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first_imgThe bench suggested that a representation should be made to the Speaker about the lacunae in law so that it can be taken care of. When advocate Ravi Prakash Mehrotra drew the attention of the court to a speech of President Pranab Mukherjee on disruption and non-functioning of Parliament, the bench said “the first citizen of the country has already advised them and they would take the advise seriously.” The PIL said over the last six sessions, nearly 2,162 hours of business has been lost. It said that in the absence of a law, there is total vacuum to deal with the issue of non-functioning of Parliament as was witnessed in the recent monsoon session when large part of the proceedings were washed out due to opposition protests. Earlier this month, the apex court had refused to entertain another PIL asking it to interpret the “absolute privilege” an MP claims to disrupt parliamentary proceedings at the cost of the taxpayers? money. The petition filed by NGO Janshruti had said the idea of “privilege is vague” and requires clarity in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha Rules. PTI SJK RKS ARClast_img read more

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Pankaj Advani amasses world title number 20

first_imgYangon, Nov 15 (PTI) India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advani on Thursday won his third straight IBSF billiards crown in the 150-up format, taking his overall tally of world titles to a staggering 20.The 33-year-old from Bengaluru overcame Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar in a high-quality final. After bossing the ‘150-up’ format, Advani will now compete in the longer version, ‘Up’ format, commences immediately.It was also a proud moment for Myanmar which saw its own player in the title round for the first time. Nay Thway Oo did well to oust multiple world champion Mike Russell in the semifinal with a convincing 5-2 victory. With home support and overall advantage the one thing that was evidently lacking was the experience of competing in a World Championship final as Oo was denied much opportunity to reproduce the magic of his previous match. Up against the man to beat in the world of billiards, Oo wasn’t given much breathing space as Advani was clearly on a mission to retain his title. And he did so with absolute supremacy. His flow and fluency left even the local crowd in awe of his prowess as they saw the visitor steal the dream from its national hero.Advani started off the final with a century break of 108. But since he wasn’t able to settle down at the top of the table, the high-scoring zone, he couldn’t reach the 150-mark of the frame, allowing his opponent on to the table. Oo, however, did not capitalise and the Indian drew first blood. But the Myanmar cueist was determined to put up a fight and made the score 1-1 with the help of a 147 break.advertisementThe Indian pulled one back to maintaining the lead with breaks of 91 and 54 to go 2-1 up. However, Oo was not going to relent and added another century to make the score two apiece. But it was from there that Advani went into overdrive and never looked back. The next four frames in the race-to-6 encounter saw Advani play with sheer dominance as he compiled four back-to-back centuries of 141, 129, 145 and 151 to stamp his authority on the contest. “This win is extremely special for me. It’s a perfect 20 and I’m glad that I’m still hungry for more. It’s pleasing to be able to play at a quality level over the years and looking to take this tally beyond a score’,” said the champion.As Advani played the winning shot, the sporting Myanmar cueist clapped, smiled and rose from his chair to congratulate his worthy opponent.While this is yet another world title for the maestro, this win also marks a hat-trick of wins in the shorter format. Advani had won in his hometown Bengaluru in 2016 before doing the same in Doha last year.Earlier in the tournament, Pankaj qualified top of his group without dropping a frame. In the entire tournament it is to be noted that another record was created when he dropped a total of only three frames – one in the quarterfinal against Dhvaj and two in the final.Scores (Knockout) Final: Pankaj Advani beat Nay Thway Oo 6-2150(108)-21, 0-151(147), 151(91,54)-0, 4-151(103), 151(141)-11, 150(129)-81(77), 151(145)-109(52,57), 151(151)-0Semifinal: Pankaj Advani defeated David Causier 5-0150(97)-73, 152(139)-17, 152(83,69)-8, 151(151)-4, 157(74,51)-86(83). PTI APA BSBSlast_img read more

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Kumkum Bhagya’s Shikha Singh aka Alia slays it in a monokini. See pics

first_imgTelevision actress Shikha Singh, who is currently winning hearts with her negative role in Kumkum Bhagya, is on a mini vacation to Vietnam.The socially active actress is keeping her fans engaged with regular updates from the picture perfect location.She also posted pictures of herself sporting a hot monokini and captioned one of them as, “Oh Boy! What a time! What happens on a cruise, stays on a cruise!”.The bold and beautiful actress, has been part of the showbiz industry from last one decade and has managed to prove her mettle as well. She had started her career with Left Right Left in 2007 and then did quite a few shows like, Meri Doli Tere Angana, Uttaran, Phulwa and Sasural Simar Ka to name a few.But one character that made her popular was of Amba in popular daily soap Na Aana Is Des Laado in 2011.Also read | Kumkum Bhagya actress Shikha Singh files police complaint against troll for lewd commentlast_img read more

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Bagan to question Kamo over derby display

first_imgMohun Bagan Mohun Bagan to question Kamo Bayi over performance against East Bengal Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:11 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Stephane Bayi Kamo Mohun Bagan East Bengal Calcutta Premier Division A The Green and Maroon brigade have expressed their disappointment over the display by striker Kamo Bayi in their last three crucial games… Mohun Bagan officials are taking stock of the performance of the Calcutta Football League (CFL) and Kamo Bayi has been at the centre of their attention.The striker, who finished as the second highest scorer in the competition, couldn’t make as much impact especially in the high profile derby against East Bengal last weekend. He didn’t score against Mohammedan Sporting, Peerless and East Bengal.“The technical committee is not satisfied with his performance in last three matches. We have noticed a lack of effort.  We will meet him to understand as to why he couldn’t perform in the key games. We are not blaming him for anything. However, we are keen to understand his side of the story,” informed  Mohun Bagan official Debashish Datta. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. It is believed that the striker will be let go of his duties once his contract expires at the end of the month.Meanwhile, East Bengal have expressed their interest in signing Bayi.“For me, Kamo has been the best player in this season’s CFL. Honestly, we don’t know what is to be done with him, as our Indian strikers, too, are very good. But if Bagan do release Kamo, we will certainly think about him,” said coach Khalid Jamil on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Josh Warrington: ‘This is very real … this could be about me losing my life’

first_img Facebook Since you’re here… Carl Frampton Warrington looks up when I say boxing is like no other sport. His face is cut and bruised from intense sparring in preparation for his title defence against Carl Frampton in Manchester next month. Warrington knows he will be tested like never before. “It’s a funny old game, getting punched in the head for a living,” he says before adding a more complicated sentence. “For some reason it’s addictive.”The 28-year-old gazes at a deserted Elland Road. Warrington won his world title in front of a 20,000 crowd here, at the home of his beloved Leeds United, on a night when he surprised many by outboxing Selby. That spiteful contest offers a powerful conclusion to a new feature-length documentary about the Leeds fighter.Fighting for a City, which follows Warrington over two years, is a compelling film. It’s beautifully shot and a reminder how raw drama, poignant vulnerability and riveting characters define boxing at its best. Warrington is at the heart of it, alongside his father and trainer, Sean O’Hagan, a rotund and heavily tattooed man who had no previous boxing background until he started working his son’s corner. O’Hagan is amusing, with a sharp tongue, but he was calm before and after his son’s stunning victory – and when talking to me for 30 minutes before this interview.An excellent documentary, however, skirts some aspects of Warrington’s story – from his dad looking after him and his two brothers as a single parent to his past as a dental technician when the boxer was often tagged The Tooth Fairy. He would be making dentures by day while learning how to knock out teeth at night. Fighting for a City also does not fully probe the dangers faced by Warrington, and all boxers, in the ring.There is still a powerful line in the film where Natasha Warrington, Josh’s wife, underlines the gravity of boxing. “He is willing to die in that ring,” she admits quietly. Twitter Facebook Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp interviews Ramla Ali: ‘In boxing we are all equal’ … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Josh Warrington won the IBF title in a split decision over Lee Selby in May. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Tony Bellew leaves the ring for the quiet life as plain Anthony Boxingcenter_img “Beating Carl, who is a genuine world-class boxer, will put me on the world stage. It’s going to be very hard, as he’s a great fighter, but I’m very confident. There is no way I’m going to slag Carl to build a fight. I respect him and we’re both in our prime. We’re going to go at it, hammer and tongs, for my world title. That should be enough, shouldn’t it? We’re not swearing and pushing each other in the buildup. But we’ll have a real scrap.”Warrington can’t resist a little dig. “In my head I try to see him as this monster Carl Frampton. But when I look into Carl’s eyes, I see a bit of concern. I feel he’s uncertain. He’s concerned about where he is mentally and physically. Is he past his best? Every fighter questions if the fire is still there. But I’m preparing for Carl in peak condition.”I know Frampton doubts Warrington can match his skill and power and so this match-up between two ferocious competitors and understated men, roared on by their vociferous fans, is compelling. Warrington nods. “My attitude has been right since it changed when I was 22. An old school pal said: ‘Are you looking forward to your next fight?’ I said: ‘Yeah, but I wish I could go out with you boys on the weekend.’ He said: ‘Josh, it’s the same old. We’ve been doing it since we were 18.’ I said: ‘But it’s a laugh.’ He said: ‘All of us would give anything to do what you’re doing. We’re proud of you pal.’ I was like: ‘Wow.’ It made me stand tall. I give everything to boxing now.”Warrington rubs his battered face and smiles. “Boxing,” he says simply, “is really like nothing else.”Josh Warrington: Fighting for a City is on DVD and digital download from 26 November A tangled expression crosses Josh Warrington’s gaunt face as he talks about holding his wife before he goes to war in the ring. “I always embrace her like I’m holding her for the last time,” the IBF world featherweight champion says as he remembers how, before he beat Lee Selby to win the title in May, they hugged even more intently.“I always say: ‘I’ll see you after,’” Warrington explains, “and I kiss her goodbye. But it’s different now we’ve got kids [twin girls born a few weeks before the Selby fight]. I held Natasha much longer than normal because we were more emotional. Selby was such a big fight – we felt it. We’ve seen fighters get badly hurt and lose their lives. I’m not naive enough to think it won’t happen to me. So I always tell Natasha how I feel beforehand.” Share via Email Support The Guardian “The gaffer said: ‘You’ve got to go to uni.’ So I applied and, having 11 GCSEs, got in. Those were the hardest years. I was working four days a week, studying at uni on my day off, training before and after work. It took four years but I got a diploma in dental technology in 2014.”Warrington has been a professional for nine years. It has been a long haul but his fanatical following, a flawless 27-0 record and the pay-per-view contest against Frampton on 22 December highlight his belated success. Next month’s bout could be the British fight of the year as the Leeds faithful and Frampton’s army of fans from Belfast descend on Manchester. Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Share on Facebook “But as soon as I stepped into Elland Road the nerves vanished. Even in the changing rooms, in the last 20 minutes, I was calm as I could be. My dad said: ‘Take this in, enjoy it. You’ve worked hard to get here.’ I stood there smiling, enjoying it.”How did he feel an hour later when his name was shouted out as the new world champion? “After being battered for so long, and on a journey for so long, it was amazing. I want to keep that feeling. We’ve made it.”Warrington has felt pressure since leaving school at 16. “I thought of going into the marines. I then studied sport and psychology but fell out of love with it. I was drifting. My dad knew this guy at the [dental] lab, and he said: ‘Can you give Josh some work?’ I started off as a cleaner. Then I started making models of teeth. A dentist would take an impression of teeth and send it to our lab. I made gumshields and whitening trays. I was enthusiastic and worked my way up to making crowns, and all the realistic fancy false teeth. I really enjoyed the concentration and the detail. It’s quite an art. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Topics Read more “Yeah,” Warrington recalls, “but there is one scene I didn’t let them capture in the film. It’s about [the danger of] losing my life and that last hug before Selby. We always stay in a hotel before a fight. At 6 o’clock on fight night she heads to the venue. I say goodbye and have an hour to myself, to reflect. When I leave the hotel, I go to war.”Warrington suggests he does not feel fully alive between fights, as if he is in “a kind of coma” while waiting to step back into the ring. “I drift from day to day,” he says. “Don’t get me wrong. All this we’re doing now is very real for me. But, when it comes to fighting, I feel so alive. Obviously, when you’ve got kids, your outlook changes because this could be about me losing my life. But the fight’s always on my mind. I’ll wake up in the morning, and it’s the first thing I think of. I go to bed at night, and it’s the last thing I think of. Being successful in the ring brings bigger paydays and it can make a difference to their lives. I’ve got a plan I want to achieve as quickly as possible. And then be happy, be satisfied.”He looks composed in the documentary as a turbulent two years end in the climax of a world title. But surely he felt differently on the inside? “Throughout the buildup I was relaxed. Even on the day of the fight I was nice and calm. But, when I said bye to Natasha, the nerves hit me. I thought: ‘What have I taken on here? What happens if I don’t win? How would I go down Elland Road again? How do I walk around the city centre? How would I be able to stay where I live, in Garforth, where there are signs to Selby?’ I’d see his name everywhere. Josh Warrington’s twin daughters were born in the runup to the May fight, and he says he held his wife for longer than usual before the bout. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Seanergy Maritime Adds Capesize Bulker

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk shipping specialist Seanergy Maritime Holdings has taken delivery of a 178,838 dwt Capesize dry bulk vessel, renamed to M/V Lordship and built in 2010 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea. The M/V Lordship is the first of two Capesize vessels that the company has agreed to acquire for a gross purchase price of USD 20.75 million per vessel.The second Capesize vessel, of 178,978 dwt and to be renamed M/V Knightship, also built in 2010 by Hyundai Heavy Industries, is expected to be delivered to the company during December 2016.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ships in question are the ER Bayern and ER Bavaria.The vessels are a part of Hamburg-based ship management company E.R. Schiffahrt’s fleet of 20 bulk carriers which have a total carrying capacity of 2.2 million dwt.Including the newly-delivered M/V Lordship, Seanergy Maritime currently owns a modern fleet of a total of nine dry bulk carriers, consisting of seven Capesizes and two Supramaxes, with a combined cargo carrying capacity of approximately 1,324,391 DWT and an average fleet age of about 7.9 years.last_img read more

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Celebrate Swiss National Day and friendship day

first_imgCelebrate the bounty of Swiss flavours with your family and friends, as The Imperial commemorate ‘Swiss National Day’. Revel in a hand-crafted lunch buffet curated by the chefs at 1911 Restaurant for a splendid afternoon or enjoy an exquisite dinner at Nostalgia, 1911 Brasserie. The menu features a generous assortment of salads, soups, signature mains, live carving and desserts with the dishes like ‘Rotkraustsalt – Red cabbage salad’; ‘Nusslisalat- Swiss green salad with creamy dressing’, ‘Swiss apple tart’, ‘Swiss meringues with dark chocolate mousse’, along with many more indulgent offerings. WHERE: 1911 Restaurant (Lunch); Nostalgia, 1911 Brasserie (Dinner) When: August 1 Timings:12:30pm – 2:45pm (Lunch buffet) 6:30pm – 11:45pm (Dinner) Price: INR 3000 per person + taxes Apart from that, the hotel also invites you to celebrate ‘Friendship Day’, at 1911 Restaurant on August 4, 2019. Timings: 12:30pm – 2:45pm Price: INR 3700 per person + taxeslast_img read more

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Grains mostly higher livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for July delivery rose .60 cent at $4.7960 a bushel; Jul corn was up .40 cent at $3.9840 a bushel; July oats was off 2.40 cents at $3.1060 a bushel; while July soybeans was gained 5.80 cents at 8.3040 bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Jun. live cattle was off .40 cent at $1.1068 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle rose 7.87 cents $1.4362 a pound; Jun. lean hogs fell .80 cent at .8835 a pound.The Associated Press read more

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Sri Lanka to establish online damage and loss assessment system

He made these remarks addressing the Sixth Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Geneva from 13 to 17 May 2019, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva said today. Sri Lanka is taking a number of initiatives towards this end, he added, highlighting national measures to establish an online damage and loss assessment system for all sectors in line with international standards, a Climate-Resilient Integrated Water Management Project aimed at strengthening the resilience of vulnerable smallholder farmers in the dry zone, and a Climate Resilience Improvement Project focused on building a more climate-resilient economy. The Sri Lanka delegation to the Global Platform included Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in Geneva, W.A. Dharmasiri, Director General and Ms. Anoja Senevirathne, Director at the Disaster Management Centre, and Chaminda Pathiraja, Director at the National Disaster Relief Services Centre (NDRSC). Sri Lanka is to establish an online damage and loss assessment system for all sectors in line with international standards.Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez said that risk-sensitive economic planning and coherence between climate and disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies are vital in building resilient societies and economies as envisioned by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Referring to the devastating Easter Sunday terrorist attacks which he said was the manifestation of a global phenomenon that was often a less-highlighted form of disaster in the context of DRR discourses, Ambassador Azeez recalled that Sri Lanka has always demonstrated its ability to rise stronger from both natural and complex man-made disasters in the past decades.“Our national efforts are now focused on how best and how rapidly we could rise again. In the coming months, we would bounce back with renewed vigor, and emerge even stronger, demonstrating our collective resolve and resilience,” he stressed.The Global Platform, organised by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and hosted by the Government of Switzerland, provided an opportunity for the international community to boost the implementation of the Sendai Framework and related Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, as well as commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement. It was also the last global gathering for stakeholders before the deadline for the achievement of Target E of the Sendai Framework: Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. “In Sri Lanka, national strategies for disaster risk reduction have been formulated for the period of 2019-2030 and the National Policy on Disaster Risk Management has been updated to enable risk-informed implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the UN Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”“Among specific measures taken or being taken are the introduction of an insurance scheme against natural disasters for all houses and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), National Building Codes for disaster-resilient construction, guidelines to mainstream disaster risk reduction, and mainstreaming DRR into the education sector,” he stated. In his remarks, Ambassador Manuel Bessler, Head of Humanitarian Aid of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, who co-chaired the Sixth Global Platform with UNDRR, expressed condemnation of the heinous acts of terror on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka and wished the country and its people a speedy recovery. read more

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Nathan Cirillo returning to Hamilton

(updated) Corporal Nathan Cirillo who was shot and killed by a lone gunman while he was an honour guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday will have a full regimental funeral in Hamilton.A procession from Ottawa is travelling the Highway of Heroes to the Main St. Hamilton exit. It is estimated that arrival in Hamilton will be at approximately 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.Cirillo’s funeral is Tuesday at noon Christ’s Church Cathedral on James St. N.Visitations will be held at Markey-Dermody Funeral Home in Hamilton on Sunday from 6pm-9pm, and on Monday from 9am-9pm.Corporal Nathan Cirillo’s family says there is an authorized trust fund set up for Nathan’s 6 year old son. It is at TD Bank, Transit #2221 account #6391935 read more

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Canadian crudebyrail exports rise to record high in April NEB reports

CALGARY — The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada grew to a record 193,500 barrels per day in April, up 13 per cent from the previous month, as full pipelines forced more producers to use trains to get their products to market.The oil shipping tally beat the previous record of nearly 179,000 bpd in September 2014 and was well ahead of the 150,000 bpd moved in April 2017.Andrew Botterill, a partner with accounting firm Deloitte, says he expects rail shipments will continue to grow this year.He says the increased use of rail will allow prices for Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude oil to strengthen as compared with New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude.Botterill says demand for Canadian heavy oil is expected to increase as it will be needed in the U.S. Gulf Coast refining complex to replace shrinking volumes from Venezuela.Deloitte forecasts global oil prices will fall back from recent three-year highs in the coming months as OPEC countries increase output and international demand for oil declines.“Continuous decreases in Venezuelan production volumes, the possibility of sanctions enforced by the United States on Iran, and decreased oil stockpile volumes have escalated global oil prices,” the report says.“However, these are expected to recede in coming months as OPEC members increase rates to fill void agreement volumes resulting from Iranian and Venezuelan production cuts.” read more

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Reproductive rights focus of UNbacked conference of lawmakers in Ottawa

About 100 lawmakers from 70 countries are attending the two-day conference to discuss how they can help to secure funding and strengthen laws, policies and services so that all women and men can enjoy the right to reproductive health. “We cannon confront today’s massive challenges of poverty, hunger, disease and environmental destruction unless we address the issues of population and reproductive health,” stressed Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). According to UNFPA, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related cause every minute. Another 58 million women give birth each year without any medical help while 350 million women are denied access to safe and effective family planning methods. At the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, 179 countries supported universal access to reproductive health care by the year 2015. Governments also signed a Programme of Action, moving away from demographic targets and family planning quotas to giving free access to reproductive information. UNFPA said the Ottawa conference would give lawmakers an opportunity to outline actions they can take to ensure that the goals set eight years ago in Cairo are fulfilled. At the end of the conference, lawmakers are expected to sign a Statement of Commitment, outlining specific actions they will take in their countries to promote reproductive health and rights and move the Cairo agenda forward. read more

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Security Council establishes UN integrated support team for Sierra Leone

Acting on the request of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution to establish for one year, beginning on 1 January 2006, the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), which will work closely with the Government to root out the causes of the conflict and promote consolidating peace by addressing deficits in governance, human rights observance and the rule of law.In his latest report this month, Mr. Annan said that although there had been significant progress in consolidating peace in Sierra Leone since the end of the conflict in January 2002, many challenges remained and strong support by the UN was needed to help the Government and people of the country address the “complex set of issues” that could hamper reconciliation and long-term development.The Council decided that the office of integrated national and international staff would also assist the Government of Sierra Leone in promoting a culture of peace, dialogue, and participation in critical national issues, including through building an independent and capable public radio capacity; and in developing initiatives for the protection and well-being of youth, women and children.It would also work with the Government towards building the capacity of the National Electoral Commission to conduct a free, fair and credible electoral process in 2007, enhancing good governance, transparency and accountability of public institutions, and developing a national action plan for human rights and establishing the national human rights commission.The Council also decided to request Mr. Annan to continue planning for security for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which is mandated to try those “bearing the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian and Sierra Leonean laws” committed in the territory of Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996. read more

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Toronto stock market gets boost from higher oil prices amid OPEC talk

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2016 9:18 am MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market gets boost from higher oil prices amid OPEC talk TORONTO – Hints that OPEC may be prompted into action over production levels sent crude prices higher Monday as the Toronto stock market registered a solid three-digit gain.The S&P/TSX composite index surged 106.85 points to 14,755.62, buoyed by gains in the mining and energy sectors.The Toronto market was helped by the September crude contract, which was up $1.22 at US$43.02 per barrel after OPEC announced it will meet two months ahead of schedule.Oil ministers from the 14-nation members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are set to have an “informal” gathering in Algeria in September. The move is unusual because the group rarely comes together outside of regularly scheduled meetings, leading investors to take it as a sign that OPEC is concerned about oil prices.“There is speculation around the upcoming OPEC meeting and what that might mean for production,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“We had a few comments today suggesting that the bear market in oil is over, that OPEC might be doing something to stabilize prices, or even lift prices moving forward.”But Fehr cautioned that although the signals may be there now, past OPEC meetings have resulted in no action.“It’s a little premature to suggest that that meeting is going to mark the turnaround in the oil markets. Quite frankly, the demand story is more important from a sustained oil price increase going forward,” he said.The cost of a barrel of oil has been generally stuck in a range between US$40-$50 a barrel for most of the past year, about half of what a barrel fetched two years ago when it was over US$100.Fehr noted that OPEC wants to stabilize oil prices, but also doesn’t want to risk losing market share to the U.S., which has increased its shale production in recent years.“There’s been plenty of opportunities for OPEC members to cut if they so chose to in the last year and a half,” he said. “But instead, we’ve seen them maintain production as a way to maintain market share.”In New York, the broader S&P 500 composite index barely dipped, falling by 1.98 points to 2,180.89, while the Nasdaq composite lost 7.98 points to 5,213.14. Both indices had smashed through record-highs on Friday as the U.S. Labor Department reported that 255,000 jobs were added in July, beating out expectations.The Dow Jones industrial average also saw a drop, retreating 14.24 points to 18,529.29.Higher crude left little impact on the Canadian dollar, which was up 0.01 of a cent to 75.97 cents US. The loonie had dropped four-fifths of a cent on Friday after Statistics Canada reported unexpectedly weak job and trade figures.Elsewhere in commodities, the September natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.75 per mmBTU, December gold fell $3.10 to US$1,341.30 an ounce and September copper contracts rose a penny to US$2.16 a pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect closing price for gold. read more

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Politically Engaged Teddy Pic of the Day

first_img(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)Read: Battle of the Opposition parties: Gerry Adams takes on Fianna Fáil over ‘hypocrisy’ > Read: “People do not feel safe in their own homes” – FF takes aim at Shatter > AS WELL AS all the usual merchandise up for sale at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis this weekend – badges, t-shirts, books – the party is also selling something a little more unusual: teddy bears.We’re not sure what their stance is on abortion legislation or the property tax but they definitely look a lot cuter than most members of the Oireachtas.last_img read more

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Students create cheap anemia detection system using a cellphone

first_imgA low cost screening device connected to a cell phone could save hundreds of lives in developing countries from anemia, a deadly blood disorder.The device, named HemoGlobe, was developed by biomedical engineering students and it’s designed to convert health workers’ cellphones into a system for detecting anemia. This saves a lot of money compared to dedicated screening hardware or tests, and means no needles are required to take blood samples. It also means anemia can be detected almost instantly, whereas blood tests can take up to a few days, saving time for health workers and getting the patients treated more quickly.HemoGlobe works using a sensor placed on the patient’s fingertip. Different wavelengths of light are then shone through the skin to measure hemoglobin levels. The phone’s screen shows a color-coded result, rating anemia from mild to moderate, and even severe. After the test is complete, the phone sends a text message with the results to a central server in order to compile a map showing where anemia is present and its concentrations within different areas.Anemia occurs when someone doesn’t have enough red blood cells or hemoglobin in their blood, causing low oxygen levels and making them feel weak/light headed. If your oxygen levels are very low it can lead to a heart attack. When pregnant women suffer with this condition it can lead to birth complications and if they lose a lot of blood in the process, the mother can die. Anemic babies can also suffer serious health issues. With this detection system, anemia can be treated quickly by administrating iron supplements. If the condition is found to be particularly bad, a visit to a clinic can be arranged for further treatment.This system is important for testing newborns and pregnant women for the condition in developing countries, and could be manufactured for between $10-$20, saving or improving a lot of lives for very little investment.The Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development competition has warded this Johns Hopkins student’s project with a grant of $250,000. The seed grant will allow the inventors to improve and test the system in Kenya next year.via Kurzweillast_img read more

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Walmart lowers iPhone 4S price to 39 iPhone 5 to 129

first_imgIf you’re an Apple fan who always likes to own and use the latest gadgets, then September and the launch of the iPhone 5S probably can’t come soon enough for you. The iPhone 5s will instantly replace the iPhone 5 as the handset to have, and is sure to command a premium price, but if you don’t mind slightly older hardware then owning an iPhone just got cheaper.Walmart has decided to permanently reduce the price of both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, making the 4S a budget option and the iPhone 5 much more affordable. Until last week a 16GB iPhone 4S on contract (with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon) purchased at Walmart stores cost you $90. That has now been reduced to just $39. If that handset is looking pretty ancient to you then there’s the 16GB iPhone 5 instead. It was $190, but Walmart has slashed the price down to $129 provided you sign up for a contract.While both may look like cheap deals, you have to remember we are nearing the launch of the next iPhone (3 months or so to go) and a contract will tie you to that phone for a couple of years. So if you pick up the iPhone 4S it will be a four-year-old device by the time you can upgrade.Even so, if all you want is a handset for calls, texts, and some light Internet browsing, either device is going to serve you well and it seems unlikely the iPhone 5S will introduce any novel, must-have new features. However, if you are in no rush to pick up a new smartphone right now, it may be worth waiting until the iPhone 5S is actually available. At that point the cost of the iPhone 5 will surely come down again, and that’s going to be the best time to pick up Apple’s smartphone.last_img read more

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Prix Pinocchio du développement durable les nominés

first_imgPrix Pinocchio du développement durable : les nominésFrance – Le vote public des internautes pour les Prix Pinocchio 2010 est ouvert. Douze entreprises françaises sont nominées pour remporter l’un des trois prix récompensant les sociétés les moins engagées, ou les plus menteuses en matière de développement durable.Ces prix visent à dénoncer les pratiques de certaines entreprises qui n’hésitent pas à se donner une image respectueuse de l’environnement tout en adoptant un comportement en contradiction totale avec le développement durable. Trois récompenses sont mises en jeu, dans les catégories “Environnement”, “Droits Humains” et “Greenwashing”.À lire aussiComparatif Livebox Play d’Orange / LaBox Numericable : quelle box nouvelle génération est la mieux dotée ?En 2010, les entreprises nominées sont les suivantes : Sodexo, GDF Suez, Vilgrain et Orange pour la catégorie “Droits Humains” ; Total, Eramet, AXA et Alstom dans la catégorie “Environnement”, et le Crédit Agricole, Renault, l’aéroport de Beauvais-Tille et la SNCF dans la catégorie “Greenwashing”.Il est ainsi reproché à AXA ses investissements dans les énergies les moins propres comme le charbon, ou l’extraction d’hydrocarbures par les sables bitumineux, la façon la plus polluante de produire du pétrole. C’est pour ce même investissement que Total est en lice. La société Eramet est quant à elle dénoncée pour son projet de mine de nickel en pleine forêt tropicale, sur l’île de Halmahera en Indonésie. Les raisons pour lesquelles les entreprises sont nominées sont longuement expliquées sur le site prix-pinocchio.org.”Deux ans après la première édition, les Prix Pinocchio démontrent encore malheureusement leur utilité. Tout le monde parle de capitalisme vert et d’économie verte, mais sur le terrain, la réalité est encore une fois bien différente” déploreAloys Ligault, chargé de campagne “Responsabilité des entreprises” pour les Amis de la Terre. Et Nathalie Péré Marzano, déléguée générale du Centre de recherche et d’information pour le développement (Crid), d’ajouter : “Cet événement est également un moyen d’interpeller les responsables politiques sur l’absence de régulation contraignante, qui permet notamment que les multinationales ne soient pas tenues légalement responsables de l’impact de leurs activités, et encore moins de celles de leurs filiales, sur les personnes et l’environnement à travers le monde”.Le 14 octobre 2010 à 15:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Air and Space Museum celebrates 15th annual Space Day

first_img Posted: May 16, 2018 Allie Wagner Allie Wagner, May 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIf you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend for the kids, then head down to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.The museum is celebrating it’s 15th annual “Space Day” this Saturday.The event includes a day of hands-on fun activities, giveaways and a chance to meet Astronaut Woody Spring. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Air and Space Museum celebrates 15th annual ‘Space Day’last_img read more