On 1 August, a Ugandan court struck down a draconian antigay law that had drawn condemnation from Western countries. The legislation, signed into law on 24 February by Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, mandates prison terms of up to 14 years for homosexual acts and life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality,” such as sexual acts with a minor. The court invalidated the law on a technicality, citing Parliament’s passage of the legislation without a legal quorum the previous December.In the days before Museveni signed the bill, the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) avoided being drawn into the controversy by declining a request from the government to conduct a rushed review of the scientific evidence about the causes of homosexuality. Instead, it will team up with the Academy of Science of South Africa for an in-depth study expected to be completed next year, says UNAS President Nelson Sewankambo.In justifying his support for the law earlier this year, Museveni cited the findings of a Health Ministry panel tasked with preparing the cursory literature review that UNAS declined to tackle. The rapid effort—the panel had less than 2 weeks to produce its report—concluded that “there is no definitive gene responsible for homosexuality,” that homosexuality is not a disease nor abnormal, and that being gay can be influenced by environmental factors such as culture and peer pressure. 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Sewankambo, an internal medicine specialist and head of Makerere University College of Health Sciences who has spent years strengthening science capacity in Africa, spoke with ScienceInsider on the sidelines of a U.S. National Academy of Sciences meeting on collaboration with African science academies, held from 5 to 8 August in Washington, D.C. The transcript was edited for clarity and brevity.Q: What were the origins of the antigay law?A: The international community tends to think that intolerance for gays started after the Christian activists visited Uganda in 2009. That’s not correct. Just like in many African countries, intolerance for gays has been going on for years. The coming of the [Christian] group may have accelerated antigay feelings within the government. [Government officials] felt that they had support from the international community. They thought, “Oh, the timing is now right.”Q: After Parliament passed the antigay legislation last December, your academy was asked to weigh in?A: We were brought into the picture very late, a week or so before the report was required. I’ve been in the AIDS fight for 30 years, since the epidemic began. I was involved in documenting that AIDS exists in Uganda. To me, gays are part of society. When a request comes in to produce a report in 1 week on this issue, I said, this academy, which stands for independence, has to use evidence and produce a credible report. Let’s see, shall we be able to produce a credible report together in 1 week? This did not look like a task we can undertake in 1 week. I also knew that this report would define the reputation of this academy. If the report was not well done, if it was wishy-washy, it would put a label on this academy that would be difficult to shed. So we declined.Q: Was President Museveni’s office disappointed? A: I honestly don’t know; we’ve never interacted with them on that issue.Q: Now UNAS will study the issue with South Africa’s academy. What is the charge to the panel?A: Let me put it this way: The charge is still being refined.Q: How did the collaboration with South Africa come about?A: All the African academies were informed of the existence of resources to do a study to address the issue. The opportunity was there for any academy interested to join. So far, just South Africa and Uganda have said they want to participate. Ask yourself the question: Why won’t the others participate? Some say this is too hot an issue, they will not touch it with a 20-foot pole. That actually gives you a sense of the feeling of the rest of the African continent. It gives you a sense, this is untouchable. Some say, How will the public look at me: I was part of a report that is pro-gay? We have heard all of those comments.Q: Uganda has paid a diplomatic price over the law. Has Uganda’s scientific community suffered?A: No. To me, Western countries have overreacted. I think it will take time for acceptance of the gay community [in Uganda]. It will take time. After all, even here [in the United States] there are states where these are real issues. There are still states where [homosexuality] is taboo. It’s unreasonable to expect our country to change overnight. Come on.Q: Is the law shelved for now?A: The government is free to appeal, and they haven’t indicated yet. They are still thinking through it. The government may say we are not going to follow this up. But members of Parliament are free to reintroduce it.
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New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) Sunrisers Hyderabad has signed up India largest and most awarded Radio network, Red FM as their principal sponsor for the fourth year in a row. As part of the partnership, the Sunrisers Hyderabad team will sport the Red FM logo on the front of the jerseys. Additionally, Red FM will bring its saliency to the field as well as on-ground activation with the Sunrisers Hyderabad team. Captained by India opener Shikhar Dhawan, Sunrisers Hyderabad has added some exciting talent for this season, including explosive Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, pacer Ashish Nehra and England captain Eoin Morgan. Sunrisers Hyderabad has star players like David Warner, Naman Ojha and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who have been part of the team. Speaking on the occasion Nisha Narayanan, Chief Operating Officer, Red FM said: “Red FM stands for a fun, spirited and exiting attitude that reflects in our programming and in our people. Its no surprise then that we are happy to be partnering Sunrisers Hyderabad for the fourth year in a row. “Sunrisers Hyderabad has the most impressive line-up of cricketing stars. The association looks promising and we hope to deliver to our listeners an experience to remember. We have planned extensive on-ground consumer engagement initiatives to leverage the assoction. Wishing SRH a good season ahead!” Sunrisers Hyderabad CEO K Shanmugan added: “Sunrisers Hyderabad has had an exciting journey in the Indian Premier League and as always, we are very happy to continue and strengthen our relationship with the Red FM team. In the past, we have done some fabulous promotions with Red FM that has helped in promoting our team and its players and has helped us in building strong equity with SRH supporters. We are looking forward to this association this year too.” As part of the partnership, Red FM will run contests online as well as on-air during the IPL season and winners of these competitions will be rewarded with official merchandise of Sunrisers Hyderabad and autographed memorabilia. Apart from this, Red FM being the official radio partner, will also run interesting contests for match tickets at the teams home turf at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The partnership will also see key team players on-air on Red FM and engage with listeners across cities. Listeners also stand an amazing opportunity to connect and meet their favourite Sunrisers Hyderabad players. On the digital front, Red FM will release behind the scenes video content on its digital platforms. PTI SSC SSCadvertisement
Former England international footballer and Manchester United legend Gary Neville may join as marquee coach of Indian Super League (ISL) side Delhi Dynamos, according to reports.Reports of Neville’s likely move to Delhi Dynamos for the third edition of the ISL have emerged after UK-based, FA licensed, football agent Baljit Rihal posted an update on social media platform Twitter.Baljit, believed to have been closely associated with a lot of high-profile transfers in the ISL over the past two years, is the same person who had mentioned last year that Chelsea veteran Didier Drogba could be moving to Atletico de Kolkata. However, any such move did not happen at the end.None of the Delhi Dynamos officials were ready to comment on this development.Neville, 41, is the most capped England right back and an eight-time English Premier League winners with the Red Devils.After a celebrated career with the Old Trafford club, Neville signed up for a stint with Sky Sports where he is a revered pundit.The former Manchester United skipper also assisted Roy Hodgson with the English national team before taking the plunge into club management with La Liga side Valencia last December. However, after a string of losses, the Englishman was sacked in March.Delhi Dynamos were previously being coached by Brazilian great Roberto Carlos and reached the semi-finals last year.
Whenever India plays a cricket match, there are billions of fans who cheer on and passionately support the side. On Sunday, India, it is safe to say, will have a few million extra supporters as they take on hosts England in a crucial ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match in Birmingham.Pakistan’s win over Afghanistan on Saturday added spice to the semi-final race putting a lot of pressure on hosts England who are 8 points after having played 7 matches in World Cup 2019. In fact, Pakistan had pushed England down to the 5th spot on the points table and have 9 points 8 matches.While Pakistan have leapfrogged England on the points table, Bangladesh, who are sitting 6th with 7 points in 7 matches, and Sri Lanka who are 7th with 6 points from 7 matches, are also keeping England on their toes.India vs England, World Cup 2019: Live Cricket ScoreAn England win on Sunday will make things difficult for all the three Asian teams who are still in the race for the semi-final spot. Keep in mind, New Zealand will also seal a semi-final spot if India beat England in Birmingham.Speaking at the toss in Birmingham, Virat Kohli said it’s rare that India is receiving so much support from across the border during a cricket match.”To be honest I haven’t seen what’s been happening outside. But I am sure the Pakistani fans will be supporting us, which is a rare thing,” Kohli said.Social media is abuzz about the support that India team is receiving for their 7th World Cup 2019 match against England.advertisementA glance at Nasser Hussain’s social media page will give a fair idea of whom the Pakistan cricket fans are going to back during India’s match vs England. Hussain had posted a question as to whom the Pakistan fans will support on Sunday and the reposnses were overwhelmingly in favour of India.Not the overhyped of the two, Nasser.The only English involvement we want in the knock outs is your commentary’92 mein bhi… (@Ammarzaheer) June 26, 2019Meanwhile, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has urged the Pakistan fans to support India during Sunday’s blockbuster in Birmingham.”So I want the whole of Pakistan to back India, on social media and when it comes to public news. Because we need England to be out of this tournament,” Akhtar said in a video on his YouTube channel said.India lost the toss and England opted to bat in the big-ticket clash. The hosts recieved a huge boost as Jason Roy was declared fit for the match. England also replaced Moeen Ali with Liam Plunkett on a good batting wicket in Edgbaston. On the other hand, India gave Rishabh Pant his World Cup debut as the wicketkeeper-batsman replaced an injured Vijay Shankar.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans cheering on India to beat EnglandAlso See:
Paolo Guerrero scored and set up another as Peru kick-started their Copa America campaign with a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Bolivia at the Maracana.Peru stuttered to a goalless draw against Venezuela in their Group A opener and Ricardo Gareca’s men fell behind to Marcelo Martins’ 18th international goal in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.Martins converted a 28th-minute penalty after a VAR check to give Bolivia – who lost 3-0 to hosts Brazil – an unlikely lead before star forward and captain Guerrero equalised on the stroke of half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Guerrero then provided the assist for Jefferson Farfan’s 55th-minute header and substitute Edison Flores added a third in the sixth minute of stoppage time.Postales del gol de Jefferson Farfán, con el cual @SeleccionPeru vence 2-1 a Bolivia por la fase de grupos de la @CopaAmerica. #ArribaPerú pic.twitter.com/SyAYBKuy1U— Selección Peruana (@SeleccionPeru) June 18, 2019Peru controlled proceedings throughout the first half but they struggled to create any clear-cut chances and the 2018 World Cup participants were left stunned when Bolivia broke the deadlock against the run of play.There was confusion when the referee appeared to point to the spot for a handball against Peru’s Carlos Zambrano in the 24th minute, but he then signalled for offside.After a lengthy VAR check, a penalty was eventually awarded and Martins made no mistake as he coolly converted past Pedro Gallese four minutes later to move within two goals of Bolivia’s all-time scoring record.With time almost up in the opening period, Peru drew level. Christian Cueva dispossessed Bolivia on the halfway line and played a defence-splitting pass down the middle for Guerrero, who touched the ball around goalkeeper Carlos Lampe and finished into an empty net.Farfan put Peru ahead 10 minutes into the second half following a towering header after Guerrero turned provider to tee up the Lokomotiv Moscow veteran.Bolivia had a golden opportunity to restore parity but Erwin Saavedra blazed over from close range after Raul Castro’s shot was parried into his path, with Flores adding some gloss to the scoreline in the 96th minute following a swift counter-attack. What does it mean? Peru on track to qualifyAfter firing a blank against Venezuela, Peru got their tournament off and running. Quarter-finalists in 2016 and third the year prior, La Blanquirroja will be looking to at least match that run in Brazil.Guerrero the hero… againWearing the captain’s armband and topping Peru’s scoring charts, the responsibility often falls on Guerrero. But the 35-year-old talisman thrives on it and he led the way again on Tuesday. His 36th international goal and an assist has Peru poised to progress.Bolivia’s woes continueMartins’ early goal gave Bolivia some hope but it was the same old story for Eduardo Villegas’ team. Bolivia crashed to a fifth consecutive defeat, with the struggling South American nation still looking for their first victory since October 2018 – a run of nine games.Key Opta Facts:- Bolivia have lost their past seven Copa America games, with an aggregate score of 4-21.- Peru are on their longest unbeaten run – seven games – in the Copa America.- Guerrero has scored 12 Copa goals, which is the equal most of active players alongside Chile’s Eduardo Vargas.- Only Guerrero has netted more goals for Peru than Farfan, whose 27th saw him overtake Teofilo Cubillas in second on the list.What’s next?Peru will close out their group-stage campaign against hosts Brazil in Sao Paulo on Saturday, while Bolivia and Venezuela meet on the same day. read more
zoom India has taken a step toward increasing seaborne imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the country held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of an LNG terminal in Bhadrak.Officials informed that cargoes carried from the US, Canada and Qatar would be delivered to the INR 60 billion (USD 930.3 million) Bhadrak terminal, which will be located at the port of Dhamra. Although India has import terminals in Gujarat and Maharashtra, the new terminal will be the country’s first LNG terminal.Under the development plans, the LNG terminal will have a capacity of 5 million metric tons per year and is expected to contribute to the process of development and economic growth in eastern India, according to Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas.Pradhan further informed that the terminal, which will provide employment and investment opportunities, along with access to clean fuel, is expected to be commissioned by 2020-21.“Dhamra will be a vital link in connecting Eastern India to the gas infrastructure of the country and will also benefit neighboring countries,” Pradhan said.World Maritime News Staff
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – North America’s longest subsea electricity cable has been connected between the island of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, Halifax-based Emera Inc. confirmed Tuesday.The 170-kilometre cable is a key part of the $1.6-billion Maritime Link project, which will enable Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown-owned Nalcor Energy to provide privately owned Nova Scotia Power Inc. with energy from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project under construction in Labrador.The cable is the first of two to be pulled across the Cabot Strait between Cap Ray in southwestern Newfoundland and Point Aconi in Cape Breton.It was anchored at Point Aconi on Sunday by Nexans SA of France, the subsea contractor working for Emera Newfoundland and Labrador, a subsidiary of Emera.“With the first of two cables between the two provinces installed and anchored, the Maritime Link interconnection is now a reality for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador,” Rick Janega, president and CEO of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador, said in a statement.“We’ll soon be able to transmit electricity directly between the provinces for the first time, allowing improved reliability, carbon reduction and increased renewable energy utilization.”The link will help Nova Scotia meet federal regulations requiring a 50 per cent reduction in coal emissions by 2030 and provincial regulations requiring 40 per cent renewable energy by 2020. Nova Scotia Power customers will pay most of the bill for the project.Installation of the second cable is expected to begin next month, and Emera has said it plans to have electricity flowing between the two provinces before the end of the year.The two cables, each the width of a two-litre pop bottle, can carry 250 megawatts of high voltage direct current.Together, they weigh about 11,000 tonnes, which is more than the Eiffel Tower. Their copper conductors are protected by 13 layers of various types of armour, insulation, fabric tape and a lead-alloy sheath. They will rest on the ocean floor at depths up to 470 metres.While the Maritime Link project remains on time and on budget, Muskrat Falls is two years behind schedule and $4 billion over budget at $11.7 billion. It was supposed to start producing power later this year, but the new deadline is 2020 at the earliest.Still, the Maritime Link won’t sit idle. Nova Scotia Power, another subsidiary of Emera, is expected to supply electricity to the island of Newfoundland to enable the province to shut down its oil-fired Holyrood generating station near St. John’s.
Do you remember this man? Bobby Jack Fowler may be linked to seven other Highway of Tears cases.By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe RCMP said Tuesday investigators had linked at least three “Highway of Tears” murders to a U.S. serial killer who died from lung cancer in 2006 while serving time in an Oregon prison.Investigators with the RCMP’s Project E-PANA, the British Columbia-based task force probing Highway of Tears cold cases, said Bobby Jack Fowler murdered a 16 year-old girl and was strongly suspected of killing two 19 year-olds in the province during the 1970s.The investigators said they suspected Fowler could also be linked to seven other case involving murders and disappearances of women from Highways 97, 16 and 5, in the B.C. interior between Prince George and Prince Rupert.The Highway of Tears investigation is focusing on a total of 18 cases ranging from 1969 to 2006 which are all linked by their close proximity to the three highways. The cases involve 13 murders and five missing women investigations. The majority of the cases involve First Nations women.The RCMP said a second serial killer may also be responsible for some of the murders. Investigators have identified three suspects in connection with three murders. In at least two of the cases the RCMP believes the linked suspects killed only once.It took a world first in police investigations for the RCMP to link Fowler with the 1974 murder of Colleen MacMillen, a 16 year-old from Lac La Hache, B.C.MacMillen was last seen hitchhiking on Hwy 97 on Aug. 9, 1974. She was later found murdered off a logging road about 46 kilometres south from her last known location.Earlier this year, as a result of new DNA identification technology, the RCMP submitted the DNA of an unknown male that had been isolated in MacMillen’s case to Interpol’s foreign DNA database. On May 3, Oregon State Police made a match, the oldest DNA match in history.The RCMP also believes that Fowler is linked to the 1973 murder of Gale West, 19, and the killing of Pamela Darlington, 19, that same year. He was known to travel Hwy 16.“These are just two of the cases we are looking for connections to, but we are fully open to the possibility that Fowler committed other violent offences against women that may or may not have been reported to police,” said Ins. Gary Shinkaruk, officer in charge of the B.C. RCMP Major Crime, Special Projects Unit.The RCMP, however, would not reveal how Fowler killed his victims.Fowler died at age 66 in prison while serving time for the 1995 kidnapping and attempted rape of a woman who fled from his grasp by jumping out a second floor window at the Tides Inn Motel in Newport, Oregon, naked, with a rope tied to her ankle.Oregon authorities have linked Fowler to at least four unsolved murders of teen girls.A drifter, who did odd jobs, drove old cars into the ground and moved between U.S. states and across the international border, Fowler had an extensive, violent criminal history in the U.S. but left barely a trace during his time in Canada.Shinkaruk said the U.S.-born Fowler had criminal convictions spanning several states that included attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, sexual assault, arson, kidnapping and attempted sexual assault.Fowler had a deceptively charming and disarming personality which could darken on a moment’s notice and would then become extremely aggressive and violent with often deadly aims. He often acted under the twisted belief that women who hitchhiked, went to taverns or bars desired to be violently sexually assaulted.“A number of living victims that provided information to us…that is disturbing and graphic in nature,” said Shinkaruk. “Some living individuals stated that his intention was to actually kill them.”The RCMP teamed up with the F.B.I., 31 law enforcement agencies and 11 state correctional departments, in the investigation into Fowler that led all the way to Texas where he once killed a man in 1970 but escaped conviction on the death.The RCMP interviewed Fowler’s family in the U.S., who suspected him of murdering one of their own, associates and cell mates in hopes of uncovering bits of information that would shed light on the killer’s time in Canada.RCMP investigators managed to create a timeline for Fowler’s movement spanning the last 40 years, but still faced extensive gaps from his time in B.C..“Our challenge had been determining with certainty Fowler’s history here in British Columbia,” said Shinkaruk.Despite his vicious criminal history in the U.S., there is no trace of Fowler in Canadian police databases. Investigators uncovered that he worked for Prince George roofing company, Happy’s Roofing, in 1974. The company’s records now no longer exist.Shinkaruk said the RCMP was releasing photos of Fowler and a video in hopes of stirring the memories of residents in the area.“We believe there are people out there who employed Fowler, worked with him, socialized with him or even waited on him while he was in British Columbia,” he said. “We are asking you to think back to the 70s, 80s and 90s, and your own memories of that time period, then have a look at his photos and please call us with any information you have about him.”Shawn MacMillan, Colleen MacMillan’s brother, said news that the RCMP finally found his sister’s killer was bitter-sweet at best.The RCMP is also exploring whether Fowler travelled in the neighbouring province of Alberta or up in the Yukon or Northwest Territories.“It has been a long wait for answers and though as a somewhat unsatisfactory result because this individual won’t stand trial for what he did, we are comforted by the fact that he was in prison when he died and he can’t hurt anyone else,” said Shawn MacMillan. “Colleen was a lovely, sweet 16 year-old kid and there are no words to express how terribly she was robbed.”firstname.lastname@example.org
BARCELONA, Spain – New Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had been barely sworn in Saturday before one of the country’s most critical issues facing his fragile government was pressed upon him: ending the Catalan secession crisis.Less than two hours after Sanchez had taken his oath to uphold the Spanish Constitution, Catalan chief Quim Torra demanded to meet with Sanchez and speak “government to government” regarding the future of the wealthy yet restive northeastern region.“Pedro Sanchez, let us talk, take risks, both you and I. Let us sit down at a table and talk, government to government,” Torra said after swearing in his regional Cabinet in Barcelona on Saturday.Torra, who was chosen by separatist lawmakers to lead the region last month, said his government “accepts the charge to continue forward with the mandate … to form an independent state.”Sanchez, the leader of Spain’s Socialist Party, came to power after he successfully ousted conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy, who lost a no-confidence vote in parliament on Friday.In order to cobble together the support to cast out Rajoy, Sanchez promised to open talks with Torra in order to get the votes he needed from the Catalan pro-secession lawmakers in the national parliament.Sanchez said Thursday that one of the priorities of his government would be “rebuilding bridges” with the country’s regions and “establishing the foundations that allow us to normalize relations and start a dialogue between the Spanish government and the new government in Catalonia.”Sanchez, however, insisted that any solutions for Catalonia must fit within Spain’s Constitution, which calls the nation “indivisible” and says national sovereignty resides in the Madrid-based parliament.Sanchez had been Rajoy’s most loyal backer of a government takeover of Catalonia’s regional affairs following an illegal and unsuccessful declaration of independence by the region’s parliament in October.That federal takeover came to an end Saturday after Torra formed his Catalan government. Torra’s 13 regional ministers took oaths of allegiance to Catalonia while omitting the traditional oath of allegiance to the Spanish Constitution.Torra, a fervent Catalan nationalist, was hand-picked by former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to succeed him. Puigdemont is fighting extradition from Germany to Spain, where he is sought on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds.Torra’s prior statements in articles social media posts deriding Spaniards have been called xenophobic by critics. He has recently apologized for those views.Sanchez himself has called Torra “the Spanish Le Pen,” aligning him with elements of the European far-right like French nationalist Marine Le Pen.Besides inheriting Spain’s worst political crisis in nearly four decades, Sanchez’s government will depend on the support of the far-left Podemos (We Can) party and of a motley crew of regional parties and Catalan secessionists to get anything done in the federal government.Spain’s parliament voted Friday to replace Rajoy’s government with one led by Sanchez after a ruling by the National Court delivered hefty prison sentences to 29 business people and ex-members of Rajoy’s Popular Party, including some elected officials, for fraud, money laundering and tax evasion, among other crimes.Rajoy attended Saturday’s ceremony in the royal Zarzuela Palace and shook Sanchez’s hand after the new leader was sworn in by King Felipe VI. The two political rivals then posed for a photo with the monarch.Sanchez has vowed to fight corruption and help those Spaniards affected by years of public spending cuts under Rajoy’s government. He also pledged to hold an election soon, while not setting a date.Unlike the new populist government in Italy, Sanchez and his party are staunch supporters of the European Union and its shared euro currency.
WASHINGTON DC: American cyclist Kelly Catlin, a three-time world champion and 2016 Rio Olympic runner-up in team pursuit, has died at age 23, USA Cycling confirmed Sunday. Catlin was part of the US team pursuit squads that captured world titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018 but she withdrew from the American team that failed to defend the title February 27-28 at the 2019 worlds in Poland. “The US cycling community suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Kelly Catlin,” USA Cycling president Rob DeMartini said in a statement. “Kelly was more than an athlete to us and she will always be part of the USA Cycling family. “The entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss… We are deeply saddened by Kelly’s passing, and we will all miss her dearly.” A report in VeloNews on Sunday said Catlin committed suicide on Thursday night, citing an e-mail from her father Mark and Facebook posting from her brother Colin. A statement by Stanford University, where Catlin was working on a graduate degree in Computational and Mathematical Engineering, said an unnamed student was found dead in her on-campus residence by her roommate Thursday with no signs of foul play. Catlin, who also took bronze in individual pursuit at the 2017 and 2018 worlds, was also mourned by her professional team, Rally UHC Cycling. “The news of Kelly’s passing has hit the team hard,” the team said in a Twitter posting. “Losing an incredible person at such a young age is very difficult. “Kelly was our friend and teammate. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and those who were fortunate enough to know her best.” Last month on Velo News, Catlin wrote about balancing her athletic and academic career. “Being a graduate student, track cyclist, and professional road cyclist can instead feel like I need to time-travel to get everything done. And things still slip through the cracks,” she wrote. “This is probably the point when you’ll expect me to say something cliché like, ‘Time management is everything.’ Or perhaps you’re expecting a nice, encouraging slogan like, ‘Being a student only makes me a better athlete!’ After all, I somehow make everything work, right? Sure. Yeah, that’s somewhat accurate. “But the truth is that most of the time, I don’t make everything work.”
Visakhapatnam: Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw heaped praises on teammate Rishab Pant, calling him the best finisher among youngsters after the 21-year-old helped Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in a nerve-wracking IPL Eliminator here. Chasing a target of 163, Delhi Capitals, who had lost the way after a blazing start, were brought to cusp of victory by Pant, who smashed 49 off 21 balls with five sixes even as West Indies’ Keemo Paul finished it off in the penultimate ball of the innings with a boundary off Khaleel Ahmed on Wednesday night. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”In these T20 games, there’s a lot of pressure. I was praying that we win. Pant did a brilliant job. I have said that he is the best finisher among the young players. He always opens up the game for us. He has been doing very well. Unfortunately, he could not finish it for us, but Keemo did well in the end,” Shaw said at the post match press conference. He also pointed out that Amit Mishra’s single run was an important one. The 19-year-old said it was important for him to get back into form after a few bad games. Shaw top-scored with 56 off 38 balls on a “sticky wicket” to give Delhi a great start. “First six overs are important because if you put runs on board, it will take the pressure off the other batsmen. It was a bit difficult to pull the ball. Since their bowlers were bowling cutters on a sticky wicket, it was not pulling.”
Rabat- The Royal Gendarmerie in Rabat has imposed disciplinary sanctions on several senior officials in Mohamed Haramou’s department.Along with several colonels, the senior officials were sanctioned for committing “profession mistakes,” stated the daily Almassae in its March 6th edition. The news source did not specify what the mistakes were.The sanctions also affected intelligence chiefs, who were suspended from their duties pending a final decision, according to Almassae. General Haramou, head of the Royal Gendarmerie, has also made several changes in the ranks of his department.Haramou was appointed by King Mohammed VI in early December 2017, replacing Lieutenant General Hosni Benslimane.
Rabat – Jailed Hirak Rif activist Nasser Zefzafi has started a hunger strike to protest “torture” and “harassment” in Casablanca’s Oukacha prison.In a four-minute video, Nasser Zefzafi’s father, Ahmed Zefzafi, conveyed Zezafi’s message to all Moroccans that supported or did not support him.In the video, posted on Facebook Thursday, August 30, Zefzafi’s father said that his son told his mother that he would start a hunger strike and would not even drink water until he dies. Zefzafi’s decision was made in response to “harassment” and “torture” that he alleges he has suffered in the prison.Ahmed Zefzafi said that his son asked for “forgiveness” from all people, including those who do not support him.He also asked his mother to tell his family not to intervene in the hunger strike.According to his father, Zezafi is still being held in the small solitary cell where he was jailed before his trial.“He can only pray when he sits on a chair because the surface of the cell is too small.”“He is determined not to eat or drink until his demands are met. It is a strike of no return,” the father told AFP.“He only asks for the rights that other prisoners enjoy: that he be taken out of isolation in a solitary cell and put him in a dignified cell where he can see and talk” with the other jailed activists, added Ahmad.Zefzafi was arrested in May 2017 after he interrupted a Friday prayer in a mosque to protest the sermon’s content.In June, a court in Casablanca gave sentences ranging from 1 to 20 years for 54 Hirak Rif activists. Zefzafi and three other activists received 20 years in prison.On Eid alAdha, King Mohammed VI pardoned 188 prisoners involved in unauthorized protests in the Al Hoceima province.The protests erupted after the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a local fishmonger, who attempted to save his goods when they were confiscated and thrown in a garbage truck.Fikri jumped into the garbage truck and was crushed to death.More than 400 activists were arrested in a government crackdown of the protests.
Rabat – The Spanish acting government approved on Friday, August 23, €32 Million to back Morocco’s efforts to curb irregular migration.Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that the latest grant seeks to “support efforts made by the Moroccan authorities to fight against irregular immigration, smuggling of migrants, and human trafficking.”Spain, added MAP, believes that shared responsibility is necessary to fight the irregular migration flows. The aid is on top of another grant of €26 Million approved by the Spanish government on July 5.Spanish activism in favor of Morocco’s government at the European Union also led to the approval of a €140 million grant.Khalid Zerouali, director of immigration and border surveillance at the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior believes that “the €140 million is a start; it will not fix the problem, but it is a welcome gesture.” “We also intend to work bilaterally with Spain and Europe in a long-term program,” he added in an interview published earlier this month by Eldiario.es.Both countries faced pressure due to the border crisis. The migration surge also urged Spain to supply Morocco with equipment such as radars, vehicles, and 15 drones to help improve migration control, reported Malaga Hoy on August 12.In July, Zerouali said that Morocco has foiled more than 40,300 irregular migration attempts since January 2019.Zerouali said that the number of foiled irregular migration attempts represent a 25% increase from the same period of 2018.
With the growing number of ratifications of major environmental agreements suggesting that more countries are committed to addressing global ecological issues, the true test remains implementation and enforcement, especially with regard to greenhouse gases, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today. “Action on climate change is particularly urgent, given its profound implications for virtually every aspect of human well-being, from jobs and health to growth and security,” he said in a message to a seminar in New York organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).“Until we stop treating climate change as a strictly environmental concern, and instead recognize the full nature of this threat, our action will fall short.”He noted that last year’s World Summit at UN Headquarters decided on a number of measures aimed at protecting the global environment, including a call for a more coherent institutional framework to tackle ecological challenges.“Ensuring environmental sustainability is one of the main pillars of the global fight against poverty, and is essential for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he said referring to the targets set by the UN Millennium summit of 2000 to dramatically slash poverty, illiteracy, maternal and infant mortality and a host of other global ills by 2015.Ensuring environmental sustainability is number seven on the list of eight goals. The Fourth IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium will continue until 20 October at the Pace Law School, White Plains, New York, on the theme “Implementing Environmental Legislation: The Critical Role of Enforcement and Compliance.”
AUGUSTA, Maine – Republican Gov. Paul LePage was sued Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine for blocking critics on his official Facebook page and deleting their comments.The ACLU filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of two women, saying their First Amendment rights were violated. The lawsuit seeks attorney fees, a court declaration that the governor’s use of his page violates the women’s freedom of speech and a court order preventing LePage from continuing his censorship.LePage’s office didn’t immediately make him available for comment.The civil liberties organization recently filed similar lawsuits against Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. The Knight First Amendment Institute is suing President Donald Trump for blocking people on Twitter.LePage has long been at odds with the civil liberties organization. The group last fall called for a federal investigation into LePage’s call to “verify” college students who voted in Maine, and LePage in 2015 joined a brief opposing the national ACLU’s lawsuit on behalf of a transgender student.The governor has called the Facebook account a political page, and the page’s “about” section describes itself as LePage’s “official page- but not managed by gov’t officials.” The ACLU, meanwhile, says LePage has posted to it in his official capacity as governor on several occasions.The ACLU’s lawsuit references a remark LePage made in a recent radio appearance about his efforts to bypass the news media by using the Facebook page.“They’re so bad,” LePage said, referring to journalists. “And you know what we found that works? We go Facebook Live and we ignore them and they get even angrier.”The lawsuit is filed on behalf of Kelli Whitlock Burton, a Waldoboro resident, and Karin Leuthy, a Camden resident and the co-founder of Suit Up Maine, a statewide liberal grassroots network.“I am a constituent, and was commenting as a constituent, not as a member of any group,” Leuthy said.The ACLU is arguing that the state’s policy on the use of social media for state business doesn’t allow blocking users or deleting comments from critics of a government official. The group said the “Paul LePage, Maine’s Governor” Facebook page is verified by Facebook, a process that requires his approval.The governor’s official state website linked to the Facebook page until July 24, when the ACLU sent LePage a letter demanding he stop deleting comments. The governor’s office has referred news outlets to the Facebook page, which last month featured video addresses from LePage during the three-day government shutdown.“Free speech must be protected from government censorship on Facebook just” like any other public forum, said Meagan Sway, an ACLU of Maine attorney. FILE- In this May 10, 2017, file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage pauses during a meeting to discuss the state’s efforts to fight the opioid epidemic at the State House in Augusta, Maine. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine sued LePage on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, for blocking critics on his official Facebook page and deleting their comments. The ACLU filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of two women, saying their First Amendment rights were violated. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) by Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2017 3:04 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Maine governor sued by ACLU for blocking critics on Facebook
Hungary will reinforce their squad for the future with Iranian guy Iman Jamali. The 24-years old left back had great start of the season in Swedish IFK Kristianstad, the team who earned two wins in tough group of EHF Champions League, where he came as a loaned player from Hungarian MVM Veszprem.He will be tested among other players during Provident Cup next weekend in Debrecen, where Hungary A and Hungary B will meet Argentina and Belarus.Squad:Goalkeepers: BARTUCZ László (Csurgói KK), SZÉKELY Márton (Csurgói KK), MIKLER Roland (MVM Veszprém KC)Right wings: GULYÁS Péter (MVM Veszprém KC), PÁSZTOR Ákos (Grundfos Tatabánya KC)Right backs: ANCSIN Gábor (Mol-Pick Szeged), BALOGH Zsolt (Mol-Pick Szeged)Playmakers: CSÁSZÁR Gábor (Kadetten Schaffhausen – svájci), FALUVÉGI Rudolf (Csurgói KK), NAGY Kornél (Dunkerque HB – francia)Line players: BÁNHIDI Bence (Balatonfüredi KSE), HEGEDŰS Márk (Mol-Pick Szeged), SCHUCH Timuzsin (MVM Veszprém KC), ZUBAI Szabolcs (Mol-Pick Szeged)Left backs: BODÓ Richárd (Grundfos Tatabánya KC), BORSOS Tamás (Ceglédi KKSE), DZSAMALI Iman (IFK Kristianstad – svéd), ZDOLIK Bence (Balatonfüredi KSE)Right wings: GAZDAG Tibor (Csurgói KK), IVÁNCSIK Gergő (MVM Veszprém KC)MEN’S HANDBALL, PROVIDENT CUP (Debrecen, Phoenix Hall)Friday, November 6,20:00 Argentina-BelarusNovember 7, Saturday14:30-Hungary Belarus(16:45: B-Hungary Argentina)November 8, Sunday13:00 Hungary Argentina(10:45 B-Hungary Belarus)SOURCE: NEMZETISPORT.HUPHOTO: IFK KRISTIANSTAD, JAMALI FB PAGE ← Previous Story Jim Gottfridsson three months out! Next Story → VIDEO: Fair Play guy, Mr. Drago Vuković iman jamaliMVM VeszpremTalant Dujshebaev
https://the42.ie/3305851 Share77 Tweet Email1 Friday 24 Mar 2017, 9:49 PM Ireland 0Wales 0Ben Blake reports from the Aviva Stadium THE WELL-BEING of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman was on everyone’s mind as the Boys in Green played out a 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium tonight.There were awful scenes during the second half as the Killybegs full-back was stretchered off the pitch in some distress after a horrific tackle from Wales full-back Neil Taylor, who was shown a straight red card.While Coleman was sent to hospital with a suspected broken leg, Ireland took the game to Wales in the closing stages but were ultimately unable to break the deadlock.The Irish football community united over this past week to mourn the untimely passing of Derry City captain Ryan McBride. A one club man, the 27-year-old defender was remembered — along with former FAI president Milo Corcoran and ex-Ireland international Ray Brady — with a moment’s applause before kick-off.Travelling Welsh supporters also made a touching gesture by presenting a shirt with his name on the back to President Michael D Higgins, while James McClean wore the number five of his old friend and former Candystripes team-mate.Much of the build-up focused on the fact that Ireland came into the match significantly depleted by injuries and the suspension of Robbie Brady. In spite of that, O’Neill named a side full of experience but short on creativity.Midfielder James McCarthy was the major worry all week and, having seemingly won his fitness battle, the Everton man was included on the initial team sheet.However, it was David Meyler who took his place in the starting XI when the players lined out on the pitch. President Michael D Higgins holds up the Wales jersey with Ryan McBride’s name and number. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOWales boss Chris Coleman had all his big guns available and picked the same side that saw off Belgium in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 — meaning talisman Gareth Bale was given a free role behind West Brom striker Hal Robson-Kanu in a 3-5-2.The sell-out crowd at the Aviva Stadium were treated to an extremely cagey first 45 minutes, with Ireland struggling to get hold of the ball and the visitors looking more assured in possession.Without ball-playing midfielders such as Brady, Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter, the gameplan was often to loft balls towards the head of loan striker Shane Long or the industrious Jon Walters and attempt to feed off the knock-downs.While they were toothless in attack, Ireland’s first half performance was defensively solid and there were well-timed challenges from McClean, Walters, Coleman and John O’Shea.On the half-time whistle, Glenn Whelan appeared to lead with his elbow and was lucky to escape a card after catching Stoke City team-mate Joe Allen high. Whelan and Allen have to be kept apart. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOWales made a like-for-like change at the break as Burnley striker Same Vokes replaced Robson-Kanu.Bale had drifted in and out of the action during the opening half, but came alive just after the interval.First, his free-kick stung the hands of the Irish goalkeeper. Then, on 49 minutes, the Real Madrid star showed lightning-quick feet to make some room for himself before whipping a strike past Randolph’s post.Just before the hour mark, Richard Keogh made contact with a corner but it wasn’t sufficient and the ball bounced harmlessly wide. Ireland grew in confidence with every minute that passed and, after good work from McClean on the right, Long volleyed wide.But the game then took a turn for the worse on 69 minutes. Neil Taylor’s tackle on Coleman was reckless and left the Ireland skipper needing oxygen as he was carried off.Buoyed by the extra man and an increasingly-optimistic crowd, Ireland went in search of a winner. McClean had two bites at the cherry when the ball dropped in the box but his second effort was deflected wide off a Welsh body.The in-form Aiden McGeady was given 11 minutes plus time added on to come up with some magic after replacing Meyler, and he did succeed in injecting urgency.Bale wasn’t quite finished and came within a whisker of rattling his shot into the top corner in the dying minutes. Down the other end, McGeady showed some trickery before firing well over and there were a couple of scrambles in the Welsh box before the full-time whistle.The draw leaves Ireland as joint-leaders of Group D with Serbia at the halfway point, with Austria next to visit Dublin in June. Wales are four points back but Chris Coleman will be happy to take a draw given the sending off.IRELAND: Randolph; Coleman (c) (Christie 71), Keogh, O’Shea, Ward; Whelan, Meyler (McGeady 80); Walters Hendrick, McClean; Long.WALES: Hennessey; Davies Chester, Williams (c); Gunter, Ledley (Richards 71), Allen, Ramsey, Taylor; Bale, Robson-Kanu (Vokes 46).McCarthy starts as Ireland team named for World Cup qualifier with WalesLIVE: Ireland v Wales, World Cup 2018 Qualifier Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Ireland’s World Cup qualifier overshadowed by serious injury to captain Seamus Coleman The full-back was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg in tonight’s 0-0 draw. Mar 24th 2017, 9:49 PM Short URL Coleman lies on the ground in distress after the tackle. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Coleman lies on the ground in distress after the tackle. 49,380 Views 52 Comments By Ben Blake Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article