Northbrook strikes big in Belfast

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Qatar backed ‘terrorism and extremism’, UAE tells UN court

first_img‘Gulf rift’ Qatar is due to give its response on Wednesday, with the rest of the hearings — which are all taking place by videolink due to the coronavirus pandemic — due on Friday and Monday.But a final ruling by the ICJ, which was set up in 1946 after World War II to rule in disputes between member states of the United Nations, could take years.The court issues binding judgments but has no means of enforcing them.The crisis between Qatar and the Saudi-led blockading nations shows no sign of relenting despite rising international pressure to end the feud.The alliance has issued a raft of terms Qatar must accept before it will lift the embargo that includes a ban on direct air, land or sea trade.Doha strongly denies the allegations and has refused to meet the demands that also stipulate the closure of its flagship state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera.The UAE’s Al-Naqbi said that his country and Qatar “share historical bonds dating back to ancient times”, and that Abu Dhabi was “open to close the Gulf rift” with the help of third parties. They imposed an effective blockade by land, air and sea, and ordered the expulsion of Qatari nationals. Qatar dragged the UAE to the ICJ a year later seeking to get the measures lifted.The allies faced a “grave threat brought by Qatar’s support for terrorism and extremism,” Abdallah al-Naqbi, director of the international law department at the UAE foreign ministry, told the court via videolink.”This has nothing to do with racial discrimination.”Qatar’s case at the ICJ says that the UAE’s actions breached the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). ‘Build bridges’ Doha had already acted to address “imperfections” in its initial response, such as holding off any deportations and allowing Qataris to enter the UAE “subject only to an application process and security screening,” he said.In an apparent reference to the UAE’s historic normalization of ties with Israel, al-Naqbi said that “as the court will have noted from other recent events, the UAE’s aspiration as a nation is to be open and to build bridges.”The case has gone Qatar’s way so far, with the ICJ in 2018 ordering the UAE to take emergency measures to protect the rights of Qatari citizens, pending the start of full hearings in the case.In that year Qatar accused the UAE of creating a “climate of fear” for Qataris living there.The legal ping-pong continued when the United Arab Emirates last year filed its own case seeking emergency measures to stop Qatar “aggravating” the dispute, only to have the court reject it.Qatar then won a separate but related case at the ICJ in July that is specifically about the air blockade. Its rivals had appealed a decision by the world civil aviation body in favor of Qatar over sovereign airspace. Topics : The United Arab Emirates accused Qatar on Monday of backing “terrorism and extremism” as the three-year-old Gulf diplomatic crisis returned to the UN’s top court.Abu Dhabi urged the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) to throw out a case brought by Doha claiming measures taken against Qatar amounted to racial discrimination.Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and several other allies severed ties with Qatar in a shock move in 2017, accusing Doha of backing terrorism and siding with their regional rival Iran.last_img read more

India, Maldives Sign MoU for Passenger and Cargo Services

first_imgA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed between India and the Maldives for the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea, has received approval from The Union Council of Ministers of India.Under the deal, signed on June 8, 2019, the parties are set to explore a proposed ferry service with a view to harness the potential opportunity that lies in passenger and cargo transportation by sea between the two countries.India said that the service would contribute “in a big way to promote people to people contact and to boost bilateral trade.”India has provided USD 100 million stand-by credit facility (SCF) to Maldives, including long-term loans and revolving credit for trade.Male, the capital and most populous city and Kulhudhuffushi, the third most populous city of Maldives are good prospects for introduction of ferry service from Kochi for both tourists as well as cargo.last_img read more

Pirates Fall To Jets In Boys Soccer

first_imgOn Thursday evening, the Greensburg Pirates hosted the Hauser Jets in what would be the final home game for the Pirates. Seniors Jake Buening, Brady Niles, Francis Teague, Jose Rosales, Jordan Kramer, Aaron Sia, Logan Yeager, Andrew Schroeder, and Drew Reiger were all honored before the game and thanked for their effort over the years as members of the Greensburg soccer team.Goalie, Drew Reiger got the scoring started for the Pirates midway through the first half. A handball in the box allowed for a Pirates penalty kick and the Greensburg goalie was called upon to take it. It was Reiger’s first career goal. The Jets were able to answer back and tie the score up before halftime, but just before the end of the first half, Francis Teague played a cross into the Jets’ penalty box and Jose Rosales was able to finish with the header. The Pirates took a 2-1 lead into halftime.Throughout the second half, the Pirates had some more scoring opportunities with shots coming from Jordan Kramer, Jake Buening, Brady Niles and Francis Teague, but none were able to slip past the Hauser goalie. Hauser was able to grab two more goals before the game ended, Greensburg lost a hard fought match 3-2.Next game for Greensburg is their sectional opener against East Central, Wednesday, October 7th at 5pm. The match will take place in Batesville.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more

DCCF relishes end of year donors

first_imgGreensburg, IN—The Decatur County Community Foundation is in a bit of a “pickle”. Tami Wenning, the Foundation Director, dressed up like a “Big Dill”, is seeking the community’s help to meet the match from a Mystery Donor for a new Vocational Scholarship Fund.  The donor is willing to match up to $5,000 to be ap[plied for a scholarship that can help anyone wanting to go into the trade field.  Wenning stated that every donation given will earn matching funds from our generous mystery donor, but they only have 5 days left to make the match! You can call the office at 812.662.6364, stop by the office located at 101 E Main St Suite 1, Greensburg, IN 47240, or click here to donate and be sure to designate the “Mystery Donor Scholarship” in the search box.last_img read more

Man dies in police-involved shooting

first_imgOfficials in Fort Lauderdale are reporting that one person is dead after a police-involved shooting.The incident was reported Sunday around 9:00 pm near Northwest 24th Avenue and Sixth Court.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue officials say they responded to the scene after receiving a call about a sexual battery incident.Authorities say after they spoke with the victim, they spotted the suspect and pursued him.During the pursuit, an officer discharged their weapon in an effort to take the suspect into custody.Paramedics transported the suspect to Broward Health Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.The Broward County Sheriff’s office is currently investigating the sexual battery claim, while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.last_img read more

Miami Pool Boy Calls Jerry Falwell Jr a Predator as Another Pool Boy Comes Forward

first_imgAnd the couple possibly had another encounter with a second pool boy at Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hotel. Gordon Bello claims to have had a “personal relationship” with Becki Falwell. Granda and Bello are high school friends who were both working at the Fontainebleau Hotel pool, where they claim they met the Falwells while the couple vacationed in 2012.A second pool boy speaks out in the Jerry Falwell Jr. sex scandalHummm…another pool boy, another day. I’m looking forward to learning the truth— Stone (@stonecold2050) August 27, 2020 In addition, a one-time Liberty University student says former university president Jerry Falwell Junior’s wife performed a sex act on him when he stayed at the couple’s home in 2008. He was 22 at the time and said Becki Falwell initiated the act, he went along with it but rejected further advances.The man says he was at the home after band practice with Becki Falwell’s son and that she continued to offer him gifts and send him messages over Facebook.The couple has released a statement condemning what they called a frenzy of false and fantastic claims in the wake of Falwell Jr.’s resignation following a sex scandal.The son of the evangelical leader of the same name led the university his father founded for 13 years. More details are coming out over Jerry Falwell Jr’s resignation as the president of Liberty University over allegations of a sex scandal.Former pool attendant, Giancarlo Granda, claims he had a sexual relationship with the evangelical leader’s wife, while Jerry reportedly watched, which Falwell denies. Granda appeared on Good Morning America today and spoke on the situation. Falwell-He’s a LiarEXCLUSIVE: Former pool attendant caught in middle of affair with wife of evangelical powerhouse Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks out to @GStephanopoulos.— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 28, 2020last_img read more

Usain St. Leo Bolt – greatest sprinter

first_img…first triple-treble winner in historyBy: Ras WadadaHE is the first and only human to win three consecutive treble-Gold at the world’s most prestigious sporting event – the Olympics, and to underline his genius, Usain St. Leo Bolt holds the world records for both the 100M and 200M events,;making him the fastest human being and undoubtedly the greatest sprinter to ever grace an athletic track.The supremely talented 6 feet 5 inches tall Jamaican has captivated and enthralled the world with his more than often effortless dominant runs, infectious charisma and unmatchable showmanship, over an eigh- year period. Now that he has indicated that Rio 2016 isthe final chapter of his illustrious Olympics career, the big question no one seems to have an answer for is, who will fill ‘the Big-man’s shoes? He surely will be missed.The four-time Olympian is arguably the most talked-about person in the world currently, and Jamaicans back home are beginning to compare him with another of their international superstar, the legendary Robert ‘Nesta’ Marley.Today, ‘King Bolt’ celebrates another milestone in life – his 30th birthday – and one can only imagine the millions of well- wishers he has worldwide and via the cyber world. This legendary journey all began in the tiny village of Sherwood Content, Trelawny, with two very special persons who gifted to the world this very special ‘Lightning Bolt’.The head foundation of this world-class speedster is none other than Mr. Wellesley Bolt who skillfully planted this powerful seed that was specially blessed by the Almighty and then lovingly nurtured by Jennifer who delivered this unique gift to the world,one week past his due date, on this day in 1986.Bolt’s athletic prowess was spotted at an early age while playing football and cricket in the streets, and at age 12, he was his Primary school’s fastest runner.Waldensia Primary is where his athletics career began.Three years later in 2001, he copped a Silver in the 200M, representing William Knibb Memorial High at the annual inter-schools athletics meet,and at the regional CARIFTA annual championship the same year, he won a silver in the 200M, in his first outing for Jamaica.The man chiefly responsible for honing Bolt’s gifted talent and shaping it into making him the undisputed ‘Sprint King’ of the world, is Coach Stephen Francis, whose expertise is also responsible for guiding 2-time Olympic 100M Gold Medalist Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce.Bolt first introduced himself to the world when he captured Gold in the 200M at the world Junior Track and field, staged in Kingston, Jamaica in 2002, and two years later he ran 19.93 at the Junior CARIFTA Games in Hamilton, Bermuda, for a new Junior World record.After an ordinary outing in his first Olympics at Athens in 2004, Bolt returned four years later to light up the world at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with record-breaking performances in the 100M and 200M on his way to his first triple-Gold, which he replicated four years later at the London Games.Amid wild speculation that he cannot achieve the triple-treble Gold at the Rio Games, the imposing Bolt silenced his few critics while disdainfully obliterating all opposition there was to offer, consequently placing himself among an ‘elite three’ of track and field Olympian athletes to have won nine Gold Medals, the most by an athlete. American Carl Lewis and Finland’s Paavo Nurmi are the other two track athletes with nine Gold medals to their credit. The Finnish cross country and long distance runner won five Golds at the 1924 Paris games, a feat yet to be equaled by an athlete.While King Bolt sits alone at the top of an unreachable pedestal of 3 consecutive victories in the 100M, 200M and 4x100M relays, three other athletes did the triple-Gold at an Olympics at different times. Americans Jesse Owens in 1936, Bobby Joe-Morrow in 1956, and Carl Lewis in 1984,have all won the triple Gold at one ‘Olympic Games’, but the ace sprinter of all times has done it thrice. Owens and Lewis both also got Gold in the Long Jump in 1936 and 1984 respectively.Bolt’s only blemish at a major International meet during his eight year reign of 2008 to 2016 is his disqualification for a false start in the 100M final at the World Athletics Championships in Korea in 2011. The year 2008 marked his introduction to the 100M,and in only his second International race, he smashed the world record in New York with a time of 9.72 and broke that record two more times after.He has brokenthe world record for the 200m twice also. The present world record for the sprints were set in Berlin at the World Track and Field Championships in 2009, where ‘Lightning Bolt’ struck twice – 9.58 secs. in the 100M and 19.19 secs. in the 200M. This marks the first and only time, since fully automatic time became mandatory,that one athlete holds both world records.The six-time Jamaican Sportsman of the year winner was also awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of the year in 2009 and 2010 and named IAAF’s Male Athlete of the year in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.The world will get a last glimpse of one of Athletics’ most loved champion next year February when he appears in his final World Track and Field Championships, in London. His present all-time tally of Gold at the World Track and Field Championships stands at three in the 100M, and four each in the 200M and 4x100M relays.Considering what he just comfortably and gracefully delivered in Rio, one would be tempted to say that the World’s greatest sprinter can do it one more time, but he is adamant that it is his last Olympics. Indeed, millions are heartbroken at his decision to end his electrifying and entertaining exploits on the Olympics track.I totally respect his timing to call it quits while at the peak of a most rewarding career, but for the majority of the World and the sport of athletics, it would be the best thing ever to have Usain St. Leo Bolt for one last time at an Olympics,which will be in Tokyo 2020.last_img read more

Cricket News R Ashwin All Set To Join Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab May Get Two Players In Deal

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is all set to join Delhi Capitals in a trade-off with Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). Ashwin, who had captained the KXIP for two seasons without much success, was supposed to join Delhi Capitals earlier but once Anil Kumble came on board, it was learnt that KXIP weren’t ready to release their senior bowler.”Yes, Ashwin is joining Delhi Capitals. The deal had earlier fell through as KXIP didn’t get the two DC players that they wanted in a trade-off with Ashwin. Now they are getting those two players and it’s 99 percent done,” a senior BCCI official, privy to IPL trade-offs, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.However it couldn’t be confirmed as to which two players Delhi will be trading. Earlier, speaking to IANS, Anil Kumble, Director of Cricket Operations of Kings XI Punjab, had expressed uncertainty over the future of Ashwin, saying that he had just come on board and it was too early to speak on the permutations and combinations that they were planning for the 2020 edition.”No decision has been taken yet. I have just come on board, in the last one week. We will know in the due course the decisions we are going to make. I haven’t got down to the details of the squad. The players we are going to retain, the players we are going to trade, none of those areas have been looked into,” former India head coach Kumble had said.The remarks came after KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia had said that the franchise had decided not to trade the spinner with DC. Under Ashwin’s leadership, KXIP played well in the first half of the past two seasons before losing steam in the second half. They finished seventh in 2018 and sixth in 2019. last_img read more

Tickling the ivories

first_imgNathaniel Gonzalez | Daily TrojanNareh Arghamanyan, winner of the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition, performs a song in Bovard Auditorium on Sunday. The performance, presented by USC Friends of Armenian Music, featured works by Bach, Chopin and Schumann. Born in Armenia, Arghamanyan has been playing piano since she was five years old and has won a wide variety of awards and competitions.last_img

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