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Youth convention in Hyderabad tomorrow

first_imgHyderabad, Sep 10 (PTI) Around 2,000 delegates from youth organisations and Sports Authority of India (SAI) would take part in a day-long convention on Universal Brotherhood Day here tomorrow. Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare Sarbananda Sonowal will inaugurate the conference at Bhaglingampally, an official release said today. Around 2,000 youth delegates representing NSS (National Service Scheme), NYKS (Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan) and SAI would be participating at the day-long event, said Rishipal Singh, Zonal Director of NYKS. Union Minister for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya, among other dignitaries, would address the gathering. Swami Srikhantananda of Ramakrishna Mutt, Hyderabad would deliver keynote address emphasising the message delivered by Swami Vivekananda on September 11, 1893 at World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago. He would highlight the life and message of the towering philosopher-monk and their relevance for youth, the release added. PTI VVK RSY DBlast_img read more

a month agoHector Bellerin enjoys full 90 for Arsenal U23 in Liverpool draw

first_imgHector Bellerin enjoys full 90 for Arsenal U23 in Liverpool drawby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin completed 90 minutes as they came from two goals down to draw with Liverpool at Meadow Park.The Spaniard came close to an opener when he drove through the visitors’ defence and fired a shot at goal but Ben Winterbottom saved well at his near post. Matt Macey then made a brilliant recovery save to keep out Rhian Brewster’s looping header from close range.Liverpool’s pressure paid off when Curtis Jones tapped in following Luis Longstaff’s low cross.The second then came when Jones met another Longstaff cross to head home. The Gunners were back in it on the stroke of half-time when Nathan Tormey beat the offside trap to slot the ball past Winterbottom.Early in the second half Folarin Balogun levelled the scores when he made no mistake from close range following Bellerin’s low cross. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

What Tate Martell’s Decision Likely Means For Jalen Hurts

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Late Tuesday night, former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell officially announced that he’d be transferring to Miami ahead of the 2019 season. Obviously, his decision will factor into what Jalen Hurts chooses to do.Hurts, who played at Alabama for three years, entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal last week. In the time since, three schools have been rumored to be options – Oklahoma, Maryland and Miami.Tuesday, a number of betting sites listed Maryland as the new favorite. Martell’s decision to transfer to Miami doesn’t eliminate the Hurricanes as an option, but it makes them a much longer shot. Martell, according to a report, is going to apply to the NCAA for a hardship waiver to be able to play immediately.Feel like Hurts decision ultimately will come down to Oklahoma v Maryland, but we’ll see.— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) January 16, 2019Hurts would probably win the job at Miami over Martell anyway, but you can imagine he isn’t looking for a quarterback battle in his final year of eligibility.For that reason alone, Maryland and Oklahoma now make more sense.Hurts will probably announce his decision soon. Whichever team lands his services will be getting one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the nation.last_img read more

Keel Laid for BC Ferries’ New Cable Ferry

first_imgzoom The keel was laid for BC Ferries’ new cable ferry at a ceremony held on Friday, November 28th at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver.According to  Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Engineering, the cable ferry is the first ship in this next phase of the company’s vessel replacement program.Once complete, the cable ferry will measure 78.5 metres in length and will accommodate 50 vehicles and 150 passengers and crew.“We are proud to partner with BC Ferries to build its first-ever cable ferry, and today’s keel-laying ceremony is an exciting and important step in the vessel’s construction at Seaspan’s new state-of-the-art shipyard in North Vancouver,” said Brian Carter, President, Seaspan Shipyards.After undergoing extensive crew training and familiarization, the cable ferry system is expected to be in operation on the Buckley Bay – Denman Island route in the summer of 2015.Press Releaselast_img read more

Kamal Nath absent from CWC meet to discuss LS poll rout

first_imgNew Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath was conspicously missing from the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held here on Saturday to discuss the reasons for the party’s abysmal performance in the 2019 general elections. Most of the party’s senior leaders such as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge attended the meet. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Chief Ministers of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot, Punjab Amarinder Singh and Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel were also present at the meeting. Chief ministers of four Congress-ruled states and the Union Territory of Puducherry were asked to attend the CWC meet. Foremost on the table is the challenge to keep the flock together in states like Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, where efforts were on to destabilise the government. The party is also likely to discuss upcoming Assembly elections in Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra, a source said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Out of the 23 CWC members, only four won in the just concluded elections — party chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Gaurav Gogoi and A. Chella Kumar. The 12 other CWC members, who lost the polls, include heavyweights like Mallikarjun Kharge, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Raghuveer Singh Meena, Jitin Prasada, Deepender Hooda, Sushmita Dev, K.H. Muniyappa and Arun Yadav. Seven CWC members did not participate in the Lok Sabha elections this year. Heads have already started rolling after the party managed to win only 52 seats in the lower house, only eight more than 2014. Congress Uttar Pradesh in-charge Raj Babbar resigned from the post on Friday, along with campaign committee chief H.K. Patil, Odisha party chief Niranjan Patnaik and Amethi District Congress President Yogendra Misra. In Uttar Pradesh, the party failed to even retain the Gandhi bation of Amethi, where Rahul Gandhi lost to Union Minister and BJP candidate Smriti Irani by a margin of over 55,000 votes. In Karnataka, the party won only one seat with senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge losing by a huge margin. According to sources, a few other senior leaders and party in-charges from states where the party drew a blank, are expected to offer to step down. The final call will be taken at the CWC, the party’s highest decision-making body. Congress won only 3 seats in three states — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — where it formed governments in December 2018. “The chief ministers and party in-charges from these three states will answer for the debacle and issues that needs to be prioritised in their respective states,” the source added.last_img read more

Alberta triplemurder trial hears details of RCMP undercover operation

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – The trial of a central Alberta man accused of killing his family heard evidence Thursday that was gathered during an elaborate RCMP undercover operation where Mounties posed as members of a crime organization.Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank are each charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus four years ago.The RCMP “Mr. Big” sting operation was aimed at coaxing Klaus into admitting he was responsible for their deaths.In the end, he insisted it was Joshua Frank who shot his family at a farmhouse near Castor on Dec. 8, 2013.Court heard that undercover Mounties spent four months building up trust with Klaus by making him an active part of what he thought was a crime ring.The whole time they drove home one underlying message – if Klaus was honest, the crime organization could make his troubles go away.One officer who testified said that the operation progressed quickly and that Klaus was enthusiastic. During the sting operation Klaus was paid more than $13,000 for the work he did for the crime organization.The Mounties involved in the sting can’t be named under a court-ordered publication ban.Justice Eric Macklin, who is hearing the case without a jury, is to determine if the evidence is admissable.To prevent Klaus from becoming suspicious, RCMP presented a dramatic scenario in which one of the gang members had beaten a prostitute nearly to death.A female Mountie played the role of the prostitute on June 2, 2014. She was put in the trunk of a car, apparenty unconscious.A Mountie testified that later that night Klaus confessed that he helped plan the murder of his family.After saying it was Frank who pulled the trigger of the gun that killed his parents and sister, Klaus said they could pay Frank to disappear.Nine days later, Klaus recanted his confession in a text message to his supposed friend.“Hey man, to be perfectly honest I don’t have a clue what happened at my parents’ house,” the late night message read.“[I’m] not going to put you guys at risk … for some reason the heat is on and I didn’t have any part of this.”However, after more time had passed, Klaus went back to his original story and told it to Mr. Big himself during a meeting in Calgary.Court heard that Mr. Big wasn’t entirely convinced and asked to meet with Frank.That’s when Klaus arranged a meeting in a parking lot.A Mountie testified that after being introduced to the group by Klaus, Frank met privately with one of the undercover officers and confessed to shooting the Klaus family before burning their house to the ground.Frank went further by taking them to where he threw the murder weapon, a pistol, into the Battle River. He also claimed that he still had the lighter used to start the fire along with one of the bullets from the gun.A police dive team from B.C. recovered the gun from the river. Klaus and Frank were arrested on Aug. 15, 2014.The Crown is expected to finish presenting its case Friday.last_img read more

Prospect of breakdancing becoming Olympic sport draws mixed reactions

first_imgTORONTO — Canadian breakdancers are expressing mixed feelings about the danceform moving closer to becoming an Olympic sport — with some enthusiastic about the possibility and others concerned it may alter the underground culture around the activity.Known more commonly as breaking, the dance is being considered for the 2024 Games in Paris, with a final decision expected in December 2020.Mandy Cruz, a 22-year-old breaker in Toronto, said she’s excited at the prospect.“It was a really great moment that dance is being recognized as a sport, because it’s very physically demanding and you do have to train your body like an athlete,” she said. “A lot of people overlook dancing, like it’s an easy hobby.”Cruz said she was curious to see how breaking would be judged if it becomes an Olympic sport. Since it’s also an artform, she said it can’t be judged on athleticism alone. In typical “break battles,” judges also look for creativity and originality, she said.And while even the possibility of becoming an Olympic sport could raise the profile of the activity, Cruz said she believes breaking will continue to be important at a local level.“There’s a lot of people of colour going to this culture, because there’s oppression going on around them,” she said. “There’s a lot of things going on around them in this world that (breaking) is just an outlet for.”Caerina Abrenica, an instructor with the Toronto B-Girl Movement, which supports young girls in the danceform, said a spot in the Olympic games could help boost female representation in breaking.“Having a b-girl category in the Olympics would allow more b-girls worldwide to see the potential of where women are taking it in the dance,” she said.Some breakers, however, are concerned about the potential elevation to the Olympic level.“Is it going to be celebrating (breakers’) diversity? Or is this a platform that shows there’s something great that comes out of (the culture) but it’s predominantly owned or taken up by people who are more privileged,” asked Nick Nyguyen, the owner of a breaking studio in Halifax.Marcelino “Frostflow” DaCosta, a breaker and president of the Ground Illusionz breaking crew, was also uncertain.“It’s not a sport — it’s a dance, it’s an artform,” he said. “There are athletic qualities to it, but the heart and essence of what this is, it’s a dance.”DaCosta said he worried the dance could stray too far from its foundation if it becomes an Olympic event.But Mary Fogarty, an associate professor with the department of dance at York University, said conversations on the evolution of breaking have been going on since the 80s.“The style has already changed significantly … So I don’t see the form being transformed that much,” she said. “These dances will always happen on the local level, it will always happen on the street and it will always have different (meaning) for people who are marginalized.”Breaking started as one of the pillars of hip-hop culture in New York City in the 70s. Since then it has transformed into a competitive, collaborative activity around the world.It was a medal event last October at the Buenos Aires Youth Summer Games. And Olympic organizers have said they are considering having competitions with 16 athletes in men’s and women’s medal events if breaking gets approved for the 2024 Paris Games.Having the dance become an Olympic sport would take it to new audiences, Fogarty said, while also giving wider exposure to breakers around the world.“This is probably the best thing that could happen for the breaking scene internationally.” Lidia Abraha, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Caribbean tsunami warning system to take step forward with UNbacked group

The creation of the real-time sharing system for existing seismic monitoring networks will be discussed at the third session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE EWS) taking place in Panama through Friday, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). An implementation plan for the system, drafted by a group of experts from the Member States and the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), will be submitted for approval by Member States during the meeting, UNESCO said. The new system will replace the temporary service being provided by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre. UNESCO’s IOC set up a tsunami early warning system for the Pacific Ocean as early as 1965 and, after the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, has been instrumental in putting rapid warning systems in place in that region as well as in the Mediterranean, North-East Atlantic and the Caribbean. The goal, according to UNESCO, is a rapid tsunami early warning system for the entire globe. The Caribbean region, with its population of nearly 40 million, is by no means spared the risk of tsunamis, the agency said. The most recent catastrophes occurred in the San Blas Islands of Panama in 1882, Puerto Rico in 1918 and the Dominican Republic in 1946. 12 March 2008An independent tsunami early warning system for the Caribbean region, in place by 2010 at the latest, is likely to be a major step closer today when a United Nations-backed coordination group decides whether to give the go-ahead for a regional data-sharing system. read more

UN invites Palestinian and Israeli youth from peace camp to visit Vienna

One hundred ten members of Israel and Palestinian youth organizations will take an hour-long guided tour through the UN complex in the Austrian capital, the UN Office in Vienna (UNOV) said.Unable to get to know one another in their own countries, the young people are taking part in a peace camp in Döbriach, Austria, at the invitation of the Österreichischen Kinderfreunde, a non-governmental organization (NGO) for youngsters, the UN said. The camp winds up its work on Wednesday.The delegates represent Hashomer Hatzair (Israel), Noar Oved Vehalomed (Israel), the Arab Youth Movement (Israel), the Palestine Red Crescent Society (Palestine), the Independent Youth Union (Palestine), Österreichische Kinderfreunde – Rote Falken (Austria) and Woodcraft Folk (United Kingdom), it said.

UN agencies urge G8 leaders to step up to the plate on

“Remember a simple fact: hunger and malnutrition are still the world’s biggest killers, taking the lives of more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined,” the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said in a statement ahead of the summit opening in Gleneagles, United Kingdom. “Nowhere is this more apparent than in Africa, where forgotten conflicts and hidden disasters continue to expose millions to the scourge of hunger. One African in three is malnourished and there has been little sign of change in that over the last decade,” it added.“Hunger is a symptom of failure – failed harvests, failure to cope with natural disasters, and failure to overcome social inequities, ethnic strife and racial hatred.”Citing a litany of enormous challenges, WFP noted that in Africa alone, it is together with its partners to deliver emergency food to 26 million people in more than 20 different countries.In southern Sudan, where civilians are finally returning home after decades of war, its operations are still less than half funded; in southern Africa, where the triple threat of HIV/AIDS, drought and weak government capacity threaten the lives of at least 8 million people, it has received less than 20 per cent of the requested funding; in Niger and Mali, where a lethal combination of locust infestation and drought has left hundreds of thousands hungry, less than a third of the $11 million needed has been received. “While there have been encouraging signs of increased aid commitments from donor governments, the food aid component, which is so critical in Africa, is falling short,” WFP said. “Food is the ‘first aid’ solution to Africa’s problems. It brings hope in often turbulent circumstances, and stabilizes regions so there is an opportunity to work on longer-term humanitarian and political solutions.”For its part the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reiterated calls for a new effort to move beyond targets and timetables agreed under the Kyoto treaty against global warming towards the even deeper cuts in greenhouse gases necessary to stabilize the world’s climate.Of the summit participants only the United States has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol to the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under which industrialized countries are to reduce their combined emissions of six major greenhouse gases during the five-year period from 2008 to 2012 to below 1990 levels.UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said he hoped the G8 leaders would send a strong and determined message on climate change which is “the spectre at the feast capable of undermining all our goals.”He also urged them to back investments in nature to defeat poverty and deliver economic development. “Targeted investments in the planet’s ecosystems and the services they provide will give a high rate of return in terms of fighting poverty, hunger and disease and delivering long-lasting economic improvements,” he said in a statement.He cited the link between a damaged environment and malaria, noted that many illnesses affecting people in developing countries are water borne, and called for giving full economic value to tropical forests in developing nations, which economists now put at $60 billion in terms of the greenhouse gases they absorb and store. read more

UN General Assembly core group continues working on World Summit document

With barely a week left before the 2005 World Summit brings together the largest ever gathering of international leaders at United Nations Headquarters in New York, a General Assembly panel today continued its marathon sessions aimed at drafting an outcome document for the 14-16 September meeting. The General Assembly Core Group, set up by Assembly President Jean Ping of Gabon had already spent the weekend in intensive consultations and heard progress reports form its sub-groups.The most recent version of the document, reflecting the current state of play on all the issues, was presented this afternoon and will serve as the basis for further negotiations among Member States. The sub-groups are tackling seven priority issues identified by Mr. Ping: development, UN Secretariat reform, establishment of a Human Rights Council, creation of a Peace Building Commission, disarmament and non-proliferation, terrorism, and the responsibility to protect civilians under threat of genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.The Summit has been convened to discuss UN reform and the status of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to cure of a host of global socio-economic ills by 2015, and is expected to be attended by some 180 leaders. Ever since he put forward in March a comprehensive plan for tackling poverty, security threats and human rights abuses while reforming the UN, in his report “In Larger Freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan has spoken of the unique opportunity offered by the Summit in this 60th anniversary year of the world body. He returned to this theme in an interview with the BBC yesterday, calling for “a maturity and leadership and appreciation of what we are trying to do” in reaching agreement on the outcome document.“I think this is a once in a generation opportunity that we have to do this,” he said. “And if we fail, I don’t know when the opportunity will come again.” read more

UN commander of EthiopiaEritrea force voices hope for peace process breakthrough

Addressing a meeting of the Military Coordination Commission in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday, Major General Rajender Singh, who heads the peacekeeping troops serving with the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), said the international community is working to forge a lasting solution to settle the conflict.After Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace accord ending their 1998-2000 border war, UNMEE was deployed to monitor a Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) separating the two Horn of Africa countries. Eritrea has been critical of the UN for not forcing Ethiopia to accept the border delineated in 2002, awarding Badme – the town that triggered the conflict – to Eritrea.Last month, the Security Council urged the two parties to sit down with the commission charged with setting a permanent border and to abide by its decisions.General Singh recalled the Council’s statement at Saturday’s meeting, which brought together military leaders from both sides, and cited other initiatives aimed at fostering a breakthrough. “We remain hopeful that with the support of the international community, these initiatives will indeed be the watershed in the peace process,” he said.On the overall situation in the Mission Area, Major General Rajender Singh noted that there had not been any significant changes in recent months, but voiced concern about the continued presence of groups of Eritrean armed personnel in certain areas within the TSZ.He also spoke about constraints faced by UNMEE as a result of Eritrea’s restrictions, including helicopter flight ban, which continues to impede the rapid evacuation of sick or injured peacekeepers while reducing the mission’s monitoring capability. Last week, an UNMEE peacekeeper, Lance Corporal Kamble Ramesh Annappa, died of cardiac arrest after Eritrea refused the mission’s request for a medevac.General Singh also voiced concern about the number of mine incidents registered in the last two months – six in all on both sides of the border. “These have not only resulted in fatal and serious casualties to civilians, but have also emerged as a major threat to the peacekeepers on both sides of the southern boundary of the TSZ,” he pointed out, urging both parties to address the menace.Also speaking at the meeting, Brigadier General Otisitswe Tiroyamodimo of the African Union (AU) appealed to Eritrea to remove the flight restrictions against UNMEE.Ethiopia’s representative, Major General Yohannes Gebremeskel, expressed his Government’s commitment to the cause of peace and promised full cooperation with UNMEE. “UNMEE is an instrument of peace and stability between Ethiopia and Eritrea,” he said, urging the international community to take the necessary steps to restore the mission to its full operating capacity. Eritrea’s delegate, Colonel Zecarias Ogbagaber, said his country was committed to the peace agreement but stressed that it was “up to Ethiopia to abide by the decision of the Boundary Commission.” He said the flight ban and other restrictions were only expressions of Eritrea’s frustrations. “UNMEE is here to facilitate demarcation; not to manage an indefinite stalemate,” he said. “Eritrea has the right to resort to whatever measure it deems necessary to assert its territorial rights.” read more

Reruns and sports were last weeks mostwatched gifts to TV viewers from

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Football and reruns prevailed on television Christmas week, according to the Nielsen ratings company.NBC’s Sunday night clash between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings claimed the lead with almost 18 million viewers.But CBS was not to be outdone with its slate of encore dramas and comedies (a trio of repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” made it into the Top 20), along with such popular holiday fare as an Andy Griffith special and a colorized hour of classic “I Love Lucy.” For the week, CBS led in prime time with an average 5.7 million viewers.Not so successful: ABC’s four-episode block of “Muppets” reruns on Sunday, the first of which drew a puny 1.9 million viewers, and the final half-hour attracting a Scrooge-like 955,000.NBC, in second place for the week, averaged 5.3 million viewers, while ABC had 3.6 million, Fox had 3.1 million, Univision had 1.7 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.3 million, and the CW had 1.1 million.ESPN was by far the week’s leading cable network, averaging 3.37 million viewers in prime time. USA had 2.30 million, and ABC Family had 2.21 million viewers.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.3 million viewers. ABC’s “World News Tonight” was second with 8.7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.5 million viewers.For the week of Dec. 21-27, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: New York Giants at Minnesota, NBC, 17.87 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 14.22 million; “The OT,” Fox, 13.09 million; NFL Football: Detroit at New Orleans, ESPN, 10.90 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 10.80 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC, 10.67 million; “60 Minutes Presents,” CBS, 10.54 million; “The Big Bang Theory” (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 8.52 million; “The Big Bang Theory” (Monday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 8.42 million; “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 8.20 million.___ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC, USA and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Dec 30, 2015 12:20 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Reruns and sports were last week’s most-watched gifts to TV viewers from the networks read more

FEATURE UN teams with Revolution TV show to highlight real challenges of

Portrayals of endless tents at “Savannah Refugee Camp” and war lords offering hostages sweet tea at the beginning of a meeting are taken directly from experiences UN workers have had in places like Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Sudan, and Syria.“We spent a lot of the first season talking about ‘what ifs’ and that has become ‘what can we use,” said actor Billy Burke during a post-screening panel that brought together some of the cast and crew, and the UN experts who had collaborated on the second season of the show.‘Revolution’ is a post-apocalyptic science fiction television drama series that takes place in the United States 15 years after the start of a worldwide blackout, according to NBC.Series creator Eric Kripke said it was “surreal” when the UN reached out to ask for help in highlighting the global energy crisis to the show’s audience in a meeting that included Under-Secretary-Generals Valerie Amos, who heads the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal at the Department of Public Information (DPI).Worldwide, almost 3 billion people rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating, and about 1.2 billion have no access to electricity, according to UN figures.Lack of electricity impacts every aspect of life ranging from how people store food, to how they learn, to their sanitation and access to medical aid, Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal said in his welcoming remarks.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched in 2011 the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. It aims to achieve three inter-linked global targets by 2030: universal access to modern energy services; the doubling of energy efficiency; and the doubling of the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix.Speaking on the panel, UN Development Programme (UNDP) energy policy specialist Bahareh Seyedi stressed that living without power is not just a developing country issue.“We are all interconnected. We all rely on the same ecosystem that sustains life on earth. Our actions in New York affect a woman in rural Bangladesh,” Ms. Seyedi said, adding that Manhattan on its own consumes as much energy as all of Kenya.She suggested a greater emphasis in future episodes on sustainable energies, such as wind turbines and solar panels that use the power of sun and wind.The opportunity to work with UN field experts such as Derk Segaar, who had spent several years in South Sudan and Darfur providing humanitarian support with OCHA, and to get stories directly from people on the ground is “ideal” for the show, said Steve Tao, head of TV for J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production house which is responsible for “Revolution.”It was the UN Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI) through its partnership with the UN Foundation that initially approached Good Robot, the philanthropic arm of Bad Robot, about collaborating with the show. “The United Nations is sometimes bad about getting its messages out to the world, particularly in a way that makes sense to the general public,” said Mr. Segaar, OCHA Chief of Communications in New York.Following a screening of the season premiere, he said the portrayal of a warlord, whose character emerged fully from conversations between the show writers and the UN, was realistic.“We were a week’s travel in the middle of nowhere to meet one of the most notorious war lords and spread under a tree was a picnic with little tea cups,” Mr. Segaar told the panel recollecting negotiations for safe passage of food convoys in Darfur.The leader was well-educated and polite, “and then in the middle of the picnic he takes out his gun,” Mr. Segaar said.He also made reference to portrayals of refugee camps, “Just imagine the scale. In every single tent there is a family that doesn’t want to be there. It is a history of broken dreams times a thousand.”The relationship with the UN also impacted filler dialogue. At one point, one of the main characters offhandedly remarks that someone he had gone to school with came down with polio, a reference to lack of vaccinations and re-emergence of long eradicated diseases – also priority themes for the UN’s work.“Power is literal and metaphorical,” said Mr. Kripke about ‘Revolution.’ “Financial power doesn’t matter. Political power doesn’t matter. It is about how fragile our society really is.”Actors Giancarlo Esposito and Tracy Spiridakos also participated on the panel, which was moderated by director and producer Fisher Stevens.Season two of ‘Revolution’ premieres on 25 September on NBC in the United States, as well as on Foxtel in Australia and CityTV in Canada. It will also air on 27 September on Syfy in Spain; 2 October on Star in India, TVNZ in New Zealand and SOHU and IQIYI online outlets in China; 5 November on Cinemax LATAM (HBO) in Latin American countries and February 2014 on NOTTV in Japan. Building on successful collaborations with films such as The Interpreter, starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, and Che, with Benicio del Toro, the CCOI was established by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2009 to help story tellers in the entertainment industry include global issues on the UN agenda into their productions. read more

Tallying fewer crossings UN agency reports rise in migrant deaths at USMexico

“Some 232 migrant fatalities have been recorded in the first seven months of 2017, an increase of 17 per cent compared with the 204 deaths recorded between January and July 2016,” said Julia Black, coordinator of the Berlin-based Missing Migrants Project (MMP) at the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Global Migration Data Analysis Centre. “These numbers are especially concerning considering that, according to US Border Patrol figures, fewer migrants seem to be crossing into the US in 2017. The US Border Patrol has apprehended 140,024 migrants between January and June 2017, about half the number recorded in the first six months of 2016,” she added. “Fifty bodies were recorded as discovered in July, the most recorded in any month so far this year,” Ms. Black said, explaining that their remains were found across the border region. “Nine were recorded in various locations along the Río Grande; ten in a truck in San Antonio, Texas; and 16 in other locations in Texas,” she elaborated. Fifteen others were recovered in Arizona’s Pima County, a notoriously dangerous crossing, where seasonal temperatures regularly soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius between the months of May and September. So far this year, 96 bodies have been recovered in Pima County. According to the briefing, its Missing Migrants Project has recorded more than 1,250 migrant fatalities on the US-Mexico border since 2014. MMP staff reflecting on the deaths see each as an individual tragedy that serve as reminders of the many migrants who continue to risk their lives pursuing their ‘Sueño Americano,’ or ‘American Dream.’Migrant apprehensions and fatalities recorded on the US-Mexico border, 2016-2017 Source: US Customs and Border Patrol, 2017; IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, 2017 Although the story of 10 migrants who died trapped in the back of a tractor-trailer in Texas last Sunday was covered in the media, most recorded deaths in the border region – which occur in single digits on a nearly daily basis throughout the summer – rarely make headlines. Many of those pursuing el Sueño Americano travel from Mexico to Texas, compelled to cross the swift-flowing Río Grande to the US. For example, on Wednesday, a five-year-old child migrant drowned in the Río Grande near Tamaulipas, Mexico, as the father went missing during the river crossing. According to the IOM, 57 people drowned in the border river in 2017 – a 54 per cent hike over the 37 deaths recorded in the Río Grande between January and July 2016. IOM’s office in Mexico cites heavy rainfall in recent months, which has made the river faster and deeper, as a possible cause for the increase. However, the upsurge in migrant deaths in other border areas, such as the Arizona desert, remains unexplained. Though migrant fatalities on the US-Mexico border represent 65 per cent of the total number recorded in the Americas, it is likely that many migrant deaths occur in Central and Southern America that go unrecorded. Notably, several bodies, presumed to be migrants, were seen floating off the coast of Nicaragua on Tuesday; another migrant was killed near Oaxaca, Mexico on Sunday after being struck by a train; and another, from El Salvador, was the victim of a stabbing. Noting that the true number of migrant fatalities in 2017 is likely to be higher than the MMP indicates, Ms. Black concluded by pointing out that “it’s something that is true for all regions of the world, unfortunately.” read more

AP source KState coach Snyder retiring after 27 seasons

MANHATTAN, Kan. — A person with knowledge of his decision tells The Associated Press that Bill Snyder is retiring as the coach of Kansas State. The move ends his three-decade relationship with the program that included 27 years on the sideline interrupted by a brief retirement.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because an announcement was planned later Sunday.The 79-year-old Snyder has been considering his future since the Wildcats finished a 5-7 season with a disheartening loss to Iowa State that eliminated them from bowl eligibility.The Manhattan Mercury was first to report that Snyder was retiring.Snyder turned around one of the worst programs in college football when he arrived in 1988, making it a perennial powerhouse in the Big 12. He finishes his career with a record of 215-117-1, trips to 19 bowl games, two Big 12 championships and a spot in college football’s Hall of Fame.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Dave Skretta, The Associated Press read more

Introducing The NCAA Tournament Excitement Index

Every March Madness features a couple of exhilarating games, but can we measure which games were the most exciting? In this video, Neil Paine and Reuben Fischer-Baum introduce FiveThirtyEight’s excitement index for this year’s NCAA tournaments, which will measure how exciting each game was based on swings in in-game win probability. Plus, a friendly wager: What first-round game will be the most exciting?

Boy 3 in acid attack and his mother put under police protection

A three-year-old boy targeted in an acid attack has been put under police protection along with his mother after the arrest of four men for an “unspeakable crime” caught on camera.The boy suffered burns to his face and arms after a substance – described as a “pungent pink chemical” – was thrown or sprayed on him in a home discount store in Worcester while he sat in a buggy pushed by his mother.Sources have told The Telegraph that police believe the boy was targeted on Saturday at the Home Bargains store as part of a wider community dispute. Police have refused to discuss any motive for the attack on the child but insisted it was not related to a march by the English Defence League, a far-Right, anti-Islamic organisation, held in Worcester at the same time. One theory for the assault is that the mother and child had recently moved to Worcester and that the attacker, or attackers, followed her there. CCTV footage A 39-year-old man was arrested in Wolverhampton on Sunday and three men, aged 22, 25 and 26 were detained on Monday in an early morning raid at a house in Walthamstow in east London. All four are being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. A West Mercia Police source said: “The mother fears for her safety and wellbeing and that of her little boy. This is an unspeakable crime.“Police also fear for the safety of the mother and child and they’ve been temporarily moved away from their home while our investigation continues. They are under police protection. They are safe but still in a state of shock by what happened.”The child suffered serious burns but was discharged from hospital on Monday. A well-placed source said: “It would appear to be an issue within a community rather than linked to some of the wilder theories going around. I understand the woman and child only moved to Worcester recently.” Police conduct a search of the Worcester retail park Home Bargains store in Worcester where the attack took place on Saturday Police conduct a search of the Worcester retail park Home Bargains store in Worcester where the attack took place on SaturdayCredit:James Ward/Caters News CCTV footage The officer said: “Our thoughts are with the little boy and his family at this time and we are absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of this incident.  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. He went on: “The family are coming to terms with something that is quite shocking. It’s a difficult time for them and we need to make sure that while we work through the investigation they are safe and secure and are allowed to deal with the issues that they face.“What we will do is work to make people understand that this is not the way to resolve issues and disputes in communities.”The attack was caught on CCTV in the store but police said that would not be made public at this stage. But the footage is alleged to suggest it could have been a deliberate act against the little boy.The substance was either an acid of alkali  but strong enough to cause burns. A paramedic who treated the three-year-old boy described the liquid as a pungent pink chemical. “There is still work to do and we are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances of the incident.”But Chief Supt Travis added: “There is nothing to suggest that this incident is in anyway motivated by race or anything to do with the EDL protest that took place in Worcester this weekend.“I think it’s a natural question people would ask but we’re really, really confident that they’re not connected.” Police said they were still seeking a motive but sources said the child had acid hurled in his faceWitnesses described seeing the boy’s distraught mother in tears and screaming: “My baby, my baby, what have they done to my baby?”West Mercia Police insisted on Monday they were “keeping an open mind” over the motive. But Chief Superintendent Mark Travis suggested it was a result of a “dispute in communities”. Nick Carson, of West Midlands Ambulance Service, told the BBC: “It’s horrific, absolutely horrific. We had no inkling or reason to suspect that it was an acid attack, we just thought that maybe he’d come into contact with some sort of chemical.“But to find out that afterwards that that was the case, it’s shocking. The fluid that I saw was pink in colour. It had quite a strong smell, no bleach or acidy type smell but it was an astringent kind of smell. It just smelt like a chemical really.”Beth Sidhu, 21, a shop worker on her lunch break when the attack happened at about 2.15pm on Saturday, said: “I was outside getting some lunch and fresh air in the car park when I heard a kid screaming and suddenly there was all this commotion.“Customers were being ordered out of the shop and then police and fire services arrived at the scene.“No one knew what was going on and it was quite scary. The place was swarming with police, they were looking under all the cars and a huge fire engine was blocking the entrance not allowing anyone out.” read more

Oireachtas committee to discuss measures to boost job creation in the notforprofit

first_imgSTRATEGIES FOR INCREASED private funding and the introduction of better shared services will be among the suggestions put to an Oireachtas committee today on how to boost jobs in the not-for-profit sector.Representatives from Philanthropy Ireland, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, and the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups will meet the Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to discuss the sector’s potential for job creation.Speaking to TheJournal.ie ahead of the meeting, Executive Director of Philanthropy Ireland Seamus Mulconry described how the not-for-profit sector is “hugely significant” for Ireland“People who look at it as the poverty industry are looking at it through the wrong lens,” he said, “It supports 100,000 jobs across Ireland, which is more than the IT and Pharmaceutical sectors combined.”Raise €300 millionPhilanthropy Ireland, an association of philanthropic organisations, aims to outline how a strategy has been developed to raise €300 million in funding for the sector by 2016. Part of this will be the One Percent Difference Campaign that encourages business and individuals to contribute 1 per cent of their time or profit to a charitable cause.A reduction of 15 to 30 per cent in operating costs, as well as an increased focus on core mission activities, could be the result of better access to shared services as proposed by the Carmichael Centre.However they say that the “current fragmented structure” of the sector will hamper this.Committee Chairman Damien English said that members of the committee “will be keen to assess how the philanthropy sector could support jobs in the not-for-profit sector and boost economic activity, while meeting social needs”.The meeting takes place at 1.30pm today in Committee Room 2. Watch it live here.Look: TDs and Senators to strut their stuff on the catwalk for charity >Column: Charities need our trust – so they require tighter regulation >last_img read more

Deal reached on EU rules that could see Budgets in October

first_imgTHE ERA of Ireland’s annual Budgets being announced in December has come one step closer to ending, after a European deal reached this morning.Representatives from the Council of the EU – currently chaired by Ireland, under its presidency – reached an agreement with the European Parliament and European Commission about the introduction of a series of financial governance measures known as the ‘two-pack’.The regulations include one programme of special measures for countries in an ‘excessive deficit procedure’ – the EU’s programme of financial adjustments for countries with large budget deficits – and another for countries participating in bailouts.Among the proposals in the two-pack is the idea that every member state would submit its Budget to the European Commission for its scrutiny in October every year, to ensure that it meets the conditions of the Stability and Growth Pact from 1999.Michael Noonan has previously said that this will mean Ireland will either have to formulate a draft Budget in October, to be sent to the Commission in Brussels for its oversight, or bring forward the Budget entirely.He has suggested that the Irish political culture means a draft Budget would not withstand two months of attack from lobby groups, and commented that bringing forward the Budget to October would appear a more sensible option.Countries which do not propose Budgets in keeping with their obligations would face a veto from the European Commission, and in some cases could lose their funding under European social and cohesion funds.last_img read more