(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It seems fairly obvious that Tennessee JUCO signee Jonathan Kongbo has Oct. 15 circled on his calendar. That’s the day the Volunteers host the reigning national champions, Alabama, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Kongbo, one of the top defensive recruits in the country, previously posted a video of himself working out with a “Bama We Coming” sign in the background. Now, in an interview with Rocky Top Insider, Kongbo all but guaranteed a victory against the Crimson Tide. His response comes after being asked about the Tennessee-themed trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor. On the trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor:“Well I mean, I just kind of laughed at it because I know we’re going to beat Florida. I know we’re going to beat Alabama. We’re going to beat all those teams. So I’ll say right now, we’re going to beat every team we play next year. I just really laughed at it, especially the comments that Jalen made. It was funny. We’ll see what Jalen Hurd does to him though.”On his final message:“I mean, kind of the main thing is, if you want to be the best you got to beat the best. And we know Alabama won the national championship this year and the message that I’m sending to them is that ain’t no one around here scared of that. We’re coming for them. It’s football so once the pads are on, you’ve got to figure out how to win so we’ll see.”Alabama-Tennessee should be pretty, pretty fun this year.[RTI]
Indo-Asian News Service BarcelonaAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 09:47 IST Lionel Messi is reportedly keen on having Neymar back at Barcelona (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBarcelona’s bid is to include a purchase option following the loan spellNeymar had made the transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017Barcelona loaned out Philippe Coutinho to Bayern MunichBarely two years after his controversial transfer, FC Barcelona intends to make a written offer to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to get Brazilian star Neymar Jr. back on a season-long loan.Neymar had made the transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 on a five-year contract.And now, it is understood that Barcelona’s bid is to include a purchase option following the loan spell, which means no players on the Catalan side will be offered as a trade, reports Efe news.The La Liga champions plan to push for the return of Neymar to the Camp Nou, according to the main Catalan language private radio station RAC 1, which cited sources close to the negotiations.The source added that Barca’s move comes after the loan of Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich, a deal which includes an option to make the transfer permanent as well.It also cited a negotiating source within Barcelona who said that with such a written offer, Barcelona’s board will be confident it has a chance to seal the deal.The Catalan radio also said a meeting was held Monday at noon at Barcelona’s headquarters, which was attended by a number of board members, including president Josep Maria Bartomeu, as well as sporting director Eric Abidal and the club’s recruiter in Brazil, Andre Cury, who is a friend of Neymar’s family.Also Read | Premier League: Pogba misses penalty as Wolves hold Manchester United to 1-1 drawAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow NeymarFollow BarcelonaFollow LA LigaFollow Paris Saint-Germain Barcelona to make offer to get Neymar on loanFrench media reports have claimed that Barcelona’s interest is just to please Lionel Messi, who wants Neymar back at Camp Nou ahead of the upcoming season.advertisement Next
Kolkata: Former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was on Monday released from a private hospital here after his condition improved and doctors declared him “medically stable to return home”, a senior official of the facility said. The veteran CPI(M) leader’s treatment would continue at his residence, she said. “Mr Bhattacharjee’s health condition is stable. He is conscious, alert and talking. His treatment, however, will continue for the time being at his residence. We will provide him necessary care at home,” the official stated. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The former Bengal chief minister was rushed to hospital on Friday night after he complained of breathing problems and his blood pressure fell drastically. An eight-member medical team attended to Bhattacharjee, who suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and, of late, has been losing his vision. The veteran leader is recovering well, his heart rate is normal and blood pressure level has shown improvements, the hospital official said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Bhattacharjee is currently sleeping comfortably with Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (non-invasive ventilation). He is maintaining normal heart rate and stable oxygen saturation with oxygen supplementation. “His Pneumonia is also resolving and he will need a few more days of intravenous antibiotics and supportive care, including nebulisation and chest physiotherapy,” she added. The CPI(M) leader, who served as the CM between 2000 and 2011, was seen last in public on February 3, when he went to the Brigade Parade ground to attend a Left Front rally.
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The partial government shutdown is a double-whammy for Cara and Philip Mangone, a married couple from Philadelphia. Both are officers with the Transportation Safety Administration, both working full time at the Philadelphia airport. Neither knows when they might again start drawing their paychecks.Part-time jobs are out of the question — they work opposite shifts timed to make sure one of them is always home with their two kids, ages 2 and 5. So donations of food and diapers have been a real help as savings are being stretched thin.“Every penny that we don’t have to spend is helpful,” Cara Mangone said Wednesday as she picked up donated goods being distributed at the airport by fellow members of the American Federation of Government Employees.The shutdown has brought an outpouring of generosity to TSA agents and other federal employees who are working without pay. Food, financial help, haircuts and toiletries are among the donated goods and services. TSA screeners start at about $24,000 a year, and most make between $26,000 and $35,000, less than many other government employees, although some earn more because of seniority, overtime or level of management responsibility.On Wednesday, donations of diapers, juice, garbage bags, canned soup and boxes of Ramen noodles were being unloaded onto luggage carts at the valet drop-off curb at Orlando International Airport, to be distributed to TSA workers there the next day.“I just wanted to support the federal workers who are furloughed because of the inaction of our government leaders,” said Brian Couch, wearing a Kansas City Chiefs ball cap as he dropped off his donation.The airport in Pittsburgh provided a free lunch to TSA workers on what should have been their payday last Friday. “Our Operation Thank You free lunch program initially was only Fridays but because we’re hearing from several food vendors who want to donate, it’s possible it will be increased to more days,” airport spokesman Bob Kerlik said in an email.At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, spokeswoman Elise Durham said some concession operators there were also donating free lunches to TSA workers and the airport was providing complimentary parking for those workers who need it.Some travellers wanted to get in on the act, but TSA rules don’t allow that.“There are people trying to donate gift cards to us at the checkpoints,” Cara Mangone said. “We can’t accept it.”Businesses large and small are trying to help.The Ruby Slipper, a New Orleans-based restaurant chain with several locations in the city and on the Gulf Coast, said on its Facebook page that it has served some 3,000 free meals since offering help to unpaid federal employees more than two weeks ago. At The Top Knot Beauty Company in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, owner Jennifer Delage has been offering free haircuts to federal employees. She said other businesses have followed suit with free or discounted services.“That was the main goal,” Delage said. “To inspire others to pay it forward.”Such sentiments are evident all over the country — and beyond.A LIFELINE FOR THE COASTGUARDUnlike other military services, the U.S. Coast Guard, part of the Department of Homeland Security, isn’t funded during the shutdown. In a letter posted on social media, the guard’s commandant, Adm. Karl Schultz, said USAA, a company that provides banking and investment services to current and former military members and their families, made a $15 million donation to support those in need, to be distributed with assistance from the American Red Cross.In another gesture, Roger Williams University invited active-duty Coast Guard members in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and their families to its Bristol, Rhode Island, campus for a free dinner Tuesday night. About 75 people showed up.PIZZAS ACROSS THE BORDERCanadian air traffic controllers have been taking up donations to have pizzas delivered to their American counterparts at locations around the U.S.Pizzas have been bought for controllers at 84 U.S. facilities. “We’ve stopped tracking the number of pizzas,” said Tania Calverley, director of communications for the Canadian Air Traffic Controllers Association. “We’re certainly well over 400.”FREE RIDESThe Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has announced that all federal employees will be able to ride public transit for free by showing their government IDs.“We want to … assist those who are hurting by taking a little weight off of their shoulders during this time,” Robbie Makinen, CEO and President of the authority, said in a news release about the program, which began Tuesday.BRIDGE LOANSSome financial institutions are offering low-interest, or even no-interest loans, to unpaid workers.Webster Bank in Connecticut said it would offer no-interest loans to any federal workers who are working and not being paid during the shutdown. In announcing the assistance program on Tuesday, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he hopes other banks will offer similar programs. The loans are to be repaid after the workers receive back pay.In addition to its donation to help Coast Guard personnel, USAA has announced low-interest loan offers to active Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps and Public Health Service Corps personnel whose pay is disrupted.___McGill reported from New Orleans. Associated Press reporters John Raoux in Orlando and David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report.Kevin McGill, The Associated Press
19 October 2009The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed additional support that will enable thousands of children in Timor-Leste to receive meals while attending school. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed additional support that will enable thousands of children in Timor-Leste to receive meals while attending school.A $1.4 million contribution from the Governments of Spain and Brazil to the country’s School Meals Programme, which will be channelled through WFP, will support meals for two months. “This is a very timely donation as the School Meals Programme is in urgent need of additional resources,” said Xinmin Zhao, WFP Acting Country Director in Timor-Leste. “All children from grades one to nine in this country will benefit from this gift, which is a significant contribution not only for the immediate needs of the children, but for the future of this nation,” she added. WFP will use part of the funds to purchase beans from Timorese farmers and the rest to administer the distribution of the beans and to procure and distribute other food commodities for the programme. According to the agency, the School Meals Programme not only improves enrolment and attendance of children going to school but also their ability to focus on learning. “A child with a full stomach is better able to concentrate in class,” it noted in a news release. WFP, assisted by its donors, provides basic food commodities including rice, beans, vegetable oil and iodized salt, as well as logistics and monitoring support for this programme which covers 324,000 children in all 13 districts of the country. In addition, the Ministry of Education provides a cash incentive for people to cook the meals in school. So far WFP has received 43 per cent of the $38 million required for operations in Timor-Leste, and more funds are urgently needed.
9 August 2011United Nations officials today urged the world to recognize the right of indigenous peoples to control their intellectual property, saying they need help to protect, develop and receive fair compensation for their cultural heritage and traditional knowledge. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to recognize the right of indigenous peoples to control their intellectual property, saying they needed help to protect, develop and receive fair compensation for their cultural heritage and traditional knowledge.“Indigenous peoples face many challenges in maintaining their identity, traditions and customs, and their cultural contributions are at times exploited and commercialized, with little or no recognition,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.“I encourage all Member States to take concrete steps to address the challenges facing indigenous peoples – including marginalization, extreme poverty and loss of lands, territories and resources. Countries should also commit to ending the grave human rights abuses that indigenous peoples encounter in many parts of the world,” he said.He noted that there were 5,000 distinct groups of indigenous peoples in some 90 countries, who make up more than five per cent of the world’s population – some 370 million people in total. They are custodians of valuable and often fast-disappearing cultural heritage, the Secretary-General said.“We see their creativity and innovations in the arts, literature and the sciences,” said Mr. Ban, noting that those contributions were highlighted by the theme of this year’s observance of the Day, which is “Indigenous designs: Celebrating stories and cultures, crafting our own future.”“As we look forward to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014, I urge all Member States to work in full partnership with indigenous people to identify practical ideas and proposals for action at this important gathering,” he said, calling for concerted efforts to strengthen their rights and support their aspirations.In her statement to mark the Day, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, noted that indigenous peoples around the world have lost, or are under imminent threat of losing, their ancestral lands, territories and natural resources as a result of unfair exploitation for the sake of “development.”She said natural resource extraction projects such as mining are land-intensive and water-intensive and often directly affect the collective rights of indigenous peoples to their lands and territories.“All too often we see conflict between corporations, indigenous peoples and the State over development projects which are initiated without consultation or consent of the very people who are dispossessed of their land,” said Ms. Pillay.“The right to development is a human right for all, and indigenous peoples have the right to define and determine their own development. On this International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, let us ensure that development for some is not to the detriment of the human rights of others,” she said.Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), said the agency was partnering with indigenous peoples in various places – including the Arctic, Africa and so-called small island developing States – to highlight the fact that more than two-thirds of the Earth’s biological resources are also the traditional territories of most indigenous peoples.The Director of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said indigenous peoples hold some of the solutions to global challenges. They speak the majority of humanity’s languages and have crafted livelihoods that combine cultural and biological diversity. “They have developed knowledge systems with unique insight to sustainable development,” she said.Anthony Lake, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), called for concerted efforts to overcome barriers that prevent the children of indigenous communities from access to services they need to survive and thrive. He pointed out that indigenous children have lower school enrolment rates, higher drop-out rates and lower educational attainment than non-indigenous children.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) reaffirmed its commitment to working with indigenous peoples and other partners to advancing those communities’ right to health, while Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women, stressed the need to end gender-based violence and improve the economic status of all women, including the most marginalized in indigenous communities.Francis Gurry, the Director-General of UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in his message said traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions hold potential economic value which can form the basis for community enterprises and cultural industries and contribute to economic development and poverty reduction.The Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Ahmed Djoghlaf, and Jan McAlpine, the Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat, also highlighted the important role that indigenous communities play in global conservation efforts.Patricia Velasquez, an indigenous model and actress from Venezuela, will today address a special event at UN Headquarters via video message, highlighting the work of her own Wayuu Taya Foundation to help improve the lives of Latin American indigenous communities, while maintaining and respecting their traditions, culture and beliefs.“In every indigenous design there is a story representing the heritage, traditions and the spirituality of an individual or a community. Protecting these works, the artists who create them and the knowledge behind them from misuse or exploitation is essential to preserving indigenous cultures.“At Wayuu Taya we have seen how indigenous crafts can be developed into a sustainable business that celebrates as well as preserves the traditions of the community. The full participation of indigenous peoples in decisions that affect them and their communities is key,” said Ms. Velasquez.
The retailer of furniture, appliances and electronics said it stands by its promotion programs.“The deferred payment plans offered by Leon’s and The Brick benefit consumers,” Leon’s said in a statement Tuesday.“Leon’s and The Brick deny the commissioner’s allegations and will vigorously defend their position in the court.”Last March, Leon’s acquired rival, The Brick.Leon’s has 76 stores with locations in every province except British Columbia, while The Brick has 230 stores operating under the banners, The Brick, United Furniture Warehouse, The Brick Mattress Store and Urban Brick banners.The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Competition Bureau has accused Leon’s Furniture Ltd. and The Brick Ltd. of “deceptive marketing practices.”The regulator alleged Tuesday that the retailers’ “Buy Now, Pay Later” promotions, often resulted in customers paying more than advertised and should be ceased immediately.The bureau said customers who chose the deferred-payment option often ended up paying more than those who paid for their purchases up front as a result of the additional fees, which were “buried” by the retailers in the “fine print.”The additional costs ranged from processing or administrative fees, delivery fees and taxes.The allegations have not been proven in court.In a motion filed in Ontario Superior Court, the Competition Bureau also wants Leon’s and The Brick to refund all customers who paid any additional up-front fees or administrative penalties.“Canadian consumers must receive clear and accurate information about what must be paid at the time of purchase, and what the actual cost of a particular item is if they use a deferred payment option,” Competition Commissioner John Pecman said in a statement.“Retailers cannot hide details of additional fees in lengthy disclaimers.”J.P. Moczulski for National Post, files
The dispute included complaints that the countries violated their international obligations banning the use of force against another state, violation of the sovereignty of another state, “the physical destruction of a national group,” the use of prohibited weapons, as well as their obligation in wartime to protect the civilian population, the environment and human rights.After the case was filed in April 1999, the ICJ – the United Nations’ top legal body – removed Spain and the United States “for manifest lack of jurisdiction” in June of that year. The remaining countries were Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom.The question of whether the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was a State party to the Court as a successor in the United Nations to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), was key, the ruling said. The court concluded that FRY joined the world body in November 2000 and Serbia and Montenegro, as successor to FRY, not SFRY, also became a member at that time – only after the lawsuits were filed.”The court unanimously finds that it has no jurisdiction to entertain the claims filed by Serbia and Montenegro on 29 April 1999.”The court recalled that irrespective of whether it has jurisdiction over a dispute, the parties “remain in all cases responsible for acts attributable to them that violate the rights of other States.”
At the same time, a senior UN health expert said no one can predict the risk of a possible mutation of the virus into a pandemic, nor its potential death toll, which some estimates have put in the scores of millions. “The risk is there, it’s a true risk, but it can’t be quantified,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) official David Heymann said in New York.Declaring that merely stockpiling antiviral medicines does not constitute a strategy, Mr. Annan highlighted seven priorities to combat the threat of the H5N1 virus.These include: greater investment in veterinary infrastructure to halt the virus among birds; changing the habits of people living in close proximity with animals; identifying what is needed to keep countries running in case of a pandemic; scaling up production of antiviral medicines for all who need them; fostering transparency and cooperation on science and research; communicating vital facts about the virus to avoid the ‘silence is death’ syndrome; and mobilizing political leadership at the highest level.”We do not know yet whether the current strain of avian flu will cause a human pandemic. But we do know what a human pandemic is,” Mr. Annan told the Time Global Health Summit, a three-day event in New York held to discuss key health issues.”We do know what happens when millions of people die, and millions more are infected. When health systems are overburdened and overwhelmed. When families, communities and whole societies are devastated. When transport and trade, education and other services are disrupted or cease to function. When the economic and social progress of nations risks being reversed,” he said.”And whatever we may not know about the future course of H5N1, we do know this: once human-to-human transmission has been established, we would have only a matter of weeks to lock down the spread before it spins out of control. That is why the international community must take action now.”At a separate ECOSOC event, the Council President, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, proposed quickly establishing a fund to help developing countries take preventive action and compensate farmers and producers for the cost of culling poultry.”The situation calls for collective action – for more support for global public goods like investment and research in vaccines and for actions that would ensure that the entire world shares in the burden and costs of prevention,” Mr. Akram said.Compensation for losses is considered particularly important by experts not only to avoid crippling economic damage, but to reduce the disincentives farmers and others might have to report new flu case.”The UN system needs to re-task itself” to aid prevention against a pandemic and support the needs of developing countries,” the Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, David Nabarro told the session.Speaking for the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Assistant Director-General Louise Fresco said the cost of prevention at source among animals would be about $425 million, but only $30 million has been made available so far.”Now that $425 million, we know from experience, is peanuts usually compared to the costs which you will have when you have to eliminate entire poultry sectors,” she told a subsequent news conference.Ever since the first human case of bird flu, linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand, was reported in January last year, health officials have warned that H5N1 could evolve into a global influenza pandemic if it mutates into a form which could transmit easily between people. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide.Dr. Heymann, Representative of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, asked at the news conference about the potential human toll, said no one could quantify the risk. “There is no estimate of deaths because it’s not possible. This virus can become more virulent as it mutates, more strong; it can become less virulent.”It can pick up human transmissibility or it can’t pick up human transmissibility. No one knows, no one can give you that answer. So the risk is there, it’s a true risk, but it can’t be quantified,” he added.In the present outbreak there have so far been more than 121 reported human cases, 62 of them fatal, all in South-East Asia, but no human-to-human transmission. Some 140 million domestic birds have died or been culled in an effort to curb the spread.
Youlia Antonova, Chief, Capacity Development Section, leads the Division’s programmes for building statistical capacity mainly in developing countries through such measures as modernizing national statistical systems.“It’s a challenging but very interesting, I would say, very important job” particularly because national capacity building is very high on the agenda in the global statistical community following the adoption of SDGs, which placed enormous data demand on countries, she said. Keiko Osaki-Tomita, Assistant Director, DESA Demographic and Social Statistics Branch said that national censuses require very thorough planning; the studies often take place 3 or 4 years ahead of the census date. Francesca Grum, Chief of DESA Social and Housing Statistics Section, said that her section leads efforts to develop international standards and methodology to produce statistics on gender equality. Stefan Schweinfest, Director of DESA Statistics Division, said that working towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a good opportunity to integrate statistics and data systems. Keiko Osaki-Tomita, Assistant Director, Demographic and Social Statistics Branch, said she, as an international advisor, has helped the Governments of Myanmar and Bosnia and Herzegovina conduct a national census. In Myanmar’s case, there had been no census for three decades. “I found it was very rewarding because I felt like my expertise can contribute to the very important statistical activity of the country,” she said, explaining that she was involved in the early planning stage of the census and even in the preparation of questionnaires. Srdjan Mrkic, Chief, Demographic Statistics Section, said that around the world, 100-120 million children are born without a birth certificate every year. Civil registration systems do not fully function in about 50 per cent of UN Member States. Where the system exists, it does not cover the whole territory, whole population, and all layers of the population. “Civil registration, which is a routine event for most of us … is not a routine in many countries,” he said. In some countries and cultures, recording births is not a traditional way of celebrating a new life, and recording deaths is against their ethical norms. There is also a lack of awareness that birth certificate is an entry into the legal world because it allows holders to get driver’s license and open bank accounts, among other things. Francesca Grum, Chief, Social and Housing Statistics Section, leads efforts to develop international standards and methodology to produce statistics on gender equality. For instance, her Section compiles data on asset ownership by women, statistics on violence against women, and time women spend on unpaid work, such as childcare and domestic chores. “These are critical dimensions of women’s empowerment, and data will be needed to ensure the achievement of SDGs, including Goal 5 on gender equality,” she said. Some sessions of the upcoming World Data Forum will focus on gender data, she noted. Srdjan Mrkic, Chief of DESA Demographic Statistics Section, said that one of the difficulties for collecting birth registration data is the lack of awareness of the importance of birth certificates in some countries. Francesca Perucci, Assistant Director of DESA Statistical Services Branch, said that working on global SDG indicators and on data dissemination is very challenging, as some of the goals are not in the traditional national statistical systems. Francesca Perucci, Assistant Director, Statistical Services Branch, is in charge of the work on the global monitoring of SDGs. “We work on global SDG indicators and on data dissemination,” she said, noting that the first report on implementation of SDGs has been published.Although there are areas more challenging to monitor than others, such as measuring inequality or corruption, the global statistical community made substantial progress overall. Her responsibility also includes disseminating data in a user-friendly manner. For instance, some tools have been developed for data visualization so data are more understandable to a larger audience. “When you are statisticians, you are not normally on the forefront of news,” Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the Statistics Division in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), told a recent press conference ahead of the Cape Town Forum, which also aims to create partnerships and initiatives that harness the power of data for the public good and for the implementation of the new global development goals.However, he said, the work of statisticians, characterised as not being “the most sexy profession,” is drawing a lot of attention in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted at a high-level summit in September 2015 and includes 17 goals and 169 targets.Last year, the global statistical community laid the groundwork for successful monitoring and realization of the 2030 Agenda, with the UN Statistical Commission’s inter-agency and expert group agreeing on 230 individual indicators to monitor the Agenda’s numerous goals and targets.Describing these indicators as “the last missing piece” to complete the architecture of the 2030 Agenda, Mr. Schweinfest said that his Office – one of the largest divisions in DESA with more than 120 staff members covering the economic, demographic, social, trade, environment and energy areas – is facing an enormous task of responding to an unprecedented demand for high quality, timely and disaggregated data.When you are statisticians, you are not normally on the forefront of newsAccording to his Office, more than 100 countries do not accurately count births and deaths. The births of nearly one in four children under the age of 5 worldwide have never been recorded. Only 13 per cent of countries have a dedicated gender statistics budget. Seventy-seven out of 155 countries monitored do not have adequate poverty data, although there have been clear improvements in the last decade.Ahead of the Forum, which is expected to be attended by over 1,000 data experts from more than 100 countries, UN News visited Mr. Schweinfest’s Office for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the work of those who deal with the numbers.UN News spoke to several statisticians, including those working in the areas of capacity building, gender data and birth registration data, as well as those monitoring progress on global development goals and providing technical expertise to help developing countries conduct a household census.Mr. Schweinfest told UN News that his office has a history of 70 years of work, where more than 100 statisticians are putting together data from around the world and helping national statistical systems to put their data systems together.“One of our big work areas is methodology; we publish books that contain international standards, norms and recommendations. I’m very proud to say that most countries around the world follow UN standards, which leads to the situation where our data are comparable across the world,” he said. Youlia Antonova, Chief of DESA Capacity Development Section, said building statistical capacity, especially in developing countries, is on the top of the global statistical community’s agenda.
In a statement from his spokesperson, the UN chief also called on all stakeholders to “exercise restraint before, during and after the election.”He also urged all Cameroonians to exercise their democratic rights, urging all candidates “to address any complaints related to the electoral process through established legal and constitutional channels.”Nine candidates are contesting the elections to the country’s highest body, according to media reports.Further in the statement, the Secretary-General condemned all threats of violence or acts of intimidation by any group and reiterated that all grievances should be addressed through inclusive dialogue.“The United Nations stands ready to provide support in this regard,” added the statement.Insecurity is a concern in Cameroon in the country’s north, as a result of activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group, and according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there are some 160,000 persons displaced across the country – a majority of them in the south-west.
Charles Emmerson cautions firms developing Arctic resources to understand political risks and ‘live best practice’. A former head of global risk at the World Economic Forum, Emmerson’s new book, The Future History of the Arctic (Random House/Public Affairs, 2010), was recently described by the Spectator as “one of the most impressive accounts of the contemporary Arctic”. The book delves into the history of man’s relationship with this unforgiving wilderness, and outlines how the Arctic is heating up both environmentally and politically, moving from the edge of global consciousness to the centre of the issues that will define the world in the 21st century. Chief among these is the escalating scramble for its natural resources.Critical Resource, an advisory firm specialising in sustainability and stakeholder issues, whose particular focus is on the natural resource industries, caught up with Emmerson to discuss the challenges facing states and extractive companies hoping to profit from resources opened up by receding ice:Critical Resource: Is a scramble for the Arctic’s natural resources now underway? What is the likelihood of conflict between the different interested states over its resources?Emmerson: There are really three different scrambles underway in the Arctic: for companies, for Russia and for other states. For the international oil companies (IOCs) – and for mineral resource companies in general – it’s all a question of keeping up production in a world where there are no easy options left. If they think they can do it and turn a profit, the IOCs don’t really have much choice. For Russia, it’s more complicated – oil and gas are the life-blood of the state and geopolitical power, so the question is: can they turn to the Arctic fast enough to replace production lost elsewhere, and do they need Western partners? For other states, it’s more about making sure claims to the Arctic are as extensive as possible. The process of deciding who owns what is helped but not solved by international law. There will be plenty of jostling and competition but not necessarily conflict. In some ways, the presence of resources increases the incentives for states to get their act together and cut deals, because no private company will invest without them.Critical Resource: As you mention in your book, governments and extractive companies have known about the Arctic’s resources for decades, but major development has not always materialised. Does this history highlight any lessons for resource development in the Arctic today?Emmerson: Oil seepages were noted on the Mackenzie in Canada in the 18th century, Greenland in the 19th. But resources aren’t produced because they’re there, but because the price is right or because the politics are (preferably both). Infrastructure is a major issue – there has to be a first-mover, often the state. Without the Trans-Alaska Pipeline having political support, the North Slope never would have been developed. Canada’s own pipeline plans were stymied in the mid-1970s and so the region – almost as promising geologically – was put on ice. The key issue in large parts of the Arctic now is going to be understanding political risk, and making long-term investments.Critical Resource: Are there big differences in the ways that countries with territorial claims to parts of the Arctic – US, Russia, Canada, Denmark, and Norway – have viewed or gone about developing resources in the region in the past?Emmerson: The Russian Arctic is more populated, by a mile, than any other part of the Arctic. That’s largely because the Soviet Union was a planned economy, in which geopolitical strategy counted for a lot, and human and environmental costs were generally discounted. Some of the biggest boosts in Russia’s Arctic population came in the 1930s – with mining for gold, coal, nickel often accompanied by gulag labour. Russia’s still getting to grips with the transition from the economic and geographical consequences of the planned economy. The legacy, in resource development, was low-tech production, few environmental standards and poor management. That’s being overcome, but it’s still an issue. On the face of it, America has been strategic about resource development – but companies have often been in the lead, and sometimes wagging the national security dog. Norway’s been very inclusive, with high environmental standards and baselines – it’s really the gold standard.Critical Resource: Can large-scale resource development in the Arctic now take place in a way that protects the environment and helps rather than harms its indigenous peoples? What are the lessons of the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster for offshore drilling in the region?Emmerson: Resource development carries risks. Those risks are greater in technically challenging areas – though the technical challenges in the Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico are different. The risks are greater in more environmentally sensitive areas or where there’s relatively little clean-up infrastructure or technologies. You can’t get away from this. The point is, if drilling is going to happen, then it needs to be done right, with the best regulations and prior environmental baselines in place. Potential liabilities need to be clear and enforceable. The lessons from the Gulf of Mexico are, broadly, you need a highly precautionary approach, your whole company is at risk if you don’t make safety a priority, but even then, things may go wrong. Indigenous people have very mixed attitudes to development – many are in favour of it. The best way of ensuring their interests are protected is through local engagement – but some companies are much better at this than others, and some countries are more receptive to it than others.Critical Resource: In other resource-rich areas of the world, the discovery and exploitation of natural resources has often contributed to increased secessionist sentiment. Is this likely in the Arctic as well (e.g., in Greenland)?Emmerson: It’s highly likely in Greenland, but not so much elsewhere. Many in Greenland would like to seek independence, but the country is financially dependent on Denmark for the time being. If and when that situation changes, independence will be on the cards. From the point of view of political risk for companies this is good news, because it means that Greenland’s commitment to resource development is very anchored. Much much longer-term there may be issues around Nunavut. Certainly, if Canada ever were to fall apart, which I think is unlikely, there could be challenges there.Critical Resource: Resource companies are clearly growing more interested in the Arctic, for example with Cairn Energy’s recent oil discovery offshore Greenland and the growing interest in the major iron ore deposits on Baffin Island. What are your main points of advice to companies seeking to exploit Arctic resources?Emmerson: Get to know the region. Seek advice about the region. Understand the political risk. Go where the political risks are best understood, or lowest, or most tractable. Do it right. Live best practice. Skimping on safety or the environment is not just bad, it’s bad business. A strong regulatory regime can be a friend, not an adversary. If in a joint-venture, make sure there is sufficient joint oversight of environmental issues. You can share legal liability, but not reputational risk. Critical Resource – http://www.c-resources.com/.
Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle Stay on target Halloween in May? Amazon Prime Video’s slate of streaming offerings features a lot of horror, thrills, and chills. On May 3, Luca Guadagnino’s recent reimagining of Suspiria, the cult 1977 supernatural horror film by Dario Argento, will be available for streaming. Plus, not one but seven Friday the 13th movies will also be dropping on May 31.On the original TV series front, there’s a lot of to look forward to this May. The second season of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s critically acclaimed series Fleabag will premiere on May 17 to bring edgy, dark comedy to your spring days and nights. We’ll also be throwing a “welcome back” party for Amazon’s hit series Sneaky Pete, starring Giovanni Ribisi, which returns for a third season on May 10.Here’s everything coming to Amazon Prime Video in May 2019.May 1ShanghaiMay 2The Yellow HandkerchiefMay 3Suspiria Amazon Prime Original MovieMay 5CrashMay 8Action PointMay 9Dinosaur 13May 10Sneaky Pete (Season 3) Amazon Prime Original SeriesWishenpoof (Season 2, Part C) Amazon Prime Original SeriesMay 13The RomanticsMay 14King of ThievesMay 15YardieMay 16Punisher: War Zone The PunisherMay 17Fleabag (Season 2) Amazon Prime Original SeriesThe Durrells (Season 3)Poldark (Season 4)May 19Federal HillMay 20Jesus’ SonMay 22Lulu on the BridgeMay 25Morning GloryMay 26The Frozen GroundMay 31Antitrust Awaiting Blaze You Out Body of Evidence Chinese Hercules – Ma tou da jue dou Cougars Inc. Deadtime Stories Emperor Eulogy F/X F/X2 Super Dragon – Feng qi yun yong dou kuang lung Flawless Fluke Forbidden Ground Free Money Friday Night Lights Friday the 13th Friday the 13th Part 2 Friday the 13th Part III Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan Friday the 13th: A New Beginning Fun Size Good Omens (Season 1) Amazon Prime Original Series Hart’s War I’m Gonna Git You Sucka Jennifer Eight Lost and Delirious Mission: Impossible Murimgori N.Y.C. Underground Night of the Living Dead 3D Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection Patriot Games Planes, Trains & Automobiles Private Parts Reservoir Dogs Shaolin Drunk Fighter – Gimunsayukbang Shaolin vs. Lama – Shao Lin dou La Ma Woman Avenger – Shi mei chu ma Tao tie gong The ‘Burbs The Big Wedding The Constant Gardener The Doors The Ghostwriter The Gift The Letter The Lonely Man The People vs. George Lucas The Puffy Chair The Secret of NIMH Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot X+Y More on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in May 2019Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream on Amazon Prime This WeekendEverything New on Amazon Prime Video in April 2019
Related Items:commisioner james smith, re-deployment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Feb 2016 – The fire at HJ Robinson may have been intentionally set; but still no one is saying officially and the Police Commissioner on Monday told the National Security Council that he does not believe the movement of officers out of Grand Turk and into Provo was the reason the fire was able to be set. The Commissioner noted that there remained 38 police officers in Grand Turk and advised that, “It was important that recent, unrelated incidents should not be viewed as part of a wider pattern.” Commissioner James Smith was referencing the turf wars, vandalism, break in spree and now the alleged arson – all taking place in Grand Turk. The Commissioner assured the Governor, the Premier, the Border Control Minister and the Attorney General that crimes were down in Provo during Christmas, when compared to 2014 statistics of the same period.
February 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, New documents show more information exposed in last year’s Equifax breach 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNearly 145 million American had their private information stolen in the Equifax breach last year.Now, new documents are showing the hack may be worse than originally thought.KUSI was joined by Ashton Mosano from the USD Center for Cyber Security. Posted: February 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
July 10, 2018 Dave Scott, Dave Scott 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNORMAL HEIGHTS (KUSI) – Another local bookstore is going to that big literary salon in the sky: The Adams Avenue Book Store, a Normal Heights landmark since 1965, will shut its doors next weekend.After 53 years, the Adams Avenue bookstore is saying goodbye. KUSI’s Dave Scott was there live. Adams Ave bookstore, a Normal Heights landmark since 1965, is closing Posted: July 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
KEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) – A traffic stop in the Florida Keys led authorities to a big bust.Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies pulled over a driver along U.S. 1 in Key Largo on suspicion of driving under the influence, early Saturday morning.They searched the driver’s vehicle and found more than 20 grams of marijuana, ecstasy pills and cocaine residue, as well as multiple rounds of handgun ammunition.Deputies arrested the motorist, identified as 28-year-old Phillip Edwards, on drug charges, as well as driving without a license.Officials said he refused to perform a roadside sobriety test.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders in the Fairbanks North Star Borough in Interior Alaska have their work cut out for them to prepare for the arrival of two squadrons of F-35A fighter jets at Eielson AFB, according to a newly released growth plan. The region will need new housing, schools, retail options and workforce training programs as the borough is projected to gain 2,741 non-military jobs. The city of North Pole is projected to gain 3,256 residents by 2022. Fueling a significant part of the growth will be the Air Force’s $500 million-plus investment in construction to accommodate the new mission. The draft plan, supported by a grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment, recommends establishing a housing task force and investing in public services, reports the Daily News-Miner. Construction of some of the anticipated need for new housing, 974 units, already is under way. One pressing concern will be providing infant care, pre-school options and other early childhood development services, as the largest population increase will occur among young children. The report forecasts the influx of students will strain school budgets by 2025. Possible solutions include expanding high schools to include middle school grades and using portable classrooms.“It’s been a year of a lot of listening and really strategizing and thinking with all of you as community members and with military families directly about what recommendations will not only benefit those incoming families, but also all of you that have lived here for decades that see this as an opportunity to improve the quality of life in your community,” planning consultant Shelly Wade told the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce last week, reported Alaska Public Media.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric Fisher