Muscat, Oct 8 (PTI) Defending champions India will battle it out with top nations of the continent, including Asian Games gold medallists Japan, Pakistan, Malaysia and Korea in the Hero Asian Champions Trophy to be held here from October 18. Placed fifth in the latest world rankings, India is the top ranked team among the competing nations, while Japan are ranked No.16. World No.12 Malaysia, World No.13 Pakistan, World No. 14 Korea and a highly inspired Oman team round up an exciting mix of teams promising a fiercely competitive tournament ahead. The fifth edition of the 10-day biennial event will be one of the first big-ticket hockey event to be played in the vibrant capital city of Muscat. Introduced in 2011, with the first edition played in Ordos, China, the Asian Champions Trophy is a marquee event in the Asian Hockey Federation’s calendar. The inaugural edition was clinched by India while Pakistan won the title twice in 2012 and 2013 before India lifted the title again in 2016 held in Kuantan, Malaysia. “The AHF is pleased to announce that the Trophy unveiling for the prestigious event will be held on October 16 in Muscat. I expect the competition to be fierce and engaging for the global audience,” AHF President Prince Abdullah Ahmad Shah said. He further thanked Hero MotoCorp for their continued support as the lead partner of Asian Hockey Federation. “We are once again grateful to have Hero MotoCorp, one of India’s most successful business house and an organisation that has shown extraordinary support for the sport over a number of years, as title sponsors for the 5th edition of Asian Champions Trophy.” PTI APA SSCSSCadvertisement
… we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. England flanker Sam Underhill leaves bruising impression on Argentinians Read more match reports Share via Email If it is this easy on Wednesday, when World Rugby meets to decide the hosts of the 2023 World Cup, the bookies should close the book on Ireland now. Joe Schmidt had urged his players for a performance that would put the country “in the shop window” before the vote against South Africa and France. They answered his call and then some – dominating from the off before twisting the knife in the last 10 minutes to record their biggest ever victory over the Springboks. In truth the score came from nowhere. Murray attempted a fiddly little box kick, perfectly directed between the South Africa wing Courtnall Skosan and Conway, and as Skosan flapped, Conway pounced. In the blink of an eye he was able to scamper down the touchline and swallow dive over the try line.It took the South Africans the best part of 30 minutes to put together multiple phases and show some hints of their quality. It led to their first excursion near the try line, only for CJ Stander – who represented South Africa at grade level before switching under residency rules last year – to save the day.The visitors were out early for the second half and a renewed sense of urgency was rewarded with their first points through the boot of Jantjies. For the next 15 minutes the game was a messy splodge, but just before the hour the impeccable Sexton was able to steady the ship with another penalty, to put Ireland 17-3 up.Even then no one could have predicted what would happen in the final 15 minutes. Ireland looked to have merely made the game safe when Ruddock capitalised on fine work from Conway, to sneak over the line, but the home side had sensed the South Africans were out on their feet. And in the game’s final moments Herring and then Stockdale crashed over to add a bright gloss to their victory, while also perhaps sending a little message to World Rugby too. Share on Facebook South Africa rugby team Ireland rugby union team Autumn internationals Share on Messenger Topics True, the final score of 38-3, following three late tries, flattered the hosts a little. But it was impossible not to admire the way Johnny Sexton controlled the game, by turns frustrating and lacerating the Springboks, or how the Irish barely gave their opponents a sniff, even during a strangely flat period in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.By then Ireland had plenty of points in hand, helped by a first-half try from Andrew Conway and Sexton’s serene kicking. And as the South Africans faded, Rhys Ruddock, Rob Herring and Jacob Stockdale went over to ensure Ireland steamrollered past their previous biggest win against the Springboks, a 17-point victory in 2006.This game, played between two of the protagonists bidding for the 2023 World Cup, was always going to carry extra piquancy. That much was evident as early as the first minute as the giant Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen was launched backwards in the tackle by Sexton and Bundle Aki.It was not only a statement from the Irish but a gameplan wrecker. Oosthuizen, one of the best scrummagers in world rugby, was carted off with what looked like a twisted knee and from the resulting scrum Ireland were able to take advantage, applying the squeeze and earning the first penalty of the night, which Sexton duly converted.Inevitably there were more meaty exchanges, especially in the first half – the crowd roared when Iain Henderson trampled over the South Africa captain, Eben Etzebeth – no mean feat given he is 6ft 8in and over 18 stone – only to gasp when Sean O’Brien was given the same treatment seconds later by François Louw.Yet with Ireland more than matching their opponents up front, Sexton was able to control the game. Quickly the South African penalties began to mount – along with points from the Sexton boot. Another three came when the Bok second row Lood De Jager was slow to roll away from the breakdown, and another penalty, this time from a loose kick in the ruck, allowed Sexton to put Ireland 9-0 ahead after 20 minutes.Even at that stage the difference in the quality between the half backs was obvious. Ireland had Connor Murray and Sexton, with 123 caps and multiple levels of telepathy between them. South Africa’s pairing of Ross Cronje and Elton Jantjies had just 26 caps. Jantjies had looked confident in scoring 52 points against France in three Tests in June, but the experience of a damp and grisly November evening in Dublin was proving a very different ball game.Ireland were wearing a new dark-grey shirt for the first time in this game, which clearly clashed with the dark green of their opponents. Yet Sexton had few problems finding his team-mates and after another period of pressure Ireland deservedly scored their first try on 24 minutes. 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Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter Tyson Fury Boxing Support The Guardian news Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Tyson Fury’s boxing licence will be reinstated if the former world heavyweight champion passes his medical.Fury was able to apply for clearance to resume fighting after accepting a backdated two-year suspension issued by UK Anti-Doping last month in the wake of testing positive for nandrolone.The British Boxing Board met Fury on Friday morning and decided that should he pass the necessary health checks, he will be allowed to box again. “Following interview with Tyson Fury at the BBBC offices, the suspension of his boxer’s licence will be lifted subject to receipt and clearance of all medical requirements,” a statement read.The decision edges Fury close to a mouthwatering domestic showdown with the reigning IBF and WBA world champion, Anthony Joshua.Joshua is open to a fight between the British rivals – both of whom have defeated Wladimir Klitschko – later this year but has demanded he first prove himself in a comeback fight. Share on Pinterest
zoom Activists protesting Shell’s oil explorations in the Arctic have climbed the anchor chain of one of the company’s support vessels, the Arctic Challenger, anchored in Bellingham, north of Seattle, Washington.The so called ShellNo activists attached themselves to the vessel in an attempt of stopping the vessel from departing for the Arctic as environmental concerns heighten over oil drilling plans and their impact on pollution and the climate change in the region.Chiara D’Angelo, a 20-year-old Western Washington University student, mounted the vessel on Friday night and was joined shortly after by Matt Fuller, another protester.On Sunday morning, the United States Coast Guard personnel assisted in the removal of Matt Fuller down from the vessel’s anchor chain at approximately 4:30 a.m.“Coast Guard personnel transported him in good condition to Station Bellingham were he was met by EMS and the Bellingham Police Department but was not arrested. Fuller was released in good condition,” the Coast Guard said.Media reports from Sunday afternoon indicate that D’Angelo remains on the anchor after over 42 hours. The Coast Guard has asked the woman to unchain herself from the vessel, which is not scheduled to depart the area in the following week.The ShellNo Action Council called on for support to the protesters by staging rallies in their kayaks, urging supporters to bring food and clothing to the activists attached to the vessel. The Council is scheduled to meet on Monday to plan further steps of action on the matter.The Coast Guard has cited four people for violation of the 100-yard safety zone around the Arctic Challenger and has terminated the voyage of two vessels determined to not have had the required safety gear including operating without navigational lights after sunset. A small inflatable raft was held due to lack of proof of ownership, the Coast Guard added.“The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment Rights of people to safely and lawfully assemble on the water. To that end, we will enforce those laws and regulations necessary to ensure the safety of the maritime public,” said Lt. Cmdr. Justin Noggle, chief of enforcement at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, in Seattle. The Coast Guard said that violation of the safety zone can result in possible civil or criminal penalties.“Whether intentional or unintentional, interference with these vessels has the potential to result in serious injury, death or pollution in the highly sensitive ecosystem of Puget Sound,” the CG added.The latest turn of events follows a round of protests in the Port of Seattle against Shell’s plans in exploring the Arctic within the company’s quest for oil reserves.World Maritime News Staff; Images: ShellNo Action Council
There has been some questions about how the Cape Breton District Health Authority purchased a new CT scanner for the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. I would like to explain how the purchase worked, and why we believe it’s the best way to ensure residents of Inverness County get the CT scans they need quickly, through our public medicare system, and close to home. Government heard people’s concerns about a lack of CT scanner in the community and agreed to provide funding. The district then took advantage of a provincial clause in all district health authority equipment purchases to “piggyback” on an existing request for proposal. This allows districts to get a better price by working together. It also allows them to get new equipment in place more quickly, something the residents of Inverness told us strongly they wanted. That’s why General Electric is providing the new CT scanner for the Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital. By purchasing a new machine, the province is able to save money for taxpayers. Atlantic Medical Imaging Services has proposed installing a machine and charging Nova Scotians what MSI currently pays when someone gets a scan outside the province. That cost is $670. The local health authority has calculated the cost per exam at about $250 if the scanner is purchased and operated by the public health-care system. Senior staff and I met with Atlantic Medical Imaging Services last year. My department received some preliminary information about their offer in recent weeks. The purchasing process for the Inverness CT scanner was already months in the making by that point. The company’s offer is interesting, but would represent a fundamental change in our health-care system by inserting private equipment into a public hospital. Government is not prepared to enter into this type of arrangement, which could have significant implications for our public system. We must keep in mind there are many unanswered questions. What would happen if a company were to put privately owned equipment in a public hospital, then go out of business? How could we ensure fees remained fair, and quality remained high? How might this arrangement impact the Canada Health Act? What could this mean for other areas of our publicly funded health-care system? Nova Scotians want to be confident that when we buy high-tech, expensive equipment for our publicly funded hospitals, we are ensuring value for their tax dollars and access for patients. They also want their government to understand fully the implications of new arrangements when we enter them. Simply put, my department did not have enough information to enter an arrangement that could forever alter how we operate services within our public health-care system. We had two choices: wait, research the offer fully, and delay the CT scanner for months, or even a year, or move forward with the purchase now. We believe we have made the best choice for the residents of Inverness County. -30-
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is ordering a mandatory cut in oil production to deal with a price crisis that is costing Canada an estimated $80 million a day.Notley says as of January there will be an 8.7 per cent reduction ordered in oil production.Production of raw crude oil and bitumen will be reduced by 325,000 barrels per day.That figure is expected to shrink as the glut of oil in storage is reduced.The mandated cut ends on Dec. 31, 2019.Notley says the action is necessary to reverse the widening price differential that she says could cause further harm to Alberta’s economy if not addressed immediately.Alberta’s oil is selling a markedly lower rates compared with the North American benchmark, due in part to oil pipeline bottlenecks.The announcement is expected to narrow the differential by at least $4 per barrel and add an estimated $1.1 billion to government revenues in 2019-2020.“Every Albertan owns the energy resources in the ground and we have a duty to defend those resources,” said Notley. “But right now they’re being sold for pennies on the dollar.“We must act immediately.”The Canadian Press
The LBJ Foundation (Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation) has awarded the LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award to former President George H. W. Bush, in recognition of his leadership in public service and commitment to civil rights.Tom Johnson, LBJ Foundation Chairman Emeritus; Larry Temple, LBJ Foundation Chairman; Luci Baines Johnson; President George H. W. Bush; Barbara Bush; Lynda Johnson RobbCredit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, McNee ProductionsIn a ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at the offices of our 41st President in Houston, Texas, Foundation Board members presented President Bush with the award. Joining President and Mrs. Bush at the presentation were his son, Neil, and his wife, Maria, and grandson Pierce Bush. Representing the Johnson family were Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson.The LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award honors those, like President Bush, who personify Johnson’s vision of a nation where every citizen can share in the benefits and full blessings of American life. Our nation’s oldest living former president, President Bush is acknowledged for his strong character marked by decency and civility.“Presentation of this award to President Bush recognizes his demonstrated qualities of civility and bipartisanship in public service,” said Larry Temple, Chairman, LBJ Foundation. “The period of his presidency stands as a well-remembered time when those qualities characterized leadership in our country at the highest levels – a condition from which all Americans benefited. I know President Johnson would be elated with the presentation of this award, the LBJ Foundation’s highest honor, to President Bush.”This is only the second time the award has been given; the inaugural award was presented in 2010 to Georgia Congressman and civil rights pioneer John Lewis.“I am honored to be this year’s recipient of the LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award,” said President Bush. “For several years now I’ve been declining awards of all kinds, but this one was different. Barbara and I both had such great respect for LBJ and of course we loved Lady Bird. They were both great Americans, and great Texans, who loved their country and their state. I can’t imagine if they had not been a part of our history. So I immediately said “yes,” when our friends and neighbors in Austin invited me to receive this award. But I do wonder what LBJ would say?”Sworn in as president in January 1989, Bush served until January 1993. As commander-in-chief, he saw a peaceful end to the Cold War, helping to pick up the pieces of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc nations and quietly preventing chaos from ensuing after the Iron Curtain fell. Later in his term, he led a coalition of nations toward the liberation of Kuwait after the Iraqi seizure in the Gulf War. On the domestic front, among the laws he passed were the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law, and the Clean Air Act.Since leaving office, Bush has helped to raise millions of dollars for charity, including M. D. Anderson Hospital, and worked to help raise funds to aid in disaster relief efforts in America and abroad.The Bush and Johnson families share a long history and friendship, beginning in the 1950s when Lyndon Johnson served in the U. S. Senate with Prescott Bush, George H. W. Bush’s father. Although from different political parties, the two men enjoyed a productive working relationship steeped in mutual respect. In a letter to Prescott Bush, George H. W. Bush wrote about first meeting Johnson in Midland, Texas, in 1953. When Senator Johnson complimented his father, Bush replied that he was glad to hear such praise from a staunch Democrat. Johnson responded, “Your father and I don’t like to be thought of as Republican or Democrat, rather as good Americans!”Bush embraced the spirit of bipartisanship when he was elected to Congress as the first Republican representing the Houston area. Although it hurt him politically, he voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which was passed by President Johnson. In a speech in Houston, shortly after he cast the vote, Bush explained the motivation behind his decision. “I voted…because of a feeling deep down in my heart that this was the right thing for me to do. That this was the right thing for America.”A year later, when President Johnson’s term ended, Congressman Bush left the Inaugural festivities for Johnson’s successor, Richard Nixon, to bid farewell to the former President and First Lady at Andrews Air Force Base among a crowd of Democrats. Mrs. Johnson later recalled, “I remember the warm glow Lyndon and I felt when we learned that a young Republican Congressman, George Bush, had been in that assemblage, rather than at the Inaugural activities of the President of his own party.”In April 1990, President and Mrs. Bush welcomed Mrs. Johnson, members of the Johnson family, and former Johnson Administration Cabinet members to the White House for a 25th anniversary celebration of President Johnson’s Inauguration.The longstanding friendship between the Johnson and Bush families was carried on by President George W. Bush when he invited Lynda Johnson Robb, Luci Baines Johnson, and their families to the White House where he signed a 2007 law naming the Education Building in Washington, D. C., after President Johnson.The ceremony in Houston is just the latest chapter in the relationship between the Bush and Johnson families. Joining in the presentation were Jean Becker, Chief of Staff to President Bush, along with members of the LBJ Foundation Board including former Texas Lt. Governor Ben Barnes; Texas Senator Rodney Ellis; Wayne Gibbens; former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby; Robert Hutchings, Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs; Tom Johnson, LBJ Foundation Chairman Emeritus; Cappy McGarr; Roy Spence; Larry Temple, LBJ Foundation Chairman; and Mark K. Updegrove, LBJ Library Director.Source:PR Newswire
The charity campaign that aims to give one lucky fan the chance to hang out with Darren Criss in LA raised $100,000 in its first week – and it’s still going strong.One lucky winner and a guest will receive round trip airfare to Los Angeles, stay in a luxury hotel for two nights, enjoy the sunshine, and, best of all, hang out with Darren! You can have lunch, grab coffee, or visit some of his favorite places… and with Darren as your host, you never know where you might end up! Find out more here.Currently starring as Blaine on the Emmy-Award winning Fox television series Glee, singer/songwriter Darren Criss first participated in Musicians on Call’s Bedside Performance Program last fall at Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Darren was accompanied on guitar during this visit by his friend Tom Poleman, Chairperson Emeritus of Musicians On Call’s Board of Directors and Clear Channel Media+ Entertainments President of National Programming Platforms. Although Darren had many other commitments that day, he ended up staying for hours to play for the young patients and their families, and immediately asked how soon he could come back to do it again.“I enjoy Musicians On Call because it strips down the performing aspect of music to its most basic function – to share, to heal, to inspire,” says Darren. “It’s just you and another person sharing an intimate moment that is actually bigger than the both of you.”Darren started off the new year with another visit to the same hospital, spending several more hours with the kids. Then he became a man on a mission, determined to share the healing power of music with as many people as possible! Next up, he’s generously lending his advocacy to Musicians On Call through an outdoor advertising campaign that began running in NYC on February 10.And he wanted to do even more than that, so through his Prizeo Birthday Campaign, he’s encouraging his fans to help Musicians On Call raise funds to expand the number of facilities and patients it is able to serve every week.Go to www.prizeo.com/darren and check out Darren’s Birthday campaign.
Lee WilsonAPTN NewsA program run by the Haisla Nation is marking its success in helping members overcome barriers in search of employment.Graduates of the Active Measures program in Kitimat, B.C. reunited this week to celebrate individuals who’ve been able to overcome health, social and other barriers making it difficult for them to find work.Nancy Maitland was in the program in 2018 and 2019; she is now over 300 days drug free and credits some of her success to the program.“For me, it’s just being able to stay sober and to continue dealing with my self-issue,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot of tools here.”Liz Robinson and Cecil Paul Jr. lead the 5-month program initially funded by Rio Tinto’s Canada Fund but is now fully funded by the Haisla Nation. The program has a goal of graduates being self-sufficient.“The government-funded five nations to run a pilot program on Active Measures,” Robinson explained. “Our program is targeting our Haisla band membership — the ones that are on social assistance, the ones that can get jobs but can’t keep jobs.”The Haisla Nation offers additional programs such as cultural and language, driver training and employment programs that all come together to help firstname.lastname@example.org
Beryl KessioRabat – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday alleged, with no evidence supporting his claim, that “millions of people” voted illegally for his opponent Hillary Clinton, costing him the popular vote.“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump wrote in a tweet. He then continued his attack by claiming in a following tweet that “serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California – so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!”Trump claimed the presidency after winning the Electoral College, but his Democratic challenger at last count won the popular vote by over 2 million votes.This isn’t the first time Trump has incorrectly claimed that voter fraud was rampant in the U.S.. But his most recent accusation comes in the wake of Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s push to recount votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. He has referred to the recount effort as “sad” and a “scam.” Green Party officials filed for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday after reports of possible voting discrepancies in areas that used paper ballots versus those where electronic voting methods were used.Recently, the Clinton campaign announced its participation in the recount to ensure it is “fair to all sides.” The campaign did, however, deny any “actionable evidence” of hacking in an online post by its general counsel Marc Elias on Saturday.“But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself,” Elias wrote.
WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales surged in March at the fastest pace since late 2017, as spending on autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing jumped.The Commerce Department says that sales increased a seasonally adjusted 1.6% from February, the strongest increase since September 2017.The gains mark a sharp rebound from a lacklustre period of sales dating back to December. It’s a sign that the healthy job market has likely made consumers more eager to spend in ways that boost overall economic growth.Sales at gas stations climbed 3.5% in March, while spending at auto dealers jumped 3.1%. Clothiers reported a 2% gain and furniture stores enjoyed a 1.7% bump.Excluding autos and gas, retail sales increased by a still solid 0.9%.During the past year, retail spending has grown 3.6%.Josh Boak, The Associated Press
The Afghan girl who was slightly injured when the explosive device went off was treated at the Kabul emergency hospital and then released an hour later. No UN personnel were reported hurt.”We do not know who was responsible for the blast,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. “Additional Afghan police and security guards were placed around the compound last night.”The explosion near a trash bin also shattered a few windows but the wall around the guest house was undamaged.
“Cultural diversity is a source of vitality and a wealth we have a duty to preserve,” the Deputy Secretary-General told participants. Rejecting the notion of an inevitable “clash of civilizations,” Ms. Fréchette said a different future scenario could envision a global community respecting universal values. “The Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights offer a common basis of values and principles recognized by all,” she observed. A dialogue could help reveal new areas of agreement to deal with the many problems plaguing the world, including environmental degradation, AIDS, terrorism and transnational crime. Although no one country could tackle those concerns, acting together, much could be accomplished. The dialogue could also serve to foster a better understanding of the causes of conflicts and help lead the way to peace, she said. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict clearly could not be resolved by military force or violence, but must be addressed through a political solution handled on an equally footing and leading to the establishment of two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side within secure and recognized borders. All those with an influence on the parties must press them to accept this vision for the sake of peace, she said. She also hailed the Francophonie, saying that like the UN it contributes to building bridges among peoples and fostering dialogue among cultures and civilizations, bringing together a wide range of societies and diverse traditions and sending a strong message of openness, tolerance, solidarity and respect.
The Asia-Pacific region must unite through collective action to consolidate economic success and overcome the problems posed by crime and natural disasters, officials attending a United Nations meeting in Bangkok said today.Abject poverty, wide income gaps an lack of development provide fertile ground for transnational organized crimes such as drug smuggling, and trafficking in humans and weapons, Chautron Chaisang, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister said as the Ministerial segment of the of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) got underway. “Thailand considers the United Nations system, in particular UNESCAP in this region, the best framework for coordinating collective action,” Mr. Chaisaing said, adding that he the UN is also best placed to help tackle non-traditional threats to the “twin regional goals of sustainable economic growth and reducing socio-economic inequality.” Setting the stage for the Minister’s debate, Kim Hak-Su, ESCAP’s Executive-Secretary said that although the tsunami and other natural disasters highlighted the extreme vulnerability of the disadvantaged communities, ESCAP economies had an “impressive performance” in 2004, with a growth rate of 7.2 percent – the highest in four years – reaffirming the resilience of the regional economy in the face of a series of ongoing and new challenges.In his message to the meeting, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that this year the UN not only marked its 60th anniversary but also the end of the Second World War. “It is also a year in which we are thinking ahead, and engaging in a constructive debate about the future: how we defeat poverty, how to build collective system able to meet our common threats, and how to increase respect for human dignity in every land.”The ministers are set to focus on a variety of topics under the session’s theme: “Implementing the Monterrey Consensus in the Asian and Pacific Region: Achieving Coherence and Consistency.” The Monterrey Consensus is the landmark agreement adopted by the 2002 International Conference on Financing for Development. It calls for the resources to meet the global antipoverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the conditions that will enable freer trade, more foreign investment, debt relief and efficient government.A high-level panel discussion on tsunami recovery and development began the day, with ministers from countries affected by the 26 December 2004 disaster, including Thailand, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, examining emerging issues and opportunities for regional cooperation in natural disaster reduction.
South African hip hop artist and educator Shaheen Ariefdien will be the special guest at Brock on Thursday, March 21, at a lecture to mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.The 5 p.m. event in TH 247 is open to all the Brock community, and is being organized by Professor Simon Black’s LABR2P91 Hip Hop and the Urban Working Class.Ariefdien is a founding member of the hip hop group Prophets of Da City. They have toured with artists like The Fugees, James Brown and Public Enemy, and performed at the inauguration of South African President Nelson Mandela.An educator, music producer, scholar and youth worker, he has also worked globally on educational and social justice projects in places including South Africa, Switzerland, Namibia, Northern Ireland, Angola and Canada.
The Buckeyes give a shout out to the crowd after they defeated Indiana 2-0 on March 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternComing off a series win against Maryland and a road win against Pittsburgh, Ohio State (22-10, 6-1 Big Ten) continued its winning ways Friday, beginning a three-game home series against Rutgers (16-19, 0-7 Big Ten) with a 2-0 victory.Ohio State sophomore pitcher Lauren Rice earned her 13th win of the season, pitching 5.2 innings of scoreless softball, allowing four hits and two walks. Senior Morgan Ray finished the final 1.1 innings without allowing a hit, earning her second save of the season.With five hits heading into the fifth inning, Ohio State added a run to the scoreboard. Until the Senior left fielder Bri Betschel singled through the right side, scoring freshman center fielder Meg Otte scored for the first run of the game.Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly was impressed with the performance of Otte, who recorded two hits in three at bats, scoring one of Ohio State’s two runs. “As a freshman, she figured [out] a lot. I think she is putting all together now,” Schoenly said. For Betschell, this win means more than just the performance of one player. It shows the consistency of the team as a whole. “It’s always good to have a Big Ten win,” Betschel said. “I didn’t have a great game in the middle week. So, coming into today, I was just trying to keep it simple, and that’s exactly what I did.”The Buckeyes soon extended their lead an RBI double to center field from senior second baseman Emily Clark, scoring Betschel.Schoenly said the game tonight was very competitive, taking advantage of Rutgers senior pitcher Whitney Jones for nine runs on two hits in six innings. With games on Saturday and Sunday, chances to extend Ohio State’s winning streak, Clark said the Buckeyes will keep doing what they can do. “Coming off a win, I think we are just trying to be intentional what we do and control what we can control,” Emily said. Ohio State will take on Rutgers in the second game of the three-game set Saturday at 2 p.m.
A 17-year-old girl has died of a suspected drugs overdose at Leeds Festival.Police were called to the music event in Bramham Park following a report that the girl, who is from the Oldham area, had died shortly after 3.40am. Although the cause of her death has not yet been established, officers believe she may have taken a mixture of illegal drugs.West Yorkshire Police issued a warning about taking and mixing drugs. A twitter account connected to those policiong the festival had earlier warned how some drugs being sold at the site were three times the normal adult strength. It listed the “named substances” As Donkey Kong, Trump and Skype pills, adding that they are “very dangerous” and had been “found in circulation on site”.Officers have arrested a 17-year-old boy, also from the Oldham area, on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs. He remains in custody.Leeds Festival’s Police Commander, Superintendent Matt Davison said, “Our thoughts are with the family of the girl who has died. We have family liaison officers in place supporting them and they have asked that their privacy is respected at this extremely difficult time.“While the exact cause of her death is yet to be established, the information we have indicates that she has taken a combination of drugs. This is a tragic incident and I hope serves as a timely reminder to others of the risk of taking illegal substances, particularly when mixing different types of drugs and drinking alcohol. 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. “If anyone has any concerns for either themselves or others at the festival, I would urge them to contact staff on-site or seek urgent medical assistance.”Melvin Benn, of organisers Festival Republic, said: “To say we are deeply saddened about this tragedy is an understatement.”West Yorkshire Police have taken action against those that may have supplied the drugs, and we will continue to work with them as usual.”I would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone attending Reading and Leeds Festival that there is no safe way to take prohibited drugs and there are no safe prohibited drugs.”The organisers have stated they do not condone drug abuse on the site. The girl died just hours after the American band Foo Fighters had played and a fireworks display had been held. Thousands of people attend the three day event each year. In 2016, Lewis Haunch, also 17, died at the festival after taking ecstasy.
32,888 Views Tory councillor resigns after video shows him asking protestor ‘can I take you to bed, please?’ Councillor Charles Carter was confronted during a hunt in north Yorkshire. http://jrnl.ie/3205887 Charles Carter has stood down from his position on Breckland Council following the publication of the video. Image: Stop the cull via Facebook Image: Stop the cull via Facebook A CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLOR in the UK has resigned after a video emerged of him telling a member of the public “I’d quite like to shag you” and “can I take you to bed, please?”Huntsman Charles Carter, a member of Breckland Council in Norfolk, made the remarks after he was challenged by campaigner Linda Hoggard at the Middleton Hunt in North Yorkshire.Breckland Council confirmed that Carter had been suspended early yesterday, but subsequently released a statement to confirm his resignation.In the video, Hoggard approaches a group of riders with her phone recording proceedings. She says that she had seen Carter hunt foxes in the area and challenged him on it.She asks Carter: “Excuse me, did you know fox hunting was banned?”Carter then removes his phone from his pocket and asks her: “What is your name?”When she fails to tell him, he says: “I’d quite like to shag you, actually”. He then followed that up with: “Can I take you to bed, please?”When he then says “you’re very pretty”, Hoggard replies “so are foxes”.Hoggard told the BBC that she had always been against fox hunting, and didn’t even know Carter was a councillor when she approached him.She said: “I didn’t even know him. I just went out and then confronted him. What he gave me was bang out of order.”It is not yet known the exact nature of the hunt, but it is illegal for foxes to be killed by dogs as part of a hunt, under the 2004 Hunting Act.The Hunting Act became a focus point of the recent battle to become Conservative leader, where a rival to Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom, expressed her report for lifting bans on fox hunting.Carter had sat on Breckland Council since 2011.The leader of the council, William Nunn, said: “I was appalled by the conduct of one of my Conservative Councillors who has clearly brought the party and the Council into disrepute as a result of his behaviour.” Source: Zero One/YouTube via Facebook/Stop the cullIf you can’t see the video, please click here.Read: Mexico tells Trump: “We will not pay for any wall’Read: Ireland’s homeless figure has just passed 7,000 for the first time Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 8:22 AM Share Tweet Email Short URL 75 Comments Charles Carter has stood down from his position on Breckland Council following the publication of the video. Jan 26th 2017, 8:22 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee with port and customs officials during a visit to new physical infrastructure at Dublin Port. Image: PA Wire/PA Images 49 Comments As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 4:37 PM 11,984 Views Short URL Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee with port and customs officials during a visit to new physical infrastructure at Dublin Port. Share3 Tweet Email By Adam Daly TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said he does not expect there will be any breakthroughs during his meeting with Boris Johnson in Dublin tomorrow. Speaking at Dublin Port where he was viewing infrastructure – which has been put in place to meet the requirements for customs, SPS and health checks on consignments of goods imported from or transiting the UK – Varadkar said he didn’t think tomorrow’s meeting was a high stake one.“I don’t think the meeting tomorrow is a high stakes meeting, as I don’t anticipate a big breakthrough tomorrow if we come to an agreement that agreement will happen in October at the EU summit. But the stakes are high, certainly, I don’t think anyone can argue with that.”“It will be an opportunity to get to know each other a little bit better, to see if there is common ground, I’m sure there will be,” he said, adding that it would be “interesting” to see if Ireland and the UK could explore a Northern Ireland specific solution to the border issue. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I don’t know if we can find some common ground around a Northern Ireland unique solution, but we’ve always said as a government that that’s something that we are open to.“It will be interesting to see if we explore tomorrow if whether we could find common ground around a Northern Ireland specific solution, but I’ll have to judge that tomorrow,” Varadkar said. Source: TwitterMinister for Finance Paschal Donohoe told RTÉ’s This Week programme that Varadkar and Johnson’s meeting tomorrow is an opportunity to understand the UK PM’s intentions. Johnson previously said he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than seek another Brexit extension from the EU, a view the Taoiseach said he did not share. In the event of a no-deal, Varadkar said he thinks the UK and EU would negotiate again within weeks or months but “it would be a tragedy if we got to that point”. Checkmate Speaking ahead of Sinn Féin’s Ard Comhairle in Dublin yesterday Mary Lou McDonald called on the Taoiseach to refuse any checks on the island of Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit. She said the failure to stop checks being rolled out in Ireland amounts to “political vandalism” and would “represent a serious breach of the Good Friday Agreement”. Earlier this week during a speech at a British-Irish Chamber of Commerce event, Leo Varadkar said the risk of a no-deal Brexit is growing and that would mean “checks on goods and live animals,” including some near the border with Northern Ireland. Speaking at Dublin Port today, Varadkar stressed that until details of checks on the Irish border are worked out by the European Commission, he’s not in a position to inform people yet. When asked if he was talking weeks or months, Varadkar said: “It’s not agreed yet. It’s not worked out. The last thing I want to do now is give information that changes.” Taoiseach says meeting with Johnson chance to see if there’s any common ground The Taoiseach said he’s not anticipating any breakthroughs during tomorrow’s meeting with the UK PM. Sep 8th 2019, 4:37 PM https://jrnl.ie/4800665