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‘Pochettino deserves Man Utd & Madrid links’

first_imgInterest from Manchester United and Real Madrid in Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino is “no coincidence”, says Danny Rose, with the Argentine deserving of such attention.An already impressive reputation across Europe was enhanced on Tuesday when Spurs played out a 1-1 draw with Barcelona at Camp Nou and made their way into the Champions League last 16.That performance, which saw Tottenham dominate for long periods, is considered to be another example of Pochettino’s tactical nous and ability to bring the best out of those at his disposal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It is those qualities, though, which could one day lead him away from north London, with speculation continuing to suggest that he is wanted by leading sides in the Premier League and La Liga.Spurs full-back Rose told reporters of his highly-regarded boss and the links to other jobs: “It speaks volumes of how good he is.“It’s no coincidence every day you read Real Madrid want him or United want him. It’s exactly what he deserves.“What he has done here in the last four or five years has been amazing. Not only for myself but the club.“He has transformed how others think of us outside the club and he has transformed how we think of ourselves and how we approach big games.“It’s no secret all the teams have spent a lot more than what we have. The belief he gives everybody is just amazing.”Harry Kane Harry Winks Heung Min Son Tottenham Barcelona 111218Pochettino has kept Tottenham competitive in domestic and European competition this season despite making no additions to his squad over the summer.Rose considers that to be some achievement and believes that further stability and continuity will be sought in January when the transfer window re-opens.The England international added: “The manager did not made any signings in the summer and he is probably not going to make any signings in January.“Well, I’ve not heard anything, so I am guessing that will be the case. So for him to do what he has done and what he is doing now speaks volumes of him.“Like I said, it’s no coincidence big teams are being linked with him. We hope he stays for a really long time.”last_img read more

Barca beat PSG & Man City to sign €75m De Jong

first_imgBarcelona have announced the signing of midfielder Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for an initial fee of €75 million (£65m/$85m).The highly-rated 21-year-old was also a target for both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, but the Catalan giants have now clinched the signing of their man. De Jong will link up with his new club in July this year having signed a five-year contract, and the deal could include a further €11 million (£10m/$12m) in add-ons.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! In the wake of Barcelona’s third signing of the Januray window, following the arrivals of Kevin Prince Boateng and Jeison Murillo, the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu tweeted: “With the arrival of Frenkie de Jong we add talent, youth and Barça style to our sporting project.”We are convinced that he will be a key part of our team for years to come. Welcome, Frenkie!”De Jong follows a number of  former Ajax players to join the Liga club, with Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, Patrick Kluivert, Frank de Boer and Luis Suarez among the most successful to have played for both sides. The Netherlands international playmaker has scored three goals and bagged one assist in the Eredivisie this term, after picking up seven assists last season. Although his preferred role is in midfield, he has featured at centre-back for Ajax in the past and is known for his versatility.What you’ve all been waiting for… pic.twitter.com/gDE1mujM— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 23, 2019He also made a cameo performance in the Europa League final against Manchester United, coming on as a second-half substitute. De Jong could feature against Barca’s rivals Real Madrid when Ajax take them on in the last 16 of the Champions League in February. His team-mate at the Dutch club Matthijs de Ligt, who won the Golden Boy award back in December, has also been linked with a move to Barca as well as Man City, PSG and Juventus.The centre-back’s future is yet to be decided, but City are reported to be the most likely destination for the 19-year-old at present with Pep Guardiola a keen admirer of De Ligt’s ability to play out from the back as well as his defensive strength.last_img read more

Getting Started: Toward a Low Carbon U.S. Economy

first_imgReduction Targets for U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions97-102% of 2005 levels by 201280-86% of 2005 levels by 202058% of 2005 levels by 203020% of 2005 levels by 2050 January 15, 2009 saw the launch of a new set of recommendations from the US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) a coalition of 26 major corporations and five leading non-profit environmental organizations. WRI, as a co-founder of USCAP, called for rapid enactment of U.S. climate legislation and for U.S. leadership in the international United Nations climate negotiations.USCAP’s Blueprint for Legislative Action provides decision makers in the Administration and Congress with an integrated framework for legislation that can achieve an environmentally-effective, economically-sustainable and fair climate protection program.Cap-and-Trade Centerpiece Jennifer Layke, deputy director of WRI’s Climate, Energy and Pollution Program, sets an agenda for Congress, and answers concerns about potential effects on the economy.USCAP BackgroundJonathan Lash’s Statement on US-CAPPDF of this postKey publicationsQ: In this tough economic climate, is the timing right to introduce a price on carbon?This is precisely the right time, because of the opportunities it will create—new jobs in clean energy industries, a stronger economic recovery, and U.S. leadership in the global marketplace for low carbon technologies. Public sector investments in economic recovery must also be used to leverage private investments in order to create sustainable, long term growth as the U.S. transitions to a low carbon economy. Making investments today using economic recovery policies will make the introduction of a cap-and-trade program around 2012 both cheaper and more effective.Q: The U.S. is the world’s largest producer of CO2, the main greenhouse gas. What policies are needed to reduce U.S. emissions?Three things must be put in motion by Congress and the incoming administration. First, the U.S. begins to craft a long term energy strategy that will decarbonize our infrastructure, electricity sector and transportation systems. Second, we must put a price on carbon and enact a federal cap and trade program. Such programs are being successfully designed and piloted by the states, and can provide both a guaranteed environmental (i.e. emissions reduction) outcome and flexibility for regulated companies in deploying low carbon technologies. Third, the U.S. must help the world reach a global climate change agreement that will allow our businesses to compete in new global markets that solve the world’s energy and climate challenges.Q: How soon must Congress act?The stimulus package provides the starting point for immediate action, including policies to promote energy efficiency in buildings, modernize the nation’s electric grid, stimulate low carbon sources of electricity and encourage cleaner transportation systems. From a climate standpoint, there are three other key legislative priorities for the coming year—the reauthorization of the Transportation Bill, the passage of a clean electricity standard, and the introduction of a greenhouse gas cap and trade bill. All three must be closely aligned in content and direction to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions while promoting our economic recovery.Q: Is business ready and able to move in this direction?WRI has been working with big business on climate change agendas since 1997, during which time their capacity to deal with this issue has rapidly scaled. Companies that ten years ago were only beginning to measure their emissions are now implementing voluntary GHG reduction targets and building business plans to compete in a low carbon economy. However, the market that business is waiting for will not emerge without federal policies that create a new, level playing field. The U.S. Climate Action Partnership of over 30 major companies and  environmental groups—of which WRI is a founding member—was formed to provide policymakers with corporate support and input as they craft an economically efficient and environmentally sound cap-and-trade program (see below). Business and environmental groups want action and leadership from Congress on this issue, and they want it now.[img_assist|nid=10685|title=|desc=|link=node|align=center|width=479|height=357]With technical and policy advice from WRI, three mandatory regional carbon trading markets are being established to limit states’ greenhouse gas emissions, spur energy innovation and create green jobs. Twenty-three U.S. states are taking part, covering over half the U.S. population. Seven more states are formal observers. In September 2008, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) began formal carbon trading. The Western Climate Initiative and the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord are in development and will be operational by 2012.Business and Environmentalists Agree On Climate Blueprintcenter_img USCAP believes this legislation should establish a mandatory, national economy-wide climate protection program that includes strong emission reduction targets. USCAP advocates for a federal cap-and-trade program, coupled with cost containment measures and complementary policies. These policies include measures that would promote a federal technology research development and deployment program; create a CO2 emissions standard for new coal-based power, and require Congress to fund initial deployment of carbon capture and storage technology and to clarify CCS regulatory requirements.  Other complementary policies would support transforming the transportation sector and promoting building and energy efficiency. USCAP’s International Principles are designed to help Congress and the Administration reengage the international community’s efforts to address global climate change.For more on USCAP’s blueprint and membership, see www.us-cap.org/blueprint.last_img read more

TFA CALLING FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE NCRG

first_imgTouch Football Australia is calling for applications for the National Coaching Reference Group (NCRG).The role of the NCRG is to oversee coaching standards and coaching development for the sport of Touch football.The NCRG has four key areas of responsibility, theses are: a) Education & Training (course content and delivery strategies) b) Communication (processes, information technology and administration) c) Coaching Improvement (observations, mentoring, self-development and elite) d) Youth, Women & Indigenous Coach Development (recruitment and retention)For more information on the application process or the position, please click here: NATIONAL COACHING REFERENCE GROUPlast_img read more

The “First Night Effect” is the Reason You Can’t Sleep in a Hotel Room

first_img World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Editors’ Recommendations If you’ve ever found yourself awake at 3 a.m. staring at the ceiling of your hotel room on your first night in a new destination, you’re not alone. This half-awake/half-asleep phenomenon — which is experienced by an estimated 99% of travelers — is aptly known as “the first night effect” and there’s a scientific reason behind it. Here’s what you need to know and how to best remedy it.First off, it’s a feature, not a bug, in other animals, particularly marine mammals. Bottlenose dolphins and whales, for example, rest only one half of their brains at a time. In a flock of ducks, those on the outer edge sleep in a similar fashion. It’s an understandable evolutionary mechanism critical to their survival. Think of the awake half of the brain as the night security guard, ensuring part of the animal is always on alert. While you (probably) don’t spend that much time in the wild, the reason for the first night effect in humans stems from the same evolutionary need. Bottom line: we’re biologically hardwired to experience it.In 1966, Brown University professor, Yuka Sasaki, tested this theory by placing test subjects in a medical scanner to chart their brain activity while sleeping. By measuring slow-wave activity — a steady neuron pulse indicative of deep, restful sleep — she found that every volunteer took longer to fall asleep on the first night than on subsequent nights. In every case, on the first night, the pulses were markedly less on the left side of their brains than on the right. The larger the disparity between the two halves of the brain, the worse the volunteers slept and the longer it took them to fall asleep. Further testing confirmed Sasaki’s suspicions of the first night effect in humans. Additional volunteers were pinged with subtle beeps via headphones throughout the evening. Every test subject was more responsive to the beeps on the first night than on following nights, and only in the left half of their brains. It was a clear indication they were not in a deep sleep state.While it’s difficult to overcome the effect entirely, Sasaki has two tips for minimizing it. First, spend every night in the same hotel whenever possible. This won’t solve the problem — you’re still likely to toss and turn on your first night traveling. But, it should provide more restful sleep on subsequent nights. If that’s not an option, try staying at the same hotel chain — Marriott, Westin, etc. — wherever you go. It may not be ideal for travelers who prefer Airbnb’s or independent, boutique hotels. But, the consistent decor, atmosphere, and look and feel may provide your brain with a sense of comfort to trick it into believing you’re in a safe, familiar place. Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers last_img read more

Port of Vancouver USA Welcomes MV Siangtan on Her …

first_imgzoom The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the M/V Siangtan commanded by Capt. Huawei Cai of China on her maiden voyage to the United States on Feb. 22, 2014.Cai and his 25-member Filipino and Chinese crew were welcomed to Vancouver by Paul DeBolt, superintendent for Ports America, and Ken Mishler, terminal manager for Port of Vancouver USA. The container ship was built in China in 2013 and is owned and operated by The China Navigation Company Limited. The vessel is 656 feet in length and has a deadweight capacity of 30,756 tons.On her maiden voyage, the M/V Siangtan sailed first to Vancouver B.C, and then to the Port of Vancouver USA where she discharged steel products and loaded 90 Daimler trucks and general cargo. The vessel is now traveling to Los Angeles before heading to American Samoa, Australia and New Zealand. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close Port of Vancouver USA, February 26, 2014last_img read more

Construction Company to Compensate Man for Racial Discrimination

first_imgAn independent board of inquiry has ordered Falkenham Backhoe Services to compensate a former employee for the effects of racial discrimination on the job. Lionel Gough of Halifax filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in 2004 alleging that he had been subjected to racial slurs and comments from both management and his co-workers while employed with Falkenham Backhoe Services. He alleged that the racial discrimination had resulted in physical and psychological symptoms which eventually required him to leave the company. In her decision, board chair Cheryl Hodder concluded that “Mr. Gough’s race was an operative element in the conduct of his employer Falkenham and his co-workers toward him.” She accepted that “Falkenham has not demonstrated any rational or credible justification for the conduct of its employees.” Falkenham has been ordered to pay Mr. Gough 20 weeks of lost wages plus interest as well as $8000 in general damages. They are also required to conduct sensitivity training for all employees regarding the harmful effects of racial discrimination and to develop a harassment policy for submission to the commission. A complaint is referred to an independent board of inquiry when the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission believes a prima facie case of discrimination is made after an investigation by a human rights officer. The chief judge of the provincial court selects a board chair from a roster and the commissioners ratify the nomination. The decision on the complaint is then in the hands of the independent board. Evidence collected during investigation of a complaint is presented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. The complainant and respondent can make submissions and question witnesses. The board chair then decides whether discrimination has occurred. All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. A copy of the decision is available on the commission’s website at gov.ns.ca/humanrights/decisions/2007decisions.htm.last_img read more

CM calls for awareness drive on organ donation

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called for a movement to create awareness on organ donation, on Tuesday.She tweeted in this regard: “Today is Organ Donation Day. As a nation, we should work together to raise awareness on this important issue. #Bangla is one of the few states to have successfully created green corridors for the speedy transfer of organs.” It may be mentioned that Bengal is the only state in the country where heart transplantation was conducted in a state-run hospital free of cost. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA team of doctors led by Dr Plaban Mukherjee had conducted heart transplantation on 38-year-old Rakhal Das at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital in November 2018. Saikat Lattu (30) had died and his relatives agreed to donate his organ. Whenever the case of organ transplantation is reported in a state-run hospital or private healthcare establishment, the city police create a green corridor to dispatch the organs to the venue in the shortest time possible. Slowly the movement to donate organs is gathering momentum in Bengal. Various NGOs are conducting awareness drives and are holding workshops and seminars, in which the doctors of state-run hospitals take part. The doctors have told the participants that the bodies of the deceased are not disfigured after organ donation.last_img read more

Ottawa MPP MarieFrance Lalonde seeks federal seat after Leslie retires

first_imgOTTAWA — Ontario Liberal politician Marie-France Lalonde wants to run for Parliament to replace retired general Andrew Leslie in the Ottawa riding he’s vacating after just one term.Lalonde announced her intention to run federally Monday, saying she’s giving up thoughts of seeking the leadership of the Ontario Liberals because she wants to focus on her east-Ottawa community.Leslie was a top-tier adviser to Justin Trudeau in the lead-up to the 2015 election, bringing decades of military experience and gravitas to the then third-place Liberals on defence and foreign policy.But he never made it into Trudeau’s cabinet and announced two weeks ago that he wouldn’t run for a second term.Lalonde is a former social worker and retirement-home operator who became a cabinet minister in former premier Kathleen Wynne’s government as a rookie MPP.She was re-elected comfortably in the Ontario election a year ago that saw the Liberals reduced to a rump of seven members at Queen’s Park, without enough seats to qualify as a party in the legislature.The area both Leslie and Lalonde represent, Orleans, is a suburban swing riding that’s elected both Liberals and Conservatives. It’s known for its large population of public servants, military members and veterans.“I am asking the people of Orleans to put their faith in me again,” Lalonde said. “The federal government is a major employer in our riding, and I want to fight for Orleans and deal with issues that matter to us — as employees, as citizens, for growth, for jobs, and for a prosperous community.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

National pharmacare strategy to preserve existing system Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the national pharmacare committee assembled this week will preserve the best parts of Canada’s existing drug plans, rather than abandon them in pursuit of a new, country-wide universal program.Speaking a day after tabling his third budget, Morneau said Wednesday that the new pharmacare advisory council will explore a strategy on how to close gaps in the current patchwork to ensure all Canadians have access to the medications they need.“We need to consider how we can best make use of our existing system — which, after all, for most people in this room, is probably working — but recognize that there are very significant gaps that we need to deal with,” Morneau told the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa.“We recognize that we need a strategy to deal with the fact that not everyone has access and we need to do it in a way that’s responsible, that deals with the gaps, but doesn’t throw out the system that we currently have.”The advisory group, led by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, was officially announced in Morneau’s budget Tuesday. Hoskins will likely be supportive of maintaining existing systems — he was behind the introduction of an Ontario pharmacare plan this year that covers 4,400 medications for people under 25.His new committee will work with provinces, territories and Indigenous groups.A national pharmacare plan is seen as a major undertaking with a hefty price tag. Last fall, the parliamentary budget watchdog warned it could cost $19 billion a year.While on stage Wednesday, Morneau noted that Ottawa wants to proceed in fiscally responsible way. He made a point of saying he sees a very big difference between a national pharmacare “strategy” and a “plan.”Following his appearance, he told a news conference that “there are parts of the system that are working well, there are parts of the system that really aren’t working well — we need to consider both those parts.”Morneau’s comments that some of the existing systems could remain in place drew condemnation from the Canadian Health Coalition, which issued a news release Wednesday accusing the minister of backing away from a universal public drug plan.“This is a cruel sleight-of-hand,” James Hutt, the group’s interim national director for policy and advocacy, said in a statement.“Millions of Canadians have been waiting decades for life-saving medications and were ecstatic (with) the Liberals’ announcement yesterday. Now, today they clarify that the Liberals want only partial drug coverage — not for everyone.”The coalition said Canada is the only country with a public health-care system that lacks a national public drug plan for everyone.Hoskins has until the spring of next year to deliver his final report, setting the stage for the Liberals to make pharmacare a centrepiece of the party’s 2019 election campaign and possibly expropriate a central plank of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s platform.In Wednesday’s question period, New Democrat MP Peter Julian painted the new pharmacare strategy as yet another Liberal study: “If he wants to steal NDP ideas, steal them, put them into practice, don’t just stare at them — it’s weird.”Earlier Wednesday, Morneau also defended his budget against complaints it didn’t do enough to shield Canada from shorter-term competitiveness threats linked to incoming U.S. tax reforms.Morneau said the government will focus on more immediate worries like NAFTA and lower U.S. corporate taxes at the same time it takes steps to address longer-term domestic risks, such as the aging workforce.Tuesday’s fiscal plan was packed with billions of dollars worth of new investments, including measures to increase the labour-force participation of women.To pay for it all, the Liberal government used up roughly $20 billion of additional fiscal room over the coming years that came from economic improvements, reprofiled infrastructure commitments and lower-than-expected departmental spending.“We need to play a long game and we need to play a short game — and that’s what we’re trying to do and happily our economy is in a position where we have the ability to do that,” Morneau said.He later reiterated that his department is still doing its homework on impending U.S. tax reforms that business leaders have warned could damage to the Canadian economy.Tuesday’s budget showed the Liberal government is still predicting billions of dollars in annual deficits over the coming years — starting with a shortfall of $18.1 billion for 2018-19 and no timeline to return to balance.Morneau is focused on another fiscal “anchor” of lowering the net debt-to-GDP ratio, which is a measure of Ottawa’s debt burden. The budget predicts the ratio to decline each year over the outlook.The Liberals came under attack Wednesday for failing to outline a timetable to eliminate the shortfalls despite its improved fiscal position.“There’s no question the prime minister has inherited great fortune,” Pierre Poilievre said in the House of Commons in reference to the stronger economic conditions.“This government is blowing every penny of it.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

FC Barcelona Supports Messi Family Against Panama Papersbased Accusations

Rabat – The Barcelona Football Club released a statement on Monday that says the soccer organization “supports” the arguments presented by Lionel Messi’s family against the findings of the international team of journalists that simultaneously released articles on the contents of the Panama Papers – a nearly complete set of almost 40 years worth of financial documents, emails, and other files from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm.“Since the very first moment that the ‘Panama papers’, which accuse Leo Messi, were released, FC Barcelona has sent its affection and support to the player and to his whole family,” the statement read. “The Club makes all of its judicial means, fiscal and administrative, at the family’s disposal in order to make his actions and honour clear in this case.”Messi is currently being prosecuted for tax fraud by the Spanish government after the Hacienda tax office alleged in 2013 that the World Player of the Year and his father, Jorge, defrauded the country of £3.15 million in taxes from 2007 to 2009. The case will be heard in a Barcelona court between May 31 and June 3. According to the Spanish prosecutor’s office, revenue was hidden using offshore shell companies in Uruguay, Belize, Switzerland and the United Kingdom in order to avoid paying the required taxes.Monday morning, Messi’s family released a joint statement denying any wrongdoing in regards to Mega Star Enterprises – a company listed under Lionel and his father’s name in some of the 11.5 million files in the Panama Papers, according to a report released by the Spanish news site El Confidential on Sunday.“In response to the news released by various media outlets in which Lionel Messi is held responsible for the forming of a company with the aim of ‘putting in place a new web of tax fraud’, the Messi family wishes to make it clear that Lionel Messi has not carried out any of the actions he is accused of; the accusations of having created a new web of tax fraud and, even, money laundering, are false and libellous,” the statement read.The family also says in the statement that the company in question “never held open accounts or funds” owned by Messi and that the entity was created by the celebrated soccer star’s previous financial advisors. All of the funds managed by the former advisors have been declared before the Spanish Treasury, the family maintains. read more

Chinese president visiting Monaco amid European tech worries

MONACO — Chinese President Xi Jinping is coming to Monaco and France amid mixed feelings in Europe about China’s growing global influence.Xi is paying the first state visit by a Chinese president to the tiny Mediterranean principality of Monaco on Sunday. He will meet with Prince Albert II and discuss economic and environmental issues.Monaco has signed a deal with Chinese tech company Huawei to develop its 5G telecommunications network — a sensitive issue with other European countries.The European Union is China’s biggest trading partner but many in Europe worry about unfair competition from Chinese companies and China’s global clout.Monaco banned all flights in its airspace during Xi’s visit and any sailing in its waters or mooring in its luxury yacht-filled harbour.Xi then plans to be in France until Tuesday.The Associated Press read more

Walmart hires former Google Amazon exec for new tech role

NEW YORK — Walmart has hired a tech veteran whose resume includes stints at Amazon, Microsoft and Google for a newly elevated position of chief technology officer and chief development officer.Suresh Kumar, who was most recently at Google as its vice-president and general manager of display, video, app ads and analytics, will report directly to Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon.The moves come as Walmart is trying to compete better with Amazon and other technology companies.Walmart Inc.’s former chief technology officer Jeremy King left the company in March to join Pinterest. The retailer emphasized that Kumar is not a replacement for King but rather assumes a much larger global role and will set the company’s technical strategy. King had reported to Walmart’s U.S e-commerce chief Marc Lore.Kumar starts July 8.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

UN envoy discusses recent incidents in southern Lebanon with Arab League official

21 October 2009The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon met today with the head of the Arab League to discuss several recent incidents, including the September rocket attack on Israel and the discovery of some listening devices in south Lebanon. Michael Williams told reporters in Cairo afterwards that he and Amr Moussa are “disturbed” by these challenges to resolution 1701 – the 2006 Security Council text that helped to end that year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah.Mr. Williams said that they agreed that it is very important to help move the parties forward towards a permanent ceasefire, in accordance with resolution 1701, which calls for respect for the so-called Blue Line that separates Israeli and Lebanese sides, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling, among other measures.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had condemned the incident on 11 September, in which at least two rockets were fired into northern Israel from southern Lebanon. He urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, noting that such incidents pose a serious challenge to the implementation of resolution 1701.In recent weeks, several explosions have occurred in southern Lebanon. They are being investigated by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in conjunction with the Lebanese Armed Forces. read more

UN meeting in Jamaica examines risks facing small island developing countries

Participants at the “Partners Roundtable,” co-hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jamaica, are slated to address the affects of such developments as globalization and climate change on Small Island Developing States, also known as SIDS.Attending the meeting are more than 50 representatives from the Member States of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), donor countries, UN organizations, the private sector and civil society. The results of the meeting will be passed on to the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the end of August.In his opening address, UNDP Associate Administrator Zéphirin Diabré called for more to be done for these countries “because the reality that small islands are faced with today is entirely different to that of the early 1990s.””Globalization and the IT [information technology] revolution have enormously changed our world and our communities and we need to make sure that the most vulnerable of countries are well prepared to mitigate the adverse impacts of those phenomena,” he stressed.As an illustration of the problems facing many small island nations, UNDP said that their size made their economies highly dependent on larger external markets and that the prices of key imports, such as energy and food, fluctuated greatly.Among the challenges facing SIDS is the fact that their economic activities are dominated by specialized agriculture, including sugar, but these countries have negligible control over pricing, UNDP stressed. While the other key industry, tourism, generates precious foreign exchange and jobs, it places additional strain on scarce natural resources, such as fresh water.The special circumstances of SIDS have been gaining increasing global attention. At the 2000 UN Millennium Summit, world leaders resolved to “address the vulnerabilities faced by SIDS rapidly and in full by 2015.” read more

Draft legislation would embed eco fees in price tag overhaul recycling system

Draft legislation would embed eco fees in price tag, overhaul recycling system by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2013 11:17 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario consumers would see eco fees included in the price tag of recyclable products like TVs and computers under proposed legislation introduced Thursday.The draft bill would also get rid of industry-run “cartels” that had come under fire for setting eco fees to pay for the recycling of tires, electronics and hazardous materials like batteries, said Environment Minister Jim Bradley.Producers and importers pay fees to those stewardship organizations to administer recycling programs, which are usually passed on to consumers.But the governing Liberals want to overhaul the system, which had come under fire in recent years after consumers were slapped with new fees on a slew of new products with little warning.If passed, consumers won’t get a shock at the cash register, because the costs of recycling will be built into the shelf and advertising price, said Bradley.“Just as every other cost that a producer would incur — the cost of electricity, the cost of labour, any bonuses that are paid to anybody, any of the materials that they have to gather together,” he said.“All those costs are reflected in the final cost. No surprises.”Since producers would be responsible for recycling the goods they make, competition will drive down the fees that are passed on to consumers, he said.“If I’m an individual producer now, I’m going to want to be able to recycle at the lowest cost possible,” he said.“So I’m going to start thinking, ‘What about the packaging I’m using? Do I have to have that much packaging? Do I have to have that kind of packaging?’”The bill would lift the 50 per cent producer funding cap on Blue Box costs, which would give municipalities that subsidize the program some relief, he said.Waste Diversion Ontario, the not-for-profit organization funded by the industry that oversees the province’s recycling programs, will be converted into the Waste Reduction Authority.It would monitor the fees, set targets, have enforcement powers and the authority to impose fines, Bradley said.Three industry-run organizations WDO created to develop, fund and manage the province’s recycling programs will be shut down, he said.One of them, Stewardship Ontario, came under fire in 2010 when it started charging eco fees on thousands of new household products, sparking outrage from consumers and businesses.The governing Liberals quickly dropped the fees on those products, but taxpayers were still on the hook because the government forked over $5 million to keep the program running for a few months.They made some changes last year to have producers pay a lump sum for the actual cost of waste disposal, rather than a projected per-unit cost estimated by Stewardship Ontario.Bradley said if the bill passes, it will take nearly five years to fully implement the new system.“You need to do it right,” he said.The legislation will reduce costs for consumers and property taxpayers, said Emily Alfred, a spokeswoman for the Toronto Environmental Alliance.“Anything that goes into the cost of making something is included in the cost,” she said. “So now recycling will just be one more cost of doing business.”The minority government needs at least one opposition party onside to pass the bill, but the New Democrats and Progressive Conservatives haven’t shown their hand.“This legislation was brought in to erase the misery of the last five years with the Liberal failed eco tax program, the cartels that they in fact set up that they’ve now said that they would remove,” said Tory critic Michael Harris.His party wants to get rid of WDO — which they created — and have the ministry set targets, measure outcomes and increase competition by allowing the free market to take over, Harris said.Consultations on revamping the legislation began in 2008. The Liberals have been dragging their feet and proposing a new system that will take five years to get off the ground, said NDP critic Jonah Schein.“This government’s been here for 10 years, has been reviewing the Act for five years,” he said. “We’re impatient to move forward here.” read more

UN invited to monitor and assist fresh evacuation efforts under way in

Following today’s meeting in Geneva of the Humanitarian Access Task Force of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), Jan Egeland, the UN Senior Adviser on Syria, detailed the UN’s three-pronged evacuation plan, a plan he hoped would be “the start of a last and successful attempt of evacuations.” The plan includes medical evacuations for the wounded and sick, evacuations for vulnerable civilians, and evacuations of fighters. The agreement was not made on behalf of the UN, but rather through direct talks of the various parties to the Syrian war, he explained. The UN will monitor the evacuations with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Representatives from all organizations are ready to accompany those being evacuated from eastern Aleppo, Idlib, and elsewhere all the way to Turkey and into Turkey, should that be their final destination. According to Mr. Egeland, Russia will also monitor the situation and ensure that the evacuations that follow are “swift, [non-bureaucratic] and non-intrusive” and that those being evacuated would be guaranteed safety.Thousands of besieged civilians might be able to exit from the last rebel-held areas in east Aleppo, Jan Egeland, UN senior aid official for Syria tells the media in Geneva. Credit: UN News Centre “We all feel strongly that the history of Aleppo through this war will be a ‘black chapter’ in the history of international relations. It took 4,000 years to build Aleppo, hundreds of generations, yet one generation managed to tear it down in four years. Aleppo, for three thousand years, gave to the world civilization and world civilization was not there to assist the people of Aleppo when they needed us the most.” The UN estimates that some 50,000 people have been displaced from east Aleppo, most of who have been assisted through UN relief efforts, but that many remain without humanitarian protection because the UN is unable to move freely in the area. The Organization now has access to relief camps, but conditions are very difficult: space limitations require two families, or 10 to 12 people, to stay together in each room. Mr. Egeland regretted that the UN had not been able to be present when civilians most needed help and noted that some 700,000 people remain in 15 besieged areas beyond east Aleppo. “All of the parties on the ground are guilty of blocking access for international humanitarian workers. I cannot recall a war where this has been such an acute problem in the last generation,” he said. Meanwhile, the UN continues to receive reports from al-Waer, Homs, Foua, Kefraya, Madaya, and Shia, where people are prevented from evacuating. The humanitarian situation remains grave in Aleppo, apart from the eastern part of the city, 700,000 people are still trapped in besiegement says Jan Egeland, UN senior aid official for Syria. Credit: UN News Centre Mr. Egeland affirmed the UN’s refusal to give up but reiterated that because it has been denied access, it has been unable to bear witness to “atrocities that we know have been committed by all sides in this horrific war, including in east Aleppo.” As the UN has not been party to the negotiations, the priority remains to assist civilians. UN vehicles as well as ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) ambulances are ready to respond to people as they are evacuated, but some have had difficulty gaining access due to checkpoints enforced by the Syrian Government. The ISSG has established respective taskforces on humanitarian aid delivery and a wider ceasefire. They have been meeting separately since early this year on a way forward in the crisis. Russia and the United States are the co-chairs of the taskforces and the ISSG, which also comprises the UN, the Arab League, the European Union and 16 other countries. read more

Lack of funding for aid operations means people will die in Central

OCHAAssistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, meets with returnees in Boulata and Boeing, Central African Republic.Meanwhile, residents have also been affected.The displaced people are living with local communities in Paoua which has depleted the limited resources available there.Ms. Mueller also expressed appreciation to humanitarian workers in the town and across the CAR.“They’re doing incredible work under very difficult conditions.  Targeted attacks prevent them from delivering life-saving assistance. Fourteen humanitarian workers were killed last year alone. This is unacceptable,” she said.While in Paoua, Ms. Mueller met with displaced women, and marvelled at their strength and dignity amid what she described as “incredible hardships.”She said: “They want safety, peace, and schools. What any mother wants for their children.”One of the women, Veronique, fled to Paoua with her six children after her husband was killed.  Another woman, Esther, spoke about her struggle to access food, health care and education.During her meeting with CAR President Faustin Archange Touadéra, Ms. Mueller underlined the need to ramp up efforts to protect civilians. She also shared concerns expressed by the displaced people in Paoua, namely the need for security to help them return to their homes.The CAR is one of three countries that Ms. Mueller is visiting in West and Central Africa.She will also visit Cameroon and Chad in a mission that will wrap up next Tuesday, 27 February. UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller made the appeal in the capital, Bangui, on Thursday at the end of a four-day visit to the country.“CAR is facing a large-scale humanitarian crisis,” she said. “Violence is fast spreading across the country while urgent and critical needs are increasing and should be covered. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of violence and insecurity.”Clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country into civil conflict in 2013.The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has described the CAR as “a fragile country” that has been devastated by years of conflict and faces both structural and economic challenges.Ms. Mueller, the Office’s second-in-command, said protection will “remain central” to its action there in 2018.The UN and its partners are seeking $516 million to meet the needs of nearly two million people in the CAR this year, or roughly half the population.However, as Ms. Mueller pointed out, funding for humanitarian operations in the country has declined over the past three years.  Meanwhile, the number of internally displaced people nearly doubled in 2017 to 694,000.Ms. Mueller witnessed the human face of the humanitarian crisis when she visited the northern town of Paoua.Clashes between armed groups have forced more than 65,000 people to flee there from surrounding villages.“I have seen people who are hungry. I call on the international community to support the humanitarian response for Paoua. If we do not receive funding, people will die,” she stated. read more

Royal harpist accused of sex assault on underage boy with her lover

first_img“She says she didn’t say something earlier because she feared her position as a musician would be damaged.”The trial, which is expected to last two weeks and is being overseen by Judge Rupert Overbury, continues on Thursday, when the victim is expected to give evidence. 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. Mr Carter added: “It was through Richard Barton-Wood that [the victim] met Danielle Perrett. He [the victim] remembers being taken to a hotel where they sat at a table, watching Danielle Perrett play the harp. The three of them also stayed together in a flat.”One at least one occasion, Mr Barton-Wood also allegedly got into bed with the pair to engage in sexual activity with both Ms Perrett and the teenage victim.Mr Carter said: “He recalls she smelled of roses. Afterwards, Richard Barton-Wood came into the room. He got into bed so [the alleged victim] was between them.”In the morning, [the alleged victim] had a shower. He was joined by Danielle Perrett and she performed oral sex on him.”The prosecutor told the jury of another occasion in which Perrett got into bed with the young victim.”The victim went to bed and after a while Danielle Perrett came into the bedroom,” said Mr Carter.”She got undressed and cuddled up to him. They then had sex. The victim said he was attracted to her and the sex was nice as well.” Prosecutor William Carter told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court: “He (the victim) was obviously too young to consent to what was happening. He described her as kind and gentle and says he felt safe around her. Her actions, pleasant though they seemed to him at the time, were unacceptable.” The church warden is accused of sexually abusing the boy on various occasions – including while camping and on a sailing trip.The jury heard how the former teacher would give the teenager money, and buy him cigarettes and alcohol, and sometimes they would smoke cannabis together.Mr Carter said: “Such sexual activity was not confined to the boat. The final occasion was one where he had tied his trousers to prevent them being removed and woke to find Barton-Wood trying to pull them down.”In 2001, the victim contacted Mr Barton-Wood, saying he wanted to meet to find out why he had done what he did, the court was told.In a statement, Mr Barton-Wood, of Wymondham, Norfolk, claimed he was being blackmailed.Mr Carter said: “He felt the email was in some way threatening. [The victim] said there were things he could say about him and Richard Barton-Wood felt he was being blackmailed.”There were subsequent phone conversations where he said he wanted money.”Ms Perrett, of Alpheton, Suffolk, was also contacted by the victim and she too claimed she was threatened.”She said she thought [the victim] was blackmailing her, although she had nothing to be blackmailed about,” said Mr Carter. “They both continue to deny that anything of this sort occurred. Ms Perrett and her former partner Richard Barton-Wood are accused of sexually abusing the teenage boy in the 1980's The renowned harpist is accused with her lover of sexually abusing a boy aged 14 Ms Perrett and her former partner Richard Barton-Wood (pictured) are accused of sexually abusing the teenage boy in the 1980sCredit:David Rose/The Telegraph The court heard how Mr Barton-Wood got to know the victim in 1984, while working as a substitute teacher at Claydon High School, while he was in a relationship with Ms Perrett. The world-famous harpist Danielle Perrett has been accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy with her church warden lover.Ms Perrett, 59, who has performed for the royal family, including the Queen, first met the teenager after her partner Richard Barton-Wood, now 68, took him to watch her play the harp in a hotel recital.On Wednesday a court heard the recital signalled the start of a torrid affair between the three, lasting six months from March and September 1984.Now Ms Perrett, who has performed for four consecutive prime ministers and at Prince Phillip’s 70th birthday celebrations, stands accused of eight counts of sexual assault on a minor, while Mr Barton-Wood is accused of six offences of indecent assault, one of attempted buggery and one of attempted indecent assault.Both Ms Perrett and Mr Barton-Wood deny the charges.A jury at Ipswich Crown Court heard how after first meeting the teen at a hotel, Ms Perrett – who sat in the dock wearing a pink coat, a long cream-coloured dress, glasses and held a pink handbag – slept with him on multiple occasions at a flat in London where Mr Barton-Wood was also present. The renowned harpist is accused with her lover of sexually abusing a boy aged 14Credit:http://danielleperrett.co.uklast_img read more

Monadelphous awarded iron ore construction contract

first_imgMonadelphous Group has received a notice of award for a contract with BHP Billiton Iron Ore for construction works at its Port Hedland Inner Harbour Project at Finucane Island and Nelson Point, Western Australia. The contract, valued at approximately A $290 million, comprises structural, mechanical and piping work associated with materials handling and processing facilities at the port operations. Work is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of calendar year 2013.last_img