By Dialogo April 02, 2010 UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday confirmed Edmond Mulet as his special representative to Haiti, a post which the Guatemalan already held in an interim capacity since the January earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation. Mulet, 58, had already served as special representative and head of the UN stabilization mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) from June 2006 to August 2007 before he was asked to become deputy head of the UN department of peacekeeping operations. He was then succeeded by Hedi Annabi of Tunisia, who died along with several of his staff when the January 12 quake leveled the MINUSTAH headquarters in Port-au-Prince. In the wake of the disaster, Ban sent Mulet to take charge of the decapitated MINUSTAH and coordinate UN emergency aid operations. MINUSTAH, which was established in 2004 and is under Brazilian command, had roughly 7,000 troops, 2,000 police and about 2,000 civilian personnel in January. The January 12 earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince killed at least 220,000 people and left 1.3 million homeless.
NEW DELHI: Outgoing National Chief Athletics coach Bahadur Singh has appealed to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and administrators to ensure that every school in the country has space for children to play. The 74-year-old said that India has the potential to become a powerhouse in sports if it ensures that the country’s children have ample space to play sports.”If there is a playground in schools everywhere then there will be lots of PT Usha and Hima Das,” said Singh in a virtual farewell arranged for him by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). Rijiju was present in the video conference alongwith a number of big names of Indian sports administration, including former sportspersons like PT Usha and Anju Bobby George. “But unfortunately, our schools have no place to play. India has a lot of talent, no doubt. India can be a world power in athletics but for that we have to make space for kids to play in schools. “In schools in China, there is three hours continuous physical activity. They also give food in the school. That’s the importance that country and many others are giving to their children. But sir, we are not giving our children importance. In lakhs of schools in our country, there are no playing fields.” Singh also said that the country needs more indoor facilities which might help athletes to avoid travelling overseas for training when conditions in India are not suitable. “We spend a lot of money in sending our athletes overseas when the climate at home does not permit training. India badly needs an indoor facility,” he said. Singh said that the rise of India in sports this far is a credit to the “teamwork” of various stakeholders in the field and not his achievement alone. “This work has been done by all the coaches, athletes, AFI, SAI, the centre heads, ministry — it is a teamwork they have done but everything comes on my name which is surprising,” he said with a smile. IANS Also watch: Get Set Global: How are People in The UK Facing Financial Crisis & More
Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 10 Syracuse fell to 0-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 3-1 loss on the road at No. 3 Virginia on Friday night.A poor start to the game left the Orange in a 2-0 deficit with just over eight minutes played, a deficit the team would not recover from en route to the loss.The Cavaliers’ hot start was led by freshman Tara Vittese, who won ACC Player of the Week this past week. The midfielder was able to score her team’s first two goals of the game in a first period her team dominated. Along with outscoring SU 2-0, the Cavaliers outshot the visitors 16-4 in the first period.The Orange played with more aggression during the second period, but the Virginia defense was able to keep SU off the board. The Orange fired four shots on goal within the first four minutes but they were all saved by Virginia goalie Jenny Johnstone.Before Lieke Visser was finally able to score the first goal of the day for the Orange, the Cavaliers snuck in another goal. Even though the Orange outshot the Cavaliers 13-3 in the period, each team scored only one goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will try to rebound from the loss with a nonconference matchup against Hofstra on Sunday at 3 p.m. at J.S. Coyne Stadium.-Compiled by staff writer Ryan Raigrodski. Comments Published on September 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm
James McCarthy must train this morning if he’s to hold any hope of starting tomorrow night’s Euro qualifier with Scotland. The Everton midfielder is nursing a hamstring strain, and has yet to take part in a full session with the squad this week. Martin O’Neill’s squad will fly to Scotland this afternoon, before training at Celtic Park this evening.
West Indies vs New Zealand A spineless batting effort sent the West Indies crashing to an innings and 67-run defeat to New Zealand, as the Caribbean side tamely conceded the opening Test inside four days early Monday.Entering the penultimate day at the Basin Reserve brimming with confidence following an encouraging display on Sunday, West Indies’ enterprise deserted them as they collapsed from a promising 214 for two overnight to 319 all out in their second innings.They were 231 for no further loss inside the first half-hour but dramatically lost their last eight wickets for 88 runs, to be bowled out about 50 minutes after lunch.Opener and vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite, unbeaten overnight on 79, top-scored with 91 while Shai Hope moved from 24 at the start to 37, but none of the Windies batsmen could muster the required commitment to stretch the contest into the fifth day.Matt Henry added another scalp to end with three for 57 but it was his fellow seamers Colin de Grandhomme (2-40), Trent Boult (2-87) and Neil Wagner (2-102) who scythed through the middle and lower order to set up the comprehensive win.The defeat was the seventh in 11 Tests on New Zealand soil for West Indies inside the last 17 years, and their third innings loss in four defeats straight defeats in Wellington, dating back to 1999.For New Zealand, the win gave them a precious 1-0 lead in the two-match series, ensuring they extended their record of not having lost a series to the Windies at home in 22 years