Egypt in second day of “election without voters”

first_imgVoting concluded on Monday in the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections, amid government concerns over low turnout in a vote that is expected to strengthen the political clout of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said turnout on the first day of voting on Sunday was just 15-16 % but should rise after public sector workers were given a half-day off to vote. Estimates by judges overseeing the ballot suggested turnout had risen to 20 percent or more by Monday afternoon. The lack of interest, particularly from young people who comprise the majority of Egypt’s population, stands in contrast to the long queues and youthful enthusiasm of the 2011-12 polls.“I’m not going to give my vote to someone who doesn’t deserve it,” Michael Bassili, 19, from Alexandria. “As youth we’re trying to fix the country and we’ll work to do this…but these guys are just interested in money and themselves.”Coming days after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged Egyptians to cast their ballots, the low turnout suggested the former general, who once enjoyed cult-like adulation, was losing some of his appeal.Sisi has desbribed the election as a milestone on the road to democracy in Egypt, the most populous Arab country.But with most of his opponents in jail, Sisi is not expected to face any serious challenges from parliament, and the low turnout will reinforce the view that it will lack credibility.In 2013, then-army chief Sisi overthrew Egypt’s first freely-elected president, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi, and promised a “roadmap to democracy”.He then launched the fiercest crackdown on dissent in Egypt’s modern history, jailing thousands of Mursi’s supporters as well as activists at the forefront of the 2011 revolt that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule and ignited hopes of change.last_img read more

UN considering deploying troops in violence-hit Burundi

first_imgThe United Nations and key Western nations are discussing the possibility of deploying international peacekeepers in Burundi if the violence in the East African country escalates into a full-scale ethnic conflict, diplomats have said.At least 240 people have reportedly been killed as tens of thousands have fled to neighbouring states due to the violenve that began when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided in April to run for a third term.Nkurunziza went ahead to win the disputed elections held in July.The UN on Monday warned that Burundi could be facing imminent catastrophe with violence in danger of escalating to atrocities.The UN Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on a French drafted resolution that would ask the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to report back on options for boosting the UN’s presence in Burundi.last_img read more

5 natural sleep aids

first_img Share Tweet Share Sleep restores us. And not getting enough of it can put us at greater risk of heart disease and cancer. Sleep even makes us smarter. Yet researchers are finding that more than 10 percent of the population is chronically sleep deprived. If you’re having trouble slipping into—and remaining in—Dreamland, don’t dart straight to prescription sleep drugs, which can be habit-forming, harmful if you live with certain conditions, and even downright bizarre! (Some people develop sleep-eating and sleep-driving habits when using prescription sleeping pills.) The good news is, science has found that many foods, drinks, herbs, and other natural sleep aids can help put you to sleep…naturally. In fact, just this summer, researchers made the connection between tart cherry juice and getting adequate shut-eye. Here are some natural food- and drink-based sleep aids.Cherries In the small study, participants drank eight ounces of the tart cherry (also known as sour cherry) juice in the morning, and another eight ounces in the evening, for two weeks and reported better sleeping habits. Since all cherries are naturally high in melatonin, a compound that makes us sleepy, you can try eating a cup as a snack before it’s time for shut-eye if you’d rather not drink the juice.FishCertain fish and sea creatures contain sleep-inducing tryptophan, including shrimp, cod, tuna, and halibut. Carb/Protein ComboBut since not all seafood choices are healthy for us (some are high in contaminants) or for the planet (many are overfished, or methods for catching them kill other species), stick to catches like Pacific cod from Alaska or pole-caught Albacore tuna from the U.S. or British Columbia.If keeping track of the latest safe seafood guidelines is too complicated, you can get your tryptophan fix from other things. You’ve probably heard that warm milk can help you sleep, since milk contains tryptophan.But the key is to combine carbs with a protein containing tryptophan to help your body better utilize the sleep inducer. Try pairing a cup of whole grain cereal with organic milk before bedtime.This lemon-scented member of the mint family has been a sleep-inducing superstar for ages. Other benefits include better digestion and decreased agitation. Lemon Balm Try making lemon balm tea by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried herb in 1 cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. (If you take thyroid meds, talk to you doctor…drinking the tea could mean you’ll have to adjust your dosage.)Other HerbsIf lemon balm’s not your thing, another herb, sage, also works as a natural sleep aid. Just steep 4 tablespoons in a cup of hot water, steep for four hours, strain, and reheat to drink. Chamomile tea and valerian teas, other sleep inducers, are also more widely available pre-bagged in natural food stores, if you don’t want to fuss with the aforementioned straining herbs.Rodale News Sharing is caring!center_img 112 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle 5 natural sleep aids by: – June 23, 2014 Sharelast_img read more

Bale finds room for improvement

first_img The Wales international, 23, topped the 2012/13 poll of journalists with a narrow victory over Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, who was last year’s recipient when at Arsenal, and received the prestigious accolade at a gala dinner in London on Thursday evening. Bale’s 25 goals have helped take Andre Villas-Boas’ men into the quarter-finals of the Europa League and kept them in the race to secure a return to the Champions League. Bale was also named Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers’ Association. “Hopefully there is a lot more (to come),” the Wales forward said. “I have only just started in my new free role in the middle, so there is still a lot to learn in that position for me, I still need to kind of figure out a few things – which is important. As I say to myself every season, I want to improve again, there are still things I need to improve, there are things which need working on in more areas than others, and I can do that.” Despite the setback of Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea, Bale maintains Tottenham can head into the final two games of the Barclays Premier League season still hopeful of securing a top-four finish, which would secure Champions League football. “Everyone at Tottenham still believes, we know it is not in our hands, but there are a lot of funny things which can happen in football,” he said. “The main thing is we need to concentrate on ourselves and hope that little bit of luck goes with us.” The FWA award has been running since 1948, when Sir Stanley Matthews was the first recipient of a long list which includes the likes of England World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, the Charlton brothers, George Best, Kevin Keegan, Eric Cantona, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo. “When you look at all of the past winners, the legends of the game, this is a massive honour, and to be on the list with them now is a massive privilege,” Bale said as he received his award from FWA chairman Andy Dunn at the Lancaster London Hotel. “You always dream of things like this, whether they come true or not is another, but now that it has, it is a massive achievement for me, but one I could have not done without my team or my manager. The team has been fantastic this season and we have played some very good stuff, it is always easier to play in a really good team. “The manager has been fantastic for me, playing me in different positions where I am able to find the space and actually show my stuff. I have really enjoyed my football and been able to play well.” Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year Gareth Bale believes he can get even better next season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tevez ready for fresh challenge

first_img Tevez first arrived in England with West Ham before winning the Champions League with Manchester United in 2008, and after switching allegiances in the north west, he won the title with City last year. That he played a role in that campaign at all came as some surprise, however, given the six-month exile that had followed his refusal to warm up in a Champions League game against Bayern Munich in September 2011. A January move to AC Milan then failed to materialise. The row cast a shadow over his final season and on Thursday Tevez confessed he had decided to follow sacked manager Roberto Mancini – his nemesis in Munich – out of Manchester in search of a fresh challenge. He added: “Four years ago, I chose to move to City because of the targets they were aiming for. I wanted to play in the Champions League and help the team win a league title after a long gap. “I’ve noted the same ambitions at Juventus. They want to keep finishing first in Italy, as they’ve done over the past two years, and aspire to win the Champions League. This made my decision easier. “Juventus have shown themselves to be a great team. The side features great champions such as (Gianluigi) Buffon and (Andrea) Pirlo, with whom I’m sure it will be very easy to play alongside. “What interests me the most, however, is the team itself. That’s why I’m not thinking about topping the goalscoring charts. If the team play well and win, it will be easier for me to achieve personal goals.” The 29-year-old Argentinian was unveiled in Turin on Thursday morning after signing a three-year contract with the Serie A champions, bringing a four-year spell with City and seven successful years in the Barclays Premier League to an end. “I spoke to Manuel Pellegrini as soon as he arrived at City,” he told “I told him I considered my time at the club to be over. He said that was fine by him and there weren’t any problems in allowing me to leave. I would like to thank City and all their fans for the four years spent together.” Carlos Tevez’s hunger to accept the challenge offered by Juventus convinced him his time with Manchester City was finally over.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers injury setback

first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, ruling him out of Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League clash at West Brom. Press Association “There is not many offensive positions where I can rotate. “I am worried because when he went to Chile he was already a bit jaded and to see what state he will come back (in), I will have to test. “But speaking to the player, if I ask him ‘are you tired?’ you can guess the answer.” Sanchez will not be flying off on national service until March at the earliest, giving Wenger complete control over his welfare. “That is welcome that there is no international break now,” he added. There has been some good news on the injury front, with right-back Hector Bellerin available following a groin problem. Wenger will assess Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud’s readiness to play after the pair’s involvement for France during the international break, when terrorists struck in co-ordinated attacks in Paris during their friendly against Germany last Friday. Wenger says defender Koscielny, in particular, appeared affected in Tuesday’s match with England at Wembley. The England forward, who suffered the injury in the Capital One Cup loss to Sheffield Wednesday, is also expected to miss the key Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb next Tuesday. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “He had a slight little setback on Monday but we checked by scan and there is nothing wrong but he is still a fraction short for Saturday.” Aaron Ramsey – who has been absent since the October 20 win over Bayern Munich – is likely to be fit to face Dinamo but Oxlade-Chamberlain will be available for the following weekend’s clash with Norwich at the earliest. “Ramsey will be back in full training on Monday and can play on Tuesday and Chamberlain I think against Norwich,” Wenger added. Theo Walcott, who injured a calf in the same game as Oxlade-Chamberlain, is still continuing his rehabilitation. “Theo is ahead of schedule at the moment but he is still two weeks away,” Wenger added. It all piles more pressure on the likes of Alexis Sanchez, who was due to return from international duty with Chile around 36 hours prior to the match at the Hawthorns. Chile lost 3-0 to Uruguay after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina’s Colombia during the international hiatus. Sanchez is becoming ever more important to Arsenal and Wenger wishes to give him some time off, but is unable to at present. Asked if the former Barcelona forward will be granted some leave, Wenger said: “At some point yes. At the moment I am a bit short because (I have) no Chamberlain, no Ramsey, no Walcott, no (Jack) Wilshere, no (Danny) Welbeck. last_img read more

The Latest: Horse racing set to resume in France on Monday

first_img___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 9, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The president of France Galop says horse racing will resume in France on Monday. The Latest: Horse racing set to resume in France on Monday Édouard de Rothschild tweeted that “the resumption of races is accepted” and thanked the French government for allowing it to go ahead.France is coming out of lockdown on Monday amid the coronavirus epidemic, with the nation confined since March 17.Races will be held at the famed Longchamp Racecourse in western Paris, which hosts the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the first weekend of October, and at Compiègne in northern France.___Watford chairman Scott Duxbury says at least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season. Associated Press Duxbury says “there is no altruism in the Premier League” and that “there are 20 different vested interests, which sometimes align but more often than not work purely to protect each individual club.”Ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting of topflight clubs, the Hornets have joined Brighton and Aston Villa in making clear their opposition to the current “Project Restart” plans.With nine rounds left, Watford is 17th in the league and looking to fight off relegation amid a challenging backdrop brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.Duxbury says “some clubs are happy to sign up to ‘Project Restart’ because arguably there is only an upside in participating in this compromised format. It means Liverpool can win the title, other clubs can book their place in Europe next season or potentially fight their way up the table from a position of safety.” But he adds “when at least six clubs – and I suspect more – are concerned about the clear downside and the devastating effects of playing in this kind of distorted nine-game mini-league, then I believe the Premier League has a duty of care to address those concerns.”last_img read more

AHEAD TOKYO PARALYMPICS: Nigeria’s Para-lifters Ejike, Kehinde Get Citi Bank Support

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeTwo of Nigeria’s world para-powerlifting champions, Lucy Ejike and Paul Kehinde at the weekend joined 41 other para athletes from around the world to form ‘Team Citi’ ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games scheduled to hold in Tokyo, Japan.Team Citi, a diverse group partnering Citi Bank is helping to change perceptions of persons living with disabilities. Ejike and Kehinde who as ambassadors of Citi Bank are to enjoy the support of the bank to a number of competitions including the Olympics in Tokyo as well as the African Paralympic Games in Morocco.Speaking at the event at the Corporate Headquarters of Citi Bank on Kofo Abayomi Street in Victoria Island last Friday, Executive Director of the bank, Mrs. Nneka Enwereji, said that Citi has a history of supporting the Paralympic movement, starting with Team USA at the London Paralympic Games in 2012.  “Through our partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), we are committed to changing the conversation around disability so that these athletes can be defined by their heart and strength, not their supposed limitations.“This partnership allows us to advance our shared mission of creating a more inclusive society, in this case by enabling para athletes to achieve sporting excellence,” stressed Mrs Enwereji.She admitted that the dedication and passion of Lucy and Kehinde, as well as other para-athletes “inspire us to be at our best as we at Citi help our clients to achieve their own business and personal goals, and enable progress in their communities.”In her reaction to the support from Citi Bank, Lucy Ejike expressed her happiness with the development, stressing that she was going to give her best to her career. “I am happy to be one of the 41 ambassadors of Citi Bank from across the world. I used to train on my own and only get government’s support when it remains few months to major competitions. But now that I have Citi Bank as my sponsor, Tokyo 2020 will be one of the best Games I have ever attended,” she pledged.While appealing to other corporate bodies to emulate Citi Bank’s support for para athletes, Ejike said it is now that Nigerian athletes need support not when they return from competitions with gold medals.  “This is different because other organisations only wait for when you are successful to identify with you. Citi Bank is the first sponsors to come to us before a competition; they are here at the point of our need, which is the best time to identify with an athlete,” the world champion reiterated.While also eulogizing Citi Bank for the support for para athletes, Kehinde promised to double his efforts to repay the sponsorship by winning more medals at the Tokyo Games. “There is no going back now that I have this type of support. This is the first time in my life that a big organization is identifying with me and I promise to make them proud.”Other members of the PCN present at the event include its President, Bri.Gen. Emico Eruwa, General Secretary, Suleman Isah, Assistant General Secretary Odior Ketu Sunday and Director of the National Institute for Sports, Dr. John Dadi-MamudShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse falls to Lindenwood, splits weekend series with Lions

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-7-7, 3-2-3 College Hockey America) lost 2-1 to Lindenwood (5-8-1, 4-3-1 CHA) Saturday afternoon, falling back into a tie for second place in the conference.Syracuse outshot Lindenwood 33-21, but was unable to complete its third-period comeback. The Lions started off the game strong with a goal from Shara Jasper a little more than four minutes into the first period.Lindenwood began the second period quickly as well. LU’s Brooke Peden got the puck past SU goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan less than a minute into the second period, giving the Lions a 2-0 lead. The second period included two SU power play opportunities, but Lindenwood limited Syracuse to four shots in that time, keeping the Orange off the board.Syracuse didn’t find the back of the net until the third period when freshman Stephanie Grossi scored her fifth goal of the season. Seniors Kaillie Goodnough and Julie Knerr assisted on the play. Syracuse recorded 12 other shots in that third period, but none found their mark and the comeback fell short.Syracuse had the opportunity to move into sole possession of first place in the conference with a win Saturday. Instead, the loss means the team falls back into a tie for second with Lindenwood. Syracuse takes a break from conference play in its next game on Tuesday against Cornell at 7 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCompiled by Liam Sullivan, staff writer, Comments Published on November 29, 2014 at 9:09 pmlast_img read more

Falcons’ Quinn saved job with strong finish, players’support

first_img First Published: 28th December, 2019 19:58 IST 8 months ago Dominik Paris masters the downhill World Cup event in Bormio Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By COMMENT 8 months ago Montenegro: Pro-Serb lawmakers released from detention Dan Quinn can’t wait for the chance to prove he has learned from mistakes made in 2019.Support from a patient Atlanta Falcons owner, Arthur Blank, and Quinn’s players helped to make that second chance possible.Blank believes so strongly that the path to consistent winning is found in patience with coaches that he is sticking with Quinn following two losing seasons packed with wild streaks of inconsistency.BlankBlank said he was impressedQuinn described the 2019 season, his fifth as Atlanta’s coach, as “the hardest and most invaluable year for me as a coach ever.”“I’ve made mistakes, and we get to fix them, and I think that’s an important thing,” Quinn said. “… Not everybody else always has the chance to do that. I certainly hate the results, but man, I learned a lot, and I’d say more than anything, I can’t wait to apply the things that I’ve learned with this team and moving forward.”Quinn has one more year that brings a mandate for improvement. He said he understands 2020 comes with an “urgency to do really well.”“But what has to change is the results, and I think everybody in the building knows that,” he said.Blank said he didn’t want to be an owner who makes “surface noises of changing coaches to create some buzz in the marketplace.”He said consistent winners are “organizations that maintain a continual relationship between a head coach and general manager over time.”Blank cited the example of New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who has won three straight NFC South titles following three straight 7-9 seasons. But steadfast loyalty doesn’t always produce such dramatic results. As an example, Jason Garrett has delivered only two playoff wins in a decade as the Dallas Cowboys’ coach.Blank didn’t need to see Sunday’s final game at Tampa Bay to announce his decision to bring back Quinn and Dimitroff. The Falcons (6-9) have won five of seven, including three straight.Quinn benefited from the support of his players, most notably Julio Jones. After the Falcons’ fifth straight loss, an ugly 37-10 decision to the Los Angeles Rams,“Not every coach gets to see his team fight for him and say they are, and I thought that’s very humbling for sure,” Quinn said.Safety Ricardo Allen said Friday Jones’ speech helped to spark the second-half turnaround.“I’m grateful coach Quinn is coming back,” Allen said. “That’s what I’ve been fighting for.”Quinn has a record of 42-37. In the 2016 season, he led the team to only the second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, where theAtlanta made another playoff appearance in 2017. In 2018, the Falcons’ hopes of a third straight playoff season under Quinn were devastated by a 4-9 start. That team finished with three straight wins for a 7-9 final record. Now the Falcons need to beat the Buccaneers on Sunday for another 7-9 finish.Quinn recognizes he is fortunate to work for one of the NFL’s most patient owners.“I do know there’s been some coaches that have had some stuff together but had to go and prove some lessons elsewhere, whatever, their second or third experience,” Quinn said. “For me to have the chance to do that here with him, that means a hell of lot to me. I want to win a championship here for him and with him because of his belief. That won’t ever stop.”The Falcons announced other changes on Friday. President and CEO Rich McKay will assume a more prominent role in football operations.___More AP NFL: and center_img FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND 8 months ago Prudent commercial decision taken by bankers will be protected: Nirmala Sitharaman 8 months ago Fallon Sherrock’s fairytale run at the PDC World Championship ends LIVE TV Last Updated: 28th December, 2019 19:58 IST Falcons’ Quinn Saved Job With Strong Finish, Players’support Blank believes so strongly that the path to consistent winning is found in patience with coaches that he is sticking with Quinn following two losing seasons packed with wild streaks of inconsistency. 8 months ago Cong holds ‘Satyagraha’ in T’gana after permission denied for rallylast_img read more