New Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today pitched for inclusion of prominent players and coaches in the DDAs Sports Management Board and asked the urban body to develop sports facilities for the differently-abled.Baijal said this during a review of the functioning of the Board at the Raj Niwas.The meeting was attended by Vice Chairman of the Delhi Development Authority Udai Pratap Singh, the Commissioner (Sports), and a few other senior officials of the DDA.”Young talent should be groomed through quality coaching at DDA sports complexes. Both under-utilisation and over- utilisation of facilities, as reported from certain sports complexes should be worked upon,” Baijal was quoted as saying in a statement from the Raj Niwas.The LG said prominent sports personalities and renowned coaches “should be included in the Sports Management Board”.He also asked the DDA to develop sports complexes to cater to the needs of differently-abled sportspersons and to provide archery, football and other sports facilities for children, it said.Baijal also asked the DDA to increase the number of sports complexes with facilities, like walking tracks, open gyms and directed officials to ensure that basic safety guidelines are adhered to.The Sports Management Board, constituted in 1989, is responsible for supervision, planning and development of sports infrastructure in Delhi including, maintenance and administration of sports complexes, fields and multi-gyms developed by the DDA. PTI KND NSD ZMN NSD
Thapa fights back to win gold at national taekwondo tourneyThapa fights back to win gold at national taekwondo tourney
Mumbai, Nov 28 (PTI) Rahul Thapa from Professional Taekwondo Academy, Sonipat defeated Ajinkya Parab from Swaraj Sports Foundation, Mumbai to win the gold medal in the Senior Kyorugi Male (Fin weight) category at the inaugural Mumbai Consul General Cup National Taekwondo Championship here today.In the first round, Thapas opponent, Parab held the upper hand as he had inflicted three kicks to the former?s torso to take his score to 6, while the former?s solitary punch helped him to score 1 point.However, Thapa fought back in the final seconds of round with three kicks to his opponents body to decrease the margin to two points and trailed 4-6.Thapa was constantly trying to break the strong defence of his opponent throughout the second round and finally found an opening to kick his opponent on the face and push him off the mat.This enabled Thapa to take the lead with five seconds left on the clock, three points for his lethal attack and one point for the gunjum (where opponent is kicked out of the mat). Thapa thus won his first gold medal in a senior category.The inaugural event is supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Mumbai and organised by KUKKIWON (World Taekwondo Headquarters) at the Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex, Dharavi.Results:Men (Gold medal contest):Finweight: Rahul Thapa, Sonipat bt Ajinkya Parab, Mumbai 8-7; Heavyweight: Aseemsingh Sodi, Mumbai bt Anup Pegu, Mumbai 10-6.Women: Under 51 kg: Durmaya Thapa, Delhi bt Khushi Bhati, Delhi.advertisementJunior boys: Under 48 kg: Deepanshu, Sonipat bt Himaghna Baruah, Assam; Under 51 kg: Sree Hari, Tamil Nadu bt Vikash Jha, Delhi.Junior girls: Under 37 kg: Ramani Gajmal, Mumbai bt Aditee Maurya, Mumbai. PTI SSR RSY RDS
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 launch on October 25: Snapdragon 845, 10GB RAM and everything else we know so farXiaomi Mi Mix 3 launch on October 25: Snapdragon 845, 10GB RAM and everything else we know so far
On Thursday, October 25, Xiaomi is going to announce the Mi Mix 3 at an event in Beijing. The company has been revealing key details about the upcoming flagship almost every day now and we have a good amount of knowledge about what the device will be bringing. Xiaomi is looking to close the year on a strong note, which is why the company seems to be going all out on the Mi Mix 3. The original Mi Mix can be credited for starting the bezel-less trend, and the third iteration will likely inspire a few more trends.From 10GB of RAM to 5G support, the Mi Mix 3 will be bringing a few interesting features never seen before on a smartphone. The company has also been making some strides in terms of design as well, by offering a near bezel-less display with a slide-out mechanism similar to the Oppo Find X. Based on everything Xiaomi and past leaks have told us, here’s what you can expect the Mi Mix 3 to bring later this month.– Starting off with the design, the Mi Mix 3 will sport an all-screen display. By all-screen we mean truly all screen and almost no bezels all around. The teasers and images posted by the company show an edge-to-edge display with no notch. So, Xiaomi is taking the Oppo route and is hiding the cameras and sensors in a slide out mechanism instead.– There is a difference, however, to how the mechanism works on the Mi Mix 3 compared to the Find X. Oppo’s phone mechanically raises the slide out panel when trying to unlock the phone through face unlock or when opening the camera app. With the Mi Mix 3, it seems the user will have to physically slide down the front panel with their finger to reveal the cameras behind. This will likely be required every time you want to unlock the phone via face unlock, but it’s just a speculation as of now.advertisement– We haven’t seen a lot of images revealing the rear panel of the Mi Mix 3, so it’s hard to say what we can expect. If it’s anything like the Mi Mix 2, then you can expect a curved ceramic body with the M Mix 3 as well. We also expect to see dual rear cameras on the back and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, unless Xiaomi has decided to use an in-display sensor instead. — The Mi Mix 3 will rock a Snapdragon 845 chipset since Qualcomm is yet to announce its successor. More important is the fact that this chipset will be paired with a whopping 10GB of RAM. This would make the Mi Mix 3 the first smartphone to come with this amount of RAM. This is of course the top-end variant, and Xiaomi may announce a 6GB or 8GB variant of the as well. The 10GB variant will be available in certain markets only, as per Xiaomi.– Apart from confirming 10GB of RAM, Xiaomi has also revealed that the Mi Mix 3 will be one of the first commercial smartphones to support 5G speeds. The next generation cellular technology will ensure blazing fast speeds and the Mi Mix 3 will be ready for that. 5G is yet to see a commercial deployment and it will be a few years before it becomes a standard.– Xiaomi’s teaser also confirmed that the Mi Mix 3 will get 24-megapixel dual camera setup on the front.However, it’s still unclear whether both the sensors are 24MP or just one of them. Either way, this would be a significant update over the 5MP front-facing camera on the Mi Mix 2.– Some rumours suggest that the Mi Mix 3 will come with a dedicated Xiao AI button placed on one side of the phone. The button will likely work similar to the Bixby button on some Samsung phones. Pressing the button will activate Xiaomi’s AI assistant that will help you with day-to-day tasks.– As for the pricing, reports say that the Mi Mix 3 will start at CNY 3799 which comes to around Rs 40,000 in India. This price is said to be for the 6GB + 256GB variant. To recall, the Mi Mix 2 was launched in India at Rs 35,999, but the phone has since received a few price cuts and can now be found for Rs 29,999 on Flipkart.
Minerva forfeit I-League tie vs Real Kashmir in Srinagar due to unrest after Pulwama attackMinerva forfeit I-League tie vs Real Kashmir in Srinagar due to unrest after Pulwama attack
Defending champions Minerva Punjab FC Saturday forfeited their I-League match against Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) turned down their request to relocate the fixture in the aftermath of the Pulwama terrorist attacks.The match was scheduled for Sunday and Minerva said its foreign players have been advised by their respective countries’ embassies to pull out.”…we regret to inform you that this is not a risk that we are ready to take hence we shall not be travelling to the turbulent region,” the Punjab club said in its letter to the AIFF.Minerva also said that it did not receive the security assurances it had sought from the AIFF following the attack on Thursday which led to the death of 40 CRPF personnel. It is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.”Considering the extraordinary circumstances following the Pulwama attack just 20Km from Srinagar Airport, the Ministry of Home affairs need to approve the football match being held. If the CRPF convoys are not safe, then we are very soft targets for such attacks,” the club stated.”We had asked for written assurance and permission from Ministry of Home Affairs which we still haven’t got from your or Home team’s end. Please note that our foreign players have already received Travel Advisory Warnings from their respective embassies asking them not to travel to Srinagar till further notice,” it added.Minerva once again urged the AIFF “to delay the match for at least a fortnight till situation in the valley is settled.”advertisement”…alternately we are ready to play in Delhi, Chandigarh or any other neutral venue,” the club said.Earlier, I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said local security authorities in Srinagar gave the go-ahead to hold the match at the TRC Ground. He said the AIFF was assured of all the necessary security arrangements for the players and officials by the local authorities.”Our officials are already in Srinagar in preparation of the match. I have spoken to the match commissioner and he told me that the situation in Srinagar is currently normal. The local security in-charge of the match has also assured full security to the players, officials and all those related to the match,” Dhar told PTI on Saturday.”We have been assured that the whole security bandobast of players’ transport from the airport to the team hotel and for travelling from the team hotel to the ground and return on match day will all be provided. So we have decided to go ahead with the match,” he added.But Minerva said that the arrangements mentioned by the AIFF “are routine” for any visiting team.Minerva owner Ranjit Bajaj said his side decided to forfeit the match due to security concerns and as a mark of respect for the slain CRPF Jawans.”We are not going to play the match, we will forfeit it. We have decided it and I have no second thought in doing that,” he said.Real Kashmir will get all the three points. The league debutants will be on 35 points from 17 matches. Leaders Chennai City FC (34 points from 16 matches) will play against Shillong Lajong on Sunday.”The AIFF wants to portray that the situation in Srinagar is normal but it is not normal there,” Bajaj said.Third-placed East Bengal (31 points from 15 matches), who are scheduled to play against Real Kashmir on February 28, have also got in touch with the AIFF after the attack, expressing similar security concerns.
England’s Paul Farbrace admits Steve Smith ‘stirring’ has valid basisEngland’s Paul Farbrace admits Steve Smith ‘stirring’ has valid basis
Read more The Ashes … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “In terms of high-quality pace, we don’t have bowlers bowling 90mph-plus in our setup and we don’t have too many waiting in the wings to come in the near future. And the one or two that do can only bowl four over spells, so they’re not exactly ideal for Test cricket.”Craig Overton was the pick of a limp attack, with the Somerset seamer, in his second Test, diagnosed with a cracked rib at the start of play. It was initially inflicted in Adelaide on his debut when struck by a Pat Cummins bouncer before a tumble on day two here exacerbated the issue.“He’s in a lot of pain. He is suffering but he is such a gutsy lad. He’s playing his first Test series, he’s desperate to play for England and to do well, and he stayed on the field,” said Farbrace. “To go through what he has gone through in the last couple of days and to still be out there bowling – even at the end he dived for one. Rooty suggested to him that he came off but he was having none of it – that tells you a lot about him.”The former England captain Michael Vaughan says England’s bowlers are not suited to thrive in Australian conditions and believes the lack of variety in attack is contributing to their downfall in Australia.“It is a disastrous day. I think today showed we have no swing, no seam, no pace or no spin,” Vaughan told BT Sport. “How are you going to get wickets? You are basically relying on an Australian batting lineup getting bored, chipping one in the air, but you can see in their eyes that they are not going to do that.“They are desperate to get the Ashes back and you have to say today is the day, in my opinion, that the Ashes will be staying in Australia.”He earlier tweeted: “It’s gone. It has gone. England aren’t winning this Ashes series. They’ll find it very difficult to get out of this game without it raining.” Share on Messenger After inflicting one of England’s most chastening days of Ashes cricket in the field and pocketing a career-best score for himself, Steve Smith made light of his opponents and their lack of potency.Speaking as he left the field on day three, with an unbeaten 229 to his name after batting through all three sessions, the Australia captain described himself as “good sore”, spoke of his love of scoring runs for his country and “thought Dawid Malan was the pick of the spinners”.A throwaway comment, perhaps, but it cut to the heart of England’s problems this series and during the 4-0 defeat in India last winter, with a lack of pace in Joe Root’s attack and Moeen Ali struggling as the spin option despite claiming the solitary wicket to fall on Saturday.Paul Farbrace, England’s assistant coach, who is often put up to speak after a harrowing day, described Smith’s words as “a bit of stirring” but conceded the issues thrown up are valid.“We have got what we’ve got,” he said. “We’ve found it hard to get the ball off the straight on good pitches. I’m not being critical of our bowlers, I’m being honest. There’s nothing that’s surprised us during the course of this series and the same in India last year. Unless we get the ball to reverse then it’s quite tough for our bowlers. Share on WhatsApp Australia sport Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Steve Smith’s double ton has Australia motoring out of England’s Ashes sight Ashes 2017-18 Since you’re here… The Observer Australia cricket team Share via Email Share on Facebook Cricket news Share on Twitter Topics Support The Guardian England cricket team Reuse this content
Brady Quinn Explains His Controversial College Football Playoff PickBrady Quinn Explains His Controversial College Football Playoff Pick
Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn against LSU in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 3, 2007. LSU won 41 – 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/WireImage)FOX college football analyst Brady Quinn unveiled his latest College Football Playoff projection this week and it upset quite a few fan bases outside of the SEC.The former Notre Dame quarterback has three SEC teams making it into the College Football Playoff this year (joined by Clemson).Quinn has Alabama, Georgia and LSU all making it into the final foursome.The FOX analyst explained his controversial pick today. “Here’s how: If Alabama goes undefeated, they’re obviously in as the SEC Champion,” Quinn said. “You then have LSU, who has to play Alabama. If that’s their only loss — and coach, you know this — you don’t have to win your conference or your division — you can still get in as a one-loss team. That would be LSU’s only loss. Georgia could potentially lose to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, and that be their only loss. You would potentially have two one-loss teams in the SEC, an undefeated Alabama team that gets in and if you add all these other conference champions have two losses, which is a big ‘if’, I don’t think that’s going to be the case for Ohio State and not going to be the case for Oklahoma if they win. But if that was the scenario, you could potentially make the case for why the SEC could get three teams in, and again, they’re part the top four in the AP poll, so I’m obviously not alone in that opinion of how we’re viewing the SEC at this point.”Everyone was all up in @Brady_Quinn’s mentions for his picks, now hear him defend WHY he has 3 SEC teams in the CFP. pic.twitter.com/4arGntptwL— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 28, 2019It’s certainly possible that two SEC teams will make it into the College Football Playoff this year.Three teams, though, is just a ridiculous notion in almost every scenario. It’s not going to happen.
An independent Nova Scotia human rights restorative board of inquiry in the case of Tracey Kelly of Canning, Kings Co., v. Skabost Inc., Kentville, is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The board of inquiry will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Old Orchard Inn, 153 Greenwich Road South. The inn is at Exit 11 off Highway 101, near Wolfville. The board chair is Peter Nathanson, who is independent of the commission, which is a party representing the public interest at the board of inquiry. 30-
Oland to enter not guilty plea finally face retrial for his fathersOland to enter not guilty plea finally face retrial for his fathers
SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Dennis Oland is expected to enter a plea of not guilty this morning, as his retrial in his father’s murder finally gets under way.Oland will be re-arraigned in a Saint John courtroom, before the much-delayed case proceeds to opening statements and possibly the first witnesses.The murder trial will be heard by Justice Terrence Morrison alone.The New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench judge dismissed the jury yesterday, citing “improprieties” in jury selection involving an officer with the Saint John police force.Const. Sean Rocca accessed a police database to check on prospective and sworn jurors in violation of a 2012 directive from the Supreme Court of Canada on jury vetting.It is the second time Oland will face trial for the second-degree murder of his father, Richard Oland — his 2015 conviction was overturned on appeal and the new trial ordered.The Canadian Press
Julia Roberts To Be Honored At amfAR Gala Los AngelesJulia Roberts To Be Honored At amfAR Gala Los Angeles
On Friday, October 13, 2017, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will pay tribute to Julia Roberts at its eighth annual amfAR Gala Los Angeles.Roberts, the Academy Award-winning actress, will be presented with amfAR’s Award of Courage by Tom Hanks in recognition of her profound commitment to the fight against AIDS, as well as countless other humanitarian causes. James Corden will host the event.The black-tie benefit, presented by Harry Winston and M•A•C Viva Glam, will be held at Ron Burkle’s Historic Green Acres Estate to support amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Roberts has been a long-time supporter in the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as numerous other charitable causes. In 2016 as a supporter of the (PRODUCT) RED campaign, which teams up with the world’s most iconic companies and celebrities to produce branded products with sales benefitting The Global Fund to Fight AIDS in Africa, Roberts participated in the kick-off of the World AIDS Day holiday shopping extravaganza. In 2014, Roberts received the Humanitarian Award from GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, at its annual GLSEN Respect Awards gala. In addition, Roberts is also a passionate fighter for many causes, including healthcare, education, international development, disaster relief, family support, and more.Roberts joins previous amfAR honorees including Charlize Theron, Ryan Murphy, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Goldie Hawn, Aileen Getty, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Huvane, Jean-Paul Gaultier, James Franco, Francisco Costa, Mario Testino, Robert Duffy/Marc Jacobs International, Miley Cyrus, Andy Cohen, Cher, and more.amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Ron Burkle, and Jason Weinberg will serve as the Event Chairs. Kevin Huvane, Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett, and Ida Ziniti are Honorary Chairs. Co-Chairs of the event include Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, Patricia Bonaldi, Stephen Chobsky, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, John Demsey, Tom Ford, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Goldstein, Nayla Hayek, Stephen Huvane, Michael Kors, Matthew Modine, Ryan Murphy, Gary Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Patrick, Sean Penn, Zac Posen, Alan Poul and Ari Karpel, Billy and Stacy Ray, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross and Adam Sanderson, Jeremy Scott, Gary Tigges, M.D., Diana Walden, Steve Warren, Pauletta and Denzel Washington, Rodney Williams, and Rita Wilson.Harry Winston and M•A•C Viva Glam are the Presenting Sponsors. Cadillac, Moët Hennessy, and PatBO are the event’s Signature Sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.To date, the amfAR Gala Los Angeles has raised more than $11 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs.For more information, click here.
UNbacked gathering aims to identify climate change adaptation actionsUNbacked gathering aims to identify climate change adaptation actions
11 October 2010Hundreds of people have gathered at a United Nations-backed meeting in Addis Ababa to identify actions that will promote sustainable development in Africa in the face of climate change. The five-day gathering, which kicked off in the Ethiopian capital yesterday, will focus on strategies to adapt to global warming.Africa contributes less than 4 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions, but the continent’s countries are among the most vulnerable to climate change in the world, according to Josue Dione, Director of the Food Security and Sustainable Development Division of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).He pointed to Gambia, whose Government has spent millions of dollars in recent years to build back beaches that had been washed away to support the country’s tourism industry.“Today, the sea has fought back, repossessing the reclaimed land and the sea is now a few metres away from many hotels,” Mr. Dione noted.According to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), one quarter of Africa’s population lives within 100 kilometres of the coast. Most of the continent’s cities are along coasts, making them vulnerable to sea level rise, coastal erosion and extreme weather events.“Africans will not wait for the next Conference of Parties [to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)] before taking action,” Mr. Dione stressed.The next Conference of Parties is set to kick off later next month in Cancún, Mexico.The forum under way in Addis Ababa has been organized by ECA, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union Commission (AUC).
The controversial ‘Channel 4’ video, which was part of several videos later released by the British television station, alleged the army was involved in war crimes. In April 2013 an army court of inquiry had cleared the military over allegations of targeting civilian locations during the final stages of the war.The army court claimed to have examined senior field commanders and infantry, armory, artillery, intelligence, civil affairs and medical officers who had participated in the war. Human rights groups had however raised doubts over investigations carried out by the army back then, as the allegations are against the army in relation to some incidents reported during the war. (Colombo Gazette) The army says the investigations over the controversial ‘Channel 4’ video on the war in Sri Lanka is still not over.Since the year 2013 the army has been investigating into the Channel-4 video upon directions given by then government. “The objective of those investigations is to verify whether those were Army members,” the army said.
Wintry blast creates tough driving conditions in NiagaraWintry blast creates tough driving conditions in Niagara
Friday’s blast of winter created tough driving conditions in the Niagara region.No injuries were reported but a hazardous materials team was called to clean up a fuel spill on the Toronto-bound QEW, near Jordan Rd.Reports from the scene suggest around 80 litres of fuel spilled onto the road.The driver reported extremely slippery conditions.This was one of at least five tractor-trailer incidents in the region overnight. Between 15 and 25 cm of snow fell in the region.
Torstar makes tentative agreement with union over digital journalistsTorstar makes tentative agreement with union over digital journalists
Torstar makes tentative agreement with union over digital journalists TORONTO – Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) has struck a tentative agreement with the union that represents journalists at the Toronto Star over the classification of new digital journalist jobs.Unifor said Monday in a bulletin to members at Torstar that the compromise allows the company to “experiment” with its digital strategy until the expiry of the existing contract at the end of 2016.The most recent digital job postings will be considered temporary positions with lower paying starting wages for the duration of the agreement, the union said.The deal provides a short-term resolution to concerns expressed by Toronto Star reporters over a proposed two-tiered status separating online reporters from the rest of the company’s journalists.“Strategically we just thought it was a better idea to create a temporary arrangement that will last for the duration of the contract,” said Liz Marzari, a representative for the Star at Unifor Local 87-M, in an interview.“It’s not a perfect deal, but it’s a compromised deal.”As part of the agreement, existing staff in editorial staff will have the opportunity to move into the digital jobs as part of “bumping rights.”Meanwhile, a working committee of newsroom staff, management and employees from Torstar’s digital operations will create a committee to focus on the company’s digital capabilities and training, Marzari said. At the same time, Torstar will withdraw digital reporter job postings and any new reporters hired will join the editorial department.A statement issued by Toronto Star publish John Cruickshank said the agreement “allows us to move forward with the continued transformation of the Star’s newsroom for an increasingly digital age, through the addition of new skills and talents in digitally focused roles.”“These new digital classifications will be designated as temporary, and will remain as such until a new collective agreement is negotiated and ratified. They will be paid at market rates, allowing the Star to compete with both new and legacy media organizations.”Meanwhile, Cruickshank said the company had reached an agreement with the union to provide additional incentives to newsroom staff approaching retirement “who may wish to explore their options.”Under the new special retirement program, eligible union-represented, retirement-age newsroom staff can apply to retire and receive “a substantial additional incentive, based on their years of tenure with the Star,” he said.“Two separate application windows will be available as part of the SRP, the first of which will run over this summer period. Individuals who apply during that first application window will be eligible to apply for a phased retirement, which enables eligible individuals to ease into retirement over a period of time while still maintaining full benefit plan coverage.” by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2014 3:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
UN Economic and Social Council marks 70th anniversary cites central role inUN Economic and Social Council marks 70th anniversary cites central role in
“We have a rich history in ECOSOC, but the bar has been raised,” the Council’s President, Oh Joon, told UN officials and delegates attending the commemoration at UN Headquarters in New York.“We must deepen our thrust to work with Member States and other stakeholders to meet the growing expectations for transforming the world for the benefit of mankind,” he emphasized.ECOSOC’s inaugural meeting was convened in January 1946 in London, with Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar of India chairing as its first President. Since then, the 54-member body has served as the central platform of the UN to address global economic, social and related issues. Indeed, at the centre of the UN development system, ECOSOC conduct cutting-edge analysis, agrees on global norms and advocates for progress towards collective solutions to advance sustainable development.“The Council’s primary role has been the formulation of policy recommendations for Member States and the coordination of development action by the UN system,” Mr. Oh explained. “Seventy years on, the United Nations achieved another significant milestone by adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September last year,” he said.ECOSOC’s President described the new Agenda are being based on decades of devotion to advancing development. “It reflects a remarkable evolution in international development thinking since the United Nations was created in the aftermath of World War II. I believe that the work of this Council has been pivotal to that evolution,” he insisted.Also speaking at the event was the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, who said the chamber of ECOSOC itself carries great symbolism. “It was designed by my fellow countryman, Sven Markelius,” said Jan Eliasson, a Swedish national. “In creating this beautiful room, there appears to be a flaw: part of the ceiling is unfinished. This serves as a fitting reminder that the work of ECOSOC will continue to be needed across the world.”He stressed that as the international community looks ahead, the work of the Council has “never been more crucial,” as it serves as a “review platform for the SDGs, linking the global commitment to national action.”Quoting former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, Mr. Eliasson concluded his remarks by recalling that “while the Security Council exists primarily for settling conflicts […] the Economic and Social Council exists primarily to eliminate the causes of conflicts.”
Ban appoints Ivan Šimonovic as special adviser on the responsibility to protectBan appoints Ivan Šimonovic as special adviser on the responsibility to protect
Mr. Šimonović is currently Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York. He intends to pursue a career in academia while taking up this assignment on 1 October 2016, the Secretary-General said in a statement. “In his role as the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Mr. Šimonović will work under the overall guidance of the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide to further the political, institutional and operational development of the responsibility to protect principle, as set out by the General Assembly in paragraphs 138 and 139 of the 2005 World Summit Outcome document,” the statement said. Mr. Šimonović succeeds Jennifer Welsh of Canada. In the statement, the Secretary-General said he is “deeply grateful for her exceptional leadership and advice on the development and implementation of the responsibility to protect.” Before joining the UN in 2010, Mr. Šimonović held the position of Minister of Justice of Croatia. He was previously Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, where he served as President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Mr. Šimonović worked as a professor in the faculty of law at the University of Zagreb, where he served as Head of the Legal Theory Department, Vice-Dean and Vice-Rector for international cooperation. In an expert capacity, he has been a member of the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, as well as the Agent of the Republic of Croatia before the UN International Court of Justice. He also served as the President of the Croatian United Nations Association. Mr. Šimonović has a graduate degree in law, a master’s degree in public administration and politics, and a Ph.D. from the University of Zagreb.
Thursdays Daily Brief Women in peacekeeping the arrest of Sudans leader updatesThursdays Daily Brief Women in peacekeeping the arrest of Sudans leader updates
Women must be at ‘centre of peacekeeping decision-making’, UN chief tells Security Council Women’s rights, voices and participation must be at “the centre of peacekeeping decision-making”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday, describing them as “central to sustainable solutions” to challenges facing the Organization worldwide.Through its landmark resolution 1325 on women and peace and security, the Council reaffirmed the participation and involvement of women, which the UN chief hailed as “a key element in the maintenance of international peace and security”. He also noted the UN’s “essential system-wide effort” to enhance women’s representation at all levels and in all arenas, through his Strategy on Gender Parity.The whole story here.‘Democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people’ must be met urges Guterres, following military removal of al-Bashir from power And finally, an update on Syria: amid reports of intensifying clashes, and increased civilian casualties, the UN’s newly appointed humanitarian advisor for the country called for an immediate de-escalation of the ongoing violence on Thursday. Najat Rochdi took office as the Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, only last month. In her first media briefing in Geneva, she said immediate action was required in order to facilitate access for humanitarian aid and offer protection to its civilians.“The conflict in Syria is now in its ninth year, and massive humanitarian needs persist,” she told journalists, while noting that “active conflict continues in some areas as does the risk of further escalation in Idlib with potentially catastrophic humanitarian consequences.” Ms. Rochdi stressed that the UN needs around $27 million to sustain the humanitarian response “for the next several months.” UN chief António Guterres said on Thursday that the “democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people” needed to be realized through “an appropriate and inclusive transition process”, following the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir by order of the country’s new military governing council.In a statement issued in New York by his Spokesperson, the Secretary-General said he would continue to follow development “very closely” and reiterated his call for calm and “utmost restraint by all”.More details here.UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to “the risk of serious human rights violations”, if extradited to the United States.Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial executions, Agnes Callamard, tweeted that in “expelling Assange from the Embassy” and allowing his arrest, it had taken Mr. Assange “one step closer to extradition”. She added that the UK had now arbitrarily-detained the controversial anti-secrecy journalist and campaigner, “possibly endangering his life”.More on this here.Libya: clashes intensified in southern Tripoli, UN health agency deploys emergency teams Clashes have reportedly further intensified in southern parts of the Libyan capital, with fighting in the past 24 hours the heaviest since hostilities began in and around Tripoli.According to humanitarian partners in the country, families who have become stranded in conflict areas, not only fear for their safety but are also starting to run out of supplies, said the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, briefing reporters on Thursday. He stressed that “emergency service providers are operating with great personal risk, with three medical staff reportedly killed and four first responders reportedly injured.”The World Health Organization (WHO) has deployed emergency medical teams to help hospitals cope with the casualties, and support surgical staff, in collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Health. “WHO plans to deploy additional emergency teams and supplies, to support first-line responders and has activated contingency stocks which were strategically pre-positioned before the fighting began. The agency is also working with partners to support the medical needs of the displaced and migrants,” said Mr. Dujarric.According to humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, multiple civilian shelters have been set up in various areas of Tripoli, but at least two have already been evacuated, due to intensifying fighting.The UN continues to call for an immediate humanitarian truce to allow access for emergency services and the voluntary passage of civilians, away from conflict areas.Nigeria: Urgent humanitarian aid needed, to support 10,000 forced to relocate The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has called on the Government of Nigeria to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to 10,000 women, men and children who were forced to relocate to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, from a town 40 kilometers away.The civilians were ordered to leave their homes in Jakana town, in the middle of Monday night by the Nigerian military, without any prior warning.According to the military, the civilians have been relocated to the Bakassi camp for internally displaced people for security reasons, ahead of planned operations in the area.“The entire town of Jakana was emptied, and people were forced to move to Maiduguri with very little time to collect personal belongings,” said Mr, Kallon. Some had arrived without even the shoes on their feet, he added. He said the UN was “urging the government to urgently provide safety, shelter, food, water and medical care to the displaced civilians”, in addition to information about when they will be allowed to return home. Escalation of fighting in Syria’s Idlib could have ‘catastrophic’ consequences
Cambridge student who leapt to her death would have employed incredible strengthCambridge student who leapt to her death would have employed incredible strength
The Cambridge student who leapt to her death over Madagascar would have had to employ “superhuman strength and determination” to push open the aircraft’s door.Aviation experts have said that for the 19-year-old to force the door open, against the force of the air pressure outside the Cessna’s cabin, would have required the sort of strength exhibited by someone undergoing a severe psychotic episode.That reinforces fears that Miss Cutland, who was reported to have been extremely anxious in the days before her death, may have suffered an adverse reaction to anti-malaria pills she was thought to be taking.One air safety expert told The Telegraph: “It is extraordinarily difficult to push a door open during a flight when a plane is going at 120 knots. You have to have a lot of strength and be really determined to do that.“Firstly she would have had to take off her seat belt, push forward the seat in front of her then open the door and force it open mid-air, all while fighting her fellow passenger who was trying to hold her back. That takes incredible strength and determination.”In jumping to her death at 3,500ft Miss Cutland fought off desperate attempts by a friend, Ruth Johnson, 51, and the pilot, to hold her back. Investigators reconstruct the moment Miss Cutland fought free of Ruth Johnson and forced open the door to jump out of the Cessna Ms Johnson, a teacher from Banbury, Oxfordshire, had been asked by Miss Cutland’s parents to accompany her on the first leg of her flight home from the east African island, where the student had been undertaking research of ocean crabs, after she began exhibiting increasingly disturbing behaviour. Alana Cutland was in her second year at the University of Cambridge, studying natural sciencesCredit:FCO/PA But within days her parents, Neil and Alison Cutland began to grow increasingly concerned, following a series of fraught telephone conversations with their daughter. The air safety expert, who runs an aviation training and consultancy firm, said it was a tragedy someone had not spotted that Miss Cutland, from Milton Keynes, was potentially in a state of distress before boarding the aircraft.“It’s an absolute shame she was allowed to get on that flight at all and that nobody noticed whether something was clearly wrong with her,” he said.Staff at the conservation project where she was working as a volunteer have described how Miss Cutland’s mental health appeared to dramatically declined within days of her arrival at Madagascar’s remote Anjajavy nature reserve. At one point she became so disorientated and confused that she feared being jailed by the authorities in Madagascar if she failed to complete her project on the local population of crabs. In a witness statement Cédric Martin, the general manager of the Anjajavy Le Lodge hotel which runs the conservation project Miss Cutland was working on, described how she was ‘excited’ and normal when she arrived on July 16. On July 20 Miss Cutland, a second year student, asked for an interview “to express her concern” that she was having trouble finalising her research. Mr Martin said: “We immediately reassured her that she was on an internship and that the important thing was that she learn on the ground.”But within days her health seemed to deteriorate again and she requested a new meeting with managers. Mr Martin said: “She began to show some signs of paranoia by telling me that she was afraid to end up in prison in Madagascar if she did not finish her research. After that she told me ‘It’s sound silly when I say it out loud’.”He added that knowing the adverse effects of some anti-malarial drugs he had advised her to stop her treatment and a doctor prescribed sleeping pills so she could sleep. Following her death anti-malaria doxycycline and Larium pills were found in her luggage. Larium has previously been linked to psychotic episodes and cases of suicide.Air accident investigators in Madagascar have revealed that Miss Cutland’s father told staff at the hotel that she had no previous history of anxiety, panic attacks or mental health issues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The world best right wing in opinion of Handball-Planet Jury and visitor, Dane Hans Lindberg is successfuly operated and will have to rest next 6 to 8 weeks. Fantastic lefthander broke finger during the match of his HSV Handball with MT Melsungen and had to go “under knife” to get ready for the latest part of the season. He will be replaced in the HSV’s first seven by Steffan Schroder. Hans LindbergHSV Handball ← Previous Story “WARM-COLD” PSG: World class team needs fresh blood on the bench? Next Story → CRISIS IN GERMANY: A message to Handball World
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone remains coy on the possibility of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata joining the club.Morata a €65m signing from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017 but has struggled to produce the goods for the London side since his move.Rumours in the Spanish press are rife Morata will join Atleti on an 18-month loan deal for a €7.5m fee, while the club will also hold a €40m option to sign the Spain international permanently.Morata played for Atleti during his youth career and while Sevilla and Barcelona have both been linked to his signature this month, a move back to the Spanish capital now appears the most likely outcome.“It has not happened yet so it is not a reality,” Simeone told reporters on Friday, as cited by Football Espana.“I will only talk about players who are at this club and if Morata does join us, then I will tell you what I think.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The club is considering the option of sending out Nikola Kalinic and Gelson Martins with Monaco and Arsenal the most likely destination.Los Rojiblancos are at the limit of their capped wage at €293m per annum and would be looking to balance the account.Diego Simeone provides an update on the Alvaro Morata transfer ⌚ pic.twitter.com/PbMgoLgxdM— Goal (@goal) January 25, 2019
TCI Tourism Arrivals Cruise tourism up Air arrivals downTCI Tourism Arrivals Cruise tourism up Air arrivals down
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#cruisetourismupairarrivalsdown, #magneticmedianews, #TCItourismarrivals Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 2, 2017 – Providenciales – There is double digit growth for tourism in the second quarter of 2017, when compared to the same period last year and the spike comes from cruise ship arrivals. While Grand Turk enjoyed having 53,000 more visitors for April, May and June this year, overnight figures dropped, slightly by 3,215.The TCI Tourist Board released the figures this week and the show air arrivals, were down 2% particular in the month of June where the drop was by 9% when compared to 2016. Top 10 markets for the Turks and Caicos according to the report, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, other European countries, Brazil, the Caribbean and still leading the way as a source tourism market… the United States of America.The bigger concern though is that the TCI, though still a leading destination is after two quarters for 2017 trending down. Overall, the country is with a 44% decrease in visitors to our shores.#MagneticMediaNews#cruisetourismupairarrivalsdown#TCItourismarrivals