Cambodia buying tens of thousands of Chinese weapons says PM Hun Sen

first_imgPhnom Penh: Cambodia has purchased “tens of thousands” of weapons from China, premier Hun Sen said Monday, providing rare details of arms deals with Beijing just days after denying a secret agreement to allow Chinese warships to use a local naval base. The Wall Street Journal last week reported on a draft deal letting China access Ream base near Sihanoukville to dock warships and store weapons, apparently confirming months of rumours. Cambodia tried to knock down the report on Friday by taking dozens of reporters on an unprecedented tour of the base. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPrime Minister Hun Sen repeated the denials in his latest remarks and called the news “slander”, but he went into an unusual level of detail about arms sales from its powerful neighbour. “I ordered the purchase of tens of thousands of additional weapons,” he said, without explaining what the country had bought. “Now they are being shipped.” Hun Sen said USD 40 million had been spent this year on top of a total amount of USD 290 million in previous arms deals with China. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe was speaking during a trip to the construction site of a Chinese-funded stadium that he called a gift from President Xi Jinping. China has lavished billions of dollars in soft loans, infrastructure and investment on the poor Southeast Asian kingdom, which has tilted away from the US amid Hun Sen’s increasingly authoritarian rule. Cambodia has also stepped up military exercises with China and been a staunch diplomatic ally in the fiercely contested South China Sea. The Ream base under scrutiny is strategically located in the Gulf of Thailand and gives ready access to the disputed waterway. The US embassy in Phnom Penh has questioned the possible hosting of foreign military assets there. The base is also close to Sihanoukville, where many casinos and properties are Chinese-owned. Anger built in the southwestern city last month when a Chinese building under construction collapsed, killing 28 people. Analysts say Hun Sen, who has been in power for 34 years, is attuned to the potential for an anti-China backlash and placing a base there would be a step too far for Cambodians.last_img read more

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Canadian sailors find near total devastation on hurricaneravaged island

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica – A storm-ravaged Caribbean island caught in the eye of hurricane Maria’s ferocious winds and torrential rains has suffered “near total devastation,” the captain of a Canadian warship anchored off Dominica says.Cmdr. Gord Noseworthy said the Halifax-based frigate HMCS St. John’s arrived Sunday in Dominica, a small island in the Lesser Antilles pummelled by the catastrophic Category 5 storm.“It’s a volcanic island, which was at one time rich in tropical rain forest,” he said via satellite phone from aboard the ship Tuesday. “Unfortunately it’s near total devastation … it’s completely wiped out.“The streets are filled with debris from the upper mountain ridge,” Noseworthy said. “There is sand and silt all over the streets … literally there are cars nearly buried in the sand and silt.”Noseworthy said locals are growing increasingly desperate a week after the hurricane struck the island, knocking out electricity and running water.“There is minimal electricity,” he said. “The power grid has been partially restored in the capital. But for the outlying villages there is no electricity, only generators for those folks lucky enough to have one.”The real crisis, however, is the lack of safe drinking water, he said.“A lot of the water that they have has been contaminated due to the flooding from the significant rainfall,” Noseworthy said.The 230-member crew is removing debris from streets, airlifting food and water to isolated areas and delivering medical aid, he said.HMCS St. John’s is equipped with two reverse osmosis desalination systems, which can produce more than 15,000 litres of fresh water a day.The water is loaded into large bladders that can hold up to 1,000 litres and airlifted to shore.“We have the ability to turn salt water into fresh,” Noseworthy said. “We’re bringing big water bladders from our Sea King helicopter to the shore line so we can get fresh water to those in need and those trapped in outlying villages.”Meanwhile, many roads on the island are filled with debris and fallen trees. Sailors are working with chainsaws to cut the trees and other debris and remove it from the roadway, he said.“The people on the ground right now in various communities are starting to become a bit more desperate, in that it’s been a week,” Noseworthy said. “But at the same time they recognize we’re there to help them and they’re quite appreciative and thankful for everything we’re doing.”The sailors located several Canadian citizens Monday, who have been repatriated aboard a Hercules military aircraft, he said.Noseworthy said it’s unclear how long the warship will be assisting Dominica, noting that there is much work that remains on the ground.The ship dispatches 80 to 90 people to the island each day, plus additional crew members to provide air assistance, he said.“It’s extremely hot and humid. It gets up to a high of about 40 degrees Celsius with humidity each day,” Noseworthy said. “We’re working long days from sunrise until sunset.“The crew is extremely motivated and energized,” he said. “They have quite the sense of accomplishment in being able to help those that are quite desperate for aid.”Earlier this month, the Royal Canadian Navy ship helped residents of South Caicos after hurricane Irma battered the small island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago.When it became clear that a second hurricane was bearing down on the region, the Canadian sailors helped South Caicos residents prepare for the incoming storm and made way for safe harbour off the island of Jamaica.Once the hurricane had passed, Noseworthy said the decision was made to direct the crew’s efforts to the small island of about 70,000 people.— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

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Francois Legault worth 10 million JeanFrancois Lisee 2 million Couillard 660K

first_imgMONTREAL – One of the leaders vying to be Quebec premier is worth millions of dollars more than his opponents.Coalition Avenir Quebec’s Francois Legault’s personal wealth stood at $9.86 million as of this past July 31, according to documents filed Monday.That includes a $4.5-million Montreal home he owns with his wife on which they pay about $36,000 a year in municipal taxes. It is his only property.Legault, who co-founded Air Transat, had a retirement savings portfolio worth $5.78 million, but also a $471,000 equity line of credit.He had just under $127,000 in income last year, according to his federal return.The Coalition leader said on Day 33 of the campaign he didn’t like having to make his assets public, but that it was an obligation in the interest of transparency.“I think it’s a tradition in about everywhere in the world to publish your assets, to publish your income-tax reports,” Legault said. “I did it in 2014, I did it this year. I think it’s important that we be transparent.“(But) I don’t like that. I have two boys of 24 and 25, so if you have children you can imagine the reaction. I don’t want them to spend the money right away.”The party, which has a strong stance against tax havens, noted that Legault has no bank accounts outside of Canada.Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, meanwhile, listed assets worth $1.95 million — but the documents did not include his income tax return.His most recent municipal tax bill was for $3,771.87 on a property in Quebec City.He also owns 40 per cent of a property in Montreal that is estimated to be worth $468,000, while the documents show Lisee has a line of credit of about $71,000.Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard said earlier during the election campaign he would not release his finances, but decided to publish them Monday evening.Couillard has assets worth $659,402, but due to some credit card, mortgage and other debt, has a net worth of about $442,000.“You’ll see you don’t get rich in politics,” Couillard said Monday morning in Montreal, a few hours before he released the numbers.The Liberal leader declared $198,000 in salary for the year 2017. He and his wife paid about $6,000 in municipal taxes last year and the couple’s home in Saint-Felicien, Que., is valued at $490,000.Meanwhile, Quebec solidaire co-spokesperson Manon Masse had no assets or property, her party said.The party’s candidate for premier made $3,150 worth of donations in 2017, including $2,300 to the Federation des femmes du Quebec, a women’s organization.Party leaders were also presented a request to lay out their personal financial situations in 2014.All of them answered the call, but then-PQ leader Pauline Marois only divulged her 2012 tax return after initially balking at the request altogether, arguing she’d already filed her paperwork with the province’s ethics commissioner.Earlier on Monday, Legault said he would spend the coming days in Quebec’s outlying regions, hoping their votes would put him back into majority territory.“I don’t take anything for granted,” Legault said in Mont-Laurier. “I’m confident that on Oct. 1, we will have a majority government, and it will be mainly because of the regions.”Lisee, meanwhile, encouraged anglophone voters to give his party a whirl, noting they could safely vote PQ knowing there won’t be a sovereignty referendum in the party’s first mandate.The PQ Leader encouraged voters who generally wouldn’t touch the PQ to try it for a term and park their vote elsewhere in 2022 if he hasn’t convinced them by then of the benefits of independence.He said anglophones generally support the PQ’s push for clean, green government.“It warms my heart because it means our message is getting through of who we are,” Lisee said.“We will not change our core conviction to get votes, but the deal we can make with you is that our commitment to not hold a referendum of independence in the first mandate is iron-clad.”— with files from Julien Arsenault and Vicky Fragasso-Marquis in Montreal and Melanie Marquis in Mont-Laurier, Que.Note to readers: This is a corrected version; a previous story had the wrong family name in para 10last_img read more

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Ontarios child advocate has 27 ongoing investigations into foster homes as province

first_imgOntario’s child advocate Irwin Elman. File photo. Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsAfter first dealing with the shock of learning through the media that his office was being axed by the Ford government, Ontario’s child advocate’s focus shifted and it was not about his future.Irwin Elman began thinking of the children his office is trying to help.More so the 27 individual investigations currently on-going into residential care, like group homes and foster care said Elman.“I have been very clear what I think about this change. I absolutely do not agree with it. Now I have been working, thinking and turning my mind to how we can we preserve all the things we do,” said Elman, 61, Tuesday.He said right now it is “unclear” what happens to those investigations if he isn’t able to complete them before new legislation is passed that will officially close his office.“We’re talking to the ombudsman to ensure any investigation that isn’t wrapped up transfers over. We don’t know where the government’s mind is,” said Elman.“We intend to complete them. Our office expects those investigations will go over if they are not completed. We will fight to ensure that happens.”He also said more investigations are expected to start and that the province is notified each time one is opened.Elman couldn’t speak specifically to any individual investigation, just that they are based on complaints his office received into group and foster care homes.APTN News knows one of them appears to be Johnson Children’s Services (JCS) which operated three foster homes in Thunder Bay when Tammy Keeash died in May 2017.APTN reported last week that the three homes were closed after Keeash’s death but had been investigated at least seven times within a year of her dying.This was all found in an on-going court battle between two Indigenous child welfare agencies fighting over jurisdiction. In documents filed as part of the litigation the advocate’s office first wrote Dilico Anishinabek Family Care of its intention to investigate JSC in August 2016. It appears, from the court documents, Dilico asked the advocate’s office to wait until the agency first investigated JSC.It was then again confirmed in documents the advocate’s office was investigating JSC following Keeash’s death.A cross still remains in last spot Tammy Keeash was seen alive.“We can’t allow Indigenous children to fall through the cracks of saying ‘oh you called this ombudsman’s office’ and they’ll sit in Toronto and they’ll tell you use a complaints process. Tell that to a 15-year-old First Nations child, to use a complaint process. When our process is we will go out and stand with the child and walk them through some of the options they have to ensure their voices are heard,” said Elman.“The ombudsman is not used to working with children. The ombudsman doesn’t have any ability, yet, or capacity, yet, to use an Indigenous lens in its work but we have strived to develop one.”Elman’s term officially ends Friday as the child advocate. Before he learned his office was being closed he was supposed to be attending a meeting with the provincial government Nov. 26 to discuss what the province is going to do about problems with residential care.He’s unsure if he’ll still be invited to that meeting if he’s told between now and Friday he is no longer the advocate.The meeting was scheduled after Ontario’s chief coroner released the findings of the so-called expert panel report into the deaths of 12 children living at group or foster homes in Ontario between 2014 and 2017. Eight were Indigenous and included Keeash.The panel of experts picked by the coroner reviewed each child’s death and provided recommendations after finding the system failed each of them and continues to do so.But it wasn’t news to those that have been listening for the last 10 years since the child advocate’s office was first opened.“This is not news,” said Elman of the report. “We supported the process but we were sort of astounded that people pretended like this is the first they ever heard about it.”Regardless, if it created action by the government Elman supported that.But the first move the Ontario government publicly made after the report was released in September was to announce the closure of his office.That means Elman will be the first and last child advocate in the province.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Wife of former IAF wing commander found murdered in Dwarka

first_imgNew Delhi: Meenu Jain, the 52-year-old wife of a former IAF wing commander Vinod Kumar Jain, was found murdered at her house in Dwarka on Saturday. Vinod Kumar Jain who now works as a commercial pilot with Indigo was in the flight when the murder was reported.The father of the deceased called her on Friday evening but she did not receive the phone. Thereafter, her father and brother came to see her at her flat in Air Force Naval officers Enclave in Dwarka sector 7 but noticed that the gate of the house was locked from outside. Unable to get the door opened and suspecting something amiss, the duo then entered the house from her neighbour’s side. As they entered the house they saw Meenu Jain lying on floor unconscious. They also found that the house was ransacked and some items missing from the house. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victimsNeenu’s father HP Garg then called police and rushed the woman to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead. Two mobile phones, some cash and jewellery was found missing from the house, following which a case for murder and robbery has been registered by Delhi Police. According to Police, the body has been sent for the postmortem and only the post mortem report would ascertain the cause of death. “No external injury marks have been found on the body. The family has reported some items missing and hence we have registered a case of murder and robbery. The door too was locked from outside. The investigation is taken up by the team and we have already collected the CCTV from the society,” said a senior Police officer. The couple has a son and a daughter. While the son, who works in an MNC in Noida, visits his parents on weekends, the daughter is a doctor in Goa, who is pursuing her MD.last_img read more

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Pakistan Speaker calls for deeper ties with Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan High Commissioner Jayanath Lokuketagodage said Sri Lanka attaches great value to its relations with Pakistan and will continue to partner with Pakistan in diversification of trade and economic relations. The speaker highlighted that Pakistan can strongly count on friendly relations with Sri Lanka in its quest to promote peace in the region and strengthen cooperation within SAARC. He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate people-to-people contacts and enhance parliamentary engagement with Sri Lanka. Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has called for deeper ties with Sri Lanka, the Daily Times of Pakistan reported.Speaking to the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Pakistan Jayanath Lokuketagodage, the Speaker said he appreciated Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations based on mutual interest and aspirations for a peaceful South Asian region. He remarked that Sri Lanka shares Pakistan’s concern for equitable growth and sustainable development in South Asian region. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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TimorLeste not UN indicts Indonesian general for war crimes

“While indictments are prepared by international staff, they are issued under the legal authority of the Timorese Prosecutor-General,” said a statement issued yesterday in Dili by the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET). “The United Nations does not have any legal authority to issue indictments.”UNMISET released the statement after several news outlets reported earlier this week that the UN had charged General Wiranto with crimes against humanity. To date, Timor-Leste has filed 50 indictments involving more than 170 suspects – over 100 of who are charged with crimes against humanity.In New York, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard reminded reporters at a press briefing yesterday that the indictments were issued by the Office of the Prosecutor General of Timor-Leste, and not by the United Nations, which provides advisory assistance to the East Timorese. “So, we hope that in future you’ll say, ‘East Timor indicts,’ and not ‘the United Nations indicts,'” he said. read more

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Fluffy story Arctic hamlet opens eiderdown factory to feather its nest

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 21, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fluffy story: Arctic hamlet opens eiderdown factory to feather its nest SANIKILUAQ, Nunavut – Inuit in a tiny Nunavut community are hoping the whirling flocks of thousands of seabirds that have filled larders for centuries will fill their wallets through one of the world’s rarest and most precious commodities — eiderdown.After being shuttered for nearly a decade, Sanikiluaq’s eider factory started buying eiderdown this month, sustainably collected by Inuit families from the tens of thousands of nests built by the birds nearby.“It will be a big deal,” said Darryl Dibblee, administrator for the hamlet on Flaherty Island in the southeast corner of Hudson Bay. “We’ve already had a fair influx of people selling us down.”While the community hopes for long-term sustainable jobs, it’s also eyeing changes to the water the birds need. Hunters are tracking the shifting ice and sea conditions as hydro projects from Quebec pour vast and increasing amounts of fresh water into the ocean.Eiderdown comes from eider ducks, large seabirds that nest in huge numbers in the Belcher Islands. The hen plucks the down from her breast to protect her nest and the eggs.Collectors take down before the eggs have hatched and take care to leave half the fluff. The down goes to the factory, where it is cleaned and sterilized and sewn into parkas and duvets.A single nest can produce about 70 grams of eiderdown, the warmest and most durable insulation in the world. That sounds like a lot, but average annual worldwide production of eiderdown — most of which now comes from Iceland — is estimated at four tonnes, or about what it would take to fill a cube van.That explains the price.Uncleaned down sells for about $330 a kilogram. Finished duvets cost up to $10,000.Sanikiluaq plans to sell cleaned down to European manufacturers as well as parkas and duvets, sewn by local women, through the community-owned corporation Belcher Islands Designs.A feasibility study suggests the plant will break even by the second year and produce almost $200,000 in profit by the third. Dibblee said it’ll provide up to 15 jobs.“That’s a big deal in a town of 850 people.”It’s a business rooted in traditional skills and practices, said Joel Heath, a Canadian scientist who’s been studying the ducks and their importance to local culture for years.“How do they use their skills to come up with jobs that are meaningful to them? The eiderdown factory is a great example of that.”Heath has completed an award-winning documentary called “People of a Feather” about the relationship Sanikiluaq has with the ducks, which have long provided food and clothing. The film also traces changes to the environment the ducks depend on.Vast hydro reservoirs in Quebec are storing freshwater that used to pour into the bay in spring and releasing it instead in the winter to generate power for southern cities. Heath has found a layer of freshwater 25 metres deep all along Hudson Bay’s eastern coast.Ice forms much earlier in the fall, because freshwater freezes more quickly. Large flocks of ducks can get trapped on shrinking pools of open water.Heath has brought together people from five communities to monitor the changes in ice cover and animal use. Using technology provided by Google Maps, the monitors can share information in real time all along the coast.That’s not only useful for hunters, it’s increasingly critical for anyone who wants to travel on the sea ice.“Having long-term jobs for Inuit, working together to try and understand what’s happening in Hudson Bay … the idea is, in the long term, (southerners) don’t need to be there,” Heath said. “The communities have enough knowledge to run the programs themselves.”For now, Dibblee just wants to get the factory through its pilot year.Buyers for the down are lining up, waiting to judge the quality. The down sterilizers and eight industrial sewing machines have been imported into the community.He’s confident that the down that insulates eider chicks will help the Inuit feather their own nests.“I wasn’t going to do this unless I knew, long term, it was going to be feasible.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960 read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,219.90, up 71.37 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down nine cents, or 3.63 per cent, to $2.39 on 10.1 million shares.Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Up $4.06, or 27.18 per cent, to $19.00 on 9.8 million shares. The embattled mortgage lender hopes a deal with Warren Buffett will help it win back depositors after it was announced that the legendary investor’s Berkshire Hathaway will buy a significant stake in the company for $400 million and provide a $2-billion line of credit.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 19 cents, or 1.77 per cent, to $10.91 on 8.2 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 28 cents, or 0.43 per cent, to $65.28 on 6.7 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 14 cents, or 1.53 per cent, to $9.00 on 5.8 million shares.Spartan Energy Corp. (TSX:SPE). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 2.65 per cent, to $1.94 on 5.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Sears Canada (TSX:SCC). Department stores. Unchanged at 62 cents. The struggling retailer plans to close 59 locations across the country and cut approximately 2,900 jobs under a court-supervised restructuring after it was granted protection from creditors Thursday. The company says it will close 20 full-line locations, plus 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet stores and 14 Sears Hometown locations. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2017 2:36 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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African leaders at UN cite remarkable progress on MDGs and urge commitment

“Similarly to other countries, I believe, Mozambique has achieved remarkable progress in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals,” said Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, the President of the southern African nation which recently celebrated 40 years of independence.Worth highlighting, he explained, is the expansion of access to education, gender balance in the access to primary education and compliance with the target on infant mortality reduction.“The commitment of Mozambique to the [post-2015 development agenda] is unequivocal and it has been expressed from the onset,” the President continued. “As you might be aware, Mozambique has been one of the 50 countries selected by the United Nations to host national consultations.”The leader further underlined that in line with the theme of the 70th session of the General Assembly – “a commitment to action” – for Mozambique, this should include the adoption and implementation of effective structures for the prevention and management of conflicts, as well as the need to conclude a convention against terrorism.“Emphasis should be on preventive diplomacy,” he stated. “The commitment to action we celebrate here should establish platforms for dialogue among cultures and civilizations as an essential tool to promoting tolerance, the culture of peace and a dignified and peaceful world.”President Nyusi added that the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations is being shadowed by an unprecedented crisis at the international level.“I am referring to the humanitarian crisis arising from the flow of refugees and migrants with no parallel in the recent history of the humanity,” he declared, urging leaders to redouble efforts. “This shocking situation is a manifestation of a succession of unresolved crisis or poorly settled situations in relation to which the international community had already forecast.”Meanwhile, during his address to world leaders in New York, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia said his country never lost confidence in multilateralism and remained a staunch supporter of the principle of collective security embodied in the UN Charter. “It is based on this conviction that Ethiopia has been actively contributing to the advancement of the principles and purposes of the United Nations, including by deploying its forces as part of the blue helmets since the early days of the UN,” said Hailemariam Dessalegn. “It gives us great satisfaction to note that Ethiopia is now the second largest contributor to UN Peacekeeping.”He also underlined that despite the “many failures” of the Organization, the global community cannot afford to live without it. “In spite of its shortcomings, the United Nations remains the only universal organization that we have – whether big or small, rich or poor – providing us with a unique platform to advance our common objectives and address those myriad problems we collectively face.”Echoing the President of Mozambique, he noted that the reason for the remarkable progress Ethiopia has made over the past fifteen years, including in achieving most, if not all of the MDGs, is because the country took charge of its own destiny, devising its own development strategy and mobilizing domestic resources.“But we also made the best use of development cooperation we have had with the United Nations and other partners,” the Minister added.In his remarks, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, said that 70 years after the founding of the United Nations, inequalities among States persisted in defiance of the underlying messages of brotherhood and solidarity every religion preached. Underdeveloped countries are in their current state today because of various internal and external factors, which the world could no longer afford to debate.Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard“The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals constitutes a landmark in humanity’s quest for peace and prosperity and was a prescription closely aligned with the national strategy Uganda has been following,” he said. For the first time, the Goals proclaim in bold letters the concept of universal prosperity, which would assist the prioritization of the use of scarce resources by international agencies. In particular, the use of the word “transformation” in the Goals is most revealing, he said, stressing that the purpose of sustainable development was to ensure growth both qualitatively and quantitatively.The President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, expressed concern about the rising threat of terrorism in Africa and called on the international community to strengthen its action against groups such as Boko Haram and Al Shabaab.President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda VoisardHe called on the international community to redouble efforts against terrorism, including by urging donors to devote more “supervision of financial circuits that power this phenomenon.”For greater efficiency in the fight against terrorism and to better address the other global challenges, Mr. Bongo also called for reform of the UN Security Council towards greater democratization of its operation. He thus called for better representation of the various regions of the world and a reform of the veto power.The Gabonese head of State noted his concern about the delays in the negotiations prior to the holding of the climate summit in Paris in December, saying the process is still far from the required consensus on the overall deal that is ti be agreed in the French capital.In his Assembly address, President Uhuru Kenyatta, of Kenya, said the just adopted 2030 Agenda was the culmination of more than three years intensive intergovernmental negotiation, which began with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, Brazil in 2012. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Kim Haughton“We are glad to note that the Agenda recognizes ending poverty in all its forms everywhere as its overarching goal. The goals and targets set by the Agenda are universal and will apply to all countries while recognizing different realities and capabilities,” he said.Moreover, the new Agenda recognizes that sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security; and peace and security will be at risk without sustainable development. This therefore calls for building peaceful, inclusive and well-governed societies with responsive institutions as the basis for shared prosperity.“Fundamentally, the Agenda reckons that we cannot reach our development goals without addressing human rights and complex humanitarian issues at the same time” said President Kenyatta, adding that the new development framework “commits all of us to be responsible global citizens, caring for the less fortunate as well as for our planet’s ecosystem and climate action on which all life depends.”Also addressing the Assembly, Macky Sall, the President of Senegal, said that 70 years after the founding of the United Nations, peace, which is not simply the absence of war, continues to be threatened by poverty, disease hunger and environmental degradation. With that in mind, he hoped the upcoming climate change conference in Paris could set the world on a path towards a more sustainable and low-carbon future.President Macky Sall of Senegal addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Kim HaughtonThere could only be true peace when all nations realized that all peoples are connected and that only by working together, could real change be affected. “We can no longer have business as usual. Common sense requires that we change our vision of the present, as well as the future,” to ensure that the UN and its institutions better reflect modern realities. To that end, he called for reform of the UN Security Council in line with the African position; reform the global financial institutions, efforts to combat illicit financial flows; and measures to democratize business practices. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard read more

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Missouri tries to finish on high note against Arkansas

The senior class that arrived at Missouri four seasons ago was joining a program that had reached back-to-back SEC title games, one that had surpassed just about every expectation after it bolted from the Big 12 for the powerhouse conference.They’ve experienced the collapse of the program, the hiring of a new coach in Barry Odom, and now the return of the Tigers to prominence heading into their regular-season finale on Friday.What better way to go out than with a win over rival Arkansas?“We’ve gone through a lot,” said Odom, who won just four games his first season and seven last season, but has a chance to finish 8-4 and perhaps make a New Year’s Day Six bowl game with a win over the Razorbacks. “There’s been some lows and some highs and they’ve been able to hold tight together and hold true to them, and that’s going to help them down the road.”The Tigers (7-4, 3-4 SEC) are certainly finishing strong. They’ve followed a 0-4 start to league play by beating Florida, Vanderbilt and Tennessee — two of those games on the road.Their winning streak has coincided with standout performances by senior quarterback Drew Lock, who began the year as a Heisman Trophy candidate before a rough stretch. He’s thrown for at least 250 yards and seven total touchdowns the past three weeks, sending his draft stock soaring.Some believe he could be the first quarterback selected when April rolls around.“To Drew’s credit, he started believing in who he is and what he’s capable of becoming,” Missouri offensive co-ordinator Derek Dooley said, “and he’s stayed the course.”The Razorbacks (2-9, 0-7) hope to the spoil party and provide first-year coach Chad Morris with a victory upon which he can build. Arkansas took Ole Miss, Texas A&M and LSU down to the wire, but wins have been painfully hard to come by outside of games against Tulsa and Eastern Illinois.“Losing will never be acceptable in this program,” Morris said. “I’m not going to compromise. I’ve been here before, I know what it looks like and I know what it looks like moving forward. We’ve got a lot of people pouring their hearts and souls into this program but we need more.”Like a win over the Tigers in their annual rivalry game.CROCKETT’S REVENGEMissouri running back Damarea Crockett grew up in Little Rock and wasn’t offered a scholarship by his home-state team, so to say that he’s craving an opportunity to play the Razorbacks would be an understatement. And not even an ankle injury sustained in last week’s win over Tennessee is expected to keep him out.“I’m just trying to swallow that pride,” he said.OTHER INJURIESTigers tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, a finalist for the John Mackey Award, has missed more than two games with a shoulder injury. He practiced a bit this week and could play, though Odom has promised not to jeopardize his future by rushing him back.FLIRTING WITH THE ENEMYArkansas defensive backs Kamren Curl and Ryan Pulley are suspended for this week’s game after they were flirting with Mississippi State cheerleaders rather than warming up with the team last week. Both of them are starters.“That’s not something I would do, but some people have different focus,” Razorbacks linebacker Dre Greenlaw said. “I just hope everybody considers the seniors for this last game and plays their all, gives their all.”STATS DON’T LIEThe Tigers are 21-point favourites to beat Arkansas, and a closer look at where the Razorbacks rank statistically explains why. They are No. 113 nationally in total offence and No. 82 in total defence.“I’m not worried about what their record is or isn’t,” Odom said. “We need to prepare really, really well. They have good players, a really good staff. We know we’ll get their best shot. We need to prepare and go play our game.”GET YOUR TICKETSOdom wanted the stands packed on Senior Day, so he vowed to buy a ticket with his own money for anybody wanting to attend a game on the day after Thanksgiving. More than 1,000 tickets have been ordered and paid for by him.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Dave Skretta, The Associated Press read more

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Ohio State mens lacrosse bounces back edges Hofstra 98

Senior midfielder Reegan Comeault (8) reacts during a game against Hofstra at Ohio Stadium on March 7. OSU won, 9-8. Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team picked up a one-goal win against Hofstra after losing by the same margin against Marquette six days earlier.Though the first three quarters ended in a draw, the final whistle blew on Saturday at Ohio Stadium with the Buckeyes ahead, 9-8.“I’m just really proud of this team to persevere and to get that one-goal win,” coach Nick Myers said. “It was a back and forth game, but it’s what we expected … It meant a lot to get the ‘W,’ especially over such a quality opponent.”Senior midfielder David Planning struck first for OSU, scoring about 30 seconds into the game. But despite the quick start, the Buckeyes had to hang tight for a win, which senior midfielder Jesse King credited to the team’s strength.“Physically, we’re stronger, but this year especially, we’re being challenged mentally on the field,” King said. “Taking us to those points where you either push through or you stop. And maybe in past years we would’ve stopped, but now we’re pushing through that wall.”King scored four goals, extending his point streak to 43 games, but was hardly the only one raking in points for the Buckeyes, as freshman and junior attackmen Colin Chell and Carter Brown each tallied two.“Colin Chell played the entire game pretty much at attack in his first real start,” Myers said. “We challenged him all week … All the guys played their butts off.”OSU, now 5-2, lost to Detroit by one goal to open the season on Feb. 7, in addition to the close loss to Marquette on March 1. But after weeks of practice, the Buckeyes brought a quick offense and what senior defenseman Evan Mulchrone said was a balanced defense to the field against Hofstra.“We just wanted to get back to playing Buckeye lacrosse and focusing on the fundamentals,” Mulchrone said. “Our mentality on defense was to just help each other out. They have some really talented players so we knew we had our hands full, and it worked out really well for us.”While even King admits his team played far from perfect, he said determination often outweighs skill.“As Buckeyes, we pride ourselves on working hard, making the effort plays,” King said. “When we get those goals. they may not be the most skillful plays, but it’s stuff we work hard on during the week.”King said pride comes from the players on the bench as much as the ones on the field.“Our energy from the bench is nothing short of the best in the country,” King said. “When you score a goal and you can hear the fans, especially your teammates on the sidelines, just going absolutely insane … it’s something that really hits home for you.”The Buckeyes aim to continue their 4-0 home streak when they return to the Horseshoe on Saturday to take on Denver at 1 p.m. read more

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Batkid saves the day as San Fran turns into Gotham City

first_imgMiles Scott, dressed as Batkid, right, walks with Batman before saving a damsel in distress in San Francisco (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy with cancer became a superhero for a day today, as San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City and thousands turned out to see the Batkid fly to the rescue.Miles Scott, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old, was cheered across town in his Batmobile to nab arch villain Riddler and save a damsel in distress.Police chief Greg Suhr ordered his men to help the pint-sized caped crusader take on his nemesis the Penguin, while he also got messages from the city’s San Francisco Giants and 49ers for his day in the limelight.The story then took off, making national and international news, with live coverage by outlets including CNN.“I’ve never seen anything go viral like this, with the outpouring of support from across the world,” said Patricia Wilson of Make-a-Wish Foundation, the charity which organized the dream day.Thousands gathered in the city’s Union Square when the Batkid took a break to refuel at a local restaurant.“Even superheroes have to have lunch,” explained one live TV reporter, surveying the throng stretching across the square.Scott, whose leukemia is currently in remission, was also due to be given the keys to the city by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, during his day as the famous comic-book crime fighter.The young superhero even got a shout out from the US President with Barack Obama recording a Vine, in which he said: “Way to go Miles, way to save Gotham!”- with reporting from Hugh O’Connell- © AFP, 2013Previously: San Francisco to turn into Gotham City for 5-year-old with cancerlast_img read more

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Google turns tablets and smartphones into game controllers with Chrome Super Sync

first_imgGoogle is showing off its speedy browser synchronization kung fu using a new browser-based game called Chrome Super Sync Sports. There’s a trio of cyberathletic contests, and you can take them on solo or challenge your friends in an online multiplayer session: run, bike, or swim your way to victory!To get started, you have to sync your mobile device to your desktop or laptop. You don’t even have to use Chrome, though Google’s obviously pitching that as the preferred browser. Fire up a session on your computer, then point your mobile browser to g.co/super and punch in the unique code Google provides, and you’re ready to go.Your tablet or smartphone becomes the controller while the game plays out on your big(ger) screen. The concept itself isn’t a new one — it’s very much like the dozens of Smart TV, Blu-ray player, and set-top box remote control apps that you can install from Google Play and the App Store. There are two key differences, however.Compared to the remote app for my Sony network player, for example, Google’s Chrome Super Sync demo is much smoother and more responsive. Sports manages to track rapid pattern gestures in Safari on my iPhone and zap them instantly to the cloud and back over to my laptop where they’re interpreted as gamepad input to move my avatar around the track.And while the speed is impressive, it’s even more impressive that this is happening entirely in the browser. It would be even cooler if I’d managed to get Super Sync to work with a non-WebKit browser — both Firefox and IE10 on my desktop failed to make the necessary Websockets connection required to start the game. Nevertheless, Super Sync Sports remains an impressive demonstration of where we’re headed.The web is already capable of enabling some pretty amazing experiences, and they’re only going to get better with companies like Google, Mozilla, and yes, even Microsoft pushing things forward.last_img read more

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Free workshop with George Donikian

first_imgDid you know that ‘YouTube’ is the second most-used search engine after Google? According to Media Services Australia, “video is the most effective medium to deliver your message”. With such a contemporary importance placed on visual and digital marketing, it is important that all business owners understand how to use such marketing for contemporary business success. This is why Media Services Australia is offering the Hellenic and business community a free workshop, presented by prominent television news presenter and veteran journalist, George Donikian, who testifies to the power of video and states that “if business is about staying ahead of the competition, then a move to visual video is imperative.” The essence of the workshop is to showcase how far humanity has evolved in terms of processing information. The workshop will revolve around the arrival of new technology and how smart devices have impacted our way of living and learning. Furthermore, it will be focused on the effectiveness of web-video marketing and will teach attendees how to market as effectively as possible through video usage. The presentation will take place on the 24th of February from 8.00 am – 9.30 am and it will be located on the mezzanine level of the new Greek Community centre at 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. With the digital age rapidly advancing, it is important that your business and marketing strategies are consistently up to date and that is why this workshop is not to be missed.To register for the workshop email: info@mediasa.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Bahamas Parliamentarians – Group Photo

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 21, 2018 – Nassau – Parliamentarians took a photo just outside of the House of Assembly on Wednesday morning, January 17, 2018 prior to their attendance at an annual church service at Church of God Cathedral.Pictured at centre is Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, and left of the Prime Minister — Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon. Halson Moultrie; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest; and Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Philip Davis.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

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Dave Scotts World of Wonder The Oscars

first_img February 24, 2019 Posted: February 24, 2019 Dave Scott’s World of Wonder – The Oscars! Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – “Green Book” might have taken home the best picture tonight. But Dave Scott took a deeper look into the film that won the first Best Motion Picture film in his World of Wonder KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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GE Unveils Their Electric Vehicle WattStation w Video

first_img Smart Charger Controller simplifies electric vehicle recharging (w/Video) (PhysOrg.com) — On Tuesday GE announced their new smart-grid-connected electric vehicle charger called the WattStation. The WattStation will help accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles by significantly cutting charging time on a 24 kWh car battery for an EV from 12-18 hours to approximately 4-8 hours by using Level 2 (240V) charging. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. GE’s WattStation enables fast level 2 charging at home and on the road. More information: GE WattStation GE and Project Get Ready unveil the WattStation, a new electric car charger. The WattStation was designed in part by renowned industrial designer, Yves Behar. The WattStation is intended to become as common as gasoline stations are today.In an earth2tech interview Behar said, that the GE WattStation can act as a digital platform and a connection to mobile devices. For example, one day you may be driving around in your EV in a city and receive a text message that an open WattStation charger is close by. Behar also said he envisions an ecosystem of applications eventually being built around the WattStation.The GE WattStation will be commercially available globally in 2011, and a home version will be unveiled later this year. No price has been announced for the home version. The top angled circle is surrounded by LEDs that glow to indicate if the charger is available or not.center_img Dan Heintzelman, president and CEO of GE Energy Services, said: “For more than 100 years, GE has worked to optimize energy use. Given our expertise in electrical distribution, WattStation is a natural progression in our commitment to creating cutting edge innovation for the next century.” Explore further The GE WattStation significantly decreases time needed for vehicle charging and using smart grid technology, can also be connect to the smart grid that will allow utilities companies to manage the impact of electric vehicles on regional and local grids. Citation: GE Unveils Their Electric Vehicle WattStation (w/ Video) (2010, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-ge-unveils-electric-vehicle-wattstation.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Nirbashito not a biopic on Taslima

first_imgChurni Ganguly, the director of Nirbashito, says the acclaimed film is not based on the biography of controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen but rather inspired by her life post exileChurni said her debut film, is centred around the solitary life of the author and her relation with her pet cat. “The movie is in no way a biopic and is not intended to make a political statement either,” Churni, an established actress in Bengali cinema, sai The film, which won the best film award at the 2014 Delhi Film Festival and two National Awards earlier this year, features several poems written by Taslima as part of the background score.last_img

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Drone Delivery Is Coming to WalMart But Are Consumers Ready

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Wal-Mart is hustling to deliver your package to you with a drone. Are you ready?The world’s largest retailer has already been flying drones indoors, but is now seeking permission to fly drones outside in residential neighborhoods to drop packages to customers, according to a letter sent to the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday.The company argues drones would make for more efficient delivery. “Wal-Mart’s distribution system could become more efficient and consumers could be better served, benefitting the public interest,” Shekar Natarjan, the company’s VP of logistics delivery, wrote in the letter.    If granted approval, Wal-Mart will join Amazon and Google in the delivery-drone race.Still, as companies prepare for this next phase of shipping, what about the consumer? Is all of this research and development the fantastical dreams of a handful of engineering masterminds embedded within these retail giants, or is there real demand to have a zooming robot drop off one’s Wal-Mart socks?Related: How Drones Are Changing the Way We Do BusinessConsumers are, for the most part, ready — especially if it means getting their orders faster. Almost 80 percent of consumers say they are more likely to shop at a retailer that offers drone delivery to their doorstep in under an hour, according to research from the 2015 future-of-retail report from Chicago-based Walker Sands Communications.About half of consumers would be willing to pay at least $5 for drone delivery in under an hour. Nearly a third would be willing to pay more than $20.While Wal-Mart is just now getting into research and development, consumers expect the drone delivery fantasy to become reality sooner rather than later. Two-thirds of consumers expect that they will get their first drone delivery in the next five years, the report says.To be sure, there is still resistance to the idea of drone delivery. For those who say they are anti-drone, about three-quarters feel that drones aren’t safe. Expense, privacy concerns, and theft concerns were also among the issues cited by the anti-drone consumers, according to the report.People also aren’t willing to trust a drone with their most valued, expensive purchases. Where almost 90 percent of consumers are cool with a book, item of clothing or pet supply to be delivered in a drone, only 15 percent are okay with the idea of a drone dropping off luxury purchases, according to the report.To drone or not to drone, that is the question. Well, kind of. “Since such a small percentage of consumers distrust drones, it bodes well for the technology playing a major role in the future of retail,” the report says.Related: Drone Owners Will Soon Have to Register With the Federal Government October 27, 2015last_img read more

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