Reversing India’s Student Exodus

first_imgThe GoI’s recently launched ‘Study in India’ programme is a welcome step in the right direction despite arriving late. Apart from setting targets, it aims to make India a global education hub, improve its soft power and reduce the export – Import imbalance in the number of International students. But the larger question remains: Can the scheme be implemented successfully at a time when demand for foreign education is at an all-time high? Related Itemslast_img

Two killed as motorcycle crashes into stray cows

first_imgTwo people were killed when the motorcycle they were riding hit some stray cows here, the police said on Saturday. Chunbadi Prajapati (35) and his brother-in-law Jalkadeen (38) were returning from a local market when the accident occurred at Khaurarha bypass on Friday evening, Station House Officer of Mataundh Police Station Shail Kumar Singh said. “Both the motorcyclists fell on the road and sustained serious injuries. They were rushed to the hospital where the doctors declared them dead,” he said.‘No helmet’ Upon searching the two-wheeler, a liquor bottle was found, while no helmet was recovered from the accident spot, he said. “Prima facie, it seems that both were under the influence of alcohol. They sustained head injuries, as they were not wearing a helmet,” he said. “The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination, and the matter is being investigated,” he said.last_img read more

Gavina blows his top after yet another Kia loss: ‘I’m tired of this’

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “There’d be no more Mr. Nice Guy. If I have to hold practice with eight or nine guys so be it, everyone else who doesn’t want to be there can stay the hell home because that’s the message that will be sent. I’m tired of this [expletive].”center_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kia import Johnson goes back to drawing board after subpar debut “The [expletive] will be called out the next practice, there’s going to be some changes.”The final score, though, was a mere fraction of Gavina’s frustrations as the Picanto trailed 70-31 by halftime and even looked at an 86-37 mountain in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlackwater was also relentless on the three-point arc hitting 19 against the sorry defense of the Picanto, who managed to sink just eight threes.“These guys are putting other people’s livelihoods on the line, including mine and I do not like being embarrassed,” said Gavina. “It was just ridiculous how much these guys are taking for granted the amount of trust I’m putting in.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Kia head coach Chris Gavina did not hold back when expressing his grievances over how his players conducted themselves in their 118-97 loss to Blackwater in the PBA Governor’s Cup.“I told the management that I think I’ve been as nice as I could possibly could to handle what’s going on,” said Gavina Friday at Ynares Center here in Antipolo. “I’m tired of seeing the body language these players have coming into practices and games, you can see guys have checked out and I’m tired of it.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlon

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Philippines claims gold, silver in men’s triathlon She clocked 2:11:14, while Adorna, the 2015 champion, finished in 2:18:58. Adorna is reportedly nursing a injury but her time was enough to beat out Irene Chong of Malaysia who timed 2:25:44.It was the third gold by the Philippines so far in the biennial meet and one bolstered the dominating performance by its triathletes who ruled both the men’s and women’s categories.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Marion Kim Mangrobang snatched the Philippines’ third gold medal after winning women’s triathlon in a powerful 1-2 finish with former champ Ma. Claire Adorna Monday in the Southeast Asian Games.Trained in Portugal, the 25-year-old Mangrobang won the event after placing second to Adorna during the 2015 SEAG in Singapore in a similar 1-2 fashion.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

S Sreesanth approaches Kerala High Court after BCCI fails to act

first_imgFormer Indian pacer S. Sreesanth, who on August 7 got a huge boost when the Kerala High Court lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI, approached the court on Friday asking for relief as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) still has not acted in the matter.Sreesanth in his petition asked for the immediate intervention of the court saying that he wished to travel to play in the Scotland League and the BCCI, despite the court lifting the ban, has not given him an NOC to be submitted to the Scot cricket authorities.He said the Scotland League has reached its last leg and any more delay could be detrimental to him.The court will take up his petition on Monday.Since his arrest in 2013, Sreesanth had his first outing on August 15 when he led a local team in an exhibition match on a cricket pitch here.The now 34-year-old pacer, along with two other players, was exonerated in 2015 by a Delhi court in the case registered by Delhi Police which invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), but the BCCI Disciplinary Committee headed by present Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slapped a life ban on Sreesanth.Following this, he approached the Kerala HC, which on August 7 lifted the life ban.Even though the Kerala High Court has lifted the ban, the BCCI has decided to go in appeal against the single bench verdict.Sreesanth played in 27 Tests taking 87 wickets, and picked up 75 scalps from 53 One-day Internationals (ODIs) and seven wickets from 10 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).advertisementlast_img read more

Atletico gear up for La Liga clash vs Leganes without Costa, Godin, Koke

first_imgMadrid, Nov 2 (IANS) Atletico Madrid on Friday completed its final training session ahead of the away La Liga clash against Leganes without injured Diego Godin, Diego Costa and Koke.The three players, who missed the 1-0 Copa del Rey win over Sant Andreu on Tuesday, trained separately inside Wanda Sports City, reports Efe.In good news, the club announced that Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez “received the medical green light on Friday morning following his sciatic nerve elongation on his thigh caused by trauma.”Leganes is to host the Los Rojiblancos on Saturday at Estadio Municipal de Butarque in Leganes, Spain.–IANSgau/vmlast_img read more

Poco F2 concept render shows waterdrop notch, will be better designed than Poco F1

first_imgXiaomi just launched the Mi Play in China. This budget segment phone is different from all other Xiaomi devices because of the premium look that it sports. TheMi Play is the first phone from the company to have a waterdrop notch display. Looks like Xiaomi is working on another phone with almost the same design as the Mi Play. It is the successor to the Poco F1, aka Poco F2. New concept renders of the Poco F2 has surfaced online revealing that the phone will come with waterdrop style notch on the front panel that will equip the single selfie camera. The concept render shows off the phone from both front and back giving a fair idea of the upcoming Poco F2 could look. The render suggests that the upcoming Poco phone or Poco F2 will be a better-looking device than the Poco F1.The Poco F1 was launched back in the month of August last year and by the end of 2018, it received several awards for being the best value for money phone of 2018. With the success of the Poco F1 consumers now have high expectations from the successor of the phone aka Poco F2. Xiaomi sub-brand is already working on the Poco F2 as we reported that the phone has already made its way to the Geekbench. The benchmark listing revealed some of the key specs of the phone. Now, this is for the first time that render of the Poco F2 has surfaced online revealing the design of the phone.advertisementThe concept render shared by a popular tipster Benjamin Geskin shows the Poco F2 from both front and back. In the render the phone appear in black colour, there could be other colour options too. As the render suggests, the Poco F2 will include a waterdrop notch on the front and not traditional wide notch as seen on the Poco F1. With the inclusion of the tiny teardrop notch, it can be assumed that the Poco F2 will have a bigger screen space which will enable users to have a great video viewing experience on the phone. The bezels of the Poco F2 appears to be much slimmer compared to Poco F1 in the render.The concept render further reveals that similar to the Poco F1, the Poco F2 will also sport dual cameras which will be vertically aligned. But, the placement of the cameras on the Poco F2 will be slightly different from the Poco F1. In the Poco F2, the dual rear cameras will sit on the top left corner. The Poco F1 includes the dual camera set up in the middle of the rear panel. The concept render also reveals that the Poco F2 will come with a rear mounted circular fingerprint sensor.For the Poco F2, Xiaomi could concentrate more on improving the design and camera performance of the phone which were one of the weak areas for Poco F1. Compared to the competitors the Poco F1 isn’t too attractive to look at. Hence, it is possible that Poco might use metallic or glass finish for the Poco F2 to improve the overall look of the phone. The render also shows the back side of the Poco F2 with a metallic finish.As far as the core hardware is concerned, the Geekbench listing revealed that Poco F2 will not have a lot of things changed compared to the Poco F1. The benchmark listing revealed that the Poco F2 will come with the same hardware setup as the Poco F1. The phone is said to be powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6GB RAM. As the Poco F1 has 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM variants, we expect an 8GB RAM model for the Poco F2 too.ALSO READ | Poco F2 could be coming soon, gets spotted on Geekbench with some key specsALSO READ | Xiaomi Poco F2 expected to launch soon, but don’t be too excited. Here’s whyALSO READ | New Poco F1 Armoured Edition with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage now up for grabs in Indialast_img read more

Shakib Al Hasan 1st Bangladesh batsman to score 1000 World Cup runs

first_imgShakib Al Hasan became the 1st Bangladesh batsman to score 1000 World Cup runs. During Bangladesh’s 7th match of World Cup 2019 against Afghanistan, Shakib also overtook David Warner to become the leading scorer in the tournament.Shakib Al Hasan is already Bangladesh’s greatest ever cricketer. Overall, he is the 19th batsman to go past the 1000-run mark in World Cup history. While Shakib is the only Bangladeshi batsman in the elite list, 5 Sri Lankans, 3 Australians, 3 South Africans, 3 West Indians, 2 Indians, 1 Pakistani and 1 New Zealand batsman make up the rest of the 18 in the list. BAN v AFG Live ScoreShakib, who has played 4 World Cups from 2007 to 2019, reached the milestone in his 27th World Cup match.Shakib Al Hasan becomes the first Banglaldeshi batsman to pass 1,000 career World Cup runs and just the 19th man to reach the landmark overall #CWC19 | #BANvAFG World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 24, 2019Shakib has batted at No.3 for Bangladesh and has been in fine form. He began his 2019 World Cup campaign with a fine 75 against South Africa before hitting 64 against New Zealand. He followed that up with successive hundreds against England and West Indies.Shakib hit 41 agaist Australia and then led the batting charge for Bangladesh in a crucial match against Afghanistan in Southampton.Shakib is 2nd in the list of most run-scorers for Bangladesh in one-day internationals behind Tamim Iqbal. No Bangladeshi other than Tamim and Shakib have gone past the 6000-run mark in ODIs.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: We want to retain our Club World Cup title

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: We want to retain our Club World Cup titleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says they’re in the Club World Cup to win it.Real’s squad are already in Abu Dhabi for the tournament.The Argentine said, “For the club it’s great to be here, it means that Real Madrid are Champions League champions again and it’s the trophy that we like the most.”To be in the Club World Cup again is fantastic and we hope to retain the title this year, which these great players already won last year.”It’s always important to go in to this tournament off the back of a win. The Club World Cup has already begun, we have been following it on television and now we’re happy to have arrived and turn our focus to Wednesday’s game. Until now we were thinking about Rayo, who were our previous opponent, and the only thing that has happened after has been a flight. Now we’ll concentrate and begin to prepare for the first match against Kashima Antlers.” last_img read more

10 months agoAtlanta attacker Almiron risks pricing himself out of Newcastle move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Atlanta attacker Almiron risks pricing himself out of Newcastle moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtlanta United attacker Miguel Almiron could price himself out of a move to Newcastle United.The Mirror says Almiron could be offered as much as £70,000 a week to make a January move to Newcastle. The 25-year-old is believed to want more than £90,000 a week, however.Almiron, of Paraguay, plays for Atlanta United in the MLS and scored 13 goals in 37 appearances this term.Toob boss Rafa Benitez wants to add in January as he’s wary that both Ki Sung-yueng and Yoshinori Muto have been called up by their respective nations in the Asian Cup. last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea goalkeeper Kepa: Beating Watford so important

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa: Beating Watford so importantby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga believes they’re back on track after victory at Watford.Kepa meet Crystal Palace later today.”After the Leicester game at home, we wanted to bounce back,” said Kepa. “We were great in the first half, then in the second half Leicester were better than us. We found it hard.”After the Leicester game it was important to get back on track and there’s no better way to get back on track than beating a great team away from home.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

BOJ Reports just under one per cent Growth for July to September

first_imgStory Highlights local consumption is estimated to have declined for the quarter… The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) is reporting growth of just under one per cent for the period July to September. the rate of growth projected for the entire fiscal year is expected to be within the range of zero to one per cent… The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) is reporting growth of just under one per cent for the period July to September.Central Bank Governor, Brian Wynter, who made the disclosure during the BoJ’s quarterly media briefing held in the institution’s auditorium, downtown Kingston, on Tuesday (Nov. 19), attributed the second quarter growth to, among other things, the response of Jamaican businesses to improvements in external demand for local outputs.While acknowledging that the outturn was “modest”, Mr. Wynter said it nonetheless, represents a “return to growth… following six consecutive quarters of contraction.”He said that the estimated expansion for the quarter reflected improvements in performance in agriculture, forestry and fishing; mining and quarrying; hotels and restaurants; and construction and installation.The Governor said the response of local businesses to improved external demand is assessed to have been the “primary driver” of expanded economic activity for the quarter.”He noted, however, that local consumption is estimated to have declined for the quarter, “reflecting the impact of the ongoing fiscal consolidation and declining real incomes.”Mr. Wynter said the October to December quarter is projected to record growth similar to the July to September period “supported by the forecast for continued strengthening in global economic growth.”“In addition, we expect that the continued implementation of the policies set out under the (International Monetary Fund) Extended Fund Facility will provide a boost to investor confidence. But, domestic demand conditions are expected to remain relatively weak over the near-term, even as we return to growth,” he indicated.In this regard, Mr. Wynter advised that the rate of growth projected for the entire fiscal year is expected to be within the range of zero to one per cent.He added that the pattern of growth for the October December quarter and fiscal year is expected to be largely driven by activities in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing; mining and quarrying; hotels and restaurants; and construction and installation, similar to July to September period.last_img read more

Minister Receives Review of Programs Supporting African Nova Scotian Students

first_imgA report examining the effectiveness of a wide range of educational programs and supports for African Nova Scotian students was presented to Education Minister Marilyn More today, Dec. 10. Reality Check, by educator and international consultant Enid Lee, makes 30 key recommendations aimed to improve opportunity and achievement for Nova Scotia’s estimated 4,000 students of African ancestry. The findings are based on extensive consultations with educators, parents, school boards, Education Department officials, community groups and race relations officials, as well as numerous school visits and classroom observations. “This review will give us valuable insight into what is working and where we can improve,” said Ms. More. “We want to help all students reach their full potential, and this report and feedback on it can help us do just that.” Ms. Lee was appointed in October 2008 to examine the progress made since the implementation of the Black Learners Advisory Committee Report: Redressing Inequity and Empowering Black Learners. The BLAC Report, a landmark document for education in Nova Scotia when it was delivered to government in 1994, contained recommendations to eliminate institutional racism in the education system and to improve opportunity for African Nova Scotians. Ms. Lee’s report looked specifically at 12 key program areas administered by the Department of Education and its African Canadian Services division, school boards, the Council of African Canadian Education and the Black Educator’s Association. “Nowhere in Canada is there such a unique, layered and ambitious structure for redressing educational inequity as in the province of Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Lee. “However, the question we need to answer is, is this structure working as it should for African Nova Scotian students? “Effective programs and services are making a positive difference in the academic achievement of African Nova Scotian students, however, institutional barriers and realties may prevent access and limit achievement.” The study found that the number of African Nova Scotian students attending higher education institutions increased steadily over the last four years, from 246 in 2004 to 378 last year. It also found that in many schools across Nova Scotia, students are benefitting from Afrocentric curriculum choices, such as African Canadian Studies 11 and English 12: African Heritage, and praised the Student Support Worker program for its effectiveness and its positive influence on African Nova Scotia learners. However, the study also found a lack of sound data on the performance of African Nova Scotian students, making it a challenge to accurately determine how well black students are doing. Concerns were raised over the perception that too many African Nova Scotian learners are on Individual Program Plans, which are seen as a potential barrier to accessing important academic programs and scholarships. It also found the caseloads of student support workers may be too high. A major recommendation is that school boards collect information on student achievement by racial background and on the kind of opportunities that allow them to learn and do well in school. “With an estimated 4,000 African Nova Scotian students across the province, this number is small enough to put our arms around and close enough to take to heart,” said Ms. Lee. The public is invited to comment on the report and recommendations, which can be viewed at . The deadline for public input is Jan. 29. Interested individuals can respond to the report by e-mail to , by fax to 902-424-0519 or by writing to the Department of Education, Corporate Policy Branch, P.O. Box 578, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9. The minister will provide a formal response to the report this spring.last_img read more

Ban highlights collaboration between UN and Islamic bloc

At the OIC’s annual coordination meeting in New York, Mr. Ban congratulated the group – the collective voice of the Muslim world, representing one fifth of humanity – on its 40th anniversary. “I deeply appreciate your collaboration with the United Nations and look forward to working more closely together in addressing the threats and challenges of our times,” he said in a message delivered by Shaaban Shaaban, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management. He noted that the partnership between the UN and the OIC includes collaboration on preventive diplomacy and peace-building in Asia and Africa, whether it is cooperating on Iraqi elections or promoting efforts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. Mr. Ban said he looked forward to further collaboration in Somalia, and urged the OIC to contribute the much-needed financial support to enable the Transitional Federal Government to expand its territorial control, maintain law and order, build institutions and deliver peace dividends.“Human security is not restricted to resolving political disputes such as these,” he noted. “We must promote human rights and good governance. “We must fight discrimination of any sort, including Islamophobia. We must fight faith-based violence, and foster tolerance, dialogue and mutual respect, as the UN Alliance of Civilizations initiative is doing,” he added. In addition, more must be done to create opportunities for young people, as well as equal opportunities for women through access to education, health initiatives, and ensuring their right to participate in the civic and political life of their countries, said the Secretary-General.“And to ensure the well-being of future generations, we must address the threat of climate change,” he concluded, saying he looked forward to OIC member countries doing their part to ‘seal the deal’ on an ambitious new agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions at December’s UN climate change conference in Copenhagen. 25 September 2009The United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) share the common goals of peace, security and global harmony, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, highlighting joint efforts in a range of hotspots around the world. read more

UN Human Rights Council strongly condemns abuses by Syrian authorities

The 47-member body also urged the Syrian Government to meet its responsibility to protect its people, in a resolution adopted during a special session in Geneva to discuss the report of the independent international commission of inquiry into the crackdown that was released this week. The text – which received 37 votes in favour to four against (China, Cuba, Ecuador and Russia), while six countries abstained – also established a mandate of a Special Rapporteur, or investigator, on the situation of human rights in Syria. Earlier today, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged immediate action by the international community to protect the people of Syria from the Government’s “ruthless” repression.“In light of the manifest failure of the Syrian authorities to protect their citizens, the international community needs to take urgent and effective measures to protect the Syrian people.”In addition to the number of those killed, tens of thousands have been arrested since March, when a public uprising began across Syria, in line with similar movements across North Africa and the Middle East.More than 14,000 are reported to be in detention as a result of the crackdown, at least 12,400 have sought refuge in neighbouring countries and tens of thousands have been internally displaced, said Ms. Pillay. Reports of increased armed attacks by the opposition forces, including the so-called Free Syrian Army, against the Syrian military and security apparatus are also of concern, she added.The report by the three-member commission of inquiry concluded that Syrian security and military forces have committed crimes against humanity against civilians, including acts of killings, torture, rape and imprisonment. The report – based on interviews with more than 200 victims and witnesses of human rights violations – documents widespread, systematic and gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms. “The levels of excessive force used against civilians, the scale of the attacks, their repetitive nature and their coordination has led the commission to the conclusion that these crimes have apparently been committed pursuant to State policy,” the commission’s chairperson, Paulo Pinheiro, told the Council.He added that the unrest has directly affected the lives of as many as three million Syrians. Virtually all victims and witnesses had stated that one or more of their family members, neighbours or friends were killed, wounded, arrested or tortured since the protests started.“The extreme suffering of the population inside and outside the country must be addressed as a matter of urgency,” stated Mr. Pinheiro. “Victims should expect nothing less from the United Nations and its Member States.” Aside from its findings, the commission called on the Syrian Government to immediately end the ongoing rights violations, to initiate investigations of these incidents and to bring the perpetrators to justice.Ms. Pillay stated that international and independent monitoring bodies, including her office (OHCHR) and the League of Arab States, must be allowed into the country, particularly to all places of detention, and all humanitarian workers must be guaranteed immediate and unhindered access to the country. In August the High Commissioner had encouraged the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).“The commission’s report reinforces that the need for international accountability has even greater urgency today,” she stated.The Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement that he is greatly disturbed by the confirmed reports of “abhorrent” abuses committed against children in Syria, including sexual violence against children in places of detention.“Such blatant disregard for children’s lives must not be ignored,” Anthony Lake stated, urging the Government to abide by its commitments to uphold the rights of children.Farida Shaheed, Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights, read out a statement on behalf of all UN human rights experts, in which they voiced dismay at the fact that the number of deaths had doubled from 2,000 to 4,000 in just three months. She pointed to “alarming” numbers of reported extrajudicial executions and injuries. There was also great concern that tens of thousands had allegedly been arbitrarily arrested and detained in overcrowded detention facilities and many had reportedly been subjected to torture and ill-treatment, as well as reported cases of enforced disappearances, possibly in the thousands.Syria’s representative, Faysal Khabbaz Haboui, said that the commission’s report was not objective, and made criticisms while ignoring information given to it by the Syrian Government, including new legislation to bring about reform. The draft resolution before the Council, he said, would prolong the crisis and deliver an erroneous message from those who supported terrorism and violence, rather than pursuing constructive and positive dialogue. 2 December 2011The United Nations Human Rights Council today strongly condemned the continued abuses by the Syrian authorities as part of its violent crackdown against protesters which has led to the deaths of more than 4,000 people since March, including over 300 children. read more

Contractor killed at Suncor Energy mining site north of Fort McMurray

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — An Alberta labour spokesman says a contract worker has died at Suncor Energy’s Millennium mine north of Fort McMurray.Trent Bancarz says a man in his 30s was digging a trench this morning when he was buried.His name has not been releasedThe man was employed by Aecom mining.Bancarz says Suncor (TSX:SU) notified the department this morning.RCMP are investigating alongside occupational health and safety officials.

Canadian inflation decelerates to 19 per cent in August as gas prices

OTTAWA – Canada’s annual inflation rate slowed slightly to 1.9 per cent in August under the weight of declining gasoline prices.Inflation was firm enough to stick close to the Bank of Canada’s ideal two per cent target and August was the sixth straight month that price growth was 1.9 per cent or higher.Statistics Canada says in a new report that excluding pump prices inflation would have increased by 2.4 per cent.Price growth was also held back last month, compared with a year earlier, by lower costs for traveler accommodation, internet access services and furniture.Consumer Price Index, August 2019: #CPI rose 1.9% on a year-over-year basis in August, down from a 2.0% increase in July, primarily due to lower gasoline prices.— Statistics Canada (@StatCan_eng) September 18, 2019The upward pressure on consumer prices, year-over-year, was led by higher costs for airline tickets, mortgage interest and auto insurance.The average of Canada’s three gauges for core inflation, which are considered better measures of underlying price pressures by excluding volatile items like gas, hit the central bank’s target at two per cent. read more

AIDSrelated deaths decline 195 million people on lifesaving treatment – UN report

Lagging behindIn contrast, progress against the targets has been poor in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where AIDS-related deaths have pointedly risen. Exceptions, however, include Algeria, Morocco and Belarus, which have increased HIV treatment access from 2010 to 2016. The report also shows that globally, 30 per cent of people living with HIV still do not know their status, 17.1 million are unable to access ART and more than half are not virally suppressed. VIDEO: AIDS-related deaths have nearly halved since 2005 and more than half of all people with HIV now have access to treatment, according to a new UN report launched. But AIDS-related deaths are on the rise in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Credit: UN News “We met the 2015 target of 15 million people on treatment and we are on track to double that number to 30 million and meet the 2020 target,” said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), in a press statement.“We will continue to scale up to reach everyone in need and honour our commitment of leaving no one behind,” he added. The UNAIDS report, Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90¬-90-90 targets, gives a comprehensive analysis of the 2014 targets to accelerate progress so that by 2020, 90 per cent of all HIV-infected people know their status, 90 per cent of all HIV-diagnosed people are accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) and 90 per cent of those taking ART are virally suppressed. It states that last year, 19.5 million of the 36.7 million people living with HIV had access to treatment and AIDS-related deaths have fallen from 1.9 million in 2005 to one million in. With continued scale-up, this progress puts the world on track to reach the global target of 30 million people on treatment by 2020, according to the report. “We will continue to scale up to reach everyone in need and honour our commitment of leaving no one behind,” Mr. Sidibé stressed.Eastern and southern Africa, which account for more than half of all people living with the virus, are leading the way. Since 2010, AIDS-related deaths there have declined by 42 per cent and new HIV infections by 29 per cent, including a 56 per cent drop in new infections among children over that period – a remarkable achievement of HIV treatment and prevention efforts aimed at putting that region on track towards ending its AIDS epidemic. On the 90-90-90 trackThe Ending AIDS report reveals that in 2016, more than 70 per cent of HIV-infected people knew their status, 77 per cent of whom were accessing treatment. Of those, 82 per cent were virally supressed and helping to prevent virus transmission.Eastern and southern Africa, western and central Europe and North America and Latin America are on track to reach the targets by 2020 – with Botswana, Cambodia, Denmark, Iceland, Singapore, Sweden and the UK having already achieved it. The Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific can also reach them if programmes are further accelerated, says the report.The most significant impact of scale-up has been in reducing AIDS-related deaths, which have almost halved in the past 10 years. Accordingly, life expectancy has significantly increased in the most affected countries, particularly in eastern and southern Africa.“Communities and families are thriving as AIDS is being pushed back,” said Mr Sidibé. “As we bring the epidemic under control, health outcomes are improving and nations are becoming stronger.” read more

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SAN FRANCISCO (2-9) at SEATTLE (6-5)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EST, FoxOPENING LINE — Seahawks by 8RECORD VS. SPREAD — San Francisco 3-8, Seattle 6-3-2SERIES RECORD —Seahawks lead 24-15LAST MEETING — Seahawks beat 49ers 24-13, Nov. 26, 2017LAST WEEK — 49ers lost to the Buccaneers 27-9; Seahawks beat Panthers 30-27AP PRO32 RANKING — 49ers No. 30, Seahawks No. 10.49ERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (5), PASS (24).49ERS Defence — OVERALL (11), RUSH (10), PASS (17).SEAHAWKS OFFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (1), PASS (26).SEAHAWKS Defence — OVERALL (16), RUSH (22), PASS (13T).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Game originally schedule for Sunday night but was flexed to afternoon start. … Seahawks have won eight straight and 10 of past 11 vs. 49ers. … … Teams play twice in 14 days. … Return of CB Richard Sherman to Seattle after seven seasons with Seahawks. … QB Nick Mullens to make his fourth start. He struggled throwing for season-low 221 yards and two interceptions in loss to Bucs. … RB Matt Breida second in NFL averaging 5.81 yards per rush, sixth in NFC with 738 yards rushing. … 49ers have rushed for at least 100 yards in nine of 11 games, most in NFL. … George Kittle ranks third in NFL among tight ends with 56 receptions and 823 yards receiving. He has 29 receptions in his past five games. … WR Marquise Goodwin has three TD catches in past two road games. … Rookie WR Dante Pettis played in college at Washington. He had career-high 77 yards receiving in last game. … LB Fred Warner one of four rookies with 80 or more tackles. Warner has 84. … Sherman had 32 INTs during his seven seasons in Seattle, most in NFL during that span. He has zero interceptions and four passes defenced this season. … Seahawks begin stretch with four of final five at home. … Seahawks 26-13 in regular-season games in December/January under Pete Carroll. … QB Russell Wilson threw for season-high 339 yards last week vs. Panthers. … Wilson and Drew Brees only two QBs with at least 25 TD passes and five or fewer interceptions this season. … Wilson has led fourth-quarter comebacks in last two games and has 26 fourth-quarter or overtime comebacks in career. … Seahawks’ streak of seven straight games of 150 yards rushing snapped last week by Panthers. First time since Week 2 Seahawks held under 100 yards rushing. … RB Chris Carson needs 365 yards rushing to be first 1,000-yard rusher for Seattle since 2014. … WR Tyler Lockett has set career high with eight TD catches. … Lockett had 107 yards receiving vs. Panthers. … WR David Moore coming off first career 100-yard receiving game. … DE Frank Clark needs one sack to set career high; he has 10. … LB Bobby Wagner has eight or more tackles in five straight games. He had 11 tackles vs. Panthers. … S Bradley McDougald’s interception vs. Panthers was Seahawks first forced takeaway since Week 8 vs. Lions. … Fantasy tip: Seattle’s run defence has dropped to 22nd giving up 121.4 yards per game. If 49ers are going to stay close, they’ll need big game from Breida.___More AP NFL: and Associated Press read more

Ukraine gay rights activists hold first ever march

first_imgActivists in Ukraine’s first gay pride demonstration during the action in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 25, 2013. About one hundred gay and lesbian Ukrainians, and those from other countries, took part in the gay pride rally, protected by hundreds of riot police. Antipathy toward homosexuals remains strong in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)AROUND ONE HUNDRED gay rights activists marched in Ukraine on Saturday despite fears of violence and a court ban, marking the first gay pride event in the ex-Soviet country, where homophobia is widespread and generally accepted.“This can be considered a historic day,” said Elena Semyonova, a representative of the organisers.Lesbian and gay rights activists, holding rainbow flags and placards, held a brief, 20-minute-long march along a street not far from the centre of the capital Kiev amid a heavy police presence.Unlike gay pride events in the West, the Kiev march was low-key and did not feature any provocative clothes or LGBT paraphernalia.The organisers advised participants to wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes that would make their escape easier in case of a sudden attack or scuffle.“Human rights are my pride,” chanted the activists who included a delegation from Munich as well as gays and lesbians from Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.“Homosexuality is not an illness” and “LGB rights are human rights” read the slogans they carried.last_img read more