Eden Hazard says that he is finding it a ‘hard decision’ over whether to renew his Chelsea contract and has reiterated that moving to Real Madrid is something he has dreamed about.Chelsea are keen to secure Hazard on a new deal following a summer of interest from Madrid, but the Belgium international has so far been reluctant to renew a contract which has less than two years left to run on it.The 27-year-old has been central to Chelsea’s impressive form this season, with Maurizio Sarri’s side second in the Premier League on goal difference after eight games going into the international break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Hazard is the Premier League’s top goalscorer with seven goals after his strike in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Southampton and he admits that his next decision could define his future.”Yes, that’s why I spoke after the World Cup and I said that I think it is time to change because I played a great World Cup,” Hazard told reporters at St Mary’s Stadium. “I am really in the game, I am playing good football at the moment. Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today.”It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club. We will see. I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time, but we will talk about my future soon. I think so. It is also when you have a dream and you want to make it happen.”It is like I have said a lot of times, if I leave I will be happy. I know if I stay, I will be happy. It is not like if I go I am happy and if I stay that I am unhappy.”Hazard’s close friend Thibaut Courtois has become a pariah among the Chelsea fanbase after a series of press conferences has left them frustrated.Chelsea fans now have a number of unflattering chants for their goalkeeper, who ran down his contract to force a £35 million summer move to Madrid, and Hazard says he is wary of tarnishing his reputation, like Courtois, should he leave Stamford Bridge.”I don’t want that,” he added. “I want what’s good for me, but I want what’s good for the club because the club has given me everything. I don’t want to say, ‘yes I am signing a new contract’, and then in the end I don’t end up signing. So, I will see.”In my head, sometimes in my head I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future. I am 27 and I will turn 28 in January.”Chelsea regard Hazard as their most marketable player and a contract renewal could see their star man become a real club legend. He already ranks in the top 10 goalscorers of all time at the club, while he has won a host of honours already at Stamford Bridge.Hazard would land a new five-year deal in west London on around £300,000 a week upon a contract renewal but he is still unsure if there is any one thing Chelsea can do to finally close the deal.”I don’t know,” when asked what it would take to convince him to stay. “I am happy and I don’t need anything. It is not trophies. Of course, when you play, you want to win, but I just want to enjoy things on the pitch, like I am at the moment. Then, I am happy. “I could talk now. If they come to me, then I will talk. I don’t want to say that I am not talking (at all) with the club or the owner. I am talking a lot with them. So, we just need to find a good solution.”What is clear is that Chelsea are becoming reliant on Hazard, who has been involved in 12 goals in his last 11 appearances, scoring nine times and providing three assists.Hazard was asked whether he was fed up with questions about his future and contract situation but signed off in honest fashion.”No, this is part of journalism, you know,” he added. “It is better to talk about football but it is okay, no problem.”
Transfers ‘Fair chance’ of Liverpool and Arsenal target Lemar leaving Monaco in 2018, Vasilyev concedes Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 03:12 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Monaco Arsenal Liverpool Premier League Ligue 1 Thomas Lemar Monaco’s vice-president has revealed that the Ligue 1 club are open to selling both Thomas Lemar and Fabinho at the end of the season. Thomas Lemar stands a “fair chance” of leaving Monaco next year after moves to Liverpool and Arsenal fell through before the transfer deadline, according to club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.The France winger was long linked with a departure from the Ligue 1 club after playing a starring role in their title success and impressive journey to the Champions League semi-finals.Monaco to win & BTTS 18/5 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Moves to Liverpool and Arsenal were strongly mooted, as the two clubs looked to line up replacements for their respective wantaway stars Philippe Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez.Those two ultimately remained in the Premier League, while Arsene Wenger claimed that Lemar rejected a move to London in favour of remaining in the principality, where he would have Champions League football to look forward to.But Vasilyev – who revealed Arsenal were the closest to signing Lemar – was refreshingly honest when revealing the 21-year-old will likely be allowed to leave at the end of the season.”Liverpool were really interested,” Vasilyev told Sky Sports.”But it was Arsenal that was really close to finalising the deal. It was quite close. At the same time it was just too late, not enough time to really follow up on this deal.”Not all the elements of the puzzle fell in place. I’m very happy he stayed with us. For us, we need a player like Thomas Lemar. He’s very important to our team.”Definitely next summer [it] will be something to look at, although you know in football there are no guarantees.”We had some players who were supposed to leave this summer but didn’t leave because of X, Y, Z. I think it would be fair to say Thomas will have a fair chance to an exit next year.“January? In football, never say never, but this is not what we’re thinking of, this is really not in our plans.”Then we have to wait and see how the team does in different competitions, if we have an interest in him and what his ambitions after the World Cup are. January doesn’t seem like the right time for major changes in the team.”Vasilyev also accepted that Fabinho – another key player whom they managed to keep hold of for this season – may well be in his final season at Monaco.”He’s one of the key players in our squad, a very regular player,” he added. “He’s very important, we can always count on him.”We are very happy that we managed to keep him. I think this is one player you want to keep forever.”But we realise in Monaco that we have a certain model, that at a certain moment when we feel it’s right we have to let players go in order to be successful again.”This is not only about money; this is more about being successful.”
Manchester United Lampard: Player quality, not Mourinho, to blame if Man Utd don’t win Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 11:04 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Manchester United Chelsea Premier League José Mourinho The Chelsea great Fbelieves the quality of the squad – not the manager – may cost the Manchester outfit the Premier League title Jose Mourinho will not be to blame if Manchester United fail to win the Premier League, according to Chelsea great Frank Lampard.Mourinho has faced criticism for his style this season, with United falling eight points behind runaway leaders and rivals Manchester City.Man U 4/5 to beat Newcastle -1 handicap 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 Man United (23 points) are back in the chasing pack, along with Tottenham (23), Chelsea (22), Liverpool (19) and Arsenal (19).But Lampard – who won three Premier League titles at Chelsea, including two under Mourinho – said it would come down to the quality of players at his former manager’s disposal if the club were unable to claim the crown.”Mourinho is a manager that likes to win and he has a way of winning. It’s different to Pep Guardiola, different to Antonio Conte and that’s his way,” he told Omnisport , speaking thanks to Chelsea FC club partners Yokohama Tyres.”If Manchester United don’t win the Premier League, for me it’s the quality of the players.”Manchester City have a very strong squad this year, Chelsea still have a very strong squad and I think particularly the first XI, if everybody’s fit, Chelsea are very strong.”When I look at Manchester United, they’re there around that area, but maybe the other teams can be stronger.”I certainly don’t think it’ll be the manager, and I actually do think that Manchester United will be competitive towards the end of the season, so we’ll see.”Mourinho’s side have won just one of their past four league matches, having drawn with Liverpool (0-0) and lost to Chelsea (1-0) and Huddersfield Town (2-1).
Share on WhatsApp Gareth Southgate The uncapped Jack Cork of Burnley was called up on Tuesday night after Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph all pulled out of the squad for the two matches at Wembley, with that trio all now undergoing treatment at their clubs for minor injuries. Southgate had already seen the Tottenham trio of Dele Alli (hamstring), Harry Winks (ankle) and the captain elect, Harry Kane (knock), pull out of the original 25-man party. The manager may attempt to bring in more replacements on Wednesday.Four of those six injured players might realistically have expected to start – Liverpool’s Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne, and Danny Welbeck of Arsenal are also unavailable. Southgate’s options are now severely limited as he seeks to try out the 3-4-3 formation he envisages using at the World Cup finals.The manager will have only two more friendlies, against Holland in Amsterdam and Italy at Wembley next March, before he has to name a provisional squad for the tournament in Russia. His 22-man party now includes five uncapped players, with the loss of so many key personnel, all from top clubs competing in the Champions League this term, a considerable blow.Gary Cahill has at least linked up with the squad at St George’s Park having had tests on a knock picked up during Chelsea’s victory over Manchester United on Sunday, but the centre-half may only be considered for next Tuesday’s game against Brazil. The Football Association had called up Jake Livermore of West Bromwich Albion and Everton’s Michael Keane to bolster numbers following the first flurry of withdrawals. Cork, now 28 but a former under-21 international, has been an ever-present in Burnley’s fine start to the season since his £10m arrival from Swansea.Yet the complexion of the squad is now radically different to that originally selected by Southgate, calling into question just how much he can learn from the two glamour fixtures. He may have to field a central midfield of Eric Dier and Livermore against Germany, the world champions, in a match which is expected to sell out in terms of general admission tickets on Wednesday morning. Jamie Vardy may start up front in place of Kane, who suffered a kick to a leg in Spurs’ victory over Crystal Palace.Sterling has suffered a back complaint and Delph, who had been hoping to earn a first cap since November 2015, has injured a calf. Henderson missed Liverpool’s win at West Ham on Saturday with a thigh problem and was always due to report late to St George’s Park. He has now been released to have treatment at Melwood.Southgate was brutally honest last week in explaining why Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and Chris Smalling had been omitted from his original 25-man squad, pointing to a lack of playing time at club level for the first two and the perception that Smalling is not able to “use the ball from the back” to the same level as John Stones, Dier and Harry Maguire. Whether the manager feels he can now recall those players so soon remains to be seen. Friendlies Share on Pinterest Share via Email Raheem Sterling Gareth Southgate’s hopes of testing his strongest team against the top two sides in the world have been dashed after England’s preparations for the friendlies with Germany and Brazil were further disrupted by the withdrawal of three more senior players. Share on Twitter news Share on Facebook Topics England Harry Kane ruled out of England’s friendly double-header due to injury Share on LinkedIn Read more Reuse this content Share on Messenger
The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Frank Lampard Read more Granit Xhaka ‘devastated and sad’ after Crystal Palace game, says Unai Emery Share on Pinterest Carabao Cup Chelsea’s journey might have taken a different path if someone else had been in charge. A less patient manager might have decided it was too soon for the academy products and that a more cautious tactical approach was required. It might have been time to tighten up at the back and to replace the kids with the wise old heads.Yet Lampard did not flinch after that demoralising afternoon at Old Trafford. He says it was easy to ignore the inevitable criticism, even though it made plenty of headlines when José Mourinho questioned Chelsea’s tactics and inexperience while analysing the game for Sky. Undeterred, Lampard kept faith in his youngsters and focused on making his team more clinical in defence and attack.Dropping Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount never crossed his mind and a patient approach has paid off. Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League, top of their Champions League group and determined to make it eight wins on the bounce when they host United in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Share on Facebook Twitter Lampard insists he paid no attention to the critics, though. “There is a lot of noise, win, lose or draw; selection, whatever 11 I pick,” he said. “With this big wide world of social media it will be dissected and people will have different opinions and some people who are ex-players or ex-managers will have different opinions.“I set out this season to see what these young boys could do. If I didn’t have a transfer ban and came to this club and had opportunities to bring players in during the summer, I still would have trusted the young boys. For me to have thrown that away after one game at Manchester United and a few opinions, that would have made me a bit of a flip-flopper.” Reuse this content Manchester United Willian celebrates scoring Chelsea’s fourth goal with Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic at Burnley. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images Lampard, whose back four could look even more youthful if Reece James and Marc Guehi start against United, was asked what happens to young players who are dropped after one bad game. “That’s part of the process for a young player,” he said. “They have to feel you believe in them. I remember my managers giving me that sense they believed in me because everybody will have a bad game or an off day. I think that’s part of my job, to give all my players belief, but particularly the young ones who are playing their first games or whatever at Old Trafford.” Topics Share on WhatsApp Frank Lampard saw the bigger picture when his first game as the Chelsea manager ended in a 4-0 defeat by Manchester United. He found himself under an uncomfortable spotlight but refused to lose his nerve. Lampard had arrived at Stamford Bridge with a plan and was not about to rip it up after one setback. Share via Email The encouraging atmosphere has brought the best out of Kurt Zouma, who was written off after conceding a penalty against United and scoring a last-minute own goal in the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United in August. Zouma has formed a solid partnership in central defence with Fikayo Tomori, justifying Lampard’s surprising decision to sell David Luiz to Arsenal.“He has been fantastic,” Lampard said of Zouma. “There was interest in the summer after we all know he had a very good loan at Everton last year. But I believed in him as I believed in Tomori – that is why I made the decisions I made pre-season.“That was a tough game but since then he has gone from strength to strength and been a pleasure to coach. He [Zouma] just does his job, works hard, smiles a lot, gives everything to the group and is playing really well.“It has been nice to get some stability, albeit because of injuries, between him and Fikayo in the last games. It has been good to get them playing together to see the little bond they are getting on and off the pitch. It is a nice little story and it must continue.” news Christian Pulisic’s hat-trick fires Chelsea to seventh consecutive victory Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Facebook Pinterest Read more Chelsea
Massimiliano Allegri feels Sami Khedira will be like a new signing for Juventus due to his return from injury.Khedira has been restricted to six Serie A appearances this term but he came off the bench late as Juve beat AC Milan in Wednesday’s Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah.Juve have been linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, but the Gunners are aiming to keep the Wales international until his contract expires at the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And even though Juve face a busy schedule as they compete for honours both domestically and in Europe, Allegri does not expect to make significant additions to his squad this month.”Our January purchase will be Khedira. As far as the others are concerned, at this time of the season, the biggest risk is to settle down,” Allegri told reporters ahead of Monday’s home game against Chievo.”This does not have to happen, otherwise we risk compromising everything. We need to achieve the goals we work for. We have to do an aggressive race tomorrow, right away.”In other transfer news it appears that Leonardo Spinazzola, will be leaving the club “He [Spinazzola] goes away if a substitute arrives,” Allegri stated. “He needs to play but without a substitute he does not go away.”@OfficialAllegri: “The players that are available are all in good condition. We will try to have @MarioMandzukic9 back for Lazio, whilst @Miralem_Pjanic has taken a knock to the calf but he is suspended for tomorrow anyway and has a week to recover.”#JuveChievo #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 20, 2019Goal understands that Juve have found such a replacement in the form of Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian, whose introduction on a short-term loan will allow Spinazzola to leave.Allegri also confirmed Mattia Perin will make his fifth Serie A appearance of the season in goal as he gave an early squad update for the Chievo clash.”Alex Sandro will start tomorrow [Monday],” Allegri continued. “[Andrea] Barzagli is still working, [Mehdi] Benatia is out.”[Miralem] Pjanic’s condition will be evaluated during the week. Perin will play tomorrow.”Juventus could move as much as 12 points clear at the top of the table should they beat Chievo on, depending on the result of second-placed Napoli, who face Lazio on Sunday evening.
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Noida: The Pune Police on Tuesday morning searched the home of a Delhi University professor in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. Gautam Budhh Nagar’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Vaibhav Krishna confirmed this to IANS. The search was conducted by Pune police team headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Bachchan Singh. “Pune police team searched the home of Delhi University professor Hany Babu this morning under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Pune, Shivaji Pawar,” Vaibhav Krishna told IANS. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Pune’s Assistant Commissioner of Police Shivaji Pawar said that the team has seized some electronic devices from Babu’s residence but no arrest has been made. Vaibhav Krishna said that the search operation was video recorded so that no problem arises later on. The 45-year old professor teaches English at Delhi University. The search was conducted on the basis of an offence registered at Vishrambaug police station in Pune with regard to Elgar Parishad, that took place on December 31, 2017, on the eve of 200th anniversary of Bhima-Koregaon battle. One person died in the caste-related violence on January 1, 2018. Ten activists were arrested in 2018 as part of the inquiry into the caste violence at Bhima Koregaon.
Project Angel Food celebrates its 25th Angel Awards Gala on Sat., August 22 at 6 p.m. at Taglyan Complex.The event will honor Entertainment Industry Foundation and Project Angel Food’s founder Marianne Williamson and founding team David Kessler, Ed Rada, Howard Rosenman and Freddie Weber for their many contributions to fulfilling the organization’s mission.Project Angel Food, which cooks and serves nutritious meals to Los Angeles residents battling critical illnesses, was founded by Marianne Williamson 25 years ago when the AIDS and HIV crisis emerged. Marianne and the founding team saw an urgent need to prepare and deliver nutritious meals for seriously ill individuals who were unable to shop and cook for themselves.“It’s wonderful to participate in Project Angel Food’s 25th Anniversary celebration – to both remember what was, and help them usher in a new chapter in the life of the organization,” says Marianne Williamson, Founder of Project Angel Food.Over the years, Project Angel Food has expanded its program to cook medically tailored meals for men and women who suffer from critical illnesses such as cancer, renal failure, congestive heart failure and diabetes. In 2010, the organization initiated its Urban Gardens program by turning donated land into community gardens to grow and harvest organic produce for inclusion in its meal preparation. As of today, Project Angel Food has served nine million meals and prepares 1,200 meals a day.Honoree recipient, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is a charitable organization that harnesses the collective power of the entertainment industry to raise awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues. The Entertainment Industry Foundation has been proud to help Project Angel Food accomplish their goals and mission. Actress and model, Eva Mendes will accept the angel award on behalf of EIF.“For nearly two decades, the Entertainment Industry Foundation has been honored to support Project Angel Food in its mission to provide essential nourishment to those battling critical illnesses, including people living with cancer. Many of EIF’s health initiatives over that same period have focused on advancing cancer research, to improve how the disease is treated. Supporting Project Angel Food has always been a wonderful complement to those efforts, enabling EIF to positively impact more than just one facet of patients’ journeys,” said EIF president and CEO Lisa Paulsen. “It is humbling for EIF to receive this honor, and a privilege to continue supporting Project Angel Food’s truly important work.”Project Angel Food has benefitted from the continued support by members of Hollywood and the entertainment and fashion industries over the years. Longtime supporter and actress Frances Fisher and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette will present at the gala with a special performance by comedienne and actress from the hit TV show Glee, Jane Lynch.“The role that nonprofits play in our community is so important. Businesses must recognize this and demonstrate their support for organizations and their mission to better our local neighborhoods,” said longtime supporter Paul Marciano, co-founder of Guess? Inc.The Angel Awards Gala is the organization’s top fundraiser that enables them to feed and nourish the sick battling critical illnesses and in need of nutrition to survive. To learn more about the Awards Gala, to volunteer or to donate, please visit www.angelfood.org/angelawards2015.
The resumed session of the Fifth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention decided to hold annual meetings of the States Parties in the next three years leading to the 2006 Review Conference to address national measures to implement the Convention and to control dangerous pathogens.The meeting also agreed to look at better international responses to, and investigations of, the alleged use of biological weapons, and improved surveillance of infectious diseases.”These agreed steps constitute an encouraging development in the process of strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention,” said a statement issued by a spokesman for the Secretary-General.
by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 25, 2016 7:10 am MDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sherritt lowers Ambatovy’s 2016 nickel target for second time this year TORONTO – Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) cut its Ambatovy mine’s 2016 nickel production forecast for the second time this year.The mining company — which operates Ambatovy and owns 40 per cent of the joint venture — said Tuesday the new production estimate is for between 40,000 and 42,000 tonnes of nickel.That’s down 2,000 tonnes from an estimate issued in July and down 8,000 tonnes from the original 2016 estimate for between 48,000 and 50,000 tonnes of nickel from the mine in Madagascar.Ambatovy’s 2016 cobalt production estimate is 2,000 to 3,300 tonnes — unchanged from the previous estimate but down from the original 2016 guidance for between 3,300 and 3,800 tonnes.The revised outlook for one of Sherritt’s biggest operations was included with the company’s third-quarter financial report, which showed a loss of $120.8 million or 41 cents per share. That compared with a loss of $210 million or 72 cents per share in the third quarter of 2015.The company reported an adjusted loss from continuing operations of $104.3 million or 35 cents per share for the quarter compared with a loss of $91.4 million or 31 cents per share a year ago.Sherritt’s revenue totalled $58.5 million in the third quarter, down from $74.9 million in the same quarter last year.The Ambatovy project in Madagascar is jointly owned by Sherritt, Sumitomo Corp (32.5 per cent), and Korea Resources Corp (27.5 per cent)In January, Sherritt announced a $1.6-billion writedown of the value of its stake in Ambatovy.
King Mswati III of Swaziland addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina Rakotoarimanana, President of the Republic of Madagascar, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak . “The current structure of the global economy continues to deepen the divide between the global north and global south,” he told the General Assembly’s 72nd annual general debate. “While a few enjoy the benefits of globalization, the majority of the world’s peoples still live in abject poverty and hunger, with no hope of ever improving their living conditions. “We need the political will and commitment from global leaders to address the challenges and obstacles posed by this untransformed structure of the global economy, if we hope to achieve the goals and ambitions of Agenda 2030,” he added, referring to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to eliminate a host of socials ills, such as hunger and diseases, all by 2030. Mr. Zuma stressed that Africa continues to lose a significant chunk of its resources through illicitfinancial outflows, billions of dollars which would otherwise be used to develop the continent, and provide education, healthcare, housing and other critical basic needs, with money laundering, corruption, and transfer pricing by among multinational companies among the biggest challenges. “We appeal for the cooperation and commitment of every member state of the UnitedNations, and the International community at large to address this phenomenon,” he said. “Developed countries in particular, have a historic and moral obligation to contribute to achieving a fair global economic environment, and to eradicate the scourge of illicit financial flows from the continent. The UN should also be at the centre of addressing this problem.” Full statement available here Similarly, highlighting Madagascar’s key poverty alleviation initiatives, President Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina Rakotoarimanana, thanking international support enabled the country to do so. “I can say that since 2016, Madagascar raised $6.4 billion in global investment and aid from institutional donors,” the President announced in his address to the General Assembly. This feat, he explained was made possible through the easing of political conflicts in his country. He added that this injection of funds allowed Madagascar to start investing in the key sectors of its economy and for the future of the country. Thanks to this funding, Madagascar is now working to reduce poverty in a sustainable manner, reaching 92 per cent of the population, he noted, highlighting that policies setting up basic infrastructure in several sectors is also starting to bear fruit, including agriculture, livestock, energy and fisheries. The President also announced health projects, including the launching of a universal health coverage scheme, the reduction of maternal and infant mortality through a strengthening of the network of health centres, an increase in the Government budget on nutrition, and an advanced epidemiological surveillance system that would allow the Government to monitor some 28 epidemic-prone diseases in real time. “One year to go to the 2018 Presidential elections, after hard work and continuous determination, I can say that Madagascar has reached a milestone and a stage that now allow room for hope,” the country’s leader expressed. Full statement (in French) available here Also addressing the Assembly today, Hage G. Geingob, the President of Namibia, highlighted the importance of a “development that reaches all people in an equitable manner”. “Growing income disparities, between nations and within nations, poses the greatest threat for peace within countries and globally,” he said the Assembly’s 72nd annual general debate, stressing that as long as there’s poverty and income inequality in Namibia, lasting peace and social justice would not be achieved. President Geinbog also noted the Namibian support of gender equality and the importance of including women and girls in development, as well as the youth. “We, in Namibia, believe that gender equity is equally important for a stable and harmonious society,” he added, recognizing also the contribution of women in promoting global peace. He also expressed the importance of seeing Africa as an “important and equal partner of the international community, with a contribution to make,” instead of “only a source of primary commodities”. “It is only through unity, that we will bring about a world free from hunger and poverty. It is only through unity, that we will deliver a sustainable planet for our children and their children,” he concluded. Full statement available here Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Also today, expressing his country’s commitment to implementing the SDGs, King Mswati III of Swaziland, highlighted national initiatives to mainstream and localize the global development goals through awareness raising, consultations and education at all levels. “[We have] also integrated the goals into the National Development Strategy, which was revised to capture its linkages with the SDGs and the African Union Agenda 2063,” he said. In his address, King Mswati III, also underlined the urgency to mitigate the challenges arising from climate change, which is already showing its impact through severe droughts, new patterns of pest infestation, as well as hurricanes, floods and landslides. “We urge donors and all nations, to not only fulfil their pledge towards the ‘green fund,’ but also to adopt policies to strike the correct balance between production of essential products and environmental sustainability to protect and preserve the world for future generations.” Further in his address, the leader of Swaziland also spoke of social development in his country, noting progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, and improving the lives of the people. In conclusion, he also highlighted the importance of South-South cooperation as well as capacity building, enhanced resources and technology transfer to help lower-middle-income countries and to least developed countries.Full statement available here Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak In the same vein, Arthur Peter Mutharika, the President of Malawi underscored that it is the responsibility of the current generation of world leaders to ensure that their actions offer hope of a better future to the next generation. “The adoption of the 2030 Agenda reflects our global resolve to address the most pressing challenges in the spirit of the human collaboration,” he said, adding that unity among nations is indispensable. “The cause that rallies us together is that we are one humanity, on one planet. This is the tie that binds us all. All our differences and national interests are secondary to this overriding cause,” he declared. In particular, the President noted the growing impact of climate change, such as through natural disasters, on the most vulnerable and that his country – where 85 per cent of the populations depend on agriculture – crop failures are a tragedy. “Therefore,” he added, “let me appeal to all Member States to consider strategies and avenues for collaboration for us to adapt to the fast-changing climate.” In conclusion, he also spoke against nuclear weapons, noting that it remains the existential threat to humanity, and said that the idea of keeping such weapons “questions the wisdom of mankind.” Expressing his country’s categorical disapproval of the spread of ballistic missile technology, he added: “This should not be tolerated in any way by any Member State of the UN.”Full statement available here
Source: Churchill Downs FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The home of the Kentucky Derby wants to start offering live racing in the winter.Churchill Downs says it will seek approval from Kentucky horse racing regulators to allow the Louisville track to host live racing in the winter of 2020. It’s part of a strategy by its parent company to expand its footprint into northern Kentucky.- Advertisement – If Churchill’s application is approved, live racing would occur at the Louisville track in January through March and in December of 2020. After that, Churchill hopes those racing dates are given to a facility Churchill plans to build in northern Kentucky.Churchill is seeking racing dates that historically have been given to Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. Calls to Turfway’s racing office went unanswered.Churchill already offers live racing in the spring and fall.
VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks are looking forward to building a new rivalry as the NHL expands to Seattle.The league’s board of governors announced Tuesday that it has approved the new franchise and the yet-unnamed team will play starting in 2021.B.C.-born Canucks defenceman Troy Stecher says adding a new club just over 200 kilometres south of Vancouver is exciting for both the league and his team.He notes that a strong rivalry already exists in Major League Soccer between the Vancouver Whitecaps and their regional foes, the Seattle Sounders.But Stecher says developing a similar sense of competition in the NHL will take more than geography, and that the teams will need to battle over time.Canucks head coach Travis Green says he hopes his squad develops a good rivalry with the Seattle team.The Canadian Press
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La surpêche coûterait des milliards d’euros et des milliers d’emplois à l’UE La surpêche coûterait cher à l’Europe mais elle provoquerait également la perte de plus de 100.000 emplois chaque année, dont 83.000 dans les 27 Etats membres de l’Union européenne, d’après un think tank britannique, la New Economics Foundation.Depuis l’explosion démographique et l’augmentation des besoins alimentaires, les stocks marins ont considérablement diminué et sont même quasiment épuisés pour les poissons les plus chers sur le marché. En outre, les scientifiques ont également constaté une diminution de la taille des poissons. Un phénomène qui serait, selon eux, également causé par la pêche intensive exerçant une pression constante sur les stocks de poissons.À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureD’après un rapport établi par la New Economics Foundation, la morue est l’espèce la plus touchée par la surpêche. Sa population aurait perdu chaque année 970.000 tonnes que le volume qui pourrait être pêché si les stocks étaient correctement gérés. De leur côté, l’églefin aurait perdu 378.000 t/an, le hareng 854.000 t/an et le merlan 834.000 t/an. Le laboratoire d’idées explique dans son rapport “Jobs lost at seaque” qu’appliquer un plan de restauration des stocks de 43 espèces de poissons à leur “taux maximal d’exploitation durable” permettrait d’augmenter de 3,5 millions de tonnes le volume de poissons sur le marché. Selon ces spécialistes, 3,2 milliards d’euros pourraient ainsi être économisés en Europe et 1,8 milliard d’euros iraient directement dans les caisses des 27 Etats membres de l’UE, soit trois fois le montant total des aides européennes, d’après le Journal de l’Environnement. De plus, 100.000 emplois pourraient voir le jour.Au vu de ces conclusions, ils’agit selon le rapport, d’instaurer au plus vite une réduction des captures régie par une régulation stricte des prises. Les pêcheurs pourraient ainsi sur le long terme pêcher plus en faisant moins d’efforts, tout en protégeant les stocks contre la surexploitation et en préservant la biodiversité marine.Le 19 février 2012 à 09:39 • Maxime Lambert
Texas supermarket chain HEB said on Thursday that their Houston store located on Braeswood at Chimney Rock had extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding, and that it’s not feasible to repair the facility. Share But Martha Barrera, from HEB, said that they’re still committed to that community. “Meyerland has been good to us”, Barrera stressed. “We’ve been there for 25 years. A lot of people know we rebuilt after the Memorial Day floods, and this time around, it’s just not possible.”A new HEB at Bissonnet and Rice is set to open in the spring. That location will be larger and will carry more kosher products for residents of the historically jewish neighborhood.
Popular on Variety After years of mostly sitting on the sidelines of the digital land grab, Viacom has gotten serious about investing in an online future for its stable of youth-skewing TV properties like MTV, Nickelodeon, BET and Comedy Central.A cornerstone of CEO Bob Bakish’s digital road map is Viacom Digital Studios, led by president Kelly Day, a longtime digital-media exec whom Bakish hired in the fall of 2017. “A lot of people at the time were like, ‘Is Viacom really serious about this digital thing?’” says Day.There was plenty of reason for skepticism: Even Day acknowledges that Viacom had underinvested in digital. “Their strategy was to just harvest the linear-TV business,” says Brian Wieser, global president of business intelligence for GroupM, WPP’s media investment group. She’s set up a diversified portfolio for the unit, with multiple revenue streams. Last summer, she led the acquisition of Awesomeness — the digital studio and network where Day had been chief business officer for almost four years — from owners Verizon, NBCU and Hearst at a fire-sale price sources have pegged at less than $50 million. VDS also acquired VidCon, producer of the industry’s biggest YouTube and online-video conventions, and influencer-marketing firm WhoSay. The traction Danielson’s team saw with the Comedy Central Stand-Up channel on YouTube last fall led to the launch of its first YouTube channel for originals. That features new shows like “Shane Torres Conquers Your Fears,” in which the comedian leads guests through ridiculous immersion-therapy exercises, and upcoming series including “Sex Fails,” featuring cringe-worthy stories of sexual misadventures. The YouTube channel also provides a new home for popular returning digital originals like short-form mockumentary series “Mini-Mocks.”“Now we have enough content — and the process — to lean into what those originals look like,” says Danielson.MTV in particular has worked with VDS to tap its library of intellectual property to create digital series and reimagine franchises for a new generation of mobile-first audiences. Those include a reboot of dating show “Singled Out” on YouTube (with Season 1 garnering more than 20 million views to date) and “Basic to Bougie,” tied to talent from the fan-favorite comedy-improv series “Wild ‘N Out.” VDS also teamed with MTV to launch clips from old episodes of “Wild ’N Out” on a dedicated YouTube channel and launched a channel for “Jersey Shore” featuring offshoot series “Cooking in the Crib With Snooki & Joey.”“Our secret weapon is our treasure trove of IP,” says Jacqueline Parkes, CMO and EVP of digital studios for MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo.Nickelodeon, too, has moved more aggressively in partnership with VDS to feature digital-native talent, including JoJo Siwa, a hugely popular 15-year-old internet star, for whom VDS is producing events, consumer products and originals like the animated “The JoJo and BowBow Show,” co-starring her adorable Yorkshire terrier. “We weren’t doing this a year ago,” says Kim Rosenblum, Nickelodeon’s head of marketing and chief creative officer.Day says data shows VDS’s increased output isn’t the reason viewers are peeling away from TV. Around 30% of people 18-34 don’t even have cable TV anyway, per Nielsen. “We’re not directing people away from TV to YouTube – we’re tapping into people who are already on YouTube,” she says. “We aren’t just marketing at them, throwing tune-in at them. It’s stuff they like.” VDS is trying to replicate the model internationally, launching Viacom Digital Studios International in August 2018. The group, led by GM Brendan Yam, who previously headed multiplatform content for MTV and Comedy Central, is focused on creating content around its brands outside the U.S., working with 52 international offices to produce content in 17 different languages.It’s still early days, but Yam says VDS International digital views are already on the rise. “What we’re trying to solve is, How do you knit all these people and brands together to localize great content, and share it around the world, and have these teams work together in a 24-hour-a-day way?”For now, Viacom is mostly avoiding the rush to subscription video-on-demand to chase market leader Netflix. Day also points to Viacom’s $340 million purchase of free video-streaming start-up Pluto TV, which has 12 million monthly unique viewers — a built-in outlet for VDS content. “Disney and AT&T are going hard after an SVOD model,” she says. “We think there’s a huge opportunity in ad-supported businesses. Consumers like free.”Day still confronts naysayers who think Viacom is too late to the party. “Companies walk in here and say, ‘We’re building the next MTV,’” she says. But MTV is already a digital powerhouse, Day counters — it snared 8 billion video streams across all platforms in 2018.“The viewership on these platforms, it’s a hockey stick,” she says. “And advertisers follow eyeballs.”Anchored by the VDS strategy, Viacom is positioned to win more digital ad business, according to GroupM’s Wieser. But, he adds: “You’re not going to be successful just by showing up. You have to execute.” For VDS, Day says, it’s critical to have multiple revenue streams that span online advertising, branded content, live events, content licensing and merchandise. It’s a rough time for companies trying to monetize digital content: In the last few months, Machinima, Defy Media and StyleHaul’s U.S. operations have winked out of existence, and BuzzFeed and Vice Media have undergone substantial layoffs.“There’s no silver bullet for building a profitable digital media business,” says Day.Awesomeness tucked into the VDS lineup neatly, with a slate of digital, film and TV originals aimed at young girls — older than Nick’s audience but younger than MTV’s. In addition to its YouTube channel (with 6.6 million subscribers) and shows for Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, Awesomeness is the studio behind Hulu series “Pen15” and “Light as a Feather,” as well as Netflix hit teen romance “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (for which a sequel is in the works).The sale to Viacom “was almost like it was meant to be,” says Rebecca Glashow, co-head of Awesomeness alongside Shelley Zimmerman. “It’s so rarely such a plug-and-play in terms of personalities and our goals.” Glashow acknowledges that Awesomeness went through a stressful period when the company cut nearly 100 employees — about half the staff — after the sale by the company’s prior owners Verizon, NBCU and Hearst. The cuts have made Awesomeness more efficient, Glashow says, as the group now leverages Viacom’s centralized resources like legal, operations, HR and communications groups. “That was something we were never able to do when we had three owners,” she says.VDS, given its past acquisitions, is now seen as a potential buyer. Day gestures to a visitor sitting on her office sofa on the 26th floor of Viacom’s New York City midtown headquarters. “There are a lot of people who have sat on that couch and said, ‘Please buy my company,’” she says.For Viacom’s core TV networks, VDS now has an established process for expanding output on social and digital platforms. VDS represents “the fundamentals of how a cable network also becomes responsive to digital,” says Jennifer Danielson, senior VP of digital for Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land. Kelly Day, president, Viacom Digital Studios Brooke Alexander/Studio Brooke The new digital push became inevitable as TV audiences continued to shrink, Wieser notes. It’s not getting better: Viacom Media Networks ad sales fell 6% in the fourth quarter of 2018 on lower linear-TV ratings. “At a certain point, it becomes difficult to manage a declining entity,” the analyst says.A little more than a year into VDS, Day says her team — comprising more than 400 employees — has achieved real momentum, programming specifically for different platforms with new original series and harnessing Viacom’s intellectual property. According to research firm Tubular Labs, in October 2017, Viacom ranked No. 24 among media and entertainment properties for online video views. Fast-forward to February 2019: The company had jumped to No. 9 on that same leaderboard, with 3.54 billion cross-platform views across brands (up 57% from a year earlier).That puts Viacom in the same league as BuzzFeed (3.5 billion views in February), while it trails other conglomerates like WarnerMedia, Disney and Comcast/NBCUniversal. Viacom’s brands have a collective social footprint of some 860 million fans.“Our mission is about repositioning our brands in the minds of consumers,” Day says. “Younger audiences had moved heavily into digital, and the brands got a little bit lost in that equation.”VDS isn’t profitable today, according to Day, as it continues to spend on building the business. Viacom doesn’t break out digital revenue but analysts say it’s still a fraction of the TV side of the house. “Yes, we want it to be a fast-growing, profitable business,” Day says. “But it was a big investment in our brands and content, and that’s still the driving force behind this.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Final Fight is Capcom’s best-known beat ‘em up game but it isn’t the company’s only entry in the genre. Like many publishers, Capcom produced a great deal of arcade brawlers in the late 80s/early 90’s. The company has now taken some of its best beat ‘em ups and compiled them into the appropriately named Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle. Capcom has done a stellar job re-releasing its classic games in recent years and this latest bundle is no exception.The Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle features Final Fight, Captain Commando, Knights of the Round, The King of Dragons, and Warriors of Fate. Along with these, the anthology also has Battle Circuit and Armored Warriors, which were previously only released in Japan. While all of the titles feature the same core mechanics, they each have unique aspects that make them stand out.Final Fight is the prototypical arcade brawler where you beat up bad guys in a modern city. The King of Dragons and Knights of the Round feature fantasy settings with players fighting against all manner of monsters and sorcerers. Captain Commando, Armored Warriors, and Battle Circuit take place in the future, while Warriors of Fate is set in medieval China. There’s a great deal of diversity here despite the fact it’s a single genre.Like most people, I’m most familiar with Final Fight. I know about Captain Commando because of Marvel vs Capcom, but besides that, I don’t know much about the rest of the games in the collection. Because of that, most of these titles are brand-new to me. I’m sure most players will feel the same way.As with its other collections, Capcom added a slew of options for players to tinker around with. Users can play offline or online, choose between playing the English or Japanese versions, and adjust parameters like difficulty spikes, overall difficulty, amount of players, and number of lives. Since the games have a 4:3 aspect ratio, users can place different wallpapers to cover up the empty space on the sides. They can also save and load each game at any point. There’s a lot to toy with here.Despite all of these options, there are no screen filters of any kind. Usually, collections like these have options to either smooth out pixels or to add scanlines. It’s a good thing the games look great in their raw form. Otherwise, having no filters would have been a major issue. This is a testament to how well the graphics have aged over the decades. Still, I’m disappointed I can’t add scanlines to give the games that old-school feel. In the grand scheme of things, this is a small complaint. However, considering how every Capcom collection I’ve played in recent years had graphical options, this omission is puzzling.The gallery has a large assortment of promotional and concept art from each title. Capcom has some of the best artists in the industry and the gallery does a great job of demonstrating this. Had this collection released last year, the gallery would have perfect. However, after the gallery in Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, this one comes up short. There are no details about any of the games. It would have been great to have some additional insight from the game developers, for example. With the exception of Final Fight, most people know next to nothing about these titles. This is definitely a missed opportunity.Though beat ‘em ups are fun, they can become very repetitive when playing alone. It’s best to play with others since it exponentially enhances the experience. You can play with others either offline or online. Online mode is very straight forward. You can either create your own lobby or join someone else’s. From my experience, there isn’t much in the way of lag. It happens on occasion, but not enough to ruin the experience. Users can adjust frame lag in options, but I found playing on the default setting worked well enough. As far as I’m concerned, the online mode is worth the price of admission. It’s a blast.Before wrapping this up, I have to address the proverbial elephant in the room: the games missing from the collection. Classics like The Punisher, Alien vs Predator, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, and the two Dungeons & Dragons beat ‘em ups are nowhere to be found. I’m going to guess this is due to licensing rights. It’s possible Capcom didn’t want to deal with any problems and just left them out. This is understandable, but it still stinks that this isn’t exactly a complete collection of Capcom’s brawlers.Missing games aside, the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle is a testament to the enduring nature of the beat ‘em up genre. Even after decades, these games are a blast to play. The collection does a respectable job of both preserving the titles and presenting them to modern audiences. Though it lacks graphical options, the variety of tweaks one can make to each title is impressive. Minor issues aside, this is yet another excellent Capcom collection.For more on Nintendo Switch check out everything you need to know about the system as well as cool games to play before Smash Bros. comes out.Buy it now!Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.