first_imgPARIS — Cities in Russia, Japan and Azerbaijan are vying to host the 2025 World Expo, an event expected to draw millions of visitors and showcase their local culture.The Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions votes Friday on whether to award the Expo to Yekaterinburg, Osaka or Baku.Past world’s fairs introduced wonders including the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris Wheel and Seattle’s Space Needle. They’re now held every five years, and Dubai is set to host the next one in 2020.Osaka is proposing an event on a man-made island on the theme of “Society 5.0.”Baku’s Expo would highlight ways to redefine human roles in an automating world.Yekaterinburg, on the Europe-Asia border in Russia’s Ural Mountains, is promising an Expo showing how to balance technological innovation with quality of life.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) for another six months so that it can continue to support the country’s peace process, particularly the holding of a Constituent Assembly election by 12 April. In his latest report to the Security Council, Mr. Ban states that UNMIN should maintain its existing configuration and staffing, “subject to some reduction in the electoral staffing, taking into account the technical assistance already provided, and other minor adjustments.” An agreement reached last month by the Nepalese Government’s Seven-Party Alliance on key issues of the country’s transition to peace paved the way for the holding the Constituent Assembly election, which had been postponed twice last year. Once elected, the Assembly is supposed to draft a new constitution for Nepal, where an estimated 13,000 people were killed during the decade-long civil conflict that formally ended when the Government and Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. Mr. Ban advises against any downsizing of the UN’s presence, stressing that it could endanger prospects for a successful election in the newly agreed time frame. “The deployment of international personnel to the regions and districts of Nepal has consistently been regarded as a key factor in creating a free and fair atmosphere for the election,” he writes. “Not only is such an atmosphere required in the last stages of the electoral process but it also needs to be established with urgency for a successful election by 12 April,” he adds. While welcoming the decision by the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) to rejoin the Interim Government – which it did on 30 December 2007 – Mr. Ban warns that “the remaining political challenges, which could negatively affect the electoral calendar, should not be underestimated.” Among these is the need to respond to the concerns of traditionally marginalized groups. In addition, he notes that it will be difficult to ensure a credible and fair ballot unless the State can provide security to its citizens during the election period. “The Interim Government and the Seven-Party Alliance must give law and order a very high priority.” Along with electoral assistance, UNMIN is also tasked with monitoring the arms and armies of the former adversaries, the Maoist army and the Nepal Army, who are confined to cantonments and barracks in the lead-up to the election. In that regard, the second phase of registration and verification of Maoist army personnel – to ensure that no minors are serving – was completed on 23 December, Mr. Ban reports, adding that the next step will be to release and reintegrate the “unqualified” personnel. 10 January 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) for another six months so that it can continue to support the country’s peace process, particularly the holding of a Constituent Assembly election by 12 April. read more

18 November 2008A group of experts and policymakers will kick off a United Nations-backed conference in Tokyo today aimed at mitigating the catastrophic effects of landslides worldwide. The First World Landslide Forum expects to strengthen research and learning on risk analysis and disaster management by bringing together academia, government, the UN, the private sector and individuals contributing to landslide research and education. The four-day conference follows the 2005 World Conference on Disaster Reduction, held in Hyogo, Japan, which adopted an action plan for building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. Some 168 governments around the world committed to taking action to reduce disaster risk at that gathering, and adopted guidelines to reduce vulnerabilities to natural hazards, which became known as the Hyogo Framework for Action.The landside forum, held at the UN University in Tokyo, is organised within the scope of the Hyogo Framework and is expected to feed into the work of the UN’s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). read more

18 January 2011The return to Haiti of former Haitian leader Jean Claude Duvalier clearly raises issues of impunity and accountability, the United Nations human rights office said today, adding that it was looking into the matter. There are major issues surrounding Mr. Duvalier and the considerable range of human rights abuses that took place in Haiti during the 15 years that he was in power, the spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Rupert Colville, told a news briefing in Geneva. There are also other issues like corruption, Mr. Colville added, noting that it was not clear if Haiti was in a position to arrest and charge Mr. Duvalier. Human rights groups have long called for Mr. Duvalier to be arrested in relation to human rights abuses carried out during his rule. The former president of Haiti made a surprise return to Haiti on Sunday, after 25 years of exile in France and amidst a political crisis in his country. Asked about Mr. Duvalier’s return, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told journalists today that it came as a total surprise to the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), as was the case for many people. Mr. Nesirky added that it was a source of concern to see him resurfacing in the landscape, especially now, at a critical time for the stability of the country, as all energies are focused on looking for a settlement of the current electoral crisis.Beyond the January 2010 earthquake that killed 220,000 people and made 1.5 million others homeless and a cholera epidemic which erupted in October and has already infected almost 200,000 people, killing over 3,700, Haiti is embroiled in turmoil following the first round of elections in November.In December thousands of protesters took to the streets of Port-au-Prince, the capital, accusing the ruling government coalition of rigging the results, after provisional tallies put former first lady Mirlande Manigat and the candidate of outgoing President Rene Préval’s party, Jude Celestin, in first and second place, thus qualifying for a run-off scheduled for this month.Popular musician Michel Martelly was less than one percentage point behind in third place, but thus excluded from the run-off. The Organization of American States has reviewed the count and sent a report to Mr. Préval. MINUSTAH, currently with nearly 12,000 military and police personnel, has been on the ground since mid-2004 after thee then-president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, went into exile amid violent unrest. read more

TORONTO — CWA Canada says a majority of staff in the National Post’s newsrooms in Toronto and Ottawa have signed cards to support forming a union.The media union says it has filed a certification application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, which is to organize a vote by the newspaper’s staff within the next week.Union president Martin O’Hanlon says the drive is about protecting jobs and journalism.Postmedia has made significant staff reductions across its daily newspapers, including the Post, in recent years as it works to cut costs to deal with dwindling advertising revenue.The unionization drive follows a controversy over retention bonuses paid to several top Postmedia executives while the company cut staff.Postmedia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.CWA Canada represents staff at several news organizations including The Canadian Press and Postmedia newspapers in Toronto and Ottawa. read more

Reporters Without Borders also said that the Tamil media – long a target of the authorities, including after the official end of the civil war in 2009 – have seen a decline in harassment and hope it will last.Seen as a benchmark throughout the world, the World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries according to the freedom allowed journalists. The new Government said journalists and cyber-dissidents would no longer have to fear reprisals for their political views or for articles on such sensitive subjects as corruption and the military. Sri Lanka’s ratings has seen a marked improvement in the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders.The latest index shows Sri Lanka has improved from being ranked at 165 in 2015 to 141 this year out of 180 countries. Reporters Without Borders said that by electing Maithripala Sirisena as President last year, Sri Lanka freed itself of the reign of terror imposed by the Mahinda Rajapaksa family and its allies. It also includes indicators of the level of media freedom violations in each region. The latest index shows that Europe (with 19.8 points) still has the freest media, followed distantly by Africa (36.9), which for the first time overtook the Americas (37.1), a region where violence against journalists is on the rise. Asia (43.8) and Eastern Europe/Central Asia (48.4) follow, while North Africa/Middle East (50.8) is still the region where journalists are most subjected to constraints of every kind. (Colombo Gazette) read more

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump’s meetings with CEOs seeking federal approval for major mergers are raising red flags for ethics lawyers concerned about the possible erosion of a firewall between the incoming White House and regulators reviewing those billion-dollar deals.Trump met this past week with the heads of German chemical company Bayer and seed and herbicide giant Monsanto, who made their case for their $57 billion merger. The deal would likely need to be approved by Trump’s choices to lead antitrust enforcement at the Justice Department. On Thursday, Trump sat down to discuss jobs with the chief executive of AT&T, which is trying to acquire Time Warner.Presidents typically keep their distance from such reviews, so as not to appear to be exerting political influence on a regulatory process intended to evaluate the impact a merger could have on competition and consumers. Trump’s private sessions suggest he may be less worried with appearing to be close to pending deals that require government approval.“While it’s true the Department of Justice is under the executive branch, it’s not appropriate for the president to make that regulatory decision — and certainly not for political considerations,” said Bruce Green, a law school professor at Fordham University who specializes in ethics.Green equated the meetings to a 2016 campaign controversy: Bill Clinton’s conversation with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the Phoenix airport tarmac at a time when the Justice Department was looking into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.“If the conversation is private, it will raise questions and suspicions,” Green said.Part of the challenge is not knowing what was precisely said at the meetings.“We don’t know really what they were discussing, what Trump’s response was to that and to what extent that will influence the antitrust review,” said Maurice Stucke, a former attorney in the Justice Department’s antitrust division who teaches at the University of Tennessee College of Law.On Wednesday, Werner Baumann, Bayer CEO, and Hugh Grant, Monsanto CEO, talked about their merger as in the broader conversation on innovation, Monsanto said in a statement.AT&T specifically denied talking about its proposed $85.4 billion merger when CEO Randall Stephenson met Thursday with Trump. The company said its conversation focused on how it could increase its U.S. investments, create jobs and make American companies more competitive.Trump’s choice for attorney general told senators this week that incoming administration would be transparent.“The antitrust policies of the United States have to be consistent and as clear as possible,” Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said at his confirmation hearings.“I have no hesitation, if the finding justifies it, to say that certain mergers should not occur and there will not be political influence in that process,” he said.During the campaign, Trump opposed the combination of the telecom AT&T and Time Warner, the media conglomerate that owns HBO and CNN. “It’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few,” Trump said at the time.The meetings are part of Trump’s aggressive and unorthodox strategy for job creation, in which he openly cheers on, and sometimes jeers, individual companies. He’s shown himself willing to intervene in even relatively small corporate matters.On Thursday, Trump tweeted that people should shop at Maine retailer L.L. Bean, after The Associated Press reported that heiress Linda Bean had contributed to a pro-Trump political action committee and the company was facing calls for a boycott.Trump has praised the Japanese tech mogul Masayoshi Son, who controls the wireless carrier Sprint, for a commitment to create jobs. He has pushed Ford to scrap plans to build an auto plant in Mexico, which the company did this month in large part due to lower gasoline prices reducing demand for smaller cars.While Trump has celebrated his approach as using his negotiation skills to save American jobs, others worry the president is inappropriately intervening.“You’re having companies ingratiating themselves with him — and then decisions being made that affect those companies,” said Bruce Freed, president of the Center for Political Accountability. “That poses serious conflict problems.”Multiple lawyers told The Associated Press that the meetings with companies under antitrust review by the president-elect were unusual, though not necessarily unethical since these meetings could be considered a form of lobbying. Past presidents have waded into antitrust issues, notably Theodore Roosevelt, who sought in 1902 to break up a railroad monopoly.Trump’s meeting with Bayer and Monsanto generated concerns from the National Farmers Union, which opposes the merger on the grounds that it could harm competition and increase the price of seeds.“Our members were baffled by that meeting — that there would be time made out for it before a secretary of agriculture nominee is even presented,” said Rob Larew, senior vice-president of public policy at the farmers’ trade group. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2017 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Jan 14, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump’s CEO meetings raise ethics questions read more

“Financial actors and institutions are already beginning to develop solutions for attracting private capital in support of the 2030 Agenda [for Sustainable Development],” Mr. Ban told a meeting with high-level officials from Ministries of finance and foreign affairs, together with leaders from major global financial institutions at UN Headquarters today.Titled ‘Financial solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),’ the gathering showcased the initiatives and examples from around the world on how best business and the financial services sector can engage in the SDG process and transform markets.Mr. Ban said that the proposed multi-stakeholder Financial Innovation Platform would support the identification and piloting of innovative finance instruments, and would engage key development actors, including Governments, civil society, philanthropic organizations, entrepreneurs, institutional investors, banks, project developers and development finance institutions.Mr. Ban, who will step down as the top UN official when his tenure ends on 31 December, expressed hope that the Platform will provide the best possible know-how to support the efforts by the incoming Secretary-General.“Sustainability and stability of the financial system are mutually reinforcing,” he said, emphasizing the importance of reorienting existing financial flows to sustainable objectives so that investors will reap the benefits in the form of secure markets and thriving consumers.That is why Governments, gathering in Addis Ababa in July 2015, adopted an an action agenda aimed at creating policy and regulatory environments that provide incentives for long-term and sustainable investments, he added.According to Mr. Ban, the financial sector, spearheaded by companies such as Aviva, is promoting the creation of international benchmarks while the World Bank Treasury Office is issuing innovative financial instruments that are generating new investment opportunities.Efforts are now needed to build on these initiatives, and the United Nations can play “a catalytic role” and intends to create a venue where leaders from all sectors, including government, can join forces, learn from each other and align their actions for greater collective effect, the Secretary-General said.Many new ideas and solutions are already in play. International Housing Solutions, a global private equity investor, is using both catalytic and commercial capital investors to make green homes affordable to a wide population in Sub-Saharan Africa. CEO Michael Falcone said at the meeting that the creation of a UN platform will help to expand affordable green homes across the region.“We are engaged in nothing less than the transformation of global capital markets,” said Mark Wilson, Group CEO of Aviva, an international insurance and investment company. “That demands major change. “If business isn’t sustainable then society is at risk and if society isn’t sustainable then business is at risk. So it’s just enlightened self-interest for business to support the SDGs,” he said.”While there are many pathways forward to achieve the SDGs, one thing is clear: business as usual is not an option to close the $2.5 trillion annual funding gap in developing countries alone,” said Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation. “To realize the SDGs we need to foster a new era of collaboration and coordination, and the UN Secretary-General has unprecedented convening power to do this by bringing together leaders from different sectors,” she stressed. The concept of a new multi-stakeholder forum to help finance progress on the Goals emerged following the 2015 Financing for Development Conference that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At that Conference, world leaders called for creative and innovative solutions by the private sector to scale-up investments in activities that contribute to the sustainable development. It is now clear to many in the finance sector, that there are new demands of the marketplace as well as shareholders seeking sustainable investments. This is why a new framework for sustainable investing is needed. The know-how that is being made available within the finance sector will be shared and made accessible: the platform will accelerate solutions and encourage scale up. read more

first_img 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. “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people coming forward and it is very typical of the Greater Manchester people to respond so positively to something so horrific by wanting to contribute and wanting to do such a great thing in terms of donating blood.”We had over 100 people lined up outside before we even opened the doors this morning and we’ve seen a good stream of donors since we opened the doors this morning.”We’ve had a mixture of existing donors who are aware in these incidents there is a need to come forward and they have responded really well.”We’ve had donors booked in who have kept their appointments but we’ve had a lot of new donors wanting to start donating as well and we are grateful for that. “The Mancunian spirit is alive and well. Everyone is really keen to get involved and wanting to do something positive.” The service usually operates via an appointment system, but with about 100 people outside one building on Brown Street in the city centre, just a 10-minute walk from the site of the attack, staff have been trying to accommodate as many walk-ins as possible.”In terms of a response it has been incredible,” said Richard Shortland, the north’s head of marketing for NHS Blood and Transplant. Mancunians queued to give bloodCredit:Twitter Mancunians queued to give blood “But it wouldn’t have been there if it had not been for the generosity of the donors who stick with us long term.”It is great people come forward today but really we need them not to forget about us next week or next month.”We are particularly interested in O negative donors. We’d like existing O negative donors to come forward but in addition we always look for new donors, new young donors and young black donors as they have a high chance of being in a very minority group that we particularly need.”If anyone had not been able to come along today we’d still love to see them. If they go to the website it will allow them to register and book an appointment and make sure we see them in an organised process.” Manchester’s blood donor centres experienced an “incredible” response from the public in the wake of the terror attack in the city.A little over 10 hours after a lone suicide bomber detonated a homemade device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena, just as thousands of young people were leaving a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande, queues started to form outside Blood and Transplant buildings. With blood stocks high there was no immediate drain on resources following Monday’s incident and every hospital had what it required to deal with casualties.But with some attendees having to be turned away from centres on Tuesday Mr Shortland said the challenge now was to retain as many new donors as possible for the future.”We had to move a large quantity of blood around to where it was needed so that was mobilised overnight and everyone being looked after in hospitals in Manchester all had what they needed,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgLast week we reported what I thought to be the actual PC requirements for Watch Dogs. They included a quad-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and a 64-bit version of Windows as a minimum. That’s not surprising seeing as this is a next-gen game launching on PS4 and Xbox one as well.But it turns out the that minimum spec is actually a little too low. The official minimum spec for Watch Dogs pushes the RAM requirement up form 4GB to 6GB with everything else staying pretty much the same.So the minimum and recommended specs for Watch Dogs are as follows:Minimum SpecIntel Core 2 Quad Q8400 (2.66GHz) or AMD Phenom II X4 940 (3GHz)DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB VRAM and Shader Model 5.0 support6GB RAM64-bit Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8Recommended SpecIntel Core i7 3770 (3.5GHz) or AMD FX-8350 (4GHz)DirectX 11 graphics card with 2GB VRAM and Shader Model 5.0 support8GB RAMSame Windows requirements as minimum specThe hard drive requirement isn’t listed so we’ll stick with the 20GB leaked requirement as a guide. As for official graphics card support, Ubisoft lists the Nvidia GeForce GTX460, GT500, GT600, GT700 and AMD Radeon HD5850, HD6000, HD7000, R7 and R9 series, and also Intel’s Iris Pro HD 5200.If you currently run a 32-bit copy of Windows, then you’ve got some upgrading to do, which no doubt also involves purchasing some more RAM. For some, it may be a case of weighing up the price of a PC upgrade next to the cost of a PS4 or Xbox One. Which comes out cheaper with a copy of the game factored in to the final price?last_img read more

first_imgGet out of the house and do a bit of treasure hunting at the Clark County Antique and Collectible Show, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be 250 vendors offering items such as collectible toys, period lighting, estate jewelry and sports memorabilia at the Clark County Event Center, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Expert appraisers will be on hand to identify and evaluate pieces brought to the show, at $7 per item. Admission is $6 for both days, and $6 for parking. 503-282-0877 or www.christinepalmer.netJoin the celebration with the Vietnamese Community of Clark County at its biggest cultural event of the year: the Lunar New Year’s Festival. There will be multiple performances, lion dances, artists, children’s activities and Vietnamese food. The festival will mark the Year of the Rooster at 1 p.m. today at Roosevelt Elementary School, 2921 Falk Road, Vancouver. Admission is free. 360-882-7411 or www.vnccc.orgSkyview High School Drama presents “The Bold, The Young and The Murdered,” a murder-mystery revolving around a failing soap opera. The executive producer gives the squabbling cast an ultimatum: complete one episode overnight or the show dies. But when the director ends up murdered, it seems like his threat might actually come true. The production runs 7 p.m. Jan. 26-28 at Skyview High School, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver. Tickets are $5, $4 for students. 360-936-8640 or skyviewvsddrama.wixsite.comThe Wine and Food Society of Clark County and the Clark College Foundation will host their annual Robert Burns Supper at 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at the college’s Columbia Tech Center Campus, 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. A fundraiser for the Foundation Scholarship in Viticulture and Culinary Arts, the event includes a Scottish inspired dinner, dessert dash and a Scottish toast, plus a performance by the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band. Tickets are $75 per person, $550 for table of 8. 360-991-7333 or Race for Warmth benefits Operation Warm Heart, a program that helps families with limited income pay their electric bills. The run features a 10K run and 5K walk/run through downtown Vancouver and along the waterfront, along with a free kids race. Day-of race regi stration opens at 7 a.m. Jan. 29, with the kids run beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by the main race starting at 9 a.m. at Clark Public Utilities, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Registration is $30. www.raceforwarmth.comlast_img read more

first_imgThe Scottish Football Association have hit Rangers with five disciplinary charges following the criticism of referee Willie Collum.The Ibrox club have been accused of criticizing a referee in such a way to indicate incompetence or bias; putting the game of football in disrepute; not behaving in the best interests of football, and two other charges partly related to sportsmanship.Rangers launched a formal complaint against Willie Collum and publicly criticised him and the FA’s appeals process after failing to overturn a second yellow card received by Daniel Candeias.Steven Gerrard’s side submitted an appeal against the second yellow card picked up by Candeias during their win over St. Mirren on November 3, insisting there was an issue of mistaken identity; after Candeias appeared to do nothing during a clash with St Mirren defender Anton Ferdinand.An official statement read, according to talkSPORT:Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Furthermore, it is understood that a number of people within the Scottish FA are in no doubt Mr Collum’s judgement was flawed and Rangers shall also now be submitting a formal complaint about the performance of this referee.”“The manner in which he reacted to an incident involving our player made it obvious he did not give due consideration to his decision.”“This is by no means the first time errors of judgement have been made in matches involving this official and clearly there is an underlying issue which requires to be addressed.”However, it was later revealed that Candeias had been shown a yellow card for his actions towards Ferdinand seconds earlier after his side scored to make it 2-0.last_img read more

first_imgOn Monday 15 July 2019, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee approved plans to increase payment rates for council-employed foster carers by at least 27% from August 2019.The pay rise forms part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s attraction and retention strategy, which aims to encourage more local individuals to provide foster care, as well as recognise those that are already dong so. The council further hopes that this approach will decrease its dependence on independent foster agencies.Councillor Philip Owen, chairman at the Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “The stark reality is that when children are placed with external, independent providers, this carries a significantly higher average cost for the council. The recruitment and growth of council foster carers is key to achieving both the best quality services for Nottinghamshire’s vulnerable children and best value for money for the authority.”In addition to the pay increase, Nottinghamshire County Council plans to introduce a discount card scheme for its foster carers, to be used at local amenities. It also wishes to offer free access to a broad range of personal training courses, provided by Inspire, to help foster carers manage day-to-day challenges.As at 31 March 2019, there are 875 children in foster care in Nottinghamshire; 658 are placed with council-paid foster carers and 225 are looked after by external foster carers.Owen added: “Those people that devote their time and their lives to being foster carers are not primarily motivated by the financial aspects, but it is important that we recognise the important job they do and reward them appropriately.“We hope that increased payments and an improved overall package will encourage new foster carers and help retain existing carers. This will strengthen the council’s fostering service for the good of Nottinghamshire children and young people and reduce the council’s reliance on independent foster agencies.”last_img read more

first_imgUnited Nations : The UN Security Council (UNSC) is to hold closed-door consultations on the Kashmir developments on Friday at the request of China, a diplomat at the Security Council told IANS on Thursday. The diplomat said that China’s request for the meeting was made in a letter and came up during the Council’s informal consultations on Wednesday. The format of the meeting as a closed-door consultation would preclude Pakistan participating in it, the diplomat said. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us As a closed-door meeting, the consultation’s proceedings would be secret, without being broadcast or accessible to reporters. China wanted the consultations to take place on Thursday, but since the schedule was already set for the day without any meetings, it was to be taken up on Friday, the diplomat said. The diplomat said that the office of the Security Council President Joanna Wronecka of Poland was working out the details for holding the meeting and when it was to be held. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Pakistan had asked for a meeting of the UNSC on Kashmir following India’s decision to rescind Articles 370 and 35A of its Constitution that gave Jammu and Kashmir a special status. Except for China, all the other four permanent members of the Council have openly backed New Delhi’s position that disputes between India and Pakistan are bilateral matters, with the US even saying that the Kashmir developments are an internal matter of India. Advertise With Us The consultations on Wednesday were on Syria and Central Africa, but China brought up the Pakistani request made in a letter to the Council. Other sources said that France and China differed at the meeting on how the Kashmir issue should be discussed. While China wanted the consultation to be formally dedicated to the Kashmir issue, France wanted it to be taken up at a lower level as “other matters” in a consultation – a sort of footnote to a consultation, sources said.last_img read more

first_imgJohn Johnson behind the counter at The Nesting Bowl, a pet store in Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood. (AFRO Photo/Roberto Alejandro)Water dragons, bearded dragons, iguanas, corn snakes, cane snakes, pythons, spiders, chinchillas, cockatoos, rabbits, and of course, puppies. It may not be your usual shopping list, but if any of these items are on yours, The Nesting Bowl, a pet shop in Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood, features all of the above and more.“We specialize in pigeons,” said owner John Johnson, who began raising pigeons when he was six years old, and who has raced pigeons competitively for 11 years. “Racing pigeons, tippler pigeons, fancy pigeons, we deal with a lot ofdifferent aspects of the pigeon world, the club world, racing and everything and so forth.”Johnson is the president of the Maryland Tippler Flying Club, and said Baltimore’s racing scene is surprisingly competitive. While The Nesting Bowl is a one-stop shop for all things bird racing—they will even match novices with more experienced mentors who will help build and inspect their pigeon lofts—it is ultimately a place where city kids can come and learn about different kinds of animals.“We basically aim the shop to please the kids and to really attract the kids and give them a new experience,” said Johnson. “A lot of children in the urban life don’t get a chance to be exposed to these certain things, and so we try to bring it to them and give them a different experience.”Johnson notes that many people have had bad experiences with animals, and the shop is a chance to expose them to animals in a different way, educating them not only about the different species but about quality pet care as well.“We specialize in pet care…any type of grooming items—shampoos, conditioners, stuff to make the animals smell good,” he said. “We’re really into the organic stuff, we try to keep the chemicals off the animals…and just educate the community on different animal care [aspects].”Recently, the shop teamed up with Johns Hopkins for a “Bunnies on the Beach” event, part of The Nesting Bowl’s mission to expose Baltimoreans to a broader world of animals, and educate folks about proper care.“You really have to start with the (animal care) basics,” Johnson said. “A lot of Black children are not exposed to these different types of animals and the proper care of them, so we really start with the basics. Even from the children to the adults.”The Nesting Bowl is located at 3040 Greenmount Ave. in Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

first_imgStacy M. Brown By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaThe Broward County Chapter of the NAACP will lead a march and rally to demand the termination and criminal prosecution of two Florida sheriff deputies who were caught on video punching a 15-year-old African American student and repeatedly slamming the child’s head against concrete pavement.The weekend rally – a peaceful demonstration – will include the teen’s attorney, famed civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., Westside Gazette Publisher Bobby Henry and Broward County NAACP leaders.“We cannot become desensitized to the brutality visited upon our young black men and women,” said Chavis, who’s also a civil rights activist who worked under Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.A cell phone video captured Broward County Sheriff’s deputies pepper-spraying, tackling and punching a group of teens last week outside a McDonald’s near the school.“In addition to reporting news, the NNPA, a trade association representing the 215 African American newspapers and media companies around the country, is also a voice for civil rights,” Chavis said.Further, as the trusted source for news and information in the African American community, the NNPA should be at the forefront in informing its readers about all that affects them, Henry said.“It’s important for us to remember where we came from and this is galvanizing and communicating on a level where we are all involved and this is such an important issue,” said Henry. “We need to realize that this concerns us, and we should not wait for the white media to tell us about our community and when something happens, they should be coming to us for that information,” he said.Delucca “Lucca” Rolle, a student at J.P. Taravella High School, was accused of aggravated assault against an officer, but the charge made “no sense,” prosecutors said.A cell phone video captured Broward County Sheriff’s deputies pepper-spraying, tackling and punching a group of teens last week outside a McDonald’s near the school.The video shows deputies take Rolle down, with one deputy banging Rolle’s forehead into the pavement and punching him in the head, while another deputy helped restrain and handcuff him.Rolle, one of two teens who were arrested, reportedly suffered a broken nose in the encounter.Deputy Christopher Krickovich and Sgt. Greg LaCerra were both suspended by the Sheriff’s office after the video was released, though, originally, they were placed on restricted assignment.The Broward State Attorney’s Office said it has begun investigating the deputies’ actions and prosecutors decided not to file charges against Rolle.Rolle’s family also has hired Crump, who said he wants the deputies involved to face criminal charges.Crump noted that the two arrested teens are black, while all three deputies seen in the cellphone video are white.“Rolle was a teen beaten by deputies after he picked up a cellphone that fell out of the pocket of a black boy who was being arrested,” Crump said.“In response, the deputies “pepper-sprayed, brutally beat, and arrested him,” said Crump, who represented the family of Michael Brown, a 17-year-old African-American, who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Mo.Crump also represented the family of Trayvon Martin, who in 2012 was killed by George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla.The encounter between Rolle and the deputies happened outside McDonald’s, a frequent after-school hangout spot.At one point, Krickovich and LaCerra went to arrest a student — not Rolle — who had been warned not to trespass at the shopping center, according to a Sheriff’s report.Crump said “Starting now, we will seek justice through every avenue possible for Lucca and his family. The actions on the video by the officers against Delucca are unconscionable.”The hashtag #JusticeForLucca has been trending on Twitter.Rolle’s supporters plan a peaceful rally Saturday afternoon at Hampton Pines Park in North Lauderdale, with attendees encouraged to wear red. Rolle was wearing a red shirt on the day of his arrest.“We need to make sure we convey the message that the only crime committed on that day was not from the young man, the black children that were there, but from the two deputies and the way they manhandled those kids,” said local NAACP President Marsha Ellison.“Police brutality and what we consider child abuse will not be tolerated, certainly with our kids who are equally as important as those in other communities,” Ellison said.She’s also calling for the termination and prosecution of the deputies.“We want the sheriff to hold them accountable and for them to be terminated, meaning they don’t have the opportunity to do this to anyone else while in a [sheriff’s] uniform,” Ellison said.“We are wary of the state Attorney’s Office in their investigation. It could be one year sometimes two and they’ll try and wait until this dies down and close the case,” she said. “That’s not good enough. A suspension is not good enough. These children are traumatized, emotionally damaged. The 2020 election is coming where we get to choose a new sheriff and new states Attorney. We’re tired of this. Enough is enough.” Stacy is a veteran journalist and author of the forthcoming biography: “Aftermath: Michael Jackson’s Dysfunctional Family and the Legacy of the King of Pop.” He’s also the author of “Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder’s Mother,” “Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask,” and “Fighting Temptation: The Damon Harris Story.” He’s appeared on “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Good Morning America,””CNN with Don Lemon,” “Anderson Cooper,” “Wendy Williams,” “Howard Stern,” and other shows. read more

first_imgAfter the colossal success of the first two editions, the third edition of ‘Russian Film Days’, a world-class film festival that showcases the best of contemporary and classical Russian cinema is back in India. The event is going to be held in Delhi from November 10 –12, travelling to Mumbai from November 13 to 15, and thereby concluding at IFFI Goa from November 21 to 28. The festival will screen movies across genres like comedy, thriller, drama, Sci-Fi, etc. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe opening ceremony of ‘The Russian Film Days’ in India will begin with a theatrical performance dedicated to Raj Kapoor and the legendary film of 1970, Mera Naam Joker. The special guest for the opening ceremony will be veteran actor Randhir Kapoor and beautiful Russian actor Kseniya Ryabinkina, who played a protagonist in Mera Naam Joker. Also, Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Kudashev, Russian Ambassador to India and leading representatives of Russian and Indian cinema will mark their presence at the event. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBeing organised by the production company Cinemarus, in cooperation with Russkoe Kino Company, the festival aims to strengthen the cultural relations between the two countries.On November 10, The Bolshoi will be screened at the Siri Fort auditorium at 6 pm. And on the second and third day of the festival, Delhiites can see movies like The Ghost of Sonora – the directorial debut of composer Alexey Rybnikov, Yana+Yanko, Kitchen Final Battle, and fantasy blockbuster Attraction, at DT Cinemas in Saket. The movie marathon will continue in Mumbai, the capital of Bollywood, where people will also get to see the animated film Fantastic journey to Oz, the cosmic drama Spacewalkers and the Historical drama Anna Karenina. Vronsiy’s story.The next point of screening of the modern Russian movie will be Panaji, wherein the framework of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the non-competitive program will present films like Light up, Hostages and Closeness. In addition to screenings there will be meetings of actors and directors with the audience.The entry to all screenings will be free of charge and at a first-come-first-seat basis.last_img read more

first_imgClose Russia has launched a space telescope that could significantly improve humanity’s understanding of the universe. The country developed the X-ray telescope with the help of Germany.Mission Launch Postponed TwiceThe launch of the 2.7-tonne telescope was originally scheduled on June 21, but this was postponed twice due to a battery problem.The Spektr-RG observatory finally launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:31 p.m. local time on Saturday, July 13 aboard a Proton-M rocket. Search ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийDecades-Old Russian DreamThe mission was first proposed more than 30 years ago as part of Soviet’s ambitious plan to launch “great observatories,” but it hit a snag due to budget cuts in the post-Soviet Russia era. The work revived in 2005 albeit the Spektr-RG was redesigned to be simpler, smaller, and cheaper.The cost of the project is equivalent to a medium class European Space Agency science mission, which puts the telescope’s cost at about $600 million.A Collaboration Of Russian And German ScientistsRussian and German scientists worked together to develop the telescopes onboard the spacecraft. German scientists worked on the eROSITA X-ray telescope, and the Russian scientists built the ART-XC telescope.”The spacecraft was created with the participation of Germany in the framework of the Federal Space Program of Russia by the order of the Russian Academy of Sciences,” the Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement.Objectives Of The SRG MissionThe Spektr-RG mission aims to map all of the estimated 100,000 visible galaxy clusters across the universe. These clusters, which have a mass equivalent to 1 million billion suns, are host to as many as 1,000 galaxies.The observatory’s 6.5-year survey could lead to the discovery of hundreds of thousands of active stars and about 3 million supermassive black holes.By providing a more detailed map of the cosmos, the Spektr-RG could shed light on the evolution of the universe, the formation of black holes, and the nature of dark energy that accelerates the expansion of the cosmos.”With eROSITA covering the whole sky, we can see enough of [the clusters of galaxies] to reconstruct their growth history extremely accurately. That in turn tells us something about the amount, and perhaps the nature of dark energy and dark matter,” said eROSITA Project Scientist Andrea Merloni. TAG Spektr-RG telescope, Universe, Black Holes, Roscosmos DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazon All Bestseller AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatcheslast_img read more

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there The pupils at Aloe Park Primary School took part in their annual inter-house athletics meeting on Wednesday.Young athletes were seen getting their spirits high and warming up for the challenges ahead…The athletics meeting saw only track events being held, as the learners contested the field events on Monday, May 9.The pupils were divided into four ‘houses’, namely Puma, Cheetah, Jaguar and Tiger. Puma triumphed over the other ‘houses’ and emerged victorious at the end of the day.The day started at 8am with a parade, and the track events were finished by 1.30pm.The little ones were also given the chance to participate in the form of a sack race for the Grade Rs.Trophies and awards were presented after a most enjoyable display of athletic prowess. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more