Tollywood superstar Allu Arjun raised many eyebrows when he sported a traditional Brahmin look for his upcoming film Duvvada Jagannadham. The first look went viral on the internet.However, it looks like Bunny has several shades to his character. On Monday, the makers of DJ released a new picture featuring Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde, which shows the romantic side of the Aarya actor. In Duvvada Jagannadham, Allu Arjun is joining hands with director Harish Shankar, who is known for blockbusters like Gabbar Singh and Mirapakay.Here’s new poster of #DuvvadaJagannadham ft the lead pair #AlluArjun and @hegdepooja. Audio coming soon. #DJ pic.twitter.com/jesWq7yDuh- Haricharan Pudipeddi (@pudiharicharan) May 8, 2017Earlier this year, Duvvada Jagannadham teaser was unveiled to great response from Telugu fans.Rockstar Devi Sri Prasad is in charge of the music. This is the 7th time Devi Sri Prasad is scoring an Allu Arjun film. The Allu Arjun films he has previously worked on are S/O Satyamurthy, Arya, Julayi, Arya 2, Iddarammayilatho and Bunny. The film is being produced by Dil Raju.Meanwhile, Allu Arjun will be teaming up with Vakkantham Vamsi for Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India. He will be also been seen in Lingusamy’s Tamil-Telugu bilingual.ALSO READ: Baahubali 2 grosses Rs 1000cr- Why SS Rajamouli’s film was destined to be a blockbusterALSO READ: Baahubali 2 after 10 days- What all records SS Rajamouli’s film has broken so farALSO READ: Baasha reunion- Thalaivar Rajinikanth snapped with Nagma in Chennai
Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella have put Sri Lanka in complete control of the second Test against the West Indies in St Lucia.The Sri Lankan duo overcame early blows triggered by an inspired and aggressive Shannon Gabriel, who had threatened to blow the visitors away.Resuming their second innings on 34/1, Sri Lanka lost three more wickets before passing the 50-mark on the morning of day four as Gabriel – who became the first West Indian to take a 10-wicket match haul against Sri Lanka – made early inroads.Kasun Rajitha, acting as nightwatchman, was first to go, trapped lbw by a full delivery from Gabriel before the Trinidadian quick induced a poor stroke from Dhananjaya de Silva who edged a wide delivery to Devon Smith at first slip.Sri Lanka skipper Chandimal pleads not guilty to ball-tampering chargesSri Lanka, who are 1-0 down in the three-match series after losing by 226 runs in Trinidad, looked to be sliding towards another defeat when the debutant opener Mahela Udawatte fell limply to Kemar Roach, guiding the ball into the hands of Devendra Bishoo at short cover to leave his side 48/4 – a lead of just 1.A rescue job was required and Mendis, a centurion in the first Test, was the man to provide it, finding support from his skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who has plead not guilty to a charge of attempting to change the condition of the ball and will face a hearing at the end of the match.WEST INDIES VS SRI LANKA 2ND TEST SCORECARDadvertisementIf Chandimal was feeling the pressure, he didn’t show it, batting judiciously for his 112-ball 39 while Mendis played more expansively on his way to 87 from 117 deliveries; an innings which included eight fours, two sixes and some scintillating pull strokes.Roach finally broke the partnership on 117 when Chandimal under-edged the ball through to keeper Shane Dowrich and was given out on review.Sri Lanka players walk off to protest ball-tampering allegationsThe Sri Lankans had a further wobble when the brilliant Gabriel (6/57) bowled Mendis off an inside edge with a century in sight but their obdurate batting continued to frustrate the hosts, with Roshen Silva (48) and Dickwella (62 off 70) putting on 99 for the seventh wicket in a partnership which could well have a significant outcome on the result of this match.The pair carried Sri Lanka from a position of vulnerability to one of strength, with Dickwella scoring at a speed which changed the complexion of the contest. He hit seven boundaries in his enterprising knock, becoming the first Sri Lankan keeper to score a Test half-century in the Caribbean.It was impossible to keep Gabriel out of the contest though, the burly speedster getting a stroke of luck when Silva tickled one down the leg side and Dowrich took a one-handed stunner before Dickwella scooped the same bowler to Kieran Powell at cover to give him 11 wickets for the match.Akila Dananjaya and Suranga Lakmal batted sensibly through to stumps, the latter surviving an lbw review against Gabriel, leaving Sri Lanka 334/8 – a lead of 287 – and eyeing a victory charge on Monday.However, all three results still remain possible heading into the final day.(With inputs from ICC)
Sevilla 3 Atletico Madrid 1 (5-2 agg): Griezmann stunner not enough for semi spot Tom Webber 06:26 1/24/18 Getty Images Sevilla extended their unbeaten record at home to Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey to nine games as part of a quarter-final triumph. Sevilla advanced to the Copa del Rey semi-finals with a 3-1 second-leg victory over Atletico Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Tuesday, despite a stunning goal from Antoine Griezmann.Griezmann fired in a beautiful 25-yard strike after Sergio Escudero opened the scoring in Andalusia, but Ever Banega’s second-half penalty following Saul Niguez’s foul on Joaquin Correa and Pablo Sarabia’s goal completed a 5-2 aggregate win.Escudero netted after just 24 seconds – the quickest goal scored against Atletico in any competition under Diego Simeone – but Griezmann’s exquisite effort got the visitors back on level terms on the day. 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 One more goal for Atletico would have forced extra time, but those hopes were wiped out when Saul clattered into Joaquin Correa – scorer of an 88th-minute winner in the first leg – and Banega coolly beat Miguel Angel Moya from the spot.The match became increasingly heated and Simeone used all three of his substitutes by the 64th minute as he attempted to engineer a comeback, but Sarabia punished them on the counter-attack to put the match to bed.FT: #SevillaFC 3-1 @atletienglish (5-2)#CopaDelRey semi-finals here we come. #vamosmisevilla #CopaDelRey pic.twitter.com/XrgoCJbiQ7— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) January 23, 2018Simeone was sent to the stands in the aftermath of the goal and will now focus on ending his side’s three-match winless run against LaLiga’s second-bottom side Las Palmas on Sunday.An incredible start saw Sevilla take the lead in the opening minute, Escudero getting in front of Sime Vrsaljko to volley Sarabia’s right-wing cross into the bottom-left corner.Atletico responded by forcing a corner from which Jose Gimenez headed straight at Sergio Rico, but the Sevilla goalkeeper could do nothing to keep out Griezmann’s equaliser.France international Griezmann generated sensational power and dip as he fired a bouncing ball over Rico from 25 yards after Kevin Gameiro’s knockdown.25′ | 1-1 | Thanks to @AntoGriezmann’s GOLAZO, we’re still alive in the tie! COME ON, LADS! #SevillaFCAtleti #AüpaAtleti #CopadelRey pic.twitter.com/sDgsPwINoy— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 23, 2018Sevilla proved susceptible to Atletico’s direct attacking, Angel Correa firing off target rather than squaring for Gameiro following a brilliant throughball from Koke.Franco Vazquez spurned a glorious chance to restore the hosts’ lead when he headed wide before half-time, but Saul’s foul on Joaquin Correa enabled Banega to slot home from the penalty spot within three minutes of the restart.Angel Correa would have levelled it had Rico not got a strong arm in the way of his shot after Saul found him alone on the right side of the box.Tempers began to flare and Gabi and Vazquez were booked for a clash in midfield, while Angel Correa saw yellow for a late challenge on Escudero before making way for Yannick Carrasco on the hour mark.Simeone had already replaced Gabi with Fernando Torres and his third substitution sent Thomas Partey into the fray at the expense of Gimenez, but their aspirations of a comeback were dashed 11 minutes from time.Vazquez released Sarabia and the winger showed great composure to guide a left-footed effort beyond the idle Moya and into the bottom-left corner, completing a rousing win for Vincenzo Montella’s men. read more
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is just over a week away from coaching his biggest game in years, but he has to be feeling confident about his future after today’s start to the early signing period.Notre Dame now has the No. 13 ranked recruiting class in the country after securing 21 commitments.Last year’s class was ranked No. 10 in the country, according to 247Sports.Notre Dame’s class includes 15 4-star recruits. Only Penn State and Alabama have more.Among the marquee players for Notre Dame are S Kyle Hamilton, the No. 8 Safety in the country; OT Quinn Carroll, the No. 12 OT in the country; and, DE NaNa Osafo-Mensah, the No. 7 Weak-Side DE in the country.Football runs in @q_ocarroll’s blood.The big bodied offensive lineman joins us from Edina, Minnesota.#GoIrish ☘️ #FightClub19 pic.twitter.com/Cc4vYGI3jC— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 19, 2018Now lacing up the gloves for the Irish… from Fort Worth, Texas… @NaNaOsafo2.This young man is gritty and focused with the desire to be excellent.#GoIrish ☘️ #FightClub19 pic.twitter.com/qAk0SRNRUS— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 19, 2018The class also includes another six 3-star recruits.None of Notre Dame’s players were ranked in the top-100.Unfortunately for Brian Kelly, the quest for a elite 5-star prospect will have to continue. The Fighting Irish haven’t landed a 5-star recruit since 2016.
— Lance Hale retired from the Nova Scotia public service in 1999, having served in senior positions in the Department of Development. From 1969 to 1974, he was a human rights officer with the commission. He holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Dalhousie University. Mr. Hale lives with his wife, Carol, in Kentville, in the Annapolis Valley. — Sister Dorothy Moore was recently named to the Order of Canada in recognition of her contributions as an educator. She was an architect of the Department of Education’s Mi’kmaq language curriculum and had a distinguished 22-year career as a teacher and principal. She was also a faculty member at Cape Breton University and worked with the Department of Education in Halifax. Sister Moore has also received the Order of Nova Scotia, the Stephen Hamilton Educator of the Year Award and the Atlantic Canada Innovator of the Year Award in the category of education. Commissioners of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission are responsible for policy and have the authority to approve settlements of complaints, discontinue matters, or refer them to a board of inquiry for an independent hearing. Commissioners are not appointed to represent particular groups but uphold all the protected characteristics set out in the Human Rights Act. A distinguished Mi’kmaq educator is among three people reappointed as commissioners of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. The three-year appointments were announced today, Sept. 6, by Michael Baker, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. Sister Dorothy Moore of Sydney will be serving her third term as a commissioner. She is joined by Lou Gannon of Dartmouth, who will also be serving his third term, and Lance Hale of Kentville, who is being appointed for a second time. “I want to thank all of these appointees for allowing their names to stand in service of their province,” said Mr. Baker. Each appointee brings a unique background to their role as commissioner: Lou Gannon is executive director of the North Preston Recreational Centre. He was the first African Nova Scotian to become executive director of the Better Business Bureau of the Maritime Provinces. He served as executive director from 1996 until 2002. He was also the first African Canadian appointed CEO of a Canadian YMCA — in March 1988 — and was employed with the YMCA for 27 years. Mr. Gannon has earned numerous awards for his community involvement. He is a committee member of the Black Educators Association, the African Nova Scotian Music Awards, the Racism and the Black World Response Society, and the Advisory Committee of the African Canadian Employment Clinic.
Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Court of Appeal of Alberta, citing “frailties in the evidence,” overturned on Wednesday the murder conviction of a Cree woman from Nekaneet First Nation and ordered a new trial after a finding a “miscarriage of justice” occurred in her case.The three judges on the Alberta Appeal Court split on the decision, with Justice Bruce McDonald penning a dissenting opinion.The other two judges, Justice Myra Bielby and Justice J.A. Schutz, concluded in the majority ruling that recent related developments in the case against Connie Oakes, which relied almost exclusively on the testimony of the co-accused Wendy Scott who was described as an “unsavoury witness,” warranted her conviction of second degree murder be overturned and a new trial ordered.Oakes, who is from the southern Saskatchewan Cree community of Nekaneet, was serving a life sentence in the Edmonton Institution for Women with no change of parole for 14 years after a Medicine Hat, Alta., jury found her guilty in the 2011 murder of Casey Armstrong, 48. Armstrong was found dead in his bathtub with a puncture wound through the neck from a blow that nearly decapitated him.It’s expected she will now be moved to the provincial remand centre in Medicine Hat.Oakes has maintained her innocence of the murder from the moment she was first interviewed by Medicine Hat police.The judges determined that last October’s Court of Appeal ruling striking Scott’s guilty plea in and order of a new trial further weakened the testimony on which the Crown built its case against Oakes. The ruling highlighted the trial Crown’s emphasis on Scott’s guilty plea to buttress her problematic testimony during trial which was replete with contradictions and inconsistencies. Scott was assessed as having an IQ of 50.“The emphasis thus put on Ms. Scott’s apparent admission of personal responsibility as an aid in assessing credibility, an admission now set aside and thus irrelevant, was repeatedly highlighted to the jury,” said the ruling. “Given the frailties in Ms. Scott’s testimony and also the purported independent confirmatory evidence, the jury may well not have been able to get to a guilty verdict without the ‘finding of guilt’ by another judge in relation to Ms. Scott, a finding which has now been set aside in favour of retrial…The fresh evidence places the reliability of Ms. Oakes’ conviction in serious doubt.”Scott’s trial is scheduled to begin next February.Scott also swore in an affidavit that she “did not believe Connie Oakes was at Casey Armstrong’s trailer and I wanted to help her.”Wendy Scott in a Facebook photo posted in 2008.The judges also listed the litany of problems in the case built against Oakes.“No forensic evidence, evidence of motive or other evidence linked Ms. Oakes, or any other particular perpetrator, to the murder,” said the ruling, which also highlighted Medicine Hat police failed to identify a bloody boot print found in Armstrong’s bathroom. “Rather, the only evidence identifying Ms. Oakes as the murderer was the testimony of Ms. Scott, who admitted she herself was present when the murder was committed and, during cross-examination, agreed that she had earlier identified three other individuals as the murderer to the police…Ms. Scott testified that she had lied to the police when she accused each of these three other people.”Read APTN’s investigation into the Connie Oakes case hereThe rulingDownload (PDF, Unknown)One of Oakes’ lawyers Alexandra Seaman said she was “thrilled” the majority on the Appeal Court overturned the murder conviction.“The majority of the Court of Appeal was quite clear a miscarriage of justice has occurred in this case,” said Seaman.Seaman said the focus will now turn to the Court of Queen’s Bench in Medicine Hat which will again be the scene of Oakes’ retrial.No court date has yet been set to being that process, but Seaman said she will be working on getting Oakes a bail hearing and a trial date as early as possible.Casey Armstrong. Medicine Hat olice handoutThe Crown has the opportunity to take Wednesday’s decision to the Supreme Court because of the dissenting opinion.The Crown’s office issued a statement saying there would be no comment because the matter is still before the courts.Oakes was a “little disappointed” with the ruling because she was hoping for an acquittal, said her aunt Linda Oakes.“She sounded a little disappointed,” said Oakes, who spoke with Connie Oakes Wednesday morning. “She said she needed to get out because her mom is not doing good.”Linda Oakes said the family is now hoping Connie Oakes will soon get on bail.“With the new trial, how are they going to do that, they never had any evidence to begin with,” said Linda Oakes. “We were hoping she’d get out, mom is not doing so good, she needs to be out here.”Connie Oakes’ aging mother Margaret Oakes has been dealing with health issues related to diabetes.The ruling left Armstrong’s daughter, Karli Armstrong confused and saddened.“I don’t know what to think,” she said. “My heart is broken.”The ruling also suggested another woman, nicknamed Ginger, may have been involved in the killing. Scott initially accused Ginger of the murder during police interrogations before settling on Oakes. The ruling said the only supporting evidence submitted during trial on the possible identity of Armstrong’s murder came from an eye witness who saw two women, one with red hair, standing by a red car outside Armstrong’s residence.“The neighbour’s evidence more strongly supports the identification of the person earlier identified by Ms. Scott as being the killer, Ginger, as that independent witness testified that one of the two women she saw had reddish hair as did Ginger, who also owned a red car at the time,” said the ruling.APTN independently confirmed that the red car Medicine Hat police believed was used in the murder was bought with cash and crack by a drug dealer named Ginger who has red hair. APTN knows the identity of Ginger.Read APTN’s investigation into Ginger and the red car hereThe ruling also highlighted that Scott only accused Oakes of the murder after police interrogators told her they had found her DNA in the trailer and that Oakes had implicated her in the crime.“We now know both those statements were false, but suggests that Ms. Scott then named various parties as the killer to deflect attention from her own involvement,” said the ruling. “Ms. Scott’s evidence was exceedingly frail as to her implication of Ms. Oakes, and the evidence which purported to be independent and confirmatory was evidence which did not unequivocally or reliably identify her as the murderer.”In his dissent, McDonald determined Oakes’ appeal had no merit.“The subsequent overturning of Ms. Scott’s conviction, her so-called ‘recantation,’ and her disputed and implausible allegations of police impropriety do not demonstrate a miscarriage of justice,” wrote McDonald.email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Panaji: BJP’s Pramod Sawant is tipped to be the new chief minister of Goa, party sources said here Monday.Parrikar, 63, who died Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer, was cremated with state honours here Monday evening. Sawant is now Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly, while the two would-be Dy CMs are Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLA Sudin Dhavalikar. As per the power-sharing arrangement reached with allies, an MLA each from two small parties backing BJP in the coastal state will be made deputy chief ministers, the sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’After a stalemate following a series of meetings with the allies, the BJP managed to break the deadlock, offering them their pound of flesh, by accepting the key demand for deputy CM’s posts. . “We have managed to convince the alliance partners and finalised the formula of two deputy chief ministers for the state, a senior BJP functionary said. Union minister Nitin Gadkari Monday evening had said a consensus eluded the BJP and its allies on the next Goa chief minister, adding the BJP had zeroed in on the CM candidate but the allies were yet to get on board. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThere were a series of meetings involving the Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s three MLAs each, an equal number of Independents, and BJP legislators since late Sunday night to reach a consensus on Parrikar’s successor. Gadkari had flown into the state early Monday to lead the discussion. Parrikar was heading a coalition government comprising the BJP, three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), the MGP and three independents. Congress is currently the single largest party in the state with 14 MLAs. The BJP has 12 legislators in the 40-member Assembly, whose strength now is 36 after Parrikar’s death. The strength of the House has reduced due to the demise of BJP MLA Francis D’Souza earlier this year, and Parrikar on Sunday, and resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte last year. All the state Congress MLAs met Governor Mridula Sinha on Monday and staked claim to form a government in the coastal state. The MLAs, led by Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, went to Raj Bhawan and handed over a letter to Sinha, saying it was the single largest party in the Assembly and should be allowed to form the government. “We are saddened by the chief minister’s demise, but before his final rites are performed, a new government has to be formed…The governor acknowledged that the Congress is the single largest party and she said she will get back to us,” Kavlekar told reporters. Parrikar was cremated with state honours here Monday, with thousands bidding the affable politician a tearful farewell. BJP president Amit Shah, some Union ministers and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states attended the funeral at Miramar. Parrikar’s eldest son Utpal lit the funeral pyre.
B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, is among the UN officials participating in the gathering, which will also examine economic, development and humanitarian issues. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has organized the one-day conference, which aims to bring together representatives of the Yemeni Government, the UN and the broader international community to determine how they can best jointly tackle the major challenges facing Yemen, including the threat posed by terrorism. Sustained international support will be needed to ensure Yemen’s prosperity, security and stability, a UN spokesperson said today, stressing that it is hoped the conference will be the start of a long-term process of cooperation between Yemeni authorities and the country’s regional and international partners. Senior UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes, have voiced concern in recent months about the humanitarian situation in the country’s northwest, where fighting between Government forces and rebels have displaced thousands of people. 26 January 2010The United Nations political chief will head a delegation from the world body taking part in tomorrow’s international high-level meeting in London on the situation in Yemen, amid rising concerns about the possible influence of Al-Qaida and other radical elements in the Arab country.
“This is a matter of survival for millions of civilians. I urge you all to spare no efforts to rid the world completely of this deadly menace,” he told a meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) in Geneva in a message marking the entry into force of a new protocol to the treaty delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Nobuaki Tanaka. Mr. Annan said he was “delighted” at the entry into force of “Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War,” adopted by 92 countries at the UN’s Geneva headquarters three years ago, which came into force yesterday after two dozen States agreed to be bound by it, and called on all countries to implement its provisions voluntarily, pending their adherence. The clause obliges parties to take “remedial measures to mark and clear, remove or destroy unexploded ordnance or abandoned explosive ordnance” as early as possible after the end of hostilities, providing as significant legal basis for efforts to protect civilians and humanitarian organizations in conflict zones.This summer’s conflict between Israel and Hizbollah underscored the problem. UN de-mining officials worry that up to 1 million pieces of unexploded ordnance were left over in southern Lebanon from the 34-day war with a density higher than in Kosovo and Iraq, especially in built-up areas, posing a constant threat to hundreds of thousands of civilians as well as humanitarian and reconstruction workers and peacekeepers.Meanwhile Cambodia and Viet Nam continue to bear the burden of such bombs 30 years after the end of war, impeding safe land cultivation and infrastructure development.“Wars do not always end with the last gunshot or the signing of a ceasefire agreement. Long after hostilities cease, the human consequences continue. People continue to be killed or injured by unexploded or abandoned explosive ordnance,” Mr. Annan said, telling States Parties they bear primary responsibility for the Protocol’s implementation.“Your success will be judged by your ability to overcome many difficult challenges,” he added. “You will have to mobilize resources, share experiences and information, and cooperate closely and effectively with others.” UN Mine Action Service Director Max Gaylard stressed that the Protocol obliged its parties to provide crucial information on the location of such explosives to humanitarian workers.“This is welcomed by all of us at the United Nations,” he said, noting that humanitarian organizations often deploy to areas affected by landmines and other explosive remnants. “We will appreciate the additional protection.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) greets some of the workers who have been helping to renovate the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, 15 September 2014. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSeasoned staff, meanwhile, are revving up preparations for the big day.Their tasks can be as detailed as ensuring that the flags of all UN Member States are correctly identified and steam-ironed crisp to ordering the correct shade and number of blue hydrangeas – representing the official UN colour of light blue – for the flowers adorning each table at the official luncheon of the gathered world leaders, as well as the very careful vetting of the food menus so as not to offend any cultures.The main course usually ends up being lamb or beef, with vegetarian and vegan options. “Most men prefer meat,” according to a UN Protocol staffer.UN Protocol, which has been handling the mushrooming protocol tasks with the same number of staff of 10 even as the number of Member States climbed from the original 51 to 193 today, arranges for accreditation of guests, VIP passes, the main luncheon and a separate event – a tea – for the First Ladies, arranging the bilateral meetings of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the visiting dignitaries and escorting each and every speaker to the famed General Assembly podium at the right time. Visit by the Secretary-General to the newly renovated GA Hall, 15 September 2014. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeFor example, he said, a decision was taken not to install a headphone audio system with two earpieces and to instead keep the “one-ear piece system” because “delegates like to have one ear tuned into the Speaker and the other to their colleagues.”The new General Assembly Hall will also have room to grow ¬for more than 193 Members – with space now for 204.“At this stage, it is anticipated that some 144 Member States will be represented at the highest level of Head of State and Government,” according to the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) responsible for the smooth running of the 69th session of the Assembly, which officially opens today.They will start arriving a week from today for the Assembly’s annual high-level segment, known as the “General Debate”, to tackle myriad crises, ranging from the deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa to ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and South Sudan, as well as the no less urgent threats such as the long-term consequences of climate change and ongoing poverty and hunger in many parts of the world. The frenzied preparations for just a single State visit have been popularized by the television series The West Wing . Now multiply that frenetic energy by 196 – the number of leaders expected to address the opening of this year’s United Nations General Assembly session – and you get an idea of the sheer amount of work being put into making sure everything goes off without a hitch.And this year, there is even more activity at UN Headquarters ahead of the high-profile arrivals on : construction workers in bright neon yellow vests are working around the clock both inside and outside the newly renovated iconic General Assembly Hall to get it ready in time.“How gorgeous is this renovated entryway to the United Nations General Assembly building” tweeted a veteran UN correspondent after getting a sneak preview of the Hall, which has the look and feel of the original structure from the 1950s but with the state of the art electronics, improved and more efficient systems for heating ventilation and air conditioning, as well as better safety and security features make the building fit for the 21st century.The seven-year renovation project has included replacing the gold-leafed background behind the iconic UN emblem that had become caked with tar and nicotine over the decades of cigarette and cigar smoke, resurrecting the original forest green carpet that had become faded and threadbare in spots, as well as restoring the leather desks and chairs to their original form and colour¬ – with the exception of removing the ashtrays and raising the desks one-and-a-half inches to make them wheelchair accessible. Michael Adlerstein, who heads the Capital Master Plan, as the $2.1-billion renovation of the 17-acre UN Headquarters complex is known, also noted that certain traditions could not be tinkered with. Work on the renovation of the UN Headquarters complex in New York continues under the Capital Master Plan (CMP). A view of the the General Assembly Hall where construction work is underway, 10 February 2014. UN Photo/Werner SchmidtThe range of items that will be discussed on the side lines of the General Assembly speech-making reflect the number of conflicts and challenges the UN and the world are facing today. They range from Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea Bissau, Myanmar, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Central Asia, Mali, Central African Republic, and the elaboration of the so-called post-2015 development agenda, to be adopted next year as a successor framework to the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).In other meetings next week, United States President Barrack Obama will convene a Security Council summit on 24 September to draw high-level international attention and action to the growing and dangerous phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters. In addition, Secretary-General Ban has announced a major meeting on 25 September to also focus on a more robust international response to Ebola crisis in West Africa.Ensuring the smooth opening of the General Assembly session falls to the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, under the leadership of Tegegnework Gettu.“The provision by the UN Secretariat of conference services critical to the smooth functioning of the intergovernmental deliberations of the United Nations is one of the original purposes of the Organization,” Mr. Gettu said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) tours the General Assembly Hall where construction work is taking place under the Capital Master Plan (CMP) for the renovation of the UN Headquarters complex. Renovation of the Hall is scheduled to be completed in time for the opening of the Assembly’s 69th Session in September, 9 June 2014. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSome 2,000 media accreditations are given out for the week’s events, and a record 4,000 delegates from 900 non-governmental organizations from more than 110 countries already attended pre-General Assembly conferences.The number of speakers underscores the breadth and universality of this annual gathering: 195 speakers are expected to address the General Assembly starting on September 23 over a period of six days on major issues of international concern, comprising all the 193 UN Member States, as well as the Observer State of the Holy See, the Observer State of Palestine and the delegation of the European Union.This year, reflecting the magnitude of issues that confront the world, the start of the General Debate has been pushed for the first time to a Wednesday instead of Tuesday, to make room for a World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and a special session of the General Assembly on Population and Development.The UN Secretary-General himself, on 23 September, will be hosting a climate change summit, an initiative directly spearheaded by him and aimed at galvanizing the political commitment at the highest political level necessary towards sealing a comprehensive global deal in 2015 to effectively and sustainably combat climate change. Work on the renovation of the UN Headquarters complex in New York continues under the Capital Master Plan (CMP). A view of the Visitors’ Lobby of the General Assembly Building, where construction work is underway, 21 January 2014This includes months of coordination meetings, preparation of a series of parliamentary documents, their translation in the United Nations’ six official languages, preparation of meeting notes for the President of the General Assembly – Sam Kahamba Kutesa of Uganda will head up the 69th session – liaison with Member States, briefings to the Assembly President and his team, briefings to Member States, and allocation of rooms, amongst many other tasks.As customary, the President of the General Assembly will opens the first plenary meeting on 16th September. Then President Kutesa will start guiding the global conversation on some 175 items, contained in the draft agenda for the 69th session, covering a wide-range of topics of global concern from development to security, and from human rights to the promotion of justice and international law.As the final preparations are reaching their peak for year’s session, veteran staff have already begun to think about and brace for next year’s General Assembly session: 2015 will be the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and record numbers are expected to descend upon UN Headquarters in September 2015.
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NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is charging princely prices for its first games in Britain.Premium seats at London’s Olympic Stadium will cost 385 pounds ($493) for the games between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Boston Red Sox on June 29 and 30. The top non-premium seats near the infield cost 320 pounds ($410).Seats in the outfield corners go for 270 ($346) and 220 pounds ($282), according to a chart on Ticketmaster’s website. The ones behind the outfield fences go for 120 pounds ($154).Tickets in the second deck cost 270, 170 ($218), 145 ($186), 120, 80 ($102), 45 ($58) and 30 pounds ($38).A presale for Yankees and Red Sox season ticket holders starts Friday, and a presale for those who have pre-registered begins Monday. The general on-sale date is Dec. 6.Site of the 2012 Olympics, the publicly owned stadium in East London was extensively remodeled for the West Ham soccer club, which starting playing there in the 2016-17 season. West Ham charges 80 to 55 pounds ($70) for category A Premier League matches this season, with discounts for club members and lower prices for category B and C games.Tickets for games between New York and Boston at Yankee Stadium in April range from $550 to $45, according to the team’s website, with premium seats costing more. Boston has not yet posted individual game prices on its website.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRonald Blum, The Associated Press
The Ohio State men’s golf team didn’t get off to the start it envisioned earlier this month in the NCAA West Regional Tournament. The Buckeyes sat in a tie for 11th place on the 13-team field after the first round of the three-round tournament. But, on day two, OSU ascended the leader board, jumping eight spots to third place and eventually earning a fourth-place finish, good enough to advance to the NCAA Championships. The team’s confidence has been high ever since. “My game feels like it’s peaking right now,” said senior Michael Cress, who finished fourth in individual scoring at the regional tournament. “Me and all of the guys, we’re all riding on a big wave of confidence.” Second-year coach Donnie Darr agreed. “They just have to play with confidence,” he said. “The light’s clicked on that, ‘Wow, we’re pretty good if we just believe in ourselves,’ so I expect big things.” The tournament will take place at the par-72, 7,407-yard Karsten Creek Golf Course, which is home to Oklahoma State’s golf team. Before coming to Columbus, Darr was an assistant coach for the Cowboys golf team at the school also known as OSU from 2006–09. “We should have a significant advantage over a lot of the teams,” Darr said. “A few of the teams have played the course before, but just my experience of being there for three years should really help us.” Senior Brad Smith agreed. “With his knowledge, I think it’s definitely going to help us once we get down there,” he said. The first three rounds of the tournament will begin today and run through Thursday. The top eight teams on the 30-team field will advance to match play, which begins June 3. The final two teams remaining will face each other June 5, with the winner being crowned the 2011 national champion. Cress said his team has what it takes to still be playing Friday. “I think we have a great chance to shock some people, do some damage in the match play,” he said. “Once you get to the match play, anything can happen.” Senior Bo Hoag said he was excited to have a shot at a national championship. “Just to have to a chance to win a national championship,” he said, “just to have that opportunity is unbelievable.” Joining Cress, Hoag and Smith as the starters in the tournament are juniors Dan Charen and Alex Redfield. “It’s great to see that these guys bought in to what I believe,” Darr said. “They worked hard; they did the right things and now they’re getting a reward for it.” Smith said the team may be getting the reward at a time when he and his teammates are playing at their full potential. “It’s really exciting,” Smith said. “We’ve had a good year and I think we’re kind of playing well at the right time. I’m really excited to see what we can do this week.” Tee times begin at 8 a.m.
The HR advice memo reads: “Feedback from managers strongly suggested that, when assessing performance, the rating ‘satisfactory’ was not effective.”The word suggests that you are adequate and reasonable, which are not pleasing words for people to hear about their own performance. It gives the impression you are ‘good but not good enough’ and can be demotivating.”This comment was raised by a number of staff, including members of Management Team. It has been proposed that the rating ‘satisfactory’ is changed to ‘good’.”Councillors are considering changing staff appraisals “to emphasise the responsibility of both the line manager, as the appraiser, and the employee, as the appraiser”.What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Council chiefs have come under fire over plans to ban the word “satisfactory” from staff appraisals over fears it will make them feel “not good enough”.East Cambridgeshire District Council is expected to approve the controversial idea after a report claimed the word would “demotivate” its staff. It suggests that the word “good” is used instead.A report by the council’s head of Human Resources, Nicole Pema, said the proposal came after “feedback from senior colleagues”.She said they “strongly suggested” that when assessing performance the word was not effective. 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. We need things that accurately describe performance and there is a significant difference in ‘good’ and ‘satisfactory’Cllr Bill Hunt In a report to the council’s Regulatory and Support Services Committee, Ms Pema said: “The word suggests that you are adequate and reasonable which are not pleasing words for people to hear about their own performance.”She claims the word gives the impression people are “good but not good enough”, which can be demotivating. She added: “It is proposed that the rating ‘satisfactory’ is changed to ‘good’.”The new rules are expected to be officially passed at a meeting of the Regulatory & Support Services Committee on Monday.The move has been criticised by some on the council, who say reports need to accurately reflect employees’ performance.Conservative councillor Bill Hunt said: “I think it’s just semantics. There is a difference between ‘good’ and ‘satisfactory’. If I were to put ‘good’ on a scale, it would be a seven, and if I put ‘satisfactory’ at about five.”We need things that accurately describe performance and there is a significant difference in ‘good’ and ‘satisfactory’. If these people have problems or difficulties they should just say it.”He added: “As far as I know, this is just about some disgruntled staff, but I’m no expert on this. Satisfactory is not what we want to be – good should be the bottom level for East Cambridgeshire District Council.”
Princess Charlotte and big brother Prince George arrive at Thomas’Credit:PA Princess Charlotte has become known for her spirited public appearances, appearing confident in front of the camera even as a toddler. A picture taken behind-the-scenes at their home of Kensington Palace before the school run shows the siblings with their arms around each other’s waists, posing for the family photo album.A spokesman for the palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a photograph of Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning.” The Duke and Duchess each carried a large school backpack, one for each child, with the Princess’s decorated with a pink sequinned keyring in the shape of a unicorn head. Prince George, who is now in Year Two, chatted happily as the family walked across the playground, occasionally looking behind him to check his little sister was still there. Princess Charlotte, who usually appears the more confident of the pair, hung back a little behind her mother, rearranging her dark blue skirt. Looking smart in her new uniform, she walked on her tip toes and played with her ponytail as she was introduced to Helen Haslem, head of Thomas’s lower school. Princess Charlotte looked uncharacteristically shy for a momentCredit:PA The journey across the playground, which took less than a minute, was captured for the history books by one photographer and one television camera, carefully arranged to make sure the children felt comfortable and minimise disruption for the school. Thomas’s Battersea, which is described as a Christian school, emphases the importance of “kindness” in its pupils and works on a foundation that “praise as the greatest motivator”.Art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day, in the Grade II listed building dating back to 1700.Now they have two children at the school, the Cambridges will be entitled to a sibling discount with annual fees reduced from £19,287 to £18,915. Prince George and Princess Charlotte get ready for schoolCredit:Kensington Palace Prince George starts school in 2017Credit:PA “Good morning! How are you? Did you have a nice summer?” the Duchess asked, before encouraging Charlotte to shake hands. In contrast to Prince George’s first day of school in September 2017 when his mother was suffering from severe morning sickness, both the Duke and Duchess were there to settle the Princess in to her new world. The Duchess, wearing a Michael Kors dress she was previously seen in at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding rehearsal, walked with Charlotte while the Duke accompanied George, holding hands in pairs for the short journey. Princess Charlotte looked eager to get going, as mum and dad carried the school bagsCredit:PA The Cambridge family arrive for Princess Charlotte’s first day of schoolCredit:PA She had shiny new shoes, a smart ponytail and a sequinned unicorn keyring for good luck.There was just one other thing Princess Charlotte needed for her first day of school: a big brother to show her the ropes. The Princess, who has charmed the nation with her confidence since she was old enough to show off her royal wave, appeared uncharacteristically shy as she arrived at Thomas’s school today, holding her mother’s hand tightly and hovering behind her skirt. So it was down to her older brother to lend a hand, as the Duchess of Cambridge told her daughter Prince George “will help show you the way” as they embarked on a new school year together. The Princess was “very excited” for her first day, the Duke said, as she followed six-year-old veteran schoolboy Prince George into the classrooms. The landmark morning for Princess Charlotte saw the Cambridge family out in force, with proud father the Duke driving his wife and two older children to Thomas’s, Battersea for at 8.15am start. As she visited the Lindo Wing to meet her little brother Prince Louis, she charmed onlookers by turning to wave at them from the hospital steps. During his christening, she was caught on camera cheerfully telling photographers “you’re not coming” as she walked to a tea party with her family. The Duke added: “First day! She’s very excited.”The four-year-old, who bears a striking resemblance to the Queen at the same age, will be known as Charlotte Cambridge to staff and schoolmates.As they made their way into the school building, the Duchess was heard to tell the Princess that Prince George “will help show you the way” when they were inside. Charlotte greets head of lower school Helen HaslemCredit:PA In a recent trip to a charity sailing regatta on the Isle of Wight, she left the Duchess laughing after she poked her tongue out at a waiting crowd.Prince George, who will one day be king, has often seemed more hesitant in front of the cameras.His own first day of school saw him clutching his father’s hand and looking shyly at the floor, his true excitement at starting in reception class only captured by a beaming picture taken behind-the-scenes. Sign up for our brilliant free newsletter, Your Royal Appointment, and get royal news and analysis sent straight to your inbox every Wednesday.
Microsoft would really like to get more of its Surface tablets running Windows into the hands of consumers, and is taking some pretty drastic action to make that happen. How drastic? How about offering you a few hundred dollars to trade in an iPad?If you live within the vicinity of a Microsoft Store, a new offer will see Microsoft hand you $200 on a gift card in exchange for an iPad. The qualifying Apple tablets includes the iPad 2, 3, and 4, and the $200 is actually a minimum. That’s a minimum because Microsoft is working with CExchange to handle the used products, so the value of your iPad may actually be higher, and if it is, it looks like they’ll honor that fair trade-in price.Of course, Microsoft is also suggesting you use that gift card to purchase a Surface RT or Surface Pro device, but as it’s a gift card you can use it to purchase anything in-store. In fact, if you’ve just purchased a new iPad and have an old one gathering dust that qualifies, you might as well go trade it at a Microsoft Store and spend it on a bunch of non-tablet products.If you want to take advantage of this offer, Microsoft will be accepting iPads (with power cords) until October 27. But if it proves popular and Surface tablet sales spike, I can’t see why they wouldn’t extend it in the run up to Christmas. In fact, it makes sense to do that anyway.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram International concern is growing following the announcement of the government’s program in parliament, with worries expressed and interest withdrawn in a number of instances concerning investment and privatisation projects.The Chinese premier has asked the Greek prime minister to support his country’s plans for investing in Piraeus port, the chief executive of Canadian firm Eldorado Gold, Paul Wright, arrived in Athens on Thursday to speak to the government about the mines it controls in Halkidiki after Environment and Energy Minister Panayiotis Lafazanis pledged to cancel the investment at Skouries, and Italy’s Terna announced its withdrawal from the bidding for the acquisition of power grid operator ADMIE.A week ago the notable absence of foreign oil companies rendered the tender for the concession of blocks for hydrocarbon surveying and utilization in western Greece a Greek-only affair, following the withdrawal of three major multinationals (Total, Shell and Repsol) and the last-minute dropout by Italy’s Enel.Beijing’s concern about a halt in the privatization process for Piraeus Port Authority was reflected in the phone conversation that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang had with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, which was published on the Chinese government’s website on Thursday. Li assured Tsipras that the Cosco investment in Piraeus “has favored job creation,” adding: “I hope both sides respect their commitments. China wishes to cooperate with Greece to turn this port into a transit junction between China and Europe. We hope that the Greek government supplies the biggest legal guarantees to Chinese enterprises in Greece.”Source: Kathimerini
Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri insists he can handle the team’s trip to Belgrade for their UEFA Champions League return clash against Red Star Belgrade.The Swiss star was fined during the World Cup after he celebrated a goal against Serbia by making an eagle gesture identical to the one on the Albanian flag.Shaqiri put in an impressive display for the Reds against Red Star on Wednesday, as Jurgen Klopp’s side recorded a comfortable 4-0 victory at Anfield.However, a far more hostile reception awaits Shaqiri and the Merseyside club in the return leg next month, but the former Stoke City winger insists he is prepared.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I had this already at the World Cup so I know I can handle this no problem,” Shaqiri said, according to FourFourTwo.“I just saw a few articles where one player said something. I don’t really care what people are saying.”“I just go there to play a football game. It is not about politics, it is about football. I worry about nothing and go to play.”Liverpool host Cardiff at Anfield on Saturday as they look to continue their challenge for the Premier League title this season
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 20, 2017 – Providenciales – Shelters will be reopened says the Government as the country braces for an overnight tango with dangerous category five hurricane Maria on Thursday. A media debriefing will happen on Wednesday morning for further information on what the public needs to know about the system and the contingency plan, given the fact that the TCI’s defenses are certainly weakened since the encounter with Hurricane Irma and its 180mph winds.We expect to hear details on the shelter plans, what can happen with debris still strewn about since the last hurricane, what will happen with the prison which suffered damage and where prisoners escaped, about fuel, water, building and other supplies, an update on electricity restoration and what kind of weather conditions the TCI will experience as Maria moves through.It is also now announced the Providenciales International Airport is closed as of 8pm Wednesday, which is about 24 hours before hurricane Maria is set to arrive to these islands as a Category 4 hurricane.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:
Alaska’s top military commander, Lieutenant General Russell Handy has been on the job here for more than a year. He’s overseeing ALCOM here at a time when the U.S relationship with Russia has grown frosty. In September, Russian military flights that were within 50 miles of the Alaskan and Canadian coast lines caused enough concern that F22s were sent from JBER to intercept them. Lt. General Handy says the Russian flights did not cross into the 12 mile international boundary zone and were not considered hostile.Download Audio