Australia Passes a Motion to Support So-called Low Caste Indians

first_imgThe motion was brought in by Greens senator Lee Rhiannon and Labor Senator Claire Moore. The resolution asked the Australian government to “strengthen the policy and human rights dialogues and promote joint initiatives to eliminate DWD with the governments of states, such as Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.”Read it at SBS Related Itemslast_img

‘Nilgiri Tahr’ conserved by first of its kind public-private cooperation

first_imgHOME, SWEET HOME: Western Ghat grasslands are tahr’s natural habitatAmidst news of spiralling conservation crises, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goats, is today the bearer of good news. Found along the 400-km range of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and the grasslands of,HOME, SWEET HOME: Western Ghat grasslands are tahr’s natural habitatAmidst news of spiralling conservation crises, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goats, is today the bearer of good news. Found along the 400-km range of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and the grasslands of Tamil Nadu, tahr numbers now touch 2,000. This is a significant improvement from a low of 1,200-the tahr count in early 1970s. It has taken 30 years and a unique participatory management conservation programme in the 97-sq-km Eravikulam National Park (ENP) near Munnar, Kerala to push numbers up from 500 to 800 in this single park.In a first of its kind public-private cooperation in wildlife conservation, the watershed programme was run by the High Range Wildlife and Environment Preservation Association (HRWEPA), made up mostly of nature buffs from the Tata Tea plantations that dominate the Kannan Devan Hills (KDH), and the Forest Department of Kerala. Under the programme, tea planters informally doubled as wildlife wardens keeping extra vigil even as concepts like nature education and participatory management of wildlife gained currency amongst the local people.”Conservation of the tahr must include the ecosystems and the protection of its habitats as also participation from local people,” says Mohan Alembath, president, Nilgiri Tahr Trust, Kochi. Alembath is a former wildlife warden of Kerala who oversaw conservation measures launched at the ENP. This private-public partnership is a dramatic turnaround from the days when shooting the tahrs was a favoured sport among planters and hunters. At that time, the planting of eucalyptus on the grasslands too had adversely affected the tahr as it led to the erosion of its habitat.advertisementA key group involved in the conservation programme were the Muthuvans group of tribals, the original inhabitants of Munnar. Some of them are enlisted as watchers by the state forest department. “People’s participation in environmental preservation and their interest in the tahr have contributed significantly to its conservation,” says M.K.Prasad, environmental activist of the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad.When the Kerela Goverment declared the ENP as a protected sanctuary in 1972, it set in motion a chain of events that have led to healthier tahr numbers today. The expanse of the tea gardens in the region have inadvertently aided the conservation effort. The agro-ecological system, where tea was the prime produce with a large expanse of interspersed wilderness, provided ample space for the tahr and other fauna.”Conservation of the tahr must include the ecosystems and the protection of its habitats.”MOHAN ALEMBATH, PRESIDENT, NILGIRI TAHR TRUST, KOCHI The tahr is among the few species of mountain goats that have adapted to a cold and wet tropical environment of the kind that is confined to an area not bigger than 5 per cent of the Western Ghats. The tahr prefers a habitat that is predominantly of grasslands adequately sheltered by rocky cliffs, enjoys a short dry season and receives over 1,500 mm of rainfall a year. Such a unique tropical habitat is restricted to just seven of the high altitude landscapes (1,200 m to 2,600 m above sea level) in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, particularly the one found in the southern Western Ghats between the Nilgiri Hills and Kanyakumari Hills.Yet, in spite of the increase in numbers, the tahr still faces many threats to its survival: habitat destruction, competition and disease transmission from domestic livestock and poaching for meat or commercial products. In order to protect the species, experts believe other issues too need attention. Some of these include institutionalisation of the management system, increasing the size of the tropical grassland ecosystem and developing the landscape approach as also the preparation of a comprehensive ecosystem plan still needs to be put in place.Experts on the tahr and other hoofed grazers, who had gathered for the fourth World Congress of Mountain Ungulates at Munnar, have recommended the extension of the ENP to the ecological boundary of the Nilgiri tahr population. This is easier said than done. It will mean establishing protected corridors in the Western Ghats and ensure that forest tourism and other activities respect conservation measures. There is also a plan to extend the ENP by 30 sq km and reintroduce the tahr in some areas from where it had disappeared. Further, a protocol for monitoring the tahr population and its habitat has to be developed to evaluate the economic impact of tourism and put in place a preventive action plan against accidents such as an outbreak of fire in the ENP.Call of the WildThe Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiritragus hylocrius or goat antelope to biologists, is red-listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. A full grown male stands 100 cm tall at the shoulder and weighs about 100 kg. Females are slightly smaller in size and weight. Both sexes have curved horns, which are larger in the males, reaching up to 40 cm for males and 30 cm for females. Grey in colour, the animal is paler on the under-surface. Older males are known as saddlebacks due to the whitish hair that develop on the rump in the shape of a saddle as they age. The Nilgiri tahr live in herds ranging from six to 104 animals, with average group sizes of nine for all-female groups and 27 for mixed herds. Nearly half the population is in the Eravikulam National Park near Munnar. There is also the fear that any disease of epidemic proportions could wipe out the animal. That is why experts are against the tahr tracts being opened for tourists except the Rajamalai fringe of the ENP where visitors are taken up the slopes in the park’s vans. The tahr in this area of the park is not alarmed by the presence of human beings, which is also a grim pointer of its vulnerability to hunting and poaching. Also, the staff strength of the national park is very poor considering its remoteness and rugged terrain. “Protected areas have become the only beacons of hope for the long-term survival of the Niligiri tahr as with all wild animals of Asia,” says M.K. Ranjitsinh of the Wildlife Trust of India.A DNA profile of the tahr and a stock-taking of its scattered population outside the ENP is critical to guard against what Alembath calls “genetic erosion”. In order to obtain DNA samples of the tahr, researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, have begun non-invasive sampling by collecting the tahr’s dung from locations across the Western Ghats.advertisementThe state governments too have begun to show greater interest. R.J. Ranjit Daniels, director, Care Earth, Chennai, points out that Kerala has set up the Nilgiri Tahr Trust and Tamil Nadu has put the animal on the cover of a book on the state’s biodiversity suggesting that the tahr occupies a significant position in the state’s wildlife conservation plan.However, the pioneers in protecting the tahr, Tata Tea and HRWEPA favour conservation through better management of the flora and fauna. “The tahr has contributed to tourism and generating funds for management through regulated eco-tourism is the only way,” says T. Damu, vice-president, Taj Group of Hotels. They are keen to promote private ownership and management of the tahr tracts and going by their track record in this project, few would bet against their success.last_img read more

Diplomatic Tension in Background as France Take on Turkey in Crunch Euro 2020 Qualifier

first_img Euro 2020 QualifiersfootballFranceturkey First Published: October 13, 2019, 7:26 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Saint-Denis: France host Turkey in a crunch Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday with the teams vying for top spot in Group H and diplomatic tension simmering between the two nations after Turkey’s bombardment of Syrian Kurds this week.With three games to go in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign the sides have 18 points each ahead of Monday’s showdown at the Stade de France but Turkey top the group on the head-to-head rule after their 2-0 defeat of Les Blues in Konya in June. French striker Olivier Giroud says the 2018 world champions “want to put that right (the defeat), as a matter of pride because of what happened over there”. France will be missing two key players in Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, who are both injured, and will be hoping Barcelona recruit Antoine Griezmann can refind his sharpest form.Looming large over the game, however, will be security issues and international diplomatic relations as France decried Turkish military interventions in Syria this week and blocked arms sales to them.European soccer chiefs UEFA are already looking into reports that Turkey footballers performed a military salute in celebration of Cenk Tosun’s last-gasp winning goal over Albania in Istanbul on Friday.After the match, a photo was also posted on the official Twitter account with players making a military salute and a text saying the players “have dedicated their victory to our brave soldiers and fellow martyrs”. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan can often be seen at football matches and has taken many photo calls with top soccer stars, and on Monday evening his ambassador to France and sports minister are due to attend the match.Some 3,800 Turkish fans should be in the 78000 sell out crowd on Monday for a match where a win for France would signal a spot in the finals while Turkey are still under threat from Iceland, who they play in November.At any event at the Stade de France security is always impressively tight. On Turkey’s last visit to France in 2009 their famously passionate fans threw flares onto the pitch in Lyon.The government has qualified the event as high risk and orderd the police to ramp up security measures ahead of and following the game.On November 13, 2015 – the night of a series of terror attacks which killed 130 people – security prevented a suicide bomber from entering the Stade de France during a France v Germany match which was being watched by French President Francois Hollande.The bomber and two other suicide bombers set off their bombs outside the ground, killing themselves and one bystander. last_img read more

Wind River: next-gen software framework for connected and autonomous cars

first_img Continue Reading Previous POLYRACK: case and system applications for individual requirements on showNext PLS: UDE 5.0 with hypervisor awareness supports development of virtualized applications Wind River has announced enhancements to the Wind River Chassis portfolio of safe and secure automotive software. The latest updates to the Chassis portfolio include the integration with Wind River Titanium Cloud virtualization software that delivers high reliability and ultra-low latency to support the rigorous requirements of the world’s most demanding computing and communications networks.Autonomous driving, like other emerging computing applications, will usher in the need to process high volumes of data at faster speeds while avoiding the risk of downtime. Autonomous cars must constantly sense and communicate with the world around them and make complex calculations in an instant, and as a result a vehicle’s computing needs will become highly intensive.Traditional approaches to tackle increasing complexity, such as adding more computing hardware or simply ruggedizing fragile supercomputers inside cars, could drive up the cost of vehicle production to unreasonable levels. Several challenges can be addressed if cars offload some of the computing strain from the car and move it to the cloud. Designing cars to successfully leverage edge cloud computing can change the cost structure of next-generation vehicles and deliver the low-latency and reliable communications required for autonomous driving.Chassis brings together automotive software, technologies, tools, and services to help carmakers simplify and maintain vehicle software systems while helping manage their connectivity to the Internet of Things. The portfolio includes the high-performance VxWorks real-time operating system, tuned for both determinism and responsiveness, with a proven track record in safety- and security-certified environments. Certified to ISO 26262 ASIL-D by TÜV SÜD, VxWorks is used in over 550 safety certification programs by more than 350 customers across multiple industries.With Linux often serving as the starting point for innovative development, customers can turn to Chassis, which draws from the Wind River legacy as a market leader for commercial Linux, to engage in commercialization efforts for their connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. Wind River offers Wind River Linux and other commercial-grade open source technologies, technical support, and maintenance to help customers stay up to date on the latest innovations. Able to support customers’ diverse range of computing needs, Wind River can create computing environments that accommodate multiple Linux-based workloads that work seamlessly with the hard real-time, deterministic VxWorks RTOS, giving customers the ability to cost-effectively combine open source with the safety and reliability of time-tested certified computing software.Customers interested in the development of safety-critical applications can explore Wind River Drive, an Adaptive AUTOSAR-oriented software services stack to support abstraction of key software applications and algorithms from hardware architectural dependencies. Wind River Workbench and Wind River Diab Compiler are best-in-class tools for building embedded software devices, systems, or networks. Wind River Edge Sync provides a software framework for remote over-the-air (OTA) updates and software lifecycle management, allowing rapid, safe, and secure updates to software and firmware throughout the vehicle lifecycle.Titanium Cloud provides a virtualized software infrastructure for the rigorous demands of critical edge infrastructure applications. It includes a fully integrated, reliable, and deployment-ready virtualization platform that enables companies to deploy virtualized services faster, at lower cost, and with high uptime. Titanium Cloud provides an application-ready software platform that runs virtualized applications and services with carrier grade reliability and is built to support the intensive performance, reliability, and security requirements of rigorous computing and 5G networks.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

The wait goes on: Elusive league title evades Liverpool

first_imgFor about 20 minutes on an afternoon of extraordinary highs, lows, twists and turns at Anfield, Liverpool thought the wait could finally be ending.Liverpool was leading Wolverhampton Wanderers; Manchester City was drawing, briefly losing, and then only drawing again at Brighton.The Reds were top of the “as it stands” Premier League table, now used widely in this age of instant information, and there was joy unconfined through this iconic stadium.Fans were punching the air and swirling their scarves. The “Allez, Allez, Allez” chant was being sung with gusto.The English league title was – for that brief period- heading back to Liverpool after 29 years.An hour later, after the final whistle blew on the game and on their team’s title hopes, Liverpool fans were still singing but in defiance rather than celebration.Liverpool had won 2-0 and finished a league campaign with 97 points – a total, up until this season, that was more than any other team had managed apart from last year’s record-breaking Manchester City team.It wasn’t enough.City was champion again, by a point.”We shall not be moved,” roared Liverpool fans in The Kop. And they’ll be there again next season, their wait for the biggest prize title in English soccer starting its fourth decade.Also Read | Manchester City defend Premier League title, valiant Liverpool finish 2ndAlso Read | Ander Herrera confirms Manchester United exit in emotional farewell videoAlso Seelast_img read more

First Methanol-Fueled Ships to Join the Market in April

first_imgzoom The first clean-burning, fuel-efficient vessels, equipped with the MAN B&W ME-LGI 2-stroke dual fuel engines that can run on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil, or gas oil, will start joining the shipping market in April.Two out of a batch of seven 50,000 dwt ships will join their owners Westfal-Larsen Management (WL), and a joint venture with Waterfront Shipping Company (WFS) and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest) on April 20 and 28, respectively.The third dual-fuel vessel will be delivered to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) in Japan on April 22.The remaining four 50,000 dwt methanol carriers are scheduled for delivery by October 2016.All ships, built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and Minaminippon Shipbuilding, will be chartered by WFS.“With the growing demand for cleaner marine fuel to meet environmental regulations, methanol is a promising alternative fuel for ships that can meet the industry’s increasingly stringent emissions regulations,” MAN Diesel & Turbo said.“Investing in methanol-based marine fuel reinforces our commitment to invest in sustainable technology that not only provides environmental benefits but also an economically viable alternative marine fuel. The cost to build new and convert existing vessels to run on methanol is significantly less than alternate fuel conversions,” Jone Hognestad, President, Waterfront Shipping, said.Out of the series of seven ships, two are owned by WL, another two are jointly owned by Marinvest and WFS, while the remaining three vessels are owned by MOL.MOL ordered the methanol carriers from Minaminippon Shipbuilding in mid-2015.last_img read more

SAAM to Sell 35 Pct Stake in Tramarsa

first_imgzoom Chilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM has decided to sell a minority stake in Peruvian Trabajos Marítimos S.A. (Tramarsa) to the Romero Group.SAAM said that Peruvian Romero Group accepted the conditions established to sell the 35% stake in Tramarsa, which operates a marine port and offers port services.The shares will be sold for USD 124 million. Following the transaction, SAAM will obtain profits amounting to USD 33 million.“This decision is part of our strategy of seeking control, either directly or through joint ventures, in our operations and assets”, Macario Valdés, SAAM’s CEO, explained.“This sale not only allows us to do a good business, but it also provides us with additional resources to take advantage of any opportunities that may arise and that we are constantly evaluating”, Valdés added.The transaction should be formalized before May 6, when the Romero Group will control 100% of Tramarsa.In early April, SAAM announced plans to invest a total of USD 133.5 million this year.The company intends to invest USD 85 million in maintenance and extension of its current assets – San Antonio Terminal Internacional, Terminal Portuario Guayaquil and San Vicente Terminal Internacional.SAAM recently materialized the acquisition of two concessions in Puerto Caldera, the second largest port in Costa Rica, for USD 48.5 million. The company now controls 51% of Sociedad Portuaria de Caldera (SPC) and of Sociedad Portuaria Granelera de Caldera (SPGC).last_img read more

Saskatoon committee proposes pond safety recommendations after 5yearolds death

first_imgSASKATOON – A Saskatoon city committee studying pond safety following a five-year-old boy’s death is proposing a fence be built to separate a nearby school from the park.Kindergarten student Ahmedsadiq Elmmi was found in the pond near Ecole Dundonald School after recess ended one morning last September.The boy was pronounced dead in hospital.The committee suggests a wrought-iron fence just over a metre high be built on the school side of the park pathway.Other ideas include educating students on storm pond safety and revising signs for increased clarity — particularly for younger children and people with language barriers.The recommendations still need approval from city council.The boy also attended a nearby daycare, where staff said he was autistic and needed close supervision.An imam who was called to the school after Ahmedsadiq died said the Muslim boy’s attendant had told him the tragedy happened in seconds.The pond is about 120 metres from the school property line. It was built four years before the school in 1983 to catch storm water and was converted to a pond in 2005.Bronwyn Eyre, who was Saskatchewan’s education minister when the boy died, said at the time that school divisions should review safety measures at schools that are close to ponds.(CKOM, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

‘US military action in Venezuela possible’

first_imgWASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the administration of President Donald Trump was prepared to take military action to stem the crisis in Venezuela. “The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent. Military action is possible. If that’s what’s required, that’s what the United States will do,” Pompeo said on Fox Business Network. Pompeo said the US would prefer a peaceful transition of power, with President Nicolas Maduro leaving and new elections held to choose new leaders. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”But the president has made clear in the event that there comes a moment — and we will all have to make decisions about when that moment is and the president will ultimately have to make that decision — he’s prepared to do that if that’s what’s required.” In a separate interview with CNN, National Security Advisor John Bolton said Pompeo would be speaking later today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss the situation. Bolton and Pompeo have accused Russia and Cuba of standing in the way of a change in the regime in Caracas. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsPompeo said Tuesday that Maduro was set to leave the country for Cuba but apparently was talked out of it by the Russians. “The Russians like nothing better than putting a thumb in our eye,” Bolton said. “They’re using the Cubans as surrogates. They’d love to get effective control of a country in this hemisphere.” “It’s not ideological, it’s just good old fashioned power politics. That’s why we have the Monroe doctrine which we’re dusting off in this administration, why the president indicated last night that the Cubans better think long and hard about what their role is,” he added. The Monroe doctrine is a 19th century US policy opposing interference in the western hemisphere by European powers, which later was invoked to justify US intervention in Latin America.last_img read more

China Seeks to Build Partnerships in Africa Through Language

Rabat – As China develops its soft power around the world, language learning has become a centerpiece of its strategy.This past weekend, the 2017 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Africa was hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Zambia with the goal to “exchange experiences to enhance cooperation and promote the development of Confucius Institutes of Africa” according to the university’s events calendar.The Institute at the University of Zambia is part of a network of similar organizations around the world including three in Morocco. These Confucius Institutes are Chinese government backed institutions associated with the Chinese Ministry of Education that offer courses in Chinese language as well as cultural programing. These institutes, located around the world, partner with local affiliate colleges and universities and, in addition to teaching, develop educational materials and facilitate cultural exchange. The spread of Confucius Institutes across Africa, however, is only half of China’s language strategy. In addition to promoting Chinese language learning, China is also encouraging its own citizens to learn the native languages of those countries that is has diplomatic relations with – even when there are few native speakers.This year, China’s prestigious Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) adds seven more African language programs to their existing course offerings. These languages include Amharic, (Ethiopia), Tigrigna (Ethiopia and Eritrea), Afrikaans and Zulu (South Africa), Malagasy (Madagascar), Somali (Somalia) and Comorian (the Comoros Islands).Sun Xiaomeng the Dean of the School of Asian and African Studies and BFSU explained the addition of the new programs to the Beijing Review, an English-language news source published by the Chinese Government: “If you interact with Africans only through English, French and other foreign languages imposed by colonizers, you perpetuate hegemony.” She added, “by learning the indigenous African languages, we fill the gap between engagement and understanding, and at the same time, help Africans preserve their heritage and retain their cultural values.”In September, Chinese students of these languages will travel to Ethiopia, South Africa, Madagascar, Somalia and Comoros to continue developing proficiency and to “gain insights into the local cultures” with the goal of these students eventually being teachers and researchers in the new language departments according to the Beijing Review.The increased interest in building relationships with Africa through language compliments the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative which were announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping. This ambitious soft power diplomacy initiative also known as “One Belt, One Road” has already brought new development to Africa including a railroad between Addis Ababa and Djibouti and another railway in Kenya connecting Nairobi and Mombasa. read more

Neila Tazi Accuses Culture Ministry of ‘Contemptuously’ Neglecting Gnawa UNESCO Request

Rabat – In a long Facebook post, the head organizer of the Gnawa and World Music Festival, Neila Tazi, has blamed the Ministry of Culture for “confusion and deficiencies” that she said have undermined the institutional preservation of Gnawa music.Tazi wrote that she led an initiative back in 2012 requesting the Ministry of Culture to submit an application to UNESCO to classify the Islamic musical tradition as Intangible Cultural Heritage.However, the festival organizer said that the request was met with “contempt” and a “lack of interest on the part of senior Moroccan officials and administration.” “After 5 years of requests, letters, and constant appointments,” Tazi learned on October 27, the day of her post, that the file she submitted to the ministry would not be treated for at least two more years.After it was widely shared on social networks, Tazi’s Facebook post attracted the attention of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laâraj, who rejected her claims.“Contrary to what has been circulating on social media, the Ministry of Culture has started the procedure and respected all the steps,” he said on October 30.The minister said that the ministry had treated the file in 2014, sending it to UNESCO the next year, where it is currently under study.A Tradition ‘Passing Away’As the president of the Gnawa Festival and of the Yerma Gnawa association for the preservation of the social rights of Gnawa musicians, Tazi described that she and her team had “worked hard to restore the culture of Gnawa its nobility and grandeur.”Despite growing over the past 20 years to become one of the most popular festivals in the country, Tazi said the event has faced many difficulties, particularly with financing. Nevertheless, she wrote, “we have persisted to give the art of Gnawa recognition on the international music scene.”However, with “many senior Maalems passing away, carrying with them a whole repertoire of the Gnawa oral tradition,” Tazi said that the need safeguarding measure like the UNESCO designation was becoming urgent. read more

Security Council speaks out against piracy armed robbery off Somali coast

2 June 2008The Security Council today deplored acts of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia which impede the delivery of vital relief supplies, calling on States to cooperate more to tackle the problem. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body said it was “gravely concerned by the threat that acts of piracy and armed robbery against vessels pose to the prompt, safe and effective delivery of humanitarian aid to Somalia, the safety of commercial maritime routes and to international navigation.”Dozens of attacks and hijackings of ships operated by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and other relief agencies have been reported recently, obstructing the delivery of much-needed aid.The Council called on States whose military ships and planes operate off the Horn of Africa nation’s coast to be alert to piracy and to coordinate efforts to curb the problem with other nations, the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and international organizations such as the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO).Today’s resolution also said that for a six-month period, countries working with the TFG in combating piracy can enter Somalia’s territorial waters to repress such acts. read more

UN envoy warns of dangers to children in eastern DR Congo

24 April 2009The United Nations envoy tasked with protecting the rights of children in armed conflict today warned of the dire security situation in some parts of strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, told reporters in New York that during her week-long visit to the DRC earlier this month the security situation “seemed less tense and more programmes were evident with regards to children” than two years ago, especially in the North Kivu capital of Goma.However, in the Province Orientale town of Dungu, “a dire security situation exists,” with almost 1,000 children killed and some 300 abducted since last September by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), the Ugandan militia notorious for seizing children to use as soldiers and sex slaves.“Most of the schools [in the area have been] attacked and destroyed by the LRA,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy, underscoring the need to beef up security and to ensure that security personnel themselves do not commit grave violations. Minors make up almost half the victims of sexual violence and 64 per cent of the perpetrators are men in uniform, noted the Special Representative. “The issue of impunity was the central question on the minds of people in civil society and the children themselves and the need for justice mechanisms to work.”She emphasized that the reintegration of child soldiers into their families remained the focus of child protection teams in the area, noting that in the last month alone, some 1,300 child soldiers had been demobilized from the mainly Tutsi rebel militia, known as the National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP), in North Kivu. But concerns remain that many children are passing through into the ranks of the newly integrated Congolese Forces (FARDC). “In fact when I arrived at the airport in Masisi, the Mai Mai [a rebel group] commanders wearing FARDC uniforms had bought with them four children as part of their troops and the child protection actors in our team actually separated them,” she said.Referring to the latest annual report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Coomaraswamy said, “we have also urged that the Security Council move towards setting up a system for setting sanctions against the 19 persistent violators who continue to recruit and use children.” The Secretary-General’s report to the Security Council explicitly lists in its annexes 56 parties, both State and non-State, who have committed grave violations against children, including the 19 persistent violators who have been listed for more than 4 years. The report also documents grave violations against children in 20 countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, CAR, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Georgia, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, the Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand and Uganda. Ms. Coomaraswamy stressed that the child protection community was waiting for a strong signal from the Council on its commitment to tackle the protection of children during armed conflict when it discusses the report on 29 April. read more

TSX posts gains ahead of Federal Reserve meeting

The Toronto stock market gained traction on Tuesday morning as traders focus on a two-day U.S. Federal Reserve Board meeting that could lead to an attempt to boost economic confidence.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 124.14 points to 11,725.27. The TSX Venture Exchange was up 9.58 points at 1,269.33.The Canadian dollar was up 0.63 of a cent at 98.28 cents US.Some observers expect the Fed will make a move to extend its Operation Twist, under which it sold $400 billion in short-term securities and replaced them with long-term securities in an effort to put more downward pressure on long-term rates.For now, that appears to be enough to keep traders bullish, despite some mixed U.S. economic data.The U.S. Commerce Department said overall housing starts fell 4.8 per cent in May, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 708,000. However, the report showed that U.S. builders started work on more single-family homes, which suggested a slow recovery in the housing market.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average increased 105.84 points to 12,847.66. The Nasdaq composite index rose 32.34 points to 2,927.67 and the S&P 500 index was up 13.09 points at 1,357.87.In commodities, the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 87 cents to US$84.14 a barrel.July copper was up one cent at US$3.40 a pound, while August gold was up $1.80 to US$1,628.80 an ounce.The TSX gold stocks led the declines, dropping 1.7 per cent, with Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) off 36 cents at C$40.82.The metals and mining sector was up 2.3 per cent with Ivanhoe Mines gaining 59 cents to $10.87.Statistics Canada reported that wholesale sales rose 1.5 per cent in April to $49.3 billion, mainly due to a 48.5 per cent increase in sales of agricultural supplies. Excluding that industry, overall sales were unchanged from March.In corporate developments, fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems (TSX:BLD) cut its 2012 sales guidance and said Monday it now expects an adjusted operating loss due to delays in signing a deal in Brazil. Revenue is expected to total about $85 million for the year, down from an earlier estimate of $100 million. Ballard shares were up six cents at $1.18.FedEx says higher costs and slow global growth will crimp its earnings results over the next 12 months. The company also posted lower fourth-quarter earnings of US$550 million or $1.73 per share in the last quarter, compared with $558 million, or $1.75 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $11 billion from $10.55 billion.Microsoft has unveiled Surface, a tablet computer to compete with Apple’s iPad, part of what it says will be a new family of devices.World stock markets were largely flat as relief from Greece’s election results evaporated amid worries that the financial crisis in the 17 countries that use the euro was far from over.A narrow victory by Greek conservatives, who favour upholding an austerity program that their country accepted in exchange for an international financial bailout, initially relaxed fears of a chaotic exit by Greece from the euro.But now the focus is back on Spain, whose borrowing costs surged Monday above the seven per cent level that had forced Greece, Portugal and Ireland to seek international help.The rate reflects what return investors are willing to accept when a country auctions its bonds. Spain’s high bond yields are a sign that investors are increasingly concerned about the struggle the country faces to save its crippled banks.European stocks posted limited gains. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1.58 per cent and Germany’s DAX added 1.21 per cent. France’s CAC-40 increased 1.61 per cent.Asian stocks were sluggish. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 0.8 per cent to close at 8,655.87. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell slightly to 19,416.67 and Australia’s S&P/ASX 500 lost 0.3 per cent to 4,123.30.South Korea’s Kospi was 0.3 per cent down at 1,886.96. Benchmarks in mainland China and Taiwan fell. But those in India, Singapore and Indonesia rose. read more

WatchMake these 10 New Years resolutions to save money in 2019 and

CALGARY — Solid New Year’s resolutions can help you close in on your long- and short-term money goals, whether it’s saving for retirement or paying off a mortgage. There are numerous new habits that you can adopt in your day-to-day life that will reduce spending for long-term results.Here are some suggestions from a wide variety of experts that you might consider adding to your own personal agenda as you head into 2019.No personal budget? Make writing one a resolution for the new year“Resolve to get real with your numbers. You need to know what’s been going on and what you’ve been doing with your money. Take stock. Then decide what you’re going to do to stop adding to your debt and start to pay it down.”— Leslie Gardner, financial planner, Money Coaches Canada“You should resolve to always buy your gasoline on a Sunday, preferably in the evening, because that tends to be when you will see lower prices than during the rest of the week.”— Dan McTeague, senior petroleum analyst,“Resolve to save money on skiing by buying a multi-visit card that offers discounts and free ski days. And save money on transportation by using free or low-cost shuttles offered by some ski resorts.”— Jasper Johnson, spokesman, Lake Louise Ski Resort“If you sign up for a free trial online, look for already-checked boxes. That checkmark may give the company the green light to continue the offer after the free trial or sign you up for more products — only this time you have to pay.”— Shawna-Kay Thomas, spokeswoman, Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta and East Kootenay“The instant gratification of toys or clothes are certainly appreciated by children and grandchildren; however, a gift that goes toward post-secondary education will have the greatest long-term impact. Resolve to make contributions to an RESP (registered education savings plan) that allows the funds to grow on a tax-deferred basis.”— James McCreath, portfolio manager, The McCreath Group, BMO Nesbitt Burns Private Client Division“This winter, resolve to keep warm by dressing for the temperature. Don’t leave your car running to keep it warm. If you are parked and waiting, turn off your vehicle. Idling can burn one to two litres of gas per hour, while restarting your car only uses about 10 seconds worth of fuel.”— Kristine D’Arbelles, senior manager of public affairs, Canadian Automobile Association“Budget permitting, resolve to maximize your charitable tax credit by giving more than $200 for the year. For every dollar you give beyond that amount, you get a 29 per cent tax credit federally, and you may reach over 50 per cent tax credit when you factor in the provincial credit. Remember that this credit is also transferable between spouses and can be carried forward for five years.”— Gerry Vittoratos, Canadian tax software company UFile“Resolve to be patient with yourself. Purchasing a gym membership will seem like a great investment when you achieve results. Also, choose a location that is convenient for you, speak to a fitness professional about your options and check to see if your employer has a corporate rate.”— Jason Sheridan, senior vice-president of operations, GoodLife Fitness.“Resolve to save money, live comfortably and reduce pollution by upgrading your lighting, insulation and appliances at home and at work to energy-efficient alternatives to reduce your utility bills. Use the sun’s free energy with renewable energy technologies to meet your heating and power demands.”— Saeed Kaddoura, analyst, Pembina Institute“Book your flights early. The closer you get to departure date, the prices can often be more costly and selection can be limited. And book with a travel agent — they can provide plenty of price options to maximize your savings and minimize layover times.”— Gary Howard, vice-president marketing, CAA Atlantic read more

C5 million boost for exploration in BC

first_imgGeoscience BC last week commended the provincial government for its commitment of C$5 million in new funding to support mineral, water and energy earth science in British Columbia. “We sincerely appreciate the generous support and confidence the government of British Columbia has shown in Geoscience BC over the years,” said Robin Archdekin, President and CEO, Geoscience BC. “Through this funding, Geoscience BC will continue to build on our reputation as a trusted source of independent, world class earth science, supporting responsible resource development that benefits all British Columbians.”“When I ask exploration companies and prospectors what distinguishes BC as an attractive place to invest, the answer I get back most often is the quality and availability of geoscience information,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review. “Our decision to form Geoscience BC more than a decade ago is paying huge dividends to all British Columbians in the form of new mining projects and hundreds of new jobs.”For 11 years, Geoscience BC, an independent, non-profit society, has worked in partnership with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector to unlock the province’s resource potential through the generation, interpretation and delivery of publicly available earth science.“Geoscience BC’s research on seismicity and water has been invaluable in strengthening our regulation of the natural gas industry,” said Rich Coleman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Gas Development. “They have done outstanding work identifying deeper saline aquifers appropriate for industry use, which goes a long way towards better protecting ground- and surface-water needed to sustain First Nations and other communities in northeast BC.”As part of its 2016 activities covered under the previous round of funding, Geoscience BC announced that it will launch its largest airborne magnetic survey to date this summer — the Search Phase II project in west-central British Columbia which will produce new data used to identify hidden mineral potential and guide land-use decisions in this highly prospective area.Geoscience BC recognizes this project will occur over the traditional territories of the Carrier Sekani and Wet’suwet’en First Nations. The organization has been in contact with some of the communities and will be working with them throughout the project.The Search Phase II survey will cover a 24,000 km2 grid that extends north to Pathway Lake and south to Ootsa Lake and east-west from Fort Fraser to Smithers — an area equivalent to 75% the size of Vancouver Island. The area is home to the former Bell-Granisle porphyry copper-gold mines and the idled Endako mine, one of the largest molybdenum mines in North America. Just beyond the survey’s extent is the proposed Blackwater gold mine to the south while the Huckleberry copper mine operates just to the southwest.“The Search Phase II project represents a new generation of airborne magnetic survey,” said Bruce Madu, Vice President, Minerals and Mining, Geoscience BC. “The line spacing we will fly will be much tighter than in previous surveys of this scale providing a data resolution that is much more detailed and accurate.”“The Search Phase II survey is a key piece of the puzzle that will bridge the gap between the Search Phase I geophysical survey completed last year and the TREK survey in 2013,” added Madu. “Together, these three adjoining projects will provide a continuous modern survey of high-quality magnetic data covering a 55,500 km2 area — equivalent to the size of Nova Scotia.”The Search II project involves flying an aircraft equipped with a very sensitive magnetometer over the survey area in a pre-determined grid pattern. The magnetometer detects and records local disturbances in the earth’s magnetic field that are caused by magnetic minerals in the upper regions of the earth’s crust. These magnetic signatures are then represented plotted on multi-hued maps for explorers to analyse and focus their on-the-ground exploration activities.“What I like about the work done in our backyard by Geoscience BC is that these detailed results are available to everyone,” said Smithers Exploration Group President Rob Maurer. “Usually only the largest companies have access to this kind of data. But in BC, the innovative work conducted by Geoscience BC puts tools in the hands of any individual who wants to go out and prospect for minerals.”Geoscience BC has issued a Request for Proposal for interested contractors to carry out the Search Phase II airborne magnetic survey on its behalf.Results from the Search Phase II project will be publicly available in 2017 available on Geoscience BC’s data release page and on its Earth Science viewer.last_img read more

Great Britain wins in the first match at the Olympic Handball Arena

← Previous Story Captain stays with his Team, Vedran Zrnic in VfL Gummersbach until 2015 Next Story → Polish League (Round 12): Poor Wisla lose in Olsztyn! GREAT Britain made a thrilling start to their London Handball Cup campaign, beating African Champions Angola 22-20 in their first match at the Olympic Handball Arena on Wednesday afternoon.With Sports Minister Hugh Robertson in attendance, GB dug deep and had to battle back from three goals down to take the points.Warrington’s Holly Lam-Moores and Kathryn Fudge from Bury teamed up as joint top scorers with four goals each, and it was Fudge who scored the first goal after just a few seconds of the match which helped GB open up a three-nil lead just three minutes in and leave the Angolans on the back foot.The Africans battled back to 11-11 at half time and led by the odd goal at various times during the second half, but Great Britain kept their cool and chipped away at the lead.Leading by one goal, a GB timeout helped the clock tick down, and a penalty in the final 30 seconds from Britt Goodwin sparked celebrations in the 1,000-plus crowd as Great Britain were finally assured of victory.After the win, a delighted coach Jesper Holmris said: “It was a great performance in a great arena, so it’s been a good day for us. Home advantage is always a big advantage.“It’s the first time we played an African nation and they are African champions, so it was good for us to see we can compete against them – and there are still nine months to go before the Olympic games.”In other action on Wednesday, China scraped past Slovakia 26-28.The competition continues on Thursday with China playing Poland at 10.30am, while Angola take on Austria at 1pm.Great Britain’s next match is on Friday at 10.30am when they play Austria.PHOTO: MICHELE DAVISON read more

BORING BARCA Karabatic and Co with 16 over newcomers

16Villa de Aranda Top Ribera1 6Helvetia Anaitasuna5 2Fraikin BM Granollers10 11Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto4 4Frigoríficos Morrazo Cangas7 9Juanfersa Grupo Fegar5 10Globalcaja C. Encantada5 13BM Guadalajara3 12BM. Aragón3 ASOBALBarcelonaBarcelona handballhandball 5Reale Ademar León6 ← Previous Story FRENCH DERBY: PSG beat Montpellier! Next Story → SEHA GAZPROM SSL (Round 5): Zagreb defeated in Belarus – No more teams with 100%! 8BM. Huesca5 14Ángel Ximénez Puente Genil3 1FC Barcelona10 15Bidasoa Irún1 7Cuatro Rayas Valladolid5 FC Barcelona Intersport having just easy trainings from match to match at the domestic ASOBAL. Once again we saw boring match in which Barca beat unknown Puente Genil 39:23 (20:9). Nikola Karabatic was the top scorer with seven goals, while Kiril Lazarov has scored one less…39. Barcelona (20+19): Saric, Sorhaindo (1), Ariño (3), Gurbindo (3), Morros, Karabatic (7, 1p), Saubich (2) -equipo inicial-, Noddesbo (3), García (6), Sarmiento (1), Rutenka (4, 1p), Balaguer (3), Lazarov (6, 1p) y Sterbik (p.s).23. Ángel Ximénez Puente Genil (9+14): Chirosa, Olea, Jorge (1), Moya (2), Cuenca (4), Sierra (4), Demovic (3) -equipo inicial-, Soto, Cubero, Curro (4), Baena (1), Fuentes (3), Porras (1) y Arguillas (p.s).STANDING: 3Naturhouse La Rioja7 read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.1. #TRAGIC: A Louth haulage company has been fined €25,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of legislation which resulted in the death of a toddler in 2009. Dundalk Circuit Court imposed the fine on Patrick Monahan (Drogheda) Ltd after a three-year-old was killed when he was struck by a falling pole.2. #WATERFORD: Gardaí have discovered a woman’s body in Waterford – the second separate discovery of a body in the city today. The woman, in her 20s, was found in a house in Grange Cohan at about 8am – but Gardaí say there appears to be no connection to an earlier incident where a man’s body was found at St Herblain Park at 1am.3. #CHEESE: The Broadcasting Authority has published new rules concerning advertising food and drink with high salt, fat and sugar content to children – but given an exemption for cheese, which had originally been earmarked amid great controversy. The dairy industry has welcomed the move.4. #NOBEL PRIZE: You’ll have to make some room on your mantlepiece: you just won a Nobel Prize. The European Union has won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for its work in transforming Europe over six decades and all but eliminating the prospect of war between its nations. Don’t go spending your winnings immediately though – because you won’t get much cash for the prize. As for how we won it? Well, it might have something to do with chocolate.5. #RISE AND SHINE: One of Ireland’s most popular broadcasters is moving. Ray Foley is leaving Today FM’s midday slot to take up a new gig hosting the breakfast show on Dublin’s 98FM, a stablemate of Today FM’s under Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp umbrella. Foley previously worked for the station before moving to Today FM in 2004.last_img read more

Lunivers pourrait séteindre dans 37 milliards dannées

first_imgL’univers pourrait s’éteindre dans 3,7 milliards d’annéesUne équipe d’astrophysiciens américains et japonais estime que l’univers pourrait disparaître d’ici 3,7 milliards d’années. Ces chercheurs rejettent en effet la théorie admise par la plupart des cosmologistes quant à l’expansion éternelle de l’espace-temps, et avancent l’hypothèse selon laquelle l’univers pourrait avoir une fin.”Il est improbable que l’univers s’arrête durant notre durée de vie mais il y a 50% de chance pour que le temps connaisse une fin dans les 3,7 milliards d’années”, déclarent ces chercheurs à l’issue de travaux publiés sur le site internet Cette étude explique en effet que certaines méthodes et hypothèses admises depuis des décennies par les astrophysiciens, et notamment une limite arbitraire du temps afin de calculer les probabilités d’un univers s’étendant à l’infini, conduisent en réalité à la conclusion que le temps pourrait vraiment avoir une fin.”En d’autres termes, cette limite du temps, considérée seulement comme un outil de calcul statistique, se comporte en fait comme un événement physique réel qu’on le veuille ou non”, indique à l’AFP Raphael Bousso, astrophysicien à l’université de Californie.La théorie communément admise fixe à environ 13,7 milliards d’années la naissance de l’univers grâce au Big Bang. Il continuerait depuis de s’étendre à une vitesse s’accélérant de façon exponentielle et à l’infini, poussée par l’énergie du vide. “Il est très important de comprendre que nous ne disons pas être certains de cette conclusion que le temps aura une fin mais ne pouvons pas exclure que cela puisse vraiment arriver” précise M. Bousso. Et de souligner : “Si cette conclusion n’est pas vraie, cela veut dire qu’une des hypothèses retenue dans le modèle mathématique est fausse, ce qui serait aussi extrêmement intéressant pour les astrophysiciens qui, durant de nombreuses années, la jugeaient très raisonnable”.Le 23 octobre 2010 à 13:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more