111 babies die at Gujarat hospital in five months

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgThe Gujarat government has ordered an inquiry into the deaths of 111 newborns in five months at the Adani Education and Research Foundation-run G.K. General Hospital here.As per data released by the hospital, 111 infants died in the first five months of 2018, ending May 20.While the hospital management cited reasons, including delayed admission or malnutrition for the deaths, the government has formed a team of experts to conduct the inquiry.Experts’ team at work“We have formed a team of experts to probe the reasons for the deaths. We will take appropriate steps after the team submits its report,” Gujarat Commissioner of Health Jayanti Ravi said.According to data shared by hospital superintendent G.S. Rao, out of 777 newborn babies (both admitted post-birth and those born in the hospital) between January 1 and May 20, a total of 111 did not survive, which shows a mortality rate of 14%. ‘Situation improving’In 2017, a total of 258 infants died, while 184 and 164 infants died in the hospital in 2016 and 2015. “The percentage of deaths against admission was 19% in 2015, 18% in 2016 and 21% in 2017, which was relatively higher,” Mr. Rao told reporters here.“Since the mortality rate is 14% this year, I think it is less than the previous years. And the way we are working, it will remain the lowest at the end of this year,” he added. He said the delay in referring children to the hospital was one of the reasons for the deaths, as crucial time is wasted in travelling to Bhuj from the interior parts of Kutch district.“One of the reasons for death is premature births. Another reason is malnutrition as the mothers may not have taken a proper diet, which helps the baby to gain weight inside the womb. Delayed reference is also one of the reasons,” said Mr. Rao.“If a family comes here travelling 250 km, the delay would certainly affect the chances [of survival]. Our staff regularly discuss these issues, and we are working to reduce the deaths,” he added.last_img read more


For students on F1 visa hunting for jobs, Trump’s America is closing the door

Posted On Dec 2 2019 by

first_imgAbhijit Tagade’s Facebook profile picture tells you nothing about the F1 visa anxiety levels in Trump’s America 2018. Tagade’s toothy grin hides a constant gnawing about the US visa page on his passport. You’d think Tagade, 26, armed with a dual Master’s degree in Economics and Education at Columbia University and a job at Harvard Business School in Boston should have nothing to crib about but he does – his student visa times out in six months.Welcome to the dystopian F1 hamster treadmill in the US for students outside the hallowed circle of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.Read it at First Post Related Itemslast_img


Ind vs Eng: Injured Zaheer Khan unlikely to play in second Test

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgThe prospect of India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan playing in the second Test at Trent Bridge seems remote.”He has shown a considerable improvement and we would take a call on him on the eve of the match in consultation with the team physio,” stated team manager Anirudh Choudhary in Nottingham.But those who witnessed Indian team’s training session knew that the manager’s statement was far from convincing.Zaheer bowled 13-odd overs in the first Test at Lord’s, London, before a strain in his right hamstring forced him to sit out and severely handicapped the Indian bowling attack as England thrashed India by 196 runs.As soon as Zaheer arrived at the training session with his teammates on Wednesday, the prying eyes of the Indian media contingent was on the injured speedster.Long after almost all the Indian players had their nets, Zaheer came out in company with team physio Ashish Kaushik. He did a few rounds of lap of the ground, did some sprints under the physio’s observation and then picked up his jumper, only to disappear again inside the dressing room.His bearing wasn’t the one of man who is looking to bowl for India in 48 hours.Ishant Sharma didn’t bowl a delivery in anger and it was apparent he had a few other personal issues to handle like shaving off his flowing hair which have been much like his personal statement in the last four years. His new look created a huge buzz among the electronic media.Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir were two of the other notable cricketers who had fitness issues during the first Test.advertisementTendulkar, unlike his second innings appearance, was crisp and smartly shaven and was one of the first ones to walk to the nets. Gambhir too look eager to have a hit even though the bowling on offer wasn’t great shakes.Ishant didn’t bowl at all and neither did Munaf and Sreesanth, after sending down a few serious overs.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, certainly rattled by his recent batting failures, indulged in some furious hitting down the ground.-With PTI inputslast_img read more


Farmers Trained to Combat Beet Armyworm

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_img 2012 outbreak destroyed $31 million in crops The beet armyworm has had a debilitating effect on onion and escallion Story Highlights To combat the dreaded beet armyworm on local onion and escallion production, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has completed the training of some 22 farmers and eight extension officers in pest management procedures.The training course comes against the background of the 2012 outbreak of the pest, which resulted in the destruction of some 45 hectares of crops valued at approximately $31 million.The beet armyworm has had a debilitating effect on onion and escallion cultivation and the livelihood of farmers in South St. Elizabeth.The 22 lead farmers from Junction and Gillards in St. Elizabeth, and eight Rural Agriculture Development Authority (RADA) facilitators, were presented with their certificates in Integrated Pest Management on August 21, during a graduation ceremony held on the grounds of the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices.Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, who was guest speaker at the function, said the knowledge and skills which the graduates have acquired will now serve national efforts to combat the impact of the pest on the cultivation and production of onions and escallion.He noted that the 22 lead farmers will now go on to work in pairs to train an additional 150 farmers in pest management procedures, particularly as it relates to combating the beet armyworm.The eight RADA extension officers, he said, are also expected to transition into a mentorship role to guide the newly trained farmers. Additionally, they will provide technical assistance in support of the Agro-Invest Corporation initiative to develop Agro-Parks in the production of over 717 acres of onions.For her part, Assistant Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Representative in Jamaica, Karen Pyne, said the Farmer Field School took a very practical and ‘hands-on’ approach in equipping the farmers with the knowledge and expertise needed to tackle the pest.She informed that the training programme enabled farmers and facilitators to study the beet armyworm in their natural habitat and applied the realistic management approaches to their own experiences.For her part, Deputy Mission Director, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Jeannette Vail, congratulated the graduates, noting that they are now leaders in their field.She said the programme has provided them with the knowledge and expertise needed to combat and put an end to the beet armyworm pest.“Without you, we can’t combat this problem, and so, I ask you to go do the good work and share this information with your fellow farmers,” Ms. Vail said.The ‘Strengthening a National Beet Armyworm Programme’ is organised by the Government of Jamaica, with funding support from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The programme is being implemented under the Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) project. 22 farmers and eight extension officers trained in pest management procedures.last_img read more


MOL’s Biannual Vessel Safety Campaign Launched

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgzoom Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today launched its biannual safety campaign targeting all MOL-operated vessels, starting on October 1.MOL forges ahead to become a world leader in safe operation. As part of these efforts, President Muto, executives, and other personnel will concentrate their visits on MOL-operated vessels to meet on-board employees and exchange information and opinions about ways to prevent incidents based on the following campaign outline. Proposals and ideas gained during the campaigns, which are based on pre-selected themes and held twice every year, will be shared throughout the MOL Group and with other Group-operated vessels, to further enhance the MOL safe-operation structure.Outline of campaign1. Campaign periodOctober 1 to November 15, 20132. Specific topics for opinion and in formation exchangeThe discussion will focus on “Enhancement of Teamwork” Company representatives and crewmembers on board will exchange opinions about how to increase the strength of the team through synergy of three key concepts – “communication,” “sharing experience,” and “mutual complement” This idea grew out of the previous campaign (April 15–May 31). The campaign will also promote cooperation between vessels and land-based offices, and foster a company-wide safe operation culture by enhancing the strength of MOL as a team.3. Target vesselsMOL-operated vessels (dry bulkers, tankers, LNG carriers, car carriers, containerships)MOL Group company-operated vessels (ferries, cruise ships, etc)MOL, October 1, 2013last_img read more


Spotted: 4Bs in Bergen

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgNorwegian cruise line Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines brought together its fleet of four ships –Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – in Bergen, Norway on July 28, 2015. This ‘4 Bs in Bergen’ event – named after the initial letter of each of the four Fred. Olsen ships – was the first time ever that the fleet has converged in one place, anywhere in the world.Fred. Olsen’s four ships sailed into the Bergen harbour at just before 8 am local time yesterday, entering in formation and taking up their positions in the Port.Flagship Balmoral was berthed at Bontelabo Pier, sister ships Boudicca and Black Watch at Skolten Pier and Braemar at Festningskaien Pier, nearest to the city centre.‎Fred. Olsen’s four ships departed from Bergen in convoy at 6pm, and made an exit from the harbour in a ‘diamond’ formation, led by a fire tug boat ceremoniously spraying its water cannons.last_img read more


DHT Holdings Clinches USD 485 Mn Refinancing Deal

Posted On Oct 23 2019 by

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Crude oil tanker owner and operator DHT Holdings has entered into a USD 485 million secured credit facility agreement for the refinancing of 13 of the company’s VLCCs. The new credit facility, with a six-year tenor, will bear interest at a rate equal to Libor + 2.40 pct and will have a 20-year repayment profile.The credit facility was provided by ABN Amro, Nordea, Credit Agricole, DNB, ING, Danish Ship Finance, SEB, DVB and Swedbank.The vessels concerned are Sundarbans, Taiga, Redwood, Hawk, China, Falcon, Condor, Leopard, Lion, Panther, Puma, Mustang and Bronco.In addition, DHT has entered into an agreement with ABN Amro to increase the company’s revolving credit facility to USD 57 million from the current USD 43.4 million. The revolving credit is currently undrawn.Commenting on the refinancing deal, the co-CEOs Svein Moxnes Harfjeld and Trygve P. Munthe said that the facility has supported the company’s focus on robust cash break even levels for the fleet.The facility extends the maturity for the refinanced facilities to the second quarter of 2024 and increases DHT Holdings’ liquidity position.last_img read more


NB Liberals lure Green votes but government still likely to fall Friday

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgFREDERICTON – Premier Brian Gallant’s Liberals appear headed for defeat Friday, setting the stage for a Progressive Conservative government to take over in New Brunswick.Tory Leader Blaine Higgs said Thursday the Liberals had tried to lure some of his members to support the throne speech in Friday’s vote, but they are standing firm and will all vote against it.“We stand firm, all 22 of us. We are voting against this throne speech tomorrow morning, and there’s no necessity for any further debate,” said Higgs, who is now positioned to become premier.People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin — who earlier Thursday would not confirm how his party would vote — said they would vote to defeat the Liberal government.“We are here to say collectively as a caucus, we will not be supporting this government or its throne speech. We’ve made up our mind,” Austin said.The Liberals don’t have the numbers to survive the confidence vote.They won just 21 seats in the September election — one fewer than the Tories — while the Greens and People’s Alliance each won three seats.All three Green members of the New Brunswick legislature said Thursday they’ll vote in favour of the throne speech, which had offered Gallant a brief but dim glimmer of hope that his minority government could survive at least a bit longer.Higgs said he is confident the Liberals will be defeated.“I still remain optimistic, but I’m not here for the goodness of my health … we’ve got to make some decisions that matter,” he said.If the Liberals lose the confidence vote, it’s expected the lieutenant-governor would ask the Tories to try to form government.Gallant said Thursday that if he loses the vote, the Liberals will step aside.“I’ll resign the government. I’ve made it clear that I don’t think New Brunswickers want an election. And frankly if we were to go into an election we would be rebuking the very strong message sent to us on election night. People have sent a minority government to Fredericton for a reason,” he said.If he loses, Gallant said he would speak to his wife about whether to stay on as opposition leader, or quit.Gallant will have one last chance to make his case when he closes debate on the throne speech Friday morning, before the vote is held.Despite the indication of their vote, Green members weren’t giving the Liberal government any glowing endorsements in the legislature Thursday.Leader David Coon said over the last four years he has lost confidence in the government and its leadership.“The political meddling in the work of the legislature, the neglect of our health, child protection and senior care systems, and of the poor, the firing of our chief medical officer of health and the dismantling of her office, the handing over of extramural to Medavie, the inaction on renewable energy and climate change, and the degradation of our forests have all left our province worse off,” Coon said.But he didn’t have a glowing review of the Tories either.“I have little confidence that they have changed, and recent comments on fracking, language rights, Indigenous people and climate change have only confirmed this to me,” Coon said.However he said the amended Liberal throne speech, which contains some items from the Green platform, could be advanced for the benefit of their constituents, and all New Brunswickers.Gallant said he’s hoping opposition members will decide to put politics aside and base their decision on the actual throne speech.“If they do that, and they base their vote on the contents of the speech from the throne, I feel like we can gain the confidence of the house,” he said.Gallant said if he continues to govern, then he knows he will have to do better by working more collaboratively with the other parties.last_img read more


Natalie Cole And David Foster Perform At Prostate Cancer Foundation Gala

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgProstate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, hosted its annual gala at the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, NY on Saturday, August 29, 2015.Natalie Cole At Prostate Cancer Foundation GalaCredit/Copyright: Johnny Nunez WireImage.comThe weekend’s events raised over $4 million, which is a record for this event.The gala was hosted in support of the 11th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament being held from August 28 – 30, 2015, named after the successful entrepreneur who constantly turned tragic events throughout his life into philanthropic causes. The gala evening, catered by Robbins Wolfe, was a celebration featuring cocktails, dining and special performances from Natalie Cole and David Foster with special guests including American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard. 100 percent of the funds raised throughout the evening went to supporting groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.The night began with a short quiz by the Founder of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Michael Milken, who asked questions about magic to the crowd of gala guests such as what caused Famous Illusionist Harry Houdini’s Death, Peritonitis, and what was the first book of magic called, The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584). Fellow performer David Foster then introduced the first performer Natalie Cole, with whom he had just wrapped up an Asian tour.Once she got onto stage, she began her set by telling the audience, “This is going to be one of the shortest sets I ever did, so listen carefully.” She began her set with her song “Almost Like Being In Love” and did a couple of covers including Renee Olstead’s “What A Difference a Day Makes.” Then she performed “Unforgettable,” her Grammy award-winning duet with her father Legendary Singer Nat King Cole, which was also the first song she had produced by fellow performer David Foster, which was received with loud applause. As she performed, video of her father singing along to the song played on TVs behind her and were interspersed with images of her and Nat while growing up. She closed her set with her father’s famous track “L.O.V.E.”Following Cole’s set, Milken discussed the young investigators program and the funding the Prostate Cancer Foundation is doing on their behalf. As he defines them, these young investigators are young scientists in their 30s who have received all of the advanced degrees and research experience to run their own labs, however they lack the funding. It is these investigators, he said, that are leading to groundbreaking advancements in cancer research. Currently, PCF works with 153 of these young investigators who are currently researching 22 candidate molecules for cancer research, and these investigators have impacted the creation of six different FDA- Approved Prostate Cancer drugs. Following the presentation and quiz questions discussing these young investigators, Milken asked gala attendees to pledge $75,000 over the course of three years, then $75,000 for one year and then $25,000 for one year. At the conclusion of the fundraising portion, he said, “next year we will tell you how each of our young investigators changed the world.”After a video introduction, David Foster began his set, during which he invited many of his friends to the stage to perform as he accompanied on the piano, first being Emily West, a runner-up on Reality TV competition show America’s Got Talent. She performed a couple of songs including “Nights In White Satin,” a song she performed while competing on the show. David Foster & Emily West performed The Prayer, a song David Foster wrote for Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, and halfway through the song, David Foster cut her off and said that this is meant to be a duet and introduced Forte, another top competitor on America’s Got Talent. Forte participated in a contest to see who could hold the longest note with Foster and Nathan Gunn, a baritone opera singer in the crowd that evening. At the conclusion of Forte’s set, Foster brought Shelea Frazier to the stage, who performed two songs from The Bodyguard including a cover of Whitney Houston’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” Halfway through the performance of I Will Always Love You, American Idol winner Ruben Studdard joined them on stage. David Foster said “Ruben Studdard has a talent, he can write a song on the spot. So let’s write one for tonight’s event.” The crowd names the song, “A Cure Is On the Way” and Studdard improvised the words as he sang. The show ended with a group rendition of Hey Jude, then Michael Milken thanked David Foster and asked everyone to go to the other stage. At the other stage, guests danced the night away to Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond cover band.Weekend hosts and sponsors of the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tournament include: Bill & Karen Ackman; Bob & Deanna Adler; Seth & Marie Bernstein; Jim Coleman & Cynthia Ott; Larry Gagosian & Chrissy Erpf; Bonnie Pfeifer Evans; Jeff & Mei Sze Greene; The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.; Tom Lee & Ann Tenenbaum; David & Julia Koch; Bill & Phyllis Mack ; Richard Merkin, MD.; Mike & Lori Milken; Modell’s Sporting Goods; Glenn & Jennifer Myles; Dean Palin; Mickey Palin; Joel Pashcow; Artie & Selma Rabin; Stewart Rahr; Jonathan & Sheryl Sokoloff; Lady Sheila Stable; Leon & Leesa Wagner; Mort Zuckerman.last_img read more


Shares drop on mining company behind Prosperity mine

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Shares of a British Columbia mining company waiting on the federal cabinet to decide the fate of their controversial gold and copper mine plummeted Thursday.Taseko Mines saw its stock fall by 11 per cent by the end of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday, Bloomberg reported.The dip marked its biggest negative shift since this summer when its shares dropped by 35 per cent after the July 2 release of a federal environmental panel report that panned the Prosperity mine project, Bloomberg said.Taseko’s Prosperity project would cause the draining of Fish Lake, which is sacred to the Tsilhqot’in people who have pledge to fight the project at all cost.Taseko released a statement Thursday saying it was “unaware of any information that would cause the price of the company’s stock to change materially.”A decision by the federal cabinet to reject the mine proposal would have a negative impact on the company’s shares.An analyst told Bloomberg that Thursday’s drop may have been just a mistake.“One fat finger can send a bunch of other guys into auto-sells,” Adam Graf, a New York-based analyst told the financial wire-service.The company has expressed confidence it would get approval for the project and APTN National News’ camera recently captured images of one of its helicopters landing on the shores of Fish Lake to pick up surveyors.Taseko’s last major drop came in July. Its shares began sliding on June 26, days before the release of the environmental panel report, and bottomed out on July 6, according to a Yahoo financial chart.Taseko was at $4.93US share on June 25 and dropped to $3.40 US on July 6.A spokeswoman for Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea told APTN National News on Thursday afternoon that no decision had been made on the project.Fisheries and Oceans has the lead on the Prosperity file because of the project’s impact on fresh-water fish.Takeo’s shares had recovered in early trading Friday.last_img read more


Muzaffarpur horror Delhi court fixes Mar 18 as date for framing charges

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday fixed March 18 for the framing of charges in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha passed the order after completion of the arguments of all the accused. Five people accused in the case had earlier denied allegations levelled against them by the CBI and said there was not enough evidence to prosecute them. Other accused in the case too had denied allegations against them previously. There are 21 people chargesheeted in the case. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On Feb 7, the Supreme Court ordered authorities to transfer the case from Bihar to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Saket District Court complex in Delhi, which would conclude the trial within six months by holding preferably day-to-day hearing. Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).last_img read more


Moroccos Reaction is Proportional to Seriousness of Bans Blunders Official

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat – Morocco’s reaction to statements by UNSG Ban Ki-moon on the issue of Western Sahara, during his latest visit to the region, “was proportional to the seriousness of his blunders,” said Nasser Bourita, Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs at a press conference.This was the least Morocco can do, he said, noting that Morocco, which differentiates between the UN and the UNSG, does not need to be taught lessons on his commitments to the UN and has no problem with the UNSC or the UN but rather with the blunders of Ban Ki-moon.Morocco is one of the major contributors to the UN peacekeeping missions around the world where many soldiers fell as martyrs under the UN banner, he said, underlining that the Kingdom is among few countries which were involved in peacekeeping missions in the four continents. He also recalled that Morocco chairs the Global Counterterrorism Forum and will host the COP22, in addition to his contribution in the different UN bodies.He enumerated four controversial blunders made by Ban concerning the national issue as the use of the word “occupation” which has serious consequences politically and legally as it touches the very essence of the issue.Secondly, the travel of Ban from Tindouf and not from the Moroccan southern provinces to Bir Lahlou insinuates that this region is an extension of Tindouf, he said, explaining that this region is located in the buffer zone and is part of the Moroccan Sahara which the Kingdom put at the UN’s disposal to facilitate the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.The third thing, he went on, is the UNSG’s allusion to the referendum, a concept which has become outdated and obsolete and which the UNSC gave up since 2004 and so did the UNGA since 2007.The fourth blunder concerns Ban’s call for a conference of donors while the other parties refuse a census of populations in captivity in the camps of Tindouf, he said, recalling that Ban Ki-Moon himself has repeatedly called for such headcount since 2009.Bourita concluded by saying that the current settlement process is under way thanks to the Moroccan autonomy proposal.MWN with MAP read more


UN experts call for two pesticides to join international trade watch list

Posted On Oct 11 2019 by

19 March 2010United Nations experts have recommended that two pesticides be added to a trade “watch list” under a UN-backed treaty aimed at helping poorer countries more effectively manage potentially harmful imported substances. Endosulfan and azinphos-methyl each pose an unacceptably high risk to human health and the environment, according to the Chemical Review Committee with the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade.The committee experts based their recommendations on a review of actions by national regulators towards the two pesticides, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a joint press release issued today in Geneva.Endosulfan, an insecticide used in the production of crops, especially cotton, coffee and tea, is a persistent organic pollutant (POP) and can lead to reproductive and developmental damage in humans and animals.Azinphos-methyl, an insecticide derived from nerve agents developed during the Second World War, is mostly used in the production of vegetables and on several kinds of fruit trees. It is considered toxic to humans and has been linked to reproductive and developmental damage.Parties to the Rotterdam Convention will consider including the two chemicals to the watch list at a meeting next year.There are currently 29 pesticides and 11 industrial chemicals on the Rotterdam Convention’s international trade watch list, under which an exporting nation must ensure no substance on the list leaves its territory without the consent of the recipient country.The Convention is designed to ensure that hazardous chemicals do not endanger human health and the environment but inclusion on the list is not a recommendation for an international ban or severe restriction of the use of the substance. read more


Security Council deplores attacks against Israeli diplomatic staff

Posted On Oct 11 2019 by

In a statement to the press, issued by Ambassador Kodjo Menan of Togo, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the 15-member body urged all United Nations Member States to play their part to combat terrorism.On 13 February, several diplomatic personnel and civilians were injured when a bomb reportedly placed on an Israeli embassy vehicle exploded in the Indian capital, New Delhi. On the same day, in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, a bomb found in the vehicle of an Israeli diplomatic official was reportedly defused before it could explode.“The members of the Security Council condemned the new and recurring acts of violence against diplomatic and consular representatives, which endanger or take innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of such representatives and officials,” the press statement noted.The statement, which echoed similar comments last week by a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, also stressed the obligations facing Member States under a series of global conventions relating to diplomatic agents and their activities. 23 February 2012Security Council members today strongly condemned two recent attacks against Israeli diplomatic personnel and underlined that terrorist acts can never be justified regardless of their motivations. read more


Russia and Sri Lanka aim to strengthen military cooperation

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

Antonov reportedly highlighted necessity to develop a legal framework for bilateral contacts in the military sphere. “Karunasena Hettiarachchi reaffirmed the intentions of further strengthening and development of mutual contacts. Within the meeting the Russian Deputy Defence Minister pointed out the future directions of the Russian-Sri Lankan cooperation including the one in the field of preparation of military officers in the educational institutions of the Russian Defence Ministry,” the statement reads. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov and Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi during a bilateral meeting on Sunday pledged to deepen military cooperation between the two countries, according to a statement issued by the Russian ministry.The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 15th Asia Security Summit, or the Shangri-La Dialogue, currently underway in Singapore and bringing together regional defense officials and Western military officials to discuss the pressing security issues, sputniknews reported. The sides “positively estimated the developing cooperation” while the meeting was held in a friendly atmosphere, the ministry added. (Colombo Gazette) read more


French President François Hollande awarded UNESCO peace prize

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

The President of France, François Hollande, will receive the United Nations cultural agency’s peace prize this year for his “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa,” it was announced today.“After analyzing the global situation, it is Africa that held the attention of the Jury with the various threats affecting the continent,” said the former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, who chaired the Jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize.“Having assessed the dangers and the repercussions of the situation on Africa, and on Mali in particular, as well as on the rest of the world, the Jury appreciated the solidarity shown by France to the peoples of Africa,” Mr. Chissano said after the Jury’s meeting in Paris.The award, created in 1989 by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), honours people, institutions and organizations that have contributed significantly to the promotion, research, preservation or maintenance of peace. It is named for the first president of Côte d’Ivoire.Northern Mali was occupied by radical Islamists after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. The conflict uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request assistance from France to stop the military advance of extremist groups.“The Jury condemns the violation of Mali’s territorial integrity, the violation of human rights, the taking of hostages and the destruction of the cultural heritage of humanity in Timbuktu,” Mr. Chissano said. “The Jury therefore decided to award the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize to Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic, for his great contribution to peace and stability in Africa.”Previous winners of the prize include former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. De Klerk; Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat; King Juan Carlos of Spain; and former United States President Jimmy Carter.The award ceremony for the prize – which consists of $150,000, a gold medal and a diploma – will be held on a date to be announced. read more


England has more distilleries than Scotland for first time in history as

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

England now has more distilleries than Scotland for the first time in history after the craft gin boom drove an increase in spirit makers.While Scotland has always had the lead when it comes to distilleries because of their popular whisky industry, the popularity of gin has given England the edge.In 2018 the UK recorded a total of 361 distilleries – of which 166 are in England compared to 160 distilleries based in Scotland, according to new HMRC figures.The latest HMRC figures reveal that a total of 54 new distilleries opened in 2018 – eight closed – which means that the number of spirit makers increased by 46 last year. Of the 54 new, 39 were for businesses in England, 11 Scotland, two in Wales, and two in Northern Ireland.Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), Miles Beale, said: “There’s no doubt that the gin boom is behind the majority of new distillery openings in the UK in the last few years. Most of our entrepreneurial craft spirit makers who have launched recently started by making and selling gin. Many of them are now widening their portfolio to include other spirits.”It lifts the spirits to hear that distillery numbers continue to grow in the UK. It’s not just our gins picking up awards, but we have also seen a growing number of excellent quality English and Welsh whiskies too. With all the uncertainty surrounding Brexit it is extremely reassuring that our talented spirit makers are continuing to innovate, invest and grow. “The WSTA has claimed that thegin boom has helped the number of UK distilleries to more than double in the last five years with, which meant HMRC issued 31 new distillery licences in England in 2018 compared to just 11 in Scotland.This was a huge increase from 2017, when Scotland had a total of 149 distilleries beating England’s 135.Chief Executive of the London Distillery Company, Killian O’Sullivan, said: “Growth in the gin category shows no sign of abating and we were delighted to see a number of English distilleries open in this space.”Consumers continue to demand innovation across all spirit categories. Our view is that each of the new English distilleries will bring their own unique style and sense of place to the industry which in turn will drive the innovation that consumers have embraced over the last number of years.” 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


DKK BUNDESLIGA Zebras celebrate in Hamburg

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

12.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten2:2-8 15.TuS N-Lübbecke2:4-5 THW Kiel beat HSV Handball 20:19 in “handball krimi” at “O2 Arena”, where over 8.500 fans came to see one of the biggest derby matches in our sport. The TOP scorer in the winning team was Marko Vujin with 7 goals, while Johannes Bitter had 21 saves in home squad…HSV: Bitter (1.-60., 21/1 SAVES), Herrmann (n.e.); Schmidt, Schröder (2), Simicu (2), Jansen (3/2), Flohr (1), H. Toft Hansen, Hanisch (1), Brauer (n.e.), Mahé (5), Hens (3), Dominikovic, Pfahl (2); Trainer: Gaudin 5.SG Flensburg-Handewitt4:2+9 8.THW Kiel4:2-1 4.HSG Wetzlar4:2+12 7.SC Magdeburg4:2+5 1. 2.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen6:0+9 14.Bergischer HC2:4-4 9.MT Melsungen4:4+7 16.TSV GWD Minden2:4-6 11.Füchse Berlin2:2+7 19.HC Erlangen0:6-27 3.VfL Gummersbach5:1+7 THW Kiel:Sjöstrand (13/1 saves), Palicka (48.-60., 1 Parade); Duvnjak (2), R. Toft Hansen (2), Sprenger (4), Weinhold, Wiencek, Ekberg (1/1), Cañellas, Dahmke (n.e.), Palmarsson (1), Klein (2), Jicha (1), Vujin (7/1); Trainer: Gislasonstandings: 18.SG BBM Bietigheim0:6-23 10.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf3:3+3 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen6:0+28 17.TSG Lu-Friesenheim0:6-18 13.HSV Handball2:4-1 6.TBV Lemgo4:2+6 ← Previous Story OPEN SKY HANDBALL: Celje PL wins Super Cup Next Story → Veszprem and Gyor win Hungarian Super Cup! read more


TDs divided on whether PAC should hear from garda whistleblowers publicly

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgFianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming echoed this view, saying: “We need to see this witness in private session and then decide do we want to hear him in public session.”He cautioned against hearing from the whistleblowers in public session given that the committee has never met with them before, and said that it is important to establish their willingness to appear publicly before deciding the best course of action.Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald said that the hearings with the whisteblowers “should be in public session unless there is some compelling reason to the contrary”. McDonald added that she sees no reason to “mark them out exceptionally as being a danger of using or abusing the platform of the committee”.Labour’s Gerald Nash said his “instinct” is that the meeting should take place in private session.Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy questioned whether the committee had even agreed to bring in the whistleblowers, saying: “As far as I am concerned no decison has been made to call in the whistleblower, and I am not necessarily sure that this should fall to the PAC.He echoed the views of Fleming, Nolan, and Nash that it should be “in the first instance in private session”.Meanwhile, Ross has been criticised by Fianna Fáil’s justice spoksperson Niall Collins for his comments this morning. Collins said he had “serious concerns about the approach that certain members of the PAC are taking” towards the gardaí.“Ross expressed surprise and disapproval at the fact that the most senior Garda officer in the country referred to ‘subordinates’ and presented it as evidence that junior Garda ranks are treated as ‘second class citizens’,” he said.“This betrays a worrying lack of understanding and respect for the nature and role of An Garda Siochána.”Poll: Should the garda whistleblowers be brought before the PAC?‘The facts as I know them’: 11 things we learned from Martin Callinan’s evidence to the PAC MEMBERS OF THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) are divided on whether or not they should hear evidence from garda whistleblowers in public or private session.Committee members are set to come face-to-face with at least one of the two whistleblowers who have alleged that fixed charge penalty notices have been cancelled corruptly and illegally – claims that were robustly dismissed by the Garda Commissioner yesterday.The allegations are being advanced by a serving garda, Maurice McCabe, an ex-member of the force, John Wilson, both of whom committee chairman John McGu inness has indicated are willing to appear before the PAC.However, it is not clear if they wish to do so in public or private session.Martin Callinan told PAC members yesterday that he intends to take legal advice on whether or not to challenge the appearance of the whistleblowers before the PAC and could go to the High Court in the coming days to get a temporary injunction.But even if the PAC can hear the whistleblowers’ evidence, members are divided on whether it should be in closed or public session.Earlier, independent deputy Shane Ross indicated a desire for the PAC to hear from the whistleblowers and challenge them in public, telling Morning Ireland: “We want to give fair play to everyone, we want it done in public.”But in a tweet this morning, the Labour TD Derek Nolan warned that parliamentary privilege is “too powerful” to allow the whistleblowers to appear publicly until members meet with them first:last_img read more


Ouya Kickstarter ends with 859 million pledged

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgThe Ouya Kickstarter has broken all kinds of records. The first of which was the amount of money raised in the first 24 hours on Kickstarter. Double Fine held the record with $1,064,652.05, but Ouya more than doubled that ending its first day with $2,589,687.77 pledged.Since then the money has continued to roll in, and the $99 Android games console also got the support of OnLive and can count Final Fantasy III as a launch title.Today, the Kickstarter finally ended, and it will come as no surprise the total pledged has set another record. In just 30 days the project has raised a staggering $8,596,475 through the backing of 63,416 people. Remember, the project originally only wanted $950,000 to reach its goal.Now the pressure is on the Ouya team to deliver the Rubik’s Cube-sized console by March next year. Only 1,000 are promised to ship as early bird units, but after that there’s tens of thousands of people waiting to get their hands on one.There is obviously going to be a lot of interest surrounding the launch of Ouya from the games industry and in particular hardware manufacturers. Nothing like this has been attempted before, and it threatens to upset the tried and tested approach of console release cycles.Typically, a company like Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft invests millions developing a new machine hoping to make the costs back many times over in sales of the console and games. The Ouya took the opposite approach, being funded by gamers and other interested parties before it is manufactured. The question now is can it continue to grow its user base to hundreds of thousands, if not millions next year after release?Read more at Kickstarterlast_img read more