his former club, says his manager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is primed to haunt Arsenal on his return to the Emirates Stadium this week, according to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.The German takes his side to London on Friday, when Oxlade-Chamberlain will look to make a point against the club he left in August.His recent performances have drawn praise from many, though Klopp was impressed from the start and suggested that he may be demanding more attacking output than was expected of the 24-year-old by Arsene Wenger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He did well from the first day,” the Reds boss said. “If you are a big signing everyone expects you to perform immediately. It’s difficult, you can’t just play a little bit, you don’t know all your team-mates – it’s all different. “He has become more and more a Liverpool player. That’s how it is. He’s really fit, you could see it at Bournemouth, there was not one second where you thought he looked tired.”The biggest improvement and the biggest potential he has is being involved in goalscoring situations. He has it in him, but he maybe hasn’t been asked to do that too much in the past.”If you watch Arsenal in the past, their two decisive players were [Mesut] Ozil or [Alexis] Sanchez.”Here we put it on more shoulders and if he’s on the pitch he needs to be involved in situations like this as well.”2 – Only two of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 20 goals for Arsenal came outside of London (away at Bournemouth & Nottm Forest). Venture. pic.twitter.com/STCJD7nfol— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 31, 2017Klopp is anticipating a stern test in the capital, with Arsene Wenger’s side – who will be without the injured Olivier Giroud – sitting only one point behind them in the Premier League.He said: “They are a complete side, able to do everything. Giroud can’t play, but they have a lot of good, good footballers on the pitch. We have to defend them and use any spaces we can find. We go there to perform and get as much as we can.”We are a team that is very offensive-orientated, but that doesn’t mean you have to give any space away. The boys do the jobs now much more often.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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India ‘A’ take upperhand over South Africa ‘A’ in 2nd unofficial Test

first_imgIndia ‘A’ take upperhand over South Africa ‘A’ in 2nd unofficial TestSouth Africa ‘A’ ended the day at 159 for five, still trailing their opponents by 258 runs. Earlier, India A was bowled out for 417 in 123 overs with captain Wriddhiman Saha (60) and Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube (68, 84 balls, 10x4s, 1×6) joining Shubman Gill (92) and Karun Nair (78) as half-century makers.advertisement Press Trust of India MysuruSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 19:30 IST Kuldeep Yadav struck on regular occasions to remove Senuran Muthusamy (12) and Heinrich Klaasen (2). (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa ‘A’ ended the day at 159 for five, still trailing their opponents by 258 runsIndia A made 417 all out in 123 overs with captain Wriddhiman Saha (60)Skipper Aiden Markram (83 batting, 140 balls, 12x4s) put South Africa ‘A’ in a good positionSpinners struck late to give India ‘A’ the upper hand as South Africa ‘A’ slumped to 159 for five in their first innings at stumps on day two of the second unofficial Test here on Wednesday.Earlier resuming at 233 for 3, the home team made 417 all out in 123 overs with captain Wriddhiman Saha (60) and Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube (68, 84 balls, 10x4s, 1×6) joining Shubman Gill (92) and Karun Nair (78) as half-century makers.Right-arm medium-pacer Wiaan Mulder (3/47) and Dane Piedit (3/78) took three wickets each for the visitors.Skipper Aiden Markram (83 batting, 140 balls, 12x4s) put South Africa ‘A’ in a good position before the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav (2/51) and Shahbaz Nadeem (2/41) triggered a slide from 102 for one to 142 for five.The highly-rated Markram tipped as a future leader, showed his class and in the company of Theunis de Bruyn (41, 54 balls, 5x4s, 1×6) added 82 runs for the second wicket, during which they negotiated the India ‘A’ attack rather comfortably.Nadeem got the breakthrough, castling de Bruyn, a reward for his consistency. Khayelihle Zondo lasted just 12 balls, before being dismissed by Nadeem for five.Kuldeep, who is part of the India Test squad for the South Africa series beginning in October, kept the rival batsmen guessing and dismissed Senuran Muthusamy (12) and Heinrich Klaasen (2) in the space of six runs to leave the visitors in trouble.South Africa ‘A’ ended the day at 159 for five, still trailing their opponents by 258 runs.Earlier when India ‘A’ resumed, Karun Nair fell without adding any runs to his overnight score of 78, nicking one from Mulder to wicket-keeper Klaasen.advertisementSaha and Dube then added 47 runs for the fifth wicket before the former fell to Vernon Philander (1/45).Dube and Jalaj Saxena (48 not out) put on 63 runs for the sixth wicket with the Mumbai left-hander showing a lot of enterprises. Dube hit some lovely shots and one big six.The home team’s lower-order batsmen extended South ‘A’ bowlers misery as Saxena and Umesh Yadav (24) put on 35 runs for the ninth wicket.Brief Scores:India ‘A’ 1st innings: 417 all out (Shubman Gill 92, Karun Nair 78, Shivam Dube 68, Wriddhiman Saha 60, Jalaj Saxena 48 not out, Umesh Yadav 24; Wiaan Mulder 3/47, Dane Piedt 3/78).South Africa ‘A’: 159 for 5 in 46 overs (Aiden Markram 83 batting, Theunis de Bruyn 41; Shahbaz Nadeem 2/41, Kuldeep Yadav 2/51).Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India A vs South Africa A Nextlast_img read more

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Regional Development Authorities to Receive Immigration Grants

first_img — The Strait Highlands Regional Development Agency will receive almost $40,000 to work on linking local businesses with skilled workers and on creating supportive work environments. The Development Isle Madame Association is a major partner in this project, as part of its repopulation project. — The Colchester Regional Development Agency will involve immigrants and international students in developing projects that support welcoming communities. The agency will also help skilled immigrants gain work experience, connect employers with skilled workers, work on new resources for immigrants who want to start or expand a business, and meet with local employers to encourage hiring and provide access to workplace support. — The Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association will receive funding to complete a regional repopulation strategy. The results will be available to the Council of Atlantic Premiers and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) as they develop population strategies for the Atlantic provinces. — The Halifax Regional Development Association will create networks to build public awareness about immigration, plan community events, provide personal and business contacts for mentorship, and support settlement of immigrants. These activities will occur in four communities outside of Halifax-Bedford-Dartmouth. Funding decisions were recommended to the minister by a federal-provincial assessment committee. The committee included representatives from the Office of Immigration, Office ofEconomic Development, Department of Education, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Heritage Canada, and ACOA. Immigrants in rural and suburban communities will get more help finding work and settling into their new communities, thanks to provincial funding being provided for the first time to regional development authorities. Immigration Minister Rodney MacDonald announced today, Sept. 9, that funding is being provided to all rural authorities that applied for the provincial grants. “We want all parts of our province to benefit from immigration, and we know immigrant families are interested in living in communities of all sizes,” Mr. MacDonald said. “Working with our regional development authorities is an important way to provide the services these newcomers need to help them settle, succeed and stay.” Almost $135,000 will be provided to regional development authorities. This is part of the $340,000, or 30 per cent of total funding, being invested this year in outreach and other programs to support immigration in rural and suburban communities. The projects approved for funding: The Pictou Regional Development Commission has been selected to develop a tool kit to guide communities in attracting immigrants, and helping them settle. This will build on a national tool kit, soon to be released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The Nova Scotia Association of Regional Development Authorities is being invited to partner in this project so the kit can be available and relevant to all regional development authorities.last_img read more

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Oxford Family Donates Tree for Boston

first_imgNova Scotia’s annual Christmas tree gift to Boston is coming from Cumberland County for the first time. Ross McKellar and Teresa Simpson from Oxford are donating the 14 metre (46 foot) white spruce that will soon begin its 1,100 kilometre journey to Boston. The tree is given as part of the annual thank you to Boston for sending medical personnel and supplies when nearly 2,000 people were killed and hundreds more were left injured and homeless by the Halifax Explosion. “The Tree for Boston is one of our proudest traditions as we honour the kindness Boston showed us in our time of need,” said Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin. “This year, we will mark the 101st anniversary of the Halifax Explosion at the Boston Tree Lighting on Nov.29.” The tree will be celebrated at a public cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. Students from the Oxford Regional Education Centre will attend the ceremony to learn about the Halifax Explosion. After the ceremony, the tree will stop in Truro and Halifax. The tree will be on public display at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro, on Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. There will be a public farewell at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 at Grand Parade in downtown Halifax. The tree will also appear in the Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 17. For more information and important dates regarding the Tree for Boston, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/treeforboston and follow Tree for Boston on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka and the Czech Republic renew bilateral cooperation

During the meeting, the existing bilateral relations between the two counties were reviewed and the two sides discussed ways of meaningfully advancing engagements in the areas of trade, investment, tourism, cultural and education. The two delegations also agreed to strengthen existing bilateral relations through mutual cooperation. Sri Lanka and the Czech Republic have renewed bilateral cooperation, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement today.The Junior Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Ivan Jancarekmet with Additional Secretary of Foreign Affairs (Economic Affairs and Trade, Middle East and Africa, and Political Affairs/ West) Grace Asirwatham, on 5th May 2017, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo. Ivan Jancarek was accompanied by Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in New Delhi, representatives of the Czech Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Consul for Czech Republic in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) During the visit to Sri Lanka, the Czech delegation also participated at the Czech-Sri Lanka Business Forumwhich was held on 04thMay 2017 at Hilton Hotel in Colombo. The Business Forum was organised by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi and the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Colombo in partnership withthe Czech Chamber of Commerce. read more

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Toyota officials say latest recall shows company acted quickly learning from US

by News Staff Posted Oct 11, 2012 5:41 am MDT TOKYO – Toyota executives were unfazed Thursday by the overnight recall of 7.43 million vehicles over faulty power window switches that can cause fires, calling it a sign the Japanese company had learned from its mistakes and was becoming quicker and more transparent.They said the models affected by the biggest single recall in Toyota Motor Corp.’s 75-year history were all made before global quality controls were beefed up in 2010. The change followed a series of massive recalls, mostly in the U.S., over sticky gas pedals, faulty floor mats and defective braking.“We are not proud of recalls. But there is nothing wrong with recalls per se. Hiding anything would be the problem,” Shigeru Hayakawa, a senior executive, told The Associated Press. “We are dealing with problems more expediently.”Hayakawa and other executives were at a gala event in Tokyo to launch the flagship Lexus LS luxury model. The recall was not mentioned anywhere in the formal presentation.But the news of the massive recall cast a shadow over the festivities. The sheer size of the latest recall evoked memories of the fiasco in 2009 and 2010, which had prompted Toyota to pay $48.8 million in fines for its slow response.Another problem was that Toyota initially said the window switch problem hadn’t caused any injuries. But documents filed by U.S. safety regulators showed customers reported 161 fires and nine injuries. There have been no crashes or deaths.Toyota spokesman Keisuke Kirimoto said the public relations division at headquarters that dealt with the recall announcement was not aware of the nine injuries reported at the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was an embarrassing but honest error, he said.NHTSA began looking into window switch problems with two Toyota models in February after noticing a higher than normal number of complaints. Most fires were minor, although one destroyed a Camry. Several owners reported that they were afraid to drive their vehicles because of the threat of fires. NHTSA said Wednesday the investigation remains open pending a review of recall documents.The recall, spanning more than a dozen models sold around the world produced from 2005 through 2010, include the Camry, the top-selling car in the U.S. It’s bigger than the 7 million vehicles recalled two years ago for floor mats that can trap accelerator pedals and cause unintended acceleration.The new problem centres on the power window switch, which is inside the driver’s door and controls when a window is opened or closed. Toyota said grease wasn’t applied evenly to the switch during production, causing friction and sometimes smoke and fire.The Toyota recall “takes some of the sheen off its recovering brand image and should have a financial impact,” Standard & Poor’s analyst Efraim Levy wrote in a note to investors. Toyota shares shed 1.3 per cent in Tokyo trading.Toyota said it did not know yet how much the latest recall would cost. But it was expected to be smaller than the 170 billion yen ($2 billion) to 180 billion yen ($2.2 billion) Toyota says it shouldered in recall costs for the accelerator, floor mat and brake problem in 2010.Kiyotaka Ise, president of Lexus International, said the company was so intent on avoiding a repeat of the recall mess of two years ago it had held back rolling out models, including the LS, by several months.That’s why the Lexus model rollouts were coming out so quickly, one after the other, in recent months, and Toyota has channeled major resources into quality checks, he said.“We are extremely sorry we have inconvenienced our customers,” he said in an interview with the AP. “But we have been taking action to never repeat that kind of quality problem again.”Most of the complaints were about a sticky feel to the switches while pushing the button to raise or lower the window, but there also were complaints of the smell of smoke, according to Toyota. Using grease bought at a store to try to fix the problem had made the problem worse in some cases, it said.The recall includes 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S., where it covers about half the models sold under the Toyota and Scion brands, but it spans all major regions, including Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia.Analysts said it was too early to tell whether the latest recall would dent Toyota sales, which have been roaring back this year not only from the recall damage, but also from the tsunami and quake disaster last year in northeastern Japan, which had destroyed key suppliers and hobbled global production.Toyota reclaimed the title of the world’s top-selling automaker during the first half of this year, wresting the crown from General Motors Co. Toyota sold 4.97 million vehicles globally in the first half, beating GM by about 300,000.___AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed to this report from Detroit.Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter: www.twitter.com/yurikageyama Toyota officials say latest recall shows company acted quickly, learning from US mistake AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Ethiopian copilot hijacks plane to Geneva to seek Swiss asylum passengers scared

GENEVA – It seemed like a routine overnight flight until the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner went into a dive and oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Only then did the terrified passengers — bound for Italy from Addis Ababa — realize something was terribly wrong.The co-pilot had locked his captain from the cockpit, commandeered the plane, and headed for Geneva, where he used a rope to lower himself out of a window, then asked for political asylum.Authorities say a prison cell is more likely.One passenger said the hijacker threatened to crash the plane if the pilot didn’t stop pounding on the locked door. Another said he was terrified “for hours” Monday as the plane careened across the sky.“It seemed like it was falling from the sky,” 45-year-old Italian Diego Carpelli said of the Boeing 767-300.The jetliner carrying 200 passengers and crew took off from the Ethiopian capital on a flight to Milan and then Rome, but sent a distress message over Sudan that it had been hijacked, an Ethiopian official said. Once the plane was over Europe, two Italian fighter jets and later French jets were scrambled to accompany it.Italian Air Force Col. Girolamo Iadiciccio said the order to scramble came from NATO to ensure the plane didn’t harm national security and didn’t stray off-route.The plane landed in Geneva at about 6 a.m. (0500 GMT). Officials said no one on the flight was injured and the hijacker was taken into custody after surrendering to Swiss police.“The pilot went to the toilet and (the co-pilot) locked himself in the cockpit,” Geneva airport chief executive Robert Deillon told reporters. He “wanted asylum in Switzerland.”It wasn’t immediately clear why he chose Switzerland, where Swiss voters recently demanded curbs on immigration. However, Italy has a reputation among many Africans as not being hospitable to asylum seekers.Ethiopian Airlines is owned by Ethiopia’s government, which has faced persistent criticism over its rights record and its alleged intolerance of political dissent.The co-pilot was identified as Hailemedhin Abera, a 31-year-old Ethiopian man who had worked for Ethiopian Airlines for five years and had no criminal record, said Ethiopia’s communications minister, Redwan Hussein, adding that Ethiopia will seek his extradition. Geneva police said he claimed he felt threatened at home.“His action represents a gross betrayal of trust that needlessly endangered the lives of the very passengers that a pilot is morally and professionally obliged to safeguard,” Redwan said.One passenger, Francesco Cuomo, told the Italian news agency ANSA that he and other passengers woke up shortly after midnight when the plane started to “bounce.”“The pilot was threatening (the hijacker) to open the cockpit door and tried to knock it down without succeeding,” said Cuomo, a 25-year-old economist from Italy.“At this point, a message was transmitted by the loudspeakers in poor English, but the threat to crash the airplane was clearly understood,” he added.Oxygen masks then came down, making everyone on the plane very tense.“We got scared because we saw these (oxygen masks) come down and the voice of the pilot, that usually is friendly and mellow, was cracking and worried, saying, ‘Breathe with the oxygen masks! Sit down!’… Then the plane fell sharply two times,” Italian passenger Paola Casale told The Associated Press.“I thought that the co-pilot had gone nuts,” Cuomo told the Corriere della Sera newspaper, adding that “there was a lake below us, and so we suspected that we weren’t landing in Milan.”“I realized we weren’t in Italy any longer when I recognized the Alps,” he said. “When we started circling above Geneva, we were really afraid.”Carpelli said he and his family, returning to Rome from a vacation in Kenya, “had no clue about the hijacking but got scared when the plane suddenly started diving.”The co-pilot later threatened to take away passengers’ oxygen if they tried to leave their seats.“‘If you’re not sitting down and belted, I’ll take away your oxygen,’” passenger Serena Berti quoted the hijacker as saying. She spoke with Italian state TV by phone from Geneva.Among the 200 people on board were seven crew members, as well as 139 Italians, 11 Americans, 10 Ethiopians, five Nigerians and four French citizens.Swiss authorities initially thought the Ethiopian plane wanted to land in Geneva for emergency refuelling before realizing it was being hijacked, Geneva police spokesman Eric Grandjean said.Minutes after landing in Geneva, the co-pilot used a rope to climb out of the cockpit, then approached police forces deployed near the plane and “announced that he was himself the hijacker,” Grandjean said.Police escorted the passengers out of the jetliner one by one, their hands over their heads, and took them to waiting vehicles. Video filmed by passengers showed police inside the cabin as a voice over the cabin intercom instructed them in English: “Your attention please, this is a police operation. Please don’t move. Stay relaxed and keep your hands on your head.”Geneva airport was closed down for about two hours.Geneva prosecutor Olivier Jornot said the co-pilot will be charged with taking hostages, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison in Switzerland. In Ethiopia, he could face up to 25 years in prison for the hijacking.Jornot said the hijacker’s chances of winning asylum were slim.“Technically there is no connection between asylum and the fact he committed a crime to come here,” he said. “But I think his chances are not very high.”The Swiss federal prosecutors’ office took over the case later Monday.Passengers going to Milan were put on buses, while those going to Rome and elsewhere got alternative flights home. The plane remained at Geneva airport and officials said they did not know when it would be removed.While Italian and French military aircraft were scrambled to accompany the plane, no Swiss fighter jets were deployed because Switzerland does not have round-the-clock fighter jet intervention capability, Swiss air force spokesman Juerg Nussbaum said.The leader of Ethiopia’s opposition Blue party, Yilikal Getnet, said he believed the hijacker was trying to make a statement about the political situation in Ethiopia.“I think he took the measure to convey a message that the … government is not in line with the public,” he said.Human Rights Watch says Ethiopia’s human rights record “has sharply deteriorated” over the years. The rights group says authorities severely restrict basic rights of freedom of expression, association and assembly. The government has also been accused of targeting journalists, opposition members and minority Muslims.There have been at least eight hijackings by Ethiopians or involving Ethiopian planes in the last 25 years.The deadliest came in 1996, when hijackers stormed the cockpit of a flight from Ethiopia to Ivory Coast via Kenya, demanding that the plane go to Australia. The plane ran out of fuel and crashed off the island nation of Comoros, killing 125 of the 175 people aboard.___Moulson reported from Berlin. Associated Press writers Frank Jordans in Berlin; Rodney Muhumuza in Kampala, Uganda; Elias Meseret in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Frances D’Emilio in Rome; Jennifer Clark in Milan and Carley Petesch in Johannesburg contributed to this report. Ethiopian co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva to seek Swiss asylum; passengers scared but safe Police stand around the aircraft after passengers were evacuated from a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Plane on the airport in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. A hijacked aircraft traveling from Addis Abeda, Ethiopia, to Rome, Italy, has landed at Geneva’s international airport early Monday morning. Swiss authorities have arrested the hijacker. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John Heilprin And Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2014 11:32 pm MDT read more

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Zika UN agriculture agency provides expertise to help curb spread of virus

“FAO with its resources and expertise, is ready to do its part in addressing this emergency which continues to evolve,” said the agency’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva in a statement issued today.Zika virus is transmitted to humans primarily by Aedes mosquitoes; a critical measure to combat the spread of the disease is to intensify control of mosquito populations in affected and at-risk areas.As the leading UN agency on animal health and pest control, FAO highlighted today that it can assist affected nations with targeted interventions while ensuring that people and the environment are not exposed to health and other risks stemming from the inappropriate use of potentially dangerous chemicals.It also emphasized that it is likely, at least in the short term, that there will be a dramatic increase in the use of insecticides to spray mosquito populations or treat waters, adding that a more immediate and relatively simple set of actions that can be taken to combat the spread of the Zika virus is to ensure the removal of stagnant water used by mosquitos to breed.“Affected communities need to be encouraged and assisted to ensure that animal drinking water containers are emptied, cleaned and scrubbed weekly. Ponds and other areas where stagnant water collects should also be drained and removed,” advised Mr. Graziano da Silva. The agency further urged that if the intensive use of insecticides is indeed required, then it is essential that it be done with great care to promote safety for humans and to protect the food chain from contamination. “On this we are in a strong position to provide support to affected countries and regions combating the spread of Zika,” the Director-General stressed.FAO, in a joint programme with WHO, has developed a set of recommendations on the sound management of insecticides. For example it is important that high quality pesticides are used and mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, to promote both efficacy and safety.“FAO’s work on agriculture and health threats of animal origin due to climate change, agro-ecosystems and land use policies, early warning of possible disease events, such as what is done with partners on Rift Valley fever – a disease also transmitted by mosquitoes in Africa – can be useful to forecast and ensure countries have their preparedness plans in place in the Americas,” Mr. Graziano da Silva added.Through its work in monitoring weather patterns, it is possible for FAO to analyze the movements and changing habitats of the Aedes mosquito vectors which can be important in mitigating or preventing the disease.Mr. Graziano da Silva underscored that the agency’s proven record in animal disease control – as it has done with rinderpest, avian influenza or tsetse-borne trypanosomosis – can be beneficial for countries in Latin America and Caribbean to address this problem together.But besides the use of insecticides, there are reportedly other ways to combat the spread of the Zika virus. One possible longer term solution being highlighted is the Sterile Insect Technique that has been developed at the FAO-IAEA Joint Programme on Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.This is a form of pest control that uses ionizing radiation to sterilize male insect pests that are mass-produced in special rearing facilities. It has reportedly been successfully used worldwide for over 50 years for various agricultural insect pests, such as fruit flies, tsetse flies, screw worms and moths. Its deployment against disease-transmitting mosquitoes, such as the carrier of the Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue viruses, is ongoing with some pilots already successfully completed and others showing promising results.“FAO can contribute to these and other measures. For instance our vast network of workers at field level who for decades have worked with communities and families and have built trusting relationships can bring the right health and safety messages to the people who need them most,” concluded the head of the UN agency.“The human toll from this emergency is potentially devastating and we must work closely together to ensure it is brought under control,” he warned. read more

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Wallaby among animals killed on major roads Highways England says

first_img194 deer were found dead on England’s roadCredit:Niall Carson/PA Wire 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. The 10 most frequently killed animals also included cats, dogs, otters and swans.The figures, released in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association, included road death totals for 19 different animals.One wallaby – a kangaroo-like creature primarily found in Australia – was among the fatalities.The location of the death was not given, but there have been several sightings of wild wallabies in recent years, including in Devon, Norfolk and the Peak District.Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity RAC Foundation, said: “When it comes to hazard perception, drivers might not give much thought to animals straying into their path, but these figures show why they should. A wallaby, a pig and a cow were among the animals killed on motorways and major roads in England last year, new figures show.Highways England said 2,143 dead animals were found in 2015 on the 4,300 miles of motorways and major trunk routes that form the Strategic Road Network.Partial data for the types of animals killed suggests deer were the most common, being involved in around one in four cases. The M1 motorwaycenter_img “Many of the animals hit will be family pets, and both Highways England and animal owners need to do their best to keep them off our roads – which have never been busier.”The Deer Initiative charity estimates that up to 74,000 deer-vehicle collisions occur on Britain’s roads each year, injuring as many as 700 drivers and passengers.Wildlife expert Dr Jochen Langbein said: “There’s obviously a significant problem.”He explained that a range of potential measures can be deployed to protect deer – including enhanced fencing, better signage to warn drivers and building animal overpasses and underpasses.But he warned: “There’s not a simple solution.”Department for Transport figures show that eight people were killed on Britain’s roads last year in accidents where the presence of an “animal or object in carriageway” was a contributory factor.’Tried and tested plans’A further 179 people were seriously injured, with a total of 1,363 casualties.The most common region for animal-related crashes was south-east England with 211, followed by the South West (133) and the east of England (126).A Highways England spokesman said: “The safety of road users and road workers is our top priority, which is why keeping roads as clear as possible is essential.”The number of incidents involving animals on our roads is extremely low.”We have tried and tested plans to deal with animals which come into difficulty while being transported. When building and improving roads, we also include measures to prevent wild animals getting on to our roads.”She added that the organisation is working with a number of charities to provide further training for traffic officers handling and recovering animals.The animals found dead on motorways and major roads in England last year:Deer (194)Badgers (180)Foxes (126)Cats (71)Dogs (47)Owls (41)Otters (29)Pheasants (29)Swans (15)Birds (10)Sheep (five)Polecats (nine)Rabbits (three)Ferret (two)Cow (one)Duck (one)Horse (one)Pig (one)Wallaby (one) The M1 motorwayCredit: Source:  194 deer were found dead on England's roadlast_img read more

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Cottage Grove mine honoured with Presidents Safety Award for top performance

first_imgPeabody Energy’s Cottage Grove mine in Southern Illinois has earned both the Chairman’s Award and the President’s Award for achieving the company’s safest US performance for surface operations in 2014. The Chairman’s Award for Safety Excellence recognises employees at operations who end a calendar year with zero reportable incidents.  The award was created in 2013 and employees at Cottage Grove have earned the award two consecutive years.As a three-time winner of the President’s Award, Cottage Grove achieved the best safety performance for Peabody Energy surface mines in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Employees have operated free of a reportable incident since July 2011. Cottage Grove employees worked more than 437,500 hours in 2014. Cottage Grove is located in Saline County, Illinois and has a workforce of some 200.“Cottage Grove shows an excellent example of a long-term commitment to excellence in safety,” said Peabody Energy – Americas President Kemal Williamson. “Our goal is for all workers to go home safely each day, and Cottage Grove employees have consistently met that benchmark for 41 months. I am very proud of their achievement and commitment to safety. Honouring the team with these two awards is our way of thanking them for what they achieve each day in the workplace.”Strong communication and looking out for one another are hallmarks of the safety culture at Cottage Grove. John Keller, Operations Manager at Cottage Grove, credited his team’s success to strong camaraderie and a commitment to safety innovation. “The awards bring recognition for what I witness every day amongst our workforce,” said Keller. “Our team prides itself on safety both in the workplace, at home, and in our communities.”  He expressed appreciation to the miners and support staff at Cottage Grove for their safety success. “We have a great team at Cottage Grove. Our workers take care of one another like family.”Globally, Peabody achieved a 1.44 safety incidence rate per 200,000 hours worked, driving the best safety performance in the company’s 132-year history.last_img read more

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Icelandic tests reveal beef pie has no meat content whatsoever

first_imgHERE’S ONE you probably weren’t expecting — meat pies with no meat.When officials in Iceland began hearing about horse meat being secreted into beef products around Europe, they decided to run tests to ensure the same thing was not happening in Iceland.Icelandic meat inspector Kjartan Hreinsson says his team did not find any horse meat, but one brand of locally produced beef pie left it stumped.That’s because… it contained no meat at all.“That was the peculiar thing,” Hreinsson said in a telephone interview.It was labelled as beef pie, so it should be beef pie.Hreinsson said it appeared to be some kind of vegetable matter. He said the mystery pie was traced to a firm in western Iceland and the case had been handed to municipal authorities.Read: UK: Four new products found to contain horsemeatlast_img read more

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Εκλογική νίκη για το κυβερνών Εθνικό Κόμμα στη Νέα Ζηλανδία

first_imgΤην επανεκλογή του πέτυχε το Εθνικό Κόμμα στη Νέα Ζηλανδία το οποίο επικράτησε στις εκλογές του Σαββάτου και θα επιδιώξει να ηγηθεί και πάλι σχήματος συνεργασίας.Τα επίσημα αποτέλεσμα δείχνουν ότι το Εθνικό Κόμμα εξασφάλισε 60 από τις 121 έδρες της Βουλής, δύο περισσότερες από την προηγούμενη αναμέτρηση, αλλά και πάλι χωρίς αυτοδυναμία.Το αντιπολιτευόμενο Εργατικό Κόμμα είχε πτώση στα ποσοστά του. Συγκέντρωσε το 27% και θα έχει 43 έδρες, εννέα λιγότερες σε σχέση με την απερχόμενη Βουλή.Αντιθέτως, άνοδο κατέγραψαν οι Πράσινοι που έφτασαν το 11%, όπως και το εθνικιστικό κόμμα Πρώτα η Νέα Ζηλανδία, που έφτασε το 7%.Το Εθνικό Κόμμα, υπό τον Τζον Κέι, επιδιώκει τώρα να σχηματίσει κυβέρνηση με τα κόμματα ACT και United Future, που έχουν από μία έδρα.Ο πρωθυπουργός θα έχει συνομιλίες και με το κόμμα των Μαορί, αν και είχαν εκφράσει την αντίθεσή τους στην πρόθεση της κυβέρνησης να πουλήσει μεγάλο μέρος της κρατικής περιουσίας για να μειωθεί το δραστικά το χρέος.Νωρίτερα, μέσα στη χρονιά οι οίκοι αξιολόγησης είχαν υποβαθμίσει τη πιστοληπτική ικανότητα της Νέας Ζηλανδίας.Μαζί με τις εκλογές έγινε και δημοψήφισμα για την διατήρηση ή όχι του αναλογικού εκλογικού συστήματος, τα πρώτα αποτελέσματα δείχνουν ότι οι εκλογείς ψήφισαν υπέρ της διατήρησής του με περίπου 54%. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Swatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion

first_img With ‘Borderlands’ Crossover, ‘Fortnite’ Just Ad…Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits In yet another example of cyberpunk future becoming cyberpunk present, teen gamer Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf was recently swatted during a livestream just weeks after becoming the first Fortnite World Champion. Swatting is the criminal attack where trolls mislead law enforcement into bursting in on a target while they are streaming.Fortunately, Giersdorf wasn’t hurt seeing as he was friendly with a local officer. Plus, he’s still got all that Fortnite money. But other victims aren’t so lucky when armed police come to their doors. Swatting has already led to at least one death and 20 years of jail time for the perpetrator. So don’t do it!The world of esports already has tons of shady money flowing around from suspicious sources. And with Fortnite, you already know that millions of players are constantly pumping in cash, enough money for Epic to woo more and more developers to its PC games store with generous profit-sharing. So it should come as no surprise that there was a substantial amount of dough on the line for the first ever Fortnite World Cup here in New York. And now that it’s over, meet the teen who survived the battle royale and made way more money than all of us.Your first Fortnite World Cup Champion is 16-year-old Pennsylvania native and first-time tournament entrant Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf. He took home $3 million for winning the Solos championship pretty definitively with 59 points. With $30 million in a pool though, we’re sure runner-up Harrison “Psalm” Chang didn’t go empty-handed with his 33 points.Here’s the full final score and prize money payout.The real winner here though is Epic Games for cementing Fortnite even further into the pop culture consciousness. It’s one thing to hear about millions of kids playing a game online and doing some dances. But packing them all into a stadium makes Fortnite feel on par with football and basketball and other sports that definitely aren’t just fads. And like a real sports tournament, there was even some drama as a pair of known Fortnite cheaters were booed during the doubles competition. The crowd then cheered when they were eliminated.This is just the start. After the World Cup Epic Games revealed the Fortnite Championship Series offering millions more dollars to contenders. So we’ll who’s the next teen to build, shoot, and floss their way to financial independence. For more on video game tournaments get ready for EVO 2019 this weekend by refreshing yourself on its fighting game lineup. And start training for the next Fortnite World Cup by learning how to hire a coach from Gamer Sensei. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Morning Press Fatal boat crash nuisance property fire Camas astronaut

first_imgSay hello to the sun. Check out our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention this week.Woman killed when boat strikes Interstate 205 BridgeA woman was killed after her boat rammed into one of the pylons under the Interstate 205 Bridge Monday night.Firefighters and officers blocked the highway over the bridge as fire and police boats headed to the crash, following a report of a collision on the water around 8:15 p.m. near the Washington shore.Although information was scarce, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Gaidos said the boat, which reportedly was traveling at a good clip, struck a pylon.Companion injured in Monday evening crashRelated story: Pair in fatal Monday boat crash ID’d as Oregon residentsShop at Orchards nuisance property destroyed in fireA two-story shop located at an Orchards residence that county officials have for years called a nuisance property was destroyed in an early morning fire.Firefighters were called to 6114 N.E. 112th Ave., across the street from Covington Middle School, at about 3:15 a.m. Thursday for a report of a blaze.last_img read more

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Evacuations ordered as bomb squad investigates suspicious device in Lemon Grove

first_imgEvacuations ordered as bomb squad investigates suspicious device in Lemon Grove January 17, 2018 Posted: January 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Evacuations were ordered in Lemon Grove after a suspicious device was found Wednesday near a U-Haul center.A bomb squad was sent to a self-storage business in the 1800 block of Massachusetts Avenue, near Main Street in Lemon Grove, where a caller reported finding what appeared to be a “military practice device,” a sheriff’s lieutenant says.Bomb squad personnel have safely impounded that possible piece of military equipmentDeputies evacuated the immediate area and shut down some traffic lanes as a precaution pending resolution of the situation.Officials have reopened the area to the public. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:21 PMlast_img read more

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Border Patrol Agents in the San Diego Sector arrest illegal alien with

first_img March 19, 2019 Border Patrol Agents in the San Diego Sector arrest illegal alien with active homicide warrant #USBP agents in San Diego Sector arrested a group of 6 men who entered the US illegally, including a man who was wanted for murder in Mexico. Learn more: https://t.co/HFrfpuMnA3 pic.twitter.com/IyKYrQ6jHS— CBP (@CBP) March 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: March 19, 2019 United States Border Patrol Agents in the San Diego Sector arrested a group of 6 men who entered the United States illegally, including one man who was wanted for murder in Mexico. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection‘s detail of the arrest is below.SAN DIEGO—Last week, Border Patrol agents arrested a group of six men who entered the United States illegally.  One man was wanted for murder in Oaxaca, Mexico.The incident occurred on Friday, March 8, at approximately 3:30 p.m., near Imperial Beach, Calif., when a scope operator notified agents that six individuals climbed the primary border fence and passed through a cut in the old secondary border fence.Agents responded and apprehended six men just north of the secondary fence breach.  With no documentation allowing them to remain in the U.S., the men were placed under arrest and transported to a nearby station.Border Patrol agents ran record checks on the men which revealed that one of them, 26-year-old Mexican national Antonio Santiago-Ruiz, possessed an outstanding warrant for homicide issued by the State of Oaxaca, Mexico.On March 13, in coordination with Mexico’s General Office of the Republic, Santiago-Ruiz was turned over to Mexican government officials at the San Ysidro port of entry due to his outstanding warrant.San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott stated, “While criminals persist in their illegal activity, we too are persistent.  The arrest of Antonio Santiago-Ruiz illustrates this well.  We can be thankful that agents arrested this individual who attempted to escape justice.”The five remaining men, three from Mexico, one from Honduras, and one from Guatemala, were processed for expedited removal.To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900. Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Columbia closes in on flood stage

first_imgThe Columbia River is nearing its 16-foot flood stage, likely crossing into the threshold sometime today, according to the National Weather Service. That means there could be flooding in low-lying areas along the river’s bank.Some area parks and trails near the water have already flooded.As of 6:48 a.m., the river was 15.91 feet above sea level, according to the weather service. The river spent much of Monday at about 15.7 feet. The Columbia fluctuates about six inches during its high to low tide cycle. That, along with light rain, was enough to flood a 60-foot section of Vancouver’s Waterfront Renaissance Trail Monday evening after it had spent most of the day dry. “Wet weather anticipated midweek may result in additional river rises late in the week,” the weather service wrote in a bulletin. Here’s the rest of the week’s forecast:Wednesday: Rain. High near 58. Calm wind becoming southwest between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.last_img read more

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