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first_imgPanaji: The Goa State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) will approach the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) under the Union Health Ministry seeking permission and funds to conduct a baseline survey of drug addicts to control HIV/AIDS.Dr. Jose D’Sa, project director of GSACS, told The Hindu on Friday that this decision was taken at a meeting of the executive committee of the society on Thursday after some doctors said they get patients (drug addicts) not only from the State’s vulnerable coastline but even from the hinterland.He said it is time the society assesses the number of drug addicts in the State to take up a programme of injecting drug addicts to control HIV/AIDSDr. D’Sa said that considering the present scenario on HIV/AIDS in Goa there has been a decline in the number of patients in recent years, which is a good trend.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas settled for a split in their pair of tuneup games against Alab Pilipinas, after falling 93-89, on Monday night at Meralco Gym.The national team pool played without two of its big men in Greg Slaughter and Troy Rosario due to injuries and their absence coupled some of the players’ tired legs after seeing action in the PBA Governors’ Cup a night before compounded the squad’s woes against a game and promising Alab side.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? 76ers snap 3-game skid, beat Hornets What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas beat Alab, 98-95, in their first exhibition last Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “They’re a very good, tall, athletic, strong team. I don’t wanna make an excuse but I thought we played a little tired tonight,” said Gilas coach Tim Cone shortly after the closed-door scrimmage. “They also did some things that we weren’t prepared for.”Roger Pogoy led the Nationals with 14 points but missed a pair of 3-pointers in the final seconds that would’ve given his team a chance to steal the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceJune Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar added 12 points each while Matthew Wright chipped in 11.Kiefer Ravena, who was added to the pool last week, saw action and had two points. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is one batsman who has proved his mettle world over. But India will throw one of his biggest challenges so far, both as captain and as a batsman.Indian spinners and the pitches that will assist them will pose a massive threat to the Kiwis. Williamson says he understands the challenges that his team will face on this long tour but in the same breath he also claims that his boys have come well prepared.Just 24 hours after they arrived in Delhi, New Zealand had a light training session at the Ferozeshah Kotla Ground, where they will play their first and only practice game against Mumbai from September 16-18. Their training session gave a good indication of how they are preparing for the tour ahead, which officially kicks off with the first Test in Kanpur on September 22. (Kohli’s ability to dominate in all formats makes him special: Williamson)Williamson prepared himself well for the low bounce that the batsmen may face on Indian pitches. He did some knocking with the bowlers bowling under-arm and Williamson had to bent down to play those deliveries.Also, Williamson then spent good 15 minutes practising the sweep shots. He played those shots continuously and also tried reverse sweeps to prepare himself well just like former Australian opener Matthew Hayden during his team’s tour of India in 2001.”India is a tough place to play. I suppose, in more recent years the pitches have been very tricky. I guess (when) you throw in world-class spinners, the challenges are very tough but at the same time we see it as a very exciting opportunity,” Williamson said during his first interaction before the three-Test series.advertisementWilliamson said the international calendar doesn’t allow the teams too much rest so it is a little difficult to prepare for a tour months in advance.The Kiwis hope to utilise the 10 days they have before the first Test but the pitch that is on offer for the practice game against the Mumbai team wouldn’t please them too much. (New Zealand eye reverse swing to escape India’s spin trap)The surface isn’t going to suit the spinners too much and New Zealand would have certainly liked their batsmen to get valuable practice against some quality spin ahead of the first Test.”With the international schedule these days, you don’t get too many opportunities for big pre-series practice. We have just come from South Africa; we have come off the back of quite a bit of cricket. We have had a week off to freshen up and nice eight-ten days build up for our Test match. Lot of preparation will be done and adapting to conditions,” Williamson stressed.last_img read more

first_imgUsman Khawaja hit his country’s first century of the series and Peter Handscomb a half century on debut as Australia reached 307 for six with a lead of 48 at end of the second day of the day-night third Test against South Africa on Friday.Khawaja’s magnificent 285-ball 138 not out was the glue in Australia’s innings, the left-hander putting on 137 with Steve Smith until his captain was calamitously run out and then 99 with Handscomb.Sean Abbott (3-38), who took two wickets in the first hour, returned to dismiss Handscomb before Kagiso Rabada bowled another debutant, Nic Maddinson, for a duck and Vernon Philander removed Matt Wade for four. (Adelaide Test: Du Plessis century helps South Africa to 259)Khawaja will resume with Mitchell Starc (16 not out) on day three as the hosts look to extend their lead and put themselves in a commanding position to get the result they need to avoid a first ever 3-0 series sweep on home soil.Now 29, Khawaja has been recalled and discarded with regularity since his debut in 2011 but was retained for Adelaide despite the clearout that followed the humiliating innings and 80-run defeat in Hobart.After opening in place of David Warner in the wake of South Africa’s declaration on 259-9 on Thursday, he negotiated a difficult opening hour on Friday before mixing fierce concentration with some typically elegant strokes.He brought up his 50 with back-to-back fours and his fifth test century with a 10th boundary cut through point, whipping off his helmet to take the applause of another big crowd at Adelaide Oval.advertisementSmith, dropped earlier by Hashim Amla, had departed for 59 just before his partner reached the milestone, tearing off for an optimistic single and left stranded as Khawaja stood his ground and Quinton de Kock removed the bails.Handscomb, brought into the side on the back of a double century for Victoria, proved a more than able partner, however, and any prospect of another Australian batting collapse quickly dissipated.The 25-year-old survived a scare when he just dived back into the crease ahead of a direct hit from Temba Bavuma but opened the following over with two drives and a pull for three fours that got him to his fifty and gave Australia the lead.It was the outstanding Abbott who ended Handscomb’s maiden Test innings by bowling the Victorian through the gate an hour into the night session. (Australia gamble on youth to avoid sweep vs South Africa in Adelaide)The 29-year-old, who came into the side in the second test for the injured Dale Steyn and took 6-77, started the day with a brilliant exhibition of disciplined seam bowling, finishing with figures of 2-7 and six maidens in his first 10-over spell.Australia resumed on 14-0 but debutant Matt Renshaw was only able to add two runs to his overnight tally before he was brilliantly caught for 10 at third slip by Dean Elgar.That brought to the crease Warner, who was unable to open as usual on Thursday after Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis’s calculated declaration caught him off the field having treatment on his shoulder.Warner failed to thrive at number three and was dismissed for 11 when he got an edge off an Abbott delivery that was seaming away from him with Elgar once again snaffling the catch in the cordon.last_img read more

first_imgGood news! Tata Motors today officially announced the rollout of the 1st Harrier from its all-new manufacturing line. With this, Tata Motors is now gearing up for the launch of its much-awaited SUV in early 2019. The Tata Harrier SUV first made its domestic debut in its concept form back in February at the 2018 Auto Expo.Because the Harrier is designed on the base of Tata’s latest Impact Design 2.0 philosophy, the Harrier needed a completely new approach to product development and manufacturing processes. The completely new assembly line has been built in a time of six months with a majority of the manufacturing practices adopted from Jaguar Land Rover. It boasts of 90 per cent automation levels with over 100+ KUKA and ABB robots.The Tata Harrier will offer an all-new exterior design, ergonomically and premium designed interiors, future-ready connectivity, and Tata-claimed best-in-class infotainment. The 5 seater monocoque SUV is engineered on the new generation Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced’ Architecture, which is derived from the legendary Land Rover D8 architecture and developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover. The Harrier will be built on the Omega platform which is a derivative of the L550 platform from the stables of Jaguar Land Rover for the Discovery Sport. This means the Harrier is slated to use the parts bin of the Discovery Sport which includes floor panels, all-independent suspension, and steering gear. However, steel will aluminum to optimize cost.Of course, Tata has not yet confirmed the details of their upcoming SUV. Till then we would suggest taking the information with a grain of salt until confirmation.advertisementThe Harrier is also slated to share the wheelbase from the Discovery Sport which is 2,741mm and will be 4×4 capable like the Discovery Sport and will come with a proper 4×4 drivetrain.The best part yet, the production-spec Harrier looks very similar to the H5X concept with the high-set headlamps with LED DRLs. Other styling similarities include wheel arches, front and rear armrests, slim headlamps which are in accordance with their Impact Design 2.0 language. The Harrier is slated to be powered by a Kryotec, 140bhp, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine with a 4-wheel drive system which will be developed by Tata. The powertrain will be mated to a 6-speed manual or a Hyundai sourced 6-speed automatic. The engine will get multiple drive modes which are already available on Tata’s Revotron and Revotorq line of engines.Interior wise, the Harrier will feature front and rear AC vents, sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls, electric seats with memory function, parking sensors, and reverse camera.Watch the rolling out of the first Harrier from its all-new assembly line here:last_img read more

first_imgTo view the stories, please click on the following links:Early Blitz Sets Up VictoryThe result of Friday night’s A grade women’s touch football grand final was in the bag after just five minutes. Minor premierships and red-hot favourites Boxsell’s Young Guns raced to a 3-0 lead over Central Summertimes and, while the Summertime girls were far more competitive for the remainder of the match, Boxsell’s secured back-to-back premierships with a comprehensive 4-1 victory.http://www.cootamundraherald.com.au/news/local/sport/other/early-blitz-sets-up-victory/2095527.aspx Elite Eight FinalsThe New South Wales Mets have dominated the Elite Eight, fielding a team in both the women’s and men’s finals. But a clash with the Scorpions ended a dream run for the men.http://portmacquarie.iprime.com.au/index.php/news/prime-news/elite-8-finals-video New South Wales Dominates Touch TitlesNew South Wales dominated the Elite Eight Series at this year’s National Touch League championships played at Port Macquarie.The New South Wales Scorpions defeated New South Wales Mets seven to six, while the New South Wales’ women’s team also had a win.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/03/14/nsw-dominates-touch-titles/Scorpions Win Elite Eight ThrillerIn a thrilling encounter at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday, the NSW Scorpions defeated the NSW Mets by one touchdown in the Elite Eight men’s decider. http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/scorpions-win-elite-eight-thriller/2101815.aspx?storypage=0 Mets Capture Inaugural Women’s Touch Crown The New South Wales Mets captured the inaugural Elite Eight women’s touch title at the Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday, defeating the NSW Country Mavericks 9-4.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/mets-capture-inaugural-womens-touch-crown/2101816.aspx Cobras Strike Twice In NTLThe Brisbane City Cobras struck twice to claim the men’s and women’s open crowns at the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/cobras-strike-twice-in-ntl/2101817.aspx Photo GalleryTo view a gallery of photos captured by Port News, please click on the following link:http://www.portnews.com.au/multimedia/21197/national-touch-league-2011.aspx Shuker Adds To Eights PrideRockhampton’s greatest ever touch footballer will be unleashed when the inaugural Elite Eights begin at Port Macquarie today.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/03/09/shuker-adds-to-eights-pride-elite-touch-gavin-/Sprinter Touched By Footy BugWHEN Happy Valley’s Abbey Freer took part in a “come and try” touch football session in 2004 she never thought it would lead to the sport’s biggest national stage.http://hills-and-valley-messenger.whereilive.com.au/news/story/sprinter-touched-by-footy-bug/ Simone Smith Steps Up On Elite StagePort Macquarie’s Simone Smith is ready to shine on home turf. The Australian representative will line up for the NSW Country Mavericks in this week’s inaugural Elite Eight tournament at the Regional Sports Stadiumhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/simone-smith-steps-up-on-elite-stage/2097219.aspx A Touch Of ClassEastern Courier (Adelaide)Seven South Australian Touch Footballers will be aiming to further their national team aspirations at the National Touch League at Port Macquarie, NSW, starting this week. The annual championships, from March 9-12, are the sport’s most prestigious national event and feature more than 120 teams from around the country. For the first time the titles will feature composite men’s and women’s sides – dubbed the Alliance – featuring the best players from SA, Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia. The “best of the rest” side will compete against teams from specialist touch football states NSW and Queensland. Happy Valley’s Abbey Freer and Golden Grove’s Kelly Rowe were selected for the Alliance in the Elite 8s – the top, eight-team division – while five South Australians, including Tusmore’s Georgia Brown and Urrbrae’s Melanie Johnson, made the men’s and women’s division one Alliance sides. SA’s Alliance co-ordinator Mark Jones said the top composite side, coached by national women’s youth coach Peter Bell, aimed to win the championships. “The elite team has got a lot of experience and good players in it so they should be very competitive I would think,” he said. “They want to try and win it. . . but it’s all a bit unknown because it’s the first year they’ve run this (Alliance) concept.” Jones said the division one Alliance teams were development sides from which the next crop of Elite 8 players would come. He said the championships would help to increase awareness of the sport in SA. Touch Footy SA will also send mixed open, men’s 30s and women’s 35s state representative sides to the championships.Port Hosts Touch Footy TitlesThe best Touch Football talent in the country will be on show this week at Port Macquarie.13 hotly contested divisions will be played during the four day National Touch League titles.http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2011/03/07/port-hosts-touch-footy-titles/ Elite Eight New ConceptThe 2011 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL), which kicks off at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Wednesday, will introduce an exciting new concept this year.http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/elite-eight-new-concept/2094963.aspx Alliance Selects Frizzell For National Touch Football ChampionshipsLa Trobe University Bendigo student Natalie Frizzell will represent ‘The Alliance’ at this week’s 2011 X-Blades national touch football championships. Frizzell, originally from Shepparton, was named as a shadow player in The Alliance’s Elite Eight squad, who will take on teams from New South Wales and Queensland.http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/general/alliance-selects-frizzell-for-national-touch-football-championships/2096162.aspx Territory Teams At National Touch LeagueThe Territory’s best Touch Footballers are taking on the rest of Australia this week at the National Touch League at Port Macquarie on New South Wales’ mid-north coast.http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/03/07/216541_ntsport.html Taree Players Dominate The Northern EaglesNorthern Daily LeaderTaree players dominate the Northern Eagles over 55 men’s side to play in the National Touch League starting next Wednesday in Port Macquarie. Mark Rutledge is coaching the squad while fellow Taree players Ted O’Neill, Gary Newman, Bruce Hood, Ian Northam and Rex MacKellar are also involved as is Robert Loadsman from Forster. “I think we’ll go pretty well,” Rutledge said. “We’ve been getting close to the full complement at training each week.”Taree’s Graham Goodwin is a member of the Eagles over 50s side with Linley Jones, Ashleigh Green, Sabrina Green and Sarah O’Connor in the open women. Mitch Bourke, Justin Doherty and Jake Putan will play in the open men.Grand Finals TonightYet another well supported and successful touch football season will come to a close tonight when 10 teams take the field all in the hope of being named premiers in their five respective grades. Unfortunately only one team can claim the premier title therefore some very close games are expected and the chances of some games going into extra time and a drop off are high if the past three weeks games are any indication. http://www.hardenexpress.com.au/news/local/sport/other/grand-finals-tonight/2112809.aspx Mixed Touch Comp UnderwayThe Parkes Touch Football Mixed competition is underway with players reminded that fees are due to be paid. http://www.parkeschampionpost.com.au/news/local/sport/little-athletics/mixed-touch-comp-underway/2108954.aspx?storypage=0 Muswellbrook Juniors To Play For HornetsAfter returning from an intense training camp held at Bathurst, four Muswellbrook junior touch football players have been selected to represent the Hunter region in the Hornets team.http://www.muswellbrookchronicle.com.au/news/local/sport/other/muswellbrook-juniors-to-play-for-hornets/2106813.aspx Mixed Side Zooms Back Into ContentionOne team has only lost one match all year while the other has bounced back from a winless streak dating back to Christmas. But none of that will count when the mixed division one touch football grand final between WHK and Royal Zoom is played tonight.http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/sport/general/mixed-side-zooms-back-into-contention/2113508.aspx Touch Season Draws MoreTouch football is continuing to grow in popularity in Forbes, with 50 teams participating in the 2010/11 competition recently. The season came to a close on Friday, March 18, with grand finals of the adults divisions played at Botanical Gardens. Junior divisions were finalised earlier in the week.http://www.forbesadvocate.com.au/news/local/sport/general/touch-season-draws-more/2117322.aspxWorld Cup Glory Beckons Touch GunNambour Touch Football dynamo Peta Rogerson will be directing traffic from the middle of the field when she represents Australia in June.The 29-year-old has been assigned an organisational and leadership role as a middle-position player at the upcoming world cup in Scotland.http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/03/31/world-cup-glory-beckons-touch-gun-football/ A Strong Mudgee Contingent For HornetsMudgee’s finest Touch Football players recently returned from the prestigious National Touch League at Port Macquarie, where they competed for the Hunter-Western Hornets representative side. The event was held over four days from March 9 to March 12 and attracts the best players from around the country each year.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/harness-racing/a-strong-mudgee-contingent-for-hornets/2108961.aspx National Selection For Cup RookieToowoomba Touch Football star Emilee Cherry can’t describe the elation at being named in Australia’s open women’s squad for the World Cup in June.Just 18 years of age Cherry is the baby of the 16-woman squad heading to the World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2011/03/31/national-selection-a-dream-for-cup-rookie/ Withers Named In National SquadDan Withers is on top of the world, well almost.The Rockhampton touch football player was named on Tuesday in the final Australian open men’s squad for the 2011 World Cup in Scotland in June. http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/03/25/withers-dan-touch-football-rockhampton/ Spacie Making WavesGympie Touch prodigy Sarah Spacie has been named in the Australian mixed open team for the 2011 World Cup.The World Cup will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, between June 22-26, attracting teams from more than 20 countries.http://www.gympietimes.com.au/story/2011/03/25/spacie-making-waves-gympie-touch-world-cup/ Quirk To Play In Touch World CupDaily Advertiser 31/03/2011Wagga Touch star Alicia Quirk has landed a dream trip to Scotland to play in the touch World Cup in June. Quirk was yesterday confirmed in the Australian open women’s team to play at the tournament in Edinburgh. The only Riverina player selected in the three national teams named for the World Cup carnival from June 22 to June 26, Quirk will be out to help the Australian women’s team retain its unblemished record at the event. The women’s team has not lost a game at any World Cup tournament since its inception in 1988. Quirk’s team is defending champion after having retained the title in South Africa in 2007. Currently studying at university in Albury, Quirk was chosen in the team following the Elite Eight series at Port Macquarie early this month.Rain Doesn’t Dampen Grand FinalsFollowing a day of mixed weather the 2010/2011 Harden Touch Football grand finals were held on Thursday night with premiers decided in five grades. The first games of the night saw the E and D grade games with Touchfield taking out the E grade premiership. http://www.hardenexpress.com.au/news/local/sport/other/rain-doesnt-dampen-grand-finals/2119831.aspx?storypage=0 Jagged Edge Wins Summer Touch Grand Final Jagged Edge Hair Design defeated Lewis Quality Meats to claim the Wauchope Summer Touch A grade grand final at Landrigan Park on Friday night. The tense decider went down to a drop off which eventually saw both sides reduced to just three players each.http://www.wauchopegazette.com.au/news/local/sport/other/jagged-edge-wins-summer-touch-grand-final/2105390.aspx Green Machine On FireThere is not a ninja in sight and few of these girls would know how to wield a nunchaku. But swap the martial arts weapon for a Touch Football and it’s a completely different story.After going down to In2design Cougars in a drop-off for last season’s Emerald A-Grade touch grand final, the Nunchuckers are already firming their position as the new favourites in 2011.http://www.cqnews.com.au/story/2011/03/30/green-machine-on-fire-emerald/ If you have seen a Touch Football story in your area that you would like to see on the website, please email it to lauren@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged voters to vote for the soul of India and its future while slamming the Modi government for lying to the people in the past five years. He also denounced the Modi government over demonetization and Goods and Services Tax and also accused it of spreading distrust and hate. “No 2 crore jobs. No 15 lakhs in bank accounts. No acche din. Instead: No jobs. Demonetization, farmers in pain. Gabbar Singh Tax, Suit Boot Sarkar. Rafale. Lies… Distrust. Violence. Hate. Fear. You vote today for the soul of India. For her future,” he said. Polling is on for 91 seats in the first phase of parliamentary elections across 18 states and two union territories. Votes are also being cast for Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha.last_img read more

Rabat – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is trying to make his way back to the forefront of French political landscape. He was invited by French radio station RTL in the wake of the terrorist attacks on France that claimed the lives of 17 people and left many others injured.During the interview, the former tenant of the Elysee called for the unity of France and the need to strengthen ties with foreign intelligence services in order to improve the security measures for the French people. However, the highlight of the radio interview was Sarkozy giving an incredible grimace to a listener identified as Natalie when she told him that she converted to Islam 10 years ago.Sarkozy perhaps forgot that the radio interview was also being filmed. French satirical television show Le Petit Journal seized the “Golden” opportunity to poke fun at the former president.Photo Credit: video caption read more

OTTAWA — The federal government has moved forward in Parliament with the ratification of the new North American free-trade agreement as the legislative clock ticks towards a summer adjournment and fall election.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled a Ways and Means motion in the House of Commons Monday afternoon to lay the groundwork for ratifying the new pact.Freeland says the full lifting of the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs on Canadian imports has paved the way for formal approval of the new deal.She says Canada will move forward in tandem with the U.S. in ratifying the deal, as much as that is possible.Freeland says she will meet soon with her cabinet colleagues to update them on plans to table the necessary legislation to ratify the updated continental trade pact that Canada, the U.S. and Mexico signed last November.On Thursday, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence will be in Ottawa, where he is expected to exchange views with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Freeland on the legislative way forward in their two countries.The Canadian Press read more

11 February 2011The Security Council, which normally deals with country-specific issues of war and peace such as the Middle East or Sudan, today held a day-long, high-level debate on the root causes that fuel conflict in the world, like poverty and under-development. The Security Council, which normally deals with country-specific issues of war and peace such as the Middle East or Sudan, today held a day-long, high-level debate on the root causes that fuel conflict in the world, like poverty and under-development.“Peace, security and development are interdependent,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the start of the session, presided over by Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota of Brazil, this month’s president of the 15-member body, warning that recent events are a “sharp reminder” of the need for political stability to be anchored in opportunity and decent standards of living.“Evidence abounds. Nine of the 10 countries with the lowest Human Development Indicators have experienced conflict in the last 20 years. Countries facing stark inequality and weak institutions are at increased risk of conflict. Poorly distributed wealth and a lack of sufficient jobs, opportunities and freedoms, particularly for a large youth population, can also increase the risk of instability.”Mr. Patriota stressed that sustainable peace implies a comprehensive approach to security. “Without economic opportunity, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in and of themselves [of rebel factions, a key plank in peacekeeping operations] will rarely lead to the desired results,” he said. “We can do more and we should do better.”In proposing the debate on “Interlinkages between Peace, Security and Development,” Brazil made clear that it was not seeking to have the Council take on the specific responsibilities of other principal organs of the United Nations, such as the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on development issues.“It does, however, imply that the Security Council must take into account social and development issues in its deliberations in order to ensure an effective transition to peace,” it added in a background note, stressing that in some cases socio-economic issues may constitute a threat to international peace and security in their own right. “Not all peoples suffering from poverty resort to violence, but social, political and economic exclusion can contribute to the eruption or protraction of or relapse into violence and conflict. This seems to be the case in situations as different as those of Haiti or of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),” the note said.Mr. Patriota called for greater cooperation with ECOSOC and the UN Peacebuilding Commission. In a presidential statement, the Council said “reconstruction, economic revitalization and capacity-building constitute crucial elements for long-term development of post-conflict societies and in generating sustainable peace.”Both the Council and Mr. Ban stressed the key role that women can play and that they must be included in negotiations, peace processes and economic development.Outlining areas where more can be done to ensure “truly integrated, mutually reinforcing approaches to security and development,” Mr. Ban cited the need to better manage the process of drawdown and withdrawal of Council-mandated peacekeeping operations and provide more seamless transitions of specific tasks to UN country teams and other development actors.He also called for finding innovative ways to build and strengthen national institutions in fragile countries and stressed the need to focus more on the climate change-security-development nexus. “Lack of energy and the effects of climate change are having increasingly serious impacts on development and security,” he warned. “We cannot achieve security without securing energy and managing climate risks.”He noted that drug trafficking and international organized crime have found fertile ground in places that lack basic services and economic opportunities, “leading to fear in the streets and insecurity across entire regions,” and called for urgent consideration of steps to fight organized crime which in some regions “is threatening both development gains and the very fabric of international peace and security.”In too many places around the world, the proliferation of small arms and ammunition is a standing threat to the security of ordinary people, he added, calling for better strategies to halt their illicit proliferation.“Just as the lack of development can feed the flames of conflict, economic and social progress can help prevent it and secure peace,” Mr. Ban declared. “Sustained broadly-based development can help to address the roots of conflict, by such steps as ensuring the equitable sharing of wealth, better access to agricultural lands, strengthening governance and justice for all.” At a summit in September at the start of the General Assembly annual debate, presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers from the 15 Member States held the Council’s first meeting in nearly two decades devoted to updating the tools at its disposal for its ever-expanding role of keeping peace, recognizing the linkages between security and development.In a presidential statement then, it reaffirmed “that international peace and security now requires a more comprehensive and concerted approach;” underlined the need to address root causes of conflicts, noting that development, peace and security and human rights are interlinked and mutually reinforcing; stressed the importance of preventive diplomacy; and reiterated its commitment to strengthening its partnership with regional organizations. read more

VANCOUVER – Tahn Donovan tears up as she recalls watching a murder of crows circle above a singing First Nations’ man, the birds crowing as he broke into traditional song in the middle of Vancouver’s Stanley Park.“It just really resonated with me,” said the Australian aboriginal woman, smiling at the memory of a recent indigenous-led tour she took of the expansive green space. “And then the crows started to sing.“That connection with culture and land. … To hear somebody sing for their country is really special.”Donovan, who represents an indigenous tourism council in Western Australia, was in Vancouver this past weekend as one of more than 100 delegates at the second annual Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism and Trade Conference.The three-day event, which ended Monday, brought together indigenous groups from around the world to form partnerships, share stories and discuss best practices on promoting the burgeoning field. A key element explored the value of that unique relationship between First Nations and the environment.Delivering the conference’s keynote address was renowned National Geographic explorer-in-residence Wade Davis who told delegates that indigenous tourism could potentially revolutionize the industry by encouraging a better appreciation of cultural diversity.“I think there’s a moral and huge opportunity to become ambassadors for an entire new way of being, a new geography of hope,” said Davis.But it needs to go beyond leveraging quotas of First nations into the field, he added.“Real tourism is when aboriginal societies on their own terms can share their visions of life in a profound way that gives the visitor a true sense of authenticity, such that a visitor goes away as an avatar of the wonder of culture.”Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C. head Keith Henry said First Nations’ tourism is unique because it provides a snapshot into a culture and its people.“We see visitors who are really looking for new experiences, unique experiences — they want to know the true history and story of the land,” he said.“That’s what aboriginal tourism does for all of tourism, not just for aboriginal communities but for all of Canada.”Indigenous tourism in B.C. employs 3,400 people, reached $50 million in revenue this year and Henry expects it to hit $68 million by 2017.Cuts to B.C. Ferries last year prompted criticism from First Nations’ entrepreneurs concerned about the impact reduced service would have on offering authentic travel experiences to remote coastal areas.“It’s very important not only for jobs but it’s also about cultural sustainability or revitalization,” Henry added. “We’ve seen a lot of communities where tourism has been really the incubator to really helping a new sense of pride in the community.”That was the case with Dennis Thomas, a member of the Tseil-Waututh Nation and general manager of an ecotourism canoe and kayak business in North Vancouver.“Fifteen years ago I didn’t really know anything about my culture,” he said.“Given that opportunity by my leaders to come and learn and know the history of my people and my songs, it just made me a better person.”Follow @gwomand on Twitter by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email First Nations tourism a cultural ‘snapshot,’ and ‘a new geography of hope’ read more

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses of the incident or anyone who saw anything suspicious near Mr Walsh’s home.A silver Vauxhall Astra has been seized for forensic examination as part of the investigation.Neighbours of Mr Walsh expressed their shock at the incident and said he had only been living in the house for a matter of weeks, having moved in with his partner and children.One said: “I shook his hand and welcomed him to the area and he seemed like a really nice bloke. Newstead Avenue, Mapperley, Nottingham, where Stephen Walsh, 37, was involved in a road traffic collision The scene outside the home of Stephen Walsh, 37, who has died after being assaulted there following a road traffic collisionCredit:Raymonds Press “It’s so tragic that this has happened and really shocking for this to happen around here.”Most people are working professionals and we never get any trouble here. The first I knew about it was when the police came knocking asking if I’d seen anything.”Your heart goes out to the lady and their two kids. They have moved here for a new start and it ends like this.” The scene outside the home of Stephen Walsh, 37, who has died after being assaulted there following a road traffic collision A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a father of two in a suspected road rage attack.Stephen Walsh, 37, was assaulted at his home after being involved in a minor road collision, in which he failed to stop at the scene of an accident.Detectives believe Mr Walsh’s Lexus car was involved in a collision with another vehicle in Nottingham on Sunday evening.But rather than stop, he returned to his home in Blenheim Avenue, less than a mile away. It is thought his attacker might have followed him home before confronting him about the accident.Police said Mr Walsh suffered serious head injuries in an assault at the property. Another neighbour, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “We hadn’t got to know them properly because they hadn’t been here long enough.”But they seemed like a nice, normal family and very happy about their new home.” Newstead Avenue, in Mapperley, Nottingham, where Stephen Walsh was involved in a road traffic collisionCredit:Raymonds Press 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. read more

first_imgMetso has completed the acquisition of the Spanish grinding media supplier Santa Ana de Bolueta (Sabo). The acquisition will complement Metso’s current comminution wear parts offering for mining customers. “Metso is the global market leader in performance based services for the global mining industry, and our aim is to continuously strengthen our services offering and footprint. Sabo is a reputable and well-known grinding media provider with an excellent knowhow, and the acquisition fits perfectly into our strategy – through this acquisition we will become a full comminution services partner for our customers”, says João Ney Colagrossi, President, Services business line, Mining and Construction, Metso.“By adding grinding media expertise to our portfolio, we gain a better overall control of mill performance. We can offer comprehensive value adding services packages that materially improve the productivity of our customers’ processes and their overall performance. We will utilise Sabo’s know-how when we develop our global services strategy further during the coming years”, he adds.Sabo’s offering covers grinding media for SAG, ball mill and VertimillTM grinding applications as well as bars for rod mills. These are available in different diameters and materials to guarantee the best performance for the mineral to be processed. Founded in 1841, Sabo was a privately owned grinding media supplier. It has some 40 employees in two locations in Spain. Sabo’s net sales in 2012 were some EUR40 million.last_img read more

first_imgMY HUSBAND RECENTLY spoke on The Last Word with Matt Cooper on TodayFM, on behalf of Nurture. Nurture is a charity providing support for women, their partners and their families around postnatal depression (PND), fertility problems, miscarriage and related issues. The purpose of the interview was to make people aware of the impact PND has on not just the woman who is struggling, but also the partner or family who are trying to support her.The problem with depression – well, one of many – is that for the duration of an episode, be it PND or otherwise, it fundamentally changes the person who is affected. Our outlook shifts dramatically, we’re withdrawn, irritable, tearful, unfocused, forgetful, utterly useless around the house and generally not very good company. That’s all been well-documented, and I don’t need to go into it again here. But what about the person, or people, living with this stranger? How does it impact on them?As with what I’ve written here before, I can only speak from my own experience, but having weathered several episodes of depression with an incredibly strong man by my side, I’ve seen first hand the impact it can have on a partner, and consequently on the relationship.The benefit of hindsightOf course, I’m writing with the benefit of hindsight. At the time I wasn’t able to see any of this. I think when it strikes me most is when I see photos of my husband during periods when I’ve been depressed. He looks completely and utterly worn out – physically, mentally and emotionally – he’s drawn, looks exhausted, and the light is gone from his eyes.The first time it struck, we didn’t know what was going on and he just couldn’t understand my behaviour. As the years passed and we’ve learned to recognise the warning signs, he’s able to react more appropriately, both for me and for him, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier on him.The biggest danger to our relationship when I’m not well is the lack of communication that goes with it. This isn’t deliberate. I know how much stress it causes him when depression raises its head again, so I try to hide it from him (noble, but spectacularly unhelpful). In this, I’m invariably unsuccessful. He knows me well. The first indicator is that I generally become quite businesslike – we talk about what needs to be done, bills to be paid, the kids – but there’s no room for chat. Laughing stops. I’m horribly snappy, with him and the kids, my patience threshold goes down the toilet. I avoid eye contact. But still, still, I think I’m hiding it.He has a counterpart to this little dance as well, and rightly so – out of a sense of self preservation, he will withdraw emotionally. Depressed me assumes he’s angry with me, I withdraw further… and so it goes. I’m sure you can see how rapidly this can escalate into a serious problem.I made a promise that I would always let him knowThankfully, we’ve learned to live with it, in a manner of speaking. That’s not to say it isn’t still hard – it is, and never more so than when I once again have to tell him I’m not feeling great, and see him steel himself for what might happen next. That conversation is never pleasant, but I made him a promise that I would always let him know, and that’s one that cannot be broken.I think it is all too easy for the partner of someone with depression to get lost themselves, and be dragged along. The first instinct will probably always be to look for a solution, and try to fix it, but this (in my experience at least) doesn’t work. It’s like trying to fix the flu. You can’t. All you can do is provide support while they ride it out, and try to avoid getting the flu yourself.I think it’s much the same with depression. It is absolutely vital that partners and family look after themselves first and foremost, and recognise that there will be times when they simply cannot support their loved one in the way that they would like, for any number of reasons – they’re tired, the kids need looking after, there’s literally nothing they can say that will make it better or they’re simply too frustrated by the whole situation and need to get away from it. Sometimes the best thing to do is give hugs, others it’s to walk away. Knowing which is right at any given time is the challenge.We’re talking. We’ll keep talking.Depression, if given the opportunity, could take a devastating toll on a relationship. It will certainly test it to the absolute limit. Looking back over the last six years, I can see several times when Ronan could have been forgiven for walking away. But he didn’t (luckily for me he has an incredibly stubborn streak in him).He stood by me at times when I couldn’t see a future for myself, never mind for us as a couple. He quietly kept the house going when I wasn’t able to. He provided chocolate, tea and hugs as needed. He pushed me to do things I really didn’t want to that he knew would help. He didn’t always get it right, there have been many arguments over the years, and many times when I felt he was deliberately trying to misunderstand. Likewise there have been countless times when I have pushed him away, and blamed him for how I was feeling.The biggest learning we’ve taken from all of this is that without communication, depression will win. The hard conversations have to happen, much and all as we don’t want them to. Sometimes we both need space and time alone, sometimes that’s not possible and we have to just keep going. But we’ve made it this far, and we’re still standing. I’m in the process of tapering-off medication with the hope of managing without. We’re hopeful, yet apprehensive, as it could go either way. The weekend was tough. Today is good. We’re talking. We’ll keep talking. And depression will not win.Fiona Kennedy is a 30(ish) year old, happily married, mam of two, living in a small town in Connemara. She has two crazy dogs, wonderful friends and a loving, supportive family. Oh, and clinical depression. She blogs at Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter @SunnyScatteredColumn: Some talk about the ‘magic’ of childbirth. To me, it was horrific.Conor Cusack: ‘By me talking about this part of my life, I am being true to myself’last_img read more

first_img Former Prime Minister Tony Blair during his speech on Brexit at an Open Britain event in central London. 25,765 Views Friday 17 Feb 2017, 12:50 PM Former Prime Minister Tony Blair during his speech on Brexit at an Open Britain event in central London. Image: PA Wire/PA Images By AFP Feb 17th 2017, 12:50 PM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3244436 Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tony Blair wants Britain to fight against Brexit Britain is expected to officially apply to leave the EU in March. 193 Comments Updated 12.50pmFORMER BRITISH PRIME Minister Tony Blair has urged Britons who support the European Union to “rise up” and persuade Brexit voters to change their mind about leaving the bloc in a high-profile speech.“This is not the time for retreat, indifference or despair but the time to rise up in defence of what we believe,” he said at an event organised by Open Britain, a campaign group lobbying for Britain to retain close ties with the EU.“I don’t know if we can succeed. But I do know we will suffer a rancorous verdict from future generations if we do not try,” he said.“We have to build a movement that will stretch across party lines,” he said, announcing that he was creating an institute that would also develop arguments against Brexit and keep ties with the EU.Britain voted to leave the European Union last year and Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty by the end of March, starting a two-year exit process.Change of mindExperts are divided on whether the government could change its mind about leaving the EU at some point in the future, even after invoking Article 50.Blair came to power in 1997 at the head of the moderate leftist “New Labour” movement and won three general elections but his role in leading Britain into the Iraq War has badly damaged his legacy. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair during his speech on Brexit at an Open Britain event in central London. Source: Victoria JonesBrexit supporters quickly criticised Blair’s comments.“The EU referendum was democratic, fair and free and the British people voted for Brexit,” said Richard Tice, co-chair of the Leave Means Leave group.“Tony Blair is now trying to do everything he can to halt Brexit,” he said.Former Conservative minister Iain Duncan Smith said the speech was “arrogant” and “undemocratic”.‘Yesterday’s man’Nigel Farage, former head of the UK Independence Party, tweeted: “Tony Blair is yesterday’s man”.In the speech, which was shown live in full on BBC and Sky News, Blair launched a stinging attack on government policy saying the EU departure process was being led by proponents of hard Brexit.“Our challenge is to expose relentlessly the actual cost, to show how this decision was based on imperfect knowledge,” he said, adding: “How hideously, in this debate, is the mantle of patriotism abused”.Blair also warned that Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, now had a “much more credible” case for independence.He said Brexit could have a “destabilising impact” on Northern Ireland, which also voted to stay.Blair made the speech at the offices of Bloomberg news agency, the same place where former prime minister David Cameron announced in January 2013 that Britain would hold an EU membership referendum.The British government is still waiting for the upper house of parliament, the House of Lords, to pass the bill giving Prime Minister Theresa May the authority to trigger the exit from EU.The lower house of parliament did that on 9 February.- © AFP, 2017Read: Trump gives up on travel ban as he withdraws court appeal> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgAkis Tsochatzopoulos, the former defense minister being tried for money laundering, allegedly received kickbacks for defense contracts as far back as 1997, before he signed the contracts in question, according to new evidence presented at the trial on Wednesday by a key prosecution witness.Panayiotis Vlachos, a senior tax official who has probed most of the offshore firms and shell companies that were allegedly used by Tsochatzopoulos and his 18 co-defendants to launder kickbacks, on Wednesday drew the attention of the court to the depositing of 5.1 million French francs (the equivalent of around 777,490 euros) in a bank account in the name of Nikos Zigras, Tsochatzopoulos’s first cousin and erstwhile business partner. The existence of this account was unknown to judicial authorities until recently, Vlachos said.Zigras’s lawyer said the 5.1 million francs “was Tsochatzopoulos’s money,” adding that his client could not remember why the sum had been deposited in his account. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Google+ John Cena Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena John Cena Not In Royal Rumble Due To Injury Now Playing Up Next Twitter “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Cena Not In Royal Rumble Due To InjuryVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 37.13%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Nikki Bella reveals a brain cyst forced her to retire from WWE, Provides health update Nikki Bella Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella confirms her new relationship in dance video, Natalya shows off injuries from RAW Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ Now Playing Up Next Early preview for Smackdown Live in GlendaleAdvertised for tonight’s Smackdown Live in Glenadale, Arizona is the build for the Hell in a Cell PPV in two weeks involving the latest between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon.Also scheduled for the show is Rusev holding a Pride of Bulgaria Celebration, The Hype Bros plan to call out The Usos and the latest between Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura.Wrestleview.com will have live Smackdown coverage tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.Nikki Bella on DWTSWWE.com is reporting that Nikki Bella avoided first eliminations on last night’s “Dancing with the Stars” episode on ABC. Nikki scored a 21 performing the Viennese Waltz.WWE star Charlotte Flair was in the audience (You can check out a clip below courtesy of ABC (shown at the 1:11 mark). Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgThree people were hurt Tuesday morning in a crash on a state Highway 502 ramp over Interstate 5 south of Ridgefield.According to the Washington State Patrol, 29-year-old Nicholas J. Barnes, of Rainier, Ore., was heading east onto Highway 502 at around 7:20 a.m. after exiting Interstate 5.Vancouver’s Ilene R. Middleton, 49, and Battle Ground’s Emmy M. Hieter, 60, were heading west on Highway 502, crossing over the freeway.The state patrol said Barnes lost control of his pickup, which slid into the westbound lanes and struck Middleton’s car.Hieter’s SUV then struck Middleton’s car, the state patrol said.All three drivers were hurt, but only Middleton and Barnes were hospitalized.Barnes was listed in satisfactory condition Tuesday afternoon at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Middleton’s condition was not available.The state patrol said Barnes was going too fast for the conditions — it was 29 degrees around that time in Vancouver, according to the National Weather Service — and he was cited for first-degree negligent driving.The crash totaled Barnes’ pickup, Middleton’s sedan and Hieter’s SUV, troopers said.***Correction: The article originally misstated the way Hieter’s car collided with Middleton’s.last_img read more