Stop India’s Ban Culture, says Palash Krishna Mehrotra

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2052/IMG1861.jpg" alt="first_img" />Palash Krishna MehrotraAs a nation we have many faults, but there’s one thing at which we are better than anyone else: banning.There’s no other liberal democracy in the world that bans as much as we do. Last week too we went on a banning spree. The BCCI has declared that from now on girlfriends will not be allowed to accompany players on overseas tours. Kerala has announced a prohibition policy. It seeks to become a completely dry state within the next decade. And in Punjab, a film about Indira Gandhi’s assassination has been banned from release.Girfriends are banned. Alcohol is banned. Books are banned. In Goa, a minister wanted bikinis to be banned from beaches. Where else does one wear a bikini? On Mount Everest? What do we ban next? Mutton and chicken maybe. The most bizarre arguments are hustled in support of these bans. There is little discussion. Only swift action. Quick fix solutions such as banning wives and girlfriends from tours will not solve Team India’s problemsIsolationistTake the ban on girlfriends and wives. Wives will now be allowed on tour but only for a limited period of time. The reason for this clampdown? The disastrous performance of our cricket team in England. As always, we look for causes where there aren’t any. What a player does in his personal life has no bearing on his performance.Rarely do we look at how other countries and sports handle the issue. We have a curiously isolationist approach to our problems. We want to be at home in the world, we want to take on the world on its terms, and then we go and say: what works for them, doesn’t work for us. We are different. So Greg Chappell was evil because he didn’t understand something called ‘Indian cricketing culture’.advertisementReally, a winning cricketing culture is a winning cricketing culture. There’s not much that distinguishes world-beating teams from each other. They play the same sport. Skill, talent and mental strength are what matter the most.In cricket, the most successful teams – South Africa, Australia, England- allow wives and girlfriends to accompany players on tour. Top tennis players Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic always travel with their partners. In the recently concluded football World Cup, teams like Germany and Holland fared much better than teams like Russia, which disallowed players from taking along their girlfriends and wives.The real problem of course lies somewhere else – the way cricket is administrated in India. It lies in the dead wickets on which our players grow up playing. It kills our fast bowlers. Then we complain we don’t have fast bowlers. Our batsmen cannot handle green wickets with pace and bounce, and where the ball seams around. The best players are often not in the playing XI. What do we do? We go after the girlfriend. And we make some cosmetic changes. Bowling coach Joe Dawes and ‘fielding consultant’ Trevor Penney have been asked to ‘take a break’, and replaced with Bharat Arun and R Sridhar. Who are they? This, we are led to believe, will change the face of Indian cricket.AlcoholOn a different note, Kerala has come up with the shock decision to ban alcohol. It is the state with the highest liquor consumption in the country. The move it is said will put a curb on several social evils. It is the magic wand that will prevent sex crimes. Apparently everyone who drinks creates mayhem on the streets. It will stamp out alcoholism.The move can only backfire. The liquor industry will go underground. In Gujarat, the bootleg industry is pegged at Rs 1,500 crores annually. Spurious liquor will flood the market. People will flock to bars on the border. The state will lose the more than Rs 7,000 crores that it presently earns in revenue. The tourism industry will collapse.Prohibition has failed in other states like Haryana, Mizoram and Andhra Pradesh. They’ve all had to roll back the policy. As for tackling alcoholism as a public health issue, banning is not the way forward. Ironically, it’s the high taxes that the state imposes, that forces people to drink harmful spirits: overpriced ethyl alcohol.Instead, the government should lower taxes on beer and wine, thus encouraging people to shift to less harmful options. Expecting people to stop drinking is an impractical and utopian idea. But one can make them change their drinking habits.LibertiesCountries like England and Ireland, which have had a problem with binge drinking, have not banned alcohol but launched social campaigns to educate drinkers about the ill effects.advertisementLet me conclude with two observations. First, what a person drinks at home, or who a cricketer travels with on tour, are both matters of personal choice. You cannot trample on the individual civil liberties of a citizen, no matter what, but in India we do just that.Two, we are very bad problemsolvers. We take a problem and then spin circles around it, whether it be alcoholism or the bad performance of our cricket team. We are terrible at diagnosing the real problem and fixing it. It’s how we approach the issue of urban development. We build a ring road around the city. Then we keep driving around this ring road on a loop. Meanwhile, the diseased city in the middle continues to fester and sink.The writer is the author of The Butterfly Generation<img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2030/IMG17115.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8204"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Virat Kohli’s advice to World Cup-bound Indian team: Don’t pick up bad habits in IPL

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c68.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2068/IMG8038.jpg" alt="first_img" />India captain Virat Kohli Saturday had a clear message for all his World Cup bound teammates — don’t pick up bad (technical) habits during IPL and manage workload carefully, taking games off whenever necessary during the cash-rich league, starting March 23.Kohli, who has developed a tunnel vision as far as the World Cup is concerned, doesn’t want the India stars plying their trade for various franchises, to drift too much from their ODI game plan during the seven-week league that ends on May 12.India play their opening World Cup game against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton, exactly 23 days after IPL ends.”They have to make sure that their games don’t go (drift) too much away from the one-day mould of things. That means we will have to be very wary of the bad habits that might creep in during the IPL,” Kohli told reporters ahead of their first T20I against Australia.The national team’s interest has always been paramount for Kohli and accordingly, he also wants his teammates to make that effort during IPL.”That (not picking up bad habit) will take a consistent effort from all the players during the IPL to keep a check on that. The moment you enter the nets and create bad habits, you lose the momentum and you lose batting form. It is very difficult to get it back in a tournament like the World Cup,” Kohli warned his teammates about te innovative shots that are in vogue during the league.The BCCI is yet to reach a common ground with the franchises on the workload management of the IPL bound players but Indian captain wants his men to be “responsible” and not over-exert themselves.advertisement”If your team is in a great position during the tournament, you don’t mind taking 2-3 games off also. It all depends on how you feel physically but everyone has to be really honest about it to themselves and accordingly see how they feel and not push themselves to the limit that might hamper the Indian team later on,” Kohli made it clear as to what he wants from teammates.The hectic schedule of IPL which includes a lot of travelling can take a toll on the health of the players and the skipper is a bit wary about that.”The amount you practice, with the amount of travel during the IPL and the number of games in different conditions, in different temperatures, it is going to be challenging, to be honest,” Kohli said.”As a cricketer, you have to map out how many practice sessions you really need. If you are hitting the ball well, there is no need to go to a practice session and tire yourself out for three hours whereas you can utilise that particular phase to rest and recover even more,” said Kohli, who will be donning Royal Challengers Bangalore jersey for the 12th year.For Kohli, he is ready to walk the talk when he leads RCB in the IPL.”I would look to continue in the same way that I have in all formats over the years and not do anything fancy. Frame of mind is the most important thing getting into the World Cup, and we need 15 people who are confident and mentally happy.Also Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decide<img src="http://b54.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2054/IMG7795.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8129"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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TTS to Deliver Container Handling Equipment to USA

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c71.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2071/IMG16217.jpg" alt="first_img" /> My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom TTS Group ASA has signed a contract for container handling equipment with Global Container Terminals in New Jersey, USA.The contract value is approximately NOK 65 million. (approxim. USD 11 million)Global Container Terminal, the closest container terminal to the New York/New Jersey harbor entrance, is among the top terminal operators in North America.For the expanded terminal, focusing on state-of-the-art technology and equipment, it has been decided to use the TTS cassette system and translifters for the transportation from the container port to the intermodal terminal.TTS has delivered the similar solutions to London Gateway and APMT Virginia, USA.The delivery is scheduled for completion in June 2015. Print  Close TTS, April 14, 2014; Image: globalterminals<img src="http://c71.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2071/IMG1732.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8074"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Tidewater to Receive Compensation for Seized Vessels

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c71.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2071/IMG12596.jpg" alt="first_img" />zoom Oil service company Tidewater is set to receive around USD 46 million plus interest and partial legal costs from Venezuela for the expropriation of its business and ships.The compensation payment has been ordered by the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a World Bank tribunal, Reuters reports citing a statement from Venezuelan government.Venezuelan authorities seized eleven Tidewater’s vessels in 2009 within attempts to nationalize them.However, the company failed to obtain the full amount of  $234 million sought initially, as,  according to the ruling, the nationalization was lawfull.“Venezuela’s positions on the central issues of the legality of the nationalization, the appropriate valuation date for determining compensation, and the appropriate discount rate for calculating compensation were all accepted by the tribunal in what is likely to be an important precedent for other cases,” George Kahale, who represented Venezuela in the case, told Reuters on Sunday.When asked for comment by World Maritime News Tidewater said that it did not have any statement to make at the time.Louisiana-based Tidewater had been working in Venezuela for over 50 years via its Semarca subsidiary.World Maritime News Staff<img src="http://a39.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2039/IMG7827.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8070"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Accepting Applications for Adjudicative Boards

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b53.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2053/IMG7080.jpg" alt="first_img" />The province is accepting applications from individuals interested in being appointed to serve on adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions. Adjudicative boards are agencies, boards and commissions with quasi-judicial functions. These boards review evidence, make findings of fact and law, and make decisions affecting a person’s liberty, security or legal rights. “Nova Scotians can play a vital role in the administration of government by serving on one of the province’s adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions,” said Angus MacIsaac, chair of the Treasury and Policy Board. “The talented men and women on these boards dedicate their time to make a difference.” The wide range of opportunities to serve on adjudicative boards appear in this month’s advertising campaign, which also features four serving board members. Jeanne Cruikshank, is a member of the Natural Products Marketing Council. She is the Atlantic vice-president of the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors and also serves nationally in variety of capacities including the Health Canada Multi-Stakeholder Working Group on Dietary Sodium Reduction. Michelle Fougere, a member of the Student Assistance Higher Appeal Board, has 15 years experience working in post-secondary education. She is the department head and manager of financial aid and awards at Saint Mary’s University. Daniel Paul, an advocate for social justice and the eradication of racial discrimination, is a member of the Police Review Board. He has been named to the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia. Michael Tynes, has been a member of the Labour Relations Board since 1996. He has more than 30 years experience in labour relations, including more than two decades with the Public Service Alliance of Canada. For a complete list of current opportunities, or to learn more about the appointment process, visit the new Executive Council office website www.gov.ns.ca/exec_council/abc/ or call 902-424-4877 or toll free 1-800-206-6844. Closing date for applications is May 8. The government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities and women. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your application, covering letter or resume.<img src="http://a43.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2043/IMG10896.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8061"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Province Sees Flu Activity Begin To Rise

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c67.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2067/IMG5182.jpg" alt="first_img" />With more cases of seasonal flu confirmed, Nova Scotians are encouraged to get immunized and take preventative action to avoid getting sick with the flu. Dr. Maureen Baikie, Nova Scotia’s deputy chief medical officer of health, says while flu is not widespread in the province, health officials are starting to see people getting sick with seasonal flu, both H3N2 and H1N1. “We’ve been seeing flu activity for about a month and while we don’t have a lot of influenza activity, some people are getting quite ill,” said Dr. Baikie. “It’s important that Nova Scotians take preventative measures to reduce the spread of illness, and most importantly, that they get immunized. This year’s vaccine protects against both H3N2 and H1N1.” Since the beginning of the 2010-11 flu season, which runs from September 2010 to September 2011, the province has had 19 lab confirmed-cases of H3N2 and H1N1, including some hospitalizations. Certain areas of the province are seeing more flu activity including, the Capital District, Guysborough Antigonish Strait and Cape Breton District health authorities. As the flu season continues, there will be more cases of influenza across the province. “What we’re seeing in Nova Scotia is similar to what’s happening in other jurisdictions,” said Dr. Baikie. “It’s important to note that it’s never too late to get your flu shot and protect yourself and your family from getting the flu. And this year’s vaccine is a good match for the flu strains that are circulating.” Nova Scotians who want to get immunized should call their doctor or local public health office. In the meantime, the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. People with flu-like symptoms should stay home and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician or a walk-in clinic. The province publishes a report on respiratory illnesses, including seasonal flu and H1N1, every Wednesday. It can be found at: www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/cdpc/respiratory-watch .<img src="http://a16.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2016/IMG16864.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8060"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Basilashvili outlasts Rublev to retain Hamburg Open title

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2035/IMG14394.jpg" alt="first_img" />Hamburg: Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili retained his title at the Hamburg Open on Sunday when he beat unseeded Russian Andrey Rublev, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Basilashvili, who was seeded fourth at the clay-court event, is ranked 16th in the world but will lose points because last year he took the title after coming through qualifying. The 27-year-old’s only other ATP Tour title came in the hard-court China Open in Beijing last October. The Georgian dropped serve early in the first set but broke back with his sixth break point of the sixth game. He wasted a set point in 10th game before clinching on the fourth break point of a marathon 12th game. The 21-year old Rublev hit back with the only break of the second set to level the match. Basilashvili broke in the second game of the final set. Rublev hit back at once but Basilashvili immediately broke again. The young Russian took the next game to deuce but the Georgian held and was in control the rest of the way. Basilashvili upset Hamburg native and second seed Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals.<img src="http://a34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2035/IMG16412.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8045"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Tyson recalls some chicken nuggets contamination possible

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>WASHINGTON — Tyson Foods is recalling more than 36,000 pounds (16,329 kilograms) of chicken nuggets because they may be contaminated with rubber.The U.S. Agriculture Department says there were consumer complaints about extraneous material in 5-pound (2 kilogram) packages of Tyson White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets. There are no confirmed reports of adverse reactions.The packages have a best if used by date of Nov. 26, 2019 and the case code 3308SDL03. The establishment core P-13556 is inside the USDA inspection mark.The nuggets should be thrown out or returned to the place of purchase.Tuesday’s recall comes after Perdue Foods recalled more than 16,000 pounds (7,257 kilograms) of chicken nuggets because of an undeclared allergen, milk.The Associated Press<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7981"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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UN refugee chief wraps up visit to Colombia one of his agencys

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p> Mr. Guterres, who has already met with President Álvaro Uribe and yesterday visited displaced Afro-Colombians in Chocó in the north-west of the country, was today chairing a conference on displacement in Bogota, the capital, bringing together high-ranking government officials, civil society and displaced people.The meeting has two main objectives: to draw attention to the humanitarian consequences of displacement and encourage the full implementation of the law so that all displaced people have equal access to their rights, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.“Colombia has some of the most advanced legislation in the world for internally displaced people, thanks to a national law passed 10 years ago. It covers the rights to protection by the State, documentation and access to services such as health, education and housing,” he said. “However, practical delivery of the law remains patchy in some areas and not all IDPs [internally displaced persons] have equal access to their rights.”In his meeting with President Uribe, Mr. Guterres pledged continuing UNHCR support for Government efforts on behalf of the displaced, stressing the importance of applying the law in a concrete way and carrying it out equally for everyone.In his visit to Chocó, where most of the Afro-Colombian community has been displaced due to the volatile security situation and many are still frightened they may have to flee again, he told them security and peace were their first rights, without which no other rights could be adequately enforced.Throughout his visit to a country where IDPs represent some 8 per cent of the total population of over 40 million, he stressed the importance of addressing the root causes of displacement, adding that, while the international community is there to help, the problems can only be solved by the Colombian people and their Government.Today’s conference coincides with the release of a UNHCR study that evaluates changes and displacement trends and in the Government’s response in Colombia over the past three years. Before arriving here, Mr. Guterres visited Ecuador, which hosts some 250,000 Colombians, and called for more international support for the refugees there. 16 March 2007United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres today wraps up a four-day visit to Colombia, which has one of the largest populations of concern to his agency with some 3 million people uprooted by more than 40 years of fighting between the Government, leftist rebels, right-wing paramilitaries and criminal gangs.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7975"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Enhanced UN mission vital to helping Afghans improve their lives – Ban

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p> Helping the people of Afghanistan to rebuild the strife-torn nation and improve their daily lives will require strengthening the United Nations mission there in a number of key areas, including increased staffing and possible structural changes, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.Last month in Paris, more than 80 countries and international organizations renewed their commitment to helping advance peace, security and development in Afghanistan, including through some $20 billion in pledged assistance.The International Conference in Support of Afghanistan, held on 12 June, also witnessed the launch of the Government’s five-year plan to reduce poverty and promote economic and social development, known as the Afghan National Development Strategy (ANDS).In addition, participants – through the adoption of the Paris Declaration – underlined the expanded role of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to lead and coordinate international efforts.“For UNAMA to fulfil its mandate and achieve the Paris priorities, much greater substantive, administrative and security resources would need to be expeditiously mobilized,” Mr. Ban writes in a special report to the Security Council. He stresses that the Mission should be staffed and structured to reflect what his Special Representative, Kai Eide, needs to achieve. “Addressing current priorities will require additional personnel in the areas of elections, support for the Afghanistan National Development Strategy, aid effectiveness, institution-building and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.” Other issues that will continue to require UNAMA’s attention is the protection of human rights, reducing drug production and trafficking and improving civil-military coordination.The Secretary-General recommends that UNAMA proceed with the further expansion of its field presence by opening six new provincial offices over the next 12 months, adding that any such expansion be undertaken keeping staff security as the highest priority.The report points out that the level of insurgent and terrorist activity in Afghanistan has increased, particularly in the south and the east of the country. The highest number of security incidents in the country since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001 was recorded this past May.The country continues to face a precarious security situation, as demonstrated by today’s attack outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul that killed over 40 people and wounded more than 100.“The evolving security situation throughout the country will require a considerable increase in security-related mission resources, not only for the establishment of new provincial offices in higher security risk areas, but also for existing field offices and Mission activities as a whole,” states Mr. Ban.Mr. Eide will be reiterating the Secretary-General’s message when he addresses the Security Council on Wednesday. “To do what we want to do will require significant additional resources,” he told a news conference in Kabul today prior to his departure for New York. “And I am urging New York and the United Nations Headquarters to provide us with those resources,” he added. 7 July 2008Helping the people of Afghanistan to rebuild the strife-torn nation and improve their daily lives will require strengthening the United Nations mission there in a number of key areas, including increased staffing and possible structural changes, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7971"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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SecretaryGeneral names new UN envoy for Somalia

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p> The new Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) brings many years of both government and UN experience, including in conflict management, mediation, and humanitarian and recovery/development activities.“Mr. Mahiga has lengthy and pertinent experience in the Horn of Africa and other parts of the continent, which will be invaluable in his new position,” according to a news release announcing his appointment. Prior to representing the Tanzanian Government at the UN, Mr. Mahiga worked in various capacities at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). His roles included serving as Chief of Mission to Liberia, Coordinator and Deputy Director of the humanitarian and refugee crisis in the Great Lakes Region, and UNHCR Representative in India, Italy, Malta, the Holy See and the Republic of San Marino.Mr. Mahiga succeeds Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah of Mauritania, who has served as the UN’s envoy for Somalia since September 2007 and helped facilitate the Djibouti Peace Agreement, on which current peace and reconciliation efforts in the country are based.The Secretary-General acknowledged Mr. Ould-Abdallah for his work on the recently adopted Istanbul Declaration that serves “as a political pact between the international community and the Somali people on political, security, development and reconstruction issues.”The Declaration was the culmination of a three-day international conference in May that was co-hosted by the UN and Turkey, a year after a similar summit was held in Brussels. 9 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Augustine Mahiga, Tanzania’s Ambassador to the United Nations, to serve as his top envoy for Somalia, which is in the midst of one of the worst humanitarian and political crises in the world.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7962"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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65th annual Canadian International Air Show at the CNE

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>Anyone who was near Toronto on Saturday could hear the sounds of a Labour Day tradition.It was the 65th annual Canadian International Air Show which brought together some of the world’s most powerful and aerobatic planes to the exhibition grounds including Canada’s Snowbirds, and a flying tribute to veterans of the Second World War.In perfect air show fashion the aircrafts were flawless in formation as they soared across the skies of Toronto.The Great War Flying Museum honoured the centennial anniversary of World War I with their vintage aircraft.It was a beautiful day for the spectacle and the fans eagerly awaited Canada’s icons of the air.The CF Snowbirds wowed the crowds with their high speed aerial performance, their formations with all nine planes and the incredible aerobatics.The air show continues on Sunday and Monday outside the CNE grounds.The show runs from 1PM until 4PM.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7942"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Security Council mission recommends dozens of peacebuilding actions for Central Africa

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>The Council should encourage the DRC’s Transitional Government to strengthen its military forces and pay them regularly and urge the Rwandan rebels in the eastern DRC “to disarm and repatriate to Rwanda,” the mission says in its report on the 4 to 11 November fact-finding trip.It should also encourage the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the DRC known as MONUC to continue to support the actions taken by the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC) “to step up the pressure on foreign armed groups operating in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” The eastern DRC provinces include the Kivus and Ituri.The Transitional Government should “increase civic education and voter sensitization activities, particularly among women, to ensure widespread public understanding regarding the draft constitution, the voting system and the electoral process,” the report says.The Council should call on the Government of Uganda “to respect fully the sovereignty of neighbouring States and in particular to refrain from any use of force outside its borders,” and “to take further measures to ensure that remnant militias operating in the Ituri district receive no support from Ugandan territory.” Both Uganda and Rwanda should be encouraged “to cooperate with the efforts of the United Nations towards resolving the continued threat to regional security posed by the presence of foreign armed groups on Congolese territory,” the report says.The Council should also urge each of the two governments to ensure that the arms embargo imposed by the Security Council on DRC “is respected and enforced on its territory, in particular by establishing stricter controls at its borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo to curtail the illegal cross-border trafficking of natural resources and arms and the movement of combatants.”With regard to Burundi, the Government and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General there should be encouraged to devise measures for a gradual disengagement of the peacekeeping UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB), while trying to bring the rebel Palipehutu-FNL into the peace process, the report says.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7922"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Markets improve as Crimean fears fade

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b44.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2044/IMG18416.jpg" alt="first_img" />The global market advanced amid relief that despite reclaiming Crimea, Russia indicated it will not make further claims on Ukraine. A war in the region would disrupt global oil and grain supply, causing volatility in the markets.Share markets in Australia, Britain and Europe were also higher after President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated that the annexation of Crimea was not a first step in a bid to partition Ukraine.Last week world markets, especially European ones, were very cautious, while gold rallied on fears of political risk between Russian and Ukraine. Source: Fairfax Media Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram<img src="http://b44.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2044/IMG17459.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7822"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Paramount teases us with 5 mini Ghost in the Shell trailers

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2035/IMG12475.jpg" alt="first_img" />A movie whose rights were acquired by Steven Spielberg, is being produced by his company DreamWorks Pictures, and stars Scarlett Johansson in its lead role, is enough to sell a lot of people on insta-watching the end result. But when that movie is titled Ghost in the Shell, it has a hell of a lot to live up to.Ghost in the Shell is one of, if not the best known manga and anime series in the West. There’s been two movies, with multiple versions of each released, as well as 52 episodes of the Stand Alone Complex TV series, an OVA, novels, video games, and of course Masamune Shirow’s manga on which all this work is based.Now we have a Hollywood movie arriving in March 2017, and to keep interest high Paramount Pictures has just released 5 mini teaser trailers.The teasers give little away, but some of the scenes will be instantly recognizable to fans of the anime. Can we hold out hope that this will be a good movie? As a fan, I am not holding my breath.The original Ghost in the Shell movie tackled a number of complex issues extremely well, which were then delved into much more deeply in Stand Alone Complex and subsequent releases. Trying to re-imagine that for the masses by Hollywood, which always tries to (has to?) appeal to the widest possible audience probably won’t end well.You’ll be able to make your own mind up on March 31, 2017. For anyone new to the IP I highly recommend you check out everything that has already been released carrying the Ghost in the Shell name. You may ruin this new movie for yourself, but the quality of entertainment you’ll enjoy makes it more than worth it over waiting for this Hollywood “blockbuster.” Can you tell I’m skeptical?Here’s the fan edit of the teasers, which does improve the experience a bit:<img src="http://a34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2035/IMG3976.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7804"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Timbers sign Colombian defender

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG7244.jpg" alt="first_img" />The Portland Timbers’ Colombian connection continues.The signing of 25-year-old defender Hanyer Mosquera, announced on Tuesday, means Portland enters its second Major League Soccer season with four Colombians.Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson described the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Mosquera as a “very physical” and athletic defender.His addition adds needed depth to the middle of the back line. Eric Brunner and Mamadou “Futty” Danso are the only healthy returning central defenders as the Timbers prepare to begin training camp on Monday.In addition to announcing the signing of Mosquera, the Timbers on Tuesday made four selections in the MLS Supplemental Draft, which is the conclusion of the draft process started with last week’s SuperDraft.The Timbers had the eighth pick in each round. Their picks were Ryan Kawulok, a defender from the University of Portland, Cal Irvine midfielder Miguel Ibarra, St. Mary’s goalkeeper Doug Herrick and Loyola Marymount forward-midfielder Logan McDaniel.In last week’s SuperDraft, the Timbers selected Connecticut defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Notre Dame midfielder Brendan King.Of the six draft picks, only Jean-Baptiste has a MLS contract. The other draft picks will be competing for a spot on the Timbers roster.Mosquera is the second young Colombian signed this offseason by the Timbers. They also added 20-year-old forward Jose Adolfo Valencia. Forward Jorge Perlaza and midfielder Diego Chara played significant roles for the Timbers last season.<img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG10643.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7763"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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House Appropriators Pass Disputed MilConVA Spending Bill Veterans Make Big Gains

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s31.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG13883.jpg" alt="first_img" /> ADC AUTHOR The House Appropriations Committee approved a $108.1 billion Military Construction-VA spending bill Thursday, but only after feuding over funding for a border wall, according to CQ.The committee ultimately advanced the bill in a largely party line 31-21 vote.The bill is typically a highly popular spending bill, but this year it has become enveloped in deep disputes over President Trump’s border funding moves.Despite the feuding, the bill adds more funding to veterans programs than the White House requested, Military Times reported. The House bill increases VA funding more than 10% above fiscal 2019 levels, the latest in sizable increases for the department.The bill includes $94.3 billion in discretionary VA funding, about $1 billion more than the White House requested in March.It also includes $9.4 billion for mental health programs, $1.9 billion for homelessness programs, and $4.5 billion for community care expansion. Another $222 million was set aside for suicide prevention outreach activities.About $1.6 billion is set aside in the measure for VA’s ongoing electronic medical records overhaul, designed to bring its systems into line with military records.The bill’s nearly $10.5 billion in military construction includes $1.5 billion for family housing, including to address issues “such as mold, vermin and lead in military family housing.”Army National Guard photo by Spc. Tori Miller<img src="http://s31.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG5711.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7726"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Robots could replace humans in a quarter of US jobs by 2030

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s33.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2033/IMG7632.jpg" alt="first_img" /> Share your voice Post a comment Tech Industry Automation will affect the future of jobs. Getty Images There’s a lot of handwringing when it comes to the future of jobs.A report from the Brookings Institution, released Thursday, adds to the pile of stats suggesting we’ll all be replaced by robots one day. Among the report’s main findings: 25 percent of US workers will face what the report authors calls “high exposure” to automation in the next few decades. That translates to about 36 million jobs. Another 36 percent — 52 million — will face “medium exposure.””The discourse appears to be arriving at a more complicated, mixed understanding that suggests that automation will bring neither apocalypse nor utopia, but instead both benefits and stresses alike,” the report says.As far as the most susceptible jobs, the report says there’s not really a field that won’t be affected by automation and AI. However, the most vulnerable jobs are those with “predictable physical and cognitive tasks.” Jobs that tend to be more creative or require higher interpersonal social skills or higher education are somewhat more secure. Generally, lower-wage jobs run a higher risk of getting automated. There are also other factors like location to consider. Rural communities, for example, are more vulnerable. And there are demographic implications. Hispanic and black workers face greater exposure, according to the report. ‘Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet.Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. <img src="http://s30.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2030/IMG17554.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Tags 0<img src="http://s33.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2033/IMG8566.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7722"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Class X advanced supplementary results announced

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s32.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG10453.jpg" alt="first_img" />Vijayawada: Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh on Saturday announced the advanced supplementary results of Class X. He informed the media that 24,425 candidates have passed out of 36,923 candidates appeared for the Class-X advanced supplementary examination recording a pass percentage of 66.15. The Minister said that 19,962 boys appeared for the examination of which 13,129 passed. Likewise, 16,961 girls appeared for the exam and 11,296 of them passed in the examination. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us The Minister further said that Guntur district stood first with 92.57 percentage and Nellore district last with 34.44 pass percentage. He said that the SSC advanced supplementary examinations were held from June 17 to 29 and the spot valuation was held from July 4 to 6. He said that subject-wise performance statement will be made available on the website www.bseap.org in two days to facilitate the candidates to take admission into 1st year Intermediate. Candidates who wish to get their marks recounted should remit Rs 500 from July 15 to 22, said the Minister.<img src="http://s16.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2016/IMG2461.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7701"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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