Gwalior: Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief B.S. Dhanoa on Monday said that the An-32 transport aircraft will continue to fly in the mountains as there was no other option. The Air Force Chief’s statement came more than a fortnight after An-32 aircraft, with 13 IAF personnel on board, crashed in Arunachal Pradesh. Addressing a press conference here during a commemoration to mark 20 years of the Kargil war, Dhanoa said: “The An-32 will continue to fly as we have no choice.” Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “The Air Force is in the process of getting a more modern aircraft. When we get it, we will put it to critical roles and take the An-32 out and assign it for routine transport and training roles,” he said. “Like the Avro 748 transport aircraft, which is around 55 years old now. An old age aircraft, it is not flying to extreme environments. Similarly, when the new aircraft comes, it will take An-32’s role and An-32 will be taken off. But right now we do not have a choice, An-32 will continue to fly in the mountains,” the Air Force Chief said. The June 3 crash in Arunachal Pradesh was the third An-32 crash in recent years. In 2016, an aircraft with 29 people onboard disappeared over the Bay of Bengal and was never found. Before that in June 2009, another aircraft went missing and was later found to have crashed in the jungles of Arunachal Pradesh.
Singapore: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday met Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and the two leaders discussed new avenues of relationship through the opportunities provided by “New India.” Jaishankar, who is on a visit to Singapore, was accompanied by Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep S Puri during his meeting with Keat, who is also Singapore’s finance minister. “Cordial meeting with Deputy PM & Finance Minister @MOFsg Heng Swee Keat along with Minister @HardeepSPuri. Discussed refreshing the India-Singapore agenda by exploring opportunities provided by New India,” Jaishankar tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Jaishankar also had a meeting with Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen. “A meeting of minds with Defence Minister @Ng_Eng_Hen. Benefitted from his insights and assessments as always,” he tweeted. On Monday, Jaishankar called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and discussed with him bilateral ties and the issues concerning the world. He also co-chaired the 6th Joint Ministerial Commission with his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan and reviewed the whole range of bilateral issues. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He also had good interaction with Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on scaling up trade and investment. During his visit, Jaishankar also attended the India-Singapore Business & Innovation Summit and expressed India’s reservations on joining the proposed mega free trade agreement RCEP as it is concerned over the “protectionist policies” of China that have created a significant trade deficit between the two nations, as high as USD 57 billion in 2018. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed mega free trade agreement being negotiated among 16 countries including 10-nation ASEAN bloc (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and its six trading partners — India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsGone are the days when people opposed to Shawn Brant’s activism could simply brush him and his “few supporters” off as radicals, as his backing in the community of Tyendinaga has grown, evident from last month’s election for chief that saw hundreds of people cast a ballot in his name.“The OPP wasn’t happy and neither was the government. They can’t say ‘it’s Shawn and a handful of supporters’ anymore,” said Brant in an interview with APTN National News.Brant wasn’t elected chief. That title stayed with the incumbent R. Donald Maracle.But he didn’t need to.He showed his backing isn’t from just a few diehards.Some 358 people put their support behind the infamous Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Territory 300 kilometres east of Toronto.And they all know what he’s willing to do to make his point.Brant has sparred with police, shutdown Highway 401, blocked rail traffic, raided offices and called out leaders in his efforts to push back against what he sees as injustices against Indigenous peoples in this country.After the election results were made public, in early December, it was clear Brant’s support was from the people who live on the territory.But some 540 ballots were mailed in from off-reserve band members and Brant said almost all of them went to Maracle giving him the numbers he needed to beat Brant with 852 total votes.“We got all our votes on-reserve and got the majority of locals,” said Brant.Brant came second to Maracle in the election and said Mohawks typically shy away from voting because they don’t support the Indian Act that put the very structure of voting, for chief, in place.They say this divides communities and was never the way things were before the colonialists imposed their beliefs.Brant was once asked why never ran for chief if he was so fed up with the way things were run in Tyendinaga.“Because when you lie down with the dogs, once you get back up you still stink like them,” he said to an APTN reporter last summer.But things changed when his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia and began fighting for her life.Nothing was off the table then.Brant believes the water on-reserve caused her cancer. Clean drinking water is a fight he continues.But he’s got another fight – justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women.With more on that and the election here is an edited version of an interview with Brant.APTN: What do you think of the election results?Brant: The last 20 years the cops and federal government has been putting me out as a terrorist and radical and somebody that people don’t support. That was part of the reason why we ran in the election too. A good lawyer says you never ask a question without knowing the answer, but sometimes you have to put it out there. They wanted us to get like 25 votes, or finish third or forth, and it just didn’t happen. We easily carried the community and they were shocked by that.APTN: Why do you think many people in the community supported you?Brant: I think, for the most the part, people felt there needed to be someone in place that cared about the people, that cared about the community. That’s what I heard for the most part. People acknowledged when someone puts their ass on the line for the community that there is something genuine there. The people who came out to vote and supported us are not passive people. They’re the people who are active and the people look past all the other stuff that the band and government generally tries to put on me.APTN: What about the votes from off-reserve members. Were you given a list of people to contact before the election?Brant: I got a list about a week in into the election with just the names of people with no addresses. We had no access to them at all. Maracle got almost all those votes. When people are mailing in ballots from all over Canada and other continents they have absolutely no idea what issues the community’s facing and when they deny you (a proper) voters list you have absolutely no way of conveying that information.APTN: So you had no access to off-reserve band members?Brant: No. We didn’t have any access to them at all. It was just their names. We thought about every way we could contact them. The band didn’t allow any candidates to mail them anything either. The only information off-reserve voters received was from the chief and the council candidates (of the Mohawk Peoples Party which Maracle was the candidate for chief).(Editor’s note: APTN asked Maracle about these allegations. He said no single candidate for council or chief had the addresses of off-reserve votes. He did provide this statement: The Mohawk Peoples Party, which I was candidate for chief, sent one flyer out which was handled by one of the candidates Christine Claus. I did not send out an individual flyer of my own.” APTN has asked if the same courtesy was provided to other candidates and will provide an update soon.)APTN: What was your campaign platform?Brant: A good part of the reason was to demonstrate the support we had, to take away the government’s argument and the OPP’s argument that we don’t have any support and we wanted to represent this issue of missing and murdered women from a point of legitimacy. We campaigned on the issues of missing and murdered women. The people who voted for us supported justice for that as well.APTN: Didn’t the community give you a mandate to try and force the federal government to order an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women?Brant: Not to try. My mandate is to do it. I received it on Oct. 27. It’s to take whatever action is necessary to secure an inquiry.APTN: What is a mandate?Brant: We’ve governed ourselves over the past 20 years on the basis of mandates. What we do is when a local or national issue arises we do research and comprehensive analysis of the situation. We present it to community members and request their support to take whatever action necessary to deal with the injustice and set things right. This a really more of a Tyendinaga thing. It’s really an extension of how we used to conduct business ancestrally. The cops and the government know what that means. When I say I have mandate to deal with something that strikes fear in their hearts.
Rabat – Twelve Moroccan high school students have been awarded with a trip to Washington, DC and Space Camp in the United States. The sky-high dreams of 12 Moroccan high school students came true on July 3rd, when the winners for this years Race 2 Space competition were announced. In a contest sponsored by the United States Embassy in Rabat and organized by the Scientific Morocco Association, students from all over Morocco competed for a chance to attend the United States’ highly renowned space-themed camp and learning center.Students who excel in science, technology, engineering, or math were challenged to make three-minute videos explaining a complex scientific concept in English, post it to the contest’s site, and promote it through social media. Student videos described a variety of topics, ranging from the discovery of gravity to energy creation and consumption to the creation of the Universe. In the following weeks, the 15 to 18-year-old students will travel to the United States to participate in Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, for interactive educational experience and simulated training aboard the NASA Space Shuttle. The students will also travel to Washington, DC for a cultural tour to visit museums, the White House, and the United States Department of State.
14 February 2008The three-day General Assembly debate on climate changed wrapped up yesterday with the body’s President issuing a call for increased global partnerships to tackle the issue. The three-day General Assembly debate on climate changed wrapped up yesterday with the body’s President issuing a call for increased global partnerships to tackle the issue.The event – entitled “Addressing Climate Change: The United Nations and the World at Work” – was held at UN Headquarters in New York and included addresses by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; panels featuring media, government and business leaders; and plenary meetings featuring 115 delegates.What is evident is “that the actions necessary to address climate change are so intertwined that they can only be tackled through combined efforts,” Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said in his closing remarks to the debate.But despite the importance of partnerships, he underscored that individuals can also make a difference in the battle against global warming.“Small contributions add up,” Mr. Kerim pointed out. “Many of our speakers made the case that we can all make a difference through simple changes to our daily behaviour.”He also spotlighted the link between addressing climate change and sustainable development, nothing the need for the creation of low-carbon economies which can in turn promote growth.Last December’s historic UN Climate Change Conference ended with 187 countries agreeing to launch a two-year process of formal negotiations on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.The Assembly President said yesterday that much work remains to be done to tackle climate change, and expressed his intention to convene two further meetings to contemplate more specific global warming issues: one will consider the impact of climate change on vulnerable countries while the other will focus on corporate responsibility and sustainability.
“The United Nations was founded on the premise of individual States working collectively for the greater global good,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka told the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar.“It draws upon the strength of all nations to address a broad spectrum of security, development and human rights challenges. The time has come for scholarship to do the same, and to draw upon all its varied disciplines to inform the solutions to the problems the world faces today.“The time has come for a new culture of ‘intellectual social responsibility’ – one that takes teaching, learning and research beyond the classroom, laboratory or campus; one that harnesses its energy and promise to the search for real solutions to the real problems that are confronted by real people; and one that recognizes that to be sustainable, education must itself have the capacity to sustain.”Mr. Akasaka pointed to the “movement of minds” launched by his own Department of Public Information (DPI), mobilizing an international network of centres of higher learning through the Academic Impact initiative, with the simple premise that there is no area of scholarship or research which cannot have an impact on what the UN is trying to do. “What the ‘Academic Impact’ asks is that each participating institution undertake one activity each year which can directly contribute to the realization of a specific United Nations objective,” he said of the initiative first announced by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last year, and which has been joined by more than 250 universities and institutions of higher learning so far and endorsed by international academic networks from every region, covering a range of disciplines.These include technology, public health, art, physical and social sciences, global affairs and education itself which, Mr. Akasaka stressed, was central to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These include targets for slashing a host of ills, including extreme hunger and poverty, infant and maternal mortality, and lack of access to education and health care – all by 2015.“Whether in the area of health, shelter, or livelihood, education is the means to their achievement,” Mr. Akasaka said, noting that Mr. Ban has called for a summit next year to galvanize action to achieve the MDGs by the deadline.“As such, the Millennium Development Goals represent an excellent example of the critical link between academic research and action,” he said, underscoring that they were defined on the basis of what was seen as academically sustainable, with their benchmarks determined scientifically. Universities could mobilize their campuses to demonstrate support to the MDGs at the 2010 summit, he added, citing a tremendous groundswell of youth support, particularly from students, for the goals and the efforts of governments to attain them.Mr. Akasaka cited both the Academic Impact and the mobilization for the MDGs as concrete examples of how to make education sustainable, a major focus of the WISE organized by Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned and the Qatar Foundation and bringing together a diverse group of experts and leaders.“It will only be when education provides not only the skills, but also leads to opportunities to make use of them, that education can again be said to be truly sustainable,” he stressed, noting that 51 million jobs will need to be created in Arab countries within the next 10 years to absorb those entering the job market. “The question remains whether the education of this region’s large youth population will be met at the same pace as the creation of jobs and other opportunities for the future educated men and women of this region. Failure to do so, and the resulting frustration and disappointment that could arise, might result in potentially ‘unsustainable’ societies,” he said.Turning to the global picture, Mr. Akasaka said that worldwide 72 million children of primary school age are still denied the right to education, almost half of them in sub-Saharan Africa, followed by South Asia with 18 million out-of-school children. In Western Asia, 64 per cent of the 3 million children out of school are girls. “It is only when a world preoccupied with immediate deadlines and timeframes looks to a vision of the future that the benefits of education become tangible and, indeed, sustainable,” he added.In his speech to the summit, the Secretary-General’s High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Cheick Sidi Diarra, focused on ways to manage international academic mobility, which he called a “double-edged sword” that offers many possibilities for developing countries but also threatens to drain them of intellectual capital.“If current trends of internationalization continue, the distribution of the world’s wealth and talent will be further skewed,” he said. “[But] the advancement of communication technology has made it increasingly feasible to tap intellectual migrants at their host countries, creating the phenomenon of brain circulation.” 17 November 2009A top United Nations official today called for a new culture of “intellectual social responsibility” to take education beyond the classroom to the search for real solutions to real problems, with the academic and educational sectors creating and sharing knowledge to help realise UN objectives and goals.
26 January 2012Almost 1,100 Palestinians, over half of them children, were displaced due to home demolitions in the West Bank by Israeli forces in 2011 – over 80 per cent more than in the previous year – according to a United Nations report released today. “Demolitions and Forced Displacement in the Occupied West Bank,” prepared by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), adds that an additional 4,200 people were affected by the demolition of structures related to their livelihoods.The report states that Israeli forces destroyed 622 structures owned by Palestinians including homes, animal shelters, classrooms and mosques – a 42 per cent increase compared to 2010. In addition, over 60 per cent of the Palestinian-owned structures demolished in 2011 were located in areas allocated to Israeli settlements.The report adds that that 90 per cent of the demolitions and 92 per cent of the displacement occurred in already vulnerable farming and herding communities in the territory known as “Area C” – which represents over 60 per cent of the West Bank where Israel retains control over security, planning and building.Meanwhile, the report states that in East Jerusalem there was a “significant” decrease compared to previous years, with 42 structures demolished. However, at least 93,100 residents who live in structures built without a permit, remain at risk of displacement. “The forced displacement of Palestinian families and the destruction of civilian homes and other property by Israeli forces in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have a serious humanitarian impact,” the report points out, adding that the impact on families’ psychosocial well-being can be “devastating.”It adds that Israel, as the occupying power in the West Bank, has the obligation to protect Palestinian civilians and to administer the territory for their benefit.During a visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory last May, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and head of OCHA, Valerie Amos, urged Israel to end its evictions policy and to look carefully at the key humanitarian concerns of demolitions and displacement in the West Bank.
He also served as the Deputy Chief (Anunayaka) of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dhamma Maha Sangha Sabha of the Syamopali Maha Nikaya.Wimalarathana Thero obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D) in 1980 from the University of Lancaster, United Kingdom. The monk was reportedly attacked by the elephant when he was serving food to the animal but the incident was later played down as an accident. The Venerable, Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thero for many years, been involved with interreligious harmony in Sri Lanka, in particular with regard to easing ethnic tensions in the country. The Venerable, Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thero, passed away today at a private hospital where he was receiving treatment following an incident involving the temple elephant.Wimalarathana Thero of the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya was admitted to hospital yesterday following the incident. He was the Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayawardhanapura and also held the position of Professor, associate professor, lecturer and visiting lecturer, respectively, at the University.The monk was also a visiting Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London, United Kingdom.The cremation of Wimalarathana Thero will be held on February 08 at the Sri Jayawardenepura grounds. (Colombo Gazette)
(Updated)It was only out of service for an hour and a half but the effects of this morning’s Toronto subway shutdown are still being felt. Trains were busy carrying a backlog of commuters and TTC officials are trying to find out what caused the communications breakdown.Riders were sent into the streets in the pouring rain, scrambling to find another way to get to where they need to go. The TTC says there was a failure with a radio communications system. They tried using a backup; that crashed as well. The communication issue also effected emails, phones and the eBlast system which the TTC uses to inform customers of service interruptions.TTC spokesperson Danny Nicholson told CHCH News they are trying to get to the bottom of what happened. “Shortly after 6 o’clock this morning we lost all communications between the transit control centre and the subway train, so that is a very serious safety issue. We had to order all of the subway trains to stop at the next station.”“The delay lasted for approximately 95 minutes. It would have impacted about 125,000 of our customers at this time in the morning. Subway service resumed around 7:30. At this point we are trying to ascertain what would happen. We are working on that to figure out the cause of the situation.”Commuters were on edge. #TTCFail began trending on Twitter relatively quickly. People were outraged that the TTC did not send out shuttle buses to the subway stations.The agency said there were not enough buses to deploy at the time. People began calling taxis. Uber increased their normal rate by at least 4.5 times what it usually was. Bus and streetcars were completely packed; other people started walking. Still others went home and got their cars which made it worse on the downtown city streets.The TTC says once they come up with an explanation and why they determine why the failure took place they will issue a statement. They also say they are confident that something like this will never happen again.
California Supreme Court grants law license to man who has lived in US illegally for 20 years SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court granted a law license Thursday to a man who has lived in the U.S. illegally for two decades, a ruling that advocates hope will open the door to millions of immigrants seeking to enter other professions such as medicine, nursing and accounting.The unanimous decision means Sergio Garcia, who attended law school and passed the state bar exam while working in a grocery store and on farms, can begin practicing law immediately.It’s the latest in a string of legal and legislative victories for people who are in the country without permission. Other successes include the creation of a path to citizenship for many young people and the granting of drivers licenses in some states.“This is a bright new day in California history and bodes well for the future,” the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles said in a statement.The court sided with state officials in the case, which pitted them against the White House over a 1996 federal law that bars people who are in the U.S. illegally from receiving professional licenses from government agencies or with the use of public money, unless state lawmakers vote otherwise.Bill Hing, a law professor at the University of San Francisco, said the court made clear the only reason it granted Garcia’s request is that California recently approved a law that specifically authorizes the state to give law licenses to immigrants who are here illegally.The new law, inspired by Garcia’s situation, took effect Wednesday.It was unclear how many people would qualify to practice law under the ruling and whether it would influence other states. Legislatures and governors in more conservative states such as Alabama and Arizona are likely to be less receptive to the idea.Garcia, who plans to be a personal injury attorney in his hometown of Chico, said he hoped the decision would serve as a “beacon of hope” to others in the same situation.He “can hang up a shingle and be his own company,” said Hing, who represented the state bar association in the case. “Once he does that, a client can retain him as a lawyer.”But some questions remained unresolved, such as whether Garcia can appear in federal court or in other states. Federal law makes it illegal for law firms to hire him.Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who wrote the opinion, said the new state law removed any barrier to Garcia’s quest for a license. And no other federal statute “purports to preclude a state from granting a license to practice law to an undocumented immigrant,” Cantil-Sakauye wrote.Garcia, 36, arrived in the U.S. as a teenager to pick almonds with his father, who was a permanent legal resident. His father filed a petition in 1994 seeking an immigration visa for his son. It was accepted in 1995, but because of the backlog of visa applications from people from Mexico, Garcia has never received a visa number.He applied for citizenship in 1994 and is still working toward that goal.The U.S. Department of Justice argued that Garcia was barred from receiving his law license because the court’s entire budget comes from the public treasury, a violation of the federal mandate that no public money be used to grant licenses to people who are in the country without permission.Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Tenney, who argued the case, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.The Obama administration’s position in the case came as a surprise to some, since the White House has shielded from deportation people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, provided they also graduated from high school, kept a clean criminal record and met other conditions.At a hearing in September, a majority of the state Supreme Court justices appeared reluctant to grant Garcia the license under current state and federal law, saying they were prohibited from doing so unless the Legislature acted.Garcia worked in the fields and at a grocery store before attending community college. He then became a paralegal, went to law school and passed the bar exam on his first try. His effort to get licensed was supported by state bar officials and California’s attorney general, who argued that citizenship is not a requirement to receive a California law license.Two other similar cases are pending in Florida and New York, and the Obama administration has made it clear it will oppose bar entry to immigrants unless each state passes its own laws allowing the practice, Hing said.California Attorney General Kamala Harris supported Garcia’s petition and applauded the ruling.Nick Pacilio, a spokesman for Harris, said California’s success “has hinged on the hard work and self-sufficiency of immigrants like Sergio.”Thursday’s decision is the latest example of changes in immigration policy happening at the state level while an effort to achieve a broad federal overhaul stalls in the House.California and nine other states last year agreed to grant drivers licenses to people in the country illegally, bringing the total to 13 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Nevada and Maryland began taking applications this week.Four states — Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon and New Jersey — last year offered in-state college tuition to residents who are here illegally, joining California and 10 others.___Associated Press Writer Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report. File – In this Aug. 27, 2013 file photo, Sergio Garcia speaks at The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles news conference in Los Angeles. The California Supreme Court granted a law license on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, to Garcia, who is living in the United States illegally. Garcia, who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam, can begin practicing law despite his immigration status. He arrived in the U.S. illegally 20 years ago to pick almonds with his father. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) by Jason Dearen, The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2014 12:38 am MDT
Oil rises slightly, while natural gas jumps on supply decline; pump price up to $3.47 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An oil pump works at sunset March 7, 2013, in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hasan Jamali Oil posted a slight gain Thursday, while natural gas rose three per cent as supplies fell more than expected.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery hit a low of US$100.13 a barrel before rising in the last 90 minutes of trading to finish the session up 11 cents at US$101.56 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, gained 34 cents to US$108.10 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Natural gas gained 14 cents to US$4.66 per 1,000 cubic feet.Natural gas futures rose after the U.S. Energy Department said supplies fell by 152 billion cubic feet last week to 1.2 trillion cubic feet. Analysts surveyed by Platts expected a drop of 135 billion to 139 billion cubic feet.U.S. supplies of natural gas are 39 per cent below year-ago levels.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose one cent to US$2.95 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) while heating oil fell one cent to US$2.98 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 1:46 pm MDT
The Security Council has strongly condemned the latest wave of attacks by the 23 March Movement (M23) rebel group and demanded its immediate withdrawal from Goma, a provincial capital in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), that was overrun yesterday.In a resolution adopted unanimously last night, the 15-member body also demanded “the cessation of any further advances by the M23 and that its members immediately and permanently disband and lay down their arms…”The M23 – composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – launched new attacks over the weekend in North Kivu province, uprooting some 60,0000 civilians and prompting the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) to deploy attack helicopters in aid of the national army, known by the French acronym FARDC.Eastern DRC has been hit this year by massive humanitarian needs triggered by the rise of the M23 and violence by more than two dozen other armed groups across the region, with widespread abuses against civilians including murder, rape and brutal reprisals. The Council “strongly condemns the M23 and all its attacks on the civilian population, MONUSCO peacekeepers and humanitarian actors, as well as its abuses of human rights, including summary executions, sexual and gender-based violence and large scale recruitment and use of child soldiers,” it stated in the resolution.Briefing the Council today via video-link from DRC, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MONUSCO, Roger Meece, said that currently the M23 effectively occupies a significant portion of North Kivu, and it has been setting up a formal administrative or governing structure.“We have received numerous reports of targeted summary executions of those who stand in their way, including government and traditional leaders who resist or fail to cooperate with an M23 administrative structure,” he stated. “We also continue to receive ongoing reports of widespread recruitment and use of children, unconfirmed cases of sexual violence, and other serious human rights abuses.”Mr. Meece added that the rebels have not achieved full support by any ethnic group or community. “Indeed, the M23 does not enjoy broad support in North Kivu, or elsewhere in eastern DRC.”There have been various allegations of external support to the M23. On this matter, the envoy noted that the rebels are “well provisioned, and well supplied with uniforms, and a variety of arms and munitions, many of which clearly have not come from existing FARDC stocks. “They exhibit many characteristics of a strong, disciplined, established military force with sophisticated tactics and operations, including night operations, which are not characteristic of traditional performance,” he said.MONUSCO, he noted, does not have the mandate or means to investigate or verify the sources or means by which these “impressive” capabilities have been achieved. “We can and have reported our encounters with English-speaking officers, surprising weaponry and equipment being used, and other signs of external support,” he added.The Council, in the resolution, expressed deep concern at reports indicating that external support continues to be provided to the M23, including through troop reinforcement, tactical advice and the supply of equipment, causing a significant increase of the military abilities of the M23. It demanded that “any and all outside support to the M23 cease immediately.”It requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report in the coming days, in coordination with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and the African Union, on the allegations of external support to the M23 and expressed its readiness to take “further appropriate measures” on the basis of this report.It also expressed its intention to consider additional targeted sanctions against the leadership of the M23 and those providing external support to it and those acting in violation of the sanctions regime and the arms embargo imposed by the Council in relation to the DRC.The Council requested the Secretary-General to report in the coming days on options for the possible redeployments of MONUSCO contingents and additional force multipliers, observation capabilities and troops that could improve the Mission’s ability to carry out its mandate, including to protect civilians and report on flows of arms and related materiel across the borders of eastern DRC.MONUSCO, with 19,000 uniformed personnel, is the latest iteration of UN peacekeeping missions that have helped to bring stability and civilian elections to the vast nation after it was torn apart by civil wars and rebel movements.
He won Chelsea’s player of the year award for the last two season and has 32 caps for Spain, but failed to impress Mourinho.He was repeatedly left on the bench and even when he cracked Mourinho’s line-up he was replaced in nine of his 13 Premier League starts this season. Updated at 21.44MANCHESTER UNITED CONFIRMED this evening that they have agreed a club record deal to sign Spanish midfielder Juan Mata from Chelsea.United’s reported £37 million move for Mata will be completed subject to the 25-year-old passing a medical and negotiating personal terms with the Premier League champions.The transfer would shatter United’s previous record fee of £30.75 million paid to sign Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham in 2008.“Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement with Chelsea Football Club for the transfer of Juan Mata for a club-record fee,” United said in a statement.“The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.”Mata is expected to have his medical on Saturday and, unless there are any hitches, he should make his United debut in Tuesday’s Premier League clash against Cardiff at Old Trafford.United manager David Moyes desperately needed a high-profile signing to lift the gloom after a miserable start to his reign as Alex Ferguson’s successor.Since replacing Ferguson in July, Moyes has seen United fall 14 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, while they also crashed out of the FA Cup in the third round against Swansea and suffered an embarrassing League Cup semi-final loss to Sunderland in midweek.Moyes had been keen to land a quality midfielder since arriving from Everton and he made failed bids for several top stars, including Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas, before the last transfer window shut in September.His swoop for Mata should add much-needed creativity and intelligence to United’s midfield, although the champions also need a more aggressive ball-winner in the mold of former Old Trafford great Roy Keane.Mata, who cost Chelsea £23.5 million from Valencia in 2011, became available after falling out of favour with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho has given Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian the main attacking roles and the Portuguese coach conceded Chelsea’s system does not suit Mata, who reportedly asked to leave after being substituted during a match at Southampton earlier this month.It had seemed the deal might be delayed while Chelsea tied up their move for Basel’s Egypt winger Mohamed Salah, but Mata has been given the green light to quit Stamford Bridge.“It’s what he wants,” Mourinho earlier on Friday before United confirmed the deal.“It’s what he asked us to accept. Chelsea Football Club is proud to act this way, in an open way, in a human way.“The offer, compared with what the club paid two years ago (when Mata signed from Valencia), was fantastic.”- © AFP, 2014Is Juan Mata the heir to Eric Cantona’s Old Trafford throne?>Alex Ferguson gets UEFA role, Platini reveals>
Working for Microsoft or Google is a dream for a lot of people. They pay well, they offer great on site services so you never want to/have to leave, and you’re probably going to end up working on some very cool projects.The problem is, both companies are vying for employees from the same talent pool. That can make it difficult to find enough new people when trying to expand. Microsoft is dealing with that very problem right now as it attempts to double the size of its Kinect engineering team in Seattle.To solve the problem, Microsoft has hired an advertising agency by the name of Wexley School for Girls. Their objective is to entice talent from other high profile companies in the Seattle area to jump ship and go work on Kinect. The tactics being used to get the attention of said talent are rather sneaky.Wexley has decided to setup a mobile bacon cart outside of Amazon and Google headquarters. The cart is offering free bacon as part of a campaign called “Wake Up and Smell the Future.” If the future is indeed bacon, then Microsoft is right on the money. If nothing else, the smell of freshlycooked bacon will get heads turning. You can also select from a range of toppings (cheese, peanut butter, maple syrup, even chocolate sauce) and there’s a small area to sit down with your slice of pig, too.The cart was outside Amazon yesterday, and plans to setup in smelling range of Google next Monday in Fremont. If they roll down to the other end of the canal bridge there’s also Adobe employees to entice out for a nibble. Beware of the The Sizzler though–a man in a white suit draped in bacon–he may interrupt your baconfest for some contact details.As this is an ad agency doing the dirty work it can all be viewed as a bit of fun. On the other hand, if Steve Ballmer was making the bacon sizzle we’d know something was seriously wrong over at Microsoft.via The Seattle Times
Greek exports to Australia have decreased despite the fact that Greece has recorded a continuing increase in exports, mainly towards the EU countries, during the first two months of 2011. According to an analysis by the Panhellenic Exporters Association (PEA) and the Export Research & Studies Center (KEEM), Greek exports, including petroleum products, increased by 31.5 per cent during the January-March 2011 quarter in relation to the respective quarter in 2010, while in corresponding value terms their value increased to 4,566.9 million euros from 3,473.4 million euros. An important increase was recorded in exports to EU enlargement countries (20.8%), to the North American countries (26.5%), other OECD countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, 40.5%), the Balkans (23.1%), the Commonwealth of Independent States (46.5%), the Middle East & North Africa (66.3%). There is nearly a quadrupling of exports to Southeast Asia (Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, 290%), and nearly a doubling of exports to Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Bahamas, St. Vincent, Honduras, Panama, Chile, at 97.3%).On the contrary, a 28 per cent reduction of exports was recorded to Australia, Japan and New Zealand. According to the report, the main reasons for the decrease of Greek exports to the above countries was the euro – US dollar exchange rate, social and political developments in North African and Middle East countries, as well as the impact on international trade of the earthquake and the tsunami in Japan. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
It doesn’t take a high IQ to develop a prejudice toward others. In fact, bigotry doesn’t even require actual brain cells.New research from Cardiff University and MIT suggest artificially intelligent machines can demonstrate bias by identifying, copying, and learning the behavior from each other.Some computer systems have already become victims of sexist and racist views.Microsoft’s Tay chatbot, for example, was designed to interact with people, in hopes of helping the firm better understand conversational speech. Targeted at 18- to 24-year-olds, the algorithm turned out to be a huge hit with online miscreants, who taught her to repeat extremely offensive viewpoints. Within 24 hours of Tay’s launch, she was put to “sleep” by her creators.But this study focuses on the possibility of AI evolving prejudicial groups on their own—without the help of Internet trolls.As part of their analysis, researchers played a game of give and take: Each individual chooses whether they donate to someone in their own party or a separate group—based on the recipient’s reputation, and the benefactor’s donating strategy (which showcases their personal levels of prejudice toward outsiders).Participants begin to learn new strategies by copying others, either within their group or the entire population, who gain a higher short-term payoff.“By running these simulations thousands and thousands of times over, we begin to get an understanding of how prejudice evolves and the conditions that promote or impede it,” study co-author and Cardiff University professor Roger Whitaker said in a statement.The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, reveal that these decisions—sexism, nationalism, classism, racism, religious discrimination—don’t necessarily require advanced cognitive abilities.“It is feasible,” Whitaker explained, “that autonomous machines with the ability to identify with discrimination and copy others could in [the] future be susceptible to prejudicial phenomena that we see in the human population.“Many of the AI developments that we are seeing involve autonomy and self-control, meaning that the behavior of devices is also influenced by others around them,” he continued, citing self-driving vehicles and the Internet of Things. “Our study gives a theoretical insight where simulated agents periodically call upon others for some kind of resource.”The idea that an autonomous Uber might refuse service to a woman or your connected coffee maker could shut down when activated by a black person is a revolting step backward in the fight for equal rights.Racism, unfortunately, is not limited to human skin tone: A recent study suggests folks have similar automatic biases toward dark-colored robots as they do toward dark-colored people.More than half of adult Internet users believe, within 30 years, machines will be able to perform most activities currently done by humans. Stay up to date on all things bots here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain
During an interview with World Soccer magazine, Lionel Messi revealed that his greatest critic is his son Thiago when Barcelona or Argentina lose.Losing matches has always been very hard to take for Lionel Messi, whether it’s for club or country, he used to never want to talk about the defeat until his son Thiago came of age to discuss these hard moments.When he was very little still, the eldest of Leo Messi’s sons wasn’t that interested in football at the beginning but things have drastically changed as of late.Now that he is able to understand the sport better, Thiago Messi loves playing, watching all the matches, and even discussing technical aspects with his father after every single game.Lionel Messi hadn’t revealed just how much of a critic his eldest son can be towards him, the Barcelona star knows that he will have to talk shop with Thiago every time he comes back home and especially when the squad doesn’t win a match.Lionel still has no clue if any of his sons will become footballers when they grow up, but he can already tell that they are just as crazy about football as he was when he was only a child.Messi aseguró que habla mucho de fútbol con Thiago, su hijo mayor, y reveló cómo son sus charlas después de una derrota: “Ya no es como antes. Recibí un par de críticas y cuando no ganamos me obliga a comentar lo que ocurrió” ➡ https://t.co/NB4s2ySD7f pic.twitter.com/Hjj0JB4k70— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 28, 2019In an interview with World Soccer Magazine for the February issue, Lionel Messi spoke about his son Thiago’s passion for football: “Thiago and Mateo really love football,” said Messi on World Soccer as quoted by Diario Sport.“But Thiago is the one who understands football better because he is older and he talks everything about football.”“He is very involved in everything related to the game. I already have received a few criticisms here and there from him… He follows Barcelona, La Liga, and the Champions League. The kid follows absolutely everything.”“He can’t get enough of it, he asks questions all the time and even gives me notes when things aren’t going that well,” he added.During the interview, Lionel Messi also approved of both Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt to play for FC Barcelona.We all know that the midfielder has already reached an agreement with the Catalan club but the defender is still negotiating a deal with Barcelona.“Both of those players come from a school that is very similar to ours and they work in a very similar manner.”Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“They tend to play like us, with the ball always at their feet. Both of them are very young footballers, they both have great precision and I really like watching both of them play.”¡INMESSIONANTE! Thiago, el crítico más exigente de Leo Messi, mirad lo que dice Leo Messi que le hace cuando no gana: https://t.co/gYBvNcUVHa pic.twitter.com/yUytdwJ9UM— ORGULLOSODESERCULÉ! (@OrgullosoculeES) January 28, 2019Turns out that maturity has gotten the best of Messi now that he is past 30-years of age, it’s very interesting watching him react to different scenarios now when compared to past seasons when he was younger.Back in the day when he lost an important match with his club or country, Lionel Messi preferred to be isolated from everybody but he can’t do that anymore thanks to his son.In regards to his input when they ask him about new players, Messi also gives an informed opinion that tells us he gets his homework done because he is the captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world and he always needs to be up to speed with every single one of his teammates.We still haven’t seen the last of the best Lionel Messi, but we are now getting closer to the dreaded day when he decides to retire.Nobody is ready for the day in which this happens, same as it will be when Cristiano Ronaldo also decides to hang up his boots.Those days will be some of the saddest moments in football history, when the two greatest players in football history make de decision to call it quits.#LaLiga 🇪🇸Messi: “Thiago me obliga a explicar por qué no ganamos” 😅https://t.co/FmzNYILViB pic.twitter.com/k5xbbicgbW— Solo ⚽ Fútbol (@SoloFutbolPlus) January 28, 2019What do you think about Lionel Messi’s son getting the same football bug than his father? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Facebook Zayn Malik Drops “Let Me” Video watch-zayn-maliks-thrilling-new-video-let-me Watch Zayn Malik’s Thrilling New Video For “Let Me” News Twitter The former One Direction singer returns with the cinematic sequel to “Dusk Till Dawn,” once again directed by Jose Padilha of “Narcos” fameNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 12, 2018 – 7:53 am Last year, Zayn Malik took fans for a wild ride in the MTV VMA-winning music video for “Dusk Till Dawn” featuring Sia. Now, the former One Direction singer is back with the action-packed sequel, dropping the video for “Let Me.””Let Me” was produced Malik himself, along with British production duo MYKL, and recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. Malik developed the video concept himself as well, and once again worked with “Dusk Till Dawn” video producer/director Jose Padilha, who is know for his work on the hit Netflix series “Narcos,” the 2014 remake of Robocop, and more.The video’s plot follows Malik into an upscale underground of shady business where he falls at first sight for a woman on the dance floor of a swanky nightclub. After executing an undoubtedly off-the-books exchange of briefcases on a yacht at gunpoint, Malik returns to the nightclub to snub the crime boss, causing a slugfest to ensue before his love interest takes control and becomes the story’s true hero. The video’s ending promise of “to be continued …” teases trilogy as the couple speed off in a boat.After his time in One Direction, Malik arrived as a solo artist with his 2016 debut album Mind Of Mine, led by the smash single “Pillowtalk.” He followed up with a hit from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, “I Don’t Want To Live Forever,” with Taylor Swift. “Let Me,” is his third single since, and may be a sign that sophomore album is on its way from the 25-year-old singer. Malik has been teasing his second album recently, and last September during an interview with NME following the release of “Dusk Till Dawn,” he said, “This record, I’ve kind of finalized it, but there’s always ideas. Every day I find another song that I’m swapping out with another one. That’s why the album date hasn’t really come yet.”As fans await official news of a Z2 release date, the highly entertaining “Let Me” video will surely hold them over.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email
Two Alaska State Troopers hired in September 2013 to re-investigate the 1997 John Hartman murder case testified in state court in Fairbanks on Monday.Download AudioJim Gallen and Randy McPherron took the stand during day six of a month-long evidentiary hearing prompted by men, known as “The Fairbanks 4,” who claim they were wrongly convicted of Hartman’s beating death. Among numerous issues addressed was a 2011 memo to Fairbanks Police from a California prison guard, sharing information from inmate and former Fairbanks resident William Holmes, claiming he and a group of high school friends, not the Fairbanks Four, are responsible for Hartman’s death.The 2011 Holmes confession that’s become central to the Fairbanks Four post-conviction relief filings was not promptly acted on by Fairbanks Police.Trooper investigator Jim Gallen testified that the memo was not included in the department’s Hartman murder case evidence record, but he found it in January 2014 while going through a box of case interview tapes at the station.“Inside of it was this memo that I had not seen before,” Gallen says.Gallen said he was surprised to find such an important document stashed in a file.“We had not seen it before, and it would’ve been nice to have it.”Gallen said he asked Fairbanks Police Lieutenant Jim Gier about it.“Gier looked at it and said, uh, ‘about that time, Detective Thompson, he says, Detective Thompson walks in, he says Detective Thompson is good at finding these things on the internet. I believe he found it on the internet.’ Thompson seemed confused, kind of nodded in agreement, and we didn’t pursue it anymore.”Former FPD detective Chris Nolan testified last week that he let the Holmes’s confession memo languish on his desk for two years, but gave it to Lieutenant Gier in September 2013, when the Fairbanks Four filed their suit.How long the state knew about the memo is also at issue. Gallen said State prosecutor, and assistant Attorney General Adrienne Bachman refused to release email communications about it.“I recall the investigator asking about these emails, and Ms. Bachman told him we were not getting it.”Gallen testified that the 15-month investigation of the Hartman case was incomplete when terminated in January of his year.
Kolkata: Roshni Sen, Principal Secretary, Department of Technical Education, Training and Skill development (TET& SD) said a “District Skill Development Plan” prepared by four districts has been short-listed by the Centre as among the best 25 plans for all the districts in the country.She was addressing the inaugural session of the Eastern India Regional CXO meet organised by the TET& SD in association with the ministry of Rural Development and Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on Friday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe said all the districts in Bengal had prepared a District Skill Development Plan of which “four districts have been short-listed as among the best 25 plans from all the districts in the country by the Centre.” She further added: “The state has won the prestigious WSIS Award at the UN for egovernance initiatives undertaken by Utkarsh Bangla.” She said to make “skill development more inclusive, the department is bringing in convergence drives where other departments like the MSME, Forest, Sunderban Affairs, SHG, Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, Tourism, School Education and many more have been collaborated in joint skill development activities. This will in turn help in achieving successful placements.” She said there are plans to hold such conferences in the district level too. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMV Rao, additional chief secretary, Panchayats and Rural Development department spoke about how the department has been working in skill development and connecting skilled people to livelihood programmes. He cited examples of some women in the Sunderbans who were trained in fish dressing and are now supplying to the corporate retail players. He said many women and socially backward skilled people are connected to livelihood generation through alternative plantations in Bankura, Purulia and Jangalmahal. Charanjit Singh, joint secretary, ministry of Rural Development spoke on the employment of rural youths through DDU-GKY programme. He appealed to the stakeholders of the industry to take active participation in recruiting skilled people of the country and take part in DDU- GKY scheme as partners.