AJ Edu. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonFor AJ Edu, joining Gilas Pilipinas on Tuesday’s evening practice session was an eye-opener of sorts.“It’s amazing. This is something that people dream of, an opportunity to come and train with the best players in the Philippines. It’s really amazing,” said the 17-year-old.ADVERTISEMENT The Fil-Nigerian Edu was invited by Gilas team manager Butch Antonio to participate in the national team practice Tuesday at Meralco Gym, where he rubbed elbows with a number of Gilas pool members.“I was nervous for it, but I was ready and I was really excited for it. I’m really happy with how I trained,” the 6-foot-10 prodigy said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough Tuesday’s session was just a short one, coach Chot Reyes noted it’s still a huge morale-booster for the young guys, especially for Edu.“We always like to do that with the younger guys. We always want to expose them to the national pool and we’ve been looking at him for a long time. That’s why we wanted to get him here and practice with us,” the outspoken mentor said. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Smith shows big heart as he continues to push past pain for TNT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Edu said that he won’t have any second thoughts if he gets an invite anew to join the national team practices in the future.“I might be coming again. Hopefully, it will become something regular in the future. Right now it’s just an experience,” he said.For now, Edu is focused on the 2017 Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China from June 28 to July 2, where he will represent the country alongside Encho Serrano, Rhayyan Amsali, and Juan Gomez de Liaño.The Philippine team was slotted in Pool A, where it will clash against world number one Netherlands, Poland, Turkmenistan, and Israel.“We’re really excited about it,” shared Edu. “I got really good teammates, we think we can do better in previous tournaments.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games
Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets in the final of the 2018 Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.CSK lifted their third IPL trophy on Sunday.Chasing 179 for victory, seasoned Australian opener Watson smashed an unbeaten 57-ball 117, his fourth IPL hundred, as M.S. Dhoni’s team bagged their third crown after returning to the fold following a two-year suspension.Chennai piled up 181/2 in 18.3 overs against Sunrisers’ 178/6 in 20 overs, riding on skipper Kane Williamson’s 36-ball 47 and Yusuf Pathan’s 21 off 11 balls.Ambati Rayudu (who won the IPL in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018) equals Rohit Sharma ( who won 2009, 2013, 2015 & 2017) for the most wins in IPL finals.Indian Premier League winners: 2008 – Rajasthan Royals2009 – Deccan Chargers2010 – Chennai Super Kings2011 – Chennai Super Kings2012 – Kolkata Knight Riders2013 – Mumbai Indians2014 – Kolkata Knight Riders2015 – Mumbai Indians2016 – Sunrisers Hyderabad2017 – Mumbai Indians2018 – Chennai Super KingsHere’s who won what:Sunil Narine was awarded the Most Valubale Player (MVP) as he took 357 runs and 17 wickets from 16 matches.”Unfortunately I couldn’t be there as our team were knocked out. Really wish we were in the finals. It has been a successful journey with the bat and ball. I would like to continue it and I really wish I could be there to collect the award,” he said in a pre-rocorded message.Kane Williamson won the Orange cap with 735 runs from 17 matches.Andrew Tye won the Purple cap with 24 wickets from 14 matches.”I accept the purple cap with great honour. India’s been a great place with a lot of memories to take home. Unfortunately our team couldn’t make it to the finals but we’ll try hard to get back next year,” he said.advertisementStylish Player of the Season – Rishabh Pant — He mints another 1000 grandSuper Striker of the Season – Sunil Narine — Well he isn’t here tooPerfect Catch of the Season – Trent Boult — Well he’s gone back, Rishabh Pant collects on his behalfIPL Fairplay award – Mumbai Indians — Aditya Tare collectsRishabh Pant was awarded the Emerging player of the season. The 20-year-old scored 684 runs from 14 matches at an average of 52.61 with a highest of unbeaten 128 against Delhi Daredevils.”I enjoyed the whole tournament; but it didn’t go well for the team though. When you play a lot of matches you get confidence and that helps me and the team. Last year I was trying to hit a lot of sixes, but in this season I’ve stopped my instincts from taking over,” he said.Pitch and ground award – Punjab Cricket Association (For grounds who’ve hosted less than seven matches)Pitch and ground award – Cricket Association of Bengal (For those grounds who’ve hosted seven matches or more)Shane Watson was the Man-of-the-match of the final, after he scored the highest individual score in an IPL final.”It’s been a special season to be honest. To get a special season especially after the last season with RCB. It means a lot to be with a franchise like CSK. After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball. Bhuvi is really good with the new ball and was lucky to get the opportunity to catch up. It was good that I got a couple of boundaries to hit and get on par to take it from there,” he said.”The good thing is that I wouldn’t be playing for the next three-four months; feels great. It gives me plenty of time to recover. Throughout the back end of the tournament I was hanging on for dear life, Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni have been looking after me really well and I am really glad to contribute like I did tonight,” he added.Here’s what the CSK players said after the win:Karn Sharma: I was prepared and was waiting for my chances to grab the opportunities I got. Harbhajan Singh: Brilliant the way we came out and chase it down. To see what Watson what he brings to the table, you know how many runs you might get, it is always chaseable. Fourth IPL time for me and I am glad. I mean considering that Kane was in good form and they had a lot of middle-order batsmen who were right-handers, Dhoni was right that he needed someone who would take the ball away from the batsman. We have seen wrist spinners bowling more and more overs in the IPL compared to finger spinners. But I hope it would change next year. Well done to Karn and glad be on the winning side.advertisement Karn Sharma: I was prepared and was waiting for my chances to grab the opportunities I got. Deepak Chahar: I enjoyed bowling with the new ball. I have been waiting for my chance and this year I got my chance. Thanks to Mahi bhai for believing in me; batting, bowling and fielding. It is everyone’s dream to play in the IPL and win it, one of my dreams have come true. Shardul Thakur: It is great. Last year I was part of final, but couldn’t win it. But this year we won it and it is incredible. I am feeling at top of the world. I think I had the last game in my mind, had to bowl well in the death. More often than not you get hit in this format. Today I was on top of my game and executed the plans. Lungi Ngidi: Very amazing. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. Good to come away with a win and lucky to be part of an IPL winning side. Not many people get to experience such a moment. It’s lovely to have the death bowling responsibility on your shoulders and take it in your stride, one ball at a time in a pressure situation and its great to help the team win. Ravindra Jadeja: It is good to be part of a champion team. We did a great job on and off the field because we have played as a team despite wining or losing. We’ve participated after two years and am very glad to finish as champions. Dwayne Bravo: It has been good. This is a special moment. The team did not play together for the last two years. We had to move from Chennai after one game.For most of the guys, this is their first time. We were able to keep focus and do it. Nothing is better than winning finals. We always said experience will help in crunch time. Watson batted on one leg and despite the hamstring, his experience helped him. Watson is a world class player. Ambati Rayudu: I was really fortunate to have such a season for Chennai. I worked really hard for it and am glad that I could hit the winning runs. Initially the wicket looked a little slow, it was damp, got much quicker and I am glad we could chase it down.(With inputs from IANS)
Virat Kohli, the world’s best batsman and the biggest superstar in the cricket globe, was doing business at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. The India captain was preparing for a much bigger challenge ahead: Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood would come charging in at him in a week’s time at the Adelaide Oval.And Kohli, like he so often does, was going great guns. After rain had washed out the first day of India’s practice match against Cricket Australia XI, Kohli had raced away to 64 before his fluent innings was cut short by a 19-year-old from Bournemouth in Dorset – Aaron Mark Hardie.The Australian teenager – a right arm medium pace bowler – would go on to pick three more wickets which included Rohit Sharma’s scalp. And he would finish with figures of 4 for 50 – by far the best for CA XI as the Indians lost their last five wickets for 11 runs – they were bowled out for 358.Hardie was the man who triggered that collapse. He ensured India did not get to bat more than 92 overs in their first innings – a commendable effort against the world’s No.1 Test team.This is not the first time Hardie got rid of big guns. He will be in the limelight after dismissing Kohli and Rohit but the pacer sure knows a thing or two about bowling to premier batsmen.In 2017, Hardie had dismissed Joe Root against England in a warm-up match.Root in 2017. Kohli in 2018. Aaron Hardie is building up quite a collection!advertisementAlso Read | Bowlers give India their greatest hope of beating Australia: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Michael Clarke wants Tim Paine’s team to ‘play tough Australian cricket’ vs IndiaAlso Read | India will defeat Australia 3-1 in Test series, says VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli will have another imperious outing in Australia Tests: Adam Gilchrist
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts is headed to Oklahoma. The Alabama graduate transfer quarterback announced a short time ago that he will head to Norman for his final year of eligibility.Hurts chose the Sooners over Miami and Maryland. He’ll now try to follow in the footsteps of Oklahoma’s back-to-back Heisman winners, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, another team did try to get involved with Hurts at the last minute. It doesn’t seem like he reciprocated their interest, but if he had, it would have been noteworthy.Per Zenitz, Auburn attempted “a late push” to get Hurts.Auburn tried to make a late push for Jalen Hurts, per sources. Gus Malzahn was in contact as recently as this week. https://t.co/U4xB5cxu4x— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 16, 2019Auburn needs a quarterback, so we can’t blame them for trying to land Hurts. However, it doesn’t seem like he would want to subject himself to the other side of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry after playing his first three years with the Crimson Tide.Ironically, Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall, who is seeking a transfer, visited Auburn earlier this week. There’s a chance the Tigers could wind up adding him as a consolation prize.Hurts completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 5,626 yards, 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in three seasons at Alabama. He added 1,976 rushing yards and 23 scores.
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah retain dominance in ICC ODI rankingsWhile Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma held on to their number 1 and 2 positions respectively, Jasprit Bumrah maintained his status as the world’s top-ranked ODI bowler.advertisement Next Press Trust of India DubaiOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 23:25 IST India are currently at the 2nd spot in the team rankings (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are currently at the 2nd spot in the team rankingsMohammad Amir climbed to a career-best 7th place in the bowlers rankingsNamibia, Oman and the USA are now also on the rankings table at 15th, 16th and 18th places respectivelyIndia skipper Virat Kohli and pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah on Thursday maintained their numero uno status in the latest ICC men’s ODI player rankings.In the ODI batting chart, Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma held on to their number one and two positions respectively, while Bumrah remained at the top in the bowling list.Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir, who grabbed four wickets in the three-match home series against Sri Lanka, grabbed a career-best seventh position after jumping six spots.The left-arm fast bowler, who retired from Tests earlier this year to concentrate on white-ball cricket, had taken a three-wicket haul in the final match. His previous highest ranking was 10th in June this year.Usman Shinwari, another left-arm fast bowler from Pakistan, made a significant rise, gaining 28 slots to reach 43rd position after finishing with six wickets in the series, including a five-wicket haul that won him the player of the match award in the second ODI.Left-handed batsmen Fakhar Zaman (up two places to 16th) and Haris Sohail (up three places to 32nd) are the others to gain from Pakistan, while Sri Lanka’s Danushka Gunathilaka has reached a career-best 70th place after a century in the final match.In the ICC men’s ODI team rankings, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have retained sixth and eighth positions, respectively.Namibia, Oman and the USA, who have ODI status, meet the minimum requirement of eight qualifying matches and are now on the rankings table.Also Read | 5th T20I: Spinners Deepti, Radha shine as India women seal series with 5-wicket winAlso Read | Pakistan’s long wait for World Test Championship matches will end against England in July 2020advertisementFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow ICC ODI rankings
Dr. Tufton noted that a number of private providers have “free capacity” of 20 to 40 per cent and in some instances up to 50 per cent, and could therefore benefit greatly from an outsourcing partnership with the Government. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says private sector entities that partner with the Government to provide certain services to the public health sector, stand to benefit significantly. Story Highlights The Government is outsourcing some services such as surgeries and diagnostic tests as part of a $1 billion programme to reduce waiting time within the public health system. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says private sector entities that partner with the Government to provide certain services to the public health sector, stand to benefit significantly.The Government is outsourcing some services such as surgeries and diagnostic tests as part of a $1 billion programme to reduce waiting time within the public health system.Dr. Tufton noted that a number of private providers have “free capacity” of 20 to 40 per cent and in some instances up to 50 per cent, and could therefore benefit greatly from an outsourcing partnership with the Government.“We are saying we will help you to fill that (free) capacity, you will get economies of scale through numbers; it spreads your cost,” he said.He was addressing a post-Sectoral press briefing at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Monday (May 13).Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (right), fields questions from journalists during a post-Sectoral press briefing at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Monday (May 13). Looking on is Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dunstan Bryan.As it relates to day surgeries, Dr. Tufton said the Government intends to undertake a competitive process to identify private hospitals and practices that have the capacity to handle these procures.“We will put a mechanism in place to account for those who are treated in these facilities and they will be compensated based on negotiations,” he noted.The day surgeries to be provided under the arrangement are hernia, prostate, fibroids, hemorrhoids, gall bladder and orthopedic procedures.“These were selected based on our assessment of what shows up frequently in the system and where we think we can provide the greatest ease to the population,” Dr. Tufton said.
zoom A 2012-built dry-bulk eco-type Handysize vessel of 32,318 dwt, Newlead Albion was delivered to NewLead Holdings’ fleet on Monday, May 19, 2014.Newlead Albion is trading on the spot market and is expected to generate $2.0 million EBITDA per year assuming $1.73 million yearly OPEX.The vessel is one of the two eco-type ships that the company agreed to acquire in March 2014 for a total acquisition price of $37.0 million, $18.5 million each. Today, the market value of these vessels is estimated to be approximately $20.25 million each. The second vessel is expected to be delivered to NewLead’s fleet, as scheduled, in July 2014.The company financed the Newlead Albion through a combination of cash and external financing. Specifically, in March 2014, the company paid a deposit of $1.85 million in cash, and the remaining balance was paid through the combination of cash and 75% financing in a transaction arranged by Pareto Project Finance AS and supported by strong institutional investors.Mr. Michael Zolotas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NewLead, stated, “We are modernizing our fleet with fuel efficient vessels. The fleet age is being optimized, and employment lifetime is substantially longer. NewLead expects to have three new modern Handysize vessels added to its fleet by the end of August 2014“. May 20, 2014
Mumbai: Comedian Tanmay Bhat, who rose to fame with comedy collective AIB, says he has been suffering with clinical depression. He was suspended last October following complaints of not acting against sexual harassment allegations made regarding his colleague Utsav Chakraborty. Bhat on July 1 took to Instagram and uploaded a series of videos, sharing how the subsequent events after his suspension have created a toll on his mental health. He said: “After everything that happened in October, I’m mentally checked out. I feel almost paralysed and unable to participate socially, online or even offline. And having to watch the letting the office go, all the people who worked with us, having to say good bye to that took a toll on me mentally and physically.” Many artistes came out in support of him. Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani commented: “No rush, no pressure, take all the time you need to figure it out, but know that there is a world of love for you.”
Bhopal: The mortal remains of former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Babulal Gaur were consigned to flames here on Wednesday. Governor Lalji Tandon, Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Thawarchand Gehlot and Nityanand Rai, BJP vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state BJP chief Rakesh Singh were among those present along with hundreds of party workers. Gaur was cremated at Subhash Nagar crematorium with full state honours. The last rites were performed by his grandson Akash. The veteran BJP leader died due to cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning at a private hospital here. The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh declared a three-day mourning in the state. The government also declared a half-day holiday at all government offices on Wednesday. Chief minister Kamal Nath and many state ministers visited Gaur’s house here in the morning to pay homage.
EDMONTON (CITYNEWS) – Fans of Harry Potter will be able to see a to-scale Hogwarts Castle in Edmonton–made entirely of gingerbread.This 1 to 100 replica on display at Duchess Bake Shop on 124 Street was based on the castle in London where the third installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was shot, according to its creators. The masterpiece is a result of the efforts of designer and architect Garner Beggs and decorator Kelsey Johnson.“We started the design process back in August and it took a long time to figure it out,” he told CityNews. “It took many, many, many, many hours of baking gingerbread, cutting it out. And then Kelsey spent many, many hours piping and decorating and getting it all done.”He says “several hundreds of hours” were spent perfecting the structure–he even had enough time to listen to all the Harry Potter audio books and them some additional podcasts. This is the fourth project the pair took on, but this one stands apart from previous ones as it’s actually part of a fundraiser.Here’s the #gingerbreadhouse to beat this year!This #Hogwarts took hundreds of hours to make, and is all edible. By @duchessbakeshop , fundraiser for @BissellCentre (bring your socks and feast your eyes on it until January 13!) #yeg pic.twitter.com/ApTvmKoncQ— Carly Robinson (@CarlyDRobinson) November 17, 2018When you zoom over on your Nimbus200 too see the castle, you’re asked to bring a donation of new socks or underwear for the Bissell Centre.“This time of year there’s a really big need for fresh, clean socks. Personally, I love putting on a nice, new pair of socks in the morning and I think a lot of us take that for granted. But if you get your socks wet and if you don’t have anywhere to go warm up and you don’t have a new pair of socks to put on or you don’t have money to go do laundry, it’s a really awful thing to trudge around all day in old socks.”Not only is there a need for socks, but it also fits with the Harry Potter theme. Fans will likely remember the moment at the end of the second episode (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) where Harry gifts house-elf Dobby a sock, effectively setting him free of his master family the Malfoys.If you bring a donation to the bakery, you will be entered in a draw to “become Voldemort” and destroy the castle at the end of the drive.“I’d love to see over 1,000 socks donated to the Bissell Centre this year. I think that would be tremendous.”Johnson says it’s satisfying to see it all come together. “There are new things to look at each different step you take around the table. You see new faces and new facets…I’m a Harry Potter nerd so I was like, ‘we need to have all the house represented with coloured tiles and we need to have the bridge and lanterns going down to the boat area and the greenhouses,’” she said.WATCH: Beggs and Johnson talk about their creation She says there are lots of easter eggs for other Harry Potter fans to find in the castle. Beggs says the project didn’t come without challenges–the biggest ones being the tower, which he had to build in three separate parts and then glue together with sugar glue, and then the trestle bridge.“I may have dropped [it] after I built the first one and that one almost broke me. That was a hard day.” Sounds like Beggs could’ve used Hermoine’s Time Turner that day.The duo also glued on the thousands of individual hand-died, hand-cut gum paste tiles, with the help of other bakery staff. If only there was a spell to help build the castle.The castle will be on display until Jan. 13.-with files from Carly Robinson
TORONTO – Thomson Reuters (TSX:TRI) will spend about US$100 million to house its new technology hub at a Toronto complex that’s being built for occupation in 2021.The multinational information services company has agreed to lease all of the office space at the new Duncan House to be built at 19 Duncan Street.The multi-use complex will be able to house up to 1,500 employees for the Thomson Reuters technology hub, which was announced last year.Thomson Reuters said a year ago that it would move some corporate functions to Toronto and tap into the city’s burgeoning technology expertise.It currently expects to have hired up to 200 people this year and another 200 by the end of 2018, to be housed at the centre’s temporary Toronto site.The US$100-million commitment announced Wednesday includes both capital investments and a 12-year lease starting when occupancy begins.Allied Properties REIT (TSX:AP.UN) and Westbank have begun construction of a new building that will integrate a heritage structure.Besides about 146,000 square feet of office space, to be leased by Thomson Reuters, the complex will have retail space and 462 rental residential units.
Rabat – The multiple rape accusations against Saad Lamjarred do not appear to be hampering his global fame . The Moroccan pop singer has been selected by TC Candler as a candidate for the “100 Most Handsome Faces of 2017.”The singer of ‘Lma3llem’ and ‘Ana Machi Sahel’ is in a beauty competition with the likes of George Clooney, Enrique Iglesias, Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson.Showcasing the Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces since 1990, TC Candler page posted a picture of Lamjarred on its Instagram page yesterday as a candidate in the competition. In less than 24 hours his picture received over 3,700 likes and 1,000 comments. Fans showed support and encouragement, with one writing that they “know that he is going to win.”A large number of Arab artists have been selected to participate in the competition, including Yasmin Sabri, Leith Aboujouda, Nancy Ajram, Zafer El Abidine, and Nasreen Tafesh.TC Candler continues to nominate stars on a daily basis, and other Arab artists are expected to enter the list of candidates.The names of the winner and their ranking will be revealed on September 27.The Moroccan singer is currently living under electronic police surveillance, after being arrested in October under suspicion of sexual assault. He was released from prison in April but was ordered to remain France until his trial.Lamjarred was prosecuted for similar charges in the United States in 2010. His alleged victim’s lawyer said he fled the US as soon as he posted for bail.Prior to his recent arrest, Lamjarred had become the most successful Moroccan singer of his generations, with his songs reaching dozens of millions of views on YouTube.His series of hit songs led him to win the Lebanese music award Murex d’Or twice, in 2016 and 2017.
In the report released today at UN Headquarters in New York, the Council welcomes the statements by the two countries reaffirming that the decision on boundary issues by an independent commission “is final and binding,” and emphasized that implementing the findings should take place in an orderly manner without any unilateral actions by either side. “The international community attaches the highest importance to this decision and praises the resolution by peaceful means of the border conflict,” the report says. “The commitments of both parties [to the decision of the Boundary Commission] represent a pivotal measure of their dedication to the peace process.” The delegation, led by Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, travelled last week to both countries for talks with authorities in Addis Ababa and Asmara, as well as officials from the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). The delegation urges, however, both sides to refrain from any action that could have destabilizing effects, including population movements and movements of troops and militia, until procedures for transfer of territorial control are agreed upon. The report also stresses the importance of demining efforts as an essential prerequisite to border demarcation, and urges the two countries to cooperate fully in fulfilling their responsibilities in this regard, as called for in the peace accord. As for the UN presence, the delegation strongly commends UNMEE’s contribution, in cooperation with both sides, towards the situation of the people, especially in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), a demilitarized buffer area between the two countries. “The mission is encouraged by the progress made thus far,” the delegation writes, adding that in the crucial period ahead, it will be particularly important that the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, has easy accessibility to both sides in order to discuss the further steps to be taken. The Council is expected to discuss the report in an open meeting next week.
The preparatory panel for an upcoming global conference seeking to address the challenges of developing landlocked countries opened its first session today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.The weeklong Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee follows regional meetings that were held earlier this year in Paraguay, Thailand and Ethiopia, and is also expected to take up organizational matters, including the election of the Bureau and the format of the conference. It will also consider the draft final outcome document of the meeting.Without access to ocean ports, landlocked countries face major obstacles in importing essential items and exporting their own goods. Distance from major international markets, cumbersome transit procedures and inadequate transport infrastructure add costs to external trade transactions that sometimes exceed the value of the products themselves.Moreover, the growth of the per capita gross domestic product (GDP) in landlocked countries has been, for the past decade, slower than in nations designated as least developed countries. Nine of the 12 countries with the lowest rankings in last year’s Human Development Index are landlocked.The International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 28 to 29 August, seeks to negotiate systematic improvements of those problems through cooperation with transit nations – those situated between landlocked countries and the seas – donors and multilateral agencies.Conference deliberations are expected to focus on freedom of access to the seas, infrastructure development, efficiency of transport operations and international support measures.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) received $365.6 million in firm pledges at the gathering in Geneva, while a further $28.2 million was pledged in writing before the meeting began, allowing agency operations to continue uninterrupted into 2007. Beyond the initial $1.06 billion goal, UNHCR expects to issue a number of supplementary appeals during the year, including for Iraq and south Sudan. Its global appeal for 2006 was $1.15 billion, but with supplementary appeals the year’s budget reached $1.47 billion. “A billion dollars sounds like a lot of money but it is equivalent to just a dollar a week for each of the 21 million people we help,” High Commissioner António Guterres told the donors. “When you consider the huge needs of those fleeing the horrors of Darfur, Iraq and Somalia and those in protracted refugee situations like Thailand and Pakistan, it is really not a large sum of money.” The 21 million people of concern to UNHCR include 8.6 million refugees, 6.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), 1.6 million returnees, 770,000 asylum seekers and 2.3 million stateless people. The largest programmes for 2007 are Chad ($69 million), Afghanistan ($52 million), Liberia ($32 million), Kenya ($32 million) and Tanzania ($24.3 million).
Non-disclosure agreements about sexual harassment in the workplace should be banned, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said. The EHRC has called on the Government to introduce legislation stopping employers from ignoring complaints to protect their reputation.The commission said it had discovered “truly shocking” examples of sexual harassment, including a 17-year-old who locked herself in a toilet after men “joked” about rape, and a woman who revealed she lost her job, her reputation and her health.It also said firms should not use non-disclosure agreements to sweep sexual harassment under the carpet.There should be a new legal duty on employers to prevent harassment or victimisation, as well as more protection for victims, said the EHRC.It also suggested that managers should be given training on how to tackle any problems.It has written to “leading employers” including those in the FTSE 100 and top “magic circle” law firms, setting their legal duties towards their employees and asking for evidence of their policies and practice.Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the EHRC, said: “We set out to discover how sexual harassment at work is dealt with by employers and how it is experienced by individuals. What we found was truly shocking.”There is a lack of consistent, effective action being taken by employers, and people’s careers and mental and physical health have been damaged as a result.”Corrosive cultures have silenced individuals and sexual harassment has been normalised. We underestimate extent and we are complacent as to impact.”We need urgent action to turn the tables in British workplaces, shifting from the current culture of people risking their jobs and health in order to report harassment, to placing the onus on employers to prevent and resolve it.”It cannot be right that millions of people go to work fearing what might have happened by the time they come home.”The recommendations were drawn up following evidence from nearly 1,000 individuals and employers, which found that the most common perpetrator of harassment was a senior colleague, while one in five of those responding had been harassed by a customer or client. In around half of cases where an incident was reported, employers took no action as a result. When action was taken this was often detrimental for the person who reported the issue. The recommendations said the Government should legislate to make contracts barring employees from talking about harassment or discrimination void.The Government should also survey employees every three years to get a better sense of the nature and scale of sexual harassment at work. Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, commented: “No woman should face humiliation, intimidation or harassment at work.”Sadly it’s becoming increasingly clear not only that it’s an all too common experience but that far too many employers are turning a blind eye or even silencing victims of harassment.”Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton said: “Reporting sexual harassment can be hard and particularly so if you are in a junior role, on low pay or in insecure work, for fear of losing your job and your income. This has to change.”We have heard a huge amount of testimonies that show how widespread this problem is but so far we have seen very little action.”Employers have come under pressure to protect their employees from harassment and abuse following allegations that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed and assaulted female actresses. Subsequent sexual harassment scandals have engulfed Parliament and several high-profile businesses across the City and other sectors. In some cases non-disclosure agreements have been used to prevent complainants from speaking out about their experiences. A Government spokesperson said: “This Government condemns all forms of workplace harassment, which is unlawful under the Equality Act. We are looking at all aspects of this wholly unacceptable behaviour, including the use of non-disclosure agreements.“We welcome the EHRC’s input into the debate about sexual harassment. We believe existing laws provide protection for both men and women in the working environment; however, we will continue to keep the operation of the legislation under review, to ensure that it works as intended.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
As part of its Environmental Management offering, DuPont Sustainable Solutions is introducing a new dust management solution for mining. The company argues that a holistic, and integrated approach to dust management is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to mitigate the multitude of risks posed by dust emissions that threaten the mining and other dust-emitting industries.The group states: “Controlling fugitive dust emissions is a perennial and important issue for the mining community and other industries that produce dust. Dust emissions have health, safety, environmental, community and licence to operate implications. While there are a wide range of dust management solutions and dust suppression products available, there is no single solution that addresses all dust generation scenarios. By taking a holistic and integrated approach the new DuPont dust management solution will provide mining companies with technical and management solutions complemented with dust suppression products to deliver effective and sustainable dust management solutions.”In recent years, DuPont has received Environmental Management and Dust Control Technology awards in Australia for its work with Anglo Coal Australia in reducing dust emissions from coal trains by as much as 90%. DuPont was awarded its second Environmental Management Award in 2011 for work with Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS), the world’s largest coal export port. DuPont helped PWCS develop and implement a holistic dust management solution across all of the major operations on the site. At the core of the solution was an Intelligent Dust Management System that actively analyses a range of critical parameters that cause dust emissions, determines the risk and proactively applies mitigation actions to prevent dust generation from happening. As a result dust emissions were reduced to some of the lowest levels on record for the site.The company states: “A number of factors ranging from how and where the dust is generated, to climate, location, environmental considerations, cost and ease of use influence the approach to dust control. Add to that the vast range of different dust suppression products available, from synthetic polymers to water absorbing salts, and petroleum to enzyme, clay or organic based products and you have a situation that is anything but simple.”In an effort to address some of these issues, collaborative research is being conducted by DuPont and the University of Wollongong, near Sydney, in a project that is also supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC). Currently, there is no standard test to compare the performance of dust suppression products, nor is there a unified test for the ‘dustiness’ of a product in mining countries around the world. The project aims to establish a unified approach to testing dust suppression products and to make their comparison more meaningful. Furthermore, the research is looking to develop dust suppression agents that are environmentally sustainable as well as effective.“Fugitive dust emission can occur during any of the stages in mining, stone crushing or cement production, transportation or storage. As such, dust should be tackled via a holistic and integrated approach and not be treated as a problem for the safety, environment, production or operation teams to manage. Everyone on site has a responsibility,” Dr Leong Mar of DuPont Sustainable Solutions warns. “Once dust particles are generated and become airborne, it does not matter in which part of the site they originated, they become a problem for the whole site.”
HP est le fabricant le plus respectueux de l’environnement, selon GreenpeaceGreenpeace vient tout juste de publier la 17e édition de son classement des fabricants de nouvelles technologies les plus écolos. Hewlett Packard se place en tête du podium quand Research in Motion tombe en bas du classement. Comme chaque année, Greenpeace a dressé son classement 2011 (lien non disponible) des fabricants de nouvelles technologies les plus soucieux de l’environnement. Cette 17e édition couronne le fabricant Hewlett Packard en hausse de trois places comparé au précédent classement. Avec une note au dessus de la moyenne (5.9/10), HP a été salué notamment pour ses efforts en matière de consommation d’énergie et de développement durable mais il peut tout de même s’améliorer en matière d’écologie, a jugé Greenpeace. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureau Dell se classe à la seconde position avec une note de 5,1/10, en particulier grâce au souhait de l’entreprise de réduire ses émissions de CO2 de 40% avant 2015. A noter que Dell et HP sont les deux seuls fabricants à se hisser au-delà de la moyenne. En troisième position, vient ensuite Nokia qui perd deux places depuis l’an dernier avec une note de 4,9/10. Quant à la quatrième place, elle revient à Apple qui effectue une belle progression de cinq places : malgré son 4,6/10, la firme à la pomme a fait de nombreux progrès en matière de produits “verts” mais reste décevante du côté énergétique. Le reste du classement voit se succéder dans l’ordre : Philips (4,5), Sony Ericsson (4,2), Samsung (4,1), Lenovo (3,8), Panasonic (3,6), Sony (3,6), Sharp (3), Acer (2,9), LG Electronics (2,8), Toshiba (2,8) et enfin Research in Motion qui obtient le bonnet d’âne avec une note de 1,6 sur 10 pour des performances environnementales bien inférieures comparées à celles de ses concurrents directs. Certains ont donc encore du travail dans leur quête de respect de l’environnement, selon Greenpeace. Le 14 novembre 2011 à 19:31 • Maxime Lambert
Des grands singes présents en Europe il y a 7 millions d’annéesPubliant leur étude dans le Journal of Human Evolution, des chercheurs européens ont découvert en Bulgarie une prémolaire de grand singe datant d’une époque où on les croyait déjà disparus d’Europe depuis 2 millions d’années. De quoi relancer le débat sur l’origine uniquement africaine de la grande famille des Hominidés…Une équipe de chercheurs allemands, bulgares et français, dirigée par Madelaine Böhme, du Centre d’étude de l’évolution humaine de l’Université de Tübingen (Allemagne), a mis au jour près de Chirpan, en Bulgarie, une prémolaire de grand singe vieille de 7 millions d’années. Soit plus de 2 millions d’années après la date supposée de leur disparition en Europe à cause de changements climatiques.À lire aussiCet étrange fossile retrouvé dans les profondeurs de l’océan ressemble à la créature légendaire CthulhuL’étude de l’usure et l’analyse chimique (isotopique) de l’émail de cette dent montrent que les grands singes sont loin d’avoir totalement disparu il y a 9 millions d’années faute de trouver leur nourriture dans une Europe devenue plus sèche. En vérité, ils auraient survécu en consommant grain, herbe, noix et autres aliments issus de la savane : le nouveau couvert végétal de leur habitat. Une hypothèse d’ailleurs confirmée par les restes fossiles d’éléphants, de girafes et d’antilopes trouvés également sur les lieux.La découverte ravive ainsi l’attention des spécialistes de l’origine des Hominidés (hommes, grands singes, et leurs ancêtres) sur l’Eurasie, comme alternative au berceau africain exclusif, actuellement encore largement admis. Le 13 janvier 2012 à 16:22 • Maxime Lambert