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Video: Kepler’s Alien Dance

first_imgCheck it out: all the planets in multiple-transit systems that NASA’s Kepler space telescope has discovered so far. Produced by Daniel Fabrycky, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago, the visualization reveals the relative sizes of the orbits and planets in systems where more than one planet orbits a star. That’s a whopping 1471 planets in 588 systems—nearly half of the 3538 potential planets that Kepler has discovered to date. The colors correspond to each planet’s distance from its central star. Our own solar system is in gray, and KOI-351, the first seven-planet system Kepler found, is the most colorful. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the dance of 1471 potential planets. *Update, 7 November: This article now includes the number of potential planets in the video and the number of potential planets that Kepler has discovered to date.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(*)last_img read more

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October 5: How Indians Fared

first_imgBoxing – 49kg: Amandeep Singh bt Kenya’s Peter Warui 6-2 to enter pre-quarter finals64kg: Manoj Kumar bt SirreraLeone’s Daniel Lassoyo 17-1 to enter pre-quarter finalsSwimming -Men’s 50m butterfly semi-finals: Virdhawal Khade 4thBadminton – Mixed team event: India bt Barbados- 5:0Lawn Bowls – Men’s (pairs): India bt Namibia 3-1Men’s (pairs): India bt New Zealand 5-1Women’s (triples): India bt Botswana 2-0Tennis – Men’s singles: Somdev Devvarman bt Devin Mullings 6-4, 6-2Men’s doubles: Leander Paes/Mahesh Bhupathi (IND) bt Thangarajah Dineshkanthan /Amresh Jayawickreme (SL) 6-3, 6-3Netball – Australia bt India 100-18Squash – Women’s singles: Nicol David (MAL) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-5, 12-10, 11-7; Men’s singles: Peter Barker (ENG) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 11-5, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5Cycling – Women’s 500 m time trial (final): Rameshwori Devi, Rejani Vijaya Kumari, Mahitha Mohan; Men’s 1000 m time trial (final): Prince Hylem, Rakesh Kumar O. Bikram Singh; Men’s individual pursuit: Vinod Malik, Prince Hylem, Sombir Saran, Dayala RamSwimmers – Women’s 100m backstroke qualifiers: Jyotsna Pansare, Fariha Zaman; Women’s 100m freestyle qualifiers: Talasha Satish Prabhu, Jyotsna Pansare; Men’s 200m freestyle qualifiers: Rohit Rajendra Havaldar, Aaron Agnel DsouzaWeighlifting – Men’s 62kg: Rustam Sarang, Omkar Shekhar Otarilast_img read more

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Game 2 without Bo: UP tests UE

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical UP suffered an 82-79 loss to Far Eastern U on Sunday, but assistant coach Ricky Dandan said he’d rather dwell on the positives from the Maroons’ performance.Twice, the Maroons fought back from double-digit deficits, the last coming in the final five minutes of regulation, before they faded in overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“They could have easily given up,” Dandan said of the Maroons. “So that’s what we emphasized in the dugout, ‘You guys did not give up. We made a game out of it and forced overtime.’ We were down seventeen. I’m very proud of that.”With a 5-3 record, the Maroons are still in second spot behind the Ateneo Blue Eagles, but another loss will put them in a tie with University of Santo Tomas, which is currently in third spot with a 5-4 slate. The NU-Adamson tiff will also be crucial as the loser will drop to last place. Scott unfazed by big China victory DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Their confidence soaring after an 85-79 overtime win over Far Eastern U, the Bulldogs hope to build their first winning streak of the season. A win by the Bulldogs will pull them out of the cellar, while the Falcons are aiming to stay within striking distance of the Top 4.Kobe Paras has continued to be a bright spot for the Maroons, averaging 19 points and six rebounds so far. But the Maroons are looking to squeeze better performances from the likes of Ricci Rivero and Jun Manzo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect University of the Philippines seeks to get back on track against University of the East, while Adamson and National U square off in a bid to stay in the thick of the battle for Final Four spots in UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.Still without suspended coach Bo Perasol, who will be serving the second of a three-game ban, the Fighting Maroons aim to end a two-game slide against the Red Warriors at 4 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Germany failing to tackle Ozil racism claims or WC disaster

first_imgGermany take on France in their first ever UEFA Nations League game on Thursday, with all the talk in the camp and in press conferences focusing on one player.Not Antoine Griezmann, who won the World Cup, Europa League and Super Cup in the space of two months over the summer. Not midfielders N’Golo Kante or Paul Pogba, who starred in the centre of the park in Russia. Not teenage superstar Kylian Mbappe, whose number 10 jersey is now iconic for Les Bleus. Instead, everyone is discussing Germany’s own World Cup number 10, a player who will not even take part in the Nations League clash on Thursday evening.At every opportunity, every interview, every press conference, a question was asked about the absence of Mesut Ozil, the five-time national player of the year, who stepped away from international football following Germany’s humiliation at the World Cup in Russia. 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! Ozil felt scapegoated for Germany’s failures, having taken a lot of flak for posing for a photograph with controversial Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the tournament and confirmed his withdrawal from international football by releasing a three-part statement on social media attacking the German football association (DFB) and political figures in Germany for racism and disrespect.After the World Cup, the DFB and head coach Joachim Low announced that they would perform a sporting analysis of what went wrong in Russia, with the results due to be announced when Low revealed his next international squad. In the meantime, DFB president Reinhard Grindel, as well as a host of former Germany players and even some current internationals such as Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer, denied any evidence of racism within the Germany squad, thus spectacularly missing the point Ozil had raised in his statement.Ozil never accused his team-mates or coaching staff of discrimination, instead highlighting the problem in larger society, where he claimed “If we win, I’m German. If we lose, I’m an immigrant,” but kept his greatest criticism for the DFB and particularly president Grindel. After an initial tepid statement, Grindel eventually conceded that maybe he handled things poorly, but fell far short of apologising for his actions and that of the DFB.GFX Uli Hoeness on OzilAll the while, more and more players claimed not to have seen any racism within the Germany camp, with Toni Kroos calling it ‘nonsense’ and Muller blaming the media, while some mixed heritage or foreign players naively trotted out the ‘well it never happened to me’ line. Only Ilkay Gundogan acknowledged that a line had been crossed.In his statement, Ozil never specifically mentioned the word retirement, writing “I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.” The avenue was there for the 29 year old to return to the international fold if changes had been made or even mistakes acknowledged.Instead, Low once again criticised the former Real Madrid star during the squad announcement conference, barely touching on the ‘sporting analysis’ carried out since the World Cup, showing little had changed in the setup of the team or its ostracisation of Ozil.”Mesut Ozil has clearly overstated his allegations of racism,” Low told reporters. “There was never any kind of racism. Throughout the time I was at the DFB, there has never been an approach of racist comments in our team. Mesut and Ilkay have always identified with the values of the national team.”When the Germany squad met for training ahead of the France game, players and coach contined to be asked about Ozil, with the possibility of a return from exile put to Low: “In my view, Mesut Ozil has clearly declared his retirement and closed the door by himself with that, so a comeback is not a topic,” he told Sport Bild.The door is definitely closed for Ozil’s return, but unfortunately the people involved fail to realise that they’ve boarded it up from the inside.last_img read more

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Ibrahimovic jokes about Premier League return

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has been joking about a possible return to the Premier League, but has stopped short of addressing rumours regarding another stint at Manchester United.The Swedish striker has previously signed two deals at Old Trafford.His initial spell proved to be a resounding success, as he netted 28 times in all competitions – including match-winning efforts in the Community Shield and EFL Cup final. 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! An untimely injury brought his 2016-17 campaign to a close, but he was handed fresh terms by United the following season after returning to fitness.Ibrahimovic was unable to make a similar impact, though, and was freed from that agreement to link up with MLS side the LA Galaxy in March.The enigmatic frontman has been a revelation in America, netting 22 times in 26 appearances.That form has sparked talk of a possible return to Europe over the winter, with former employers in Manchester and Milan said to be keen.Ibrahimovic has been reluctant to be drawn on such speculation, but was happy to discuss a potential switch to West Ham while appearing on The Late Late Show hosted by Hammers fan James Corden.My buddy @JKCorden what do you want? West Ham or more viewers for the @latelateshow ? pic.twitter.com/s5YPUSbtVY— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) October 25, 2018He said: “I’m here with my buddy James and he wants me to come to West Ham.”But they could not afford me. Let’s put up the viewers for the James Corden Show first.”Corden responded by saying: “It’s happening. We’ll figure it out. We’ll get the ball in the box with you on the end… done. Come on you Irons.”West Ham have been short of goals so far this season, netting just eight times in 10 Premier League fixtures.Manchester United have fared a little better, finding the target on 15 occasions to date, but questions are being asked of Romelu Lukaku and his value to the Red Devils’ cause.Alexis Sanchez is also struggling, while Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial lack consistency amid regular spells on the bench.Ibrahimovic has been mooted as a possible answer to those attacking posers, but the 37-year-old is giving little away when it comes to his future plans.last_img read more

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Beats Karen Khachanov, Moves onto the 2nd Round at Shanghai Masters

first_imgSHANGAI – The under-21 stars made quite the statement in first round matches at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Monday. Three of the four young guns that played afternoon matches – Hyeon Chung of Korea, and qualifiers Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece – moved onto the second round.In a battle between two new generation players, 19-year-old Tsitsipas, currently ranked No. 131, scored the 7-5, 6-3 win over the 21-year-old Russian Karen Khachanov, who weighs in at a much better No. 40 in the world.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Man City make moves for Fred & Evans

first_imgTransfers Man City chiefs hold transfer meeting ahead of moves for Fred & Evans Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fred Shakhtar Donetsk Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Senior club officials held a transfer meeting ahead of Saturday’s game with Newcastle as they continue working on at least two deals this month Manchester City will move on from their Alexis Sanchez disappointment by working on deals for West Brom defender Jonny Evans and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, Goal understands.City chiefs, including sporting director Txiki Begiristain, held a meeting to discuss their January plans ahead of Saturday’s victory against Newcastle United.The Blues have been in negotiations with West Brom regarding a move for Evans over the past few days, although rumours that a deal has already been struck are believed to be wide of the mark. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The club are hopeful of wrapping up a deal for Brazil international Fred this month.Goal first reported in Decemebr that Fred, 24, is among a list of names being considered by Pep Guardiola as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.It has long been City’s intention to bring in a deep-lying midfielder in the summer of 2018, though Goal also revealed earlier in January that they are working to wrap up their business early by putting a deal in place this month.The Premier League leaders have held numerous discussions with Shakthar in recent weeks and are hopeful an agreement will eventually be reached, although the exact structure of the deal, which is likely to cost upwards of £40 million, is yet to be agreed upon.Evans came close to joining City during the summer but the move faltered partly because Eliaquim Mangala did not leave the Etihad on transfer deadline day. Goal has learned that Mangala will stay at City for the rest of the season even if Evans joins this month.Mangala will be kept around as additional cover as Guardiola cannot be certain of Vincent Kompany’s fitness. The Frenchman will be allowed to leave at the end of the season, however, and City will pursue a top-level central defender. That would also leave Kompany’s future in question.City have also been keeping tabs on sought-after Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri. The Ivory Coast international attracted the interest of several clubs, including Barcelona, during the summer, and the Blues have taken a keen interest in his situation in recent weeks.Goal understands Nice would be willing to agree a deal to sell the 26-year-old this month and let him go at the end of the season, which is the type of agreement City are keen to reach.But for now the Blues have prioritised a move for Fred.City officials have been impressed by the Brazilian’s resolve to join the club and indeed he himself said this week that he is ‘waiting impatiently’ for a phonecall from Guardiola, although he did play down the attempts made to sign him so far.”At the exit of the locker room, he stopped me and said we had a good game, as they are a very difficult team to beat,” Fred told the Gazzetta dello Sport of his encounter with the Catalan following Shakhtar’s Champions League clash with City this season.”But he did not ask me to play with him. However, I confess, I wait impatiently for his call to arrive now. “I think I would grow a lot with him, England is the best league in the world, and I’ve always dreamed of playing there.”Fred recently agreed a five-year deal with Shakhtar but the Ukranian club have a good relationship with City and the renewal is not thought to pose any problems as both sides work towards a transfer.last_img read more

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Video: Arizona Celebrated Win Over Utah With A Passionate Locker Room Ric Flair Speech

first_imgTip off between Missouri and Arizona.TUCSON, AZ – DECEMBER 13: The Arizona Wildcats tip off against The Missouri Tigers to begin the college basketball game at McKale Center on December 13, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.(Photo by Nils Nilsen/Getty Images)Arizona scored a huge victory over No. 13 Utah on the road last night, and the Wildcats are making a serious case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament later this month. To celebration the big win, two Wildcats decided to say a few words in the locker room. But it wasn’t your normal “rah rah” type of motivational speech. Nope, it was an ode to former professional wrestler Ric Flair. Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the way:Here’s a video of Flair’s shtick. We’re not sure why the Arizona players identify with it, but it’s definitely amusing.last_img read more

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Kotla surface has been slow, will prepare accordingly: KXIP coach Mike Hesson

first_imgKotla surface has been slow, will prepare accordingly: KXIP coach Mike HessonWith Kings XI Punjab walking into the game on Saturday against Delhi Capitals, coach Mike Hesson feels that the team has studied the wicket at the Kotla and will plan accordingly.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 18:38 IST IPL 2019: KXIP will play DC at Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. ( Courtesy by BCCI)With Delhi Capitals making a mess of their chase against Mumbai Indians on their home ground, Kings XI Punjab walk into the game on Saturday with renewed confidence and coach Mike Hesson feels that the team has studied the wicket at the Kotla and will plan accordingly.”For us, it is our ability to adapt to conditions. We have been okay away from home, just haven’t been across the line. The surface (at the Kotla) has been pretty consistent on how it has been on the slow side and we will prepare accordingly,” he explained.But there are injury issues for Punjab as both Mujeeb ur Rahman and Varun Chakravarthy are injured, but the coach said that the Afghan spinner has made good progress and a call would be taken after Friday’s training.”Mujeeb has made good progress and he will train with us and then we will decide. Moises Henriques has an injury issue. Varun too is injured and we haven’t seen the best of him this season. But you can’t have replacement after seven games so no replacement can be asked for,” he said.Asked if the team will miss out if those two aren’t fit for the game on Saturday, Hesson said: “If none of the two play for us tomorrow, it will be a big loss. But Murugan Ashwin has done well.”Going back to the first time these two teams met in this edition and KXIP snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, the coach said: “As for the previous game, it says that you are never out of the game and the boys will definitely keep that in the mind as that was a big win for us.”advertisementAlso Read | We have missed a selection trick at Kotla: Delhi Capitals bowling coach Samuel BadreeAlso Read | We got outplayed in all three departments: DC captain Shreyas Iyer after defeatFor 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow Kings XI PunjabFollow Mike HessonFollow IPL 2019Follow Feroz Shah Kotla stadiumlast_img read more

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Les premiers ministres appuient Halifax 2014

first_imgLa candidature d’Halifax aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014 bénéficie de l’appui entier des 13 premiers ministres canadiens. « Au nom de tous les Néo-Écossais, je suis heureux d’annoncer que nous avons l’appui de toutes les provinces et de tous les territoires », affirme le premier ministre de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Rodney MacDonald. « Les Jeux sont plus qu’un événement, ils font partie de notre effort global visant à faire grandir notre province et notre région du point de vue économique et culturel grâce à des citoyens actifs et en santé, maintenant et pour les années à venir. » Au cours de la réunion du Conseil de la fédération à Terre-Neuve, les premiers ministres ont discuté, entre autres, de la promotion du Canada par le sport, et de la nécessité d’appuyer les modes de vie sains à l’échelle du pays. À partir de ces discussions, les premiers ministres ont annoncé qu’ils appuyaient entièrement la mise en candidature du Canada aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014 à Halifax. « Il est évident que nos dirigeants reconnaissent l’importance du sport dans l’établissement d’un avenir solide pour le Canada », a déclaré Scott Logan, directeur général, Halifax 2014. « Les Jeux de 2014 à Halifax seront une excellente occasion de présenter nos athlètes, et offriront une base pour le développement du sport et d’un mode de vie sain dans nos communautés. » Les Jeux du Commonwealth sont un événement sportif et culturel d’envergure internationale qui se déroule tous les quatre ans avec des athlètes en provenance des 71 pays et territoires du Commonwealth. En décembre 2005, la ville d’Halifax a été retenue comme ville candidate du Canada aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. Le comité organisateur Halifax 2014 est en compétition avec la ville de Glasgow, en Écosse, et la ville d’Abuja, au Nigeria. Il se concentre à l’heure actuelle sur ses efforts pour préparer et remporter la candidature internationale, qui sera décernée par la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth le 9 novembre 2007 au Sri Lanka.last_img read more

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Katrina can walk through hell and remain an angel Farah

first_imgMumbai: Choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan, who is choreographing “Tip tip barsa paani” for “Sooryavanshi”, has praised Katrina Kaif, saying the actress can walk through hell and still remain an angel. Farah on Wednesday shared a behind-the-scene photograph from the shoot of the song’s remake for the film. “Shooting with my darling Katrina Kaif. Her true beauty lies under the make-up. She can walk through hell and still remain an angel. I love her and more importantly I admire her,” Farah captioned the image. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The film stars Akshay Kumar as lead. “Tip tip barsa paani”, an iconic Hindi song from the 1994 film “Mohra”, was picturised on Akshay and Raveena Tandon. “Sooryavanshi” is the fourth film of Rohit Shetty’s cop drama universe in which Akshay is essaying the role of Veer Suryavanshi, a character that was introduced as an anti-terrorist squad officer in the Ranveer Singh-starrer 2018 film “Simmba”. “Sooryavanshi”, which is scheduled to hit the screens on March 27, 2020.last_img read more

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Bissau Guinean Man Arrested in Morocco Carrying Over 7kg of Cocaine

Rabat – Police services at the Casablanca Mohammed V airport arrested, on Sunday, a Bissau Guinean national who was trying to smuggle 7.590 kg of cocaine, said national police (DGSN).The suspect, aged 34, arrived from Sao Polo and was heading for Freetown.The illegal substance was put in plastic CDs and hidden among his personal stuff, said a DGSN statement. The Bissau Guinean national was remanded in custody to complete the investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor awaiting to be brought to justice.

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Indigenous leaders urge UN Member States to back declaration on rights

The UN Human Rights Council endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – which has been drafted and debated for more than two decades – in June last year, but the General Assembly later deferred action after some Member States raised concerns.Wilton Littlechild, a member of the Permanent Forum, told reporters that he was disappointed by the lack of apparent progress on adopting the Declaration during the forum’s two-week session, which ends tomorrow in New York.“The United Nations Declaration is about the survival and dignity of indigenous peoples,” he said, calling for it to be adopted in its entirety and without any amendments during the current session of the General Assembly.“Simply calling for more time or for more changes – I think it’s beyond that point,” he said, referring to the objections of some countries to certain articles in the Declaration. “I think we should be focusing on implementation.”Mr. Littlechild said indigenous representatives have received reports that some African States have been “heavily lobbied” by the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to vote against the Declaration.“I know there’s some public denial about this, but there is also information that we’re told that this is actually going on, by States themselves. So I don’t think it ought to be continued to be denied.”The Permanent Forum’s Chairperson Victoria Tauli-Corpuz said there was a widespread misunderstanding that the Declaration places indigenous peoples in a special category.“The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – it’s really an instrument that interprets international human rights law in so far as it applies to indigenous peoples,” she said. “So it’s not a document, it’s not a declaration that creates new rights.”The Declaration emphasizes the rights of indigenous peoples to maintain and strengthen their own institutions, cultures and traditions and to pursue their development in keeping with their own needs and aspirations.Essentially, the text outlaws discrimination against indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them, as well as their right to remain distinct and to pursue their own visions of economic and social development.More than 1,100 indigenous representatives from around the world have attended this year’s session of the UN Permanent Forum, which was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2000. It is composed of 16 independent experts, functioning in their personal capacity. ECOSOC appoints the members – half of whom are nominated by governments and half by indigenous organizations. 24 May 2007Indigenous leaders participating in the annual session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today urged Member States to end any attempts to stall and to adopt a declaration that would outline their rights and outlaw discrimination against them. read more

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UN partners with YouTube to launch online television channel

23 September 2008The United Nations has launched its television channel on YouTube, a popular video sharing and social networking web site, in an effort to reach a broader and younger audience on a range of issues on the world body’s agenda. The programmes set to air on the channel are produced by UN Television (UNTV) with the Organization’s agencies and funds, and cover topics such as climate change, development, human rights and peace and security. Some of the current stories posted on site address the fight against prejudice of India’s so-called untouchables, the threats to the ecological treasures of the Galapagos Islands and several segments from 21st Century, the UN’s monthly news magazine that spotlights the world’s most forgotten stories. The UN is also partnering with YouTube to launch, on 25 September, a joint campaign In My Name with global nonprofits Oxfam, GPAC and Save the Children, to draw attention to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the set of eight anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.As part of the campaign, Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am will ask citizens from every country to upload footage to YouTube supporting the MDGs by stating their name, their country and, if desired, a request to their government to end poverty. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon intends to join the online petition that will feature a song written by the Black Eyed Peas artist especially for the campaign. The partnership with YouTube is the latest effort by the UN to use new media technologies to get its message out. The world body recently drew on SMS mechanics for the International Day of Peace “Txt 4 Peace” campaign encouraging people across the world to send messages of peace. An innovative partnership was also forged between Internet giant Google and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to map environmental projects across the globe. read more

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Spas are seeing more men a lessismore approach for guests

NEW YORK — Spa visits and the money they generate reached record highs last year in the U.S. with $18.3 billion in revenue driven by 190 million pampering trips, according to the International Spa Association.The leading industry group for spa professionals recently held its 25th annual event for media to show off trends and services among its 2,300 members. Garrett Mersberger, the association’s board chairman, broke down a few highlights for The Associated Press:___LESS MAY BE MORE, AFTER ALLSome spas have been slimming back the services they offer as they focus more on customization, said Mersberger, who is also the director of sales, marketing and spa for Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.“The idea is to reduce that menu to make it all about the individual guest at that exact moment in time,” he said. “When I book, I don’t want to have to cruise through 50 different services. I want to pick one easily, and when I get there, I want it to be all about me at that moment.”A one-size-fits-all menu of facials, massages and other treatments doesn’t lend itself as easily to different skin types and ingredient preferences, or even seasonal changes between the time of a booking 30 or 60 days out to arrival, Mersberger said.The Mandarin Oriental group, he said, has “gone down to just one focused massage and one focused facial to really make it about customization. We’re trying to do a similar thing at Blue Harbor,” Mersberger said.Allowing technicians and therapists on-site to help clients decide what their skin and body might need enhances the experience, said ISPA President Lynne McNees.___A MARCH OF MEN“We’re seeing a lot more men going to spas,” Mersberger said. “It used to always be a female-driven thing. We’re now seeing 50-50, if not swinging more toward the males.”The trend took off as long ago as 2017, when the association reported 49 per cent of spa customers were men, up from 29 per cent in 2005.“They’re much more aware that it’s not just a thing I go to to get pampered. It’s an actual lifestyle choice with benefits to my body, to my wellness. It’s part of my routine now. It’s not just about going for relaxation,” Mersberger said.McNees said the change impacts treatment areas, relaxation areas and changing stations.“Spas are really having to evolve to accommodate that male spa goer,” she said. “Typically, your back of house for males would be smaller because historically it’s been very heavy female. Now they’re having to shift that.”A lot of hotels and spas are designing unisex bathrooms and locker rooms, Mersberger said. Women are usually fine with it, McNees said. They’re no longer dragging reluctant spouses to spas.“We’re seeing a lot of groups and parties and different special events in the spa with both men and women,” she said.___INDIGENOUS TREATMENTS & SERVICESSpas are often looking to skin treatments and other services using ingredients and traditions native to their regions.Aspira Spa at The Osthoff Resort on Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, is introducing an 80-minute service, Dohi, which is a collection of Native American healing traditions. It includes percussion music amplified from under massage tables so clients can feel the vibrations, said Lola Roeh, the general manager. It also includes a cornmeal back scrub. At the end, negative energy is chased away through burning sage, sweet grass or local wood.“Our area is steeped in Native American history and we really pay reverence to that in the spa,” Roeh said.The Edgewater Spa at Madison’s Place in Madison, Wisconsin, pairs local craft beer and cider tastings with spa services in summer months. For instance, a strawberry rhubarb dermafoliant, mask and serum combination is coupled with a beer with the same notes. The beer is for drinking.In Hershey, Pennsylvania, MeltSpa by Hershey offers — you guessed it — an array of treatments that include cocoa and dark chocolate, from facials to body wraps. A company called Circadia by Dr. Pugliese created a chocolate-and-marshmallow-whip facial offered at MeltSpa.“People are trying to get creative. They want to be different. They don’t want to be just another spa,” Mersberger said.___SPAS & TECHNOLOGY“It’s gotten even smarter,” Mersberger said of tech in spas.CellFit has brought technology called Endospheres Therapy from Italy to the U.S. to tackle lifting, toning and tightening all over the body using non-invasive hand-held devices that deliver micro-vibrations to muscles through cylinders fitted with 55 rotating spheres. The company is shopping the technology around at the moment.Charging stations at manicure and pedicure areas are on the rise, allowing for customers to use their own playlists during treatments.“Nothing stresses a Millennial out more than taking their phone away,” McNees said. “The whole idea is to be able to relax, so it’s really about thinking about customization. What’s going to make you comfortable?”Kohler Waters Spas, with locations in Chicago; Kohler and Green Bay, Wisconsin; and St. Andrews, Scotland, recently launched virtual reality headsets for guided meditations. The experience offers the choice of music alone or voice and visuals during mani-pedis that include scenes of mountain lakes, beaches, waterfalls, clouds and the night sky. Kohler is looking into expanding virtual reality to massages and other treatments.“It’s the ultimate state of relaxation,” Mersberger said.The idea, said Nikki Miller of Kohler, is to allow clients to block out the hustle-bustle of the spa.“Typically the expectation is maybe you have to carry on a conversation, or it gets loud in there. We were trying to find something to get people deeper into those treatments,” she said.___CONNECTING TO NATUREThe Spa at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont, honours bees with an exfoliating whipped honey scrub, followed by a honey moisturizing wrap. Honey is incorporated into other treatments as well. Surrounded by the Green Mountains, the hotel grows produce on a small organic farm that attracts bees. A pollinator garden is used to teach guests about bees, including severe dangers they now face.“Our legacy is sustainability, conservation,” said Michelle Adams Somerville, director of spa and wellness.The rustic experience also includes community meals using the property’s harvests, and culinary classes.At the luxury Carillon Miami Wellness Resort in Miami Beach, the spa warms beds of pink Himalayan salt for guests on massage tables. It also has floatation beds and incorporates global massage traditions from China, Turkey and the Mediterranean.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press read more

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UN rights expert calls on warring factions in DR of Congo to

A United Nations human rights expert has appealed to warring factions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to protect the civilian population, especially women and children.In an appeal to the principal leaders of the Hemas and Lendus ethnic communities, as well as to armed groups operating in the province of Ituri, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DRC, Iulia Motoc, strongly condemned the human rights violations being carried out by the warring parties.Noting that there had been instances of civilian massacres, summary executions, forced disappearances, abductions, violations of physical integrity, rapes, pillaging and inhuman and degrading treatment, Mrs. Motoc said that the poor conflict management has further widened the gap between the two communities.She reaffirmed that negotiations are the only way to end the conflict and called on the leaders of the ethic communities and the armed groups to end the suffering of the civilian population in Ituri and to allow them to find peace.The Special Rapporteur recalled that the peace agreement signed on 30 July between Congolese President Joseph Kabila and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, under the aegis of South African President Thabo Mbeki, was a step forward on the path towards peace, reconciliation and the restoration of the respect of human rights in the DRC as well as in the Central African region.She stressed that the peace agreement could not have any effect on the ground without the cessation of hostilities, and called on the ethnic communities and the armed groups to lay down their weapons, put an end to attacks, express their support for the peace process, and work with the United Nations to ensure a favourable climate for the end of hostilities.The Special Rapporteur also called on the Government to take a more active role in the search for a durable and acceptable solution to the ethnic conflict in Ituri. read more

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Gates gift to upgrade polio vaccine welcomed by UN agencies

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the donation, which brought the Gates Foundation’s contribution to polio eradication to $85 million.Egypt has eliminated poliovirus types 2 and 3 and now must boost the population’s immunity to type 1 by using monovalent oral polio vaccine type-1 (mOPV1), which is scheduled to be developed, licensed and introduced in France, WHO and UNICEF said.Despite setbacks, polio is on target to be the first disease wiped out this century and the second disease done away with through human effort, the first being smallpox.

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300 million in pledges good beginning towards assisting African Union in Darfur

Just back from a week long visit to Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that nearly $300 million pledged by international donors to expand an African-led peacekeeping mission in the Darfur region is “a good beginning” for the next phase of the programme to stem the ongoing crisis there. On his way into UN Headquarters this afternoon, the Secretary-General told reporters that that the situation in some areas of Sudan has stabilized. “But we still have serious security problems outside the camps, and that is one of the reasons why I was in Addis Ababa working with the African Union (AU), NATO, the European Union and other donor states to provide the necessary support to allow the African Union to expand its forces in Darfur from the current 2,000-plus to about 8,000,” he said.Last Thursday, in the Ethiopian capital of in Addis Ababa, Mr. Annan co-hosted with AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré a donors’ conference to provide the financing, equipment and political backing for an expanded AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS). Today he said that about $300 million was raised in cash and in kind, which would be a good beginning for the next phase of the operation. Mr. Annan is expected to brief the Security Council on this trip on Thursday.In other news, regarding reports of the arrest of a person who interpreted for the Secretary-General during his visit to a camp in Darfur, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, says that after talks with the Sudanese Government, the local authorities in South Darfur have dropped the request that the interpreter report to them. The Sudanese national had been requested to report to the authorities in Nyala a couple of times. Regarding the arrest of two senior officials from the Dutch branch of Medécins Sans Frontieres, Mr. Pronk, said that the pair have been released on bail after he intervened at the highest level with government officials. The UN is closely monitoring the situation, he added. read more

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Clashes near vital infrastructure in eastern Ukraine may have grave impact on

“As we enter winter, any disruption of essential services, such as water and heating amid freezing temperatures could have grave consequences,” said Neal Walker, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, in a statement Wednesday. “I remind all parties to the conflict of their obligation to respect civilian infrastructure and to protect civilians. Any intentional disruption of access to quality water supply or critical heating systems is a clear violation of International Humanitarian Law,” he underscored. In the past six days, the Donetsk Filter Station has been shelled for three consecutive nights. Another station, the Verkhniokalmiuska Filter Station, was hit more than a dozen times in a single night. Stations such as these provide clean water to some 1.1 million people on both sides of the 459-kilometre ‘contact line’ dividing eastern Ukraine. Furthermore, these stations are also essential to keep heating systems functioning. “Without sustained water supply, heating systems will stop and health conditions will deteriorate. Children, the elderly, women and people with disabilities may flee their homes in search of heat and shelter,” noted Mr. Walker. Such an escalation, so close to critical infrastructure, risks prompting a severe deterioration of the ongoing humanitarian crisis on Europe’s doorstepNeal Walker, UN Humanitarian CoordinatorAt the same time, the fighting has also prompted concerns over the possible release of hazardous chlorine gas stored at the two filter stations. If a single 900-kilogram gas container is hit, anyone within 200 meters might receive fatal dose of the poisonous gas. The conflict, now in its fourth year, continues to take a toll on civilians, denying the most vulnerable of their basic needs as well as their safety and protection.“In this protracted crisis, millions of families trapped in active hostilities and people displaced are losing hope for a future,” said the UN official, calling on parties to uphold their responsibility to facilitate the access of humanitarian organizations to provide critical services for the most vulnerable Ukrainians affected by the conflict. read more

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ALARM TUS Lubbecke sack Goran Suton

German TUS Lubbecke sacked coach Goran Suton! A stabil member of the German elite DKB Bundesliga has night-mare start of the season 2015/2016 which put them on the bottom of league table. Lubbecke have only two points from 12 matches, two draws and 10 defeats, definitely, beyond the plans and expectations.Interim solution will be the joint work of sports director Zlatko Ferić and assistant coach Hans-Georg Borgmann.Lubbecke ended season 2014/2015 on 12th place. ← Previous Story EGYPT: Suspension for “Captain America” Next Story → Lekić, Sokač and Lazović to leave ŽRK Vardar next summer! Goran SutonTus Lubbecke