Cricket: The price hike in tickets makes Indian fans stay away from the first…

first_imgAdvertisementAccording to Gulfraz Riaz, chairman at the National Asian Cricket Council, communities of Indian fans refrained from coming to the first Test because the organizers tried to “cash in” on their enormous interest of the game by raising ticket prices.“From what I understand the prices are almost double what they were for Pakistan Test matches in some cases. Out of the two communities, the Indian cricket community is a bit more affluent and maybe they were targeted.”Starting the Test Series on a Wednesday instead of the traditional Thursday might be another important reason for the poor attendance, according to Riaz. “I think it would have been better to do it Thursday, Friday and Saturday, definitely to build some momentum. I think the marketing could have perhaps been better and there’s also the genuine question of whether Test cricket is relevant to the South Asian cricket community.”On Wednesday, the attendance was just 18,159 and on Thursday it reduced to 16,754. Tickets for the later session on Wednesday were reduced to £20 in a bid to attract spectators but Riaz believes the scarcity of fans could be due to a failure in pricing strategy, among other elements including a Wednesday start.Also Read:England vs. India: Cheteshwar Pujara’s exclusion from the starting XI whips up selection debate for Team IndiaCricket: Virat Kohli rates his knock of 149 vs England as second to Adelaide Advertisementlast_img read more

No-ball king Morne Morkel refuses to alter run-up

first_imgSouth Africa paceman Morne Morkel has ruled out tweaking his run-up despite becoming the embarrassed owner of a dubious distinction for overstepping the crease in Test cricket.When Morkel bowled Ben Stokes for 44 off a no-ball in the Lord’s Test against England, it was the 13th time that the lanky 32-year-old pacer was denied a wicket by his tendency to plant his front foot beyond the popping crease, the most for any bowler in Test history.”World record, thank you. Somebody needs to hold it. It’s 13 wickets I’d like to have in the bank but it’s not to be,” Morkel told reporters ahead of the second Test beginning on Friday in Nottingham.”It’s not acceptable. It’s a controllable thing.”The respite for Stokes did prove costly, though not in terms of runs. The all-rounder added 12 more to his first innings total before falling to Kagiso Rabada, whose over-exuberant send-off invited a one-match suspension.”It’s a rush of blood to the head, wanting to create something with the older, softer ball. Maybe I ran in too quickly and just over-strode,” Morkel said.The tall paceman’s long limbs are perceived by many to be behind his frequent overstepping but Morkel felt it was more down to rhythm and altering the run-up was not the solution.”I need a lot of rhythm and timing is crucial for me,” he said. “The more I’ve bowled in a Test match, the better my timing and my feel at the crease was.”I can’t make my run up longer, I can’t make it shorter. I’m just going to stick with it.advertisement”The only thing I can do is keep on working on that; work on getting the foot behind the line,” Morkel added.England lead the four-Test series 1-0 with matches at The Oval and Old Trafford set to follow the Trent Bridge contest.last_img read more

Upgrading of Fire Service on Track

first_img Work is underway to bring “all our fire stations up to an acceptable standard” Establishment of international training certification and headquarters in Twickenham Park HQ on track Story Highlights Upgrading of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, including international training certification, and establishing its headquarters in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, are on track, says Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott.Mr. Arscott, who spoke at the dedication ceremony for the Freeport Fire Station, in Montego Bay, St. James, on August 28, said the international accreditation will ensure “that we can create job opportunities for our young men and women graduating into career paths. Our fire officers are trained to international standards; where the problem is, is accreditation, if they are to get jobs overseas.”“So, we are working and having discussions with the Maritime Institute, and the University of the West Indies, to see how we can have our fire officers accredited…once they are trained they will have international accreditation. That will open tremendous opportunities for youngsters going into the Fire Brigade,” the Minister said.“He explained that with the Logistics Hub initiative taking shape, and expansion of the tourism sector in progress, there will be more opening and job prospects for fire fighters, and the new headquarters, when operational, will serve as a Regional training institution,” he added.The Minister said when fire officers need to do advance training, they have to go overseas, and that is very expensive.“The setting up of the headquarters is aimed at creating the kind of facility that will be almost a regional training institution, so that all the training can be done here, and we could train others from the rest of the Caribbean. That is the direction that we are focusing on,” the Minister said.Mr. Arscott said there is a commitment to upgrade the fire service. “We have already ordered some units, and we expect them to be here this year,” he noted.The Freeport Fire Station has replaced the old one on Barnett Street, which has been demolished.Meanwhile, State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Colin Fagan, reported that work is underway to bring “all our fire stations up to an acceptable standard.”“Work is currently being done on the Port Royal Fire station; the removal of its asbestos contaminated roof is being removed and will be replaced with steel sheeting. The Savanna La Mar fire station will also have work done on it, and work was recently done on the Trench Town fire station,” he said. International accreditation will ensure “that we can create job opportunities”last_img read more

Reederei NSB Floats Out First Ever Widened Boxship

first_imgzoom German container line Reederei NSB successfully floated out MSC Geneva, the first ever container ship to undergo a process of widening which will increase the ship’s capacity from 4,860 TEU to over 6,300 TEU once all the work is completed, the company said in a release.MSC Geneva is the first of three Reederei NSB’s boxships to be widened at the Huarun Dadong Dockyard in China.Reederei NSB claims that this process increases the TEU capacity of a ship by more than 20%, with the IMO Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) equalling that of a newbuilding. As a result, the ship can carry more cargo and has a higher stability whilst operating costs remain the same, says the German line.Apart from converting ships of existing fleets, purchasing a used ship and having it widened is less costly faster to realize than ordering and waiting on a new one. Widening offers high flexibility as, depending on the original ship, it is possible to add between two to four container rows, according to the company.Reederei NSB estimates the conversion of the first ship to take about four months, and the experience and know-how gained in this pilot project will help to shorten the time it takes to widen the remaining ships.“A central element of our innovation is that we cut the ship in low-use areas. The widening significantly increases both the load carrying capacity and the transverse stability,” said Lutz Müller, former CTO at Reederei NSB.”In addition, sustainability – an aspect that is getting ever more important in shipping – is increased too. Carbon emissions per ton of cargo will be substantially reduced. Moreover, converting a ship instead of scrapping it will be less harmful to the environment than building a new ship.”After the MSC Geneva, the HRDD shipyard will start working on the Buxhai and the MSC Carouge.“Candidates for the Widening are Panamax ships delivered after 2005. We believe that the market potential is big. The enquiries we received in the past months indicate that the special know-how we have acquired is very much in demand,” said Senior Executive Advisor at Reederei NSB Bozidar Petrovic, who heads and supports the first Widening  project at HRDD on site.The Widening project has been carried out together with classification society DNV GL.last_img read more

TSX falls after soft US data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock sold off more than 160 points Friday as worries about the strength of the world’s biggest economy raised demand worries and helped send oil and metal prices tumbling.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 163.3 points to 12,318.07.Falling commodities helped push the Canadian dollar down 0.32 of a cent to 98.62 cents US.U.S. indexes were lower amid earnings disappointments from banks and a reading on March retail sales that missed expectations.The Dow Jones industrials lost 46.69 points to 14,818.45 as U.S. retail sales for March were down 0.4%. Economists had expected a flat reading following a 1.1% rise in February.The weak showing indicated that higher taxes and weak hiring have made consumers more cautious about spending.An increase in Social Security taxes, which kicked in on Jan. 1, has lowered take-home pay this year for nearly all workers. Someone earning $50,000 has about $1,000 less to spend in 2013. “I had been a little puzzled as to why the markets haven’t been paying more attention to this story because it’s a very big dollar item,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“Increased payroll taxes (are) coming off the bottom line for most people, and they’re having to make choices and so, things . . . that you can defer are being deferred.”The Nasdaq composite index declined 23.35 points to 3,276.81 while the S&P 500 index was down 10.23 points to 1,583.14.Four straight gains this week had pushed the Dow industrials and the S&P 500 index further into record territory. However, traders wonder if the rally, which has gone on non-stop all year, is looking a bit stretched.The TSX is now back in negative territory for the year.At the same time, a fourth day of gains Thursday left the Dow industrials up 13 per cent year to date and the S&P ahead 12%.But analysts think the TSX faces greater challenges since it is so weighted in favour of energy and mining companies.Those sectors put in a weak showing Friday as prices for commodities further declined in the wake of the weak U.S. retail data.The gold sector led decliners, down 5.25% as June bullion fell $67.10 to US$1,497.80 an ounce.Gold has fallen this week after Goldman Sachs dropped its forecast for 2013 to US$1,545 an ounce, down from a prior forecast of $1,610. Also, minutes of the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed members were at odds about when to stop quantitative easing.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gave back $1.46 to $30.05.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded $1.75 or seven per cent to $23.25. Barrick shares have been under particularly selling pressure this week, tumbling nine per cent on Wednesday after a Chilean court suspended its Pascua-Lama mine after indigenous communities complained that the project is threatening their water supply and polluting glaciers.The energy sector fell 2.22% as May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped $2.98 to US$90.53 a barrel.Oil continued to lose traction after the International Energy Agency lowered its forecast for global oil demand in 2013 by 45,000 barrels to 90.6 million barrels a day. Its predictions were similar to those made earlier this week by OPEC and the U.S. Energy Department. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) shed $1.26 to $31.23 while Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) fell 68 cents to $30.26.May copper stepped back 10 cents to US$3.33 a pound and the base metals sector declined 2.77 per cent. Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) was down 26 cents at $4.34 and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) dropped 47 cents to $28.23.Weakness spread across all TSX sectors with the financials down 0.6%. Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) was 59 cents lower to $62.53 and Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) gave back 15 cents to $14.27.Traders also got their first look at earnings from American banks in the first quarter.Shares in JPMorgan Chase were down 36 cents to US$48.95 as the bank made US$6.1-billion in the quarter, after stripping out payments to preferred shareholders. That was up 34% from a year ago and amounted to $1.59 per share, 20 cents better than forecast.Revenue was down three per cent from a year ago to $25.8-billion, after stripping out the effect of an accounting charge. That beat analysts’ estimates of $25.7-billion.In Canada, Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL) is raising its dividend by three cents to 14 cents.The Montreal-based discount chain made the announcement as it also reported that its quarterly net earnings rose to $77.13-million or $1.04 per share, up from $63.6-million or 84 cents per share. Results ex-items came in at $1.06, four cents better than estimates.Dollarama also had $561.9-million in sales in the fourth quarter, beating estimates of $546.33-million and its shares gained $3.01 to $67.65.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) had $182-million or 38 cents per share of net income and $1.25-billion of revenue in the quarter ended Feb. 28, both up slightly from the same time last year. Shaw is raising its 2013 forecast for free cash flow, with capital spending weighted to the second half of this financial year but staying below 2012. Its shares dropped 43 cents to $24.23. read more

Canadas Sweets and Baking Show

There were plenty of cakes, cookies, and cupcakes just waiting to be tasted at Canada’s Sweets and Baking Show. According to the owner of Hamilton’s Glendale Bakery, there’s a new trend for desserts.“Baking is going towards the foodie customer who really wants to try something different it’s not your regular cupcake anymore it is something different,” says Jacqueline JnosevicPastry chef Grayson Sherman says doughnuts are a new trend.“Right now the trends is doughnuts seems to be the new cupcake. Canadians eat more doughnuts per capita than any other country in the world.”To honour the doughnut they held the great Canadian gourmet doughnut challenge, where 3 Canadian doughnut experts competed to claim the top prize of grand gourmet doughnut.The winner: a pralines doughnut from Emma’s Country Kitchen located in Toronto.“The praline one it was a great donut. There were some beautifully done but it comes down to what did it taste like because thats what keeps you going back for more,” says judge Yvonne TremblayAfter the challenges, and tasting there were also plenty of classes to figure out just how to make the perfect dessert of your own. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Globalization must be more inclusive top UN development official says

“Speaking on behalf of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, I want to assure you today that for the UN as a whole and the UN Development Programme in particular, that role lies at the very heart of our agenda for the new Millennium,” Mark Malloch Brown said yesterday at a G-77 meeting in Iran, the current chair of the group. “Working to implement your vision of a just and equitable future for all developing countries is the guiding principle of all our work.” Noting that 66 countries were now poorer than they had been a decade ago, and that more than 60 million Southern children still died every year from preventable diseases that their Northern counterparts rarely faced, the UNDP chief said such statistics were “stark and unacceptable facts” that the Group of 77 had long recognized. “It is why last year in Havana you adopted a courageous and ambitious Declaration and Programme of Action committed to forging ‘a new global human order,'” he said. “And it is why you singled out the UN’s unique potential as a multilateral partner to help integrate developing countries into a globalizing economy, on terms that further our shared goals of gender equality, poverty eradication and growth with equity.”One way the UN is helping to promote a more equitable globalization process is through a “Dialogue of Civilizations” spearheaded by President Khatami and the Government of Iran, Mr. Malloch Brown said. Noting that such a dialogue was critical to successfully addressing the broader issues of global legitimacy and equity, he stressed that “only by embracing the world’s rich diversity can we build the respect and mutual understanding needed to successfully manage global integration.” Looking ahead, the UNDP chief said that if the world really wanted to bring the poor from the margins to the mainstream, fundamental changes were needed at both the global and national levels in terms of integration. He urged the G77 to use three upcoming events – a Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization, a Financing for Development Conference, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development – to take action on their commitments to using trade to drive human development.Mr. Malloch Brown spoke in Tehran at the 10th meeting of the Inter-governmental Follow-up and Coordination Committee on Economic Cooperation among Developing Countries. read more

Police pursuing murder suspect after bodies found in Belfast house

first_imgPOLICE IN BELFAST have confirmed that the bodies of two people were found at a house yesterday and a murder investigation has now been launched.The bodies were found at a house in Ravenhill Court in Belfast and a PSNI spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the incident is being treated as murder. They are not releasing any details of the victims as the family of one has yet to be notified.Police are looking for one person in relation to it and are asking that person to come forward to speak to them. It is understood this person was known to at least one of the victims.Read: Belfast bomb carried out by people with ‘depraved agenda’, says Taoiseach>last_img

About that HD Voice on the HTC EVO 4G LTE

first_imgHTC has been making headlines all week with the release of their very impressive new line of phones. The HTC One X and One S were met with rave reviews by tech sites all across the web, and last night Sprint and HTC announced the HTC EVO 4G LTE, which takes more than a few design cues from the One line and mixes them with some EVO flavoring. The unveil last night included some really great technology crammed into a very thin and solid design, and EVO users get their kickstand back! The phone also comes with some interesting new voice technology, being branded as HD Voice.HD Voice, previously called Wideband Audio, promises to deliver a higher quality audio experience by replacing the narrowband audio limitations found in traditional phone calls. There’s a small hitch in this plan though — Sprint’s network isn’t going to see Wideband Audio for quite a while.Preparing Sprint’s network for an infusion of Wideband Audio is something that has to be rolled out market by market. It’s not as simple as throwing a switch, in fact the networks have to be capable of transmitting the extended frequency range, and making sure there is appropriate bandwidth for the higher quality codecs. The reality is that each phone call uses significantly more bandwidth using this technology, in order to deliver that higher quality experience. Now, in the age of mobile data traveling faster than the average consumer’s home internet connection, Wideband Audio is a possibility.Wideband Audio isn’t exactly new. The ITU standardized the concept back in 1987, but just last month the FCC proposed the ruling to allow for existing networks to be modified to support this technology. From this point, Sprint can start upgrading their towers to support Wideband Audio. Unfortunately, that’s going to take some time.According to Sprint, their upgrade plan for Wideband Audio is supposed to begin in “late 2012” and continue into 2013. Sprint has not yet released any information regarding which areas will receive the upgrade first, but according to their roll out plan 14 markets will receive the update in 2012. By the end of this year, Sprint plans to have multiple devices on their network that can support Wideband Audio calling. It is a reasonable assumption that at least most of these devices will also be a part of Sprint’s budding 4G LTE network deployment, set to begin rolling out this summer. By the time Wideband Audio is on Sprint, the carrier will undoubtedly tout the technology as a great addition to their network. Unfortunately, it’s really not the selling point it appears to be, even after it has been rolled out.Wideband Audio calls only happen if both sides of the call are using the technology. The person answering the call has to answer with the same codec, or the phone will be forced to drop down to a narrowband codec for the call. So, by the end of this year, as long as Sprint rolls out multiple devices like they plan to, you’ll only be able to enjoy that higher bitrate phone call with other people on Sprint, with a Wideband phone, in a Wideband Market. The list of people in your contacts list that this new feature applies to gets smaller and smaller the more you think about it. The other carriers aren’t looking at Wideband Audio right now. Verizon Wireless was considering it for a time, but has since moved on to Voice over LTE, and neither T-Mobile or AT&T have announced any official plans for the future of their voice calls.Will Wideband Audio turn out to be another wasted effort on behalf of Sprint? Will it carry on for a time like WiMAX and then be replaced by something like VoLTE in order to support more users? There’s a lot of unanswered questions for this technology that lead me to have significantly less faith in how amazing it will be. Dan Hesse took to the stage last night and proudly announced HD Voice as the future of mobile calling. While I remain unconvinced that it will be that exactly, it is a very good sign that at least some of the carriers are starting to re-evaluate the state of the mobile phone call, and taking steps to improve things. Who knows, maybe this time next year that guy standing next to you at a concert with his phone in the air will actually be delivering a quality audio experience to the person on the other end of the call.last_img read more

La bataille Apple Samsung aura lieu en Australie

first_imgLa bataille Apple – Samsung aura lieu en AustralieApple a rejeté la proposition amiable de Samsung, préalable au lancement de la tablette tactile Galaxy Tab 10.1 en Australie.La justice australienne va trancher le différent entre Apple et Samsung à propos de la commercialisation de la Galaxy Tab 10.1 au pays du kangourou. Suspendue jusque-là, elle aurait pu débuter si l’entreprise californienne avait répondu favorablement à la proposition de Samsung. Mais évidemment, Apple a rejeté la tentative sud coréenne. À lire aussiApple Watch : qu’attendre de la montre connectée d’Apple bientôt sur le marché ?Selon la BBC, l’accord portait sur la suppression et la modification de certaines fonctions de la tablette qui tombent sous le coup de la plainte déposée par Apple sur 13 brevets distincts. Samsung s’est exécuté et a retiré ces fonctions pour mettre son produit en conformité.Mais un dernier brevet créait le conflit. Il concernait une technologie tactile qui reconnaissant la position des doigts pour générer une commande. C’est donc désormais à la justice de trancher.Le 4 octobre 2011 à 13:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Microsoft may still face Xbox 360 disc scratching class action lawsuit

first_imgThe Xbox 360 may have been a big hit for Microsoft in terms of sales, but it was also a bit of a disaster technically. The Red Ring of Death that plagued early models forced Microsoft to extend the manufacturer’s warranty to three years as well as carrying out countless free repairs.There was another hardware issue, though, and it prompted a class action lawsuit eight years ago. The DVD drive used in the Xbox 360 did not have any safeguards to stop discs becoming “unchucked.” That’s when a movement unseats the disc and it collides with the optical pickup unit. Any movement, including turning the console from a vertical to horizontal position causes it. The consequence? Severe disc scratching to the point of a game no longer working.A Microsoft employee confirmed during court proceedings that they knew about the disc damage and cause before the Xbox 360 even launched in 2005, but they chose not to fix it. Instead Microsoft used warning labels, put a warning in the manual, and offered a disc replacement program. It cost $20 per disc, and was only available for Microsoft-published games.Now the class action lawsuit about this problem has reared its head again. The Ninth Circuit Court has overturned an earlier ruling to dismiss the case. All this decision does is open the case back up for review. It still needs to be determined whether there is actually a case against Microsoft and whether some form of compensation needs to be offered.If you are an Xbox 360 owner who experienced this disc scratching then I’m sure you’ll want the class action to move forward as it could have cost you $60 at least once. I imagine the best those affected can hope for is some form of free Xbox 360 games offer. Considering the age of the lawsuit and the console, that may no longer be of interest to many gamers who have moved on to more recent hardware.[Disc scratch image courtesy of Kobras Clan on YouTube]last_img read more

IAEA chief hails Indias nuclear safety record

first_imgChief of IAEA Yukiya Amano on Friday lauded India’s commitment to the highest levels of safety and security standards and its record as a responsible nuclear power as he met PM Narendra Modi here. The DG also appreciated India’s contribution to the IAEA work and assistance to neighbouring and other countries in the peaceful and developmental aspects of nuclear science.last_img

LaVar Ball is going to have the last laugh

first_imgLaugh at LaVar Ball now, but he’ll have the last laughIt’s become fashionable to crush LaVar Ball over his outrageous comments about his kids. Most recently, Ball said the price tag to sign his son Lonzo to an endorment deal would be $1 billion. Colin says that people may not be laughing for long if Lonzo gets drafted by the Lakers and can turnaround the franchise.Colin thinks it’s easy to crush LaVar Ball in our pile on culture, but he respects that Ball has lofty dreams and ambition. Except for Ball’s comments that he could beat Michael Jordan in one-on-one. That’s just dumb.“Don’t let people crush your dreams.”Ezekiel Elliott should be fined or suspended for pulling down a woman’s shirtCowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott is in more hot water off the field after pulling down a woman’s shirt and exposing  her breasts while carousing at a St. Patrick’s Day Party.It’s not the first incident of bad judgement and decision making by Elliott, and Colin thinks Elliott has a lack of self awareness and should be fined or supended, or both. He also feels the message from owner Jerry Jones from his antics is that it’s okay to play and party hard.“Ezekiel Elliott made a really poor decision. He should be suspended, or fined, or both.”Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss if Durant will be close to 100% if he returns in the playoffs; what’s wrong with Steph Curry; and why LeBron isn’t getting serious MVP consideration.RJ Bell – Pregame.com oddsmaker joins the show to talk NCAA tourney wagering; tips for picking games; who Vegas likes; picking upsets; which teams got left out; who’s underseeded and overseeded; and the odds of hitting a perfect bracket.Greg Jennings – Former NFL wide receiver is in-studio to discuss why Eddie Lacy never worked in Green Bay; why Brandin Cooks is going to have a caareeer year in New England; why he respects Jordan Cameron’s comments that most players don’t love football.last_img read more

Book Antarctica Expedition with Intrepid and receive a free Thailand cruise

first_imgBook ‘Antarctica Expedition’ with Intrepid and receive a free Thailand cruise TORONTO — Intrepid Travel just launched its biggest sale of the year that includes a free Thailand cruise with the purchase of an Antarctica expedition, equal to a savings of more than $4,312 per person.Available to book now until July 31, 2019, travellers have the opportunity to experience two unique adventures for the price of one in 2020.Photo: INTREPID TRAVELPhoto: INTREPID TRAVELThe limited-time sale includes the following:• Encountering Antarctica’s orcas, humpback whales, seals and penguins in the infamous Drake Passage on Intrepid’s 11-day ‘Best of Antarctica’ itinerary, or any of its Ocean Endeavour departures• A nine-day cruise around the Thai Islands from Phuket that explores Southern Thailand’s less visited sites (free of charge with the purchase of ‘Antarctica Expedition’)Travellers receive the free Adventure Cruise in Thailand departing before Feb. 28, 2020 when booking a category six and above cabin on the Ocean Endeavour, departing between Oct. 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Bookings must be made between July 11-31, 2019.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedOffer is valid only when booked by phone (1-800-970-7299) or live chat, and cannot be combined with Intrepid’s ‘Antarctica early bird discount’. Offer is not valid on Polar Expeditions.For more information on the sale details, visit https://www.intrepidtravel.com/us/polar-offer. Share Posted by Tags: Antarctica, Intrepid Group, Thailandcenter_img Friday, July 12, 2019 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

World leaders confront flagging Afghan war

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates This strategy worries Zalmay Khalilzad, President George W. Bush’s representative in Kabul following the collapse of the Taliban. He wrote in an opinion piece published Thursday that the coalition drawdown and the future cuts in Afghan forces were risky.“Doing so will create a security gap that the Taliban and other insurgents and terrorists, operating out of sanctuaries in Pakistan, could readily exploit.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Jawed Ludin, deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan, said Western powers should understand that terrorists in the region remain a global threat when they consider how much aid to give his country.“This is not a charity that we are receiving,” Ludin said. “Afghanistan is and will be on the front line of the world’s fight against terrorism. We Afghans will be making sacrifices for years to come in what is essentially an international war.”He cautioned donors against trying to place conditions on the pledges. Making development and reconstruction aid conditional on the government’s ability to fight corruption, for instance, might be acceptable, but not so with money to finance the security forces, Ludin said.“Terrorism has never been a creation of Afghanistan. It was brought to us,” he said. “Even today, it originates outside our own borders and our people have been victims as … people in the West.”Ludin was referring to the al-Qaida and Taliban sanctuaries across the border in Pakistan, off-limits to NATO and Afghan ground forces.Despite a nominal alliance with NATO, the Pakistanis have been unwilling or unable to rout militants from those sanctuaries, in part for fear of stirring up hatred among the ethnic Pashtun community that lives in both countries and provides most of the Taliban fighters. Solidarity with their fellow Pashtuns and opposition to Western attacks against Muslims generated the rise in Pakistan of a Taliban movement, which the government in Islamabad has struggled to contain. The conflict has generated deep resentment among Pakistanis who believe they have been dragged into America’s war.Across the border, tens of thousands of coalition troops have flooded Taliban strongholds in southern Afghanistan the past two years and appear to have gained a better handle on security.But the Taliban have shown resilience, reportedly stepping up attacks recently in three farming districts outside Kandahar city. The militants have also opened up new fronts in northern and western Afghanistan and are fighting back in the east. Questions remain as to whether the Afghan forces can ever secure the nation by themselves.Foreign troops have begun their exodus _ 33,000 Americans alone, or about one-third of the current U.S. force in Afghanistan, will be gone by the end of September. After most of the 130,000 international troops withdraw by the end of 2014, many Afghans fear their country will descend into civil war.The Taliban continue to carry out spectacular suicide bombings and assassinate government workers and officials. A top member of the Afghan peace council was gunned down this month in the heavily guarded capital, Kabul, dealing another setback to the stalled effort to make peace with militants. In September, the head of the peace council was assassinated in his home by a suicide bomber posing as a peace emissary from the Taliban. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories “The Taliban are trying to come back as rulers. I don’t think that they want anything less than that,” said Ismail Qasemyar, a member of the government-appointed peace council. “If there is no compromise or softening of their position, I think it will be very difficult to reach any agreement.”The Taliban pick up support among Afghans fed up with rampant corruption and the need to pay a bribe for a simple service. Government dysfunction leaves other Afghans demoralized and looking for a way out.More Afghans fled the country and sought asylum abroad last year than in any other year since the start of the war, suggesting that many are looking for their own exit strategies as international troops withdraw. From January to November, more than 30,000 Afghans applied for political asylum worldwide, a 25 percent increase over the same period the previous year and more than triple the level of just four years ago, according to U.N. statistics.Some civilians who remain in Afghanistan become victims of the fighting _ usually Taliban attacks but sometimes NATO assaults. Many Afghans focus their blame on NATO, though, arguing that the mere presence of international troops encourages fighting. President Hamid Karzai has played into that rage with his frequent criticisms of night raids on homes. Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona With none of the NATO countries having the stomach to pursue the war much longer, the only viable option is to leave behind an Afghan army and police force capable of defending the country against the Taliban and its allies after the NATO combat mission is declared over at the end of 2014 and most of the coalition troops leave.That would require no less than $4.1 billion a year from foreign coffers at a time when most of the countries are struggling with deficits and the specter of recession and bank failures. Without big handouts, Afghanistan simply cannot pay for its own defense.“Our security forces last year cost $6 billion while our national revenue was $1.7 billion,” said Ashraf Ghani, head of a commission overseeing the process of passing the baton to the Afghan forces. “Investment in our security forces is part of an investment in international security.”The challenge facing Obama and other world leaders will be to convince their own voters that Afghanistan is worth the investment. The war has already claimed the lives of at least 3,000 NATO service members _ more than 1,840 of them American _ and thousands of Afghans.Support for the war has eroded in Europe and hit a new low in America. Only 27 percent of Americans say they back the effort while 66 percent oppose the war, according to an AP-GfK poll released earlier this month. Pessimism and fatigue over Afghanistan stand in sharp contrast to the euphoria that accompanied the quick routing of the Taliban and their al-Qaida allies in 2001. With American and NATO jets in the skies and pro-Western Afghan fighters on the ground, the American-led coalition swept the Taliban from power in less than two months _ without a single combat death among U.S. military forces.But the Bush administration’s shift toward war with Iraq left the Western powers without enough resources on the ground, so by 2006 the Taliban had regrouped into a serious military threat.By the time Obama sent 33,000 more troops to Afghanistan in December 2009, years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan had drained Western resources and sapped resolve to build a viable Afghan state, especially after the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011.President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland, which has some 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, said Friday that those giving financial aid will face “tough decisions” over whether to spend on security or other civilian needs.After meeting Obama at the White House, French President Francois Hollande said Friday he stood by his campaign pledge to withdraw his country’s 3,300 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year but that France would keep supporting Afghanistan in a “different way.” New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths How men can have a healthy 2019 Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – It was what President Barack Obama called a “war of necessity,” a conflict thrust upon America by the 9/11 attacks. As NATO’s mission here winds down nearly 11 years later, the insurgents remain undefeated, corruption runs rife and the peace process is stuck in the sand.Such is the bleak reality of Afghanistan as Obama and leaders of about 60 countries and organizations meet Sunday and Monday in Chicago to map their way out of an unpopular war. The goal is to develop a strategy that does not risk a repeat of the chaos that followed the Soviet exit two decades ago, which paved the way for the rise of al-Qaida. A network of railroads has been planned. The government has started awarding contracts for copper, iron ore and gold to reap revenue from its vast wealth of untapped minerals. Several government ministries have been upgraded and reformed.Afghan police and soldiers have started taking charge of security in wide swaths of the country, though so far no area has fully transitioned to sole Afghan control.“This isn’t a sprint,” said Brig. Gen. Richard Cripwell, who works on transition at the coalition’s headquarters in Kabul. “We are absolutely on track to meet the goals of the Afghan national security forces being responsible for security across the country by the end of 2014.”The force is still plagued with graft and desertion, and many recruits can neither read nor write. Some Afghan forces have been accused of making side deals with the Taliban, yet many others have exhibited a sense of national pride and fearlessness in battle.Some provincial officials complain that their forces lack equipment, ammunition, heavy weapons and even sturdy boots.NATO is training a 352,000-member force, but the size is to shrink to about 230,000 sometime after 2015. The $4.1 billion a year will pay for the smaller force. In a troublesome twist, Afghan security forces are increasingly turning their guns on foreign troops, fracturing the fragile trust between Afghans and their partners.Equally disturbing, an American Army staff sergeant has been accused of walking off his base and killing 17 Afghan villagers. And, at a time when anti-Western sentiment was already on the rise, Muslim holy books somehow got tossed into a burn pit at a U.S. base in February, prompting deadly anti-American protests across the nation.Although Afghans fear the worst after the international forces leave, the continued presence of foreign troops is also sapping morale also among many Afghans.“Listen to what the Afghans say,” says NATO spokesman German Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson. “There is a hunger for sovereignty.”There is some progress to report in Afghanistan.NATO says that in every month since May 2011, it has recorded fewer militant-initiated attacks than the corresponding month of the year before _ though data compiled by the United Nations suggests a less rosy trend.Afghans have gained greater access to education and health care. More highways are being built, though most of Kabul’s streets are unpaved and deeply rutted. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   The Patriots had the most players represented on the squad with five. The St. Louis Rams had the second-most with three, while the Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers all had two apiece. ErrorOK… ErrorOK Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Half of the 2015 NFL season is in the books.The Arizona Cardinals, who own a 6-2 record, have had a very good first half of the season. Not only are they in first place in the NFC West, but they rank in the top five in the league in total offense and total defense. They’re the only team that can make that claim.There are plenty of individual players who are enjoying great seasons as well. NFL.com honored two of them by naming them to the website’s Midseason All-Pro Team. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Slot receiver Larry Fitzgerald and slot corner Tyrann Mathieu received the honor.Chris Wesseling on Fitzgerald:How explosive is the Cardinals’ offense? They already have six games of 400-plus yards this season, equaling the number of times they have managed that feat in the past five seasons combined. It’s hard to quantify Fitzgerald’s leadership in Arizona. After selflessly moving from the outside to the slot in Bruce Arians’ scheme, he’s now willingly taking on lead-blocking duties for Chris Johnson’s short-yardage runs. He’s also on pace for career highs in receptions (110) and touchdowns (14).The 32-year-old Fitzgerald is fifth in the league with 55 catches and 706 yards and is tied for the league lead in touchdown catches (7) with Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. Fitzgerald had only 63 catches for 784 yards and two touchdowns all season.Wesseling on Mathieu:A legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate, Mathieu plays like a combination of undersized but fierce former Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield and disruptive free lancing former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. He’s the first cornerback I’ve ever seen holding the top spot across the board in Pro Football Focus’ grades for coverage, run defense and pass rush.Mathieu is Arizona’s second-leading tackler with 46. He’s also intercepted two passes (including one he returned for a touchdown in a 47-7 win over San Francisco), a sack and a fumble recovery. He’s also proven to be the emotional leader for a Cardinals defense that ranks fourth in the league in pass defense and fifth in rushing defense.last_img read more

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first_img by Karen Matthews, The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2018 10:06 am PDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NYC Ballet sued by woman who says nude photos were shared NEW YORK, N.Y. – A lawsuit against the New York City Ballet charges that the company tolerated a “fraternity-like” atmosphere where male dancers abused women and shared nude photos of female dancers with each other.The lawsuit filed Tuesday by 19-year-old ballerina Alexandra Waterbury names the ballet company and former principal dancer Chase Finlay as defendants.According to the lawsuit filed in state court in Manhattan, Waterbury, a former student at the company’s School of American Ballet, dated Finlay for a year before last May, when she learned in “the worst nightmare of every woman” that he had been sharing nude photos and sexually explicit videos of her with other men.The complaint says a group of male dancers regularly shared nude photos of female dancers with each other and understood that “they could degrade, demean, mistreat and abuse, assault and batter women without consequence.”The lawsuit says a donor wrote to Finlay suggesting that the men should tie ballerinas up “and abuse them like farm animals,” to which Finlay replied, “or like the sluts they are.”The lawsuit also says Finlay and other dancers trashed a hotel room in Washington, D.C. at a party where they plied underage girls with drugs and alcohol.Finlay resigned from City Ballet last month as the company was seeking to question him about Waterbury’s allegations. Two other principal dancers accused by Waterbury of sharing explicit photos have been suspended without pay until next year.City Ballet Chairman Charles Scharf said in a statement that the company “vehemently denies” the allegations that it condoned “the kind of activity that Mr. Finlay and the others named have participated in, which were off-hours activities that were not known, approved, or facilitated by NYCB.”A lawyer for Finlay, Ira Kleiman, called the lawsuit “nothing more than allegations that should not be taken as fact.”_____This story has been corrected to say that the company was seeking to question Finlay when he resigned. Company officials had not questioned him.last_img read more

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first_imgAkel leader Andros Kyprianou said Thursday his name was on the table for the presidential elections, along with many others, but it should be the last resort, as the party was seeking someone who would enjoy wide approval by the electorate.“In my view this option should be the last resort,” he said. “We must explore all other options because we want to go to this electoral battle with the broadest possible social cooperation.”Kyprianou said the party wanted a candidate who would meet certain criteria. Most importantly they must be able to win the election, he said.“We want to win these elections. We want to give the Cypriot people an alternative choice,” he added.Kyprianou said it was apparent that a large section of the population was not satisfied with the current candidacies – Diko chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos, Citizens’ Alliance chairman Yiorgos Lillikas, and President Nicos Anastasiades who hasn’t announced he was running but is widely expected to do so.“They are looking for something new, something that will have different specifications. We want to respond to this demand.”He stressed however, that the candidacy the party would support should be ready to negotiate the Cyprus problem with consistency and commitment to principles.Kyprianou said talks had reached the substance of the issue and the candidate must have clear positions on how these matters would be handled.“The positions on the substantive issues must not be different than Akel’s positions,” Kyprianou said.On the economy, the party was interested in the important matters, those that affected society and the workers.The successful candidate must have similar approaches to Akel but they should not necessarily have identical views.Kyprianou said they should also be honest and prepared to fight corruption.“This in my view is necessary in the current, critical phase the Cypriot society is in,” he said.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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