first_imgManchester United will head to Vicarage Road on Saturday looking to become the first side to take Premier League points off Watford in 2018-19.The Hornets have enjoyed a stunning start to the new campaign, collecting four successive victories, and will hope that the international break has not stunted their momentum.The same could be said for United, with a welcome return to winning ways enjoyed last time out against Burnley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! That success helped to ease some of the pressure which has been building on Jose Mourinho, but more is required as the Red Devils prepare to add Champions League football to their domestic workload. Game Watford vs Manchester United Date Saturday, September 15 Time 5:30pm BST / 12:30pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be shown on NBC Sports and streamed online via the NBC Sports Live app. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports NBC Sports Live In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport and streamed via the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Watford players Goalkeepers Foster, Gomes Defenders Cathcart, Janmaat, Kabasele, Holebas, Prodl, Britos, Masina, Mariappa, Kiko Midfielders Hughes, Pereyra, Doucoure, Capoue, Chalobah, Sema Forwards Gray, Deeney, Success, Okaka Watford have no fresh injury concerns to contend with, allowing them to build stability and continuity.Gerard Deulofeu and Tom Cleverley are the only players stuck on the sidelines and unavailable to Javi Gracia.Confirmed Watford XI: Foster; Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Hughes, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra; Deeney, Gray.Substitutes: Gomes, Mariappa, Femenia, Masina, Chalobah, Sema, Success Position Manchester United players Goalkeepers De Gea, Romero Defenders Valencia, Darmian, Bailly, Smalling, Lindelof, Young Midfielders Matic, McTominay, Fred, Fellaini, Pereira, Pogba, Mata Forwards Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku, Martial Luke Shaw has not travelled with Mourinho’s squad after suffering concussion while away with England and international team-mate Marcus Rashford misses out as he serves a three-match ban.Marouane Fellaini is back after sitting out Belgium duty due to a minor back problem, but Phil Jones is still nursing a hamstring complaint.Sergio Romero returns to the fold after recovering from the ailment which dashed his 2018 World Cup dreams, while Diogo Dalot is not yet ready to make his competitive debut.Confirmed Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; Fellaini, Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Sanchez; Lukaku.Substitutes: Grant, Darmian, Bailly, Fred, Mata, McTominay, MartialBetting & Match Odds Manchester United are firm favourites to emerge victorious, with bet365 pricing them at 19/20 to take all three points. Watford are considered to be 10/3 shots, with a draw available at 13/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Javi Gracia Jose Mourinho WatfordManchester United desperately need to find their spark after falling six points adrift of the early pace-setters.Watford sit among that group, with the Hornets having made the most of home comforts to burst out of the blocks.Saturday’s clash with the Red Devils will be their fourth fixture of the season at Vicarage Road, with Burnley the only side they have faced on the road.United’s last outing also saw them tread a path to Turf Moor, with a Romelu Lukaku brace offering welcome respite on the back of successive defeats.Mourinho believes he remains the right man to get the Red Devils firing on all cylinders, with there still a long way to go in the 2018-19 campaign.Gracia has already shown that he can be the coach to unlock Watford’s full potential, with the Spaniard enjoying a faultless opening to his first full season at the helm.He could not have wished for a better start, but will be eager to avoid the curse of the Manger of the Month award having scooped the Premier League prize for August. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgHighly rated Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has received his first England Under-21s call-up.Foden, 18, has attracted praise on a regular basis from his club manager Pep Guardiola, who already regards him as a “great, great player”.The City academy product has only featured eight times in the Premier League in his career, all of which have been from the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, the Under-17 World Cup winner starred in a 3-0 EFL Cup win over Oxford United last week, getting a goal and an assist.Even though he is by no means a regular for his club, Foden was said to be in with a shot of getting into Gareth Southgate’s senior squad for upcoming Nations League matches against Spain and Croatia.His former City team-mate Jadon Sancho – now at Borussia Dortmund – was included by Southgate on Thursday, but Foden was left out, as the likes of Harry Winks, Mason Mount and James Maddison got the nod.Nevertheless, he will have the chance to impress for the first time at the level below, with Aidy Boothroyd granting Foden a promotion from the Under-19s for two key qualifiers.Harvey Barnes and Reiss Nelson – enjoying loan spells at West Brom and Hoffenheim from Leicester City and Arsenal respectively – have also received their first call-ups.Harvey Barnes has been included in @England’s Under-21s squad for the first time after an impressive start to the 2018/19 season — Leicester City (@LCFC) October 5, 2018England host Andorra on October 11 before facing Scotland away five days later, needing just a point to book their place in next year’s European Under-21 Championship in Italy and San Marino.England Under-21s squad in full:Dean Henderson (Sheffield United), Angus Gunn (Southampton), Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United); Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Jake Clarke-Salter (Vitesse), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Ezri Konsa (Brentford), Fikayo Tomori (Derby County), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace); Harvey Barnes (West Brom), Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Davies (Everton), Kieran Dowell (Everton), Josh Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday), Phil Foden (Manchester City); Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Ademola Lookman (Everton), Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), Dominic Solanke (Liverpool).last_img read more

first_imgGREENBURGH, N.Y. — No bold predictions from the New York Knicks. No real predictions at all, actually.“To be quite honest, I don’t really have any expectations at this time,” Carmelo Anthony said.Maybe he shouldn’t. He’s never played with most of his teammates and the ones who were Knicks last season didn’t exactly distinguish themselves, as New York went 17-65 in its worst year ever.But media day is usually a time for high hopes and fresh starts, when players and coaches speak confidently about how good things can be. Just last year, Knicks President Phil Jackson even said he thought his team would compete for a playoff spot.Anthony isn’t ready to say anything like that yet.“It’s going to take some time to kind of figure out what our expectations will be,” said the All-Star forward, who is fully recovered from knee surgery in February. “It’s good not to have any expectations at this time. It gives us a chance to kind of have a fresh start, get our identity.”That will start when the Knicks open training camp at West Point. Anthony and many of the Knicks’ newcomers have been working out together for a few weeks, but Sept. 29 is when they finally do it with the coaching staff.It’s also when rookie Kristaps Porzingis, the No. 4 overall pick from Latvia, can start figuring out his NBA potential. He said  he doesn’t know yet, keeping with the theme of keeping expectations low — or absent.“All that I know is that I’ve played against the guys, pickup games, 5-on-5, that’s how I can rate myself,” he said. “But now that training camp has started, the real deal is here.”He played 1-on-1 games this summer with Anthony, who reiterated again that he supported the Porzingis pick even though reports after the draft said he didn’t.The 20-year-old forward said he won some of them and appears to have also won Anthony’s respect, with the 13th-year pro looking to help his new teammate understand the pressure he will face in New York.Jackson couldn’t land another superstar to pair with Anthony but signed a number of veterans who have been contributors on winning teams, such as center Robin Lopez, guards Arron Afflalo and Sasha Vujacic, and forward Kevin Seraphin.Seraphin was with the Washington Wizards when they made the gradual climb from the lottery to the playoffs and thinks the Knicks can follow the same process.“I think if we keep working out, putting everything together that we can do some great things,” he said. “I think we have a good team and we can surprise people.”It’s hard to say if Anthony would be one of them, since he was so guarded with his thoughts about the team’s potential. He couldn’t even take much from watching them last season after his surgery, since he didn’t know who would be coming back.He said he wants to reward Jackson’s confidence that he can be the centerpiece of a winning team at 31, and doesn’t think he is running out of time to do it.“My window is open. I don’t think it’s closing, but for more the most part coming into this year I think we get a chance to write our own destiny right now and that’s a good thing,” Anthony said.“We can start off fresh, start off with a clean slate and we can write whatever story we want to write, whether good or bad. And I think guys are excited about that, to have a chance to start off fresh and kind of put the past behind us and move forward.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgA self confessed sports enthusiasts, Shah Rukh Khan is not only the owner of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, he is also a die-hard football fan. The actor was recently in London to witness Arsenal beat Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium in the city. After the match, the actor clicked pictures with German footballer Mesut Özil, who plays for Premier League club Arsenal, and his fiancée, Swedish model-actor Amine Güle.The actor shared pictures from the meeting on his social media handles and wrote, “What a lovely evening @arsenal congratulations. Thx @m10_official & @gulseamine for your warmth love & hospitality. See u guys soon in India.”After defeating Newcastle, Ozil’s team has jumped to the third place in the Premier League.Arsenal’s Mesut Özil is a big fan of Shah Rukh Khan and invited him to the match. Accepting the invitation, King Khan not only watch the match but also met the star footballer and his fiancée.In the past as well, many renowned personalities from around the world have shown their admiration for the king of Bollywood. International celebs including Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Leonardo Di Caprio, Zayn Malik and Hugh Jackman, among others, have accepted to be his fan.On the other hand, Shah Rukh has also expressed his love for football a number of times. During FIFA World Cup 2018, the actor shared his excitement while watching the games and also posted about how his blood pressure’ was tested by his favourite teams.advertisementMeanwhile, Shah Rukh is busy cheering and supporting his Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing season of IPL.On the work front, Shah Rukh Khan was last seen in Aanand L Rai’s Zero which failed at the box office. It also starred Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in pivotal roles.Shah Rukh Khan film Zero destroyed on social media. See the most savage reviewsALSO WATCH: When Shah Rukh Khan was asked to prove his identitylast_img read more

first_imgThe World Cup returned to the subcontinent for its sixth edition with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka sharing hosting duties. United Arab Emirates, Netherlands and Kenya were the new entrants for the sixth edition, making it 12 teams that were pooled into two groups of six.This edition was also filled with several flashpoints, some of which erupted even before the tournament started as Australia and West Indies refused to play their games on the island nation, citing security concerns. Despite the ICC assuring them of their safety, both countries refused to travel, resulting in Sri Lanka winning those matches by forfeit and directly qualifying for the quarter-finals stage even before a ball was bowled.That said, Sri Lanka were by no means lucky to be in the quarter-finals as the rest of the tournament would prove. Led by Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka showcased a revolutionary style of play that abandoned the norm of conserving wickets early on. Instead, they demonstrated a fearless brand of cricket that looked to make the most of field restrictions in the first few overs by going hard at the bowlers. Such an approach by batsmen was unheard of at the time, leaving opposition sides stupefied and in search of answers.Having said that, Sri Lanka weren’t the only side looking to play attacking cricket. South Africa’s Gary Kirsten lit up the tournament with an unbeaten 159-ball 188 against minnows UAE. The Proteas won the contest by 169 runs and Kirsten’s innings stood as the highest score in World Cup history for a long time.advertisementAustralia’s Mark Waugh was another player in good form and smashed back-to-back centuries. The Sri Lankans though were playing with unparalleled confidence at the time and seemed to be a level up when compared to the rest of the teams as India found out more than once at their own expense.The Islanders’ first meeting against India required them to chase a target of 272 in Delhi. Sachin Tendulkar had earlier made a run-a-ball 137 and was instrumental in what could have been considered a match-winning total at the time. However, Player of the Series Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana’s blitz at the top gave Sri Lanka the platform for the likes of Ranatunga and Hashan Tillakaratne to guide them home and top the group. Sri Lanka then went on to score a record total of 398 in a 144-run win over Kenya in their last group game before Jayasuriya walloped England’s bowlers for 82 off 44 balls in the quarter-final.Jayasuriya’s pyrotechnics set up a comfortable chase and helped Sri Lanka qualify for their first semis, while also knocking out the English before the semis for the first time in history.The Islanders’ semi-final opponents were India, who came into the encounter confident after beating arch-rivals Pakistan in an emotionally-charged quarter-final clash, which featured the now iconic exchange of words between Venkatesh Prasad and Aamer Sohail. Sri Lanka won the semi-final by default, but only because the game had to be called off. Angered by India’s collapse to 120 for 8 from 98 for 1 in pursuit of 252, a section of hostile fans threw bottles onto the outfield and set seats on fire, making it impossible for the players to continue.The other semi-final pitted Australia against West Indies with both sides banking on their in-from batsmen. Chasing 287 against New Zealand in the quarters, Mark Waugh rose to the occasion and scored his third century of the tournament to help Australia win, while Brian Lara’s classy 94-ball 111 was enough to overcome South Africa for a semis spot. However, the semi-final between the two nations wasn’t lit up by quality batting, but world class spin instead. Shane Warne was Australia’s hero and took four wickets as they successfully defended 207.While many believed Australia could have a slight edge having played in finals before, Sri Lanka beat the Aussies comfortably in the end. In pursuit of 242, they lost Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana early on but didn’t panic. Aravinda de Silva demonstrated his class on the big occasion with a century and was well supported by Asanka Gurusinha and Ranatunga as Sri Lanka strolled to victory and announced their arrival as a superpower on the cricketing stage.Also Read | Great position to be in as compared to 10 months ago: Aaron FinchAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pat Cummins highlights Glenn Maxwell’s role in Australian teamAlso seelast_img read more

first_imgfeatures Sign up for the Recap, a selection of Guardian Sport’s best content from the past week. Read more Share on Pinterest The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage As his promoter, Frank Warren, admits: “I don’t care who you are, all of the great fighters showed it takes a while to come back. It is about him being 100% physically and more importantly 100% mentally prepared and right.”But Warren promises that once the ring rust goes, Fury has all the tools to reclaim his crown. “The only thing that could ever let Tyson down is his legs, at the end that’s what let Ali down, but I don’t think that has happened. His boxing brain is there. He’s sharp. And his hand speed is good. He will be the heavyweight of his generation.”Plenty will need convincing of that. 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Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Tyson Fury shocks Wladimir Klitschko to take world heavyweight title Share via Emailcenter_img Tyson Fury Share on WhatsApp Read more He is also convinced he will return to the top of a heavyweight division that has been reloaded with Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder in his absence. Seferi, however, is unlikely to offer much in the way of confirmation. On the surface the 39-year-old has a respectable record of 23 victories (21 by knockout) with just the one defeat by Manuel Charr, who has since won the WBA heavyweight title. But almost all of Seferi’s fights have been at cruiserweight – and only five of his victims have had winning records.Seferi’s nickname, incidentally, is “The Real Deal”. If that was anywhere close to true, he would not have topped Fury’s list of opponents for his comeback. That said, there are encouraging noises coming from Fury’s camp. One sparring partner told the Guardian that he was impressed with his boxing brain and described facing Fury as “like fighting an octopus” because of his long reach, height and ability to avoid being properly tagged.Fury has never possessed explosive speed, power or the body of an Adonis. Perversely, that might help his chances of a successful comeback. Ali, remember, found his ability to dance like Nureyev had gone on his return. Indeed, in his first comeback fight against Jerry Quarry he ended the first round slumped on his stool looking, as one writer at ringside put it, “like a beached whale”.And while Tyson, like Ali, went on to regain the heavyweight title, he was no longer the elusive wrecking ball that ripped through the division in the mid‑1980s.One thing that has never changed is Fury’s bombastic way of hyping a fight and this week he was talking up the possibility of meeting Charr for his WBA heavyweight title by December. It is far more likely, however, that he will bide his time. The smart money is on his picking three or four opponents while he waits to face the winner of Joshua against Wilder, probably next summer. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Topics Ali and Tyson are two of the greatest heavyweights in history. Yet before their much-heralded returns to the ring in their late 20s they found themselves facing a fresh opponent: a sly and pernickety voice lurking in their heads, whispering that the second act of their careers might not match the impeccable standards of their first.If the 29-year-old Tyson Fury is wracked by self-doubt before his comeback against Sefer Seferi in Manchester on Saturday night he disguises it with the skill of a master conjuror. He looked fleshy around the belly at the weigh-in, during which he came in at 19st 10lb, five stone heavier than his opponent. But after picking up Seferi to much merriment, he insisted his physique did not tell the whole story. “I have never been quicker or stronger,” he said with a glint in his eye. “I’m the best heavyweight there has ever been. There ain’t ever been a 6ft 9in southpaw-orthodox counter-puncher who has got the brain and movement of a middleweight. I am a freak of nature.”At times such as this he sounds like a rabid street preacher trying to convert disbelievers. And there are certainly plenty of those about. It is not only that Fury has not fought since ripping Wladimir Klitschko’s heavyweight titles from him on a dank Düssseldorf night in November 2015; it is the vast physical and mental baggage he has accrued in the meantime. The addictions to booze and food. The positive test for cocaine. The retrospective two-year doping suspension after nandrolone was found in his body (he denied taking it and blamed the elevated levels on eating uncastrated wild boar). And the months of worrying talk of being an emotional wreck, of depression, of suicidal tendencies.Thankfully Fury now appears to be in a much better place. He has lost eight stone, rediscovered his love of hard graft and ring craft, and insists that his mental health issues are behind him. “I haven’t had a bad day in I don’t know how long,” he says. “Every day is Christmas. Lobster, fillet steak and ravioli. There ain’t no good and bad days because every day is great.” Boxing Share on Messenger When Muhammad Ali began his comeback in 1970, after being barred from boxing for three years for refusing to be drafted into the US army for the Vietnam war, he taped an old photograph on the gym wall. “That was when I was at my top condition,” he wistfully told visitors, pointing at the image taken before his rematch with Sonny Liston. “See how trim I was. Maybe I will never look like that again.”Twenty-five years later Mike Tyson was staggering and almost knocked out while sparring an amateur before his comeback fight against Peter McNeeley. “I wasn’t accustomed to getting hit,” said Tyson, who had spent four years away from boxing after a rape conviction. “Fuck, I couldn’t believe that this little kid had hurt me so bad.”last_img read more

first_imgCroatian shipbuilder Brodosplit has handed over Hondius, a new polar cruise ship, to Dutch-based company Oceanwide Expeditions (OEX).The delivery ceremony for Hondius took place in the Split harbor on May 23, 2019.On the same day, Brodosplit and Oceanwide signed a new shipbuilding agreement for another vessel of the same class. Hondius’ sister polar vessel will be named Janssonius, Brodosplit revealed in a Facebook update.The two ships are valued at over EUR 100 million (around USD 112 million), according to the shipbuilder.Hondius, which was ordered back in 2016, features a length of 107.6 meters and a width of 17.6 meters. Equipped with two main engines with a total power of 4,260 kW, it can reach a speed of 15 knots.The newbuild can accommodate 196 passengers in 85 cabins, which will be taken care of by 70 crew members.The polar expedition cruise ship is said to be the first vessel in the world to be built to the class “LR PC6”, which meets the latest Lloyd’s Register requirements for “Polar Class 6” vessels — the highest polar class notation for ice-strengthened passenger vessels.Following the delivery, Hondius embarked on its first voyage to the Netherlands.Video Courtesy: Brodosplit/Youtubelast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah appears to have taken a dim view of the recent vandalization incident that took place in Hauz Khazi in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area on June 30. Sources told news agency ANI that Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik was summoned by Amit Shah and reprimanded. Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik said after his meeting with Amit Shah: “I have briefed him about the situation here. Things are now normal in the Hauz Qazi area. 4 people have been arrested.” A clash had broken out between two groups over parking and a temple was vandalised on June 30. Meanwhile, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy tweeted that he was happy to ‘learn from party sources’ that Amit Shah would ‘directly deal with the Delhi Police’.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

first_imgGAO, Mali – A car-bomb explosion in northern Mali killed three civilians on Monday, and one group reportedly claimed that Canadian soldiers and other foreign forces were targeted.The Canadian Armed Forces said in an email Monday that it was aware of an explosion in the city of Gao, adding that all Canadian personnel were safe at Camp Castor.The Ministry of Security and Civil Protection of Mali says on its Facebook page that a trapped vehicle burst into flames in a courtyard in Gao.The ministry says three people were killed, two were injured and neighbouring homes were damaged.SITE, an American group that monitors jihadist websites, says an organization posing as al-Qaida’s branch in Mali has claimed “a suicide bomb blast on the headquarters of foreign forces, including British, Canadian and Germans, in Gao.”A Canadian peacekeeping contingent took over from Germans and Belgians in Mali in early July, and its main task is to evacuate the wounded peacekeepers by helicopter.The Canadian mission includes eight helicopters and 250 crew members and soldiers.Mali has been torn apart by conflict since a rebellion in the north and a coup in the capital in 2012. The turmoil has been aggravated in recent years by poverty, drought and the influx of Islamic extremists.Dozens of peacekeepers have died in attacks in Mali and dozens more have been wounded since the creation of the UN mission in 2013.last_img read more

first_imgA host of celebrities including Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor attended a special space themed celebration today to honour the courage and bravery of children who have been diagnosed with cancer.Kristina Rihanoff Attends Little Stars Awards PartyThe Little Star Awards party, organised by Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx, is an annual event that brings together youngsters from across the UK for a fun packed party in their honour.The party, held at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London, saw 20 inspirational Little Stars, who are currently battling or have undergone treatment for cancer, enjoy entertainment and games and live music before receiving award medals in front of their families. The day was rounded off with entertainment from CBeebies favourite RastaMouse and musical group GoGoGo!.Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor said: “To lend my support to the Little Star Awards once again is such an incredible honour for me. These amazing kids and their families have been through such tough and gruelling times and to see their strength, spirit and constant positivity is truly humbling. Each and every one of these children is a hero.”Fellow Strictly dancer Kristina Rihanoff said: “It’s such a privilege to be supporting the Little Star Awards and to help show these brave kids and their families that they are always in our thoughts. To have gone through so much at such a young age is incredibly tough and the Little Star Awards party is a fantastic way to reward these amazing kids for their phenomenal courage.”Eastenders star Maisie Smith said: “I’m so glad I was invited to the Little Stars Awards today. The Little Stars are so brave and they deserve to be celebrated at this special party.”Eastenders star Maddy Hill: “I’m so glad that I have been invited to the Little Star Awards, the space themed party is brilliant. The Little Stars have had a great time and so have I. Despite so many of them still being poorly, they are so positive and happy, it’s great to see them smiling.”Actor Jamie Borthwick said, “I had a wonderful time at the Little Star Awards and it has been a pleasure to meet the Little Stars and their families. It’s been a lovely day and it’s nice to see the Little Stars laughing, playing and having an amazing time at their party. I am a keen supporter of Cancer Research UK and the work they do to help beat cancer sooner.”Pop star Elyar Fox said: “I’m so happy to support the Little Star Awards. It reminds me of how lucky so many of us are, the Little Stars and their families have been through so much and some still have more to go through. This is a fantastic event and a great way to celebrate these little heroes.”Party activities provided by Sharkey & George.The Little Star Awards in partnership with Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx celebrate the courage of all children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Every child nominated receives an award and a goody bag, including a £50 TK Maxx voucher. For more information visit www.cruk.org/littlestar.last_img read more

Recalling the human rights abuses suffered by her country decades ago, the President of Chile today urged national leaders gathered at the United Nations for its annual general debate to end impunity for violations.“Exactly 30 years ago, the General Assembly received terrible news: Orlando Letelier, the former Foreign Minister and Defence Minister of President Allende, had been brutally murdered on the street in Washington, DC,” Michelle Bachelet said. “The delegates were moved by that crime and today I remember it with emotion to illustrate how we have learned the lessons from the past.”Stressing that nothing justifies the violation of human rights, she declared her country’s firm rejection of impunity. “I assure you all of our commitment and enthusiasm to participate in the initiatives designed to promote human rights and democracy,” she said, welcoming numerous advances in the field, particularly the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Forced Disappearance.Guatemalan President Oscar Berger Perdomo also looked back on his country’s history, saying that compared to 1996, when peace accords ended the war there, the human rights situation had improved greatly.“At the same time, we recognized that much remain to be done,” he said, noting that the UN has an office in the country and has been invited to support a Commission to Investigate Illicit and Clandestine Groups.Voicing support for indigenous rights, he said the General Assembly should soon adopt the new Declaration on this issue.Esteban Lazo Hernández, the Vice-President of Cuba, spoke about the results of the recent Non-Aligned Movement summit, held in Havana, which produced consensus on a number of pressing issues. Among these, “the Summit clearly and firmly pronounced itself against terrorism, double standards in international relations, coercive unilateral measures against any nation, ‘regime change’ policies and the failure of developed countries to fulfil their commitments in economic and social areas.”He also criticized current United States policies towards Cuba. “The Bush administration has stepped up its brutally hostile measures against Cuba with new economic sanctions which further intensify the longest blockade human history has known,” he said. “The very Government of the United States recognizes that it is spending more, today, in persecuting and punishing those who have business dealings with Cuba than in monitoring the finances of those who attacked the Twin Towers.”Néstor Carlos Kirchner, Argentina’s President, reflected on his country’s history and its relevance to the work of the UN. “In the field of human rights, after over two decades of sustained democratic rule in the Argentina, we experienced in 2003 a true paradigm shift,” he said. “In response to the mandates of the whole society, the three powers of the State have adopted, within their respective scopes, coinciding decisions against impunity, preserving memory, truth, justice and granting reparations.”Based on its own experience, Argentina had strongly supported the enshrinement of human rights at the centre of the UN’s work “so as to upgrade the institutional level of their treatment to that already given to development and to the maintenance of international peace and security.”Martin Torrijos Espino, the President of Panama, said that considerable time and energy had been devoted in recent years to reforming the UN, based on the profound conviction that it was an indispensable organization for humanity. Critics, he said, should honestly question what the world would be like without the UN. Governments were the objects of daily scrutiny by their peoples, and they often received severe criticism, but nobody suggested doing away with the government. People tried to make governments better for the same reason that they wanted the UN to improve, because it was equally necessary. He said that denunciations of human rights violators made at the UN had an enormous power of deterrence. While acknowledging that there had been horrendous violations during the Organization’s existence, he stressed that the situation had improved over decades past. Leonel Fernandez Reyna, President of the Dominican Republic, hailed recent efforts to reform the UN, including the creation of the Human Rights Council and the Peacebuilding Commission, but emphasized that the process would remain incomplete without changing the Security Council. That 15-member body must be expanded to make it more representative of the various regions and national interests of the world, he said.He welcomed the Council’s recent decision to extend the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for six months, asserting that the Dominican Republic “has assumed a strong commitment to the re-establishment of stability in Haiti.”Ecuador’s President, Alfredo Palacio, noted the gross disparities in health indicators across the world, citing the example of life expectancy, which was more than 80 years in Japan while barely reaching 36 years in Botswana.“We must guarantee greater equity in health expenses throughout the world in order to overcome the huge differences between the few dollars invested per capita in poor countries and the thousands of dollars invested per capita in the developed world,” he said.President Palacio called for strengthening the UN World Health Organization and making a “huge” mobilization of financial resources to reduce inequality in medical services.“This will allow the development of health systems and models capable of ensuring explicit benefits to each and every one of the inhabitants of the planet.” read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fortress Paper says Thurso conversion ramping up after recent problems Fortress Paper says it’s making progress in ramping up production at its new dissolving cellulose pulp mill in Thurso, Que., but problems and low prices early in the first quarter could negatively affect its next quarterly results.“Higher cost structure and lower revenues, obviously are not ideal but more importantl, I think is the trend which has transpired over the last two to three weeks, maybe even a month,” CEO Chadwick Wasilenkoff said Tuesday during a conference call to discuss fourth-quarter and 2012 results.“The stability of the equipment is good, production rates continue to improve and we’re more or less back to our good operating rates that we experienced for parts of the fourth quarter.”Fortress beat expectations as it cut its fourth-quarter loss by more than half to $4 million on a nearly doubling of revenues due largely to a more than five-fold increase in pulp shipments and a strong performance in its European wallpaper business.The Vancouver-based pulp and paper producer reported Monday evening that it lost 27 cents per share for the period ended Dec. 31, compared to a loss of 64 cents per share, or $9.2 million a year earlier.Adjusting for foreign exchange fluctuations, Fortress Paper (TSX:FTP) lost $5.2 million or 36 cents per share, compared to a loss of $6.3 million or 44 cents per share in the prior year.Analysts had expected Fortress would lose 69 cents per share in adjusted profits.Revenues increased to $96.1 million from $49.5 million in the year-ago period as the company shipped 16.4 million tonnes of paper and nearly 47 million tonnes of pulp, up from 13 million and 8.2 million respectively a year earlier.The Fortress specialty cellulose mill in Quebec began production of dissolving pulp in early December 2011. The mill has encountered various conversion issues and the impact of production on operating results will only begin this month.Fortress said its co-generation project at the mill is nearing completion, with engineering and procurement completed and overall construction in the final stages. It expects power will begin to be delivered early in the second quarter with costs increasing by 10 to 20 per cent.“The Fortress specialty cellulose mill continued to make significant progress in improving production rates and reducing costs in the fourth quarter of 2012. Dissolving pulp production volumes were at its highest level since the conversion,” Wasilenkoff added.The specialty papers segment had a strong performance in the fourth quarter and achieved record results in the 2012 fiscal year. The company believes market demand will continue to be strong in the coming years as the displacement of traditional paper-based wallpaper with non-woven wallpaper base appears to be progressing faster than originally anticipated.The security paper products segment experienced another difficult quarter as overcapacity in the banknote paper market continued to erode prices and margins in 2012.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said the Thurso ramp-up is progressive but “is still not where it needs to be.”The mill lost $3.5 million in pre-tax operating earnings (EBITDA), compared to a loss of $8 million in the third quarter. Pulp shipments increased 53 per cent from the prior quarter as the mill took planned and unplanned downtime in the prior quarter.He said the overall results were “ahead of low expectations” due to strong performance from wallpapers, higher-than-expected shipments at Thurso, and continued cost pressure in banknotes.Fortress has spent $225 million so far on the conversion of the mills including the co-generation facility.The company expects dissolving pulp prices will remain under pressure as more industry capacity is added this year. The current price of US$940 per tonne is down 21 per cent from last year but up US$90 since hitting the bottom in mid-December.Fortress has three multi-year supply agreements covering 78 per cent of Thurso’s capacity.Mark Kennedy at CIBC World Markets described the fourth-quarter results as favourable on “positive improvements” at Thurso.“The wallpaper business continues with its track record of strong performance. The dissolving pulp operations showed positive improvements in ramping up the Thurso mill but dissolving pulp prices continued to soften in the fourth quarter.”For the full year, Fortress lost $20.9 million or $1.45 per share, compared to a loss of $19.2 million or $1.37 per share. On an adjusted basis, it lost $37.4 million or $2.60 per share, up from a loss of $20.6 million or $1.47 per share.Sales increased to $314.4 million from $308.9 million in 2011.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares lost 57 cents or 5.89 per cent, at $9.10 in Tuesday afternoon trading. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 3:03 pm MDT read more

Total56,110– 3.4%97,603– 3.6% Vans51,062– 0.8%87,269– 0.1% Rolling year total down 1.2% to 379,083 but still strong. Medium vans up 74.7% to 43,092 for the rolling year. Trucks down 25.5% to 52,036 for the rolling year. March% changeYear-to-date % change Trucks5,048– 23.9%10,334– 25.5% New LCV & truck registrations in the United Kingdom – 2007 Mixed fortunes in March van and truck registrations ‘We’re seeing structural changes in the van market as some previously light vans, for example Astra and Caddy, move into the medium sector and some operators use heavy vans as a more hassle-free alternative to heavier trucks,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Truck registration comparisons with last Spring are of limited value as the bungled introduction of digital tachographs on 1 May 2006 caused massive market distortion in the months immediately before. Overall, the immediate economic outlook is quite bright and we’re confident that this will be another good year.’ Click below for more detail:DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_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. The teenager, of Cardiff, south Wales, refused to pay the sum and carried on with her life after the incident, on July 8.But on Thursday, she received a letter in the post summoning her to court.It says she dropped litter, which is an offence under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act.Miss Smith  said: “I was feeding the seagulls and pigeons some of my lunch when a man who worked for the council came out of nowhere and told me I was littering.”He asked for my details because he wanted me to pay a £25 fine.”I asked him are you serious? I was feeding the birds – and they ate all of the chips.”But the fine has escalated and now I’m being hauled into court.”There’s so much worse things going on in the world. I was only in Swansea because I was doing training for work.”Miss Smith ‘s fine has now escalated to £100 and she is expected at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on November 15.Her grandfather Lance Brewis, 66, said: “It’s madness. Lauren has never been in trouble in her life and they’re summoning her to court for feeding some birds.”This is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money. Anybody with an ounce of sense would realise this is ridiculous.”There’s needles and syringes everywhere in parks and they choose to fine a young girl for feeding a bird? What a job’s worth.”Miss Smith  added: “I can’t believe I’m being penalised for doing a kind act. I thought it was a wind up.”Swansea Council failed to respond to requests for a comment. A teenager has been summoned to court for feeding a pigeon a McDonald’s chip.Lauren-Paige Smith, 19, was tucking into lunch when she gave the bird a chip, which it wolfed down.But moments later, the customer services advisor was handed a £25 fine for littering.Miss Smith told the official that the bird had finished the chip and there was no ‘litter’ left, but she was still fined.center_img It’s madness. Lauren has never been in trouble in her life and they’re summoning her to court for feeding some birdsLauren’s grandfatherlast_img read more

When a young Sophie Lawrence was tasked with producing the catalogue for a Lucian Freud exhibition at Tate Britain, she was thrilled to have the chance to work with paintings she had loved since she was a teenager. Last week, Sophie – now a married mother-of-two who works as an NHS speech… The story of the young Miss Lawrence, who went on to pose nude for Freud for an extraordinary eight months of her life, can now be told in full for the first time, after she learned her portrait is to be sold for up to £20 million. As she came to meet the artist in person, at a dinner where their only interaction came as he peered at her staff pass and giggled, she could scarcely believe it her good fortune. 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. read more

Dear Editor,An attempt by officers of the Guyana Police Force to deny the use of a noisy instrument during our Union’s march from the Skeldon Truck Line to the Republic Square, Corriverton was met by a strong and unwavering rejection by the workers who stood their ground and demanded that the permission approved by Police Force be adhered to. The Police, as they did on January 09, 2018 during our march at Canje, advised just prior to the commencement of yesterday’s (January 11, 2018) march that our Union could not have used a noisy instrument during the procession. The GAWU drew to the Police’s attention our application of January 05, 2018 and the Police Force’s approval dated January 08, 2018. The Police nevertheless insisted that they had received instructions from their superiors that a noisy instrument could not be used during the march.The workers, numbering in the hundreds, upon learning of this Police’s instruction became very upset and demanded that the permission granted to the Union be respected. The Police, however, continued to maintain that a noisy instrument could not be used, contrary to its own correspondence. This served to further incense the workers who in the vicinity of #78 Village, Corriverton stood still on the public road and refused to move until the Police adhered to the permission. The workers contended that the Police actions were wrong and saw it a gross disrespect to them and the GAWU. The officers on the ground recognizing the workers firmness contacted their superiors whereby the use of a noisy instrument was allowed in keeping with the permission granted.The actions by the workers are an encouraging reminder of the need to be principled and stand up in defence of our rights. It also shows how an elite can manipulate the repressive arm of the State. The workers must be complemented for their stance and for refusing to allow what they saw as an injustice to be perpetuated against them. The march and rally was yet another manifestation and workers mass action to express their strong condemnation to pay the workers severance pay in installments and to call on the authorities to re-open Skeldon Estate without further delay.While pleased with the workers actions, the GAWU cannot fail to recognize what obviously is a greatly concerning situation. This is the second occasion in recent days that the Police have sought to prevent the Union from using a noisy instrument during our processions though the Police had approved same. Further to that, similar activities organized by the Union in recent times have also benefitted from similar approval.  One is left to wonder whether there is a concerted attempt by someone or some persons to undermine our activities and, at the same time, even disregard the force’s professionalism.Sincerely,Guyana Agriculture Workers Union (GAWU) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: Police permission reversal a worrying signJuly 19, 2017In “Letters”Rose Hall Martyrs’ Day to be commemoratedMarch 7, 2017In “Local News”$2.4B in severance payments approved: Wales sugar workers also includedNovember 1, 2018In “Business” read more

first_imgNeufbox : SFR augmente les tarifs des appels illimités vers les mobilesL’opérateur a annoncé une hausse du prix de l’option appels illimités vers les mobiles pour les abonnés à la Neufbox classique.SFR veut inciter ses abonnés à opter pour son forfait le plus cher, l’Evolution. Pour cela, l’opérateur a décidé d’augmenter le tarif de l’option qui permet à ses clients qui avaient opté pour la Neufbox classique de passer des appels illimités vers les mobiles. Celle-ci est donc passé de 3 à 5 euros par mois, rapporte Le Nouvel Obs. Résultat, les abonnés qui opteront pour cette option devront débourser 36,90 euros, au lieu de 34,90 euros auparavant, soit seulement 1 euros de moins que pour le forfait ADSL Evolution. Toutefois, cette hausse ne devrait concerner que les nouveaux abonnés. Une évolution qui correspond à la volonté de SFR de soigner la rentabilité de l’option d’appels illimités vers les mobiles.Le 26 août 2011 à 18:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgNapoli could face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League severely weakened following the latest reports suggesting their best forward struggle with injuryGli Azzurri are the only undefeated team in Group C, having wrapped up a narrow 1-0 home victory over Liverpool while being held to a scoreless draw to Red Star Belgrade on the road.However, the Partenopei will have to endure the 90 minutes against the most devastating attacking line in Europe if looking to preserve the top spot.Additionally, Carlo Ancelotti may not have Lorenzo Insigne at his disposal due to winger’s muscular fatigue problems, according to the Italian publication, Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The 27-year-old already had to skip Napoli’s weekend showdown against Udinese following his comeback from international duty.The former Pescara man was the one to score a late winner against Liverpool at the Stadio San Paolo and send the Reds back home empty-handed.In addition to Insigne, Simone Verdi could also remain on the sidelines after coming off in the 4th minute against the Friulian White-blacks.last_img read more