2,000 teenagers from Delhi slums to get vocational training

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) In a mega skill training programme launched by Delhi Police today, more than 2,000 teenagers mainly from slum areas were selected for training in various skill sets, including as video editors and data entry operators, to prevent them from taking to crime.Launching the initiative titled Yuva, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called it a good effort to enhance the image of the police in the eyes of the public.Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik said the initiative was an effort for preventing youth into getting into crime at a young age. The city police is carrying out the programme in partnership with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and CII (Confederation of Indian Industry).NSDC shall provide skill training to 2,269 youth under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY).The selected youth will be trained by 36 training partners in 45 skills in the next three months. The whole process of selection of these candidates is paperless, the police said.Singh said the initiative will definitely improve the image of Delhi Police and will take police-public relations to a new high.”Peoples faith in the police will be strengthened once there is social interaction between the public and the police. The perception of police is changing but I expect more efforts from police constables and personnel posted at police stations in this regard,” said the home minister.He added that the constabulary, sub-inspectors and inspectors, who work at ground level, have the job of ruining or creating the image of the Delhi Police. Singh also said that this initiative is like an “open agenda” to improve the image of police.advertisementIn Delhi, an analysis of street crimes over a period of time has shown that over 95 per cent of street crimes are committed by first-timers, the police said.Patnaik said it is better to identify youth at the right stage and put them in the right kind of programme so that they can become a part of mainstream society.”You are preventing a sizable number of youths from getting into delinquency. Its a long term strategy,” he added.The Delhi Police earlier also had an initiative called Yuva where teenagers were engaged in sports activities to prevent them from taking to crime. Patnaik said this version of Yuva is a step ahead.”The earlier Yuva programme was there to have an interface with youth through sports activities. But this is a step further and will help them gain employment. Through this initiative, they will develop a sense of self-pride and its also a strategy of crime prevention,” Patnaik told PTI.The event was also attended by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and senior Delhi Police officers.Some teenagers who are undergoing training at various training centres also shared how they were looking ahead to a bright future for themselves and their families.Asha (18), who has four siblings, is undergoing hospitality training at Kirti Nagar police station.”My father is unemployed and its my mother who runs the house. I have started with this programme so that I can contribute to my family income and improve our standard of living,” she said.An 18-year-old woman, who was married off at 14, and left to fend for herself and her two-year-old child at 16, expressed hope that after undergoing skill training and getting a good job, she would be able to support her daughter and bring her up to live a life of dignity. PTI SLB KUNlast_img read more

Messi is not from this world – Dembele

first_imgBarcelona ‘Messi is not from this world’ – Dembele labels Barcelona team-mate as best ever Last updated 2 years ago 23:08 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(97) Lionel Messi Barcelona 2017 Getty Barcelona Ousmane Dembélé PSG Ligue 1 Primera División The 20-year-old is excited to link up with his new club-mates, having been inspired by them as a youngster Ousmane Dembele has labelled his new Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi as “the greatest player in history”, claiming he is out of this world. The 20-year-old completed his €105 million move from Borussia Dortmund on August 28, following weeks of speculation which marked him as Neymar’s replacement after the Brazil star’s record-breaking €222m switch to Paris Saint-Germain. Barca 13/2 to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The France international took matters into his own hands by refusing to train with the German club in order to force through his “dream move”.Now, having been confirmed as a Barca player, Dembele has shared his early memories of the Catalan club and named Andres Iniesta and Messi as inspirations.”I remember two games especially,” Dembele told Sport. “One against Chelsea, when Iniesta scored the goal to qualify for the Champions League final. When I see Andres now I remember it. I can’t wait to tell him.”And the other was a Champions League game against Arsenal. Barcelona had not done great in the first leg but in the second leg they produced a brilliant performance, with four goals from Messi.”That’s when I realised Messi’s not from this world. It was incredible.Lionel Messi Andres Iniesta Barcelona“I had a poster of Iniesta. He seemed like a different player to me: elegant, special… a genius. I watched all the Barcelona games to see how they played and the geniuses, Iniesta and Messi. After, I tried to imitate them but it was difficult.”They do things that no one does. Messi always plays at a sublime level. He’s the best player in history!”Dembele, widely labelled as one of the most exciting young talents in world football before his transfer to Dortmund, earned a five-year deal at the Bundesliga club in 2016 following an outstanding campaign in the Rennes first team. Six goals and six assists in 32 German top-flight outings saw him linked with a move to Barca, before a deal was completed following confirmation of Neymar’s departure.And though his former manager, Thomas Tuchel, had tipped him to go on to be named as the best player on the planet, Dembele has stressed his focus sits with establishing himself as a first-team player at Camp Nou.”He [Tuchel] loved me too much,” he added. “Being serious, it’s not a challenge in my life. My objective is to learn from the best in the world, to integrate myself into the team. I am only 20. Personal titles aren’t something which motivate me.”Ousmane Dembele Barcelona 2017Asked whether comparisons between himself and Neymar, Dembele said: “No. Honestly I don’t think so.”Neymar is a great player with a lot of class, one of the best in the world.”I am young, I am here to learn and to add what I can to Barcelona.”last_img read more

Guerrero: Peru deserve respect

first_imgPeru captain Paolo Guerrero called for the surprise Copa America finalists to be shown more respect following their commanding 3-0 semi-final triumph over defending champions Chile.Edison Flores and Yoshimar Yotun scored in the opening period before Guerrero added a third in second-half stoppage time to send Peru through to the decider for the first time in 44 years.Ricardo Gareca’s men, who ousted Uruguay on penalties in the previous round, now face Brazil at the Maracana on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The host nation romped to a 5-0 victory when the teams met in the group stage, but Internacional striker Guerrero thinks recent results should bring more recognition for a team that reached the last World Cup.”The team is making history,” Guerrero said. “I’m proud of my team-mates. We concentrated, we worked hard and we are in the final. It’s going to be a very difficult final.”I respect Brazil a lot and I am happy [playing for my club] here but in football there are no favourites, and we showed that again today.”We won convincingly when others talked about Chile. Those people have to have more respect. “If Brazil want to call themselves favourites then they can call themselves favourites, but on the field we do not think about that.”We have to do our work with a lot of humility, as always.”Peru have won the Copa America twice previously, in 1939 and 1975, but will arrive in Rio de Janeiro as firm outsiders against eight-time champions Brazil.However, head coach Gareca is quietly confident of upstaging another South American powerhouse.”I think we have great players that can surprise in a match of that level,” the Blanquirroja boss said.”We will attack the strengths of the team, because you know that talking individually about each Brazil player is not the best way. “I trust my players. We are capable of finding the answer on how to win.”Reinaldo Rueda, meanwhile, admitted Chile may have looked too far ahead in their bid for a third successive continental title.”Maybe we were thinking about playing the final without having solved the semi-final,” he said.last_img read more

Panama Okays Latest Tolls Structure Modifications

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: The Panama Canal Authority Panama’s Cabinet Council has officially approved the modification of the Panama Canal tolls structure, following a recommendation from the Panama Canal Board of Directors.The approved modifications include the tolls charged to Neopanamax dry bulk vessels carrying iron ore, Neopanamax dry bulk vessels transiting in ballast, the vehicle carrier/roro segment, and for the liquid bulk segment, including oil and product tankers, chemical tankers, LPG and LNG vessels.The approved modifications also include adjustments made in response to topics discussed during meetings with customers and industry representatives held prior to the process, as well as feedback received during the formal consultation period, the Panama Canal Administration said.Such adjustments include the exclusion of the proposed tolls modification for the passenger vessel segment, which will continue to be charged per the current tariff structure. Additionally, considerations were granted to postpone the implementation date for tolls applicable to certain segments until the months of April and May 2020.For the dry bulk segment, the modifications include matched tolls charged to Neopanamax vessels carrying iron ore with the tolls assessed for grains and “other dry bulk” cargoes. This includes a tariff increase for Neopanamax dry bulkers transiting in ballast.In the containership segment there are two new categories incorporated to the Loyalty Program with the objective of incentivizing the deployment of increased cargo volumes and additional services through the waterway.Additionally, the modifications include a new rate for vessels carrying containers on deck, which do not belong to the container shipping segment, allowing for differentiated charges for containers that are empty, dry or refrigerated. In the vehicle carrier and RoRo segment the the tolls charged were modified and the vessel capacity ranges were revised in order to clearly differentiate the current fleet. Based on the recommendations received, the tolls presented in the original proposal were adjusted for Neopanamax vessels.Toll structures remain unchanged for tankers, chemical tankers, LPG and LNG vessels, but tolls adjustments were approved to more closely align with the value of the route.The tolls for small vessels and local tourism were revised upwards to consider the resources used in the transit.The proposed tolls modifications were officially announced on June 14, 2019, initiating a formal 30-day consultation period concluded by a public hearing held on July 24, 2019.last_img read more

Ive laid awake Residents demand review as fears grow over Muskrat Falls

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A nagging dread is keeping Craig Chaulk up at night.He lives downstream from the $12.7-billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric development in Labrador. He’s among many residents concerned that a crucial part of the dam, a jut of sand and clay called the North Spur, could give way.“My biggest fear is that the project will go to completion, the reservoir will be filled to 39 metres as they’re proposing, the North Spur will fail and this little community that I live in will be wiped right off the face of this Earth,” Chaulk said from his home at Mud Lake.The 200-year-old community of about 70 people has already faced the worst spring flooding anyone there can remember. Chaulk and dozens of other residents were airlifted to safety May 17 as water levels swiftly rose after ice jammed where the lower Churchill River meets Lake Melville.Crown corporation Nalcor Energy, which is responsible for Muskrat Falls, has denied it did anything to swamp almost 50 homes and structures. It blamed the incident on spring run-off. The flood is now under independent review.Chaulk said that experience has shaken his confidence in the development — especially as questions persist about the North Spur.It’s a natural dam of clay and sand that will form a critical part of the Muskrat Falls project to harness hydro power near Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Landslides have happened in that area before.Chaulk takes no comfort from Nalcor’s public assurances that the North Spur has been stabilized, protected and reinforced using proven engineering methods endorsed by third parties.He’s among increasingly vocal skeptics who say it’s a weak link in the megaproject’s design that, like the Mud Lake flood, should be independently reviewed.They include David Vardy, a former chairman of the provincial Public Utilities Board, who served as a senior public servant for almost 30 years. He believes there’s a lack of geotechnical evidence that potentially sensitive clays underlying the North Spur can withstand the pressure of higher reservoir levels.Vardy noted the issue was red-flagged in an internal 2013 risk assessment report by engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin, which designed Muskrat Falls and the North Spur dam.Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady said Friday in a statement that North Spur groundwater and soil properties “have been studied by multiple geoscience engineers since 1965.”“The North Spur also meets Dam Safety Guidelines as outlined by the Canadian Dam Association,” she added.Vardy is not convinced. The North Spur is not like fully engineered dams, he stressed.“We need the government to appoint an expert panel,” he said in an interview. “The problem here is, for whatever reason, Nalcor has decided that this is all perfectly safe.”A group of concerned citizens is also calling on Premier Dwight Ball to act. In an open letter Wednesday, the Labrador Land Protectors and Grand Riverkeeper Labrador said they’ve received no response to a letter May 9 urging an independent expert review.The project is already well behind schedule. Costs have soared from $7.7 billion when the former Progressive Conservative government approved it in 2012, to $12.7 billion. First power is not expected until 2019.Nalcor said in a public information session last January that North Spur stabilization efforts include excavating “high sensitivity clay” along with sandy soils.It said cement cut-off walls down to the lower clay layer will protect the spur, along with rock walls, drainage and relief wells.“Engineering design was undertaken by qualified geotechnical engineers,” validated by MWH Canada, the project’s independent engineer, and consultant Hatch Ltd., Nalcor said.“Dams are designed not to fail.”Not all researchers agree with Nalcor’s approach.Robin Dury has just finished a Master’s thesis in civil engineering at Lulea University of Technology in Sweden, focusing on the North Spur. He questions Nalcor’s risk assessments.Landslide analysis at the site has been based on modelling which may not best reflect conditions at the North Spur, he found.At issue is whether the porous nature of those soils is being correctly analysed along with the risk they could liquefy and give way, Dury explained in an email. He uses a “progressive failure method” to calculate that “there exists a certain risk of landslides triggering in both the upper and lower clay layers.”More testing should be done “immediately,” he concludes.Dury’s findings raise more doubts for Chaulk, who doesn’t want to leave his home at Mud Lake.“I’ve laid awake in my bed for so many nights trying to think of a way to make people understand the threat we’re facing, and try to convey to people that it just can’t go on the way it is because the risks are simply much too high.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

Baby girl suffered multiple organ failure after birth in heated tub case

first_imgLONDON, Ont. – A team of doctors says the case of a baby girl who went into multiple organ failure after being born underwater in a hot tub highlights the risks of such births.The report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says the eight-day-old infant was admitted to a London, Ont., hospital with fever, poor feeding and fussiness.She was moved to the intensive care unit that same day with multiple organ failure due to sepsis and spent five weeks on a ventilator.The baby was started on antibiotics and began to improve, but on the 13th day of her hospital stay, she developed a rash on her limbs.Tests found the baby was infected with legionella bacteria typically found in pools and hot springs because they thrive in temperatures between 20 C and 42 C.Dr. Michelle Barton, the study’s lead author from Western University in London, says the case shows that underwater births may be harmful or even fatal — especially when prefilled, heated pools are used.“Factors such as prefilling the tank days ahead of delivery, inadequately disinfecting the birthing tank, using a contaminated water source, using jetted tubs and heating water all increase the bacterial load of the birthing water,” reads the study.The case — also authored by Brianna McKelvie, Aaron Campigotto and Tara Mullowney — says the girl was delivered underwater in a hot tub, which had been filled with water three days earlier and under the supervision of a midwife.The doctors were unable to test the birthing water for the bacteria as the hot tub had already been emptied and disinfected.The baby weighed about 7.7 pounds, was breast fed and was otherwise healthy.The study says that “legionellosis is an uncommon diagnosis in the neonatal period.”However, it also says several reports of the infection in newborns have been linked to contaminated water systems at residences or hospitals or to the inhalation or aspiration of contaminated water in humidifiers, baths and birthing tanks.“Neonatal legionellosis presents as a potentially fatal sepsis syndrome characterized by severe pneumonia progressing to acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock, multiorgan failure and death in more than half of cases.”The report suggests testing for legionella if a baby develops respiratory complications.A water birth involves an expectant mother being in a pool of warm water for at least a portion of labour. Supporters say it can be more relaxing for the mother and cause less distress to the infant as it is born into an environment similar to the womb.Doctors in the United States and the United Kingdom recommend avoiding pools with jets or recirculating pumps for water births. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends expectant mothers say away from water births because there isn’t enough data to determine the risks and benefits during labour and delivery, the doctors wrote.(CTV)last_img read more

Tax credits penalizing big polluters key to Conservative climate plan

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wants to give corporate tax breaks to companies that develop and patent green technology in Canada and introduce another federal tax credit for residential energy-efficiency projects.Scheer is unveiling his long-awaited climate plan later today in a speech in Gatineau, Que.It is the last of five big policy pronouncements he is making this spring in the lead-up to the fall election campaign.A party official says the Conservatives intend to scrap the federal carbon tax but keep a price on pollution for heavy industrial emitters.However their plan won’t tax emissions from major polluters, but will require them to invest in clean technology as a penalty for exceeding emissions limits.Scheer intends to use his plan to reduce emissions in line with Canada’s targets under the Paris Agreement on climate change, but the Conservatives have been hinting that their plan will include taking credit when Canadian products reduce emissions overseas.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jessie J Shaves Her Head For Charity

first_imgPopstar Jessie J said goodbye to her luscious locks and shaved off all her hair as she completed her Dare for Red Nose Day live on TV on Friday.Jessie J Shaves Her Hair For CharityCredit/Copyright: RedNoseDay.com
In front of a studio audience and millions of TV viewers, Jessie bravely faced what would be the most important haircut of her life and had her trademark bob shaved to just 0.5mm in length.Lenny Henry was on hand to help ‘cut-off’ proceedings, before Jessie’s hair stylist took control of the clippers to leave Jessie without a single lock of hair.Speaking afterwards, a relieved Jessie said: “”I feel exhilarated to be able to have the opportunity to raise money for people that aren’t fortunate enough to say something and be heard. Having visited some Comic Relief projects I can’t even begin to explain all the things I’ve seen, to make people understand how important it is to raise money.”“I know Red Nose Day is one night but this is every day, every week, every month, every year these people are going through really tough times and they need us to never stop helping. So i wanted to do something that wasn’t just for today and wasn’t just for five minutes, it’s going to last a few months. It will remind me and hopefully others that everyday you should do something good if you can.”In the build up to her Dare, Jessie visited the Comic Relief funded project, Body and Soul, which uses money raised through Red Nose Day to help young people living with HIV. Learning how the project supports vulnerable young people and their families, and tackles the stigma around the issue of HIV, Jessie was more determined than ever to raise as much money as possible for Red Nose Day.Having announced she was going to shave her head months ago, Jessie has gone on to Dare a whole host of her celebrity friends as well as the public who have joined her in doing their own Dares for Red Nose Day.To sponsor Jessie go to rednoseday.com/JessieJ.last_img read more

American Rapper JayZ to face Court for Plagiarism of an Egyptian

Rabat – American rapper Jay-Z will appear in court next October accused of plagiarism of the main beats of a song by Abdelhalim Hafez.This week, court documents set October 13th to conduct a jury trial in Los Angeles against Jay-Z for his song entitled “Big Pimpin,” released in 1999.Baligh Hamdy composed the beat in 1957 for Abdelhalim Hafez’s song entitled “Khossara Khossara.” The beats of both songs were clearly composed using a Middle Eastern flute.ABC reported that “Big Pimpin’’ hip-hop producer Timbaland has said he found the Egyptian song without any identification on a CD, and that he believed it was in the public domain.In 2001, Jay-Z’s relatives reportedly tried to resolve the problem by paying $100,000 to the label EMI Arabia in order to hold the copyright to the song.However, in 2007, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, the composer’s nephew determined to file lawsuit in a U.S. Court saying that the settlement deal was inappropriate according to Egyptian law.Fahmy added in his lawsuit that, “Khosara, Khosara” is ‘culturally significant’ in Egypt and local law at the time gave no “blanket license to make derivative works that alter or add to the copyright.”Fahmy and his lawyers intend to look for experts in order to assess the profit of Jay-Z’s song.Jay-Z’s lawyers believe this lawsuit is ridiculous and derided the conflict saying that to assume “people buy concert tickets to hear one song, never mind an instrumental sample contained in one song…is beyond speculative — it is farcical.” read more

Manchester United Wanted to Sign Thomas Müller at All Costs Agent

Miami – Italian agent Giovanni Branchini declared to Calciomercato.com that Manchester United tried their best to acquire Bayern Münich’s Thomas Müller, whom the agent represents.“Manchester United wanted Thomas Muller at all costs,” revealed Branchini.Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal admires the German star and allegedly did not hold back using solid attempts to get him. The Italian agent emphasized that the British club was not easy to convince that Müller would not be released and would remain with Bayern. “I’ve spent days trying to explain Bayern Münich would never let him leave – so in the end they changed their mind,” he added.Branchini said that Old Trafford wanted to purchase the 26-year-old player during the last summer transfer window for a large yet undisclosed amount.According to UK’s Daily Mail, the amount of the offer reportedly placed by the Red Devils to sign the German forward has not been confirmed, however there were rumors of a £71 million bid.United’s boss might have missed on giving Müller a red jersey this time, yet the relationship between both men is a great one.In 2010, when Van Gaal managed Bayern, he favored the German star so much that he was quoted as saying: “with me, Müller will always play”. On his part, Thomas told Champions magazine, that the Dutchman was “a genius technician” who makes players “improve every time”.The Red Devils of Van Gaal seemed to be determined in enlisting Bayern’s forward, but only time will tell if Münich will release him, as his contract is reportedly set to expire in 2019. read more

Major German union urges members to join climate protests

BERLIN — One of Germany’s largest unions is calling on its members to join the weekly “Fridays for Future” protests calling for action on climate change.Verdi head Frank Bsirske told the WAZ newspaper on Monday he was calling on the union’s 2 million members to start taking part in the climate protests, which have attracted thousands weekly in cities across Europe and elsewhere in the world.Bsirske says “it’s about showing the flag — we need a much more consistent approach to climate change policy.”Thousands of young protesters have skipped school on Fridays to join the protests inspired by Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.Bsirske says he’s not calling for union members to skip work but to join in after their shifts are done.___For more Associated Press stories about climate change, go to https://www.apnews.com/ClimateThe Associated Press read more

Syria in message to consultative group meeting in Tehran Ban urges united

“We face the grim possibility of long-term civil war destroying Syria’s rich tapestry of interwoven communities. This would have tragic implications for Syria’s people and could affect stability across the region. We cannot let this prediction come true,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered on his behalf to an international consultative meeting on Syria, taking place in Tehran, Iran, today. “All of us have a responsibility to the people of Syria. We must use all of the peaceful means in the UN Charter to help them unite around a Syrian-led transition process that is based on dialogue and compromise by all sides on the ground, not bullets, arrests, abductions and intimidation,” he added.Syria has been wracked by violence, with an estimated 17,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 17 months ago. Over recent days, there have been reports of an escalation in violence in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, with the latter reportedly the centre of intense combat between Government and opposition forces, involving both aerial bombardments and heavy weaponry.In his message, the UN chief noted the General Assembly adopted a resolution last week, which stressed the importance of making rapid progress on a political transition and encouraged Member States to provide active support to this end. “For this consultative group, this means that it must take concerted efforts to persuade Syria’s leadership to change course and embrace a political transition,” Mr. Ban said. The UN chief noted that the primary responsibility for stopping the violence lies with those on the ground, particularly the Syria Government. “But their refusal to lay down arms does not absolve the rest of us of the need to act. I urge all of you to face up to the collective responsibilities we shoulder,” he said.The Secretary-General stated that a first move by the Government is vital, as “its intransigence and refusal to implement the six-point peace plan has been the greatest obstacle to any peaceful political process, ensuring the distrust of the opposition in proposals for a negotiated transition.” The opposition, too, he said, should be more forthcoming in favour of opportunities for a political solution. “Most importantly and urgently, all sides must protect civilians and abide by their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law,” the Secretary-General stated.Put forward by the outgoing Joint Special Envoy for the UN and the League of Arab States for the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan, earlier this year, the six-point plan calls for an end to violence, access for humanitarian agencies to provide relief to those in need, the release of detainees, the start of inclusive political dialogue, and unrestricted access to the country for the international media.The Secretary-General also noted the agreement reached by the Action Group on Syria, at the end of June in Geneva, Switzerland, in which it strongly condemned the violence in Syria and outlined the steps for a peaceful transition there, including, among other points, the establishment of a transitional governing body that would exercise full executive powers and that would be made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups.“For the first time, the international community was able to agree on a path that should lead to a state that is genuinely pluralistic and democratic,” Mr. Ban said. “This was an important step in support of the Syrian-owned process. This was a genuine opportunity for a better future for all Syrians that offered a process with which all can seriously engage.” Also on the issue of Syria, the UN expert on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, said today that disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law has led to a “severe internal displacement crisis in Syria.”Expressing deep concern about the situation of the estimated 1.5 million people reportedly recently internally displaced by the conflict, Mr. Beyani called upon all the parties involved to ensure respect for international law, including human rights and humanitarian law, in all circumstances, so as to protect and assist internally displaced persons (IDPs), and prevent conditions that may lead to further forced displacement. “It is imperative that all parties to the conflict respect international humanitarian and human rights law, particularly the right to life and the right to physical integrity, and ensure the protection of IDPs as civilians,” Mr. Benyani said. The Special Rapporteur also urged the Government of Syria to allow full and unrestricted access to IDPs by humanitarian groups so that they are able to reach those in need. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Mr. Benyani, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. read more

On world Day Ban spotlights how technology can improve life for 1

Observing the Day, marked annually on 3 December, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that persons with disabilities face limitations and hardships largely due to the lack of services available to them. “Through adaptive, assistive and inclusive technology, persons with disabilities can make the most of their potential in their communities and in the workplace,” said Mr. Ban. The UN Chief also emphasized how employers can harness technology to create environments for persons with disabilities to find productive work and fully use their skills and capacities. “Technology can also help persons with disabilities caught up in natural disasters by making sure that critical information reaches them,” Mr. Ban added. This year’s International Day, on the theme Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology will look at this issue in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. “Let us spare no effort to ensure that policies, programmes, guidelines and 21st century technologies are accessible to persons with disabilities, and sensitive to their perspectives and experiences,” Mr. Ban said. The UN defines disability as a condition or function judged to be significantly impaired relative to the usual standard of an individual of their group. The term is often used to refer to individual functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic disease. As it stands now, 80 per cent of all people with disabilities live in a developing country and 50 per cent of them cannot afford health care. More than 100 million disabled persons are children and children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled children. People with disabilities are also at higher risk of violence include stigma, discrimination, and ignorance about disability, as well as a lack of social support for those who care for them. Evidence shows that when barriers to their inclusion are removed and persons with disabilities are empowered to participate fully in societal life, their entire community benefits. Barriers faced by persons with disabilities are, therefore, a detriment to society as a whole, and accessibility is necessary to achieve progress and development for all. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – signed by 159 Member States and adopted by the General Assembly in 2006– recognizes that the existence of barriers constitutes a central component of disability. Under the Convention, disability is an evolving concept that “results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.” At UN Headquarters, the Day will be marked with several panel discussions on disability-inclusive sustainable development goals, inclusive disaster risk reduction and emergency response, and enabling work environments as well as film screenings and a musical performance. Organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the events will be attended by representatives from Member States, civil society, as well as the private sector. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was established following an adoption of a General Assembly resolution in October 1992, to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues pertaining to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. read more

Shortlist announced for SMMT Automotive Award for Innovation

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has announced the shortlist for its 2015 Automotive Award for Innovation. The diverse list includes entries from both start-ups and established businesses, with technologies ranging from virtual reality retail to next-generation driverless car technology.Now in its sixth year, the Award – in partnership with the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), sponsored by GKN, and supported by The Times – rewards the best UK-developed technologies with potential to influence the automotive sector in years to come.SMMT Automotive Award for Innovation 2015 shortlisted entries:Evolute Drive Limited – MSYS TransmissionTransmission technology for electric vehicles that saves power, helping reduce the size of the battery, and increases vehicle range.Leyland Trucks – DAF Lightweight Future Truck Chassis (FTCC) ConceptNext-generation truck chassis design that delivers significant weight reduction. A 500kg weight saving leads to an estimated fuel consumption improvement of between 2-6% on a 12-tonne vehicle.Oxford Advanced Surfaces – Onto™ SB1000 Adhesion PromoterA chemical surface treatment that enables polyurethane and epoxy adhesives to be stuck to difficult-to-bond advanced materials – promoting the use of lightweight, more environmentally friendly materials in automotive manufacturing.Transport Systems Catapult – LUTZ Pathfinder PodsThe UK’s first-ever trial deployment of fully automated, self-driving vehicles in pedestrianised public areas, supporting government’s aim of establishing the UK as a global hub for the development of autonomous vehicle technologies.ZeroLight – ZeroLight digital 3D car configurator An advanced car configurator with the potential to transform automotive retailing. 3D graphics create a ‘live’ scene of a car with which buyers can interact in real-time, using either a display screen or a virtual reality headset.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “This year’s entries prove that innovation comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a new type of glue for bonding tricky materials or a 12-tonne truck, any concept that has the potential to radically improve the industry should be supported and celebrated. The 2015 judging panel has its work cut out – choosing one winner will not be an easy task.”Jon Beasley, Director of Technology and Projects at the Advanced Propulsion Centre, said, “The exciting range of technologies, products, processes and services in this year’s shortlist reflects the incredible diversity of innovation in the UK automotive sector. Each one has the potential to be a winner and I am sure will achieve success in its particular market. It is gratifying to see such great work and development carried out in UK companies.”Rob Rickell, President of Group Technology, GKN plc, said, “This year’s finalists demonstrate clearly the diversity that exists in the UK automotive industry and showcase the fantastic work that goes on in this country. We believe the automobile is undergoing significant change – electric drive, lighter, connected and autonomous – within 10 years, 40% of new cars will have some form of electric propulsion. It is the innovation of companies such as these, and the likes of GKN, that is facilitating this evolution.”The shortlisted companies will now present their entries to a panel of industry experts, with the winner to be announced at the SMMT Annual Dinner on 24 November. Shortlisted entrants will also be presenting their technologies at Advanced Engineering UK, held at Birmingham’s NEC on 5 November.The Award judging panel for 2015:Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMTRobert Lea, Industrial Editor, The TimesJon Beasley, Director of Technology and Projects, Advanced Propulsion CentreRob Genway-Haden, Global Chief Engineer, GKNRichard Hill, Head of Automotive and Manufacturing, NatWestJon Excell, Editor, The EngineerClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Family demand Sala plane is salvaged after potentially fatal carbon monoxide levels

Wreckage was found on the seabed 30 metres from where final radar readings located it at an altitude of 1,600ft (488m), suggesting it had dropped almost vertically in its final moments, the interim report found.About 15 minutes before the crash took place at 8.16pm on Jan 21, an air traffic controller had asked Ibbotson, a part-time gas engineer, whether he needed to drop further in altitude, apparently to avoid cloud and maintain vision.The pilot replied: “Negative, just avoided a patch there, but back on heading five thousand feet.”The plane then “climbed rapidly” to about 2,300 ft before it crashed into the sea breaking into three pieces at around 8.16pm on Jan 21.The aircraft, which was built in 1984, has papers held by a company based in Norfolk, Southern Aircraft Consultancy.Ibbotson, who had previously written on Facebook that he was “rusty”, had reportedly filled out forms incorrectly before take off. On one, he was said to have written N246DB instead of N264DB.He is also said to have been qualified to fly at night only if conditions were clear without any bad weather. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Emiliano Sala plane tragedy may have been caused by the footballer and his pilot breathing deadly levels of carbon monoxide in the cockpit.Toxicology tests on Sala show he had a carbon monoxide saturation of 58 per cent in his blood.Anything over 50 per cent is likely to cause “seizure, unconsciousness, heart attack”, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.The discovery raises new questions over the air-worthiness of the Piper PA-46 Malibu that crashed into the English Channel on Jan 21.Pilot Dave Ibbotson, a part-time gas engineer, was at the controls despite only holding a private licence. Sala and the pilot died as the player completed a £15million transfer to Cardiff City from Nantes.Legal recriminations are ongoing between the clubs. David Henderson, who arranged the flight on behalf of the agent Willie McKay, is currently on bail, having been arrested in June on suspicion of manslaughter.The AAIB said in a statement: “Toxicology tests found that the passenger had a high saturation level of COHb (the combination product of carbon monoxide and haemoglobin). It is considered likely that the pilot would also have been exposed to carbon monoxide.”A full report on the crash is still pending but Sala’s family demanded investigators  salvage the wreckage of the plane from the English Channel. A “detailed examination” was necessary in the wake of the carbon monoxide results, a lawyer for the family said.Daniel Machover, of Hickman & Rose solicitors, said: “That dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide have been found in Emiliano’s body raises many questions for the family. How he died will be determined at the inquest in due course. The family believe that a detailed technical examination of the plane is necessary.”The family and the public need to know how the carbon monoxide was able to enter the cabin. Future air safety rests on knowing as much as possible on this issue.”Emiliano’s family call on the AAIB to salvage the wreckage of the plane without further delay.”A previous interim AAIB bulletin on the tragedy confirmed the mystery owner of the plane made no attempts to apply to either American or British authorities for commercial use.Investigators are still establishing whether the doomed flight took place on a “cost sharing” basis, which does not breach Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidelines.The US-registered Piper Malibu N264DB, unlicensed for commercial flying, fell thousands of feet in the space of 20 seconds after making a 180-degree turn, minutes after Ibbotson requested a descent. read more

Russia deploys two bombers to Venezuela for exercises

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS-Russian spat over bombers landing in VenezuelaDecember 11, 2018In “World”Latest developments in Venezuela with Russian bombers being monitored- GovtDecember 13, 2018In “latest news”Venezuela crisis: Russian military planes land near CaracasMarch 25, 2019In “latest news” Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino (2-L) is pictured after the arrival of two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic long-range heavy supersonic bomber aircrafts at Maiquetia International Airport, just north of Caracas, on December 10, 2018.CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Two Russian long-range strategic bombers landed in Venezuela Monday for what the government said were air force exercises aimed at strengthening the defence of the leftist-ruled South American country.General Vladimir Padrino, the Venezuelan defence minister, welcomed about 100 Russian pilots and other personnel after the two TU-160s and two other aircraft landed at the international airport that serves Caracas.Padrino said the deployment showed “we also are preparing to defend Venezuela to the last inch when necessary.”President Nicolas Maduro often accuses the United States of plotting against his government, which has overseen the plunge of a once-rich petro state into a severe economic crisis.Besides the two bombers, the deployment included an An-124 transport plane and an Il-62 passenger plane, according to a Russian military announcement in Moscow.Padrino noted that Russian aircraft had visited before in 2013, but said their current deployment was part of a “new experience.”He said exercises would be held to “raise the level of interoperability of the aerospace defence systems” of both countries.It was unclear how long the Russian deployment would last, and Padrino did not provide details about the exercises planned.In recent years, Venezuela has purchased millions of dollars in military equipment from Russia, he said. read more

Brazil takes South American Gold

← Previous Story Another voice for “shot-clock”, Dragan Djukic: Handball has to go to the next step! Next Story → ZRK Vardar and FC Midtjylland qualify for EHF F4 in Budapest! World champions conquered the only title that was not in their hands in America after yesterday’s victory over Uruguay for 39-13, on the last match of the South American Games. Morten Soubak’s girls reacted after Thursday’s alarming draw against Argentina and made sure the goal difference was unreachable for the neighbors, who finished second with the same points.Brazil played in a convincing way again and finished the first half 18-9. The Danish coach chose to use most of the girls that took gold in Serbia and also gave some minutes to the ones that are new to the squad. “We had highs and lows during the competition and that was good to find out that we’re the team to beat. Even if we don’t have any other official commitments for the rest of the year, everyone will study us and beat us in any friendly that we play. We’ll have to get used to thiis”, reflected Soubak to the CBHb’s website.“Next year will be full of challenges and very important ones”, added the coach, whose team will have the Pan American tournament, the Pan American Games in Toronto and the World Championship in Denmark in December. Right wing and 2012 player of the year Alexandra Nascimento highlighted the group union “until the end” and anticipated: “We’ll have to continue evolving. All national teams, from Europe and from here, are renewing and evolving and we’ll have to do the same”.On the last game of the day Argentina defeated Chile 17-21 and secured the silver medal and a place in Toronto 2015, the previous step to Rio 2016, one of the wildest obsessions for Peruchena’s girls. The match was even and the Chileans finished the first half leading 10-9. However, the ‘albicelestes’ were able to overcome the difference and won the second half 7-12. Chile, who got the bronze medal, is also qualified for the Pan American Games, while Uruguay (finished 4th) will play a repechage against United States and the fourth qualified of the Central American and Caribbean Games, which will be held in November of this year in Veracruz, Mexico.TEXT: LAURA AGENAPhoto Credits: CBHb website. brazilsouth america read more

Amazon confirms Kindle Fire will have Netflix

first_imgIf you were taking a look at how the Kindle Fire compares to the Nook Tablet, you may have noticed that the Nook Tablet was the one launching with Netflix preinstalled. Well you can cross that advantage off the of the Nook’s list, as Amazon announced the Fire will also run the popular streaming service.Up to this point, it wasn’t clear whether Amazon would support Netflix on their tablet. After all, they want to sell you Prime memberships for your video streaming needs. While Prime has a solid (and growing) content selection in its own right, many customers were left wondering whether the cheaper Kindle Fire would run the service that they are already subscribed to.The news is a major blow to the Nook Tablet. While B&N’s seven inch slate has slightly better hardware specs than the Fire, it’s trailing in the software department. Being able to say “our tablet runs Netflix, theirs doesn’t” would have been a huge boon for Barnes & Noble. If Amazon can make it clear to customers that they support Netflix as well, this could steal some significant sales away from their rival.We will likely see a delicate balancing act by Amazon in promoting the Netflix capabilities. While making it known will divert sales away from the Nook Tablet, making it too known could divert sales away from Amazon Prime. Prime is part of the reason that the tablet can be sold at a subsidized $200, so the company obviously doesn’t want everyone using Netflix in its place.No matter what this means for Amazon, this is undoubtedly a win for customers. If you’re already a Netflix subscriber who wants to buy the Fire, that means you don’t have to pay Amazon $79 per year to stream TV and movies on your tablet. Many customers will still join Prime anyway, but the fact that you don’t need to in order to unlock the full capabilities of your tablet is huge.Amazon also announced that Pandora and Facebook would be available at launch for the Kindle Fire. There was no mention of Hulu Plus, so that is still one big feather that Barnes & Noble can stick in their tablet’s hat.More at Amazon, via Liliputinglast_img read more

See Space Shuttle Endeavour fully powered for one of the last times

first_imgMankind’s explorations into space have yielded some incredible imagery over the years. NASA’s first photo of Earth looming over the surface of the moon is remains stunning, even though we’ve now captured much more colorful shots of our planet from the International Space Station. More recently, pictures of the Curiosity rover’s shadow stretching over the surface of Mars were an incredible reminder of how far our reach has grown.But as the video of Curiosity’s final descent proved, the technology that we use to explore space can be as awe-inspiring as what we find there. Before Space Shuttle Endeavour was decommissioned in May, freelance/media photographer and former NASA photographer Ben Cooper took some rare photos of the craft fully powered for one of the last times.The images of the cockpit completely lit up provide a sense of what Endeavour would have looked like in space during one of its missions. The numerous switches, buttons, and screens glowing around the cockpit’s two seats are an overwhelming reminder of how much goes into breaking Earth’s atmosphere. Cooper’s gallery also includes photos of the shuttle’s white room, which has collected signatures from astronauts, technicians, and guests touring the interior.Endeavour’s 25 flights included multiple Spacelab experiments, the first Hubble Space Telescope service mission, and a rendezvous with the Mir space station. It’s final trip to the International Space Station in May was the next to last mission of the American Space Shuttle program. After being decommissioned, Endeavour was flown on top of a 747 Shuttle Aircraft to its new home at the California Science Center.Prints of all the photos are for sale in various sizes through the site’s order page.See the full gallery at Launchphotography.comlast_img read more

WWE announces return of Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook Watch for a

first_imgFacebook Google+ Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img Twitter WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE has announced the return of the Mixed Match Challenge series.The series, available on Facebook Watch, will return on on September 18 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern (9:00 CT) immediately following Smackdown Live.You can check out the full announcement below, including announced teams.WWE® MIXED MATCH CHALLENGE™ RETURNS FOR A SECOND SEASON ON FACEBOOK WATCHSTAMFORD, Conn., September 4, 2018 – Facebook and WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that the in-ring series, Mixed Match Challenge™, will return for season 2, streaming live exclusively on Facebook Watch on Tuesday nights beginning September 18 at 10 p.m. ET. The series will be available in the U.S. and, for the first time, now stream live on Facebook Watch in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. Fans can follow the Mixed Match Challenge Facebook Page to add episodes to their personal Watchlists.New elements for season 2 include: 14 episodes, each 30 minutes in length; a round-robin elimination format; two matches in each show; and an interactive pre-show beginning at 9:50 p.m. ET. In addition, the season 2 finale will take place during WWE’s TLC pay-per-view event on Sunday, December 16.“We’re excited to partner with WWE to bring back Mixed Match Challenge for a second season and introduce the series to fans in 10 new countries,” said Devi Mahadevia, Facebook North America Live Sports Programming Lead. “This season will build off the success from the first one, with fresh interactive elements designed to bring fans even closer to the action and their favorite Superstars.”“We’re thrilled to expand our strategic partnership with Facebook, which reflects our innovative approach to content distribution and fan engagement,” said Jayar Donlan, WWE Executive Vice President, Advanced Media. “Season 2 of Mixed Match Challenge will continue delivering live action-packed, family friendly entertainment our passionate fans are accustomed to while offering more opportunities for our fans to engage with WWE on Facebook.”Mixed Match Challenge ParticipantsMixed Match Challenge season 2 is a round-robin mixed tag team tournament, where male and female Superstars from Raw and SmackDown Live team up to determine which combination of strength, skill, athleticism and experience reigns supreme.Monday Night RawAlexa Bliss™ and Braun Strowman®Alicia Fox® and Jinder Mahal™Kevin Owens™ and Natalya®Bayley™ and Finn Bálor®Bobby Lashley® and Sasha Banks®SmackDown LiveAJ Styles® and Charlotte Flair®The Miz® and Asuka™R-Truth® and Carmella™Jimmy Uso™ and Naomi®Rusev® and Lana®Each season 2 episode will reflect a progressive approach to production, with elements optimized for mobile consumption and social interaction, including the ability for fans to engage with Superstars during the show. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote on different aspects that directly impact the action for all 14 episodes on Facebook Watch throughout the season.The unique storylines for Mixed Match Challenge season 2 will continue between episodes across WWE’s Facebook Pages with short-form videos and social content. WWE will also promote and recap each episode across its extensive digital and social footprint, including on the Mixed Match Challenge Facebook Page.Mixed Match Challenge season 1 generated more than 35 million views in the U.S. alone, and resulted in WWE Superstars The Miz and Asuka winning $100,000 for their team’s charity, Rescue Dogs Rock.WWE is a powerhouse on social media with nearly 1 billion followers globally. WWE has nearly 500 million likes across all Facebook Pages and WWE’s main Facebook Page has more than 39 million likes. WWE Superstar John Cena® is the #1 most-followed active U.S. athlete on Facebook with more than 44 million likes.last_img read more