first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid team news: Bale returns to Real Madrid XI but Cristiano Ronaldo is rested Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:23 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Gareth Bale Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Copa del Rey Gareth Bale Numancia v Real Madrid Numancia Primera División The Welshman was a second-half substitute during El Clasico last time out and has been handed a start in the Copa del Rey this evening Gareth Bale has returned to the Real Madrid starting XI for the club’s Copa del Rey clash against Numancia.The Welshman was named in Zinedine Zidane’s squad ahead of the fixture, having overcome calf and hamstring issues.Bale damaged his calf in a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund on September 26 – a match in which he scored a stunning goal – and consequently missed two months of action. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Wales international also sustained a thigh issue but made his return in the previous round of the Copa del Rey against Fuenlabrada at the end of November, providing a glorious assist moments after his introduction.Another calf problem then consigned Bale to longer on the sidelines, although he featured in Madrid’s Club World Cup triumph in December, and he gets the chance to prove his fitness in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence.Bale is one of the few senior stars on show for Zidane’s side at Numancia, with young talent including Theo Hernandez, Jesus Vallejo and Borja Mayoral included in the starting line-up.Ronaldo, along with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, has been excluded from the squad to face the second-tier team in the first leg of the round of 16 at Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos this evening.Karim Benzema also misses the tie, having suffered a hamstring injury during Real’s 3-0 Clasico defeat at home to Barcelona in their last outing.Zidane is marking the second anniversary of his appointment as Madrid’s head coach, with the Frenchman under pressure because of the 14-point defecit between themselves in fourth and rivals Barca in first.Here’s tonight’s starting XI to face @cdnumancia!#RMMovistar #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/nFCGIXSgRa— Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) January 4, 2018ALINEACIÓN |Ya tenemos a los once guerreros que disputarán el #NumanciaRealMadrid#VamosNumancia#NosGustaLaCopa#LaCopaQueNosHizoGrandes pic.twitter.com/W5dshJOhQW— cdnumancia (@cdnumancia) January 4, 2018Real Madrid XI: Casilla, Carvajal, Nacho, Vallejo, Theo, Ceballos, Llorente, Bale, Vazquez, Asensio and MayoralReal Madrid subs: Navas, Varane, Casemiro, Acraf, Isco, Kovacic, TejeroNumanica XI: Munir; Carlos, Medina, Dani Calvo, Ripa; Dani Nieto, Sierra, Pere Milla, Diamanka; Larrea, Higinio.Numancia subs: Perez, Manu del Moral, Nacho, Fernandez, Valcarce, Etxeberria, Mateulast_img read more

first_imgArsenal Wenger handed three-match touchline ban for referee rant Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 00:02 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Nottingham Forest FA Cup The Arsenal manager was charged with misconduct by the Football Association following a meeting with West Brom and must now serve a suspension Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been handed a three-match touchline ban as a result of his actions in a Premier League meeting with West Brom.The Gunners boss was charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) following a contest at The Hawthorns, and he must now serve a suspension as well as pay a fine.Wenger’s first game in the stands will be Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest, while he will also be absent from the dugout for a Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tie with Chelsea and a Premier League date with Bournemouth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A statement released by the FA read: “Arsene Wenger will serve a touchline ban for Arsenal’s next three matches after he was charged with misconduct.“It follows an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [05/01/18] at which the Arsenal manager admitted that his language and behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the West Bromwich Albion game on Sunday [31/12/17] was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee.“He was also fined £40,000.”Arsene Wenger ArsenalGAMES WENGER WILL BE ABSENT FOR Date Opponent Competition Jan 7 Nottingham Forest FA Cup Jan 10 Chelsea Carabao Cup Jan 14 Bournemouth Premier League Wenger had been angered by the match officials against West Brom after seeing his side concede a late penalty.Mike Dean pulled up Calum Chambers for an alleged handball, which allowed Jay Rodriguez to convert from the spot and snatch a 1-1 draw for the Baggies.Wenger took his protests from the touchline to the referees’ room afterwards, and has now paid the price.He had vowed to contest the charge and was still standing by his comments while on pre-match press duty on Friday morning.Wenger told reporters when quizzed on his outburst: “I’ve nothing to add, I maintain what I said. We can spend all day talking about things that aren’t important, but we want to see big games, with important players and see them refereed by top professionals.”I try to serve this game with honestly and integrity. When I have something to say, I say it.”I had a huge influence on them [referees] becoming professional, so that’s why I think I am allowed to be demanding.”Imagine, I am 21 years in the game and what I’ve seen and heard in corridors – I’m surprised and shocked to be charged.”last_img read more

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State took the ball first in overtime, where J.W. Walsh orchestrated an excellent touchdown drive to set the Cowboys up from the 2. On fourth down, Walsh kept the ball and found paydirt which put the Cowboys up 33-26, which proved to be the game-winning touchdown.AdChoices广告The Oklahoman’s Kyle Frederickson also had a pretty solid view here as well:#OKstate Here’s JW Walsh’s game winner in OT pic.twitter.com/hvdVGTwTak— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 11, 2015last_img read more

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. AdChoices广告Trace Clark takes us through the Sugar Bowl gift suite packages which each player receives just for being on the team. The logic is strong, too. You start with the recliner and everything else is trying to knock that off.Also, I loved him saying, “I don’t know what mountains you’re finding in Stillwater, Oklahoma …”last_img read more

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. On the last play of the third quarter with the Cowboys up just three, Mike and Mike rolled the dice going deep and Mason Rudolph delivered.Mason Rudolph found his connection with his go-to target James Washington right down the seam to go 82-yards for the score. Check out the full video below:last_img read more

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways. The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. If you were a four-star wide receiver, wouldn’t you literally jump at the chance to start your collegiate with an established, record-setting QB like Mason Rudolph?Well, Oklahoma State’s top-rated recruit Tylan Wallace (No. 73 on the ESPN 300 ranking) just happens to be in that boat and is thrilled about the announcement that Mason Rudolph and James Washington will be returning for their senior seasons, as he told ESPN’s Jeremy Crabtree.“It’s going to help me a lot to be able to learn from a guy like James,” said Wallace. “He can break it down for me like nobody else can and that will only help me as a player. And I can’t wait to catch passes from Mason.”The Cowboys, who have a chance to end the season on a good note with an Alamo Bowl win Thursday night, should be set to make another run at a Big 12 title with a ton of returning (and incoming) playmakers on offense.RudolphJusticeWashington AtemanMcCleskeyLacyStonerJohnsonCarrWallaceHubbardKing???— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 27, 2016last_img read more

first_imgThe regular bowl games are over, and only the national championship remains. Here are the current bowl records for each of the five big conferences.ACC: 8-3Big 12: 4-2SEC: 6-6Pac-12: 3-3Big 10: 3-7The Big 12’s wins came over Auburn, Colorado, Texas A&M and Boise State. It was some sweet redemption for a conference that had been buried more times in 2016 than David Blaine. It also set the stage for 2017.So much of making the College Football Playoff is about perception. This is the very thing everyone was trying to avoid when the CFB Playoff was invented, but it turns out to be possibly an even stronger factor now that a committee of the old guard is picking teams. With OU having won 10 straight games and Oklahoma State thumping the Pac-12 runner up, the Big 12 is gaining steam for a banner year.Mike Gundy was asked after the Alamo Bowl if he felt like 2017 has a chance to be a repeat of 2011.“Do we have enough talent at key spots?” Gundy asked the Tulsa World. “Do we have to stay healthy? Yes. It just depends on the attitude of these guys. That’s the most difficult part. They’ve got to have the want-to. We have a good team coming back, if that’s what you want to know.“The Big 12 is going to be loaded next year,” Gundy added to ESPN. “I watched Kansas State last night, and they’ve got everybody back. I’m guessing Texas is gonna be pretty good, OU’s got everybody back, there’s TCU…I’m telling you, this league next year could very well be the best league in the country.”Furthermore, check out the top defenses for bowl season:Fewest points allowed per game in bowls by Power5 conference may shock some folks: Big12: 21.5; ACC: 22.3; SEC: 25.4; Pac12: 29.2; B1G: 29.8— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 3, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Hashtag narratives!Maybe B1G 10 isn’t the only conference that plays football & maybe the Big 12 isn’t the worst in the world. Winning helps change narratives.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) January 1, 2017I don’t think bowl season means the Big 12 has the best teams, and I generally think anything we derive from exhibition games in December and January is a little overstated when it comes to the following season(s), but this bowl season provided some balance to the idea that the Big 12 was garbage from way back in September.Plus, what I think doesn’t matter because OSU, OU and others flipped the national conversation this time around, and now they have something to point to come this fall when the rankings come out. Something that I hope (but have no faith) sets the conference up for a spot in the playoffs.last_img read more

first_imgSince committing to Ole Miss, Antwine and OSU coaches have remained in constant contact. He even visited campus earlier this spring, and posted a photo of an OSU edit just days ago proving the staff remains highly interested.https://twitter.com/IsraelAntwine/status/887823275484696576Staying committed during an ongoing NCAA investigation is one thing, but doing so after the head coach resigns, given the amount of uncertainty that continues to balloon around the Ole Miss program, is a whole different ball game.With only one commitment along the defensive line in defensive end Tyler Lacy, OSU has plenty of space to take in Antwine, who I believe could have wondering eyes when it comes to his recruitment. Expect OSU to make a big push in the coming days and weeks to try and keep the in-state standout local. Amid a discovery of what Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports deemed as “explosive new information,” Hugh Freeze resigned on Thursday evening from his post as head coach at Ole Miss.According to Forde’s reporting, the university found at least one call from the embattled head coach to an escort service made from his school-issued cell phone. Freeze, of course, denied any wrongdoing and reasoned it away by saying it “might have been misdial.” But in the court of public opinion – and especially in the eyes of his bosses – reasons for calling an escort service matter not. Freeze is out effective immediately, leaving the Mississippi program in a massive quandary with a full-on NCAA investigation still ongoing.AdChoices广告Although the Rebs are in a totally different conference, the latest to transpire in Oxford could bode well for Oklahoma State, and it’s no surprise that the biggest war to be won for Mike Gundy’s program is on the recruiting front, where OSU has typically fell short of Ole Miss and its recent success in that category.Most relevant is OSU’s continued pursuit of 2018 defensive tackle Israel Antwine, a Millwood (OKC area) prospect committed to the Rebels program since May. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound recruit has been one of the Cowboys’ top targets at d-tackle, along with junior college prospect Tayland Humphrey, and this latest development could thrust OSU into the conversation. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The subject of our next edition is a third-year sophomore who’s bidding for an increased role in 2017. And he could get it.How he got to OSUGreen chose the Cowboys over offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas and Louisiana Tech. The three-star outside linebacker from Duncanville High School (Texas) earned all-district honors his junior and senior seasons. Glenn Spencer targeted him as a Division-I safety for his speed and nose for the ball he showed from the OLB position. He also showed to be a very good tackler in space.What he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2015, Green played in five games as a freshman last year, getting most of his burn on special teams. But with Jordan Sterns and Derrick Moncrief departing, and with the three-down scheme OSU will be running, there are reps to be had. Green will be in the mix to earn them.AdChoices广告After coming in at 190, Green has added 15 pounds under the tutelage of Rob Glass and should be ready for a role on defense.Role in 2017Apparently, according to another Big 12 head coach, Green could be a difference maker for Oklahoma State. Sports Illustrated interviewed rival coaches for each top 25 team and the anonymous Big 12 coach named Green as one who to watch for this year.Here’s what was said about the Cowboy defense.It’s a tough conference, and there are so many great offenses, but they’re [Oklahoma State] one of the tougher defenses to play against and prepare for. The safety, Za’Carrius Green, looks like a guy who can give teams trouble. And [corner turned safety] Ramon Richards is probably one of their better players. [Sports Illustrated]Noteworthy stats and highlightsRecorded just four tackles on special teams last season. Led the orange team during this year’s spring game with seven total tackles (five solo).Green hasn’t gotten a ton of film at OSU yet, but here’s a look at some of what stuck out to Glenn Spencer from his high school tape.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2015 Final Four is set to tip-off Saturday evening at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The first game of the night features the Duke Blue Devils, the No.. 1 seed out of the South, against the Michigan State Spartans, the No. 7 seed out of the East. Today was the first day the teams spent in Indy, and Duke released a video chronicling the players’ activities. The footage includes a team photoshoot, morning shoot-around, freshman forward Justise Winslow interviewing classmate Grayson Allen, and more. Take a look:Duke and Michigan State face off at 6:09 PM EST on Saturday, with the winner facing either Kentucky or Wisconsin in Monday’s championship game.last_img read more

first_img The Best Best Big and Tall Men’s Clothing and Brands Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game From leave-to-no-imagination banana hammocks to $200 tailored shorts, swim suits for guys have come a long way over the past decade. Enter Paste, a graphic-driven lifestyle company that happens to strike that perfect middle ground by offering some of the most eye-catching prints this season while taking itself not too seriously at an affordable price point.“I definitely have a sense of whimsy in my design. I like to have fun, even make it funny sometimes. You probably see that more in my tees, but I like to mix that with a clean aesthetic and a clean cut and a nice tailored pant for swim,” says Jason Laurits, founder of the nine-year-old, New York-based brand that also produces everything stateside. (Swim, for example, is produced in Manhattan’s Garment District while signature silkscreened tees are made in Brooklyn and graphics and wallpaper executed in upstate New York.)Not one to gloss over details, Laurits, who sees himself as a graphic artist first and foremost, spent a great deal of time learning how to develop and place patterns to create what is now his signature symmetrical prints, or graphics that mirror each other on each leg, such as this season’s irresistible ’50s postcard look and retro French prints. For the more classic guy, there are solid shorts too and this year Laurits introduced a shorter leg in five happy-inducing bright colors. All are made from a fine nylon that allows Laurits to create the perfect drape and a more tailored cut.“You don’t want to go too whimsical, too kooky, but I always felt with swim that it’s the one thing guys let go a little bit,” says Laurits of the more colorful, varied swim options today for guys. That said, Paste is quietly expanding beyond swimwear. Forthcoming projects include lo-ball glasses to an exclusive line of canvas bags rocking Paste’s witty graphics inside. Laurits even has collaborations with Four Hands, a furniture store out of Texas, and the stationer Papyrus. Says Laurits: “Being a graphic artist, I don’t see graphic as something trendy.” Neither do we.www.pasteusa.comlast_img read more

first_imgWe respect the decision of our bargaining unit employees, however, we are disappointed the tentative agreement was not accepted. It was a fair and affordable deal that was negotiated by both sides. We have reached out and will wait to hear from the union about the next step. -30-last_img

first_imgWINNIPEG — A Crown prosecutor has told a sentencing hearing that the murder of a Winnipeg bus driver has left other drivers and their families terrifiedIrvine Jubal Fraser, who was 58, was stabbed multiple times during a fight with Brian Kyle Thomas in February 2017.A jury found Thomas, who is 25, guilty of second-degree murder earlier this year.Part of what happened was captured on security cameras that show Fraser telling Thomas to leave the bus several times before the driver grabs the man by his sweater and shoves him off.The defence did not present evidence during the trial but argued the bus driver provoked the attack.Second-degree murder carries an automatic sentence of life in prison, and the Crown is asking there be no chance at parole for 12 years.Fraser’s death prompted calls for increased safety measures on Winnipeg buses, including safety shields for drivers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Here’s how you can get in on the fun without breaking the bank.1. Free screenings: Believe it or not, there are several titles that won’t cost you a dime to watch. Guillermo del Toro will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his 2006 fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth, while film buffs can catch a rare screening of Marlon Brando’s One-Eyed Jacks (the only film he directed and newly restored thanks to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg). Jonathan Demme, who is in town with the Justin Timberlake tour doc JT + The Tennessee Kids, will mark the 30th birthday of Something Wild. And Festival Street (more on that below), will have outdoor screenings of Labyrinth and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. All of these are f-f-f-ree. Full details at tiff.net.2. Free music: Is there anyone who doesn’t want to see one of the biggest stars on the planet without spending a cent? Didn’t think so. And with artists like the Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, John Legend and more all in town (not to mention the Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone musical La La Land getting its Canadian premiere here), you’ll need to make sure you’re wearing your favourite dancing pants for most of the 10-day fest. On Sept. 10, Grammy-winner Pharrell Williams will perform music from the coming film Hidden Figures, which stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, following a sneak peek at the film and a Q&A. “Toronto audiences will be the first to hear Pharrell’s new music for Hidden Figures, and they’ll see it performed live on Festival Street,” says Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director. Advertisement TORONTO – If you want to do TIFF the traditional way, it doesn’t come cheap.Screenings range from $25 to $49, depending on the venue and the stars. Then there’s the requisite dinner beforehand, maybe a glass of wine in the lobby. Before you know it, you’re $200 in the hole and the lights haven’t even gone down yet.But … if you want to get in on the TIFF action and it’s still two weeks until payday, there are plenty of options for cinephiles lacking deep pockets. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. is reporting first-quarter net income that beat analyst expectations thanks to higher oil prices, record downstream results, more oilsands production and a $264-million insurance gain on its assets in Libya.The Calgary-based oilsands producer and refining giant says it had net earnings of $1.47 billion or 93 cents per share in the three months ended March 31, up from $789 million or 48 cents in the same period of 2018.That’s well ahead of analyst forecasts of $709 million or 53 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Suncor’s operating profit came to $1.2 billion, compared with $985 million in the first quarter of 2018.The company reported average realized prices of $62.92 per barrel at its newly expanded Fort Hills oilsands mine, up from $30.57 in the fourth quarter of 2018, as steep discounts on western Canadian oil prices eased following the Alberta government’s imposition of crude production curtailments as of Jan. 1.Despite the program, it noted total oilsands production of 657,000 barrels per day, compared to 572,000 bpd a year earlier, thanks to gains at Fort Hills and higher contributions from Syncrude, in which it has a 58.7 per cent stake.The company says refining and marketing delivered record operating earnings of $1 billion, up from $789 million in the first quarter of 2018. Companies in this article: (TSX:SU)The Canadian Press read more

12 February 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern today about events in Côte d’Ivoire, where the Government has suspended voter registration ahead of this year’s already delayed presidential election because of rising tensions. “The violence in [the town of] Vavoua and other locations in the country is a cause for serious concern. The mission has called upon the population to remain calm as a solution to the problems encountered by the electoral process is being sought. The mission is also on alert, and ready to assist the Ivorian authorities to contain violent incidents,” Martin Nesirky, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, told journalists today in New York.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) Choi Young-Jin plans to meet with leaders of the major political parties this week to resume the Ivorian political process. Originally intended to be held in 2005, the polls have been repeatedly postponed. Last scheduled for November 2009, they have been slated for March. The election is seen as a crucial benchmark for the country, which was split into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south by civil war in 2002. read more

“There hasn’t been any scientific, permanent program for waste management by any of the previous Governments. All those who think without political hypocrisy will acknowledge that. The current Government will end this garbage issue so that any future Governments will not face this problem,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) “There are various criticisms in the media which state that the Government is not holding elections. But the actual reason for us not hold elections was the irregularities in the bill which had been made in relation to election of representatives for local Government bodies,” the President said. The draft Bill related to the holding of the Local Government (LG) election is to be tabled in Parliament next week.The steps to be taken by the Government on holding the election is complete and as a result the regulations related to the polls will be tabled for Parliament approval next week. read more

The Brock Smokin’ Red Hot Chili Preppers will be competing in the 10th annual Community Care Downtown Chili Cook Off on March 4.The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Market Square in downtown St. Catharines.Come out and try some of Chef Jim’s Guernsey Market smoked meat chili along with a variety of other chilis and vote.All proceeds go to Community Care.

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. But Ms Perry questioned what would be achieved by standing up and declaring a climate emergency, arguing legislation is required to bind her successors to meet targets and prevent a future government seeking to “wiggle out” of its responsibilities.Responding to an urgent question, Ms Perry said she had “mixed emotions” about the protests – noting there is “excitement” that conversations about climate change are moving from niche to mainstream.But she also expressed concern that many of the messages aired “ignore the progress” that is being made, resulting in people feeling “fearful for the future rather than hopeful”. Cuciurean, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs after pleading guilty to a public order offence, but he avoided a fine of up to £1,000. Protesters sit in the road in Parliament SquareCredit: Matt Dunham He was the youngest of four XR supporters who appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, with the eldest being 70. Three other protesters who later appeared together before District Judge Devinder Sandhu denied separate charges and face trial this summer.Judge Sandhu sentenced Cuciueran to a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £85 in costs to the CPS and a £20 victim surcharge.”This country has had a longstanding respect for the rights of people to protest,” she told the activist.”But when it crosses into criminal law then the courts have to take action.”After polite discussions with staff in order to not offend the judge, activists sitting in the public gallery quietly held up fluorescent XR flags as Cuciurean appeared in the dock alone.Police announced new sanctions on the Extinction Rebellion protest at Marble Arch. A soucre at the group said there would be further demonstrations in Parliament Square, but that leaders would meet today to discuss an “exit strategy”. It came as an energy minister dismissed calls to declare a “climate emergency” despite expressing sympathy with the message of Extinction Rebellion protesters.Claire Perry joked both she and Labour former leader Ed Miliband would have been “out there carrying placards ourselves just a few years previously” as she voiced concerns over some of the methods used by those protesting for action over the climate. Elliott Cuciurean outside Westminster Magistrates' Court  Elliott Cuciurean outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court Credit: Sam Blewett Protesters sit in the road in Parliament Square A government transport adviser has been named among dozens of activists charged over their involvement in the Extinction Rebellion protests.Dr Steve Melia, who has advised governments on issues including eco-towns and Olympic regeneration, will face charges over an alleged public order offence, it emerged yesterday.Only 74 of more than 1,000 arrested protestors will face charges, police said. Hundreds of others have been released under investigation.Dr Melia is a former Lib Dem candidate who lectures in transport and planning at the University of the West of England, and once claimed there is ‘no such thing as the economy’.Other protestors named yesterday include a lawyer, a GP, a theatre director, and a veteran protestor Angela Zelter, 67, who has been arrested worldwide more than 100 times.The protestors will appear in various London courts over the next few days charged with offences including breach of Section 14 Notice of the Public Order Act 1986, obstructing a highway and obstructing police.The first, 20-year-old Elliott Cuciurean, appeared in court yesterday and was spared a fine. read more

One chief executive of a London trust said the number of patients forced to wait more than 18 weeks for treatment has risen from 3,000 to 4,500… Waiting lists have soared by 50 per cent in three months in some parts of the country because doctors are refusing to work, in order to protect their pensions, senior managers say. NHS chiefs say that as a result, high numbers of medics are cutting their hours, because they say it is not worth their while to take on the work – fuelling a sharp rise in waiting lists. Changes in Treasury rules means that high earners can end up paying tax rates of up to 90 per cent on earnings over £110,000 a year – which includes any rise in the value of their pensions. read more