Alexander Zverev has the tools to shine but needs experience: Boris Becker

first_imgA 17-year-old Boris Becker took the Wimbledon by storm in 1985 and won the title. He was a man in a hurry and wanted the games to come thick and fast. But he admitted that today, the game has changed.The German speaking about the country’s latest tennis sensation — Alexander Zverev, said that he hopes Alexander keeps his head down, concentrates and he can then definitely win emulate Becker’s feats.Last year, he lost in the third round of the Australian Open at the hands of Rafael Nadal in five sets but he put up a brave display. He made the last 16 of the Wimbledon but his steam ran out and lost to Borna Coric in the second round of the US Open and he described his effort as his worst match of the season.ALSO WATCHThis year however could be different for the youngster. He arrives in Melbourne as the fourth seed for the Australian Open and would be high on confidence but Becker has urged caution, saying he needs to be ready to play the long game.”For him the important thing is to get comfortably into the second week, get to the quarter-final and feel good about his game and then he will be very dangerous,” Becker, who will be working as an analyst for Eurosport during the tournament, told Reuters by telephone.”The tough thing when you are young is that you don’t have any patience. You want it to happen yesterday. Playing a grand slam over two weeks is tough for a 20-year-old to keep the concentration and keep the rhythm going.advertisement”It’s easier when you’re older and you have done it before. When you are 19 or 20 you want to play the final tomorrow!”But it’s a two-week process.”World No.4 Alexander Zverev is King Pressure Maker when it comes to taking time away from his opponents ➡️— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 10, 2018Becker, who stormed past Kevin Curren to win Wimbledon in 1985 and went on to win a total of six grand slams and top the rankings, is confident that Zverev will win a major.”He has all the tools,” he said. “He has shown last year when he won two Masters beating Novak (Djokovic) in one final and Roger (Federer) in another, which is as hard as it gets,” Becker said.”He has the quality to do it over a week, but needs a bit more experience to do it over two weeks.”Zverev, who could face his older brother Mischa in the third round, is one of a number of rising stars who are trying to dislodge one of the greatest men’s generations ever.Becker believes Australian Nick Kyrgios is beginning to show the mentality to have a deep run in Melbourne.Blocking the way though is the 36-year-old reigning champion Federer who shows no sign of being ready to hand over power.”He must be celebrated and enjoyed because we’ll never see a player like him again, at least not in my lifetime,” Becker said.”What I hope is that he, Nadal, Djokovic and (Andy) Murray are all still at the top when the 20 somethings take over, not after they have declined.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Liverpool Blows Away Man City in 3-0 Win in CL Quarters

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The night started with their team bus being smashed up by beer cans and bottles. It ended with their Champions League ambitions in pieces, too.Manchester City’s players learnt Wednesday just why a trip to Anfield can be one of the most uncomfortable experiences in European soccer.On an evening that will go down in the club’s long and storied lore, Liverpool reduced the best team in England to a rattled wreck by beating City 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal match, thanks to three goals in a devastating opening 31 minutes.Mohamed Salah — with his 38th goal of the season — Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane all scored in front of The Kop, leaving City coach Pep Guardiola scratching his head as he paced his technical area and wondering where it all went wrong.Was it the fact that his players came under attack before kickoff, with Liverpool fans chucking objects at City’s team bus as it traveled along Anfield Road — the street running alongside the stadium — before turning into the ground?Was it his tactical decision to drop winger Raheem Sterling and play an extra central midfielder in Ilkay Gundogan, a move that completely backfired?Or was it the fact that Liverpool can so often be just too hot to handle going forward?It might have been a mixture of the three. And it leaves City’s dream of a treble — it has already won the League Cup and could clinch the Premier League on Saturday in record time — in tatters.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the Champions League quarter final, first leg soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)“In this room,” Guardiola said to reporters, “I think there is nobody, except the guy talking to you, who believes we can go through. There are 90 minutes more, we are going to try.”As important as Liverpool’s attacking brilliance in the first half was the team’s defensive resilience in the second half.City finished the game without having a shot on target — “I don’t know how we did that,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said — and its star players muted. David Silva was subdued, Kevin De Bruyne played too deep, Gabriel Jesus barely got a touch.An away goal would have changed the complexion of the match, especially given that Salah hobbled off injured and could yet be a doubt for next week’s second leg at Etihad Stadium.But, with center back Dejan Lovren and right back Trent Alexander-Arnold excelling, Liverpool held firm and knows scoring one goal in the return leg at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday leaves City requiring an improbable five.“We beat the best team in the world,” Klopp said.“But we have to work,” he added. “You celebrate the party only when the party starts.”In the other quarterfinal first leg on Wednesday, Barcelona beat Roma 4-1 thanks to a pair of own goals, by Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas, and strikes by Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez.Like Real Madrid, which won 3-0 at Juventus on Tuesday, Barca look assured of a place in the semifinals. And Liverpool are halfway there as well.Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola wipes his face during the Champions League quarter final first leg soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)From the moment Liverpool scored the opening goal in the 12th minute, City looked shellshocked.A stray pass from Leroy Sane allowed Liverpool to counter through James Milner’s pass down the right flank to Salah, who fed Roberto Firmino down the middle. Firmino’s shot was blocked by Kyle Walker, but the Brazilian managed to pass the ball across for Salah to send a rising shot into the net.Oxlade-Chamberlain had his best game for Liverpool since his summer move from Arsenal and he rifled in the second goal in the 21st after referee Felix Brych played the advantage following Vincent Kompany’s foul from behind on Firmino.Guardiola shook his head. De Bruyne barked at his teammates. But worse was to come for City.Salah had a long-range shot blocked but after the ball came back to him, he sent over a curling cross that just went over Fernandinho’s head and was met with a headed finish by Mane.It threatened to get even uglier for City in the final minutes of the half as they kept getting stretched by Liverpool’s forwards, with Nicolas Otamendi having a particularly tough time.Liverpool didn’t want to hear the halftime whistle. And the sight of Salah hobbling off in the 52nd minute with what appeared a left groin injury gave hope to City.The introduction of Sterling, for Gundogan, meant City reverted to its usual shape but Liverpool’s defending was excellent.Liverpool last reached the semifinals in 2008, when it lost to Chelsea. Hold out next week and the Reds will feel they are back where they belong.—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Truth is bitter: Junaid Khan reacts after axe from Pakistan World Cup squad

first_imgPakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan on Monday shared a cryptic picture on his social media account after he was removed from the World Cup squad by Pakistan national selectors.Star fast-bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were added to the 15-man squad as chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq announced the final squad for the quadrennial event on Monday.From the 15-player provisional squad, which was announced on 18 April, the selectors have replaced Abid Ali and Junaid Khan with Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir, respectively (both were named as additional players), while Wahab Riaz has been recalled to replace Faheem Ashraf.”I dont want to say anything. Truth is bitter. (Sach karwa hotha hai),” Junaid wrote on the post along with a picture of himself and a black tape covering his mouth.I dont want to say anything. Truth is bitter. (Sach karwa hotha hai) khan 83 (@JunaidkhanREAL) May 20, 2019Yasir Shah is the fourth player to be released from the side after he was named as Shadab Khan’s replacement for the series against England.Amir, who is presently in London and has fully recovered from chicken pox, and Wahab is expected to join the squad in Bristol on 22 May. Both the players will be available for selection for the 24 and 26 May warm-up matches before Pakistan launches their World Cup campaign against the Windies on 31 May at Trent Bridge.Chairman of Pakistan men’s selection committee, Inzamam-ul-Haq said the team combination has been revised after taking into account the fast bowlers’ performance against England as well as considering the nature of wickets that are likely to be presented in the World Cup.advertisement”Junaid and Faheem (Ashraf) are dropped but that doesn’t mean they are not good. But we think players like Amir and Wahab are more suitable for these conditions, which is why we have preferred them,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said.”I see my team at No. 1. I am sure all teams are working hard for the World Cup, but I think Pakistan have the capability to win the World Cup,” Inzamam said.Also Read | Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz included in Pakistan’s 15-man squad for 2019 World Cuplast_img read more

Urban Meyer Names Team That Can Challenge Alabama, Clemson

first_img “I like LSU,” Meyer said. “(Joe Burrow) loves this team…They have 16 returning starters.”Meyer coached Burrow at Ohio State. The former four-star quarterback competed for the Buckeyes’ starting job after J.T. Barrett left, but ended up transferring to Baton Rouge.LSU begins the 2019 season ranked No. 6 in the country. The Tigers open the year against Georgia Southern at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on SEC Network.A major test for Coach O’s team comes in Week 2, when the Tigers play at No. 10 Texas. A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during a play in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is making his college football analyst debut on FOX’s pregame show this morning.Meyer, who retired from Ohio State after the 2018 season, is part of FOX’s new pregame show that also features Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Brady Quinn.Ohio State’s former head coach was asked at the beginning of the show what team can challenge Alabama and Clemson in 2019.His answer: LSU. last_img read more

Loblaw preorders 25 Tesla allelectric trucks for undisclosed price

first_imgMONTREAL – Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it is among the first purchasers of Tesla’s new electric truck.Canada’s largest supermarket chain (TSX:L) says it has pre-ordered 25 of the vehicles called the Tesla Semi.“It’s part of our commitment to electrify our fleet,” spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said.Earlier this month, Loblaw committed to have a fully electric fleet as part of the company’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 2030.That would involve adding 350 zero-emission vehicles and more than 2,500 trailers to the fleet.The Ontario-based grocer said removing diesel from its transport trucks and refrigerated trailers could reduce more than 94,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of removing more than 20,000 cars from the road.By 2030, Loblaw expects to have reduced emissions from electricity use by 35 per cent, transportation by 25 per cent, and refrigerants by 50 per cent.First deliveries of the Tesla trucks are expected in 2019.No price for the trucks was provided, but reservations for the Tesla Semi cost US$5,000 per truck.Wal-Mart says it has also pre-ordered 15 vehicles, including 10 for its Canadian routes.“We have a long history of testing new technology — including alternative-fuel trucks — and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle,” Wal-Mart spokesman Ryan Curell wrote in an email.“We believe we can learn how this technology performs within our supply chain, as well as how it could help us meet some of our long-term sustainability goals, such as lowering emissions.”Tesla declined to identify any other Canadian buyers for the truck that it says can go from zero to 100 kph in five seconds without a trailer, compared to 15 seconds for a comparable diesel truck.It says the Tesla Semi requires no shifting for smooth acceleration and its brakes recover 98 per cent of kinetic energy to the battery.“Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic,” it said on the company’s website.Tesla says that a fully loaded Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile and has a range of about 800 kilometres. That could save owners at least US$200,000 in fuel costs over 1.6 million km.last_img read more

NAFTA deal possible by end of March says Canadian envoy MacNaughton

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s ambassador to the United States said Monday he believes NAFTA negotiators can reach an agreement in principle by the end of March.The upbeat assessment from envoy David MacNaughton comes in the face of the continuing threat from U.S. President Donald Trump to blow up the deal, which hangs over the final eight weeks in the current negotiating schedule.MacNaughton refused to speculate on whether Trump is likely to pull out of NAFTA, but he said enough progress has been made on the “wiring and plumbing” of the agreement that all three countries can iron out their differences on the more substantial issues in the next two months.“I would love to see a deal done,” the envoy said after an event in Ottawa with his U.S. counterpart, Kelly Craft. “We’ve made tremendous progress on some of the less spectacular things.”Craft said little about the substance of the negotiations in her appearance with MacNaughton during a staged question-and-answer session at a conference on North American energy. But the two ambassadors did laud their close co-operation and the ties of friendship between Canada and the U.S.Craft dropped a broad hint that she doesn’t find her president’s rhetoric helpful.“When President Trump asked me to consider serving as U.S. ambassador to Canada, he promised that this would be very interesting and very, very important,” she said.“I don’t really need him to continually say ‘tear up NAFTA’ to keep it interesting. A little bit of boring would have been just fine with me.”MacNaughton said the time has come to leave political rhetoric behind and find a workable agreement in principle that officials can hammer out later.“There are still four or five sticking points,” he said.“I think we roll up our sleeves and work hard on them we can at least get to the point where we’ve got an understanding, whether it be an agreement in principle or whatever it is, which we then allow technical people to work on.”Two more rounds of negotiations are set to take place before presidential elections in Mexico and the U.S. congressional midterms, which observers fear could prove disruptive.The lingering doubt is bad for the U.S. economy and business in general, MacNaughton said.“The uncertainty causes people to sit on their wallets rather than make investments,” he said. “I’d hate to see that stalled because of the uncertainty around NAFTA.”Substantial differences remain on autos, a sunset clause and an investor-dispute resolution mechanism, while U.S. demands for greater market access to Canada’s protected dairy industry also loom large.The NAFTA renegotiation survived its sixth round of talks in Montreal, with the U.S. dialing down some of its negative rhetoric, including its imminent threats of withdrawal.U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer said he was unsatisfied with Canadian proposals on autos and characterized a Canadian complaint to the World Trade Organization as a “massive attack” against the U.S. trading system. But he said enough progress was made in Montreal to continue the talks.Craft said the U.S. wants to see greater energy co-operation between Canada, Mexico and the United States reflected in an updated NAFTA.“The United States wants NAFTA modernization to strengthen the North American energy revolution and promote North American energy security and self-sufficiency,” said Craft.“A separate energy chapter must add value not duplicate obligations found in other chapters.”Craft did not elaborate and left the event without speaking to reporters afterwards.last_img read more

LS polls this time will bring mahaparivartan Akhilesh

first_imgDeoband (UP): Accusing the BJP-led NDA government of creating more rifts in the society than the British during colonial rule, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Sunday said this time, the Lok Sabha elections are to bring a “mahaparivartan”.Kicking off a joint campaign of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance here in western Uttar Pradesh, Yadav asked the BJP leaders to resolve not to lie during the auspicious occasion of ‘Navaratri’. Referring to the 2014 parliamentary election, the Samajwadi Party chief said, “He (Modi) came as a chaiwala (tea-seller) and we all believed (him) for the sake of ‘achche din’ and crores of jobs. But now, when elections have come again they say they are chowkidar (watchmen).” “This time, we all will together snatch the ‘chowki’ (seat) of every single chowkidar,” he said. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi coining an acronym ‘SARAB’ (alcohol) from the initial letters of the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party tie-up, Yadav said, “Our alliance is being termed ‘milawat (adulterated) alliance’, but those who talk about SARAB are intoxicated by power.” The Samajwadi party chief stressed that the dreams of socialist thinkers Ram Manohar Lohia and Kanshi Ram will be fulfilled by the alliance. “The coming election is for ‘mahaparivartan’ (grand change)… this is the alliance of giving a new government and a new PM,” he told the gathering. On the prime minister washing the feet of sanitation workers at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, the SP president said, “Everyone saw on TV when feet were being washed, but at the same time, jobs of the minorities and others were washed off.” The promise of ‘achche din’ (good days) has turned out to be ‘burey din’ (bad days). They (BJP)… brought GST, which benefitted big businessmen but the small ones remained harassed, he alleged. Taking a dig at the prime minister for making claims of all-round success, Yadav said, “The prime minister is making claims, but statistics prove the country is going backwards in all areas… They created walls within society, when what was required was that progress be made with the help of schemes.” He asked the BJP leaders to resolve never to tell lies, and said, “I have taken the same resolve this ‘Navaratri’.” RLD chief Ajit Singh took a swipe at the BJP’s “achche din” promise on Sunday, saying the good days were not meant for the people of the country but for Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. Addressing a rally here, which witnessed the top leadership of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance coming on one platform to kick-off the joint campaign of the “mahagathbandhan” for the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls slated for April 11, Singh said, “What has PM Modi done in five years? He was not talking about your achche din, but his own achche din.” Elated over the massive turnout at the rally, Singh, a prominent Jat leader from the area, said it was an indication that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was going to be wiped out in the coming polls.last_img read more

Security Council supports military action against Ugandan rebels UN envoy says

“First they expressed sympathy and support for the military action in course,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for the LRA-Affected Areas Joaquim Chissano told reporters after briefing the 15-member body on the situation.“They also urged that the peace process be continued and they would support the peace process, which means the signature of the final agreement,” he said, stressing that LRA leader Joseph Kony had now failed “for the seventh time” to sign the accord reached earlier this year with Uganda.Ugandan Government forces have been fighting the LRA in the north of the country since the mid-1980s and during the conflict the rebel group, which has spilled over into Sudan and DRC, has become notorious for human rights abuses including the killing and maiming of civilians and the abduction and recruitment of children as soldiers and sex slaves.The International Criminal Court has indicted Mr. Kony and four other LRA leaders on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. A series of accords struck by the two sides this year raised hopes that they could reach a permanent, wide-ranging agreement ending the conflict, but each time Mr. Kony was expected to emerge from the jungle and sign the deal mediated by the Government of Southern Sudan, he failed to appear. 17 December 2008The Security Council today voiced support for the joint military operation launched by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda and Southern Sudan to flush out the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from a remote national park in north-eastern DRC, a senior United Nations envoy said. read more

Security Council restates support for Kosovo Standards before Status policy

“The Security Council reaffirms its strong support for the ‘Standards before Status’ policy that was devised for Kosovo…in order to reach the goal of establishing in Kosovo a multi-ethnic, stable and democratic society,” the Council President for April, German Ambassador Gunter Pleuger, said in statement read out at an open meeting.He said the Kosovo Standards Implementation Plan (KSIP) unveiled last month should serve as a basis for assessing the progress of the PISG in meeting the benchmarks. The Plan is a detailed guide that sets specific goals in such areas as the building of democratic institutions, the enforcement of rights for minorities and the creation of a functioning economy. Its provisions also include the holding of free and fair elections and the establishment of an impartial legal system. The Council statement also strongly urged the PISG to demonstrate its full and unconditional commitment to a multi-ethnic Kosovo, particularly with respect to the protection and promotion of the rights of members of the minority communities, as well as human rights, equal security, freedom of movement and sustainable returns for all inhabitants of Kosovo. The Council stressed that it was essential to review the key sections of the document dealing with “sustainable returns and the rights of communities and their members” and “freedom of movement,” calling on the PISG to take urgent steps on those two standards in order to reach out to the Serb and other communities who had suffered most in the large-scale inter-ethnic violence of 17 to 20 March that had resulted in many dead and wounded and the destruction of personal property and Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries. “The Security Council, strongly condemning those events, emphasizes that no party can be allowed to profit or to advance a political agenda through violent measures,” Ambassador Pleuger said. “It calls on the PISG and all political leaders to take responsibility in the current situation and to ensure that such acts and threats of violence are not repeated.” Nineteen people were killed in the worst violence seen in the province since the UN assumed administration of Kosovo in 1999. Nearly 1,000 people were injured – including dozens of police officers – in rioting between Albanians and Serbs, and some 29 churches and monasteries, 800 houses and more than 150 vehicles were destroyed or badly damaged. read more

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Bangladeshi journalist

Voicing grave concern over an increase in attacks on journalists in Bangladesh, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the recent assassination of Golam Mahfuz, editor of a daily newspaper in that country.“The killing of Mr. Mahfuz is a heinous attack on democracy and rule of law,” said Koïchiro Matsuura Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “It is my sincere hope that the authorities will be able to elucidate this murder and bring its perpetrators to justice, an indispensable condition to stop attacks on freedom of expression, which is a basic human right, he added.”Mr. Mahfuz, editor of the Comilla Muktakantha, was stabbed to death on 31 May in his home east of the capital Dhaka. He is the fifth journalist killed in Bangladesh over the past year, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). A recent report by the IFJ says that 400 reporters received death threats and 320 were tortured in the country over the past 12 months.“Reports of increasing violence and intimidation against journalists in Bangladesh are a cause of grave concern as to the profession’s ability to continue carrying out its important work adequately under such conditions,” Mr. Matsuura said. read more

Quebec Court of Appeal orders tobacco firms to put up 1 billion

Quebec Court of Appeal orders tobacco firms to put up $1 billion security MONTREAL – The Quebec Court of Appeal has ordered that two tobacco companies set aside just under $1 billion to compensate victims who won a landmark class-action lawsuit earlier this year.In June, the Quebec Superior Court delivered a landmark ruling ordering three major cigarette companies to pay $15 billion to smokers in what is believed to be the biggest class-action lawsuit ever seen in Canada.The province’s high court rendered a judgment late Tuesday ordering Imperial Tobacco pay $758 million and Rothman, Benson and Hedges set aside $226 million.The amounts are to be paid in quarterly instalments beginning in December and ending in 2017.The judgment noted that a motion for security was not pursued against JTI-Macdonald, the third firm that lost, because a lawyer was unavailable due to health issues.The case marked the first time tobacco companies have gone to trial in a civil suit in this country and involved two separate groups of plaintiffs: some who became seriously ill from smoking and others who said they couldn’t quit.According to the judgment, the three firms will split the $15.6 billion according to a responsibly set out by the court — 67 per cent will fall to Imperial Tobacco ($10.5 billion), 20 per cent to Rothmans, Benson & Hedges ($3.1 billion) and 13 per cent to JTI-Macdonald ($2 billion).The original judgment had ordered the companies to set aside $1 billion right away to ensure victims get some sort of compensation, and the Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health called Tuesday’s ruling an important one.“This is an important moral victory,” said Mario Bujold, general manager of the council. “We now have the certainty that the victims will be compensated.”The plaintiffs had argued the companies were liable because they knew they were putting out a harmful product and hid the health effects of tobacco.The industry countered that people knew about the risks of smoking and that the products were sold legally and with federal government approval and strict regulation.All three firms have appealed the ruling on its merits, but the case isn’t expected to be heard until next September before the Quebec Court of Appeal.Rothmans, Benson & Hedges issued a statement Tuesday evening saying that the company “remains focused on its appeal.”“RBH believes it has strong arguments for reversal of the judgment given plaintiffs’ total failure of proof that any class member smoked because of any alleged wrongdoing by RBH,” said spokeswoman Anne Edwards.The case is likely to end up on the doorstep of the Supreme Court of Canada.If the companies were to win on appeal, the $984 million would be returned to them.“The class actions began in 1998,” said Rob Cunningham of the Canadian Cancer Society. “This will be the first time in 17 years that tobacco companies will forced to provide a financial payment outside the company.” A man puts out a cigarette in downtown Ottawa on Sept. 29, 2009. The Quebec Court of Appeal has ordered that two tobacco companies set aside just under $1 billion to compensate victims who won a landmark $15 billion class-action lawsuit earlier this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit by Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 27, 2015 4:34 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN experts cite possible exploitation of workers hired to clean up toxic

“Workers hired to decontaminate Fukushima reportedly include migrant workers, asylum seekers and people who are homeless,” said the three UN Special Rapporteurs.“We are deeply concerned about possible exploitation by deception regarding the risks of exposure to radiation, possible coercion into accepting hazardous working conditions because of economic hardships, and the adequacy of training and protective measures,” they added.An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan in March 2011, which was followed by a tsunami that inundated everything along the eastern coastline around Fukushima Prefecture.Subsequently, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was informed of an explosion at one of the reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that leaked radioactive material. Three of the reactors failed, and hundreds of thousands were evacuated from the area.Seven years after the nuclear meltdown, contamination and exposure to radiation remain a hazard for workers trying to make the area safe.“We are equally concerned about the impact that exposure to radiation may have on their physical and mental health,” the experts asserted.Since that time, tens of thousands of workers have been recruited under a decontamination programme.Workers hired to decontaminate Fukushima reportedly include migrant workers, asylum seekers and people who are homeless – UN Special Rapporteurs.Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare indicated on its website that 46,386 workers were employed at Fukushima during 2016; and the Radiation Worker Central Registration Centre of Japan showed that as many as 76,951 decontamination workers were hired in the five-year period up to 2016.“The people most at risk of exposure to toxic substances are those most vulnerable to exploitation: the poor, children and women, migrant workers, people with disabilities and older workers,” the experts continued. “They are often exposed to a myriad of human rights abuses, forced to make the abhorrent choice between their health and income, and their plight is invisible to most consumers and policymakers with the power to change it.”The UN rights experts have engaged in a dialogue with the Government since last year, taking into account a reply to their most recent concerns, including “detailed reports” flagging that decontamination contracts were granted without relevant experience.“These arrangements, together with the use of brokers to recruit a considerable number of the workers, may have created favourable conditions for the abuse and violation of workers’ rights,” the UN experts said.As part of its Universal Periodic Review, Japan recently agreed to follow-up on a recommendation to restore pre-radiation levels to protect the health of pregnant women and children.The experts offered their services on how to address the ongoing issue of workers exposed to toxic radiation.In September, one of the UN experts, Baskut Tuncak, who covers environmental management and disposal of hazardous substances, will present a report to the UN Human Rights Council, calling on States and employers to strengthen protection for workers from exposure to toxic substances.The two other UN experts in discussion with the Japanese Government are Urmila Bhoola, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, and Dainius Puras, who champions the right to physical and mental health. read more

Robinson takes advantage of Sullingers absence in Kansas win

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Ohio State men’s basketball sophomore forward Jared Sullinger was absent from the Buckeyes’ lineup for the second consecutive game, and Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson took full advantage.  In Sullinger’s absence and with no dominant presence to deny him, Robinson tied for a game-high 21 points to help No. 13 Kansas (7-2) beat No. 2 OSU (8-1), 78-67. Robinson said he knew the anticipated matchup between he and Sullinger was off the first time he ran on the floor and saw the OSU sophomore wearing street clothes. “I was excited to go against (Sullinger),” Robinson said. “It comes down to is Kansas versus Ohio State. It’s not Thomas Robinson versus Jared Sullinger. I know it would have been fun for everybody to watch, but it comes down to my team versus their team.”  Sullinger suffered back spasms during the team’s Nov. 29 win against Duke and missed last Saturday’s 64-35 win against Texas-Pan American, allowing Robinson to contribute during Kansas’ 9-2 run to open the game and light the fuse of a rowdy Allen Fieldhouse crowd. Robinson scored seven points in the first half. “It’s a tremendous chance (without Sullinger) because he’s the best big man in the country,” OSU senior guard WIlliam Buford said. “When you’re missing out on that, you’re going to have difficulties and have to make some adjustments.”  Saturday marked the first time that Sullinger missed consecutive games in his OSU career. Kansas went on a 9-2 run to extend its lead to 23-13 with fewer than eight minutes to play. Back-to-back 3-pointers by OSU sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas and a rim-rattling dunk by freshman center Amir Williams silenced the raucous Jayhawks supporters as the Buckeyes climbed to be within five points at 26-21. Thomas helped OSU stay in the game, eventually scoring 15 first-half points on 5-of-8 shooting. As is customary when Kansas is playing well at Allen Fieldhouse, the silence was short lived. A dunk by Kansas junior forward Kevin Young brought the few fans were seated to their feet, with just more than four minutes to play and restored the Jayhawks’ 10-point lead. Kansas eventually took a 35-29 lead into half. The Jayhawks’ 35 points were the most allowed by the Buckeyes in the opening period since VMI scored 44 in the first half of a Nov. 23 game. New Kansas football coach and four-time Super Bowl champion Charlie Weis was introduced at halftime and addressed the crowd saying, “Let’s whoop Ohio State’s.” Led by Robinson, the whooping would follow in the half to come. Kansas opened the second half by hitting four 3-pointers with junior guard Elijah Johnson hitting three of them. A one-handed dunk by Robinson helped give the Jayhawks a 52-44 midway through the period. Buford scored just four points and was just 1-of-7 shooting in the first half, but had accumulated 14 points with under nine minutes remaining to help to Buckeyes remain competitive. Buford finished the game with 21 points, three assists and five rebounds. Matta’s team trailed, 59-48, with 8:44 to play when Robinson was called for a technical foul. Buford hit the resulting free-throws before sophomore guard Jordan Sibert stole the ball and added two points to cut the deficit to seven with 8:08 to play. The Buckeyes had the Jayhawks lead down to six points with 1:24 to play and would not go away. Robinson hauled in two rebounds off missed OSU shots with under a minute to play, the second of which came with the shot clock unplugged. Williams attempted to foul Robinson, but was called for an intentional foul. Robinson made the ensuing free-throws to ice the game. “I had some up-and-down moments in the game as far as dealing with frustration,” Robinson said. “My teammates just kept talking to me and telling me to finish the game and that’s what happened.”  Robinson was subbed from the game with 11.8 seconds to play and the victory secured, and received a standing ovation. The celebration went into full-force seconds later when the clock bled out and Kansas won by the same score. OSU will return home for a Wednesday game against South Carolina-Upstate at the Schottenstein Center. Opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m. read more

Up to five staff in every prison are corrupt as jail worker

first_imgIt was a calculated risk that wasn’t the day they decided… to do a staff searchformer prison worker James Almond Up to five members of staff in every jail are corrupt, it has been reported, as a prison worker who smuggled in mobile phones for inmates claimed he was never searched during his six months of employment.James Almond, 33, told how he escorted builders renovating HMP Stocken in Rutland, where he claims he was coerced into bringing in phones.The former prison worker, who was later jailed after being caught sneaking in mobiles, said he had daily contact with inmates despite not having had any training.In a case that highlights the problem of prison staff corruption, the BBC reported that there is a “working assumption that between three and five staff in every jail were corrupt”. Prison stock The case highlights the problem of prison staff corruptionCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA Radio 4’s File on 4 cited a “well-informed source with extensive knowledge of the prison system” as disclosing the figure.If correct, the “working assumption” that up to five staff in every prison are corrupt would equate to around 600 in England and Wales. There are around 33,000 prison officers in England and Wales.Almond, who said he brought in mobile phones for several weeks before being caught, eventually ended up in prison himself.The 33-year-old was given a 12-month jail sentence for smuggling mobile phones for a violent criminal.He told the BBC he felt “fairly vulnerable in the role, especially because at the time I was suffering heavily with depression after my father passed away – and that is the kind of thing these prisoners pick up on quite easily”.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Eventually, Almond agreed to bring in a mobile phone and continued to do so for several months before being caught.He said he was offered £500 for each parcel he took in, and that he was never searched during his six months working at the prison.”It was a calculated risk that wasn’t the day they decided… to do a staff search,” he said.In a statement, the Ministry of Justice said it remains “vigilant” to prison corruption and takes “swift action” against perpetrators. It said the government is investing £3million in a new intelligence unit while also developing a corruption strategy. One day, Almond said he was asked by a prisoner to bring in mobile phones.”He kept asking daily, and become aggressive with things he’d say,” he said. Almond, who worked at HMP Stocken in 2014, told the BBC that the prisoner left him feeling “scared” after making “threats” about his family.”This gentleman was in prison for armed robbery. I didn’t know what he was capable of.”last_img read more

Xeros arrest leads to more finds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police on Tuesday found equipment that could be used to construct 100 bombs at a second hideout allegedly used by Christodoulos Xeros, the November 17 terrorist who was arrested on Saturday after 12 months on the run from authorities.Sources told Kathimerini that the detonating mechanisms for 100 devices were discovered in a plastic container at the property in Loutraki, west of Athens. Police believe that the bombs were being prepared for members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire group, who Christodoulos was allegedly preparing to help break out from Korydallos Prison in Athens.Police also found a stolen van and a sports utility vehicle at the Loutraki property. They believe that the November 17 man was planning to use the van as a car bomb to blow a hole in the perimeter wall at Korydallos Prison so the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire members, with whom the aging terrorist was in contact before disappearing while on furlough in January 2014, could escape.Ten members of the urban guerrilla group, which conducted a bloodless bombing campaign, issued a statement from prison on Monday in which they refused to confirm the police’s claims but made it clear that they believe it is their duty to attempt to escape from custody.Explosives were also found at the property in Anavyssos, southeast of Athens, where Xeros was arrested on Saturday. Officers discovered a hand-drawn diagram apparently showing how weapons would be arranged in a second van to be used in the alleged prison bust.Police conducted ballistic tests on a handgun Xeros was carrying at the time of his arrest, as well as three more found at the Anavyssos house along with eight AK-47 assault rifles. The results showed that none of the firearms had been used in terrorist or criminal activities before.The house in Loutraki had been rented in September by a young woman using a stolen identification card with the name Eleni Melani. The ID card was found at the Anavyssos property. Police are looking for a young woman who assisted Xeros but did not give any details about her identity. A young man was also seen at the Loutraki property by neighbors.Appearing before a magistrate on Monday, Xeros refused to answer any questions, saying that he did not recognize the judge’s authority.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Valencia gives Timbers 22 draw with Whitecaps

first_imgVANCOUVER, British Columbia — Second-half substitute Jose Valencia scored in the 83rd minute to give the Portland Timbers a 2-2 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.Will Johnson also scored for Portland and assisted on the equalizer to help the Timbers (4-1-7) extend their unbeaten strike to 10 games. The tying goal came while Portland was playing with 10 men due to Mamadou Danso’s ejection 2 minutes earlier.Camilo had a goal and an assist, and Gershon Koffie also scored for the Whitecaps (3-4-4), who are 3-0-3 at home.Valencia scored after receiving a long, high lob from Johnson. Valencia and Vancouver defender Brad Rusin went up for the ball in the Whitecaps’ box, and it appeared to touch the Portland player’s arm. But play was allowed to continue, and Valencia tucked a short shot inside the near post.Camilo has been utilized mainly as a midfielder but played as a lone striker Saturday, generating some early scoring chances.The Brazilian fired just wide on a free kick from about 35 yards out in the 23rd, taking the shot after Russell Teibert was fouled on the right flank. But Camilo made no mistake a minute later, curling a shot right into the corner of the net from about 20 yards out.Camilo had another chance in the first minute of the second half, but Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts dove to stop his shot from just outside the right corner of the 18-yard box.last_img read more

Bangladesh elected member of Industrial Development Board

first_img.Bangladesh has been elected as a member of the Industrial Development Board (IDB) – one of the two policymaking organs of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s (UNIDO). The official declaration on the election has come this morning, Monday, at the seventeenth session of the General Conference of UNIDO being held in its Vienna headquarters in Austria, said a foreign ministry press release.IDB, which is comprised of fifty-three members elected for a four-year term meets annually to review the work programme, the regular and operational budget of UNIDO, and make recommendations to the UNIDO General Conference (GC).Bangladesh has been elected to serve for the 2017-2021 term, along with five other countries from the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) namely the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Iran, India and Pakistan.It is believed that Bangladesh’s election will provide the country with the opportunity to more actively contribute to UNIDO’s policy-making and programme, particularly for effective implementation of SDG9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation).last_img read more

Ebola Fighters Named Time Magazines 2014 Person of the Year

first_imgTime magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2014 is…actually more than one person.The highly anticipated tribute this year was awarded to the men and women fighting Ebola around the globe.“The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight,” the magazine’s editor, Nancy Gibbs, wrote in a Dec. 10 essay explaining the choice. “For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year.”The magazine’s annual recognition is usually given to the person or entity that wielded the largest influence on the world in the previous 12 months. Previous winners include aviator Charles Lindbergh, Pope Francis, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Kenneth Starr and President Bill Clinton during his impeachment controversy, as well as “Good Samaritans” Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono and President Barack Obama.This year’s shortlist included Russian President Vladimir Putin, a previous winner; Massoud Barzani, president of Kurdistan; Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma and the Ferguson, Mo., protesters whose “refusal to let a life be forgotten turned a local shooting into a national movement.”But the Ebola epidemic, and those who continue to battle its lethal force, swept past them all.The metamorphosis of Ebola from an “African disease” to a very real threat in the West dominated airwaves, captured the public’s attention and spread hysteria to far-flung places across the world.A Texas university, for example, denied admission to Nigerian applicants because their country had “confirmed Ebola cases.” Citizens and officials in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago even debated cancelling their world-renowned Carnival—a major tourism attraction that boosts the nation’s coffers—for fear that some hapless visitor would import the dreaded disease.The outbreak laid bare the inadequacies of the public health systems of America and many other countries, but also highlighted the heroism of doctors, nurses, hospital directors, ambulance drivers and other health care workers who gave of themselves, even unto death, to show compassion to the infected and halt the march of the deadly pandemic.“There was little to stop the disease from spreading further,” Gibbs wrote. “Governments weren’t equipped to respond; the World Health was in denial and snarled in red tape. First responders were accused of crying wolf even as the danger grew. But the people in the field…fought side by side with local doctors and nurses, ambulance drivers and burial teams…epitomizing the hero’s heart.”last_img read more