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Himachal seeks ₹200 crore aid from Centre to meet loss in recent floods: CM

first_imgThe Himachal Pradesh government has requested the Centre for at least ₹200 crore as financial aid to meet the huge loss caused by the recent floods in the state, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said.Mr. Thakur said this while replying to discussion on recent floods under call attention motion on second day of the Monsoon Session in the state Assembly. He said 35 people were killed during the monsoon rains in the state and the state had to bear a loss of ₹990 crore as several roads, water and power supply were damaged. The state government had already provided ₹230 crore to different departments and affected districts against the estimate loss of ₹990.54 crore.Ex HP CM donates ₹20 lakh for flood relief BJP leader and former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Shanta Kumar has donated ₹20 lakh for flood relief.“I have donated ₹10 lakh to PM relief fund as a help to the flood affected areas of India. The amount includes my pay for the month and MP fund,” the BJP MP from Kangra constituency said in a press release on Friday. The release said that Mr. Kumar has also donated ₹10 lakh to HP government as help for flood relief. He said that the floods are devastating this year, but the only relief is that public is coming forward in large number to help the sufferers.last_img read more

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‘Suzuki Cup experience will make Azkals better’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “If we work on ourselves and work together, we have a good chance at being successful in the Asian Cup,” said James Younghusband.The Azkals face China on Jan. 11 in Abu Dhabi before battling Kyrgyzstan four days later in Dubai. The top two teams from the six groups along with four best third placers will qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Philippines may have failed to achieve its target of reaching the AFF Suzuki Cup final this year, but coach Sven Goran Eriksson believes its campaign in the regional tournament should serve the Azkals well as they make their debut in the AFC Asian Cup starting Jan. 7 at United Arab Emirates.“We will be better with the experience we have in the Suzuki Cup,” declared Eriksson after the Azkals suffered a fourth semifinal exit in five competitions in Hanoi last week. “We expect to improve our performance with better players and a longer preparation.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Swede, who has coached England and Ivory Coast in the World Cup, did not have some of his stars in the most important stretch of the Suzuki Cup due to either injuries or club commitments, but the likes of Daisuke Sato, Patrick Strauss, Luke Woodland, Stephan Palla and Neil Etheridge will all be available for the tournament in the UAE.In contrast, Vietnam had a full-strength squad in the semifinals, using the Suzuki Cup to also build up its team for the Asian tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSidelined by an injury at the start of the Suzuki Cup, Javier Patino will also be back for the Azkals in the Asian Cup. Azkals manager Dan Palami hinted that the squad will still be reinforced by a few newcomers.The Azkals plan to leave for Qatar for training camp shortly after Christmas with a clash against Suzuki Cup tormentor Vietnam on New Year’s Eve in Doha, Qatar. The Azkals make their Asian Cup debut against powerhouse South Korea on Jan. 7 in Dubai. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Mark Barroca downplays ‘punching incident’ with Chris Banchero Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

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Perichondritis

first_imgDefinitionPerichondritis is an infection of the skin and tissue surrounding the cartilage of the outer ear.Causes, incidence, and risk factorsCartilage is the thick tissue that creates the shape of the nose and the outer ear. All cartilage has a thin layer of tissue around it called the perichondrium. This covering helps provide nutrients to the cartilage.The most common bacteria that causes perichondritis infection is Pseudomonas aeruginosa.Perichondritis is usually caused by injury to the ear due to ear surgery, ear piercing (especially piercing of the cartilage), or contact sports. Ear piercing through the cartilage is probably the most significant risk factor today. Surgery, burns, and acupuncture also increase the risk of infection.Perichondritis can cause severe damage to the ear structure if it becomes chondritis — infection of the cartilage itself.SymptomsA painful, red ear is the most common symptom. At first the infection will look like a skin infection (cellulitis), but it quickly worsens and involves the perichondrium.The redness usually surrounds an area of injury, such as a cut or scrape. There may also be fever, and — in more severe cases — fluid draining from the wound.Signs and testsPerichondritis is diagnosed based on the persons medical history and by looking at the ear. If there is a history of trauma to the ear and the ear is red and very tender, then perichondritis is diagnosed. There may be a change in the normal shape of the ear. The ear may look swollen.advertisementTreatmentTreatment consists of antibiotics, either by mouth or directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous line (IV). If there is a trapped collection of pus, surgery may be necessary to drain this fluid and remove any dead skin and cartilage.Expectations (prognosis)What happens depends on how quickly the infection is diagnosed and treated. If antibiotics are taken early on, full recovery is expected. In more advanced cases, when the infection involves the ear cartilage (chondritis), part of the ear may die and need to be surgically removed. If so, plastic surgery may be needed to restore the ear to its normal shape.ComplicationsIf not treated early enough, the infection can spread to the ear cartilage. This would require removal of the damaged part and possibly surgery to restore it to a normal shape.Calling your health care providerIf you suffer any trauma to your ear (a scratch, blow, or piercing) and then develop pain and redness over the stiff part of the outer ear, contact your health care provider. You may need to take antibiotics.PreventionThe best way to prevent this infection is to avoid piercing your ear through the cartilage (as opposed to the ear lobe). The popularity of cartilage piercing has led to a significant increase in the number of perichondritis and chondritis cases.ReferencesGuss J, Ruckenstein MJ. Infections of the external ear. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al, eds. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 137.Review Date:10/6/2012Reviewed By:David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

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Rossi relieved after doping ruling

first_imgFormer Manchester United and Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi has spoken of his relief at avoiding being hit with a drugs ban.Rossi, who is currently without a club, reportedly gave a positive test for dorzolamide, an anti-glaucoma agent found in eye drops, after Genoa’s 1-0 Serie A defeat to Benevento in May.It was reported Rossi could be banned for a year, with his case handled by Italy’s anti-doping agency, Nado Italia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But at Monday’s hearing the 31-year-old avoided a suspension, meaning he is free to sign for a new team and return to the pitch.”We don’t understand how this substance ended up among Rossi’s foods,” said Rossi’s lawyer Sergio Puglisi Maraja. “There was no intentionality – the line of good faith and consistency prevailed.”And Rossi, whose former clubs include Fiorentina, Villarreal and Celta Vigo, posted on social media of his joy at not being given a ban from football.”A nightmare of four months is over!” Rossi wrote on Twitter. “I only want to think about football and keep doing what I love more than anything else!”Rossi left Genoa at the end of the 2017-18 season, during which he only managed to score one Serie A goal in nine appearances.His career has been littered with highs and lows since he left New Jersey, where he grew up, to join Italian side Parma.The talented striker then spent three years at Old Trafford between 2004 and 2007 but only made five league appearances for the Red Devils.He has won 30 caps for Italy, scoring seven goals, but has not played for his country since a friendly against Republic of Ireland in 2014.More recently, he recovered from an ACL injury sustained while playing for Celta in April 2017, and will now hope to find a new club following his acquittal.last_img read more

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Here is your horoscope for June 6

first_imgARIESThings happen slowly at work and you tend to lose patience. Spiritual pursuit leads you to higher levels of consciousness. Mood swings are on the cards! Your social connections prove to be scintillating. Take care of health problems. Children demand attention. Lucky number 8. Colour green.TAURUSYou enjoy love, friendship and the good things of life as you share hospitality and luxury with friends and family. Your associates and connections bring goodwill and support. A new opportunity for expansion in work proves to be a professional challenge. Lucky number 4. Colour yellow.GEMINIThe Magus blesses you with the gifts of communication, bringing movement and change. Communications can be expected. You are able to express feelings to the one you love. You find answers to most problems when you focus on them with intelligence and alacrity. Lucky number 1. Colour blue.CANCERThe Queen of Cups brings emotions and relationships into focus. Established family bonds need reassurance as certain individuals create rifts. You need to budget your expense. You can be dreamy in personal relationships.  Avoid over indulgence in any aspect. Lucky number 5. Colour blues.LEOYou may have your head in the clouds and lightness in your step that give your state away. You make a lasting impact on people around you. Personal relationships develop in a positive way. You draw a lot of attention at a meeting while expressing new ideas. Lucky number 11. Colour yellow.VIRGOYou are dynamic and assertive in professional matters, bringing clarity and action into confused situations. Romance paves the way to lasting commitments. This is a good time to express your opinions; they will be well received by people in positions of control. Lucky number 4. Colour reds.advertisementLIBRAYou are appreciated for mastery over your craft as you achieve success. You make subtle maneuvers to manage finances and people. Your insight into investments and intuition in relationships can be trusted. Loving care brings back the romance in a relationship. Lucky number 14. Colour blue.SCORPIOYou could be tense and stressed as too many ideas interfere with each other and cause chaos. You tend to waste energy in details, causing neglect of what is vital. Don’t allow bad moods to affect your clarity, as they are temporary. Relationships are loving. Lucky number 8. Colour white.SAGITTARIUSYou manage finances and practical affairs with subtlety and dexterity to meet targets. Intellectual activity can be rewarding as you finish projects and look at expansion. Youthful energy allows you to indulge in sport and take a twirl in the social whirl. Lucky number 4. Colour blue.CAPRICORNOverreactions at work and emotional outbursts at home may be unnerving. You tend to go over the top and indulge in food, drink and work. Observe balance in all areas or chaos will result. There is too much going on, so keep a clear perspective today. Lucky number 7. Colour silver blue.AQUARIUSThe Moon brings a karmic situation to the fore as you are faced with a difficult choice. Business and finances can go through a temporary low which needs to be taken in your stride. You finally come out of tough situations without doing too much about it. Lucky number 18. Colour grey.PISCESThe creative mind finds many a solution to a difficult problem at work. You are original and innovative in a prestigious project that brings fame and fortune. Brain and brawn is available to you for achieving goals. You are a whirling force of activity. Lucky number 1.  Colour green.last_img read more

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Former US president George HW Bush died at 94: Here’s a look at his journey

first_imgFormer US president George HW Bush, who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War, has died at age 94, his family announced late Friday.Bush, who steered the nation through a tumultuous period in world affairs, was the 41st president of the United States. He lived longer than any of his predecessors.Statement by the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, on the passing of his father this evening at the age 94. pic.twitter.com/oTiDq1cE7hJim McGrath (@jgm41) December 1, 2018America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example. pic.twitter.com/g9OUPu2pjY Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018Bush Sr, as he was popularly called, was the father of former president George W Bush, who served two terms in the White House from 2001 through 2008. Former US president George HW Bush and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, stand during the national anthem prior to the University of Connecticut versus Butler University men’s final NCAA Final Four college basketball championship.(Image: Reuters)Bush’s death came seven months after that of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years.Bush’s journey1Bush, a Republican, was a transitional figure in the White House, where he served from 1989 to 1993, capping a career of more than 40 years in public service.2A decorated navy pilot who was shot down in the Pacific in 1944, he was the last of the second world war generation to occupy the Oval office.3Bush was a skilled bureaucratic and diplomatic player who, as president, helped end four decades of Cold War and the threat of nuclear engagement with a nuanced handling of the collapse of the Soviet Union. and the liberation of Eastern Europe.4Born into privilege and a tradition of service, Bush was a son of a senator, student athlete, Texas oilman, Republican congressman, national party chairman, pioneering diplomat and spy chief.5After his own 1980 presidential campaign came up short, he served two terms as Ronald Reagan’s vice president before reaching the pinnacle of political power by winning the 1988 presidential elections.6After losing the White House in 1992, Bush became a widely admired political elder who leapt out of airplanes to mark birthday milestones.7Emphasizing the generosity of his soul, he forged a close and unlikely friendship with Democrat Bill Clinton, the man who ended his presidency.8When Parkinson’s disease mostly silenced him in public, Bush flashed his sense of humour by sporting colourful striped socks.Facts you should know about George Herbert Walker Bush Father and son, both former US presidents, George HW Bush and George W Bush, shake hands at the dedication for the George W Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University.(Image: Reuters)advertisementIn 1943, Bush was the youngest pilot in the Navy at the timeDuring World War II, he flew 58 combat missions for the Navy and was awarded three air medals and the distinguished Flying Cross for his serviceIn July 2013, Bush shaved his head to honor the son of one of his Secret Service agents, who was suffering from leukemiaHe is the second president to be the father of another US president (John Adams was the first)In 1999, he celebrated his 75th birthday by skydiving and five years after that, at 85, he celebrated the same way Former US president George HW Bush celebrates his 85th birthday by jumping with the Army’s Golden Knight parachute team in a tandem jump.(Image: Reuters)Also read | Donald Trump and other US Presidents: How educated are they?Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Pakistan’s performance in World Cup 2019 not bad at all: Moin Khan

first_imgFacing the ire of critics and fans alike, the Pakistan cricket team found an ally in former captain Moin Khan, who believes the 1992 champions did not have a disastrous World Cup campaign despite standing on the verge of ouster.Pakistan’s hopes of sealing a semi-final berth were trampled when arch-rivals India and New Zealand lost to England, leaving the road to the knockout stage for Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men just an improbable mathematical calculation.They will take on Bangladesh in their final group stage match at the iconic Lord’s in London on Friday.”Look if we win against Bangladesh we would end the World Cup with five wins out of nine with one match abandoned which is not a bad performance by my standards. So, whatever the PCB does it needs to think very carefully because just changing faces or positions will not help,” Moin said.Pakistan have won five games out of the eight matches with one game being a washout. They suffered heavy defeats at the hands India, Australia and the West Indies, which spoiled their net run rate.Citing the example of reigning champions Australia and their impressive turnaround, former Test batsman Basit Ali said professionalism and accountability is the need of the hour for Pakistan cricket.”Australia till recently were being badly bruised and beaten at home by India and see how they staged a comeback and are now top of the World Cup points table. We need that sort of professionalism, planning, and accountability of players and coaches in our system,” Ali said.advertisementThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already announced that its revamped cricket committee will hold a robust inquiry into the team’s performances in the last three years before making recommendations to the Chairman for action.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Stan Wawrinka suffers shock defeat to unseeded Reilly OpelkaAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray and Serena Williams know their mixed doubles opponentsAlso Seelast_img read more

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Mason Rudolph Breaks 3,000 Yards For Consecutive Seasons

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Mason Rudolph broke the 3,000-yard mark in the first half of the Texas Tech game. Rudolph came in with 2,989 yards with 22 TDs and four picks. He threw for 395 yards and two more TDs and now has the third and fourth-most passing yards in a season ever.Best passing seasons in #okstate history:Weeden: 4,727 yds (’11)Weeden: 4,277 yds (’10)Rudolph: 3,770 yds (’15)Rudolph: 3,381 yds (’16)— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016Rudolph is among incredible company as he and Brandon Weeden are the only two Oklahoma State quarterbacks to ever reach 3,000 yards in multiple seasons.“I thought Mason matched (Mahomes),” said head coach Mike Gundy. “He was really good today. He missed maybe one or two throws today, but mentally, he was really sharp.”We can argue back and forth about whether Rudolph is THE best quarterback in school history (let’s talk about this after his tenure in Stillwater), but he is definitely putting up numbers worth our greatest respect and he is inking his name into the record books in Old Central.So go on and wave that arm and sway to the alma matter with the cheerleaders, Mr. Rudolph. You deserve it.When you beat a top 10 team on Homecoming, you wave the wheat… #okstate pic.twitter.com/wXSYpsDSd9— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 29, 2016last_img read more

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‘Dembele could edge Firmino out at Liverpool’

first_imgOusmane Dembele would be a “fantastic signing for Liverpool”, says Danny Murphy, with the Barcelona winger considered to be a better option for the Reds than Philippe Coutinho.A raid on the ranks at Camp Nou continues to be mooted for those at Anfield.Some 18 months on from agreeing to part with Brazil international Coutinho, it has been suggested that the 27-year-old could be brought back to Merseyside. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He is not the only Barca star said to be in Liverpool’s sights, though, with World Cup winner Dembele considered to be an alternative target.Murphy believes a move for the Frenchman would make sense, telling bwin: “Dembele would be a fantastic signing for Liverpool.“He’s not had the best time at Barcelona, but clearly has an abundance of talent and the ability to win games by himself.“If he can recapture his belief in his ability then Liverpool would have a formidable front three with him, [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah.“When playing to his potential, I think he would edge [Roberto] Firmino out of the first team.“Firmino is the type of player that would raise his own game and everyone’s around him if Dembele came into the team.“He’ll fight for his place week in, week out and, if you’re not giving your all on the pitch, then Firmino will be right there to take it.”Philippe Coutinho Barcelona 2018-19Murphy is not convinced that Liverpool should be looking to re-sign Coutinho, with there better options out there when it comes to trying to bolster the ranks of creativity available to Jurgen Klopp.The former Reds midfielder added: “Liverpool would be taking a step backwards if they re-signed Coutinho.“Coutinho is at his best when playing in a central three, not wide left. If he were to come back, he would change the dynamic of the team and it would disrupt the balance.“Liverpool’s midfield three are all super athletes who defend as much as they attack, which they’ll lose if playing Coutinho there.“Klopp had the ability to try a different formation once Coutinho departed and the results speak for themselves. It would be risky to revert back to accommodating Coutinho.“There’s always room for a creative player, but Liverpool should be looking at a player like Ousmane Dembele or [Wilfried] Zaha, not Coutinho.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Messi expects brief injury absence

first_imgLionel Messi expects to be out of action for “a little while” after suffering a calf injury during Barcelona training on Monday.The Argentina star sustained a grade one strain to his right calf muscle in his first session back with La Liga’s champions after his post-Copa America holiday.The 32-year-old will miss Barca’s pre-season trip to the United States while he recovers from the problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Although Barca have not put a timeframe on his recovery, Messi does not seem to think the injury will keep him sidelined for long.”I was looking forward to starting and unfortunately I had an accident in the first training session that will leave me out for a little while,” he wrote on Instagram.”I’m grateful for all your messages and displays of affection, I wanted to be with the team and with the people who follow us in the USA.”It wasn’t to be this time, but we’ll see each other again soon. A hug to everyone.”Barca face Napoli in Miami and Ann Arbor this week in the final stretch of their pre-season duties.They begin their league title defence away to Athletic Bilbao on August 16.Messi has vowed that the Blaugrana will look to challenge on all fronts in the 2019-20 campaign, with there a desire on the part of everyone at Camp Nou to chase down major honours at home and abroad.He said 12 months ago that the Champions League would be a top priority for Ernesto Valverde’s side, but has no regrets at making that statement and has reiterated that silverware is a must once more.Messi told supporters ahead of a friendly date with Arsenal: “It’s hard to say something after last season, but I don’t regret anything.“But I have no doubt that together we are going to fight again for everything. We won eight League titles in 11 years. We do not give it the value it deserves but over the years we will see how difficult it was.“This club fights for everything and this year will be no different. We have renewed dreams. Visca Barca and Visca Catalunya!”last_img read more

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Colin Cowherd Makes Bold Statement About Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

first_imgColin Cowherd trashes Notre Dame.Dwayne Haskins looked good in moments for the Ohio State Buckeyes last year, when he filled in for J.T. Barrett, and he was sensational in the team’s Week 1 win over Oregon State.Haskins was 22-for-30 for 313 yards and five touchdowns in the 77-31 victory. He also ran twice for 24 yards.Oregon State was definitely an overmatched OSU in that match-up. Still, Haskins turned heads with his performance.He is now sixth in ESPN’s Heisman Watch, and given the stature of “Ohio State quarterback,” he will certainly have his opportunity to compete for that award as the season wears on.Among those who think Dwayne Haskins is for real is FS1’s Colin Cowherd.He appeared on former ESPN colleague Ryen Russillo’s new podcast for The Ringer, “Dual Threat.” During the conversation, things briefly turned to the Buckeyes’ ceiling with Haskins.Cowherd compared him favorably to previous Urban Meyer quarterbacks like Barrett, going on to say he’s the type of quarterback that could win “a national title or two.”“Russillo: I think you got to put Ohio State there.Cowherd: So do I. I think I do.Russillo: Ohio State has to be in that group with Clemson.Cowherd: By the way, their quarterback—he’s good. I had an NFL guy this morning text me like ‘Hey, this guy can play.’ Urban’s had a lot of these… J.T. Barrett, you kind of love him for a weekend, but then they’re like ‘Yeah, but they’re not going to play at the next level.’ But that kid at Ohio State, that’s the kind of kid that can win a national title at Ohio State. Or two. He’s special.”The full episode:According to OddsShark, My Bookie now has Ohio State at +550 to win the national championship this year.[The Ringer]last_img read more

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The Best Back-to-School Backpacks for the Coming Year

first_imgAs ubiquitous as it is useful, the classic school backpack can be seen hanging from the shoulders of second-graders and college sophomores alike.But it might surprise you to learn that the very first zippered rucksack wasn’t created until 1938 and the first true backpack didn’t come about until the 1960s.Prior to the invention of both the rucksack and backpack, kids carried school materials bound in a leather book strap and slung over shoulders, which, as you can guess, was neither waterproof nor conducive to carrying anything other than books. But we’ve come a long way since then. From moisture-proof, light-weight packs to updated versions of the classic form, backpacks are here to stay for the foreseeable future.Because of this trend, price and longevity are two things to consider when searching for a backpack. It’s going to be better for you and more cost effective in the long run to find something durable that will last you a couple years. Carrying around all your junk shouldn’t mean you should settle for a drab bag, either. You’re going to be carrying this around all year, maybe longer, so you’re going to want to fins something that not only fits all your necessities but also fits your personality.We’ve rounded up the best back to school backpacks for 2018, so you don’t have to sift through all the zippers, straps, and capacity that set apart so many packs today.Topo Designs Core Pack – $129Our Denver, Colorado, friends from Topo Designs have bag designs, well, in the bag. And not just for the outdoor adventurer. Topo’s Core Pack is the quintessential backpack for cross campus commutes or carrying around your daily necessities, offering enough room for books, a laptop, and your gym clothes. It’s simple design aesthetic also means it will match any out of the day.See ItFilson Roll-Top Backpack – $475The pinnacle of roll-tops, this Filson backpack is made with a beautiful saddle-grade bridle leather that’s easy to wipe or brush clean if a sleepy classmate spills coffee on the exterior. This puppy is fully lined with soft cotton to protect your gear, a durable top snap-closure that keeps dust and gunk away from all your valuables, and an adjustable cinch strap to keep the top locked down over anything you need to carry. And while adjustability and materials are key, it’s also a heck of a handsome bag that’s offered in both tan or otter green.See ItHerschel Barlow Backpack – $120Although Hershel is notorious for their classic backpacks, they took a chance on this rebel, all-black Barlow model that is quiet on the eye, but does the damn job, and does it well. Larger than your average backpack, the Barlow is a contemporary minimalist take on the classic rucksack-style bag that offers cross-function appeal for students and weekend mountain trippers alike. Combining off-terrain durability with comfy EVA back panels, contoured shoulder straps, and custom rain protection, with a distinct urban flare, we’re slowly turning to the dark side with this utilitarian pack that defies terrain or purpose among the best back to school backpacks.See ItEverlane Modern Snap Backpack – $68Now you know we had to include something stylish that wouldn’t break the bank. After all, we know what you’re planning on using all your spending money on. (Here’s the best Rye whiskey under $50 and the best tequila under $20. You’re welcome.)The Everlane Snap Backpack is a sleek and dependable choice for all your daily journeys. With a water-resistant exterior, leather detailing, and a padded laptop compartment, this beaut is a cheaper alternative that offers all the space and protection you need to get you through the school year, if not longer.See ItAlchemy Equipment AEL005 Softshell Daypack – $120Alchemy Equipment’s 25-liter Softshell Daypack is nothing short of magic. And — who would’ve guessed — Alchemy is offering it for half the retail price. It offers a shield-like exterior design that’s both highly modern and looks as though it belongs in either an art museum or weapons armory, with specs to match. The masculine matte finish is lined with a subtle reflective trim that’s great for bikers or early morning class-goers, as well as stitched and stretchable external pockets for extra carrying space. You’ll find an internal laptop sleeve on the back which is padded from your spine with an airflow molded EVA panel and silicone gripper on the lumbar for a more comfortable and stable carry.We’re calling it a back-to-school pack because yes, you can put your books in here, but it’s secretly a top item on our travel-gear wish list too.See ItTaikan Lancer – $250This cotton-canvas and Italian vegetable tanned leather bag from Taikan is a classic backpack silhouette built for a modern lifestyle. Featuring your typical laptop compartment and subtle dual pocket zip for added storage solutions, if this Taikan pack had a mantra it would be: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it … but add a few added tweaks to really make it sing like the champion Freddie Mercury. It also sports a very “street” color aesthetic with pale pink (peach?) contrasting against the white front pocket and black main section. A little style swerve never hurt anyone, though, so be bold, friends.See ItSTATE Colby – $165Roll-top bags are in, and there’s not much more we can say about that. However, we can go on forever about the STATE coated canvas Colby roll-top pack, which will give you an urban edge over all your peers. Sporting a rich, sycamore color, a large main compartment with a laptop sleeve, and a flat front kangaroo pocket with double zip access, the Colby is one of the best back to school backpacks for more than just its capabilities. For every STATE bag purchased, the brand will hand deliver a backpack packed with essentials to a local child in need.See ItBrooks England Pickwick Linen – $250Offering six loud colorways and two sizes that pair perfectly with any sense of style, the Pickwick Linen roll-top backpack from Brooks England is a perfect companion for those commuting on the bus, trekking on a bike, or simply lugging gear to and from upper level biology classes. The linen construction is known for staying cool in hot weather for you summer-class folks, but is also water resistant to last you year-round. Featuring soft yet sturdy adjustable canvas straps, a padded 13-inchlaptop sleeve, custom hardware, and steezy leather details made from genuine Brooks leather, the Pickwick Linen is a bag that’s tough to pass up.See ItPatagonia Arbor – $99The trusted Patagonia Arbor is a must when delving through the best back to school backpacks, mainly because it’s comfortable, durable as hell, and provides plenty of book and laptop storage. Its easy loading main compartment secures with both straps and a synch cord, can hold most 15″ laptops, and a zippered pocket on the inside of the lid can stash a wallet, keys, or phone well out of view.Knowing Patagonia’s passion and love for the outdoors, this pack is also equipped with their bluesign® approved material, which offers the highest level of consumer safety and material consciousness that conserves resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment.See ItArticle updated August 17, 2018 by Bryan Holt. The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

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Bargari sacrilege case key accuseds murder Security tightened across Punjab

first_imgChandigarh: Tight security measures have been put in place across Punjab to prevent any untoward incident, a day after key accused in the 2015 Bargari sacrilege case was killed allegedly by two inmates in high-security Nabha prison.Officials Sunday said that checking of vehicles has been intensified at various places while paramilitary along with state police force has been deployed in Kotkapura town in Faridkot, where body of Mahinderpal Bittu was brought from Nabha in the morning. Bittu, a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was allegedly attacked by two inmates Saturday evening after which he was rushed to Nabha civil hospital near Patiala, where he was declared brought dead. Earlier, police had said that preliminary investigations revealed that Bittu (49), a resident of Faridkot, was allegedly attacked by Gursewak Singh and Maninder Singh, who were lodged in the Nabha prison in a murder case. According to an official, Bittu was allegedly attacked by these inmates with iron rods which they picked up from a construction site inside the jail. The deceased had suffered serious head injuries in the incident. A panel of three doctors conducted postmortem in the early hours of Sunday in the presence of duty magistrate after which Bittu’s body was handed over to his kin and sent to native town Kotkapura where last rites were expected to be conducted later in the day. Bittu’s body was kept in ‘Naam Charcha Ghar’ (congregation/prayer centre) of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect at Kotkapura. A large number of Dera followers started gathering there after the body reached there in the morning. Kotkapura and many of its adjoining towns in Punjab have sizeable presence of Dera followers. Security has also been stepped up in ‘Naam Charcha Ghars’ at other places in the state. Inspector General of Police, Ferozepur Range, M S Chhina told reporters in Kotkapura that sufficient paramilitary and state police force has been deployed in the town. “Sufficient paramilitary, state armed police in my (Ferozepur) range has been deployed. We will maintain peace,” Chhina said. Punjab’s Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa Sunday said a magisterial probe has been marked into the attack. “The Bargari accused were kept in separate cell so that such incident does not take place. Unfortunately, such a thing happened. Three jail officials have been suspended,” the Minister said. He said under what circumstances Mahinderpal come out of his cell and attacked will be known once probe is held.last_img read more

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Investigators probe third accident at Halifax airport in 15 years

first_imgHALIFAX – Federal investigators have arrived in Halifax to piece together why a Boeing 747 cargo plane skidded off an airport runway Wednesday, leaving a trail of debris and sending four crew to hospital.The SkyLease Cargo jet overshot Runway 14 just after 5 a.m. — the third serious incident at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in 15 years, following crashes in 2004 and 2015.Airport spokeswoman Theresa Rath Spicer said Flight KKE 4854 was arriving from Chicago in rainy conditions, and scheduled to be loaded with live lobster destined for China.“It did land and then overshot the runway,” Rath Spicer said Wednesday.“There were four crew on board at the time. They were removed from the aircraft and transported to hospital with what are described as minor injuries.”She said it wasn’t clear what caused the accident.Larry Vance, an aviation analyst and accident investigator who spent 25 years with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said it appears the plane was landing with a strong tailwind — something he called an “immediate red flag.”“Normally airplanes take off and land into the wind, that’s just a standard procedure that’s been going on since the Wright brothers,” he said.While it’s possible to land with a tailwind, Vance said there would be little room for “deviations” such as a high airspeed or delayed touchdown.Another potential factor could have been the rainy conditions, he said.“It takes longer to stop on a wet runway. It could be they got into a situation we call hydroplaning.”A team of Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived at the airport Wednesday to gather information and assess the incident.Board spokesman Chris Krepski said investigators will examine the aircraft and surrounding terrain, interview possible witnesses and crew members and take possession of the flight data recorders.Vance said investigators will examine whether there were any mechanical issues with the plane — in particular with the breaking system or reverse thrusters.The Halifax airport has two runways, and Rath Spicer confirmed that both were operational at the time of the incident.It’s the third serious incident at Stanfield in 15 years, but Vance said Halifax is a modern, sophisticated, well-equipped and well-run airport.“There’s no particular reason why Halifax would be singled out as being a hazardous place other than the fact that it’s challenged by some environmental conditions,” he said.The badly damaged plane was sitting Wednesday on a slight incline far off the runway and within about 50 metres of a fence that marks the perimeter of the airport boundary. Two of its engines appeared to be attached but were heavily damaged, while two other engines were sheared off completely.“The motors were tore off and the wings were cracked off. And it looked like halfway through the plane it was broke in half,” said John Fudge, one of many people who came to look at the plane before police sealed off a nearby road.“It was kind of crazy to see that, but at least nobody got hurt … I figured it would have been worse than what it was, but luckily it’s not.”An aluminum ladder trailed from an open main door near the front of the aircraft.The airport activated its emergency operations centre and suspended all flights after the crash, but the main runway was reopened shortly after 8 a.m.There were many delays in arrivals and departures, and some flight cancellations.In August, Stanfield airport announced SkyLease Cargo was operating two flights a week for First Catch, a Chinese-owned seafood freight forwarding company.It said SkyLease’s 747 aircraft had the capacity to carry up to 120 tonnes of Nova Scotia seafood to Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province.Officials with SkyLease weren’t available for comment Wednesday, while First Catch staffers refused to comment.According to Airfleets.net, the Boeing 747 first flew on Feb. 28, 1997, and was previously owned by Singapore Airlines before flying for SkyLease in 2017.Flightradar24.com said the plane had flown to Anchorage, Alaska, and Changsha on Monday.According to the Air Line Pilots Association, cargo planes have an accident rate seven times higher than passenger planes.Two other planes — including one cargo jet — have crashed while attempting takeoff or landing at the Halifax airport since 2004.A passenger plane crashed during a blizzard on March 29, 2015, injuring 25 people. Air Canada Flight 624 bounced into the air and crashed near the runway threshold before careening along the tarmac. Federal investigators blamed approach procedures, poor visibility and lighting.On Oct. 14, 2004, a British-based MK Airlines 747 went down just beyond the runway during takeoff, killing seven crew members. The Boeing cargo aircraft dragged its tail before breaking up and bursting into flames in a wooded area. No one survived.The Transportation Safety Board found that fatigue and inadequate software training led the MK Airlines crew to enter incorrect information and caused the plane to set the throttles too low.Rath Spicer said the earlier incidents were on a different runway, and deflected questions about any similarities among them to investigators.“We are very proud of our safety record,” she said. “Obviously, safety is our number 1 priority and we are now focused on resuming our operation, ensuring the safety of our passengers and working with the officials to determine how we can assist with the investigation.”Chris Praught, a spokesman for the Air Canada Pilots Association, said his thoughts were with the SkyLease Cargo flight crew.“We are following this issue carefully as we do with any incident to determine what safety lessons can be learned, such as any potential impact of fatigue given that this was an overnight operation,” he said in an email.— With files from Alison Auld, Brett Bundale, Keith Doucette and Holly McKenzie-SutterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version wrongly said the 2015 crash occurred at Pearson airport.last_img read more

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Canadian militarys template for perfect recruits invalid Vance

first_imgHALIFAX — The man who leads the Canadian Armed Forces says the military has failed to adequately integrate women and minorities, but Gen. Jonathan Vance says the Forces are working hard to adapt and change.Speaking at a defence and security conference in Halifax, the chief of defence staff says the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing — fast.The general says the military must become more diverse because it is keen to find the talent it needs to deal with rapidly evolving threats, such as cyber-warfare. He says the military is currently stuck with a template it uses to find ideal recruits, but its emphasis on physical attributes needs to be altered for certain jobs. Vance went further, saying the template is invalid when it comes to Canada’s ability to “fight effectively in the future.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN agency relieved that Thailand stops deportation of Lao Hmong says action

30 January 2007The United Nations refugee agency today expressed relief that Thai authorities have delayed the deportation of scores of Lao Hmong refugees to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic after a group barricaded themselves in the centre where they were being detained, and warned that any forcible deportation would be a “major breach of international law.” “We are relieved the deportation is on hold after some extremely worrying moments today,” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Geneva-based Asia bureau director, Janet Lim. “These refugees should not be forcibly returned to Laos under any circumstances and we will continue to work with third countries on their resettlement.”“If this deportation had gone ahead, it would have been the first time Thailand would have refouled [forcibly repatriated] refugees individually recognised under UNHCR’s mandate and a major breach of international humanitarian law.” Authorities at north-east Thailand’s Nong Khai detention centre had earlier on Tuesday attempted to move the 153 refugees, including a newborn baby, onto buses in preparation for deportation. Many women and children boarded the buses, however 54 male refugees barricaded themselves into the immigration detention centre and resisted all attempts to move. UNHCR understands a group of some two dozen children were with them.The agency has made repeated offers to the Thai Government to help find alternative solutions for the Lao Hmong group in detention and has been working closely with third countries to find resettlement solutions.Today’s attempted deportation comes just a few days after Thai authorities deported 16 Lao Hmong to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic without screening them to see if they needed international protection, a move which sparked concern at UNHCR. “We have serious concerns for the safety and security of those being deported to Laos,” agency spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said at a press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday. “UNHCR does not have access inside Laos to people returned against their will.”UNHCR is also gravely concerned about the fate of 26 Lao Hmong children – separated from their parents – who were deported from Thailand to Laos in December 2005. There has been no trace of them since, despite efforts by the agency and the Thai Government to find out what has happened.These moves by Thai authorities underline the tenuous situation of some 7,000 Lao Hmong who have been living in makeshift camps near Huay Nam Khao village in Phetchabun province since about July 2005. UNHCR does not have access to this mixed group but has consistently advocated with Thailand to put in place a system that would ensure that any individuals among them who have protection concerns are screened in line with international standards. UNHCR is ready to help the Thai authorities in any appropriate way to manage this situation.In a separate development in Malaysia, UNHCR said on Tuesday it hopes authorities will continue to uphold their humanitarian commitment to refugees, after a group of Myanmar nationals were arrested despite holding agency documents.“We are concerned that over the weekend, as part of a general crackdown on undocumented migrants, some 45 Myanmar nationals holding UNHCR documents were arrested near the administrative capital of Putrajaya, and then detained,” said Ms. Pagonis, adding such arrests seem to be part of a trend. “We are now working with the authorities on their release.”She also pointed to “a new development where persons carrying UNHCR cards have also been arrested during these immigration raids.” In December, 90 UNHCR card holders were arrested, and so far this month an additional 70 have been arrested. “We hope this recent trend will quickly be reversed,” she added.There are some 46,000 persons of concern registered with UNHCR in Malaysia including 15,000 from the Indonesian Province of Aceh, 12,000 Rohingyas from the Northern Rakhine State of Myanmar, 16,000 other ethnic minorities from Myanmar, such as the Chins and Myanmar Muslims and the remaining numbers from various other countries. read more

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FEATURE Should international refugee law accommodate climate change

A young boy in Malaita, Solomon Islands, plays with his homemade wooden truck. UN Photo/W Stone“And to be the little pebble in their shoe; serving as a reminder that if we really want to make progress on addressing some of these issues, if we’re really keen on sustainable development and if the post-2015 sustainable development agenda is to be the wise and forward-looking [framework] everyone wants it to be, then the issues surrounding human mobility cannot be swept under the rug.”UNHCR is also a standing invitee to the Nansen Initiative, launched in October 2012 by the Governments of Switzerland and Norway, and which aims to build consensus on a protection agenda to address the needs of people displaced across international borders by natural hazards, including the effects of climate change.“We are very encouraged by the Nansen Initiative,” Mr. Riera said, describing it as a “State-led conversation on how to protect affected populations.”The effects of climate change are already being felt in all continents and across the oceans, the UN reported earlier this year, and warned that the world, for the most part, is ill-prepared for the risks. The report, ‘Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability’, from Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks.“Climate change over the 21st century is projected to increase displacement of people. Displacement risk increases when populations that lack the resources for planned migration experience higher exposure to extreme weather events, in both rural and urban areas, particularly in developing countries with low income,” the report’s authors wrote, noting also the indirect impact climate change has on increased risk of violent conflicts, such as civil war and inter-group violence. By the end of 2013, an estimated 51.2 million people worldwide were considered to be forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations, according to UNHCR. The majority of them concentrated in “climate change hotspots” around the world. “The Baths”, unusual rock formations at a tourist resort in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. UN Photo/Marvin Weill“We don’t have, in international law, or any kind of mechanisms to allow people to enter a State against the will of the State, unless they’re refugees. And even then, they don’t technically have the right to enter, but they cannot be punished for entering,” the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, François Crépeau, told the UN News Centre. His mandate has been awarded by the Human Rights Council and his work is supported by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“Therefore, people like Mr. Teitiota do not find any solutions in international law as it presently stands. The solution for especially slow onset environmental issues, such as sinking islands, or low lying coastal lands that are being slowly eroded and overcome because of climate change-induced factors, don’t have a framework,” he added. “The only thing that can happen is negotiations with neighbouring States for transfer of populations.” José Riera, Senior Advisor in the UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) Division of International Protection, concurred, “In the case of cross-border movement, we’re looking at a gaping legal hole.” Except in contexts of conflicts and persecution, there is no lead UN agency that has at its core the protection of people forced to flee owing to disasters, including those triggered by climate change, and which could coordinate an international response. Satellite image of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the northern Caribbean. UN Photo/USGS/NASA In the Secretary-General’s 2012 report to the UN General Assembly on human rights and migration, Mr. Crépeau cited research which predicts that up to 250 million people might be displaced by climate change by the year 2050.He wrote that while it is hard to predict precisely the patterns of where climate-change induced migrants will move, current research indicates that much climate related displacement is likely to take place within national borders and that those most acutely vulnerable will often not be in a position to migrate internationally, or will travel only as far as their resources will allow. As a result, he calls for planned and facilitated migration policies, and the strong involvement of all partners, including civil society.For people living in low-lying island States, the situation is particularly urgent, the Special Rapporteur wrote, as there is scientific evidence that the islands will become uninhabitable as a result of inadequate supply of potable water, along with other environmental concerns. Mr. Crépeau questions whether a country can legally even exist if it is absorbed, merged and voluntarily or involuntarily dissolved, concluding that the situation of a State abandoned by its population due to the effects of climate change is simply so new “that no clear international legal framework appears to apply.” “It’s going to take a lot of imagination and political will to be able to negotiate transfers of populations which would be on the massive scale,” Mr. Crépeau told the UN News Centre. “If you wanted to transfer a population of one small island with a few thousand people – that can be negotiated. But I don’t think we’re yet at the level of destination States accepting hundreds of thousands or millions of people.”“The political climate in most countries in the global North is such that discussing migration is actually very toxic. They are not going to make commitments at the UN in official fora which could backfire in the next election campaign, which is one, two, three, or four years from now.” Villagers of Okau in Wely Municipality meet with the Magistrate of Weloy and the Assistant Anthropologist of Yap District. The large doughnut-shaped stone money is a mark of village prestige. UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata“The truth is there is no one agency in the system because no one could have imagined this situation 60 years ago,” Mr. Riera told the UN News Centre. “But there are massive protection challenges raised by climate and environment-related migration, displacement and planned relocation.”“We need States to at least come to an agreement that [climate change-related displacement] is a phenomenon that has to be dealt with, and also for them to come up with the solutions.” They are not going to make commitments at the UN in official fora which could backfire in the next election campaignThe UN agency coordinates the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility, which also includes OHCHR, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), UN University (UNU), and non-UN partners, such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Among the targeted recipients of the Group are climate negotiators at the UN climate change convention talks, the last of which will be in Paris in 2015.“We see our role not as [leading and waving] the institutional flag, but to make available to State Parties [to the Convention] the research that is coming on board as it relates to migration, displacement and planned relocation,” Mr. Riera added. The more considered – and thus far, thorny – response challenges the legal notion of what it is to be a refugee, and raises questions about how much political will there is to even begin a global discussion on an issue that UN experts say was unimaginable a few decades ago. Ioane Teitiota, a Kiribati national, lost his asylum appeal in New Zealand this past May in a case that would have made him the world’s first-ever “climate change refugee.” Mr. Teitiota moved there in 2007 with his family, claiming his island home was sinking and becoming too dangerous to live on. His lawyers argued that Mr. Teitiota was being “persecuted passively by the circumstances in which he’s living, which the Kiribati Government has no ability to ameliorate.”New Zealand’s Court of Appeal ruled that while climate change is a major and growing concern for the international community, the phenomenon “and its effect on countries like Kiribati is not appropriately addressed under the Refugee Convention.” That 1951 treaty defines a refugee as a person who “has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.” A view of the ravaged village of Vilufushi, on the southeastern Kolhumadulu Atoll, where 17 have died and 28 are still missing after the tsunami swept across their island.UN Photo/Evan Schneider Yet for some small islands, these issues are already on the table and will likely get more attention in the coming months. Preparations are well under way for the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, to be held in the Samoan capital, Apia, starting 1 September. The week-long meeting is meant to give countries an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity and partnership with small island developing nations. It is also expected to launch new and concrete partnerships, such as in areas of sustainable tourism and disaster risk reduction.“It will also allow those small island States that feel that they least contributed to climate change, to try to take a principled stand in the climate change negotiations, and play up this notion of common but differentiated responsibilities,” Mr. Riera said, referring to the common goal of curbing emission gases through different roles among the richer and less economically developed Governments.The UN is also preparing for a final round of climate change talks in Paris next year to hammer out a legally-binding climate treaty. Ahead of the talks, Mr. Ban will convene a climate summit at UN Headquarters this September, during the high-level opening of the General Assembly. Ultimately, the outcomes of these conferences depend solely on the Governments of UN Member States.“The important word in the United Nations is ‘nations’. The UN in itself is nothing more than an international cooperation forum. It’s the nations that can get together and do something,” said Mr. Crépeau. “States can use the vessel to do something, but the vessel in itself can do nothing if the States are opposed to it. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is constantly urging the States to do something on a number of issues. Sometimes they do it, sometimes they don’t.” read more

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Evolving peacekeeping landscape requires stronger globalregional partnership Security Council told

Participants at Security Counicl meeting on Regional Organizations and Contemporary Global Security Challenges. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ ›“In recent years, we have seen how practical cooperation among the United Nations, the African Union and the European Union has enhanced progress in Africa. Now we need to build on this trilateral cooperation and boost our collective ability to manage, plan and execute peace operations,” Mr. Ban reminded.Different forms of engagement with other organizations proved equally successful, he said, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the League of Arab States (LSA), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).“The Panel recommends that we deepen the strategic UN-AU partnership. I fully agree. Almost two thirds of our peace operations and nearly 90 per cent of our uniformed peacekeepers are deployed in Africa,” insisted the Secretary-General.The report also calls for greater support to Security Council-authorized African Union peace operations, the experts recommending that the UN enable regional organizations to share the burden in accordance with the UN Charter.“Toward that end, I draw attention to the Panel’s call for more predictable financing, including through the use of UN-assessed contributions,” Mr. Ban observed, while emphasizing other important forms of support, like planning processes, logistical packages, UN-managed trust funds and access to all UN expertise, systems, materiel and services.“The UN’s broad support for the AU and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) also includes political cooperation – which is difficult to quantify but still highly valuable.”Joint efforts have made a meaningful difference, he continued, in defusing tensions and supporting the transition in Burkina Faso, encouraging political dialogue ahead of elections in Guinea, resolving the electoral crisis in Kenya and ending a political deadlock in Madagascar through a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Roadmap, among other engagements.“We have succeeded in dramatically enhancing our partnerships. We have come to rely on each other in critical times. We will continue to advance progress,” assured the UN chief. “At the same time, regional organizations should continue contributing to United Nations peace and security efforts. We count on them for political leverage as well as civilian and military capacities,” Mr. Ban told the Security Council, during an open debate on the subject of regional organizations and contemporary global security challenges.Noting that cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations have gained “greater influence” in recent years, partly because of the changing nature of conflicts, Mr. Ban explained that a number of aggravating factors prompted him to request a fresh review of UN peace operations.“Urbanization, unemployment and population movements, including massive displacement, are increasing dramatically. Technological advances in warfare, including cyber threats, pose grave dangers to civilians. And against this shifting security landscape, the United Nations is deploying into fragile and remote environments with little peace to keep.”The Secretary-General said that he is now analyzing the report of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations to identify the recommendations the Organization can carry out “immediately” – and those that will require action by legislative bodies, Member States and partners.One of these recommendations is a “stronger global-regional partnership” to ensure that the Security Council can draw on a “more resilient and capable network of actors,” he underlined. read more

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Master of Science thesis defence

Colin Vendromin, a candidate in the Department of Physics, will present his Master of Science thesis defence on Thursday, August 29 at 1 p.m. in Mackenzie Chown H-Block 313.His thesis is titled Numerical Solutions of Laplace’s Equation for Various Physical Situations.His examination committee members are Dr. Michael Bidochka, Chair; Dr. Stephen Anco, External Examiner, (Brock University); Dr. David Crandles, Supervisor; Dr. Maureen Reedyk and Dr. Shyamal Bose, Committee Members.All are welcome to attend.