Feds Announce New Actions to Battle Asian Carp

first_imgFor years, Asian carp have been slowly moving up the Mississippi River. 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The plan also includes money for research on how to battle the fish. However, the move appears unlikely to end a feud between midwestern states over what to do about the carp. The state of Michigan is worried about the impact of Asian carp on sportfishing in Lake Michigan and other lakes. The state’s Attorney General sued Illinois to force the state to close a canal that connects the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes. But Illinois refused, arguing that such a move would harm industries that rely on shipping through the canal. Last month, the Supreme Court declined to resolve the dispute. In a press conference this afternoon, officials from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that $78.5 million would be spent to fight the carp, coming from EPA’s $475 million Great Lake restoration initiative. “It does represent a major investment,” said Cameron Davis, an EPA senior adviser on Great Lakes issues. Asian carp DNA has already been detected in Lake Michigan, suggesting that some fish already arrived—but perhaps not enough to establish a breeding population. Among the steps to be taken are construction of a third $10.5 million electric barrier in the canal to block more carp from arriving. The funding would also allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand its monitoring in the canal and accelerate DNA testing. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will speed up their study of the feasibility of permanently closing the locks. And $1.5 million will be spent on research into possible controls of Asian carp, such as targeted poisons and ways to disrupt their spawning. “We can and will stop the Asian carp,” said Nancy Sutley, chair of CEQ. The announcement didn’t go over well with Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. In a statement he described the plan as “full of half-measures and gimmicks when keeping Asian carp from devastating the Great Lakes $7 billion fishery requires only one step: immediately closing the locks.” Credit: Chris Olds, USFWSlast_img read more

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Frankly.me is an app that may connect you to your Bollywood idol

first_imgAt a time when the whole country is abuzz with news and gossip about the Delhi assembly elections, wouldn’t it be cool for any citizen to talk to the two main CM candidates, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi? The newly launched Frankly.me allows people to do exactly that.The app tries to diminish the gap between common people and celebrities by bringing well-known people on its platform and allowing users to ask questions.When it comes to connecting to the followers, most celebrities, actors, and politicians have taken the stage to social media, but it becomes a moot point when the conversation is one-sided as the people don’t get a chance to ask questions or respond directly to the person. This is the problem that Frankly is trying to solve.A user can ask a question to any of the personalities listed on the app. The selected question then gets answered by the respective person, say a politician, actor, or author.Another difference between something like Twitter and Frankly is that the answers on this app have to be in video format. This means you know that your question is getting answered by your idol and not by a person employed to write emails.For example, a tweet by Salman Khan may not actually be written by the actor. But on Frankly.me, the interaction becomes more personal as the celebrity in question has to answer with a selfie video.Interestingly, the selection of a question to be answered is ‘diplomatic’. Other users can up vote a question. Thus the most up voted, or most asked questions, are usually answered by celebrities.advertisementFrankly.me sports a user-friendly UI. You can discover celebrities using Frankly in ‘Discover’ tab and select the ones you want to follow. The chosen ones will then be shown in the ‘Feeds’ tab. Each profile has an ‘Ask’ button next to its name.Launched in December, 2014 Frankly.me has a current user base of about 50,000. Moreover it has roped in over 213 famous personalities, including politicians Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, and Ajay Maken. Also singers/musicians as Mahalaxmi Iyer, Tochi Raina, and Shafqat Amanat Ali are there to answer routine or difficult questions.The app has been updating the list continuously, some recent addition can very well be called inspirational to youth. Frankly.me has brought in poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, author Sandeep Unnithan, young wrestler Sangram Singh, and Snapdeal co-founder Kunal Bahl.last_img read more

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Happy to be back vying for India colours: Robin Singh

first_imgMumbai, Mar 14 (PTI) Striker Robin Singh, who was out with an injured knee for seven months last year, is pleased that he is back in contention to renew his international career at the upcoming friendly against Cambodia in Pnom Penh and in the AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Myanmar at Yangoon.”Its a proud moment to be back in contention to wear India colours. Hopefully the coach (Stephen Constantine) gives me the nod and I will be back in India colours,” said Robin who is in the camp for the probables for the March 22 friendly followed by the March 28 AFC Asian Cup qualifier.The camp commenced at the Andheri Sports complex yesterday and Robin, who had suffered the knee injury in the SAFF Cup tournament last year in Thiruvananthapuram, had his first training session with the others.Currently there are 15 players in the camp and fifteen more from Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan will join it once the two clubs face-off against one another in the AFC Cup 2017 ends tonight in Bengaluru.The final list of players for the friendly and the AFC Asian Cup qualifier game is yet to be decided.Robin did not agree with the view in some quarters that India are placed in a relatively easy group in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.”When you play for the country obviously the expectations go high. We are in a group which everyone says is easy, but it depends on who plays better on that day. Everyone out there wants to qualify and so are we,” said the 26-year-old from Uttar Pradesh.advertisementIndia have been clubbed in Group A with Kyrgyzstan , Myanmar and Macau.”Hard work brings result. We all want to make sure we progress into next stage of tournament,” he added.He dismissed the notion that there was extra pressure on him and other strikers like Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua.”I dont think there is pressure on us as strikers or us as a team. The coach will have to decide whether I will be in the first eleven for the next game. Jeje and Sunil are great strikers and we have seen them performing. I am just happy to be among them.” PTI SSR NRB SDMlast_img read more

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Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey exit “worst moment” for coach Zinedine Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane acknowledged his worst moment as a coach as Real Madrid suffered a shock exit from Copa del Rey after 2-1 loss to Leganes on Wednesday.Real Madrid have been having a troubled season, currently lurking out of the top four in La Liga, and things got worse after they lost to Leganes on away goals, having won the first leg 1-0.Almost a year ago, Madrid’s record 40-game unbeaten run in all competitions ended as they swept all before that but this season has been a tale of woe for the La Liga and European champions.ALSO WATCHZidane called the Copa del Rey exit as “a fiasco” and he said he did not understand what was going on.”It’s a fiasco. My worst moment as a coach,” Zidane told a news conference. “I don’t regret anything I did in the game, though. I take responsibility for what I do. Winning 1-0 from the first leg to start tonight’s tie in the manner we did it’s really bad. For that I’m angry. I don’t understand what’s going on.”Madrid, who lost 2-1 to Leganes to exit the competition on away goals, have slipped to fourth in the La Liga standings, trailing leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona by 19 points.In 18 games in all competitions at the Bernabeu stadium this season they have won just times, losing four and drawing five including two 2-2 draws in the Cup against third tier opposition in previous rounds.FP: #RealMadrid 1-2 @CDLeganes (@Benzema 47′; Eraso 31′, Gabriel 55′) (2-2 acumulado – el Real Madrid cae eliminado por la diferencia de los goles anotados fuera de casa)#RMCopa pic.twitter.com/UXUxcUot9aadvertisement— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) January 24, 2018However, Cup elimination by a side who had never won at the Bernabeu in their history after taking a 1-0 lead into the second leg was a new low.Despite lifting eight major trophies in just over two years in charge, the pressure is mounting on Zidane to turn things around or face the fate of so many of his predecessors.The Frenchman admitted Real’s season boils down to next month’s Champions League last-16 meeting with in-form Paris St Germain.”Yes, that’s clear,” he said when asked if his future depended on the European tie.”I’m responsible for this, I’m the boss. I have to find the solutions. We’ve found some of them but not consistently enough. I need to take responsibility and I’ll always fight.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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Super Kings seek perfect homecoming at Chepauk

first_imgBy C Shyam Sundar Chennai, Apr 8 (PTI) Chennai Super Kings will aim to dominate Kolkata Knight Riders in the presence of die-hard fans when they play their first IPL home game in two years here tomorrow. Back with a bang with a thrilling win over Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener, Chennai Super Kings will look to improve further. For the legion of CSK fans, it will be a homecoming like no other as the Men in Yellow will play at M A Chidambaram Stadium for the first time since May 2015. Their loyal supporters also turned up in huge numbers to watch them train. Away from the field, there has been opposition by political groups to conduct IPL games in the city as they demand formation of Cauvery Management Board and threaten to disrupt proceedings. CSK CEO K S Viswanathan, however, said the teams home matches will go on as per schedule. The city police has been informed about the schedule and will handle the situation accordingly, he added.Pitted against defending champions MI, CSK looked down and out before Dwayne Bravos heroics helped the team pull off a stunning heist. Barring Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu, the rest of the batting failed to get going and skipper M S Dhoni will hope for a quick turnaround. Back in their den, the CSK players will aim to get going in front of an adoring crowd. The home favourite Dhoni will be expected to lead from the front while Suresh Raina would love to shake off the failure in the MI game. Jadhav suffered a hamstring pull during the opening game and looks likely to miss the KKR match. “Kedar will have scans at a hospital here to determine the extent of the injury. We will update on his status later today,” Viswanathan said. Murali Vijay didnt play the opening match and could slot in at the top, with Rayudu probably moving down the order. Also, in case CSK prefers to accommodate South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, there is a possibility of Shardul Thakur getting a call in place of England pacer Mark Wood. Bravo was the star performer with the ball, delivering at the death after an expensive opening over while Shane Watson took two wickets. The spin trio of Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja and Imran Tahir – bowled just five overs between themselves at the Wankhede but will be expected to play a bigger role at Chepauk, which is known to be spin-friendly. The visiting Kolkata side started with a win against the strong RCB as Sunil Narine, blasted a quickfire 50. The batting sports a formidable look with in-form Dinesh Karthik leading a mix of experience and youth. Australian Chris Lynn, when in the mood, can make any ground look small and the KKR think-tank will be praying he plays a big role given his trysts with injury. The bowling department will miss Australian pacer Mitchell Starc but his replacement Tom Curran will be happy to get opportunities to showcase his talent. KKR spinners Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla would find the surface at Chepauk more to their liking. All said and done, the Kolkata side led by a Chennai cricketer (Karthik) would be up against the might of the lions in their den, no easy task as many teams have found out in the past.advertisementTeams (from): Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan. Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran. (Match starts at 8 p.m) PTI SS BS BS BSlast_img read more

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PHONE BOOKS MAY SOON BE A THING OF THE PAST UNDER…

first_imgPhone books may be the latest resource to be eliminated because of modern technology.Telephone company representatives are asking the Iowa Utilities Board for new rules to end the requirement to deliver paper phone books to their customers.Michael Sadler of CenturyLink, says the paper books are getting used less frequently:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/PHONEBOOK.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………”need to find”. :14Proosed new rules would require phone companies to deliver paper phone books only upon request.The phone books printed by some companies have become smaller sized in recent years with harder to read small print.Fewer residential numbers are listed as many people have abandoned land lines and use only cell phones.Anthony Carroll, with A-A-R-P, argues many elderly Iowans and others don’t have internet access to look up phone numbers, so there should be a gradual phaseout of the paper books.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/PHONEBOOK2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………basic needs. :12AARP also opposes proposed new rules that would give phone companies more time to restore service when landline phones go down.last_img read more

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Peru’s passionate fans make a bigger impression than their team

first_imgThousands of seats were left empty when France faced off against Australia last week but the Peruvians had no trouble filling the stadium. A wall of red filled the temporary seats that sit outside of the Ekaterinburg Arena, and the singing of the Peruvian national anthem was a tingle-worthy moment.The Peruvians did not have a dance or a catchy song like Mexico’s Cielito Lindo. They were simply legion, travelling as whole families which sometimes spanned two continents, with old men speaking in Spanish to grandchildren speaking unaccented American English.“I’m going to get so drunk and drink my sorrows away,” one young man carrying a stack of plastic cups out of the stadium said. His grandfather just laughed and clapped him on the shoulder.There were plenty of chances for this to end differently. Christian Cueva might not have missed that penalty against Denmark, leading to a draw or perhaps win. Cross after cross might have been converted, passes made just a bit more precisely.“We didn’t have what the other teams had: luck,” said one man who gave his name as Daniel. Then he wrapped his arms around a reporter’s back and squeezed. Share on LinkedIn France seal last-16 spot as Kylian Mbappé earns victory over Peru World Cup 2018 World Cup Share via Email news The World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. When it all came tumbling down on Thursday in a bitter 1-0 defeat by France, it was an emotional goodbye that left some diehards wondering whether the support was so large it might have unnerved their own side.“Some people sold their houses to be here man,” said Eduardo, a native of Lima who lives in London. “You would be nervous too.”The fact that Peru’s defeat seemed inevitable did not make it any less painful for the faithful. When the final whistle blew here, six men in matching Peru zip-ups and Adidas track pants began sobbing in the stairwell, slumping on each other in sloppy hugs of consolation. One man threw his beer from four storeys up and belted out obscenities as he descended from the seats. A father wiped tears from his daughter’s cheeks, smearing the white-and-red facepaint she had applied before the game.“She just told me we shouldn’t have come,” said Rafael Jiménez nodding at his daughter María, who turned away shyly, stuffing her head into her father’s trouser leg. “And I said that this is history, you might never see this again so we had to be here. Sometimes football is like this,” he sighed.It was the cold, some said, shivering under a light drizzle in this Urals city, the furthest east in the tournament and one of the most difficult to reach by transport. Peru Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Topics They were the breakout fans of the 2018 World Cup. We expected the powerhouse Argentinians and upstart Colombians. We expected the Icelanders, who sent an estimated 12% of their population to France in 2016.But nobody quite saw the wave of Peruvians coming until it crashed into Russia, an invasion 36 years in the making that seemed to jam every second person in Moscow into a red-sashed uniform yelling “Vamos Peru!” Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Kenney accuser declines to specify which housing rules he says Kenney broke

first_imgEDMONTON — The lawyer accusing Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney of breaking parliamentary residency rules while serving as an MP is declining to explain which regulation he believes Kenney broke or how he broke it.Kyle Morrow, an Ottawa-based lawyer, was asked twice in email exchanges to identify which parliamentary rule he believes Kenney transgressed while in Stephen Harper’s Conservative cabinet from 2013 to 2015.Morrow replied Tuesday that he is not doing media interviews, while Kenney’s staff have labelled his accusations false and politically motivated given that Morrow once ran for the Alberta Liberals.Morrow has published travel and residency documents on social media that he says show Kenney, as an MP, broke parliamentary rules by listing his primary residence in Calgary even though flight records suggest he rarely visited and stayed most of his time in Ottawa.Morrow said on Twitter that broke parliamentary rules that require him to live primarily in Calgary in order to qualify for subsidies for his second home in Ottawa.Kenney’s staff, however, says no such rule exists.The UCP says that under publicly available parliamentary rules for MPs on housing, Kenney qualified for his Calgary home by showing he has residency in Alberta, with equivalencies like a provincial driver’s licence and paying taxes in the province.Kenney says his work as a cabinet minister kept him in Ottawa for long stretches, that he didn’t charge taxpayers for the Calgary home and that the secondary residence in Ottawa entitled him to about $10,000 a year in subsidies.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Richa who stood 4th in ISC made Deputy Commissioner of South-East Div for 6 hrs

first_imgKolkata: Commissioner of Police (CP), Kolkata, Rajesh Kumar felicitated Richa Singh who has secured 99.25% marks in the ISC Examination that was declared on Tuesday and stood fourth in the country. She is from GD Birla School, Ranikuthi. She is the daughter of Rajesh Kumar Singh, Additional Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Gariahat police station. The CP made Richa the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of South-East Division (SED) for a few hours.On Tuesday, CP came to know about Richa’s success and called up Rajesh. Later he told that Kolkata Police will felicitate her for her performance in the examination. Apart from the felicitation, the CP also instructed DC SED, Kalyan Mukhopadhyay to make Richa DC for a few hours. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs per the instruction on Wednesday morning, Richa was taken to Lalbazar where she was felicitated by the Commissioner of Police. Later, she went to meet Mukhopadhyay where Richa was given her charge as DC SED. Following the hand-over process, she went to inspect some police stations where all the personnel saluted her. Coincidentally, Gariahat police station comes under the jurisdiction of SED and thus Richa became her father’s boss for six hours. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to Rajesh, Richa did not study for long hours everyday. During school days, she used to study for three-four hours. But on her leave days, Richa studied for almost eight hours. During leisure time, she used to read books and listen to music. Richa stated that she had no private tutor. Rajesh and his wife used to help her along with Richa’s school teachers. “I expected to get around 97%. But I did not expect that I will stand fourth in the country by securing more than 99% marks, said Richa. She also stated that in future she wants to join the administrative service through UPSC. But before that, she wishes to pursue her higher studies till PhD. “Me and my wife have never pressurised her about anything. She will do whatever she wants to do,” said Rajesh.last_img read more

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Tourism: 37% Increase in Fez’s Overnight Stays in February 2017

Rabat – Overnight stays in classified accommodation establishments in Fez increased by 37 percent at the end of February 2017, compared with the same period in the previous year.According to statistics from the regional tourism delegation, during the two first months of this year, 115,726 overnight stays were registered, compared to 84,411 overnight stays during the same period of 2016. As for arrivals in classified hotels during the same period, they registered 64,493 at the end of February 2017. This is compared against 45,908 during the same period in 2016, showing an increase of 40 percent. The average length of stay at the end of February was 2 days, a rate identical to that achieved during the same period of 2016. According to the same source, overnight stays recorded in February 2017 reached 64,385, compared with 43,944 overnight stays during the same period last year, marking a rise of 47 percent.In the first two months of the current year, tourist establishments classified as 3, 4 and 5 stars accumulated almost all nights per stay in the city of Fez. The occupancy rate was 27 percent, compared to 23 percent in the same period of 2016. The number of operational rooms recorded this February was 4,342.  Of this number, 1,190 were in the 5-star category, 1,208 in 4 stars and 696 in 3 stars, as well as 709 rooms in guest houses. A total of 29 projects with an investment representing nearly MAD 8 billion were implemented under a program contract signed in Fez to offer additional litter capacity of 13,000 beds. The projects will allow the city to welcome 1.1 million tourists by 2020 and to garner tourism receipts in the order of MAD 11.7 billion.On the social level, the contribution of these projects is undeniable with the creation of more than 45,000 additional jobs. The current figure of 32,800 jobs will increase to more than 78,000 by 2020. This program, which the regional tourism delegation perceives as a roadmap for the tourism development for the region, will take advantage of the exceptional cultural, historical and civilizational heritage the city of Fez offers. read more

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Hawaii weighs nation’s first statewide ban on e-cig flavours

HONOLULU — Hawaii is considering a new crackdown on nicotine.The first state to limit tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people over the age of 21 may outlaw sales of flavoured tobacco and electronic cigarette liquids like Maui Mango and Cookie Monsta.Hawaii would be the first state to adopt such a ban under a bill before the state Legislature. San Francisco was the first city to do so. The current version of Hawaii’s proposal exempts menthol.Supporters aim to make e-cigarettes less alluring to teenagers as studies show more high school and middle school students are getting addicted to nicotine through vaping.Opponents say adult smokers of traditional cigarettes vape to reduce or quit smoking. They say they’ll go back to traditional cigarettes if flavour is banned.Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press read more

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Beijing Olympics raises bar on ecofriendly sporting events – UN environment agency

18 February 2009Last summer’s Beijing Olympics set new records for eco-friendly mass spectator sporting events by raising the bar on many of the high environmental standards it set itself, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released today. The Games not only met but exceeded many of its pledges to be environmentally friendly from reducing air pollution to making large investments in public transportation and renewable energies, according to UNEP.The report, The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Final Environmental Assessment, concluded that although more could have been done to work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and cutting the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ carbon footprint, the Games marked a step forward for environmentally-conscious large-scale sporting events.“The public attention of the world focused on the Beijing Games and whether the authorities could pull off a landmark event on many fronts including the environment,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.“They have fulfilled the promise of a Green Games in many areas including public transport, waste treatment and green Olympic venues,” added Mr. Steiner at the report’s launch at the 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Nairobi.As with the Los Angeles and Athens Olympics, air quality was by far the most prominent environmental issue the Beijing Olympic organizers and municipal authorities had to manage.The report noted that “significant efforts before and during the Games were focused on improving Beijing’s air quality” and that “as a result, air quality improved significantly.”Measures taken for the Olympics – in conjunction with weather conditions in August – led to reductions in carbon monoxide (CO) by 47 per cent; nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 38 per cent; volatile organic compounds (VOC) by 30 per cent; particulate matter (PM10) by 20 per cent; and sulphur dioxide (SO2) by 14 per cent.The Beijing organizers’ measures to cut emissions and improve public transportation in the city included a switch to more stringent vehicle emission and fuel quality standards in 2008. The authorities also improved the city’s public transport infrastructure, bringing the number of railway lines from four to eight. The report also underscored the effect the Games had on speeding up the introduction of energy-efficient infrastructure to Beijing, with more than 20 per cent of the total electricity consumed in all the venues supplied by renewable energy.Along with environmental improvements across the city, the Games left a lasting imprint by increasing awareness of environmental issues in China and Beijing in particular, leading the public to press for continued efforts to maintain the improved quality of life experienced during the Games.UNEP’s assessment of Beijing’s achievements also provided recommendations for the organizers of the Games in Vancouver, London and Sochi – as well as other mass sporting events – as they aim to set the environmental bar ever higher. read more

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Ban challenges remain as UN mission departs Chad Central African Republic

The mission, known as MINURCAT, set up by the Security Council in 2007 to help protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid to thousands of people uprooted due to insecurity in the two countries and neighbouring Sudan, is being terminated at the request of the Chadian Government, which has pledged full responsibility for protecting civilians on its territory.“The humanitarian needs in eastern Chad are immense,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report to the Security Council on the mission, stressing that nearly 600,000 people – 255,000 refugees from the conflict in the Darfur region of neighbouring Sudan, more than 137,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs), some 43,000 returnees, and a host population of 150,000 – depend on assistance from 70 humanitarian organizations.“The destruction of more than 104,000 hectares of crops during the rainy season rendered the population vulnerable in southern, central and eastern Chad. Across the Sahelian belt in Chad, an estimated 1.6 million people now face food insecurity and malnutrition,” he adds, calling on donors to urgently provide resources to meet the needs of refugees and IDPs and support programmes to promote durable solutions for them.On CAR, he cites the recent attack by an armed opposition group in the Birao region, which led to the withdrawal of national security forces. “I am concerned by the limited capacity of the security forces in Birao to fend off potential attacks on their positions now that MINURCAT has departed,” he writes, urging bilateral partners to respond positively to the Government’s request for assistance.He stresses the unique nature of MINURCAT, a multi-dimensional presence that had a maximum strength of 5,500 peacekeepers, in that it was devoted solely to helping protect civilians, without an explicit political mandate, and had tenuous host-Government consent since Chad repeatedly expressed a strong preference that any international presence be civilian in nature.In requesting that it be removed, Chad pledged to take on responsibility for the protection of civilians with its Détachement intégré de sécurité (DIS), an integrated security unit which the UN has been helping to train and support.But Mr. Ban writes: “With the Mission’s operations winding down, the ability to independently verify any progress made by the Government towards attaining the benchmarks established by the Security Council for the protection of civilians is extremely limited.“The Mission is no longer in a position to visit the majority of refugee camps and sites for internally displaced persons or to observe the performance of the national security institutions, including DIS, providing protection for civilians.”He adds with regard to CAR that security in the north-eastern region remains “stable, yet fragile,” with the latest UN findings showing that the risks are attributable to a variety of governance issues – ethnic, economic and political.“Despite the notorious menace of LRA (rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army), the threat posed by this single group is not assessed to be as significant as other internal factors,” he says. “The major source of insecurity comes from banditry and transients who bring arms to sell, but the most urgent threat stems from armed internal political opposition groups – especially the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP).”Listing the lessons learned from the mission, Mr. Ban stresses that even when freely given, the consent of a host Government should be nurtured to ensure sustainability as consent is reversible, especially when conditions in the country and/or the sub-region change significantly.“An operation such as MINURCAT, conceived and deployed under stress, in disregard of the foregoing observations, can become hostage to pressures and contradictions that will distract it from its intended objectives, impair its overall performance and erode its credibility,” he says.He also notes that the mission suffered from the lack of a communications strategy and was therefore unable to properly manage the expectations of the Government and to some extent humanitarian actors, impairing its ability to narrow the gap between expectations and reality. At the same time, he credits the mission with leaving behind a pool of skilled and trained national professionals whose experience with MINURCAT should benefit the development of the country. “The deployment and conduct of operations in difficult, remote and landlocked areas such as eastern Chad and the north-eastern area of the Central African Republic is itself an achievement,” he adds.“Notwithstanding the severe environmental and operational challenges, the MINURCAT force and DIS have managed to provide a measure of security for refugees, internally displaced persons and humanitarian actors. Local populations and beneficiaries of humanitarian aid generally expressed a positive view of DIS. Interviews highlighted the fact that the MINURCAT force built the trust of the population, especially women, in ‘uniformed men’.” 7 December 2010With the United Nations mission in Chad and Central African Republic (CAR) wrapping up by the end of the year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns that the humanitarian challenges are immense and some security issues give rise to concern. read more

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Rona sees sales double during test replacing printed flyer with digital offering

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2016 8:44 am MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Home renovation chain Rona says its efforts to attract tech-savvy shoppers got a recent boost when the retailer temporarily replaced its printed flyer with an expanded digital offering.The Montreal-based company says sales doubled at its stores across Canada despite scrapping the printed flyer during a nationwide test one week in February.Marketing vice-president Claire Bara said the boost far exceeded expectations and silenced internal skeptics of Rona’s three-year strategy to spend more on digital marketing.“I think for us that was a turning moment because that test confirmed that we have been doing the right shift,” she said in an interview.The 15-page digital flyer, created at half the cost in partnership with digital flyer platform Flipp, was far larger than its typical printed versions. Like traditional printed flyers, the digital version promoted products on sale in-store but allowed readers to click to find more details, create lists and watch how-to videos.Rona also got insight into consumer choices because it could track what they viewed, including a video on installing toilets that proved to be popular.With little lead time for publication, digital flyers including ones targeted to certain shoppers can be easily altered to account for sudden weather changes that could drive traffic for specific products — like shovels after a major snowstorm, for example.The Rona flyer was distributed online to customers in the company’s databases and those of Air Miles. It was also available on the Flipp app and some websites, including those linked to Canadian newspapers.Bara said the digital flyer experiment’s success was confirmed by the number of Air Miles loyalty program coupons that were redeemed in-store. Rona’s Reno-Depot big box stores didn’t participate.Jean Coutu, one of Canada’s largest pharmacy networks, said it’s also seeing success with its digital efforts. The company said cosmetic sales got a five per cent lift after it twice published a 20-page digital flyer this year enhanced with videos on the Montreal La Presse Plus tablet and website.Chief executive Francois Coutu said the move is part of the company’s efforts to attract younger female shoppers.“We have to fight the idea that we are the pharmacy of my mother,” he told reporters after its annual meeting.The digital flyers are part of a larger push by both retailers to offer services that consumers are increasingly demanding.“As a marketing manager it’s very simple: I need to be where the consumers are and Canadian consumers are spending more and more time online,” said Bara.Although digital flyers were launched more than a decade ago, retailers have accelerated their efforts since companies like Flipp enhanced distribution through apps and websites, said Flipp managing director Seth Stover.The Toronto-based company says about 15 million North Americans have downloaded the Flipp app since its launch in November 2013, giving easy access to digital flyers for retailers including Rona, Walmart, Canadian Tire and Home Depot.A recent Nielsen study found that 79 per cent of primary household shoppers browse digital and print flyers weekly. Print still dominates, but use of digital advertising is growing annually among all demographics, but especially millennials.One in four Canadians between the ages of 18 and 54 read more digital flyers now than they did last year, the study found. Some 16 per cent of Canadian household shoppers are almost exclusively using digital flyers, but that number is 26 per cent among millennials.That’s doesn’t mean the 13 million printed flyers that are delivered weekly to Canadian households will disappear any time soon.“Canadian customers today are living in the two worlds — the traditional world and the online world — so I need to keep a balance,” Bara said.Stover said there will always be consumers who will use print, but he sees a majority of consumers shifting exclusively to digital flyers within the next three years.BrandSpark International, which conducted a study for commercial printer Transcontinental, found resiliency in printed flyers.Vice-president Mark Baltazar predicts a dramatic shift will only take hold when most of the public becomes comfortable with digital platforms, and online shopping continues to grow.Despite a potential long-term threat, Transcontinental said its retail flyer volume is stable as it continues to sign long-term contracts.“Printed flyers are a mass marketing tool that work. It drives traffic to the store,” said Jennifer McCaughey, vice-president of communications for Transcontinental. Rona sees sales double during test replacing printed flyer with digital offering read more

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Ohio State spun out of AP Top 25 Poll after Miami loss

Under the direction of first-year head coach Luke Fickell, Ohio State football entered 2011 touting the slogan “Shock the world.” The biggest shock of the season so far was the Buckeyes’ Saturday loss and the accompanying uncertainty they now face. OSU began the season with an impressive Week 1 win against Akron, bolstering the lofty expectations of some in Buckeye Nation. The follow-up performance was a too-close-for-comfort win against in-state rival Toledo. And then came Saturday’s game against the Miami Hurricanes. The unranked Hurricanes took control of the battle of embattled programs in the first quarter as senior quarterback Jacory Harris completed two three-yard touchdown passes to sophomore wide receiver Allen Hurns to give Miami a 14-0 lead, and eventually a 24-6 win. The Miami defense held the then-No. 17-ranked OSU offense down throughout the game, limiting redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman and true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller to 4-of-18 passing for 35 yards and 209 total yards of offense. Junior running back Jordan Hall featured on OSU’s first scoring drive of the game, carrying seven times on a 16-play drive that sophomore Drew Basil capped with a 22-yard field goal. Hall, along with sophomore defensive back Corey Brown and junior defensive back Travis Howard, were each suspended for the Buckeyes’ first two games for receiving white envelopes containing $200 from a university booster at a Feb. 19 charity event in Cleveland. Daniel Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas will remain suspended until the team’s Oct. 8 game at Nebraska for selling OSU football memorabilia and receiving improper benefits in the form of tattoos. The mock hurricane siren that called fans to cheer throughout the game at Sun Life Stadium was, perhaps, a harbinger for the Buckeyes. “(Miami) kept making plays … and we didn’t execute,” linebacker and game captain Tyler Moeller said. “You can never get too high or never get too low. I know I’m going to fight and I know my teammates are going to fight. We’re not going to give up.” Bauserman agreed. “Plain and simple, we didn’t execute,” he said. “We didn’t finish. It was frustrating for everybody.” Equally shocking to Saturday’s result was the Sunday revelation that OSU had fallen from the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll for the first time in nearly seven years. Few would have predicted that after the Akron win. The Buckeyes managed a convincing 42-0 win against the Zips at Ohio Stadium to open their season despite the offseason suspensions and distractions. Junior tight end Jake Stoneburner snagged three touchdowns receptions in the game — a modern-day record for an OSU tight end. Miller made his debut in Scarlet and Gray, and tossed his first career touchdown pass to fellow freshman Devin Smith. The Buckeyes ascended to the No. 15 spot in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll the following week, and all appeared to be right in Buckeye Nation. But the team’s steady regression began. Week 2 saw the Buckeyes battle Mid-American Conference favorite, Toledo. OSU hung on for a 27-22 victory, but only just — John Simon keyed a last-minute defensive stop as the Rockets came to within 16 yards of what would have been the game winning score. “We knew we had to stop them or they were going to win the game,” Simon said. “The secondary did a great job in coverage and getting me some extra time to get back there.” Simon hurried sophomore Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens on fourth down, forcing an incomplete pass and a turnover on downs with 48 seconds remaining to clinch the win. “We knew it was going to be a challenge,” Fickell said after the game. “We’re excited about how the guys fought, how they battled and how they kept their chins up.” There was no excitement in Columbus, or in the Buckeyes’ locker room, after Saturday’s game against Miami, though. To be sure, Fickell was always going to be hard-pressed to fill the shoes of former coach Jim Tressel. However, Fickell has contributed to the uncertainty that now surrounds the team. After beating Akron, Fickell declared that OSU would continue to utilize both Bauserman and Miller at quarterback. One week later, Miller did not play a single down against Toledo, a decision which Fickell said was a “gut feeling.” Fickell then said that sophomore running back Carlos Hyde was the team’s starter after narrowly defeating Toledo, though Hall ended up with the start against Miami. The Buckeyes now face a new challenge: responding to defeat. “You really find out what kind of character you have from a loss,” Fickell said. “We’re not going to sit here and point fingers at anyone in particular. We know we have to get a lot better. We’ve got to get a lot better as a team.” The Buckeyes’ (2-1) character will be tested again on Saturday as it closes the non-conference portion of its schedule against Colorado at the ‘Shoe. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by ABC. read more

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It wasnt political Fatima Halawa explains why their family attended the protest

first_img 30,612 Views By Rónán Duffy “He gave a speech at the Rabaa sit-in because for us it wasn’t a matter of political or which party was behind this,” she said.At the time we happened to be there, if any human being had been there and seen the massacre that had taken place, if they had seen this. To go down and peaceful protest for the people that had died. To condemn this, if that’s a crime to be committed I don’t know what else to say.“It was something that just happened at the spur of the moment, that we felt we were there. We had our tickets at the end of August to fly back,” she said.Muslim Brotherhood Former President Morsi had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.BBC News has categorised the Muslim Brotherhood as Egypt’s oldest and largest Islamist organisation which bases its ideology on the teachings of the Qu’ran.The organisation achieved significant electoral success after the 2011 revolution but since the 2013 military coup it has been blacklisted.When he met with Irish politicians this week, Ibrahim Halawa denied that he was a member of the grouping.Today, Fatima Halawa said that the current military government simply labels any opponents as being members.“Everyone’s being linked to the Muslim Brotherhood,” she said.We had cops with us who were linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, So it’s kinda like, everyone who is arrested in Egypt now for political reasons is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.Read: ‘We left Ibrahim with a promise we would do everything to bring him home’ >Read: Egyptian President refuses to release Ibrahim Halawa but says he can return to Ireland after his trial > 135 Comments ‘It wasn’t political’ – Fatima Halawa explains why their family attended the protest in Egypt Ibrahim Halawa’s sister says they were remembering those who had been killed in a massacre. http://jrnl.ie/3186989 Share Tweet Email Jan 14th 2017, 5:49 PM Short URLcenter_img Fatima and Omaima Halawa have campaigned for the release of their brother. Fatima and Omaima Halawa have campaigned for the release of their brother. Just back from Egypt @paulmurphyAAA @brophytalks @EOBroin to speak with @f_halawa about Ibrahim Halawa @RTERadio1 live from 1pm pic.twitter.com/S3iEAdiGqr— Saturday RTÉ (@SaturdayRTE) January 14, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Saturday RTÉ/Twitter IBRAHIM HALAWA’S SISTER has said their attendance at a protest at which her brother was arrested in Egypt was not political.Fatima Halawa has said that when they visited Egypt in August 2013 it was just one of many trips they made to visit family throughout their lives.Halawa told Saturday with Claire Byrne that they chose to attend the protest “on the spur of the moment” to remember those who had been killed in the Egyptian uprising and subsequent massacre.“We went to Egypt every single year as far as I can remember to visit extended relatives, it was something our parents wanted us to do. To keep contact with our extended relatives and family members,” she said.I want to state this very clearly, in 2011 a revolution took place in Egypt in January on the 25th, the commemoration is coming up. We didn’t go down and participate in anything, we weren’t there at the time.In January 2011, a civilian uprising across Egypt led to the overthrowing of President Hosni Mubarak with over 800 people dying in violent clashes.Mohamed Morsi was voted into power the following year in a democratic election the following year but in July 2013 he was overthrown by the Egyptian military.The Halawas were in Egypt in August 2013 and Fatima says that they decided to attend a peaceful protest to remember the people who had been killed by Egyptian security forces at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.It’s been estimated by Human Rights Watch that at least 817 people were massacred there on 14 August 2013.Omaima, Fatima, Soumaya and Ibrahim Halawa were all arrested at the protest three days after the massacre on 17 August.She acknowledged that Ibrahim spoke at the sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square but says their attendance was not political or pre-planned but was about remembering those who were killed. Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 5:49 PMlast_img read more

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Thai food chain Camile is trialling its virtual ramen bar in Ireland

first_img Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 4:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/4530791 By Fora Staff Mar 6th 2019, 1:01 AM 33,336 Views 47 Comments Share3 Tweet Email2 “We’re very nervous about Brexit to be truthful and what it means. We had been planning to open more restaurants in London. We’ve been holding off for the last couple of months to see if we can get more certainty ahead of us because they’re big investments.”Camile is one of the businesses operating out of 14 Deliveroo Editions ‘dark kitchens’ in the UK.The food delivery service recently announced plans to offer ‘virtual brands’ – like Slammin Ramen – in Ireland on the back of the same concept in London.It also announced plans to launch Deliveroo Editions here this year. Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Zuzia Whelan and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Camile Thai RESTAURANT AND FOOD delivery chain Camile Thai is bringing its ‘virtual brand’ Slammin’ Ramen to Dublin six months after first testing the concept in London.The ramen-based spin-off will not have a physical location. Instead, meals will be prepared and dispatched from one of Camile’s existing kitchens when Deliveroo users order from the ‘virtual’ restaurant.Camile founder Brody Sweeney said the concept has for the last six weeks been trialled with customers with postal addresses in Dublin 4 and 6.“We were really encouraged with the business we’re doing on it. It worked so well for us in London that we thought we’ll see how it’ll go in Dublin,” he told Fora. “We’re testing it at the moment out of one branches (at South Circular Road) and we’re pretty happy with the way it’s going so far.”It’s early days, but Sweeney said he’s starting to see repeat business for the virtual store coming through and that “sales are growing every week”. Since Slammin’ Ramen launched in London last summer, sales have become “pretty solid” in the UK capital, though they were slow initially.“About 80% of customers who order every week are repeat customers. When you’re getting a high level of repeat business, that’s telling you you’re on to something,” Sweeney said. He said if the business can add sales onto an existing business “without capital investment” and with the same ingredients and kitchen then it makes commercial sense.Even more RamenIn July last year, when Fora first spoke to Sweeney about Slammin’ Ramen’s London debut, he said he was searching for locations for possible new Camile stores. Naas, Drogheda, Waterford, Maynooth, Wexford, Kilkenny and Wexford were cited on the wish list.Sweeney said those options are still being considered and the chain is planning to open seven new restaurants here this year alone, on top of the existing 14 locations.“Technically every one of those can have a Slammin’ Ramen added on to them,” he said.“(Camile is) in Cork and Limerick and we have a number of new ones opening this year, so we could have it all around the country by the end of the year.”While Slammin’ Ramen is currently only available via the Deliveroo app, Sweeney said that once the trial period has ended, he intends to roll out the concept to Camile’s website and app.“With out own delivery, most of our sales are through our own app. We do far more on that than we do in any other way,” he said. Source: CamileThe ‘B’ wordThough plans for new Irish Camile outlets are afoot, the “big plan” is for London, which has room for up to 68 branches, according to a study commissioned by the company last year.“We’re really putting a lot of effort into London and getting it right,” Sweeney said. Despite this, the company has decided to hang back on its UK expansion. Thai food chain Camile is trialling its ‘virtual’ ramen bar in Ireland The company’s Slammin’ Ramen concept was first tested in London. Image: Camile Thai Short URL Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news:last_img read more

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Growing up in Donegal was a privilege but growing up LGBTI in

first_img‘Growing up in Donegal was a privilege, but growing up LGBTI+ in any county is not easy’ My only regret is not coming out sooner, writes Ayrton Kelly. Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’> Friday 29 Jun 2018, 7:00 AM Short URL By Ayrton Kelly 100 Comments Share754 Tweet Email1 Jun 29th 2018, 7:01 AM center_img http://jrnl.ie/4094294 GROWING UP IN Donegal was a privilege, but growing up LGBTI+ in any county of Ireland is not easy.I always knew I was different and that is really confusing at a young age. It was in the High School Musical era (circa 2006) when Gabriella Montez was breaking the hearts of my male classmates that I could pin it down, because it was Troy Bolton that was breaking mine.‘I said no’I remained in the closet for a further ten years. I remember in 2015, during the Marriage Equality Referendum, wearing a ‘Tá’ badge and being asked if I was gay. I said no.But a year later, in the middle of sixth year, I made a huge step. I made an appointment with Sinead Murray-Lynch at Donegal Youth Service and with her guidance and support, along with that of BreakOUT (a local LGBT youth group), I came out to my friends and family.The world did not stop spinning. My parents still loved me, and my friendships did not disintegrate. The most remarkable thing was it changed almost nothing in my day to day life except it felt like a weight was lifted. Diana Ross’ ‘I’m Coming Out’ quite accurately narrates this brief period of my life because it was a whirlwind of positive emotions.Coming out continuesThree Prides later and coming out still continues. Just last week I was getting my hair cut and I was asked if I had a girlfriend by my hairdresser.I no longer struggle with ‘I’m gay’. It rolls off the tongue with ease now, which is funny considering I had to came out with Snapchat to my sister, letter to my parents and Messenger to friends because I croaked at the word ‘gay’.Overall, the support from my local youth service, my family, my teachers, and my friends was the most inspirational thing. I think I always knew they would support me, but the fear of coming out is incomprehensibly irrational. My only regret is not coming out sooner.Ireland is world renowned for its hospitality, its generosity and – more recently – its insatiable desire to finally (102 years later) cherish all its children equally.An unequal societyBut behind the façade, we still live in a society that is unequal. Where opportunities afforded to you are limited through any deviation from the rugged, masculine, straight, white male or the pale white, innocent, straight female.But this is about to change. The launch of the National LGBTI+ Strategy by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone is the shot in the arm we need to continue our journey to full equality for all.Yes, we have it better off than our LGBTI+ brothers, sisters and non-binary siblings who live in genuine, crippling fear for their lives in countries like Uganda, Saudi Arabia or Russia. But say that to our young people battling mental illness, trying to access PrEP, or being bullied in school day in day out for expressing their gender in a way which does not conform to that which they were assigned at birth.We live in a country where homosexuality is not a crime; where same-sex marriage is legal; and where Gender Recognition exists. But this does not mean we have achieved the equality which the 1916 Leaders were talking about when they read the Proclamation from the steps of the GPO.Ayrton Kelly is 20 years old and from Letterkenny, Co Donegal. He is studying Commerce with French in UCD Dublin and has gotten involved with social justice movements through his time working with UCD Students’ Union, Donegal Youth Service, Youth Work Ireland, Foróige, Donegal Hospice, and BeLonG To. Student and activist 48,856 Views Ayrton Kelly Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Video highlights from the WrestleMania 32 announcement

first_img Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Facebook WWE has posted video clips from the Tuesday afternoon announcement of WrestleMania 32 coming to AT&T Stadium in 2016 in Arlington, Texas. Matthew Mcconaughey Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCelebrity Closeup: Edgar RamirezVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 55.19%0:04Remaining Time -1:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles NBA 2K20: MyTEAM Xbox One Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp FIFA 20: Zinedine Zidane Fut Icons Stories Reveal (PS4) Now Playing Up Next Google+ Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Smackdown Highlights: Undertaker appears, Shane fires Owens, Kingston takes out Ortonlast_img read more

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Laporte praises assistant coach Mikel Arteta

first_imgThe Manchester City defender spoke how the former Arsenal footballer is reshaping things at the Citizens campManchester City boss Pep Guardiola will not feature on the sidelines when the Citizens play against Lyon tomorrow.The Catalan manager is serving a one-match ban, letting his assistant manager Mikel Arteta to take the helm.And for defender Aymeric Laporte, the former Arsenal and Everton midfielder is perfect for the job.“Normally the coach is on the bench, but we know what we need to do and we get plenty of guidance from Mikel who works with us every day. That helps us a lot,” Laporte told the Citizen’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We get on well with Mikel. He was a terrific player and he spends a lot of time with us.”“He knows what a player is thinking so I think he’s a great coach,” he added.“We are a competitive team and we have plenty of people who will help us tomorrow.”“Mikel and Pep are very complementary, and they have both have lived and breathed football,” he continued.“They have a huge amount of experience and they share that with us. It’s a huge pleasure to work with people like Pep and Mikel who are both at the top of the tree.”last_img read more

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