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Pullela Gopichand Hopeful of Better Medal Colour at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsbadmintonPullela GopichandPV Sindhu First Published: September 26, 2019, 6:59 PM IST Jamshedpur: Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Thursday exuded confidence that Indian shuttlers will put up a good show at the Tokyo Olympics, bettering their performance from the last editions.”We have been performing well for over a decade and God willing, we will win better medals in the 2020 Olympics,” Gopichand said when asked if Indian shuttlers will be able to change the colour of the medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Saina Nehwal had won the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics before PV Sindhu bettered it with a silver in the last edition at 2016 Rio Games.”God willing, we will win better medal as the country has been performing well since 2008 at international arena,” Gopichand said.Gopichand, who was here to attend a function ‘Celebration of Sports’ organised by Tata Steel, said: “During the last three decades, we have achieved ‘alphabetical’ and ‘numerical’ literacy but have gone down as far as ‘physical literacy’ was concerned.”Gopichand, a 2001 All England Champion, advised children to be disciplined and work hard to achieve goals.Recalling his formative years when he had failed in an engineering examination in 1991, Gopichand said, “My mother used to apply for a job for me in every corporate house as she was very much concerned about my future.”However, I had won the junior national title and also joined Tata Steel in Jamshedpur in the same year (1991),” Gopichand said.To a question on diet and sport science, Gopichand said, “Indian culture, knowledge and age-old tradition have a lot of values and we should not leave it to go after western world completely. Science is important but it is evolving. Hence, we cannot lose our culture.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more


November 26, 2019 0

French Open 2018 Badminton roundup: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth crashes out, Satwiksairaj-Chirag…

first_imgAdvertisementIndia’s singles run in the 2018 French Open ended after Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Kidambi Srikanth bowed out in the quarterfinals to Tai Tzu-Ying, He Bingjao, and Kento Momota respectively. However, the duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made it to the semi-finals after overcoming the pair of Manu Attri and B.S. Reddy in the Men’s Doubles.The singles challenge ended but India makes it to the Men’s doubles’ semi finalsPV Sindhu struggled to find her form as the Chinese thrashed her 13-21, 16-21 in straight sets. Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal had a commanding 4 set points in her first set against the World No.1. But, the Asian Games gold medallist showed enough grit and perseverance to not only level things up, but also pick up straight six points to win the opening encounter 22-20. She showed no mercy towards Saina in the second set and won the match 22-20, 21-11. With this loss, the Beijing bronze medallist has suffered twelve straight losses to the 24-year-old and has a poor 5-14 overall record against her.Srikanth Kadambi, too, lost his games in straight sets after the Japanese World No.1 hammered him 21-16 and 21-19.Earlier on Thursday, the Indian duos of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, and Manu Attri and B.S. Reddy overcame two Chinese pairs to set up an all-Indian quarterfinal.  It was the youthful Satwiksairaj and Chirag who stood tall above the experienced campaigners as they defeated them 21-17, 21-11 in straight sets.They will next take on the Indonesian World No.1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sakamuljo in the semi-finals on Saturday.Advertisementlast_img read more


November 26, 2019 0

ICC World T20 2010: Kevin Pietersen fires England to title

first_imgThe third edition was surprisingly held only eight months after the second. The world, thrilled with the novelty of the T20 format less than three years ago, was reeling under an overdose. That the tournament was held in the West Indies with matches starting at 9.30 AM to suit Indian television, did not help matters either.India, despite the inaugural triumph and three seasons of the India Premier League, struggled to go beyond the group stages. Suresh Raina’s sensational hundred helped them beat South Africa but that was all the glory they were going to get.England, who were never serious contenders in ICC events, changed the old perception and played some breathtaking cricket under Paul Collingwood. They defeated Australia in the final to lift their first ICC T20 trophy.last_img read more


November 26, 2019 0

WATCH: Canadian figure skater holds up flag for Japanese Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu

first_imgRecap from the #ACI19 men’s final: https://t.co/CzKZypDTnl@SkateCanada pic.twitter.com/FNJHvyMOON— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) September 15, 2019During the victory ceremony, Messing snapped a selfie of him, Hanyu and silver medalist Kevin Aymoz from France, which he posted on Instagram yesterday, Sept. 18. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sportsmanship from Keegan Messing at the Autumn Classic ⛸️. During the medal ceremony, the Canadian unfurled the Japanese flag for winner Yuzuru Hanyu to face throughout his national anthem. Tats Suzara stays as SEA Games organizing committee chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement PLAY LIST 01:00Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian figure skater Keegan Messing was admired for his sportsmanship during a medal ceremony. Image: Olympic ChannelA Canadian figure skater offered a touching gesture to his Japanese competitor during a medal ceremony at a figure skating competition in Ontario, Canada on Saturday, Sept. 14.Double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu was being awarded a gold medal during the  Autumn Classic International figure skating competition.ADVERTISEMENT Japanese nationals have expressed their gratitude to Messing on Twitter.“Keegan Messing-san, many Japanese people love you because of your action for the national flag. When you come to Japan at a skating competition, I will give you a lot of encouragement for your performance,” promised one @rascalsan1.Twitter user @holydragon2222 wrote, “Thank you Keegan. You are very fair and have great sportsmanship. Japan respects people like you.” JBRELATED STORIES:Skating star Hanyu battles emotions to discuss Japan quake traumaJapan bows out of World Cup with clean locker room and thank you notecenter_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ As the Japanese national anthem began to play, bronze medalist Keegan Messing unfurled the Japanese flag and held it up so that Hanyu could face it, CBC reported on Sunday, Sept. 15. After the anthem, Hanyu bowed to Messing.A video of the sportsmanlike gesture was posted on Twitter by the Olympic Channel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40 LATEST STORIES View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own manlast_img read more


November 22, 2019 0

From shooting balloons to gold, Saurabh comes of age at 16

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Aug 22 (PTI) Shooting balloons and blowing bubbles in village fairs, Saurbah Chaudhary would dream of excelling in the Olympic sport one day. Having an air rifle resting on his shoulders and taking aim at those blue, yellow and red balloons, acquaintances say, would make him feel like Abhinav Bindra. Then, there came a time when Chaudhary would shoot day in and out, leading to participation in inter-school and inter-state meets and as pastime gave way to habit and habit to obsession, he found himself competing in national level tournaments. Impressed, his farmer father, who owns almost 20 acres of land in his village, set up a shooting range at home. The schoolboy honed his skills at the backyard and at national level shooter Amit Sheoran’s academy in Baghpat, Haryana, which is around 15 kilometres from his UP village. Doubly impressed with his son’s progress, Chaudhary senior eventually bought the promising shooter, who was once fond of playing around with toy guns, a pistol. Sugarcane farmer Jagmohan Singh was filled with hope despite some apprehensions. That was some years ago. Some years later, Bindra, the country’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist would end up calling himself a “sissy” when compared to this new generation of Indian shooters, of whom the 16-year-old from Kalina village in Meerut has become an integral part. Bindra expressing his admiration for this supremely talented and confident bunch of teenagers — which includes Anish Bhanwala, Manu Bhaker (notwithstanding her sixth-place finish in 25m pistol), Elavenil Valaviram, Mehuli Ghosh and Chaudhary — best sums up their astounding achievements in recent times.advertisement Baby-faced, ineligible to drink and drive and not old enough to even perhaps understand the enormity of the feat he has scaled, it was no surprise then when Chaudhary said he “did not feel any pressure” while shooting in the 10m air rifle event of the ongoing Asian Games in the Indonesian port city of Palembang. “No, there was no pressure at all. I just came to compete and do my best. I have trained hard, have been in good form and got good results,” he had said after winning the biggest medal of his career yesterday. He created ripples at home and away. He was picked ahead of multiple time gold medallist Jitu Rai and in his first competitive senior tournament, trumped men with enviable record. Japanese Tomoyuki Matsuda is a two-time world champion and Korea’s Jin Jong-Oh, with four Olympic gold medallist and three World Championships titles, is one of the greatest to have played the sport. Chaudhary prevailed and in his faraway village, his father was filled with pride as the family members celebrated. “We feel proud because he has made the country proud,” he said. “There is still a long way to go.” PTI AH PM PM PMlast_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

2 Big Ten Schools Emerge As Destinations For 5-Star QB Transfer

first_imgHunter Johnson celebrates a big play against Wake Forest.Clemson’s quarterback depth took a hit today. According to multiple reports, five-star quarterback Hunter Johnson is set to transfer out of the program.Johnson, the No. 2 quarterback in the 2017 class, has three years of eligibility remaining. He’ll likely have to sit out the 2018 season and then will be eligible to play in 2019.The former top recruit is a Midwest native. He was the top recruit in the state of Indiana coming out of high school.Johnson could end up back in the Midwest, according to a report by 247Sports.Two Big Ten schools have reportedly emerged as potential destinations for the top QB transfer.From the report:Expect Johnson, an Indiana native, to look at Purdue and Northwestern for his next stop, sources tell 247Sports. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Johnson will have to sit out next season and will be eligible starting in 2019. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the field that year.Johnson ranked as the nation’s No. 2 pro-style passer and 30th overall player in the 247Sports Composite. An Army All-American, Johnson committed to the Tigers in Dec. of 2015 and stuck out his commitment all the way through before enrolling early.Johnson would be a huge addition to Purdue or Northwestern’s program. It’s unclear what kind of timeline he’ll operate on when making a decision.last_img read more


October 26, 2019 0

Insider Has New Update On Troubling Urban Meyer, Ohio State Report

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Football Scoop had a troubling report about Urban Meyer and the state of the Ohio State football program earlier today in the wake of the Buckeyes’ blowout loss to Purdue on Saturday night.The report states that there is “friction” between Meyer, the football program and the athletic department.From the report:The past few weeks industry sources have mentioned to FootballScoop issues at Ohio State between the football staff and athletics leadership as well as within the program itself. Multiple times, the term “friction” has been used to describe issues between Urban Meyer and Gene Smith (and their respective key lieutenants). Within the football program itself, it has been said there is a tension that hasn’t been present in previous years.Purdue’s beat down of the Buckeyes brought considerable additional attention on the program and has many talking about the issues within the program.Football Scoop has an update on the report.“It’s worse than you wrote,” one source texted them.Another industry source text me this afternoon, “It’s worse than you wrote.”On the #Friction at Ohio State https://t.co/QmhJD2bLNm— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) October 22, 2018Yikes.Ohio State fell to 7-1 with the loss to Purdue. The Buckeyes remain in College Football Playoff contention, though the Buckeyes would likely have to win out to make it.last_img read more


October 26, 2019 0

Pha Rung Clinches Deal for Two Chemical Tankers

first_imgzoom Vietnamese Pha Rung Shipyard has received an order to build two chemical tankers for a Korean ship owner BS Shipping, according to the shipbuilder.The 6,500 dwt vessels will feature a length of 110 meters and a width of 18 meters.The contract was signed as part of the eighth International Exhibition on Shipbuilding, Shipping and Offshore Technology (Vietship2016) in Ha Noi.Pha Rung added that the shipyard signed a deal to complete the construction of a 6,500 dwt chemical tanker for a Thai shipbuilding company.During the exhibition, Vietnamese shipbuilding companies secured fourteen contracts with domestic and foreign partners worth over USD 22 million, according to Vietnam News.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

February is Apple Month

first_imgNot only do Nova Scotia apples taste great, they are also good for you. That makes two good reasons to have a Nova Scotia apple today. Select Nova Scotia is sponsoring Apple Month as part of An IncrEDIBLE February. Three major apple wholesalers and a number of farmers markets are participating in the promotion. “Apples are the major tree fruit grown in Nova Scotia, contributing more than $50 million annually to the local economy,” said John MacDonell, Agriculture Minister. “Our Nova Scotia climate, with its sunny fall days and cool nights, is well suited to producing a brilliant red apple, giving our growers a real, competitive advantage.” Today, Feb. 1, Mr. MacDonell joined members of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association to hand out apples to commuters at the Alderney Landing Ferry Terminal. Other apple giveaways will happen throughout the month at various locations throughout the province. “There really is no better morning snack than a crisp, delicious Nova Scotia apple,” said Dela Erith, executive director of Nova Scoita Fruit Growers Association. “With over lots of varieties grown in the province, apples are a fresh, local product available to consumers all year round.” IncrEDIBLE February is Select Nova Scotia’s winter promotion to encourage consumers to eat local. For more information about winter Select Nova Scotia events go to www.selectnovascotia.com or phone 902-722-1305. For more information about Nova Scotia apples go to www.nsapples.com .last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

Volunteers Needed to Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking

first_imgCancer Care Nova Scotia is looking for volunteers to serve as public advisors on a committee to develop programs to help cancer patients quit smoking. Advisors may be former or current smokers, who have experienced the cancer system as a patient, family member, friend or caregiver. The committee will also include clinical experts, administrators and community partners. “People may believe that once a person is diagnosed with cancer the damage is done, and there is no value in quitting smoking or other forms of tobacco use,” said Dr. Stephanie Snow, medical oncologist, Nova Scotia Cancer Centre. “The good news is this is not true. It is never too late to experience the benefits from quitting, and there are many benefits to quitting smoking at the time that a person is diagnosed with cancer.” Patients and families offer unique insights and are key partners any time Cancer Care Nova Scotia develops programs or processes to improve the cancer system. “In this instance, understanding the challenges of being a patient who smokes or who is trying to quit smoking once diagnosed with cancer, is critical to the project’s success,” said Leslie Hill, patient engagement coordinator, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. Anyone interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity should visit www.cancercare.ns.ca/volunteers or call 1-866-599-2267. This project is funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Partners include the Department of Health and Wellness, through Cancer Care Nova Scotia and Public Health, and the Nova Scotia Health Authority (Cape Breton Cancer Centre).last_img read more


October 22, 2019 0

3 killed 4 injured in road accident in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgFatehpur (Uttar Pradesh): Three people were killed and four others injured in a road accident in Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Khaga police station in-charge Ganga Prasad Yadav said, a mini truck carrying iron pipes which was going from Kanpur towards Prayagraj overturned into a gorge near Katoghan after its tyre burst. Mumtaz, Sajid and Nisar, who were sitting in the vehicle died on the spot, while driver Sonelal and three others were severely injured. Police pulled the victims out of the vehicle and rushed them to a hospital.last_img read more


October 20, 2019 0

School board offers supports to students after ambushtype shooting left teen dead

first_imgA school board west of Toronto has additional supports in place today for students who lost one of their own in a shooting over the weekend.A spokeswoman for the Peel District School Board says a 17-year-old boy shot and killed outside an apartment building in Mississauga, Ont., on Saturday evening was a Grade 12 student at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School.Five others were wounded in the attack, including a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and two other 17-year-old boys.Carla Pereira says members of the board’s Critical Incident Response Team will be at Lincoln M. Alexander today to support both staff and students.She says they’ll stay there as long as they’re needed and that supports will also be available for staff and students at neighbouring schools.Pereira says the board understands that violent incidents such as this one can affect those who live and work nearby.Peel regional police are still looking for at least seven suspects in the case.Investigators say the suspects descended on the area surrounding an apartment complex, firing semi-automatic handguns indiscriminately.Police have described the boy who died as a bystander. The Canadian Presslast_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Scottish Woman Living in Imlil Delivers Touching Testimony About Morocco

Rabat – A Scottish woman named Alice Morrison who lives in Imlil, 200 meters away from where the murder of Louisa and Maren took place, has delivered a heartfelt speech about Morocco and Moroccans. Morrison spoke through a microphone in front of many tourists and locals on Saturday, December 22, both in Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and English.“As a foreigner and as a guest among you, I found kind, loyal, and generous people. I found love. I am thankful to be with you, thank you so much,” Morrison started in Darija, before she continued in English. “As everybody else in this community, I was horrified to hear of the death of the two young women, and I am disgusted by the people who perpetrated it,” she stated. “I would like to say as somebody who lives here and who’s met with such kindness and such beauty in this wonderful country, this does not represent in anyway, Morocco or Moroccans.”Read Also: Not in My Name: Moroccan Campaign Condemns ExtremismMorrison described Moroccans as “wonderful people,” saying: They’re peaceful, they’re kind, they’re honorable, and they are so hospitable…. I would like to reiterate that with the Moroccans I am so proud to live here and to find such a wonderful community to be part of.”Morrison shares the same view as many who condemned the heinous murder and said that the criminals do not represent Morocco or Moroccans: “The people who did these kind of crimes have done them also in my country in Britain, in France and in Brussels. It’s the same thing.”Expressing condolences on behalf of all Moroccans, she said: “When this crime happens it happens to the whole community. Our thoughts are with the families of those women and with the women themselves.”Morrison concluded warmly: “On behalf of all those who don’t speak English to those who do, I am so sorry for what’s happened to these girls and to their families. And I hope that in the future we could all live together in peace and in harmony.” The sit-in in Imlil is one of the many forms of solidarity by Moroccans who condemned the murder.Read Also: Imlil Murders: Danish Ambassador Grateful for Morocco’s SupportOn the same day, crowds of Moroccans, men and women, gathered in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Rabat, carrying banners with messages of solidarity. The banners read “No to terrorism,” and “We are all Danish and Norwegian.”Moroccans placed flowers and lit candles in front of the two Scandinavian embassies.Both Norwegian and Danish ambassadors thanked Moroccans for their support.Ever since the news of the murder emerged on Monday, December 17, Moroccans have displayed various gestures of sympathy with the victims and their families. Many signed a petition calling for the death penalty for the first four arrested suspects.Moroccan security services found the bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, by their tent in an isolated area near Imlil.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Intelligence (BCIJ) arrested 13 suspects involved in the murder. The first four arrested suspects had pledged their allegiance to ISIS. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Netflix Series about Syria Features Moroccan Money Transfer Agency by Mistake

Rabat – Only a few days after Netflix released one of their newest series, “The Spy,” Moroccans noticed some editing mistakes made by the famous production company. “The Spy” is a series set during Syria in the 1960s, however some scenes showed some Moroccan money transfer agencies, including “Wafacash,” which was not founded until 1991.“In this scene from the new series “The Spy” produced by Netflix, we can see that the Syrian capital, Damascus, had Wafacash, MoneyGram, and Western Union agencies since the 1960s,” said  a Moroccan Facebook user sarcastically.The series was filmed in Morocco, mainly in Casablanca. Editors, however, were not able to completely metamorphose the decor from that of a Moroccan city to a 1960s Damascus. This small detail was not the only thing that Moroccans noticed. In one of the scenes, extras were shouting “we are in Morocco” in Moroccan dialect. Producers did not notice until the series were already online.Je viens de finir The Spy, si on met de côté le côté propagande “les israéliens c’est les plus intelligents, les syriens étaient débiles”:les +: Sasha Baron Cohen excellent dans un rôle sérieuxles – : les détails dans les décors et les figurants qui crient qu’on est au Maroc— Jean Paul (1-0) ساخط (@NumeroLmou9ana3) September 15, 2019“I just finished ‘The Spy.’ If we don’t take into consideration propaganda ‘Israelis are smart and Syrians are stupid,’ on the plus side, Sacha Baron Cohen is excellent in serious roles, on the minus side, the details in decor and extras screaming that we’re in Morocco,” posted a Twitter user.Other internet users, from different countries, also found many inconsistencies in the decor used in the series, including the use of the wrong Syrian flag, the use of incorrect maps, or the use of Malaysian coins.So I am watching the spy on Netflix and guess what I see as the “Syrian flag”? FSA flag is shown as the official Syrian flag back in Al-Hafez’s time. Am in tripping…?@Partisangirl @ejmalrai@Ali_Kourani @Brasco_Aad @Syriasonline @MaxBlumenthal @MoonofA pic.twitter.com/ywzp9tFbQQ— Wahabeasts (@wahabeasts) September 8, 2019There is a map of #Kurdistan in the 4th episode of The Spy, the @netflix series based on the story of the late Israeli intelligence operative Eli Cohen. This is supposedly a military base in the Golan. Epic mistake. (The Israeli map of 1961 in the opening credits is wrong too) pic.twitter.com/8X3O8lpQvt— Ceng Sagnic (@cngsgnc) September 9, 2019Was watching The Spy on Netflix when I noticed this supposed syrian coin looking familiar pic.twitter.com/OmER8kcFcD— poppy (@rushdijaafar) September 14, 2019“The Spy” tells the story of Israeli spy Eli Cohen, who lived in Syria during the 1960s for a long-term mission. The series stars the English actor Sacha Baron Cohen. The series received mixed reactions from viewers. While some people expressed their enjoyment of the series and how brilliant they found the acting, others believed it is full of propaganda.I watched The Spy on Netflix. An Israeli spy in Syria was was found out and killed. Sasha Baron Cohen plays Eli Cohen. Excellent.— cece (@krittercrews) September 10, 2019The propaganda is strong Netflix’s The Spy. Would love to hear the story from the other side.— Wamathai (@Wamathai) September 10, 2019 read more


October 12, 2019 0

UN atomic watchdog agency reports stalemate over Irans nuclear programme

5 March 2007Lacking “the necessary level of transparency and cooperation,” the United Nations atomic watchdog agency reiterated yet again today that it could not provide assurances that Iran’s nuclear programme is solely for the peaceful purpose of generating energy and not for producing nuclear bombs. “The current situation remains somewhat of a stalemate,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told the agency’s Board of Governors in presenting his latest report on Iran’s nuclear programme, noting that the case was in a class of its own because of Tehran’s two decades of undeclared activities in breach of its obligations under Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). “The Agency has been able to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran. However, we continue to be unable to reconstruct fully the history of Iran’s nuclear programme and some of its components, because we have not been provided with the necessary level of transparency and cooperation on the part of Iran,” he said. “We have not seen concrete proof of the diversion of nuclear material, nor the industrial capacity to produce weapon-usable nuclear material, which is an important consideration in assessing the risk. However, quite a few uncertainties still remain about experiments, procurements and other activities relevant to our understanding of the scope and nature of Iran’s programme. This renders the Agency unable to provide the required assurance about the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme,” he added. He termed Iran’s insistence on linking its readiness to resolve IAEA concerns to actions by the Security Council, which has already imposed sanctions and is considering further measures “difficult to understand,” and called for the resumption of negotiations between Tehran and all relevant parties. “I remain convinced that only through negotiation can a comprehensive and durable solution be attained to the Iranian nuclear question and other issues related to it,” he said. Iran insists its programme is purely for energy production but many other countries maintain it is for making weapons, and in December the Council imposed limited sanctions and called on Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment. In the IAEA report, Mr. ElBaradei noted that despite this Iran had continued enrichment, which can produce fuel for generating electricity or, at a much higher level, making nuclear bombs. It was the discovery in 2003 of Iran’s hidden activities that gave rise to the current crisis, as Mr. ElBaradei stressed today. “The IAEA’s confidence about the nature of Iran’s programme has been shaken because of two decades of undeclared activities,” he said. “This confidence will only be restored when Iran takes the long overdue decision to explain and answer all the Agency’s questions and concerns about its past nuclear activities in an open and transparent manner. Until that time, the Agency will have no option but to reserve its judgment about Iran’s nuclear programme, and as a result the international community will continue to express concern.” Mr. ElBaradei painted a more positive picture on another area of major IAEA concern, the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), noting the DPRK’s agreement at diplomatic talks in Beijing last month to shut down and eventually abandon its Yongbyon nuclear facility. The agreement envisions the return of IAEA personnel to conduct necessary monitoring and verification after they were ordered out four years ago when the DPRK withdrew from the NPT. The DPRK also invited Mr. ElBaradei to visit. “I welcome the Beijing agreement, and the invitation to visit the DPRK, as positive steps towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and towards the normalization of the DPRK’s relationship with the Agency,” he said. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Republic of Korea grants refugee citizenship for the first time – UN

23 March 2010For the first time since it adopted the 1951 Refugee Convention almost two decades ago, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has granted a recognized refugee citizenship, in a move hailed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today. For the first time since it adopted the 1951 Refugee Convention almost two decades ago, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has granted a recognized refugee citizenship, in a move hailed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today.The new citizen is a 38-year-old Ethiopian man who fled persecution in his home country and arrived in the ROK in 2001.“This is a highly significant milestone in Asia, where few countries have signed the 1951 Refugee Convention, and even fewer have extended citizenship to refugees,” said UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming.“We are grateful to the Republic of Korea for its leadership in local integration, one of the three durable solutions available to refugees, and one that is rarely used in Asia,” she added.Citizenship, Ms. Fleming pointed out, is the most comprehensive form of local integration, voicing hope that other Asian countries will follow suit.The ROK recognized its first refugee in 2001. Since its Government began receiving refugee claims in 1994, it has recognized 175 refugees and given humanitarian status to an additional 93 people who were found not to be refugees but still requiring international protection.Between 1994 and the end of 2009, the country has received nearly 2,500 applications and 321 are still pending. read more


October 11, 2019 0

Bell to begin tracking web histories TV habits and mobile app usage

TORONTO — Bell’s privacy policy has been updated to indicate that it plans to start tracking customers and collect data on web and mobile usage, TV watching and phone calling habits.Bell will start collecting customer data on Nov. 16, which it says will be used for improving network performance, creating marketing reports and selling targeted ads on mobile devices.What Bell is able to aggregate, being as large as it is, is far more than any individual Internet companyWebsites visited, search terms used, TV shows watched, calling patterns and mobile usage will be collected and collated with what products and services customers pay for, where they live, their gender and age range.Bell says the data it collects will not be linked with a customer’s identity. While customers can opt out of having their data used for personalized advertising and marketing reports, it appears they will be tracked regardless.Bell did not immediately respond to an interview request.Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce law, said he’s shocked by the extent of the “data grab” that Bell is preparing to undertake.“What Bell is able to aggregate, being as large as it is, is far more than any individual Internet company, even a company as large as Google,” Geist said.“When you look at the kind of information that they say will now be used … these are pieces of information that some companies have some of that data, but Bell is in an almost unique position of having it all.“It’s a level of intrusiveness and monitoring that I think is truly unprecedented in Canada. There’s nobody that’s as large and as all encompassing as Bell and their capabilities from a customer surveillance perspective are similarly impressive.”Customers can opt out of the data collection at the following address: http://mobilebrowser.bwanet.ca/optout/v2/bell-en.jsp read more


October 8, 2019 0

Jean Coutu profit beats Street but revenue falls short

Canadian pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group Inc reported a fall in third-quarter revenue, hurt by regulations that have capped the prices of generic drugs.The company, which has stores in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario, said the growth in the number of generic drugs’ prescriptions with lower selling prices than branded drugs also hurt sales — a trend that it expects will continue.However, Jean Coutu reported a better-then-expected 11% rise in profit, helped by a fall in expenses and a lower tax bill.The company and its rival Shopper’s Drug Mart Corp have been hurt by the province of Ontario’s ban on drugstores’ sales of their own private-label generic prescription drugs. In November, the Supreme Court of Canada’s upheld the ban.While the ruling only applies directly to Ontario, the biggest market in Canada, it could inspire similar bans in other provinces, which have already followed Ontario’s lead in cutting prices for generic drugs.Longueuil, Quebec-based Jean Coutu sells its own Pro Doc generic drugs in Quebec, but the chain has relatively fewer outlets in Ontario.The company said on Thursday revenue fell 0.6% to $712.5 million in the quarter ended Nov. 30.Total same-store sales fell 1.3%, while same-store pharmacy sales fell 1.6%.Net profit rose to $62.5 million, or 30 Canadian cents per share, from $56.2 million, or 26 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 28 Canadian cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.The company’s tax bill fell 9.6% in the quarter, while cost of sales fell about 2%.Shares of Jean Coutu, which have risen about 32% in the last one year, closed at $18.63 on Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more


October 8, 2019 0

Australia to help marginalised communities in Lanka

The grants were provided as part of the Australian government’s annual small grant funding program, the Direct Aid Program. These grants are available on a not-for-profit basis to local community groups to provide immediate relief for marginalised communities. The Australian High Commission has granted Rs 31 million to support 11 community-based development projects across Sri Lanka.Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie handed over cheques to several community organisations which will implement these projects in a number of provinces around the country. Grants were awarded to, among others, projects for improving livelihood facilities and enhancing employment opportunities, vocational training for plantation sector women, raising awareness on human rights and prevent child abuses, post-war recovery activities, and establishing a community centre and a multipurpose learning centre. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking after the ceremony, High Commissioner Mudie said: “The High Commission has long taken pride in the Direct Aid Program (DAP) as it allows us to provide direct benefits to community groups doing great work at the grass roots level. Through DAP we are able to assist a number of disadvantaged groups, including women, children and those with a disability. We are proud to support the many terrific community groups which are working in Sri Lanka to help their communities overcome challenges. We hope that by working with these groups we are helping to lay the basis for a more prosperous future for all communities in Sri Lanka in the long term.” read more


October 8, 2019 0

General Assembly budget committee hears mixed picture of UNs financial health

Addressing the General Assembly’s Administrative and Budgetary Committee yesterday, as it began its twice-yearly consideration of the UN’s finances, Controller Warren Sach presented a “mixed picture” through the end of 2004.Citing both positive and negative developments, he focused on four major indicators of the Organization’s financial situation: assessments authorized; unpaid assessments; cash available; and debt to Member States.Cash balances were higher than at the end of 2003 and unpaid assessments for the regular budget and tribunals were lower, he said. At the same time, however, unpaid assessments for peacekeeping were sharply higher and debt to troop and equipment contributors was also up.The regular budget presented a mixed picture, Mr. Sach said, with the number of Member States having paid their assessments in full by the end of 2004 falling to 124 from 131 by the end of 2003. On a more positive note, however, the amount unpaid for the regular budget at the end of last year had fallen from $442 million to $357 million. By 31 January 2005, 35 Member States had paid their assessed contributions in full, and that number had grown to 72 by 30 April, compared to 77 the same date last year.The financial position of the international tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda was much better today than in October when the Committee was last briefed, he said. At that time, 113 Member States had owed some $80 million, and as a result of the financial shortfall, a recruitment freeze had been in effect. By 31 December 2004, the shortfall had been reduced to $30 million, and significant payment by a number of Member States had made possible the end of the recruitment freeze. The number of Member States that had paid their contributions to the two tribunals in full in 2004 had increased to 88 from 81 in 2003.However, the total amount received by 30 April 2005 was also down, to $175 million from $187 million in April 2004. While he welcomed those positive developments, much remained to be done to ensure the tribunal’s financial stability. “After all,” he added, “of the 191 Member States, no fewer than 148 still had amounts outstanding for one or both tribunals at the end of April.”Turning to peacekeeping, Mr. Sach said the level of assessments issued for peacekeeping operations in 2004 had more than doubled to over $5 billion. That was due, in part, to new operations in Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire and Haiti, expanded operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as to a technical issue related to peacekeeping assessment rates.The Organization expected cash available for peacekeeping to total some $1.192 billion at the end of 2005. Of that amount, $60 million was expected to be available in the Peacekeeping Reserve Fund, after taking account of new or expanded operations in the Sudan and the DRC. Of the $337 million in the accounts of closed peacekeeping operations, $219 million had to be held to cover corresponding liabilities, leaving only $118 million for possible cross-borrowing.In addition to requirements for new and expanded missions, the Organization had to cross-borrow occasionally from the closed operations for a number of other active operations, as well as for the regular budget and tribunals. Given the current fragile financial situation, Secretary-General Kofi Annan had proposed that the Organization retain the $93 million available in the accounts of closed operations. As the Organization would only have $25 million to cover cross-borrowing requirements that were periodically much higher, he stressed the importance of that proposal. read more


October 6, 2019 0