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‘Dembele could edge Firmino out at Liverpool’

first_imgOusmane Dembele would be a “fantastic signing for Liverpool”, says Danny Murphy, with the Barcelona winger considered to be a better option for the Reds than Philippe Coutinho.A raid on the ranks at Camp Nou continues to be mooted for those at Anfield.Some 18 months on from agreeing to part with Brazil international Coutinho, it has been suggested that the 27-year-old could be brought back to Merseyside. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He is not the only Barca star said to be in Liverpool’s sights, though, with World Cup winner Dembele considered to be an alternative target.Murphy believes a move for the Frenchman would make sense, telling bwin: “Dembele would be a fantastic signing for Liverpool.“He’s not had the best time at Barcelona, but clearly has an abundance of talent and the ability to win games by himself.“If he can recapture his belief in his ability then Liverpool would have a formidable front three with him, [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah.“When playing to his potential, I think he would edge [Roberto] Firmino out of the first team.“Firmino is the type of player that would raise his own game and everyone’s around him if Dembele came into the team.“He’ll fight for his place week in, week out and, if you’re not giving your all on the pitch, then Firmino will be right there to take it.”Philippe Coutinho Barcelona 2018-19Murphy is not convinced that Liverpool should be looking to re-sign Coutinho, with there better options out there when it comes to trying to bolster the ranks of creativity available to Jurgen Klopp.The former Reds midfielder added: “Liverpool would be taking a step backwards if they re-signed Coutinho.“Coutinho is at his best when playing in a central three, not wide left. If he were to come back, he would change the dynamic of the team and it would disrupt the balance.“Liverpool’s midfield three are all super athletes who defend as much as they attack, which they’ll lose if playing Coutinho there.“Klopp had the ability to try a different formation once Coutinho departed and the results speak for themselves. It would be risky to revert back to accommodating Coutinho.“There’s always room for a creative player, but Liverpool should be looking at a player like Ousmane Dembele or [Wilfried] Zaha, not Coutinho.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Messi expects brief injury absence

first_imgLionel Messi expects to be out of action for “a little while” after suffering a calf injury during Barcelona training on Monday.The Argentina star sustained a grade one strain to his right calf muscle in his first session back with La Liga’s champions after his post-Copa America holiday.The 32-year-old will miss Barca’s pre-season trip to the United States while he recovers from the problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Although Barca have not put a timeframe on his recovery, Messi does not seem to think the injury will keep him sidelined for long.”I was looking forward to starting and unfortunately I had an accident in the first training session that will leave me out for a little while,” he wrote on Instagram.”I’m grateful for all your messages and displays of affection, I wanted to be with the team and with the people who follow us in the USA.”It wasn’t to be this time, but we’ll see each other again soon. A hug to everyone.”Barca face Napoli in Miami and Ann Arbor this week in the final stretch of their pre-season duties.They begin their league title defence away to Athletic Bilbao on August 16.Messi has vowed that the Blaugrana will look to challenge on all fronts in the 2019-20 campaign, with there a desire on the part of everyone at Camp Nou to chase down major honours at home and abroad.He said 12 months ago that the Champions League would be a top priority for Ernesto Valverde’s side, but has no regrets at making that statement and has reiterated that silverware is a must once more.Messi told supporters ahead of a friendly date with Arsenal: “It’s hard to say something after last season, but I don’t regret anything.“But I have no doubt that together we are going to fight again for everything. We won eight League titles in 11 years. We do not give it the value it deserves but over the years we will see how difficult it was.“This club fights for everything and this year will be no different. We have renewed dreams. Visca Barca and Visca Catalunya!”last_img read more

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Colin Cowherd Makes Bold Statement About Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

first_imgColin Cowherd trashes Notre Dame.Dwayne Haskins looked good in moments for the Ohio State Buckeyes last year, when he filled in for J.T. Barrett, and he was sensational in the team’s Week 1 win over Oregon State.Haskins was 22-for-30 for 313 yards and five touchdowns in the 77-31 victory. He also ran twice for 24 yards.Oregon State was definitely an overmatched OSU in that match-up. Still, Haskins turned heads with his performance.He is now sixth in ESPN’s Heisman Watch, and given the stature of “Ohio State quarterback,” he will certainly have his opportunity to compete for that award as the season wears on.Among those who think Dwayne Haskins is for real is FS1’s Colin Cowherd.He appeared on former ESPN colleague Ryen Russillo’s new podcast for The Ringer, “Dual Threat.” During the conversation, things briefly turned to the Buckeyes’ ceiling with Haskins.Cowherd compared him favorably to previous Urban Meyer quarterbacks like Barrett, going on to say he’s the type of quarterback that could win “a national title or two.”“Russillo: I think you got to put Ohio State there.Cowherd: So do I. I think I do.Russillo: Ohio State has to be in that group with Clemson.Cowherd: By the way, their quarterback—he’s good. I had an NFL guy this morning text me like ‘Hey, this guy can play.’ Urban’s had a lot of these… J.T. Barrett, you kind of love him for a weekend, but then they’re like ‘Yeah, but they’re not going to play at the next level.’ But that kid at Ohio State, that’s the kind of kid that can win a national title at Ohio State. Or two. He’s special.”The full episode:According to OddsShark, My Bookie now has Ohio State at +550 to win the national championship this year.[The Ringer]last_img read more

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The Best Back-to-School Backpacks for the Coming Year

first_imgAs ubiquitous as it is useful, the classic school backpack can be seen hanging from the shoulders of second-graders and college sophomores alike.But it might surprise you to learn that the very first zippered rucksack wasn’t created until 1938 and the first true backpack didn’t come about until the 1960s.Prior to the invention of both the rucksack and backpack, kids carried school materials bound in a leather book strap and slung over shoulders, which, as you can guess, was neither waterproof nor conducive to carrying anything other than books. But we’ve come a long way since then. From moisture-proof, light-weight packs to updated versions of the classic form, backpacks are here to stay for the foreseeable future.Because of this trend, price and longevity are two things to consider when searching for a backpack. It’s going to be better for you and more cost effective in the long run to find something durable that will last you a couple years. Carrying around all your junk shouldn’t mean you should settle for a drab bag, either. You’re going to be carrying this around all year, maybe longer, so you’re going to want to fins something that not only fits all your necessities but also fits your personality.We’ve rounded up the best back to school backpacks for 2018, so you don’t have to sift through all the zippers, straps, and capacity that set apart so many packs today.Topo Designs Core Pack – $129Our Denver, Colorado, friends from Topo Designs have bag designs, well, in the bag. And not just for the outdoor adventurer. Topo’s Core Pack is the quintessential backpack for cross campus commutes or carrying around your daily necessities, offering enough room for books, a laptop, and your gym clothes. It’s simple design aesthetic also means it will match any out of the day.See ItFilson Roll-Top Backpack – $475The pinnacle of roll-tops, this Filson backpack is made with a beautiful saddle-grade bridle leather that’s easy to wipe or brush clean if a sleepy classmate spills coffee on the exterior. This puppy is fully lined with soft cotton to protect your gear, a durable top snap-closure that keeps dust and gunk away from all your valuables, and an adjustable cinch strap to keep the top locked down over anything you need to carry. And while adjustability and materials are key, it’s also a heck of a handsome bag that’s offered in both tan or otter green.See ItHerschel Barlow Backpack – $120Although Hershel is notorious for their classic backpacks, they took a chance on this rebel, all-black Barlow model that is quiet on the eye, but does the damn job, and does it well. Larger than your average backpack, the Barlow is a contemporary minimalist take on the classic rucksack-style bag that offers cross-function appeal for students and weekend mountain trippers alike. Combining off-terrain durability with comfy EVA back panels, contoured shoulder straps, and custom rain protection, with a distinct urban flare, we’re slowly turning to the dark side with this utilitarian pack that defies terrain or purpose among the best back to school backpacks.See ItEverlane Modern Snap Backpack – $68Now you know we had to include something stylish that wouldn’t break the bank. After all, we know what you’re planning on using all your spending money on. (Here’s the best Rye whiskey under $50 and the best tequila under $20. You’re welcome.)The Everlane Snap Backpack is a sleek and dependable choice for all your daily journeys. With a water-resistant exterior, leather detailing, and a padded laptop compartment, this beaut is a cheaper alternative that offers all the space and protection you need to get you through the school year, if not longer.See ItAlchemy Equipment AEL005 Softshell Daypack – $120Alchemy Equipment’s 25-liter Softshell Daypack is nothing short of magic. And — who would’ve guessed — Alchemy is offering it for half the retail price. It offers a shield-like exterior design that’s both highly modern and looks as though it belongs in either an art museum or weapons armory, with specs to match. The masculine matte finish is lined with a subtle reflective trim that’s great for bikers or early morning class-goers, as well as stitched and stretchable external pockets for extra carrying space. You’ll find an internal laptop sleeve on the back which is padded from your spine with an airflow molded EVA panel and silicone gripper on the lumbar for a more comfortable and stable carry.We’re calling it a back-to-school pack because yes, you can put your books in here, but it’s secretly a top item on our travel-gear wish list too.See ItTaikan Lancer – $250This cotton-canvas and Italian vegetable tanned leather bag from Taikan is a classic backpack silhouette built for a modern lifestyle. Featuring your typical laptop compartment and subtle dual pocket zip for added storage solutions, if this Taikan pack had a mantra it would be: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it … but add a few added tweaks to really make it sing like the champion Freddie Mercury. It also sports a very “street” color aesthetic with pale pink (peach?) contrasting against the white front pocket and black main section. A little style swerve never hurt anyone, though, so be bold, friends.See ItSTATE Colby – $165Roll-top bags are in, and there’s not much more we can say about that. However, we can go on forever about the STATE coated canvas Colby roll-top pack, which will give you an urban edge over all your peers. Sporting a rich, sycamore color, a large main compartment with a laptop sleeve, and a flat front kangaroo pocket with double zip access, the Colby is one of the best back to school backpacks for more than just its capabilities. For every STATE bag purchased, the brand will hand deliver a backpack packed with essentials to a local child in need.See ItBrooks England Pickwick Linen – $250Offering six loud colorways and two sizes that pair perfectly with any sense of style, the Pickwick Linen roll-top backpack from Brooks England is a perfect companion for those commuting on the bus, trekking on a bike, or simply lugging gear to and from upper level biology classes. The linen construction is known for staying cool in hot weather for you summer-class folks, but is also water resistant to last you year-round. Featuring soft yet sturdy adjustable canvas straps, a padded 13-inchlaptop sleeve, custom hardware, and steezy leather details made from genuine Brooks leather, the Pickwick Linen is a bag that’s tough to pass up.See ItPatagonia Arbor – $99The trusted Patagonia Arbor is a must when delving through the best back to school backpacks, mainly because it’s comfortable, durable as hell, and provides plenty of book and laptop storage. Its easy loading main compartment secures with both straps and a synch cord, can hold most 15″ laptops, and a zippered pocket on the inside of the lid can stash a wallet, keys, or phone well out of view.Knowing Patagonia’s passion and love for the outdoors, this pack is also equipped with their bluesign® approved material, which offers the highest level of consumer safety and material consciousness that conserves resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment.See ItArticle updated August 17, 2018 by Bryan Holt. The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

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Bargari sacrilege case key accuseds murder Security tightened across Punjab

first_imgChandigarh: Tight security measures have been put in place across Punjab to prevent any untoward incident, a day after key accused in the 2015 Bargari sacrilege case was killed allegedly by two inmates in high-security Nabha prison.Officials Sunday said that checking of vehicles has been intensified at various places while paramilitary along with state police force has been deployed in Kotkapura town in Faridkot, where body of Mahinderpal Bittu was brought from Nabha in the morning. Bittu, a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was allegedly attacked by two inmates Saturday evening after which he was rushed to Nabha civil hospital near Patiala, where he was declared brought dead. Earlier, police had said that preliminary investigations revealed that Bittu (49), a resident of Faridkot, was allegedly attacked by Gursewak Singh and Maninder Singh, who were lodged in the Nabha prison in a murder case. According to an official, Bittu was allegedly attacked by these inmates with iron rods which they picked up from a construction site inside the jail. The deceased had suffered serious head injuries in the incident. A panel of three doctors conducted postmortem in the early hours of Sunday in the presence of duty magistrate after which Bittu’s body was handed over to his kin and sent to native town Kotkapura where last rites were expected to be conducted later in the day. Bittu’s body was kept in ‘Naam Charcha Ghar’ (congregation/prayer centre) of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect at Kotkapura. A large number of Dera followers started gathering there after the body reached there in the morning. Kotkapura and many of its adjoining towns in Punjab have sizeable presence of Dera followers. Security has also been stepped up in ‘Naam Charcha Ghars’ at other places in the state. Inspector General of Police, Ferozepur Range, M S Chhina told reporters in Kotkapura that sufficient paramilitary and state police force has been deployed in the town. “Sufficient paramilitary, state armed police in my (Ferozepur) range has been deployed. We will maintain peace,” Chhina said. Punjab’s Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa Sunday said a magisterial probe has been marked into the attack. “The Bargari accused were kept in separate cell so that such incident does not take place. Unfortunately, such a thing happened. Three jail officials have been suspended,” the Minister said. He said under what circumstances Mahinderpal come out of his cell and attacked will be known once probe is held.last_img read more

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Investigators probe third accident at Halifax airport in 15 years

first_imgHALIFAX – Federal investigators have arrived in Halifax to piece together why a Boeing 747 cargo plane skidded off an airport runway Wednesday, leaving a trail of debris and sending four crew to hospital.The SkyLease Cargo jet overshot Runway 14 just after 5 a.m. — the third serious incident at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in 15 years, following crashes in 2004 and 2015.Airport spokeswoman Theresa Rath Spicer said Flight KKE 4854 was arriving from Chicago in rainy conditions, and scheduled to be loaded with live lobster destined for China.“It did land and then overshot the runway,” Rath Spicer said Wednesday.“There were four crew on board at the time. They were removed from the aircraft and transported to hospital with what are described as minor injuries.”She said it wasn’t clear what caused the accident.Larry Vance, an aviation analyst and accident investigator who spent 25 years with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said it appears the plane was landing with a strong tailwind — something he called an “immediate red flag.”“Normally airplanes take off and land into the wind, that’s just a standard procedure that’s been going on since the Wright brothers,” he said.While it’s possible to land with a tailwind, Vance said there would be little room for “deviations” such as a high airspeed or delayed touchdown.Another potential factor could have been the rainy conditions, he said.“It takes longer to stop on a wet runway. It could be they got into a situation we call hydroplaning.”A team of Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived at the airport Wednesday to gather information and assess the incident.Board spokesman Chris Krepski said investigators will examine the aircraft and surrounding terrain, interview possible witnesses and crew members and take possession of the flight data recorders.Vance said investigators will examine whether there were any mechanical issues with the plane — in particular with the breaking system or reverse thrusters.The Halifax airport has two runways, and Rath Spicer confirmed that both were operational at the time of the incident.It’s the third serious incident at Stanfield in 15 years, but Vance said Halifax is a modern, sophisticated, well-equipped and well-run airport.“There’s no particular reason why Halifax would be singled out as being a hazardous place other than the fact that it’s challenged by some environmental conditions,” he said.The badly damaged plane was sitting Wednesday on a slight incline far off the runway and within about 50 metres of a fence that marks the perimeter of the airport boundary. Two of its engines appeared to be attached but were heavily damaged, while two other engines were sheared off completely.“The motors were tore off and the wings were cracked off. And it looked like halfway through the plane it was broke in half,” said John Fudge, one of many people who came to look at the plane before police sealed off a nearby road.“It was kind of crazy to see that, but at least nobody got hurt … I figured it would have been worse than what it was, but luckily it’s not.”An aluminum ladder trailed from an open main door near the front of the aircraft.The airport activated its emergency operations centre and suspended all flights after the crash, but the main runway was reopened shortly after 8 a.m.There were many delays in arrivals and departures, and some flight cancellations.In August, Stanfield airport announced SkyLease Cargo was operating two flights a week for First Catch, a Chinese-owned seafood freight forwarding company.It said SkyLease’s 747 aircraft had the capacity to carry up to 120 tonnes of Nova Scotia seafood to Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province.Officials with SkyLease weren’t available for comment Wednesday, while First Catch staffers refused to comment.According to Airfleets.net, the Boeing 747 first flew on Feb. 28, 1997, and was previously owned by Singapore Airlines before flying for SkyLease in 2017.Flightradar24.com said the plane had flown to Anchorage, Alaska, and Changsha on Monday.According to the Air Line Pilots Association, cargo planes have an accident rate seven times higher than passenger planes.Two other planes — including one cargo jet — have crashed while attempting takeoff or landing at the Halifax airport since 2004.A passenger plane crashed during a blizzard on March 29, 2015, injuring 25 people. Air Canada Flight 624 bounced into the air and crashed near the runway threshold before careening along the tarmac. Federal investigators blamed approach procedures, poor visibility and lighting.On Oct. 14, 2004, a British-based MK Airlines 747 went down just beyond the runway during takeoff, killing seven crew members. The Boeing cargo aircraft dragged its tail before breaking up and bursting into flames in a wooded area. No one survived.The Transportation Safety Board found that fatigue and inadequate software training led the MK Airlines crew to enter incorrect information and caused the plane to set the throttles too low.Rath Spicer said the earlier incidents were on a different runway, and deflected questions about any similarities among them to investigators.“We are very proud of our safety record,” she said. “Obviously, safety is our number 1 priority and we are now focused on resuming our operation, ensuring the safety of our passengers and working with the officials to determine how we can assist with the investigation.”Chris Praught, a spokesman for the Air Canada Pilots Association, said his thoughts were with the SkyLease Cargo flight crew.“We are following this issue carefully as we do with any incident to determine what safety lessons can be learned, such as any potential impact of fatigue given that this was an overnight operation,” he said in an email.— With files from Alison Auld, Brett Bundale, Keith Doucette and Holly McKenzie-SutterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version wrongly said the 2015 crash occurred at Pearson airport.last_img read more

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Canadian militarys template for perfect recruits invalid Vance

first_imgHALIFAX — The man who leads the Canadian Armed Forces says the military has failed to adequately integrate women and minorities, but Gen. Jonathan Vance says the Forces are working hard to adapt and change.Speaking at a defence and security conference in Halifax, the chief of defence staff says the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing — fast.The general says the military must become more diverse because it is keen to find the talent it needs to deal with rapidly evolving threats, such as cyber-warfare. He says the military is currently stuck with a template it uses to find ideal recruits, but its emphasis on physical attributes needs to be altered for certain jobs. Vance went further, saying the template is invalid when it comes to Canada’s ability to “fight effectively in the future.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN agency relieved that Thailand stops deportation of Lao Hmong says action

30 January 2007The United Nations refugee agency today expressed relief that Thai authorities have delayed the deportation of scores of Lao Hmong refugees to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic after a group barricaded themselves in the centre where they were being detained, and warned that any forcible deportation would be a “major breach of international law.” “We are relieved the deportation is on hold after some extremely worrying moments today,” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Geneva-based Asia bureau director, Janet Lim. “These refugees should not be forcibly returned to Laos under any circumstances and we will continue to work with third countries on their resettlement.”“If this deportation had gone ahead, it would have been the first time Thailand would have refouled [forcibly repatriated] refugees individually recognised under UNHCR’s mandate and a major breach of international humanitarian law.” Authorities at north-east Thailand’s Nong Khai detention centre had earlier on Tuesday attempted to move the 153 refugees, including a newborn baby, onto buses in preparation for deportation. Many women and children boarded the buses, however 54 male refugees barricaded themselves into the immigration detention centre and resisted all attempts to move. UNHCR understands a group of some two dozen children were with them.The agency has made repeated offers to the Thai Government to help find alternative solutions for the Lao Hmong group in detention and has been working closely with third countries to find resettlement solutions.Today’s attempted deportation comes just a few days after Thai authorities deported 16 Lao Hmong to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic without screening them to see if they needed international protection, a move which sparked concern at UNHCR. “We have serious concerns for the safety and security of those being deported to Laos,” agency spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said at a press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday. “UNHCR does not have access inside Laos to people returned against their will.”UNHCR is also gravely concerned about the fate of 26 Lao Hmong children – separated from their parents – who were deported from Thailand to Laos in December 2005. There has been no trace of them since, despite efforts by the agency and the Thai Government to find out what has happened.These moves by Thai authorities underline the tenuous situation of some 7,000 Lao Hmong who have been living in makeshift camps near Huay Nam Khao village in Phetchabun province since about July 2005. UNHCR does not have access to this mixed group but has consistently advocated with Thailand to put in place a system that would ensure that any individuals among them who have protection concerns are screened in line with international standards. UNHCR is ready to help the Thai authorities in any appropriate way to manage this situation.In a separate development in Malaysia, UNHCR said on Tuesday it hopes authorities will continue to uphold their humanitarian commitment to refugees, after a group of Myanmar nationals were arrested despite holding agency documents.“We are concerned that over the weekend, as part of a general crackdown on undocumented migrants, some 45 Myanmar nationals holding UNHCR documents were arrested near the administrative capital of Putrajaya, and then detained,” said Ms. Pagonis, adding such arrests seem to be part of a trend. “We are now working with the authorities on their release.”She also pointed to “a new development where persons carrying UNHCR cards have also been arrested during these immigration raids.” In December, 90 UNHCR card holders were arrested, and so far this month an additional 70 have been arrested. “We hope this recent trend will quickly be reversed,” she added.There are some 46,000 persons of concern registered with UNHCR in Malaysia including 15,000 from the Indonesian Province of Aceh, 12,000 Rohingyas from the Northern Rakhine State of Myanmar, 16,000 other ethnic minorities from Myanmar, such as the Chins and Myanmar Muslims and the remaining numbers from various other countries. read more

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FEATURE Should international refugee law accommodate climate change

A young boy in Malaita, Solomon Islands, plays with his homemade wooden truck. UN Photo/W Stone“And to be the little pebble in their shoe; serving as a reminder that if we really want to make progress on addressing some of these issues, if we’re really keen on sustainable development and if the post-2015 sustainable development agenda is to be the wise and forward-looking [framework] everyone wants it to be, then the issues surrounding human mobility cannot be swept under the rug.”UNHCR is also a standing invitee to the Nansen Initiative, launched in October 2012 by the Governments of Switzerland and Norway, and which aims to build consensus on a protection agenda to address the needs of people displaced across international borders by natural hazards, including the effects of climate change.“We are very encouraged by the Nansen Initiative,” Mr. Riera said, describing it as a “State-led conversation on how to protect affected populations.”The effects of climate change are already being felt in all continents and across the oceans, the UN reported earlier this year, and warned that the world, for the most part, is ill-prepared for the risks. The report, ‘Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability’, from Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks.“Climate change over the 21st century is projected to increase displacement of people. Displacement risk increases when populations that lack the resources for planned migration experience higher exposure to extreme weather events, in both rural and urban areas, particularly in developing countries with low income,” the report’s authors wrote, noting also the indirect impact climate change has on increased risk of violent conflicts, such as civil war and inter-group violence. By the end of 2013, an estimated 51.2 million people worldwide were considered to be forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations, according to UNHCR. The majority of them concentrated in “climate change hotspots” around the world. “The Baths”, unusual rock formations at a tourist resort in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. UN Photo/Marvin Weill“We don’t have, in international law, or any kind of mechanisms to allow people to enter a State against the will of the State, unless they’re refugees. And even then, they don’t technically have the right to enter, but they cannot be punished for entering,” the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, François Crépeau, told the UN News Centre. His mandate has been awarded by the Human Rights Council and his work is supported by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“Therefore, people like Mr. Teitiota do not find any solutions in international law as it presently stands. The solution for especially slow onset environmental issues, such as sinking islands, or low lying coastal lands that are being slowly eroded and overcome because of climate change-induced factors, don’t have a framework,” he added. “The only thing that can happen is negotiations with neighbouring States for transfer of populations.” José Riera, Senior Advisor in the UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) Division of International Protection, concurred, “In the case of cross-border movement, we’re looking at a gaping legal hole.” Except in contexts of conflicts and persecution, there is no lead UN agency that has at its core the protection of people forced to flee owing to disasters, including those triggered by climate change, and which could coordinate an international response. Satellite image of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the northern Caribbean. UN Photo/USGS/NASA In the Secretary-General’s 2012 report to the UN General Assembly on human rights and migration, Mr. Crépeau cited research which predicts that up to 250 million people might be displaced by climate change by the year 2050.He wrote that while it is hard to predict precisely the patterns of where climate-change induced migrants will move, current research indicates that much climate related displacement is likely to take place within national borders and that those most acutely vulnerable will often not be in a position to migrate internationally, or will travel only as far as their resources will allow. As a result, he calls for planned and facilitated migration policies, and the strong involvement of all partners, including civil society.For people living in low-lying island States, the situation is particularly urgent, the Special Rapporteur wrote, as there is scientific evidence that the islands will become uninhabitable as a result of inadequate supply of potable water, along with other environmental concerns. Mr. Crépeau questions whether a country can legally even exist if it is absorbed, merged and voluntarily or involuntarily dissolved, concluding that the situation of a State abandoned by its population due to the effects of climate change is simply so new “that no clear international legal framework appears to apply.” “It’s going to take a lot of imagination and political will to be able to negotiate transfers of populations which would be on the massive scale,” Mr. Crépeau told the UN News Centre. “If you wanted to transfer a population of one small island with a few thousand people – that can be negotiated. But I don’t think we’re yet at the level of destination States accepting hundreds of thousands or millions of people.”“The political climate in most countries in the global North is such that discussing migration is actually very toxic. They are not going to make commitments at the UN in official fora which could backfire in the next election campaign, which is one, two, three, or four years from now.” Villagers of Okau in Wely Municipality meet with the Magistrate of Weloy and the Assistant Anthropologist of Yap District. The large doughnut-shaped stone money is a mark of village prestige. UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata“The truth is there is no one agency in the system because no one could have imagined this situation 60 years ago,” Mr. Riera told the UN News Centre. “But there are massive protection challenges raised by climate and environment-related migration, displacement and planned relocation.”“We need States to at least come to an agreement that [climate change-related displacement] is a phenomenon that has to be dealt with, and also for them to come up with the solutions.” They are not going to make commitments at the UN in official fora which could backfire in the next election campaignThe UN agency coordinates the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility, which also includes OHCHR, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), UN University (UNU), and non-UN partners, such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Among the targeted recipients of the Group are climate negotiators at the UN climate change convention talks, the last of which will be in Paris in 2015.“We see our role not as [leading and waving] the institutional flag, but to make available to State Parties [to the Convention] the research that is coming on board as it relates to migration, displacement and planned relocation,” Mr. Riera added. The more considered – and thus far, thorny – response challenges the legal notion of what it is to be a refugee, and raises questions about how much political will there is to even begin a global discussion on an issue that UN experts say was unimaginable a few decades ago. Ioane Teitiota, a Kiribati national, lost his asylum appeal in New Zealand this past May in a case that would have made him the world’s first-ever “climate change refugee.” Mr. Teitiota moved there in 2007 with his family, claiming his island home was sinking and becoming too dangerous to live on. His lawyers argued that Mr. Teitiota was being “persecuted passively by the circumstances in which he’s living, which the Kiribati Government has no ability to ameliorate.”New Zealand’s Court of Appeal ruled that while climate change is a major and growing concern for the international community, the phenomenon “and its effect on countries like Kiribati is not appropriately addressed under the Refugee Convention.” That 1951 treaty defines a refugee as a person who “has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.” A view of the ravaged village of Vilufushi, on the southeastern Kolhumadulu Atoll, where 17 have died and 28 are still missing after the tsunami swept across their island.UN Photo/Evan Schneider Yet for some small islands, these issues are already on the table and will likely get more attention in the coming months. Preparations are well under way for the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, to be held in the Samoan capital, Apia, starting 1 September. The week-long meeting is meant to give countries an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity and partnership with small island developing nations. It is also expected to launch new and concrete partnerships, such as in areas of sustainable tourism and disaster risk reduction.“It will also allow those small island States that feel that they least contributed to climate change, to try to take a principled stand in the climate change negotiations, and play up this notion of common but differentiated responsibilities,” Mr. Riera said, referring to the common goal of curbing emission gases through different roles among the richer and less economically developed Governments.The UN is also preparing for a final round of climate change talks in Paris next year to hammer out a legally-binding climate treaty. Ahead of the talks, Mr. Ban will convene a climate summit at UN Headquarters this September, during the high-level opening of the General Assembly. Ultimately, the outcomes of these conferences depend solely on the Governments of UN Member States.“The important word in the United Nations is ‘nations’. The UN in itself is nothing more than an international cooperation forum. It’s the nations that can get together and do something,” said Mr. Crépeau. “States can use the vessel to do something, but the vessel in itself can do nothing if the States are opposed to it. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is constantly urging the States to do something on a number of issues. Sometimes they do it, sometimes they don’t.” read more

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Evolving peacekeeping landscape requires stronger globalregional partnership Security Council told

Participants at Security Counicl meeting on Regional Organizations and Contemporary Global Security Challenges. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ ›“In recent years, we have seen how practical cooperation among the United Nations, the African Union and the European Union has enhanced progress in Africa. Now we need to build on this trilateral cooperation and boost our collective ability to manage, plan and execute peace operations,” Mr. Ban reminded.Different forms of engagement with other organizations proved equally successful, he said, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the League of Arab States (LSA), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).“The Panel recommends that we deepen the strategic UN-AU partnership. I fully agree. Almost two thirds of our peace operations and nearly 90 per cent of our uniformed peacekeepers are deployed in Africa,” insisted the Secretary-General.The report also calls for greater support to Security Council-authorized African Union peace operations, the experts recommending that the UN enable regional organizations to share the burden in accordance with the UN Charter.“Toward that end, I draw attention to the Panel’s call for more predictable financing, including through the use of UN-assessed contributions,” Mr. Ban observed, while emphasizing other important forms of support, like planning processes, logistical packages, UN-managed trust funds and access to all UN expertise, systems, materiel and services.“The UN’s broad support for the AU and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) also includes political cooperation – which is difficult to quantify but still highly valuable.”Joint efforts have made a meaningful difference, he continued, in defusing tensions and supporting the transition in Burkina Faso, encouraging political dialogue ahead of elections in Guinea, resolving the electoral crisis in Kenya and ending a political deadlock in Madagascar through a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Roadmap, among other engagements.“We have succeeded in dramatically enhancing our partnerships. We have come to rely on each other in critical times. We will continue to advance progress,” assured the UN chief. “At the same time, regional organizations should continue contributing to United Nations peace and security efforts. We count on them for political leverage as well as civilian and military capacities,” Mr. Ban told the Security Council, during an open debate on the subject of regional organizations and contemporary global security challenges.Noting that cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations have gained “greater influence” in recent years, partly because of the changing nature of conflicts, Mr. Ban explained that a number of aggravating factors prompted him to request a fresh review of UN peace operations.“Urbanization, unemployment and population movements, including massive displacement, are increasing dramatically. Technological advances in warfare, including cyber threats, pose grave dangers to civilians. And against this shifting security landscape, the United Nations is deploying into fragile and remote environments with little peace to keep.”The Secretary-General said that he is now analyzing the report of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations to identify the recommendations the Organization can carry out “immediately” – and those that will require action by legislative bodies, Member States and partners.One of these recommendations is a “stronger global-regional partnership” to ensure that the Security Council can draw on a “more resilient and capable network of actors,” he underlined. read more

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Master of Science thesis defence

Colin Vendromin, a candidate in the Department of Physics, will present his Master of Science thesis defence on Thursday, August 29 at 1 p.m. in Mackenzie Chown H-Block 313.His thesis is titled Numerical Solutions of Laplace’s Equation for Various Physical Situations.His examination committee members are Dr. Michael Bidochka, Chair; Dr. Stephen Anco, External Examiner, (Brock University); Dr. David Crandles, Supervisor; Dr. Maureen Reedyk and Dr. Shyamal Bose, Committee Members.All are welcome to attend.

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British army officers wrongly believed alcohol made WW1 troops better fighters claims

British army officers wrongly believed WW1 troops fought better if they were drunk in battle, an addiction specialist has claimed.Senior commanders encouraged drinking among soldiers as they were following medical advice that claimed alcohol made them more effective fighters.Health experts believed that rum would “warm and dry out chilled troops” who were suffering from dysentery caught in the trenches, according to Dr Tim Leighton, Director of Professional Education and Research at Action on Addiction.But troops were unhappy with their ‘rum rations’ of 1/16th pint per day and wanted the “more generous” levels given to soldiers who fought in the army from the early 18th century.Many colonels agreed that the recommended level was too low and would give nervous fighters extra helpings to improve their confidence before infiltrating enemy lines.Lt Colonel J.S.Y. Rogers, a medical officer to the 4th Black Watch, said in the Report of Enquiry into Shell Shock in 1922: “Had it not been for the rum ration I do not think we should have won the war. Before the men went over the top they had a good meal and a double ration of rum and coffee.” According to the photograph's original caption these soldiers are the first to have crossed the River Somme Despite some historians citing alcohol as a vital part of boosting morale and camaraderie during the First World War, Dr Leighton believes it actually had a “negative effect” overall.“There are a lot of myths around. If you want people to charge into the enemy machine guns and you give them a bit of alcohol, it probably makes them a little more likely to do that but on the whole most of the research I have seen shows there is no real evidence that this really helped, he told an audience at the Chalke Valley History Festival near Salisbury.“It was the opinion of the Black watch medical officer that WW1 would not have been won if people had not been drinking. I think that on the whole the effect of these drugs on military effectiveness was negative.”Dr Leighton added: “It is probable that it made them braver and more willing to take risks. Whether this always made for more effective operations is open to doubt.” According to the photograph’s original caption these soldiers are the first to have crossed the River SommeCredit:Tom Marshall (PhotograFix) / med/Media Drum World British troops were also known to have drunken wine in preparation for battles in France and beer was regularly consumed between conflicts.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Lewandowski 4 Madrid 1 all of the goals from Dortmunds destruction of

first_imgROBERT LEWANDOWSKI PUT on a masterclass to leave Borussia Dortmund on the cusp of a place in the Champions League final.Lewandowski scored all of Dortmund’s goals as the Germans thumped Real Madrid 4-1 in their semi-final first leg at the Westfalenstadion this evening.After Bayern Munich set the tone with a ruthless display against Barcelona last night, their Bundesliga rivals responded in kind to bring an all-German final a step closer to reality.It took just eight minutes for Lewandowski to open the scoring and set the tone for the evening. Mario Götze — who yesterday announced that he will leave Dortmund for Bayern in the summer — crossed the ball and the big Polish striker was on hand to slide it home.YouTube Credit: fivesatBut Madrid stuck to their task and levelled two minutes before half-time. Seconds after Marco Reus was denied a penalty for Dortmund, Mats Hummels underhit his backpass, allowing Gonzalo Higuain to square and Cristiano Ronaldo to roll the ball into an empty net. YouTube Credit: fivesatIt was a valuable away goal for Madrid but it was Dortmund who struck first after the restart, Lewandowski playing the offside trap to perfection and finishing smartly in the the 50th minute.YouTube Credit: Ragnos1997And the striker completed his hat-trick five minutes later with the pick of the bunch, showing a brilliant touch to drag the ball away from Pepe before rifling his finish into the roof of the net.YouTube Credit: Ragnos1997Madrid’s misery was complete in the 66th minute when Xabi Alonso was penalised for a push on Reus. Lewandowski held his nerve to thump the ball past keeper Diego Lopez, giving the Germans a three-goal cushion ahead of next Tuesday’s return leg in the Bernabeu.YouTube Credit: Ragnos1997How Twitter reacted to the Luis Suarez banlast_img read more

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Larc le plus ancien du Néolithique européen découvert en Espagne

first_imgL’arc le plus ancien du Néolithique européen découvert en EspagneDes chercheurs espagnols ont annoncé, sur le site web de l’Université de Barcelone, avoir découvert, dans un gisement archéologique du nord-est de leur pays, un arc intact vieux de quelque 7.000 ans. Il s’agirait du plus ancien arc connu pour le Néolithique européen.C’est sur le site néolithique de la Draga, près de la ville de Banyoles, en Catalogne (Espagne), que l’importante découverte a été faite. Des archéologues de l’Université autonome de Barcelone et du CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, le ‘CNRS’ espagnol) y ont mis au jour un arc entier fabriqué en bois d’if comme la majorité des arcs conçus en Europe à la période néolithique. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après les descriptions fournies par les chercheurs, l’arme présente une section un peu convexe et mesure pas moins de 1,08 mètre de longueur. Mais le plus important est surtout l’âge de l’objet. Les estimations faites avec des techniques de datation le font remonter à entre 5.400 et 5.200 avant notre ère. Ses découvreurs estiment ainsi qu’il s’agit de l’arc le plus ancien jamais découvert pour la période néolithique en Europe. Néanmoins, on ignore encore l’usage qui fut fait de cette arme. Celle-ci aurait aussi bien pu être utilisée pour la chasse que pour la guerre entre clans ou encore pour des activités de prestige. Des fouilles antérieures sur le même site avaient déjà permis de découvrir des fragments de deux autres arcs. Mais le dernier trouvé, intact, permettra sans doute aux chercheurs de préciser certains aspects de la technologie, des stratégies de survie et de l’organisation sociale des premières communautés paysannes à s’installer dans la péninsule ibérique.Le 8 juillet 2012 à 14:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Elementary student allegedly uses pepper spray on another

first_imgA student on an Evergreen Public Schools bus allegedly assaulted another with pepper spray about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday.The problem was noticed when the bus was parked in front of home in the 900 block of Southeast 152nd Ave. in Cascade Park.A number of students were on board, said district spokeswoman Carol Fenstermacher. She said one student may have been taken to a hospital for observation, but none was reported seriously injured.A third student was exposed to the high-potency spray, which uses oleoresin capsicum to irritate an opponents’ eyes, mouth and lungs. It’s painful and can cause a suspect to give up a fight. The resin derives from capsaicin, the natural substance that makes various peppers taste hot. It can be tricky to use, especially in gusty winds, and at least one officer has reported deploying it and being sprayed himself.Once someone is sprayed, officers often call paramedics to rinse the person’s eyes with water.Fenstermacher said she didn’t know whether Vancouver police have recovered the canister, but said Vancouver police were investigating.The students who weren’t sprayed were taken home, said Firefighter-spokesman Joe Spatz.Spatz said it wasn’t clear whether the spraying was intentional or accidental.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

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RBI governor Urjit Patels resignation could trigger FII outflow Report

first_imgRBI Governor Urjit Patel addresses a press conference to announce the second bi-monthly monetary policy review of the fiscal, in Mumbai on June 7, 2017.IANSThe foreign capital inflows may face headwinds amid the Reserve Bank of India’s governor Urjit Patel’s surprise resignation. Last month, the market witnessed an FII buying spree where they bought shares worth of $868.37 million. The inflows were driven by correcting crude oil prices over 20 percent since October.In December, the FII have sold over $31.67 million worth share. It is to be noted that last year registered a net outflow of FII investment worth $4921.45 million.Speaking to the financial daily, Mint, one of the equity analysts said the “RBI governor Urjit Patel’s resignation is unfortunate, but I am sure the government will soon find a successor. If it is beyond personal reason, as cited by him, it will be a bit of a worry for both global and foreign investors, as to why the government and an institution like the RBI can’t work together.”Moreover, the Domestic Institutional Investors (DII) have also been cautious in the last two months amid the uncertainties arising out of state election results and crude oil prices.DII along with mutual funds and insurance companies have invested huge amounts in equities despite high volatility in the share market. In contrast, they are net sellers in December. In comparison to November where the DII sold more than 800 crores of share, they sold 2266 in December.The data from the Association of Mutual funds of India showed that net inflow into domestic equity mutual fund tanked 33.33 percent to Rs 841 crores in November as against previous month which was lowest since August.VK Vijay Kumar V.K. Vijayakumar, chief investment strategist, Geojit Financial Services, said that “The market is presently being impacted by the global sell off and domestic political concerns. Once these issues die down, the market will stabilize. The resignation of the RBI governor is a short-term sentimental negative. However, this is not likely to impact the economy and the market beyond the very short term, provided we get a good reputed person as a replacement.”last_img read more

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Three US biologists win Nobel Medicine Prize

first_imgThis handout photograph taken on September 25, 2013 and released on October 2, 2017 by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) shows US geneticists (L-R) Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young during a lecture at Shaw College of the CUHK in Hong Kong. US geneticists Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young were awarded the Nobel Medicine Prize on October 2, 2017 for shedding light on the internal biological clock that governs the wake-sleep cycles of most living things. AFPUS geneticists Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young were awarded the Nobel Medicine Prize Monday for shedding light on the internal biological clock that governs the wake-sleep cycles of most living things.“Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronised with the Earth’s revolutions,” the Nobel Assembly announced.Life on Earth is adapted to the rotation of our planet. For many years, scientists have known that living organisms, including humans, have an internal clock that help them anticipate and adapt to the rhythm of the day.Hall, 72, Rosbash, 73, and Young, 68, “were able to peek inside our biological clock and elucidate its inner workings,” said the Nobel Assembly.Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine members (L-R) Swedish American biologist, Professor Juleen Zierath, Professor of Medical Genetics Anna Wedell (Chair) and Carlos Ibanez, Professor in Molecular Neurobiology talk during a press conference as the winners of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine are pictured on a display (L-R) US trio Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm on October 2, 2017. ReutersThe clock influences such biological functions as hormone levels, sleep, body temperature and metabolism.It is what causes jetlag-when our internal clock and external environment move out of sync when we change time zones.Using the fruit fly as a model organism, this year’s laureates isolated a gene that controls the daily biological rhythm.“They showed that this gene encodes a protein that accumulates in the cell during the night and is then degraded during the day,” the Nobel team said.“Subsequently they identified additional protein components of this machinery, exposing the mechanism governing the self-sustaining clockwork inside the cell.”The trio will share the prize sum of nine million Swedish kronor (about $1.1 million or 937,000 euros).Last year, Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan won the prestigious prize for his work on autophagy-a process whereby cells “eat themselves”, which when disrupted can cause Parkinson’s and diabetes.last_img read more

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Corpus Christi Mother Accused Of Selling Child Trying To Sell Two More

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Nueces County Jail29-year-old Esmeralda Garza of Corpus Christi.Authorities are accusing a Corpus Christi mother of selling her 7-year-old son and trying to sell her two young daughters.Texas Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that 29-year-old Esmeralda Garza of Corpus Christi was arrested Friday. She remained in the Nueces County jail on Wednesday on a charge of sale or purchase of a child. Bond was set at $100,000. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.DPS said that agents were executing a drug search warrant in Corpus Christi when they located a 7-year-old who had allegedly been sold and purchased. Authorities say two girls, ages 2 and 3, were in the process of being sold.The case remains under investigation.A man and woman were arrested as a result of the drug investigation. Sharelast_img read more

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Some dickensian madness

first_imgBehroopiya Entertainers in association with Madball Company, Mumbai presents, A Tale of Two Treaties.  The show will be held on 15 November in the Capital’s Alliance De Francaise, Lodhi road.A Tale of Two Treaties is a one-man Commedia Dell’Arte show where Deepal Doshi plays 10 different masks in a 70 minute performance. In this show the actor is the master of the physical art of transformation through mask and through his mastery transports the audience into the crazy world of Commedia where the primal drives of hunger, lust, and greed rule the lives of its zany characters. The show is highly physical, contains audience interaction, and is meant for audiences aged 15+ due to bawdy sexual and scatological humor. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show has been performed in Sweden, USA, Bali, Canada, and India, including most recently at the esteemed Kala Ghoda Festival 2013 and the International Commedia Dell’Arte Conference 2013 at the University of Windsor, Canada.A Tale of Two Treaties is the only show of its kind in India. Deepal is the only Indian artist currently performing this style of theatre in India. This show guarantees a rambunctious combination of physical finesse, engaging theatre, and nonstop craziness which will leave an audience excited, amazed and thoroughly entertained.When : 15 November 2014Where : Alliance De Francaise, Lodhi Road, New Delhilast_img read more