Air India leaves Indian Table Tennis Squad Stranded at IGI Airport

first_imgIndia’s table tennis star Manika Batra and six other top paddlers were today left stranded at the Indira Gandhi International Airport after being denied boarding on a Melbourne flight by national carrier Air India en route an international event.The Indian contingent, comprising 17 players and officials, is scheduled to participate at the ITTF World Tour Australian Open starting on Monday in Melbourne.Read it at ITV Related Itemslast_img

‘Officially done’ with college studies, Thirdy Ravena to take master’s degree

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Exemplifying the role of a student-athlete, Ravena has completed his academic duties and he posted his graduation photo on his Instagram account on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 22-year-old Ravena has come a long way after he was forced to sit out UAAP Season 78 due to academic deficiencies.Ravena, who studied AB Interdisciplinary Studies with Communications and Information Design as tracks, said he plans to take a master’s degree in either communication or management. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Blackwater flaunts depth in win over Rain or Shine Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—Thirdy Ravena has garnered a long list of accolades throughout his young basketball career, having won two UAAP championships and a pair of Finals MVP awards for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.His latest achievement, however, shows that the do-it-all forward can also get it done off the court.ADVERTISEMENT But before that, Ravena still has one more mission left to accomplish for Ateneo.He has one year left of eligibility in the UAAP and he wants no less than another championship to cap off his colorful collegiate career. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Cricket: Indian Premier League brand value increases by $US 1 billion

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: Hindustan Times)Indian Premier League has gained an increase in the overall brand value from US$ 5.3 billion in 2017 to US$ 6.3 billion in 2018, as per the findings of IPL Brand Valuation Report 2018.Varun Gupta, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps said in the press release that this increase in the brand value was mainly due to the change in broadcasting rights.“Star India’s broadcasting rights deal was a game changer that put IPL on par with some of the biggest sporting leagues in the world. The change in content consumption, the influx of over-the-top (OTT) and digital viewing platforms and increased support from advertisers, broadcasters and sponsors have given the IPL greater significance in terms of brand value,” said Gupta.The 2018 season also set a world record viewership of 10.7 million concurrent viewers, beating the 2012 world record of over 8 million concurrent viewers, held by Youtube for Felix Baumgartner’s space jump.Not only the broadcasting but also the social media played an equal role in increasing the brand value of the tournament.The report stated that the 2018 season saw a jump from 642,900 mentions in the first week of IPL 2017, to 855,400 in the first week of the 2018 season, which rose to 1.3 million after two weeks.Coming to the teams it was once again Mumbai Indians that stood on top in the overall brand value for the teams. Kolkata Knight Riders were placed second and the returning Chennai Super Kings were placed third.This edition saw Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings return to the elusive tournament after serving 2 years of suspension.Chennai went on to defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad in the finals to lift the title for the 3rd time.Also Read:Cricket: Arjun Tendulkar helps the Ground Staffs at Lord’slast_img read more

Saido Berahino: the former golden boy who has gone 632 days without scoring

first_imgShare on Facebook Share via Email Read more Share on LinkedIn The Joy of Six: seasons from hell Sportblog Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twittercenter_img Which is not to say that butter wouldn’t melt in the mouth of a footballer who at that stage in life had represented his adopted country at every level from under-16 to under-21 and already featured in one senior England squad. Boys will be boys and he had encountered some pot-holes along the road. Photos emerged of him inhaling nitrous oxide, then, more seriously, he pleaded guilty to drink-driving after failing a breath test when he was caught speeding in his car. Berahino cited his religious faith as a crutch on which to lean during these difficult times off the field as he approached the end of his first and only 20-goal season. Here was a kid at a crossroads, but with God and goals on his side it seemed the world was his oyster.So, 2,159 minutes. But at least his most recent goal was decisive. Still a West Brom player at the time, Berahino scored what proved to be the clincher in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on 27 February 2016. It had been three months since his previous one, but in the aftermath of that victory his then manager, Tony Pulis, spoke fondly of the striker and declared him the Baggies’ answer to Jamie Vardy or Harry Kane. It was a bold call and ultimately a foolish one. The Leicester City striker and his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart are England regulars who have scored 104 goals between them since Berahino last found the net. By contrast, the 24-year-old has just one top-flight assist and a missed penalty to his name. It constitutes extremely slim pickings for a player who holds himself in regard high enough to merit throwing a hissy-fit when a move from The Hawthorns to Tottenham fell through on transfer deadline day in 2015. On Twitter he announced he would never play for the club again as long as chairman Jeremy Peace remained in charge.Berahino never did get his move to Spurs, who could be forgiven for thinking they probably dodged a bullet. After 21 appearances he has yet to score for Stoke City, for whom he signed last January for £12m. On wages of £70,000 per week with a contract that runs until June 2022, his is an expensive goal drought with which to saddle any club and it shows no sign of ending. “After a frustrating period he’s now desperately keen to reignite his career and we look forward to seeing him do that with us,” said Stoke’s chief executive, Tony Scholes, when Berahino signed his deal. Ten months, no goals and not much else later, his current thoughts on the matter are worth at least a penny.Upon signing for Stoke, Berahino was forced to deny he had been too big for West Brom in every sense of the word. It emerged he had served an eight-week ban for testing positive for an unspecified recreational drug and rumours circulated about weight problems. He had previously admitted to “feeling depressed and struggling for focus” after a long spell on the sidelines. Despite his pleas for forgiveness at what was an obviously difficult time, the club cut him loose at the first opportunity and their fans were happy to see the back of a player they felt thought West Brom was beneath him.While Berahino could be excused a slow start to his Stoke City career following his personal and fitness problems towards the latter stages of his time at the Hawthorns, his increasingly fleeting cameos suggest that Mark Hughes is losing patience with a striker whose scoring touch has completely deserted him. He has come on in the 86th, 78th and 80th minutes in Stoke’s three most recent Premier League games and while the England squad he was once part of prepared for their friendly against Germany, he suffered the indignity of playing all 90 minutes of a Checkatrade Trophy defeat for Stoke Under-23s against Bury at Gigg Lane in which he drew yet another blank.“We have high hopes for Saido to be that striker who gets that 15, 20 goals, which makes a huge difference,” said Hughes towards the end of last season. In the interim, those minutes on the pitch have kept adding up and he has failed to get even one. He has, however, got engaged to his girlfriend and his Twitter feed shows no signs that he is plumbing the depths of despair he experienced at West Brom. We know he has overcome far worse traumas so he is clearly not a player beyond hope. Nevertheless, for all his regular talk about people not really knowing who he is, after 2,159 minutes without scoring, one can’t help but wonder if the striker even knows himself very well any more. Stoke City It’s a long time, 2,159 minutes. Exactly enough to fit in Beverly Hills Cop and all four Indiana Jones movies, plus the Godfather, Toy Story, Man With No Name and the original Star Wars trilogies. Those of a more masochistic bent could spend it watching all the senior football Saido Berahino has played since he last scored a goal: 2,159 minutes and counting. By the time Stoke City take on Brighton in the Premier League on Monday night, 632 days will have passed since he celebrated one of his own. As statistics go it is shocking and must be a source of great concern for his employers. How many more movie marathons must we sit through before it is fair to label him another wasted talent with a great future behind him?In an interview with the Daily Telegraph in early 2015, Berahino complained that “people read about me and hear about me but nobody really knows who I am”. At the time he was best known as a raw but promising 21-year-old striker with West Bromwich Albion, but the interview sketched a picture of a more complex character, offering different aspects of light and shade. A refugee forced to flee Burundi for England alone as a 10-year-old, Berahino eventually joined his mother and sisters who had also escaped the civil war that claimed the life of his father. He came across as an apparently well-adjusted young man who clearly adored his mum and had a good understanding of the suffering those left behind in his homeland were forced to endure. Heck, he was even trying to help by setting up an eponymous foundation which he hoped would eventually raise enough money to build a hospital. Topics Share on Messenger features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Emiliano Sala and pilot likely exposed to carbon monoxide before fatal crash

first_img Next Reuters LondonAugust 14, 2019UPDATED: August 14, 2019 20:03 IST Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala was flying from Nantes to Wales when the aircraft disappeared over English Channel. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEmiliano Sala’s blood showed high levels of carbon monoxide: ReportsSala was flying from western France to Wales when his aircraft disappearedHis body was recovered when the wreckage of the plane was finally discovered about two weeks laterArgentine football player Emiliano Sala’s blood showed high levels of carbon monoxide, air accident investigators said on Wednesday, and it was likely the pilot of the plane flying him to Britain had also been exposed before their fatal crash.Sala, 28, was flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales to join Cardiff City when the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel in January.His body was recovered when the wreckage of the plane was finally discovered about two weeks later.A special bulletin from Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch said toxicology tests on his blood had shown that Sala had a saturation level of 58% of carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb), a mixture of carbon monoxide (CO) and haemoglobin.Exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to damage to the brain, heart and nervous system and a COHb level of over 50% is considered to be potentially fatal, causing seizure, unconsciousness or a heart attack.In this type of aircraft, the cockpit is not separated from the cabin and it is considered likely that the pilot would also have been affected to some extent by exposure to CO, the report said.It is clear from the symptoms that exposure to CO can reduce or inhibit a pilot’s ability to fly an aircraft depending on the level of that exposure.Sala’s family said a detailed examination of the plane wreckage was needed to determine how the gas was able to leak into the cabin.That dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide have been found in Emiliano’s body raises many questions for the family. How he died will be determined at the inquest in due course, they said in a statement.advertisementFuture air safety rests on knowing as much as possible on this issue.The AAIB said its investigations were continuing and that a final report would be published in due course.Also Read | Emiliano Sala crash report says plane not licensed for commercial useAlso Read | Family, teammates and fans attend Emiliano Sala funeral and special memorial in ProgresoAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Emiliano SalaFollow Sala plane crash Emiliano Sala and pilot likely exposed to carbon monoxide before fatal crashEmiliano Sala was flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales to join Cardiff City when the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel in January. His body was recovered when the wreckage of the plane was finally discovered about two weeks later.advertisementlast_img read more

AAJ Donates $9 Million to ODPEM’s ‘Help Impacted Islands Initiative’

first_imgAirports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) has donated $9 million to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management’s (ODPEM) ‘Help Impacted Islands Initiative’ to assist Caribbean countries affected by the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria. The cheque was presented during a ceremony held on Friday (October 13) at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management headquarters in Kingston.The distribution of the Funds will be done through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDMEA).Among the islands impacted by the passage of the hurricanes include: Anguilla, Barbuda, Dominica, Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands.In his remarks, Director General of the ODPEM, Major Clive Davis thanked the AAJ for its generous donation, which he said, sets the example for other organizations to follow suit in giving generously to these islands which are in dire need of assistance.“The suffering is far from over. Reports coming out of Dominica are that the rebuilding process is going to be long and challenging. The Airports Authority has seen the need, has identified with the cause and we will ensure that those persons in need benefit from this donation,” he said.For his part, President and Chief Executive Officer of the AAJ, Audley Deidrick noted that because of the extreme damage done to the islands, “we found it necessary to make this presentation to the Government.”“I am happy to show our Caribbean brothers and sisters that the government and people of Jamaica stand with them in their time of need,” he said. The ‘Help Impacted Islands Initiative’ is aimed at providing support to the impacted states of the Caribbean. Donations may be made in two forms, that is, monetary and in-kind.Monetary Donations may be made at any branch of the National Commercial Bank, under the account Name: ODPEM donation account (Oxford Road Branch), account number: 212-387-304.Persons may also donate items such as: bottled water; non-perishable/canned food items; tarpaulins; diapers; sheet sets; collapsible water containers; hygiene products; flashlights/ lanterns; and batteries.The items can be delivered to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management at 2-4 Haining Road Kingston 5 on Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

MPC Container Ships Buys One More Feeder

first_imgzoom Norwegian containership owner MPC Container Ships has signed an agreement to purchase a 2005-built feeder container vessel.Under the deal, signed on March 9, the company said it would acquire the 1,350 TEU ship Francoise Gilot for a price of USD 6.6 million.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ship in question is operated by German shipping company Harmstorf Reederei.MPC Container Ships said that the physical takeover of the vessel is expected to take place next week, expanding the company’s total fleet to 59 feeder vessels.The carrier’s latest acquisition comes only weeks after MPC Container Ships reached an agreement to buy a fleet of 14 feeder container vessels.The fleet, which includes vessels ranging from 1,300 TEU to 2,800 TEU, would be purchased for a total of USD 139.5 million to be settled in cash from MPC Container Ships’ existing funds.The company earlier said it would establish wholly-owned subsidiaries to take over the ships.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Lunenburg County

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: Petite Riviere Bridge Route 331 at Petite Riviere is closed until further notice for emergency repairs to the retaining wall. A detour is available from Wentzell Road to Petite Riviere Road. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 -30-last_img

Traffic Advisories Lunenburg Victoria Counties

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Seal Island Bridge to the top of Kelly’s Mountain, will have alternating lane closures for paving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bridgewater George Joudrey Road, between Dauphinee Road and Jessie Lane, is reduced to one lane to install culverts until Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.last_img

Extraordinary fire situation with over 170 new fires started in BC official

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Fire crews worked to save buildings and protect transportation routes Saturday after thousands of people were chased from their homes by wildfires that raged out of control across British Columbia’s central Interior.More than 180 fires were burning, many considered out of control, as the B.C. government declared a provincewide state of emergency to co-ordinate the crisis response. Officials said buildings have been destroyed, but they did not release numbers.The BC Wildfire Service says over 173 fires were reported on Friday alone as lightning storms rolled over several parts of B.C.Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer for the service, said it was “an extraordinary day in terms of fire activity across the province.”“We’re focusing now on public safety, keeping these fires away from communities, protecting transportation routes, things like that,” he said in an interview on Saturday.John Rustad, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations, said the province has been in contact with the federal government “in case there’s a situation where we believe we need to bring in additional resources, whether that’s through the military or other purposes.”He said Ottawa is ready to provide whatever help is needed.All of the province’s resources have been applied to the fires and they are making every effort to save lives, homes and infrastructure, Rustad said.On Saturday, 1,000 firefighters were battling the wildfires with an additional 600 people backing them up. Another 200 contractors were helping.“But that number is about to grow, likely dramatically in the next few days,” said Rustad. “We’ve deployed all of the staff that we have available.”He said 260 more firefighters were coming from other parts of Canada.The largest fires forced thousands from their homes in the communities of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, 105 Mile House, 108 Mile House and 150 Mile House. Three major fires near 100 Mile House, Cache Creek and the Williams Lake airport ranged in size from 14 to 20 square kilometres.Eight of the fires were threatening homes or other structures, said RustadJohn Ranta, mayor of Cache Creek and head of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, said Friday that a fire burning between Ashcroft and Cache Creek destroyed dozens of buildings, including at least five houses, 30 trailer park homes and two hangars at a regional airport.On Saturday, Ranta said no further structures were lost overnight.“Things are looking at lot better here now,” he said.In Kamloops, a smoky haze covered the city, making it difficult to see the hills on either side of the Thompson River Valley. The area smelled of burning wood.Gordon Davis, manager of the emergency centre at McArthur Sports Centre in Kamloops, said more than 500 people had registered as of Friday.“A lot of them watched their homes burn down,” he said.“A lot of them don’t know if their homes are still there. That not knowing is stressful.”Some people who weren’t ordered to leave their homes were ready just in case.Gwen Dachsel waited in her home in Williams Lake on Saturday morning with the doors and windows shut, her car loaded with two bags of personal belongings.Dachsel, 72, said the roads leading out of her community have been closed in almost every direction and the fear of not knowing what to do is almost as frightening as the fires.“If we had to really leave town, I don’t know which way we would go,” she said in a phone interview. “If I saw a flame, then I would (feel trapped). Then, I would panic.”Dachsel, who has asthma, said her eyes stung and her breathing was heavy from smoke outside while she tried to water her plants. Her family photographs have been stored away in a fireproof safe, which Dachsel hopes will protect them if the house she has lived in for more than four decades goes up in flames.“It would be quite a traumatic experience, and for my daughters too,” Dachsel said. “It’s life that matters, so hopefully they can control these fires and things will be OK.”Mike Flannigan, the Director of Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, said the thunderstorms sweeping through the area brought little rain and set off fires with lightning strikes.The thunderstorms also create a lot of wind, which fans the flames, he said.“So this creates strong, shifting winds, which can be very dangerous for people and firefighters,” he said.“You really have to be on guard if there’s thunderstorms around, if you’re trying to do fire management.”Several highways have been closed because of fires, including in several spots along Highway 1 between Ashcroft and Cache Creek, south of Quesnel and through Savona.Theo Faber, a 39-year-old truck driver from Abbotsford was on his way to get some lumber north of Cache Creek on Friday when he found himself stuck in heavy smoke and fire.“My safest option was to keep going slowly,” he said. “Fortunately, everyone was moving through. The smoke was very thick. I could barely see through it. There was fire in the ditches on both sides of my vehicle.”Faber said he would have “perished” if he had reached the highway 15 minutes later than he did.“It was very scary,” he said.Premier-designate John Horgan described the situation in Interior communities like Cache Creek, Ashcroft and Williams Lake as “grave.”“The people already evacuated or facing evacuation, as well as our frontline firefighters and first responders, need to know everyone in the province is behind them,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

Alberta boosts funding to Calgary veterinarian program cuts ties with WCVM

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta government is bumping up funding for more spaces at the University of Calgary’s veterinary medicine program.Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt says the province will reallocate $4.7 million per year to the Calgary program beginning in 2020.However, the move is accompanied by a decision to withdraw more than $8 million in annual funding to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.The dean of WCVM, Douglas Freeman, says he is “deeply disappointed” with the move, saying it severs a 54-year-old partnership that began in 1963 when the Saskatoon institution was jointly established by the four western provinces.Freeman says losing that large chunk of funding beginning in 2020 will “certainly have an impact” on the WCVM’s programs and services.Alberta hopes to add 80 additional positions to the Calgary program by 2023, bringing its capacity to more than 200 veterinary students.“The University of Calgary’s veterinary program has grown into a world-renowned institution, and with this new funding we will now have the capacity to train all of our students right here in Alberta,” Schmidt said in a news release.“The partnership with the other provinces worked for many years, but by focusing our support on one Alberta-based program, we will achieve provincial cost savings and increase access. This will make life better for students, families, and communities.”Dru Marshall, academic vice-president at the University of Calgary, said the government investment cements the province’s support for the Alberta livestock industry.Freeman, meanwhile, said the WCVM will soldier on without Alberta’s participation.“One province’s decision doesn’t erase all that we have built and accomplished together in the past five decades,” he said. “The WCVM will continue to be Western Canada’s veterinary college, providing quality veterinary education, research and clinical expertise to the region. We will not let the loss of support from one partner jeopardize our college’s value to all western Canadians.”last_img read more

Ethiopia faces deteriorating food security UN warns

17 October 2008Drought-hit Ethiopians are facing a worsening food situation as the cost of maize soars nearly three-fold in some areas of the Horn of Africa country compared to last year, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) cautioned today. Migration by people from rural to urban areas in search of food is increasing, it noted, and aid agencies have identified critical malnutrition. A rapid assessment team said it found grave water and pasture shortages in some areas.Due to reduced rations resulting from breaks in the pipeline have led to reduced rations, whose distribution began in July and will continue until December, OCHA said that it anticipates increased malnutrition and a rise in child labour and begging.The Office also warned that without adequate October-December rains, food insecurity will continue will into next year.Earlier this week, OCHA appealed for more than $265 million to fund relief operations in Ethiopia for the next three months to meet the widening scale of the crisis, with some 6.4 million people now estimated to need urgent assistance.It reported that a recent joint assessment by Ethiopian authorities and the international humanitarian community found that an extra 1.8 million people have been hit hard by the crisis since the last assessment in June.The biggest increase has been in the country’s south-east, known as the Somali region, where the number of people requiring emergency food aid has almost doubled to 1.9 million since June. read more

Hamilton boy dies after being struck by steel

A nine-year-old boy is dead after an incident in an east-end industrial facility.Paramedics rushed to a building at 65 Imperial St. at around 1:30 this afternoon. They found the boy with severe head injuries and a broken leg.He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Senior UN relief official describes bleak situation in South Sudan after a

Ms Kang, who is also UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs said fighting displaced some 1.9 million within the country, with many thousands seeking refuge in UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases as they fled attacks in fear for their lives. Many more had fled into the bush and were too fearful to return to their homes.“Countless people have been killed, some very brutally,” she said, pointing out that many more had suffered appalling crimes, with many villages torched and lives ruined. Children, like a 13 year-old she recalled meeting in Lankien in Jonglei Province, had lost access to education and she had assessed the work of humanitarians in response to dire needs.Political in-fighting between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. Ms. Kansa said today that even before the outbreak of hostilities, aid delivery in South Sudan posed major difficulties but the conflict intensified a “bleak” situation. Humanitarians faced active hostility, threats to their lives and significant logistical pressures. A total of 13 humanitarian workers had died since November 2013, but their efforts meant that assistance reached 3.5 million people, that a famine was averted, and that a cholera outbreak had been suppressed.Despite such efforts, however, 2.5 million people would face food insecurity next year and aid organizations needed $600m to kick-start their 2015 operations. Pre-positioning of assets and preparations ahead of the rainy season in April would be necessary, as up to 60 per cent of the country’s roads would become impassable.In addition, previous dry seasons had seen escalations of violence, and she said she expected the same to happen now. An uptick in violence had already been seen in some provinces.During her visit to Ethiopia, Ms. Kang travelled to the town of Gambella, on the border with South Sudan, where many South Sudanese refugees had fled. Up to 40 per cent of the 472,000 refugees fleeing South Sudan arrived in Ethiopia, she noted, adding that Kenya and Uganda were also major stopping points.She was impressed by the Ethiopian Government’s efforts to help refugees and she pointed out that resources required to support the refugee population were increasingly stretched as the needs and scale of requirements grew to “tremendous” levels.While in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, she had briefed the African Union Peace and Security Council, noting that her message, first and foremost, was that “the conflict must stop.” She called on those with influence on the South Sudanese parties to redouble their efforts to find a political solution and on both parties to the conflict to respect ceasefire commitments and international legal obligations. read more

Ban appoints senior UN officials as Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef

Mr. Mulet will succeed the outgoing Chef de Cabinet, Susana Malcorra, to whom Mr. Ban reiterated his deepest gratitude for her tireless support, outstanding leadership and admirable dedication and her commitment, integrity and diligence inspired and shaped the UN, leading by example while setting standards at the highest level. Mr. Mulet has been Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations since 2007, with a term from 2010 to 2011 as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).Previously, he served as Special Representative and Head of MINUSTAH, from 2006 to 2007, prior to which, he was a diplomat, having been posted as Ambassador to the European Union and the United States. Mr. Mulet was also a member of Guatemala’s National Congress for some 12 years, including one term as its President. In addition to his public service, he worked for many years as a journalist and as a legal counsellor in public institutions and the private sector.Mr. Carey is presently Director of Office in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, a function he has exercised since 2012, and previously he held a series of progressively responsible positions, including as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), Deputy Director of Mission Support in the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and Executive Officer for the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support.He also served in other peacekeeping missions, and before joining the UN Mr. Carey served 14 years as an Officer in the Irish Defence Forces, including two tours of duty with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). read more

Irish man Tom McGinty key to Scotland Yards oldest missing person case

first_imgMARY FLANAGAN WAS described as a “bright and friendly girl from an Irish Catholic family” when she disappeared from her home in east London on New Year’s Eve 1959.At 16 years of age, she had planned to attend a party. She never made it home and the mystery surrounding her disappearance remains Scotland Yard’s oldest missing person case.Mary would be 70 this month and to mark that occasion, London police have issued a fresh appeal for information, placing her Irish boyfriend as a central clue in the case.“”We know Mary may have had a boyfriend called Tom McGinty at the time of her disappearance – I think it is key that we trace this man as he may be able to shed light on the events around New Year in 1960,” said Detective Chief Inspector Dave Rock at Newham Police.“It is now over 50 years since Mary disappeared and her family have never given up hope of finding her,” he added, mentioning her young siblings Brenda, Eileen and Kevin. They are desperate to find out what happened to their sister.Mary worked part-time at the Tate & Lyle sugar factory and also at Haymes Optical Frame shop in Stratford. She attended Holbrook Road Secondary School and volunteered with the Blind Association.It is believed that her boyfriend Tom McGinty may have been in the Merchant Navy.“If Tom McGinty is still alive, I would appeal directly to him to make contact with me with any information he may have about Mary. I would also ask anyone who knew of Tom McGinty, or knows of his whereabouts now, to call our appeal number,” continued DCI Rock.The Met said that “despite extensive investigative work over the years, the story of what happened to Mary has never been discovered”. It remains the oldest missing persons case on its books.Mary is 5ft 2 inches tall and of medium build with hazel eyes. When she was last seen, she had dark, wavy hair and a tanned complexion. If anyone has any information about Mary or her whereabouts, please call the Newham Police Missing Persons Unit on 0208 217 5728. Alternatively you can call the charity Missing People on 116 000.Gardaí appeal for information on Nigerian woman missing since 2010‘Fighting fit and fit to fight’: Defence Forces train in 1940s IrelandCrystal meth: The side effects of Breaking Bad in Irelandlast_img read more

BingeWatching FemaleLed Political Dramas Can Spark Civic Interest

first_img Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000’Metal Wolf Chaos XD’ Is the Hell That Is America A new study suggests binge-watching political dramas could get you hooked on politics—assuming the show features a female lead character.Quality television like The Good Wife, Scandal, and Madam Secretary have led to increased civic participation, according to Purdue University.“A lot of times, people think of entertainment television as being just that: purely entertainment,” Jennifer Hoewe, assistant professor in Purdue’s Brian Lamb School of Communication, said in a statement.“But there’s research, including this study, to show it can be more than that,” she continued. “We can get more out of entertainment media than just something fun and relaxing.”Hoewe and University of Alabama doctoral candidate Lindsey Sherrill surveyed 218 fans—70 percent of whom were women—recruited from Reddit, Twitter, and other online Scandal, The Good Wife, and Madam Secretary forums.Respondents were asked to rate how the shows affect them emotionally and how much they relate to the characters, among other criteria.Those who skewed higher on the one-to-seven scale also reported paying more attention to the government and being more involved in political activities—be it attending a public meeting, rally, or speech; circulating a petition for a candidate or issue; or contacting a public official or political party.“The more you watched, the more you felt engaged with the narrative, then the more you felt like those characters were relatable to you,” Hoewe said. “Once those pieces were in place, that led to political interest, efficacy, and downstream political participation, but only with the transportation and parasocial components in there.”While there is no shortage of bingeable political thrillers and comedies, study authors chose Madam Secretary, Scandal, and The Good Wife specifically for their accurate depictions of women in political leadership—an oft overlooked trait in primetime TV.“Media depictions of political leadership can illustrate to people generally, not just women, that there is opportunity for people of all genders and colors to participate in politics,” Hoewe said.“This study is showing that when we have lead female characters, we can feel like we’re part of the show, we enjoy the characters, and that can actually lead to positive political outcomes,” she added.The findings were published online in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.More on Geek.com:iPhone Owners Can Share Netflix Binges to Instagram StoriesWomen, People of Color Crushed It at 2018 Box OfficeNetflix Reveals 2018’s Most-Binged Movies and TV Shows Stay on targetlast_img read more

WSUV spring enrollment rises to high of 3271

first_imgSpring enrollment at Washington State University Vancouver hit another high, with 3,271 students on the Salmon Creek campus this semester.That is a 3.2 percent increase over the 2016 spring numbers.Spring classes started on Jan. 9, but official enrollment numbers were announced this week. The system — which includes five campuses and an online university — registered 28,240 students statewide, up 2 percent from the spring semester of 2016.The spring totals do not represent all-time enrollment highs. WSU Vancouver’s enrollment peaks each year in the fall and then declines. WSU Vancouver’s all-time high came at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, when 3,426 students were enrolled.“That’s normal. We have a large class in the fall,” said Laurel Rea, WSU Vancouver’s director of enrollment.“Our retention rate from fall to spring looks good,” she said. The campus retained 90.9 percent of its new freshmen from fall 2016 and 91.5 percent of its new fall transfers.That’s comparable to the retention rates at the WSU system’s flagship campus in Pullman, about 92 percent.In a news release, WSU President Kirk Schulz said: “These numbers tell us we are not simply enrolling record numbers of new students. They tell us the vast majority of those students are succeeding and continuing their studies.”That student success actually was a factor in more than 200 students leaving WSU Vancouver in mid-year.“Two-hundred-and-five students graduated in December,” Rea said.last_img read more

Fasttracked school safety bill contains guncontrol provisions

first_imgOLYMPIA — Filled to the brim with a hodgepodge of provisions and regulations, the Legislature’s fast-tracked school safety bill will affect everything from the availability of school resource officers to the ability of anyone under 21 years old to buy a semi-automatic rifle.Responding both to national uproar in the wake of the recent Florida high school shooting that killed 17, as well as the death last year of one student after a peer opened fire in Washington’s Freeman High School, the school safety bill is aimed at stopping school shootings in the state.One provision in the bill would direct the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to create an emergency response and notification system that would expedite the arrival of law enforcement when there is an emergency at a school and would send notifications to other schools in an area if there is any danger.Another provision, called Students Protecting Students, takes its lead from a bill of the same name sponsored by Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, that would work to create a mobile app middle and high school students could use to report concerning behavior or incidents. Manweller, who has for several years sponsored similar legislation only to have it falter in a Democrat-controlled House, was not unequivocally pleased to see it revived in this fashion.“I’m disappointed that my bipartisan school safety bill was attached to a gun control bill,” Manweller said in an email. “One of the more appealing facets of my bill is that it improved school safety without limiting 2nd Amendment rights. I would like to see my Students Protecting (sic) bill run as a stand-alone bill.”last_img read more

Hazard is not keen on Madrid move Thorgan

first_imgEden Hazard is not considering a move away from Chelsea despite a number of media links speculating a move to Real Madrid, according to his brother Thorgan.The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder explained how the European champions were in ‘transition’ and his brother would only leave Stamford Bridge ‘in the correct way’.“I know him and he’s not thinking about a move right now,” Thorgan told reporters, as cited by Football Espana.“In any case Real Madrid are in transition – he will wait and give his best, then see what happens at the end of the season.WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.“He doesn’t want to clash with Chelsea. If he does go one day he’ll do it in the correct way, without problems for the club.”The Belgian skipper couldn’t help his side break down the Toffees defence in a game that ended in a barren draw.The brothers are together with Belgium ahead of the UEFA Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Switzerland.last_img read more