Boateng: ‘My own racism task force’

first_imgFiorentina forward Kevin-Prince Boateng has had enough of racism in football and claims he will be starting his “own task force” next year. The 32-year-old is “sick of it” and claims clubs should be “punished with a points deduction” system if they can’t make their fans behave in Italian stadiums. “It’s not enough to prevent the access of part of the fans after the insults towards [Mario] Balotelli,” he told the Corriere della Sera. “I hope the public has learned something and no longer replicate certain behaviour. “We need to ban them. The clubs need to pay for their fans’ behaviour. And if necessary, punish them with a point deduction.” After a speech at a UN meeting on racial discrimination in sports, Boateng is not happy with the actions carried out by the clubs. “It was an important day in my life. But after that, what has been done to stop the trend?” he added. “There’s been a task force, summarized by a series of meetings and ideas. The “No to Racism” campaign in the Champions League is not enough. “I’ll do it myself in 2020. I’m organising my task force with events involving other players. “I’m sick of it. People don’t understand how Balotelli, Boateng or [Kalidou] Koulibaly feel when they get home. “We are alone. I go crazy when I hear comments like, ‘so what, you earn €5m’. There are scars on you that you can’t erase.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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WWE NXT Takeover: New York- Match Card, Predictions and Preview:

first_imgTommaso Ciampa who was the reigning NXT champion suffered a neck injury and as a result there could not have been the final nail in the coffin for his feud with Gargano for the NXT Championship. As a result Cole had to fill up for Ciampa. Being the heel that Cole is , one should not rule out the Undisputed Era getting involved in the match. There is also an outside chance of the Undisputed Era getting a surprise call on to the main roster post the WrestleMania, however, nothing is confirmed regarding their main roster debut.This is the match which has all the build up and the possibility to earn a status of classic and could be the match that can earn the Five stars rating. With the Gargano and Ciampa fued still not having a proper closure, Cole can be the perfect transitional champion till the time Ciampa is back to resume the unfinished rivalry. This win will help cement Cole and the Undisputed Era as the top heel faction of the NXT brand. With all said and done, considering the history and the chemistry that Cole and Gargano have shared in the independent scene, this match surely has all the potential to deliver and in the process exceed the expectations of the fans and end the Takeover on a high note.Winner: Adam Cole Black and Ricochet have already shown on the main roster on what they are capable of. The odds for this match remain very interesting as Black and Ricochet have already earned themselves a shot at the Smackdown Tag Team Titles a couple of nights later at WrestleMania. So, the scenario is a little complicated to decode whether the duo will still linger around in the NXT or make the jump on the main roster permanently. Talking about the War Raiders, they cannot boast of a memorable reign. This seems to be an opportunity where the WWE creative build some credibility for the Raiders.With Black and Ricochet’s likely destination moving forward seems to be the main roster, putting the War Raiders over seems to be beneficial for both the teams involved in it. As post the Take Over the War Raiders can rule the Tag Team Divisions and Back along with Ricochet can move towards the main roster and make an impact over there.Winner: War Raiders3) NXT North American Championship: Velveteen Dream(c) vs Matt Riddle Pete Dunne who is holding the WWE UK Championship for almost a couple years now is all set to go one on one with Walter for the title. Walter has been a really interesting prospect for the company with his hard hitting style of wrestling and surely is a treat to watch. Could this finally be the time for Dunne to let go off his title? It seems to be the likely way going forward.The match itself is touted to be a strong contender to be crowed as the match of the night and there is not even an iota of doubt that the two highly talented wrestlers will steal the show. With Dunne having already having made a huge impact with the championship, this is the time for a new champion taking the legacy of the UK title forward. And who better than Walter for Dunne to pass on the baton to and leading the NXT UK division.Winner: Walter2) NXT Tag Team Championship: War Raiders (c) vs. Aleister Black & Ricochet: Fatal Four Way Championship matches always have a sense of curiosity looming over it because of the uncertainty of the outcome attached to it. Considering the wrestling capabilities of the four women involved in this one, it is assumable that the match is going to be a high octane one and with the athleticism of Belair for instance a lot of big spots are pretty much guaranteed. Shirai and Sane seemingly are taking their alliance forward in the form of a tag team, the ones left in contention are Baszler and Belair.With Belair already having unsuccessfully challenged for the championship in recent past, this seems to be the ideal time for Belair to dethrone Blaszler. Being a cocky heel, Belair can steal a sneaky win as in a fatal four way match she does not even need to pin the champion, will further cement her as one of the top heels on the NXT brand.Winner: Bianca Belair5) NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano vs Adam Colecenter_img WWE NXT Takeover: New York- Match Card, Predictions and Preview:NXT Takeover which is all set to take place on 5th of April in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be a perfect way to get the WWE Universe get invested for WrestleMania 35 which is scheduled after two nights of it. NXT Takeovers have always raised the bar in terms of the wrestling spots as well as taking the existing story-lines forward and also creating new ones. Under the watchful eye of Triple H, NXT and its Takeover shows are always the ones to look out for and have met the expectations of the WWE Universe time and time again.Moreover, Takeover has also delivered exceptional matches which have also been awarded with a 5 star ratings from Dave Meltzer. However, this time around the buzz around the event is way too high as each and every match scheduled for the Takeover has a championship involved and thus increasing the anticipation around it. The show comprises of a pre-show that is scheduled for an hour and the main show is slotted for 3 hours. Without a doubt Takeover is the even that everyone will be looking forward to to kick-start a perfect WrestleMania weekend. Let’s have a look at the card for the event along with our predictions for it.1) WWE UK Championship: Pete Dunne(c) vs Walter Velveteen Dream and Matt Riddle will go head to head at Takeover: New York. This will be for Dream’s NXT North American Championship. This will be the greatest match of Riddle’s NXT career up until now. Desires and expectations are high and I am speculating that he will deliver. I could without much of a stretch see this winding up as the best match of the night dependent on the ability of both folks.With respect to the championship, I see Dream holding on to the title for the near future. This however doesn’t mean that he will pin Riddle cleanly as the creative will definitely try to protect him . This will set up a rematch between them at the following Takeover. I believe this is a feud that will traverse two Takeover ,so a suspicious completion to the match would sound good to me here leaving a cliffhanger for the subsequent NXT Taping.Winner: Velveteen Dream4) NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Blaszler vs Kairi Sane vs Lo Shirai vs Bianca Belair:last_img read more

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Lionel Messi has no regrets for whatever he said last season

first_imgBarca leave it late to sneak past Leganes Barcelona: Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi has said that it was “difficult” to address the fans “after what happened last season” when the team failed to win the UEFA Champions League title. “I don’t regret anything; I repeat what I said last season [of his wish to bring the Champions League trophy to Camp Nou],” Messi said.Related News La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire Lionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2 On the Camp Nou pitch before the start of the friendly Joan Gamper Trophy match, which Barcelona won 2-1 against Arsenal on Sunday evening, Messi took the microphone while fans chanted his name. However, he said that his message for the upcoming season is the same as last year’s: “I trust this squad, these players and this coaching staff and I have no doubt that we’re going to fight for it all.” Messi admitted that “last season ended up being a little bitter, given how it went”, but he pointed out that the team maintained its domestic supremacy despite failing to win the Champions League. “I think we have to give La Liga the value it deserves. The eighth La Liga title in 11 years. For any club, it would be impressive and for this one as well,” he added. Messi stressed that the team is keen to start the new season “with renewed hopes”. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Mourinho rejected Real Madrid contract offer just weeks ago

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mourinho rejected Real Madrid contract offer just weeks agoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho turned down a contract offer from Real Madrid just weeks ago, it has been revealed.Mourinho was shown the door by United yesterday after two-and-a-half years in charge.And El Pais says Real president Florentino Perez moved for Mourinho in October after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui. The proposal involved a pre-contract, which would have seen Mourinho leave United in June for Madrid. However, the Portuguese turned down the offer.A source revealed: “An agent close to the parties indicated that the proposal included the commitment to hire Mourinho before July 1, with a penalty of five million euros by Madrid if the agreement was not consummated on that date.”The offer was worth €15m-a-year – and could yet be reignited now that Mourinho is a free agent. last_img read more

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‘Spurs will soon be making £80m signings’

first_imgTottenham will “soon be making £80 million signings”, says Chris Waddle, with a return to White Hart Lane set to provide Mauricio Pochettino with the transfer funds he needs to compete.Spurs have endured a frustrating time in recent windows, with no additions made to their ranks in the summer of 2018.There has also been no movement in the January market as yet either, with the winter deadline set to pass on Thursday. 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? Pochettino has suggested that late deals are possible, but it remains to be seen whether he gets extra bodies on board.Waddle believes that such struggles will soon be a thing of the past for Spurs and their Argentine boss as money will be freed up once a stadium rebuild in north London is completed and signed off.The ex-Spurs star told Sportingbet: “I think Daniel Levy will give Pochettino the spending power of Man City and Liverpool once they move into the new stadium.“Daniel Levy will have promised Pochettino that.“I expect Tottenham to soon be making £80m signings that can push them to the next level.“Tottenham fans are used to seeing their side finish in the top four and will now be wanting to win silverware.“Once Tottenham move into the new stadium and start signing top players, they won’t have any excuses not to and I think they will.”Spurs already have a number of “top players” on their books, including many exciting home-grown stars.Harry Kane Mauricio Pochettino TottenhamWaddle feels there will be more young English talent to come, with Tottenham having shown that they can provide a better career platform than a number of their Premier League rivals.“I think Pochettino now has first pick on young English players in the transfer market and agents will want the move as well,” said the ex-England international.“Agents want their players playing regularly as the players’ improvement makes them more money.“Pochettino has brought through most of England’s national team stars and for an agent that makes Tottenham a lot better proposition than anywhere else.“Young players want to get first team football and are now happy to go abroad to get it.“We have seen that with [Jadon] Sancho moving to Dortmund.“Tottenham are in a great position because they have given English players a chance and they don’t have to move abroad in order to get regular football.“This could save them a fortune in the long run.“Teams like Manchester City have the talent in their youth system, but they’re never going to get a chance on the pitch as they’re always looking for an immediate impact.“Young players are now too hungry to sit and wait and that gives clubs like Tottenham a great chance to snap up the best youngsters in the country.”last_img read more

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Education Minister Commends School Boards

first_imgMinister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has commended the “extraordinary voluntarism” of the country’s school board members, noting that they give freely of their time and effort to support principals, teachers and students.“The school boards are the eyes and ears of the Ministry of Education; they are our delegates in the particular school. They are the unsung heroes and heroines, whether at the primary level, the secondary level or at the early childhood level. In the most difficult of situations, they have done so well,” he stated.The Minister was speaking today (April 19), at the launch of a handbook developed by the National Council on Education (NCE) for school boards, at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library on Tom Redcam Drive.He stated that in constituting a school board, it is important to select people, who have the time and the willingness “and the best person who is going to assist the school, and I urge people of faith and goodwill to open themselves for service as school board members.”Minister Thwaites welcomed the NCE manual, noting that it “offers the reference point for the school board members in every aspect of their functioning.”He further commended the NCE members, past and present, who have contributed to the development of the publication.Entitled ‘All Hands on Board’, the manual was developed as part of efforts by the NCE to advance its school board training mandate. The user-friendly reference guide will assist boards of management in undertaking their functions effectively and judiciously.Executive Director, NCE, Merris Murray, said the manual will be distributed to all schools through the regional offices. She informed that it will also be uploaded to the Council’s website at www.nce.org.jm.United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative to Jamaica, Robert Fuderich, who attended the launch, said the handbook is a crucial tool in the child-friendly toolkit to enable school boards to provide the leadership needed.He said it will also ensure that schools achieve the highest standards of academic outcomes and safety, among other things.“It is not enough to have a hunch on how schools should be governed; it is not enough to say ‘I attended a school, so I must know how to manage a school’. But a whole host of skills and knowledge of the system are required to make the school board operate effectively and as a team,” he stated.Principal of Jamaica College, Ruel Reid, endorsed the publication, noting that it will assist in standardising quality within schools, which, ultimately, begins with the board.The book is designed to: ensure compliance with the legal, regulatory and policy framework governing the operation of boards of management of public education institutions; reinforce the role of school boards in advancing the Ministry of Education’s strategic objectives and policy direction; and ensure a common understanding of the role of the board in school administration.It also seeks to heighten the awareness of boards of management, as critical agents of effective schools; ensure coverage of all areas of management key to effective school governance; and provide for consistency in the interpretation and application of all prescriptive and enabling pieces of legislation governing school operation.The book was conceptualised in partnership with the UNICEF.CONTACT: CHRIS PATTERSONlast_img read more

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Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to be established at UWI

first_imgStory Highlights The Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, which will deal with climate-related issues, will be established at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Centre has received support from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean Tourism Organization, along with several overseas universities. The Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, which will deal with climate-related issues, will be established at the University of the West Indies, Mona.Making the disclosure in his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 8), Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the Centre is being designed to help vulnerable states to recover quickly from natural disasters.He said establishment of the facility, which will provide information, expertise, technical advice and guidance, resulted from the World Tourism Conference, which was held in Jamaica last November.Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Centre has received support from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean Tourism Organization, along with several overseas universities.The Tourism Minister said the ultimate goal of the Global Resilience Centre will be to assist destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that threaten economies and livelihoods globally with real time data and effective communication.Mr. Bartlett said that while the tourism sector has traditionally been very resilient, the industry is also one of the most vulnerable to climate change, cybercrime/cyber-terrorism, terrorism and pandemics.He noted that several powerful hurricanes and storms caused catastrophic damage to the region last year.“Disruptions within the sector have wider implications for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Ensuring the resilience of the sector is critical to protecting and promoting the well-being of millions of citizens around the world,” Minister Bartlett said. Making the disclosure in his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 8), Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the Centre is being designed to help vulnerable states to recover quickly from natural disasters. last_img read more

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Shootout in Jahangirpuri Man chased shot at

first_imgNew Delhi: A few days after the bloody gang war in Dwarka, another incident was caught on camera where criminals can be seen chasing and then shooting a man in North West Delhi’s Mahindra Park’s Jahangirpuri. The police has however denied that it has any links with any gangwar.The incident was captured in CCTV footage which showed six men chasing a man and firing indiscriminately. The shocking video shows the victim running to save his life and entering his house while a woman and a kid also are seen taking cover for safety. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe victim managed to enter a house but the criminals did not stop there and multiple rounds of bullets were fired on the house. The criminals were unaffected by the presence of locals in the narrow lane, including women and children, and kept on firing relentlessly to kill their target. It was also seen that the people did try to offer some resistance and dropped bricks from the buildings but the criminals scared them away by firing in the air. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”The bullet grazed the victim and we have registered a case under section 326 of IPC (causing grievous hurt) and are looking for the accused. It is not a gang war rather this seems to be an ongoing enimity between the victim and the attackers. We have identified the accused and have frmed teams to arrest them,” said DCP North West Vijayanta Arya. The man who was shot at, has been identified as Naresh. He was shot at by six gangsters inside his house in Mahendra Park area of Jahangirpuri.last_img read more

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Jagan orders demolition of government building

first_imgAmaravati (AP): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday ordered demolition of a government building on a riverbed here, constructed during the tenure of his predecessor N Chandrababu Naidu, saying it was built in “violation” of rules and “involved corruption”. The ‘Praja Vedika’ (grievance hall) was built by the AP Capital Region Development Authority on the Krishna riverbed near the residence of Naidu, the Telugu Desam Party President and the present Leader of the Opposition. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe order of Jagan effectively meant rejection of Naidu’s plea to him earlier this month that the hall, used for official meetings in the previous regime, be declared as ‘residence annex’ of the Leader of Opposition. The chief minister made the announcement in his inaugural speech at a two-day conference of district Collectors and Superintendents of Police that began Monday as the gathering of state ministers and top bureaucrats greeted it with applause.last_img read more

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New mother who lost limbs to flesheating disease sues Halifax hospital

first_imgHALIFAX – Lindsey Hubley was diagnosed with flesh-eating disease four days after giving birth and is now a quadruple amputee, has undergone a total hysterectomy and has been forced to spend the first seven months of her son’s life in hospital.Now, she’s taking legal action against the IWK Health Centre and several Halifax-area doctors for alleged wrongdoings in her care during the birth and her postoperative care.Lawyer Ray Wagner said a statement of claim filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Wednesday alleges that the negligence of five doctors and the hospital caused or contributed to the health issues suffered by Hubley.“She was very lucky to have survived,” said Wagner in an interview on Wednesday.Hubley, 33, gave birth to her son Myles on March 2 but was rushed to the hospital a day after being discharged and was later diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, otherwise known as flesh-eating disease.Wagner said it’s alleged part of the placenta was not removed at birth, and that she had a tear on her vagina that required sutures, which could have contributed to her health issues.He said it’s also alleged that when Hubley arrived back at the hospital on March 5 with abdominal pain — the day after being discharged following the birth — an examination was not performed. Hubley was diagnosed with constipation and sent home.“Our allegations are that had she been properly assessed when she presented at the hospital … a substantial part of the damage, if not all of it, could have been prevented,” said Wagner.The next day, she was rushed to the hospital after experiencing more pain and discolouration on her body.She was later diagnosed with flesh-eating disease, and has since undergone multiple surgeries, including amputations below both of her elbows and knees and a total hysterectomy.The allegations have not been proven in court, and the IWK did not comment on the claims Wednesday.Hubley’s fiancee, Mike Sampson, 34, who is also named as a plaintiff in the case, has not been able to work since the birth of Myles. He said “life has been put on hold.”“Myles and I make our way into the hospital pretty much every day to see mama,” said Sampson in an interview Wednesday. “Our lives have been turned upside down.”But despite the horrific ordeal, Sampson said his fiancee has remained very positive.“No mom should ever have to watch their fiancee and their son walk out the door every night for over 200 days,” he said.“She’s incredibly positive … She has an outlook that this process has taken her arms and her legs, but it’s not going to take her happiness.”Sampson said Hubley is no longer infected but does require more major surgeries — including a kidney transplant — however they are hopeful she’ll soon be able to start attending rehab.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Lindsey Hubley’s first name.last_img read more

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Cyndi Lauper Releases New Song In Honor Of World Psoriasis Day

first_imgNovartis announced this week that Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and activist Cyndi Lauper has released a new song, Hope, in honor of World Psoriasis Day.Inspired by psoriasis patients and Lauper’s own experience living with the disease, Hope is part of the SEE ME campaign, an initiative that celebrates patients’ success stories and encourages others living with plaque psoriasis to seek ways to get back to doing the things they want to do.“I have met many people living with psoriasis and drew inspiration for the song from their stories of struggle, courage, perseverance and hope,” said Lauper. “I know first-hand the impact psoriasis can have and my goal is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who may struggle with their psoriasis. We don’t need to hide, and we don’t need to feel embarrassed.”An estimated 7.5 million Americans are affected by psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory condition which is considered the most common autoimmune disease in the US. Like many patients, Lauper hid her psoriasis and struggled for many years to find a treatment that worked for her. Now, she is sharing her story to demonstrate the impact that plaque psoriasis has had on her life, and why she saw a dermatologist and made the decision to start treatment with Cosentyx (secukinumab), the first IL-17A antagonist approved to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.“Plaque psoriasis symptoms like flaking, scaling and bleeding can have a significant impact on a patient’s daily life,” said Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg, Associate Clinical Professor, Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and Lauper’s personal dermatologist. “I encourage all people with psoriasis to speak with a dermatologist who specializes in the disease to find a treatment plan that works for them.”“It took me a long time to get to where I am today, but I made it – and so can others who are struggling with psoriasis,” said Lauper.The song and music video for Hope are available to stream on the SEE ME campaign microsite, SEEMEtoknow.com. Additional content includes webisodes featuring Cyndi Lauper and other patients providing a more in-depth look at life with psoriasis.Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning artist with over 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million albums. With her first album, She’s So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. Since then, Lauper has released ten additional studio albums, been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and celebrated as a New York Times best-selling author. Overall, during her storied music career, Lauper has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards. In 2013, Cyndi Lauper became the first solo woman to win Best original score for her music and lyrics for Kinky Boots. Next, she’ll write the score for the Broadway adaptation of the 1988 feature film Working Girl, contribute a song to the score of the Broadway musical Spongebob Squarepants and launch her own fashion line with Home Shopping Network.last_img read more

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New UN report outlines rights abuses in South Sudan conflict ongoing targeting

“It is clear that civilians bore the brunt of much of the fighting and that gross violations of human rights were committed,” states the interim report prepared by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for the Security Council.The report provides an initial account of human rights violations and atrocities perpetrated during the hostilities that engulfed South Sudan between 15 December 2013 and the end of January 2014, as documented by the Mission. It focuses on alleged human rights abuses that occurred in the four states of South Sudan that have seen the heaviest fighting to date – Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile – between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir, who belongs to the Dinka ethnic group, and former deputy president Riek Machar, who belongs to the Lou Nuer. “Numerous witnesses reported the deliberate targeting of both national and foreign civilians in extrajudicial and other unlawful killings, including mass killings, enforced disappearances, gender-based violence, such as rapes and gang rapes, and instances of ill-treatment and torture by forces from both sides of the conflict,” the Mission said in a news release.The report notes that large numbers of civilians were deliberately targeted and killed along ethnic lines and many more were displaced for similar reasons. For example, soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) reportedly engaged in killings of Nuer residents of Juba during the initial 72 hours of the crisis in mid-December. Conversely, Dinka civilians in the Upper Nile state capital of Malakal were allegedly killed by armed Nuer youths as well as SPLA and South Sudan National Police Service defectors. UNMISS is also investigating reports of mass graves in Juba, Bentiu and Rubkona. The Mission noted with deep regret that civilians have continued to be targeted and killed in the conflict in South Sudan. Fresh evidence of continuing human rights abuses surfaced during the recent battle for control of the Upper Nile state capital of Malakal. An UNMISS patrol visited the city centre yesterday and collected eyewitness testimony from residents alleging that armed opposition forces targeted and killed 10 unarmed civilians at the Malakal Teaching Hospital on the basis of their ethnic background on 19 February. UNMISS staff in Malakal also witnessed the extra-judicial execution of two children outside the perimeter of the UN compound yesterday by armed youths believed to be allied with armed opposition forces. The Mission strongly condemned the continuing perpetration of such human rights abuses and called on all parties to the current crisis to desist from committing additional atrocities. UNMISS reported today that the patrol that visited Malakal found that it “had been looted and appeared to be generally empty of civilians.” The Mission reported more sporadic fighting close to its compound today.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in statement issued by his spokesperson yesterday, noted with deep concern the reports of renewed fighting in Malakal and “the catastrophic consequences for civilian populations.” He urged all parties to abide by the ceasefire that was agreed in late January, to respect international humanitarian law, and ensure that civilians are protected. The human rights report also points to increased ethnic polarization in the wake of the crisis in South Sudan and the wide divergence in perceptions about the scope and magnitude of the human rights violations and abuses, “which make it challenging to discern the truth.” Holding perpetrators to account is crucial not only for ensuring respect for human rights but also as a means to address the underlying causes of the country’s current crisis, it states.“Accountability is crucial for a national reconciliation process to take root and succeed,” said Hilde Johnson, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan and head of UNMISS. “Without bringing to justice the perpetrators of these horrendous crimes, revenge and impunity is likely to lead to a perpetual cycle of violence.” read more

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Security Council strongly condemns killings in eastern DR Congo calls for government

In a press statement issued late yesterday evening, the Council also expressed “deep concern regarding the persistence of violence in this region, where more than 700 civilians have been killed since October 2014,” and stressed that the DRC Government “conduct a thorough and prompt investigation into these attacks in order to ensure that those responsible are held to account.”The statement about the attack in the area of Rwangoma village by suspected elements of the Ugandan-based ADF, follows similar expressions of concern by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top officials in the region, Said Djinnit, the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, and Maman Sambo Sidikou, the head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).For their part, Council members called on the DRC Government the to take further military action, under international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law – and with the support of MONUSCO in accordance with its mandate – to end the threat posed by the ADF and all other armed groups operating in the region. They recalled that “drivers behind different armed groups’ activities are varied and that there is no purely military solution to the problem of armed groups,” and emphasized the need for “comprehensive military and civil responses to these armed groups.”The Security Council members reiterated their support to MONUSCO and called on all parties to cooperate fully with the Mission and to “remain committed to the full and objective implementation of the Mission’s mandate.” read more

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Loot Crate random swag for geeks and gamers

first_imgThere’s not a day that goes by where I don’t come across some new trinket or toy that appeals to one aspect of my personal geekdom, to say nothing of the things I see that would undoubtedly appeal to other people. Companies are making bacon flavored everything, comic book characters are mainstream, and video games are more popular than ever. It is a great time to be a geek, but it’s impossible to keep track of everything. So the guys at Loot Crate have made it their mission to find all of the geeky, gamer stuff out there and send you a box of it every month.The Loot Crate service is brand new, in fact the team is almost ready to send out their second ever package to geeks everywhere. Basically, once a month a box will show up filled with snacks, toys, and anything else these guys can get their hands on. For just about $20 a month, your monthly package and any other membership perks that crop up along the way can be yours.In the six weeks that the Loot Crate guys have had their doors open, thousands of users have come together to form an incredibly active community that has already helped provide some much needed direction and feedback. LootCrate founder Chris Davis commented that there was a strong, immediate community response when they started talking about the service across the social networks. The service is simple, and the overall response to their first shipment was quite positive.Loot Crate’s Chris Davis and Matthew Arevalo, being gamers and geeks themselves, spoke to me for a bit about the future of LootCrate. The company was formed quickly as the result of a Startup Weekend event. Chris’ previous endeavor, Gamer Food, had helped him forge the idea for LootCrate. After nailing down some of the details, the first shipment was quickly assembled and a website put up to announce their service.The first shipment included a $30 bottle of Avengers themed cologne, a $20 gift card to mini bust retailer Gentle Giant, an assortment of caffeinated snacks, and one or two other items. Their initial goal of assembling a “Comic Con style swag bag” as Matthew called it, seems to only be the start. The end goal is to make every month bigger and better than the last, eventually including digital goods and real world membership perks.Loot Crate provides every subscriber with a physical membership card, a move rarely seen outside of grocery stores anymore. The hope is that, in the future, Loot Crate members will be able to participate in live events that allow the team to offer member-only exclusives. Maybe you’ll be able to bump into one of them at Comic Con or E3 and, if you have your membership card, take part in something unique, for example.While the membership program still fits squarely under the “eventually” flag, the Mega Crate offering is something the team is already delivering on. Every month one member will be chosen to receive a much larger package, worth significantly more than the others. Like the LootCrate service itself, every month will be something different.Loot Crate is a cool idea, especially if the company is able to continue delivering relevant gear to people who like a little randomness in their day. Nothing about the LootCrate offering is anything that you couldn’t go and buy for yourself if you really wanted it, but in a way that’s what makes it great. In a world where so many people are buying online, and so many products are only available online, Loot Crate can expose you to products you otherwise never would have put your hands on to confirm that you wanted it.The Loot Crate team has offered Geek.com readers 10% off the first month of service with the promo code “Geekout”. Thanks guys!Photography by Chris Sewelllast_img read more

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Game of Thrones Season Seven Promo Teases War Winter and White Walkers

first_imgStay on target 11 People We Want to Die in the ‘Game of Thrones’ PremiereToy Tuesday: The Most Ruling ‘Game of Thrones’ Toys The new season of Game of Thrones is still a ways off, having been pushed to July 16th instead of its usual spring premiere. Even though we’re all eager to go back to Westeros, this short teaser HBO put out will have to tide us over. It’s a slow, haunting trailer featuring the three major players of the series’s ongoing war who are still alive at this point. Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister (now officially in charge after blowing up her son’s wife and inadvertently driving him to suicide) slowly walk to their thrones. Given that this is the penultimate season, it’s probable we’ll see some great battles between these three fantasy superpowers.I like that you can see Cersei’s breath after she sits on the Iron Throne. Since the beginning of the series, the phrase “winter is coming,” the motto of the Stark family, has been repeated endlessly. The cold breath at the end signifies that it’s not coming anymore. It’s here. I also like that the teaser ends by showing us the Night King. It’s a great reminder that, though these three people are locked in battle with each other, there’s a fourth faction they aren’t even aware of. The White Walkers have been a slowly advancing threat since the very first episode, but only the Night’s Watch and Bran have any idea they’re out there. I get the feeling that’s all going to change very soon.Now that we’re firmly out of book territory, I’m excited to see where it goes. The series got way better last season when they ran out of books to adapt. When the writers of the show were able to come up with their own stories, the pacing improved dramatically. Nothing against A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s a great book series. The needs of a TV show are different, though. Once the show was forced to find its own direction, it became a tighter, better-scripted TV show. It helps that the back half of season six was filled with memorable and satisfying moments. Cersei killed Margaery, causing her son to commit suicide. Jon Snow defeated Ramsay Bolton in a massive medieval battle scene. Arya finally got her Titus Andronicus-style revenge on Walder Frey.With all that going on, I’m looking forward to this season more than I have to any of the last six. For the first time, there’s absolutely no way to know anything that happens next. Now if George R.R. Martin could just finish The Winds of Winter…last_img read more

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Pangea Media Sells Quiz and Sweepstakes Websites to Adknowledge

first_imgSnapApp is a platform that allows an entity to foster social media traffic by enabling a myriad of social media tools and tactics. Clients can customize their strategy to attract and engage their audience with features like contests, surveys and quizzes. Additionally, SnapApp can be used to collect leads, track impressions, and measure engagement. These features are especially attractive to publisher because the product can be integrated into a CMS. To date, Pangea reports that SnapApp has facilitated over 60 million engagements, and has induced more than 1 million conversations. Recently the platform was enhanced to allow customers to maximize the product’s potential with options like a goal wizard, a dashboard monitor, and improved sharing features. Pangea Media, maker of social media marketing platform SnapApp, has announced the sale of its quiz and sweepstakes website division to Adknowledge, a Kansas City-based ad marketplace and performance-based marketing services provider. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.Pangea Media specifies that its decision to sell was motivated by the success of SnapApp, and a need to shift more focus to the marketing platform. In a statement, CEO Seth Lieberman said, “The sale of our website business allows us to focus 100 percent on the SnapApp platform and our SnapApp customers.”While Lieberman declined to disclose growth projections moving forward, he does suggest that the company is looking toward new business and enhancing its product for its current list of clients. Lieberman also suggests that growing the product will require targeting customers who manage and generate content, customers who have or want to establish a brand identity or customers who operate on an agency model. last_img read more

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Dont be fooled by mouse support in iPadOS

first_img See it That’s fine, again, because it wasn’t made for me. And yes, I’d love full mouse or trackpad support in the iPad. I’ve wanted it for, literally, years. But this accessibility feature isn’t it, and just because Apple included this in iPadOS in 2019 doesn’t mean full mouse and trackpad support is coming in the future.I still think it’s an exciting feature, which is why I list it as notable on iPadOS. But it’s exciting for what it can offer others. Any way that iOS can expand its accessibility, and open its functions up, are good steps forward.I hope Mac-like mouse and trackpad support is the next thing Apple addresses on iPadOS, because it could very well be the final piece in the puzzle to have the iPad fully replace my laptop.But this year, there’s a very good reason why the mouse connectivity is hidden. $249 Now playing: Watch this: Apple Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 6:52 $249 I feel like ⁦@jetscott⁩ does the best job of “getting” pointer support. Mainly: “it is not meant for me.” Yes, Apple can and should improve it, but people would be better off if they remembered it’s an accessibility feature first and foremost. https://t.co/f2DjXQarwc— Steven Aquino (@steven_aquino) June 24, 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET A better browser, new multitasking, a smoother Pencil… and everyone’s excited by a mouse. Apple’s newest version of the iPad OS is here as a public beta for you to download (on a secondary device, please). And you can, indeed, pair a Bluetooth mouse and use it to control your iPad. It seems, at first, like wish fulfillment. I’ve wanted mouse — or, actually, trackpad — support for years. Seven and a half years, to be precise.I’m here to throw some cold water on your excitement, because I’ve used what you think is mouse support, but is actually Apple’s Bluetooth pointer tool in Accessibility settings. It’s not the mouse support you’re looking for, or I’m looking for. And that’s okay, because Apple isn’t intending for me to use it.Even turning the feature on feels like an Easter egg: in Settings, you open Accessibility, then Touch, then turn AssistiveTouch on, and within that add a Bluetooth mouse as a Pointing Device. It’s deliberately buried, so it’s not confused with being an everyday iPadOS feature.Steven Aquino, a noted writer who covers accessibility and computing, has had strong thoughts about coverage confusing iPadOS’ seemingly hidden feature with some “miracle mouse support” trick. “Yes, Apple can and should improve it, but people would be better off if they remembered it’s an accessibility feature first and foremost,” Aquino said in a tweet.I admit, even in my attempts to explain what it is and what it isn’t, I’ve probably ended up misrepresenting it. Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All See It See It reading • Mouse support is hidden in iPadOS for a reason iPadOS Apple First look at the iPadOS beta Share your voice Apple iPad Amazon Tags $329 Computers Tablets See It Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone Comments • CNET Apps Today CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $249 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy There are accessibility features that have been of use to a wider audience: I once activated a touch-based home button replacement when my actual home button wasn’t working. But turning this accessibility-targeted pointer feature into a stand-in mouse for other purposes is a mistake.If you doubt me, just try it. Set it up for yourself. The cursor is extremely large. It only works with one button-click function, usually simulating what a finger touching the screen would do. You can’t highlight text in the same way as a trackpad, or PC or Mac mouse. 8last_img read more

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Trump administration defends travel ban in court

first_imgKaren Shore holds up a sign in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California, US. Photo: AFPThe US Justice Department faced tough questioning Tuesday as it urged a court of appeals to reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries—put on hold by the courts last week.The latest twist in the legal showdown comes four days after a federal judge suspended Trump’s decree, opening US borders back up to the thousands of refugees and travelers it had suddenly barred from the country.Three judges from an appellate court in San Francisco chaired the hour-long telephone hearing followed online by more than 130,000 people—a record, the court said—and broadcast live to millions more on television.The high-stakes hearing saw an attorney for the government argue that Trump’s immigration curbs were motivated by national security concerns and that the federal judge had overstepped his authority in suspending them.“This is a traditional national security judgment that is assigned to the political branches and the president,” argued the Justice Department lawyer, August Flentje.He said Trump acted perfectly within his constitutional powers and those delegated to him by Congress in issuing the January 27 executive order in the interest of the United States.Tuesday’s hearing was focused on whether to lift the suspension of the ban, not on the constitutionality of the decree itself—a broader battle which looks likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court. A court spokesman said a ruling was likely later this week.During the hearing the three-judge panel often appeared skeptical, with Judge Richard Clifton saying at one point that the government’s argument was “pretty abstract.”The judges questioned Flentje about the evidence connecting the seven countries targeted to terrorism, and pressed him on whether the ban amounts to religious discrimination—as its opponents claim.Is it a Muslim ban?The White House insists the decree is in the interest of national security, giving the new administration time to beef up vetting procedures to keep potential terrorists out of the country.Its detractors claim that it violates the US Constitution by targeting people based on their religion.An attorney representing the states of Washington and Minnesota—which brought the federal lawsuit against Trump’s ban with support from numerous advocacy groups—urged the judges to keep the decree on hold while the case runs its course.“It has always been the judicial branch’s role to say what the law is and to serve as a check on abuses by the executive branch,” said Solicitor General Noah Purcell.“That judicial rule has never been more important in recent memory than it is today, but the president is asking… to reinstate the executive order without full judicial review and throw this country back into chaos,” Purcell added.The states’ counsel also came under sustained questioning, with Judge Clifton, a George W. Bush nominee, appearing unconvinced by his arguments that the ban amounted to religious discrimination.“I have trouble understanding why we’re supposed to infer religious animus when in fact the vast majority of Muslims would not be affected,” Clifton said, pointing out that less than 15 percent of the world’s Muslims were affected.Purcell argued that the states were not required to show that all Muslims would be affected but only that the ban was “motivated in part by a desire to harm Muslims.”Trump’s executive order barred entry to all refugees for 120 days, and to travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, triggering chaos at US airports and worldwide condemnation. Refugees from Syria are barred indefinitely.‘We feel confident’Appearing to lay the groundwork for a setback, the White House earlier Tuesday sought to play down the significance of the upcoming ruling.“All that’s at issue tonight is the hearing is an interim decision on whether the president’s order is enforced or not until the case is heard on the actual merits of the order,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters.“That’s why I think we feel confident.”Hosting a group of American sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday, Trump hammered home the rationale for his decree as “common sense.”Trump has lashed out at the Seattle judge who suspended his order, James Robart, as a “so-called” judge—a slur that drew criticism from his own Republican camp—and sought to pin blame on him, and courts in general, for potential future attacks on US soil. “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!” he tweeted on Sunday.last_img read more

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