Tripura HC stays order on CPI(M) mouthpiece

first_imgThe Tripura High Court on Wednesday stayed the deregistration of Daily Desher Katha, a mouthpiece of the CPI(M)’s State unit, paving way for the Bengali daily to resume publication.In a letter on October 1, the Registrar of Newspapers for India said the publication of Daily Desher Kathawas being suspended based on a verdict passed by the District Magistrate of West Tripura, Sandeep Mahatme. It cited “unauthorised change of ownership” as the reason behind the step.The stay was granted by Tripura High Court Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Rastogi.“The future effect and operation of the order of the District Magistrate, West Tripura, dt. 01.10.2018, followed with the order passed by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Sadar, dt.01.10.2018, are hereby stayed,” the court said.Counter affidavitHowever, the respondents will be at liberty to file application for vacation/modification of the interim order after filing of the counter affidavit, it added.There is no restriction on publication of the newspaper any more, the daily’s counsel Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee told reporters at a press conference here.He alleged that West Tripura District Magistrate’s order was made under political influence and termed it as an attack on freedom of the press.Daily Desher Katha had applied to the RNI to change its ownership details in 2015. The process was not completed due to red tape, Mr. Bhattacharjee said.After fresh papers were submitted, the RNI approved the revised details of editor, printer and publisher on October 1. The DM and SDM issued a notice outside their jurisdiction on the same day and wrote to the RNI to cancel the newspaper’s registration. “This can’t be done without political intervention,” Mr. Bhattacharjee claimed.last_img read more

TN: Youth goared to death during Jallikattu

first_imgA youth was on Friday killed and another was injured during Jallikattu (bull taming sport) at a temple near Madurai, police said.The incident happenend during taming of the bull at Ambalakarapatti temple near Melur, 30 km from Madurai on Friday, they said.The organisers of the festival had not taken permission to conduct the Jallikattu, they added.- With inputs from PTIlast_img

Facebook, Twitter, Google score during FIFA World Cup

first_imgTwitter and Facebook lit up in a World Cup frenzy this week as millions of people around the world took to social media to share in the ups and downs of the matches.Defending champion Spain’s stunning elimination Wednesday after a 2-0 defeat to Chile generated a lot of buzz, though not as much as the Cup’s opening match between Brazil and Croatia.Google, meanwhile, tracked more than 641 million World Cup-related searches. In the week leading up the U.S. team’s game against Ghana on Monday, there were 10 times more searches for the World Cup in the U.S. than for the NBA Finals, which were in progress at the time.Here’s a look at how the World Cup fared online this week:TWEET DELUGEThere were 4.9 million tweets sent out Monday during the U.S. team’s match against Ghana. That compared with 12.2 million during the opening game last week between Brazil and Croatia, the most tweeted-about match so far. In comparison, there were 19.1 million tweets sent about this year’s Oscars, but that was within a 12-hour window surrounding the award show. All 32 participating World Cup teams have Twitter accounts – latecomer Iran joined just in time last week as @TeamMeliIran.THE LITTLE GUYNotice anything different on Google Maps this week? Look a little closer. That’s right, the little yellow guy that guides users through the Street View feature (“Pegman,” as he’s called), has been dressed up in black shorts and a white T-shirt and is holding a soccer ball. While you’re at it, you can also look inside all the World Cup stadiums using Street View.advertisementWHO’S TALKING ON FACEBOOK?Watching the U.S. beat Ghana on Monday, men aged 25 to 34 were posting about the match the most, followed by men ages 18 to 24, then men 35-44. Women between 25 and 34 came next. As for countries, the top 5 countries with the most posts were, in order, the U.S., Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand and England. In all, 10 million people generated 15 million “interactions” on Facebook, which include posts, comments, likes and shares.Why Thailand, you ask, considering it’s not in the tournament? The country’s military junta, in an effort to “return happiness to the people,” negotiated a deal with the tournament’s broadcaster to allow all the games to be shown for free. Previously, the broadcaster had only planned to show 22 of the 64 matches for free.GOALS ON GOOGLE?Google is sharing some World Cup stats that look at what people are searching for during the matches. In anticipation of Saturday’s Germany vs. Ghana game, for example people in Germany were searching for Ghana player Kevin Prince Boateng 20 percent more than for his brother Jerome Boateng – even though the Jerome plays for Germany.Germans were also searching for caipirinhas more often than people in Brazil, perhaps because Brazilians already know how to concoct their national cocktail, made from cachaca, sugar and lime. In Brazil, which tied with Mexico on Tuesday, searches for a Mexican TV character called the Crimson Grasshopper soared after Mexico fans dressed as “El Chapulin Colorado” to support their team.last_img read more

Rohde & Schwarz presents test solution for 3GPP release 14 location services for NB-IoT

first_imgRohde & Schwarz and CommSolid have successfully completed the verification of 3GPP Release 14 location services (LCS), which is one of the new positioning technologies for NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT). The Cat-NB2 verification was performed with CommSolid’s NB-IoT modem solution against the R&S CMW500 mobile communication tester. The R&S Location Based Services (LBS) solution based on R&S CMWcards GUI, a subset of TS-LBS, allows the verification of chipsets and mobile devices for mobile manufacturers, chipset manufacturers, test houses and network operators with the target to get permission to operate them in a particular network.The successful NB-IoT location services verification of the CommSolid NB-IoT modem using the Rohde & Schwarz test solution marks an important milestone in IoT positioning and navigation. The R&S CMW500 mobile communication tester equipped with the R&S CMWcards LBS solution and the CommSolid NB-IoT modem form the first test platform to offer verification of Cat-NB2 location services.R&S CMWcards supports location-based services testing of 3GPP Release-14 NB-IoT devices. The software runs on a R&S CMW500 which acts as a base station simulator for several cells. The device under test (DUT) observes the time difference of arrival (OTDOA) of the simulated cells and reports it to the serving cell, which is also simulated by the R&S CMW500. The R&S CMW500 calculates the position of the DUT by using the reported OTDOA measurements and sends the position coordinates back to the DUT. This R&S LBS solution based on R&S CMWcards is able to provide R&D as well as GCF and PTCRB pre-certification for chip sets and mobile devices.At MWC 2018, Rohde & Schwarz will showcase this first test solution for Cat-NB2 LBS based on the R&S CMW500 with R&S CMWcards and CommSolid’s NB-IoT modem.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Kontron: KBox A-250 with pITX-2.5Next Inova Semiconductors: standalone LED driver for in-car lightinglast_img read more

Irani Cup Day 3: Vihari, Rahane battle Vidarbha after Akshay Karnewar hundred

first_imgHanuma Vihari followed up his first innings 114 with a 40 not out in the second as Rest of India finished Day 3 at 102 for 2, leading Vidarbha by 7 runs at stumps. But the day really belonged to Akshay Karnewar whose maiden first-class hundred had helped Vidarbha get the crucial first innings lead on Thursday.Vidarbha needed a special effort from Akshay Karnewar to get them a 95-run lead in the first innings after they had been reduced to 305 for 7 following Rest of India’s first innings 330. Rahul Chahar led a spirited bowling effort for Rest of India with a four-wicket haul.However, Akshay Karnewar stood out with a gritty knock. Known for his ability to bowl with both hands, Karnewar guided the lower order expertly to keep Ranji champions Vidarbha well and truly in the match.Karnewar was eventually dismissed for 102 with Vidarbha getting bowled out for 425 in their first innings. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Krishnappa Gowtham and Ankit Rajpoot bagged two wickets each to back up Chahar’s four-wicket haul for ROI.Aditya Sarwate and Wakhare then struck early to remove Rest of India openers Anmolpreet Singh and Mayank Agarwal. But Hanuma Vihari and skipper Ajinkya Rahane arrested the slide and put Rest of India ahead with a solid partnership.Vihari will resume his innings on 40 while Rahane will resume on 25 on the fourth day.The last two days promise to provide some enthralling cricket between two very good sides. It would also allow Vihari another chance to present his case to the Indian selectors as a reliable batsman in Test cricket.advertisementAlso Read | Irani Cup Day 3 Vidarbha vs Rest of India: As it happenedAlso Watch:last_img read more

MSU president quits over Larry Nassar case and says ‘tragedies are politicized’

first_imgThe Michigan State University president, Lou Anna Simon, has resigned amid an outcry over the school’s handling of the Larry Nassar abuse case.The announcement that Simon was stepping down came hours after the sentencing of Nassar, who worked at Michigan State as a doctor and received 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young girls and women under the guise of medical treatment. Several of the 150-plus victims who spoke at the hearing were former athletes at the school, and many victims accused the university of mishandling past complaints about Nassar. “As you and many in the Spartan family know, I planned to retire in December 2016, and we had begun a conversation about a smooth transition,” said Simon in her resignation letter. “Then the Indianapolis Star article appeared about USAG and one of the victims contacted MSU police to file a complaint. The MSU Police investigation commenced. Nassar’s employment was terminated shortly thereafter. Work began within the HealthTeam and other areas of the university to improve safety. Given the challenges, my transition was postponed. I appreciate the support you provided.The university’s eight-member board of trustees voiced support of Simon last week only to have one trustee issue a statement the next day saying she should resign. On Wednesday, a second trustee, Dianne Byrum, joined a growing chorus of calls for Simon to step down.The fallout included Michigan State professor Sue Carter stepping down as the faculty’s athletic representative. “I had an exchange recently with President Simon that persuaded me to know my voice and the concerns of others are not being heard,” Carter said. “I could no longer be part of an administration that was not in full grasp of the damage that has been done to the girls and women and to the institution itself.”Michigan State officials have denied accusations the school covered up misconduct by school administrators. The university has said reviews by campus police, the FBI and the US attorney’s office have not resulted in criminal charges against anyone at the university other than Nassar, who was fired in September 2016.Simon has apologised numerous times to Nassar’s victims, including in the first paragraph of her resignation letter. “To the survivors, I can never say enough that I am so sorry that a trusted, renowned physician was really such an evil, evil person who inflicted such harm under the guise of medical treatment,” Simon said. November 2017 Topics US sports 1996 1992 Share on WhatsApp College sports Show Share via Email Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Nassar is given a jail term of up to 175 years for sexually abusing athletes in his care. In total, 156 women make impact statement at his sentence hearing, saying he abused them. Handing down the sentence, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says: “I just signed your death warrant”. January 2018 August 2016 According to a lawsuit, Nassar commits his first recorded assault, abusing a 12-year-old girl in the guise of medical research. A year later Nassar gains his medical degree from Michigan State University, where he will commit many of his assaults. January 2017 Share on Facebook Nassar pleads guilty to seven charges of criminal sexual abuse. He later pleads guilty to three further accounts as part of a plea agreement.  Support The Guardian Eighteen women file a lawsuit against Nassar, USA Gymnastics, MSU and Twistars Gymnastics Club. The lawsuit alleges Nassar assaulted the women over a period of 20 years and the institutions named in the suit failed to prevent his behaviour. center_img Gymnastics Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Twitter The first recorded complaints about Nassar are received. According to a 2017 lawsuit, youth gymnastics coach John Geddert fails to investigate the allegations.  Claims against Nassar go public for the first time after the Indianapolis Star publishes an investigation into sexual abuse at USA Gymnastics. Rachael Denhollander files a criminal complaint against Nassar, saying she was first abused by him when she was 15. Bryan Armen Graham Hide 1997 1986 Larry Nassar joins USA Gymnastics as a trainer Timeline Larry Nassar abuse case Nassar becomes national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics before the Atlanta Olympics. He will go on to treat athletes at the next five Olympics and abuse many of them. Olympic champions Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney are among those who said they were abused by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.  Michigan Share on LinkedIn Larry Nassar is locked up for life. Now the real work begins “As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable,” Simon said in her resignation letter. “As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger.”Simon was promoted to school president in 2005 after moving up the ranks while flourishing in various administrative roles. “We agree with Dr Simon that it is now time for change,” the board of trustees chairman Brian Breslin said in a statement. “President Simon has served with distinction as MSU’s President for 13 years and has been a constant presence at the university for more than 40 years.”Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned last year after she was suspended for defending Nassar over the years. Klages is accused of downplaying complaints made by two teenagers in 1997.An investigation conducted by the university cleared Nassar of sexual assault allegations in 2014. At least 12 reported assaults occurred after the investigation ended, according to a university police report that was provided to the FBI for review by the US attorney. The school let Nassar see patients for 16 months while the campus police also conducted a criminal investigation into the allegations. The local prosecutor declined to charge Nassar in that case. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Crouch: Hopefully Mourinho hasn’t ruined Rashford

first_imgEngland Crouch hoping Mourinho & Man Utd haven’t ruined Rashford Chris Burton 23:13 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford England Getty England Marcus Rashford Tunisia v England Tunisia World Cup England are looking to the Red Devils forward to star for them at World Cup 2018 and put the frustration of a lack of domestic starts behind him Peter Crouch hopes Marcus Rashford’s confidence has not been “dented” ahead of England duty by a lack of club starts under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.The 20-year-old forward is considered to be a potential match winner for the Three Lions as they prepare to open their quest for World Cup glory in Russia.But he found game time hard to come by at Old Trafford over the second half of the 2017-18 campaign, sparking questions over his confidence and future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Rashford looked fresh enough when netting a spectacular goal in a pre-tournament friendly clash with Costa Rica and Crouch is looking for that spark to be maintained at the end of a frustrating domestic season.The former England striker told the Daily Mail: “We can’t forget he’s only 20.“He was playing up front for Manchester United at 18 so what he’s achieved so far isn’t really normal.“Jack Butland always comes back to Stoke after international games raving about the quality of his finishing.“He’s had a hard season and I just hope his confidence hasn’t been dented.“He is such an exciting player – the type who will get you out of your seat.”Rashford still managed a personal best 13-goal return for United last season, while taking in a total of 52 appearances.Jesse Lingard EnglandAnother Red Devils star to hit new heights in 2017-18 was Jesse Lingard – who managed eight goals and five assists – and Crouch believes he could be another game-changer for England.“He never fails to impress me,” added a man who earned 42 caps for his country and graced the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals.“He’s got so much pace and that terrifies opponents. I played in England teams that had midfielders with great technical ability but this squad has a different dimension with its speed.“I like the fact he is a home-grown Manchester United player: we need these characters.”Rashford and Lingard will be pushing for starting berths when Gareth Southgate names his side for an opening World Cup 2018 clash with Tunisia on Monday, although the former is nursing a “slight niggle”.last_img read more

Sanjay Sinh resigns from Cong Rajya Sabha to join BJP today

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Sinh, an Amethi royal and a close associate of the Gandhi family, resigned from the Congress on Tuesday and said he would join the BJP, asserting that he will support Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the nation is behind him.Sinh, a Congress member of the Rajya Sabha from Assam, also resigned from the Upper House of Parliament and took a dig at the party, saying it is still living in the past and unaware of the future. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He told reporters that he would join the BJP on Wednesday. He was in the saffron party earlier as well and had been elected to the Lok Sabha on its ticket. “Congress is still in the past, unaware of the future. Today, the country is with PM Modi and if the country is with him, I am with him. I will join BJP tomorrow. I have resigned from the party, as well as my membership of Rajya Sabha. Congress is unapproachable and unreachable. I have taken this decision after watching this for a long time,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Congress is rudderless, direction less and there is a distance from the people… I am supporting Modi because of ‘sabka sath sabka vikas’,” he added. Sinh wields considerable influence in the Amethi of Uttar Pradesh and the BJP hopes that his presence will help it consolidate itself in the region, which also includes Raebareli, the Lok Sabha seat of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. He had unsuccessfully contested the recent Lok Sabha election from Sultanpur against BJP’s Maneka Gandhi. Sinh’s wife Ameeta Sinh, who is the chairperson of the All India Professional Congress in UP, has also quit the Congress. “Dialogue and communication are the basis of any political party. There is just no scope for any dialogue in Congress. Then there is zero leadership. There is no clarity, nothing can be decided. Over months there is a buzz over whether the Congress president will be a young man or an old man… all these things affected my decision,” he said. The BJP may field him for the Rajya Sabha poll in the coming weeks. His term was set to end in April, 2020. Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh announced in the House that his resignation has been accepted. The BJP has recently won over a number of Rajya Sabha members from other parties in its bid to bolster its strength in the House where the ruling NDA led by it does not have a majority.last_img read more

France Encourages Moroccos Return to African Union

Paris – France on Tuesday encouraged Morocco’s return to the African Union, deeming that this decision constitutes an “important contribution to the growing integration of the African continent.”“Morocco’s return to the African Union would make an important contribution to the growing integration of the African continent, which France is encouraging”, French Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Romain Nadal, said at a press briefing.“A united Africa is indeed a factor of peace, stability and development for the continent and the rest of the world”, he stressed. In a message to the 27th summit of the African Union in Kigali, King Mohammed VI announced Morocco’s return to the AU.“Our friends have long been asking us to return among them so that Morocco may take its natural place within its institutional family.That time has now come”, the Moroccan monarch underlined.With MAP read more

Geologist who was killed in Burkina Faso died while working job he

HALIFAX — Family members of a Canadian mining executive who was kidnapped and killed by gunmen in western Africa said at his funeral today that his murder was senseless, but they also recognize he died while pursuing the work he was passionate about.Officials in the Burkina Faso government have said the body of Kirk Woodman of Halifax was found with bullet wounds on Jan. 16 in Oudalan province, in the northern Sahel region.The exploration geologist with Vancouver-based Progress Minerals Inc. had been kidnapped the night before by armed gunmen who’d entered a mining camp in Tiabongou, some distance away.About 400 people attended the 55-year-old man’s funeral at Knox United Church in the suburb of Lower Sackville.Matt Woodman, the geologist’s son, described an attentive father who led boy scout groups, coached minor hockey and couldn’t resist pulling the family car over on a busy highway to examine rock outcrops.Woodman said he wished he could still call his father and ask him for advice, but he added he realizes he “died doing what he loved.”  The Canadian Press read more

Ban calls for independent inquiry into use of rape as weapon in

7 August 2009Warning that rape is being used as a weapon of war with the same efficient brutality as a gun or a grenade, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Security Council to set up an independent commission of inquiry into such abuses in the conflicts in Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan. Warning that rape is being used as a weapon of war with the same efficient brutality as a gun or a grenade, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Security Council to set up an independent commission of inquiry into such abuses in the conflicts in Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan. Such a panel, supported by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, should recommend to the Council “the most effective mechanisms to ensure accountability for these egregious crimes,” he told the 15-member body at the start of a day-long debate on women and peace and security. “Despite some progress over two decades, the deliberate targeting of civilians through acts of sexual violence continues on a widespread and systematic basis,” Mr. Ban declared, also citing abuses perpetrated by the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Sudan, Central African Republic, Uganda and the DRC. “Parties to armed conflict continue to use sexual violence with efficient brutality. Like a grenade or a gun, sexual violence is part of their arsenal to pursue military, political, social and economic aims. The perpetrators generally operate with impunity.” The session, in which 45 Member States are scheduled to speak, follows a report to the Council on the issue last month in which Mr. Ban called on States to strengthen prevention and protection measures against the crime. Today he recalled his meetings with victims of sexual violence. “I am haunted by their testimony, and I will not relent in calling on States and non-State parties to prevent these terrible crimes,” he said, adding that such abuse hurts recovery and peacebuilding in countries such as Burundi, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where the fighting may have ended but sexual violence persists on a very serious scale. He said the UN needed to fashion a multi-sectoral response to the scourge, address the issue from planning to implementation of its mandates, create a UN institution to advance gender equality and women’s human rights, and improve monitoring and investigation to overcome the hurdles faced in reporting on sexual violence. “I am also in discussions with UN System partners on appointing a new senior system-wide official to address sexual violence,” he added. “Victims of sexual violence are among the world’s most vulnerable and traumatized people. For the sake of these innocent women and men, their families and their societies, we must come together and act. That will help victims and war-torn countries and set our world on a course for a better future,” he concluded. read more

General Assembly calls again for end to US embargo against Cuba

25 October 2011The General Assembly today renewed its call, for the 20th consecutive year, for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba for the past half century. In a resolution adopted by 186 votes in favour to two against (Israel and the US) and three abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau), the Assembly reiterated its call to all States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures not conforming with their obligations to reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation.It also urged them to repeal or invalidate such laws and requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the resolution at the Assembly’s next session, which begins in September 2012.Introducing the text, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Foreign Minister of Cuba, stated that the US has never hidden the fact that the objective of the embargo – which he said has caused more than $975 billion in damage to the Cuban people – is to overthrow his country’s Government. “What the US Government wants to see changed will not change,” he stated, declaring that the Cuban Government will continue to be “the government of the people, by the people and for the people.“Our elections shall not be auction sales. There shall not be $4 billion electoral campaigns nor a parliament supported by 13 per cent of voters,” he added.The US representative, Ronald Godard, said that for yet another year, the Assembly is taking up a resolution designed to confuse and obscure.“But let there be no confusion about this: the United States, like most Member States, reaffirms its strong commitment to supporting the right and the heartfelt desire of the Cuban people to freely determine their future.“And let there be no obscuring that the Cuban regime has deprived them of this right for more than half a century,” he stated. Mr. Godard added that the economic relationship between the US and Cuba is a bilateral issue and is not appropriately a concern of the Assembly. “The embargo represents just one aspect of US policy towards Cuba whose overarching goal is to encourage a more open environment in Cuba and increased respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, principles to which this Organization is also dedicated,” he said. read more

President Hollande France suspends plans to deliver warship to Russia amid Ukraine

President Hollande: France suspends plans to deliver warship to Russia amid Ukraine tensions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jamey Keaten And Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 10:20 am MDT PARIS – Responding to international pressure, France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia at least until November amid security concerns over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis, officials said Wednesday.The Vladivostok, the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers ordered by Russia, was due to be delivered next month as part of a 1.2 billion euro ($1.6 billion) contract — the biggest-ever sale of NATO weaponry to Moscow.The second ship, named Sevastopol, ironically, after a port in the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula, has been slated for delivery next year.In an announcement on the eve of a NATO summit in Wales, French President Francois Hollande’s office called the fighting in eastern Ukraine “grave,” and said Russia’s recent actions harm “the foundations of security in Europe.”It also came after months of pressure on France from allies to suspend the sale because of tensions between Russia and Ukraine.A French diplomatic official said a delivery wouldn’t go through before November. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.Hollande said talk of a possible cease-fire in Ukraine wasn’t enough to allow France to authorize the delivery of the Vladivostok. His office made no mention of the second warship.France stopped short of cancelling the deal, suggesting that a change in Russia’s behaviour and handling of the Ukraine crisis could pave the way for the delivery at a later date.The Vladivostok can carry 700 troops, 16 helicopter gunships, and up to 50 armoured vehicles.Analysts have said the warships would give Russia enhanced ability to move large numbers of troops and equipment, but were not game-changers for Moscow’s already powerful military.Months of resistance to suspending the deal testified in part to Paris’ unwillingness to give up a contract worth more than 1 billion euros and thousands of jobs at a time of France’s economic slump.France has no guarantees about how the ships might be used, though the French defence export-control agency had already given the go-ahead for the delivery.Ukrainian officials had insisted the delivery would violate the European Union’s code of conduct. On Friday, the EU is set to toughen sanctions against Russia, after a recent worsening of the crisis in Ukraine.A senior U.S. defence official said Washington welcomes France’s decision, stressing the move reinforces the growing international resolve to hold Moscow accountable for its actions in Ukraine.The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.A senior NATO official said, “Unfortunately, Russia has made this kind of decision the only possible decision, by its actions.” He spoke during a pre-summit briefing in Wales where NATO officials answered reporters’ questions on the condition that they not be identified.As recently as July, Hollande said the deal was too costly to cancel, and even this week, his advisers had indicated that France was ready to go ahead with the first delivery. In July, the president said the Russians had paid for the ship, and France would have to reimburse Moscow if it cancelled.___Robert Burns in Washington and John-Thor Dahlburg in Newport, Wales contributed to this report. read more

Airport strikes More than 100 flights cancelled at Heathrow Airport ahead of

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. Last ditch talks to avert British Airways’ first pilot strike for 40 years will continue into next week The spokesperson refuted claims that airlines could be paid compensation. “In addition to this, the suggestion that the salary of our CEO has doubled over the past year is also inaccurate. All managers (including our CEO) received a 2.4pc increase to base salaries last year. In that same year, all participating Heathrow colleagues, which included security officers, benefited from additional payments as a result of a multi-year, company-wide savings and performance programme,” the Heathrow spokesperson said. More than 100 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow Airport next week, as holidaymakers brace themselves for the first of a wave of strikes set to scupper their travel plans.Security guards, firefighters and engineers are among those staging crippling walkouts on Monday and Tuesday at the height of the summer getaway period.The strikes, orchestrated by the UK’s largest union Unite, are expected to hit almost 90,000 passengers and lead to the cancellation of around a fifth of flights from the west London airport.Heathrow Airport say they have cancelled 172 flights so far and are advising passengers to arrive two or three hours before their flight’s depart time to avoid lengthy queues at security.Further disruption is expected at Gatwick Airport on August 10 and 11, when security workers will walk out for 48 hours in a dispute over “poverty pay” rates.Meanwhile last ditch talks to avert British Airways’ first pilot strike for 40 years will continue into next week.Negotiations between pilots union the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) and the airline failed to yield an agreement today, with representatives from both sides last night tight-lipped on proceedings.  The talks follow a failed attempt by BA earlier this week to seek a legal injunction to block industrial action by pilots.   The dispute arose from anger over pay disparities between airport workers doing the same job and the “massive pay package” of the airport’s CEO John Holland-Kaye.Unite claim Mr Holland-Kaye earns in two days what some of the lowest paid Heathrow security guards earn in a year.It says he received a 103.2 per cent pay increase last year, with his basic remuneration package rising from £2.097 million in 2017 to £4.2 million in 2018.The union warned Heathrow that if the pay dispute was not settled then they faced paying out millions of pounds in compensation to airlines for cancelled flights.Unite, which could stage two further strikes on August 23 and 24, say airlines could receive a total of £4.6m in compensation if their passengers are unable to board flights.  It previously suspended a two-day strike planned for July 26 and 27 to consult with it’s members and hold a vote on the deal.Now the vote has taken place, last-ditch talks to avert planned strikes on Monday and Tuesday will begin.Wayne King, Unite’s regional coordinating officer, said: “All the indications are pointing to an overwhelming rejection by our members of the revised offer which, in reality, offers little more than the £3.75 extra a day that the original offer did for many workers. Last ditch talks to avert British Airways’ first pilot strike for 40 years will continue into next weekCredit: Steve Parsons/PA “If members do reject the pay offer and Heathrow bosses dig their heels in, then there is a risk the airport is seen to prefer paying millions in compensation to airlines and needlessly causing misery for the travelling public, instead of sorting the dispute by going the extra mile and giving its workforce a decent pay rise.”A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that Unite has rejected the latest pay offer and will continue to seek an agreement at ACAS. Unite is proceeding with its unnecessary strike action on 5th and 6th August and we regret that passengers looking to get away on well-earned breaks will be impacted by this.“We have activated contingency plans which will keep the airport open and safe on both strike days. We expect security queue times to be slightly longer than normal and advise passengers to check our website for detailed information on how to prepare for their flights and when to arrive at the airport.  “As part of our plans, we are working with airlines to proactively consolidate flights and rebook passengers onto alternative services in advance. We also advise passengers to contact their airlines for the latest information, as well as follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts for further updates.” Unite today rejected a revised pay offer for Heathrow’s frontline workers in a ballot involving 4,000 of its members. read more

Christopher Nordmeyer to leave TSV HannoverBurgdorf

← Previous Story WORLD YOUNG LINE-PLAYER 2014/2015? Next Story → Generation 1996 gets rivals for Youth WCh 2015 in Russia German DKB Bundesliga member TSV Hannover Burgdorf will write the new chapter of the club’s history from the next summer with the new head-coach. The most successful coach in the club’s past Christopher Nordmeyer, but also his assistant Alex Grah will leave the team at the end of the season.Currently 13th, Hannover had the best season so far two years ago, when the team won sixth place and qualified for the EHF Cup as well. TSV Hannover Burgdorf

HSG Wetzlar sign Slovakian right wing Miroslav Volentics

HSG WetzlarMiroslav Volentics The sixth team of the last season at DKB Bundesliga , HSG Wetzlar, got reinforcement in the first month of the new season. Miroslav Volentics, the 31-years old Slovakian right wing signed contract until end of the season with “green-white” team from RITTAL Arena.Volentics previously has played at TUS Ferndorf, the members of the second German Bundesliga. He passed all the tests and will replace injured youngstar Tim Rüdiger. ← Previous Story BOMB: Zarko Markovic to RK PPD Zagreb! Next Story → ROMANIA: AHC Dobrogea Sud beat CSM Bucuresti in derby

LAfrique du Sud se dote dune agence spatiale

first_imgL’Afrique du Sud se dote d’une agence spatialeL’Afrique du Sud a inauguré sa première agence spatiale à Johannesburg hier. Un événement pour le pays qui entend devenir d’ici les dix prochaines années le leader continental de l’observation terrestre par satellite.La cérémonie d’inauguration du site s’est déroulée hier à Johannesburg, en présence de la ministre des Sciences et des Technologies Naledi Pandor. “Nos efforts pour améliorer les ressources spatiales de l’Afrique du Sud seront d’une valeur inestimable pour la communauté scientifique d’Afrique australe”, a-t-elle alors souligné, estimant que le lancement de l’Agence spatiale nationale d’Afrique du Sud (Sansa), permettra de “stimuler l’investissement et le secteur de la recherche scientifique locale”.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’agence, qui devrait être pleinement opérationnelle en 2012, est actuellement dotée de deux micro-satellites. Elle aura pour principaux objectifs de capturer des images terrestres afin d’améliorer la détection et la prévention de catastrophes naturelles, et de suivre l’évolution des ressources en eau du contient. Selon son directeur, Sandile Malinga, le coût de fonctionnement annuel de la Sansa devrait s’élever à 600 millions de rands environs, soit 65 millions d’euros. Mais “nous allons construire nos satellites ici, en utilisant les savoir-faire locaux et on espère que cela aidera à résoudre les coûts”, a-t-il assuré.Première puissance économique du continent, l’Afrique du Sud n’est pourtant pas le premier pays à se doter d’une agence spatiale. Le Nigeria, l’Algérie et l’Egypte, ont en effet déjà leurs propres agences.Le 10 décembre 2010 à 18:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more