Northern region highlights 9 pm

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the northern region at 9 pm LUCKNOW DES4 UP-POLICE APOLOGY Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police has issued an apology after a photograph of the victim of Hapur lynching being dragged by a crowd in the presence of three policemen went viral on social media. BAREILLY DEL48 UP-MEAT SELLER Bareilly: A local meat seller who was allegedly beaten up by the police over allegations of cow slaughter has died in a Delhi hospital. SRINAGAR DEL39 JK-4THLD ENCOUNTER Srinagar: Police today killed four militants, including chief of the banned Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) Dawood Ahmed Sofi, in a remote mountain village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, six days before the annual Amarnath Yatra begins, officials said. Bulandshahr DES8 UP-RAPE Bulandshahr: A minor girl was allegedly raped by 10 people in Chacheri village which comes under the jurisdiction of Jahangirabad police station here, police said today. NAINITAL DEL55 HC-LD-UKD RAFTING Nainital/Dehradun: The Uttarakhand High Court has banned white water rafting and paragliding until the state government frames a policy on adventure sports, a move which those in the business say will hit them hard. CHANDIGARH DEL31 PB-AAP-PROTEST Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today burnt effigies and raised slogans against the Congress government in statewide protests after its legislator Amarjit Singh Sandoa was allegedly attacked by members of a sand mining mafia in Punjab’s Rupnagar district. LUCKNOW DEL40 UP-CONG-REVAMP Lucknow: Congress in Uttar Pradesh has dissolved its key teams, including those looking after media and organisational matters, and set up an interim panel with the 2019 Lok Sabha election in mind.advertisementBADAUN (UP) DES16 UP-SHIVPAL Badaun (UP): Senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav today said if party president Akhilesh Yadav had listened to his seniors, he would have stayed the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh today. NEWDELHI DES25 PAK-SIKH-PILGRIMS New Delhi: Over 300 Sikh pilgrims from India have been granted visas and are visiting Pakistan to observe the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore, the Pakistan High Commission here said today. PTI ASHASHlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: He once slept on the streets and then denied Ronaldo

first_imgIranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand became an overnight star after he blocked a penalty kick by Cristanio Ronaldo on Monday in the ongoing World Cup in Russia.Iran were dumped out of the World Cup after playing out a 1-1 draw against Portugal but not before Beiranvand pulled off a heroic save to stop one of the greatest footballer from scoring.Portugal who were leading 1-0 received a penalty in the 51st minute after Ronaldo was brought down in the box by Saeid Ezatolahi.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Ballon d’Or holder, who has scored four times in this edition till now, stepped up himself to take the kick but Beiranvand was up to the task as he made the right call to dive to his left to block the shot.Karim Ansarifard scored in the stoppage time to make it 1-1 but Iran failed to find the winner as they crashed out of the tournament.Iran didn’t reach the knockout rounds but the penalty save would have given Beiranvand the memories of a lifetime. After all, the goalie once slept on the street, worked in a car wash and ran away from his nomad lifestyle to Tehran to achieve his dream of becoming a footballer.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEHaving been born in a nomadic family and being the eldest son, he was a shepherd back in time. It was in his free time that he used to play football and a local game named Dal Paran, which involved throwing stones to long distances.advertisementIt was at the age of 12 that his family settled down and he began training at a local club. Though he started as a striker, an injury to the goalkeeper meant he took the place, made a brilliant save and sealed his place.However, it was then that his real troubles began.His father disapproved of him taking up football as a professional career, even tore his clothes and gloves. It was then that Beiranvand decided to leave his home.Borrowing money from a relative, he decided to take a bus to Tehran. It was in that bus that he met a football coach, Hossein Feiz, who managed a local team. Feiz told him that he could train at the club in return for some money.World Cup 2018: Did Cristiano Ronaldo deserve a red card instead of yellow?Of course, Beiranvand had no money, no place to sleep.For days he slept on the streets. One day he decided to sleep outside the club where he trained on trial every day.”I slept by the club’s door and when I got up in the morning I noticed the coins that people had dropped for me,” he told the Guardian. “They had thought I was a beggar! Well, I had a delicious breakfast for the first time in a long while.”Finally Feiz took him in and asked the captain of the club to help him. He slept at the captain’s place for two weeks before starting to work at another colleague’s father’s dressmaking factory so he could sleep there.Despite coming such a long way, there was far more road to cover.Iranian women watch football in Tehran stadium for first time since 1979He next used to wash SUVs for money and soon, he met a Naft-e-Tehran coach and moved there. In the beginning, he slept at the club’s prayer room but soon he had to move out.From working at a pizza shop to working as a street cleaner, Beiranvand was soon finding it difficult to stay fit and was soon sacked by Naft for training with another team and getting injured.He then went to another club, Homa, but the manager there was reluctant to take him in.However, it was a few days that luck finally decided to smile at him.The Naft U-23 manager called him asking him to come back if he had not signed elsewhere. He joined back and the rest is history.He is now Iran’s first-choice keeper, playing at the biggest stage in world football and holding his ground.last_img read more

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Closing the Bankers’ Loophole in Emissions Reporting

first_imgIn 2007, Citi changed its reporting methodology from reporting based on a proportion of the total debt capitalization of a project, to reporting based on a proportion of the total capitalization of the project. The 192.8 million metric tons of CO2 reported in 2007 is based on the Citi’s proportion of total debt capitalization over the 60 year lifespan of the projects. Based on the new methodology, the proportional share of total capitalization is 79.5 million metric tons, or ~1.3 million metric tons annually. While lower, this is still close to Citi’s reported operational emissions for the entire year. [edited 10/2] ↩︎ Better accounting is also smart for business. By fully tracking “investment related emissions,” these institutions can manage their climate-risk exposure and become more aware of carbon-intensive holdings and potentially bad investments. It’s important for an institution to have a clear picture of its total emissions, especially if pending legislation puts a price on carbon. According to Courtney Lowrance, Vice President of Environmental and Social Risk Management at Citi, “A big business case for [reporting] is that it really gets the institution thinking about carbon risk. And the first step in doing that is understanding how to calculate it.”“Standard guidelines would absolutely help,” adds Eliza Eubank, Assistant Vice President of Environmental and Social Risk at Citi. “It always helps to be able to make apples to apples comparisons. If everyone is finding their own way and designing their own methodology, then you really don’t know how to compare different numbers that different people are putting out there.” Without guidelines, deciding what and how to report, “can be a very dicey issue.”As consensus grows for the need for updated guidelines, WRI’s next step is to convene stakeholders (including banks, accounting firms, consultants, NGOs, and funders) and develop a strategy for implementing more specific GHG reporting standards. The success of the GHG Protocol shows that this approach can work, and WRI hopes these next steps will keep the GHG Protocol tools and standards relevant and effective for a broader range of organizations. A big business case for [reporting] is that it really gets the institution thinking about carbon risk. And the first step in doing that is understanding how to calculate it.—Courtney Lowrance, Citigroup But using “operational control” as the institution’s boundary for measuring its emissions could be problematic or even misleading. For example, by using this reporting method, emissions from investments in coal plants, or lending to oil and gas companies would not be reported, giving investors an incomplete understanding of the institution’s carbon impact.Citigroup, one of the few companies that reports on emissions from some project financing, gives us a rare glimpse into just how much other companies could be underreporting. In 2007, Citi reported its total environmental footprint (scope 1 and 2) at about 1.4 million metric tons of CO2, but estimated its share of CO2 emissions from financing just two thermal power plants to be almost 200 million metric tons of CO2 (~3.3 million metric tons on an annual basis based on a 60 year life) [edited on 10/2]. That’s a big difference, and, like Citigroup, most other financial institutions’ traditionally reported scope 1 and 2 emissions will be tiny when compared to their share of emissions from investments.1These discrepancies show why it’s necessary to develop specific guidelines to help financial institutions report their full GHG emissions consistently and accurately. The World Resources Institute has taken the first steps with Accounting for Risk, a new issue brief that gives an overview of options for companies looking for better reporting options.The report makes a strong case for why financial institutions should both measure and report the GHG emissions in their investment portfolios. One is the matter of reputation. Institutions can get a lot of mileage from being leaders in GHG accounting, and proactively branding themselves as transparent and eco-conscious. In general, stakeholders have applauded institutions that allocate less capital to dirty sectors and more capital to clean sectors. In a conversation with representatives from Citigroup, Valerie Smith, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, told us that their decision to report “really came out of stakeholder requests, and there has only been positive feedback.” Financial institutions are learning to protect investors–and themselves–from investments exposed to risk from climate change.As the country reflects on the anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent bailouts of major banks, pressure is mounting for financial institutions and companies to more fully disclose their investment risks, especially those risks from climate change.Investments in carbon-intensive projects are no longer a safe bet. Companies, under pressure from shareholders, have been pulling support and cancelling plans to construct new coal plants. Two years ago, in a move that showed increasing concern for investments in heavily polluting industries, top investment banks participated in a leveraged environmental buyout of TXU, a major Texas power company, which meant dropping 8 out of 11 planned coal plants. New York has required energy companies to disclose their climate change risk exposure to investors, and The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has adopted new mandatory requirements that insurance companies disclose the financial risks they face from climate change as well. And in the U.K. banks are under pressure to report their emissions from investments after revelations that taxpayer dollars were potentially bankrolling highly polluting projects.As WRI’s new issue brief Accounting for Risk shows, there are powerful incentives for financial institutions to manage their environmental risk, whether it’s for reputational reasons or to insulate their shareholders from climate change risks.But before a company can reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it must first know what those emissions are and where they come from. That’s the idea behind the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the most widely used accounting tool for companies to track, quantify, and then manage their GHG emissions.The GHG Protocol has become the international standard, used by top corporations, NGO’s, government agencies, and other organizations. However there is one sector that can fall through the cracks: financial institutions.Here’s how it happens. Per the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, companies can choose whether to report emissions (1) based on their ownership in a company or project, or (2) based on companies that they financially or operationally control. Most financial institutions choose to report emissions only from entities or projects that they operationally control, including emissions from sources like purchased energy for building operations or company-owned cars. For a typical financial institution these emissions are relatively insignificant.Operational Boundaries of GHG Emissions Credit: New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Developmentlast_img read more

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MALENY OPENS THE DOOR FOR AUSTRALIAN OPEN MIXED TEAM

first_imgThe Maleny Touch Association at Witta was full to overflowing on Friday 24 November 2006 as the Sunshine Coast Affiliate played host to the 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup Australian Open Mixed Team.The reigning World Cup Champions traveled from their 3-day training camp base in Brisbane to play an exhibition game against a Maleny President’s 14 team on Friday evening.The small country locality turned on the hospitality and out in force to greet the Australian Team who captivated the locals with their fleet of foot and sleight of hand in a slick performance that had the crowd on their feet.400 spectators lined the sidelines to see Touch Football at its best with the Australian Open Mixed Team turning on a sharp display against a local outfit led by Senior Men’s Queensland ‘A’ representative and Maleny President, Tim Evans.Evans led a host of enthusiastic young guns that relished the opportunity to play against the best the sport has to offer in this Country at Mixed Open level.Local Sunshine Coast Australian Mixed Open products Ben Roberts and Hayley Rogerson received big cheers, whilst Australian Mixed Co-Captain Tony Eltakchi held court as the “King of the Kids” and was equally popular amongst the mum’s who clamored for an autograph.The Australian Coaches spoke to the crowd and introduced the teams, provided commentary, explained the finer points of Mixed, and aspects of the 2007 Australian World Cup campaign. The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for the Maleny team who scored the town’s sole touchdown right on full time.The Aussie players were pleasantly besieged by a sea of kids requesting their autographs and one young lady, Nicole Sommer aged 12, who found herself without a pen and paper, was given the game ball signed by the Australian Mixed Open team.Nicole’s mother Maree, whose three children all play touch, was full of praise for the Australian Mixed Team and the game.“She loves touch, she has been playing it since she was four, and she has been looking forward to the Aussie Team coming for days. She is on cloud nine, and can’t believe her luck to be given the ball. I will probably have to pries the ball out of her hands when she falls asleep, she is that proud, it’s such a great gesture. The whole town is rapt to have you all here and we will be monitoring the World Cup results in January” Maree said.Australian Co-Captains Tony Eltakchi and Mary Steele were both interviewed after the game and spoke to the crowd about how impressed they were with the response from the locals.“This is excellent, thank-you all so much for coming out and showing your support. We have a tough job ahead of us to retain the World Title, but night’s like tonight make you appreciate the responsibility you have been given to represent your Country and your sport – it’s definitely been worth the travel and we hope to come back again one day.” Eltakchi said.Mary Steele was equally pleased by the town’s response.“Definitely unexpected, everyone has been great and the Maleny team fought hard and gave us a good run, you never know, we might see some of these youngsters in the green and gold in the future! It’s a great boost knowing that you have people in the sport behind you and willing you to do well. Let’s hope we can do the job for everyone.” Steele said.The “Little Big Men” of the Aussie Mixed team, Brad “BJ” Holden and Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen were clear favourites with the crowd.Whilst standing on the sideline next to the “Tall Timber” of Ben Roberts and Matt Tope, Boozer and BJ drew an interesting comment from a diminutive young fan to his father: “Dad, those two ‘little boys’ there can play real good, there not much bigger than me, I could do that.”Thanks to “B1 and B2” The young man now has his heart set on playing in the Maleny Junior Touch competition… but no one had the heart to tell him that whilst Boozer and BJ might have been around his height, they were just a little too old to play in his age division!Maleny Junior Touch Coordinator Tony Yorkston, who was instrumental in bringing the Australian Team to Maleny, organized a post game dinner for the players and was delighted with the response from locals.“It has been wonderful, people from all the areas up this way are here tonight. We have never had a team of this calibre here before and it is a real privilege. The standard was something of an eye opener for us, and the Aussie team have been excellent ambassadors for the sport – we’d love to do this again in the future. It really brings grass-root level touch and the elite level together. Kids can see people like Hayley and Ben, people they see around the traps, get to this level and it doesn’t seem so far away. It’s just fantastic.”Yorkston said.The Australian Mixed Open Team’s foray to the country has opened the door for the possibility of taking National camps to affiliates across Australia in the future.The Australian Men’s Open camp will be conducted in Rockhampton in Central Queensland on 15-17 December and this is another opportunity for the game to showcase the sport at the highest level, but bring the excitement and build up to the World Cup to our affiliated members and raise the profile of the game in the general community.last_img read more

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We have missed a selection trick at Kotla: Delhi Capitals bowling coach Samuel Badree

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 17:56 IST Delhi lost their last match against MI on Thursday. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals will face KXIP on SaturdayDelhi lost to Mumbai by 40 runs on Thursday nightThey are currently placed at third on the points tableDelhi Capitals spin bowling coach Samuel Badree feels that the spinners have a huge role to play on a slow pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla and the team selection is going to be crucial ahead of their IPL match against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.Delhi lost to Mumbai by 40 runs here on Thursday night with the visiting team spinners playing a key role.”I think the spinners will be very important, especially here at Kotla we have seen that the pitch is a little bit slow. There has been variable bounce and we saw that against Mumbai Indians as well. Their spinners were very crucial through the power-play and the middle overs,” said Badree.”I felt they strangled us during the overs that their spinners bowled. In the first 13 overs of our innings, I think they bowled at least 10 overs of spin, so it was a lesson for us. In terms of overall team selection, we may have missed a trick there. But our bowlers had done a great job in our last game in very tough conditions in Hyderabad so we were 100 percent backing them.”But certainly the team selection is something to consider going into tomorrow’s match against Kings XI Punjab,” he added.The first leg of the match between Delhi and Punjab ended in a disappointing 14-run defeat for the former, but Badree said his team will start with a clean slate.”We start afresh tomorrow as it is a new match. In this tournament, we play everybody twice so you don’t want to think too much about the first match whether you win or lose that game. You do take the positives, and look to plan for the upcoming match, and try to execute those plans on the field.advertisement”It is important that you adapt to the conditions quickly, and on the day, in the moment, you need to try to execute your skills better than the opposition. If we can do that, we can secure the two points comfortably tomorrow,” said the 38-year-old Trinidadian.Badree admitted that his team might be paying too much attention to the pitch.”Yes, maybe we are thinking too much about the pitch and the away teams who do not have much time to analyse the pitch are adjusting better. I think we just need to play good cricket on the day.”As we saw, Mumbai Indians were able to score close to 170, and that game against KKR we chased down 180-odd, so maybe we are reading too much into it, and it should be a matter of us going out there and adjusting and adapting quickly, accessing what a good total is and making necessary changes in our approach,” Badree explained.He insisted that it is not a 130-140 pitch.”I still feel it is a 160-170 pitch as long as we can apply ourselves and set up a solid foundation. I do think it is application more than anything and maybe mentally we may have been giving the pitch more credit than we should. Therefore, it is something that we have discussed and we will look to come good tomorrow.”Delhi have their task cut-out to make it to the play-offs, but Badree said they were not looking too far ahead.”It does become challenging for us now but it is important to stay calm and stay in the moment, and not think too far ahead. The moment we start to think about the play-offs and how many games we need to win to get there, it becomes that more difficult and we put unnecessary pressure on ourselves.”We are looking to take one game at a time, and just want to focus on the job at hand. We focus on our position on that given day against the team that we playing on that day, and in this case, it is Kings XI, whom we should have beaten at their home ground, given that we dominated for 37 of the 40 overs.”So I think in this game, we focus on that, learning from the last result and improving where we need to,” said Badree.Also read | We got outplayed in all three departments: DC captain Shreyas Iyer after defeatAlso read | Hardik’s break from cricket helped him become a better cricketer: Krunal PandyaAlso See https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/video/team-india-15-man-squad-announced-for-2019-cricket-world-cup-1502382-2019-04-15For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow KXIPFollow Mumbai Indians We have missed a selection trick at Kotla: Delhi Capitals bowling coach Samuel BadreeIPL 2019: Delhi Capitals spin bowling coach Samuel Badree admitted they had missed a selection trick at the Feroz Shah Kotla and said they leant a lesson after the defeat against Mumbai Indians on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Nigerian Shippers Council to Move Port Industry Forward

first_imgzoom The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Malam Habib Abdullahi has directed that office accommodation be provided for the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) in all the ports across the nation, in order to enhance better performances of its new roles as the economic regulator in the nation’s port industry.He gave the directive when the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council Mr Hassan Bello paid a courtesy visit to the Management of NPA at the Authority Headquarters Marina, Lagos.The Managing Director assured that the Authority is ready to cooperate and support Shippers council in its new role adding that “it would amount to failure on the part of NPA if NSC fails”.Habib Abdullahi noted that he sees the visit to all sister agencies as planned by the NSC as a sensitisation of stakeholders of the various roles of the Council for the mutual benefits of everyone in the port industry and appealed to relevant stakeholders to support the Council in the discharge of its new mandate.While commending the NSC Executive Secretary for the initiative, the Managing Director noted that the sensitisation visits will enable stakeholders in the industry to have a better understanding of the new functions of the NSE.Earlier in his address, the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council Mr Hassan Bello said the purpose of the visit of his team was to solicit cooperation and support from NPA which is the first Organisation the Council was visiting in its sensitisation visit programme.Speaking further the Executive Secretary said the Council will continue to press on quality services in the industry, and ensure that there is a balance in relationship between service providers and users in the industry.Mr Bello acknowledged that NPA was the most ardent supporter of NSC when a regulator was being sought for the industry, adding that the position of NPA was always clear at all times.The Executive Secretary commended the initiative of the present NPA Management for introducing E-payment solution which was applauded by stakeholders.He promised to complement the efforts of NPA, to sanitise the ports since both Organisations are determined to achieve the same objective adding that the Council will collaborate with Nigerian Ports Authority to move the industry forward.Press Release, May 1, 2014last_img read more

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Shelburne River Wilderness Area Consultations To Be Held

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to comment on the decision to designate more than 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres)of Crown land as Shelburne River Wilderness Area. “Protecting the environment is a key priority of the government so I am pleased that significant natural and heritage features will be protected in the area,” said Environment Minister Mark Parent. “I encourage Nova Scotians to share their views.” The proposed Shelburne River Wilderness Area is located along the Shelburne River, west of Caledonia, in northern Queens County. The designated area will offer protection to an important river corridor linking Tobeatic Wilderness Area, Kejimkujik National Park and Lake Rossignol Wilderness Area. The designation will also improve the Shelburne River’s protection as an official Canadian Heritage River. It will also protect the rich wilderness heritage of the region, as chronicled in the popular 1908 book The Tent Dwellers. It is being reprinted this year, and a number of events this summer will mark the centenary of the canoe adventure through the Nova Scotia wilderness. Last summer, the province announced plans to designate the new wilderness area under the Wilderness Areas Protection Act. The land was acquired for conservation purposes from AbitibiBowater in March 2007. The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act commits the province to protecting 12 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land. Designated wilderness areas protect Nova Scotia’s natural landscapes, biological diversity and natural features. They are needed for scientific research, education, nature tourism and activities such as hiking, canoeing, sport fishing and hunting. A public information forum on the proposed Shelburne River Wilderness Area will be held Tuesday, June 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Masonic Hall in Caledonia, Queens Co. Written comment will be accepted until Aug. 8 by mail at: Department of Environment, Protected Areas, P.O. Box 442, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2P8, and by e-mail at: protectedareas@gov.ns.ca . A map of Shelburne River Wilderness Area proposed boundaries, a consultation newsletter and more information about protected areas are available at any Department of Environment office, online at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/protectedareas, and by calling 902-424-2117.last_img read more

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Indonesia to ratify UNbacked pact banning nuclear testing

Indonesia’s declaration means the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) needs only eight more ratifications – China, Egypt, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States – before it can enter into force.So far, there are 182 signatories to the CTBT, which has been ratified by more than 150 countries.Since Indonesia signed the pact in 1996, its Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told reporters in New York today that “we’ve been absolutely clear in expressing our support to the noble objectives of the CTBT.”But, he said, in the years since, the South-East Asian nation has deliberately not ratified the agreement “with a view to encouraging others, especially the nuclear-weapon States,” to take steps to bring it into force in their countries.Mr. Natalegawa said that Indonesia has taken note of the “serious effort” on the part of the current United States Administration in promoting disarmament.“We do feel that at this time, what is needed is positive encouragement rather than pressure of a different type that we’ve been trying to impart in the past,” he said, voicing hope that the US will follow suit from his country’s actions.Also addressing journalists today, Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBT Organization, hailed Indonesia for its “leadership role” in ratifying the treaty and for its contributions to global monitoring.Indonesia’s announcement comes against the backdrop of the five-yearly review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), with more than 100 nations gathering at UN Headquarters to discuss how to further full implementation and enhance the universality of the pact.At the start of the nearly month-long gathering yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exhorted countries to take decision action to build a safer world.“We have a choice: to leave a legacy of fear and inaction… or to act with vision, courage and leadership,” he told the conference.“We all know it is possible,” the Secretary-General said of disarmament and non-proliferation, which have been among his top priorities since taking office in 2007.He characterized the NPT, the cornerstone of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime, as one of the most important global treaties ever reached.With the nuclear threat still real, “we need this regime as much as ever,” Mr. Ban underscored.The last NPT review conference in 2005 was a failure, he said, having wrapped up without any substantive agreement having been reached. “This time, we can – and must – do better.” 4 May 2010Indonesia has announced that it intends to ratify the United Nations-backed treaty banning nuclear testing, pushing the pact one step closer to fruition. read more

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Still no answers in childs death

(Update)Hamilton police are continuing their investigation into a deadly accident that killed a nine-year old boy on Sunday. Emergency workers were called to an East-end fabricating plant just after one-thirty after reports of a young child being hit by falling steel.Police said late Monday evening that they are no longer holding the site at 65 Imperial Drive. The Regional Coroners office said that the cause of death was blunt force trauma. But both that office, and the Ministry of Labour, will continue their investigation to determine precisely what happened, and whether recommendations should be made to prevent a similar tragedy.The young boy was a grade three student at Sir Wilfred Laurier School, on Albright Road, in the city’s east end. Parents of children at the school described him as a “good kid” and “a class clown.”Grief counsellors were at the school, and a letter to parents notifying them of the tragedy was sent home with students.There is no information yet on whether there was work going on in the plant Sunday afternoon, or what the nature of the work may have been. But police told us that there were employees in the plant at the time, and that the boy was in the company of a family member, at the time of the accident. read more

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Senior UN official points to science as vital in managing disaster risk

“Disasters worsen entrenched poverty and directly impact the lives of over 100 million people every year,” said Robert Glasser, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), in a press statement.“The application of science and technology is vital to reducing escalating losses from disasters, which can often worsen the potential for strife and conflict in many parts of the world particularly in places where eco-systems are being lost,” he added.Over the last 10 years, the average disaster death toll came to 76,000 annually, with 173 million affected by floods, storms, droughts, earthquakes and other disaster events. Meanwhile last year, the number of major droughts recorded globally doubled – affecting more than 35 million people. “Improved forecasting and the development of drought-resistant agricultural practices can help reduce ethnic rivalries and tensions,” he continued, citing pastoralists and farmers. “This needs to be better understood as desertification spreads and food security is undermined in many parts of the world, exacerbated by the current El Niño phenomenon, which is having a devastating impact on crop production.”More than 1,000 scientists, politicians, policy makers, disaster risk managers and representatives of the business community will gather tomorrow in Geneva for a three-day UNISDR Science and Technology Conference to mobilize the scientific community to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Sendai Framework was adopted in March 2015 as a new global agreement on measures to reduce disaster risk and disaster losses. read more

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New UN study makes strong economic case for Africas investment in green

“The Atlas makes a strong case that investments in green energy infrastructure can bolster Africa’s economic development and bring it closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” said Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Director and Regional Representative of the Africa Office for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). As such, she continued, it is an important policy guide for African governments as they strive to catalyze national development by making use of their energy resources. The Atlas of Africa Energy Resources , released by UNEP and the African Development Bank at the World Economic Forum being held in Durban, South Africa, shows both the potential and the fragility of the continent’s energy resources, which are at the heart of Africa’s socio-economic development. While Africa is richly endowed with both renewable and non-renewable energy resources, its current energy production is insufficient to meet demand. About a third Africa’s population still lacks access to electricity and 53 per cent of the population depends on biomass for cooking, space heating and drying. According to UNEP, energy consumption on the continent is the lowest in the world, and per capita consumption has barely changed since 2000. The poorest African households spend 20 times more per unit of energy than wealthy households when connected to the grid. A kettle boiled twice by a family in the United Kingdom uses five times as much electricity as a Malian uses in a year, according to UNEP. “This Atlas will be instrumental to ease access to information and data in the energy sector for all stakeholders, including the donor community, African governments and the private sector,” said Amadou Hott, Vice-President in charge of power, energy, climate and green growth, African Development Bank. Windmills rise above the New Port on Victoria’s Inner Harbour on Mahe Island, Seychelles. Photo: David Stanley/UNEP Atlas of Africa report Providing information in the form of detailed ‘before and after’ images, charts, maps and other satellite data from 54 countries through visuals, the Atlas details the challenges and opportunities in providing Africa’s population with access to reliable, affordable and modern energy services. Prepared in cooperation with the Environment Pulse Institute, United States Geological Survey and George Mason University, the Atlas consolidates the information on the energy landscape in Africa, highlighting some success stories of sustainable energy development around the continent, but also shining a light on major environmental challenges associated with energy infrastructure development. read more

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PODCAST Goodman grad finds value in big data

Regan Fitzgerald (BA ’13, MBA ’16) joins Conversations with Goodman host Susan LeBlanc to talk about the path that led her to the MBA program at Brock’s Goodman School of Business.Fitzgerald, who graduated from Brock with a degree in psychology, found her way to the MBA by working with marketing professor Antonia Mantonakis in the consumer cognition and perception lab.“That’s where I really began to see the overlap between psychological principles and consumer behaviour or marketing. I learned that what I had learned in my undergrad was applicable in the business world and from there it really inspired me to take that next step in my career and pursue the MBA,” said Fitzgerald.Fitzgerald, who graduated this past June, saw the business analytics specialization as a way to align the analytical skills she learned in her undergraduate degree with business acumen and leadership skills.Throughout her MBA degree, Fitzgerald get involved with the Goodman Graduate Business Council and volunteered as the VP internal affairs in her final year. She assisted with providing training and professional development opportunities for Goodman graduate students through events such as Advanced Excel Bootcamp, SAS certification and financial modelling.One highlight of her MBA degree was attending the Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit in Orlando, FL after being inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma in her first year of the MBA. Beta Gamma Sigma is an international academic honours society that recognizes top business students.Fitzgerald, who is now working at PepsiCo Foods Canada, advises students to get involved and form strong connections while on campus to make their university experience a memorable one.This podcast is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. read more

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Minerals research scholarships to boost Australian exploration knowledge base

first_imgGavin Lind, Executive Director Workforce and HSEC at the Minerals Council of Australia notes that two Australian Minerals Industry Research Scholarships awarded by the MCA in Adelaide today will boost understanding of mineral exploration techniques to support Australia’s future minerals production pipeline.The recipients of these prestigious A$20,000 scholarships for 2017 are:Alicia Caruso from the University of Adelaide for her Ph.D. research Advanced remote sensing to assist mineral exploration (industry partner: Investigator Resources Ltd – pictured)Jonathan Hamisi from Monash University for his Ph.D. research Improving exploration for iron oxide copper and gold deposits by investigating hydrothermal fluid phase separation and its impact on albitisation (industry partner: Minotaur Exploration).The scholarships facilitate research and training which provide practical value to the Australian minerals industry and enhance the research experience with industry partners.The scholarships are open to existing full-time Ph.D. and post-doctoral researchers, with the program launched in 2016 with three scholarships to support further research in critical risk control management, gold mineralisation and maximising gold recoveries.The MCA will offer these scholarships again in 2018 as part of its commitment to advance industry practice and support collaboration between industry and research institutions.The importance of innovation and technology improvements to Australia’s world-leading mining sector was highlighted in a March 2017 report by Deloitte Access Economics – Mining and METS: engines of economic growth and prosperity for Australians. The report featured case studies of mining and METS companies showing that innovation and technological improvements are central to the efficiency and global competitiveness of the sector.last_img read more

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FC Barcelona Intersport wins Super Globe 2013

Spanish FC Barcelona Intersport beat the biggest rival at the IHF Super Globe 2013 Final, German HSV Handball 27:25 (15:13).  The match was undecided until the last minute, when 30 seconds to the final whistle, Serhei Rutenka scored the goal from 7 meter-shot after questionable decision of the refferes couple from Serbia. Victor Tomas was the best scorer in the winning squad with 5 goals, while Johannes Bitter with 15 saves and Hans Lindberg (7), where the best in HSV.STATISTICSThe third place at IHF Super Globe 2013 win El Jaish against Tunisian Sahel 27:20.Placement 5-8th place:5. Al Rayyan6. Taubate7. Al Sadd8. Sydney University Al Rayyan handballDoha handballFC Barcelona IntersportIHF Super Globe 2013Qatari handballSerhei RutenkaSydney University handball ← Previous Story Djordje Golubovic the last signing of Csurgoi KK Next Story → Austrian Alpla Hard want to EHF CL, Tanaskovic: “We will fight until the last second” read more

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PSG crush Creteil in local derby

13.Nimes11227301:3186 11.Creteil11317309:3307 6.Cesson Rennes11533267:27513 9.Tremblay11416289:3029 4.Dunkerque11704295:28714 10.Aix11326290:3178 8.Toulouse11425328:31110 1.Montpellier11920345:28520 2.Paris SG11803349:29116 3.St. Raphael11713344:33215 PSG Handball overtook the second position in the national league after victory over city rival US Creteil 29:21 (15:10). Once again, Mikkel Hansen (7) and his team-mates showed how huge potential for the TOP performance they have. They boss the game from the very beginning and deserved to win and come close to the leaders HC Montpellier.STANDINGS: 12.Selestat11308294:3306 14.Istres11119289:3343 7.Chambery Savoie11614295:29913 ← Previous Story LNH (Round 11): Montpellier five points ahead of rivals Next Story → Mobelringen Cup 2014 (Day 1): Denmark beat Norway 5.Nantes11623304:28814 read more

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Creighton and Timmins insist Reform Alliance conference not prelude to political party

first_imgLUCINDA CREIGHTON AND Billy Timmins, two members of the Reform Alliance, have insisted that the group’s first national conference in Dublin later this month is not part of plans to set up a new political party.News that the grouping of former Fine Gael TDs and senators plan to hold a conference or “national conversation on Ireland’s future” at the RDS in Dublin on 25 January has fuelled ongoing talk that a new party is in the offing.The conference is expected to hear from high-profile economist David McWilliams among others, with independent TDs and Shane Ross and Stephen Donnelly set to be invited.Donnelly said yesterday he doesn’t know if he will attend the event, saying he hadn’t given it any thought.It has been suggested that he could join a new party formed by the Reform Alliance, but both Creighton, the group’s most prominent member, and Timmins insisted yesterday there are no such plans at present. “Literally, we’re doing what it says on the tin, we just want to engage and see more people interested in politics,” Creighton told TheJournal.ie saying it is “not something we’ve been discussing”.However she said that “there’s a space” for a political party adding she held this view even when she was a member of the Fine Gael parliamentary party.The former Europe Minister was expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party along with Timmins and four others, TDs Terence Flanagan and Peter Mathews and Senators Paul Bradford and Fidelma Healy-Eames, after voting against abortion legislation last July. Ex-Fine Gael TD Denis Naughten is also part of the group.‘No egos in the RA’Timmins said the conference “is what it is”, insisting: “It’s a one day conference to formulate ideas… not part of any overall great scheme plan.”Creighton said that plans for the day-long event have been in the works since December, but insisted that it will not be a “flash production” like a party ard fheis with motions and keynote speeches.“It’s open to anyone and everyone. People will be entitled to speak and the only restriction will be time limits… but people can say what they want,” she said.The conference will focus on three “key areas of reform” – political reform, the economy and health – and the RA also promises a “live twitter stream” of reform ideas that have been submitted via its website.Creighton, a Dublin South-East TD, said that five or six members of Fine Gael – not TDs – have been in touch about attending the conference and said that the open invitation extends to ministers and government backbenchers.She said the alliance is “interested in anybody who is interested in reform… genuinely implementing reform and not just talking about it”.The conference is expected to cost a “few thousand euro” and is being paid for by members of the alliance out of their own funds, she said.The grouping has not yet set up a bank account, but will be required to do so after registering as a ‘third party’ with the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) in order to raise funding for research.Timmins, a Wicklow TD, added that the organisation of the conference has been “a combined effort” and added: “There are no egos in the Reform Alliance”.More: ‘Everybody will be invited’: Reform Alliance to hold conference at the RDS this monthlast_img read more

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Nobel Peace Prize honors the fight against sexual violence

first_imgOSLO, Norway — A Congolese doctor who treats rape victims and an Iraqi woman who speaks out for those — like herself — who were raped and tortured by the Islamic State group won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said. “Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others.”Mukwege, 63, founded a hospital in eastern Congo’s Bukavu region and has treated thousands of women, many of whom were victims of gang rape in the central African nation that has been wracked by conflict for decades. Armed men tried to kill him in 2012, forcing him to temporarily leave the country.At 19, Murad was one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women kidnapped in 2014 by IS militants in Iraq and sold into sex slavery. She was raped, beaten and tortured before managing to escape after three months. After getting treatment in Germany, she then spoke to the world about the horrors still being faced by her religious minority. At 23, she was named the U.N.’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.Both honorees are the first from their countries — Congo and Iraq — to receive a Nobel Prize and will split the award, which is worth 9 million Swedish kronor ($1.01 million).last_img read more

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Sugar Industry on the Rebound

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, January 24, 2017 – Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the Government’s decision to step in and save the sugar sector is starting to reap rich dividends.   According to the Minister, sugar will contribute some US$80 million (J$10 billion) in earnings this year, a far cry from the struggling sector it was only a year ago. “We have saved an industry for the betterment of the country.  God has blessed us and we are coming out on the right side. It also employs 50,000 hard-working Jamaicans,” Mr. Samuda informed.The Minister was speaking at the recent press launch of the Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) trade show at the Montego Bay Convention Centre at Rose Hall in St. James.  Mr. Samuda said that despite all the obstacles his Ministry faced in the early days of assuming portfolio responsibility, the sugar industry and its workers have proven to be very resilient and the sector is now on the verge of a comeback of monumental proportions.  “When we got here, which is not even a year yet, the first problem we encountered was the closure of the Monymusk Sugar Factory,” the Minister noted.  “We were able to keep it open, albeit with creative financing and deals made here and there.  This year, however, we are going to have perhaps one of the best crops we have had in years.   And, it is going to be run at the field level…at the farm level by Jamaican farmers,” he said.Mr. Samuda pointed out that Jamaica has been fortunate on two scores, in that there has been a lot of rainfall which has put the sugar sector back in good stead; and that the price of sugar has moved from US$370 per ton to almost US$600, “which will translate this year into a gain of US$9 million just for price.”Meanwhile, the Minister said that Jamaican consumers can now be assured that the sugar they buy at the supermarket will be of certain integrity and standard.  “We have taken steps that have now been gazetted into law.  The manufacturers of sugar will now have a better chance to market the sugar on the local market without having the unfair competition from sugar brought in from all parts of the world. We don’t even know where or the conditions under which it had been manufactured,” he said.Mr. Samuda said the Government is working with the private sector to iron out all the logistics where everything will be in place by July.  “I don’t share the view of some pessimists that the sugar industry cannot serve Jamaica well. All the evidence is showing that it can,” the Minister said. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

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