first_imgPune: Eminent scientist and educationist Arvind Gupta and renowned physician-activist Dr. Anil Awachat, founder of the de-addiction Muktangan Centre, are among those to be honoured with the prestigious Maharashtra Foundation (America) award.The awards will be given at an event on January 13 at the city’s Annabhau Sathe Hall.The award, now in its 24th year, is instituted by members of the Maharashtrian community residing in the U.S. and is given to prominent individuals who have brought significant change in the fields of social service and literature through their work.This year, a total of nine awards — four each in the Social Service and Literature categories and one in memory of slain rationalist and thinker Dr. Narendra Dabholkar — are to be given to notable public personalities. Mr. Gupta is to be awarded the Narendra Dabholkar memorial award for his seminal contribution to popularising science and permeating scientific temper among the young by developing strikingly innovative, low-cost science-based teaching aids. The award carries a cash prize of ₹1 lakh along with a citation. “I am honoured to be receiving this award especially as it is in the memory of rationalist Dr. Dabholkar, a thinker who remained true to his principles till the very end. Pune has been a hub of social and educational reform exemplified through such stalwarts as Mahatma Phule, Tarabai Shinde and Hamid DalwaiDr. Dabholkar firmly belongs to this great liberal tradition,” said Mr. Gupta, speaking to The Hindu.Mr. Gupta is famous as a ‘toy inventor’ and for his many books helping to popularise science like the landmark Matchstick Models and other Science Experiments (1987), which has been translated into 13 Indian languages and has sold nearly a million copies till date. He has also translated more than 50 books into English and Hindi.The multi-faceted Dr. Awachat, who has been doing yeoman service to help addicts across India through his Muktangan de-addiction centre, is to be awarded the ‘Sahitya Jeevangaurav’ award which carries a cash prize of ₹2 lakh and a citation.Dr. Awachat is also noted for his incisive writings and contribution to literary journalism. In the early 1970s, he edited a popular Marathi journal Sadhana which featured his trenchant writings on social issues, notably in his reportage of the 1972 drought that ravaged Maharashtra. His many books include ‘Kondmara’ (1985), on Dalit atrocities, and ‘Dharmik’ (1989), a penetrating expose on the cult of false godmen in Maharashtra.Nonagenarian freedom fighter from Marathwada, Gangaprasad Agrawal will also be awarded the ‘Sahitya Jeevangaurav’ prize. Other recipients of the Maharashtra Foundation awards include social activist Rubina Patel, noted filmmaker Sai Paranjpe (for her autobiographical writings), playwright Ajit Dalvi, author Kalpana Dudhal, and activists Chetana Gala-Sinha and Arun Jadhav.last_img read more

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion James Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Blazerscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’ve seen a lot of things, I’ve played in different leagues and I mean for me it’s time,” said Parks Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center during the PBA Draft Combine.Parks was a highly-touted prospect since he was in high school at St. Georges and then, at Melrose, both in Tennessee, and he even drew the attention of NCAA Division 1 school Georgia TechFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefDespite the interest of such a respectable American basketball program, which produced the likes of former NBA stars Chris Bosh, Dennis Scott, Mark Price, and John Salley, Parks decided to return to the Philippines to play for National University in the UAAP wherein he won two MVPs and three Mythical Team selections during his stay from 2011 to 2013.Although a title eluded him in the UAAP, Parks was able to win an ABL championship with Alab Pilipinas and a PBA D-League Aspirant’s Cup title with Hapee. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “Throughout the years, I’ve been preparing while playing in professional leagues and I think I’ll fit in here,” said Parks who also played in the NBA D-League with the Texas Legends and the NBA Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks.“Coach Jimmy (Alapag) and the guys in the ABL, the NBA D-League, the NBA Summer League, have prepared me well enough for this situation and the whole purpose of joining the PBA, to answer everybody’s question, is that you join the PBA when you’re ready.”Parks, 25, has a wealth of experience incomparable to his draft class, maybe even the majority of the current PBA, and his long journey from leaving NU in 2013 to joining the Draft in 2018 has made him some sort of a journeyman.“I don’t really consider myself as a rookie, it’s my first year in the league but I felt I’ve had enough experience playing professionally because people get the misconception that if you don’t play in the PBA you’re not a professional,” said Parks.“You can play in so many different leagues and be a professional and I’ve played in so many leagues, local and across Asia, so I consider myself a professional.”ADVERTISEMENT Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It was a long wait but Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is finally headed to the PBA.A stalwart since his college days at National University, Parks has eluded the PBA Draft for almost five years, but the son of late great Bobby Ray Parks Sr. said it’s now his time to jump to the Philippines’ premier basketball league.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgRomania’s top tennis player Simona Halep could pull out of the Rio Olympics because she is “very worried” about the effects of the Zika virus.”I have to research this virus because it’s not easy (to get all the information),” Halep, a runner-up at the French Open in 2014, told Reuters in an interview after reaching the second round at Wimbledon on Monday.”I’ve asked many doctors (about Zika) and I have to speak to doctors again after this tournament.”I’ve heard that even if you are not pregnant at the moment and you get the virus, when you get pregnant it (the virus) will activate. I’m very worried.”U.S. health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.The World Health Organisation has said there is strong scientific consensus that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.’HEALTH MOST IMPORTANT'”I am planning to go (to Rio) but I have to make sure it is safe there and I am safe there. When I play tennis, my health is the most important thing,” added the world number five.”It’s dangerous for the ladies and many sportsmen have withdrawn from Rio for this same reason. It’s a real dilemma when it’s about your health, so I cannot say anything now for sure (whether I will pull out or not).”STAR GOLFERS PULL OUTadvertisementA number of leading golfers, including major winners Rory McIlroy, Vijay Singh, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen have pulled out of the August 5-21 Games because of the virus.Halep said she had yet to receive any guidance about effects of the virus from the Romanian Olympic Committee but hoped the picture would become clearer after Wimbledon.”After this tournament I have to decide (whether I will go). I will be disappointed if I have to pull out because I really like the ceremony and the feeling that you are there with all the Romanians,” said the 24-year-old.”The Olympics is a big deal for our country but my health is the most important. I have to be careful with my body.”last_img read more

first_imgMADRID — Real Madrid pulled away in the last four minutes to beat Olympiacos 78-59 on May 17 to win a ninth Euroleague title in front of its home fans.Olympiacos led 19-15 after one quarter, but Madrid held the Greek team to just nine points in the second to take control. It was still a seven-point game in the final quarter when Andres Nocioni hit a 3 with 3:45 left, and Madrid only increased the margin from there.Guard Jaycee Carroll hit four 3-pointers to lead Madrid with 16 points, while Sergio Llull and Nocioni added 12 each.Two days after scoring 11 late points to lead Olympiacos past CSKA Moscow in the semis, guard Vassilis Spanoulis finished with three points on 1-of-5 shooting.Matt Lojeski scored 17 off the bench for Olympiacos.Madrid lost the previous two Euroleague finals under coach Pablo Laso, to Olympiacos in 2013 and Maccabi last year. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgGiorgos Tzavellas scored with virtually the last kick of the game to spare Greece from a home loss to Bosnia for the World Cup qualifiers and earn the hosts a 1-1 draw in Piraeus.Greece coach Michael Skibbe experimented with a 4-2-3-1 formation and with left-back Costas Stafylidis as a winger, but the Bosnians enjoyed most of the possession and the chances of the first half – including their goal.Bosnia had warned the Greek defense from the 21st minute, when an Izet Hajrovic swerver breezed past the right post of Orestis Karnezis.Miralem Pjanic scored from a direct freekick on the 32nd minute as the ball hit the right post and went in off the back of Karnezis, with UEFA recording that as an own goal.This was followed by a four-minute stoppage as some the 1,500 Bosnian fans wreaked havoc at the stands, with flares and ripped-up seats thrown at the home fans, who responded trying to attack the Bosnians but were stopped by the riot police.Greece’s best chance in the first half was a Costas Mitroglou close-range shot that keeper Asmir Begovic kept out in injury time.In the second half Greece upped its game as Bosnia also dropped back to defend its lead. Costas Fortounis saw his shot from outside the box palmed by Begovic to his right post on the 55th.Then the two teams were left with 10 men each as Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Edin Dzeko received their marching orders after a tussle among a number of players.Just as it seemed Greece had lost the game, a poor clearance by the Bosnian defense sent the ball to Tzavellas and he unleashed a fearsome left-footer from 25 meters out to equalize for Greece 20 seconds from the end of time added-on.Greece is now second in the group with 10 points from four games.Before the game three Bosnian fans were hurt after being attacked outside the ground by people shouting that “Kosovo is Serbian”.In another incident a group of about 10 Greeks attacked a Bosnian fan at the metro station just outside the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, dealing him a number of blows before other Greeks rushed to protect him.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgYou’ve got your vacation time scheduled, gear packed (after carefully taking that perfect instagram shot of your layout), and plane tickets to Colorado booked for your ultimate mountain getaway.When you’re off on a serious adventure, it’s often a better bet to hire a guide so you can minimize the time you’ll spend navigating a guidebook or smartphone screen in search of the best climbing or fishing spots. A new start up, Hinterlands, is redefining the outdoors guiding industry in a big way.Hinterlands has partnered with top guiding companies in their launch cities (currently Aspen, Denver, Lake Tahoe, and New York) to curate outdoors experiences off the beaten track. Whether you’re looking for a beginner’s day climbing, learning about avalanche safety, or hitting the lake on a SUP, they’ve already done the legwork on planning and vetting their guides and each trip.The beauty is in Hinterlands’ community marketplace simplicity. Adventures are organized by type, experience level, length, and location – ensuring you make the most out of your time out on the trail. Their website and iOS app not only aggregates all of their available adventures, but allows you to connect with your specific guide for pre-trip planning (don’t forget a new fly rod for that chance to nail a Rocky Mountain Cutthroat).You can also see reviews from other adventurers – aiding you in finding that perfect ski tour without having to bribe the local ski bums with a few beers for information. Finally, payment is completely handled by Hinterlands’ platform as well, taking out the guesswork when it comes time to tip your ski or mountain bike guide. We encourage tipping well, as your guide not only kept you alive, but probably also snapped that epic pic of you on the summit, and schlepped that celebratory whiskey to the top. Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider You Can Rent Jimmy Chin’s Personal Camper Van 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation Editors’ Recommendations This 3-Pound Rapid Raft Is the World’s Lightest, Most Packable Raftlast_img read more

first_img Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, will preside over the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States for the next six months.Senator Johnson Smith’s tenure, which began on February 1, will last until July 2018.This was disclosed by President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson, during a recent sitting.Offering congratulations, Mr. Tavares-Finson said it is expected that there are significant developments to take place within the organisation during Mrs. Johnson Smith’s tenure.“It is expected that her time will culminate with the completion of the negotiations of the position of the ACP with the European Union. So best of luck to you,” he said.In her response, Senator Johnson Smith said Jamaica continues to play its role through the ACP Group, adding that she is “proud, honoured and humbled to take that role”.“This will be the sixth time that Jamaica is taking the Presidency in the 43 years of the organisation,” she said.She pointed out that other Jamaicans who served in that capacity included former Prime Ministers, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson and the Most Hon. Hugh Lawson Shearer; and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator K.D. Knight.For his part, Senator Knight congratulated Mrs. Johnson Smith, adding that “I know that you will make Jamaica proud”.“I know that you will also make the ACP proud. I know that there can be some difficulties negotiating with the EU, but you are equal to the task, and if there is any assistance I can give to you, I will,” he added.The ACP Group is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It comprises 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific States, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement, which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.The Group’s main objectives include sustainable development of its member-states and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order; coordination of the activities of the ACP Group in the framework of the implementation of ACP-EC Partnership Agreements; consolidation of unity and solidarity among ACP States as well as understanding among their peoples; and establishment and consolidation of peace and stability in a free and democratic society. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, will preside over the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States for the next six months. “It is expected that her time will culminate with the completion of the negotiations of the position of the ACP with the European Union. So best of luck to you,” he said. Story Highlights This was disclosed by President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson, during a recent sitting.last_img read more

first_imgBanihal/Jammu: Four persons including three members of a family were killed and two others critically injured on Saturday after their SUV skidded off the road and plunged into a 500-ft-deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. The accident occurred near Binjoni area of Senabati when the SUV occupants were returning from Sharvadhar Yatra (Pogal Paristan), a police official said. While Surjeet Singh (50) and his wife Koshalia Devi died on the spot, their daughter Neelam Devi (20) and another person succumbed to injuries in a hospital, he said. The condition of two others is stated to be critical and they are undergoing treatment at the hospital, he added. A mud house also suffered extensive damages after the SUV hit it while rolling down, but the inmates escaped unhurt, the official said.last_img read more

“Due to his big body size, other guests had to assist the crew to restrain the passenger.” MH17 went down in July in rebellion-torn eastern Ukraine after being hit by a surface-to-air missile. All 298 people aboard were killed. A Malaysia Airlines flight to Colombo had to turn back to Kuala Lumpur due to a drunk passenger, the national carrier said on Sunday, according to the AFP news agency.Flight MH179 had taken off from Kuala Lumpur late on Saturday. The airline said the plane was forced to return to “ensure safety and comfort of those onboard” and the unruly passenger had been handed over to authorities.The flag carrier did not give other details. “The intoxicated passenger started harassing Malaysia Airlines’ crew shortly after the flight was airborne,” the company said in a statement. Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, disappeared in March after inexplicably diverting from its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing course. No trace of the aircraft has been found. Flightradar24 had tweeted early Sunday that the plane was returning after two hours of “fuel burn to reduce landing weight”.AFP could not immediately reach Malaysia Airlines for comment.The carrier suffered two major aviation tragedies last year. read more

by News Staff Posted Dec 11, 2014 8:34 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian oil companies cut capital budgets, dividends for 2015 Markets are poised for a bounce-back day Thursday, but crude still opened just above $60 a barrel, and for city built on oil it’s starting to have an effect on Calgarians, who are looking nervously to the future.A contributing factor is that oil companies are starting to slash their capital budgets and their dividends.Baytex Energy will spend 30 per cent less next year, and reduce monthly dividend payments to 10 cents a share from 24 cents.Trilogy Energy Corp. has completely done away with its monthly divided and has announced a 38 per cent cut to 2015 capital spending.Precision Drilling Corp. expects 2015 capital spending to be 44 per cent lower than this year and will hold off building more oil rigs until oil prices improve.Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., the largest owner of the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oilsands project, reduced its quarterly dividend by 42 per cent and its capital budget by nearly half.The energy industry has been waiting to see what Canada’s No. 2 independent oil producer, Cenovus, would do and on Thursday it laid out next year’s budget, which has plans to exercise capital restraint, with cash flow expected to be down almost 30 per cent, but it looks like it will keep its dividend intact.They will restrict capital investment by 15 per cent and will target their spending on producing rather than building.There’s no question companies are taking a conservative approach to 2015, but Scotia Bank Commodity Market Specialist Patricia Mohr told 660News they do reflect the market.“The drilling activity is going to slow quite markedly and eventually, possibly by the second half of next year, the market may stabilize,” she said. “Companies very seldom reduce production for engineering reasons and so I think that production is not going to be scaled back but capital spending will be.”If oil prices do recover in 2015, Mohr explained, most companies have contingencies where they could step up drilling activity. read more

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2017 9:33 am MDT Last Updated May 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX, Wall Street kick off trading week with broad gains, as oil climbs TORONTO – Major stock indices in Canada and the United States finished higher Monday as investors seemed to shrug off a number of emerging geopolitical risks.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index climbed 91.59 points to 15,629.47, helped largely by a one per cent jump from the energy sector.Investors were buoyed amid news that OPEC’s most influential member, Saudi Arabia, and non-OPEC member Russia have both said they want to extend oil production cuts through the first quarter of 2018 — in a move the two major producers say would support the market price.The two countries say they plan on meeting with other producers to get them on board with the agreement before the scheduled OPEC meeting May 25 in Vienna.In late November, OPEC agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day, the first such reduction agreement since 2008. The following month, 11 non-OPEC oil-producing countries pledged to cut another 558,000 bpd, bringing the overall reduction to 1.8 million bpd.The move is an effort by oil producers to boost prices, as crude futures trade around US$50 a barrel, less than half their level from early 2014, though above the low of below US$30 in early 2015.Canadian markets strategist Craig Fehr said this news will help decrease volatility in crude prices.“It looks like there is some stability in oil prices in the near term and it’s going to come from the fact that major producers overseas appear to be committed to trying to prop up prices,” said Fehr, who works at Edward Jones in St. Louis.The June crude contract was up $1.01 at US$48.85 per barrel, but the June natural gas contract was down eight cents at US$3.35 per mmBTU.The higher oil price helped the Canadian dollar, which finished 0.39 of a U.S. cent higher to an average value of 73.31 cents US.Other commodities were also positive as the June gold contract climbed $2.30 at US$1,230 an ounce and the July copper contract was up two cents at US$2.54 a pound.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 85.33 points to 20,981.94.The broader S&P 500 index added 11.42 points at 2,402.32, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index was ahead 28.44 points to 6,149.67 — both finishing with record closes.Fehr said markets seemed to be ignoring the growing geopolitical risks from a “ransomware” cyberattack that spread to thousands of computers worldwide, to bubbling tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.Instead, investors are continuing to stay focused on fundamentals such as strong corporate earnings growth and economic data.“It’s been a little bit too quiet on the equity front. We’re due for a little more volatility because I don’t think equity markets are going to be willing to ignore these geopolitical risks forever,” he said.“The longer we go without any real drama on the equity markets, the more painful it is going to feel when we do get a pullback.”— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

This week, the UN News Centre met with Mr. Ging, a veteran UN relief official, and asked him about his trip to the hardest-hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – and his hopes and plans for the next phase of the Ebola response. UN News Centre: What can you tell us about your recent trip to West Africa?John Ging: Well, as you might expect, it’s been something that has impressed me. The scale, of course, of this crisis is unprecedented, with, 22,000 people across three countries affected by the virus and over 9,000 dying tragically. But of course, [there is] also this dimension of fear because there is no cure although a lot of people have survived, and also how contagious it is, how rapidly it spreads. Now, what has impressed me is the degree of community mobilization in the face of this massive tragedy. It’s been incredible to see how communities have faced this fear and actually overcome it. There’s been very impressive international engagement, heroic international staff in so many international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), also public servants who have gone out there, medical workers, and military being deployed, by the United States and the United Kingdom in particular. All on the front line. In Ebola-affected Guinea, children, supervised by an adult, play outdoors in a large circle in the village of Meliandou in Guéckédou Prefecture, Nzérékoré Region. Photo: UNICEF/Mark NaftalinThis endeavour has been a team effort – locally, nationally and internationally. And thankfully, now, the crisis has been turned from Ebola having the initiative and being out of control to the international and national endeavour having the initiative and working towards the elimination of the crisis.UN News Centre: And going forward, OCHA’s about to deploy Emergency Response Teams. What can you tell us about that?John Ging: Well, OCHA has deployed over 166 staff in this crisis, so we’ve been there throughout but we have been integrated in UNMEER (the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response) for example and also in support of the resident coordinators in each of the countries. We now look at the situation, of course, as in transition from the immediate effort to combat the advance of Ebola, to the next phase, which is the elimination of Ebola…the hardest mile, I might add, in that effort. It’s very tough, so [there’s] no room for complacency. But for us on the OCHA side, there are other humanitarian consequences that are now falling out from this crisis: 10,000 orphans; the stigmatization of Ebola survivors and their psychosocial and physical issues; kids are all out of school for again the past year almost. It’s livelihoods…the people who have died are predominantly those who are family breadwinners. There’s a lot of humanitarian consequences at the grassroots level. The health systems have collapsed in the face of this crisis. They were very weak to begin with. Health workers are the ones that have been most exposed and sadly and tragically, hundreds have died. Highly contaminated waste is removed from an Ebola Treatment Unit and carried with caution to a disposal area, where it will be fed into an incinerator that burns it into ashes. Photo: WHO/R. SørensenSo there’s a massive recovery here that is required, and on the OCHA side, we have to play our role in supporting our humanitarian partners, international NGOs, and UN agencies in the next phase of this endeavour.UN News Centre: Can you tell us a little more about the wider humanitarian situation in the affected countries?John Ging: Well, the first impact of course is on the families themselves [as] most of the people who’ve lost their lives are in the category of being the breadwinner for families. Now, those families are very vulnerable because they have lost their source of income. We also have a situation where survivors – the orphans – some 10,000 children, have lost one or both parents. Also, the delivery of basic public services in healthcare and education and other services have basically been overrun by the consequences of this crisis. So, medical centres are not functioning. They all have to be re-established. Schools have been closed. They have to be re-opened. There’s a huge amount of work to do at the community level – humanitarian work to help people to recover, in terms of their health, education, and livelihood support. And that’s where we on the OCHA side want to work and support our partners in helping with the things that we do around coordination, fundraising and international advocacy. After being kept closed for three months due to the Ebola outbreak, schools across Guinea reopened on 19 January 2015. Photo: UNMEER/Martine PerretUN News Centre: Earlier you mentioned that there is “no room for complacency.” What exactly do you mean by complacency? What are we trying to avoid?John Ging: Well, the fight against Ebola has been going on now for over a year. It’s been at a heightened pace of response for the last six months or so, but the first case broke out in Guinea in December 2013, so the communities have been living with this and aid workers on the front line have been fighting this for well over a year. And one can understand that there’s exhaustion. There’s exhaustion mentally and also physically at the community level. They wish it was over; they wish they could get back to their normal lives. There’s exhaustion also among aid workers, who have been on the front lines for so long. But we have to make sure that we are giving the international support needed to conclude this fight, because if there is any complacency now, then this virus will come back very quickly. We have seen that. We’ve seen how powerful it is in terms of its ability to spread quickly and infect very large numbers of people. It does not respect borders. So there has to be a lot of effort now in this phase towards elimination, to get to zero cases in all of the affected countries – following through on, first and foremost, keeping the communities motivated. Two women in Monrovia, Liberia, walk in front of a billboard, which says “Ebola must go. Stopping Ebola is Everybody’s Business.” Photo: UNMIL/Emmanuel TobeyThey’re the key. People identifying when they’re sick…coming forward for treatment. Therefore, they’re protecting their families but they’re also increasing their chances of surviving. That’s also important in our messaging – survival is possible. Thousands have survived. Early detection, early treatment, that’s the key to survival. And then, of course, that we’re providing support for them in treatment and also for their families. It’s also important that communities are not allowed to lose hope. And that’s where we need tangible support around the other issues – livelihood support, public services, healthcare, education, and so forth. This will ensure that people feel international solidarity is not just with them for the fight against Ebola, but with them in the recovery effort as well.UN News Centre: This week, we have seen a spike in the numbers of Ebola cases. What does that mean for the response? John Ging: What it means is that’s the reality of the fight against this virus. This virus is not going to give up easily and if anyone wants evidence against complacency, then there [it is]. People are working day and night, around the clock and yet this was not a good week. But hopefully, next week will be a better week because when one looks back over the last months, one can have confidence. There’s a heroic effort going on, superb leadership – at the community level, at the national level and also in the international engagement. It’s effective, and again, if it continues to get the support in resources, [the response effort] will succeed. But again, the message out there from everybody is ‘no room for complacency.’ Success is not achieved until Ebola is eliminated.UN News Centre: Once eliminated, once we reach zero cases, how do we stay there?John Ging: This is where the development of the healthcare systems is key, and also having the capacity to respond much more quickly and much more effectively if there is another outbreak. You know, there are countries like the Congo where it’s endemic, but outbreaks do not result in a catastrophe. They are managed because people know what to do and there is the competence to deal with it. I do feel, of course, that communities have been very sensitized to the dangers of this virus in West Africa so there is a high level of awareness. But then, [we must ask] is the medical system capable to actually deal with that? So, there must be a legacy here of our engagement; that we have helped to capacitate the medical systems in these countries so that if they face new cases in the future, they will have the response capacity to quickly contain the outbreak and bring it back to zero. In addition of course, we also need to realize that the wider healthcare system is key, because this region [is] malaria endemic and the symptoms are very common, in the initial phase, between malaria and Ebola. So you need very competent health workers [that remain] vigilant at all times. And that’s why we’ve been saying that part of the recovery and the legacy of this outbreak has to be that we build back better in support of the communities and the countries themselves, particularly on the healthcare side. Daily life in Freetown, Sierra Leone, one of three West African countries most affected by the outbreak of the Ebola virus. Photo: World Bank/Dominic ChavezUN News Centre: What specifically is OCHA’s focus going forward?John Ging: Well, OCHA’s focus is, as it is everywhere, [to] support humanitarian organizations in three principle functions. One is on the information side. We are facilitating the information because our partners need to know what the situation is…who’s doing what [and] where, to avoid overlap and duplication. And also to generate effective advocacy around the response that is needed. The second thing we do is we facilitate operational coordination, bringing people together so again, that we can help support the best focused [response] in efficiency and effectiveness. And finally, in humanitarian financing – the fundraising dimension to all this. OCHA manages the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), also launches the global appeals for our humanitarian partners and we see that as something that is going to be very important moving forward – that we continue to be able to generate the international engagement…the generosity of our Member States – to help these people who have been so devastated by this crisis to recover. And it is possible in the short-term to actually support a recovery here, so it’s an investment that’s worth making. The people [in the affected region] most definitely deserve our support. read more

The UK new car market has seen peaks and troughs in the past 15 years, but changing buying habits have been a constant throughout this period, with two trends standing out.The market for small cars (Mini and Supermini segments) has grown considerably, supported by lower running costs and advances in comfort and safety levels.A trend particularly evident in the past five years is the growth of the Dual Purpose (4×4, crossovers) and Multi Purpose vehicles as buyers seek extra space, style and versatility.Click through to download the full November 2014 new car registrations news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Six months after the record was broken for consecutive monthly growth in new car registrations, the market continues to march on. Today’s figures are an indication of the continuing economic confidence that is driving the new car market, with business, fleet and private registrations all showing strong rises in the month. We expect a more stable market in 2015.“Demand for ULEVs is growing strongly, and we welcome the Chancellor’s commitment to support the chargepoint network for electric vehicles, as well as ULEV R&D in the UK.” New car registrations grew for the 33rd consecutive month in November, up 8.0% to 172,327 units.2,310,237 cars registered in the year-to-date, a rise of 9.4% and ahead of the 2013 full-year total.Market continues to exceed expectations amid still-rising consumer confidence.SMMT welcomes government confirmation of £75 million to support ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK as part of this week’s roads investment strategy. Changing habits: the downsizing trend and the growth of Dual Purpose and MPVs UK new car registrations (rolling-year total) vs. GFK consumer confidence index – 2010-2014 read more

The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross-country teams look to redeem themselves at a championship meet this weekend and qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes will run at the Great Lakes Regionals on Saturday in Toledo. The men and women are looking to rebound from their fifth- and ninth-place finishes, respectively, at the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30. Finishing close to the top of the field is the goal for both teams. A top-two finish results in an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, but with highly ranked teams on both sides, OSU is aiming just outside second place. The No.1-ranked Wisconsin Badgers and No. 7 Indiana Hoosiers highlight the men’s field, with Big Ten Champion Michigan State as the leader on the women’s side. “I think we need to be third to make it to nationals,” OSU men’s head coach Robert Gary said. “That’s certainly the No. 1 goal for the season, so we’ll see.” Redshirt senior Taylor Williams agreed with his coach. “The goal is always to get one of those top-two automatic spots. Realistically, those spots will go to Wisconsin and Indiana,” he said. “I think third would definitely put us in a good position.” Women’s assistant coach Chris Neal said the women want to repeat their regional-meet success from years past. “We’ve been top five (at the Great Lakes Regional) two years in a row and we’re looking to extend that streak to three years,” he said. Tightening up the spread from their No. 1 to No. 5 runner will be the key to success for OSU this weekend, according to the coaches. “I’d like to see us get five to six guys on a 20-second spread,” Gary said. Neal echoed similar thoughts for the women. “We’ll need to run the first half of the race like we did (at the Big Ten Championships) and clean up the back half of our pack,” Neal said. Tori Brink, a junior on the women’s team, is confident her team’s spread will tighten. “We all train together and run together and we are always right there with each other, it shouldn’t be any different in a race,” she said. The men will not be at full strength for the third meet in a row. Jake Edwards, a former Big Ten Runner of the Week, injured his hamstring at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 30 and hasn’t run competitively since. With Edwards out, junior Donny Roys and Williams will lead the way for the men. Roys was the Buckeyes top runner at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 19th in 24:21. Williams covered the 8K-course in 24:24 on way to a 21st place. Junior Tori Brink and redshirt senior Jordan Jennewine finished 23rd and 32nd, respectively, at the Big Ten Championships and should lead the way for the women on Saturday. Based on how they perform on Saturday, the Buckeyes cross-country seasons will either come to an end, or will continue with a berth in the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 21. read more

first_imgBOSTON’S POLICE CHIEF said today his department was not briefed on a Russian intelligence warning about alleged bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev ahead of last month’s devastating marathon blasts.Russian authorities had alerted the FBI in 2011 that Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen and legal US resident who authorities say set the bombs with his younger brother, may have been radicalized.And federal authorities in Washington were also aware of his travels to Russia’s southern region of Dagestan last year, perhaps to join underground groups.In the first congressional hearing into the deadly double bombing, lawmakers expressed outrage, particularly at a lack of intelligence sharing that left Boston officials in the dark about potential terror threats.“My understanding is that at no time prior to the bombing did any member of Massachusetts State Police or the (intelligence-gathering) fusion center have any knowledge of the Tsarnaev brothers,” Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis told the House Homeland Security Committee.He and another official, Massachusetts Undersecretary for Homeland Security Kurt Schwartz, testified that the intelligence information was never shared with their departments.Edward Davis testifies on the Boston bombings (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Davis said he was not made aware that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had launched its own probe of the Tsarnaevs after the Russian alert, and he learned about the older brother’s background only after he was killed in a shootout with police three days after the bombings.“My fear is the bombers may have succeeded because our system failed”Such shortcomings are resurrecting concerns about the “stove-piping” of intelligence data within US agencies — a problem highlighted in the aftermath of the failed attempt by “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria to blow up a commercial airliner on Christmas Day 2009.Republican Michael McCaul, who chairs the panel, sounded incredulous about US officials’ inability to coordinate data.“My fear is that the Boston bombers may have succeeded because our system failed,” he said. The idea that the feds have the information and it’s not shared with the state and locals defies why we created a Department of Homeland Security in the first place.The FBI, perhaps in an effort to deflect accusations it was hoarding intelligence, assured that all local members of a Joint Terrorism Task Force have “unrestricted access” to counter-terrorism data and are “responsible for maintaining awareness of possible threats to their respective jurisdictions.”And FBI Boston’s Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers made clear that Boston police “specifically had representatives assigned to the JTTF squad that conducted the 2011 assessment of deceased terrorism suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.”Davis acknowledged in the hearing that his department has access to “all the databases,” but it was not directly made aware of the Tsarnaevs, and he said he “absolutely” would have followed up on them had he been briefed on the FBI probe and the Russian alert.Ex-senator Joseph Lieberman, who worked at length on improving US security after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, testified that the latest missteps were an “aggravating omission.”“Why didn’t they involve local law enforcement, who could have stayed on this case?” Lieberman asked. “How do you explain it? People are imperfect.”Concerned Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee said “it still baffles all of us” that Tsarnaev’s Russia trip did not trigger heightened intelligence gathering on the brothers.Davis said it was too early to start pointing fingers.“I’m not ready to vilify anybody at this point in time, but there are questions that need to be answered,” he told reporters.TestimonyIn his testimony, Davis called for heightened security and surveillance technology at major public events in order to help thwart attacks.“In the future, we will need to deploy more assets, including technology, cameras, undercover officers and specialized units,” he said, while insisting that constitutional liberties must be upheld.“I do not endorse actions that move Boston and our nation into a police state mentality, with surveillance cameras attached to every light pole in the city.”Meanwhile, police in Massachusetts said Tsarnaev’s body finally had been buried, following a row over what to do with the remains.“His body is no longer in the City of Worcester and is now entombed,” the local police department said in a statement, without providing a location of the burial.- © AFP, 2013Read: Family claims body of dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect >Read: Three charged with Boston bombing cover-up > Read: Leading anti-death penalty lawyer to defend Boston bombings suspect >last_img read more

first_imgEven though World of Warcfraft has lost in the region of 800,000 players in the last quarter, it’s still the biggest MMO out there by far. And it is still managing to generate Blizzard a ton of money every month just from subscription charges. Just how much money WoW brings in isn’t known exactly, but how about if I told you Blizzard generated $26 million from players who just wanted to make their accounts more secure?Those millions have been generated from the sale of the Authenticator, which apparently 40% of WoW players now use. The Authenticator is a small electronic device that displays a code when a button is pressed that players input to access their account. In so doing, their account is less prone to being hacked due to the two-factor authentication it allows. As it’s a small and portable device, meaning you can attach it to a key chain and take it with you, making WoW login possible anywhere. To get one of these Authenticators Blizzard demands $6.50 on the Blizzard store, but they’ve been nice enough to offer free delivery. That’s not much on a per player basis, but when millions of players buy them you can see how $26 million can be generated alongside those healthy subscription charges.Checking out the Blizzard online store you can see a whole range of other non-game items to purchase. Collectibles, books, tabletop games, even apparel. Blizzard is clearly milking the World of Warcraft IP for all it’s worth, and will cotninue to do so for the foreseeable future. More at CrossTheWirelast_img read more

first_imgAC Milan are a long way off from being in any position to challenge Juventus right now, admits club icon Paolo MaldiniThe Rossoneri are only 14th in the Serie A standings with just one win in their first three games of the new season.And Maldini, who returned to Milan this summer as a Sporting Strategy & Development Director, admits that it will take time to get the club back into a position to challenge Juventus.“Projects are important, but you can’t yet compare Milan to Juventus,” he told Sky Italia.“The anti-Juventus? Let’s be serious, we’re still a long way off being that,Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We’re aiming to reach the top four in the league and have a great run in the Europa League.“This is a serious project, we want to take Milan back to the highest levels.”Milan last won the Serie in the 2010/11 season and have been unable to finish higher than sixth in the past five years.Gennaro Gattuso’s side will take on Dudelange in the Europa League on Thursday before another league fixture against Atalanta on Sunday.last_img read more

first_img Related Items:#44yearoldmanfounddead, #formerPremierhitandrun, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 20, 2017 – Providenciales – Police are looking into several matters from the weekend including the hit and run of former Premier Rufus Ewing.   Ewing was out cycling in the Bight on Sunday morning when he was clipped by a passing vehicle, that person did not stop.  Dr. Ewing said the impact was not enough to throw him from the bicycle, but he decided to report the matter to police anyway.Man found dead.  No word as yet on how they are ruling the death, but an expat, said to be from Ireland was found dead in his home.   Police got the call around 5pm on Saturday and confirmed to Magnetic Media on Sunday that a 44 year old man was found dead.   No other details were provided.#MagneticMediaNews#formerPremierhitandrun#44yearoldmanfounddead Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Hit & Run involving former Premier Rufus Ewing, says he is fine…last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 6, 2017 – Nassau – Twenty-five of the world’s top sailors of Star Sailors League paid a Courtesy Call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, on December 4, at Government House, Mount Fitzwilliam.   Afterwards, the Sailors held their Official Opening Ceremony, also at Government House, for the Star Sailors League Finals to be held at Montagu Foreshore, a choice sailing spot, to be viewed worldwide this weekend, livestreamed for fans to enjoy the racing action.Hi-tech cameras will be on the water capturing the action and giving the home viewer a virtual reality experience of the racing drama, including Virtual Eye 3D Graphics, to intensify the thrill of watching.   In this fifth edition, Star Sailors League will showcase 25 teams racing in The Bahamas, December 5-9, hosted by the Nassau Yacht Club.  This week, there will be four days of qualifying the top 10 teams to head to the finals.   The winning team takes home the lion’s share of the $200,000 Prize Purse.The Star Sailors League has a roster of World Championship members, seven of whom are Gold Medalists, of the 25 Olympic Medals that they proudly wear. They represent Olympic and big boat classics, America’s Cup and Louis Vuitton, the Volvo Ocean Race, and, for the first time, the ‘solo around-the-world-navigator.’By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo captions:Header: World’s top sailors, Star Sailors League, take group photo with Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells (centre), December 4, 2017, at Government House.   (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert: Star Sailors League at Courtesy Call with Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General (seated centre), at Government House, December 4, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_img Popular on Variety Spotify is giving some of its members an early holiday gift: The company is gifting subscribers to its $14.99 family plan a free Google Home Mini speaker, it announced Wednesday morning.The music service is using the offer to tout its close integration with Google’s voice assistant, which allows Google Home owners to request songs, albums and playlists as well as issue playback controls with voice commands.Google Home speakers can also be personalized to individually recognize the voice of up to six household members, which can be used to access individual Spotify family plan profiles.The Google Home Mini offer is available for new as well as existing Spotify family plan subscribers, and has to be redeemed between November 1 and December 31. It’s also limited to subscribers in the U.S., and there is another caveat: Subscribers have to pay Spotify directly, and not via a third party like an app store or a telco. The latter also explains why the offer may be a good deal for Spotify: Moving family plan subscribers who signed up through third-party payment providers over to direct billing relationships can save the company up to $4.50 per month. Over the life of a paid subscription, this more than makes up for the one-time expense of a relatively inexpensive piece of hardware.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more