If you want to build a superinsulated, airtight house, you run into some difficulties. How do you deal with the extra thickness of your walls and ceilings when you add all that extra insulation? What’s the best way to ensure you hit your airtightness goal? And how do you do all that while keeping the process manageable and the cost affordable?The new Build SMART panelized system has some answers.I saw it in Philadelphia, twiceAt the 2016 North American Passive House Conference in Philadelphia this past September, Adam Cohen presented on his new panelized building system. His goal, he said, was to develop a way to make it easier to achieve Passive House level building enclosures. He also wanted to make it affordable. Over the past few years, he tried out his ideas and found a system that worked. Cohen then partnered with Prosoco to take it to market it and make it scalable. Thus was born Build SMART. RELATED ARTICLESPassive House Building in the Digital AgeFactories Gear Up for Passive House BuildingMaking the Case for Prefab Zero-Energy HomesThese Superinsulated Homes Were Delivered By TruckWhat’s Different About Unity Homes?Factory-Built Wall PanelsPlacing a Concrete Foundation on Rigid Foam InsulationFoam Under FootingsPrefabricated Foam Forms for Slab Foundations “On PHirm Footings: A Survey of Passive House Foundations in North America” Last month I took another little trip to Philadelphia to see the Build SMART system being installed. Rob Leonard, who’s been working with Cohen for 15 years and is the field technical manager for Build SMART, met me ahead of time and gave me some background on the company and briefed me on the project I would be visiting.The next day, Rob and I met up with Tim McDonald, a builder, architect, and Certified Passive House Consultant. The two were giving a tour of McDonald’s project and the Build SMART system. McDonald is building a really neat four-story apartment building in the heart of Philly. The project is going to be Passive House certified and was well underway. They had the first three floors already done and were about to start the fourth floor.Here’s a little of what I learned on the tour and from my other reading and discussions.Build SMART wall constructionWhen you want to build a superinsulated house, you have several choices on how you increase the walls’ R-value. These choices all result in thicker walls. Some methods use all one type of insulation in one place, as in double-stud walls. Most methods have insulation in two places, sometimes with different types of insulation in different places. An example would be framed walls with insulation in the cavities along with more insulation (e.g., foam board or mineral wool) on the exterior.The Build SMART system is the latter type. Image #2, below, shows a small sample of what a panel looks like. It includes a framed wall on the interior (left), OSB sheathing in the middle, then a layer of expanded polystyrene (EPS), and Huber’s Zip sheathing on the exterior (right).The panels come in four types:Straight panels (like the sample shown in Image #2)Corner panelsWindow panelsDoor panelsThe options are currently limited to a few configurations for each type to keep the process simple and affordable. Some architects may feel too constrained by that, but McDonald sees it as an opportunity to be more creative with the design. For this project, he’s working on some cool ideas with LED lights that make a statement about the energy use of the building.Assembling the panelsWhen you’re ready to start assembling the walls, you put everything together in a way similar to doing a structural insulated panel (SIP) building. The first step is staging. You get all your panels moved to where they need to be. In Image #3, below, you can see all the pallets of panels waiting to be installed.Once you’ve got the panels staged, you start at one corner and keep adding panels. Each panel gets attached to the one you did just before (see Image #4). When you’ve made it all the way around and are back at your starting point, you’re ready to build the next floor above or put the roof over it.A critical part of the assembly is making sure you get the air barrier all sealed up. In this case, the primary air barrier is the OSB in the middle of the panel. The photo at the top of the article shows a worker installing sealant (Prosoco’s R-Guard Joint & Seam Filler) with a sausage gun.The water-resistive barrier (WRB) is Zip sheathing and that gets sealed up, too. Huber makes both a tape and a fluid-applied sealant for the seams, and Build SMART recommends that builders opt for the fluid-applied sealant. You can see in the photos that McDonald followed their advice.Benefits of the Build SMART systemIn his presentation during the tour I attended, McDonald said, “The best thing about this system is that the panels come with windows installed.” (See Image #6.) This is a big deal. Most water and air leakage problems in walls occur at windows. It’s not easy to get the flashing details and air sealing done properly with a site-built house. (If you doubt that, just ask anyone who repairs existing homes.)Yes, if you’re a custom builder and have a stable crew, you can get good window installations consistently. When the windows and doors come factory-installed, however, your job on the site becomes a whole lot easier. And faster.Another thing McDonald emphasized was how quickly he could finish a project. The Capital 2 project he’s working on is going up at the rate of one story per week. That’s about 5,000 square feet of floor area dried in, insulated, and air-sealed in one week.They do foundations, tooAnother thing the Build SMART team has developed is a form for slab footings. Image #7, below, shows a section of it. It’s a hunk of EPS lined with a vapor barrier. You put rebar inside, fill it with concrete, and voilÃ — you have an insulated, watertight foundation footing or slab edge.Is Build SMART the answer?Well, nothing is the answer that solves all our construction problems. There’s no silver bullet. But the Build SMART panelized system sure does help you get a nice, superinsulated, airtight building that can meet the rigorous standards for Passive House certification.It’s a new system, and as such, they’re still improving it. When I posted a photo from my visit to Philly on LinkedIn, Professor John Straube made a good observation about air barriers. He said the system looked nice but his “only caveat [is] to add is that you also want the air barrier to be inspectable during construction in a perfect world.”With this system, the air seal between panels is hidden behind the framing on the interior. If there’s enough of a gap and the exterior hasn’t been sealed yet, light coming through will show places that got missed. There’s not always enough of a gap, though. If a missed seal is behind framing that doesn’t have a gap, you won’t be able to see light coming through. This is far from a fatal flaw, and I expect the Build SMART team to come up with ways to overcome it. For now, make sure the crew putting the panels together understands the importance of sealing every joint and seam and that there’s a good quality control process happening concurrently.I look forward to seeing the Build SMART system’s evolution. I was really impressed with what I saw of it at the Passive House conference this year. I was even more impressed with what I saw in the field. In fact, I’m even dreaming of building my next house with Build SMART panels.It may not be the answer, but it certainly helps move high performance building forward. McDonald’s perspective is that Build SMART is “one answer to ‘scaling’ affordable multi-family Passive house and Net-Zero-Energy buildings in this country.” Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.
This is the story of one Tweet’s journey. Friday, April 13th, 2012, was a day people were encouraged to wear purple in support of Military Kids. Across the nation, communication services in the Cooperative Extension system went to work promoting the event. News releases were published and a social media effort was pushed out encouraging everyone to wear purple. We often ask ourselves what is the payback or “reach” of off these new outreach methods. This is where the story of one Purple Tweet started.On April 5th, one person saw a Tweet about “Purple Up” day from the Military Families Learning Network Twitter channel. This one person sent one email to the superintendent of one school district in Texas. The superintendent of Gatesville Independent School District sent one email to each one of his campus’ administrators sharing the hope that staff and students would wear purple on Friday the 13th to support military kids on their campus’. This may have been the end of this one Tweets adventure, but it wasn’t.On Friday, April 13th, in what was a separate journey, one soldier was finally returning home to his family after finishing his deployment. Unbeknownst to his children, he was headed home to Gatesville to surprise them. At 11:30 a.m. he walked into the building and the classroom of one of his children. He was happily reunited with his child and opened his eyes to find one classroom full of purple on this one special day. The local newspaper was there to capture the moment. A few hours later, after everyone had laughed – and cried a little – the superintendent of the one small town, of the one school building, of the one purple classroom, of the one happy family, sent one email back to the person who sent him to message about the Tweet, “timing is everything!” Sometimes, all it takes is one!
The New Year is unlikely to ring in festive cheer for the 10 Indian crew members of M V Azraqmoiah, who have been stranded at sea, five miles from Dubai port, after the United Arab Emirates owner of the vessel abandoned them without paying their salaries. The 10 crew members, including three from Tamil Nadu, are living on hope with minimal provisions and without passports, which were taken by the UAE Coast Guard after the vessel was detained by an Ajman court.Read it at New Indian Express Related Items
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Magic win 6th straight, frustrate Heat in crucial East showdown Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess There’s no lack of good, possibly even great, fighters. But so far — for reasons that start with greed and go beyond the fighters themselves — there’s been a lack of great fights.“My aim was always to be the undisputed champion,” said Lewis, who now works for Fox Sports as a ringside analyst. “These boxers now aren’t really talking about that.”That could change if fighters, their promoters and the various television platforms somehow find a way to work together. But that was unlikely to begin with, and even more unlikely now that the major participants in the heavyweight sweepstakes have aligned themselves with promoters and broadcasting platforms that don’t play well together.Anthony Joshua versus Deontay Wilder is the fight everyone wants to see. Tyson Fury is right in the mix, and there are a number of fringe title contenders who on the right night might make heavyweight history.But a highly anticipated rematch between Wilder and Fury of their December draw is off because Fury signed with Top Rank and ESPN while Wilder is fighting — at least for now — under the Showtime banner. Wilder against Joshua seems to be even further from reality as the two camps can’t agree on broadcasters, terms or even if they really want to fight each other.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving So Joshua is fighting at Madison Square Garden in June, but instead of Wilder he’s got an opponent in Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller who is a decent fighter but hardly a household name. Wilder is fighting Dominic Breazeale on May 18 at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, while Fury returns to the ring June 15 against Germany’s Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas.And we’re suddenly no closer to a first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lewis beat Evander Holyfield 20 years ago to win all the belts.“The heavyweights nowadays, they want to be undisputed but the business machine takes over and managers take over,” Lewis said. “They want longevity, but they’re basically slowing down the process.”The staggering number of sanctioning organizations remains mostly the same since Lewis’ day, which by itself makes unifying any title — much less that of the coveted heavyweight division — difficult. But the process is an even more daunting task now, with television networks and streaming services vying to represent fighters who figure to deliver eyeballs to whatever screen they’re on.That has already disrupted the middleweight division, where a third fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin was put on hold after Alvarez signed what is claimed to be a $365 million deal with the streaming service DAZN. Golovkin finally followed Alvarez earlier this month, signing his own deal with DAZN that could possibly pave the way for the third fight in September.Joshua is also with DAZN, while Wilder — who has fought mostly on Showtime — is pondering his next move. Fury, though, recently upended talks for a rematch with Wilder of their December fight by signing with Top Rank, which has a long-term deal with ESPN.Fox, meanwhile, has ties to Wilder through its deal with Premier Boxing Champions, which also represents Efe Ajagba, the Nigerian heavyweight who has created buzz in his short career by knocking out pretty much everyone who has gone into the ring with him.The explosion of boxing across networks and streaming platforms should ultimately be good for the sport because of the interest being generated. But it also threatens some awfully good potential matchups because there are too many competing interests outside of the fighters themselves.And that concerns Lewis, who is rooting for the best meeting the best.“I look at it differently. I would want them as soon as possible,” Lewis said of the top fights. “But they can do what they want. It’s their era.” Google Philippines names new country director Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks with boxer Deontay Wilder before the IBF welterweight championship boxing bout between Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Lennox Lewis always wanted to fight everybody, and did so often enough to become the last person to hold all the major heavyweight titles at the same time.That meant Riddick Bowe, even after Bowe threw a title belt in a garbage can to avoid him.ADVERTISEMENT It also meant Mike Tyson, even after Tyson threatened to eat his children.“Just prison talk,” Lewis said. “At the time I didn’t even have any children.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe best fighting the best. That was always Lewis’ philosophy, and it culminated in a 2002 annihilation of Tyson that cemented his legacy as an all-time heavyweight great.It’s also what makes it painful to look at the mess that is the heavyweight division today. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
Having arrived in Mumbai early on Wednesday, Indian tennis ace Leander Paes was in high spirits ahead of the Davis Cup play-off against the Czech Republic.Paes claimed the 17th Grand Slam title of his career when he won the US Open mixed doubles title with Martina Hingis last week. The Indo-Swiss duo also became the first team since 1969 to win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the same season.Paes’ next challenge will be a tough Davis Cup battle against the top-seeded Czechs which starts at the RK Khanna Stadium in New Delhi on Friday. The 42-year-old is expected to be part of the Indian doubles team along with Rohan Bopanna.Also read: Sania, Paes are huge inspiration – Rahul Dravid “This year’s been a phenomenal year for me. Any year when you win one Grand Slam is a brilliant year, but winning three is great. I feel very very blessed,” Paes said.”Really looking forward to being on the court with Rohan (Bopanna) again. We played a great tie against Serbia last September,” he added.Paes will be up against his former partner Radek Stepanek and is looking forward to facing the Czech veteran in the doubles.”I am playing against one of my brothers, Radek Stepanek. He is not only a great tennis player but also a great ambassador to the game. He is one of my closest buddies. Really looking forward to welcoming him here,” he said.Also read: Twitter wishes pour in for Leander Paes after US Open win advertisementPaes had missed India’s previous Davis Cup encounter against New Zealand in the Group 1 Asia/Oceania second round.Besides Paes and Bopanna, the Indian squad comprises Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman who are expected to compete in the singles.The World No.1 Czechs are not expected to face too much difficulty against the hosts. They have never lost to India in their three meetings so far. The winner of the tie will compete in the Davis Cup World Group next year.The Czech Republic have won the Davis Cup in 2012 and 2013 and once as Czechoslovakia in 1980.
Paris Saint-Germain stand just one match from setting European footballing history, having won all of their first 11 Ligue 1 fixtures of the season.On Friday, Thomas Tuchel’s side kick off the weekend’s play in the top flight by hosting second-placed Lille, with their eyes fixed upon winning a historic 12th-straight game at the outset of the campaign.PSG have already surpassed the French record, which stood at eight games and was set by Olympique Lillois in 1936-37, Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Moreover, they have established an eight-point advantage in France and appear destined to claim their third successive title, but how does their record stack up against other quick-starting sides in Europe’s biggest leagues?What is the record for matches won at the start of a Premier League season? Wins Team Season 11 Tottenham 1960-61 10 Manchester United 1985-86 9 Chelsea 2005-06 Chelsea’s nine successive wins at the outset of the 2005-06 season represents the best start to a Premier League season in history.Managed by Jose Mourinho, they kept six consecutive cleansheets at the start of the season, seeing off Wigan, Arsenal, West Brom, Tottenham, Sunderland, Charlton, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Bolton as they compiled a remarkable run.Everton halted their sequence in a 1-1 Goodison Park draw.Their record, however, is not an all-time best for the English top flight.Indeed, Manchester United bettered the Blues’ by making a perfect 10-out-of-10 start to the 1985/86 campaign.Tottenham, though, set the benchmark during the 1960-61 season, when they won 11 consecutive matches to set the standard in Europe’s elite leagues that PSG are set to break. Spurs, who were managed by the legendary Bill Nicholson that year, enjoyed a stunning start to the season that saw them win 15 of their opening 16 matches before losing to Sheffield Wednesday, the eventual runners up, at Hillsborough on November 12, 1960.By the times the Owls defeated the White Hart Lane side, however, they had already chalked up their incredible run, which saw them beat Everton (2-0), Blackpool twice (3-1 both home and away), Blackburn Rovers (4-1), Manchester United (4-1), Bolton twice (2-1 away and 3-1 at home), Leicester (2-1), Aston Villa (6-2) and Wolves (4-0).Their winning streak was ultimately ended by Manchester City, who earned a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.What is the record for matches won at the start of a La Liga season? Wins Team Season 9 Real Madrid 1968-69 8 Real Madrid 1961-62 8 Real Madrid 1987-88 8 Barcelona 2013-14 8 Atletico Madrid 2013-14 Real Madrid are traditionally the quick starters of Spanish football, as the great club occupies four of the top six slots when it comes to winning streaks after the summer.The best that Los Blancos have ever mustered came in the 1968-69 season, when they won nine consecutive matches, while they have also attained eight victories on a trio of occasions.Perhaps the most remarkable start to a season in La Liga came in 2013-14, though. On this occasion, it was not Real who made the headlines, but rather Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, who both amassed eight-match runs – the best any clubs have made in the last 30 years.Atletico’s winning streak actually lasted longer, but only because Barca drew with Osasuna on October 19, the day before Diego Simeone’s side were defeated by Espanyol.Atleti went on to take the title in dramatic circumstances that season, earning a 1-1 draw with Barca on the last day of the campaign to finish three points ahead of their rivals.What is the record for matches won at the start of a Serie A season? Wins Team Season 10 Roma 2013-14 9 Juventus 2005-06 8 Napoli 2017-18 8 Juventus 1930-31 8 Juventus 1985-86 Roma hold the record for the best start to a Serie A season, having won their opening 10 matches of the 2013-14 campaign under Rudi Garcia.The side from the capital beat Livorno, Hellas Verona, Parma, Lazio, Sampdoria, Bologna, Inter, Napoli, Udinese and Chievo in their run. They failed to win the title that year, frustrated by a Juventus side that picked up 102 points, setting another Serie A record in that regard, and lost only twice. As the dominant force in Italy over the years, it is unsurprising that Juve occupy second place in this regard, with a club-best record of nine successive wins coming at the start of the 2005-06 campaign. They have also achieved eight wins on two occasions (1930-31 and 1986-87), which is a mark Napoli equalled as they started the 2017-18 season in stunning form.What is the record for matches won at the start of a Bundesliga season? Wins Team Season 10 Bayern Munich 2015-16 8 Bayern Munich 2012-13 7 Kaiserslautern 2001-02 7 Bayern Munich 1995-96 7 Mainz 2010-11 Bayern Munich have won half of the Bundesliga titles on offer, so there is no surprise that they are the quickest starting team in the history of the league. Indeed, in recent seasons they have been especially rapid off the blocks.Twice in the last decade they have set a national record in this regard, first chalking up eight games in a row at the start of the 2012-13 campaign but going two better in 2015-16.Under the guidance of Pep Guardiola in that latter campaign, they recorded a series of thumping victories, notably hammering Hamburg 5-0 at home and dispatching Wolfsburg, Dortmund and Koln by four-goal margins.Kaiserslautern (2001-02) and Mainz (2010-11) are the best of the rest, with seven-game runs each.
Hyderabad, Dec 26 (PTI) Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia feels strengthening club culture and providing attractive pay will encourage more people to take sports as a profession in the country.Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar had last week raised the issue of financial security of athletes, saying it is often a challenge when any person decides to focus on sports alone as their career.Bhutia agreeing to the batting maestro said financial security is definitely a factor while choosing a career but also pointed out that things have improved with the advent of professional leagues in different sports disciplines.This trend, along with the long standing football culture, has provided sportspersons with more opportunities to earn a decent living.”I guess the club structure in any sport has to be strong. Incentive for sportspersons when they do well at state and national levels has to be good. And corporates have to come up (in a bigger way) and sponsor”, Bhutia told PTI.He said that more than health insurance, it is good pay that will attract people to take up sports as a career.Bhutia also emphasised on the importance of having health insurance for national-level athletes.It is really good if sportspersons are covered under health insurance. But more importantly, one should have good club structure, which offers attractive professional contracts to players, the 41-year-old said. PTI RS NRB APA APA
England and Belgium are through to the knockouts with two wins from two matches and six points. The mega Group G clash between both the sides is scheduled to take place on Thursday in Kaliningrad.However, there’s one question that haunts both the teams before their third group match — is it better to finish second rather than win Group G?Both sides have identical points and goal tallies for and against. A draw would hand first place to the one with the better disciplinary record.If that too were tied, a FIFA official would draw lots.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWhoever comes second would also play two of the three knockout rounds to the final in the comfort of Moscow — where Belgium have their camp — whereas the winner faces thousands of air miles taking in Rostov-on-Don, Kazan and St. Petersburg.Will the teams take their upcoming match easy? Coaches Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez play down such talk. Yet a troubled start for Germany means the Group G winner risks coming across either the defending champions or a feared Brazil earlier in the knockout rounds. England and Belgium will have a better idea of future opponents after Wednesday’s games.England coach Southgate is unsure winning is an advantage: “We’ve got to think that through,” he said when asked if he might field a weaker side against Belgium.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLELike Belgium’s Martinez, he will balance consistency against giving first-choice legs a rest and giving others game time.advertisementA late strike for Panama cost England on goal difference, Southgate noted, leaving their only advantage over Belgium in having picked up just two yellow cards to the Belgians’ three.”We still are top of the disciplinary count,” Southgate told the BBC. “But we don’t really know if that is going to be an advantage.”Topping Group G means playing whoever will have finished second in Group H earlier on Thursday — Colombia, Senegal or Japan.But where coming second in Group G had once seemed a route to a fearful appointment in Samara with Germany in the quarter-final, the holders now seem unlikely to win Group F. Germany — or Brazil if they overcome stutters to win Group E — are now more likely to stand in the way of whoever tops Group G.World Cup 2018: Qualifying scenarios for all teams before final group gamesBelgium’s Martinez insisted he was giving no thought to the issue. And he warned: “Football has got a strange knack of punishing you when you don’t treat things professionally.”That was a sentiment echoed in the English press: “Always dangerous to try and finish second as you think passage might be easier,” wrote the Daily Mirror’s John Cross.”Come unstuck, then you open yourself up to criticism.”Matt Dickinson of The Times speculated on Twitter: “So England play for a draw v Belgium, then pick up two sneaky bookings in the last 5 mins to make sure they finish second and avoid Brazil/Germany QF. Not Southgate’s style.”But in Brussels’ Le Soir, Frederic Larsimont said the Belgians, keen to improve on a 2014 quarter-final exit, had been considering how to avoid meeting Brazil at that stage: “There is,” he said, “A great temptation to let England finish first.”(With Reuters inputs)
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Barcelona Iniesta denies new agreement with Barcelona Last updated 2 years ago 20:19 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Getty Images Barcelona Primera División The Spain international refuted statements made by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu claiming terms been reached Andres Iniesta has refuted claims made by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu that a new agreement between the two sides has been reached.The club president made comments to Mundo Deportivo that a new contract with the Spain midfielder, whose deal expires after this season, had been agreed to in principle and they hoped to have it signed in the next few weeks.Barca 23/10 to beat Espanyol -3 handicap Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “We already have a principle of agreement to renew and we hope to finalise it in the coming weeks,” Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo when asked about Iniesta’s future.”We are waiting these days to continue talking but Iniesta is a player that we want to retire here, and to retire when he thinks he wants to retire.”The idea is to have an indefinite contract where he automatically renews from year to year until he thinks he can retire or change.”However, Iniesta, returning from international duty with Spain, responded to reporters at a Barcelona airport with a blunt “no” when asked whether a new deal had been agreed upon.Iniesta a su llegada al aeropuerto de Barcelona;-¿Puedes confirmar el principio de acuerdo de renovación anunciado por Bartomeu?-NO— Ignacio Miguélez (@IgnacioMiguelez) September 6, 2017The 33-year-old Iniesta has been linked to an exit from Barcelona since the end of last season, with talk of a move to Serie A rumoured. Bartomeu has also stated star Lionel Messi’s contract has been signed, blaming scheduling problems for the lack of an official announcement.
Ashes 2019: Lord’s Test drawn as sub Labuschagne stands firmAustralia will head to Leeds for the third Test starting on Thursday on course to win the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001 but Smith’s fitness will be a matter of serious concern.advertisement Reuters LondonAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 00:26 IST Marnus Labuschagne, replacing Steve Smith as Test cricket’s first substitute, made 59. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe second Ashes Test was drawn as Australia, chasing 267 to beat England, ended on 154 for sixBen Stokes made a brilliant century and England declared on 258 for fiveSmith was ruled out of the final day suffering from concussion symptomsThe second Ashes Test was drawn as Australia, chasing 267 to beat England, ended on 154 for six after an absorbing final day at Lord’s on Sunday.Ben Stokes made a brilliant century and England declared on 258 for five before Jofra Archer claimed two early wickets to give the hosts the sniff of an unlikely victory.But Marnus Labuschagne, replacing Steve Smith as test cricket’s first substitute, made 59 and Travis Head an unbeaten 42 to lead the Australians to safety and keep them 1-0 up in the series.Smith was ruled out of the final day suffering from concussion symptoms after being struck on the neck by an Archer bouncer on Saturday and Labuschagne was hit on the helmet by the second ball he faced from the Barbados-born fast bowler.England vs Australia Ashes 2019 highlights 2nd Test Day 5The 25-year-old right-hander was able to continue batting, however, showing courage and composure under intense pressure to reach his second test fifty in his sixth match.Stokes scored 115 not out, hitting three sixes and 11 fours, as the hosts added 162 runs to their overnight score to give themselves a chance of leveling the series.After resuming on 96-4 following another rain delay, Stokes and Jos Buttler dug in to take England to 157-4 at lunch.Buttler fell for 31 but Stokes went on the attack and brought up his seventh test century, adding a quickfire 97 with Jonny Bairstow who finished unbeaten on 30.Archer removed David Warner and Usman Khawaja to continue his fine test debut as England reduced Australia to 46 for two at tea.advertisementWarner was caught at third slip by Rory Burns for five and Khawaja nicked the ball to wicketkeeper Bairstow to leave Australia reeling at 19-2.When spinner Jack Leach trapped Cameron Bancroft lbw for 16 England sensed the chance of pressing for victory but with Archer tiring they struggled to cause problems for the batsmen.Jason Roy dropped Head at second slip off Stokes and the hosts’ realistic hopes of winning the match were over.Labuschagne was caught by Joe Root off Leach, the England captain diving forward to clutch the ball before a lengthy video review to confirm it had not touched the ground.Matthew Wade tamely prodded the first ball of Leach’s next over to Buttler at short leg but captain Tim Paine survived the hat-trick delivery.Paine pulled Archer towards square leg and Joe Denly produced an astonishing catch, leaping to his left and clutching the ball one-handed, to leave England needing four wickets in seven overs.Although Archer steamed in, he could not make another breakthrough and in fading light the players shook hands at the end of a match heavily disrupted by rain which washed out the first day and most of the third.Australia will head to Leeds for the third test starting on Thursday on course to win the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001 but Smith’s fitness will be a matter of serious concern.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Lord’s test Next
zoom Salvage crews have managed to move the grounded car carrier Hoegh Osaka to the almost upright position, with the vessel now listing only by 5 degrees, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.This means that the vessel will move from Alpha Anchorage at approximately 15:45 local time. It will be turned in the right direction.The Hoegh Osaka is scheduled to arrive at Berth 101 in Southampton Port at around 19:00 local time.During the towing operation to bring the car carrier in to Southampton Port, a Restricted Airspace (Temporary) (RAT) will be placed 1 mile either side of the navigation route and up to 2000 feet. This is designed to provide essential safety during the towing operation.There will also be an exclusion zone around the vessel itself of 1,000 metres ahead and behind and 100m either side.The journey is expected to take four hours. Four tugs will help bring the ship in and the salvor will be assisted by two pilots and the ship’s master.The vessel was originally lying at 52 degrees.The vessel grounded on the Bramble Bank in the Solent, January 3, having departed from Southampton for Bremerhaven, Germany.Hoegh Osaka self floated at 1.55pm on Wednesday, January 7 at high tide, and was towed to a preferred holding position 2 miles east of the original grounding position, close to the area called Spitbank.Images: UK MCA
zoomImage Courtesy: COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry has secured a shipbuilding order for two Aframax tankers from UK-based ship owner and operator Union Maritime.The vessels, that will have a length of 250 meters and a width of 44 meters, would be built at CSHI’s Zhoushan Shipyard.The deal, signed on July 10, includes options for two more tankers featuring 113,000 dwt.The parties did not reveal any financial details of the order.Data provided by Asiasis shows that the first ship from the batch is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2020.World Maritime News Staff
Julien Gignac Nouvelles nationales de l’APTNTous les partis ont inclus dans leur programme des promesses faites aux collectivités autochtones—certains de façon plus détaillée que d’autres.Les Conservateurs, qui ont procédé au déclenchement des élections le plus hâtif depuis 1872, lorsque Sir John A. Macdonald avait battu les Libéraux, déclarent qu’ils dévoileront leur programme au fur et à mesure du déroulement de la campagne.Le Plan d’action économique 2015 contient des politiques budgétaires qui portent sur les questions autochtones. D’après le site Web d’Affaires autochtones et Développement du Nord, le Plan du gouvernement conservateur prévoit investir :567 millions de dollars sur cinq ans à l’intention des Autochtones et des résidants du Nord afin d’aider à bâtir des collectivités plus dynamiques.30,3 millions de dollars sur cinq ans pour stimuler le potentiel économique des réserves grâce à l’adoption d’une législation en matière de gestion des terres.200 millions de dollars sur cinq ans afin d’obtenir de meilleurs résultats en matière d’éducation.500 millions de dollars consacrés à la construction et à la rénovation d’écoles.215 millions de dollars pour la formation et le perfectionnement des compétences des peuples autochtones.Le chef du Parti conservateur, Stephen Harper, n’a assisté ni à l’Assemblée générale annuelle de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations qui s’est tenue en juillet ni à l’événement final de la Commission de vérité et de réconciliation.Le Parti libéralLe programme du Parti libéral en faveur des Autochtones se trouve sur son site Web. La section « Partenariats renouvelés pour un Canada plus fort » passe en revue les engagements du Parti à l’égard des Autochtones :Relancer des relations de nation à nation.Mettre en œuvre les 94 recommandations de la Commission de vérité et de réconciliation, en commençant par les principes de la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones.Lancer une enquête publique nationale sur les disparitions et les assassinats de femmes autochtones.Octroyer des fonds pour préserver et protéger les langues autochtones.Investir 2,6 milliards de dollars au cours des quatre prochaines années dans l’éducation des Premières Nations.Investir 500 millions de dollars sur trois ans dans la construction d’infrastructures scolaires pour les Premières Nations.Octroyer annuellement 50 millions de dollars aux étudiants de niveau postsecondaire.Garantir le contrôle par les Premières Nations de l’éducation des Premières Nations.Fournir un financement équitable pour les services à l’enfance et à la famille dans les réserves.Éliminer le plafonnement à 2 % du financement des programmes pour les Premières Nations.Abroger les modifications à la Loi électorale.Créer un accord-cadre de réconciliation fédéral, qui contribuera à régler les revendications territoriales et des traités.Revoir la législation appliquée par le gouvernement conservateur à l’égard des peuples autochtones.Relancer l’Accord de Kelowna.Financer la partie fédérale d’une nouvelle route d’accès à la Première Nation Shoal Lake 40, en Ontario.Au cours du premier débat des chefs de partis fédéraux, le chef du Parti libéral, Justin Trudeau, a déclaré que Stephen Harper « n’a pas travaillé avec les Premières Nations pour définir les types de partenariats qui sont nécessaires pour continuer à développer nos ressources naturelles. »Justin Trudeau a assisté à l’Assemblée générale annuelle de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations en juillet et a pris la parole pour parler de sa prochaine campagne.« S’assurer de la parité du financement de l’éducation est essentiel. Nous sommes déterminés à éliminer le plafonnement du financement à 2 %. »« Nous sommes en présence d’un gouvernement qui non seulement ne s’engage pas envers les Premières Nations, mais qui ne se soucie pas vraiment de ses relations avec elles, car il n’y a pas d’avantage ou de désavantage politique à le faire, et c’est pourquoi il est si important que les gens de tout le pays aillent voter. »Le Parti vertLe Parti vert du Canada propose une « Politique autochtone » distincte qu’il présente dans son programme « Vision verte » consistant à :Respecter la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones.Appuyer le rétablissement de l’Accord de Kelowna.Lancer une enquête sur les disparitions et les assassinats de femmes autochtones.Honorer les droits issus des traités et les droits inhérents à l’autonomie gouvernementale.Élaborer une loi sur le Tribunal des traités et des terres autochtones.Conclure des ententes sur les revendications territoriales.Examiner les politiques fédérales actuelles sur l’autonomie gouvernementale.Mettre en œuvre les recommandations du rapport de 1996 de la Commission royale sur les peuples autochtones.Accroître l’accès à l’éducation des Premières Nations en éliminant le plafonnement à 2 %.Respecter la décision Sparrow, la décision Haida et la décision Tsilhqot’in.Adopter des lois sur les droits de chasse et de coupe consentis aux peuples autochtones sur leurs territoires traditionnels.Abroger la Loi sur les Indiens en cas d’intensification des pressions par les Premières Nations.La chef du Parti vert, Elizabeth May, a déclaré pendant le débat des chefs de partis fédéraux que « le fait de renoncer à voter constitue un problème plus important que le fractionnement des voix. Nous allons faire tout ce que nous pouvons pour sensibiliser les jeunes, les Premières Nations et les personnes désavantagées par la Loi sur l’intégrité des élections des Conservateurs et obtenir une participation électorale plus élevée, afin que les Verts puissent être gagnants dans le système actuel, mais aussi pour que le Canada y gagne une démocratie plus saine. »Mme May a également mentionné la création d’un Conseil des gouvernements canadiens qui réunirait « des représentants des gouvernements fédéral, provinciaux et territoriaux, des administrations municipales et locales ainsi que des Premières Nations, des Métis et des Inuits autour de la même table. »NPDComme les Conservateurs, les Néo-démocrates ont choisi de dévoiler leur programme plus lentement, en présentant différents aspects à mesure que la campagne avance.La députée néo-démocrate de Churchill-Keewatinook Aski et porte-parole en matière d’affaires autochtones, Niki Ashton, a communiqué au Réseau de télévision des peuples autochtones (APTN) les engagements actuels du NPD envers les peuples autochtones.Il s’agit des suivants :Collaborer avec les collectivités autochtones de nation à nation.Exiger une enquête nationale sur les disparitions et les assassinats de femmes autochtones dans les 100 jours suivant son accès au pouvoir.Mettre en œuvre les principes de la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones.Mener des consultations sur les résultats de la Commission de vérité et de réconciliation et y donner suite.Améliorer les infrastructures, telles que les logements, les routes et l’approvisionnement en eau potable dans les réserves des Premières Nations.Remédier au déficit en matière d’éducation qui a laissé 74 % des écoles des Premières Nations dans un état nécessitant des réparations majeures.Faire respecter les droits issus des traités et les droits inhérents en créant un comité du Cabinet dirigé par Thomas Mulcair.Devenir un partenaire de la construction d’une route pour la Première Nation Shoal Lake 40.Le NPD présente actuellement 16 candidats autochtones et il pourrait y en avoir plus, a déclaré Mme Ashton.En parlant des différents projets du secteur de l’énergie et des lois sur l’environnement lors du débat des chefs de partis fédéraux, le chef du NPD, Thomas Mulcair, s’est attaqué au premier ministre Harper en ces termes : « Au lieu de traiter avec les Premières Nations sur une base respectueuse, de nation à nation, il dépense 100 millions de dollars par an pour se battre contre eux devant les tribunaux. Nous adopterons une autre stratégie. Nous travaillerons avec les Premières Nations. Ce sera une nouvelle ère dans les relations avec les Premières Nations, car ils sont souverains dans un grand nombre de ces affaires. »Mulcair a également participé à l’Assemblée générale annuelle de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations en juillet et a fait des promesses électorales à cette occasion.« Un gouvernement néo-démocrate créera un comité du Cabinet que je présiderai moi-même. Il veillera à ce que toutes les décisions du gouvernement respectent les droits issus des traités et les droits inhérents, ainsi que les obligations internationales du Canada, en commençant par les principes de la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones. »email@example.com
OTTAWA — Aboriginal women tend to be “underprotected and overpoliced,” making it vital that the behaviour of police be examined in the upcoming inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women, advocates said Monday.Indigenous women are grossly overrepresented in the prison system and commonly suffer from poverty and abuse, said Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.Those who end up behind bars often share similar, vulnerable backgrounds with those who are murdered or go missing, she added.“They are women who are often already marginalized by virtue of their race, class, and sometimes disability if they have disabling mental health issues or intellectual disabilities,” Pate said.“We know that the rates of violence … against Indigenous women are particularly high, and they are also more likely to not have had support in addressing that violence.”Kim Pate, Executive Director of the Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.Pate said she hopes the inquiry will untangle the issues that make Indigenous women vulnerable to becoming victims, as well as the those that might make them more likely to end up in the criminal justice system.“If we end up with recommendations for better supports for women and not abandoning them to the streets or to prison, then we will end up seeing fewer people in all of those situations in my opinion.”Deep, systemic problems facing Aboriginal women in prison were recently flagged in the year-end report from Canada’s prison watchdog.Howard Sapers found Canada’s Aboriginal inmate population ballooned by more than 50 per cent between 2005 and 2015. He called the situation even more distressing for federally sentenced Aboriginal women.The number of Indigenous women behind bars has doubled over the last 10 years, he added, making it the fastest growing offender category under federal jurisdiction.Aboriginal female inmates are also more likely to be serving a sentence for a drug-related offence, more likely to be classified as maximum security and more likely to be considered high-risk, Sapers said.Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, said many of the crimes linked to Aboriginal women are related to desperation and circumstance.“We have seen, because of racism, that our women get less response (from police) and then when they’ve had to stand up for themselves … end up with harsher responses when … they’ve had to stand up against their abuser, against their attacker,” she said.“The racism is that double-edged sword where it prevents us from getting attention from police when we are the victims but at the same time, it brings down the long arm of the law when our women eventually stand up for themselves.”Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was not available for an interview Monday, but in a statement, her office said the government is hearing from survivors, family members and loved ones about what “they perceive to be an uneven application of justice.”The government is looking to set the mandate for the inquiry by this summer.“Based on this type of input and much more that we received during the pre-inquiry engagement process, our government is designing an inquiry that will both examine the causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls and lead to recommendations for concrete actions to prevent future violence,” the statement said.The inquiry needs to be designed to uncover the truth, Lavell-Harvard said, adding there will likely be a lot of “ugliness that comes forward” during the process.“If police officers are doing their best, even if it is in difficult circumstances, and they have nothing to hide, there won’t be a problem,” she said.“That’s really what this is all about: exposing the problems, owning the problems, so we can have effective change.”–the Canadian Press
NEW YORK — Stocks extended their gains in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday as investors remain optimistic that the U.S. and China will make more progress in resolving their trade dispute.Key officials from the world’s two largest economies will meet Thursday and Friday to try and stave off an escalation of a conflict that has hurt companies and consumers by raising prices on a number of products. President Donald Trump has said he might let a March 2 deadline slide if the countries get close to a deal.After March 2, additional tariffs are scheduled to kick in, making the situation worse. Economists and analysts are optimistic that both sides will eventually hammer out an agreement that satisfies U.S. complaints that China steals or pressures U.S. companies to hand over technology.Meanwhile, U.S. companies are nearing the end of a relatively strong earnings season. Hotel operator Hilton gained after reporting profit and revenue that easily beat analysts’ forecasts. Groupon fell as lower sales resulted in weak fourth-quarter profit.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 173 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 25,596 points as of 10 a.m. The S&P 500 index rose 0.6 per cent and the Nasdaq composite rose 0.5 per cent.OVERSEAS: Stocks in Europe rose broadly, despite a report of slumping industrial output across the 19 countries that use the euro. Industrial output fell 4.2 per cent in December, marking the worst rate of decline since November of 2009.Asian markets were also higher.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press
The Republic of Congo has received a $500,000 influx from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to boost health, nutrition and education initiatives to help ease the impact of the global economic crisis on the country’s most vulnerable people.The nation is recovering from two civil wars that uprooted over 1 million people, and despite strides made since the 2003 peace agreement, over half the population of nearly 4 million currently lives below the poverty line.“Women and children are the most affected by poverty,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said in the capital, Brazzaville, today.One in eight children die before they turn five, largely from preventable causes, she said, adding that the country also has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the region.While in Brazzaville, Ms. Veneman visited the Life Savers national initiative which promotes 12 simple, easy-to-practice household behaviours, including breastfeeding exclusively for six months, sleeping under an insecticide-treated mosquito bednet, and washing hands with soap.Life Savers also runs a 24-hour telephone hotline, which parents and caregivers can call when their children are sick.In talks with Prime Minister Isidore Mvouba and other top officials, the UNICEF head commended the Government’s efforts to improve access to social services and raised the issue of the treatment of indigenous people, or pygmies, especially the children who are marginalized and often face discrimination. 25 August 2009The Republic of Congo has received a $500,000 influx from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to boost health, nutrition and education initiatives to help ease the impact of the global economic crisis on the country’s most vulnerable people.
WASHINGTON – U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market rose modestly in April but remained at low levels for the third straight month, constrained by tight credit for home buyers and a shortage of workers and available land.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index, which measures confidence in the single-family home market, edged up to 47 in April from 46 in March, the homebuilders group reported Tuesday.Readings below 50 mean builders view sales conditions as poor. The index had been above 50 from June through January.Builders recently have complained that they can’t find enough workers or lots to build on.Many home buyers also have had trouble qualifying for mortgages. The homebuilders’ index of traffic by prospective buyers stayed at 32 in April.The latest reading, based on responses from 301 builders, comes as the spring home-selling season gets going. The season typically sets the pattern for residential hiring and building construction in the ensuing months. The overall confidence index was below 50 in all four regions of the United States — 36 in the Northeast, 45 in the West and 48 in the Midwest and South.“Builder confidence has been in a holding pattern the past three months,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman of the homebuilders association and a developer from Wilmington, Del. “Looking ahead, as the spring home buying season gets into full swing and demand increases, builders are expecting sales prospects to improve in the months ahead.”The index measuring their confidence in home sales over the next six months rose to 57, highest since January.Housing, while still a long way from the boom of the mid-2000s, has been recovering. Residential construction has grown at double-digit rates over the past two years and contributed about one-third of a percentage point to overall economic growth in both 2012 and 2013.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to data from the homebuilders association. US builders’ confidence rises but is limited by tight credit and shortages of labour and lots AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this March 26, 2014 photo, a builder works on a home under construction in northwest Chicago. U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market rose modestly in April but remained at low levels for the third straight month, constrained by tight credit for home buyers and a shortage of workers and available land, according to a National Association of Home Builders report released Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2014 8:03 am MDT
Secretary-General António Guterres (left) with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry of Egypt address reporters at a press encounter in Cairo. Photo: OSSG VIDEO: In his address at Cairo University, Secretary-General António Guterres underlines the importance of youth empowerment. Credit: UN News“The frustration generated in young people that have no hope in the future is a major source of insecurity in today’s world. And it is essential that when Governments plan their economic activities, when the international community develops forms of cooperation, it is essential to put youth employment, youth skills [at] the centre of all priorities, [at] the centre of all projects,” he noted, adding:“Unfortunately, this sometimes tends to be forgotten. And one way to avoid this to be forgotten is to bet strongly on the empowerment of young people.” Speaking to reporters in Cairo after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Secretary-General praised Egypt as a “central player” and an “absolutely essential contributor” to finding a solution to regional problems. He referred to the international talks on Syria held earlier this month in the Kazakh capital of Astana which resulted in an agreement on how to monitor the ceasefire effort started in December 2016.“The Astana talks were an important contribution because they led to a ceasefire and we hope that the ceasefire will be maintained,” Mr. Guterres said, “but we consider that without a political solution, not only ceasefires cannot hold, but more than that the fight against terrorism will not be effective.” “That is why we are so committed to make sure that the political process moves on and I hope that Geneva will be an important step in that direction,” he added in a press conference alongside the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry.Mr. Guterres also made reference to the Security Council, saying that it was “very important to recognize that the United Nations will be what Member States allow it to be.” He stressed his personal commitment – echoing comments in Dubai days earlier – to reform the UN Secretariat and help to create “effective coordination and accountability” in the different UN bodies to strengthen the reputation of the United Nations at a global level. During the press encounter, the Secretary-General also stated that there was “no Plan B” to the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians: “Everything must be done to preserve that possibility.” He also noted the situations in Libya and Yemen, calling for effective reconciliation and reconstruction to aid the people and the stability of the region. Turning to Syria, Mr. Guterres noted that he has consistently said that the countries of the region that have been receiving so many Syrian refugees, as well as those from Iraq and from many other crises, the countries of the region – Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt – have not had enough support from the international community in general, from Europe in particular, both in relation to the refugees themselves and their living conditions and in relation to the host communities that share with them sometimes resources that are quite meagre. SEE ALSO: In Turkey, UN chief Guterres spotlights collective responsibility for refugee protectionStressing that refugee protection is not only the responsibility of neighbours, but of the entire international community, The UN chief said it would be important to substantially increase the number of refugees that are resettled into Europe and other parts of the world in order to show effective solidarity with the countries of first asylum.Role of youth in addressing today’s challengesAlso today, delivering a lecture at Cairo University, Mr. Guterres underlined the importance of young people in addressing the challenges confronting the contemporary world, including those to peace, impacts of climate change and growing inequalities.“The best hope [to address these] challenges is with the new generations, we need to make sure that we are able to strongly invest in those new generations,” said the Secretary-General, urging the international community to be fully engaged in addressing a key problem of youth unemployment.