Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Sabah dies in US hospital at 91

first_imgKuwait’s emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, architect of the nation’s modern foreign policy and mediator in some of the worst crises to grip the Gulf, died on Tuesday at the age of 91.The government quickly named his half-brother, 83-year-old Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, as his successor.Sheikh Sabah had earned a reputation as a shrewd, unshakeable leader who helped steer his country through the 1990 Iraqi invasion, crashes in global oil markets and upheavals in parliament and on the streets. Next generation? The Kuwaiti leader had remained deeply involved in global affairs into his old age.”The loss of Sabah al-Ahmed will be felt deeply, both due to his prominent role as a diplomat and regional mediator and as a unifying figure at home,” said Kristin Diwan of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. “Kuwaitis have appreciated his ability to keep the emirate out of regional conflicts and rivalries.”Major policy changes are not expected under his successor, even after the Gulf underwent a seismic shift with Kuwait’s neighbors, the UAE and Bahrain, opting to normalize relations with Israel.Normalization with the Jewish state is highly unpopular among the Kuwaiti public, which largely supports the Arab world’s historic position of demanding a resolution of the Palestinian cause before giving diplomatic concessions to Israel. “There is no indication a future leadership would want to change Kuwait’s posture,” Diwan said.Kuwait’s constitution stipulates that the ruler should be a descendant of the nation’s founder, Mubarak al-Sabah, but the throne has alternated between the descendants of his sons, Salem and Jaber, for four decades.Contestants for the newly vacated role of Crown Prince include Sheikh Sabah’s son and former deputy prime minister and political heavyweight Nasser Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah.”Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed should be viewed more as a caretaker than as a watershed new leader,” said Cinzia Bianco, a research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.”Behind the scenes, however, younger princes would likely continue to compete to succeed him.”Topics : “With great sadness and sorrow, we mourn… the death of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah,” Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, minister in charge of royal affairs, announced in a televised statement.The government declared a 40-day period of national mourning.The United Nations described the late emir as a “distinguished statesman and an outstanding humanitarian” as it led tributes which came from across the Middle East’s political divides.”Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed earned international recognition for his wisdom, generosity and achievements in state-building and preventive diplomacy,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s spokesman said in a statement. Smooth handoverThe 15th leader in a family that has ruled for over 250 years, Sheikh Sabah weathered Kuwait’s crises with shrewd judgment and an iron fist.As the country’s top diplomat for nearly four decades, he fostered close ties with the West, most notably the United States which led the international coalition that freed Kuwait from Iraqi occupation in 1991. He later emerged as mediator between the Gulf Cooperation Council and Iran, and between Saudi Arabia and Qatar following Riyadh’s 2017 decision to cut ties with Doha. In a sign of the respect that the emir commanded across the region, the UAE, Egypt and Qatar all declared three days of mourning.”The Arab and Muslim world has lost one of its most valuable leaders,” Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in a tweet. Regional power Saudi Arabia said it mourned his passing, while its arch-rival Iran praised the emir’s policy of “moderation and poise”. Baghdad said that Sheikh Sabah had put the Iraqi occupation in the past and supported the “new” Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s rule, choosing to stand with it against “terrorism”. He had made “a personal contribution to regional stability and humanitarian assistance which will long be remembered”, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.The emir, who had ruled the oil-rich Gulf state since 2006, died in the United States where he had been receiving hospital treatment after undergoing surgery in Kuwait City. Details of his illness were not disclosed.In his absence, Sheikh Nawaf — an elder statesman who has held high office for decades including the defense and interior ministries — had served as acting ruler. He is to be sworn in on Wednesday.last_img read more

Unai Emery has made two big changes to Arsenal training sessions, claims Lee Dixon

first_imgUnai Emery has made two big changes to Arsenal training sessions, claims Lee Dixon Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 20 Mar 2019 12:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Man Utd has put them within a point of third placed Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Arsenal won’t have to play another top six rival between now and the end of the season, but Dixon fears a favourable fixture list represents no guarantee of finishing in Champions Leagu qualifying position.‘We’ve seen this season some of the results have been fantastic, some of the performances have been brilliant,’ Dixon continued.‘Tottenham at home they were sensational, they played well away from home as well, the game against United recently.‘But then they’ll throw in a Rennes [performance] away from home and some of the results they had in that [unbeaten] run they went on at the start of the season, they should gave been 3-0 down against West Ham at home and they won the game easily.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Unai Emery’s Arsenal are 12 points better off than they were at this stage last season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Lee Dixon claims Unai Emery has instilled several key changes to Arsenal’s training sessions since succeeding Arsene Wenger.The former PSG and Sevilla coach endured a difficult spell between Christmas and the New Year, but has steadied the ship to the extent that Arsenal are now 12 points better off than they were at the same stage last season.After taking four points from two games against Tottenham and Manchester United, Emery’s side are now well placed to cement a top three place and face Napoli in the quarter finals of the Europa League.And club legend Dixon believes the changes instilled at the club’s Colney training base have been pivotal to the improvements on the pitch.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The training intensity and the accountability in training with what is expected of them has gone up,’ Dixon told Premier League Productions.‘I know that for a fact because I’ve still got a few people knocking around the training ground that I can ask how things are going.‘The little insider has kind of said training has completely changed in that respect, which I think’s a good thing.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta vetoed Edu’s Layvin Kurzawa transfer recommendation

first_imgArsenal manager Mikel Arteta vetoed Edu’s Layvin Kurzawa transfer recommendation Advertisement Layvin Kurzawa emerged as an Arsenal transfer target earlier this month (Picture: Getty)Arsenal dropped their interest in Layvin Kurzawa after Mikel Arteta vetoed technical director Edu’s recommendation.Arteta has been desperate to bolster his defensive options during the transfer window amid a mounting injury crisis which intensified last night after Shkodran Mustafi was taken off midway through the second half of an FA Cup fourth round victory at Bournemouth.Arsenal are already without their two senior left-backs, Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney, which has forced Bukayo Saka to deputise in an unfamiliar role.The teenager excelled again at the Vitality Stadium, scoring his second goal of the season and providing an assist for Eddie Nketiah, but Arteta again hinted he was finding it hard to make-do with makeshift full-backs, despite Saka’s progress.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It is the situation now because we don’t have any left backs at the moment,’ said Arteta in his post match press conference. ‘What I like is that he’s put his head down, it’s not his favourite position to play, but we try to adapt him with his qualities to play him as much as possible in the position that he likes. Arteta ‘pleased’ after Arsenal progress past Bournemouth in FA CupTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:22FullscreenArteta ‘pleased’ after Arsenal progress past Bournemouth in FA Cuphttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-pleased-arsenal-progress-past-bournemouth-fa-cup-2097240/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘But then he is very willing to learn all the defensive principals that we are asking him to do and his attitude is really good.’Kurzawa, 27, would have offered experienced cover in an important area and, according to Paris United, it had been Edu driving a move for the France international, before Arteta’s intervention.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal are still hopeful of signing a new centre-back this month and remain keen on Flamengo’s Pablo Mari, despite the Spaniard having returned to Brazil after the player arrived in England on Saturday.According to reports in Ukraine, meanwhile, a deal in principle has been agreed with Shakhtar Donetsk for 23-yea-old Mykola Matviyenko.MORE: Arsenal should take £40m ‘gamble’ on Lewis Dunk instead of Pablo Mari, says Ray PalourMORE: Joe Willock reveals what Mikel Arteta told him before Arsenal’s win over Bournemouth Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Jan 2020 7:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link389Shareslast_img read more

Weekday lodging services the new way for landlords to make cash and keep their weekends

first_imgA new weekday lodging service is giving homeowners with a spare room like this the chance to rent it out during the week, providing them with extra money while still having their freedom on weekends. Picture: Campbell Brodie.IT’S the answer for landlords looking for lodgers and a lifeline for commuters tired of travelling hours every day to work.A new weekday lodging service is giving homeowners with a spare room the chance to rent it out during the week, providing them with extra money while still having their freedom on weekends.Already a popular concept in the United Kingdom within heavily populated cities like London, WeekDay Space co-creator Jessica Lai said it would allow greater flexibility for both parties. RELATED: Airbnb goldmine hits the market Traffic in Brisbane is getting worse as a result of the city’s growing population. Picture: AAP/David Clark.The lodger pays for the nights they want to stay each week, for example, an agreement to stay Tuesday through to Thursday each week, meaning the apartment is free for the landlord on the weekends. MORE: What $1m will buy you in 2019 Jessica Lai is the co-founder of lodging platform, WeekDay Space. Increasing interstate migration to Queensland and the southeast corner’s growing population is forcing many people to live further from Brisbane’s CBD, making services like WeekDay Space more attractive.The idea works by tapping into the notion of the share economy — something that many Australians have been embracing.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoInterest has been strongest in Brisbane and Sydney, with most empty- nesters and older Australians keen to take advantage of the money, and company.Lodgers are able to list their own preferences and landlords are able to create their own listings. They sort out the arrangements among themselves, with safety tips to consider available on the site.The landlord has a place with a spare room, and the lodger is someone who is keen on renting a room for just a few nights each week closer to their workplace. Ms Lai established the business with Rani Cohen, who at the time was commuting between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and was looking for an alternative. Brisbane’s Lisa Nagl is using Weekday Space to advertise for a lodger for her studio apartment in Fortitude Valley for $400 a week.The 31-year-old lives in the nearby suburb of Herston, where she works as a scientist for the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital, but occasionally stays in the Valley apartment on weekends.Ms Nagl had previously lived in the apartment herself, rented it to friends, had long term tenants in it and rented it out through Airbnb, but said she was tired of dealing with “incompetent rental agencies”.She said an added bonus was that the apartment building was pet friendly, so the lodger could apply to bring their fur baby with them.last_img read more

Equinor Numbers Down in Q2 2019

first_imgEquinor reported adjusted earnings of USD 3.15 billion in the second quarter of 2019, which is down from USD 4.31 billion in the same period last year.Equinor saw a net operating income of USD 3.52 billion in the period, which is again lower than the USD 3.84 billion in the second quarter of 2018.According to the company, the financial results were impacted by lower prices, turnarounds and production mix.Q2 2019 was also characterized by overall solid operational performance, maintaining high production, as well as lowering organic CAPEX guiding from USD 11 billion to USD 10-11 billion, Equinor added.“We deliver overall solid operational performance and maintain high production in a quarter with lower commodity prices and high maintenance activity. I am pleased that we demonstrate continued strong cost focus and capital discipline. Combined with efficient project execution, this enables us to reduce our organic capex guiding for 2019 to 10-11 billion dollars,” said Eldar Sætre, President and CEO of Equinor ASA.As reported earlier, the State of New York recently selected Equinor to develop the 816MW Empire Wind offshore wind project, which is said to represent the company’s largest renewables project so far.The wind farm is expected to be developed with 60-80 turbines, with an installed capacity of more than 10MW each.“The Empire Wind project marks a milestone in the development of our global offshore wind portfolio, and we are proud to have been selected to deliver renewable energy to more than half a million families in New York,” said Sætre.last_img read more

Cricket News IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings Release Sam Billings Before The Auction

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The trade-off war between the franchises is gaining momentum before the final window ends on Friday. Chennai Super Kings, the three-time IPL champions, have now jumped into the fray by releasing one of their overseas players before the IPL auction which will take place on December 19 in Kolkata. Sam Billings, the England wicketkeeper batsman who has been a regular at Kent, has been released from the franchise. The move potentially means that MS Dhoni, for the moment, is the lone keeper in the side. However, there are talks about England’s opener Tom Banton or New Zealand’s Tim Seifert joining the team in Billings’ expense.According to a report in the Daily Mail, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings enquired about the availability of Banton for the IPL and he might be aggressively pursued by the franchises for the 2020 IPL. Seifert has been a steady figure in the New Zealand Twenty20 side and has impressed many people with his keeping and batting. Banton is in big demand, having been snapped up by Brisbane Heat for the 2019/20 Big Bash League followed by the Lahore Qalandars in the 2019/20 Pakistan Super League.Also Read | MS Dhoni Unlikely To Commentate In Day-Night TestIn the 2019 T20 Blast, Banton scored 549 runs in 13 innings at an average of 42.23 and a strike rate of 161.47 for Somerset. The aggregate is the second-highest in any T20 league for a player 21 or below. Billings had been bought by the Chennai Super Kings for his base price of Rs one crore but he did not get to play many games. In the 2018 edition of the tournament, Billings starred as he smashed 56 off 23 balls to help Chennai Super Kings chase down a target of over 200 against Kolkata Knight Riders at Chepauk. That was sadly the last match at the venue as the matches were moved out of the city following the Kaveri protests. The franchises are busy finalising the retained and released players list. The IPL authorities have extended the deadline to submit the same until Friday evening.last_img read more

SLU seeks revenge on Central Ark.

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCentral Arkansas (10-19, 9-9) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (7-22, 4-14)University Center, Hammond, Louisiana; Wednesday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Central Arkansas goes for the season sweep over Southeastern Louisiana after winning the previous matchup in Conway. The teams last played on Jan. 29, when Southeastern Louisiana made only five free throws on 16 attempts while the Bears hit 25 of 29 on the way to an 88-68 victory. SLU seeks revenge on Central Ark. For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img SQUAD LEADERS: Ty Brewer is averaging 15.1 points and 7.8 rebounds to lead the way for the Lions. Pape Diop is also a big contributor, maintaining an average of 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The Bears have been led by Rylan Bergersen, who is averaging 15.6 points and 4.6 rebounds.BRILLIANT BERGERSEN: Bergersen has connected on 26.4 percent of the 144 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 15 over the last three games. He’s also made 68.5 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Central Arkansas is 0-11 when scoring fewer than 70 points and 10-8 when scoring at least 70.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Central Arkansas is a perfect 6-0 when it holds an opponent to 69 points or fewer. The Bears are 4-19 when opponents score more than 69.DID YOU KNOW: The Southeastern Louisiana defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 23.4 percent of all possessions, which is the 23rd-highest rate in the country. Central Arkansas has turned the ball over on 23.2 percent of its possessions (ranked 346th among Division I teams).___ March 3, 2020last_img read more

Date in History: September 14, 1996 Terrence Alli returns to clash with rising local star `Six Head’ Lewis

first_imgBASED in the USA, Terrence Alli returned to Guyana in September 1996 to clash with rising local star Andrew `Six Head’ Lewis. The fight was held on the 14th of that month at the world-famous GCC ground and promoted by People’s Syndicate Promotions headed by Keith Bazilio.At stake was the vacant welterweight title of Guyana. It was to be the 25-year-old Lewis’s last fight on home soil in nine years.A power-puncher, Lewis put away the aging warrior in two rounds. Lewis never looked back and racked up 11 more victories before claiming the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title, becoming the first Guyanese to wear a world crown.Alli on the other hand, saw his already dulling career take a further nose-dive after the Lewis defeat. He lost his next three fights and with the writing on the wall, hung up his gloves in 1997.Alli was born on June 26, 1960. He was a 23-year-old lightweight boxer when he challenged Puerto Rican Ivan Montalvo on November 12, 1983. The fight was held at the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and was his eighth bout in the USA.Alli stopped his opponent in the fifth round of a scheduled 10-rounder to improve his record to 18-3-1. The Guyanese was undefeated in five fights during that year, with three victories coming by way of stoppage.The following year the quick-fisted Alli reeled off six victories in as many fights. He made three unsuccessful bids for world titles. Two were in the lightweight division while the other was as a junior welterweight.His career spanned 18 years and he boxed a total of 549 rounds for an average of 30 rounds per year.last_img

Tyler Lydon uses shooting stroke to provide versatility for Syracuse as freshman

first_img Published on November 9, 2015 at 9:44 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 With Syracuse basketball tipping off its regular season on Friday, The Daily Orange profiles each of the three scholarship freshmen on the team. Now up is big man Tyler Lydon, followed by guard Frank Howard.Tyler Lydon was always the brother that listened to his mother’s advice on proper shooting form. Whether it was making sure he was shooting from over his head, forcing his elbow between his eyes or practicing a follow through, Susan Lydon passed down what she knew.It’s a form that Lydon has carried with him from days of playing Around the World with his mother in their backyard to his role as a contributor for Syracuse. Susan — a former college basketball player — never knew how tall Tyler would be or how much he’d rely on his shooting ability, but his stroke dates back to her wisdom.“I really think it did stem from what we would teach him at home,” Susan said. “The high school coaches, I haven’t seen any of them teach any of my kids any kind of form. I guess I’m going to take the credit for it.”Standing at 6 feet, 9 inches, Lydon’s shooting stroke is what helps define his versatility as he gets set to start his freshman season. He can play small forward, stretch the floor at power forward and has the size to contribute to a center position that lacks depth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter transferring high schools to help boost his level of competition, Lydon got on college coaches’ maps. But he still hopes to exceed the expectations placed on him.“He’s been a guy you can pick-and-pop with, and a guy who can go to the corner and really space out and get driving lanes … teams have to respect it,” senior guard Trevor Cooney said. “Defensively and offensively, he’s been really good for us and he’s definitely a lot more athletic than most people think he is.”Lydon transferred to New Hampton Prep School in New Hampshire and he said it opened him up to a new level of competition that he’d never faced before. He gained 25 pounds after developing a stronger workout regimen. He was playing against guys who were also destined for high-major Division-I basketball.His mom said Lydon would have transferred a year earlier had it been feasible. His Albany City Rocks coach, Jim Hart, said that his experience at New Hampton helped him mentally as much as it did physically.“Tyler, you know, if you tell him this many and you’ll get here, he’ll go out and do twice as many and you almost have to stop him,” Hart said.He wants to make his shot his “perfection.” Every day before practice, he’ll be hoisting up shots in the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center with assistant coach Adrian Autry.He doesn’t know what the drills will be before his early arrival to practice. He just knows they’ll involve shooting. His ability to score from the outside changes the dimension of his game and how opponents defend a Syracuse team that has made a point of being more 3-point happy this season.“He’s not a one-position-type kid,” Susan said. “I mean, if you worked with him a little bit more, he could probably be your point guard.”Syracuse won’t ever need him to be that playmaker. They won’t need him to be anything he can’t. But for Lydon, the things he can’t do are few and far between.Lydon said a personal goal would be to win ACC Rookie of the Year. There are 14 other players in the Class of 2015 in the conference that appeared higher than him on the ESPN recruiting rankings, including teammate Malachi Richardson. It’s a steep goal for a player that was hardly considered an elite prospect.“I feel like a lot of other guys that are 6-9 aren’t able to do the things that I can do,” Lydon said. “That definitely gives me an advantage.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Erasmus on wanted list

first_imgIt’s believed the SARU are willing to offer the Munster director of rugby a five-year deal in the hope of enticing him away from the province.Allister Coetzee currently remains in charge of the national team, although a decision on his future is expected by the end of the month after a disappointing 2016.Erasmus was South Africa’s General Manager for High Performance before moving to Munster last summer.last_img