Keown: Ramsey’s Juventus move is ‘sickening’

first_imgFormer Arsenal star Martin Keown has slammed his former employers for allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave for Juventus, a decision he described as “sickening”. Out of contract at the end of the season, Ramsey is set to sign a five-year deal with Juve that will see him move to Turin at the end of the season on a free transfer. The move comes at a time when the Wales international has begun to impress for the Gunners, standing out as one of the top performers in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of Chelsea.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Keown is certain that Arsenal will miss the midfielder when he completes the deal. “It’s the saddest thing of all really, how well he executed the plan today but in possession and out of possession,” the former defender told BT Sport. “He’s obviously doing that to such an extent that [Mesut] Ozil can’t get near the team. “But Ramsey’s not going to be part of their future and I find that sad. “I find it a little bit sickening that he’s going to be leaving, they’re trying to make progress and one player who was singly so important won’t be a part of Arsenal’s future.” Keown believes that Juventus’ gain is undoubtedly Arsenal’s loss, and questioned the logic of not fighting harder to convince Ramsey to sign a new deal. “It’s madness and he’s going to Turin and Italy next season,” Keown added. “It’s not as if he’s going to some Mickey Mouse team, he’s going to one of the best teams in Europe. “Arsenal have lost him and I don’t know who’s making those decisions.” The win over Chelsea left Arsenal just three points back of the Blues in the chase for the final Champions League place.  The Gunners return to the pitch to take on Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday before getting back to Premier League action against Cardiff City on January 29.last_img read more

Top 10 Commerce colleges in India

first_imgAll the major boards of India have announced the Class 12 results for the year 2018.Now, the students would all be gearing up for another battlefield — the battle to get into the course and colleges of their choice.Here’s the list of top commerce colleges of India, brought to you by India Today’s exclusive survey.Here’s the list of top 10 commerce colleges of India:1. Shri Ram College of CommerceSRCC started awarding undergraduate degrees in 1932 and graduate degrees in 1948. It received its present name and form in 1951. The institute started an International Business MBA equivalent course in 1999, called the Post Graduate Diploma in Global Business Operations.2. Hindu CollegeThe college boasts of an accomplished faculty of about 120 members, and more than 2,000 students. The college is also proud of its efficient and very supportive non-academic staff. It offers a number of courses in the Sciences, Humanities and the Social Science streams.3. Lady Shri Ram College for WomenA centre for academic excellence and achievement, LSR is today one of the finest institutions for Social Sciences, Humanities and Commerce, while also offering a B.Sc. Programme in Statistics. Professional courses like Elementary Education and Journalism are among its strengths.4. Hansraj CollegeA premier institution, with highly qualified academicians imparting education in different fields, the college today enjoys a reputation for outstanding performance in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities.5. Department of Commerce, Christ (Deemed to be University)The Department of Commerce, the oldest and largest department of Christ University. The Department offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programmes in Commerce.advertisement6. Loyola CollegeLoyola College was founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1925, with the primary objective of providing university education in a Christian atmosphere for deserving students, especially those belonging to the Catholic community. Although this college is meant primarily for Catholics, it admits other students irrespective of caste and creed.7. Kirori Mal CollegeKirori Mal College (KMC), established in 1954 is one of the premiere institutions of higher learning constituent to the University of Delhi, for all academic, administrative and extracurricular activity purposes.There are 21 Undergraduate Programs including 15 Honours courses in 19 Departments in the college. It is the only college in University of Delhi which offers B.Sc (Program) Analytical Chemistry at the Undergraduate level.8. Madras Christian CollegeThe college was founded as a school in 1837. It is known as much for its academic standing and leadership building as it is for social commitment. Today, the college has more than 5,000 students and over 220 faculty members serving in 31 departments.9. St Joseph’s College of CommerceThe St Joseph’s College of Commerce is an autonomous college managed by the Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society (BJES). It runs undergraduate and postgraduate courses in commerce and business streams. The St Joseph’s College of Commerce was created in 1972 after the bifurcation of the St Joseph’s College, Bangalore, which was established in 1882.10. Mithibai College of ArtsShri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal started the Mithibai College of Arts & Mohanlal Dayal Chauhan Institute of Science in 1961 as a part of its own silver jubilee celebration. A complex was thereby formed that embraced the three main streams of educationRead: Here’s the list of top 10 Arts colleges in IndiaRead: Delhi University second cut-off list sees more than 5,000 students take admissionlast_img read more

Jesus hails Neymar’s Olympic influence

first_imgBrazil Jesus hails Neymar’s Olympic influence: ‘He treated everybody like his brother’ Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 13:03 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JesusNeymar - Cropped Getty Images Brazil Neymar Brazil U23 Olympics The Manchester City striker has praised the Barcelona star for his leadership during Brazil’s run to Olympic gold in 2016 Brazil and Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus lauded Neymar as he revealed how the superstar helped his nation win gold at the Rio Olympics.A win over Germany on penalties in the decider at the Maracana saw Brazil claim the men’s Olympic football for the first time in their history.Brazil were led by Neymar and Jesus described the role the Paris Saint-Germain star played, hailing the 25-year-old for his humility. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “You know, before that tournament, I was just a fan of Neymar, like everybody else. He’s an incredible footballer, which everyone knows,” Jesus wrote for The Players’ Tribune.”But getting to really know him during that time … it was so special, because of the kind of person he is.”The way that he treats everybody surprised me a lot — because even in the short amount of time that I’ve lived in football, I’ve seen so many guys who are not even amazing players, who haven’t won anything, being mascarado. This means a person who wears a mask. They’re one way to the public, and another in the dressing room.”But with Neymar, he treated everybody like his brother. He was a huge reason that we were able to come together and ignore the pressure and play for one another.”Neymar scored four goals throughout the Olympic tournament, including the opener in the final.Jesus described just how much the success meant to Brazil, writing: “When we won the gold medal, it was an incredible moment for us, and for the country.”Before the tournament, Neymar got a tattoo, and I was inspired to get a similar one, because it really says everything in one picture.”It’s a little kid, and he’s standing at the bottom of a hill, looking up at the favelas. He’s just holding a football under his arm and dreaming.”That’s not just me, and it’s not just Neymar. It’s so many Brazilians. And that’s what winning gold meant to us.”last_img read more

Egypt’s LNG Import Terminal Arrives

first_imgzoom The floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Hoegh Gallant has arrived off Ain Sukhna bringing 160,000 cubic metres of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to energy-craving Egypt, Reuters reports citing an unnamed official.Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) chartered the vessel for a period of five years in November 2014.The vessel, with the capacity of 170, 051 cubic metres will serve as Egypt’s first LNG import terminal.It was built in 2014 by South Korea’s shipbuilding conglomerate Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).EGAS has already secured a considerable number of LNG cargoes, including 3 LNG cargoes from Trafigura , 9 from Vitol, 7 from Noble, and 6 from Algeria’s Sonatrach, slated for delivery this and next year.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Counting Day over Police ensured conduct of peaceful LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Since 2018, the Delhi Police was preparing for the Lok Sabha polls 2019. The law enforcement agency made sure that no untoward incident took place in the biggest festival of democracy.According to senior officials, no untoward incident was reported from the city including counting centres on Thursday. “Full proof security arrangements were in place for the counting day. No major incident was reported,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarPolice sources told Millennium Post that the Delhi Police Commissioner was monitoring the whole election. “Before the election date was announced, the city police started planning for the security arrangements,” sources added. For election, the Delhi Police had also reshuffled their police personnel. Critical polling booths were also analysed after the Delhi Police headquarters (PHQ) had asked all the districts to conduct proper checkings in booths in their respective areas where the previous election was held and submit a report to them. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe city police districts had also sent a report to Delhi Police headquarters (PHQ) regarding the criminal cases reported during the general elections in the year 2014. An interstate meeting was held on February 19 where officers from 10 city police districts and from Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonepat, Jhajjar and Gautam Budh Nagar , had participated. “Movement of musclemen, smuggling of liquior, contraband items, money, election-related printed material, firearms/weapons, deposition of licensed firearms as per the guidelines of ECI and execution of pending NBWs were the issues discussed,” sources said. Delhi Police Election Cell at Police Headquarters (PHQ) had also written to the districts regarding the improper functioning of districts election cells. Delhi Police chief held several meetings with other officers regarding election preparations.The top cop reviewed measures taken by the districts for safe election. Delhi Police on polling day has received 337 PCR calls regarding election-related complaints. Owing to maximum visibility of the police force, no untoward incident was reported. In all the 15 districts, the city police show their humanitarian face helping people especially senior citizens to reach polling booths.last_img read more

Paris Police Shooter Identified ISIS Claims Responsibility

Toronto – The Paris prosecutor has issued a statement saying the shooter has been identified, though they are not releasing his name at this time.Details are still spotty following the shooting of two police officers on the Champs Elysees in Paris Thursday night.One officer was seriously wounded and the second officer died at the scene. The officers had been seated in their vehicle when, according to a statement made to the media by French Interior Minister, Pierre-Henry Brandet, “A man jumped out and opened fire on the police vehicle.” Immediately following the event, witnesses reported there were at least two gunmen involved in the shooting. Officials, however, have since confirmed the attack was perpetrated by a lone gunman who was shot and killed as he attempted to flee the scene.The crime scene remains cordoned off and the investigation is in its most critical stage. Since French President, Francois Hollande’s earlier comment that he was convinced the attack was “terrorist-related,” ISIS has come forward claiming one of its “fighters” committed the attack.According to Reuters authorities believe the police officers were deliberately targeted, though no clear motive has yet been determined. TheInvestigators are still in the process of determining if the shooter had any accomplices. read more

Fresh round of UNbacked talks on Western Sahara set for next month

7 December 2007A third round of United Nations-backed negotiations on Western Sahara, bringing together representatives of Morocco and Frente Polisario, will take place early next month, it was announced today. UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that the next meeting of the parties is scheduled for 7-9 January in Manhasset, just outside New York City, and the site of the two previous rounds of negotiations in June and August this year. It will be facilitated by Peter van Walsum, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.Letters of invitation from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have been sent to both Morocco and Frente Polisario and to neighbouring countries as well, Ms. Montas added.The second round of talks in August wrapped up with agreement among the parties that the status quo is unacceptable and the process of negotiations will continue. But in his most recent report on the situation, Mr. Ban said the two sides held mutually exclusive positions that had prevented them from seriously discussing each other’s proposal during the talks.Morocco holds that its sovereignty over Western Sahara should be recognized, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum that includes independence as an option.The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been in place since September 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario, which contest the territory.In October, the Security Council extended the mandate of MINURSO through next April and called on the two sides “to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue in order to engage in substantive negotiations.” read more

Tour Brocks newest buildings

Walking tour of the future home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsCanada Hair Cloth building – future home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsIn 2008, Marilyn I. Walker made a transformational gift of $15 million to support Brock University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts faculty and programs. The largest donation ever made in the Niagara region, it is an endowed gift designed to build the academic and intellectual capacity for the school with a goal of establishing a centre of artistic and creative excellence. This downtown historic industrial site will be its new home.From 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., participants will meet at the Schmon Tower to board a shuttle for the downtown location. While on tour, you’ll learn the history of the old Canada Hair Cloth site and experience first-hand how the space will be transformed to accommodate the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. This project will not only be a wonderful addition to Brock and the Walker School but it will also help to revitalize downtown St. Catharines, stimulate the region’s economy and create new opportunities in the cultural sector.Space is limited and comfortable footwear is encouraged.To learn more about these tours, visit Register online at rendering of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines Are you wondering what all the buzz is about? Are you curious to see Brock’s newest building projects and learn why they’re so important to the University, the community and the region’s economy?Then join us on Saturday, Sept. 17 during Brock Days Alumni Weekend for a virtual tour of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex and a walking tour of the future home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.Virtual tour of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research ComplexCairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex – August 2011Brock University’s newest construction project, the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, is more than just a building made up of structural beams, concrete blocks and office space. Scheduled for occupancy in 2012, it will support students, scientists and researchers who will change lives by advancing knowledge in biotechnology, green science, plant pathology and human health.From 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Academic South 203, join Ian Brindle and various researchers on a virtual tour of this $111.4-million research and graduate teaching facility. As he walks you through the different floors and equipment of the complex, you’ll learn about:Canada’s only research-dedicated Level 3 containment lab with an insectary, where scientists will pursue treatments for deadly diseases like SARS, malaria and tuberculosis.The greenhouse that will support our plant genetics researchers who are extracting cancer-fighting compounds from the leaf of the Madagascar periwinkle plant.Research into developing a greater understanding of the functioning and adaptability of muscle tissue and how this tissue contributes to health and disease.Research using green chemistry to advance processes to produce positive environmental effects.The business incubator that will promote entrepreneurship, innovation, employment opportunities and growth by serving as an accelerator for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).The Department of Child and Youth Studies. read more

German court rejects complaint to suspend CanadaEU trade deal

The second senate of the German Federal Constitutional Court starts the trials regarding the emergency appeal against the trade agreement CETA with Peter Huber, Andreas Vosskuhle, (chairman of the senate and president of the court) and Monika Hermanns in Karlsruhe, Germany, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Germany’s highest court has rejected calls from opponents of a Canada-European Union trade deal for an injunction that had the potential to spell an end to the pact. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-DPA, Uli Deck by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 13, 2016 2:29 am MDT Last Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email German court rejects complaint to suspend Canada-EU trade deal BERLIN – Germany’s highest court has rejected calls from opponents of a Canada-European Union trade deal for an injunction that had the potential to spell an end to the pact.The Federal constitutional Court ruled Thursday against complaints over the trade deal, known as CETA. Tens of thousands of citizens joined in two of those complaints.The plaintiffs wanted the government to be forced to vote against approving the accord at an EU meeting Oct. 18 pending full consideration by the court of their contention that it violates the principles of democracy.Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who is also Germany’s economy minister, had warned putting off CETA’s signing could effectively torpedo the accord.The judges attached some conditions to their decision designed to help address the plaintiffs’ concerns.Gabriel told reporters that “we will naturally fulfil” the stipulations that the court made in its ruling, saying it would be relatively easy. “I am very satisfied with the outcome of the hearing,” he said.Approval of the pact by EU trade ministers at their meeting next week is needed for a planned Canada-EU summit to take place later in the month where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his EU counterparts are expected to sign the deal.Canada and the EU have committed to signing the deal this year and ratification in 2017.International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has called the Canada-EU treaty a gold-plated deal that, once ratified, will give Canada better access to a market of more than 400 million people.Opponents of CETA are deeply suspicious of the proposed Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, with the United States, which is still being negotiated, and view CETA as a blueprint for that accord.On Sept. 20, thousands of demonstrators marched at the European Union headquarters in Brussels to protest both deals, claiming they would hurt labour and consumer rights while undermining environmental protection.Freeland, who recently attended meetings in different countries in an attempt to save the trade pact, said the Liberals have been trying to address those concerns. She said it would improve free trade, streamline dispute resolution and eliminate barriers to trade.CETA was negotiated under the former Conservative government, but the Liberals supported it while in opposition.— with files from The Associated Press read more

UK Automotive calls for business as usual interim arrangements to avoid cliff

UK government must secure interim arrangements to safeguard future of UK motor industry and avoid a cliff edge.Industry body believes a final agreement on a new relationship with the EU that benefits UK Automotive will not be achieved by March 2019.UK must maintain single market and customs union membership until a final agreement on a new relationship with the EU has been agreed and implemented.The UK automotive industry has today called on government to seek an interim arrangement with the EU that would maintain membership of the single market and customs union until a final agreement on a new relationship with the EU is negotiated and implemented.The sector accepts that the UK will leave the EU and fully supports a bespoke and comprehensive agreement on a new relationship with the EU. However, a final agreement would be hugely complex and it does not believe such a comprehensive agreement can be reached by March 2019 – just over 20 months’ time. Without agreed interim arrangements, businesses would be faced with the ‘cliff edge’ and forced to trade under the World Trade Organisation rules – the worst foreseeable outcome for the sector, its employees and the British economy.Speaking today as the sector announced its annual performance figures, SMMT said it was time to be pragmatic about what can be achieved in the time available and what the consequences would be if the UK left without a deal. The UK and EU automotive sectors are highly integrated and any new relationship will need to address tariff and non-tariff barriers, regulatory and labour issues, all of which will take time to negotiate.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,We accept that we are leaving the European Union and we share the desire for that departure to be a success. But our biggest fear is that, in two years’ time, we fall off a cliff edge – no deal, outside the single market and customs union and trading on inferior WTO terms. This would undermine our competitiveness and our ability to attract the investment that is critical to future growth.That’s why we have to be honest with ourselves. If the UK cannot secure – and implement – a bespoke and comprehensive new relationship with the EU in two years’ time, we need a back-up plan. Having looked at all the alternatives, we need government to seek an interim arrangement whereby we stay within the single market and customs union until that new relationship is implemented.The UK automotive industry has always maintained the importance of the EU to its prosperity. The EU is by far the UK’s biggest automotive export market, taking over half our finished vehicles, four times as many as our next biggest market. The sector already exports to over 160 different global markets and has a consistent approach to free trade. It needs that trade to be tariff-free, as frictionless as possible to support the ‘just in time’ manufacturing process and with consistent regulation.Read more about UK Automotive and Brexit here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brandon Jennings Traded to Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that would land them Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, a restricted free agent. The new contract is for three years and worth a little over $25 million.In return for the guard, the Bucks will receive guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov, according to sources.Jennings was originally going to return to the Bucks for a one-year qualifying deal. The offer would have made him an unrestricted free agent, but the Pistons showed major interest in having the trade completed.Detroit has picked up a lot of talented players this offseason. The team acquired former Atlanta Hawks player Josh Smith, former Piston Chauncey Billups and Luigi Datome.The Bucks on the other hand, signed their first-round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo and free-agent guard Gary Neal on Tuesday. read more

Public sector streamlining on way

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The process that will see up to 50,000 civil servants transferred to different departments as part of a wider effort to make the public sector more efficient was set into motion on Monday by Interior Minister Yiannis Ragousis.The government has made no secret of its desire to overhaul the wider public service, which includes schools, hospitals and the public transport system. In fact, it has come under pressure from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to do so as excessive amounts of money are being wasted in the public sector, which needs to be slashed if Greece is to reach its deficit targets.Ragousis sent a circular to all government departments on Monday, asking that each ministry take stock of the personnel under its auspices, make a list of their skills, find out how many have been transferred to other jobs and identify any positions that have not been filled and those that are oversubscribed.A census of state employees – the first of its kind in Greece – was completed in July, when public servants were asked to enter their details online or face having their wages stopped. Just over 768,000 bureaucrats took part in the process. Greek public servants represent 17.5 per cent of the overall working population, that is 4.4 million people. From the analysis of the data submitted by the bureaucrats, it emerged that 54 per cent were men and one-third are aged between 40 and 50. Almost 40 percent have a university education and 28 per cent have only finished high school.However, Ragousis is hoping that his latest effort to glean more information about the personnel that the state employs will help the government in its bid to make the public sector more efficient. This scheme will begin with the transfer of 25,000 to 50,000 public servants from positions where they are not required to other areas where there are shortages.The minister has asked for the information to be collected and sent to him by February 10, so the government can draw up its plans for transferring staff and overhauling the public sector.The article in full appears first in Kathimerini December 28last_img read more

Untying the Cyprus knot

first_imgWhen Cypriots are frustrated by a difficult situation, they often say “it has become like the Cyprus problem!”. Such exclamations are typical of the cynical way Cypriots greet any new peace effort to resolve the long-standing ‘Cyprus problem’ and bring about reunification. With the election of a new Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci (undoubtedly one of the most conciliatory political figures in Cyprus), in discussions with his Greek Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades, who supported the 2004 Annan Plan, one has to wonder whether this, indeed, may be the last chance of reunifying the island – at least on its bicommunal-bizonal federated basis. Predictably, every new initiative reminds us: Why, despite 40 years of endless negotiations and countless proposals, has the Cyprus conflict not been resolved?“As the Greek crisis has recently revealed, any successful remedy to Cyprus’ current woes needs to be complemented with an optimistic narrative…”Part of the answer may be found in the limitation of traditional diplomacy. An assessment of the political psychology of the Cyprus talks reveals that since the acceptance of a bicommunal/bizonal federation, negotiations have followed a repetitious pattern where disagreements on substantial issues saw both sides eventually retreating to the comfort offered by their entrenched positions. As talks progressed they inevitably became more complicated, with the introduction of greater detail and new points of disputation. In addition, talks were often hampered by different interpretations to what had previously been agreed. Further hindering the process were the different motives, priorities, preferences, and objectives of the two sides such as: maintaining/changing the status quo, unification/separatism, federation/confederation, unitarism/decentralisation. So, fundamentally, disagreement over federal reunification (or unitary devolution) revolved around its form, structure, and power-sharing. Underlying these differences is the lingering climate of mistrust between the two sides and their sense of insecurity, which means perpetuation of the status quo.The conclusion from any assessment of the Cyprus talks is that in their current form, and in isolation of other initiatives, they cannot overcome the political and psychological obstacles that prevent a negotiated settlement. Their failure stems from their incapacity to address a number of problems; the main one being that the negotiations have developed a logic and timing of their own, which does not necessarily correspond to the psychology of the political situation it seeks to remedy. In addition, the common interests shared by the two communities and the mutual benefits that could result from a negotiated settlement have not been sufficiently elaborated or emphasised. Conflicts are rarely one-dimensional or static. Over time they develop their own language, culture and psychology. As with most conflicts, to break the pathology of the status quo in Cyprus requires new approaches capable of introducing and communicating new ideas, opportunities and parties that links into the peace process. The problem with concentrating exclusively on official diplomacy, striving for a political settlement while neglecting the need to change the realities on the ground, was borne out during the ill-fated 2004 referendum and the 2008-2012 ‘Cypriot-owned, Cypriot-led’ negotiations. Ultimately, the challenge confronting Cyprus, its communities and its people lies in their capacity and will to transcend the complacency offered by the current status quo and come up with a political arrangement that overcomes their historical insecurities. But this is not enough. As the Greek crisis has recently revealed, any successful remedy to Cyprus’ current woes needs to be complemented with an optimistic narrative, one that affords Cypriots confidence, security, a sense of justice and a belief in the future. As Cypriots need to overcome their past and create their own destiny, there is always the danger that if they stall for too long, such passivity will, by osmosis and over time, ensconce a permanent division and the anathema of partition.Dr Michális S. Michael is an honorary senior research fellow at La Trobe University, director of the Centre for Dialogue, and author of Resolving the Cyprus Conflict: Negotiating History (Palgrave Macmillan). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

RAW sold out for Monday night in Brooklyn with big return

first_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ WWE RAW this Monday night in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center is officially sold out according to multiple wrestling media reports on Saturday.The event sold out on Friday with 13,000 tickets sold. The show features the official WWE television return of John Cena for the first time since October against Alberto Del will have live coverage of WWE RAW this Monday starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.Sources: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online, Facebook WWE Smackdown Results – 4/9/19 (WrestleMania 35 fallout, Kingston celebrates victory) center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WWE RAW Results – 4/8/19 (Fallout from WrestleMania 35 with Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins) WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events last_img read more

Kevin De Bruyne returns to training at Man City

first_imgManchester City have received a welcome boost by the return of Kevin De Bruyne after a seven-week absenceThe Belgian playmaker sustained a knee injury in a training session just days after City’s opening day 2-0 win away to Arsenal in August, which ruled him out for the next three months.But, following manager Pep Guardiola’s comments that De Bruyne could return to training this week, City have now confirmed the news.The 27-year-old joined the rest of the first-team for a morning training session as City prepare for their Champions League trip to Hoffenheim on Tuesday.No timetable for De Bruyne’s return to competitive action has been released yet by City, although it’s understood that the player himself is planning on coming back for the Manchester derby on November 11.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Despite a foot injury, Sergio Aguero was also in attendance during the training session as City hope to bounce back from their Group F opening defeat to Lyon last month.Back in training! 💪🏼— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) October 1, 2018last_img read more

Maxwell Announces 50 Intimate Nights Live North American Tour

first_imgNews Maxwell Announces 50 Intimate Nights Live North American Tour Maxwell Announces 50 Intimate Nights Live Tour maxwell-announces-50-intimate-nights-live-north-american-tour Email The GRAMMY winner will debut new material and perform his biggest hits during his 50-date trek this fallNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 23, 2018 – 8:22 am With a new single out and a sprawling North American tour on the horizon, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year from Maxwell. The GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter has announced the 50 Intimate Night Live Tour will bring his powerful and sultry brand of neo-soul to audiences across the country through the end of the year. Twitter Facebook The 50-date trek will kick off in Richmond, Va., on Sept. 27 and roll its way around the U.S. and Canada before wrapping in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on Dec. 9. The tour will make stops along the way in major cities including Atlanta, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago, and Boston.The tour announcement follows last month’s debut of “We Never Saw It Coming,” Maxwell’s first piece of new music since 2016. The song arrived complete with an ambitious short film as its music video titled “The Glass House” starring Maxwell alongside activist/actress/model Yomi Abiola.Tickets for the 50 Intimate Nights Live tour go on-sale starting Friday, July 27, with a limited number of VIP packages becoming available July 25 via Maxwell’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Firefighters contain Sunrise wildfire north of Wasilla

first_imgDownload AudioThe 30-acre Sunrise wildfire north of Wasilla is now 100% contained. Mop-up operations are underway, according to state fire information officer Norm McDonald. About 30 firefighters are on the job and will remain there through the night.Crews and heavy equipment will work to extinguish hot spots.The fire erupted Wednesday afternoon in grass, moved into trees and grew to about 30 acres by nightfall. The cause of the fire is under investigation.last_img

Baltimore Reaches 300 Homicides for 3rd Straight Year

first_imgFor the third time in three years, Baltimore has experienced 300 homicides.According to the Baltimore Police Department, three homicides on Nov. 2, occurring in the span of two hours, brought the city’s murder rate to 300. The city is on pace to surpass the record number of 344 homicides set in 2015, the year of the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray.Baltimore police say a 31-year-old man died at an area hospital after being found with gunshot wounds in the 5400 block of Moores Run Road at about 7:20 p.m. on Thursday evening.After that call, officers responded to another shooting on the 200 block of South Collins Ave., where they found another 31-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital.The third shooting occurred an hour later. Detectives found a woman inside a vacant house on the 700 block of Mura St., with a gunshot wound to her upper body. The woman was transported and later died at the hospital.On Nov. 4, Tony Mason Jr., 40, an off-duty officer with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), became Baltimore’s 301st homicide victim. Mason, a sergeant with MPD was killed during a double shooting during the early hours of Nov. 4, on the 2800 block of Elgin Ave. in West Baltimore. A 43-year-old woman, who also was shot in the leg in the incident, was transported to an area hospital for treatment, according to Baltimore police.Anyone with information on these shootings and homicides is asked to call detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup. You can also text tips to 443-902-4824.last_img read more

Planet Fashion at Artscape

first_imgThis fashion power couple, models La-Anna Douglas and Rick Palmer strut their stuff during one of Artscape’s pop-up events, “Fashion Planet.” The street couture fashion show featured creations from designers Evette Monique Couture, Hyman and Hyman Designs and Akos Regal Clothing.(Photo: Linda Tucker)last_img