President Trump will attend the World Economic Forum this year, marking the first time an American president has joined the gathering in nearly 20 years. But there’s another leader of a major country who will stop in Davos for the first time in two decades. It’s Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister.India’s interest in Davos is not new. For several years, the Indian government and private sector have made the annual gathering shindig a favored venue to promote the image of a new, more business-friendly India. In 2006, they spearheaded a grand “India Everywhere” campaign.Still, when a head of government leads the delegation, the appearance carries more weight. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Davos visit — the first for a Chinese head of state — kicked off a new international narrative about China’s global leadership ambitions. Perhaps that’s what inspired Modi’s decision to attend. Like China, the India of today seeks a larger place on the world stage.Read it at The Hill Related Items
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Manika Batra yet to receive cash reward from Delhi Government for CWG win
Manika Batra, who won four medals in Table Tennis at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, is yet to receive the cash reward promised by the Delhi government even, more than three months after her historic effort in Gold Coast.Manika Batra, who hails Delhi, made the whole country proud as she won an unprecedented four medals at the Gold Coast – including two gold medals (team and singles), a silver (doubles) and bronze (mixed doubles).As per the existing policy of the Delhi government, a CWG gold medallist gets Rs 14 lakh for gold, Rs 10 lakh for silver and Rs 6 lakh for bronze. Since the amount of the cash prize was a lot lesser than what the athletes from Haryana and Tamil Nadu get, a revised proposal had gone to the Delhi government for approval.A gold medal winner from Haryana receives Rs 1.5 crore and Tamil Nadu government gives Rs 50 lakh for the yellow metal.Dharemender Singh, Deputy Director of Education (Sports) in the Delhi government, confirmed the Manika’s file has been sent to the cabinet for approval.”The file of the specific case you are referring has gone to the cabinet for approval,” Singh told PTI.READ – Manika Batra and team finally board flight to Australia. What delayed them?Sources close to the player revealed that under the revised reward, Manika stands to get Rs 1.7 crore for her four medals (Rs 50 lakh each for gold, Rs 40 for silver and Rs 30 lakh for bronze). At the felicitation ceremony organised by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) on Sunday, Manika said she is confident of getting her due soon from the Delhi government.advertisement”I don’t know why it has not happened so far but I know it will happen,” said Manika, who is now preparing for the next month’s Asian Games in Indonesia.WATCH – Manika Batra accepts Prime Minister Modi’s fitness challengeThe central government had promptly felicitated the medal winners 15 days after the Games, held from April 3-15.TTFI secretary M P Singh expressed disappointment at Manika not being given her due by the Delhi government.READ – Manika Batra, glamour girl of Indian table tennis, becomes a Games legend”I wish it had happened earlier. Most state governments have already felicitated their medal winning athletes. They are the pride of the entire nation,” M P Singh said.In fact, Manika had met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in May and they both promised her “full support”.READ – I don’t want to stop here, I want to win more medals for India: Manika BatraThe irony of the entire matter is that double Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar happens to be OSD Sports in Delhi government. It could not be confirmed that if the champion athlete too is yet to receive his cash reward for winning the gold medal in Gold Coast.
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Man tries harassing teenage girl on flight. Badass journalist saves the day
Man tries harassing teenage girl on flight. Badass journalist saves the dayJoanna Chiu was travelling by a late-evening flight when a man appearing in his late thirties targeted a teenager separated from the rest of her family and harassed her. Her thread is going viral on Twitter for all the right reasons.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 13:00 IST A woman shared on Twitter how she intervened when she witnessed harassment on a planeA thread by a journalist, Joanna Chiu (@joannachiu) describing a sexual harassment incident onboard a flight is going viral on Twitter for all the right reasons.Joanna Chiu was recently travelling by a Canadian airline when she encountered the incident.In her thread, she explained how during a late-evening flight a man appearing in his late thirties targeted a teenager separated from the rest of her family and harassed her.She tweeted, Thread about airplane creeps: I’m on a plane from a late-evening stopover and was very tired and had a row to myself to sleep but couldn’t avoid noticing what was going on in the row behind me.A man appearing in his late thirties was obviously delighted to be seated next to a teenager separated from the rest of her family. He started off by asking about her career plans and laughed when she said she wanted to be CEO and kept giving her ridiculous advice.Joanna Chiu (@joannachiu) March 25, 2019A man appearing in his late thirties was obviously delighted to be seated next to a teenager separated from the rest of her family. He started off by asking about her career plans and laughed when she said she wanted to be CEO and kept giving her ridiculous advice, she added.She explained how the girl was friendly, but the man took it too far and started asking her out which the teen tried to ignore.Things went too far when the man harassed her and asked for a dirty photo while leaning close to her. This was when Joanna intervened and called him out.advertisementRead her full thread here:It did, and as soon as he asked for a dirty photo while leaning close to her I turned around and rage-whispered exactly what I thought of that and he didn’t say anything back and went off to use the washroom.Joanna Chiu (@joannachiu) March 25, 2019They checked other witness accounts and the head of the flight service (a woman) asked the man to move. He resisted then started swearing at me and asked to talk to the boss and the head flight attendant said I’m the boss, this is really serious and we could land the plane.Joanna Chiu (@joannachiu) March 25, 2019But none of the male passengers seemed to show they noticed what was going on. Maybe fellow women are more likely to pick up on warning signs early on in the conversation because we used to be teenage girls too?Joanna Chiu (@joannachiu) March 25, 2019She then went on to narrate her experiences of on-flight harassment and how it is a rampant thing.The second time I traveled alone an older man struck up a convo while we waited for boarding and he asked about many details of my travels then kissed me without my consent. I was too shocked to say anything.Joanna Chiu (@joannachiu) March 25, 2019She also urged men to keep check on their surroundings, spot creeps and help women who need it.It’s so disturbing there are predatory people out there who act like they have no idea what they’re doing is wrong. It’s unclear if the man is going to be monitored by flight crew the next time he flies.Joanna Chiu (@joannachiu) March 25, 2019She also praised the airline staff for handling the situation in the best way possible.I don’t want to say name of airline because journalists have to be careful not to make endorsements but just want to say that this Canadian airline crew handled the situation so well. Workplaces, schools, sports teams etc. can take note. They even gave me and other woman a card. pic.twitter.com/6irPimuRZbJoanna Chiu (@joannachiu) March 25, 2019She also tweeted that she will file a complaint against the man so that he never repeats something like that.I’m sure the young woman he targeted will be CEO someday or some other position of influence. She was in the middle of studying when he started harassing her. It’s sad these experiences are extremely common. Recommend @JessicaValenti’s memoir for insights: https://t.co/572fVfvNvdJoanna Chiu (@joannachiu) March 25, 2019After the tweet went viral, women praised Joanna for her bravery and even narrated their stories.Oh man. This note finally broke me and made me cry. It’s horrifying that we have to watch out for each other, while simultaneously being heartening when we do watch out for each other. Thank you so much.Jennifer (@PantsPie2000) March 25, 2019advertisementExcellent thread about dealing with creepers on public transportation, in this case, flights. Please share. https://t.co/C0eqX1es6sLily Burana (@lilyburana) March 25, 2019Twice in my life I have fallen asleep on a flight and awakened with the man in the seat next to me touching my body. Once I was on a 100% full red eye beside two drunk bros who got so loudly sexist and gross that the flight attendant apologized and offered me her jump seat. https://t.co/TmjJ4yjO8hDelilah S. Dawson (@DelilahSDawson) March 25, 2019This is a good thread. I’ve had similar experiences, which are especially uncomfortable when you’re in the window seat and dude hitting on you is between you and the aisle. https://t.co/xWYywlGcEqLaura Payton (@laura_payton) March 25, 2019This sort of thing happens all the time to teenage girls. Rock on to both the women here for intervening, and to the airline for getting the job done and keeping the teenager safe. Also: GRRRR. https://t.co/0AzGwCM38MMaria DahvanaHeadley (@MARIADAHVANA) March 25, 2019She is truly one badass woman!ALSO SEE | Kerala billionaire buys Scotland Yard, turns it into luxury hotel. Pay Rs 8 lakh per night to stayALSO SEE | Malaika Arora gets savagely trolled for copying Jaqueline Fernandez’s viral TikTok videoALSO WATCH | Two cute lion cubs make adorable debut at Vladisovstok zooGet 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? 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Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Nakilat LNG Carrier Hit by Oil Tanker off Fujairah
zoom Two ballast tanks aboard the 121,946 dwt liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Al Khattiya were breached with a loss of some ballast water after the ship was hit by an oil tanker on February 23 off Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The vessel’s manager Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd (Stasco) said that the incident did not cause any injuries or pollution from Al Khattiya.Additionally, the company informed that cargo tank pressures are stable indicating that there is no loss of LNG containment from the cargo tanks.At the time of the incident the 2009-built carrier, owned by Qatar-based shipping firm Nakilat, was at anchor after it previously discharged its cargo.“Al Khattiya is stable and remains at anchor while further checks take place. These will include detailed inspections,” a representative from the company said, adding that Shell has mobilised its emergency response team and is in contact with the vessel’s owner and relevant authorities.The other vessel involved in the collision is the oil tanker Jag Laadki, operated by India’s Great Eastern Shipping company. The extent of the damage from the incident aboard the oil tanker is currently unknown.
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Rapport final déposé le 24 septembre
La Commission de délimitation des circonscriptions électorales déposera son rapport final auprès du procureur général le lundi 24 septembre. Le rapport pourra être consulté par le public à compter de 9 h 30 le mardi 25 septembre, sur le site Web de la Commission. « Nous avons choisi cette date afin de permettre à tous les membres de la Commission d’être présents pour la publication du rapport final, a dit Teresa MacNeil, présidente de la Commission. Je remercie tous les Néo-Écossais pour leurs commentaires, leur intérêt et leur patience pendant ce processus. » Selon la loi sur la Chambre d’assemblée (House of Assembly Act), un examen des limites des circonscriptions électorales doit avoir lieu tous les 10 ans afin d’ajuster ces limites en fonction des mouvements de population, s’il y a lieu. Le mandat de la Commission a été établi par un comité spécial de la Chambre d’assemblée après des consultations effectuées à l’échelle de la province. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le www.nselectoralboundaries.ca/fr.
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla PMs intervention sought to save life of Sardar Sarovar Dam protesters
New Delhi: The CPI has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to protect the lives of activist Medha Patkar and the villagers who are agitating against the move to close the shutters of Sardar Sarovar dam and raise its water levels.Patkar is on a hunger strike in Madhya Pradesh for the past nine days, seeking rehabilitation of those displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Dam project. The health of the Narmada Bachao Andolan leader has deteriorated, some of her fellow protesters had claimed on Sunday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I seek your urgent intervention to save the life of Medha Patkar and hundreds of villagers in Barwani District,” Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Binoy Viswam said in the letter. “They are protesting against the Gujarat Government’s move to close the shutters of Sardar Sarovar dam and raise the water level to 138.68 metres,” the Rajya Sabha MP said. “This measure will endanger the existence of 192 villages and 32000 families living there. Development should be for the peoples’ well being, not to destabilize their lives.” The Left party claimed that Patkar’s health condition was worsening. “Her life is precious for every Indian who stands for environmental protection and real sustainable development,” Viswam said. “I request you to understand the seriousness of the situation and advise the government of Gujarat to desist from this disastrous move.”
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla A timeline of key events in the British Columbia election campaign
VANCOUVER – A timeline of some of the key events in British Columbia’s election campaign:April 10: On the eve of the election, the Liberals release an campaign platform containing $157 million in new spending over three years and promising a personal income tax freeze, as well as new tax credits for seniors and family members who care for them. The Liberals projected a surplus of $295 million in the 2017-18 budget released before the election.April 11: The election begins. Linda Kayfish, the sister of a health researcher who was fired by the province in 2012 and later killed himself, accused Liberal Leader Christy Clark of being “callous and cynical” in her government’s response to a recent report by British Columbia’s Office of the Ombudsperson about the firings. Clark offers to repeat government apologies if it would give Kayfish some closure.April 13: The NDP releases its platform, which includes $717 million in new spending for this fiscal year but forecasts a $108 million surplus for 2017-18 by generating new revenue and finding savings in government spending. The party’s promises include increasing the corporate tax rate by one point to 12 per cent, a speculation tax on out-of-province property owners, $10-a-day childcare and an annual $400 rebate for renters.April 17: The Green party promises to overhaul the tax system to pay for spending on childcare, education, public health and the environment in its platform. Green Leader Andrew Weaver forecasts operating deficits in the second and third years of a four-year mandate with a $216-million surplus in the final fiscal year.April 19: Michael de Jong, the finance minister in Clark’s government, says a Liberal analysis of the NDP platform reveals $6.5 billion in costs that have not been accounted for. Carole James, the NDP’s finance critic, calls the Liberal accusations “fearmongering.”April 20: Clark touches NDP Leader John Horgan on the arm during a radio debate and tells him to calm down. “Don’t touch me again, please,” Horgan replies.April 24: Facing questions about donations to her party from forestry company Weyerhaeuser, Clark says she isn’t compromised because she doesn’t defend American demands for tariffs on Canadian softwood. She accuses Horgan of “cozying up” to the United Steelworkers Union because it’s paying the salaries of some NDP campaign staff.April 25: If he’s elected premier, Horgan says he would travel to Washington, D.C., within 30 days to meet U.S. representatives on a new softwood deal after the Americans announce duties on Canadian exports.April 26: The moderator in the TV debate asks Horgan if he has anger-management issues, which he denies, adding he gets angry when he sees government inaction on a range of issues from underfunding of schools to a lack of support for children in care that has resulted in suicide. Clark is asked about a stipend she once collected from the Liberal party on top of her salary as premier and political donations that have led to a police investigation of B.C.’s political parties. She deflects the question on trust, partly by discussing her economic record.April 26: Clark reacts to the softwood duties by calling on Ottawa to ban the shipment of thermal coal through British Columbia, a move that would hurt producers south of the border.April 28: Clark ratchets up the pressure in the trade dispute over softwood, saying if Ottawa doesn’t ban thermal coal she will act on her own. Horgan says Clark has not addressed thermal coal as premier, but now there’s an election campaign she’s making “provocative” statements.May 2: Clark promises a hefty $70-per-tonne carbon tax on U.S. thermal coal to make it uncompetitive in the global market.May 3: The Liberals say they “stand corrected” on claims the NDP planted a woman at a campaign event to confront Clark. The encounter days earlier generates a buzz on social media as the hashtag #IamLinda became a rallying point on Twitter for those opposed the Liberal government.May 5: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells Clark in a letter that he’s seriously considering her request for a ban on exports of U.S. thermal coal and that federal trade officials are examining it.
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla HOW TO POST OR PROMOTE ON eBOSS
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Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla These are worst days for country Mehbooba Mufti on remarks of Pragya
Srinagar: “These are the worst days for the country”, said former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday, reacting to remarks on former Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, the BJP candidate from Bhopal and an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. “I think these are the worst days for our country that you are giving such a choice of candidates to the people who use such language against a martyr like Hemant Karkare,” Mehbooba told reporters here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Thakur on Friday said Karkare died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had cursed him for treating her badly. Karkare, along with two other senior police officers, was killed while fighting terrorists during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in November 2008. The BJP on Wednesday had fielded Thakur from the Bhopal parliamentary seat, where she is set to have a direct contest with Congress heavyweight and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOut on bail, Pragya has been discharged by a court on charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the case, but is still facing trial under other criminal provisions, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Mehbooba asked the BJP what the party wanted to convey to the people of the country by fielding a candidate like Thakur. “What do you want to convey to the people by fielding in the elections a lady against whom there is a charge sheet and such grave charges and who was in jail? That whatever the lady stands for, the BJP stands for those things?” the PDP president said. She also termed as a “huge setback” the suspension of the cross-LoC trade between India and Pakistan.
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Inaugural Brock Library HackFest set for July 25
The inaugural Brock Library HackFest is set for July 25.Join a group of interested technology enthusiasts as they build, deconstruct, mash up, and re-envision information from the Internet.Set in an informal environment, attendees will be free to mix, mingle, discuss ideas, and to begin working on prototypes or code.The theme for the event will be ‘Hack Niagara’. Registered attendees will be provided with a list of topics about a week before the event to help get the ideas going.The only requirement is your curiosity and a laptop. The Brock Library will provide coffee, breakfast, Wi-Fi and whiteboard space. There will also be a collection of electronics to use in your collaborations (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc.)The event will be open to the public.At the end of the day there will be an opportunity to briefly present what you’ve hacked. The most interesting presentation wins a prize and trophy.Tickets are free. Please RSVP if interested. If you have any questions please email Tim Ribaric.*****What: Brock Library HackFestWhen: Friday, July 25Where: E-Classroom (TH 253)What time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Angola Security Council calls on UNITA to respond to Government peace plan
Welcoming a recent declaration by the Government of Angola on its willingness to resume the peace process, the United Nations Security Council today called on the rebel group UNITA to show that it “shares a similar position” in order to achieve national reconciliation, including through a general ceasefire.In a statement read out at a formal meeting by its President, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, the Council described the Government’s 13 March communiqué as “a positive, constructive, and forward-looking approach to ending the conflict and resuming the process of national reconciliation.”The Council urged the Uniao Nacional para a Independencia Total de Angola (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) “to recognize the historic nature of this opportunity to end the conflict with dignity, to give a clear, positive response to the Government’s offer of peace, to implement fully the Lusaka Protocol and to re-enter political life.”Calling on the Government of Angola to ensure the transparency and credibility of the peace process, including by cooperating with the UN, the Council said it looked forward to discussions between the UN’s Adviser for Special Assignments in Africa, Ibrahim Gambari, and the Government to clarify the UN’s role.The statement emphasized the active role that the UN was expected to play in the implementation of the Lusaka Protocol, in close cooperation with the Government of Angola, and noted the need to renew, and possibly redefine, by 15 April, the mandate of the UN Office in Angola (UNOA). The Council also declared its support for the full implementation of the Protocol, and its willingness to work with all the parties in that endeavour.The Council said it stood ready to consider appropriate and specific exemptions from and amendments to the measures imposed by resolution 1127, which banned travel by all senior officials of UNITA and adult members of their immediate families.The statement also underlined that the legitimacy of the peace process depended on a genuine role for, and full participation of, political parties and civil society without interference, as well as flexibility in approaching questions of national reconciliation.Expressing concern about the grave humanitarian situation, especially for internally displaced persons, the Council called on the Government to accelerate “full and immediate access” to all those in need of assistance. In that context, it welcomed the decision by the Government to include relief help in its plans to extend territorial administration throughout the country, and said it expected the Government to cooperate fully through an agreed coordinating mechanism with the international donors in swiftly developing an effective humanitarian response, including demining activities.
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Latin America and Caribbean to adopt text on population and development UN
Delegates meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will endorse a document adopted last March in Santiago, Chile, on the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development.The US reportedly decided to join the consensus after participants agreed to let the text take note of the report of the Santiago preliminary meeting. At that forum, Washington had expressed the lone dissent, dissociating itself from the Santiago Declaration.The document urges countries to intensify efforts to implement the Cairo plan, eradicating poverty, reducing social inequalities and eliminating the gender gap. The declaration also urges increased international cooperation to meet those objectives.”It is clear that the spirit of Cairo is alive and well, especially in this region,” said UNFPA chief Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. “It is clear that it is your Programme of Action, and you are tailoring it to the social, cultural and economic realities of your countries and in line with the universally agreed international human rights.”She added: “There cannot be true democracy without true equality, and if there is no true equality, there cannot be true human rights. This is what Cairo is all about.”
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla UN Millennium Goals scorecard spotlights successes gaps and path towards the future
Copyright United Nations. UN Photo / Shareef SahranHe said that unless these imbalances are addressed through bolder and more focused interventions, some targets will not be met, including in key areas such as childbirth, maternal mortality, universal education, and environmental sustainability. “Our efforts to achieve the MDGs are critical to building a solid foundation for development beyond 2015. At the same time, we must aim for a strong successor framework to attend to unfinished business and address areas not covered by the eight MDGs,” said the UN chief Indeed, the world has changed dramatically since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration in 2000, he noted. Development, peace, security and the rule of law are more deeply connected than ever before. Eradicating extreme poverty is even more clearly an imperative to building stable societies. “Tackling growing inequality, in rich and poor countries alike, has become a defining challenge of our times,” said Mr. Ban, declaring: “Our post-2015 objective must be to leave no one behind.” Copyright United Nations. Photo Yuri Mechitov / World BankAt the intergovernmental level, the new High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development built around the GA, and a strengthened ECOSOC, is in place. It will benefit from the work of ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum, which will address some of the critical issues on the future of development cooperation. “This Forum can give impetus to agenda-setting throughout the UN system. The world counts on this Forum and our new architecture to provide guidance, leadership and action for the implementation of the new agenda,” said Mr. Ban, urging Member States to work together to “pave the way to the future we want – a life of dignity for all.”ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik said: “We are approaching the creation of a new, inclusive and people-centered post-2015 development agenda. This agenda will aim to free mankind from poverty and hunger, and attain sustainable development. The new agenda will build on the [MDGs], complete their unfinished business and respond to new challenges. It will be a universal agenda that is critical for the future of humanity.”Approaching the design of this new agenda, Member States also must consider how to revamp the approach to development, he said. In this period of transition, “we will need an integrated approach to sustainable development, underpinned by the strengthened framework that the Assembly, ECOSOC and the High-level Political Forum under their respective auspices constitute.” Photo Story Countries race to meet or beat 2015 anti-poverty targets Copyright United Nations. UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe Copyright United Nations. UN Photo / Tobin JonesTo that end, he said that wise management of the environment has also become increasingly critical to sustainable economic and social development. “In particular, we must urgently act to limit global temperature rise and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. We all share the responsibility of promoting equitable sustainable development. We must act together and intensify our efforts.”But while the challenges are daunting, the UN chief emphasized that the international community has more tools at its disposal than at the turn of the Millennium – the expanding reach of technology, the deepening of partnerships, and a growing understanding of how to achieve results.“We have an opportunity to apply new approaches to accelerate progress and pave the way for a more ambitious, inclusive and universal development framework,” he said, informing delegations that by the end of this year, he will produce a synthesis report to support Member States in their negotiations leading up to a summit in September 2015. That report, said the Secretary-general, will outline a broad vision for a post-2015 development agenda. It will draw on the deliberations and the work of the General Assembly and ECOSOC, and its scope and ambition will be influenced by the outcomes produced by the Open Working Group and the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Finance. Copyright United Nations. UN Photo / Mark Garten Copyright United Nations. UN Photo / Albert Gonzalez Farran Presenting to Member States a major new report which he called the most up-to-date “global scorecard” on efforts to achieve the eight mostly anti-poverty Goals agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, Mr. Ban told the High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that the world is “at a historic juncture, with several milestones before us.” Copyright United Nations. UN Photo / Kiba E ParkAccording to The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014, said the UN chief, the world has already reached targets on reducing poverty, increasing access to improved drinking water sources, improving the lives of slum dwellers and achieving gender parity in primary school. Citing gains made in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis and access to HIV treatment, Mr. Ban underscored that the report makes clear “the MDGs have helped unite, inspire and transform…and the combined action of Governments, the international community civil society and the private sector can make a difference.” However, some MDG targets related to largely preventable problems, such as reducing child and maternal mortality and increasing access to sanitation, are “slipping away,” according to the report.“We know that achievements have been uneven between goals, among and within regions and countries, and between population groups. For the most marginalized and vulnerable in society, social exclusion and discrimination are among the greatest obstacles to progress,” said Mr. Ban. Copyright United Nations. UN Photo / Mark Garten
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla UN refugee chief warns against overlooking humanitarian crises in Africa
“With more than 3 million refugees, 12.5 million internally displaced and some 700,000 stateless people in Africa, the continent represents the largest challenge for UNHCR in terms of capacity and financial requirements,” High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in Geneva.He told delegates at a high-level meeting on refugees in Africa that a spate of new conflicts in the Central African Republic, northern Nigeria, Libya and South Sudan has displaced more than 2.5 million people during the first six months of 2014 alone.“The combination of large new emergencies and protracted conflict and displacement situations places an enormous stress on host governments and communities,” Mr. Guterres said at the meeting, which comes as his agency (UNHCR) begins the annual session of its Executive Committee.“As international response capacities are overstretched by the unprecedented rise in global forced displacement, and as media attention is focused elsewhere, Africa suffers disproportionally more than other regions,” he added.Mr. Guterres commended African communities for their strong solidarity with neighbours uprooted by conflict. All the countries that have been faced with the recent large refugee movements have kept their borders open and allowed people fleeing war to find safety. While lauding the general broad respect for the institution of asylum in Africa, he also underscored some of the challenges, such as insecurity and the protection of refugees in mixed migratory movements.The High Commissioner called for robust international resolve and commitment to prevent conflict and forced displacement. More support is needed for regional mediation and stabilization efforts. “One thing is clear,” he said. “In the absence of the political will and foresight required for effective prevention, all that the international community can do is react to new crises, lament the suffering they cause and try to come up with higher and higher amounts of money to cover the resulting costs.”In addition to conflict prevention, he emphasized the need to do more to find solutions for people who are forcibly displaced and urged development actors to become engaged early on in a humanitarian crisis, with a view to finding long-term solutions.Mr. Guterres warned against overlooking the humanitarian crises in Africa. He regretted “the double standard that marks the way the world views humanitarian crises today. Media attention and political debates are focused on the Middle East and Ukraine. Africa is hardly covered in the news and there is little global public debate about international action in Africa.”He called this lack of interest unwise, noting that there is a clear link today between events in Mali, Nigeria, Libya and Somalia and what is happening in Syria, Iraq, Yemen or Afghanistan. “If the world goes on ignoring this, threats of insecurity will come to everyone’s doorstep. This is not only a question of international solidarity and shared human commitment. It is also one of global peace and security and enlightened self-interest for everyone.”
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Twotime Olympic rower Vandor named Canadas chef de mission for Pan Am
TORONTO — Two-time Olympic rower Douglas Vandor will be Canada’s chef de mission at this summer’s Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.The 44-year-old native of Dewittville, Que., rowed in men’s lightweight double sculls at the Beijing Games in 2008 and in London in 2012.He was an alternate for the lightweight four boat at the 2004 Athens Olympics.Vandor rowed for Canada for more than a decade, capturing eight World Cup medals and three world championship medals.The July 26-Aug. 11 Pan Am Games are a key part of the Olympic qualifying process for several sports including surfing, field hockey, and water polo.They bring together 6,700 athletes from 41 countries of the Americas, and feature 62 disciplines in 39 sports. The Canadian Press
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla HTC infringes 2 Apple patents could see all Android devices banned
A U.S. Trade Commission judge has dealt a potentially fatal blow to HTC and the wider Android community by ruling that the company infringes two Apple patents with its Android devices.Specifically, the judge found that HTC infringes patents 5,946,647 and 6,343,263. The first relates to receiving information that can then be used by a single interaction from the user, e.g. receiving a phone number, automatically highlighting it, and tapping the screen to call. The second relates to the processing of real-time data on a handset.AdChoices广告The issue this causes is much bigger than just impacting sales of HTC device as the patents relate to Android, not just HTC hardware. If the ruling stands, then Apple could quite rightly go after every manufacturer that uses Android, be it a smartphone or a tablet, and demand their device be banned from sale in the U.S. In effect, Apple would stop Android in its tracks and remove its biggest competitor from the field of play.Such an outcome is still a long way off as HTC is appealing the ruling by the judge. That appeal will be reviewed by six International Trade Commission representatives, but if they agree with the ruling then it will be up to Apple what to do next. Does it demand that HTC devices can no longer be legally imported, or will the company start taking a royalty from the sale of each device in the same way Microsoft does?Read more at VentureBeat and FOSS PatentsMatthew’s OpinionThe main difference between Apple and Microsoft in the smartphone and tablet markets is Apple already has very successful products, while Microsoft doesn’t. So Microsoft is very happy to take a royalty from its competitors, but I don’t believe Apple will do the same.Apple will want Android gone because in its eyes, and now the eyes of a judge, Android is using its patented technology. That is unacceptable. The fact it removes a major competitor will certainly help sales too, as the only alternative will be a Microsoft or RIM-powered phone. The one thing that will stop such an outcome is if other manufacturers hold patents Apple infringes. In that case, some deal will be worked out.For the moment, HTC will fight this ruling, and Google must get involved because it’s Android in the firing line here. If HTC lose Google lose too.
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Burgerville hires teenager laid off by Jack in the Box
Some of the teens who lost their Battle Ground Jack in the Box jobs last month because they were younger than 18 may soon head to work at another fast food chain — Burgerville.The Vancouver-based company has already hired 17-year-old Cory Gonzalez, and is reviewing the applications of most of his seven former colleagues.Portland-based franchisee Northwest Group Inc. laid off the teens soon after acquiring the Jack in the Box location, citing concerns about employing underage workers. There is no legal protection against age discrimination for workers younger than 40, and strict rules govern workers younger than 18, said Elaine Fischer, spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor & Industries.When Burgerville Chief Financial Officer Kyle Dean heard that Jack in the Box had laid off the young workers, Dean saw opportunity.“I was struck by the quality of this kid” after reading Gonzalez’s story in The Columbian,” Dean said. “He was pretty aligned with the kind of kids we are trying to hire.”Burgerville is in the process of beefing up staff to prepare for the 39-restaurant chain’s busier summer season. So the chain started reaching out. It has contacted most of the laid-off Jack in the Box workers, said Beth Brewer, Burgerville’s vice president of talent development and education.Gonzalez, who was laid off on March 7 and hired by Burgerville on March 23, considers himself fortunate to have landed a new job after two weeks of searching.
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Coconut Creek community helps raise 85K in Relay For Life event
COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds of people in one South Florida community gathered together to help fight for a cure for cancer.The Relay For Life fundraising event took place at Coconut Creek’s Wynmoor Village over the weekend.Residents and many others walked to raise money in honor of those touched by cancer.Participants get excited each year for the event they hope will bring change.“We actually look forward during a Relay For Life,” Wynmoor President Jackie Railey said.The three-day event raised over $85,000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Cloud business boosts Microsofts quarterly revenue shares rise
Sharp growth in its commercial cloud computing business helped lift Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) quarterly revenue above Wall Street’s expectations, sending the technology company’s shares up more than 4 percent in after-hours trading.The new and growing cloud business – essentially selling computing services and storage in its data centers to corporate customers – is one of the priorities for Chief Executive Satya Nadella, who took the helm of the world’s largest software company in early 2014Nadella has refocused the company on cloud and mobile in the face of stagnation in its traditional PC-based Windows business.”Only two companies are setting the tone of enterprise computing, Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS,” said Trip Chowdhry, managing director of Global Equities Research, referring to Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) web services unit.”These are the only two initiators in the whole enterprise space that are going to see growth in excess of 80 percent year-over-year for at least two or three years.”Microsoft’s revenue in what it calls its “intelligent cloud” businesses, which includes the Azure cloud platform and server software, rose 7 percent to $6.7 billion.Revenue for Azure – which customers can use to host their website, apps or data – grew 102 percent, but Microsoft did not say what the actual revenue figure was.That makes an annual “run rate” of $12.1 billion for cloud-related revenue, up sharply from over $8 billion a year ago. Microsoft calculates run rate by multiplying revenue in the final month of the quarter for its cloud businesses by 12.Despite the surge in revenue, Microsoft is still struggling to increase profit in the capital-intensive cloud business. It said operating profit in its intelligent cloud businesses fell 17 percent to $2.19 billion in the quarter.Microsoft said the drop was mainly due to higher research, development, sales and marketing costs, as it makes investments and acquisitions to “drive cloud sales capacity and innovation.”COMING OUT OF DIPOverall, Microsoft posted revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30, adjusted for some one-time items, of $22.6 billion, up 2 percent from a year ago. That beat Wall Street’s average forecast of $22.1 billion.It reported net income of $3.1 billion, or 39 cents per share, compared with a loss of $3.2 billion, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier. In the year-ago quarter it took a $7.5 billion charge to write down the value of its purchase of Nokia’s handset business.Excluding one-time items in the latest quarter, Microsoft reported earnings of 69 cents per share. That was ahead of analysts’ average forecast of 58 cents.Sanford Bernstein analyst Mark Moerdler said Microsoft is finally making headway shifting Microsoft Office software clients onto subscription-based cloud services. Office consumer products and cloud services were up 19 percent and Office 365 increased subscribers to 23.1 million during the quarter.”People looked at Office as a product that was going to be in decline,” said Moerdler. “We saw a dip, last quarter we came out of that dip, and now we’re accelerating out of the dip.”Nadella, who announced the company’s largest-ever deal last month, striking a deal to pay $26.2 billion for LinkedIn Corp (LNKD.N), has staked Microsoft’s future on mobile and the cloud.So far his plan has been well received by investors. Microsoft shares are up 64 percent since his predecessor as CEO Steve Ballmer announced his plan to retire, in August 2013. The S&P 500 is up 31 percent in the same time.Microsoft shares were up 4.35 percent at $55.40 in extended trading on Tuesday.
Category: rkfzcrmkaynujbla Unnao rape Driver says truck skidded due to rain
The truck that has hit their car had its number plate scrubbed with black paint.TwitterAshish Pal, the driver whose truck crashed into the car carrying the Unnao rape survivor on July 28 in Rae Bareli, has told the CBI that his truck had skidded due to heavy rain on the day of the accident.Ashish Pal said that he was returning after off-loading ‘maurang’ (mortar) in Rae Bareli when he saw a car coming from the opposite direction. He said he was driving at a speed of about 50 to 55 kmph.Pal said he applied the brakes but amid the heavy downpour the truck skidded and while the front portion of the truck turned left, the rear portion turned right and hit the car.He also insisted that he had no connection with Unnao and did not know anyone there.He told the CBI that he does not take alcohol, but chews tobacco. He said he has been driving the truck for the past four years and belonged to Fatehpur district.The Unnao rape victim was seriously injured in the car accident, while two of her relatives died and her driver too was critically injured. The girl’s condition remains critical, doctors treating her at a hospital in Lucknow said on Saturday. The 19-year-old has been on a ventilator for the last six days and developed pneumonia.The case relates to the rape of the minor girl allegedly by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar (now expelled) at his residence in Unnao on June 4, 2017, when she had gone to seek a job. The Supreme Court last week ordered the transfer of all cases relating to the Unnao rape to Delhi.