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first_imgHyderabad, Aug 16 (PTI) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the local organising committee for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, to be held later this year, with the support of the Centre, have initiated a programme to bring at least 11 million school children to play the game in the run-up to the event.”Over 1,500 students from across 250 schools will pledge their support to the mission, named Mission XI Million (MXIM),” a release from the organisers said here today.At a Harvard Model United Nations India (HMUN India) held here for three days till yesterday, children participants dedicated a message to the Indian national football team, it said.”In order to be an integral human being you need not only to be smart and have it, but also to strike a balance between studies and life, and that?s what we?re trying to bring through Mission XI Million by taking football to all the students around the country,” the release quoted Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director, LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup as saying.The children participants took a Mission XI Million pledge and vowed to promote the sport in their schools, it added. PTI SJR NPlast_img read more


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first_imgRenesas announced an update to its “Embedded Target for RH850Multicore” model-based development environment for multicore microcontrollers for automotive control applications. The update supports development of systems with multirate control (multiple control periods), which is now common in systems such as engine and body control systems. This model-based development environment has become practical even in software development scenarios for multicore MCUs, and can reduce the increasingly complex software development burdens especially in control system development of self-driving cars. Renesas will provide the “Embedded Target for RH850Multicore” updated model-based development environment starting in the fall of 2018.The updated “Embedded Target for RH850Multicore” model-based development-environment  offers support for multirate control significantly reducing the burden of multicore software development. Control functions development requires multirate control, such as intake/exhaust period in engine control, the period of fuel injection and ignition, and the period with which the car’s status is verified. These are all different periods. By applying the technology that generates RH850 multicore code from the Simulink control mode to multirate control, it has become possible to directly generate multicore code, even from models that include multiple periods, such as engine control. Renesas also provides as an option for the Integrated Development Environment CS+ for the RH850, a cycle precision simulator that can measure time with a precision on par with that of actual systems. By using this option, it is possible to estimate the execution performance of a model of the multicore MCU at the early stages of software development. This can significantly reduce the software development period.The JMAAB (Japan MBD Automotive Advisory Board), an organization that promotes model-based development for automotive control systems, recommends several control models from the JMAAB Control Modeling Guidelines. Of those, Renesas is providing in this update the Simulink Scheduler Block, which conforms to type (alpha) which provides a scheduler layer in the upper layer. This makes it possible to follow the multirate single-task method without an OS, express the core specifications and synchronization in the Simulink model, and automatically generate multicore code for the RH850 to implement deterministic operations.Along with advances in the degree of electronic control in today’s cars, integration is also progressing in the ECUs (electronic control units), which are comparatively small-scale systems. By supporting multirate control, making it easier to operate small-scale systems with different control periods with a multicore microcontroller, it is now possible to verify the operation of a whole ECU that integrates multiple systems.The updated model-based development environment is planned to support Renesas’ RH850/P1H-C MCU that includes two cores by this fall, and also support for the RH850/E2x Series of MCUs that include up to six cores is in the planning. In addition, Renesas plans to deploy this development environment to the entire Renesas autonomy Platform, including the “R-Car” Family of SoCs. Renesas is also continuing to work to further improve the efficiency of model-based software development, including model-based parallelization tools from partner companies and strengthening of related multirate control support execution performance estimation including the operating system. Moving forward, Renesas plans to apply the model-based design expertise fostered in its automotive development efforts in the continually growing RX Family in the industrial area which is seeing continued increases in both complexity and scale.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Maplesoft: MapleSim 2018 offers new tools for developing digital twinsNext PLS: UDE enables real multicore debugging for NXP S32V234 automotive processorlast_img read more


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first_imgSivakarthikeyan emerged as a mass hero in his recently-released film Seema Raja. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film raked in profits for the producer. Now, the actor has turned producer with the film Kanaa.Kanaa is about Indian women’s cricket starring Aishwarya Rajesh and Sathyaraj. The film marks the debut directorial venture of lyricist-singer Arunraja Kamaraj. It was rumoured that Sivakarthikeyan appears in a cameo in this venture. But, the director has quashed the rumours.Arunraja reveals that Sivakarthikeyan has a prominent role in Kanaa and not a cameo as rumoured. “Everyone seems to believe that Sivakarthikeyan is doing a cameo. But, the fact is that he will play a much more significant role in the film. He always believes in doing justice to anything he is involved. Although he has produced the film, he had no intentions of appearing in the film just for the sake of it,” he revealed.Elaborating further, he said, “The script had a substantial character, which pushes the story ahead. Even while discussing the story Siva didn’t have the idea of playing the role. In fact, he was considering other familiar actors for the film. But, I was able to convince that he would be perfect for it. I am sure Sivakarthikeyan’s screen presence will be liked by everyone.”Kanaa has Aishwarya Rajesh playing a bowler in it. She hails from an economically backward family and how she tackles her situation to emerge as an international cricket player forms the story.ALSO SEE | Kanaa to Mariyappan: Sports-based Tamil films to watch out foradvertisementALSO WATCH | Rajinikanth vs Kamal Haasan: Politics to films, the battle of the superstarslast_img read more


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first_imgAjax goalkeeper Onana confesses he’d welcome Barcelona returnby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax goalkeeper André Onana has confessed he’d welcome a return to Barcelona.Onana was linked with Barca over the summer.And he told Marca: “It has always been my club, it gave me everything, it allowed me to return to Europe and I am very grateful. “If Barcelona shows interest again for me, I will go with great pleasure, but we do not know what can happen. “I am very grateful to the coaches I have had.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img


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first_imgEditor’s note: This is the fifth in a 15-part series in which we preview college football’s top teams. We’ll be counting down from 15 to one, with the final team, released on Sept. 3 – the day college football starts – serving as our national title pick. 11. Clemson TigersThe Clemson Tigers are a trendy pick to win the ACC this year, despite the fact that Florida State is the three-time defending conference champion. Clemson has won at least 10 games in each of the past four seasons, and many believe that if star quarterback Deshaun Watson can stay healthy all year, the Tigers will have a legitimate shot at taking the next step and competing for a national championship. The program finished on a high note in 2014, blowing out Oklahoma, 40-6, in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Can they keep it rolling into 2015?Clemson kicked off practice just a few days ago. The school has been releasing footage all week.#PAWDrill is back! #Clemson pic.twitter.com/ObxgSOlwt1— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) August 10, 2015Not everyone thinks the Tigers have what it takes to win it all, though.Where They’re At In The RankingsUSA TODAY Coaches’ Poll – No. 12ESPN FPI – No. 19Las Vegas odds – No. 20The Schedule Clemson Russell Athletic Bowl RingsTwitter/ClemsonSept. 5 – vs. WoffordSept. 12 – vs. Appalachian StateSept. 17 – at LouisvilleOct. 3 – vs. No. 11 Notre DameOct. 10 – vs. No. 17 Georgia TechOct. 17 – vs. Boston CollegeOct. 24 – at Miami (FL)Oct. 31 – at NC StateNov. 7 – vs. No. 8 Florida StateNov. 14 – at SyracuseNov. 21 – vs. Wake ForestNov. 28 – at South Carolina Key GamesOct. 3 vs. Notre DameClemson gets its first real test at Louisville on a Thursday night in September, but there’s no doubt that Tigers fans have had Notre Dame circled on their 2015 schedule for years. The Irish and Tigers are both considered national title hopefuls, and assuming both have unblemished records heading into the contest, the winner is going to have a leg up for the College Football Playoff rankings. Notre Dame’s defense struggled down the stretch last year, and assuming Watson is still on the field for the Tigers, they’ll have a decent shot at knocking off the historic program. It’ll also be interesting to see how new Fighting Irish starter Malik Zaire deals with Clemson’s likely-formidable secondary. Nov. 7 vs. Florida StateFor as successful as Clemson has been over the past three years, the Tigers still haven’t been able to crack Florida State. In 2015, former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston (who went No. 1 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) is gone, and the Seminoles will (most likely) rely on Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson to lead the charge. That being said, Clemson lost at home last year, 23-17, with FSU sporting backup Sean Maguire. If Clemson wants to get serious about finding itself in the College Football Playoff, they’ll have to take care of the Seminoles to get there.Nov. 28 at South CarolinaYes, Clemson vs. South Carolina is still just a non-conference game. But even if both schools were 0-11 heading into it, it would still be the most important contest on the schedule. The in-state rivalry between the two, now dubbed The Palmetto Bowl, is one of the best in the sport. The war of words between Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier isn’t too bad, either.Key PlayersDeshaun Watson, sophomore quarterbackWatson had a very bizarre freshman season. Back in April, he broke his collarbone. He started the season as the backup to Cole Stoudt, and after performing very well against Florida State in relief, he was named the team’s starter. A few weeks later, he broke his finger against Louisville and was out of action until mid-November. In returning against Georgia Tech, he tore his ACL. After sitting out against Georgia State, he returned for the team’s rivalry game with South Carolina, and led the Tigers to victory, despite the injury. He then shut it down, opting to have surgery instead of playing against Oklahoma. Got all that?When Watson was on the field, Clemson was a much more efficient team. He threw for 1,466 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions in limited work. He also rushed for 200 yards on 63 attempts. He’s a player single-handedly capable of winning Clemson the conference title. But can he stay healthy?I knew my time was coming, I just had to wait for it. So every night I prayed for opportunities like this. Time to go LIVE it! #WishMeWell— Deshaun Watson (@ShaunWatson4) August 4, 2015Shaq Lawson, junior defensive endClemson boasted one of the country’s top defenses in 2014, but ahead of the 2015 campaign, the Tigers will have to replace eight starters. Lawson, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound stud defensive end, should help to ease that burden. He’s one of the best at his position in the ACC. If the Tigers are going to hang their hat on defense again this year, he’ll have to be a menace.Lawson was a Freshman All-American in 2013, and last year, he recorded 44 tackles, including 11 for loss. If he’s able to continue improving, he’ll be one of the most feared players in the country.It’s time to seperate the good from the great. Until January social media… It’s time to go to work boys.— Shaq Lawson (@Shaq_Lawson90) August 4, 2015Wayne Gallman, sophomore running backDespite winning 10 games in 2014, Clemson struggled running the football. In fact, the Tigers finished 81st in rushing offense, averaging just 3.5 yards per attempt. Much of that was because Cole Stoudt, who isn’t an overly athletic signal-caller, was on the field a good portion of the year. But the team’s running backs didn’t put up staggering numbers either. The longest run from scrimmage was only 34 yards – by Wayne Gallman. Gallman, who led the team in both carries (161) and yards (769) last season, will need to improve in his sophomore year. Clemson will need to have a strong running game to compete this year – especially if Watson ever catches the injury bug again.twitter see yall in January. #doakseason pic.twitter.com/6iFngorvX8— Wayne Gallman II (@Wanye_Kanye) August 4, 2015 Why They Can Win The National TitleClemson returns just 11 starters from last year’s team, so it’s possible that the Tigers are a year or two away from competing for a national championship. The squad may not have the defense it had a year ago, given the departures of Vic Beasley, Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward, but head coach Dabo Swinney does seem to have confidence in this year’s unit. If he’s right, Clemson will be formidable.The other major factor, obviously, is Watson’s health. If he can stay on the field, Clemson will be very difficult to stop. But the second he’s sidelined, the Tigers will either be relying on junior Nick Schuessler, who has attempted 10 passes in his career, or a true freshman with zero experience. Every time Watson goes down, Tigers fans will collectively be holding their breath.Regardless, Clemson’s program seems to be in a good place. If everything falls right in 2015, the Tigers could have a special year.Yesterday: No. 12 LSU; up tomorrow: No. 10 Florida Statelast_img read more


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first_imgImagine borrowing a book from the Cape Breton University Library and returning it to the Alderney Gate Library in Dartmouth or borrowing a book from Dalhousie University with your Western Counties Regional Library card, without a membership fee. Education Minister Marilyn More launched the Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere program today, Oct. 21, to make these things a reality. The new service allows library card holders access to more than 100 libraries in the province, with no fees for borrowers, which were charged to out-of-town or off-campus borrowers. “Nova Scotians are voracious library users, borrowing more than seven million items last year from public libraries alone,” Ms. More said. “This innovative program gives each library user a whole province full of choices. In other words, it’s your library, everywhere you are. And with no fees, it makes life more affordable for families too.” Developed by Libraries Nova Scotia, a collaboration of all public, college and university libraries in the province, the program creates seamless, barrier-free library access. “Libraries want to be as equitable and accessible as possible to all Nova Scotians,” said Trudy Amirault, regional library director of Western Counties Regional Library. “Our goal is to provide every Nova Scotian with the information, leisure reading or education resources they desire, regardless of location.” “There is a world of discovery for Nova Scotians at the libraries on our university campuses,” said Joyce Thomson, library director at Atlantic School of Theology and co-chair of Libraries Nova Scotia. “We hope that this new service will allow more Nova Scotians to explore our world.” To borrow items, simply bring identification or a public library card to get a free membership at any participating library. To return borrowed items, drop them off at the nearest library. Libraries Nova Scotia was formed by Nova Scotia’s university, college and public libraries to improve library services. More information on the Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere program is available at www.librariesns.ca .last_img read more


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first_imgBengaluru: BJP in Karnataka has decided to stage a dharna here on Wednesday, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who it claimed, has lost majority after 14 MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) quit. The coalition has been rocked by the resignations of 14 MLAs – 11 of Congress and three of JDS. “I have held discussions with our legislators and we have decided to hold a protest in front of the Gandhi statue at 11 AM, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Kumaraswamy who has lost majority,” party state unit Chief B S Yeddyurappa told reporters here. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu The former Chief Minister has been holding a series of meetings with party leaders at his residence since morning on the ongoing political developments and BJP’s plan of action. According to sources, Yeddyurappa is expected to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan on Wednesday. BJP’s protest comes a day after Congress leaders,including AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal and Congress Legislature Party leader Si Siddaramaiah staged a dharna in front of the Gandhi statue, accusing the party of trying to destabilize the government by undemocratic means, using money and political power. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’ In a blow to the Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) government, the number of coalition MLAs who have resigned has increased to 14,with the addition of R Roshan Baig on Tuesday. Of the 14 MLAs,11 are from Congress and three from JD(S). The ruling coalition faces the threat of losing its majority if the resignations of the rebel MLAs are accepted. The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker. With the support of the two independents, who Monday resigned from the ministry, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224 member House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the 14 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 102. The Speaker also has a vote. Meanwhile, a delegation of BJP leaders,led by party state General Secretary Arvind Limbavali went to the office of the Speaker Ramesh Kumar to meet him, but he was not there. Speaking to reporters, Limbavali said they had come to meet him regarding the assembly session,starting from July 12. “But the Speaker has told us he is away, so we will seek an appointment once again and meet him.” PTI KSU APRlast_img read more


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first_imgOTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is keeping up the pressure on the Trump administration, warning that Canada’s support for the updated North American trade pact may hinge on the U.S. lifting tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.Freeland, who met Monday in Washington with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, says many Canadians have serious questions about ratifying the new NAFTA as long as those tariffs are still in place.Freeland says she told President Donald Trump’s trade czar that Canadians want the U.S. tariffs and Canada’s retaliatory measures removed before the countries move forward with the approval of the agreement, also known as the USMCA.In addition to being ratified in Mexico and Canada, the deal must make its way through Congress as part of a process that experts predict will take until late summer to run its course.Freeland was in the U.S. capital to meet with Lighthizer as well as other lawmakers, including Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, the new chair of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade.She calls the tariffs — which the U.S. justifies on national security grounds — illegal and absurd, saying they make even less sense now that the new NAFTA agreement has been signed by all three countries.“I also made the point to Ambassador Lighthizer that the existence of these tariffs, for many Canadians, raises some serious questions about NAFTA ratification,” Freeland said following Monday’s meeting.“I have heard from a lot of Canadians that they would be really troubled by Canada moving forward with ratification while the tariffs are still in place. I think to Canadians it just doesn’t make sense.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – You just can’t trust anyone these days, especially politicians, according to a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute.In fact, the results show a majority of Canadians are wary of those who run for office.It’s definitely not the type of survey federal party leaders would like to see just months ahead of the fall election.The poll suggests most Canadians don’t have confidence in their politicians, with more than six-in-10 respondents saying they just can’t be trusted, and only less than a third saying they can.“Sixty-three per cent of Canadians overall saying that they agree with that statement, that they can’t trust their politicians in this country, and that really holds no matter where you are in the country,” Dave Korzinski with the institute explains.Source: Angus Reid InstituteHe says Canadians also question the motives of those that run for office.“About half in most instances say that it’s a combination of personal gain and to serve their communities, but that other half lean quite heavily towards saying that politicians are doing this for personal gain.”Provincially, the poll finds the highest mistrust of politicians is in Ontario, followed by Alberta.A boost in the pollsWhile there seems to be distrust among voters and politicians, new survey results from Nanos Research suggest the federal Liberals are getting a polling boost, just as MPs start hitting up the summer barbecue circuit.The federal race is now a political dead heat ahead of the October vote. According to Nanos Research, both the Liberals and the Conservatives are now tied in public support at 33 per cent.That’s a big difference from just a week ago, when the governing Grits were trailing the opposition Tories by four points.The Trudeau Liberals have been in second place in many polls since late February, because of the SNC-Lavalin controversy, but since that has died down, they’ve been slowly closing the gap.The NDP is coming in at 17 points, while the Greens are at 10.On top of the general tie, Justin Trudeau is seen as the preferred prime minister, but Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is nipping at his heels.Read the full Nanos Research survey:Failed to fetchlast_img read more


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OPP have released more details about the high-risk takedown attempt in Ancaster on Monday. It was part of a multi-jurisdiction gun trafficking investigation and a number of people have been arrested.OPP still not saying much, other than it is an ongoing investigation but three people have been arrested and charged with trafficking guns. A warrant has been issued for a fourth person.The shots were fired in a busy area and once again raising concerns about gun crime in Hamilton. The incident involved plain clothes OPP officers and was part of a gun trafficking investigation. Police still won’t say who fired the gun but three people have been arrested. They’re still looking for 23-year old Ali Ghorbani of Hamilton.This is just one of a number of crimes involving guns this year.On January 19, a woman and two teenage boys were shot during a home invasion on the mountain. Three armed men kicked in the door, leaving a bullet hole in the wall and blood on the door. The three victims survived.On January 24, there was a gun fight between two men at a variety store parking lot. A 24-year old was shot but survived, the other man took off.January 27 there was another armed home invasion on the mountain.And in the core, a teen flashed a hand gun during a fight at the Hamilton Public Library.Police say most of these shootings are targeted but people we’ve talked are concerned.There were 41 shootings last year, 22 in 2016, 14 the year before that and just 7 in 2014. The number almost doubling year after year.CHCH News has been asking Hamilton Police since Friday for an interview to talk about gun crime but they told us “They have nothing new to add”, saying the Chief did an interview with CHCH last month and talked about guns and shootings.At the time the Chief said, “Obviously the shootings, if they persist, that’s a big issue for us.” Saying they’re typically related to drugs. “The people who are targets are not willing to tell us what the reasons are and I understand that but nonetheless it’s a public safety issue.”Hamilton Police say illegal drugs often go hand in hand with gun violence. But that’s about all the police seem willing to share about their efforts to make this city safer.Police tell us that for the large part the public has nothing to fear because they believe most shootings are targeted. read more


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Since July last year, Ikea has donated 2 euros to UNICEF from every sale of a teddy bear known as ‘Brum’ – leading to a total contribution so far of 666,566 euros (or about $829,000). This scheme will continue for another five months.”This is not about sending boxes of toys for children,” stressed Rudolf Deutekom, Director of UNICEF’s Private Sector Division. Instead, the project will use “creative, play-oriented ways” to divert street children or children caught up in civil conflict “into constructive, healthy activities.”UNICEF and the Angolan Government’s Education Ministry have set up an outreach scheme for the estimated 1.3 million children who do not attend school, as well as another programme directed at helping 80,000 street children.In Uganda’s north, Ikea’s donation will help pay for youth peer educators to teach at-risk adolescents about the dangers posed by HIV/AIDS, which has ravaged sub-Saharan Africa. read more


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Nova Scotia faces wage, program restraint to control spending in 2015: premier Public sector unions appear to be in Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s sights in 2015 as his government grapples with spending restraint and a sluggish economy that’s showing few signs of growth. McNeil fields a question at a Council of Atlantic Premiers meeting in Saint John, N.B. on Monday, May 26, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 30, 2014 3:00 am MDT HALIFAX – Public sector unions appear to be in Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s sights in 2015 as his government grapples with spending restraint and a sluggish economy that’s showing few signs of growth.McNeil warned in a year-end interview that tough decisions are ahead for a government that needs to rein in spending while creating “conditions” that will lead to more business investment and jobs as the economy struggles at about one-per-cent growth.The province is operating with a projected budget deficit of $220.6 million for 2014-15, while jobs figures from November indicated little change over the previous year and an unemployment rate of 8.8 per cent.While McNeil would only hint at what measures are contemplated for the economy, he identified public-sector wages as a key to getting government spending under control.“Public sector wage settlements that have been 2 1/2 or three per cent, it’s not sustainable and can’t continue,” said McNeil.The tough talk follows a year where the Liberal government battled public-sector unions over two major pieces of legislation primarily aimed at the health-care sector.In April, the government ended a day-long strike by thousands of Halifax-area nurses by passing legislation requiring unions and employers to have an essential services agreement in place before a strike or lockout.That was followed by legislation that will merge the number of bargaining units in the health-care system from 50 to four by April 1. The government touts the law as a way of streamlining bargaining and an arbitrator’s ruling on the reorganization is expected Jan. 19.The new year also promises more potential confrontation with a new round of negotiations involving other public-sector workers, such as teachers and paramedics.“We know it’s not going to be easy to achieve what we believe is the right wage pattern … but it’s going to have to be done,” McNeil said.Programs and services will also be affected in 2015 by ongoing departmental reviews that McNeil said would result in the disappearance of some and the complete revamping of others.As well, McNeil said the government will work to address the regulatory recommendations included in a tax review conducted by former Ontario cabinet minister Laurel Broten. As for taxation, McNeil would only say budget consultations are set to begin in January with an eye on establishing measures to be included in the spring budget.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said action is needed after a year marked by government studies and attempts to curb spending.In August, Finance Minister Diana Whalen had to implement a mid-year reduction in spending and a hiring freeze after departments were unable to meet a one-per-cent cut included in last April’s budget.“If we can just hold spending to current levels we could actually have a balanced budget and get on with the job of meaningful tax relief,” said Baillie. “That will be the big test when we get to the Liberal’s budget in April.”But acting NDP leader Maureen MacDonald said McNeil’s tough talk about the public sector will only serve to slow an economy that still needs a push from the government. It’s not enough to leave it strictly to the business sector, she added.“This is a government that needs to be fighting hard for every single economic opportunity it can get in this province,” said MacDonald. read more


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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans have ruled out forward Nikola Mirotic from Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers because of an illness.Mirotic’s absence, announced shortly before tip-off, removes one of New Orleans’ top scoring threats from the lineup.Mirotic has been averaging 18.9 points and leads the Pelicans with 60 made 3-pointers in 24 games.The Pelicans say starting guard E’Twaun Moore, who left Friday night’s loss in Miami with a right shin bruise, is available to return to action after missing Sunday night’s victory in Charlotte.Moore is averaging 15.1 points per game.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press


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Motor ZaporozhyePatryk Rombel Four defeats at the start of the VELUX EHF Champions League are the reason why Ukrainian champions Motor Zaporozhye will sack current coach Patryk Rombel on Friday, writes Russian handballfast.com.The fourth defeat of Ukrainians have been seen in Flensburg on Wednesday.For replacement of the Polish coach few names have been seen. Former RK Celje PL coach Branko Tamse, Belarussian coaches Igor Papruga and NT coach Yury Shevtsov. ← Previous Story RUMOURS: Xavi Sabate to replace Vranjes on Hungarian NT bench? Next Story → Telekom Veszprem don’t count on him – William Accambray to RK Celje PL!


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first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Tony Marshall ‘I’d love to have played in another World Cup… But I don’t regret any of my actions’Could we see a shock World Cup winner for the first time since 1954? I have no idea why I said yes but I did and it just grew from there. You start refereeing and you have good days and bad days. It becomes part of your life. You become engrossed in it and obsessed by it to a certain degree. Because you have to be. It’s time consuming and some would say it’s a lonely life. You travel to games on your own, come back from games on your own and you’re certainly on your own when you’re referring a game.”For Foley, it was an interesting challenge. He may never have been good enough to play the game but as a referee, he could still be part of what happened on the pitch. The role required discipline, commitment and an eye for detail. Stamina and excellent fitness levels were also pre-resuisites. For an Army man, he seemed an ideal fit and the various elements intrigued him.“There has to be a certain element of being in charge,” he says. Eddie Foley (left) pictured before a Euro 2000 fixture between France and Czech Republic. Source: Matthew Ashton“If you like being in control, it makes it easier. That grew on me and I enjoyed that aspect of it. Now, let’s face it, when you start off some games don’t go well. But the longer you’re at it, the better you get and it becomes more enjoyable. You have to manage people too, sometimes under adverse conditions because people get agitated. Nobody thanks you for giving a penalty against them so you become a type of man-manager. And you’re constantly making decisions over 90 minutes. Not a lot of people get to do.”Foley followed the usual rites of passage. He started out with the small, nondescript fixtures. The slanted pitches, the beer-bellied centre-forwards and one man and his dog. And even the mutts abused him. But, like any good player, a good referee won’t be put off by the environment, however intimidating it is.“You’re talking about amateur players who want to go out, kick a ball and maybe want to go for a pint after,” Foley says.“You don’t have the same security as more high-profile games. There’s no press coverage or TV coverage and you just have to deal with it. There’s an element of abuse, especially at grassroots level. But it defining what’s passionate and what’s abusive. As referees, you quickly learn that most of the abuse comes from the touchline. If you recognise the mushroom before it becomes a mountain then it makes your life a lot easier. But there were times driving back in my car and thinking, ‘I must be mad.’”After putting in the hard yards in the AUL and Munster Senior League, Foley was first selected for the national refereeing panel in 1990 when he was in his late-twenties. From there, he took on League of Ireland games before impressing Uefa delegates as an assistant referee.“I had no aspirations,” he admits.“I felt, ‘If I can master this, I’ll be happy’. I had no idea that somebody would select me for my first League of Ireland seminar because, genuinely, I didn’t think I’d be of that calibre at the time. It was 1995 when I was promoted to the international panel as an assistant referee but after about two years I thought about giving it up and going full-time as a ref in the League of Ireland. But I was selected to go the finals of the Under-16 European Championships in 1997 and, obviously, somebody saw something because I was selected for the final of that tournament and then got the World Cup the following year.” Shortly before heading to the World Cup in France, Foley handles a League of Ireland fixture in 1998. In between, there were some other notable calling cards including Uefa Cup and World Cup qualifiers. And then, it all came down to one day in February.“Informally, I knew that I was on a shortlist from the previous October/November,” he says.“After every assignment, the rumours would come in that I was still there. The list is always being cut, right up until the final decision, and I knew that the 2 February was the release date for who was going to the World Cup.”And I remember it very well. I was at home with my wife that afternoon and evening but I wasn’t a happy camper because I’d received no call or anything so I thought I hadn’t made the final cut. But then the call came through to say the fax had arrived to the FAI and my name was on the list. And I don’t mind saying it, because it’s over 20 years later now, but I cried when I got that phone call. It’s not everyday you go to a World Cup and I was fortunate to do it.”As he absorbed the news, there was one memory that filled his mind. The early days. The very start. His mother’s kitchen table.“You could go in somewhere and pick up a whistle but there was no shop where you could get a referee’s kit,” Foley says.And I remember one night being in my mother’s house and making yellow cards out of a cereal box. I made a red card out of something else because I didn’t know where to buy them. So, I got some self-gratification. From making your own yellow and red cards to being selected for a World Cup. It also served to keep my feet on the ground, not lose track of myself and stay focused on the tournament by just remembering where I came from.”“You do need some luck. You can argue that you make your own luck also. When you get the opportunity you grasp it. The old cliche: an opportunity is never lost because the guy behind you will take it if you don’t grab it. Sometimes you get one chance and if you do it in the right place at the right time with the right people looking at you, you get another break. But, when I took up referring, I never in a million years thought I’d be selected for a World Cup. You don’t think it will ever happen to you.”The following month, Foley was summoned to France – along with the other officials who made the World Cup shortlist – for a pre-tournament seminar. There were lectures and presentations and different scenarios to discuss. And there was also the physical.“We were told that anyone who failed the fitness test would be sent home and would not be going to the World Cup,” he says.“We all thought it was a bit harsh but that’s what was explained to us. And the night before the physical, you could hear a pin drop in the hotel. Because in the back of everybody’s mind was, ‘If I fail tomorrow – even though it’s only March – then my World Cup is over before it even starts’. Fortunately, there weren’t any failures the following day. But the intensity was so high because everyone was so concerned. I was always quite fit but you’re worried about maybe getting an injury or something going wrong. And there was the extra pressure in terms of what was going to happen if you failed.”Despite the pressure, there were no setbacks and in June, Foley made history and became the first official from the Republic of Ireland to feature at a World Cup. Gabriel Batistuta celebrates scoring the only goal of the Argentina v Japan group game. Source: Stu ForsterThough he was based about 30km outside of Paris (along with the 34 referees and 32 other assistants), his first assignment took him to Toulouse for a Group H clash between Argentina and Japan.Inevitably, there was a degree of anxiety. Added to the mix was the unfamiliarity of his colleagues that afternoon.“When I was selected firstly, I was paired off with (Scottish referee) Hugh Dallas so I would’ve done some games with him before the tournament,” Foley says.But for Argentina v Japan I was actually with Mario van der Ende from Holland, who was one of the top referees in the world at the time. The first game of the World Cup and you’re working with a team of officials for the very first time. And that adds to the intensity. I remember being in the dressing-room beforehand and I was constantly talking to myself to calm myself down and praying to God that my first decision would be an easy one and not a big one. Thankfully it was a throw-in or a goal-kick – something nice and handy. And that just eases you into the game if you’re first decision is a bread and butter one and not a yellow card or red card or penalty.”“I prefer to get my ‘moment’ out of the way earlier on – maybe when we arrive and we’re walking around the field and still in our suits and ties and people are still coming into the stadium. As far as I’m concerned, once you come out of the tunnel the game is already on. So I go out and into the lineup and normally pick a spot in the stand and stay concentrated and focused. And when you go to the line for the start of the game, you’re almost talking to yourself…’Who’s defending? Whites are defending’. And it just gets you into the game before it even starts.The night before was relatively okay. Yes, I woke up early. And it would be a lie to say I thought about anything else that morning. You wanted it to go very well and once you’re on the field of play, it was game on. Thankfully it did go well and there was no major controversy.”In the second half, Foley correctly flagged for an Argentina offside after he judged that Gabriel Batistuta had fractionally strayed.He may have been one of the best strikers in the world at the time but Foley cared little for that. What he did care about was Batistuta’s tendencies. Before the game, Foley researched his movement, just to give him a better understanding of what he could expect in the game.“I wasn’t interested in him or his skilfulness with the ball,” he says.But I was interested in the runs he made, how he made them, how fast he moved. Because that helps you in judging any offside. And more information gives you an extra edge. It’s not about the name but about the technique the player uses. And that goes for the team too. How does one attack and the other defend? If you have that information, it prepares you for the game. Nowadays, I train beginners and run courses for new referees. And I always tell them, ‘My Mother – who has a crutch – will referee a match. But it takes something else to read the game.’ And unless you’re reading the game, you won’t referee it properly. And there’s a lot of information available to you before you even get to the stadium.”Batistuta scored the only goal of the game but as much as Argentina’s result put them in a decent position to progress, the same went for Foley. Ahead of the tournament, every official was guaranteed one fixture. But it was up to them to secure further appointments. If they performed well and were graded accordingly by their observer, they would see more action and get to hang around longer. Foley in the middle, along with his fellow officials, prior to Belgium’s clash with Mexico. Source: Doug PensingerSix days later, Foley was rewarded with a second game – a Group E clash between Belgium and Mexico in Bordeaux. And four days after that, he was in action again for South Africa’s game against Saudi Arabia.But, despite some whispers suggesting he would be involved in the latter stages of the tournament, it didn’t play out that way.“I thought I did very well and the feedback was very good,” he says.But when it came to the knockout round, I didn’t make the cut. It was quite ruthless. You’re in a room and you’re being told who’s staying on. They make appointments for the next games so some people walked out with a next assignment and I walked out to go to an airport desk and get a flight home. Not a nice feeling. But not everybody can be kept on. Do I know why I wasn’t kept on? I don’t. I thought I’d done a decent job but you have to accept it. You have to take the good with the bad. You have to experience failure to appreciate success, I suppose.”Foley had certainly left his mark. He was back for the European Championships in 2000 and involved in three group games there too. There were a litany of Champions League assignments, including the quarter-final clash between Bayern Munich and FC Porto that same year. Right up until 2006, he was getting Europa League matches and Euro qualifiers.He’s still involved with the game now as both a tutor and a referee observer. The obsession still needs feeding.“I did worry greatly about the day I’d retire and whether I’d still get the same enjoyment out of it,” he admits.“But I think I’m getting as much enjoyment out of it now, especially when some young referee comes along. You can help him and he gets promoted and I get immense pleasure from that.”Foley developed into an internationally-recognised official. But it didn’t come easy or naturally.There will always be naysayers. The kind who ridicule relentlessly and offer nothing but condemnation. They will accuse match officials of being obsessed with the spotlight and intent on making everything about themselves. Or genuinely feel there is a premeditation or motive behind a referee’s error of judgement.It’s a draining, thankless existence. But Foley has had a lifelong addiction.“Concentration, without a doubt, does not come easy,” he says.“As an assistant, the ball might be at the other end of the pitch and, to the untrained eye, it looks like you have nothing to do. And sometimes that’s the hardest part for you because you’re trying to maintain the level of the officials who are involved in that end of the play or can see the play but without being physically involved. But with one touch, the ball could be in your end and if you’re not focused you might miss an offside, a foul or –  even greater – something like a red card.”Concentration drains you. In my early days, I would’ve come off the field with a headache  from pure concentration. I find it easier to concentrate when everything is happening around you and you’re busy. But when everything is happening at a distance and you have to maintain those same levels, it’s very demanding over 90 minutes.”“People say a good referee is not noticed but it’s easy to not be noticed if the game is looking after itself and the players are behaving. You cannot send off a player and not be noticed. You can’t give a penalty kick and not be noticed. So, sometimes the players can help the referee a lot. But remember, there can be history between two teams or certain players can be more volatile. And it’s like what I said before – you have to manage the players and you have to manage the occasion. The players can sometimes get caught up in emotion. Winning isn’t everything it’s the only thing.”And 20 years on, can he put it all into context?“I enjoyed every game, don’t get me wrong,” Foley says.But there are some where you’re concerned about everything going right. You do get a bit apprehensive and nervous. Some people will say that a certain amount of nerves is okay because you’re concerned and just preparing yourself subconsciously. But if you’re too nervous then you don’t perform. Refereeing is all about confidence and having the confidence to make the right decisions. If you’re too nervous, it can inhibit your ability to make the right decision. There is enjoyment but there are occasions where you’re so focused and it can get you worked up and chunks of it will certainly pass you by.”“I’ve had a few good moments and some very good games. From the three World Cup games I had, I’ve had more difficult matches. But, it’s the greatest moment of my sporting life, without a shadow of a doubt. Last Friday I walked my daughter up the aisle and of all my achievements in football, that was the greatest moment in my life. But walking onto the field of play for my first World Cup match?Certainly my greatest sporting moment.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Eoin O’Callaghan Share193 Tweet Email1 Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 9:30 PM 17 Comments Image: Tony Marshallcenter_img IT TAKES A while before we talk because Eddie Foley is a busy man.There’s a Uefa trip to Slovenia to contend with and then his daughter’s wedding. When we finally chat, he’s been on the go for a while. He worked in the morning, left Cork at 2pm, there was a three-hour FAI discussion up in Dublin that evening and then another drive south that would get him home close to 11pm.But it’s all part of the vocation.“Ironically, I grew up in a GAA environment,” says the Youghal native, a seaside town in east Cork famous for its strands and amusements.“Soccer wasn’t readily available to me. I never claimed to be a soccer player and I never was and obviously never will be at this stage. I was never any good at it but I did so some hurling. But, I got involved with a club and went along to a meeting with a colleague of mine one night and they were looking for people to go along to a referee’s course. Jun 24th 2018, 9:31 PM Follow us: the42.ie http://the42.ie/4087111 ‘I don’t mind saying it but I cried when I got that phone call’: The last Corkman at a World Cup It’s 20 years since Eddie Foley made history at France ’98. Short URL 30,247 Views last_img read more


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first_imgLes villes d’Europe aux prises avec les espèces invasivesUne conférence organisée par l’UICN s’est tenue ce jeudi en Suisse pour aider à préparer le travail de la Commission européenne qui, la semaine prochaine, doit proposer une série de mesures relatives à un sujet brûlant : la lutte contre les espèces invasives qui colonisent de plus en plus l’espace urbain des pays d’Europe, au détriment de la biodiversité locale.Non régulés par leurs prédateurs habituels et disséminés par le biais des moyens de transport modernes, les animaux et les plantes exotiques indument ou accidentellement introduits en Europe y menacent les espèces locales en ville plus encore qu’en campagne. “Les espèces non indigènes représentent l’une des principales menaces pour la biodiversité de la planète. Le problème est que les espèces envahissantes prennent les ressources et l’espace des espèces indigènes”, explique Chantal van Ham, spécialiste de la question citée par la BBC.Or, “les zones urbaines sont très vulnérables à ces espèces. Souvent, elles sont introduites, par exemple via le commerce des plantes, mais [pénètrent] aussi par les arrivées accidentelles dans les ports et les aéroports. Cette menace est appelée à augmenter, à moins que des mesures concrètes ne soient prises”, avertit la responsable du programme européen pour l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN). Prendre des mesures pour réduire le risque C’est pourquoi cette grande ONG internationale a organisé jeudi à Gland, en Suisse, une conférence sur le sujet, où autorités locales, décideurs, ONG et scientifiques devaient préparer le terrain pour la Commission européenne. Cette dernière doit en effet présenter la semaine prochaine son plan d’action dans ce domaine. “Les municipalités ou les collectivités locales ont un rôle très important [à jouer] dans les mesures possibles pour réduire le risque (…). Mais il est également important que les autorités locales aient le soutien nécessaire pour prendre ces mesures”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Ce que nous voulons faire, lors de cette conférence, est de rassembler des experts – et non seulement les scientifiques mais aussi les différents niveaux gouvernementaux et les ONG – afin de voir comment nous pouvons renforcer la collaboration et l’échange de connaissances sur la façon de lutter contre les espèces envahissantes au niveau urbain”, explique la responsable de l’UICN.Des exemples qui ne manquent pas Récemment, l’ONG a publié un rapport mettant en évidence un certain nombre d’études de cas : la façon dont l’Allemagne lutte contre le raton-laveur américain qui envahit Berlin ; la menace paneuropéenne représentée par la propagation de la renouée du Japon (Fallopia japonica), une plante herbacée vivace asiatique, décrite par les experts comme l’une des mauvaises herbes les plus envahissantes et les plus nuisibles en Europe et en Amérique du Nord… L’expérience acquise par certains pays doit ainsi profiter aux autres : “nous espérons également que la Commission européenne soutiendra fermement le partage et la promotion des meilleures pratiques et des leçons apprises par les différents pays européens, et aidera à promouvoir la prise de conscience sur cette question. Il y a une proposition pour un cadre juridique qui nécessitera une action dans tous les États membres de l’UE”, conclut Chantal van Ham.Le 5 septembre 2013 à 20:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more



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first_img Convertibles Performance Cars null 8 Photos Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale shows the shape of the modern hypercar Share your voice 1:36 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Ferrari Ferrari 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold 0 Enlarge ImageLike this, but with less roof. Andrew Hoyle/CNET The Ferrari 812 Superfast is one hell of a car. I mean, it’s called the freaking Superfast. The one thing that it’s missing, though, is the ability to hear that absolutely bananas V12 yowl without having the sound muffled by a roof — that is to say, it’s missing a Spider version.Though, that may not be the case for long. According to the website FerrariChat, several Ferrari owners have received invitations to see the unveiling of the new model in early September at one of two events. According to a separate report by Motor1 published on Wednesday, all of these invites have gone to European owners, so either there will be a separate series of events for US buyers, or we won’t get this thing stateside, though the latter seems unlikely.As far as official details on potential specs for a Spider-ized version of the 812 go, there basically aren’t any. Seriously, we’ve heard nothing from the folks in Maranello on this one. If we were to put on our thinking caps and hazard an educated guess, we’d expect to see a folding hardtop roof like the Portofino and/or 488 Spider have. We’d be shocked to see any kind of change in power output, given just how potent the standard 812 is already, thanks to its 6.5-liter V12 engine.In any case, we can’t be bothered with the idea of a convertible 812 because the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 already exist and those are — as far as we’re concerned — the coolest Ferraris to roll out of Maranello in decades.Oh, and we’re journalists, so we don’t have Ferrari 812 Superfast Spider money anyway. That’s the other reason we can’t be bothered. More From Roadshow Ferrari’s new SF90 Stradale is a 986-horsepower hybrid… 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercarlast_img read more


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first_imgCaribou on Adak in 1985. (Credit: USFWS)Every summer, a team of federal exterminators set up shop in the southwest corners of the state. Their job is to root out non-native animals that might disturb the Alaska Maritime wildlife refuge.Besides the usual rats and foxes, the refuge managers decided to target a new pest this season.Download AudioIt’s no mystery how caribou wound up on Adak Island. They were imported in the late 1950s so Navy personnel would have something to hunt.Nowadays, the Navy is gone and the island is a prime spot for big game hunters. But not enough of them, says Steve Ebbert.He’s a wildlife biologist for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. As he stands on the deck of their research vessel, sailing less than a half mile from the rocky shores of Adak, Ebbert says the caribou herd is now seven times its former size. And it’s starting to spread.Ebbert points to a gently sloping beach just across the way on Kagalaska Island.It’s not clear when the caribou started to swim across the channel to Kagalaska. But Ebbert thinks he knows why. The island is still covered in thick, white lichen — the same plant that used to grow naturally on Adak.If the caribou are willing to travel for food, Ebbert says they probably won’t stop at Kagalaska when there even more islands to graze on nearby — all federally protected, refuge land.After an environmental assessment, the Fish and Wildlife Service decided the best way to prevent that outcome was to organize a hunt on Kagalaska.The team bagged nine male caribou. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski isn’t impressed with their haul.The hunt cost $58,000, plus another $13,000 to butcher and salvage the meat. That part was specifically requested by Murkowski and other officials. But going forward, the senator wants to see a different approach.The Senate Appropriations committee recently (on June 18) approved a new rule that would keep the refuge from using federal money to sponsor more caribou hunts at Kagalaska.A similar ban would apply to two other islands, where wild cows have escaped from old ranches. Murkowski and her colleagues also suggest a $2 million cut in funding the Fish and Wildlife Service but a million-dollar bump for the refuge system’s budget. The entire package has been sent to the full Senate for consideration.Elaine Smiloff has lived and hunted on Adak Island for years. She had her own doubts about trying to control the spread of caribou.But Smiloff also says that this year, it got harder for local hunters to track down caribou in their own backyard. Without a boat — which most residents don’t have — their options seemed to shrink.Usually, Kagalaska wouldn’t be one of them.That’s one reason why Smiloff jumped at the chance to help federal hunters move huge slabs of meat off that island. More than a half-ton was distributed to local families.Smiloff would be glad to help get more. But wildlife managers haven’t decided if they’ll try to conduct another hunt before the Senate takes action on the proposal to shut it down.For now, the Alaska Maritime refuge is more focused on finding out if the first big control effort was a success.They may have a chance to investigate in August, when refuge staff are scheduled to sail past Kagalaska aboard their research vessel.Eventually, Steve Ebbert says he wants to find a method for tracking the number of caribou that reach the island. First, he’d have to mark them — with paintballs, or by branding.But then again:“You’re capturing the animals, drugging the animals in the case of branding, and marking them permanently — and just releasing them? It doesn’t seem as efficient. If you can shoot them with a dart, you can shoot them with a rifle,” Ebbert says.The biologist says he wouldn’t call that hunting — more like counting. By elimination.last_img read more


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first_imgMap of Yemen locating Hodeida where at least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes, medics said Monday. Photo: AFPAt least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, medics said Monday, as Britain’s top diplomat visited the Gulf seeking to boost international calls for a ceasefire.Government loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition are fighting to oust the Iran-backed Huthi rebels from the strategic Red Sea city, whose docks are a lifeline to 14 million Yemenis at risk of starvation.Asked about the possibility of a ceasefire, a coalition spokesman told reporters in Riyadh that “the operation is still ongoing”, adding that it was meant to pressure the rebels to come to the negotiating table.A Hodeida resident reported an ebb in fighting around the city by Monday evening, but UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a possible “catastrophic situation” if the port is destroyed.”The fighting must stop, a political debate must begin, and we must prepare a massive humanitarian response to avoid the worst next year,” he said.A military source in the pro-government coalition said the insurgents had pushed back a large-scale assault aimed at moving towards the port, under rebel control since 2014.In a statement sent via the Telegram messaging app, the Huthis said they had “lured” loyalists up the western coastline of Hodeida, where the rebels then launched an attack on the troops.Government forces, led on the ground by Emirati-backed troops, have made their way into Hodeida after 11 days of clashes, reaching residential neighbourhoods in the east on Sunday and sparking fears of street fights that would further endanger civilians trapped in the city.Residents and government military sources have reported rebel snipers stationed on rooftops in civilian streets in eastern Hodeida, a few kilometres (miles) from the port on the western edge of the city.The fighting forced hundreds of terrified medical workers and patients to flee the al-Thawra hospital — Hodeida’s largest public medical facility — as a series of explosions rocked the area on Sunday, Amnesty International said.A medical worker told Amnesty that they “dodged a hail of shrapnel” as bombardment near the hospital lasted more than 30 minutes.Enough is enoughThe Hodeida offensive has sparked an international outcry unprecedented in nearly four years of conflict between the Huthis and the Saudi-backed government.Britain, the United States and France have all called for an end to hostilities. All three countries are major suppliers of arms to Saudi Arabia.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a major ally of Washington, to engage in peace talks.British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt met with Saudi King Salman and Prince Mohammed on Monday during a visit to the kingdom to press its rulers to support UN efforts to end the conflict.Hunt also flew to the United Arab Emirates, a key pillar of the Saudi-led coalition, to meet the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.In France, foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said it was time “the international community said enough is enough.”There will be no victor in this war,” Le Drian told France 2 TV.Civilian tollAid groups fear for the safety of hundreds of thousands of people living in Hodeida — and for millions of others dependent on its port for what little food and humanitarian aid trickle into impoverished, blockaded Yemen.A military official in Hodeida on Monday confirmed seven civilians had died, without giving further details.A 15-year-old boy died last week of shrapnel wounds in Hodeida, Save the Children said.Medics in hospitals across Hodeida province reported 111 rebels and 32 loyalist fighters killed overnight, according to a tally by AFP.Sources at the Al-Alfi military hospital, seized by the rebels during their 2014 takeover, said charred body parts had been delivered there overnight. Military sources confirmed that the Saudi-led alliance had targeted the rebels with multiple air strikes.The rebels have begun to evacuate their wounded to Sanaa, the capital, which the Huthis seized during a 2014 takeover that included a string of ports on Yemen’s coastline.Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the Yemeni government’s fight against the Huthis in 2015, triggering what the UN now calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.Nearly 600 people have been killed since clashes erupted in Hodeida on November 1, ending a temporary suspension in a government offensive to take the city that began in June.Diplomatic pressureThe coalition has come under intense international pressure to end the conflict, particularly following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an ardent critic of Prince Mohammed, in his country’s consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.Multiple countries, including Germany and Norway, have announced the suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi’s killing.The United Nations’ Yemen envoy, Martin Griffiths, is pushing for peace talks between the Huthis and the government by the end of the year.The United States, which for years provided military training and aerial refuelling for the Saudi-led coalition, on Saturday announced it would end its inflight refuelling support for the alliance.The alliance accuses Iran of smuggling arms to the Huthis through Hodeida port. 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