‘Expedite implementation of Forest Rights Act’

first_imgThe Odisha State Food Commission has again asked the State government to expedite implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, that would help ensure food and nutritional security to the vulnerable section of society.In a letter addressed to all Collectors, OSFC chairperson Ranglal Jamuda pointed out that “out of 4,25,563 IFR titles distributed till December 2018, demarcation of land has been completed in respect of 2,99,471 titles representing 70.37% of the total titles.”“It is a matter of serious concern that in seven important districts (where more than 5,000 titles have been distributed) the performance on demarcation of titles is significantly below the State average,” said Mr. Jamuda.Demarcation of titlesKeonjhar has completed demarcation of titles in case of only 34.37% while Nabarangpur achieved 34.4%, Koraput (33.68%), Sundargarh (52.96%), Deogarh (48.12%), Nuapada (35.80%) and Ganjam (51.94%).“In all these seven districts the Collectors should undertake special drive for demarcation of land. The amins posted in other tehsils may be re-deployed in tehsils having more number of pending cases for demarcation,” Mr. Jamuda directed.Mr. Jamuda, a retired IAS officer, said the government should take the services of retired revenue inspectors and amins to expedite implementation.Demarcation of land regularised under Individual Forest Right and correction of preparation of record of rights have been completed only in case of Bhadrak district.Similarly, in case of correction of RoRs, cumulative achievement has so far been 1,78,039 titles, only representing 41.83% of the titles distributed.“Despite a series of instructions, the extent of land developed utilising Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme funds till December 2018 is only 56,340.53 acres. In five districts there was no activity in this regard,” said Mr. Jamuda.last_img read more

Virtual court to deal with traffic challan to be launched today

first_imgDoing away with the need for the litigant to be present in the court and facilitate adjudication of the case online, the Punjab and Haryana High Court will launch its first virtual court on Saturday at Faridabad through videoconferencing.A Punjab and Haryana High Court spokesperson said the court would deal with traffic challan cases from across the State. The project will be launched under the guidance of e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India. The processUnder this project, the cases received in the virtual court can be viewed by the judge along with automatic computation of fines on the screen. After the summon is generated and the accused gets information on email or through a text message, the accused can visit the virtual court website and search the case by CNR Number, his/her name or even with the driving license number. Once the accused pleads guilty online, fine amount will be displayed and accused might proceed to pay the fine. On successful payment and realisation of the fine amount, the case would be automatically disposed of.The spokesperson said if the accused did not plead guilty, such cases would be remanded to the regular courts with the respective territorial jurisdiction. The Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Krishna Murarihas shown keen interest in launching the project at the earliest for the benefit of all the stakeholders in the justice delivery system.To reduce burden The virtual court will reduce the burden on regular courts. The entire process of disposal will happen online in a few hours. Footfalls in the courts will reduce as the accused need not visit the court to plead guilty.last_img read more

Belga laments costly miscommunication as Rain or Shine misses out on semis

first_imgPBA IMAGESThe phrase “breaks of the game” were thrown a lot during Beau Belga’s impromptu press conference after Rain or Shine lost to TNT 118-114 in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.From missed shots to bricked free throws, every thing fell under “breaks of the game,” but there was none bigger than the Elasto Painters’ final offensive set.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary A miscommunication episode between Belga and import J’Nathan Bullock erased Rain or Shine’s hopes of advancing to the semifinals and that’s something the power forward regretted deeply right away.READ: Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berthFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach Caloy [Garcia] said the play was for J’Nathan to attack the defense one-on-one and I will sag off outside for a jumper,” said Belga in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I was surprised when he made a drop pass instead of a kick-out and I was already too far away from the rim.”“My momentum was going to the corner and if the pass was in my direction, well who knows? Maybe we could’ve had a chance.” View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Robinson not losing sleep over Pirates’ 28 turnovers Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Rain or Shine trailed 116-114 in the final 10 seconds of the game after Glen Rice Jr. tipped in Jayson Castro’s missed triple and the Elasto Painters had that much time on the clock to force a tie or go for the win.The Elasto Painters decided to shoot for the tie with Bullock supposedly connecting with Belga but the pass went awry and that mistake ultimately doomed Rain or Shine.What made it more painful for Belga was that he was confident he could have made the game-tying jumper to force overtime.“I felt lucky during the game,” said Belga who finished with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. “Just one chance but the pass was off and I tried to chase the ball but I was already too far away. If the pass was directed to the corner, maybe we could’ve made a surprise shot.”“So yeah, what happened were just breaks of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

MNCS-BILMORIA 2 LAST

first_imgLord Bilimoria, who was last year named InternationalLord Bilimoria, who was last year named International Indian of the Year 2014-15, said: “It is vital that we continue to foster connections with one of our most important trading partners here in London, where Indian companies have more than doubled in number in the past ten years. Like many Indian companies, the IE20 are young and fast-moving and have a brilliant future ahead of them, and London is absolutely the right place for them to grow.”The Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP said: “India is the fastest growing major economy in the world and Indian companies are now the second biggest foreign investor in London. To welcome 20 of their brightest and best businesses demonstrates how attractive the city is for Indian companies with global ambitions.”Following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to the United Kingdom last year which resulted in $13 billion of commercial deals being signed, over one million Indian businesses were made aware of the IE20 programme with the judges whittling the entries down to just 20 places.The winners come from a broad range of categories including life sciences, artificial intelligence, IT services, cyber security, sports tech, travel tech, adtech, e-commerce and analytics.The IE20 programme is being run by London & Partners in partnership with British Airways, which flew the company representatives from India to the UK, BDO, Newland Chase and UK Trade and Investment. This week the company representatives have flown to London for a programme aimed at helping them facilitate international partnerships, alliances, business opportunities and to find out about setting up a global HQ in the city.advertisementSource: London & Partners London & Partners Press Office: press@londonandpartners.com; Tel: +44-(0)20-7234-5710 PRN GSVlast_img read more

Bittersweet: Pique on Barcelona’s season after they lose Copa del Rey final to Valencia

first_imgValencia beat Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday, ending the Spanish champions’ four-year winning streak in the competition and denying them a domestic double.Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno struck first-half goals to give Marcelino’s dominant Valencia control of the final in Seville’s sweltering Benito Villamarin stadium.Record 30-times Cup winners Barcelona struggled without injured forwards Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele but Lionel Messi pulled the Catalans back into the game with a close-range finish.Goncalo Guedes missed a gilt-edged chance in stoppage-time for Valencia but they held on to win their first major trophy since last lifting the Cup in 2008.”I’m so happy because for me, my family, it’s incredible,” said Valencia captain Dani Parejo. “A club like Valencia deserves a lot more joy like this. I don’t have the words, it’s incredible.”We’ve made history in a really significant year, our centenary year.”Valencia finished fourth in La Liga after a strong second half of the season, reaching the Europa League semi-finals and ending an impressive campaign with this victory.Valencia worthy champions: Gerard PiqueBy contrast, Barcelona’s campaign collapsed in the last fortnight as they threw away a three-goal Champions League semi-final lead to be eliminated by Liverpool before letting the Cup slip out of their hands.Barcelona were bidding to lift themselves from their humiliation on Merseyside by securing the ninth domestic double in their history, but despite Messi’s efforts they were over-run by a determined and well-drilled Valencia side.Gerard Pique was forced to clear Rodrigo’s effort off the line before Gameiro blasted Marcelino’s side ahead in the 22nd minute after good work from Jose Luis Gaya.advertisementThe Catalans failed to create openings and Rodrigo nodded home the second after Carlos Soler whipped a ball across the face of goal.Messi struck the post with a delightful outside-of-the-boot effort before slotting home the rebound when Jaume Domenech saved Clement Lenglet’s header for his 51st goal of the season, but it was not enough.”Valencia are worthy champions and it’s also been a good year for us,” said Pique.”It’s always a good year when you win La Liga but the expectation was to have an even better year and that’s not been the case. The season ends with a bittersweet feeling, because it could have been better.”We aren’t worrying about the manager’s future, we must analyse ourselves and try to improve. The other decisions aren’t in our hands, but we’ve said more than once that we would like him to stay on.”Also Read | Lionel Messi finishes Europe’s top scorer for 3rd straight yearAlso See:last_img read more

Ronaldo & Benzema are back as Madrid go goal crazy

first_imgUEFA Champions League The boys are back! Ronaldo & Benzema show it’s wrong to write them off yet Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 06:04 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(69) Ronaldo and Benzema APOEL Getty UEFA Champions League Karim Benzema Cristiano Ronaldo APOEL v Real Madrid Real Madrid APOEL Opinion The two under-fire forwards have been struggling for goals of late, but usually save their best for the Champions League and scored two each at APOEL It has been a complicated campaign so far for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The two Real Madrid forwards have only scored one goal apiece in La Liga, and that came in the same game, a 2-1 win away to Getafe. But at APOEL on Tuesday, they were both back to doing what they do best.Los Blancos 11/2 to win CLBenzema had only netted twice in the entire season up until the trip to Cyprus – once in the Spanish Supercopa win over Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu and again in that victory against Getafe. 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 Ronaldo, meanwhile, led the scoring charts in the Champions League prior to this fixture, but has been notably frustrated in the Primera Division and trails Barcelona rival Lionel Messi by 11 goals already – albeit after missing four Liga games through suspension. “He [Benzema] is the first one who knows he can give more,” Zidane said on Monday in the pre-match press conference. “Because of the confidence issue, especially his confidence in front of goal. When one goes in more can follow. Let’s hope tomorrow [Tuesday] is the day to end the streak.”APOEL Real Madrid scoreAnd that is how it turned out. After Luka Modric had fired Real Madrid ahead with a fine volley, Benzema netted twice (along with Nacho) to give Los Blancos a commanding four-goal lead at half-time in Nicosia.Ronaldo, meanwhile, has had his own problems in front of goal and cut a frustrated figure once again in the Madrid derby on Saturday as Atletico held Real to a goalless draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.”When I fail to score goals, my mum asks me, and my son, my brother and my sister… they all say: “But what’s wrong with you?” Ronaldo revealed in an interview earlier in the week.But they will not have to ask him after the game against APOEL and, unlike last season at this stage, when he was scoring in La Liga but not in Europe, this time the Portuguese is netting in the Champions League but not in the Primera Division.Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridRonaldo now has 10 to his name this season and the goals are bound to come in La Liga sooner or later. In the meantime, his assist for Benzema also saw him reach a new record for the most goals set up in the Champions League over the past 10 seasons (27).Perhaps more significantly, Madrid’s comprehensive win means Zinedine Zidane’s side are through to the last 16 of the competition they like to think of as their own as they chase an unprecedented third successive title and a 13th European Cup crown overall.They will have a lot of fierce competition in order to achieve that, while they also risk a tough draw in the first knockout round having finished second in the group behind Tottenham, who clinched top spot by beating Borussia Dortmund in the other game on Tuesday. However, with Benzema and Ronaldo on goalscoring form, Los Blancos will be among the candidates for the trophy once again.last_img read more

2014 NSWTA State Cup

first_img225 teams from across the state will converge on the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium this weekend to compete in the 2014 New South Wales State Cup. Teams will compete across 14 divisions, ranging from under 20’s through to over 55’s at the three day event, which will be held from Friday, 5 December to Sunday, 7 December 2014. Approximately 4,000 participants will take part in the event, as well as over 250 referees, coming together to participate in one of the largest Touch Football events in the world.  Round games will commence on Friday morning, running through the weekend with the finals concluding the tournament on Sunday afternoon. The first Grand Finals will begin at 12.40pm on Sunday, with the Mixed Open final at 2.25pm, Women’s Open at 3.05pm and the Men’s Open at 3.50pm.Teams from Papua New Guinea and Japan will also participate in the event.Unable to make it to the 2014 New South Wales State Cup? You can watch selected games live throughout the event on the TFA YouTube channel. Stay tuned to the website daily as we provide links to the chosen games.Friday, 5 December8.30am – Canterbury Bulldogs v Newcastle City Knights (Women’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_jO_EUj7GQ 9.40am – Western Suburbs Magpies v Parramatta Eels (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSco2Uvo3HQ 12.35pm – Penrith Panthers v Murwillumbah Mavericks (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93-MEj87lbU 1.45pm – Manly Sea Eagles v Murwillumbah Mavericks (Men’s 20’s) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHPaoYrq128 2.20pm – University of New South Wales Bullets v Papua New Guinea (Mixed Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=291CAiVpu-0Saturday, 6 December8.00am – Easts Roosters v Wests Magpies (Mixed Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ_62lKQuE09.10am – Canterbury Bulldogs v Wests Magpies (Women’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5iEMfDOkEg10.55am – Penrith Panthers v Canterbury Bulldogs (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5iEMfDOkEg3.00pm – Murwillumbah Mavericks v Wagga Wagga Vipers (Mixed Open ) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdCMiEwmHuM4.10pm – Manly Sea Eagles v Wollongong Devils (Women’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P38D4OhvL2s4.45pm – Hornsby Lions v Easts Roosters (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z7zuSDnbgw Keep in touch with all of the latest news and information  from the 2014 New State Cup:Website – www.nswtouch.com.au and www.nswtaevents.sportingpulse.net  Facebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouchTwitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch (#nswtasc14) Instagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouch Related LinksNSW State Cuplast_img read more

Mounties say armed standoff in Nunavut ends peacefully suspect in custody

first_imgPOND INLET, Nunavut – An armed standoff with a man barricaded inside a house in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, has ended peacefully.RCMP say that after several hours of negotiations, a 27-year-old man was taken into custody with no injuries reported.Mounties say charges are being considered and the matter remains under investigation.Mounties say the standoff began Wednesday morning when they announced they were seeking a man believed to be armed and dangerous, having made threats against people in the community.Additional police resources were brought in when the man barricaded himself inside a house.RCMP then asked that some residents in the area vacate their homes and move to safety at the Pond Inlet community hall, while others were instructed to remain inside their houses until further notice.The community of about 1,600 is located in northern Baffin Island.last_img read more

Steven Spielberg And USC Shoah Foundation Announce Ambassadors For Humanity Gala

first_imgSteven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation Institute – The Institute for Visual History and Education, will present William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, with the Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award at the organization’s annual gala, taking place this year in Detroit on Sept. 10.Ford will be recognized for his leadership and corporate citizenry around education and community. Mickey Shapiro, real estate developer and longstanding member of the Institute’s Board of Councilors, is the event’s co-chairman. The gala vice chairs and benefit committee will comprise leaders from the local community and from around the nation.The September gala will provide the opportunity to highlight the Institute’s global work in making the 53,000 audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides in its Visual History Archive a compelling voice for education and action.USC Shoah Foundation has a long history in Michigan and with Ford Motor Company, which was the sole sponsor of the 1997 NBC broadcast of the Academy Award winning “Schindler’s List,”’ the film that inspired the establishment of the Institute. The Institute collected 335 testimonies with Holocaust survivors and witnesses in the Detroit area, with local videographers and interviewers specially trained for the job.The Visual History Archive is also available on two campuses in Michigan, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and University of Michigan – Flint.The event will also shine a light on the emerging partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Ford Motor Company to expand the Institute’s IWitness educational platform in the Detroit area. IWitness brings the first-person stories of survivors and witnesses of genocide from the Institute’s Visual History Archive to students via multimedia-learning activities that are accessible via Macs, PCs, iPads, and tablet devices connected to the Internet.Currently, 100 educators in Michigan – and over 6,500 globally – use IWitness. In addition, more than 250 educators in Michigan, and over 15,000 nationally, have been trained on Echoes and Reflections, a multimedia Holocaust curriculum developed by the Institute and partners, the Anti-Defamation League and Yad Vashem.A significant portion of the proceeds raised at the gala will remain in the region, where the funds will be utilized for educational programs in secondary schools.Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation and chairman of the Ambassadors gala said, “Working with Bill Ford and Ford Motor Company to further explore ways to share the work of the Institute with the people of Michigan is a wonderful opportunity. Reaching people when they’re young is the key to changing the world with testimony. IWitness and its ability to deliver tolerance education to the Detroit region gives me great hope that together we can affect significant change. The commitment of Bill Ford and Ford Motor Company to support new approaches to learning, to provide scholarships, and to help deserving students attain higher education, makes him a great ambassador, and I am proud to recognize him for his efforts.”“The USC Shoah Foundation stands as an enormous point of pride for USC, and has seen its efforts advanced greatly through the support of individuals and organizations that recognize its value as a truly transformational tool for education. Mr. Ford is a visionary leader who understands the contribution that USC Shoah Foundation makes to the world, and we are honored to recognize him for his corporate citizenry and leadership,” said University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias.“I am so pleased that USC Shoah Foundation will be joining forces with Ford Motor Company and the local Detroit community to explore new ways to utilize IWitness as an educational tool, and endeavor to reach a growing number of educators and students across the Detroit region,” said USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen D. Smith.For more information about the gala call the Event Office at 248-593-9743, the USC Shoah Foundation Benefit at 818-777-7876 or email ambassadorsgala2015@usc.edu. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.last_img read more

Labrador warming at twice the global rate research finds

first_imgAPTN National NewsA climate researcher from the University of Ottawa has found Labrador is warming at an alarming rate.Robert Way, originally from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, says he has found Labrador is warming at twice the global average.More so, over the past 15 years its warmed at a rate seven times faster than before.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has more.last_img

Education key to ending violence against women in northern communities shelter manager

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN NewsMarch 8 may mark International Women’s Day, but for those working to help women escape violence, it’s an everyday reality.Debby Rybchinski has been working at the women’s shelter in Yellowknife for over a decade, serving women and children from all 33 communities.“Growing up in an abusive family. There was a lot of abuse and wanting to help but not having anywhere to go as a child or my mother to go anywhere,” says Rybchinski, who’s now a manager at YWCA, McAlester House. “So when I had the opportunity to work here I thought this was great. Getting to help everyone that walks through the door.”Rybchinski says the north faces unique challenges that put women at risk such as limited transportation, isolation and lack of RCMP in all communities.A report last year showed the Northwest Territories as having a higher rate of violence against women compared to the national average.Still some things are improving, such as emergency protection orders which were introduced to the territories back in 2005.“The emergency protection order is excellent because it is available 24/7,” said Rybchinski. “An emergency protection order is like a mini court over the phone with a woman and she gets to stay in her home. The woman or the man gets to stay in their home and the abuser is removed. ”Those working in the north say education is key to ending violence against women.“I think you need to start young. In order to change a generation you need to teach them when they are young – what is and isn’t a healthy relationship.”last_img read more

UN envoy stresses malaria deaths can be eradicated urges world to build

25 April 2011Efforts to combat malaria in Africa are bearing fruit with 11 countries where the disease is endemic reporting a 50 per cent decline in mortality as a result of a global initiative to combat the disease, United Nations envoy Ray Chambers said today, calling for sustained efforts to eradicate deaths from the illness. “Our goal is to reach close to zero deaths from malaria by 2015,” said Mr. Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria. “There is much work to be done – many hurdles – but we are optimistic that we can achieve that goal,” he told reporters at UN Headquarters on World Malaria Day.Malaria, which is caused by a parasite transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes, kills nearly 800,000 people around the world every year with most of the deaths occurring in Africa.Mr. Chambers said the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar reported no deaths from malaria when he visited there last year.“The Secretary-General’s malaria goals have galvanized funding and implementing partners, together with African leaders and others at the forefront of the effort, and the results of this partnership are translating directly into lives saved in historic proportions,” Mr. Ray said in a separate joint statement issued by his office and the Roll Back Malaria partnership.The partnership, which includes Mr. Chambers’ office, has championed an effort to provide insecticide-treated bed nets to all people who live in malaria-endemic countries, as well as making effective treatments available. He said close to $5 billion has been invested in the anti-malaria initiative in sub-Saharan Africa over the recent past and the returns have been “immense.”According to the joint statement, more than 300 million long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been distributed in Africa, and 75 million people are benefiting from indoor residual spraying. Access to diagnostic testing and effective treatments have saved nearly 750,000 lives over the past decade.“On World Malaria Day this year, there is much to celebrate,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement. “Since 2008, more than 600 million Africans have been spared terrible suffering,” he said.“Yet an estimated 781,000 people a year, most of them young children, still die from this preventable and treatable disease. To reach our goal of near zero deaths from malaria by 2015, we need an extraordinary intensification of our actions,” Mr. Ban added.His sentiment was echoed by representatives from the World Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the United States’ President’s Malaria Initiative – the three largest donors to the effort – and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Roll Back Malaria partnership.They said that investing in malaria is not only an entry point for strengthening primary health care systems at the facility and community level, but is also on the critical pathway to achieving all of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Speaking at a reception at UN Headquarters to a launch photo exhibition entitled “Champions to End Malaria,” the Secretary-General thanked all partners in the anti-malaria campaign, saying their efforts had proved that success can be achieved with smart policies, targeted interventions, resources, and commitment.“We have our roadmap. I will continue to look to all of you for leadership, funding, and innovation. I look forward to continuing our work together to finally eliminate a disease that has needlessly taken so many lives,” said Mr. Ban.Awa Marie Coll-Seck, the Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria partnership stressed that the impact of the anti-malaria initiative is visible, giving the example of her own country, Senegal, where she once worked as a doctor and where the disease used to be the first cause of consultation, hospitalisation and death. “When I go back today to the same country, what I see in hospitals is that often you have some beds empty […] It is amazing change.”“But we need to know that all these gains are very fragile and we need to maintain the work we are doing, we need to maintain and push for more leadership and ownership by countries,” she told the news conference.United States singer-actress Mandy Moore spoke of a “gratifying trip” to the Central African Republic where she felt honoured to present a bed net to a mother who had lost two children to malaria and was excited that the net would prevent the rest of her family from the mosquito bites that spread the disease.Deputy UN Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro praised the contributions of the private sector to the anti-malaria effort.“You are engaged and committed to relieving the untenable burden that this disease places on millions of people, particularly on the African continent, because of your sense of global citizenship,” Ms. Migiro told a breakfast meeting organised by the Roll Back Malaria initiative for its corporate partners. “In doing so, you will help avert the tremendous loss of productivity that is among malaria’s terrible tolls,” she added.According to UNICEF, fighting malaria not only saves children’s lives, but also yields many other health and economic benefits, including easing the burden on health centres and improving the lives of pregnant mothers and their babies. Controlling malaria can also reduce deaths due to malnutrition.“We cannot leave some children exposed to malaria and other children safe,” said Anthony Lake, the UNICEF Executive Director. “Whether it is insecticide-treated nets, proper diagnosis, or effective treatment, the challenge is to provide protection and care to every single child who is at risk,” he added. read more

Major Aitik order for Sandvik

first_imgSandvik Mining and Construction has reached agreement with Boliden to supply a complete in-pit crushing system to its Aitik copper-gold-silver mine. The crushing system consists of two complete primary gyratory crushing stations as well as overland conveyors and feeders. The system will have a capacity of 8,000 t/h and will transport the ore 7 km. The new crushing and conveying system is scheduled to be put into operation in early 2010. The value of the equipment order is some €86.5 million. Sandvik’s order includes engineering and erection as well as start-up services. Boliden’s decision to invest in a conveying system reduces the use of truck haulage. The conveyor system will provide higher availability, considerably lower running cost and be more environmentally friendly than trucks, Sandvik reports. With the new system, Aitik will be able to double its annual production of ore from 18 to 36 Mt. “For Sandvik, the order is of strategic importance since it is our largest complete in-pit crushing system and demonstrates Sandvik’s capabilities as a major supplier to support the open-pit mining process”, says Lars Josefsson, President of Sandvik Mining and Construction.last_img read more

EHF CL Round 5 Hits Szeged Zagreb Veszprem Leon…

Many interesting matches handball fans around Europe have seen last weekend. Pick Szeged, C.O Zagreb, MKB Veszprem, Ademar Leon and some other teams made “small or bigger surprises” and showed that season will be very, very interesting… Group ASävehof : Kadetten Schafhaussen 31:25 (14:14)Friden 8, Apelgren 7; ; Graubner 6, Tominec 4, Kukučka 4Bosna Sarajevo : Barcelona 16:43 (9:21)Medić 7, Vrazalić 3; Aguirrezabalaga Garcia 6, Garcia Lorenzana 5Chambery : Zagreb 26:28 (14:14)Špiler 7, Balić in Kopljar po 5Standing:1. Barcelona 5-102. Zagreb 5-83. Chambery 5-64. Sävehof 5-45. Kadetten Schafhausen 5-26. Bosna Sarajevo 5-0 Group DPick Szeged : Montpellier 38:35 (18:17)Sulc 9, Lekai 8; Accambray 10, Honrubia 7, Kavtičnik 5, Gajič -, Prošt –Ademar Leon : Kobenhavn 28:26 (14:12)Garcia Robledo 9, Stanovsky 5; Hansen 7, Larsen 6Kiel : Partizan Beograd 36:28 (17:18)Lundström 8, M. Ilić 7, Dimitrijevič 8, Mandić in N. Ilić po 5Standing:1. Ademar Leon 5-72. Kobenhavn 4-63. Montpellier 5-64. Kiel 4-55. Pick Szeged 5-46. Partizan 5-0 EHF Champions Leaguehandball champions league Group CSt. Petersburg : Cimos Koper 26:35 (16:18)Nasirov in Šindin po 6; Skube 9, Rapotec 7Wisla Plock : Hamburg 26:30 (13:14)Kubisztal 5, Kavaš 2, Dobelšek ni igral; Hens 8, Vugrinec 3Metalurg : Constanta 25:18 (12:8)Mojsovski 8, Marković 4, Kozlina 1; Stavrositu 11, Toma 3Standing:1. Hamburg 5  – 102. Metalurg Skopje 5-73. Cimos Koper 5-64. Wisla Plock 5-45. St. Petersburg 5-36. Constanta 5-0 Group BFüchse Berlin : Veszprem 24:29 (13:15)Terzić 7, Vujin 6; Laen 5, Christophersen 4, Koražija –Kielce : Atletico Madrid 29:37 (14:19)Jurecki 11, Buntić 5, Zorman 1; Markussen in Lazarov po 8Bjerringbro Silkeborg : Čehovski medvedi 25:34 (11:22)Lauge in Kirkegaard po 5, Žvižej 3; Šelmenko 7, Dibirov 5Standing:1. Atletico Madrid 5-92. Veszprem 5-83. Füchse Berlin 5-54. Kielce 5-45. Čehovski medvedi 5-46. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 5-0 ← Previous Story SEHA League: Tatran’s left wing, Radoslav Antl is MVP of Round 8 Next Story → Copenhagen’s owner, Jesper Kasi Nielsen: “AG as the best Danish Sports Product of All Time” read more

Elderly Japanese people to be given cheaper funerals if they give up

first_img Short URL 18 Comments By AFP 12,377 Views THE PROSPECT OF a cheaper funeral is being used to entice elderly Japanese drivers to give up their licences as police step up efforts to prevent accidents caused by ageing motorists.Deadly accidents involving elderly drivers are a growing problem in a country where the population is rapidly growing older and some 4.8 million people aged 75 or older hold a licence.In November, a six-year-old boy died and 11 others were injured after an 87-year-old driver’s pickup truck hit children walking to school in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.Japan this month introduced a new rule under which drivers aged 75 or older must pass cognitive tests when renewing their licences.Now, a funeral service company in central Japan has from this month started offering a 15% discount to elderly drivers who give up their permits.Shigenori Ariga of the funeral company Heiankaku in told AFP: Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 10:00 AM Image: Koji Sasahara http://jrnl.ie/3301358 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Koji Sasahara Mar 26th 2017, 10:00 AM We’ve been offering funeral services to those who lost family members in car accidents. We want to help prevent deaths caused by such accidents.Ariga said the discount was offered after a request by the local police department in the city of Ichinomiya in Aichi prefecture where the funeral business is located.It is applied to altars used during funerals, Ariga said, adding that the elderly drivers can end up save a minimum of 56,000 yen (€470).The discount applies not just when the drivers who give up their licences die but even their  close family members as well, he said.Police in Aichi in November started offering a ramen noodle discount to elderly drivers who give up their licences via a tie-up with a local restaurant chain.© – AFP 2017Read: For the first time ever, a dinosaur tail has been found encased in amber >Read: A 25-year-old PhD student at Trinity has just discovered that sharks used to eat their own young > Elderly Japanese people to be given cheaper funerals if they give up driving Nearly 5 million people aged 75 or older hold a licence in Japan. Share18 Tweet Email3 last_img read more

Tension peaks in the Aegean

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek diplomats on Friday complained to Ankara after two Turkish fighter jets threatened a Greek coast guard helicopter participating in a patrol organised by Frontex, the European Union’s border monitoring agency, in the latest of a string of acts of harassment by Turkey in the Aegean.According to Greek defence officials, the two Turkish F16s “locked onto” the Greek helicopter and threatened to shoot it down as it flew over Farmakonisi. The Greek Air Force reacted by dispatching two of its own F16s which issued a similar threat to the Turkish fighter jets, prompting them to withdraw. Before the incident with the Turkish F16s, the helicopter had received 11 radar warnings from Turkish authorities. Friday’s incident was the latest in a spate of Turkish transgressions last week, including radar warnings to Greek and international aircraft participating in patrols of the eastern Aegean aimed at curbing an influx of illegal immigrants heading for Western Europe via Greece.When a foreign ministry spokesman was asked on Thursday about Turkish “activity” in the Aegean Sea, he responded that the issue has been raised with the Turkish foreign ministry. Speaking at a press briefing, spokesperson Grigoris Delavekouras noted, “(The) activity observed, mainly at sea, is definitely a cause of concern. Relevant statements have been made by the minister of defence and the alternate defence minister.” “We should look at the essence and overcome appearances … at a time of efforts for the improvement of relations,” he said in relation to Turkey’s actions. He also emphasised the fact that the Turkish military activity takes place during a period when talks held within the framework of a steering committee were completed in a good atmosphere, focusing on sectors such as transports, tourism, the economy, energy, environment, agriculture and natural disasters management. Delavekouras said that “the alternate minister will visit Ankara in this spirit, most likely before the end of March.”last_img read more

Ministry targets illegal traders

first_imgThe Ministry of Development decided to step up efforts to battle illegal street trading with a seven-point action plan, according to officials.The plan includes the creation of an operations room that will coordinate the responsible services on a daily basis. “It was not just another meeting about the illegal street trade. We wish to move from theory to practice and apply permanent and thorough sweeps,” said Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis after a broad meeting that included representatives of the coast guard, the municipal police and traders.The other six points include setting up a special telephone line, the installation of X-ray scanners at large ports and border posts, the intensification of sample inspections based on risk analysis by using criteria of origin and receiver, and transfers of customs officials who will be posted for maximum periods in order to limit corruption.Separately, the Papastratos tobacco company said it will offer special seminars to financial investigators on how to identify contraband tobacco cargoes, as well as providing special scanners. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Drug deaths outnumber traffic fatalities in US

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States, a Los Angeles Times analysis of government data has found.Drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.While most major causes of preventable death are declining, drugs are an exception. The death toll has doubled in the last decade, now claiming a life every 14 minutes. By contrast, traffic accidents have been dropping for decades because of huge investments in auto safety.Public health experts have used the comparison to draw attention to the nation’s growing prescription drug problem, which they characterize as an epidemic. This is the first time that drugs have accounted for more fatalities than traffic accidents since the government started tracking drug-induced deaths in 1979.Fueling the surge in deaths are prescription pain and anxiety drugs that are potent, highly addictive and especially dangerous when combined with one another or with other drugs or alcohol. Among the most commonly abused are OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma. One relative newcomer to the scene is Fentanyl, a painkiller that comes in the form of patches and lollipops and is 100 times more powerful than morphine.last_img read more

JCB gives shop floor employees 39 pay increase

first_imgConstruction equipment manufacturing organisation JCB has awarded 3,200 shop floor employees a 3.9% pay increase.The pay rise, which is effective from 1 January 2018, is part of a three-year pay deal that was agreed with trade union GMB in 2016. The pay award is linked to November 2017’s retail prices index (RPI).The pay increase will apply to shop floor employees based at JCB’s Staffordshire-based plants in Rocester, Uttoxeter, Cheadle and Rugeley, as well as for staff working in the organisation’s factories at Wrexham and Foston in Derbyshire.The rise follows a £500 Christmas bonus paid to JCB’s 5,500 UK employees.Graeme Macdonald, chief executive officer at JCB, said: “The long-term pay deal agreed [in 2016] gave us the stability we needed to plan and has delivered a robust pay rise for JCB’s shop floor employees. The outlook for 2018 is positive with markets all over the world in exceptionally good shape.”Gordon Richardson, works convenor at GMB, added: “2017 was a good year for the [organisation] which has generated more job security for GMB members and we welcome the pay rise which was agreed as part of the three-year deal.”last_img read more