In addition to being the number one Men’s touch referee based on the 2009 National Touch League, he is also a regular NRL Toyota Cup (Under 20’s) whistle blower as well. While most people can relax after the end of the NYC, Gavin has to fly back to Sydney to referee a NSW Cup rugby league match. West missed out on a place as a referee in the Trans Tasman series earlier this year, after taking a break from the game to concentrate on his league commitments. West said it was sad to miss out on the series but he has set refereeing at the next Trans Tasman as one of his goals to make up for that disappointment. “I’m very motivated to get that next Trans Tasman game so I’ve got to work towards that,” he said. His road to the top of the referee standings hasn’t come easy. He earned his level six badge in touch in 2002, and had to work hard in the meantime to get to the number one position. “I was the youngest ever to get that (level six), I’ve been on level six for quiet a while now. In 2005 I became number two but from there I had a few years off but I came back this year and got that so I’ve just been refereeing at state cup, NSW level and I was just lucky enough to get that spot this year,” he said. West took time off to concentrate on his goal of becoming a league referee, which included moving from Newcastle to Sydney to pursue his dream.And this is now starting to pay dividends in both codes. West has refereed the most Toyota Cup games this year, and was also named the number one referee at the NYC this week, but it hasn’t come easy. “It’s (a) heavy workload with the training, you don’t get much free time between work and footy but hopefully in a couple of years I’ll have a full time position (refereeing) and it’s the only job I’ll have so I’m not juggling that workload as well,” West said. West’s busy schedule means that it can be difficult to manage his time, especially as the top two touch tournaments of the year clash with important league games. “The NTL is often the first week of league so I had to manage that to get the finals this year and also this tournament as it’s the finals for league as well. I just had to fully focus on league at that time but now that I’m established there I can be a bit more flexible,” he said. Now that he is more established in League, he hopes to be able to make the transition from Under 20’s to first grade in the near future. “I want it done in the next three years at least, I’m hoping not 2010 but 2011 that might occur so it’s just a matter of the numbers game and just waiting for people to retire or getting past their use by date,” he said.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract releaseby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe is leaving Besiktas after terminating his contract by mutual consent.Marca says an official announcement has not yet been made but the Portugal international, whose deal was due to expire in June, is now free to sign for another club.Reports in Turkey indicate that Besiktas are going through economic issues and have been unable to pay the high salaries of many of their players, including Pepe.The 35-year-old played 17 league game this season and managed an impressive five goals, with three coming in domestic action and two in Europe.Pepe moved to Besiktas from Real Madrid.
Malaysian MISC Berhad (MISC) informed that the recently signed deal between AET Tanker Holdings and Brazilian petroleum corporation Petrobras has a value of USD 645 million.Under the long-term charter contract agreed between the parties, AET will own and operate four specialist DP2 Suezmax shuttle tankers from Petrobras.The units, to be hired under a firm charter period of 10 years, will be used for operations in international and Brazilian waters, MISC added.The four 152,000 dwt DP2 shuttle tankers will be built by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.The company is paying KRW 392.3 billion (USD 365.6 million) for the units, which are scheduled for delivery in 2020, the shipbuilder said in a stock exchange filing.Compliant to IMO NOx Tier 3 requirement, the new vessels will be in addition to the two AET DP2 ships currently on charter in the Brazilian Basin for Petrobras.
In July, I wrote a piece titled “The Rate of Domestic Violence Arrests Among NFL Players,” which has been getting a lot of attention recently — some of it missing the point.I based the analysis in my article on USA Today’s NFL Arrests Database, combined with data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool and some historical data gleaned from the National Incident-Based Reporting System and a variety of BJS reports on domestic violence. The main points I made were:For most crimes, NFL players have extremely low arrest rates relative to national averages.Their relative arrest rate for domestic violence is much higher than for other crimes.Although the arrest rate for domestic violence may appear low relative to the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men, it is probably high relative to NFL players’ income level (more than $75,000 per year) and poverty rate (0 percent).But the article has been cited by a number of people to support the proposition that the NFL does not have an unusually high domestic violence rate. While I think this is a fair characterization of my intermediate results — the arrest rate I noted was 55.4 percent of the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men as suggested by the USA Today arrest data and rough number of players in the NFL — it’s misleading when taken out of context.Let’s be more explicit about the different assumptions that can affect that bottom-line comparison. For that analysis, I generally tried to lean toward assumptions favorable to the NFL, with the intention of showing that, even under those assumptions, the NFL appeared to have a “downright extraordinary” arrest rate for domestic violence.But there are still a lot of unknowns in the data and lot of choices to be made about what exactly we’re comparing to what.Reliability of arrest dataA lot of readers, commenters, emailers, tweeters, media, etc., have questioned the USA Today NFL arrest data. They’re right to be skeptical. There’s a good chance the arrest data is incomplete — particularly when it comes to marginal players who are only attached to the NFL briefly.When I wrote that piece, I was concerned about both over- and under-inclusion: The pool of NFL players who would pop up in the database might be even larger than the estimate based on roster limits (because some players come and go, and players are frequently dropped and replaced throughout the year), but it might also miss some players whose arrests flew under the radar.I hand-sampled a number of cases and found that they appeared to include many marginal players with minimal attachment to the league. With the NFL being so intensely followed, I thought the USA Today data set was probably pretty comprehensive.But some readers have made some good cases for why the arrest count the database produces could be low.On the pure data-collection level, I’ve corresponded with an enterprising reader who compared the frequency of arrests in the USA Today data for players with more games played vs. those with few games played. He found the first group had a much higher arrest rate. From this, he concluded that the database was probably missing arrests for lesser-known players, and he determined that basing the arrest rate on an assumption of 53 players per team (rather than the 80 players per team I used) was the most accurate approach (only coincidentally corresponding to the number of players on the roster during the year).His case seemed strong to me but not conclusive: It’s possible that marginally attached players are arrested at a lower rate. For example, marginally attached players may be younger (unsigned rookies) or older (borderline veterans) than typical players, and thus less likely to have families (younger) or be aged out of the most likely group to commit domestic violence (older). Additionally, we don’t know what’s driving the NFL’s overall domestic violence arrest rate, and I can imagine plausible scenarios in which regular players are more likely to commit and/or get arrested for the offense.Another potential problem, as several readers pointed out, is that virtually any NFL arrest data may understate the equivalent arrest rate in a less privileged population. In other words, NFL players who are involved in domestic violence incidents could be better at avoiding arrests than the general public. Relatedly, it’s possible there have been arrests that were either avoided or kept off the media’s radar because of team and/or league machinations.Whether any of those possibilities are likely or not, we should be explicit as to how our position on them affects our results.An appropriate pool for comparisonIf we want a bottom-line NFL vs. X number, the pool you use for X is obviously quite meaningful. But it’s difficult to figure out which pool we should be comparing to, and even if we do know what pool we want to use, figuring out their arrest rate (especially for domestic violence crimes) can be quite difficult.In my article, I primarily compare NFL arrest rates to arrest rates for 25- to 29-year-old men, and then I compared their arrest rate for domestic violence to their arrest rates for other crimes (it’s about four times higher). While we don’t have arrest data broken down by income, we do have such breakdowns for victimization rates (based on BJS survey data). I compared the relative domestic violence victimization rate for people from households making $75,000 or more to both the overall domestic violence victimization rate (it’s 39 percent as high) and rate for ages 20 to 34 (20 percent as high). It’s impossible to compare this directly to the relative NFL arrest rates with precision, but at least it gives us some benchmark for how income level may affect domestic violence incidents.In addition to inherent murkiness of trying to compare across different types of data, there are a few other possible problems with the $75,000 or more per year comparison.First, NFL players have a number of advantages that your typical member of a household making $75,000 and up each year may not. That’s the highest income group I had data for, but NFL players are typically wealthier than that. NFL players spend a good portion of the year in an extremely structured environment. They have extremely low rates of drug and alcohol abuse (especially relative to arrest rates for drug and alcohol-related crimes), and alcohol and drugs tend to be big risk factors for domestic violence.On the other hand, NFL players didn’t necessarily have the advantages that a lot of $75,000-and-up earners do. NFL players may be more likely than those earners to have come from difficult backgrounds, or to have experienced or observed abuse in their families, and in general to have missed out on the privileges associated with coming from a wealthier background.Finally, there are some differences in the data that we don’t know enough about to say what their effect might be, such as:Are victims from higher-income households more or less likely to make police reports that lead to arrests?How does the extreme wealth disparity between NFL players and their domestic partners affect the power dynamics that may lead to more or fewer arrests?Note: None of this has to be the case, and I haven’t studied these factors or their effects on criminality. But they are questions that affect our assumptions, and affect what type of comparison we should be making and how we should interpret it.Even if we could settle on a perfectly representative pool for comparison, getting even approximate figures for each group is extremely difficult. For example, as I noted in the original article, the BJS’s Intimate Partner Violence reports don’t include breakdowns by income anymore. So we have to make reasonable estimates based on several related numbers. This process has a lot of wiggle room in it as well, so we should be clear to look at what kinds of proxies lead to what kinds of results.Different combinations of assumptionsWith so much murkiness in both our data and our aims, the best thing to do is to look at a range of assumptions and see whether there are patterns that are apparent independent of such choices.Let’s first combine the possible issues with the USA Today data and represent them as a single number — which we’ll call “percentage of arrests captured by USA Today data” — representing its completeness with regards to actual arrests, as well as arrests that were otherwise avoided.Likewise, let’s combine the issues about comparison groups into a single percentage representing the bottom-line arrest rate of our comparable population (whatever it might be) relative to our 25- to 29-year-old average. In other words, we’re using one metric to represent each group by our best estimate for its relative arrest rate (which we can compare to benchmarks).Then we combine these two metrics with the information we have (NFL Arrest Rates in USA Today database, approximate number of NFL players and arrest rates for the general population), like so:We calculate the known NFL arrest rate and scale it to per 100,000 by taking the NFL arrests per year in the database, multiplied by 100,000, and divided by the number of NFL players per year (approximately 2,560).We divide this by the “percentage of arrests captured by USA Today data” (by assumption, per above).We gather data on the known national arrest rate for 25- to 29- year-olds, which is per 100,000.We divide this by our estimated relative arrest rate of a comparable population (by assumption, per above).Finally, we calculate the ratio between 2) and 4) and subtract 100 percent — this tells us how our estimated NFL arrest rate compares to the rate we estimate for a comparable population.Now we can chart the result of this calculation for given values of A and B as heat maps. Even if we assume extremely incomplete arrest data, the NFL’s overall arrest rate is still very low relative to the national average for its age range. But if we hold the NFL to an extremely high standard, we can still find its arrest rate to be subpar.I’ve used the same color scheme for both of these (100 percent = white). So it should be obvious that the NFL’s doing much worse with domestic violence arrests than with arrests overall.Note that the difference between assumptions can be an order of magnitude or more. Under a favorable set of assumptions, the NFL looks better than average; under an unfavorable set of assumptions, it’s doing terribly.For example, if you compare NFL players only to the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men, and you assume that the USA Today database is pretty much complete, you arrive at the 55.4 percent figure.On the other hand, if you assume that the NFL’s domestic violence arrest rate should be proportional to the overall arrest rate, you can see that the NFL has a “domestic violence problem,” whether the USA Today data is complete or not. This was essentially the scenario I was leading to in my initial article.
In what might stand as one the biggest games of the year, the No. 20 Ohio State women’s volleyball team came out swinging in front of its home crowd Wednesday evening at St. John arena against the No. 1 team in the country, Penn State. It wasn’t good enough to topple the Nittany Lions, though, as the Buckeyes fell to their conference rival, 3-0. While the game went back and forth, PSU’s play in the contest’s most critical moments dropped the Buckeyes to 14-7 overall record. Early in the second set of the game, the Nittany Lions roared out to a commanding 7-0 lead. Ensuing pressure forced coach OSU Geoff Carlston to call a timeout. “After that timeout, we just brought it in on the court and decided that we know what we need to do,” said senior setter Amanda Peterson. “It’s us on the court, we know exactly what to do; let’s just do it. We made a collective decision that we’re not going to go down like this, we’re going to go down swinging.” With a new rekindled energy, the Buckeyes started their comeback with a 6-0 run and evaporated PSU’s lead to one. Although the Buckeyes stepped up as a team, senior outside hitter Emily Danks lauded one particular teammate. “Davionna (DiSalvatore), our libero, she played lights out,” Danks said. “She covered so many balls, dug so many balls up and when things looked hopeless, here she comes out of nowhere. She played awesome, and I’m so proud of her. I think everyone just had enough and stepped up at that point.” The Buckeyes eventually lost the second and third set 25-19 and 25-22, respectively. “I think the toughest thing about really close matches just all the time is that you were so close,” Peterson said. “It was just those couple of mistakes that you can think of that you’re like, ‘If I didn’t do this, we could’ve won.’ It’s those few couple of points that are just weighing on your brain. If you can fix those things, we could’ve won.” Inconsistency and making better defensive plays, specifically second reads and balls, were things Carlston said his team needs to get better at. The most frustrating thing to him, however, was the fact that his team hung tough with the top team in the country before falling in the end. “Well, I think we were right there,” Carlston said. “We talk about it a lot, practice it a lot and, you know, after the 18, 19, 20 points, that’s when … if you’re going to win, if you’re going to beat the No. 1 team in the country, that’s when you need to be at your best and we weren’t tonight, we made too many mistakes. Hats off to Penn State, they did what they do a lot, they played best at the end, and you know, it’s frustrating because I think we were right there.” Consistency, as in staying aggressive, is something Carlston has emphasized throughout the year, and once again he pointed out this is something his team needs to continue to get better at. “You can’t make so many mistakes, and we got to play aggressive all the time,” Carlston said. “We can’t play aggressive 80 percent of the time; we can’t play great at 80 percent of the time because that gets you losing by three or four points. You know, you got to put your foot on the gas and keep doing it … We just didn’t do it tonight at all.” Danks said she understands what separates mediocre teams from the good teams, and knows the things that her team needs to work on to become one of the elite teams. “We have the talent, we have the manpower, it’s just a matter about being mentally tough and being aggressive.” Even though the tough loss resonated with the players, Peterson stayed positive and reflected on what this game showed her about the team. “I think something that’s important for us to take away from this match is that they’re the No. 1 team in the nation right now, and we were right with them the whole time,” Peterson said. “That just tells us that we can hang with them. We can do some pretty cool things this year.” Regardless of the outcome, Danks said she was proud of her team. “A lot of teams, especially against such a talented team like Penn State, once you get to game three and you lost two, they kind of give up hope,” Danks said. “I was really proud of our team for coming out just totally believing, swinging away, making big plays and we were just right there.” The Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., to play against Michigan State on Saturday, and Danks said this loss did not put a damper on their confidence. “We’ve shown that we can hang with some very talented teams, so I think our confidence is up,” she said, “and it’s just a matter of making those plays at the end of the games and we will be fine.”
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that his managerial experience has equipped him for adversity as he prepares to face Everton after a four-game losing streak.West Ham sit bottom of the Premier League table after losing all their four matches this season, but Pellegrini insists that he’s no stranger to difficult spells and wants to use that experience to steer West Ham out of danger this season.“Of course I have been in this position before,” Pellegrini told journalists at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Everton.“I started with Villarreal and we had three points from the first 15 and we finished third in the table.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“After that with Malaga when I arrived in the first season, the team was in the relegation zone. We lost five or six games in a row but we continued in the same way. We were improving every day a little bit more until the results arrived.“We recovered by believing more than ever in what we were doing. We kept talking in the same way with the players. We followed the way we believed was correct and we had no doubt in the bad moments.“I am more confident than ever. In the five years, I was at Villarreal, every time I had the same problem. We finished second, we finished third, we finished fifth and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. At every club, you have a bad moment in the season.”
Jose Mourinho has given a hint that new signing Fred can step up his game at Manchester United by improving off the ball.The former Shakhtar Donetsk star man opened his account in a United shirt by scoring the first goal against Wolves.Unfortunately, the goal was canceled out by a resurgent Wolves side in the second half amid a poor United display in Old Trafford.However, Mourinho has lambasted the performance of his team and went further to suggest Fred can develop some aspects of his game.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Mourinho made a point of singling out his quality when United have the ball: “Yes, step by step. “Especially when the team has the ball, of course, he has quality.“I think we don’t deserve more than the draw and I think Wolves deserved to leave the pitch with that result as compensation for the hard work they put in,” he said.“We were not intense enough in our defensive work. We let them play; we didn’t press intensely.“We gave them too much time to be comfortable when they had the ball, and we were not creative or dynamic enough in the last third, with many players not sharp and not with that fire you need in the last third to beat an organized block of seven players.”
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that Emre Can will “very likely” have to undergo surgery on a thyroid problemThe 24-year-old midfielder joined the Old Lady in the summer on a free transfer from Liverpool and has since made 10 appearances in all competitions with three of those being starts.But Emre has been sidelined for Juventus’ last two games against Genoa and Manchester United.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Upon detecting a thyroid nodule, Emre has since undergone further tests with Allegri resigned to a long absence from his summer recruit.“He is finalising his medical tests,” said Allegri in a press conference on the club website. “Doctors will decide whether he needs surgery but at this point, it’s very likely.”Allegri also confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will start ahead of Saturday’s game against Empoli in the Serie A.
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A 10-fold increase in mobile traffic in less than 18 months has prompted Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart to gradually shift advertisements from its desktop website to its mobile platform.”A year ago, 6% of our traffic was coming from mobile. In less than 18 months, that traffic is 10-fold. That shows the significance of what a mobile phone is doing for the consumers and consequently doing for us,” Michael Adnani, Flipkart’s vice president, retail and head of brand alliances, told The Economic Times.The company has also probably factored in the fact that many of India’s 240 million Internet users prefer mobile phones to access the web.Flipkart sees nearly 75 percent of its traffic coming from mobile app, while Myntra generates 90 percent from mobile platform. By shifting to app-only format, these companies expect the costs to come down, gain more exclusive customers and limit dependence on technology giants such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. for marketing purposes.The e-tailer is fast developing its mobile ad platform and will begin rolling out ads on its mobile within three months, Livemint said, quoting sources privy to the development. The company will persuade its ad clients to move their marketing initiatives to the mobile after it begins publishing ads on its app, the sources said.However, Flipkart will not put an end to publishing desktop ads immediately but aims to discontinue it gradually over the next year, the sources added.After Myntra announced that it would shut down its online website and move to app-only from 1 May, Flipkart also decided to go follow suit. According to a study by Boston Consulting Group, Internet users in the country are expected to go up to 580 million by 2018, with 70-80 percent of them using mobile phones to access the web.India is currently the third-largest Internet market globally with more than 243 million users.”As a mobile company, we at Cleartrip are always looking for quality mobile inventory, and Flipkart’s mobile app serves as a great platform for us to advertise,” Cleartrip chief marketing officer Subramanya Sharma said.Flipkart is witnessing about 8 million shipments per month, with users in small cities and towns accounting for two-thirds of its online traffic.Flipkart’s move to migrate to app-only format acquires more importance in these places as many do not possess desktop computers and have poor broadband access.”Brands will go where customers are going and it’s clear that Indian shoppers have taken to apps like nowhere else in the world. If Flipkart is getting such heavy traffic from the mobile app, it makes sense for them to show ads there,” said Dippak Khurana, chief executive mobile ad tech firm Vserv Digital Services Pvt. Ltd.
The U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.ReutersA six-year-old girl from India died of heat stroke in Arizona desert while crossing US-Mexico border after her mother left her with other migrants to go in search of water, a medical examiner and U.S. Border Patrol said on Friday.The girl, Gurupreet Kaur, soon to celebrate her seventh birthday, was found by U.S. Border Patrol west of Lukeville, Arizona on Wednesday, when temperatures reached a high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 Celsius), U.S. Border Patrol and the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) said.The girl’s death, the second recorded fatality of a migrant child this year in Arizona’s southern deserts, highlighted the danger of summer heat as a surge of migrant families, mainly from Central America, cross the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum.An increasing number of Indian nationals are entering the United States from Mexico, according to immigration officials. They are among thousands of Africans and Asian migrants making the arduous journey, led by smuggling cartels.The girl and her mother were among a group of five Indian nationals dropped off by smugglers in a remote border area at 10am on Tuesday, 17miles (27km) west of Lukeville, a U.S. border town 50miles (80km) southwest of Tucson.After walking some way, the girl’s mother and another woman went in search of water, leaving her daughter with another woman and her child.”Once they went to look for water they never saw them again,” said U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jesus Vasavilbaso.The mother and the other woman wandered in the rugged Sonoran desert wilderness for 22 hours before being found by a U.S. Border Patrol agent who tracked their footprints.Four hours later, Border Patrol agents found the body of the deceased girl a mile (1.6 km) from the border.Agents tracked the remaining woman and her 8-year-old daughter into Mexico, before the mother and child re-entered the United States and surrendered to Border Patrol.The deceased girl died of hyperthermia and her death was ruled an accident, said Greg Hess, PCOME chief medical officer.Up to May 30, PCOME recorded 58 migrant deaths in southern Arizona, most heat related. It recorded 127 deaths in 2018.Border Patrol blamed Kaur’s death on the smugglers.”This is a senseless death driven by cartels who are profiting from putting lives at risk,” Tucson Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal said.Human rights activist Juanita Molina said U.S. border security measures were also partly to blame, along with the exhausted state of Indian child migrants once they reach the border.”They’re trying to unload people in places where they can avoid detection themselves,” Molina, director of Tucson-based Border Action Network, said of smugglers.”For a young child, death can come very quickly,” she added.
Air marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat. Photo: UNB Air marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat will take over the command of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) from 12 June, said a release from the directorate of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday.He is set to take over the command the BAF for three years as the defence ministry issued a notification in this connection, the release added.“Air vice marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, BBP, OSP, NDU, PSC, GD (P) has been promoted to the post of air marshal for three years as chief officer of Bangladesh Air Force. This order will come into effect from 12 June,” the release reads.
Lalu Prasad Yadav. IANS file photoIndia’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad on Saturday was sentenced to three and a half years jail in a fodder scam case.Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh announced the sentence after hearing arguments on quantum of sentencing.He also slapped a Rs 5 lakh fine on the former Bihar Chief Minister.The court had on 23 December convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the case relating to the multi-million-rupee scam.
Children stand outside a school used as a shelter for Internally Displaced People (IDP) from northern Burkina Faso on 13 June 2019 in Ouagadougou. Internally Displaced People (IDP) from northern Burkina Faso flee intercommunal clashes, which have already killed a hundred people in a few weeks. Photo: AFPMore than 70 million people were counted last year as displaced from their homes, a record that underestimates the real number of refugees and asylum seekers, the UN said Wednesday.In its annual global trends report, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) described the figure of 70.8 million at the end of 2018 as “conservative”, particularly because the number of people who fled Venezuela’s devastating crisis is undercounted.At the end of 2017, by comparison, 68.5 million people were counted as being forcibly displaced by violence or persecution.The UNHCR attributed the increase partly to surging displacement in Ethiopia caused by inter-ethnic conflict, and in Venezuela, where thousands are fleeing every day amid an economic collapse that has triggered shortages of basic food and medicine.An estimated 3.3 million people have left Venezuela since the start of 2016, according to the UN.UNHCR head Filippo Grandi told reporters in Geneva the figure of 70.8 million only includes Venezuelans who had officially applied for asylum—roughly half a million people.Overall, the number of displaced people in the world has doubled over the last 20 years and now exceeds the population of Thailand.The trend, Grandi said, continues to go in “the wrong direction”.Conflicts ‘never’ end -According to Amnesty International, a refugee is a person who flees their home country and cannot or will not return due to conflict or fear of persecution.The report lists 41.3 million internally displaced people (IDPs), 25.9 million refugees, and 3.5 million asylum seekers—those awaiting a decision on their bid for official refugee protection.The countries with the most internally displaced people—fleeing within their own countries—are Syria, wracked by conflict since 2011 and Colombia, plagued by decades of violence, said the UNHCR.The group of refugees, it added, included 5.5 million Palestinians scattered across several countries, notably Lebanon and Jordan.The best solution for a refugee is to be able to return home once their country stabilises, but Grandi noted that 20 percent have been in exile for more than two decades.“We have become almost unable to make peace,” the UNHCR chief said.“It is true there are new conflicts, new situations producing refugees…, (but) the old ones never get resolved,” he added. “When is the last conflict that you remember was resolved?”‘Praise’ for Germany -The UNHCR has at times sought to push back against the phrase “migrant crisis”, especially as it has been applied to an influx of people into Europe via the Mediterranean sea.The agency has argued that while mass migration does pose serious challenges, it can be managed, particularly by wealthier nations.Grandi praised Germany for its acceptance of migrants and its efforts to “demystify” the notion that migration is unmanageable, “even when the numbers are very big.”“I usually don’t like to praise and criticise but I think in this case, I’d like to praise Germany for what it has done,” said Grandi in Geneva, ahead of the report’s launch in Berlin.He noted that Chancellor Angela Merkel had paid a “heavy price” politically for her openness to migration, arguing this made her actions “even more courageous”.
Darron Cummings/APDonald Trump Jr. speaks at a campaign stop with his father, then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, in April 2016 in Indianapolis.Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday posted online an email exchange that seemed to show the president’s son entertained an offer of Russian government help for his father to be elected president in 2016.“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” said the text that Trump Jr. posted on Twitter.In the messages, an intermediary for Russian business allies of the Trumps offer what they call incriminating information about Hillary Clinton. That eventually led to a meeting between a Russian attorney and Trump Jr., then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.Trump Jr. did not seem bothered by the offer, which brought him and the campaign into a questionable legal area.“If it’s what you say,” Trump Jr. replied, “I love it.”Trump Jr. said in his Twitter post on Tuesday that he was posting the messages “to be totally transparent” and that the Russian attorney with whom he met, Natalia Veselnitskaya, ultimately did not provide Trump Jr. with any opposition research about Clinton. Share
After 14 spring practices, the first-year head coach will open the final workout of the spring to give fans their first glimpse of the 2019 UofL football team. The practice will last for approximately two hours, with a couple of 11 on 11 scrimmage periods mixed in throughout the workout. Parking lots will open at 2 p.m., followed by gates at 6 p.m. Cardinal Authentic, which is located at Gate 2 on the east side of the stadium, will open at 11 a.m., with many items marked off as high as 50 percent. Story Links LOUISVILE, Ky. – Head coach Scott Satterfield and the University of Louisville football team will close spring football practice with the 2019 Spring Showcase at Cardinal Stadium on March 7 at 7 p.m. Admission is free to the event. Print Friendly Version
Photography, as we all know has become indispensable in today’s modern life but sadly this art form has not been talked about and explored in forms beyond its technical format. The evolution of photography right from its early days till now gives us a great insight of innumerable social, economic and emotional paradigms of human existence.Vipin Gaur (fashion photograher) says ‘Every person on this earth is photogenic you just need a right angle to shoot with.’ Rishabh Aggarwal (wedding photographer) feels that it is an art, which cannot be taught by anyone. According to him, ‘It is an inherited art which needs to be discovered.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Both photographers work with various trends, forms and technicalities in photography that have seen a meteoric shift over the years but they intrinsically are focused on the humane side of this art form. World Photography Day, 19 August, is the best day to celebrate that thought process. CRY is also organising a photography workshop on 19 August, where children will capture reasons that are keeping them away from school. Leading photographers from Rang-A Delhi based community of artists have joined hands with CRY to showcase the challenges faced by millions of children in India. Grab your camera and head over. This will surely be a pleasure.WHEN: 19th August, 2013WHERE: Swati, Kanakdurga Basti, R.K Puram, Sector-12, Near Delhi Public School
State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi will host district coffee hours on Monday, Jan. 28 to meet with residents of southwest Oakland County.“Talking to my neighbors and listening to their concerns about state government continues to be one of the most important parts of my job,” Rep. Crawford said. “I am happy to continue hosting district coffee hours throughout 2019 and look forward to hearing from everyone.”Rep. Crawford will meet with residents at the following time and location:11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Novi Coffee, 47490 Grand River Ave. in Novi.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Crawford at 517-373-0827 or via email at KathyCrawford@house.mi.gov. Categories: Crawford News 17Jan Rep. Crawford announces January district coffee hours
French international news network France 24 has launched 24-hour live feeds of its channel in three languages on video-sharing site YouTube. France 24 is now broadcasting in English, French and Arabic on YouTube, with viewers able to watch in high definition from PC, mobiles or tablets.Along with its rolling coverage, the channel will also allow viewers to replay selected content on YouTube once the broadcast is over – for example live speeches at the UN General Assembly.France Medias Monde Group, the parent company of France 24, said that broadcasting on YouTube is part of its strategy for a “multi-platform, multilingual syndication of its channels”.France 24 has been on YouTube since its launch in 2006, airing reports, debates and magazine show replays, and has already notched up over 300 million video views. It currently claims a YouTube audience of around 6 million views per month.