Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess NLEX and Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Call it twin magic or just simple missed identity, but NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao had one of the most interesting moments during the Road Warriors’ 102-87 loss to TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Guiao was seen getting into a verbal spat, which is typical for the fiery tactician, with one of the Semerad twins after NLEX center Poy Erram complained that one of the brothers twisted his arm in a rebounding battle with mere seconds left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Unprepared’ Tokyo 2020 boxing boss vows to put athletes first Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Anthony, who could only shrug off the incident, said that everything was good after the conversation and that it was his brother David, not him, who got tangled up with Erram.READ: PBA: Monster effort from Jones lifts TNT past NLEX for 1st winGuiao, who eventually knew after the game which Semerad was the culprit, could only smile about his mistake.“I don’t care which twin that was, he can just tell his brother about it,” said Guiao with a slight laugh. “I don’t care if I mistook one from another, they know who did it.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Guiao proceeded to scold Anthony Semerad, but there was one problem—he was talking to the wrong Semerad.READ: TNT reinforcement Terrence Jones magnifies NLEX’s import woes FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I didn’t necessarily fight him, I just gave him a stern talking because Poy complained to me that when the game was ultimately decided one of the Semerads were still twisting his arm,” said Guiao Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.“So I told the twin ‘that’s not necessary’ because the game was already won. There was no need to be rough or rugged, Poy was complaining, I just needed to get the message across.”
Following intelligence inputs that terrorists may attack by parachutes and paragliders, the District Magistrate of Jammu today imposed immediate restrictions on adventure sports like paragliding.As per order number 201 DMJ of 2016 issued by the office of the District Magistrate, restrictions have been imposed on the use of paragliders, parachutes, air balloons etc under section 144 of Jammu and Kashmir CrPC.”It has been brought to my notice that the terrorists may use sub conventional methods to target IAF/Defence/Police installations in near future,” said DM, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh.”There shall be no private air borne activity like para jumping, paragliding or launching of any hot air balloon within the radius of one km of any security or defense installation,” Singh added.”As such it is imperative to impose certain restrictions on the agencies involved in adventure sports like parasailing, paragliding or other similar airborne activities,” the order read.All the private players running adventure sports activities have been directed to seek permission from the DM office before renting the paragliding or para jumping equipments.The measures have been taken keeping in mind the recent Pathankot terror attack and the annual Amarnath Yatra that is going to starting from July 2.
The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has apologised after its national team did not properly observe a minute’s silence for the victims of the London attacks before the start of a World Cup qualifier in Australia.The Australia team lined up in the centre circle ahead of the match at Adelaide Oval late on Thursday but all bar one of the Saudi players, although silent, dispersed around the pitch and continued to jog and stretch.Eight people were killed and 50 injured after three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge last Saturday, then attacked revellers nearby with knives. Two of the dead were Australian.Football Federation Australia (FFA) said it had “sought agreement” from the Saudis and regional governing body, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), to hold the minute’s silence.”Both the AFC and the Saudi team agreed that the minute of silence could be held,” a spokesman said.”The FFA was further advised by Saudi team officials that this tradition was not in keeping with Saudi culture and they would move to their side of the field and respect our custom whilst taking their own positions on the field.”The governing body of Saudi football later issued a statement saying it “deeply” regretted and “unreservedly” apologised for their players not “formally” observing the minute’s silence.”The players did not intend any disrespect to the memories of the victims or to cause upset to their families, friends or any individual affected by the atrocity,” it added.”The Saudi Arabian Football Federation condemns all acts of terrorism and extremism and extends its sincerest condolences to the families of all the victims and to the government and people of the United Kingdom.”advertisementThe AFC said it had monitored the incident, as well as “various statements”, but that any disciplinary action against the Saudis would have to come from world governing body FIFA, who have jurisdiction over all World Cup qualifiers.The incident prompted a social media storm and comes at a time when Australians are still mourning victims of recent attacks.In addition to the Australians who died in London, a deadly siege in Melbourne on Tuesday that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called “an act of terrorism” claimed one victim, while an Australian schoolgirl was one of more than a dozen killed in a Baghdad car bomb blast last week.Turnbull said on Friday that he had not seen video of the incident at the Adelaide Oval but thought everybody should condemn “terrorism”.”The whole world, the whole free world, is united in condemnation of that terrorist attack and terrorism generally,” he told reporters in Tasmania.”The heartbreaking, heartbreaking loss of young Australians in London, of course in Baghdad, and just this week in Melbourne to these murderous terrorists – everybody, everyone should be united in condemnation of the terrorists and love and sympathy and respect for the victims and their families.”Australia won the match 3-2 to move level on 16 points in Group B with the second-placed Saudis and leaders Japan, who have a game in hand, with two rounds to play.The top two teams win a place at the World Cup finals in Russia next year.
Red Pitaya announce that its STEMlab test and measurement solution has been selected for high resolution radar/broadband data processing in a new dense network of dual-mission HF radars proposed by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor, geospace scientist, and expert in remote sensing hardware/software, Michael Hirsch, Ph.D., from Boston, MA, USA.The proposed PiRadar solution costs 95% less than contemporary radar nodes using the latest COTS SDR technology and simultaneously offers polarization-sensitive ionosphere probing with 1-25 km range resolution and relaying of data over the horizon at 1-20+ kpbs rates. This enables the deployment of networks dense and distributed enough to make real-time 3-D images of the ionosphere at a much lower cost than traditional single-site radars. This makes the solution ideal even for hobby scientists and schools. PiRadar nodes work together as an infrastructure-less self-organizing network, transmitting pseudo-noise CDMA waveforms hundreds of kilometers in the shortwave radio bands. PiRadar waveforms simultaneously measure ionospheric characteristics and contain data relayed through the mesh to other nodes or to internet destinations.STEMlab from Red Pitaya is a test and measurement environment that includes a board, an application marketplace and a source code library. It is designed as a low-cost alternative to many expensive measurement and control instruments. STEMlab can function as an Oscilloscope, Logic Analyser, Signal Generator, Spectrum Analyser and more, also performing other tasks like vector network analysis. It is based on high end FPGA technology, enabling software and hardware programming, coupled with very accurate high-end ADCs. Customizable at the FPGA and CPU levels, STEMlab can process real-world signals.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Amplicon: performance, fast graphics and media processing in a small compact designNext Express Logic: X-Ware IoT platform supports Microsoft Azure IoT SDK
There was plenty of media coverage on Touch Football in the month of June, with several features about up-and-coming junior talent and local competitions taking place across the country.To view the stories, please click on the links belowVandals damage Maitland Sports FieldsTyre tracks gouged in the surface of the Maitland Park sporting fields have sidelined more than 1000 participants across various sporting codes.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/1562790/vandals-damage-maitland-sports-fields/?cs=171All Schoolers touch football team claims back to back finalsAll Schoolers claimed back to back premierships in a narrow victory over Wolf Pack 4-3 during the Touch Grand Final in Charleville on Tuesday night.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/all-schoolers-touch-football-team-claims-back-back/1914802/Bribie Teen In National SquadBribie Island teenager Kimberley Sue See has been named by Touch Football Australia (TFA) in the Australian women’s open training squad ahead of the 2014 Trans-Tasman Series.http://www.noosanews.com.au/news/bribie-teen-on-national-squad/1923988/ Rocky’s Neaton a player to watch at state titlesAll eyes will be on Rockhampton’s Riley Neaton next month, when the talented touch player joins players from 14 other Rockhampton teams at the 2013 Queensland Touch Junior State Cup in Hervey Bay.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/rockys-neaton-a-player-to-watch-at-state-titles-in/1923616/ In good touch at carnivalSouth Burnett Times, 4 June 2013As part of the interschool winter sports carnival, 100 children from across the region played touch football at St John’s Lutheran School.Georgie Hall, from Kumbia State School, organised the touch football component of the winter sports carnival. “We had 11 teams from five schools,” Miss Hall said. “It was a fantastic turn out with Kingaroy State School, small schools cluster, St Mary’s, St John’s and Taabinga taking part in the touch football.”The touch football was refereed by student volunteers on the day.“We had students from Kingaroy State High School volunteer for the day to be referees,” Miss Hall said. “They really must be commended on the fantastic effort they put in as well as guidance they provided the younger students.”Students from Years 4 to 7 participated in a number of sportsmanship-based games throughout the day. “Students were encouraged to try their best, but it was really focused on the love of the game and getting out there and exercising,” Miss Hall said. Despite this, Miss Hall said there were overall winners awarded for the day. “Taabinga A were the overall winners of the A grade competition,” Miss Hall said.“However Kingaroy State School and St Mary’s also contested the finals.”Top stars touch down in RomaWestern Star, 4 June 2013Touch football took over Roma at the weekend with a three day carnival featuring teams from across the state The under-15s competition saw girls from across the region hit the fields in hopes of taking home the title.Girls from Roma, Chinchilla, Miles, St George and Charleville made up the South West team, taking on players from as far as the Sunshine Coast. The competition also included teams from the Darling Downs, South Coast, Wide Bay, Met East, Peninsula, North West, Met North, Met West and Capricornia.Across the event, the girls competed in five rounds each, from which the three top teams were selected into the trophy series while the bottom three teams played in the plate series.The South West girls were unfortunately knocked out in the Plate Series by Met North going down 4-2 in the match.With good performances across the three days from all participating teams, the competition remained tight, coming to an end on the Sunday with Sunshine Coast facing off against Met East.Sunny Coast dominated Met East, taking home the trophy with a 9-1 win.Taree Flames young guns finish runner upManning River Times, 5 June 2013Taree Flames young guns finished runners up in the mixed opens NSW Touch Football Country Championships held in Dubbo.The tournament boasted some of the best players in Australia and competition in the mixed was fierce.This did not deter this group of talented individuals. The youngest player in the team was only 15.Coached by Darren Rowsell, with each game they grew more and more confident, defeating last year’s champions in the semi final.Unfortunately they went down to Port Macquarie, who contained both current and past Australian players, in the grand final.The captain of Port Macquarie noted how impressed he was with the young Taree side’s performance, stating that the Northern Eagles were in an outstanding future position, given the amount of talent within the Taree side.The more senior Flames side made it to the quarter finals where they were eventually defeated by Orange.Both teams thanked Warren and Tom Steedman and Charlie Andrews for accompanying the teams as referees.Bay girls show a touch of class to take bronze at school titlesFraser Coast Chronicle, 6 June 2013A massive road-trip and tough opposition were not enough to slow down the Wide Bay 15 year girls’ touch team from claiming third place at the Queensland schools championships in Roma at the weekend.With three Hervey Bay girls, Wide Bay swept aside the competition in the preliminary rounds only to meet a skilful Sunshine Coast in the semi-final, earning a place in the play-off for third and fourth.The team’s last game was entertaining against South Coast with attack and defence meeting head on, the game went down to the wire and Wide Bay won 2-1.Wide Bay coach Peter Robinson was proud of his team and said praise could not go to the players only for the result.“I was extremely happy with all the girls in the team,” Robinson said.“The parents were outstanding – they helped out in the preparation.“The people in Roma were great country people and it was a well run championship.”The members of the team from Hervey Bay were Xavier Catholic College students Georgia Moore, Bree Fraser and Cree Forster.Sunshine Coast defeated Met East 9-1 in the finalCaitlin stars in state touch football eventSunshine Coast Daily, 6 June 2013Noosa District SHS Year 10 student Caitlin Wark has just returned from the Queensland 15 Years Girls Touch Football Carnival in Roma as a member of the winning Sunshine Coast Regional team. The Coast girls convincingly won the state final 9-1 against a more-fancied Brisbane Metropolitan East team. This was Caitlin’s first state carnival and she certainly rose to the challenge by scoring six tries over the three-day, eight-game carnival, with two of these coming in the grand final. NDSHS Touch co-ordinator Murray Gordon said that during her time with the Sunshine Coast girls’ team, Caitlin was lucky to be guided by Queensland coach Paul Cobham. Caitlin said that she had learnt a lot about the game during their 45 hours of training in the three-month lead-up to the carnival. She is a valued member of the Noosa District SHS girls’ team and regularly plays in the Noosa Touch Association A-grade competition.Roosters claim titleSouth Burnett Times, 7 June 2013Kingaroy’s touch football champions were decided on a big Monday night of grand final action at Lyle Vidler Oval, Kingaroy.The Roosters won the open grand final 5-3 against the defending champion Gumps.Roosters player Mitch Cush said his side was able to claim the touch title due to an outstanding defensive effort against the talented young side.“We defended really well and to hold them to only three points was a great effort,” he said.“I think we nullified their strike players in Sam Johnston, Peter Hourn, Belinda Johnston and Lane Ferling, and defence definitely won it for us.”Cush said the pace of Monday night’s decider was a big factor in the Roosters victory.“I think the game suited us to a point when the refs slowed it down and it didn’t suit them because they needed a more high tempo game,“We didn’t play spectacular touch football, but we played a good solid game.”Cush said his Roosters side had to play well to defeat a Gumps side which had beaten them 7-1 in their last meeting.“We had good rolling rucks and we dragged their defence in and then threw it on the outside,” he said.“Anthony Eden controlled the game from dummy half and Steve Moore scored a couple of tries, and to hold the line like we did and not let them score many was a great effort.”Cush said the Roosters side was formed to give the Gumps a run for their money.“It was to give them some competition and we ended up victorious,” he said. Touch football is a key participation sportBayside Bulletin, 11 June 2013Touch football is a key participation sport in the Redlands and in July many local players past and present will be part of the celebration to mark the sport’s 40th anniversary as an organised sport in South East Queensland.Touch football, which now caters for participants of both sexes and all ages, began as an organised sport in Brisbane with an initial fixture list of just eight teams. Several players in that initial competition were from the Redlands.While the sport has now grown to the stage where the Redlands has its own association, which organises hundreds of games each week, many Redlands players still compete in Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association competitions at White Hill Reserve.To mark the 40th anniversary of the organisation of touch football the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association has organised a commemorative dinner on Saturday, July 20, at the Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Club in Stones Corner.Tickets are limited and are $85 each, which includes a three-course dinner and three hours of free soft drinks, beer and wine.Tickets are available from the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association office at Whites Hill Reserve, Boundary Road, Camp Hill; phone 3397 5133 or email email@example.com.Jasmine to compete at NationalsNorthern Daily Leader, 12 June 2013Calrossy student Jasmine Mihell is going from strength to strength with her touch football performances. Jassmine has just been selected in the CIS Opens team to contest the National Titles in September this year at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. She was also part of the Tamworth touch team that won the recent Country Championships and is a member of the Under 18 National Squad. Top Touch players descend on BayThe Newcastle Herald, 18 June 2013The state’s leading schoolboy touch football players have descended on Nelson Bay this week for the NSW Combined High Schools championships.Tomaree Sporting Complex is the venue for the three-day round robin tournament with 10 teams taking part.Hunter have four matches today, coming up against Riverina, Sydney South West, Western and North Coast.PCYC sporting hall of fame for EmileeWestern Star, 18 June 2013Emilee Cherry has achieved more in 21 years than many people will in a lifetime having represented Australia in both rugby and touch football. Although she now lives in Brisbane, she’s a Roma born and bred girl through and through and she has now been chosen to be one of the three new faces on the PCYC sporting wall of fame.But she might not get to see her photo up there for a while, as next week she is off to Russia to represent Australia in the Rugby 7s world cup.“Rugby 7s has definitely taken my priority, the IRB (Sevens) World Series has five different stops around the world which keeps us very busy and I’m travelling a lot,” Cherry said.As well as representing the country in rugby, Ms Cherry also plays in the Australian Women’s touch football team and will be competing in the Trans-Tasman touch football series in Mudgee early next year. “I played touch all my life all throughout school at a rep level and then through playing they scouted me and said they said would you like to have a try at Rugby 7s,” Cherry said. She played her first international game in Dubai at the end of 2011.Cherry is studying PE teaching at the University of Queensland. If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Related LinksTalking Touch – June
zoomImage Courtesy: TOTE Maritime Shipping company TOTE Maritime Alaska has made adjustments in the LNG conversion schedule, pushing the works on its RoRo vessel Midnight Sun by one year.As part of the company’s adjustments, the first phase of the vessel’s conversion was delayed to late 2019.Midnight Sun was originally scheduled to undergo the works from mid-December 2018 through early-February 2019.Additionally, the company’s current conversion schedule will see the RoRo vessel North Star undergo the second phase of the conversion in 2020-2021, while the second phase for the Midnight Sun will be carried out in 2021-2022.TOTE Maritime Alaska informed that it plans to continue sailing both vessels throughout the year with the exception of routine holiday single-sailings.“In place of this year’s dry dock period, our team will continue preparing Midnight Sun’s transition to LNG for items that don’t require a dry-dock,” the company said.The conversion efforts are a part of the company’s plans to convert the Orca class vessels to LNG.
The province is taking a major step forward to reduce the number of problem gamblers. Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald announced today, Dec. 22, the selection of two Nova Scotia firms to undertake important prevention and treatment aspects of the province’s Gaming Strategy. Pyra Management Consulting Services Inc. of Newport, Hants Co., was awarded the contract to develop a comprehensive problem gambling strategy for Nova Scotia. Similar to the province’s successful Tobacco Control Strategy, the strategy may contain components such as legislation and policy; ongoing communications; community-based prevention and treatment programs; and evaluation and monitoring. It will be developed in consultation with interested groups and citizens from across the province and be based on best practices from other jurisdictions. This contract is for $75,000 for six months. Allura Communications and Marketing of Halifax has been selected to develop a campaign to increase awareness, prevent at-risk gamblers from developing a problem and encourage problem gamblers to seek help. This contract is for $200,000 for one year and is scheduled to launch this spring. Mr. MacDonald said that awarding these contracts lays the foundation for Nova Scotia Health Promotion to fulfill its responsibilities in the Gaming Strategy. “The purpose of the gaming strategy is to reduce the number of problem gamblers in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. MacDonald. “These projects are key components of reaching that goal.” In preparation for the awareness campaign, Dunn & Associates Communications and Public Affairs completed a communications audit on the existing problem gambling newsletter and website to determine how they can improve to be most effective in reaching counselors, problem gamblers, their families and others. Health Promotion was given $3 million last April to enhance its problem gambling prevention and treatment work. New radio ads for the Problem Gambling Help Line have increased calls by 50 per cent since January 2005, new brochures are being distributed to addiction centres around the province, and funding is going to district health authorities to increase prevention and treatment resources to better serve the needs of problem and at-risk gamblers. All firms were selected through the province’s procurement process.
Yarmouth-area residents will have a chance to help build a stronger, more representative government through a public consultation session. The meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Rodd Grand, 417 Main St., Yarmouth. The Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process will gather feedback to help recommend ways to reverse the trend of fewer Nova Scotians voting in elections. Michel Samson, chair of the all-party committee, said it is important that feedback is collected from a wide cross-section of the province. “This is a chance for people in the Yarmouth-area to have their say and offer input on how to increase the number of people who vote,” he said. “Participation in the democratic process is a cornerstone of a strong government and, on the heels of federal and municipal elections, it is the perfect time to collect opinions and thoughts from people in all walks of life.” The committee, introduced by a resolution during the 2006 fall sitting of the House of Assembly, includes vice-chairs Mark Parent and Maureen MacDonald as well as Pat Dunn, Keith Bain, Graham Steele, Charlie Parker, H. David Wilson and Harold (Junior) Theriault. Nova Scotians interested in making a presentation at the meeting should call toll-free 1-888-388-6489. Presenters with special needs, or who wish to present in French, must give one week’s notice and include their requirements in a message. Written submissions will also be accepted and should be filed with the committee no later than Friday, Nov. 7. Submissions will be accepted by: Fax: 1-902-424-0513 Mail: c/o Legislative Committees Office, P.O. Box 2630, Station M, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3N5 E-mail: email@example.com Additional meetings will be held in Antigonish, Truro, Amherst, Cape Breton, Bridgewater, Kentville and Halifax. Background information is available on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/COMMITTEES/DemocraticProcess.html . All meeting dates and locations will be advertised on local radio stations and in area newspapers.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace region businesses cleaned up at the annual ThriveNorth Business Challenge held Thursday night in Fort St. John.ThriveNorth was launched in Northeast B.C. back in February. Managed by Futurpreneur Canada, the organization helps budding young entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses with mentorship, funding, and resources.The Business Challenge held at the Lido Theatre had three categories: Best New Business by an entrepreneur aged 18-28, Best New Business by an entrepreneur aged 29-39, and Best Growth Opportunity for an entrepreneur aged 18-39 whose business at least one year old. In the category of Best New Business for 18 to 28 year-olds was Holly-Anne Ritchie & Shay Bergunder with BowTie. In the Best New Business for 29 to 39 year-olds the winner was Stephen Beard of Beard’s Brewing Company.Jessie Taylor from Mama G’s Country Kitchen in Chetwynd won in the Best Growth Opportunity.Each business was given $10,000 to fund their business.There was also a People’s Choice Award valued at $5,000, which was voted on by people at the Lido Theatre and online. The winner of that award was Axel Whalen with Tiny Life Supply.
4 February 2010The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has set up an expert group to find ways to increase tolerance around the world, as part of her commitment to promoting a “new humanism” to pursue a rapprochement of cultures. The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has set up an expert group to find ways to increase tolerance around the world, as part of her commitment to promoting a “new humanism” to pursue a rapprochement of cultures.The world, said Director-General Irina Bokova, is marked by a growing interdependence, but mistrust has also arisen in recent years.“I am convinced that UNESCO has all the strengths needed to provide a humanist response to globalization and crisis,” she said. “In response to the sense of vulnerability which permeates all levels, there is indeed a need to invent new forms of action to safeguard social cohesion and preserve peace.”The new panel will meet for the first time on 18 February in Paris. The gathering will also mark the launch of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, which will kick off with a round-table discussion on the theme, “The Dialogue of Cultures: New Avenues for Peace.”“The objective of this International Year is to help dissipate any confusion stemming from ignorance, prejudice and exclusion that create tension, insecurity, violence and conflict,” Ms. Bokova emphasized.The task, she said, will be to promote mutual knowledge and to generate respect for other cultures.“Exchange and dialogue between cultures are the best tools for building peace,” the UNESCO chief said.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is marking the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon with a meeting Friday with former Apollo 11 astronauts .The White House says Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins and the family of mission commander Neil Armstrong will be greeted by Trump in the Oval Office. Armstrong, who died in 2012, and Aldrin made history when they landed on the moon 50 years ago Saturday, as Collins orbited overhead in their command module.Vice-President Mike Pence is set to mark the anniversary Saturday with a visit and speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.The Associated Press
The document, which was approved after three days of meetings and negotiations involving nearly 500 government and civil society representatives, will contribute to preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September 2002.In its assessment of the implementation of Agenda 21 — the blueprint for sustainable development adopted at the landmark UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 — the Phnom Penh platform states that while significant achievements have been made in many sectors, the environment continues to deteriorate and the number of poor in the region continues to increase.The statement highlights several critical environmental issues for the region, such as land and biodiversity, oceans and coastal resources, freshwater resources and atmosphere and climate change. On the economic and social front it points to chronic and persistent poverty, the impacts of globalization, sustainable energy development, human settlements development, unsustainable consumption and production and natural disasters as key areas of concern.To address these issues, the platform underscores the need for policy and institutional reform and identifies follow-up actions to achieve international development goals developed through the UN. It also outlines several regional initiatives, including those aimed at poverty reduction, cleaner production and sustainable energy, land management and biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development of small island states. To encourage greater financing for sustainable development in the region the platform emphasizes the need for strengthening the Global Environment Facility as well as the use of economic instruments and strategic alliances with civil society, in the framework of a “new global partnership.”The meeting was organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
“Affected countries are calling – ever more frequently and with greater urgency – for assistance to remove their obsolete pesticide stocks and prevent the further accumulation of toxic waste,” Mark Davis, head of FAO’s programme on the Prevention and Disposal of Obsolete Pesticides, told an expert consultation in Rome.”Unfortunately, without additional funds from donor countries, FAO will be unable to respond to its member nations that need assistance because funding for an FAO programme on the prevention and disposal of obsolete pesticides is ending by the end of this year,” he said.These wastes are posing a continuing and worsening threat to people and the environment in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Obsolete stocks in 53 African countries are put at 50,000 tons. In Europe, it is estimated that Ukraine has 19,500 tons of ageing chemicals, the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia 10,000 tons, Poland 15,000 tons and Moldova 6,600 tons. Stocks in Asia are currently recorded at 6,000 tons, a figure which does not include China, where the problem is believed to be widespread. In the Middle East and Latin America around 10,000 tons have been declared. Waste sites contain some of the most dangerous insecticides like the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor and organophosphates.Stockpiles have accumulated because some products have been banned for health or environmental reasons, but were never properly discarded. These stocks often deteriorate to contaminate the environment and put people at risk. The worst affected are frequently poor rural communities that may not even be aware of the toxic nature of the chemicals in their environment. “Clean-up and prevention measures urgently need to be combined,” Mr. Davis said. “The awareness of a targeted and limited use of pesticides, respecting human health and the environment, needs to be urgently raised in many countries.”The clean-up of one ton of obsolete pesticide waste costs around $3,500. Most developing countries do not have the facilities for safe hazardous waste disposal.
A United Nations human rights expert today has called on the Iraqi Government to launch an independent investigation into the recent assassination of two lawyers involved in the trial of Saddam Hussein, saying he was concerned at allegations that the Interior Ministry might have been involved.“An independent investigation is essential because these killings have huge implications for efforts to establish the rule of law in Iraq,” the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Philip Alston, said.He said the information he has received provides no clear evidence of the Ministry’s involvement but also no grounds for excluding that possibility.“When allegations call into question the impartiality of the Government, and when so much hinges on the facts, an independent investigation is the only way to uphold the rule of law,” he added. “This is clearly a situation in which a failure to undertake a convincing investigation will have major negative implications for all that the Government is trying to achieve.”Sadoum al-Janabi and Adel Muhammad al-Zubaidi represented defendants at the Iraqi Supreme Criminal Tribunal charged with crimes against humanity. Mr. Al-Janabi was found with two bullet wounds to the head after being abducted from his office by armed men on 20 October, the day after the trial began. Mr. Al-Zubaidi was killed on 8 November in a drive-by shooting that also injured another defence lawyer, Thamer al-Khuzaie. “When defence lawyers are murdered, the rule of law is doubly at stake,” Mr. Alston said he said. “Human rights law requires that all murders be investigated in a credible manner. Moreover, defence attorneys are critical to a fair trial, and their systematic assassination threatens the entire process.”Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity who receive their mandate from the UN Commission on Human Rights and report back to it.
Hospitals will be ordered to supply free tampons and sanitary towels to patients, following a campaign by doctors.Medics had said it was unfair that some hospitals would provide men with razors and shaving foam but not offer women sanitary products.It follows research showing that four in ten NHS trusts did not provide the products to those in need, or would only provide limited emergency supplies.The British Medical Association (BMA) wrote to health officials a month ago, urging them to change the policy.They said towels and tampons are a basic human need – like food – and should be made freely available at all hospitals in the UK.Some patients cannot afford to buy their own products, while others unexpectedly find themselves in hospital with nobody to rely on, campaigners said.Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS will announce that from July, hospitals will be obliged to provide women with sanitary products.Freedom of Information disclosures from 187 NHS trusts and health boards found that 42 per cent of them did not supply sanitary products at all, or would only provide them in an emergency, or in small amounts.For those that did have a supply, tampons and towels were often only available on gynaecology or maternity wards.Only 22 per cent of hospitals said they could easily be bought on site by the patient.Among trusts that did purchase supplies, average spend was just 71p per bed per year.Estimates suggest UK hospitals could supply the products for around £120,000 per year.Mr Stevens said NHS trusts will be obliged to provide free tampons and other sanitary products to all girls and women who need them, under the standard contract with hospitals for 2019-20.The announcement was welcomed by charity Freedom4Girls, which campaigns against period poverty.Mr Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: “It is absolutely right that everyone has access to the essentials of daily life during their time in hospital, and that should include sanitary products.“It’s fundamental that we give patients the best experience possible during what can be a stressful time of their life, and by providing sanitary products the NHS can prevent unnecessary embarrassment and leave people to focus on their recovery.”Dame Parveen Kumar, chairman of the BMA’s Board of Science, said: “The BMA is delighted that NHS England has supported our call for sanitary products to be made freely available for patients, across England from July this year.“Since being raised as a concern by doctors in June last year, the BMA has undertaken extensive research into the poor provision of sanitary products in hospitals, including Freedom of Information requests to all English hospital Trusts.”This showed how patchy or non-existent the provision was and also the relatively small cost of providing tampons and pads free of charge.”We are pleased that our work, since then, with NHS England has culminated in such a successful result for women, bringing an end to indignity on top of ill-health.”She said the NHS was showing it could “lead by example”.“As well being an important influence in the shift that is necessary towards ending period poverty, this will be a relief for many patients who will no longer face the embarrassment and stress of not being able to freely and easily access sanitary pads and tampons,” she said.Freedom4Girls founder Tina Leslie said: “This is a great initiative and is a fantastic step forward. NHS England have stepped up to the mark and been proactive in ensuring that hospital patients get tampons and sanitary towels.“It is also breaking down barriers and reducing the stigma around periods. When women go into hospital it can be a worry to know what to do if you start your period, but now that worry is taken away as they know they will be catered for.”The new requirement will mean women and girls receiving treatment in hospitals and other health settings will be able to request pads, pantyliners and tampons when they need them.Officials said the move would offer reassurance to anyone needing urgent care unexpectedly, the move also will help those who are in hospital long term, including mental health inpatients.Ruth May, England’s chief nurse, said: “Periods are part of life and too often we take it for granted that everyone has easy access to sanitary products.“Period poverty affects an estimated one in 10 girls in this country and it can cause real anxiety when you can’t find the right product when you need it.“Health problems are stressful enough, and this move will mean that the embarrassment, discomfort and anxiety finding yourself in hospital without adequate protection on your period will be a thing of the past,” she said.A recent survey showed that at least one in four women and girls has had to miss work or school due to not being able to afford sanitary products. 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.
Over 20 killed in multiple suicide bombings and attacks in Afghanistan The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 11:59 AM 2 Comments Security forces inspect in an explosion site in Lashkar Gah Image: Massoud Hossaini Image: Massoud Hossaini AT LEAST 23 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in multiple suicide bombings and attacks in Afghanistan, officials said, the latest in a series of assaults in the war-torn country.In the biggest attack, Taliban militants stormed an army base in the western province of Farah overnight, killing at least 18 soldiers.“Last night a big group of militants attacked an army base in Bala Buluk district of Farah. Unfortunately, we lost 18 soldiers, two soldiers were wounded. We have sent more reinforcements to the area,” defence ministry spokesman Daulat Wazir said.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Deputy provincial governor Younus Rasooli said the authorities had sent a fact-finding delegation to Bala Buluk to investigate the assault.In another attack, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the diplomatic area of Kabul during the morning rush hour, killing at least three people and wounding five others, deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.“At around 8:30 am, a suicide bomber on foot, well-dressed with a necktie on, was identified at a checkpoint. He blew up his explosives, killing three and wounding five others,” he said, updating an earlier toll.A security source who requested not to be named said the explosion happened near a compound belonging to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence agency. The NDS compound is located near the NATO headquarters and the US embassy.“I was driving nearby when I heard a big explosion, the windows of my car were smashed. I saw several wounded people on the street near me,” a witness told Tolonews TV adding that security forces had since swarmed the area, closing off the main road leading to the attack site.In December, a suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near the same compound, killing at least six civilians.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack in Kabul, which in recent months has become one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians.Since mid-January, militants have stormed a luxury hotel, bombed a crowded street and raided a military compound in the capital, killing more than 130 people as the city remains on high alert fearing further violence.Car bombings Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesIn two other attacks in volatile southern Helmand province, suicide car bombs killed at least two soldiers and wounded more than a dozen others, officials said.In the first incident, militants used a Humvee to attack an army base in Nad Ali district but the vehicle was destroyed when soldiers identified it and hit it with a rocket propelled grenade, provincial spokesman Omar Zawak told AFP.“Unfortunately, two soldiers were killed in the attack and seven wounded,” he said.The Nad Ali attack was followed by a second suicide car bombing in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah that wounded seven people.The attack was against an NDS compound and near a police headquarters in the city, Helmand police spokesman Salaam Afghan told AFP.The Taliban claimed both attacks in Helmand.Militants including the Taliban and the Islamic State group have stepped up their attacks on beleaguered Afghan troops and police in recent months, sapping morale already hit by desertions and corruption.Afghan soldiers have taken what the UN describes as “shocking” casualties since international forces ended their combat role at the end of 2014, though troop casualty figures are no longer released.© – AFP 2018Read: Explainer: Why UK Brexiteers have been told to ‘sod off’ away from the Good Friday Agreement > Feb 24th 2018, 11:59 AM https://jrnl.ie/3869776 By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Security forces inspect in an explosion site in Lashkar Gah 3,630 Views Share Tweet Email
Vancouver Public Schools appears unlikely this year to take advantage of changes to state law that would allow it to run an additional property tax levy, despite concerns over a multimillion-dollar budget deficit.At a recent work session, the Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors tentatively laid out a plan to ask voters next February to approve a supplemental levy of no more than 51 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value, collecting as much as $11.75 million annually. The district plans to conduct a community survey prior to running the levy.The Legislature this past session raised the cap on local school levies from $1.50 to $2.50 per $1,000 in assessed property value, or at a level that would raise $2,500 per pupil, whichever leads to lower levy rates. It’s continued fallout from the McCleary decision, the landmark school funding lawsuit that determined the state was failing to fund basic education. Although the state Supreme Court ruled last year that the Legislature succeeded in meeting its constitutional duty to fully fund public schools, districts across the state are grappling this year with deficits in the millions of dollars.Vancouver Public Schools has scaled back its original $16.8 million in projected spending cuts to $8 million, due in large part to about $6.5 million in additional, one-time state money. The district made staff cuts to compensate for declining enrollment. The district’s general fund budget is about $324 million.The district is also spending $3.75 million from its reserve fund. Even so, the district is cutting more than $4 million in expenses. That includes 5 percent cuts in its central office for $1.2 million in savings, a 15 percent reduction in central office administrative positions for an $800,000 savings, and cutting travel for professional development in half, for a $400,000 savings. Teaching and counseling positions above adjusting for declining enrollment, meanwhile, were taken off the table for cuts this year.
Recommended for you Related Items:crwon land, dr. edward smith, Fbo, gilbert selver, M aviation, provo air center, rev. courtney missick, turks and caicos airport authority Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Smith says he is no troublemaker, prepared to run in 2016 Elections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Aug 2015 – Two radio talk show hosts and a businessman are calling for transparency and accountability and charging that the UK Interim Administration intentionally deceived Turks and Caicos Islanders when it came to dispersion of Crown Land. The issue is linked to the already controversial M Aviation FBO, which sits adjacent the Providenciales International Airport and which has spawned a law suit and similar accusations from Lyndon Gardiner and his Provo Air Center. Rev Courtney Missick, Dr. Edward Smith and Gilbert Selver say the Crown Land should never have been given to the indigenous people and that in turn those indigenous people should never have given the land to M Aviation which operates Blue Heron Aviation. Rev. Missick: “The government deceived, along with the Airports Authority, deceive the people of this country to believe that we needed to obtain this land that is on the south side of the airport for the future expansion of the airport not knowing that they were taking this land from private citizens to give to M Aviation for them to be able to get their project off the ground.”The case in this matter has been submitted to court but was dismissed, but this group believes it a grave wrong to the future of aviation growth in the TCI. Dr. Edward Smith: “The deceit does not really stop there, because documents were actually prepared well in advanced that once this acquisition of these lands would have taken place as a matter of rubber stamping six and seven documents transferring this land from the people, to the Airports Authority from the Airports Authority to M Aviation and then onto the owners of the FBO, all in a matter of two days Turks and Caicos; something is wrong there.”The men want the case to be heard in a court of law and the trio vows to communicate with the British to bring the matter to the forefront. Selver explained that he is prepared to re-apply for the case to be heard. Gilbert Selver: “I have no interest in Mr. Gardiner’s business, no interest in Shawn’s Business, no interest in the Airports Authority business – the interest is in the Turks and Caicos Islands business that is why I say I will take it up, if it can be opened with a new citizen coming forward I will take it up because I can take a lot of bumps and bruises.” Dr Smith with PDA in Cheshire Hall, again Smith says PPP is dead
Gold was trading near its highest in seven weeks on Monday, bolstered by expectations the Federal Reserve will not hike U.S. interest rates soon.FUNDAMENTALS* Spot gold was little changed at $1,156 an ounce by 0043 GMT, after gaining 1.6 percent in the previous session.* The metal climbed to $1,159.80 on Friday, its highest since Aug. 28, after minutes from the Fed’s September policy meet showed that the central bank was deeply cautious about tightening monetary policy.* Weakness in the dollar, which fell to a three-week low on Friday, also helped support gold. [USD/]* A delayed rate rise could support non-interest-paying gold, although uncertainty over the timing could weigh on prices in the near term.* Two influential Fed policymakers on Friday reinforced Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s message that a rate hike is coming by year’s end.* Fed policymakers are still likely to raise rates this year but that is “an expectation, not a commitment”, and could change if the global economy pushes the U.S. economy further off course, Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said over the weekend.* Recent weak U.S. data and concerns over the global economy have prompted many to believe the first U.S. rate hike in nearly a decade will not come this year.* Hedge funds and money managers raised their bullish bets in COMEX gold and silver to four-month highs in the week ended Oct. 6, data on Friday showed, amid expectations the Fed will delay a much-anticipated rate hike.* Elsewhere, the London Bullion Market Association said on Friday it has formally asked exchanges and technology firms to bid for services such as a gold exchange or a clearing platform to make the London market more transparent and liquid.* South Africa’s Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union voted on Sunday to strike at the operations of AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold.* Among other precious metals, platinum eased 0.2 percent to $976.99, but wasn’t too far from a three-week high of $983 reached in the previous session.* Palladium was down 0.4 percent on Monday after climbing to a near-four-month high of $722 on Friday.* Trading activity during Asian hours is likely to be thinner than usual with Japanese markets closed for a public holiday. U.S. markets will also be shut on Monday for a holiday.
Blogging has become one of the most sorted professions today. Gone are the days when one had to be conscious about looks and physique to be a blogger. A true example of it is Pranjal Salecha. She is a fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger who has completed her fashion designing from Pune. Later, she started working as a wedding planner and a freelance designer. While working, she simultaneously started her blog for the love of styling. After getting an overwhelming response on her blog, she left her job and became a full-time blogger.Her Instagram handle, ‘thegulabigirl’ tends to focus more on the posts of fashion and lifestyle. Talking about her username, she said, “I have always been obsessed with pink and I am a bit desi at heart, so I wanted to have a fusion touch to it. I believe that my blog name should completely relate to me and that’s how Pink became Gulabi.”Having an experience of more than two and a half years, she recalls her phase of struggle. She had always been a reserved kid who was confused to take blogging as her career. One thing which irked her was that one must fit in the criteria of a model to become a blogger. Initially her parents were not happy with her decision of being a blogger and for several months she kept it a secret that she had decided to be a blogger. But later, when the response was good to her blog, her parents were convinced with it and today they are proud of their daughter.Sharing her experience about travelling, she believes that travel makes her explore more things about herself. Not just this, it also helps her understand different cultures about different countries which she incorporates in her styling. She has travelled the countries like Netherlands, Czech Republic, France, Singapore, Thailand and Mauritius to name a few. When asked about her choice for luxury brands, she revealed that her heart beats for street shopping. She believes that the old and colourful bazaars are a wonderful experience as one can explore different streets of different cities.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.