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Fiat unveils new Fullback Cross pick-up truck at Geneva Motor Show

first_imgThe Fiat Fullback Cross – a stylish new version of the brand’s pick-up – has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.The new model has been designed to further broaden the appeal of the Fiat Fullback with lifestyle users.  As well as going on sale via the Fiat Professional dealer network, the Fullback range will also be available through the Fiat passenger cars dealer network.The Fullback Cross features a range of interior and exterior styling upgrades, including a new grille with matt black ingots, a satin silver skid plate, eye-catching black details and revised larger side steps. An exclusive textured black sport bar gives the Fullback Cross a sleeker silhouette and underlines its dynamic profile. The model’s individual look is completed by the new all-black cargo space, with the Fiat logo in relief.Available as a double cab, the Fullback Cross comes with a 2.4-litre common rail turbodiesel engine and develops 180hp (133 kW) and a maximum torque of 430Nm. There are also two transmissions available: six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with sporty sequential mode and dashboard commands.Also Read:Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS vs Fiat Abarth PuntoThe Fullback is equipped with an electronic selector allowing drivers to engage the all-wheel drive system, with a choice of four modes.  A central differential, supported by three electronically controlled clutch modes, manage torque transmission to the wheels in real time based on road conditions and speed.The Fullback Cross features a wealth of standard safety equipment including ABS with EBD, TSA (Trailer Stability Assist – a system which aids stability during towing), LDW (Lane Departure Warning), seven airbags and cruise control. Bi-Xenon headlights, front fog lights and LED daytime running lights are also included as standard.advertisement The interior features leather seats, steering wheel and gear knob, automatic dual zone climate control and heated front seats, with six-way electric adjustment on the driver’s side.Also Read:Diesel emissions scandal: After Volkswagen, Fiat accused of fudging claims The infotainment equipment includes a 7-inch touchscreen with DAB CD/MP3 Radio, Bluetooth and USB port.  A rear parking camera and satellite navigation complete the interior set-up.The Fiat Fullback Cross will go on sale in the summer and prices will be announced closer to the launch.last_img read more

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Indra Nooyi appointed ICC’s first independent female director

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi to the ICC Board as the organization’s first independent female director. Nooyi will join the Board in June 2018 to align with the term of the ICC Independent Chairman.The introduction of an Independent Director, who must be female, was approved by the ICC Full Council in June 2017 as part of wide ranging constitutional change aimed at improving the global governance of the sport.”Mrs. Nooyi is a global business leader, consistently ranked by Fortune Magazine among the World’s Most Powerful Women. As Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Mrs. Nooyi is responsible for a global food and beverage portfolio that includes 22 brands generating more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales, including Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola,” ICC said in a statement.ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “We are delighted to welcome Indra to the ICC. Adding another independent director particularly a female is such an important step forward in improving our governance. To have someone of Indra’s calibre is fantastic news for the global game she is frequently recognized as one of the most influential people in business today, running one of the world’s biggest corporations.”We undertook a global search looking for the right candidate who would complement the existing skills and experience already on our Board. A cricket enthusiast with experience in the commercial sector and independent of the ICC, any Member or state or associated organization were the primary criteria and in Indra we have found an exceptional new colleague and we look forward to working with her in the future.”advertisementIndra Nooyi said: “I love the game of cricket. I played it as a teenager and in college, and to this day, I cherish the lessons the game taught me about teamwork, integrity, respect, and healthy competition. I am thrilled to join the ICC as the first person to be appointed to this role. And I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board, ICC’s incredible partners, and cricketers around the world to grow our sport responsibly and give our fans a new reason to follow every ball and shot.”The Independent Director will be appointed for a two-year term although she may be re-appointed for two further terms with a maximum six-year consecutive period of service.last_img read more

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Akinola Ogunbiyi, No. 11 OG For 2020, Flips His Commitment

first_imgFans at Texas A&M for a game vs. Arkansas.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of fans cheering during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 29, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Four-star offensive lineman Akinola Ogunbiyi’s recruitment has come full circle. The Sugar Land (Tex.) Kempner product is once again a Texas A&M commit.Ogunbiyi had been committed to the Aggies from June 2018 through the beginning of March before backing off his pledge. He then verbally committed to Georgia in April.However, Ogunbiyi switched things up again today, flipping from the Bulldogs back to A&M. He says this decision is final.“My recruiting is 100% over. I will be playing football and attending The Texas A&M University!!!” Ogunbiyi tweeted. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p My recruiting is 100% over. I will be playing football and attending The Texas A&M University!!! #GIGEM #GIGEMGANG20 pic.twitter.com/SCLBNN2hSo— AKI® (@AkinolaOgunbiyi) June 23, 2019Recruiting often takes bizarre twists and turns, but situations like Ogunbiyi’s are pretty rare. You don’t often see a prospect recommit to a program after they decommit.However, it looks like Georgia’s loss is A&M’s ultimate gain. Ogunbiyi is the No. 11 offensive guard in the 2020 class and the No. 42 rising senior in the state of Texas, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Texas A&M’s 2020 recruiting class currently ranks sixth in the SEC and 11th nationally.last_img read more

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Citizens Encouraged To Practice Solid Waste Recycling

first_img Citizens are being encouraged to recycle and reuse solid waste material, where possible. He was speaking at the official opening of the Cambridge garbage holding area in St. James on January 25. Citizens are being encouraged to recycle and reuse solid waste material, where possible.This, according to Western Parks and Markets (WPM) Waste Management Limited’s Regional Operations Manager, Garnet Edmonson, will greatly serve to reduce the volume of refuse generated and discarded.He was speaking at the official opening of the Cambridge garbage holding area in St. James on January 25.Mr. Edmonson suggested that a craft-making programme utilising plastics could be introduced in schools, to decrease the quantity of these items being discarded.“We see where the Government has embarked on banning some plastic products and what that [will do] for us, as citizens, is to save our lives. Plastic takes over 250 years to decompose, and if we continue discard these items on [top of] what is already there, we are only [going to be] taking up more landfill space,” he said.Mr. Edmonson also urged the residents to properly dispose of cardboard boxes in the holding area and other designated disposal points, noting that these items often occupy additional space that could be used for other discarded material.“Many times, our trucks visit [the communities) and we notice that there are a lot of cardboard boxes that fill up the bins. When we do further checks we realise that they are the only items in them. So if we teach you how to break the boxes down properly, the facility will further hold more than what it normally does when the item is not broken down,” said Mr. Edmonson.Meanwhile, residents of Cambridge are lauding WPM for its efforts in streamlining the community’s garbage disposal arrangements.Beniah Grant described the undertaking as “a good move”, as refuse was being dumped “all over the place”.Mr. Grant’s sentiments were echoed by Iris Mullings, who indicated that she was “pleased to see what is going on, and I hope it will continue”.Another resident, Winifred Josephs, told JIS News that the decision to create the community garbage holding area is a “wise one”.She expressed the hope that residents of Cambridge and surrounding communities, “will see it fit to keep it in good condition so that we can continue to benefit from it”.As part of the day’s activities, WPM’s staff removed bulky waste, deemed potential mosquito-breeding sites, from Cambridge.The community garbage holding area, which has four skips, will serve as Cambridge’s central solid waste disposal point. This, according to Western Parks and Markets (WPM) Waste Management Limited’s Regional Operations Manager, Garnet Edmonson, will greatly serve to reduce the volume of refuse generated and discarded. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Responsible Gambling Innovators Reinvent The Box

first_imgSome companies do business inside the box. Others do it outside. Techlink Entertainment does something completely different, it reinvents the box. Literally. The Sydney-based company develops responsible gaming solutions for video lottery terminals, slot machines, lottery terminals, the Internet and other gaming systems. “There are presently very few companies in the world that do this,” says Sean Coyle, vice-president of marketing. “Quite frankly, the proliferation and normalization of gaming have created both great economic and entertainment opportunities, as well as social concerns. “The responsible gaming market place is growing rapidly and we are well positioned as a leader with groundbreaking solutions. Our company is focused on building technologies that can help players play safely and within their limits, which is also good for the operators and regulators in the industry.” GAMEPLAN, one of the company’s premiere products, lets players do just that. The one-of-a-kind technology, which was field-tested over a two-year period and the results analyzed by three independent research firms, is a card-based technology that empowers individuals to have more control and information when using gaming machines. Players use their card to activate the gaming machine, and then have access to up-to-the-second information on their play. They find out exactly how much money they have won or lost on a machine. They can track how much they have spent over the past days, weeks, months, or year. Players can also set limits on the amount of money they want to gamble over a period of time. As well, the system allows people to lock themselves out from gambling for any given period of time. “Information and game play tools are the key to helping gamblers,” says Techlink President and CEO John Xidos. “GAMEPLAN gives players the best information possible and the tools to help them make more informed choices.” Transforming GAMEPLAN, one of a number of company product lines, from concept to reality took 10 years, notes Coyle. “We are just now starting to sell our responsible gaming product lines. The first 10 years were all about developing innovative gaming products that would be able to create new market categories or be creative, and resourceful, additions to existing market categories.” The last decade was also spent drawing investors into the fold, innovatively, of course. “We have raised well over $25 million without using venture capital money,” says Xidos. “The funds we have raised have come primarily come from Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia. This is groundbreaking in and of itself from a financing perspective.” Xidos says locating the company in the province was not happenstance. “Nova Scotia is a world leader in responsible gambling. This means we can work with a jurisdiction in our own backyard to help us develop the best products and launch them here first to prove their effectiveness.” In addition to leadership in the industry, Nova Scotia offers the power of people. “Our employees have persevered through 10 years of development to create world-class products,” says Coyle. “They’re committed to what we believe in as a company — and to being a Cape Breton company. “The innovative nature of the staff we have has enabled us to separate ourselves from the competition.” It’s not only employees and investors who are behind Techlink. The community has warmly welcomed the firm. It’s the nature of living, and working, in a place like Nova Scotia, says Coyle. “It’s not all about the bottom line. It’s about quality, and balance.” Those are important attributes for Techlink as well. “A few times a year, we need employees to step up and deliver more than the typical work week’s worth of effort. They always do,” says Coyle. “Outside of those few occasions, we’re quite flexible in terms of how people need to plug in. We have people that work from home all the time, some that split their time between home and office, some that work in other provinces or outside the main office in Sydney, and some that have four-day work weeks.” The dedication, innovation, and attention to balance, is paying off — for Techlink and for Nova Scotia. The company recently announced a major agreement with Rite Solutions Inc., a top provider of technical solutions for companies throughout North America. The agreement positions Techlink to capitalize on the rapidly expanding global marketplace. Rite Solutions, based in Rhode Island, is an accredited service and systems provider to the U.S. gaming and military industries. “Techlink is a company with a solution that addresses the growing demand, globally, for more responsible gaming products … There’s a lot of interest in this type of technology. It is so timely and, more importantly, it works,” says Rite Solutions CEO Jim Lavoie. With global recognition, and sales, comes growth. Nineteen additional staff has been hired, and more hires are on the horizon. “Product development and commercialization are particularly challenging in the regulated gaming marketplace. We have persevered over the past decade and are seeing the fruits of our labour with orders now in hand,” says Xidos. “Looking forward, we see this company growing to about 300 highly skilled people over the next three years. Its contribution to the local and regional economy will become even more considerable.” That’s what happens when companies reinvent the box. -30-last_img read more

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SAARC has problems BIMSTEC fits in with Indias vision Jaishankar

first_imgNew Delhi: In an apparent reference to Pakistan, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Thursday said that SAARC has problems, and that BIMSTEC leaders were invited for swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month because there is energy, mindset and possibility in latter’s regional grouping which fits in with Indias very optimistic vision of economic cooperation. Speaking at an event here, his first public function since taking over as the Minister on May 31, the former Foreign Secretary said India should follow a generous policy to pave the way for better connectivity with countries in South Asia and should incentivise cooperation in the neighbourhood by often stepping out and not emphasising too much on reciprocity. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “SAARC has certain problems and I think we know. Even if you were to put terrorism issue aside, there are connectivity issues, there are trade issues out there,” Jaishankar said. He was apparently referring to Pakistan, with which India is unable to cozy up because of continued terrorism emanating from that country and hurting this country. Pakistan is a member of the eight-nation South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) grouping along with India, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France When Modi took oath as Prime Minister for his first term in 2014, he had invited leaders of this grouping, including Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who had attended the event. The idea was to assert his special focus to India’s neighbourhood. However, this time, he chose to invite leaders of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), another regional grouping in which six SAARC nations are members but not Pakistan. “If you look why BIMSTEC leaders were invited for the (PM’s) swearing-in, because we see today an energy, a possibility, a mindset in BIMSTEC which fits with our very optimisitic vision of economic cooperation,” Jaishankar said. The BIMSTEC is a seven-member grouping of nations lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal constituting a contiguous regional unity. While five member states are from South Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka – two are from Southeast Asia – Myanmar and Thailand. Their leaders were among those invited for swearing in of Modi on May 30. Jaishankar said that boosting connectivity in the countries of South Asia had received a lot of attention in the past five years and “will be among top priorities in the next five years”. He said that South Asia was among the least connected regions of the world due to factors such as history and was losing out on opportunities . The External Affairs Minister said India has the primary responsibility to work towards boosting connectivity as it is the largest economy of the region, its growth can help lift ties with the neighbours and New Delhi should not “over-negotiate” it. “We need to incentivise cooperation in the neighbourhood by often stepping out ourselves,” he said, adding that it cannot be reciprocal because India has more resources and larger capability. “I will like to see a generous policy where we pave the way,” he said, adding that there were already substantial lines of credit and programmes on the ground and livelihood in some neighbouring countries also derives from economic activity in India. Citing example of Bangladesh, he said it is leveraging its location and its resources into enormous economic activity. Jaishankar said that if inland water ways develop further in Bangladesh, it can provide another axis to India to reach out to countries in South East Asia. He said the emphasis on BIMSTEC is centred on the thinking that any organization or any platform that furthers progress should be used.last_img read more

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Doc assault IMA threatens to launch countrywide ceasework

first_imgTeok (Assam): The Indian Medical Association on Wednesday threatened to launch a countrywide indefinite ceasework by doctors if the Centre immediately failed to enact a law to check violence against health professionals, IMA president Dr Santanu Sen said. The IMA also demanded Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to come out with a statement within 24 hours on the deadly assault of a doctor at a tea garden, who had succumbed to his injuries at a hospital, after being assaulted by relatives of a tea garden worker. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The IMA president was speaking to reporters here after visiting the family of the doctor, Dr Deben Dutta, here on Wednesday. He was also accompanied by some IMA members. “Doctors continue to be attacked…enough is enough. We have reached the end point, we are not going to let this go. If a Central act is not enacted and the chief minister’s statement does not come within 24 hours, then the government and the entire country have to remain prepared for the consequences”, he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The IMA chief, also a Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP, said that the association has written to the prime minister, the home minister, the health minister and the chief minister underlining the urgent need to enact a Central law to check violence against health professionals. “In Parliament, I had raised the demand for a Central act. If the government does not take any positive step, then doctors of the entire country will go for an indefinite ceasework and the Central government will have to remain prepared for the consequences”, the IMA chief said. Mentioning that the state government, the chief minister or the health minister had not issued any statement after the incident, Sen said, “If the chief minister does not come out with a statement, all the doctors in Assam will go for cease work indefinitely, including emergency service.” The 24-hour strike by the medical fraternity in Assam on Tuesday was “very successful”, he said. Emergency services, however, were kept out of the purview of Tuesday’s stir. The IMA chief said, another demand of the IMA was that the culprits must not be released on bail. “As seen on many occasions, such people are released on bail after the situation calms down. None can be released and they be given the severest punishment,” he said. Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni Aparanji Korati had ordered a magisterial inquiry by Additional Deputy Commissioner Subhan Gowala into the incident and had asked the ADC to submit his report within seven days. Pointing out that doctors would not be willing to work in tea estates if they were not given adequate protection, he said, “If no doctor serves in tea garden areas, then the government has to think what has to be done for the tea garden labourers.” Doctors in Assam have been demanding safety of health professionals and proper implementation of the Assam Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Protection of Violence and Damage to Property) Act in the state.last_img read more

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Liberal candidate challenges Come From Away bias in NL politics

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s growing diversity is not yet reflected in its overwhelmingly white slate of elected officials — something Hasan Hai, a Liberal candidate in the upcoming provincial election, hopes will change.The percentage of racialized Newfoundlanders and Labradorians more than doubled between 2001 and 2016, climbing from 0.8 per cent to 2.3 per cent, and the province is now promoting immigration and diversity as one solution to its economic hardships.But while the province has elected some Indigenous representatives to the House of Assembly, its members are still largely white.The Pakistan-born Hai, who’s running in Mount Pearl-Southlands in the May 16 election, said that after growing up in Ottawa, he realized the othering effect of only seeing white politicians on the news.He said it was a special moment to see the pride in his own children’s faces when he stood with Liberal party incumbents and candidates as premier Dwight Ball dropped the election writ last month.“My children were right behind the cameras looking at me smiling and it was everything I could do not to cry myself,” Hai recalled in a recent phone interview.Hai said he hopes more diversity in politics will encourage more people in the province to see elected office as a place for them.Amanda Bittner, a political science professor at Memorial University, conducted a study a few years back that found voters in Newfoundland and Labrador were not more anti-immigrant than the rest of Canada. She said that for the most part, Canadian voters will cast a ballot for their preferred party’s candidate, rather than make their choice based on the person’s race or gender.But Bittner said Newfoundland and Labrador does have to contend with the “Come From Away” factor, which she describes as “the notion that folks who are not ‘from here’ don’t get a say in how things work.”“While we might outwardly say that we don’t believe this, in actual fact I think it’s fairly true,” Bittner said in an email.For Hai — hardly a Come From Away, with a decades-long connection to the province — running for office seemed like a natural career move, and he appears to be a natural candidate.The now 41-year-old moved to the province in 2007 after visiting on and off for years. A previous job took him to almost every rural corner of the island before moving to Mount Pearl, a city in the St. John’s metropolitan area, a few years ago.Hai is well known for his charity work like co-founding the hit “merb’ys” calendar with the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard & Moustache Club. The latest edition featured photos of burly, mermaid-clad men posed in dynamic locales and raised over $200,000 for Violence Prevention NL.Hai said campaigning and meeting with voters has been an overwhelmingly positive experience, but he hasn’t been spared from — mostly anonymous — racist vitriol online.Shortly after announcing his candidacy, an anonymous Facebook page surfaced called “Who is Hasan Hai?”The page questioned Hai’s background before moving the province and shared videos stoking concerns over “illegal border crossings.”The since-deleted page attracted some negative comments, like people suggesting only those born in Canada should run in elections, but many more came to Hai’s defence, calling the page racist and defending Hai as a valued community member.Hai himself good-naturedly commented directing people to his LinkedIn page showing his career history, inviting people to simply ask him if they have questions about his life story.“You single me out in this election just because you want to cast that fear and doubt, I guess it reveals the motive behind it,” he said by phone.Hai said he chalks these kind of attitudes up to mostly fear rather than hate, and he said talking about the presence of racism and bigotry in an otherwise friendly place is the best way he sees to weed it out.“Everyone talks about how friendly Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are and I completely accept that, but it’s not a complete binary,” Hai said.“We can be both friendly and live in an environment, society, where racism and bigotry, you know, they live here, and one thing I’m really passionate about is calling it out and not giving it room to flourish and grow.”Bittner said people of colour and women often deal with “online trolling” when running for office, and even with the Come From Away factor she said Hai still stands a decent shot at being elected as a well-known face in the community.“I don’t think this (online trolling) is at all a majority opinion nor will it detract from his chances of success,” she wrote.Bittner said she suspects the population is becoming more open to non-traditional candidates, pointing to increasing levels of visible diversity and the rough political shape the province is in.“The ‘old ways’ of doing business are obviously not working,” Bittner said. “I suspect there is appetite for change, which includes visible diversity of candidates and perspectives.”Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral solemnly honours fallen UN peacekeepers

At a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at the world body’s Headquarters in New York held in connection with the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Mr. Ban pointed out that UN operations are a model of burden-sharing among countries “but we must never forget that the brunt of this burden is borne by individuals.” After observing a moment of silence along with dozens of UN uniformed and civilian personnel who have worked on missions in some of the most dangerous parts of the world, Mr. Ban noted that a number of those present had lost colleagues and friends. “For those who survived, we are thankful,” he said. “For those who lost their lives, we are that much more determined to honour their selfless dedication and courage, by continuing to work for peace and security in the world’s most troubled regions.” Last year marked the fourth in a row when more than 100 men and women died in the service of UN peacekeeping, Mr. Ban noted. “Now, with our deployment at a record high, more soldiers, police and civilian staff face danger in places like Sudan, the Middle East and Haiti,” he said, citing Friday’s killing of Lieutenant-Colonel Ehab Nazih, a UN peacekeeper from Egypt working in Darfur, as but the latest example of this. “I cannot accept the risks as the ‘cost of doing business,’” Mr. Ban said, pledging to “do everything possible to safeguard the security and safety of our UN personnel in the field, from advocating robust mandates to ensuring they have the equipment they need to carry them out.” The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, also reflected solemnly on the occasion. “For me, what I focus on on a day like this one is the individual lives, the lives of people that we have come to help the millions for whom we make a difference,” he said.“When I think of a slum in Haiti, when I think of people in Monrovia (Liberia) who have a little bit of hope now, that’s what matters. And also the lives of the peacekeepers we have lost,” he said, noting that over 100 died in 2006. “That shows that this remains a dangerous job” which is getting more dangerous as mandates become more challenging. “We are in situations very often where the peace to keep is a very fragile one.”Peacekeeping missions across the world also commemorated the day. Blue helmets serving with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) held a wreath-laying ceremony at their Headquarters in Naqoura.Peacekeepers representing the 30 different national contingents that make up UNIFIL attended the ceremony, which saw the UNIFIL Acting Force Commander, Brigadier-General J.P. Nehra, and a representative of the Lebanese Army each lay wreaths at the UNIFIL cenotaph. Also in attendance were officials from local government and community groups, as well as diplomatic representatives from various countries which have contributed troops to UNIFIL.In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission there, known as MONUC, marked the day in Kikwit with speeches and a question-and-answer session with members of the media, who asked about efforts to quell violence in the country’s troubled eastern region.The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) held a ceremony in the presence of the country’s President, José Ramos-Horta, who said the world body’s deployment in the country would be needed for the foreseeable future to help with the electoral process, security sector reform and strengthening State institutions.UN Peacekeepers Day was established in 2002 by a General Assembly resolution designating 29 May – the date in 1948 when the first United Nations peacekeeping mission, the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), began operations in Palestine – to pay tribute to all men and women who have served and continue to serve in peacekeeping operations, for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause for peace. 29 May 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the memory of the more than 100 United Nations personnel who lost their lives in the cause of peace during 2006 and pledged to safeguard the security of those now working in operations across the world. read more

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Central African Republic inclusive talks could lead to peace consolidation – UN

10 March 2009Recent long-awaited multi-party talks in the Central African Republic (CAR) have provided a window of opportunity to make strides towards consolidating peace in the land-locked nation, a top United Nations envoy told the Security Council today. François Lonsény Fall, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said that last December’s successful talks held in the capital, Bangui, were a result of two years of “tremendous effort” by various actors, both national – including representatives of the Government, opposition and civil society – and international.Three committees have been established in the areas of politics and governance; security and armed groups; and socio-economic questions, he said in his last briefing to the Council in his current position.The first committee has “had to deal with the most contentious issues,” such as the legitimacy of the current regime and the country’s governance, Mr. Fall said.At the end of the 12-day dialogue, he told the Council, several agreements had been reached, including the establishment of a broad-based government, a commitment to hold elections in 2009 and 2010, and the setting up of an independent electoral commission.The security committee, for its part, has dealt with the issues of implementing security sector reform, restructuring the national armed forces and combating the proliferation of small arms, the envoy said, while the socio-economic committee is focusing on putting into place a poverty reduction strategy, reforming public finances and reforming the management of national resources.Mr. Fall briefed the Council on the deterioration of the security situation in northern CAR, where rebel groups and a spill-over of violence from the Darfur war in neighbouring Sudan have driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. He said there has been intense fighting and “some very daring attacks” against government institutions and military installations in some areas.But in spite of the setbacks, he stressed that the December inclusive dialogue has provided an occasion to bring stability to the country, which has been beset by widespread fighting and armed banditry in recent years, with some 200,000 Central Africans have been either internally displaced by the fighting or forced to live as refugees in neighbouring Chad and Cameroon.The Representative said that CAR leaders have “underlined the need to obtain support from the international community at the same time as they try to implement the foundations of the dialogue.”Last June, the Government struck an agreement with the rebel groups known as the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR) and the Popular Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD) after talks in Libreville, Gabon, facilitated by that country’s President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba.Also in June 2008, the CAR became the fourth country to be placed on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission, which aims to help States emerging from conflict to avoid the slide back into war or chaos.A report issued by the Commission’s mission that visited the country last autumn stressed that without concrete and substantive progress in inclusive political dialogue, efforts to achieve improvement in security, rule of law and development remained stalled in a country that is beset by unrest, widespread displacement and entrenched poverty.“There is also a general awareness that progress has to be simultaneous on all three fronts,” said the publication, released in January. read more

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Malaka at it again

The army officer was admitted to hospital following the assault incident and investigations are underway, the police said.In 2007 Malaka Silva was arrested by the police following an incident where he was alleged to have assaulted a man at a restaurant in Bambalapitiya. A police complaint has been lodged against Malaka Silva, the son of Minister Mervyn Silva, over an assault incident at a hotel in Colombo.The police said that Malaka Silva had allegedly assaulted an army officer at the hotel late last night and also attempted to take away his weapon. read more

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Ethiopian leader at UN Assembly decries use of social media to spread

“In fact, we are seeing how misinformation could easily go viral via social media and mislead many people, especially the youth,” he said in his address to the annual general debate, adding: “Social media has certainly empowered populists and other extremists to exploit people’s genuine concerns and spread their message of hate and bigotry without any inhibition.”On other global challenges, he said international peace and stability is facing greater risks with the rise of geo-political tensions and the growing threats posed by “all shades” of terrorist groups. Moreover, the global economy has not yet rebounded from the financial crisis.Further, “it is critical to underline one matter which is usually given short shrift, both by the media and others. It is simply hypocritical to deny that some of our countries have been targets for destabilization activities carried out with no accountability by people and groups who have been given shelters by States with whom we have absolutely no problems,” he stressed.It is under these challenging circumstances that countries are striving to implement the new UN transformational agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and, obviously, he said, there are no easy solutions to these complex issues. “The situation is much more pronounced, especially for least developed countries like us, which are making every possible effort to […] escape the poverty trap.” “We believe our vision is right and we are determined to get there. Whatever challenges and shortcomings we may have, we don’t have difficulty owning up to them and we will make every possible effort to deal with them in close consultation, cooperation and participation of our people,” Prime Minister Dessalegn said, noting that there is no better testimony for the resolve Ethiopia has shown in this regard than the way it had handled this past year’s devastating El-Nino.At the same time, he said Ethiopia could not simply “wish away” the challenges it is facing. Indeed, they need collective and coordinated responses “and we are always ready willing to continue to contribute positively in close partnership with others, in our region and beyond, in tackling these challenges.” read more

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British engine manufacturing down 10 in first half of 2019

UK engine production falls -10.8% in first half of 2019 to 1.3 million units.Demand from home and international markets down -16.9% and -7.0% respectively.Decline in UK engine production mirrors drop in output at car and commercial vehicle plants.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Ten successive months in engine output decline show the impact that Brexit uncertainty is having on the supply chain. Industry needs stability in order to invest and grow, which right now means securing a future relationship with the EU that maintains free and frictionless trade with our key export markets.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Four in five GPs ordering needless drugs and tests for fear of

first_imgShe said: “Unnecessary tests or investigations are not in the best interests of patients and may use up limited NHS resources.“Doctors should be able to exercise their clinical skills and judgment without the fear of claims affecting their decision-making.”The medic said the challenging environment meant “the temptation to over prescribe or over investigate is understandable.” Four in five GPs say they are ordering needless tests and drugs for patients for fear of otherwise being sued.It comes amid soaring numbers of  successful small claims against the NHS, which have risen by more than a quarter in one year.A survey of more than 1,300 doctors by the Medical Protection Society (MPS) found 87 per cent are increasingly fearful of litigation.In total, 84 per cent said their worries about being sued had caused them to order needless tests or refer patients to consultants, while 41 per cent admitted to prescribing medication when it was not clinically required.Previous research has found three quarters of GPs have handed out antibiotics for infections which were unlikely to be helped by them.The organisation, which defends doctors accused of malpractice, is calling for changes to reduce the number of small claims being fought against the NHS.Official figures show there were 817 claims with damages of less than £3,000 in 2016/17 – a 26 per cent rise from 646 such cases in 2015/16.Damages for all claims went from £1.5bn to £1.7bn over the period.Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Senior Medicolegal Adviser at MPS, called on the Government to undertake research to understand the impact of fear of litigation on doctors’ behaviour. “It also leads to defensive practice, over investigating and that itself incurs more cost to the NHS.” The organisation, which supports 300,000 healthcare professionals, is calling for legal reform, with a minimum threshold for financial losses caused by an injury, before a claim could be madeIn the anonymous survey, one GP said:  “I worry about claims which are inappropriate, patients threatening complaints if not given the tests they want, and more professionals managing cases driven by fear of litigation as opposed to what is in the best interests of the patient.”Another said: “I now practice in a world where I am frightened at the beginning of each day, and because of this, I am retiring early.”And a third said: “The fear of being sued leads to increased referrals, investigations and unnecessary follow up appointments which in turn drive the cost of healthcare up.”“The stress, anxiety and sleepless nights this causes us is terrible and disproportionate – time that could be spent caring for patients and reviewing process and protocol to improve future care is spent worrying about this. 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.last_img read more

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VIDEO PSG Handball lost points in Nimes – Chambery and Nantes at

4.Nimes4310109:997 9.Aix4103108:1112 12.Toulouse4013117:1291 3.Paris SG4310129:1027 8.Cesson Rennes-Metropole4112104:1093 The French champions Paris Saint Germain stayed without first points in the new season of LidlStar Ligue in clash in Nimes, where domestic team surprised – 28:28. The TOP scorer of the match, Nedim Remili, netted nine goals for his team, but in the last attack, block prevented him of scoring winner for Raul Gonzales squad.Goalkeeper of USM Nimes Remi Desbonnet had 13 saves.Take a look on the most interesting moments…RESULTS: Nantes – Montpellier 31:28Aix – Chambery Savoie 25:26 (Melić 5)Dunkerque (Suholeznik 3) – Ivry 25:21Istres – Cesson Rennes-Metropole 26:30Nimes  – Paris SG  28:28St. Raphael – Pontault 40:28Toulouse – Tremblay 31:36STANDINGS: 10.Ivry410395:1172 7.Dunkerque411290:893 6.Tremblay4301123:1166 13.Istres4013100:1171 5.Montpellier4301121:1106 11.St. Raphael4103123:1172 1.Nantes4400115:938 2.Chambery Savoie4400111:1038 ← Previous Story HBC Nantes beat Montpellier after five defeats in a row! Next Story → LNH: TOP 5 goals of Round 4 French handball leaguePSG HandballUSM Nimes 14.Pontault400499:1320 read more

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Gardaí investigating assault of a female on Halloween night

first_img Bagenalstown garda station received a report of a sexual assault on Halloween night. Image: Google Maps http://jrnl.ie/3059212 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL 4 Comments Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 4:54 PM Bagenalstown garda station received a report of a sexual assault on Halloween night. Image: Google Mapscenter_img 16,775 Views Share2 Tweet Email5 GARDAÍ AT BAGENALSTOWN, Co Carlow are investigating an assault on a female that occurred on Halloween night between 11.30pm on Monday 31 October and 2.15am on Tuesday morning.The location where the alleged incident occurred is yet to be identified.Investigations are ongoing, and no arrests have been made.If you have any information in relation to the incident contact Muinebheag (Bagenalstown) Garda Station on 059 972 1212, or any other garda station.Read: Minister wants secrecy over foster home abuse liftedRead: New counselling rooms for homeless people open in Dublin today Gardaí investigating assault of a female on Halloween night As of yet, no arrests have been made. Nov 2nd 2016, 4:54 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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NASA Experiment Might Be Alive After Beresheet Moon Lander Crash

first_imgStay on target Beresheet, Israel’s lunar lander, crashed on the moon’s surface on April 11. Even though the mission was not a complete success, NASA researchers believe that the Lunar Retroreflector Array (LRA), a NASA piggyback experiment, might have survived the incident.The LRA is a technology demonstration that has eight mirrors made of quartz cube corners placed into a dome-shaped aluminum frame, Space.com reported. These odd mirrors were designed to be markers for other spacecraft, which can use them to position themselves for precise landing operations. Thankfully, the LRA is radiation-hardened and tough, so it might still be “alive” after Beresheet’s failed lunar touchdown.“Yes, we believe the laser reflector array would have survived the crash, although it may have separated from the main spacecraft body,” David Smith of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and principal investigator of the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) instrument aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, told Inside Outer Space.He added, “Of course, we do not know the orientation of the array. It could be upside down, but it has a 120-degree angle of reception, and we only need one of the 0.5-inch cubes for detection. But, it has certainly not made it any easier.”According to Smith, the LOLA team will start to plan LRA-hunting observations soon and try to find out what happened to the NASA experiment after the Beresheet crash. Detection efforts might be slightly challenging though: LOLA generates laser beams that hit the lunar surface and bounce back to the instrument, and for each beam that returns to the instrument, LOLA is able to measure its range, also known as its time of flight. If LOLA can bounce some light off the LRA reflector, NASA researchers should be able to learn more about the LRA’s state.The dream goes on! Morris Kahn just announced the launching of Beresheet 2.0 #Beresheet2.0 #IsraeltotheMoon pic.twitter.com/fHlo3jeQ4W— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 13, 2019Despite a failed touchdown attempt, Israel will try to go to the moon again with “Beresheet 2.0,” a new spacecraft that will be better prepared for technical glitches. If this second mission goes smoothly, Isreal will be the fourth nation to successfully land on the moon’s surface.More on Geek.com:Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes on the Moon’s SurfaceIsrael Will Build ‘Beresheet 2.0’ Spacecraft After Failed Lunar LandingIsrael’s Beresheet Lander Takes Stunning Photos of the Far Side of the Moon Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface last_img read more

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CXC Bosses meet stakeholders in TCI New Program coming

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 13, 2016 – In an historic meeting as the Ministry of Education makes an historic move to dramatically alter the curriculum of primary and high schools in the TCI, there was a visit to the territory by the Registrar of CXC, Glenroy Cumberbatch and Assistant Registrar, Andrea Austin.  Magnetic Media caught up with the contingent during a courtesy call paid to the Premier, Hon Dr Rufus Ewing and Education Minister, Hon Akierra Missick on Monday morning.  New Curriculum Development Officer, Rhonda Blackman-Smith continues on her mission to make our children life-long learners, she says and a part of the process is enhancing high school programs.  Blackman-Smith in a TCIG media release says that today, the CXC Registrar and Assistant will meet with High School Principals and Heads of Departments to discuss the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC) programme.  The programme has been around since 2007 and in a 2009 report, it was said, “The aim of the CCSLC is to merge both the general and technical/vocational subjects as well as develop certain competences to give school leavers the best opportunity to move to the next stage of their development. ” There were also meetings on Monday with the Hotel and Tourism Association, the Chamber of Commerce and the Sports Commission. Related Items:Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence, Historic meeting for the Ministry of Education, Registrar of CXC Glenroy Cumberbatch and Assistant Registrar Andrea Austin in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Pompano Beach man injures face hand in fireworks accident

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A fireworks accident landed a South Florida man in the hospital, Sunday night.Fire rescue crews responded to the scene of the accident near Northwest 51st Court and 18th Terrace in Pompano Beach, just before 8:30 p.m.The victim, 28, suffered serious burns to his face and hands. He was transported to Broward Health North but is expected to recover.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Search underway for missing elderly man in Miami

first_imgWe need your assistance locating 78 year-old Claude Sabin who went missing today from 7020 NW 5 Avenue. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, gray and white shorts and beige shoes. If you come into contact with him please contact us at 305.603.6300. pic.twitter.com/0N2CqMCfAl— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) October 11, 2018Sabin stands 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs around 160 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt,gray and white shorts and beige sneakers.Authorities urged anyone with information on his whereabouts to call Miami Police at at (305) 603-6300 or (305) 579-6111.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – The City of Miami Police Department is seeking the public’s help locating an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s who went missing.Officials said 78-year-old Claude Sabin was last seen along the 7000 block of Northwest Fifth Avenue on Thursday.last_img read more

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