Advertisement AdvertisementA 2-0 victory over the African nation meant that Croatia would top group D after Argentina drew with Iceland. A Luka Modric penalty and an own goal by nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo guided the Croatians to victory.Both the teams seemed to be equally matched from the start, but neither of them could find the back of the net. Luck favored the Croatians as Mandzukic met a Luka Modric corner with a diving header which was going wide only to the deflected by the Nigerian midfielder Etebo and end up in the back of the net.Nigeria came out all guns blazing in the second half as a string of three straight corners was won in the beginning. But Nigeria couldn’t convert any of those corner kicks into goals, pretty much summing up their night.Croatia won a penalty in the 70th minute as a result of Nigerian defender Troost-Ekong bringing down Mandzukic during a corner kick. Up stepped Luka Modric to convert the penalty and give the Croatians a 2-0 lead over Nigeria.Croatia have won 3 crucial points and have topped what possibly is the group of death. They play Argentina next and Iceland for their final group match. Croatia’s “golden generation” will look to take maximum points out of these of these two matches and qualify for the knockout stages for the first time since 1998.Watch the highlights here :Read also :FIFA World Cup 2018: Peru vs. Denmark ReviewFIFA World Cup 18: Argentina vs Iceland Review
Virat Kohli slammed an unbeaten 54 off 45 balls to anchor Royal Challengers Bangalore to a six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in winner-takes-all contest in Raipur on Sunday. Chasing a modest 139 for a win for a place in the Indian Premier League play-offs, Kohli led from the front once again, notching up his sixth fifty of the season, 25th overall, to take RCB home after they were reduced to 17 for two in the third over. Kohli also became the first player to breach 900-run landmark during his risk-free innings that was studded with six fours. “Honestly, those stats have mostly reached me through images but I choose not to look at it. Every game is an opportunity. We were at No. 7 position in the table and now we have two chances at the final. Our focus has paid off. “It’s not easy but you have to start afresh every day. I know it sounds boring and traditional but it has to be boring. Every day has to be made use of,” he said during the presentation ceremony. ‘EXTREMELY MOTIVATED’ “I am extra motivated when I come on to the field and make sure I work hard. It’s very important to not get rude or arrogant about how you strike the ball. People will have a go at you on the field, but after the chat is done, you have to get back to being confident and calm about your skill.” ‘PLAY MY HEART OUT FOR INDIA’ “The Australia series this year, I felt that people genuinely want me to do well. I play my heart out for the country and for the team I am playing for them right now.” INDIAN CITIZENSHIP for AB, GAYLE “The support has been well and we heard RCB’s chants here too. Will happen when you have two of the most loved cricketers in de Villiers and Gayle in the team. Bangalore is their second home. They should get the Indian citizenship.”advertisement
Andrea Pirlo says he has no hard feelings towards Italy coach Antonio Conte after the veteran playmaker was overlooked for next month’s European Championship in France.The 37-year-old midfielder, who plays for Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York City, has featured in every major tournament for his country since Euro 2004 but that run ended when he was left out of the provisional squad last week.PIRLO SUPPORTS CONTE”I have spoken to Conte and there is no disappointment on my part,” Pirlo told Sky Sports Italia. “He knows what he has to do and what he should not do.”We had discussions during the season and both parties made their own decisions. He is the coach and it’s only right he makes his decisions and decides what is best for him.”Conte said last week that Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco, who plays for Toronto, had paid the price for their decision to play in MLS. Italy’s coach suggested in November that 2006 World Cup winner Pirlo should return to his homeland if he wanted to continue his international career.Pirlo made the last of his 116 appearances against Malta in September. He was called up for subsequent Euro 2016 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Norway but missed those games through injury and has not been picked since.”I hope Italy win although the favourites are other teams such as Germany, Spain and France,” said Pirlo.Italy have been drawn in Group E with Belgium, Ireland and Sweden.
Spain goalkeeper David De Gea is in line to start their Euro 2016 opener against the Czech Republic on Monday despite being involved in an off-field controversy, coach Vicente del Bosque said on Sunday.The final decision, though, would be made on Monday, Del Bosque told journalists.De Gea had always been expected to start the tournament ahead of long-time number one Iker Casillas but has been dragged into a scandal and has vehemently denied allegations in the Spanish media linking him to a prostitution case.”If De Gea is able to play, he will play,” Del Bosque said. “If he’s not then we’ll take another decision.”We have to think about the goalkeeper situation for the whole team,” he continued. “We can’t just think about how the goalkeepers are now but the whole year, the whole season.”A final decision will be made tomorrow but they’re big guys, they won’t feel the pressure.”Dea Gea said on Friday that he had consulted his lawyers about reports in a Spanish newspaper that he had been named in a statement given by a protected witness in a rape case against pornography producer Ignacio Fernandez Allende.Defender Sergio Ramos conceded that De Gea’s unwanted headlines had come as an unhappy surprise for the squad but said the entire team were behind the keeper.”The controversy hasn’t changed anything,” Ramos said. “We have a good atmosphere in the group and we will support our team mates whatever.”
From Jaishree BalasubramanianVientiane, Sep 8 (PTI) Terming sea lanes passing through the strategic South China Sea as the “main arteries” of global trade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India supports freedom of navigation as he sought “utmost respect” for international law, amid Chinas muscle flexing in the region.While outlining Indias principled position on the raging issue over the South China Sea, the Prime Minister in his address at the 11th East Asia Summit (EAS) said “the threat or use of force” to resolve would complicate matters affecting peace and stability.Earlier in the day, the issue cropped up during Modis bilateral talks with his Laotian counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith during which the two sides shared the same perspective on South China Sea.The sea lanes of communication passing through the South China Sea are the “main arteries” of global merchandise trade, he said, adding the threat or use of force to resolve disputes would complicate matters affecting peace and stability.”India supports freedom of navigation based on international law, as reflected notably in the 1982 UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).”As a State party to the UNCLOS, India urges all parties to show utmost respect for the UNCLOS,” Modi said.He added that Indias “own track record in settling its maritime boundary with Bangladesh can serve as an example”.The comments come amid Chinas muscle flexing in the disputed South China Sea and “emerging regional challenges”.China is involved in a raging dispute with the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei over ownership of territory in the South China Sea (SCS), a busy waterway through which Indias 50 per cent trade passes.advertisementChina has also objected in the past to Indias Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) undertaking exploration at the invitation of Vietnam in the SCS, which is believed to be rich in undersea deposits of oil and gas.India and the US have been calling for freedom of passage in the international waters, much to the discomfort to Beijing, whose claim over SCS was recently struck down by an international tribunal in favour of the Philippines.In his address, Modi also said India can share experience and build partnerships for protection of marine resources, prevent environment degradation and tap blue economy.He added that the countries need to be mindful of common security challenges and India will organise the 2nd EAS on maritime security and cooperation later this year for this.Noting that natural disasters were a prime concern, the Prime Minister announced Indias initiatives to help devise coordinated approaches and responses. PTI JB SAI AKJ SAI
By Kushan Sarkar Mohali, Nov 26 (PTI) The British media?s ?no love lost? attitude towards Virat Kohli was evident once again as they tried to ask questions about Indian captain?s exchange of words with Ben Stokes after the latter?s dismissal but performer of the day Jonny Bairstow was in mood to fan the fire. The incident happened during the 44th over in the post lunch session. Stokes, who had played the spinners well till that point, was foxed by Ravindra Jadeja and stumped by Parthiv Patel. As he was leaving, the TV replays showed Virat giving Stokes, who is also feisty character, a send-off. The England all-rounder stopped and turned back to reply as umpire Marais Erasmus had a word with the Indian captain. Funnily, both non-striker Jonny Bairstow, closest to the ?incident?, and Indian pacer Umesh Yadav, farthest from it, said that they are both unaware as to what transpired between the two. At the end of the day?s play, Bairstow was asked about whether ?send-offs? are in good taste referring to the Virat-Stokes incident but the wicketkeeper-batsman gave a nice reply putting end to the minor controversy then and there. “It depends on what context what it is said. I actually didnt hear anything to be very honest with you with a lot of squealing people in the crowd and screaming. The exact words that were said, I wouldnt be able to put my finger on. It?s something thats probably going more out of the game,” Bairstow made it clear that he doesn?t want to indulge in the controversy. Bairstow feels that passion tends to be high when one represents the country. “Verbals and things like that if you go back ten years, it was a bigger part of the game and there has been a lot of clampdown. At the same time, you also got to respect the fact that you have got guys out there who are very passionate, representing the country in the heat of the battle and at some point there are going to be words said thats the nature of professional sport,” Bairstow gave a nice reply which was as matured as the innings that he played. “We are adults and that?s something that comes with or against playing sport and I am sure there have been some hiccups. But I don?t know what was said as I don?t get involved with all that stuff.” While Bairstow gave an elaborate reply, Umesh was evasive at best when one among the visiting media asked the same question. “Seriously, I don?t have an idea as to what happened as I was not there. I don?t know what the umpire said to Virat and Stokes. No idea, what the communication was.” This was the second instance that British media has tried to rake up controversy after veiled allegations of ball tampering against the Indian Test captain with inconclusive footages of him applying saliva to the ball during the first Test at Rajkot. PTI KHS BS BSadvertisement
Panaji, Dec 01 (PTI) The FC Goa team, one of the teams in the Indian Super League football tournament, announced its association with brewery brand Kingfisher at a press conference held recently to launch the teams new football jerseys.Akshay Tandon, one of the owners of the team, said,ï¿½”The commercial appeal of Indian football is growing every year. We are happy to partner with a vibrant brand like Kingfisher which embodies the spirit of Goa,” he said.Gurpreet Singh, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, United Breweries Limited added, “Goa has had a proud footballing heritage and the sport unites Goans like no other. We are proud to be associated with FC Goa which is one of the top franchises in the Indian Super League.”The team is currently at third position in the fourth edition of the ISL currently underway.The Goan Football Club Private Limited, which oversees FC Goa, is owned by businessmen Jaydev Mody, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Ashish Kapadia, Akshay Tandon and Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli. PTI RPS BNM
Bayern München Bayern threaten legal action over Leno transfer rumours Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 23:14 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Bayern München Bundesliga Bayer Leverkusen The Bundesliga leaders have issued a vehement denial of reports linking them with a bid for the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bayern Munich have threatened a German newspaper with legal action after the Bundesliga leaders were linked with a January move for Bernd Leno.Bayern are down to the bare bones in the goalkeeping department with first choice shot stopper Manuel Neuer out with a foot injury, and Sven Ulreich joining him on the sidelines.A date for Neuer’s return remains unclear with some reports suggesting he may not feature until March, while Ulreich tweaked a thigh ahead of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. 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 That meant Ulreich was forced to leave the pre-match warm-up and hand Tom Starke his 100th league appearance – the 36-year-old having come out of retirement when Neuer got injured in September.With such a dirge of options, Bild had reported Bayer Leverkusen keeper Leno was set to switch to the Allianz Arena, but Bayern have hit back.”The Bild newspaper claims in its current issue that Bayern Munich want to sign Bernd Leno from Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen ‘in the winter break’,” a statement read.”This reporting is without foundation.”Bayern Munich will take legal action.”Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern sporting director, added: “With our goalkeepers we are very satisfied.”
Talk about player welfare always dwells on the physical costs, the rips, tears, twists and concussions, but the mental strain of playing the game can be just as damaging, and far harder to understand and treat. Ellis certainly is not the only player who has found himself ground down by the treadmill of professional rugby, the constant pressure put on players by clubs and coaches. Julian Savea has been suffering, too. He and the All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, have both spoken about how he seemed to have fallen out of love with the sport. One of the reasons Hansen was keen for Savea to come and play for the Barbarians was because he hoped it would help get his enthusiasm back.Savea did not have a great game for the Barbarians, but he did have a great time. “It was awesome,” he said, “a great experience.”“This is the way rugby should be,” Deans said. “It’s a players’ game and sometimes coaches forget that.”If the coaches forget it, you wonder if some of the executives ever knew it to begin with. Of course the Premiership clubs didn’t release their English players for this match. They are the same people who want to shorten the Six Nations, cut down the length of the Lions tour, and extend their own season, despite the fact that so many of their own players are opposed to those changes. And the more they push the sport in that direction, the more irrelevant the Barbarians seem, and, conversely, the more important they become.There were no great stakes riding on Saturday’s match, the play was loose, the refereeing casual, the crowd quiet. It was, everyone agreed, a “festival” game. Before long, a lot of people will probably have forgotten it even took place. But Bridge will not have, he and the rest of these Barbarians will remember the match for a long while yet, if their hangovers allow them, as a little reminder of why they fell in love with the sport in the first place, back when it was a game and not a job.In the modern era, those Barbarian values are becoming vanishingly rare, and that only makes them more precious. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest It could have been an English player in Bridge’s place, out playing the All Blacks in front of 60,000 fans at Twickenham, if only the Premiership clubs had not reneged on an earlier agreement and refused to release anyone for the game. After the match, Deans had a dig at them. “It’s a great shame for them,” he said, talking about the players who had missed out, “because it’s a great opportunity for them to experience the level.”A year from now, Deans pointed out, England finally have a Test against the All Blacks themselves, at this same ground. So this, he said, “has been an opportunity missed, as some of those 23 could have had a taste”. Instead, England’s best players were resting up and a lot of the rest were slogging away in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Bridge and a handful of other young Kiwis, like Richie Mo’unga, Vince Aso, Atu Moli, got the benefit of it.It is not just the young players who gain from playing for the Baa-Baas, and Bridge was not the only one with a grin after the game was over. Andy Ellis, who led the side from scrum-half, played the last of his 28 Tests for the All Blacks in 2015. He is 33 now, and winding down his career in Japan. He had a ball. “When I moved to Japan, all the pressures of New Zealand rugby were gone and I started enjoying my rugby again,” Ellis said before the game. “That is one of the reasons why I’m so excited to be involved with the BaaBaas too. It’s the reason why I played rugby – to play rugby with my mates.” Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp George Bridge, full-back for Canterbury, the Crusaders, and now the Barbarians was listed as being 22 years old in the match programme. But in the evening after Saturday’s match he seemed much younger than that. He was wearing conspicuously new clothes, slacks, jacket and a flat cap that he had bought earlier in the week, and they seemed to fit him too well, as if he had just been dressed by his mum for his school photograph. After the match he waited patiently off to one side while the press interviewed the All Blacks, smiling all the while. It was a big goofy grin, and he did not seem any more aware of it than he did of the fresh blue bruise on the bridge of his nose.Bridge was a happy man. He was meant to be in Bali this week, on holiday with his mates. He got the phone call from the Barbarians on the Saturday before the match. So he scrapped his travel plans, packed his kit, and got on a flight to London instead. In the changing room at half-time, when the Barbarians were leading 17-10, their head coach, Robbie Deans, turned to Bridge and said “This is better than Bali, isn’t it?” Bridge agreed with him, it sure was. 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UEFA Champions League Salah forced off in tears as injury rocks Liverpool’s Champions League final quest Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 03:17 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Mohamed Salah Real Madrid Liverpool African All Stars After tangling with Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos, the Reds’ 44-goal forward had to be replaced after dislocating his shoulder Liverpool lost 44-goal talisman Mohamed Salah inside 30 minutes of their Champions League final clash with Real Madrid, with the Egyptian forward forced from the field in tears.The Reds had been looking for the Premier League Golden Boot winner and PFA Player of the Year to produce one more inspirational display in Kiev and guide them to European glory.His evening was, however, to be cut cruelly short after tangling with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now As Salah attempted to evade the clutches of the Spain international defender, both men ended up on the turf.The Liverpool man came off worse and was eventually forced to accept that he could not carry on. The club confirmed at half-time that Salah had suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder.Ramos had got hold of Salah’s arm during an unfortunate coming together, but the inflicting of a game-ending injury was entirely unintentional.That, though, is of no comfort to the 25-year-old star who had been hoping to light up the grandest of sporting occasions, nor the Liverpool supporters who were looking to their Player of the Year to deliver the goods once moreSergio Ramos is a thug. To clearly target a fellow professional player with the aim of injuring him early in a Champions League final, ahead of a World Cup… Words fail me. #UCLfinal— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) May 26, 2018Boo @SergioRamos, boo. pic.twitter.com/TOkcPLltLE— mysupersoccer (@my_supersoccer) May 26, 2018Sergio Ramos scoring the winner in the 93rd minute is the most obvious ending since the ship sank at the end of Titanic.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) May 26, 2018Salah was unable to hide his emotions once it dawned on him that the biggest night of his career to date was over, with the tears flowing as he headed towards the touchline.Adam Lallana was introduced in his place, with Jurgen Klopp forced into an early tactical rethink.Former Reds captain Steven Gerrard told BT Sport on an untimely setback for a side he skippered to glory in 2005: “It’s a huge blow for Mo individually and the effect it’s had on everyone out there has been really big. Madrid have grown in confidence since then. Liverpool were excellent in the first 20-25 minutes when Madrid couldn’t get out.”Salah was not the only star turn to see their final showing ended by injury, though, with Madrid defender Dani Carvajal enduring a similar fate shortly afterwards.He was also forced to head off before half-time, with more tears on show from a performer who had entered the contest with such high hopes.Both Salah and Carvajal will be hoping that their respective problems are not too serious, with the pair having been included in the squads of Egypt and Spain, respectively, ahead of World Cup 2018.The latter did, however, appear to be struggling with a hamstring complaint and will be a serious doubt for the 2010 world champions. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
We’ve seen a number of big college football games, especially those in the Carolinas and Virginia, affected by Hurricane Florence this past weekend.Among the games that was postponed was Appalachian State vs. Southern Miss, at App State’s Kidd Brewer Stadium.The game was set for a 3:30 p.m. kick-off on Sept. 15, but wound up being canceled due to the impending storm. After a few days, it is now clear that the game will not be made up.From ESPN, on the decision to not reschedule Appalachian State vs. Southern Miss:In a news release Tuesday, Appalachian State said the schools had discussed options to reschedule the home game originally set for last Saturday. Southern Miss athletics spokesman Jack Duggan confirmed the game wouldn’t be rescheduled.Appalachian State athletics spokesman Bret Strelow said the plan for now is for the Mountaineers to stay at 11 regular-season games instead of seeking a replacement 12th game.Interestingly, there seemed like a natural solution to make this game up.Both teams have their bye week on Oct. 6. However, instead of playing the game then and each team having 10 straight regular season games to end the year, the game won’t be made up.Appalachian State looks set to roll with 11 games. Southern Miss’ situation seems less sure, based on the report.The Mountaineers host Gardner-Webb next week. Southern Miss hosts Rice. Both teams are 1-1 on the season.[ESPN]
VANCOUVER – A lawyer for a now-retired RCMP inspector says a civilian employee “actively and enthusiastically” had sex with his client at work and then alleged she was sexually assaulted.David Butcher suggested in provincial court Wednesday that the woman allowed his client to lead her into a downstairs washroom at their Vancouver workplace to participate in sex acts in the fall of 2009.The woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, said Tim Shields told her he had something important to tell her and that she felt compelled to follow him because he was in a position of authority.“Would you agree today that that makes no sense at all?” Butcher asked, repeatedly suggesting her actions didn’t fit with her earlier testimony that Shields had made sexually inappropriate comments about her breasts and said he found her sexually attractive.“This is my experience in the workplace, not yours,” the woman replied during a testy exchange.“He made comments to me. … People say things but did I think he would take me somewhere and try to have sex with me? No.”Shields, who was the media spokesman for the Mounties in B.C., has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault. He left the RCMP in December 2015 and was charged the following May.The complainant testified that Shields led her into a unisex washroom she’d never seen before, locked the door, kissed her and said they had great chemistry.She said he undid her bra, touched her breasts, unbuttoned her pants and put her hand on his genitals.“I was disgusted by being in this bathroom,” she said.Butcher suggested the woman encouraged Shields and willingly participated in sex acts.“I’m going to suggest to you that you knew that there was going to be some sort of physical interaction between you two,” Butcher said.“I know what happened, I’ve tried to explain it several times,” the complainant said.The woman said that before the washroom incident, Shields commented on her breasts and said he’d like her to wear low-cut tops.She said she confided in a retired RCMP member about the inappropriate comments without mentioning Shields by name and was advised against filing a report.“He had recommended that I try to resolve this directly with the individual and not report it because I’d be seen as a troublemaker.”She said she was also told the matter would be difficult in the RCMP and an investigation would be launched.The woman has also testified that she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after leaving her job with the RCMP.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
LONDON – Comcast and 21st Century Fox are contenders for the highest bid for European broadcaster Sky.The two companies are competing Saturday in a rare auction to determine which bid for Sky is the highest. The three-round auction began Friday after the London stock market closed.Britain’s regulator, the Takeover Panel, set up the auction to put an end to months of offers and counteroffers from the American media companies, who want to expand business in Europe.Sky is Europe’s largest pay-television operator, with 23 million customers in seven countries. It broadcasts popular programs including English Premier League soccer and “Game of Thrones.”Fox already owns 39 per cent of Sky, but has long sought to control the company.Sky shareholders will still have to approve the winner’s bid.
By Rahma Ouled CherifRabat – UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) will consider adding Morocco’s Gnawa music to its ICH list at its 14th session December 9-14, in Bogota. The ICH list seeks to enhance visibility for the traditions of communities without recognizing standards of excellence or exclusivity. Mustapha Nami, a Moroccan senior curator of historical monuments, submitted a file nominating Gnawa music to the ICH Service in September 2018. Others had attempted to nominate Gnawa art previously. Neila Tazi, the head organizer of the Gnawa and World Music Festival, made a first attempt, but she announced that, “the file is quite complex to build and we now wait on our Ministry of Culture and our delegation to UNESCO to help us make it.” Tazi blamed the Ministry of Culture in a Facebook post for “lack of interest on the part of senior Moroccan officials and administration” that she said diminished the importance of preserving Gnawa art.Minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj refuted the claim, saying, “The Ministry of Culture has started the procedure (2014) and respected all the steps.”Tazi stated further, “If we had not done this [Gnawa] festival and persevered against many obstacles … maybe the Gnawa culture would have disappeared.”Gnawa music infuses poetry and traditional music along with dancing. According to Rene Basset, the word “gnawi” means “black man.” The art has West African roots and began as the music of slaves who were brought to Morocco. The West Africans brought with them the music that later evolved into what is known as Moroccan Gnawa today. After Tazi’s initial attempt, Ahmed Skounti, a Moroccan social anthropologist who helped draft UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, announced, “The file of Gnawa music will be presented to UNESCO in 2019.” If Gnawa music is added to the list of ICH, Morocco would have eight pieces of heritage on the list.Morocco has seven other cultural places and traditions on the ICH list: the Moussem of Tan-Tan tribal gathering, Marrakech’s Jamaa el-Fna Square, the cherry festival in Sefrou, the Mediterranean diet, argan practices and argan tree know-how, falconry as a living human heritage, and the taskiwin martial dance of the western High Atlas.Adding Gnawa music to the ICH list for safeguarding would highlight this heritage as a symbol of ethnic and cultural diversity in Morocco.
Experts from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) inspected the Nassr Company for Mechanical Industries. Located nearly 50 kilometres northwest of Baghdad, the company is engaged in the production of steel structures, forging casts, and moulds and fixtures for different industrial uses. “All key buildings were inspected and a number of tagged dual-use items of equipment were identified,” UN spokesman Hiro Ueki reported, referring to those goods that could have either civilian or military applications.UNMOVIC germ warfare experts inspected the Bakery Yeast Factory in Mosul, where yesterday they had visited the Ninevah Pharmaceuticals Company.In addition, an UNMOVIC team of missile inspectors visited the site of the former Taji Project 144, “where prohibited missile items were previously excavated and are now stored,” Mr. Ueki explained. A second missile team travelled to a former destruction area for gyroscope parts on the Al Saklawiya River.Chemical warfare experts from UNMOVIC inspected Modern Paints Industries, a site located in the southern outskirts of Baghdad. “This is a previously inspected site but has not been included in the recent Iraqi declarations,” Mr. Ueki said. “The site comprises several production buildings, stores and supporting facilities, and mainly uses imported chemicals.”Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is actively probing Iraq’s nuclear ambitions, continued to inspect facilities in the Mosul region today, according to the spokesman. Another IAEA team inspected three sites in the Baghdad area: the Saidiya Specialized Institute for Engineering Industries, the Hydraulics Factory, and the Daura Industrial Engine Factory.
WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dipped last week but not by enough to signal a better month of hiring in June.Weekly applications for unemployment aid declined by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 387,000, the Labor Department said. That’s down from an upwardly revised 389,000.A more telling sign of the trend in unemployment benefit applications is the four-week average, which smooths week-to-week fluctuations. That rose for by 3,500 to 386,250, the highest level since December.“After a fairly substantial period of constantly lower jobless claims, a new, more unwelcome trend higher has taken hold,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at BTIG LLC, in an email. “A meaningful pickup in monthly job additions looks unlikely.”Applications are a measure of the pace of layoffs. They have been edging up in recent weeks after falling steadily over the fall and winter. In the past six weeks, applications have increased nearly 5 per cent. When applications fall below 375,000, it generally suggests hiring is strong enough to reduce the unemployment rate.Hiring slowed sharply in April and May, raising concerns about the strength of the recovery. Employers have added an average of only 73,000 jobs per month in April and May. That’s much lower than the average of 226,000 added in the first three months of this year.The number of people receiving unemployment benefits fell slightly. A total of 5.8 million people received benefits in the week ended June 2, the latest data available. That’s about 1,000 fewer than the previous week.The Federal Reserve acknowledged the sluggish hiring on Wednesday when it said it will extend a program intended to drive down long-term U.S. interest rates. The goal of the program is to encourage more borrowing and spending, which boosts growth and could lead to more job creation.Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed was prepared to take further steps, particularly if hiring doesn’t pick up soon.The Fed also sharply cut its forecast for growth this year. At best, it says the economy will grow no more than 2.4 per cent for the year. And the Fed warned that growth could be as low as 1.9 per cent â€” matching the dismal first-quarter annual pace.The unemployment rate won’t fall much further from its current level of 8.2 per cent, the Fed said. At best, it forecasts that it will drop to 8.0 per cent.Faster job creation is crucial in order to accelerate growth. More jobs mean more income for consumers, which may lead to higher spending. Consumer spending fuels about 70 per cent of the economy.But several recent economic reports have pointed to sluggish growth. Employers posted sharply fewer job openings in April compared to the previous month, the government said Tuesday.With job growth weak, consumers have pulled back on spending. Retail sales have fallen for the past two months, although part of the weakness was due to a sharp decline in gas prices.Businesses are also less confident about the economy’s health. They are placing fewer orders at factories, which has slowed manufacturing output. A measure of companies’ investment spending has dropped for two straight months. by News Staff Posted Jun 21, 2012 9:21 am MDT US unemployment aid applications little changed at 387,000, suggesting hiring will stay weak AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email