Britain To Test Immigration Proposals In India

first_imgBritish officials are set to test India’s reaction to proposals for a new post-Brexit immigration system unveiled in December.Home Office officials are set to meet with counterparts in India next week, as well as others, for discussions on the immigration White Paper unveiled by Home Secretary Sajid Javid last year, said a senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) official.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img

Marathon on Feb 28 to create awareness about special persons

first_imgBhopal, Feb 24 (PTI) With an aim to create awareness about special persons, a marathon will be held here on February 28. Over 1,000 persons are expected to take part in the marathon organised by city-based NGO Uddeep Welfare Society. “The main aim of organising this marathon is to create awareness among the people to create sense of equality towards the special persons,” Poonam Shotriya, who was recently awarded by President Pranab Mukherjee as 100 women achievers of the country selected by Union Ministry of Women and Child Development along with Facebook, told reporters here. “We dont want any special treatment, but want people to have sense of equality towards us. If they understand that only, it will be a major achievement,” she added.The marathon is sponsored by social worker Dileep Suryawanshi and Sports Promotion Group Chairman Aruneshwar Singhdeo. “So far we have received over 1,000 entries,” Shotriya said adding the marathon will begin from Polytechnique Square, Ravindra Bhawan and after traversing through Raj Bhawan, Lal Parade Ground, Police Head Quarter (PHQ), Old Fish Aaqurium will culminate at Ravindra Bhawan. PTI MAS LAL NRB AH SSC BASlast_img read more

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A (2016) brings Note 7’s S Pen to tablets

first_imgSamsung has launched an all-new upgraded version of its recently launched Galaxy Tab A (2016) that brings the Note 7’s trademark S Pen stylus to tablets. To recall, the original Galaxy Tab A (2016) was launched in May earlier this year.The new Galaxy Tab A (2016) is simply the original with a stylus, which means the former also brings along key software elements that the S Pen brings (and supports) to the table, already on the Note 7. The tablet is however exclusive to South Korea for now.Speaking of specifications, the Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S Pen comes with a 10.1-inch display with a 1920×1200 pixel resolution. It is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor clubbed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable via microSD card slot. The tablet runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports 4G LTE connectivity. The device is backed by a 7,300mAh battery which is claimed to offer up to 14 hours of battery life on single charge.The Tab A (2016) sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.The Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S Pen has been priced at 489,000 won ($440) in South Korea which roughly translates to Rs 29,227.Samsung is among the select few top-tier companies to openly embrace tablets, even though their market keeps getting smaller and smaller each day. Samsung is aware of the fact. The company, while launching the Note 7 in India, had acknowledged it. It has postponed the launch of Galaxy TabPro S here to an indefinite period of time.advertisementThe Tab S2 has however done pretty well in India, according to Samsung, but still not well enough to call it a success story. The Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S Pen looks like a compelling device on paper, but, whether or not it would see the light of day in India is yet to seen.Also Read: Samsung holds back Galaxy TabPro S India launch, awaits better days for tabletslast_img read more

Post Uri attack, Delhi Police to set up strike-proof, hi-tech underground control room

first_imgConstantly at high risk of a terrorist attack, the Delhi Police has proposed to set up a strike-proof, underground control room which will keep a parallel data & communication network ready in the event of an emergency. The proposal came up at a recent security review meeting of top police officers after the terrorist attack on Uri Army base in which 19 soldiers lost their lives.Top-level sources told Mail Today that the proposed bunker control room will be equipped with flash sensors for detection of any nuclear radiation or biological agents decontamination facility and communication system, an indication of city police’s war-time preparedness.COMMUNICATION NETWORK OF POLICE UNDER BUNKER CONTROL”The bunker control room will maintain communication network and data of entire police department. The idea is that in case there is a major attack, this underground PCR will maintain coordination with all the security wings,” said a senior officer, adding that the proposal is at a “very initial stage” but a detailed project report is in the works for approval.A police team is in the process of identifying land for the project and has zeroed in two properties where the bunker can be set up. The police will consult other central agencies, including the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), to set-up the proposed underground control room, the senior officer said.According to the senior officer, the proposed control room will act as a parallel emergency facility which can immediately shift the central operations in case of a terror, including aerial, strike. Delhi Police headquarters which houses its control room at ITO is on the radar of terrorists and any attackadvertisementSTATE OF THE ART FACILITIESThe underground facility will also act as an integrated field shelter in case of attacks by weapons of mass destruction like nuclear, chemical and biological besides strengthening the police force in the city.Police is also planning to create an isolated room which can accommodate over a few dozen people for over a week along with requisite stores, equipment and beds in case of a chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear (CBRN) warfare. The aim is to build a structure which is completely sealed and has positive air pressure. The shelters have their own source for power, water and sewage disposal.”It should have automatic CBRN warning system with change over facility, electrification including generator sets and fittings, water supply and water disposal, decontamination facility, communication system,” the officer saidSECURED UNDERGROUND NETWORKThe idea to get a secured underground network was discussed during a security review meeting of senior officials after India’s surgical strike across PoK. Security agencies have already placed two missile-tracking radars in Delhi as the first part of a planned effort to give the city a missile attack shield.INDIA’S FIRST BUNKER CONTROLIf the bunker control room idea gets a green signal from Central authorities, Delhi would be the first city in India to do it. A similar proposal was planned by Chandigarh but the project could not see the light of the day. A similar 24×7 underground Police control room is functional at Singapore.DATA SECURED, COMMUNICATION NETWORK ACTIVEAlthough nobody has yet had a chance to study a low-yield nuclear blast but as the threat of terrorist attack or a nuclear strike grows, it is crucial for cities to have contingency plans in place. In case of any mass attacks or natural disasters, this control room will play a crucial role as it will keep all data secured and communication network active. CBRN-protected mobile shelters are made available during key global events including meetings of top leaders as also sporting events like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. In others nations, including the US and some European countries, safe houses are built for the community near hospitals and schools to guard civilian population.2 FAILED CYBER ATTACKSMail Today last week reported that unidentified persons attempted to access the Delhi Police control room recently but could not break into the hightech system. According to police, a similar failed cyber attack on the control room was witnessed before January 26 this year.Also Read: Amid fear psychosis, border dwellers want bunkers Nuclear proliferation linkages have Pakistan fingerprints: India at UNlast_img read more

ESPN’s Early Prediction For Oklahoma-Oklahoma State Game

first_imgOklahoma cheerleaders running with flags in their hands.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The 2018 edition of the Bedlam Series takes place this weekend as Oklahoma take on Oklahoma State.The Sooners are ranked No. 6 in the polls and have been dominating opponents with their overwhelming offense.The Cowboys have beaten their previous ranked opponents so far (Texas and Boise State), but lost the following game both times.ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the game.ESPN’s computer model believes that Oklahoma are a lock to win. The computer model gives the Sooners a 88.8 percent chance to win this Saturday’s game.A win would put the Sooners on pace to win out the season and the Big 12 title provided they can beat West Virginia.The Bedlam Series has been historically one-sided in favor of Oklahoma. However, the Cowboys have a knack for spoiling things for the Sooners like they did in 2014.The game will be played at 3:30 p.m. EST on ABC.last_img read more

College Football Head Coach Won’t Return In 2019

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonAnother college football head coach has reportedly been fired.We’ve had several head coaching moves over the past week or so, and you can reportedly add ECU to the list of programs making a change.ECU head coach Scottie Montgomery has reportedly been fired.The team is reportedly being informed about the decision now.“9 on your side Sports has learned that ECU will not retain head coach Scottie Montgomery for a 4th season. Team is being informed right now….”9 on your side Sports has learned that ECU will not retain head coach Scottie Montgomery for a 4th season. Team is being informed right now…. @wnct9— Brian Bailey (@bbaileywnct) November 29, 2018Montgomery, 40, has been ECU’s head coach 2016. He was previously an assistant coach at Duke and with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Stay tuned for an official announcement from ESPN.last_img read more

Traveling Accessories You’ll Want For the Holidays

first_imgIf your 2014 plans include a lot of travel, we’ve found something you’ll want to put on your holiday wish list—a compact, universal Voyager case produced by Manekibook, headquartered in Prague.Here’s what we like about this traveling companion: it has ample space for two passports, a section for paper money, a slot for three SIM cards and storage for up to 10 credit cards, license or other plastic cards. There’s also an open vertical pocket where you can tuck airplane tickets and other important items.We also love the look and feel of the handmade Italian vegetable dyed leather. It’s definitely an item that will carry you through many travels and adventures.Brothers Oleg and Anton Dumas founded Manekibook in 2009. Other items in their Equinox collection include the Signaller, which is a wallet case for iPhone 5/5s, the Entreprenuer, a case folder for Macbook Air 13″, and the Shturman notebook. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling Taxa Outdoors’ Rugged Mantis Travel Trailer Just Got Even Better The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze last_img read more

Student Innovators Compete for Ministers Entrepreneurship Award

first_imgStudents from across the province will compete for one of three Minister’s Entrepreneurship Awards of Excellence and a $1,000 grant to support further development of their business idea. “We want to encourage innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit among our youth,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Innovation is what drives progress and these students will lead the way. Their raw talent and drive to succeed are incredibly impressive.” The province has partnered with the Business Education Council to offer students from grades 6 to 12 an opportunity to pitch their business idea, Dragon’s Den style, to a panel of business and education leaders during an event today, April 25, at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Students will be chosen to receive an award in each of three categories: Social Enterprise, Technology, and Innovation and Creativity. The 2019 finalists are: “The event last year was a great learning experience,” said Leilia Fraser, Grade 10 student and 2018 Entrepreneurship Award Winner in the category of Social Enterprise. “We learned a lot about how customers are grouped and how to determine our target market.” Three award winners will be chosen from the finalists later today. For more information about the awards go to http://www.novascotia.ca/entrepreneuraward/. Braden Marshall, Lockview High School, Fall River, Halifax Regional Centre for Education. His company is Braden Inc, an e-commerce company that sells baked desserts Lori O’Connell, Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education. Her company is 3 Arrows Vintage and Reworked Clothing, which offers a fashion line using old material Layla Owens, École secondaire du Sommet, Bedford, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and Mitchell Owens, Charles P. Allen High School, Bedford, Halifax Regional Centre for Education. They have developed Submergency, a device that detects when a vehicle is in danger of submerging and calls 911 for help Madison Crawford, Eastern Passage Education Centre, Eastern Passage, Halifax Regional Centre for Education. Her company is 2 Paws Up Dog Treats which offers specialty gluten-free and all-natural treats for dogs Talia Quinlan, École secondaire du Sommet, Bedford, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. Her company is Sea Secrets, which offers seashell mulch as a friendly alternative to chemical fertilizers Isabelle MacNeil and Madison Houghton, Ellenvale Junior High School, Dartmouth and Emerson MacNeil and Megan Houghting, Brookhouse Elementary, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Centre for Education. Their company is Beach Coast which sells hand-crafted polymer clay stud earrings inspired by their love of the East Coast and Nova Scotia beaches Gabriella Stewart, Riverview High School, Coxheath, Cape Breton Regional Centre for Education, who publishes Guillozine, a submission-based monthly art magazine Eric Zhang and Ethan Johnston, Citadel High School, Halifax, Halifax Regional Centre for Education. Their company is BundleBee, an organic, reusable food wrap company Gabriel Baker, West Kings District High School, Auburn, Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education. His company is 3dMEnow which offers customized three-dimension portraits, statues and sculptures last_img read more

2member LS committee to scrutinise Budget Speaker

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a surprise move, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has directed scrutiny of the General Budget by a Parliamentary committee. This is the first time the Budget will be scrutinised after approval from both houses and Presidential assent to the finance bill. The Speaker has formed a two-member committee of the Lok Sabha for this scrutiny. Chairman of the Estimates Committee Girish Balchandra Bapat of BJP and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will be its members. Though no time frame has been given to the two MPs to scrutinise the report, it is expected that they would submit the report to the Speaker before the beginning of winter session of Parliament. This committee will examine all the budget documents and officials of the Finance ministry including the Finance Secretary will be called to explain the allocation of funds for different demands of grants. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsGenerally standing committees comprising MPs of both the houses of the Parliament scrutinise the Finance bill and demands of grants of all the ministries. Till today, Parliament standing committees have not been constituted. The Finance bill and demands of grants were passed without the recommendation of standing committees. For this Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu used their discretionary power to waive the rules for scrutiny. When asked about the formation of standing committees, Speaker Om Birla was hopeful it would be announced soon. He also added that it was the prerogative of the Parliamentary Affairs ministry to recommend the list of standing committees after due consultation with all political parties in Parliament. Birla added that as no standing committees were formed this time he allowed most of the members to speak on the Budget and other bills. In a break from tradition, he allowed MPs to seek clarification after the minister’s reply. Generally, Rajya Sabha MPs enjoy this privilege and this time Speaker also extended it to Lok Sabha MPs.last_img read more

Britains Prince Andrew appalled by Epstein abuse claims report

first_imgLondon: Britain’s Prince Andrew has said he was “appalled” by allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Jeffrey Epstein after a video was released purporting to show him at the home of the convicted paedophile in 2010. “His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement, reported the Press Association news agency on Sunday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The video published by the Mail on Sunday claims to show the prince waving goodbye to a woman as she departs Epstein’s New York mansion in 2010. Epstein was found dead on August 10 in a federal jail in Manhattan as he awaited trial charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. A coroner ruled that he committed suicide by hanging. Over the years, the financier hobnobbed with politicians, socialites and celebrities, including Donald Trump before he was president and Bill Clinton. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Virginia Giuffre — previously Virginia Roberts — one of Epstein’s alleged victims, testified in 2016 that she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was underage, an allegation Buckingham Palace has repeatedly and strenuously denied. Prince Andrew was Britain’s special representative for international trade and investment for 10 years until 2011, when he gave up the post following intense scrutiny over his relationships with Epstein and other controversial figures.last_img read more

Indian shooters still hopeful of sports inclusion in 2022 CWG

first_imgNew Delhi: Shooting’s exclusion from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games has left the Indian shooters disappointed but the Sports Ministry’s recent intervention has given them a glimmer of hope. For the first time since 1974, shooting has been excluded from the 2022 Birmingham Games roster due to logistical issues. “I don’t know what to say about that. It is very upsetting. I don’t know why they are excluding shooting but I believe whatever happens, happens for good. So lets see what happens,” said Manu Bhaker, who claimed her fourth mixed gold with Saurabh Verma at Rio de Janeiro. Shooting has been one of India’s strong points in the Commonwealth Games and the sport’s exclusion didn’t go down well with the Indian Olympic Association, which has threatened to boycott the quadrennial event if the decision is not reviewed. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHighlighting India’s concerns over the sport’s exclusion from the Games, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has recently written a letter to UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Nicky Morgan, seeking her intervention in the matter. The 17-year-old Manu won a series of gold medals, including the Guadalajara World Cup, Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympics at Buenos Aires last year and clinched four successive mixed World Cup gold this year. Yashaswini Singh Deswal, who secured India’s ninth Olympic quota after winning the gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol at the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, termed it a huge set back for the country. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It is a huge set back for Indian team. Shooting gives lot of medal to India all the time. But hope for the best,” she said. Abhishek Verma, who clinched his second World Cup gold last week in 10m air pistol besides claiming a mixed 10m pistol silver with Yashaswini Singh at Rio, said it is disappointing. “There is disappointment but the Ministry is still trying to get it included at CWG, they are creating the pressure. So I am still hopeful. If it doesn’t happen then we will look to do well at other events such as Asian Games and Olympics.” India won as many as 16 medals in shooting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Rijiju on Friday said India will take up the issue through diplomatic channel if they don’t get a favourable response. “India is one of the most important nations in the Commonwealth Games Federation and excluding shooting from 2022 has upset all of us,” he said. “…the decision was taken in the CWG organising executive committee, there were no Indians to put up India’s case. So it is not proper to take a decision which is not in the interest of India because everybody knows India has the greatest strength in shooting. “We will take it up through diplomatic channels also but since it is a sporting event, we would prefer that the CWG executive committee considers our case, or else we will be very upset and register our protest. I have already written a letter so let’s see, the IOA will meet me again.”last_img read more

Census Median income in four of five Indigenous communities below poverty line

first_imgOTTAWA – Four out of every five Aboriginal reserves have median incomes that fall below the poverty line, according to income data from the 2016 census that provides insight into the depth of poverty facing Indigenous Peoples in Canada.A Canadian Press review of census figures for areas identified as Indigenous communities found about 81 per cent of reserves had median incomes below the low-income measure, which Statistics Canada considers to be $22,133 for one person.In absolute numbers, of the 367 reserves for which there was data on total individual median incomes, 297 communities fell below the low-income measure, while just 70 registered median incomes above the de facto poverty line.At the lowest end, 27 communities reported median total incomes below $10,000.Women fared marginally better than males, according to the data. About 22 per cent of female incomes on-reserve was over the low-income measure, compared to about 19 per cent for males.The income figures come from tax filings for 2015, the year the Trudeau Liberals were elected in part on a promise to improve economic outcomes for Indigenous Peoples, who collectively face the harshest poverty and housing conditions in the country.The Liberals are finalizing a national housing strategy with specific initiatives targeting Indigenous communities, and have been meeting with Indigenous leaders about what is needed in an Indigenous-specific poverty reduction strategy.But the figures are not a full picture of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Many of the communities registered so few residents that data had to be suppressed out of concerns for their privacy.Statistics Canada plans to provide more robust census data at the end of the month as part of its ongoing effort to paint a five-year portrait of the evolving Canadian population.So far, the emerging picture of Indigenous Peoples living on reserve shows a significantly younger population — thanks to a fertility rate that far exceeds its non-Indigenous counterpart — but with shorter life expectancies and much lower incomes.In September, Statistics Canada reported a spike in income levels in 2015, thanks to a prior boom in commodity prices, particularly in the Prairies, that pushed median total household income to $70,336, up 10.8 per cent from a decade earlier.Only 26 of the 503 of reserves with income data had higher median household incomes. Totals — which include sources like employment, investments and government benefits — ranged from $13,168 in Manitoba’s Roseau River First Nation to $114,381 in Cree Nation of Chisasibi on the eastern shore of James Bay in Quebec.What’s not clear from the numbers is precisely how those incomes are earned, whether resources are shared or if those who do better have specific advantages over those who do not. Each community is different, said Marshall Ballard, director of business, employment and social development with the Native Women’s Association of Canada.Indigenous leaders have pushed the Liberal government to help those communities where the need is greatest. In meetings last week, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde called for a meeting between Indigenous, federal and provincial leaders next year to work on closing the economic gap with the wider population.Previous research has shown that Indigenous Peoples regularly earn less than the median income. A 2014 study found they were almost as disadvantaged as in 2006 as they were 25 years earlier in 1981.Some of that is tied to location, or the geography lottery, as some communities know it, Ballard said. Location, he said, can make all the difference in the prosperity of the community.Martin Cooke, one of the authors of that 2014 study, said previous research has suggested income isn’t always tied to location, such as being in a remote community.“There’s not a clear geographic pattern,” said Cooke, an associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.“To me that’s the interesting thing: it’s not all geography.”— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

Thousands gather as annual indigenous forum kicks off at UN Headquarters

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues meets at “a historic crossroads,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the opening session today as some 3,300 participants from around the world converged on UN Headquarters in New York for the two-week event. Last year’s adoption by world leaders of the landmark UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples means this year’s Permanent Forum – established in 2000 – is taking on a new role, Mr. Ban said in a video message.“You will work to translate the Declaration into a living document at the national and international levels,” he said. “As you do, you will promote the UN development agenda and its vision of development for all. This includes the poorest and most vulnerable, a group to which many indigenous peoples belong.”The Declaration, a non-binding text that was adopted after two decades of debate, outlines the rights of the world’s estimated 370 million indigenous people and outlaws discrimination against them. It sets out rights to culture, identity, language, employment, health, education and other issues.Climate change is the special theme of this year’s session of the Forum, a choice applauded by the Secretary-General.“Indigenous peoples live in many of the world’s most biologically diverse areas. As custodians of these lands, they have accumulated deep, first-hand knowledge about the impacts of environmental degradation, including climate change. They know the economic and social consequences, and they can and should play a role in the global response.”Mr. Ban also welcomed the focus this session on several other issues and challenges, including the Pacific region and the need to protect and promote indigenous languages.“Indigenous languages represent an overwhelming majority of all languages spoken today, with most facing the threat of extinction.”Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, said the high interest in the event this year pointed to increasing awareness of indigenous peoples’ issues.“The Forum is thus fulfilling its mandate to make the challenges, opportunities and good practices in this field more visible, for public policy and for action,” he said.The participants at the Forum, a subsidiary of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), include senior UN officials and representatives of States, civil society and academia, as well as Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma, the first indigenous leader of his country.Briefing journalists outside the Forum today, its Chairperson Victoria Tauli-Corpuz said indigenous peoples have long been aware of the perils caused by climate change, often even before scientists because of their close connection to the land.Ms. Tauli-Corpuz said the increasing popularity of mono-crop plantations, so the crops can be harvested for biofuel products, was harming indigenous peoples by clearing land, cutting down forests and displacing local communities on a large scale.She also expressed concern that many indigenous peoples around the world were being excluded from governments’ decision-making processes about the mitigation of, and adaption to, climate change, such as the creation and use of carbon sinks. 21 April 2008The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues meets at “a historic crossroads,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the opening session today as some 3,300 participants from around the world converged on UN Headquarters in New York for the two-week event. read more

Civic groups hold unique place in UN efforts to help countries Fréchette

“For many decades, you have been our partner on the ground: delivering humanitarian assistance in places struck by conflict or natural disaster, and in quieter places, helping people who are striving to build stable communities and effective institutions,” the Deputy Secretary-General said in an opening address to the fifty-fifth annual UN Department of Public Information/NGO Conference being held at UN Headquarters in New York. “Today this extraordinarily fruitful cooperation is closer than ever.”Ms. Fréchette noted that while the United Nations could not hope to achieve its goals without the efforts and expertise of NGOs, perhaps it was time for some wider stocktaking of the entire UN-NGO relationship.”We need to look closely at what is working well and what isn’t, and then build on all that has been achieved so far to prepare for a future in which the NGO community looks certain to continue its extraordinary involvement in the work of the United Nations,” she said.For her part, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson told the gathering it was better to prevent large-scale deadly conflict rather than to have to pick up the pieces afterwards. Prevention must be a priority for all, including NGOs, she said, stressing that particular attention should be paid to the establishment of strong national human rights protection systems when rebuilding societies after conflict.”How many lives would have been saved, how much development advanced, had even a fraction of the funding needed to bring an end to deadly conflicts been used in their prevention?” Mrs. Robinson said. “How much suffering could have been avoided if the international community had summoned the will to act effectively over gross violations of human rights which so often foretell deadly conflict?”Lakhdar Brahimi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, pointed out that in post-conflict situations the roles of the United Nations and NGOs were complementary but not identical.The role of the international community was dramatically transformed during post-conflict situations, he noted, adding that all activities should support the national capacity and be responsive to the priorities of the government.”This means that we must ensure, first and foremost, that our activities strengthen national capacities – not our own institutional capabilities; and second, that we are responsive to the priorities articulated by the Government – and not our own agendas or priorities,” he stressed.Video – Opening session of the Conference read more

Côte dIvoire Ban welcomes results of presidential poll congratulates President Ouattara

“He applauds the Independent Electoral Commission for having organized and carried out the elections in a professional manner in accordance with the law and the Constitution of Côte d’Ivoire,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “He also wishes to acknowledge the role played by the different electoral observation teams, including from the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States,” it added.In addition, Mr. Ban acknowledged, in particular, the “commendable engagement” of civil society, which he underlined as having contributed to enhancing the transparency and credibility of the elections. “The Secretary-General believes the successful conduct of these polls confirms that Côte d’Ivoire is returning towards lasting peace and stability,” the statement noted. “He commends the Ivorian leadership and people for their tireless efforts over the past five years to consolidate peace, and promote democracy and the rule of law. He is hopeful that the same democratic and peaceful spirit will prevail in the conduct of the upcoming legislative elections.”The UN chief also said he looks forward to working closely with President Ouattara and the people of Côte d’Ivoire in defining the future role of the UN in support of the consolidation of peace, stability and democracy in the country. read more

Miami knocks out Ohio State in decisive playoff matchup

The Ohio State men’s hockey team was out-gunned by No.1 Miami over the weekend. In a dramatic quarterfinal matchup, of the CCHA tournament, The RedHawks end the Buckeyes season Sunday night with a 2-1 victory.Miami out-shot OSU in all three games of the series and their extra chances paid off as they won both Friday and Sunday’s games, by scores of 6-2 and 2-1 respectively, to win the series. Even in OSU’s overtime victory on Saturday they were out-shot by Miami 46-21.“They force you to raise the level of your play,” coach John Markell said of Miami. “Our guys are capable of it. You try and teach your guys to stay at that level, to stay at that intensity.”The Buckeyes played with high energy and intensity throughout the series but they were outlasted by Miami, who displayed why it is the best team in the country.“I’ve got to give credit to Miami. They fought hard to get back in it,” forward Hunter Bishop said.Bishop had six goals and two assists for the Buckeyes in their five postseason games.For the Buckeyes, it’s a disappointing end to a disappointing season. After being picked to finish fourth in the CCHA in the preseason, the Buckeyes finished in eighth. OSU finishes the season with a 15-18-6 mark and will not qualify for the NCAA Tournament.Sunday’s finale served as senior Mathieu Picard’s final game for the Scarlet and Gray. Picard was the lone senior on this year’s team. Picard played one of the best games of his career in the first round in the conference tournament against Notre Dame. The Ontario native scored two goals to lead OSU to a 3-1 victory on Mar. 5. He finishes his career with 19 goals and 22 assists. read more

MOU signed to conduct 6th Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey in Guyana

The Government of Guyana and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Thursday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to conduct the sixth Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in Guyana.Finance Minister, Winston Jordan & UNICEF Representative Sylvie Fouet signing the Memorandum of UnderstandingThe signing was done by Finance Minister, Winston Jordon and UNICEF representative, Sylvie Fouet in the Ministry of Finance’s boardroom, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.Minister, Winston Jordan expressed his satisfaction with “the sterling contributions” UNICEF has been making to the nation. He stated that over the years, the institution has been “very supportive in providing meaningful statistical data to Guyana and other developing countries around the world” through MICS.The MICS initiative has enabled governments to gain access to an array of statistical data, most notably the social sector to aid in filling data gaps which exist in their countries.According to the Finance Minister, through this support, “UNICEF has been able to build the capacity of local staff through survey design, collection and analysis of data.”MICS Six has introduced the use of electronic tablets in their data collection process. It was noted that this will “allow for the swift and effective transmittal of data…to the central office.”Minister Jordon expressed his hope that this “new modus operandi will greatly improve the timeliness and efficiency of the delivery of results of the MICS Six.”UNICEF Representative, Sylvie Fouet highlighted the importance of MICS by stating that “we are in a time where reliable data is very powerful in influencing decision-making.” She noted the MICS program has been operational over two decades in various countries around the world and would be able to show the data measuring the progression of that time period.In 2014, MICS Five was conducted and garnered support from the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and the Ministry of Communities. It was a source of information for the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) and Guyana’s Country Implementation Plan (CIP).MICS Six is slated to end in 2019 and is estimated to cost GYD $209.1 Million (US$1 Million). It was noted that the cost will be divided equally between UNICEF and the Government of Guyana, DPI reported. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGov’t, Fedders Lloyd sign MOU for construction of Specialty HospitalNovember 26, 2015In “Politics”20-30% of children sexually abused in Guyana – UNICEFJuly 30, 2019In “Crime”Jordan signs US$1.3M agreement with IDB to craft response to crime, domestic abuseDecember 23, 2015In “Politics” read more

Updating your friends while in a coma

first_imgFORMER NEW YORK Times editor Bill Keller and his wife, Emma, both caused controversy when they criticised a terminally ill cancer patient.The subject of their ire was not anything that Lisa Bonchek Adams had done, more what she had tweeted. Adams has around 14,000 followers on Twitter and has tweeted updates all through her battle with the disease.The upsurge in sites such as CaringBridge have made the process of keeping friends abreast of your health a more public affair.It isn’t always public, however.When Kerry-born Denise Horgan went to Duke University Medical Centre in Durham, North Carolina earlier this month, her mind was on the procedure she faced.Having cystic fibrosis, she was about to undergo a lung transplant, an operation that would completely change her life.However, having made friends across the globe, Denise wanted to be sure that they could be kept in the loop about how she was doing.With many friends across the world and her parents not using Facebook much, Denise enlisted her friend Cris Dopher.Cris, who had his own lung transplant in December, keeps his friends updated with his progress through his own Facebook page and did the same for the ten days that Denise was in a medically-induced coma.“They have sites for updates for patients, but I didn’t see the point. Everyone I know is on Facebook so we just went with that.“A lot of people are very thankful to be kept in the loop. In Denise’s case her family aren’t on Facebook much, so this was a help I guess.”Of course, the updates weren’t all positive, but the key was knowing where the line of privacy was.” I try not to get too specific but keep the line honest. As a patient I know where the line is.“I kept it to major milestones, such as walking or getting tubes out and other setbacks.”Cris says that he was happy to do the updating, but is hopeful that Denise will be able to resume Facebooking herself.“Denise will surprise us and come on line soon. Denise doesn’t have a voice yet and her frustration is really very clear. But, you can’t be in a coma for 10 days and not get weak.“She is an amazingly strong individual and I would have lost my shit 20 times over at this stage. Anyone else would have lost it by now. She has so much grace.”Read: Cystic Fibrosis charity withholds €1.8 million from hospitallast_img read more

Study Young Jupiter Was Smacked HeadOn By Large Newborn Planet

first_img None of Jupiter’s New Satellites Are Named Moony McMoonfaceNASA Greenlights Europa Clipper Design, Construction A massive head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet roughly 4.5 billion years ago may be to blame for puzzling gravitational readings from NASA’s Juno spacecraft, according to a new study.Astronomers from Rice University and Sun Yat-sen University in China say this startling impact scenario could explain surprising readings on the Gas Giant’s gravitational field, which suggest that Jupiter’s core is more extended and less dense than expected, said a Rice University press release. The team detailed their findings in a study published in Nature on Aug. 14.“This is puzzling,” said Rice astronomer and study co-author Andrea Isella. “It suggests that something happened that stirred up the core, and that’s where the giant impact comes into play.”According to Isella, leading planet formation theories suggest that the Gas Giant started off as a dense, rock, or icy planet that later on collected its thick atmosphere from the primordial disk of dust and gas that gave birth to the sun.At first, Isella was skeptical when lead study author Shang-Fei Liu suggested the possibility that the confusing data could be explained by a colossal impact that changed Jupiter’s core, mixing its core’s dense contents with less dense layers above. However, something changed his mind when Liu showed that the collision scenario may have played a role in the puzzling readings.“It sounded very unlikely to me,” Isella explained. “Like a one-in-a-trillion probability. But Shang-Fei [Liu] convinced me, by shear calculation, that this was not so improbable.”This rendering shows the effect of a major impact on a young Jupiter’s core, as suggested by scientists in the study. (Photo Credit: Shang-Fei Liu / Sun Yat-sen University)The research team ran thousands of computer simulations and discovered that a fast-growing Jupiter may have unsettled the orbits of neighboring “planetary embryos,” protoplanets that were in early planet formation stages. According to Liu, these calculations included estimates of the probability of collisions happening under different situations and distribution of impact angles.In all cases, the team determined there was at least a 40 percent chance that Jupiter would “gobble up” a planetary embryo within its first few million years. According to the study, the Gas Giant also mass-produced “strong gravitational focusing,” making head-on collisions more common. Furthermore, Liu ran 3D computer models that showed how a head-on collision would impact Jupiter’s core.“Because it’s dense, and it comes in with a lot of energy, the impactor would be like a bullet that goes through the atmosphere and hits the core head-on,” Isella added. “Before impact, you have a very dense core, surrounded by atmosphere. The head-on impact spreads things out, diluting the core.”An artist’s rendering of the Juno spacecraft in orbit. (Photo Credit: NASA)According to Liu, smaller planetary embryos about as big as Earth would break apart in Jupiter’s thick atmosphere. Collisions at a grazing angle may result in the impacting planet becoming gravitationally stuck and slowly sinking into the Gas Giant’s core.“The only scenario that resulted in a core-density profile similar to what Juno measures today is a head-on impact with a planetary embryo about 10 times more massive than Earth,” Liu explained.Even though calculations suggest that the collision occurred about 4.5 billion years ago, it could take billions of years for Jupiter’s core to recover from this major event.More on Geek.com:Hubble Space Telescope Image Details Jupiter’s Dynamic AtmosphereNASA’s Juno Spacecraft Detects Jupiter’s Striking VistaScientists Spot Strange Table Salt Compound on Jupiter’s Europa Stay on targetlast_img read more