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Nishad Party switches to NDA camp

first_imgIn a fillip to the caste arithmetic of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, the Nishad Party joined the NDA on Thursday, less than a week after it walked out of the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance on March 29. Gorakhpur MP Praveen Nishad, who won the seat in a bypoll on an SP ticket in 2018 with BSP support, was also inducted into the BJP. He is the son of Sanjay Nishad, the founder and president of the Nishad Party.‘Natural alliance’Announcing the tie-up with the BJP in Delhi, Mr. Sanjay Nishad said it was a “natural alliance of Ram Raj and Nishadraj”. A caste icon and mythological ancestor of the Nishads, an OBC riverine community, Nishadraj is believed by Hindus to be the boatman who helped Lord Ram, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman cross the Ganga during exile.The Nishad Party chief said he hoped respect would be given to all people as part of the ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ agenda of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a dramatic shift in his political tone. Barely 10 days ago, he had resolved to mobilise the “85%” voters (OBC, Dalits and Muslims) against the BJP and had supported the SP and BSP to avoid division of votes.Altered equationsThe exit of the Nishad Party alters the caste balance in Purvanchal and parts of central U.P., where the BJP already enjoys support of the Kurmi-based Apna Dal and the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party of Om Prakash Rajbhar. While Kurmis are a dominant agrarian OBC caste, Rajbhars and Nishads are categorised among the most backward castes.Stung by the exit of the Nishad Party, the SP on Saturday responded by replacing Mr. Praveen Nishad with another Nishad candidate from Gorakhpur — former Minister Ram Bhual Nishad. There is no announcement yet if the Gorakhpur MP will contest polls on a BJP ticket or defend his seat. BJP parliamentary board secretary J.P. Nadda, who inducted the Nishad Party into the NDA, said its support would have a big impact in east and central U.P.Reacting to the tie-up, SP president Akhilesh Yadav said it was a “ghate ka sauda” (loss-making deal) for the BJP. The people of Gorakhpur did not vote to ensure the victory of the MP alone but of the alliance that was behind him, he posted on social media, predicting that the Nishad Party boat was due to sink in the election.last_img read more

Outsource’s In Source

first_imgMost people are likely tired of the interminable debate over outsourcing. But for me – a government employee fending off the protests of an enraged public – there is no escape.I work for the state of New Jersey, which has taken a serious hit from the mass outsourcing of American jobs.Irate citizens of our state complain to our governor and his appointed officials, sometimes admonishing them for policies that allow businesses to take operations abroad, and often imploring them to punish offenders by levying punitive taxes and other measures.My personal dilemma comes from the fact that I am Indian American. While it gives me joy to learn that my brethren in India are reaping the benefits of well-paying jobs and a newly-found source of income from outsourcing, it saddens me equally that my fellow Americans are paying a heavy price for it. The affected Americans include a large number of Indian American professionals as well, especially those in the information technology sector.I am frustrated by the term “outsourcing,” not just because it is the current buzz word in business circles, and not even because so many of my friends, relatives and acquaintances have been affected by it (both adversely and in rare cases favorably), but because I am caught in the outsourcing controversy in a rather unique way.My Indian side gets defensive when I hear derogatory comments about India stealing jobs from the United States. But as I watch the morale of workers here plummeting, my patriotic American side begins to bristle. The guilt as well as the indignation hover just beneath the surface of my skin, each emotion equally compelling. In one communication to the state, a woman complained that it was bad enough that Indians came here by the hordes and earned dollars, which they sent home to their families, but they’re now adding insult to injury by taking the jobs to India. With such liberal trade laws they don’t even have to travel to America anymore to exploit the country, she concluded.Every time another inflamed letter arrives in our offices the standard joke resurfaces: “It’s those damn Indians again.” I take the ribbing good-naturedly, because my coworkers are genuinely decent professionals; they treat me with respect and kindness and their comments are not directed at me. I attempt to explain that outsourcing boils down to simple economics: companies will find the cheapest labor and the best services for their investments. If not India, it is some other place on earth with the necessary talent and lower costs that these companies will seek and solicit.Occasionally, while I ride the elevator to my office, I overhear piqued comments about how India is robbing America blind. At this rate the country will become a land of paupers pandering to third world countries. “Some damn Indian chic pretending to be American with a fake name and phony accent tried to pull a fast one on me when I called for service,” one man remarked in disgust to his coworker recently.   I was the only Indian American in that crowded elevator and heard several supportive comments and observed a number of heads nodding in agreement with that sentiment. I was mortified. How could I respond to such comments? Getting on my soapbox to deliver a solemn lecture on the principles of economics and the pros and cons of global trade was not realistic. Quietly exiting the elevator at my floor was my only option.“Punish them,” “Hit the businesses where it hurts,” “Do something to stop the outflow of jobs,” are examples of sentiments I encounter frequently. I empathize with their authors, but I also know that punitive measures rarely work. Like the child that rebels against excessive discipline, chastisement can often backfire; instead of partial outsourcing, businesses may leave the state entirely and relocate to a more business-friendly state or country.Although I do not belong to the upper echelons of the government bureaucracy, a small number of these angry missives from the public trickle down to my desk for a suitable reaction. The letters require tactful, delicate, inoffensive, non-confrontational responses. My job is to draft replies that smooth the writers’ ruffled feathers and yet defend the administration’s stance on global trade and outsourcing. Not an easy job, considering the validity of some of the public’s concerns and the alarming statistics on outsourcing pumped forth every day. And certainly not a pleasant duty given the fact that it is India, my country of birth, that is under fire. Millions of angry Americans think outsourcing is a satanic term. India, because it is the current Mecca of information technology and call center outsourcing, is considered akin to an evil empire by dislocated workers, a not so enviable appellation that Russia bore in the 1980s. Naturally, by association, some of the animosity gets redirected toward us – Indian Americans.Japan experienced a similarly abhorrent reputation in the 1970s, when it challenged the American automobile and electronics industries. China and Korea, too, are currently on the receiving end of American hostility, but to a lesser degree than India, because it is mainly the manufacturing sector that has shifted there, an industry that has eroded gradually over the last 20 years.As I sit at my computer and compose the response letters, a multitude of thoughts and images flash through my mind. I envision a group of dapper Indians in India dining out or partying, or sending their children to better schools, all courtesy of an American company that provided them jobs. At the same time, I breathe a regretful sigh at the anguish, the desperation and the rage hreflected in the letters I hold in my hand. My fellow Americans, the people who accepted me and took me into their hearts, are hurting, and in turn that hurts me.But, as an optimist, I have immense faith in the American spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurship, the capacity to rise to the occasion when necessary, the ability to heal and forge ahead, the belief in self-worth, and the need to discover and create. History proves that global commerce is good for the world. It is hard to predict where the next outsourcing destinations will be. The Middle East? South America? Africa?I have no doubt that America will regroup and rise up with fresh ideas to survive and flourish. In a society that fosters independent thinking and rewards innovation, ambition and free enterprise, the emergence of a better “mousetrap” is inevitable. The selling of that mousetrap to “those damn Indians,” who are making all that money, is predictable. Meanwhile, as a loyal American citizen as well as a staunch Indian, I try to do my part to keep the wheels turning. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Tavares, Isles Beat Caps in OT, 3-2

first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — Islanders captain John Tavares had the puck on his stick late in overtime, hesitated to force Washington defenseman Karl Alzner out of position, then whipped the puck past goaltender Braden Holtby as New York won another nail-biter.“When I got it there, I had a good feeling their defense was in a tough spot,” said Tavares, who heard chants of ‘MVP, MVP’ from the sellout crowd of 16,170 at Nassau Coliseum. “I kind of froze them and created an angle. It felt good to see it go in.”The 3-2 victory Nov. 26 night over the Capitals was the fifth straight for the Islanders and moved them to 16-6-0. They’ve won 10 of 11 to tie Pittsburgh for first place in the Metropolitan Division, though the Penguins have a game in hand.The goal was the ninth this season for Tavares, set up on a cross-ice feed from Ryan Strome. It came at 4:36 with two seconds left on a penalty to Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom for holding the stick.Tavares was mobbed by teammates as roars cascaded down from the rafters. New York is 8-2-0 at home thus far in their final season on Long Island before moving to Brooklyn in 2015.The Islanders also won for the seventh time in extra time — twice in overtime. Coach Jack Capuano had a hard time explaining why his team is perfect past regulation — though five of the victories are in shootouts.New York had all five shots in overtime. “All I can say is that guys want the puck on their sticks in those stages of the game,” he said.The Islanders have set a franchise record by winning 16 of their first 22 games.Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves for his eighth straight win. He has allowed only 10 goals in those eight wins.“Everyone has played well for us,” added Tavares, who leads the team with 21 points. “At any point in time, any guy can step up. And obviously Jaro is playing great. We just want to keep it going.”Anders Lee and Travis Hamonic scored first-period goals for the Islanders, while Alex Ovechkin scored two power-play goals for the Capitals in his 700th NHL game. “We played a great game, but they got a power play in overtime and that was the difference,” Ovechkin said.New York is 10-2 in November. Last season the Islanders were 4-10-1 during the month and didn’t win their 16th game until Jan. 7. The boisterous home crowd certainly provides a boost.“We can all feel it on the bench,” Capuano said. “The energy is awesome.”The Capitals (9-8-4) have been inconsistent under new coach Barry Trotz, the team’s fourth coach in four seasons, and fell behind early.Lee opened the scoring at 5:11, tapping a rebound past Holtby for his fourth goal. Strome and Brock Nelson assisted.Ovechkin tied the game at 1-1 at 13:46 of the first on a one-timer from the left circle for his 10th of the season. He scored again at 18:47 of the second to tie the game again after Lee received an extra two minutes for roughing during a fight with Washington’s Tom Wilson. The goal was the 433rd for the Russian forward.Hamonic had given New York a 2-1 lead at 17:38 of the first with a power-play goal off assists from Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas. The Islanders have 12 goals from their defense this season. They had 23 goals from the defense all of last season.The Islanders, coming off a 1-0 home shootout win over Philadelphia on Dec. 1, improved to 8-1 against Metropolitan Division opponents and are 10-1-0 in games decided by a single goal.The teams complete a home-and-home series in Washington on Nov. 28. “I think the next game will be different for them and for us as well,” Ovechkin said.(ALLAN KREDA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rays Beat Yanks Again, 6-1

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The injury replacement is now injured himself.New York Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley left a May 14th 6-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning because of a sore right elbow.“There’s obviously a concern about this,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s in that area you don’t want to talk about.”Whitley has been filling a rotation spot that opened when Masahiro Tanaka was sidelined. The right-hander will undergo imaging tests and further examination May 15.“It has been there for a while, but adrenaline would take over during the game and I was fine,” Whitley said. “But tonight it wouldn’t take over and I felt it pretty much the whole time.”Girardi said left-hander Chris Capuano would step in for Whitley the next time through the rotation. Capuano is coming back from a quadriceps injury and pitched six innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 12.Rene Rivera homered and drove in four runs, and Erasmo Ramirez held the Yankees to one hit over five shutout innings. After losing the series opener 11-5, the Rays rebounded to win the final three games.Alex Rodriguez homered in the ninth off Matt Andriese, who went four innings and completed the five-hitter for his second save.A-Rod got his 1,000th RBI with the Yankees on his 663rd career homer.Whitley (1-2) left with two outs and was replaced by Esmil Rogers, who gave up a three-run homer on his first pitch to the light-hitting Rivera that put Tampa Bay up 4-0.“After the first inning he said he was fine. He’s been trying to tough it out and we had no inkling that he had an issue,” Girardi said.The Yankees have lost three straight for the first time since April 9-11.“They always play us tough, always pitch well against us, but we’re still in first place in the division,” outfielder Brett Gardner said. “We’ve got to keep our heads up. The last couple days have been tough, but we’re still in first place.”Ramirez (1-1) didn’t allow a hit after Jacoby Ellsbury opened the first with a single. The right-hander struck out four and walked two.Rivera, who entered hitting .126 with a homer and five RBIs, made it 5-0 on an RBI single off Rogers in the fourth.James Loney opened the scoring with a first-inning RBI single off Whitley, charged with three runs, two hits and two walks.The announced crowd was 11,977. The four-game set drew just 44,937.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Spain Beats Australia 95-88 in 2OT to Reach World Cup Final

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — No one on Spain’s basketball team is looking past Sunday’s World Cup final.Certainly not Marc Gasol, who scored 33 points to lead the Spanish over Australia 95-88 in double overtime on Friday in the semifinals. Ricky Rubio scored 19 points and Sergio Llull added 17.Gasol won the NBA title a few months ago with the Toronto Raptors. And now he can do the double by winning with Spain, which won this title 13 years ago when it was called the world championship.What would gold mean?“Let’s talk about it Sunday,” replied Gasol, who played on the 2006 team with his brother Pau and current team member Rudy Fernandez. “Let’s see how it goes. I don’t want to lose a second thinking of what would be, what it would mean for us.”He said his attention is on detail and preparing. Not celebrating. Not yet.Matthew Dellavedova of Australia tries to pass the ball over Rudy Fernandez of Spain during their semifinals match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)“Whenever the game is over, life will go on either way,” he said.It was two 3-point shots by Llull in the second overtime that pushed Spain to one of its largest leads of the game after trailing much of the time.Patty Mills scored 32 to lead Australia.Australia will try again for a bronze medal in a major men’s basketball championship. The Boomers are 0-4 in third-place games in the Olympics — including three years ago in Rio de Janeiro — and had never reached the semifinals of the World Cup.“The experience that we had in Rio — what it felt like to finish fourth. I have the confidence that this group will be able to be well and truly refocus,” Australia coach Andrej Lemanis said.Spain trailed for much of the game but surged in the fourth quarter and took the lead 71-70 when Gasol hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds to play in regulation.Mills had two free throws to win the game with 4.8 seconds to play, but he missed the second after making the first to send the game into overtime at 71-71.Both teams had chances to win in regulation and in the first overtime, which ended 80-80.TIP-INSSpain last won the World Cup — known previously as the World Championship — in 2006 in Japan with players like Rudy Fernandez, Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol. Fernandez and Marc Gasol are still on the team. It was Spain’s only title.Australia has never won the title, and never been a medalist.LONG GAMEPatty Mills of Australia puts a shot over Marc Gasol of Spain during their semifinals match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)According to FIBA, it was the seventh game that went into double overtime in World Cup (and its predecessor, the world championship) history. And it was the first to occur in a medal round.Germany, behind 47 points from Dirk Nowitzki, beat Angola 108-103 in triple overtime in the 2006 world championship. Another five games before Friday went double overtime, most recently Germany’s 82-81 win over Serbia in 2010.It was the first double OT game for either Spain or Australia in any World Cup.BEIJING OLYMPICSThe Wukesong arena in west Beijing, the venue for the finals and semifinals, was built for the 2008 Olympics. Since then it’s been rebranded as the Cadillac Arena. The baseball venue for 2008 was nearby but is long gone and replaced by a subway and shopping area.UP NEXTSpain: Faces France or Argentina in championship game Sunday.Australia: Faces France or Argentina in third-place game Sunday.___By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports WriterMitch Creek of Australia puts a shot over Spain during their semifinals match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Sergio Llull of Spain reacts after scoring a three pointer against Australia during their semifinals match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Miranda to lead Brazil in quarter-final clash vs Belgium

first_imgBrazil will face Belgium in the quarter-finals of 2018 FIFA World Cup in Kazan with Miranda being named captain for the match.Brazil coach Tite has stuck with his policy of rotating the captaincy and the 33-year old Inter Milan player will become the fourth man to wear the captain’s armband in Russia.Belgium’s national team trained on Wednesday at the team’s base camp in the Guchkovo sport complex near Moscow, ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES AND SCORESOnce again, David Lucca da Silva Santos, son of star forward Neymar Jr, watched from the sidelines of the practice ground at Brazil’s World Cup headquartersAt six years old, his youth means he is not likely to play any role against Belgium in the quarterfinal match at the Kazan Arena on Friday.His father, Neymar, opened the scoring against an on-form Mexico on Monday, a lead solidified later by Liverpool man Roberto Firmino.However, the clash of the fancied South Americans and Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’ has given the most casual of analysts reason to feel smug that, at least, they got one thing right in their scenario plotting.FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the quarter-finalsThe teams have progressed through different means but each arrive with confidence after rousing wins in their last starts.Inspired by Neymar brilliance and the wiles of Willian, Brazil sent a tough Mexico side packing with a 2-0 defeat that cemented Tite’s side as favourites to claim a record-extending sixth World Cup trophy.advertisementIt was hardly such smooth sailing for the Belgians, who suffered a huge scare in their last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan.READ – Neymar joins Ronaldo, Messi in Kazan mural clubBut their marauding finish, banging in three consecutive goals late in the tie to erase a 2-0 deficit, was a sobering reminder of the firepower at Roberto Martinez’s disposal.Against Brazil, however, Belgium’s formidable attack featuring captain Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku may be hard pressed to break down a stingy defence which has conceded one goal in their four matches at the tournament, and a total of six from their past 25.(With inputs from IANS and Reuters)last_img read more

MAN STABBED IN 3800 BLOCK OF 4TH AVENUE

first_imgSIOUX CITY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A STABBING THAT TOOK PLACE EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING IN THE 3800 BLOCK OF 4TH AVENUE.THE MALE VICTIM TOLD POLICE THAT HE AWOKE SHORTLY BEFORE 1AM TO THE SOUND OF SOMEONE TRYING TO BREAK INTO HIS CAR IN AN ALLEY.THE VICTIM SAYS HE APPROACHED THE SUSPECT TO AN ATTEMPT TO SCARE HIM AWAY.THE SUSPECT THEN STABBED THE VICTIM IN THE LEG AND FLED ON FOOT.THE VICTIM DROVE HIMSELF TO MERCY ONE AND POLICE WERE THEN NOTIFIED OF THE STABBING.INVESTIGATORS SAY THE INJURY DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE LIFE THREATENING.last_img read more

County Ground

first_img India Today Web Desk TauntonMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 17:13 IST County Ground Taunton (Reuters Photo)The County Ground Taunton, home of Somerset County Cricket Club, will host three ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 fixtures.The County Ground Taunton is overlooked by the towers of three churches, with the towers of St. Jame’s, St. George’s and St. Mary’s churches rising behind the pavilion and the Quantock Hills overlooking the other fourth end.The County Ground Taunton has been in use since 1882, and staged one game in the 1983 World Cup and two in 1999, including India’s clash with Sri Lanka.Taunton was unveiled as the official home of English women’s cricket team in 2016 and in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, the County Ground Taunton was host to seven fixtures.Opened:1882Capacity: 6500Known as: Athletic Ground, The Cooper Associates County GroundEnds: River End, Old Pavilion EndLocation: Taunton, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -18:00 IST: AFG vs NZ, Match 1315:00 IST: AUS vs PAK, Match 1715:00 IST: WI vs BAN, Match 23STATS – ODITotal matches: 10Matches won batting first: 3Matches won bowling first: 7Average 1st Inns scores: 219Average 2nd Inns scores: 194Highest total recorded: 373/6 (50 Ov) by IND vs SLLowest total recorded:101/10 (40.3 Ov) by SLW vs RSAWHighest score chased: 231/5 (41 Ov) by ZIM vs KenLowest score defended: 269/10 (48.3 Ov) by AUSW vs RSAWFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow The County groundFollow 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup County GroundWorld Cup 2019: The County Ground Taunton has been in use since 1882, and staged one game in the 1983 World Cup and two in 1999, including India’s clash with Sri Lanka.advertisementlast_img read more

Abu Dhabi Ports Marks Double-Digit Growth

first_imgzoom Abu Dhabi Ports handled more cargo last year than ever before, with the number of containers handled through Khalifa Port and the volume of general and bulk cargo handled through all of ADP’s ports increasing by 26% and 37% respectively, compared to 2013.The Khalifa Port Container Terminal which is managed and operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) handled more than 1 million TEUs in one year – a record for the Emirate, with the total number of containers reaching 1,137,679 TEU.Meanwhile, the amount of bulk and general cargo handled was 12,821,584 freight tonnes (FT).Martijn Van De Linde, CEO ADT, said: ”2014 has been the busiest year yet for Abu Dhabi Terminals at Khalifa Port Container Terminal, and the fifth straight year that our compound year-on-year growth has risen more than 20%. We successfully increased Khalifa Port Container Terminal’s network to 52 international destinations and have developed strong relationships with the shipping and logistics community that have made Khalifa Port their hub.”This year ADP plans to launch Maqta Gateway, the new ports community system, which was announced at the end of 2014. Maqta Gateway will interlink all of those involved in export/import trade business through Abu Dhabi’s ports, providing a single point of contact and real time information 24/7.last_img read more

Ambedkars statue desecrated in UP

first_imgBhadohi (UP): A statue of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar was desecrated by some unidentified people in Aurai area here, police said on Thursday. The statue, installed in a government primary school, was desecrated on Wednesday night, triggering tension in the area, they said. An FIR was registered in the matter, police said.last_img

KEANU REEVES AND ALEX WINTER ANNOUNCE BILL TED 3 RELEASE DATE

first_imgIn a short video in front of the Hollywood Bowl, the pair, who last rocked out together as the well-meaning, musically inept goofballs in 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, thanked fans for making the much-hoped for film a reality. The video ends with a note about the release date; Face the Music will arrive to theaters on August 21, 2020. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement We have some most excellent news to share with you: Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves have announced they will begin shooting Bill & Ted 3 this summer. And the would-be rock ‘n’ roll saviors will have a lot to answer for after never actually making the music that saves the world.Rumblings of a third film in the franchise have been happening for a few years, and earlier this year those reports turned into a roar. Now the millions of people who only want to be excellent to each other can once again sing in unison about their dream for a better future, because life just got a lot less bogus after Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves announced in a video they expect to start filming the next Bill & Ted movie, titled Bill & Ted Face the Music, this summer. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

SubSaharan Africa must scale up efforts to reach Millennium Goals says Migiro

18 December 2007While noting the gains achieved by sub-Saharan African countries in recent years, the Deputy Secretary-General today cited an urgent need to scale up efforts to meet the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Despite recent gains, including economic growth and stability, progress towards achieving the MDGs in sub-Saharan Africa remains “too slow” at the mid-point to 2015, Asha-Rose Migiro told members of the Secretary-General’s MDG Africa Initiative, which is designed to help mobilize international support for African States’ own efforts.“We want to ensure that when we reach 2015, we can say that the UN system has done everything possible to motivate the international community to follow through on its commitments to support the MDGs in Africa,” Ms. Migiro stated.Despite commitments made by the world’s leading industrialized countries to increase annual aid to Africa to $50 billion, assistance to Africa has not been scaled up, nor has it become more predictable, she noted, adding that “the follow-up on commitments made to support the MDGs in Africa remains fragmented and does not draw on the full expertise of the UN system and its partners.”To remedy this, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established the MDG Africa Steering Group and associated Working Group this past September. Together, they represent an “intensive effort to mobilize the full resources of the UN system and its partners to achieve the MDGs in Africa.”Ms. Migiro added that the initiative will only be successful if it receives countries’ support and cooperation. “Its success also rests on the different governments’ willingness to sustain their national leadership and ownership in pursuing the MDGs,” she added. read more

Environment ministers pledge to strengthen fight against climate change – UN

Governments reached a landmark agreement today to boost the global response to the impact of climate change at the close of a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) gathering in Indonesia. The wide-ranging agreement, known as the Nusa Dua Declaration, underscores the vital importance of biodiversity, the urgent need to combat climate change and work towards a positive outcome for the UN climate conference in Mexico later this year and advantages gained from advancing towards a ‘green economy.’ “The ministers responsible for the environment, meeting just over a month after the climate change conference in Copenhagen, have spoken with a clear, united and unequivocal voice,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. The Copenhagen Accord, reached at December’s UN conference in the Danish capital, aims to jump-start immediate action on climate change and guide negotiations on long-term action pledging to raise $100 billion annually by 2020. It also includes an agreement to working towards limiting global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius and efforts to reduce or limit emissions. Mr. Steiner said that faced with challenges posed by the erosion of the environment to chemical pollution and climate change in general, environment ministers decided change was urgently needed. “The ministers also recognized that action towards a ‘green economy’ – one able to meet multiple challenges and seize multiple opportunities – is taking route in economies across the globe,” he said at the annual session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Forum, held in Nusa Dua, Bali, this year. “Accelerating this is a key element of the Nusa Dua Declaration and one that can direct future action towards realizing the kinds of transitions needed on a planet of 6 billion people, rising to 9 billion by 2050,” Mr. Steiner added. The meeting was attended by some 1,000 participants from 130 countries, including nearly 100 environmental affairs ministers. The Declaration, the first by world environment ministers since they met in Malmö, Sweden in 2000, will be transmitted to the UN General Assembly later this year. 26 February 2010Governments reached a landmark agreement today to boost the global response to the impact of climate change at the close of a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) gathering in Indonesia. read more

Security Council urges Afghans to tackle key postelection challenges

In a statement read out by Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom, which holds the rotating presidency this month, the Council’s 15 members described the presidential election – the first time Afghans have been able to vote freely for their Head of State – “as a milestone in the political process.”Mr. Jones Parry said the array of presidential candidates indicated the “broad political representation” in the poll, and noted the high number of women and refugees who voted as well.The statement also welcomed the move by the Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) to hold an inquiry into the concerns of some candidates about irregularities in the voting on Saturday, which it said would “further enhance the transparency of the electoral process.”Mr. Jones Parry said the Afghan Government, with the support of the international community, should now renew its determination to resolve several other key challenges, such as security, the heroin trade, and disarmament and demobilization of former combatants.Local and regional parliamentary elections are also scheduled for April 2005, and the statement said authorities must plan and carry out “inclusive” polls without delay.Earlier, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi briefed the Council on the election, saying “the popular verdict on the process itself is overwhelmingly positive.”Mr. Annabi said there were no major security incidents and no Afghans were killed as they went to cast their ballots. He also said that international election monitors reported high turnouts and “a high level of popular satisfaction.”Noting there had been problems with indelible ink, which was used to make sure Afghans did not vote more than once, Mr. Annabi said JEMB officials identified the issue and fixed it within a few hours of the beginning of polling.The Assistant Secretary-General also said credit was due to the large contingent of security forces, both national and international, who were deployed to prevent any incidents disrupting the ballot. read more

One economist believes Canadas economic future lies on the land not under

A leading Canadian economist says we should be investing in agriculture as a safer bet than energy or some other resources.Former CIBC chief economist Jeff Rubin says if there’s one thing Canada has an abundance of, its farmland.“Food prices have been the one sector of the resource market that have been resilient,,” he said. “It hasn’t just been oil prices that have been slashed,” he said, “nickel, copper, zinc, you name it, have all fallen”He said, “the one sector that has retained its pricing power is food and I think that will be even more so as we head into a world of global climate change.”Rubin said unlike growing belts in places like California which have suffered crippling droughts in recent years, Canada’s ag sector stands to benefit from global warming.Rubin said major investors, such as the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have been buying farmland, an indication of the growing value of the sector. One economist believes Canada’s economic future lies on the land, not under it Agriculture Wire by Justin Slimm Posted Jun 6, 2015 11:03 am MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2015 at 11:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The value of leadins CBS gets a boost

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Oct 11, 2016 1:44 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 11, 2016 at 2:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Even when changing a channel takes only the flick of a finger, CBS News learned there are still benefits for a television network from people who don’t bother to reach for the remote.CBS had more viewers than any other network for its coverage of Sunday’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and for the post-event analysis. That’s good for a news division that generally runs third among three competitors for its daily morning and evening news shows.The Nielsen company’s ratings report explains how CBS got the boost.The network attracted 12.4 million people for “60 Minutes,” which aired directly ahead of the debate. Meanwhile, ABC had only 4.1 million people for the drama “Once Upon a Time” in the same time slot. Fox’s rerun of a “Son of Zorn” cartoon just ahead of the debate had 2.1 million viewers.With that head start, an estimated 16.5 million people saw the debate on CBS — valuable exposure for its news team. ABC had 11.5 million — actually not bad with so few people watching ahead of time — and Fox had 5.6 million, Nielsen said.NBC didn’t air the debate, instead sticking with its NFL game that night between Green Bay and the N.Y. Giants, which had 16.6 million viewers.CBS had another comfortable victory in the prime-time ratings, averaging 9.6 million viewers last week. NBC had 7.3 million viewers, ABC had 6.1 million, Fox had 3.4 million, Telemundo had 1.82 million, Univision had 1.75 million, the CW had 1.3 million and ION Television had 1.1 million.ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 3.79 viewers in prime time last week. Fox News Channel had 3.47 million, CNN had 2.76 million, TBS had 2.33 million and MSNBC had 2.01 million.The evening news competition was a virtual tie: ABC’s “World News Tonight” averaged 8,449,000 viewers last week and NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8,446,000. The “CBS Evening News” had 6.5 million viewers.For the week of Oct. 3-9, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Green Bay, NBC, 16.62 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 14.81 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 14.44 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.32 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12.4 million; NFL Football: Arizona at San Francisco, CBS, 12.07 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.78 million; “Debate Analysis,” CBS, 10.94 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC, 10.78 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 10.73 million.Debate coverage is not included in the rankings because it is commercial-free.___ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com The value of lead-ins: CBS gets a boost read more

Views needed to win national video competition

Brock graduate students have earned four spots in the Top 40 of a national video competition.Michelle Przedborski (Physics), Angel Phanthanourak (Applied Health Sciences), Dan Hughes (Earth Sciences) and Larissa Barelli (Biotechnology) are now asking for the public’s help to place in the next round of the Science, Action! Competition, sponsored by one of Brock’s major funders, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).Each student submitted a one-minute video and a 100-word summary of their research to NSERC.The 25 videos within the Top 40 that receive the most views on YouTube between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28 will advance to the final round, where a panel of judges will select the winners.“I am absolutely thrilled that four of our extremely talented graduate students have been selected as part of the Top 40,” said Dr. Jens Coorssen, Dean of Graduate Studies.“This is important recognition of some of Brock’s strong and rapidly evolving research areas and also highlights our recognition of the critical importance of public outreach in knowledge translation,” he said.“These students are making great strides in their fields of study and we are honoured to have them representing research at Brock. I would encourage everyone in our campus, local communities and beyond to support these student researchers by watching their videos and sharing them with others.”Larissa Barelli, a doctoral student in Brock’s Biotechnology program, has been working with supervisor Dr. Michael Bidochka to study how a certain type of fungus that kills insects transfers nutrients from the bugs to plants and how plants transfer nutrients back to the fungus. This could lead to the development of a natural fertilizer that would replace the chemical-laden options that are typically used.“To be able to promote plant health, increase stress tolerance in crop species and integrate a form of pest control all through one association would redefine food production and the agricultural industry,” Barelli said.Her video, “Insects, a Dinner for Two,” explains how this research will ultimately benefit the agricultural industry.Angel Phanthanourak, Department of Kinesiology, has been researching how anxiety and a fear of falling influences the way people move their bodies. If they stiffen up or have poor postural strategies, it might increase the likelihood of falling during voluntary movements.“By demonstrating the role psychological factors play in reducing the efficiency of postural control, I hope to aid in the development of interventions meant to reduce feelings of anxiety and encourage older adults to engage in activities,” said Phanthanourak, who has been working with supervisor Dr. Craig Tokuno.Her video, “Fear of Falls,” can be found here:The video by Dan Hughes, a Master of Science in Earth Sciences student, focuses on the impacts of climate change on lakes, rivers and their interconnections within an Arctic permafrost landscape across Old Crow Flats in the northern Yukon Territory.“This research is working to understand the adverse effects landscape changes have on local communities, the ecosystem and help to predict future implications of a changing arctic climate,” he said.Hughes said he’s honoured to have been chosen to represent both the Water and Environment Lab (WEL) and Brock University in the national competition.“It not only publicizes these projects to the academic community across the nation but also helps to inform the public on topics at the forefront of scientific research,” he said.His video, “A Changing Arctic,” can be found here:PhD student Michelle Przedborski studies with Dr. Thad Harroun (Physics department, Brock University), Dr. Surajit Sen (Physics department, SUNY Buffalo) and Dr. Stephen Anco (Mathematics department, Brock University).Her video discusses stable disturbances that travel with a fixed shape and constant speed — in granular chains.The concept can be easily seen in an ornament that sits on many desks: a row of metal balls suspended in a metal frame so that they are just touching each other; when you lift and swing the ball on the far right, the ball on the far left rises, while the balls in the middle stay put.The research could be used to create new or improved shock absorbers and energy harvesters.“Being able to predict and control the energy transport properties of these systems could lead to new or improved shock absorbers and energy harvesters,” she said.Her video, “Grains, chains, and solitary waves,” can be found here:“I was completely surprised and ecstatic to learn that my video was one of the 40 that will proceed to public voting, allowing my research to reach a broad audience,” Przedborski said.“By creating a light-hearted animated video, my goal was to show people from other scientific backgrounds and from non-science backgrounds that physics is fun, and to perhaps stimulate interest in a research area that is not currently receiving a tremendous amount of attention in Canada.”The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada is a Canadian government agency that supports faculty and student research in post-secondary institutions across the country. The agency also encourages Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.To support these outstanding students please view and share their videos.The finalists will be announced by April 5.All videos are posted on the Science, Action! website. read more

Glutenfree veggie burgers in supermarket recall because they contain gluten

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers is our number one priority, which is why we initiated this recall as soon as it was confirmed that Quorn burgers containing gluten had been packed in gluten-free packaging.”This was the result of human error, and we would like to assure our customers that no other Quorn products are affected.”Customers with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance are advised not to consume the product with Best-before-end 30-NOV 19, and should return it to their retailer for a full refund.” Thousands of gluten-free veggie burgers have been recalled from supermarkets because they mistakenly contained gluten.Quorn is recalling nearly 6,500 packs of it’s frozen Gluten Free Burgers, which come in packs of two and cost £2.49.They are sold in Waitrose and Morrisons, but could pose a health risk to those allergic to or have an intolerance to gluten as their labels say they don’t contain it.The 227g packs have a best before date of 30 November 2019.The food manufacturer said: “On Wednesday 25 July, 2018, Quorn Foods recalled 6,496 packs of frozen Quorn Gluten-free Burgers 227g (bar code: 5019503027006; Date Code: 708049 BBE 30-NOV-19) from UK supermarkets Waitrose & Morrisons. “This product contains gluten making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to gluten.”If you have bought the above product and have an allergy or intolerance to gluten do not eat it. Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.”Quorn is recalling the above product from customers and has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, who will tell their members about the recall.”The company has also issued a point-of-sale notice to its customers.”No other Quorn products are known to be affected.” Show more This was the result of human error, and we would like to assure our customers that no other Quorn products are affectedQuorn spokesperson 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. The Food Standards Agency said: “Quorn recalls a batch of its 2 Gluten Free Burgers packs because of undeclared gluten. read more

Ennis stabbing Woman still in custody

first_imgA WOMAN WHO was arrested yesterday in connection with a stabbing in Ennis, Co Clare, is still in police custody.The woman was arrested after a woman was seriously assaulted at approximately 5pm yesterday in the grounds of the primary school in the vicinity of Station Road/Friar’s Walk near the exit of the shopping centre car park.Gardaí said that the 23-year-old woman was in a life-threatening condition last night. It is understood she has been moved from Midwestern Regional Hospital to Cork University Hospital.The Sunday World reports today that the victim suffered wounds to her stomach, neck, face and head.A woman aged 22 was arrested and detained under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Ennis Garda Station. She is still being detained by gardaí.Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses and in particular anyone in the vicinity of Friar’s Walk, Station Road, the shopping centre car park or the primary school between 4.30pm and 5pm yesterday to contact them.Anyone with information is asked to contact Ennis Garda Station on 065 6848100, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Read: Woman in life threatening condition after stabbing in Ennis>last_img read more