DogOut in Chinnaswamy: RCB want to make IPL 2019 matches pet-friendly

first_imgIn the 2019 season of Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have decided to make their home matches pet-friendly at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.The Bengaluru franchise has invited spectators with their pets at an exclusive pet-lounge or dog-stand named “DogOut” with seating designed for people and canines.”Royal Challengers Bangalore believes in being compassionate and inclusive. We care about all the fans that are dearly associated with the team. One such group of fans is pet-parents and lovers. Pets are extension of their families and we as RCB would like to make them very much a part of our RCB family,” an RCB statement said.”Now this year onwards, RCB is thrilled to invite all the petparents and lovers to watch home matches with their pets at an exclusive pet lounge called “DogOut” not “DugOut”,” the statement added.In addition to this, the RCB is partnering with pet care experts Ashita Mathew, Rashi Narang and Ridhima Coelho from HUFT, who will be curating exclusive content around pet nutrition, grooming and wellness on the new official RCB Application.Royal Challengers Bangalore will meet Mumbai Indians at their home ground in Bengaluru on March 28.Also Read | Virat Kohli begins IPL 2019 preparations with Royal Challengers BangaloreAlso Read | IPL 2019: Watch MS Dhoni run around Chepauk as CSK fan tries to catch himAlso Read | Rishabh Pant an exceptional talent, a good thinker of the game: Ricky PontingAlso See:last_img read more

Unlikely Liverpool heroes underscore Jürgen Klopp’s rich array of options

first_imgJürgen Klopp Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s double flourish eases Liverpool past Genk Read more Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goals in 18 months, coming hot on the heels of Adam Lallana’s first since May 2017, created a great story in Genk on Wednesday, according to Jürgen Klopp. Great news, too, for a manager always looking to evolve and coping with the heightened workload of European champions. Klopp’s increasing options, as well as reminders of Champions League glory, will be another cause of envy for Mauricio Pochettino at Anfield on Sunday.Tottenham are, in effect, where Klopp found them when he took charge of his first Liverpool game just over four years ago – seventh in the Premier League and almost identical in personnel, too. Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Érik Lamela, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane all started the goalless draw at White Hart Lane. Four years on, all eight would have been in contention at Anfield but for the dislocated elbow Lloris sustained in the recent defeat at Brighton. Stability and consistency are fundamental but Spurs’ season suggests stagnation due to a lack of internal competition. Topics Liverpool The Observer Read morecenter_img features Klopp may well revert to the tried, trusted, Champions League-winning trio of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georgino Wijnaldum against Spurs – the three have scored one goal between them this season – but the threat to their places and the gamechanging options available to Klopp have grown. Xherdan Shaqiri will also offer a different threat once he recovers from a serious calf problem. “A lot of substitutes we have brought on have had an impact,” said Klopp. “And that is massive for us. It is key to being successful. Otherwise you have no chance.”With the Club World Cup to squeeze in during December, Liverpool’s resources face constant tests.Dejan Lovren said: “It is important to change, the season is getting longer and longer. There has been a big improvement from ourselves. When you look back two or three years at some of the changes that came in a game you didn’t see the effect of them. Now, when a couple of players are coming in, especially the United game when three players came on, the tempo of the game changes quickly.“It says a lot about us. That’s why I was pleased for Adam [after the United game]. It is not easy when you don’t play for 10 games and then you just come in and everyone expects you should play as if you have played for three months. It is not easy like that. But it is great for the confidence and the team overall when players who didn’t play for a long time come in and do well.” Last season’s Champions League finalists have gone in separate directions since Madrid and not only in terms of a win ratio of 77% to 31% in Liverpool’s favour from the games that have followed.Four members of Klopp’s first matchday squad remain at Liverpool – Lallana, James Milner, Divock Origi and Nathaniel Clyne – although the need for a cull was evident long before the team ended that campaign 10 points behind third-placed Spurs. The extent of the overhaul and Liverpool’s investment will not be lost on Pochettino but it is the wealth of options now available to Klopp that demonstrates Liverpool’s refusal to stand still.Klopp’s response to the threat of a first league defeat of the season at Manchester United and a sterile visiting performance last Sunday was to introduce more than £112m worth of experienced, international midfield talent from the bench. Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keïta have had injury-related problems but, with their sharpness returning, they shaped the recovery that preserved the leaders’ unbeaten start.Lallana scored his first Liverpool goal in 29 months. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keïta showed more of the penetration and creativity Liverpool fans have craved from a Champions League midfield when rewarded with starts at Genk, although their manager was not entirely satisfied with the overall display. As he said pointedly on Friday when discussing Fabinho’s growing importance: “He played as pretty much the only midfielder in some moments against Genk.” ‘Say hello and clear the table’: Lovren reveals how Klopp changed Liverpool Reuse this content Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Motaung responds to Billiat’s reports to Chiefs

first_imgTransfers Kaizer Chiefs would engage Sundowns if there was a need to sign Khama Billiat – Bobby Motaung Ernest Makhaya 18:25 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Mamelodi Sundowns, Khama Billiat Backpagepix Transfers Kaizer Chiefs Mamelodi Sundowns PSL The 27-year-old is yet to renew his contract with the Brazilians, and according to reports, he could be plotting a move to Naturena in the new season Football manager Bobby Motaung has responded to reports that Kaizer Chiefs are interested in signing Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Khama Billiat. With Billiat’s contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign, reports suggest that Amakhosi are making efforts to lure the Zimbabwean star to Naturena.However, Motaung said they would have engaged Sundowns by now if Chiefs were in need of Billiat’s services without trying to sign him on a free transfer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Khama is a Sundowns player and if there was any need to sign him, we would do what the same way we did with (Leonardo) Castro. We engaged Sundowns for the player (Castro),” Motaung told the media. “At Chiefs, we engage clubs for all our needs. We don’t wait or hide in the corner,” he said.”Billiat is an excellent player that everyone would want to have in their team, but let’s respect the fact that he’s a Sundowns player,” added Motaung. Billiat remains one of the integral members of Pitso Mosimane’s team, but as things stand, he appears likely to leave Chloorkop at the end of the current season. He has been linked with a possible move to Europe, while Wydad Casablanca are also reported to be keen on his services.last_img read more

South Africa great Hashim Amla announces retirement from international cricket

first_imgSouth Africa great Hashim Amla announces retirement from international cricketHashim Amla announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect on Thursday.advertisement India Today Web Desk Cape TownAugust 8, 2019UPDATED: August 8, 2019 21:12 IST South Africa great Hashim Amla announces retirement from international cricket (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla made his international debut in a Test match vs India in Kolkata in 2004Amla played 349 matches across three formats for the Proteas, scoring more than 18 000 runsAmla is the fastest batsman to reach 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runsSouth Africa batsman Hashim Amla on Thursday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. Amla will continue to play domestic T20 cricket in South Africa.Amla is the second South African great to end his international career this week after fast bowler Dale Steyn, who announced his Test retirement on Tuesday.Amla retires from the sport after having played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20 internationals for the Proteas. Amla amassed 9282 runs in Tests at an average of 46.64 with 28 hundreds and 41 fifties while in ODIs he scored 8113 runs at 49.46 with 27 centuries and 39 half-centuries.In the shortest format Amla managed to score 1277 runs at 33.60 including 8 fifties.”Firstly, all Glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege. I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called #proteafire.””I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it is their shadow over me that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun.””Also, My family, friends and agent, my team mates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you!””The fans for energizing me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together. Siyabonga South Africa!””And, of course, a very special thanks to the President and the Board at Cricket South Africa – not forgetting the Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful,” Amla said in a statement on Thursday.advertisementDuring the recent Cricket World Cup in England, Amla managed to become the second-fastest batsman to amass 8000 ODI runs after Virat Kohli in the group stage clash against New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham.Amla holds the record for being the fastest ever to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs but missed out on being the fastest to 8000 by just one innings. Kohli got to the landmark in 175 innings while Amla managed it in 176. The most ODI hundreds by a South African The only Test triple hundred by a South African One of 10 players to top the @MRFWorldwide Test & ODI Batting Rankings simultaneously The fastest to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 ODI runsThank you, @amlahash pic.twitter.com/JrkZWbp1PU ICC (@ICC) August 8, 2019Amla though, wasn’t at his best in the showpiece event and played just 7 matches as a result, scoring 203 runs at an average of 40.60 with two fifties to his name.He had made his international debut for South Africa in the Test match against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November 2004, scoring 24 and 2 runs.His last international match was in the World Cup against Sri Lanka in which he managed 80 not out as South Africa won by 9 wickets but bowed out of the tournament in the group stage after a disappointing campaign.”It is always sad to bid farewell to one of the true legends of the game,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.”But at the same time this is rather an occasion to celebrate the richness that Hashim has brought to the game around the world both on and off the field. His humility has always been his standout quality and I cannot imagine a better role model to teach us all how to lead better lives. He has added great value not only to the Proteas but to the country at large.””I am sure cricket players, administrators, the media and fans from around the world will join the CSA Family in congratulating Hashim on a job well done and to wish him all the best for the future.””We can indeed be grateful that he remains available for our domestic cricket and will continue to contribute by passing on his rich cricket and life experiences to our next generation of players,” concluded Moroe.Read more | Virat Kohli deserves the tag of great without a doubt: Mike GattingAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Hashim AmlaFollow South African all-rounderFollow International Cricketlast_img read more

Recycling Plant to Create Jobs

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has welcomed the official opening of a recycling plant in her South Western St. Andrew constituency, which she says, will bring gainful employment to the area while helping to keep the environment clean.“This environmental project… has the potential to create about 100 jobs. The owners and managers will be employing people from surrounding communities to collect waste bottles to sell these to the plant,” said Mrs. Simpson Miller, as she addressed the official opening of the facility Wednesday (January 16) at its 164 Spanish Town Road location.The plant is being opened by Jamaica Recycles, a start-up company backed by American investors Harold Kirsten and Dennis Soriano, who have over 60 years of combined experience in the recycling industry. The two have been operating businesses successfully throughout North America under the parent company International Recycling and Reclamation Ltd.Mrs. Simpson Miller said the concept of transforming waste into productive activity is one that she fully endorses. Noting that Jamaica generates large volumes of solid waste product every day in homes and work places, she said the “company will provide the facilities to help us tackle a serious environmental problem”.“I note with special interest the company’s projection of diverting 20,000 metric tons of recyclable material from the Riverton Landfill and the reclaiming of 100,000 metric tons of recyclables annually. This would definitely be a significant contribution to the care and protection of the environment,” the Prime Minister said.She further informed that she has issued instructions to the Ministers of Energy and Local Government, to work together to ensure that the Riverton City dump can be transformed so that it can provide valuable raw material for the supply of electricity.In the meantime, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, called the initiative a welcomed and timely response to the nation’s need to expand its recycling efforts.He commended Jamaica Recycles for its commitment and investment in Jamaica at this time and urged the company to work closely with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). “I am also calling on all Jamaicans to do their part to promote environmental stewardship and responsibility, respect for our eco-system, corporate responsibility and pride in our communities,” said Minister Arscott.Also endorsing the initiative was Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, who stated that any opportunity that provides an avenue for persons in Kingston to find a legal way to earn is something that is of interest to her.“It is always good when you can do the right thing and it can be economically beneficial, (and) in this case it will also be environmentally advantageous for all of us,” Mayor Brown Burke said.President of Jamaica Recycles, Dennis Soriano, said he was encouraged by the warm reception that he has received in Jamaica. He explained that the business will recover recyclable materials in the Kingston Metropolitan area before expanding into the rest of the island.Jamaica Recycles’ initial concentration will be on waste paper and plastic with the intent to expand its scope of services to include other recyclable material such as electronic scrap, industrial plastic, glass and metals.Jamaica Recycles estimates that approximately 2,500 to 3,000 metric tons per month processed in the Kingston area and more than twice that amount is available for diversion from the Riverton Landfill. The company will establish a network of recycling drop off centres, recycling transfer stations and processing facilities. Ultimately, the company hopes to recover over 100,000 metric tons of recyclables annually, consisting of a wide range of materials.last_img read more

Swire to Add 4 MPVs, Start North Asia Express

first_imgzoom Swire Group’s marine services arm The China Navigation Company (CNCo) will through its liner shipping division Swire Shipping take delivery of four new multipurpose 22,100 dwt “Chief Class” vessels from Ouhua Shipyard over the next two months. After the deliveries, Swire plans to launch a new express service between North Asia, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia in July 2015, deploying two of the newbuild 1,627 TEU MPVs to service this route.The North Asia Express (NAX) service will provide a direct link between North Asia, Townsville in Australia and Lae in PNG.It will offer a 16-day transit between Shanghai and Lae, and a 10-day transit between Townsville and Shanghai. NAX will complement Swire Shipping’s existing North Asia Trade, providing a 10-day frequency from North Asia to Lae.Jeremy Sutton, General Manager, Asia Trades, said: “The North Asia Express service will expand Swire Shipping’s network coverage across the region. This new route enhances our network of multipurpose liner services and allows us to improve our service to our customers.”last_img read more

Great annual snapshot Bird numbers down in Waterton bird count after wildfire

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – A Parks Canada official says a powerful wildfire that shut down Waterton Lakes National Park late last summer will inevitably change the species of birds in the area.The blaze began from a lightning strike in British Columbia but eventually shut down the park in the deep corner of southwest Alberta for weeks. The fire covered more than 360 square kilometres — roughly about one-third of the park.Dianne Pachal, who co-ordinates the annual bird count at Waterton, said birders recorded a total of 167 individual birds from 21 species on Dec. 15. That’s well below the 40-year average of 27 species and 493 birds.A number of possible reasons for the drop include an extremely high wind on the day of the count — which would make it more difficult to find the birds — and some areas of the park hit by the fire being closed to the public, she said.But it’s undeniable that the balance of species at Waterton will be affected by last year’s fire, Pachal said“The forest was burned there, and who knows which species are remaining and what new ones are there?” Pachal asked.“With a forest fire, often we see the cavity-nesting birds increase and insect-eating birds, particularly woodpeckers, follow a lot of species of insects that come in immediately following a fire.”Pachal said ecosystems evolve and some species initially found immediately after a fire will move on once the forest begins to mature.“So you won’t see as many woodpeckers — we would expect to see more of those now we have had a major fire here.”There are 255 different species recorded in Waterton, said Pachal, who added most are likely to be still around but have relocated to different parts of the park.The bird count is a 40-year tradition in which members of the public conduct a tally of birds and their species. Annual counts are done across North America between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. They’re co-ordinated by Bird Studies Canada in conjunction with the National Audubon Society, which began the practice in 1900.“It provides us with a great annual snapshot of what’s happening with the birds in the park.”.— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Jake Gyllenhaal Honored At New Eyes For The Needy Dinner

first_imgThis week in Manhattan, FIJI Water sponsored the New Eyes for the Needy 80th Anniversary Dinner honoring Jake Gyllenhaal.Jake Gyllenhaal Honored at New Eyes For The Needy EventCredit/Copyright: Jason Kempin / Getty Images via Alicia Mohr | PR & Events Manager, FIJI WaterJake was toasted with an intimate dinner at Colicchio & Sons for his long-time charitable work to bring clear vision to those in need.Actress Lake Bell (wearing Lyn Devon) and fiancé Scott Campbell, news anchor Gayle King, and cast mates from Jake’s new play “If There Is, I Haven’t Found It Yet” including Annie Funke and Brian O’Byrne, were among those who came out to support Jake’s work and the 80th anniversary of the impactful organization.Jake Gyllenhaal is the Honorary Chair of the New Eyes For The Needy Advisory Board. The organization’s mission is focused: to improve the vision of poor children and adults by Purchasing new eyeglasses in the United States, and Recycling donated glasses for distribution in developing nations worldwide.Since their founding in 1932, New Eyes has improved the eyesight of more than 7,500,000 people in the U.S. and around the world.For about $60, New Eyes for the Needy can improve a person’s life. Each new pair of glasses purchased by New Eyes can help a child succeed in school, an adult secure a job, or a senior citizen read medicine labels and live more independently. Their recycled glasses bring clearer vision to scores of people living in poverty overseas.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

Qatars Scholar Challenges Saudi Arabias Grand Muftis Stance on Gulf Crisis

By Chaymaa BenallouchRabat – Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, has declared in a fatwa that the decisions taken by the Saudi kingdom against Qatar are beneficial to Muslims and Qataris as well.The Saudi Mufti said, “Saudi Arabia is an Islamic country that provides and does well.” He continued, saying that “the recent decisions taken by the Kingdom and a number of countries against Qatar are procedural matters that benefit the Muslims and benefit the future of the Qataris themselves as well…, it is beneficial to all.” Following his Fatwa, Anwar El-Badawi, a Qatari Islamic judge, wrote a letter to the Mufti pointing out to him that what he said is contradictory to the Quran, the Sunnah and the general consensus.He then asked all Muslim Nations to work together to resolve the conflict between Qatar and the other Gulf countries.El-Badawi added that this blockade does not represent the real image or define the qualities of a Muslim nation or a Muslim individual.He also pointed that this decision resulted in prohibiting Qatari people from entering the Grand Mosque of Mecca and many mixed-citizenship couples are now facing separation.He said in his letter: “Did you know that the people of Qatar were banned from the Grand Mosque because of the blockade? What good comes from this? Did you know that a young Saudi was prevented from the funeral of his father because of your Fatwa? Did you know that Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini wives were forced to leave their Qatari husbands and children because of your fatwa?”The Islamic Judge also stated that God has prohibited breaking up relationships between individual Muslims. As He said in his Holy Book: “So would you perhaps, if you turned away, cause corruption on earth and sever your [ties of] relationship?”Anwar Al-Badawi added that the Mufti’s fatwa cultivated hatred of the homeland and the rulers in the hearts of people. He expressed his hope that every Islamic Qadi or Mufti will be a reason for reunification and facilitate the removal of the dispute, and create a reconciliation between these Arab nations.Saudi Arabia, alongside with Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Lybia, Yemen and the Maldives all announced June 4 that they were severing their ties with Qatar. This decision was taken after Qatar was accused of financially backing radical Islamist groups. read more

Amazon dumped New York but cities still wooing the company

Amazon’s breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant.Officials in Newark, New Jersey, made a giant heart that read, “NJ & Newark Still Love U, Amazon!” Word came from Chicago and suburban Maryland that they, too, are still interested in a relationship with Amazon.The love notes from cities that lost the competition for Amazon’s new headquarters have come even though the company says it’s not looking for another site now that it has cancelled its project to build a big office in New York City.Mike Catalini, The Associated Press read more

Belarus election neither free nor fair says UN human rights expert

“The election process was orchestrated, and the result was pre-ordained. It could not be otherwise, given the 20 years of continuous suppression of the rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association, which are the preconditions for any credible competition,” Mr. Haraszti said in a press statement.The Special Rapporteur noted that none of the international and local independent election monitors could verify the official claims of 86 per cent voter turnout or 84 per cent endorsement of the incumbent.“Such high scores have never been claimed in elections in Europe since the end of the Soviet Union,” Mr. Haraszti stressed. “The observers’ documentations highlighted that not even the four days of coerced participation of prison inmates, army conscripts, and public servants under the label of ‘early voting,’ can give up the stated numbers,” he added.Mr. Haraszti also added that there were a high number of allegations of election-day fraud, such as undocumented handling of voter lists and ballots, voting on behalf of others, carrousel voting, ballot stuffing, voting without proper documents, and mobile voting abuses.In 2013, the Special Rapporteur had presented his report to the UN General Assembly on human rights in electoral processes. The report made several recommendations such as creation of independent election commissions with a pluralistic composition, initiating debates between candidates on national television. Yet, none of these suggestions were implemented.Mr. Haraszti also called attention to the intimidating environment of the electoral campaign. Calls for boycott of the elections were criminalized since the last elections. Political opponents, including an incarcerated 2010 presidential candidate, were released on the eve of the present presidential elections, but none of them have been reinstated in their political and civil rights.However, the Special Rapporteur welcomed the fact that the elections took place without violence, unlike the 2010 presidential elections. He also commended the protests carried out in Belarus against the perceived flaws of Sunday’s election.“I will closely follow what happens to the demonstrators in the aftermath of the elections, given that massive arbitrary short-term detentions and administrative discrimination are the order of day in Belarus,” he added.Additionally, Mr. Haraszti suggested possible immediate steps including eliminated the oppressive permission based regime of public life, repeal laws that criminalizes public activities without official permission, implementing electoral and media reform, secure judicial independence and introduce a moratorium on death penalty as a transition towards its abolishment. “Modernization processes which are not shouldered by democratisation and the respect for fundamental rights and freedoms are neither sustainable nor meaningful,” the Special Rapporteur stated, reiterating his readiness to cooperate with the Government on the starting steps of a reform.Mr. Haraszti further commented on the temporary four-month lifting of the European Union (EU) sanctions against Belarus, beginning in January, as signalled by the foreign affairs ministers of the EU yesterday, in response to the release of six political prisoners on the eve of the elections. The Special Rapporteur described the move as ‘a great opportunity for human rights reforms, in harmony with both the country’s international commitments and the needs of its ordinary citizens.’Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Evidencebased approach crucial to migrants and migration – top UN officials

“Over the long-term the evidence is clear: the benefits of migration vastly outweigh the challenges. And without a clear understanding of migration, negative narratives surround migrants,” Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration told a multi-stakeholder event held at the UN Headquarters.“We must not allow xenophobic political narratives about migration distort our objective to enhance international cooperation on migration,” she added, stressing that “it is only with facts and context that we can have a respectful and realistic discussion about migration, one that pushes back on the many inaccurate and negative narratives being touted for short-term political gains and misguided policies.”The event, titled ‘Facts instead of Perceptions: Promoting an Evidence-Based Discussion on Migration,’ comes on the heels of the start of intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration – the first such international instrument on the issue – to be adopted later this year.Ms. Arbour said that there are currently 258 million international migrants today, 3.4 per cent of the global population, an increase from 2.8 per cent in 2000, and the figure is expected to increase in the coming decades.The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that migrant workers in higher-productivity settings contributed $6.7 trillion – or 9.4 per cent – to global GDP in 2015, $3 trillion more than they would have produced in their countries of origin. In 2017, nearly $600 billion was remitted internationally – three times greater than all development assistance. Some $450 billion of that was sent to developing countries. And even with these large sums, migrants put 85 per cent of their earnings back into host countries through taxes and spending, Ms. Arbour said.“Migrants are frequently presented as security threats, but they are statistically less likely to be involved in crime than local populations,” she stressed, adding that there are, of course, those instances when international migration might have negative impacts: when large inflows of migrants have short-term destabilizing effects on local labour markets if they are not properly regulated.For his part, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak said that Governments should make decisions and policies on migration based on the latest, and most concrete analysis and information, also underscoring the important roles the UN and other partners can play in promoting an evidence-based approach to the issue.“I want to stress that migration is a fact. It is not an idea. It is not a theory. It is not a trend. It is a fact,” Mr. Lajcak said.“And we need to respond accordingly. Not with ideas or theories. But with facts. Data. Information. And evidence,” he added.Mr. Lajcak said that during the Compact’s consultation phase, there were repeated calls for more disaggregated data on migration.He warned when facts and information are absent, a vacuum develops in their place, and the vacuum can quickly be filled by emotional rhetoric, politicized messaging, or even hate speech.The private sector, civil society, regional organizations and the UN can act as crucial sources of data and facts needed for Governments to make decisions and policies on migration, he stressed.Furthermore, an objective media is key because it can distil sometimes technical, or complex, data down to information products, which are accessible to wider audiences.“We must do more to build partnerships between all these key players,” Mr. Lajcak said, highlighting the need to ensure that data collection and disaggregation receives proper funding and support. UN Photo/Manuel EliasLouise Arbour, Special Representative for the Secretary-General on Migration (centre) and Miroslav Lajčák, President of the General Assembly (centre right) address the fourth informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing of the Intergovernmental Conference and its preparatory process to adopt a global compact for migration. read more

Events planned to mark Mental Illness Awareness Week at Brock

As part of its continued efforts to support students’ well-being, Brock University is hosting a series of events for Mental Illness Awareness Week.The national public education campaign, running from Oct. 1 to 7, is designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness.At Brock, events will be held at both the main campus and Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.“These events make visible the range of mental health supports available to students on campus,” said Sarah Pennisi, Director of the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre. “We offer ways for students to manage stress before they become overwhelmed, but we also have high-quality services available when things get urgent.”The hope, she said, is that next week’s events demonstrate the different partnerships that exist to support students’ mental health.“Partnerships reflect Brock’s commitment, across and throughout the organization, to student success,” Pennisi said. “We want these events to make it easier for students to recognize that mental health concerns happen for everyone and that reaching out for help is OK.”To learn more about the many mental health resources available at Brock, visit brockmentalhealth.ca or brocku.ca/swac.Information on additional support services for students is also available at brockmystudentsupport.comMental Illness Awareness Week scheduleTuesday, Oct. 2:Get the Health Outside. Meet in front of the Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock statue at noon for a 40-minute outdoor walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.Wednesday, Oct. 3:The popular Puppy Room returns to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.An afternoon drop-in gaming session will be held in the Kenmore Lounge, in the Kenmore Centre behind Campus Security, from 2 to 4 p.m. Students are encouraged to drop by to play gaming consoles, table tennis and board games, or to enjoy a snack and a chat.Thursday, Oct. 4:SafeTALK training takes place in ST 103 from 9 a.m. to noon. The half-day session prepares participants, regardless of prior experience or training, to become suicide-alert helpers. Most people with thoughts of suicide, through their words and actions, invite help to stay alive. SafeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. More information is available on ExperienceBU.Relaxation skills workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. in PL 411. Participants will learn techniques to help manage stress and anxiety. More information is available on ExperienceBU.Question, Persuade and Refer, a one-hour suicide prevention training program, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in ST 103. The program teaches participants how to recognize warning signs of suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.Free mini massage in the upper level of Isaac’s from 1:15 to 5 p.m.Friday, Oct. 5:A pop-up knitting group will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Brock General Store. read more

Gallery OSU vs Nebraska

Former OSU quarterback Cardale Jones chats with Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Michael Brantley and pitcher Josh Tomlin before the start of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big 10 match-up on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes came away with a 62-3 win.

Idiotic commuter spotted reading paper while driving at 40mph on the M1

first_imgMercury Press and Media Ltd Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A commuter has been labelled as ‘idiotic’ after he was seen catching up on the news rather than looking at the road as he zoomed down the M1.A shocked family watched aghast as the motorist drove along the motorway while engrossed in a newspaper.Ryan Dickson, 22, caught the shocking picture while driving up the M1 at 7.50am with his family after picking up brother Karl, 24, from university in London last Wednesday. “He was looking up and down, up and down. He looked at the road a bit, then read a bit, then looked back up at the road. “He was looking at the paper and reading about four or five words each time.”My dad was driving at the time and he was looking as well.”My dad is a retired bus driver – he always does things by the book when he’s driving so he was angry, really angry.”We were knocking on the window trying to get his attention but he didn’t notice us. He was just sat there enjoying his morning paper – it was completely bizarre.” The well-dressed commuter was looking at the newspaper for several seconds at a time, according to witnesses, before glancing at the road and then looking back at his paper.Mr Dickson, from Blyth, Northumberland, said: “I was just laughing, it was so utterly bizarre but yet so dangerous.”But I also couldn’t help but think it just seemed totally impractical – he can’t have been taking that much in.”He continued: “He was just sat there, with his right hand on the wheel and his left on the paper.”When we first spotted him it looked like he was trying to keep his eyes open.”All I could think was that what he was doing seemed totally impractical. I don’t know what he was reading about – probably not much news. Credit: Mercury Press and Media Ltd Credit:Mercury Press and Media Ltd  Mercury Press and Media Ltdlast_img read more

Iran hangs 16 after deadly border attack

first_imgTHE IRANIAN AUTHORITIES today hanged 16 “rebels” following overnight clashes in which 14 border guards were killed on the frontier with Pakistan, a judicial official said.“Sixteen rebels linked to groups hostile to the regime were hanged this morning in the prison of Zahedan in response to the death of border guards in Saravan,” Mohammad Marzieh, the attorney general of Sistan-Baluchestan province, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.Warning“We warned the rebel groups that any attack targeting civilians or members of the security forces would not go unanswered,” he added.The official IRNA news agency, quoting what it called an informed source, said the clashes in which the border guards were killed occurred in a mountainous region used by both drug traffickers and armed rebels.Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi said that the guards had been killed during the ambush set by Iranians who were “members of hostile groups”.He added that “three soldiers have been taken hostage and taken to the other side of the border in Pakistan”.The Sistan-Baluchestan province, home to a Sunni Muslim majority, has seen militants from the Sunni group Jundallah (Soldiers of God) launch bloody attacks in recent years.In October 2012, a suicide attack against a Shiite mosque in the far south of the province killed at least two people and wounded several others.- © AFP, 2013Read: Negotiators arrive at UN for crucial talks on Iran’s nuclear plan>Read: Shoe thrown at Iranian President following historic Obama phonecall>last_img read more

FortisTCI strong rating from Standard Poors is hinged on stability

first_img Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Related Items:BBB+, eddinton powell, fortis tci, standard & Poor’s Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Oct 2015 – FortisTCI has secured a solid BBB from Standard & Poor’s and revealed in a media statement that as long as Government does not make any changes in the regulatory structure or operating license, they should be able to maintain the status. CEO of FortisTCI, Eddinton Powell said the company is pleased to have secured the BBB investment grade rating which means Fortis is stable and able to attract debt investors. In fact, the power company shared that already it has the reputation of being the first local company to attract debt investment of $90 million from the New York Debt Market; this happened in 2014. These accomplishments bode well for FortisTCI and for the Turks and Caicos and having Fortis Inc as the parent company has been pivotal, Powell shared. In that media release issued Wednesday, Fortis says, and I quote, “At current projection, we forecast capital investments of approximately one hundred and thirty million dollars ($130,000,000), over the next five years, to meet expected economic growth and to sustain our existing assets.” In its explanation of a BBB, Standard & Poor confirms that changes could fracture this stable rating and cites naturally that a dip in the economy would also be harmful. You can read the full release from FortisTCI posted at our website, MagneticMediaTV.com. TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

In Unalakleet auction unifies community in low times

first_imgHand-made booties and gloves were some of the big-ticket items. Although the night’s final item was a quilt that sold for $1,200. Photo: Zachariah Hughes.A charity auction in Unalakleet over Thanksgiving weekend raised nearly $20,000, with all the proceeds going to worthy causes in the village of 720. The community is pulling together amid half a dozen recent deaths in just the last month.Download Audio:Around 11 p.m. on Friday evening a crowd of a hundred or so people spread across folding chairs inside the cafeteria of Unalakleet’s school. Volunteer auctioneer Karl Erickson pushed up bids on a hand-made baby blanket.There were more than six hours worth of items. Everything from handmade quilts and kuspuks in a riot of colors, to can cozies made from simple scraps of otter, wolf, and seal hides.“We also have some gals here that knit with qiviut yarn and really make some beautiful neck-warmers and hats,” said Betty Oyoumick, a member of the Sewing Circle in town that organizes the annual event.Auctioneers in Unalakleet hold up a hand-made Afghan, one item of many sold at the annual benefit. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.Those sell for hundreds of dollars. Partly because they’re beautiful, but also because the bidding battles push past purely economical price-points; everyone knows the money is going to a good cause.The auction’s roots stretch all the way back to the 19th century, says organizer Blanche Cragle, when the wife of a Swedish missionary pastor with the Covenant Church arranged the first one.“We’ve had the auction ever since,” Cragle said during a brief break for cake.All the money goes back into the community. Some to elders, or to church repairs, or to single-parent homes to help with holiday gifts. Proceeds are also set aside as a rainy day fund for funeral expenses.“Some of the men get the plywood from the Native store,” Cragle said, “and then us ladies order the fabric and have it lined inside the casket.”Middy Johnson shows off a walrus tusk etched by Richard Sockpick of Shishmaref. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.It’s been a rough month for Unalakleet. Six people have died — four elders and two young people, one of whom was laid to rest the day after the auction. That’s not counting a dramatic search-and-rescue effort to locate 74-year-old Vivian Foote, who went missing days before her daughter’s wedding, and has not yet been found. Cragle says hard times like these are when collective efforts carry the most weight.“We help the whole community. It starts from the babies up to the elders, and the church, and the funeral that’s going on,” she said. “It goes back right into the community.”In total, the auction brought in $19,032. One big ticket item was a beadwork wall-hanging of a wolf done by Judie Kotongan, with four lupine talons dangling from the bottom. Unalakleet’s mascot, as the auctioneer barked out, is the wolf pack, a force of nature greater than the individual sum of its parts.last_img read more

TRS govt lining up more development schemes BB Patil

first_imgZaheerabad: Zaheerabad MP BB Patil, MLA Manik Rao, ZP Chairman Manju Sri and MLC Fareeduddin participated in Haritha Haram programme in Kothuru(K), Badampeta, Sajjapur, Peecheragadi villages. After the Haritha Haram programme, they launched the CC road works in the villages, which would cost Rs 40 lakh. Speaking on the occasion, BB Patil said, “Telangana Chief Minister KCR is introducing many welfare programmes. TRS will come with much more programmes in future days seeking development from rural areas to urban areas.”ZPTC Garugubai Ram Das, MPP Madhavi, MPDO Venkat Reddy, Baswaraj, Shakir Ali, Susilamma, Narsimhulu, Ravi Kiran and others participated in the programme.last_img read more

Gunmen kill 25 in Nigeria village raids

first_img.At least 25 people were killed when armed men raided two villages in a northern Nigerian state wracked by cattle rustling and kidnapping for ransom, witnesses and the police said on Friday.Gunmen on motorcycles on Wednesday invaded the villages of Gidan Halilu and Gidan Kaka in Birnin Magaji district of Zamfara state, they said.“We lost 25 people in the attacks, which were carried out by cattle thieves who have been terrorising us for years,” Usman Wadatau, a community leader in Gidan Halilu, told AFP.“We lost 16 people in Gidan Halilu and nine in Gidan Kaka,” he said.Four of those killed in Gidan Halilu were volunteers from nearby Nassarawa Godel who had mobilised to help fight off the attackers, Gidan Kaka resident Bube Mada said.In the first attack, which occurred around 1:00 pm (1200 GMT), the bandits opened fire on farmers harvesting sweet potatoes outside Gidan Halilu, killing nine, Mada told AFP.“The gunmen left after the attack on the farm but returned around 5:00 pm when we were preparing the bodies of the victims for burial and opened fire on the mourners, killing three people,” Wadatau said.“Some people from our neighbours in Nassawa Godel mobilised to help but the attackers opened fire on them and killed four,” he said.“The gunmen moved to Gidan Kaka and shot dead nine residents,” said Mada who supported Watadau’s account.Zamfara state police spokesman Mohammed Shehu confirmed the attacks but said only five people were killed.“On getting to the scene, five corpses were recovered with one other person injured,” Shehu said.It is common in Nigeria for security personnel to give lower casualty figures.Farming and herding communities in Zamfara have been terrorised for years by cattle thieves and kidnappers who raid villages, steal cows, abduct residents for ransom and burn homes.The frequent attacks have prompted villages to form local militia for protection.However the villagers too are accused of carrying out extra-judicial killings of suspected bandits, leading to tit-for-tat violence.In April, troops were deployed to Zamfara to fight the gangs and police banned the civilian militia in an attempt to curb the cycle of reprisals but the violence has continued.Last month the police claimed to have killed 104 bandits in Birnin Magaji district during a clash in which 16 policemen were killed.Early this month, an influential traditional ruler in the state called for civilian militia members to be given assault rifles to defend themselves.last_img read more