Harvey Norman Touch Football day a success

first_imgOver 150 Harvey Norman franchisees took to the fields at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday to learn more about Touch Football as part of their Electrical Conference. Franchisees from across Australia travelled to Sydney for the conference and had the opportunity to have a run around on Wednesday morning to experience the sport after the recent announcement of Harvey Norman becoming a whole of game sponsor for NRL Touch Football. NRL ambassadors, Nathan Hindmarsh and Mario Fenech were also involved in the day, adding plenty of entertainment and humour to the event. Participants were split into 16 teams, taking part in two games each throughout the morning, with the Gorillas, including Hindmarsh who joined the team for the final, defeating Fenech’s newly adopted Buffalos team in the grand final. Hindmarsh and Fenech were full of praise for the event and the relationship. “It was a great day, there’s nothing better than being outside having a run around. It beats being in the office so I was glad to be involved in the day and beating Mario in the grand final made it an even better day,” Hindmarsh said. “Harvey Norman is a major sponsor of NRL Touch Football which is outstanding news. Harvey Norman has always been a great sponsor of Rugby League over the years, so it’s fitting they’ve started with Touch Football to help grow both codes,” Hindmarsh said. “It was great. Harvey Norman has been a great partner of Rugby League, I’m friends with Harvey Norman and it’s great to be involved,” Fenech said. Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said the event was a great way to see the relationship come into fruition following the announcement in early October. “I thought it was a fantastic day, so many people just enjoying themselves. We had four fields running at once, franchisees from all around the country participating in Touch Football and really creating strong ambassadors not only for the relationship but also for our product in terms of Touch Football,” Maguire said. “(Hindmarsh and Fenech) found their way into the first match and made sure they kicked the day off against each other and come grand final time it was no surprise that they found their way onto the two teams participating. They are great ambassadors for our sport as well as the Rugby League and certainly the relationship between us and Harvey Norman.”Harvey Norman’s Chief Operating Officer, John Slack-Smith, said the event was a great opportunity for the franchisees to have a taste of Touch Football. “It was fantastic, when you’ve got people who are genuinely enthusiastic about being involved, sporting skill or not, and a great Sydney day, it’s been lots of fun,” Slack-Smith said. Harvey Norman Caringbah’s Ian Crawford was part of the winning ‘Gorillas’ team and is looking forward to being able to create a relationship with his local Touch Football community. “I had a great time. It’s a fantastic day, a great venue. There were a lot of laughs involved,” Crawford said. “It’s a great team sport, a lot of the guys here today I hadn’t met before but I got to know them really well. It’s a great way to meet new people and have some fun times together. It doesn’t have to be super serious, it’s just a lot of fun.”To view some photos from the day, please visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for all of the highlights of the day – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Related LinksHarvey Norman Touch Daylast_img read more

Climate Change Minister Applauds Work of Environmental Protection Group

first_imgMinister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickergill has lauded the Ewarton Watershed and Farmer’s Co-operative Society for its role in protecting the environment and safeguarding the country’s natural resources. “I am very proud of this group…what you have set out to do through your organisation, namely: preserving the environment through improved farmer techniques and environmentally friendly practices, is indeed commendable,” he said. Mr. Pickersgill, who is also Member of Parliament for North West St. Catherine, was addressing the Annual General Meeting of the Co-operative Society at the Ewarton Community Centre in St. Catherine on March 28. The Minister said he was pleased that the organisation is not only employing environmentally sound practices in growing crops and rearing livestock, but is also working to improve the quality of the water at the Rio Cobre Watershed by re-foresting approximately 100 acres of land on Mount Rousseau with fruit trees. “What makes this venture even more meaningful, is that by planting fruit trees, you are not only preserving the watershed and improving the air quality of the area, but you are also adding to your own food security and that of your community as well as providing an additional source of income for yourselves and your community,” the Minister noted. Mr. Pickersgill also said it was noteworthy that the work being done by the Co-operative Society supplements the work of the 13 Local Forest Management Committees (LFMCs) that have been established islandwide to preserve the island’s protected forests and critical watersheds. “Indeed, the projects you have embarked on are in no small measure, assisting my Ministry, its agencies and stakeholders to protect our natural resources and our environment including our local forest cover,” he said. The Minister further commended the body for its efforts at enhancing the livelihood of land owners through workshops on conservation and land husbandry, as well as advising on the production of marketable fruits and timber. “I understand that you have also attended several workshops to build capacity in such areas as soil erosion and contouring. In addition, you held a tree planting day in September last year,” Minister Pickersgill observed. Now boasting a membership of 45, the Co-operative Society was formed in 1993 and officially registered under the Company Societies Act in 2008. In carrying out its activities and engaging in best practices, the entity has partnered with, and learnt from experts at agencies such as the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), and the Forestry Department. BY Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Nomination du président de la commission détude sur la cyberintimidation

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial prend des mesures pour protéger les enfants et les jeunes en ligne. Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation, a annoncé aujourd’hui 25 mai que Wayne MacKay, professeur à l’école de droit Schulich de l’Université Dalhousie, sera président de la commission d’étude chargée d’examiner la question de la cyberintimidation et de formuler des recommandations. « À mon avis, nous avons une obligation de réunir des gens pour trouver des solutions à la cyberintimidation, a dit Mme Jennex. Depuis que nous avons annoncé la formation de la commission d’étude, nous avons reçu un énorme soutien des Néo-Écossais qui veulent participer. » « Je remercie M. MacKay et tous les membres de la commission d’étude pour leur volonté de trouver des façons de protéger les jeunes contre les effets néfastes de la cyberintimidation. » M. MacKay a eu une brillante carrière comme administrateur universitaire, juriste, professeur et expert en droit constitutionnel et en droits de la personne. Il a été recteur et vice-chancelier de l’Université Mount Allison ainsi que conseiller auprès de gouvernements, d’organismes nationaux et de tribunaux sur des enjeux liés à la diversité, des questions constitutionnelles et des initiatives liées aux droits civils et aux droits de la personne. En juin 2005, il a été nommé membre de l’Ordre du Canada. « Peu d’enjeux dans les écoles ont attiré l’attention du public autant que l’intimidation et les conséquences tragiques pour les victimes d’intimidation sous toutes ses formes, y compris la cyberintimidation, a dit M. MacKay. C’est un honneur pour moi d’entreprendre cette importante tâche et j’espère pouvoir formuler des recommandations pragmatiques et efficaces pour aborder ce problème réel et croissant dans notre société. » La commission d’étude sur la cyberintimidation, qui fera rapport à la ministre de l’Éducation en décembre, est formée des cinq membres suivants : M. MacKay, Mat Whynott, adjoint de ministre pour la jeunesse, Rola AbiHanne, conseillère en orientation au ministère de l’Éducation, Wendy MacGregor, parent de la région d’Halifax, et Breanna Fitzgerald, élève de 12e année de New Waterford. La commission d’étude sera appuyée par un groupe de travail formé de 20 membres et concentrera ses efforts sur quatre domaines clés liés à la cyberintimidation, c’est-à-dire l’intervention, l’éducation, l’évaluation et les politiques.last_img read more

KMC renames Mandeville Garden after Sunil Gangopadhyay

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has renamed Mandeville Garden as Kathasahityik Sunil Gangopadhyay Sarani.Announcing the same, Ratan Dey, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Road) said KMC’s road renaming committee has approved it and said: “The KMC is happy to rename the road after Sunil Gangopadhyay, one of the most powerful litterateurs of our time.” Gangopadhyay (1934-2012) used to stay in an apartment in the area. He got the Sahitya Akademi Puraskar in 1985 for his novel Sei Samay. He also got the Ananda Puraskar twice in 1972 and 1989. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSatyajit Ray had directed two films, namely Pratitdwandi and Aranyer Dinratri, based on Gangopadhyay’s novels. Tapan Sinha’s famous film Sabuj Dwiper Raja was based on Gangopadhyay’s story as well. Modern day Tollywood director Srijit Mukherjee has also made two films, namely Mishawr Rahashya and Yeti Abhijan, based on his stories of the famous Kakababu series. Gangopadhyay used the pen names Nil Lohit and Sanatan Pathak. Gangopadhyay was very popular as a poet as well and had attended literary conferences in Europe and USA several times. Sunil’s wife Swati Gangopadhyay welcomed the decision of the renaming on Wednesday.last_img read more

Winnipeg hospital investigating after wrong remains were given to family

first_imgWINNIPEG — A Winnipeg hospital is apologizing for sending the wrong baby’s remains to a grieving family in Nunavut.Martine Bouchard, president of St. Boniface Hospital, says a review is underway and the family will be told of its findings.Tony Alagalak told the CBC this week he and his wife Alice Kinak went to the health centre in Arviat on April 19, where Kinak gave birth.Alagalak told the broadcaster the mother and baby were flown to Winnipeg, where the baby boy died in hospital.Kinak returned to Arviat, the baby’s remains were sent, and a funeral was held.Bouchard says shortly afterward, the hospital realized there had been a mix-up and sent two people to Arviat to meet with the family and explain the mistake.Alagalak has declined an interview request by The Canadian Press, and Bouchard would not reveal the identity of the remains mistakenly sent to Arviat.“No one should have to live through what this family has lived. We acknowledge that the wrong remains were released and on my personal behalf and on behalf of St. Boniface Hospital, I express my deepest regret for what has happened,” Bouchard wrote in a statement Friday.“Our responsibility now is to ensure that this does not happen again to anyone else. We are proceeding with a thorough review of our processes so that we can fully understand the circumstances that led to this error and make the necessary changes.“The family deserves answers and we will share our findings with them before sharing them more widely.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

James Franco To Be Honored For LGBT Community Support

first_imgCelebrating 15 years of fierce and fabulous film, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will hit the silver screens around Miami and Miami Beach from April 26 to May 5, 2013.The highlight of the festival will be a personal appearance by actor-author-director James Franco who will be at the event to accept the HBO Latin America Ally Award for his career accomplishments and his unwavering support of the LGBT community.The Ally Award presentation will take place on Saturday, April 27th, at the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center in downtown Miami immediately preceding the film Out In The Dark at 9:15 p.m.“We are thrilled to host an actor of James Franco’s caliber at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival,” said Franc Castro, executive director of the MGLFF. “His multi-faceted talents coupled with his contributions to LGBT film both in front of the camera and behind the scenes have helped shine the spotlight on LGBT cinema and a filmmaker’s right to free expression.”James Franco’s metamorphosis into the title role of the TNT biopic James Dean earned him career-making reviews, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture made for Television. He also received nominations for an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for this memorable performance. Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and recognition from numerous critics’ associations for his starring role in Danny Boyle ‘s critically acclaimed drama 127 Hours. His performance alongside Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant’s Milk earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in David Gordon Green’s comedy Pineapple Express, where he starred opposite Seth Rogen. He is also known for his starring role as Harry Osbourne in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.Franco is currently starring in Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful as well as in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.“At HBO Latin America, we are committed and proud to support diversity and promote equality of rights in the community, and it is with great honor that we are presenting this year’s awards to James Franco, Travis Mathews, David W. Ross and Heather Winters for their great contributions to the LGBT community. HBO is recognized for including subjects that affect the LGBT community and we have been constantly showcasing diversity in many of our original programs, so this is just another step in reinforcing our commitment,” said Miguel Angel Oliva, Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Affairs for HBO Latin America Group.Franco’s next film, Interior. Leather Bar. recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will make its Southeast Premiere at the MGLFF on Sunday, April 28th at 8:30 p.m. at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. Franco’s Co-Director Travis Mathews will be in attendance at the screening and will accept the HBO Latin America Vanguard Award for his innovation as a filmmaker who pushes the boundaries of conventional story telling. MGLFF and HBO Latin America are recognizing Mathews not only for his work, but also for his commitment to his vision — especially when others move to censor his voice and his artistic expression, said Castro.For more information about the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, presented by HBO Latin America and Miami-Dade County, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.mglff.com.Source:www.mglff.comlast_img read more

Former Yugoslav army chief granted temporary release by UN tribunal

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which sits in The Hague, released Mr. Ojdanic on compassionate grounds until 12 May. His release is subject to strict conditions, including 24-hour electronic surveillance by the Serbian authorities. Mr. Ojdanic, who also served as Defence Minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, is on trial with five co-defendants for an alleged campaign of terror and violence directed against Kosovo Albanians and other non-Serbs living in Kosovo in 1999. 6 May 2008The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has granted temporary provisional release to the former Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army, Dragoljub Ojdanic. read more

UN told no freedom of assembly in Lanka

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has been told in a statement submitted by an NGO that there is no freedom of assembly in Sri Lanka.In a written statement submitted to the 23rd session of the UNHRC which began today, the International Movement against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) notes several incidents reported in almost all parts of the country this year which violated the freedom of assembly. In addition, following these peaceful protests, many lawyers and civil society activists who participated, have been threatened and fear for their safety. In Colombo, the NGO says in January, pole bearing goons, allegedly sent by the State, attacked peaceful protestors in the presence of the police. The statement also recalled that on April 12, 2013, a peaceful candle lit vigil organized by the Facebook group Buddhists Questioning Bodu Bala Sena (BQBBS), to be held outside the BBS Head Quarters in Colombo was dispersed by the Police. Participants were threatened and five were arrested before being released due to pressure from others.“The situation is worst in the Northern Province. Incidents of suppression – including those of mass protests by political parties, student groups, trade unions and civil society – have also been recorded from the capital, Colombo, Southern and Central parts of the island. Police have dispersed protests – sometimes violently and even looked on when violent mobs have / threatened to attack protestors; people have been stopped from attending gatherings; court orders are sought, and often obtained, to prevent rallies and marches from taking place; police permission is sometimes outright refused. Many assemblies which are deemed anti-Government are subjected surveillance by the state’s intelligence services,” the NGO said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UK notes improvements but has concerns

There has been no progress on investigations into widespread disappearances that occurred during the conflict, including those of missing ex-combatants (who allegedly surrendered to Sri Lankan security forces). Tamil activists and politicians continued to allege the existence of secret detention centres, which authorities have denied.Violence targeting Muslims and Evangelical Christians reduced significantly during the first two months of 2015 but increased since, although to a much lower level than in previous years. Sporadic incidents continued however, including mob attacks targeting places of worship. Although court cases continue, no one has yet been held to account for past violence including the Aluthgama riots in June last year. A Special Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation, appointed on 5 February, was tasked, among other things, with promoting inter-ethnic harmony. Freedom of expression improved, with exiled journalists invited to return to the country and a number of banned websites unblocked. The democratic space has opened up with travel bans on foreign nationals visiting the north lifted, and the NGO Secretariat moved from the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs. Local contacts in the north and east noted a significant reduction in surveillance by security forces with increased space for journalists and civil society activism. However, the report said that challenges remained, including those related to high levels of militarisation, such as military involvement in civilian life, and the continued occupation of land by the armed forces. There were also concerns over women’s security as well as reports of journalists being intimidated. The human rights situation in Sri Lanka improved during the first half of 2015, although some concerns remain, a British Foreign Office report said.The Foreign Office report on human rights said that following the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in January and the appointment of a new government, Sri Lanka took a number of positive steps to address human rights and democracy concerns, including establishing new institutions and undertaking legal reforms. Concerns remain over torture and extrajudicial killings. Policemen involved in two incidents of custodial deaths in Suriyavewa and Thalawakele were suspended (pending investigation). At least three other policemen were also suspended following two separate deaths of suspects in custody at the Ja-ela and Dummalasuriya police stations on 4 and 16 March respectively. NGOs also raised concerns over the discovery of dismembered bodies showing signs of torture in several areas around the country in March. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Trudeaus oil pipeline tarnishes his climate credentials ahead of Canadian election

CALGARY — C anadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has cast himself as a champion in the fight against climate change while pushing to expand an oil pipeline to help struggling producers, a contradiction that may hurt his re-election bid next month.Trudeau’s Liberal government bought the Trans Mountain pipeline for C$4.5 billion ($3.40 billion) last year to ensure the expansion would proceed. Months later, a court blocked the project because it said the government had failed to adequately consult indigenous peoples living along the pipeline’s path.Work recently restarted after the government reapproved the project in June, but the pipeline hit another snag on Wednesday when a federal court said it would allow six legal challenges by First Nation groups to go ahead.Canada is the world’s fourth-biggest producer of crude and the energy industry accounts for about 11% of annual nominal gross domestic product. But fierce environmentalist and indigenous opposition and years of regulatory delays have created an export pipeline impasse that has cost billions in investment dollars and thousands of jobs.Although the pipeline expansion is widely expected to increase Canadian crude exports, it has been a headache for Trudeau who promised to be a standard-bearer for global action on climate change when he took office four years ago and is counting on support from environmentalists in next month’s vote.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“There is disappointment because he came in with big promises of doing politics differently. And that hasn’t materialized,” said Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist at Greenpeace Canada.Opinion polls show the Liberals and their main rival, the Conservative Party, in a statistical tie ahead of the October election. Canadians rank both the economy and climate change as top issues heading into the contest.Before buying the pipeline, Trudeau won plaudits in 2016 for committing Canada to the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse gases. Two years later, his government passed a nationwide carbon-pricing plan that kicked in earlier this year.DUELING PRIORITIESThe prime minister defended his two-pronged approach in an interview that aired this week on Netflix.“Canadians know you can protect the environment and grow the economy at the same time,” Trudeau said.He may be right. More than two-thirds of Canadians – 69% – say climate change should be a top priority for the government, according to an Angus Reid Institute poll published on Thursday But 58% also said oil and gas development should be a top priority alongside climate action.Trans Mountain would triple crude volumes moving from Alberta to the British Columbia (B.C.) coast, and supporters say the expansion will revitalize the struggling oil and gas sector, which is concentrated in the western prairies.Conservative lawmaker Shannon Stubbs criticized Trudeau for failing to make progress on Trans Mountain, saying in a tweet that her party’s leader, Andrew Scheer, “has a plan to get pipelines built, to support Canada’s oil and gas sector and to help energy workers get ahead.”Last month, Alberta extended OPEC-style production curtailments to ease congestion on export pipelines and prop up crude prices.The rub for Trudeau is that voters in oil-rich Alberta typically vote Conservative. But B.C. and Quebec, crucial battlegrounds for the Liberals, are much more sensitive to environmental issues.“(Trudeau’s) brand is so tarnished in Alberta and Saskatchewan, even buying a pipeline didn’t make any difference, but the Liberals lose votes in B.C. and Quebec every time they talk about it,” said Jared Wesley, a political science professor at the University of Alberta.Many of the Liberals’ 17 B.C. seats are near the coastline that could be affected by Trans Mountain, and the Green Party, a smaller rival that draws from the same pool of voters as the Liberals, is gaining ground on Vancouver Island, polls show.On election night, B.C. votes will be tallied last and the winner may depend on who emerges victorious on the west coast.“If in 2015, someone had said that Justin Trudeau would not only approve a pipeline but invest in a pipeline, they would have said you were smoking something,” said Nik Nanos, president of pollster Nanos Research. “He made a decision trying to balance his environmental aspirations with jobs, and in the process, either disappointed or alienated many Canadians.”($1 = 1.3240 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by Nia Williams in Calgary, Alberta and Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by Steve Scherer and Peter Cooney) read more

McDonalds Canada has no plans for allday breakfast after American launch

TORONTO – McDonald’s Canada has bad news for those looking to get their Egg McMuffin fix past 11 a.m.Spokeswoman Lisa Hutniak said the company has no plans to launch all-day breakfast, despite the brand’s announcement that its American restaurants will introduce the option on Oct. 6.Hutniak said they are keeping a close eye on the nationwide experiment by the Americans and are always looking to meet the needs and wants of their customers.McDonald’s ran a pilot program of all-day breakfast in select American markets earlier this year.New CEO Steve Easterbrook is looking to make his mark at the fast-food giant, where sales have faltered as consumers seek out fast food beyond the burger. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 2, 2015 9:01 am MDT Last Updated Sep 2, 2015 at 10:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email McDonald’s Canada has no plans for all-day breakfast after American launch (Stock photo: FreeImages.com) read more

UN warns of acute humanitarian needs in eastern Mali

Gao was among the areas affected by the fighting that broke out last year in northern Mali between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, after which radical Islamists seized control of the area. The crisis uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians and led to a dire humanitarian crisis.A recent inter-agency mission to Gao, led by UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Mali Aurélien Agbénonci, found that rehabilitating the water supply is imperative to urgently assist the population of some 70,000 people in the city, as is increasing food assistance.Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters in Geneva that the amount of drinking water available to people has fallen 60 per cent over the past weeks. There was food distribution ongoing to about a third of the population in Gao, but that covered only part of the needs, according to the mission participants.“Water is a main issue: some neighbourhoods in Gao did not have water at all due to dysfunctional pumps and lack of electricity,” said Mr. Laerke. “Outside of the city, the situation is even worse because the Niger River was the only source of water and there were concerns about cholera outbreaks.”He said that 22 cases of cholera had been registered in May, and two people had died. No new cases had been reported in the past five days, however, but the risk of cholera remained high.OCHA has deployed two staff to Gao and is in the process of opening an office. In total, there are more than 100 humanitarian organizations in Mali. The $410 million humanitarian appeal for Mali is 29 per cent funded as of today. Providing an update on schools in the north, Marixie Mercado of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) told reporters that 42 per cent of schools in Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu are now functional, with 100,000 students being taught by 23,000 teachers. This is mostly in the urban areas since there is still a high level of insecurity in the rural areas, and across the region the lack of infrastructure and logistical resources is still a major constraint. Ms. Mercado added that there is still a major chronic malnutrition crisis across the country, particularly in the south where 90 per cent of the population live. UNICEF expected that in 2013, some 210,000 children will require life-saving treatment for malnutrition and 450,000 children will also suffer from a less severe, but still debilitating, form of malnutrition. Meanwhile, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that with the first round of presidential elections in Mali due on 28 July, consultations were under way between the interim Malian Government and refugee-hosting countries on including refugee populations in the voting. These consultations were expected to be followed by bilateral agreements that would form the basis of the electoral process in each of the main refugee-hosting countries.“While details of the out-of-country electoral process are still being worked out, UNHCR is ready to facilitate the exercise by refugees of their right to vote,” said UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards.According to the agency, some 174,000 Malians have found refuge in neighbouring countries since the conflict began in January 2012. Burkina Faso hosts 50,000 refugees, Mauritania 74,000 and Niger 50,000. Smaller groups of Malian refugees are also in Algeria.“UNHCR supports the voluntary participation of refugees in the elections, although our role will be limited to a strictly humanitarian and non-political one,” Mr. Edwards stated.In conjunction with refugee-hosting countries and refugees, UNHCR will facilitate space for dialogue on the electoral process, and for registration of voters. It is expected that registration of voters in camps and outside camps will be the responsibility of the Malian electoral commission, who would work with host governments to establish voting lists.UNHCR has previously facilitated out-of-country voting by refugees in South Sudan in 2011, in Iraq in 2010 and in Afghanistan in 2004. read more

Consumers value transport sector but remain wary of foreign truck drivers

96% of consumers in favour of commercial vehicles on our roads.Road safety a big concern, with foreign truck drivers topping the polls as worst offenders.With an overwhelming 96% of consumers agreeing that the road transport sector is important to the UK economy, continuing to improve safety and skills within the sector is of paramount importance.According to a recent survey on behalf of the Commercial Vehicle Forum 2012, road safety is still a significant concern to the general public.  When asked specifically what dangers commercial vehicles posed, the majority of respondents (29%) were deeply concerned with the perceived poor driving ability of foreign truck drivers.Other concerns were excessive speed (17%) and poor driving or lack of awareness from truck drivers in general (16%).  The same question posed to transport industry professionals again confirmed fears of driving standards among foreign drivers (40%) while a lack of awareness from other road users was the greatest danger for 33% of respondents.The survey went on to ask which other road user groups caused trepidation, with consumers expressing concern about motorbikes and cyclists (19% and 11% respectively) and those within the transport sector troubled by cyclists (30%) and pedestrians (24%).Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said, “Safety is of paramount importance to the UK commercial vehicle industry and we will look to engage business, trade associations and government in the drive to introduce higher standards among both foreign and UK truck drivers.”Geoff Dunning, RHA Chief Executive said, “As the only UK trade body dedicated solely to the road haulage sector, safety is a key issue for our members. UK hauliers are already subject to strict safety standards – it is our aim that the rest of the EU should follow our example.”The survey was undertaken for the Commercial Vehicle Forum 2012, an event which will take place at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London on 15 November. Chaired by broadcaster Simon Jack, the Forum’s key theme is innovation and specifically future sustainability, skills and safety. Panellists will include Rob Flello MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Freight Group and Robert Gifford, Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).The Commercial Vehicle Forum 2012 is supported by AA Drivetech, Bridgestone UK, Brigade Electronics, Greenchem Solutions, Isuzu Truck (UK) and Squarell Technology.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Cardale Jones to remain OSUs starting quarterback against Western Michigan

OSU redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) runs with the ball during a game against Virginia Tech on September 7 in Blacksburg, Virginia. OSU won 42-24. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorDespite a shaky start so far in 2015, redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones will remain Ohio State’s starter when the Buckeyes take the field Saturday to face off against Western Michigan, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Wednesday after practice. Jones has started all three of OSU’s games so far, but he has yet to look like the same player that guided the Buckeyes to a national title last season after then-redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett got hurt against Michigan on Nov. 29. The Cleveland native has twice been benched in favor of Barrett, including last weekend against Northern Illinois after Jones led OSU to just three points in five possessions while throwing two first-quarter interceptions. Even though Barrett came in and helped lead the Buckeyes to a 20-13 victory, Meyer said he has yet to do enough to swipe the starting spot from Jones.“(Jones) was the quarterback of the team when we finished the season, he was the quarterback during spring practice and he finished training camp as the starting quarterback,” Meyer said. “To replace him, the other guy’s gotta pass him up. Either (on the practice field) or in the games. That hasn’t happened.” Meyer admitted that the battle between the two is close. However, the coach stressed that all the blame for the quarterbacks’ poor play can’t be placed on them. “Quarterbacks are a product of those around them. We all have to do a better job,” Meyer said. “It’s not (Jones). The offense right now is in a funk.” Redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas said the offense will be fine moving forward, adding he has faith in whoever starts.“I trust J.T. out there or Cardale,” Thomas said.Jones and the Buckeyes are set to be back in action against Western Michigan on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.As for beyond the upcoming game, Meyer said Jones would be “the guy.”“Unless he doesn’t perform well,” he added. read more

Government suspends support for foreign aid project in Syria over claims cash

first_imgThe investigation alleges that policemen have been working with courts accused of torture and summary executions and with those run by Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian arm of Al-Qaeda. In one area the group handpicked two officers.  ASI has been running the project since October 2014 and says cash is used to fund the police as there is no practical alternative.  A spokesman said: “We have managed taxpayers’ money effectively to confront terrorism, bring security to Syrian communities and mitigate the considerable risks of operating in a war zone.”  They say that across Syria they have only identified a very few examples of where deceased officers have remained on the salary list. ASI says it strongly refutes Panorama’s allegations, while a government spokesman said it was taking the allegations “extremely seriously” and that an investigation has begun.   British foreign aid money has been used fund a police force whose officers stood by and watched a woman get stoned to death and handed cash to extremists, it has been alleged as the Government suspends the project.  The Free Syrian Police (FSP), a flagship UK-backed scheme, is said to have had officers handpicked by a branch of al-Qaeda and handed over cash in a protection racket to Nour al-Din al-Zinki, the extremist group in control of the Allepo. Dead or fictitious officers have also been discovered on the payroll of the force, which  was intended to bring law and order to parts of the country that were controlled by opponents of the Assad regime.Following the claims by BBC Panorama to be aired this evening (MON) the government suspended all aid to the £12m project, which was first set up five years ago. Tory MP Crispin Blunt, former chair the Foreign Affairs Committee, said: “You’ve got people being sentenced to death for homosexuality.  “Clearly that is completely and utterly unacceptable by any standard and the idea that British taxpayers’ money was associated with that would of course be wholly abhorrent.”   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. In another case, police officers from the FSP were present when two women were stoned to death near Sarmin in December 2014.The British Firm Adam Smith International (ASI) running the project say that the police officers were “not formally under FSP control”. ASI say that following an investigation the officers were “dismissed”. Britain is one of six donor countries that pays for the project. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced in April that the UK would commit a further £4 million – funds that may now be withdrawn.  The scheme is currently being funded with bags full of cash.  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The scheme was intended to bring law and order to parts of the country that were controlled by opponents of his regime.Credit: APcenter_img Tory MP Crispin Blunt said the idea that British taxpayers’ money was associated with the allegations would be "wholly abhorrent". ‘BBC Panorama: Jihadis You Pay For’, will be aired tonight on BBC One at 7.30pm.  This article has been amended since it was first published. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The scheme was intended to bring law and order to parts of the country that were controlled by opponents of his regime. Tory MP Crispin Blunt said the idea that British taxpayers’ money was associated with the allegations would be “wholly abhorrent”.Credit:Chris Ison/PAlast_img read more

David Drumm pleads guilty to role in providing unlawful loans to the

first_img No Comments Image: Leah Farrell By Jessica Magee Friday 29 Jun 2018, 12:02 PM 19,012 Views Share11 Tweet Email1 Image: Leah Farrell Short URL Updated Jun 29th 2018, 12:02 PM FORMER ANGLO IRISH Irish Bank CEO David Drumm has pleaded guilty to authorising or permitting illegal loans to be given to ten businessmen in 2008 to buy shares in the bank.Drumm (51) of Skerries, Co Dublin was transferred to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning from Mountjoy Prison, where he is currently serving a six-year sentence for conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.Wearing a white polo t-shirt and blue jeans, Drumm stood in the dock and replied “guilty” to ten charges of providing the loans to the so-called Maple 10 group of developers and businessmen.Drumm pleaded guilty to ten counts of authorising or permitting Anglo Irish Bank to give unlawful financial assistance for the purchase of bank shares to Brian O’Farrell, Gerard Conlon, Gerard Maguire, John McCabe, Joseph O’Reilly, Patrick Kearney, Patrick McKillan, Seamus Ross and Sean Reilly between 10 and 17 July 2008.He had been due to face trial in October but this has now been cancelled.Paul O’Higgins SC, prosecuting, said the DPP intends to withdraw the remaining 21 charges listed on the indictment against Drumm.Drumm was jailed last week after a jury returned unanimous verdicts of guilty on a charge of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting, following an 87-day trial.Judge Karen O’Connor remanded him in custody for sentence on 9 July.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing.  Jun 29th 2018, 11:30 AM http://jrnl.ie/4098950 David Drumm pleads guilty to role in providing unlawful loans to the ‘Maple 10’ Drumm was found guilty on charges of conspiracy to defraud the public and of false accounting earlier this month. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Fukushima une nouvelle réaction de fission pourrait sêtre produite dans un réacteur

first_imgFukushima : une nouvelle réaction de fission pourrait s’être produite dans un réacteur Mercredi, Tepco, l’opérateur de la centrale de Fukushima a annoncé qu’il avait commencé à injecter un mélange d’eau et d’acide borique dans le réacteur numéro 2. Une nouvelle réaction de fission nucléaire s’y serait peut-être produite.Tandis que la situation semblait peu à peu se stabiliser à la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi depuis l’accident survenu après le séisme du 11 mars dernier, c’est une mauvaise nouvelle qu’a annoncée aujourd’hui l’opérateur de l’installation, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco). Selon ses dires, une nouvelle réaction de fission nucléaire pourrait s’être produite au sein d’un des réacteurs, le numéro 2. Cette réaction est le processus qui se produit habituellement dans les réacteurs atomiques, mais de façon contrôlée, ce qui n’est pas le cas à Fukushima.À lire aussiAu Japon, des colonies de termites prospèrent sans le moindre mâle”Nous ne pouvons pas écarter la possibilité d’une réaction de fission nucléaire localisée”, a ainsi déclaré le porte-parole de Tepco, Hiroki Kawamata. Celui-ci a également ajouté que l’opérateur avait déjà entamé les mesures de précaution en injectant dans le réacteur un mélange d’eau et d’acide borique. Ces craintes de fission nucléaire sont apparues après la découverte de gaz xenon 133 et 135 au sein du réacteur, lesquels sont justement générés lors de cette réaction. De plus, ces éléments ont une durée de vie radioactive très courte, indiquant qu’ils se sont forcément dégagés d’une réaction récente qui reste encore à confirmer. “Il est difficile à ce stade d’analyser exactement ce qu’il a pu se produire, compte tenu du fait que nul ne sait dans quelles conditions, où, sous quelle forme se trouve le combustible qui a fondu dans les réacteurs après le 11 mars”, a néanmoins précisé à l’AFP un expert français.Cette nouvelle avarie pourrait compromettre la suite des opérations qui visent à maintenir la température au fond des cuves des réacteurs sous la barre des 100 degrés Celsius pour parvenir à un “arrêt à froid’ d’ici à la fin de l’année, selon les objectifs visés.Le 2 novembre 2011 à 10:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cantona Mourinho is not the right man for Man Utd

first_imgManchester United legend Eric Cantona believes Jose Mourinho’s “no fun” style is wrong for the club and its supportersThe under-fire Portuguese coach has won just six of his 14 games this season with United down in 8th-place in the Premier League table.And Cantona feels that a part of United’s problems are down to Mourinho’s lack of creativity and adds that the former Chelsea coach is just simply not suited for the club.“I love Jose,” said Cantona on Belfast Telegraph.“He is a great manager who has won so many things, and he will win more, maybe even this season, maybe the Champions League.“But he is not the right man for Manchester United, a great club that will always be great. They will win things, I know they will.“But the way they play? Not good. The manager has them playing the wrong way for the fans. No fun, no creativity.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “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.“United teams should play in a joyful way, with enjoyment and excitement. I want to see players free to express themselves, to try to win games instead of being sent out not to lose.“I like Mourinho. He has a good personality but not for United.”The 52-year-old Frenchman feels that United should follow in the footsteps of Real Madrid and Barcelona by appointing one of their own old boys to manage the club.“It has worked for many clubs – Zidane at Real Madrid, Guardiola at Barcelona, Antonio Conte at Juventus, all were successful managers at clubs where they starred as players,” continued Cantona.“United, too, should give a chance to an ex-player – Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes.“All these players come in, knowing the identity and soul of their clubs, the same with Giggs and Scholes with United, and they also learned so much under Sir Alex Ferguson.”Former Real president Ramon Calderon claimed on Tuesday that his old club wants to bring Mourinho back to the Santiago Bernabeu.last_img read more

Keely Smith JazzPop Singer Dies At 89

first_img Keely Smith: 1928–2017 keely-smith-jazzpop-singer-dies-89 Email Keely Smith: Jazz/Pop Singer Dies At 89 Facebook Twitter News The classic balladeer was known for her GRAMMY-winning duet with Louis Prima, “That Old Black Magic”Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2017 – 4:14 pm Iconic pop/jazz vocalist Keely Smith died in Palm Springs, Calif., on Dec. 16. The Los Angeles Times reports the cause of death was apparent heart failure. She was 89.Best known for the classic 1958 duet version of “That Old Black Magic” with her then-husband Louis Prima, some considered her a “straight man” playing against Prima’s comedic antics. Their act became a top staple of the Las Vegas scene through the 1950s. After she filed for divorce from Prima in 1961, she signed with Reprise, a new label formed by Frank Sinatra, and began working with arranger Nelson Riddle.Smith won a GRAMMY for Best Performance By A Vocal Group Or Chorus for “That Old Black Magic” at the 1st Annual GRAMMY Awards. She was also nominated for “I Wish You Love” in the category Best Vocal Performance, Female that same year. She earned an additional nomination for Keely Sings Sinatra for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 44th GRAMMY Awards.Her iconic status was reinforced performing “That Old Black Magic” at the milestone 50th GRAMMY Awards with Kid Rock.”In a career spanning more than seven decades, Keely was celebrated by fans and critics alike, praised for her powerful vocals,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “Keely will be greatly missed and our sincerest condolences go out to her family, friends and creative collaborators.”Rihanna To Lady Gaga: Rethinking Pop With Women In The CenterRead morelast_img read more