Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte Undergoes Operation on Injured Knee

first_imgLondon: Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has undergone knee surgery that is expected to keep the centre-back sidelined for at least a couple of months.Laporte had been in line to make his international debut with France this week after his exceptional form for the Premier League champions over the past year was finally rewarded with a first call-up by Didier Deschamps since March 2017. However, he was stretchered off late in the first half of City’s 4-0 win over Brighton on Saturday after a clash with the visitors’ Adam Webster.”Aymeric Laporte has undergone surgery on his knee after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during Saturday’s win over Brighton,” City said in a statement without giving a timeframe for Laporte’s return.”The surgery, carried out by Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona, was successful and a more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course.”🚨Injury update on @Laporte…Everyone at City wishes Aymeric a full and speedy recovery.🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/Ifmtd4CqHJ— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 4, 2019Should Laporte be absent for a prolonged period, he will be badly missed with centre-back one of the few positions where City are not blessed with great strength in depth.They did not buy a replacement for departed former captain Vincent Kompany in the summer transfer window and midfielder Fernandinho had to fill that position against Brighton with John Stones also sidelined by injury.However, with City handed a favourable Champions League group stage draw alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta and not facing ‘top six’ opposition in the Premier League again until early November, there is hope Laporte will be back for the business end of the season.”After successful completion of yesterday evenings surgery, I would like to say thanks for all your messages of support during the last few days. I feel truly loved and so thankful about it,” Laporte posted on Instagram.”I am sad for not being able to join the national team and to not fulfil my dream of making the debut with Les Bleus.”I would like to thank the coach for being so supportive. From now on we start counting down the days to go back to the pitch.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Aymeric Laportedefenderinjuryknee surgery First Published: September 4, 2019, 4:37 PM ISTlast_img read more

SIDHU 2 LAST

first_imgAttacking BJP and the Akalis, Sidhu said he was made a Attacking BJP and the Akalis, Sidhu said he was made a “decorative piece” by the ruling dispensation and was not accorded any importance even at public functions, fearing he may hog limelight. He claimed he had rejected the Rajya Sabha nomination two years ago but Prime Minister Narendra Modi nominated him to the Upper House. “I accepted the Rajya Sabha as I thought if it takes me towards Punjab, then it is like a pilgrimage for me. I quit Rajya Sabha because there were instructions to campaign for Badal sahib.”It was not possible to stand with Dhritrashtra. They are Dhritrashtra and Dusshasana. They nominated me to Rajya Sabha and one BJP leader said campaign for Badal and other said dont go to Punjab,” he said, making an analogy with characters of epic Mahabharata.Over the issue of his quitting the Rajya Sabha seat, he said that, “It had nothing to do with AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal. It was a conscientious decision.” “Men of genius are admired, men of power are feared, but men of character are trusted. And we fall in the third category,” he said. “We have united to help Punjab win. And this time Punjab will win and so will Punjabiyat and the people of the state. Once considered the granary of the country has now turned into a begging bowl which is deep in debt. “We want to shake the system that has ruined Punjab. It can only happen when like-minded people get together. We invite all those without any selfish motives to come together and unitedly fight for the state and help in the resurrection, redemption and revival of Punjab,” he said. Sidhu claimed that people have suffered in the hands of five years of Congress government led by Capt Amarinder Singh and during the last 10 years of danda tantra (rule of the stick) where, he alleged, false cases were slapped on people and votes were secured forcibly and through polarisation.advertisementHe also said there was discrimination on the basis of caste, colour and creed.”We are not fighting for personal gains but for Punjabs better future,” he said.Targeting Aam Aadmi Party, he said, “The East India company came with 40,000 troops and ruled over 40 crore people in India.”Like that, the Central India company has sent 40 people and want to rule over Punjab by dividing the people of Punjab. There is no difference. They talk to individuals and people are told and never heard.”Sidhu formally launched the front as Kejriwal started his four-day visit to the state to boost the partys campaign. PTI SUN/VJ/SKC AKA RTlast_img read more

ICC to devise strategy for innovation in womens game

first_imgDubai, Apr 25 (PTI) The ICCs first ever Womens Cricket Forum which was held before the CEC meeting, focussed on bringing together the sport to develop a long-term strategy to accelerate the growth of the game. With senior representatives from all 10 full members plus PNG, Ireland and the Netherlands — the workshop, which ran over two days, considered a vision for the womens game as well as the opportunities for the sport and the challenges faced by all members. The outputs from the day, along with further stakeholder consultations will then form the basis of the global women?s strategy for growth over the next five years. Clare Connor, Chair of the ICC Women?s Committee said: “Women in cricket is an integral part of the wider ICC strategy, but to drive true growth and transformation and realise the opportunity for the sport we need a specific plan.” “The need to innovate was a recurring theme throughout the day whether that was through formats, schools programme or the way we grow the appeal of the game to new and existing audiences. There is a genuine sense of excitement within the sport about the potential of women?s cricket both in a commercial and societal context.” David Richardson, Chief Executive of the ICC said:”There is a clear opportunity to grow the game and a firm commitment from our members to work in partnership to make that happen. The strategic plan will address the challenges and opportunities women and girls face and ensure that we do not take decisions about the growth of the women?s game through a male lens.” Gayatri Yadav, President ? Consumer Strategy and Innovation at Star Network was the guest speaker at the Forum where she shared Star?s inspirational ?Nayi Soch? (New Thinking) campaign. She spoke of the need to change perceptions with ground-breaking campaigns and ensure female players were painted as heroes. Clare Connor added:”Gayatris involvement in the forum added another dimension and brought home how to make changing the game a reality. It was encouraging to see how Star are using the platform of cricket to break-down wider cultural stereotypes and drive social change. “It reminded us of the possibilities of sport and the impact the growth of the women?s game could have around the world.” PTI KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

“Greek Freak” Leads Bucks to 143-100 Rout of Trail Blazers

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo figured the Portland Trail Blazers might be tired on the second night of a back-to-back. He was right.Antetokounmpo matched his season high with 33 points and finished an assist short of a triple-double in three quarters as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated Portland 143-100 on Wednesday night.Antetokounmpo added 16 rebounds and nine assists in 30 minutes as the Bucks avenged an early season loss to Portland in a rematch of teams off to fast starts.“We did the job tonight setting the tone for the entire team,” Antetokounmpo said. “We know they were coming off a back-to-back, so we wanted to come out with energy and get an early lead.”Milwaukee, which lost at Portland 118-103 on Nov. 6, led the entire way and picked up its 13th win in 17 games. The Blazers were coming off a 118-114 victory Tuesday night in New York against the Knicks.CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard each had 22 points for the Trail Blazers, who entered with the best record in the Western Conference and slipped to 12-6.“We’re professionals,” Lillard said. “We’re not the first team on a trip like this and it’s not our first time. We aren’t going to lean on that and make an excuse about being tired. It’s early in the season. We haven’t even played 20 games yet. There were a lot of things that we could’ve done to be much better, whether we were tired or not.”Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after he dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)Milwaukee led 31-20 after one quarter and extended it to 72-50 at the half. The Bucks led 109-79 entering the final period. The 43-point margin of victory was the Bucks’ largest since defeating Charlotte by 50 point, 137-87, on Jan. 10, 2000.Khris Middleton had 21 points and Malcom Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe added 16 points apiece for the Bucks, who outrebounded Portland 59-39.The Bucks gained control early, scoring the first six points en route to a 26-7 lead. Portland trimmed the lead to 31-20, but the Bucks used a 9-0 run to boost the advantage to 53-32 with 4:56 left in the half.Antetokounmpo, who had 25 first-half points on 11-of-14 shooting, sandwiched a pair of baskets around a Portland turnover in the final 2.9 seconds to put the Bucks up 72-50 at the break.“We just came out and played hard,” Brogdon said. “That was a very good team tonight. We caught them back-to-back, so I’m guessing they were a little bit tired. I thought we took advantage of that and we executed at a high level.”TIP-INSTrailblazers: Coach Terry Stotts was denied his 400th career victory.Bucks: Milwaukee, which opened the season with six consecutive victories, has won three straight since losing four of seven.BUCKS HOT STARTMilwaukee is 9-1 in the new Fiserv Forum, the best start at home since 1990-91, when the team won its first 18 home games. The Bucks’ 13-4 record is the best 17-game start to a season since 1980-81, which was also 13-4.UP NEXTPortland: Travels to Golden State on Friday for the first of four games against the Warriors.Milwaukee: Host Phoenix on Friday in the fifth game of a six-game homestand.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Met Sangeeta Bijlani during an ad shoot in 1985, it was love at first sight: Azharuddin

first_imgWay before Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma came into the limelight, the Mohammad Azahruddin – Sangeeta Bijlani love story dominated news space in the 1990s. Azhar, a stylish batsman and flamboyant India captain, was in love with Sangeeta Bijlani, who was crowned as Miss India in 1980.After a period of courtship, Azhar and Sangeeta decided to tie the know in 1996. The two are now divorced but cricket fans growing up in the 1990s still remember the glamorous couple who were favourites of the media long before social media even became a thing.At India Today Mind Rocks, Azharuddin was asked when he met Sangeeta Bijlani and whether it was love at first sight. Azhar replied in the affirmative.”I met Sangeeta Bijlani during an ad shoot in 1985. Yes, it was love at first sight. Nobody talks about this so openly… But I am telling you,” Azhar said to a huge round of applause.Azharuddin kept the audience hanging on to his every word as he spoke about Virat Kohli’s sensational form, India’s historic Test series triumph in Australia and MS Dhoni’s importance for India in the 2019 World Cup.Azhar was also asked about the trend of cricketers marrying Bollywood divas Kohli is married to Anushka, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan all married Bollywood stars. Azhar said it was a matter of the heart and a very personal decision.”Cricket and Bollywood have had a long-standing relationship because of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and the relationship will continue I think, kyunki ye to dil ki baat hai (because it’s a matter of the heart).advertisement”Getting married to an actor or cricketer is a personal choice and when there are two stars in question it becomes easier to deal with all the attention. The understanding becomes easier when cricketers and actors get married,” Azharuddin said at the Mind Rocks event in Bhubaneshwar.Also Read | Mohammad Azharuddin on Virat Kohli: Nobody has been more consistent since Don BradmanAlso Read | India demoralised all of Australia with their historic Test series win: AzharuddinAlso See:last_img read more

All I Do Is Win

first_imgYesterday I saw a few Heisman polls that had Robert Griffin in the #1 slot. Yes, the same Robert Griffin who is 13-15 in his career as a starter. Then a few others that were touting Denard Robinson as “the guy” (9-6 as a starter), Nick Foles as “one of the best passers in the country” (12-11), and Russell Wilson (21-16) as another one of the Heisman frontrunners.Granted, the Heisman is not (and shouldn’t be) a career achievement award, but I’m not sure how you can look at the past body of work, assess a season in which Weeden’s team is in the top 8, and not throw his name in the mix. And yet the only place I’ve even seen it mentioned is over on Ubben’s Big 12 blog (always knew I liked that guy :)).Q and I talked about this a little bit on the podcast the other day but Gundy’s quote from this week when he said, “there’s not many people walking the face of the earth that can make [some of his] throws. That’s just the way it is” is one of my all-time favorite OSU quotes. So you can roll with Luck and his homeless person beard or put your hopes on the QB of an 8-4 team down in Waco. Personally I’ll take #3 and his 87% winning percentage and wicked-strong arm and we’ll see who’s still standing in December.This is the first in a season-long series on the Heisman hopes of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. Click here to read the rest.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: Rick SmithConsider this me officially kicking off the unofficial “how on earth is Brandon Weeden not even sniffing any Heisman love right now even though he’s one of the three best QBs in the United States” Heisman campaign. The title is a work in progress (I should probably shorten it), but it’s a starting point.Oh and when we get rolled in College Station in two weeks forget I ever typed ANY of this.I’m trying to be fair. Really, I am.But the fact of the matter is that there are two things that matter as a college quarterback:1. Winning2. ScoringWe’ll take a look at how his passing numbers stack up in a later post (this is going to be a season-long series) but, with all due respect to Mr. DJ Khaled, all Brandon Weeden does is win.You can see the numbers below (I went back and took games that these guys started and/or got the majority of the snaps in, and as a side note to that, I didn’t even use the Weeden/Colorado game even though that makes his record look even better):He even matches up well (Yes, I know the sample size is small, but so is Denard’s and that doesn’t keep ESPN from falling tripping all over him and his shoelaces) on a historical level:last_img read more

Subsea 7 Wins USD 1 Bn Contract

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed Subsea 7 has been awarded a contact in excess of USD 1.3 billion by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the Beatrice wind farm turbine foundations and array cables, offshore Scotland, UK. Subsea 7, in alliance with Seaway Heavy Lifting, will manage, design, engineer, fabricate and install EPCI jacket foundations and array cables for 84 wind turbines, and perform the transportation and installation of the offshore transmission modules.Project management and engineering has already started at Seaway Heavy Lifting’s offices in Glasgow, Scotland, and Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, and at Subsea 7’s office in Aberdeen, Scotland, according to Subsea 7.Offshore installations will be executed in 2017 and 2018 using Seaway Heavy Lifting’s heavy-lift vessels, Stanislav Yudin and Oleg Strashnov.“This offshore wind farm project is our largest North Sea award to date. Subsea 7 and Seaway Heavy Lifting have a strong reputation in their respective areas of expertise. This contract recognises both companies’ capability to execute contracts safely, on time and within cost targets and is another major step forward in establishing Seaway Heavy Lifting as a leading EPCI contractor in the offshore renewables market,” Jean Cahuzac, Subsea 7 Chief Executive Officer said.“The Beatrice project is a major step forward in achieving our ambition to be a leading EPCI contractor in the offshore renewables industry,” Jan Willem van der Graaf, CEO of Seaway Heavy Lifting commented.BOWL is a joint venture partnership formed between SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35%) and SDIC Power (25%).Located in the Outer Moray Firth, the Beatrice wind turbines will generate 588 Megawatts of power once the wind farm becomes fully operational in 2019.last_img read more

Visit to Maldives Sri Lanka reflects Indias priority towards neighbourhood first policy

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said his visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka beginning Saturday reflects the importance India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and that it will further cement bilateral ties with the two maritime countries. Modi will first travel to the Maldives, in his first bilateral visit after retaining power in the Lok Sabha polls. From Maldives, he will go to Sri Lanka on Sunday. “I am confident that my visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka will further strengthen our close and cordial ties with our maritime neighbours, in line with our ‘Neighbourhood-First Policy’ and the vision of security and growth for all in the region,” the prime minister said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist In a pre-departure statement, he said his visit to Sri Lanka is to express India’s solidarity with the government and the people of the island nation in the wake of the “terrible terrorist attacks” there on April 21. “The people of India stand firmly with the people of Sri Lanka, who suffered great agony and destruction in the wake of the horrific terror attacks on Easter. We fully support Sri Lanka in the fight against terror,” he said. Sri Lanka was hit by a wave of bombings on Easter Sunday in which over 250 people were killed. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France About his visit to Maldives, Modi said India considers the country as a valued partner with whom it shares deep bonds of history and culture. “Our bilateral relations with the Maldives have been greatly strengthened in the recent past. I am confident that my visit will further deepen our multi-faceted partnership,” he said. The prime minister visited the Maldives in November to attend President Ibrahim Solih’s swearing-in ceremony. The relations between India and the Maldives deteriorated after the then President Abdulla Yameen imposed emergency on February 5 last year. However, ties were back on track under Solih’s presidency. “I also had the opportunity to attend the inauguration of President Solih in November 2018. My visit to the Maldives is reflective of the importance we both attach to our relationship as maritime neighbours and long-standing friends,” Modi said. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Thursday said both sides are expected sign a number of agreements to deepen cooperation in specific areas during Modi’s visit. On Sri Lanka, Modi said India’s ties with it have gained considerable momentum in the last few years. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena visited India last week to India Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. “I look forward to meeting the Sri Lankan leadership during my visit,” Modi said.last_img read more

Term extended for Maureen Jensen chair of Ontarios securities watchdog

first_imgTORONTO – The woman helming the top job at Ontario’s securities watchdog has had her term extended for three years by the Ontario Ministry of Finance.Maureen Jensen’s two-year term as chair and CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission was set to expire in February 2018, but will now end in February 2021.Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance, says Jensen has worked tirelessly to improve women’s representation on boards, enhance whistleblower protection, and advance the Ontario government’s push toward a co-operative capital markets regulator.Jensen said in October that it might be time to strengthen its measures to get more women on boards after little progress.The OSC does not have the authority to impose a specific target or quota for gender diversity.But Jensen said the regulator is looking at options such as requiring companies to set a target and disclose progress in meeting it.last_img read more

Solanki, Kaushik bag gold in Poland

first_imgNew Delhi: Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik bagged a gold each as Indian boxers finished with a rich haul of six medals at the XXXVI Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament in Warsaw, Poland. Besides two gold medals, Indians boxers clinched a silver and three bronze to wrap off their campaign on a high. The 22-year-old Solanki (52kg) outpunched England’s William Cawley 5-0 on his way to the coveted yellow metal. He showed glimpses of the impeccable form that brought him gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Chemistry Cup last year. Kaushik (60kg) also exhibited the confidence that he had displayed last year to grab the India Open gold and the Commonwealth Games silver. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuAgainst Morocco’s Mohamed Hamout, the 23-year-old was sharp and agile and emerged victorious 4-1. However, there was some disappointment for the Indian contingent on the final day of the European tournament as the result of Mohammed Hussamuddin did not go in favour of the bantamweight specialist. Hussamuddin (56kg), who started the 2019 season with a silver from the Gee Bee Boxing tournament, had to be content with yet another second-place finish following a 1-4 defeat to Russia’s Mukhammad Shekhov, despite producing a strong show throughout the bout. Meanwhile, three other Indian pugilists had to settle for the bronze after losing their respective semi-final contests. In 69kg, 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist and Arjuna awardee, Mandeep Jangra went down 0-5 to Russia’s Vadim Musaev while in 91kg, Sanjeet too lost to David Nyika of New Zealand by an identical score.last_img read more

National Energy Board says Trans Mountain meets conditions for BC terminal

VANCOUVER — The National Energy Board says the Trans Mountain pipeline project has met conditions required for the expansion of its Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C.Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, has plans to expand the terminal’s dock to load three tankers, up from one, and increase the number of delivery lines connected to its other Burnaby terminal.The expanded terminal is part of a $7.4-billion project that would triple the capacity of an Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline and increase tanker traffic in the Vancouver area.The board says in a letter to Kinder Morgan published on its website Wednesday that there are 157 conditions imposed on the project overall and the pre-construction conditions specifically pertaining to the terminal have now been satisfied.Trans Mountain refiled its environmental protection plans for the terminal on Aug. 17, which the board said included details for mitigating previously raised issues about the project and evidence that it held additional public consultations.Trans Mountain couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, but the company’s website says terminal construction was set to begin in September.British Columbia’s NDP government recently announced it would join the legal fight against the pipeline expansion and was granted intervener status this week in a legal challenge brought by several First Nations and municipalities objecting to Ottawa’s approval of the project.The new provincial government also warned the company earlier this month that it can’t begin work on public land until it gets final approval from the province.Premier John Horgan promised in the provincial election this spring to use “every tool in the toolbox” to stop the expansion by Trans Mountain.B.C.’s former Liberal government issued an environmental certificate for the project earlier this year.B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman has said the storage facility and marine terminal in Burnaby are on private property, but the majority of the pipeline either passes through First Nations territory or public land. read more

FAO appeals for 15 million for emergency seed distribution in Georgia

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that many of the area’s 160,000 households would not have enough quality seed and other necessary agricultural inputs to plant their main subsistence crop, maize, for spring 2002.“Without external assistance this year, fields will go unplanted or will be planted late, with poor quality seed and no fertilizer. The prospect is for a downward spiral into extended food aid dependence from which recovery will be slow, uncertain and costly in terms of human welfare,” the agency said in a statement.FAO will distribute sufficient quality maize seed and fertilizer for 77,720 households in the areas of Samegrelo, Guria and Racha-Lechkhumi to plant half a hectare of land for the spring 2002 planting season.Maize is the principal food grain produced in western regions of Georgia, and it is also the main staple food of the Georgian people. Last year, the maize yield was only 17 per cent of normal. Despite food aid delivered by the UN World Food Programme, the average calorie intake in the area has fallen by 20 per cent in the past 18 months. read more

Trial of four Rwandan officials on genocide charges opens before UN tribunal

In opening remarks in Arusha, Tanzania, yesterday, the prosecution, led by Don Webster, said evidence would prove that the accused committed the crimes against the Tutsi and moderate Hutu populations in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, as well as in Butare, Gisenyi and Gitarama and in the Cyangugu and Kibuye prefectures.Facing seven counts of genocide and related crimes are Edouard Karemera, former minister of the Interior and vice chairman of the Mouvement revolutionnaire national pour le developpement (MRND party) and Andre Rwamakuba, former minister of Primary and Secondary Education and member of the Mouvement democratique republicain (MDR).The other two facing the same charges are Mathieu Ngirumpatse, former director-general of Foreign Affairs in the Rwandan government and MRND chairman, and Joseph Nzirorera, former MRND secretary-general, Speaker of the Rwandan Parliament and former minister of Industry, Mines and Handicraft.Defence counsel Didier Skoricki told the tribunal that his client, Mr. Karemera, and two other accused, Mr. Rwamakuba and Mr. Ngirumpatse, were the ones who had appealed to the international community to intervene and stop the killings. The defence counsel for Mr. Nzirorera, Peter Robinson, said his client not only deplored the killings, but also had lost some of his own relatives in the genocide. read more

Geneva conference must include Syrian Government and opposition says Arab LeagueUN envoy

The proposed Geneva II conference to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis must include representatives from the Government as well as the opposition, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, told a news conference in Damascus today.“The difference between Geneva I and Geneva II is that in Geneva II, Syria will be represented by two delegations, the first representing the Syrian Government and the second representing the Syrian opposition,” Mr. Brahimi said.Over the past few days, Mr. Brahimi has been meeting with senior officials in various countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, and Syria itself, where he met with President Bashar al-Assad, with the aim of creating the conditions to hold the conference.“All countries visited expressed significant interest in Geneva II because of the great attention regarding the situation in Syria and the outcome of the crisis, which is causing the Syrian people to suffer greatly,” Mr. Brahimi said.“Everyone wants to contribute, one way or the other, to prepare for Geneva II and put an end to the crisis in Syria.”The goal of Geneva II would be to achieve a political solution to the conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué, adopted after the first international meeting on the issue on 30 June 2012.The communiqué lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among others, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.“I believe that the Geneva Communiqué enables the Syrian brothers to overcome the crisis and opens the way toward building their new republic,” Mr. Brahimi said.The Special Representative will travel next to Lebanon, where he will meet with senior Government officials.More than 100,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since March 2011 when opposition protesters first sought the ouster of the Assad Government, and a further 6.5 million people have been displaced. read more

Brock becoming more accessible

Brock is making strides to be more accessible to people with disabilities in light of a new provincial law guaranteeing respectful customer service for everyone.A draft University policy is being approved to comply with Ontario’s Accessible Customer Service Standard, which took effect on Jan. 1. Brock has also developed a communication and training program, which some front-line staff took in 2009. The newly redesigned Accessibility website also has a feedback form for people to voice their opinions, said Margaret Sanderson, University accessibility co-ordinator.“We are moving forward to identify, prevent and remove barriers to persons with disabilities who study, work or visit the University,” she said.The new law affects Ontario’s hospitals, schools, municipalities and other public organizations. Non-profit organizations and the private sector will follow in 2012.The Accessible Customer Service Standard requires that all businesses and organizations in Ontario: train staff about meeting the needs of customers with a variety of disabilities communicate with a person in a manner that takes into account their disability permit customers to bring their service animals, such as guide dogs, onto their premises.“Imagine being treated disrespectfully in a store by a clerk,” said a government release last month. “Or not getting served at a coffee shop because staff didn’t take the time to understand you. For a customer with a disability, these situations can be difficult to avoid.”“Accessible customer service is about learning how to communicate with someone who has a disability and, most importantly, it is about being willing to help,” said Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur.The Accessible Customer Service Standard is part of the province’s plan to make Ontario accessible by 2025. More accessibility standards are being finalized to tackle barriers in other key areas of every day life. For more information, visit AccessON.Here are some ways to make services accessible for people with disabilities:Treat people with disabilities with the same respect and consideration you have for everyone else.Smile, relax, and keep in mind that people with disabilities are just people.Don’t make assumptions about what type of disability or disabilities a person has.Some disabilities are not visible. Take the time to get to know your customers’ needs.Be patient. People with some kinds of disabilities may take a little longer to understand and respond.If you’re not sure what to do, ask your customer, “May I help you?”Related links:AccessONUniversity Accessibility Planning at Brock read more

Man to spend 15 years behind bars for 2008 Agricola murder

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan charged for murder of woman 9 years laterMay 4, 2017In “Court”Suspect in 2008 Agricola murder of woman further remandedOctober 11, 2018In “Court”Agricola Murder: UK citizen discharged from hospital; relatives take her into hidingFebruary 2, 2014In “Crime” Two weeks after being found guilty of murdering Melissa Payne who was killed during the course of a robbery at the Agricola Public Road on November 5, 2008,  Jermain Savory was this morning (Monday) sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by High Court judge James Bovell-Drakes.MURDERED: Melissa PayneDespite proclaiming his innocence, the 12-member jury had unanimously found the 30-year-old father of one guilty after the weeks-long trial. The State’s case was that Savory – in the company of at least one other person, allegedly murdered Payne after the woman and her reputed husband, John Fraser, had stopped at Agricola on their way to Georgetown in an effort to correct a mechanical fault of the Canter truck, in which they were travelling. JAILED: Jermaine SavoryReports back then were that while Fraser was attending to the vehicle around 08:30h on the day in question, armed bandits approached them. Fraser managed to escape, but 27-year-old Payne, from Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara, was eventually shot and killed after she held on to her bag. The court was told today that the deceased woman loved gardening.Savory spent almost 10 years awaiting trial which Justice Bovell-Drakes considered before handing down the sentence.  read more

Event to collect food for summer meals

first_imgWASHOUGAL — Camas and Washougal community members can help school families with summer meals by donating food and filling food boxes next week.St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Washougal is organizing its fourth annual IMPACT CW, which will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 at Parker’s Landing Historical Park at the Port of Camas-Washougal. People can drop off food donations, help fill boxes and enjoy a barbecue lunch while listening to music by the Camas-Washougal Community Orchestra.Beth Raetz, IMPACT CW committee member and church office secretary, said in a news release that Pastor Bob Barber started the event, which was prompted by a sermon series. Last year, 140 food boxes were put together during IMPACT CW; this year’s goal is 200 boxes.“We are targeting families in the schools who receive free breakfast and free lunches and are a part of the backpack programs,” Raetz said in the news release. “When school stops for summer those meals end. These kids may get into a summer meal program, but there could be several weeks before they start. These meals will help to bridge that gap. It just gives them a boost.”The food boxes will be delivered to Camas and Washougal schools that will distribute them to families in need.Food donations can be dropped off in advance of the event at St. Matthew, 716 Washougal River Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. People can also donate online through www.gofundme.com/impact-cw or through the church.Contact Raetz at 360-835-5533 for more information.last_img read more