After 2-year battle, House passes COMPETES Act on mostly party-line vote

first_imgUpdated: FIRST Bill Draws Early Opposition (10 March 2014) FIRST Up: Lawmakers to Examine Bill Renewing U.S. Research (13 November 2013) Democrat Assault on FIRST Bill Delays Vote by House Science Panel (2 May 2014) Contentious markup expected today as House science panel takes up COMPETES bill (22 April 2015) Controversy awaits as House Republicans roll out long-awaited bill to revamp U.S. research policy (15 April 2015) After Election 2014: COMPETES REAUTHORIZATION (27 October 2014) Running the Numbers in the FIRST Bill (22 May 2014) Amid Partisan Split, U.S. House Panel Approves Controversial NSF Bill (29 May 2014) House Science Committee Drafts Controversial Bill on U.S. Research Funding (27 September 2013) FIRST at Last: Controversial Bill Introduced to Guide U.S. Science Policies (10 March 2014) NSF’s Science Board Criticizes Bill to Alter Agency’s Programs (13 March 2014) Battle between NSF and House science committee escalates: How did it get this bad? (2 October 2014) House science chief unveils contentious vision for science (23 April 2015) First Step for FIRST Bill Exposes Party Differences (12 March 2014) Everything had already been said, repeatedly. And so a controversial bill that would set policy for three major U.S. science agencies passed today after a debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives that changed nobody’s mind. The vote was 217 to 205.The America COMPETES Act (H.R. 1806) has been the subject of a 2-year battle between Republican lawmakers in the House and the research community (see previous coverage, below). It would take research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) in dangerous directions, say Democrats who sarcastically dubbed the bill the America Concedes Act or the America Can’t Compete Act. It authorizes a shift in spending away from the geosciences and climate science, two areas that Republicans feel the Obama administration has indulged. It would tighten the strings on NSF’s grantsmaking process in ways that Republicans say are simply meant to serve the national interest but that most scientists consider too restrictive. It also cuts authorized spending levels at the National Institute of Standards and Technology far below what the White House has requested.“This bill does absolutely nothing” to preserve U.S. research excellence, said Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX), the top Democrat on the House science panel that drafted the bill, her voice almost breaking in anger as she kicked off the 3-hour debate. The chair of that committee, Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), rejected those and other accusations by Democrats. “Real priorities require making real choices,” he asserted, “and H.R. 1806 proves we can set priorities and still invest more in innovation.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The vote marks the first time the full House has approved the legislation; previous iterations had failed to make it this far. Twenty-three Republicans opposed the bill, presumably because it didn’t tighten the federal spending belt sufficiently. No Democrats voted in favor of the measure.Before today’s final vote, legislators made several small tweaks. One would increase authorized funding levels for an NSF program to help states that receive limited NSF funding and its venerable graduate research fellowships, while another endorses the need for training workshops for science and math teachers and their students and for attracting more female scientists into a program to train potential entrepreneurs. Another amendment would create a NSF program to foster science and engineering at colleges and universities with large numbers of Hispanic students. NSF officials would prefer to serve this population by extending existing programs for underrepresented minority students.A half-dozen Democrat amendments were defeated, mostly along party lines. But one caused a break in the otherwise solid GOP ranks: Twenty-five Republicans voted with Democrats to lift a ban on DOE continuing to spend more to produce commercial biofuels for the Department of Defense.The bill now moves to the Senate. Although the Senate has not drafted a counterpart, a bipartisan group of seven senators today introduced a bill focused on a subset relating to DOE research programs.The White House has already issued a threat to veto the House bill. On Monday it said that the bill “undermines key investments in science, technology, and innovation and imposes unnecessary and damaging requirements.”Here is some of ScienceInsider’s previous coverage of what has become an epic science policy battle:President’s science adviser attacks COMPETES bill in U.S. House, raises concern about NASA bill (30 April 2015) White House Science Adviser Criticizes FIRST Act (24 Apr 2014) Republican Plan to Guide NSF Programs Draws Darts, and Befuddlement, From Research Advocates (7 November 2013) Smith makes small concession in markup of COMPETES bill (22 April 2015) Harry Truman Agreed With Me, Says Chairman of House Science Panel (1 May 2014) What Representative Lamar Smith Is Really Trying to Do at NSF (9 May 2013) U.S. Lawmaker Proposes New Criteria for Choosing NSF Grants (28 April 2013)last_img read more

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Gotti: ‘I don’t want Udinese job’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Udinese fired Igor Tudor this week and caretaker manager Luca Gotti assures he has “no ambitions” to keep the job beyond today’s game with Genoa. It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. Tudor was dismissed after back-to-back embarrassing defeats, 7-1 to Atalanta and 4-0 at home to 10-man Roma. There are several candidates for the role, with Walter Zenga as the current favourite, but Gotti will be at the helm this afternoon. “We have to leave everything else to one side and focus only on one game that is important for our position in the standings,” said Gotti in his press conference. “They were humiliating defeats, but my focus has to be on the next match. A lot of pressure swept up these players and we need to shake all of that off, think only about the football. “What happened over the last 10 days is not normality. We thought that we were on the right track, but it all fell apart simultaneously. “I want to see people who play football, who want the ball at their feet and want to make the difference. We can’t just be passive and let the game happen to us. “We’ve got to be prepared for difficulties and opportunities, because a match is rarely linear, there are moments of depression mixed with explosions of joy and we need to be ready for anything.” Genoa have been themselves transformed by the dismissal of Aurelio Andreazzoli and arrival of new coach Thiago Motta. “They recharged the batteries of their enthusiasm over the last two games. You could tell in the first half of his debut against Brescia that everything was weighing on them, but a moment changed everything and that can happen in football.” If Gotti does well as a caretaker manager, does he think that it might be a more permanent appointment? “I will remain because I am an assistant manager, but I am quite an unusual one, in that I have no ambitions of being a Serie A coach. I did it for a dozen or so years and had such an unpleasant experience that I decided I just didn’t want to do that anymore. “It’s a different type of job and I will work very hard over these days with enthusiasm, but I have no illusions of anything else.”last_img read more

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Immobile: ‘Not a simple game’

first_imgLazio striker Ciro Immobile insists the 4-2 victory over Lecce was hard-earned, as the newly-promoted side “made it difficult.” Immobile was on the scoresheet for the seventh consecutive game in the league, and is leading the Capocannoniere charts with 14 goals in only 12 games. “It was not a simple game, the Giallorossi played well. It was not easy to beat them. They put us in great difficulty at times. We were good for the victory, even though we always give our fans a little panic,” he smiled on Sky Sport Italia. “We have to continue to grow as a team, but first lets enjoy the three points.” Immobile was then asked about his relationship with Torino striker Andrea Belotti, who is fighting to be Roberto Mancini’s Italy No 9 for Euro 2020. “The national team? I have always said that the duel with Belotti is right. It is a positive battle. We are friends, and the competition is welcome.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Grand welcome for Blind Cricket World Cup winners India

first_imgIndian team receives a warm reception on their return after winning the Cricket World Cup for Blind.Indian players were given a grand welcome on their return home on Wednesday after winning the Cricket World Cup for the Blind on Sunday. Chasing Pakistan’s 389, India scored 392 with two balls to spare. India lost only one match in the tournament against Pakistan at the league stage, Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh, England and hosts South Africa were the other participating countries.In the semifinal, India defeated Sri Lanka while Pakistan beat England to enter the final. The inaugural edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup in 1998 was won by South Africa, but after that the popularity declined due to lack of support.The number of visually challenged cricketers in India are 22,000. The number of visually challenged cricketers in India are 22,000, far more compared to other nations like Pakistan and South Africa.However, the World Cup-winning Indian team comprised of 17 players and three officials.last_img read more

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Pakistan to host India in bilateral series in UAE: Shahryar Khan

first_imgIndia will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s in DecemberBatting for the resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties, PCB chief Shahryar Khan on Sunday said that Pakistan are ready to host a series in the UAE in December.The series, which will involve three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s, is part of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed between the two boards in 2014 and Shaharyar is keen to abide by it.”We resume the India-Pak series in UAE. This is the re-beginning of the revival of Indo-Pak cricket. The series will start in December as per schedule and it will comprise three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s. The preparation is on in full swing. We have to overcome the final hurdle,” Shahryar said after meeting BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.Thanking his Indian counterpart for playing a pro-active role in trying to resume the most sought-after rivalry in world cricket, Shaharyar said his association with Dalmiya goes back a long way.”I am really grateful to Dalmiya for hosting me here I am glad that we could start the process again. You may know as per the MOU there will be 5 series between the two countries in 8 years,” he said.”I am thankful to Dalmiya. I come here personally to convey my heartiest congratulations to Jagmohan Dalmiya for becoming the BCCI President. My relationship with Dalmiya goes back a long way when he was the BCCI chief and I was PCB chief and we had hosted the 2004 Indo-Pak series. All this was made possible due to the effort of Dalmiya,” he added.advertisementDalmiya, who also addressed the joint press-conference after a thirty minute meeting with Shaharyar, sounded hopeful about the resumption of ties but put the ball in the government’s court.”We are very hopeful of reviving the series. Only few things need to be sorted out and obviously without common support we cannot go forward. Without the support of the home ministry and government we can’t go forward,” said Dalmiya.Shahryar said that an India-Pakistan contest is bigger than the Ashes.”Let me tell you the India-Pak series is more important than any series in world cricket, It is even more important than the Ashes,” he said.”During the India-Pakistan World Cup clash in Adelaide, the tickets were sold out within 20 minutes, such is the craze of this series,” he added.Shahryar also informed that even Bangladesh is keen to play host to an Indo-Pak tie.”I recently came from Bangladesh and BCB officials also said that why dont you host the series here. They have also put forward their interest to hold India-Pak tie.”Since 2007, the BCCI has not played a proper bilateral Test series with Pakistan due to political and other reasons, particularly after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.India suspended all series with Pakistan after the terrorist attacks.The two countries played one short series of three ODIs and two T20 matches in India in December 2012 but otherwise they have met only in ICC organised events or the Asia Cup.last_img read more

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It is not a bad idea to have two coaches- one for ODI and the other for limited overs: Chetan Sharma

first_imgAmidst speculation that two coaches will be named for the Indian cricket team, former India fast bowler Chetan Sharma said he espoused the idea, adding that both should function under current team director Ravi Shastri.”There is talk that there should be two coaches – one for Tests and the other for limited overs. It is not a bad idea. A Test match is a different ball game and very different from One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 cricket,” Sharma said.”Like some players are only for ODIs and players like Cheteshwar Pujara are specialists for Tests. So why can’t we have a coach this way. I say have two coaches but keep them under the purview of Ravi Shastri, who should be at the top.”ICC Test rankings: Kohli drops out of top 10, Ashwin moves up The Indian team has been without a chief coach since Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher stepped down after the World Cup in March. Former India captain Shastri was appointed team director and is currently looking after the affairs of the team.The first Indian bowler to record a hat-trick in the international arena, Sharma added that he, personally, would like to see an Indian as the coach of the team.”I have always been in favour of an Indian coach. India is a big country to understand. The Indian wickets, conditions and culture – it takes time to understand. By the time a foreign coach settles, a year will also pass away,” said the 49-year-old.Lauds Indian team advertisementSharma lauded the Indian team for winning the second Test against Sri Lanka and levelling the series 1-1. The third and final Test of the series will commence on Friday.Also read: Idea behind getting Karun is to open with Pujara, says Kohli “It is very important the way they made the comeback. When you are 0-1 down and you lose the Test which you should have finished in three days and won by an innings, to come back with a bang and win by 278 runs – team ki jitni tareef ki jae utni kam (can’t have enough praise for the team),” said Sharma, who played 23 Tests and 65 ODIs for India.”Okay, you lose a Test match which you were not supposed to but to make a comeback like this, all credit goes to the team.”Virat is an aggressive, attacking captain The Ludhiana-born also praised skipper Virat Kohli, saying he is an aggressive, attacking captain.”Virat is very aggressive and why not? I, myself, was aggressive. He is an attacking captain. For an attacking captain, may be he will lose the first five-seven matches but the day the team starts giving results, he will win the next 20,” said Sharma, who had 128 international scalps between 1984 and 1994.”This was a big win and that too outside the country. Big wins bring in big changes in captains, I have seen it myself. This victory, and if we win the series, it will be very difficult to beat the Indian team then. This win only would have taken the confidence level very high.”last_img read more

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Is this the best right-back in FIFA 19?

first_imgIn FIFA 19 Ultimate Team, there are an incredible amount of options at right-back including Flashback Juanfran, FUTmas Santiago Arias and probably the pick of the bunch, super-inform Kenny Lala.However, EA Sports have now thrown another player into the mix with an upgraded Denzel Dumfries from PSV which is available in a new Squad Builder Challenge.New league SBCs have been released on Ultimate Team for the Premier League and the Eredivisie, with player pick rewards of new, special pink versions of existing cards. 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! The new Dumfries card takes him up to gold with a massive 10 point upgrade, giving him an overall of 83.On the surface, his card looks stellar but nothing special with 90 pace, 80 dribbling, 60 shooting, 82 defending, 84 passing and 90 physicality – an 83-rated card with few chemistry options in the Eredivisie will not catch most people’s interest.However, once you look at the in-game stats you realise that Dumfries has everything you could ever want from a right-back with 87 acceleration, 91 sprint speed, 80 shot power, 99 crossing, 89 short passing, 82 dribbling, 86 standing tackle, 84 sliding tackle, 91 jumping, 91 stamina, 92 strength and three-star skills.Speed, power, strong tackling and pinpoint perfect crossing – this man will be an absolute terror down the right-hand side.And Dumfries becomes even scarier when you realise he has a strong chemistry link with possibly the most feared player in the game, Hirving Lozano.Denzel Dumfries PSVThe Mexico winger is one of the fastest and most agile players in the game and near impossible to defend against. Adding in a second player on that right-hand side with incredible pace and strength is straight up unfair.On top of that you can also pair Dumfries at the back with Virgil van Dijk and Matthijis de Ligt – two exceptional centre-backs.To get your hands on this card, you will have to create and tribute a squad for every team in the Eredivisie – that’s 18 in total.With a bit of work and research, you should be able to complete this challenge for around 130k coins, which is actually a pretty good price when you realise that you’re receiving one of the best right-backs in the game.When you remember that there was not a true right-back released in the Team of the Year, this card becomes an extremely valuable pick-up.last_img read more

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Mansoors hear ailment can be treated in Pakistan, say authorities

first_imgKarachi, Apr 25 (PTI) Former captain and Olympian hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmeds heart ailment can be treated in Pakistan and there is no need for him to travel to India for a heart transplant, the authorities here have informed him. Two days back, Mansoor made a passionate appeal to the Indian government to grant him a visa on humanitarian grounds and allow him to travel to India for a heart transplant. Many in the sporting community and on the social media were surprised by the appeal made by the celebrated goalkeeper who has been suffering from a heart condition since last three years. Many felt that Pakistan had some of the best heart surgeons and it was unwise of Mansoor to ask the Indian government to issue him a visa to go to India at a time when relations between the two countries was at its lowest ebb. Surgeon Pervez Chaudhary, a senior professor at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Karachi, made it clear that all facilities were available in the institute to treat Mansoor. ?He has been shifted to the NCI and we will soon operate on him and insert a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) which is a mechanical pump that is implanted inside a persons chest to help a weakened heart pump blood. We will also carry out the necessary repair so that he can lead a normal life,? the surgeon said. Mansoor, who became a household name in 1994 after heroic saves in penalty stroke shootouts against Germany and Holland in the Champions Trophy and World Cup, has also been assured by Pakistan?s former cricket captain Shahid Afridi, who now runs a foundation, that all his medical expenses will be taken care off. PTI Cor SSC SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Golovin genius caps dream start for ‘worst Russia’ ever

first_imgWorld Cup Golovin genius caps dream World Cup start for ‘worst Russia’ ever Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 01:11 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Aleksandr Golovin Denis Cheryshev Russia Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 Getty Images World Cup Russia Russia v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Opinion It was said Russia would struggle to make an impact at their own World Cup but thanks in part to the CSKA midfielder, the hosts are off to a flyer They said if Russia were going to have any chance of progressing from Group A then two things would have to happen.One, three points had to be obtained in their first match against Saudi Arabia. Two, Aleksandr Golovin was going to have to show up.And on those two counts things went exceptionally well for the coach Stanislav Cherchesov and his team. 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 There’s dampening down expectations and then there’s dragging a team’s expectations so low that avoiding a hammering feels like a result.Russian media – and indeed foreign observers – built up to this World Cup by describing the national team as the worst iteration in history and destined for the wooden spoon. Well, maybe they’re not that bad after all.Granted, it is difficult to ascertain just how good a side can be when they don’t have competitive games to play and on the evidence of last year’s Confederations Cup washout, you’d be forgiven for thinking Russia had a dud team.But they broke out here to defy the naysayers and give the home fans a result they could only dream of. There were 78,011 fans inside the massive Luzkniki providing the noise and the backdrop to this one. And Russia embraced the pressure put upon their shoulders by a fandom that is less expectant and more hopeful. It would be easy to hide, easy to make mistakes but Russia settled and then excelled in front of goal. Saudi Arabia are the weakest team in the group and even still they had most of the ball. Midfielder Abdullah Otayf – very much in the Xavi mould – dictated the tempo of the play.Even though the Green Eagles have only had a few months under their coach Juan Antonio Pizzi they appear to have taken on board his instructions of a high press and dominance in possession.They were the better team between the two boxes – which sounds absurd considering they lost 5-0 – with enterprising wide men Mohamed Alburyak and Yasir Alshahrani getting forward often to create more lines of attack.Denis Cheryshev Russia 2018One problem is that luckless striker Mohammed Alsahlawi is badly out of touch and without a goal in more than a year.Pizzi’s team are suffering from a crisis in confidence when it comes to goalscoring and gave Igor Akinfeev – and 38-year-old CSKA Moscow colleague Sergey Ignashevich – little to worry about.At the other end the man who’s just turned 22 – Golovin – made sure Russia could capitalise on all the mistakes the Saudis were making.He assisted the opener for Krasnodar’s Iury Gazinsky. He prompted the second which Roman Zobnin eventually laid on for substitute Denis Cheryshev. He gave the pass for Artem Dzyuba’s third even if the stunning fourth was all the work of Cheryshev.The fifth – from the boot of Golovin himself – will be recognised by Arsenal fans who saw him do the same thing for CSKA at the Emirates a few weeks back.Russia celebrate 2018The only thing to sour Russia’s night was the bad injury suffered by Alan Dzagoev. The playmaker went down heavily clutching his hamstring and his tears suggest his World Cup is over before it’s really begun.Plenty then for president Vladimir Putin to admire from the opening game. He sat in the VIP seats with FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed.There was a minor disagreement between Putin and the Prince when the first goal went in due to a perceived push in the build-up by Gazinky on his opponent. It wasn’t given and Prince Mohammed let Putin know what it thought.But it was Russia’s night and Golovin’s night. Five goals, three points and one very happy nation.last_img read more

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This ESPN Jim Harbaugh Graphic Is Extremely Depressing

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Saturday night was not a must-win for Michigan. The Wolverines, despite the season-opening loss to Notre Dame in South Bend, can very much still make the College Football Playoff. Everything Jim Harbaugh’s team wants to accomplish this season (a Big Ten title, a College Football Playoff berth) can be achieved.Still, it felt like a must-win game for Harbaugh, who’s struggled in big games during his tenure as Michigan’s head coach. And, like several previous big games, he failed to win it.Michigan is now 9-9 in Harbaugh’s last 18 games as head coach. The Wolverines’ head coach has now lost more games in that span than Urban Meyer has, total, as Ohio State’s head coach (and he’s been the Buckeyes’ head coach since 2012).This ESPN graphic (complete with a saddened Jim Harbaugh look) is just depressing to look at.Tough times pic.twitter.com/NchMIKNajh— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 2, 2018Tough times, indeed.Michigan and Harbaugh can bounce back, though. The Wolverines have five very winnable games in a row before they travel to Madison, Wisc. to take on the No. 4-ranked Badgers. Perhaps that’ll be the big game that Harbaugh is able to win.The Wolverines are set to host Western Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.last_img read more

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Steve Waugh issues Steve Smith warning to England ahead of 1st Ashes Test

first_img Asian News International MelbourneJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 12:30 IST Steve Smith is returning to the Test cricket after facing a 12-month ban. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith is returning to the Test cricket after facing a 12-month ban for his involvement in the ball-tamperingAustralia will play against England in the first Ashes at Edgbaston on August 1Steve Smith had amassed 379 runs for Australia in ten matches of World Cup 2019Former Australia captain and team mentor Steve Waugh on Tuesday backed Steve Smith and said he will find a way if English crowd passes bad comments against him, ahead of the upcoming first Ashes Test.”The thing I know about Steve Smith is he always finds a way. If someone’s going to write him off, or say he’s not what he used to be, they do that at their peril because he’s a guy that finds a way,” cricket.com.au quoted Waugh as saying.Smith is returning to the Test cricket after facing a 12-month ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering in the Test match against South Africa at Cape Town.The 30-year-old Smith, who made his return in ODI format in the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. He amassed 379 runs for his side in ten matches.England defeated Australia in the semi-final match by eight wickets and ended their World Cup campaign.”His training and his work ethic is exceptional, I’ve never seen a guy hit as many balls. He’ll be thoroughly prepared for the first Test match,” Waugh added.Apart from Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are also making their comeback in the Australian squad. Both Warner and Bancroft were also involved in the sandpaper gate with Smith.Waugh who is the most recent skipper to lead an Ashes-winning tour to the UK said English crowd are the best in the world.”From my experience with English crowds, I am sure they want England to win but when opposition teams play well – and we’ve had success here – the English crowds are the best in the world,” Waugh said.advertisement”They really appreciate good cricket, and I hope that’s going to be the case. There will be a small element that’s going to make it tough for our guys, but that’s a professional sport and it’s water off a duck’s back that sort of stuff. They’re ready for it and they’ve experienced it before,” he added.Australia national selection panel on Friday announced the following 17-man squad for the Ashes tour of the UK:Tim Paine (C), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.Australia will play against England in the first Ashes at Edgbaston on August 1.Also Read | Edgbaston will be tasty: Stuart Broad warns Australia of hostile reception ahead of Ashes openerAlso Read | Sri Lanka to dedicate 3rd ODI vs Bangladesh to retired quick Nuwan KulasekaraAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow Steve Waugh Steve Waugh issues Steve Smith warning to England ahead of 1st Ashes TestSteve Waugh is the most recent skipper to lead an Australian team to Ashes-winning tour to the England.advertisementlast_img read more

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Post and Telecoms Department Being Modernised

first_imgStory Highlights She said the Tourism Enhancement Fund’s (TEF) support was lobbied, primarily because the facility is located in a resort area. The Post and Telecommunications Department is modernising its facilities and operations.Eastern Regional Coordinator, Natasha Russell Martin, says three post offices in Kingston, Ocho Rios and Falmouth were recently renovated, and notes that significant stakeholder support was provided.She told JIS News that the General Post Office (GPO) on King Street, downtown Kingston was refurbished, after being closed for one year, and reopened on February 4.Mrs. Russell Martin said the work was facilitated through the Ministry of Justice, which spearheaded renovation of the adjoining Court of Appeal.Meanwhile, she said, come Monday, February 11, the Ocho Rios Post Office in St. Ann will resume operations at its original location on Main Street, which was also renovated.Mrs. Russell Martin indicated that the post office was temporarily relocated to the Ocean Village Plaza in Ocho Rios in March 2018, to facilitate the refurbishing exercise.She said the Tourism Enhancement Fund’s (TEF) support was lobbied, primarily because the facility is located in a resort area.“The infrastructure was not appealing to customers. Therefore, the Department sought to partner with the TEF to make it more spacious, modern and customer-centric,” she pointed out, adding that the Falmouth Post Office was also similarly refurbished.Mrs. Russell Martin said the Department is looking to upgrade other post offices whenever funds are available and the opportunity arises.“The Post and Telecommunications Department wants to let our customers know that we are thinking of them, and slowly but surely we are getting there in terms of modernizing our entity and staying relevant,” she added. “The Post and Telecommunications Department wants to let our customers know that we are thinking of them, and slowly but surely we are getting there in terms of modernizing our entity and staying relevant,” she added.         Mrs. Russell Martin said the work was facilitated through the Ministry of Justice, which spearheaded renovation of the adjoining Court of Appeal.last_img read more

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RCMP say search for four missing hunters in north Alberta now recovery

first_imgFORT CHIPEWYAN, Alta. – RCMP and Parks Canada are now treating the search for four missing hunters in northeastern Alberta as a recovery operation after failing to find the men.RCMP said searchers were using boats equipped with sonar Wednesday to search beneath the surface of the Rocher River north of Fort Chipewyan.“Our search has now moved to a recovery operation,” RCMP Cpl. Ronald Bumbry said.“These men have not been located on land. We don’t want to speculate on what occurred but we have now moved our search and recovery efforts to below the water and the surrounding banks to rule out all possibilities.”The hunters left the community on Sunday night in a boat which was later found in the river that flows through Wood Buffalo National Park.More than 70 people have been searching the remote, heavily wooded area including a crew from Fort McMurray, a dog team and three helicopters.Bumbry said the families of the missing men have been notified.The hunters are experienced outdoorsmen.The searchers have included volunteers from the Mikisew Cree and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations.“Our thoughts are with family members,” he said. “Some are assisting in the search and recovery efforts.”Temperatures in the area have been above freezing since Sunday.The river, partly filled with ice, was flowing swiftly, Bumbry said.No names have been released.— By John Cotter in Edmontonlast_img read more

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BC First Nation strikes partnership with forestry company on its territory

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsChief Robert Dennis strains to find the top of a spruce tree in his territory on the west coast of Vancouver Island.“If I was to guess how old this spruce tree is, it would be in 300 to 400 years old,” he says.“And I would easily say that probably close to 250 to 300 foot range.”Dennis just signed a deal with a forestry company that will allow the Huu-ay-aht First Nation to benefit from the forestry industry.“We are focusing on generating wealth for the nation so that we can take care of ourselves so that can provide resources that our people need so that they can live healthy lives our culture can be revived,” he said.Situated on the west coast of Vancouver Island is Anacla, one of the many villages of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation.It is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and by old growth trees dating back hundreds of years.The First Nation is hosting a community celebration and feast as they sign a forestry deal with Western Forest Products worth $7.2 million.The signing is also done as their ancestors did with cedar x’s and wax to seal it.The deal is for seven per cent of a tree farm licence called the TFL 44 that extends into the traditional territory of the First Nation.High Hereditary Chief Tliishin followed tradition by bringing his daughter Huupathis whose next in line to being Hereditary Chief to the celebration.“So on behalf of our Hereditary Chiefs this is a positive step for a small First Nation here on the west coast,” Tliishin says. “We have come a really long way and we have strong relationships so we are very proud of that.”Dennis says that up until 20 years ago, wood was taken out from the territory without their knowledge or consent.He says this new partnership will provide a huge opportunity to have say in resource management, training and jobs as well as money to invest into its programs and services for its members.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img read more

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UN agency joins Mongolias efforts to safeguard vast unique environments

The new framework agreement with Mongolia’s Ministry of Nature and Environment promises assistance by UNEP in environmental assessment and monitoring, the preparation of National Sustainable Development Strategies, programmes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use of ozone depleting substances, law and policy making, fund mobilization and international environmental negotiations.Home to warlord Genghis Khan, whose 13th century empire stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, the landlocked nation’s unique and varied environments – including super-arid desert, moist taiga forest, rolling steppe grasslands and glaciated alpine peaks – provide refuge to some of the last populations of endangered snow leopard, Argali sheep, wild ass, saiga, bacterian camel and Gobi bear.UNEP’s recent State of the Environment report shows that despite government efforts to formulate laws and policies to effectively manage natural resources, recent transitions to a market economy, along with rapid urbanization and industrialization, have accelerated risks to the environment. Some 70 per cent of pasturelands – used for livestock grazing and still the main livelihood for Mongolians – have been degraded, particularly around towns and cities, bringing erosion to thin soils and loss in plant diversity.Mongolia’s forests, which cover 10 per cent of its territory, have suffered from a decade of fragmented institutional responsibility, poor management and illegal cutting, according to UNEP. Declining forest cover and quality is causing flash floods, lowered groundwater, desertification and species loss. Air quality is also a significant problem in urban areas, particularly for the nearly 1 million residents of the capital, Ulaanbaatar, during winter.The UNEP assessment recognizes that while environmental resources provide an important base for expanded economic opportunity through mining, forestry, farming and tourism, integrated national sustainable development policies and planning are desperately needed. read more

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Top UN envoy says only dialogue with all parties in the Middle

Warning that “crisis and opportunity” exist side-by-side every day in the Middle East, the top United Nations envoy for peace in the region told the Security Council today that only simultaneous dialogue with all parties in the conflict will bring a lasting end to the bloodshed.“A serious and systematic search for peace in the region requires dialogue with all the parties in the conflict, pari pasu, to ensure that crises are managed and opportunities explored, and that developments on one track are not undermined by developments on another,” said Alvaro de Soto, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.“The international community’s long-term goal is… not only peace between Israel and Palestine, but also peace between Israel and Syria, and Israel and Lebanon… At the heart of the conflict is the problem of Israel and Palestine… In this theatre, a deadly crisis continues in Gaza,” he added.“The continuing violence in Gaza and southern Israel continues to kill, injure, and endanger civilians. Palestinian militant rocket fire should cease, as should Israeli military operations,” he said, adding that Israel’s operations had intensified following the capture in June of one of its soldiers although he remains in captivity and rocket attacks continue.Mr. de Soto also said the other issue that must be overcome is the “political crisis” of the Palestinian Authority, whose President and Prime Minister follow “divergent programmes,” and he warned that the society is “teetering between national unity one day and civil conflict the next.”Acknowledging there was no quick-fix to solving this crisis, he said the “route of national unity” offers perhaps the only solution to stem the slide into anarchy for Palestinian society, which is also facing a major financial crisis, while at the same time calling on Israel to meet its commitments to the peace process, including the two State solution.Stressing the important role played by the Quartet, comprising the UN, the European Union, the Russian Federation and the United States, in working toward long-lasting peace, Mr. de Soto noted that the group had reaffirmed its commitment to the Road Map last month, as a means to realize the goal of “two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.”“Despite discussions by Quartet members with the Israeli authorities of concrete steps to move forward – including proposals put forward by the UN – Israel’s policy of near-blanket closure of Gaza continues. Israel has legitimate security concerns relating to human and commercial movements in and out of the Gaza Strip, and we continue to press the Palestinian Authority to meets its obligations.”Mr. de Soto also spoke of continued problems in the West Bank, noting in particular that settlement activity is still going on and obstacles to movement have risen by 40 per cent in a year, although he noted that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said he was willing to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and aides are now exploring this possibility.Turning to Lebanon, he said that “heavy political tensions” remain a constant source of concern, while the UN was working closely with all sides to encourage political leaders to commit themselves to dialogue “in order to bridge their differences,” a goal that the world body was also seeking throughout the region. “The UN’s objectives remain security and full recognition to the state of Israel within internationally recognized borders, an end to the occupation for the Palestinian people in an independent, sovereign state, recovery of lost land to Syria, a fully sovereign and secure Lebanon – through the full implementation of all relevant resolutions of this Council,” he concluded.Representatives from 20 countries also spoke during the Council discussion. read more

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Strong earnings and game changer deal give Morgan Stanley a boost

Strong earnings and ‘game changer’ deal give Morgan Stanley a boost AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christina Rexrode, The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2013 7:49 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Morgan Stanley is feeling good about its future.The New York bank said Thursday that it will buy back up to $500 million of its own shares, news that surprised investors and helped boost the share price by 4 per cent. It also reported higher earnings and revenue for the second quarter, helped by gains in both its investment bank and wealth management. And it’s fresh off closing its purchase of brokerage firm Smith Barney from Citigroup, a yearslong process that has been central to CEO James Gorman’s plan to reshape Morgan Stanley. In a call with analysts, Gorman called the purchase “a game changer” and promised it would benefit the bank “now and for decades to come.”“We’ve been on a long journey to generate stronger, more sustainable long-term returns with businesses that balance each other in volatile markets,” Gorman said. That business model, he added, is now “solidly in place.”Gorman, Australia-born and a lawyer in his early career, came to the helm of Morgan Stanley at the start of 2010, when memories of the bank stumbling through the financial crisis were fresh. The CEO, who turned 55 this week, spent the early quarters embarking on expensive cleanup measures, including settling a big lawsuit with insurance company MBIA.He has also focused on pumping up wealth management; the purchase of Smith Barney is something he started stitching together when he was still Morgan’s Stanley’s co-president. That deal was kindled in 2009; Gorman thought Morgan Stanley needed to expand its reliance on the steadier revenue of helping people manage their money, rather than the significant gains — and significant losses — that can come with riskier investment banking activities.The regulatory environment also played a role in the shift: New rules crimped some of the traditional investment banking practices, or made them more expensive.In the second quarter, the bank continued to trim back its “value at risk,” a way of measuring potential trading losses and the risks that the bank is willing to take. Last year, the wealth management unit brought in more revenue than the investment bank. That’s a significant change from earlier years. In 2008, the investment bank made up two-thirds of the company’s revenue.Cutting jobs and other expenses has also been a big part of the bank’s strategy to deal with stricter regulation and uncertainty in the economy. Morgan Stanley shed about 3,000 positions, or 5 per cent of its workforce, in the last year.CLSA analyst Mike Mayo said Gorman’s performance over the past four years had been mixed, and goals like sewing up the Smith Barney merger had taken longer than investors wanted. Still, he was optimistic about the bank’s future, and last year upgraded it from a “sell’ to a “buy.”“It’s better late than never,” Mayo said. “You wouldn’t believe how many people I still talk to who say, ‘Oh yeah, Morgan Stanley, all the problems.’ … But that’s yesterday’s news.”He and other analysts described the quarter as improved, though with some reservations.“They’re doing all these things that lay a clearer path to improved returns,” said Shannon Stemm, an analyst at Edward Jones in St. Louis. “They still need to get there.”The bank’s performance in trading bonds for clients, for example, has been inconsistent.“We’ve been through a period where we had to clean up a lot of stuff,” Gorman said in response to an analyst’s question about the unit.Financial measures like the return on equity, a gauge of profitability, are still well below where the bank would like them to be. In fact, the board of directors cut Gorman’s 2012 pay partly because they were frustrated by the low returns.The purchase of Smith Barney has been less than seamless. Combining the technology of the two brokerages has been expensive, and some employees have reportedly left over cultural differences. The bank, though, emphasizes that remaining employees are more productive than ever.The stock buyback was enough to rev up investors on Thursday. When a company buys its own shares, it’s a sign that it has confidence in itself and thinks the stock price will go up. The buyback also indicates that the Federal Reserve, which had to give its permission, is happy with Morgan Stanley’s capital levels. Morgan Stanley hasn’t bought back any of its shares since 2008.Morgan Stanley earned $898 million in the quarter after excluding the benefit of an accounting gain, more than double the $337 million it made a year earlier.That worked out to 45 cents a share after stripping out the gain and a charge for the purchase of Smith Barney. Financial analysts polled by FactSet had expected 43 cents. Analysts’ expectations generally exclude one-time items.Revenue totalled $8.3 billion before the accounting gain, up 26 per cent from a year earlier. That also beat the $7.9 billion that analysts had expected.Revenue in the investment bank jumped 40 per cent after excluding the accounting gain. The bank traded more stocks on behalf of clients, underwrote more stock and bond offerings and advised more companies on strategy. Revenue from selling and trading bonds for clients also improved.Other banks have reported strong results in investment banking, helped by surging stocks in late May that drew investors and companies to the market.Revenue rose 10 per cent in the wealth management unit, which advises small and medium-sized businesses and wealthy individuals.The stock jumped nearly 5 per cent in afternoon trading, up $1.21 to $27.75. read more

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POTUS makes first SXSW appearance

FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. The president and first lady will make an appearance at the South by Southwest interactive and music festivals in Austin, Texas. The appearances mark the first time a sitting president and first lady have spoken at the annual gathering, a group of conferences on tech, music and film which drew more than 80,000 attendees in 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2016 9:40 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email POTUS makes first SXSW appearance NEW YORK, N.Y. – POTUS will be making a debut appearance this year at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.No, that’s not some hipster band. It’s the 44th president of the United States. President Barack Obama will be the first sitting president to speak at the annual music, film and interactive media gathering, which drew more than 80,000 attendees last year.President Obama will discuss civic engagement with Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, during a keynote address on March 11. First lady Michelle Obama will attend as well to discuss the “Let Girls Learn” initiative, which aims to improve education for girls around the world. That will take place on March 16. read more

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Myanmar UN expert welcomes latest release of prisoners warns of ongoing arrests

“The release of prisoners of conscience continues to be one of the most tangible outcomes of Myanmar’s reforms. However, I am very concerned about ongoing arrests and sentencing,” said the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana.Last week, President Thein Sein granted amnesty to 73 prisoners of conscience, as part of a series of reforms initiated two years ago following the establishment of a new Government. Mr. Sein stated during a recent visit to Europe that all remaining prisoners of conscience would be freed by year’s end.While commending the Government for its recent actions, Mr. Ojea Quintana said the Government should stop arresting citizens for their politics and expressions of dissent with current policies.“I believe there are still arrests and trials taking place that are politically motivated, including individuals involved in protests against land confiscation as well as people working to defend human rights in Rakhine state,” he said. “I intend to follow up on these cases during my upcoming mission to Myanmar next month.Mr. Ojea Quintana noted that addressing this issue involved reforming laws such as the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act and the Unlawful Associations Act, as well as the development of an independent judiciary in Myanmar. “I also hope that the new prisoner review committee becomes more transparent in the important work it is doing, including with regard to the criteria used to determine prisoners of conscience,” he said, adding that the committee should also be able to investigate new cases that may be politically motivated and recommend necessary institutional and legislative reforms. Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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DR Congo elections Excessive use of force in campaign must be avoided

In a statement highlighting several violent pre-election incidents, the High Commissioner noted that at least three men were killed and several injured earlier this month “after police reportedly fired live ammunition and used teargas and water cannons against an opposition rally in Lubumbashi in the Haut-Katanga province”.In another incident, also in December, the convoy of one of the leading opposition candidates for the presidency, Martin Fayulu, also reportedly came under attack by police, according to the High Commissioner’s statement.Ensuing clashes resulting in the prosecutor’s office being burned down, while further violence during Fayulu’s campaign in Kalemie, Tanganyika province, led to the death of a young woman and injuries to at least nine others, “including two by live ammunition”.On Thursday 13 December, in Mbuji Mayi in Kasai Orientale province, Ms Shamdasani added that a 16-year-old boy was reportedly killed by a soldier of the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC).This was after the provincial governor had deployed soldiers and police officers on several roads to prevent people from greeting another presidential candidate, Felix Tshisekedi, she said.While the High Commissioner’s warning is directed principally at the government of President Joseph Kabila, she also expressed concern that supporters of the opposition have also reportedly disrupted campaigning by presidential majority candidates in the provinces of Kwilu, Kasai, Maniema and the Kivus.Noting the “already tense electoral environment”, Ms. Shamdasani repeated the High Commissioner’s appeal to the Government “to ensure that these incidents are promptly investigated and that the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly – which are essential conditions for credible elections – are fully protected”. Issued on Friday, the warning by the High Commissioner for Human Rights comes ahead of presidential elections due to take place across the vast Central African nation, on 23 December.“The High Commissioner says she is deeply worried about the reports of excessive use of force, including live ammunition, by security forces against opposition rallies,” OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told journalists in Geneva.“Just days ahead of crucial elections in the DRC, it is essential that the authorities ensure that the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fully protected and that they take all possible measures to prevent violence.”The High Commissioner’s alert echoes a recent statement in September by her office (OHCHR) concerning the “violent suppression of peaceful protests”, despite commitments made by the authorities to lift a ban on demonstrations, which has been in place since 2017.The current President, Joseph Kabila, has been in office since 2001, and as part of a political compromise, he is not standing for re-election, having refused to relinquish power when his second mandate came to an end in 2016. A former minister from the ruling coalition is running, and according to news reports, there are two main opposition candidates.On Thursday, authorities in the DRC said that thousands of voting machines had been destroyed in a warehouse fire in the capital, Kinshasa.OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said that it was unclear who was responsible.“We do not yet know what caused them…there’s a lot of speculation about how it happened, whether it was deliberate, and then you know, which side,” she said. “But this again is an example of the kind of violence that has suddenly flared up this week in the lead-up to the elections.” read more

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