first_imgUnidentified militants shot dead three civilians in north Kashmir’s Baramulla on Monday evening, the Jammu and Kashmir police said. In another incident in Pulwama, two Hizbul Mujahideen militants and a civilian were killed during search operations by security forces. Two Army personnel and 15 others were injured. Motive unclearThe victims of the Baramulla incident were identified as Asif Ahmad Sheikh, Haseeb Ahmad Khan and Mohammad Asgar, all residents of Kakar Hamam. The incident took place after the sunset when the unknown gunmen fired at close range on the three civilians near Iqbal Market Khanpora. .The police, however, refused to speculate on the motive for the attack. “Preliminary investigation reveals the role of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. One Pakistan-based and two other local militants of Baramulla are the principal suspects in this case and are already wanted by law. The police have started investigation into the matter,” the police spokesman said.Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, one of them a wanted “commander”, were killed and two Army personnel injured in the gunfight during search operations at Drubgam in Pulwama early on Monday, a police officer said. Crowds at siteHe said Sameer Ahmad Bhat, alias Sameer Tiger, of Drubgam and Aqib Mushtaq Khan of Rajpora were trapped during the operation. A Major and another Army man were injured in the initial exchange of fire. Shahid Ahmad Dar, 25, of Arihal died of gunshot wounds, as hundreds of local people clashed with the security forces near the encounter site. Of 15 injured, five were shifted to Srinagar hospitals with serious injuries. The local people alleged that the security forces “fired directly into the crowds” converging on the encounter site. “Dar died in the crossfire. The other injured are said to be stable,” the police said. Sameer Tiger, the Hizb “commander”, died hours after his video went viral online on Sunday night. In the video, Tiger, who joined militancy in May 2016, was seen interrogating an alleged informer for identification of those working with security agencies.“Tiger was involved in the firing at the residence of a former MLA, a grenade attack and the killing of Bashir Ahmad Dar. He also attacked personnel of 44 Rashtriya Rifles last year. He was a close confidant of Hizb ‘commander’ Riyaz Naikoo,” the police said. Aqib Mushtaq Khan had been an active militant since July 2017.Call for shut-downSeparatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have called a shutdown for Tuesday to condemn the death of Shahid Dar. “Under the pretext of encounter, the security forces have unleashed a reign of terror. They resorted to indiscriminate firing and killed a civilian,” they said in a joint statement.They said Sameer and Aqib picked up arms because “all means of peaceful expression for Kashmiri youth have been choked.”The University of Kashmir has postponed the examinations scheduled for Tuesday. Train services will remain suspended.last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy challenging Justice Lodha Committee’s order suspending the IPL franchisee, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), for two years over the 2013 betting scam involving its top official Gurunath Meiyappan.A bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice UU Lalit said that it will fix a date for hearing the plea of Swamy in which he has also sought a CBI probe into the petition filed before the apex court by Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB).”A fraud has been committed on this court as the entire litigation initiated by CAB was funded by Lalit Modi,” Swamy said, claiming that he agrees with almost 99 per cent of the finding of Lodha panel except the banning of CSK.Swamy also alleged that his earlier plea was wrongly rejected by the Madras High Court on the issue.The high court on January 20 had dismissed Swamy’s PIL challenging the suspension of CSK and Rajasthan Royals, saying it was not maintainable. Star-studded CSK, then led by MS Dhoni, and Rajasthan Royals were on July 14, last year suspended for two years from the Indian Premier League in a clean-up exercise following the 2013 betting scam involving their top officials Meiyappan and Raj Kundra.Meiyappan, son-in-law of the then BCCI chief N Srinivasan and a former Team Principal of CSK, and Kundra, co-owner of Jaipur IPL that runs Rajasthan Royals (RR), were suspended for life from any match conducted by BCCI.The punishments were handed down by a three-member panel headed by former CJI RM Lodha which was asked by the Supreme Court to decide the quantum of punishment after finding them guilty of betting.advertisementThe Madras High Court had also dismissed a similar petition by the owner of CSK challenging Justice Lodha panel’s order.last_img read more

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — The New York Jets’ season was lost long ago, so coach Rex Ryan figured he might as well go for it on fourth down at the Kansas City 3 early in the fourth quarter on Nov. 2.What did he have to lose? What else could go wrong?Well, the answers this season have been “anything” and “everything,” and that was the case again. Not only did Michael Vick’s pass end up incomplete, the quarterback was slammed to the ground by Chiefs linebacker Josh Mauga and walked woozily off the field.Vick eventually returned to finish the 24-10 loss, the Jets’ eighth straight defeat, but only after he went through the NFL’s concussion protocol and was cleared to continue.“We had some opportunities and we didn’t capitalize on them,” said Vick, who started in place of the injured Geno Smith. “Whenever that happens, and the other team do capitalize on theirs you don’t finding yourself winning the game.”Smith was inactive with a shoulder injury, leaving Matt Simms to also play one series.New York actually moved the ball well most of the afternoon, utilizing Percy Harvin in the running and passing games to perfection. But the Jets kept misfiring in Chiefs territory, settling for a field goal just before halftime and then turning it over on downs three times.The result was another defeat tacked onto their longest losing streak since 1996, when the Jets went 1-15 in their final year under Rich Kotite. The franchise has never lost nine in a row, an embarrassment they’ll try to avoid when they play Pittsburgh on Nov. 9.“I think no different than the rest of our team, the rest of our organization,” Ryan said. “We all feel the same way. We’re stung by it. Shoot, we’d do anything for a win.”Ryan said after the game that he would stick with Vick at quarterback next week. “I thought he played well,” Ryan said, “and we’ll give him a shot against Pittsburgh.”Meanwhile, Alex Smith threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas city, and Jamaal Charles ran for another score. Tight ends Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce had the TD catches.“I feel OK about where we’re at,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “We just won. Normally I feel good. But I like the aggressiveness that the team is playing with.”That was evident from the opening drive, when the Chiefs moved 81 yards in relative ease. Charles was the workhorse, carrying six times and capping the drive with a 1-yard TD plunge.After the Chiefs forced three-and-out, it took them just seven more plays to score again — this time on a play that encapsulated the way everything has been going right for Kansas City, and the way everything has been going wrong for New York.With first-and-goal at the 2-yard line, Smith’s pass was knocked down by Calvin Pace, but the ball went right to Fasano. The tight end caught the inadvertent pass on his rump, rolled over the goal line and gave the Chiefs a stunning — if not humorous — touchdown for a 14-0 lead.Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ defense was getting after Vick every time he dropped to pass.Justin Houston, who had 4 1/2 sacks of Vick when he faced the Eagles a year ago, had two more on the elusive quarterback. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe also tracked Vick down for a sack, all before Mauga knocked him from the game with his crushing blow in the fourth quarter.“It’s a group effort,” Houston said. “I can’t do it without everybody else.”The only bright spot for the Jets was the play of Harvin, who caught 11 passes for 129 yards in his second game since getting traded from Seattle. Harvin showed the speed and shiftiness that the Jets were hoping he would provide when they made the deal.It was just far too little in a game dominated by Kansas City’s defense.“Right now, I think the offense is moving the ball pretty well. We’re just not making the big plays at the right time,” Harvin said. “Defense, we stopped them pretty well. But when we needed that clutch play, we couldn’t get it.”(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgChelsea Morata’s finishing questioned by Shevchenko amid Chelsea struggles Chris Burton 08:39 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alvaro Morata Chelsea 2017 Getty Images Chelsea Morata Premier League Antonio Conte The Spain international striker has gone 10 games without a goal, with form and fitness issues preventing him from making the desired impact Alvaro Morata has been told by Andriy Shevchenko that he must work on his finishing in order to be a success at Chelsea.The Blues paid Real Madrid £70 million for the Spain international during the summer transfer window in 2017 and were offered an immediate return on that investment.Buoyed by regular football following a frustrating spell at Santiago Bernabeu, Morata opened the 2017-18 campaign with seven goals in eight appearances across all competitions. 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 has managed just another five since then and is currently in the midst of a 10-game drought, with form and fitness issues having stunted his progress and raised concerns regarding his ability to justify a big-money price tag.Shevchenko knows all about those challenges, having faced similar questions after struggling to produce his best during a three-year spell at Chelsea, and he told reporters on Morata: “I’ve seen a lot of him.“He’s had a lot of chances. I think you need to improve the finishing when you have chances.“It’s good when a striker has chances, it’s very positive. You need this for scoring goals and helping the team to win.”Morata is not the only high-profile figure under pressure at Chelsea, with Antonio Conte enduring a tough season at the helm.The Italian has seen his future past the summer called into question, but Shevchenko feels faith should be shown in a man who landed the Premier League title in his debut campaign.Antonio Conte Chelsea“I think he’s a great manager, he’s doing a fantastic job,” added the legendary Ukrainian striker.“It’s a difficult moment for Chelsea but they still have a chance to qualify for the next step of the Champions League, the Barcelona game is still open.“It’s better if you ask him if he’s happy. Of course, it all depends on the results. I still think he’s doing a great job. It’s been a very difficult season for Chelsea – the Champions League comes, last year it was only the Premier League and he won it.“It was a great performance, the team were playing very well, then a couple of important players left, they had a couple of injuries.“It’s a different challenge in the moment for him. A team needs to have a result. You need to get some results and everything changes quickly.”last_img read more

first_img The cyber mentorship platform is not limited to volunteers who were in Jamaica. Story Highlights Prospective mentors have to submit their police record and they have to pass certain medical tests. Country Representative for CUSO International, Tarik Perkins, explained that the screening process is aimed at protecting the integrity of the project. The Jamaica Diaspora Institute’s (JDI) partner for the Diaspora Youth Connect (DYC) project, CUSO International, has applied a stringent screening process for mentors and volunteers to ensure the confidence of Jamaicans in the project, particularly parents and guardians.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’,at the agency’s headquarters in Kingston, on October 8, Country Representative for CUSO International, Tarik Perkins, explained that the screening process is aimed at protecting the integrity of the project, which is aimed at driving the spirit of entrepreneurship among youth in Jamaica.“CUSO mitigates against the risks associated with mentorship programmes. Prospective mentors have to submit their police record and they have to pass certain medical tests. We inform mentors through ‘pre-departure’ and ‘in-country’ orientations, about Jamaica’s Child Protection Policy, for example, as they will be coming to work in different communities and interacting with our youth,” Mr. Perkins explained.He added that the stringent recruitment process is also applied to Diaspora volunteers, including persons who are accustomed to the culture, laws and policies of Jamaica.The DYC initiative seeks to leverage human and financial resources that are located in the Diaspora to strengthen the capacity, the entrepreneurial and business management, community development, youth empowerment/mobilization, and Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills in a number of inner-city communities.CUSOInternational is an international development organization that works collaboratively with overseas partner organizations on locally and nationally managed projects. This is done through volunteers who work on long term solutions that will have an impact for generations to come.“Our role in this project is providing recruitment for Jamaicans in the Diaspora to participate in the DYC project,” Mr. Perkins explained.These volunteers, he said, are integrated with local partners, such as the JDI and communities that host the volunteers for four to six months. They seek to build the capacity of the host communities, so that the initiative is sustained and the young entrepreneurs benefit significantly.Mr. Perkins  told JIS News that mentors for the project are successful mid-career professionals, academics, researchers, youth workers, social workers, and  persons who can add value to youth entrepreneurship in Jamaica. He also highlighted that there are four volunteers from the United States and Canada who are in Jamaica working with young entrepreneurs.“These volunteers also spend time with the ultimate beneficiaries, the young entrepreneurs, helping them to develop their business plans and design marketing strategies; they inculcate leadership skills, help them to manipulate technology and provide them with social media,” he added.The CUSO representative noted that maintaining the programme and the relationships developed between young entrepreneurs and mentors is also done through a cyber mentorship platform.“After the volunteers’ four to six months have ended, that is where the mentorship process continues,” he explained.The cyber mentorship platform is not limited to volunteers who were in Jamaica. CUSO recruits other professionals in the Jamaican Diaspora to connect more volunteers with young professionals. These volunteers are also screened.last_img read more

first_imgzoom A potential trade war, which could emerge on the back of US’ recently unveiled tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, would be harmful for the global shipping industry, according to BIMCO.Although the impact of US steel and aluminium tariffs, revealed on March 1 and scheduled to enter into force on March 23, 2018, on shipping is still unknown, a major trade action against China is now also likely to come from the US.As steel and aluminium import barriers are set by the US, trading partners like the EU, Japan and China, may set their own import barriers against e.g. agricultural products in general or more politically targeted products hitting Trump’s constituency.“All trade-restrictive measures are in principle bad for shipping,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, said.“Open economies are all better off from trading, as they make use of their resources in the most optimal way. The result of a trade war is more expensive goods of lower quality and little variety. This goes for all products and commodities,” Sand added.Under the American President’s metals tariff plan the US would put a 25% tariff on imports of steel and a 10% tariff on imports of aluminium.The international atmosphere is full of threats of retaliation and it appears likely that major trading partners with the US, like the EU and China, will hit back to draw a line in the sand for the US Administration and President Trump.Since 2009, implementation of trade-restrictive measures among global trading partners has become more widespread according to World Trade Organisation (WTO).The African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) proved to be the latest of its kind. Leaders of 44 African countries created one of the world’s largest free trade deals on March 21 to remove barriers to trade and allow the free flow of goods and services between the members.“Overall we are seeing more trade-restrictive measures introduced. Some more high profile than others. This is a worrying trend that limits demand for shipping globally.”“Even worse for shipping could be short-sighted political positions that may have lasting consequences for everyone involved in global industries like shipping if a largescale trade war emerges,” Sand concludes.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: For the first time North Bengal is all set to host a winter tourist festival to showcase the local tradition, cultures and off beat destinations.Tourism Minister Goutam Deb on Monday held a meeting with District Magistrates of 5 districts of North Bengal to take part in the first edition of this North Bengal tourist festival. The first edition will showcase off beat destinations of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Dakshin Dinajpur districts. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe festival will be held from November 15 to December 22 but only on weekends. “The festival will commence on Friday evening and continue till Sunday afternoon during this period,” Deb said. The venues for the festival will include Meteli, Rajabhatkhawa, Gajoldoba, Pedong, Sitong and Talidighi. “For each venue we will have accommodation for around 125 guests. Out of the 125 guests, 25 can be accommodated in tents and the remaining 100 in twin sharing accommodations mainly in home stays,” he said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayGuests will be charged Rs. 1,250 per person per day. The charge will include accommodation, meals, local sight seeing and local transportation (from the point of accommodation to the venues.) In the evening there will be cultural shows, exhibition of handicrafts, local merchandise will be sold. “There will be online booking in the WBTDC website and the official portals of the districts. The local food, culture and hospitality will be showcased. We will make this an annual event,” added Deb. Local sightseeing will include Jayanti, Chilapata, and Buxa fort in the plains and other places of interest in the Hills and plains. Celebrities who love nature will be invited to the event. “It will be eco friendly plastic free event,” added the minister.last_img read more

first_imgA healthy and glowing skin is every girl’s dream, but not everyone is naturally blessed with the same. Few of us need to give extra care, follow a regime – the first step of which is to get a miraculous facewash. With an uncountable number of options available in the market, it gets a little tricky to pick the right one. So, we caught up with a few skin experts to discuss the same.Rahul Agarwal, CEO, Organic Harvest suggests few points to keep in mind while choosing a facewash: Also Read – An income drop can harm brainKnowing your skin type is the first step towards buying your facewash. Understanding your skin’s features – normal, dry, oily or sensitive – can simplify the process of picking the most suitable facewash for your skin. Take a close scan of the ingredients list at the back of facewash. It is recommended to use products which contain organic plant extracts and essentials oils as they have numerous skin care benefits. Choose a skin issue related Facewash. Many facewashes, these days, are formulated to target certain skin issues other than simply cleansing the face. They are often labelled like ‘Acne Control’, ‘Oil Balancing’ or ‘Moisturising Face wash’. If you’re choosing a facewash that takes care of a specific skin issue, ensure that it also suits your skin type. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAvoid sulphates and parabens in your facewash. Synthetic cleansing agents like sulphate and paraben irritate and damage the skin. Hence, chemical free organic face washes are must, to include in your face care regime. Choose a facewash with moderate exfoliating ingredients. Your skin can benefit greatly from regular exfoliation. However, deep exfoliation on daily basis can be harmful if the exfoliant is coarse. Pick a facewash that has mild exfoliants and effectively remove dead skin cells. Sharing how a Counterfeit facewashes can harm the skin, Bharti Taneja, Founder and Director of ALPS Beauty Group says, “Fake face washes are detergent-based with no moisturising agents. They leave your skin dry and rough after every wash. Whereas, good face washes are mild cleansers with moisturising agents that maintain the natural oil balance of your skin.” “Fake face washes look and feel like original ones. Even the labels are an eyewash. Also, most ingredients on the label are mentioned with their scientific names and so, it becomes more difficult for the ordinary buyer to differentiate.” The only way to save yourself from the fake products is to avoid falling for deep discounts. “If something is unbelievably cheap then the chances are that it is a fake product. Try to buy the products directly from the brands’ agents, salons or reputed shops,” she suggests.last_img read more

Rabat – The High Commission for Planning announced on Monday that the tourism sector increased by 2.8 percent over the course of 2015.The numbers are lower than those predicted by international experts.The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) predicted that the sector would grow by 3.5 percent in 2015 – in line with the African continent’s expected tourism development rate. Domestic tourism also increased last year by 2.5 percent, against the WTTC’s forecast of 2.9 percent growth.The Moroccan Tourism Ministry is currently implementing a Vision 2020 strategy to boost sector growth by increasing the total number of visitors, inviting new hotel and infrastructure investments and providing professional development from the industry’s current workers.“Tourism is harbinger of wealth, a source of employment, a way for Morocco to open itself to the outside world, and a means for Morocco to attract investment,” Minister Lahcen Haddad told Morocco World News in an interview.The boons of tourism have been limited to the kingdom’s biggest cities, such as Casablanca and Marrakesh – a situation that, according to Haddad, needs to be changed to spread the wealth and offer visitors a more holistic experience of Morocco.“Today there are more than 950 travel agencies,” the minister said. “More than half are concentrated in Casablanca and Marrakech.”Since King Mohammed VI’s visit to China earlier this year – when he eased visa requirements for Chinese visitors – Morocco has become a “hot” destination for the Asian country’s tourists.Next year’s report, to include 2016, will cover the Chinese tourism boost. read more

New York (UN) –  The number of civilians killed in October was 1,120 and that of injured civilians was 1,005, including federal police and fire department, according to figures released on Tuesday by the UN. A total of 672 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and 353 were injured, not including casualties from Anbar, said the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 1,075 civilian casualties (268 killed, 807 injured), followed by Ninewa (566 killed and 59 injured), and Kirkuk (58 killed and 112 injured).According to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar, the Governorate suffered a total of 227 civilian casualties (206 killed and 21 injured). “The casualty toll among civilians continues to rise and the civilians continue to pay the ultimate price,” Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ján Kubiš said.“With the military operations in Mosul and other areas of Ninewa underway while Daesh continues to apply its terrorist tactics using civilians as human shields and executing those that resist, civilians are once again in harm’s way, and the figures show high numbers of deaths among the civilian population. The United Nations again emphasizes that all actions necessary must be undertaken to ensure the protection of the civilian inhabitants from the effects of armed conflict and violence,” Kubiš added read more

27 September 2010Ecuador’s Vice-President cautioned at the United Nations today that the drive to realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have left out an important segment of the population – persons with disabilities. Ecuador’s Vice-President cautioned at the United Nations today that the drive to realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have left out an important segment of the population – persons with disabilities.“Disability is not an inability, but diversity,” Lenin Moreno Garcés told the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment.“Just as there is geographic, cultural and climatic diversity, there are different capacities,” he said. “There is talent, there is heart, there is dedication, there is perseverance and will.”The South American nation carried out a study of all persons with disabilities, which found instances of the disabled being dumped into holes in the ground and in cages, Mr. Garcés said.Ecuador has made great strides in helping those with disabilities, providing the necessary technical assistance, housing, medical attention, job placement and education, he noted.In addition, the Vice- President said, the country has set up a bond equivalent to a living wage to recognize the work of people with severe physical or intellectual disabilities.Scores of world leaders gathered at UN Headquarters last week to assert their commitment in the remaining five years until the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the MDGs, the eight anti-poverty targets. read more

Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike’s husband Pradeep Kariyawasam, was today given a suspended jail term of five years in the National Savings Bank (NSB) case.Kariyawasam, the former NSB Chairman was found guilty of causing losses to NSB by purchasing shares of the The Finance (Ltd.) at under valued prices. When the case was heard today the Colombo Fort Magistrate sentenced Kariyawasam and imposed a fine of Rs 200,000. (Colombo Gazette)

According to a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), refugees made their intentions known during a meeting yesterday with UNHCR staff and Kenyan officials at a temporary site in Shimoni. The refugees said that a joint declaration resulting from the discussions between the Tanzanian Government and the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) would be the signal they were waiting for in order to go back home.UNHCR was waiting for a formal agreement to start making preparations for the return, spokesman Kris Janowski said, adding that there was renewed calm in Pemba and Zanzibar since clashes between opposition supporters and security forces last January had driven 2,400 people into Kenya. Some 1,300 refugees remain in Shimoni, while the rest have moved in with friends and relatives among local inhabitants, he said.According to UNHCR, Kenyan authorities have agreed to delay until Thursday the planned controversial transfer of the refugees to Dadaab camp in the north-east of the country. The operation was originally slated to start on 19 April, after Kenyan officials rejected establishing an alternative site closer to the coast. The UN agency has made arrangements for a transfer to Dadaab, including supplying the refugees with medical care and food during the 600-kilometre journey. UNHCR has indicated, however, that it will not transfer any refugees who do not volunteer to go, noting that so far no one from the group has signed up for the transfer. read more

Mr. Guterres recalled that the International Day, marked annually on 27 January, was created to honour the memory of six million Jewish men, women and children that perished in the Holocaust and countless others lost their lives as cruelty convulsed the world. Yet, decades since the Second World War, there is still the persistence of anti Semitism and an increase in other forms of prejudice. Citing Neo-Nazis and white supremacy groups as among the main purveyors of extreme hatred, the UN chief said that too often, vile views are moving from the margins to the mainstream of societies and politics. “Whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we are all at risk,” stressed the Secretary-General. “All of us have a responsibility to quickly, clearly and decisively resist racism and violence,” he stated, adding: “Through education and understanding, we can build a future of dignity, human rights and peaceful coexistence for all.”VIDEO: Message by Secretary-General António Guterres on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. For his part, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein held the painful day of remembrance for Holocaust the victims as forcing us “to contemplate the horrors to which bigotry, racism and ultimately lead.” “The sadistic brutality of the atrocities inflicted by the Nazi regime on Jews, Roma, Slavs, disabled people, political dissidents, homosexuals and others was nourished by layer upon layer of propaganda, falsifications and incitement to hatred,” he stated, adding how they were denigrated and smeared, “one after another, their rights were refused, and finally, even their humanity was denied.” Mr. Zeid pointed to the statement of Primo Levi, who survived the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp: “It happened, therefore it can happen again.” “As we honour the victims of the Holocaust,” Mr. Zeid continued, “we must also acknowledge the need to prevent the recurrence of anti-Semitism and all forms of racial and religious hatred and discrimination today.” He specified the importance of upholding independent rule of law institutions and a free press; maintaining respect for human rights; and education, which must be at the core of all efforts to combat anti-Semitism, racism, and all forms of discrimination. “In honouring the victims of the Holocaust, we must recognise that only if we regard each other as fully equal in dignity and rights will we be able to come together to overcome the many challenges facing humanity,” he concluded. At the same time, Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), citied the Day as a call to strengthen nations’ commitment to peace. Recalling the possibility of the worst, also carries a memory that must be forward-looking, she said, adding that combating anti-Semitism, in whatever form, “is at the heart of this fight” in which everyone has a role to play. “We can build up awareness against forgetting, denial, historical revisionism, relativization of crimes and the return of stereotypes that fuel hatred. We can oppose the manipulation of facts by speaking the truth,” she asserted. Among a series of events taking place across the UN system, the annual United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony hosted by Ms. Alison Smale, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, will take place on Wednesday 31 January. The Secretary-General, President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, Representatives of Israel, Germany and the United States, will deliver remarks. read more

PARIS — Lyon rallied from 2-0 down to draw at Lille 2-2 to stay in second place in the French league, extending its unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions on Saturday.In an exciting match, Lille dominated the first half and scored through strikers Loic Remy and Nicolas Pepe.After missing a second-half penalty, Lyon equalized with goals from forwards Bertrand Traore and Moussa Dembele.Lille almost won at the end but Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes made a stunning one-handed save from Pepe’s powerful shot. Lille is one point behind Lyon in third place, but Montpellier can reclaim third if it draws at Monaco later Saturday.Lyon is unbeaten in the Champions League and impressed going forward in a 2-2 home draw with Manchester City this week. Lyon’s young midfielders Tanguy Ndombele (21 years old) and Housse Aouar (20) received high praise from City coach Pep Guardiola for their performances in that game.But they were just as ineffective as their teammates in the first half.The former Chelsea striker Remy volleyed in neatly from Mehmet Celik’s cross from the right to put Lille ahead after 17 minutes and the second goal came in the 28th after Aouar lost the ball in midfield. Remy then set up Pepe for his ninth league goal of the season. With Lyon reeling, Lille forward Jonathan Ikone hit the post on the stroke of halftime.Memphis Depay struck a penalty over the crossbar, but then expertly set up Traore with a back-heeled pass in the 63rd. Depay then hit the crossbar 10 minutes from time before Traore expertly flicked the ball on for Demble to stroke home.Runaway leader PSG, which beat Liverpool 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday, is looking for a 15th straight league win when it plays at Bordeaux on Sunday.___More AP sports: and Pugmire, The Associated Press read more

For around the clock OSU sports updates, follow the Lantern Sports Twitter @lanternspts24_7 At the beginning of the season, if one had said Ohio State’s hopes would rest on the shoulders of Devin Barclay, most would have been skeptical or uncomfortable. But as OSU and Iowa went into overtime to decide the Big Ten Championship, a 39-yard field goal by the 26-year-old junior ended the Hawkeyes’ hopes and sealed a Rose Bowl bid for the Buckeyes.Barclay came into the starting role only after starting kicker Aaron Pettrey was injured during the New Mexico State game. Since then, he went just 3-5 on field goals up until the game-winner Saturday, with a missed field goal early in the fourth quarter that would have made it a two-possession game.Barclay knew missing again in overtime wasn’t an option.“I knew that I had an opportunity to redeem myself,” he said. “And I knew right when I hit it that it was good.”Barclay admitted to being nervous prior to the kick, but coach Jim Tressel never doubted that his kicker could do the job.“We had so much confidence in Devin that we were going backwards to make his kick longer,” Tressel joked after the game. For Barclay, his journey to the OSU football team has been a strange one. After playing professional soccer for more than five years after high school, which included a stint with the Columbus Crew, he decided to use his remaining NCAA eligibility to kick for the Buckeyes.“I was kind of thrust into this unexpectedly,” Barclay said. “But the feeling is unbelievable. All the hard work, all the 6 a.m.s, all the time spent at the facility … it’s absolutely worthwhile. It was a wonderful experience, and I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.”Defense bends, doesn’t breakIowa quarterback James Vandenberg, making his first career start, was supposed to be the weak link coming into the game.Instead, coach Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes put their Big Ten title hopes on the back of the redshirt freshman, having him put the ball in the air 33 times, accounting for 233 of the team’s 300 total yards.For most of the game, Vandenberg appeared unfazed, but in overtime the swarming OSU defense finally got to him and the rest of the Hawkeye offense. After starting just 25 yards from the goal line, the Hawkeyes were pushed back 16 yards, which took them out of field-goal range and forced Vandenberg to heave a desperation pass that became OSU senior Anderson Russell’s second interception of the day.“He’s probably the most accurate QB we’ve seen all season,” Russell said. “[The interception] goes to the D-line. They did a good job getting pressure, and he was just throwing the ball up, trying to make a play, and I was in the right place at the right time.”After the game, senior captains Austin Spitler and Kurt Coleman said that the fact the defense saved its best for last was no coincidence and is a big reason why this season’s OSU defense has been one of the best.“We let a lot of opportunities slip away, but we fought back and responded to the adversity we faced,” Spitler said. “We never gave up, and that says a lot about our team.”“We kept on fighting — that’s what our team is all about,” Coleman said.Running game takes pressure off PryorFor most of his OSU career, Terrelle Pryor has accounted for an overwhelming majority of the Buckeyes’ total offense, already becoming among the 10 largest gainers in OSU history after less than two full seasons.But Saturday, in contrast to Iowa’s game plan, the OSU coaching staff didn’t ask its young quarterback to put Rose Bowl hopes on his shoulders.Instead, the “Boom and Zoom” combination of Daniel Herron and Brandon Saine rushedfor 200 of the offense’s 322 total yards and scored all three touchdowns.“Those two guys are guys that have been here three years,” Tressel said. “They’ve been with the seniors for a long time, and they were not going to let those seniors down.”The performance against Iowa was what many expected all year from the combo, but injuries made it difficult for the duo to find their rhythm. Saturday was a sign of what many hoped and believed the “Boom and Zoom” combo could be.“The times I was out of the game were perfect for me,” Saine said. “I was able to catch my breath while ‘Boom’ was in there rocking. It worked out well.”Saine needed all his breath for both of his touchdown runs, one of which was 49 yards, the other 22. If it’s possible for a former state 100-meter dash champion to find another gear, Saine said he did it Saturday.“The cutback was right there. I just followed a couple blockers, and once I saw the goal line, I knew I had to get in.”Celebration in Columbus… for nowOhio State clinched a fifth-straight Big Ten title, its first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1997 and a victorious senior send-off. But the celebration didn’t last long.“We told our guys they could have three hours and savor that, but when the clock strikes 12, we know what week it is, and that’s exciting,” Tressel said.Tressel referred to Michigan week, and although the Wolverines are only 5-6 on the season, the OSU players and coaches know they can’t overlook the team from up north, especially with Michigan needing a win to become bowl-eligible.“It’s Michigan time now,” Pryor said. “It’s going to be a fight, no matter what the record is.”Pryor did acknowledge that after what was probably the biggest win of his Buckeye career, he took a moment to hug Tressel and congratulate him on making his first Rose Bowl, but he joked that all he wanted to do was get off the field after the win as the fans stormed the field.“I was trying to get out man. Kids were in there drunk and hitting me all hard,” he said, laughing.The opponent for next week is known, but OSU’s Rose Bowl opposition is still undecided. Oregon currently leads and controls its destiny in the Pac-10. Other possibilities include Stanford, Arizona and Oregon State.But as many were thinking about Michigan or possible Rose Bowl matchups, one player did seem to be savoring the moment after the big win.When asked to make a statement after the game, senior lineman Jim Cordle poured a cup of water over his head and shouted, “We did it, Baby! We won! These guys up here, we’ve got five rings now. We did it! We won!”As the room filled with laughter, fellow senior Kurt Coleman shook his head and smiled.“He’s still the crazy man,” he said. read more

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