Two militants, jawan killed in Manipur

first_imgAn Assam Rifles jawan and two militants were killed in an encounter at Sajik Tampak in Chandel district of Manipur on Wednesday morning, the police said.Three other militants and two jawans also sustained injuries in the gun battle. Police and Assam Rifles teams have recovered one AK 47 rifle and 3 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from the spot. The jawans belonged to the 4 Assam Rifles regiment.M. Rajen, acting police superintendent of Chandel district said that combing operations are still going on in the area. Condemning the attack, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the personnel had come to Manipur to protect the people. He assured that those responsible behind the attack would be made accountable.last_img

Brazil is in; Argentina still fighting for a World Cup spot

first_imgUruguay is in great shape. It has 27 points and second place in the standings, 10 points behind Brazil. The team finishes qualifying at Venezuela, and at home against Bolivia — the two countries that are already eliminated.Depending on other results, a draw at Venezuela on Thursday might be enough to guarantee Uruguay a place in its third straight World Cup.COLOMBIAColombia has 26 points and beating Paraguay in the coastal city of Barranquilla could be enough to secure a place at its second straight World Cup. That would also eliminate long-shot Paraguay.“We’re fired up, but relaxed, knowing that this group can win the match and bring happiness to Colombia,” defender Davinson Sanchez said.CHILEThe two-time defending Copa America champion has only 23 points and is teetering on the edge. Chile is home against Ecuador on Thursday, and then must beat Brazil next week in Sao Paulo.Chile has lost its last two matches, against Paraguay and Bolivia, an indication of the state of play.PERUPeru has 24 points and has won three games straight to get back into contention. After the match in Buenos Aires, it finishes at home with Colombia.“We’re going to arrive at that final game in great shape,” Argentina-born coach Ricardo Gareca said. “We’ve got this far with our determination.”Peru last reached the World Cup in 1982 in Spain. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ What ban? Chinese in thrall to ‘goddess’ Sharapova Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president With two matches to play, Uruguay and Colombia are in the best shape to join Brazil at the World Cup. The biggest shock could be two-time champion Argentina, which will battle for a spot against Peru, Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador. Bolivia and Venezuela have been eliminated.Argentina, the runner-up three years ago in Brazil, has not missed a World Cup since 1970.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHere’s a look at the countries and matches set for Thursday and next Tuesday.ARGENTINA View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Argentina and Peru play Thursday at Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera stadium, among the world’s most hostile venues for visiting teams. It’s the first World Cup qualifier there in 20 years.Both countries have 24 points, and a victory by either would be a giant step toward qualifying. A slip, andArgentina will have to win the final match in Quito, Ecuador, where the altitude of 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) is a burden for visiting teams.Peru, coached by Argentine Ricardo Gareca, is at home to Colombia in its final game.Argentina will be without Sergio Aguero for both matches after he fractured ribs in a car accident last week. New coach Jorge Sampaoli has been unable to lift the team, which has drawn its last two matches, against Uruguay (0-0) and Venezuela (1-1).URUGUAYADVERTISEMENT BRAZILBrazil is already in, and will surely test reserves in Thursday’s match in the thin air of La Paz. Look for the regulars to face Chile next week in Sao Paulo.Brazil coach Tite is undefeated in 10 qualifying games, and has won nine of them.THE RESTParaguay with 21 points, and Ecuador with 20, will need to win their final two matches and get help from others to have any chance. Bolivia and Venezuela are out. Brazil’s Casemiro(L), Neymar(C) and Thiago Silva attend a training session at the Granja Comary sports complex in Teresopolis, about 90 km from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 3, 2017 ahead of their World Cup qualifier matches against Bolivia and Chile. / AFP PHOTO / Mauro PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is in, and over the next week three more South American countries will join the five-time champions at the World Cup in Russia.The fifth-place team from the region will also keep its chances alive, facing a playoff next month against New Zealand. That winner will also advance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Mini IPL plans in USA put on hold by BCCI

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has said that they have put on hold plans of hosting a mini version of the Indian Premier League in the United States. (BCCI president Anurag Thakur not in favour of four-day Tests, two-tier system)Thakur said the main hurdle of hosting such a tournament in USA was the time difference.The BCCI also prefers the T20 Internationals as the best platform to reach out to the American market. (Lodha Panel sets December 15 deadline for BCCI to form Apex Council)”I think we must understand the time difference. IPL is seen in India from 7 o’clock to 11 or 11.30 at night. So you have to play somewhere in the east coast here (USA) so (that) the timing matches. If we have to play in the day here, the matches should be seen in India at night because broadcasting is a big thing. So you can’t make your home fan lose (by) playing outside India. So which are the provinces you can play in United States? That’s a big task,” Thakur was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.”IPL, we are not even thinking of hosting it outside India. It has to be hosted in India, but there are many other options what you can do which we’ll let you know over a period of time when we come out with a long-term plan for this market,” he added. (BCCI chief Anurag Thakur joins Territorial Army as Lieutenant, enters Parliament in army fatigues)advertisementThe BCCI had announced the idea of a mini IPL or IPL overseas in June when Thakur had said the board would host the tournament in September. A final approval was awaited though.The USA and UAE were options being discussed at the IPL governing council and working committee meetings earlier this year.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah among Team India stars at Virat Kohli’s Mumbai reception

first_imgVirat Kohli caught up with his mates in the Indian team for the first time since returning to India after his wedding with Anushka Sharma.Kohli and Anushka had hosted a reception in Delhi last week for their families and close friends. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir were seen in Delhi and a video of Dhawan dancing at the party had gone viral.SEE PHOTOSDecember 26 was time for a gala party in Mumbai. At St Regis in Lower Parel, several former cricketers like Anil Kumble, Sunil Gavaskar, Sandeep Patil, Sanjay Manjrekar, India coach Ravi Shastri and batting coach Sanjay Bangar were spotted.The most pleasant sight was Kumble’s presence. He had stepped down as India coach following differences with Kohli earlier this year. However, all the acrimony seemed to be have been pushed in the past on a joyous evening for the Indian cricket fraternity.The most awaited entry of the evening was probably reserved for the current Team India members – Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jajdea, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Manish Pandey, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah along with MS Dhoni were in attendance.Most of the current players will leave for South Africa on December 27. Some of them were already stationed in Mumbai, where India had decimated Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium on December 24 to complete a series whitewash.India will next tour South Africa where they play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20 Internationals.It was a great year for India, who won 37 international matches across formats, the second most behind Australia’s 38. Besides, Kohli was in sensational form, hammering 2818 international runs including 11 hundreds.advertisementKohli had taken a break from the limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka to get married. In his absence, Rohit Sharma stood in as captain and led India to victories in the ODI and T20I series. Rohit himself set a few records, hammering his third ODI double hundred and then smashing the joint-fastest hundred in T20 Internationals.last_img read more

From Star Player to Star Coach, Dallaris Teaches Today’s Youth

first_imgNEW YORK – Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow could stop local Greek American youth from showing up to their basketball games over the Jan. 29-30 weekend. Accompanying them every step of the way were many of their parents, and of course, their coaches. One of these coaches is Manolis Dallaris, who is quite an authority on basketball, and sports in general. A former athlete himself, standing out as a former basketball player for Greece’s junior (under 17) national team and the Esperos Basketball Club of Kallithea, Dallaris now coaches the B2 White Team for St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Community in Flushing, N.Y. A simple look at Dallaris’ career and impressive experience is enough for anyone to realize that basketball is his favorite sport. Having played the game for years and having spent a good amount of time coaching local Greek American tams, Dallaris shared some of his knowledge with The National Herald and spoke about the local youth league, facilities, and the duty that the Greek American Community has to its next generation of members. “Basketball is doing very well. Here in the Community of Flushing where I volunteer my services, we have a large number of kids who play on all different levels, and each level has plenty of teams participating.{33638}There is some serious work being done by Greek Orthodox communities, parents, and coaches. We bring the kids to the gym to exercise, get to know each other, and form long lasting friendships. With the help of experienced and trained coaches, teams develop and their performance improves from game to game. There appears to be a future here, thanks to the longstanding nature of our league. The players of yesterday have gone on to become the coaches of today. We believe that our children will go on to do the same. Later on, we will pass on the torch to them. And so, the continuation of the Community is secured and guaranteed,” Dallaris said.Aside from just playing in the games, there are greater and more valuable things to be gained. “As I said, there is a sense of camaraderie among the teammates, but they also acquaint themselves and form friendships with their peers coming from other communities. These friendships will go on over time and keep them all united. Just like they all play together on the same team, tomorrow, when they become adults, they will be able to remain united and succeed in the game of life. We lay the groundwork for the children to be able to play together, and to teach them to work together so they can survive later one through collaboration,” Dallaris added.FUN, BUT WORK TOOBut exactly what role do local parish communities play in this effort? According to Dallaris, “the parish community plays a huge role. There wouldn’t be a league without them. Parents and volunteers from local parishes dedicate countless hours of work to help us achieve our goal. A lot of people work to make our league run.” And while things seem to be secure at the present time, Dallaris is well aware of the needs that go along with this effort, and the fact that the future often comes faster than expected… “It’s time for the Greek American Community to cross over to the next level,” he says. “What do I mean by this? After 1987, when the Greek national men’s team achieved international acclaim and won the European Championship, basketball courts and gyms started being built all over the country. We left the sandlots and the outdoor courts behind, and we started playing at respectable athletic facilities. This is a major reason why basketball has done so well in Greece. That’s why we have a future. Greece is one of the top countries in Europe when it comes to basketball. There’s no coincidence here. Years later, we are reaping the rewards of all the hard work that was sown. But remember, it takes years to reap rewards. We have to emulate what they did in Greece here, and we must decide to follow their example.”Simply put, the goal is a sports complex. This is regularly atop parents’ wish list. Recently, Petros Galatoulas, of the Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Greater New York, called for a Greek American soccer field as well. Dallaris strongly agrees. “This (a sports complex) is an urgent need, and it must get done! If we manage to built a sports/cultural center, we will be able to bring together all of the basketball and soccer teams in the Community. We will have built a main venue where all our athletic events can be held. There could also be concert halls, a hall for theatrical and dance events, and a library. It would serve as a magnet for our kids. Other ethnic groups have succeeded in doing this, they’ve gone ahead with it. The lack of such a venue is a big absence. We should have had one already, and we have fallen behind because of it. We are lacking because of this deficiency, and it would serve as a huge asset to the Community is we build it. It would be our next step forward. We are planting the seeds now to enjoy the fruits of our labor tomorrow.”When asked if he thinks it is attainable, he answers an unequivocal “Yes! It is possible if we all band together, parish communities, local associations, federations, prominent Greek Americans, governments… We’ve built so many churches, buildings, headquarters for associations. We’ll find a way to raise the money and make this extravagant plan come true. We are lacking such a facility, and our children need it.”LESSONS OF SPORTSAside from being a stand-out athlete, good father, and coach, Dallaris is also an accomplished businessman. “I came to the US on a basketball scholarship. I didn’t play. I got involved in the cafe and restaurant business. Then I started a family. I have four kids. In recent years, I work almost exclusively on green technology: solar energy, photovoltaic systems, solar panels for roofs. We have factory units in Europe, with ten stores in Greece, and twelve in Germany, Italy, and England. Here in the U.S., we have the exclusive importing rights and three stores. We are trying to bring new technology to society and educate our children and the world that our survival is tied in to the environment and the use of more eco-friendly energy sources.”Business is going good, Dallaris says, but the ultimate goal of every father, coach, and active member of the Greek American Community is the future of their children. “They are our future. We must sow now, so we can harvest the rewards later. In order to achieve our goals, building a full athletic and cultural complex is a dire necessity. I am willing and favorably inclined to contribute myself to help in the achievement of a large-scale idea like this.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

DNV GL to Provide QMS Re-Certification for Drydocks …

first_imgzoom Drydocks World and Maritime World have reached an agreement with DNV GL and appointed the Classification Society to provide re-certification services for its Quality Management Systems (QMS).DNV GL will be reviewing and auditing Drydocks World & Maritime World Quality Management Systems as per the agreed plans to verify compliance with the ISO 9001:2008 standard and to identify potential process improvement opportunities.The contract was signed by Eng. Ali Bin Towaih, Vice President – Business Development, Commercial & Project Management and Mr. Alireza Ramin Majid, Country Manager of DNV. The certification covers all processes related to product and service creation associated with Drydocks World & Maritime World operations, update processes to accommodate rig building and offshore construction, reduce costs, improve the efficiency cycle in line with clients’ and customers’ recommendations. This will also cover operations undertaken by its state-of-the-art Global Offshore Services facility.Eng. Ali Bin Towaih AlSuwaidi, Vice President of Business Development, Commercial & Project Management, “This is a valuable partnership in line with our strategic direction towards ‘a broad vision to a new horizon’ and enhancing the core values of Change and Risk Management Cycle to serve the core business. We have been making sustained efforts at cultivating Business Excellence to reinforce best-in-class business practices to ensure the optimum utilization of available resources and maximizing the opportunities for building our market share in our business areas including our strategic foray into the offshore rig building market. This strategic co-operation would lead us further in this direction/orientation and enhance our reputation to new heights within global industry. The approach will help meet both global players’ expectations and standards requirements and prioritize areas that are most relevant to our business success. We can continually manage areas of improvement to create more value while building leadership in the industry.”Currently, Drydocks World & Maritime World Management Systems are certified to ISO 9001:2008, API Specification Q1, API TS 29001, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ASME “R”, “U” & “NB” Certification of Authorization. The merger of DNV and GL in September 2013, led to the creation of DNV GL, a world leading ship and offshore classification society and one of the world’s top three certification bodies. DNV GL has a long standing history of cooperation with Drydocks World & Maritime World. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close Drydocks World, March 11, 2014last_img read more

On demande aux automobilistes de ralentir dans les zones de construction

first_imgLes cônes oranges, les barils de signalisation et une affiche indiquant une vitesse réduite sont tous des façons d’indiquer aux automobilistes que des travaux routiers sont en cours. Ils sont également tout ce qui sépare les travailleurs et les véhicules qui se déplacent à grande vitesse. Les automobilistes doivent être alertes lorsqu’ils voyagent dans ces régions. « Nous souhaitons rappeler aux automobilistes que les sites de construction routière sont le lieu de travail de centaines d’hommes et de femmes et que nous, à titre de conducteurs, devons faire tout ce que nous pouvons pour les protéger, a dit Bill Estabrooks, ministre des Transports et Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Nous demandons aux automobilistes de réduire leur vitesse et de faire particulièrement attention lorsqu’ils passent dans des zones de construction routière. » En 2008, le gouvernement provincial a adopté des modifications législatives visant les personnes qui font des excès de vitesse dans les zones de construction. Les amendes sont doublées et des points de démérite sont consignés au dossier des conducteurs qui conduisent à une vitesse trop élevée dans les zones de construction. Les amendes, incluant les frais de justice, varient de 337 $ pour une première offense à 2 407 $ pour une troisième offense. « Les agents de la GRC de toute la province surveilleront les zones de construction, a dit l’inspecteur Sput McCarthy, agent responsable de la circulation pour la GRC en Nouvelle-Écosse. Il n’y aura aucune tolérance pour les conducteurs qui font des excès de vitesse et qui mettent en danger leur propre vie ainsi que celle des autres conducteurs et des travailleurs de la construction routière. » Le gouvernement provincial et la Nova Scotia Road Builders Association collaborent sur une campagne de sécurité dans les zones de construction routière au cours du mois. Des annonces rappelleront aux conducteurs qu’il y a des gens derrière les panneaux. Trevor Chisholm, directeur de la sécurité à la Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, affirme que même une petite erreur de la part d’un conducteur peut mener à des blessures ou même la mort des travailleurs. « Il y a beaucoup d’information à traiter dans une zone de construction routière, a dit M. Chisholm. Les conducteurs doivent ralentir pour pouvoir tout remarquer. » Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la sécurité dans les zones de construction routière, consultez le site Web du ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure à l’adresse read more

Study says Quebec needs more doctors as opposition smells blood in health

first_imgMONTREAL – As opposition parties hammer the Quebec government over perennial problems in the health-care system, a new study indicates the province doesn’t have enough doctors and should loosen its control over medical school admissions.With Quebec’s hot economy and record-low unemployment, the issue on which the opposition has chosen to attack the Liberals in the lead-up to this fall’s general election has been health care.Quebecers face a daily barrage of health-related news, from nurses who claim to be overworked, to doctors who say they are paid too much.Then there are the stories about interminable wait times in emergency rooms and the months and months it takes to get a family physician.Patrick Dery of the right-leaning Montreal Economic Institute says in his study it is time for Quebec to end its medical school quotas and hire more doctors.Health Minister Gaetan Barrette says too many medical students are graduating, which prompted him to cut admissions last summer.But Dery, whose study was released Thursday, says Barrette was wrong to do that because Quebec has significantly fewer medical practitioners than most developed countries.With a ratio of 2.8 doctors and medical residents per 1,000 people — slightly above the Canadian average — Quebec ranks well below Australia (3.5), Germany (4.1) and Austria (5.1)By increasing the number of doctors, Dery said, “the public system would have a larger workforce from which to fill vacant positions — which currently number in the hundreds.”“Access and patient choice would increase correspondingly,” he said.Additionally, more doctors would allow the private system to develop “without any risk of them cannibalizing the public system,” he added.The Quebec Liberals have posted a series of balanced budgets and the province has consistently been among the leaders in the country in job creation in recent years.But as the Oct. 1 vote nears, the Parti Quebecois and Coalition Avenir Quebec want to talk about health care, which is seen as one of the Liberals’ main weak spots.Coalition Leader Francois Legault regularly lambastes the Liberals by claiming they overpaid medical specialists during the last round of contract negotiations.Hundreds of doctors in Quebec have signed a petition rejecting the recently negotiated salary increases, saying the money should be redistributed back into the system.PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee consistently talks about Quebec nurses, who for the past few weeks have been demanding the government improve their working conditions by lowering nurse-patient ratios.Moreover, Le Journal de Montreal published a report on Tuesday indicating Quebecers — despite major reforms in the health network by Barrette over the past several years — are waiting longer to obtain a family doctor.For those with chronic illnesses, the wait time increased from 219 days in January 2017 to 285 by December. For other Quebecers, wait times increased from 224 days to 321 during the same period.But Roxane Borges Da Silva, a professor at Universite de Montreal who researches public health, believes Quebec has enough doctors and sufficient money to provide better care.Doctors, she said, need to delegate more responsibilities to lesser-paid professionals such as nurses, psychologists, nutritionists and medical attendants.“We need to encourage collaboration,” Borges Da Silva said. “I am against increasing the number of doctors and in favour of delegating more work to other medical professionals in the health-care system.”Eric Maldoff, former chair of the Montreal Children’s Hospital and a lawyer and adviser in health-care matters, said both sides are partially right with regard to whether the province has enough doctors.The government decides how many are allowed to work in specific regions across the province in order to ensure a rationing of resources, he said.Across Quebec, “the distribution of doctors is uneven,” Maldoff explained.He said Quebec could potentially benefit from developing the private health system more. For example, he said, in some other countries, doctors are required to work a minimum number of hours in the public sector, per week, and can spend the rest of their time as they wish.“Do I think by having a measure of private medicine we might be able to improve access? I would say only if it’s not a free-for-all,” Maldoff said.Catherine Audet, a spokeswoman for Barrette, said in an email that one million more Quebecers have obtained a family doctor since the minister took over in 2014 and that emergency wait times across the province have diminished by an average of three hours.last_img read more

Advocates to tell UN committee of womens nonstate torture in Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada needs a special criminal charge to cover extended campaigns of physical and emotional abuse that amount to torture, say two Nova Scotia nurses who are in Geneva to try to shame the country before a United Nations body.Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson, nurses and human rights advocates from Nova Scotia, are appearing before the United Nations Committee Against Torture this week to apply more pressure on the Canadian government to amend the Criminal Code to include “non-state torture” as a distinct crime.“Electric shocking … caging, shackling in basements, water torture in a toilet or a bucket … [it’s] done at home or in a private place with tools you wouldn’t think of like a hot electric light bulb or a gun, scissors or knitting needles,” said MacDonald.Many of the acts are already crimes in themselves, but MacDonald and Sarson argue that protracted abuse is a particular kind of crime that isn’t captured by a charge of, for instance, aggravated assault. Canadian criminal law only recognizes torture as a crime if it’s done by someone working for the state.The abuse they’re talking about is often perpetrated by victims’ relatives, friends of older family members, human traffickers, and johns who want very violent sex. MacDonald said that because non-state torture is not identified as a crime, there is no data to show how widespread the problem is.If the numbers at one women’s centre in Ontario are any indication, it could be stunning. Megan Walker, the executive director of the London Abused Women’s Centre, said 59 women between January and October fit the description of victims of torture.Walker said more than once a woman has come to the centre struggling to walk because an intimate partner has shoved a hot curling iron into her vagina.Women and girls’ stories are so horrendous, she said, they’re terrified of reporting perpetrators to the police because they fear no one will believe them. They also fear that if they are caught reporting the abuse, the terror will escalate.In Ottawa in 2009, federal public servant Donna Jones died after her husband doused her with boiling water — the culmination of many months of physical and emotional abuse. She went 11 days without medical attention after the scalding, apparently not calling for help even though a telephone was within reach where she lay on a makeshift bed in her basement. She had broken bones and air-gun pellets in her skin when she died of septic shock from her burns. A jury eventually convicted her husband of murder.In Winnipeg this fall, police said a woman who was being trafficked for sex was regularly locked in a freezer until she passed out from lack of air, and subjected to electric shocks. She was victimized for four months, police said.Children sometimes suffer long-term abuse by guardians who mistake what they’re doing for discipline. In another Ottawa case, a former police officer was sentenced to 15 years in prison last year for chaining his son up in a basement, starving him, and burning his genitals.Walker said she sees women who have been abused by their partners or relatives, and women and girls who are trafficked, but most abusers have one thing in common: an attraction to violent pornography and a desire to realize their fantasies.“These girls will have identified to us that they have been dragged across the floor by their hair, had their heads put into the toilet where they can’t breathe, and the toilet consistently flushes, they’ll come up for a breath and then will be pushed down again,” she said. Victims suffer permanent physical and psychological damage.Walker said the extreme forms of violence could be considered state torture if a government were responsible.She wants to see non-state torture identified as a crime so women’s experiences are validated, to establish a data bank where torture can be tracked, and so that law officials and medical providers can be trained to recognize signs and believe women when they come forward with their stories.The London Abused Women’s Centre shared questionnaires with The Canadian Press that victims completed, without identifying information.One individual wrote on a survey, “When you’re tortured, it destroys who you are and what you know. It annihilates what it is to be human. You are still in the human race if you are abused, but you don’t exist as a human being when you are tortured.”MacDonald and Sarson have been pushing this cause for 25 years. The closest they came to change was a private member’s bill from Ontario Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos, which died in 2016.Fragiskatos’ bill proposed to change the Criminal Code to define torture as an act of violence carried out not just by state actors but also ordinary citizens. He said it was unsuccessful because the House of Commons justice committee determined it would conflict with Canada’s obligations under international laws that specify that torture is a crime carried out by a government.“That was the vision, but the proposal was found to conflict with international law, that torture is a state crime,” said Fragiskatos.MacDonald and Sarson say a number of countries have included non-state torture or sexual torture in their criminal laws.MacDonald said after the pair appeared before the UN anti-torture committee in 2012, it recommended Canada change its Criminal Code to include non-state torture. Now they’re going back to tell the committee Canada failed.Celia Canon, a spokesperson for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, said creating the offence of private torture could “seriously weaken” Canada’s contribution to the international effort to prevent torture under the Convention against Torture, because there would be two definitions.Canon said the Criminal Code already contains numerous crimes of assault, including sexual assault.“In other words, the Criminal Code already contains crimes that capture the kind of conduct associated with private torture, most notably the crimes of aggravated assault and aggravated sexual assault, while existing sentencing provisions already provide a range of aggravating factors that could apply in a case of private torture,” she said.But the activists reiterated that what women and girls experience behind closed doors is consistent with state torture and is beyond the various classes of assault.“Activists say if you try all avenues the only thing left is social shaming, so that’s what we’re hoping [to do] because Canada is held up as a beacon of human rights around the world right now,” MacDonald said.Janice Dickson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Annie Lennox Blogs About Malawi Trip

first_imgAnnie Lennox was in Malawi last week to support President Banda’s Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood, and to promote the need for increased funding from donor nations for reproductive health services for Malawi and other countries in the developing world.“I’ve just returned from a trip to Malawi, where I joined with a special delegation of members of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLCRH), including former Irish President Mary Robinson, former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Minister of Health for Botswana Joy Phumaphi, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women Musimbi Kanyoro,” she blogged on her official website. “In Malawi, 675 out of every 100,000 women die in childbirth, or from pregnancy related problems. 90% of those problems are considered preventable, yet despite the desperate need in Malawi and other countries in Africa, parts of Asia and Latin America, millions of women continue to lack access to basic reproductive health services. One out of four women in Malawi still cannot obtain contraception, a problem which contributes to the high maternal mortality rate.“The country’s population has surged from 3 million in 1950, to 15 million in 2010. With 46% of the population under the age of 15, family planning is additionally viewed as a critical component in efforts to deal with the effect of population growth on food security. President Joyce Banda and her administration are committed to family planning as an essential health service, and she is reaching out to women in rural areas, working at village level to convince men and influential elders that by improving maternal health, reproductive services ultimately contributes to stronger, and more stable families and communities.“To quote Peggy Clarke, the Director of the GLCRH “Investing in reproductive health will pay enormous dividend in development.When women and men have access to voluntary family planning, poverty rates go down, education rates go up, and greater prosperity for families and their communities follow”.“As I travelled through parts of the rural countryside, it was obvious to me that many of the numbers of young women I saw with babies on their backs were still (pretty much) girls…at a guess I’d say, roughly 15 or 16 years old.“Noticing a little girl of about six or seven years old carrying her infant brother on her back, I couldn’t help but wonder what her future would hold…”last_img read more

Kanesatakes MoccasinJo beats them all

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Kanesatake coffee company has been awarded for brewing up something special.Moccasin-Jo Coffee beat 15 other competitors last week in the international SIAL competition for best coffee.Owners Lise and Walter David have been operating in Kanesatake for several years.The SIAL competition is one of the largest and most important food competitions in the world.last_img

Norway teams up with UN development agency to reduce armed violence

“Together we will work to build a framework for practical action – between governments, international organizations, and civil society – aimed at achieving measurable reductions in the global burden of armed violence by 2015,” said UNDP chief Helen Clark, who is in Oslo as part of a four-day visit that also includes stops in Finland and Sweden. Miss Clark, who discussed the issue with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, said the challenge is to analyze how armed violence evolves in a given country and support the local authorities in addressing the root causes of the problem.According to UNDP, armed violence is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide among people aged 15 to 44. The threat of violence also impacts society by preventing children from going to school, keeping marketplaces from functioning, and placing a burden on already scarce resources in the health sector.It is no less than “a global crisis,” stated the agency, which is affecting the lives and security of hundreds of thousands of people, threatening international peace and security and development. Mr. Støre highlighted the need to strengthen the justice sector in many countries, and called for controlling illegal weapons and addressing impunity as first steps. There are estimated to be between 600 million and 875 million small arms and light weapons circulating around the world, 400 million of which are held illegally. 21 October 2009The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has teamed up with Norway in a new drive to try to reduce armed violence, which kills more than 2,000 people every day, most of them civilians. read more

World Health Assembly opens annual meeting in Geneva

The health of people across the globe is increasingly being imperiled by behaviours such as smoking, poor hygiene and the consumption of fatty foods, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.“The world is living dangerously either because it has little choice, or because it is making wrong choices about consumption or activity,” Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland told delegates assembled in Geneva for the weeklong meeting of WHO’s governing body, the World Health Assembly.In the poorest countries and communities, she said, diseases were often caused by poor nutrition, unsafe sex, unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene, iron deficiency and indoor smoke from solid fuels. At the other end of the risk spectrum, people in rich countries faced high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are closely related to excessive consumption of fatty, sugary and salty foods. Obesity is a serious health risk, while the consequences of tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption are deadly, she warned.While those factors dominated wealthier countries, their prevalence in developing communities was increasing, leaving poorer countries to cope with the double burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases, Dr. Brundtland said.At the same time, the WHO chief hailed progress in moving health to the forefront of the world agenda, and welcomed the real increase in funding earmarked for public health worldwide. She cited successes in the areas of fighting polio, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as well as increases in vaccination campaigns, progress on a tobacco control treaty, and greater emphasis on mental illness as a major cause of suffering and disability.Dr. Brundtland cautioned that these encouraging developments were just a start. “We need continued reduction in prices of medicines and other commodities, and expansion of quality services to the millions in need,” she said. “We must scale up our effort even if the struggle seems beset with political and institutional minefields.”The World Health Assembly, which is made up of delegates from WHO’s 191 Member States, sets the agency’s policy and direction. Its current fifty-fifth annual meeting will debate and make policy decisions on investing in health for economic development, the final strategy for the eradication of polio and WHO’s contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. read more

Burundi UN food agency extremely concerned at thousands cut off by fighting

“Even a one-week delay for people who have no food and no way of getting food is a week too long,” the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director in the central African country, Zlatan Milisic, said. “WFP is extremely concerned about the nutritional status of displaced Burundians, as well as the limited ability of the already poor and struggling communities hosting them to cope,” Mr. Milisic added. He pledged that when security conditions permit, “food will be quickly distributed to the displaced people.” The last time WFP had access to these people was in mid-February. Since then further reports have emerged of residents fleeing rural communes after more clashes between the Government and the rebel Forces Nationales de Liberation (FNL). Despite improved overall security in most of Burundi, there are regular reports of displacements in western areas, especially Bujumbura Rural Province, where several thousand people have been forced to flee over recent weeks, according to WFP, which reported that targeted killings, rape of women, armed robbery and looting of households are continuing. In many cases, when people flee the fighting they must leave their homes without taking any food with them. In their absence, their belongings, including clothes, kitchen utensils, and food stocks, are often plundered. Since January, WFP has delivered about 1,150 tons of food aid in Bujumbura Rural province benefiting some 113,400 vulnerable people. read more

Stronger cooperation needed to save native forests in AsiaPacific – UN agency

With illegal logging, forest fires and invasive tree species threatening native forests in the Asia-Pacific region, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for stronger regional cooperation to remedy the situation.At the start of a five-day Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission meeting in Nadi, Fiji, FAO also stressed the need to ensure the role of forests in poverty alleviation, biodiversity conservation and ensuring clean water. Most countries in the region have developed well-defined policies and innovative tools for sustainable forestry, but since they often lack the capacity for effective implementation, overall progress remains slow, according to the agency. “It is encouraging to see that the concept of sustainable forestry is increasingly gaining ground in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Hosny El-Lakany, FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry. “We see regional collaboration as a key force behind the progress that is being made.” The agency brings countries in the region together every two years to discuss common forest problems and policy issues, seek solutions, and learn from each other’s experiences. Representatives of more than 30 States are expected to attend this year. Among the most pressing issues they will discuss are illegal logging, forest fires and forest rehabilitation. At the outset, FAO called for stronger regional cooperation in managing forest fires and in controlling invasive tree species, which are introduced and then spread, behaving like weeds and threatening the survival of native species.The total natural forest area in the region is estimated at 585 million hectares. About 2.5 million hectares of natural forest were cleared annually in the past decade. The region has suffered significant losses because of forest fires and illegal logging.In the 1990s, seven countries lost more than 10 per cent of their forest cover: Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. But there has also been some progress in reducing deforestation, Mr. El-Lakany said.On the positive side, eight nations increased their forest cover in the same period, and the region leads the world in creating new forests. The majority of industrial wood production in the region is now coming from plantation forests, according to FAO. read more

Mad Cow Disease shows sharp drop over past three years UN agency

From several tens of thousands of cases a little over a decade ago, the number fell to only 474 in 2005, thanks to global measures to detect and eradicate the disease, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. “Amid the current international alarm over avian flu, it is good news that the battle against another worrying disease is being won,” it added, noting that the figure for 2005 compared with 878 in 2004 and 1,646 in 2003. Only five human deaths from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), believed to be the human form of BSE, were reported worldwide in 2005. All of them were in the United Kingdom, the country most affected by the disease, where nine deaths were registered in 2004 and 18 in 2003.“It is quite clear that BSE is declining and that the measures introduced to stop the disease are effective. But further success depends on our continuing to apply those measures worldwide,” FAO animal production expert Andrew Speedy said.The agency stressed the importance of a scientific approach to detect and control the disease, ensuring it is eradicated in affected countries and kept out of unaffected ones. FAO, together with Swiss experts, has been running courses for specialists from countries as far afield as Serbia, Egypt, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay on BSE diagnosis, surveillance and prevention in the animal feed and meat industries. Also vital is a tracking system that allows animals to be identified all the way from birth to shopping basket, Mr. Speedy said. This has been adopted across Europe but has yet to be implemented partially or fully in a number of other countries.The latest figures were collected by the Paris-based inter-governmental World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) with which FAO works closely.BSE was first diagnosed in cattle in 1986 in the UK. Scientists believe it causes human vCJD through consumption of contaminated beef products from infected cattle, resulting in some 150 deaths over the last decade, almost all in the UK. read more

Goldman Sachs earnings fall 11 per cent as bond trading slumps bank

Goldman Sachs’ earnings fall 11 per cent as bond trading slumps; bank still beats expectations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 15, 2012 file photo, a trader works in the Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Goldman Sachs will report first quarter earnings later Thursday April 17, 2014 (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Goldman Sachs’ earnings fell in the first quarter as bond trading slumped, but the results still came in ahead of what investors expected as other parts of the bank performed well.EARNINGS AND REVENUE: The bank earned $1.95 billion in the quarter, down 11 per cent from $2.19 billion in the same period a year earlier. The earnings were equivalent to $4.02 a share, compared with $4.29 in the first quarter of 2013.Revenue totalled $9.33 billion, down 8 per cent from $10.09 billion a year earlier.EXPECTATIONS EXCEEDED: Goldman’s earnings easily beat the $3.49 a share that analysts surveyed by FactSet predicted. First-quarter revenue also beat analysts’ expectations of $8.7 billion. Goldman’s stock rose 22 cents, or 0.1 per cent, to $157.44.BOND TRADING SLUMP: Revenue from the bank’s bond trading business fell 11 per cent to $2.85 billion. Goldman, like other big Wall Street banks including JPMorgan and Citigroup, has seen bonding trading slump in the first quarter. The business is “operating in a challenging environment and levels of activity generally remained low,” Goldman said in its earnings release.THE BRIGHT SPOT: Revenue at Goldman’s investment banking unit rose, driven partly by higher client activity in its financial advisory business in Europe and more stock underwriting. The bank’s investment banking revenue rose 13 per cent to $1.78 billion in the first quarter.COMPENSATION EXPENSE: Compensation expense, the banks biggest single cost, was $4.01 billion, down 8 per cent from $4.34 billion a year earlier. by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2014 6:04 am MDT read more

Exxon 2Q profits surges on asset sale oil prices but production slips

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Exxon 2Q profits surges on asset sale, oil prices, but production slips by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 6:45 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Exxon Mobil’s net income rose 28 per cent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped a disappointing 6 per cent.Exxon reported net income of $8.78 billion in for the second quarter Thursday, on revenue of $111.65 billion. Last year during the same period, the company earned $6.86 billion on sales of $106.67 billion.On a per-share basis, Exxon earned $2.05, up from $1.55 last year. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for profit of $1.91 per share, but that estimate does not include the benefit from the Asian asset sale.Exxon, based in Irving, Texas, does not provide a breakdown of its adjusted results excluding one-time events such as asset sales. Exxon’s sale of power and utility assets in Hong Kong helped increase its earnings by $1.2 billion.Exxon also benefited from higher oil prices in the quarter, both in the U.S. and abroad. In the U.S., Exxon sold oil for an average of $98.55 per barrel, up from $93.18 per barrel in last year’s second quarter. Outside of the U.S., oil sold for $103.72, up from $101.54 last year.But the asset sale and higher oil prices masked a continuing decline in oil and gas production at Exxon. Production fell to 3.84 million barrels of oil and gas per day from 4.15 million barrels last year. The decline was driven by the expiration of rights to a field in Abu Dhabi, low natural gas demand in Europe, and natural field declines.Exxon’s production has been steadily shrinking, and it is a continuing concern for investors. “Production volumes were weaker than anticipated,” said Brian Youngberg, an analyst at Edward Jones. “Declining production continues to be a problem for the company.”On a conference call with investors, Exxon’s investor relations chief David Rosenthal said despite the declines the company remains on schedule to meet its output targets for the year thanks to higher-than-expected oil production in the U.S., rising oil production at a Canadian oil sands project and liquefied natural gas production out of a new project in Papua New Guinea.Exxon did not say whether increased U.S. economic sanctions against Russia would affect its ability to proceed on schedule on its extensive joint operations with the Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft.“We are waiting for further details on the sanctions in order to better understand how we need to comply,” Rosenthal said.Exxon Mobil Corp. shares were down $3.11 to $100.14 in afternoon trading. read more