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Cougars living near humans kill more deer

first_imgPeople seldom see cougars, America’s largest wild feline, because of the cats’ secretive ways. But their skittishness comes at a cost, says a team of researchers who tracked the movements of 30 cougars in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains between 2008 and 2013. The researchers fitted the cats with GPS and radio collars, then used a special software program to identify 208 sites to which the cougars (Puma concolor) returned over the course of several days—a sign that they likely had made a kill. In urban areas with between two and nine houses per hectare, female cougars killed 36% more deer than female cats in rural areas and spent less time feeding on each carcass, the scientists report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Male hunting patterns did not appear to be affected. The findings suggest that female cougars expend more energy hunting in urban areas and may be paying a price in terms of reproductive success, the researchers say. They note that one of their collared females has lost three of her litters in the last 3 years—and she lives in the most developed habitat.last_img read more

Japan to Hire 200,000 Indian IT Professionals

first_imgJapan will be hiring 200,000 information technology (IT) professionals from India to support its rapidly expanding IT infrastructure, Shigeki Maeda, executive vice president at Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), a government body, said on March 8, according to the Economic Times.The IT professionals will be given green cards so that they can settle down in Japan. The country has been reticent about opening up its shores to immigrants until now, but with an ageing population and low birth rate it was said to be only a matter of time till it opened its doors to people of other nationalities.“Currently there are around 920,000 IT professionals in the country and there is an immediate demand for more than 200,000 IT professionals from India which is likely to further swell to 800,000 professionals by 2030,” Maeda said in his keynote address at the India-Japan Business Partnership Seminar, which was jointly organized by Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Jetro.Many Japanese companies feel that there are limitations to conventional “in-house innovation” and hence India is the ideal partner while moving towards “most-advanced IT Technology Capabilities,” he said.“India can bridge that gap. If a company in Japan has an immediate demand for say 5,000 engineers, only India can come to their aid. All sectors are facing the crunch as they are interlinked and connected… whether it is healthcare, agriculture, research and development or services or finance,” Maeda added.The Japanese government will give green cards to highly-skilled professionals that would let them get permanent resident status in as little as one year. This will be first of its kind in the world since it will be the fastest grant of residence.India and Japan’s ties have become closer with enhancement in security, maritime and trade relations. India and Japan are part of a Quadrilateral agreement, including Australia and the United States, regarding security. Japan and India also plan to create 11 economic zones in India. Some of the places identified for the industrial townships are Tumkur (Karnataka), Ghilot (Rajasthan), Mandal (Gujarat), Supa (Maharashtra), Ponneri (Tamil Nadu), Neemrana (Rajasthan), Jhajjar (Haryana), and Integrated Industrial Township in Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh/NCR).Japan has also relaxed visa rules for Indian travelers with effect from Jan. 1, 2018. Currently, Indians don’t need to submit their employment certificate and letters of explanation for multiple-entry visas.Currently, there are 1,369 Japanese companies in India while only 71 Indian companies operate in Japan. In 2016, only 266 Indian highly skilled foreign professionals were working there, the Hindu reported. However, with curbs on the H-1B visa in the United States more professionals are expected to vie for jobs in other countries. Related ItemsEmploymentJapanlast_img read more

Danny Kingad faces replacement foe Senzo Ikeda in ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarters

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving The 23-year-old Kingad will have to make do with the limited time left to prepare for Ikeda.Although, he has no problems in making the necessary adjustments ahead of his big bout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I am prepared for whoever ONE Championship puts in front of me,” said Kingad.“I have trained hard and prepared well for the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, so I am confident that I can take on anyone in the tournament who stands in my way,” he added. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Aside from being confident, Kingad knows he needs to be cautious as well against the Japanese veteran.Ikeda has been on a tear having won his last four fights before being signed by ONE Championship.“Senzo Ikeda is a talented competitor, and he has a lot of momentum behind him with four-straight wins, but I have faith in my capabilities and my skills,” the Team Lakay up-and-comer said.“I believe that I can put an end to that winning streak. My goal is to win this tournament. To do that, I will need to show my best in all of the matches, starting with this first one against Ikeda.”ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 5 Google Philippines names new country director View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino Danny Kingad is set to face a different opponent in Senzo Ikeda in the Flyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinals in ONE: A New Era on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.Ikeda, the reigning Pancrase flyweight world champion, replaced Andrew Leone in the match after the American withdrew due to an injury.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ISL 2019-20: ATK Eye 1st Win as They Face Newbies Hyderabad FC at Home

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Kolkata: Back home after suffering an away defeat, former champions ATK will look to regroup and pick their first points when they face Hyderabad FC in the sixth season of the Indian Super League (ISL) here on Friday.For Hyderabad FC, who were formed after Pune FC were disbanded last season for financial irregularities, this will be the first match of the season. Despite a sixth minute lead by Carl McHugh, ATK were left to rue some good opportunities as Kerala Blasters restored parity by converting a spotkick in the 30th minute and sealed the issue before half-time in the ISL opener in Kochi on Sunday.The Kolkata franchise were also ‘unlucky’ with their appeals for penalties being turned down during the match and coach Antonio Lopez Habas will look for a fresh start for his team.Former Spanish international goalkeeper Jose Molina took charge in the third season and the Kolkata franchise put up a dominant display to win their second title — a record they jointly hold with Chennaiyin FC in the five-year-old history of the league.But after the severed partnership with Atletico Madrid — who looked after the technical affairs but did not invest anything in the club, ATK’s performance nosedived, finishing ninth and sixth in the last two seasons.To revive their fortunes, the Sanjiv Goenka-owned side finally decided to get back Habas and the Spaniard will be keen to return to winning ways.Soosairaj was one of most influential players for Jamshedpur last year, netting four goals for them but the leftwinger looked tentative against Kerala with Jayesh Rane in the central midfield.”The duty to the team is like that. I think Soosairaj has a fantastic future but he needs to adapt to us tactically. Maybe one day he’ll play as a full-back and other day he’ll be a winger. He has the condition for playing in many sectors of the pitch,” Habas said of Soosairj on the eve of the match.Most of the players from the now-defunct Pune FC, who were disbanded at the end of last season following financial troubles, have been retained by the Hyderabad side.Englishman Phil Brown, who joined Pune last season in January and guided the club to a seventh-place finish, will continue to guide Hyderabad as they play their first match.Representing the historical city of Hyderabad, the franchise have brought in several key foreigners, including Nestor Gordillo, Deyvison Rogerio da Silva and Giles Barnes.The domestic recruits include Gani Nigam, Sahil Tavora and Laldanmawia Ralte while FC Goa’s Laxmikant Kattimani has replaced Vishal Kaith.The defence also looks sturdy with high-profile signings of Matthew Kilgallon and Rafa Lopez Gomes adding a bit of their experience from the European top tiers.Youngsters Deependra Negi, Ashish Rai and Tarif Akhand are also part of the main squad.Under Habas, then Atletico de Kolkata won the inaugural title in 2014 and made the last-four the following year. atkfootballHyderabad FCindian football First Published: October 24, 2019, 11:28 PM ISTlast_img read more

MS Dhoni to lead Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL

first_imgThe Pune franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be named Rising Pune Supergiants (RPSG) with India’s limited overs skipper MS Dhoni captaining the side, its owner announced on Monday.The franchise is owned by the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group and its chairman Sanjiv Goenka exuded confidence that the new team would do well in its maiden season.On opting for Dhoni to lead the side despite having South African T20 skipper Faf du Plesis and Australian captain Steve Smith in the squad, Goenka said: “Yes, we have three captains in our team and we are proud of that fact. All three are outstanding leaders but looking into all aspects, we felt Dhoni to be the best choice”.”Dhoni is somebody who has shown tremendous leadership in all formats of the game that he has played. We have great confidence in him,” he said.Refusing to comment on Dhoni being under fire over India’s poor performance in the ongoing one-day series in Australia, Goenka asserted the existence of three captains in his squad will not impact the harmony of the team.On Dhoni being named as the captain only for this season, Goenka said: “Our focus right now is 2016. Being a new team we have to do well, so he has been named for our first season”.While the Pune franchise has opted for the former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach-captain combination of Stephen Fleming and Dhoni, Goenka denied having any role for Michael Hussey as the new team’s batting consultant.advertisement”This is not CSK, this is our team. Just because somebody was in Chennai team doesn’t mean he will have to do the same here.”Dhoni-Fleming is a great combination. We will go with whoever we believe is in the best interest of our team,” said Goenka.”Because we are a new team, that cannot be an excuse for lack of performance in the field. We have to do what we have to do. We have to make sure we have to perform well and we are very confident of doing that,” he said.Goenka also announced former CEO of Rajasthan Royals, Raghu Iyer, as the head of the sports wing of the company which also co-owns Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata.last_img read more

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first_imgShe further heaped praise on Cricket Australia for She further heaped praise on Cricket Australia for inculcating professionalism in the Southern Stars. “Im really proud to say that as an Australian team, we travel the same way like the mens do, we stay in the same accommodation. As Australian players, the best thing we can do is to maximise the opportunities that are given. “Were moving towards full professionalism in our squad and that allows us to play better cricket long term. You dont become a better cricketer overnight just because youre getting paid a little bit more. I think its going to help us, lets say in five years time, we will be a standalone product and there will be media interest and the TV rights going along with our matches.” The interest for the womens cricket may be nowhere in comparison to the media attention that mens teams but Alex said their game was equally exciting. “Their game is a little different. We have lack of power and pace on the ball. Youre not going to see the same product but its equally exciting. The way the girls go about battling it out for their nations against big rivals is the same drama. I would continue to play alongside the mens tournament.” Citing example of the West Indies cricket who will be eyeing a double winning both mens and womens crown, she said, “One thing thats really special is the way the West Indies have made the finals in both mens and womens cricket. Thats something that we aim for as an Australian team. “Both men and women hope to be no 1 in the world. We still have got a chance to maintain our No 1 ranking. Were looking forward to doing that.” Having won their ODI World Cup in 1997 at Eden Gardens under Belinda Clark, Alex said theyre feeling at home in the iconic venue. “She (Belinda) has sent her well wishes. This has been the home to Australians, even though its a long time. Were very excited about the challenges ahead. Were really happy to be here at Eden Gardens. I was never here before. This is my fifth time to India. Its a popular place for Australia, particularly the womens team. We have faced the West Indies in the ODI World Cup final before, but this will be a new challenge,” she said. PTI TAP AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

a month agoSouthampton defender Wesley Hoedt: I regret leaving Lazio

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt: I regret leaving Lazioby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton defender Wesley Hoedt regrets leaving Lazio.He is currently on loan at Belgian side Antwerp.Hoedt said, “I made a mistake [leaving Lazio]. I had a five-year contract with them. After two years, they offered to extend it for another five, with better conditions.“Italian football culture is very professional, but everyone wants to play in the best League in the world, the Premier League, and the Southampton offered me a contract that I couldn’t refuse.“Unfortunately, the club had two bad seasons and things didn’t go as I thought they would.” last_img read more

North Carolina Basketball: Photos: This Charlotte-Based Cake Designer Makes Amazing UNC Basketball Cakes

first_imggrooms Cake of North Carolina's basketball court.IG/forgoodnesscakescharlotteSkilled pastry chefs and cake designers can make some amazing things out of their desserts, and Charlotte-based For Goodness Cakes definitely knows its audience. The business’ Instagram account has posted a number of amazing-looking cakes, including a number that are North Carolina Tar Heel themed. The always popular #heelshouse cake. #atleastinmyhouse #goheels #groomscakes #charlottecakes Inside: delectable peanut butter cake with milk chocolate ganache filling.A photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jun 5, 2015 at 9:21pm PDT  Here strictly for work. #heelshouse #deandome #carolinacakes #lovethisplaceA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jan 24, 2015 at 11:33am PST  Not a wedding cake, but could be. Photo credit: @dreaphotoartist #carolinacake #tarheelwedding #nycskyline #uncchapelhill #goheelsA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jan 24, 2015 at 7:54pm PST Don’t worry Duke fans, they’ll make you, and fans of other schools, cakes as well. Like I’ve always said, I’m an equal opportunity provider. Design piped by hand and by eye with buttercream! #dookcakeA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on May 8, 2015 at 2:08pm PDT  Collage cake for a very lucky birthday girl. Sadly had to crop off the beloved sea turtle topper, but this one deserved a 360! #bruciesbirthdaybash #milestonebirthdaycake #collagecake #handpaintedandcreatedA video posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Apr 11, 2015 at 7:09pm PDT  Who knew owning a cake business would be Sports Teams 101? #whodey #footballcake #charlottegroomscakesA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jun 20, 2014 at 1:48pm PDT  “Chef’s choice” cakes start at $75: you choose 2 colors, flavors and theme and I come up with design, no fondant, all buttercream. #ugacake #graduationcakeA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on May 23, 2014 at 5:26pm PDT If we were Tar Heel fans, we know where we’d go for our Dean Dome confectionery recreations.last_img read more

Photo: Nebraska Gets Trolled On ESPN College GameDay Sign

first_img Instead of putting up a sign that bashes the opponent, the two schools are bonding over their bad blood with Nebraska football.Check it out:“We all secretly despise Nebraska” sounds right for #IOWAvsISU, only not so secret… #GameDaySigns pic.twitter.com/pOK2fndn2c— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 14, 2019Once kickoff begins at Jack Trice Stadium, the Hawkeyes and Cyclones will certainly despise each other. This is a crucial matchup for both programs as they try to enter conference play undefeated.As for the Cornhuskers, they’ll face the Northern Illinois Huskies at home this afternoon. They’ll try to get back in the win column after suffering a second-half collapse in Week 2.Iowa and Nebraska will face off in the final week of the regular season. Judging off this sign, Iowa State could be rooting for its in-state rival. The College GameDay crew on set in New York City.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is previewing the upcoming battle between Iowa and Iowa State this weekend. Although those two programs aren’t very fond of each other, they share a common rival in Nebraska.Iowa and Nebraska are now foes in the Big Ten. The Huskers and the Cyclones used to be conference rivals in the Big 12.Every edition of GameDay features a plethora of fan-made signs that generate a few laughs. That trend continued this morning in Ames, Iowa.The sign going viral on College GameDay says “We all secretly despite Nebraska.”last_img read more

Fincantieri Starts Building Seabourn Ovation

first_imgzoom The steel cutting ceremony of Seabourn Ovation, the second of two ultra-luxury vessels which Fincantieri is currently building for the shipowner Seabourn, a brand of Carnival Corporation, took place today at the shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa.The sister ship, Seabourn Encore, is currently under construction in Marghera’s yard and will be delivered by the end of the year.The vessel, as its sister ship, will be approximately 41,000 gross tons, about 210 meters long, 28 wide, being able to reach a cruising speed of 18.6 knots. It will carry just 600 guests on board, based on double occupancy.Seabourn Ovation, due to join Seabourn’s fleet in spring 2018, will be built according the very latest technologies upgrading the ship’s fuel consumption by optimizing the ship’s hydrodynamics, Fincantieri said.Fincantieri has built 73 cruise ships from 1990 to today, 61 of which for Carnival’s different brands, while other 22 are currently being designed or built in the group’s yards and 10 of these are for the shipowners of the American group.last_img read more

Encephalitis deaths cross 100mark Nitish meets officials

first_imgNew Delhi: As the death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district crossed the 100 mark on Monday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has summoned the Bihar government and Union Health Ministry over the rising deaths and sought a detailed report in the matter.Meanwhile, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, who had once hit the headlines for appointing a dead doctor to head a district hospital in June last year, faced the fury of affected families over asking the cricket score during a crucial meeting on the outbreak of AES in the state in the presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in Muzaffarpur on Sunday. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceIn the alleged video, Pandey is heard asking “how many wickets have fallen?” to which someone responds “4 wickets”. India was playing Pakistan in a World Cup tournament late Sunday evening. Coming to the NHRC notice, the panel has also sought a detailed report on the status of implementation of National Programme for Prevention and Control of Japanese Encephalitis Virus/Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (NPPCJA) and other steps taken to deal with the painful situation. The panel has given four-week time to submit the sought details. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeIn a related development, the Centre in response to an RTI reply has stated that the occurrence of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) was observed for the first time in 1955 at Vellore in Tamil Nadu and the government has spent several crores of rupees to contain the deadly disease, which has claimed the lives of over 7,500 children since 2009. As per the RTI, there were 779 deaths reported in 2009, while in 2010, 679 deaths were reported due to JE. Similarly, in 2011, 1,169 children died due to ‘brain fever’ followed by 1,256 deaths in 2012, then 1,273 deaths in 2013 and 1,711 deaths in 2014. Though there is no provision of providing compensation to the affected families from the Centre, the Bihar government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for each of the children killed in the outbreak. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has also directed officials of the Health Department, the district administration and doctors to take all possible measures to tackle the situation.last_img read more

Chennaiyin FC release Vanmalsawma Herd and Bernard

first_imgChennai: Chennaiyin FC on Friday confirmed the departure of midfielders Isaac Vanmalsawma and Chris Herd along with goalkeeper Nikhil Bernard from the club. While Isaac moves to Indian Super League side Jamshedpur FC on a permanent transfer, Chris and Nikhil leave CFC following the expiry of their respective contracts. Mizo midfielder Isaac completes a permanent transfer to Jamshedpur FC for an undisclosed fee, having joined Chennaiyin from FC Pune City before the 2018-19 campaign. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Isaac was a versatile influence on the Chennaiyin midfield, deployed by head coach John Gregory on the wings as well as in the middle. He made 20 appearances for the club across the ISL, Super Cup and AFC Cup; registering two goals and one assist in the process. Chris joined CFC midway through the 2018-19 campaign and made five appearances in the ISL. He then had three instrumental displays in CFC’s run to the Super Cup final, unfortunately missing out in the decider through suspension. The Australian defensive midfielder then played seven times in the AFC Cup, even finding the back of the net in the 2-0 home win over Nepal’s Manang Marshyangdi Club in the group stage. Nikhil joined the club after a stint at Gokulam Kerala FC, ahead of the just concluded season. He departs without making any senior team appearances.last_img read more

Security sector reform vital to stability in GuineaBissau says UN report

In his latest report on developments in Guinea-Bissau and on the activities of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office there, known as UNIOGBIS, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls security sector reform the “centrepiece” of priority stabilization goals in the West African nation.“I urge national authorities and international partners not to lose sight of the holistic nature of security sector reform and to ensure that international assistance addresses not only defence sector needs but also the needs of the security and justice sectors,” he writes. He says he is encouraged that the national authorities are taking measures to pave the way for creating the legal framework for the reforms, while highlighting the need for sustained international support for the country’s efforts. “In these times of global financial crisis and competing priorities, I reiterate my earnest appeal to the international community to generously support the efforts of Guinea-Bissau to restructure and ensure the creation of a comprehensive security sector that is effective, financially sustainable and capable of meeting present and future challenges, including the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking.” Last November, the top UN envoy in Guinea-Bissau warned that the prospects for political stability in the country appear to be good but are threatened by drug trafficking and organized crime.“Although there seems to be a downward trend in the trafficking of cocaine through West Africa over the past few months, drug trafficking and organized crime remain a significant challenge for stability in Guinea-Bissau and the sub-region,” Joseph Mutaboba, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNIOGBIS, told a meeting of the Security Council. The Secretary-General adds in his report that the UN is expanding its efforts towards reforming policing and internal security in the country, and urges all partners to join forces with the world body to allow the international community to ‘deliver as one’ in this critical area.He also lauds the progress that has been made on the political and economic fronts in Guinea-Bissau, where a series of political assassinations in 2009 had threatened security and stability. Malam Bacai Sanhá won the presidential elections that were held in June and July.“President Sanhá’s call for change towards a culture of positive peace to replace the polarization and divisiveness that have hampered efforts to heal and rebuild Guinea-Bissau society is encouraging,” Mr. Ban states, urging the Government and the National Assembly to continue to “foster synergies for national dialogue” with society as a whole to achieve genuine and lasting reconciliation.Commending the efforts made towards improving economic and fiscal management, the Secretary-General says it is encouraging that the Government has made economic and fiscal reform a national priority since economic recovery is a key component for any viable strategy to reduce instability.He adds that recent developments signal a “clear commitment and willingness” on the part of international financial institutions, the UN Peacebuilding Commission and other international partners to collaborate with the Government. Guinea-Bissau is one of four countries currently on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission – along with Burundi, Sierra Leone and the Central African Republic (CAR) – which was established in 2005 to help countries emerging from conflict make an irreversible transition from war to sustainable peace. 3 March 2010Security sector reform remains the most crucial element to ensuring stability in Guinea-Bissau, according to a new United Nations report released today, which calls on the international community to support the country’s efforts towards this goal. read more

Somalia Security Council exempts humanitarian activities from sanctions provisions

17 March 2011The Security Council today voted to exempt the work of humanitarian agencies operating in Somalia from a resolution that obliges States to impose financial sanctions on groups and individuals who obstruct efforts to restore peace and stability in the Horn of Africa country. The Security Council today voted to exempt the work of humanitarian agencies operating in Somalia from a resolution that obliges States to impose financial sanctions on groups and individuals who obstruct efforts to restore peace and stability in the Horn of Africa country.Under Security Council resolution 1844 of 2008, UN Member States are obligated to freeze the funds, other financial assets and economic resources which are on their territories, which are owned or controlled by the individuals or entities engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security, stability or humanitarian operations in Somalia.Resolution 1972 passed today says an exemption shall apply if the payment of funds, other financial assets or economic resources are necessary to ensure the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance in Somalia, by the UN, its specialized agencies or programmes, humanitarian organizations having observer status at the General Assembly that provide humanitarian assistance, or their implementing partners.The exemption is for a period of 16 months, according to the text of the resolution, which also requires the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator to report to the Security Council by 15 November this year, and again by 15 July next year, on the implementation of the exemption and on any impediments to the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Somalia.A severe drought in Somalia has exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation in Somalia, where civilians have been caught up in fighting pitting forces of the country’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which are backed by African Union (AU) peacekeepers, against insurgents with the Al-Shabaab armed group and other militants.An estimated 2.4 million people – or about a third of the country’s 7.2 million people – are in need of relief aid as a result of drought and two decades of conflict.Somalia has lacked a fully functioning national government and has been buffeted by factional warfare since the toppling in 1991 of the regime headed by Muhammad Siad Barre. read more

Mano Tittawella under fire in Parliament

Mano Tittawella was part of the Sri Lankan delegation which attended the discussion on Sri Lanka in Geneva last week. Senior Advisor to the Finance Ministry Mano Tittawella, was accused in Parliament today of dictating the direction Sri Lanka should take at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.Opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa told Parliament that Tittawella had given instructions to Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Geneva with regards to the draft Resolution which Sri Lanka cosponsored. “How can he decide Sri Lanka’s foreign policy? Who is he? Do not let him dictate terms,” Weerawansa said in Parliament. The Sri Lankan delegation was led by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Information age has created new divides Annan tells AsiaPacific ministers

“All the countries in the Asia and Pacific region are experiencing the effects of globalization and ‘digitalization,’ raising new and compelling issues,” Mr. Annan said in a statement delivered on his behalf by Shashi Tharoor, Under Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.”This troubling paradox prompted world leaders, in the Millennium Declaration they adopted at the Millennium Summit in 2000, to commit themselves to ensuring that the media are free to perform their essential role, that the public have access to information, and that the benefits of the new information and communications technologies are available to all people,” Mr. Annan said.”Such goals are only as good as the efforts to put them into practice. This forum is well-timed, and its participants well-placed, to promote real progress at both the regional and global levels,” he said of the two-day, “Information and Broadcasting in Asia and the Pacific,” conference, which started today.Mr. Annan said a shared regional agenda for action can emerge through vigorously debating pressing concerns, including how to best respond to the growing commercialization of the media and the accelerated concentration of media ownership, enhance the role of public service broadcasting and preserve cultural while promoting pluralism of content.He said the Minister’s efforts could also influence debate at the global level in advance of the World Summit on the Information Society, which will be held in two parts – in Geneva in December, and then in Tunis in 2005. The Summit – bringing together political leaders and leaders from the private sector, civil society and media organizations – offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of the technology revolution so that it serves and empowers all people, Mr. Annan added. “Let us sustain this cooperation so that your conference, and the approaching Summit, can both succeed in bringing real, positive change into people’s lives,” the Secretary-General said. read more

UN envoy starts sixth week of talks to ensure wide participation in

Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi today met with Sheikh Hareth Al Dhari, President of the Muslim Scholars Association, a Sunni group. He told reporters the talks were part of consultations he is holding with representatives of all political forces to discuss ways to advance the political process.He said these consultations are in implementation of the UN mandate under Security Council Resolution 1546 to promote national dialogue and consensus within an all-inclusive political process.By not voting in the 30 January elections for a transitional National Assembly, either due to boycott calls, intimidation or fear of violence, Sunni Arabs will have very little presence in the body entrusted with writing the new constitution. Shiite Arabs, who voted enthusiastically, represent about 60 per cent of the electorate, while Sunni Arabs and mainly Sunni Kurds, who also turned out en masse, represent about 20 per cent each.Earlier today Mr. Qazi visited the headquarters of the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party where he held similar talks with the party’s President Muhsen Abdul Hamid.In meetings he has been holding with Iraqi leaders from across the political spectrum ahead of the convening of the Transitional National Assembly, Mr. Qazi has also been discussing ways through which the UN can further contribute to the political process and encourage broader participation in political efforts to restore peace and stability to Iraq.Mr. Qazi has assured all his interlocutors that the UN will continue to support Iraq through the transitional process. In addition to its efforts to promote national dialogue among the various components of the Iraqi society, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has been coordinating international humanitarian aid to the country. read more

Prince Charles to take part in TV show about worlds most extraordinary

Prince Charles on Countryfile in 2013 Prince William will one day inherit the Duchy A royal source said it was hoped that the documentary would help explain to the public how the Duchy “not only makes a positive contribution to communities where it has land and investments, but also significantly contributes to the costs of the Prince’s household and those of his children”.Bill Lyons, the executive producer who has also worked on programmes including Countryfile, said: “It’s rare to have access to an untold story but that’s exactly what we discovered in the Duchy of Cornwall.“These films will reveal just how much HRH The Prince of Wales has invested – personally and emotionally – into what has been his lifetime’s endeavour.”Jon Swain, head of BBC Studios’ Unscripted Productions which will make the show for ITV, said: “We’re delighted to be working with ITV and opening a window onto one of the world’s most extraordinary family businesses.” Prince Charles on Countryfile in 2013Credit:BBC Prince Charles prunes a tree at Dumfries House The Prince has been highly selective about which television projects he takes part in personally, with a CV now including a guest editing slot on Countryfile in 2013 and a recent and revealing BBC documentary marking his 70th birthday.The new programme is intended to focus closely on the work of the Duchy, joining the Prince in meetings, at his Poundbury housing estate and out in the countryside.Fittingly, he has been filmed laying a hedge: one of his passionate hobbies which his sons Prince William and Prince Harry have laughingly described as causing his policeman to come back from work bleeding after helping him.The Duke of Cambridge, who will one day take over the estate, could make an appearance on screen, having attended regular meetings about the Duchy recently. ITV said the programme will “offer an unprecedented insight into The Duchy of Cornwall, which covers more than 130,000 acres across 23 counties, touching coast, countryside and city.”“This unique 700 year old institution is both an ancient Royal estate, providing the personal income for every Duke of Cornwall since 1337, and a forward-thinking 21st century business, generating an income of over £20 million per year for The Prince, his family and his charitable organisations,” a spokesman added.In particular, the estate currently funds the staff and lives of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Cambridges and the Sussexes, with the exception of security and working travel. Prince William will one day inherit the DuchyCredit:WPA When the Queen joked that her first-born son was a “true Duchy Original” during his 70th birthday party, it raised a hearty laugh from friends, family and royal watchers but required a little explaining to some in the wider world.But anyone who has wondered what exactly the Duchy of Cornwall is and does, not to mention how it funds the lives of the Prince of Wales and his children, will soon be wondering no more.The Prince has allowed television cameras into film the inner workings of his Duchy, with a crew embedding for a year behind-the-scenes to shed light on the royal estate.Including interviews with the Prince himself, it will follow staff and tenants working and living across the 700-year-old estate which now creates £20million a year for its custodian and his charities. The ITV television programme, which will be aired in two one-hour documentaries, will be broadcast in the autumn, after the Prince celebrates his 50th working year as the Duke of Cornwall.Provisionally called Inside The Duchy, it will see the Prince explain “the way The Duchy is run to reflect his belief that economic development works best when in harmony with the natural world and local communities”, a spokesman for ITV said. The Duchy estate was established by Edward III to provide a private income for his son and heir to the throne Edward, later known as the Black Prince, and its purpose remains the same today.Prince Charles became the 24th Duke of Cornwall on the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952 and at the age of 21, in 1969, he became entitled to the full income from the Duchy and took over its management.Today it is a private portfolio of land, financial investments and property – including the Oval cricket ground and 67,000 acres of Dartmoor – which funds the public, charitable and private activities of the prince and his immediate family.The 2017/18 accounts for the Duchy showed annual income from the private estate had increased by 5 per cent to £21.7 million. Prince Charles prunes a tree at Dumfries HouseCredit:Chris Jackson read more

Sherritt signs up for data security trial with Leonovus

first_imgSherritt International has signed up for a trial of Leonovus’ data security software as the nickel and cobalt miner looks to support its evolving storage infrastructure.The pilot, which starts in January, will see Leonovus apply its “next generation of secure software-defined storage (SDS) solution” at the company’s operations in Canada, Cuba and Madagascar.John Kiousis, Vice President of Global IT, Sherritt International, said the software will give the company the flexibility to segment data across multiple cloud storage providers, enabling it to take advantage of cost savings while protecting its data.“Moving to the cloud will extend our IT infrastructure capabilities and support our goal of achieving operational excellence,” he added.When using Leonovus, customers receive the following benefits, according to the Ottawa-based software provider:“Ability to balance business growth with a flexible hybrid, multi-cloud storage infrastructure;“Greater data security with Leonovus patented ‘encrypt, shred, spread’ capability;“Maintain complete, on-premises control, of their encryption keys;“Greater flexibility and simplicity to meet future data growth requirements through a single pane of glass.”last_img read more

Viran Morros about move to PSG I am excited to work with

The French champions PSG Handball will have a new look with the new coach Raul Gonzales. Some new faces will reinforce the club from the city of lights alongside coach who won the VELUX EHF Champions League title with RK Vardar Skopje.One of them is experienced Spanish defensive line specialist – Viran Morros. The 35-years old Spaniard coming from FC Barcelona Lassa where he played since 2011.Here is what we talk during Barcelona Handball Camp in Omis, Croatia. ← Previous Story Veselin Vujovic to lead RK Zeleznicar Nis Next Story → PGE Vive Kielce in financial crisis? PSG HandballViran Morros read more