Bigger, better JN Tennis serves off Saturday

first_imgWith more prize money up for grabs and the best local tennis stars looking to close out the year in fine style, this year’s sixth annual JN Open Tennis Championship is expected to be an exciting and action-packed affair.The championship will start on Saturday and end next Thursday at the Liguanea Cub in New Kingston.Jamaica National has raised the bar with increased prize money for the men’s event from $150,000 to $200,000, while women’s prize money has moved from $50,000 to $60,000.Tournament director Llockett McGregor has described this year’s event as “bigger and better”.The tournament which will start with a kiddie’s camp with 50 juniors on Saturday morning, will feature men’s open singles, ladies open singles, men’s amateur class two and class three as well as doubles event.”Once again, we want to say thanks to Toyota Jamaica, thanks to Singer but most of all we want to say thanks to JN for their continued support and we want to invite the general public to come out and support this wonderful event,” said McGregor at the event’s press launch at the Liguanea Club yesterday.Entries close today for the event which has total prize money of more than $600,000.Gavin Beckford, marketing executive at Jamaica National said his company views the JN Open Tennis Championship as an opportunity “to showcase the talents of Jamaica’s tennis players”.last_img read more

Stars return for Atletico? Predicted Bayern Munich XI

first_imgBayern Munich face their biggest test of the season tonight as they attempt to overturn a 1-0 first leg defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.Domestically, they had to put the champagne on ice at the weekend as Borussia Monchengladbach held them to a 1-1 draw and title rivals Borussia Dortmund narrowed the gap to five points with a 5-1 thumping of Wolfsburg.It was the second blow in a week as Pep Guardiola looks to end his time in Bavaria on a high by replicating Jupp Heynckes’ 2012/13 treble.In last week’s encounter with Atletico, the plans of the perfectionist were undone by the chaos of the soloist as Saul Niguez danced his way towards goal before curling home.Diego Simeone’s tactically drilled side gave Bayern no room for manoeuvre at the Vicente Calderon, while Guardiola’s decision to relegated Thomas Muller to a role on the bench baffled many.Now, the Bundesliga giants must find a way to score against a team who have only conceded 16 times in 36 La Liga matches, and just thee in nine Champions League clashes.They have been boosted by Jerome Boateng and Franck Ribery’s return to fitness, but Guardiola is still without Arjen Robben and Holger Badstuber.So who will start for Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena? Click the right arrow above to see their predicted XI… 11 1. Manuel Neuer (goalkeeper) – check out the full predicted line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 11 6. Thiago Alcantara (centre midfield) 27. David Alaba (left back) 11 11 11 11. Douglas Costa (right wing) 11 11 9. Robert Lewandowski (striker) 11 8. Javi Martinez (centre back) 25. Thomas Muller (attacking midfield) 21. Philipp Lahm (right back) 11 7. Franck Ribery (left wing) 17. Jerome Boateng (centre back) 23. Arturo Vidal (centre midfield) 11 11last_img read more

WORRIED FARMERS TO MEET IN DONEGAL TO DISCUSS ‘RAW DEALS’

first_imgA meeting of Donegal farmers will take place this Friday in Letterkenny to protest about the proposed new policies being introduced for collective agreement on commonages and the GLAS environmental scheme for farmers.A huge crowd of almost 2,000 farmers turned out for a similar meeting in Westport on August 20th last.At the meeting it was outlined that the proposed collective agreement on commonages could not work for farmers. It would mean that one farmer would be responsible for the actions of his neighbour and could be penalised for the other farmers’ actions. It also emerged that farmers would be denied priority access to the GLAS environmental scheme if less than 50% of the commonage shareholders did not sign up to collective agreement.It also emerged that a farmers Single Farm Payment could be at risk if they did not sign up to collective agreement and adhere to the minimum and maximum stocking rates published in the commonage framework plan.It was pointed out that commonage farmers are being discriminated against as they are the only farmers who can be penalised due to the actions of another farmer.Three out of the four MEPS for the region attended the meeting. Marian Harkin MEP gave her full support to the Hill Farmers For Action group and said she would do everything in her power in Brussels and at home to get the flawed proposals changes.Luke Flanagan MEP launched a scathing attack on the farm organisations for not doing enough to support hill and commonage farmers and vowed to help in any way he can.Matt Carthy MEP also spoke strongly in favour of the hill and commonage farmers and said he would do what ever it takes to help.Only one of the five Fine Gael TDs for the region turned up at the meeting and he said he would take the message from the meeting to the minister of Agriculture and the GovernmentBrendan Joice and Colm O Donnell who helped organise the meeting gave a very strong speech stating that Hill and commonage farmers had been very poorly represented and now was the time for farmers to stand up for themselves and have their voice heard. It was also clearly explained that the collective agreement proposal was not a European requirement and was totally an Irish proposal. The only stipulation that Europe had was that farmers have a minimum stocking rate of 0.05Lu/Ha. It was also clarified that it was only a proposal at this stage and could be changed. Colm O’ Donnell also stated that farmers in the west had got a raw deal in the distribution of moneys in Pillar 1 and had been promised a fair share of the 580 Million allocated for pillar 2. This had not happened and the reality was that Pillar 2 money was not going to be assessable to farmers in the west who needed it most.Brendan Joice outlined the priorities of the group which was the abolition of the collective agreement idea and the introduction of the 0.05Lu/Ha as proposed by Europe.There were very strong contributions from the floor with farmers voicing their support for action and from farmers saying how poorly they had been represented by the existing farm organisations.Now Donegal farmers have decided to call a meeting in Letterkenny on Friday 5th of September in the Clanree hotel at 8 pm. The meeting is to support the farmers in the west and to let farmers in Donegal know how serious the situation is for the future of their farm payments.All the MEPS for the region have been invited as well as all TDs and other public representatives.Farmers are urged to attend this meeting as this could be their last chance to have their voice heard and get these unworkable proposed schemes changed.WORRIED FARMERS TO MEET IN DONEGAL TO DISCUSS ‘RAW DEALS’ was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfarmersmeetinglast_img read more

Cabinet Approves Final Draft of National Youth Policy

first_img The Minister added that it outlines and explores areas for action, and indicates six priority areas – education and training, health and well-being, employment and entrepreneurship, youth participation, social inclusion and reintegration, and institutional and youth sector arrangements. Cabinet has approved the final draft of the National Youth Policy by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to be tabled in Parliament as a White Paper. Cabinet has approved the final draft of the National Youth Policy by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to be tabled in Parliament as a White Paper.Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on October 4, Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the policy establishes a framework within which youth can be supported to pursue and achieve their goals.The Minister added that it outlines and explores areas for action, and indicates six priority areas – education and training, health and well-being, employment and entrepreneurship, youth participation, social inclusion and reintegration, and institutional and youth sector arrangements.In the meantime, Senator Reid said Cabinet also gave approval for an updated Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Policy and Implementation Plan, and also for the completion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport/Bureau of Gender Affairs, to be tabled as a Green Paper in Parliament. Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on October 4, Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the policy establishes a framework within which youth can be supported to pursue and achieve their goals. Story Highlightslast_img read more

University grapples with sexualassault allegations against football players

first_imgANTIGONISH, N.S. – The bucolic university campus is set in a small Nova Scotia town: A cluster of steeples, ivy-covered brick and stone buildings and manicured sports fields.St. Francis Xavier University, an undergraduate-focused school with Antigonish County’s rolling hills as a backdrop, is a tight-knit community with small class sizes, a familial atmosphere and a strong spirit.It also has a reputation as a party school, with rowdy weekends and a binge-drinking culture — one that is under scrutiny after allegations of sexual assault surfaced last week.Two varsity football players have been charged with sexual assault. Both have been released with conditions and are set to appear in provincial court in January, police said.The allegations first came to light after an 18-year-old woman reported an alleged sexual assault to Antigonish RCMP on Wednesday, Nov. 22.She said the incident took place over the previous weekend.During their investigation, another victim — a 19-year-old woman — came forward and alleged that one of the accused had also sexually assaulted her, RCMP said.She said the assaults happened on two separate occasions on campus, once in September and again in November, police said.RCMP said Jonah Williams, 19, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault, while Tyler Ball, 18, was charged with one count of sexual assault. Both men played defensive back for the X-Men varsity football team, but their online profiles have since been removed.The university administration has responded by imposing immediate interim measures against the two students while an internal investigation is conducted.“One of the accused has been denied access to campus. The other has been granted restricted access to campus, only permitted to attend classes,” Andrew Beckett, head of student services and vice-president of finance and administration, said an emailed statement. “It is important to note that arrangements are being made to allow continuation of course work remotely.”He added that all student privileges have been revoked, including participating in varsity athletics.The allegations against the young men have not been tested in court. But the charges have rekindled a wider conversation about sexual assault allegations and universities.Although St. F.X. recently introduced new consent and sexual violence training, as well as a victim-centric sexual assault policy, such allegations underscore the need for greater awareness about sexual assault on campus, the student union president said.“We can always do more,” said Annie Sirois. “But the fact that people are reporting these incidents is indicative that these education programs are working.”Sirois rejected the notion that St. F.X. has an out-of-control party culture.“It’s a really social atmosphere. We definitely have fun but we work hard,” she said. “Most first-years live in residence and there is a really strong sense of community … you’re kind of indoctrinated into this family.”One of the accused was also reportedly a house president of a student residence, a leadership position among the student body.“You can be really popular and a really amazing athlete and have great grades and still be a perpetrator of sexualized violence,” said Heather Blackburn, manager of the sexual assault nurse examiner program at the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre.It’s not until recently that society has inherently believed the victims of sexualized violence, Blackburn said.“We are at a watershed moment now in North America,” she said.Blackburn stressed that sexual education during orientation week at the Antigonish university has improved by “leaps and bounds.” But she said awareness about consent and what constitutes sexualized violence needs to start earlier.“If the first conversation they have about consent is at university, it may be too late,” she said. “Evidence suggests that one-off conversations tend to not change attitudes and behaviour.”While the small university campus in a rural area has its benefits, she said it can also make it hard for victims to come forward and report crimes.“We know that sexualized violence tends to go unreported or under reported … especially in rural Nova Scotia.”– By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Montreal therapists citizens raise awareness of compulsive hoarding

first_imgMONTREAL – Mitsou Lefebvre-Lafrance never realized that the piles of books, papers, clothes, collectibles and craft supplies that covered every surface in her Montreal apartment were a problem until she needed to move to a smaller space.But as the move approached, she suddenly realized she just couldn’t, or didn’t know how to, let anything go.“For me, (hoarding), it was a kind of protection, a void, an identity, too,” said Lefebvre-Lafrance, 43.“Objects that were given to me represented people, and it felt I was rejecting the person when I threw out the object.”On Thursday, citizens like Lefebvre-Lafrance joined doctors, social workers, city workers and emergency services in Montreal for a symposium on compulsive hoarding disorder, with the goal of creating awareness of the little-understood condition.The disorder, which is believed to affect between two and six per cent of the population, occurs when a person forms such a strong attachment to the objects around them that they can’t discard them, even as their spaces become unlivable, doctors say.The most common objects are clothes, books, cards, documents and household decor, but can include almost anything, even animals or food.Pierre Rondeau, a mental health physician who spoke at the symposium, characterizes it as a “hidden disorder” that most sufferers are reluctant to discuss with their family or doctors.“People are ashamed of their situation,” he said.“They could be functional in their life, but living in a non-functional house. But they don’t talk about it, or bring people over.”But for Lefebvre-Lafrance, ending the isolation brought on by the disorder was key to breaking its hold.Like many compulsive hoarders, she also struggled with other forms of mental illness, including anxiety, depression and social phobia.As she sought treatment, she met others like her, which helped her to begin addressing her attachment toward her possessions and creating a functional living space, although she admits she still likes having things around her.After seeking help in 2006, Lefebvre-Lafrance helped to form a peer support group that is run out of a local health clinic in Montreal’s Verdun borough.Since then, their initiative has expanded to include a 30-person committee that includes community workers, therapists, fire services, building inspectors and compulsive hoarders.The goal is to lobby for improved services and support for people with the disorder, as well as encouraging them to reach out for help before things get out of hand.Natalia Koszegi, a clinical psychologist who studies the disorder, says that too often, interventions only occur at “crisis level,” when a person is facing eviction or extreme pressure from landlords, family or building inspectors.But while people may feel clearing the home is an emergency, she says what’s needed is patience and the co-operation of various actors, including city workers and firefighters enforcing city bylaws.“It takes authority, so the hoarder knows that’s it’s serious and they have to (get rid of the) clutter, but it also takes help to support the person, to work with them,” she said.“It’s a job for a lot of people.”While hoarding runs in families, it’s unclear whether that is due to genetic or environmental factors.Koszegi would like to see more studies on long-term treatment options, although she stresses that people can generally manage the disorder with a combination of self-awareness, therapy, and support from family, friends and peer support groups.Encouragement, she says, is better than criticism.“A person who succeeds in taking out one bag of stuff is a victory, and family and friends need to realize that and encourage it, even if there are 50 bags left to do.”last_img read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 19

Last week, we told you the U.S. had a 1.2 percent chance of winning the World Cup. The odds of that dream have dropped by half since then, without the U.S. playing a match: Underdogs like the U.S. have come oh so close before without winning a match in the knockout stage.Argentina vs. Switzerland, 12 p.m. EDTU.S. vs. Belgium, 4 p.m. EDTIn briefSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.In depthHeading into Tuesday, the last day of the Round of 16, six group leaders have played six group runners-up in the knockout stage. Nearly every match has been close-fought and competitive. Brazil and Costa Rica needed penalty kicks to advance. Germany went to added extra time. The Dutch needed to come from behind in the final minutes. And France was locked in a scoreless battle until the final 20 minutes.Yet in every case, the group leaders won.That’s bad news for the U.S. and Switzerland, the two remaining group runners-up, for two reasons: First, if they do manage to upset Belgium and Argentina, respectively, difficult opponents await. In their half of the draw is the Netherlands, sixth in the world in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index ratings. If they somehow reach the final, one of the world’s top five teams awaits.The second reason is that by winning, all the soccer powers have demonstrated they’re even better than previously thought, making it even less likely that a solid but not elite team such as the U.S. could upset them.Add to that a tweak to our model late last week, to account for the advantage favorites have in added extra time and penalty kicks, and the U.S. team’s chances of winning the Cup have dropped to 0.6 percent, from 1.2 percent after last week’s match against Germany. Switzerland’s chances have dropped to 0.7 percent from 0.9 percent after its previous match.Winning the Cup was always a long shot for these two teams, though. Reaching the quarters would be a good result for either one. And the U.S. has the better chance. It gets Belgium, the second weakest of the eight group winners, in the late match Tuesday. The U.S. has a 41 percent chance of winning. That’s nearly double Switzerland’s 23 percent chance of upsetting Lionel Messi and Argentina.Drawing Belgium in the Round of 16 was the U.S.’s reward for making it out of one of the toughest groups. Belgium advanced to the World Cup out of one of the weakest European qualifying groups, then won the weakest World Cup group. It remains a formidable opponent and is better than the U.S., with high-priced talent on its roster, much of it familiar to English Premier League fans. But Belgium is a tier or three beneath tournament favorite Brazil. After nearly beating Portugal and nearly equalizing late against Germany, the U.S. shouldn’t fear another European opponent.Switzerland, meanwhile, will attempt to earn what would be only Europe’s third win in 10 tries against South American opponents at this World Cup. The Swiss have one of the two wins so far, over Ecuador. (The Netherlands has the other, over Chile.) Ecuador is a far cry from Argentina, though. Messi has scored on four of his seven shots on target, all with his left foot. Switzerland might need Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored a hat trick against Honduras, to live up to his stretch of a nickname, “Alpine Messi,” to have a chance.YesterdayTwo Union of European Football Associations powers stamped tickets to the quarterfinals Monday thanks to substitutes. France beat Nigeria behind the influence of Antoine Griezmann, whereas it took an André Schürrle goal to finally open the scoring in Germany’s lively 2-1 extra-time win against Algeria.Olivier Giroud started at forward for France, but the French game really started when Griezmann replaced him in the 63rd minute. Giroud had 14 attacking-third touches and didn’t create a chance during a lackluster 62 minutes, but Griezmann provided the necessary spark. He had 12 attacking-third touches in 28 minutes, including a great scoring chance with a 1-2 ball to Karim Benzema in the 70th minute. In total, the French created six chances in the first 62 minutes and five over the final 28, converting two for goals.Griezmann was the difference, though he did not officially figure in either goal. His best “shot” was an 84th-minute close-range strike that required a reaction save from Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. Enyeama left the tournament with a competition-best 21 saves over Nigeria’s four matches. Although it wasn’t a shot, Griezmann’s near-post run in the first minute of stoppage time produced a goal officially credited as a Joseph Yobo own goal.The Germans, meanwhile, did not lack for attacking possession throughout Monday’s match, posting a 246-90 advantage on touches in the attacking third. In the first 90 minutes, Germany completed almost four times as many passes into the attacking third as the Algerians (125-32), but it couldn’t convert a massive advantage in chances created (18-5) into a regulation winner.Two minutes into extra time, Schürrle put the Germans ahead. He actually hit the ball on his near-post run (as opposed to Griezmann), and Schürrle was credited for the goal. But the result was the same in both cases.Mesut Özil scored later in the extra time, and that proved to be the eventual game-winner, though Algeria scored before the final whistle. Abdelmoumene Djabou’s left-footed finish was the latest goal in World Cup history, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Germans from facing France on July 4. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOff the pitchArgentina and Switzerland cooperate in a number of ways — investment protection, aviation, legal protection  — but perhaps the most important aspect of their relationship is trade. According to data from the Observatory of Economic Complexity, Swiss exports to Argentina have increased significantly in recent years, from $187 million in 2005 to $1.06 billion in 2012, which is most likely because of an increase in bilateral trade agreements. A majority of those exports were health-related products and chemicals, at 62 percent. Watches made up 7 percent of the exports, chocolate comprised .22 percent, and milk and cheese was just .05 percent. Trade in the opposite direction has increased over time as well, but not to the same degree. Argentine exports to Switzerland totaled $121 million in 2005 and $627 million in 2012. Gold dominated at 79 percent, followed by wine, trucks/vans and bovine meat.  — Hayley MunguiaFurther readingLionel Messi Is ImpossibleHas the U.S. Men’s National Team Plateaued?Stoppage Time Is Often Home-Cooked, Especially in the MLSThe Rise of the Red Devils read more

The Louvre Offers Up Art Tour Based On The Carters Apest Video

first_img Inside The Louvre’s New “Apes**t” Art Tour louvre-offers-art-tour-based-carters-apest-video Facebook News https://twitter.com/MuseeLouvre/status/1007639026315284482 Twitter The superstar couple’s surprise single, video and album confirmed long-running rumors of a collaboration project. Everything Is Love and the “Apes**t” video arrived June 16 in the midst of the pair’s On The Run II tour. Beyoncé introduced the clip for the first time during a show in London, sending the crowd into a frenzy and igniting excitement from fans of both artists worldwide.For tickets to catch the On The Run II tour, visit Ticketmaster. For more information on visiting the Lourve, visit the museum’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more The world-famous Paris museum launches a visitor’s trail showcasing 17 of the works of art from Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s latest music video Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 6, 2018 – 5:58 pm The Louvre museum in Paris was the quite conspicuous setting of The Carters’ new music video for “Apres**t” from their surprise album, Everything is Love. Now, the project that posed GRAMMY winners Beyoncé and Jay-Z in front of some of the world’s most recognizable art pieces has inspired a museum tour highlighting the works featured in the video.The 90-minute self-guided tour will take visitors to 17 of the works of art featured in the “Apes**t” video, including the Greek marble piece “Nike of Samothrace,” Marie Benoist’s “Portrait Of A Negress,” and David’s “The Coronation Of Napoleon I And The Crowning Of The Empress Josephine,” according to AFP.Classified by the museum as a “visitor’s trail,” fans can peruse the tour online without traveling to the City of Lights, though as is the case with many great works of art, it’s a very different experience in person. The Louvre Offers Up Art Tour Based On The Carters’ “Apes**t” Video Email last_img read more

Trump warns Syria Russia and Iran on Idlib tragedy

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 9 April US president Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump on Monday warned Syria against launching an attack on the country’s last rebel stronghold with the help of Russia and Iran, saying the offensive could trigger a “human tragedy.”The warning came as Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javed Zarif met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in a surprise visit to Damascus ahead of the looming offensive.Syrian forces are amassing around the northwestern province of Idlib, in preparation for the assault.“President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy,” Trump tweeted.“Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!”The United Nations and aid groups have warned that a full assault on Idlib could spark a humanitarian catastrophe on a scale not yet seen in Syria’s seven-year-old conflict.But Russia and Iran have insisted that extremist groups in Idlib must be defeated and are expected to back regime forces in any assault.Zarif’s trip to war-ravaged Syria also comes just days before a top-level tripartite meeting in Tehran to discuss the Syrian conflict, now in its eighth year.He met Assad to discuss “issues on the agenda for the tripartite meeting,” according to the Syrian presidency’s account on the Telegram messaging app.Former de-escalation zoneSince early 2017, Iran, fellow regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey have sponsored the negotiations track based in the Kazakh capital to tamp down hostilities in Syria.Last year, they had designated Idlib as a “de-escalation” zone where violence would halt in preparation for a countrywide ceasefire.Damascus’s main sponsor Russia has been sounding the war drums in recent days, all the while seeking to pressure Turkey into reining in jihadists in Idlib,Tehran and Moscow have provided steady political, financial and military backing to Assad throughout the war, which has left over 350,000 people dead since it broke out in 2011.The International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank, said an all-out assault on Idlib and its catastrophic consequences could still be avoided.ICG said Russia, whose air support would be crucial for the offensive to succeed, should understand that a bloodbath in Idlib would jeopardize its own political goals.“By backing an all-out offensive, Russia risks undermining its long-term political objectives in Syria,” ICG wrote in a nine-page briefing.“Russia seeks to ensure not just the regime’s military victory in Syria but its full political restoration through international re-legitimating at war’s end.”Further Iranian engagement in Syria meanwhile risks drawing Israel deeper into the conflict.A series of recent strikes in Syria that have killed Iranians has been attributed to Israel.But Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday signalled strikes could be extended to Iraq if necessary.Asked about the possibility of Israel hitting Iranian military positions in “Iraq or Tehran,” Lieberman said: “We do not limit ourselves to Syrian territory alone. It must be clear.”US warnings ring hollow?Britain, France and the US, which together launched limited attacks on Syrian installations in mid-April in retaliation for an alleged Syrian chemical attack, say their red line against illegal weapon use remains in force.But analysts still say the United States appears resigned to the likelihood of a final military victory by Syrian government forces.Behind the scenes, American diplomats have been actively warning Moscow, which has been accused in the past of turning a blind eye to chemical weapon use by its Syrian proteges.But these “verbal warning shots” have little to do with today’s reality in Syria, said Jonas Parello-Plesner, a researcher with the Hudson Institute in Washington who recently published a study on the US approach to the region.And that reality, he told AFP, is that “Assad is advancing on the ground, aided by Iran by land and Russia by air,” while the United States places its hopes on a UN-backed Geneva peace process that might best be described as “moribund.”Trump said in April that “it’s time” to bring American troops home from Syria-once the jihadists of the Islamic State group had been definitively defeated.While he quickly backed away from talk of an immediate withdrawal, his underlying determination to leave Syria’s seven-year war as soon as possible seems unchanged.last_img read more

SWMC interns protest at BCL leaders misconduct

first_imgInterns at Sylhet Women’s Medical College (SWMC) go on an indefinite strike from Saturday, 11 May, 2019. Photo: UNBInterns at Sylhet Women’s Medical College (SWMC) went on an indefinite strike from Saturday protesting against rape threat and assault by a local Chhatra League leader, reports UNB.They abstained from their regular activities and held a human chain at the college’s main gate around 12:30pm. Interns at various hospitals in the city expressed solidarity and announced to join the movement from Sunday.Chhatra League leader Sarwar Hossain threatened a SWMC intern with rape and murder on Thursday. A video of the incident went viral on social media.Sarwar is the former vice-president of the student front’s Sylhet district unit.Doctors at SWMC demonstrated at the hospital on Thursday night but suspended their protests after they were assured of justice.Zedan Al Musa, deputy commissioner (media) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police, said that appropriate action will be taken after a case is filed.last_img read more