IRCTC hotels contract case: CBI files charge sheet against Lalu Prasad, others

first_imgThe CBI on Monday filed a charge sheet against former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and others in connection with a railway-IRCTC hotels’ maintenance contract case.About a week ago, the CBI recorded a statement of the former Bihar Chief Minister and Prasad’s wife, Rabri Devi, in Patna. She is also an accused in the case along with their son Tejaswi.The CBI registered the case last year, alleging that the maintenance contracts for two IRCTC hotels in Ranchi and Puri were awarded to the Patna-based Sujata Hotels by tweaking the conditions. Prasad was the Railway Minister then.Those named as accused include Sujata Hotels’ directors Vijay and Vinay Kochhar, Delight Marketing and others.Also Read Lalu Prasad family and CBI searches: all you need to know  The CBI has alleged that the contracts were awarded in lieu of about three acre commercial property in Patna. The property was first sold to “front company” Delight Marketing, which was later taken over by Prasad’s family members.14 in charge sheetIn all, 14 people have been arraigned in the charge sheet, including eight named in the FIR. They include Prasad, Ms. Devi and Mr, Tejaswi, close confidant Prem Chand Gupta, his wife Sarla Gupta, Sujata Hotels, its owners Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, LARA projects, then Managing Director P.K. Goel, then Director Rakesh Saxena and then Group General Manager B.K. Agarwal of IRCTC. Mr. Agarwal is currently additional member, Railway Board.Then IRCTC GGMs R.K. Gogia (company secretary) and V. K. Asthana have also been named as accused.It is alleged that in February 2005, the Kochhars sold the land to Delight Marketing and the same day the Railway Board informed the IRCTC that railway hotels were being transferred to it.Subsequently, maintenance contracts of the two hotels were given to Sujata Hotels, it is alleged.After Prasad’s family members took over the company between 2010-14, it was renamed as LARA Projects and then it was converted into a Limited Liability Partnership firm.The property’s circle rate was ₹.32 crore, while its market value was ₹.94 crore, the CBI had said.Based on the CBI case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) also launched a money laundering probe and attached the three acre land. It also recorded Ms. Devi’s statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.last_img read more

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Treatment Gives Dwarf Mice a Growth Spurt

first_imgIt may sound counterintuitive, but the most common type of human dwarfism results when cells in a child’s bones are overstimulated by growth factors. A mouse study, however, suggests that injecting such children with a molecular decoy that sponges up these factors could treat the condition.People with the form of dwarfism called achondroplasia rarely stand more than 1.5 meters tall. The mutation responsible for the condition ends up stunting the growth of the long bones in the arms and legs, bowing the vertebral column, and often constricting the passage through which the spinal cord runs. Along with short stature, the condition can cause difficulty walking; fluid buildup around the brain; and apnea, or the temporary inability to breathe. Although researchers haven’t identified a treatment for achondroplasia, they have uncovered the molecular flaw that triggers it. As a typical child’s bones elongate, cartilage cells called chondrocytes mature and then die, allowing hard, bony material to supplant them. In children with achondroplasia, a genetic flaw causes a receptor on the surface of these chondrocytes to be hyperactive. When stimulated by molecules called fibroblast growth factors, this receptor, known as FGFR3, prevents the cells from maturing and impedes bone formation.To calm this overzealous receptor, molecular biologist Elvire Gouze of INSERM in Nice, France, and colleagues resorted to deception. They repeatedly injected a solution of FGFR3 into mice that had a growth-hindering condition equivalent to achondroplasia. The researchers hypothesized that these free-floating copies of the receptor would serve as decoys, capturing fibroblast growth factor molecules and reducing stimulation of the cartilage cells’ receptors. That’s what appeared to happen. The treatment restored normal growth in the mice and forestalled skeletal defects characteristic of achondroplasia, the researchers report online today in Science Translational Medicine. Injections of the decoy cut the percentage of mice that showed abnormal curvature of the spine from 80% to as little as 6%, depending on the dose. 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The team plans further studies on mice to confirm the approach’s safety and to nail down the optimal schedule for doses, she says.“I think it’s a really exciting paper,” says clinical geneticist William Horton of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, Oregon. “It clearly shows that if you give this agent, the bones grow.” Medical geneticist Jacqueline Hecht of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston concurs. Growth in a bone occurs in a region called the growth plate, and Hecht says the study suggests that the injected FGFR3 “restores the growth plate and increases bone growth. You really can’t ask for more.”Decoy FGFR3 is among four molecules that have recently shown promise for sparking bone growth; a tweaked version of one molecule, C-natriuretic peptide (CNP), has already gone through human safety trials. But Hecht notes that although CNP breaks down within minutes in the body, decoy FGFR3 lasts for hours and produces normal growth in the mice with just twice-weekly injections. The new treatment “is the best by far” of these approaches, she says. What researchers should do now, Horton says, is test all four molecules in mice to determine which one causes the fewest side effects and provides the best results. “At some point there needs to be a direct comparison,” he says.last_img read more

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Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said the 38-year-old Butler and 31-year-old Leah LaBelle Vladowski were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies are pending, as of this posting.Butler was drafted in 2002 by the Miami Heat and played for a total of eight NBA teams including the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutButler’s wife was an R&B singer signed to Epic Records. She placed 12th on the third season of “American Idol” in 2004.            /kga 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next In this July 19, 2015 photo, NBA player Rasual Butler (left) and singer Leah LaBelle (right) attend The Players’ Awards presented by BET at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for BET/AFP)LOS ANGELES — Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles.The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the Studio City area and left a swath of damage along a major thoroughfare.ADVERTISEMENT Alaska whips Phoenix fivelast_img read more

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Caloy Garcia, Rain or Shine ready for any team in semis

first_imgCaloy Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Coach Caloy Garcia is playing the waiting game anew after Rain or Shine made good use of its twice-to-beat incentive in Sunday’s quarterfinal clash with NorthPort at MOA Arena.And he’s not sweating it.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “Actually right now, we’re not even thinking about it,” he told reporters after the Elasto Painters’ 91-85 dispatching of Batang Pier. “We still don’t know who we are going to play.”Garcia said the second seed Rain or Shine is looking to regroup on Tuesday. But there is no telling who their next assignment will be by that time as Magnolia on Monday night forced a deciding Game 3 after whipping Ginebra, 106-77.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’ll just probably think of how we played against NorthPort,” Garcia said.“Just think of how we can still improve, because we know Ginebra and Magnolia are two different types of teams—you have a big team and you have a quick one,” he added. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Painters, should they face Barangay Ginebra in the semifinal round, will have an opportunity to avenge their Philippine Cup campaign last year, where they were swept in two games.But Garcia and the Elasto Painters are more likely draw inspiration from exorcising the haunting memories of their 2018 Governors’ Cup bid where they finished first in the eliminations but got knocked out again by the Gin Kings in the semifinal round.“As of right now, we just want to enjoy this moment,” the soft-spoken mentor said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lady Eagles don’t want any letup heading into Final Four Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

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Aston Palicte set for junior bantamweight title bout vs Kazuto Ioka

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew It will be the first world title fight to be streamed on UFC Fight Pass, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.Palicte was the mandatory challenger for the belt and was due for a rematch against Donnie Nietes, but 36-year-old world champion opted to vacate the title to pursue bigger fights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe two Filipino fighters fought to a controversial split draw last year.Iota is also getting another chance at the junior bantamweight belt, which he failed to capture after losing to Nietes last December. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Asian football candidate files complaint about Kuwaiti sheikh Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue FILE – WBO super flyweight boxer Donnie Nietes fights Aston Palicte at The Forum on September 8, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Meg Oliphant/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines–Filipino bet Aston Palicte gets another shot at a world title as he faces former title challenger Kazuto Ioka for the vacant WBO junior bantamweight belt on June 19.The bout is scheduled at Osaka Prefectural Gym in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Will work harder to win Gold at Tokyo Games: Sakshi Malik

first_imgSakshi Malik, who won India’s first medal at Rio Olympics was given a grand welcome on her return and the Bronze medallist said she will now work harder to win a Gold at Tokyo Games in 2020.”It was very difficult for me to understand what I had achieved at that time. Now that I am here with my family and I can feel now what I have achieved. I will work even harder to win a gold at the Tokyo Olympics,” Sakshi told India Today.Watch Video Sakshi, hailing from Rohtak in Haryana ended India’s agonising wait in Rio by winning a Bronze medal in 58kg freestyle wrestling. The wrestler had to follow a strict diet regime and now wants to eat whatever she wants for a few days. (Sakshi Malik returns home to grand welcome )”Haven’t had much to eat and even water was a restriction for us but now I will eat whatever I want to for a few days and maybe start with aloo parantha,” Sakshi said.Sakshi also believes that her feat will now inspire more girls to do well in wrestling.”I have been waiting for this for a long time ever since I took to wrestling. I have been wrestling for 12 years and I wanted to win an Olympic medal since then. Because of this medal I know a lot of girls will do well in wrestling and will win a lot of medals.”Sakshi’s father Sukhbir Malik, who works at Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) said that he is proud of her daughter’s achievement and hopes Sakshi will win a Gold in Tokyo. Sakshi has been asking her father to quit his job at DTC, but he will continue to work after he was promoted by the Delhi government.advertisementlast_img read more

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India vs Australia: Bumrah reveals Rohit suggested slower ball to Shaun Marsh

first_imgMumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have orchestrated the downfall of quite a few batsmen during their successful association for their Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise.On Friday, Rohit and Bumrah were at it again, this time while donning the India whites, as they worked together to help India get a much-needed breakthrough at the stroke of lunch on Day 3 of the ongoing Boxing Day Test against Australia.Bumrah, who picked up his first five-for on Australian soil earlier in the day, said Rohit Sharma had suggested him the slower ball that left Australia batsman Shaun Marsh clueless and eventually trapped in front towards the end of the first session.Bumrah was bowling at full steam and looked the most threatening of the Indian bowlers on what had remained a slow and docile wicket in the first session on Friday. After hitting Marsh’s bat hard for five consecutive deliveries, Bumrah, from around the wicket, slipped in a full, slower ball that crashed into the pads of the left-handed batsman.”When I was bowling there [first session], the wicket had become really slow, the ball had become soft, nothing was happening. The last ball before lunch, Rohit [Sharma] was at mid off. He told me ‘you can try a slower ball like you do in ODI cricket’,” Bumrah told the media in Melbourne on Friday.”I thought, ‘yeah I can give it a go’ as nothing was happening. We thought some of their guys play with hard hands and we wanted to try that and the execution was good on the day.advertisement”I was trying to bowl a full, slower ball. I thought maybe it will dip or go to short cover. That was the plan and it worked.”The slower ball, which is a rarity in Test cricket, left commentators and social media users awestruck as it was perfectly executed. Bumrah’s strike helped India snap a 36-run fourth wicket stand. Bumrah ended up with figures of 6 for 33 as Australia were bowled out for 151 in response to India’s first innings total of 443.Bowling yorkers in Test cricket not easy: BumrahMeanwhile, Bumrah, who is known for his toe-crushers in limited-overs cricket, conceded that yorker is an underrated delivery in Test cricket but conceded that it’s difficult to execute yorkers consistently in the longest format of the game.”It’s little different in Test cricket. White-ball cricket, it’s only 10 overs. Yorkers take a lot of effort from the body. After bowling 25 overs with the red ball, it’s difficult sometimes to execute the yorker. But yeah yorker is an underrated weapon in Test cricket,” Bumrah added.”However, I believe you can’t overdo it as you make it easier for the batsmen to score runs when you get it wrong. But yeah, it’s effective when the ball is reversing.”Bumrah, who has been having a dream run in red-ball cricket since making his debut in South Africa earlier this year, said he is not surprised with his success in the longest format of the game and insisted he always wanted to play Test cricket despite being initially branded as a white ball specialist.”I am not surprised [with the success]. If I don’t believe in myself who else will? I always try to back myself. I have played in England, South Africa and Australia… all three different conditions. I haven’t bowled in India yet,” Bumrah said.”I always wanted to play Test cricket. People had only seen me playing white-ball cricket. But I had played a lot of first-class cricket earlier. I was always confident that I would be able to do well at this level whenever I get a chance. And I got the opportunity in South Africa. The start has been good and hopefully, I can keep on learning and keep getting better.”Notably, Bumrah broke a 39-year-old Indian record during the third day’s play at the MCG as he went past Dileep Doshi’s tally of 40 wickets, which had remained the most wickets by an Indian in his debut Test year. Bumrah has picked up 45 so far, and he might add a few more to that tally when he has a crack at the Australian batsmen during the second innings of the ongoing Test.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah breaks 39-year-old Indian record in 1st year in Test cricketAlso Read | Ravi Shastri reacts after Aussie commentator insults Mayank AgarwalAlso See:last_img read more

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10 months agoKlopp tells Liverpool fans to forget world-record purchases

first_imgKlopp tells Liverpool fans to forget world-record purchasesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not be able to compete “constantly” in the transfer market.The Reds spent over £200m in 2018 to bring in Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri. Both van Dijk and Alisson were bought with world-record fees for their respective positions.According to Klopp, those purchases were only made possible by equally big sales, such as Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. And the German has urged fans not accept as them future norm.”We cannot do that constantly [spending big on players] and we will not do that constantly,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “The good thing was that, like most things in life, the timing was important. We had the money and the players were on the market. We didn’t know exactly when Alisson was on the market and when it was clear that he was, we had to, even if we had to collect money somewhere.”With the Neymar transfer, the whole world changed. Could I have expected someone would have made the move from Barcelona to PSG for that money? No. But then, we had a bit of that money because of Phil [Coutinho] so what do we do? We don’t build houses, we invest in this club and invest in players. The money was there so let’s use it in the smartest way and that’s what we did.”Since I’ve been here, we’ve always sold players and bought players because that’s how it is. I don’t know what our net spend is at the end, but we bought fantastic players in. Like Gini Wijnaldum, what a player he is. We bought him from Newcastle, playing left-wing or whatever so that’s really nice. So really good signings and two for really big money.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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GasLog Partners to Buy LNG Carrier Solaris

first_imgzoom Greece-based GasLog Partners has entered into a deal to purchase 100% of the shares in the entity that owns and charters the liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Solaris from GasLog Ltd.The aggregate purchase price for the 155,000 cubic meter tri-fuel diesel electric carrier will be USD 185.9 million, which includes USD 1 million for positive net working capital balances to be transferred with the vessel.GasLog Partners expects to finance the acquisition with cash on hand and the assumption of USD 117 million of Solaris’ existing debt.The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.Built in 2014, Solaris is currently on a multi-year time charter with a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell through June 2021. Shell has two consecutive extension options which, if exercised, would extend the charter for a period of either five or ten years.“Solaris represents the ninth LNG carrier the Partnership will have acquired from GasLog since our IPO, and its multi-year charter to Shell will provide incremental visible cash flows,” Andy Orekar, Chief Executive Officer of GasLog Partners, said.“The acquisition will expand the Partnership’s fleet to 12 wholly owned LNG carriers, increase our contracted days to approximately 90% for 2018 and 72% for 2019, and significantly grow our contracted EBITDA,” Orekar added.last_img read more

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Montreal passenger rights advocate loses legal round in court battle against United

first_imgMONTREAL – A Montreal passenger rights advocate has lost a legal round in a 20-year-old dispute with United Airlines.Jeremy Cooperstock said the Federal Court of Canada has ruled that his website Untied.com infringed on the American airline’s trademarks and copyright.He issued a brief statement Friday saying he strongly disagrees with the ruling and plans to appeal.“I find it difficult to understand how someone could confuse my parody of Untied Airlines’ conduct against its passengers with the services of an airline,” he said in an email.Cooperstock said he can’t understand how anyone could think his website, which parodies United’s conduct against its passengers, is a United website.The airline giant issued a statement Friday saying its pleased with the decision.“We have always maintained that Mr. Cooperstock should be able to voice his opinions, and our case was to protect United customers and avoid confusion by asking him to not use our intellectual property on his website and related channels,” the airline said in an emailed statement.United also sued Cooperstock in the Quebec courts in 2012, alleging Untied.com resulted in the protracted harassment of employees by disgruntled passengers.A lawyer for United testified in a separate action in Quebec Superior Court last year that the airline doesn’t object to Cooperstock’s right to run the website or complain about its performance.However the airline demanded Cooperstock remove employee contact information he posted on the website.A posting on Cooperstock’s website said the superior court ruled in favour of United and the province’s appeal court dismissed his challenge of the ruling.Cooperstock’s fight with the airline began from a string of minor incidents dating back to 1996, after which he set up the website a year later.last_img read more

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Fiat Seaworld rise Meredith Kraft Heinz slip

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Total System Services Inc., up $5.39 to $118.84The payments processing company is being bought by Global Payments in an all-stock deal valued at $21.5 billion.Anaplan Inc., up $6.76 to $43.87The software developer’s first quarter profit and revenue beat Wall Street forecasts and it gave investors a solid outlook for the year.Seaworld Entertainment Inc., up $4.52 to $31.77The theme park operator is buying back stock and announced increased investment from a hedge fund.Meredith Corp., down $2.14 to $52.57The publisher sold its Sports Illustrated brand to Authentic Brands for $110 million.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, up 93 cents to $13.78The carmaker is proposing a merger with France’s Renault to create the world’s third-biggest automaker.Advanced Micro Devices Inc., up $2.59 to $29.03The chipmaker announced the release of several new computing and graphics products for video games.Momo Inc., up $1.29 to $27.31The Chinese social media company reported strong first quarter financial results and issued a solid forecast.Kraft Heinz Co., down $2.05 to $29.06The food maker and other consumer staples companies lagged the market as investors shifted to more risk-heavy holdings.The Associated Press read more

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Security Council welcomes recent initiatives to support Afghanistan

17 July 2007Condemning recent attacks against civilians in Afghanistan, the Security Council today affirmed its support for recent initiatives aimed at enhancing security, stability and development in the war-torn nation. In a statement read out by Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, the 15-member body referred to a recent rule of law conference held in Rome as well as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Kabul, saying these developments “reinforce the progress made in pursuing a comprehensive approach to the security, governance and development of Afghanistan.”The Council’s action followed a briefing from Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi on recent developments on the ground, as well as the Rome conference.In today’s statement, the Council also reiterated its support for the continuing endeavours by the Afghan Government, with the assistance of the international community, to further improve the security situation and to continue to address the threat posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups.In addition, Council members condemned “in the strongest terms” all suicide attacks against civilians and Afghan and international forces and their destabilizing effects on the country’s security and stability, as well as the use by the Taliban and other extremist groups of civilians as human shields. Expressing its concern about all civilian casualties, the Council reiterated its call “for all feasible steps to be taken to ensure the protection of civilian life and for international humanitarian and human rights law to be upheld.” read more

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New allegation of sexual exploitation received by UN mission in Central African

The latest allegation follows 15 other possible cases of sexual exploitation and abuse by personnel of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) that are currently under investigation. “MINUSCA has informed the country’s authorities of this allegation,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters. “The United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services has immediately taken steps to investigate this case, consistent with the Secretary-General’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse.”He also reiterated that MINUSCA condemns in the strongest possible terms any instance of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN personnel in CAR.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINUSCA, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, has discussed this new case with both the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous. “[Mr. Onanga-Anyanga] reiterates his personal and institutional commitment to ensure that the rights and dignity of victims are protected, an investigation is carried out swiftly, and that justice is done,” Mr. Dujarric added. Also from CAR, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Aurélien Agbénonci, today said he is alarmed by the recent eviction of 114 people from the Saint Jean Gabaladja displacement site in the capital, Bangui.According to the UN, they have been temporarily moved to Benzvi displacement site, where they have been provided with support to resettle.“The Humanitarian Coordinator says he was concerned the evictions could signal the start of a wave of forced movements, with nine displacement sites hosting 2,700 people currently under threat of eviction,” Mr. Dujarric noted. “He said that any movement of displaced populations must be based on a voluntary decision by the concerned people, ensuring best safety conditions and [respecting] the dignity of people affected, following the rules and principles of international humanitarian law and the Kampala Convention.”There are 31 displacement sites in Bangui alone hosting over 27,300 people, and the UN estimates that some 368,000 people are also internally displaced. read more

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Why The Warriors And Cavs Are Still Big Favorites

1959-60Boston Celtics1,1051of8 1995-96Chicago Bulls2,0691of29 1984-85Los Angeles Lakers2,0332of23 1966-67Philadelphia 76ers1,0843of10 Los Angeles Lakers-2.8-3.4-0.6– 2014-15Golden State Warriors72915of30 1952-53Minneapolis Lakers8521of10 2001-02Los Angeles Lakers1,8303of29 2011-12Miami Heat1,7255of30 1982-83Philadelphia 76ers1,7781of23 2012-13Miami Heat2,7782of30 2008-09Los Angeles Lakers1,9763of30 1989-90Detroit Pistons1,8343of27 2005-06Miami Heat1,9103of30 Golden State Warriors+9.1+10.8+1.7– Los Angeles Clippers+2.2+2.1-0.1– Sacramento Kings-5.7-5.8-0.1– 1955-56Philadelphia Warriors598of8 2006-07San Antonio Spurs2,3631of30 1988-89Detroit Pistons1,4913of25 Brooklyn Nets-4.4-5.0-0.6– Show more rows* Average number of career playoff minutes, weighted by each player’s share of regular season minutes played.Source: BASKETBALL-REFERENCE.COM 1951-52Minneapolis Lakers4922of10 Charlotte Hornets+1.4+1.4-0.1– Memphis Grizzlies-1.9-2.0-0.1– 1965-66Boston Celtics1,7141of9 1991-92Chicago Bulls1,6844of27 Philadelphia 76ers-0.7-1.3-0.6– SEASONCHAMPIONSAVG. PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE*LEAGUE RANK 1994-95Houston Rockets1,3925of27 1954-55Syracuse Nationals6783of9 1996-97Chicago Bulls2,6181of29 1987-88Los Angeles Lakers2,8442of23 1998-99San Antonio Spurs1,4596of29 1985-86Boston Celtics2,2043of23 1981-82Los Angeles Lakers1,4363of23 1983-84Boston Celtics1,3813of23 New York Knicks-4.2-4.7-0.5– 1993-94Houston Rockets78312of27 Minnesota Timberwolves+3.4+3.3-0.1– 1957-58St. Louis Hawks9881of8 You might be wondering if we’re confusing cause and effect. For instance, Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls were really great; as a result of being great, they made deep playoff runs every year and won six NBA titles, accumulating lots of playoff experience along the way. Playoff success causes playoff experience and not the other way around, you might say.We’ve found, however, that there’s predictive power in accounting for playoff experience above and beyond other measures of team quality. In particular, playoff experience provides information beyond a team’s Elo rating, which accounts for its record, strength of schedule, and margin of victory or defeat in recent games. In the NBA postseason since 1980, the team with the higher initial Elo rating has won 74 percent of playoff series. But if a team has both a higher Elo rating and much more playoff experience,4A difference of at least 1,000 average lifetime playoff minutes played. that win percentage shoots up to 86 percent. Conversely, teams with the higher Elo rating but much less playoff experience have won just 52 percent of playoff series. These differences are highly statistically and practically significant.Based on past research on the topic, we were expecting to see teams reap some benefit from playoff experience, but we were surprised that the effect was this strong. What we’re less sure of is why this effect exists. Playoff basketball is a different beast than regular-season basketball, with much tighter defensive play, among other stylistic changes. It may simply be that nothing predicts playoff success quite like past playoff success. Or it may be that some players really are “clutch” — or can learn to be clutch with experience — and have the psychological skills to thrive under postseason pressure. It’s also possible that teams like LeBron James’s Cavs aren’t overachieving in the playoffs so much as they’re underachieving — or pacing themselves — in the regular season. The NBA season is exhausting, so it’s probably a good idea to pace yourself if your goal is to maximize your chance of a deep playoff run rather than to accumulate gaudy regular-season statistics.All we know for sure is that playoff basketball is different from regular-season basketball — different enough that it makes sense to maintain what amounts to two sets of ratings for each team, one for the playoffs and one for the regular season. And that’s essentially what our new system does: It keeps two sets of ratings. Below, you’ll find each team’s projected margin of victory or defeat against a league-average opponent in the regular season and the playoffs, respectively.5These margins of victory differ slightly from the average projected point differential on the “CARM-Elo” interactive graphic because those “CARM-Elo” point differentials account for the strength of a team’s schedule, whereas my calculations for this article do not. Note that the most experienced teams, like the Cavaliers, project to be 2 or even 3 points better per game in the playoffs than in the regular season, which is similar to the magnitude of home-court advantage in the NBA. So when an experienced team plays an inexperienced team in the playoffs, it has the equivalent of home-court advantage — more experienced teams don’t always win by any means, but the breaks tend to go their way. 2010-11Dallas Mavericks2,1534of30 1980-81Boston Celtics35913of23 1975-76Boston Celtics2,0881of18 2015-16Cleveland Cavaliers1,9072of30 1973-74Boston Celtics1,5662of17 2004-05San Antonio Spurs1,4811of30 NBA champs almost always have a lot of playoff experience 1967-68Boston Celtics2,2451of12 1990-91Chicago Bulls1,2456of27 1960-61Boston Celtics1,3791of8 2007-08Boston Celtics86610of30 2009-10Los Angeles Lakers2,5091of30 Milwaukee Bucks+0.8+0.4-0.4– Atlanta Hawks-5.8-6.3-0.5– Portland Trail Blazers+0.3+0.0-0.3– Indiana Pacers-3.5-3.9-0.3– Orlando Magic-1.7-2.3-0.6– 1992-93Chicago Bulls2,1342of27 Detroit Pistons-2.8-3.3-0.6– Cavs are boosted most by accounting for playoff experience 1999-2000Los Angeles Lakers1,7295of29 1986-87Los Angeles Lakers2,4962of23 1971-72Los Angeles Lakers2,4711of17 Oklahoma City Thunder+5.2+6.0+0.8– 1953-54Minneapolis Lakers1,0621of9 2003-04Detroit Pistons71513of29 2002-03San Antonio Spurs1,1956of29 Denver Nuggets+2.5+2.2-0.4– EXPECTED MARGIN OF VICTORY AGAINST A LEAGUE-AVERAGE TEAM 1970-71Milwaukee Bucks6267of17 1969-70New York Knicks6496of14 Boston Celtics+1.6+1.7+0.1– Phoenix Suns-3.5-4.1-0.6– Cleveland Cavaliers+5.0+7.6+2.6– 1976-77Portland Trail Blazers15222of22 Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are favorites to win their respective conferences and reach the NBA Finals.That’s according to FiveThirtyEight’s “CARM-Elo” projections, which we’ve just launched for the 2017-18 NBA season. The Warriors and Cavs project to be the best regular-season teams in their respective conferences, although the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder — and perhaps the San Antonio Spurs — could represent formidable rivals for the Warriors in the West. Cleveland has less competition in the East. (Our projections are bearish on the Boston Celtics.) But Cleveland and Golden State could have an even larger advantage in the postseason.Apart from one new wrinkle, our methodology for making these projections is essentially the same as it has been for the past two seasons. So I’ll spend the bulk of time here discussing what has changed. The new wrinkle: Our forecasts account for the amount of playoff experience on each team’s roster. Throughout NBA history, teams with extensive playoff experience have often found a higher “gear” in the playoffs. Put more precisely, they have a tendency to win more playoff games than you’d expect from their regular-season performance. This group of teams includes the Cavs, a team that our forecasts have often underrated once the playoffs began — and that won 12 of its first 13 playoff games last year after a mediocre regular season.Indeed, it’s extremely rare for teams without at least an average amount of playoff experience to win the NBA title. We calculate a team’s playoff experience by averaging the number1Only playoff games from previous seasons count toward the calculation; we don’t give a player credit for the experience he’s accumulating in the current season’s playoffs until the next season. of career playoff minutes played2Minutes played aren’t available before the 1951-52 NBA season; for the earlier seasons, we estimate the number of minutes played based on the number of playoff games played. for each player on its roster, weighted by the number of minutes the player played for the team in the regular season.3For our 2017-18 projections, we use projected minutes based on our depth charts. (Teams don’t get any credit for signing a playoff-experienced veteran if they never play him.) For instance, last season’s NBA champions, the Warriors, entered the playoffs with a weighted average of 1,966 career playoff minutes, which ranked third in the league after Cleveland and San Antonio. By contrast, the Portland Trail Blazers — the Warriors’ first-round opponents — averaged just 493 minutes of playoff experience.Each of the past 36 NBA champions have ranked in the top half of their respective leagues in playoff experience. So have 62 out of the past 66 champions; the lone exceptions were the 1980-81 and 1956-57 Boston Celtics, the 1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers and the 1955-56 Philadelphia Warriors. San Antonio Spurs+3.5+5.1+1.6– TEAMREG. SEASONPLAYOFFSPLAYOFF EXPERIENCE BONUS 1997-98Chicago Bulls2,7521of29 Houston Rockets+6.2+7.0+0.8– 2000-01Los Angeles Lakers2,2583of29 2013-14San Antonio Spurs2,4362of30 1977-78Washington Bullets1,3832of22 Washington Wizards+1.5+1.5+0.0 1958-59Boston Celtics8492of8 Chicago Bulls-5.1-5.8-0.7– Toronto Raptors+1.0+1.1+0.2– Utah Jazz+1.9+1.7-0.2– Miami Heat-0.8-1.3-0.5– 1972-73New York Knicks1,8092of17 1962-63Boston Celtics1,6891of9 1963-64Boston Celtics1,6371of9 Dallas Mavericks-3.6-3.3+0.3– 1974-75Golden State Warriors5989of18 2016-17Golden State Warriors1,9663of30 Finally, just some general background on these projections. We call these “CARM-Elo” forecasts because they combine our CARMELO projections for individual players, which are used to set the initial ratings for each team, with our Elo-rating based method of simulating out the rest of the season. As part of this process, we’ve built depth charts for each team to estimate playing time over the course of the regular season. There is unavoidably some guesswork involved in creating the depth charts, which reflect a rough consensus of depth charts from RosterResource.com, ESPN.com and CBS Sports and account for injuries. However, CARMELO projects an expected amount of playing time for each player, and when building our depth charts, we usually stick fairly closely to this recommendation for a team’s rotation players. In fact, our model punishes players who are “forced” to play substantially more than their CARMELO-forecasted playing time by lowering their efficiency rating. For example, Doug McDermott of the New York Knicks is projected to play 20 minutes per game in our depth charts when CARMELO recommends that he only plays 15 minutes per game, so our forecast assumes that he’ll become somewhat less efficient as a result.Our CARMELO projections themselves underwent some changes earlier this year, which you can read about here. In particular, we’ve switched back to a system that rates players based on a combination of Real Plus-Minus and Box Plus/Minus instead of solely using BPM, as we did last year. Both RPM and BPM have their weaknesses, though: Neither is especially accurate at accounting for defense; both can struggle with players with extremely high usage rates (say, Russell Westbrook or DeMar DeRozan); and they don’t take much advantage of the NBA’s new wealth of player-tracking data. If it sounds like I have strong opinions about this stuff, it’s because I do; we’re working on our own player-rating metric, which we hope to unveil in the relatively near future.In the meantime, good luck to the 28 NBA teams hoping to knock off the Warriors and the Cavs. It’s never easy, and it won’t be easy this year, especially once the playoffs come around. 1956-57Boston Celtics5655of8 New Orleans Pelicans+1.1+0.9-0.2– 1979-80Los Angeles Lakers1,0785of22 1961-62Boston Celtics1,3941of9 1968-69Boston Celtics2,8051of14 1964-65Boston Celtics1,7071of9 Overall, the Warriors — who have the second-most playoff experience after the Cavs — have a 38 percent chance of repeating as NBA champions, according to our projections. If you’re not sure whether that is low or high, consider that the New England Patriots had only an 18 percent chance of repeating as Super Bowl champions at the start of this year’s NFL season, according to our NFL Elo projections. But 38 percent is somewhat lower than where Vegas odds have the Warriors, which imply more like a 45 percent or 50 percent chance that they’ll repeat.6The combined probability of the 30 NBA teams winning the NBA title is 132 percent, according to the odds listed at VegasInsider.com. Obviously, this can’t be right — the odds must add up to 100 percent exactly — but the inflated numbers reflect the house’s cut. The Warriors’ probability of repeating is 62 percent taken at face value but falls to 47 percent once you correct for this. The competition is a bit deeper this year, and the Warriors are no longer a young team. Still, the playoff bonus helps them — without it, their chances would be 34 percent.The pecking order behind the Warriors changes as a result of the playoff adjustment. In the playoff version of our ratings, there’s a fairly clear second tier after Golden State that consists of the Cavs, Rockets, Thunder and Spurs. The Cavaliers, who benefit from playing in the Eastern Conference, have the easiest path of this group, with a 21 percent chance of winning the title. (Without the playoff bonus, the Cavs’ chances would be 13 percent.)After that, there’s a pretty big gap before you get to anyone else. Teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves might not be that far behind teams like the Spurs and even the Cavs in the regular season. But because of their relative inexperience, they’re less likely to take advantage of their playoff opportunity and make a deep postseason run. 1978-79Seattle Super Sonics9977of22 read more

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The Falls Mark E Smith dies aged 60

first_imgThe singer’s health was known to be deterioratingCredit:Ebet Roberts/Redferns The singer's health was known to be deteriorating  The prolific singer’s final performance was at the Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow, where he sang from his wheelchair with his right arm in a sling.Many in the industry have paid tribute to the singer-songwriter, with Lauren Laverne tweeting: “Oh man. Mark E Smith. One of my biggest heroes. Had a nightmare interviewing him (of course) but then he put me in a song. So sharp, clever and untouchably cool. Thanks for the music, MES.” Explaining that it didn’t matter who else he was playing alongside, he once said: “If it’s me and yer granny on bongos, it’s The Fall.” Lead singer of The Fall, Mark E Smith has died aged 60. The musician died at home on Wednesday morning, according to Pam Van Damned – Smith’s partner and manager of the band.In a statement Wednesday evening she said: “It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E Smith. He passed this morning at home.”A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time.”Last year the band were forced to cancel a string of shows due to the founding member’s poor health.  So so sad to hear that we’ve lost Mark E Smith. A true uncompromising musical maverick. A genius, a curmudgeon and someone whose company it was an honour to share. So long M.E.S x x x pic.twitter.com/aZFGNXZuRW— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) January 24, 2018 Oh man. Mark E Smith. One of my biggest heroes. Had a nightmare interviewing him (of course) but then he put me in a song. So sharp, clever and untouchably cool. Thanks for the music, MES.— Lauren Laverne (@laurenlaverne) January 24, 2018 Described by many, including Tim Burgess of The Charlaten’s as ‘a genius’, the temperamental frontman led The Fall for four decades, citing dozens of writers and poets as influential to his lyrics.  In that time, the singer hired and fired more than 60 musicians from the band, and released 30 albums that defined the post-punk genre. last_img read more

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Updated Brother of Oscar Pistorius charged with culpable homicide

first_imgUpdated 13:50THE OLDER BROTHER of South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius has been charged with culpable homicide over a car accident in 2010, according to reports in South Africa’s local media.Carl Pistorius allegedly killed a female motorcyclist while driving outside Johannesburg, the eNews Africa television channel and radio station Eyewitness News reported, citing his lawyer Kenny Oldwage.His trial had been due to start last Thursday, a day before his famous brother, an Olympic and Paralympic hero, was granted bail on a charge of murder over the Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.Carl Pistorius’s trial was pushed back a month, but the specific date is not known.He had been in court in Pretoria last week with his sister Aimee and father Henke to support his brother.The 28-year-old Carl “deeply regrets” the incident, the family said. “It was a tragic road accident after the deceased collided with Carl’s car.”He had no alcohol in his blood at the time of the accident, according to tests, the family added.Oscar Pistorius, the 26-year-old double amputee athlete known as “Blade Runner” was released on bail on Friday. He is due back in court on 4 June.He says the shooting of his 29-year-old model girlfriend was an accident and that he mistook her for a burglar.Comments are disabled as legal proceedings are active.- © AFP, 2013Read: Father of Reeva Steenkamp says Pistorius will ‘suffer’ if he’s lying >last_img read more

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Amnesty accuses Israeli army of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers

first_img A Palestinian medic shows the cover of a Red Crescent ambulance destroyed by an Israeli strike Source: AP/Press Association Images Dr. Afif Quneibi, a Palestinian orthopaedic specialist from the West Bank city of Hebron, inspects the damage to a patient room at the Al Aqsa Martyrs hospital, caused by Israeli strikes Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHe continued: Jaber Khalil Abu Rumileh supervises ambulance services in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital. He told Amnesty International of a shelling attack on the medical facility on 21 July that lasted for half an hour.It was 3pm and I was working in the emergency unit. I heard bombing that shook the hospital. It was a shelling that had hit the fourth floor, the pregnancy and caesarean unit. Then there were a few more hits. People were terrified, patients ran out, doctors could not enter to help the injured and remove the dead. Then the third floor was hit and four people were killed. I saw one women come running with the child she just gave birth to. Some women gave birth during the shelling.Mohammad Abu Jumiza is partially deaf after suffering head injuries during an attack that took place while he was transferring injured people in his ambulance in Khan Younis on 24 July.We were on our way back to Nasser hospital, driving with the lights and sirens on as always. The ambulance was clearly marked as such. The doctor, nurse and I were all wearing medical uniforms. When we reached the Islamic University I heard an explosion right next to us and the front and back windows of the car fell out. As I was turning another missile hit next to us, and then a third one. When the fourth missile hit, I lost control and we crashed, so we ran out of the car and found shelter in a building. Then there were two more missiles fired and some people were injured.Dr Bashar Murad, director of Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) emergency and ambulance unit, said that since the conflict started at least two PRCS ambulance workers had been killed. He said that at least 35 had been injured and 17 health vehicles had been left out of service after alleged attacks by the Israeli army.He said the PRCS ambulances “are often targeted although they are clearly marked and display all signs that they are ambulances”.The army should be able to distinguish from the air that what they targeting are ambulance.Amnesty also said that ambulance worker Mohammad Al-Abadlah was killed on 25 July.He was in Qarara to help an injured person when he was shot in the hip and chest with gunfire and bled to death. Mohammad was travelling in a visibly marked ambulance and was wearing his medical uniform. Colleagues who approached him to help him were also shot at but were not injured.Hospitals across the Gaza Strip are also suffering from fuel and power shortages, inadequate water supply, and shortages of essential drugs and medical equipment, said Amnesty.The IDF has not yet commented on the allegations, and an email to its official email address bounced back.Read: Israel and Hamas appear at odds over prolonging ceasefire> Even more alarming is the mounting evidence that the Israeli army has targeted health facilities or professionals. Such attacks are absolutely prohibited by international law and would amount to war crimes. They only add to the already compelling argument that the situation should be referred to the International Criminal Court.Amnesty stated that hospitals, doctors and ambulance staff, including those trying to evacuate people injured in Israeli attacks, have come under increased fire since 17 July.Some medical teams have even been prevented from reaching critical areas altogether, leaving hundreds of injured civilians without access to life-saving help and entire families without assistance in removing the bodies of their loved ones.Health worker testimonies AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IS accusing the Israeli army of making “deliberate” attacks on Gaza health workers.It made the accusations this morning while calling for an immediate investigation into “mounting evidence that the Israel Defence Forces launched apparently deliberate attacks against hospitals and health professionals in Gaza, which have left six medics dead”.“Grim reality” of life in GazaAmnesty has released what it describes as “disturbing” testimonies from doctors, nurses, and ambulance personnel working in the area about the alleged attacks.Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director at Amnesty International Ireland, said that the “harrowing descriptions” by ambulance drivers and other medics “reveal the grim reality of life in Gaza”.last_img read more

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CO2 la justice confirme la légalité du système déchange de quotas

first_imgCO2 : la justice confirme la légalité du système d’échange de quotas L’Union européenne est sur le point de remporter une bataille contre les compagnies aériennes, qui contestent la mise en place d’un système d’échange de quotas les contraignant à payer pour les émissions de CO2 de leurs avions. L’avocate générale de la Cour européenne de justice a estimé que cette mesure était conforme au droit international.”L’intégration des activités aériennes internationales dans le système UE d’échange de quotas d’émission est compatible avec les dispositions et principes de droit international”, a estimé l’avocate générale de la Cour européenne de justice (CEJ), Juliane Kokott. Comme le souligne l’AFP, les juges ne sont pas contraints de suivre cet avis. Mais dans la grande majorité des cas, 80% environ, leurs arrêts sont en accord avec les conclusions de l’avocat général.À lire aussiTop 10 des avions militaires les plus chersConnie Hedegaard, la commissaire européenne chargée du Climat, a rapidement réagi à la publication de cette recommandation, qu’elle salue. “Je suis heureuse de voir que l’opinion de l’avocat général juge la directive de l’UE entièrement compatible avec le droit international”, s’est-elle réjouie avant de promettre d’aider les compagnies aériennes à s’adapter au système d’échange de quotas. Mais alors que les défenseurs de l’environnement se félicitent eux aussi de l’avis rendu par Juliane Kokott, les compagnies aériennes pourraient en ultime recours décider de saisir l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC). Le système de quotas contraindra toutes les compagnies aériennes qui entreront et sortiront du territoire de l’UE à payer pour l’équivalent de 15% de leurs émissions de CO2. Une mesure qui devrait leur coûter quelque 380 millions d’euros en 2012. Puis la facture augmentera de 3% l’année suivante, puisque le quota d’émissions attribué gratuitement passera de 85% à 82%. Connie Hedegaard a ainsi notamment conseillé aux compagnies aériennes de répercuter cette taxe, tout ou en partie, sur leurs tarifs, engendrant une augmentation des billets d’avion qui pourrait varier de 2 à 14 euros par trajet.Le 6 octobre 2011 à 20:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Lucas Moura happy to score in Nou Camp

first_imgTottenham forward Lucas Moura was delighted to score a goal and help his team qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League after their 1-1 draw at Barcelona.Spurs looked to be heading straight to the Europa League after Dembele scored in the 7th minute to give Barcelona the lead, but Lucas Moura equalized in the 85th minute to keep Tottenham’s Champions League dreams alive.“It was a very important goal and I’m so happy to score here in the Nou Camp in the Champions League and help my team-mates to qualify,” Moura told the club’s website.“It was an amazing moment. The last time here was really sad for me (referencing PSG’s 6-1 defeat) and this is really different.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“In the second half, we did very well. We had many chances to score. We could win. It was a deserved result.“After the game, we didn’t know what the Inter result was and didn’t know if I could celebrate!“I waited with my team-mates to see and when they said to me it was 1-1 and I saw the fans happy, I knew we’d qualified. It was a very happy night for me, an amazing moment.”last_img read more

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