UN: Hudaydah Port Interruptions Would Be Catastrophic

first_imgThe escalating conflict in Hudaydah Governorate, Yemen, poses a threat to the region’s port, which, together with nearby Saleef, are the lifeline for the majority of the country’s imports of essential goods like food and fuel.Speaking to the United Nations Security Council on Yemen Director of Operations and Advocacy division of UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, John Ging, insisted that keeping the ports open is critical.“Sustained hostilities in Hudaydah city, interruptions to the port operations or a siege of the city would be catastrophic and must be avoided,” he said.Even though the two ports remain operational, it is also crucial to ensure enough quantities of imports reach the ports, he insisted.The Yemeni Port of Hudaydah was reopened in November 2017 after the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition allowed operations to resume in order for the port to receive urgent humanitarian relief.The port was closed at the beginning of November after a rebel-fired ballistic missile, which targeted Riyadh, was intercepted on November 4 by Saudi Arabian military forces.“Commercial food imports in May rose to their highest level since November 2016 and fully met requirements. However, food and fuel imports fell in June and again in July. While keeping all ports open is critical, we are equally concerned about maintaining adequate quantities of affordable imports through these ports. To do so, the conditions must be created whereby shipping companies have enough commercial confidence to continue supplying them,” he added, stressing that the end of the ongoing conflict is long overdue.The three -year conflict has pushed the country into a dire humanitarian crisis, leaving 2 million people displaced from their homes; 8.4 million people in need of fuel supplies and, the worst cholera outbreak in the world that occurred in 2017, with 1.1 million cases, the U.N. data shows.Based on the latest information from GAC, the operational ports in the country are Aden, Rudhum Oil Exporting Terminal, Mukalla, Ash Shihr Oil Exporting Terminal, Nishtun, Hodeidah and Saleef.Balhaf LNG Terminal, Mokha, Ras Isa Marine Terminal and Ras Isa Petroleum Products Reception Facility remain closed.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

UPDATE: Laurel shooting victim dies from injuries

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. – A shooting that happened in Laurel Tuesday morning has now become a death investigation.59-year-old Dwight Jones, of Laurel, died Wednesday from injuries sustained in the shooting, state police confirm.A Franklin County deputy told us Jones was found inside of a pickup suffering from a gunshot wound that occurred at 110 Edgerton Street.Jones was rushed to Fayette Regional Health System before being flown to St. Vincent’s in Indianapolis.Police say the investigation is ongoing as detectives are following up on multiple leads in what is believed to be an isolated incident.Anyone with information concerning the investigation is requested to contact Indiana State Police.We will release more details as they develop.last_img

PSG fans celebrate UCL final qualification with fireworks

first_img Promoted ContentEveryone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks Today14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be Cool5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?TV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Loading… Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans flocked to the Champs Elysees on Tuesday night to celebrate their historic victory over RB Leipzig in the Champions League. Supporters set off flares and fireworks to mark their team’s achievement in reaching the European Cup final for the first time after a 3-0 victory in Portugal. Revellers linked arms and chanted, with few in the crowd wearing face masks despite a recent uptick in Covid-19 infections in France. Large crowds also gathered outside the French champions’ Parc des Princes stadium, while Parisians lined up in and outside bars to watch the game.Advertisementcenter_img Read Also: UEFA appoint match referee for Lyon vs Bayern UCL semi-final The Ligue 1 side have been chasing success in the premier European competition ever since they were taken over by Qatari investors in 2011, but had only previously got to the quarter-final stage. But they booked their place in the 2020 final thanks to goals from Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat and are on the cusp of finally achieving their goal of becoming European champions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Wenger: We can beat City to title

first_img Wenger, meanwhile, admitted he would probably not have signed Kallstrom if he had been aware of the injury earlier. The 31-year-old suffered a “micro-fracture” while on warm-weather training with Russian club Spartak Moscow. “I would not have signed him if we had two or three more days to do something, but it was Friday night at five o’clock, so it was (a case of) you (sign) nobody or you do it under these conditions,” said Wenger, who was already without Wales international Aaron Ramsey for around six weeks. “There is a possibility (that he may not play), but as well there is the possibility that he scores us the winning goal that might be vitally important.” Arsene Wenger accepts Arsenal still have it “all to do” in their bid to stay ahead of free-scoring Manchester City in the race for the Barclays Premier League after edging back to the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny produced a brilliant save to deny Cameron Jerome an equaliser from a close-range diving header before World Cup hopeful Oxlade-Chamberlain struck again on 73 minutes to make sure of victory. City host third-placed Chelsea on Monday night and so could once again knock the Gunners off the summit, and Wenger accepts many pundits see the title as City’s to lose. “I can understand that completely because we haven’t done it for a while, and as well I must say that we face quality competitors,” said Wenger, who expects to be without deadline-day loan arrival Kim Kallstrom for up to six weeks as the midfielder recovers from a back problem. “We do not play against average teams and Man City have scored over 100 goals, so everybody thinks ‘can you beat these teams?’ I say yes, and that is what we have to show. “It is all to do. The only thing I can say is that after 24 games we are there, and it’s now about how we finish the season.” Palace remain in a dogfight for survival, just a point above 18th-placed West Ham. Eagles boss Tony Pulis feels new signings Tom Ince and Joe Ledley, coupled with the imminent return to fitness of forward Glenn Murray, can only boost their hopes. He said: “We want to keep our organisation and our resilience and want to show the spirit we have over the past couple of months, but those three hopefully will give us more of a threat.” It looked all set to be another frustrating afternoon for the Gunners, held to a 2-2 draw at Southampton in midweek, following a dogged display by an Eagles side who are fighting for survival. However, England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – fit again following five months out with a serious knee injury suffered on the first day of the season – finally ended Palace’s stubborn resistance when he chipped in a fine pass from Santi Cazorla at the start of the second half. Press Associationlast_img read more

McDowell to miss BMW Championship

first_img Press Association Graeme McDowell has withdrawn from next week’s BMW PGA Championship to be with his wife Kristin, who is expecting their first child later this summer. The 34-year-old former US Open champion will be the only member of the Ryder Cup side responsible for the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012 not to contest the European Tour’s flagship event. McDowell has a poor record at Wentworth, missing the cut in each of the last three years and failing to record a single top 10 in 11 appearances. center_img European Tour chief executive George O’Grady said: ” Any tournament is disappointed not to have Graeme McDowell in its ranks, but the BMW PGA Championship still boasts a superb field including four former world number ones – Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, the latter of course fresh from his victory in the Players Championship at Sawgrass. “I very much appreciated Graeme taking the time to phone me personally to tell me he wouldn’t be at Wentworth, but the fact that he wants to spend time with Kristin, who will not be able to travel for the next three months, is entirely understandable. “We wish them both well and look forward to seeing Graeme back in action in the championship in future years.” last_img read more

Lallana: We’ve turned a corner

first_img The 4-1 home win over Swansea was the first time since late March the side had scored that many in the league. Goals, over 100 of them, were what the Reds built their title challenge on last season but their strength up front disappeared with the sale of Luis Suarez and loss of Daniel Sturridge to injury. Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana feels the team may have finally turned a corner after knitting together a cohesive performance which produced goals. Press Association However, they are approaching the time when, 12 months ago, they went on an incredible run which saw them almost pip Manchester City for the Premier League crown and with Sturridge to return in the next few weeks optimism is beginning to grow again. “The last two or three weeks we really feel as if we have turned a corner,” said Lallana. “We’ve been picking up results and playing better – that was missing for the first three months of the season. “Against Arsenal we felt hard done by to only get a point (they dominated the game but drew 2-2), we put in a gritty performance against Burnley (to win 1-0) and it was important we got the win against Swansea. “We knew the Christmas period was a great chance for us to pick up maximum points and slide up the table and we are looking for more of the same against Leicester on Thursday.” Lallana produced arguably his best performance in a Liverpool shirt since his £23million summer move from Southampton with two goals against Swansea. He accepts he has had a tough time settling in, especially with a number of other new arrivals, but believes everyone is starting to find their feet. “It’s been difficult, we’re not going to shy away from that, for one reason or another,” he added. “The lads are slowly settling into the team and Emre Can (playing as the third centre-back) was brilliant. “I thought Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo put in really disciplined performances. “It’s not easy for them coming from abroad, being young, not being able to speak the language, so I’m really happy for them as well as the team.” Lallana was happy with his own performance, which was the first time since March 2012 he has scored twice – those goals coming against Barnsley in the Championship. His first may have had a touch of good fortune when goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski’s clearance rebounded off him but the second involved some nifty footwork and a clinical finish. “It was nice. The first one people can say it was lucky but if you don’t close down the keeper then you don’t get the goal,” he added. “I’ve played lot of my football in a central role and I feel more relaxed and comfortable there with a bit more of a free role.” After an odd performance at Burnley, where they were second best but came away with three points, the display against Swansea was more akin with the way they played against Arsenal just before Christmas. Manager Brendan Rodgers has tinkered with formations and selections but he now feels everyone is on board with how he wants to play – and that is on the front foot in a 3-4-3 set-up. “That was what was missing from our way of working for the first period of the season,” he said. “We are a team that plays with a big pressure, we have got technically-gifted players in the team, but that ability to press the ball allows them to get chances and create chances at the far end of the field. “If you look at how we played against Manchester United we were very unfortunate and we conceded poor goals but the creativity started that day. “We looked at a shape and system that could get us back to how we played last year. “We didn’t quite get that result but I saw enough. We moved on to Bournemouth and played really well, Arsenal we deserved more and again the performance was better. “We had to show a different side against Burnley and Burnley’s result against Manchester City (a 2-2 draw) showed what a great result we had at Turf Moor. “Against Swansea we came out with the intensity and work-rate and got a reward. “Our creativity was very much there but a solid base behind it and that is key for us.” last_img read more

Happy return for Pardew

first_imgAlan Pardew returned to Upton Park and saw his Crystal Palace side put West Ham to the sword to increase the pressure on Sam Allardyce. Press Association Murray, who was cautioned for catching Cheikhou Kouyate, again brought another smart save out of Adrian after finding space in behind before the 31-year-old had a penalty shout turned down by referee Mike Dean as he tangled with Carl Jenkinson at the back post. Palace were starting to enjoy a period of sustained pressure and Adrian was again forced to keep out a driven Murray effort but the deadlock was broken shortly before half-time as Murray attacked Puncheon’s corner, seeing his header towards goal sliced into his own goal by Cresswell. West Ham started the second half slowly and were made to pay for it as Dann got on the end of another Puncheon corner – with the defender’s header too powerful for Adrian to keep out. With an hour gone, Allardyce turned to latest signing Nene in the hope of the debutant inspiring a comeback, with the home side still struggling to make an impact. But, before the former Paris St Germain forward had touched the ball, Palace were home and dry as Murray headed in Puncheon’s free-kick. Nene came close to bringing the game back towards West Ham but his curling effort clipped the outside of the post with Speroni beaten before Murray was dismissed for collecting a second booking for catching Reid as the defender tried to clear his lines. Valencia reduced the arrears with a measured finish from outside the box and the hosts continued to push forward, with Sakho turning a Jenkinson cross over the bar. The on-loan Arsenal defender then saw his own close-range shot well-saved before Stewart Downing crashed a shot into the side netting. Speroni provided heroics to keep out a thunderous Valencia strike as Palace survived a late onslaught to continue Pardew’s perfect away record since he took charge in January. It was a goal befitting a scrappy first half of few chances and plenty of wasteful possession, with Mark Noble’s free-kick hitting the woodwork the closest a lacklustre home side came to getting on the scoresheet. But, whereas West Ham continued in a lethargic vein after the interval, Palace were buoyed by their goal and doubled their advantage through Scott Dann’s header six minutes into the half. Both goals had come from Puncheon corners and he set up the third as his free-kick was headed home by Murray with 25 minutes remaining, but the forward’s afternoon was to end less auspiciously as he was sent off for two yellow card offences. Allardyce saw his side grab a consolation through Enner Valencia but the 60-year-old will expect to come in for more criticism as the Hammers have now gone on a run of just one win in 10 Premier League games – with derbies against Chelsea and Arsenal to come. Cresswell came close to opening the scoring in the early stages as Puncheon’s sloppy pass found its way to the left-back, who almost caught out goalkeeper Julian Speroni with a miscued cross. Moments later Puncheon was guilty of tripping Noble on the edge of the Palace penalty area, with the Hammers midfielder dusting himself off to strike a free-kick which hit the top of the crossbar. Playing in a central midfield role, Puncheon was involved throughout the first half and produced a slide-rule pass to Murray, who beat the offside trap but could only hit the side-netting under strong pressure from Winston Reid. The hosts were struggling to break down a sturdy Palace defence with Diafra Sakho restricted to a speculative effort after being played in by Noble. The 53-year-old spent three years as Hammers boss and, whilst he has been back on several occasions, this will be one of the most memorable as Jason Puncheon inspired the Eagles to a 3-1 win – although the victory was tainted as two-goal hero Glenn Murray was sent off in the second half. Murray had threatened on no less than three occasions before he opened the scoring courtesy of a huge piece of luck as the unwitting Aaron Cresswell mis-kicked the striker’s header straight past Adrian. last_img read more

Time to get off Sark’s back

first_imgI’m sorry: a phrase that has become too common in sports.  Over the years, we’ve heard it come out of the mouths of some of the world’s most accomplished athletes and sports figures — adulterer Tiger Woods and doper Alex Rodriguez are a couple of good examples among many more.USC football coach Steve Sarkisian echoed this very same apologetic phrase not once, but twice in a press conference before the team’s practice on Tuesday. Sarkisian appeared somewhat defeated and dispirited while he opened up and apologized about his misconduct in front of hundreds of alumni and donors at last weekend’s Salute to Troy event.It was as down as I’ve seen Sarkisian, or any college football coach for that matter, during his tenure at USC — even worse than the team’s last-second loss last year to Arizona State.Sarkisian said the moral of the story is that when you mix medicine with alcohol, you sometimes say or do things that you regret, and he’s absolutely correct — his judgment at the time obviously wasn’t right, he acted inappropriately in a situation where he was supposed to properly represent the program and the university, and he said some things that he shouldn’t have said.Now that this fiasco is almost last week’s news, though, I think that it’s time for everyone to put Sarkisian’s actions on the back burner.Sometimes, saying you’re sorry and taking responsibility for your wrongdoing simply isn’t enough, like in the cases of Woods and Rodriguez, who forever tarnished their reputations for what they did.  Sarkisian’s actions, though, don’t even go near that.In Sarkisian’s case, the time certainly did fit the crime. His apology, which came off as very genuine and sincere, was just enough. Not to forget the up-downs that his players punished him with on Monday.Some people don’t think that should be the case, though.Earlier this week, there were reports that angry alumni were contacting athletic department officials to say they wanted Sarkisian fired.He surely doesn’t need to be stripped of his coaching duties, nor does he need to be reprimanded by being suspended for a game or two.What good would that do?The only benefit I can see in further punishment would be Athletic Director Pat Haden getting the chance to show that he holds his coaches accountable — like when he suspended former men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill for the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament after he engaged in an alcohol-related confrontation with an Arizona booster in a Los Angeles hotel lobby.From an actual football standpoint, though, there is no incentive whatsoever to terminate or suspend Sarkisian.This program has been through enough drama in what seems to be a never-ending soap opera with constant twists and turns and the occasional curve ball out of left field with Josh Shaw’s PR nightmare last fall.The best remedy at this point for all parties involved is to simply try and move on from this unfortunate occurrence.It’s in the best interest of fans, best interest of the team, and most importantly, the best interest of coach Sarkisian.While it still remains unclear what exact problems Sarkisian is dealing with — whether it has to do with alcohol, family matters or other personal issues — he made it clear that he is, indeed, going through a hard time.Last April, it was announced that the 41-year-old coach was in the process of getting a divorce from his wife of more than 17 years. The couple also has three children.Earlier this month, Sarkisian  sold his Rolling Hills home for a mere $8.55 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 8,250-square-foot home reportedly had 18 TVs as well — that sure is a lot of TVs for watching college football.Nonetheless, it seems like Sarkisian’s been going through quite a lot off the field, and I don’t think he’s gotten enough credit for manning up and opening up about his issues in front of reporters — not an easy thing to do.Hopefully, Sarkisian is able to undergo whatever type of treatment he has arranged for himself so that he’s able to get through these tough times.People can continue to make all of the jokes they want about Sarkisian not being able to hold his liquor or about him being an alcoholic, but at the end of the day, his team believes in him, his team leaders believe in him and, most importantly, he believes in himself to move on and coach a very talented football team.And if this year’s team wants any chance at playing in the   Pac-12 championship game or even the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, they’re going to need Sarkisian — not in rehab, not at home, but on the sidelines with his headset on and ready to go.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Dublin begin defence of Leinster Senior Football title

first_imgFormer Mayo and Armagh player Billy Joe Padden says Carlow need a big performance from star midfielder Brendan Murphy Dublin begin the defence of their Leinster Senior Football title this evening when they play Carlow in the quarter-finals at O’Moore Park.Dubs boss Jim Gavin has handed first championship starts to wing-back Niall Scully and full-forward Con O’Callaghan.Carlow are unchanged from their win over Wexford in the first round.last_img

Missing Atlanta boy has been found deceased

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — 15-year old Charles Cordes who suffered from Downs’ Syndrome was found deceased earlier today in a pond near his home.He was last seen riding his bike in a hay field on M-33 southeast of Atlanta where his bike, belt, glasses and other items were found.According to the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Facebook page, the community banned together to show support in hopes of Cordes’ safe return.The cause of death is still unknown and according to a press release from the Montmorency Sheriff’s Office,an investigation of death will continue.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Community College’s corrections officer trainingNext Besser Museum had soft opening to welcome visitorslast_img read more