Bengal teenager hospitalised after playing Blue Whale Challenge

first_imgA teenage girl from West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district was hospitalised on Sunday after she was found to have injured herself while playing the deadly online game Blue Whale Challenge, police said.“A class eight student from a private school in Basirhat area fell ill after confessing about her involvement in playing the Blue Whale game to the school authorities. She has been admitted to hospital,” a police officer said.According to police, the girl’s classmates on Saturday found blood oozing from her arm and told the school authorities about it.It was found that the girl had inscribed something by cutting her hand herself.“The hostel superintendent got in touch with us after the girl confessed to cutting her hand as instructed in the Blue Whale Challenge game. Which stage of the game she was into, is not yet clear,” police said.Blue Whale Challenge is reportedly a suicide game in which the player is given certain tasks to complete for a period of 50 days and the final task leads to the player committing suicide.The player is also asked to share photos after finishing each challenge.The sudden popularity of the lethal online game in India had forced the government to issue directions to internet giants Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately remove its links.The game has, so far, claimed a number of lives in India and across the world.Kolkata’s Lifeline Foundation, which offers counselling, can be contacted at 033-24637401 and 033-24637432.last_img read more

Boxing: James Degale vs Billy Joe Saunders in works for September

first_imgAdvertisementWBO middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders pulled out of his scheduled bout with Martin Murray due to a hamstring injury. It was the second time he pulled out due to injuries suffered in camp, and Murray has gone on with the date and a replacement opponent.Saunders then had a deal in place to meet Gennady Golovkin in August. However, the deal was in place just in case Golovkin couldn’t secure his targeted opponent Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Well, now Golovkin will go on to face Alvarez leaving Saunders without a dance partner.Now, it appears Saunders might get his opponent after all. Reports say that negotiations are taking place for Saunders to face IBF super middleweight titlist James DeGale at the O2 Arena on September 15th. There isn’t a clear indication if the bout would be at a catchweight or at super middleweight.👀 Frank Warren has revealed that Billy Joe Saunders’ next fight could be against JAMES DEGALE. He has September 15th booked at the O2 Arena. [@BoxingNewsED]— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 20, 2018If it’s at super middleweight does that mean that Saunders day as a middleweight are over? Or will this be an attempt at a cash grab and back down to middleweight he goes? It’s too early in the process to determine what he’s thinking in this situation honestly.It could also mean that he is looking to try to get a title in another weight class and explore his options from there. DeGale, who defeated Caleb Truax by unanimous decision back in April, has not looked great in the ring as of late.Saunders perhaps feels that DeGale is there for the taking and doesn’t want to pass up an opportunity at another title. Saunders for his part outside of the injuries in camp, looked great in the ring defeating David Lemieux by unanimous decision back in December of last year.Advertisementlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo delivers on the big stage again

first_imgLove him loathe him, there is no denying Cristiano Ronaldo delivers when it matters most. (Ronaldo, Nani send Portugal into Euro 2016 final)Just over five weeks after he struck the decisive penalty shoot-out kick to win the Champions League final for Real Madrid against city rivals Atletico, Ronaldo scored one goal and created another to send Portugal into the Euro 2016 final with a 2-0 victory over Wales. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)The game had been billed as the “Battle of the Galacticos” with Ronaldo up against his Welsh Real Madrid team mate Gareth Bale.The close focus on the pair was not only because Real had spent more to bring Bale from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 than they had to sign Ronaldo from Manchester United four years earlier and not just due to the constant speculation that the two are not exactly close friends. (Portugal not just about me, says Cristiano Ronaldo)Both Ronaldo and Bale are more than just key players for their national sides – they are the fulcrum of everything they try to do in their attacking play, the source for goal-scoring and goal-creation. Without them, and neither team would have probably reached the last four of this competition.The unified, and entirely predictable, message from both camps before the game was that the encounter in the Stade de Lyon would be about “eleven v eleven” and not “Ronaldo v Bale”.But that did not stop the worlds focus being on the two players and which one would shine the most.advertisementThe answer, after 90 minutes, was pretty clear.Ronaldo scored his countrys opening goal in the 50th minute with a superb header and three minutes later it was his low shot which was turned in by Nani to make it 2-0 and leave Wales with too much to do.Bale had done more work, had more shots on target and been more of a threat in the opening half – he fired over the bar after a smartly-worked corner and got to the byline where his dangerous, low cross was not far away from Andy King, sliding in at the near post.SPRINTED DEEPThe best moment from Bale came when, wide inside his own half, he lured Danilo into an ill-advised challenge, floated past him and then sprinted deep into Portuguese territory before unleashing a low drive that was, however, too close to keeper Rui Patricio.But it was Ronaldo who delivered the killer blows.After the two goals, Bale began to drift deeper, searching for the ball from his defenders as he tried to be the playmaker as well as the attacking threat.Without the sorely missed suspended midfielder Aaron Ramseys creative touch and incisive running, which King could not replicate, Bale really had too much to produce.While he never stopped trying to deliver it, he was reduced to speculative long-range efforts in the latter stages which barely troubled Patricio.Ronaldo, in contrast, played in front of a well-organised Portuguese midfield and was free to roam the front-line with his partner Nani another threat to keep the Welsh defence alert.And that was, ultimately, what allowed Ronaldo to do what he does best – be a danger in and around the penalty area.Now the inevitable Ronaldo narrative will turn to the man who he is so often compared with – Lionel Messi.The Barcelona striker, like Ronaldo, has famously failed to win a trophy with his country, his latest failure coming last month in the Copa America.Expect it to be denied, but make no mistake, Ronaldo would love nothing more than to get one up on Messi.last_img read more

The Fatback Collective is Changing Barbecue

first_imgChances are you’ve never heard of the Fatback Collective. However, if you love barbecue and appreciate sustainable living, you’re going to want to know everything there is to know about this innovative group.The Fatback Collective formed in 2011 when James Beard Award Winner, Donald Link, was in the process of writing his second cookbook and wanted to include a section on the Memphis in May Barbecue Cooking Contest. So, he approached his friend, Nick Pihakis (owner of one of the South’s most prestigious restaurant brands, Jim ’N Nicks), and the two decided to register together for Memphis in May—in the “Whole Hog” portion of the competition.In researching the contest, Pihakis said, the two were surprised to find that “most people who entered altered the pork with different solutions and brines and used charcoal and not wood.” Instead, Link and Pihakis wanted to use a breed of hog that wouldn’t require any alterations and they wanted to make their own wood charcoal out of logs they burned. So, they started a series of dinners and assembled a team of chefs, pitmasters, pork experts and writers—a group of people who had met through the Southern Foodways Alliance and wanted to “do things the right way,” Pihakis explained.The team came in third at the 2011 Memphis in May Contest proving, as Mr. Pihakis believes, “that you don’t have to alter pork to come out with a product that is tender, juicy and flavorful; you just need to use the right breed, raise the animal right and cook the meat the right way.”However, the goal of the Fatback Collective isn’t to compete, but to learn about the best ways to raise and prepare their food and then teach and lead others by example. Pihakis recently traveled to Uruguay and admired the simplicity of the cooking techniques and the very basic, natural way the pigs were raised on the farms. The experience made Pihakis and other members of the Collective realize how frequently American chefs can complicate their dishes and preparation processes.As a member of the Collective, Pihakis has purchased a processing plant in Alabama that he supplies only with hogs raised from a growing infrastructure of local farmers. Pihakis wants to create a trusting relationship with these farmers so they know they will always have somewhere to go with their livestock.  The pork products made at the processing plant will then be shipped and sold in stores such as Whole Foods and Kroger’s and be available for the average backyard barbecuer.By the end of the year, Pihakis hopes to have partnerships with at least ten local farmers and to be supplying pork from his processing plant to not only the Jim ’N Nicks restaurants, but to the restaurants and enterprises of the rest of the Fatback Collective members.Pihakis may be at the cutting edge of the sustainable food industry, but he still has tips for those of us who enjoy cooking barbecue at home. “Part of the fun,” Pihakis says, “is experimenting. I like to get a good rub and use my Big Green Egg grill and cook it low and slow.”And what about sauce? “Anything with vinegar and pepper to really bring out the flavor. Just make a simple sauce, cook your meat low and slow, grab a cold beer and kick back.” 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now An American Classic: How to Grill Burgers The Right Way Every Time The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Haspel Debuts Spring/Summer 2016 Lookbook

first_img The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable Haspel, the New Orleans based Menswear brand that brought the world the seersucker suit, has just released the Lookbook for their spring and summer 2016 collection, which features designs inspired by a famous ocean stroll.In the 1940s, nearly three decades after Haspel’s founding in 1909, Joseph Haspel Jr., son of founder Joseph Haspel Sr., wanted to showcase the durability of his namesake’s signature suit while attending a trade show in Florida. He racked his mind for ideas, eventually settling on an audacious scheme to mosey fully-suited into the ocean.Proudly donning a seersucker suit, Haspel walked into the water, submerging himself completely. Later that evening, he wore that same suit, now freshly-dried and wrinkle-free, to dinner, demonstrating its resilient wash-and-wear design. The gimmick was a smash and quickly worked its way into Haspel lore.Flash forward sixty years and this watery tale has found new life in the brand’s SS 16 Lookbook, which uses the story as a medium through which to showcase their latest fashions.Related: Keep It Clean With Our Favorite Shoes For Spring The book, and the fashions  it features, evokes the mythos of the great American summer, with images of tousle-haired young men adventuring through the woods and casually posing by the shore. These are nostalgic images, ones that perfectly capture the anticipation one feels right at the beginning of that long stretch of warmth that runs from May to August.The collection is classic Haspel in that it hearkens to the past while managing to stay firmly rooted in the present. Featured products include a variety of jacquard cotton and puckered seersucker sport coats, nautical-inspired striped cotton sweaters, woven short and long-sleeved button-down cotton and linen shirts, as well as an array of striped and solid-colored pants and shorts.Check out their full spring and summer collections, here. 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Celebrating 110 Years of Seersucker: Happy Birthday to the Perfect Summer Suit The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa center_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 1. Haspel 2. Haspel 3. Haspel 4. Haspel 5. Haspel 6. Haspel Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Navios Containers Looking to Buy Up to Nine Boxships

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek shipowner Navios Maritime Containers has agreed to acquire five containerships for a total purchase price of USD 246 million.The company expects to take delivery of all five vessels in the third quarter of 2018.Based on existing charters and the current rate environment, the five containerships are expected to generate around USD 35.3 million of aggregate EBITDA over the next twelve months, the company informed.Additionally, Navios Containers has options for an additional four containerships for a purchase price of USD 36 million per vessel.The company added that the acquisitions are subject to certain conditions, and there can be no assurances that these acquisitions will occur in whole or in part.“In addition, we may be unable to secure debt financing for these acquisitions on terms satisfactory to us, or at all.”Navios Containers agreed to purchase one 6,800 TEU containership, the Hyundai Hongkong, for USD 36 million from Navios Maritime Partners. The vessel is chartered out at a weighted average net daily charter rate of USD 28,523 until December 2023.The shipowner is expected to finance the acquisition with additional borrowings of USD 15 million under a new loan from a commercial bank.Navios Containers will have options to acquire four additional 6,800 TEU containerships from Navios Partners at a price of USD 36 million per containership. Each of the four vessels, namely the Hyundai Singapore, the Hyundai Busan, the Hyundai Shanghai and the Hyundai Tokyo, are sister ships to the Hyundai Hongkong and have identical time charter employment in place.Furthermore, Navios Containers agreed to acquire four 10,000 TEU containerships for USD 210 million from a third party. The vessels are employed on time charters with a net daily rate of USD 26,663 that expire between April and June 2019.The company is expected to finance these acquisitions with USD 125 million of new bank debt.Following this acquisition, Navios Containers will control 30 vessels, totaling 166,338 TEU with an average age of 9.8 years.last_img read more

Advisory Council Welcomes New Chair

first_imgSonja Power of Amherst has been elected chair of the Nova ScotiaAdvisory Council on the Status of Women. She was welcomed at areception in the Red Chamber, Province House, Halifax, today,April 19. Ms. Power is a correctional officer with Springhill Institution,Correctional Services of Canada. She has been a member of theadvisory council for six years. “I am honoured that council members have elected me as chair,”said Ms. Power. “We have an exciting year ahead, touching on someof my greatest interests: child care, women’s health, and women’spolitical involvement.” Ms. Power has been actively involved on the council and in hercommunity. She chairs the Springhill Institution’s women’scommittee, of which she is a charter member. She also representsSpringhill Institution on the Atlantic regional diversitycommittee of Correctional Services Canada. “Sonja Power’s experience and past leadership have been valuableassets for the council,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Status ofWomen Minister. “She brings talent and energy to the position,and I look forward to working with her.” Ms. Power is past president and a current board member of theAmherst Association of Healthy Adolescent Sexuality, thegoverning board of the Teen Health Centre in the Amherst RegionalHigh School. She also has extensive volunteer experience invictim support and healthy living. She has held a number ofpositions over the years as a counsellor, outreach co-ordinator,wellness co-ordinator, and project officer with organizations ofparticular interest to women and children. “I have enjoyed the challenges and accomplishments of my term,”said Doreen Paris, outgoing chair. “We need to stay vigilant andactive in working for the equality of women. I will continue towork with Sonja to accomplish new goals.” The chair is elected by a majority of council members every twoyears, as specified by the regulations to the Advisory Council onthe Status of Women Act. Ms. Power succeeds Doreen Paris, whoseterm ended March 31.last_img read more

World junior sprint queen Williams fails doping test

first_imgKingston (Jamaica): Double world under-20 sprint champion Briana Williams could miss next month’s World Championships after reportedly testing positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). The Jamaican daily The Gleaner said that the 17-year-old initially failed the doping test after the National Senior Championships between June 20-23 where she placed third in the 100 metres to secure a spot in the national team for the World Championships in Doha. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The newspaper said on Tuesday that the ‘B’ sample had reportedly confirmed the presence of the substance. Williams’ representative Emir Crowne said they had not yet received confirmation of the ‘B’ sample and insisted that the sprinter had not done anything wrong. Her team reportedly say that the teenager used a contaminated cold and flu medication — which she had declared on her testing protocol form — as the source of the banned substance. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Our primary position will be that Ms Williams bears no fault in the circumstances and there should be no sanctions levied against her. That will be our primary position,” Crowne told The Gleaner. The medication, which does not list HCTZ as an active ingredient, was subsequently sent by Williams’ team to be tested independently in the USA, where it was confirmed that it was contaminated with traces of the banned diuretic, the newspaper reported. Florida-born Williams was just 16 when she won the 100m and 200m at last year’s World Under-20 Championships in Tampere which gained her nominations for the IAAF Female Rising Start and the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Awards. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) is set to name its team for Doha on September 6. Last week, American sprinter Christian Coleman vowed to fight allegations that he missed three drug tests, saying he is confident a September hearing will clear him to compete at the World Championships.last_img read more

Witnesses describe shooting rampage at Torontos Greektown

first_imgTORONTO – A lively Toronto neighbourhood known for its restaurants and nightlife was the scene of panic and chaos on Sunday night as a gunman fired at unsuspecting bystanders, killing two and injuring 13 others before being found dead. As police work to determine the motive behind the rampage, those who were in the area known as Greektown recounted what they saw and heard.Laurie Gutmann was at Christina’s restaurant on Danforth Avenue when he heard gunshots and scrambled for cover at the back of the room.In a Facebook post, Gutmann said he saw a wounded woman on the patio, screaming for help.“She had been shot in the back of her thigh,” said Gutmann, who had been at the restaurant celebrating his partner’s birthday. “Her blood was all over the ground. Together with some of the staff, we helped bring her safely inside so she could lay down on a bench and we could try to help as best as we could.”Two doctors — a married couple who had been eating at Christina’s — tended to the woman, while one of the servers held her hand, Gutmann said.“I called 911 but the lines were so busy, I couldn’t even get through,” he said.His partner, Jody Steinhauer, was able to contact emergency services through social media, to tell them there was a shooting victim at the restaurant, he said.“A member of Toronto Fire Service arrived and was followed very shortly thereafter by an entire team of first responders including paramedics, police and fire service people (who) put the victim on a gurney and rushed her to hospital,” Gutmann said.Lenny Graf was eating dinner at The Friendly Greek restaurant with his wife, their nine-year-old son Jason and one of Jason’s friends Sunday night and took the kids to play by a fountain in a parkette at Danforth and Logan Aves.“I heard what I thought were firecrackers and then when I noticed that people started to get scared and run away and duck I realized there must be some sort of shooting,” he said. “My first instinct was to try and find Jason and I saw him crouched behind the fountain.” Graf said his son was just three metres from the man who was shooting.As Graf saw the man stop firing and begin to walk away, he grabbed his son and took him through an alleyway, to the back of the restaurant, where his wife and his son’s friend had taken shelter. They stayed in the restaurant until they saw police arrive and were told it was OK to come out.Sara Pearsell was eating dinner with her boyfriend when she saw police flooding into the area.She said she checked Twitter and saw reports of the shooting.“We went outside, and the cops were like, ‘Yeah, please stay away, it’s not OK,’” said Pearsall, who has lived in the neighbourhood for about five years, and works at a bar just east of where the shooting took place.“There were five or six ambulances that started zooming in. It was pretty crazy,” she said.When the couple overheard on a police radio that the incident was over, they got their bikes and quickly rode out of the area.“We were like, ‘Let’s just get out of the way,’” Pearsell said. “Where we were standing, like 12 cop cars came rushing around, parked and (officers) came out running … That’s my sign to get out of there.”Ryan Granville-Martin was heading home from a walk with his wife when he heard sirens screeching through his neighbourhood, half a block from Danforth Ave.Police cars, ambulances and panicked bystanders filled the street, he said.“It was a scene that I’ve only seen the likes of on TV or in movies,” Granville-Martin, 43, said. “It was just blocks in both directions as far as I could see lights and emergency vehicles and the whole street shut down and a lot of people around.”It was a shocking, confusing scene, said Granville-Martin, who set about trying to contact friends and loved ones, making sure they were all right.Suzanne Kanso was sitting in her friend’s car at Danforth and Carlaw avenues when, around 9:40 p.m., she heard a pop.Thinking the noise had come from firecrackers, the pair kept chatting until police began to arrive about 15 or 20 minutes later, Kanso said.“All we saw was just one cop car coming after the other,” she said. “We saw people running towards Pape and Danforth from the crime scene … At that point, like a dozen cop cars were there, (police with) big guns.”Dmytro Doblevych was driving home with a friend Sunday night when he saw about five police cars race past.“As we arrived at Pape and Danforth, we saw gawkers, police cruisers flashing (their lights) and Danforth cordoned off both ways,” Doblevych wrote in a Facebook post.Doblevych, who identifies himself on Facebook as a freelance cameraman and editor, posted a video that shows police examining the scene of the shooting.“Can’t believe it happened at Danforth and Logan, where I’ve been so many times,” he said in his post. “Hope there are as few victims as possible.”— Tanya Wilson, whose Facebook profile says she is the owner of Skin Deep Inked Tattoo Studio, posted video of police and paramedics attending to victims in what appeared to be her shop.Another clip showed blood, rubber gloves and other detritus on the floor of the studio.“My heart is hurting for the victims,” Wilson said in a Facebook post accompanying the videos.— By Peter Goffin, Adina Bresge, Allison Auld, Holly McKenzie-Sutter and Kelly Malonelast_img read more

Manitoba strives to be beacon of restorative justice

first_imgAPTN National NewsManitoba’s Attorney General believes the province will become a beacon for restorative justice in North America.Wednesday in Winnipeg, Gord MacIntosh unveiled a plan that has the full backing of Indigenous leaders.The five year plan includes a nine person panel to significantly increase referrals to restorative justice programs.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.dward@aptn.calast_img

Inclusive work place boosts trust innovation

first_imgFostering an inclusive work environment – where leaders seek inputs from everyone regardless of their job responsibilities – can lead to higher satisfaction, innovation, and trust among employees, a study suggests. Researchers from Binghamton University in the US noticed how the nonprofit sector suffers from high employee-turnover rates, low work performance and deficits among the leadership, and wanted to find out what could be done to break this cycle. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainResearchers found that leaders who seek the input of organisational members from all job positions and encourage everyone, regardless of educational background or job responsibilities, to take initiative and participate in work-related processes are more likely to increase feelings of inclusion. This then leads to increased innovation, employee job satisfaction and quality of services in nonprofit organisations. “When nonprofit organization members believe that they are valued for their unique personal characteristics, employee engagement, commitment and retention improve,” said Kim Brimhall, assistant professor at Binghamton University. Implications of these findings have applicability across national settings and for effective management of such organisations internationally.last_img read more

Two Mosques in Germany Vandalized 50 Copies of Quran Ripped Up

Rabat – As Muslims woke up to the news of Israeli forces breaking into the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, two mosques in the German cities of Kassel and Bremen witnessed acts of wanton vandalism on Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9. The perpetrators broke into the Bremen mosque and ripped up 50 copies of the Qur’an.Shredded copies of the Qur’an littered in the mosque’s toiletsAccording to the Dutch news agency DutchTurks, the first witness on the scene following the incident found dozens of copies of the Qur’an thrown into the Bremen mosque’s toilets. Copies of the Muslim’s holy book, the Qur’an torn into shredsAnother mosque in the city of Kassel also witnessed an attack, where the perpetrators broke windows, leaving the place in ruins. It remains unclear how many vandals were involved as the suspects have not yet been identified.One of the two broken windows of the MosqueSeyfettin Eryörük, chairman of Kassel Central Mosque Foundation, said that the suspects had thrown rocks at the mosque, shattering two windows.As investigations into the incident by the Kassel Prosecutor’s Office are underway, local authorities stated that the unidentified perpetrator stormed the mosque on Saturday at around 2 p.m-4 p.m. when the mosque is usually open to the public.Likely driven by religious or political hatred, the attack speaks to the recent rise of Islamophobia in Germany, where dozens of mosques faced similar attacks every year.Islam IQ, a German-speaking news outlet on issues pertaining to Islam, has reported an alarming number of mosques being vandalized in recent years. It reported that between 2015 and 2019, there have been 139 cases of attacks on Islamic places of worship, which included vandalism, acts of defacing, graffiti, fire, and pig heads.To document the incidents, Islam IQ marked every mosque attacked on a map, with descriptions of the individual incidents.Muslims living in the cities have expressed indignation at the incidents, calling on authorities to take immediate action against anti-Islam rhetoric. The attacks follow an incident that took place less than two weeks ago when a man stabbed a 16-year-old in Bremen city. The attack was religiously motivated as the perpetrator launched into anti-Islam slur before carrying out the stabbing. read more

Over 500 Afghan exfighters disarm in two days UN reports

In a reflection of the growing momentum for disarmament in Afghanistan, over 500 former fighters laid down their weapons in a 48-hour period, a spokesman for the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) said today.Between Friday and Saturday, 588 Afghan soldiers and officers handed over their arms to Afghanistan’s New Beginnings Programme, Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters in Kabul. So far 26,569 members of the Afghan Military Forces have disarmed.In another development, a UNAMA-backed 16-month training programme for the Afghan Judiciary wrapped up today. “The program involved over 450 judges and prosecutors, around 150 of them from Kabul, the remainder from the provinces,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said, adding that about a third of the participants were women. Each trainee received 300 hours of practical instruction on such topics as civil, commercial, administrative and criminal law, as well as codes of conduct for the judiciary. read more

Ban saddened at death of UN envoy dealing with GuyanaVenezuela border controversy

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General hailed Mr. Girvan as “one of the most distinguished Caribbean scholars of his time.”“He was particularly devoted to the promotion of regional integration in the Caribbean and Latin America. This commitment earned him the respect and admiration of the entire region,” said the statement.Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude for Mr. Girvan’s contribution to the UN good offices process between Guyana and Venezuela. At issue is the disputed Essequibo region, which since 1899 has functioned as a territory administered by Guyana but is claimed by Venezuela.“The progress achieved during his tenure was acknowledged by the Heads of State of Guyana and Venezuela and is part of his impressive legacy.”

UN official urges bold challenging talks during forum on development cooperation

Opening the 2014 session of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF), which will focus on the theme ,“Bringing the future of development cooperation to post 2015”, Martin Sajdik called on participating representatives and experts to be “bold, challenging and focused” during the Forum’s two-day meeting. He called the Council a platform that brings everything together for a unified dialogue on sustainable and inclusive development. The 54-member body is the principle UN organ for coordination and policy formulation on all three pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. Meeting every two years, the Forum reviews trends in international development cooperation, promotes greater coherence among the development activities of different development partners and helps to promote policy integration and to strengthen the normative and operational link in the work of the UN. The Forum gives voice to a wide range of stakeholders, including developing and developed countries as well as civil society, parliamentarians, audit institutions, local and regional governments, philanthropic organizations and the private sector. The body also encourages participatory multi-stakeholder dialogue on major development cooperation issues.In his remarks on the Forum’s theme, Mr. Sajdik stressed the need to find solutions to the multiple dimensions of poverty that are inclusive of all development actors. That must occur through open dialogue, sharing of knowledge and experience, guided by analysis of recent trends and progress in development cooperation. Throughout the two-year preparatory process for the 2014 DCF, the Council has advanced an inclusive, global approach to development cooperation that fits both the scale and scope of action required for the post-2015 era. Working towards the UN’s 0.7 per cent official development assistance (ODA) target remains critical, he told the Forum. Yet, even if met, ODA commitments would still fall far short of what will be needed to support implementation of the global development agenda. Other sources of financing must be explored, he urged members. Domestic resource mobilization, a renewed global partnership for development and the participation of the business sector are essential. A renewed partnership for development must bring together the Monterrey [2002 International Conference on Financing for Development] and the Rio+20 [United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development] tracks. Looking ahead to the post-2015 era, Mr. Sajdik said the Forum will be well-positioned to review the development cooperation aspects of a renewed global partnership for development and to continue reviewing national mutual accountability and transparency. The next two days are the last occasion to look back on the role of various stakeholders in development cooperation before the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and the Expert Committee on Sustainable Development Financing will each conclude their work, he said. read more

UN and partners launch initiative to reach equal pay for women at

The Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) includes the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Women, and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). “One hundred years is too long to wait, and we must all work together to make equal pay for work of equal value a reality,” said Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the ILO, noting that equal pay for equal work is enshrined in the ILO Constitution of 1919. Median monthly earnings for women in 2014 were on average 17 per cent below those of men, according to OECD. In addition, in many countries, the higher the level of earnings and skills, the larger the differences in pay between men and women. Equal pay for women translates into lifelong benefits for them as well as their families, ILO said in a press release, boosting career prospects and lifetime earnings, greater independence, and higher investments in their children’s education and health. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, said “there is no justification for unequal pay for a woman when her job is of equal value to a man’s. This injustice has been unseen for too long, and together we are changing that.” In addition, equal pay empowering women, impacts other key goals, such as promoting inclusive societies, reducing poverty, and creating conditions for decent work and gender equality, EPIC will “bring together a diverse set of actors at the global, regional and national levels to support governments, employers and workers and their organizations, and other stakeholders, to make equal pay between women and men for work of equal value a reality,” according to the press release. The aims tie in to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the target under Goal 8, which calls for equal pay for work of equal value by 2030. read more

Now Audi recalls thousands of its cars over harmful emission levels

first_imgThousands of Audi luxury cars sold in Britain are to be recalled amid the continuing scandal over ‘fake’ emission results.Owners of the German car giant’s top end estate, saloon and SUV models will be asked to return them so the engines can be fitted with new software to reduce the amount of pollutants they emit.The move is part of an attempt by Audi to avoid its cars being caught up in proposed bans of diesel cars from German cities, following the scandal over Volkswagen falsifying its emission results.Earlier this week Mercedes-Benz announced that almost every one of its cars sold in Britain will have to have their diesel engines adjusted to reduce pollution levels.The move will affect three million cars across Europe and hundreds of thousands in the UK and cost the firm around £195 million.Now Audi has issued a similar ‘voluntary recall’ of up to 850,000 cars fitted with six-cylinder and eight-cylinder diesel engines, mainly sold in Europe.Also included in the recall are Porsche and VW vehicles fitted with the same type of V6/V8 TDI, EU5/EU6 engines.Audi said it was unable to say at this stage how many of the engines were fitted to vehicles sold in Britain, but it is thought to run into thousands. The firm’s announcement came just days after the government in the German state of Baden-Württemberg agreed to abandon plans to restrict diesel engines if older cars could be adjusted to produce fewer pollutants. 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. But Audi UK said it did not yet know when its customers would be contacted to take their cars to an approved dealer or garage for the adjustments to be made.At the same time Audi, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, is facing legal action alongside VW, Seat and Skoda from more than 35,000 British motorists affected by the 2015 emissions scandal.This followed Volkswagen’s admission that it equipped vehicles with illegal software that meant they passed emissions tests, only to exceed limits in everyday driving.Mr Rügheimer said the recall was not directly related to the scandal, but acknowledged that the fallout had severely damaged the reputation of diesel cars, leading to growing calls for them to be banned.“The public perception is that diesel is bad, so for this reason we are trying to go further than the existing emission limits and improve emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements,” he said. Audi spokesman Udo Rügheimer said: “Audi intends to reduce overall emissions, especially in urban areas. We are convinced that this program will counteract possible bans on vehicles with diesel engines.“We aim to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for our customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality.”Work to adjust the engines takes around an hour and will be carried out free of charge for customers.last_img read more

Contactless collection plates used in York Minster for the first time

He was joined by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who returned to the five-day meeting of the C of E in York following the Royal Christening in Windsor on Saturday.In his seminal sermon, Mr Welby encouraged members of the York congregations and the General Synod to recognise a crisis of division, highlighting the assualt of a lesbian couple on a London bus last month.“We appear to be stuck in our divisions,” he said.“The passion of different positions is good, to express it is the privilege of democracy, a hard won, wonderful privilege that we enjoy, but the hatred we have seen is not good, especially directed at minorities, other faiths, at a couple of women who love each other on a bus, at a bus driver who looks Muslim, and wasn’t, at people walking in the streets, at synagogues, at foreigners and people who even ‘look like foreigners’”. New contactless collection plates have been used in York Minster for the first time as the Church of England General Synod met for a Sunday service delivered by both the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of York.At the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York, better known as York Minster, four bronze digital plates were offered to the congregation before, during and after the morning worship, attended by hundreds.It offered the congregation the opportunity to give to the Church in denominations of £5 and £10 by contactless card donations, alongside their typical offerings of cash.The official launch of the plates, designed in bronze metal to resemble traditional offertory, follows a wider roll out of contactless payments across English at special events such as weddings and Christenings, which has led to 97 percent more donations.Similar technology has also increased charitable revenue at institutions like the Natural History Museum in London.During the Sunday morning worship, the Archbishop of York John Sentamu delivered his final General Synod Service before his retirement next year.Ahead of the blessing, Dr Sentamu encouraged a prayer ahead of the IICSA hearings this week and offered a thought for any survivors of abuse. 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. read more

HP to showcase PalmPad at CES

first_imgEarlier this month we uncovered news that HP were set to launch a webOS tablet in March of next year. Apparently our source must have been on the right track as Fox News has discovered yet more, first hand evidence to back this up, including a mock drawing of what it will look like. Spec sheets have been uncovered by Fox as well, and it seems that there will be quite a bit of excitement over the release of not one, but four different models.All of the devices will feature an adapted version of  webOS (2.5.1) which is a spin-off from the never-released HP Slate. The fourth version of the tablet will be aimed at students (sporting an 8.9″ screen and will have access to a university’s internal educational software, plus specs specifically requested by the institution) but this won’t be shown off at CES.For the three main tablets HP is more than likely to break the tablets down into business and consumer categories. The consumer version will run on Sprint’s 4G network and the rest of the specs will be nearly identical to Apple’s 9.7″ screen iPad (which is a good thing). However, it will likely feature a few more additions such as a USB 3.0 port, a mini HDMI port, a 1.3MP front and 3MP rear camera, both with LED flashes. In terms of dimensions the PalmPad – as it will most likely be called – is a little bit thinner than the iPad and weighs in at 1.25 lbs.HP’s Todd Bradley told shareholders:You’ll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future and a webOS-based product in early 2011. The company plans to make the PalmPad available in March 2011. Read more at Fox Newslast_img read more

Football on Lemnos

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the possible Centenary of Anzac 2015 events that could be held would be a symbolic re-creation of the Anzac Association Football (they referred to it as soccer then) games on Lemnos in October and December 1915.All sorts of sports were played by the Anzacs in WW1 – rugby, cricket, tennis, Australian Rules football. There is evidence that Australian Rules and rugby were played on Lemnos in 1915 but Association Football is the only sport played on Lemnos for which we have documentary and photographic evidence.There are three photographs kept by the Australian War Memorial relating to football on Lemnos in 1915, all relating to the Anzacs.The first is a photograph of British sailors arriving at Sarpi Camp for a football game in October 1915, with the Australians we presume, given that Sarpi was the principal Anzac rest camp on Lemnos in 1915.There are two other later photographs of a game being played between the sailors of the Royal Navy’s HMS Hunter and Anzacs of the 6th Battalion in December 1915. This was held as the evacuation of the peninsula was underway, the disastrous Gallipoli campaign coming to its end.I have been unable to find any documents stating the results of these matches.It is possible that the dates are wrong and that the photographs all relate to a single game played on December 25, 1915, as part of the Christmas celebrations on the island.Lance Corporal William Dalton Lycett did record in his diary that his Unit (the 4th Field Ambulance) played Association Football against a team from the Royal Scots Territorials on Thursday 23rd December 1915. As he writes, “we got beat 6 goals to 0”.*Jim Claven is a historian and secretary of Melbourne-based Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee.last_img read more