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AdvertisementDivij Sharan and Marcelo Demoliner’s sublime form at the Bavarian International Tennis Championships came to a screeching halt as the Indo-Brazilian duo lost to the Danish-German pair of Frederik Nielsen and Tim Putz 6-4, 6-2 in straight sets at the clay-court event held in Munich. The 33-year-old is yet to win an ATP Tour event since clinching the 2019 Maharashtra Open alongside Rohan Bopanna in January.Divij Sharan and Marcelo Demoliner couldn’t clear the final hurdle in the doubles competitionDivij Sharan and Marcelo Demoliner caused a massive upset in the first round of the tournament as they ousted the first seed Rohan Bopanna and Dominic Inglot 6-3, 3-6, 12-10 in a nail-biting encounter.The duo held on to their nerves again in the quarter-finals as Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Andres Mies were shown the exit door in a tie that finished 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.The game again went to the decider in the semi-finals against Austria’s Phillip Oswald and Croatia’s Mate Pavic. But, Sharan and Demoliner continued to do what they had been doing throughout the tournament and won the match 6-3, 3-6, 10-4.However, the final got over in the first two sets itself as Sharan and Demoliner’s fairytale run ended.Advertisement
Venus Williams beat top seed Angelique Kerber on Wednesday to advance to a Miami Open semi-final against Britain’s Johanna Konta.American 11th seed Williams, who is seeking her fourth Miami title, survived a long first set before she completed a 7-5 6-3 victory over Germany’s Kerber on a calm evening in south Florida.Konta, the 10th seed, had earlier recovered from the brink of defeat to edge third seed Simona Halep in a three-set encounter that lasted two hours, 30 minutes.Halep was only two points from victory in the second set, but could not put away her opponent, who pounced on the Romanian’s evident emotional fragility to prevail 3-6 7-6(7) 6-2.Williams, 36, whose previous Miami titles came in 1998, 1999 and 2001, will meet Konta in the semi-final, while Czech second seek Karolina Pliskova faces Danish 12th seed Carolina Wozniacki.Williams, playing in front of a crowd that included her popcorn-munching father Richard, took nearly an hour to take the first set from Kerber, but made quicker work of the second.Halep, meanwhile, got down on herself after losing the second set tiebreak to Konta.”It was a really tough match, very high level,” Halep told the WTA. “I was so close to winning, I was two points away in the tiebreak, but she played very strong and deserved to win.”Despite the result, Halep took comfort from a solid tournament as she works her way back from a knee injury.”I’m happy to be here after the break that I had. I’m just disappointed I lost a match I had in my hands. But my confidence is there, the game is there, I just need to play matches.”advertisementHer post-match comments were more positive than her negative remarks to coach Darren Cahill after the second set.”This is my character,” Halep grumbled to her coach. “Two double faults at the end of the tiebreak and I miss all the balls.”Cahill told a sullen Halep she was a better athlete than Konta, imploring her to make her opponent run in the third set.”You can write yourself off but I’m not writing you off,” Cahill said. “It’s up to you. It comes from within … be brave in the big moments.”But Halep was completely outplayed in the final set, and she said afterwards her exchange with Cahill was nothing out of the ordinary.”It’s just my personality to be hard on myself. I want to change that in the future. I can say that I’m better than before, and I’m working on it.”
Michigan Football’s 2016 schedule poster is out. But one of the team’s division rivals isn’t exactly thrilled with the way it looks.Michigan Football dropped its 2016 schedule poster Monday morning, and per usual, it features the logos of the 12 opponents it’ll face during the regular season this year. But one – Maryland – is a bit unhappy with some changes the Wolverines made to its mark. Maryland’s logo, for whatever reason, doesn’t feature the flag bar that typically runs below the famed “M.”Maryland called out Michigan on Twitter. The Wolverines have not responded.Coming soon. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/V18zMKMoX3— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) August 21, 2016Is the rest of our logo coming soon? #RespectTheFlagBar https://t.co/M5ZoE4PUSn— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) August 22, 2016For reference, here’s what Maryland’s logo actually looks like.It’s also worth noting that Michigan did not put Ohio State’s real logo on its poster. That’s clearly some kind of shot at the Buckeyes.We’re not sure if a logo mixup will provide motivation for the Terrapins this year – but perhaps that game is now a little more interesting.
DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 21: The Duke Blue Devils run onto the field before their game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Duke football is off to a 2-0 start this season, but the Blue Devils received some brutal news this afternoon regarding star quarterback Daniel Jones.Jones had surgery to repair a broken left clavicle he suffered in yesterday’s 21-7 win over Northwestern. He is out indefinitely.Additionally, Duke cornerback Mark Gilbert is out for the season after dislocating his hip.CB & QB undergo Sunday surgeries.Mark Gilbert will be out for the season while Daniel Jones will be out indefinitely.?: https://t.co/X18ZbKNOMS pic.twitter.com/zu8maNe6tq— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) September 9, 2018Jones was off to an outstanding start to the season. He completed 29-of-39 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns against Army and Northwestern.With Jones out of action, Quentin Harris will take over at QB for the Blue Devils. Harris, a junior, was 2-for-2 for 12 yards with seven carries for 24 yards in limited action in relief of Jones yesterday.He is 9-of-15 passing in his career at Duke.Duke will play at Baylor this Saturday with a good chance at moving to 3-0.
Next Asian News International BrisbaneOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 08:29 IST AB de Villiers will join Brisbane Heat in the 2nd half of BBL 2019-20 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAB de Villiers will be joining Brisbane Heat in the 2nd half of BBL 2019-20I’m looking forward to joining forces with him: De Villiers on joining forces with Chris LynnAB de Villiers has been plying his trade in franchise-based T20 leagues after retirementBrisbane Heat on Tuesday confirmed the signing of former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers for the upcoming season of Big Bash League (BBL).AB de Villiers would be joining the team for the second half of the tournament, with finals included in his contract.”The Heat have always stood out to me. Brisbane is a lovely city – I have been there a few times before travelling with the South African team. I love the place, I love the weather. It is similar to Pretoria where I am from. They play the kind of cricket that I want to be associated with. It’s quite aggressive. They go after the attack. And the Gabba, it is a beautiful cricket field. It is a great wicket and games are always of high quality,” Heat’s official website quoted de Villiers as saying.The 35-year-old de Villiers played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is for South Africa before calling it quits in international cricket. He announced his retirement on May 23, 2018.”Very pleased to have signed for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash. Great team, great city @HeatBBL @BBL,” de Villiers tweeted.Very pleased to have signed for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash. Great team, great city @HeatBBL @BBL pic.twitter.com/DDQOxlS0tZAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 30, 2019He played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) and managed to score 442 runs at a strike rate of 154 including five 50-plus scores.De Villiers also revealed that he had heard about Heat from former Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum and expressed desire alongside Heat captain Chriss Lynn.advertisement”I have spoken to Chris a few times after games in the IPL. I always enjoy the way he plays the game, he really goes after the bowling, he attacks the game, and he seems like a really good teammate. He gives his best shot for the boys. I’m looking forward to joining forces with him,” de Villiers said.De Villiers also impact for Middlesex in the recent Vitality Blast T20 competition, as he registered four half-centuries in eight innings.”World-class players do not just come along every day and to have a player of AB’s stature and skill in the BBL is a fantastic outcome for everyone, not just the Heat,” Heat coach Darren Lehmann said in an official statement.”He’s a 360-degree player, great skills, outstanding temperament and an insightful leader. We’re excited to bring him into the group this summer and allow him to showcase his skills for the fans,” he added.De Villiers will potentially play six games for the team and he will also be available for the finals if the team qualifies.Also Read | 2nd ODI: Babar Azam, Usman Shinwari script 67-run win for Pakistan vs Sri LankaAlso Read | BCCI to send Jasprit Bumrah to UK for stress fracture treatmentAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow AB de VilliersFollow Brisbane HeatFollow Big Bash LeagueFollow BBL 2019-20Follow Chris Lynn AB de Villiers to make Big Bash League debut with Brisbane HeatAB de Villiers, who had retired from international cricket last year, has finally decided to ply his trade at Big Bash League, starting December 17. advertisement
zoom In an effort to speed up the South Korea government’s restructuring plan targeting the financially troubled shipbuilding segment, the country’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has been urged to devise a number of self-rescue measures, Yonhap news agency reports.The state-run Korea Development Bank, the main creditor of Samsung Heavy, expects that the shipbuilder will submit its restructuring measures soon, which would include cost-cutting measures, Yonhap cited an official from KDB.The move from the South Korean government comes amid the need to push harder for the restructuring of vulnerable industries which were hit by a global slowdown to reduce overcapacity and boost long competitiveness.Under a three-track plan revealed by the country’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Commission, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine (DSME), one of the country’s big 3 shipbuilders, will be required to submit layoffs and cost savings, while the other two, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), would have to pursue self-rescue plans with their creditor banks.Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), which did not see a single new shipbuilding order during April, posted a KRW 1.2 trillion (USD 998 million) net profit loss for the financial year ending December 31, plunging from last year’s KRW 147 billion profit.The company’s operating profit loss dropped to KRW 1.5 trillion against KRW 183 billion profit reported in 2014.World Maritime News Staff
In recognition of International Women’s Day, Avon Foundation for Women Ambassador Salma Hayek Pinault and Avon Products, Inc. CEO Sheri McCoy announced that four global organizations and one government campaign have received 2nd Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women for their outstanding work to bring attention to the need to end violence against women.Salma Hayek Pinault wears the new Avon Empowerment Charm Necklace to raise funds to end domestic violence in honor of International Women’s Day.Credit/Copyright: http://www.multivu.comThe awards, presented at the United Nations Headquarters during the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, are part of the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, which has donated nearly $50 million globally to end violence against women since its launch in 2004.At a special adjunct event to the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, Salma Hayek Pinault; Sheri McCoy; Liberian Ambassador Marjon V. Kamara; Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the United Nations; and Futures Without Violence President Esta Soler participated in the Avon Awards ceremony. ABC News Anchor Bianna Golodryga moderated the event. The CSW, which this year focuses on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls, drew nearly 6,000 representatives from UN Member States, UN entities and NGOs from around the world for a two-week session. Last year, the Avon Foundation for Women presented its first Avon Communications Awards at the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, D.C.Salma Hayek Pinault at the United Nations where she presented the 2nd Avon Communications Awards honoring global leaders working to end violence against women.Credit/Copyright: Multivu.comAvon CEO Sheri McCoy emphasized the critical importance of communications in ending violence against women as she shared highlights of an Avon Foundation-funded survey to be released in June that analyzed bystander behavior in situations relating to partner violence and dating and sexual abuse. “People are willing to speak out, but they don’t always know how to recognize the signs of abuse or how best to intervene. Avon believes communications and education will help bystanders become interveners and help break the cycle of violence against women,” said McCoy.2nd Avon Communications Awards Winners The Avon Foundation recognized non-governmental organizations from Pakistan, Tanzania, Nepal, Peru, and a governmental organization from the Ukraine, for their exemplary communications campaigns that are helping change communities, policies, institutions and behaviors to end violence against women. An international panel of judges selected the winning campaigns from more than 425 communications submitted to the Communications X-Change by 119 organizations in 46 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The X-Change, a digital global communications library funded by the Avon Foundation and managed by Futures Without Violence, enables organizations and advocates throughout the world to find, share, and learn from the best communications material focused on ending violence against women and children.The winning organizations, which will each receive an Avon Foundation grant to fund the continuation of their work, are:*INNOVATIVE CAMPAIGN AWARD Bytes for All (Pakistan) – “Take back the Tech!” This campaign seizes upon the spread of technology in Pakistan to help strengthen women’s use of technology to raise awareness about Violence Against Women by using online tools. The campaign also strategically involves important public figures from judges to movie stars using social media to spread the word to “take back the tech.” The print and online communications materials pave the way for young women to use these online technology tools, often off-limits in Pakistan, to make their voices heard.*BREAK THE SILENCE AWARD EngenderHealth (Tanzania) – “Champion Project” The “Champion Project” video is part of a five-year effort to engage men in Tanzania by increasing their involvement in addressing underlying gender issues and power imbalances in relationships. The video aims to turn men from bystanders to champions with its key message, “Violence is everyone’s problem. Be a role model. Earn respect by standing up to violence.”*COMMUNITY CHANGE AWARD Equal Access (Nepal) – “Voices – Samajhdari” Involving community members as writers, reporters, radio technicians and commentators, “Voices – Samajhdari” by Equal Access enables women to be agents of their own change – reshaping community attitudes through their own messages that resonate with their closest neighbors and throughout Nepal. This weekly 30-minute radio program directly integrates voices from rural communities in audio collected by 12 female ‘community reporters’ who are themselves survivors of violence, able to discuss topics and issues that otherwise would be considered off-limits.*X-CHANGE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION AWARD State Service for Youth and Sports & International Women’s Rights Center ‘La Strada’ (Ukraine) – “Stop Violence” The Government of Ukraine, working with UNICEF Ukraine and NGOs, leveraged the 2012 Euro Football Cup to field a large campaign aimed at men to use communications to raise social awareness of the need to end violence against women. In their “Red Card” poster, the Ukrainian singer Ani Lorak speaks a soccer fan’s language to advocate against sexual violence. Recognition of this campaign highlights the important development coalitions among government agencies, UNICEF and NGOs working collaboratively for greater impact across society.*GLOBAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATION PCI Media Impact (Peru) – “Strong Women, Strong Voices” The “Strong Women, Strong Voices” radio program—using radio, a favored medium particularly in rural communities—skillfully weaves together stories using language accessible to both Spanish-speaking and indigenous women that dramatizes the stories of women overcoming prejudice, abuse and sexual violence. Radio and storytelling is very adaptable, but real impact comes also from an organization with both a strong infrastructure and well-analyzed and realized strong theory of change.To view the award-winning campaigns in each of the five categories, as well as the 19 finalists’ campaigns, click here.Other Avon Foundation Speak Out Against Domestic Violence InitiativesAt the 2nd Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women, Salma Hayek Pinault launched the Avon Empowerment Charm Necklace in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th. One hundred percent of the net profits from the necklace’s sale will benefit the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The silver tone necklace features the infinity symbol, which in Avon’s Speak Out campaign represents lives with unlimited potential when free from violence.“I have been a proud supporter of the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program since it launched in 2004,” said Salma Hayek Pinault, Avon Foundation for Women Ambassador. “I encourage everyone to purchase, wear or give the Avon Empowerment Charm Necklace to help raise vital funds for domestic abuse support services.”
On Friday, Brouse said the union is there to support and guide members who come forward with health and safety issues.She explained that the B.C. branch of ACTRA has a health and safety performer advocate who can provide direction and resources for reporting harassment.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement In the wake of revelations about film executive Harvey Weinstein, the union that represents Canadian performers has weighed in on the issue of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.“I think the problem with this is a fear of reporting,” said Sue Brouse, director of human resources for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists, during an interview with On the Coast‘s Michelle Eliot.On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled Weinstein from its membership following allegations that he sexually harassed and assaulted numerous actresses over decades. Twitter Login/Register With:
The United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, today called on the international community to stop countries from exploiting natural resources to pursue war aims or from using it as a pretext for conflict. Asked by reporters about a recent report by a panel of UN experts on the illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Secretary-General said that in such situations, “war profiteering develops and there is no interest in peace.” The report recommends financial restrictions on 29 companies based in the DRC, Belgium, Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa, as well as 54 highly placed persons, including Augustin Katumba Mwanke, Minister of Presidency in the DRC, Kibassa Maliba, a former Minister of Mines, and Mwana Nanga Mawapanga, a DRC Ambassador in Harare. Mr. Annan said the report had raised “many serious questions” that will have to be looked into by the Security Council, the international community and the governments in the region, and called for an investigation of the companies identified in the report. Asked what responsibility foreign governments had in protecting the DRC from the corporations named in the report, Mr. Annan said, “I would hope that there would be some way of putting an embargo on exports from there, either through a direct ban, or governments taking responsibility for companies that are registered in their countries to ensure that they did not behave irresponsibly.” Responding to criticism by Rwanda, whose senior officials had described the group’s report as lacking in credibility, panel Chairman Mahmoud Kassem told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York that every bit of information obtained and used by the panel was corroborated. Mr. Kassem said the panel’s recommendations were “an essential part of what it envisions to be a holistic and viable process.” The Chairman said his panel had recommended that the international community emphasize a peace dividend in the form of economic incentives for the DRC and the Great lakes countries involved in the conflict.
VANCOUVER – The province of British Columbia has filed an application to take part in the public hearings into Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain oil pipeline.Under an agreement signed with the federal government, the province will not conduct its own review of the project but let the federal decision stand for B.C.’s assessment as well.As an intervener, the province is on the same footing as First Nations, environmental and business groups that, under new federal rules, can prove they have a direct interest in the project.Environment Minister Mary Polak says it will allow the province to ensure the project meets the highest standards of environmental protection and protects British Columbians from financial and environmental risk.The Liberal government was soundly criticized for a similar agreement for the review of the Northern Gateway pipeline.Though lawyers for B.C. told a joint federal review panel that the provincial government did not support that project as proposed, the federal panel recommended approval. B.C. applies for intervener status at Trans Mountain pipeline hearings by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2014 2:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Discrimination against minorities and vulnerable groups, and violence against women are serious challenges in the region,” Mr. Ban told the Sixth ASEAN-UN Summit, held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.“Civil society has a crucial role to play in this effort and I encourage you to ensure the space and the freedoms such groups and organizations need to contribute to these national efforts,” he added. Welcoming Myanmar’s increased role in regional and international affairs, Mr. Ban said the country will face “critical benchmarks” as it prepares for a general election in 2015.“I congratulate Myanmar on its achievements, including ambitious reforms aimed at improving the lives of its people,” he said. “The Government and people of Myanmar can count on the support of the United Nations as they continue the process of democratization, development and national reconciliation.”On human rights, the Secretary-General said he looked forward to ASEAN strengthening its monitoring and protection mandate and its human rights mechanisms, including the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. A view from the the opening ceremony the 25th ASEAN Summit hosted by Myanmar in the capital Nay Pyi Taw. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Vice President Sai Mauk Kham of Myanmar. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General attends a Global Compact Event in Nay Pyi Taw. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ ›Mr. Ban also stressed that as the UN strives to address the multiple crises occurring around the world, such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the conflict in Syria and Iraq, or the threat of famine in South Sudan, it counts on the support of its Member States and regional organizations such as ASEAN.Furthermore, the Secretary-General said, intolerance, extremism and radicalization are on the rise, including in some countries in the ASEAN region, with ordinary women, men and children paying the highest price. As such, he looks forward to continuing to work with all ASEAN Member States for peace, human rights and development across Southeast Asia.“Seventy years after the adoption of the UN Charter, this is a moment to join hands and renew our commitments to peace and security, human rights and development,” Mr. Ban said, adding that “2015 will a crucial year for the international community to usher in a new era of sustainable development as we reach agreement on a post-MDG [Millennium Development Goals] agenda and its financing.” Along those lines, the Secretary-General underscored in a press conference later in the day that the leaders of ASEAN and East Asia had gathered for the Summit at “a time of test for the international community.”In particular, Mr. Ban said he is concerned that historical tensions and competing territorial claims “could hold the region back,” although he is encouraged by recent steps to enhance dialogue, which he hopes will prevent “any needless escalation.”“Leaders have a responsibility to resolve their disputes peacefully, through dialogue,” he stressed. “An Asia that can overcome legacy issues and look to a shared future will be even better placed to advance prosperity for all.”Turning to Myanmar, Mr. Ban noted that the process of democratization in the country is at a “defining moment” and that the election next year will be crucial for its future. Commending efforts on the part of the Myanmar Government to implement an “ambitious reform agenda,” the Secretary-General said he will meet with President Thein Sein tomorrow. In meetings with senior officials earlier today, Mr. Ban said: “I also expressed my concern about the Rohingya population, who face discrimination and violence. I encouraged the leaders of Myanmar to uphold human rights, take a strong stance against incitement and ensure humanitarian access to Rohingya living in vulnerable conditions.” “At a time of rising extremism and intolerance in many countries, progress on this front in Myanmar would keep that country’s transition on track and send a positive message to the world,” Mr. Ban stressed. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah of Brunei Darussalam. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and wife Yoo Soon-taek (right) with President Thein Sein, of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and wife Khin Khin Win, at the opening of the 25th ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Viet Nam. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General is presented a copy of the Global Compact by Minister U Soe Thane (on left) and Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet, President’s Economic Advisor and Chair of UN Global Compact Network (center). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
A NUMBER OF complaints about Ireland’s implementation of the Aarhus Convention have been published by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.The Aarhus Convention, which Ireland signed up to in 2012, ensures public participation in the decision making process on environmental planning.As part of the report, the department has published submissions from 21 agencies who were involved in the first phase of consultation which began in June of last year.They can be viewed on the department’s website and include submissions from agencies such as An Taisce, Coillte and Eirgrid.An Taisce in particular was critical of the first draft of the implementation report which it says was “a tick-box response approach detailing Ireland’s legislative response to the implementation”.Other submissions include one from Westmeath councillor Denis Leonard who says that the consultation process needs to be “streamlined” for local individuals and communities to become more involved with planning issues.“Communities should not be finding out about large infrastructural process through their local newspaper years down a company’s planning process but should partner from the beginning to protect what is incumbent on all of us to protect,” Leonard wrote.A second consultation phase was completed in November 2013 with 12 further submissions received.The report published today by the department outlined a number of the criticisms made by the various submissions and published official response to them. These responses are also available to read online.Environment Minister Phil Hogan says that public participation is central to the Aarhus Convention and thanked those who made submissions.“The level of public engagement in the development of the report illustrates the growing interest in this area in Ireland, ” he said.Read: ‘Gaffe in the Gulf’: Backbenchers criticise Taoiseach over linking pylons and emigration >Read: Engineer challenges legality of renewable energy plan in High Court >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O’Connor MP met with representatives of the ‘United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD)’ and the ‘Macedonian Community Council of Victoria’ in Melbourne last week, to hear the groups’ pleas for Australia to recognise FYROM as “the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name before the federal election in 2013”. However, the minister told Neos Kosmos that despite appearances to the contrary, he will continue to support the mediation process led by the United Nations. A report of the meeting – which took place at the minister’s constituency office on February 15 – was posted shortly after, on the UMD website and said that Minister O’Connor had in the past “been supportive of efforts of Macedonia to self-identification as a sovereign nation”. Pro-Skopje media picked up on the meeting, quoting the minister – in an article published on the ‘Macedonia Information Agency (MIA)’ website – as saying: “I have addressed the public and the parliament asking that Australia finally recognizes the legitimate right of Macedonia’s self-determination as a sovereign nation, including all rights guaranteed in the UN Charter”. Minister O’Connor was further quoted as saying that he would be “conveying these essential issues to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Bob Carr”. However, as Neos Kosmos went to press, Mr O’Connor categorically denied making the statements attributed to him by the MIA website. “I did not say that. I have been misquoted and verballed,” the minister told Neos Kosmos. In response to his denial, the Australian Macedonian Advisory Council told Neos Kosmos: “This sort of blatant fabrication is typical of the ‘MIA’ – given it is a political website disguised as an online news website.” At the meeting, which took place at the Minister’s electoral office in Melbourne’s western suburbs, Mr O’Connor’s support was encouraged to back a proposal for Australia to open an embassy in Skopje. He was also invited to meet FYROM’s Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki who according to the UMD website “may be on an official visit to Australia in March 2013”. The UMD are in addition seeking a cultural exchange agreement between Canberra and Skopje which would allow citizens to work and study in each other’s countries. In a statement regarding the February 15 meeting and the various statements attributed to him, Mr O’Connor said: “As a local Member of Parliament I listen to and have a good relationship with the Macedonian community. “Equally, I listen to, respect and appreciate any issues of concern of my Greek constituents. “As a Minister, obviously I support the Government’s policy position. We encourage the governments in Skopje and Athens to work together and we support the mediation process led by the United Nations Special Negotiator.”
A new network has been launched to address the needs and challenges faced by culturally and linguistically diverse ageing communities. Entitled the National CALD Ageing Network (NCAN), the network aims to meet regularly and create strategies on their findings to present to the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler. Mr Butler, who was present at the launch held at the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) Hall on Thursday, said that he prompted the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) to create this network to ensure the reforms in the area of CALD ageing communities happen quickly. The Network is a web-based communication network that has been designed for all stakeholders who are involved in the CALD Aged sector – a resource where any information on CALD aged care can be sourced, disseminated and shared. It will be a forum for any stakeholder to express any issues relating to CALD ageing. Pino Migliorino, FECCA Chair, Voula Messimeri-Kianidis, executive director, AGWS, and Joe Caputo, chair, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria were at the launch and have taken part in this network in a bid to ensure the needs of the ageing Greek community are met. In his address, Mr Migliorino said that due to the ageing population of Australia, the needs of the CALD communities are great. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Recyclage : 6,5 kg de déchets électroniques collectés par habitant en 2010L’organisme Eco-systèmes a annoncé hier avoir collecté plus de 310.000 tonnes de déchets d’équipements électriques et électroniques en France en 2010, l’équivalent de 6,5 kilogrammes par habitant.Depuis 2006, l’organisme Eco-systèmes, agréé par les pouvoirs publics et créé par des producteurs et distributeurs d’équipements électriques et électroniques, procède à la collecte des déchets. L’an passé, 310.000 tonnes de déchets ont été récupérés avec un taux moyen de recyclage de 82% par appareil. Au total, plus de 29 millions d’appareils électroménagers et électroniques ont ainsi “pris le bon chemin”, selon l’organisme, en ne finissant pas à la décharge. Ce sont sept millions d’appareils de plus qu’en 2009.À lire aussiUn geyser de Yellowstone jaillit et éjecte des déchets jetés par des touristes il y a plus de 80 ansCes déchets (DEEE), recyclés en matières premières secondaires, évitent l’émission de 187.732 tonnes de CO2, rapporte l’AFP. Cela permet également d’économiser 297.699 barils de pétrole brut par le biais du recyclage de 47.500 tonnes de plastiques contenus dans ces appareils électriques et électroniques.Plus en détail, ce sont très exactement 134.141 tonnes de ferraille qui ont été traitées et ont été transformées en fer avec une économie équivalente à la consommation d’énergie annuelle de 4.120 ménages. Pour la récupération des métaux non-ferreux, l’économie d’énergie a même été deux fois supérieure.Par ailleurs, la collecte de 2010 a également permis le réemploi après réparation de 428.600 appareils de gros et petit électroménager, d’écrans de télévision et d’ordinateurs dans le cadre du partenariat avec Emmaüs et Envie, les deux principaux acteurs de l’économie solidaire. Alain Grimm-Hecker, le président d’Eco-Systèmes, a ainsi confié à l’AFP qu’il pensait pouvoir “atteindre l’objectif des 10 kg de DEEE recyclés par habitant et par an” fixé pour 2014 “compte tenu de tous les efforts entrepris”.Le 13 juillet 2011 à 15:43 • Maxime Lambert
The Times also announced six new signature video series, including “The Fine Line – Olympics: Rio de Janeiro 2016,” which will break down how each athlete competes, illuminating the techniques they use to gain an advantage in their sport, and “The Art of Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business,” for which Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg will explore the science of productivity and, in his words, “how we can be happier and improve our lives every day.” Levien seemed almost giddy when announcing the launch of Story X, “a space, lab and team of journalists, creators, and technologists experimenting with how stories are made and shared” this summer. The Story X team will create products for the newsroom and T Brand Studio, the Times’ brand marketing unit. Credit: Doug Goodman Photography; courtesy of the IAB. It’s not every day that you get to peer at the icy surface of Pluto. But yesterday afternoon, guests at The New York Times NewFront presentation got an eyeful of the dwarf planet, thanks to Google Cardboard viewers and borrowed iPhones (which helpful interns were careful to reclaim). The audience previewed “Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart,” a stereoscopic experience that did not disappoint. The film will be available in the NYT app later this month when 300,000 digital subscribers receive Google Cardboard viewers. After sharing video clips and some personal reflections by Times journalists on their beats or how particular stories came about, Levien closed the presentation by saying that “the future of media is nothing more than great content.” In the Times’ case, however, that content more and more is meant to be viewed, not read. It’s clear with or without the viewers that the Times is pouring its resources into video. “The trend toward a visual future is both obvious and accelerating,” said Meredith Kopit Levien, executive vice president and chief revenue officer, The New York Times Company. Duhigg involved spectators in a low-tech, interactive gag by challenging everyone in the room to create a paper airplane and send it soaring into a red bucket he had on stage. He promised anyone whose plane landed in the bucket $100. (One actually made it, and I’m guessing Duhigg wrote a check from his personal account.)
Ruby Rivas and Mila Hargrove discuss a song as teacher Patrick Murphy leads a music class at Gastineau Elementary School in Douglas. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News) Gastineau Elementary School music teacher Patrick Murphy leads his class in song. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News) Those rules forced him figure things out. Pretty soon, he was teaching himself.Murphy grew up going to a church that had lots of acoustic music. That included songs in the folk tradition, some from decades ago. Murphy has the seemingly daunting task of teaching classic songs like “Shady Grove” to third and fourth-graders. “Kids like history,” Murphy said. “They like to hear stories that are bizarre. The story of John Henry, the third-graders love that. Why would he bother to compete with a machine? The absurdness of the human spirit sometimes to a young kid is really entertaining.”Still, some come to him with more recent songs. It’s not so much Bruno Mars or Lady Gaga, but pop classics, such as “Yellow Submarine” or “Lean on Me”.Some end up in the class songbook, which changes every year.Murphy used to teach middle-school band. Gastineau and other schools where he’s taught have had many years of stand-up student choirs. And he’s not critical.“That kind of approach is great,” Murphy said. “That high-art music takes a certain discipline to play and work on that. But I guess, from my perspective, I want them to have fun and I want them to do it on their own.”And they do. Murphy starts some days with a full musical assembly in the school commons, where everybody gets a chance to play and sing. It’s a cacophony and it’s not always pretty. But a lot of the kids have smiles on their faces. Gastineau Elementary School student Derrick Price plays mandolin and sings during a music class led by Patrick Murphy. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News) Gastineau Elementary School student Sophia Lundeman sings and plays guitar during a music class led by Patrick Murphy (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)When you think about an elementary school music class, a choir might come to mind. The students sing choral standards with their teacher standing in front, or backing them up on piano. Listen NowBut these days, some of those classes are different. In Juneau, one music teacher has hundreds of kids playing guitars, mandolins, ukuleles and banjos – together, as a band. In the music room at Gastineau School in Douglas, Patrick Murphy leads a group of energetic third-graders through a folk standard, pointing out chord changes and strumming styles.The songbook assembled by Gastineau Elementary School teacher Patrick Murphy. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Murphy weaves his way around the classroom, checking that instruments are tuned and the right lyric sheet is out. The kids quickly become focused. “This is silly, but the most difficult thing as a teacher is to get them to sit down,” Murphy said. “If I can get them seated with their gear, then in 30 seconds, we’re making music.”These kids pick up instruments pretty soon after the school year starts. That’s because Murphy wants them to get a feel for the songs before they get to the technical side. “I do that later,” Murphy said. “I kind of have this belief that if they can make music first – sing and play – then that reference will help them when they start reading stuff on the staff. … Which we do.”Students focus on guitar the first year. But the classroom walls are hung with other stringed instruments. By the end of third grade, some are ready for a change.“In fourth or fifth grade, I kind of just let them grab an instrument. And they turn to the chord chart and they teach it to themselves,” Murphy said. “And then I teach them their role in a string band. The banjoes have the thumb picking and the mandolins and ukuleles kind of chop with the snare drum and that sort of thing.”All this is very different from Murphy’s own schooling, which was mostly classical. “I was a trained bass player,” Murphy said. “I went through the conservatory system. And it just about taught the music out of me. And I met a bunch of guys who were cowboys. They liked to sit around campfires and play guitar. And I asked one of my friends to teach me. And he said, ‘I’ll teach you how to play guitar. Two rules: You can’t write anything down and you can’t ask me any questions.’” Patrick Murphy works with banjo and guitar players Quinn Andel, Eric Holberg and Andrew William during a class at Gastineau Elementary School. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)
It’s easy to see why these women love the game: It’s quick and competitive, with lots of opportunities for teasing and laughter. Christina Kanayurak (left) mid-discard during a game of snerts with her mother, Lilly Kanayurak, (center) and sister, Karen Hopson (right). April 17, 2019. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) Some men do play, said Hopson, “and some of them are really fast.” Sometimes they share happy news or funny stories. But it also helps them get through hard times — like when they lost a close family member. It didn’t originate in Utqiaġvik, but it’s very much of this place. David Parlett, a card game expert, says it’s a widespread game that’s been played for well over a century — adding that the variety of names is living proof of its popularity. And in Alaska it’s played all over the place — an informal Twitter survey looking for players of the game drew responses from areas in the Northwest Arctic, the Interior and Bristol Bay. But it’s also just about seeing each other, getting a chance to catch up and check in. This group started getting together to play on a regular basis a few years ago, but the frequency of their games varies. In the winter they might play three games a week; other times they might go a few months without playing; one time they played 14 days straight. Again and again they come back to this table, where they sit in a circle facing one another — laughing, sharing stories and talking through what’s going on in their lives, one snerts game at a time. “We’re going to be throwing the cards very fast,” said Corrine Danner by way of explanation. The group settles themselves around the table as kids play happily in the background, and each lays out a deck of cards in front of her. Snerts is a technical game that’s impossible for a casual observer to make sense of. But the easiest way to describe it would be a kind of competitive solitaire, where everyone is playing their hand simultaneously, either with a partner or by themselves. From left to right: snerts players Christina Kanayurak, Lilly Kanayurak, Karen Hopson, Clara Oenga and Nora Jane Adams. April 17, 2019. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) “At times our husbands, or their husbands and their uncles and brothers will be hunting,” Danner said. “We get bored and we try to either sew or play cards.” And in Utqiaġvik — where a snerts tournament is even part of Piuraagiaqta, the local spring festival, and groups of die-hard enthusiasts play on a regular basis — it’s one of the most popular games in town. Different versions dictate different ways to win the round — but you always say the same thing when you do: “Snerts!” “But … they don’t like people to know that they’re playing,” Lilly Kanayurak joked . “There would be tea and homemade bread and candy, hard candy on the sides,” she said. “And just a lot of fun and competition.” On a sunny evening in Utqiaġvik, six women gather at Karen Hopson’s house to play. Most of them are related to each other, and most of them grew up playing snerts. Lilly Kanayurak — Hopson’s mother — remembers playing with her grandparents and their friends when she was a little kid. This is one version of the card game known as snerts. It’s the one that Lilly Kanayurak says she grew up playing, and is more commonly played in Utqiaġvik. (Video by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) This is a variation on the more commonly played Utqiaġvik snerts game, where the game starts with all 52 cards in the deck distributed to seven columns with three floating cards on the bottom. (Video by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk) There’s a card game played all over Alaska that’s chaotic, competitive and lightning fast. It goes by many names — but on the North Slope it’s known as “snerts.” The game is played at high velocity — with people slinging cards across the table and trying to discard ahead of their competitors. And of course, there’s the possibility of some turbulence along with that: “I have to take my wedding ring off because it can scratch somebody really bad,” said Danner. In Utqiaġvik, it’s mostly women who play. And this group convenes more in the wintertime, during the long stretches of cold and dark. But they get together whenever their schedules allow. There are different ways to play it, and a long list of different names it’s known by, including “nertz,” “peanuts,” “squeal,” “scrooge” and “racing demon.” It is called Snerts in the Interior villages – I grew up playing it!— Nikoosh (@CNCnorth) May 25, 2019 “Don’t post it on Facebook!” Danner added . “I think we found a lot of strength in getting together, and joy,” Lilly Kanayurak said. “Finding that happiness again.” The first step to playing the game is spreading a blanket over the big kitchen table. This one happens to be emblazoned with Al Pacino’s gun-toting silhouette from the movie “Scarface.” The intention is to keep the cards from sliding all over the place.
.Contrasting pictures appear in the now-defunct enclaves of Bangladesh and India, two years after their formal exchange between the countries.On 31 July 2015, Bangladesh took over 111 enclaves from India and handed over 55 in exchange, as part of the Land Boundary Treaty signed in 1974.The enclave dwellers now in Bangladesh have witnessed ‘waves of development’ as the once underprivileged enclaves are illuminated with electricity and the people have been given their land rights. They were also provided with health service, old-age allowance and widower allowance.The dwellers of enclaves now in India, alleged that they were not given any of the promised social and financial facilities over the past two years.Protesting at the indifference of the Indian authorities, the former enclave dwellers boycotted the first anniversary of historic exchange. No official programme was arranged to celebrate the historic exchange of enclaves this year.In visits to the makeshift camps in Haldibari, Mekhliganj and Dinhata in India on Saturday and Sunday, our correspondent found that the dwellers were unhappy as their dreams did not come true.In Bangladesh, out of 111 enclaves, 12 are in Kurigram district, 59 in Lalmonirhat, 36 in Panchagar and four in Nilphamari.As the enclaves’ dwellers were free to choose their nationality during the exchange process in 2015, 921 dwellers went to India’s Cooch Behar district.The 929 members of 200 families are currently living in makeshift camps in Cooch Bihar district.Ashwinni Kumar, a dweller in the Haldibari camp, said a family was given 30 kgs of rice, 5 litres of kerosene, 5 kgs of dal (lentils, 1 kg powdered milk, and 1 kg salt. “Can a family survive with just this?” asked the camp resident.Mekhliganj camp dwellers alleged that the pucca (brick and cement) houses that were built for the former enclave dwellers on a river bank in Panishala were not livable. They refuse to go there.In Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, the village Bhitarkuthi village had electricity, seven culverts, and a two-kilometre road is set to be constructed.A primary school has already been built there for the former enclave dwellers.Kulaghat union parishad chairman Idris Ali said the union distributed 196 ration cards, 75 cards for old-age allowance, 5 for widower allowance and 15 for people with disability.Lalmonirhat district council chairman and district Awami League general secretary Motiar Rahman said a total of 49 hand pumps for drinking water and 33 sewing machines were distributed free of cost.Lalmonirhat power development board executive engineer Hasnat Zaman said 1,900 houses were given power connections in Bhitarkuthi Banshkapai village.However, transport facilities in the four defunct enclaves in Dimla upazila of Nilphamari remained poor in the past two years.“Those who are poorer get various allowance cards, land documents, and have become voters, but we have no roads. We have to walk through the fields,” said Md Sharifuzzaman, a resident in the upazila.Eighth-grader Mashrafi Naznin said, “We hoped to have a new educational institution here and improvements in communications. But our hopes remain unfulfilled for the past two years.”Despite the allegations, a digital information centre has been set up for the former enclave dwellers. Entrepreneur of the centre Abdul Alim said people can avail all kinds of digital services here.On the contrary, the dwellers in the defunct enclaves inside India alleged they are not getting any government or private jobs.They demanded implementation of the pledges made by the central government of India.They also demanded permanent residence for them.One camp dweller, Bhoirab Barman, said, “We are now like a football. We are moving from one place to another in accordance with the wishes of the authorities.”*Amar Saha wrote from India, Shafi Khan from Kurigram, Abdur Rab from Lalmonirhat and Mir Mahmudul Hasan from Nilphamari. This report, compiled from two reports published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.