Jamshedpur simmers after seven brutal lynchings

first_imgNo fresh violence was reported in Jamshedpur city in Jharkhand on Sunday after the lynching of seven people on Thursday, though anger and anxiety were palpable in certain areas of the town.“Prohibitory orders under Section 144 were imposed from 10 p.m. on Saturday night to 6 a.m. on Sunday. Now the orders have been lifted. The situation is under control and there is adequate deployment of security forces,” Amit Kumar, District Collector ( DC) East Singhbhum told The Hindu.There was tension in Jugsalai area of the industrial city where final rites of two of the victims — Vikash Verma and Gautam Verma — were performed amid a large deployment of police. The victims, both brothers, were lynched at Nagadih on Thursday allegedly over rumours of child-lifting.In addition to the deployment of police and Rapid Action Force ( RAF), meetings were organised by community leaders in an attempt to ease the tensions. Iswar Soren, a prominent tribal leader held a meeting at Karandi on the outskirts of the city.Meanwhile, 18 people have been in the arrested in connection with the lynching and the subsequent violence, the DC said.On Thursday seven people were lynched in two separate incidents — four at Raj Nagar in Saraikela-Kharwawan district and three at Nagadih under Bagbera police station. Those killed at Raj Nagar were Muslims, said to be cattle traders while in Nagadi the dead were all Hindus.“14 persons have been arrested from Mango in the Jamsedhpur town. While ten of them were involved in stone pelting on Saturday, four have been behind orchestrating the violence on Saturday,” Mr Kumar said.Violence broke out in Mango, a suburb in Jamsedhpur city on Saturday when members of the Muslim community had called for a bandh protesting the Raj Nagar incident. Certain shops were open in the area and that triggered large-scale violence on Saturday.The police and administration have appealed to the people not to believe rumours and have carried appeals in local newspapers also. The State government has also announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh to the kin of each of the victims.Rumours of child-lifting gangs operating in certain parts of the State including Jadugoda in East Singhbhum district had surfaced on Whatsapp on May 10.Senior officials told The Hindu there seems to be a chain from where the Whatsapp messages originated. The police were trying to ascertain whether the rumours were systematically floated as a part of conspiracy to destabilise law and order or were just acts of mischief. According to locals, in certain areas parents stopped sending their children to school following the rumours.“While facebook and other social media activities can be monitored it. It is difficult to keep a check Whatsapp forwards,” a senior police official said.“We are also trying to tell people that they should not believe everything which comes as in Whatsapp forwards,” the District Collector said.last_img read more

Junk Food Mind Control

first_imgThink you’ll always pick chocolate over a bag of chips? Don’t be so sure. Researchers have found that if they can get people to pay more attention to a particular type of junk food, they will begin to prefer it—even weeks or months after the experiment. The finding suggests a new way to manipulate our decisions and perhaps even encourage us to pick healthy foods.  “This paper is provocative and very well done,” says Antonio Rangel, a neuroeconomist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, who was not involved in the new study. “It is exciting because it’s a proof of concept that a relatively simple intervention can have this long-lasting effect.”Economists who study decision-making had previously found that, when deciding between multiple items, people tend to let their gaze linger on the things that they end up choosing. This observation has motivated companies to pursue flashy packaging to attract consumers’ eyes. Tom Schonberg, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas, Austin, wondered whether people’s preferences could be changed before being faced with such a decision by training their brains to pay more attention to certain items.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)His first task was figuring out what kind of junk food people preferred. He and his colleagues recruited more than 200 university students and set up an auction-style program that asked them how much they were willing to pay for 60 different kinds of snacks, from M&M’s to Fritos. Then, the participants went through a 30- to 50-minute computer training program that showed photos of foods that the participants had already rated. When some treats appeared on the screen, a short tone would play and signal the subject to press a button as fast as possible. When other treats popped up, the computer remained silent and the subject refrained from pressing the button.After the training session, Schonberg’s team gave the subjects a new test, asking them to choose between two foods. Two-thirds of the time, the participants chose a snack that had been associated with a sound during training, even if they’d rated the food equal or slightly lower than the other food in the pairing in the initial auction. Moreover, when the researchers repeated the auction, the participants were willing to pay more than they’d bid previously for the items that had been accompanied by a sound and button-press, Schonberg and colleagues report online today in Nature Neuroscience.When the researchers brought the subjects back as much as 2 months later, they found that the altered preferences remained: Subjects were still more likely to choose an item that had been associated with the tone during training. “The novelty here is that, without any external rewards or incentives, we’ve managed to influence people’s values and choices over a long time period,” Schonberg says.How the training affects parts of the brain associated with decision-making isn’t yet known. Waiting for a beep and pressing a button requires high levels of attention, Schonberg says, and it’s likely that demand teaches someone to favor certain items they see while completing the task.The results don’t just hold lessons for advertisers trying to sell junk food, but also suggest a way to alter people’s behaviors to make them healthier, says Nathaniel Daw, a computational neuroscientist at New York University in New York City who was not on Schonberg’s team. “It’s one thing to do this with different types of junk food,” he says. “But could you do this to drive people away from Snickers bars and get them more interested in kale?”He cautions, however, that—at least so far—the effects of the training are relatively small. It can’t make someone like something that they previously disliked. (Kale, anyone?)Schonberg’s team is now pursuing ways to make the effect last even longer, and studying how well the training works to alter preferences of items other than junk food.last_img read more

Youth Congress calls for dialogue to introspect defeat

first_imgAfter it’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress organisations in the State are set to introspect on what went wrong. The State unit Youth Congress has called for an open dialogue on June 3 to introspect the results. Former and curent office-bearers of the party’s student wing National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Youth Congress are among those who have been invited to voice their opinion to find out where did the party go wrong and to discuss the future strategy.“Though Lok Sabha elections results are shocking for the Congress, we humbly accept the mandate given by the nation. The Congress is going through a difficult phase and youth need to stay united in same old fighting spirit in such adverse political circumstances,” said Satyajeet Tambe-Patil, president, Maharashtra Youth Congress.Mr. Tambe-Patil said it is time for the young workers of the Congress to come together and put a formidable fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. “It is our duty to ensure that Congress comes back to power in the State and for which we have to decide the future strategy,” he said, adding that the meeting will discuss how to go forward for Assembly polls and which programs should be highlighted in front of the people.“Assembly polls are different than the Lok Sabha polls. We have invited all the workers to ensure the focus is back on party organisation and to let everyone talk as openly as possible. It will bring out some negative points which can be tackled in the course of time as well,” he said.last_img read more

NSCAD Students Celebrate Women Through Design

first_img The students researched the topics, interviewed practitioners and experts, then created visual presentation posters. “This project provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about Nova Scotia women, their accomplishments and equality challenges,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “The level of understanding of the importance of women’s issues and accomplishments was evident in all of the art pieces, and I commend all of the students on their participation and work. I would also like to thank NSCAD for fostering learning about Nova Scotia women in this way and for demonstrating leadership to highlight important women’s issues.” The posters will be available at no cost through the Status of Women’s website. The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women provided grant funding and mentoring to NSCAD to support the initiative. Four students will receive $200 honorariums for the top posters in each subject area. The project was also supported by various community organizations, such as Techsploration and Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS). “These are really difficult issues and they generated a lot of discussion and opened a lot of eyes in the class,” says May Chung, associate professor in NSCAD’s design division. “This was much tougher than designing a logo for a company, for example. It enables a designer to realize that what they do can be read in so many different ways depending on the metaphors they use to construct concepts.” Students Jocelyn Spence and Josh Udall, who both created posters about violence against women, said they felt overwhelmed and exhausted at times by the immensity of the problem, but energized by researching and expressing such complex ideas visually. “The class was definitely an emotional roller coaster; these are serious subjects and they affect real people,” said Mr. Udall, from Toronto. “Our classmates helped a lot to further our ideas, so that our work was so much better in the end.” “Ultimately (the class) proved we have a voice on issues and that’s really empowering and awesome,” said Ms. Spence, from Dartmouth. women in leadership women’s economic security freedom from violence for women and girls women’s health and wellness. NSCAD students have put their skills to work and gained a greater understanding of women’s issues through a partnership with the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. After four months of research and reflection by NSCAD University design students their posters on women’s issues were unveiled at a reception today, April 15. Students created awareness posters on four areas:last_img read more

Emma Stone Halle Berry And Christina Applegate Join Revlon RunWalk For Women

first_imgRevlon, The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and Lilly Tartikoff are proud to announce the 21st annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women.Revlon Brand Ambassador Emma Stone will host the 2014 event in New York on Saturday, May 3rd and Revlon Brand Ambassador Halle Berry, along with Christina Applegate will host in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 10th.Stone will be returning for her third year to host the New York Run/Walk, while Berry is celebrating her eighth year participating in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk, and hosting the Los Angeles event with Christina Applegate. The Run/Walk was launched in Los Angeles in 1994 through the combined efforts of Lilly Tartikoff, Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman of Revlon, Inc., and EIF with a second event in New York City added shortly after. To date, nearly one million people have participated in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women and the Run/Walks have distributed more than $70 million to support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs.“There is nothing more thrilling than to walk alongside the amazing women, men and children who come together on one day to support the fight against cancer,” said Stone. “The EIF Revlon Run Walk is an important tool to continue to build awareness and raise funds to find a cure for this disease. I look forward to seeing everyone on what is always a beautiful and inspiring morning in New York City!”“I am honored to once again host this year’s EIF Revlon Run Walk. It’s hard to find the words to describe exactly what it feels like to be part of such a powerful grassroots event that brings together tens of thousands of cancer survivors, patients, loved ones and supporters. The event is a true testament to the impact we can make if we band together against a common cause.” said Berry.Like her co-host, Christina Applegate has participated in the Run/Walk several times. As a breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about inspiring other women to take control of their health and providing critical resources to women contending with or at risk of breast cancer.“I am thrilled for my charitable organization, Right Action for Women, to be a beneficiary of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk. The support Right Action for Women will receive from the Run/Walk will help provide necessary screenings for women at increased risk for breast cancer. Having participated in the past with my mom and many family members and friends, this event is important to me and I know that the funding RAW will receive from the EIF Revlon Run Walk will help save lives,” said Applegate.The New York race will start in Times Square and finish in Central Park, where there will be a health expo as well as a survivor ceremony. The Los Angeles race will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at Exposition Park. Early registration is encouraged and can be done by clicking here or by calling the event hotline at 855.434.3779. Registration is also available on site the day of both events.Participants are encouraged to fundraise individually or create teams. Those who are not able to attend the New York or Los Angeles events can register for the EIF Revlon Run/Walk in Your Dreams. Run/Walk In Your Dreams gives participants the opportunity to fundraise for the event from afar with the same tools and awards as participants in New York and Los Angeles enjoy.“Revlon has been involved with the EIF Revlon Run/Walk since its inception and every year, we are reminded of how important it is to keep up the fight against women’s cancers until we find a cure,” says Ronald Perelman, co-founder of the Run/Walk and co-founder of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. “I would like to thank all of the volunteers and city officials who help make our event possible each year.”“It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 21 years!” says Lilly Tartikoff, co-founder of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women and co-founder of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. “We have met so many amazing women along this journey. Their spirit and passion has made it possible to raise the much-needed funds that have helped to deliver the innovative, non-toxic treatment for breast cancer called Herceptin. Even more exciting, there is another hopeful non-toxic treatment on the way. We are so thankful for everyone’s support in making this possible.”New York beneficiaries include: Actors Fund of America, Albert Einstein Cancer Center, CancerCare, Inc., Gilda’s Club NYC, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, William F. Ryan Community Health Center, and National Women’s Cancer Research Alliance (NWCRA).Los Angeles beneficiaries include: Cancer Support Community- Benjamin Center, Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Health & Services Foundation, Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program, Right Action for Women (RAW),USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Women of Color Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Project.National Sponsors for the 2014 EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women include: title sponsor Revlon, double platinum sponsors Toyota and Marika, along with platinum sponsor Rite Aid. Award sponsors include exhale barre yoga spa, and NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. New York sponsors include gold sponsors Bloomberg, Dunkin’ Donuts and Lucille Roberts Gym; and media sponsors, Fresh 102.7, NBC 4 NY and Telemundo NY. Los Angeles sponsors include double platinum sponsor Macy’s; platinum sponsors ABC7 Los Angeles and Aquafina Water; gold sponsors Cancer Treatment Centers of America and The Walking Company; silver sponsor Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Zenith Insurance.last_img read more

Roger Daltrey To Perform At Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Dinner

first_imgThe Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will host its 19th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction, honoring footwear industry icon Vince Camuto and featuring a musical performance by the legendary Roger Daltrey of The Who on Thursday, November 10th, 2016, at Cipriani Wall Street.The event will mark the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) by noted oncologist Samuel Waxman, M.D. and will introduce the SWCRF Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program in honor of Vince Camuto, founder of Camuto Group, who passed away of prostate cancer in 2015. Louise Camuto, Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group, will accept the honor in memory of her husband.The evening will be hosted by Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, as master of ceremonies. The evening’s much-anticipated live and silent auctions will offer guests the opportunity to bid on an exciting selection of exclusive items.Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” this yearly fête is considered to be among the top fundraising events in New York City, attended by more than 1,200 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Past celebrity performers have included Ziggy Marley, Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, and Counting Crows.WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2016WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street 55 Wall Street New York, NY 10005last_img read more

Horgan says Alberta legislation to raise gas prices in BC provocative

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says he’s concerned and surprised that Alberta’s latest move in an escalating pipeline feud is legislation that could drive up British Columbia’s already sky-high gas prices.Alberta’s New Democrat government served notice Tuesday of plans to introduce legislation that Premier Rachel Notley has said will give the province the power to reduce oil flows and likely prompt a spike in gas prices in B.C.Motorists in Metro Vancouver currently pay more than $1.50 a litre for gas.The pipeline dispute between B.C., Alberta and the federal government heated up last weekend when Kinder Morgan Canada announced it was suspending work on the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion because of opposition and delays in B.C.The project, which would triple capacity between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., received Ottawa’s approval in 2016, but court challenges and permit delays in B.C. have held up construction.The B.C. government announced in February that it will ask the court to decide if it has the right to restrict diluted bitumen in the Trans Mountain pipeline. The decision to refer the matter to the courts prompted Alberta to suspend a ban on wine imports from B.C.Horgan said Tuesday that he’s concerned about any new legislation in Alberta that may have adverse consequences in his province, including increased gas prices.“I’m always concerned when a jurisdiction to our east decides that they are going to take provocative action because of our attempt to talk to British Columbians about how we protect our environment,” he said.“I don’t believe legislation that would put an adverse impact on the people of B.C. is in anyone’s interest and I’m surprised the government of Alberta is bringing it forward.”Debate around Trans Mountain has turned to fear-mongering rather than facts and evidence, B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver said in a statement Tuesday.“In Alberta, Ms. Notley is engaging in her own fear-mongering by alleging this amounts to a ‘constitutional crisis,’ ” he said. “It is irresponsible to be throwing such inflammatory terms around when B.C. is simply trying to consult with British Columbians and to seek scientific evidence about a substance that poses a significant risk to our communities and to our economy.”Alberta’s proposed legislation is expected to be debated next week.Notley said Tuesday that the province is prepared to buy the pipeline in order to get its oil products to the ports on the West Coast.Kinder Morgan has set May 31 as the deadline for various stakeholders to reach agreement that could allow the project to proceed.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

TNA wants political prisoners freed first

He said that the Tamils cannot accept holding a festival for the Tamil Diaspora before measures are taken to release the Tamils in jail. The Government had recently said that it will be holding a major festival in Colombo with the participation of the Sri Lankan diaspora. Ariyanenthiran said that the TNA welcomes holding a festival for the diaspora but cannot accept priority been given for such an event and not the release of Tamil political prisoners. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today called on the Government to free Tamil political prisoners before holding a festival for the diaspora in Sri Lanka.TNA Batticaloa District Parliamentarian P. Ariyanenthiran said that the Government has kept saying they will release the Tamil political prisoners but yet they have not been freed. read more

Applications for two new research centres posted

Applications to create the Institute for Advanced Biomanufacturing and the Social Justice Research Institute were posted earlier this month and are still available online for review.According to Senate policy concerning the establishment and review of research centers and institutes at Brock University, applications to create a new centre or institute must be posted on the University Secretariat website for 21 days before they may be reviewed.Your comments regarding these proposals are invited.Please forward any comments you may have to Judith Maiden, administrative support to the Senate Research and Scholarship Policy Committee, at jmaiden@brocku.ca.

Simcoe man wins 100000 on scratch ticket

Simcoe’s Steven Antal is twice as lucky as most people when it comes to winning big on lottery scratch tickets.The Simcoe retiree recently won $100,000 on an Instant Big Brother ticket.This win comes on the heals of another big win he had in December.“This is my second major win on an Instant ticket in less than a year,” Antal, 61, said while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. “I won $250,000 on Instant Xtreme Green a couple months ago.”Antal, who has two children and one grandchild, says he’ll use his most recent winnings to visit his son in British Columbia, buy some new furniture and help family members.His ticket was purchased at the Esso station on West Street in Simcoe.

Trump administration announces plans to ban flavored ecigarettes from market

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that the country has a problem with vaping, and his top health official said the Food and Drug Administration intends to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market.Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters at a meeting with Trump in the Oval Office that children were becoming addicted to nicotine thanks to attractive flavors of e-cigarettes, and that the FDA was working on a “guidance document” that would lead to a ban of all vape flavors aside from tobacco flavoring.“Once the FDA would finalize this guidance, we would begin enforcement actions to remove all such products from the market place,” Azar said.Six deaths have been linked to vaping and U.S. public health officials are investigating 450 cases of potential vaping-related lung illness across 33 states and one U.S. territory.“We have a problem in our country, it’s a new problem … and it’s called vaping,” Trump said. “Especially vaping as it pertains to innocent children.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The nationwide investigation led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not definitively linked the illnesses to any specific e-cigarette product or ingredient, although health officials have expressed suspicions about the effects of inhaling vitamin E acetate, which is contained in some vaping products.The FDA has urged consumers to avoid inhaling vitamin E acetate, buying vaping products on the street, using marijuana-derived oil with the products or modifying a store-bought vape product. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chris Reese and Bill Berkrot) read more

Thai general appointed head of UN peacekeeping force in East Timor

Lt. Gen. Winai Phattiyakul, currently the Director of Directorate of the Joint Intelligence, Supreme Command Headquarters of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, will succeed Lt. Gen. Boonsrang Niumpradit as the head of the military component of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). Lt. Gen. Boonsrang Niumpradit is set to leave the post at the end of this month.Meanwhile, preparations continued for East Timor’s first-ever democratic elections later this month as more than 8,000 East Timorese turned out for a five-hour “Sing for Peace, Sing for Democracy, Sing for Timor” event yesterday evening at the Dili sports stadium.Twelve East Timorese bands performed songs focusing on nation building, democracy and peace. Between numbers, the performers elaborated on these themes, many connecting East Timor’s journey toward independence and construction of democracy to their painful history. A prominent Timorese TV personality then spoke more formally about the upcoming election, the Constituent Assembly that will result, and the relationship between citizens and the State in a democracy.Teams from the UN-supported National Office for Civic Education and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) also distributed leaflets on the procedures for the 30 August vote, the remaining steps in the transition to independence, and other civic education matters.According to the IEC, more than 900 national and international observers have been accredited to the 30 August elections. The figure includes 252 international electoral observers from 40 countries, as well as 719 Timorese electoral observers from 18 organizations covering all of East Timor’s districts.The IEC also announced that all polling centres for the elections have been identified and cleared for security, and that the voter roll and ballot papers will be arriving in Dili this week. All 5,000 polling staff have been recruited and provisions for their training are ready.The IEC’s Chief Electoral Officer, Carlos Valenzuela, said that the polling kits, including ballot boxes, indelible ink and seals for the ballot boxes, have already been assembled in Dili and are now being distributed to the districts. Other sensitive polling materials, consisting mostly of ballot papers and polling forms, will soon arrive in the districts where they will be kept in secure storage areas. read more

FEATURE The UN General Assemblys Second Committee – economic and financial issues

The Assembly makes a big splash every year in late September when world leaders come to UN Headquarters in New York City to present their views about pressing world issues over a number of days, in what is known as the General Debate.However, the issues and themes under discussion by the General Assembly lend themselves to more effective discussion in smaller settings covering different topics. So, once the Debate is over, the General Assembly’s six Main Committees select their officers and get down to dealing with the items on the Assembly’s agenda – in 2012, the Assembly had nearly 170 items on it, most of which were carried over from previous years.All Member States take part in each of the Committees’ discussions and the agenda is divided up thematically. The issues are debated, corresponding resolutions are voted on and then forwarded to all UN Member States – in the so-called General Assembly Plenary – for a final decision.Here, in the second of a series providing a snapshot of the Main Committees, the UN News Centre takes a look at the Second Committee.*****The General Assembly considered 13 reports of its Second Committee and took action on 38 draft resolutions and 3 draft decisions contained in the reports. (December 2012) UN Photo/Ryan BrownIncreasingly, even the richest and most powerful countries cannot go it alone and must look to international collaboration to find ways to shore up the underpinnings of the world economy.That is where the General Assembly’s Second Committee – which deals with economic and financial matters – comes in, debating strategies and initiatives that will guide countries as they address issues that lie at the heart of all economies. “The Second Committee must show leadership in the design of coherent and coordinated approaches, at the national and international levels, to address the vicious cycle of low growth, rising unemployment, and financial sector fragility,” Ambassador George Talbot of Guyana, the current Chair of the Committee, told delegates as they began their work in early October. The Second Committee during remarks delivered by General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic (on podium, second from left). (November 2012) UN Photo/Evan Schneider“We must provide ideas for the redesign of policies to strengthen the impact on poverty and in employment, and on the promotion of structural change for a more sustainable future for all,” he continued. The ambassador presides over a body whose work has grown in complexity and breadth as it covers issues including sovereign debt, poverty eradication, climate change, energy, the situation of landlocked countries, and information and communication technologies.While the links may not be immediately obvious, all of these issues have a significant impact on countries’ economies, and the Second Committee provides new frameworks and guidelines that assist in addressing the various challenges posed by these issues. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addresses the Second Committee in relation to a comprehensive policy review of UN system operational activities for development. (October 2012) UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “After all the speeches and talk at the General Assembly it is really interesting to see how countries go about getting into the nitty-gritty of issues. Sometimes it can come across as very dry, but this is where the action happens,” said one information officer covering the Committee’s debates.Last year, the Second Committee took action on 43 draft proposals and it was expected to act on a similar number of proposals during the 2012 session. In particular, sustainability and the post-2015 development agenda have become some of the main subjects permeating its work, as countries set out to prioritize the implementation of policies that not only promote economic prosperity and reduce poverty, but also protect the environment and foster inclusiveness and social equity in the long-term. For example, in June, countries came together to reaffirm their commitment to sustainability at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which took place in Brazil in June this year. President of the 66th session of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (centre), confers with colleagues at the session’s plenary meeting during which it heard the reports of the Second Committee. (December 2011) UN Photo/Devra BerkowitzA lot of the initial preparations for Rio+20 involved the Second Committee, and discussion during the 2012 session constantly referred to the outcome document produced at the Conference – entitled ‘The Future We Want’ – in which Member States renewed their political commitment to sustainable development, agreed to establish a set of sustainable development goals (sometimes known by the acronym SDGs), and established a high-level political forum on sustainable development. Some of the work raised at Rio+20 was approved by the Committee in this year’s session. This includes proposals for the General Assembly to implement scientific methods to assess, monitor and reverse desertification and land degradation; promoting ecotourism to help poverty eradication and environmental protection; and increasing nations’ capacities, particularly those of developing countries, to prevent and respond to natural disasters.In addition, the Committee approved a text calling for an increase in the share of new and renewable sources of energy which would make an important contribution to enhancing universal access to sustainable modern energy services – a key issue for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has launched an initiative known as Sustainable Energy for All.A participant at a meeting of Second Committee to elect the bureau and consider the work for the General Assembly’s 58th Session. (October 2003) UN Photo/S. HollymanUsing a deadline of 2030, its objective is to mobilize all sectors of society in order to provide universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.If sustainable development is to become a reality, governments and others are urged to combine increased use of new and renewable energy resources to ensure more efficient energy use, greater reliance on advanced energy technologies, including cleaner fossil fuel technologies, and the sustainable use of traditional energy, in order to meet the growing need for energy services in the longer term.“This Committee has made historic decisions that have helped prevent crises, inspire visionary changes and put the world on a more sustainable path,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, told the Committee during its opening session. “As we continue to grapple with multiple challenges, we need, above all, continued leadership and commitment,” he said. “The choices we make now will shape the UN development agenda for a generation.”The Second Committee begins its substantive work and hears an opening statement by the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Philippe de Seynes, reviewing the world economic situation. (October 1967) UN Photo/TCThe UN’s operational activities for development is a key issue for the Second Committee, as the UN development system responds to the needs and priorities of developing countries as owners and drivers of their own future. This is especially important as the 2015 deadline for reaching the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is approaching. The eight MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’“We look to the General Assembly and this Committee to present us with a resolution that truly reflects the development problems, opportunities and potential solutions of our times,” the world body’s Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, told the Committee at one of its meetings. “United Nations operational activities for development help millions of poor people around the world,” Mr. Eliasson added. “We owe them our best and most serious efforts. We must place human beings at the centre.” read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 19 October 2012

DOWNLOAD1. Commission publish proposal to minimise the climate impacts of biofuel production2. European new car registrations down 10.8% in September3. EU summit deal aims for full ‘banking union’ in 20144. SME Performance Review published5. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Pepperdine gives Abilene Christian 1st loss 7762

MALIBU, Calif. — Kessler Edwards had 19 points and Colbey Ross added 15 with nine rebounds and eight assists as Pepperdine led throughout to roll over Abilene Christian 77-62 on Saturday to knock the Wildcats from the undefeated ranks.Pepperdine (5-2), which has won four of its last five, had doubled Abilene Christian’s score, 26-13, midway through the first half. The Wildcats fought back to trail 42-31 at the half. Abilene Christian started the second half on a 10-2 run to close to 44-41. Pepperdine’s Victor Ohia Obioha slammed home a dunk for a 50-42 lead six minutes into the half and the Waves rode to a 60-49 lead midway in the second half.Abilene Christian (7-1) stayed close but could never get the margin into the single digits.Edwards drilled 5 of 8 from long range. Jade Smith and Eric Cooper Jr. added 13 points apiece and Ohia Obioha chipped in 11 points.Pepperdine made 25 of 30 free-throw attempts while ACU was just 8 of 13.Jaren Lewis had 15 points and Jaylen Franklin 12 for the Wildcats.The Associated Press read more

Warning over first case of supergonorrhoea acquired in the UK

Dr Nick Phin, Deputy Director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England, said:“Although these two cases of extensively resistant gonorrhoea have been successfully treated, contact tracing is underway to ensure there is no onward spread. This is a timely reminder of the importance of avoiding getting or passing on gonorrhoea. Both cases were resistant to both the standard drugs used to treat the infection, but have now been successfully treated, with one having to go on a drip, officials said.They said there was so far no evidence of links between the two cases, or with the case from last year.Previous sexual partners of both women are now being traced.It follows warnings that resistance to the key drugs is growing across the world, including in the UK. Latest figures suggest that more than 2,000 deaths a year in the UK can be attributed to antibiotic-resistant infections.Surveys suggest that around four in ten people expect to be prescribed antibiotics when they visit their GP for illnessses such as coughs and colds, even though the vast majority are caused by viruses, and will not be helped by drug treatment. The chief medical officer has warned that without action to cut reliance on antibiotics, Britain could end up in “the dark ages” where common operations become too dangerous to perform. Without antibiotics, 3 million operations such as caesareans and hip replacements could become life threatening, health officials warned. Health officials are warning of the first case of super-gonorrhoea which has been found to be acquired in the UK.The case involving a heterosexual woman, follows growing concern about the rise of drug-resistant sexually transmitted diseases across the world.Last year officials warned that a Briton had contracted the “world’s worst ever” case of super-gonorrhoea.The case occurred after the man had a sexual encounter with a woman in south-east Asia.But the latest case was acquired in the UK.Public Health England (PHE) issued the alarm about two cases, both involving heterosexual women living in Britain.One of the women appears to have acquired the disease in Europe, officials said, but the other case was acquired in the UK, though officials say the woman had links to Europe. “Everyone can substantially reduce their risk by using condoms consistently and correctly with all new and casual partners. Anyone who thinks they may have been at risk of getting an STI (sexually transmitted infection) should seek an STI screen at a sexual health clinic.”Gonorrhoea can lead to infertility if left untreated and is known to cause symptoms including unusual discharge and inflammation.Roughly one in 10 men and more than three quarters of women show no recognisable symptoms when infected with the disease.Cases of gonorrhea have risen by 22 per cent in one year, with almost 45,000 diagnoses in 2017, figures for England show.And diagnoses of syphilis are at their highest level for nearly 70 years, with 7,137 cases last year.  The figure is a 20 per cent rise on the previous year, and more than twice that recorded in 2012. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

600000 cannabis plants 6 fields 4 camps destroyed at Ebini River

Ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Wednesday conducted yet another major drug eradication exercise in the Berbice River.Based on information received from the police, during the more that twelve hours operations at Ebini River, six fields with an estimated 600,000 cannabis plants measuring between 4 inches to 5 feet in height were found, photographed and destroyed together with four camps and about two hundred kilograms of dried cannabis.Two unlicenced shotguns and fifty-five (55) live cartridges were also found.According to the police no arrests have been made but investigators say they are in the process of tracing the owner(s) of the land.In February of this year a team of law enforcement officers commanded by a Superintendent conducted a fifteen hours long drug-eradication operation at Ebini, Upper Berbice River. That operation saw an estimated 300,000 cannabis plants ranging between 6 inches to 5 feet in height, 150,000 kilograms of dried cannabis, a number of nurseries with about 100,000 seedlings and 4 camps being destroyed by fire.Investigators were also in the process of tracing the ownership of the approximately 10-acre plot of land.However, this publication was informed that the investigators are currently facing challenges with respect to pinpointing the owners of these lands and are currently in the process of engaging the Lands and Survey Commission to assist in their investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related300,000 ganja plants, 4 farms destroyed in 15-hour operation at Ebini, Berbice- PoliceFebruary 8, 2018In “Crime”25,000 ganja plants destroyedJuly 11, 2019In “Crime”5 acres of cannabis cultivation, including 3 camps destroyed- PoliceDecember 1, 2018In “Crime” read more

Reallife Mario Kart is back for another race banana shoplifting too

first_imgFile this one under “Don’t try this at home”. French humorist Remi Gaillard is back for another real-life Mario Kart, which is exactly what you’d expect. Gaillard drives around in a go-kart throwing bananas under real cars (don’t worry, they are much less dangerous than in the game) and refilling his banana supply in a super market. As you probably guessed he is being chased by security most of the time, but he was sly enough that the gendarmerie didn’t get involved.And, luckily, he didn’t find any red turtles to throw at cars–that definitely would not have gone over well.The video is somewhat amusing, though not as funny as the original (below), and it’s not as clever as the Portland bike lane Mario Kart paint job, but I’m still glad I saw it.via Geeksaresexylast_img

Le 100e Tour de France une belle occasion de partir à la

first_imgLe 100e Tour de France, une belle occasion de partir à la découverte de la biodiversité de nos régionsA l’occasion du 100e Tour de France, le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) s’est associé à France Télévisions et au Tour pour créer 21 spots dévoilant la biodiversité rencontrée à chaque étape de la course.  Si le Tour de France est pour beaucoup, LA course de vélos immanquable de l’année, pour certains, c’est aussi une belle occasion de (re)découvrir les beaux paysages de l’Hexagone traversés par les cyclistes. Un mélange de défi sportif et de dépaysement qui séduit chaque été de très nombreux téléspectateurs. Mais cette année, le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) a décidé de pousser le dépaysement encore plus loin, en y ajoutant une touche de découverte !Pour cette 100e édition, les équipes du Muséum se sont ainsi associées à France Télévisions et aux organisateurs du Tour de France pour lancer une vaste opération de découverte de la biodiversité de nos régions. Le principe est simple : à chaque étape, correspondra un spot télévisé de une minute qui mettra à l’honneur une espèce animale ou végétale caractéristique de la région traversée. Il y aura donc en tout 21 spots qui seront diffusés sur France 2 ou France 3 à chaque étape dès la prise d’antenne, et ce, dès le début du Tour.De l’herbier de Posidonie au phoque veau-marin Samedi 29 juin, la course démarrera par une première étape de 213 kilomètres entre Porto-Vecchio et Bastia en Corse. C’est ainsi dans les criques méditerranéennes que nous mènera le premier spot à la rencontre d’une remarquable plante aquatique : l’herbier de Posidonie. Le lendemain, pour la deuxième étape de 156 kilomètres entre Bastia et Ajaccio, c’est la tortue d’Hermann qui sera mise à l’honneur, une espèce vulnérable figurant sur la liste rouge nationale. Mais la Méditerranée recèle bien d’autres animaux comme par exemple le poulpe, qui sera la vedette du spot de la troisième étape entre Ajaccio et Calvi.De retour sur le continent, succèderont à ces trois premières espèces 18 autres parmi lesquelles le Flamant rose, la marmotte, le lucane cerf-volant, le phoque veau-marin, le tétras-lyre ou encore l’algue des neiges. Des animaux et végétaux qui restent pour certains encore trop méconnus… Saviez-vous qu’un phoque veau-marin peut mesurer jusqu’à 3 mètres ? ou encore que les poulpes sont dotés d’un redoutable bec en corne ? L’algue des neiges également surnommée “sang des glaciers”, est elle un mystère à elle toute seule. Autant dire qu’il y a là de quoi faire un beau Tour de France de la biodiversité et accessoirement d’occuper au cours des prochaines semaines tout ceux qui ne sont pas particulièrement fans de cyclisme ! Préserver l’incroyable biodiversité de nos régions Mais outre la découverte, cette opération originale a également un but de sensibilisation à la préservation. En effet, plusieurs des espèces présentées sont aujourd’hui considérées comme menacées, voire figurent sur la liste rouge nationale. Les mettre en lumière rappelle ainsi à quel point il est important de ne pas négliger la nature qui nous entoure et de la respecter.D’ailleurs, toujours dans le cadre du Tour de France, le Muséum lancera une charte originale de 10 engagements en faveur de la biodiversité. Ces messages pourront être retrouvés tout au long du parcours et durant les décrochages de France Télévisions, et mettront en avant le respect des espaces naturels, de la faune, de la flore et des bonnes pratiques vis-à-vis de l’environnement.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuLa 100e édition du Tour de France démarre en Corse le 29 juin et s’achèvera à Paris le 21 juillet. Mais les plus curieux peuvent d’ores et déjà découvrir l’intégralité des spots publicitaires sur le site du Muséum. Une exposition photo sur la biodiversité de France se tiendra également à la Grande Galerie de l’Evolution du Muséum de Paris du 26 juin au 7 octobre. (crédits photo :  Steven Eckelberry) Le 29 juin 2013 à 11:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

US woman facing drug charge released in Mexico

first_imgNOGALES, Mexico — An Arizona woman held in a Mexico jail for a week on a drug-smuggling charge was freed and traveled back to the U.S. after a court reviewed her case, including key security footage, and dismissed the allegations.Yanira Maldonado, 42, walked out of the prison on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico and into her husband’s arms late Thursday. She and her family members could be seen crossing through the Nogales port of entry into Arizona in a small sedan shortly after midnight, The Arizona Republic reported.Maldonado spoke briefly after her release, thanking U.S. State Department officials, her husband, her lawyers and prison workers who made her stay comfortable.“Many thanks to everyone, especially my God who let me go free, my family, my children, who with their help, I was able to survive this test,” she said.Maldonado also said at a news conference later that she still loves Mexico, and the experience will not stop her from returning in the future to visit family there.last_img read more