first_imgFrom the Fishbowl – Day One The 2005 U/18 Nationals has started with a bang! Right from the outset the atmosphere at the Stadium has been one of anticipation, excitement, fear and exhilaration. Day one has produced the whole range of emotions, from the stirring opening ceremony, Tony “Tash” Eltakchi and his tirades on unsuspecting players and spectators and of course the scintillating Touch that was on display. The Fishbowl has introduced a few new innovations this year and so far, they are paying off, with lots of laughs and groovy tunes creating a relaxed atmosphere around the place. The highlights from Day One were aplenty as too were the nominations for The Fishbowl Ball Player of the Day, this award has been kindly sponsored by PJ Marsh from the Parramatta Eels, who once graced the touch fields here at sunny Coffs Harbour as a member of the Queensland Secondary Schools Boys team. PJ then went on to represent Australia, in the inaugural Under 18 Trans Tasman in New Zealand. The nominations are: * Kelly Pepper from NSWCCC Girls team, with an outstanding display of short and long passes to create numerous opportunities for her team mates. * Nick Keech from the ACT Boys team through a long ball that had to be at least 45 metres to his winger who had enough time to crawl over the line. * Ali Brigginshaw from the QSST Girls team who put on a dominant display of pace, agility and passing skills that at times had the Fishbowl on their feet. * Mitch Buckley from the Mets Boys team showed great integrity in returning a wallet that was found in the grandstand, the owner was not only relieved but very impressed by Mitch’s actions. * Leica Lebrocq from the NSWCIS Girls team showed exceptional speed off the mark after scooping up the ball, stepping through at least 9 defenders and then hitting the winger on the chest with a 30 metre pass on the run. * Maurice Kennedy from the NSWCHS Boys team popped a miracle ball from god knows where, leaving not only the defenders, but the Fishbowl scratching their melons. * Last but not least, the play of the day came from Dylan Hennessey of the NSWCHS Boys team who showed the full range of his passing skills from both sides of his body, bamboozling the CQ boys and setting up an outstanding touchdown for a newcomer to this event Troy Mendham who showed a great pair of hands to score in the corner. Until tomorrow, See ya’ when we’re looking at ya! Kane & Tash in The Fishbowllast_img read more

Mahia: The Little-Known Moroccan Spirit You’re Going to Love

first_img Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Morocco is one of the hottest destinations these days, both literally (it’s hot!) and in its cultural allure. Your mind might wander directly towards North African spices, but the country has something much sweeter to offer. Mahia, a local drink popular among the Jewish population, wants to carve out a spot in the international spirit arena.This eau de vie is a clear brandy made from figs or dates with the addition of aniseed. As the Moroccan Jewish community gradually moved away to countries like Israel, Canada, and The United States, Mahia’s availability and production became an unintentional secret. David and Dorit Nahmias of Nahmias et Fils are trying to spread the word.“Prior to us releasing our Mahia, most never heard of it unless they grew up in Morocco or heard of it from their parents or grandparents (Jewish or Muslim),” said David, Master Distiller. “Even people who traveled to Morocco most likely were not introduced to Mahia, as it is not readily available in places frequented by tourists.”Founded in 2012 in Yonkers, New York, Nahmias et Fils distills and distributes Mahia and whiskey. With the more familiar whiskey balancing out the novelty of Mahia, the company has managed to thrive as the audience for Mahia grows. “As we are the sole producers of Mahia in U.S., it is a long road to introducing a new spirit category,” said David.With a distillery just north of New York City, Nahmias et Fils’ Mahia has garnered interest from urbanite mixologists and earned shelf space in some large liquor stores in the Northeast. Depending on your state’s regulations, you can have a bottle of Mahia shipped to you. Once it arrives, you can enjoy the drink’s floral notes with fruity accents. The fig flavor comes through without overpowering the other elements and, since no sugar is added, the mahia never feels too sweet.“My family distilled Mahia in Morocco for generations,” said David, referring to the 117-year-old recipe he uses. “Basically, I wanted to revitalize the tradition of making Mahia and introduce it to the world.”Typically enjoyed as a digestif or on festive occasions, Mahia has no problem being the star of the show. As it enters a new era of consumption, however, Mahia’s uses are expanding within the culinary and mixology worlds. Here’s a fall-friendly cocktail to get you started (and here are some others that range further afield). Black, White, and Fig Jazz(Created by David Nahmias & Kimberly Nagel, Nahmias et Fils, Yonkers, NY)2 oz Nahmias et Fils Mahia4 oz apple cidera squeeze of lemon juice1 tbsp sugar ½ tbsp black pepperapple slice to garnishMethod: Stir ingredients in cocktail shaker. Rim glass with black pepper and sugar. Serve over ice. Garnish with an apple slice. To serve warm: Bring apple cider to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the Mahia and lemon juice. Serve in a toddy glass or mug. Editors’ Recommendations 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas The Best American Liqueur 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider last_img read more

Hurtigruten Unveils Electric Catamarans for Polar Areas

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hurtigruten Expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has partnered with the Norwegian start-up company, Brim Explorer, to introduce battery-powered catamarans, custom built for polar water exploration. Set to debut in spring 2020, the 78-foot vessels will operate sustainable and silent ocean excursions from the port of Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Svalbard. These catamarans will operate under the Hurtigruten Svalbard brand.The units will feature large battery packs and will be able to recharge at virtually any port and operate on batteries for up to 10 hours with a cruising speed of 10 knots, according to the company.“A green footprint is the future of the travel industry, in the polar regions and elsewhere. With a great idea and dedicated partners like Hurtigruten we have set out to build a vessel unlike any the world has seen,” Agnes Árnadóttir, Brim Explorer co-founder and CEO, said.Brim Explorer’s first watercraft, similar to its sister that will operate exclusively under Hurtigruten Svalbard, is currently under construction in Norway and is scheduled to debut in August 2019.“By combining green technology, clean Nordic design, and a focus on sustainable travel, we have created the first sightseeing vessel in the world that is able to operate a full day on electric power. We look forward to using our knowledge to help move the travel industry in a greener direction, together with Hurtigruten,” Árnadóttir added.In another industry milestone, Hurtigruten is currently in the process of completely rebuilding existing ships to run on a combination of large battery packs, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and biogas (LBG).last_img read more

Azam Khan applies for anticipatory bail

first_imgLucknow: iansSamajwadi Party MP Azam Khan has moved the Allahabad High Court for anticipatory bail after 64 cases were filed against him by the Uttar Pradesh Police over the last three months, sources said on Monday. The application is expected to come up for hearing in a day or two. District Magistrate of Rampur Aunjaneya Kumar Singh told reporters that all the 64 cases were serious and 28 of them were filed in just one month. He said: “Many more people are expected to come forward and complain against the MP now”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Twenty seven farmers have lodged cases saying their land was forcibly grabbed by Azam Khan. There are 13 cases of election rules violations, threats to officials and communal speeches by him during elections. Chargesheets have been filed by the police in all these 13 cases,” the DM said. Sources said Azam Khan’s arrest for custodial interrogation is imminent, especially after the Enforcement Directorate also lodged a case against him. He has also been enlisted as an organised land grabber by the state government on July 12. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Sources said the arrest is likely to happen after the Parliament session gets over. Meanwhile, Azam Khan said: “I am paying the price for winning the Rampur seat and defeating the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). A political vendetta has been launched against me by the Yogi government.” The Samajwadi Party has threatened a state-wide agitation if the UP government moves to arrest Azam Khan, who has accused the district officials of Rampur of implementing the BJP agenda against him.last_img read more

Barack Obama And Mitt Romney To Attend Clinton Global Initiative

first_imgPresident Bill Clinton has announced that President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will participate in the eighth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative joining world leaders in government, business, philanthropy, and civil society who gather each year to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.President Obama and Governor Romney will address separate sessions during the final day of the Annual Meeting to be held September 23-25 in New York City.“I’m grateful that President Obama and Governor Romney are taking time to join leaders from all parts of society who choose to address our greatest global challenges through the Clinton Global Initiative,” said President Clinton. “CGI is built on the spirit of non-partisan, cross-sector collaborations that drive action and I’m proud that, since we began in 2005, CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments that are already improving the lives of 400 million people all over the world.”In addition to President Obama and Governor Romney, President Clinton announced new participants including Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Felipe Calderón, president of Mexico; Denzil L. Douglas, prime minister of the Federation of Saint Kitts & Nevis; Ralph E. Gonsalves, prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Atifete Jahjaga, president of the Republic of Kosovo; Goodluck E. Jonathan, president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda; Kamla Persad-Bissessar, prime minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Hashim Thaçi, prime minister of the Republic of Kosovo; Timothy F. Geithner, secretary of the treasury, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, finance minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Regina M. Benjamin, surgeon general, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama; Cheryl D. Mills, counselor and chief of staff, U.S. Department of State; Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, U.S. Department of State; Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize-winner; Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group; Tom Golisano, CGI’s founding sponsor, and founder and chairman of the board of Paychex; Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive officer, The Coca-Cola Company; Arif Naqvi, founder and group chief executive of Abraaj Holdings; Peter G. Peterson, chairman, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation; Condoleezza Rice, founding partner of RiceHaleyGates LLC; Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation; Reeta Roy, chief executive officer of the MasterCard Foundation; Carlos Slim Helú, founder, Fundación Carlos Slim; and Linda Zecher, president and chief executive officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will join the CGI Annual Meeting with the theme Designing of Impact.For the first time, the CGI Annual Meeting is built around the single theme, “Designing for Impact,” which will examine how the Commitments to Action that CGI members make can be structured to achieve the most positive, measurable results. The three-day meeting will focus on designing for individual lives, our environments and the systems we rely on including food, an inclusive economy, and good governance.CGI will conduct Design Labs facilitated by the following leading design experts: Kate Canales, Director of Design and Innovation Programs, Southern Methodist University; John Cary, Founder and Editor,; Krista Donaldson, Chief Executive Officer, D-Rev: Design Revolution; Heather Fleming, Chief Executive Officer, Catapult Design; David Janka, Levinthal Fellow, Stanford University Institute of Design; Patrice Martin, Co-Lead and Creative Director,; Liz Ogbu, Scholar in Residence, Center for Art and Public Life, California College of the Arts; Sandy Speicher, Education Lead, IDEO; Sarah Stein Greenberg, Managing Director, Stanford University Institute of Design; and, Jocelyn Wyatt, Co-Lead and Creative Director, this year, CGI introduced a comprehensive program of year-round opportunities for CGI members organized around eight tracks which will be threaded throughout the programming at the Annual Meeting including Girls & Women, Education & Workforce Development, Energy & Ecosystems, Global Health, Market-based Approaches, Response & Resilience, Technology and the Built Environment.Previously announced participants at the 2012 CGI Annual Meeting include: Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of BRAC; His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Sovereign Prince of Monaco; Madeleine Albright, chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group; Joyce Banda, president of the Republic of Malawi; Walter A. Bell, chairman of the board at Swiss Re America Holding Corp; Seth Berkley, chief executive officer of the GAVI Alliance; Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom; Tim Brown, president and CEO of IDEO; His Majesty King Juan Carlos I, Kingdom of Spain; John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco; Jason Clay, senior vice president of market transformation at the World Wildlife Fund; Chelsea Clinton, board member of the William J. Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative; Hillary Rodham Clinton, secretary of state, U.S. Department of State; Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme; David Crane, president and CEO of NRG Energy, Inc.; Salma Samar Damluji, chief architect at Daw’an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation; Mallika Dutt, president and CEO of Breakthrough; Jay S. Fishman, chairman and CEO of the Travelers Companies, Inc.; Anne H. Hastings, chief executive officer of Fonkoze Financial Services; Fred P. Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; José Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States; Robert Ivy, executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects; Antony Jenkins, group chief executive at Barclays PLC; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of the Republic of Liberia; Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group; Klaus Kleinfeld, chairman and CEO of Alcoa Inc.; Kay Krill, president and CEO of ANN INC.; Nicholas D. Kristof, columnist at the New York Times; Sasha Kramer, co-founder and executive director of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL); Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author, journalist, and deputy director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations; Elizabeth Littlefield, president and CEO of Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Molly Melching, founder and executive director of Tostan; António Mexia, chief executive officer, EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A.; Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children; Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank; Jayaseelan Naidoo, chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Reema Nanavaty, director of economic and rural development at Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA); Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, Inc.; Denis O’Brien, chairman of Digicel Group; Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation; Clarence Otis, Jr., chairman and CEO of Darden Restaurants, Inc.; Stephan Ouaknine, chairman, managing partner, and CEO of Inerjys Ventures Inc.; Johanna Ralston, chief executive officer of the World Heart Federation; Navinchandra Ramgoolam, prime minister of the Republic of Mauritius; Jim Rogers, chairman, president, and CEO of Duke Energy Corporation; Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods Inc.; Robert E. Rubin, co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, former secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury; Kiran Sethi, founder and director of the Riverside School, Ahmedabad – India; Luis A. Ubiñas, president of The Ford Foundation; Rajiv Shah, Administrator of United States Agency for International Development; Porfirio Lobo Sosa, president of the Republic of Honduras; Lynn Stout, distinguished professor of corporate and business law at Cornell University Law School; Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson; Daniel Yohannes, chief executive officer of Millennium Challenge Corporation; Kandeh Yumkella, director general of the United Nations Development Organization; and Jochen Zeitz, chairman of the management board and CEO of PUMA AG Rudolf Dassler Sport.President Clinton will also honor remarkable individuals for their leadership in philanthropy, government, civil society, and the corporate sector at the sixth annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards in a special ceremony with live musical performances and celebrity presenters on Monday, September 24.The full agenda for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative can be found at read more

The Banker Names Abdellatif Jouahri Africa’s Central Banker of the Year

Rabat – The monthly international financial affairs magazine, The Banker, awarded Morocco’s central bank governor, Abdellatif Jouahri, “Central Banker of the Year 2019” in Africa.The Central Banker of the Year awards “celebrate the officials that have best managed to stimulate growth and stabilise their economy.”The Financial-Times-owned magazine chose Jouahri for his strong monetary policies that helped shape Morocco’s economic growth. “The country’s banking sector has been strengthened, largely as a result of work by the central bank and its governor, Abdellatif Jouahri,” The Banker wrote on January 2.Jouahri became the governor of Morocco’s central bank, Bank Al Maghrib, in  2003.Read Also: Morocco’s Abdellatif Jouahri Among the World’s Top Central BankersMorocco’s economy strong despite challengesThe magazine explained the hard challenges the Moroccan economy faced after the “impact of a severe drought dented economic growth in 2016, which came in at just 1.2%.”“But improving weather conditions ameliorated the overall outlook for the country in 2017 when gross domestic product expanded by 4.4%.”The Banker, which is the world’s premier banking and finance resource, stated that Morocco’s economy “continues to exhibit strong, underlying fundamentals, even as the country grapples with a number of developmental challenges.”The British magazine also indicated the central bank’s work towards the Moroccan currency liberalization, which is pegged to a two-currency basket weighted 60 percent to the euro and 40 percent to the US dollar.The Banker, which was first published in January 1926, stated that the central bank made  “an important step” in loosening the currency fluctuations in January 2018.“This gradual process of currency liberalisation should improve the competitiveness of the economy and promote higher levels of investment and diversification of trade flows with Africa,” the Banker quoted rating agency Moody’s.Read Also: Global Finance Magazine Names Abdellatif Jouahri ‘Best Central Bank Governor in the World’Jouahri contributed to keeping Morocco’s inflation lowThe Banker recognized Jouahri’s achievement in maintaining Morocco’s inflation consistently low at an average rate of 1.5 percent over the past ten years and policy rates at 2.25 percent since March 2016. The London-based magazine also noted the central bank’s partnership with Morocco’s telecommunications regulators to jointly launch a national mobile wallet in November 2018.Mobile wallet payments in Morocco will reach an expected $5.3 billion by 2023, the magazine noted.In October 2018, Jouahri received a trophy with an “A grade,” which is the highest distinction awarded by Central Banker Report Cards 2018 from Global Finance.During the same meeting, Jouahri won a second prize: the best Central Bank governor in 2018 for the Middle East and North Africa, awarded by Global Markets newspaper.The Global Finance magazine also named Jouahri best central bank governor in 2017.The Banker also chose Croatian central banker, Boris Vujcic, as Banker of the year in Europe, Mexico’s central bank governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon, in the Americas, and Malaysia’s central bank governor Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus, in Asia-Pacific.Kuwait’s central bank governor Mohammad Al-Hashel won the 2019 Middle East Central Bank Governor of the Year.The magazine named the Egyptian minister Mohamed Maait as Africa’s 2019 finance minister of the year. read more

National governments the driving force behind UN pilot project says top official

The so-called “Delivering as One” scheme was launched in 2007 to respond to global challenges and test how the UN can provide more coordinate development assistance in the nations which volunteered to become pilot cases: Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Viet Nam.Together with the world body, these nations are experimenting with ways to increase the UN’s impact through more coherent programmes and speed up the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.“The governments of the ‘Delivering as One’ countries have stated clearly and unequivocally on numerous occasions that this reform of the UN development system in their country has supported enhanced national ownership and leadership of the development agenda,” Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, said today.She was speaking at the opening today of a conference in Hanoi, Viet Nam, to review lessons learned so far under the initiative.“Without [the pilot nations’] support and advocacy, it would not have been possible for the UN development system to embark on this reform,” Miss Clark stressed. “Where this process goes from here will also owe much to their advocacy and on our joint ability to show results.”The gathering is bringing together representatives from the UN system, pilot countries and donors.The creation of the pilot project was suggested in Delivering as One, a report by the UN High-Level Panel on System-wide Coherence that was released in November 2006.That report recommended, among other elements, that the UN “deliver as one at the country level, with one leader, one programme, one budget, where appropriate, one office” with the aim of avoiding fragmentation and duplication of efforts.So far, the “Delivering as One” pilot has helped to reduce “both duplication and gaps in UN system support,” Miss Clark said today.In Rwanda, the UN Country Team has created a multi-faceted HIV/AIDS scheme supporting the Government’s prevention and care efforts, while in Albania, the world body has supported increased women’s participation politics during an election which resulted in the more than doubling of the number of women in the country’s Parliament.These pilots, the UNDP chief underlined, are an “important achievement” for UN reform. “They have followed a bottom-up approach, driven and owned by the national government involved.” 14 June 2010National governments have proven to be the engine behind the success of an eight-nation pilot programme seeking to better coordinate development activities nationally, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

China says relations with Sri Lanka has overcome difficulties

The Chinese Government says its relations with Sri Lanka has overcome difficulties. Ambassador Yi said, China-Sri Lanka relations had a long history and during the past one year, after the change of Government in Sri Lanka, the bilateral cooperation has gradually overcome difficulties through the joint efforts of both sides, and ushered in new development opportunities.The Chinese side will continue to support the economic and social development of Sri Lanka, encourage more Chinese tourists to visit Sri Lanka and further promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, buddhism, education etc. Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang said this when he met Speaker Karu Jayasuriya who has just recovered from an illness. He wished the Speaker good health in the future and invited him to visit China at an early date convenient to both sides. The two sides exchanged views on China-Sri Lanka relations, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said. The Ambassador said the two sides could expand pragmatic cooperation through various projects such as the Colombo Port City and China-Sri Lanka industrial zone in the south to establish Sri Lanka’s fundamental industry system and build Sri Lanka into a regional hub of logistics, information and finance.The Speaker appreciated Yi’s greetings and said Sri Lanka highly appreciated the precious long-term help and support of China in the fields of political, economic, security, culture and disaster relief, etc.The Speaker also expressed his willingness to lead a delegation comprising of leaders of all political parties in Parliament to visit China and enhance exchanges with their Chinese counterpart and contribute to the development of Sri Lanka-China relations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNs green agency hails setting of measurable goals in fight for biodiversity

Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of UNEP, said the action by 187 countries attending the forum means governments will be able to accurately monitor whether they are making real progress in protecting species faced with extinction.The two-week conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which ended on Friday, agreed to conserve at least 10 per cent of each ecosystem, stabilize populations of certain declining species and ensure that international trade does not endanger any species of wild flora or fauna.These measurable targets have been introduced, according to UNEP, because biodiversity is notoriously difficult to quantify. For example, while 1.75 million different specifies of all kinds have been scientifically identified, some estimates say the real total is as high as 14 million.The Convention was established at the so-called “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. The target for reducing biodiversity loss was called for at a previous conference of ministers and at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, both in 2002.Delegates to the Kuala Lumpur conference also agreed to begin talks on how to craft a global system for access to genetic resources – such as plants that could be used to produce new pharmaceuticals or cosmetic products – and benefit-sharing. read more

UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships

Speaking to reporters in New York before he leaves for the Samoan capital, Apia, the Conference’s Secretary-General, Wu Hongbo, said that with much of the political work already agreed on, participants can focus on how to take these decisions forward and on generating sustainable partnerships.“This is the first international conference many of us can remember that has reached agreement on its political outcome during the preparatory process, before reaching the Conference itself,” Mr. Wu said in reference to the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, which will take place from 1 to 4 September.“This shows that there is broad agreement among UN Member States on the challenges that SIDS face, and on what needs to be done to address these challenges,” he added, using the acronym for the small island developing States (SIDS).The outcome document, called the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action Pathway, or SAMOA Pathway, is now publicly available. In 124 points, it includes actions for categories ranging from ‘sustained and sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth with decent work for all’ to ‘climate change’ and ‘health and non-communicable diseases.’“They try to demonstrate that the challenges that the SIDS have are challenges for the whole international community,” Mr. Wu told the UN News Centre. He added that these small island developing States also have unique problems – for instance, their size and very limited resource base, remoteness and vulnerability to natural disasters – which are felt more acutely than by other countries.“So as far as the outcome document outcome is concerned, they are trying to produce concrete and focused actions to deal with all these problems,” noted Mr. Wu.In addition to the plenary sessions, the four-day Conference will have for the first time, so-called multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues as part of the official programme.“This reflects not only the importance which the host country gives to partnerships, but also the realization that sustainable development can’t be achieved by governments alone,” Mr. Wu said, underscoring the importance of civil society and private partnerships.One example of a successful partnership is the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, said Mr. Wu, which mobilizes Governments, civil society and enterprises to protect and sustainably manage 20 per cent of the region’s marine and coastal ecosystems by 2020.Many of the 300 expected partnerships will be led by the 21 UN agencies whose heads are expected to attend the Conference. In addition more than 120 side and parallel events will be held in the city, which are likely to spur more collaborations.All new partnerships are to be SIDS-specific, measureable and monitorable, achievable and accountable, resource based and results focused, with timelines for implementation and transparency by all parties, the senior official detailed.As part of the outcome document, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is being asked to report to the UN General Assembly and to the Economic and Social Council on the progress achieved in its implementation.In addition, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) which Mr. Wu heads, is to continue to maintain a partnerships platform focused on the small island developing States and to oversee the overall implementation. read more

UN agencies call for more resettlement and end to detention of asylum

“Refugees in Libya are faced with a nightmarish scenario,” said Roberto Mignone, UNHCR’s Chief of Mission in Libya. “They have fled their homes in search of safety and protection only to end up incarcerated, languishing indefinitely in squalid conditions.”As large numbers of refugees and migrants continue to attempt the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), many are being intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard, brought back to shore, and placed in detention upon arrival.These interceptions or “rescue operations”, have led to the placement of large numbers migrants in official detention centres, nearly doubling between 2017 and 2018, from 5,500 to 9,300.“It is reprehensible that they are detained instead of protected. This is despite the fact that viable alternatives to detention within Libya can be found, including through a Gathering and Departure Facility that we have been waiting to open since July, which could offer immediate protection and safety for those most vulnerable,” said Mr. Mignone.When opened, the facility proposed by UNHCR would be the first of its kind in the country, sheltering vulnerable asylum seekers until a solution could be found to get them out of Libya. Though the facility has been built and is ready for use, the UN agency is facing delays from the Libyan authorities and continues to advocate for it to be opened.In the meantime, in light of the dangers for refugees and migrants in Libya, UNHCR does not consider it to be a safe place for disembarkation and has advised against returns to Libya following search and rescues at sea.Refugees in Libya are faced with a nightmarish scenario – Roberto Mignone, UNHCR LibyaIn addition, IOM and UNHCR have been working to evacuate these migrants from Libya to other countries.In the past year, UNHCR has evacuated almost 2,500 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers – including over 300 unaccompanied children – held in detention in Libya, to Niger, Italy and Romania, where they are hosted in UNHCR transit centres while longer-term solutions in third countries are being sought for them.In parallel, in 2018, IOM has safely returned over 11,000 of the most vulnerable to their countries of origin. However, the agency reported in August that its voluntary repatriation programme in Libya is unable to keep pace with the alarmingly high number of migrants in Government detention centers wishing to go home.Given the difficult circumstances facing refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Libya, the UN continues to advocate for alternatives to detention and for more support for evacuations, which remain a crucial lifeline for the most vulnerable.As many refugees remain in Libya and in need of urgent evacuation, UNHCR urges more countries to come forward with additional possibilities of places for their safe resettlement. read more

OSU field hockey team focused on Final Four matchup with No 1

The No. 7-ranked Ohio State field hockey team (18-4) will be making its first NCAA Tournament semifinals appearance in program history. On Friday, the Buckeyes face No. 1-ranked University of Maryland (21-1), six-time NCAA Tournament champions. “Maryland’s a big opponent, traditionally a highly ranked team, winners almost every year of the national championship,” senior forward Jena Cacciatore said. The Buckeyes are the underdog heading into Friday’s game but are using it to their advantage. “I think it’s an advantage for us. Maryland might not see us as something that they have to worry about, but I think that we are going to give them a game for sure,” Cacciatore said. This isn’t OSU’s first daunting task during its tournament run. OSU beat Albany 2-1 in overtime in the first round. Freshman forward Paula Pastor-Pitarque scored a goal with just 1:30 remaining in regulation. Ten minutes into the overtime period, Pastor-Pitarque scored again for the OSU victory. The second-round game against Syracuse ended in similar fashion for the Buckeyes. OSU trailed Syracuse 2-1 in the second half when junior midfielder Aisling Coyle tied the game for the Buckeyes, scoring off an assist from Pastor-Pitarque with 12:26 left in regulation. The game went into overtime, when Coyle scored the game-winning goal off a penalty shot. “Going into overtime both games to get to the Final Four, from behind, shows a lot about (the players’) character and commitment, and I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said. Even though it will be OSU’s first visit to the Final Four, Coyle said the experience the team has gained from the first two tournament games gives it confidence against Maryland. “We are relaxed about it. The girls that were playing the past weekend in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight had never even got to that stage before, so we have a lot of confidence and have fun when we play,” Coyle said. “We know that we can do this. We aren’t too worried about Maryland. They should be more worried about us even though we are the underdog.” OSU plays Maryland at 4:30 p.m. Friday in College Park, Md. read more

Grand Theft Auto III hits iOS Android next week

first_imgGaming on iOS and Android is about to get more mature — as in M for Mature. Rockstar Games’ classic Grand Theft Auto III will be released for the rival platforms next Thursday, December 15. The best part: the game will cost a mere $4.99.This will be GTA III‘s first appearance on mobile devices. Previously available on consoles and PCs, the release is in honor of the title’s ten year anniversary. The game was a breakthrough for sandbox gaming, combining driving, shooting, and hand-t0-hand combat in an open-world setting. Rockstar later built on that, but the level of freedom in GTA III was a monumental achievement in 2001.Not every Android and iOS device will be able to play it. On iOS, the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 4th gen iPod touch, and both generations of iPad will be compatible. Android phones supported include the Rezound, Optimus 2x, Atrix 4G, Droid X2, Photon 4G, Galaxy R, and G2x. Android tablets in the clear are the Acer Iconia, Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, Optimus Pad, Xoom, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S, and Toshiba Thrive.This will be Rockstar’s second full title in the App Store, and the first on Android. It previously ported the underrated DS and PSP title Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars to iOS in early 2010. While that game returned to GTA’s roots with a top-down view, GTA III will be the first mobile version of the 3D Grand Theft Auto world that is familiar to console gamers.The visuals and gameplay remain mostly unchanged from earlier editions, but the graphics are closest to the PC version on maximum settings. It’s still a ten-year-old game, but mobile gamers can be thankful that it looks sharper than the PS2 release.The $4.99 price is a reasonable offer from Rockstar: the recent Mac App Store release of the same game rings up at $14.99, and the simpler Chinatown Wars costs $10 on iOS. If you have a single GTA-loving bone in your body, you will want to pick this up.via Rockstarlast_img read more

Seawater swimming pool bar and restaurant to open in Clontarf next week

first_img 51 Comments Share1561 Tweet Email15 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 48,594 Views Short URL Feb 21st 2018, 2:32 PM File photo of the sea at Clontarf Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieTHE 132-YEAR OLD Clontarf seawater baths in Dublin will open to the public next week following the granting of a full seven-day publican’s licence by Judge Doirbhile Flanagan in the Circuit Civil Court today.Publican and hotelier David Cullen was in court to hear the finalisation of his 25-year-long dream to re-open the baths development, consisting of an open seawater swimming pool, bar and restaurants which will be managed by his son David.Cullen, of Seafield Hotel, Ballymoney, Gorey, County Wexford, owns the Clontarf Baths and Assembly Rooms company which has leased the baths complex from Dublin City Council at a rent of €25,000 a year and has spent €2.4 million in a major redevelopment scheme.He told his barrister Dorothy Collins that he had obtained a declaratory order from the court last year guaranteeing him a seven-day licence on the basis the development was completed in accordance with planning permission which had been carried out to the satisfaction of the planning authorities, the fire department and the gardaí.Collins, who appeared with Wallis Solicitors, Boatstrand, Co Waterford, said the company had recruited 33 employees who were currently undergoing on-site training in anticipation of next week’s opening.The court had earlier been told that the company had completely reconstructed and refurbished the open-air seawater baths that had existed on the site since 1886 and which would use filtered water from Dublin Bay.Swimming pool Collins said the new development provided a fully modernised swimming pool for members of the public and would serve all of Dublin city and parts of Co Wicklow as the Dart operates very close to it.She said the seawater baths are in a unique position within Dublin City Council’s linear park consisting of the grassy acres and walkways sited between the Clontarf-Howth Road and the Irish Sea. The restaurant under construction last August Source: RollingNews.ieThe large swimming pool contains a sluice that will allow filtered and clean Irish Sea water to enter and pump it out again in a refreshment process every few weeks.Part of today’s court application included the presentation of a food menu for the Baths’ two restaurants, it includes seaweed-seasoned cocktails and Dublin coddle pizzas. The main restaurant can provide seats for 160, with a further 90 seats available on a weather-proofed outside terrace – both with panoramic views of Dublin Bay.In order for a new development to be granted a pub licence, an existing one has to be extinguished. Cullen, who owns the Seafield Hotel and Spa Resort in Co Wexford and the Turk’s Head in Dublin, bought out the licence formerly attached to Browns Bar on the Naas Road in Co Dublin for €60,000.Read: US preacher Billy Graham dies at age 99Read: Imitation firearm, cash and cars seized in searches by Criminal Assets Bureau Seawater swimming pool, bar and restaurant to open in Clontarf next week A seven-day pub licence was granted today. By Ray Managh Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 2:32 PMlast_img read more

Poll Are you going to a religious service today

first_img By Stephen McDermott Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 9:48 AM I don’t know/No opinion (247) Short URL TODAY IS EASTER Sunday.The feast day celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and is one of the most central days of the Christian calendar.It’s also a day when church attendances are higher than usual.So today we’re asking: Are you going to a religious service today? Poll: Are you going to a religious service today? Today is a day when mass attendance is higher than usual. Apr 21st 2019, 9:48 AM YesNoI don’t know/No opinionVotecenter_img No (8821) 157 Comments Poll Results: 33,020 Views Share Tweet Email Yes (4546) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Morbid reports on Kevino Smith said to be untrue

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Mar 2015 – Despite some morbid reports about the search results for Kevino Smith, a Grand Turk man missing since March 4th… we have learned that it was all rumor. Four investigators were dispatched to the capital to help in the hunt for the 25 year old. Recommended for you Related Items:kevino smith, morbid reports Memories of two TCI men lost on March 4 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Patty Smith on Kevino Smith murder investigation Patty Smith dreading holidays, says ‘Bah’ killers still out therelast_img

House Member put out during heated debate on TCI National Health insurance

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2017 – Grand Turk – A heated exchange in TCI Parliament led to the member for Grand Turk North being kicked out of the House of Assembly; the suspension of George Lightbourne’s participation in debate Thursday came after repeated warnings from the House Speaker, Dwayne Taylor about Opposition side interruptions.The Health Minister was presenting on the National Insurance Board Amendment Bill 2017, responding to Lightbourne’s strong challenges about stripping the board of members who represent the voice of the people, as described by the MP for Grand Turk North.   Minister Edwin Astwood strongly differed in his view of reducing the size of the National Health Insurance Board, saying all of the board members including the Opposition’s appointed person were there to be the voice of the people, acting on behalf of the people.The Minister expressed outrage at the thought that anyone on the NHIP board would do anything but take into consideration what is best for the people of the Turks and Caicos and also vehemently defended Premier Sharlene Robinson, who is out of country attending a UK Overseas Territories meeting.   Minister Astwood said, I am the man, who knows about healthcare in the country and chided the Opposition, for as he put it, ‘lying on the Leader’ knowing she was not even there to defend herself.The Health Minister, as asked for by the Opposition, brought his explanation of why the composition of the NHIP board was being reduced from 15 to nine members; he said it was because the members there to so called represent the employees never actually get out and make any contact with employees.    He challenged those in his hearing to ask around about whether anyone from NHIP has ever been in consultation at schools, construction sites or even at the health care plan’s office to find out their thoughts in order to represent them at the meetings.    The Minister was illustrating that some positions are not necessary.#MagneticMediaNews#heateddebateinHOA#ministertossedoutofHouseofAssembly Related Items:#heateddebateinHOA, #magneticmedianews, #ministertossedoutofHouseofAssembly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Chhetri appeals to UAE Indians

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates is home to more than two million Indians and footballer Sunil Chhetri wants them to support the national team in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.India defeated Thailand 4-1 in their first win in the AFC Asian Cup since 1964.And the team is still set to play two more matches in the Group Stage of the competition and Indian star Sunil Chhetri hopes fan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will support them.There are currently more than two million Indians living in the UAE.“Let me tell you this, it would not have been possible without your support and encouragement,” he said to The National.AIFF wants to change the face of Indian football Manuel R. Medina – August 7, 2019 The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is working closely with FIFA in order to fix the state of football in the country that has two first division football leagues.“It means so much for me and the whole team, the way you have supported us all the way.”“Now, in 2019, the Asian Cup, it cannot get bigger than this for us. We will give everything we have and we need your support. I just hope that you come in numbers. Let’s do this together,” he explained.“We still have two games left and we still need another two points to qualify from the group stages.”“After we have qualified, we can get a little bit excited, but our primary job is still to qualify out of the group stages,” he concluded.last_img read more

Update Police still searching Oregon coast for man who shot cop

first_imgOn Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda and Oregon State Police Lieutenant Gregg Hastings held a media briefing at the Waldport Community Learning Center to update information related to the investigation and search for suspect DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM, age 43, related to the Sunday night shooting of Lincoln City Police Officer Steven B. Dodds. The following information was reviewed during the briefing:As of Tuesday morning, Officer Dodds is in critical but stable condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Family and friends who have been able to visit him are very encouraged by his responsiveness and awareness to their presence. They report that he is fighting very hard.Approximately 50 law enforcement officers are involved in Tuesday’s search in the Waldport area. During the day, officers will continue to respond to tips of suspicious circumstances and tips in the search for DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM. Overnight, officers continued checking door-to-door including vacant homes for signs of possible entry. The Oregon State Police SWAT team replaced the Salem Police Department’s team.Monday afternoon investigators announced DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM, age 43, from northwest Portland, as the suspect who shot Officer Dodds. DURHAM is the registered owner of the vehicle stopped by Dodds. He is described as a white male, 6’3″, 160 – 185 pounds, with long brown hair and blue eyes. A NEW PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN OF DURHAM IN 2010 IS BEING RELEASED TO MEDIA. Note that DURHAM is reported to still have long hair as seen in the 2007 DMV photograph.DURHAM is considered armed and dangerous. He is believed to be accompanied by his dog named “Huckleberry”, a salt-and-pepper colored Blue Heeler Australian Cattle dog weighing about 40 pounds. A photograph of the dog was released Monday to media.The Waldport Citizens Volunteer Patrol will be starting to hand out an information flyer in the area with photographs and information regarding the search for DURHAM.During Monday’s search, area residents were allowed back to their homes by mid-day. Access off Highway 101 in the north Waldport area continues to be restricted by law enforcement. Area residents are asked to continue reporting any suspicious activity or concerns to police, including reports of barking dogs or unknown or suspicious persons. Area residents and travelers are reminded to not pick up any hitchhikers or any strangers asking for a ride.Investigators ask area residents to check for any missing boats or vehicles. If missing, please contact the non-emergency line listed below.Waldport area residents should expect to continue to see a heavy police presence in their community. The search is expected to continue until the suspect is found and taken into custody.Anyone who sees someone matching the description of DURHAM should immediately call Lincoln County 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergent information related to this investigation or about DURHAM should call their non-emergency line at (541) 265-4231.last_img read more

Diver found after going missing off LauderdalebytheSea

first_imgLAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLA. (WSVN) – A diver who went missing off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has been safely located, officials said.7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene in the vicinity of the Anglins Fishing Pier, Tuesday afternoon.Crews from several agencies were seen searching the waters for the diver.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said the diver, whom they described as a man in his 50s, had been last seen at around 12:30 p.m.Just after 3 p.m., officials confirmed the diver made it back to shore safely.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img