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Video: Virginia’s Darius Thompson Banks In Buzzer Beater To Complete Amazing Comeback vs. Wake Forest

first_imgWith 1:20 left in the game, Wake Forest led No. 11 Virginia 64-54 at home. Over those final 80 seconds, the Cavaliers scored 18 points, capped off by a wild buzzer-beating bank shot by Darius Thompson, to beat the Demon Deacons 72-71. Virginia wins!! https://t.co/9SYoM5JmBv— Will Ojanen (@WillsWorldMN) January 27, 2016FOR THE WIN! @dthomp15 finishes off an incredible comeback in Winston-Salem for @UVAMensHoops ! #WAHOOWA # pic.twitter.com/Pe2ZXsAxRW— VirginiaSportsTV (@VaSportsTV) January 27, 2016The game log is crazy.virginia wake forest game logCollege basketball has been impossible to predict this season, and the ACC is no different. Current ACC standings: UNC D$:?62@/&,!3 BC— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) January 27, 2016March will be here very soon. We can’t wait.last_img read more

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College GameDay Staff Makes Week 1 Picks For 2019 Season

first_imgLee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay have a discussion.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)College football season is officially underway. While we had two games during last Saturday’s “week zero”, the real action begins today. Most FBS teams will start their seasons in the next 24 hours.College GameDay was live from Arlington, Texas on Saturday morning ahead of the big neutral-site matchup between Oregon and Auburn. The show’s staff, per usual, made their picks for the most important games of the day.This week’s guest picker was former Auburn star Bo Jackson. Jackson, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Lee Corso made their picks for the week.Corso, making his famous headgear selection, picked Oregon to represent the Pac-12 and get the victory.Here are the matchups the group made picks on:Alabama vs. Duke (spread pick -33.5)Desmond Howard: Alabama wins but does not coverLee Corso: Alabama coversKirk Herbstreit: Alabama coversBo Jackson: Alabama coversHouston vs. OklahomaDesmond Howard: OklahomaLee Corso: OklahomaKirk Herbstreit: OklahomaBo Jackson: OklahomaToledo vs. KentuckyDesmond Howard: KentuckyLee Corso: KentuckyKirk Herbstreit: KentuckyBo Jackson: KentuckyOle Miss vs. MemphisDesmond Howard: MemphisLee Corso: MemphisKirk Herbstreit: Ole MissBo Jackson: Ole MissSouth Carolina vs. North CarolinaDesmond Howard: South CarolinaLee Corso: South CarolinaKirk Herbstreit: North CarolinaBo Jackson: South CarolinaOhio State vs. FAUDesmond Howard: Ohio StateLee Corso: Ohio StateKirk Herbstreit: Ohio StateBo Jackson: Ohio StateVirginia Tech vs. Boston CollegeDesmond Howard: Virginia TechLee Corso: Boston CollegeKirk Herbstreit: Boston CollegeBo Jackson: Virginia TechVirginia vs. PittsburghDesmond Howard: VirginiaLee Corso: PittsburghKirk Herbstreit: VirginiaBo Jackson: VirginiaFlorida State vs. Boise StateDesmond Howard: Florida StateLee Corso: Florida StateKirk Herbstreit: Boise StateBo Jackson: Boise StateFresno State vs. USCDesmond Howard: USCLee Corso: USCKirk Herbstreit: USCBo Jackson: USCNorthwestern vs. StanfordDesmond Howard: StanfordLee Corso: StanfordKirk Herbstreit: NorthwesternBo Jackson: StanfordAuburn vs. OregonDesmond Howard: OregonLee Corso: OregonKirk Herbstreit: No pick, calling gameBo Jackson: AuburnESPN’s Noon kickoff game will feature Nebraska vs. South Alabama.last_img read more

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Update: Drunken Ship Master Fired

first_imgThe ship master fined yesterday for having operated a ship drunk has been fired by MUR Shipping.Parmod Kumar, master of the bulk carrier African Harrier, pleaded guilty to the charges before the Tauranga District Court and was fined NZD 3,000 (USD 2,272).The 2014-built, 37,707 dwt bulker was due to leave Tauranga on Sunday, March 22, but the ship’s pilot expressed concern to Maritime NZ that the master was under the influence of alcohol.A breath test at Tauranga Police Station showed the man had a breath alcohol level of 1229 micrograms per litre, almost five times the legal limit of 250mg/l.” MUR Shipping regrets to confirm that the master of the MV African Harrier was relieved of his command at the Port of Tauranga due to a breach of the Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping Regulation Vlll/1, and the company’s own rigorous Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy,” the New Zealand Herald cited the company’s statement.According to MUR Shipping, a replacement master has been appointed and the vessel has now sailed for Marsden Point.The company has launched a full investigation together with independent auditors into the case.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Amendments Harmonize Securities Legislation to National Standard

first_imgGovernment is improving investor protection through amendments to the Securities Act introduced today, Nov. 20. The changes promote harmonized securities legislation in Canada, something supported by Nova Scotia as a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators. Changes include: Some out-of-date provisions will also be updated or eliminated. The Securities Act provides investors with protection from practices and activities that undermine investor confidence in the fairness and efficiency of capital markets and fosters the process of capital formation. This act is administered by the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. enabling implementation of stage three of the harmonized point-of-sale disclosure requirements for investment funds, which will require a fact sheet be made available for the sale of Exchange Traded Funds enabling the expansion of the passport filing system used across Canada, reducing the regulatory burden on market participants ensuring investors involved in legal proceedings are not unfairly impacted by the limitation of action provision improving investor protection by expanding the number of tools available to the Nova Scotia Securities Commission to conduct compliance and enforcement activitieslast_img read more

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Parents Reminded Not To Buy Lottery Tickets for Minors

first_img For Broadcast Use: As the holiday season approaches, the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation reminds parents to keep age in mind when giving lottery tickets as gifts. Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of the corporation, says it is important to send a responsible gambling message to parents and minors. Lottery products are forms of gambling and inappropriate for minors, no matter what the season. -30- The Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation is reminding parents not to buy lottery and scratch tickets as stocking stuffers or gifts for minors. “It’s important that we send a strong, responsible gambling message to parents to not purchase lottery products for minors,” says Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation. “Playing lottery at a young age can increase the potential for problem gambling later in life.” Parents and caregivers are influential role models for their children and Mr. MacKinnon urges adults to help prevent youth from gambling. “We can all play a role in preventing underage gambling,” said Mr. MacKinnon. “No matter what the season, minors should not be participating in gambling.” The corporation and its ticket lottery operator, Atlantic Lottery, continue to take measures to ensure adults and youth understand their responsibility by including age of majority messaging on ticket lottery products and by confirming ticket lottery retailers are committed to enforcing the 19+ laws. To continue raising awareness, the corporation is again participating in McGill University’s Holiday Campaign reminding people they can keep the fun in the holidays by gifting lottery tickets responsibly to adults.last_img read more

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Exide overbridge project groundwork begins

first_imgKolkata: The second modern foot overbridge in the city, based on public private partnership (PPP) model, with all modern facilities is coming up at Exide Crossing in South Kolkata. The groundwork for construction of the overbridge has already started and the civic body has chopped off five trees on the footpath to facilitate its construction.The bridge will be in close proximity to the gates of Rabindra Sadan metro station located on either sides of the road. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”It will be more or less similar in look to the one that have come up at Alipore. There will be facilities of escalators and stair cases on either sides,” said a senior official of the Town Planning department of KMC which will be overseeing the construction. Exide Industries will bear the entire expense of construction which will be in the tune of Rs 4 crore. The foot overbridge will be nicely illuminated and will be under CCTV surveillance. Exide will have the rights for putting up advertisements in the foot overbridge. “We will be signing an agreement for a period of 20 to 30 years in which the company will be paying a fee to the KMC for advertisement rights,” the official added. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe KMC has cut down trees after taking necessary permission for the state Forest department and have already earmarked places where they will be planting the same number of trees. In February 2018, when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had inaugurated a modern foot overbridge in front of Alipore Zoological Gardens through remote control at a government programme at Tarakeswar in Hooghly district. It was the first foot overbridge under PPP model. The one at Exide will be the second such bridge in the city. KMC has already sought permission from the Defence Ministry for construction of another foot overbridge on Turf View Road. “The main objective behind these foot overbridges is to enable the pedestrians to cross smoothly from one side of the Alipore Road to another and also to have smooth and uninterrupted movement of vehicles,” said DG (Town Planning), KMC Biswajit Majumder. The spots have been selected as these places have witnessed a number of road accidents.last_img read more

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Trinamool writes to both Houses for sending advisories to WB Chief Secy

first_imgNew Delhi: TMC, the ruling party of West Bengal has submitted letters to both Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman on Monday, mentioning that the issues pertaining to the state are unnecessarily being raked up on the Floor of the House. LS leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay and RS leader Derek O’Brien have submitted letters in the respective Houses. The party claimed that in the last ten working days of the Parliament, four questions in the Lower House and six questions in the Upper House have been raised by the incumbent government. Objecting this, Bandyopadhyay said, “Such activities are against parliamentary democracy”. 10 advisories have been sent to the Chief Secretary so far. Earlier, the party made a scathing attack against the government for unnecessarily targetting it in Parliament, despite violence taking place in other states. Even the party’s MPs claimed that communitarian bias to the discourses taking place with regard to the state.last_img read more

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National Gallery shuts down artists Instagram

first_imgJay Isaac, a Toronto painter of some renown, woke up one day last week to find his Instagram feed had vanished.In place of the 700-some images of Canadian artworks he had assembled over three years of assiduous research was a message from the popular photo-sharing site’s legal division: that his account had been deleted for violating its terms of use and that none of his materials could be recovered.“I saw that feed as an art piece and it was just erased,” Isaac shrugged recently. Though a shock, it was no surprise. Isaac had been posting under the handle @nationalgalleryofcanada, a fact recently noticed by the real National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Advertisement Last month, the gallery blocked Isaac from following its own Instagram feed, @ngc_mbac; this week, it confirmed it had taken action against him.Isaac’s feed “was confusing for our members, visitors and the general public” and exposed the institution to copyright infringement, a gallery spokesperson said. Because of those risks, “we asked Instagram to look into the account. They took what they deemed appropriate action.” (Instagram didn’t respond to a request for comment, but their terms of use require all accounts to comply with copyright law). Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Whether or not @nationalgalleryofcanada violated copyright — it was a mix of downloads, images from catalogues and photos Isaac took himself — or if it could have had any consequences for the real National Gallery, is unclear. But the gallery’s action took Isaacs by surprise.last_img read more

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Trinidad Drilling sells rigs to Saudi Arabia instead of moving them to

first_imgCALGARY – Trinidad Drilling Ltd. says it has struck a deal to sell its three drilling rigs in Saudi Arabia for about $114 million instead of moving them to the United States as it announced earlier this year.The Calgary-based drilling company says it will realize about $69 million from the sale of the rigs, with the rest payable to a partner.Trinidad says it will upgrade three wholly-owned rigs already in the United States for about $16 million to meet customer demand in Texas, in lieu of the Saudi-bound rigs.Trinidad had wanted to move the rigs to the U.S. to take advantage of high demand there but CEO Brent Conway says selling is a better option because the funds can be used for its capital program or to repay debt.The company is in the midst of a review of strategic options to create additional value for shareholders.last_img read more

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I can’t cook, I’m a terrible wife: Priyanka Chopra

first_imgLos Angeles: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas says she is a terrible wife as she does not know how to cook. Priyanka made an appearance on ABC’s chat show “The View”, where she spoke about tying the knot with American pop-singer Nick Jonas, her featuring in his music video “Sucker” and about her marriage. “I cant cook. I told him that when he proposed… I said listen ‘you are from a good Southern home, you are used to your mom making amazing food (but) you are not marrying that (type of) girl. I can’t cook,” Priyanka said in the show. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The 36-year-old actress confessed that the only thing she knows how to make is eggs. “I am terrible wife in that sense. But the most amazing thing is that, when I told him ‘Babe I cannot cook…’ he said: ‘it’s alright babe, neither can I.'” Priyanka married Nick last year in December in Rajasthan, India. Talking about marriage, she said: “Marriage feels so different, it’s like the family you choose.” Priyanka also discussed about featuring in Jonas brothers’s latest single “Sucker”. It also stars Kevin and his spouse Danielle, as well as Joe and his fiancee and “Game Of Thrones” star Sophie Turner in the over three-minute video. “It was just a dinner table conversation where we were just talking about video girls and who should be in the video… The boys looked around the table and looked at us,” she said.last_img read more

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Ban Kimoon hails Nobel laureates Al Gore Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

12 October 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the awarding of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and urged governments to build on the momentum they have generated by adopting a new set of binding commitments to contain greenhouse gas emissions. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the awarding of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and urged governments to build on the momentum they have generated by adopting a new set of binding commitments to contain greenhouse gas emissions.In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban paid tribute to Mr. Gore’s “exceptional commitment and conviction, as an example of the crucial role that individuals and civil society can play in encouraging multilateral responses to global issues.”His spokesperson said Mr. Ban “rejoices with the IPCC, and its co-sponsors, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization.”Mr. Ban, who has made addressing climate change a key priority of his administration, pointed out that the IPCC’s “lucid and well-documented findings” helped to establish “beyond doubt that climate change is happening, and that much of it is caused by human activity.”This led to “unprecedented momentum for action on climate change around the world, and recognition of the UN as the forum for reaching agreement on it,” he said.The Secretary-General, who last month convened summit-level talks on the issue in New York to jump-start diplomatic action on climate change, called for industrialized and developing countries alike to commit themselves to a real breakthrough at the critical Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali in December.That meeting will serve to hammer out a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, which contains legally binding targets for greenhouse gas emissions but will expire in 2012.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner also praised the decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, saying it “has today made it clear that combating climate change is a central peace and security policy for the 21st century.”He said the two winners “have contributed significantly to elevating public attention on the issue of global warming while outlining the enormous risks but also the enormous opportunities confronting the world.”Mr. Steiner emphasized the importance of building on the momentum they have helped to build through “negotiations on a decisive, post 2012 emissions reduction agreement” at the Bali meeting.Established in the late 1980s by UNEP and the World Meteorological Organization of the UN, the IPCC and its more than 2,000 scientists and experts have grappled with the science; the likely impacts of climate change and the economics.The IPCC has “outlined the impacts, from the melting off glaciers in the Himalayas to more frequent and devastating floods in New York to Bangladesh impacts, not in some far away future but in the life-time of people reading and hearing the announcement off the Peace Prize Committee,” Mr. Steiner said.He noted that the IPCC has also calculated the price of peace and stability on this planet at perhaps 0.1 per cent of global GDP a year for 30 years for combating climate change and avoiding instability, rising tensions and conflict.“The IPCC, in validating the climate science, represents one of the most important contributions the UN has made in its history to humanity and its current and future choices,” declared Mr. Steiner.He recalled that UNEP earlier this year named Mr. Gore a UNEP Champion of the Earth for “making environmental protection a pillar of his public service and for educating the world on the dangers posed by rising greenhouse gas emissions.”With this prize, the IPCC joins the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN peacekeeping, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN mediator Ralph Bunche, secretaries-general Dag Hammarskjöld and Kofi Annan as well as the United Nations itself as Nobel laureates in the UN family. read more

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Over 5000 AWOL soldiers report back under amnesty

A total of 5412 Officers and Other Rankers of the Army who are Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) have so far reported back to their respective Regimental Headquarters to receive their legal discharge under the ongoing 24 day-long General Amnesty period that ends on 15 November 2017.As of Monday today, 6 Officers, 6 Officer Cadets and 5400 Other Ranks of the Army, considered as absentees, sought the legal discharge during the past fortnight after the General Amnesty period came into effect on 23 October 2017. The general amnesty that was announced to coincide with the 68th Army anniversary would enable Army absentees to directly reach respective Regimental Headquarters and receive their legal discharge. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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WeWork shelves plan for IPO tries to rebuild battered image

NEW YORK — WeWork’s new leaders shelved plans to enter the stock market Monday as they sought to repair the battered image of a company that appeared to revolutionize the office-rental industry and was poised just weeks ago to go public with a valuation of nearly $50 billion.The decision came less than a week after co-founder Adam Neumman stepped aside as chief executive officer. His corporate governance practices had raised conflict-of-interest questions that compounded skepticism about the money-losing company’s prospects for turning a profit.The suspended IPO raised an immediate funding challenge for WeWork, which had counted on a successful stock offering to pursue the meteoric growth strategy that made it so attractive to private investors in the first place. The company, which began as a co-working space in Manhattan in 2010, had planned to expand in many of the 111 cities where it now operates and launch in up to 169 additional cities across the world.Analysts have said WeWork’s outlook could improve if it raised cash and slowed its growth to conserve capital, even though that would lower its long-term value. Its revenue has more than doubled each year since 2016, mostly through its acquisition of new property leases.“It’s a dangerous line they have to walk. You have to keep up the revenue growth, and for that you have to keep adding properties. And to keep adding properties you have to keep getting investment or issue stocks or bonds,” said Dan Morgan, senior portfolio manager for Synovus Trust.Without revenue growth, “you lose the whole magnet of why anyone would be interested in the stock, because you aren’t profitable,” he added.WeWork’s new co-CEOs, Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham, said the company was suspending its IPO to “focus on our core business, the fundamentals of which remain strong.”The company gave no further details, but its core business involves leasing buildings and dividing them into office space that it rents out to members, many of them startups, freelancers and small business owners who cannot afford permanent office space.The We Company also has an eclectic portfolio of side businesses meant to cater to the well-being of its members — a community-building vision set forth by Neumann, a magnetic Israeli immigrant who partly grew up on a kibbutz, and his wife Rebekah Neumann, a certified yoga instructor who studied both business and Buddhism at Cornell University.Those ventures include a fitness company called “Rise by We,” a school for children called “WeGrow,” and a co-living rental company “WeLive.” An acquisition spree included the social media network Meetup.Larger corporations are also a growing part of the company’s customer base because it offers a cost-efficient way to expand to new markets or recruit workers from a wider selection of cities without having to build new offices.But WeWork’s grandiose vision failed to resonate on Wall Street after the company revealed massive losses in its IPO filings. Initially valued at $47 billion, WeWork was considering an IPO priced at well below $20 billion before pulling out.For now, WeWork has cash. It was sitting on $2.5 billion at the end of June.But it continues to burn more cash running its day-to-day business than it brings in. During the first six months of the year, WeWork went through $198.7 billion to fund its operations, meaning it spent more on rent, taxes, maintenance and other operating expenses than it brought in. That figure does not include the cash that it spent on buying equipment, paying security deposits for new locations or other financing or investing activities.Some cash is coming in the next year, with $1.5 billion arriving from its biggest investor, the Japanese firm SoftBank, in April as part of a deal struck at the start of this year. But even with that infusion, uncertainty remains about whether WeWork can raise enough cash to support its aggressive growth. Last week, S&P Global Ratings cut WeWork’s credit rating to “junk” status.WeWork is burning through a total of about $2.8 billion each year, according to estimates by Sanford C. Bernstein analysts. If it continues at that estimated pace, it may not have enough cash to make it to June.Bernstein estimates that WeWork needs at least $6 billion in funding and possibly up to $8 billion if a recession were to hit in the next three years.That’s what makes WeWork’s withdrawn IPO so damaging. If it had raised at least $3 billion from the offering, it would have gotten access to $6 billion in financing that was contingent on the deal.Alexandra Olson And Stan Choe, The Associated Press read more

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Security Council holds open debate on oilforfood programme for Iraq

More than 30 participants signed up to take part in the debate, which was held at the request of the Russian Federation. This was the Council’s first formal meeting on Iraq since 1 June when it extended the current phase of the “oil-for-food” programme until 3 July, and expressed its intention to agree on changes to the current sanctions regime, which has been in place against Baghdad since Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. In his address to the Council, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation said he had carefully considered all proposals on the issue, including the draft resolution submitted by the United Kingdom. “I must say quite frankly that the deeper we get into the details of the proposed change in the sanctions regime, the more our doubts go as to the feasibility of the concept enshrined in that draft, and, indeed, its political viability,” he said. He added that the system proposed in the draft “leads us away” from the full implementation of Security Council resolutions on Iraq, while preserving sanctions which had unacceptable consequences on the country’s people and achieving no progress on disarmament, he said. “The key elements in the UK draft look as though they would lead us not to loosening this very harsh economic situation in Iraq but rather to tightening sanctions,” Mr. Lavrov said. Further, the new scheme was to be introduced without Baghdad’s consent, “and this is utterly unrealistic, and moreover it is contrary to decisions of the Council about the need to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq.” Stating that Russia could not agree to the draft, he said his Government had submitted a proposal that contained “clear criteria for suspending and then lifting sanctions, tied with the deployment in Iraq of the ongoing monitoring and verification system on the basis of the implementation of existing resolutions of the Security Council.”For his part, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom said the new proposals contained in the British draft would make an important and significant difference to the flow of goods to Iraq. He noted that by its resolution 1284, the Council had set out various steps to relieve humanitarian suffering in Iraq and had provided a route for the suspension and lifting of sanctions if Baghdad chose to cooperate. “There is no good reason to back away from or to alter that framework,” he stressed. Resolution 1284 “has not been implemented because Iraq has refused to implement it,” he said, adding “That cannot be the basis for any kind of re-negotiation of its terms.”The UK’s draft resolution aimed to set in place measures to liberalize the flow of goods to Iraq and, at the same time, to examine ways to make sure that military-related items are not exported to Iraq, Ambassador Greenstock said. Noting that the extension of the current phase of the oil-for-food programme was almost up, he pledged to work “as hard as it takes” to meet the 3 July deadline. “Let me say in all frankness that none of us, on this issue in particular, can allow national economic self-interest to hold up positive measures for the Iraqi people,” he said. “The risk is that if we do not act now the Security Council may never be in a position to act.”Meanwhile, the Office of the Iraq Programme, which oversees the implementation of the oil-for-food scheme, today reported today that for the third consecutive week in a row, there were no Iraqi petroleum exports. As of 22 June, approximately $2 billion and €1.7 billion (euros) in uncommitted funds were available in the UN escrow account for the issuance of additional letters of credit for the purchase of humanitarian supplies and oil spare parts and equipment by Iraq. In addition, supplies valued at $11.1 billion were in the production and delivery pipeline. read more

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Annan praises Spain for donating 700 million to achieve global development goals

Outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today praised Spain for donating $700 million to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a time-bound set of eight globally agreed targets that aim to combat poverty and other social ills, calling this a “splendid example of international solidarity” and urging other countries to follow suit. “I would just like… to acknowledge the magnificent announcement by the Spanish prime minister yesterday, that Spain is donating $700 million to the effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” Mr. Annan said in his last press conference before handing over the reins of the world body to his successor, Ban Ki-moon, at the end of this month. “This is the largest contribution yet made to the UN for this purpose by any country, and I believe it is a splendid example of international solidarity which I hope other members will follow,” said Mr. Annan, who attended a signing ceremony for the donation yesterday in New York, alongside Spain’s Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.The agreement, signed between Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation Leire Pajín and Kemal Dervis, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, sets up the UN Fund for the Achievement of the MDGs, which will be managed by Spain and the UNDP. According to the agency, which coordinates UN development activities in developing countries, the MDG Fund will focus on the following:Democratic governance; Gender equality; Basic social needs, including youth employment; Economic development, including the role of the private sector; Environment and climate change; Conflict prevention and peace-building; Cultural diversity and development.“UNDP thanks the Government of Spain for this contribution which confirms its leadership in multilateralism and international cooperation and highlights its confidence in the United Nations,” Mr. Dervis said. “Focussing on seven key development areas, widely acknowledged as central to the achievement of the MDGs, this contribution will better position the UN to help countries achieve their national development objectives.” The MDGs were agreed by world leaders at the UN’s Millennium Summit in 2000. They cover eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and fostering a global partnership for development. read more

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TransCanada confirms talks about potential deal after US report

CALGARY – TransCanada confirmed it is in talks about a potential deal following a media report that the Calgary-based pipeline giant was discussing a takeover of a U.S. natural gas pipeline operator.The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources it said were familiar with the matter, reported that a deal with Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. could be worth more than US$10 billion.In a brief statement, TransCanada said talks are underway with an unidentified party, but there’s no guarantee they will continue or that a deal may result.It said it won’t make any further comment until it’s appropriate — if an agreement is reached.TransCanada’s efforts to build new oil pipelines have faced major hurdles, with the Obama administration nixing its cross-border Keystone XL pipeline in November and its Alberta-to-Atlantic Energy East proposal facing mounting environmental opposition.A deal with Columbia Pipeline, should it come to fruition, would add to TransCanada’s (TSX:TRP) already vast natural gas pipeline network.Columbia Pipeline owns more than 24,000 kilometres of gas pipelines in the U.S. TransCanada confirms talks about potential deal after U.S. report by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 10, 2016 11:10 am MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2016 at 11:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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FEATURE Hailed as role models allfemale Indian police unit departs UN mission

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and SRSG Farid Zarif greet and thank the all-female Indian Formed Police Unit serving since 2007 for their service to the people of Liberia. Credit: UNMILTVThe Indian contingent is not just controlling crowds; the women have earned the respect of Liberians thanks to their engagement within the community on many levels. For example, they gave map reading lessons to their peers in the Liberian National Police. More broadly, they taught Liberian women self-defence skills, conducted classes on sexual violence and HIV/AIDS, and provided medical services. Some got involved with a local orphanage and school in Congo Town. “It was a challenging job 24 hours a day,” said 31-year-old Sub-Inspector Subashini Mahunta. “It was a big responsibility to protect the people, save strangers, and bring safety and comfort to the people. Being a police officer is a very respectable thing.”This message was recently echoed by many UN officials, who in light of the contingent’s imminent departure, have been praising the women’s important contribution to the nation.“The all-female Indian FPU played an outstanding role in Liberia since 2007 and put the soul of Security Council resolution 1325 into operational action and visibility,” said UN Police Adviser Stefan Feller, referring to the UN document adopted in 2000 that urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all peace and security efforts.“These courageous women patrolled Monrovian streets at night together with their Liberian counterparts, maintained calm during the Ebola crisis and devoted time and resources above and beyond the call of duty to protect the communities. The legacy these peacekeepers leave behind is the next generation of female Liberian leaders, already serving in the national police today.”Ten years ago, there were 16,000 UN uniformed personnel in Liberia. By the end of June, there will be 1,240 military and 606 police. “The all-female Indian FPU will not be replaced, but its legacy will continue in Liberia and throughout peacekeeping,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMIL, Farid Zarif.“By having served with distinction, they have earned the deep respect of the Liberian people, and have also made themselves, their families and their nation very proud of their sacrifice and service,” he added. ‹ ›According to the UN, India has been an unequivocal supporter of women in peace and security worldwide. It is currently the fourth largest police-contributing country with 1,009 police officers worldwide, and the third largest contributor of female police officers with 115, just behind Bangladesh and Nepal. “You have certain professions that are seen to be traditional masculine jobs,” explained Clare Hutchinson, a gender adviser for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). “What we’re doing with the military and the police is breaking down the perception that this is a male domain and that women can’t be involved. We know that the obstacles aren’t that it’s too dangerous or that they don’t want to travel or leave their children. Those aren’t the most prevailing obstacles; it’s mainly that they’re not aware of opportunities.”Ms. Hutchinson emphasized that to increase the presence of women in peace operations, the UN relies on its Member States to recruit them at the country level first. To support the effort, the Organization has helped train over 555 female police officers in five countries, leading to 174 additional women being deployed last year. They’ve served as role models for the local girls, and the effect on Liberian women was very significant.“What comes out as very striking to me when you talk to women in the services, the first thing they say is that they’re a police officer, not a woman. So they’re not women police officers, they’re police officers who are women. And I think that’s very important for us to remember,” she noted. Inspector Sangmitrai Kittappan, 40, was encouraged to join the Indian police force by her family – especially her father and husband, who is also a police officer. She has served two one-year rotations in Liberia, returning in February 2015 for the second time because Ebola had ravaged the country and she wanted to help.“Female infanticide was [practiced] in our society. That’s why my father always told me ‘one day you will play a big role in the world, you will be an example to the female community,’” she said. “Girls talk with us freely, there’re always asking if it’s hard to live away from our families for a long time,” she added. “I tell them I love my country and I want to sacrifice my life for my nation.”Meanwhile, Inspector Santha Bhargavi, 49, shared that she especially enjoyed helping to restore calm during riots, even when the situation sometimes grew violent. “It was a very big moment for us,” she said. “We controlled the situation, we are well trained. It is a pride for any woman to serve in such a mission.” “We see you as family,” Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently told the women of the all-female Indian police unit serving in her country under the United Nations flag. “If I had my will, I would have recommended for another unit of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to leave, so that the Indian Formed Police Unit (FPU) would continue its stay in the country for the time being,” she said, speaking to a large crowd at their recent farewell ceremony, organized to coincide with India’s Republic Day.On Sunday, 125 women and supporting personnel that constitute the unit will pack their bags and return home to all corners of India following their one-year rotation in the post-conflict nation. Since the civil war ended in 2003, UNMIL has been supporting Liberia to rebuild its institutions so it can maintain stability without its presence. When the local women see the female peacekeepers, they get inspired by them.“When the local women see the female peacekeepers, they get inspired by them – [they see] ladies can perform the same role as male counterparts,” Colonel Madhubala Bala, the contingent’s commander, told the UN News Centre in an interview.And the proof is in the numbers. Liberian women now make up 17 per cent of the country’s security sector, as compared to 6 per cent nine years ago before the arrival and influence of the all-female Indian contingent. “They’ve served as role models for the local girls, and the effect on Liberian women was very significant,” added the Colonel.In a statement issued today in New York ahead of this weekend’s departure, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the FPU’s “unwavering performance, professionalism and discipline,” and commended its contributions in creating an environment for the Government of Liberia to assume fully its security responsibilities by 30 June 2016. “Through their work, they managed criminality, deterred sexual and gender-based violence and helped rebuild safety and confidence among the population,” said the statement, in which Mr. Ban also underscored that the conduct of the FPU served as an example of how the deployment of more female uniformed personnel can help the UN in its efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse.“The Secretary-General thanks all the women who served in the FPU for inspiring all Liberians, as well as current and future generations of female police officers, and becoming role models for gender equality,” the statement added. The Indian contingent of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), consisting mostly of women, arrives in Monrovia to begin its tour of duty in January 2007. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein Women officers of the Indian Formed Police Unit participate in a medal parade held in Monrovia in November 2008 in honour of their service. UN Photo/Christopher Herwig Members of the Indian Formed Police Unit stand guard on a street in Monrovia as the Liberian constitutional referendum takes place in August 2011. UN Photo/Staton Winter The Indian contingent of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), consisting mostly of women, arrives in Monrovia to begin its tour of duty in January 2007. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein Women officers of the Indian Formed Police Unit participate in a medal parade held in Monrovia in November 2008 in honour of their service. UN Photo/Christopher Herwig President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (left) with members of the Indian Formed Police Unit serving with UNMIL. Emmanuel Tobey/UNMIL read more

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Chef Michael Smith coming to campus Wednesday Nov 9

TV celebrity chef Michael Smith will be visiting Brock this Wednesday Nov 9 to share some culinary tips, autograph books for his fans and serve up a dinner to remember.The nutritional activist and Food Network host is visiting campus as part of his role as ambassador for Sodexo, the food services provider contracted by Brock to run food services at the University.His visit begins in Market Hall when he leads a demonstration called “DIY Salad Dressings” from 11:30 am to 12:30, followed by “DIY Granola” from 1 to 2 pm.He will do a book signing in Market Hall from 2 to 3 pm, then moves to the Campus Store for more book signing from 3:15 to 4:15 pm.From 4:30 to 6 pm Smith concludes his Brock visit in the Decew Dining Hall, serving up dinner based on seven recipes taken from his series of cookbooks. The dishes can be purchased on an a la carte basis, and the event is open to everyone. read more

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Royal security fears over decision to publish helicopter flight details

first_imgThe Queen using the Royal helicopter to visit Aberfan in South Wales in 2012Credit:Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images He said: “Far from deterring people from flying drones nearby, they are in fact telling them how best to do so. To publicise where a Royal helicopter will be flying is to encourage terrorists, mad people and pranksters.“There are some things that should be secret and I think Royal flights are among them.”As drone numbers rise sharply in the UK, there are growing concerns about mid-air collisions and a Department for Transport report last year said helicopters were most vulnerable.According to the UK Airprox Board, there were 70 near-misses involving drones in 2016, more than double the year before.All pilots, including drone enthusiasts, are required to check NOTAM lists before they fly to see if there are any potential hazards.The Civil Aviation Authority, which publishes hundreds of the alerts each week, said the decision to publish information had been made by the Royal Household itself.A statement said: “Following a review of helicopter flights by the Royal Household, route details will be provided to all airspace users including private pilots and drone users to allow them to remain clear.”A spokeswoman for the Royals added: “In making travel arrangements, the Royal Household always seeks the best balance of security, efficiency and value for money.” Dai Davies a former head of Royal Protection, told the Mail on Sunday: “This gives me grave concern as to the overall risk potential.“Why bother spending millions of pounds on protecting the Royal Family on the ground, then make this information available in advance? I just despair.’Prof Anthony Glees, head of the University of Buckingham’s Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, described the decision as “incomprehensible”. 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.center_img A decision to publish details of Royal helicopter flights to warn off pilots and drone operators is a potential security risk, it has been claimed.The Royal Household has decided to notify other air users of routes and timings for flights by senior Royals 48 hours before they take off.The decision to publish details in safety alerts known as NOTAMs (Notice To Airmen) came amid fears there was a growing risk a Royal flight could be struck by a drone or private plane in the UK’s congested skies.Royal sources said the decision came after consultation with Scotland Yard and weighed up the security concerns of providing advance notification against the safety risks of not doing so.The first flight details were published last week for flights believed to be carrying the Princess Royal and Duke of York. Queen Elizabeth II is sheltered by an umbrella as she walks to the royal helicopter after officially opening Ynysowen Community Primary School on April 27, 2012 in Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil in South Waleslast_img read more

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Anvil Mining signs up for global transparency initiative

first_imgAnvil Mining has recently been accepted as a supporting member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) – a scheme developed to improve the global visibility in the oil, gas and mining industries, with the aim of making natural resources a benefit to all. EITI is a coalition that sets a standard for companies and governments to publish and disclose monies paid and received.Bill Turner, President and CEO commented: “The company will continue to develop its position as a catalytic partner in the development of the mining industry, our host communities and the government of the DRC. We fully endorse the EITI principles and believe them to be a mechanism which will directly contribute to the country’s wider development objectives. The DRC is currently an EITI candidate country and has until September 9, 2010 to submit a final validation report to the EITI Board. We feel that such an initiative can only serve to add value to a developing nation by increasing the attractiveness of the country as an investment destination and improving the reputation of the industry and the country.”Anvil has also launched an updated website (www.anvilmining.com) which includes current information on the company’s activities, with a focus on the development of Kinsevere Stage II, a 60,000 t/y SX-EW copper plant in the DRC.last_img read more

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