India plans to have bilateral discussions with China on duty cuts in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement.This is the second set of challenges that India is fighting after its diplomatic victory a few days ago when, along with like-minded countries of the grouping, it convinced China to do away with the use of “substantial conclusion” in the joint statement of RCEP countries, citing legal implications. Read it at Economic Times Related Items
The violence that rocked London and spread across major England cities did raise concerns over the third Test between India and England at Edgbaston in Birmingham, but according to reports necessary security precautions by police has ensured that the match will be on course on Wednesday.Headlines Today spoke to Team India manager Anirudh Chaudhary in Birmingham. “All players are safe and are inside their rooms,” said Chaudhary and added, “The team management continues to monitor the situation”.Chaudhary added “A few players had gone out for dinner but they were called back and now everybody is in the hotel”.The Team India management had issued an advisory to all the players, asking them not to step out and return to their hotel. “We were told by the Board to remain where we were last night with instructions to restrict our movement,” said Choudhry.In an email, he later said, “all the members of the Indian touring squad are safe and accounted for…the team management is keeping a close watch on the situation.”The Indian team is staying in a central city hotel as is the England team, a part of the town which was the centre of riots.Over 200 people have been arrested so far as the police continued to grapple with trouble spreading to newer areas in London. The violence started after a person was killed allegedly in police firing.Meanwhile England players were also confined to their hotel rooms.Players took to Twitter to show their concern. India batsman Suresh Raina tweeted, “Every thing safe here guys don’t worry thanks for your concern….focus on 3 Test can’t wait to wait for the match. Good nite, every thing safe here miss you mom can’t wait to see u.”advertisementEngland batsman Kevin Pietersen wrote: “They have just locked our hotel in Birmingham. Riots just started here. Insane!””Just seen the rioters in Birmingham fleeing down the main street followed by a load of police in the full get up. What’s going on?” questioned England paceman Tim Bresnan. Stuart Broad’s tweet too provided a picture into the situation. “Police vans all around Birmingham where we are right now,” he tweeted.
India’s first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev will deliver the first Jagmohan Dalmiya Memorial Lecture here on November 14.This is going to be an annual event from now on, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) stated in a release.Besides Kapil, president of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Thilanga Sumathipala will also speak during the programme to be attended by both Indian and Sri Lankan team members ahead of the first Test at the Eden Gardens.The CAB will also organise felicitation of certain long serving members of the Association on that day, names of whom will be intimated in due course, it added.
Sandro Wagner has re-signed with Bayern Munich from rivals Hoffenheim till June 2020, confirmed the German champions.Wagner came through the ranks at Bayern and made his senior debut in 2007. He played eight games that season and left the following year in 2008.Since then, he has played for MSV Duisburg, Werder Bremen, 1. FC Kaiserslautern (on loan), Hertha BSC and Darmstadt 98 before joining Hoffenheim last year.”I’m delighted. A long journey for me is now at an end and I can return to my home, my club. I’m very happy that it’s come off. Bayern are the best club in Germany and one of the best in the world,” Wagner told the club’s website (fcbayern.com).The 30-year-old has seven caps for Germany and was part of the side that won the Confederations Cup earlier this year.”In Sandro Wagner we have another Germany international coming to Bayern. We’re convinced that Sandro will enhance our squad with his class and his experience,” Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said.Bayern have opened an 11-point lead atop the Bundesliga table and will travel to face Bayer Leverkusen on Jan. 12 following the conclusion of the winter break.(Courtesy: Reuters)
South Africa dearly missed the services of fast bowler Dale Steyn on Thursday as they got crushed by England in the World Cup 2019 opening match by England at The Oval in London. Dale Steyn is yet to recover from a shoulder injury which is why his availability for the Proteas is still under cloud.South Africa restricted England to 311 but failed miserably in their batting and got bowled out for 207 in under 40 overs to lose the game by 104 runs.The loss was South Africa’s second biggest in terms of runs in World Cup history and only their second in the tournament’s opening game in all the editions they have been a part of.”I think we have been outplayed in all three departments. Basically we were 3 down in 12 overs and I think we were looking for 330-340 but when we took the pace off we thought 300 was par. It was a plan (to start with Tahir). We wanted to target those two openers with leg spin, especially Roy. It worked today.”Their batting was really good. They are a top-quality team and they showed that with the bat today. You need a bit of momentum in the first two games. He (Amla) is okay now and when he came back to the dressing room, he looked fine and hopefully that’s a good sign for the next game. When we have Dale and all our resources, we back our bowling to restrict teams under 300,” Faf du Plessis said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementBen Stokes top-scored with 89 and Jason Roy, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan also made fifties in the hosts’ total of 311 for eight after being sent into bat.South Africa’s Quinton de Kock hit 68 and Rassie van der Dussen 50, but England took wickets at regular intervals to ensure the required run rate kept climbing.Stokes pulled off a spectacular leaping one-handed catch on the boundary to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo and Jofra Archer claimed three wickets as South Africa were bowled out for 207 with more than 10 overs to spare.England will next face Pakistan in Nottingham on June 3 while South Africa will take on Bangladesh in London on June 2.Also Read | England vs South Africa Highlights, World Cup 2019Also Read | Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer power England to opening night winAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Hashim Amla retires hurt after being hit on helmet by Jofra ArcherAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Imran Tahir 1st ever spinner to bowl 1st over of a World Cup
Manchester United We are not heroes one day and villains the next – Mourinho continues defence of Sevilla exit Jamie Smith 02:15 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho Brighton & Hove Albion FA Cup Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester United v Liverpool Manchester United v Sevilla Liverpool Sevilla UEFA Champions League After an extraordinary pre-match media conference on Friday, the Special One has again defended his side’s European elimination Jose Mourinho has continued his impassioned defence of Manchester United’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla.A brace from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder sent the La Liga side into the quarter-finals at Old Trafford on Tuesday, earning a 2-1 aggregate win.Mourinho subsequently launched a 12-minute defence of his United record at Friday’s news conference ahead of an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton and Hove Albion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And in his programme notes for Saturday’s tie at Old Trafford, the Portuguese again indicated he has not been unduly affected by the loss to Vincenzo Montella’s men, which came after three successive Premier League wins including a derby defeat of Liverpool.”I like us to control our emotions,” he wrote. “We are not supporters, we are not media, we are professionals, men in victory and men in defeat, honest and dedicated people in good and bad moments.”We are not the heroes one day and the villains the next day. I didn’t want us to spend too long celebrating when we beat Liverpool a week ago and I don’t want us to spend too long being upset after Tuesday night.”The boss wraps up a passionate 12-minute message to #MUFC fans during his press conference… pic.twitter.com/JRaaBMpdcd— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 16, 2018Mourinho’s negative tactics were widely criticised following his side’s European exit, with Romelu Lukaku’s late reply proving a mere consolation for last season’s Europa League winners.”I was happy to see such sadness in our dressing room on Tuesday evening after we went out of the Champions League against Sevilla,” added Mourinho. “It was important to feel hurt by what happened.”It was even more important, however, to make sure that our sadness quickly passed and the players got back on the training ground to focus on tonight’s match.”We left the Champions League this season, but we were the ones that brought the club back to the competition and we are fighting to be there again next season.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is imploring Jamaicans to start taking responsibility for their own health as a first line of defence against illness. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is imploring Jamaicans to start taking responsibility for their own health as a first line of defence against illness.“Jamaicans have to come to terms – and we have to keep making that point – that your personal health requires, in the first instance, you taking responsibility for taking care of yourself. It’s a simple point, but it is a fundamental point,” Dr. Tufton argued.“The reality is, a lot of people focus more often than not, on what hospitals and what doctors can and cannot do, rather than focus on the fact that if they drink a lot of rum and consume a lot of sugar, then they will be susceptible to getting all the ailments that are associated with that; that if they don’t spend half an hour a day to do a little exercise, or if they engage in smoking, then, ultimately, they are going to have issues with their personal health,” he added.He said that as the standard-bearer for public health, he has a responsibility to demonstrate “that… no matter who we are… engaging in some limited physical activity as part of our own defence mechanism against sickness and unhealthy living” is not impossible.Dr. Tufton, who was speaking at the reopening of the renovated Balaclava Health Centre in St. Elizabeth on Thursday (December 7), said greater focus has to be placed on the preventative side of healthcare, as this is far cheaper for everyone, including taxpayers and Government, when compared to the curative aspect.This involves making greater use of community health centres, which Dr. Tufton said are oftentimes bypassed by persons seeking non-emergency care, who, instead, opt to visit hospitals, resulting in lengthy wait times.He said that the Government is working to restore the credibility of the community health facilities, noting that among the measures being contemplated is increasing the availability of services during a 24-hour cycle, in order to better facilitate community members.Dr. Tufton is also encouraging health administrators to stage more outreach activities. “Instead of the people coming to us, we need to do more to go to the people in terms of the administration of community health,” he pointed out.“Sometimes, if the public health nurse, the mental health nurse, the doctor don’t go out to talk at the church, at the parent-teacher association (PTA) meeting, at the school and encourage people to be a part of the programme, they (citizens) don’t come (to the health centres) unless they are falling down,” he argued.“Ultimately, public health starts with primary community healthcare. It starts with the individual in the community understanding what they need to do to take care of themselves, and it starts with the facilities in the community that should lend critical support. I believe that as a country, if we were to do that, then, a lot of other things would fall into place,” Dr Tufton said. Story Highlights He said that the Government is working to restore the credibility of the community health facilities, noting that among the measures being contemplated is increasing the availability of services during a 24-hour cycle, in order to better facilitate community members. He said that as the standard-bearer for public health, he has a responsibility to demonstrate “that… no matter who we are… engaging in some limited physical activity as part of our own defence mechanism against sickness and unhealthy living” is not impossible.
zoom Icelandic shipping company Eimskip said it had advised its attorneys to prepare a report to the police and request investigation of alleged leak of confidential information to Icelandic TV station RÚV.“Eimskip is astonished by the coverage of RÚV in this context. Listed companies must follow laws and regulations on handling of insider information and distribution of such information is prohibited,” the company said.The announcement comes in the aftermath of Eimskip’s refuting of media allegations against the company’s CEO as well as unnamed employees for breach of the competition law made by the station.The Icelandic National Broadcasting Services (RÚV) said in a news coverage on 14 October 2014 that the CEO as well as certain employees of the company, had been reported to the Special Prosecutors Office for alleged breach of Article 10 of the competition law.The Icelandic Competition Authority, which launched an investigation on the company in September 2013, said that it cannot confirm the coverage in RÚV’s Kastljós on Tuesday night.The Competition Authority also emphasized that the investigation has not reached the stage where its conclusion can be predicted.Eimskip said that in case of suspicion of illegal distribution of insider information, it is legally obliged to report on such behavior to relevant authorities. Therefore it has notified both the Icelandic Financial Supervisory Authority and Nasdaq Iceland of possible infringements.“Eimskip has also sent a letter to both the Icelandic Competition Authority and the Special Prosecutor requesting all documents and data related to the said coverage of Kastljós on 14 and 15 October. The purpose is to be able to respond to the allegations made and to fulfill legal obligations towards Nasdaq Iceland and the Company’s shareholders,” the company added.“The severity of the matter reflects in the fact that the company’s shares have received observation status by Nasdaq Iceland, which may cause the company, its shareholders and the market considerable damage.There is a vast difference between a report and an indictment. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. The matter is still under investigation and uncertain whether an indictment will be issued. It is tragic that confidentiality cannot be upheld by regulatory authorities, resulting in leakage of confidential information to the media. Such practices are unfair and to not give the accused an opportunity to defend themselves,” Eimskip said.Eimskip has requested information on the alleged breach of competition law and has in relation thereto twice appealed the decisions of the Icelandic Competition Authority to the Competition Appeals Committee.On 30 September 2014 the Competition Appeals Committee rescinded in part the decision of the Icelandic Competition Authority dated 3 June 2014 and ordered the Icelandic Competition Authority to grant the company access to the documents within two weeks from the date of the ruling.Eimskip received the documents on 8 October, which did not reveal the merits of the case. World Maritime News Staff
zoom Oslo-listed floating LNG import terminals owner and operator Höegh LNG Holdings has reported that that its Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) Höegh Gallant has started commercial operations in Egypt.After completing all performance and commissioning tests on April 29, 2015, Höegh Gallant commenced its five-year employment under Egas.This FSRU Time Charter Party is expected to generate an average annual EBITDA of around USD 40 million.“We are very proud to have commenced commercial operations on our third FSRU in the last six months, which shows the strength and depth of our technical and operational expertise,” Sveinung J.S. Støhle, President and CEO of HLNG, said.”In addition, our project with Egas is a prime example of the speed and flexibility an FSRU solution offers for importing LNG; the contract was signed only five months before commercial operations commenced.”
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license An unknown number of perpetrators boarded the oil and chemical product tanker Maersk Cancun while the ship was anchored at Sandakan Port, East Malaysia.The intruders boarded the Singapore-flagged ship, stole ship stores and escaped, regional piracy watchdog ReCAAP ISC informed.The deck watch crew later discovered that the forepeak store locker padlock aboard the Maersk Tankers-operated vessel was broken.The incident occurred in the afternoon hours of July 10, while the 50,000 dwt tanker was at berth.Maersk Cancun’s crew was not affected by the boarding.ReCAAP ISC informed that the agent and PFSO were informed of the incident, while the local police conducted an investigation and took a statement from the ship’s Chief Officer.The piracy watchdog urged ship master and crew to report all incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships, exercise vigilance and adopt relevant preventive measures.
The Canadian Press EDMONTON — A man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two Edmonton convenience store clerks.Colton Steinhauer is one of three people who robbed and killed the two Mac’s employees in December 2015.The jury has recommended consecutive sentences, meaning Steinhauer would not be eligible for parole for 50 years.Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 5 and 6.Ricky Cenabre and Karanpal Bhangu, both immigrants, were working alone on the night shift when they were robbed, beaten and shot about 20 minutes apart.Bhangu, who was 35, had moved from India four months before he was killed. Cenabre, who was 41, had come to Canada five years earlier from the Philippines.In January, Laylin Delorme was sentenced to two terms of life in prison to be served simultaneously for first-degree murder in their deaths.He is appealing his conviction and the Crown is appealing his sentence.A teenager was convicted in November on two counts of manslaughter for his role in the killings. (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)
TORONTO — Marie Conception was three seasons into the TV series “Gossip Girl” when Netflix yanked the entire show from its lineup. Advertisement Login/Register With: How long a streaming licence lasts will vary depending on the show or movie. Many contracts are signed for around a year, especially for films, which guarantees services like Netflix have a steady rotation of content from some of Hollywood’s big studios. Netflix brands a selection of its content as “Netflix Originals” even though it doesn’t actually own all of them outright. Both “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” are owned by outside studios who licence multi-year windows to the streaming service. Those contracts between a streaming company and a TV or film distributor are nothing new — they exist for traditional broadcasters, too. But in an era where many people stream much of their entertainment, what’s available is suddenly a bigger part of the conversation. The frustration is all too familiar for many TV viewers. You’re invested in “Mad Men” or “The West Wing” when the shows suddenly disappear from streaming services overnight. Fans still complain about how “Lost” can’t be found, and “Friday Night Lights” went dark. Left hanging in the middle of the teen drama’s juicy plot twists, the Burnaby, B.C. resident says she questioned why she signed up for Netflix in the first place. For instance, viewers have urged Netflix Canada to stock up on past seasons of “Game of Thrones,” but the blockbuster TV show is owned by HBO, its biggest competitor. Bell Media owns the licences the HBO content in Canada, but hasn’t made them available on any standalone streaming service. Advertisement The confusion over where to watch their favourite TV shows isn’t likely to subside for Canadians any time soon. Next year, CBS Corp. plans to enter the market with CBS All Access, potentially holding onto certain licences for TV shows it has a stake in, including “The Big Bang Theory.” When Disney rolls out its streaming platform in the coming years, there’s a good chance it’ll eventually keep its most valuable new content for itself, rather than license it to Netflix Canada. Those negotiations are still open, and Netflix could make Disney an offer too attractive to refuse. TV series can have an even longer licence that stretches for several years and covers a number of seasons. Sometimes, those rights switch to another service; other times they expire and disappear into the digital ether, especially in Canada where many popular shows aren’t available to stream. But streaming companies might have some explaining to do when the licenses for some of their “original series” end in the coming years. Advertisement Confused yet? Things get even more complicated when you turn to Netflix Canada, who bought licences for TV series like “Riverdale,” which appear on the platform shortly after they air on U.S. television. Twitter The reason TV shows or films are removed from streaming platforms can vary, though it almost always comes down to content licensing “windows,” the set periods of time a company gets the rights for a program. “You commit to purchasing Netflix or CraveTV because they have certain shows,” she says. “It’s a little upsetting when they pull stuff out for whatever reason.” Josh Scherba, executive vice-president of distribution and content at DHX Media, says the Toronto-based kids TV maker watched the value of its shows climb over the past five years as more streaming companies bulked up their virtual shelves. With more companies entering the market, the bidding increases. Once those terms end, the shows are free to be sold elsewhere, which means they will almost certainly land on broadcast TV or other streaming platforms. It’s already happened with Amazon Original series “Transparent,” which began airing on cable channel Showcase earlier this summer. “At the end of the day, if we do our jobs well enough, we’re renewing content that has a consumer appetite and reinvesting in new content,” he says. Mike Cosentino, senior vice-president of content at CraveTV, often hears the message loud and clear when he makes the call on what to stock on Bell Media’s platform. Those licences aren’t cheap, and the battle for content is getting more expensive. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But it isn’t always up to CraveTV, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video which entertainment they can license. “We think for the foreseeable future that’s going to continue,” Scherba says. “They do this weird thing where they sometimes take (a TV series) out, but they bring it back a few months later,” she says. “But with ‘Gossip Girl’ they didn’t.” All of these decisions are part of ongoing talks that don’t affect viewers until they notice something has gone missing from their streaming library. None of these shifts make it any easier for viewers to figure out where shows like “Gossip Girl” can be seen these days. Some websites like justwatch.com aim to help streamers find what they’re looking for. But that didn’t give Conception any idea if the show was returning to Netflix. Ultimately, consumers will probably foot the bigger monthly bill. Netflix Canada is already raising its monthly subscription by a dollar or two saying it’s partly due to rising costs for buying content and making its own original series. Facebook She eventually gave up and bought the show on DVD.by David Friend
Dennis Ward Murray OliverAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s child-welfare system is in crisis and is a national disgrace for its high apprehension rates, according to critics.Cora Morgan, who is the First Nations children’s advocate, said kids are being taken from their families without proper assessments.She said some mothers have committed suicide out of despair.“We’ve learned of mothers committing suicide because they’re so desperate to get their children back,” said Morgan. “We’ve learned of a young girl who committed suicide while in care. We’ve had the opportunity to witness newborn babies apprehended at the hospital,” she said.Morgan added at least one child-welfare agency has barred her from advocating on behalf of a family.“If there’s such transparency, there’s so much legitimacy to apprehending all these children then why is it you’re not allowing us to be at the table with these families?” Morgan said.Meanwhile, provincial opposition critic Ian Wishart said Manitoba has become a national disgrace with nearly 11,000 kids in care — 90 per cent of them Aboriginal children.“We are by far the worst jurisdiction in Canada and some people will honestly tell you probably the worst jurisdiction in the world,” said Wishart.Manitoba’s Minister of Family Services Kerri Irvin-Ross said changes are being made to the system, but denies children are being placed at undue risk.Irvin-Ross said each particular child welfare agency decides for itself who should be permitted to advise on children in care.And she insists that the NDP government bases its decisions upon concerns for confidentiality and, especially, child safety.“We will never, ever, ever apologize for putting children first,” said Irvin-Rossdward@firstname.lastname@example.org— with files from The Canadian Press
Rabat – In a largely diasappointing performance by the Moroccan football team, The Atlas Lions missed a golden opportunity to beat Mali win three crucial points and become leader of Group C in the fourth round of African 2018 World Cup qualifiers.In both the first and second half of the game held Tuesday night in Bamako, Moroccan players missed golden opportunities to score and come out victorious.Hakim Ziyech strangely missed a penalty while Mbark Boussoufa, Khalid Boutaib and Oussama Tanane all failed to net while they were face to face with the Malian goalkeeper. The taste of the draw tastes even bitter as the Lion Atlas were given a gift by the Gabon team to lead Group C.Gabon stunned Ivory Coast at home with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.The Panthers scored the lead in the 19th minute by Alex Me Ndong. 10 minutes later the Gabonese team doubled thanks to Mario Lemina. Maxwell Cornet scored the Elephant’s goal in the 58th minute. The Gabonese team suffered a crushing defeat in Libreville on Friday when they lost 3-0.Despite its loss, Ivory Coast is still leader of Group C with seven points, followed by Morocco with six and Gabon with five.The three teams have chances of qualifying provided they win in the last remaining two games. Ivory Coast has an advantage as i twill face Mali next, the weakest team of the group, and Morocco in the final game.The Moroccan team will first have to defeat Gabon at home and they see how they can get a qualifying ticket from Ivory Coast if ever the Elephants manage to score a win or at least a draw against Mali.
Council members “called on all belligerents to cease hostilities immediately and urged the armed groups to enter into ceasefire negotiations without further delay with a view to concluding a ceasefire agreement,” said the current President of the 15-member security body, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, in a statement to the press following consultations.The members also encouraged cooperation among the Burundian parties “in order to ensure the smooth running of transitional institutions and the resolution of pending issues,” Ambassador Lavrov said. “They also strongly support the efforts of the facilitation and regional initiative to expedite ceasefire negotiations.”The President’s statement commended South African troops in the country “for their important contribution to the effort to help bring comprehensive peace to Burundi” and encouraged them to continue their mission in the country. Council members also commended efforts to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of refugees “at a measured pace to ensure the safety of returning refugees in the current security situation.”Looking to the broader global context, the members called on the international community to support the process in the framework of the Arusha Agreement and urged the donor community to increase economic, humanitarian and development assistance to Burundi.During their closed-door meeting, Council members were also briefed on sanctions against Liberia. Ambassador Lavrov said they “took note” of the Security Council sanctions committee’s intention to have further discussions on recommendations produced by a Panel of Experts on those measures.The Chairman of the sanctions committee will brief the Council on the outcome of those discussions sometime before 6 May, according to Ambassador Lavrov.
Cases of human rights abuses are increasing, food security is deteriorating, and reinforcements of both humanitarian workers and funding are urgently needed, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) added. Humanitarian officials in the field report that if food supplies don’t arrive soon, deaths and illness will greatly increase among the displaced people. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said lack of funding and poor infrastructure was slowing the arrival of provisions.After taking 12 days to cover 480 kilometres, a WFP food convoy remains blocked at Kabango, one of the areas of combat that is located 120 kilometres south of Mitwaba, because of a broken bridge.In Dubie, where more than 16,000 displaced people have taken refuge, mortality rates are now 2.5 per day and tensions have risen between locals and newcomers, OCHA reported.
“As far as we are concerned his status remains unchanged,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the regular noon briefing, when asked about a comment by Sudanese Ambassador Abdalmahmood Mohamad that Mr. Pronk was history.“He remains the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, having been recalled for consultations. But obviously the decision regarding Mr. Pronk, as the decision regarding any Special Representative of the Secretary-General, is the Secretary-General’s to make.” Asked if the plan would be for Mr. Pronk to work from outside Sudan if he is to stay in place and the Sudanese Government doesn’t change its position, Mr. Dujarric replied: “We need to take things one step at a time… The Secretary-General had a meeting this morning with Mr. Pronk. They ran through the situation and they’ll probably have more discussions either later this afternoon or tomorrow.” On Monday, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Hédi Annabi protested to Mr. Mohamad over the Sudanese Government’s decision. Mr. Annan received the Government’s letter on Sunday and requested Mr. Pronk to come to New York for consultations. As Special Representative Mr. Pronk oversees the UN Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) set up in 2005 to support a peace agreement between the Government and rebel forces in Southern Sudan. In August this year the Security Council expanded its mandate to include deployment to the western Darfur region to support the “early and effective implementation” of a peace accord with some of the rebels there.But the Sudanese Government has rejected any UN deployment in Darfur, where at least 200,000 people are estimated to have died as a result of the conflict and more than 2 million others have been displaced. At present the UN supports an African Union mission in the region. UNMIS has some 10,250 uniformed personnel in Sudan out of a total of up to 27,300 mandated when the Council expanded its mission in August.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks on his headset during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area volunteer fire chief has lost his post after using a racial slur to describe Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.Paul Smith of the Muse fire company in Cecil Township wrote on Facebook that he added Tomlin to a list of “no-good” people he describes with the slur. Smith says he was upset that Tomlin had instructed his team to stay in a stadium tunnel instead of standing on the field for the national anthem ahead of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors says on its website Tuesday that Smith “is no longer the volunteer fire chief.”The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2hujHlO ) Smith resigned. He tells the newspaper he’s “not the racist the media portrays me as.”He adds he “posted in anger.”
Ohio State freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic attempts a shot against Northwestern on Nov. 4 at St. John Arena. Ohio State lost to Northwestern in four sets. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorWhile individual players had record-breaking games, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell to Michigan State in four sets (25-18, 24-26, 25-19, 25-10) on Wednesday night. The Buckeyes came out at 12-15 overall and 3-12 in the Big Ten while the Spartans improve to 16-12 overall and 4-11 in conference action.Freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić broke personal and team records with a team-high 17 kills, a career-high 21 points and four service aces. Back-to-back kills by Bukilić led Ohio State to a 26-24 win in the second set.The Buckeyes got off to a 8-3 lead in the third set, but Michigan State bounced back to tie the game at 17, finishing with a 25-19 win. Ohio State sophomore setter Becca Mauer had a career-high 15 digs and junior defensive specialist Camry Halm had nine.Michigan State redshirt senior outside hitter Maddie Haggerty had 18 kills and freshman setter Elena Shklyar had five service aces. Ohio State more than doubled Michigan State in errors, with the Buckeyes recording 29 compared to the Spartans’ 13.Ohio State will head back home to face Maryland at the St. John Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Updated 7.57pmGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after a man in his 40s was shot dead on a road in north Dublin this evening.The shooting happened at around 5pm on the Ballycoolin Road in Finglas. Gardaí said the man was shot by a lone gunman.The victim was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was pronounced dead.The scene has been preserved so that a technical examination can be carried out by investigators. The Ballycoolin Road is closed between the Premier Business Park and Cappagh Road and is expected to remain closed overnight.Gardaí have asked for anyone who witnessed the shooting to contact Finglas Garda Station on 01 666 7500, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Originally published 6.58pm