Bhopal water crisis: A glaring problem

first_imgMansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Former cricketer and Nawab of PataudiBhopal to me has always been home. I was born there and till we went to school, we spent a lot of time in Bhopal, especially during the violence and tension of 1946-47. During the communal riots in Punjab, we were,Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Former cricketer and Nawab of PataudiBhopal to me has always been home. I was born there and till we went to school, we spent a lot of time in Bhopal, especially during the violence and tension of 1946-47. During the communal riots in Punjab, we were sent off to stay with our grandmother in Bhopal as it would be safer. It was great fun as it was a joint family system, lots of cousins and uncles, playing cricket or hockey, and all study was done at home. Then when things settled down post-independence, my father joined the external affairs ministry and we moved to Delhi. While at Welham’s in Dehradun, I spent all my holidays in Bhopal. When my grandfather died in 1960, my mother, Begum Sajida Sultan, succeeded him and we moved to Bhopal permanently.A runaway realestate sector is leaving Bhopal with a water crisisThe charm of Bhopal will always be the lake and the hills. The temperature did feel cooler than it does now and during the monsoon, it was beautiful to see the clouds come across the lake. Under royalty, Bhopal was feudal and the population was small, about 50,000. The culture was predominantly Muslim, some of which you still see in parts of the old city, a kind of mini Lucknow. It was relaxed and everyone farmed, which meant everyone had a lot of spare time. The roads were broad, there was no shortage of water or electricity. As a child, we lived in the old part of the palace. It now houses government offices and I don’t go there anymore but I gather that it’s still beautiful. We later moved to the new part of the palace and eventually, in 1970, we moved out to a smaller house.My favourite place in Bhopal used to be my aunt’s home which is now hotel Noor-us-sabah. We used to spend a lot of time there. And below that was the Rizwan Bagh, that was given to my wife as a wedding present. Saif, my son, too went to school in Bhopal for a term when he was eight, it was the first and the last time he stood first in class. My favourite mosque is the Moti Masjid. Tajul Masjid is a beautiful mosque too but its view from the main road is blocked now.advertisementBhopal also had a rich culture of sports with hockey topping the list of favourites. Even the common people could tell a bad player from a good one, a good shot from a bad. It’s no longer so, now everyone plays cricket. For a while the growth was organised, some of the new colonies such as T.T. Nagar were well laid out but then it began to get haphazard and civic amenities could not keep pace. The population is now close to two million. There is a serious shortage of water as the lake is no longer used. There is a shortage of electricity also. The city has become very congested. Perhaps I’m being over critical, as the government has tried to keep it clean. Perhaps you can’t stop the madness that comes with cities. It’s the same with Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur, Jaipur-all overcrowded.Where Bhopal is headed depends on how seriously the authorities take its governance. For instance, the lake is drying up. There were efforts to desilt it but it only became shallower and the water evaporated faster. So if there is no governance it will be on its way to becoming very uncomfortable, almost unliveable.- As told to Sumaiya Khanlast_img read more

Abdominal pain

first_imgDefinitionAbdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly.Alternative NamesStomach pain; Pain – abdomen; Belly ache; Abdominal cramps; Bellyache; StomachacheConsiderationsAlmost everyone has pain in the abdomen at some point. Most of the time, it is not serious.How bad your pain is does not always reflect the seriousness of the condition causing the pain.For example, you might have very bad abdominal pain if you have gas or stomach cramps due to viral gastroenteritis.However, life-threatening conditions, such as colon cancer or early appendicitis, may only cause mild pain or no pain.Other ways to describe pain in your abdomen include:Generalized pain: This means that you feel it in more than half of your belly. This type of pain is more typical for a stomach virus, indigestion, or gas. If the pain becomes more severe, it may be caused by a blockage of the intestines.Localized pain: This is pain found in only one area of your belly. It is more likely to be a sign of a problem in an organ, such as the appendix, gallbladder, or stomach.Cramp-like pain: This type of pain is not serious most of the time. It is likely to be due to gas and bloating, and is often followed by diarrhea. More worrisome signs include pain that occurs more often, lasts than 24 hours, or occurs with a fever.Colicky pain: This type of pain comes in waves. It very often starts and ends suddenly, and is often severe. Kidney stones and gallstones are common causes of this type of belly pain.CausesadvertisementMany different conditions can cause abdominal pain. The key is to know when you need to get immediate medical care. Sometimes you may only need to call a doctor if your symptoms continue.Less serious causes of abdominal pain include:ConstipationIrritable bowel syndromeFood allergies or intolerance (such as lactose intolerance)Food poisoningStomach fluOther possible causes include:AppendicitisAbdominal aortic aneurysm (bulging and weakening of the major artery in the body)Bowel blockage or obstructionCancer of the stomach, colon (large bowel), and other organsCholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) with or without gallstonesDecreased blood supply to the intestines (ischemic bowel)Diverticulitis (inflammation and infection of the colon)Heartburn, indigestion, or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis)Kidney stonesPancreatitis (swelling or infection of the pancreas)UlcersSometimes, abdominal pain may occur due to a problem somewhere else in your body, such as your chest or pelvic area. For example, you may have abdominal pain if you have:Severe menstrual crampsEndometriosisMuscle strainPelvic inflammatory disease (PID)Tubal (ectopic) pregnancyUrinary tract infectionsHome CareYou can try the following home care steps to ease mild abdominal pain:Sip water or other clear fluids. You may have sports drinks in small amounts. (People with diabetes must check their blood sugar often and adjust their medicines as needed).Avoid solid food for the first few hours.If you have been vomiting, wait 6 hours, and then eat small amounts of mild foods such as rice, applesauce, or crackers. Avoid dairy products.If the pain is high up in your abdomen and occurs after meals, antacids may help, especially if you feel heartburn or indigestion. Avoid citrus, high-fat foods, fried or greasy foods, tomato products, caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated beverages.Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medications, and narcotic pain pills unless your health care provider prescribes them. If you know that your pain is not related to your liver, you can try acetaminophen (Tylenol).These additional steps may help prevent some types of abdominal pain:Drink plenty of water each day.Eat small meals more frequently.Exercise regularly.Limit foods that produce gas.Make sure that your meals are well-balanced and high in fiber. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalGet medical help right away or call your local emergency number (such as 911) if you:Are currently being treated for cancerAre unable to pass stool, especially if you are also vomitingAre vomiting blood or have blood in your stool (especially if maroon or dark, tarry black)Have chest, neck, or shoulder painHave sudden, sharp abdominal painHave pain in, or between, your shoulder blades with nauseaHave tenderness in your belly, or your belly is rigid and hard to the touchAre pregnant or could be pregnantHad a recent injury to your abdomenHave difficulty breathingCall your doctor if you have:Abdominal discomfort that lasts 1 week or longerAbdominal pain that does not improve in 24 – 48 hours, or becomes more severe and frequent and occurs with nausea and vomitingBloating that persists for more than 2 daysBurning sensation when you urinate or frequent urinationDiarrhea for more than 5 daysFever (over 100F for adults or 100.4F for children) with your painProlonged poor appetiteProlonged vaginal bleedingUnexplained weight lossWhat to Expect at Your Office VisitadvertisementYour health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your symptoms and medical history. Your specific symptoms, the location of pain and when it occurs will help your health care provider diagnosis the cause.LOCATION OF YOUR PAINWhere do you feel the pain?Is it all over or in one spot?Does the pain move into your back, groin, or down your legs?TYPE AND INTESITY OF YOUR PAINIs the pain severe, sharp, or cramping?Do you have it all the time, or does it come and go?Does the pain wake you up at night?HISTORY OF YOUR PAINHave you had similar pain in the past? How long has each episode lasted?When does the pain occur? For example, after meals or during menstruation?What makes the pain worse? For example, eating, stress, or lying down?What makes the pain better? For example, drinking milk, having a bowel movement, or taking an antacid?What medications are you taking?OTHER MEDICAL HISTORYHave you had a recent injury?Are you pregnant?What other symptoms do you have?Tests that may be done include:Barium enemaBlood, urine, and stool testsCT scanColonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy (tube through the rectum into the colon)EKG (electrocardiogram) or heart tracingUltrasound of the abdomenUpper endoscopy (tube through the mouth into the esophagus, stomach and upper small intestine)Upper GI (gastrointestinal) and small bowel seriesX-rays of the abdomenReferencesEbell MH. Diagnosis of appendicitis: part 1. History and physical examination. Am Fam Physician. 2008;77:828-830.Bundy DG, Byerley JS, Liles EA, Perrin EM, Katznelson J, Rice HE. Does this child have appendicitis? JAMA. 2007;25:438-451.Millham FH. Acute abdominal pain. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtrans Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 10.Squires RA., Postier RG., Acute abdomen In: Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 47.Budhram GR, Bengiamin RN., Abdominal pain. In Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2013:chap 27.Review Date:5/12/2014Reviewed By:Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Sports wrap: India sweat over Pandya’s fitness, Pakistan suffer Test series defeat and more

first_imgInjured Pandya out for six weeks, may miss England ODIsHardik Pandya has been ruled out of competitive cricket for a minimum of six weeks after the shoulder injury he sustained during the net-session turned out to be a hairline fracture.2nd Test: New Zealand stun Pakistan to sweep seriesNew Zealand took nine wickets in the final session to snatch an extraordinary 138-run win over Pakistan in the second Test, completing a 2-0 sweep and ending a 31-year drought in home series against Pakistan.Indian fans need to show more respect to their cricket starsIndia’s fans have to be more disciplined while expressing their love for their cricketing heroes.Pakistan’s ouster from Junior Hockey World Cup pre-planned: PHFThe Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has lashed out at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) move to bar the country from taking part in the Junior Hockey World Cup, terming it “pre-planned”.Man United manager Mourinho charged again by FAManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after he was sent off at the weekend for the second time in a month.last_img read more

Flawless Fleetwood takes lead, Woods makes promising return

first_imgBy Bharat SharmaAlbany (Bahamas), Dec 1 (PTI) Tommy Fleetwood was fully focused on the golf despite his wedding next week as he took the lead in the Hero World Challenge with a six-under 66 on the opening day that also saw Tiger Woods make a promising return to the sport.While all eyes were on Woods, Fleetwood quietly went about his business to make a strong start in the tournament. A shot behind the Englishman were Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler of the United States.Woods, playing his first competitive round since February, was within one shot of the lead before finishing with a three-under 69 to be at Tied-8th. Earlier in the week, the 41-year-old said that his back was finally pain-free but it remains to be seen how his body holds up over four days of high-pressure golf.The five-time Hero Challenge winner had some trouble finding fairways as he found only seven of the 13 fairways but he did reach 12 greens out of the 18. He needed 28 putts, but must have rued two messed up chips and a handful of missed half chances on the green.Woods birdied on holes 3, 8, 10, 13, 14 but lost the advantage with bogeys on the par-five 9 and 15. Woods felt it was a mixed day for him.”Up and down because I had a lot of birdies, made a lot of putts. I didnt play the par 5s very well, made two 6s and I grinded it out and made a few pars, which is nice,” he said.advertisementOn his comeback, Woods added: “It was not only nice to get the first round out of the way, but also Im only three shots out of the lead. So to be able to put myself there after not playing for — is it 10 months or so, in the neighbourhood of that — it was nice to feel the adrenaline out there.”I had to dial it back a little bit with my clubs, take it a little bit further because obviously I was a little jacked up. The shot that I hit over there at 14 was pretty sweet, a little 95-yard pitching wedge. If I would have had that same shot early in the round, I couldnt have played it because I had not figured out how to dial it back yet.”Fleetwood, on the other hand, was bogey free and displayed stellar form which has carried him through as many six countries in last 10 weeks and yielded a bunch of Top-10 finishes and the Race to Dubai honours. He was near-perfect as he found 15 of the 18 greens, 10 of the 13 fairways and needed 28 putts on a day, which was partly cloudy and breezy.Besides Fleetwood, Kuchar and Dustin Johnson (68) were the only players to go bogey free.”I played really well, got off to a nice start. The first five holes I hit a lot of good shots and felt like I had a good rhythm and a couple birdies early on. The front nine, 4- under on the front nine is a good start to the day,” said Fleetwood.On getting married next week, he added: “Well, Clares in charge and she has picked out the venue, so its like ceremony, then dinner and then party at our villa. Yeah, Ill make sure I know come Tuesday morning where Im going. Were not going to see each other Monday night.”Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (T-14) turned in a 1 -under 71, which included four consecutive birdies from 14th to 17th holes. PTI BS PDS PDSlast_img read more

Football Ferns look to future after damning report confirms bullying inside NZF

first_imgIncidents during the tours were such that some of New Zealand’s most senior, experienced female players laid complaints through the NZPFA following the Football Ferns’ June match against Nadeshiko Japan in Wellington this year. They refused to play for the team again if Heraf remained in charge. He was initially placed on special leave for the review, but resigned with immediate effect while the process was underway.The report, written by employment lawyer Phillipa Muir, noted the bravery of the complainants “to put their careers as international players on the line over this.”Muir found NZF shared “responsibility for the complaints that arose and the resulting impacts on staff and players”. She noted that the organisation lacked processes for serious complaints from players, and that in recent years there “had been insufficient focus by NZF on player welfare”.An NZF staff member on the Spain tour in March reported concerns about Heraf’s conduct and later resigned as a result of those concerns not being addressed by NZF. NZF’s governing executive committee had claimed it was unaware of the staff member’s concerns. New Zealand women’s football coach resigns amid alleged ‘toxic culture’ Read more Share via Email Share on Facebook Considering the wider culture at NZF, the Muir Report found it to be widely perceived as “a boys club”, with no women in its senior leadership team, only 21% of its total staff being female, and “a tolerance of inappropriate banter” in some areas of the organisation.In a similar vein, some Football Ferns believed the organisation didn’t always recognise their achievements “to the extent they should” (the team is consistently in FIFA’s top 20 while their male counterparts, the All Whites, are currently ranked 119).The report also noted that a key component of the new collective bargaining agreement between NZF and the NZPFA, announced in May and covering both the Football Ferns and the All Whites, was broken at the first time of asking.The agreement made global headlines as a first for agreeing to give all NZF national team players equal pay and access to business class for long-haul flights. However, NZF “effectively disregarded the commitment to providing business class airfares for the Ferns”, only complying when the NZPFA threatened to publicise this.“It’s all very well [for NZF] to take the plaudits for its progressiveness but the CBA isn’t worth the paper it’s written on if it’s not being adhered to”, says veteran Football Fern and NZPFA board member Sarah Gregorius. She was a key figure in the CBA negotiations and as a player was part of Muir’s review.Gregorius is upbeat about the report’s potential to effect change. While it would be easy to take the report solely as an indictment on NZF, she says the recommendations have the capacity “to not only correct the past, but also create a more meaningful and productive future”.She points out that reflecting on the events which led to the review is useful only insofar as “you can learn from it, but not to dwell on it. It’s important to be forward-looking as there’s so much to look forward to, with the World Cup next year and the Olympics beyond that.” “From here the only way is up”.The fact that the review was conducted by a leading female lawyer was seen as significant by Gregorius. It enabled the players involved to feel that they could openly discuss their concerns about Heraf, who had not worked in the women’s game prior to his appointment as the Football Ferns coach.”You want there to be no barriers for people to feel able to be honest and open and to feel listened to. It helps to mitigate unconscious biases, or perceived biases, too.”“Remember that what brought about the whole [review] process was gender – that someone who had no experience working in the women’s game was brought into it and was not able to work in it.”The Muir Report comes when there is movement in New Zealand towards a more nuanced, athlete-led understanding of what high performance sport culture could entail – particularly in women’s sport.The recent expansion of the New Zealand Athlete Federation (an organisation made up of representatives from football, rugby, netball, cricket, hockey, and swimming) is an example of this. Gregorius is enthusiastic about the potential it offers through sharing experiences and expertise across codes, having leant on the organisation during the review process.“We’re not the first team to go through this, we’re not the first code to go through this, these days it’s a very contemporary issue.”“I’m excited for what it can yield for the future and athletes and female sport across all codes”. It’s important to be forward-looking as there’s so much to look forward to, with the World Cup next year and the Olympics beyond that.Sarah Gregorius Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Topics Fifa must do more to highlight the quality in the women’s game Reuse this content Read morecenter_img Share on Pinterest Women’s World Cup 2019 Share on LinkedIn New Zealand (Football) It started with 12 players making 13 complaints about the behaviour of one coach over two tours. It continued with 80 interviews and a three-month review into the conduct and culture inside New Zealand Football.This week a damning 22-page report found allegations from the Football Ferns, NZ’s national women’s football team, that former coach and NZF technical director Andreas Heraf “bullied” and “harassed” players and staff during team tours in Spain and New Zealand this year to be largely substantiated, drawing an apology from NZF president, Deryck Shaw. Australia sport Women’s football New Zealand (World news) Women’s World Cup Eni Aluko features Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Vince Gill To Perform At William Shatners Hollywood Charity Horse Show

first_imgOrganizers for the 23rd Annual William Shatner Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo, announced today that country music legend Vince Gill will perform live at the event to be held on April 27, 2013.The Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo enters its 23rd year of fundraising with a spectacular affair at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank, California.Guests will be treated to an exciting arena show with Tommy Turvey and a world-class reining competition, followed by a western dinner catered by Stonefire Grill. The evening concludes with a special LIVE performance by country music legend Vince Gill.Proceeds from the event will benefit special-needs children’s charities across the city of Los Angeles including: AHEAD With Horses, Camp Max Straus, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Painted Turtle and others.“Over the last 23 years, we have been able to help thousands of young Angelinos thanks to the support we receive from our generous sponsors and attendees,” commented William Shatner. “We are so fortunate to have the great talent of Vince Gill for our entertainment this year. He is absolutely terrific and generous with his time and support.”Information about the 23rd Annual “Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo” at www.horseshow.org, or 818.509.2290.last_img read more

Italy lifts travel warning for Egypt resorts

first_imgROME – Italy on Sunday lifted a travel warning for Egyptian beach resorts imposed last year but continued to advise tourists to stay away from other parts of the country, saying there was still “instability and turbulence”.The foreign ministry had issued the warning in August 2013 following Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster by the military and a crackdown on protests.In its statement on Sunday it said the government in Egypt had now ended a state of emergency and ceasefire. “There is however still a climate of instability and turbulence that could lead to clashes in squares in different parts of the country,” it said.“The ongoing and difficult phase of transition that Egypt has been going through in these months also prevents us from excluding the possibility of hostile or terrorist actions,” it said.Italian tourists have traditionally been among the most numerous visitors to the land of the Pyramids and around one million visited in 2010, the last year president Hosni Mubarak was in power.Egyptian authorities said 400,000 Italians visited the country’s resorts in 2013 before the travel warning.The decline in tourism since the fall of Mubarak has hobbled Egypt’s economy.last_img read more

UNICEF scales up efforts to assist vulnerable Iraqi children

17 June 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today it is scaling up its emergency operation in Iraq to address the basic needs of more than 360,000 vulnerable children inside the strife-torn nation. After five years of conflict, more than 800,000 Iraqi children are unable to go to school and only 40 per cent can access safe water, according to the agency. Through its Immediate Action for Vulnerable Children and Family – or IMPACT programme – UNICEF is aiming to assist over 360,000 children this year and ensure they have access to health care and are protected against malnutrition. The programme also seeks to provide safe water, emergency education and specialized care for abused and vulnerable children and women. “In response to the emergency situation, UNICEF has reflected and worked with partners to better address the needs as we assess them and also be increasingly on the ground with partners. This is where IMPACT Iraq comes from,” said Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.“It is an adaptation to the security situation on the ground… to allow us to have better access through a number of NGO [non-governmental organization] partners, as well as communities on the ground to address the needs of education, health water and sanitation as well as protection,” she stated.In April the UN envoy tasked with protecting the rights of children caught up in armed conflict said that Iraq’s children are “silent victims” of the continued violence. “Many of them are no longer go to school, many are recruited for violent activities or detained in custody, they lack access to the most basic services and manifest a wide range of psychological symptoms from the violence in their everyday lives,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said following a visit to the country. She called on all parties to give unhindered access to aid workers, and urged that agencies such as UNICEF, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), be allowed to reach children in all parts of Iraq. read more

Loblaws 124B Shoppers deal hatched during early morning rendezvous in minivan north

TORONTO — A $12.4-billion bid by Loblaw Companies Ltd. to buy pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. was not pitched in a boardroom on Bay Street, but instead, during a countryside meeting in a minivan northwest of Toronto.[np_storybar title=”What Loblaw/Shoppers Drug Mart tie-up will do for consumers” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/07/15/what-loblawshoppers-drug-mart-tie-up-will-do-for-consumers/”%5DWith the union of Canada’s largest grocery and pharmacy chains, Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Shoppers Drug Mart Corp., consumers could stand to benefit from a broader loyalty program and shared products, experts say. The deal means you could start to see Life brand products in Loblaw’s stores and President’s Choice products in Shoppers Drug Mart locations, Ken Wong, a marketing professor at Queen’s School of Business, said. Read more. [/np_storybar]The heads of the two companies say the friendly deal was brokered because it was a good match, but more importantly, the timing was right.“I met with (Shopper’s chair) Holger (Kluge) in a minivan on a country road on Thursday morning at 8 o’clock,” Loblaw executive chairman Galen Weston said Monday.“That’s when I proposed to him the transaction.”But the two men said they’ve been in discussions over a potential sale for years.“We’d been dating for some time,” Kluge said.Weston said he has been thinking about expanding his grocery empire into the health and wellness category for the past decade.“The companies have known each other for a long time but you know, in fact this happened very, very quickly,” he said of the offer which was made June 11.Kluge said Loblaw was not the only contender for the drugstore chain, which has received solicited and unsolicited offers over the past few years.Yet ultimately, Loblaw was the best fit and the deal that made the most financial sense.“In the end, when we got the approach that we did and you see in front of you, it was by far, superior to anything else that we have seen throughout our discussions over the last two years,” he said.NOW READ THIS: Loblaw’s blockbuster Shoppers deal shows grocers are hungry for pharmacy deals read more

Fall of Iraqi regime reveals grim truth that Kuwaiti prisoners were killed

“After many years of manoeuvring and denial by the previous Government of Iraq, a grim truth is unveiling itself,” he writes in a report to the Security Council released today. “The discovery of mass graves in Iraq containing the mortal remains of Kuwaitis is a gruesome and devastating development.”While holding out hope that some of the 605 missing persons could be found alive, he acknowledges that prospects are dim.The Secretary-General, who has been reporting regularly to the Council on the fate of missing persons and efforts to rescue them, shares evidence of the former regime’s atrocities that has emerged since its downfall, including photographs of mass graves and human remains.He also takes the occasion of what is perhaps his last report to the Council on the matter to urge that justice prevail in the face of these horrors. “The removal from Kuwait of civilians – men and women – their execution in cold blood in remote sites in Iraq, and a decade-long cover-up of the truth constitute a grave violation of human rights and international humanitarian law,” he writes. “Those responsible for these horrendous crimes, particularly those who ordered the executions, must be brought to justice.”The report describes the efforts of the UN High-level Coordinator on the issue, Yuli Vorontsov, to uncover information on missing Kuwaiti persons and property. It details ongoing exhumations that prove the cruel nature of the crimes, including photographs that “clearly show the human remains with bullet-entry marks in the skulls.””More and more Kuwaitis are now resigned to the belief that all the Kuwaitis who were listed as missing are probably dead,” Mr. Annan notes, extending condolences to all those affected.Amid this devastating picture, the Secretary-General finds cause for hope that the changed situation can clear the way for further cooperation on humanitarian issues between Iraq and Kuwait.”The fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime and the opening of avenues for direct contact between the parties concerned inspired hopes for an early resolution of all outstanding questions,” he says. While noting that some progress has been achieved, he cautions, “More time will be needed and more efforts required before the questions of concern to Kuwait can be settled.” read more

Technology vital for small nations to meet development goals Lesothos Prime Minister

While climate change is also a concern for Primer Minister Jose Ulisses de Pina Correia E. Silva of Cabo Verde, calling on the international community to prioritize efforts that would prevent destruction to the island. “Each island that disappears because of climate change will be a nightmare for humanity,” he said. Among other topics raised in his speech, the Prime Minister underscored the small country’s aims for “relevance” on the global scale. “Despite our smallness, we want to make Cabo Verde a country with relevance in the Middle Atlantic in terms of economic stature, security, and diplomacy for peace and the promotion of freedom and democracy,” he said. Resulting from mergers between Europe and Africa, Cabo Verde wants to position itself as a transit hub in the Middle Atlantic for tourism, air transport, port operations, financial and investment operations, business localization and business development in the digital and nano-technological economy, he said. Similarly, the country wants to position itself as a “useful interlocutor in the concert of nations for dialogue, peace and tolerance.”Full statement available here “Attainment of sustainable development will elude us if there is no genuine commitment by all, including our development partners,” said Motsoahae Thomas Thabane. “Indeed, the principles of common but differentiated responsibility and economic might and capability between the developed and the developing nations, are critical for our success in building a sustainable world.” The Prime Minister called on the international community to continue mobilizing and providing additional financial resources to Africa for climate-friendly technologies. “In the same vein, we urge countries that have reneged on their support to the Paris Agreement to reconsider their position and come back to the fold,” he said. Agreed by 195 nations, the 2015 Paris Agreement seeks to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future. Its main aim is to keep global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.Full statement available here Also addressing the Assembly, Benin’s Foreign Minister Pascal Irénée Koupaki highlighted the importance of multilateralism as an ethical and political imperative for peace. “Our session opens at a time when the world faces a multitude of complex problems,” he said. “Violent extremism and radicalism weigh heavily on international security and stability. The attacks against multilateralism, and thus attacks against the United Nations, are part and parcel of this pernicious tendency which we must reject.”Full statement (in French) available here Pascal Irenee Koupaki, Minister of State in Charge of Coordination and Secretary-General in the Presidency of Benin, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Prime Minister José Ulisses Correia e Silva of the Republic of Cabo Verde addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak read more

Venezuela migrant crisis begs a coherent predictable and harmonized response UNHCR

The inflow of migrants to neighboring Latin American countries and the Caribbean is exacerbating social and economic tensions in the effort to protect the increasing number of people with vulnerabilities and those in need of international protection, the agency’s Joint UNHCR-IOM (International Organization for Migration) Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, Eduardo Stein, said in a statement.”I call upon countries in the region to preserve access to asylum”.Joint @Refugees @UNmigration Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, Eduardo Stein, fears that limitations would increase vulnerabilities.Read his statement: https://t.co/dW7BGILXG5 pic.twitter.com/xns1vrqeUA— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) August 29, 2019 Despite dwindling resources and overwhelmed institutions, host countries, “continue to make commendable efforts to give protection and assistance and to promote the social and economic inclusion of Venezuelans in their territory,” Mr. Stein said.“However, there is little doubt that the situation of Venezuelan refugees and migrants is surpassing the capacities of individual counties and of the region as a whole.”Mr. Stein expressed he is “concerned that the limits on Venezuelans in accessing the territory of receiving countries may force them into making irregular journeys, leading to trafficking and smuggling, are exacerbating their vulnerabilities.”The perils migrants face trying to reach new territory have gained international attention after grim stories have surfaced such as the June tragedy in Mexico’s Rio Grande, and the 30 Venezuelan migrants who vanished in an April boat accident.  “I respectfully exhort countries in the region to continue to articulate, coordinate and harmonize their policies,” Mr. Stein said, encouraging countries participating in the Quito Process, a road map intended to help integrate Venezuelan migrants into their host countries, to continue to seek responsibility-sharing in the support for people on the move.Mr. Stein also stressed the need for a collective response, saying: “It is only through a coherent, predictable and harmonized regional response that countries in the region will be able to meet the unprecedented humanitarian challenge of responding to the needs of a growing number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants.” read more

The Warriors Could Be The 1990s Bulls Or The 1970s Bucks

1998-99Spurs1728+105✓29.478 28.942 1966-6776ers1734+103✓27.995% 2008-09Cavaliers1738+188 YEARTEAMCOMPOSITE ELOCHANGE FROM PRIOR SEASONWON NBA FINALSAVG AGE*CONT-INUITY* 2010-11Heat1702+138 That’s a pretty good group. You see Michael Jordan’s Bulls (twice), along with Tim Duncan’s Spurs and several of the Lakers’ mini-dynasties. But there are also a couple of cases of teams that didn’t quite live up to their promise. The next chart shows how many games each team won in the seven seasons after its breakthrough, along with whether it reached or won the NBA Finals.On average, these teams won 1.5 additional championships in the seven seasons after their breakthrough year.1Technically, that average could go slightly higher if the Cavaliers win the championship next year or if the Miami Heat do within the next three seasons. But the average, of course, conceals a lot of variation. Eight of the 13 teams won multiple additional titles, while the other five won no more.The Warriors look pretty good even compared to this elite group of teams, however. Their Elo rating is the second-highest — after the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls — while their average team age, 26.4 weighted by win shares, is the second-youngest, behind the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks.The Warriors have also gotten better “organically” with the same core group of talent. Their continuity percentage, which I calculate as the percentage of a team’s win shares that came from players who were also on the roster in the previous season, is 86 percent. Interestingly, going from good to great organically seems to be the more common path than doing it by signing a bunch of superstars. The 2007-08 Boston Celtics and the 2010-11 Miami Heat are the only real exceptions on the list above.Based on a nearest neighbor analysis,2Using the five categories you see in the first table in this chart: a team’s Elo rating, its change in Elo rating from the previous season, whether it won the NBA championship, its average age and its continuity percentage. the most similar team to this year’s Warriors is the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls. The Bulls’ three best players that year — Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant — were 27 years old, 25 and 25. By comparison, Curry was 26 this season, while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were 24.That’s a fortuitous comparison, of course, since the Bulls’ 1991 championship was the first of six they’d win in eight seasons. The second-most similar team, however, is the 1970-71 Bucks. They had all the talent in the world — Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor3Alcindor changed his name to Abdul-Jabbar after the Bucks won the 1971 finals.) on the same team! But after going 66-16 and romping their way to a title in 1971, the Bucks wouldn’t win one again. They ran into a 69-13 Lakers team in the 1972 playoffs and then were upset (by the Warriors) in the 1973 playoffs. They did reach the finals again in 1974 but lost to an underdog Celtics team. Robertson retired after that season, and Abdul-Jabbar left for Los Angeles a year later. And that was it.At least the Bucks were highly competitive, though, averaging 61 wins in the three seasons after their breakthrough. If the Warriors fail to win another title, it’s likely to be because of a Bucks-like circumstance of running into some other really hot team in the playoffs or blowing a couple of playoff series that they ought to win — rather than (barring an injury to Curry) because of a sudden and dramatic collapse. Winning an NBA championship is never easy. But the Warriors are very good, very young and have many players locked up to long-term contracts. Teams in similar circumstances usually haven’t been one-year wonders and instead are able to make several more runs at a championship. 1990-91Bulls1755+122✓26.795 27.282 2007-08Celtics1710+310✓28.048 1999-2000Lakers1724+110✓28.481 26.779 1984-85Lakers1736+102✓28.2100 1979-80Lakers1706+124✓27.266 *Weighted by win shares 1970-71Bucks1723+143✓25.977 2007-08Lakers1701+171 1971-72Lakers1732+199✓30.489 2014-15Warriors1796+170✓26.486 We here at FiveThirtyEight have been riding the Warriors bandwagon for a long time. Good thing they won the championship Tuesday! But now the question is how many more titles Steph Curry and company might expect in their future.Let’s take a really simple approach. We’ll identify other teams that, like the Warriors, had a big breakthrough and quickly went from being good to really great. More specifically, we’ll look for teams that had a composite Elo rating of 1700 or higher, which is a rating that we’d ordinarily associate with a championship-caliber team, and whose Elo rating improved by at least 100 points from the previous season.There were only 13 of these teams before the Warriors, it turns out. You can find them below. 1995-96Bulls1815+199✓30.289 read more

Foreign students can stay in UK for longer after their degree ends

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox announced the new scheme todayCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The strategy, announced today by Education Secretary Damian Hinds and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, also looks at ways of supporting international students into employment.The announcement is a step away from the reforms introduced by the Home Office in 2012, when Mrs May scrapped the post-study work visa which had allowed non-EU students to stay in the UK and work for up to two years after graduation.Professor Dame Janet Beer, president of Universities UK, welcomed the new approach saying it “sends a strong message of welcome.”She said: “I strongly welcome the publication of this strategy as a signal of a change in direction.“International students contribute a huge amount to the UK, not only economically but also by enriching the international education environment in our universities for all students.“We particularly welcome steps to improve the visa regime. We would like the government to go further and extend this opportunity to at least two years and we will continue to urge them on this point.”Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “The UK’s education system is world-leading and its reputation is the envy of many countries around the globe.“As we prepare to leave the EU it is more important than ever to reach out to our global partners and maximise the potential of our best assets – that includes our education offer and the international students this attracts.” Foreign students will be allowed to stay in the UK for longer after their degree ends in a bid to boost the post-Brexit economy by £35 billion, the Government has announced.International students are currently only permitted to remain in the UK for up to four months after completing their studies under rules that were introduced by Theresa May when she was the Home Secretary.But now their post-study leave period will be extended to six months for undergraduate and masters students and a year for doctoral students.The move, which was initially proposed in the Immigration White Paper in December last year, also seeks to increase the number of international students in the UK to 600,000 by 2030.There are currently 460,000 foreign university students in the UK, generating £20 billion per year through education exports – which includes income from international students, English language training and education technology solutions being sold worldwide. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox  read more

Trump promises to tackle mental health as he condemns Florida shooting as

first_imgIf a person is predisposed to commit such a horrific event by going to a school and shooting people … there’s not anybody or not a lot law enforcement can do about it.Gun controlThe school shootings are part of a broader epidemic of gun violence in a country that loses 33,000 people to gun-related deaths each year.While the latest mass shooting has reignited questions about America’s permissive gun laws, Trump – who is the first president to have addressed the NRA gun lobby – is staunchly opposed to any additional gun control.Opponents of gun curbs have consistently sought to steer the public debate away from the issue, and onto the behaviour and motives of people using the weapons.When questioned late last night, Florida Governor Rick Scott – who described the massacre as “just pure evil” – similarly declined to make a statement on gun control.Since January 2013, there have been at least 291 school shootings across the country – an average of about one a week, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit group that advocates for gun control.“It is pretty clear that we’re failing our kids here,” said Melissa Falkowski, a teacher who squeezed 19 students into a closet at the Parkland high school to shield them from harm.With reporting by Associated Press- © AFP, 2018Read: The weapon allegedly used in deadly Florida shooting is known as ‘America’s rifle’More: Former student (19) charged with premeditated murder after 17 killed in Florida school shooting By AFP Image: SIPA USA/PA Images PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has vowed to make mental health a priority after a “disturbed” teenager with a firearms obsession sowed carnage at a Florida high school.Former student named Nikolas Cruz, aged 19, has been charged with the premeditated murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.Announcing plans to travel to Florida to meet members of the shocked community, Trump delivered a sombre televised address in response to the 18th school shooting to hit the country this year – a terrifying pattern that US authorities have appeared powerless to stop.“My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief,” said Trump, calling on his fellow citizens to “come together as one nation” and “answer hate with love, answer cruelty with kindness”. But US authorities were themselves under scrutiny as the FBI confirmed reports it was alerted last year to a message posted on YouTube by a user with Cruz’s name, in which he vowed: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”In a statement, the FBI said it had investigated but was unable to confirm the identity of the poster.Yesterday’s harrowing shooting spree saw terrified students hiding in closets and under desks as they texted for help, while the gunman stalked the school with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle.Fifteen people were killed at the school itself, and two later died in hospital. One of those killed was Aaron Feis, a well-loved football coach in Parkland, a city of about 30,000 people located north of Miami.Of the people wounded in the attack, two remained hospitalised in critical but stable condition, while six others were on the way to a full recovery, officials told a news conference.White supremacy As the criminal case against Cruz took shape today, the leader of a white nationalist militia called the Republic of Florida said Cruz was a member of his group and participated in exercises in Tallahassee.Jordan Jereb told The Associated Press that did not know Cruz personally and that “he acted on his own behalf” and is “solely responsible for what he just did”.The group wants Florida to become its own white ethnostate. Jereb said his organisation holds “spontaneous random demonstrations” and tries not to participate in the modern world.Expelled for disciplinary reasons, Cruz was reportedly known to have firearms at home and had talked about using them.A teacher at the school said Cruz had been identified previously as a potential threat to his classmates.“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” math teacher Jim Gard said in a Miami Herald interview.Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said authorities had “begun to dissect his websites and things on social media that he was on and some of the things… are very, very disturbing”. So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018 https://jrnl.ie/3854648 Feb 15th 2018, 7:35 PM In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil – and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need. https://t.co/bu140nscez pic.twitter.com/OoTXMCSexB— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018 Share282 Tweet Email center_img 12,325 Views 108 Comments But the president avoided all mention of the politically fraught issue of gun control, vowing instead to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health”.Trump had weighed in on the tragedy earlier yesterday by pointing to “so many signs” the shooter was “mentally disturbed”.“Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!” he tweeted. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Short URL Trump promises to tackle mental health, as he condemns Florida shooting as act of ‘evil’ Meanwhile, the leader of a white nationalist militia has said gunman Nikolas Cruz was a member of his group. Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 7:35 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A new era for PanMacedonians

first_imgA new era has been heralded for the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, with the appointment of a new president.Representatives from across 24 Macedonian clubs gathered on Sunday to elect a new board of directors.Selected for the top job was Panagiotis Jasonides, while Sophocles Kitharidis was elected as vice president and manager of public relations, Dimitris Vrontzou for the role of secretary and Joseph Manaridis as treasurer.Mr Jasonides succeeds the association’s longest-serving president Dimitris Minas, who was at the helm of Macedonian Hellenism Down Under for more than 20 years.In his address, the former president referred to the many initiatives which were led under his guidance, including the publication of a book entitled Μακεδόνες Έλληνες της Ωκεανίας (Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania) released in March 2015. Mr Minas also stressed the need for continued cooperation with other collective bodies, making reference to the constructive cooperation between the Pan-Macedonian Association and the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies over the past five years. While he declined to reapply for a position on the board, Mr Minas made it clear he would continue to support the association as he could. In his first public announcement as president, Mr Jasonides informed members that a new program would soon be made available.He also went to on state a number of initiatives which will be taking place under his authority, including increased participation of second and third generation members, an upgrade of IT infrastructure, and improvements to the annual Demetria festival, among others. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The plight of children in migration

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Coinciding with the informal Justice and Home Affairs Council, Missing Children Europe joined hands with the Maltese President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society to bring together key stakeholders concerned with the protection of migrant children’s rights across Europe on the 26 and 27 January.At the conference, 160 professionals, among them The Smile of the Child, national member of MCE from Greece, took stock of the situation and the current challenges of this children’s rights crisis. Based on the research, expertise and recommendations put forward by stakeholders at the ‘Lost in Migration’ conference, forward-looking operational and policy recommendations were developed for policy makers.These recommendations include 10 operational and policy recommendations and seven cross-cutting recommendations on the overall policy framework, data and funding. They have been drafted and endorsed together with over 45 children’s rights organisations.The recommendations include improving accommodation and reception conditions, ensuring access to trained guardians for children, the right for children to be heard and informed, and more. These conclusions will be shared with EU and national ministers, commissioners and heads of states. Policies will be monitored over the next year to see whether progress has been made to protect children. If you want to endorse these recommendations, please contact the team of’The Smile of the Child’ at press@hamogelo.gr or email Federica Toscano federica.toscano@missingchildreneurope.eu, who is the focal point for missing unaccompanied migrant children at Missing Children Europe.The Smile of the Child is an internationally recognised non-profit, non-governmental organisation in Greece that works in the critical field of child protection, support of children and families with children in need, as well as free public health service for children, both in prevention and treatment. ‘The Smile of the Child’ operates the European Hotline for Missing Children 116000 and is member of Missing Children Europe and its Board of Directors. For further information go to www.hamogelo.grMissing Children Europe (MCE), is the European federation for missing and sexually exploited children. The MCE network unites 30 organisations in 26 European countries. MCE ensures that there is a link between researchers, police, and organisations on the ground to protect children from all acts of violence, abuse, or neglect caused by or linked to them going missing. To find out more head to missingchildreneurope.eulast_img read more

Les grenouilles dIndonésie menacées dextinction par la gastronomie

first_imgLes grenouilles d’Indonésie menacées d’extinction par la gastronomieLes grenouilles indonésiennes sont attrapées et décapitées en Indonésie pour venir garnir et les assiettes des brasseries et restaurants des villes européennes, et celles des Indonésiens. Mais le risque écologique est grand.L’Indonésie est le premier exportateur au monde de grenouilles destinées à l’alimentation. Elle fournit à elle seule 80% de ce qui est importé en Europe (dont 80 millions de grenouilles consommées par an, en France) et les Indonésiens eux, consomment de deux à sept fois plus de grenouilles que le reste du monde. C’est ainsi une véritable manne financière pour les Indonésiens qui ont du mal à vivre. Avec les grenouilles, de petits vendeurs peuvent gagner jusqu’à 500.000 roupies par jour (39 euros), une fortune quand on sait que le salaire minimum à Jakarta est d’environ 170 euros par mois.Comme l’explique Suwanto, 48 ans, “je chasse la grenouille depuis 1992. Et mon père était également chasseur”. Il chasse dans les marécages situés derrière sa maison, à la nuit tombée. L’AFP relate : pieds nus dans la vase, les chasseurs avancent lentement et en silence, pour ne pas effrayer leurs proies. Malgré la faible lueur de leur lampe, leurs yeux habitués distinguent les animaux et, en quelques coups de leurs épuisettes, ils en capturent des dizaines. De retour vers 1h00 du matin, Suwanto et ses amis auront capturé de 50 à 70 kg de grenouilles. C’est le même procédé toutes les nuits, les grenouilles étant décapitées et vendues par sa femme au marché le lendemain.Mais à ce rythme-là, la population pourrait bien être vite décimée, s’inquiètent les écologistes. “Nous craignons qu’au fil des années, la population de grenouilles ne s’effondre”, indique Sandra Altherr de l’organisation allemande Pro Wildlife, qui a diffusé l’an dernier un rapport alarmant sur la situation. Le problème est de taille car si les grenouilles venaient à disparaître, ce serait l’ensemble de l’écosystème qui en pâtirait, le batracien étant essentiel pour empêcher la prolifération de certains insectes tels que les moustiques.Une chasse interdite en France, en Inde et au Bangladesh  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La France a interdit la chasse commerciale à la grenouille en 1980 pour éviter l’extinction de l’espèce. L’Inde et le Bangladesh ont alors pris le relais de la chasse avant d’à leur tour interdire la chasse à la fin des années 80, aussitôt relayés par l’Indonésie. Dans l’archipel, cette chasse n’est pas nouvelle, puisque l’importante minorité indonésienne d’origine chinoise consommait déjà de la grenouille qui était fort appréciée. “Elles vivent en pleine nature, comme des poulets bios. Le goût est sans pareil”, confie ainsi le restaurateur Ferdian Zhang, Indo-Chinois de 37 ans qui fait figurer les cuisses de grenouilles en met de choix dans son menu.Le 4 mars 2013 à 20:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Check out the new ship from Star Trek Discovery

first_imgCheck out this Ralph McQuarrie space doc from the 70s. : ) #DSC pic.twitter.com/hIpxlOpWWw— Da7e Gonzales (@Da7e) July 23, 2016Fuller also revealed that Star Trek: Discovery will take place in the prime Star Trek timeline (not the Kelvin timeline of the J.J. Abrams movies), but did not specify when.Tell Starfleet we’re anxiously awaiting further orders! San-Diego Comic Con 2016 was host to a 50th Anniversary Star Trek panel moderated by Bryan Fuller, the showrunner for the new Star Trek television show that will attempt to reboot the franchise for the age of streaming television.The panel featured William Shatner (Kirk), Scott Bakula (Archer), Michael Dorn (Worf), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), and Brent Spiner (Data), reminiscing and talking about real world issues and how they intersect with Star Trek.Fuller is the only one currently working on a Star Trek project, so he also contributed about what Trek means and should mean, saying “Individuality should be celebrated. Star Trek celebrates diversity… It seems like a great statement from Gene Roddenberry, who felt the human race just has to get along.”Not to overshadow Star Trek Beyond which opened this weekend, discussion about the future of Star Trek was limited. Fuller did confirm that the show was going to be on CBS All Access debuting in January 2017.Instead of being episodic in nature, the new show will be serialized and will tell stories “like chapters in a novel.” Because this Star Trek will be the first Star Trek debuting on a streaming service, the episodes will always be accessible if you need to catch up (a long way from the concerns of television storytelling fifty years ago).The announcement came by way of a teaser: the new Star Trek series would be called Star Trek: Discovery and would feature a new ship, the U.S.S. Discovery. A teaser was released of the new ship leaving a craggy space dock.Interestingly, this ship design is very reminiscent of designs done by Ken Adam and Ralph McQuarrie (the latter of Star Wars design fame) for an unmade Star Trek project in the late 1970s called Planet of the Titans (read a great post about it on Forgotten Trek here).It would have been the first Star Trek movie had it been made when it was conceptualized. The art for it lives on, however, in some Star Trek art books from the past and it wasn’t hard to realize that there’s a lot from the Planet of the Titans art that has made it into Discovery. If you’re a STAR property and have Ralph McQuarrie artwork lying around, it has been your decade. #StarTrekDiscovery pic.twitter.com/2C08UjW7tu— Da7e Gonzales (@Da7e) July 23, 2016last_img read more

Dybala determined to help Messi win World Cup

first_imgPaulo Dybala is delighted to have been included in the Argentina squad for this summer’s World Cup and is determined to help Lionel Messi finally taste glory at international levelDybala was somewhat a surprise addition to Jorge Sampaoli’s squad for Russia, after being omitted from the team in the recent international break back in March.However, the 24-year-old has continued to impress at Juventus this season and his 22 goals and five assists played a key part as the Bianconeri overcame the threat of Napoli to win a seventh consecutive Serie A title.In an interview with Cadena 3, Dybala revealed that he is determined to help Messi finally win something with Argentina this summer.“The desire to help him (Messi) achieve something that would be great for everyone. We try to help him from wherever we are. We have the best player in the history of football on our side and the dream is very big. It’s everyone’s dream to be world champion,” he said, as quoted by MundoAlbiceleste.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“To train and to have the possibility of seeing Messi every day is something incredible because you learn a lot from his quality. Being world champion is everyone’s dream. It won’t be easy but we the best player in history and we will do everything possible to get that done.”The Argentine is prepared to play in any position up front for Sampaoli.“I have played everywhere up front, be it at Instituto, Palermo or Juve. I don’t feel uncomfortable playing as a playmaker up front,” added Dybala.Since making his debut for Argentina in October 2015 during a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Paraguay, Dybala has yet to score for the national team in his 12 appearances.last_img read more