Pashmina and silk: Global buyers flock to Kashmir

first_imgOver 120 delegates from 16 countries converged in Srinagar on Saturday to have a first-hand experience of exquisite products handmade by Valley artisans, providing a ray of hope to the otherwise-declining handicraft industry in the wake of growing instability in Jammu and Kashmir.“We are showcasing world-famous carpets, shawls, chain-stitch work, rugs, copper wares and paper mache to our visitors. We are hopeful it will go a long way to boost the handicraft sector here,” Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Javed Ahmad Tenga told The Hindu.Prospective buyers have come all the way from countries including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Australia, Mexico and Lebanon. The biggest group has come from Turkey.“My sister is launching a new line of products in Egypt. Pashmina is what has attracted us to Kashmir as brides would prefer it there. The material is light, fine and warm. Designs are equally exquisite,” Abdelrahman M. Abdou, an Egyptian carpet seller, said. “The weather is also an attraction to come to Kashmir.”The government failed to hold the seventh international buyer-seller meet in Srinagar for the past two years due to the ongoing instability and violence. The government sees the event as a good omen for the tourism industry too. “The presence of foreign buyers conveys a message to the outside world. Kashmir is a victim of deliberate vilification campaign in the country. This should dispel the myth globally that Kashmir is not just about conflict,” said J&K Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar.‘Open J&K to Silk Route’Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti used the occasion to pitch for the opening up of Kashmir to the outside world. “I hope J&K opens up to the world as an international trading destination through land routes, realising its geopolitical situation, as part of a peaceful region,” said Ms. Mufti.She said Kashmir’s reintroduction to the influences of the Silk Route, as in the past for seven centuries, “would help in making the state a hub of economic activity in the region.”“I hope you will go back as our ambassadors in the international trading community and the masterpieces you carry from here will act as souvenirs of peace and goodwill,” the chief minister told the buyers.last_img read more

Maharashtra impasse: Kharge says Congress will sit in Opposition, Pawar meets NCP leaders

first_imgWith no new govt. in sight, Maharashtra Assembly to be in ‘suspended animation’  “It looks like the BJP-Sena alliance has broken. There have been talks that the Shiv Sena and NCP may join hands to stake claim for the government. I feel respect to the mandate is not indulging in government formation exercise,” he said.“I will pursue with our central leadership to not encourage formation of a government in Maharashtra with the help of the Shiv Sena. It will not be a stable government and ultimately both the Congress and NCP will suffer,” said Mr. Nirupam, who was a Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member before joining the Congress.The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena are locked in a bitter tussle over the Chief Minister’s post.Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday asked the BJP, the single largest party in the new Assembly, to “indicate the willingness and ability” to form government in the State.In the October 21 polls to the 288-member state Assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and Congress-44. Congress general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday met the party’s newly elected MLAs from Maharashtra, who are staying at a resort in Jaipur, to discuss the political situation in the state while NCP chief Sharad Pawar met some of his party leaders in Mumbai.Later talking to reporters in Jaipur, Mr. Kharge reiterated his party’s stand of sitting in the Opposition in Maharashtra, while Mr. Pawar said he would react only to an official statement from the Sonia Gandhi-led party.Former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam in Mumbai said “it seems the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has broken”, and that he would urge his party leadership not to encourage government formation with the Shiv Sena’s help as it will “not be a stable government” and both the Congress and NCP will suffer.Also Read Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invites BJP to form government  “The Congress has to decide if it wants to stop the BJP in Maharashtra or whether it doesn’t care if the BJP is able to form a government. An alternative government can be formed only with Congress’ support,” he said.He also said that Mr. Kharge held informal talks with the Maharashtra Congress MLAs in Jaipur in the morning.He also brushed aside suggestions that the Governor could invite the Congress-NCP for government formation as the ’second largest’ alliance, claiming no such provision existed in the Sarkaraia Commission’s recommendations.In another development, NCP chief Sharad Pawar also held a meeting with some of his party leaders in Mumbai.Refusing to speak on a “non-BJP alliance”, Mr. Pawar said he would react only to Congress’ official statement.“I cannot go by news reports about the decision of the Congress. I will react only when the Congress officially informs me about its decision,” Mr. Pawar told reporters.Meanwhile, former Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam reiterated his party’s stand of not being in favour of entering into an alliance with the Shiv Sena.“The mandate is for the BJP-Sena (to form government) and for the Congress-NCP to sit in the opposition,” he told reporters.Also Read  “We have not changed our stand from day one. We have always maintained that we will sit in the opposition and respect the mandate,” Mr. Kharge said after meeting the Maharashtra Congress MLAs in Jaipur.Earlier, senior Congress leader Manikrao Thakare told PTI that Mr. Kharge met the MLAs informally to ascertain their views on what stand the party should take over government formation in Maharashtra.“Kharge will then convey the sentiments of the legislators to the party leadership,” Mr. Thakare said.All 44 newly elected Maharashtra Congress MLAs, including senior leaders like Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat, were staying at a resort in the Congress-ruled Rajasthan amid fear of ‘poaching’ in view of the stalemate over government formation.A senior Congress leader, on condition of anonymity, said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has deputed two observers to hold discussions with the MLAs in Jaipur on what stand the party should take in view of the impasse on government formation.Also Read Mallikarjun Kharge meets Maharashtra Congress MLAs to discuss impasse last_img read more

Round 6: Pacquiao gets cut on his head after headbutt

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Horn keeping the pressure and Pacquiao brushes it off.And Pacquiao connects on the lunging Horn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHorn lands a solid right straight, and Pacquiao gets pinned on Horn’s corner. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games What ‘missteps’? LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES Round 5: Horn still connecting MOST READ View comments Jeff Horn, right, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APJeff Horn comes to the round nursing a cut on his forehead but his aggressive style hasn’t stopped.An accidental headbutt cuts Manny Pacquiao just at the hairline.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

After shock win over Pacquiao, Horn ignoring the criticism

first_imgTop Rank promotor Bob Arum said it was a “close fight. It could have gone either way.”“A couple of close rounds, but you can’t argue with the result,” he said after the fight. “I scored a lot of the early rounds for Jeff. Then I had Manny coming back in the middle. The 12th round, Jeff really won. If you give Manny the 11th, you have it a draw. You give Jeff the 11th, it’s 7-5.”The 38-year-old Pacquiao had a chance to knock Horn out in the 9th, with the Aussie on the ropes and in big trouble in front of the 51,052 fans at Suncorp Stadium, but couldn’t complete the job. His own handlers agreed that had a bearing on the fight — saying Pacquiao shouldn’t have left it up to the judges.As he mingled with fans on Monday, his right eye still closed, Horn said he hadn’t paid a lot of attention to the criticism “but I’ve seen my Facebook and that’s gone gangbusters at the moment.”“Manny Pacquiao is an absolute warrior, a legend of the sport. He might have come underdone in this fight, I don’t know,” Horn said. “I guess if we have a rematch and he put his all in, he might come in better, I don’t know.”One thing the fight has done is ensure Horn will have a bigger profile before his next fight, whether that be a rematch with Pacquiao — now 59-7-2 and with three losses in his last eight fights — or not.Pacquiao was back in the Philippines later Monday, and had a military guard of honor to welcome him back to General Santos. A unanimous points decision wasn’t what anyone had been expecting.“It was, I guess, the Manny Show. I can remember watching programs saying the Manny Pacquiao fight in Brisbane — my name wasn’t normally mentioned,” Horn said. “But now hopefully I’m a bit more recognized and I’ve established myself in the boxing community a bit more.” LATEST STORIES “There will always be a backlash where people say I got lucky, or whatever. There will always be the naysayers saying I didn’t win the fight, but I felt like I won the fight,” Horn, now unbeaten in his 18 fights since turning professional in 2013, said as he basked in the victory on Monday. “Everyone has a right to their opinion. I’m sure I’ve (gained) a lot more fans over there than I’ve lost.”Pacquiao skipped the formal post-fight news conference, his camp saying he needed to get seven stitches in each of the cuts on the top of his head, and also declined other interviews in the dressing room.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSome critics described the result as a robbery and questioned the integrity of the sport.Immediately after the fight, Pacquiao said he had to respect the decision and noted that he had a clause for a rematch, but he later told a Philippines news channel that he’d been confident he’d won the fight. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments His trainers were critical of the referee for not doing more to stop or penalize head clashes and neck holds. And they highlighted statistics that showed Pacquiao threw twice as many punches.In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel, Pacquiao thanked some high-profile supporters for letting their feelings be known.“Thank you for the support and for also believing that I won the fight,” he said in the TV interview. “I’m praying that it will not affect or ruin the boxing industry.”Reports emerged that a government department in the Philippines wanted the WBO to launch an inquiry into the outcome. The WBO had released the judge’s scores on Sunday night.All three judges awarded it to Horn, with American Waleska Roldan’s 117-111 score attracting most of the criticism. U.S. judge Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan of Argentina each scored it much closer at 115-113.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao had already left town without saying much, even as criticism of the referee in the WBO welterweight world title fight and the judges who awarded a unanimous points decision to a previously almost anonymous Jeff Horn was still pouring in on social media.The 29-year-old Horn, a former schoolteacher who was given almost no hope of beating the 11-time world champion, was feted by fans and politicians in his hometown on Monday and didn’t care too much about criticism — which started in a TV interview as soon as he left the ring on Sunday after the Battle of Brisbane.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? 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Report: Bayern 1 Frankfurt 3

first_imgBayern Munich 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 3: Controversial Kovac win denies new club double delight Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 04:12 5/20/18 AnteRebic - cropped Bongarts A huge late VAR call aided Niko Kovac in his glorious swansong against new club Bayern Munich as Eintracht Frankfurt clinched the DFB-Pokal. Jupp Heynckes’ fourth stint as Bayern Munich head coach ended on a disappointing and controversial note as successor Niko Kovac led Eintracht Frankfurt to a 3-1 win in the DFB-Pokal final.Veteran boss Heynckes won the treble before departing last time in 2013, but Kovac himself ensured that his Bayern reign will begin with the Bundesliga champions holding just one trophy – his side aided by a questionable late refereeing call.Ante Rebic netted early in the first half and then struck again on the counter-attack eight minutes from time, after Robert Lewandowski had drawn Bayern level and before the drama escalated in stoppage time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Frankfurt had ridden their luck to reach the closing stages still in a position to win the game and then, having seen VAR rule in their favour for Rebic’s second, had referee Felix Zwayer to thank as he opted against awarding a Bayern penalty.Kovac’s men countered and sealed victory through Mijat Gacinovic, but the nature of the defeat will leave an especially bitter taste for Bayern and Heynckes.Having ended the Bundesliga season with their title celebrations dampened by a home humbling at the hands of Stuttgart, the German champions head into the off-season – and Heynckes into the sunset – on a real downer.At the double #DFBPokal #Berlin2018 #FCBSGE pic.twitter.com/QTYEEqLVPU— The DFB-Pokal (@DFBPokal_EN) May 19, 2018A sublime early Lewandowski free-kick bounced away off the crossbar, but the opener arrived against the run of play at the other end after 11 minutes.James Rodriguez was caught in possession and that allowed Kevin-Prince Boateng to set Rebic away, with a clinical 20-yard finish beating Sven Ulreich low to his right.Bayern predictably rallied and Thomas Muller sent a clumsy header just wide, before the forward clipped in a pinpoint cross for Joshua Kimmich to nod narrowly past the opposite post.A breathless break then moved through Muller and Franck Ribery to tee up Lewandowski, but he too could not steer on target. Muller also had another opening before the interval and shot straight at Lukas Hradecky.Bayern’s equaliser finally arrived following the restart, though, when Kimmich cut the ball back onto Lewandowski’s toe and a last-ditch Omar Mascarell challenge succeeded only in wrong-footing Hradecky as the ball nestled in the net.But it was Frankfurt who initially kicked on in search of a winner and Mascarell almost made amends, thundering a volley towards goal and drawing a parry from Ulreich.The game began to really open up and, seconds after Mats Hummels directed a header against the crossbar, Rebic curled a low shot just beyond the far right-hand post.And then Rebic struck again. The officials used VAR to wisely ignore appeals for handball in the build-up as another ball in behind took Rebic beyond Hummels to prod into the net and spark wild celebrations.In scenes of high drama, Bayern then believed they should have been awarded a 94th-minute spot-kick when Boateng appeared to foul Javi Martinez. Instead, a corner was awarded and Frankfurt broke, with Gacinovic galloping into acres of space to seal his side’s fifth cup triumph.Full time in Berlin. #FCBSGE pic.twitter.com/SXDlSJ7L5o— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 19, 2018 read morelast_img read more

Plans Will Be Put in Place to Address High Bank Charges

first_img Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is committed to implementing a time-bound action plan to stop the predatory charges and fees by financial institutions. Story Highlights Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is committed to implementing a time-bound action plan to stop the predatory charges and fees by financial institutions.He said the plan will include a review of the Banking Services Act and entrenchment of the Bank of Jamaica Code of Conduct for deposit-taking institutions, which was introduced in September 2017.The measures will also entail the formal establishment of a financial consumer protection entity, either as a separate agency or as a division of the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC).Minister Shaw was opening the 2018/2019 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8 under the theme: ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility.’Meanwhile, he informed that during 2017/2018, Jamaica made significant progress in countering the threat of international correspondent banks cutting ties with local financial institutions.Steps were taken to reduce the risk of being associated with transactions that are inconsistent with anti-money laundering/ combating the financing of terrorism.The success of the measures, Minister Shaw said, were “reflected in the low incidence of reduced access to correspondent banking services.  These advances are important, but we should not lose sight of the need to remain vigilant in this regard.” The success of the measures, Minister Shaw said, were “reflected in the low incidence of reduced access to correspondent banking services.  These advances are important, but we should not lose sight of the need to remain vigilant in this regard.” Steps were taken to reduce the risk of being associated with transactions that are inconsistent with anti-money laundering/ combating the financing of terrorism.last_img read more

Creative Industries Fund Helps Nova Scotia Publishers to Export

first_imgNova Scotia book publishers are getting the support they need to double their growth over the next five years as part of a $1.1 million investment announced today, Oct. 19, by Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Tony Ince. Through the Creative Industries Fund, the money will help 11 publishers to expand exports to other provinces or countries. “We understand the economic and social benefits the creative industries bring to Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Ince. “This export-oriented fund will help our publishers expand their economic and cultural reach.” Nova Scotia’s book publishers provide 42 full-time and 23 part-time jobs in addition to work for freelancers. They are a vital part of the provincial economy. The funding will help the publishers move into the academic publishing market, translate current children’s books into French and Spanish, and increase their new-titles list for sales worldwide. “Nimbus is very proud to be part of Nova Scotia’s rich and diverse publishing industry,” says Nimbus general manager and co-owner Terrilee Bulger. “This industry has produced Giller and Governor General’s Award winners and contributes to the cultural fabric of this province. This investment assures Nova Scotians that their stories will continue to be told, and told to a worldwide audience.” With a total value of $2 million, the Creative Industries Fund is available to businesses, not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises operating in creative industries such as music, book publishing, fine and production craft, visual and applied art, performing arts, and clothing design and textile enterprises. The fund’s goal is to increase creative industry exports thereby contributing to the province’s economy. According to research from Statistics Canada, culture contributes $949 million to Nova Scotia’s economy and provides almost 14,000 jobs. This represents 2.7 per cent of the provincial gross domestic product and three per cent of all jobs in the province. Information about the Creative Industries Fund and how to apply for it is available at novascotia.ca/programs/creative-industries-fundlast_img read more

Dates for Zeids Sri Lanka visit not set

“No confirmation of dates yet,” the High Commissioner’s spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told the Colombo Gazette. The dates for the visit to Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein have not yet been fixed.Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka this year and there is a possibility the visit will take place before March. The High Commissioner has been invited to visit Sri Lanka and see firsthand the developments on the human rights issue after the new government took office.The government is set to brief the UN Human Rights Council in June on the progress made in the domestic process to address accountability issues over the war. (Colombo Gazette) However the High Commissioner’s office said the dates for the visit have not yet been confirmed. read more

Austrian Nursing Students spend two weeks at Brock

It was a brief visit to Canada, but two third-year nursing students from Austria gained valuable experiences during a two-week internship with the Brock University Department of Nursing.Maria Schmidt and Lisa Manzenreiter are enrolled in the Paracelsus Private Medical University of Salzburg, Austria, which requires a mandatory internship that can be fulfilled anywhere in the world.“We found out about the partnership with Brock University from our professor at Paracelsus who provided us with a list of opportunities,” said Manzenreiter.When the pair saw Brock was an option, they thought it would be a great opportunity to see the Canadian landscape in the fall.Schmidt said everyone at Brock made them feel welcome.“There are a lot of people who wanted to help us, and there is a lot of support for us here from the students and staff.”The pair was provided with a calendar of classes they were invited to attend.“Through the classes, we have learned about Canada as another type of healthcare system with similar concepts and interventions to those in Austria,” said Manzenreiter.Having the Paracelsus international students here is a reciprocal agreement for Brock nursing students, said Brock Department of Nursing Chair Dawn Prentice.“Not only does the agreement with Paracelsus provide Brock with the opportunity to raise the international profile of its Nursing program, it also provides Brock nursing students with the opportunity to learn about healthcare in another country,” she said.During the two week internship, Schmidt and Manzenreiter participated in a simulated blood transfusion and a nasogastric tube placement scenario. They also attended a community clinical with a student who was implementing art therapy with seniors, which allowed them to interact with seniors in a retirement home and carve pumpkins with some of the patients. The pair agreed it was a fun experience, especially because if they were to visit a nursing home in Austria, it would have been different because of stricter regulations.Schmidt said the lab setting at Brock was also a new experience for the pair.“Because we are specialized to be psychiatric nurses, we had not experienced a clinical lab setting exactly like what is taught here,” she said. “Brock has a lab with patient simulators that includes babies and a mother giving birth, which we do not have in our program.”Schmidt and Manzenreiter are now encouraging Brock nursing students to participate in an internship at Paracelsus.“We invite you to visit our amazing country. Austria is very beautiful. We have snow in winter, warm summers, lots of lakes and the Alps,” said Schmidt.She said Austrian cities are old, with Vienna being a standout.“But Salzburg, where our university is located, has a long history of classical music. It is the city where Mozart was born and has many cultural experiences. Any Brock students with an opportunity to visit Paracelsus should definitely come. They won’t be disappointed,” Schmidt said. read more

Research in Progress Colloquium Speaker Series continues Feb 10

Brock University Prof. Rajiv Kaushik will be speaking Feb. 10 as part of the 2013-2014 Research in Progress Colloquium Series.Brock University Prof. Rajiv Kaushik will be presenting a talk titled ‘Graphic Reality & Representational Fiction: The Return of the Repressed & An Alternative History of Painting’ as part of the 2013-2014 Department of Philosophy Research in Progress Colloquium Series.This event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.Who: Department of Philosophy Prof. Rajiv Kaushik,What: Research in Progress Colloquium Speaker SeriesWhere: International Centre Building, IC 306, Brock UniversityWhen: Monday, Feb. 10, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.Subject: Graphic Reality & Representational Fiction: The Return of the Repressed & An Alternative History of Painting read more

As Somalia combats insecurity drought worsens more rapidly than projected – UN

The humanitarian crisis in Somalia is worsening, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council, calling for more than $800 million in aid to offset the impact of a severe drought in a country that is already battling insecurity and poverty.“The humanitarian crisis has deteriorated more rapidly than was originally projected,” the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Raisedon Zenenga, told the Council in New York.He said that people are dying and need protection, particularly women and children, as drought conditions force them to migrate from rural areas to town, and as sexual violence increases in displacement camps.“The scaled up response by humanitarian agencies has averted a famine in the country thus far, but the crisis is unlikely to abate any time soon. The needs for humanitarian assistance are increasing faster than the pace of response,” said Mr. Zenenga, who is also the deputy of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia or UNSOM.At least $669 million has been received or pledged for the effort, leaving a gap of $831 million in the revised 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan.More than six million people are affected, of whom only about three million have been reached with food rations.In the longer-term, the country’s structural problems must be addressed and resilience built, so the country can withstand extreme climatic conditions, the senior UN official said.Peacebuilding and State-buildingAside from the humanitarian needs, Somalia faces continued insecurity, predominantly from Al Shabaab.In today’s address, Mr. Zenenga applauded the Security Council-mandated African Union troops, known as AMISOM, which have provided “the backbone of security in Somalia over the past 10 years.” He called on donor countries to assist with “predictable funding,” ideally through assessed contributions, to support the troops.The call echoes that of the Special Representative, Michael Keating, who took part last week in the London Conference on Somalia.As a result of the Conference, the international community reached a security agreement and defined a so-called New Partnership for the country, which sets out a framework to meet the Government’s priority political, security and economic recovery plan. A follow-up meeting is planned for October.These efforts build towards universal elections which are scheduled for 2020, what Mr. Zenenga called “a defining litmus test of the progress made towards a properly functioning State.” This past February, the Parliament elected Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo to be the new President since direct elections could not be held safely in the country. In 2020, Somalia aims to hold direct elections.Ahead of that vote, building up the country’s security and police force, so that it can start taking over responsibility from AMISOM, is a top priority. read more

No man will reach full potential unless women reach theirs UN says

“It is time to further our collective action to end violence against women and girls for good,” the Secretary-General said marking the Day, which on 25 November, highlights that around the world, more than 1 in 3 women in their lives have experienced physical violence, sexual violence, or both.The Day also spotlights the work of women’s rights activists, who are being targeted at “alarming levels”, and violence against women politicians, which hamper women’s rights. “It is time for united action from all of us, so that women and girls around the world can live free from harassment, harmful practices, and all other forms of violence,” Mr. Guterres said.The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against women, one of the ways that the UN is helping the international community fight this scourge, is a grant system that has given away more than $129 million to groups and individuals supporting women’s rights.The UN is also involved in the recently launched ‘Spotlight Initiative’ with the European Union to connect UN efforts with the work of national governments and civil society; and the UN Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative.Among other efforts, the UN launched a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment and has said that it is committed to continuing the ‘UNiTE to End Violence against Women’ Campaign, under the new title ‘UNiTE by 2030’.The UNiTE Campaign will mark this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November through 10 December, under the theme Leave No One Behind: Ending Violence against Women and Girls”.In her message for the day, the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, focused on the #MeToo campaign, which brought “the ugly face of violence out into the light.” She urged the global community to end discrimination and to restore human rights and dignity, so that all girls and women were treated as equals. Afghan women and girlsIn Afghanistan, the top UN official in the country stressed that “life free from all forms of violence is the right of every Afghan woman and girl.”Calling for violence against women in Afghanistan to immediately stop, Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that no Afghan man will achieve his full potential unless women and girls in Afghanistan reach theirs. “For Afghan women to achieve their full potential and their immense capacity in development, in peace and in security, the violations of the rights of women and girls, particularly through violence, must cease,” he said.“Violence against women and girls is not inevitable,” said Rebecca Tavares, Country Representative ad interim for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). “There are many ways to prevent violence in the first place, and to stop its recurrence.”The UN family in Afghanistan stressed that alongside the effective legal and institutional mechanisms for access to justice, stopping violence against women requires an effort from all of us, from every individual, to speak out against violence in homes, workplaces and social settings. read more

Fans abuzz after NHL awards its 32nd franchise to Seattle

SEATTLE — John Barr understood it was likely a foregone conclusion and yet as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke nearly 3,000 miles away, he found himself getting emotional watching the televisions in the packed bar.Barr was among fans watching Tuesday morning as Seattle was awarded an NHL expansion franchise following a unanimous vote by the Board of Governors in Sea Island, Georgia, ending a lengthy dance between the league and the city that will finally see professional hockey return to the city. Seattle was the first U.S. city to win the Stanley Cup back in 1917. More than 100 years later, they’ll have that chance again.“I was always optimistic but I didn’t think it was ever a guarantee. Might have got a little watery eyed there,” said Barr, who has headed up the NHLtoSeattle.com website and been a voice for hockey fans in Seattle. “It’s been a long haul and there’s been some ups and downs but I think the wait is worth it.”The Seattle ownership group organized the watch party as a central gathering spot to celebrate the announcement and hand out swag a short distance from the Seattle Center, where the yet-to-be named team will begin play in a reconstructed Seattle Center Arena in 2021.“Is there a better hockey morning than this morning in Seattle?” said Mayor Jenny Durkan, who took a little of the suspense out of Bettman’s announcement by revealing the outcome of the vote about 10 minutes early. “This is just a great thing for Seattle and I’m so honoured to be part of it.”Dave Tippett, an adviser for the ownership group who had a front row seat for all the behind the scenes work that went into the pitch to the NHL, joined the fans in Seattle while his bosses were in Georgia.“It’s been coming a long time. The turning point for me, and this was before I was involved, was watching the season tickets go on sale and in 10 minutes sold 12,000 tickets,” Tippett said. “We knew there was an unbelievable following here so it’s been fun to get to know people here and get to experience some of the excitement of bringing a team here.”For now, the NHL will serve to satisfy Seattle’s winter sports itch that’s existed since the SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008. There’s also hope that the rebuilt arena and the foundation being laid by the NHL’s 32nd franchise will help bring the NBA back.If there was a tinge of disappointment, it came with the decision that the team won’t start until the 2021-22 season.The initial was hope for a 2020 start, but arena renovations may not be done in time. As it stands, team President Tod Leiweke said the hope is the building will open in the first quarter of 2021. The first team to call the facility home will likely be the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, before the NHL team begins in the fall.“I’ve been at this eight years so it’s going to be another two years for 2020, another one for 2021, I can do it,” Barr said. “They have all the information. I think it’s the right call. We want to launch this right.”___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTim Booth, The Associated Press read more

Hansford Sensors wins TVBMA export award for vibration monitoring

first_imgMonitoring of rotating parts is critical to avoid plant stoppage, including crushers and conveyors. Although it is only four years since Hansford Sensors was formed by Managing Director, Chris Hansford, the company has grown consistently over this time and exports over 80% of its turnover. This was recently recognised with this award.Hansford commented, “With the downturn in the economy in the UK, we set our sights on overseas markets and now sell our vibration sensors into over 40 countries. Asia has been particularly fruitful, with an incredible rise in products sold into the Australian marketplace, thanks to the hard work of our distributor in New South Wales.”He continued, ” We are now working at attacking other export areas and we have recently visited Mexico and the USA, discussing how our products can be applied into the maintenance management of industrial plant and machinery .”He also praised the team back at the new premises: “Their enthusiasm, efforts and dedication have all contributed to the growth and success of the company.”last_img read more

Skype to acquire Qik Confirmed

first_imgUPDATE 1/6/10 2:28pm: This is official. See below.An unnamed source, as they typically are, is indicating that Skype is expected to announce at CES 2011 its intention to acquire Qik for $100 million. Qik offers a service similar to Skype, but for mobile phones and tablets which allow users to video chat in addition to the ability to send and receive video mail. Qik users can also record video with their mobile phone and have it instantly uploaded to the web or, if they choose, video can be viewed as it is recording offering mobile phone users the unique ability to stream live video. Skype nor Qik have confirmed an acquisition is imminent, but that is almost as predictable as a source being unnamed.AdChoices广告Qik would be a nice compliment to Skype’s services, especially since it extends much of what the company does and does not due to mobile phones. Having a dominant presence on mobile devices would definitely allow Skype to drive growth as already indicated by Qik’s growth this past year. Qik began 2010 with 600,000 users and ended the year with 5 million. That’s a growth rate of over 700%! Helping drive that growth is the fact that Qik has teamed up nicely with Google’s Android operating system. It’s growth has also been impressive over the last year and expects to continue in 2011.When you look at the numbers its hard to imagine why Skype wouldn’t acquire Qik considering the new services the company brings to the table. The 5 million users which could also be encouraged to use existing Skype services is not a bad thing to acquire either.Read more at Business Insider.Update- We just heard- This is official! The release is: Skype to Acquire Qiklast_img read more

Musician Leon Russell 74 dies in Nashville

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — Leon Russell, who performed, sang and produced some of rock ‘n’ roll’s top records, has died. He was 74.Russell’s wife, Jan Bridges, said in a statement that her husband died in his sleep Sunday at their Nashville home. She said Russell had heart bypass surgery in July and had been planning on resuming touring in January.His final performance was July 10 in Nashville.Besides his music, Russell was known for his striking appearance: wispy white hair halfway down his back and that covered much of his face.“A true patriarch has been lost,” said Beau Charron, Russell’s guitar and pedal steel player, said in a statement. “Leon Russell fathered many musicians and fans thru life and love with his music. On his own terms. My years with him have shaped me in profound ways, and I am heartbroken to lose my mentor and friend.”Tributes poured in from entertainers who appreciated Russell’s gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues and country music.On Twitter, Cat Stevens wrote that Russell was “a great influence and songwriter.” Charlie Daniels said Russell “left a lot of great music behind.” And Richard Marx tweeted: “What an extraordinary messenger of beauty he was.”Russell played keyboard for the Los Angeles studio team known as the Wrecking Crew, helping producer Phil Spector develop his game-changing wall of sound approach in the 1960s.last_img read more

Five Cays athlete and scholar gets a boost from Bugaloos

first_img Related Items:#Bugaloo’s, #La’ShanoPierre, #MichaelStolow, magneticmedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 18, 2017 – Providenciales – La’Shano Pierre of Five Cays, Providenciales is doing the kinds of things we want to see more and more young men of this country or of any country doing.   Pierre, at just 17 is investing in and taking responsibility for his personal development through sports and tertiary level education.The former member of the Rising Stars basketball club and first year student at Manchester College in the UK, where he is studying Business Management,  is a stand out athlete and earned high grades and was therefore shocked when he was not among the 2017 Government scholarship winners.    Perplexed and gravely distressed, young #La’ShanoPierre was like Nehemiah of the Bible who appeared so downcast that the king was forced to ask his usually diligent server, what was wrong.Mike Stolow, owner and manager at Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl in Five Cays, similarly noticed the depressed demeanor of Pierre and he too asked his noble employee, what was wrong.   The discouraging news moved Mr. Stolow in a way that moved mountains for young La’Shano and what just moments before had seemed an insurmountable obstacle was erased by a caring heart, a kind question and a benevolent gift.“The owner always encouraged me to keep my head up and push forward to achieve my goals.   As we approached the beginning of the school year, I was certain that I would be selected to return to England, since my grades were very high.   However, I received the list of students chosen, and my name was not on it.   Needless to say, I was so despondent and it showed on my face when I arrived at work.   That’s when the owner pulled me aside and told me that Bugaloo’s would cover the cost of my next academic year.   He said he was proud of my academic achievements and my work ethics at #Bugaloo’s and I deserved to go.   This uplifted me in a way I will always remember,” said La’Shano, who had worked at the restaurant over his summer breaks.In a heartfelt story to #MagneticMedia, the young man sets the stage.    Pierre was born and raised in Five Cays and like so many others of his generation and community, loves the sport of basketball.Bugaloo’s was already an appreciated entity because it supported youth programs and sports development.“From a very young age my friends and I could always count on Bugaloo’s support and sponsorship at various basketball tournaments locally and abroad.   When I was unable to go to the YBOA basketball nationals, because of a lack of funds, Bugaloo’s stepped forward and sponsored me.   Throughout the years they have always kept in touch with us to make sure we were heading along the right path.    When I came home from studying abroad for the summer, they offered me a job so I could save money for my upcoming school year.”It turns out that this amazing report from La’shano was more than a story of a student who got a scholarship from a kind company, but a beacon of an example of how corporate TCI can be and has been actively involved in cultivating fine citizens by ensuring they are there to pick them up, even when they are let down.“Throughout my time at Bugaloos one of the things I valued the most was the positive mentoring sessions on life and business management, which really enhanced my knowledge helping me to reach my goal of becoming a future entrepreneur. I went from despair to joy because someone believed in a young man from Five Cays. I hope to be a role model for all the young men of Five Cays who are so often forgotten.”When the king helped Nehemiah, who was downcast and broken to fulfill his dream of leading the men of his nation in the rebuilding the wall of Israel, which was the heritage of their forefathers, it lead to a rebuilt people pulled from degradation and shame.Mike Stolow may not be a royalty as modern times would define it, but his king sized heart and his king sized gift to a young man on a mission to build his life as an example of what is possible, even out of Five Cays, is as regal and resplendent as it gets.“First of all, I would like to Thank God for his blessings upon my life, also I would like to thank my Family and friends and every member of the community for their support. The opportunity that Bugaloos has brought before me goes to show that no matter who you are once you are focused and determined opportunities will come your way.”La’Shano Pierre of Five Cays was sad because he had gotten some terrible news; but he cleaned himself up and mustered the courage to face the day.  Young La’Shano went to work, and through his grit, earned much more than a day’s pay, he earned the respect of this journalist, our organization and even more significantly at the time… the admiration of his mentor, employer and sponsor: #MichaelStolow who gave the kind of gift only a king could give.“I would once again like to thank the owner and the team at Bugaloos as well as the members of my community. Thank you for your support and the opportunity you have given me. I assure you that I won’t disappoint.”And as we pray for La’Shano, a budding Business Manager, to continue to do well at university in the United Kingdom, we are certain that just as he has promised, he will not disappoint. T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more

5year term for Blade Runner Pistorius

first_imgPRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.Delivering her sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa cited the “gross negligence” the double-amputee Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.Pistorius, who had cried and wretched during his trial, was unemotional as he stood to hear his sentence. His prison term begins immediately and he was led down a flight of stairs and toward holding cells before leaving the South African courthouse in the armored vehicle.Pistorius could be released after 10 months in jail to serve the remainder under house arrest, according to legal experts.Steenkamp’s parents were also in court to hear the sentence and the dead model’s mother, June, said justice had been done. A close friend of Steenkamp, Gina Myers, said: “I really don’t think any of us will heal anytime soon … there will always be questions.”Pistorius’ uncle, Arnold Pistorius, said: “Oscar will embrace this opportunity to pay back to society.” He appealed to reporters to give the family privacy after what he called “20 months of relentless public trial.”last_img read more

Taylor Swift takes a stand against online fan wars over female artists

first_imgThis isn’t a plea from Swift to her fans specifically (she is known for her extremely close and mutually supportive relationship with her fanbase), but to all fans of female artists generally to celebrate and support women succeeding in the genre, rather than relentlessly dragging one another and creating drama where there is none.You Need To Calm Down is here to serve as your official reminder that pop queendom, like so many other things in life, is not a zero-sum game. By all means worship and support your fave, but don’t forget: They ALL got crowns, don’t step on their gowns. The 2018 year in tech, movies and Taylor Swift (CNET… null Share your voice Global superstar Taylor Swift has deftly been showing haters the door since around 2010 when she released Mean, an iconic banjo-powered critique of her detractors. In her latest song, You Need to Calm Down (the video went up Monday morning), she’s turned her attention to highlighting the hate being thrown around the internet between fans of female pop artists.It’s nothing new to see brilliant women being compared as though they’re inadvertent players in some kind of anti-feminist Top Trumps game. But frequenters of Stan Twitter, where the most ardent music fans hang out, can sometimes take things to a whole new level.”Enjoy your problematic fave,” is a popular refrain. “Sis can’t even sing,” an average retort. Then there are the “retweet for Ariana Grande, like for Beyoncé,” popularity contests and their many variants. And just like that, appreciation for female musicians and their vast bodies of work is reduced to an arbitrary, inexact and petty form of one-upmanship.These examples are on the vanilla end of the spectrum, but hint at the specific brand of aggression between fans that perpetuates the myth that there’s only so much room at the top for women and a fight to the death is required to decide the winner. But as Swift, one of pop’s true superstars, points out in You Need To Calm Down, this kind of thinking is just a myth.Most people’s biggest takeaway from Swift’s song (released Friday) is the overt stand she takes against homophobia. But she’s also inserted another important lesson into the lyrics that shouldn’t be overlooked, and that’s to stop pitting successful female artists against one another online.”And we see you over there on the internet/Comparing all the girls who are killing it/But we figured you out/We all know now we all got crowns/You need to calm down,” she chants in the bridge. There are no losers when women succeed, Swift seems to suggest. Except perhaps those who are getting caught up in dragging each other’s faves online.In the music video, Swift takes this message one step further. On a stage decorated with a “Pop Queen Pageant” banner stands a lineup of the world’s biggest female pop artists (represented by drag artists): Nicki Minaj, Adele, Cardi B, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Adele, Lady Gaga and of course Taylor Swift herself. RuPaul in his role as judge proceeds onto the stage with a crown on a velvet cushion, but rather than presenting to one star or another, he instead flings it into the air with glee. Taylor Swift/YouTube The video ends with former adversaries Perry and Swift (the actual pop stars, not their doppelgangers) — dressed as a burger and fries respectively — hugging it out with peace-at-last energy. This is more than a public reconciliation — it’s two role models setting an example for the rest of us. It also reiterates that while fans might be out there trying to pit females stars against one another, most of them are actually pretty good friends, rendering stan wars pointless and unnecessary. Taylor Swift 0 0:39 Music Online Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more