Dope scandal: Govt appoints one-member panel, wants report in 6 months

first_imgFollowing one of the biggest dope scandals in the country, the government on Thursday appointed Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal to enquire into all aspects of the fiasco.India’s top eight athletes, including three members of the Commonwealth Games and Asiad gold medal winning sprinters, had tested positive for anabolic steroids in out-of-competition testing.The one-member committee, which will be assisted by NADA’s senior Project Manager V Jayaramaan, has been asked to submit its report within six weeks.As per the terms of reference stated in the Sports Ministry’s order issued on Thursday, the Committee has been asked to “determine the facts and circumstances leading to large scale recent incidents of alleged doping in Athletics discipline.”Justice Mudgal, former chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, will also “examine reasons for such large scale prevalence of doping and modus operandi involved, including availability of the prohibited substances in and around training camps/competitions.”The committee will “enquire into the role of agencies involved, if any. Suggest remedial measures to improve the protocols of dope testing and its integrity and promptness so that such lapses, if any, do not happen in future”.Indian athletics was rocked by a doping scandal recently when eight athletes, including Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose, who were part of the CWG and Asian Games gold-winning relay quartet, tested positive for banned substances.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

2016 Combo Guard Tre Evans Decommits from OSU

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 2016 Edmond North guard Tre Evans announced yesterday he has decided to reopen his recruiting, and back off his verbal pledge to Oklahoma State.My family and I have decided the best thing for me and my future is to reopen my recruiting.— Tre 5️⃣ (@Trecarlton5) July 21, 2015Evans is the son of former OU point guard Terry Evans. When he was younger, he hoped to get the chance to play at OU, but as the recruiting process progressed, he wasn’t getting the same attention from OU as he was from OSU.“At first it was kind of frustrating,” Evans told Scott Wright in October. “But after OSU came after me, I felt like I just wanted to prove OU wrong. OSU is a way better fit. We’re coming up and gonna beat everybody.”The reason for his decommitment is unknown for now, but if OU were to turn the heat up, it could be a potential landing spot for the sharp shooter from Edmond.OSU now has zero basketball commitments in the 2016 class, but is already in pursuit of some top-flight talent. last_img read more

NWC Launches World Water Day Essay and Photo Competitions

first_imgStory Highlights The National Water Commission (NWC) has launched essay and photo competitions aimed at engaging Jamaicans, particularly the youth, in the preservation of the country’s freshwater resources. “By doing these competitions, we are hoping to sensitise the next generation, so that the change and the management can continue,” Mr. Williams said at the official ceremony to launch the competitions held at the NWC’s Hope Water Treatment Plant in St. Andrew on Tuesday (February 13). Acting Community Relations Manager for the NWC’s Eastern Division, Delano Williams, said the objective is to raise awareness about the country’s water resources and the importance of protecting them for future generations. The National Water Commission (NWC) has launched essay and photo competitions aimed at engaging Jamaicans, particularly the youth, in the preservation of the country’s freshwater resources.The contests are part of activities for World Water Day 2018, to be observed on March 22 under the theme ‘Nature for Water – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century’.Acting Community Relations Manager for the NWC’s Eastern Division, Delano Williams, said the objective is to raise awareness about the country’s water resources and the importance of protecting them for future generations.These resources, he noted, are particularly important in light of the increase in global warming and climate change, which could affect the flow of streams and rivers.“By doing these competitions, we are hoping to sensitise the next generation, so that the change and the management can continue,” Mr. Williams said at the official ceremony to launch the competitions held at the NWC’s Hope Water Treatment Plant in St. Andrew on Tuesday (February 13).The essay competition is open to primary and high-school students islandwide and will be judged in two age-group categories – nine to 12 and 13 to 16.Essays are to be completely original and written in English on the World Water Day theme. The word limit is 600-800 words for the nine- to 12-year-old category and 900 to 1,200 words for the 13- to 16-year-old students.Judging will be based on the relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy and analysis of the researched data, writing style and language skills. Essay submission should also include title and bibliography or list of references.Deadline for entries is March 9.The photo competition is open to Jamaican nationals and has no age limit. Entrants are required to submit a 10” x 7” photo in black and white or colour. The photograph must be artistically arresting, aesthetically pleasing and geared towards heightening awareness of the beauty and art of the water resource.The deadline for submission is March 16.The essays and photos must be submitted with a completed original entry form to the NWC’s Corporate Public Relations Department or at any of its commercial offices islandwide. Entries will also be accepted electronically at imc.nwc@nwc.com.jm.The forms can be downloaded from the NWC’s website or picked up at any of its offices.The top-three essays and photos will be displayed at the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) 2018 Conference, which will be held in Montego Bay, St. James, in October.Other partners in the staging of the competitions are the Forestry Department, Water Resources Authority, Jamaica Conservation Development Trust, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and the Meteorological Office.last_img read more

Yamal LNG Passes 1 Mn Ton Mark of Shipped LNG

first_imgzoom Russia’s Arctic gas project Yamal LNG shipped its first million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its first liquefication train. Yamal LNG reached the milestone on the 14th cargo loaded onto 170,000 cbm Arc7 ice class carriers and dispatched at the Sabetta seaport.The first LNG train comprising 5.5 million tons per annum commenced LNG production in the fourth quarter of 2017 with the loading of the inaugural tanker, Christophe de Margerie, on December 8, 2017.“In late February a 72-hour performance test was conducted to confirm the design parameters of Phase 1 at the Yamal LNG plant. Average production rate exceeded the plant’s design capacity by 9 pct, demonstrating a higher efficiency of liquefying natural gas in the colder, arctic climatic environment,” a statement from JSC Yamal LNG, the project developer, reads.Yamal LNG is constructing a 16.5 mmtpa natural gas liquefaction plant utilizing the hydrocarbon resources of the South-Tambeyskoye field on the Yamal peninsula located in the Arctic territory of the Russian Federation.Yamal LNG is owned and operated by a partnership comprised of Novatek, Total, CNPC and the Silk Road Fund. It aims to tap natural gas reserves totaling more than 4 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BOE).last_img read more

Khattar promises to make Gurugram an icon city

first_imgGurugram: Nine days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) started the “Jan Ashirwad Yatra” (journey for seeking blessings from the public), it reached Gurugram on Tuesday. Amid a slew of rallies and inaugurations, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar stated that he will further strengthen the structures of strong and clean governance.The Chief Minister also promised the citizens of his vision of making Gurugram the icon city of the country, a city that will ensure employment opportunities to locals as well as other citizens of the country. The journey of the Chief Minister began from Pataudi where he emphasised on the importance of clean governance. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTaking cognisance of the recent action initiated by the public agencies against the national and regional Congress leaders, the Chief Minister made a tacit mention of how the Congress leaders involved in the corruption would end in the jail. Subsequently, the Chief Minister also made a visit to Badshahpur and Gurugram where he not only spoke about improving the infrastructure but also spoke about how his government had respected the martyrs by giving their kin the employment opportunities. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe significance of Gurugram Vidhan Sabha seat for the saffron party can be gauged from the fact that it was Gurugram where the MLA Umesh Aggarwal won by the seat by the highest margin of five lakh votes. From 2013, BJP made a strategy shift and began inducting various tall leaders of South Haryana into its fold. Besides Rao Inderjit Singh, there was also Rao Narbir Singh who is presently the Badshahpur MLA. Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi started in 2014 Lok Sabha campaign from Rewari where a large number of ex-Army men reside. It is the place where he made the promise that if elected, he will implement the one rank one pension scheme. Modi factor and the presence of Rao Inderjit resulted in the victory for BJP. This was again extended in the Vidhan Sabha elections where Umesh Aggarwal won by the largest margin.last_img read more

Rabat Fight for Healthcare Rights Engages Public

By Anna SchaefferRabat – In Rabat, advocates continue to call for the end of healthcare access discrimination.A seventh iteration of the “nuit blanche” (white night) for cinema and human rights took place June 30-July 1, espousing the theme “The Right to Health.” Championing the cause for health as a universal and fundamental human right for citizens and immigrants alike, speakers stressed the necessity for social integration in public policy and healthcare reform. For immigrants, access to care is essential, and advocates heavily reinforced the gravity of obstacles to healthcare and their consequences. Moroccan citizens, too, deserve equitable access to guaranteed quality care. The 2011 constitution clearly outlines “equal access” to healthcare, as well as social protection and medical coverage, as an inclusive and ubiquitous right for Moroccans.Speakers highlighted the cleft separating promises in the constitution and present-day healthcare: “There is a gap between the abundance of texts and the reality of the health system as it is lived by the citizen.”This year’s White Night for cinema and human rights, organized by the Association of Mediterranean Encounters on Cinema and Human Rights (ARMCDH), gathered members of the public on the esplanade of the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco for its free outdoor film screening Saturday night. On Sunday, experts and prominent social actors convened for a roundtable discussion. A variety of health-related topics experienced the spotlight during the weekend, from justiciability of healthcare to awareness and advocacy for individual rights. Article 25 of the International Declaration of Human Rights (IHRD) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights played important roles as foundational texts.Each White Night emphasizes a critical issue at the heart of public debate. Themes of past years include “The Arab Spring” (2012), “Women’s Rights” (2013), “Justice” (2014), “Migration” (2015), “Children’s Rights” (2016), and “The Right to Education” (2017). Central to the mission of the White Night for cinema and human rights is the value of public engagement as Morocco moves forward, socially and legislatively, in its relationship with human rights. read more

Tolerance forms basis of democracy Annan says

An active engagement with human diversity is crucial to democracy, United Nations Secretary-General said in his message on the International Day of Tolerance, marked today.“Already in this young century, we have witnessed how intolerance can manifest itself in extreme violence, causing widespread death and suffering,” he noted. “Only by fighting intolerance and exclusion at the grass-roots level can we hope to overcome it in the global arena.”The Secretary-General pointed out that often, intolerance is caused by fear, which itself is rooted in ignorance. “It is particularly vital that our children learn about tolerance so that they understand why human rights, human dignity and respect for human diversity are inseparable,” he said. Open dialogue – both between individuals and among different cultures and civilizations – must be at the heart of all efforts to promote tolerance be. “Without dialogue, cultural diversity is threatened,” he said. “Without dialogue, we cannot have peace.”The work for tolerance, he added, “begins with each and every one of us.” read more

Oliver Mears appointed Royal Opera House director the youngest in its history

first_imgIn an interview last year, he argued for opera in modern dress, claiming period costume made productions harder for new audiences to relate to.“As soon as you put people in period costume if becomes about escapism and something else,” he said, while director of Northern Ireland Opera. “That’s why I’m reluctant to do period costume and all our productions do have that modern slant.“As soon as one puts something in period costume, one is – even inadvertently – making a political choice about supporting a status quo where escapism is important and where art is not so much about provoking or challenging or asking people to revisit some of their concepts or ideas.“It becomes something very soothing and anaesthetising.” Big congrats to Oliver Mears, the new Dir of Opera @RoyalOperaHouse. It’s a shame Cressida Pollock thought him too inexperienced for @E_N_O.— Save_ENO (@Save_ENO) September 12, 2016 Congratulations to Oliver Mears @TheRoyalOpera from @Creative_Fed https://t.co/Sk3ICOmnle— John Kampfner (@johnkampfner) September 12, 2016 My Dad's a Birdman by David Almond directed by Oliver Mears at The Young Vic Congratulations to Oliver Mears, new Director of Opera @TheRoyalOpera! We look forward to being your neighbour when you start next year!— EnglishNationalOpera (@E_N_O) September 12, 2016 Oliver Mears's recent staging of Verdi's Macbeth My Dad’s a Birdman by David Almond directed by Oliver Mears at The Young Vic Oliver Mears’s appointment @TheRoyalOpera begins an exciting new chapter following the visionary work of @kasperholten. What a dynamic co.!— Matthew Shilvock (@MatthewShilvock) September 12, 2016 He told the Guardian in 2014: “At its worst, opera can be alienating, boring and irrelevant. But when everything works, can there be anything more captivating or more thrilling?”Sir Antonio said: “I have been very impressed by Oliver Mears all through the selection process. He is fiercely intelligent, very knowledgeable about what is going on in the world of the performing arts, in particular theatre and opera, and he has genuine passion for our art form. “I look forward to a very productive collaboration with him and wish him all success.” Oliver Mears’s recent staging of Verdi’s MacbethCredit:RICHARD HUBERT SMITH The witches of Mears' Macbeth He has also criticised the use of translated surtitles above the stage during a foreign language opera, suggesting it made new audiences feel: “I don’t understand therefore I’m not going to give it the time of day”.“As soon as you sing in English, one of those barriers is down,” he has said. “I think particularly in comedy, it’s really important that people can understand the humour as its happening rather than looking up at surtitles.”Mears will join ROH in March 2017. The witches of Mears’ Macbeth For decades, it has been the bastion of the finest opera in the UK, attracting international talent for sell-out productions of the classics.But traditionalists may wish to brace as the Royal Opera House appoints the youngest director of opera in its history, in a move which could signal a radical new direction for the company.Oliver Mears, 37, has been confirmed as securing the most prestigious job in British opera, moving from the small, six-year-old Northern Ireland Opera to Covent Garden.He has previously been a vocal champion of more accessible opera, arguing staging shows in period costume, and in foreign language with surtitles, is a “barrier” to audiences. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Alex Beard, chief executive of ROH, hailed the appointment, praising Mears’ “innovative and impressive projects”, but others raised questions about his limited administrative experience.Save ENO, the campaign group, last night claimed Mears had previously been turned down for the role of English National Opera’s artistic director, with chief executive Cressida Pollock allegedly believing him “too inexperienced” to lead the company.A spokesman for ENO refused to comment on the claim. The position was filled by Daniel Kramer earlier this year.As his appointment was announced, Mears praised the “inspiring conversations” he has had so far with ROH, with Sir Antonio Pappano, music director, promising a “very productive collaboration”. In his previous role in Northern Ireland, Mears oversaw a small number of high-profile shows every year, with short runs of two or three nights for each production. He will now be responsible for the behemoth of the ROH, wooing the world’s leading opera stars to the Covent Garden stage with a series of revivals and new productions.He follows in the footsteps of Kasper Holten, the Danish director who has commissioned a range of controversial productions and is rumoured to have alienated some traditionalists at ROH.Mears has previously been known for his commitment to opera access, speaking passionately about the need to challenge the perception that opera is for “older people”.last_img read more

Womens EHF EURO 2012 Historical victory for Serbia – Sweden too strong

Serbian women’s handball In the first two matches of Group A and B at the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, home team celebrated the first win ever as independent country, after nine defeats in a row at EHF EURO 2006, 2008 and 2010. Serbia beats Ukraine 25:23 in front of 4.000 fans in “Kombank Arena”.STATISTICSSweden had much easier job with poor Macedonia 26:15. Macedonian girls were again too bad for the rivals and only theorethicaly they have chances to stay at the Championship, if they beat Denmark in the last match.STATISTICS ← Previous Story EHF Cup Final Tournament to be played in French Nantes next May Next Story → Draw for EHF Cup Group stage: KIF and RNL in Group B!

This young lad I know this young lad Do you know whos

first_img Jun 20th 2017, 2:32 PM Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeTAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR is naming his Ministers of State today at the end of Leader’s Questions in the Dáil.We’re sure you’re all on the edge of your seat – but would you know a Government Minister if they were feeding the ducks beside you at St Stephen’s Green? We went armed with photographs and questions to the heart of Dublin to find out.Leo Varadkar is taking his first leader’s questions as Taoiseach> “This young lad, I know this young lad”: Do you know who’s who in Leo’s Cabinet? Would you know a Minister for State if they were crossed the road in front of you? Short URL 5 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share15 Tweet Email By Andrew Roberts Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 2:32 PM http://jrnl.ie/3454194 12,740 Views last_img read more

There had been enormous worry Direct Provision centre to remain open and

first_img Clondalkin Towers By Órla Ryan 10.03.19 Hiding the fact they’re gay and being harassed by other residents: People talk about life in Direct Provision A strong campaign led by the residents and supported by the local community called for the centre to remain in Clondalkin. The men, women and children living in Clondalkin Towers are part of our community.“Thankfully the contract has been extended and much needed improvements in cooking and recreational facilities are included in the new contract.”Local independent councillor Francis Timmons said he was “delighted” with the news.“This news will be a huge relief to the residents living there, many of whom attend local Clondalkin schools and are involved in the local community … They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” Timmons said. However, Ó Broin added that the uncertainty surrounding the tendering process “highlights why Direct Provision is not the right way to provide those seeking asylum with accommodation”.A number of organisations such as the Irish Refugee Council and Nasc (the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre) have also said the current model needs to be scrapped.A spokesperson for the IRC previously told TheJournal.ie the State needs to “shift to a new way of accommodating people who seek asylum: from a reactive, managed emergency style system delivered by private actors towards a long-term, planned model delivered by non-profit bodies who are experts in housing and supporting vulnerable people”.The government has paid tens of millions to private companies running DP centres around Ireland. It has also paid over €1.6 million to a private contractor to source emergency accommodation for asylum seekers since September 2018. Short URL 24.02.19 ‘Ignored at viewings because they’re black or Asian’: Dozens of asylum seekers facing homelessness Share74 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4538646 Clondalkin Towers Image: Donated to the Asylum Archive Image: Donated to the Asylum Archive 57 Comments Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 8:52 AM 17,999 Views 10.03.19 ‘No one wants refugees to become homeless’: Call to delay closure of Direct Provision centre ‘Not the right way’ Sinn Féin’s Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin, who was among those to call for the centre to remain open, has welcomed the news.“The uncertainty about the centre’s future caused enormous worry and fear for the 250 adults and children. Closure would have resulted in the residents being moved out of Dublin and away from vital educational, medical, social and community supports. ‘There had been enormous worry’: Direct Provision centre to remain open – and three others get the green light About 70 residents at the Clondalkin centre have protected status and faced the risk of becoming homeless. Mar 13th 2019, 8:52 AM THE DIRECT PROVISION centre in Clondalkin in Dublin is set to remain open for at least another two years.There had been calls for the planned closure of the centre at Clondalkin Towers, a former hotel, to be postponed on humanitarian grounds as residents struggled to find alternative accommodation, as reported by TheJournal.ie.There were 235 people, including 78 children, living in the centre as of last month.About 70 residents already have protected or leave-to-remain status and faced having to find private rented accommodation; this figure includes 19 refugees.At the start of October, residents were informed that the centre would close on 3 December as the company running the centre was not renewing its contract. However, a deal was later reached to keep the centre open until June. The company, Fazyard Ltd, has been paid €27.5 million from the State over an 11-year period for operating the centre.A tendering process seeking alternative locations for DP centres has now been completed and it has been confirmed that the centre will remain open until at least 2021.Fazyard Ltd reapplied to run the centre and was successful. The company plans to increase the centre’s capacity from 225 to 250 people.Kildare and Laois Three other centres – two in Co Kildare (Hazel Hotel in Monasterevin and the Eyre Powell in Newbridge) and one in Co Laois (the Montague Hotel in Emo) – are due to be granted two-year contract renewals once mobilisation works to deliver on the proposals have been commenced. A further one-year extension may be added to each contract.Fazyard Ltd is also behind the proposal for the centre in Co Laois, which has a planned capacity of 202 residents.Oscar Dawn Ltd is the bidder for the Hazel Hotel proposal, which has a planned capacity of 143 residents. Peachport Ltd is behind the Eyre Powell bid, which has a planned capacity of 125 residents.The Department of Justice said it is a condition of the tender “that all residents will be able to cook meals of their own choice and that families will have access to designated living areas where they can carry out normal family activities outside of their bedrooms”.There have been numerous calls for the DP system to be reformed, or scrapped altogether, amid complaints about living conditions and other issues faced by residents. Almost 6,300 asylum seekers are housed in 38 DP centres around the country. Better conditions David Stanton, Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, said he was “pleased” that the Clondalkin centre would remain open, stating that “residents will enjoy greater autonomy and independence in the centre” once the proposed changes are made.“The contract with the Towers Accommodation Centre, as with other centres placed on this framework, will be for a minimum of two years,” Stanton said. He added that the department is continuing to roll out its public procurement process on a regional basis throughout the state in 2019.“As with the competitions for Sligo and Newbridge, it will be a condition of the tender that all residents will be able to cook meals of their own choice and that families will have access to designated living areas where they can carry out normal family activities outside of their bedrooms,” he said. Related Readslast_img read more

Teigne chat chien humain symptômes tout savoir sur cette infection

first_imgTeigne : chat, chien, humain, symptômes, tout savoir sur cette infectionLa teigne est une infection des cheveux qui touche de nombreux animaux et qui se transmet facilement à l’humain. Quels sont les symptômes de la teigne ? Comment peut-on l’attraper ? Maxisciences vous révèle tout !La teigne, qu’est-ce que c’est ?C’est une infection des cheveux, de la barbe et des poils. Elle est provoquée par des champignons (dermatophytes). Les champignons responsables de la teigne peuvent aussi toucher la peau, l’infection est alors appelée herpès circiné. Comment se transmet la teigne ? La teigne se transmet de trois manières différentes : – D’humain à humain : dans ce cas là, elle se transmet via un contact direct des cheveux ou des poils contaminés ou bien par contact indirect, par des chapeaux, des oreillers, des serviettes de toilettes… – D’animaux à humains : La transmission se fait du poil de l’animal (chien, chat, lapin ou encore hamster) à un être humain. C’est le champignon Microsporum canis qui est responsable de cette forme de teigne qui en général ne se transmet ensuite pas de l’homme à l’homme. – Par le sol : Elle se fait par un sol contaminé avec le champignon. Ce cas de figure est extrêmement rare. Les symptômes de la teigne On remarque une tâche rouge au niveau du cuir chevelu, souvent, des croûtes sont présentes sur cette zone qui peut aussi peler. D’autres formes de teignes appelée teignes tricophytiques, se manifestent de façon différente : par des petites plaques où les cheveux sont coupés à ras. Les teignes microsporiques ne comportent que peu de plaques, les cheveux eux aussi sont coupés à ras. Dans des cas un peu plus rare, une infection appelée kerion comporte une plaque gonflée et remplie de pus. Diagnostic La teigne est parfois confondue avec du psoriasis du cuir chevelu. En cas de contamination d’un ou d’une enfant : il ou elle doit être déclaré.e et l’enfant ne doit plus aller à l’école jusqu’à sa guérison. Traitement À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le traitement de la teigne est relativement long et peut s’étaler pendant deux mois. Cette maladie est généralement traitée avec de la griséofulvine. La coupe des cheveux s’impose aussi afin de traiter efficacement la maladie.Prévenir la teigneSi votre chien ou votre chat est infecté avec la teigne, il faudra éviter le contact direct avec l’animal. De plus il faut éviter le contact avec les malades porteurs de la teigne et ne surtout pas porter leurs habits ou chapeaux.Le 17 janvier 2018 à 17:50 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

2/7 WWE Results: Salt Lake City, Utah (Bryan vs. Rollins)

first_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Cody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His Blood Pinterest WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Videos Articles 2/7 WWE Results: Salt Lake City, Utah* Dolph Ziggler def. WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett (non-title).* WWE NXT Champion Sami Zayn & Adrian Neville def. The Ascension.* Darren Young def. Adam Rose.* Ryback def. Adam Rose.* Naomi & Emma def. Cameron & Summer Rae.* Randy Orton def. Kane.* Bo Dallas def. Sin Cara.* Cesaro & Tyson Kidd def. Goldust & Stardust.* Daniel Bryan def. Seth Rollins.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Roman Reignscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebook Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Daniel Bryan WhatsApp John Oliver Takes On The WWE Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes awaylast_img read more

Wilmington High School Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School has released its Quarter 2 Honor Roll for the 2018-2019 school year.High Honors (All A’s in all subjects)Abdulla, EmirAbel, AaliyahAccardi, SalvatoreAli, FarazAmakor, ChikaodiliAndersen, SavannahAndoni, AlexAndrade, StellaBonaccorsi, SophiaBonney, LarissaBroderick, SarahBroussard, AlysonBroussard, AmandaBurton, EvelynButler, RyanCarpenito, MatthewCarroll, MargaretChirichiello, JakeCiampa, AngelynCimaglia, BrittanyConsorti, MeghanCurdo, AudreyCurdo, NathanDaley, StephenDankese, AshleyDavis, JamieDeMarco, MiaDeMoura, JosephDeRose, ZoeDeSantis, AlainaDeVerbigier, GabrielleDevlin, HannahDiaz, LandrickDiNatale, NicholasDing, JesseDoherty, KaitlynDoucette, WillDuffy, ConlinDuggan, MindyDunfey, BrianDunn, RyanDyment, RhiannonDynan, JosephErler, OliviaFedynyak, KhrystynaFitzler, AlexFlanagan, KylieFlynn, AmberFoley, AllisonForcina, RyanForesyth, EmersynFricia, AlyssaGaffey, MorganGanley, RebeccaGear, EmilyGibbons, AlyssaGiuliana, LaurenGoodman, BrentGosselin, NatalieHartzell, JosephHassell, EmilyHealey, JustinHomola, JaredHowlett, ParkerJackson, MarisaJuergens, SamuelKane, AnnabelleKanihan, JasonKarnesky, GabrielaKelley, AlexaKulis, CeliaLamb, KailiLemay, HollyMaienza, DanielMartins, MaeveMarzi, SamanthaMaselli, JosephMaynard, SophiaMcCarthy, PatrickMcClymer, KellyMcConologue, KathleenMcDonald, TaylaMcGrath, AidanMcLaughlin, JuliaMcLaughlin, KatherineMcNeil, BrighidMiller-Nuzzo, EvelynMisuraca, GiannaMonteforte, GabriellaMoody, AllisonMoretto, JennaMorrison, AlyssaMtileni, TrinityMurray, JessicaNelson, MiriamNuzzolo, JacobO’Mahony, PatrickPacker, RyanPal, MedhaParr, HannahPatrone, JulianaPerriello, LillianPiazza, NicolasPitzi, AlexandraProulx, QuinnRago, AlyssaRainone, JoshuaRamesh, PrathikRasphoumy, MatthewRicupero, DenizioRideout, AnnaRobinson, JohannaRogers, OliviaRoss, CassidyRubin, CarissaRussell, AmieSavage, AnthonySchuler, KelliSchuurman, AlyssaScolastico, AngelaShackelford, EvanShah, VidhiSheehan, VictoriaSivakumar, SukethramSolari, AmandaSpada, GiannaSpizuoco, OliviaStoeva, PetyaStokes, ChristopherStrob, JacquelineStuart, ElizaStuart, RichardSullivan, KaitlynSun, TimothySurette, OwenSweeney, JennaTavanese, JennaTran, LauraWang, IreneWarren, KatelynWatson, EmilyWatson, GraceWells, KariWiberg-Pichetti, GraceWilliams, AlexaWoodland, ErikWright, EmilyXavier, PatrickZaykovskaya, AngelinaHonors (All A’s and B’s in all subjects)Acevedo, MileynaAdamek, GregoryAhern, JessicaAlberti, DorotheaAlberti, GarrettAlhady, AmeerAlmeida, KaliAlmeida, OliviaAlphonse, DonalissaAlves, ThaisAlworth, WilliamAndersen, ChaseAndersen, JohnAntinarelli, AlisonArdizzoni, DomenicArsenault, JakeArulraj, JoanneAyvazian, EricBabcock, SaraBailey, RyanBanks, BeverlyBarletta, SofiaBarnes, MarcusBarrett, ShannonBenoit, JaredBernardo, EmilyBernazani, AlyssaBiarrio, AnthonyBishop, AdamBishop, IdaBittarelli, AlexiaBolanos, ChristianBond, GabriellaBourgeois, MaggieBourrell, KacieBourrell, KaylaBoyajian, NicoleBradford, ShaunBramantecohen, NokomisBreen, TaylorBrown, IsabellaBrunetto, AntoniaBryan, MarisaBurke, EmilyBuzzanga, MarcoCadogan, MaeveCallahan, AbigailCallahan, RebeccaCamara, LeahCampbell, JuliaCanale, MeghanCarter, ColleenCedrone, SamuelChampoux, MichaelChatterji, AkashCheney, SarahCheng, BrandonChisholm, MatthewCiampa, VictoriaClerico, DylanCoakley, AidanColantuoni, AlysonCollins, CassidyCollins, HaileyConnelly, ElizabethConnors, PatrickConsorti, JosephCosta, MakaylaCrawford, AshleyCrowley, JustinCrowley, LiamCushing, SheaD’Amico, SophiaD’Angelo, JoshuaD’Arco, JessicaD’Arco, LaurenD’Entremont, SarahDanieli, JakeDanieli, JennaDaniliuk, JessicaDays, AndrewDe Oliveira, TatianaDeAmbrose, SadieDeAmelio, MacaylaDeFrancesco, JaydenDeMonico, JosephDennett, OliviaDeOliveira, BrianDeSantis, BenjaminDeSario, JosephDeSario, MatthewDiAdamo, PeterDiMeco, TristanDiRienzo, AlexandriaDonovan, SofiaDuCharme, KylieDuong, MaxwellDwyer, LiamEkstrom, NicoleElderd, BrianElliott, AvaEstrada, JakeFebbo, JacobFernandes, RobertFerreira, BriannaFinn, AshlynFiorenza, AlexanderFiorenza, MichaelFlaherty, DanielleFlanagan, CorinnFoley, GraceFoley, MollyFortier, RowanFothergill, EmilyFox, NatalieFuller, PaytonGallezzo, KaitlinGallucci, AndrewGalvin, JuliaGandhi, AnayGanley, JosephGargan, BrianGarrity, EmmaGates, ColinGemellaro, VictoriaGeorge, SamuelGermano, AnnaGlinner, KyleGoodwin, SeanGoodwin, ThomasGordon, JuliaGrace, MadisonGranara, AlyssaGrassia, ZoeGray, SarahHaerer, JacobHayden, MelanieHayduk, JessicaHo, BrendanHowlett, NathanielHutchison, LaurenIanniciello, SamanthaIngs, DanielIngs, DavidJareo, SamanthaJensen, AnjaJordan, AllisonKachappilly, JoelKane, HaydenKelly, ColemanKelsey, GavinKennedy, NolanKieran, IsabellaKoester, EthanKourkoutas, JamesKourkoutas, LiaKourkoutas, PeterLagunilla, AnneLangone, DuncanLaquidara, ColbyLaVita, HannahLayon, NaomiLeBlanc, KaitlinLee, AndyLee, JessicaLeighton, NicholasLentini, EliseLingenfelter, EricLohrman, PaigeLong, EmilyLoshak, AngelicaLydon, JosephMacGilvray, AshleyMaguire, KaitlynMalfa, EricaMangini, MichaelMarchese, CeliaMartin, MaryjaneMasiello, AvaMastrorilli, GinamarieMcCauley, ChloeMcCullough, JessieMcDonough-Padden, AlexandriaMcHugh, EmilyMedeiros, ChristopherMeier, OliviaMelaragni, GiannaMeyers, JarodMeza, AlexisMiaskiewicz, RebeccaMoody, MichaelMoore, JennaMoran, AllysonMoreau, ChaseMorlani, ValentinaMulas, MadisonMurphy, ShannonMurray, JennaNadeau, KiaraNally, RachelNguyen, BenjaminNovak, SophiaO’Connell, PaulO’Mahony, MeghanO’Shea, BridgetPacker, BenjaminPadulsky, TaylorPalmer, JocelynPalmerino, KevinPapastathis, SamanthaPatterson, KaliPenney, ShanePennie, MeaganPeterson, RebeccaPham, JohnPuccio, AlessiaPuccio, IsabelleReardon, MarisaRebeiro, AllisonRhind, EmmaRhind, JohnRicupero, EdwardRiekstins, TroyRiley, DiannaRitson, HeatherRoche, RitaRoderman, DavidRogomentich, MarkRoney, CarolynRooney, ColinRooney, JackRosa, GabriellaRubin, LillyRuff, AndrewRyan, EmmaSaied, KarlSantini, MichaelScalfani, RoccoSchuurman, MariaScioli, JosephSee, RebeccaShinohara, CorySilveira, AbigailSmith, BaileySmith, ChloeSmith, KaylaSmith, SophieSmolinsky, StephenSt Jean, KailynStalker, LeahStanford, SeanStokes, ElizabethStrong, SabreenaStuart, WilliamSullivan, ColtonSullivan, MauraSurprenant, TaylaSweeney, RaeganTassone, CaterinaTeabo, AmeliaThacker-Benoit, FaithThakkar, ManavThakkar, MansiToomey, JackToth, NicholasTran, AmandaTran, Vu Uyen MyVallee, KyleVillalta, GabrielaVillalta, JonathanVitale, AedanWalsh, GiannaWare, JohnWargo, JessicaWebster, MikaylaWeinstein, ZacharyWidomski, AbigailWillson, JuliaWilson, HaeleighWilson, JosephWilson, SamuelWingate, AnneWitalisz, EvanWong, CaraWong, ChristopherWood, TylerWright, BenjaminWright, MadisonWright, MaxYuen, EthanZaccagnini, GiannaZaya, MackenzieZwahlen, Alyssa(NOTE: The above information is from Wilmington High School.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Announces Fourth Quarter Honor RollIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Rachel DiFronzo Named To Honor Roll At Bishop FenwickIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St. John’s PrepIn “Education”last_img read more

77th Quit India Movement Day celebrated Katla Srinivas Rao

first_imgWarangal: Celebrating the 77th Quit India Movement day, Greater Warangal Congress Committee President Katla Srinivas Rao hoisted the flag of the Congress party at party office in Hanamkonda. Speaking on the occasion, Srinivas Rao said the Quit India Movement, which was started in the month of August was disobedience movement against the British throughout the country as part of Indian freedom struggle. The movement was led by slogan Do or Die, which was completely under non-violence. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Also, the All India Youth Congress’s inauguration day was held at the District Congress Office under the auspices of Warangal Parliament Youth Congress President Gottimukkula Ramakanth. Ramakanth hoisted the flag of the Youth Congress on this occasion and congratulated the youth Congress activists. He said Youth Congress will be the backbone of the Congress party forever. Former Mayor Errabelli Swarna, Former MLA Kondeti Sridhar and TPCC General Secretary Srinivas and Youth Congress leaders were also present on the event.last_img read more

Alibabas Blockbuster Debut Creates History Shares Surge 38 on Massive Demand

first_imgShares of Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. soared 38% on its very first day of trade on Friday drawing attention world-wide. The market-value of China’s largest e-commerce company touched $231 billion when the trading session ended. The IPO of this Chinese e-commerce firm has created history.Initially, the company had announced to offer its shares for $66. But, on Friday the stock opened at $92.70 before noon and quickly rose to a high of $99.70 before ending at $93.89 per share.”This is the most anticipated event I’ve ever seen in my 20-year career on the floor of the NYSE. The company is profitable, unlike some of its competitors, and it is a way for traders to tap into the Chinese growth story,” Reuters quoted Mark Otto, partner with J. Streicher & Co, who trades on the NYSE floor.The company’s revenue was recorded at $3.7 billion in 2014, which is $1.7 billion higher than previous year.RJ Hottovy, stock analyst from Morning Star opined that Alibaba’s revenue is expected to grow in the next couple of years. The deal is expected to make new millionaires out of Alibaba’s managers, software engineers and other employees of the company.Founded by Jack Ma, a former teacher, in his apartment in 1999, Alibaba now accounts for 80% online sales in China. Jack Ma ranks among the wealthiest of China’s billionaires.last_img read more

Canada calls China to release 2 nationals

first_imgA police officer gestures at the photographer as security staff stand guard outside the Canadian embassy in Beijing, China on 20 December. Photo: ReutersOttawa and Washington on Friday stepped up pressure on Beijing, calling for the immediate release of two Canadians detained in apparent retaliation for the arrest in Vancouver of a top Chinese tech executive on a US warrant.The European Union also said it was backing Canada in the detentions dispute, in which Ottawa has been caught up in the rivalry between Beijing and Washington.“We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of two Canadians earlier this month and call for their immediate release,” Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino also called for the two to be freed, while European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini said through a spokesperson: “The EU supports the efforts of the Canadian government.”China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and China-based business consultant Michael Spavor on December 10, following Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou while she was changing planes in Vancouver on December 1.Meng was later released on bail pending the outcome of an extradition hearing. The United States—which is locked in a trade war with Beijing—has accused her of violating sanctions on Iran.She is now living under electronic surveillance in a luxury home in Vancouver, welcoming visitors daily and writing a blog, while Kovrig and Spavor have been held under more difficult conditions and denied access to lawyers.“Canada will not compromise nor politicize the rule of law and due process,” Freeland said.“Canada is conducting a fair, unbiased and transparent legal proceeding with respect to Meng Wanzhou,” she said, adding that Canada “respects its international legal commitments, including by honoring its extradition treaty with the United States.”EU High Representative Mogherini’s spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said China’s declared motive for the arrest and detention of the Canadians “raises concerns about legitimate research and business practices in China.”‘Harm to national security’ -Kocijancic said the denial of access to lawyers also “is contrary to the right of defense.”“The European Union calls on the Chinese authorities to answer these concerns,” she said.The Canadians were arrested for what China has said is suspicion of “harm to national security”—a phrase often used by Beijing when alleging espionage.Some analysts believe the arrests of Kovrig and Spavor—who had arranged trips to North Korea, including for former NBA star Dennis Rodman—were a means for Beijing to pressure Ottawa into releasing Meng.“In China, there is no coincidence and it is clear that their arrest, especially that of Mr Kovrig, was to send a message to the Canadian government,” Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s former ambassador to China, told AFP.“The whole thing is a process where they try to apply the maximum psychological pressure but without resorting to brutality,” he explained.Hugh Pope, a spokesman for Kovrig’s employer, the International Crisis Group, a think tank that analyzes conflicts and geopolitical flashpoints, said Kovrig “must be tired and stressed.”“Others in similar situations have described their condition of detention after having been released. They speak of intensive questioning, that the lights in their room aren’t ever switched off, and so on,” he said.“There is no reason to believe that it is otherwise for Michael. That is very worrying to us.”Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, was able to meet Kovrig last Friday, officials in Ottawa said.A third Canadian citizen, identified as Sarah McIver, was arrested this week and accused of visa violations, the Chinese foreign ministry said.But her case seems less serious than those of her compatriots, Chinese officials said, and she is being held by local rather than national security forces.last_img read more

Running presidential candidate for Mexico fined for buying signatures

first_imgNuevo León, Mexico — The Superior Chamber of the Electoral Court has fined a running presidential candidate for buying signatures.Current running presidential candidate Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, who is also referred to as El Bronco, has been fined more than 700,000 peso for electoral violations.The Superior Chamber of the Electoral Court confirmed that Jaime Rodríguez Calderón illegally financed the collection of signatures to obtain the presidential candidacy.The magistrates carried out an investigation after concerns were raised by the National Electoral Institute (INE) regarding irregularities after they found a report when reviewing the income and expenses for the collection of signatures for the candidate.“The Institute carried out an investigation that yielded the information that corroborated the existence of an irregularity in the received contributions, consisting of a triangulation of resources, which made it possible to infer that the source came from a prohibited entity,” says part of the Court’s statement.The court, headed by Judge Janine Otálora Malassis, found three types of prohibited financing mechanisms in his campaign. First was the provision of administrative personnel of the state government of Nuevo León (persons who collected signatures in favor of the candidate).Second was the contribution of cash resources of companies of a commercial nature through bank transfers that simulated donating as supporters and the dispersion of resources through credit cards.Thirdly, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón not only obtained irregular signatures to obtain his registration, he also used 652 public servants of Nuevo León to obtain citizen support, the court noting that they were performing duties unrelated to their jobs during working hours.He was found guilty of obtaining triangulated resources of prohibited origin for more than 13 million peso, including simulating contributions from citizens when the money came from companies and their assistants without reporting it on their expenses. In total, he was fined 739,000 peso.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WFG Title Expanding in Orange County California

first_img “”WFG Title Insurance Company””:http://www.wfgnationaltitle.com/ is expanding its industry footprint. [IMAGE]The organization, which is part of the “”Williston Financial Group””:http://www.wfgnationaltitle.com/ family of companies, recently announced plans to open a retail title office in Irvine, California.[COLUMN_BREAK]To facilitate the opening and growth of its latest branch, WFG Title has hired David Noble as senior vice president for the Orange County area.Noble will be responsible for leading the company’s expansion efforts in the region, as well as oversight of strategic development and day-to-day operations.Prior to teaming up with WFT Title, Noble was part of a major national title underwriter. During his 28 years of industry experience, Noble has performed as a homebuilding division manager, major projects manager, director of operations, and senior underwriter.WFG Title’s executive vice president, Morgan Harris, stated, “”By delivering a superior level of service, we believe David and our Irvine team will command a powerful presence in the California marketplace. WFG clients will make use of their collective experience and knowledge to handle the most difficult challenges, and will likely come to appreciate their high standard of efficient, prompt and professional assistance.”” WFG Title Expanding in Orange County, California in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-02 Abby Gregorycenter_img July 2, 2012 391 Views Sharelast_img read more

UN pondering Unficyps fate

first_imgAs the Trump administration shifts gears in its policy toward the United Nations, and with international pressure mounting on Cypriots to solve their dispute, word has it that this time the powers-that-be may mean to disband the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus or at least scale it down.Unficyp is one of the longest-running UN peacekeeping missions. It was set up in 1964 as a temporary force to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.Its mandate is to prevent a reoccurrence of fighting, maintain law and order in the buffer zone and promote a return to normal conditions in which a settlement could be negotiated. Fifty-three years later, Unficyp is still here.Speaking on condition of anonymity, an analyst apprised of the matter told the Sunday Mail he had information – including from contacts with foreign diplomats – there is a “good chance” the UN may shutter their Good Offices mission in Cyprus unless some breakthrough occurs in the talks by June or July.And given it’s no secret the talks could be headed for an impasse, that likelihood becomes greater still.As for Unficyp, the same source said there is a debate going on right now inside the UN on what to do with the peacekeeping mission in Cyprus. Significantly, some of the pressure is coming from the Americans.Again, in the event of a standstill in negotiations, and with the 2018 election cycle kicking off this summer in the Republic, there are quarters inside the UN considering either a full-on closing down of Unficyp or at the least a scaling down of the Blue Berets.It’s harder to gauge whether this is tactically motivated – putting the squeeze on Cypriots to solve the problem – or if the movers and shakers of the world are dead-set on shuttering Unficyp no matter what.“The Cyprus mission is the safest in the world. In all honesty, for the Blue Helmets getting posted to Cyprus is almost like a holiday, except for the occasional running about in the buffer zone,” the source commented.“Meantime real conflicts are raging elsewhere in the world, places where UN troops are really needed.”On the other hand, Unficyp has been cut to the bone over the years. Its current strength is 1,102 total (including uniformed and civilian personnel). This might not seem many to cover the 180 km of buffer zone, and officers say it is just about enough in the current operating conditions. A further scaling back of UN personnel may therefore not be feasible for practical reasons.One possibility being floated, according to the same analyst, is for the concerned parties – Cyprus, Greece and Turkey – to shoulder the cost of maintaining UN troops on the island.Noises about withdrawing or cutting down the UN’s presence in Cyprus have been made before. This time, however, things may be different.The Trump administration is proposing sweeping cuts of up to 40 per cent in voluntary US support for the United Nations and other global bodies.Unficyp’s approved budget (07/2016 – 06/2017) is $55,560,100. A third of this cost is met by the Republic of Cyprus. A further $6.5 million is contributed by the government of Greece. The remainder comes from assessed contributions from UN member states.At any rate, the July timeframe is the one to watch – especially as exploratory offshore gas drilling is scheduled to start off the southern coast of Cyprus. With Turkey almost certain to respond in some fashion, one can reasonably expect yet another derailing of the talks process.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio GuterresOn April 4, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations addressed to the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) a letter on the matter of “Peacekeeping operations review.”In it, the US government posed the following question: “What should the [Security] Council do in situations where there is no political process to support? What if the missions serve a valuable protection role, but without any conceivable conclusion to this role?”The US Representative went on to express concern over “mission creep” in UN peacekeeping missions, asking:“How long should the Council wait before re-examining the value of a mission when the political process breaks down? Would it be beneficial to institutionalise the inclusion of clear exit strategies in every mission’s mandate?”In his response, dated April 6, UNSG Antonio Guterres said: “In the short term, we must end operations that have achieved their goals and reform those that no longer meet needs on the ground.”The UNSG said the missions in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia would soon close, adding that “we must consider reforms and exit strategies for other long-standing missions.”Guterres next identified nine areas of reform, one of which was: “…peacekeeping operations need clear, realistic and up-to-date mandates from this Council, with well-identified priorities, adequate sequencing and flexibility to evolve over time.”Though speculative, Unficyp might well fit into this mould.Asked to comment, Unficyp spokesperson Aleem Siddique said all decisions to open and close peacekeeping operations are made by the UN secretary-general with the approval of the UN Security Council.“Our mandate is renewed annually by the Council. Our current mandate will be reviewed by the Council in July 2017. Any changes to this mandate would have to be authorised by the Security Council. These decisions are not made at the field mission level.”Responding to a question as to what would happen to the buffer zone and the old Nicosia airport should Unficyp pull out, Siddique said “this would be an issue for the two sides to reach an agreement on as part of their on-going talks.”Disy leader Averof NeophytouDisy leader Averof Neophytou – on the inside track of politics – may have had something in mind this week when he sounded the alarm about the coming changes to UN finances.Speaking to CyBC radio about the trajectory of the peace talks, Neophytou referred to Washington’s drastic funding cuts to the UN.“But in Cyprus no one is talking about that. We are so insular here, we never take a look at the big picture abroad,” he said.With 35,000 Turkish troops stationed in the north (though it has been reported these numbers have been vastly reduced in recent months), it is clearly the Greek Cypriots who are the more anxious to maintain a UN presence on the island.UN Security Council resolutions renewing the mandate of peacekeeping missions require endorsement by all five permanent members of the body. It takes only one veto from a UNSC member to defeat a resolution.Former foreign minister Nicos Rolandis (1978-1983) recalls the nerve-racking session of the UNSC of June 15, 1978, when the body came within a whisker of not renewing the peacekeeping force in Cyprus.Eventually, following the longest UNSC session up until then, lasting 20 hours, Resolution 430 (1978) was passed to extend Unficyp’s manadate.“As far back as 1978, it’s been argued that peacekeeping forces should at some point turn to peacemaking operations, they cannot be allowed to drag on forever,” Rolandis told the Sunday Mail.Rolandis acknowledges that the ad infinitum presence of a peacekeeping force can serve as a disincentive for resolution, as the involved parties get a little too comfortable with the sense of security provided by the Blue Berets and settle for the status quo.Still, he thinks it unlikely Unficyp will be shut down.“It is not just a question of cost, the Blue Berets are here to maintain peace. There are concerns, valid concerns, that following a withdrawal the slightest incident in the buffer zone could escalate into a crisis.“Would the Turkish army move in to occupy the airport, for example? And if they did, who would stop them? That is something that can’t be ruled out.”In his opinion, therefore, the more probable scenario might be a rolling back of Unficyp.One last factor to consider are the career prospects of UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide. He is said to be keen on leaving Cyprus soon to prepare for the September elections in his home country of Norway, where Eide is eyeing the foreign ministry portfolio in the government.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more