I trust judiciary, says Ajit Pawar

first_imgA day after the Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) filed an affidavit in Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court alleging the involvement of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar in the irrigation scam, the party brushed it aside saying more important things are pending to be addressed in the Assembly.‘Will cooperate’“I have cooperated with the inquiry and I will continue to cooperate with it. Since the judicial proceedings have begun, I will not comment on it. We have a lot of issues to address and discuss in Assembly,” Mr Pawar said.“The matter is in court, and I do not want to comment on it. But, the government is trying to suppress the opposition. The government has given a clean chit to their own ministers who have corruption charges against them,” said Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, the leader of opposition at the Maharashtra Assembly.Maharashtra Water Resources minister Girish Mahajan said that even as the ACB has filed an affidavit, a lot more inquiry in this scam needs to be done. “This inquiry is not over. The agencies will have to do more work. A number of things are yet still to be unearthed,” he said. On November 26, the Director General of Anti Corruption Bureau, Sanjay Barve, filed an affidavit alleging that Ajit Pawar was responsible for the multi-crore scam in irrigation projects undertaken by the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation. Mr. Mahajan said, “We have given full autonomy to the ACB. In the affidavit, it has been pointed out that mobilisation of funds and files were being directly done by the secretariat without following the procedure.”Mr. Pawar was in charge of Maharashtra’s irrigation department for a major part of the Congress-NCP coalition government in the State from 1999 to 2014. That was a period during which the alleged scam, relating to irregularities in various irrigation projects, took place.last_img read more

2 jawans killed, 25 hurt in road accident in Odisha

first_imgTwo jawans of Odisha Special Armed Police died and 25 others sustained injuries when the van they were travelling in collided with a truck near Belpahar on NH-49 in Jharsuguda district early on Friday. The victims — Prashant Behera and Shankar Prasad Pant — were part of the OSAP party which was on its way to Banharpalli where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik addressed a public meeting later in the day.Seven of the jawans were shifted to VSS Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Burla, after their condition deteriorated. The rest of them were being treated at Brajarajnagar and Belphar. The police vehicle carrying 40 trainee jawans of OSAP’s 2nd Battalion had set out for Banharpalli around 6.30 a.m.Mr. Patnaik announced an ex gratia of ₹5 lakh each and government jobs to the next of kin of the deceased jawans. In case of any threatened disability, an ex gratia of ₹1 lakh has been announced.last_img read more

Akbar, Dave file nominations for RS seats from MP

first_imgBhopal, May 31 (PTI) Noted journalist and BJP national spokesperson M J Akbar and senior party leader Anil Madhav Dave today filed their nomination papers here for the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh.While Dave was re-nominated for the Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh, Akbar, who represents Jharkhand in the Upper House, was fielded from the state.Both Akbar and Dave filed their nomination papers in the presence of state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, MP BJP chief Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, Cabinet colleagues and several MLAs.”I am grateful to the BJPs central leadership, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, for giving party nomination to not just a political worker but a renowned journalist and thinker (Akbar), and also to a key organiser and noted environmentalist (Dave) from Madhya Pradesh,” Chouhan told reporters after the two leaders filed their nominations before Returning Officer and state Assemblys Principal Secretary Bhagwan Dev Israni.Dave had done a commendable job for the conservation of river Narmada in the state and is a different kind of social-political worker, he said.The state and the BJP will get immensely benefited from his re-nomination, the Chief Minister said.He also said that Akbar needs no introduction as he stands apart among the journalists fraternity because of his original thinking and his patriotism for the country.It is a matter of privilege for the state that a person like him will now serve as the Upper House member from the state, Chouhan said.advertisementRumours were also doing the rounds in political circles that in order to force a contest for the third seat and to make things difficult for Congress, the BJP may ask its senior leader Vinod Gotia to file papers as independent candidate.However, Chouhan refused to comment on the issue.Congress has already fielded senior lawyer Vivek Tankha as its candidate for the RS biennial polls to be held on June 11.Three Rajya Sabha seats from Madhya Pradesh are to fall vacant. Out of it, two are with the BJP while one is with the Congress. PTI MAS GK DBSlast_img read more

What Oklahoma State In The SEC Could Look Like

first_imgThe Big 12 expansion talk has been underwhelming, uninspiring and likely not all that forward thinking when it comes to the future of the conference. Which means it is probably going to happen. And I guess I’m OK with that. Oklahoma State is raking in an outrageous amount of money simply because the Big 12 exists and its school is part of the conference.The other thing I would be OK with is OSU grabbing the back of that Sooner schooner and hightailing it east to make the SEC a 16-team league. According to OKC Dave’s survey, I am not alone. Here’s how that question shook out among OSU fans.With regard to conference affiliation, OSU’s best course of action would be to:Remain in the Big 12 and lobby for expansion – 54%Leave the Big 12 for the SEC – 24%Leave the Big 12 for the Pac 12 – 14%Remain in the Big 12 and lobby for no changes – 8%Clay Travis wrote recently about why ESPN won’t want to extend its deal with the Big 12 and what that means for the Big 12’s future (nothing good!)Which leads us to this big question: How could the SEC and the Big Ten make their television packages more compelling as they come to market in 2023 and 2024? By poaching the best teams in the Big 12 before their television contract comes up for renewal. These Big 12 schools either pay an exit fee — there would only be one year or two years left on their existing TV deal — or just wait to officially join until the Big 12 TV deal is complete.OK, there we go.What could a sixteen member conference look like? Look to the NFL model, you set up four divisions of four teams and, potentially, create a Big Ten Final Four and and SEC Final Four. Can you imagine the money TV would pay for that package? You’d effectively create your own conference playoff. (You’d also set up the possibility of a sixteen team playoff in the future where four mega conferences all automatically advanced their 16 division winners to a 16 team playoff and there was no need for conference title games at all.)Whoo boy.The revamped SEC West could include Arkansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. You could play each team in your division, one game with an out-of-division rival and all the teams from a different division every year for a total of eight conference games. Let’s say this happened and Oklahoma State played Tennessee as its out-of-division rival and the fake SEC South that Travis created as its different division. This is what that schedule could look like for 2020.Week 1: Oregon StateWeek 2: TulsaWeek 3: South Alabama (it’s the SEC way!)Week 4: at UTSAWeek 5: at ArkansasWeek 6: TennesseeWeek 7: BYEWeek 8: at LSUWeek 9: FloridaWeek 10: Texas A&MWeek 11: BYEWeek 12: at South CarolinaWeek 13: at Ole MissWeek 14: BedlamWeek 15: SEC SemifinalsSomebody fan me with palm branches and bring me a wet washcloth for my forehead. Would this be a compelling schedule or no? I know Big 12 fans want to categorically hate the SEC just because it’s the SEC. That’s a fair thing because there’s a disproportionate love for a conference that sometimes is not as good as we think. But it’s still the best, most lucrative conference in the country.For the future of the school and the future of the football program, that is something I want to be a part of.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Scenic Unveils 2020 European River Cruise Brochure

first_imgFree Economy or Premium Economy Air, and door-to-door transfers; 50% off single supplements Boston June 2019 – Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ new 2020 European River Cruise brochure is now available to travel agents and consumers online at www.scenicusa.com or in hardcopy form by mail. The brochure details the company’s more than two dozen cruise itineraries as well as the host of amenities and special experiences awaiting its guests. Whether it is the 15-day Jewels of Europe, sailing between Amsterdam and Budapest, the new 12-day Spectacular South of France, that focuses on the food, wines and iconic sights of the Burgundy wine region, or taking in the once a decade performance of the Passion Play in Oberammergau as part of Scenic’s Danube cruises, Scenic is putting forth a stellar program of experiences for new and returning guests. Leading the news items are three new itineraries. The new 12-day Spectacular South of France, mentioned above, introduces guests to the estate of Château Meursault and its acclaimed wines; shopping with the chef at a local Avignon food market followed by a cooking class in the ship’s Culinaire; e-bike rides through the countryside; and a private classical concert in the historic Palais des Papes. The eight-day Lower Danube Explorer links two of Europe’s great capitals – Budapest and Bucharest – and highlights the local cultures in places such as Kalocsa, Novi Sad and Belgrade. And the new 15-day Christmas Wonderland brings back yesteryear’s traditions of the holiday season. Sailing between Amsterdam and Budapest, guests enjoy numerous Christmas Markets, some dating back hundreds of years, roasted chestnuts and glühwein, traditional crafts, Midnight Mass and an abundance of holiday cheer. Scenic is also offering several incentives for those who book any 2020 Scenic Europe and Russian river cruises by September 4, 2019. Itineraries of 11 days or longer come with free premium economy air or $2,000 per person savings. Guests staying on the top deck (Diamond) taking 15-day and longer sailings also receive free premium economy plus door-to-door airport transfers. Eight- to 10-day sailings receive free economy flights or $1,200 per person savings. Scenic is also offering 50% off single supplements on select sailings. Celebrating the decennial performance of the Passion Play, which began in Oberammergau, Germany in 1633, Scenic is offering a series of six- to eight-day touring itineraries between May 20 and Sept 21, 2020, which include tickets to the play and a seamless link to a selection of river cruise itineraries including Rhine and Danube sailings. Scenic also offers land extensions on many of their sailings. New in 2020 is Basque Highlights – a four-day exploration of Spain’s Bay of Biscay coastline that takes in Biarritz in France and Spain’s San Sebastián and thriving city of Bilbao, that can be added to the Bordeaux river cruises. Other possibilities include Paris, Prague, Transylvania, Monte Carlo, Turkey, Switzerland, Madrid, Berlin and Lisbon. The 5-star Scenic Space-Ships offer all-inclusive luxury experiences – from private butler service and unlimited complimentary beverages and spirits including mini-bar re-stocked daily, to six on-board dining options and a wellness area and fitness center. And guests will never have to reach for the wallet or purse as everything (except a haircut or massage) is included: tips and gratuities, expert local guides, all Scenic Freechoice activities that allow for a more personalized vacation, plus Scenic Enrich events which are exclusive to Scenic and its guests. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic is introducing the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (EmeraldHarmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River. Exclusive charters are offered on SE Asia’s Irrawaddy River; the Volga River in Russia; yacht cruises out of Croatia; and Egypt’s Nile River. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents or www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7985; or email: info@scenicusa.com. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.last_img read more

‘Jamaica Moves’ to be Introduced in High Schools

The ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme will be introduced in high schools this fiscal year as the Government ramps up its initiative to encourage Jamaicans to lead healthier lifestyles. This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5). The ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme will be introduced in high schools this fiscal year as the Government ramps up its initiative to encourage Jamaicans to lead healthier lifestyles.This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5).Dr. Tufton noted that the programme will be introduced in the high-school system, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to expand its reach.This introduction is to be guided by a nutrition policy, a physical activity regime, as well as public education on health and wellness programmes.In addition, the Government also intends to develop a health and wellness programme for the workplace.“This will involve going into the workplaces, speaking to employers and helping them to develop health and wellness programmes within their entities,” he said.In the meantime, the Health Minister said other initiatives that were started under the programme over the last year will be continued.This includes parish and community tours around health centres, in conjunction with community-based organisations.Dr. Tufton informed that under the Jamaica Moves programme last year, more than 5,000 Jamaicans got health checks through parish tours, more than 4,000 persons participated in workout sessions, and 800,000 were reached through mainstream and social media with health and wellness messages.Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, which covers seven main categories of diseases – cardiovascular conditions, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, sickle cell, mental health disorders and chronic renal failure.The campaign also focuses on community-level interventions to facilitate increased physical activity among the population. Dr. Tufton noted that the programme will be introduced in the high-school system, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to expand its reach. Story Highlights read more

Bow Islands Spitz sunflower seed company shutting down over 50 job losses

first_imgAfter starting out as a family business in 1982, PepsiCo. has announced the Spitz sunflower seed plant in Bow Island will shut down, leading to over 50 people losing their jobs.In a statement, the company said it made its “difficult decision” on Thursday.“This facility will close later this year and Spitz production will be moving to an existing contract manufacturer partner in the US.,” the company said in a statement. “This was a business decision based on an extensive evaluation of the long-term viability of this site and its ability to meet our increasing volume requirements for the brand, which will continue to play an important role in our North American portfolio.“We are committed to assisting our impacted associates with financial support, access to financial counselling and job placement services.”Spitz sunflower seed plant in Bow Island is shutting down, leading to over 50 people losing their jobs. It was founded in 1982 in Bow Island and bought by PepsiCo in 2008. In a statement, company points to “long-term viability” and “increasing volume requirements” #abmoney pic.twitter.com/yrZR8VbmmV— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) February 16, 2018Spitz International was founded in 1982 by Dutch immigrants Tom and Emmy Droog, eventually becoming a leading sunflower seed producer and was bought by PepsiCo. in 2008.“We hope you get out there and enjoy all our delicious flavours and taste the Spitz® difference for yourself!” the Spitz website still said on Friday. “And when you do, think of the folks in Bow Island, who couldn’t be prouder.”While the company’s statement made no mention of politics, the area’s MLA and UCP Finance Critic Drew Barnes blames the NDP.“Many companies are going to vote with their feet, they’re not going to provide jobs, they’re not going to create wealth here in Alberta, and until a government change or a new direction, we’re going to be feeling the pain for it,” he said. “You look at our ever-increasing electricity rates, you look at our minimum wage changes, you look at our oil and gas people not working in Alberta.“They didn’t make their decision only in this vacuum, but I’m sure when I’m talking to the people in Bow Island in the coffee shop tomorrow morning, they’ll be feeling the current NDP government’s a big part of their decision.”last_img read more

Second Show Added – Bordello of the Damned Dinner Theatre

first_imgCome in costume or come as you are, to scrutinize evidence and figure out whodunnit while enjoying a fantastic feast.  After the murder has been solved, there will be a DJ to help us celebrate.Doors open at 6 pm, dinner and show to start at 7:00.Sponsored by the Fort St. John Curling Club, the FSJ Oil Wives, and Stage North Theatre Society. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Join the Fort St. John Curling Club will hold the second night of a night of intrigue and murder March 10.  The first show on March 3 of Bordello of the Damned Murder Mystery sold-out in just days and due to demand, the Curling Club has added a second show this Saturday.Stage North Theatre Society will once again perform the dinner theatre murder mystery starting at 7 p.m.  The doors open at 6 p.m.Tickets are $65 plus fees and available at Systems Sound Source or online at Energetictickets.ca.  There are only 88 tickets available for this Saturday’s event.last_img read more

IDEA to organize Regional Youth Forum 2014 in Tunisia

Rabat- Association Internationale pour L’éducation en Débat (IDEA) Middle East and North Africa is set to organize its first Regional Youth Forum (RYF) which will take place from 22 to 27 December 2014 in Tunis, Tunisia.Young people aged 18 to 28, stakeholders and experts from the MENA countries are expected to be part of the event which aims to “rethink the future of the region through viable public policy options in the framework of a debate and policy competition.”The forum will be composed of a debate competition and a policy competition, in addition to workshops and a public discussion panel. Two languages tracks, Arabic and English, are available for participating teams. The teams in each track will compete for two titles: ‘best debating team’ and ‘best public policy proposal’. “The objective of the MENA Regional Youth Forum is to promote youth participation in the democratic process, specifically engaging young people in national and regional decision making processes, and building the capacity of young people in argumentation and debate techniques,” said Radhouan Mejri, Executive Director of IDEA MENA in a press release.12 teams from five members of the MENA region have been selected to participate in the forum. Participants represent ten nationalities from ten institutions (universities or associations) present in eight countries in the region.In the first phase of the program selected teams from each country will attend a debate and public policy training session in their country of residence. Following this training session the teams will draft a policy brief on an issue of their choice that affects youth in the region, as preparation for the Regional Youth Forum in Tunisia.IDEA is a global network of organizations which consist of entities located in the following countries: The Netherlands, the United States, The United Kingdom, Belgium, Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Swiss Flavors Manufacturer Givaudan Opens New Center in Morocco

Rabat – Swiss flavor and fragrance company Givaudan announced it inaugurated Thursday a new $1.22 million “flavours technical and commercial centre” in Casablanca.The center “is part of the Company’s 2020 high growth markets strategy and demonstrates its ongoing commitment to the Maghreb and West Africa regions,” Givaudan said in a statement.The president of Givaudan’s Flavour Division, Louie D’Amico, said: “Our new centre in Casablanca will enable Givaudan to meet the evolving needs of our food and beverage customers for innovative taste and flavour solutions.” With the new center’s strategic location, the Swiss flavor manufacturer will increase its presence in Africa and the Middle East.Read Also: Flavors of Moroccan CuisineFor the first time in Morocco, Givaudan said it “will offer in one location a full range of flavour application capabilities.”The 600-square-meter facility will serve customers in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Malta, Cote d’Ivoire, and Guinea, “in the savoury, beverages, sweet goods, dairy and snacks segments.”The center includes “application labs with specialised technologies, along with commercial spaces for customer taste and smell experiences,” according to the company’s statement.“Through our local presence, customers will benefit from a faster response as well as access to a wider range of Givaudan’s global capabilities in flavours and extracts,” D’Amico stated.Givaudan is a manufacturer of flavors, fragrances, and active cosmetic ingredients. The company was first established in 1895 in Lyon, France, and moved to Geneva in 1898. In 2008, Givaudan became one of the world’s largest companies in the flavor and fragrance industries.Headquartered in Switzerland with over 100 local locations, Givaudan  employs 11,700 people and had a revenue of $5.19 billion in 2018. read more

Search continues for body at Texas plane crash site

ANAHUAC, Texas — Authorities have been searching a bay off southeast Texas for clues about what caused a Boeing 767 cargo plane carrying Amazon packages to nose-dive into the shallow water, killing all three men on board.A north wind aided searchers by exposing more of the three-quarter-mile debris field left Saturday when Houston-bound Flight 3591, which Atlas Air was operating for Amazon, disintegrated on impact in Trinity Bay, about 35 miles (55 kilometres) east of the city, a sheriff said Sunday night.Crews using airboats and helicopters circled the crash scene, where white chunks of fuselage could be seen above long grass. The muddy landscape has made the process “painstaking,” National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwal said. Deputies and investigators from the FBI and NTSB have been gathering human remains and looking for the plane’s black box, which records flight data and voices in the cockpit.Emergency workers recovered two bodies on Sunday and sent them to a medical examiner’s office for autopsies.A statement from Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne says he was notified Monday evening that the bodies have been identified as those of Conrad Aska, the 44-year-old first officer and co-pilot of Atlas Air Flight 3591, and Sean Archuleta, a 36-year-old jump-seat passenger.Archuleta, a captain with Mesa Airlines, had been getting a lift back to his home in the Houston area, his friend told the Houston Chronicle . The 36-year-old was a new father and weeks away from starting his “dream” job flying for United Airlines, Don Dalton, Archuleta’s roommate, told the paper.Archuleta’s wife lives in Colombia and was “devastated” by the news of his death, Dalton said.Atlas Air said in a Sunday statement that it has established a program to support the families of the dead and that it has a team, including CEO Bill Flynn, at the crash site to assist investigators.The last previous crash involving a large cargo plane in the United States was in 2016, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. The landing gear of a FedEx flight collapsed after touching down at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, causing the left wing of the McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F to catch fire. The plane was badly damaged, but the two crew members were able to evacuate, the spokesman said.___Associated Press writer Bleiberg reported from Dallas.Jake Bleiberg And John L. Mone, The Associated Press read more

New climate change deal in sight Ban says as Copenhagen talks near

With only 24 hours to go before the scheduled end of the historic United Nations climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced optimism that a new agreement will be reached.Mr. Ban acknowledged that negotiations have been proceeding slowly in “one of the most complex and complicated and most difficult processes that you can imagine,” but emphasized to journalists that he believes “we can seal the deal, still,” in the Danish capital.All the major players have made important commitments for mitigation and all of the key financial elements needed for a new agreement are on the table, he noted.With over 130 heads of State and government gathered in Copenhagen, “if they can’t seal the deal, who can?” the Secretary-General asked, exhorting the leaders to use their common sense, courage and ability to compromise to ensure a new accord is reached.“We do not have any more time to waste,” he underlined.In response to a reporter’s question, Mr. Ban welcomed today’s announcement by United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the nation would help to raise $100 billion annually by 2020 to assist developing nations combat climate change.“I am sure it will have a very important political dynamic in our current negotiations,” he said, noting that he has issued repeated calls for leaders to make firm mid- and longer-term pledges beyond the commitment made to provide $10 billion a year until 2012.Negotiations resumed today in Copenhagen after they had stalled over divisions between States, and the Secretary-General met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the sidelines of the talks as part of his efforts to overcome the divisions.He also took part in talks with leaders from Australia, Bangladesh, Denmark, Indonesia, the Maldives, Mexico, Norway, Viet Nam and the United Kingdom, and is scheduled to later meet with the leaders of Gabon and Israel, as well as the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority.Likening the negotiating process in Copenhagen to climbing a large hill, Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told journalists at a press conference at the summit today that, after the announced resumption of work, “the cable car is moving again.”Contact groups have been set up to address outstanding political issues, and the UNFCCC official said that these bodies must take stock of progress achieved in their meetings by this evening.Pointing to this as an “encouraging” sign, he said that “we now have clarity on the process, we have clarity on the docs that will be the basis for work, [and] we have clarity that the process will be transparent.”Yesterday, the Secretary-General said that emissions reductions and financing remain the key issues in the talks on a new agreement.The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that to stave off the worst effects of climate change, industrialized countries must slash greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, and that global emissions must be halved by 2050.“I hope that the developed countries should come out with more ambitious mid-term target by 2020 against the 1990 level,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Copenhagen.He also called for “sufficient financial and technological support for the developing countries, particularly the most vulnerable States.”In a related development, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has underscored that helping to expand climate science is just one of the contributions it is making in the fight against climate change.“Thanks to its interdisciplinary capacities, UNESCO can render a unique contribution to mitigation and adaptation to climate change through distinct action in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information,” Director-General Irina Bokova announced yesterday in Copenhagen.In particular, she said, UNESCO can assist in expanding the knowledge base of climate science through its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), in close collaboration with the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), to better understand and forecast climate phenomena.UNESCO also seeks to further education on climate change though teacher training, educational strategies and curricula revision, among other actions, as part of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development.Further, the agency will promote cultural and biological diversity, as well as deal with the various ethical and social dimensions of climate change, including migration issues. 17 December 2009With only 24 hours to go before the scheduled end of the historic United Nations climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced optimism that a new agreement will be reached. read more

Former SI and security assistant sentenced to jail for rape

A former Sub Inspector (SI) of the Sapugaskanda Police Station and a former security assistant were today sentenced to 20 years and 6 months of rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo High Court over the alleged abduction and rape of two women in February 2003.The court also ordered that a fine of Rs 70,000 each and compensation of Rs 200,000 each be paid to the two victims. The two women had been abducted in Bambalapitiya and were later raped.The suspects were found guilty and the sentence was delivered today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Worldwide UN family celebrates enduring universal values of human rights

Speaking in Marrakesh, where over 160 Governments signed up to the first-ever global migration pact on Monday, UN chief António Guterres said that the Compact is an important step towards safety and dignity for millions of people which “sets out in practical terms how Member States and other stakeholders can respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all migrants, in line with the Universal Declaration.”The UN Chief was followed by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, reinforced Mr. Guterres’s comments, reminding the audience that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was forged in the crisis of the post-war period as a guide to leading societies away from “conflict, inequality and turmoil,” which is a “a living document, just as powerful and valid today as it was in the ashes and rubble of global destruction.”President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, also speaking at the conference, referred to the context in which the Declaration was drawn up, mentioning that she had, just a few weeks earlier, placed a wreath before the “Wall of Death” in Auschwitz, a moment that, she said, she is unlikely to ever forget:”This sentiment, I imagine, was shared by the original architects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Having borne witness to the atrocities of the Second World War, they, like those who crafted the Charter of the United Nations, understood that human life and human dignity had to be protected, everywhere and at all costs.”Nevertheless, the fight for human rights is far from over: the Secretary-General said it “saddened” him that the global human rights agenda seemed to be losing ground, noting a rise in authoritarianism, xenophobia and intolerance. “Egregious human rights violations” such as torture, extrajudicial killings, and detention without trial, still persist, he added.New risks to human rightsThreats to human rights were also being highlighted at UN headquarters in New York on Monday, where charities, non-governmental organizations and members of civil society were joined by Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, for a discussion about the ways that modern challenges, unforeseen 70 years ago, are impacting rights.The talk covered digital technologies, which have led to many benefits, but also brought about new risks which could replicate, and even exacerbate existing threats to human rights; and climate change, which risks making much of the planet uninhabitable.Defending human rights in conflict zonesUpholding human rights in challenging situations is one of the key roles of the United Nations peacekeeping missions, which share a 70th birthday with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the UN peacekeepers and staff working in these challenging environments have been celebrating the occasion in a number of ways.In Afghanistan, the UN Assistance Mission (UNAMA) renewed its call for human rights and fundamental freedoms to be respected in the country, welcoming breakthroughs such as the work of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, new laws empowering the media, a new Penal Code reflecting the country’s commitment to promote fundamental freedoms, and the presence of women in civil service positions and in the private sector. Meanwhile, in South Sudan, commuters in the capital, Juba, got the chance to see their military in a different light on Monday: as athletes.Hundreds of military personnel – as well as police and prison officers, fire-fighters and members of the wildlife services – took part in a 10-kilometre race around the streets of the capital, organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), to promote awareness of human rights and the need for peace in the conflict-affected country.Speaking on Monday, David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS, said that “the only way that South Sudan is going to recover is by having peace and respect for human rights. If respect for human rights is there, then there is peace. If there is peace, it involves respect for human rights and people’s ethnicity and political persuasion. The two things go hand in hand.”You can read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and find stories, videos, and archive audio about the document, here. read more

Redshirt players making an impact for Ohio State

Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein (65) blocks during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Urban Meyer first came to Ohio State in late 2011, he made it clear that he was not a fan of redshirting players.Now, three years later, he might be changing his tone slightly.“Those days (of redshirting) are certainly here (but) if you are a good player, play ‘em,” Meyer said Tuesday during the Big Ten teleconference. “That is going to be our philosophy to continue moving forward.”The Buckeyes currently have 34 players on their roster that have been redshirted at least once.One of those players is OSU starting quarterback J.T. Barrett, along with three of the five starting offensive lineman.Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein said his redshirt year helped him get used to the college game.“It definitely benefitted me a lot,” he said Monday. “My freshman year, just being on scout team going against (Johnathan) Hankins and (John) Simon and transitioning to this level of play (helped a lot).”Specifically, Elflein said his time on the scout team and not being afraid to make mistakes were what made his redshirt year in 2012 so beneficial.“You can kind of just go out there and play (on scout team) and kind of get acclimated to this level of football and I got so much better doing that,” Elflein said. “It just transferred over to learning the offense after that and it all just came together.”For Elflein, it paid off as he made his first career start on a big stage in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game, when he said he thought he performed admirably.“We fell short last year, and that still hurts,” he said. “I played well that game, but we want to get back there and win the Big Ten.”Defensively, the Buckeyes currently have three redshirt players in the starting lineup, including redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple, who was one of two players Meyer singled out when discussing the benefits of a year off.“(Redshirt-freshman linebacker) Darron Lee and Eli Apple are two guys off the top of my head … Will Eli Apple be here five years? No. My guess is if he continues to improve, that he may move on,” Meyer said.Lee is one of six players who has started each game on defense and is second on the team in tackles for loss for loss with 9.5.Apple, who has started all but one game this season, said watching from the sidelines last year was beneficial, adding that he learned a lot from veteran players at his position.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like (Bradley) Roby, watching guys like (current senior) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said Monday. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Already with two interceptions under his belt, Apple said that with each game comes more assurance in his abilities.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

UK weather Tropical blast to bring temperatures warmer than the Mediterranean

first_imgAberdeen, Wattisham in Suffolk and London are all tipped as likely locations for the highest temperatures, with the east of the country broadly enjoying the best of the warmth.The rise could make parts of the UK among the hottest locations in Europe, following bouts of snow and freezing temperatures that took hold on the continent earlier this month. 🚨 IT’S TURNING MILD 🚨 Feeling more like #Spring? 🌼 Well here’s why! We could see 17C in the south on Monday! pic.twitter.com/PRA6CDeq8e— Met Office (@metoffice) February 17, 2017 MeteoGroup forecaster Tom Whittaker said: “Generally speaking, it’s going to be close, but we may see temperatures of 15C (59F), which could be higher than places like Palma in Majorca, and parts of southern France.”It’s likely to be warmest in the east, south east and eastern parts of Scotland, to the east of the Highlands.”The hottest February on record remains that of 1998, when temperatures hit 19.7C (67.5F) in Greenwich, south east London. Despite bringing British temperatures above the average 4-7C (39.2F-44.6F) for this time of year, the expected rise will not be record-breaking by official measures. Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: “In terms of temperatures there may be isolated locations where temperatures reach 16C to 17C (60F to 62F) but more broadly it will be mild, with some of the warmest areas being the east and north east of the country. Crocus bulbs in full bloom at Royal Victoria Park, Bath, as a blast of Caribbean hot air is set to push UK temperatures higherCredit:Ben Birchall/PA Temperatures in eastern Scotland could exceed those in parts of the Mediterranean next week as a blast of warm air hits the UK.The air mass is making its way over the Atlantic Ocean from Florida and parts of the Caribbean and is set to bring highs of up to 17C (62F) on Monday, the Met Office said. “Although obviously above average, it’s not necessarily unusual.”In February 2012, around 50 stations recorded temperatures of 17C (62F) and over and we’re not expecting that many to record the same next week.”MeteoGroup said temperatures may only reach highs of 15C (59F), although this is likely to be enough to push the UK above parts of southern Europe, including the Balearic Islands and Sardinia. Dawn in Ampleforth 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. Crocus bulbs in full bloom at Royal Victoria Park, Bath, as a blast of Caribbean hot air is set to push UK temperatures higher Dawn in AmpleforthCredit:last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgEvery morning TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1.#SYMPHYSIOTOMY: A couple whose baby was delivered stillborn still don’t know where their child is buried, the report into symphysiotomies has revealed.2.#FRANCE: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with corruption and peddling influence. He was questioned yesterday for 15 hours.3.#OFF TO LONDON: A Sinn Féin delegation will meet British Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street today, the first time the party has met the leader of Britain since he took office.4.#CRASH: A cyclist has died after hitting a bollard on a busy Cork street yesterday evening. The man hit the bollard on Shandon Street at around 5.40pm.5.#MISSING: More than 4,000 people have gone gone missing in Ireland so far this year, new figures show. Missing in Ireland Support Service (MISS) says that more detailed statistics are needed.6.#PALESTINE: A Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and executed in an apparent act of revenge for the murder of three Israeli teens. The boy is believed to have been 16 years old.7.#IT’S ON: The National Children’s Hospital has moved one step closer to being built. The cabinet officially signed off on the blueprints for the site, with Health Minister James Reilly saying the plan was “hugely important”.8.#MEDICAL CARDS: Calls have been made to extend emergency medical card time limits for dying patients. The Irish Hospice Foundation says that patients should have longer than the current six months without a means test.9.#WEATHER: It’s glorious out today, but don’t start planning your weekend trip to the beach just yet.last_img read more

Jerusalem UFOs May Be Movie Ad Campaign

first_imgRemember those videos of a purported UFO hovering above Jerusalem that had the Web all a twitter last week? It’s probably not a shocker to suggest that they were completely fabricated. But what if I told you that they were actually posted in order to promote an upcoming movie? Irritating, right?That’s the latest theory. The videos, which created a sensation after being posted to YouTube (one is currently at 1.7 million views), may actually be promotional material for the upcoming film, Battle: Los Angeles. For starters, they appear to be manipulated, digitally. They’ve also been used in material to promote the film.News.com.au also points out the fact that the company charged with promoting the film launched a Website for the fake Worldwide Assessment of Threats Concerning Humankind over the summer in order to promote the movie.Video/movie promotion after the jump.last_img read more

500000 US stolen in major BitCoin heist

first_imgYou may not have heard of BitCoin, but you’re probably going to start hearing about it a whole lot more often now that a major theft has taken place. The decentralized digital currency has gained prominence in geeky circles because of its privacy-protecting nature. Like the Dollar, Pound, Yen, or indeed any traditional currency, the market value of a BitCoin can fluctuate. Recently, BitCoin’s value had skyrocketed, up to nearly $30 US from $5 in a span of about a month.That got investors interested in BitCoin, and where there’s high-profile investing going on you can bet there’ll be some spear phishing as well — especially in an online community which has gained a reputation for being frequented by malicious hackers and cybercriminals. It’s also no difficult task to locate possible targets, thanks to the availability of information like this list of wallets with balances of 20,000 coins or more. BitCoin Wallet information isn’t encrypted when stored on a user’s hard drive, so access — such as that provided by a successful phishing exploit — is all that’s required. Once the .DAT file has been retrieved, the deed is done and a criminal needs only to find willing buyers for his or her ill-gotten coinage.Interestingly, because of the way BitCoin works we’re actually able to take a look at the theft of funds which shifted more than 25,000 BitCoins — valued at around $20 each at the time. Any personally identifiable information is hashed, however, so the perpetrator remains anonymous at this point — though the victim has come forward on BitCoin forums seeking help.Lawmakers had already been hollering for access to actual data from BitCoin in the wake of Wired’s article about Silk Road — an online drug trading community which exclusively accepts its virtually currency for user transactions. Those shouts will likely grow louder, particular if those who lost the giant sack of money in this incident are at all well-connected.More at TNWlast_img read more