UNICEF seeks to end use of child soldiers across Central Africa

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping to find ways to ensure that children do not serve as soldiers in Central Africa, a region plagued by conflicts in which minors have been fighting on behalf of both militias and national armies.A regional conference organized by Chad, with UNICEF’s help, opened today in the capital, N’Djamena, to end the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups.“There are thousands of child soldiers involved in the conflicts affecting Chad, Central African Republic [CAR] and Sudan,” said Marzio Babille, UNICEF Representative in Chad. “Children have no place in conflict and their recruitment is a tragedy that must be stopped.”He stressed that groups recruiting children can be held accountable before the International Criminal Court (ICC).Four former child soldiers – including the writer Ishmael Beah, a UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War, and Emmanuel Jal, now a hip-hop artist – will take part in the gathering.Specialists of other child recruitment issues such as gender-based violence and psycho-social reinsertion will participate in the three-day event.Government representatives from Chad, Sudan, the CAR, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon are expected to sign the N’Djamena Declaration, highlighting countries’ commitment to stop recruitment of children in armed forces.The Declaration also seeks to enhance opportunities for children – including in education and employment – once they have left armed groups.“Most countries in the region have signed international agreements and they must now take this one step further and signal stronger commitment by ratifying the additional protocols on the Convention of the Rights of the Child,” Dr. Babille said. Chad and Sudan have signed and ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, while Cameroon and Nigeria have signed the pact, but have not yet ratified it. Niger and the CAR have neither signed nor ratified.UNICEF has voiced concern that refugee children in nations where conflicts have spread beyond national borders are also at risk of being recruited by armed groups. “Failing to protect children from being recruited and used by armed forces and groups will impede the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs],” the eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, Dr. Babille said.Last month, the UN launched a major campaign for the universal adoption of treaty protocols that outlaw the sale of children, child prostitution and pornography, and protect youngsters in armed conflict, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for full ratification by 2012.“The sad truth is that too many children in today’s world suffer appalling abuse,” Mr. Ban told a ceremony at UNICEF headquarters in New York marking the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the two optional protocols strengthening the Convention on the Rights of the Child by providing a moral and legal shield for youngsters vulnerable to prostitution and pornography or caught up in armed conflict.“Two thirds of all Member States have endorsed these instruments. On this tenth anniversary of their adoption, I urge all countries to ratify them within the next two years.”Despite recent progress, “much remains to be done,” the Secretary-General declared. “In too many places, children are seen as commodities, in too many instances they are treated as criminals instead of being protected as victims, and there are too many conflicts where children are used as soldiers, spies or human shields.”The Optional Protocols, said the agency’s Executive Director Anthony Lake, “represent a promise made to the world’s most vulnerable children – children born into extreme poverty and despair, children in countries torn apart by conflict and children forced into unimaginable servitude by adults who regard them as commodities.” To date, the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict has been ratified by 132 States, while the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, has 137 ratifications. 7 June 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping to find ways to ensure that children do not serve as soldiers in Central Africa, a region plagued by conflicts in which minors have been fighting on behalf of both militias and national armies. read more

More UN personnel arrive in Baghdad ahead of resumption of arms inspections

With the addition of the new arrivals yesterday, the advance team of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) now totals over 30, Hiro Ueki said in Baghdad.The team is “hard at work” to get the Baghdad operations centre for weapons inspections up and running in time for the resumption of inspections on 27 November, he said.The advance team includes administrative staff, computer and communications experts, medics and security personnel. The first team of inspectors from UNMOVIC and the IAEA is scheduled to arrive in Baghdad on Monday.Meanwhile in the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked whether there was a proper chance for diplomacy to work in Iraq. “From the accounts that I have received, it did go well,” he said, referring to the meetings of the chief UN weapons inspectors in Baghdad this week with senior Iraqi officials.The important point, Mr. Annan added, was that if Iraq complies with UN resolutions and the inspectors are able to complete their work, “then I think the arguments for military action will be considerably diminished.”Asked about a request by the United States to some 60 countries to commit troops in the event that Iraq does not comply, the Secretary-General responded, “It’s not up to me to advise the United States on how to prepare for certain eventualities.” He added that for now, the focus was on effective inspections. read more

Annan condemns suicide attacks against Israelis urges protection of civilians

“These murderous attacks fuel the cycle of violence, revenge, fear and distrust and are the greatest impediment to peace,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released in New York. The Secretary-General urged the Palestinian leadership “to do everything in its power to de-legitimize and stop terrorism.” He also called on the Israeli Government to show restraint, to act in conformity with its obligations under international humanitarian law and to ensure that its security forces take measures to protect the safety of civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories.In addition, the statement called on both sides “not to allow those who carry out such repugnant attacks to hijack the peace process and set the agenda.””The Secretary-General believes that the safety and security of the people of the Middle East is best insured by fully implementing the Quartet’s road map,” the spokesman said, referring to an outline for achieving a two-State solution put forward by the diplomatic grouping comprised of the UN, United States, Russian Federation and European Union. read more

BC Hydro seeks court injunction to remove Site C dam protesters

VANCOUVER – Protesters have no legal right to block construction of the Site C dam and their actions could cost BC Hydro $8 million, a lawyer for the utility argued Monday.The provincial Crown corporation has asked the British Columbia Supreme Court for an injunction to remove First Nations members and Peace Valley landowners from a protest camp near Fort St. John.“BC Hydro has the legal authority to do what it is doing, and the defendants have no legal right to obstruct it,” Mark Andrews told a judge.The $8.8-billion dam will flood agricultural land, First Nations archeological sites and destroy hunting and fishing areas. Opponents include environmentalist David Suzuki, who said the project conflicts with climate targets set in Paris.Demonstrators set up camp on the south bank of the Peace River in November 2015 and have been blocking crews from undertaking clearing work, even building campfires near tree-felling and excavation operations, BC Hydro lawyers told the court.Andrews said protesters are blocking an area where waste rock was to be deposited, forcing crews to transport the rock elsewhere at a cost of about $8 million. If the alternative site doesn’t work, there’s a small risk the project will be delayed by a year at a cost of $420 million, he said.Clearing needs to be underway by no later than the beginning of March to avoid impinging on bird-nesting months, when it becomes impractical to clear, he added.BC Hydro recognizes that opponents have a right to protest, but there are many places they can demonstrate without stopping legally permitted work, Andrews said.The hearing for the injunction application is expected to continue through Wednesday. Lawyers for the eight defendants have not yet had the opportunity to respond.Yvonne Tupper of the Saulteau First Nations is one of the defendants and she drove 14 hours to attend the hearing. She said BC Hydro did not obtain consent of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association and the dam appears to violate its treaty rights.“I would not be alive today if that area was not present,” she said outside court. “That’s a historical path that … my grandmother travelled to meet her first husband across the Peace River.”Tupper said the number of demonstrators at the camp fluctuates between about seven and more than 30. The campfire is meant to keep both protesters and workers warm, as at one point it was -25C with wind chill, she said.At a news conference before the hearing, Suzuki voiced support for the protesters. He said Canada committed to a “very serious” target at last year’s climate conference in Paris.“By committing to that target, everything that we do changes,” he said. “It seems to me crazy to put farmland in the north underwater when that valley can be the breadbasket of the north. Food has got to be grown much closer to where it’s going to be consumed.”West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations said Monday that a United Nations committee was meeting in Geneva and would ask Canadian diplomats about consent of indigenous peoples regarding resource projects, including Site C.Also on Monday, hundreds lined up in Prince George for the opportunity to hand in their resumes at a job fair for the project. BC Hydro said 600 workers will be needed by this spring, with 1,500 set to work on Site C at its peak.The court action is not the first between BC Hydro and Site C protesters. Several First Nations and local residents have filed legal challenges over the dam.(The Canadian Press, CKPG) by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2016 12:45 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BC Hydro seeks court injunction to remove Site C dam protesters read more

PC Organics baby food recalled as health risk due to bacteria contamination

PC Organics baby food recalled as health risk due to bacteria contamination OTTAWA – Loblaw Companies has expanded a recall of PC Organics baby food pouches, which may contain a toxin that can cause illness and, in severe cases, even death.The products were sold across Canada through the Loblaw retail network (TSX:L), which includes Shoppers Drug Mart, Real Canadian, Fortinos, Atlantic Superstore, Provigo, No Frills and Loblaws stores.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the baby food may contain a toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria.The federal agency says the toxin can cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis, and in severe cases, people can die.The recall announced Thursday expands on one that was issued last week to include more than two dozen flavours of the PC Organics baby foods pouches, which were in stores as recently as Wednesday. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 9, 2017 9:07 am MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Lakers Land Anthony Davis OK — Now What

If the door for contention out in the Western Conference swung wide open this week after a pair of brutal Golden State injuries, it appears that the Lakers just walked right through it.Los Angeles, vying to make the most of LeBron James’s remaining window, agreed to a deal Saturday that would land them Pelicans star Anthony Davis in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 in Thursday’s draft.The haul was significant from several standpoints: Aside from giving James his first real star running mate out in L.A. (the Lakers will undoubtedly go for one more in free agency), it also takes a couple of other teams out of the running for a serious overhaul. In particular, it’s a blow for a club like the Celtics, who might have been able to further entice free-agent-to-be Kyrie Irving into staying had they landed Davis. (The tea leaves on him staying haven’t looked great lately.)The players involved in the trade, and that No. 4 pick, also suggest that the Pelicans have the makings of a very solid young roster under this new David Griffin regime. Between Zion Williamson (the presumed No. 1 pick), Jrue Holiday, Ingram, Ball, Hart and whomever New Orleans takes at No. 4, the Pels figure to be very good in transition, with considerable versatility on the defensive end. It’s not hard to see how this rebuild could pay dividends more quickly than what some were thinking —particularly if Williamson ends up being the kind of star he is widely expected to be.Above all else, though, there will be immediate interest in what this deal means for LeBron and the Lakers, and whether someone of Davis’s caliber makes them favorites in a now wide-open West, where the reigning five-time conference champs lost both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.Having Davis on the roster gives Los Angeles something it should have had in James’s first year there: A player whom the offense can run through when James isn’t directly involved1He was involved a lot last year, and averaged almost 84 touches per game, among the highest rates in the NBA. Ideally, that number will come down some with another star, as he continues to age., and someone who can keep the team afloat when James goes to the bench. The Lakers beat opponents by 1.6 points per 100 possessions in the time James was on the court last season, but were a disappointing -5.7 points per 100 plays worse than their foes when he was sidelined. Having Davis, and staggering some of his minutes with James’s, should alleviate that problem a great deal.Davis is a generational talent: A terrorizing finisher in the pick-and-roll, and a long-limbed, mobile rim protector that makes players think twice about coming into the paint. He averaged 12 boards a game last season and has improved as a passer and as perimeter jump-shooter, meaning that defenses can’t back all the way off of him. He’s comfortable with his back to the basket, or facing up. He logged 25 points per game this past season and can score when defenses are geared toward stopping him alone — something opposing teams will be able to do less now he’ll be paired with another All-NBA threat in James.This isn’t to say that there aren’t concerns still. While it seems unfathomable now that he would leave, the oft-haphazard club would be wise to make the most of this season, so Davis can go into free agency next season feeling good about the future of the club. In other words, the Lakers want to avoid what happened with Dwight Howard after trading for him several years ago.The most obvious concern with a LeBron-Davis pairing — particularly if the Lakers strike out with other stars in free agency — remains health, which is always a question mark surrounding Davis. While we could go into how many games he’s missed over the years because of injuries (last season was odd, because he often sat to ensure he wouldn’t get hurt prior to being traded) it almost makes more sense to talk about how much he’s played instead. And in his seven seasons, Davis has only logged two, 2016-17 and 2017-18, in which he played in 70 or more games.James is the opposite of injury prone. But this past season’s groin strain, which kept him out longer than he’s ever missed before, showed that the Lakers can’t take his health for granted at age 34. If one or both stars miss real time next year, the rest of the team may be too thin to contend. Still, this gamble seems worth it, since the youngsters they surrendered in the deal weren’t able to get it done when James was forced out. At this point, if you’re the Lakers, you have to be most focused on whatever gives you the highest ceiling, regardless of how low or unsteady the floor might be.The Lakers still have plenty of other boxes to check off, of course. While they were able to hold onto Kyle Kuzma (an interesting choice, since Ball, Ingram and Hart all had elements that arguably make them better two-way options over time), the club still lacks shooting. While Davis’s defense is spectacular at times, the Lakers will certainly miss Ball’s outstanding work as a perimeter defender. And after last summer’s seemingly random free-agency signings, it’s unclear whether general manager Rob Pelinka will fare any better than Magic Johnson did in trying to piece together a balanced enough roster to give Los Angeles a chance at reaching its full potential.But first things first: The Lakers landed a superstar to pair with the one they already had. And in this league, you’ll almost always be happy with accomplishing that most difficult step first, and figuring the rest out later — either through signing another star, or finding complementary pieces along the way. read more

Dear NFL Kickers Will Not Be Stopped

Did you hear about the NFL’s incredible new rule? On a point-after try, a defense will be able to score a 1-point safety by stopping the attempting team in its own end zone. Oh, and the new rule also moved the line of scrimmage for an extra point to the 15-yard line, making it the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal attempt.But indulge me for two seconds and let’s talk about this 1-point safety, a totally new thing in the NFL. Sure, it’s something that probably won’t come up very often – or, you know, ever. This new safety would occur if the offensive team fumbled the ball backwards, then the players kept knocking it backwards because of their gigantic butter-fingers until an offensive player finally recovered it in his own end zone (yes, on the other end of the field), where they were immediately tackled. (The offense can also score a 1-point safety, but that’s boring.) This opens up the tantalizing possibility of game scores traditionally reserved for baseball, soccer, or curling, like 6-1 (if the only points scored are a touchdown and a defensive point after safety) or 10-1 (if the only points scored are a touchdown, a defensive point-after safety, and two regular safeties).OK, thanks. Back to the longer extra point: The theory is that the league wants to make the play more exciting by making it less “automatic,” and perhaps by encouraging teams to go for two points more often. They’re unlikely to be very successful on either count.Kickers now convert extra points more than 99 percent of the time. That will almost certainly drop, but not by very much. It has been bandied about that kickers have made “only” 91.6 percent of attempts from this distance in the last 10 years. But 10 years is an eternity for kickers – they’re a whole lot better now than they were in 2005. As noted by Kevin Seifert, kickers have made 94.4 percent of field goals from this new distance over the last three years, and 96.7 percent last year. And that doesn’t account for the point-after kicks being slightly easier than their field goal counterparts: They’re never rushed for time, and they’re always taken from the center of the field (technically from wherever the kicker prefers). According to Pro Football Focus, kickers have made 97.6 percent of attempts taken from 30-35 yards from the dead-center of the field over the past three years.When I wrote about kickers in January I developed an era-sensitive model for kickers that at least partially accounts for hash marks (and, if I may, is scary accurate). It’s slightly more conservative than that Pro Football Focus mark, but predicts that kickers would make 96.4 percent of 33-yard kicks next year, rising to about 98 percent over the next 10 years.This isn’t the first time the NFL has been uncomfortable with how good kickers have gotten at their jobs. In 1974, the league moved the goal posts to the back of the end zone, effectively making XPs and other kicks 10 yards harder. Extra point success dropped from 98 percent the year before to 92.1 percent the year after. But it didn’t take long for kickers to recover:From an excitement standpoint, it’s tough to see a significant difference between teams making their extra points 96-98 percent of the time rather than 99. Even if misses happen slightly more often, they’re still going to be infrequent enough that I’d guess they’re more likely to annoy fans after the fact than keep them in suspense beforehand.And while this should marginally improve the math in favor of 2-point attempts, it’s not nearly dramatic enough to make going for two points the obviously better option. (It would have been if the NFL had also moved the line of scrimmage on 2-point attempts up to the 1-yard line, per the Eagles proposal.) Defenses will also be able to score two points on the play by returning a fumble, interception or blocked kick for a “touchdown,” as is the rule in college.And coaches are already pretty irrational about going for two. They have been converted about 47.4 percent of the time over the past 10 years, which would be enough to make them roughly the equivalent of kicking extra points (from an expected-value perspective; though that number may be low because teams that make 2-point attempts tend to be slightly worse than average). At the very least, the expected value of going for it versus kicking is so close that the decision should be dominated by the tactical situation (such as how far ahead or behind they are, and whether they should be playing it safe or trying to gamble) and how good the teams are in short yardage situations. But coaches still basically only make the 2-point attempt when they’re required to.If there is a big shift in favor of going for two, I think it’s more likely to be a result of coaches deciding the new rule gives them cover for it, rather than a large and fundamental shift in the math. And there’s precedent for this: The all-time high for successful 2-point attempts made was 59, set in 1994 – the year the play was first introduced. read more

Churches should become knife crime sanctuaries with weapon amnesty bins General Synod

Dr Mallet acknowledged that the move will require safety training for members of the clergy and local parishes, particularly on how to protect young people vulnerable to county lines exploitation.“We cannot go into this blindly,” she said. “In the past there’s been a jump to ‘well if you had more youth clubs we might be able to do some sticking plaster work’. But we have to look at this holistically and look at the agencies we can work with to be part of the solution.” “[Knife crime] has become a national problem,” Dr Mallet said. “Churches on the ground have found themselves engaged and involved, either they are involved in wherever that situation has happened and they are called in to help the family or a funeral.“Churches have come together to think of ways it can be part of the nexus of support, recognising it is not the solution but it can be part of the solution and that’s the important thing. Churches should become knife crime sanctuaries where young people can go and dispose of their weapons, the General Synod has proposed.The Revd Canon Dr Rosemarie Mallett, a priest in Angell Town, south London, will urge parishes to open their doors after school hours for young people in hot spot areas for serious violence.Knife amnesty bins, where youngsters can safely dispose of their weapons to help them avoid violence, should also be provided.Dr Mallet said she has been involved in “too many funerals” for young victims of crime and that the Church of England should help tackle the culture that saw more than 39,000 knife crime offences in 2018 alone.The Synod, which is held twice a year, will debate the motion in York next weekend. 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

Fusion nucléaire  Europe Ecologie revendique un moratoire sur le projet Iter

first_imgFusion nucléaire : Europe Ecologie revendique un moratoire sur le projet IterL’enquête publique sur le futur réacteur expérimental international à fusion nucléaire Iter a ouvert le débat. Ce Mercredi, Europe Ecologie (EELV) a fait savoir sa position par le biais de Laurence Vichnievsky conseillère de la région PACA. Celle-ci a appelé au maintien “d’un moratoire sur le projet”.La construction du réacteur expérimental international à fusion nucléaire Iter, initiée à Cadarache dans les Bouches-du-Rhône, fera jusqu’au 4 août l’objet d’une enquête publique. A cette occasion, le parti Europe Ecologie (EELV) a tenu a faire entendre sa voix. Dans un communiqué, Laurence Vichnievsky, conseillère régionale déplore le manque d’envergure de l’initiative. Cette enquête “est l’une des plus importantes jamais menées en France, compte tenu de la taille de l’opération et de son caractère international” et “elle n’est consultable que dans les 12 communes avoisinant le site du projet” dénonce l’élu. Elle ajoute : “EELV s’étonne que cette enquête se déroule en plein été et que les citoyens ne puissent donner leur avis que sur la base d’un document de 3.500 pages”. À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylLa position du parti sur la construction d’Iter est plutôt mitigée. Selon Laurence Vichnievsky, ce projet expérimental “ne répond pas à la crise énergétique que nous commençons à subir” et “n’apporterait, dans le meilleur des cas, que des réponses sur le très long terme, vers le milieu du 21e siècle” ainsi qu’une “grève des budgets de la recherche”. En conséquence de ces  constatations, l’élue a appelé à la tenue “d’un moratoire sur le projet”.Un réacteur sans déchet nucléairePrévu sur une période de 35 ans, le projet Iter a pour objectif d’apporter une alternative aux méthodes actuelles de production d’énergie. Contrairement aux autres réacteurs dans lesquels se déroule la fission thermonucléaire, Iter devrait faire de la fusion, une technique qui résoudrait les problèmes liés aux déchets radioactifs. Selon les prévisions, les premiers éléments d’assemblage du chantier initié à Cadarache en août 2010 devraient arriver pour 2012. Le premier plasma est quant à lui attendu pour la fin 2019. Le budget considérable de cette opération est financé à 45% par l’Union Européenne, le reste se partageant entre la Chine, l’Inde, le Japon, la Corée du Sud, la Russie et les Etats-Unis.Le 28 juillet 2011 à 09:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Scott Campbell running for Vancouver City Council Position 1

first_imgScott Campbell, the government and community affairs liaison with Waste Connections, is confident if elected to the Vancouver City Council he could help repair the relationship between city government and the Clark County council.“The past few years, the city and the county’s relationship hasn’t been strong,” Campbell said. “I work with all the current county councilors through my professional work and nonprofit boards, and I want to bring that collaborative relationship to Vancouver City Council, help build trust and move the region forward.”Campbell, who sits on a variety of boards and nonprofits, including the Fort Vancouver National Trust, the Clark County Parks Foundation and the Veterans Therapeutic Court, announced he was running for the city council this week.Campbell is running for Position 1. Councilor Jack Burkman, who currently holds Position 1, has decided to enjoy traveling and time with his grandchildren and is not running for re-election.If elected, Campbell said he would focus on making sure the city budget was being spent efficiently and that the city was preparing for growth and economic development.last_img read more

Manchester Pacific Gateway Project breaks ground after 12year battle

first_imgManchester Pacific Gateway Project breaks ground after 12-year battle Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It was a 12-year battle that reached the United States Supreme Court: The battle to build the biggest waterfront development on the West Coast.But Friday, it officially became a reality.Papa Doug Manchester stood alongside Mayor Kevin Faulconer and others to commemorate the start of a new future for downtown San Diego.Related Story: Special Report: Broadway Navy Project is cleared to move forward“This will be the biggest dig in the history of San Diego. Seven city blocks going down at one time and about 800,000 cubic yards of dirt in the first phase of the project,” said Project Manager Perry Dealy.The area of downtown is along Harbor Drive across from the Midway Aircraft Carrier. Dealy said this will open up access to the waterfront.Seven blocks will be verticle developments with five buildings. There will be two hotels, a 29-story Convention Center hotel, a smaller five-star boutique hotel and two office buildings. It will also include a 1.9-acre park and a pedestrian paseo.And there will be two levels of underground parking with 3,000 public spaces.The actual construction won’t begin until August after the demolition of the old buildings is completed, but they anticipate completion in early 2021. Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings June 1, 2018 1234567 John Soderman, Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption John Soderman Posted: June 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Show Caption Hide Caption Updated: 10:12 PM Show Caption Hide Caption last_img read more

Mississippi Soy Grower Shares US Soy Sustainability Message at 55th European Commodities

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) Director Willard Jack, Belzoni, Miss., had the chance to interact with key players in the European grain and oilseeds industry earlier this month at the 55th European Commodities Exchange in Barcelona, Spain.The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) had a booth at the event, which drew European importers, exporters, crushers, feed industry, milling industry, freight companies and surveyors. Jack joined Belinda Burrier, United Soybean Board (USB) director from Union Bridge, Maryland to share first-hand experiences about American producers’ commitment to growing high quality and sustainably produced soybeans at the exhibit.More than 400 people, representing the main feed and meat companies in Europe as well as crushers and importers, stopped by the booth to learn about USSEC.For the soy value chain, senior level managers represented all of the major companies, including Bunge, Cargill, ADM, Dreyfus, Nidera, Noble, Glencore, Cefetra, BTG Patual, Gavilon, CHS, CME Group and FCStone. Nearly 3,000 people, mostly from Europe but also from the U.S., Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, and North Africa, attended as registered visitors.last_img read more

Home where Ebola patient stayed is decontaminated

first_imgDALLAS — A hazardous-materials crew on Friday decontaminated the Texas apartment where an Ebola patient stayed, while public-health officials cut by half the number of people being monitored for any symptoms of the deadly disease.The decontamination team was to collect bed sheets, towels and a mattress used by the infected man before he was hospitalized, as well as a suitcase and other personal items belonging to Thomas Eric Duncan, officials said.They planned to place the items in industrial barrels and take them to a storage facility, according to Dallas County Fire Marshal Robert De Los Santos.Once the proper permits are issued, the materials were to be hauled away for permanent disposal, probably by incineration at a landfill.The first Ebola diagnosis in the U.S. has raised concerns about whether the disease that has killed 3,400 people in West Africa could spread in the U.S. Federal health officials say they are confident they can keep it in check.Elsewhere, NBC News reported that an American freelance cameraman working for the network in Liberia has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States, along with the rest of the news crew.last_img read more

The Stars Group now worlds biggest listed online gaming firm with Sky

first_imgThe SBG acquisition is seen as another strategic move in enhancing the company’s global profile and broadening its offerings.“This acquisition represents a pivotal moment in The Stars Group’s evolution,” said CEO Rafi Ashkenazi.“SBG’s mobile-focused sportsbook pairs well with our industry-leading poker offering to create two premier customer acquisition channels. We believe this combination along with our combined online casino offerings positions The Stars Group for continued growth in the evolving online gaming industry.”According to The Stars Group, acquiring Sky Betting & Gaming will dramatically improve its revenue diversity, “creating a balanced spread across poker, casino and sportsbook with a broad geographic reach.”It also increases The Stars Group’s presence in locally regulated or taxed markets to approximately 75% of combined revenues, develops sports betting as a second customer acquisition channel – creating an opportunity to cross-sell players across multiple verticals – and enhances The Stars Group’s products and technology through the addition of SBG’s sportsbook and casino offerings and portfolio of popular mobile apps.“This transaction creates the world’s largest publicly listed online gaming company and unites two iconic brand portfolios with strong technology platforms and teams. This significant scale also positions The Stars Group to both secure and expand upon its global footprint,” Ashkenazi said.The Stars Group paid a total of US$4.7 billion for SBG. Load More Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license Global poker giant The Stars Group Inc has continued its aggressive push into the sports betting market after completing the acquisition of the UK’s Sky Betting & Gaming (SBG).The acquisition comes just three months after the company secured an 80% stake in former Crown Resorts subsidiary CrownBet Holdings Pty Limited in Australia, through which it subsequently purchased another Australian sportsbook operator, William Hill Australia Holdings Pty Ltd – positioning itself as a clear number three in Australia’s highly competitive online sports betting landscape behind Tabcorp and Sportsbet. Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange RelatedPosts Tabcorp cleared as Australian Federal Police close investigation into Cambodia sports betting bribery claimslast_img read more

LinManuel Miranda Returns To Hamilton To Raise Funds For Puerto Rico

first_img Email ‘Hamilton’ To Raise Money For Arts In Puerto Rico lin-manuel-miranda-returns-hamilton-raise-funds-puerto-rico Lin-Manuel Miranda Returns To ‘Hamilton’ To Raise Funds For Puerto Rico All the profits from Hamilton performances in Puerto Rico will go to The Flamboyan Arts Fund, co-launched by Miranda, which preserves the arts on the island. The show’s run will begin in January 2019 and will star Miranda, who also wrote the musical, three years after leaving the role in July 2016. This will be his first reprise in the role since then.”I believe art helps us survive. We can’t wait for Puerto Rico to recover to then support the arts because there is no telling when that will be,” he told People. “We need to support the artists who are out there now. We need to have their backs.”The multi-talented star has been one of the many artists using his platform to bring awareness to the devastating effects left by the hurricane after it hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017. Some people are still living in homes battered by the storm and some families still don’t have power.In a November 2017 statement, Miranda said he’d been wanting to bring the show to Puerto Rico. “I had made a commitment to not only bring the show to Puerto Rico, but also return again to the title role,” he said. “In the aftermath of Maria, we decided to expedite the announcement of the project to send a bold message that Puerto Rico will recover and be back in business, stronger than ever.”OOYALA EMBED: Miranda, whose parents are Puerto Rican, has been actively bringing awareness to the hurricane’s lingering devastating effects, as well as supporting relief efforts, through his song, “Almost Like Praying.”Hamilton won Best Musical Theatre Album at the 58th GRAMMY Awards. To see if you can win tickets to the opening show in Puerto Rico, follow this link.READ: Princess Nokia Is Making Space For People Who “Don’t Have A Voice Yet” In MusicRead more Actor, playwright and singer, Lin-Manuel Miranda is returning to his GRAMMY-winning musical to help raise the spirits of Puerto Ricans and art funds post-Hurricane Maria Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 2, 2018 – 3:17 pm GRAMMY winner Lin-Manuel Miranda is reprising  his role in Hamilton for 24 performances at the University of Puerto Rico for causes close to his heart: raising money for the arts, as well as the spirits of the people on the island as they continue to rebuild from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.center_img Facebook News Twitter last_img read more

Standoff between Priyanka Uttar Pradesh Government ends

first_imgMirzapur/ Lucknow/ New Delhi : The standoff between Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the Uttar Pradesh government ended on Saturday, a day after the Congress leader was detained when she insisted on going to Sonbhadra where 10 people were gunned down this week. Gandhi headed back to Delhi after a meeting with some Sonbhadra villagers who travelled to the Mirzapur guesthouse where she had stayed overnight, refusing an offer from local administration to furnish a personal bond and leave. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us She said those who had “arrested” her and brought her to the Chunar guesthouse were now saying she is free to leave. “I want to tell them that I have fulfilled my objective. I met the family members. I am leaving today, but I shall return,” she told party workers who thronged the guesthouse. UP Congress leader Ajay Rai said, “The standoff between Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi and the Mirzapur district administration is over as she has met members of the aggrieved families from Sonbhadra.” Rai said she met 15 people from the victims’ families, including seven women. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Ten people, all Gond tribals, were shot dead on Wednesday when a village headman, Yagya Dutt, and his supporters allegedly opened fire in an attempt to take possession of a piece of land in Ubbha village in Sonbhadra’s Ghorawal area. Twenty-eight others were injured, including nine supporters of the village head. After the meeting with the villagers, Priyanka left for Varanasi, where she offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath and Kaal Bhairav temples before heading for Delhi. Advertise With Us The deadlock ended amid a show of solidarity in the Congress for Gandhi, who is the general secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, with party leaders calling her detention “illegal arrest” and organising protests at several places. Earlier in Lucknow, a Congress delegation submitted a memorandum to UP Governor Ram Naik, urging him to direct the state government to allow Gandhi to meet the Sonbhadra victims’ families.last_img read more

Government to provide benefits to eligible in just 72 hours

first_imgOngole: Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivasa Rao announced that the people friendly government formed under the leadership of Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy will deliver the benefits to the eligible applicants in just 72 hours, soon. Speaking at Ongole on Sunday, the minister said in the two months of the new government, the corruption activities of the earlier government is being dug up. He said that the Chief Minister has started the implementation of the manifesto from the first cabinet meeting and already completed realisation of 80 per cent promises in it. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us He alleged that Chandrababu Naidu government failed to implement what he promised for the public and the state rejected him for the same reason. He claimed that the YSRCP government is giving 50 per cent of opportunities to BC, ST, SC and women, 75 per cent of employment to locals, implementation of Arogya Sri for medical services costing more than Rs 1000, recently passed tenants act, Amma Vodi, fees reimbursement etc, show their commitment. He announced that there is no need for the eligible people to wait for Janmabhoomi, but they can get the benefits in just 72 hours through the village volunteers and village secretariats, soon.last_img read more

Can AEW challenge WWEs supremacy

first_imgAEW is the latest major wrestling promotion in the market dominated by WWETwitter/All Elite WrestlingFew industries are as dominated by one brand as professional wrestling is by WWE. In the 1990s, the company was involved in an intense duel with the rival WCW brand – ‘Monday night wars – but once WCW fell away, Vince McMahon’s enterprise has been devoid of any serious competition.Other brands like TNA, Ring of Honour and New Japan Pro Wrestling are well known to fans but come nowhere close to challenging WWE’s stranglehold on the pro-wrestling business. Now a new challenger is in the market – and he comes from an unusual source.ChallengerAll Elite Wrestling (AEW) is the brainchild of Tony Khan, son of Pakistani American businessman Shahid Khan. The father-son duo launched the company some weeks ago and have already announced the first major wrestling event of the company – Double or Nothing. A weekly two-hour show is likely to be on air before the end of 2019.But is there any chance of this upstart in the wrestling industry even causing minor irritation to McMahon and his multi-billion dollar corporation? It would be a monumental task. WWE’s hold on the wrestling industry and the mind of wrestling fans is so great that even making a minor dent in its popularity would be a substantial achievement.Current state of WWE WWE’s is still going strong despite some setbacksEthan Miller/GettyWWE’s revenues have actually increased in recent times and the value of WWE stocks has also soared. Despite the fans’ nostalgia for old days, attendance at Wrestlemania and other events remains high. New stars are slowly starting to develop a loyal fan following.But a lot of effort has been made by the promoters of AEW and there have been a few high-profile signings – the most prominent one being Chris Jericho. One of the big moves made by the company is getting iconic commentator Jim Ross on board. For most WWE fans, he is the voice of professional wrestling and his association with this company would make the brand more recognisable.This won’t be enough. TNA hired a spate of WWE legends to boost up their popularity but it didn’t bring great results. Compared to that, the current roster of wrestlers signed up by AEW has very few big names. So, what would matter is content.However, if one trawls through the comments of wrestling fans who are unhappy with current WWE programming, their biggest complaint is that the current content is not like the ‘good old days.’ Some go one step further and believe WWE should go back to its ‘Attitue era.’ This is just not possible. What the company got away with in the old days can’t be put on air.Will AEW be different? It is unlikely that their programming would be any edgier than WWE. What the company will have to do is create unique storylines and compelling characters along with matches that are genuinely high-quality. Whether they will able to do that is hard to say.last_img read more

Fortis feud blows up as Malvinder Singh accuses brother Shivinder of assault

first_imgMalvinder Mohan Singh (R) and Shivinder Mohan Singh (C) reportedly came to blows on December 5MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesFamily feuds over financial and personal issues aren’t new, but things turn ugly when these fights blow up out in the open. In a similar feud that is now making headlines, Fortis co-founder Malvinder Mohan Singh has accused his younger brother Shivinder Mohan Singh of assault.In a video, which was sent to family members and friends, Malvinder has alleged that Shivinder physically assaulted him before a board meeting of Prius Real Estate at their Hanuman Road office in central Delhi on Wednesday, December 5.”Today is December 5th, 2018. Little after 6:00 pm, Shivinder Mohan Singh assaulted me at 55, Hanuman Road. He physically hit me,” he is heard saying in the video. “He hurt me. He injured me (here). He broke this button. He gave me a bruise here. He bruised me here. And he kept threatening me and refused to budge until the team came together and separated him from me.”Along with the video, Malvinder also posted a picture that showed him with a broken hand in a cast. He also said that he went to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for treatment, where he was told that he had internal injuries, reported the Times of India.Malvinder added that he did not file a police complaint after his family members advised him to settle the matter without involving the police.However, Shivinder and a few others close to him have denied the allegations calling it “fake” and “a lie,” adding Shivinder wouldn’t hurt a bird. While sources said that this was Malvinder’s attempt to gain sympathy, Shivinder even went on to say that it was, in fact, Malvinder who attacked him. The younger brother also said that he had filed a police complaint on the incident but withdrew it after his family members urged him to do so. Their mother Nimmi Singh is said to have intervened to cool down the flaring tempers.Malvinder and Shivinder are known to be feuding for a while now, since they incurred a loss of Rs 22,500 crore in business. Over the years, the family has also lost control of Fortis Healthcare and Religare Enterprises.Singh brothers fight in the open. Malvinder alleges younger brother Shivinder physically assaulted him https://t.co/6z9GiRtQJi pic.twitter.com/xSGYYyoYpz— Business Today (@BT_India) December 6, 2018 Shivinder had also filed a suit with the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), in which he said that Malvinder had forged his wife’s signature for illegal financial transactions, which resulted in the company’s huge debt. He sued Malvinder for “oppression and mismanagement” of their companies, reported Business Today.last_img read more

Health Clinic Provides Free Abortions To 85 Women Affected By Harvey

first_imgCallie RichmondA hallway at the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in Austin.Whole Woman’s Health provided free abortions to 85 women affected by Hurricane Harvey, the clinic said Monday.The procedures, which took place at the clinic’s Austin and San Antonio locations, were offered for free to Harvey victims during September. A dozen other women received free consultations through the clinic but did not have abortions performed.The services would have cost $50,620 in total but were paid for by the clinic’s Stigma Relief Fund.Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, said that after a natural disaster, it is especially critical to ensure women have access to care.“It changes their situation,” she said after the clinic announced the free services.The organization also offered free abortions after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike.Melissa Conway, spokeswoman for the anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life, said abortions are “never free.”“As so many are living in the tragic remains of Harvey, now more than ever is the time to protect the most vulnerable among us and to combat the predatory schemes of big business abortion,” Conway said in September.Whole Woman’s Health, a national abortion provider with four locations in Texas, was founded in 2003 and sees more than 30,000 women each year. In addition to providing a full suite of gynecological care, including services such as STI testing, Pap smears and birth control prescriptions, the organization is involved in abortion rights advocacy work in Texas and nationally.As a result of that work, Whole Woman’s Health has had a troubled legal relationship with Texas. The clinic recently sued the state over a law that would have banned the most common second-trimester abortion procedure; in a victory for abortion providers, a judge ruled in August to temporarily halt that ban from going into effect. Sharelast_img read more