News Members of the security forces attacked London-based journalist Moussa Al-Omar’s family home in Damascus on 11 August. Omar had interviewed various Syrian opposition figures for the programme he hosts for UK-based Al-Hiwar TV. The attack is typical of the intimidatory methods that Syria’s diplomats and security services use with government opponents living abroad. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation August 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 London-based journalist Moussa Al-Omar’s family home attacked
As the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrates its 175th anniversary today, its enduring influence on Notre Dame’s international vision and commitment to Catholic education and service is readily apparent. University President Fr. John Jenkins said the anniversary signifies the strength of the consistent mission of Holy Cross in relation to the legacy of the University it established in 1842. “It is deeply satisfying to serve a congregation that has maintained a seamless continuity with our founder’s vision for the past 175 years,” Jenkins said. ‘The anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate our past and renew our commitment to education, inquiry and service to the Church and the world.” Fr. Jim Connelly, a Congregation historian, said its 1837 establishment by Fr. Basil Moreau in LeMans, France, laid the foundation for the group’s forays into international mission work and Catholic education. In 1841, Holy Cross brothers ventured from Europe to start schools in southern Indiana at the request of a group of French bishops, Connelly said, which led to the founding of the University in November 1842 when several brothers and priests migrated north. “There was only one school needed in Vincennes, so the bishop made a deal with Fr. [Edward] Sorin and the Holy Cross brothers: if they came to northern Indiana, he would give them the land to which he held title to start a school,” Connelly said. A contingent of Holy Cross sisters arrived at Notre Dame in 1843, and they immediately recruited local women to join their community and established a school in Bertrand, Mich., which would eventually become Saint Mary’s College, Connelly said. Holy Cross, whose American headquarters are at Notre Dame, also played a role in American Civil War history, as several priests and sixty sisters served the Union army as chaplains and nurses, Connelly said. Connelly said the national impact of the Congregation and Notre Dame was amplified during the early 20th century with the success of legendary football coach Knute Rockne. “Immense publicity was brought to Notre Dame with its football success, so that increased enrollment to the thousands and attracted students from around the country,” he said. The onset of World War II nearly forced the University to shut down due to lack of male students, but the implementation of an accelerated Naval officer training program kept campus alive during wartime, Connelly said. Despite these wartime challenges, Connelly said Holy Cross continued its reputation as a leader of Catholic education throughout the world, including such institutions of higher education as St. Edward’s University, the University of Portland, King’s College and Stonehill College. “Because of Holy Cross’s good reputation in establishing Notre Dame, the Congregation was invited to open other schools around the country,” he said. “Some Holy Cross priests are parish priests, but education has been the primary focus here and in missions abroad.” Beginning with the foundation of the Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh in 1853, the Congregation has maintained a strong international presence in several countries, including Chile, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, India, Peru, Mexico and the Philippines. Connelly said these missions focus on the development of secondary schools and parishes, and the work of Holy Cross religious has paved the way for Notre Dame students to serve abroad. “Many of the programs that have developed at Notre Dame started because they went to places where the Congregation was active, such as east Africa and Chile,” Connelly said. Fr. Sean McGraw, a Notre Dame graduate and professor of political science, said the international influence of the Congregation is embedded in the mission of the University, and this connection came to life during his visits to Holy Cross missions in Chile, India and Haiti. “In each of these three places I was struck by the joy of the people there and their commitment to serving the poor and serving in schools,” McGraw said. “To be able to see people filled with so much joy working in challenging situations was a powerful witness that we’re part of something bigger, and Holy Cross allows us to remember we’re an international community.” McGraw holds a unique connection to the University, as he has lived out the Holy Cross mission as an undergraduate, a co-founder of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a seminarian and now as a professor. “When I came back to start ACE, I realized the wonderful power of education as a transformative force in the world. As a seminarian, I came to know a deeper sense of how everything we do is rooted in Christ and the Gospel,” he said. “Now, as a teacher, I integrate all of those things.” Through these varied experiences, McGraw said he has come to understand the meaning of the shared mission of Holy Cross and Notre Dame to educate the mind and heart. “That’s one of the things you always hear about Holy Cross. We teach, reside, pray, celebrate and do things with students, and the community here gives us the opportunity to live that mission, so hopefully we are witnesses of that,” he said. “Holy Cross has had a strong relationship with the laity by forging its mission with the people we live and serve with, which is one of the great legacies of the mission of Holy Cross at Notre Dame.” Citing the University’s founder as an influence for his vision as an educator today, McGraw said Fr. Sorin’s personal vision of Notre Dame as a beacon of light and hope in the world resonates in his relationship with students. “I love the notion of seeing the light and giving them hope,” he said. “That’s what we still try to do here, especially in education. We try to help each student discover their passions, their own light.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A third suspect has been apprehended for his alleged role in the kidnapping, rape and attempted murder of a woman who was left for dead in Roosevelt last year, Nassau County police said.Kasim Taylor, 45, was charged with second-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, rape, criminal sexual act, robbery and assault.Police have said an unidentified man brought the 46-year-old victim to a house a Brookside Drive and left her alone with Taylor, 53-year-old Kenneth Bass and 37-year-old Julia Lopez, all of whom are from Roosevelt, who accused the victim of owing them money on May 5, 2012.When the victim said that she had no money, Special Victims Squad detectives said the trio “performed a sexual act,” severely beat the victim and stole her handbag and cell phone.The alleged assailants then placed a plastic bag around her head, tied her hands and feet and dumped her body into a wooded area behind Henry Street, police said. The victim freed herself and screamed for help before being taken to a local hospital for treatment.Bass and Lopez were arrested two weeks later and have pleaded not guilty to similar charges that Taylor was charged with. They are being held without bail and are due back in court Thursday.Taylor will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.
High-frequency trading (HFT) can generate strong views. Does it actually perform a social good or is it just a scam?Many academics have come out in support of HFT. Finance professor Venkatesh Panchapagesan argues in this article from 2016 that there is overwhelming empirical evidence that it has been largely beneficial to the markets. Prices have become more efficient, costs have gone down, and volumes have gone up, he says.The argument that high-frequency trading increases liquidity in the market is misleading, however. There are many definitions and measures of liquidity. Being able to trade during sharp market movements is perhaps the most important, but that relies on having a diverse universe of counterparties, with some at least willing to buy when most are selling (and vice versa). High-frequency traders do not provide that.Regulators are faced with responding to criticisms of HFT while ensuring that any regulations they make do not have unintended negative effects on markets themselves. For example, Panchapagesan points out that many studies identify HFT as exacerbating fragile market conditions, but not causing them (unless there is manipulation involved). Given this, he argues that regulators should address volatile periods through special trade rules rather than tightening HFT regulation in general. A good example of this is the SEC in the US. After years of researching HFT, it introduced ‘limit up/limit down’ rules and stock-level ‘circuit breakers’ to lower the possibility of wild price swings without disrupting the normal functioning of the market.Another concern Panchapagesan raises revolves around HFT’s unfair use of market infrastructure, and its faster access to data. Higher system usage, especially when it generates little value, clearly imposes a disproportionate cost on others. But, as he points out, how exchanges develop, maintain and fund their infrastructure should be their concern, provided the regulatory consequences of a breakdown are credible.The driving force behind HFT, however, is getting faster access to information, essentially creating a natural monopoly in market data.Michael Lewis in his book Flash Boys claimed that markets were rigged by traders willing to spend millions of dollars to get an edge in speed of just a few milliseconds. Lewis argues that HFT is essentially front running trades between institutional counterparties. They are not acting as market-makers by taking on opposite positions to counterparties wishing to trade – indeed, they are not taking any positions of their own at all.Everyone apart from the closest trader is working with data that is ‘stale’, in the sense that someone else has been able to benefit from access to it first. Shaving milliseconds counts in this game, leading to the what seems the bizarre focus on spending huge amounts of money to locate computers closer to the exchange to increase speed by infinitesimal amounts.One idea may end this game. Or rather, two: randomising entry times and introducing random order processing delays, known as ‘speed bumps’. Both of these would reduce the importance of time priority, and as a result eliminate the need to beat others on speed alone.As Panchapagesan says, this will ensure some parity among traders, reduce perverse incentives for exchanges, and slow down this ‘winner takes all’ race to the bottom among HFT firms.In India, the regulator is exploring whether this idea should be tested out with a pilot containing a few stocks before rolling it out to the broader market. It may be worth considering such a proposal for European exchanges as they also grapple with the issues around HFT.
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Stuart Broad said changes to the global cricket calendar could mean he will be the last paceman to take 500 Test wickets.Broad reached the landmark figure by trapping Kraigg Brathwaite plumb lbw as England completed a dominant 269-run win in the third Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford yesterday that saw the hosts to a 2-1 series victory.The 34-year-old Broad is only the seventh bowler in history to have taken 500 Test wickets and the fourth quick.When Fred Trueman became the first man to take 300 Test wickets back in 1964, the outstanding England fast bowler, asked if anyone might break his record, reportedly replied: “Aye, but whoever does will be bloody tired.”Broad, whose One-Day International career was effectively ended by England in 2016 to keep him going in the Test match arena, said scheduling would now be the issue for a fast bowler wanting to join him in the ‘500 club’.“Someone is going to have to play a lot of cricket because there is a lot of competition out there, between different T20 league franchises, 100-ball.”Broad, who also marked his 140th Test with a match haul of 10-67, added: “I feel very lucky to have played for England in an era where we’ve played a lot of Test cricket in the summer and a lot in the winter.“I think there’s talk of thinning the amount of Tests we play in a summer down.”Among active bowlers, only Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon, with 390 Test wickets, would appear to have much hope of becoming the eighth member of a select group.Anderson inspiration“You need a lot of Test matches to get 500 wickets,” said Broad.“I think there’ll be people who have the talent to get the numbers but whether they’ll be able to play the amount of Test cricket the seam bowlers have to get that feat remains to be seen,” he added.Broad’s long-time new-ball colleague James Anderson, who is approaching 600 Test wickets, suggested before play yesterday that the Nottinghamshire seamer could surpass his eventual tally.“I’ve never even thought about that,” said Broad. “(But) why not try and follow in Jimmy’s footsteps? He’s been wonderful to play with.“If I keep bowling the way I am for the next few years then I wouldn’t rule anything out.”Broad ended the West Indies series as the leading bowler on either side, with 16 wickets at a miserly average of 10.93, despite being controversially left out of England’s defeat in the first Test at Southampton.“I thought ‘where am I going here?’” admitted Broad. “I’m glad I stayed strong because I’m very happy two weeks later.”
Marseille, France | AFP |Wayne Rooney insists England will not focus on Gareth Bale’s threat when they look to bounce back in Euro 2016 against Wales on Thursday.England were stunned by a late equaliser by Russia in Marseille in their opening Group B match. England centre back Gary Cahill called the 1-1 result “a kick in the teeth”.A young England side looked to be heading for victory at the Stade Velodrome when Tottenham’s Eric Dier beat Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev with a superb 20-metre free kick.But three minutes from the final whistle, Russia captain Igor Berezutski stunned the stadium when he rose above the England defence to send a looping header over goalkeeper Joe Hart.Two years after their first-round exit from the 2014 World Cup, England will now have to bounce back against a Welsh side that beat Slovakia 2-1 earlier in the day.Real Madrid star Bale also scored a stunning strike in the win. Fresh from helping the Spanish giants to Champions League victory, he is expected to be the danger man when the sides meet in Lens. England manager Roy Hodgson handed five Tottenham players their tournament debut, leaving Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy on the bench.But despite bossing Russia for long spells, England struggled to find the net in a dominant first half that saw Adam Lallana drill wide of Akinfeev’s post and Rooney testing the Russian goalkeeper with an impressive volley.Although Russia came fighting back in the second half, the game turned 13 minutes from the end when England won a free kick on the edge of the area after Georgi Shchennikov’s foul on Spurs midfielder Dele Alli.Dier sent England’s rowdy fans into raptures when he stepped up to fire into the top corner of the net to score England’s first free kick goal in a major tournament since David Beckham scored against Ecuador in 2006.Man-of-the-match Dier admitted watching Beckham over the years had inspired him to perfect his dead ball technique.“Obviously he was one of the best at it,” said Dier. “I’ve seen lots of his free kicks and it’s something I like doing and have practised a lot.”But after declaring the goal one of his “best moments” in football, he added: “I would have taken a win, with anyone else scoring.”Cente-back Cahill said he believed England can bounce back against Wales and Slovakia.“I can’t help thinking we should all be celebrating victory but we got a kick in the teeth at the end which has made the mood after not great,” said the Chelsea defender.“We wanted to get off to a winning start but if we bring that level of confidence and performance in the next two games, we’ll be fine.”For Hodgson, the draw felt more like a defeat.But after seeing positives in the performance, the 68-year-old insisted: “It was a bitter pill to swallow but if we can swallow it and take encouragement from the good things we did offensively and defensively then I shall be very hopeful going forward that the misfortune of tonight won’t happen again.”Hodgson added: “There were a lot of good things in our performance tonight. It was, unfortunately for us, a very good goal they scored to equalise and we’ll have to accept that disappointment, digest it and move on.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester United veteran Rooney labelled Bale as “one of the top five players” in the world, said England will not concentrate on the Welsh winger.“We have to stop other players, you can’t just focus on Gareth Bale. We’re not going to double team him,” said Rooney.“We have to just think about the next game, and playing the same way we did tonight, on Thursday.”Bitter pill
**By Louis Jadwong and additional reporting ESPN, WikipediaShare on: WhatsApp United States211002+0.883 Singapore211002–0.200 ESPN best described what is at stake. “This time around, the competition feature six teams – Canada, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore Uganda and USA – who have been in the wilderness, hoping to return like prodigal sons back to Division One, where they once belonged.”“On the previous two occasions that Uganda were relegated from Division Two, they bounced straight back with promotion from Division Three, at Bermuda in 2013 and Malaysia in 2014. After suffering relegation two years ago in Namibia, they are hoping to go right back up again.”Tuesday video: How Rizwan Cheema destroyed Uganda TeamPldWLTNRPtsNRRStatus Oman211002–0.732Meet in the 5th playoff and relegated to Division Four for 2018 Uganda211002+0.000Meet in the 3rd playoff and remain in Division Three FULL SCORECARD (click here)WCL Div 3 Table standings as at May 25, 2017 Canada220004+1.620Meet in the final and promoted to Division Two for 2018 Malaysia202000–1.546 The Uganda cricket team. PHOTO @AminahBabiryeFriday: #ICCWCL3UG Uganda vs Oman (Kyambogo oval)Wednesday result: Uganda beats Singapore by 66 runsUganda 217/9 in 50 overs (Otwani 47, Ukani 46, Kayondo 41, Muhumuza 25*; Vijayakumar 2 for 39 in 10 ) Singapore – 151 ALL OUT in 44 overs (Kumarange 40, Mutreja 35; Mohammed Irfan 5 for 38 in 10, Frank Nsubuga 1 for 12 in 8 overs) A man of the match performance with the ball by Uganda’s leading all-rounder Mohammed Irfan earned the hosts a crucial win that put their World Cricket League Division 3 title ambitions back on track.For many moments in the Day 2 game on Wednesday at the Lake side oval in Entebbe, Singapore looked like they would deny Uganda, who were desperate after their opening day 66 run defeat by Canada. Singapore confidently batted to 132 for four after 35.5 overs, before the Ugandans unsettled them.Irfan’s five wickets for 38 were complimented by miserly bowling by offspinning allrounder Frank Nsubuga (1 for 12 in 8 overs) as Uganda smothered the Singapore fight to snatch a 66 run win.Uganda next take on Oman, Friday, in another match they cannot afford anything but a positive result to keep their dream of playing the final and qualifying to the WCL Division 2.Uganda, Oman, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and U.S.A are in Uganda battling to join Hong Kong, Namibia, Nepal, Kenya or Netherlands in Division 2.
El Kaabi, a Moroccan second-tier footballer last season, scored a record nine goals as hosts Morocco won the CHAN for home-based players.Laba Kodjo struck on 76 minutes to give Berkane an uncomfortably narrow advantage ahead of the return match.Hawks of Gambia shocked Akwa United of Nigeria 2-1 in southern city Uyo with the home team trailing by two goals for much of the match.Mohammed Jallow and Lamin Charity scored for the visitors within 34 minutes of the kick-off before Victor Mboama halved the deficit 18 minutes from time.Although the Nigeria league is ranked among the top 12 in Africa, clubs from the most populous country in the continent have struggled to make an impact recently in CAF competitions.No Nigerian club has won the 14-year Confederation Cup with Dolphins (now Rivers United) coming closest by finishing runners-up to FAR Rabat of Morocco in 2005.However, Gambia are among the weakest African football nations and Akwa will be hugely embarrassed by the home loss.The Nigerians can redeem themselves in Gambia later this month, but will have to score at least twice there to survive.APR of Rwanda and Simba of Tanzania are virtually assured of last-32 places after 4-0 first-leg wins at home against Anse Reunion of the Seychelles and Gendarmerie Nationale of Djibouti.Share on: WhatsApp CARA proved equally inept when it came to penalties in the first leg with their lone spot-kick also saved to the astonishment of a big crowd in the 40,000-capacity stadium.The Senegalese referee awarded a fifth penalty in the first minute of additional time and Mohammed Yakubu showed how it should be done by drilling a hard low shot into the corner.Kotoko supporters later poked fun at their team on social media, with one suggesting the highly embarrassed squad should refuse to accept win bonuses.The match pitted two former African champions against each other in the continent’s equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.Asante won the African Cup of Champions Clubs — forerunner to the CAF Champions League — in 1970 and 1983.CARA are the only Congo Brazzaville club to have won the premier African competition, lifting the trophy in 1974.The clubs meet again on February 21 in Brazzaville and the overall winners advance to a round-of-32 showdown with Ben Guerdane of Tunisia.Moroccan Ayoub el Kaabi carried on from where he left off in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) last weekend by scoring for Renaissance Berkane in a 2-1 win over Mbour Petite Cote of Senegal. Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Four penalties were missed before Asante Kotoko of Ghana converted one in stoppage time to edge CARA of Congo Brazzaville 1-0 on Sunday in a CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round tie.Saddick Adams fired the first Kotoko spot-kick wide before team-mates Amos Frimpong and Baba Mahama had their attempts saved at Baba Yara Stadium in central city Kumasi. His 66th-minute goal came soon after the visitors had a player red-carded, and cancelled the lead taken by the west Africans before half-time.
Five players have been selected to represent England in the Chiberta Grand Prix in France, from 4-7 July.They are Georgina Blackman of Essex (pictured), Callum Farr of Northamptonshire, Bailey Gill of Yorkshire, David Langley of BB&O, and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk.The international championship is played over 72 holes at Chiberta Golf Club, Anglet.The players:Georgina Blackman, 23, (Chelmsford) was the 2018 English Women’s Amateur Champion and has followed up with a series of strong finishes this season.Callum Farr, 20, (Northamptonshire County) was runner-up in the Spanish Amateur and finished seventh in the Brabazon Trophy.Bailey Gill, 22, (Lindrick) reached the last 16 in the Amateur Championship, alongside a number of high finishes in major events this season.David Langley, 25, (Castle Royle) reached the match play stages of the Amateur Championship and was fifth in the Brabazon Trophy.Amelia Williamson, 19, (Royal Cromer) has just completed her first year at college in the USA. She reached the last 32 in the Women’s Amateur.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 28 Jun 2019 England five selected for Chiberta Grand Prix Tags: Chiberta Grand Prix, England team
DONEGAL’S GAA clubs have agreed to delay next year’s county championships until after the county team has completed its season.It’s not what county manager Jim McGuinness had asked for during a meeting with the clubs last Friday.He had suggested rounds in April and May and then the postponement of further rounds until after Donegal had completed the Ulster and All-Ireland series. However the clubs, meeting in Ballybofey tonight, rejected that suggestion and say they don’t want any championship games at all in the spring.They voted overwhelmingly to back the new proposal – with just six clubs voting against the idea.It’s thought McGuinness will be happy with the clubs’ decision as it goes further than he had asked.The Glenties man is in Glasgow this evening after spending the day at work at Celtic’s training ground. He is expected to confirm he will remain on as manager after the club vote.“We’d be surprised,” admitted one county board member.“I think everyone has worked extremely hard to keep both clubs and county happy and tonight’s vote is an honourable compromise.” CLUBS AGREE TO DELAY CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES UNTIL AFTER COUNTY TEAM FIXTURES COMPLETED was last modified: September 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:county voteJim McGuinness