Chelsea Barkley ‘obsessed’ with becoming world-class at Chelsea Jamie Smith 07:53 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Chelsea Chelsea v Leicester City Leicester City Premier League After completing a £15m move from Everton to Stamford Bridge, the England international midfielder says he is determined to become an elite player Ross Barkley has set his sights on becoming a world-class midfielder, Chelsea’s new signing revealing he is “obsessed” with reaching the top level.Barkley is yet to feature in any competition this season due to injury, with Chelsea paying £15 million to sign the England international from Everton this month.The 24-year-old is in line to make his debut for the Premier League champions in their trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. 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 And Barkley – who hit five league goals for the Toffees last season – believes making the switch to Stamford Bridge will be a positive step for his development.”I am obsessed with improving,” Barkley told Sky Sports.”I want to get to a level where I am regarded as one of the best and coming to a club like Chelsea gives me the right platform to improve.”I want to be regarded as a world-class midfielder. At the moment I have a lot of potential and a lot of world-class attributes and I want to showcase that at a massive club like Chelsea and win things and be regarded as a top-quality player.”I have got to a level where I feel I needed to make the jump to Chelsea and push myself and get myself to a better level and playing with world-class players here is only going to help.”I am ready to hit the ground running. The first half of the season dragged for me, I just wanted to kick a ball, but I am back fit and I am ready to go.”Eden Hazard has been linked with a move away from Chelsea but Barkley believes the Belgium international is an example he can follow.”You can’t put many players up there with Hazard,” Barkley said. “He is unbelievable, he is up there with the best in the world. “I have been training here for a couple of weeks and you can see how sharp he is. I am not the same type of player but if I could get anywhere near his level now I would be made up.”Working hard… @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/G53egvBOQT — Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) January 12, 2018 Barkley scored in a behind-closed-doors friendly against QPR this week, also providing an assist in a 70-minute appearance.”It was a good run-out,” Barkley added. “I have settled in really well with all the lads.”It was my first game for a while since I have been out injured and it felt good to get back out on to the pitch.”I have had four full weeks of training now so I am feeling really fit. I feel really good and am ready to go.”
Great players win games. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.In Lionel Messi, Barcelona have the greatest of all time, and his strike partner Luis Suarez is no slouch either.The duo both produced magic moments to help the team earn a 2-1 win at Jose Bordelas’s impressive Getafe on Sunday to take control of La Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, second and third respectively, tied in Andalusia earlier on, the win leaves Barcelona five points clear at the top. Ten points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid.With Cristiano Ronaldo gone, Luka Modric and Marcelo ageing, Gareth Bale injured and nobody else on form, Los Blancos had nobody on the pitch who could produce the same magic as Messi and Suarez.That’s why they’re fifth, languishing in the dust while Santiago Solari waves his hands helplessly on the touchline, falling to a 2-0 defeat by Real Sociedad.Quality told at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, in a match where Getafe exhibited their strengths during an intense start to the game.They might have had a penalty for a foul by Arturo Vidal on Angel Rodriguez, scored a brilliant goal which was disallowed for a foul on Clement Lenglet, and generally had Barcelona under the cosh in the opening stages.With the second tightest defence in La Liga, Getafe were gearing up to give the champions an extremely tricky evening in the chilly Spanish capital.However Bordelas’s well-drilled troops don’t have to face players of Messi’s calibre every week.The Argentine undid the defence with a quick burst which saw him beat two defenders and the goalkeeper to a ball dropping from the sky, maintaining his balance and composure to knock it through the legs of onrushing stopper David Soria before touching it home from a tight angle. It was a mixture of speed, skill and opportunism and few other players in the world would be able to manage such a goal.The same goes for the second, scored by Suarez. Getafe were ceding few clear chances to Barcelona, so the Uruguayan decided to try something different. Suarez sent a screaming volley into the top corner from outside the area, a brutal goal that left Getafe facing a scoreline they didn’t deserve.The hosts pulled one back before the interval, with Jaime Mata tapping home a few moments after his team struck the post, with their punchy attacks making Barcelona extremely uncomfortable.On another day they might have equalised, with Mata somehow blazing over after rounding Marc-Andre ter Stegen, an open goal beckoning.But Barcelona’s world-class stars were enough to carry the day for the reigning champions and see them tighten their grip on the title.What Madrid were lacking was this same quality, from top to almost bottom – goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois emerged unscathed – but the rest need to improve.Perhaps the exception to Madrid’s struggles against Sociedad was Vinicius Junior, whose running and skill up front was the only bright spot for supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, relying on an unpredictable 18-year-old is not a viable strategy.Speaking of which, there weren’t that many. Swathes of empty seats were visible, fans turned off by recent performances and the dark cloud over the club this season.“We will try to get them back again,” said Solari when asked about the supporters. The ones who did turn up weren’t happy, whistling the players and in some patches chanting for president Florentino Perez to resign.This is what crisis looks like for Madrid, but it is not a dramatic one, because, really, it wasn’t that hard to see coming.Last season they finished a mile behind Barcelona in La Liga and that was when they still had Ronaldo.Even if the Portuguese was never quite the equal of his Argentine counterpart, he was close enough to be spoken of in the same breath, to win the Ballon d’Or the same number of times.Brahim Diaz has arrived, with Madrid announcing his signing in the aftermath of the defeat, but the former Manchester City playmaker has only potential, not the power to instantly transform the club’s title bid, which can now be considered over.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Earlier today, Maryland announced the news that head football coach D.J. Durkin was returning to the team for the remainder of the season. Durkin has been on paid leave since August 11 in the wake of the death of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair.Reports at the time claimed Durkin had allowed a “toxic culture” to form at Maryland. It looked like the school would eventually have to part ways with him, but now, he’s coming back.As you might imagine, Maryland has taken plenty of heat for this decision from the media and general public. Some Terps players are also unhappy, and multiple players reportedly walked out of a meeting with Durkin today.One of those players was McNair’s close friend, high school teammate and fellow offensive lineman Ellis McKennie.Confirmed that three players walked out of #Terps practice today. One of them, lineman Ellis McKennie, returned. McKennie was a close friend and high school teammate of Jordan McNair and has been a key figure in the team’s memorials. So, not surprising.https://t.co/PxKNGdCG9U— Jeff Ermann (@Jeff_Ermann) October 30, 2018McKennie wasn’t done expressing his feelings. He took to Twitter tonight to offer his thoughts on the situation.“Every Saturday my teammates and I have to kneel before the memorial of our fallen teammate,” McKennie wrote. “Yet a group of people do not have the courage to hold anyone accountable for his death. If only they could have the courage that Jordan had. It’s never the wrong time to do what’s right.”Every Saturday my teammates and I have to kneel before the memorial of our fallen teammate. Yet a group of people do not have the courage to hold anyone accountable for his death. If only they could have the courage that Jordan had. It’s never the wrong time to do what’s right. pic.twitter.com/AaZVmLGTtS— Ellis McKennie (@emck_cubed97) October 30, 2018Very likely, McKennie isn’t the only Terp who feels this way. It is hard to blame him either, given the circumstances.Going forward, it will be interesting to see the fallout from Durkin’s reinstatement.
The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Like any enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for the next motorcycle (or the next three motorcycles) to fill in all the empty space in my garage. I tend to lust after stylish and iconic machines of years past, but I also keep an eye on the latest bikes coming out these days.One trend I’m happy to see is the return – and update – of the “standard” motorcycle, a do-most-everything bike that can zip you to work, capably sport-tour or even raise your pulse at a track day. One machine that’s caught my eye is Yamaha’s FJ-09. Is it possible that I may only need one bike to do most of my riding? Surely not.In Yamaha model-speak, FZ-series bikes are typically hot-blooded sports machines, while FJ rigs are a bit less frenetic and more well-rounded. So it seems with the FJ-09, but Yamaha has apparently taken that well-roundedness to perhaps a new level of performance and technical excellence.The FJ-09 has the FZ-09’s hot-rod 117hp 847cc liquid-cooled 3-cylinder engine as its heart, and while 3-bangers have been Triumph‘s specialty as of late, Yamaha also dabbled in triples way back in the late 1970s with the XS750/850, cruiser-ish standards that are still well-regarded today in vintage circles.The 09’s triple is a member of Yamaha’s “cross-plane concept” configuration family, designed for better power delivery, lighter weight and a thin profile, all tricks taken from their world-beating (but slightly wider) R-1 four-cylinder hyper sport. However, the engine management system for the FJ variant has been fine-tuned for less… overtly aggressive riding situations. Fear not, though, there are three ride modes to choose from.A 3-cylinder engine has many advantages: properly designed, it can rev to the moon like a four-cylinder, but it also has a punchier torque curve like a twin. It’s also thinner than most fours, keeping the bike slim and compact. And depending on how restrictive (or not) the exhaust is, it has a lumpier, distinctive sound signature. The main problem? Vibration. But modern design and engine cradling technologies have largely mitigated the buzz, and it seems like the once-testy triple is finally getting the love it deserves from more bike makers.An aluminum frame wraps around the busy FJ mill, and the best way to describe the look of the bike is a mash-up of standard, sportbike, dual-sport and an anime creation. I love the look of the bike; it’s cool, aggressive, but also inviting, a tough trick for designers to pull off. Overall, the bike has a sporty, dense, compact, and ultra-modern appearance.A small windscreen up front teams with a pair of slick aero hand guards on the wide tubular handlebar to blunt wind fatigue, the riding position is sit-up with some lean-forward mixed in, perfect for both urban technical riding and long-distance sport-touring. Both the seat and bars have a range of adjustability so you can really dial in the fit and comfort.It was a photo of the smart-looking FJ-09 fitted with optional side cases that first caught my attention. Both the side cases and a top box are available, as are myriad other options, including heated grips, which should be standard on every bike made – in my opinion, of course.Beyond those bits, the FJ-09 is a modern motorcycle technology showcase. ABS is standard, as is traction control, but only traction control can be switched off. There are also the aforementioned three ride modes available for different riding environs, from a powered-down profile for rain-slicked roads to an unhindered hooligan mode, plus a mid “standard” setting. Throttle is ride-by-wire and the triple disc ABS brakes are the monobloc types usually found on higher-end sporting mounts.A comprehensive two-panel LCD screen takes the place of traditional clocks and features the regular speedo/tacho functions along with range, mileage, temperature and the current position of the International Space Station. OK, maybe not that last one, but it’s a very up-to-date data system to say the least.Suspension that’s adjustable fore and aft for preload and rebound smoothes out the ride, and the rear swingarm features a banana configuration that allows for a stubby exhaust exit to peek out on the rider’s right – no chrome fishtails here. There’s even a rarely-spotted centerstand included at no extra charge. Dual LED headlights light the way and there’s a 12V powerlet up front for your phone, GPS or other gadgetry. You can add another as an option. The gas tank grows to nearly five gallons from the three and change tank on the FZ.The sportier FZ-09, a sharper, more urban-focused naked bike, has been roundly praised and is still versatile in its own right – it’s also Yamaha’s best seller. But the FJ-09 has taken that versatility up a notch or three, giving riders more range, more seat length for two-up riding and more while maintaining the strong heart of the FZ variant. Wheelbase of the two bikes is identical, so expect sporty handling.The best feature may be the price: the FJ-09 is $10,500 before taxes and DMV fees, etc. Kitted out with luggage and heated grips, the price tag is closer to 12 large, which is still a really good deal for the impressive performance and technology stuffed into a great-looking package.Looks like I may have some room left in the garage after all.We’re hoping to get some seat time on the new Yamaha FJ-09 in the near future for a comprehensive review.All photos courtesy of Yamaha Motor Corporation. Optional accessories are shown in some photos. Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Editors’ Recommendations 1. Yamaha FJ-09 2. Yamaha FJ-09 3. Yamaha FJ-09 4. Yamaha FJ-09 5. Yamaha FJ-09 6. Yamaha FJ-09 7. Yamaha FJ-09 8. Yamaha FJ-09 9. Yamaha FJ-09 10. Yamaha FJ-09 11. Yamaha FJ-09 12. Yamaha FJ-09 13. Yamaha FJ-09 14. Yamaha FJ-09 15. Yamaha FJ-09 16. Yamaha FJ-09 17. Yamaha FJ-09 18. Yamaha FJ-09 19. 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Patna: The simmering discontent in RJD has come to the fore following its rout in Lok Sabha election with a senior party legislator Maheshwar Prasad Yadav Monday asking Tejashwi Yadav to resign from the post of Leader of Opposition taking moral responsibility of the drubbing.Alleging that parivarwad (family politics) has cost the party most, Yadav, RJD MLA from Gaighat assembly constituency in Muzaffarpur district, claimed the party will break if his demand is not fulfilled. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAs a party MLA, I would request Tejaswhi Yadav to resign from the post of LOP taking moral responsibility of the Lok Sabha poll debacle and appoint any other senior party leader hailing from a caste other than Yadav to the post of LOP, failing which the party will have to face crushing defeat in 2020 assembly elections, Yadav told reporters. RJD is the second party of the five members mahagathbandhan to face the heat of resounding defeat in the hands of NDA in Bihar. Except for one seat of Kisanganj won by the Congress, the BJP, JD(U) and LJP combine bagged 39 out of a total 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. Earlier, Upendra Kushwaha led RLSPs three legislators- two MLAs and one MLC- merged with the JD(U) on Sunday following the massive drubbings at the hustings. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsMaheshwar Prasad Yadav warned the party leadership that legislature party will break if his demand is not fulfilled. If my demand (to appoint someone else as LOP) is not fulfilled, then the legislature party will break as partys several legislators are with me, Yadav claimed. Asked whether he has the support of two-third of RJD legislature party to avoid disqualification under anti- defection law, Yadav answered in affirmative saying that he has the support of large numbers of party MLAs as no one wants to board the sinking ship…but please, dont ask me the names and numbers at the moment. Asked whether he would attend the two-day RJD meeting scheduled to be held on May 28 and 29 to discuss the poll debacle, the rebel MLA said that he would not participate in the meeting till his demand (Tejashwi resignation) is met. Yadav, who has been seen in close company of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in the recent past, said Lalu Prasads affection for his family cost the party most and the party (RJD) would not have staged a comeback in the 2015 assembly polls,if RJD would not have stitched an alliance with Kumars JD(U). It was because of Kumar that RJD came to power in 2015 in the state, he said while adding but the party supremo again chose to anoint his both sons as Deputy CM and minister in Nitish Kumar led Grand Alliance government ignoring senior party leaders. When Nitish Kumar parted his ways, RJD chief again foisted his son Tejashwi and wife Rabri Devi as LOP in lower and upper house respectively.
Mumbai: Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has said that he would like to collaborate with budding choreographers Awez Darbar and Zaid Darbar for his upcoming film. Bhansali was interacting with the media at Awez, Zaid and Tejal Pimpley’s dance studio launch named ‘B You Academy’ on Wednesday in Mumbai. When asked, whether he would like to collaborate with Awez and Zaid for a film, Bhansali said: “Definitely, He (Awez) dances really well. I have seen his videos, so, I feel he has a quality to become choreograph for a film”. Awez and Zaid are sons of music composer Ismail Darbar with whom Bhansali has collaborated for several films in the past. Recalling his memories, Bhansali said: “Ismail and I are really good friends. I know him since last 20 years. We did a film called ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ together and that time, Awez (Darbar) was 6-7 years old. He used to teach me dance on the sets of the movie”. Adding further, Bhansali said: “I have seen Awez and Zaid growing up since their childhood. I have seen their journey and today, they have opened up their dance school. So, it’s very proud moment for me and Ismail bhai. I really wish Zaid, Awez and Tejal all the best from my heart”. “It’s a lot of hard work and they have a lot of talent. I feel if Awez choreographs a film it would really be big thing for him,” he added. Bhansali’s last film ‘Padmaavat’ featured Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.
OTTAWA – The federal government is considering whether to foot the bill for the construction of affordable housing units as part of a fresh push to help homeless military veterans get off the streets — one of many ideas floated to groups trying to tackle the issue.Expanding the stock of affordable housing for veterans is referenced in a document — sent to dozens of groups set to gather Thursday in the national capital — that outlines potential steps the federal government can take to reduce the number of homeless vets.There is no dollar figure included, but the funding would likely come from the government’s $40-billion national housing strategy, which prioritizes projects for veterans and certain other groups, including women fleeing domestic violence, Indigenous Peoples and those with mental health issues.The government isn’t ready to get into the business of building and managing affordable housing for former soldiers and is instead looking to fund projects from the private sector or other levels of government, said Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan.He said the government is figuring out the most effective way to target veterans through the $40-billion national housing strategy.The ideas in the working document, which include rewriting departmental rules to provide rent subsidies to veterans, will be part of a day-long event where more than 70 groups will tell O’Regan and other federal officials what does and doesn’t work, and develop some quick policy ideas the Liberals can implement.“If we can get veterans off the streets now, then we’ll do it now. We’re not waiting on a strategy,” O’Regan said in an interview Wednesday.Officials have spent two years on a strategy aimed at preventing veterans from ending up on the streets and ending chronic and episodic homelessness among former soldiers. What internal government documents describe is a co-ordinated safety net that helps veterans quickly access housing to ensure their homelessness is brief and doesn’t recur.The veterans strategy has ping-ponged between the department and the minister’s office for months over requested ministerial changes, according to two sources with knowledge of the issue.An internal Veterans Affairs Canada presentation, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, shows officials sought approval in March for the plan, entitled “Coming Home: A Strategy to Prevent and End Veteran Homelessness in Canada.”A January presentation about the strategy also released by the department said the government must eliminate gaps and make services consistent across the country, because “24/7 services must be available for veterans in crisis.” The strategy would be based on a “housing first” model, where veterans would be housed quickly and provided support services, putting “less reliance on volunteer services.”Accurate data about the number of homeless veterans in Canada remains elusive, but various studies estimate it at between five and seven per cent of the country’s homeless population — possibly more, since homeless counts and shelter studies rely on veterans to self-identify.“You can throw numbers out there, but I think they’re wildly inaccurate,” O’Regan said. “Let’s put it this way: It’s obviously more than we’d like and my objective is to eliminate it.”In April, the government launched an emergency fund that allows department officials to provide cash directly to veterans and their families. The government has budgeted $1 million annually for the fund.“This is a problem that can’t be solved by just throwing money at it,” said Jim Lowther, whose group Vets Canada helps house homeless veterans.“Since the emergency fund launched we have been keeping very detailed records on the number of veterans approved and denied and I can tell you that the funds are not the solution.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.
Last month the world came together once again for the Pencils of Promise Annual Gala.Adam Braun and UsherUnder the flying arches of granite and catalan-vaulted ceiling of golden and pink hues, power, affluence and eminence came together for education.On Thursday, October 25th, 2012, Pencils of Promise held its Second Annual Gala on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In attendance, Usher Raymond IV, Scooter Braun, and the Former First Lady of UK Sarah Brown graced the event as honorees.The night had one purpose: Raise enough money to build the commemorative 100th school.Pencils of Promise (affectionately called PoP) is adamant on giving every child access to education. The for-purpose organization builds schools, programs, and global communities around the shared goal of education for everyone.PoP, since its inception in 2008 by Adam Braun, has delivered 2.8 million hours of education all across high-need areas of Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana. In just four years, more than 99 schools have blossomed into education power plants.Pencils of Promise — recognized by many notables including Katie Couric — is heavily supported by Justin Bieber. One dollar of every Believe Tour ticket sold is donated to PoP. Already the Tour has made the unprecedented revenue of $6.2 million, with portions going to one of the most impactful new nonprofits in the world.This Belieber microcosm is impressive. But the potential industry-wide macrocosm: a game-changer.According to the Global Industry Analysts, by 2015, the worldwide entertainment industry is expected to make $1.4 trillion. The global education crisis is expected to be erased annually with $6 billion — less than 1% of the projected revenue for the entertainment industry.If just one percent of every CD, DVD or concert ticket were donated annually to education, every citizen of the world would have basic life insurance.Carrying the night’s line-up of events as the Master of Ceremonies, I caught up with Adam before the gala.Adam, what about education attracted your support?“Education is the single greatest tool to unlocking the potential within an individual. My family always prioritized education in our house growing up, and I’ve seen it transform countless lives.”Were you raised to think about others, or did some event inspire you?“I was raised to stand up for others.“My grandparents were Holocaust survivors; so, we were always aware of the importance of not being silent when an injustice was occurring to another global citizen.“When traveling as a 21-year-old through the developing world for the first time, I met a young boy begging on the streets. When I asked him what he’d want if he could have anything in the world, he answered: A pencil. And from that moment forward, I knew that I would spend my life working towards enabling every child to have access to a quality education.”In just a few years, you have taken the education space by storm. What do you see yourself doing in the next 10 years?“I hope to see a shift in the way people view “non-profit” work.“I hope it’s seen as “for-purpose” work, so that each organization or individual dedicates themselves to the intersection of profit and purpose, where they can most help their family and create good for others.“I hope to help lead that charge, and in 10 years, I hope to see the number of children without access to education go from 61 million to a number much, much lower.”The life of the Second Annual Gala: Usher. Arguably one of the best-selling artists of our time, Usher Raymond IV stole the show, and helped raised thousands of dollars for PoP.In addition to out-bidding everyone at the Live Auction for an endearing $12k Goldendoodle puppy, the Grammy-winning R&B singer personally gifted two private dance lessons in his home, raising $130k for Pencils of Promise.That night I caught up with him.So, Usher, everybody’s talking about how Drake just went back and got his high school diploma. If you had to go back, what would you study?“Culinary college would be something that would be fun. I’ve always wanted to be a dessert chef, believe it or not.“I make an incredible breakfast—my breakfast is mean. My little boys love my breakfast. I can do sweet and savory, or down-home grits and good stuff.”Copyright ©2012Look to the Stars
Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita held talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on Tuesday in Cairo.Following the meeting, both officials co-chaired a press conference where Shoukry emphasized the convergence of views between Cairo and Rabat on many regional issues.“There is consensus and convergence of views between Egypt and Morocco on several regional issues, notably the Palestinian question in the light of HM King Mohammed VI’s chairmanship of the Al-Quds Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as well as the situation in Syria, Libya and Yemen,” said Shoukry. However, on the issue of Syria, only Shoukry spoke of normalizing the situation in Syria. Commenting on the conflict, Shoukry called on Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to return to the Arab League.Read Also: Nasser Bourita Highlights in Washington the King’s ‘Leading’ Role in Advancing Religious Freedom“There’s a need to get out of the current crisis in Syria through the political framework sponsored by the UN envoy in Geneva,” said Shoukry, pointing out that the Syrian regime has not made any progress on the crisis.On Moroccan-Egyptian relations, he added that both countries are working to “revitalize the mechanisms of bilateral cooperation in order to reap the benefits and tackle shortcomings in the service of our common interests.”Shoukry described the joint Moroccan-Egyptian commission as “very important,” because it aims to develop bilateral ties and achieve“concrete objectives in the interest of the two brotherly peoples.”He added that preparations for a joint commision are underway, asserting that the date for the meeting will be announced after considering mechanisms at the ministerial and technical levels, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Bourita emphasized the importance of solidifying coordination between Cairo and Rabat on regional matters, congratulating Egypt for chairing the African Union in 2019.Bourita also saluted Egypt’s efforts to preserve security and economic stability.During his visit in Cairo, Bourita also met with the secretary general of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit.During the meeting, the two officials consulted on the latest developments in regional crises, including the conflicts in Syria, Libya, and Yemen.
The fishermen were taken to the Kankesanthurai harbour and handed over to the Department of Fisheries, Jaffna, for further action, U. Arulanandham, president of the Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen (ARIF), said. They are likely to be produced before the court in Kayts on Sunday, he said. Fishermen leaders expressed shock as the Sri Lankan navy continued its offensive even after the its ministers assured the Indian delegates at the recent ministerial-level talks in Delhi that its navy would not attack the Indian fishermen. The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested 11 Rameswaram fishermen on charges of poaching and seized their two boats, The Hindu newspaper reported.They were fishing on the high seas when the navy from Kankesanthurai arrested them, reports received here said.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched an appeal for almost $4 billion to provide food, water, medicine and other emergency assistance to help millions of people struggling to survive in areas of conflict and natural disasters in 29 countries or regions in 2007.“These 27 million individuals seek not a hand out, but a hand up… For 2007, such assistance amounts to $3.9 billion for basic life-sustaining humanitarian aid and protection – or approximately the same price as two cups of coffee for each citizen in the wealthy countries of the world,” Mr. Annan said at UN Headquarters in New York.The Humanitarian Appeal 2007 is made up of 13 consolidated appeals for specific emergencies involving UN agencies, some 140 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as other international and local organizations seeking assistance. Aid to African countries dominates the appeal, with operations in Sudan seen requiring over $1.2 billion, the highest amount.“This year Africa remains the continent most in need. Yet previous Appeal funds have made a remarkable difference. With your help, my fellow Africans are transforming despair into hope, and hatred into healing. They are resourceful and resilient, and they deserve our continued strong support,” Mr. Annan said, in what will be his last yearly appeal as Secretary-General.The 2007 Appeal seeks humanitarian funding for the following crises: Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the occupied Palestinian territory, West Africa, Uganda, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Chad, Burundi, the Great Lakes Region, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic (CAR), and the Republic of Congo.It is also asking for less money than last year, which sought $4.7 billion and received – as of October – $3 billion for operations that helped the UN and its humanitarian partners feed 97 million people in 82 countries, including 6.5 million people in Sudan, as well as provide vaccinations and other essentials worldwide, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.“I think it’s a sign that the world is getting better, that we’re actually asking for fewer dollars for a reduced number of countries,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told reporters after the appeal’s launch.“It’s important to recognize that the process producing these appeals has never been more comprehensive: 140 humanitarian organizations participate in these consolidated appeals… that’s nearly 40 more than last year so this is a process that goes way beyond the UN system,” he said.However Mr. Egeland noted that while the world’s response has got better to emergencies, particularly since the setting up of the multi-million dollar UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) earlier this year, he also called for greater effort and pointed out that last year’s appeal was still only 63 per cent funded.“Our main appeal today was: it cannot continue with half-funding, two-thirds funding, the hat going around. And in some places we are doing fine – like we had oversubscription for the Lebanon crisis flash appeal this year… but then there are other places, like the Horn of Africa where we got only one third, 34 per cent.”“One of the ways that we would be fully funded, would be if the rich countries all are equally generous… the top one is Sweden… [but] we’re asking nobody to really bankrupt themselves for this, we’re asking for a minimum of generosity from everybody predictably. If the rich countries gave 1 cent per $100 of their gross national product… we would be fully funded.”Also speaking to reporters after the appeal’s launch was Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Food Programme (WFP), who stressed the importance of donor contributions and what it means to those most in need.“That’s the scary thought, just the difference between life and death is what we’re asking for here today… [when] I think of how many people we’re talking about dying it seems so overwhelming but if you can just remember one person you’ve lost and the pain that losing one person makes you feel then it does put the rest in a bit of perspective.”Participating in the launch ceremony alongside Mr. Annan and the other officials was Dr. Denis Mukwege, Director of the Panzi Hospital in the DRC, the next highest country after Sudan in terms of requests for assistance, with organizations asking for $687 million from the 2007 Appeal.
Legos were fun as a child, but they can be so much more fun as an adult. The Lego Cuusoo system allows for users to submit designs and concepts to the Lego company, and if they get 10,000 votes, then Lego will manufacture the kits. This gives geeks around the world the opportunity to bring their favorite pieces of geekdom to life, if for no other reason than to have that ultimate geek toy you made yourself. Fans of the long-debated show Firefly now have the opportunity to support one Cuusoo user who has submitted plans for the Captain Mal’s spaceship, Serenity.The concept, which already has well over 9,000 of the 10,000 total supporters needed, is designed to exist both as a display piece for collectors, and a toy to re-enact your favorite scenes starring Serenity. The ship is designed to hold mini Lego figures, so of course the design include figure designs for the Firefly cast. The mini figures will be able to play in the dining area and the cargo hold, which includes a movable loading ramp. Just like in the series, the firefly drive lights up, and the engine on the inside rotates with it.The design seems so well done so far, that several of the actors involved in Firefly have acknowledged and supported this project as well.Firefly Cast MembersFirefly Cast MembersFirefly Cast MinifiguresFirefly Serenity overheadFirefly Serenity Engine shotFirefly SerenityIf the project gets above 10,000 supporters, Lego will take the project into consideration and send the design to the Lego review team. If the review team decides to sent it to manufacturing, we’ll see prices and availability of the kit in the future. Considering that the prematurely cancelled Firefly show became so popular because of the “Browncoat” revolution on the Internet, it seems like another 1,000 supporters won’t be that hard to come by.UPDATE: It’s hit the 10,000 vote it needed!See the Firefly kit at Cuusoo.Cuusoo explained:
We’ve all seen images of Amazon’s massive warehouses, which are highly organized, full of people running around collecting products for orders, and increasingly dominated by robot helpers. These are the main hubs that handle millions of products and over a billion orders every year shipping out on a fleet of trucks. For the more local and much smaller Amazon Prime Now warehouses, things work a bit differently.Prime Now is Amazon’s latest delivery option, which promises to get items to you within an hour. 27 US cities (and counting) have access to Prime Now, with “only” tens of thousands of products available for super-fast delivery (even ice cream before it melts) if you don’t mind paying the $7.99 shipping.You’d expect the Prime Now warehouses to be even more organized than the main Amazon hubs because time is always going to be a problem. So it may surprise you to know that Prime Now products are stored completely randomly on the shelves.Why randomly? Because it’s much more efficient that way believe it or not.It makes sense when you see it explained. Every item is scanned and its location logged on computer. Amazon then uses software to scan orders, look up where all the items are stored on the shelves, and plot the most efficient and fastest route for a worker to take to collect them all.Ultimately, the random placement doesn’t matter as long as the scanning happens. It also speeds up the restocking of the shelves as workers don’t need to worry where products are placed.I guess the one thing they have to keep in mind is placing hard objects next to soft ones and the potential for damage. But the workers can make those decisions as they add stock and randomly put such conflicting products elsewhere before scanning them.Efficiency through randomization, I wonder who first came up with that idea inside Amazon, or did they just copy an existing well-known practice?
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has defended Cristiano Ronaldo’s struggles to score by insisting that it’s more difficult to score in the Serie A than La LigaRonaldo has now gone 270 minutes without finding the back of the net in his first three Serie A games for Juventus.The Portuguese forward played the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Parma, but it was Blaise Matuidi who instead scored the match-winner.Although Allegri is nevertheless pleased with Ronaldo’s performances and insists that it is harder to score in the Serie A due to the greater focus on defensive plays.“He had a great game,” said Allegri, according to Marca.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“There is more dedication to defending in Italy and [Ronaldo] is aware of it, as he’s a clever player.“In Italy, it’s more difficult to score 40 goals [in a season].”In his nine years at Real Madrid, Ronaldo scored 311 goals in 292 La Liga games.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will now have to wait until September 16 to score his first Juventus goal due to the upcoming international break.
Nizamabad/Kamareddy: Muslims in large numbers offered namaz on Bakrid at mosques in Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts on Monday.Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy wished all the Muslims living across Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts on Bakrid festival. He said Idu’I Zuha symbolises love, fraternity and service to humanity and gave a call to all to commit themselves to the universal values that represent our composite culture. Reddy offered prayers along with them and embraced all on the occasion.In Banswada, Eid prayers concluded peacefully on Monday morning.Former Minister Shabbir Ali offered Eid prayers in Kamareddy Eidgah.
Today’s standard list of deadly sins names lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride, as opposed to the seven virtues (which are chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility). The list rings at least some familiarity even to those who are not religious practitioners at all. The concept of sinfulness, or distinguishing right from wrong, goes way back the timeline. Before even Christianity established itself as one of the world’s major religions.Even before we spoke of the original sin in the Gardens of Heaven, where Adam and Eve infamously devoured the fruit forbidden to them, ancient civilizations already mused on sin.Early Christian depiction of Adam and Eve in the Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter.Attesting to that are different relatable inscriptions on the cuneiform tablets left by the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations.Perhaps unsurprisingly for the prosperous societies that thrived from the 4th through the 1st millennia B.C. within the Tigris-Euphrates river system–its peoples wanted the answers to perennial questions such as why there is suffering in the world, or why some people will succumb to greater life difficulties than others. Great suffering was associated with penalties arranged by the gods in the heavens.An allegorical image depicting the human heart subject to the seven deadly sins, each represented by an animal.The cuneiform tablets have revealed questions like ‘Has he became close with the wife of his neighbor?’ or ‘Has he broken into the home of his neighbor?’ And also: ‘Has he committed a sin against a god or against a goddess?’The sentiment is that Sumerians and Akkadians–both which dominated Mesopotamia–were clear on the principles of what’s good and what’s bad behavior, centuries before the completion of the Bible.Sumerian cuneiformSimilarly, the people of ancient Egypt as well had a sense of right and wrong. Though, ancient Egyptians carried a sentiment that they can prove their innocence before the gods they obeyed. This was done with the help of correctly uttering the declarations of innocence, among scholars known as “negative confessions.”Examples of “negative confessions” can be stumbled upon in the Book of the Dead papyri, which document the journey of the deceased into the underworld. ‘I have not committed sin’, ‘I have not worked witchcraft against the king’ or ‘I have not stolen grain’ would be some of the 42 such statements the soul needs to confirm upon facing its judgment day.Detail of Pride from The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things by Hieronymous Bosch, c. 1500Our very own seven deadly sins were more or less pinned down by Pope Gregory I. He had the list refined somewhere at the end of the sixth century A.D., as a means to teach people right from wrong. Such a list cannot be found in the holy scriptures, however, the concept is essentially biblical. A few more names deserve a mention, who attempted to organize lists of sins or virtues before Pope Gregory I.Building the Tower of Babel was, for Dante, an example of pride. Painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.Within his abundant output of work, the famed Greek philosopher Aristotle authored a list of human merits and virtues. But for each one he wrote stood two easily-identifiable vices. The concept, known as “the golden mean” against Aristotle’s expectations, earned him quite a lot of approval. But the idea about a list still lived on.During the fourth century A.D., a famous monk of the day attempted to give a more clear list of deadly sins. His name was Evagrius Ponticus, and as Britannica.com notes, he was “Christian mystic and writer whose development of a theology of contemplative prayer and asceticism laid the groundwork for a tradition of spiritual life in both Eastern and Western churches.” More than that, the philosophy of Ponticus “is sometimes seen as the Christian analog of Zen Buddhism.”Hieronymus Bosch’s The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last ThingsPonticus saw sinfulness as eight thoughts of evil. He listed them in Greek, and these included: Gastrimargia which stood for gluttony, Porneia for fornication or prostitution, Hyperephania or pride, Akedia or acedia (as understood as the effect of spiritual aloofness), Philargyria or avarice, Kenodoxia or boasting, Orge or wrath, and Lype which denoted sadness over somebody else’s fortunes and well being.Related Video: Did Jesus Heal his Followers Using Cannabis Oil?From Greek, this concept was eventually translated to Latin by Saint John Cassian, who was a student to Ponticus. Cassian’s translation is how the West became acquainted with the concept of deadly sins.Paolo and Francesca, whom Dante’s Inferno describes as damned for fornication. (Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 1819)In Latin, the list above read as follows: Gula for gluttony, Luxuria or Fornicatio for lust and fornication, Superbia for pride and hubris, Acedia for sloth, Avaritia for greed, Vanagloria for pride or vainglory, Ira for wrath, and Tristitia for sorrow and despair.Additionally, these eight sins were subdivided. One group of sins included those relatable to lustfulness such as gluttony and greed. Another referred to anger-fueled wrathful wrongdoings. The third was the sins affecting and spoiling the mind such as excessive pride or sorrow.(c) The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationTwo centuries after Ponticus and Cassian indeed, Pope Gregory I simply had to refine the list of eight evils. At this point, he fused Tristitia and Acedia under one point. The pope also perceived unwarranted boasting as another manifestation of pride, so also fused were Vanagloria and Superbia.Lastly, the sin of envy–Invidia was added as the list’s seventh deadly sin.Read another story from us: Biblical Sin City of Sodom Destroyed by Giant Meteor says ArchaeologistThe well acclaimed 13th-century theologian Thomas Aquinas would say the sins on Pope Gregory I’s list are the “capital sins.” By then the list had sunk in the teachings of the Catholic Church. Only one alteration had followed, in which sadness was substituted with sloth.
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How much can I be fined for taking my children out of school during term-time?If you take them out of school without permission you can receive a fine of £60*, which increases to £120 if you’ve not paid it within 21 days. If you continue to not pay the fine. after 28 days you could face going to court and end up paying £2,500 or even receiving three months in jail.How much do holiday prices increase when school is out?We’ve compared flight prices from last year’s Easter holidays with those from the week after (when the kids will be back in school). Here are the average price increases to the most popular destinations:Palma: 70%Malaga: 69%Berlin: 64%Barcelona: 63%Tenerife: 55%Dublin: 55%Alicante: 49%Belfast: 47%Orlando: 36%Dubai: 24%Paris: 24%Amsterdam: 23%Edinburgh: 10%New York: 8%How can holiday companies get away with hiking up prices?It all comes down to supply and demand. Just because more of us want to get away during the school holidays, it doesn’t mean that there’s an increase in the supply of airline seats or hotels rooms. As demand for these increases, it’s hardly surprising that prices usually go up, tempting many parents to take their children out of school during times when demand is lower and holidays are cheaper. 2. Take advantage of flash salesLots of airlines have flash sales these days, and some flight dates might just fall during school holidays. It means being not too fussy on where you go and jumping on a good deal when you see it, but it can save you a lot of cash. Have a look at our tips for finding flash sales flights before it’s too late and never miss a school holiday bargain again!3. Search ‘Everywhere’Being flexible on where you go on half-term or summer hols can save you cash – how about swapping Spanish sun for the beautiful beaches of Croatia? We’ve got a handy tool to help you find a cheap holiday if you’re not fussed where you go, it’s called our ‘everywhere’ search and it does pretty much what it says on the tin, you can search for flights to everywhere! Check it our and give it a whirl here. And in case you’re looking for cheap family holiday inspiration, we’ve got it covered right here.Have a go searching for cheap flights ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map How can I avoid being stung by price increases and save money on my family holiday?1. Sign up for Price AlertsSign up for Price Alert emails and we’ll let you know as soon as a the flights you’re tracking go up (or down). What did the Supreme Court decide?Judges unanimously ruled to uphold a £120 fine on 46-year old father Jon Platt, who took his daughter to Florida for a week during term-time, despite being told by her school’s headteacher that this was not allowed. This comes after almost two years of legal battles with his local education authority, Isle of Wight council, whose original fine of £60 he successfully challenged. The deputy president of the court, Lady Hale, said:“Unauthorised absences have a disruptive effect, not only on the education of the individual child but also on the work of other pupils.” Why is this such an important ruling?In short, it means that the ban on taking your kids out of school during term-time is still in force – nothing on this front has changed, you will still be fined if you take your children out of school without the permission of the their headteacher. What this ruling also means is that a child’s overall attendance record should not, and will not, be taken into account when deciding if you’ve broken the rules when taking them out of school during term-time. Mr. Platt had argued that his daughter’s attendance at school was consistent enough to warrant a week off for a holiday, but this ruling makes his daughter’s attendance record irrelevant. Is it legal to take children out of school during term-time for holidays?If they are sick, or you have permission from their headteacher, then yes it is legal and ok for you take your kids out of school. Permission must be requested well in advance of your planned holiday. Headteachers were able to grant 10 days authorised absence, but now they can’t give any days unless they are for ‘exceptional circumstances’.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Chadwick Boseman will step out of Wakanda for the New York police drama “17 Bridges.”STX Entertainment announced Wednesday that Boseman will star as a disgraced NYPD detective thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer. The film will be Boseman’s first non-Marvel movie following the $1.3 billion box-office success of “Black Panther.” He also appeared in “Avengers: Infinity War” and has shot its follow-up.“17 Bridges” will reteam Boseman with “Infinity War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo. The Russos will produce the film, to be directed by Brian Kirk from a script by Adam Mervis.The film will begin shooting in September.The 40-year-old Bosesman has also starred in “42,” ”Get on Up” and “Marshall.” by The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2018 11:09 am PDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Boseman plans ’17 Bridges’ as ‘Black Panther’ follow-up FILE – In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. STX Entertainment announced Wednesday, July 11, 2018, that Boseman will star as a disgraced NYPD detective thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer in “17 Bridges.” The film will be Boseman’s first non-Marvel movie following the $1.3 billion box-office success of “Black Panther.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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