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Hosts Belgium secured a thrilling 4-0 win over India in their Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final match at the Brasschaat Municipal Park here on Friday to book a place in the final,.For Belgium, Florent Van Aubel scored a brilliant hat-trick while Tanguy Cosyns scored one to steer the team to the final.The hosts got off to a cracking start to the match firing a goal in the second minute of the first quarter. It was a smart play by the hosts. Jasjit Singh with a weak tackle made it easy for Van Aubel to score just at the start of the game.After conceding a goal, India counter-attacked well and Satbir Singh got a golden chance to level the score. He only needed to tap the ball on to an open goal, but Belgium stopper Vincent Vanasch came up with a stellar save.Cosyns netted the second goal in the eighth minute for the hosts. India stopper Sreejesh stopped the drag flick but the rebound landed in front of Cosyns, who uncovered in time by the Indian defence and fired one past Sreejesh to help Belgium take a 2-0 lead.In the second quarter, India pressed on as Satbir stole the ball at the edge of circle and fired one in on the run, but Belgium stopper Vanasch again came with a good stop.The second half saw India putting up a better fight and if it was not for Belgium goalkeeper Vanasch, they would have at least pulled a goal back.advertisementAt the start of the third quarter, skipper Sardar Singh ran well as he managed to dodge a couple of Belgian defenders but once again, was guilty of holding on to the ball a bit too long and his attack in was blunted.In the 40th minute, Jasjit put his body on the line of the attacker and gave away a penalty corner. Van Aubel found the net for the second time in the 41st minute to take Belgium to 3-0.In the dying minutes of third quarter, India earned a penalty corner but Manpreet Singh lost a chance to score.The final quarter saw Belgium on more attacking mode as a shoddy Indian defence helped Van Aubel find the net for the third time to score a hat-trick and take Belgium to 4-0.
The Indian men’s hockey team led by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will begin its Olympic campaign on August 6 against Ireland. While India are on a mission to end their 36-year-long medal drought in Rio, this will be Ireland’s first Olympic appearance since 1908 when they had earned a silver medal. (RIO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)Going by the recent record, the Indian team being ranked fifth in the FIH world rankings go in as favourites and will be riding on the confidence drawn from their recent win against Ireland at the Six Nations Tournament in Valencia, Spain, in June. However, chief coach Roelant Oltmans does not want his wards to get complacent about their opponent. “We want to begin on a winning note and carry the momentum forward in the following group stage matches. We do not want to undermine any team especially at an event like the Olympics where every team wants to win,” asserted the chief coach.Ireland over the past has put up an inspired show beating Malaysia and Pakistan at the 2015 FIH World League semis and with Australia’s Oceania Cup win, Ireland booked their berth to Rio. “The Irish can be unpredictable. They have been doing well in the European Championships and are sturdy and fast on the ball. It won’t be an easy game to win and we will need to go full force,” stated captain Sreejesh. (Also read: Rio Olympics: Indian hockey coach furious over poor infrastructure)If history is anything to go by, India has not yet won an opening match at the Olympics since Sydney in 2000 where they had beaten Argentina 3-0. At the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2012 London Games India was beaten by Holland 3-1 and 3-2 respectively on both occasions.advertisementTo turn the tables in India’s favour, Sreejesh and his team need to watch out for Ireland’s marquee players Mitch Darling, a forward who plays with Rotterdam and their captain and goalkeeper David Harte who won the world goalkeeper of the year award for 2015.Meanwhile, the Indian women making their first Olympic appearance since Moscow 1980, will face-off with Japan, ranked 10th in the world, on August 7. The team led by formidable defender Sushila Chanu will vie to put up a similar show they did when they beat Japan in the World Hockey League last year that kept them in contention for the Olympic qualification. (Also read: Rio 2016: Former Olympians expecting surprises from Indian women’s hockey team)Though ranked 13 in the FIH world rankings, coach Neil Hawgood feels the girls are upbeat and are eager to make a mark at this Olympics. “The girls are excited and raring to get on with their first ever Olympic campaign. They have had a decent run in the tournament in the USA where we won a couple of games and will hope to convert the confidence from there into good result in the opening tie,” said Hawgood. Skipper Chanu said her team is excited and up for the challenge. “This is our first Olympics and we want to put up an inspired performance. We have done well against Japan in the past and we are able to execute the plans the coach has drawn for us, I am sure we will be able to succeed against them,” expressed Chanu. (Also read: Rio Olympics: Sania Mirza strikes a pose with India women’s hockey team)The men’s team will take on Ireland on August 6, 2016 at 19:30 IST in their first match while the women begin their campaign against Japan on August 7, 2016 at 19:30 IST.
New Delhi, Apr 2 (PTI) Delhi Sports Journalist Association (DSJA) today elected new office-bearers at its Annual General Meeting, here. S Kannan of Mail Today is the new president while Rajendra Sajwan of Punjab Kesri is the new Secretary. Amanpreet Singh from Press Trust of India (PTI) was elected Treasurer. There are two Vice Presidents — Vipin Kumar Bahuguna (Aaj Samaj) and Sabi Hussain Naqvi (Tribune) and one joint secretary Ajai Kumar Masand (Hindustan Times). All the office bearers were elected unopposed for a three-year term. A six-member Executive Committee was also formed. The members are: Rajesh Rai (UNI-Varta), Tridib Baparnash (IANS), Hemant Rastogi (Amar Ujala), Sourabh Kumar Gupta (Hindustan), Jayant K Singh (IANS Hindi) and Yogesh Sharma (Dainik Jagran). Elections were conducted by returning officer Fazal Imam Mallick. PTI AT KHS AT
by Adam OelsnerAdam Oelsner is a freelance filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He’s worked on films like Medora and Last of the Great Romantics. He also reports on food, agriculture and sustainability at Heritage Radio Network.For freelancers, learning how to work comfortably in different kinds of workplaces is a necessity. When I first started freelancing, I worked for oyster farmers, retirement homes, tattoo parlors, and everything in between, but nothing could prepare me for working in a corporation.I moved to New York City from Washington state with the plan that I’d edit a wedding here, a commercial there, and then maybe I’d get to work on a documentary. But with little experience and lots of competition for the more exciting projects, I wound up doing more commercial and corporate jobs than I expected.I had thought I was ready to sell out, but I was about to experience some serious corporate culture shock!One moment, I’m at home happily editing a music video for a friend and then BAM! I’m at a high powered ad agency, sitting on a yoga ball next to a 23-year-old project manager, surrounded by ping-pong tables, Mini French Bulldogs, and catered lunches. This probably sounds like the pinnacle of success to many people, but this was the first time I worked at a big agency with big-name corporate clients and it sent me reeling.Our project was to execute a series of meaningless ideas, each one more bland than the last. Everyone was using their brilliance to help a super-corporation enhance its image and sell more soda, and it was hard for me to understand why.But then I started working with the staff, getting to know people. Despite my anti-establishment views and the generic nature of that particular job, when I just focused on the individuals around me, I ended up enjoying the work.I’ve definitely grown from the experiences — in more ways than one.First, there’s a different set of ground rules for putting together a video in the commercial realm. You’re not making art for art’s sake. Working within that system has been educational and surprisingly fun.That is, until my boss came in.He was a middle-aged man wearing gigantic baggy shorts, a hockey jersey, and aviator sunglasses. He peppered his speech with credibility building phrases like “up in this joint”. “Yo, don’t forget to attach that joint when you e-mail the specs to Ron.” He seemed to like our video, but said it still needed a little more…freshibility.OK, so I have met some people who rub me the wrong way. But I got over it. That’s the second thing I learned: doing business with individuals who I have a hard time relating to is one of those skills that comes in handy in many situations.Working in commercial and corporate video has been an unexpectedly positive experience for me. It’s where I learned to navigate the choppy waters of freelancing, and now I’m proud to call myself a PROFESSIONAL.So don’t be afraid to work outside your comfort zone. It’s good for business, and good for you.
Republicans in the Iowa Legislature have announced in a late Friday email that they’ve reached an agreement to overhaul the state’s tax system and cut taxes.Gov. Kim Reynolds says she and other top Republican lawmakers made a “historic” deal that would include cutting individual income taxes and some corporate taxes.Reynolds’ office says a bill is not available for the public to review because it is still being finalized.Republicans with control of the statehouse have been working behind closed doors to finalize a tax plan along with the next state budget.Friday evening’s news release did not provide information on the plan’s full cost.
Story Highlights Managing Director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), Gary Howell, says that the agency is ensuring that only deserving beneficiaries can access low-income homes.“We try to ensure that persons who are benefiting from these low-income housing solutions are first-time homeowners, so we primarily utilise persons with National Housing Trust (NHT) benefits. We know NHT has a stringent system, which ensures that once you obtain your benefit you cannot get another NHT mortgage,” he noted.“What we don’t want is a situation where because persons have the money they buy more than one of the units cash and then capitalise on it by later reselling it at a significant price. This results in persons who were really in need not getting the opportunity to purchase a unit at the initial price,” he pointed out.Qualified NHT contributors are eligible to apply for a loan to build, buy or repair/improve their home.Currently, an NHT contributor can be granted a maximum loan of $6.5 million. Managing Director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), Gary Howell, says that the agency is ensuring that only deserving beneficiaries can access low-income homes. “We try to ensure that persons who are benefiting from these low-income housing solutions are first-time homeowners, so we primarily utilise persons with National Housing Trust (NHT) benefits. We know NHT has a stringent system, which ensures that once you obtain your benefit you cannot get another NHT mortgage,” he noted. “What we don’t want is a situation where because persons have the money they buy more than one of the units cash and then capitalise on it by later reselling it at a significant price. This results in persons who were really in need not getting the opportunity to purchase a unit at the initial price,” he pointed out.
Login/Register With: Advertisement Nightwood Theatre‘s Young Innovators are searching for performers who are women and/or gender-marginalized (i.e. cis and trans artists, non-binary/genderfluid folx & persons of indigenous gender) to take part in our upcoming Fempocalypse cabaret, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Fempocalypse is an annual fundraiser cabaret produced by Nightwood’s Young Innovators Unit.This year, we are looking for performances that celebrate the resiliency within us all. All proceeds generated from this event will benefit the Assaulted Women’s Helpline. As this is a fundraiser, we are asking that performers participate on a volunteer basis.ABOUT THE ASSAULTED WOMEN’S HELPLINE Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Assaulted Women’s Helpline offers a 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line to all women who have experienced abuse. They provide counselling, emotional support, information and referrals. They recognize abuse as one example of women’s social, political and economic inequality in the world. The Helpline is dedicated to working towards equality for all women.EVENT DETAILSSaturday, March 9th, 2019Ernest Balmer Studio, Case Goods WarehouseDistillery DistrictAPPLY HEREFempocalypse 2019 Submission FormEach performance should be maximum 15 minutes.Deadline to submit: Friday, February 1st at 11:59PMAs an alternative to this form, a video submission answering the following questions, as well as a video sample of your material will be accepted. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is any other way that we can make this process more accessible to you, do not hesitate to reach out.We are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible performance space, and encourage submissions from members of the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, as well as artists with all levels of ability and experience.#FemPoc2019 Facebook Twitter
APTN National News OTTAWA—An NDP MP wants to see the oath MPs swear before they take office amended to include text that acknowledges the treaties signed between the Crown and Indigenous peoples.Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash said he recited additional text during his swearing-in ceremony on Friday referencing the treaties.After reciting the formal oath, which includes promising allegiance to the Queen, and signing the Test Roll, a book with pages headed by the text of the oath, Saganash then pledged to uphold the treaties.“And, I solemnly affirm that, in the carrying out of my duties, I shall honour and respect the treaties signed with Indigenous peoples,” Saganash recited during his swearing-in ceremony last Friday.Quebec NDP Pierre Nantel also included the additional text during his swearing-in ceremony. Manitoba NDP MP Niki Ashton and Dene NDP MP Georgina Jolibois, who represents a Saskatchewan riding, also plan to use the text during their swearing-in ceremonies scheduled for this week.Saganash said he would like to see the oath MPs swear amended to include reference to the treaties. With the Justin Trudeau Liberal government promising to change the oath of citizenship to include a reference to the treaties—as was called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)—Saganash said the same should apply to MPs.“We have the TRC report and its 94 calls to action and 94 is a call to action to change the oath of citizenship,” said Saganash. “I said to myself, if it’s valid and appropriate to ask new citizens to respect our treaties, then parliamentarians in this country should do the same.”The Trudeau government has pledged to implement all the TRC’s recommendations.Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette said he supports Saganash’s push to change the text of the oath of MPs.“It sounds like a great idea,” said Ouellette, who is Cree. “I know when I was doing the oath it was with a bit of mixed emotion…I would love to work on it with (Saganash).”The text of the MP’s oath is contained in schedule 5 of the Constitution, but Saganash doesn’t believe it necessarily requires a constitutional change to amend the text. Saganash said it remains unclear whether the change could be done through federal legislation, or if it would require the re-opening of the Constitution.“There is a question of what is the status of schedules in the Constitution,” he said. “I have confronted many difficult issues, constitutional issues in my life and this one is no different…It’s something we need to consider…With respect to treaties in this country, it is the Crown foremost that signed the treaties.”APTN is awaiting a response from Citizenship and Immigration on when it plans to change the citizenship email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Rabat – Morocco ranked 88 out of 129 countries in the 2019 SDG Gender Index, a new report on the global progress of gender equality.Carried out by the Equal Measures 2030, a partnership led by global civil society and the private sector, the report paints a dismal picture of how world governments are addressing the future of gender equality as agreed upon by UN member states in 2015. With the average score being 65 percent, Morocco received a score of 59.3, which is defined as a “very poor” score. Morocco came behind Egypt (87th), Lebanon (86th), and Jordan (85th). According to the report, Israel topped the list of Middle Eastern countries (31st worldwide) with a score of 76.7, followed by Algeria in the second place, with a global rank of 65, and then Tunisia (66th), scoring 66.Read also: Saudi Imam Talks Gender as Androgynous Mecca Pilgrim Video Goes ViralThe MENA ranked as the second lowest region, falling behind on a wide range of indicators like women’s legal rights, land ownership, workplace equality, and the extent to which there are legal grounds for abortion.However, the region scored well on measures of access to basic services, energy, infrastructure. The report shows that not a single country has fully lived up to the promises laid down in the UN’s 2030 Agenda of sustainable development.“No one country is the world’s best performer – or even among the world’s top ten performers – across all goals or all indicators,” the report shows, but countries like Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and the Netherlands are the highest ranking countries. Alison Holder, the director of Equal Measures 2030, noted, “With just 11 years to go, our index finds that not a single one of the 129 countries is fully transforming their laws, policies or public budget decisions on the scale needed to reach gender equality by 2030.”Read also: Two Moroccans Named Among the 2019 French-African Young LeadersShe added that the countries are “failing to deliver on the promises of gender equality for literally billions of girls and women.”The global average score on gender equality stands at 65.7 out of 100, signifying a “poor” and “barely passing grade.”Nearly 40 percent of women and girls around the world, live in countries that fail to meet the average gender equality expectations, accounting for 2.8 billion of the world’s population.The report takes into account 14 of the 17 UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), such as health, gender-based violence, and climate change.
27 November 2007The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has urged the Governments of West and Central Africa to take action to protect children from human trafficking, which not only harms innocent lives but also efforts to secure peace in countries recovering from conflict. How can West Africa build a peaceful and prosperous future if its youth is being exploited, recycled, and scarred for life?” asked Antonio Maria Costa addressing an international meeting on trafficking in children and armed conflict, which began yesterday in the Ivorian city of Abidjan. While human trafficking is a global problem, he noted that West and Central Africa are particularly vulnerable to this crime given the large pool of “lost children” in the two regions, including orphans, child soldiers and those living in poverty and fear. “Children are particularly vulnerable in conflict and post-conflict situations, especially when separated from the rest of their family,” Mr. Costa noted. Girls are twice as vulnerable: as victims of rape and sexual harassment perpetrated by armed groups, and also because they are seldom involved in programmes for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration or provided with special rehabilitation programmes. Mr. Costa urged action to support and rehabilitate girls victimized by conflict, including redressing injustices committed against them in times of war. “We must deepen the knowledge base on the plight of girls in conflict situations to ensure that prevention and intervention become more effective.” Given the vulnerability of internally displaced persons and refugees, Mr. Costa called for extra efforts to ensure that safe havens do not become recruiting grounds for traffickers. “I urge aid agencies to be on the look out for predators, and host countries to provide sufficient security.” He appealed to all those doing business in Africa to ensure that their supply chains and employment practices do not support human trafficking, and urged consumers to use their purchasing power more forcefully. “Do you really want to eat chocolate, drive on tires, or wear diamonds dripping with the blood and sweat of slave labour?” He noted that another reason West and Central Africa are vulnerable to human trafficking is because of the low risks involved. “There is little threat of law enforcement, especially in countries weakened by conflict or corruption,” Mr. Costa said. “In some countries, anti-trafficking legislation is weak or non-existent.” The Executive Director called on governments in the two regions to carry out the UN anti-trafficking Protocol which includes measures to criminalize human trafficking, prosecute perpetrators and protect victims. He also pledged UNODC’s assistance to Governments, including through the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking – also known as UN.GIFT.
For a small donation “The Wall Against Hunger” allows individuals to post their picture on a website – which several celebrities and sports personalities have already pledged to join – and email their wall images to friends as well as bookmark them to their social networking websites. “The push to end world hunger is one thing that people across all political spectrums, all religions, and all nations can join,” said the Director of Public Policy, Communications and Private Partnerships for WFP, Nancy Roman.Drew Barrymore, the actress and filmmaker and WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, is among the stars who have already committed to add their face to the Wall, which can be seen at http://www.wfp.org/wall.Over the past four decades, WFP – acting with governments, other UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – has helped to reduce the percentage of people who go hungry around the world from 37 per cent of the global population in 1967 to 17 per cent today.However, over the past year, high food prices have pushed food shortages onto another 75 million people, resulting in a total of 923 million people going to bed hungry every night, according to WFP.“With the financial crisis now upon us, unemployment is rising in the developed world, which will soon translate into fewer jobs, lower incomes and more hunger in developing countries,” said Ms. Roman. “Unless the world steps up, this will put all of our gains in jeopardy.” 24 November 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called for people from all walks of life to join its online “virtual wall” to fight hunger, an initiative that will provide free meals for nearly 60 million children worldwide who go to school hungry.
“We must set the stage for a decisive push for peace in 2009,” UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry told an open debate of the Security Council, in which some 35 speakers participated.“We must protect, preserve, and where possible advance, the three tracks of the Annapolis process,” he stated, referring to negotiations, institution-building and implementation of the commitments of the parties under the so-called Road Map peace plan.At their meeting in November 2007 in the United States city of Annapolis, leaders of the two sides agreed to immediately launch good-faith negotiations to try to conclude a peace treaty by the end of 2008 that resolves all outstanding issues.While UN officials have conceded that this target will not be reached, they have called on the parties to intensify their negotiations based on the principle of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and securityAt its meeting on Monday in New York, the diplomatic grouping known as the Quartet – comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and the US – affirmed the need to bolster the political process and address the challenges on the ground. This was followed by the Council’s adoption on Tuesday of a resolution calling on both parties to fulfil their Road Map obligations, and to refrain from any steps that could undermine confidence or prejudice the outcome of negotiations.“An important platform for peace has been established in 2008, due to the efforts of the parties and the support of the international community,” noted Mr. Serry. “The challenge now is to build on this platform and turn the promise of peace into a reality… The diplomatic process and improvements on the ground must reinforce each other and move swiftly forward.”Regarding the situation on the ground, he reported that there were 30 rocket attacks in the past two days on Israeli towns and at the crossings through which civilians, UN workers and all goods entering the Gaza Strip must pass. He condemned those attacks and called for their immediate cessation.Israel has cited rocket and other attacks by militants in Gaza against Israeli civilians as the reason for closing border crossings into Gaza for almost two months now. The closures have worsened the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, which is home to an estimated 1.5 million Palestinians.Mr. Serry noted that, because of the closures, half of Gaza City’s population receives water only once a week for a few hours. In addition, UN projects in Gaza, worth over $150 million, remain suspended due to a lack of materials. “A priority must be to ensure calm in and around Gaza and urgently improve humanitarian conditions,” he stressed.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported today that, due to irregular border access and a lack of wheat flour, it has been forced to suspend its food distribution activities as of today until further notice.“All crossings for goods into the Strip are closed and no humanitarian supplies, fuel and other needed commodities are being allowed to enter,” the Agency said in a news release.A total of 750,000 refugees in Gaza depend on food aid from UNRWA, which, on average, distributes food to about 20,000 refugees per day. 18 December 2008With the goal of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by the end of this year out of reach, a top United Nations envoy today stressed the need to step up efforts by both sides to attain a comprehensive settlement to their decades-old conflict during the coming year.
President Maithripala Sirisena has congratulated the National League for Democracy led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on the resounding and historic victory achieved at the recent elections held in Myanmar.The President said that the strong mandate given by the people of Myanmar is a manifestation of the deep faith and confidence they have placed in the inspiring leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi, to guide Myanmar to greater prosperity and success in the future. “It is indeed a personal achievement for you and your party in the peaceful struggle for democracy over the years in your country. Sri Lanka and Myanmar share long standing relations which is underpinned by Theravada Buddhism and had been nurtured by frequent exchange of pilgrims and people to people contacts,” he said. The President said that as the new Government of Sri Lanka embarks on a path of democracy, transparency and good governance he looks forward to working with Aung San Suu Kyi and the new Government of Myanmar, to further cement the historic and strong bonds that exist between the two countries, especially in the areas of economic, social and cultural cooperation, for the mutual benefit of our two peoples and countries. (Colombo Gazette)
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has called for a completely new Constitution and not amendments to the existing Constitution.SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem said that a referendum will however be needed to create a new Constitution. He said that the people were given a promise that a new Constitution will be introduced to the country and that promise must be kept.Hakeem also said that in the new Constitution there needs to be meaningful devolution of powers. (Colombo Gazette)
He was detained by Canada Border Services Agency upon his release and a deportation order was issued against him.Thanabalasingam, who came to Canada as a refugee, originally appealed the deportation order but later changed his mind and asked to be sent back to Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Thanabalasingam, 31, told an Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada hearing yesterday he doesn’t believe he will be in danger in his home country and no longer needs to be protected as a refugee. Canada’s Immigration Department says a murder suspect who was set free after his trial exceeded the legal length limit is expected to be sent back to Sri Lanka in the next two weeks, CTV News reported.Ewa Staszewicz, a lawyer for the department, is confirming steps are being taken to obtain the necessary travel documents for Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingam. He was accused of murdering his wife in 2012 but the charges were stayed in April after the length of his legal proceedings were deemed to have violated a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that set time limits for trials to be completed.
Lake created by coal waste landslide floods Bosnian highway SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia’s main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding.Earlier this week, a massive landslide of mine waste from an open pit coal mine had blocked a river near the central Bosnia town of Kakanj, creating the lake.The lake overflowed Saturday morning following heavy rain overnight, forcing the closure of a busy highway connecting the capital of Sarajevo with the central town of Zenica. The town of Kakanj is 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Sarajevo.Fahrudin Solak, a Civil Protection official, said emergency crews have redirected drivers to alternative roads and were struggling to defuse the lake’s flooding threat by channeling its water into drainage ducts.Authorities on Friday evacuated more than 150 people from two villages in the direct path of the landslide, Ribnica and Mramor.Officials from the Kakanj coal mine said the evacuees will receive compensation for their lost homes and will likely have to abandon their villages permanently.Ismet Delibasic of Ribnica said the only thing left for villagers to do was to wait for the complete “disaster” of watching their houses disappear amid the landslide.“Regardless of the amount, compensation alone cannot erase the trauma,” Delibasic said. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 25, 2017 8:09 am MDT Last Updated Feb 25, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Significant progress has been made in this leader-led process over the past eight months, demonstrating that with political will, it is possible to reach an understanding on all issues,” he told journalists after meeting Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci in Davos, Switzerland, on the margins of the World Economic Forum.“At the same time, it is also clear that a number of sensitive and difficult issues still remain. I encouraged the leaders to capitalize on the current positive momentum. It will be crucial as they move forward to tackle outstanding issues across the different chapters.” The UN has been mediating talks between the two communities for eight years in an effort to reunite the Mediterranean island by establishing a federal government. The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Espen Barth Eide, is facilitating intensive negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders. The talks recently have focussed on such issues as property rights, compensation and crossing points among others. The UN has deployed a peacekeeping force in Cyprus, known as UNFICYP, since 1964, when inter-communal fighting erupted. “I encouraged Mr. Akinci and Mr. Anastasiades to continue working tirelessly towards finding a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus issue as soon as possible, for the benefit of all Cypriots.” Mr. Ban said today.“I also call on all interested parties to do their utmost to facilitate and support the leaders in their quest for overcoming the division of Cyprus.”Special Adviser Eide, who attended today’s talks, said last year that both leaders have continued to make progress towards “their shared vision of a united, federal Cyprus.”
Newstalk had stated in response to the complaint that the discussion in question was “in the context of a wider exploration of the concerns expressed to the presenter by parents and grandparents of teenage girls over a number of weeks on the programme”.Hook had, according to the station, in the weeks prior to broadcast “spoken with the grandmother of a teenage girl who suffered from side-effects which she said were related to the HPV vaccine”. Newstalk argued it had been “careful to ensure the public interest was served” by “also hearing from a number of contributors who are strongly supportive of the vaccine”.It further claimed that Hook “had a right to raise this issue on the programme as a public health issue”.The BAI’s compliance committee decided to reject the complaint by majority vote.The committee noted in its decision “the important role of the presenter in ensuring that audiences have access toa awide variety of views” on a subject.It said that the issue of reported side effects regarding the HPV vaccine is a “legitimate topic to be examined by news and current affairs programmes”.It said that in its opinion the programme had satisfied its own Code of Fairness, Objectivity and Impartiality, but “only in a barely minimal fashion”. It added that the presenter “did not appear to be very familiar with the details of the issue that the programme sought to examine”.However, the style of Hook himself had to be taken into account, it said:The presenter style in this instance is often robust in approach and tone and is characterised strongly by an approach to presentation that emphasises the role of the presenter as ‘devil’s advocate’.The Committee found that “the interviews, as well as critical texts, provided the suitable counter-balance to those of the presenter”.It concluded that the programme did not infringe the Broadcasting Act 2009 or its own code of fairness, and rejected the complaint.Read: Lecturer charged with the criminal damage of US navy aircraft at ShannonRead: ‘Harmful and offensive’: Complaint against Katie Hopkins’ Today FM appearance rejected Share79 Tweet Email1 19,840 Views By Cianan Brennan FactCheck: No, the reported side effects of the HPV vaccine do NOT outweigh the proven benefits Claim George Hook spoke about HPV vaccine in ‘ill-informed and irresponsible’ manner rejected The BAI said that Hook’s approach to discussing the vaccine had satisfied its Code of Fairness, but “only in a barely minimal fashion”. https://jrnl.ie/3359976 Short URL Apr 27th 2017, 6:05 AM George Hook Source: Sam BoalTHE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY of Ireland has rejected a complaint against broadcaster George Hook concerning his treatment of a radio segment dealing with the HPV vaccine.A listener had claimed that Hook had dealt with the subject in an “ill-informed and irresponsible” manner while discussing it with a consultant pediatrician on his show High Noon on Newstalk Radio on 4 October 2016.The complainant claimed that the presenter, in setting out what the listener deemed to be his ‘plainly wrong views’, caused ‘undue anxiety’ among the listening public.The complaint was considered by the BAI in its latest list of published decisions. Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 6:05 AM 25 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article